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first_imgRay Parlour hopeful Unai Emery will give Mesut Ozil another chance in Arsenal first team Parlour is a fan of Ozil and would like to see him reintroduced (Picture: Getty)‘Hopefully he can get another chance in that Arsenal team.’There have been suggestions that Ozil could leave the Gunners when the January transfer window opens, having fallen so far down the pecking order under Emery, though the 31-year-old says he is committed to seeing out his contract until 2021.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Oct 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link229Shares The German has only made one Premier League appearance so far this season (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour is still hopeful that Mesut Ozil has a future at Arsenal and has urged the German playmaker to work hard in training and win back Unai Emery’s trust.Ozil, the highest-paid player at the Emirates on £350,000-a-week, has only played once in the Premier League this season and was omitted from the matchday squad entirely for their last three outings.Emery is believed to be concerned by Ozil’s lack of work rate in training and the two shared a frosty exchange at London Colney on Wednesday prior to the Europa League clash with Vitoria.What could possibly be going on here?… 💬👀Watch the full @Arsenal training session 🔴👇👇— Hayters TV (@HaytersTV) October 23, 2019 Advertisementcenter_img ADVERTISEMENTOzil is expected to be involved on Thursday night at the Emirates despite missing the club’s previous two European outings.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal were bereft of creativity in their last match, a 1-0 defeat on the road at Sheffield United, prompting calls for Ozil to be brought back into the side, and Parlour hopes he will be given another chance.‘Mesut Ozil is a big talking point at the moment. Will he play again for Arsenal football club?’ the former Arsenal star told VBET News.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘What he’s got to do as a player is work hard in training and try to prove to the manager he can still do a job for the team.‘We all know he’s such a quality player, but it’s getting him in the right position and obviously players around him helping out. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

first_img June 10, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – As Criminal Justice Reform Caucus members and guests spoke at a press conference today about reentry and reintegration, Gov. Tom Wolf commended the caucus for its bi-partisan commitment to commonsense criminal justice reform.“The caucus’ shared goal of advancing commonsense criminal justice reform is vital to giving those who have served their time a second chance,” Gov. Wolf said. “We know that effective reentry strategies reduce recidivism and increase public safety, and I commend the caucus for viewing this important, ongoing effort through a bi-partisan lens, focused on individuals, not political party.”Reentry and reintegration are priorities for Gov. Wolf, the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole with programs in place to help inmates and parolees overcome barriers to post-incarceration success.Every year the DOC releases 19,000 individuals back into their communities following incarceration. DOC provides inmates with a variety of educational and vocational programs to teach them skills that they can use after incarceration to obtain and maintain life-sustaining jobs.Inmates who receive training while still incarnated have a better chance at success once released from prison.For those who don’t have a stable home environment to return to, the journey of reentry begins at one of dozens of community correction centers (CCC) throughout the commonwealth. The continuity of the services at these facilities can make the transition back into the community smoother for the reentrant.In addition to employment and housing, many reentrants suffer from substance use disorder and the DOC works to ensure access to community programs like mental health care, substance abuse treatment and support groups in order to successfully reenter into society. A collaborative effort with the Opioid Command Center is also underway to ensure reentrants have a bridge from treatment they’ve received in prison to community-based treatment and recovery services.Gov. Wolf has made criminal justice reform a priority, working with both sides of the aisle on multiple initiatives, including:• A Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.• Signing the “Clean Slate” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, to help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.• Signing Act 95 of 2018, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.• Signing Act 146 of 2018, extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law.• Signing Act 147 of 2018, updating Pennsylvania’s DNA testing law to reflect significant advances in technology and the lessons learned by criminal justice professionals since 2002. The legislation removes the supervision requirement that only people serving a sentence can apply for DNA testing.• Signing Act 148 of 2018, a victim protection bill regarding housing options and emergency transfers.• Experiencing a record decline in the state’s prison population, while also experiencing a drop in crime.Gov. Wolf has also called for additional reforms, including passage and implementation of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, or JRI 2, to address the high cost of incarceration in the state, to strengthen support for county probation programs, and to fix inadequate sentencing guidelines; reforming the pre-trial system to make certain that those accused of a crime have access to competent legal counsel and a reasonable bail system; and reforming the post-trial criminal justice system to ensure work towards rehabilitation of individuals and preparation to reenter society, rather than creating further risks for recidivism.“We all have a stake in helping give those who have paid their debt to society every possible chance to succeed when they return to their communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “Many of these bi-partisan reforms are doing just that and I look forward to seeing additional commonsense reforms come to my desk.” Gov. Wolf Commends Bi-Partisan Commitment to Criminal Justice Reformcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgWilliam Gay is a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL.  His pro football career is quite a story in itself, but his off-field activities speak volumes for the character of this man.  Four years ago he volunteered to help a social agency in the city not knowing at the time just what he would be doing.  It turned out that it was for a domestic violence center for women.This is near and dear to Mr. Gay’s heart because his mother died of domestic violence when he was still a kid.  This meant he had to be raised by a relative rather than his mom or dad.  With the current clamor on pro athletes and their tendencies toward domestic violence, he has been doing a lot to help other athletes understand what is expected of them.For the center in Pittsburgh, he acts as their spokesman and gives frequent speeches to different groups around the area.  He also sponsors a holiday dinner for the ladies at the center and their children.  Keep up the good work, William Gay.last_img read more

first_imgColleen M. Murphy Lee, 52, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, IN.She was born Thursday, September 19, 1963 in Miami, FL, daughter of the late Timothy Murphy and the late Mary A. Atkins Feller.Colleen enjoyed video games, especially “Mahjong”. She loved to talk and her favorite movie was the “Wizard of Oz”.Surviving are her son, Ian Murphy of Dillsboro, IN; Sister, Kim (Tom) Kernan of Aurora, IN.; brother, William “Buck” Murphy of Harrison, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Dennis, Scott & Nicholas Kernan and Chloe & Ben Murphy.She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Nicole Murphy.Friends will be received Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Graveside services will be held at Monday, at 1:00 pm at the Miamitown Cemetery in Cleves, Ohio.Interment will follow in the Miamaitown Cemetery, Cleves, Ohio.Contributions may be made to the . Please call the office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

first_imgStatewide—Applications for the second round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant program are now open.Established by the General Assembly in 2019, the $100 million Next Level Broadband program is the largest single-state investment in broadband and works to ensure reliable and affordable broadband service is available to all areas of our state.Broadband providers and utility cooperatives can apply for up to $5 million to expand service to unserved areas if they provide a minimum 20% match of the total allowable project costs. Unserved areas are those without at least one telecommunication provider offering internet fast enough to provide the most basic services – at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.In order to apply, applicants must first submit a letter of intent including a list of census blocks the project would serve. Click here for more information on the Next Level Broadband initiative.last_img read more

first_img Everton battled to a goalless draw at Arsenal on Tuesday, when Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was left less than impressed by the visitors’ resolute tackling. “We have taken points off a lot of the teams who will finish in the Champions League positions. I don’t think anyone will particularly enjoy playing against us at any level,” the England left-back said. Wenger claimed Everton midfielder Darron Gibson had been fortunate not to be sent off for twice pole-axing Theo Walcott in the first half, while Jack Wilshere and the visitors’ Kevin Mirallas were involved in a spat as the players walked off at the break. The Toffees remain in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League, but are just two points behind both Tottenham and Chelsea, albeit having played more matches. Full-back Baines added: “You look at it and how we have played away from home against a top team like Arsenal, then against the other top sides we have had good results at home. “We have got a little bit of everything – the work-rate, togetherness and spirit is inspirational at times. Playing with this group of players I sometimes find I look around and I can’t believe what some of them are doing. “The effort they are putting in… people go above and beyond. They are playing with injuries and it really is inspirational at times just to see that – mix it in with our quality and we can’t be a good team to face for any side.” Everton manager Moyes played down Wenger’s complaints, maintaining his side had just set out to get a positive result in testing circumstances as Arsenal pressed in the second half. Baines said: “We know they are a good passing team, but we did not speak about physically disrupting them in terms of getting stuck in. Whoever we play will know they are in for a physical game. The work-rate the players put in was there to be seen.” Leighton Baines is glad teams do not like playing Everton – and he sees no reason why David Moyes’ “inspirational” side should give up hope of gatecrashing the top four.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Press Association Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has admitted that the 100million euros (£86million) Tottenham are reportedly asking for Gareth Bale is “a lot of money”. He said: “We don’t usually talk about players out of respect to the player, the club and their chairman, with whom I enjoy a good friendship after signing (Luka) Modric last season. And as I don’t talk about players, I don’t talk about transfer fees either. “However, of course, 100million euros seems to me like a lot of money, all things considered. But I won’t talk about players or money, because I shouldn’t and I cannot.” The president explained that the club were still trying to tie Cristiano Ronaldo down to a new contract, as his current deal expires in 2015, and expressed confidence in securing the player’s future at Madrid shortly. He said: “We are all convinced he is going to finish his career at Real Madrid. At the end of the summer we will try to resolve this situation. I believe this will happen before the end of the month, or at the start of next month. “We are not in any hurry, because both parties have the same will. We will resolve it satisfactorily. At least that is what I want, and I believe it’s what he wants too.” On Wednesday Madrid beat their former coach Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea 3-1 in the Guinness International Champions Cup in Miami, little over two months after the Portuguese left the Bernabeu following a trophyless season that was overshadowed by tension between the coach and some of his players. Perez insisted that Mourinho helped the club take “a competitive leap” in his three years at Madrid, but also tried to explain what went wrong in his last season. “Last season we made a bad start and that conditioned most of the season,” he said. The Spanish press has reported that ‘Los Blancos’ could pay up to 120million euros in order to secure the services of the 2013 PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year, while coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted the club “are trying to find a solution to the situation”, in reference to the signing. During an interview with ESPN, Perez hinted that Madrid might be trying to lower the price for the Tottenham star but refused to speak at length about the deal. “At Madrid there is always something going on, because everything gets magnified, that’s part of our history and what makes our club so great. “You have to know how to handle that pressure. Everyone feels it, the players, the coach and the president, the only difference is I have more experience. “People that come here for the first time don’t consider it normal, but those who have known the club for a long time know that the pressure here is what has made Madrid the biggest club in the world.” last_img read more

first_imgThe first weekend of summer will bring nearly record-breaking heat and dry conditions across South Florida, according to our news partner CBS12.Summer officially begins at 11:54 a.m. on Friday.A Saharan Air Layer (SAL) will finally bring some drier air to the Caribbean Sea, allowing us to dry off. Rain chances will remain at 10 to 20 percent through the weekend.However, the high temperatures will be in the low to mid-90s, with feels-like temps soaring into the triple digits.We will cool off a bit as the weekend winds down and into Monday, when rain chances increase again.last_img read more

first_imgSuper Eagles manager Gernot Rohr was among the 30,150 spectators that witnessed the Bundesliga clash between Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich at the PreZero Arena sometime in February. His mission was to persuade German-born Nigerian teenage sensation, Joshua Zirkzee, to look at the direction of Nigeria as against the Netherlands-the country of his birth. With the Bayern Munich striker’s recent revelation that his dream is to play for the Netherlands, Nigeria may have been dealt a deadly blowWhen Bayern Munich teenage sensation Joshua Zirkzee went the distance on his full German Bundesliga debut, Rohr was definitely impressed by what he saw of Nigerian eligible, most especially when Bayern Munich number 35 scored just 15 minutes into his debut.Although he was born in a European country, the teenage sensation is eligible to turn out for the Super Eagles on the international scene, but Nigeria has been dealt a blow in their chase for Zirkzee with the Bayern Munich striker revealing his dream to play for the Netherlands. Zirkzee born to Nigeria parents in the Netherlands attracted interest from the three-time African champions after finding his way into Bayern Munich’s first-team this season.Despite playing for the Dutch youth teams, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Super Eagles coach have reportedly approached the Bayern Munich forward over his international future.Following the postponement of the European Championship to 2021, Zirkzee now fancies his chances of playing for the Dutch national team.When asked about playing for the Netherlands in the competition, he told VTBL; “No, I’m not really working on that yet. I’m not a regular based player here, so I don’t think I should think about it then, but I have also seen how fast things can go, so of course, it is very secretly in the back of your mind.“Oranje is a dream and as a young footballer I think it makes sense to dream about it.”The 18-year-old made his Bayern Munich debut in a Champions League match against Tottenham back in December, and he has scored three goals in five Bundesliga outings since then.He is hoping to cap his maiden campaign in the first-team with silverware.“Certainly, that is the first step,” he added.“But we also really want to win the Champions League, the whole club longs for that. Even though we first have to see how it will all end. We all hope that we can go again soon, to start.”Zirkzee, scorer of three goals in four Bundesliga games this season, led the Bavarians’ attack in the absence of the club’s leading scorer Robert Lewandowski.Giving reasons for selecting 18-year-old Zirkzee ahead of Lewandowski against Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said: “Things worked really well in the Chelsea game, (in the Champions League) so I wanted to change things as little as possible in the team,” Flick was quoted as saying.“By doing that, the understanding between the players and automations are still there. Joshua’s trained well, and he’s showed in training that he’s got good quality and is a good finisher.“He can hold the ball up well and has the physicality to do so, which is important when things are tight up top. So that was our thinking, to make a like-for-like replacement for Lewandowski. It was good.”Meanwhile, Netherlands legend Willem van Hanegem is convinced that the Bayern Munich super kid deserves to be promoted to the Dutch senior squad and has urged Dutch coach Ronald Koeman to invite the striker for the upcoming international friendlies against United States and Spain.“I hope that Ronald Koeman will really summon that boy for the upcoming international matches against the United States and Spain, (which was called off as result of Coronavirus pandemic)”“I saw at Bayern how Thomas Müller gets to work with him. He plays with Zirkzee, makes him really grow. Zirkzee is only 18, but already deserves a chance at the Oranje. I think it will be soon with him.”The 18-year-old Zirkzee became provisionally cap-tied to the Netherlands when he made an appearance off the bench in a European U-17 Championship qualifier against Hungary in October 2017, and has also been capped at U-15, U-16, U-18 and U-19 levels.Without Lewandowski, there were concerns that Bayern Munich would struggle without their main source of goals, but they had no reason to worry. Academy player Zirkzee looked right at home.Just 120 seconds in and the teenager’s instinctive touch set Bayern on their way to their first goal. Five minutes later, his blocked shot led to Bayern’s second. It wasn’t long after that the teenager making his starting Bundesliga debut scored one of his own. Like much of his so far young career at Bayern, Zirkzee didn’t need any time at all to make his impact.Bayern needed just a quarter of an hour to silence any concerns. Flick’s side were as ruthless as they have been all season, pressing and pushing for more in a manner that Bayern haven’t really done since the Pep Guardiola years. This was a demonstration of power, a reminder of who the real sheriff in Bundesliga town is, and a young Dutchman was at the heart of it.At 1.93m, Zirkzee is a bigger figure than Lewandowski. He used that strength to hold off Sebastian Rudy before turning the former Bayern and Germany midfielder around. Keeping his composure, the 18-year-old simply waited for the space to open up in the box. When it did, he didn’t hesitate to use his weaker foot to apply the necessary finish.Bayern’s hosts played their part, but Bayern also did more than accept the invitation. They took the vibe to another level. Philippe Coutinho went from looking down and out to scoring two goals, while Thiago continued to conduct proceedings with his usual mastery. Bayern were so relentless that they scored one minute after the restart and even at the arrival of the hour mark, they looked desperate for more.The Dutchman never forced the issue because he didn’t need to. He was in rhythm with Bayern’s beat. His touch and feel for the ball looked like those of a more experienced player. Zirkzee ran, he passed, he slipped in and out of the channels, he even delivered a crunching tackle on the edge of the box he was attacking. He was everywhere.After scoring the winner against Freiburg with his first touch off the bench on his debut in December, Zirkzee needed just three minutes to break the deadlock against Wolfsburg three days later. In Sinsheim, the teenager needed a quarter of an hour to prove that he is at home at this level.Just a day after Bayern Munich celebrated their 120th birthday, the real gift for Bayern wasn’t another rousing performance but the long-awaited unleashing of an academy talent in a position they so desperately need depth in.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have commenced training in small groups with the club following the German government’s guidance on Coronavirus precautions.Zirkzee is in a group of four with Alphonso Davies, David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski, and he reveals how Hans-Dieter Flick’s side makes the most of their time at Sabener Strasse.“We train in separate groups of four, maximum five people. Group 1 must be at the club by 10 am and start when group two has to change. We are now also using the changing rooms of the second team, so actually you always change alone,” he said.“Every day, we actually follow a course in which everything is included. Technique, condition, finishing, everything is discussed.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more