London Datebook: Cats Lives Again, Angels Soars & More

first_imgThe holidays are officially here! In London, that means a spate of eagerly anticipated musical revivals, a seasonal romp at the National, and Shakespeare displaced to Las Vegas. For that and more potential stocking stuffers, read on. DECEMBER 8 – 14 The Memory Lives Again: Cats are supposed to have nine lives, and director Trevor Nunn is breathing a second one into the era-defining Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same name. Cats, which proved that British tuners could handle dance as well as song and went on to be performed throughout the world, will open December 11 at the Palladium featuring US recording star Nicole Scherzinger as the latest and possibly sexiest Grizabella yet. DECEMBER 15 – 21 Angels in Britain: There’s much talk of angels around Christmas, but London playgoers will be celebrating the capital’s first-ever revival of City of Angels. The giddy, glorious Tony-winning musical will star Tam Mutu, who will be seen on Broadway in the spring in Dr. Zhivago. Josie Rourke directs and her glam supporting cast includes Rosalie Craig and Les Miz film sensation Samantha Barks; opening night is December 16 at the Donmar Warehouse. ALSO: Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is displaced to Las Vegas in Rupert Goold’s new production, opening December 15. One of London’s great showbiz end-of-year traditions is the annual National Theatre quiz, hosted by Emma Freud and taking place this year on December 19 in the Olivier auditorium: Go and match your wits against the stars! DECEMBER 22 – 28 Riding the Rails: Ready for a Christmas-week treat? Check out the latest London incarnation of The Railway Children, the Olivier Award-winning entertainment that has had two previous, site-specific London runs. This fresh version inaugurates a new space behind King’s Cross Station and will be previewing throughout the holidays. Caroline Harker returns to her original role as Mother opposite Downton Abbey’s Jeremy Swift as Mr. Perks. ALSO: It’s the first full week of previews for the European debut of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, starring Tamsin Greig and Haydn Gwynne and directed, as it was in New York, by Bartlett Sher. Word is that the UK staging at the Playhouse Theatre will have an entirely different look from its Broadway predecessor and some new songs from composer David Yazbek. View Commentscenter_img DECEMBER 29 – JANUARY 4 Have a Grand Year: What better way to ring in 2015 than with the first preview of the Finborough Theatre production of The Grand Tour? The Jerry Herman musical will make its European premiere on January 1, 2015. Alastair Brookshaw, Nic Kyle, and Zoe Doano head the cast of Thom Southerland’s staging of a show seen briefly in 1979 on Broadway. ALSO: It’s your last chance to catch two productions running concurrently at the Trafalgar Studios on January 3. The main house bids farewell to the revival of Ayub Khan Din’s play East is East, starring Jane Horrocks and the playwright himself. The studio theater downstairs says goodbye the same day to a Dickens double-bill of Miss Havisham’s Expectations, starring Linda Marlowe, and Sikes & Nancy. Roll on 2015! ALSO: The National Theatre has a tradition of big, bold holiday productions, ranging over the years from His Dark Materials to War Horse. This year finds Treasure Island, directed by Polly Findlay and adapted by Bryony Lavery; opening night is December 10. Not to be outdone, the Royal Shakespeare Company unfurls their daylong double-bill of the two Henry IV plays at the Barbican on December 11, starring Sir Antony Sher as Falstaff and directed by Sher’s husband (and RSC artistic director) Gregory Doran.last_img read more

Man with a Pan

first_imgFlecktones friend: Scales’ work on the steel pan has been compared to Bela Fleck’s unique approach to the banjoJonathan Scales takes steel drum to the outer limitsThe sound of a steel drum usually transports listeners to the lazy confines of a thatched hut bar on a Caribbean oceanfront. But Jonathan Scales hears it differently. Rooted in classically trained composition, the Asheville-based Scales has used the steel drum—also known as the steel pan—to concoct his own brand of dynamic jazz fusion. With the driving rhythm section of his Fourchestra, Scales delivers fluid solos that often toe the line between melodic dexterity and old-school be-bop, free-form fury. Through eclectic instrumental arrangements, Scales’ refreshing innovation takes his instrument out of expected context and into a variety of sonic realms—from improvisational jazz to hip-hop-flavored funk. It’s enabled Scales to mesh in a range of music scenes, collaborating on his most recent album with saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) and fiddler Casey Driesen and even landing an unexpected spot at Americana-bash Merlefest.BRO: How did you find the steel pan and realize its potential as a jazz instrument?JS: I played saxophone through college, but in high school I also started playing percussion. I went to Appalachian State University to be a composer, and when I got there, they had a steel band. My friends coerced me into being a part of it, and I fell in love from there.How do you describe the sound you are trying to create?I never set out to do something progressive on the steel drum. As a composer, the music that I hear in my head and want to write just happens to make the instrument sound progressive. As far as the complex side of things, I’m very influenced by modern 20th century composers like Igor Stravinsky and John Cage—guys who were pushing the envelope of orchestral music. Along with that, I’m also a young American who’s being influenced by popular music, everything from rap and hip-hop to rock. All of it kind of wraps together, and although it comes out complex, it’s also very familiar.Your latest album is called Character Farm & Other Short Stories. Do you view your instrumental compositions as stories?I give credit to Futureman of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, who’s always talked to me about writing in collective long form—the opposite of a pop artist who writes three-minute songs that don’t relate to each other. There is thought behind each of my pieces, so I wanted to put them together as a collective work. By calling it a set of short stories, it makes people approach it with that kind of focus. It’s not as cohesive as big Mozart work, but in my mind each of those pieces has a life of its own and they’re glued together with their own stories.What’s the process for composing on the steel pan? Before I wrote any notes for a tune like “Pan Grass” [from the 2007 album One-Track Mind], I just thought how it would be cool to create a bluegrass tune on the steel pan and mix it with a Caribbean jazz rhythm. Ideas like that often make up the foundation of my compositions. I don’t always write on the steel pan. Sometimes I’ll use a guitar or piano, or sometimes I’ll just sing a melody.Speaking of bluegrass, you played Merlefest earlier this year, known more for picking and singing than your style of eclectic jazz. How’d that go? It was overwhelming—in a good way. I had mixed feelings going into it, because I wasn’t sure how the crowd was going to react to our sound. But after our sets, people kept coming up to us and saying how much they liked what we were doing. Plus, during our set on the Hillside Stage, the Flecktones played with us, which was a dream come true.People in this region—especially in Boone and Asheville—have been really receptive to what I do, so this has been a really good area to foster a fan base.Mumford and Sons invade state streetBritish folk-rock heroes Mumford and Sons are turning the border town of Bristol into their own festival. On August 11, the band will bring their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover to State Street, located downtown on the Virginia/Tennessee line. The tour only has four stops in the U.S. (and just the one in the South), and will also feature sets by Dawes, Justin Townes Earle, Jeff the Brotherhood, the Apache Relay, and Simone Felice. Music will take place on an outdoor stage, as well as inside local clubs and theaters. gentlemenoftheroad.comlast_img read more

Children’s panel turns to the experts

first_imgChildren’s panel turns to the experts “We all know that if we get someone sober and educated, and give them vocational skills and a job, we’re not going to see him in the juvenile justice system again. Those are the odds,” said Sixth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Bob Dillinger, describing his circuit’s comprehensive “one-stop shopping” of services at the Juvenile Assessment Center. Children’s panel turns to the experts Associate Editor Because of a zero tolerance policy against bringing weapons to school, a young child was tossed out for bringing an ax to class. Never mind that it was made of plastic and was part of his fireman uniform when he dressed up for Halloween. “I’m not making this up,” Robert Schwartz, executive director of The Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, told members of The Florida Bar’s Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, who let out a collective groan. “The school officials ended up apologizing,” Schwartz added. Not to the child or his parents, he said, but to the firefighters’ union that had protested the ax was a tool, not a weapon. Such zero tolerance policies popular in schools nationwide, he said, are bringing younger and younger kids into court, harming children and putting a tremendous strain on the juvenile justice system. He’s working on an American Bar Association resolution against them. Schwartz was one of 10 experts — including a law professor, a researcher, a public defender, a state attorney, a lawyer devoted to special education issues, and a teenager charged with armed robbery — who converged in Tampa on September 15-16 to enlighten the commission on issues affecting juvenile justice. The special commission, chaired by 11th Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, is embarking on its second year, with a goal of working to solve the unmet legal needs of children who appear in Florida’s courtrooms — whether as victims, witnesses or defendants in civil, dependency or criminal court. After making a progress report to the Board of Governors, also meeting in Tampa in conjunction with the Bar’s General Meeting, Judge Karlan received its blessing to carry on. “We’re grateful to the Board of Governors and The Florida Bar for allowing us to have this commission and to do the work we’re doing,” Judge Karlan said, adding the commission’s goal is to have a report of recommendations to give to the Board of Governors by May. Bar President Herman Russomanno paid a personal visit, assuring commission members that the Bar is fully committed to their mission. “We thank this commission for the hard work you’ve done in the past year and for what you’ll be doing this coming year for the legal needs of children,” Russomanno said. “The Bar has made it its policy that our children are our greatest resource. With your work, if you can give some of these children back their childhood, we will accomplish great things together.” No matter how many advanced degrees a speaker possessed, how thorough their research, how impressive their resumes, or how many years they spent on the front-lines of juvenile justice, their recommendations often came down to good old common sense on how to fix a system that often seems to ignore common sense: “If you educate people, you reduce recidivism. It’s common sense,” said Joseph Tulman, professor at the University of District of Columbia, David A. Clark School of Law, who is also on the faculty of the National Judicial College teaching judges how to deal with children in adult court. October 1, 2000 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Much of the discussion centered on the fact that Florida leads the nation in direct filing juveniles to adult criminal court. “Florida direct files more children than the rest of the states combined,” said Dillinger, the public defender. “Put a 16- or 17-year-old in adult prison and you’ve lost him. Might as well write him off.” Dillinger criticized the defense bar — including inexperienced assistant public defenders — for not giving judges more information to work with when the child first enters the court system. It’s not unusual, he said, for lawyers to first meet their child clients the morning of the court appearance. He also called it a “bothersome fact” that a lot of children going through the court system are not represented by a lawyer at all. “Some are not incompetent — they’re insane,” Dillinger said. “More and more are waiving their right to counsel.” Go to Jail for Help Though many agreed it’s a sad commentary that the best way to deliver services to children charged with crimes is to lock them up in the county jail, Shorstein was warmly received for his innovative program that direct files juveniles into adult court so that he can help them behind bars. Shorstein’s program — a combination of punishment, constructive programming and after care — was created in response to Jacksonville’s juvenile crime problem that skyrocketed 27 percent in 1992. It has received international attention and was featured on “60 Minutes.” “We decided to turn everything upside down and make juvenile crime our No. 1 issue,” Shorstein said. The violent repeat juveniles are sent to adult prison, but the ones with hope of turning around are sent to a special section of the Duval County Jail, where they receive everything from schooling to mentoring to counseling. When their time behind bars is up, adjudication is withheld, so they’re not branded convicted felons, and after-care counseling and foster care for those with no safe home to return to is provided. Despite the accolades Shorstein’s program has received and the statistics that juvenile crime in Jacksonville is down, Delbert Elliott, the director of The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado in Boulder, said research has shown that, in general, waivers to adult court do not work. They don’t help children and they don’t reduce crime, he said. Juveniles in adult prisons are at greater risk of becoming victims, they are less likely to get treatment for their problems, and recidivism is higher once the young people come out of adult prison, Elliott said. In addition, research has shown that the practice is rife with racial bias because more African-American children are direct-filed as adults than whites for the same crimes, he said. “We have states who have lowered the age to 10 to direct file,” Elliott said. Mendel, a researcher and consultant who wrote, “Less Hype, More Help: Reducing Juvenile Crime, What Works — and What Doesn’t,” stressed: “Kids are fundamentally different than adults. They break the law for different reasons than adults. They need a different system of justice.” While 45 states have adopted the get-tough philosophy, “Adult time for adult crime,” Florida is the leader in direct filing juveniles to adult court. Unlike other states that give the discretion to judges, Mendel said, Florida puts the decision in the wrong hands by allowing prosecutors to make that call. “This headlong rush to throw kids into adult prison is counterproductive,” Mendel said. “It actually increases criminality.” While Florida was first to seize upon direct filing, Mendel said, Florida is second in the nation in juvenile crime rates. To make matters worse, Mendel said, research has shown that direct-file practices actually punish the wrong kids. It’s mostly used against juveniles who commit property crimes and drug offenses, not violent or chronic offenders, he said. Nineteen-year-old Jason Bond brought his been-there, done-that testimony to the commission. As a 16-year-old, he was charged with his first crime: armed robbery. The prosecutor wanted to direct file him to adult court. Thanks to his guardian ad litem, Fran Feinberg, and family support, Bond was spared a trip to adult prison. Instead, he was sent to an out-of-state juvenile facility that was run like a strict prep school. The intense no-nonsense personal attention turned him around, said Bond, who is now attending Broward-Dade Community College and hopes to attend Florida International University on a track scholarship. “Kids being direct-filed, they’re not given a chance, in my opinion,” Bond said, describing himself as falling in with the wrong crowd in a public school system where “no one knew my name. I lost myself there.” How Would Oliver Twist Be Treated Today? Schwartz, of Philadelphia’s The Juvenile Law Center, said the child-versus-adult question is “the most troubling question. That’s a Florida question par excellence, given the direct-file numbers.” The underlying question, Schwartz said, is: What kind of kid are we talking about? Children have traditionally been broken down into the categories of Bad (send to juvenile justice); Sad (let child welfare workers handle); Mad (get the kid to mental-health treatment); and Can’t Add (needs special education services). “The case I love to talk about is Oliver Twist. He was a member of a street gang. But Charles Dickens portrayed him as more sad than bad. How would Oliver be treated today? Direct-filed as an adult?,” Schwartz asked. He called it a “disturbing trend” that the country is “using criminal law to respond to normal adolescent development.” For example, in Florida, it’s an offense for teens to smoke cigarettes. And nationwide, more and more first- and second-graders are making headlines when they’re charged with crimes. One of Schwartz’ biggest recommendations is that the dependency judge, who knows the child and family problems best, retain jurisdiction if that child is also charged with a crime. He gave the example of a child who was seriously emotionally disturbed, whose parents were both dead. When taken to a school for special testing, he snapped and trashed the classroom. Once he was adjudicated guilty of a crime, he couldn’t go back to his residential treatment home. “There ought to be a way the dependency judge can come back and say to the delinquency judge: `That kid is mine, not yours,’” Schwartz said. “I’d love it if the judges in dependency cases could retain jurisdiction if the child is arrested over county lines, so the judge who knows the kid can keep the case.. . . “We’re seeing it left and right, where children hit their foster parents and are charged with a crime. Our child welfare agencies can’t wait to close cases and send it to the Department of Juvenile Justice.” As a member of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, Schwartz is working on a resolution to oppose zero tolerance policies in schools because it operates with the rigidity of a mandatory sentence. “If The Florida Bar could support it, that’d be great,” he said. Barbara Burch, the education attorney for the Juvenile Advocacy Project of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, said, “I have an 11-year-old client with five felonies for batteries on school board employees (for acting out in class). If this kid does something at age 15, he’ll be direct-filed to adult court.” Her biggest wish is that Florida provide surrogate parents to children with special education needs — who can serve as “the one adult who knows what’s going on and can advocate for children.” She also issued a hue and cry for more attorneys to focus on special education advocacy, adding that federal law for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) cases provide for paying attorneys’ fees at market rates. “We don’t have the number of attorneys to do this. We need to get the bar involved.” Tulman, the Washington law professor, trained 100 lawyers to handle special-education advocacy cases, including class-action lawsuits. “Eighty to 90 percent of kids locked up in your facilities qualify as educationally disabled,” Tulman said. “It’s a phenomenal number.” Stressing that getting parents involved to help children receive the services they are entitled to under IDEA (Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act) is a sure-fire way to help children with education disabilities. “We can do remarkable stuff to stabilize families by getting special education services,” he said. And while no state in the nation is in compliance with the IDEA, he said, special education law is a powerful incentive for schools to provide services, rather than pay attorneys. Ideally, Tulman said, there would be a way to better help children by getting various agencies to sit together and shift funds from multiple pools of budgets. Now, too often, he said, agencies would rather shift the kid to become some other agency’s problem. “Duh! If we help people become productive, it will help the kid and the community and save money,” Tulman said of activities all children need to define themselves as individuals — whether it’s music, art or sports — the very things that are cut out first in programs for kids. “I don’t care what side you come down on, put money in children ages zero to 18. If you’re the toughest prosecutor in the world, it makes sense. Most state attorneys agree, but then they go back home and talk about quicker death penalties to get re-elected,” said Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Harry Shorstein. center_img “Many parents have to give up custody of their kids to get them services,” said Burnim, of the dilemma that Medicaid is the biggest resource to pay for mental health services and no one has the right to mental health services. He stressed that what works best are intensive services to kids and their families in their homes, not confining kids in residential treatment facilities and then sending them back to the environment from which they came with no support. The adults who best know the child, including teachers and family members, need to be at the table with social workers and lawyers to create the best plan for the child. “Our nation locks up 105,000 children a day,” said Richard Mendel, who served as director of research and public policy for The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. “Yet only 5,000 children are treated in home-based multisystemic functional family therapy.” That’s the name of intensive family-oriented, home-based counseling services that research has shown works best to help juveniles and was endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General in his 1999 report to the nation on mental health. “You can’t help kids without helping their families. We love poor kids, but we tend to hate their families.. . It sounds mushy and not professional, but it comes down to: What do we need for this kid? What will work? Piece together a plan that’s best for the kid and watch it. If it’s not working, try something else,” said Ira Burnim, legal director of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, D.C. “It’s crazy that kids from Miami are doing their time in the Panhandle,” said Francisco Alarcon, deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. He shared his frustration that while he has funds to build more therapeutic foster homes where they’re most needed in South Florida, he is unable to use sites the state already owns because of the NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) factor. “Isn’t it odd that criminal court is the only way to get help for kids? It’s an odd notion to have to resort to jail to get help for kids,” said Schwartz, of Philadelphia’s The Juvenile Law Center, in response to Shorstein’s program in the Duval County Jail for juveniles he direct files as adults in order to give them comprehensive counseling and education services. last_img

The island of Rab provided tourists with a 50 percent discount on the price of the PCR test

first_imgThe City of Rab and the Tourist Board of the City of Rab, in cooperation with the Institute of Public Health of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, provided tourists from the area of ​​the town of Rab with a 50% discount (349,11 kuna) for PCR test on COVID – 19 in September and October. “The announcements for this season were modest, but we managed to surpass them. The city of Rab is a responsible and safe destination and we want to show how it is possible to continue this season. Aware that the cost of the Covid-19 test is a significant expense for tourists or renters, we believe that this discount will mean a lot to them. We were helped in this by the Teaching Institute for Public Health of PGC, headed by the director prof. dr. sc. Vladimir Mićović and the Rab Branch Office headed by the head mr. sc. Daniel Glažar-Ivče “, said the director of the Rab Tourist Board, Ivana Matušan, and added that they managed to maintain the tourist season in a 65 percent volume of overnight stays compared to last year. Also, the discount is valid for all persons who stay in the area of ​​the town of Rab for a minimum of 7 nights continuously in private accommodation, as well as for all reservations for September and October, regardless of when they are made. The discount is intended for all tourists who need the result of the PCR test on COVID – 19 for unhindered entry into the home country, and is valid for all arrivals in September and October 2020 (from September 1 to October 31, 2020) When performing testing, the person who pays for the test (tourist or landlord) is obliged to present a certificate from eVisitor on the residence of the person being tested, which the landlord can print out from the eVisitor system or request at the Rab Tourist Board office. Tourists can do the testing, through the drive-in method of collecting swabs, in the Health Center of the city of Rab every working day from 8 am to 11 am.last_img read more

Thorn in side of developers

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Area Volleyball Sectionals Start Thursday

first_imgWRBI Area High School Volleyball Sectionals start Thursday Night (10-23).Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Franklin County.Lawrenceburg vs. Batesville.  6 PM.Rushville vs. South Dearborn.  Following.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switz County.Southwestern vs. North Decatur.  6 PM.Switzerland County vs. South Ripley.  Following.Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Hauser.Rising Sun vs. Jac-Cen-Del.  6 PM.South Decatur vs. Oldenburg Academy.  Following.Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus East.Columbus East vs. Columbus North.  7 PM.The best of luck to all of our area Volleyball Teams during The Sectionals!last_img

Ozil explains charity work: I earn so much, I can’t spend it all on myself

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading… Mesut Ozil is one of the richest footballers on the planet but also one of the most generous. Ozil has been one of Arsenal’s highest earning players after signing from Real Madrid for £42.5million six years ago. Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil’s charity work includes being an ambassador for the Rays of Sunshine children’s charity But his agent says the Gunners’ £350,000-a-week Muslim superstar is on a to help the world’s starving, sick and homeless. Ozil has come under fire for rejected a 12.5 per cent pay cut during the coronavirus crisis. Mesut Ozil’s charity work has been revealed by his agent Dr Erkut Sogut Arsenal confirmed on Monday that the first-team squad and Mikel Arteta will take a cut due to the coronavirus outbreak. But Ozil has not accepted the agreement as he did not want to rush into a decision. Ozil’s wages work out at £18.2m a year, which means his income would fall by £2.3m. His agent Dr Erkut Sogut revealed last year that Ozil’s acts of kindness include: . paying for 1,000 vital operations for children across the world. feeding 100,000 homeless people at 16 refugee camps in Turkey and Syria. paying £240,000 to fund operations for sick kids in Brazil. working for children’s charity Rays of Sunshine On his wedding day to former Miss Turkey, Amine Gulse, Ozil promised to finance 1,000 operations for needy kids across the globe. “Then, during last year’s World Cup, he told me ‘I want to do this bigger. Let’s change the lives of 1,000 kids, let’s do 1,000 operations’. “I said ‘This will cost you millions’. But he replied ‘If I don’t share my money now, when will I? And with whom?’ “Mesut came from a very poor background, with his mum doing two cleaning jobs a day. He knows what it means not to have anything. “And he said ‘Look, Erkut, I earn so much, I can’t spend it all on myself, so I can give much more’.” Ozil admitted: “As a footballer I am fortunate and in a privileged position. Amine and I will bear the expenses for surgeries of 1,000 children in need.” His wedding day gift also included feeding an astonishing 100,000 homeless people at 16 refugee camps and shelters in Turkey and Syria. Mesut Ozil spends time with children at the Rays of Sunshine charity Ozil, 31, paid for the meals, Sogut organised the massive take-away operation and the Red Cross delivered the food to the sites. Sogut, 39, added: “Mesut told me, ‘This is my wedding present to the world. Today, the food is on me’. “It cost Mesut a huge amount of money that day. But it was something he was very passionate about.” Ozil had previously donated his 2014 World Cup winnings — about £240,000 — to fund surgery for 23 sick Brazilian children in conjunction with the BigShoe charity. Sogut has a prized video of some of the hungry in the Turkish capital, Ankara, sending Ozil heartfelt thank-you messages. Mesut Ozil donated his earnings from the World Cup to the Big Shoe project for sick kids Last year the agent flew to Ozil’s parents’ Turkish birthplace, Devrek, where the Arsenal No 10 is building a five-storey football academy for the town. Ozil is also working with children’s charity Rays of Sunshine and a Barnet hospice, while five of the 15 seats in his Emirates box are always reserved for charity. Sogut said: “Mesut loves helping children. He became great friends with a kid who had terminal cancer. Tragically, Charlie died seven months ago and the boy’s death really affected him.” Ozil used his wedding day as a chance to reach out to those in need As did the horrific attempted carjacking near his home last July. Ozil, Amine and team-mate Sead Kolasinac were attacked by two villains on mopeds. Videos of Kolasinac fighting off one of the knife-wielding thugs went viral and Ozil admitted: “Sead was really brave. “I was scared for my wife. We were worried these guys had been targeting us.” Almost a year to the day earlier, Ozil had quit playing for Germany, citing the “racism and disrespect ” he had suffered in his homeland over his Turkish roots. Mesut Ozil works with the Big Shoe charity that pays for need children to get vital operations Despite being born in the German town of Gelsenkirchen and winning 92 caps for his country, he was castigated after being  photographed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London. Sogut revealed the final straw came when the director of Ozil’s old school in Gelsenkirchen told him he was “no longer welcome at a planned event, despite paying for immigrant children’s education there for ten years”. The agent added: “It was the main reason Mesut stopped playing for  Germany. Ozil’s agent Dr Sogut Erkut says his client is hugely dedicated to helping those in need “He told me, ‘If I am not even welcome at my own school how can I wear the national jersey?’ Whenever anyone asks him for help, he just gives. “He has given jobs to seven of his childhood friends from Gelsenkirchen. They now work for him in Dusseldorf. “His charitable work costs him millions but he earns millions so is happy to give back. I don’t know of another player who does it on this scale. “But he  doesn’t want to brag about it. Most Arsenal fans don’t care about these things anyway,  just whether he is playing or not.” Ozil has started both games under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg following Unai Emery’s sacking. Ozil and teammate Sead Kolasinac were targeted by armed muggers earlier this year And Sogut, who has  built Ozil a UK property portfolio to generate £100,000-a-month rental income when he retires, said: “Arsenal DNA is in Mesut’s blood. He loves the club. “He has had offers from other Premier League clubs but he was  clear, ‘If I am not staying at Arsenal then I will leave England’. “He has never wanted to join another club here.” Ozil is settled in London and has built a property portfolio in the UK Read Also: UEFA urges leagues to complete suspended football seasons And Ozil declared: “This is my home. I am proud to be an Arsenal player, I’m happy here.” Sogut — affectionately nicknamed The Nerd by Ozil because of his love of libraries — negotiated both the German’s original Arsenal contract and his huge new £18.2m-a-year deal which ties him to the club until 2021. Now, Sogut owns two thriving 39 Steps coffee shops in Soho and Knightsbridge, lives in London and has an English wife and young son. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Ballyogan aim for Newsletter

first_img “She seems very well after it,” said Condon. “She didn’t seem to have a hard race and I think she’ll go to the Ballyogan next. “What was a little surprising was that she appeared to enjoy the ease in the ground, given she ran so well at Ascot on fast last year. “We’d been encouraged by Bath, and six furlongs suited her better. “After the Ballyogan, the Commonwealth Cup would be her target – it looks hot but she deserves a shot at it. “She does travel well, she’s been over to England twice this season and it doesn’t seem to bother her.” Newsletter will head for the TRM Ballyogan Stakes at the Curragh on June 7 before a trip to Royal Ascot. Trained by Ken Condon, the Sir Percy filly was a close third in the Queen Mary behind Anthem Alexander and Tiggy Wiggy at the big meeting last year. Her subsequent runs at two were nothing special, but she showed promise on her return at Listed level at Bath and was an easy winner of the Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes at Nottingham last time. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Exciting double-header tonight in Hamilton Green K.O. Cup football

first_imgAN exciting double-header is expected tonight when the Hamilton Green K.O. Cup football tournament continues at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground with a double-header.The tournament will involve two of the mining community’s top teams coming up against a team from neighbouring Kuru Kururu and another from the East Demerara Football Association.The feature game which is scheduled for a 21:00hrs start will see homesters Eagles United face Kuru Kururu of the Linden Highway, while the opening game from 19:00hrs will be contested between Silver Shattas of Linden and Plaisance of the East Demerara Football Association.For the opening game, the hosts (Silver Shattas) will be hoping to take advantage of their home turf and will be relying heavily on their star strikers Robin Adams and Damion Williams, who are expected to get valuable support from midfielders Michael Wilson and Dexter Garraway.Romel Matthews will marshal the defence with Kellon Major between the uprights.The opposition’s (Plaisance) attack will be spearheaded by Vincent Thomas with support from midfielders Keon Kyte, Oneal Clarke and Akeem Thomas.Manning the defence will be Travis Simon and Javid Mohamed.For the feature game, home side Eagles United will use a three-man strike line which will be made up of Kellon Primo, Clive Mobora and Omar Brewley.Quasey Quintin will spearhead the midfield while Benny Neblette, Julian Smith and Romain Adams will marshal the defence.For Kuru Kururu, The man between the uprights Joshua George will be the last line of defence and is expected to get support from defenders Joseph Walker and Catio Sttholpe.Overlapping midfielders Kester Alleyne and Kester Fraser will both lend support to Cordel Johnson and Michael Charles who will be on the striking line.The tournament will continue on Friday with another double-header at the same venue and will see Winners Connection take on Riddim Squad and Milerock face Georgetown Football Club in the feature game from 21:00hrs.last_img read more