Arsene Wenger sends support to Arsenal star Mesut Ozil amid China backlash

first_imgArsene Wenger sends support to Arsenal star Mesut Ozil amid China backlash Advertisement 1 min. story 1/1 Read More SPONSORED Skip Ad Wenger coached Ozil at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has backed Mesut Ozil’s freedom of speech after the Arsenal drew the fury of China.Ozil’s Instagram post about the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China has sparked a debate about human rights, as reports claim China has detained as many as one million people, mainly Muslims, over the course of several years in what are being branded as prison camps.China reacted furiously to the comments, pulling Arsenal’s game against Manchester City from TV coverage and performing a deep cleanse of Ozil’s internet footprint in the country.Arsenal released a statement distancing themselves from Ozil’s call to action and Wenger has defended the German’s right to speak out.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings Skip Read More Read More Read More Top articles Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 1:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares About Connatix V67539 Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Comment Ozil is a Muslim (Picture: Getty)‘They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men.‘The women are forced to marry Chinese men. But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise.‘They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?’MORE: Yaya Toure takes swipe at Mesut Ozil and tells Arsenal star he was wrong to condemn China’s treatment of UighursMORE: Arsenal respond to Mesut Ozil social media post Advertisement Full Screen / ‘What he says is about himself and not Arsenal,’ said Wenger.‘Mesut Ozil has freedom of speech like everyone else and he uses his notoriety to express his opinions, which are not necessarily shared by everybody.‘What’s important is that Ozil has an individual responsibility. He doesn’t have to carry the word of Arsenal Football Club.‘When you make a comment about your individual opinion you accept the consequences of it.’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 CityChina have threatened further action against Arsenal. Ozil is a Muslim and compelled others to speak out on the human rights violations in China.‘East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion,’ Ozil said in a statement.‘They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. by Metro PLAY Coming Nextlast_img read more

Why Winning A $7,000 Piracy Lawsuit Could Be The Worst News Ever For Book Publishers

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Amazon#BitTorrent#ebooks#publishing Related Posts Earlier this week, the book publishing industry hit a milestone. For the first time ever, a publisher successfully sued consumers for pirating books via BitTorrent. As a result of the lawsuit, a pair of New York residents will pay $7,000 in damages to John Wiley and Sons, the company that puts out the “For Dummies” series of instructional books. Sound familiar? With this litigation, Wiley borrowed a page from the playbook of the music industry, which became notorious a few years back for suing people for illegally sharing songs. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) eventually backed down from some of its most aggressive litigation after it became clear the strategy was doing little more than angering the most avid, dedicated music fans. Despite the epic failure of the RIAA’s approach, worried book publishers are now beginning to think lawsuits can help them slow the bleeding of a business that is – like the music industry before it – being radically upended by digital technology. Let’s hope this small victory for book publishers doesn’t send the industry on the same disastrous path taken by the music labels.Piracy Is A Fact Of Digital LifeLike music and movies, e-books get pirated. But that doesn’t mean suing everyone you can find is the only possible response.You can, for example, search for Tim Ferriss’s bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek on the Pirate Bay and, within minutes, have a fresh copy sitting on your hard drive, ready to be transferred to your e-reading device of choice. Unlike Wiley and Sons, though, Ferriss has no plans to hunt down those unauthorized downloaders and haul them into court. Instead, he’s teaming up with BitTorrent. Before we go any further, an important distinction needs to be made. BitTorrent, Inc is a San Francisco-based company that develops the official BitTorrent desktop client and generally serves as the public evangelist for the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing technology its cofounder Bram Cohen created in 2001. The company itself has little control over how the protocol is actually used in the wild. Frequently, as we’re all well aware, the use case involves content piracy. It’s a reputation BitTorrent, Inc is trying to shed.Using BitTorrent To Promote – Not Steal – ContentLast month, the company formally teamed up with Ferriss to help him promote his new book, The 4-Hour Chef. The partnership gave Ferriss prime visual real estate on BitTorrent.com, his grinning mug slapped across the homepage of a site to which more than half a million people navigate to download the BitTorrent client everyday. It’s the sort of exposure that would cost big bucks to buy. The campaign’s call to action – to adopt the parlance of Internet marketers – wasn’t just to buy his book on Amazon, although that was undoubtedly its goal. To help whet their appetites, users were prompted to download a bundle of free content offered exclusively through BitTorrent. If you weren’t sure if you wanted to pay for a copy of The 4-Hour Chef, perhaps a sample chapter, behind-the-scenes videos and supplementary notes would help convince you.  john paul titlow 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Since debuting in November, Tim Ferriss’s BitTorrent content bundle has been downloaded more than 1.4 million times. While one should always be careful not to draw logically shaky conclusions about causation, it’s hard to imagine that the promotion didn’t help drive The 4-Hour Chef up the bestseller charts at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly, at least a little bit. It also didn’t hurt that Ferriss was already a well-established, bestselling author.This time around, though, Ferriss was looking for all the marketing and promotional help he could get. Rather than going with a traditional publisher, he had signed on with Amazon’s new publishing arm. The move was frowned upon by already-beleaguered bricks-and-mortar booksellers, many of whom refused to carry Ferris’s latest title. With this huge disadvantage in mind, he approached BitTorrent, whose previous experiments in content promotion (mostly with musicians) had generated some impressive numbers. Whether those download numbers translate directly into revenue for creators remains difficult to prove. Does the extra exposure of BitTorrent (and potential payoff if a formal partnership is involved) outweigh revenue lost to piracy? Again, hard to say. BitTorrent, Inc is hoping that experiments like Ferriss’s will help answer those questions. In many ways, the future of the book publishing industry could rest on which piracy response they choose to follow: Tim Ferriss or John Wiley and Sons.last_img read more

Caregiver Support During the Holiday Season

first_imgDuring the holiday season many Americans gather with loved ones to celebrate traditions and give thanks for the blessing received throughout the year. Despite the effects of war, wounded warriors and their family caregivers try to do the same.Many military caregivers are faced with caring for wounded warriors experiencing loss of limb(s), vision loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or severe burn injuries. During the holiday season the emotional toll of caregiving may heighten.Whether your caregiving responsibilities may be short-term, long-term, or indefinite, you face a roller coaster of emotions. These emotions can leave you feeling blue, ultimately affecting your caregiving ability. By identifying these emotions now, you’ll be better able to cope with them during the holiday season.Consider the emotions that are described in the article, “Caregiving Leaving You Feeling Blue?” The article identifies emotions that you may go through as a military family caregiver, such as:AnxietyGuiltHopelessness and abandonmentAnger and resentmentFearInadequacyWhile it is normal to experience these emotions, as the caregiver, it is important to understand how your emotions can affect your lifestyle.In order to take control of your emotions, “Caregiving Leaving You Feeling Blue?,” suggests…Taking regular breaks from caregiving.Focusing on your health as well as your wounded warrior’s.Joining a support group for caregivers in similar situations.Remember, your role as caregiver does not mean you have to do everything or do everything alone. Realize that you are not alone; individuals who share similar feelings are ready to help you. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs, Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 for times when you just need someone to listen. Or contact your local Army installation’s Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) for information about support groups and caregiver support services.last_img read more

Now Mamata says will not tolerate assaults on CPI(M) men

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said she would not “tolerate” attacks on “supporters” of the Communist Party of India-Marxist [CPI(M)] and the pulling down of a statue of Russian leader Vladimir Lenin in Tripura.“Karl Marx or Mohamati  [The Great] Lenin are not my leaders. But they do matter in Russia. Different people are leaders in different countries and different places formed this [the world]…but you [BJP]do not have the right to raze the statues of Marx or Lenin, just because you came to power.”“In fact you [BJP] have no right to demolish statues of Gandhiji, Marx, Lenin, Swami Vivekananda or Netaji [Subhas Chandra Bose],” Ms Banerjee said in a public rally in Bankura district.Condemning alleged attacks on CPI(M) activists in Tripura, she said “no person can be targeted for being affiliated to any particular party.”“They [BJP] have created an environment of mayhem [in Tripura]. They are demolishing everything. I do not care if others are protesting or not but I will. I have ideological battles with the CPI(M) and it will remain. And, I have resisted attacks by the CPI(M) and now I will resist attacks by the BJP too,” she said.She stated TMC activists have not “targeted CPI(M)” in the State; an observation which is always contested by the CPI(M) leadership in the State.Challenging the BJP’s statement that their “next stop is Bengal,” she said that if “BJP targets Bengal, Bengal will target Lal Qila [Red Fort].”Regional coalition“But we are not keen to grab power but we will ensure that other [non-BJP] parties get it,” she said indicating her latest move to form a regional coalition.last_img read more

Tyrese Williams Talks Decision to Commit to Oklahoma State

first_imgOn Tuesday morning Oklahoma State’s momentum on the recruiting trail gained even more momentum with the addition of 2018 offensive lineman Tyrese Williams. Williams picked up an offer just weeks ago on an unofficial visit for OSU’s junior day and explained why he pulled the trigger to commit and why he liked OSU as a no-brainer for him.“At first I was talking with Coach Henson, and he was hinting like, ‘Yeah, we really like you, you can really fit this program,’” Williams told PFB on Tuesday.“He kind of hinted that he wanted to see me in person and I had an offer waiting. So I went ahead and made the trip up there, saw the campus, culture, and got offered during OSU’s spring game. When I got there and saw everything I immediately put OSU at the top of my list. At the time, one of my biggest schools was Cal. And I’d already been to Cal. Comparing my OSU visit to Cal, I mean, it blew Cal out of the water. The location, I mean, it was right close to home. I felt like I fit in. Over at Cal, it was west coast. I just feel like west coast and east coast football is different than football in the south.”Although Tyrese wasn’t originally weighing location as a major factor in his recruitment, especially after drumming up major interest on the west coast, he said it became apparent it would be an important factor for him.He’s a Houston product — just an 8-hour drive from Stillwater — and having family in the Grove, Oklahoma area has helped him become familiar with the area he’ll soon call home.[Scout]One of the biggest ways Williams garnered interest from major schools was a local appearance at The Opening regionals in Houston, he says. Not only did he gain exposure locally, but he won offensive line MVP. His recruitment skyrocketed from there.“Before The Opening, I had one offer,” said Williams. “North Texas. And I got that offer last year. So I was kind of — my recruitment was in a bit of a lull until that MVP sparked it. OSU contacted me and said they saw my performance and they were intrigued and things went from there.”Based on Williams’ frame and size (6-foot-3, 285 pounds), and his ability to dissect plays from the line like a quarterback (he’s a heady football player who can call out plays from the line because of his experience), Williams says OSU sees him as a perfect fit at center, where he’ll play this upcoming season for Cy Ridge.As for other schools that might try and pry him away from OSU in his recruitment, Williams says not to worry about that. He’s shutting his recruitment down and he’s solid with OSU even if others come calling — which they’ve already done.“I’ve shut down my recruiting,” Williams said. “I talked to my head coach and he didn’t want me to commit until I was 100 percent. I told him ‘this was the school.’ So I’m 100 percent committed to Oklahoma State. I told my coach to let coaches know I’m not interested. In fact, today LSU came by and my coach told them I was already committed and they could go home. I have no problem with that.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Tyron Johnson Says He’ll Be Featured in Both Kick and Punt Returns

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. On year ago, Mike Gundy stashed Tyron Johnson away in one of those unused rooms in the depths of Boone Pickens Stadium. He was given a playbook and access to the training facility.In addition to the NCAA transfer rules (keeping him off the field), Gundy’s own first-year media rules (keeping him away from a mic) served as an attempt by the head coach to conceal Tyron’s true identity —  an obviously-talented and athletic playmaker. And potentially the second coming of Dez Bryant in Stillwater.Being finally made available, Johnson chatted with PFB during Oklahoma State’s Media Day on Saturday. There hasn’t been this much hyperbole surrounding an Oklahoma State transfer since Tyreek Hill, and it looks like the two might have something else in common.AdChoices广告“Yes, I will be involved in both kick and punt returns this year,” Johnson told PFB. It’s something the LSU transfer says he takes pride in. “Some people just do special teams because they have to do it, but that’s something I have a passion for. It’s like my second love. ”Who returns kicks and punts has been an understated questions throughout the offseason. Jeff Carr and Jalen McCleskey both return with two seasons of experience as returners but neither really wowed us. The Cowboys have only scored one true return touchdown since Hill’s historic Bedlam moment three years ago.Mason Rudolph gave as some insight into Johnson’s make-you-miss agility that could be perfectly suited to the return game.“In the open field, I think he may be the best receiver we have right now with the ball in his hands with people in front of him,” said Rudolph. “James [Washington] and [Jalen] McCleskey are guys that are going to run by you and jump ball, ball skills and all that. But he’s going to have a great year.”Whether or not Johnson draws actual Dez comparisons on the field, is yet to be seen. But with all the chatter coming from inside the program, it’s hard not to get excited with potentially three years worth of highlights to come.last_img read more

Justice Hill Taking Hands-Off Approach in Younger Brother’s Recruitment

first_imgSophomore running back Justice Hill was just a three-star running back prospect out of Booker T. Washington when he signed with Oklahoma State in 2016.By one season’s sample size, rankings grossly undervalued the Freshman All-American’s talent. But to this point, the same can’t be said for his younger brother Dax, a five-star Class of 2019 recruit who has already garnered offers from OU, OSU, Alabama, Penn State, Michigan … and the list goes on.AdChoices广告Dax is a standout safety for Booker T. Washington who has been tabbed as the top recruit in the state, and despite his older brother’s experience as a recruit, Justice says he’s taken a more hands-off approach — with subtle orange-and-black nudging.“I just say take it one day at a time,” Hill said about the advice he’s given his younger brother. “You know, he’s got two years left so he’s got a lot of things to experience. I mean, I try and nudge him to come here [to OSU] every now and then. But he’s got to make that decision that’s right for him.” Despite all the attention Dax has received, he’s taking a measured approach and the wisdom from his older brother to heart.“He’s just been congratulating me, just telling me to keep the good job up and to keep doing what I’m doing and to stay focused,” Dax said back in June. “He’s really just been telling me that even though he went to OSU doesn’t mean I have to follow in his footsteps. He wants me to weigh my options, and has told me I don’t need stay in Oklahoma just because I live here. He doesn’t want me to limit myself or my opportunities to just Oklahoma schools, so he’s encouraged me to explore all my options.”As for a timetable for a decision, Dax says he doesn’t want to go down to the wire on signing day. Like his older brother, who pledged almost a full year before signing day in 2016, he says he wants to get his decision out of the way as early as he can in his senior season.“I’m really not going to wait too long, but I don’t want to do it too early, either,” he said. “I want to make a decision when I feel like it’s the right time.”Hill is ranked nationally as the No. 27 prospect in the 2019 class, and the No. 3 prospect at the safety position. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mamelodi Sundowns drop Bolt hint

first_imgTransfers Mamelodi Sundowns hint at Usain Bolt deal Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 08:22 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) usain bolt - cropped Getty Images Transfers PSL Mamelodi Sundowns Manchester United Borussia Dortmund The Jamaican track legend is due to announce which football team he has signed for on Tuesday, with one team hinting at being the lucky side. South African side Mamelodi Sundowns have dropped a big hint that they have signed retired athletics star Usain Bolt.The Jamaican tweeted on Sunday to confirm he had agreed a deal with a football team and would be making a further announcement at 0800GMT on Tuesday.Sundowns retweeted Bolt’s post and followed up on Monday with a major suggestion that they are the side the 31-year-old has joined. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “Football will never be the same. Find out tomorrow 8am GMT!” they posed on their official Twitter account, along with a picture of Bold at the club’s training ground.Bolt has regularly expressed a desire to carve out a career in football, having retired from sprinting following the world athletics championships in London last year.The eight-time Olympic gold medallist has often said he would like to play for Manchester United, the club he supports, while he also recently offered his services to David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise, Futbol Miami.Football will never be the same. Find out tomorrow 8am GMT!   #Sundowns pic.twitter.com/nifRZFR62s — Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) February 26, 2018 I’ve signed for a football team! Find out which one this Tuesday at 8am GMT   pic.twitter.com/iFTlWxfy7x — Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) February 25, 2018 Bolt is also due to take part in a trial with Borussia Dortmund in March.last_img read more

Wenger hits back at Neville after ‘spineless’ jibe

first_imgArsenal Wenger hits back at Neville after Arsenal called ‘spineless’ & a ‘disgrace’ Joe Wright 21:38 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arsene Wenger Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsène Wenger The Gunners boss believes criticism of his team’s Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City is unfair, given the quality of their opponents Arsene Wenger has defended his Arsenal players after Gary Neville called them ‘spineless’ and an ‘absolute disgrace’ for their performance in the Carabao Cup final.Arsenal were beaten 3-0 at Wembley by Manchester City on Sunday and Wenger’s side produced a meek display in the game.The performance prompted former Manchester United captain Neville to tear into Arsenal and he criticised Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil for walking. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But Wenger rejected the suggestion some of his players did not produce at the expected level against City.“You could find that [walking] on both sides,” Wenger said. “You can always get out pictures from a game that justifies what you think.”You find in every single game, on both sides, moments where a player doesn’t track. You have to analyse why. Has he made two runs before to go in behind and was exhausted, or did he not track because he didn’t want to? That is different.“Of course, the players gave me everything. I am long enough in the game to know that when you lose a big game, people always say that the players don’t want it enough.”Did we lose the game because of that? I am not convinced. When there is a big difference like 3-0 you always get that impression. For me, it is not the main reason.“We got to the final and you don’t get there by coincidence. You have to fight to get there and we did. We didn’t play against a poor team in the semi-final, we played against Chelsea and we have shown that we can fight.”We have to live with the criticism, it’s part of the modern game. People who comment – their job is to comment, so you have to live with that. What is important is how we respond.”Wenger also believes his team’s critics should show “a bit of perspective” as he feels the final was close and insists it should not be considered shameful to lose to a team with a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League.He added: “I felt it was a very tight game until the 2-0. When you look at the end, Man City had three shots on target, we had two, so overall I believe we have to turn the decisive moment in our favour and play with more freedom.”I think we played a bit apprehensively. It’s important that force is part of our game.”I’m quite amazed at how people analyse; it looks like we lost against a team in division five. We lost against a team that dominates English football at the moment. We have to take a bit of perspective.”Nacho Monreal was forced off in the first half of the defeat and Wenger fears the defender could miss up to four matches, including Premier League clashes with City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford and the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie against AC Milan.”Nacho is out for the two games,” said Wenger. “He might be out for two more: Milan, and maybe one more.”He had an inflamed back – a disc problem. Everyone else is fit.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more