Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed he still supports the German national team despite the criticism and abuse he received after the World Cup.The 30-year-old announced his retirement from international football after the World Cup citing racist abuse and remarks from the German Football Federation (DFB).Ozil was criticized in Germany prior to the World Cup when he and Ilkay Gundogan, who are both of Turkish descent, were pictured alongside Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In July, he wrote on Twitter:‘The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.”“I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”However, the former Real Madrid midfielder revealed on his Twitter account during a Q&A session with fans, that he still supports the German team.I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German National Team. Of course I’m still supporting the team! https://t.co/flgtc13DZT— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 24, 2018He said: “I’ve always been supporting the DFB Team since my childhood and I’ve still many friends playing for the German National Team. Of course, I’m still supporting the team!”
PM Hasina assures EU of free, fair pollsPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday assured the new ambassador of European Union (EU) of a free, fair and credible general election to be held at the end of this year.“The Awami League had to struggle for protection of the democratic rights of the people when the state power was confined in the cantonment,” she said when new EU envoy Rensje Teerink called on prime minister at her Tejgaon office in Dhaka.Briefing reporters after the meeting the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the premier’s comment came in response to the EU envoy’s hope for a transparent and credible election.Sheikh Hasina and the envoy expressed satisfaction over the existing cordial relations, the press secretary said.Sheikh Hasina thanked the EU for helping the election commission and introducing transparent ballot boxes and voters’ list with photographs.The prime minister highlighted the development policy of her government saying the government is working with a special policy for socio-economic development and all development works are being implemented as the target set earlier.Recalling her visit to EU headquarters in her first term in office the prime minister appreciated EU’s continuous support to Bangladesh.As the Rohingya issue came in their discussion the prime minister said Rohingyas are creating immense burden on Bangladesh’s economy. Everybody including administration, police, army, BGB and other agencies are sincerely working to ensure their safe shelter, food and healthcare.Huge number of Rohingyas is occupying the cultivable land of local people, causing economic problem on them.The prime minister highly appreciated the role of EU on refugee issue.She said as the next door neighbor Bangladesh is engaged in dialogue with Myanmar and other bordering countries of Myanmar to resolve the problem.The press secretary said the envoy talked about the current situation of the garment sector saying the present government is very much sincere for giving a legitimate wages.For fixing wages for workers of garment industries, the prime minister said, she herself bargained with the owners to raise their wages.She said garment workers are working very nicely for development of the sector, despite attempts of creating trouble in the mills and factories from outside by non-professionals in vested interest.Sheikh Hasina laid importance on role of buyers in fixation of prices of garment products which was endorsed by the EU envoy.The press secretary said the EU envoy appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous achievement in various sectors including in the economic growth, graduation from LDCs to developing countries.Raising power generation capacity from 3,000 MW to 18,000 MW is an impressive success, she said.The envoy assured stepping up their support and pointed out 30 million Euro additional support of EU for Rohingays. She also mentioned about imposing sections on seven Myanmar generals for their links with the atrocities on Rohingays.Rensje Teerinks hoped that the visit of UN secretary-general would help making the international support to Rohingyas more strong.The envoy assured continued cooperation with Bangladesh on the issues of socio-economic development.Principal secretary to the prime minister Md. Nojibur Rahman and military secretary Major General Mia Muhammad Joynul Abedin were present.
Pro-independence activist Edward Leung walks inside a detention centre before leaving for the High Court for a sentencing hearing in Hong Kong, China on 11 June. Photo: ReutersA former rising star in Hong Kong’s radical youth opposition was sentenced to 6 years in jail on Monday for rioting and assaulting police, one of the city’s harshest sentences against a democracy activist in recent years.Edward Leung, 27, one of the leaders of a movement advocating Hong Kong’s independence from China, had earlier been found guilty of rioting in a 2016 overnight protest that turned violent. He had pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.About 130 people, mostly police, were injured when masked protesters tossed bricks and set trash cans alight to vent their anger against what they saw as mainland Chinese encroachment on the city’s autonomy and freedoms.It wasn’t immediately clear if Leung would appeal against the sentence.Leung appeared calm upon hearing High Court Judge Anthea Pang announce the sentence, while murmurs of disbelief rippled through a crowd of about 150 activists and supporters watching a live broadcast outside the courtroom.Pang condemned the “severe violence” of the riot, which she said had caused danger to those at the scene, and which warranted the imposition of a strict deterrent sentence.“The court absolutely does not allow livelihood or political disputes to be expressed through acts of violence,” she said.Two other defendants in the case, Lo Kin-man and Wong Ka-kui, were jailed 7 and 3.5 years respectively for rioting.Leung has supported Hong Kong’s outright secession from China given Beijing’s perceived erosion of the “one country two systems” principle granting the city a high degree of autonomy since it was handed from British to Chinese rule in 1997.The controversial politician, then a student of philosophy at the University of Hong Kong, came to public prominence after the violent protests, and a run for public office during a by-election for a legislative council seat that year. He was barred from running for another election later that year.China has repeatedly slammed the independence movement, fearful of the idea catching on in the mainland. President Xi Jinping warned last year that any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty would be an act that crosses a “red line”.Although the court case does not deal directly on the issue of independence, the sentencing is likely to be interpreted as a broader warning against the city’s young radical activists.Leung’s sentence came one week after two other pro independence activists and former lawmakers were sentenced to one month in jail for assembling illegally in the legislature while still in public office.