Archive for February, 2019

  • Loan star Holtby had a World Cup dream

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    Fulham loanee Lewis Holtby has revealed he left Tottenham to prove his English Premier League credentials and try to force his way into Germany’s World Cup squad.


    The 23-year-old started just six league games for Spurs this season before completing a deadline-day move to London rivals Fulham, who currently sit at the foot of the table.

    Despite being a firm favourite among Tottenham fans, Holtby always struggled to hold down a permanent place under either Andre Villas-Boas or Tim Sherwood.

    Now he has swapped a fight for European qualification for a relegation dog-fight, with his justification for such a move clear in his mind.

    “I reviewed my season at Spurs and checked how many games I had played recently and I’m a player who wants to play,” he said.

    “I’m hungry for games, especially in the Premier League, that’s what I came here for.

    “It is a great opportunity for me now at Fulham to get these games and get the full trust of the gaffer, Mr (Rene) Meulensteen, and show my abilities and what I can do and maybe slot in to the Germany side, somehow, to get my confidence running.

    “I want to show the Premier League and all the pundits what I can do week in, week out on the pitch.”

    Holtby made his debut in Fulham’s 3-0 home defeat to Southampton last weekend and has been described by Whites’ boss Meulensteen as a “class player”.

    Even if he helps to keep Fulham in the top flight, he is still unsure where his future would lie as he would still have plenty to prove at Spurs.

    He said: “It’s very early doors to be honest, I have a half-season loan deal and our task is to stay in the Premier league and if I think about the summer now then I’m not thinking about the task. I have a long contract at Tottenham so I can’t really say what will happen in the summer.”

  • Men’s downhill offers thrilling start to Sunday action

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    The downhill is one of the showcase events of the Games and Swiss 1972 gold medallist Bernhard Russi has designed a suitably challenging course.


    Veteran Miller, fastest in the final training session on Saturday, warned the treacherous Rosa Khutor piste “could kill you” after Slovenian Rok Perko crashed heavily and was left with a bloody nose.

    Switzerland’s Didier Defago, the oldest man in the race at 36, is back to defend his title after a surprise win in Vancouver four years ago.

    However, the smart money is on world champion Svindal to improve on his silver from Vancouver or for Miller, another 36-year-old, to add to the super combined title he won in 2010.

    Down from the mountains, hosts Russia, Canada and Japan are among the medal hopefuls when the inaugural figure skating team competition reaches its climax in the Iceberg venue.

    In the nearby speedskating arena, Czech Martina Sablikova bids to retain the 3,000 metres title she won four years ago. She faces a stern test from Dutchwoman Irene Wust and 41-year-old German Claudia Pechstein, seeking her sixth Olympic gold medal.

    On the second full day of competition, the women get the chance to battle for medals in the new slopestyle event after American Sage Kotsenburg won the men’s title on Saturday.

    Petter Northug could make it a Norwegian double in the cross-country skiathlon following compatriot Marit Bjoergen’s victory in the woman’s race on Saturday.

    German Felix Loch is the man to beat in the luge, while there are also medals on offer in the women’s biathlon sprint and ski jumping where Swiss Simon Ammann goes for a fifth career gold.

    (Editing by Ed Osmond)

  • Khamenei demands ‘tolerance’ for Rouhani

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has renewed his confidence in President Hassan Rouhani, demanding tolerance from opponents who have criticised him over talks with world powers on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.


    Khamenei spoke on Saturday after days of public spats between Rouhani’s government and hardline opponents and as Tehran held what it called a “satisfactory” round of talks with visiting UN inspectors.

    The disputes have focused mostly on a deal struck with world powers in November that has put temporary curbs on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for modest sanctions relief and the return of billions of dollars in frozen Iranian assets.

    Without touching directly on the nature of those disagreements, Khamenei said “critics must exercise tolerance when it comes to the government”.

    “It has only been a few months since the government has taken the reign,” said the supreme leader, who has the final say on all key state affairs, including the nuclear dossier.

    “The statesmen must be given time to push forward strongly with their plans.”

    Since the deal, hardliners in Iran have not shied away from criticising the government and top nuclear negotiator and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

    They argue that what Iran gained in the interim deal – meant to last six months and also buy time for diplomacy over a comprehensive accord – do not offset what it has compromised in its nuclear activities.

    But Rouhani insists that the deal is bringing down the sanctions regime and “chains strangling Iran’s economy” – a main campaign promise of the self-proclaimed moderate, who took office in August.

    Khamenei himself has also hailed the deal as a victory for Iran, but remains sceptical of interaction with longtime foe the United States, a member of the so-called P5+1 group of world powers negotiating with Tehran.

  • Bosnians sweep up after violent protests

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    Bosnians have swept up the rubble after protesters set fire to the presidency and other government buildings in the country’s worst social unrest since its devastating war.


    But the next steps in attempts to clean up are far from clear.

    A few hundred people continued to protest peacefully in the capital, Sarajevo, and other cities on Saturday, angry about the nation’s almost 40 per cent unemployment rate and rampant corruption.

    Local governments in four cities, including Sarajevo, resigned amid the unrest, one mayor fled the country and politicians appeared on TV acknowledging mistakes and promising to change before general elections in October. But ordinary Bosnians have many reasons to be sceptical.

    The privatisation that followed the 1992-95 war decimated the middle class and sent the working class into poverty as a few tycoons flourished. Corruption is widespread and high taxes for the country’s bloated public sector eat away at residents’ paychecks.

    “This was a long accumulated dissatisfaction,” acknowledged Bosnia’s Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija. “The kids who did this were born in a post-war society and watched their parents being ripped off by tycoons in criminal privatisation. They grew up with no hope for a bright future, watching poverty and injustice.”

    The violence started early this week in the northern city of Tuzla, a former industrial centre, where thousands of factory workers vented their fury over the dubious privatisation that left them without jobs. Images of police beating and arresting members of the crowd prompted protests in over 20 cities.

    Some 200 policemen and 100 protesters were injured in Friday’s clashes as protesters smashed government buildings, cars and streetlights. Almost 100 people were detained, many of them teenagers. Protesters also set upon local government buildings in Zenica, Mostar and Travnik.

    Friday’s protests occurred almost exclusively in the Bosniak-Croat Federation, where salaries and pensions are higher.

  • Toyota lands naming rights at Daytona

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 上海按摩服务 | Response: 0

    Toyota Motor Corp has become the first company to land a naming rights deal at the revamped Daytona International Speedway in the US.


    The Japanese automaker and International Speedway Corp, which owns the famous Florida track, announced the sponsorship deal at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday.

    The 11-year agreement, which begins in 2015, will provide Toyota with naming rights to one of the five massive fan entrances at the redesigned speedway.

    Toyota will have more than 1800 square metres with which to work, giving the company plenty of space to showcase its automotive line-up and promote affiliated race teams.

    “This is a unique opportunity for Toyota to elevate our brand in the motorsports community,” said Bob Carter, senior vice-president of automotive operations of Toyota Motor Sales in the US.

    The deal also makes Toyota an official partner of the Daytona 500 and gives the company pace-car privileges. It means a foreign manufacturer will lead the field under caution at “The Great American Race”.

    “Toyota has been a great partner for many years and we will continue to work together to enhance the fan experience at many of our facilities across the country,” ISC chief executive Lesa France Kennedy said.

    Daytona is undergoing a $400 million renovation, dubbed “Daytona Rising”.

    Scheduled to be finished in 2016, the project will overhaul the front-stretch grandstands with new tiered concourses, wider seats and additional rest rooms and concessions. The track will have 11 football field-sized “neighbourhoods” that feature video screens as well as retail and dining areas.