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M/gladbach fans to be ‘absent and present’ against Leverkusen

first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Top 9 Oddest Underwater Discoveries No One Can Explain7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson9 Great Actors Who Will Always Be Defined By One RoleWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year “We’re arranging close to 13,000 cut-outs, but almost 20,000 have been ordered already,” Thomas Ludwig, head of the supporters’ group, told AFP subsidiary SID. “It’s a nice operation, which creates an atmosphere in the stadium,” said Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl. “Even if at the same time it’s a reminder that football without supporters is not the same.” “It’s fantastic. We really have the impression that we’re not alone when we’re training in the stadium,” added Gladbach coach Marco Rose. Bayern Munich beat Anthony Ujah;s Union Berlin 2-0 last Sunday Gladbach are third in the table and six points behind leaders Bayern Munich. They won 3-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend as the Bundesliga returned following a two-month interruption. Read AlsoBundesliga Players To Wear Black Armbands For Covid-19 Victims prior to Saturday’s march Nigeria international Anthony Ujah and his Union Berlin teammates will be hoping to earn their first re-start victory as they file out against Hertha BSC away on Friday. Ujah was in action for 71 minutes as they lost 2-0 to table toppers Bayern Munich last Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The saying that necessity is the mother of invention will come to to fore on Saturday Borussia Moenchengladbach host Bayer leverkusen in the up and running German Bundesliga. With matches slated to be placed behind closed doors the club fans will be absent and present in a special way. Nearly 13,000 cardboard cut-outs of Borussia Moenchengladbach supporters are set to welcome the team. Gladbach hosted the first Bundesliga game ever played without fans on March 11, shortly before the German season was put on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak. One of the club’s supporters’ groups, “Fanprojekt Moenchengladbach”, subsequently came up with the idea of allowing fans to print life-sized images of themselves to be placed inside the ground. The cut-outs line the stadium’s otherwise empty stands, with season ticket holders able to have their cardboard lookalike allocated to their regular spot.last_img read more

Canadian special forces out of Mosul preparing for new battle in Iraq

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian special forces have left the city of Mosul and are now backing up Iraqi forces as they prepare to assault one of the Islamic State group’s last strongholds in the country.The move comes amid growing friction between the various local groups facing off against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and warnings that despite its battlefield victories, the international community has a lot more work to do in Iraq.The Iraqi military, Kurdish peshmerga and various paramilitary groups have surrounded Hawija, a city of about 150,000 people, and are waiting for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s order to attack.Victory there would represent a pivotal moment in the war against ISIL, since the group would then control only a few small pockets of Iraqi territory along Syria’s border.Canadian troops who had been helping Iraqi forces secure Mosul throughout the summer are now near Hawija, and will provide support during the upcoming battle, military spokesman Maj. Alexandre Cadieux said Friday.Canada has about 200 special forces soldiers supporting local forces in northern Iraq. Most of their work has been with the Kurds, but Cadieux said they are also now operating with other Iraqi groups.“Members of the Special Operations Task Force will provide their (Iraqi Security Force) partners with advice and assistance in the vicinity of Hawija,” Cadieux said in an email.“Canadian Armed Forces personnel are advising its partners on how to best secure their position and prevent effective counter-attacks from Daesh,” he added, using the Arabic name for ISIL.“CAF personnel also advise and assist in the detection, identification and possible prosecution of Daesh targets by our partner, or through coalition resources.”Exactly when the battle will start has been a source of speculation for several weeks.Hawija is located in territory claimed by both the Kurds, who have their own semi-independent regional government, as well as Iraq’s central government in Baghdad.That alone has created disagreements between the various forces preparing to attack the city, but the fact the Kurds plan to hold a referendum on independence on Sept. 25 has heightened tensions.Yet even if Hawija is liberated, one senior Canadian officer whose job is to organize coalition training efforts and help Iraqi officials plan operations says the hard work is just beginning.Brig.-Gen. Steven Whalen said that’s because Iraqi security forces will continue to need help as ISIL shifts to terrorist tactics such as suicide bombings, one of which killed 80 people on Friday.“This fight is not anywhere near over,” Whalen said in an interview from Baghdad, where he is leading a team of international advisers inside Iraq’s defence ministry.“From a military perspective, we are expecting that there is going to be some kind of insurgency-type scenario that will evolve. And we see some signs of it occurring elsewhere in Iraq.”Special units are being trained to deal specifically with such a threat, Whelan said, but there is also the need to make sure regular forces are able to hold territory and conduct basic military tasks.“We’re going to transition from building hardcore combat capability to moving towards giving the Iraqis training and resources to help them become self-sustaining,” Whelan said.“They’re not ready for self-sustainment yet from a security perspective.”The Liberal government recently extended Canada’s mission against ISIL until March 2019, while giving the military more flexibility to decide on its own what it needs to accomplish its objectives.One area that Canada is exploring is whether to partner with NATO to train Iraqi forces to find and disarm improvised explosive devices, though military officials said no decisions have been made.In addition to the special forces troops, Canada has surveillance, refuelling and transport planes, an intelligence unit, a helicopter detachment and a military hospital in the region to help fight ISIL.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

Rapper Classified releases song to empower those who feel powerless

first_imgHALIFAX – Canadian rapper Classified has released a new song in support of people who feel powerless, with a focus on women and children who have suffered abuse.The Nova Scotia musician — whose real name is Luke Boyd — says the song, titled “Powerless,” is drawn from the experiences of multiple people who have reached out to him.He says the inspiration for the song first came from a letter he received from a young girl in Newfoundland and Labrador.Boyd says she called him her hero after he blasted a judge on Facebook for handing a man from St. John’s, N.L., a five-year sentence for sexually assaulting the girl when she was 11 years old.The rapper says the song acknowledges the difficulty of coming forward after abuse.His song also highlights the struggles and injustices that Indigenous people in Canada face, including the ongoing discussion about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.(Global News)last_img read more