An Oxford chemistry graduate planning to launch the first English language newspaper in Iraq for more than a decade. The Baghdad Bulletin, the brainchild of Ralph Hassall, 23, is due to be published next month, with around 5000 copies printed, and plans for an online version to attract international readers are well underway. A number of key academics, journalists, and politicians, Arab and Western alike, have been approached to contribute. Ralph intends the Bulletin to act as a forum for Iraqis to discuss the future their country. “I want to get Iraqis talking about what should happen the country now the war is over: what should the billions of dollars promised in aid be spent on? Who should spend it and how?” he said speaking from Jordan. Not everyone may be so convinced of the validity of such an enterprise. James Lazou, a Wadham student who played a prominent role in the Oxford Students Stop the War Group, expressed his concern about the project to Cherwell. “I find the concept of an English language newspaper being the forum for Iraqis to debate their future, very worrying, and a reflection of wider colonialist attitudes to the country.” Mr Hassall, who admits to being “a patriot,” has embarked on a potentially very lucrative path. As former City media analyst Celia Leaberry explained, if the future of Iraq is secured, a national newspaper will very likely bid to take over the Bulletin. If, however, violence should break out again in Iraq, the fate of the paper looks less certain.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003
Ocean City’s “Show Us Your Paws Parade” stepped off without a hitch on Saturday. And why wouldn’t it? Perfect weather, dozens of four-legged friends and their two-legged leash-holders made for an entertaining and unusual procession.Queen Bumble ‘Bree” of H.S.O.C.In a town that loves parades, the Show Us Your Paws Parade has a special place in the hearts of Ocean City visitors and residents alike.The event is a fund-raiser for the Humane Society of Ocean City. Pet owners and pooches registered at 4 pm, lineup was at 4:30 and the action began at 4:45. A Mummers String Band and local dignitaries took place, along with the stars of the show, the dogs and other pets.Reagan DeVlieger, the Humane Society’s Youth Volunteer of the Year poses with Matthew Allen, Mr. Mature America 2017Reagan DeVlieger was honored by the Human Society as its Youth Volunteer of the Year. Reagan, a student at Ocean City Intermediate School, volunteers her time raising money for the Humane Society. An enthusiast in the Chinese paper-folding art of Origami, Reagan creates swans, birds, and other origami pieces and sells them to raise funds for the Humane Society.The Rossiter and Audino families participated with their patriotically dressed pups. These two goldens are brothers and are a handful of fun.Awards were presented for best super hero dog, pet/owner lookalikes, best decorated wagon, most patriotic, best dressed dog, best dressed pet, and best surfer dog/bathing beauty dog.
Mikel Arteta tells Mesut Ozil how to win back his place at Arsenal Mikel Arteta says there were no issues with Mesut Ozil after dropping him from Arsenal’s squad (YouTube/Getty)Mikel Arteta insists Mesut Ozil still has a future at Arsenal and has revealed that the midfielder accepted the decision to be axed for the defeat to Manchester City.Ozil wasn’t even named on the bench as the Gunners sunk to a 3-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.After the match, Arteta claimed that Ozil was left out due to ‘tactical reasons’ but did not elaborate on why the midfielder was not even named on the bench.Arsenal face Brighton in their next Premier League match on Saturday and Arteta has suggested that Ozil could be in contention to return if he proves he is ready to play.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I have been very open with Mesut from day one,’ said Arteta.‘Since I joined I thought that he was fit and he was willing and he wanted to perform at the level that he can do. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 9:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link257Shares Comment Mesut Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s squad for their loss to Manchester City (Getty Images)‘He has played every game with me I think. So that’s it. The moment I see that he is ready again to do that, I will treat him like anybody else.‘I think I have been more than fair with him and I think he has responded in many games the way I want. That’s it.’Asked why Ozil was not ready for the match against City, Arteta replied: ‘A lot has happened to him in the last few weeks and I have to respect the timing of every player that needs sometimes a little bit of time.‘It has been difficult preparation the last two months to get players ready, and again, I am the first one that wants Mesut at the best and I want to put him on the best when he can give his best.’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 CityAsked how Ozil reacted after being dropped, Arteta said: ‘He works very well with me, there were no issues at all.‘My conversation with Mesut is going to remain between him and me.‘What I can tell you is that it was completely fine, an honest and clear conversation, that’s it.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.