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PH Football round table: Gerrit Holtmann’s statement on his Azkals future

PH Football round table: Gerrit Holtmann’s statement on his Azkals future

By Xy-Zha Cabanlong

Gerrit Holtmann has been under fire from Filipino football fans out of his statement in an interview regarding his possibility of suiting up for the Azkals. With the issue being a hot topic in Philippine football as of late, FOX Sports got the opinion of passionate football fans and was also privileged to get the thoughts of two football players on the matter.

Social media went abuzz when a statement coming from 23-year old Mainz midlfielder, Gerrit Holtmann, in an article from German newspaper outfit, Bild, surfaced online. Filipino football fans were alarmed on the statement that claimed Holtmann is not interested in playing for the Azkals, in spite the PFF’s interest on having him on board the team as part of the preparations for the Asian Cup in 2019.

.@1FSVMainz05-winger Gerrit #Holtmann won’t play for #Azkals in the near future. „The flight takes 17 hours. This is very exhausting and would throw me out of the rhythm“, he explained to @BILD. #PHI#Philippi#LabanPilipinas@filipinofootbal

— Benedikt Duda (@benediktduda) August 14, 2018

“I honestly don’t know who Gerrit Holtmann is, I don’t know what is he thinking but he has to prioritise, and if the Azkals is not his priority at this stage in his career, it is fully understandable,” says Ceres-Negros FC skipper Martin Steuble

“I don’t know the player for detail. I only know that he plays for Mainz, but when you see his CV, he seems good. It’s sad that he doesn’t want to come and play for the Azkals because the Asian Cup is such a big thing, but we have to understand and respect his decision,” Roland Muller adds.

Both Muller and Steuble have read the article, written in German. Steuble even helped out to explain Holtmann’s side further since some points, he said, were taken out of context by the Filipino fans.

In a similar fashion, Kent Garcia and David Abella joined Ced Seredrica in an online discussion about their thoughts on the matter.

“The reason he provided was very absurd considering that we do have players based in Europe who endures long flights and just to be in Manila to play,” says Kent.

“If Neil can do it, playing in a more glamourous league, with more to lose, I can’t accept his excuse,” adds Ced.

Some would even think that Holtmann does not have that much “Filipino fire” igniting in his blood to refuse the Azkals ahead of a call-up.

“He lacks commitment and dedication to play for the flag,” says David Abella.

For Kent, however, Holtmann’s refusal to join the Azkals is a lesson for the PFF that they can’t have all the prospects that they are eyeing. This should have been a lesson long time ago when the country was not able to get Alphonse Areola and David Alaba’s commitment, losing these potential powerhouses to France and Austria, respectively. But Alaba, in all fairness did not fully closed his doors for the Philippines, it is remembered that it was through his efforts that we were able to get Stephan Palla to play for the Azkals.

Perhaps refusing does not entirely mean they are less Filipino, nor they do not have a single love for the country where half of their parents came from. Such point is what Steuble wanted to raise in order to better understand the decision made by Holtmann.

“He just said he doesn’t want to risk it, it’s not a no to the Philippines, it’s a yes and a commitment to his current club which pays for his bread and butter because in Germany, you have to fight for your spot in your club.”

It is a matter of priority, Holtmann chooses his club over the call of duty for the Philippine National Football Team not because he looks forward to be in the line up of Jogi Loew, but because he is at the prime of building his career in the Bundesliga – the young midfielder perhaps wanted to secure his place in his club first above anything else.

“This could be another Iain Ramsay-like case,” Ced opens up on which Kent agreed.

“Ramsay at the time, was non-committal for the Philippines. He was waiting for a call-up from the Socceroos that didn’t happen in spite him doing good in the A-League.”

Ramsay pledged commitment for the Azkals at the age of 28.

Kent then brought the idea up of strengthening the grassroots level, on which would mean a very long way to go. He believes that our youth clubs are vastly developing and that sooner or later, these youngsters can boost our Senior team without the need of convincing foreign-based Filipino athletes to pledge their allegiance to the Philippines.

“We should not shut the doors for Fil-Foreign players just because Holtmann refuses. We need their skills in the sport because our grassroots is not strong enough to be at par with at least our neighbours.” Says David “We should still welcome them if they are committed for the flag. But Filipinos in Europe should [also] realise that we’re actually progressing and developing in the football scene. Perhaps it is one of the reasons why we failed to convince Areola or Alaba to join us, because they didn’t see any motivation to represent us.”

For Steuble, he believes that respecting Holtmann’s decision is the best thing that the football loving Filipinos can do for now – allow him to shine in his club.

YES GERRIT!! #Holtmann hits it hard and low to give the #Zerofivers a two-goal lead 💪

(64′) #M05VfB 3-1 pic.twitter.com/zY55uhqZOD

— Mainz 05 English (@Mainz05en) January 20, 2018

“There is no one else playing in the Bundesliga at the moment than Gerrit. Let the guy be better off staying with his club at the moment and give his best shot there, let’s allow him to focus on his task there so we can all be proud of him when he goes all the way through. It’s not fair on the young boy to have people that have never kicked a ball to judge him for his decision because at the end of the day, he is only responsible for whatever he puts on the table.”

Perhaps a change of heart is possible for Holtmann when he has etched his mark on his club, but regardless of how many times he refuses an invitation to join the team, a player of his caliber should always be in consideration in the training camp, at least.

Photo credit: 1.FSV Mainz 05 Facebook Page


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‘Chef’s Table Season 5, Episode 4: ‘Albert Adrià’ Recap

‘Chef’s Table Season 5, Episode 4: ‘Albert Adrià’ Recap

The Albert Adriàepisode of retraces the history of one of the world’s most important restaurants, while also showcasing how one of its major players continues to innovate. Fans of avant-garde cuisine will surely love this episode, which shows, in vivid detail, how many of the chef’s famous creations come together. It’s arguably the most visually impressive episode of Season 5.

Who is Albert Adrià?

Albert Adrià is the chef/proprietor of a group of acclaimed, forward-thinking Barcelona restaurants, including Tickets, Enigma, and Pakta. Prior to opening these establishments, Albert was the pastry chef and creative director of the groundbreaking avant-garde restaurant El Bulli, where his brother Ferran was the savory chef and co-proprietor. Early in this episode, writer Matt Goulding says, “When we’re talking about raw talent, bar none, pound for pound, there is no better cook on the planet than Albert Adrià.”

What was his journey through the culinary world like?

Adrià grew up in the working-class L’Hospitalet neighborhood of Barcelona. Albert always felt a little bit different than the other kids, partially because he was dyslexic. At 15 years old, he told his dad that he was tired of school and wanted to do something else, so he reached out to his older brother Ferran, who had just gotten a job as the head chef at a restaurant in nearby Roses, Spain called El Bulli. Although he had no formal culinary training, Ferran put Albert to work and taught him how to be a valuable member of a kitchen team. “It was the most beautiful period of my life,” Albert says, reflecting on the early days of his time at El Bulli.

After a year and a half, Albert became the pastry chef. His traditional, French-inspired desserts were popular with guests, but as Ferran’s cuisine started to get more and more ambitious, Albert realized that he needed to change his pastries to match the savory courses. With both of the Adria brothers experimenting in the kitchen, El Bulli earned its third Michelin star, and Albert felt a renewed sense of purpose. “When creating pastries, it was limitless,” he says.

But the younger Adrià brother had more ambition beyond just dessert. He soon convinced Ferran to let him establish a test kitchen where he could develop innovations, with the ultimate goal of creating around 45 new dishes per season. As creative director for El Bulli, Albert pioneered the use of hot gelatins, refined foams, silicon molds, and sugar lamps, as well as the practice of spherification. “I felt free,” Albert says, while reflecting on his time in the test kitchen. “Everything was suddenly a world of color.”

Although Albert was responsible for many of the restaurant’s innovations, Ferran was the brother that got all of the attention from the media. As El Bulli became more famous around the world, Ferran started doing “multiple interviews” per day, according to Albert. “His name, Ferran Adrià, is just as powerful as El Bulli,” the chef remarks. Eventually the media attention that the restaurant was receiving, and the constant pressure to keep innovating, took a toll on Albert. After 23 years working at his brother’s side, the chef decided to leave El Bulli and open his own restaurant, Tickets, in Barcelona.

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What was his “Aha” moment?

Diners did not embrace Albert’s circus-themed tapas restaurant when it opened, partially, he thought, because many of them were expecting something in the avant-garde vein of El Bulli, and he was serving something more straightforward. “The first days were heartbreaking,” Albert says. After assessing the situation, Adrià realized that he didn’t have a story to tell with this menu. If anything, the original iteration of Tickets was a way to leave his past behind. That’s when he realized that, to move forward, Albert had to return to the avant-garde cooking that he pioneered at El Bulli. And by serving experimental dishes in a whimsical, tapas-style setting, Adrià finally found the personal and professional success that he was chasing. “For 25 years I was comfortable in the shadow,” he says. “But I have my own dignity. I had to become the monster, because I’m El Bulli.”

What are some of Adrià’s most quotable moments in the episode?

On the creative mindset: “What is creativity? There is no end to creativity. A technique or a concept is followed by another one and another one and another one. And there is no end. We play to discover the avant-garde. There aren’t limits. There is total freedom. Let’s say that we skip the rules. One plus one is three. If you always think that one plus one is two, you will never do anything different. Those who think that one plus one is three are the ones who dare.”

On discovering spherification: “I visited a food factory. In their laboratory, they had a bottle of sauce, with little balls floating. I quickly asked, ‘How is that done?’ And the chemist handed me a bag of algae. I arrived back in Barcelona at 6:30 p.m. and went to the workshop. I was alone in the workshop. I dissolved water with the alginate and calcium with water. I took a spoon and tossed the water in the bath. And when I lifted it out, I saw that it created a membrane. When I punctured it, there was liquid inside. ‘Wow.’ I began to tremble and sweat. I knew I had found something important. The first spherification was the olive. And I asked myself, ‘Where’s the limit?’ That moment, I realized that I don’t see a ceiling. And from then on, our techniques really took off. “

On being an experimental chef: “When you are avant-garde you have two options: You either get killed, or you find a new way.”


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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Red Hen Restaurant, and Who Deserves a Place at the Table

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the Red Hen Restaurant, and Who Deserves a Place at the Table

The academics have a word for it: “commensality.” It describes the practice that determines who eats with whom at the table—who has a place, who doesn’t have a place, and how, instinctively and traditionally, the rules and rituals of sharing food get made. It’s, oddly enough, a field that has gotten extra attention in the past decade or two, as the study of the social anthropology of eating has become almost a scholarly mania. As I write this I hold in my hand—to borrow a locution from an American demagogue of another era—an anthology, published in 2015, called “Commensality: From Everyday Food to Feast,” which looks at table-sharing across history and right around the world, and includes such articles as “It Is Ritual, Isn’t It? Mortuary and Feasting Practices at Domuztepe.”

Nothing is more fundamental to human relations than deciding who has a place at the table—and nothing is more essential to our idea of humanism than expanding that table, symbolically and actually, adding extra chairs and places and settings as we can. Jesus—at least as he is reported, or invented, by the author of the Gospel of Mark—was the Kropotkin of commensality, blowing up the long history of Jewish food rules, by feasting with publicans and tax collectors and prostitutes and sinners of all kinds. It was nearly the whole point of his ministry. The Homeric Greeks, as any reader of the Odyssey will recall, obsessed about sharing food and offering places at the feast: to fail to offer food to the well-worn traveller is an insult to the gods (one of whom may, after all, have disguised herself as the needy wanderer). The modern restaurant—invented in Paris, after the Revolution—is a little temple of commensality: all you need, as shown in so many early Chaplin shorts, is five cents to enter and then to share.

All of this, of course, leads us to the less spectacular but still potent instance of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, who, over the weekend, was asked to leave a farm-to-table restaurant in Virginia called the Red Hen. It was not some fiery mob that drove her out, by the way, like protesters did to Kirstjen Nielsen at a D.C. Mexican restaurant last week; Sanders was asked to leave by the restaurant’s owner. “I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” the Red Hen’s Stephanie Wilkinson said afterward. “I have a business, and I want the business to thrive. [But] this feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.”

This double act (for Sanders left when she was asked to) has caused a small but very significant ruckus: many have sided with the Red Hen on the grounds that, on this week in particular, a week which featured the Trumpites’ cruellest organized exclusion of others to date, to not exclude one of the organizers, or at least the mouthpiece, of that exclusion would amount to a moral failure. On the other side is an argument, not in every case touched by obvious hypocrisy, that the Red Henites, by denying their own rules of pluralism to Sanders and her party, are engaged in an act of incivility just as wrong as the kinds the Trumpites began, albeit on a smaller scale. Should we not let Sanders and the rest of the Trumpite commissariat eat in peace? Are we not in turn offended when Christian bakers refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings? And when the wheel turns—if it is, God or Washington willing, allowed to keep turning—would the same Red Henites now not look with disgust at a pro-Trump tavernkeeper who excludes, on similar partisan grounds, the gay spokesperson for our first female President or the female spokesperson for our first gay President?

Well, grownups should be able to count to two, a fine French idiom insists, and this is a case in which counting to two is essential. To sit and share or to shame and shun? On the issue of Sanders being expelled from a restaurant, mixed emotions are the only ones a rational person can have. On the one hand, one of the ritual functions of restaurants is to make a common place for commonplace civilization to proceed. They build social capital from their openness to all kinds. Think of how much the civilization of American cities depends on our being able to grab not just bite but a bit of anonymity—we eat alongside others without the others looking down too sharply upon us. It’s a fundamental liberal value, worth protecting in all partisan instances and on all partisan sides. And, no, we don’t want to set a precedent in which politics are so personalized that even simple common coexistence becomes impossible. As a moral duty, we should share the pleasures and conversation of the table with as many people of as many views as we can—and, even when we can’t, we shouldn’t grumble too nastily under our breath at our kids when someone at a nearby table takes up the case for the Donald. (A self-directed moral rule, this.)

On the other hand, the Trump Administration is not a normal Presidential Administration. This is the essential and easily fudged fact of our historical moment. The Trump Administration is—in ways that are specific to incipient tyrannies—all about an assault on civility. To the degree that Trump has any ideology at all, it’s a hatred of civility—a belief that the normal decencies painfully evolved over centuries are signs of weakness which occlude the natural order of domination and submission. It’s why Trump admires dictators. Theirs are his values; that’s his feast. And, to end the normal discourse of democracy, the Trump Administration must make lies respectable—lying not tactically but all the time about everything, in a way that does not just degrade but destroys exactly the common table of democratic debate.

That’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s chosen role in life—to further those lies, treat lies as truth, and make lies acceptable. This is not just a question of protesting a particular policy; in the end there are no policies, only the infantile impulses of a man veering from one urge to another. The great threat to American democracy isn’t “policy” but the pretense of normalcy. That’s the danger, for with the lies come the appeasement of tyranny, the admiration of tyranny, and, as now seems increasingly likely, the secret alliance with tyranny. That’s what makes the Trump Administration intolerable, and, inasmuch as it is intolerable, public shaming and shunning of those who take part in it seems just. Never before in American politics has there been so plausible a reason for exclusion from the common meal as the act of working for Donald Trump.

And what about civility? Well, fundamental to, and governing the practice of, civility is the principle of reciprocity: your place at my table implies my place at yours. Conservatives and liberals, right-wingers and left-wingers, Jews and Muslims and Christians and Socialists and round- and flat-Earthers—all should have a place at any table and be welcome to sit where they like. On the other hand, someone who has decided to make it her public role to extend, with a blizzard of falsehoods, the words of a pathological liar, and to support, with pretended piety, the acts of a public person of unparalleled personal cruelty—well, that person has asked us in advance to exclude her from our common meal. You cannot spit in the plates and then demand your dinner. The best way to receive civility at night is to not assault it all day long. It’s the simple wisdom of the table.

Beautiful Rustic Pieces of Furniture for the House or Garden

Beautiful Rustic Pieces of Furniture for the House or Garden

I found a passion for building timberframe structures to Duncan Dodds (local carpenter/joiner) and Tim Atkins (experienced chainsaw carving artist) from Artisan Structures, that are based in the Newmarket area in Suffolk. Their other passion is creating beautiful rustic pieces of furniture for the house or garden, using a wide range of hardwoods, letting the beauty of the wood come through. They can work from sketched ideas or CAD designs from an architect. They enjoy discussing with the customer what they are trying to achieve and coming up with ideas with them to make the perfect piece of furniture or structure. Here you can admire some of their works … How does it look?

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Border guards found 52 tons of guns and ammunition in 14 Conex containers disguised as “furniture” for Muslim immigrants | Jim Campbell’s

Border guards found 52 tons of guns and ammunition in 14 Conex containers disguised as “furniture” for Muslim immigrants | Jim Campbell’s

Border guards found 52 tons of guns and ammunition in 14 Conex containers disguised as “furniture” for Muslim immigrants

crew-2231211The western nation “Main Stream media.” won’t cover this …

That’s why if you want to know what is going on that they want us not to understand, go to a reputable blogger.

Of course, this is all illegal.

Here we disclose how your friendly Muslim next door is selling arms illegally.

YAVEX USA IS A TURKISH ARMS MANUFACTURING COMPANY THAT IS LICENSED TO DO BUSINESS IN FORT MEYERS, FLORIDA.

That’s right, Fort Meyers, Florida.

Originally: September 28, 2016

Yeah, keep letting them into our country!!!

If this doesn’t convince you that this IMMIGRATION is nothing less than an ARMED INVASION then nothing
will.

Wonder still why all those young (military age) men without children or wives are taking on the task of traveling all those miles posing as refugees?

Wonder no longer, it’s Obama and Hillary’s goal to have as many as possible granted refugee status where they become immediately able to receive all the goodies provide through our overly stretched safety net to be used for U.S. Citizens.

This will all be halted by President Donald Trump who has promised to lock down our borders.

If you have doubts about Muslim immigration, this might help clear them up!!!

82 Responses to Border guards found 52 tons of guns and ammunition in 14 Conex containers disguised as “furniture” for Muslim immigrants

  1. 1dragon says:

  2. hocuspocus13 says:

  3. Harely hunter says:

    Didnt castro do something like this allready. When will noth america learn from previous mistakes

  4. SIMPLEMAN says:

    DONT TAKE ANY PRISONERS. DEMOCRAT OR MUSLIM..

  5. howardnema says:

  6. Jecoliah says:

    In no case would gun smuggling be good, but this happened in Greece. The shipment, discovered by the Greek Coastguard, was headed for Libya.

  7. Freedom Rules says:

    The Leftist Are Communist, Everything Going On Is Straight Out Of Saul Alinsky’s “RULES FOR RADICLS” Which HRC And Obama Praised.. Look Whats Happening In Our Country, Paid Protesters, Communist Professors In Our Collages indoctrinating Our Youth, Some Of These Kids Have Complained About Harassment From Professors And Other Kids Who Are Brain Washed Bad Grades If They Disagreed With Their Communist Professors And So On.. Right Now Obama Has A Shadow Government That Is Working To Take Trump Down, No One In Our History Of exPresidents Has This Ever Happened.. Obama And Most Of The DemonRAT Party Are Communist.. You Can Find Out A lot More Information By Just Doing The Research.

  8. miers Richard c says:

    Hay this kind of stuff is already I’m America in every muslim house of prayer in in America and all those container sips bringing stuff to America how do we know they aren’t full of the same thing they found over there and don’t tell me there is to much security , muslims have worked there way into every place in America and we have let them they are or could be in the teamsters union and bring containers full of guns and ammo in anytime they want . WE MUST RID THE U.S. OFF ALL MUSLIMS AND DO IT SOON !. y’ALL MAY THINK THAT IS STUPID but 99% of all muslims [man woman and child] would cut your head off if given the order to do so I say clean your guns keep stocking up an ammo and protect your family by teaching them to use a weapon. Amen and God bless us all

  9. Carl says:

    Sad that i shared this without fact checking only to shown it IS A HOAX FROM SEPT LAST YEAR.
    If you wantto claim to be a “reputable blogger” you should fact check your stories – especially ones that align perfectly with your beliefs, otherwise you are no more reputable than CNN 😦This is not a hoax you didn’t understand what your read. The company that shipped the materials, Conex was from Florida.

  10. Gerrit Tienkamp says:

  11. Dave Ward says:

    Did I overlook where these conexes full of guns and ammo were found?

  12. Robert Prestwood says:

    Trumps executive order has legitimate basis. 9th Appeals Court sucks!!

  13. anthony postero says:

    I am all for the temporary ban on immigrants until we get our security checks properly in place but I would suggest all of you research your articles first.

  14. Kasey says:

    Yeah Thank God they did catch it this time, but how much and how many times prior to this load made it into those gentle little Muslims hands. If you think this was the first time they pulled this off, we’ll think again. It is not a matter of if the Muslims will try something, get real, it just a matter of when. They are not the near as dumb as Obama, they are not going to tell us play by play of what and when they intend to do something. Thank God for the men and women of the
    FBI, CIA, NSA, and all the other federal, and others gathering information to
    keep us safe.

White genocide in South Africa is real: “3-year-old girl crucified on kitchen table then raped…” – Rebezi News Service

White genocide in South Africa is real: “3-year-old girl crucified on kitchen table then raped…” – Rebezi News Service

In a recent interview, Simon Roche (Suidlanders.org) laid out in graphic detail some examples of murders within the attempted genocide happening now in South Africa to white farmers and their families:

An elderly couple had boiling water poured over them. An elderly gentleman got locked up in his Ford truck and the truck was set on fire and he burned to death. A four-year-old girl was raped by three men but survived it… And because she survived, she was then bundled up in newspaper with gasoline poured over it and then set on fire. A three-year-old girl was crucified on her parent’s kitchen table then raped… Then after that, her father had his throat slit and her mother was killed as well.

Simon Roche continued to say that it is beyond people’s imagination what South Africa is in at the moment.

It is reported by a crime scene investigator with firsthand knowledge that these kinds of killings are happening every day now. Yet the government is not acknowledging it and mainstream media worldwide for the most part does not report on it. Clearly there is a purposed agenda to wipe out white people from South Africa.

Whether the killings of white farmers are fueled by racism, unemployment or just hatred, the government is actively encouraging the killings.

In 2012, South African President Jacob Zuma infamously antagonized Afrikaners when he sang a song referencing revenge against whites in a public sing-along. “You are a Boer (white man), we are going to hit them….”, Zuma sang with a group.

More recently this has been eerily mimicked by Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a South African political party (See the video below: A coded message by Julius Malema. See if you can figure out what he’s instructing his followers to do… ).

Featured image: A photo from a crime scene of a farm murder in South Africa.