This year’s Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees have impacted Georgians from the dinner table to the fairgrounds.Bill Brim, a Tift County farmer and strong advocate for Georgia agriculture, and Foster Rhodes, who was instrumental in establishing the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, will be inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame as part of the 65th University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Alumni Association Awards banquet on Oct. 4.The Alumni Award of Excellence and Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients will also be honored. The public is invited to attend the event, which will be held at The Classic Center in downtown Athens, Georgia. Tickets are required and must be purchased by Sept. 13.“The UGA CAES Alumni Association is extremely proud of this year’s inductees into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame and looks forward to celebrating them on Oct. 4. Mr. Brim and Mr. Rhodes are so deserving of this distinguished honor for their lifetime of impact on their businesses, their communities and our state,” said Brent Marable, president of the UGA CAES Alumni Association Board of Directors. “The continued contributions that each of them makes to the agricultural sector are helping secure food, fiber and shelter for the next generation and beyond.”Inductees are nominated by the public and selected by the CAES Alumni Association’s awards committee. Nominees must possess the following characteristics: impeccable character, outstanding leadership, noteworthy contributions to Georgia’s agricultural landscape, and recognition for achievements in agriculture, among others.This year’s recipients — Brim and Rhodes — will be honored because of their long history of agricultural impact in Georgia.Brim established himself as an industry leader when he, along with Ed Walker, purchased Lewis Taylor Farms in 1985. Over the next five years, Brim helped transform Lewis Taylor Farms into a diversified transplant and vegetable production farm operation.When Brim became a co-owner of Lewis Taylor Farms, it had only 87,000 square feet of greenhouse production space. The farm now boasts 81 greenhouses with more than 649,000 square feet of production space.With Brim’s expertise in vegetable production, he was a natural fit to collaborate with scientists from the UGA CAES in various research projects with far-reaching implications.“Bill Brim is obviously one of the best produce and agronomic producers in the world. He took me under his wing and helped me learn not only how to identify, but how to grow and produce vegetables,” said Stanley Culpepper, UGA Cooperative Extension weed specialist.Brim’s most important attribute may be his willingness to speak his mind and stand up for farmers everywhere at the state and federal levels.He served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency State Committee, where he and fellow committee members reviewed and interpreted USDA policy and guidelines relating to farm bill programs and the implementation of on-the-farm applications for farmers and agricultural businesses across Georgia.“Somebody’s got to speak up. I just happened to be the one that wasn’t scared to speak up and talk about what we needed down here,” Brim said.Rhodes helped establish the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, working from the conceptual state in the mid-1980s to the first Georgia National Fair in 1990. He served an important role in the fairgrounds’ early years as the point person with city council members, county commissioners and state leaders in securing the land needed for the agricenter.Because of Rhodes’ leadership and dedication, Georgia’s youth have a facility to showcase their projects and the state’s agriculture industry can be promoted. Since the Agricenter opened in 1990, it has attracted approximately 22 million people and made a $1.5 billion economic impact. Approximately 850,000 people visit the fairgrounds and agricenter annually, giving them some exposure to agriculture.Rhodes’ efforts were previously recognized in 2016 when the fairgrounds’ Beef and Dairy Arena at the Georgia was named the “Foster Rhodes Beef and Dairy Arena.”“Professionally and personally, I have the utmost regard for Foster. He is an outstanding member of the Georgia agricultural community and is highly respected by his peers,” said Chip Blalock, executive director of the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition and a former Extension county agent. “I know Foster to be a strong Christian family man and I admire his integrity and honesty. There is no one more dedicated to and supportive of Georgia agriculture. He always goes beyond the norm to make a positive impact on his community and state.”This year, recipients of CAES Alumni Awards of Excellence include Charlie Broussard, Ken Foster, Jaime Hinsdale Foster and Andrea B. Simao. CAES Young Alumni Achievement awards will be presented to Sara Dunn, Tamlin Hall and Franklin West.Register to attend the banquet at www.caes.uga.edu/alumni or call Suzanne Griffeth, director of alumni engagement, at 706-542-3390.Sponsors of the event include the UGA CAES Alumni Association, UGA CAES and Farm Credit Associations of Georgia.For a list of past inductees into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame, see https://t.uga.edu/5dV.
The latest technical apparel will keep you warm and dry when you are out playing in the wild.1. Westcomb ApocWestcomb pioneered the use of Polartec’s new waterproof/breathable NeoShell fabric in this light-but-very-protective shell that worked well for everything from resort skiing to alpine climbing. While Polartec is best known as a “soft” shell company, NeoShell is a hard shell fabric and it proved worthy when we tested it in rainy conditions in the Italian Dolomites.$480; westcomb.com2. Patagonia Primo Jacket and PantPatagonia used three-layer Gore Performance Shell and an innovative, 100-percent recycled nylon to craft a bomber shell that can survive all the buffeting of riding the lifts yet breathes when out in the backcountry. It became our go-to choice for a do-it-all shell. We put it to the test everywhere from cat skiing in Alaska to huffing laps on Berthoud Pass.$499 jacket, $399 pant; patagonia.com3. Powderhorn Corbet X-PressPowderhorn has mastered the art of the functional puffy. The Corbet X-Press is made for going hard in cold temps. A nylon Airtastic shell breathes while shucking off squalls and antimicrobial X-Static insulation keeps things cozy without picking up that ski-bum stank.$250; powderhornworld.com4. Spyder Eiger Jacket and Norwand PantChris Davenport wears this outfit ski mountaineering—good enough for us. Stretch nylon and a waterproof/breathable membrane round out the tech.$450 jacket, $375 pant; spyder.com5. Freeride Systems AnteroMade in Colorado, this native shell—a hybrid made from Polartec—handles the grind of backcountry laps thanks to stretchy breathability.$249; freeridesystems.com6. Mammut FelsturmThis athletic shell features Gore’s new Active Shell fabric, which provides light three-layer protection and even more breathability than standard Gore-Tex. While it might be a tad light for heavy-duty resort use, it’s the ticket for backcountry skinning or nordic touring.$450; mammut.ch7. Eddie Bauer Hangfire HoodieBill Belichick would be proud of this performance stretchy fleece hoodie that’s ideal for everything from walking the dogs in the winter to hiking for turns in the backcountry.$99; eddiebauer.com8. ArcTeryx TrinoIdeal for nordic skiing and other hard-charging winter activities this shell combines Gore Windstopper and stretchy Altasaris fabric in strategic locations to keep up with high-aerobic activities.$199; arcteryx.com9. Outdoor Research StormboundA jacket designed for the crazy temperature flip-flops of the sidecountry, the Stormbound relies on a light, waterproof Pertex shell with baffled down for warmth when it’s windy without overheating on the slogs.$399; outdoorresearch.com10. Loki Myth (jacket not pictured)Here’s a “soft” shell with all the functionality of a hard shell—thanks to a waterproof/breathable core that insulates it from the worst of mountain weather. But the deal breaker for changeable weather is Loki’s integrated mitts and neck warmer, built right into the jacket.$239; lokiusa.com
During our first call for #BackyardBadass nominations, we received an email from John, a student at Garrett College, nominating his friend Paige Harry, “one of the most badass, inspirational and intelligent human beings” he’s ever met. A 23-year-old graduate from James Madison University, Paige works in the ER and as a paramedic with the local rescue squad by day and shreds the trails by night. In between shifts in the ambulance and rounds of ski patrol and mountain bike patrol at Bryce Resort, Paige also finds time to study for her MCAT. Her goal? To one day become a doctor.“I’ve been around a lot of crazy talented, wonderful human beings in the outdoors and Paige by far, is at the top of my list,” John concluded in his email. “She deserves this to realize the work, effort, and determination she puts into everything doesn’t get unnoticed.”We didn’t need any further convincing.I called Paige early in the morning on a Monday. When she answered, I could barely hear her voice over the sound of garbled radio calls coming from the dispatch. She was already hard at work, and that’s when I knew we’d made the right decision in picking our first Backyard Badass.Readers, meet Paige.BRO: Where are you currently based out of?PH: Harrisonburg, Va.BRO: What do you consider your “occupation?”PH: Ski and Mountain Bike Patrol, EMT, aspiring physician (currently in the process of applying for medical school!).BRO: What are your favorite ways to go outside and play?PH: Trail running, mountain biking, skiing.BRO: And what is it about trail running, about mountain biking, about skiing, that you enjoy so much?PH: I love being able to spend time outside and get away from work, school, and other obligations for a little while. It’s a great way to have fun with friends or get some alone time. One of my favorite things about running is that it gives me the time to think and reflect on my day or week while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.BRO: What are your favorite trails in the area to run or bike?PH: Running — the Western Slope of Massanutten. Biking — Narrowback and Tillman West near Reddish Knob.BRO: And favorite place to ski?PH: Favorite East Coast ski spot, Timberline, W.Va. Favorite West Coast ski spot, Snowbasin, Utah.BRO: Any favorite rivers?PH: I’m not much of a water person…the power of whitewater intimidates me.BRO: Best trail food?PH: Honey Stinger waffles, Pumpkin Spice Clif Bar, or a tortilla with Nutella and peanut butter.BRO: Name a moment when you were really proud of yourself.PH: Two proud moments. First, completing the most physically challenging race I’ve ever experienced, the Ironman Triathlon, in less than 14 hours. Secondly, completing the most mentally challenge race, a 50K trail run in pouring rain, 38-degree weather, with ankle- to knee-deep mud the majority of the way. Luckily I had the woman who got me into running, Sue Malone, there to help motivate me.BRO: Most embarrassing moment?PH: I tripped over the paint of the crosswalk, or my own feet, and face-planted while running through a busy intersection on a Friday afternoon in Harrisonburg.BRO: List one thing that scares you.PH: Tornadoes.BRO: With all that trail time, have you ever broken any bones?PH: No, knock on wood, however, I had to go to the ER after a mountain bike crash last summer and the doctor was amazed I didn’t break anything. I had a deep wound on my arm, the doctor said my arm “exploded due to the hard impact with the ground,” but the bones were intact.BRO: If you’re trying to get pumped up, what song do you play?PH: Typically I’ll listen to a song that pumps me up but is also calming such as “The Intro” by the Xx or “Crystallize” by Lindsey Sterling.BRO: Working in the ER can be stressful. What have the outdoors taught you about life, yourself, or other people?PH: One thing I’ve learned with regards to others and the great outdoors, is that there is a sense of community among the outdoor enthusiasts or even those who consider themselves weekend warriors. Everyone is willing to help each other out and everyone on the trail is always open for making new friends.Something I’ve learned about myself is that you can always improve and push your limits a little bit further. With my running career, I started with my first marathon when I was 18 years old. I did it just to say I could, but I hated it. Since then I’ve grown to love distance running. My best thoughts and inspirations often come to me while I’m running. If I’m having a bad day, it will always be better after a run. I hope to inspire others to start running or to simply start moving and to be more active.BRO: Any goals for 2015?PH: I am training to run nine marathons in nine days across the state of Virginia. The goal of the run (and the fundraising I did) is to raise awareness for childhood obesity and to educate children on the importance of physical fitness. Hopefully I can help inspire a healthier and more active future for the children I interact with along my journey.BRO: Why do you think it’s important to make time to go outside and play?PH: It increases physical health, reduces stress, connects you with others in the community, and makes you feel great all around! All too often we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the 9-5. We need to remember to take time for ourselves, to step back, and to slow down. Life happens fast, so it’s important to enjoy what we have and the world around us.
Young lawyers want to revamp PWP program The Young Lawyers Division has voted to overhaul and shorten its Practicing with Professionalism program (PWP) and has recommended that government lawyers no longer be able to defer taking the Supreme Court mandated course designed for new lawyers.Outgoing YLD President Juliet Roulhac told the Bar Board of Governors at its Key West meeting the YLD board has been working with the Program Evaluation Committee reviewing PWP.Roulhac said the main changes in the program were to reduce it from two days to one day and increase the emphasis on professionalism, although practice and office management skills also will be taught.The only exception to the requirement of attending PWP is that those entering government service are deferred while they remain on the public payroll. If they enter private practice, they are required to attend the course as though they were a new Bar member.The YLD proposed in 1999 ending that government-employment exemption, but the idea was dropped after government lawyers and others objected. Now the YLD is raising it anew.“Once again, our board voted unanimously to have the government lawyer deferral rescinded, which will also require a rule amendment,” Roulhac said.PEC Chair Richard Tanner said the PEC has reviewed and tentatively approved of the YLD recommendations. But he said the changes won’t be brought to the board until government lawyers and other interested parties have had a chance to make their case, and he urged board members to get their constituents, including government lawyers, to react.One issue will be whether current government lawyers exercising a deferral would be grandfathered in if the rule is changed. Incoming YLD President-elect Mike Faehner told the PEC that the YLD does not intend the rule change to be retroactive.“This was controversial when the government lawyers got the deferral several years ago,” Tanner told the board. “I think the PEC disagrees fundamentally with most of their reasons [for the deferral]. We want to open the door and invite the debate so a rational result will follow.”Incoming YLD President Mark Romance said the proposals still have to go through the Rules Committee before they come to the board, which is not expected until the end of the year.“We would solicit as much response from government lawyers as early as possible so we can take those into account as we prepare this rule for first reading,” he said. “It’s not the young lawyers’ goal to take on government lawyers or any other constituency that is opposed to this. The young lawyers believe this is an important issue and want the board to back their position.”Clark Jennings, chair of the Government Lawyer Section, said the section had been unaware of the proposed changes until he received a letter early in June soliciting the section’s input. Although the section has in the past opposed such a change, he said it currently has no position, but added its executive council will take it up during the Bar Annual Meeting (which occurred after this News went to press).Changes include cutting the course from two days to one (the current rule does not specify a length). Besides PWP, new lawyers also would be required to complete three, rather than the present two, basic level courses sponsored by the YLD. Tanner said instruction will include chemical dependency and stress management issues as well as a Bar Law Office Management Advisory Service component “so they understand how to operate an office.”While the current rule requires completion of the PWP within eight to 12 months of joining the Bar, the revised rule would allow for taking the course anytime in the first 12 months. New Bar members could take the other basic level courses anytime in their first three years. Romance noted that by taking PWP and the three courses, the new members would fulfill their initial three-year, 30-credit CLE requirement. July 1, 2003 Regular News Young lawyers want to revamp PWP program
Oct 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 23-year-old Indonesian man who kept birds has died from avian influenza, officials there said today, marking the seventh death they attribute to the H5N1 virus.Slamet Wibowo died on Thursday, according to a story by Agence France-Presse (AFP) today. He was referred to Sulianti Saroso hospital for infectious diseases in Jakarta from a private hospital in Cibinong, according to Ilham Patu, a hospital spokesman.Clinical and blood tests indicated Wibowo had the H5N1 virus, Patu said, although authorities are awaiting test results on tissue and blood samples that have been sent to a World Health Organization (WHO) lab in Hong Kong.He had direct contact with birds and poultry, officials said.Blood tests on an elderly man who died from a suspected case of avian flu at the same hospital as Wibowo were negative for H5N1.Case counts vary. Wibowo’s death represents the 8th case of avian flu in Indonesia and the 6th death, based on CIDRAP’s analysis of news reports. The WHO currently recognizes 4 cases, with 3 deaths.Indonesian officials today raised the number of suspected human cases from 60 to 85, AFP reported. However, only 3 Indonesians’ deaths have been confirmed by WHO labs. Tests for three others are pending.Reuters news service reported yesterday that local tests on a young man hospitalized at an avian flu–designated hospital on Sumatra were positive for H5N1 but that samples had been sent to the Hong Kong lab for further testing. It’s not clear if his samples are among the three described by the AFP.Suspected human cases have come from nine of Indonesia’s 33 provinces, Reuters reported.
REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella wants more ongoing training mandated for real estate agents. Picture: Claudia BaxterSOMEONE can legally sell houses worth hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in Queensland with only a few days training under their belt.As Queensland’s peak real estate industry body called for mandatory ongoing training for real estate agents, it has been revealed very little training was required to be allowed to handle big property transactions.A spokeswoman for the Real Estate Institute of Queensland confirmed there were two types of people who could handle property transactions in this state – a registered salesperson and a licensed agent.She said many in the community did not tend to distinguish between both and tend to use the term agent to describe all real estate professionals who sell property. A salesperson has a registration certificate and an agent has a full licence.A salesperson must complete training from a recognised provider and then be registered by the Office of Fair trading.This allows them to be employed by a licensed agent and they can buy, sell, exchange or rent houses, businesses, land or any interest in these. They can negotiate on behalf of a buyer, seller, landlord or exchange or rent houses, businesses or land show property to potential buyers inspect and assess property for sale or rent and advertise a property for rent or sale.They may not conduct auctions or operate trust accounts and cannot work independently, and must always work under the supervision of a licensed agent. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Agents can do all of this and more including operate a trust account on behalf of sellers and buyers. They need to also hold an auctioneer’s licence to conduct auctions.The spokeswoman said when conducted through a reputable training provider it took about four days or longer to become a sales person, but she said some training operators had a bit of a “tick and flick’’ process.The REIQ has been calling for mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) for real estate professional for about three years.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said just before the state election now-Treasurer Jackie Trad had committed to introduce mandatory CPD.“(It) is an important consumer protection measure and will help ensure that all real estate practitioners are educated about the laws and more than 40 pieces of legislation that govern their profession and impact on real estate transactions,’’ she said. “We know the majority of responsible working real estate agents support this. They are tired of labouring under the poor reputation that consumers have formed through interactions with the unprofessional few who fail to maintain their professional knowledge,” she said. Ms Mercorella said ongoing education was crucial for compliant, professional agents and it was already mandatory for membership of the REIQ.“An examination of all disciplinary proceedings against real estate agents since 2013 shows that not once has an REIQ member been found guilty of breaching the relevant legislation,’’ she said.“This is compelling evidence that speaks to the power of education,” she said.
Inside the luxurious home.He said the property attracted strong interest because of its location.Brisbane buyers snapped it up to use as a holiday home.But Mr O’Connor isn’t leaving the area either. This house at 15 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach, has sold for $5m.The dual international and former Australian Sevens coach bought the land for just $310,000 back in 1993 and built the five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on it.It has only been partially renovated it since. THE BACHELOR’S NEWEST CRASH PAD Michael O’Connor in action during a rugby union match between Queensland and France in 1981. Photo supplied. This house at 15 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach, has sold.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago The kitchen in the house at 15 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach.Designed by award-winning architect Stephen Kidd, the resort-style home’s high ceilings and big glass windows make the most of the incredible views of the ocean. INFAMOUS BIKIE’S UNIT SELLS Former dual international and Australian Sevens rugby coach, Michael O’Connor.He played for the Wallabies in 13 Tests from 1979 to 1982 and the Kangaroos in 17 Tests from 1985 to 1990.He also played club football for the St George Dragons and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, as well playing for NSW in State of Origin, until his retirement in 1992. Former footy star Michael O’Connor has sold this house.He’s purchased another home for his family in nearby Peregian Beach — a more modern house with ocean views.Mr Hay said the prestige market in the Noosa shire was continuing to attract strong interest.Mr O’Connor represented Australia in both rugby union and rugby league. Michael O’Connor, pictured when he was appointed the Australian Rugby Sevens coach in 2008.FORMER footy star Michael O’Connor has sold his luxurious home in Sunshine Beach for $5 million.The ex-rugby league and rugby union player had owned the property at 15 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach, for the past 25 years. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE One of the bathrooms in the house.Selling agent Mike Hay of Century 21 Conolly Hay Group said it was “a great result” for a property without direct beach access.“It’s in one of the most premium streets in the Noosa area,” Mr Hay said. SHIPPING CONTAINERS TRANSFORM COTTAGE The house is in one of the most exclusive streets in the Noosa shire.
There was an overall 15% decrease in global maritime security incidents in the first half of 2017, compared with the same period of 2016, according to Control Risks’ latest maritime analysis. As explained, the drop was in part driven by a significant decline in maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which in 2016 experienced the highest levels of piracy and armed robbery ever recorded in the region.Cargo and tanker vessels were involved in 38% of piracy incidents.There was also a notable decline in kidnap incidents from vessels in Southeast Asia compared to the latter half of 2016, partly due to the successful efforts of the Philippines military against the militant Abu Sayyaf Group on land, reducing their capability to kidnap victims at sea, according to Control Risks.The global decrease in maritime security incidents has occurred despite the spike in Somali pirate groups targeting ships operating in the Horn of Africa region, and the ongoing conflict in Yemen contributing to a growing trend of incidents in the Southern Red Sea and Bab-el Mandeb strait, where vessels have been targeted in violent terrorist attacks.Cormac Mc Garry, Maritime Risk Analyst at Control Risks, commented that “the Gulf of Guinea has seen a substantial decrease in piracy this year as Nigerian pirates groups, which typically dominate regional statistics, have not shown the same intent to venture far offshore or beyond Nigerian waters like they did in 2016.”“However, there is no sustained trend yet pointing to a substantial reduction in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea compared to the years before 2016, and we expect increased activity from mid-July as the seas become calmer,” he added.“It is promising to see a continued decline in global maritime security incidents, which have been decreasing over the past three years. However, this trend should not allow for complacency. We are recording global levels similar to 2013 which also followed a three year downward trend, largely due to the decline of Somali piracy. But that global trend did not last. Often, as one region sees less activity it picks up in another,” Mc Garry concluded.
LEXINGTON, Neb. (Aug. 10) – Leading the final five laps was enough for Colton Osborn to claim the checkered flag in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature Sunday night at Dawson County Speedway.Osborn started in the fourth row and was able to work his way into contention just past the halfway point of the race on his way to the victory.Chad Dolan darted to the lead on the opening lap from his fourth row starting position and never looked back en route to the win in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Wasting no time to get to the front, Mike Nichols earned the victory in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Nichols drove his way to the lead on the third lap and was able to remain in front throughout the remainder of the event.Earning the big payday in the Jeremy Trompke Memorial event was Dillon Thompson as he won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division. Thompson was able to drive his way to the lead on the fifth lap to earn the victory.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the club will “follow our own recommendations” on how best to help Mesut Ozil recover from a knee injury. Press Association Whatever the time frame, Wenger accepts he will have to be patient with Ozil’s return to full match fitness, which could well not be until the start of 2015. “When he arrived with the German national team, they didn’t think it was a lot at the start. He was supposed to practice on Wednesday but, in the end, he said that wasn’t possible for him,” Wenger said on www.arsenal.com. “Then he had a scan and it was bad news. We have our own specialist giving us his opinion after reading the scan and examining Mesut. We will follow our own recommendations.” Arsenal’s injury problems continued when central defender Laurent Koscielny was released from international duty with France. Press Association Sport understands Koscielny has a minor Achilles problem and the decision is precautionary, with the Gunners confident he will be fit for the Premier League clash at home to Hull a week on Saturday. Les Bleus play Portugal on Saturday and Armenia next Tuesday in friendlies building up to their hosting of Euro 2016. Arsenal, however, have been able to report some positive news, with Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry back in full training following knee injuries, while midfielders Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (calf) are also continuing their rehabilitation on schedule. Wenger added: “Theo is not too far away now. Serge has been out for a long, long time and Theo has also been out for nine months, so it’s good to see them back. They’ve worked very hard and they’re very dedicated. They are back in the group on a daily basis and that’s very good news. “For Ramsey it’s day 13 today and I think it will be day 21 before he is back into training. Arteta may be back with the group late next week.” Defender Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud, however, remain long-term absentees. The German Football Federation announced on Wednesday the midfielder was set to be out for “10 to 12 weeks” as scans from international duty revealed a “partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint” after Ozil had complained to Arsenal’s medical staff of pain after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. The Barclays Premier League club, however, later released their own statement insisting no time frame had yet been set for the recovery of their record signing, with a story on the club’s official website on Thursday suggesting “Wenger knows he will be without the 25-year-old for at least two months”.