“It wasn’t just me — we all had a very difficult time of it for Germany.”Other senior players such as Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels have been dropped from the national team set-up to make way for the new generation since the World Cup debacle.Yet coach Joachim Loew has remained loyal to Gundogan, who showed his class with a superb performance against minnows Estonia.The midfielder said he remained “proud” to represent Germany, and that the young team hoped to challenge for titles in the coming years.“Now it is fun again, both on the pitch and in the stands. It makes us want more.”Share on: WhatsApp Germany. PHOTO via @UEFAEUROBerlin, Germany | AFP | Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says he has rediscovered his love of playing for Germany after being applauded — rather than booed — by home fans.Gundogan, 28, was treated to thunderous applause and standing ovations by home fans after he helped orchestrate Germany’s 8-0 demolition of Estonia in Tuesday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Mainz.It was a far cry from a year ago, when Gundogan was booed and whistled by German fans during a pre-World Cup friendly against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen after he and team mate Mesut Ozil had appeared in a photograph alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May 2018.The political fallout from the photograph overshadowed Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaign and eventually led Ozil to retire from international duty, accusing German football officials of racism.Gundogan, who like Ozil refused to apologise for the controversial photograph, said that the cheers in Mainz on Tuesday, when he came off after converting a first-half penalty, had helped to heal the wounds of 2018.“It is really nice and it does me a lot of good, especially after the negative times last summer,” he told reporters after the game.
Facebook53Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Drew Freemantle for Maid PerfectDeep cleaning all parts of your microwave a few times a year, including the vent, can make weekly cleanings much easier.One of those things that sometimes gets missed in the kitchen is the microwave oven. We tell our kids to cover their food but that doesn’t always happen. This month we will teach you how to really deep clean a microwave and how to make the task less difficult in the future.Follow the eight simple steps below to a achieve a sparkling clean microwave.Remove the upper vent with a screw driver and wash in a sink of hot soapy water.Wipe the outside ledge of the oven with a sponge and Scrubbing Bubbles.Dry the upper vent and put it back on the microwave.Remove the vents under the microwave, clean in the dishwasher or in sink. Put them back when dry.Removing your microwave vent is easier than you’d expect.Clean the outside of the oven with a glass cleaner.Remove the glass tray and wash with hot soapy water.Spray the inside of the microwave with Scrubbing Bubbles, let sit for a couple of minutes and then wipe clean with damp sponge.Put glass tray back and you are done!A good way to prevent mess in the microwave is to get a washable food cover.We hope that this helps and if cleaning is just not your thing then visit our website at Maid Perfect.com or give us a call 360-402-6248 for your free consultation.Maid Perfect is a residential and commercial cleaning company that has been serving the Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater area for over eight years. We are licensed, insured and all of our employees have been background checked.
Facebook83Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondExperience Olympia & Beyond, the region’s Visitor & Convention Bureau, announces the Thurston County Tourism Awards. The awards recognize local community members who have gone above and beyond to help champion tourism to Thurston County. Three awards aim to highlight individuals who unite the community, work tirelessly towards achieving a long-term vision and show exceptional hospitality to better the experience for visitors and tourism in Thurston County.Thurston County Tourism Awards:Community Unity AwardFor those who live out their belief in collaboration and regionalism, working to bring the communities of Thurston County together in the name of tourism.Tourism Visionary AwardThis award honors an individual whose continuous commitment and trail-blazing accomplishments have set the stage for regional tourism.Excellence in Hospitality AwardAll who work in the hospitality business provide an invaluable service to the well-being of our economy. This award honors a hospitality professional who consistently goes out of their way to make visitors feel special.Anyone can nominate a qualified community member deserving of the spotlight. Nominations are open through Friday, April 11 and can be submitted online at AnnualTourism.com. The awards are announced at the Annual State of Tourism Meeting from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on May 2 at Stampfer Retreat Center.Featured photo credit: Jennlvs2smile