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Mario Gotze: Has ‘Germany’s Messi’ been handed a career lifeline?

Mario Gotze in action for Borussia Dortmund
Gotze scored 45 goals in 219 appearances for Borussia Dortmund

Mario Gotze was once seen as Germany’s answer to Lionel Messi.

But after his steep rise to the top of the football world he could never quite meet expectations and, at 28, Gotze could make his PSV Eindhoven debut against PEC Zwolle on Sunday, as he bids for a fresh start.

After spending most of the first half of 2020 on the bench at Borussia Dortmund, his contract quietly ran out. There was little buzz around the attacking midfielder once he became a free agent.

Most of Europe’s top clubs did not seriously consider acquiring Gotze’s services during the summer and it took him until last week to secure a new club, as he signed a two-year contract with PSV.

Setbacks and frustration

Gotze’s downfall in recent years was caused by a mix of bad luck and astronomically high expectations.

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Scientists throw lifeline to world’s rarest primate

Hainan gibbons — the rarest primates on Earth — were already teetering on the edge of extinction in 2014 when the most powerful storm to lash China’s coast in half a century ravaged their island oasis.

Decades of economic development, along with logging and deforestation, had reduced their habitat by more than half. 

What primary forest remained was also fragmented, further hemming in the tailless apes, which travel exclusively above ground.

But the massive mudslides unleashed by super typhoon Rammasun made things worse, gouging 15-metre wide gullies into the mountainous forest and effectively cutting off their treetop highways.

“Canopy connectivity is critical for gibbons as they are strictly arboreal,” lead author Bosco Pui Lok Chan, head of the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in Hong Kong’s New Territories, told AFP.

“Forest fragmentation thus presents a major conservation challenge for gibbons.”

It not only limits their ability to forage for food,

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Scientists offer lifeline for world’s rarest primate

The Hainan gibbons population was estimated at 2,000 individuals in the 1950s, but during the 1970s their numbers plunged to sin
The Hainan gibbons population was estimated at 2,000 individuals in the 1950s, but during the 1970s their numbers plunged to singe digits

The Hainan gibbon—the rarest primate on Earth—was already teetering on the edge of extinction in 2014 when the most powerful storm to lash China’s coast in half a century ravaged their island oasis.


Decades of economic development, along with logging and deforestation, had reduced their habitat by more than half.

What primary forest remained was also fragmented, further hemming in the tailless apes, which travel exclusively above ground.

But the massive mudslides unleashed by super typhoon Rammasun made things worse, gouging 15-metre wide gullies into the mountainous forest and effectively cutting off their treetop highways.

“Canopy connectivity is critical for gibbons as they are strictly arboreal,” lead author Bosco Pui Lok Chan, head of the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in Hong Kong’s New Territories, told AFP.

“Forest

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