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Borussia Dortmund fans have donated more than 70,000 euros ($75,570) to bars and restaurants around the stadium which have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bundesliga club said Monday.The German side posted the names of 86 food and drinks outlets during a ‘virtual football’ night on Sunday on the club’s website.Fans were urged to click on the places they bought their beer, fries, sausages and other match day staples and offer a donation to keep the businesses afloat. All told fans donated 73,611 euros with Dortmund’s marketing director Carsen Cramer saying they were “touched” by the generosity.Further similar collections are planned in the coming days, the club said, while Germany battles to contain a pandemic that has infected more than 22,600 people and killed 86 in the country.Topics :
Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Mar 2020 5:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Chelsea forward Willian has given Arsenal and Tottenham hope (Picture: Getty)Willian has offered Arsenal and Tottenham hope of signing him by insisting he would look to stay in the Premier League if he left Chelsea this summer.Brazilian forward Willian has made more than 300 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club in 2013.He has won two Premier League titles, the Europa League and FA Cup during his spell at Stamford Bridge, but could be set to leave Chelsea with his contract expiring at the end of the season.Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have both been linked with moves for Willian and he admits he would look to stay in England if he left Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told ESPN: ‘My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t rule out playing in other leagues, no.‘I’m going to play until the end of the season and see what happens. I’m very used to England.’Willian also said current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has installed belief in the squad at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues climbing to fourth in the Premier League before the season was suspended due to coronavirus.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 City‘Lampard I know well, in my first year, I had the privilege of playing with him,’ Willian added.‘It has been very good, I am really enjoying it. From the beginning, he gave me a lot of confidence.‘When you have a coach who has confidence, who makes you feel important, it helps performance. Because you miss one, two, even three passes and the coach continues to trust you.‘Players need this.’ MORE: Jose Mourinho names dream XI featuring Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal heroesMORE: Chelsea attempting to persuade Jude Bellingham to snub Manchester United Advertisement Willian gives Arsenal and Tottenham hope of signing him from Chelsea Advertisement Comment
While he acknowledged that the current system could benefit from a “pause” and more regulatory stability, MN’s chief executive stressed that a fundamental update was inevitable.He predicted that the Dutch government would clarify the coming changes to the system within the next two years, and that “drastic measures” would be agreed during the negotiations for a new coalition.Hagendijk said that, due to the effect of low interest rates on funding ratios, people were under the mistaken impression that Dutch pension funds were “dirt poor”. “However, the opposite is true,” he said.Hagendijk also expressed doubts about the new financial assessment framework’s (FTK) ability to stabilise the pensions system.“The reality is that more assets will be hoarded up, resulting in no indexation for years to come,” he said.MN manages assets for almost 2m participants and pensioners affiliated with 35,000 employers in both the Netherlands and the UK.Among its Dutch clients are the large metal schemes PMT and PME.In other news, the €72m Dutch pension fund of security firm G4S has said it will join the €1.1bn industry-wide scheme for private security (PPB).In a joint statement, it cited the increasing requirements for expertise, as well as increased costs. The Dutch pensions system should be a hybrid arrangement consisting of mandatory second-pillar accrual for incomes up to the national average and an additional personal and voluntary build-up of pension rights, according to Ruud Hagendijk, chief executive at the €105bn asset manager MN. Hagendijk – who is to step down from MN after 10 years as chief executive and 18 years at the company – said this set-up would be necessary to counter the effects of ever-increasing life expectancy, which, in his opinion, poses the biggest threat to the current system.Speaking at his company’s New Year meeting this week, he warned that, under the existing system, pensions will be unaffordable even for current generations.He argued that dual pensions accrual would provide certainty for an income after retirement, and would come with the extra option for additional pensions saving.
Records show the property, which had been held by the vendor for 28 years, sold to a Palm Beach family.Marketing agent Scott Wagner, of Scottwagner. TV – Burleigh Heads, said competition for the property was high, with multiple offers over $3 million.“There are only 15 cottages like that left on the Gold Coast that are absolute beachfront,” he said.“This is a good price but it also recognises that the sea wall is exterior to the block meaning the entire 412sq m is able to be utilised.” This view of Palm Beach is what it’s all about. The 1960s cottage had been held by the vendor for 28 years. The beachfront cottage at 412 The Esplanade, Palm Beach sold for $3.08 million.A 1960s cottage on a beachfront block in a tightly-held pocket of Palm Beach has changed hands in a deal worth more than $3 million.The basic 3-bedder on 412sq m of absolute beach frontage at 412 The Esplanade sold for $3.08 million last month. The strong demand for property in Palm Beach, combined with a shortage of stock across most suburbs amid the COVID-19 crisis, has kept prices in the beachside suburb high.Those conditions have also seen a rise in off-market deals, according to Mr Wagner who has been selling property along the Gold Coast beachfront for 23 years.“I get calls from owners all the time who are being approached off-market to sell,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“What I’m seeing is a big push for off-market sales by a small number of buyers who would rather buy now during the pandemic as beachfront properties are hard to get otherwise.”MORE NEWS: Queenslander renovation a love project for fashion designerClassic beach cottages make a comeback in Mermaid BeachThe cottage kitchen retains its original character. Mr Wagner said prices along the beachfront were unlikely to suffer during the COVID-19 downturn, as property owners have bought with a long-term mindset.“Every single buyer that I’ve worked with in the past five years has a 20-year-plan to buy on the beachfront so they expect the market to go up and down,” Mr Wagner said.“Prices along the beachfront will be protected because people are investing with a long-term plan.”
Photo by Jose Bilbao, USACEDredging operations related to the Fort Pierce Shore Protection Project are currently underway, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, said in their latest announcement. According to USACE, the project will place 385,000 cubic yards of sand on just under one mile of eroded beach in St. Lucie County.The $6.8 million coastal protection program, conducted by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock of Oakbrook, Illinois, will reconstruct areas of eroded beach and provide hurricane storm damage reduction.USACE said that a side benefit to the project is that it helps restore shorebird and marine turtle habitat, as well as improves recreational opportunities in the area.Photo by Jose Bilbao, USACE
Norwegian based LNG transportation provider Awilco reported a net loss of $6.5 million for the second quarter of 2018.The figures dropped, following a $1 million profit in the first quarter, however, the net loss tightened compared to the $10.1 million loss in the corresponding period of 2017.Freight income for the quarter was $6.4 million, down from $13.8 million in the first wuarter of the year, due to seasonal effects impacting activity and rates, Awilco said in its quarterly report.Fleet utilization for the quarter ended at 71 percent, compared to 97 percent achieved in the first quarter of 2018.Although rates and activity softened at the start of the second quarter in line with normal seasonal patterns, increased LNG production coupled with strong power generation demand in the Far East in the latter part of the quarter saw average market rates in the quarter 50 percent above the second quarter 2017 levels.Activity in the third quarter initially softened but has again started to improve as buyers already start to prepare for winter, and the owners’ expectations are correspondingly high, the company said.Awilco LNG noted that one of its vessels WilForce is commencing a 9-12 month contract in September following a dry-dock in August, and WilPride trading in the spot market, and is well positioned for the improving market.
IT was a blowout final as Dave and Celina’s all-star clobbered Swag Entertainment 5-0 to take the Linden title of the Colours/Guinness Greatest of the Streets Football Sub-meet on Saturday evening.From the get go, the eventual champions looked the fiercer side, adopting a mixture of build-up and quick break plays to control the play for most of the evening on end.It would be Kenard Simon however who would open the scoring in the 6th minute before Keon Sears added the second just two minutes later.By half-time, the All-stars were coasting and firmly in control of the match, with their ‘Swag’ opponents chasing the game.One of the five goals scored during the finals which Dave and Celina’s All-star won 5-0 (Stephan Sookram photo)However, on the restart, there were several close chances for the Swag side to open their account and level up the game, none of which however were able to materialise.The only time the ball found the back of the nets was when the All-stars put it there.Kennard Simon would again score on the return (25th and 26th) minutes to complete his hat-trick before slotting in his fourth goal and the team’s fifth of the evening to ensure that there were no doubts about the winners.For their win, Dave and Celina’s All-Stars pocketed $400,000 with second placed Swag Entertainment taking home $200,000In the third place play off, Jermaine and Family Silver Bullets were too much for the team 25 to handle, winning 2-0.Robin Adams (10th) and Jermaine Samuels (35th) ensured that the side finished third for the $100,000 prize with the Team 25 getting $50,000 dollars.The four teams will now move onto the National tournament set for later this year.
American studies professor Juan De Lara has researched the economy’s impact on Southern California communities outside L.A. since the early 2000s. (Kevin Lu | Daily Trojan)As the son of immigrants, American studies professor Juan De Lara started picking fruit when he was four years old to earn money. Wages were low and the work was difficult, but the experience helped him realize the importance of education.This year, De Lara published his book “Inland Shift: Race, Space, and Capital in Southern California,” which was developed in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. De Lara’s book is a conversation about new ways to examine how economic issues impact local communities, similar to the one he grew up in. He will speak on a panel for his new book on Nov. 13. “[The book] is thinking about Southern California and about the process of globalization and what that meant for the racial and class politics of Southern California as a region,” De Lara said. “I look at things like the ports and the expansion of the logistics industry and what that did to jobs.”De Lara said he started researching this topic in the early 2000s because he wanted to learn more about Southern California outside of Los Angeles However, he faced difficulties during the process because of the limited research conducted in the areas around the Riverside and San Bernardino counties. To ameliorate the gap in literature, De Lara said he believed it was appropriate to publish his book now, to further educate the audience.“Nobody was really writing about the area and what was going on and from an academic perspective,” De Lara said. “I thought it was time that somebody published a book that’s specifically focused on the region.”De Lara said that since the 1990s, the Inland Empire experienced an economic shift that drastically changed the demographic makeup and landscape. When he tried to conduct further research, De Lara discovered a lack of related academic studies. “There has been a tendency to think of the drama of social movement mobilization playing out in our major cities like Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco,” Manuel Pastor, a professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, said in an email to the Daily Trojan. According to Pastor, the economic growth in the region was influenced by what was happening in the Inland Empire.“We wouldn’t have L.A. and Long Beach emerge as the biggest ports in the country without the kinds of warehousing facilities that have grown in Riverside and San Bernardino counties,” De Lara said.De Lara also noted that the two counties were the fastest growing part of California, with one of the largest concentrations of Latinx and immigrant population.The book takes a look at how logistics shaped the demographic and regional makeup of Southern California. It also examines the pockets of resistance in fighting against economic and social disparity in the region.“The other thing is the emergence of a new kind of political class of [a] very young population that is beginning to now assert themselves in terms of becoming involved in politics,” De Lara said. “It’s been a rich environment to understand how the politics of race and class and culture have taken hold in the region.”De Lara’s research has given the Inland Empire greater exposure by opening a door for different groups to understand and better serve the region. “He has been able to bring this research into the public sphere to influence how policy makers, community based organizations, and funders view global trade and its local level impacts,” sociology professor Jody Vallejo said in an email to the Daily Trojan.Much of De Lara’s research directly showcases the Latinx community and issues related to their communities. As a Latinx academic, he finds creating conversations about his history helps Latinx students at USC feel more comfortable. “I talk about my own history in order to make sure that students … understand that they can come talk to me or I can sort of provide some mentorship,” De Lara said. “And I think I’ve benefited from that.”
Traevon Jackson (12) scored the last four of his nine points when it mattered most, hitting a jumper that proved to be the game winner with four seconds left for the Badgers.[/media-credit]It was a wild one at the Kohl Center Saturday afternoon.Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson received a friendly bounce on a pull-up jumper that beat the shot clock with just four seconds left in the game and Minnesota’s Rodney Williams missed a critical free throw to tie the game in the last second, as the Badgers (14-6, 5-2 Big Ten) held on to beat the Gophers (15-5, 3-4) in a 45-44 thriller.Minnesota’s Andre Hollins led all scorers with 20 points, while Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Ryan Evans both led their team with 10 points apiece.“We bounced back,” fifth-year senior forward Ryan Evans said.With the Badgers trailing 41-43 with 1:03 left in regulation, Jackson hit the first of two back-breaking pull-up jumpers, hitting the first from a bit outside the free throw line.Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith called a timeout and opted to isolate Hollins between the circles. Hollins initially blew by Jackson – his defender – on the left side but was whistled for a charge after Ben Brust beat him to a spot just a few feet outside the basket.“That was very good footwork, very good court awareness and he deserves a lot of credit for making a play,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “He made a play that helped us get that ball game on the left side and that was a huge charge to get.”With momentum swinging fully behind the Badgers, Ryan opted to take a 30-second timeout. There was seemingly no designed play, as Jackson took the ball just past the half-court line to the right side, watching the time tick away on the shot clock.Then, with 14 seconds left on the shot clock and 18 seconds in the game, Jackson attacked. At first the guard was repelled from driving to the center of the lane, as Jackson found himself past the right elbow with the Gophers’ shot-blocker Trevor Mbakwe draped all over him.But, with two seconds left on the shot clock, Jackson put up a shot fake and drew Mbakwe up into the air and out of the way. Jackson promptly fired up his jumper, drawing iron and receiving a kind bounce into the bottom of the net.“I felt that I needed to step up and hit the shots,” Jackson said. “My teammates were able to get me open and I luckily knocked it down.“[The shot clock] was only at four, you can make a play with four [seconds], I was able to get him in the air and I got him in the air and got a nice little roll and we won the game.”Tubby Smith called a timeout, prompting a review by the referees to see if Jackson’s shot was off before the shot clock expired and to see how much time remained in the game when Smith called the timeout.After a review, 0.3 seconds were added on to the clock and Jackson’s shot was upheld, as a second look showed he beat the buzzer by a millisecond.Trailing 45-43 with 1.8 seconds remaining in the game, Minnesota threw in a pass on the left elbow to Mbakwe, hoping the sixth-year senior would deliver. But, a whistle soon blew the play dead, as forward Mike Bruesewitz was called for holding, sending Mbakwe to the line and Bruesewitz to the bench.But Mbakwe injured his wrist on the play and was unable to shoot the free throws, so the Badgers chose to send Williams to the line to shoot in Mbakwe’s stead.With the Kohl Center crowd deafening in volume, Williams calmly sank the first free throw to bring UW’s lead to just one. But, with the pressure on to sink the second and tie the game, Williams’ attempt found the back of the iron, as Sam Dekker grabbed the rebound and launched the ball into the air.“That’s a tough situation,” Ryan said in reference to Williams’ free throws.It wasn’t pretty on either side offensively for the entire game, as the Badgers shot just 37 percent and the Gophers shot a measly 34.8 percent from the floor.But, unlike this past Tuesday night against Michigan State, Wisconsin found a way to eke out a win in the game’s final minutes.“This was a must-win game,” Jackson said. “You have to take care of home court when you get a chance to.”
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