The Lokomotive Leipzig sells tickets for an invisible match to survive the coronavirus

first_img“On May 8 the Lokomotive Leipzig will receive an invisible rival and we sell symbolic and virtual tickets for that day,” explains the club in its promotional information. His stadium has had a maximum influx of 4,598 spectators this year in a match against Energie Cottbus. The average of his earnings per day is about 30,000 euros. Now he sells virtual tickets for one euro and he is close to his goal, which is to get the best assistance ever for his stadium, even if it is virtual. The campaign started on March 19 and to date has already raised 113,000 euros, when its goal is 120,000. That is the best entrance that the stadium hosted in its entire history, it was in 1987 in the Recopa match against Bordeaux. “The money will be used to keep the club running, we have 300 youth players, you have to pay the staff and take care of the facilities,” explain the managers of the Lokomotive Leipzig on the BBC, how far this curious initiative has gone. What they still have not pledged is what that “invisible party” will consist of, although they anticipate things. “There will be a live broadcast from the stadium, the lights will go on and our internet radio commentators will narrate the game, we cannot say anything more,” spokesmen for the Lokomotive Leipzig told the BBC. The coronavirus crisis also plagues football. If powerful clubs are forced to take drastic measures to maintain their condition and survive the crisis, what will not have to do the most modest. In this sense, the history of the Lokomotive Leipzig is striking these days in Germany. A very modest fourth division who lived his great moment in 1987, when he reached the final of the Recopa, falling to Ajax for a Van Basten goal. Now he survives as best he can and the coronavirus has cut off his only chance of income. Soccer is stopped, but minds continue to think. Thus, the managers of the yellow and blue club of Saxony have designed an initiative that is already a complete success. They announced the broadcast of an “invisible” game streaming from their field, the Bruno-Plache-Stadion.last_img read more

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Perlas outlasts UP to stay in hunt for semis spot

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanKo Perlas kept its composure and remained in the quest for a semifinals spot in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after dismantling University of the Philippines, 30-28, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.An awry spike from Lady Maroon Diana Carlos ended the match in favor of the Perlas Spikers as they improved to a 2-3 standing while UP slipped to 1-4.ADVERTISEMENT Diana Carlos had a game-high 24 points to lead the last-placed Lady Maroons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kelly continues nomadic training style ahead of ONE Macau cardcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Opposite hitter Nicole Tiamzon said it was her team’s strong, yet long, first set that gave them the confidence in pushing through.And although the Perlas Spikers dropped the following set, they were able to recover in the third and that boosted their morale, said Tiamzon, once more going into the fourth period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s a good thing we got the first set and at least we were able to gain the confidence and we realized that yes we can hold on to our lead,” said Tiamzon. “Because our team has a tendency to slow down once we see that we’re about to close things out.”Tiamzon and Ella De Jesus led BanKo Perlas with 15 points apiece while Kathy Bersola and skipper Sue Roces added a combined 27 as they jumped to the fifth spot, from sixth, in the eight-team tournament. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

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Consultation hosted to assist non-compliant Linden businesses

first_imgIn an effort to assist non-compliant proprietors of Linden businesses, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland recentlyKevin De Jonge president of the Linden Chamber of Commerce speaking to Linden shop owners in the presence of GRA officials and the LM&TCheld consultation with business stakeholders and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).The Mayor indicated that the aim was to address issues relating to businesses in the community receiving the requisite licence in order to become compliant.Prior to the meeting, Holland had urged the GRA to pause on a “crackdown” exercise in the community, which had resulted in several businesses being closed.The owners of several delinquent businesses had raised concerns following the crackdown process which they indicated was done without due warning.Holland, while acknowledging the need for timely dispatch of notices, had stated that business owners had acknowledged their error of not being compliant and expressed willingness to do so.He said the campaign had affected the community’s economy as many had closed their doors in fear of their good being taken away as was the case with some.The GRA in its mandate had moved to have all businesses regularised in order to rectify a trend of delinquent business practices. As such, business owners were urged to comply with requirements and obtain the necessary documentation from the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) in order to facilitate the compliance.Also present at the consultation were GRA Commissioner General (ag) Ingrid Griffith, President of the Linden Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Development, and ouncillors of the LM&TC.Holland said many businesses have since commenced getting the necessary assistance from LM&TC.Meanwhile, the GRA in a statement said shops and other business owners along with Kevin De Jonge, President of the Linden Chamber of Commerce, at the meeting, provided plausible explanations for the prevailing non-complaint situation, citing a lack of knowledge and apathy on the part of businesses as some of the main contributing factors.In response, GRA’s representatives urged that the Linden Mayor and Town Council take corrective action as regularisation of businesses/shops in the Town is its responsibility.However, it was noted that though businesses within the Municipal Market are under the purview of the Town Council, butcher shops, tobacco traders and drugstores operating in the Market are required to apply to the GRA for licences.last_img read more

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Dawson Creek Not Declaring State of Emergency

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Mayor Dale Bumstead says that the City of Dawson Creek will not be declaring a local State of Emergency in the wake of severe flooding in that city.Bumstead says that he met with Fire Chief Gordon Smith, along with members of the city’s emergency planning department, and members from the Ministry of Transportation in an emergency planning session at Dawson Creek city hall. He says that the city is in the process of setting up an emergency operations centre, in addition to the evacuation centre which has been opened at the Dawson Creek Fire Hall.The city now says that 60 households have been evacuated in Dawson Creek after the creek of the same name burst its banks last night, flooding or washing out all roads within city limits that cross the creek. Bumstead said that the exact number of evacuees is not known at this time.- Advertisement -A rainfall warning for the Dawson Creek area has been ended by Environment Canada.last_img read more

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Emre Can ready to snub Juventus and PSG interest and sign new Liverpool contract

first_img1 Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is set to snub interest from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain to sign a new contract with the Reds.The Germany international’s current deal expires at the end of next season and there have been claims that he could be leaving Anfield during the summer transfer window.Both Juventus and PSG were keeping tabs on the 23-year-old’s situation and were readying offers to try and lure him away from the Premier League.However, according to Tutto Mercato, Can is ready to commit his long-term future to Liverpool by agreeing a new contract worth £100,000 per week.Jurgen Klopp views the German as an integral part of his plans and the new four-year deal will come as a relief for those of a red persuasion on Merseyside.The midfielder joined Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014 and has racked up 129 appearances for the club over the last three seasons. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can last_img read more

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Behind-the-scenes decisions come into focus for Giants as season winds down

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — At the end of a 98-loss season in 2017, Giants executive Brian Sabean explained that the organization was not going to begin analyzing the team’s most significant issues.Sabean said the “autopsy” performed by the Giants’ front office was executed months earlier, when the front office understood the season was destined to be a massive failure.As the 2019 season winds down, first-year president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is in a similar situation. Zaidi spent most of …last_img read more

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Escape to Reality: Turn Off the Video Games

first_imgVisitation at national parks has declined significantly, reports University of Illinois at Chicago, correlated with rising use of video games and home entertainment.  “My concern is that young people are simply not going outdoors or to natural areas,” said a biology professor at the school, “but are instead playing video games, going on the Internet or watching movies.” Kids need vigorous physical activity and fresh air, the wholesome food of healthy living, instead of the processed junk food of artificial reality.  We all do.  Get outdoors and see the real world; escape to reality.  Let the Creation Safaris Photo Gallery inspire you.  Then turn off the computer and go take a hike.    Though the researchers measured national park attendance, we should remember that national parks are mere artificial boundaries put around particularly interesting parts of creation.  Don’t feel you have to pay the $20 entrance fee to experience the benefits of outdoor activity.  Many of the most striking pictures in the gallery were taken outside the national parks.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Extend NRC to all States and seal border: Sonowal

first_imgDefending the National Register of Citizens exercise, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday recommended such an exercise in all States.“The unabated influx from Bangladesh cannot be seen as a standalone problem of Assam. Assam accounts for just a fraction of the total number of illegal immigrants in the country,” Mr. Sonowal said at a seminar, ‘NRC: defending the borders, defending the culture.’ “Census reports also reveal that population increased in the last few decades in many States, including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Meghalaya, far beyond the national average. So this highlights the intensity of influx of illegal immigrants in India. Even the national capital city of Delhi and other metro cities in India have started experiencing the evil of illegal migration.“Besides being a security risk, they influence politics and eat into the already constrained resources of a developing country. Foreign infiltrators are trying to snatch our rights while staying in our country. This is a big challenge. To face it, I think it is very necessary to have NRC in each State.”He said every State should do it. “If we complete the work of NRC in Assam and if they shift from Assam to another State, what will happen to that State?”He said with the land swap deal with Bangladesh done, the border should be completely sealed. Mr. Sonowal sought to assure the people that government would protect genuine citizens.Started in 1951Speaking after Mr. Sonowal, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said the NRC exercise was started by the Nehru government in 1951 to address the illegal immigration problem. But it was never completed because of “vote bank politics.”Taking a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, he said, “The great grandson should read history.”He said the U.S., with a larger land area and smaller population, was fencing the Mexico border; Saudi Arabia expelled 7500 Pakistanis, who were their co-religionists; and Bangladesh was in negotiations with Myanmar to deport Rohingya Muslims.However, Mr. Madhav invoked India’s “2000-year-old tradition” of giving refuge to persecuted refugees, like the Parsis, and said the country would be sympathetic to Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh or Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh, drawing a subtle distinction between immigrants.Asserting that the NRC exercise was not biased, he said it was Supreme Court-monitored, was transparent as it only sought any one of 15 documents and verified them in digital form from the source. He said that objections could be filed before the final NRC draft came and even after that, those who thought they were wrongly left out could approach the Foreigners’ Tribunal and then the High Court.last_img read more

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U.P. Congress issues notices to 11 veterans for opposing revamp

first_imgThe Congress on Thursday served notices to 11 leaders in Uttar Pradesh for “unnecessarily opposing” the party over the revamp of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) in October. The sharply-worded notice asked them to reply to the charges against them within 24 hours. A U.P. Congress press release said the notices were sent by the State unit’s disciplinary committee on the instructions of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is the general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh (East), and UPCC chief Ajay Kumar Lallu. They were served notices in view of their acts of indiscipline, it said. The 11 leaders are mostly old-timers, disgruntled after the reorganisation of the UPCC on October 7 when Mr. Lallu replaced Raj Babbar as the State unit’s president. They include an AICC member, former Ministers, a district unit chief and one-time MLAs. “It has come to the notice of the disciplinary committee through newspapers that you have been continuously and unnecessarily opposing the AICC decisions concerning the UPCC publicly by holding meetings,” the notice said. “Through these meetings and statements in the media, the image of the Congress party has been tarnished. This was not expected from senior leaders like you,” it added. “This behaviour of yours is against the policies and ideas of the party .These actions come under the ambit of indiscipline. You have been given 24 hours time to give your clarification as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against you,” it said. Earlier, All India Congress Committee secretary Dhiraj Gurjar said in New Delhi that the party will take action if there is indiscipline, whatever the seniority of the Congress member. The move comes after the absence of several party veterans from two recent meetings called by the UPCC chief in Lucknow.Move to meet Sonia Instead, the disgruntled veterans have been holding their own meetings. They had also planned to meet party president Sonia Gandhi as a delegation to voice their grievances. Those served notices include former MP Santosh Singh, former MLC Siraj Mehdi, former Ministers Ram Krishna Dwivedi and Satyadev Tripathi and AICC member Rajendra Singh Solanki.last_img read more

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Government extra-cautious in selecting the next CVC

first_imgThe CVC Thomas affair seems to have pushed the government to be extra-cautious in selecting the next Central Vigilance Commissioner.To avoid a repeat of the extremely embarrassing situation the government faced when the Supreme Court struck as invalid P.J. Thomas’s appointment as CVC, the government has hand-picked a staggering number of 28 “highly-regarded” IAS officers and other public servants.Usually, the panel of candidates is restricted to three- four or, at the most, five names. The unprecedented list is clearly to widen the choice before the selection panel.The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has sent this mammoth list for consideration of the three members of the high- level panel – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home minister P. Chidambaram and leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj. The panel is expected to meet either on June 19 or June 20 to decide on who is to be India’s next CVC. The need for such a mammoth panel of candidates has arisen because of the controversy over the selection of P. J. Thomas as CVC. The government appointed him despite objections raised by the leader of the Opposition in a meeting convened on September 3, 2010.Swaraj had pointed out to the PM and the home minister that there was a case pertaining to the Palmolein oil scandal pending against Thomas, who was one of the three officers recommended for the post.At that time, the government overruled her objection only to have the entire process invalidated by the Supreme Court. The apex court declared Thomas’s appointment as invalid necessitating another round of selection for the post of the top vigilance officer.advertisementAccordingly, the DoPT has finalised the list of candidates for the post and sent it to the high- powered selection panel.Foremost among the officers recommended by the DoPT is outgoing home secretary G. K. Pillai. Pillai is to retire on June 30. Former DoPT secretary Shantanu Kansal, an officer with a formidable reputation, who was also secretary to the PM- appointed V. K. Shunglu committee to probe the Commonwealth Games scam, is too a part of the list. Former finance secretary Ashok Chawla too finds a mention as does Bijoy Chatterjee, secretary, chemicals and fertilizers whose name had figured in the panel suggested last time when Thomas was chosen by the government. The present DoPT secretary Alka Sirohi too finds a mention in the list.Former secretary, legislative affairs V. K. Bhasin too is part of the panel recommended by the DoPT, as is Vijaylakshmi Gupta, secretary, defence finance. Former urban development secretary M. Ramachandran who was also one of the frontrunners for the cabinet secretary’s post, also features in the panel.The list has been duly prepared by a secretary- level officer, as per the Supreme Court directions on the basis of rational criteria reflected by recording of reasons and noting akin to reasons by the empanelling authority. As there was confusion about whether the high- level selection panel was aware of the chargesheet against P. J. Thomas despite the leader of the Opposition mentioning this fact during the selection panel’s meeting, the parameters for selection, as well as the service files of the officers, are expected to be sent to the panel members this time.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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