Donald Trump at Trump National Doral (Credit: Getty Images)Ex-members of Trump National Doral have been waiting to inch forward on the refund list at the Doral golf course and resort — and they may have to wait decades more.To move up on the list by one spot, four new members need to join the golf club, and the list is more than 265 people long, according to the Miami Herald. The deposits range from $10,500 to $19,000.The Trump Organization bought the 800-acre golf resort out of bankruptcy in 2012. At the time, now-President Trump agreed to honor the membership and refund waiting list. At that point, there were nearly 500 active members and roughly 200 on the waiting list.Since the president was elected and took office, Trump National Doral has suffered, blaming its losses on hurricanes and the Zika virus. Some members have left, the saying the club became too political or that they no longer wanted to support the president, the Herald reported.Few members have joined between December 2017 and January 2019. One member said that he moved up by two spots, which means only eight members had joined, according to the Herald.In an attempt to reduce the property’s tax bill, Tax consultant Jessica Vachiratevanurak told a Miami-Dade County official that the property is “severely underperforming” compared to other resorts in the area.In 2018, Trump reported that the resort and golf club made 34 percent less than two years prior, down to $76 million.One member told the Herald that after he met with the director of membership operations in December 2018, the wait for a refund would have been about 12 years. That means that those who left after the 2016 election could be waiting about 85 years to get their deposits back. [Miami Herald] – Katherine Kallergis This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) will release a compilation of songs through his label 30th Century later this week. Dubbed 30th Century Records Compilation Volume I, the record will include artists signed to Burton’s label, although there is one notable outlier who makes an appearance on the collection of songs, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and his latest side-project, The Arcs.The Arcs will contribute a song called “Fools Gold.” Auerbach tells Rolling Stone, “Generally, fool’s gold is made of iron or copper pyrites that are often mistaken for gold. It has the same thrilling discovery, the same shiny luster and perceived weight as gold, but it isn’t gold and when all is said and done, it has the same value as a hunk of s—. It’s always been so easy to be a fool.”Take a listen to the new single below:
THE ACRIMONIOUS dispute between Baltic Rail Services, the majority shareholder in Eesti Raudtee, and the Estonian government has escalated to the highest level, with Prime Minister Andrus Ansip being asked last month to answer questions on the subject in Parliament.BRS is seeking damages from the government, accusing it of breaking agreements to which it had signed up when the Estonian railways were privatised in 2001. The trouble began in 2003 and grew into a serious row last year (RG 8.05 p470). It centred on access issues, first over a change in the law obliging EVR to make 100% of line capacity available to third-party operators, other than that needed for passenger services. This was followed a year ago by the Estonian Railway Inspectorate cutting access charges to a level which EVR said would not allow it to cover its costs. The charges applied to third-party operators competing directly with EVR.BRS was next accused of failing to meet its investment obligations, leading to the Finance Ministry imposing a 15m kroon fine. BRS resolved to fight this, in the courts if necessary.BRS decided to review its options, and discussions began last year about a possible sale of its stake back to the state, or to the state-owned Port of Tallinn. No agreement could be reached on an acceptable price, and the talks went nowhere. Since then speculation has surfaced about other purchasers – Germany’s Railion, VR in Finland and Russian investment company PromInvestors in partnership with consultants Transcare have all been mentioned.Lurking behind all this is an apparent attempt by the Russian Severstaltrans Group, which has a transport subsidiary in Estonia called Spacecom, to secure lower charges for shipping freight through to Estonian ports. The group has invested heavily in Estonia and is reported to have close links with Russian President Putin. BRS Chairman Ed Burkhardt said last month that Andrei Filatov, Director-General of Severstaltrans, had tried to persuade BRS to sell its 66% stake back to the state, but Burkhardt had responded that the price on offer was too low, noting that it was ‘interesting’ that Spacecom was not interested in buying shares in EVR.Allegations that the Russian company has high-level support in the Estonian government appear well founded. In early March Filatov had met Economics Minister Edgar Savisaar, who was fiercely opposed to privatisation of the railway even before he was appointed Economics Minister in April 2005. And a consultancy that had earlier partnered with Severstaltrans had been used to advise the government on purchase of shares in EVR.What had started out as a serious attempt to bring modern management and efficient operations to a railway in the former Soviet empire has been holed on the rocks of political dogma. Whatever happens, you can be sure that the BRS ship will not go down without a fight.
Related TopicsfeaturedShaker HeightsSVSM Tuesday Night Featured Game 🏀*Halftime*#3 St. Vincent-St. Mary – 30#7 Shaker Heights – 20Leading Scorers 📊Dakota Cochran (Shaker): 9 PtsMalaki Branham (STVM): 8 PtsMarcus Johnson (STVM): 8 [email protected] @raidersofshaker @zeusisfat @MarkPerezK10 @AkronEcho— Northeast Ohio HS Sports (@NEOhsAthletics) February 19, 2020The third quarter was low scoring, but very evenly played. Shaker ended up winning the quarter 9-8, but that barely made a dent in the STVM lead, as they led 38-29 heading into the final frame.Tuesday Night Featured Game 🏀*End of the 3rd*#3 St. Vincent-St. Mary – 38#7 Shaker Heights – 29Very low scoring, evenly played third quarter. Branham’s fast break jam was the highlight of the [email protected] @raidersofshaker @zeusisfat @MarkPerezK10 @AkronEcho pic.twitter.com/qSB7zipjXJ— Northeast Ohio HS Sports (@NEOhsAthletics) February 19, 2020The Irish would build their largest lead of the game in the fourth quarter, going up 48-34 on a Marcus Johnson layup with four minutes to play.However, Shaker continued to battle while trailing big on the road.Cochran had a fast break jam that cut the lead back to 10 with a few minutes to play. Unfortunately for the Raiders, there just wasn’t enough time to mount a comeback. Timeout STVM with 2:44 left in regulation. They lead Shaker [email protected] @raidersofshaker pic.twitter.com/006fbxSi7S— Northeast Ohio HS Sports (@NEOhsAthletics) February 19, 2020Shaker closed the game on a 17-7 run including a buzzer beating three, but STVM would hold on to win 55-51.STVM finishes their season at 17-4. A very impressive feat for a young team that played one of the toughest schedules in the area. They will host either Orange or Tallmadge in a sectional final matchup next Friday.Shaker Heights wraps up the season 16-5 and will likely finish third in the GCC. They will host either Kenston or Stow next Saturday in their sectional final game.Box ScoreSTVM 12 18 8 17 55Shaker 15 5 9 22 51 Billy Kosco AKRON, OHIO – It was a special night at The Lebron James Arena for the Fighting Irish. Seniors Isaiah Ingol, Marcus Johnson, and Luke Lindsay were all honored before the opening tip. A special night calls for a special performance, and that’s what STVM did on Tuesday night. They went on to win a hard fought battle against Shaker 55-51 in front of a large and rowdy home crowd. The Irish have had a history of starting out slow, and that trend continued in this game. Shaker jumped out to a 15-12 lead after one, as Dakota Cochran buried a pair of threes to lead the Raiders. Tuesday Night Featured Game 🏀*End of the 1st*#3 St. Vincent-St. Mary – 12#7 Shaker Heights – 15Cochran leads Shaker with 6, Harris and Marcus Johnson also have 6 a piece for [email protected] @raidersofshaker @MayorNEOPrep @zeusisfat @MarkPerezK10 @AkronEcho pic.twitter.com/dprebQKjYb— Northeast Ohio HS Sports (@NEOhsAthletics) February 19, 20204-star junior Malaki Branham was held scoreless in the frame, as Shaker’s defense really played tough to open the game.The second quarter was a much different result. STVM started the second quarter with a strong 10-3 run to take back the lead. Shaker’s offense just couldn’t get into a rhythm, as STVM won the quarter 18-5 to take a 30-20 halftime lead.Branham finished with eight points in the frame, while Johnson had eight points of his own in the first half of senior night. Ramar Pryor was limited in scoring, but he had a big momentum swinging dunk.Ramar Pryor with the poster late in the 2nd quarter 🎥⬇️@STVMAthletics pic.twitter.com/dfyeeSD5QJ— Northeast Ohio HS Sports (@NEOhsAthletics) February 19, 2020
Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town The Aces also take pride in their defense, and Alaska could also use this game to measure its trump card when it tries to defend Romeo and Pringle, who combined for 87 points in the first two GlobalPort games.“They are special players and deserve special defense,” Alaska assistant Louie Alas told the Inquirer over the phone yesterday, not hiding the fact that they are preparing hard to hopefully limit the production of Romeo and Pringle.“And they (Romeo and Pringle) know that,” Alas added. “They know that they are the focal points of their team.”Meanwhile, that Star team which GlobalPort manhandled also shoots for its first win, clashing with NLEX in the 7 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Little Olympics champ brings triumphant act to Youth Games “We’re trying to put more emphasis on team defense,” Pumaren said after going 2-0 last week with an impressive win over Star. “It’s still an early gauge for us. The real test will be in the coming games.”One of those games happens today at 4:15 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle and the rest of the Batang Pier put the only remaining unbeaten record on the line against an Alaska side that wants to get going so badly after two straight defeats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliRomeo and Pringle have been unstoppable in their first two games and will obviously again be the main guns that Pumaren would use to shoot down the Aces.Alaska will be close to full force when it comes into this game, with Vic Manuel and Ping Exciminiano returning after team-imposed suspensions and Calvin Abueva to play for the first time this season after missing the Aces’ first two games because of a muscle bruise. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Franz Pumaren has the two most explosive guards in the PBA and knows that for his GlobalPort crew to be a force in the Philippine Cup, playing defense would be the key.And he is only too willing to take on the tournament’s powerhouses to be able to gauge how good his team has become.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments
17 March 2009Three South African lodges are included on the latest National Geographic Adventure magazine list of 50 top eco-lodges. Phinda Private Game Reserve, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve have taken their place among the top environmentally friendly tourism destinations in the world.Of the 50 establishments recognised as the most earth-friendly, 17 are in Africa. Four are in Kenya, with two each in Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania, and one each in Mozambique, Seychelles, Egypt and Morocco.MediaClubSouthAfricaFree high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. National Geographic Adventure says that a decade ago the number of true eco-lodges on the planet could be counted on two hands. But no longer are they solely found deep in the African bush or Central American jungle, as these are not the only eco-systems that need nurturing. Today, ecolodges are found in a diversity of landscapes and locales, ranging from island and savannah to mountain and desert terrain.As far back as 1990 the Ecotourism Society defined eco-tourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people’.And an eco-lodge, according to the Ecotravel Center, a division of the non-profit Conservation International Foundation, can be defined as a nature-dependent tourist lodge that meets the philosophy and principles of ecotourism.Ecolodges, therefore, are those establishments that focus strongly on a greener way of operating, including the support of local communities, the creation of far-reaching conservation initiatives, and a firm emphasis on adventure. Oh, and guests can expect dazzling locations and unsurpassed service and comfort too.A good eco-lodge should engage in responsible practices such as paying respect to local traditions by incorporating cultural elements into the design and decor, disrupting the natural environment as little as possible and using local plant life as much as possible, sourcing food from local farmers, using recycled or recyclable materials in building, and bridging cultural gaps by promoting cultural exchanges.Eco-lodges are becoming increasingly fashionable, not only because many of them genuinely deserve their place among the world’s top destinations, but also because more tourists are listening to their consciences and actively supporting the vital role that eco-lodges play in conservation. These fine citizens of the earth will return home knowing that their holiday contributed to preserving the world’s natural environment.In South Africa, the three establishments that have been singled out by National Geographic Adventure magazine have shown firm commitment to those eco-tourism principles.Tswalu Kalahari ReserveThe Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is the creation of the late Manchester entrepreneur Stephen Boler, who was at one time the largest single shareholder in Manchester City football club. Over a period of four years Boler bought 34 farms in the Kalahari Desert and combined them to form a vast 1 000km² game reserve. Since 1999 Tswalu, the largest private reserve in South Africa, has been owned by the Oppenheimer mining dynasty.Tswalu has won a number of international awards, including several AA Travel Guide accolades and a Conde Nast Traveler 2007 World Savers Award. While it offers a superb safari experience, its primary aim is conservation and socio-economic development in the region. Its architectural designs minimise water and energy usage while extensive use of solar energy and everyday waste recycling substantially reduce the impact on the environment.Tswalu is committed to restoring and preserving the natural environment and ecological processes that are unique to the Kalahari ecosystems, thereby providing a sanctuary for endangered species such as the African wild dog, listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.Some of Tswalu’s projects include a study of the mammals in the reserve and identification of their ecological roles, research into predator-prey relationships of the Kalahari lion in the reserve, a determination of the density of black rhino that can be sustained by vegetation in Tswalu, the development of a Tswalu spider database, and mapping the breeding success of raptors in the reserve.Phinda Private Game ReserveThe acclaimed Phinda Private Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal is a flagship establishment of &Beyond, previously known as Conservation Corporation or CC Africa. Phinda encompasses seven separate eco-systems ranging from woodland, grassland, wetland and forest, to mountain ranges, rivercourses, marshes and pans. The reserve is also home to a contingent of rare black rhino.Many of Phinda’s rangers and guides are drawn from the surrounding communities and are thus able to share a wealth of cultural information with guests. All are deeply committed to their work. The reserve runs a full-time ranger school, where prospective rangers study for eight weeks before joining a team and gaining more knowledge in the field.Phinda has embarked on a number of other important conservation and community projects, among them the establishment of a worm farm and organic garden in a nearby community, which will hopefully produce vegetables for purchase by the lodge, a black rhino range expansion project, the ongoing clearing of an invasive alien plant species known as Triffid Weed, an initiative to re-introduce lion into the reserve, and research into leopards in the area.Bushmans KloofSpectacular Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Western Cape, situated on the northern side of the Cederberg mountains about 270km north of Cape Town, boasts more than 130 rock art sites, some of which have been dated back to 10 000 years ago.The reserve was born in 1991 when the McAdam brothers bought seven farms and combined them to form the 75km² Bushmans Kloof. Initially the land was severely over-grazed and neglected, but the McAdams removed the livestock and let the land restore itself.Today, Bushmans Kloof shelters endangered species such as the Cape mountain zebra, the Cape clawless otter and the Clanwilliam yellow fish. Indigenous trees once more cover the land, which lies within the Cape Floral Kingdom, a proclaimed World Heritage site. The reserve has won much international acclaim, first in 2003 when the US-based magazine Travel and Leisure voted it as one of the world’s top 25 eco-lodges.Bushmans Kloof is a leading participant in the 1 600km² Agter-Pakhuis Conservancy project, which encourages farmers to employ ecotourism principles wherever possible. The reserve has also opened a heritage centre where photographs and artefacts, as well as traditional jewellery, musical instruments, hunting kits and more, pay homage to the culture of the Bushmen.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
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The return of Samuel Umtiti marks a huge boost for Barcelona ahead of their crucial Champions League clash against Lyon. For the defender the match also has a special meaning as he faces the team that sent him on the way to stardom. Umtiti was born in the capital of Cameroon, Yaounde, but moved to France at the age of two, with his family settling in Lyon. He grew up kicking the ball around at school and before too long was already starring for neighbourhood club Menival. Roland Rimet-Mignon was tasked with teaching Umtiti and the rest of Menival’s hopefuls, whom the defender joined at just five. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I met him when he was very young,” the coach recalled to Goal. “He came to us early because his school was opposite the club and since he already had a passion for football, he joined up with Menival.”Umtiti began, like most talented youngsters, as a forward, but was convinced by Menival to drop back down the field, a fateful decision that culminated in him finally settling into the centre of defence once he joined Lyon. Even at the tender age of eight, his ability was clear to all observers. “There was a point in which when I saw Samuel play, I told myself ‘this kid can’t stay here, he is already better than everyone,” Menival academy chief Regis Molouba stated. Despite his age, Molouba did not hesitate: “I made my move so that OL would not lose sight of Umtiti.” Luckily for the club, they listened.To begin with, however, Lyon struggled to recruit the young Umtiti. “They did not have access to Samuel’s guardians,” Molouba explained. “I went to see Samuel’s mother to tell her that her son was good, that Lyon were interested in him and that this was an opportunity they could not let go.” Annie Ngo Um did not oppose her son’s signing, and Molouba came to be Umtiti’s personal trainer as he prepared to take the step up. “I developed a personal program for him and we would work every Sunday from nine in the morning until midday because he did not have to go to school.“We would run through the streets of Lyon and we kept that up for a long time, even after signing for Lyon we would work during his school holidays with intensive sessions to prepare for the season ahead.”Umtiti passed his Lyon trial at the first attempt, and 10 years later – after moving back to defence – was ready to make his debut for the first team. In his first match Lyon took down local rivals St. Etienne in a cup tie, prompting then-coach Claude Puel to sing the 18-year-old promise’s praises: “He has adapted amazingly to a game of such importance.”Just four years on from that auspicious debut Umtiti was Barcelona-bound, moving to Camp Nou in a €25 million (£21.3m /28$m) switch ahead of the 2016-17 season. This year’s injury woes notwithstanding, he quickly became one of the first names on the Barca teamsheet and played a key part in them capturing the 2017-18 Liga title among other trophies.The centre-back boasts for good measure a World Cup winner’s medal, having headed home the semi-final goal that put France into the final in Russia as they overcame Belgium. Now, having completed 90 minutes against Sevilla for the first time since November in February and repeating the feat at the weekend for the victory over Rayo, he is looking for Champions League glory. His first club and boyhood mentors, of course, now stand in the way. Umtiti has come a long way since he first walked into OL as a boy, but he knows better than anyone how important Lyon have been in creating one of the finest defenders currently active in world football.
Bayern Munich chairman Rummenigge not ruling out Lucas Hernandez dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is coy over talk of a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.There’s been talk of Bayern meeting the €85m buyout clause in Lucas’ Atletico contract.”No decision has been made about this,” said Rummenigge. “Hasan Salihamidzic (sports director) and his team of scouts are watching interesting players, it’s their job and they’re doing it very well.”We have not yet made a final decision about whether we are going to do something in winter or summer. “I am not afraid of the future and we will carry out this change in the team, now we are in the first phase, the second will start in summer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
After two days and almost 500,000 votes, we’re moving onto the second round of our 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media bracket. We’ve learned a few things along the way.We seriously underseeded Jim Rome, who took down 1-seed Clay Travis in a tight battle. Who knew?Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless are going to be really, really hard to beat.Jemele Hill is a sleeper to come out of Darren Rovell’s region.Colin Cowherd vs. Deadspin is going to be fantastic.The biggest snub, according to the thousands of tweets/emails we got, was Dan Dakich.Voting is now closed on the first round of the tournament. You can view the results here. Let’s vote on the second round:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Round Of 32Vote On The Right Side Of The Bracket BelowSkip Bayless Region:1. Skip Bayless vs. 8. Mike GreenbergBayless scored the biggest win of the entire first round, 94%-6% over Mike Bianchi. Greenberg took down Golic, 58%-42%. It’s a morning show battle in round two. More Annoying: Skip Bayless or Mike Greenberg?2. Colin Cowherd vs. 10. Deadspin Cowherd, who took down McIntyre, 85%-15%, thinks that Deadspin has fallen off. We’ll find out. Deadspin beat Jay Bilas, 66%-34%. More Annoying: Colin Cowherd or Deadspin?3. Mike Francesa vs. 11. Woody PaigeMr. Diet Coke vs. Around The Horn’s most notorious villain. Francesa crushed SDS, 80%-20%. Paige scored an upset over Barkley, 71%-29%. More Annoying: Mike Francesa or Woody Paige?4. Paul Finebaum vs. 5. Jason WhitlockPawwl vs. Big Sexy – lord help us. Finebaum beat out Beadle, 70%-30%. Whitlock snuck by Papi LeBatard, 60%-40%. More Annoying: Paul Finebaum or Jason Whitlock?Clay Travis Region:8. Rick Reilly vs. 16. Jim RomeRome took down 1-seed Clay Travis, 54%-46%. Apparently people really still don’t like him. Reilly, who defeated Todd McShay, 71%-29%, is a tough out though. More Annoying: Rick Reilly or Jim Rome?2. Dick Vitale vs. 7. Max KellermanVitale shouldn’t be on here? So much for that – he crushed Nantz, 74%-26%. Barstool fell to Kellerman, 57%-43%. One of the more intriguing round two matchups. More Annoying: Dick Vitale or Max Kellerman?3. Doug Gottlieb vs. 11. SB Nation’s Twitter MafiaGottlieb edged out Jaws, 59%-41%. SB Nation notched perhaps the best upset of the first round, beating out Herbstreit, 72%-28%. A round two win would be shocking. More Annoying: Doug Gottlieb or SB Nation’s Twitter Mafia?4. Keith Olbermann vs. 12. Lee CorsoOlbermann doubled up Chris Chase, 67%-33%. Corso beat out his former coworker, Erin Andrews, 59%-41%. These two people are so drastically different it’s amazing they’re facing off. More Annoying: Keith Olbermann or Lee Corso?Vote On The Left Side Of The Bracket Here >>>