Ozil is Arsenal’s highest earner (Picture: Getty)However, Ozil was one of three players that refused to the agreement, according to the Daily Mail. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe German is said to be willing to defer his wages and will sacrifice a greater percentage than the 12.5% to do so but at this moment in time he will not take a pay cut.The former Real Madrid star is said to want to see the full financial impact of the pandemic before making a decision. Ozil has reportedly made it apparent that he is willing to take a pay cut in the future but not until the landscape is clearer. The 31-year-old already donates a significant amount of his salary to charity each month and is an ambassador for a handful of charities outside of football. Reports circulated earlier in the day that a minority of players had rejected the club’s proposal and it’s unclear who the other two players are that reportedly joined Ozil in refusing. The German is Arsenal’s highest earner after signing a bumper new deal in 2018 worth £16.8m-a-year before tax.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 CityOzil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, is yet to comment on the reports but in March he insisted that players should not be the ones to bear the brunt of the financial impact by accepting pay cuts. ‘Deferral is an option but not to agree a cut today when the clubs may still make the same profit as last year,’ said Sogut. ‘What the exact financial impact is on the clubs, we can see three to six months later – but we can’t see it today.’The Professional Footballers’ Association appears to be in agreement with Sogut, as they insisted last week that clubs should only propose deferrals, not cuts. Arsenal are yet to comment on the reports.MORE: Paul Scholes names Peter Schmeichel as the best goalkeeper he played with at Manchester United View 4 comments Arsenal statement on salary cuts We are pleased to announce that we have reached a voluntary agreement with our first-team players, head coach and core coaching staff to help support the club at this critical time.The move follows positive and constructive discussions. In these conversations there has been a clear appreciation of the gravity of the current situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and a strong desire for players and staff to show their backing for the Arsenal family.Reductions of total annual earnings by 12.5 per cent will come into effect this month, with the contractual paperwork being completed in the coming days. If we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger. The agreement is based on the assumption we will finish the season 2019/20 and receive the full broadcasting revenues. The resulting savings will help cover some of the financial risks we have this season in relation to our matchday and commercial income.We are proud and grateful to our players and staff for pulling together to support our club, our people and our community in these unprecedented times which are some of the most challenging we have faced in our history. Mesut Ozil will consider a pay cut at a later date (Picture: Getty)Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has reportedly refused the club’s request to take a pay cut on his £350,000-a-week wages to ease the Gunners’ financial worries during the coronavirus pandemic. The Gunners released a statement on Monday afternoon to confirm that the first team squad and Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff had agreed to a 12.5% pay cut for the next 12 months.The agreement states that the club would repay the money in full if Arsenal qualify for the Champions League this season or next, while all players would receive a £100,000 bonus for finishing in the top four. Qualification for the Europa League would see the squad reimbursed 7.5% of their pay cut, while any player sold for profit would have his money refunded.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Arsenal star Mesut Ozil refuses to take pay cut on £350,000-a-week wages Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Apr 2020 10:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShares Advertisement
The luxury beachside home has mountain and ocean views.A LUXURIOUS hilltop home with panoramic mountain and ocean views has claimed the top spot on the Coast’s latest list of sales.The five-bedroom Kingscliff property at 19 Dinsey St sold under the hammer last week for $1.6 million at Ray White South Network’s in-room auctions.It marked the number one sale on the Coast last week, according to latest CoreLogic data.Marketing agent Shaun Cardillo, of Ray White Kingscliff – Casuarina, said an interstate family snapped it up. The backyard has a pool with waterslide and cubby house. “He actually flew up that day to see it himself,” Mr Cardillo said.“We had over 60 inspections on the property and there were six registered (to bid) on the day.”Among the home’s standout features is a media or games room that doubles as a garage and workshop, an upstairs retreat affectionately known as ‘the view room’, a self-contained studio with a loft-like landing as well as a pool and cubby house outside. BUYERS OUT IN FORCE DESPITE HEAVY RAIN The kitchen has a built-in dining table. The kitchen is spacious, versatile and modern. The media room makes for a perfect man cave.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“A young family moving up from Melbourne bought it,” he said.“The lifestyle was bringing them here.”He said friends of the family inspected the home before auction to make sure it was worth one of them making the trip up to place a bid. THE SUBURBS THAT HAVE BECOME PROPERTY GOLD MINES The home is at one of the suburb’s highest vantage points.It also has a Sonos music system throughout the house, a smart wired television with data to every room and smart phone controlled lighting and music.Mr Cardillo said it was one of Kingscliff’s finest homes on one of the highest vantage points in the suburb.“It has views to Mount Warning and the ocean,” he said.“This is probably one of the nicest houses that’s hit the market in Kingscliff.“Kingscliff has, typically, older homes.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 One of five bedrooms in the house.
Norwegian seismic vessel fleet operator Shearwater has been awarded a contract by TGS for its Polar Duchess vessel.Polar Duchess seismic vessel / Credit: GC Rieber ShippingThe contract is for a 3D multi-client project in the Norwegian Sea, covering an 8,000 square-kilometer area with long offset triple source data acquisition. The survey will start in the summer of 2019 and last approximately 3,5 months.According to TGS, the 2019 acquisition will mainly cover open acreage available in the yearly APA licensing rounds.“This area covers several play models with proven hydrocarbon systems in multiple geological layers. However, it presently has little existing and no modern 3D data available. Fast-track data will be available by Q4 2019 and final product delivery is planned for Q3 2020,” TGS said on Tuesday.“We are very pleased to announce this continuation of the Atlantic Margin 2017 and 2018 acquisition.”Kristian Johansen, CEO of TGS: “The entire Atlantic Margin project will now cover more than 50,000km2 of the Norwegian Sea, and will provide the industry with the highest quality data in advance of scheduled licensing rounds in Norway. We will continue to prioritize this high potential region, and look forward to playing a dynamic role in future developments so that we can continue to help E&Ps make better drilling and investment decisions.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
U.S. coastal states must compete, but also cooperate, to develop an offshore wind industry that benefits everyone, according to a new report by the Business Network for Offshore Wind.The Leadership 100 report writes that the priority areas include the development of an industry road map, recommendations on advancing grid and transmission projects, and launching of a public engagement campaign.States must collaborate on the several fronts in order to develop a winning industry, the Network said, emphasizing that the most important problems are associated with grids and transmission lines.The private sector should enter into dialogue with states to discuss the grid/transmission strategy and once problems are resolved overall costs can be reduced for ratepayers, the report found.Other challenges include uncertainty within the supply chain, cost controls for ratepayers, and the limitation of U.S. resources, such as ports.“If the problem is not addressed soon, the offshore wind market could be held back, and policymakers’ clean energy targets may slip,” said Ross Tyler, the Network’s Executive Vice President.“What’s necessary is communicating the risks of not acting on this issue and determining the benefits for congestion relief & ancillary services to incentivize state officials to build the infrastructure that allows gigawatts to be placed on the grid.”Tyler believes that a roadmap would support regional port strategies and technical explanations for special solutions, cooperation on workforce issues and insights into local supply chain development.Additionally, an updated Department of Energy (DOE) study is needed for the Northeast, where most of the offshore wind is being developed to inform the conversations with local, state and federal officials.Besides Massachusetts’ goal of developing 1.6GW of offshore wind, New York’s plan to increase its commitment of 2.4GW to 9GW accelerates the need to quickly address electricity delivery and grid integration as the Northeast grid can currently accept 4GW of power, the report concluded.
Akrocean has won a contract to deploy two WINDSEA LiDARs on a 2GW offshore wind project for a period of two years.Although Akrocean did not reveal the name of the project, it did state that the LiDARs are going to be installed “on the other side of the world.”According to the French company, both systems left the port of Antwerp for 40 days at sea and are expected to be installed at the project site by the end of the year.Offshore Energy and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) are developing the 2GW Star of the South offshore wind farm in Australia.The project developer showed an image of the WINDSEA LiDAR in the most recent newsletter concerning the measurement of wind and wave conditions at the 496km2 project site.The first set of investigations is expected to begin in October some 8 to 13km off the Gippsland coast in Victoria.
The Telegraph 26 Jan 2012A study found that in polygamous cultures, levels of rape, kidnap, murder and robbery increase as the dissatsified men left on the shelf go on the rampage. Researchers from the University of British Columbia say that monogamous marriage has replaced polygamy because it has lower levels of inherent social problems. Prof Joseph Henrich said: “Our goal was to understand why monogamous marriage has become standard in most developed nations in recent centuries, when most recorded cultures have practiced polygaymy. “The emergence of monogamous marriage is also puzzling for some as the very people who most benefit from polygymy – wealthy, powerful men – were best positioned to reject it. “Our findings suggest that that institutionalised monogamous marriage provides greater net benefits for society at large by reducing social problems that are inherent in polygymous societies.”Published in journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society the study represents the most comprehensive study of polygamy and the institution of marriage. It found significantly higher levels of rape, kidnapping, murder, assault, robbery and fraud in polygymous cultures found in Asia and Africa. Prof Henrichs said that these crimes are caused primarily by pools of unmarried men, which result when other men take multiple wives. He said: “The scarcity of marriageable women in polygamous cultures increases competition among men for the remaining unmarried women. “The greater competition increases the likelihood men in polygamous communities will resort to criminal behaviour to gain resources and women.” A more egalitarian distribution of women results in less male competition and social problems, he says, and by shifting male efforts from seeking wives to paternal investment, institutionalised monogamy increases long-term planning, economic productivity, savings and child investments.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/9041460/Monogamy-safer-than-polygamy.html
I hope you enjoyed the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby last Saturday. California Chrome did not disappoint its many fans. It was a fairy tale story from the beginning. The product of two horses that nobody wanted became the first favorite to do well in the Derby in several years. Most experts do not feel that California horses run well in the Midwest. California Chrome not only won the Derby but did it with relative ease. It is unusual to see a jockey stand up in the saddle and wave his arm as he crosses the finish line.Another part of this fairy tale was the owner who literally financed his life to get this horse ready for racing. He hired a 77-year old trainer to do the job. From the money they have won so far with this horse and the potential winnings that still may come, I don’t think he will have to worry about finances for a long time.Commanding Curve and Danza completed the place and show. Now we will wait to see if California Chrome can win the Triple Crown. In the past several years something seems to happen to the horses that win the Derby before they can complete the three races that make up the Triple Crown. We will wait and see how the Belmont and Preakness play out.
An entertaining Barclays Premier League encounter failed to produce a goal despite both sides creating some clear-cut openings, but it looked as if Everton would have the opportunity to break the deadlock after 85 minutes when Ashley Williams challenged Steven Naismith. Williams appeared to make contact with Naismith rather than the ball but referee Stuart Attwell gave a goal-kick rather than a penalty. Roberto Martinez felt Everton should have been awarded a late penalty in their goalless draw at Swansea. “I’ve watched it back and it looks a penalty but it’s one of those awkward incidents where the ball goes out of play and it’s not much of a decision for the referee,” said Everton manager Martinez. “Ashley has made the decision to contact the ball and has contacted Naisy’s legs. “It’s a clear-cut penalty but I can understand why the referee didn’t give it.” Swansea ended up playing against 10 men for the fourth time in six league games this season when Everton substitute Kevin Mirallas, who had been on the pitch for less than two minutes, received a straight red card. Attwell felt the Belgian’s studs-up challenge on Swansea substitute Modou Barrow was dangerous and Everton had to handle the final moments of stoppage time with 10 men. “I always tell my subs to come on and give real intensity, so I was pleased with the manner of Kevin Mirallas arriving on to the pitch,” Martinez said. “I thought it was more a striker trying to defend and putting in a defensive challenge and it looked worse than it actually was. “I haven’t seen in detail but it was his first challenge and sometimes you have to see it with more common sense, I felt he didn’t have intention to hurt the Swansea player.” Press Association Martinez expressed his disappointment that Everton failed to secure victory by taking one of several second-half chances they created but Swansea counterpart Garry Monk pointed to the fact his side had more on-target attempts in the game – three to two. “It was a very even game and the key to it was would have got that first goal,” Monk said. “They had chances, we had chances, but overall it’s a good point for both teams. “It probably needed a goal to liven it up but both teams were trying to score and defences came out on top.” Monk felt his side showed the right response after losing their first game of the season at Watford the previous weekend. “I’m much happier this week than last week,” Monk said. “We showed if you can’t win a game you then at least don’t lose it. “This performance was day and night to last week and it’s pleasing to have a clean sheet. “The other side of it is that Everton have got some great players but we showed that we are on an even keel with them. “We’re performing just as well as them and that shows how far we’ve come.”
Trainer Henry de Bromhead felt that under the British rules it would be very difficult to overturn the local stewards’ verdict. “We’re not going to appeal. The advice we got was that we didn’t have a good enough chance to get the result,” he said. Press Association Connections of Special Tiara have decided not to appeal the result of the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown after their horse passed the post in second behind Sire De Grugy after being badly hampered at the final fence. “It’s disappointing because most people believe the best horse on the day was taken out of the race and didn’t get it.” Special Tiara led for much of the two-mile journey in the Grade One contest before being headed by the Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy before the home turn. The Irish challenger was rallying for pressure and looked in with every chance before being broadsided in mid-air by the eventual winner as he went to his left jumping the final fence. After a good battle on the run-in, Sire De Grugy passed the post three-quarters of a length to the good and De Bromhead believes the interference cost his charge victory. An inquiry was immediately called before the placings remained unaltered. The race took its toll on Special Tiara, but De Bromhead reports his classy two-mile performer to have recovered and will have a break before returning for a spring campaign. “It’s taken him a while to recover, but he’s good now. We’ll probably aim him towards the spring,” said the County Waterford trainer.
Nick Selbe is a senior majoring in communication. His column, “Inside the 20s,” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this story, visit dailytrojan.com or email Nick at email@example.com. On Saturday, as the start time for USC’s spring game grew closer, play had already begun in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where the Alabama offense sputtered in its first spring game under new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Over 2,000 miles away from here, the Crimson Tide failed to score an offensive touchdown until midway through the third quarter, which drew snickers from many of the Trojan faithful who remember Kiffin’s struggles at USC all too clearly.Spring ballin’ · Junior wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who caught one pass for 13 yards in USC’s spring game last weekend, says he improved many aspects of his game during spring ball. The Tampa, Fla. native hauled in six touchdown passes last season and averaged 65.6 receiving yards per game. – Nick Entin | Daily TrojanAfter the Trojans were kept out of the end zone entirely during their first spring game under new head coach Steve Sarkisian, though, the Kiffin jokes stopped. In what was a mostly uninspired scrimmage, the only real noteworthy happenings were that a little kid threw a touchdown, a random grown man scored a touchdown and Trojan basketball player Katin Reinhardt tried valiantly (but failed) to reach 10,000 Twitter followers.So no, there was really nothing newsworthy to report from USC’s 2014 spring game, except that there were no major injuries and the 17,500 fans in attendance seemed to have themselves a pretty good afternoon. This is not a bad thing by any means and, in fact, might have been the plan all along.“We kind of held back today and played smart,” redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler said. “We went back and forth, our defense did a great job, and we kept it real simple and, at the same time, gave the fans a show.”More than 20 injured players were held out of Saturday’s scrimmage, leaving the Trojans thin at several positions, but all are expected to return by the time fall camp starts.Though Sarkisian admitted that the spring game was more about staying healthy than anything else, he feels that his first spring as USC’s head man was a successful one.“I really feel like we’ve got our schemes implemented,” Sarkisian said. “For what we do offensively and defensively, which are relatively complex schemes, we got the majority of both of those two things installed and got quality reps at them. When we go back for fall camp, it won’t be foreign to these guys.”Offensively, the Trojans are nearly through their growing pains in learning Sarkisian’s new fast-paced attack.When run efficiently, the strategy allows the Trojans to take advantage of their athleticism and get the ball quickly to playmakers in space. At times, the speed with which the offense operates makes it difficult to notice the intricacies that make a given play work, but the end result is nearly always positive.When the offense hiccups, however, things appear sloppy.Mistakes are fewer and farther between now than they were three weeks ago, but they still happen from time to time — like on Saturday, when Kessler and the rest of the offense froze at the line of scrimmage, appearing confused, while Sarkisian — whose voice was audible through the Coliseum speakers — shouted at Kessler to snap the ball quickly before calling a timeout.These types of gaffes are the downside of moving too fast, but they are also the types of mistakes that will go away in time.“We need to get to the point where we have this offense down perfect in the sense of guys lining up perfect every time,” Kessler said. “We need to get to where there are no communication issues. We can do that. I’m gonna make sure that guys are at every single summer workout, and we’re not just coming out and messing around, but we’re getting better.”As soon as Saturday’s scrimmage ended, USC’s offensive players were eager to look ahead to the summer rather than reflect on their recent performance, not out of embarrassment, but out of excitement for what lies ahead. They knew better than anyone else that the spring game was not intended to be the indicator of how spring practice went, and they were satisfied with their play during the past three weeks as a whole.“This spring wasn’t just about today, it was about the 15 practices that we got to get better,” said junior wide receiver Nelson Agholor. “For me, I got better every practice, whether it was weight lifting, field work — it didn’t matter.”When the Trojans return at full strength in the fall, the real evaluation period will take place. Saturday, though, was a chance for Sarkisian to bask in his return to a fan-filled Coliseum and look ahead to his real debut in late August.“This is a special place, a special building,” Sarkisian said of the Coliseum. “To come out of that tunnel and coach on that field is tremendous. Hopefully next time we come out, we can score in the red zone and keep tackling and playing defense, and that’ll be the key to success when we come back here in the fall.”When the Trojans return to the Coliseum on Aug. 30 for their first home game of the 2014-2015 season against Fresno State, that hope will have dissipated, and in its place will be more expectation, more fans and, hopefully, a few more points on the scoreboard.