Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar Tue Oct 8, 2013 3:55pm EDT (Reuters) – The National Football League (NFL) will stage three regular-season games in London next year as part of a push to grow its international fan base, the league said on Tuesday. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders will each play a “home” game at Wembley Stadium. It will mark the biggest slate of NFL games played abroad in one year. “Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.” Dates of the games and opponents for each club will be announced later this season. London is staging two games this season for the first time, with the Jaguars hosting the San Francisco 49ers on October 27. Last month the Minnesota Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 at Wembley. The NFL first played a regular season game at Wembley in 2007 and the annual fixture has attracted near-sellout crowds with an average attendance of more than 80,000. (Writing by Justin Palmer; Editing by Frank Pingue)
And yet at the same time he gave the feeling of a terrible and unconquerable physical force.” Granting the “large and obvious” personal faults to which Anna Strunsky Walling alluded, the unembellished facts of London’s career are the stuff that dreams and legends are made of, more fabulous than anything Horatio Alger ever imagined. Here was an infant born out of wedlock into near poverty, one whose paternity has never been definitely established. Here was the child who spent his precious boyhood years delivering newspapers, hauling ice, and setting up pins in bowling alleys to augment the family’s meager income. Here was the mere youth forced to become a factory “work-beast,” apparently condemned, like thousands of other poor unfortunates in his social class, either to die an early death from overwork, malnutrition, and disease or, if he deserted his post at the machines, to spend what miserable life that was left in him wandering the underworld among the social degenerates and misfits known as the “submerged tenth.” Yet by means of luck, pluck, and sheer determination undergirded by a rare genius he succeeded in escaping “the pit,” transforming himself into “Prince of the Oyster Pirates” and a “man among men” at the age of fifteen, able-bodied seaman and prize-winning author at seventeen, recruit in General Kelly’s Industrial Army (also hobo and convict) at eighteen, notorious Boy Socialist of Oakland at twenty, Klondike argonaut at twenty-one, the “American Kipling” at twenty-four, internationally acclaimed author of The Call of the Wild at twenty-seven, Hearst war correspondent at twenty-eight, celebrated lecturer and first president of the Intercollegiate Socialist Society at twenty-nine, world traveler on his famous Snark at thirty-one, model farmer at thirty-four, blue-ribbon stock breeder and rancher at thirty-eight, and the producer of more than fifty books (several of which have achieved the status of world classics) before his death at forty. The sum total of these achievements underscores Alfred Kazin’s comment that the “greatest story Jack London ever wrote was the story he lived.” London’s story is quintessentially American. It is difficult to imagine his meteoric rise from rags to riches in a different setting or in a different time in American history. E. L. Doctorow remarks that London “leapt on the history of his times like a man on the back of a horse.” He rode this horse from his childhood to his death. Even while he was outraged by the inequities and injustices in the American socioeconomic system and even though his apparent indictment of the myth might seem to be the major theme in his quasi-autobiographical novel Martin Eden as a boy he had already bought wholeheartedly into the Dream of Success. His idiosyncratic political attitude, a peculiar amalgamation of socialism and individualism, was a spin-off of this mythology. The literary historian Kenneth S. Lynn has suggested that London’s conversion to socialism “had more to do with rising in the world than with world revolution.” I will elaborate London’s rise in the world in the chapters that follow.
The Jacksonville Jaguars , Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders each will play one home game at Wembley Stadium next year. It’s no coincidence that all three franchises are dissatisfied with their current stadium situations. Jaguars owner Shad Khan just kicked in $20 million of his own money for improvements to EverBank Field . The Falcons recently chose a spot just south of the Georgia Dome for their new $1 billion stadium . Looking to replace the Coliseum, Raiders are scouting land in Concord . The dates of the games and opponents for each club will be announced later this season. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pointed to the increased popularity of the International Series as the reason for the addition of a third game. “Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” Goodell said. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.” The Minnesota Vikings ‘ 34-27 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4 drew a crowd of more than 83,000 to Wembley.
Singaporeans snap up London homes as local market slows
By contrast CEBR found that house prices in the East of England and Scotland would rise by 27 percent over the next five years. The boom has been attributed to the government’s Help to Buy scheme which is set to launch on Tuesday, and offers taxpayer-subsidized mortgages. (Read More: UK acts to reduce housing bubble fears ) Invest into the property upturn: CEO Richard Tice, CEO of CLS Holdings, tells CNBC that they are developing properties in London and also looking at acquisitions both in London and across the rest of the UK. According to Levene, London’s property market is now seen as a safe haven among Singaporean buyers looking to diversify their property portfolio and safeguard their investments. Further compounding this trend, unattractive conditions in Singapore’s domestic market are pushing investors elsewhere. “The domestic market [in Singapore] is expensive and opportunities are limited. This has led to buyers looking elsewhere for real estate investments,” he said (Read More: Taper terror may leave Singapore property unscathed ) Singapore is home to one of the most expensive real estate markets in the world. Prices have soared over 60 percent since mid-2009 spurred by a low interest rate environment. A two-bedroom apartment located in Singapore’s central business district averaged between SG$1,080,000 (US$864,207) and SG$4,200,000 (US$3,360,806) according to property website propertyguru.com.sg. Fears over a bubble forming in the market have led policy makers to unleash eight rounds of restrictive measures in recent times, and the moves now appear to be taking affect, with some analysts now forecasting a slump in prices. Barclays analysts recently warned that Singaporean property prices could be headed for an up to 20 percent correction by 2015. “For those who might not have previously considered looking at overseas real estate as an investment, this now becoming a realistic option as taxes on local property investment purchases increase,” added Levene. Tim Gibson, manager of the Henderson’s $1.2 billion Asia Pacific Properties fund, told CNBC that the rise in Singaporeans’ appetite for London properties has been an ongoing trend for a while. (Read More: UK Property Price Rises Stoke Fears of New Bubble ) According to Gibson, a number of factors have contributed to the trend, including worries over the effect that the imminent withdrawal of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program could have on Asian property markets, along with the clampdowns in the Singapore property market and the healthy local appetite for diversification. “London is already a desirable investment location for Singaporeans because of factors such as the language overlap, good schools, and culture,” said Gibson.
London to be treated to three NFL games in 2014
(GettyImages) Football News 24/7 The NFL will invade London not once, not twice, but three times next season. Following on from the success of the so-called ‘International Series’ which began in 2007, the NFL will stage three regular season games at Wembley in 2014. Although dates have yet to be announced for next years fixtures, three of the franchises that will be involved have been revealed, with Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders all staging home games in London in 2014. Since the inaugural event in 2007, Wembley has played host to one NFL game a season, though this year that has been increased to two and the announcement comes just over a week after a crowd of 83,000 watched Minnesota Vikings overcome Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium. NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, spoke of the continuously increasing popularity of NFL in the UK as a major reason behind the decision. Speaking at the announcement on Tuesday he said : “Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow.”
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The NFL will come to London for a second time this year later this month, when San Francisco 49ers take on Jacksonville Jaguars and Goodell is hoping the UK’s appetite for NFL will by whetted further by this announcement. Goodell said: “By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.”