How long does it take first time buyers to save up?

first_imgShocking figures just out reveal that it takes five and a half years for the average couple to save up for a deposit while it takes singleton savers ten years.The data from the London market is even more hair-rising. There, couples are taking on average nine years to save up a deposit while single savers require 14 years, says Hamptons International.This is despite recent help for from the Bank of England, which announced a cut in interest rates in early August. This has  been passed on by lenders  in recent weeks including to first time buyers (FTBs) and, if they shop around, rates for ‘discounted mortgage’ products can be found for under 3% while several two-year fixed rates are available at 3.5%.Overall, August’s 0.25% cut to interest rates, if fully passed on, mean that mortgage payments could on average be £244 a year lower for the average first-time buyer home in England and Wales.In London, the agent says, mortgage payments would be £518 lower.But despite the long wait to gather a deposit, enthusiasm for property ownership is not waning; figures from the National Association of Estate Agents show that the number of sales to FTBs has been increasing from 25% of all sales in July this year to 28% during August. This compares favourably with the same time last year, when just 20% of sales were to FTBs.Hamptons International also believes that the Bank of England may consider a rate cut to 0% in the near future. It predicts  that such a move would delivery significant annual savings for first time buyers of up to £1,000.But help for first time buyers often stimulates the wider market and pushes house prices up across the board, and a Hamptons International says that “despite falling mortgage rates, continued house price growth in the last year has led to higher mortgage payments for new homeowners.“But wage growth and lower inflation have helped to offset the impact on household incomes.”  house prices houing market Hamptons International first-time buyers September 26, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » How long does it take first time buyers to save up? previous nextHousing MarketHow long does it take first time buyers to save up?You’ll be surprised to find out how long average buyers spend scrimping for a depositNigel Lewis26th September 20160526 Viewslast_img read more

HMAS Launceston Assists Vessel in Distress

first_img HMAS Launceston Assists Vessel in Distress View post tag: Assists View post tag: Asia-Pacific Authorities View post tag: Australian Navy View post tag: HMAS Launceston Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Launceston Assists Vessel in Distress View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navalcenter_img The Armidale class patrol boat (crewed by Assail One) was conducting a routine maritime security patrol in the vicinity of Luxmere Head at dusk on Sunday, 22 June when it responded to an orange smoke flair discharged by a small recreational fishing vessel just 1,000 yards away.Launceston deployed a sea boat to investigate and discovered the dingy was in need of a tow after the engine had failed.Launceston’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Rob Cucchi said the rescue was a modest one.“The fishermen requested a tow to Hixman Point boat ramp which was ten nautical miles away,” he said.The tow took just under one hour twenty minutes, using one of Launceston’s two jet rigid hulled inflatable sea boats.“It wasn’t a complicated evolution,” Lieutentant Commander Cucchi said.“There were no medical issues, or atrocious sea conditions, it was just some good neighbourly stuff.”Commander Jeff Williams, Director of Operations at the Headquarters Northern Command in Darwin said the patrol boat fleet are well equipped for Search and Rescue missions, no matter how big or small.“The Armidale class patrol boats play a very active role in monitoring Australia’s northern coastline, looking for irregular activity and the possibility of vessels in distress,” he said.[mappress]Press Release, July 04, 2014; Image: Australian Navy July 4, 2014 View post tag: Distress Three recreational fishermen are grateful for the crew of HMAS Launceston who came to their aid off the Northern Territory coast this month. View post tag: Navy View post tag: vessel Share this articlelast_img read more

Australia buys second MQ-4C Triton UAV

first_img Photo: Illustration: US Navy photo of MQ-4C Triton View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Share this article View post tag: MQ-4C View post tag: RAAF The Australian defense ministry announced it is buying the second of a planned fleet of six MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft.Australia is acquiring the Tritons through a cooperative program with the United States Navy. The MQ-4C is being acquired to complement Poseidon P-8A maritime patrol aircraft operations.Australian defense minister Christopher Pyne said the Triton acquisition was an important part of strengthening the security of Australia’s maritime boarders.“The Triton – which will complement our manned P-8A Poseidon aircraft – will significantly enhance our anti-submarine warfare and maritime strike capability as well as our ability to monitor and secure Australia’s maritime approaches,” minister Pyne said.“These capabilities help us protect our maritime area from threats such as people smuggling, and the exploitation of our natural resources from activities like illegal fishing.”“The Tritons will also be able to undertake enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks to support whole-of-government operations.”The approval of the second aircraft means that the project is on track to see the first Triton aircraft introduced into service in mid-2023 with all six planned to be delivered by late 2025, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. View post tag: Tritonlast_img read more

ABA lawsuit targets changes to loan forgiveness programv

first_imgIL for www.theindianalawyer.comPublic sector attorneys hoping to have some of their student loans erased could find out they owe more money than they previously thought.A lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday details the stories of four lawyers who were informed their positions in nonprofits no longer qualified for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and their previous payments did not count toward the program. The American Bar Association filed the complaint against the U.S. Department of Education to stop the denials.The suit charges the education department changed the eligibility requirement after having already approved the work as qualifying under the PSLF and after the individuals made decisions and loan repayments. The ABA claims the Department of Education did not provide adequate notice or explanation of the change and applied the changes retroactively without statutory authorization.Of the named individuals in the lawsuit, one currently works for the ABA and another is a former employee.“Paying off what can often be substantial student debt while working a public service job is difficult,” ABA President Linda Klein said in a statement. “The PSLF program promised these dedicated lawyers a chance at financial stability in return for doing public service work. After following the rules, these people had the rug pulled out from under them. We cannot tolerate these actions of the Department of Education.”The program, started in 2007, provides incentives for graduates to pursue public sector careers. In particular, borrowers who work full-time in a public service job and make 10 years of payments will have any remaining debt on their student loan forgiven.A November 2016 report from the Government Office of Accountability found the PSLF program could cost the federal government significantly more. The program could start forgiving loans in October 2017 but the Department of Education’s calculations did not account for the benefit until 2018. When the GAO revised the math to accommodate the loans being forgiven in 2017, the estimated cost rose by $70 million.The case is American Bar Association et al. v. United States Department of Education and John B. King Jr., in his official capacity as Secretary of Education, 1:16-cv-02476. It was filed in the U.S. District court for the District of Columbia.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Proposes to Clean up the Mess at Dog Beach

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiBaron, a 12-year-old Dalmatian and Labrador retriever mix who has been dubbed the “mayor of Dog Beach” by his owner, met a new constituent the other day when he touched noses with a rambunctious puppy named Minion.Over the years, countless other canines have gotten acquainted in the same way on a nearly mile-long stretch of sand that is part of the state-owned Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area, but is better known by its “Dog Beach” nickname.While Baron may reign over these sands as the four-legged mayor, it is a human mayor who has come to the rescue to keep Dog Beach open amid threats it might be closed down because of concerns over stinky pooch poop and overflowing trash.“That beach will remain Dog Beach,” Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian declared.Speaking during the Jan. 26 meeting of City Council, Gillian briefly outlined plans to “save” Dog Beach by having Ocean City take over the responsibility of picking up the trash there, a job that was formerly handled by Cape May County.Gillian explained that Ocean City will take charge of collecting the trash because Dog Beach – even though it is located outside the city – is popular with local residents as well as tourists who come to the resort town.“We’ll do what we can to save Dog Beach,” he said.“No Litter” signs greet visitors at the entrance of the Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area, the formal name of Dog Beach.Dog owners have been bringing their pooches to the waterfront parcel for decades. Dog Beach overlooks the Great Egg Harbor Inlet on the Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, side of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.Over the years, the exact location of Dog Beach has been the source of confusion. Some believe it is located in Ocean City, or somewhere else in Cape May County, while others think it is in Longport. Google Maps identifies the area as the “Somers Point Dog Park.”Dog lovers, though, seem to have little or no trouble finding it. On a typical summer day, the beach is crowded with canines romping in the sand or splashing in the water. Even during the winter, the area remains popular with dog owners.In interviews Wednesday, dog owners expressed relief that Dog Beach will not be closed down after all. At the same time, they praised Gillian for proposing a plan to keep the area clean.“We’re very grateful that he’s lending a helping hand,” Steven Vanaman, an Egg Harbor Township resident and Baron’s owner, said of Gillian. “One of the major issues here is trash pickup. They keep passing it from county to county. Nobody wants to do it.”Vanaman’s girlfriend, Dotty Jenkins, also of Egg Harbor Township, became so disgusted with the bags of dog poop and trash that began to pile up that she handprinted a sign urging everyone at Dog Beach to dispose of their waste in a dumpster across the street.Jenkins pointed out the sign while Baron played on the beach Wednesday afternoon with a few other dogs, including Minion, a 2-month-old Australian cattle dog mix owned by Melissa and Peter Papale of Somers Point.“This is our first time here,” Peter Papale said. “This is a great place for us to take our dog. This will be our new spot now.”Peter and Melissa Papale of Somers Point and their puppy Minion meet Baron, Vanaman and Jenkins.Although the Papales and Minion were newcomers to Dog Beach, Vanaman has been a regular since 2000. Vanaman joked that Baron has been coming to Dog Beach so long that he has become its canine leader. “Baron is the mayor of Dog Beach,” Vanaman said. “He always wants to get involved in everybody’s business.”While spending time at Dog Beach with Baron and Vanaman over the summer, Jenkins began to notice that the trash wasn’t being collected. That’s what prompted her to place her handwritten sign at the entryway to the beach.“I made the sign because I didn’t like how the trash bags weren’t being picked up,” Jenkins said.Caryn Shinske, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, confirmed Friday that the agency removed the trash cans from Dog Beach a few weeks before Labor Day. She said they were removed after Cape May County stopped picking up the trash.“If nobody is there to empty the trash cans, why have them there?” Shinske explained of the DEP’s decision.On Wednesday, a trash can was empty and the grounds appeared free of litter at the walkway to Dog Beach.The DEP oversees the Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area, including the part that includes Dog Park, through its Division of Fish and Wildlife. The agency has posted signs reminding people to pick up their trash. One sign warns of a $200 fine for littering. Another sign threatens that the area will be closed “to drive-in access if excessive littering continues.”As concerns swirl about a possible shutdown of Dog Beach, the DEP is reviewing a plan by Ocean City to take over trash collection. Shinske said the city has proposed picking up the trash twice a week from May to October using a dumpster.Ocean City spokesman Doug Bergen noted that the city’s Public Works Department already collects trash in the north end of town near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, so it would be easy to do pickups at Dog Beach.“The mayor has volunteered a Public Works truck to pick up the trash,” Bergen said.On Wednesday, a trash can at Dog Beach was empty and the surrounding grounds appeared free of litter.Echoing Gillian’s comments to City Council, Bergen said Ocean City has offered to pick up the trash because of Dog Beach’s popularity among local residents and the town’s tourists.“In the summertime, it’s jamming over there,” he said.Cape May County, meanwhile, decided to stop picking up the trash around Labor Day after the DEP had removed the trash cans, a county official said.“It was way more than our people could handle. It was disgusting,” Karen Coughlin, executive director of the Cape May County Bridge Commission, said of the piles of trash and dog waste.Coughlin’s agency operates the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. Coughlin said that Cape May County, not the bridge commission, apparently entered into an agreement with the state to assume the responsibility for collecting the trash at Dog Beach after the new Ocean City-Longport Bridge opened in 2002.Coughlin stated she has been unable to find a formal, written document between the county and the state for trash pickup, so she believes it may have been a handshake agreement. Once the DEP removed the trash cans, the county pulled out.“It was getting so out of control,” Coughlin said.Now, it appears Ocean City is ready to take over the job.“It’s a worthwhile endeavor,” Bergen said.Dog Beach overlooks the Great Egg Harbor Inlet at the foot of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. Steven Vanaman and Dotty Jenkins, both of Egg Harbor Township, are regulars at Dog Beach, along with Baron.last_img read more

Aqueous Releases Pro-Shot Video Of “Complex, Pt. 1” From Labor Day Weekend

first_imgOver Labor Day Weekend, Aqueous joined forces with Umphrey’s McGee for a string of shows across the Midwest. After a performance at Crossroads KC in Kansas City, Missouri, the two jam acts took to St. Louis for a two-night stand at The Pageant. Aqueous has become a rising star in the jam scene, specifically because of the group’s ability to extend their jams across songs while still remaining tight. During their Labor Day Weekend run, this talent for improvisation was front and center, with the group’s opening sets in St. Louis each containing three songs that were stretched to the limit.Today, Aqueous has released a pro-shot video of their set opener, “Complex, Pt. 1”, from the last night of their run on September 2nd. Following this number, the group played “Weight Of The World”, which they jammed through to “Willy Is 40.” You can check out the thirteen-minute-long pro-shot video of “Complex, Pt. 1” below, courtesy of TourGigs. Also, keep an eye out as Aqueous may release their full set from September 2nd sometime this week on the group’s Facebook page.last_img read more

On the Blogs: India-Bangladesh Power Project Is Out of Step With the Times

first_imgOn the Blogs: India-Bangladesh Power Project Is Out of Step With the Times FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jai Sharda for the Huffington Post:The plant, which has been delayed significantly from the original plans of commissioning by 2016, will be very expensive, despite major subsidies from both Bangladesh and India and multi-year lows in coal prices. The plant is set to receive subsidies worth over US$ 3 billion over its life in the form of income tax and operational subsidies from the Bangladeshi government and a soft loan from the Indian government-owned EXIM Bank. Despite this massive subsidy, the cost of electricity produced from the plant will be more than 30% in excess of the average cost of electricity in Bangladesh. This increase is after Bangladesh has already seen rapid increase in power costs over the last five years.The Rampal plant is part of the Power System Master Plan (PSMP) formulated by Bangladesh in 2010 to add generating capacity to the energy-starved country. The trouble with the plant, though, is that it violates almost all the objectives of the PSMP.The plant will use outdated supercritical technology, violating the objective to move towards a low-carbon economy.The technology, as well as the coal that the plant will use, will be imported into Bangladesh, contrary to the objective of the PSMP to develop domestic resources. In addition, it will use outdated supercritical technology, violating the objective to move towards a low-carbon economy. Since the plant is based on subsidies, it is also against the objective to build efficient capacities.All the major players involved in the development of the Rampal project are Indian government-owned entities. The plant is promoted by the Indian government-owned NTPC Ltd. The loan component of the plant is set to be provided by the Indian EXIM Bank. The main order for the construction of the plant was reported to be given to BHEL, again owned by the Indian government.Ironically, the Indian government is supporting the development of this coal-fired plant at a time when India itself is moving away from coal-based power. India has made significant progress on its ambitious renewable energy capacity addition program, which targets 175GW of renewable capacity by 2022. Simultaneously, the Indian Power Minister has made it clear that India will minimize its usage of imported coal. Indian coal power plants are operating at an average Plant Load Factor of below 60%.Full item: The India-Bangladesh Rampal Power Project Is A Waste Of Resources. Here’s An Alternativelast_img read more

Partners of board members now eligible for JNC service

first_imgPartners of board members now eligible for JNC service April 15, 2002 Regular News Partners of board members now eligible for JNC servicecenter_img The Bar Board of Governors felt the “plum” policy should strictly apply to its nominations to judicial nominating commissions, but in the end found that it could only be used in a much more permissive manner.The standing board policy in question prohibits associates and partners of board members from applying for certain “plum” appointments, in this case, membership on JNCs. At its February meeting, board member Kelly Overstreet Johnson suggested the board drop the practice for JNC appointments. She noted under a new state law, the Bar no longer directly appoints any JNC members but nominates a slate of candidates to the governor for four of the nine seats on each commission.When the issue came to the board for final action at its March meeting, board member Hank Coxe objected.He said the total number of board members and members of their firms is around 1,500, leaving around 55,000 in-state Bar members eligible for JNC service. “I think it’s incumbent on us to go outside our firms [to find JNC applicants],” Coxe concluded.“We’ve got a lot of talent among members of this board and in their law firms,” Johnson argued in reply.She noted that members of large firms can have associates and partners in offices across the state that they neither know nor have met. And the board uses screening committees to review JNC applicants, protecting against favoritism, Johnson said.In what turned out to be a temporary action, the board voted 23-13 not to change the policy.Then on a related matter, the board did approve a policy change recommended by the Rules Committee that dropped experience requirements for JNC applicants. Committee Chair Ian Comisky said the Bar policy required five years as a lawyer to serve on a circuit JNC and 10 years for an appellate JNC. But he noted there was no similar constitutional or statutory requirement other than being a practicing attorney and residing in the territorial jurisdiction of the subject JNC.Comisky said the committee thought under existing law it was wrong for the Bar to have any stricter qualification standards than already set by state law, and the board agreed by voice vote.That caused Johnson, after the meeting, to inquire of Bar General Counsel Paul Hill how the Bar could enforce the “plum” policy since state law had no similar disqualification for associates or partners of appointing or nominating authorities for the JNCs. After some research, Hill concluded that the board could not strictly prohibit Bar members from applying merely because they are partners, although it could use that as a consideration when reviewing the applications and finally voting on nominees.He also, in a memo to the board, said the Bar probably should not continue enforcing other provisions of Standing Board Policy 1.40(c)(5) pending more formal study.Hill, Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., and Bar President Terry Russell faxed a memo to board members explaining the matter, and asked for their reply. a 37-0 tally, board members agreed to suspend the policy to conform to state law. The Executive Committee later ratified that action.“[W]hen the eligibility requirements for a public office are already set via constitution or statute by some higher authority than the Bar, case law seems to say that no subordinate entity such as the BoG can add more qualifications to that office,” Hill said in his memo. “In my opinion, the provisions of SBP 1.40(c)(5) that render incumbent BoG members, recently departed Board members, and firm members of current Bar governors automatically ineligible for nomination to JNCs suffer from the same basic infirmities as the ‘minimum years of practice’ provisions in SBP 1.40(c)(4) — they summarily disqualify or exclude from consideration certain individuals who are otherwise eligible for this office according to superior legal authority.”The board will be making nominations for two seats on each of the 26 JNCs at its May 24 meeting. Anticipating changes might be made to SBP 1.40, no qualifications or limiting factors were included in the last notice in the Bar News seeking applicants.last_img read more

Anti-virus measures spark Mideast fears of setback in liberties

first_imgIn Jordan, where King Abdallah II signed a decree giving the government exceptional powers, hundreds of people have been arrested for breaking a curfew.While the government said the powers would be used to the “narrowest extent”, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Amman not to abuse fundamental rights for the cause of combatting the virus. In Morocco, known for its muscular security policy, the arrests of offenders — who risk heavy fines and jail time — have generated little protest and are even praised on social media.Like many countries, Morocco has bolstered a campaign against misinformation, but the adoption without debate of a law on social media controls has elicited concern. Armored vehicles in the streets, hundreds arrested, smartphone surveillance — sweeping measures to fight the coronavirus have raised concerns in the Middle East over the erosion of already threatened human rights.As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, more than three billion people are now living under lockdown and, in some cases, strict surveillance.While there is widespread acceptance that robust measures are needed to slow the infection rate, critics have voiced fears that authoritarian states will overreach and, once the public health threat has passed, keep some of the tough new emergency measures in their toolkits. This concern is amplified in the Middle East and North Africa, with poorly ranked human rights records, a cast of authoritarian regimes able to bulk up security apparatuses largely unopposed and many states already reeling from political turmoil and economic hardship.The sight of military vehicles patrolling otherwise empty roads to enforce curfews or lockdowns in countries such as Morocco and Jordan stands in stark contrast to mass protests which last year brought down leaders in Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon and Sudan.The region had as of Saturday recorded 2,291 COVID-19 deaths out of 35,618 confirmed cases, according to figures collated from states and the World Health Organization, which has urged “concrete action” from governments to contain the virus.Authorities have curtailed movement, clamped down on gatherings and arrested those who disobey the confinement orders. Topics :center_img Prisoners of conscienceIn Egypt, authorities have targeted media questioning low official virus infection figures.British newspaper The Guardian said its correspondent was forced out of the country over an article that suggested authorities were underreporting cases.With the number of cases rising, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s government imposed movement restrictions and threatened heavy fines and prison sentences for non-compliance.In a country lacking an independent media or judiciary, families of prisoners of conscience sounded the alarm over the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak in overcrowded and unsanitary prisons.Amnesty International has called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of political prisoners, estimated by rights groups to number around 60,000, only 15 of whom have so far been let out by Egyptian authorities.Jordan, Tunisia and Sudan have ordered thousands of inmates to be freed to limit the risk of contagion.Activists in the Gulf too have called for the release of political prisoners held in what HRW researcher Hiba Zayadin said are often overcrowded and unsanitary conditions with limited access to health care.Kuwaiti activist Anwar al-Rasheed asked on Twitter, “In the midst of this pandemic, is it not yet the time to release prisoners of conscience?” ‘Accelerate the repression’ Many are crying foul over surveillance in Israel, where domestic security agency Shin Bet, usually focused on “anti-terrorist activities”, is now authorized to collect data on citizens as part of the fight against COVID-19.Embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew criticism for imposing the measure with an emergency decree as a parliamentary committee didn’t have enough time to rule on it.In an editorial published by the Financial Times, Israeli historian and best-selling author Yuval Noah Harari warned that, “if we are not careful, the epidemic might … mark an important watershed in the history of surveillance.”A big battle has been raging in recent years over our privacy. The coronavirus crisis could be the battle’s tipping point,” he said.In Algeria, more than a year into an unprecedented popular movement known as “Hirak”, it took the emergence of the pandemic to pause weekly protests. But rights groups have accused Algerian authorities of using the health crisis to crack down on dissent via the courts.”The Hirak has suspended its marches but the #Algeria government has not suspended its repression,” HRW’s Eric Goldstein wrote on Twitter after journalist Khaled Drareni, who had been arrested several times for covering the protests, was put in pre-trial detention on Thursday.Lebanon faced similar accusations as police on Friday night dismantled tents in the heart of the capital Beirut where protesters had maintained a sit-in to keep up pressure on authorities.The authorities “are taking advantage of the fact that people are preoccupied with their health and confined to repress any dissenting voices,” activist and film director Lucien Bourjeily tweeted.In the fledgling democracy of Tunisia — a former police state where security apparatuses have seen little reform — many have denounced heavy-handed police enforcement of pandemic-related movement restrictions. The Tunisian League for Human Rights has requested clarifications on social distancing measures after people expressed frustration online over apparently arbitrary police interventions. last_img read more

Tale of two cities: ‘Sensational’ for Bayern fans, sadness and tear gas in Paris

first_imgFans celebrated Bayern Munich’s Champions League final win in a socially-distanced open-air cinema in the Bavarian city on Sunday.Almost 700km away in Paris, health protocols went out of the window as 5,000 fans gathered at the Parc des Princes to see their team lose the final in Lisbon 1-0.In Munich, a large police presence was deployed to enforce, as much as possible, the restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, with fines for offenders during the match.  Screenings of the game in fan zones were prohibited. So many fans fell back on the cafes of the city center or at an open-air cinema near the former Olympic stadium in Munich, where Bayern played for several decades, before taking up residence at the Allianz Arena.This site can normally accommodate up to 2,000 spectators for screenings. Due to the coronavirus, however, there were only around 500 watching the game on Sunday. ‘Champions! Champions!” chanted fans after the club’s sixth triumph in Europe’s biggest tournament.On the final whistle, the main Leopoldstrasse avenue was filled with cars in the colors of the city club, while supporters waved Bayern flags.”Really great for the city of Munich, it’s sensational,” said Tobias Rau, 27.”It’s a performance that we have the right to celebrate despite the coronavirus and the fact that we have to respect the rules,” he added. “It’s more than deserved, it was really tight, but the Bayern players have really had an incredible season,” said Lukas, 31. At the Parc des Princes, supporters lit flares and belted out their favorite chants.Unlike Munich, social distancing inside and outside the ground was forgotten as fans who hoped to celebrate their team’s first ever Champions League triumph were left without a party to go to.”We are disappointed but we weren’t dreadful,” PSG fan Anne Vaneson told AFP. “In the first half, we were on a level playing field but we paid for a dip in performance in the first 20 minutes of the second half.”Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said that she hoped for “mature celebrations” should PSG triumph over Bayern, after supporters clashed with police following their 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in the semi-finals.However there were scuffles between fans and police outside the ground throughout the game, with youngsters armed with fireworks targeted with tear gas by police.Dustbins and in one case a vehicle were set on fire by youths angered by their team’s defeat, while police vans were pelted with bottles.Police said that they had to clear away 100 people who had gathered at the Porte de Saint-Cloud area of the French capital near the Parc des Princes.center_img Topics :last_img read more