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U.S. billionaire Donald Trump "tabled new plans for a multi-million-pound clubhouse at his Aberdeenshire golf course as he ramps up his bid to host a major tournament," according to the HERALD SCOTLAND. The tycoon "plans to replace the current temporary structure" with a new £5M ($8M) granite building "overlooking his Menie Estate championship links." Trump had vowed "to put all further development at the site on hold over a proposed windfarm in Aberdeen Bay" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 8/7). In London, Jeremy Watson wrote "plans have been lodged for a permanent granite building to replace the temporary one." Trump: “The course has turned out to be a phenomenal success and has received some of the greatest reviews ever given to a golf course. I felt it was only fair that I build a beautiful new clubhouse. It would be disrespectful not to have done so” (LONDON TIMES, 8/7). SCOTLAND NOW reported Trump announced a U-turn, "despite the fate of the windfarm still unclear." Local resident and Trump opponent David Milne said, “He’s never stuck to anything he said he was going to do or not do to date. If he says it is going to cost him £5 million, you are probably looking at nearer to £50,000 [$84,000] knowing his past efforts" (SCOTLAND NOW, 8/7).
Indications that Volgograd will retain host status for the Russia 2018 World Cup "could not have been stronger" with the announcement that the Zenit sports complex in the city will receive 56M rubles ($1.5M) for reconstruction, "enabling it to become one of the training centers" for the tournament, according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. There was speculation earlier this week that "the funds allocated for the build of a new stadium in Volgograd, to be sited next to the current stadium, would not be enough to complete the build." Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko "stepped in quickly saying that the budgets had not been fixed by government inspectors and that their report needed to be received first before any decisions were made." The reconstruction of the Zenit Sports Complex "will see the venue upgraded to include self contained power lines, gas boiler, a covered grandstand for 500 seats, rooms for press conferences, new changing rooms, parking, fencing and a security system" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/7).