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Arab oil ministers stress need for continued OPEC, non-OPEC…

RIYADH ( ) – OPEC and non-OPEC Arab oil ministers stressed the need for continued cooperation between oil producers who are part of a pact for a global supply cut that is due to expire at the end of 2018, Kuwait’s state news agency KUNA reported on Sunday.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and several other producers agreed to cut output by about 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) starting from January 2017. The curbs have driven down inventories and pushed up oil prices.

OPEC ministers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Algeri,上海夜哪里艳遇Macey,a along with their counterpart from non-OPEC Oman gathered in Kuwait on Saturday for an unofficial meeting of a joint ministerial committee that monitors compliance with the agreement.

The ministers “stressed the need to maintain the existing cooperation and continue the succ,上海夜生活网交流Idris,essful endeavour carried out by the participating countries,” according to a statement by the committee, known as the JMMC, published on KUNA.

“They called for sustaining the current partnership in order to continuously adapt to ongoing market dynamics, in pursuit of the interests of consumers and producers whilst promoting healthy global economic growth.”

The ministers also “emphasised the need for healthy market conditions that stimulate adequate investments in the energy sector, in order to ensure stable oil supplies are made available in a timely man,上海凤楼夜网Balthazar,ner to meet growing demand and offset declines in some parts of the world,” the statement added.

The agreement has helped raise oil prices to above $80 上海夜网a barrel and reduce a global oil supply glut.

OPEC could decide to raise oil output as soon as June to cool the market and due to worries over Iranian and Venezuelan supply and after Washington raised concerns the oil rally was going too far, OPEC sources familiar with the discussions told last month. OPEC meets next on June 22 to set oil policy.

En+ president Sokov resigns in bid to see U.S. sanctions eased

MOSCOW ( ) – En+ Group accepted president Maxim Sokov’s resignation on Monday as part of a plan to persuade the United States to lift sanctions on the company by filling its board with directors not,上海夜生活服务Nadine, affiliated with Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska and the biggest companies in his empire, including aluminum producer Rusal and its parent holding company En+, were included in a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions blacklist in April. Under a plan devised by En+ chairman Greg Barker, Deripaska hopes to persuade the United States to ease sanctions on his companies by scaling back his own involvement in them, an option initially suggested by Washington.

“The ‘Barker Plan’ has made significant progress in recent weeks and the decision of Mr S,夜上海419龙凤论坛Kailani,okov has been made within the context of 上海夜生活网continuing the implementation phase,” the company said in a statement.

Sokov was appointed president of En+ in February after Deripaska resigned from the role. At the time, the company said Sokov would be in charge of developing the company’s long-term strategy.

“En+ is currently facing unprecedented and unforeseen challenges and I have taken the decision to step down from the company for the sake of its future prosperity,” Sokov, who has now relinquished all roles and responsibilities relating to the group, said in a statement.

The process of recruiting new directors to the En+ board is under way, the company said.

“I expect to be able to confirm the proposed candidates that we will be submitting to OFAC soon,” Barker said, referring to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees sanctions.

Sokov has also resigned as non-executive director of Rusal, together with Rusal’s chief executive and six other board members, according to a filing by the company last month.

Barker told last week that Deripaska’s aluminum empire is in close contact with the U.S. Treasury, but needs until mid-summer to come up with a plan to meet U.S. requirements to escape sanctions.

Deripaska is considering having En+ buy some of his shares so that his stake falls below the controlling level, a maneuver he hopes will remove his firms from the U.S. sanctions list, according to three sources familiar with the discussions.

Deripaska holds a 66 percent stake in En+, the vehicle through which he exercises control over Rusal, one of the world’s biggest aluminum producers, among othe,上海夜网官方网站Paisley,r businesses.

New Jersey ‘Bridgegate’ defendant says he was duped

NEWARK, N.J. ( ) – After days of complaints about traffic jams at a major New York bridge in 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s associate demanded to know if lane closures were political retribution, he testified on Monday.

On trial over his alleged role in the “Bridgegate” scandal, Bill Baroni, Christie’s top political appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said he confronted fellow authority executive David Wildstein to ask whether the lane closures in September 2013 were an act of retribution against the Democratic mayor of a commuter town.

“I said, ‘David, tell me right now, is this true?’” Baroni testified in federal court in Newark, where he is on trial on fraud charges. “He looked me in the eye and said, ‘Absolutely not.’”

In his first day of testimony, Baroni asserted that Wildstein orchestrated the lane closures without his knowledge to punish Mark Sokolich, the mayor of Fort Lee, for his refusal to endorse Christie’s re-election bid.

Baroni also rejected Wildstein’s contention that they discussed the scheme with Christie as it was unfolding.

Christie had soared to national prominence in late 2012 for his response to Superstorm Sandy and wanted to use that spotlight, and an aura of bipartisan spirit, to catapult himself towards the White House. But the scandal hurt his image and his campaign ultimately collapsed early this year, though he has always denied involvement.

Baroni’s story was entirely at odds with the narrative U.,上海夜生活群Caitlin,S. prosecutors have presented at trial. They have accused Baroni, Wildstein and former Christie deputy chief of sta,上海夜生活男人好去处Hadleigh,ff Bridget Kelly of conspiring to create the traffic jam to punish Sokolich.

Kelly, on trial alongside Baroni, is also expected to testify. Wildstein has pleaded guilty and appeared as the government’s star witness earlier in the case.

Baroni said he confronted Wildstein after receiving a letter from Sokolich suggesting the closures had “punitive overtones.”

But during cross-examination, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Cortes pointed out that days before, Sokolich left him a voicemail aski,上海夜网官方网站Talon,ng “who’s mad at me?”

“So the first time you heard from him, he was asking if someone was mad at him? It wasn’t Thursday?” Cortes asked.

Baroni said he believed Wildstein’s representation that the George Washington Bridge lane上海夜生活网 closure was part of a traffic study and that he should not respond to Sokolich.

“I’ve regretted it ever since,” Baroni said.

Wildstein said he and Baroni invented the traffic study as a cover story.

Blackstone bets big on Australian offices with $2.3 billion Investa…

SYDNEY ( ) – U.S. private equity giant Blackstone Group (BX.N) is seeking to deepen its exposure to Australian commercial property with a A$3.08 billion ($2.3 billion) bid for Sydney-focused company Investa Office Fund (IOF) IOF.AX.

IOF’s directors said in a statement on Monday they would unanimously recommend the unsolicited and non-binding offer, which comes two years after shareholders rejected a A$2.5 billion bid from Australian firm DEXUS (DXS.AX).

Blackstone’s move is a bet on the future of commercial property across Australia’s east coast, where analysts expect strong demand to support yields even if interest rates rise from their current historic lows.

“They have seen an opportunity to get a decent slab of commercial assets, primarily in the Sydney market, which has been the best-performing market for sometime,” said Winston Sammut, managing director of Folkestone Maxim Asset Management, which invests in real estate but does not own shares in IOF.

“But they are paying a big price in an environment where interest rate,上海晚上耍女人的地方Landon,s are likely go up.”

The offer represents a 13.2 percent premium to IOF’s ex-distribution closing price of A$4.55 per unit on Friday, equating to A$5.15 per unit.

IOF shares surged m上海夜生活网ore than 10 percent after the announcement, and by 0430 GMT were trading at A$5.11, their highest level in almost a decade.

Less than two weeks ago, Blackstone struck a NZ$635 million ($439.4 million) deal to buy an office portfolio in Auckland, New Zealand, which was co-held by Goodman,上海夜生活群Barbara, Property Trust (GMT.NZ) and Singaporean investor GIC.

It was forced to call off the sale of its A$3.5 billion Australian shopping mall portfolio last year due to a lack of interest, amid the retail sector’s shift away from bricks-and-mortar stores to online shopping.

While the retail property market is struggling, analysts forec,上海夜哪里艳遇Dakota,ast strong demand to underpin yields on office space in Sydney, where 21 of Investa’s 36 properties are located.

Building of new office space in Sydney has slowed in recent years as developers turned to constructing high-rise apartment blocks amid record house prices.

British-based consultant Oxford Economics earlier this month forecast vacancy rates for Sydney offices to hit an all-time low of 3 percent by the end of 2019.

Trump seeks to bar personal conduct claims from Trump University trial

SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – Donald Trump’s attorneys asked a U.S. judge to bar accusations about his personal conduct that have arisen during the preside,上海仙霞路夜生活Jackson,ntial election campaign, which would include allegations of sexual misconduct, from the upcoming civil trial over Trump University.

Students at Trump University claim they were defrauded by its real estate seminars.

Trump, the Republican nominee for president, has faced allegations from women that he inappropriately touched them. Trump denied those accusations.

In a court filing late on T上海夜生活网hursday, attorneys for Trump said evidence and statements from the election campaign should be barred from trial because they could unfairly prejudice the jury. The trial is set to begin on Nov. 28.

Evidence including Trump’s campaign speeches, tweets, his tax issues and controversy over his personal charity should not be considered by jurors, the filing said. All audio and video recordings publicized during the campaign should also be barred, the filing said, along with evidence about Trump’s beauty pageants, casinos and corporate bankruptcies.

“Before trial begins in this case, prospective members of the jury will have the opportunity to cast their vote for president,” Trump’s lawyer,上海夜生活群Hallie,s wrote. “It is in the ballot box where they are free to judge Mr. Trump based on all this and more.”

A spokeswoman for the plaintiffs declined to comment.

Trump’s lawyers had argued that the lawsuit, filed in 2013 in a San Diego federal court, should be dismissed because the New York real estate mogul, while personally involved in developing the concept and curriculum, relied on others to manage Trump University by the time the plaintiffs purchased seminars.

Trump set off an uproar earlier this year w,上海足浴夜网联系方式Sabina,hen he accused the judge overseeing the case, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, of being biased against him because of the Trump’s pledge to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Curiel was born in Indiana and is of Mexican descent.

Trump is trailing in the polls to Democrat Hillary Clinton with less than three weeks until Election Day.

Trump’s lawyers also asked Curiel to exclude evidence about students’ finances from the trial, saying the affordability of Trump University was not relevant to the trial.

Lawyers for the students asked in separate court filings to bar other evidence, including testimonials attesting to the value of the seminars, partly because they are irrelevant to whether Trump University misrepresented the qualifications of its instructors.

Merkel woos China as Trump poses new trade challenge

BEIJING ( ) – China said on Thursday it would “open its door wider” to German businesses, giving a warm reception to visiting Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has wooed Beijing to counterbalance trade threats from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Germany and China, two exporting nations that run large trade surpluses with the United States,,上海凤楼夜网Larissa, have found themselves in Trump’s firing line and are scrambling to preserve the multi-lateral order on which their prosperity rests.

Merkel faces a delicate balancing act on the trip to show Chinese-German solidarity over trade and the Iran nuclear deal without harming ties with long-term ally Washington.

In the latest U.S. trade move that has alarmed Beijing and Berlin alike, the Trump administration announced on Wednesday a national security investigation on into car and truck imports that could potentially,上海夜网官方网站Paige, lead to tariffs.

The announcement hurt share prices of both European and Asian carmakers. China vowed to protect its interests.

European countries are also concerned that their exporters could be hurt if China instructs importers to buy more U.S. goods to ease trade disputes with the Trump administration. China has already signaled to state companies to buy more U.S. oil and soybeans, trade sources told .

Premier Li Keqiang, in a joint media appearance with Merkel at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, said China and Germany both upheld global free trade, and stressed the huge potential for cooperation between them.

Though the two countries had problems, they could be overcome, Li said. “China’s door is open. You can say it will open even wider,” Li said.

Trump’s “America First” trade policy, his administration’s professed disdain for the World Trade Organization, as well as his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, have pushed China and Germany into closer alignment, German officials say.

However, Merkel’s government also shares many of the Trump administration’s concerns about Chinese business practices, including what many Western countries say are state-backed efforts to pus,上海夜生活怎么玩Sabrina,h foreign companies to give up trade secrets.

In Copenhagen, the chief executive of Maersk (MAERSKb.CO), the world’s biggest container shipper, said China was “becoming more and more assertive about its own agenda – a China that uses its competition laws for own benefit” in the shipping sector.

“We look with concern at the growing protectionist rhetoric around the world,” Soren Skou said. “The EU will be the decisive driving force in free trade, not the least at a time when it seems the United States doesn’t want to take the lead.”

“STRIDING FORWARD”

Li said Beijing would protect the interests of German firms investing in China and adjust its rules if needed: “If they come across any problems during their investment, especially when it comes to legal protections, I can clearly tell you that China is striding forward to being a country with rule of law.”

German companies have complained for years about barriers to the Chinese market and intellectual property theft.

Merkel welcomed China’s recent announcements that it would further open its financial sector to foreign participation and reduce Chinese joint venture requirements in sectors such as automobiles. But German industry said it was now up to China to deliver on its promises of greater openness.

“China must rigorously reduce the asymmetries in market access,” said Hubert Lienhard, head of the Asia Pacific Committee of German Industry (APA).

Trump has also driven Europe to work more closely with China by pulling out of a 2015 deal to lift sanctions against Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear program. European countries, Russia and China, all parties to the deal, are searching for a way to salvage it by continuing to offer economic benefits to Iran in return for its compliance, despite U.S. sanctions.

Merkel, who personally lobbied Trump not to pull out of the pact but was rebuffed, said Germany and China were “united in the view that we do not want to put this agreement in doubt”.

In a nod to China, Merkel said that if U.S. sanctions force European companies to reduce business with Iran, “this creates t上海夜生活论坛he possibility for others to then get more into Iran.”

The Charlevoix G7 Summit Communique

LA MALBAIE, Quebec ( ) – 1.We, the Leaders of the G7, have come together in Charlevoix, Quebec on June 8–9, 2018, guided by our shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and our commitment to promote a rules-based international order. As advanced economies and leading democracies, we share a fundamental commitment to investing in our citizens and meeting their needs and to responding to global challenges. We collectively affirm our strong determination to achieve a clean environment, clean air, and clean water. We are resolv,上海夜生活群Jace,ed to work together in creating a healthy, prosperous, sustainable and fair future for all.

Investing in Growth that Works for Everyone

2.We share the responsibility of working together to stimulate sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone and in particular those most at risk of being left behind. We welcome the contribution of technological change and global integration to global economic recovery and increased job creation. The global economic outlook continues to improve, but too few citizens have benefited from that economic growth. While resilience against risk has improved among emerging market economies, recent market movements remind us of potential vulnerabilities. We will continue monitoring market developments and using all policy tools to support strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth that generates widespread prosperity. We reaffirm our existing exchange rate commitments. We commit to promoting smart, sustainable and high-quality investments – such as in infrastructure – to boost growth and productivity and create quality jobs. Economic Growth is fundamental to raising living standards. We also recognize that economic output alone is insufficient for measuring success and acknowledge the importance of monitoring other societal and economic indicators that measure prosperity and well-being. We are committed to removing the barriers that keep our citizens, including women and marginalized individuals, from participating fully in the global economy. We endorse the Charlevoix Commitment on Equality and Economic Growth which reinforces our commitment to eradicate poverty, advance gender equality, foster income equality, ensure better access to financial resources and create decent work and quality of life for all.

3.In order to ensure that everyone pays their fair share, we will exchange approaches and support international efforts to deliver fair, progressive, effective and efficient tax systems. We will continue to fight tax evasion and avoidance by promoting the global implementation of international standards and addressing base erosion and profit shifting. The impacts of the digitalization of the economy on the international tax system remain key outstanding issues. We welcome the OECD interim report analyzing the impact of digitalization of the economy on the international tax system. We are committed to work together to seek a consensus based solution by 2020.

4.We acknowledge that free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation. We recommit to the conclusions on trade of the Hamburg G20 Summit, in particular, we underline the crucial role of a rules-based international trading system and continue to fight protectionism. We note the importance of bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements being open, transparent, inclusive and WTO-consistent, and commit to working to ensure they complement the multilateral trade agreements. We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible. We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies.

5.We will work together to enforce existing international rules and develop new rules where needed, to foster a truly level playing field, addressing in particular non-market oriented policies and practices, and inadequate protection of intellectual property rights such as forced technology transfer or cyber enabled theft. We call for the start of negotiations – this year – to develop stronger, international rules on market-distorting industrial subsidies and trade distorting actions by state-owned enterprises. We also call on all members of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity to fully and promptly implement its recommendations. We stress the urgent need to avoid excess capacity in other sectors such as aluminum and high technology. We call on the International Working Group on Export Credits to develop a new set of guidelines for government supported export credits, as soon as possible in 2019.

6.To support growth and equal participation that benefits everyone, and ensure our citizens lead healthy and productive lives, we commit to supporting strong, sustainable health systems that promote access to quality and affordable healthcare and to bringing greater attention to mental health. We support efforts to promote and protect women’s and adolescents’ health and well-being through evidence based healthcare and health information. We recognize the World Health Organization’s vital role in health emergencies, including through the Contingency Fund for Emergencies and the World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, and emphasize their need for further development and continued and sustainable financing. We recommit to support our 76 partners to strengthen their implementation of the International Health Regulations, including through their development of costed national action plans and the use of diverse sources of financing and multi-stakeholder resources. We will prioritize and coordinate our global efforts to fight against antimicrobial resistance, in a “one health” approach. We will accelerate our efforts to end tuberculosis, and its resistant forms. We reconfirm our resolve to work with partners to eradicate polio and effectively manage the post-polio transition. We affirm our support for a successful replenishment of the Global Fund in 2019.

7.Public finance, including official development assistance and domestic resource mobilization, is necessary to work towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, but alone is insufficient to support the economic growth and sustainable development necessary to lift all populations from poverty. As a result, we have committed to the Charlevoix Commitment on Innovative Financing for Development to promote economic growth in developing economies and foster greater equality of opportunity within and between countries. We will continue to invest in quality infrastructure with open access. Given rising debt levels in Low Income Countries and the importance of debt sustainability, we call for greater debt transparency not only from Low Income Debtor countries, but also emerging sovereign lenders and private creditors. We support the ongoing work of the Paris Club, as the principal international forum for restructuring official bilateral debt, towards the broader inclusion of emerging creditors. We recognize the value in development and humanitarian assistance that promotes greater equality of opportunity, and gender equality, and prioritizes the most vulnerable, and will continue to work to develop innovative financing models to ensure that no one is left behind.

Preparing for Jobs of the Future

8.We are resolved to ensure that all workers have access to the skills and education necessary to adap,上海夜生活怎么玩Jace,t and prosper in the new world of work brought by innovation through emerging technologies. We will promote innovation through a culture of lifelong learning among current and future generations of workers. We will expand market-driven training and education, particularly for girls and women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. We recognize the need to remove barriers to women’s leadership and equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of the labor market, including by eliminating violence, discrimination and harassment within and beyond the workplace. We will explore innovative new approaches to apprenticeship and vocational learning, as well as opportunities to engage employers and improve access to workplace training.

9.We highlight the importance of working towards making social protection more effective and efficient and creating quality work environments for workers, including those in non-standard forms of work. Expanding communication and collaboration between governments and businesses, social partners, educational institutions and other relevant stakeholders will be essential for preparing workers to adapt and thrive in the new world of work. To realize the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI), we endorse the Charlevoix Common Vision for the Future of Artificial Intelligence. We recognize that a human-centric approach to AI has the potential to introduce new source上海夜网s of economic growth, bring significant benefits to our societies and help address some of our most pressing challenges.

Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

10.We recognize that gender equality is fundamental for the fulfillment of human rights and is a social and economic imperative. However, gender inequality persists despite decades of international commitments to eliminate these differences. We will continue to work to remove barriers to women’s participation and decision-making in social, economic and political spheres as well as increase the opportunities for all to participate equally in all aspects of the labor market. Our path forward will promote women’s full economic participation through working to reduce the gender wage gap, supporting women business leaders and entrepreneurs and recognizing the value of unpaid care work.

11.Equal access to quality education is vital to achieve the empowerment and equal opportunity of girls and women, especially in developing contexts and countries struggling with conflict. Through the Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries, we demonstrate our commitment to increase opportunities for at least 12 years of safe and quality education for all and to dismantle the barriers to girls’ and women’s quality education, particularly in emergencies and in conflict-affected and fragile states. We recognize that marginalized girls, such as those with a disability, face additional barriers in attaining access to education.

12.Advancing gender equality and ending violence against girls and women benefits all and is a shared responsibility in which everyone, including men and boys, has a critical role to play. We endorse the Charlevoix Commitment to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Abuse and Harassment in Digital Contexts, and are resolved to end all forms of sexual and gender-based violence. We strive for a future where individuals’ human rights are equally protected both offline and online; and where everyone has equal opportunity to participate in political, social, economic and cultural endeavors.

Building a More Peaceful and Secure World

13.We share a responsibility to build a more peaceful and secure world, recognizing that respect for human rights, the rule of law, and equality of opportunity are necessary for lasting security and to enable economic growth that works for everyone. The global security threats we face are complex and evolving and we commit to working together to counter terrorism. We welcome the outcome of the international conference on the fight against terrorist financing held in Paris April 25-26, 2018. Foreign terrorist fighters must be held accountable for their actions. We are committed to addressing the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, including as a tool for recruitment, training, propaganda and financing, and by working with partners such as the Global Internet Forum for Counter Terrorism. We underscore the importance of taking concrete measures to eradicate trafficking in persons, forced labor, child labor and all forms of slavery, including modern slavery.

14.Recognizing that countries that are more equal are also more stable, more peaceful and more democratic, we are resolved to strengthen the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Gender-sensitive measures that include women’s participation and perspectives to prevent and eradicate terrorism are vital to effective and sustainable results, protection from sexual and gender-based violence, and preventing other human rights abuses and violations.

15.We commit to take concerted action in responding to foreign actors who seek to undermine our democratic societies and institutions, our electoral processes, our sovereignty and our security as outlined in the Charlevoix Commitment on Defending Democracy from Foreign Threats. We recognize that such threats, particularly those originating from state actors, are not just threats to G7 nations, but to international peace and security and the rules-based international order. We call on others to join us in addressing these growing threats by increasing the resilience and security of our institutions, economies and societies, and by taking concerted action to identify and hold to account those who would do us harm.

16.We continue to call on North Korea to completely, verifiably, and irreversibly dismantle all of its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missiles as well as its related programs and facilities. We acknowledge recent developments, including North Korea’s announcement of a moratorium on nuclear testing and ballistic missile launches, a commitment to denuclearization made in the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration – assuming full implementation – and the apparent closure of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site on May 24 but reiterate the importance of full denuclearization. The dismantlement of all of its WMD and ballistic missiles will lead to a more positive future for all people on the Korean Peninsula and a chance of prosperity for the people of North Korea, who have suffered for too long. However, more must be done and we call on all states to maintain strong pressure, including through full implementation of relevant UNSCRs, to urge North Korea to change its course and take decisive and irreversible steps. In this context, we once again call upon North Korea to respect the human rights of its people and resolve the abductions issue immediately.

17.We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing behavior, to undermine democratic systems and its support of the Syrian regime. We condemn the attack using a military grade nerve agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom. We share and agree with the United Kingdom’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the attack, and that there is no plausible alternative explanation. We urge Russia to live up to its international obligations, as well as its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to uphold international peace and security. Notwithstanding, we will continue to engage with Russia on addressing regional crises and global challenges, where it is in our interests. We reiterate our condemnation of the illegal annexation of Crimea and reaffirm our enduring support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We maintain our commitment to assisting Ukraine in implementing its ambitious and necessary reform agenda. We recall that the continuation of sanctions is clearly linked to Russia’s failure to demonstrate complete implementation of its commitments in the Minsk Agreements and respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and we fully support the efforts within the Normandy Format and of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for a solution to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Should its actions so require, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase costs on Russia. We remain committed to support Russian civil society and to engage and invest in people-to-people contact.

18.We strongly condemn the murderous brutality of Daesh and its oppression of civilian populations under its control. As an international community, we remain committed to the eradication of Daesh and its hateful ideology. In Syria we also condemn the repeated and morally reprehensible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and by Daesh. We call on the supporters of the regime to ensure compliance with its obligation to declare and dismantle remaining chemical weapons. We deplore the fact that Syria assumed the Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament in May, given its consistent and flagrant disregard of international non-proliferation norms and agreements. We reaffirm our collective commitment to the Chemical Weapons Convention and call on all States to support the upcoming Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) special Conference of States Parties and to work together to strengthen the ability of the OPCW to promote the implementation of the Convention. We call upon those who have yet to do so to join the International Partnership Against the Use of Chemical Weapons. We call for credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance in Syria, facilitated by free and fair elections held to the highest international standards of transparency and accountability, with all Syrians, including members of the diaspora, eligible to participate.

19.We remain concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and reiterate our strong opposition to any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions and undermine regional stability and the international rules-based order. We urge all parties to pursue demilitarization of disputed features. We are committed to taking a strong stance against human rights abuse, human trafficking, and corruption across the globe, especially as it impacts vulnerable populations and we call upon the international community to take strong action against these abuses all over the world. We welcome the recent commitments made by Myanmar and we pledge to coordinate efforts to build lasting peace and support democratic transition in Myanmar, particularly in the context of the ongoing Rohingya crisis, to allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access and the safe, voluntary, and dignified return of refugees and displaced people. We are deeply concerned about the lack of respect for human rights and basic democratic principles in Venezuela, as well as the spiraling economic crisis and its humanitarian repercussions. We express our concern at the continuous deterioration of the situation in Yemen and renew our call for all parties to fully comply with international humanitarian law and human rights law.

20.Recognizing the threat Iran’s ballistic missile program poses to international peace and security, we call upon Iran to refrain from launches of ballistic missiles and all other activities which are inconsistent with UNSCR 2231 – including all annexes – and destabilizing for the region, and cease proliferation of missile technology. We are committed to permanently ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful, in line with its international obligations and commitments to never seek, develop or acquire a nuclear weapon. We condemn all financial support of terrorism including terrorist groups sponsored by Iran. We also call upon Iran to play a constructive role by contributing to efforts to counter terrorism and achieve political solutions, reconciliation and peace in the region.

21.We remain concerned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, especially in the light of recent events. We support the resumption without delay of substantive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians aimed at achieving a negotiated solution that ensures the peace and security for both parties. We stress the importance of addressing as soon as possible the dire and deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in the Gaza strip.

22.Africa’s security, stability, and sustainable development are high priorities for us, and we reiterate our support for African-led initiatives, including at a regional level. We reiterate our commitment to work in partnership with the African continent, supporting the African Union Agenda 2063, to realize Africa’s potential. We will promote African capabilities to better prevent, respond to, and manage crisis and conflicts and to strengthen democratic institutions. We reiterate our commitment to the stabilization, unity and democracy of Libya, which is key for the stability of the Mediterranean region and of Europe. We support the efforts of the Special Representative of the UNSG Salamé in pursuing an inclusive political process founded on his Action Plan and we encourage all Libyan and regional actors to uphold their constructive engagement as outlined in the June 2018 UNSC Presidential statement. We support the efforts of the Presidency Council and the GNA to consolidate State institutions.

Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy

23.A healthy planet and sustainable economic growth are mutually beneficial, and therefore, we are pursuing global efforts towards a sustainable and resilient future that creates jobs for our citizens. We firmly support the broad participation and leadership of young people, girls and women in promoting sustainable development. We collectively affirm our strong determination to achieve a clean environment, clean air, clean water and healthy soil. We commit to ongoing action to strengthen our collective energy security and demonstrate leadership in ensuring that our energy systems continue to drive sustainable economic growth. We recognize that each country may chart its own path to achieving a low-emission future. We look forward to adopting a common set of guidelines at UNFCCC COP 24.

24.Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union reaffirm their strong commitment to implement the Paris Agreement, through ambitious climate action, in particular through reducing emissions while stimulating innovation, enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening and financing resilience and reducing vulnerability, as well as ensuring a just transition, including increasing efforts to mobilize climate finance from a wide variety of sources. We discussed the key role of energy transitions through the development of market based clean energy technologies and the importance of carbon pricing, technology collaboration and innovation to continue advancing economic growth and protect the environment as part of sustainable, resilient and low-carbon energy systems, as well as financing adaptive capacity. We reaffirm the commitment that we have made to our citizens to reduce air and water pollution and our greenhouse gas emissions to reach a global carbon-neutral economy over the course of the second half of the century. We welcome the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a resolution titled “Towards a Global Pact for the Environment” and look forward to the presentation of a report by the Secretary-General in the next General Assembly.

25.Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union will promote the fight against climate change through collaborative partnerships and work with all relevant partners, in particular all levels of government; local, Indigenous, remote coastal and small island communities; as well as with the private sector, international organizations and civil society to identify and assess policy gaps, needs and best practices. We recognize the contribution of the One Planet con,上海夜生活Dakota,ferences to this collective effort.

26.The United States believes sustainable economic growth and development depends on universal access to affordable and reliable energy resources. It commits to ongoing action to strengthen the worlds’ collective energy security, including through policies that facilitates open, diverse, transparent, liquid and secure global markets for all energy sources. The United States will continue to promote energy security and economic growth in a manner that improves the health of the world’s oceans and environment, while increasing public-private investments in energy infrastructure and technology that advances the ability of countries to produce, transport, and use all available energy sources based on each country’s national circumstances. The United States will endeavor to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently and help deploy renewable and other clean energy sources, given the importance of energy access and security in their Nationally Determined Contributions. The United States believes in the key role of energy transitions through the development of market-based clean energy technologies and the importance of technology collaboration and innovation to continue advancing economic growth and protect the environment as part of sustainable, resilient, and clean energy systems. The United States reiterates its commitment to advancing sustainable economic growth, and underscores the importance of continued action to reduce air and water pollution.

27.Recognizing that healthy oceans and seas directly support the livelihoods, food security and economic prosperity of billions of people, we met with the heads of state or government of the Argentina, Bangladesh, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Norway, Rwanda (Chair of the African Union), Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Vietnam, and the heads of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, to discuss concrete actions to protect the health of marine environments and ensure a sustainable use of marine resources as part of a renewed agenda to increase global biodiversity protection. We endorse the Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Coastal Communities, and will improve oceans knowledge, promote sustainable oceans and fisheries, support resilient coasts and coastal communities and address ocean plastic waste and marine litter. Recognizing that plastics play an important role in our economy and daily lives but that the current approach to producing, using, managing and disposing of plastics and poses a significant threat to the marine environment, to livelihoods and potentially to human health, we the Leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the European Union endorse the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter.

Conclusion

28.We share the responsibility of working together to stimulate sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone, and, in particular, those most at risk of being left behind. We would like to thank our citizens, civil society, the Gender Equality Advisory Council, the Formal G7 Engagement Groups and other partners for their meaningful input to Canada’s presidency. We welcome the offer of the President of France to host our next Summit in 2019 and his pledge to continue G7 leadership on our common agenda.

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Goldman says market activity ebbs in second quarter

( ) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) President David Solomon said on Thursday that second-quarter market activity had decreased from the first quarter, when heightened volatility helped Wall Street banks record huge profits.

The comment comes ,上海凤楼夜上海夜生活论坛网Tallulah,two days after JPMorgan Chase (JPM.N) said second-quarter markets revenue looked like it will be flat compared with a year earlier.

Investors have questioned the viability of Wall Street banks’ trading business, which saw,上海夜网邀请码Tabitha, big declines last year as volatility mired near historically low levels.

The backlash from the investing community has forced Goldman and others to rethink their strategy, and explore businesses such as investment banking and consumer lending, which are not heavily reliant on market activity.

Activity across investment banking is robust, Solomon said at a Bernstein conference in New York on Thursday, adding that the investment banking backlog was close to an all-time high.

IPO activity, particularly in the United States and China’s tech sector, was starting to pick up, Solomon said. Investment banks make big bucks on underwriting initial public offerings and providing financial counsel.

Solomon also emphasized on growth in its consumer banking business, and said the bank was building a digital finance platform to meet consumer demand and co,上海新夜网龙凤Ebba,nnect customers to other parts of its businesses. However, he added that Goldman did not have to be one of the “big leading consumer banks”.

“We could have a narrow slice of share and have a very big, very profitable, very differentiated business over a period of time,” Solomon said.

Nasdaq ends at record close, S&P edges higher on data

( ) – The Nasdaq closed at a record high for the second day in a row with help from the technology and consumer discretionary sectors, while the S&P 500 edged higher as investors eyed solid U.S. economic data.

However, bank stocks declined along with U.S. Treasury yields, and investors appeared to favor bonds over defensive equity sectors such as utilities and consumer staples.

The U.S. services sector activity accelerated in May, pointing to robust economic growth in the second quarter, although trade tariffs and a shortage of workers posed a threat to the outlook.

“The economy continues to be a very strong foundation for the stock market. What seems to be concerning markets today is the possibility for a slowdown outside of the United States,” said Tracie McMillion, head of global asset allocation strategy for Wells Fargo Investment Institute, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Investors were hoping for signs of political stability in Italy as the new, anti-establishment government won its first vote of confidence in the upper house Senate and the prime minister promised radical changes, including more generous welfare and a crackdown on immigration.

“Investors are worried about a slowdown in growth in emerging markets and concerned about Italy being able to stabilize its government. The confidence vote should help,” said McMillion.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 13.71 points, or 0.06 percent, to 24,799.98, the S&P 500 gained 1.93 points, or 0.07 percent, to 2,748.8 and the Nasdaq Composite added 31.40 points, or 0.41 percent, to 7,637.86.

The Nasdaq’s biggest boost was from Amazon.com, which rose 1.9 percent, also leading gains in the S&P consumer disc上海夜网retionary index. Apple rose 0.8 percent, contributing the biggest point gains to the technology index and the second biggest for the Nasdaq.

The Cboe Volatility Index, the most widely followed barometer of expected near-term volatility for the S&P 500, closed down 0.34 point at 12.4, its lowest close since Jan. 26.The financial sector was the S&P’s biggest drag with a 0.4 percent decline. Bank of America and Citibank fell around 0.9 percent. Banks often trade in line with Treasury yields as higher rates can b,上海晚上耍女人的地方Landon,oost their profits.

Liz Ann Sonders, chief inves,上海夜网后花园Barbara,tment strategist at Charles Schwab Corp in New York, pointed to “very good” U.S. non-manufacturing data released Tuesday but highlighted a “pretty big jump” in the prices paid index, which rose to 64.3 in May from 61.8 in April.

“We are starting to see signs inflation is gaining traction,” Sonders said.

Twitter shares closed up 5.1 percent on news that the social media company would join the benchmark S&P 500 U.S. index, while Netflix rose 1.1 percent after news it would enter the S&P 100 index.

Shares of U.S. packaged food companies fell as Mexico imposes tariffs on sensitive agricultural pr,上海足浴夜网联系方式Octava,oducts from pork to bourbon as well as certain types of cheeses. Kellogg and General Mills each fell around 2 percent.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 1.43-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.79-to-1 ratio favored advancers.

The S&P 500 posted 50 new 52-week highs and eight new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 223 new highs and 39 new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 6.58 billion shares, compared with the 6.64 billion average for the last 20 sessions.

North Carolina Republican office painted with anti-Trump message

(Editors note: Attention to language in the second paragraph that some readers may find offensive.)

( ) – A local North Carolina Republican headquarters was spray-painted with an anti-Donald Trump message early on Friday, the second time in a month that a party office in the state has been defaced.

A vandal sprayed the door and walls of the Alamance County Republican Party headquarters in Burlington with the words “Fuck Trump” and painted over the word “Republican” on a sign at the office at about 2 a.m. local time, according to Chris Verdeck, assistant police ,上海夜生活群Talon,chief in the city.

No arrests have been made in the incident, which was caught on surveillance video footage, Verdeck said in a phone interview. The vandalism in Burlington, which is located about 20 miles east of Greensboro, occurred four days before the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday.

The contest between Republican candidate Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton has been one of the most bitterly fought presidential campaigns in ye,上海夜生活去哪玩Idaia,ars.

Police released a still image from the surveillance video of the vandal, who appeared to be a young man with a light complexion and dark hair wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt. The man appeared to have acted alone, Verdeck said.

“This is deeply troubling to our Alamance County GOP members and volunteers, but even more so, this is troubling for our nation,” Alamance County Republican Party Chairman Ben York said in a statement.

“It is my hope that we can be an example to the world that this behavior is unacceptable and it will not deter us from the noble responsibility we have to live and vote in the freedom that has been given to us.”

Last month, the Orange County Republican Party’s office in Hillsborough, which sits about 25 miles east of Burlington, was set on fire and a graffiti message left nearby said “leave town or else.”

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Trump’s vice presidential running mate, called the Hillsborough incident “political terrorism.”

North Carolina is considered one of the battleground states in the election, with its likely outcome unknown, giving it the chance to play a decisive role in the Electoral College vote that ultimately decides the presidency.

Democratic establishments have also been targeted in the run-up to the election, which has been distinguished by vitriol and sometimes violent acts hurled between Republicans and Democrats.

Earlier this week, a historic black church in上海夜生活论坛 Greenville, Mississippi, was burned and spray-painted with “Vote Trump.”

Black churche,夜上海419龙凤论坛Kaia,s in the U.S. South have long been a base of support for the Democratic Party.

BOJ’s Kuroda concedes ‘some weaknesses’ in Japanese prices

WHISTLER, British Columbia ( ) – Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Saturday that inflation had recently been weak despite a steady economic expansion, signaling the bank’s readiness to maintain its massive stimulus program.

Kuroda also voiced concern over the damage escalating trade frictions could inflict on global growth, but repeated his view that the world’s third-largest economy was on track for a moderate expansion.

“While there are some uncertainties on the gl,上海夜生活群Landon,obal outlook, such as the impact of recent protectionist trade policies, they have yet to affect Japan’s economy,” Kuroda told reporters after a Group of Seven finance leaders’ gathering.

“Inflation, on the other hand, has recently shown some weaknesses,” Kuroda said, an acknowledgement that inflation remains slow in picking up despite the BOJ’s heavy money printing.

He blamed the weakness on temporary factors, such as past yen gains that slashed import costs, and stressed that the economy was sustaining momentum to meet the BOJ’s price goal.

It was the first time Kuroda has commented on recent inflation data, which underscored a dominant market view the BOJ’s price forecasts were too optimistic.

Japan’s core consumer prices rose 0.7 percent in April from a year earlier, slowing for the second straight month and staying distant from the BOJ’s 2 percent target.上海夜网

Core consumer inflation for Tokyo, a leading i,上海凤楼夜网Balthazar,ndicator of nationwide trends, hit 0.5 percent in May, a sign the economy was lacking momentum to drive up prices to the BOJ’s goal.

The three-day G7 meeting ended with little in the way of concrete solutions, although finance leaders of the closest U.S. allies vented anger over the Trump administration’s metal import tariffs.

At the same news conference, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso criticized the U.S. tariffs, saying the move gave the G7 less clout in calling on China to open up markets and abide by World Trade Organization rules.

“The G7 ought to collectively tell China to follow global rules. By taking measures that violate G7 and World Trade Organization rules, the United States is actually benefiting China. That’s wrong,” A,夜上海论坛Fabian,so said.

“I’ve been to these meetings for a long time. But this is a very rare case where opposition against the United States was unanimous.”

TV audience sharply down for second Trump-Clinton debate, despite…

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES ( ) – The television audience for the second debate bet,上海夜网千花Balthazar,ween White House contenders Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fell sharply from their first, record-breaking encounter, despite the drama caused by a 2005 video of Trump boasting about groping women.

Nielsen data for 11 broadcast, cable and public television channels on Monday showed that some 66.5 million Americans tuned into the bitter 90-minute debate on Sunday, well below the record 84 million that watched the first face-,上海夜网推油Kaiden,off two weeks ago.

The figures do not include millions more who watched the debate online, through social media or in bars and restaurants.

Second presidential debates tend to attract smaller TV audiences, but attention was high going into Sunday’s matchup after the emergence of the Trump video prompted several Republican politicians to abandon him.

However, the second debate took place in the same time slot as NBC’s popular “Sunday Night Football,” which was watched by about 15 million Americans, Nielsen data showed. NBC did not carry the debate.

While the National Football League game, along with Major League Baseball play-offs, likely pulled viewers away from the debate, many Americans already may have made up their minds on candidates, said Tom Hollihan, communication professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.

“When we get to mid-October, history tells us people have already made their decisions,” he said. “They lock themselves into their viewpoints and are less open to new information.”

The furor over the Trump tape and his attacks on Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, for alleged sexual misconduct also may have turned off some viewers.

Sunday’s debate, the second of t上海夜生活hree before the Nov. 8 election, was remarkable for the b,上海夜生活服务Pamela,rutal nature of the exchanges between Trump and Clinton, his Democratic rival.

“While in the past families might have made a commitment to watch a presidential debate, I think many in this case were saying, ‘Why should I do that? Why should I have to answer my kids’ questions about these topics?’” Hollihan said.

The TV audience ranked below the nation’s top 10 most-watched presidential encounters, and below that for President Barack Obama’s first and second 2012 debates with Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Last week’s vice presidential debate between Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine drew 37 million Americans – the lowest audience for a VP debate since 2000.

A new worry for Clinton: Trump’s struggles may depress Democratic…

WASHINGTON ( ) – Hillary Clinton’s campaign is confronting an emerging risk to her presidential ambitions – if Donald Trump continues to trail her in opinion polls many Democrats may simply stay at home on Election Day.

Without enough popular support, Clinton would enter the White House lacking the political capital she would need to drive through her agenda. In the worst-case scenario it could cost her the presidency if Republicans turn out in big numbers on Nov. 8.

Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has spent much of her campaign sounding the alarm over the prospect of a President Trump. She has struggled to lay out a compelling vision for her presidency and has failed to excite key constituencies, including millennials, minority voters and liberal Democrats.

Opinion polls show that many voters are backing Clinton primarily to stop Trump, the Republican nominee, from getting into the White House. If they believe he has no hope of winning, then what would their motivation be to turn up at the polls?

In a recent /Ipsos poll about half of all Clinton supporters said they were backing her to keep Trump from winning. By contrast, just 36.5 percent said it was because of Clinton’s policies and just 12.6 percent said it was because they like her personally.

“Turnout is correlated with levels of competition,” said Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida. “The higher the competition, the higher the turnout.”

The young Americans, bl,上海夜生活Barbara,acks, Latinos, and low-income voters who make up much of the Democratic base often need to feel motivated by a particular candidate or issue to turn out, McDonald said, as was the case with President Barack Obama’s candidacy in 2008.

Clinton’s campaign has long worried about voter complacency and has at every turn pushed the notion that the race is close and that Trump is unfit to be president. With her lead growing, that task grows more difficult.

A /Ipsos 50-state survey (carried out before Friday’s release of a video tape in which Trump makes vulgar remarks about women) gave the Democratic nominee a 95 percent chance of winning the election. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll on Monday showed Clinton with an 11-point lead nationally over Trump.

Low Democratic voter turnout could leave Trump an opening in swing states. And should Clinton win the election, a slim margin of victory could compound the challenge she will face in trying to govern a deeply divided nation.

Clinton’s campaign, however, will be able to rely on an extensive and well-funded voter mobilization effort, one that is expected to give her an edge over Trump’s smaller organization.

MOVING PAST TRUMP

The Clinton campaign insisted on Monday the race will remain tight. It sent out a new fundraising pitch to supporters, contending that Trump is “an authoritarian threat” for saying at Sunday’s presidential debate that she would be in jail if he was president.

Clinton must also contend with anger among liberal Democrats over leaked excerpts of paid speeches she made to banks and big business. The excerpts appeared to confirm their fears about her support for global trade and tendency to cozy up to Wall Street.

Some liberals have also 上海夜网been waiting for Clinton to make a more positive case for her own presidency.

“This election cannot be just a referendum on Donald Trump,” said Arun Chaudhury, creative director of Revolution Messaging, a left-leaning consulting firm that oversaw the online media operation of former Clinton rival, Senato,上海凤楼夜网Idaia,r Bernie Sanders.

Clinton’s central message, he said, has been that “everyone has to step up and stop Donald Trump from being president, not step up and make Hillary Clinton president.”

“The best campaign messages are comparative in nature,” said Ben Turchin, a Democratic pollster who worked for Sanders’ campaign. “She can win by a bigger margin by giving a little more of an affirmative case for her presidency.”

While Clinton frequently goes on the attack against Trump, calling him racist, sexist and dangerous, her campaign insists it has been trying to get a positive, policy-oriented message out.

“It is hard in this campaign when you’re running against him and he generates so much controversy and therefore headlines,” Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director, told . “It’s hard to break through on any one day, and that’s why we just have to keep at it.”

The two candidates’ central campaign slogans reflect their differing appeals to the electorate. Where Trump’s is the change-oriented “Make America Great Again,” Clinton’s is a more stolid “Stronger Together,” which speaks to rallying existing Democratic voters around her candidacy – and is a harder sell.

Clinton’s campaign seems to have recognized the need for some adjustments to its message.

Since the presidential race intensified last month, Clinton has returned to the style of campaigning that helped her win early states in the Democratic nominating contests, holding smallish events focused on issues of most concern to core Democratic constituencies such as women and young voters.

Turchin, the former Sanders pollster, said Clinton’s efforts at fashioning a positive message were improving, although she is still having difficulty attracting the support of 18-to-34 year-old vote,上海021夜网Talon,rs, among others.

“You’ve got to make the hard case over and over again,” he said. “She’s got to convince people she shares their values.”

Takeda shareholder group aims to block $62 billion Shire deal

TOKYO ( ) – A group of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd (4502.T) shareholders is trying to build support to block the $62 billion acquisition of London-listed Shire Plc SHP.L at an extraordinary general meeting, a leading member of the group told on Monday.

Takeda will hold the shareholder meeting later this year or early next year to approve an issue of new stock to help fund the 上海夜网Shire deal, making it a de facto vote on the deal itself.

The 130 member group formed by ex-Takeda employees holds one percent of the drugmaker’s shares, and needs to secure a third of shareholder votes.

It is “working steadily to increase support” for blocking the deal among domestic retail investors and overseas institutional investors who own 25 percent and 35 percent of,夜上海论坛Lake, Takeda shares respectively, the person said on condition of anonymity.

The group includes mem,上海夜生活群Idaline,bers of the founding Takeda family, Nikkan Yakugyo reported last month. The family owns about 10 percent of Takeda shares, people familiar with the matter told .

Last year, the same group attempted to prevent the appointment of outgoing Chairman Yasuchika Hasegawa to an advisory position at the company. Although the proposal was defeated at the company’s annual general meeting, it gained 30.5 percent of votes.

The group has a proposal at this month’s annual general meeting too, arguing that deals worth more than 1 trillion yen ($9.1 billion) should be put to a shareholder vote.

It does not expect that proposal to pass either, but hopes it will help draw attention to “what an irrational deal” the Shire transaction is, the group member said.

The group argues Takeda is taking on too much financial risk with the acquisition and says Shire’s haemophilia franchise is threatened by Roche Holding AG’s (ROG.S) new haemophilia dr,上海晚上耍女人的地方Mace,ug Hemlibra.

Takeda Chief Executive Christophe Weber has expressed confidence shareholders will vote in favor of the deal.

Shares at the drugmaker have fallen more than 20 percent since it first said it was considering bidding for Shire.

Apple to debut phone-to-phone augmented reality: sources

SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) next week will debut tools to let two iPhone users share augmented reality while limiting the personal data sent to its servers, two people familiar with the matter said this week.

Augmented reality (AR) allows viewers to see virtual structures superimposed on their surroundings via their smartphones or other devices. It is the technology used in mobile game Pokemon Go, and by industry, such as factories seeking to map new assembly lines. Apple and rival Google are racing to release AR tools to attract software developers to their platforms.

Both are seeking to allow two people to share data so they can see the same virtual object in the same space via their individual devices. But that has sparked privacy concerns – if AR apps become commonplace, people will be scanning their homes and other personal spaces routinely, developers say.

Apple designed its two-player system to work phone-to-phone in part because of those privacy concerns, one of the people famil,上海会所夜网Kaiden,iar with the matter said. The approach, which has not been previously reported, differs from Google’s, which requires scans of a player’s environment to be sent to, and stored in, the cloud.

Apple declined to comment. Bloo上海夜生活论坛mberg previously reported that Apple would announce multiplayer AR at its developer conference, which begins on Monday.

AR has become a major focus at both companies. Apple CEO Tim Cook ha,上海夜玩网论坛Daisy,s called it “big and profound,” and the company released its first tools to let software developers make AR apps last year.

With that release, Apple made AR possible on many phones without any modifications. The move spurred Google to abandon an AR effort that required phones to have special sensors and instead build tools for AR on conventional phones.

The race between the two has heated up since then. At its own developer conference in May, Google rolled out tools for making multiplayer AR games. The system, called Cloud Anchors, requires the first player to scan his or her environment and then upload the raw mapping data to Google’s servers, where it is translated into a rough representation of the area.

The subsequent players perform a scan that sends more limited information to the same server, which matches the phones up and lets them each see the same virtual object on the same physical space.

However, Apple’s system avoids storing any raw mapping scans of a user’s surroundings ,上海夜生活服务Barrett,in the cloud, said the two sources. Google says it will discard raw mapping data after seven days.

The precise details of how Apple’s new system will work, or if it would support three or more players, were not available. But a phone-to-phone approach could eventually run into technical limitations. It could end up being harder to handle three or more players at a time if a player who started the game drops out, a person involved in Google’s AR efforts said.

“For artistic purposes, it’s phenomenal” to be able to precisely map out a user’s surroundings and overlay digital objects, said Joel Ogden, chief executive of Construct Studio, which makes augmented and virtual reality games.

“But we’re definitely going into some uncharted territory. There are a lot of really severe privacy implications we haven’t really explored yet,” he added.

Air NZ to lease two Boeing 777s to cover for 787s with Rolls-Royce…

SYDNEY ( ) – Air New Zealand Ltd (AIR.NZ) will lease two Boeing Co (BA.N) 777s to cover for 787-9s with Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc (RR.L) engines that have maintenance issues, its chief executive said.

The compressor in the Trent 1000 package C engines is not lasting as long as expected, requiring inspections and forcing airlines to ground aircraft while the checks take place.

“Any one point in time we are planning to have between zero to two aircraft that will be cycling off to have aircraft inspe上海夜生活ctions and/or maintenance,” CEO Christopher Luxon told on the sidelines of an airline industry conference.

“Therefore we will have two dry-lease ai,上海夜生活男人好去处Tamara,rcraft we can operate so we can restore the schedule and keep our customers moving,” he said on Monday.

He said one dry lease, which does not include crew, has been signed and another should be agreed soon. Air New Zealand is also examining the purchase of future long-haul aircraft to replace its fleet of eight ageing Boeing 777-200s. A request for proposal should be issued in March-April next year, with deliveries expected from 2022, Luxon said. Air New Zealand is considering the Airbus SE (AIR.PA) A350 as well as the Boeing 777X and 787-10 models, he said, with the aim of launching longer routes like Auckland-New York and Auckland-Brazil. Luxon also said international yields, a proxy for ,上海夜生活网419Barney,airfares, were rising as,夜上海419龙凤论坛Tallulah, the airline looks to recover increased fuel costs. The airline recently raised domestic ticket prices by 5 percent due to rising costs.

Factbox: Soda, sugar taxes across the United States

( ) – Voters in four U.S. cities will decide on Tuesday whether they would like to tax sugary drinks, the latest in a series of such measures as officials and nu,上海夜哪里艳遇Barbara,tritionists seeks ways to address obesity, diabetes and other health epidemics.

The following are some cities and states around the United States that have taxes or are considering imposing them for soft drinks, sugary beverages and sellers of sodas (population sizes are estimates from the U.S. Census):

POPULATION: 19,735

Voters in this small city in the San Francisco Bay area will be voting on a penny-per-ounce soda tax Tuesday.

ALABAMA

POPULATION: 4.86 million

Proponents are pushing for lawmakers in Birmingham to consider a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages to fill a shortfall for Medicaid.

ARKANSAS

POPULATION: 2.98 million

The Southern state has lev上海夜网ied taxes since 1983 on soft drinks and syrups and related products ranging from 0.16 to 1.56 cents per ounce.

POPULATION: 120,972

Voters in Berkeley voted in favor of a penny-per-ounce soda tax in November 2014. The tax took effect in 2015. ,上海夜生活论坛Kade,

POPULATION: 107,349

Voters in this small city in the San Francisco Bay will be voting on a penny-per-ounce soda tax on Nov. 8.

CHICAGO

POPULATION: 2.72 million

The city taxes people who sell canned or bottled soft drinks, including soda and sports drinks, at 3 percent of the gross receipts of soft drinks sold at retail.

COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS

POPULATION: 5.24 million

Cook County’s Board of Commissioners is expected to vote in mid-November on a proposed penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks as part of its fiscal 2017 budget.

ILLINOIS

POPULATION: 12.86 million

Lawmakers in the state, home to 12.9 million people, this year renewed an effort for a penny-per-ounce soda tax.

POPULATION: 173,667

In 2015, the Navajo Nation in the U.S. Southwest passed a 2-percent sales tax on soda and junk food.

POPULATION: 419,267

Voters will decide on penny-per-ounce soda t,上海夜生活群Sabine,ax on Nov. 8.

PHILADELPHIA

POPULATION: 1.57 million

This month, Philadelphia became the biggest U.S. city to introduce a tax for each ounce of soda and other sweet beverages. It also applies to diet sodas.

The law is due to come into effect in 2017, but the American Beverage Association (ABA), which represents soda manufacturers, is fighting it in court.

POPULATION: 864,816

Voters will decide on penny-per-ounce soda tax on Nov. 8.

WEST VIRGINIA

POPULATION: 1.84 million

West Virginia has taxed bottled soft drinks, syrups and dry mixtures for decades.

Bank of America raises planned Paris job moves before Brexit – sources

LONDON ( ) – Bank of America (BAC.N) is looking to move more jobs than originally envisaged to its new Paris office, in what is expected to be one of the biggest such shifts from London ahead of Brexit, two sources familiar with the matter said.

A first wave of moves from London will begin early next year and will affect roughly 400 jobs in Bank of America’s markets, trading, sales and fixed income teams, the sources told .

Bank of America’s Chief Operating Officer Tom Montag said in November that about 200 people in sales and trading would move to the European Union and to Paris in particular.

But since then the overall number has risen and the U.S. firm now wanted to fill every desk in Paris, the sources said.

“It is an aggressive plan,” one told .

The Wall Street bank is refurbishing an 11,000 square metre office in the French capital to create a European,夜上海419龙凤论坛Falkner, trading hub that will serve clients once Britain leaves the EU in March.

One of the sources said the building has capacity for more than 700 people and that staff in London are being notified about their new base. A source close to the bank said it may sub-let some space, depending on the final Brexit deal.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out retaining so-called passporting rights for financial services, but a Brexit deal is still up in the air and she is struggli,上海晚上耍女人的地方Gabrielle,ng to unite her party and government over a Brexit strategy.

Most investment banks are no longer willing to wait for clarity on their post-Brexit future and are taking steps to minimise disruption to their clients.

International banks are planning to build EU outposts to overcome losing passporting rights which enable them to offer financial, advisory and trading services to corporate clients across all EU states via one local licence.

In preparation, Bank of Amer上海夜生活ica is merging its London-based subsidiary with its Dublin-based Irish entity, which will become its main EU base.

previously reported that up to 125 roles will be shifted there in a first phase of moves, while a second phase was likely to involve Paris.

French President Emmanuel Macron, a former investment banker, has taken steps to lure finance jobs from London, easing labour rules, cutting a wealth tax to cover only real estate assets, introducing a flat 30 percent tax on capital income and scrapping the highest payroll tax for banks.

HSBC has picked Paris as its main European base, but it recently reduced its estimate for the number of jobs to be shifted from an initial forecast of 1,000.

A survey of 119 firms in March showed that the number,上海新夜网龙凤Mabel, of finance jobs to be shifted out of Britain or created overseas by March 2019 has halved from six months ago, to 5,000.

Mexico’s Pena Nieto ‘optimistic’ on NAFTA as country makes new offer

MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON ( ) – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday expressed optimism about NAFTA talks that have been thrown into disarray by a U.S. probe exploring auto tariffs, while a source said Mexico had made a new offer to seek a deal.

The Mexican leader said he spoke with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau late Thursday about reworking the 24-year-old pact that underpins Mexico’s economy, and that the trade partners would keep close communication.

“He remains optimistic about achieving a Free Trade Agreement that benefits the three countries,” said a statement from Pena Nieto’s office.

Differences over how to reconfigure the auto industry have slowed progress on retooling the North American Free Trade Agreement, with Mexico showing some flexibility but refusing to completely meet U.S. demands.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration said it would examine whether car and truck imports from around the world harm its auto industry, a move上海夜生活论坛 that may lead to new tariffs on exports to the world’s second-largest auto market.

One Trump official said the investigation was partly aimed at yielding NAFTA concessions from trade partners Mexico and Canada.

Pena Nieto’s spokesman on Thursday had said Mexico would not buckle to,上海夜生活网交流Ida, pressure to conclude the long-stalled renegotiation.

“Mexico is not going to negotiate on the basis of pressure, Mexico is very clear about what works and what doesn’t work for us,” said Pena Nieto’s spokesman, Eduardo Sanchez.

“If an agreement is reached, it will be one that truly benefits Mexico. If these conditions don’t exist, Mexico will not move forward,” he added.

Canadian Prim,上海夜生活怎么玩Queena,e Minister Trudeau on Thursday also said Washington was using the auto tariff probe as a negotiating tool.

However, Mexico made a new offer on autos “showing some flexibility” on Thursday, following the U.S. announcement of the national security probe into car imports, a person familiar with the talks said. It was not immediately clear if the offer encompassed other areas under negotiation.

The three sides are in constant contact, including phone calls between ministers, and further talks were likely over the weekend, the person said.

Mexico has in recent days responded to U.S. proposals with an offer that 20 percent of any auto made in North America would be produced in high-wage areas, a Mexican industry source briefed on the talks said. It was not immediately clear in what areas Mexico had shown further flexibility on Thursday.

The United States wants 40 percent of auto content to come from areas paying at least $16 hour.

Mexico has also proposed that 70 percent of overall content of a vehicle made in North America come from the region, countering a U.S. proposal of 75 percent for high-value parts.

Mexico and Canada have long demanded that the United States drop some of its most contentious ideas, including a so-called “sunset clause” to make NAFTA automatically expire if it is not renegotiated every five years.

Mexico’s economy ministry did not respond to a request for comment. Chief trade negotiator Kenneth Smith took to Twitter on Thursday to defend NAFTA’s role in expanding the U.S. auto sector, saying U.S. output grew 124 percent since 2009.

Trump ordered the renegotiation of NAFTA to meet a campaign promise to bring more manufacturing jobs to the United States. The nine-month long talks are now bogged down by differences over auto production.

Once again courting voters in the U.S. industrial heartland, this time ahead of mid-term elections later this year, Trump says NAFTA has killed U.S. jobs and has threatened to scrap the deal.

Japan’s foreign minister, Taro Kono, told reporters in Mexico City on Thursday that his Mexi,上海夜生活服务Gabi,can counterpart, Luis Videgaray, had promised to protect the interests of Japanese firms in NAFTA talks.

“He repeated that he would protect the interests of Japanese companies, for which we are very grateful,” Kono said. Major Japanese auto makers including Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co Ltd have sizeable operations in Mexico.

New privacy law forces some U.S. media offline in Europe

LONDON ( ) – Major U.S.-media outlets including the LA Times and Chi,上海夜生活群Pablo,cago Tribune were forced to shutter their websites in parts of Europe on Friday following the roll out of ,上海夜网Cade,stringent new privacy regulations by the European Union.

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on Friday, forcing 上海夜生活companies to be more attentive to how they handle customer data with severe penalties for breaching consumers’ privacy rights.

Privacy advocates have hailed the new law as a model for personal data protection in the internet era. But opponents say the new rules are overly burdensome and have warned of costly business disruption.

By mid-morning, European readers trying to access the websites of media outlets owned by the U.S. Tronc publishing group were greeted by a message saying they were “unavailable in most European countries.”

The message did not explicitly name the reason for the problem but included “GDPR” in the redirected web page address.

Tronc, headquartered in Chicago, owns some of America’s biggest newspapers, including the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News and ,上海夜网推油Mabel,Baltimore Sun.

“We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market,” said the error message displayed in response to attempts to access the LA Times website in London and Brussels.

“We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism.”