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Supreme Court nominee to face confirmation vote April 7: Senate leader

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that the Senate would have a final vote on April 7 on President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, even as more Democrats opposed his confirmation

The Gorsuch nomination, McConnell told reporters, will hit the Sen上海夜生活ate floor next week after the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday approves him. McConnell added that Gorsuch will be “confirmed on Friday” of next week.

Senate Republicans continued to put the pressure on Democrats to lend enough support to Colorado appeals court judge Gorsuch to avoid a showdown that in turn could trigger McConnell to seek a change in Senate rules that would clear away a Democratic blockade against the nomination.

So far, about 26 of the 48 Democratic senators have publicly announced opposition to Gorsuch. Most of that group backs a growing effort to block a confirmation vote through the use of a procedural hurdle called a filibuster.

Sixty votes in the 100-seat Senate would be needed to stop a filibuster and allow a confirmation vote on Gorsuch. The confirmation would require a simple majority in favor. Republicans control the Senate 52-48.

Some Senate Republican aides suggested that if Democrats block a confirmation vote, McConnell might move quickly to change the rules. It was unclear, however, if he had enough votes to do so

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that Gorsuch will face an uphill climb to get the 60 votes he would need to avoid a showdown over Senate rules.

“The bottom line is very simple, and that is that Gorsuch did not acquit himself well at the hearings and did not impress our caucus,” Schumer said, accusing Gorsuch of siding with powerful interests and expressing concerns about his independence from the president.

“It’s going to be a real uphill climb for him to get those 60 votes,” Schumer told reporters.

Trump is seeking to avoid another setback in Congress after major healthcare legislation he supported was pulled from the House of Representatives floor amid opposition within his own party on Friday.

The confirmation of Gorsuch, 49, would restore the nine-seat court’s conservative majority, a major campaign promise for Trump.

The Senate Judiciary Committee oversaw a four-day confirmation hearing for Gorsuch last week.

Sterling rises off five-month low vs euro after April pay data

LONDON ( ) – Sterling pulled away from five-month lows versus the euro on Tuesday after British wages in the three months to April rose faster than expected.

The pound has been on the backfoot in recent weeks as investors sit on the sidelines while the contest to succeed Theresa May as leader of the Conservative party and country heats up.

Worse than expected data on Monday showing the British economy shrank 0.4% in April added to the pound’s worries.

But sterling found relief after wage growth in the three months to April came in at 3.1%, exceeding a forecast by a poll of economists for 3%. Employment growth slowed but the jobless rate held at its lowest since 1975, the official figures showed.

Wage growth is outstripping inflation and the Bank of England has said it will need to raise interest rates – probably faster than the market expects – to keep inflation close to its 2% target.

The pound recovered from five-month lows against the euro of 89.325 pence hit earlier in the session and rose 0.3% to 88.93 pence.

Versus the dollar the British currency rose 0.3% to $1.2728 from around $1.2694 before the data.

British Gilt yields rose around a basis point across the curve after the labour market data, moving away from 2-1/2 year lows hit last week. The exporter-heavy FTSE 100 trimmed gains after sterling rallied.

“The British labour market remains rather resilient and provides little cause for concern, as the unemployment rate continues to be unchanged at a very low level,” said Marc-André Fongern, a strategist at MAF Global Forex in Frankfurt.

“Given that average earnings have improved steadily, we expect a slightly optimistic BoE in the near future.”

Investors have largely ignored economic data releases in Britain recently, believing the BoE is unlikely to act until Britain decides how, when and even if it will leave the European Union. The United Kingdom 上海夜生活论坛is scheduled to exit the bloc on Oct. 31.

David Cheetham, an analyst at online broker XTB, said the UK economy looked to be far from thriving but given the “dual headwinds of ongoing political uncertainty and a slowing global economy”, current levels of activity were about as good as could be expected.

Analysts at Danske Bank said softer UK data in recent weeks, including Monday’s GDP numbers, suggested “the economy is likely to see a minor deterioration in fundamentals, which is set to weigh on GBP”.

Investors are concerned the next British prime minister could put the country on course for a no-deal Brexit after May failed to get her withdrawal agreement through parliament. Eurosceptic Boris Johnson is the bookmakers’ favourite to win the contest.

Thousands at rallies demand Trump release tax returns

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON ( ) – Tens of thousands of people marched through midtown Manhattan and dozens of U.S. cities on Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns and t上海夜生活o dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue.

Organizers of “Tax March” in more than 150 cities across the country and beyond wanted to call attention to Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax history, as his White House predecessors have done for more than 40 years.

The marches coincide with the traditional April 15 deadline for U.S. federal tax returns, though the filing date was pushed backed two days this year.

There were no reports of violence or arrests, in contrast to a clash between Trump supporters and opponents that erupted at a rally in Berkeley, California, where nine people were arrested.

Two of the biggest tax marches took place in New York and Los Angeles, with each drawing about 5,000 people, according to estimates by reporters. No official estimates were immediately available.

In Manhattan, a good-natured crowd rallied at Bryant Park before marching up Sixth Avenue to Central Park.

Among the marchers was an oversized inflatable rooster, sporting an angry expression and a sweeping metallic orange hairdo meant to resemble Trump’s signature style.

“Thanks to Trump, I think that releasing your taxes when you run for president now has to be a law,” said New Yorker Marni Halasa, 51, who arrived in a tutu and leggings made of fake dollar bills and holding a sign that read “Show Me The Money!”

In Washington, more than 1,500 protesters gathered on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol, where members of Congress addressed the crowd before it marched to the Lincoln Memorial.

“We are taking the gloves off to say knock off the secrecy Mr. President,” said Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, which would play a leading role in tax reform measures being considered in Congress.

He described Trump’s refusal to release his taxes as being “like a teenager trying to hide a lousy report card.”

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Among the marchers was Melinda Colwell, 34, a stay-at-home-mother from Ledyard, Connecticut. She said she was concerned that conflicts of interest in Trump’s tax returns might foreshadow selfish interests in his tax reform policies.

“I think it’s important to know how that could influence his decisions and how he could benefit from the decisions being made,” she said.

As a candidate and as president, Trump has refused to release his tax returns, citing an ongoing audit by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has said that Trump can release his tax returns even while under audit.

The White House could not be reached immediately for comment on the marches.

Events were also planned in cities in Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

The marches were launched by a single tweet, organizers said. A day after the massive Jan. 21 women’s march in Washington and other cities, comedy writer Frank Lesser tapped out on Twitter, “Trump claims no one cares about his taxes. The next mass protest should be on Tax Day to prove him wrong.” It has been retweeted more than 21,000 times.

In Los Angeles, television director Mike Stutz turned up at the march dressed in costume as a Russian general and said he was called General Bullshitski. He carried a sign that read: “What Tax Returns? Putin paid cash. Trust your oligarchs,” referring to allegations of contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin.

Joe Dinkin, spokesman for the Working Families Party, one of the groups organizing the marches, said investigations into the Trump campaign’s alleged connections to Russia underscore the need to disclose his returns.

“Without seeing his taxes, we’ll never really know who he’s working for,” said Dinkin, who expects the marches to draw at least 100,000 protesters.

There have been some glimpses into Trump’s tax history. Last month, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported on two pages of Trump’s 2005 return that were obtained by investigative reporter David Cay Johnston and released by DCReport.org. They showed Trump paid $38 million in taxes on more than $150 million in income.

And in October, The New York Times reported that Trump had declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 federal tax return, citing three pages of documents from the return.

SQM receives Chile’s approval for lithium plant expansion

SANTIAGO ( ) – Chilean lithium miner SQM on Thursday received environmental approval to expand its lithium carbonate production plant, the local environmental regulator told , marking a milestone as the company seeks to boost output of the coveted ultralight battery metal.

The $400 million plant expansion, once complete, would allow the Chinese-backed SQM to eventually produce as much as 180,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate a year from its Atacama salt flat operations in Chile.

SQM is the world’s number two producer of lithium, a key component in the batteries that power electric vehicles, cell phones and other consumer goods. China’s Tianqi Lithium Corp bought a stake in the firm last year.

SQM CEO Ricard上海夜生活论坛o Ramos earlier this week said he expected the expansion, if approved, would come online “in the future,” but did not specify a date.

SQM has previously said it hopes to be able to produce 120,000 tonnes annually by 2020, nearly double its current capacity of 70,000 tonnes.

Water has become a key sticking point for the expansion plans of both SQM and top competitor Albemarle, both of which operate in the Atacama desert, the world’s driest. Soaring lithium demand has raised questions about whether the Atacama salt flat can support current and future levels of production.

SQM vice president Alejandro Bucher said in a statement that he believed the plant expansion approved on Thursday would contribute to sustainable development of the region.

“One of the most relevant benefits of this project is the optimization of water use for production,” Bucher said.

Arch-eurosceptic Farage leads march over Brexit betrayal

SUNDERLAND, England ( ) – Nigel Farage, the politician who probably did more than anyone else to force Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union, joined protesters at the start of a 270-mile march over what they call a betrayal of the Brexit vote.

The march comes after another tumultuous week for Prime Minister Theresa May in which parliament overwhelmingly rejected her divorce deal for a second time and lawmakers voted to seek a delay in Britain’s exit from the EU.

In the pouring rain in Sunderland, northeast England, which was the first place in Britain to declare a vote to leave the EU, Farage, wearing a flat cap and carrying an umbrella, said Brexit was now in danger of being scuttled by the establishment.

“We are here in the very week when parliament is doing its utmost to betray the Brexit result,” Farage said. “It is beginning to look like it doesn’t want to leave and the message from this march is if you think you can walk all over us we will march straight back to you.”

The march, which began with about 100 people, is due to end at parliament on March 29, the day the United Kingdom was supposed to leave the EU.

Britain’s crisis over EU membership is approaching its finale as May continues to fight to build support for her divorce deal, which is expected to be put before lawmakers for a third time next week. Many Brexit supporters in her own party oppose the deal, saying it ties Britain too closely to the EU.

May has given those critics an ultimatum – ratify her deal by Wednesday or face a delay to Brexit way beyond June 30 that would open up the possibility that the entire departure from the EU could ultimately be thwarted.

As leader of the eurosceptic United Kingdom Independence Party, Farage pressured former prime minister David Cameron to call the Brexit referendum and then helped lead the campaign to leave the EU. But he quit as the party’s leader in the days after the referen上海夜生活论坛dum.

In what pro-EU supporters said was a metaphor for his decision to walk away from the fallout of Brexit, Farage said he wouldn’t be completing the full two-week walk to London but would instead join campaigners for about a third of it.

Farage defended that decision and said as a member of the European Parliament he may have to take part in a vote on whether to approve the Brexit deal.

“I am quite a busy chap. I have a role in the European Parliament,” Farage said. “Don’t forgot the final vote is in the European Parliament. I think I ought to be there for that one.”

Ince adamant United need more signings

The former Red Devil believes that Mourinho still has to reinforce some parts of his squad.

Manchester United will likely be in the market for around four players, according to Paul Ince.

The Red Devils completed a swap deal, adding Alexis Sanchez to their ranks, but letting Henrikh Mkhitaryan go in the process. And while they brought in some big names such as Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Neman上海夜生活ja Matić in recent years, Ince remains positive that Mourinho’s squad still need some new additions.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, the former Red Devil insisted there is a busy summer ahead of the club from Old Trafford:Opinion: Solskjaer needs patience from Manchester United Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – As we enter into one of the most complicated moments for Solskjaer, we believe Manchester United needs to be patient with him.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer…

– There’s a seriously big summer coming for Manchester United. When you’re a club like that, you’re always trying to improve. And sometimes, that means current players lose out, but that’s just how it goes.

– Come summer, I’m expecting around three or four more players to come to Old Trafford. There are still issues to address, and it’s all José Mourinho forming his team.

– He came out the other day and said he thought Luke Shaw was world class. I can see what he’s getting at, but he’s gone from slating him and refusing to playing him to saying he’s one of the best in the world. I know what he’s trying to do, give him a boost, but I’m not sure it’s right to go calling him world class.

Stoichkov believes that Guardiola has been successful because of money

Hristo Stoichkov, the former Barcelona striker, insisted that he believes that Pep Guardiola’s success at Manchester City goes mostly down to the amount of money he has been given as he can buy almost any上海夜生活网 player in the world.

Pep Guardiola has been incredibly successful in his career as he managed to win domestic league and cup with both Bayern Munich and Barcelona – to be added, he also won the Champions League with the Catalonian side. Now, he is about to win the Premier League with his new club but the former player of Barcelona believes that the money has been really important there…

The former Bulgaria international spoke about the former Barca coach as he said, according to Goal: “He was a born leader. Everyone was connected to him on the pitch due to his position in the midfield. Each play started through him. Ronald Koeman got the ball to Guardiola and he did the rest. He became the leader of the play at such a young age for that position. He had a long career with Spain, too.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He continued by adding that he has been impressed by Mourinho’s career as well: “Mourinho was always a coach, but few knew about it. Mourinho had a special position. He was writing down what each player did, or could not do in the training. Then he was telling Robson about it all. That’s why he is one of the greatest managers in the world. He was always one step ahead.”

In the end, Hristo Stoichkov claimed that Lionel Messi is the greatest player to him: “Messi cannot be compared to anyone. He is the greatest. I want him to win the World Cup, so people will stop comparing to the others. Nobody can do what he does at Barcelona.”

Wijnaldum described van Dijk as “a leader”

Georginio Wijnaldum, the Liverpool 上海夜生活midfielder, spoke about his future teammate, Virgil van Dijk, as he had a chance to play with him in the national team of his country – and he described him to be a “natural leader”.

The former Southampton defender joined the Reds for a record fee and he has become the world’s most expensive defender of history – but Wijnaldum believes that Liverpool won’t regret this decision. The Dutchman is certain that van Dijk will be a great addition to his team’s squad and he thinks that he will start showing that immediately.

The former Newcastle player spoke about his future colleague as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I was really happy when I spoke with him on the phone, I told him I was happy he was going to come and join us. And now there will be a little bit of Dutch support in the changing room. I think outside of the pitch he is a normal person, he’s easy going and relaxed and I think everyone in the club will like him.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He also insisted that he is a leader on the pitch: “On the pitch, from what I saw in the national team he is a leader, trying to help everyone, help with the defensive line, so I think he will help us in the team.”

In the end, Jürgen Klopp described why they have decided to bring him for such a crazy fee and also discussed a potential problem: “Quality. That’s why we got him, that’s why we were interested in him. It’s quite difficult at the moment because technically he’s still a Southampton player We only talk about the player and what he can bring in; the quality, the mentality, the character. That is why we are really happy about it.”

Preview: Borussia Monchengladbach – Schalke

In the late Bundesliga (BL) match on Saturday, Borussia Monchengladbach host Schalke in a game between two sides separated by just one point and one place in the table and with both sides harbouring Champions League aspirations.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Last week’s 3-0 defeat away to Wolfsburg ended Monchengladbach’s four game unbeaten streak which saw them collect ten points from a possible 12. However, that streak is eclipsed by the run of Schalke, who are unbeaten in eight BL games.

Schalke have scored the most goals from set pieces (eleven) in the BL this season, followed by Monchengladbach in joint second (ten). Part of the reason for the success from set pieces is that both teams have skilfull, tall defenders who cause trouble in the opposition’s box. Jannik Vestergaard and Matthias Ginter (both Monchengladbach) have both scored three goals (no defender in BL has scored more goals) while Schalke’s Naldo has two goals.

Furthermore, the two teams are extremely clever in the opposition’s box, as the Royal Blues (Schalke) and Monchengladbach already have won five penalties – and all ten penalties found the back of the net!Niko Kovac urges Bayern Munich to remain ‘humble’ Andrew Smyth – Niko Kovac has called on Bayern Munich to stay focused and humble after thrashing Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League.

Monchengladbach have not been able to score more than two goals in any of their last twelve home games. The last time the team scored more than two goals was against….yes, you guessed it, Schalke (4-2 March this year).

For Schalke’s manager, Tedesco, the game is not yet a six pointer: “Monchengladbach have a lot of quality in the team, they have the potential to make their way to the top of上海夜网 the table. However, I do not see a key game.”

Missing players

Borussia Monchengladbach: L. Benes (foot injury), T. Strobl (knee injury), M. Doucoure (doubtful), P. Herrmann (doubtful), J. Hoffman (doubtful), T. Jantschke (doubtful), F. Johnson (doubtful), I. Traore (doubtful).

Schalke: L. Goretzka (leg injury), P. Insua (ribs injury), N. Bentaleb (doubtful), A. Schopf (doubtful).

Ventura frustrated at the poor fitness of his players

The Azzurri drew a disappointing 1-1 against Macedonia.

Italy head coach Gian Piero Ventura lashed out at the players’ poor fitness after a disappointing draw in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia.

Chiellini’s first-half goal was nullified by Aleksandar Trajkovski equalizer in the 77th minute, which puts the Azzuri in a play-off spot, meaning their place in the 2018 World Cup is yet to be confirmed.

“We lost some players and lost a certain thread that we had in the first half, in my view,” Italy’s manager told Rai Sport.Infantino publicly calls out Italian football on racism George Patchias – FIFA president Gianni Infantino publicly called out Italian football on their handling of racism.As Gianni Infantino took to the stage at the FIFA Best…

“I thought the first half was positive, the second was not, but when you have nothing left in the tank, that’s what you get.

“I think a lack of fitness levels made a big difference and when that drops, the sharpness goes, so we could not develop anything more. In football, when you don’t propose anything in attack for an entire half, it can well be that you concede.

“We hope that in the meantime four or five of the players we’re missing can return. We need to get上海夜网 the players back, play some real football and get the situation back on track.”

Manchester City’s future: Phil Foden

Manchester City star Yaya Toure believes his team-mate Phil Foden is the future of the club

Phil Foden is an U17 World Cup champion, and is considered to be one of the brightest talents in the Premier League. He made his debut for Manchester City’s first-team on Tuesday, when the Blues of Manchester faced Feyenoord in the Champions League.

On上海夜生活e of Pep Guardiola’s men talked about the midfielder, labelling him a rising star and the future of Manchester City.

Citizens manager Guardiola talked about the development of Foden earlier and claimed it’s up to the 17-year-old what he’ll become.

Yaya Toure, on the other hand, is confident that the English youngster will reach his potential as he as the chance of learning from great players such as David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne.

“If he stays in this club, he is going to be one of the top players because it’s always good to learn from and be close to the big players,” Toure told City’s official website.Manchester City star out with groin injury Nedim Maric – In a neck-to-neck title race last season, Manchester City just edged it out against Klopp’s Liverpool.This season, however, the mood looks like it’s shifting….

“When I was at Barcelona, I learned a lot. I was lucky enough to have a chance to win trophies because of the players around me.”

“It’s fantastic for him and he’s going to be the future,” the 34-year-old added.

“He’s very important. The team keeps changing and the club are moving forward, so it’s very important [to bring players through].

“I hope, and I think, he will stay for a long time,” Toure expressed his wishes.

“Sometimes you have great players coming because Man City is such a strong team, a powerful club who can buy players, but I think he must stay here and learn from the big players, like Silva, Kevin, Gundogan, Fernandinho – all those players are going to give him more experience and confidence for the rest of his career.”

The Ivorian concluded by saying: “I hope we will see a great player in the future.”

Carragher warns West Ham that the relegation is real

West Ham are certainly not the team that should be in the relegation battle but they have to be prepared for this situation as they are just one point above the relegation zone after their last 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

Slaven Bilic’s side were 2-0 in front but they just weren’t able to secure their lead and they gained just one point from this match – and Jamie Carragher thinks that the relegation is still more and more likely to happen for the Hammers. If they will continue making silly mistakes like they did in the last minutes of the Crystal Palace fixture, they are going to be in huge troubles.

The former Liverpool defender shared his thoughts as he said, according to Sky Sports: “There are a lot of teams down the bottom of the league you could make a case for survival. I’m struggling with West Ham. It’s a shambles. Six players ahead of the ball, again, the same situation, and there is four versus two at the back post. That is a disgrace that you find yourself in that situation. It will have felt like a defeat.”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

Carragher also added: “West Ham are getting a little bit too close to comfort to the teams we’ve slaughtered over the years. Your Sunderlands, your QPRs. We watched them, and it was really poor against Brighton, their application, and then you see that, in the last minute, you’re fighting for your lives against another rivals, it’s more than three points, and you’ve got people bombing forward to get a goal and th上海夜生活en jogging back.”

He thinks that they are one of the main adepts for the relegation as he claimed: “They’re the team I would massively worry about in terms of relegation because it doesn’t seem like there’s much there. It looks a bit of a shambles behind the scenes at times for me. It just seems like a lot of players just thrown together without any real thought.”

Preview: Lyon – Everton

Lyon are currently second in Group E, with five points after three matches, while their visitors today are last, having earned only one point.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Everton have now conceded 2+ goals in 3 consecutive European games, which has not happened since 2005-06 – a whole 39 European games ago.

Lyon approach this match unbeaten in 6 European home games. Their record unbeaten home run is 14, spanning matches between September 2004 and Novem上海夜生活ber 2007.

No miracles should be expected from Everton’s front line. The last time Everton won away in Europe by a margin of 4+ goals was in September ’79.

Lyon’s complete record against English opposition is W3, D5, L6. Only one of the 3 wins was by 2+ goals, in a 5-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 1961-62.Five things we learned from the Premier League at the weekend Taimoor Khan – With just Arsenal and Manchester United left to lock horns, we look at the few things the recent Premier League weekend showed us. The…

Only one Everton player has ever scored a hat-trick in a European away game and that was the now departed Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd), who did so against BSC Young Boys in February 2015.

The last time a Lyon match against English opposition produced over 4.5 goals was way back in December 1967.

Scoring first will give Everton a major boost and it could be important, as Everton have won just 8 out of the 23 European away games in which they have conceded first.

Missing players

Lyon: C. Grenier (doubtful)

Everton: R. Barkley (groin injury), Y. Bolasie (injury), M. Keane (leg injury), R. Funes-Mori (knee injury), S. Coleman (doubtful), J. McCarthy (doubtful), N. Vlasic (doubtful).

France coach confirms Mbapp\u00e9 move to PSG

The 48-year-old revealed Kylian Mbappé will be switching clubs this summer, but he will remain in France.

France head coach Didier Deschamps has pretty much confirmed the move of the 18-year-old to Paris Saint-Germain.

The youngster’s futur上海夜生活e has been a subject of heavy speculation throughout the close-season, with the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester City showing interest in his services.

Yet, it is PSG, who appear to have won the race for Mbappé, with reports suggesting that the deal agreed between the two clubs is around €180 million.

Deschamps also confirmed the move saying the following to reporters:Drogba tips for Neymar and Mbappe to win Ballon d’Or one day Nedim Maric – One of the best strikers in the Premier League era talked about PSG’s sensational duo and their chances of winning individual awards in the…

“He’s [Mbappé] changing clubs but staying in Ligue 1. The future will say if he’s made a good decision.” he said as quoted by Goal.

The France manager also hinted that Mbappé might actually pass his medicals while he is with the national squad during the international break.

“Players will remain here [during the international break]. [Can they] pass the medical examinations here? Yes, it’s possible.”

A further proof of the fact that Kylian will be leaving Monaco is the transfer of Stevan Jovetic, who joined Monaco and was given the No. 10 shirt at the Champions. A leaked picture has surfaced online with the player posing in the No.10 shirt in France, which simply adds on to the certainty of Mbappé leaving.

Belotti was never close to leaving admits Torino president

There was no club that came close to the striker’s release clause.

The Italian club did receive a number of offers for their star forward Andrea Belotti, but none of them was close to what Torino demanded, according to the club’s president Urbano Cairo.

The 23-year-old has a release clause of €100 million after he managed to score 26 Serie A goals in 35 appearances for Torino last season. Despite interest from clubs like Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, the player remained in Italy and will be part of Torino’s squad in the 2017-18 campaign.Giampaolo: AC Milan didn’t deserve to lose to Torino Andrew Smyth – Marco Giampao上海夜网lo is adamant AC Milan deserved better than defeat to Torino after pulling off their best performance of this season.

“I was never afraid of losing him. The decision was mine to keep Belotti, unless someone came along ready to pay the €100 million clause,” Cairo told Radio Sportiva .

“Seeing as nobody came close to it, I was relaxed. He is staying with us for this season and then we’ll see. We kept him and Adem Ljajic, Iago Falque and Daniele Baselli, Antonio Barreca, Afriyie Acquah – even if he had a lot of offers – and of course Joel Obi.

“We had an incredible number of proposals come in, but we kept practically everyone and added important new players.”

Perez: “I think Ronaldo will stay”

Real Madrid’s president has again spoken about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo on Santiago Bernabeu.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. June 28, 2017.

In the studio of a radio show in Spain, Florentino P上海夜生活erez expressed his certitude that Ronaldo will continue with Real Madrid.

“I know he is angry, but I think he will stay”, Perez was quoted by the Spanish press.

Real’s president admitted that he has not been in contact with the player himself, but rather with his agent, Jorge Mendes:Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

“I haven’t spoken with him. The only thing that we can do is to wait and to speak after the Confederations Cup. I talked with Mendes about him. There is no need to be more worried than it is the case.”

“I am not thinking about him leaving. He is the best player we have, he is the best in the world and he has a contract. There are people who think he does this to get a wage increase, but in the eight years he has been here, he has never done that. He is not the type of person to come and ask for more money. You cannot sign a new contract every year.”

“He is a man of integrity and he fully respects his obligations. There are many people that want to hurt him regarding these taxes and other things, and he feels that”, Perez added in the defense of his player.

Real’s president also wanted to specify that he did not ask the press not to publish pictures with Cristiano Ronaldo in a Real Madrid shirt when the subject of tax fraud is discussed: “These are small problems for us. It’s not at all true that I have called someone. There is a lot of distraction, but we cannot stay all day long to infirm news. The fans know perfectly how every journalist is, and people trust us.”

Campbell confirms sale of Australian snacks unit Arnott’s to KKR for $2.2 billion

( ) – Campbell Soup Co (CPB.N) on Friday confirmed that it signed a deal to sell its Australian snacks unit Arnott’s and some of its international operations to KKR & Co Inc (KKR.N) for $2.2 billion as the U.S. company works on reducing debt.

Campbell and KKR will enter into a long-term licensing arrangement for the exclusive rights to use certain Campbell brands, including Campbell’s, Swanson, V8, Prego, Chunky and Campbell’s Real Stock, in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and other select markets, the company said.

“This was a thorough and complex process in which we considered many options,” Campbell Chief Executive Officer Mark Clouse said.

“By applying almost $3 billion of divestiture net proceeds to reduce debt, Campbell’s balance sheet will be stronger and capable of supporting our plan to grow our focused and differentiated portfolio,” he said.

KKR & Co said last week it was buying Campbell’s Arnott’s that will give it ownership of top-selling biscuit brands such as Tim Tam.

Campbell put its international unit and ‘Fresh’ unit up for sale last year as it wanted to focus on its core North American businesses and reduce debt. It was also under pressure from investors to impr上海夜网ove profitability and stock performance.

In July, U.S. packaged food company said it would sell its Danish unit Kelsen Group to an affiliate of Nutella maker Ferrero SpA for $300 million.

U.S. attorney general orders probe into mistreatment of gay employees

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr said he was ordering certain Justice Department offices to investigate possible discrimination targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual上海夜网 and transgender employees after an internal gay affinity group complained of low morale.

In an April 4 letter to DOJ Pride released on Friday, Barr said he was “troubled” by the group’s concerns, and was directing the FBI and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to “investigate and address allegations of discrimination.”

Barr also released a formal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statement declaring that no department employee or applicant should face discrimination over race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.

“Issuing the statement is not only required by law … it is the right thing to do,” Barr wrote.

Barr’s tone and response to the department’s gay rights group marked a stark contrast from his predecessor Jeff Sessions, who actively took steps to undermine civil rights protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

In October 2017, for instance, Sessions sent a memo to federal prosecutors declaring that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act did not protect workers from gender identity discrimination.

The department under Sessions’ leadership also reversed legal positions taken during the Obama administration on gay rights, including one case where it appeared before a federal appeals court in Manhattan to argue that Title VII does not provide protections to gay and lesbian workers.

In a March letter to Barr, DOJ Pride said the department in recent years has suffered low morale, hurting its ability to retain and recruit new LGBT talent.

The group said Sessions had declined ever to issue an EEO statement reiterating the federal government’s stance against discrimination, despite requests to do so.

Throughout his time at the department, it said, an older EEO statement issued by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch was all that remained up on the department’s website.

Based on an October 2018 survey, the group found, gay, lesbian and transgender employees felt the workplace environment was “no longer the welcoming, inclusive environment” it used to be.

Of all the respondents in the survey, only 31 percent said they believed the Justice Department valued LGBT employees.

In particular, the survey identified concerns inside both the FBI and BOP – the two largest components of the Justice Department. It also uncovered repeated criticism within the FBI Academy, the agency’s law enforcement training and research center, over how gay people are evaluated and treated.

An FBI representative said in a statement that the agency “is committed to fostering diversity and inclusion in our workforce” and it does “not tolerate discriminatory behaviors.”

The BOP, in an emailed statement, said it “does not tolerate discrimination” and any allegations of misconduct are taken seriously. “We are committed to ensuring a safe work place that is free of discrimination and harassment,” the statement said.

Carrefour sees more retail sector consolidation, including in France

PARIS ( ) – The boss of Carrefour said on Friday the retail sector was bound to consolidate in the coming years, notably in France, as competition intensifies, and that his mission was to make sure the French retailer came out a winner.

When asked if Carrefour could exit underperforming countries上海夜生活 such as Italy or China, Alexandre Bompard told an annual shareholders meeting he was confident his overhaul plan “could improve the operational situation in each of our countries”.

Carrefour, which is Europe’s largest retailer, is in the midst of a five-year plan it launched in January 2018 to cut costs and jobs, boost e-commerce investment and seek a partnership in China with Tencent.

Carrefour’s plan, which also entails a greater focus on areas such as fresh local products, organic food and sustainability, is aimed at helping the retailer boost profits and revenues, and tackle competition from Amazon.

“There are a lot of competitors in markets like Italy or in France and weak sector margins and we are only at the beginning of the arrival of large platforms like Amazon. There will be difficulties and consolidations in coming years,” Bompard said.

“My mission is to be in the winners’ camp and the transformation we are conducting will put us among winners,”

Last year, Carrefour and French rival Casino were locked in a dispute after Casino said it had rejected a tie-up approach from Carrefour that Carrefour denied making.

Since then, Casino’s parent Rallye has filed for protection from creditors.

Meanwhile, French rival Auchan has sold most of its loss-making business in Italy, while it also faces tough market conditions in France.

Last month, people familiar with the matter told that Carrefour was exploring the sale of a minority stake in its loss-making business in China and had started sounding out potential buyers.

The group has, however, said a sale of the business in China was not on the agenda.

In line with Carrefour’s ambition to become a leader in the global transition towards healthier and more sustainable food, its shareholders on Friday approved a new mission statement to include its commitment to the transition in its bylaws.

Trump talks trade with Apple CEO Cook as China dispute looms

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump met with Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday to discuss trade and other hot-button issues facing the tech company as Trump deliberates whether to make good on his threat to hike tariffs on imports from China.

Trump’s meeting with Cook was disclosed by daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump during an event that Trump held with governors on skills development.

Cook is a frequent visitor to the White House and has worked with Ivanka Trump on her job training and education initiatives. The president often name-checks Cook as a business leader who has brought jobs and investment back to the United States.

On Thursday, Trump spoke with Cook about “trade, U.S. investment, immigr上海夜生活论坛ation and privacy,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said. A spokesperson for Apple could not be immediately reached for comment.

The meeting comes as Trump weighs whether to go ahead with proposed increases to tariffs in his trade war with China. He has said he will make a decision some time after the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan at the end of June, where he hopes to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Trump is using tariffs to push Xi to change a host of Chinese trade practices, but negotiations have flagged. Makers of consumer electronics like phones and tablets have escaped the brunt of tariffs to this point but likely would be affected by the next hike.

U.S. authorities are also preparing to probe market power of large technology companies, according to sources. Cook has defended his company, saying it has a moderate share of the market and is not too large.