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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.

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.”

TAX REFORM

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.

CEO of Buffett’s Dairy Queen tries to find new tastes, keep franchisees happy

OMAHA, Neb. ( ) – The chief executive of International Dairy Queen Inc is counting on the 79-year-old brand, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, to adapt to changing consumer tastes rather than latch onto the latest fad, while ensuring that rising labor and food costs don’t squelch its franchisees.

Troy Bader, who became chief executive in January 2018, said his company wants to ensure that devotees keep ordering their Blizzards and chicken strips, without turning off customers seeking newer products or with specific dietary needs.

“About 5 percent of disposable income is spent on away-from-home dining occasions,” Bader, 54, said in an interview during Berkshire’s recent annual shareholder weekend. “Transactions in the restaurant industry have been flat, so even if wages are going up, what I have for disposable, discretionary spending is not. That’s why you’re seeing so much competition.”

Berkshire, whose 88-year-old chief executive favors the Dairy Queen vanilla orange bar, paid $590 million for the Bloomington, Minnesota-based company in 1998.

Dairy Queen’s more than 7,000 locations, including 2,000 in the United States and Canada, recorded more than $4.5 billion of sales in 2018. Bader said 2019 has been “good so far” despite bad U.S. and Canadian weather.

“Bomb cyclones and polar vortexes don’t bode well … when 50 percent of your sales are ice cream,” he said. Bader named McDonald’s Corp and Chick-Fil-A as key rivals.

Labor is the fastest-rising cost for franchisees, especially when rising minimum wages, an issue on which Bader said Dairy Queen has no position, squeeze margins as customers favor such menu items as the $5 Buck Lunch. Also rising is the cost of branded candies that Dairy Queen adds to ice cream.

Bader said adapti上海夜网ng to changing consumer habits is not a new idea.

“It’s actually evolutionary, it’s not revolutionary,” he said. “When we look at trends, you have to decide which you’re going to lead in, which you’re going to follow, and which you may not participate in at all because they may not be right for or important for your brand.”

He said Dairy Queen, despite its name, is exploring desserts for people who avoid dairy, but won’t dive into plant-based food, despite the frenzy last week when Beyond Meat Inc went public and its stock price soared.

“If appropriate for our brand, we will move in later,” he said. “Right now, the biggest opportunity is in our chicken strips, our burgers and other products.”

Another major initiative is technology, including the creation of a single electronic point-of-sale system.

Bader, a self-described “recovering lawyer,” had interviewed with Buffett before the billionaire gave Vice Chairman Greg Abel oversight over Berkshire’s non-insurance operating units. He now reports to Abel.

Buffett “was asking as many questions as we were. He wanted to know what you knew that he did not,” Bader recalled.

“What I find interesting with Greg was, he’s the same way. I’m not trying to say Greg is Warren. Nobody will ever be Warren. But he is really smart, and he is a really good study.”

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.

Only way is down: strong bid for negative-yielding KfW bond amid rates stasis

* German banks sells 5 bln euros of bonds at -0.267 pct yield

* Euro zone lenders, foreign central banks among buyers

* Deal paves way for other borrowers to do same

By Abhinav Ramnarayan

LONDON, March 15 ( ) – German development bank KfW’s 5 billion euro debt sale, at one of the most deeply negative yields on record for such a deal, is a clear sign investors are resigned to several more years of low interest rates in the euro zone, bankers and analysts said.

Triple-A-rated KfW, whose debt is guaranteed by the German government and often seen as a proxy for German Bunds, sold 5 billion euros of three-year bonds via a syndicate of banks on Tuesday at a yield of minus 0.267 percent.

Negative yields have been a feature of the euro zone bond market since the European Central Bank began stimulus measures to aid the bloc’s recovery from the debt crisis of 2010-2012.

But the KfW deal is one of very few benchmark-sized transactions to price at such a deeply negative level.

“Nobody really expects rising rates, given the statements by the ECB and (U.S. Federal Reserve) and given the economic data we currently get,” said Petra Wehlert, head of capital markets at KfW. “Investors live with what they get, and they feel comfortable enough to buy into negative rates at the short end (of the yield curve).

“Investors have to manage their cash, and if there is no change in environment, the risk is limited. KfW bonds are a Bund surrogate, and portfolio managers need to buy liquid securities,” she added, while acknowledging that demand had exceeded KfW’s expectations.

Comparable examples such as the European Investment Bank’s 5 billion euro three-year deal in January 2016 came at the height of the ECB’s now-terminated asset purchase scheme — and yet the yield on that deal was much higher, at minus 0.147 percent.

The fact that KfW was able to price at such a deeply negative yield even after new asset purchases ceased seems to confirm that investors expect the euro zone economy to flat-line for years to come, and that the ECB will be unable to hike rates meaningfully for the foreseeable future.

FEW ALTERNATIVES

Mark Byrne, a syndicate official at TD Securities, which managed the deal alongside BNP Paribas and JP Morgan, said the ECB’s deposit rate of minus 0.40 percent was a clear incentive for banks to invest in such a bond.

But it was not the only reason for the demand, he said: “Not all investors have access to this (deposit facility) — central banks, asset managers and some non-euro zone banks for example. So you must look at their alternative investments.”

He cited the example of three-year German Bunds, trading around minus 0.53 percent, and three-year French government bonds — with a lower credit rating than KfW — trading at minus 0.376 percent.

“So it makes sense (to buy KfW’s bond) if you are a global central bank that needs to hold euros as part of your portfolio,” Byrne said.

As a result, the two biggest types of investor in KfW’s deal were banks, who took 38 percent of the 5 billion euros sold, and central banks, who took 35 percent.

For banks, the deposit rate is a powerful incentive — paying 26 basis points to hold KfW’s 上海夜网debt could be seen as an improvement on paying 40 bps to hold cash at the ECB. Both count towards the regulatory requirement that lenders hold a proportion of assets in liquid and highly rated instruments.

“The high demand from the banks as a sector overall often has to do with regulatory demand,” said Commerzbank rates strategist Rainer Guntermann. “Most investors also suspect the ECB will take some of the supply in the coming weeks.”

U.S. firm FIS buys Worldpay for $35 billion in payments deal bonanza

( ) – Fidelity National Information Services Inc (FIS) said on Monday it has agreed to buy Worldpay for about $35 billion, with the U.S. financial services provider striking the biggest deal to date in the fast-growing electronic payments industry.

The financial technology sector is consolidating fast, with global payments set to reach $3 trillion a year in revenue by 2023 as more people switch from cash to digital payments for online and high street sales, consulting firm McKinsey predicts.

“Scale matters in our rapidly changing industry,” said FIS Chief Executive Gary Norcross, who will lead the combined powerhouse in banking a上海夜网nd payments infrastructure.

Growth in payment systems has kept deals rolling even as merger moves in other sectors have stalled on concerns about trade tensions and a global economic slowdown.

The FIS deal, valuing Worldpay at about $43 billion including debt, comes a little more than a year after U.S. firm Vantiv paid $10.63 billion for the payments firm, which was set up in Britain and spun off from Royal Bank of Scotland in 2010.

And in January, U.S.-based Fiserv Inc bought payment processor First Data Corp for $22 billion, while Italy’s Nexi plans to list in what could be one of Europe’s biggest initial public offerings (IPOs) this year.

FIS and Worldpay combined will have annual revenue of about $12 billion and adjusted core earnings of about $5 billion.

“Vantiv had yet to realize all the synergies from the Worldpay merger but FIS’s offer was too good to be refused,” a source close to the deal said.

Shares in Worldpay, which has provided payment processing services for more than 40 years, closed 9.9 percent higher and Fidelity’s edged down 0.7 percent.

“Parking the two companies together gives the enlarged business a very strong position by which to play the structural growth in digital payments. They will be able to provide clients a wider portfolio of services,” Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, said.

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Worldpay is a major player in card payments, particularly in Britain, while FIS, produces software for banks and asset managers as well as its financial services outsourcing business.

“FIS should accelerate its revenue growth, significantly expand its position in the merchant acquiring space and generate many synergies,” Worldpay shareholder Michael Schaefer, portfolio manager at Union Investment, said.

“DIVERSIFICATION PLAY”

Worldpay shareholders will receive 0.9287 FIS shares and $11 in cash for each share held, valuing the company at $112.12 per share, a premium of about 14 percent on its Friday close.

FIS shareholders will own about 53 percent in the combined firm and Worldpay’s about 47 percent, with Worldpay Chief Executive Charles Drucker becoming executive vice-chairman.

“This is a fast-changing industry and FIS was under pressure after Fiserv bought First Data in January,” another source close to the matter said, adding that Worldpay’s Drucker, who had come from Vantiv, was the driving force behind the deal.

“For FIS buying Worldpay means expanding beyond the world of financial outsourcing and tapping into payment processing and e-commerce, the source said, adding that it was a “diversification play” giving FIS access to the high-growth payments sector.

The companies said the deal would result in an organic revenue growth outlook of 6 to 9 percent through 2021, and $700 million of total core earnings savings over three years. They expect $500 million of revenue savings and are aiming to deliver nearly $4.5 billion of free cash flow in three years.

“The deal will lead to modest EPS accretion by 2020”, Norcross said in a conference call with analysts.

FIS, which has grown through acquisitions in the past 15 years, offers software and outsourcing services to banks, asset managers and insurers and in 2015 completed its buy of financial software company SunGard for $9.1 billion.

It had bought Metavante, which provides payment processing services to financial firms, for about $2.9 billion in 2009.

“FIS’ experience and expertise in getting cost to revenue synergies should give (the) market confidence that the targets announced around this deal are very doable,” Stephen’s analyst Brett Huff said in a note, adding that FIS could see increased revenue as companies step up outsourcing.

Centerview Partners and Goldman Sachs were financial advisers to FIS, while Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP served as legal advisers to FIS on the deal. Credit Suisse and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as financial and legal advisers respectively to Worldpay.

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.

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– 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.”

Carvahal not sure about winter transfers

Carlos Carvahal, the new Swansea coach, insisted that he hasn’t discussed his team’s transfer budget yet and he will give a chance to his players to prove themselves before he will decide anything regarding transfers.

The Portuguese arrived at the Liberty Stadium just a couple of days after he was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday, the Championship side, and he has signed a contract until the end of this season. The position of Leon Britton, the temporary coach, will be discussed in the upcoming days and the new coach rejected to speak about possible new arrivals as he insisted that he has to get to known with the squad at first.

The former Sheffield coach spoke about the question of money as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I did not talk money with the chairman, usually I don’t deal with the money, it is my romantic side talking. I deal with footballers, then if we need – try to say which players we need. I will try and choose them but the money is not what I want to talk about, I am allergic to money.”Opinion: Martin Odegaar上海夜生活d 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 added that he has to analyse the team first: “I will see what players we have in mind, who we need and who the scouts of Swansea have seen. I must analyse the team. You have surprises, sometimes negative, sometimes positive. First, we want to give opportunities to these players to show they are better, individually and as a collective than what they did so far.”

In the end, Carlos Carvahal insisted that the short-term deal is perfect for him: “I prefer to stay one year, check if the chairman, fans, players are happy with me, and after seeing the next step. I don’t want to stay in a club that the people is not happy with me. I don’t have a problem with my future. It is not a contract that puts someone at a club. It’s the day by day, you prove to the fans, the media.”

Mbapp\u00e9 admitted that Ronaldo was his idol

Kylian Mbappé, the PSG wonder kid, insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo was his childhood idol and he has a possibility to become his teammate but he believes that his current team can be better than Real Madrid.

The former Monaco player admitted that he spoke with Real Madrid about his potential transfer to the Spain capital but in the end, he decided to join PSG – and he insisted that he made this decision with his heart as PSG is a team from his home city and it was just a natural thing to make such a choice.

The French youngster spoke about his possible transfer to Real as he said, according to ESPN: “There were a lot of transfer rumours, it’s true that we spoke, but I think that is now in the past for me and for Real Madrid. Now I play at PSG and I’m going to defend these colours 100 percent. I chose PSG because it’s the team of my city, it’s like if a madrileno [Madrid born] boy of [Real] Madrid has the opportunity to play for his team and goes elsewhere, to another country. I wanted to play for PSG and I’m very happy with how things are going.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we ar上海夜网e convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He also added that he believes that PSG can become even better than Real Madrid: “Real have dominated football in recent years but it’s not just them now. There are other big teams, like [Manchester] City, Juventus, Bayern [Munich] and we are also there. But I believe the team that wins our tie will be clear favourites to win the Champions League. If we are capable of eliminating Real then the other teams will fear us.”

In the end, Mbappé insisted that he hopes that his side can prove themselves in the knockout stage: “We’ve had a very good group stage and we have the opportunity to prove to the world that we can eliminate the team that successfully defended the Champions League. There is no pressure, not at all, the pressure doesn’t fall on us.”

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.”

‘Job done’ says delighted Harry Kane

The Three lions sealed an important win and secured their spot in the 2018 W上海夜生活orld Cup.

England have qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Russia after they clinched a late victory against Slovenia on Thursday. Harry Kane, who has been named the captain of England, was the one to secure the three points and prove he deserves to wear the armband.

The Spurs striker highlighted it did not matter how his team played if they got the result they came out for.

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“In the last 10 minutes, they were getting tired and we created a few opportunities – I was happy to finally put one in the back of the net at the end.

“It’s amazing to get there. It’s no easy feat these days [to qualify]. There’s a lot of top countries around the world struggling to qualify. We’re all delighted.

“That’s job done for us. We have another game on Sunday [against Lithuania] and we need to keep doing what we’re doing and working hard.”

The final game of England is against Lithuania on Sunday, but they are already qualified as first seat with 6 points ahead of Scotland.

Preview: Bayern Munich – FC Augsburg

Bayern Munich will be looking to consolidate their position as leaders of Bundesliga today when they will be receiving the visit of 10th-placed Augsburg.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match: 

Only 80 kilometres separate these two Bavarian teams, who despite this have no real historic rivalry. Although physically close, their stature couldn’t be any different.

With 5 European titles and 27 league titles to their name (including 5 in a row and counting at the moment!), Bayern Munich are a powerhouse both domestically and in Europe. Compare this to Augsburg, whose crowning achievements are a 5th place in the Bundesliga and a R32 exit against Liverpool in the Europa League. But might something be brewing north of Munich!

Augsburg, who for a long time spent their days between level 2 and 3 in the German league system, suffered a crisis at the start of the century, when they were demoted to the 4th tier. However, they turned it 上海夜网into an opportunity, and were promoted to the Bundesliga before the 2011/12 season – and they haven’t looked back.

Few teams in Germany have a good H2H against Bayern, and Augsburg is no exception. 12 H2H games in the BL have resulted in 10 Bayern wins, with Augsburg winning 2 – including 1 at the Allianz Arena. Last season, however, we saw a thrashing: Bayern did not stop until the score was 6-0, with Robert Lewandowski bagging a hat trick.Kovac cryptic about plans to stop Kane Nedim Maric – Bayern Munich will travel to North London in order to face Pochettino’s Tottenham in a Champions League derby.Bundesliga looks like it’s never been as…

The Polish striker has started the season in typical fashion, scoring 11 goals in as many matches. He might not find it easy against Augsburg, however, who’ve only conceded 4 goals on their travels so far (5 games). However, Lewandowski has an impressive 16 goals against Augsburg to his name in just 12 games (9 for Munich and 7 for Dortmund)!

The right kind of entertainment: the 6 most recent BL meeting’s between the teams have yielded 22 goals (3.67 on average), but only 10 bookings (9 yellow, 1 red cards)!

Bayern loanee James Rodrigues had a quiet start to life at the club but has sparked into life in the last few weeks. Speaking to the club’s website during the week he said: “It’s a new way of life for me, but I’m happy,” adding, “It’s more chilled out here – I can go out for a walk without being pestered – and I’m learning German. And, of course, Bayern are a massive club who are always challenging for honours.” On his ambition, he commented that he hopes “to win titles and show people what I’m capable of on the pitch,” explaining further that he would “give everything – right until the last. I want to win titles with this fantastic club!”

Missing players

Bayern Munich: T. Muller (thigh injury), M. Neuer (leg injury), F. Ribery (knee injury), J. Boateng (doubtful)

FC Augsburg: S. Cordova (ankle injury), I. Gelios (back injury), R. Framberger (doubtful), M. Hinteregger (doubtful), M. Leitner (doubtful), G. Teigl (doubtful).

Koeman insists Barkley has future at Everton

The England international refused a move to Chelsea on the last day of the close-season.

Ross Barkley still has future at Goodison Park, according to Ronald Koeman. Barkley will have no contract with the Toffees at the end of the season, meaning a move to Chelsea appeared to be the normal thing to do.

However, the 23-year-old insisted he wanted to stay at Everton until he is back to full fitness, possibly hinting an exit in January.

Meanwhile Everton’s head coach Koeman said he would never hesitate to include Ross Barkley in the squad once he is back to 100 %.Match Preview: Everton vs Manchester City Boro Tanchev – Manchester City travel to Liverpool this weekend, but don’t get that much excited because it is Everton who they are visiting in the seventh Premier League round.

“Of course it was a strange last day of the transfer window but I don’t think it was only that for Everton but for most of the Premier League clubs,” Koeman told a media conference as quoted by Goal.

“Ross also came to see me last Tuesday and he explained to me why he turned down the chance to go to Chelsea. That is private.

“He was open to making a move to another club and I heard from the board that there was an agreement between Chelsea and Everton.

“But finally the decision was by the player. And t上海夜网hat was what happened at that time.”

Wenger calls upon Sanchez

The Frenchman has asked the Chilean to respect his contract.

Alexis Sanchez has been called upon at Arsenal as he delayed his return with an illness. The player has been a subject of heavy speculation with Bayern Munich, PSG and Manchester City interested in his services. However, Arsène Wenger has made it clear the Chile international will not be leaving Emirates this summer. T上海夜生活he player’s return has been postponed until Tuesday as he has been asked by his manager to respect his duties with the Gunners.

According to MetroUK, following Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Benfica, Wenger told reporters:

“He has flu. I had him on text yesterday saying he would come back as soon as possible.Arsenal urged to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly Andrew Smyth – Emmanuel Frimpong has urged Arsenal to target Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly in order to finally solve their defensive woes.

“We’re in touch with him and his doctor.

“There’s no problem except he won’t come back tomorrow, he’ll be back on Tuesday. There’s no development. It’s always the same. He’s staying, of course. I think the players who want a new contract have to respect their contract.” – the manager added.

“For a manager it’s a bit different, it concerns. What is the future of the club, what’s going on, what’s happening, it has great uncertainty. For the player it’s different.

“I can’t reveal to you what he says, I cannot reveal what is a secret conversation. We speak in English. He’s flying back as soon as he’s in a position to fly back – he has the flu. That’s normally four or five days.”

Donnarumma ready to fire Raiola to remain at Milan

The young Italian goalkeeper seems to have changed his mind and wants to remain at AC Milan.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. June 25, 2017.

According to the Italian press, Gianluigi Donnarumma is ready to break any ties with agent Mino Raiola, in order to make peace with AC Milan and the rossoneri fans.

In the last days, Milan officials have held talks with the goalkeeper’s family, trying to persuade them that the best option for Gigio at this point would be to continue with the club. And the involvement of Vincenzo Montella seems to have brought the expected results.

It is now said that the young goalkeeper is more willing to consider extending his contract with AC Milan. More than that, Donnarumma would be ready to fire agent Mino Raiola, to ensure that he will be forgiven by the Milan fans.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.

Raiola’s right hand, his cousin Enzo, flew to Poland to talk with Raiola who is part of the Italy U21 squad participating at the European U21 Championship. Enzo informed Donnarumma that there are no news from AC Milan’s side and that the goalkeeper should think about Real Madrid.

But the player’s desire is to remain at Milan and his family completely backs him in his choice. This could lead to a breakup in the relationship with Mino Raiola, who is looking to take the player away from Milan.

It wouldn’t be the f上海夜生活网irst time a player fires Mino Raiola, over disagreements about career progress. Marek Hamsik fired the agent when he chose to remain at Napoli, although Raiola was insisting for him to move away from San Paolo.

Kingsley Coman arrested over domestic violence allegations

The young French winger of Bayern Munich got himself in trouble after reportedly attacking his ex-girlfriend.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. June 28, 2017.

Kingsley Coman was placed in preventive custody earlier this week, being accused of domestic violence. The 21-year-old was interrogated for multiple hours, after a complaint was filed by his ex-girlfriend.

The French press says that the player hit his former partner, due to the fact that she didn’t inform him about two very good marketing opportunities and he has missed on some good contracts.

Coman admitted that he hit his ex-girlfriend, who will now have to take eight days off work, being advised to rest. The player was released after several hours of interrogations.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.

Bayern Munich’s winger will now have to go to trial, with a first session being scheduled for the beginning of September.

Kingsley Coman is one 上海夜生活网of the most decorated young players in football. By the age of 21, he has played for Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich. He has won two Ligue 1 titles and a League Cup with PSG, a Serie A title, the Italian Cup and the Italian SuperCup with Juventus and two Bundesliga titles, German Cup and German SuperCup with Bayern Munich.

He was also part of the France national team during last year’s European Championship, where “Les Bleus” played the final. During last season, Coman played 25 matches for Bayern, scoring two goals and registering one assist.

Zidane\u2019s favourite for the Ballon d’Or race

Zinedine Zidane already knows who should win the Ballon d’Or this year.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. May 6, 2017.

Zidane’s favourite is non-other than his own player, Cristiano Ronaldo. Zidane is certain that the Portuguese fully deserves to win the trophy for the fifth time.

“It’s my opinion. He deserves it. Yes, as he already won the Ballon d’Or multiple times, I think he is close to another one,” said the French manager.Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

Having scored a hat-trick in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals, when Real won 3-0 against city rivals Atletico, Ronaldo has become the only player in history to score two consecutive hat-tricks in the knockout stages of the competition. And in doing so, he has pretty much secured Real Madrid’s place in the Cardiff final.

The press in Madrid already speaks about Ronaldo levelling the score in the Ballon d’Or winners’ list, by reaching the same number of trophies as Lionel Messi.

Although Ronaldo has gone through a rough period recently, when he was whistled by the Bernabéu crowd, Zidane ensured the Portuguese of th上海夜生活e full support of the club: “He is respected here. By all the fans of Real, by the club, by his manager and, obviously, by his teammates, which is the most important. You either love or hate Ronaldo, there is no middle way and he knows that”, Zizou said.

Deutsche Bank capital-boosting debt dips on restructuring fears

LONDON ( ) – Deutsche Bank’s capital-boosting Additional Tier I (AT1) debt issues fell on Monday on worries over future challenges Germany’s biggest lender may face in a planned overhaul.

Concerns centered on Deutsche Bank’s decision to lower minimum capital buffers, a pool of assets designed to absorb losses, after it launched one of the biggest overhauls of its investment bank since the 2008 financial crisis on Sunday.

The debt had earlier risen after Deutsche Bank said it will pay coupons on its bank capital debt.

“A substantial restructuring was needed to address the bank’s sluggish p上海夜生活论坛erformance,” ING analyst Suvi Platerink Kosonen said, adding: “The measures involve substantial execution risks and lowering the capital buffers makes the bank more vulnerable to any headwinds”.

Deutsche Bank’s U.S. dollar Additional Tier 1 perpetual bond, callable in November 2021, were down 0.70 cents on the dollar at 93.51, off an earlier high of 94.41.

Two euro-denominated issues, both callable in May 2027, were also down, reversing early gains.

“I guess (the early gain) was a knee-jerk reaction on the stock being up 5% plus, but as people digest the details, then it is difficult to get AT1 support,” said Steve Hussey, head of financial institutions credit research at Alliance Bernstein.

Deutsche Bank will now target a minimum common equity tier 1(CET1) ratio of 12.5% and a leverage ratio of 4.5% by 2020 and 5% by 2022. It had a CET1 ratio of 13.7% at the end of March.

Meanwhile, the cost of insuring exposure to Deutsche Bank’s debt through 5-year credit defaults swaps (CDS) fell by 3 basis points (bps) from Friday’s close to 61 bps, data from IHS Markit showed.

Deutsche Bank CDS fell for a sixth straight session.

Outlook uncertain for Japan’s whaling industry despite commercial…

MINAMIBOSO, Japan ( ) – When Yachiyo Ichihara was a child in Wada, one of Japan’s oldest whaling villages, she’d go down to the harbor with a bucket and carry it home full of freshly butc上海夜网hered whale meat.

“It’s really delicious; that’s what I grew up eating,” the 72-year-old said. “Whale is something you’d gather your family together and eat. It’s real home cooking.”

In those days, men would peddle the meat from carts, calling “Whale, whale” as they went door to door. But in 1986, a whaling moratorium drove prices up and made whale a luxury food.

Ichihara now runs a whale restaurant in the Wada district of Minamiboso, on the Pacific coast just east of Tokyo, and should be celebrating Japan’s decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling on July 1. Instead, she and others involved in the business worry about the future.

“I’m really anxious, not expectant,” Ichihara said.

Though Japan’s post-Christmas announcement sparked widespread condemnation and fears for the world’s whales, the prospect of growth in whaling is far from certain, both environmentalists and whaling advocates say.

“In the past 30 years, all kinds of foods have come into Japan; there are so many things to eat,” said Kazuo Yamamura, president of the Japan Whaling Association. “It’s no longer a situation where if you produce lots of whale meat, you’re going to make lots of money.”

Barely 300 people are directly connected to whaling, and whale represented only about 0.1 percent of Japan’s total meat consumption in 2016, according to government data.

About 4,000-5,000 metric tons of whale meat are supplied to Japan annually, amounting to 40-50 grams of whale for each Japanese person, said Joji Morishita, Japan’s retiring IWC commissioner. That’s about the mass of half an apple.

“The question is, is there enough demand, enough feasibility and enough viability for commercial whaling – or commercial whale eating – to take place in Japan?” he said.

KEY SUPPORTERS

Whaling supporters include Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Toshihiro Nikai, head of Abe’s conservative ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), both of whose districts have long whaled. Nikai’s base includes Taiji, made notorious for dolphin hunts in the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.”

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That high-profile support helped Japan finally leave the IWC, said Kiyoshi Ejima, an LDP lawmaker from the same area as Abe and a former four-term mayor of Shimonoseki, where the country’s based its “scientific whaling” mother ship and fleet. Five smaller ships, which carried out coastal whaling under an IWC loophole, will take the lead after July 1.

“Previous prime ministers were afraid of what’d be said if they left, that Japan would become a villain,” he told .

But environmentalist Patrick Ramage says the decision ended up being an “elegant” masterstroke that gave almost everybody something they wanted.

“Ostensibly there is a defiant, almost nationalistic expression of intent to resume commercial whaling” in Japan, said Ramage, director of marine conservation at International Fund for Animal Welfare. “But it becomes clear for anybody genuinely interested in the conservation of these whale species and their welfare … that whales are better off.”

Japan has not yet set its hunt quota. But many in the industry believe the number taken will fall between the 180 minkes and sei whales taken in the Northern Pacific and the 330 minkes hunted in the Antarctic.

The decision to leave the IWC, which will limit whaling to Japan’s exclusive economic zone, may also save money because ships won’t have to travel to the Antarctic. About 5.1 billion yen ($47.05 million) was budgeted for whaling in 2019.

“We’ll have to see how it goes this year – how much they take, how much it sells,” Ejima said. “We’re basically feeling our way.”

FADING APPETITES

Though a 2018 government survey found that about 70 percent of Japanese supported leaving the IWC, Morishita said the response was driven largely by opposition to anti-whalers.

A recent informal Yahoo Japan poll of nearly 20,000 people said 58.2 percent liked eating whale and 28.3 did not, while 13.5 percent had never eaten it. Older Japanese remember eating whale in school lunches but few seek it out.

In Wada, though whales are everywhere – including a giant skeleton by a museum and metal whales on a seawall – most people there on a recent afternoon were either surfing, driving, or fishing near the concrete dock where whales are drawn up to be butchered.

“I haven’t had whale but now I want to try,” said Kazushi Yago, 36, who stopped by a roadside store featuring local whale products. “I’m a bit nervous about how it tastes, though.”

But 63-year-old Tsuneo Tsuruoka said he’d had whale as a child and it wasn’t an experience he would repeat.

“I like beef better,” he said. “The food culture has changed.”