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U.S. allies show support for strikes on Syria

( ) – U.S. allies expressed support on Friday for Washington’s missile strikes on Syria, calling them a proportionate response to Syrian forces’ suspected use of chemical weapons.

The strikes were denounced as illegal by Syria and its allies Russia and Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the world “to reject such policies, which bring only destruction and danger to the region and the globe”. (Graphic locator map on attack – tmsnrt.rs/2nm68H0)

Iraq criticized “hasty interventions” in an apparent comment on the U.S. action.

But a wide range of U.S. allies from Asia, Europe and the Middle East expressed support, if sometimes cautiously, in similar terms.

“The U.K. government fully supports the U.S. action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime and is intended to deter further attacks,” a British government spokesman said.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters: “Many innocent people became victims from the chemical attacks.

“Japan supports the U.S. government’s determination to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons,” he said.

Turkey viewed the strikes positively and the international community should sustain its stance against the “barbarity” of the Syrian government, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said.

In an interview with Turkish broadcaster Fox TV, Kurtulmus said Assad’s government must be punished in the international arena and the peace process in Syria needed to be accelerated.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Russia and Iran needed to understand that supporting Assad made no sense and that the escalation of the U.S. military role in Syria was a “warning” to “a criminal regime”.

“Use of chemical weapons is appalling and should be punished because it is a war crime,” Ayrault told and France Info radio.

上海夜生活论坛French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued statements saying Assad was solely to blame for the air strikes.

The Dutch government said: “The United States has given a clear signal that the use of poison gas crosses a line.” It also labeled the strikes a “proportionate” response.

“U.S. strikes show needed resolve against barbaric chemical attacks. EU will work with the US to end brutality in Syria,” the chairman of the council of EU leaders, Donald Tusk, said on Twitter.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the strikes sent “a vitally important message” that the world would not tolerate the use of chemical weapons.

“The retribution has been proportionate and it has been swift,” he told reporters in Sydney. “We support the United States in that swift action.”

Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which back rebels fighting Assad, said they supported the U.S. strikes and held only the Syrian government responsible for the attacks.

Other Gulf countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait, also expressed support for the attacks.

Some countries expressed reservations about the U.S. decision to launch strikes without authorization from the U.N. Security Council.

Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria. “At the same time, Indonesia is concerned with unilateral actions by any parties, including the use of Tomahawk missiles, in responding to the chemical weapon attack tragedy in Syria,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir said in a text message.

“Military actions, undertaken without prior authorization of the U.N. Security Council, are not in line with international legal principles in the peaceful settlement of disputes, as stipulated in the U.N. Charter.”

Obama officials work against time to wrap banking rules

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. officials are striving to put finishing touches on a slew of banking rules before President Barack Obama leaves office and hands regulatory power to Donald Trump who has vowed to rewrite the existing financial rule book.

President-elect Trump will take over on Jan. 20 and his fellow Republicans will have control of Congress and government agencies, allowing the new administration to block or roll back many of the last-minute changes.

But by completing far-advanced work on some banking standards in the next 10 weeks, Obama officials would raising the chances that some elements of the regulatory framework will survive.

Some rules are meant to flesh out the Dodd Frank Act of 2010 designed to prevent the next global financial crisis. Trump campaigned on a pledge to scrap the law but now he says only some provisions must go to lighten the regulatory burden.

The Federal Reserve is working on rules to govern matters such as executive pay, market stability and what investments Wall Street may hold.

Last month, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White said her agency would “in the near term” finish a rule on one thorny issue: how mutual funds manage derivatives.

The SEC and ban上海夜网k regulators have also for years struggled to finalize a rule that would tie more banker pay to the long-term health of their firms rather than short-term performance of Wall Street firms.

With only about 40 working days until the handover, it is not clear which, if any, of those standards will get across the finishing line.

“Just look at the calendar,” said Tom Quaadman of the Chamber of Commerce. “These are intricate rules and there’s not much time.”

The executive pay rule exemplifies the challenge.

Six federal agencies have a say on the compensation standard meant as part of Dodd Frank and a final draft has not yet been offered, industry officials told .

It would be nearly impossible to circulate a final rule and get the agencies to endorse it while still satisfying standards for clearing such paperwork, several lobbyists who have opposed the rule said.

Banking regulators declined to comment on when the compensation rule might be completed.

NO TIME TO CHAT

Simple logistics also pose a challenge.

New federal rules come into force once they have been published in the Federal Register and employees there typically need several days to typeset a rule.

That means Obama officials need to lodge paperwork with the Federal Register at the beginning of the inauguration week at the latest.

Some sixteen copy editors are due to forego leave and be on hand in the coming weeks to process final rules expected from dozens of agencies, said an official familiar with the operation, but not authorized to speak to the media.

“These days, people do not spend a lot of time hanging around the coffee maker,” he said.

Some freshly-minted rules also face the prospect of getting erased under a 1996 law known as the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to block a regulation within 60 working days of being drafted.

One such rule allows students who were defrauded by for-profit colleges to seek loan forgiveness. The Department of Education finalized it days before the Nov. 8 election, meaning Republicans who have raised objections to it will have a chance to block it.

President George W. Bush was the first to trigger the Review Act when he block labor regulations that his predecessor Bill Clinton had enacted at the end of his term.

EU to remove UK, Dutch overseas territories from tax haven blacklist

BRUSSELS ( ) – European Union finance ministers are set to remove this week the British overseas te上海夜网rritory of Bermuda, the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba and Barbados from the bloc’s blacklist of tax havens, an EU official said on Monday.

The three islands were added to the list in March because the EU found shortfalls in their tax rules that could favor tax evasion in other states.

The decision, which is due to be formalized by EU finance ministers in a meeting on Friday, will remove from the list the only EU territories that are currently on it.

EU countries are not even screened as they are deemed compliant, although the EU Parliament has accused seven of them of acting as tax havens. They are Luxembourg, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Hungary, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Listing decisions are made by the 28 EU governments. Each one of them has the power to veto any decision on the matter.

Jurisdictions are removed from the blacklist when they address their main shortfalls and commit to further reforms to increase tax transparency.

With this week’s removal of the three islands, the blacklist will shrink to twelve jurisdictions. It will still include the United Arab Emirates, Oman and the three U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Other jurisdictions on the list are Belize, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Dominica, Samoa and Trinidad and Tobago.

Blacklisted states face reputational damage and stricter controls on transactions with the EU.

The EU set up the blacklist in December 2017 after revelations of widespread tax avoidance schemes used by corporations and wealthy individuals to lower their tax bills.

The list initially comprised 17 jurisdictions, but it is subject to regular reviews. Countries with legal shortfalls are added if they do not amend their rules by set deadlines.

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.”

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.”

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.”

Kompany: “Our strikers are hungry form more”

Vincent Kompany, the Manchester City captain, insisted that all the attacking options that his side have increased Sergio Agüreo’s hunger for goals as he netted twice against Bournemouth in Manchester’s last 4-0 win.

Sergi Agüero has been very frustrated lately with the lack of playing time he has been given by Pep Guardiola as Gabriel Jesus has become the City’s number one striker – the Argentinian was given a chance to start against Bournemouth and he was so hungry for goals that he managed to find the net twice and helped his side to a huge 4-0 win away from home to secure their first place in the Premier League.

The Belgian defender spoke about his team’s striker situation as he said, according to ESPN: “These guys are just hungry for more. ‘Kun’ [Sergio Aguero] has always been inclined that way but I think everybody else now up front has a feeling of scoring goals, what it means to be the main man. It is something that doesn’t go away.”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 added that he has to praise everyone 上海夜网for working really hard to achieve their common goals: “Everyone is working hard in training, you can tell, to improve whatever they can to score more goals. That helps the team ultimately. We are in a good position with a lot of guys that want to do well.”

In the end, Vincent Kompany insisted that it was a big result to win like that against Bournemouth: “It’s a tremendous result, 4-0, but they had enough of an attacking force to make it difficult for us. Even in the second half, when they went two up front, we really had to be careful with the possession of the ball. But 17 wins a row, it’s something we want to continue – fight against ourselves really if we have to, to make sure we are always improving.”

Preview: Atletico Madrid – AS Roma

Atletico Madrid are playing one of their last chances to qualify from Group C tonight, as they host leaders AS Roma.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Atletico are remarkably still without a win in Group C in the Champions League (CL), but still have a slim chance to progress if they can beat AS Roma in this game.

If they are to win, they need to do something which they currently struggle to do – score goals. Furthermore, they might need to score more than 1 as Roma have yet to draw a blank when playing away this season. And this might pose a problem for Atletico, who’ve failed to score 2+ goals in the last 5 matches (all competitions)!

In fact, Diego Simeone’s men have only managed to score more than 1 goal on 4 occasions this season (17 matches, all competitions). Although still hard to beat (1 defeat), their lack of goals going forward have resulted in a surprisingly high number of draws this season (10) – 7 draws in the last 10 games!

Domestically, Atletico have scored 16 goals in 12 matches, their worst tally since 2005.

Contrast this with high-flying Roma, who are fresh from a 2-1 Derby della Capitale win against Lazio, their 6th win on the bounce. This run also includes the 3-0 thumping of Chelsea in the CL. In the CL, Edin Dzeko alone (3 goals) has scored more than Atletico (2).Joao Felix keeps making history with Atletico Madrid Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After yet another stellar performance with Atletico Madrid, Joao Felix made history after scoring his first goal vs Lokomotiv.Atletico Madrid had a complicated visit…

The Italians know that a point in Madrid will lock 上海夜生活网up qualification to the next round of the CL. However, to be certain of keeping Antonio Conte’s Chelsea behind them and gain the important seeding that winning the group will provide, they might need the win here.

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco spoke highly of the team’s effort and future prospects to the clubs website after the derby this weekend, stating that “at Roma, the most difficult thing is to get in the player’s heads, and now we’ve got to that stage.” He also had some special words for midfield fighter Radja Nainggolan, who recently recovered from injury in record time: “We call him “Ninja”, but I’d say he’s a superhero.”

A matter of margins? Although winless in the CL in 4 matches so far, Atletico have been equal to or better than their opponents in some underlying statistics; in the 0-0 draw with Roma in the group’s opening game, they were 9-1 in shots on goal. In total, Atletico have fired 26 shots on goal, while allowing only 9. And still their goal difference is 2-3!

Missing players

Atletico Madrid: S. Savic (suspension), S. Vrsaljko (injury)

AS Roma: A. Florenzi (knee injury), R. Karsdorp (knee injury), P. Schick (injury).

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.”

Tite believes Brazil are a favourite for the World Cup

The Selecao manager has high expectations towards his squad ahead of the showcase tournament in Russia next year.

Tite thinks Brazil are one of the favourites for the 2018 World Cup alongside France and Germany. The five-time champions qualified for the tournament seated first at their respective group after a series of impressive performances.

Speaking after Selecao’s latest feature against Chile, which they won with a comfortable 3-0, Tite stated: “Brazil are a favourite at 上海夜生活论坛the World Cup,” the 56-year-old is quoted by Goal.

“By the football presented, the campaign completed, by level, performance plus results… Brazil are one of the teams, yes. Dani Alves recalls Messi laying waste with untied boots Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – During a long lost column written in The Players’ Tribune, Dani Alves recalls when Lionel Messi laid waste with untied boots.Now that Lionel Messi…

“I have said that France are at a very strong level too. Rising players like [Kylian] Mbappe, [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Antoine] Griezmann. Look at the offensive trio.

“And there is also world champions Germany.”

Meanwhile Brazil’s right-back Dani Alves praised his national coach, insisting that he is one of few who can understand football in a special way. “Today in Brazil, Tite is very distant from all Brazilian coaches because of his way of understanding football,” Alves added. “Because of the way he cares for people, it’s very different.”

Lazar Markovi\u0107 in talks with Fiorentina

The player has been left out of Liverpool’s 30-man squad for friendlies in Germany.

The上海夜网 Serbia international is surplus to requirements at Anfield, as he has spent the last two seasons on a loan at Fenerbahçe and Sporting Lisbon.

Recently, Klopp stated he did not see Lazar in Liverpool’s future plans:

“With Lazar, it’s no secret that if he finds a club then we will negotiate,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo. “It was like this last year too.

“He’s a really good player. I like him as a person. He’s now fit and another one who is in the best shape since I’ve known him.Jurgen Klopp rates Pep Guardiola as his greatest rival Andrew Smyth – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is the best manager that he’s ever coached against.

“Before he had problems with his groin but now he’s good. There will be a club out there who needs him.”

The player is now believed to be negotiating with Fiorentina. According to Press Association Sport, the 23-year-old is close to joining the Serie A side, but Liverpool are looking for a £16million bid to part ways with the player.

Watford are also believed to be interested in the Serbian, as British media indicated the club from Vicarage Road were keen to land the midfielder. However, Liverpool’ high demands when it comes to the price of Marković have completely put off Watford.

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.”

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.

GM, Ford planning for possible economic downturn: executives

( ) – The top two U.S. automakers are preparing for a possible economic downturn, the companies said on Tuesday, as an ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing fuels fears of a global recession.

Tit-for-tat tariffs have increased raw material costs for the global auto industry, which is already dealing with weak demand in both China and the United States.

Ford Motor Co (F.N) has a cash buffer of $20 billion for a potential downturn event, Ford North American Chief Financial Offi上海夜网cer Matt Fields said at a J.P. Morgan Conference in New York.

General Motors (GM.N) has $18 billion in cash, with the potential to pay two years worth of dividends, the company’s finance head, Dhivya Suryadevara, said at the conference.

GM has modeled both moderate and severe downturn scenarios similar to 2008-2009 to get a sense of how it might affect profitability and cash flow at the No.1 U.S. car manufacturer, Suryadevara said.

“It’s something that we continually keep watching and updating to make sure that we’re all set for when the downturn does come,” Suryadevara said, adding that company does not see an imminent downturn.

Deferring non-essential capital expenditure and considering a shift to lower-priced vehicles are among the few things GM will look at as part of its “downturn planning” to save costs.

Ford said it was “proactively” evaluating its future moves, as it works with economists to model the severity of a possible recession.

Fear of a recession has dominated trading on Wall Street this year and spurred a bout of extreme volatility following President Donald Trump’s announcement of a new round of tariffs on Aug. 1.

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.

Treasury’s Mnuchin says Amazon ‘destroyed’ U.S. retail sector

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that online giant Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) “destroyed the retail industry across the United States.”

Mnuchin said he looked forward to hearing the results of a Justice Department probe, announced on Tuesday, into whether big U.S. technology firms engage in anticompetitive practices, the strongest sign yet that the Trump administration is stepping up its scrutiny of Big Tech.

“If you look at Amazon, although they’re certain benefits to it, they’ve destroyed the retail industry across the United States,” Mnuchin told CNBC. “I don’t have an opinion other than I think it’s absolutely right the attorney general is looking into these issues and I look forward to listening to his recommendations to the president.”

Amazon defended itself, saying that 90% of all sales occur in上海夜生活网 brick-and-mortar stores.

“Today, independent sellers make up more than 58% of physical gross merchandise sales on Amazon, and their sales have grown twice as fast as our own, totaling $160 billion in 2018,” a spokesman for Amazon said.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to say on Tuesday which companies it would scrutinize under the antitrust probe, but said the review would consider concerns raised about “search, social media, and some retail services online” – an apparent reference to Google, Amazon, Facebook Inc (FB.O), and potentially Apple Inc (AAPL.O).

Mnuchin also said the small amount of work that Google does with the Chinese government did not raise any concerns, despite President Donald Trump’s calls last week for his administration to investigate the issue.

“The president did look into that as well as I,” Mnuchin said. “Google is an American company who wants to help the U.S.”

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.

Is bitcoin growing up? Regulated futures boom as investors seek a…

LONDON ( ) – When bitcoin was born it was a symbol of counterculture, a rebel currency with near-anonymity and a lack of regulation. A decade later, there are growing signs it’s entering the establishment its creators sought to subvert.

As the cryptocurrency has surged in value bigger investors, from trading firms to hedge funds, have increasingly turned to exchanges regulated in traditional financial centers. They are buying bitcoin futures to gain exposure to the asset while avoiding the hacks and heists that plague the industry.

The crypto market, associated by many with the dark web, money laundering and the Wild West, is beginning to be discussed by financiers in the same breath as derivatives, hedging instruments and compliance.

Investors plowed record levels of money into bitcoin futures at regulated exchanges in the United States and Britain last month, hungry for a piece of the action but seeking the kind of protection that will satisfy their compliance officers.

Between March and May, bitcoin more than doubled in price, an ascent peppered by double-digit price swings reminiscent of its 2017 bubble, which was driven by smaller retail investors.

During that period, Chicago-based CME Group Inc’s average daily volumes of futures contracts climbed over seven-fold to a record $508 million in May. The number of open interest contracts – those that haven’t been settled – also hit a record.

CME said bitcoin’s price gains, and the subsequent increase in volatility, attracted new investors seeking to hedge risk.

Crypto Facilities, a London-registered platform bought this year for over $100 million by major U.S. cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, said bitcoin futures daily trading volumes jumped over three-fold from March to a record $84 million in May.

In a sign of the growing mainstream market, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange Inc (ICE), plans to offer bitcoin futures in the coming months through a new crypto-trading platform, Bakkt.

“It’s logical they (institutional investors) would want to be moving in this direction, especially considering their size and how much more there is at stake,” said Joel Kruger, currency strategist at LMAX Exchange Group.

HEDGING INSTRUMENT

Futures – financial contracts that lock buyers and sellers into trading an asset at a set date and price – are seen as key components of any mature market, as they boost market liquidity and allow investors to bet on the direction of prices.

“It’s a useful hedging instrument,” said Daniel Matuszewski, head of trading at Goldman Sachs-backed crypto firm Circle. “Futures are much easier to trade, much easier to use for hedging, much easier to get leverage on.”

Playing out in the spiking demand is the emergence of a twin-track global bitcoin futures market – on “onshore” exchanges like CME and “offshore” exchanges, which are more lightly regulated and still command the bulk of the multi-billion-dollar daily market.

Onshore exchanges – those regulated in established financial centers – are usually subject to strict checks on governance, technology and client vetting. They demand a high degree of transparency.

Offshore platforms, in contrast, are typically registered in jurisdictions with less onerous rules. They tend to accept business from investors who can sign up with few checks on their identity or the provenance of their funds.

Larger investors, bound by strict compliance rules, are heading to regulated platforms in financial hubs like CME, according to industry players. Traders with more tolerance for risk – including retail investors from north Asia and companies earning money in cryptocurrency, from miners to gaming firms – use of offshore exchanges.

“Offshore exchanges aren’t really exchanges – they are more like private markets,” said Vladimir Jelisavcic of trading firm Cherokee Acquisition in New York.

‘STARS HAVE ALIGNED’

Offshore exchanges have offered bitcoin futures since as early as 2011. One of the biggest, Seychelles-registered BitMEX, said it上海夜网 now accounts for over 65% of global cryptocurrency derivatives trading. Trading volumes were $4.3 billion in May, it said.

BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes said, however, that larger investors were being increasingly drawn to onshore exchanges like CME.

“It’s the perfect product (for bigger investors) – it’s U.S.-dollar based, they never have to touch actual bitcoin, it’s financially settled,” he said.

The launch by CME and rival Cboe Global Markets in December 2017 marked the first time mainstream exchanges offered cryptocurrency derivatives.

They initially faced tepid demand. Cboe said in March, when bitcoin languished below $4,000, that it planned to discontinue its futures, with the final contracts expiring this month.

For their part, CME’s futures have typically seen thin liquidity and high barriers to entry for smaller investors, said Ricky Li of crypto trader Altonomy in New York.

The growing gap in the market for futures from onshore exchanges is stimulating growing competition and attracting new entrants, such as ICE.

Sui Chung, head of cryptocurrency pricing products at Crypto Facilities, said compliance-wary institutional investors had been assessing the various futures products offered by regulated exchanges for some time, as they awaited a spike in prices to allow them to enter the market.

“This is the first time those stars have aligned,” he said.

ChargePoint sounds alarm on electric vehicle charging standards

FRANKFURT ( ) – A leading operator of charging stations has sounded the alarm on a proposed technical standard that it says could hamper mass adoption of electric vehicles by making it harder to charge them at home or at work.

ChargePoint, which plans to run 2.5 million charging stations by 2025, says the standard would perpetuate an old ‘gas station’ model that automakers are backing as they launch mass production of battery-powered cars.

As well as being less convenient for users, that could give too much pricing power to utilities, limiting the flexibility of charge station owners, ChargePoint says.

There are only a few million electric vehicles, or EVs, on the roads today, but with the International Energy Agency forecasting that figure could reach 130 million or more by 2030, there is a huge market opportunity up for grabs.

With Swiss bank UBS estimating the cost of building charging networks at $360 billion over eight years, there is a powerful incentive too for stakeholders to influence how they operate.

There are also risks, however, that a botched system which makes EVs harder to use could stall public acceptance, ChargePoint’s Senior Vice President Product Bill Loewenthal told .

“We’re at a really delicate time in the industry and getting this wrong is catastrophic,” Loewenthal said in an interview.

ChargePoint, which operates but does not own its charging network, providing an Uber-lik上海夜生活e service, has a 70% share of the market for commercial charging in the United States, by its own estimate.

It has raised $530 million in 10 funding rounds from investors including Daimler, BMW and Siemens in Germany, as well as U.S. energy firms Chevron and America Electric Power.

Yet it finds itself at odds with the German automakers on some aspects of how the industry should develop.

Loewenthal was speaking ahead of the North American Conference of CharIN, an initiative backed by German automakers to support their preferred Combined Charging System (CCS) standard, that starts on Wednesday in Reston, Virginia.

In a clash reminiscent of the VHS versus Betamax videotape saga, CCS has a lead in Europe but is elsewhere up against Tesla’s Supercharge system and CHAdeMO, supported by Japanese carmakers Nissan and Mitsubishi.

CHARGEPOINT VS AUTOMAKERS

California-based ChargePoint, founded in 2007, has differences of opinion with the German automakers on two aspects of the proposed ISO 15118 technical standard, known in the industry as “Plug & Charge”, that will govern how cars talk to charging stations.

ChargePoint, in a research report, said Plug & Charge would set flawed rules for authenticating secure communication, inserting a middleman into an exchange that can be perfectly well handled by existing Public Key Infrastructure providers.

Further, Plug & Charge would give too much central power to utilities on pricing, to the detriment of charging station operators who want discretion, for example in managing the mix of power they generate on site and take from the grid.

These can be office managers offering an in-kind benefit to staff who plug in vehicles at work, or stores and restaurants offering a free charge to patrons to attract their custom.

More broadly, ChargePoint argues that most drivers will use slow chargers at home and work, enabling utilities to tap the battery reserves of cars on charge to balance supply and demand in their networks for much of the day and night.

Only a minority, such as taxi drivers or people going on road trips, will want to pull in for a fast charge at public stations that run on direct current.

“The reality is that people want to plug in where they work and live – and that aligns a lot with where the needs of the grid are,” said Loewenthal.

High-speed chargers are “an industrial solution, not a consumer solution”, he added: “It’s needed, but it’s not what consumers will be using in their daily lives.”

(This version of the story corrects to charge station owners, paragraph 3)