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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.

MONEY MARKETS-U.S. rate-cut bets slip after Trump shelves tariffs on Mexico

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NEW YORK, June 10 ( ) – U.S. interest rate futures fell on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump late Friday suspended a 5% tariff on Mexican tariffs as Mexico agreed to expand a program to stem the flow of illegal Central American migrants.

Still interest-rate traders’ expectations of multiple rate cuts in 2019, starting as early as July, remained high because of elevated trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Disappointing economic data last week, in particular a sharp deceleration in domestic jobs growth in May, increased conviction among traders that Fed policymakers will need to lower key lending rates soon to preserve the current economi上海夜生活c expansion, which this summer would be longest on record.

At 10:05 a.m. (1405 GMT), federal funds futures implied traders saw a 19% chance the U.S. central bank would lower key borrowing costs by a quarter point to 2.00%-2.25% at its June 18-19 meeting, down from a 25% probability late on Friday, according to CME Group’s FedWatch program.

Fed funds contracts suggested traders priced in about a 48% chance the Fed would reduce the overnight costs for banks to borrow reserves from each other by 75 basis points at year-end. This compared with a 54% likelihood late Friday, the FedWatch tool showed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares at five-month high, sterling rides Brexit twists

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* World shares up for 7th session, touch highest since October

* Oil hits 2019 high, palladium at record

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NEW YORK, March 19 ( ) – Stock markets across the world rose on Tuesday for a seventh session, the longest winning streak of the year, while sterling wobbled against the U.S. dollar on expectations European Union officials would allow Britain a delay on Brexit negotiations.

Bets that the U.S. Federal Reserve will this week reinforce a market view that the U.S. monetary policy-tightening cycle is in the rear-view mirror have kept the bid on stocks alive, while the dollar index touched its lowest since March 1.

“There is optimism that the Fed is going to keep rates on hold, the economy is chugging along and we don’t see any inflation,” said Robert Pavlik, chief investment strategist and senior portfolio manager at SlateStone Wealth LLC in New York.

“Investors don’t want to miss out on the low interest rate environment which will help fuel the rise in stock prices.”

Investors will particularly look to see whether policymakers have sufficiently lowered their interest rate forecasts to more closely align their “dot plot,” which shows individual policymakers’ rate views for the next three years.

The CitiFX U.S. economic surprise index, which measures economic data against expectations, has been negative for over a month, and earlier in March, touched its lowest since August 2017.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 87.22 points, or 0.34 percent, to 26,001.32, the S&P 500 gained 6.04 points, or 0.21 percent, to 2,838.98 and the Nasdaq Composite added 12.30 points, or 0.16 percent, to 7,726.78.

MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 0.32 percent, while the pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.57 percent.

Emerging market stocks rose 0.12 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan closed 0.07 percent higher, while Japan’s Nikkei lost 0.08 percent.

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In currency markets, sterling touched $1.3311 after slipping to as low as $1.3241 as traders expected EU officials to allow Britain a delay on Brexit negotiations, though the uncertainty kept the market volatile. Sterling was last trading at $1.3261, up 0.05 percent on the day.

“The predominant notion adopted by the market is that as long as the worst case scenario of hard Brexit is avoided by delaying Brexit, the pound is a buy on dips,” Rabobank strategists said in a note.

The dollar index, tracking the greenback against six major peers, fell 0.16 percent, with the euro up 0.1 percent to $1.1347.

The Japanese yen strengthened 0.03 percent versus the dollar to 111.39 per dollar.

Among commodities, oil prices were at 2019 highs, supported by supply cuts led by producer club OPEC. U.S. sanctions against oil producers Iran and Venezuela were also boosting prices, although traders said the market may be capped by rising U.S. output.

U.S. crude fell 0.44 percent to $58.83 per barrel and Brent was last at $67.32, down 0.33 percent on the day.

Precious metal palladium, used in things like car catalytic converters, dipped after it topped the $1,600 an 上海夜网ounce mark for the first time on supply concerns.

Palladium last lost 0.26 percent to $1,579.42 an ounce. Prices have nearly doubled since their mid-August lows and have surged more than 25 percent this year.

Spot gold added 0.3 percent to $1,307.54 an ounce. U.S. gold futures gained 0.45 percent to $1,307.40 an ounce.

Copper rose 0.76 percent to $6,474.00 a tonne.

U.S. Treasury yields followed German government bonds higher as the Fed’s interest rate policy-setting meeting began. Benchmark 10-year notes fell 4/32 in price to yield 2.6159 percent, from 2.601 percent late on Monday.

The 30-year bond fell 17/32 in price to yield 3.0375 percent, from 3.01 percent late on Monday.

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.”

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.”

Local knowledge can help United

Manchester United will host their local rivals City on Sunday, as the two Premier League giants go head-to-head at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho’s side go into the derby on Sunday against Manchester City as underdogs, thanks to how Pep Guardiola’s team have played so far this season, as the Citizens are at the top of the league by 8 points as of right now.

It wasn’t the case during United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates, though. The Red Devils seemed sharp and ready to go against the league leaders, until Paul Pogba picked up his red card, resulting in a suspension.

The French midfielder’s absence might affect United in a negative way, unless they figure out a way to replace him for the fixture, since Pogba has had a tremendous impact this season, despite only playing in 8 league games due to an injury. In these 8 games, he scored 3 goals and registered 5 assists.Solskjaer “very pleased” after another failure to win George Patchias – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “very pleased,” even though United failed to win yet again.It is now ten games on the road since…

Last season, when the two clubs faced each other, City came up with a 2-1 win, although United won an EFL Cup at home on their way to winning the trophy, ESPN claims. 上海夜生活City are eager to win, as they have spent more than any other club in the English top-flight for 3 straight seasons.

Two key players in United’s success last year were Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. Both of them joined the Devils at the age of 7, so they know the importance of the derby, and they might prove to be crucial against City once again on Sunday.

Lingard has been quite impressive this season, as he went on to average a goal or assist every 78 minutes across all competitions, when he’s been on the field, which is a decent return. Rashford on the other hand, will probably be an option off the bench on Sunday, and Mourinho might need him.

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.”

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).

Ince doesn’t understand Lukaku’s critics

Paul Ince simply can’t understand the critics of Romelu Lukaku – the Belgian has failed to score for six matches in a row now and after his great start, he fails to meet the expectations of the fans and pundits.

José Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, was a bit upset about the criticism of Lukaku and he is not the only one – Paul Ince fully agrees with the Portuguese coach and backed him. There is no reason for criticizing the 24-year old striker as he is just at the beginning of his career at Old Trafford.

The former Red Devils star spoke about the current situation as he claimed, according to Goal: “Jose Mourinho was absolutely right to criticise the Man United fans after the Tottenham game. When Romelu L上海夜生活网ukaku came to Manchester United, and he was bagging goals for fun, no one was saying a thing. Not one United fan was moaning.”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

He wants the haters to give him a proper reason for the criticism: “We’re talking about someone who has scored 11 goals for United already, and we’re only at the start of November. Let’s get it right. So, when I see that Mourinho has had a dig at the fans for booing, I literally couldn’t agree with him anymore for doing that. Those fans needed telling. When I was playing, even when things were going badly wrong, fans would support their team. They’re called supporters for a reason. And I think there’s a huge difference between ‘fans’ and ‘supporters’ nowadays.”

Paul Ince also made a comment about the United fans: “When you look at Huddersfield fans, they are what you would call a traditional supporter. They stick by their team whether things are going right or wrong. I was at Anfield for the game last week, and they didn’t stop singing, even when they were three goals down.”

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.”

Belotti was never close to leaving admits Torino president

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

How the last matches look like for Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga

La Liga opened completely yesterday as Barcelona won the Clásico at Bernabéu when Messi scored a last-minute goal, and here is the schedule for the two teams for the rest for the seasonWritten by Christian Møller Poulsen. April 24, 2017

One month is left of La Liga, and the race for the title is on following Messi’s dramatic last-minute winner at Bernabéu.

With the win, Barcelona moved top of the liga with 75 points which is the same amount as Real Madrid. However, as the Catalans are best in the head-to-head games this season, they move ahead of Real Madrid. Real Madrid though has a game in hand against Celta Vigo.

It appears to be Real Madrid who has the most challenging schedule, with two tough home games against Sevilla and Valencia. Both are teams with enough individual quality to cause problems for Los Blancos.

Apart from the two games at home, Real Madrid have to travel away from Madrid 4 times, starting with an away trip to Galicia to play Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday.

On top of the La liga games, the club also has to face Atletico Madrid over two legs in the semi-final of the Champions League.

Real Madrid games in la Liga:

Week 34: Deportivo-Real Madrid (26th April)

Week 35: Real Madrid-Valencia (29th April)

Week 36: Granada-Real Madrid (6th May)

Week 37: Real Madrid-Sevilla (14th May)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…

Week 21: Celta-Real Madrid (17th May)

Week 38: Málaga-Real Madrid (21th May)

FC Barcelona’s toughest away game looks to be the Derbi Barceloni, which is set to be played at Espanyol’s stadium, Cornella. Luis Enrique’s men also faces a long away trip to the Canary Islands to play Las Palmas in their final away game in the season.

Apart from Barca’s two away games, Barcelona will play bottom-placed Osasuna on Wednesday, before the hardest game for the Catalans awaits on the 6th of May when they host Villareal.

FC Barcelona games in La Liga:

Week 34: Barcelona-Osasuna (26th April)

Week 35: Espanyol-Barcelona (29th April)

Week 36: Barcelona-Villarreal (6th May)

Week 37: Las Palmas-Barcelona (14th May)

Week 38: Barcelona-Eibar (21st May上海夜生活网)

Japan service sector growth eases on tempered optimism, job creation: PMI

TOKYO, ( ) – – Activity in Japan’s services sector expanded again in July, albeit at a fractionally slower pace than the previous month, a revised survey showed on Monday, indicating resilient domestic demand despite signs of a loss of momentum.

The final Jibun Bank Japan Services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) edged down to 51.8 from 51.9 in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, staying above the 50 threshold that separates contraction from expansion for the 34th month.

“There were some signs that the underlying services economy was beginning to lose momentum, with employment and new business growth both easing,” said Joe Hayes, economist at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey.

“Optimism moderated as some firms were concerned that the looming consumption tax hike could impact demand.”

Japan is scheduled to raise its sales tax to 10% from 8% in October.

Policymakers are hoping domestic demand will help offset external pressures that have increa上海夜生活论坛sed on the back of slowing global growth and the prolonged and intensifying trade war between China and the United States.

Latest survey data showed employment increased for a 33rd month, but the pace of increase was the slowest since October.

Business expectations slipped to a 23-month low of 52.9, while new business at Japanese service providers was at a one-year low amid reports of subdued sales at some companies.

The composite PMI, which includes both manufacturing and services, edged up to 51.2 from 50.8 in the previous month.

Manufacturing survey data last week showed that factory activity deteriorated for a third month in July as the world’s third-largest economy felt the pinch from slowing overseas demand, which has hit exports, industrial production, and business confidence.

Japan’s cabinet on Friday approved a plan to remove South Korea from a list of countries that enjoy minimum export controls, a move likely to heighten tensions between the neighboring countries.

“With the escalation of Japan-Korea tensions, softening growth in services in the run-up to the sales tax increase could see recession risks become increasingly greater,” said IHS Markit’s Hayes.

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.”

Trump campaign preparing early focus on Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and…

WASHINGTON ( ) – President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is preparing an early focus on Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, states that were instrumental to his improbable 2016 victory but where his support has softened, two campaign advisers said.

The decision to accelerate campaign organizing and eventually get the Republican president to make trips to the three states is a recognition that Trump’s path to re-election in 2020 will need to repeat some of the successes he had in 2016.

Advisers also see a need to bolster Trump’s support in Florida, a battleground state he considers his second home but where opinion polls show him struggling.

They also see an opportunity for gains in Minnesota and Colorado, two states Trump narrowly lost. The Trump team views those states as competitive places where the president can go on offense, according to the advisers, who asked not to be named so they could speak freely about the campaign strategy.

With 20 months to go until the November 2020 presidential election, Trump and his campaign team are still getting organized for what is expected to be a tough battle for a second four-year term.

Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives in last November’s congressional elections widely seen as a referendum on Trump’s storm-tossed first two years in office, while Republicans strengthened their grip on the U.S. Senate.

More than a dozen Democrats have lined up so far to challenge Trump, and some Republicans are also considering running against him.

Chris Jackson, a pollster for Ipsos, which conducts polls with , said Trump, however, looked to be in a competitive position for re-election at this point, given his approval rating is hovering between 40 percent and 45 percent.

“Presidents with an approval rating above 40 percent generally have better than 50-50 odds of winning re-election,” he said. “He’s not an underdog if you take the big picture view.”

Trump’s support among Republican voters also remains strong.

CRITICAL STATES

Trump’s win in 2016 included unexpected victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, which form part of the country’s former industrial heartland. The trio of states had voted Democratic in recent presidential elections, but Trump caught Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by surprise, winning them by a mere combined 77,000 votes.

An Emerson College poll of Michigan voters released on Sunday found Trump trailing all the leading potential Democratic challengers, including an 8-percentage-point deficit to former Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a White House bid.

A Marquette Law School poll conducted in January during a government shutdown largely blamed on Trump found the president had a 44 percent approval rating among Wisconsin voters, with 52 percent disapproving. The political tracking organization Morning Consult found Trump down 7 points among Pennsylvania voters.

Asked about the re-election strategy, a senior Trump campaign official said the early focus on the three states had nothing to do with polling.

“It is about securing victory in states where the margin of victory was close in 2016,” the official said.

The official上海夜生活论坛 added: “These are not given Republican states. These are Trump states. Wisconsin had not gone red since 1984 and Pennsylvania and Michigan since 1988. Trump expanded the map, and now we must protect this territory.”

Republican strategist Scott Reed, who is not connected to the Trump campaign, said the three states would be critical for Trump.

“Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan put Trump over the top, and they are clearly where this next national election will be won or lost,” said Reed, who was campaign manager for Republican nominee Bob Dole’s 1996 White House campaign.

Aides say Trump has shown a keen interest in his re-election effort. In the absence of an obvious front-runner among the Democrats, the president has concentrated his attacks on what he calls the Democrats’ trend toward socialism with their “Green New Deal.”

Trump has talked privately about some of the Democratic field, telling allies that Senator Kamala Harris of California had the best campaign rollout. He described Biden as “dumb” in a lunch with television anchors ahead of his State of the Union address on Feb. 5, a source familiar with the lunch said.

Trump’s campaign team recently showed the president a slide show outlining how to organize, tie up Republican nominating delegates and control the Republican presidential nomination process to fend off any challengers, a Republican official familiar with the presentation said.

“We are running a comprehensive, state-of-the-art campaign,” the senior campaign official said.

House Democrats eye Mueller filings for Trump probe

WASHINGTON ( ) – Newly empowered Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to use court documents from Robert Mueller’s Russia probe to conduct hearings on President Donald Trump without waiting for the special counsel’s final report, according to lawmakers and aides.

Concerned that Mueller’s report could be months away and ultimately limited in scope, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have started examining documents filed by Mueller’s team in its probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by Trump’s campaign team.

They plan to use the court filings to build a picture of wrongdoing by Trump advisers that can provide the basis for hearings, Democratic lawmakers and aides told .

“There’s enough information already for us to conduct robust oversight hearings. We’ve seen enough from the people who’ve been implicated, indicted, jailed to be awfully busy for the foreseeable future,” said Representative Ted Deutch, a Democrat on the committee.

It is not known when Mueller will complete his probe, or whether the public or Congress will see his original report.

However, Democrats believe the details he has already divulged in criminal court filings against former Trump associates could show patterns indicating obstruction of justice and abuse of power, possibly providing grounds for impeachment proceedings.

“We don’t have anything like a complete picture at this point. But a picture is starting to emerge,” said Representative Jamie Raskin, a subcommittee vice chairman.

White House officials did not respond to requests for comment. Mueller’s office declined to comment.

The Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, Doug Collins, dismissed the plan as an effort by its chairman, Jerrold Nadler, to placate Democratic voters. Republicans are in the minority in the House after Democratic wins in elections last November.

The committee has jurisdiction over any impeachment effort, and plans in coming weeks to roll out its oversight agenda on a range of issues which also include conflicts of interest, emoluments and public corruption, an aide said.

The panel on Tuesday announced the hiring of two top litigators, both Trump critics, as special oversight counsels.

Democrats on the committee say many of Mueller’s findings are already on file in federal court in the form of criminal charges, plea agreements and sentencing memoranda, and that they provide a partial roadmap of alleged misdeeds.

“We don’t need to wait until the Mueller report comes out to start exploring what constitutes obstruction of justice, what constitutes abuse of power, where a violation of the president’s oath would be implicated,” Deutch said.

The committee would avoid topics and witness testimony that could conflict with Mueller’s ongoing work, the aide said.

RUSSIA TIES

Thirty-four people have pleaded guilty or been indicted in the Mueller inquiry so far. [nL1N1ZP0IX]

Court documents depict a Trump campaign that placed a high priority on improving U.S.-Russia relations while also revealing that Trump, then a candidate, sought approval from President Vladimir Putin’s government for a Trump tower project in Moscow.

Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos sought meetings between the campaign and Russian government officials after being told Moscow had “dirt” on Trump’s presidential rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the court filings show.

After Trump won the election but before he took office, former national security adviser Michael Flynn appealed to Russia to oppose a U.N. resolution on Israeli settlements and to not retaliate over U.S. sanctions on Russia for election meddling, according to a court document.

Lawmakers also expect to focus on allegations that several of Trump’s former advisers lied to Congress and federal investigators.

“Why are all these people lying under oath? Why are all of these people trying to obstruct justice? What is the story that is being concealed here?” Raskin said.

Mueller may be dissuaded from specifically linking Trump to any of his investigations in his final report because of a standing Justice Department opinion that presidents cannot be indicted while in office, the aide said.

Department regulations governing the special counsel’s office also stipulate that reports should be confidential and amount to little more than “brief notifications.”

Nadler said he is “not confident at all” that the Mueller report will help lawmakers determine whether there are grounds for impeaching Trump.

“It could be a comprehensive report telling us a lot. Or it could be a statement that on such-and-such a date we indicted so-and-so, and on such-and-such a date we decided not to indict so-and-so,” Nadler said.

If Mueller’s final report is not provided to Congress in full when it is issued, Nadler could subpoena the document and call Mueller to testify.

He could also introduce legislation to give Congress access to the full report or make a formal House request for access to Mueller’s grand jury evidence, an action similar to steps taken by his Watergate-era predecessor in the 1970s.

Not all committee Democrats think such action is necessary.

“They’re not going to bury it. There’s no shovel big enough for them to bury it,” said Representative Eric Swalwell, 上海夜生活论坛pointing to polls showing that an overwhelming majority of Americans want Mueller to produce a full public report on his probe.