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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“DIVERSIFICATION PLAY”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ince adamant United need more signings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preview: Borussia Monchengladbach – Schalke

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

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

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

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

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

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

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

Missing players

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

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

Preview: AS Roma – Qarabag

AS Roma will be looking for the win that will guarantee them the presence in the knockout stages of Champions League tonight, as they travel to 4th-placed Qarabag.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Regardless of the result, or indeed any of the results in Group C, Qarabag are guaranteed to finish bottom. Roma will be crossing their fingers that already-qualified Chelsea field a strong team against Atlético Madrid, because if Chelsea lose and Roma fail to win then they will be knocked-out.

The frustration of Qarabag’s form (W0, D2, L3) in this season’s Champions League (CL) Group Stage is clearly affecting their discipline. They have received three red cards in their last three games (one per game), which is the worst disciplinary record of any team in the competition.

Roma’s coach, Eusebio Di Francesco, commented on this upcoming fixture to Mediaset Premium after the 3-1 win against Spal: “We wanted the win at all costs. It’s important to eliminate these little distractions. Spal barely had a shot on goal and we needed the win to prepare in the best way for Qarabag. Our objective is to qualify for the Champions League Round of 16 with a victory against Qarabag. The psychological approach we saw today was good and we need it again on Tuesday”.

In the CL Group Stage, Roma have taken a total of 24 corners (an average of 4.8 per game) and conceded 19 corners (an average of 3.8 per game). Qarabag have taken ten corners in total (an average of two per game) and have conceded 38 corners (an average of 7.6 per game).Niko Kovac urges Bayern Munich to remain ‘humble’ Andrew Smyth – Niko Kovac has called on Bayern Munich to stay focused and humble after thrashing Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League.

Roma’s Argentinian attacker, Diego Perotti, is currently showing the best scoring form in the squad, with three goals in his last five games (all competitions). Roma’s other main goal threat, Edin Džeko (the top scorer in Serie A last season), has only scored one goal in his last nine games – will he find some much-needed goal scoring form?

At home this season, Roma have only been beaten in Serie A by Inter (the opening game of the season) and high-flyers Napoli. After winning their last five matches in a row, which included the CL fixture against Chelsea, they are expected to brus上海夜生活网h aside Qarabag.

Missing players

AS Roma: R. Karsdorp (knee injury), B. Peres (suspension), G. Defrel (doubtful)

Qarabag: P. Henrique (suspension), B. Guseynov (doubtful), A. Huseynov (doubtful).

Kanchelskis: Manchester derby important for United

Former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis believes the Red Devils have a “good chance” of winning the Premier League title once they defeat their local rivals

Manchester United will host rivals and league leaders Manchester City on Sunday, and the Devils must beat Guardiola’s side if they are still aiming at the title, according to Andrei Kanche上海夜生活论坛lskis. The two club giants will face each other in a very prestigious pre-Christmas derby of the English top-flight at Old Trafford.

Guardiola’s men have been unstoppable in the league so far, as the Citizens are the leaders, with Jose Mourinho’s side being second-placed with an 8-point deficit. If City manages to win, United will find themselves in trouble.

Kanchelskis played for both clubs during his career, and he says Mourinho’s men simply need a win, as they have been searching for a title since 2013.

“If Manchester United wins this derby game against Manchester City, they’ve a good chance to win the title,” the former United attacker told Omnisport.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…

“It’s a must-win game. They [United] need the three points. It’s a difficult few months over Christmas time, through December and January. There are too many games.”

“There is the Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, League Cup and possibly national team duties as well. That’s too many, but we will see what happens,” the former Russia international explained.

The ex-winger suggested this game could decide who wins the Premier League title: “It [the derby] is important for both teams. If City drop points, there’s a good chance for United in this race to be crowned champions. If they don’t, it’s difficult for United to win the title.”

“Manchester City are playing good football. They are more attacking and have a lot of goal scorers. But we will see in December who is best – Mourinho or Guardiola,” Kanchelskis added.

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.

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.”

Bonucci expecting a Milan victory in Serie A derby

The Italian is grateful for his time with the Nerazzurri, but hopes to come out as a victor after the clash between Inter and AC Milan.

Leonardo Bonucci has looked back on his spell with Inter Milan ahead of the Serie A derby on Sunday. The Italy international completed a shocking move during the summer as he swapped the Nerezzurri with the Rossoneri in a record €40m deal.

Even though Bonucci is thankful for his great time at Inter, he is expecting a win for his new club AC Milan despite a rather shaky start of the season.

“I arrived when I was 17 years old and had two splendid years in their youth academy, where I really improved a lot,” Bonucci told Tencent Sports.

“They are a good side with some great individual talents and chose an important coach in Luciano Spalletti.

“We’ll have to be very wary and give our best. I would take Antonio Candreva and Eder off the Inter squad, as they are my Italy team-mates and they’re two really great guys.Milan lose but should stay positive Taimoor Khan – After leading the game against Torino, Milan went on to lose 2-1 in heartbreaking fashion but the players showed a lot of promise. On…

“I predict a Milan victory, but I won’t tell you [by] how much.”

The Italian also shared a few words regarding his choice to join the Rossoneri, stating that the new challenge at San Siro is what brought him to AC Milan.

“This stadium is the history of football, the most important arena in Italy. Stepping into San Siro always has an effect on you,

“The Rossoneri project is what pushed me to choose this great challenge. I knew there would be difficulties, but I accepted it because I wanted to challenge myself again.

“The objective is to set no limitations in Serie A or the Europa League. Qualification 上海夜生活论坛for the Champions League must be the minimum target, as Milan have to play in that tournament every year.”

France coach confirms Mbapp\u00e9 move to PSG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wenger calls upon Sanchez

The Frenchman has asked the Chilean to respect his contract.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

An intense Derbi Barceloni awaits tonight

Tonight, is the Derbi Barcelona being played and Espanyol would love to beat city rivals FC BarcelonaWritten by Christian Møller Poulsen. April 29, 2017

As always it is intense when the two teams clash and even more so when Espanyol is at home. At the RCED Stadium the crowd has a sympathy for Real Madrid rather than FC Barcelona, and it would bring joy to the fans if they could help Los Blancos closer to the title.

The relationship between the sides is under pressure to say it at least. The crowd hates each other, and it would mean a lot for the Espanyol fans if they could beat Barca.

At FC Barcelona, the emotions for the neighbor club is also strained, as many of the fans dislike Espanyol even more than Real Madrid.

Even the two coaches of the sides have a strained relationship as Luis Enrique and Quique Sánches Flores, and the coaches would not meet for the traditional derby photo in the first meeting in this season, nor will they be doing today.

At the RCED Stadium there is always a hateful and intense atmosphere when Barca visits, and it inspires Espanyol to play上海夜生活网 roughly and at times violent. However, Barcelona has a firm grip on Espanyol as they haven’t loss in the RCED Stadium since 2007.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…

An exciting and dramatic game awaits tonight at the RCED Stadium, and here are the team lineups for the teams.

FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, André Gomes; Messi, Suárez y Neymar.

Bench: Cillessen, Mascherano, Digne, Denis, Arda, Aleñá y Alcácer.

Espanyol (4-4-2): Diego López, Javi López, David López, Diego Reyes, Aarón; Javi Fuego, Víctor Sánchez, Jurado, Piatti; Caicedo y Gerard Moreno.

Bench: Roberto, Rubén Duarte, Baptistao, Hernán Pérez, Diop, Marc Roca y Marc Navarro

 

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.”

Deutsche Bank capital-boosting debt dips on restructuring fears

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deutsche Bank CDS fell for a sixth straight session.

Renault’s priority is to strengthen Nissan alliance: chairman

PARIS ( ) – Renault sees the strengthening of its Nissan alliance as a priority after a project to merge with Fiat Chrysler failed last week, the French car maker’s chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said on Wednesday.

“The priority now is to make the alliance successful, efficient and strong,” Senard said during the company’s shareholder meeting in Paris on Wednesday.

“There won’t be any success for Renault if there is no success for the alliance.”

Senard said 上海夜生活网a strengthening of the alliance would require efforts from both sides. Even though trust between the two partners had deteriorated, nothing was beyond repair, he said.

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The alliance between Renault and Nissan had already been shaken by the ousting of chairman Carlos Ghosn, who is facing financial misconduct charges. Ghosn denies any wrongdoing.

Senard, who succeeded Ghosn as chairman, has been working to repair relations with Nissan. But Nissan refused to study Senard’s proposed full merger with Renault and Renault has blocked governance changes at Nissan and demanded more seats on Nissan’s committees.

French President Emmanuel Macron has turned down a request to meet Senard, who is furious over the government’s interference at the carmaker, sources told , raising questions over Senard’s future.