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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schumer, McConnell elected top leaders in Senate

WASHINGTON ( ) – Democratic U.S. senators elected Chuck Schumer of New York as minority leader on Wednesday, and he tapped former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders to help Democrats woo blue-collar workers, many of whom voted for President-elect Donald Trump.

Senate Republicans also met and voted to keep Mitch McConnell of Kentucky as the majority leader.

Schumer, 65, replaces the retiring Harry Reid of Nevada as the top Democrat in the Senate as the party prepares to deal with Republican Trump and Republican majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Schumer said Democrats had learned from the Nov. 8 election that they needed “a sharper, bolder economic message about returning the economic system which so many feel is rigged against them to one that works for the people.”

“We’re ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Republicans, working with soon-to-be-President Trump on issues where we agree, but we will go toe-to-toe against the president-elect whenever our values or the progress we’ve made is under assault,” Schumer, who has been in the Senate since 1999, told reporters after the Democrats’ closed-door election.

In a move recognizing the influence of Sanders with many working-class voters, Schumer asked the independent senator from Vermont to be caucus head of outreach. Sanders, who lost the presidential primary to former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, said his job was to reach out to “grassroots America.”

Another liberal, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was given the role of vice chair of the conference while yet another progressive voice, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, was made conference secretary.

Senator Joe Manchin, a more conservative Democrat from West Virginia, was named vice chairman of the Democratic policy and communications committee.

Schumer said he knew there would be differences of opinion on the new team, but that together the gro上海夜生活up could “speak to the blue-collar worker in West Virginia, and Michigan, as well as the people who live along the coast.”

Trump’s economic populism helped him flip some once-reliably Democratic areas in blue-collar states while Democrats did better in large urban centers and coastal states.

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois remained minority whip, the No. 2 spot, while Senator Patty Murray of Washington was chosen as assistant Democratic leader.

In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi announced she was running for minority leader again and said she already has the support of more than two-thirds of her caucus.

Pelosi, who may face a challenger, agreed this week to delay leadership elections until Nov. 30 after her fellow Democrats called for more time to reassess why they fell short of their goals in the Nov. 8 election.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Wijnaldum described van Dijk as “a leader”

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

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

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

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

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

Carvahal not sure about winter transfers

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

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

The former Sheffield coach spoke about the question of money as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I did not talk money with the chairman, usually I don’t deal with the money, it is my romantic side talking. I deal with footballers, then if we need – try to say which players we need. I will try and choose them but the money is not what I want to talk about, I am allergic to money.”Opinion: Martin Odegaar上海夜生活d is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He added that he has to analyse the team first: “I will see what players we have in mind, who we need and who the scouts of Swansea have seen. I must analyse the team. You have surprises, sometimes negative, sometimes positive. First, we want to give opportunities to these players to show they are better, individually and as a collective than what they did so far.”

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

Mbapp\u00e9 admitted that Ronaldo was his idol

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Wilshere impressed by summer signings

The Gunners midfielder praise highly the impact of Lacazette and Kolašinac.

Jack Wilshere believes that adding Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolašinac to Arsenal’s ranks was a great deal. The Gunners went through yet another relatively quiet summer, with the main topic around the club being the possible departure of Alexis Sanchez.

However, the club from north London landed former Monaco striker Lacazette who took no time to settle in at his new home. Speaking to Arsenal Player about the Frenchman, Wilshere stated: “Lacazette, of course [has impressed].

“I think he’s gone a little bit under the radar with Morata [doing so well], but to come in from the French league to a big club in England and score four goals in his first seven or eight games [is very good].

“He’s doing well and he’s only going to get better. His movement is world class and, for a midfielder, that’s what you want from your striker.”Watzke makes fun of Aubameyang’s decision to join Arsenal Nedim Maric – Aubameyang moved from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal in a big-money move in 2018.Arsenal’s season isn’t off to a perfect start, but Emery’s men look…

While Wenger spent big on their new striker, Arsenal added Kolašinac on a free tra上海夜生活论坛nsfer from Schalke and have seen the 24-year-old turn into the bargain of the summer.

“Sead’s turned into a real fans’ favourite because he’s no-nonsense, even in training.” Wilshere added regarding the defender.

“He’s a natural-born winner. He’s a monster physically and you’d hate to play against him.

“You look at when the winger receives the ball, he’s onto him, not giving him an inch. He wins the ball back a lot for the team, so he’s doing well.”

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.

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.”

Manchester City hammered Real Madrid

Guardiola’s squad with a confident 4-1 win in a friendly against Los Blancos.

The game took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in front of a record number of spectators – 93 098.

A great game for Manchester City had Kevin De Bruyne and latest signing Danilo made his debut for the Premier League side. The first half saw no goals as both teams could not capitalise on their efforts. Shortly after the start of the second half Nicolás Otamendi opened the score. In the 59th minute Raheem Sterling calmly finished a pass from De Bruyne as he placed the ball past Real’s goalkeeper to make it 2-0. The third goal for the Citizens came after John Stones was the one to find the back of the net. The well-performing Kevin De Bruyne was involved in all of City’s three goals. In the 82nd minute, 17-year-old youngster Brahim Diaz made it 4-0 for Guardiola’s side.Higu上海夜生活网ain happy to be reunited with Ronaldo at Juve George Patchias – Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo have been reunited at Juventus after playing at Real Madrid together six years ago, and Higuain is happy about…

Real Madrid managed to score one back after in the last minutes of the game, Óscar Arnaiz scored a lovely long-range knuckle ball that dipped right under the cross bar.

You can see detailed highlights below:

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Rudiger admits he ‘dreamt’ of Chelsea move

The Germany international cannot wait to play in the Premier League.

Antonio Rudiger is more than happy to finally be a part of the Premier League champions. The player joined Chelsea in a £34 million move from Roma, after being linked with the Blues a number of times in the past.

The full-back now admits he has been waiting for ‘years’ to finally join Chelsea and experience the Premier League. Speaking to ChelseaFC.com, Rudiger said:

“I wanted to play in the Premier League and it is now years that my name was linked to Chelsea.

“Now I am here and I am very happy. I want to thank all of the people who made this come true.”Chelsea need owner Abramovich back at the Bridge George Patchias – Chelsea football club apparently is missing their owner Roman Abramovich, and hi上海夜生活论坛s return is key to the team’s success.That the theory from former Chelsea…

The 24-year-old knows he is diving into the unknown since the English Premier League is much different from Serie A and its competitiveness is much higher.

“I cannot say much about the Premier League because I did not experience it yet.

“But the Italian league is more tactical. You don’t have open games but here in England it is different, both teams are attacking the whole time so that is the main big difference, and of course the physical aspect in England.

“I think the whole league is a big challenge so I need to be prepared for each game.”

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

 

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)

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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.”

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.