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UK PM frontrunner fends off court case over Brexit campaign bus claim

LONDON ( ) – Judges at London’s High Court on Friday threw out an attempt to prosecute Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, for allegedly lying about the financial benefits of Brexit during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.

Last week, a magistrate agreed to issue summonses for Johnson to face charges of misconduct in public office over a claim emblazoned on his bright red “Leave” campaign bus that Britain would be 350 million pounds ($446 million) a week better off outside the EU.

Opponents had argued that the slogan was deliberately misleading and it became symbolic of the divisions caused by the referendum, which saw Britons vote 52-48% to leave the European Union.

Marcus Ball, 29, who described himself as a social enterprise founder, brought the private prosecution against Johnson in February which led to last week’s decision.

But at a judicial review hearing on Friday at the High Court, Johnson’s lawyer Adrian Darbishire said the magistrate had either erred in law or provided the wrong legal test in allowing the case to go ahead.

Darbishire said the only rational conclusion was that the case was politically motivated and therefore without merit.

The High Court judges agreed the summonses should be quashed, saying they would give their reasons at a later date.

The flamboyant Johnson, who did not attend Friday’s hearing, is the favorite among Conservative lawmakers hoping to replace May as party leader and therefore prime minister.

The case could potentially have damaged his bid to replace May, who stepped down as Conservative leader on Friday although she will remain prime minister until a successor is selected.

“POLITICAL PROSECUTION”

Friday’s challenge, brought in the former foreign minister’s full name – Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson – examined whether a politician could be accused of criminal misconduct over statements made during political campaigning.

“Standing on the hustings is not the exercise of state power, and doing something naughty on the hustings is not an abuse of state power,” said Darbishire.

He said it was not for the police or juries to stray into the sphere of political debate and that it was for the electorate to decide on the truth of claims.

Ball’s overt opposition to Brexit and desire to h上海夜生活ave it stopped also showed the case had no legal merit, Darbishire added. “This is realistically, plainly speaking, a political prosecution,” he said.

After the verdict, Ball, who has raised more than 350,000 pounds through crowd-funding to pursue the prosecution, said he would mull whether to appeal, saying his case was not about stopping Brexit.

“I will not give up until I believe that all possible options are exhausted,” he said.

“If you are an elected representative and you are talking about people’s money … it’s not correct for a member of parliament to lie to everybody about that.”

As for the 350 million claim itself, Johnson’s lawyers said he denied acting dishonestly in any way and the figure remained contentious.

“It is still being adhered to today,” Darbishire said.

($1 = 0.7842 pounds)

UPDATE 2-Jittery investors cut Italian debt and head for safety

* Italy 10-year bond yields rise to 2-1/2 month highs

* Italy/Spain 10-year yield gap near widest since mid-Feb

* Ten-year German Bund yield falls on trade war fears (Updates with move in German bonds)

By Virginia Furness

LONDON, May 13 ( ) – Italian government bonds yields rose to their highest level in 2-1/2 months on Monday as risk aversion caused by deteriorating U.S.-China trade tensions and worries about political infighting in Rome fuelled a selloff.

Germany’s benchmark 10-year bond yield hit a six-week low after China said it would impose higher tariffs on a range of U.S. goods, sparking a rush into safe-haven assets. “Ultimately the longer the prevailing trade tensions are extending, the heavier the impact on tariffs and economic growth globally,” said Rabobank fixed income strategist Matthew Cairns.

Italian bond yields rose after last week’s warning from the European Commission that public finances would deteriorate further and politicians in Rome raised the possibility that Italy could breach EU rules on public spending unnerved investors.

Analysts said they expected public discord between the two ruling Italian parties to grow in the run-up to European elections later this month.

Italy’s 10-year bond yield briefly rose to a 2-1/2 month high at 2.74% before pulling back in late trade to around 2.70%. It rose 13 basis points last week in the biggest weekly selloff in three months.

The Italy/Spain 10-year bond yield gap held close to its widest since mid-February and was last seen at 172 bps .

Germany’s 10-year government bond yield fell 2.5 bps to its lowest in around six weeks at minus 0.074%, as China fought back in its trade war with the United States.

Short-dated U.S. Treasury yields fell 7 bps to 2.18%, squeezing the gap over two-year German bond yields to around 281 bps – its tightest since March .

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

Investors are watching the Italian political situation closely after Italy’s coalition government vowed last week to patch up their differences and govern for four more years.

But support for Italy’s far-right League party has fallen following the weeks of feuding with its coalition partner the 5-Star Movement, opinion polls showed on Friday.

Commerzbank rates strategist Rainer Guntermann cited the political news flow and fear over the rising deficit for the selloff, but noted that the budget discussion will likely be postponed until after the European elections.

“The Commission is in a vacuum ahead of the election … and this will heat up later this year when we get the official reporting in Europe,” he said.

The European Commission last week cut Italy’s growth forecast to 0.1%, down from 0.2%, and said the country’s deficit could widen beyond the 3% ceiling set by the European Union.

Italy’s government tested investor patience, as well as that of the EU, last year by trying to push through a budget which breached EU deficit rules.

Lawmakers are once again上海夜生活网 mounting a challenge to EU fiscal rules. Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Friday the European Union’s fiscal rules should be changed to allow more public spending on health, research and education.

Investors will be able to have their say on the outlook for Italy on Tuesday, when its Treasury auctions up to 6.75 billion euros of bonds.

FOREX-Yen surges to 3-month high on fears of U.S. tariffs

* Yen stands tall vs peers as trade woes stoke risk aversion

* Focus on outcome of pivotal US-China talks starting Thursday

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2019 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh

By Tom Finn

LONDON, May 9 ( ) – The Japanese yen surged to a 3-month high against the dollar on Thursday as investors piled into the safe-haven currency fearing that the U.S.-China trade conflict could escalate.

Two days of trade talks begin in Washington on Thursday and traders are waiting to see whether Chinese and U.S. negotiators can salvage a deal to prevent more U.S. tariff increases.

Currency moves this week in response to a new bout of trade war angst have been fairly muted but Thursday’s jump in the yen – which tends to attract demand in times of political strife and market turmoil – suggested investor nerves are fraying.

The main casualties of the heightened tensions have been the Australian dollar, a proxy for Chinese economic prospects , the U.S. dollar and the offshore Chinese yuan .

The yuan on Thursday fell half a percent to hit a four-month low of 6.838 and was headed for its worst four-day decline in a year.

“It looks very much like a trade deal is almost off the table and that the U.S. will impose new tariffs on Chinese goods tomorrow. Fears in the market are mostly reflected in yu上海夜网an exchange rates,” said Ulrich Leuchtmann, an FX strategist at Commerzbank.

Unlike previous episodes when the dollar benefited from an increase in trade worries, U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest threat to raise tariffs on Chinese imports have prompted market strategists to focus on the corrosive impact on Washington.

The prospects of an escalation in the conflict has seen the yen gain in recent days.

The currency rose 0.3 percent against the dollar at 109.640 yen, a 3-month high, taking its gains to more than 1 percent so far this month.

According to the latest Commodity Futures Trading Commission data, speculators have further raised their net long dollar bets, including those against the yen.

Trump said on Wednesday that China “broke the deal” reached in talks with the United States, and vowed to not back down on imposing new tariffs unless Beijing “stops cheating our workers”.

Shin Kadota, senior strategist at Barclays in Tokyo, said the yen “owes much of its strength to gains made in the cross currency market. ‘Risk on, risk off’ has been the main market driver and the euro has been stuck in range as a result.”

In Silicon Valley, some Indian Americans shun Clinton after election row

SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – Hillary Clinton, who has long cultivated the Indian-American community for both funds and votes, is tapping into the excitement around the Silicon Valley visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend. Next Monday she is holding a presidential campaign fundraiser expected to attract many prominent Californians with ties to India.

    But some Indian-American Democrats from the region have told they won’t be attending the event, in part because they are upset about the way a candidate was treated in a 2014 race for a Silicon Valley congressional seat. Their frustration extends to other Democratic candidates and causes besides Clinton, who wasn’t involved in the race, but ignoring her campaign is a high-profile way to vent.

    Supporters of the candidate, Ro Khanna, an intellectual-property lawyer of South Indian heritage, accuse his opponent, fellow Democrat Mike Honda, of using race-baiting to undermine Khanna. Honda narrowly beat out Khanna, a former trade official in President Barack Obama’s administration, in the election for a seat in the House of Representatives.

    Just weeks before the election, Honda attacked Khanna in a television ad for supporting “companies that send our jobs overseas.” In the same ad, a shadow briefly appeared on Khanna’s forehead that some Khanna supporters interpreted as a bindi, a red dot worn by many Indians but not by Khanna. 

    Khanna’s supporters point out that in 2012 he published  a book on the importance of U.S. manufacturing jobs, and they say that the shadow was an attempt to spark unease among non-Indians. They say the Democratic Party should have intervened to stop what they saw as unfair attacks.

    Honda spokesman Adam Alberti says Khanna’s financial backers included supporters of outsourcing, and no dot was placed, or is visible, on Khanna’s forehead in the ad in question.

    “The issue of racial baiting is both unfounded and is shallow political theater,” said Alberti, adding that as a Japanese-American who was held in an internment camp as a baby during World War II, Honda is especially committed to racial diversity. In March, Honda co-hosted a networking and fundraising event for “Ready for Clinton,” the organization that sought to draft Clinton to run for president.

    Among those who say they aren’t going to Monday’s Clinton fundraiser, or getting involved in other Democratic campaigns out of concern at Khanna’s treatment, is Rahul Roy, a software entrepreneur. “It hurts,” he says. Roy recently hosted a fundraiser for Khanna, who is  running for the seat again in 2016.

    The Clinton campaign says it is concentrating on the large numbers of Indian Americans that back her. “Hillary Clinton is grateful for the broad support she is receiving across the Indian-American and Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities in California and around the country,” a spokesman said. He did not respond to questions from about the disquiet over the 2014 election.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

    Certainly Clinton has been raising funds in Silicon Valley, where donations to her and an organization raising money on her behalf from area technology employees have totaled $1.07 million through June 30, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    And some Khanna supporters are raising money for her. Monday’s Clinton fundraiser – which she is due to attend in person – is being hosted in their home by Khanna supporters Kamil Hasan, a venture capitalist, and his wife Talat Hasan, an entrepreneur. Tickets start at $1,000, and it is expected to attract at least 150 donors, according to a person familiar with the event.

    Khanna’s supporters have shown a largesse that any presidential candidate would want to tap into. He has raised $1.25 million through June 30, far more than most congressional candidates, and more than double the $608,上海夜生活000 raised by Honda.

    “Some of the attacks were very xenophobic,” said Naren Gupta, a Khanna donor and co-founder of investment firm Nexus Ventures, who said the party should have stepped in. He stopped short of saying the issue would affect his support for other Democratic candidates. He is not expected at the Hasan fundraiser, according to the person familiar with the event.

Gupta is also co-chairman of the Indo-American Community of the West Coast, which is helping organize Modi’s appearance before a capacity crowd of 18,000 at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sunday.

    Other donors, like Facebook millionaire turned venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, think Khanna should have hit back harder.

    “You’ve got to be willing to take the gloves off and fight,” said Palihapitya, who donated $2,600 to Khanna in the last race and said he planned to support him again this time. He hasn’t made up his mind about who he might support in the presidential race, he said.

Through spokesman Hari Sevugan, Khanna took credit for bringing many South Asians and technology workers into the political arena for the first time. Now, many of those recruits feel alienated, the spokesman said. Khanna himself didn’t comment directly on the 2014 race or its fallout, but in an email said Indian Americans feel strongly about social justice, and the Democratic Party “needs to do a better job recognizing that.”    

Preview: Real Madrid – Deportivo La Coruna

Round 20 of La Liga marks the start of the second half of the season with both Real Madrid and Dep. La Coruna hoping to reverse their current poor form.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

While Zinedine Zidane’s side have accumulated a three-match winless streak (LL), Deportivo are in need of a victory after picking up just one point in the last four matches (LL).

Disastrous home performances have kept Madrid in fourth place of the table. The ‘Merengues’ have only won 50% of their clashes played at the Santiago Bernabéu (W5, D2, L3) which is usually something unheard of!

With rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo willing to leave the club at the end of the season, as well as players linked to join Madrid (Neymar, Kane, Hazard…), coach Zidane talked about the Portuguese star: “I can’t imagine a Real Madrid without Cristiano”.

Even though there was an 18-year 上海夜生活period in which Madrid were unable to win at the Riazor stadium, their record at the Bernabéu looks different, as the last time the Galician side won there was back in 2008 (2-1).

Players to watch: Florin Andone (Deportivo) has recovered last season’s efficiency (11 goals). The Romanian has five goals this term – including three in the last three fixtures.Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

Everyone is waiting for Cristiano Ronaldo to up his level. His goal scoring average is as low as it was in his very first season at Madrid in 2009. He’s scored only four goals in 1,156 minutes which is way below his usual astronomical standards.

Stat attack: Madrid would be on top of the LL table if only the first 45 minutes counted, but they would sit 11th if only looking at second halves.

Deportivo have only one clean sheet and one win as an away side. However, they have only failed to score in three of the nine away clashes which should make things interesting.

Missing players

Real Madrid: S. Ramos (calf injury), J. Vallejo (thigh injury), L. Zidane (shoulder injury), K. Benzema (doubtful)

Deportivo La Coruna: J. Bicho (shoulder injury), F. Cartabia (doubtful), B. Gama (doubtful), G. Valentin (doubtful).

Conte hailed Rooney’s contribution

Antonio Conte, the Chelsea manager, admitted that Wayne Rooney, the captain of his upcoming opponent, is a player who “plays with his soul” and he claimed that the Englishman has got everything to become a successful coach one day.

Rooney managed to find his old form after joining Everton back in summer and Antonio Conte knows that he should be aware of the captain before his Chelsea will face Everton in the upcoming Premier League match. The Italian coach insisted that he considers the 32-year old to be the main attacking threat of the Toffees and his players should be prepared for it.

The former Juventus coach spoke about this player as he said, according to ESPN: “We must pay great attention because Wayne Rooney is an important player, a good player. He is showing his ability. For sure, Rooney is one of the best players of Everton. I think it was a great [move] for him. He’s showing he’s a fantastic player. He’s continued to play in a fantastic way. We must pay great attention because I think Wayne Rooney is a player who, when he plays, plays with his soul. You can see this during the game.”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 made a comment on Rooney’s decision to finish his international career: “We must have great respect for his decision. Only the player understands when the moment is arriving to say ‘stop’ when it comes to playing for the national team. We must have great respect for this decision. It’s not simple to make.”

In the end, Conte insisted that it’s not an easy thing to make such a上海夜生活网 decision: “To stop your career with the national team is not easy. I’m sure his heart is a bit broken by this decision. But, at the same time, we have to respect it because only the player understands when this moment has come.”

Benitez: “The difference was evident”

Following his Newcastle City’s 4-1 loss to Manchester United away from home, Rafael Benitez admitted that the gap between these two teams is simply too big – also because of the money spent on the signings.

Newcastle fell at Old Trafford despite taking the lead through Dwight Gayle and impressing early on, with goals from Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku continuing the hosts’ fine home form, according to Sky Sports. Benitez previously claimed that he was not happy with his side’s summer spendings and he admitted that the difference was not hard to be seen.

The former coach of Real Madrid or Chelsea spoke about this difference as he said: “For sure. This time, you see the difference between money spent. It’s not something we didn’t know, we knew it would make a massive difference between both teams. But I am really pleased with what I saw in the first 30 minutes.”Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

He added that the turnover of the match the equalizer from Martial: “I think it’s a quite simple analysis, a really good first half for 30 minutes, everything was right, we were working hard, we had a clear idea what to do, we did well. And then we conceded a goal, then the second goal made a difference in terms of the mentality. We had the chance of [Isaac] Hayden, later on, but we couldn’t score.”

Rafael Benit上海夜生活ez, in the end, claimed that he is proud of his players for the overall performance and the effort: “The second half was more difficult because of the belief that we had in the first half, to keep this belief until the end, it depended on the goal. And then when we conceded the third goal it was a different game. But I am really pleased and really proud of my players in their first 30 minutes. And after when you pay big money for players, they can make the difference, so you make mistakes, you pay for that because you play against top-class players.”

Kola\u0161inac admits he was nervous about working with Wenger

The full-back has certainly been one of the surprises from the transfer window following a run of great performances for the Gunners.

Sead Kolašinac joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Schalke during the close-season, but has turned out a great bargain. The 24-year-old has settled in perfectly at the club from north London, but he admits he was nervous about working with his new manager.

The defender quickly became a fan favourite, featuring in almost every Premier League game so far and even scoring in Arsenal’s上海夜网 3-1 win over Koln. Kolašinac believes he has developed well at the Emirates Stadium and insists he is happy to work under Wenger despite having second thoughts about it in the beginning.Strachan: Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney similar to Virgil van Dijk Andrew Smyth – Gordon Strachan believes Arsenal new signing Kieran Tierney is a similar kind of defender to Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.

“It is really a lot of fun to work alongside a manager like Wenger. He has been here ever since I can remember,” he told Arsenal’s website.

“At the start, maybe I was a bit nervous to work alongside him. The fact that he speaks German really helps me – it made it a lot easier again for me to settle in here. He is good to work with.

“The season is young but I am happy with how I’ve developed and how I have started. But I have got more potential to get better and I want to show that in the coming games.”

\u0130lkay G\u00fcndo\u011fan speaks about his recovery

Manchester City player İlkay Gündoğan says recovering from his injuries has been mentally challenging.

The player admits it has been really difficult to approach his recovery with the right set of mind as he struggles to get fit for Guardiola’s side.

Gündoğan started only nine Premier League games last season due to an injury in December when he tore cruciate knee ligaments.

The 26-year-old is close to full recovery, but admits it has been really difficult for him to keep a positive mindset about his career since he missed both 2014 World Cup and 2016 Euro due to injuries.

“It is heavy mentally to accept that,” Gundogan told BBC Sport.

“It is really hard always to fall and fight your way back. You feel good and feel ready, then you get the next kick.Paiva says Felix would have done better at City or Barca George Patchias – Joao Felix would have become a better player at Manchester City or Barcelona according to former coach Renato Paiva.Renato Paiva was the prodigious Portuguese…

“The worst part is behind me now. I want to feel ready when I am fully back. I want to feel safe and confident. I don’t mind if it is two weeks or six.”

City are one of the favourites for the Premier League title in the forthcoming season, after some heavy spending on the market. However, the midfielder believes last year’s runners-up Tottenham will challenge for the title once again, despite not bringing in any new players.

“We felt that last year as well but it was a completely new experience for all of us. We know the Premier League a bit more now and can’t wait for the season to start.

“Tottenham are a great team. They have the style of foo上海夜生活网tball. They have young English players. Our experience last season shows it is really tough to beat them. They are really uncomfortable to play against.

“I am pretty sure, even if they will not say it loud, the people who know the Premier League know Tottenham are definitely a competitor for the title.

Alderweireld admits no progress in contract talks

The Belgium international defender remains a Spurs player until 2019, but there is no development on the discussions regarding an extension.

Toby Alderweireld has admitted there is nothing regarding a potential new contract from Tottenham. The Belgium full-back has established himself as a top-quality centre-back during his time in England. Spurs are reportedly interested in extending his contract, but no breakthrough has been made as Alderweireld has to keep waiting on updates from his superiors.

When approached and asked about a potential contract renewal, the 28-year-old told Sky Sports: “No news that I know of so nothing… zero.”

The player also shared that Kyle Walker’s departure was bad news for the whole squad, but they will have to find a way to deal with it.Kane: Transfer window disrupted the Spurs squad Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane believes a key reason behind Tottenham’s early-season crisis is down to all the uncertainty surrounding some players’ fu上海夜网ture in the transfer window.

“Everybody is sad that he left.

“He is one of the best full-backs in the world and unfortunately he goes to another [Premier League] team, but we have to focus ourselves to win the game.”

The Belgium international joined Tottenham from Atletico Madrid in 2015 and has made 80 appearances for the Spurs over the course of two seasons.

Naby Ke\u00efta saga is over

The 22-year-old will remain at RB Leipzig ‘100 percent’ says the manager.

RB Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl has ended all speculations regarding the future of Naby Keïta for the upcoming season.

The midfielder was heavily speculated amid Liverpool interest, with the Reds seeing two bids rejected from the Bundesliga side. Latest media reports suggested that Klopp’s side are prepa上海夜生活ring a third bid, but the speculations appear to be false.

Leipzig boss has confirmed that Liverpool’s interest is over and Keïta will not be going anywhere, since he is of great importance to his team.

According to the Guardian, the Ralph Hasenhüttl said:

“The chance [of Keïta leaving] is null,Top 5 – Performers in Bundesliga this weekend Boro Tanchev – The fifth Bundesliga round is not over yet, but we have to name our the top 5 performers in top-flight German football over the past weekend.

“It’s 100% clear that Naby Keïta will play this year in Leipzig.

“At the beginning of the transfer period that we said we would start with the same team and of the players we had last year no-one will go.

“For us, everyone can see how important Naby is for our game. It’s 100% sure that he will be with RB Leipzig in the Champions League.”

RB Leipzig stormed through the Bundesliga last season as they finished second behind the giants from Bayern Munich. Keïta played a vital part in their journey to the second spot as he scored eight goals and provided seven assists. Ever since his incredible season, the Guinean has been linked with a move away from the German club, but that will not be the case.

“When you play such a famous season as last year it is normal players get interest, that other clubs are watching us is normal,” Hasenhüttl said.

“I said for all the players it is very important to stay together as it’s the first time we play Champions League and that is a new situation for every one of us.”

PSG ready to activate Oblak\u2019s \u20ac100m buyout clause

Ligue 1 side h上海夜生活论坛ave been linked with several goalkeepers this summerWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, June 18, 2017.

Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to trigger the €100 million buyout clause in Jan Oblak’s contract with Atletico, says goal.com.

Slovenia international has been intensely speculated over heading into the summer transfer window. He has been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

However, the club that wants to buy the 24-year-old has to meet Atletico’s demands and that means a record-breaking offer needs to be in place.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.

At the moment, PSG are the favorites to sign the goalkeeper, as Ligue 1 side possess the financials required for the transfer and the goalkeeper position reinforcement will be their priority this summer. Moreover, Atletico will have to sell players, as they will be under a transfer embargo.

Recently the goalkeeper said: “In football, you never know, even one day before the market closes news come out. But for now, everything points towards me continuing at Atletico. I am happy and I believe that I’ll continue playing here next season.”

Last season, Oblak made 30 appearances for Atletico Madrid in LaLiga where he made 52 saves and kept 15 clean sheets. He has also featured in the Champions League 11 times.

Baba Rahman\u2019s future at Chelsea remains unclear

The defender is coming back after a loan period in Schalke and any transfer talks have been delayed until he makes a full recovery from an injuryWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, June 16, 2017.

Baba Rahman’s future at Chelsea will remain uncertain until late July after Chelsea have put discussions over a potential tran上海夜网sfer on hold.

Rahman spent last season on loan at Schalke in the Bundesliga, but unfortunately, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury at the African Cup of Nations.

He is expected to be fully fit by the end of next month and at that time his future at Chelsea will be looked at, after Schalke have decided against renewing his contract at this stage, due to his injury status.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.

However, the Bundesliga team are looking for a left-back after losing Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer to Arsenal, which might open the door for Rahman if the club is satisfied with his condition.

The 24-year-old’s rehabilitation is going good, as he recently started practicing with a ball at Cobham Training Centre.

At the moment, another loan move is the most likely option for Rahman, but there’s still a chance that Conte may include him in the pre-season tour in China.

Dolberg not getting ahead of himself

The Danish wonder kid has ruled out a big move at this stage of his career, saying he s上海夜生活网till needs to grow.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. May 3, 2017.

Kasper Dolberg has recently attracted interest from the biggest teams in Europe and more so from a group of Premier League clubs. But the young Ajax striker is not thinking that much ahead. He prefers to focus on his development and feels that Ajax is the perfect club to grow.

Dolberg’s plans for the season were to grow as much as possible while playing for the second team of Ajax. But the transfer of Milik to Napoli has opened the door to a huge opportunity for the young striker: “My goal [this season] was to play for Ajax’s reserve team, become their best player and maybe get a few matches in the first team. But then Arek Milik went to Napoli and I got the chance.”

And the 19-year-old did not disappoint. He managed to score at his debut, in a match against Greek side PAOK in the Champions League qualifiers: “Then in the first game of the season I played and scored against PAOK in a Champions League qualifier. From that point, I was motivated. The coach gave me confidence to play in the way I’ve always done.”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…

Dolberg continued his impressive rise and in November last year managed to score a hat-trick against NEC. He has then become the youngest foreign player to score a hat-trick in Eredivisie. Since then, he has added to his goal scoring record and he now has 14 league goals in the current season.

With interest from clubs like Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United, the wonder kid addressed the rumours of a potential transfer: “It’s too big a step to go to City or United now. It’s important to keep on playing, as I don’t know what could happen in the future.”

When asked about his preferences, the young Dane was evasive, trying to avoid closing any doors for the future: “I haven’t got a dream league. When I was young it was Barcelona [that was my favourite team], but once I got older I didn’t have one. In England, I followed Arsenal because of Thierry Henry, but it wasn’t like Arsenal was my favourite.”

Dolberg arrived at Ajax in the summer of 2016 from the Danish Superliga side Silkeborg. The scout who spotted him has previously brought Christian Eriksen and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Dutch capital.

Exclusive: Google’s jobs search draws antitrust complaints from rivals

BRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – Google’s fast-growing tool for searching job listings has been a boon for employers and job boards starving for candidates, but several rival job-finding services contend anti-competitive behavior has fueled its rise and cost them users and profits.

In a letter to be sent to European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Tuesday and seen by , 23 job search websites in Europe called on her to temporarily order Google to stop playing unfairly while she investigates.

Similar to worldwide leader Indeed and other search services familiar to job seekers, Google’s tool links to postings aggregated from many employers. It lets candidates filter, save and get alerts about openings, though they must go elsewhere to apply.

Alphabet Inc’s Google places a large widget for the 2-year-old tool at the top of results for searches such as “call center jobs” in most of the world.

Some rivals allege that positioning is illegal because Google is using its dominance to attract users to its specialized search offering without the traditional marketing investments they have to make.

Other job technology firms say Google has restored industry innovation and competition.

The tensions expose a new front in the battle between Google and online publishers reliant on search traffic, just as EU and U.S. antitrust regulators heed calls to scrutinize tech giants including Google. Google so far over the last decade has withstood similar accusations from companies in local business and travel search.

Vestager, who has been examining job search on Google, leaves office Oct. 31. But a person familiar with the review told that Vestager is preparing an “intensive” handover so that her successor does not drop it. Her office declined to comment on the handoff.

Lack of action could spur Tuesday’s signatories, which include British site Best Jobs Online to German peers Intermedia and Jobindex, to follow with formal complaints against Google to Vestager, a person familiar with the matter said.

Berlin-based StepStone GmbH, which operates 30 job websites globally, and another German search service already have taken that step, another person said.

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, which are examining online competition in the United States, declined to comment on whether they are probing Google’s jobs search.

Industry executives universally expect that Google will sell ads in the jobs tool, as is typical for its services, enabling the world’s biggest seller of online ads to claw billions of dollars in revenue from rivals.

Google long has been frustrated by other search engines filling its results, because they both add a step in users’ quest for quick information and pose a threat to its ads empire.

Nick Zakrasek, senior product manager for Google search, said that the company welcomed the industry feedback on jobs search. Google said its offering addresses previous antitrust complaints by allowing rival search services to participate and includes a feature in Europe designed to give rivals prominence.

“Any provider – from individual employers to job listing platforms – can utilize this feature in search, and many of them have seen a significant increase in the number of job applications they receive,” Zakrasek said in a statement. “By improving the search experience for jobs, we’re able to deliver more traffic to sites across the web and support a healthy job search ecosystem.”

DIVISIVE TOOL

Google includes jobs only from websites that follow its guidelines, which require postings to be structured such that its computers can easily interpret them. Many leading players have conformed.

For instance, Weston, Massachusetts-based Monster Worldwide Inc has implored customers through training materials to list salary ranges and jobsite addresses on postings in hopes that following Google’s guidelines for such items will generate more clicks.

Monster had lost users in recent years because poor website formatting left it with low placement in regular Google results, its Chief Executive Scott Gutz said. The new tool gave Monster a path back to the top.

“There’s been a leveling of the playing field,” Gutz said.

Google’s widget drew 120 million user clicks in June in the United States alone, about double from August 2017, according to research firm Jumpshot, which receives browsing data from antivirus ap上海夜生活网ps.

Holmdel, New Jersey-based iCIMS Inc, which operates job websites for about 4,000 employers, said Google’s tool is the third largest referrer of visitors to clients’ pages and applicants from it are three times more likely to be hired than those from rival tools, it said.

“What we’re already seeing with Google’s entrance is better matching candidates to jobs,” said Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer for iCIMS.

Frustrated are competitors such as Zippia, a San Mateo, California jobs search startup specializing in career path data. CEO Henry Shao said Google’s jobs tool “pushes down” Zippia content in search results, making it more difficult to attract users unless it invests in following Google’s guidelines.

Zippia lacks the resources to pursue formal complaints, but would aid investigators that call, Shao said.

Larger detractors include StepStone, a unit of media company and long-time Google critic Axel Springer which eschewed Google’s guidelines on most of its jobs websites. Among concerns is that participants are handing over data that could help Google bypass them entirely.

The 23 firms pressing Vestager echoed that worry and said that Google including generic links to competing services high on its European jobs widget was not enough to ensure “equal treatment.”

Austin, Texas-based Indeed, which has not formatted its website to participate in Google’s tool, declined to comment.

Indeed’s traffic from Google has dipped 5% since 2016, according to Jumpshot. It compensated by boosting advertising and pushing new paid offerings, affecting earnings growth, former employees said.

Owner Recruit Holdings Co Ltd forecasts that sales from its Indeed-dominated segment will grow 35% in the year ending March 31, 2020, compared to 50% the year earlier, while adjusted profit margin will be flat.

Eric Liaw, a general partner invested in workplace tech startups at Silicon Valley’s Institutional Venture Partners, said Google has “to be careful about how much air they suck out of the room given the scrutiny they are under.”

House panel, Justice Dept end standoff over Mueller documents

WASHINGTON ( ) – The House Intelligence Committee pulled back on Wednesday from threats to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General William Barr after the Justice Departm上海夜生活论坛ent agreed to turn over materials relating to an investigation into Russian election interference.

The decision ended a standoff between the Democratic-led committee and the Justice Department for access to counterintelligence reports generated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his probe of President Donald Trump and his associates.

The dispute, one of many between the Republican administration and the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, has come as Trump refuses to cooperate with numerous congressional probes into matters ranging from his personal finances and business dealings to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“The Department of Justice has accepted our offer of a first step toward compliance with our subpoena, and this week will begin turning over to the Committee twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production,” U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the committee chairman, said on Wednesday.

Schiff canceled a committee meeting to consider enforcement action on Wednesday.

Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official and a Trump appointee, on May 2 snubbed the House intelligence committee, which voted to hold him in contempt of Congress for not handing over a full, unredacted Mueller report.

In a letter to Schiff on Tuesday, the Justice Department said it was willing to give Intelligence committee members and staff closed-door access to additional material if Schiff does not move forward with his threats to hold the department in contempt.

However, a request to the Justice Department from the Senate Intelligence committee for the same materials was still pending, a congressional source said.

The White House has accused Democrats of playing politics with the congressional probes.

Exclusive: Full restart of Codelco’s Chuquicamata smelter delayed until end of October – sources

(This Aug. 1 story corrects to show that the smelter is ramping up; adds Codelco statement)

By Zandi Shabalala

LONDON ( ) – The full reactivation of a smelter belonging to Chile’s state-run Codelco, the world’s top copper producer, will be delayed until the end of October after missing a previous target of April, four industry sources told .

Codelco said in a statement that the Chuquicamata smelter in northern Chile was ramping up, in line with plans, after incorporating two new acid plants and re-powering its flash furnace.

It added that the plant, with those three units, was operating normally and that shutdowns had been minor, corresponding only to corrections or tests.

Codelco [COBRE.UL] is also buying copper cathode on the spot market, the sources added.

One of the sources said that was part of efforts to build up an in-house trading unit.

Codelco, in the statement, said i上海夜生活网t was not efficient for the company to be developing a trading office.

The Chuquicamata smelter is one of the world’s largest, producing 320,000 tonnes of metal in 2018, and was originally halted in December last year for changes to meet new emissions standards.

More broadly Chuquicamata, or “Chuqui”, one of Codelco’s key copper deposits, is undergoing a complex $5 billion-plus transformation into an underground shaft mine from an open pit facility to counter deteriorating ore grades.

The 24-million-tonne copper market is expected to see a deficit of 189,000 tonnes this year which will widen to 250,000 tonnes in 2020, the International Copper Study Group said.

Prices of the metal used widely in power and construction are around $5,880 a tonne on the London Metal Exchange.

Smelters are charging miners less to refine concentrates into metal due to falling availability of mine supply, reflected in declining treatment and refining charges.

Treatment charges in China, the world’s top consumer of copper, are around $60 a tonne, their lowest since November 2012.

The smelter delay will also affect the output of molybdenum, a byproduct of copper smelting and used to make stainless steel, where Codelco is the world’s second-largest producer in the 265,000-tonne market.

As part of efforts to modernise state-owned Codelco, about 200 employees lost their jobs at the company in July, a source said.

Codelco appointed company veteran Octavio Araneda chief executive last month as it pushed forward with a 10-year, $40 billion plan to overhaul its flagship mines against a backdrop of falling ore grades and wavering markets.

reported in May that production at the Chuquicamata mine would drop by 40% over the next two years.

Toymaker Hasbro profit draws power from ‘Avengers’, ‘Magic’ card game

( ) – Hasbro Inc (HAS.O) on Tuesday beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit, powered by higher demand for action toys of blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” and collectible card game Magic: The Gathering, sending its shares to a record high.

The toymaker has been tying up with movie studios such as Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) to boost sales of toys linked to big movie franchises as it recovers from the bankruptcy of retailer Toys ‘R’ Us.

Earlier this month, Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” the end of a decade-long superhero series featuring Iron Man, Hulk and other popular comic book superheroes, became the highest grossing film of all time.

Revenue from partner brands, which includes tie-up with Disney, climbed 3% in the second quarter, while sales from Hasbro-owned brands, its largest business, gained 14%, mainly driven by Magic: the Gathering, Monopoly, Pla上海夜生活y-doh and Transformers toys.

The toymaker also reaffirmed its full-year growth forecast, banking on the lineup of big movies such as “Star Wars” and “Frozen” and new products such as Fortnite-themed Nerf guns and games under Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons.

Stifel analyst Drew Crum said the strong entertainment line-up, new Power Rangers toys and easing impact from Toys ‘R’ Us set the company for a healthy second-half.

Hasbro has been spending more to digitize Magic: The Gathering and host e-sports events for the game to attract consumers who prefer video games and mobile entertainment.

The efforts paid off as revenue from entertainment, licensing and digital segment jumped 28% in the quarter.

It has also been spending to move more inventory into the United States than usual in the face of potential additional U.S tariffs on imports from China.

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Despite the additional costs, Hasbro’s margins improved by 250 basis points and it earned 78 cents per share compared with expectations of 50 cents, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Net revenue rose by a better-than-expected 8.9% to $984.5 million.

Shares of the toymaker rose as much as 10.3% in morning trading and lifted those of rival Mattel Inc (MAT.O) 3%. Mattel is expected to report second-quarter results later this week.

Uber Freight launches in Germany, taking on local competition

FRANKFURT ( ) – U.S. ride-hailing company Uber (UBER.N) is launching a freight platform in Germany, taking on local technology startups in a race to grab a share of Europe’s $500 billion trucking market.

Germany will be Uber Freight’s second market to go live on the continent after the Netherlands, an executive told , with further expansion in prospect once operations are running smoothly in Europe’s largest economy.

In the United States, Uber Freight already connects 48 states and generates more than $125 million in quarterly revenues.

Under maverick founder Travis Kalanick, Uber’s earlier bid to establish its ride-hailing services in Germany met intractable opposition from taxi companies, politicians and the courts.

This time, led by Kalanick’s successor Dara Khosrowshawi, Uber has consulted German officials and industry to win support for its freight business, said Daniel Buczkowski, Uber Freight’s head of European expansion.

“After the change in leadership, we really engaged in doing the right thing,” Buczkowski, who is German, told .

Uber will compete with local players, including Berlin-based startup sennder, which has raised $70 million from private equity house Lakestar and other investors at a $300 million valuation, and which already has a wider presence in Europe.

Other technology players in the freight forwarding sector include Flexport, a full-service platform based in San Francisco that raised $1 billion earlier this year from investors led by Japan’s Softbank Group (9984.T).

UK-based Zencargo and FreightHub, which like sennder is headquartered in Berlin, have also taken in investments of late.

Buczkowski sees Uber Freight’s edge in its worldwide reach and proven technology. “As a global company we have the bandwidth to constantly innovate and create new products and features that support the entire marketplace,” he said.

EMPTY JOURNEYS

The freight platforms aim to digitalize an industry still dominated by firms running 10 or fewer trucks and to improve efficiency – trucks are empty for 21% of the distance they travel.

Other gains can come from real-time tracking of consignments, and the automation of payments in an industry where trucking firms often waste weeks chasing up invoices.

“The key to getting a lot of value out of this industry is understanding how to use those empty kilometers,” said Nicolaus Schefenacker, a co-founder of sennder, which was set up in 2016.

He told that, as its network expanded, it was easier to model and forecast traffic flows to ensure consignments found the right truck at the right price. Although the freight tech sector is crowded, the market is segmented and sennder sees a clear opportunity in the so-called full-truck load market.

“The market is so huge that I think a lot of players are able to coexist. That’s also the way we think about Uber Freight,” Schefenacker told .

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Unlike Uber’s ride-hailing app or its food-delivery service, Uber Freight will operate as a middle-man in a market with an established pricing structure.

It will make money from the margin between the price paid by the shipper and the amount it pays on to the trucker, insulating it from the type of complaints made by many ride-hailing drivers who say they struggle to earn a decent income.

Uber, with a stock market capitalization of $74 billion, aims to adapt its model used in the United States, where many truck drivers are sole operators, to Europe, where family-run firms predominate.

The apps still face challenges, ranging from environmental issues confronting an industry that runs on diesel to ensuring drivers are not overworked with long hours on the road.

The industry also needs new recruits, with the World Bank estimating two-thirds of German drivers will retire over the next decade, threatening a shortage in cap上海夜生活acity for an industry that handles more than 70% of freight.

China’s Fosun holds talks to buy Thomas Cook’s main holiday business

LONDON ( ) – The world’s oldest travel company Thomas Cook edged closer to a break up on Monday after its biggest shareholder, China’s Fosun Tourism, made a preliminary approach for the British group’s core holiday operations.

The 178-year-old company, battered by fading demand for its package holidays, high debt and a hot 2018 summer in Europe which deterred bookings, is also weighing approaches for its airline business and Nordic operations as it seeks to raise cash.

Shares in Thomas Cook rose more than 13 percent to give t上海夜生活网he company a market valuation of around 280 million pounds ($355 million).

Hong Kong-listed Fosun Tourism already has a presence in the European market through its ownership of the Club Med holiday business, and has an 18 percent stake in Thomas Cook.

Were it to succeed in buying the British company’s hotel and resort business it would mark one of the most significant purchases of a British company by a Chinese group in years.

The Tour Operator business of Thomas Cook had 11 million customers in 2018, producing 7.4 billion pounds in revenue. That compared with revenue of 3.5 billion pounds for the airline business, although the airline has a higher margin.

Thomas Cook has been forced to act after it stumbled badly last year when a heatwave in northern Europe deterred holiday makers from booking lucrative last minute deals, leading to three major profit warnings in less than a year and talk of a need to raise funds.

It said in February it was willing to sell its airline business, which includes German holiday carrier Condor, to enable it to focus on its tour operations which include owning its own hotels and resorts and securing capacity in others.

Thomas Cook said there was no certainty the Fosun approach would lead to a formal offer, and it would consider any bid alongside the other strategic options that it has, to raise as much value as possible for stakeholders.

Fosun Tourism has been purchasing tourism assets including France’s Club Med, as the industry is viewed as key to China’s shift toward a more consumption-driven model of economic growth from an investment and export-led one.

But like its domestic peers including HNA Group, Fosun, China’s largest privately held conglomerate, has faced increasing scrutiny from Beijing for debt-fueled, big-ticket foreign deals in recent years.

It said earlier this year that it will adopt an asset-light strategy and run under management contracts the Club Med resorts it plans to launch in China and other countries.

In 2015 Thomas Cook and Club Med said they would look at sharing European flights to destinations while Thomas Cook and Fosun have a joint venture in China.

Fosun could not buy the airlines business because it must be majority owned by European Union nationals to operate flights within the bloc.