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Trump’s funding request for U.S. border wall hits snag among some Republicans

WASHINGTON ( ) – President Donald Trump’s call for $1.5 billion this year to help build a wall along the border with Mexico could be in jeopardy as fellow Republicans in Congress weigh delaying a decision on the request.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt, a member of his party’s leadership, told reporters on Tuesday that money for the wall likely would not be coupled with a spending bill that must pass by April 28 to avoid shutting down federal agencies whose funding expires then.

Blunt said the must-do funding “comes together better” without Trump’s additional request for the border wall and military programs and could be considered “at a later time.”

Democrats are threatening to block the bill funding federal agencies from April 29 to Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year, if money for the border 上海夜网wall is included.

They object to one of Trump’s premier 2016 campaign promises, saying it is poorly planned and that there are other border security measures already constructed or under consideration.

When he ran for president, Trump pledged Mexico would pay to build the wall, designed to keep illegal immigrants and drugs from entering the United States. The Mexican government has said it will not do so.

The initiative has also faced resistance among Republicans, including lawmakers representing some border towns. The federal government would have to purchase land in many locations in order to construct the edifice, which could make construction costs soar.

reported the wall could end up costing as much as $21.6 billion, far more than the $12 billion Trump cited.

Representative Mario Diaz-Balart also expressed skepticism about Congress’ ability to approve funds for the wall, given the super-majority vote needed in the Senate for most major legislation.

Asked about the wall, Diaz-Balart, a senior member of the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee and a leading voice on immigration policy, said: “I’m always willing to look at other things we can do to try to get that 60-vote threshold” on border and interior security.

Lawmakers said progress was being made on legislation to keep the government running beyond April 28.

House Speaker Paul Ryan removed another potential land mine on Tuesday when he said a Republican drive to end federal funding for women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood would be best accomplished on legislation other than the upcoming funding bill.

Democrats have vowed to stop the must-do money bill if it ended Planned Parenthood’s federal funds.

Brexit chaos holding back UK tech sector: London mayor

LONDON ( ) – London’s booming technology sector could be making even faster progress if the gridlock over Brexit wasn’t depriving thousands of start-ups and big tech companies of the certainty they need over policy, London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Monday.

Speaking on the op上海夜生活论坛ening day of London Tech Week, Europe’s biggest technology festival, Khan said Brexit had drained government resources and attention away from important debates, such as over the use artificial intelligence (AI).

“There’s no doubt that as a country we should be much further ahead than we are now – not only in terms of making sure we can make the most of what (AI) has to offer, but in terms of educating the public, encouraging public debate and preparing for the potential impact on our society,” he said.

Britain voted to leave the European Union nearly three years ago but there is little clarity on how or when it will happen.

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to get her Brexit divorce agreement over the line, resulting in the end of her premiership, and Khan’s Labour party is also split, in particular over a second referendum.

Khan said there was a “huge amount of uncertainty” over Brexit, hitting investment in London and the rest of Britain.

“The best way to break the gridlock, is for the British public to have a say for the first time: ‘Do we accept the deal negotiated by the government’, with the option of remaining in the European Union,” he told in an interview. “I think it should happen sooner than later.”

He said the Labour party needed to be clearer about its policy, and back a public vote.

Despite Brexit uncertainty, Khan said London’s tech sector was flourishing.

“There’s a real energy and fizz here,” he said, adding London was home to more AI companies than Berlin and Paris combined.

Tech companies based in the city attracted a record 2.56 billion pounds ($3.26 billion) in venture capital in the first six months of 2019, more than twice as much as those in Berlin, the Mayor of London’s investment agency said on Monday.

Some of the largest investment deals in the first half of the year included 441 million pounds for e-commerce food delivery firm Deliveroo. Online payments business Checkout.com, meanwhile, raised 176 million pounds, the agency said.

The city also attracted more foreign direct investment projects from overseas tech companies than any other city in the past 12 months, London & Partners said, with 91 international technology companies investing a total of 864 million pounds.

U.S. tech giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook have announced major investments in London in recent years.

Khan has a long-running feud with Donald Trump that was re-ignited last week when the U.S. president arrived in London for a state visit, an invitation criticized by the mayor. Trump tweeted that Khan was a “stone cold loser”.

“I think it is up to Donald Trump to answer why he is obsessed with me,” Khan said.

“I speak almost on a daily basis with Americans who love our city, many of them are embarrassed by what their president is doing, but it’s for him to explain his behavior,” he said. “But I am clear, we are a pro-America city.”

Tame U.S. inflation seen keeping Fed on the sidelines

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. consumer prices rose moderately in April and underlying inflation remained muted, supporting the Federal Reserve’s projection of no further interest rates increases this year.

The persistently benign inflation reported by the Labor Department on Friday could, however, ratchet up White House pressure on the U.S. central bank to cut rates. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Fed for tightening monetary policy, arguing that inflation was low.

Trump has claimed the economy could go “up like a rocket if we did some lowering of rates, like one point.” On Friday, Trump tweeted, “Great Consumer Price Index just out. Really good, very low inflation! We have a great chance to ‘really rock!’ Good numbers all around.”

The Fed last week kept interest rates unchanged and signaled little desire to adjust monetary policy anytime soon. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said he believed the weak inflation readings “may wind up being transient.”

With rents and healthcare costs increasing solidly in April, economists agreed temporary factors were restraining inflation and expected a pickup, especially after the Trump administration on Friday raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25% from 10%.

“If one were worried … then help may be on the way, in the form of higher tariffs being passed through to a store near you,” said Michael Feroli, an economist at J上海夜生活网PMorgan in New York. “In sum we believe the Fed will remain comfortable with their ‘on hold’ posture for the foreseeable future.”

The Consumer Price Index increased 0.3% last month, lifted by rising gasoline, rents and healthcare costs. The CPI gained 0.4% in March. It rose 2.0% in the 12 months through April after advancing 1.9% in March. Economists had forecast the CPI increasing 0.4% in April and rising 2.1% year-on-year.

Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the CPI edged up 0.1% as apparel prices dropped for a second straight month and the cost of used motor vehicles and trucks declined further. The so-called core CPI has now increased by the same margin for three straight months. In the 12 months through April, the core CPI increased 2.1% after gaining 2.0% in March.

The Fed, which has a 2% inflation target, tracks a different measure, the core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index, for monetary policy. The core PCE price index increased 1.6% on a year-on-year basis in March, the smallest rise in 14 months, after advancing 1.7% in February. The April PCE price index data will be published later this month.

Economists said rising healthcare costs, which were also evident in April’s producer price report that was published on Thursday, suggested the core PCE price index probably increased 1.7% year-on-year in April. They saw little chance of the Fed cutting interest rates this year.

NO “INSURANCE CUTS”

“We would fade any inference that the Fed may be nudged toward ‘insurance cuts’ due to weak inflation,” said Michael Hanson, head of global macro strategy at TD Securities in New York. “Rather, we would need to see a run of multiple months with core PCE inflation around 1.5% in order for the Fed to start that conversation.”

Inflation remains tame as increased worker productivity keeps labor costs contained, despite a tightening job market.

Gasoline prices rose 5.7% in April, accounting for more than two-thirds of the increase in the CPI last month, after surging 6.5% in March. Food prices fell for the first time in nearly two years, with food consumed at home dropping by the most since March 2016.

But consumers paid more for rent and healthcare. Owners’ equivalent rent of primary residence, which is what a homeowner would pay to rent or receive from renting a home, increased 0.3% last month after rising by the same margin in March.

Healthcare costs increased 0.3%, matching March’s gain. There were increases in the cost of prescription medication and doctor visits. But the cost of hospital services fell 0.5%.

Apparel prices declined 0.8% last month. They plunged 1.9% in March, which was the biggest drop since January 1949, after the government introduced a new method and data to calculate apparel prices.

Prices for used motor vehicles and trucks fell 1.3%, decreasing for a third straight month. The cost of new vehicles rose marginally. There were also declines in the cost of airline fares, alcoholic beverages and tobacco.

Prices for household furnishings fell for the first time in 10 months. The cost of these goods had been boosted by tariffs.

Economists said the latest round of duties on Chinese imports put an upward risk on inflation.

“The extent to which that will feed into consumer inflation will depend in part on how long the tariffs are in place,” said Sarah House, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sterling stalls ahead of vote to delay Brexit; dollar ticks up

NEW YORK ( ) – The U.S. dollar gained on Thursday for the first time in a week, albeit modestly, as the pound stalled at lower levels ahead of a vote to extend Britain’s March 29 deadline for exiting the European Union.

The pound was down 0.54 percent at $1.3266 in afternoon American trade as Prime Minister Theresa May piled pressure on rebel lawmakers on Thursday to back her battered European Union divorce deal as parliament prepared to vote on seeking a delay to Britain’s departure that could ultimately derail the process.

A day earlier, the British currency soared nearly 2 percent and reached nine-month highs after lawmakers voted against a potentially 上海夜生活论坛disorderly “no-deal” departure from the EU.

Analysts cautioned against putting large positions on sterling due to lingering uncertainty about Brexit.

“With the uncertainty around (Brexit), it’s not a time … to take sizeable positions. The risk/reward still favors waiting for some clarity,” said Charles Tomes, senior investment analyst at Manulife Asset Management.

The dollar index, a gauge of its strength against six other major currencies, was up 0.22 percent at 96.757. It had fallen overnight, at one point brushing a nine-day trough of 96.385.

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased more than expected last week, suggesting the labor market was slowing, but probably not to the extent implied by a near-stall in job growth in February.

Other U.S. data showed import prices in February rose by the most in nine months. Still, the inflation trend remained weak as import prices dropped on a year-on-year basis for a third straight month. The data remained supportive of the Federal Reserve’s pledge to be “patient” before raising interest rates.

“In the foreign exchange market overall there’s not a lot of conviction” at the moment, said Tomes. “Volatility is low and people don’t want to put on sizeable positions either way.”

The Australian dollar AUD= fell to its lowest in three days after reports that China and the United States had delayed a meeting to end their trade war. The meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping will not occur this month and is more likely to happen in April at the earliest, Bloomberg reported. It was last at $0.7061, down 0.54 percent on the day.

Investors are worried that any escalation in the trade conflict will pummel export-oriented economies like Australia, whose biggest trading partner is China. The yuan was relatively stable in the offshore market, down 0.31 percent at 6.7230.

Preview: Juventus – Genoa

Juventus could be judging their return to form perfectly and will continue their pursuit of Serie A leaders Napoli when they host a Genoa side.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

After an indifferent start, Juventus have stormed back into contention and are in a direct fight with Napoli, who are one point ahead. The depth in their squad should help the Champions stave off the injury crisis that currently engulfs them.

Genoa sit just six points above the bottom three, but have found their rhythm in recent matches. The visitors have lost just once in their last eight SA games (W4, D3, L1) and even started the new year with a 1-0 win over Sassuolo.

The hosts have been immaculate at both ends of the pitch (49 goals scored, 15 conceded) this campaign. They have kept 11 clean sheets in SA – more than any other side – and have conceded only one goal in their last 11 games in all competitions.

Their visitors have scored only 16 goals so far – the second-fewest – while drawing blanks in seven of their ten trips in SA. However, they have conceded more than one goal only once in these games (10%).

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His task will be tough against Genoa’s rock Ervin Zukanovic, who has made the most interceptions and clearances for them so far.

Stat attack: The last time Genoa won at Juventus in SA was way back in 1991, a run of 14 games without victory (L11, D3).

Missing players

Juventus: P. Dybala (muscle injury), C. Marchisio (groin injury)上海夜生活网, G. Buffon (doubtful), J. Cuadrado (doubtful), B. Howedes (doubtful)

Genoa: F. Migliore (calf injury), E. Zukanovic (suspension), G. Lapadula (doubtful).

Wenger wants to get his revenge on Liverpool

Arsene Wenger can remember how heavily his side were defeated by Liverpool earlier this season – and he wants his players to get their revenge for this 4-0 embarrassing loss at Anfield Road.

The Arsenal goalkeeper, Petr Čech, described this loss as one of the worst moments of his long career – so it’s obvious that the Gunners will do anything to win the reverse match and get their revenge. Arsene Wenger admitted that this defeat still hurts him and he thinks that his players feel the same way – and he wants to do something similar to their upcoming opponent.

The former AS Monaco coach spoke about his feeling after this huge loss as he said, according to Sky Sports: “When you have such a long career as I have, you have some defeats unfortunately that hurt you for the rest of your life. I believe what is interesting in football is you always have a time to make up for it. When you can put things right, do it. So let’s focus on what is in front of us and turn up on Friday night with a completely different performance.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarr上海夜生活论坛a 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 continued by assuring that the motivation is there and his side will do anything to turn it around: “The motivation is there. This squad has a good mentality and it is about us, to make sure we are on top of our game. We must play with pace and a determined attitude.”

In the end, Arsene Wenger spoke about his reunion with Oxlade-Chamberlain: “It would be not fair to put the defeat at Liverpool, where the whole team had a bad performance, on one player. After that, on the other side, you analyse ‘did you make mistakes or not?’ You cannot go home and say everything was perfect when you lose like we did.”

Conte is too clever to take the AC Milan job

The former Inter chairman, Massimo Moratti, is certain that Antonio Conte won’t be a new coach of AC Milan as he is “too smart” to take this job and he will more likely remain at Chelsea.

Antonio Conte has mentioned several times before that he would like to return to Italy at some point in his career but Moratti thinks that AC Milan won’t be the right destination. The Rossoneri have been struggling so far and they are currently looking for a new coach as Genaro Gattuso is considered to be a mostly temporary replacement.

The ex-chairman of Inter spoke about this situation a上海夜生活网s he said, according to Goal: “He is a great manager, the only difference with [Luciano] Spalletti is that Spalletti has yet to win a Serie A title, Conte has already won league titles in Italy and in England. If he’d joined Inter and failed it would have been Inter’s fault. A move to AC Milan? No, I don’t think so, he is a smart guy.”Italian football to pay respects to Sassuolo owner Squinzi George Patchias – Sassuolo owner Giorgio Squinzi has died at the age of 76, and a minute’s silence will be observed across Italian football this weekend as…

He also spoke about Inter’s current coach, Luciano Spaletti: “I’d never give him advice. I’ve explained to him the mentality of an interista fan, but he already knew it. I also wanted to hire him but I never managed to in the past. We were very close after the treble but he chose Zenit instead. He can read the players’ mind just like Mourinho. Players like Ranocchia, Santon and Brozovic are reborn.”

In the end, Marotti also mentioned the fact that Ivan Perisic decided to stay with Inter Milan and to refuse Manchester United: “He is so strong, he has strength and quality. I don’t see better wingers in Europe right now but he needs to have consistency. Spalletti was very important for him because he blocked his exit last summer.”

UEFA’s ‘Team of the Century’

In anticipation of releasing the ‘Team of the Year’ next week, UEFA has published a ‘Team of the Century’, putting together the players that featured most in their team of the years this century.

The team features, as expected, both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Furthermore, the first eleven includes six Spanish players. Moreover, six players that play or have played for Barcelona are in the team, as well as three from Real Madrid.

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The leader of appearances in ‘Team of the Year’ is Cristiano Ronaldo, with 11 picks in the last 16 years. Lionel Messi follows closely.

Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol, Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta all have six appearances, Philipp Lahm, Gerard Pique, Xavi and Thierry Henry have five, while Steven Gerrard has three.

The fact that Spain has six players in the team is easy to explain due to the national team’s successes in the period 2008-2012, when they basically dominated world football, winning two European Championships and one World Cup.

At club level, Spanish team ha上海夜生活ve also dominated Europe. Since 2000, Real Madrid won the Champions League trophy five times (1999/2000, 2001/2002, 2013/2014, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017) and Barcelona won it four times (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011 and 2014/2015).

Ginola: Ronaldo still better than Kane

Former PSG midfielder David Ginola says Harry Kane can’t be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo yet

Two of the most fearsome strikers of the world are about to face each other again in Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur’s game at Wembley Stadium in the Champions League.

Tottenham superstar Harry Kane cannot be considered at the same level as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, says David Ginola, GOAL reports.

A lot of speculations have been going around about Kane reaching the same level as the Portuguese, but former France midfielder Gionla says it’s too early to talk about Kane in such heights.

Ginola told talkSPORT: “You can’t compare Harry Kane to Ronaldo…yet.”

He thinks the two players are not even that similar, which makes it hard to draw comparisons.

“Even the qualities are not the same. Ronaldo is about pace – I’m not saying that Harry Kane is slow, but he’s not the same kind of player.”Ronaldo opens up about retirement plans Nedim Maric – Cristiano Ronaldo is still playing at a top-level even at 34 years of age.Juventus is looking to end the 23-year-old drought of not winning…

Kane’s team-mate, Jan Vertonghen spoke highly about the striker, saying he wouldn’t swap the English striker for anyone at the moment.

“Harry for me is one of the best No 9s in Europe, maybe the best. He shows that every week and I wouldn’t swap Harry for any player at the moment.”

However, there are some who disagree with Ginola’s statement. For exam上海夜生活网ple, Steffen Freund said the England striker is a natural “successor” to Ronaldo.

The ex-Spurs winger Ginola also said both players could do great under each team: “You could swap Harry Kane for Ronaldo, obviously, because Ronaldo will do some great stuff for Spurs and Harry Kane will do the same for Real Madrid.”

He said Ronaldo simply works really hard and sends the right message to upcoming prospects, inspiring them put in the work to succeed.

“But, on the other hand, Ronaldo has done so much for the game and he works so hard. All the credit to him because for the last five or six years, even more than that, since he played football, every year he is sending the right message to youngsters – if you want to stay at the top, you need to work really hard.”

Kane has outscored Ronaldo so far this season, with the Tottenham attacker having scored 13 times in just 12 matches, compared to Ronaldo’s 7 goals in 11 games.

Gabriel Jesus: “I live for goals”

The striker has had no trouble finding the back of the net for both club and country in recent games as he warns there will be many more to come.

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has made a statement that he will not be contained as he ‘lives for goals’. The youngster had a run of four matches without scoring a goal, but this run is now over as he rediscovered his goal-scoring form with Brazil and Manchester City. The 20-year-old has 14 goals in 21 appearances for the Citizens, but insists he will get even better in the future.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News following yet another remarkable display for City against Stoke, Jesus stated: “I live for goals and just want to score as many as possible. It’s great to score goals in the Brazil national team shirt, but I also love doing it in City colours, too.Neville: Pep Guardiola knows Man City aren’t good enough And上海夜生活网rew Smyth – Gary Neville has quashed Pep Guardiola’s claims that Manchester City won’t buy in January as they can’t challenge for trophies without defensive cover.

“I am enjoying this great moment in my life. I had an injury last season but that didn’t stop me. My team and management really helped me, and they have been great for me in my time in England.

“I learn a lot from Sergio [Aguero] every day, but not just him – I learn from all the team. We learn with each other – I pass on my knowledge to them, and they give theirs to me, so it’s an exchange.”

Barcelona ready to pay huge sign-on fee for Messi

The Catalans want to make sure that their star man will sign a new deal with the club and are prepared to pay him a huge amount.

Besides the €550k/week wages that Barcelona are proposing to Messi, they are also ready to pay a €90m bonus to the Argentinian for the signing of a new deal, according to Daily Mail. This would be a record breaking signing-on fee.

Barcelona are thought to be lookin上海夜生活网g to sell the naming rights of their stadium, Camp Nou, which is set to undergo major renovations. The Catalans are looking to rename the stadium as early as next season, hoping that the funds attracted will help ease the burden of the wages. Reports suggest that Barcelona would be looking to raise around €200m for selling the naming rights of the stadium for the next 25 years.Pique sends a warning message to the board after Barcelona scrape the win against… Nedim Maric – The turmoil at the beginning of the season caused a lot of concerns at Barcelona.Shaky start of the season for Barca saw them get…

In a report published by L’Ara, it was claimed that Barcelona’s current wage expenditure of €450m represents a staggering 84% of the total revenue of the club.

In addition to the naming rights, Barcelona would also like to make use of their situation with the kit supplier. Nike are set to make the Catalans a new offer to extend the current deal and a new agreement could be announced next year.

With Barcelona having achieved direct qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia, Messi’s schedule will now allow space for a potential official announcement about his new deal with the Catalans.

Arrigo Sacchi: Insigne “the perfect replacement” for Neymar

Arrigo Sacchi has given his opinion on who would have been the perfect replacement for Neymar at Barcelona and the former Italy manager indicated Lorenzo Insigne.

Barcelona have lost Neymar to PSG this summer, after the Parisians paid his release clause. The transfer took the Catalans by surprise and ever sine then, they tried to find the perfect replacement for the Brazilian.

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In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Sacchi said: “Lorenzo Insigne would’ve been the perfect replacement for Neymar at Barcelona. He’s the greatest Italian talent in 10 years.

I don’t think Barcelona are up to the same standard as Real Madrid. Having lost Neymar, Insigne would’ve been the perfect replacement. He is the greatest Italian talent in 10 years and has some genial intuition.”

Sacchi continued, pointing some of the flaws in Insigne’s game: “He just needs to avoid being ‘sneaky’ when he isn’t in the mood to run. When Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik block the midfielders who can only go via the right-back, he looks back and tries to make preventative blocks instead of trying to snatch the ball. It’s a shame, because tactically he really is wonderful.”

Klopp confident in his squad

The German tactician believes Liverpool will be able to challenge for the title this year.

Jürgen Klopp thinks Liverpool will play for the championship in the upcoming 2017-18 as they seek to end a period of 27 years with no English title.

Since Liverpool last won the league, they have been completely overtaken by Manchester United as English football’s most successful club.

Ahead of the Audi Cup in Munich, Klopp told reporters about the ambition of his men:

“We will be playing for the championship. We don’t start a season by not having any ambitions.” the German said, according to Goal.Jurgen Klopp rates Pep Guardiola as his greatest rival Andrew Smyth – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is the best manager that he’s ever coached against.

“We have to have our goals. That’s what we did last season. We aimed for the top, and we finished fourth. But I think we have a very good team now.

“We did have a bit of bad luck last season. I think we can play a little bit better.

“Let’s hope everything will work very well and that there isn’t much more to improve. We have to work very har上海夜生活论坛d on it and we’re doing that.”

The Reds were one of the title contenders last year, after a dip in their form packed with a number of injuries saw the club from Anfield take the fourth spot, 17 points behind Chelsea.

Mourinho plans historical betrayal\u00a0

Manchester United are ready to enter the race for a rival player, in a move that would mean a historical betrayal.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. May 7, 2017.

Jose Mourinho is ready to splash the cash in the upcoming transfer window. And one of the Portuguese’s targets is none other than city rival Sergio Agüero.

The English press states that the Red Devils are ready to make a bid of around €65m for Manchester City’s top goal scorer.

Agüero plays for City since 2011, when he was bought from Atletico Madrid for €45m. Although he is the team’s top goal scorer, Agüero started the year on the bench after the arrival of Gabriel Jesus and only regained his place in the starting eleven after the Brazilian got injured.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…

Gabriel Jesus seems exactly the type of player that Guardiola loves and it looks like the Brazilian will be Pep’s first choice for the central striker position next season. Under these circumstances, Agüero might be tempted to consider other offers.

Mourinho sees the 28-year-old上海夜生活 as the perfect number 9 for his team, after the long-term injury of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will probably not be offered a contract extension.

Agüero is currently fifth in the top goalscorers list in Premier League, with 18 goals, one ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Romelu Lukaku from Everton tops the list with 24 goals.

And the Argentinian is not the only player that Mourinho wants from his city rivals. It was rumoured lately that Manchester United are considering a bid for the Citizen’s goalkeeper, Joe Hart. Hart is currently on loan at Torino and he is not part of Guardiola’s plans for next season.

Kante wins PFA Players’ Player of the Year

In a ceremony that took place Sunday evening at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has been presented with the Player of the Year award by the Professional Footballers Association.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. April 24, 2017.

Competing against the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Harry Kane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and team-mate Eden Hazard, Kante received the most votes from his fellow players.

After helping his former team, Leicester, to win an historical title last season, the French midfielder joined Chelsea for £32m last summer and is about to win his second consecutive Premier League title. He would become the first player to have achieved this (winning consecutive English titles with two different teams), after Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993.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…

On being presented with the award, Kante said: “To be chosen by the p上海夜生活layers to be player of the year mean a lot to me. It means the world to be chosen and it’s been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it’s a great honour.”

Kante also discussed the ongoing season with Chelsea and his manager, Antonio Conte: “He [Conte] knows what he wants from the players. He wants to win, and we work very, very, very hard in training for him. He put a winning mentality into the squad, and everyone wants to give their best for the team, and to make Chelsea win titles. We have to fight for six more games. We’re going to fight like a final for every game, and hopefully we can win the league at the end of the season.”

Deutsche Bank careers end in an envelope, a hug and a cab ride

HONG KONG/LONDON/NEW YORK ( ) – Summoned by HR to be handed a Deutsche Bank envelope, many of its staff across the world then left their desks for the last time on Monday, shown the door by their German employer within hours of a restructuring announcement.

Deutsche Bank confirmed on Sunday that it was closing huge parts of its trading businesses, with staff in its equities division in Sydney and Hong Kong among the first to be told their roles would go.

“If you have a job for me, please let me know,” said a banker leaving the Hong Kong office on Monday.

Staff leaving in Hong Kong were holding envelopes with the bank’s logo. Three employees took a picture of themselves beside a Deutsche Bank sign outside, hugged and then hailed a taxi.

“They give you this packet and you are out of the building,” said one equities trader.

“The equities market is not that great so I may not find a similar job, but I have to deal with it,” said another.

At the bank’s Wall Street office, staff impacted by the cuts were summoned to the cafeteria to learn of their fate. A notice inside the building’上海夜生活论坛s lobby told staff the cafeteria would be closed until 11.30 a.m. EST.

Hundreds of staff were informed during the meetings that their positions were being cut, sources within the bank told . They also received details of their redundancy packages. One source said staff could be seen saying their goodbyes to colleagues upon leaving the cafeteria.

Speaking outside the bank’s office, one employee told the cuts had been anticipated for weeks.

“People have been planning their next moves but it’s a tough market,” the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Another employee, who asked not to be named, said the bank held a short meeting in its auditorium at 9.30 a.m. EST to inform staff of the cutbacks. He said he was later handed an envelope informing him of his redundancy. The staffer said he and his colleagues had known the impending cuts were likely for the past couple of weeks.

Deutsche Bank plans to close all of its equity trading business and cut some parts of its fixed income operations, in an overhaul expected to lead to 18,000 job cuts.

Some of those roles will be cut immediately, while some staff will be kept on for longer while they help wind down operations.

A few hours after the Hong Kong staff left, workers were seen leaving Deutsche Bank’s office in the City of London, which along with New York is expected to bear the brunt of the cuts, carrying similar envelopes.

“I was terminated this morning, there was a very quick meeting and that was it,” said one IT worker, who left while Deutsche Bank chief executive Christian Sewing was inside the building doing a call with the media.

Few staff wanted to speak outside the bank’s London office, but trade was picking up at the nearby Balls Brothers pub around lunchtime.

“I got laid off, where else would I go,” said a man who had just lost his job in equity sales.

FAR-FLUNG CUTS

The layoffs were going beyond the major financial centers.

A Deutsche Bank employee in Bengaluru told that he and several colleagues were told first thing that their jobs were going.

“We were informed that our jobs have become redundant and handed over our letters and given approximately a month’s salary,” he said.

“The mood is pretty hopeless right now, especially (among)people who are single-earners or have big financial burdens such as loans to pay,” he added.

Deutsche spokespeople in Hong Kong and London declined to comment on specific details about the number of departures, but said they would try to support people being made redundant.

For those losing their jobs in equities, finding a new one could prove difficult, with the industry still grappling with higher costs from new European regulations on share trading.

“The job market in equities is going to be very tough,” said George Kuznetsov head of research and analytics at Coalition, which analyses the investment banking industry.

“Our expectations if for equities sales and trading revenues falling 7-8% this year and that of course is going to put a lot of halts into the hiring across most of the brokers”.

For Deutsche Bank staff whose jobs are safe for now, there was some relief, but also big doubts about the future.

“The biggest question for us is where do we go from here if we don’t offer the whole suite of products? Will clients stick with us or is the game over?” said a Singapore banker who remains in his job.

Explainer: Trump risks legal fight with emergency threat on wall

WASHINGTON ( ) – President Donald Trump will almost certainly face legal challenges over his decision to declare a national emergency to get additional funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, circumventing the power of Congress to set spending policy.

Legal scholars say it is unclear how such a step would play out, but they agree a court test would likely focus on whether an emergency actually exists on the southern border and on the limits of presidential power over taxpayer funds.

Trump is unhappy with a bipartisan border security bill that is going through Congress to avert another government shutdown, because it contains only a fraction of the funds he demanded for his promised border wall. The White House said Trump would sign the bill but declare a national emergency to try to obtain funds for the wall.

That will likely trigger a long legal fight possibly stretching into Trump’s 2020 re-election bid, and embolden critics who already accuse him of authoritarian tendencies and unpredictable swerves in policy-making.

Congressional Democrats are already vowing legal challenges.

They have balked at giving Trump money for what they say is a wasteful and unnecessary wall.

Trump made his promise to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign. The Mexican government has refused to pay.

PRESIDENTIAL DISCRETION

Under the Constitution, decisions about spending taxpayer funds and creating policy are typically made by Congress.

But a 1976 law allows the president to bypass Congress and redirect funds in the event of a national emergency. The National Emergencies Act does not define “emergency,” giving the president broad discretion to declare one, legal experts said.

The law empowers Congress to override an emergency declaration, but that requires action by both chambers, which would be hard to get since the Senate is run by Trump’s fellow Republicans and the House of Representatives by Democrats.

The United States currently has about 30 national emergency proclamations in effect, including ones related to the Iran hostage crisis of 1979 and the swine flu pandemic in 2009.

Congress has made a wide range of special powers available to a president who declares a national emergency.

One law allows the president to redirect U.S. Department of Defense construction funds that have not yet been allocated.

Another enables the U.S. Army to halt civil projects and instead apply the funds and personnel to projects “essential to the national defense.”

LITTLE PRECEDENT

There are few court cases on the scope of the president’s emergency powers, and legal experts are split.

Robert Chesney, a professor of national security law at the University of Texas, said a legal challenge on those grounds might succeed but that the courts typically showed deference to the president on national security matters.

Elizabeth Goitein, a lawyer at the Brennan Center for Justice, said there were strong arguments that border wall construction is impermissible under various statutes granting the president emergency powers.

While the U.S. Supreme Court has denied legal standing to individual lawmakers from the House of Representatives challenging White House actions, the entire House may have more solid legal ground to bring a lawsuit.

In 2015, the federal appeals court in Washington said the House as an institution had standing to challenge a means chosen by the Obama administration to fund part of the Affordable Care Act, where Congress had not appropriated the money.

Individuals or businesses with contracts canceled because of a redirection of military funds could also challenge Trump in court, as could private landowners whose property might be seized, Chesney said.

A practical issue for Trump, even if he could credibly argue an emergency exists, is that he would need to get his wall money out of whatever funds are left over from a pool of about $10.4 billion in military construction projects during the current fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30.

The U.S. military has not disclosed how muc上海夜生活网h funding might be left over in its military construction budget. It was unclear whether any cash still available would be enough to make significant headway in building the border wall.

Dutch spy agency investigating alleged Huawei ‘backdoor’: Volkskrant

AMSTERDAM ( ) – Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei has a hidden “backdoor” on the network of a major Dutch telecoms firm, making it possible to access customer data, newspaper De Volkskrant said on Thursday, citing unidentified intelligence sources.

The newspaper said Dutch intelligence agency AIVD was looking into whether the situation had enabled spying by the Chinese government.

In a statement, Huawei said it was “surprised” by the Volkskrant report and that it would not respond to its core allegations because they came from anonymous sources.

Earlier, a company representative was quoted in De Volkskrant as saying Huawei complied with all laws in every country where it operates, and “keeps the door closed to governments or others who want to use our network for activities that would threaten cyber security.”

A spokesman for the AIVD said the agency would not comment on the Vo上海夜网lkskrant report.

In April, the agency said it was “undesirable for the Netherlands … to depend on the hardware or software of companies from countries running active cyber programs against Dutch interests,” naming China and Russia.

Of the three large Dutch telecommunications companies, KPN and VodafoneZiggo declined to comment on the report, while T-Mobile/Tele2 said it was not aware of any AIVD investigation.

The report comes a day after U.S. President Donald Trump banned Huawei from buying vital U.S. technology without special approval and effectively barring its equipment from U.S. telecoms networks on national security grounds.

KPN said last month it would exclude Huawei equipment from the “core” of its mobile network in the future, but would continue to use Huawei radio towers.

A Dutch government panel is currently reviewing security guidelines to prevent spying ahead of the construction of the country’s 5G mobile networks. Foreign Minister Stef Blok said at a press conference on Wednesday the panel would deliver a decision “soon” on whether Huawei would be allowed as a vendor.

The Volkskrant story did not contain any details of whether the alleged “backdoor” was hardware or software, how it works, or whether it has actually been used.

Australia’s Telstra planning to cut 10,000 contractor jobs in two…

SYDNEY ( ) – Australia’s biggest telecommunications provider Telstra Corp Ltd plans to cut a quarter of its contractors in two years, its CEO said on Tuesday, a reduction of 10,000 people on its payroll and adding to thousands of internal jobs slated to go.

The newly上海夜网 disclosed cuts show the extent of the company’s focus on lowering overheads as cut-throat competition and new technology put pressure on its mainstay fixed-line businesses.

The announcement came a week after the former government utility brought forward a plan to cut a quarter of its internal workforce, or 8,000 jobs, and forecast a A$500 million ($348.9 million) writedown on its ageing data-storage assets.

“Over the past year we have also reduced our indirect workforce by 5,000 and we would anticipate reducing this further by over 25% in the next two years,” Telstra CEO Andy Penn said at an investor conference.

Penn did not specify the number of jobs, but a Telstra spokesman referred to Penn’s comments earlier in 2019 when he said Telstra had 40,000 “industry partners who provide technology, consultancy and other services”.

“The human dimension of these numbers is very challenging,” Penn added in the speech on Tuesday.

Telstra announced its job-cut plan last June and last week said it will have shed about 6,000 internal jobs, from 8,000 jobs it plans to cut, by the end of the financial year to June, bringing forward A$200 million in restructuring costs.

The telco then added that it would take another A$350 million in restructuring charges in the following financial year.

Telstra shares were up 1.8% on afternoon trading, while the broader sharemarket was up 0.3%.

Factbox: Auto, other industries’ manufacturing presence in Mexico

( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a tariff of 5% would be imposed on all goods coming from Mexico, increasing gradually each month until it reaches 25% on Oct. 1, unless Mexico takes immediate action to curb illegal immigration.

Such a move would likely hit a number of global firms, with those in the auto industry looking particularly vulnerable.

Automakers have long built vehicles in Mexico, taking advantage of the country’s cheap labor, trade deals and proximity to the United States, the world’s largest auto market after China.

Below are Mexican production and export figures for automakers in 2018, supplied by the Mexican Automotive Industry Association, and for companies in other industries which have a manufacturing presence in the country.

AUTOMAKERS:

General Motors Co

Production: 834,414 vehicles. Exports: 811,954 vehicles.

The largest automaker in Mexico, with 14 manufacturing facilities.

Nissan Motor Co Ltd

Production: 762,408 vehicles. Exports: 496,333 vehicles.

Makes the most vehicles in Mexico among Japanese automakers. Exports from Mexico to the United States account for roughly one-quarter of its U.S. vehicle sales, industry experts say.

Produces the Sentra and Versa in Mexico for the U.S. market.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV

Production: 639,022 vehicles. Exports: 630,967 vehicles.

Volkswagen AG

Production: 435,373 vehicles. Exports: 377,437 vehicles.

Daimler AG

The group last year opened the COMPAS plant in Aguascalientes, which it jointly operates with Renault-Nissan, to produce its A-class sedan. Originally the plant targeted annual production of up to 230,000 vehicles, whose ramps have faced technical difficulties.

Kia Motors Corp

Production: 294,600 vehicles. Exports: 231,695 vehicles.

South Korean automaker said production includes 55,978 Verna small cars made for affiliate Hyundai Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co

Production: 280,499 vehicles. Exports: 273,009 vehicles.

Toyota Motor Corp

Production: 191,978 vehicles. Exports: 187,569 vehicles.

Audi 上海夜生活论坛AG

Production: 173,098 vehicles. Exports: 172,232 vehicles.

Mazda Motor Co

Production: 149,589 vehicles. Exports: 137,463 vehicles.

Honda Motor Co

Production: 147,158 vehicles. Exports: 130,542 vehicles.

AUTO SUPPLIERS:

Japan’s Denso Corp and Aisin Seiki Co have a manufacturing presence in Mexico.

Germany’s Thyssenkrupp makes about 1 billion euros ($1.11 billion) of sales in Mexico, where it employs 4,300 staff. It produces steering systems, crankshafts, springs and anti-roll bars for the car industry.

Auto tech company Veoneer Inc said it had tiny exposure to Mexico and the proposed tariff would not have a significant impact.

Vehicles and parts comprised Mexico’s biggest export item to the United States in 2018, totaling $93.3 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

ELECTRONICS:

LG Electronics Inc

South Korean firm makes television sets and refrigerators in Mexico for the U.S. market. Almost all of the TVs are shipped to the United States, and about one third of the refrigerators, a company spokesperson said.

AEROSPACE:

Safran SA

Makes parts in Mexico for its joint venture with General Electric, CFM, which is the sole engine supplier for Boeing Co’s 737.

It added a plant in Queretaro last year with industrial felt and textiles firm Albany International Corp to make parts for its LEAP engine, which powers the grounded Boeing 737 MAX.

Its Labinal factory in Chihuahua handles nearly all wiring for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

Bombardier Inc

Makes the rear fuselage of its long-range Global 7500 business jet in Queretaro.