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Mississippi lawmakers approve religion bill amid gay-rights protests

( ) – A Mississippi measure that would allow people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and provide wide protections for actions decried as discriminatory by gay rights advocates passed the state legislature on Friday.

Opponents plan a last-ditch attempt to stop the legislation on Monday before it heads to Mississippi Republican Governor Phil Bryant, whose spokesman said he would decide whether to sign or veto it after a thorough review.

Bryant previously said he did not consider the bill discriminatory, according to WLOX television in Mississippi.

The fight comes after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year legalizing same-sex marriage. In a wave of state-level legislation, social conservatives have pushed measures seen as harmful to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women.

A new law barring transgender people in North Carolina from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity has drawn wide protest, while the governors of Georgia and Virginia vetoed similar “religious liberty” bills this week.

Represent,上海品茶群二维码Nala,ative And,上海品茶水磨Fabian,y Gipson, a Republican sponsor of the Mississippi measure, urged his colleagues on Friday not to be intimidated by national media criticism. He highlighted a poll that showed wide support for the meas,上海品茶微信Lance,ure in the state.

“It’s time that we stand up and do the work of the people and protect the freedoms that they enjoy,” he said.

The bill includes provisions that go beyond same-sex marriages, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights advocacy group that has labeled the act appalling.

“We urge Governor Bryant to do the right thing – reject discrimination, and veto this harmful measure when it reaches his desk,” said HRC President Chad Griffin earlier this week.

The legislation would allow employers to cite religious conviction in determining workplace policies on dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access.

Foster parents would be protected in placing lesbian, gay or transgender children into controversial programs seeking to change their sexual orientation, said Ben Needham, director of HRC’s “Project One America” to expand lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the U.S. South.

He said the legislation could also permit discrimination against single mothers, for example, by religious-affiliated organizations such as homeless shelters and food pantries.

Additionally, state court clerks could seek to be recu上海品茶会所sed from providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Some of Mississippi’s large employers, such as Nissan North America and MGM Resorts International, have spoken out against legislation that would discriminate.

Trump threat to run as independent counterproductive: party chief

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus said on Sunday that Donald Trump is making it harder for himself to win the Republican presidential nomination by threatening to run as an independent if he is not treated fairly.

In several television interviews, Priebus, who chairs the Republican National Committee, said candidates sometimes make such statements in hopes of gaining leverage over the party, but that it would not work.

“Those kinds of comments, I think, have consequences,” Priebus said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And so when you make those kinds of comments and you want people to f,上海品茶水磨Queena,all in line for you, it makes it more difficult.

     “… And certainly, you know, if you were running for president of the Kiwanis Club or the Boy Scouts and you said you don’t know if you like the Kiwanis or the Boy Scouts, I think that makes your challenge even grea上海品茶会所ter to ultimately win those kinds of posts,” he said. “It’s no different for the Republican Party.”

On Tuesday, Trump backed away from the loyalty pledge he signed in September promising to support the party’s eventual nominee and not to run an independent campaign for the White House.

The RNC pledge has unraveled as Trump’s remaining rivals, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich, also indicated they were unlikely,专门哟啪的微信群Barrett, to observe the pledge if Trump was the nominee.

Priebus said candidates signed the loyalty pledge as part of a deal in which the RNC agreed to provide data about voters. “We expect that when candidates make commitments, that they keep them,” Priebus told Fox News Sunday.

Trump’s relationship with the RNC has been contentious at times. Talking to Fox News Sunday, he once again did not rule out running as an independent if he does not get the Republican,上海品茶交友群Ida, nomination.

“We’re going to have to see how I was treated,” Trump said. “I want to be treated fair.”

Priebus said that if one candidate gets the support of 1,237 delegates before the Republican convention opens in Cleveland in July, that candidate will win the party’s presidential nomination.

But if no one wins on the first ballot, delegates can switch their allegiances and “they can vote for who they want,” Priebus told ABC.

Nonetheless, Priebus told CNN, the nominee is likely to be one of the three people now running and not someone like House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, who some have speculated could be a dark-horse candidate – mainly because “he doesn’t want to do it.”

Priebus also cited some practical reasons that the nominee most likely would have to be Trump, Cruz or Kasich: “That candidate would have to have a floor operation (in Cleveland) and an actual campaign going on to make that possible.”

Bulgaria ready to start talks with U.S. on F-16 jet deal

SOFIA ( ) – The Bulgarian government has approved a plan to start talks with the United States on buying eight new F-16 fighter jets to replace its ageing Soviet-made MiG-29s and improve compliance with NATO standards, the defense minister said on Wednesday.

A deal for Lockheed Martin’s F-16V Block 70 would be worth around 1.8 billion levs ($1.1 billion), Bulgaria’s biggest military procurement since the fall of Communist rule some 30 years ago.

上海品茶会所The decision still requires parliament’s approval.

Other bidders had included Sweden, with Saab’s Gripen jets, and Italy, with second-hand Eurofighters.,上海品茶论坛Lake,

Senior defense ministry and army officials say the F-16 is a multi-role fighter plane that had been tested in battle and had a long lifespan.

The defense ministry has previously said that the United States does not need additional licenses and agreements to supply the war plans with the necessary weaponry and licenses, unlike the offers from Sweden and Italy.

“The government is proposing to the parliament to allow it to start talks with the United States to acquire new war planes,” Defense Minister Krasimir Karakachanov told reporters.

The center-right coalition government has a thin majority in parliament, which is expected to vote on the move next week.

The plan has spurred heated political debates in the Black Sea country with supporters hailing it as a strategic choice for Bulgaria, whose NATO neighbors are also flying F-16s, while critics accused the government of breaching the tender rules.

On Tuesday, the White House said the United States was ready to work with the government to tailor a deal that will fit Bulgaria’s budgetary and operational requirements. Its bid at present exceeds the tender’s estimated limit, officials said.

“We believe that the F-16 Block 70 offers Bulgaria the best possible combination of price, capability and interoperability with other NATO air forces,” U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration said in a statement.

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, a former air force commander and frequent critic of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, is believed to favor the Swedish bid and has criticized the process as flawed and “a triumph of lobbying”.  

Critics have questioned whether the United States can deliver the first two F-16 jets within two years as required and pointed to a U.S. proposal for a one-off payment upon contracting rather than offering a long-term payment scheme as preferred in the tender.

Sweden has expressed its disappointment over the decision and said its offer was well below the estimated budget, provided for deferred payment and was ready to,专门哟啪的微信群Ida, deliver on time.

The ,上海品茶419论坛Gabriella,question of which warplanes to buy has been vexing successive governments in Bulgaria for more than a decade.

Borissov’s government re-launched the tender in July, after a parliament commission ruled that a previous process which favored the Gripen jets, should be reviewed.

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New Brazil government riven by divisions, policy confusion

BRASILIA ( ) – Brazil’s new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has stumbled out of the gate with infighting, policy flip-flops and confusion in his one-week-old government, raising concern among investors about his ability to carry out pressing fiscal reforms.

Divisions have quickly emerged between his political and economic teams over plans to overhaul a messy tax code and costly pension system to bring a high budget ,上海品茶网Lake,deficit under control.

Bolsonaro’s comments in interviews and Twitter posts have also been at odds with senior aides, a red flag for investors who expected the government to arrive focused on a swift pension reform to shore up its finances before tackling an array of hot-butt上海品茶会所on social issues and foreign policy proposals.

On Friday, for example, Bolsonaro told reporters he was increasing the tax on financial operations and cutting the highest income tax rate. That prompted a quick denial from an undersecretary to Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, with Chief of Staff Onyx Lorenzoni later saying the president was mistaken.

The back-and-forth unsettled investors who had been pleased at the team of orthodox economists assembled by Guedes, many of whom are fellow,上海品茶419论坛Barney, alumni of the University of Chicago’s free-market school of economics.

It put many in a wait-and-see mode, especially in debt markets, said Fabio Knijnik, head of Sao Paulo-based wealth fund K2 Capital.

While many domestic investors remain bullish, foreigners with other options have been more cautious about Brazil.

“They are less likely to put money into a country where you have a finance secretary saying that what the president just said makes no sense,” he said. “We are not seeing this government’s members marching to the same tune.”

Brazil’s stock market has been one of the best performing in the world over the past six months, with the benchmark Bovespa stock index .BVSP climbing 25 percent as Bolsonaro won election in October and appointed his market-friendly cabinet.

Brazil’s currency BRBY and stocks extended a rally into the new year, but gains have slowed as questions mount.

On Wednesday, Bolsonaro celebrated a record high for the Bovespa. “Optimism about the new Brazilian government is adding to the global scenario,” he said on Twitter.

POLITICS VS ECONOMICS

However, confusion about pension reform, which Knijnik called the keystone of the president’s economic agenda, has some worried that the party might not last.

Bolsonaro proposed in an interview with the SBT television network that the new minimum retirement age would be 62 for men and 57 for women, higher than now but lower than ages proposed by the previous government.

Investors read that as a sign that he could water down the bill written by the prior government to limit the political costs, easing passage through Congress but requiring further legislation down the road.

Guedes has said he favors a tougher proposal that may be politically difficult but would make a larger and more lasting impact on public debt, which has soared to 77 percent of gross domestic product.

“The political and economic teams are at odds. There is a lack of cohesion and even coordination between President Bolsonaro’s closest aides,” said Leonardo Barreto, head of Brasilia-based political consultancy Factual.

Guedes is taking an all-or-nothing approach to fiscal reforms, while Lorenzoni has signaled he would make concessions to lawmakers to shore up political support, said Barreto.

The contradictions highli,上海品尝嫩茶Rae,ght broader tensions in Bolsonaro’s government, which brings together statist former military officers, right-wing nationalists, the Chicago-trained economists and Christian evangelicals — all with different priorities.

Bolsonaro has already faced disagreement from the armed forces over his suggestion that Brazil could host a U.S. military base.

Investors fear the government will turn first to the social issues dear to Bolsonaro’s conservative electoral base, burning political capital needed for the unpopular pension reform.

The farm and gun lobbies want Bolsonaro to move quickly to ease laws restricting the possession of firearms. Evangelical supporters want sex education, gender diversity and leftist political thinkers removed from the public school curriculum.

“After they pass pension reform, then they can deal with all the ideological stuff they talk about, like girls wearing pink and boys blue,” Knijnik said.

Brazil president’s son misses meeting with prosecutors probing…

RIO DE JANEIRO ( ) – The son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he would not immediately meet with prosecutors to explain suspicious payments handled by his former driver, an episode that has clouded his father’s first days in office.

Questions over the origin of the funds in the bank account of Fabricio Queiroz, who for years was a driver on former Rio state lawmaker and Senator-elect Flavio Bolsonaro’s payroll, have thr,上海品茶论坛Gabrielle,eatened to tarnish the reputation of the Bolsonaro family, whose members surged to power on a promise to end years of political corruption.

Flavio Bolsonaro, his father and Queiroz have all said they are innocent of any crime.

Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors had asked Flavio Bolsonaro to meet with them to explain the irregular cash flows on Thursday, after Queiroz failed to show to previous appointments, citing health reasons.

But Flavio Bolsonaro said he would n,上海品茶QQIdaia,ot meet with prosecutors as planned, saying he had only been notified of the appointment on Monday. He vowed to arrange a new time.

“As I am not being investigated, I have not yet had access to the records,” he wrote on Facebook. “I hereby undertake to schedule a day and time to present the duly substantiated explanations … so that there is no doubt about my conduct.”

The scandal arose after Brazil’s Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF) identified 1.2 million reais ($305,000) that in 2016-17 fl,上海外卖品茶群Kai,owed through the bank account of Queiroz. Some payments were made to the president’s wife, Michelle Bolsonaro.

Jair Bolsonaro, who took power on Jan.1, has said the payment to his wife was Queiroz repaying a personal loan. Flavio Bolsonaro has said that Queiroz gave him a “plausible” explanation, and that the accusations were intended to destabilize the Bolsonaro family.

In a TV interview late last month, Queiroz said the money in his account was from a side-business of buying and selling cars.

“I’m a businessman,” he said. “I make money.”

According to the COAF, some of the payments to Queiroz’ bank account were made by other employees on Flavio Bolsonaro’s payroll when he served as a state lawmaker, includ上海品茶工作室ing by Queiroz’s own daughter. Many of the deposits were made on or around the same day the employees were paid, the COAF found.

In his TV interview, Queiroz declined to explain why his colleagues were depositing money into his account, saying he would tell investigators.

French companies bruised by ‘yellow vests’ protests

PARIS ( ) – French companies have this week revealed some 60 million euros ($69 million) of lost business from anti-government protests rocking the country, which could augur badly for the likes of supermarket chains Casino and Carrefour.

Shares in retailer FNAC Darty fell on Thursday after the electronics goods retailer estimated a revenue hit of some 45 million euros from the closure of stores during the protests and fewer shoppers.

With no sign of the protests ending, Air France KLM said the unrest had reduced sales by 15 million euros — a relatively small figure for the Franco-Dutch airline but enough to push its shares down too.

The “yellow vests” (‘gilets jaunes’) movement – named after the fluorescent jackets all French motorists carry in their vehicles – started in the middle of November as a protest against a fuel tax but has since grown into a broader backlash against the government.

The demonstrations have been marred by violence that has led to shopping districts and tourist hotspots having to close down on some weekends.

“The impact will be felt first and foremost with those companies with a physical presence on the high street, such as FNAC Darty. But others will also be impacted, such as hotels group Accor since the ‘gilets jaunes’ has been negative for tourism in Paris,” said Meriem Mokdad, fund manager at Roche Brune Asset Management.

Data on Wednesday showed consumer confidence last month fell to its lowest level in four years as c,上海品茶网Cade,onsumer fretted about their purchasing power and ability to make large purchases – and figures later in January from Casino and Carrefour could reflect that.

Confidence was also down in France’s construction industry as a result of the protests, said HSBC, which said it was revisiting its valuation of Bouygues’ construction related business to better reflect the global environment.

“STANDSTILL”

Catering and food services group Sodexo warned it had concerns for later this year. Sodexo owns Paris cabaret Le Lido, the Yachts de Paris luxury river cruising business and has the catering contract for a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.

“We are more worried about the impact of the protests on the spring-summer tourism season,” said CEO Denis Machuel.

The FCD French retail association, which speaks for both supermarket retailers and upmarket department stores, estimated that there had been a revenue loss of around 2 billion euros over the course of November and December.

“Needless to say, you will have similar warnings from other big Paris shops. In e,专门哟啪的微信群Octavia,ssence the Champs Elysees has been closed every weekend for the last two months, so out,上海品茶群二维码Rae,lets such as LVMH and Le Bon Marché will get hit,” said Ion-Marc Valahu, fund manager at Geneva-based investment firm Clairinvest.

“The companies in Paris’ CAC-40 index will get impacted to a certain extent because the ‘gilets jaunes’ have brought the French economy to a standstill,” added Valahu.

The signs of bruising to French companies comes after a study in financial dail上海品茶微信y Les Echos this week showed that the country’s top companies had paid out dividends worth 57 billion euros last year, as President Emmanuel Macron pursued his reform drive.

Jerome Schupp, fund manager at Swiss investment firm Prime Partners, said that given the risks from the protests he would favor international companies over those exposed to the domestic French economy, such as Casino and Carrefour.

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Germany’s Merz contradicts CDU on new party role

BERLIN ( ) – German conservative Friedrich Merz said on Friday he would not be taking a new post with the Ch上海品茶QQristian Democrats, contradicting the party and exposing lingering divisions after he lost the race to succeed C,上海外卖品茶群Jace,hancellor Angela Merkel as CDU leader.

The CDU said on Thursday that Merz, a former Merkel rival, would take a party post focusing on economic policy and transatlantic ties. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a Merkel protege who beat Merz, congratulated him on his new CDU role on Twitter.

But Merz said he did not commit to any party role despite offering to help Kramp-Karrenbauer craft a new vision for the CDU, which wants to win back voters this year in regional elections in three eastern states where the far-right is strong.

“I am ready to help but I won’t be part of any commiss,上海品茶419论坛Qirin,ion or any committee of the party,” Merz told the n-tv broadcaster at an economic summit in Bavaria.

Asked about the apparent turnaround, a CDU spokeswoman said Merz’s comments wer,上海品茶水磨Rae,e no sign of a rift between Kramp-Karrenbauer and the man she narrowly defeated in December.

Both Kramp-Karrenbauer and Merz vowed to heal divisions within the CDU exposed by the race to succeed Merkel, who relinquished leadership of the party after the CDU hemorrhaged support in a regional election in October.

Merz is popular with members of the CDU’s right wing who had wanted him to steer them away from Merkel’s centrist path, which they blame for bleeding support to the Alternative for Germany (AfD) far-right party.

Former Kosovo guerrillas to testify before Hague court

PRISTINA ( ) – A court examining war crimes against ethnic Serbs in Kosovo has asked several ex-commanders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) to attend a preliminary hearing next week, part of a process that could help calm tensions between Belgrade and Pristina.

But the process also has the potential to trigger a political crisis in Kosovo, whose leaders are mostly ex-KLA commanders. Kosovars mostly view the former fighters as heroes for battling Serb forces in the 1998-99 independence war and fear they could be indicted.

The Specialist Chamber was set up in The Hague in 2015 to handle cases of alleged crimes by KLA guerrillas during the war that led to Kosovo’s secession from Serbia. Kosovo’s Western allies have insisted that Pristina cooperate with the court.

“I never went to Belgrade to fight but I did fight to protect my country,” Sabahajdin Cena, one of the ex-KLA commanders asked to testify next week, told .

“This court is trying to equate the victim with the aggressor,” said Cena, who will testify in Pristina.

Ex-KLA commanders Sami Lushtaku and Rrustem Mustafa confirmed they would travel to The Hague to testify next week. Local Kosovo media said one veteran KLA fighter had gone into hiding when he received his invitation to attend.

“HUGE IMPACT”

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and parliamentary speaker Kadri Veseli are all former KLA commanders and could potentially be indicte,上海品茶QQCaitlin,d by the court or called as witnesses, Kosovo media have reported.

A 2011 report that led to the creation of the court linked Thaci and some other leading Kosovo figures to gruesome wartime crimes against Serbs, including trade in organs harvested from prisoners of war. Thaci has denied any wrongdoing.

“Any eventual invitation to the main leaders will have a huge impact on the image of the country,” said Imer Mushkolaj, a political analyst in Pristina.

It was not clear how many ex-fighters have been asked to testify in the first hearing and how many of them would travel to the Netherlands to do so.

The special prosecutor’s office in The Hague, contacted by , dec上海品茶微信lined to comment on this or future hearings or to say whether they might result in any indictments.

The office has the authority “to request the presence of and to question suspects, victims and witnesses, if necessary summonsing these persons, collect and examine information and evidence”, spokesperson Christopher Bennett told .

As well as the killing of Serbs, the court will also investigate the killing of some Albanians who were seen as,上海品茶工作室Pablo, collaborating with the Serbian authorities at that time.

The Specialist Chamber is governed by Kosovo law, but is staffed by international judges and prosecutors. It is funded by the European Union, which both Kosovo and Serbia hope to join.

The court sits in The Hague partly to help ensure protection of witnesses. Previous cases involving high-ranking former KLA officers have seen witness intimidation.

The KLA rose up against Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic in the last 1990s, eventually winning crucial NATO air support that halted the killing and expulsion of Kosovo Albanian civilians during a brutal counter-insurgency campaign.

Kosovo, with a 90 percent ethnic Albanian majority, declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and has been recognized by over 110 states, bu,上海品尝嫩茶Barney,t not by five EU member states, Serbia or Russia.

Relations between Kosovo and Serbia remain tense, but the EU has told both countries they will not be allowed to join the bloc unless they normalize relations.

Macron hopes debate can quell French unrest. So did Louis XVI

PARIS/FLAGY, France ( ) – In 1789, Louis XVI summoned France’s aristocracy, clergy and citizens to discuss ways to plug the crown’s dismal finances and quell popular discontent over a sclerotic feudal society.

It marked the start of the French Revolution. Within months he was powerless and four years later beheaded by guillotine.

Two centuries on, President Emmanuel Macron, often criticized for a monarchical manner, is also calling a national debate to mollify “yellow vest” protesters whose nine week uprising has set Paris ablaze and shaken his administration.

He will launch the three-month “grand debat” initiative on Jan. 15. As during the rule of the ill-fated king, the French are already writing complaints in “grievance books” opened up by mayors of 5,000 communes.

The debate will focus on four themes — taxes, green energy, institutional reform and citizenship. Discussions will be held on the internet and in town halls. But officials have already said changing the course of Macron’s reforms aimed at liberalizing the economy will be off limits.

“The debates are not an opportunity for people to offload all their frustrations, nor are we questioning what we’ve done in the past 18 months,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told BFM TV. “We’re not replaying the election.”

By limiting the terms, Macron risks making the same mistake that doomed the monarchy, historian Stephane Sirot of University of Cergy-Pontoise told Le Parisien newspaper.

“Emmanuel Macron is like Louis XVI who … receives the grievance books but doesn’t understand anything from them.”

DUST IN THE WIND

In Flagy, 100 kilometers south of Paris, the village mayor has been receiving written grievances from local “yellow vests” like Agosthi上海品茶工作室no Bareto. The 65-year-old garage owner is convinced the government will frame the debate to suit itself.

“All that we’ve been saying is like dust thrown into the wind,” Bareto said. “We’re not being listened to.”

Flagy’s mayor, Jacques Drouhin, is sympathetic toward such frustrations. He says he will refuse to hold a town hall debate as long as Macron plans to press on with reforms regardless.

“That’s not what our citizens are asking for,” Drouhin said. “That’s enough. It’,上海品茶工作室Caitlin,s now down to our leaders to listen to what’s been said in the grievance books.”

Weak participation would undermine the exercise. An Elabe opinion poll on Wednesday showed only 40 percent of citizens intend to take part in the debate.

France is bracing for more street protests and possible riots when winter sales kick off this Saturday. Yet even as the demonstrations rumble on, it remains unclear whether the “yellow vests” will emerge as a political force or fizzle away, undone by their own internal differences.

The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, Luigi di Maio, this week publicly backed the French protesters, offering his party’s internet platform for direct democracy — known as “Rousseau” after a leading thinker of the French Enlightenment — to help the “yellow vests” define a program.

While leaderless, the “yellow vests” mirror movements like Spain’s Indignados and Italy’s 5-Star, which have sought to upend Europe’s traditional political system.

“I am more worried now about the ‘yellow vest’ protests in France (than Italy),” Karen Ward, chief market strategist for EMEA at JP Morgan Asset Management, told an media briefing.

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The “yellow vests” take their name from the high-visibility jackets they wear at road barricades and on the street. Their rage stems from a squeeze on household incomes and a belief that Macron, a former investment banker regarded as close to big business, is indifferent to their hardships.

Macron will take heart from a sharp fall in public support for the protesters over the past month. He promises to use the debates to channel their anger and shape new policy via a more participatory democracy.

The “yellow vests” are demanding the right to call referendums through mass petitions. Senior cabinet ministers have not rejected th,上海品茶交友群Larissa,e idea — Prime Minister Edouard Philippe called citizen-initiated referendums a “useful tool in a democracy” — but said their use should be limited.

More likely is an idea touted within the ruling party and government for the national debate to be followed by a referendum with several questions, rather than a thumbs up or thumbs down vote.

“The government is aware of the risks of making any vote a vote about Macron and not the issues,” said Antonio Barroso, deputy director of research at risk advisory firm Teneo. “So you solve that by asking multiple questions.”

Protests against Serbia’s President Vucic enter sixth week

BELGRADE ( ) – Thousands of Serbians protested in Belgrade on Saturday against President Aleksandar Vucic and his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), making demands including media freedom, an end to attacks on journalists and opposition figures, and no secret treaty with Kosovo.

Protesters brought together by the Alliance 上海品茶微信for Serbia, a loose grouping of 30 opposition parties and organizations, chanted “Vucic, thief!” in the sixth such protest in as many weeks.

The opposition rally comes ahead of Russian Pres,上海品茶群二维码Lance,ident Vladimir Putin’s visit scheduled for next Thursday.

While Vucic says membership of the European Union remains Serbia’s ultimate goal, he maintains close ties with Russia, long a Slavic and Orthodox Christian ally of the country.

Putin’s visit is seen as a popularity booster for Vucic and his ruling coalition, and his supporters have scheduled a major rally for Thursday to welcome the Russian president.

Protesters in Belgrade have also accused Vucic of preparing a negotiated settlement with Kosovo, a key precondition for Serbia to join EU. Belgrade enjoys Russia’s backing in its opposition to Kosovo independence declared in 2008, almost a decade after a brutal 19,上海品茶会所Macey,98-1999 ,上海外卖品茶群Macauly,war there.

“Vucic has a compromise with everyone, with (Kosovo President Hashim) Thaci, with (Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush) Haradinaj, … with everyone but honest people… That is a compromise for treason,” Rada Trajkovic, a Kosovo Serb politician told cheering crowd.

Protesters also demanded that the government find those responsible for the killing of Oliver Ivanovic, a prominent Kosovo Serb politician, a year ago. They also announced a rally in Belgrade for next Wednesday to commemorate his death.

In December, Vucic said he would not bow to opposition demands “even if there were 5 million people in the street”, but said he would be willing to hold a snap election. Opposition parties said they would boycott such an election.

Vucic has the backing of around 53 percent of the electorate. His coalition also has a majority of 160 deputies in the 250 seat parliament. If the opposition parties ran as an alliance, they could count on only around 15 percent of the vote.

TV journalist, second man shot dead in Mexico’s Cancun resort

MEXICO CITY ( ) – A news cameraman and another man were found shot dead in the Mexican resort of Cancun on Wednesday, the local prosecutor’s office said, the latest killing in a 上海品茶会所country that press advocacy groups call one of the most dangerous in the world for reporters.

The cameraman was identified by the prosecutor’s office of Quintana Roo state only as “J.E.R.V.,” but the local television station Canal 10 tweeted on Wednesday that it lamented the “irreparable loss” of its news cameraman, Javier Rodrigu,上海品茶水磨Dahlia,ez Vall,上海品茶群二维码Gabriella,adares.

The second victim was not immediately identified.

An investigation is underway, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

At least 12 reporters were killed in Mexico last year, according to free-speech advocacy group Article 19, and the death tally this year is at least six.

In Quintana Roo, long one of Mexico’s safest states, security has deteriorated as gangs fight to control lucrative drug markets, even in resort towns like Cancun.

Two journalists have been killed in the state in recent months, including one who had received death threats for months and reported to the Committee to Protect Journalists that he had been assaulted by local p,上海品茶工作室Queena,olice officers in connection with his work.

Quorn sausages, Lidl beer, Hotpoint tumble dryers and other products recalled this week

​A number of product recall notices have been issued this week.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute have put out warning for members of the public after safety concerns were identified with supermarket products.

In all the cases, customers are being asked to take immediate action.

Have you bought any of these items?

Quorn Cocktail Sausages

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“Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.”

Lidl – Loch Lomond Brewery Pale Ales

Products: Loch Lomond Brewery Pale Ales (Citra Kind of Magic 4.0% APA 440 ml; Lost in Mosaic 5.0% IPA 440 ml; Red or Dead 4.5% IPA 440 ml)

Best before/bath: June 2020 – batch code 100619.

Recall warning: “Lidl GB is recalling the above mentioned Loch Lomond Pale Ales as a precaution.

“The cans may burst open due to over-carbonation which could result in a potential injury.”

Action required: “If you have bought the above product we advise you not to open it.

“Instead, chill the product before bagging and handle it carefully when returning it to a Lidl GB store for a full refund, with or without a receipt.”

Zinc Smart RX Hoverboard

Cat number: 8358589

Recall warning: “If the Zinc Smart RX hoverboard is used in wet conditions, it can lead to the battery pack becoming compromised.

“This can lead to the performance of the product being affected and the battery potentially catching fire whilst on charge.”

Action required: “If you purchased a Zinc Smart RX hoverboard from Argos please stop using it immediately, do not charge it and return your hoverboard to an Argos store for a full refund of £299.99/€379.99. You do not need a receipt.”

Tesco Finest Fruit Presse

Products: Finest Sparkling Valencia Orange and Passion Fruit Presse 750 ml; Finest Sicilian Lemon and Mint Presse 750 ml; Finest Raspberry and Pomegranate Presse 750 ml; Finest Apple and Elderflower Presse 750 ml

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Recall warning: “We have been made aware of a potential fermentation issue in four flavours of Tesco Finest Fruit Presse due to the presence of yeast.

“As a precautionary measure we have decided to recall these products.”

Action required: “We are asking customers who have purchased any flavour of the affected product with BBE Mar 20 c,上海品茶QQTaylor,ode not to consume it and to return it to store where a full refund will be given. No receipt is required.”

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Recall notice: “We have identified a potential safety issue with some of our tumble dryers concerning the build-up of lint.

“It affects certain models manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 that were sold under the Indesit, Hotpoint, Creda, Swan and Proline brands.

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Hong Kong protesters brace for clashes with triads in Yuen Long rally

Hong Kong residents braced for more clashes on Saturday as protesters vowed to defy police orders and hold a rally that could pit them against triad gangs.

Demonstrators were preparing to march on Saturday afternoon in Yuen Long, in Hong Kong’s rural New Territories in the north of the city, where suspected triads attacked commuters and protesters with poles and rods last week, leaving 45 hospitalised.

Shops have begun to close in Yuen Long and staff at the Yuen Long shopping centre were taking away rubbish bins. Giant water barricades have been set up around the Yuen Long police st,上海品茶微信Rae,ation. Residents in villages have glued bricks to the ground, so they cannot be used by protesters.

Earlier in the week, the police rejected an application by protesters to hold a rally in Yuen Long on the grounds of potential clashes with the residents of the villages in Yuen Long where the triads are active.

The Hong Kong government on its Facebook page on Saturday told citizens to refrain from going to the Yuen Long protest, warning them against “defying the law”.

The attack in Yuen Long and response by authorities has plunged Hong Kong further into its worst political crisis in decades. Residents, activists, and opposition lawmakers have accused the government and police of colluding with the triads in an attempt to suppress a protest movement that has taken over the city for the last two months, a charge vehemently denied by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam.

The demonstrations, initially triggered by a bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, have turned into a referendum on the Hong Kong government and the city’s eroding freedoms under Beijing’s control. Beijing has labelled the protests riots and condemned the “extreme illegal violence”.

Over the past week, dozens of groups including civil servants, teachers, and aviation workers have joined the protest movement by issuing letters of condemnation and threatening “industrial action” if the government does not respond to the public’s demands.

The police have also rejected applications by demonstrators to hold a protest in central Hong Kong, in Sheung Wan a district where police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters last week.

The denial of permission amounts to a ban on the protests, a move the police have not taken over the past seven weeks of demonstrations. Protesters have pledged to come out to the streets despite the ban, escalating the prospect of clashes with 上海龙凤419police.

To get around the ban, protesters have called on Hong Kongers to come for a “full-gear shopping day” in Yuen Long, in which protesters would don their protective gear to go shopping.

Others have called for a mass round of Pokemon Go. Some have sarcastically said they will be holding a memorial, which does not need police permission, for the late Chinese premier Li Peng, known as the “butcher of Beijing” for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, who died this week.

On Friday, thousands of protesters staged an 11-hour sit in at the Hong Kong airport. A pilot for Cathay Pacific, a Hong Kong carrier, alerted passengers upon landing that there was a “very peaceful and orderly demonstration” taking plac,上海品茶工作室Kaia,e in the arrival hall.

The pilot said: “So don’t be scared by all these people wearing black shirts … and feel free to talk to them and know more about Hong Kong if you want to, and last but not least, Go Hong Kong!”

Furious driver says he ‘could have killed three teenagers in 24 hours’

A Hull dashcam driver says he “could have killed” three teenage cyclists in just 24 hours because of their dangerous antics on the roads.

Driver Phill Houghton, 28, of east Hull, was so enraged by what he saw, he sent the clips above into Hull Live – and says they “need to be more educated”.

The first clip shows one teenager holding onto a bus and then letting go and the second shows two going the “wrong way,上海品茶工作室Maddalena,” around a roundabout.

“I could have killed two teenage boys and one girl in just 24 hours,” he said.

“I could have had three teenage cyclists’ deaths on my hands and many more. From going the wrong way around a roundabout to ho爱上海419lding on to buses and letting go, and going through red lights at busy junctions nearly into my car.

“We need a better cycle infrastructure and more education, as well as the police enforcing the law on the ,上海品茶QQNelson,roads to cyclists and not just hitting car drivers.

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“The cyclist who went through a Mount Pleasant red light did it right in front of a marked BMW x5 police car and nothing.

“If I did that in my car, I would have been handed a fine and maybe criminal charges. They are a danger to themselves and others.”

The man has not reported the incidents to Humberside Police, who say they would urge him to do so.

The man told Hull Live although some people may make excuses for teenagers acting this way, it could have been serious.

“Some people say it’s kids being kids but it’s dangerous,” he said. “On the roundabout one, to me they were going straight up because there was no indication from them.

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“I shouted if you are going to use a roundabout, use it properly. He told me to f*** off basically. He said leave me alone, I’m having a bad day.”

The man says he stressed how bad things could have been for him as well before the cyclist apologised and rode off.

“The second one [where a youngster holds onto a bus] that was crazy,” he said.

“That is just ridiculous. It’s stupid crazy. They need to follow the rules of the road and protect themselves.”

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A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said it is important people are conscious of other road users.

She said this week alone, there have been two collisions which have resulted in serious and life-threatening injuries suffered by cyclists.

“It is important that people are conscious of other road users, both motorists and cyclists, and the road is shared safely with everyone on it, even more so during the warmer weather when there is an increase of people using the roads,” she said.

“Just this week, there have been two collisions involving cars, a heavy goods vehicle and bicycles that have resulted in serious and life-threatening injuries suffered by the cyclists.”

The spokeswoman said everyone has a part to play in keeping themselves and others safe.

“Our teams work hard to keep our roads safe, but everyone reading this has a vital part to play in keeping themselves and others safe too. We would urge people to take extra care whilst they are out and about on the region’s roads,” she said.

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“The incidents mentioned in this case have not been reported to us and we have not been sent the dashcam footage to view, therefore it is very difficult to comment on these specific cases.

“We would ask the man to please report the information to us so that we can look into the incidents.”

Do you have any dashcam footage you would like to share? Email sophie.kitching@reachplc.com.

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UK Weather: Thunderstorm to rock Britain in washout weekend after the heatwave

Britain will be soaked by heavy thundery rain over weekend – just days after a record-breaking heatwave.

Temperatures plunged to about 20C as the hot weather came to an end – but unlucky travellers were suffering chaos across the UK.

Now yellow warnings for heavy rainfall cover most of the south-western Scotland and the UK.

They affect London will be in place until Sunday afternoon.

The cloudy and soggy weather conditions felt humid but have turned to heavy, thundery rain in overnight.

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Forecasters say heavy rainfall could bring flooding, travel disruption and a slight chance of power cuts with bursts of 20-30mm – which could go up to 100mm in rural areas.

It means it could bring further travel disruption with爱上海419 the likes East Midlands Trains announced its repair work on damaged overhead line equipment.

The Met Office also said massive thunderstorms could strike the UK with ‘frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds’.

Met Office meteorologist Marco Patagna said: “We have a rainfall warning out until tomorrow morning for southeast Scot,上海品茶工作室Fergus,land.

“As you get into tomorrow most of parts of the UK are cloudy with outbreaks of rain.

“And there is another yellow rainfall warning from 9am until Sunday at 3am for Northern Ireland, south Scotland and the north and east of England.”

He added that the rain shifts towards the east over the day and on Sunday, the mercury remains at around the high teens and low 20s.

“Generally temperatures are closer to average than they have been recently,” he added.

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Southern and western Scotland, along with northern, central and southeastern parts of England will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy and thundery. Elsewhere it will be mostly dry with some reasonably warm sunshine.

Tonight:

Overnight, rain is likely to continue affecting southwest Scotland, parts of northern and central England, along with East Anglia, edging slowly into Northern Ireland too. Dry elsewhere with clear spells.

Sunday:

On Su,上海品茶会所Hart,nday rain is most likely across Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland, some northern, central and southeastern parts of England. Elsewhere, sunshine and isolated showers. Coastal fog possible in the northeast.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Monday brings sunny spells, with showers in the north, and later southwest. Showery rain England and Wales on Tuesday, some thundery. Otherwise sunshine and scattered showers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Shared-space schemes like Preston’s Fishergate are ‘dangerous for both car drivers and pedestrians’


Campaigners against shared space zones have delivered a petition to Downing Street, demanding changes to areas like Fishergate in Preston.

The National Federation of the Blind of the UK handed over an epic petition of 430 UK and global organisations, demanding “safe and accessible urban environments for all”.

Among them was visually impaired Preston student David Bromilow, who called for urgent changes to make the city centre safer, particularly for those with disabilities.

The petition was delivered to Downing Street this week as Boris Johnson became Prime Minister.

READ MORE: These are the 10 Preston streets where you’re most likely to get mugged Shared space schemes are a controversial issue, with motorists and pedestrians saying they can be confusing and potentially dangerous.

Many disabled and visually impaired people say that the lack of recognisable crossings and kerbs can make it hazardous for them.

Guide dogs are said to be confused about where to stop when they encounter a shared space zone – making it dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians.

The pledge and petition was inspired by the Global Dis,上海品茶QQBeckett,ability Summit held in London last year and calls for: “a world where blind, deaf-blind, visually impaired, disabled, young and older people, and people with mobility and cognitive impairments, do not have to share space with moving vehicles on the road.”

The Government has urged councils to have a rethink about shared space schemes. But campaigners have highlighted in particular Fishergate in Preston, the Market Place Scheme in Cirencester and the Kimbrose triangle shared space in Gloucester which still have no controlled crossings in them.

Sarah Gayton, shared space co-ordinator for NFBUK, sai上海龙凤419d: “Shared space roads are dangerous and discriminatory – the deaths in schemes which include a partially sighted pensioner in Coventry in 2012 and a three year old toddler in Jersey by a careless driver in 2016 should clearly illustrate this point.

“All existing schemes require urgent retro-fitting of accessibility feature to keep all pedestrians away from moving vehicles.

“This means putting back controlled green man crossings and putting back proper kerbs.

“Preston, Cirencester and Leicester are just some of the existing schemes which need this to happen, and it is hoped this action will help make this happen.”

Meanwhile, the first phase of the University of Central Lancashire’s masterplan which will include pedestrianising the area around the £60m Student Centre and new civic square will see road closures for two years.

Campaigners acknowledge there are controlled crossings schemed in – but not enoughto ensure equality of access for disabled students accessing a new student services building

Sarah Gayton said: “We have mentioned Preston because of the ongoing problems.

“Fishergate is still an issue and, looking at the UCLan masterplan, we can’t stand by and see the city centre continuing to make mistakes.

“We want all areas to be totally inclusive.”

How Remainer MPs helped Boris Johnson become Prime Minister – Brian Wilson


Oppositi,上海品茶工作室Lenny,on MPs who voted against Theresa May’s Bre,上海品茶会所Carter,xit deal are partly responsible for putting Boris Johnson in 10 Downing Street, writes Brian Wilson.

Back in November, this column asked a simple question – what if Theresa May and Jean-Claude Junker are telling the truth and it really is a case of “this deal or no deal”?

It predicted many mini-dramas along the way (correct) but ultimately, the test for all parties might lie in how they would respond, if and when that question became inescapable. The interim posturings would be the easy bits.

Now the question is back with a vengeance and those who have basked in the role of accusers may yet find themselves as the accused if they conspire in leading us over the “no deal” precipice, while protesting righteousness.

Sneering dismissals of Mrs May’s legacy are not difficult and there is no shortage of competition. She made huge mistakes – now largely acknowledged – including time wasted on seeking unity within the Tory snakepit.

For unlimited access to Scotland’s best news, sport and expert analysis, SUBSCRIBE to The Scotsman website hereREAD MORE: David Mundell says Boris Johnson must avoid no-deal Brexit or risk UK splitWooing the ERG MPs with their entirely incompatible agenda – essentially, to get rid of her and install a replacement in their own image – was a doomed venture. They have now achieved that, but not without a lot of help.

Whatever her wider record, I offer three reasons for respecting Mrs May on Brexit. The first, straightforwardly, is that she accepted her inherited mandate to honour the referendum result and a爱上海chieve an optimum deal for the country – and acted accordingly.

That may now sound like a hopelessly outdated principle, overtaken by tumultuous events. However, it is worth recalling it is where all parties stood in the 2017 Election. None – Labour, SNP, even Lib Dem – offered outright rejection of the referendum result or demanded an instant replay.

That came later, through varying shades of opportunism, the prerequisite for which was hyperbolic denunciation of “the deal” on grounds bearing little relationship to its actual merits. This was the cynicism that repeatedly put Labour, SNP and Lib Dem MPs into the same lobby as Rees-Mogg and the ERG.

Secondly, I respect Mrs May’s unswerving resolve to avoid a hard border within Ireland and the logic which flowed from it. From the outset, there was a choice. Was this one tricky issue among many – or was it primus inter pares; an inescapable moral and political imperative which must condition other outcomes?

Every political party in Ireland (bar, ironically, the DUP) supported the “backstop”. But when nip came to opportunist tuck, Corbyn, Blackford, Cable and, of course, the ERG treated it as no more than a pawn in the game of rejecting the deal that had been negotiated. Ultimately, the Home Counties lady who ran through wheatfields showed more respect for the imperative of an undivided Ireland than the guy who revelled in rubbing shoulders with Gerry Adams or Celtic fringe politicians who proved heavy on rhetoric but light on the courage to back it up.

My third reason for respecting Mrs May’s efforts is that, in departing, she called out the Scottish Government with a degree of accuracy that some of us could have advised her of in advance but will continue to offer lessons with daily application.

In her Stirling speech, Mrs May said: “Over the past three years, I have learned that … an SNP Scottish Government will only ever seek to further the agenda of separation. That, I am afraid, is a simple fact of political life.” I’m afraid it is – and it is greatly to Scotland’s cost.

Remember the year wasted on rubbish about “power grabs” when the only imperative for Scottish ministers was to reach microphones first to denounce some fictitious betrayal? That permanent grievance agenda has achieved precisely nothing for Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon glibly assumes that helping Mr Johnson into Downing Street advances her sole cause. I doubt it. Two years is a long time in politics and the prospect of one cliff-edge will not send voters, like Gadarene swine, in search of a far more dangerous one.

Meanwhile, the bottom line is that all parties which repeatedly rejected the EU-UK deal have succeeded in replacing an honourable if limited Prime Minister with, well, Boris Johnson… Not a great half-time score. Let’s hope they know what they are doing after the break.

Stirring things up from time to time keeps you on your toes

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is a voracious grower but if contained in a sunken pot it is content and you can enjoy this startlingly red flower in late summer to the full

COLOURS deemed to be safe or neutral in the garden such as the greens, white and silvers, are broadly universal and work among themselves and others, writes TOM ATTWOOD.

But, as with all situations (particularly those in the garden) injecting a strong contrasting colour is very effective visually and places that chosen colour on something of a pedestal when it might otherwise be lost in the background of a completely random arrangement. Being too co-ordinated and ‘safe’ with colour runs the risk of lacking soul and stirring things up from time to time keeps you on your toes.

In the spring the use of flowering bulbs such as tulips is a great way to do this; later, ornamental onions (alliums) with their distinctive spherical flower heads can be used in a similar way. In late spring, early summer the background colour of the emerging perennials is a vibrant mix of fresh greens which offers something different to this time of year. That freshness has gone in July and there is instead a whole plethora of plants at different stages of growth. Standing out against this visually with a single colour is harder to achieve but not impossible.

Red is a good strong colour and I love to use it, not in large swathes but dropping it in爱上海419 a sea of subtler shades making it stand out even more. Yarrow (aka achillea) has some excellent red cultivars to be found among its ranks with their distinctive landing pad flower heads. Good for July and August, cultivars such as Red Velvet offer great value and are easily divided in the spring. For early summer, the red flowers of the giant ornamental clover Trifolium ‘Rubens’ a,上海品茶QQDakota,re a bee’s paradise with their soft red glow. Phlox ‘Cherry Red’ packs a visual punch and is good in larger borders where you have space to accommodate it. The Heleniums are very strongly coloured and ‘Red Jewel’ (as the name suggests) is one to look out for. There are, of course, the red flowers and berries of trees and shrubs, to be discussed another time but I mustn’t forget crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ a notoriously voraci,上海品茶会所Raferty,ous grower but if contained in a sunken pot it is content and you can enjoy this startlingly red flower in late summer to the full.

Next week: fast growing trees

Diego Costa sparks 22-man brawl after scoring four as Atletico beat Real Madrid 7-3

DIEGO COSTA lived up to his reputation as he struck four ,上海品茶工作室Magnolia,goals – and then sparked a 22 man brawl as Atletico Madrid thrashed Real Madrid in New York.

Costa went from sublime to ridiculous as he stole the show with a brilliant display in Atleti’s 7-3 victory before being sent off after an hour.

The former Chelsea star kicked out at Real’s Dani Carvajal, leading to the two players locking horns in the middle of the pitch as team-mates rushed into join the melee.

Both Costa, 30, and Carvajal were shown red cards as the high-profile friendly in the MetLife Stadium boiled over.

Players from both sides then had to be pulled apart and Real boss Zinedine Zidane was forced to run onto the pitch to calm his team down.

The incident overshadowed a stunning display from Atleti which heaped humiliation on their Madrid rivals.

Can we have every El Derbi Madrileño in the United States?

Incredible from Diego Costa. Scores four against Real Madrid, then gets a red card for Atletico Madrid. Dani Carvajal sees red for Los Blancos. pic.twitter.com/4GmDS1kvw9

— LaLiga上海龙凤419 Burro (@LaLigaBurro) July 27, 2019

Zidane and Diego Simeone named strong sides for the International Champions Cup match, but Real were stunned as they fell 4-0 down inside just 20 minutes.

Costa struck a first-half hat-trick along with goals from £114million new signing Joao Feliux and Angel Correa to ensure they led 5-0 by the break.

Real, featuring Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos and Thibaut Courtois, were completely outclassed as Zidane was given a taste of just how big his job will be ,上海品茶QQElle,to turn the club’s fortunes around this season.

Gareth Bale was again left on the bench amid suggestions he is closing in on a £1m-a-week move to the Chinese Super League.

The second half was no different for Real as Atleti scored again within six minutes when Costa struck his fourth.

Only when Bale came on the pitch did Zidane’s side show any signs of improvement but that could not stop the side crashing to a 7-3 defeat which will heap pressure on the manager.

Cheeky Diego Costa trick young mascot in hilarious pre-Atletico Madrid friendly video

Arsenal transfer target Everton admits he has offer on table

Arsenal target Everton has admitted he has a transfer offer on the table – but has refused to reveal the name of the club keen on signing him.

Brazil international Everton became a Gunners transfer target following his Copa America heroics, where he netted in the final as the Selecao ran out 3-1 winners over Peru.

The Gunners are reportedly leading the race for his signature, despite AC Milan and Atletico Madrid also taking a keen interest in him.

And Everton has admitted a team has already made contact.

“At this moment I have an offer, but I can’t say the name of the club,” said Everton.

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“Just like I can’t p,上海品茶会所Elaine,romise that on Thursday I’ll still be playing for Gremio, we’ll see.”

Arsenal have made one signing this summer, landing 18-year-old forward Gabriel Martinel,上海品茶工作室Reagan,li from Ituano.

The north London club have been linked to a whole host of targets, but transfer fees continue to be a huge hindrance for the 上海龙凤419Gunners.

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Arsenal do not have the same money to spend as their top six rivals, and have already seen themselves priced out of a deal to sign Wilfried Zaha.

However, Unai Emery’s side are confident of completing a £25million transfer for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.

Stokes, Wood & Plunkett – England’s World Cup success, made in Durham

If you ever wanted to know the value of Durham to English cricket, you just needed to watch the greatest World Cup final ever.

Of the 11 men who made themselves immortal at the home of cricket, three came through the Chester-le-Street academy.

Ashington’s Mark Wood took his 18th wicket of the tournament.

Middlesbrough’s Liam Plunkett claimed three crucial scalps.

And man-of-the-match Ben Stokes, born in New Zealand, raised in Cockermouth? Wow, just wow.

Paul Collingwood will be so pleased he is no longer the only captain to have won a global tournament for England. As assistant coach the Durham legend had a small hand in this one too.

Those who deserve most credit for the trio’s World Cup-winning performances are the men themselves.

Stokes has matured beyond measure since the madness of Bristol, as a batsman and as a person.

Torn apart when he bowled the final over of the 2016 World Twenty20 Championships, he held his ,上海品茶会所Pascal,nerve brilliantly to score the 84 not out which took this 50-over final to its first super-over, then eight not out in that.

Plunkett recognised he had to leave Durham to turn his life and his cricket around after well-meaning international coaches tried to tinker with his technique, and has done so magnificently.

Wood finally recognised the need to lengthen an explosive run-up which was damaging his own body as well as opposition batsmen.

But in moments of pressure, you rely on the fundamentals you learnt at the start, and there has surely never been a more high pressure game than playing for a country that had never won the 50-over World Cup at their iconic Lord’s home in a game which did not go down to the final ball, but beyond it.

Those fundamentals were drummed in by coaches like Alan Walker, Geoff Cook and John Windows on cold nights and hot afternoons at Chester-le-Street.

Yorkshire’s academy provided three England players too, but no other production line served up more than one.

The En上海419论坛gland and Wales Cricket Board might have been savage in their punishment when the Riversiders faced financial meltdown in 2016, but at least ,上海品茶微信Baylor,they recognised the need to keep them alive.

At a time when county cricket is threatening to contract, that determination to keep Durham on the map must remain.

Today at Chester-le-Street they will try to push for the victory which keeps them on course for promotion back to County Championship Division One. The sooner they get back there, the better for English cricket.

Man Utd could’ve signed Harry Maguire for £4m – if they’d listened to David Moyes

Manchester United were keen on signing Harry Maguire for just £4million back in 2013 – but they opted against doing so.

David Moyes was in charge of the Old Trafford club at the time and had identified the centre-back, who was then at Sheffield United, as a potential target.

Sir Alex Ferguson had put his compatriot onto the scent by predicting Maguire would turn into a world-beater and suggested he make a move for him.

The defender would have cost the Red Devils a mere £4million, and Moye,上海品茶QQMackenzie,s ins上海419论坛tructed Manchester United’s scouting team to keep an eye on him on Ferguson’s instruction.

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But despite keeping track of the youngster for a while, the Red Devils decided against making a move for Maguire, who later signed for Hull.

Reports in The Sun claim Manchester United agreed on a £80million transfer fee with Leicester City for the centre-back this weekend.

Maguire will reportedly fly out to Manchester on Monday, where he is due to have his medical.

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Sources at Manchester United have distanced themselves from reports they have agreed a fee with the Foxes, but it seems that should the deal go through it will cost United around £80million.

Quite a bit more than the £4million they could have paid.

Fans hail ‘best day of sports ever’ as epic Wimbledon and Cricket World Cup finals go down to the wire

FANS hailed the “best day of sports ever” as epic Wimbledon and Cricket World Cup finals go down to the wire.

England became cricket world champions after defeating New Zealand in a sudden death super over at Lord’s.

And just moments before, in another nail-biting final, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to claim his fifth Wimbledon title with the pair competing on the first ever fifth-set tie-breaker.

Lewis Hamilton’s record sixth British Grand Prix triumph was completely dwarthed due to the dramatic finals.

Fans lauded the what was a day of truly unforgettable sports, flocking to Twitter to celebrate the incredible day of sports.

One said: “Quite possibly the best day of non footballing sport iv ever witnessed. Lewis winning at silverstone, and two epic finals at wimbledon and lords. And all available on free to air tv! Awesome!!!”

Another said: “WHAT A DAY OF SPORT! Best day of sport ever?? I’m exhausted after that!!”

One added: “That was the best day of sport I think I’ve ever seenfootball wasn’t even included! Think I need to sit down”

Another added: “IMAGINE NOT LOVING SPORTS , BEST DAY EVER.”

Got to be the best day of sport I can think of for me ….. immense… best one day cricket match I have ever seen. The 2 best tennis players play out a Wimbledon classic and I have ever seen the best British F1 driver win sliverstone for the 6th time…..emotionally drained.

— Mark Hone (@MarkHone5) July 14, 2019

Quite possibly the best day of non footballing sport iv ever witnessed. Lewis winning at silverstone, and two epic finals at wimbledon and lords. And all available on free to air tv! Awesome!!!

— FI Gardener (@FI_Gardener) July 14, 2019

Best day of sports ever !!!! What a day to remember !!!!

— Dukes (@hu5nainakhtar) July 14, 2019

Seriously that was the BEST day of sport ever! 😱 Unbelievable scenes @englandcricket and that tennis match was on another level! 🎉

— Lucy Wood (@LucyWood14) July 14, 2019

Well that’s the best day of sport I’ve ever witnessed in in in incredible

— 🎷Sax 🎷 (@GavSax) July 14, 2019

Arguably the best day of sport I’ve ever seen ,mental

— naman garg (@namanter) July 14, 2019

This may be the best day of sport I have ever witnessed.

— Stu Bishop (@Stuaaaay) July 14, 2019

Best day of sport I’ve ever witnessed, 5 hour tie-break Wimbledon final and a tied super over World Cup final? Insane 🤯 #ENGvsNZ

— Liam (@liam16kelly) July 14, 2019

IMAGINE NOT LOVING SPORTS , BEST DAY EVER

— AFC (@UncBellerin) July 14, 2019

England lifted their first ever Cricket World Cup after finishing on 241 to tie the match.

But in a dramatic Super Over England’s 26 triumphed New Zealand’s 17.

Federer and Djokovic played up to 12-12 in the final-set, meaning an hi爱上海419storic tie-break decided the winner.

Djokovic,上海品茶微信Macmillan, became five-time champion after winning 13-12 in the fifth set.

It proved to be the longest Championship final at four hours and 57 minutes – surpassing the 2008 final between Rafa Nadal and Federer (4hours 48mins).

Wimbledon introduced the fifth-set tie break to stop mammoth games running on too long.

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Hamilton crossed the line a whopping 25 seconds ahead of Bottas.

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England World Cup win hailed as ‘The Greatest Match’ as Stephen Fry and Sir Viv Richards lead tributes

ENGLAND cricket heroes were hailed on Twitter as Stephen Fry and Sir Viv Richards lead tributes after the nations first ever World Cup win.

The host’s became cricket world champions for the first time after defeating New Zealand in a sudden death super over at Lord’s.

The game was won in a dramatic Super Over as England’s 26 triumphed New Zealand’s 17, having finishing on 241 to tie the match.

Fry labelled the game “The Greatest Match” while Sir Viv urged New Zealand to “never be down” after t,上海品茶会所Daria,heir razor thin loss.

Sir Viv said: “What an amazing match of Cricket. Nail biting stuff at an iconic venue…

“This game will go down as one of the best matches in history. Congratulations to @englandcricket on your maiden @cricketworldcup title. Never be down @BLACKCAPS, you fought like champions.”

What an amazing match of Cricket. Nail biting stuff at an iconic venue…

This game will go down as one of the best matches in history. Congratulations to @englandcricket on your maiden @cricketworldcup title. Never be down @BLACKCAPS, you fought like champions. #CWC19Final

— Sir Vivian Richards (@爱上海ivivianrichards) July 14, 2019

The Greatest Match. I feel for New Zealand who played so so well. Luck went England’s way, but what a great side they are. I feel sorry for those who don’t get cricket. They miss the most exquisite feelings of joy, agony, tension, thrill, surprise, glory and wonder. #CWC19Final

— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) July 14, 2019

Fry tweeted: “The Greatest Match. I feel for New Zealand who played so so well. Luck went England’s way, but what a great side they are. I feel sorry for those who don’t get cricket.

“They miss the most exquisite feelings of joy, agony, tension, thrill, surprise, glory and wonder.”

Liverpool’s James Milner, former England skipper Stuart Broad and actor Ross Kemp continued the,上海品茶工作室Felix, tributes for Trevor Bayliss’ men.

That’s the best white ball game of all time!ENGLAND ARE WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS!! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏆🏆🏆😁😁😁#CWC19Final

— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 14, 2019

What a contest! Best ever final by a mile. NZ a dive and a leap away from WC glory and England absolutely super in super over and super lucky as well. Ricochet/overthrow overthrew NZ. Couldn’t the Cup been shared!

— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 14, 2019

Never seen anything like that. @englandcricket have won the World Cup. Cricket is coming home. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 14, 2019

Former Eastenders actor Kemp said: “I don’t get many opportunities in life to tweet this… but I’m going to – England world champions!”

Milner said: “Amazing finish to the World Cup! Massive congrats to England… Get in there.”

Broad tweeted: “That’s the best white ball game of all time! ENGLAND ARE WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS!!”

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A woman, who does not wish to be named, said that she was left “panicked” after a disturbing encounter with the sicko in Claverham, Somerset.

According to the alleged victim, the man in the “rubbery suit” touched his groin area while advancing on her, grunting.

She told the BBC: “I was walking along with my torch and looked up to see someone charging at me in a full black rubbery suit and managed to take a picture.

“He kept coming towards me and was touching his groin, grunting and breathing heavy.

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