• German election: Merkel’s coalition partners could shape EU relations

    first_imgAngela Merkel looks set for a fourth term as German chancellor in Sunday’s election, according to commentators, but question marks hang over which parties will make up the likely coalition and the subsequent implications for Franco-German plans for the EU.Assuming no major surprises, one possibility is for Merkel’s CDU to form a “Jamaica” coalition with the FDP (the liberal democrats) and the Greens.In the FDP, however, the CDU would have a coalition partner with a vision for Europe different to its own and that of Martin Schulz, the chancellor candidate for the SPD, according to Fabien de la Gastine, fixed income fund manager at La Française. The SPD has been the CDU’s partner in a so-called “grand” coalition since 2013.Léon Cornelissen, chief economist at Robeco, said the FDP may prove to be the “dark horse”. “The party currently has no seats in the 598-seat Bundestag but has over 10% support in the polls, which means it may hold the keys to power,” he said.The FDP is a natural coalition partner for the CDU and a deal would be considered very business-friendly, Cornelissen added, but its “somewhat eurosceptic” stance on Europe could make a deal with French president Emmanuel Macron difficult.“A particularly strong showing for the FDP would unsettle markets for a while, as it would also force Merkel to be not that generous with France,” he said. Economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch agreed that the FDP’s potential inclusion in the German government would have a significant impact on Germany’s ability to support Macron’s – and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s – desire for more EU integration.The bank’s analysts, meanwhile, noted that Merkel and Macron had previously spoken about harmonising corporate tax rates in Europe, and that such an initiative could take on greater importance if the US president delivers a sizeable corporate tax cut.“The US will effectively ‘piggy back’ much of Europe in lowering its tax rate,” they said. “In fact, Germany’s corporate tax rate will begin to look relatively high. Over time, if Europe sees a drift down in some corporate tax rates, then we believe it will be a helpful tailwind for credit spreads.”Much of the attention surrounding Germany’s election will be on the anti-immigrant, anti-euro AfD party. A poll today had it on course for 11% of votes, well above the 5% that is required to get a seat in the Bundestag. It would mark the first time a far-right party entered the German parliament since World War II.The main parties have ruled out partnering with the AfD, however.La Française’s de la Gastine said: “Without a strong negative surprise, consequences on German growth and financial markets should be limited. Over the longer term, a pro-Europe coalition could give a new momentum to the EU and strengthen the euro.”Nadège Dufossé, head of asset allocation at Candriam Investors Group, said the longer-term impact of the result “should be market-friendly”.“Unlike the polls in other major countries over the past 12 months, no major party is running a platform on exiting the EU, cutting the healthcare service or building a wall with its next-door (country) neighbour – in a nutshell, political risk should not rise as a result of the elections,” Dufossé said. “In the medium term, this is likely to prove supportive of European assets, including the euro.”last_img read more

  • EPL: VAR awards Palace late equalizer against Norwich

    first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple MistakePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Rihanna Is Getting Her Own Museum In BarbadosTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but was correctly allowed a stand after a check, with the draw a fair result after a full-bloodied game that saw both sides give decent accounts of themselves. The Canaries took just four minutes to get their noses in front as they took the momentum from their spirited display against Tottenham last time out into their first game of 2020. Emi Buendia’s burst into the box ended with his shot being blocked, but the ball fell kindly for an unmarked Cantwell, who coolly slotted home his sixth goal of the season from close range. There was a muted celebration, with the youngster looking as though he could have been offside, but a VAR check quickly confirmed that Martin Kelly had been playing him on. Teemu Pukki was then brought down by James Tompkins when clean through, but any thoughts of a possible red card were ruled out by an offside call. It had been an excellent start from Daniel Farke’s bottom-of-the-table side, but Palace gradually worked their way into the game and Jordan Ayew directed a header straight at Tim Krul before a slip from Christoph Zimmermann let in Jairo Riedewald, who chose to pass rather that shoot, with James McArthur’s effort blocked. Norwich were denied two precious points in their survival bid as a VAR-awarded goal from substitute Connor Wickham earned Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road. The Canaries looked to be heading towards their first home win in eight games courtesy of Todd Cantwell’s early goal, but the Eagles had the final say four minutes from the end when Wickham converted a Wilfried Zaha cross from close range. Norwich finished the half the stronger, however, and as injury time approached Cantwell directed a shot from Max Aarons’ cross straight at Vicente Guaita before Aarons curled one just wide himself. It took an excellent fingertip save from Guaita to keep out Buendia’s 30-yard free-kick nine minutes into the second half, while at the other end other disciplined defending was keeping the Eagles at arm’s length. As the game passed the hour mark Mario Vrancic got on the end of Kenny McLean’s glancing header from a corner but was unable to guide it home from a tight angle. Palace were struggling to make any headway in their search for an equaliser, with Zaha volleying wastefully over after a quick free-kick had caught Norwich out.center_img Loading… Read Also: Brighton vs Chelsea: Jahanbakhsh nets stunning equalizer against Blues Norwich were desperately unlucky after 73 minutes when McLean’s rising close-range volley smacked against the crossbar, with the loose ball ricocheting to safety. And Palace made the most of the escape as they equalised four minutes from time with a little help from VAR. When Wickham slid home Zaha’s cross from inside the six-yard box the assistant referee’s flag immediately went up for offside, but replays show he was being played on by Zimmermann’s foot and the goal stood. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

  • ‘Kailangang mapatay’: Anti-corruption commissioner pushes for death penalty vs corrupt officials

    first_imgSen. Sonny Angara, meanwhile, said he wanted to see “compelling evidence” that capital punishment indeed deters crimes. (ABS-CBN News) Duterte, in his State of the Nation Address on July 27, renewed his push for the reimposition of death penalty for crimes related to illegal drugs by lethal injection.  Commissioner Greco Belgica of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission said corruption should be “treated as a heinous crime” which warrants the death penalty. Belgica said such punishment may be applied for corrupt officials, adding that it has “perpetual effects” on the people.  MANILA – An anti-corruption commissioner on Saturday said there is a need to impose capital punishment for corrupt officials, days after President Rodrigo Duterte called for the reinstatement of the death penalty for drug convicts. “It should be treated as heinous crimes, kailangan po natin mailagay sa batas na ibalik ang death penalty for drug-related cases. Also sunod itulak ay patawan ng kamatayan ang mga nai-involve sa corruption,” Belgica said in a briefing on state-run PTV. He added: “Kaya kailangan pinapatay po ‘yan, ang mga corrupt kailangang mapatay po ‘yan after of course investigation. ‘Yung mga tao, corrupt na tao sa gobyerno habang nandiyan sila naghihirap ang libo-libong tao (This is why they should be killed, after of course investigation. While corrupt people are in the government, thousands will suffer) we have to institute penalties with crimes committed.”  Death penalty was abolished in the Philippines in 2006 under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term.  Senate President Vicente Sotto III earlier said the death penalty should be revived only as punishment for top-tier drug convicts.  “Corruption talaga po is as bad as murder and as bad as drugs dahil ang effect po ay perpetual (the effect is perpetual). When you institutionalize corruption through law, buong bayan po naghihirap and minsan mas madali mamatay kahit mahirap mabuhay ‘di ba (the whole nation will suffer and sometimes people think that it’s easier to die rather than live in suffering, right)?” Belgica said.  Rights groups have already expressed alarm over the return of capital punishment, saying it does not deter people from committing crime and mostly affects people living in poverty. last_img read more

  • Road Work To Slow Traffic In Madison This Week

    first_imgMADISON, Ind. – INDOT maintenance crews plan to mill and pave a short section U.S. 421 at the Indiana approach to the Milton-Madison bridge this week.Work is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, weather permittingLanes will be restricted between the bridge and State Road 56.INDOT officials tell us that motorists should expect delays.last_img

  • Ndidi: Leicester City must secure Champions League ticket

    first_img Loading… “It is something we have to work for, we have to stay there. If we do our best and get the points, then we will get there.” Ndidi made his Champions League debut with the Foxes in February 2017, a month after joining them on a five-year contract from Belgian outfit Genk. He played against Sevilla in the Round of 16 and then played against Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals, with the Spanish side knocking them out after a 2-1 aggregate win. The Nigeria international has been a key player at the King Power Stadium with his dominant displays in midfield, and his tackling abilities which rank him as one of the best in England. read also:Enyeama Ighalo, Ndidi, Troost-Ekong celebrated on Father’s Day Out of the 25 appearances he’s made in the Premier League this season, the Super Eagles midfielder averages 3.8 tackles per game, 2.7 interceptions per game and 2.2 clearances per match. Ndidi be will hoping to guide Leicester City past Chelsea in their FA Cup fixture scheduled for June 28 before they travel to Merseyside to take on Everton for their next league match on July 1. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Wilfried Ndidi has urged his Leicester City teammates to keep fighting to secure qualification for next season’s Uefa Champions League.center_img Brendan Rodgers’ men remain third on the Premier League table after playing out a goalless draw against Brighton and Hove Albion at home on Tuesday. After a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, they resumed league action on Saturday against Watford with Ben Chilwell’s strike helping them earn a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road. With seven games remaining for Leicester City in the English top-flight this season, Ndidi believes they can still keep their spot in the top-four and stage a return to Europe since their last campaign in the 2016-17 season. “It will be a plus to us as players, in our careers, if we can play in the Champions League. But it is something we have to work for,” Ndidi told Football Daily. “It is not about what we have done in past matches. These eight games remaining, it is important for us to actually fight hard and pick the Champions League ticket.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Allardyce hails Nolan turnaround

    first_img The 31-year-old’s captaincy was reviewed at the start of the year after he was sent off for kicking Fernando Amorebieta in the 2-1 defeat at Fulham. It was Nolan’s second red card in less than four weeks after lunging at Jordan Henderson against Liverpool, leading Allardyce to say “there’s something wrong with his mentality at the minute”. The Hammers skipper has certainly made amends since then, netting five goals in as many league games since returning from suspension. The latest came in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat of Southampton, in which he also provided an assist and earned Allardyce’s praise as the Hammers moved to tenth. “I can believe the turnaround because I know his qualities,” he said of Nolan, given a standing ovation when substituted against Saints. “What I like about it is that he has gone about his job and made sure he repays everybody at the club for what happened. “It was the lowest point of his career, I think, because it was not just one sending off but two in a short period of time. “The contribution now is massive and it is not just the goals, but the pass he made for the first goal – a top quality pass at this level, which split open a very resilient Southampton defence. Long may it continue. “Feeding off the front man is Kevin’s great quality. Everybody talks about being with Andy Carroll, but he hasn’t been there for a while and Kevin is still feeding off the front men and the balls in the box. “Our quality in the final third is getting so much stronger now and that is why we are winning games of football because we’ve always been good at defending.” Press Association Nolan has been key in West Ham’s revival, with their 100 per cent record in February taking them from the relegation zone to the relatively dizzy heights of the top half. The latest win came courtesy of strikes from Matt Jarvis, Carlton Cole and Nolan, as the Hammers turned the match on its head following Maya Yoshida’s early header. “It has been a fantastic run for us,” Allardyce said. “The four wins on the trot from where we were is an outstanding performance by the players. “I thank them for their efforts and the quality they are showing at the moment. “In the Premier League it is all about the resilient qualities in defence and you have to score a goal, which today contributed massively to us winning this game. “The three goals we scored were excellent and that got us back after going 1-0 down so early on. Credit to all the players.” While West Ham’s win looked comfortable on paper, they had to ride their luck at times against attack-minded Southampton. Saints had 25 shots over the course of the match, leading manager Mauricio Pochettino to change tack after previously saying “statistics are evil”. “I do like statistics today, I do like them today to justify the defeat,” the Argentinian said. “I am very disappointed with the defeat today. I thought we fully deserved to get something more from that game. “We had full control in the game and that even led us to go 1-0 up. It is clear that the 1-1 goal came from an offside position and that was unlucky for us. “Then the team struggled to recover from going 2-1 down and that made everything quite difficult for us as well. “In the second half we created many good chances and were unlucky not to get to 2-2, which actually changed the game. “Overall today, I thought we were quite unlucky with the refereeing decisions and to have not scored more goals.” While it is not uncommon for managers to highlight the officials’ performance after a match, Pochettino’s unprompted mention raised eyebrows given this was Mark Clattenburg’s first Saints match in since the club’s much-publicised complaint about him. The Argentinian, though, insists there is no bad blood towards the referee, despite feeling hard done-by. “The refereeing decisions actually influenced the game today and we were unlucky in that sense,” Pochettino said. “We don’t want to make anything more of this. It seems that the stars are not with us whenever Mr Clattenburg referees for us.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce heaped praise on Kevin Nolan for the way he has recovered from the “lowest point of his career” to help propel the east Londoners away from relegation danger.last_img read more

  • Deegan tackles big two in Tyros

    Trainer Paul Deegan is looking forward to firing a twin assault on Thursday’s Japanese Racing Association Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown. Press Association The Clifton Lodge handler saddles both Roscommon scorer Henshaw and Limerick winner Spinamiss in a seven-furlong Group Three that counts Teofilo (2006), New Approach (2007), Rip Van Winkle (2008) and last year’s victor Gleneagles among its previous winners. “It would be difficult enough to split them. They’re two nice horses,” said Deegan. “Henshaw is still a big, tall horse, who will be a better horse next season. It might come a bit soon for him and he might still be a bit green, but he’s got plenty of ability. “The filly has a beautiful pedigree and we think she’s very decent. “She’s come forward from her second run and we’re hoping for nice runs from the two of them. “We think they’re both up to this level, but it is a very hot race.” Aidan O’Brien and Jim Bolger have dominated the Tyros Stakes in recent years, saddling eight and nine winners of the race respectively. Both trainers are double-handed, with O’Brien represented by Listowel winner Deauville and Lieutenant General, who is fitted with blinkers as he bids to open his account at the third attempt. Sanus Per Aquam appears Bolger’s main hope having beaten Lieutenant General on debut at the Curragh before sauntering clear over this course and distance a fortnight ago. The master of Coolcullen also saddles likely pacesetter Gleine. The seven-strong field is completed by a British raider in the shape of Kevin Ryan’s Taking Libertys, who has won each of his two starts to date. read more

  • Cool, Windy Weather Sticking Around This Week

    first_imgThat winter weather will stick around our area for a few days.South Florida will again wake up on Monday and Tuesday morning to temperatures in the mid- to upper-50s in most spots, with some spots around Lake Okeechobee dipping into the 40s and maybe even upper-30s. The high will remain in the low-70s.Graphic courtesy: WPTV/NewsChannel 5Winds will begin to gradually pick up on Wednesday, as a slight warming trend begins.Thursday and Friday will see breezy to windy conditions, with highs moving back into the upper 70s to near 80, along with rough boating and beach conditions.Our rain chances will remain low going into Saturday, as temperatures begin to move back into the 80-degree range.last_img read more

  • Parkland shooter’s trial delayed indefinitely due to coronavirus

    first_imgThe trial for Nikolas Cruz has been delayed indefinitely due to coronavirus protections at the courthouse.Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer made the announcement Monday via virtual hearing.Cruz is facing the death penalty for the killing of 17 people in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school on February 14th, 2018.The courthouse has been closed to the public since March 16th due to the coronavirus and at this point, it is unclear when it will be reopened to the public.When the courts finally reopen, Cruz’ lawyers say he plans to plead guilty to the charges in exchange for life in prison, however, prosecutors prefer Cruz receive the death penalty.last_img read more

  • Ellsworth Competitors Win 4 Events

    first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 admin Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text ELLSWORTH — On Tuesday, Ben Chapman won the 3,200-meter run in 210:44 and Gabe Vachon won the javelin with a throw of 147 feet, 9 inches for the Eagle boys.Brianne Dunn was a double winner for the Eagle girls, placing first in the 1,600-meter run in 5:40.66 and the 3,200-meter run in 12:31.15. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Bio Latest Postslast_img read more