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first_imgAfter receiving alerts from Colombian and U.S. security forces using the aircraft, the National Coast Guard Service (SNG) and Air Surveillance Service (SVA), seized 810 kilos of cocaine and one ton of marijuana in joint operations. The drugs were being transported in speedboats on January 14 and 19, respectively. Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft used by U.S. and Colombian security forces have proven to be an important tool for law enforcement officials in Costa Rica to fight drug trafficking. The SNG intercepted the boat about 20 miles from the coast, after the crew of the suspect vessel had thrown 38 bags and 16 packages containing marijuana into the ocean. In both cases, Costa Rican security forces were alerted by P-3 aircraft about suspicious boats near the country’s coasts, according to Martín Arias, SNG director. The services immediately responded by deploying interceptor boats (SNG) and dispatching two aircraft (SVA). International cooperation is an important component of Costa Rica’s broad strategy to fight drug trafficking and the successes the country is having in doing so. “Costa Rica has gained international trust as the largest confiscator of drugs in the region,” highlighted Gamboa. After receiving alerts from Colombian and U.S. security forces using the aircraft, the National Coast Guard Service (SNG) and Air Surveillance Service (SVA), seized 810 kilos of cocaine and one ton of marijuana in joint operations. The drugs were being transported in speedboats on January 14 and 19, respectively. The January 14 operation was carried out about 36 nautical miles off the coast of Quepos in the central Pacific, where Costa Rican security forces captured a 30-foot boat that was flying an Ecuadorean flag. The SNG captured two Costa Ricans and three Colombians and seized 841 kilos of cocaine from the boat, which was powered by two 75 HP engines. The importance of P-3 Orion aircraft “We are in a region where we have the same problem, at varying levels. The collaboration with Colombia, the U.S., and other countries with whom we have an agreement on the fight against drugs has been very important,” said Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa. The P-3 aircraft are equipped with sophisticated radar systems to detect boats and submarines, a crucial capability for Costa Rica, since most of the drug trafficking in the country occurs at sea and the country’s success in policing drug trafficking along the border. The SVA helped find the drugs, and SNG authorities retrieved the contraband. The Coast Guard arrested the five crew members, which included three Jamaicans, a Nicaraguan, and a Costa Rican. The Prosecutor’s Office charged each of them with international drug trafficking. The P-3 aircraft are equipped with sophisticated radar systems to detect boats and submarines, a crucial capability for Costa Rica, since most of the drug trafficking in the country occurs at sea and the country’s success in policing drug trafficking along the border. The SVA helped find the drugs, and SNG authorities retrieved the contraband. The Coast Guard arrested the five crew members, which included three Jamaicans, a Nicaraguan, and a Costa Rican. The Prosecutor’s Office charged each of them with international drug trafficking. Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft used by U.S. and Colombian security forces have proven to be an important tool for law enforcement officials in Costa Rica to fight drug trafficking. The two successful operations underscore the importance of the P-3 Orion aircraft, which is manufactured by the U.S. company Lockheed Martin, in Costa Rica’s fight against international drug trafficking. Costa Rica’s strategy paid off in 2014, when the country’s security forces seized 26 metric tons of cocaine and 7.8 tons of marijuana. Both are record amounts for one year, and solidify the cooperative efforts to rid its territory of drugs. “The Drug Control Police have border posts with officers and trained dogs, who detect more than 90 percent of the drug shipments transported overland to Nicaragua,” according to Paul Chaves, a Costa Rican security analyst. “This makes it difficult for them. The surest route for drug trafficking, and therefore, the most used, is by sea.” Costa Rica cooperates closely with Colombia and the United States in the fight against this regional scourge, and the recent seizures reflect the confidence that partner nations have in Costa Rican security forces. center_img In both cases, Costa Rican security forces were alerted by P-3 aircraft about suspicious boats near the country’s coasts, according to Martín Arias, SNG director. The services immediately responded by deploying interceptor boats (SNG) and dispatching two aircraft (SVA). The two successful operations underscore the importance of the P-3 Orion aircraft, which is manufactured by the U.S. company Lockheed Martin, in Costa Rica’s fight against international drug trafficking. The January 14 operation was carried out about 36 nautical miles off the coast of Quepos in the central Pacific, where Costa Rican security forces captured a 30-foot boat that was flying an Ecuadorean flag. The SNG captured two Costa Ricans and three Colombians and seized 841 kilos of cocaine from the boat, which was powered by two 75 HP engines. The SNG intercepted the boat about 20 miles from the coast, after the crew of the suspect vessel had thrown 38 bags and 16 packages containing marijuana into the ocean. International cooperation is an important component of Costa Rica’s broad strategy to fight drug trafficking and the successes the country is having in doing so. “We are in a region where we have the same problem, at varying levels. The collaboration with Colombia, the U.S., and other countries with whom we have an agreement on the fight against drugs has been very important,” said Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa. “Costa Rica has gained international trust as the largest confiscator of drugs in the region,” highlighted Gamboa. Costa Rica cooperates closely with Colombia and the United States in the fight against this regional scourge, and the recent seizures reflect the confidence that partner nations have in Costa Rican security forces. Cooperation, a key component in countering drug trafficking By Dialogo February 13, 2015 Cooperation, a key component in countering drug trafficking Costa Rica’s strategy paid off in 2014, when the country’s security forces seized 26 metric tons of cocaine and 7.8 tons of marijuana. Both are record amounts for one year, and solidify the cooperative efforts to rid its territory of drugs. On January 19, P-3 aircraft spotted another boat, coming from Jamaica, 130 nautical miles from Puerto Limón, off of Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast. The importance of P-3 Orion aircraft “The Drug Control Police have border posts with officers and trained dogs, who detect more than 90 percent of the drug shipments transported overland to Nicaragua,” according to Paul Chaves, a Costa Rican security analyst. “This makes it difficult for them. The surest route for drug trafficking, and therefore, the most used, is by sea.” On January 19, P-3 aircraft spotted another boat, coming from Jamaica, 130 nautical miles from Puerto Limón, off of Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast. The scandal at the Constitutional Court should not get so much publicity. All this repetition teaches people that crime pays…What has to be repeated is that people commit crimes, but institutions do not commit crimes.last_img read more

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first_imgEXETER, England (AP):Brad Smith scored for Liverpool in the 73rd minute as the English Premier League side twice hit back to draw 2-2 with fourth-tier Exeter in the FA Cup yesterday.Liverpool have never lost to fourth-tier opposition but were just 17 minutes away from making unwanted history.Tom Nichols put Exeter ahead in the ninth minute and despite Jerome Sinclair’s equaliser three minutes later, the hosts retook the lead on half-time through Lee Holmes. Smith then got the second equaliser for Juergen Klopp’s side.”It’s obvious what we have to learn in the future,” Klopp said to the BBC. “We have to be more robust. It was a difficult pitch. Exeter did really well. Maybe they know which part of the pitch you can play football. It was really difficult for us. On one-on-one situations they were more robust than our guys.”Klopp selected a squad that had 17 changes from the League Cup semi-final victory at Stoke on Tuesday against a side 76 places beneath them.Exeter went ahead when Nichols stretched for a low pass across goal from Jamie Reid and poked the ball into the bottom corner.Liverpool were level three minutes later when Exeter did not clear the ball and Sinclair steered it low past goalkeeper Robert Olejnik.Christian Ribeiro headed wide when unmarked for Exeter who retook the lead on half-time when Holmes scored direct from a corner after Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan misjudged the flight of the ball.Olejnik pushed a firm header from Christian Benteke over the bar and Liverpool equalised again when Smith hit a first-time shot into the net.last_img read more

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first_imgArcata >> The Humboldt State Jacks women’s basketball team has been hampered by allowing big runs this season that turn close games into the Jacks playing catch up.Saturday’s game against the Western Oregon Wolves at Lumberjack Arena was no different, as a 14-0 Western Oregon run eventually spelled doom for the Jacks as they fell to the Wolves, 69-60, in their final non-conference game this season.“We wanted to get a lead and keep it. That 14-0 run jump-started it,” said Western Oregon guard …last_img read more

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first_imgThe Suns entered the game ranked 28th in field goal percentage, shooting 44 percent for the season. But they scored at a blistering pace early, with 36 in the first quarter on about 54 percent accuracy. Phoenix led by as many as 17 when Jackson soared down the lane for a one-handed putback dunk and followed up with free throws on the next possession to make it 52-35 with more than seven minutes still remaining in the second quarter.Davis helped the Pelicans get back within single digits by halftime with crowd-pleasing plays on both ends. He dunked three times — twice on alley-oops — to go with a tip-in, three free throws and two blocked shots during the rest of the second period, and New Orleans trailed 65-58 when the half ended.TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix played the last 4:48 with no player taller than 6-foot-8 because their two available 7-foot-1 players, Dragan Bender and Alex Len, along with 6-foot-10 Marquese Chriss, had all fouled out. Bender fouled out with 9:20 remaining and Chriss exited with 8:47 left. … Booker has 18 30-point games this season … The Suns made five of their first six 3-point attempts before missing 16 of their last 18.Pelicans: F Nikola Mirotic had 10 points and eight rebounds. … New Orleans announced it has signed the 6-foot-10 Okafor through the rest of the season. The 35-year-old former UConn star, who is coming back from a herniated disk that sidelined him four-plus seasons, returned to the NBA with New Orleans on a 10-day contract on Feb. 3. He played in his seventh game and started for the fifth time. … Rookie Walter Lemon Jr., signed to a 10-day contract last Wednesday, scored his first career points on a floater high off the glass late in the first quarter. That was his only shot. … Twice in the second quarter, Pelicans players — Lemon and Holiday — turned the ball over by stepping over the end line before releasing an inbound pass.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Emeka Okafor, brought back to the NBA for the first time since 2013 about a week after Cousins’ injury, scored 14 points.Devin Booker had 40 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its 10th straight and still has not won this month. T.J. Warren added 23 points and Josh Jackson had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who led by as many as 17 in the second quarter but fell behind for good with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNew Orleans native Elfrid Payton scored 16 points, and his layup pulled Phoenix within 116-114 with 2:29 left, but the Pelicans scored the next five points on Darius Miller’s 3 and Holiday’s driving dunk, and Phoenix did not threaten again.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry angrily called a couple timeouts in the first half after watching Phoenix easily find open shots — and make them. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico George’s 26 lead Thunder past Magic LATEST STORIES New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after his slam dunk on an offensive rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored a season-high 53 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked five shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to six with a 125-116 victory over the hapless Phoenix Suns on Monday night.Jrue Holiday scored 20 points for the Pelicans, whose season-best unbeaten run has pulled them into a tie with Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference despite being without All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who was lost for the season Jan. 26 with a torn Achilles.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next View comments Suns: At Memphis on Wednesday night.Pelicans: At San Antonio on Wednesday night. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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first_imgArms dealer Abhishek Verma might not come out of jail for some time with the CBI slapping a case against him under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).It is the third case the agency has registered against Verma since his arrest in June for allegedly receiving money from a Swiss arms company to use his influence to stall the blacklisting proceedings initiated by the government against the firm after the ordnance scam surfaced.On August 8, when Verma and his Romanian wife Anca Neacsu could have walked out of prison because the CBI could not file a chargesheet in the corruption case in the stipulated 60-day period, the agency had booked them in a forgery case and arrested them in the courtroom itself.Union sports minister Ajay Maken had complained that the couple used a forged letterhead of his to write to the PM seeking easing of business visa norms for employees of a Chinese firm.While Verma’s wife has got bail in the forgery case, she still needs to be in custody because her bail plea in another case registered by the Enforcement Directorate under the Money Laundering Act has not come up in court yet.The third case was registered after the CBI received a formal complaint by the defence ministry that certain documents sent to the investigating agencies by Verma’s estranged US associate, C. Edmond Allen, were secret in nature.”We need to grill them in the OSA case. It needs to be probed how the leaks were made. We want to question Verma about his contacts,” a senior CBI officer said.advertisementSources say Verma’s connections with servicing and retired officers either in the ministry of defence or in the armed forces are under the scanner.Allen had provided documents dealing with acquisition and the future plans of the defence forces, alleging that Verma had shown these to demonstrate his influence. The defence ministry had given the agency a list of seven documents which it found to be coming under the definition of “secret” under the OSA. The CBI will probe how these documents were leaked.– Romanian Anca Neacsu, who had been Abhishek Verma’s second wife for five days at the time of their arrest in June, is said to be a former model. But according to the arms dealer’s former associate and whistleblower C. Edmond Allen’s letter to the CBI, she was a struggling receptionist.Anca has told the CBI she holds a degree in mechanical engineering and had met Verma in the 1990s. “She told us she was a GM in a Romanian company before she started working with Verma,” an officer said.Before her arrest, Anca was the MD of Ganton India, owned by Verma, and a director of Ganton US, nominally owned by Allen.In a letter dated February 10, 2012, to the CVC, Allen mentions a Red ‘N’ Pink company “set up at Verma’s request as a model agency but the account is solely utilised by Anca Neacsu, Verma’s partner-cum-companion”.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Mens and Womens Open division picked up in excitement today, as day two of the 2004 NSW State Cup saw teams struggling for those finals positions. With several key matches being played in both the Mens and Womens competition and the sky semi-blue, it was sure to be a great day. With matches such as Canterbury and Easts in the Womens, a Sydney Championships Grand Final rematch, with the latest Smith medal winner Louise Winchester having a brilliant tournament. The Mens competition was also building as Penrith met Parramatta early in the morning, while Wests faced Cronulla and Lismore today, both drawing big crowds. Like Wests weren’t already strong enough the addition of the fast stepping Benji Marshall is sure to please the opposition. MENS OPEN RESULTS: Round four in the Mens competition was a story of two pools. Pool one’s matches were all lopsided; the expected close match between Cronulla and Western Suburbs was entertaining. While it wasn’t close, the skill of Wests with players like Drummayne Dayberg-Muir, Daniel Rushworth and that guy called Benji Marshall, certainly entertained the crowd. Lismore put in another strong performance and their match against Wests in round five is sure to be an indicator for the finals series. Pool two saw a couple of close matches with Penrith’s 5-4 win over Parramatta a great match to watch. The attack of Penrith, especially through their young players, was brilliant. However, Parramatta is still one to keep an eye on, as they didn’t make the most of their opportunities and it was their first match with a full team. The arrival of another Australian Mens Open player in Matt Curran strengthens their team even further. Eastern Suburbs also survived a scare over Manly Warringah, who are proving they can come close to taking down the more fancied sides when it matters. Round 4 results: Pool 1: Western Suburbs (7) def Cronulla (1) Lismore (13) def Newcastle City (1) Wallsend (9) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Penrith (5) def Parramatta (4) Eastern Suburbs (7) def Manly Warringah (6) Nelson Bay (5) def Port Macquarie (0) Hornsby (7) def UNSW (1) The largest crowd to date headed to field five for the highly anticipated match between Wests and Lismore in the Mens Open division expecting a close and tough match. Wests Coach Tony Trad had signaled before the tournament that he expected Lismore to be amongst their toughest competition. Both sides came out fired up and it took no time at all for the fun and games to begin. Lismore certainly dished out as good as they got and the 6-2 scoreline at the finish was not indicative of how tight the match was. Watch for a potential rematch in the finals. Canterbury also seem to be running into their best form, a 13-0 whitewash of Bowral who seem to be having a better time off the field than on. Parramatta and Easts both had tough matches against UNSW and Hornsby respectively, giving them good hitouts leading into the finals. Round 5 results: Pool 1: Wallsend (11) def Newcastle City (1) Western Suburbs (6) def Lismore (2) Canterbury (13) def Bowral (0) Pool 2: Eastern Suburbs (5) def Hornsby (2) Manly Warringah (10) def Nelson Bay (0) Penrith (12) def Port Macquarie (0) Parramatta (9) def UNSW (6) Round six went as many would have predicted, wins to Canterbury, Lismore and Western Suburbs in pool one, while Eastern Suburbs, Parramatta and UNSW recorded wins in pool two. The one surprising result however, was the 4-4 draw between Manly Warringah and Penrith, which throws Manly’s hat in the ring for a quarter finals position. Round 6 results: Pool 1: Canterbury (15) def Newcastle City (1) Lismore (5) def Cronulla (3) Western Suburbs (9) def Wallsend (2) Pool 2: Penrith (4) drew Manly Warringah (4) Eastern Suburbs (10) def Nelson Bay (2) Parrammatta (4) def Hornsby (2) UNSW (7) def Port Macquarie (3) Round seven saw some highly anticipated matches, particularly Easts and Parramatta in pool two and Wests and Canterbury in pool one. A good crowd had built up around field one for the Easts and Parramatta match, which unfortunately didn’t provide the excitement all were expecting. Parramatta dominated the match, putting in one of their best performances, all is looking good for them come tomorrow’s finals. The win gave them first position in pool two based on for and against. Manly Warringah scraped into the top four in their pool with a 5-4 win over UNSW. Despite being the last qualifier, they look like they have the potential to knock off a more fancied opponent if they play at their best. Western Suburbs survived a scare against Canterbury, a narrow 4-5 win showing the Mens Open competition that heading into the quarter finals tomorrow Wests are most definitely not unbeatable. The finals tomorrow are guaranteed to provide some serious quality Touch action. Round 7 results: Pool 1: Cronulla (6) def Wallsend (5) Newcastle City (14) def Bowral (1) Western Suburbs (4) def Canterbury (3) Pool 2: Parramatta (5) def Eastern Suburbs (2) Hornsby (14) def Port Macquarie (0) Penrith (10) def Nelson Bay (1) Manly Warringah (5) def UNSW (4) All finals schedules and results will be on the finals story found on the ATA homepage. WOMENS OPEN RESULTS: The Womens Open competition started slowly on day two, some low scoring matches and a close one between Albion Park and Canterbury. Led by Rachel Holden the Albion Park girls went down by one yesterday to reigning Sydney Champions Easts and faced off against the in-form Canterbury girls, putting down several good balls that were potentially the difference between a 4-2 loss and a draw or even win. Albion Park are showing that if they perform at their best come finals, they may just be more than a chance for that grand final appearance. Round 5 results: Canterbury (4) def Albion Park (2) Eastern Suburbs (4) def Westmead (0) Western Suburbs (4) def Newcastle Uni (2) Cronulla (3) def Central Coast (1) Led by Bo De Lacruz the Western Suburbs girls put another nail in the Cronulla coffin, with the defending Champions now having lost to Wests, Easts and Canterbury and have yet to play Albion Park. Cronulla will face Albion Park in round nine Sunday morning, which could well be the match that decides who is the fourth side to qualify for the finals. Round six also saw the match of the tournament in the Womens Open division…a Sydney Championships grand final replay. While the match was a traditional Easts v Canterbury clash, with a bit of spite and a lot of passion, it looked as if Canterbury were about to take the edge into the finals series, up 1-0 with literally no time on the clock. However, a diving Easts touchdown as the siren sounded left the game in a 1-1 draw. A beautiful set up for the finals series! Round 6 results: Canterbury (1) drew Eastern Suburbs (1) Wallsend (7) def Westmead (3) Western Suburbs (3) def Cronulla (1) Albion Park (3) def Central Coast (2) With only rounds seven to nine in the Womens Open competition remaining and with six teams fighting for four semi final positions, every match became crucial in the finals race. A struggling Cronulla recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Newcastle Uni to keep themselves in the hunt, only to see Albion Park and Western Suburbs, their competition for finals positions behind Easts and Canterbury, record a draw. With Albion Park and Wests recording that draw and therefore scoring more points than a loss for one of those sides, the job of defending their 2003State Cup title is made even harder. Easts and Canterbury both recorded easy wins in round seven after their tight draw in round six. Round 7 results: Western Suburbs (5) drew Albion Park (5) Cronulla (2) def Newcastle Uni (1) Canterbury (7) def Wallsend (0) Eastern Suburbs (8) def Central Coast (1) Round eight brought the second day of Cup competition in the Womens Open to a finish and with only round nine to be played tomorrow morning, an unexpected result such as Newcastle Uni’s 4-1 win over Albion Park, certainly throws a spanner into the finals works. Canterbury and Easts guaranteed their spot in the semis, while Wests, Albion Park, Cronulla and Newcastle Uni are fighting out the remaining two positions. The round nine match between Albion Park and Cronulla will determine who qualifies for the semis between those two sides, while for Newcastle an upset over Easts could see them sneak through to the finals and Wests will want a win to finish as high as possible. For the Central Coast it was oh so close yet again as they went down to Wallsend by one, and along with Westmead, are yet to record a win. Their round nine meeting tomorrow could be the only win for one of those sides. Round nine in the Womens Open tomorrow morning will certainly be action packed! Round 8 results: Canterbury (5) def Westmead (0) Newcastle Uni (4) def Albion Park (1) Eastern Suburbs (3) def Western Suburbs (1) Wallsend (4) def Central Coast (3) Round 9 (Sunday morning): Albion Park v Cronulla Westmead v Central Coast Western Suburbs v Wallsend Eastern Suburbs v Newcastle Uni All finals schedule and results will be on the ATA homepage. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgNewcastle captain Lascelles: Longstaff just what we neededby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles says Matty Longstaff’s breakthrough is exactly what the club needed.The 19-year-old academy graduate had a debut to remember against Manchester United, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory at St. James’ Park. “I’m buzzing for him since he’s come into the squad. Everything we do, he is up for it. He’s fit, he works hard and always gives extra,” Lascelles told Sky Sports News.”The hard work has recently paid off, he’s been thrown into the deep end like his brother.”What you do know is that he is a young Geordie lad who is going to roll his sleeves up and play with his heart.”Straight after the Leicester game we needed players to be like that, he was a prime example of what you can get from that. His goal got us the three points, I’m over the moon for him.””You see all these big teams signing players for millions of pounds from overseas and everywhere else, Matty was not long ago training down with the reserve team.”He’s just come up through the ranks and grabbed a first team spot with two hands.”He’s humble, a very nice genuine lad. It must mean the world to him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City made check on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruizby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are checking on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.The 23-year-old, who has attracted interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid, has also been closely monitored by City in recent weeks.The Guardian says City sent scouts to watch Ruiz in action when Napoli played Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Ruiz was named as the best player of the Under-21 European Championship last summer as he helped Spain lift their fifth title and has recently broke into the senior side.The Spain international can play centrally or on the left side of midfield and has been likened to City star David Silva, who is considered to be at the backend of his career at 33. last_img read more

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first_imgBEIJING, China – China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods for possible retaliation in a tariff dispute with President Donald Trump and girded Friday for a bigger battle over technology policy as financial markets sank on fears of global disruption.The Commerce Ministry said higher duties on pork, apples, steel pipe and other goods would offset Chinese losses due to Trump’s tariff hike on steel and aluminum imports. It urged Washington to negotiate a settlement but set no deadline.Trump said Friday that he was not concerned that the tariffs would be a drag on the stock market. He added: “China is going to end up treating us fairly.”In a separate and potentially bigger dispute, the ministry criticized Trump’s decision Thursday to approve a possible tariff hike on Chinese imports worth up to $60 billion over Beijing’s technology policy. It gave no indication of a possible response but a foreign ministry spokeswoman said Beijing was “fully prepared to defend” its interests.“We don’t want a trade war, but we are not afraid of it,” said the spokeswoman, Hua Chunying.On Wall Street, stocks were mixed Friday, but Asian financial markets sank on concern the escalating tensions might disrupt the biggest global trading relationship or lead other nations to raise import barriers.Tokyo’s benchmark tumbled by an unusually large 5.1 per cent while the Shanghai Composite Index closed down 3.4 per cent.The dollar dipped to 104.90 yen as investors shifted into the Japanese currency, which is viewed as a “safe haven” from risk.China’s response Friday appeared to be aimed at increasing domestic U.S. pressure on Trump by making clear which exporters, including farm areas that voted for him in 2016, might be hurt.“Beijing is extending an olive branch and urging the U.S. to resolve trade disputes through dialogue rather than tariffs,” said economist Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank in a report. “Nevertheless, the first volley of shots and retaliatory response has been set off.”The list announced Friday was linked to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs , but companies already were looking ahead to a battle over complaints Beijing steals or forces companies to hand over technology.The tensions reflect the dueling nationalistic ambitions of Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.U.S. efforts to boost exports of technology-based goods, begun under Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, conflict with China’s plan for state-led development of global competitors in fields from robotics to electric cars. Foreign business groups complain Chinese regulators are trying to squeeze them out of promising industries.The Commerce Ministry announcement Friday made no mention of jetliners, soybeans or other products that are the biggest U.S. exports to China by value. That leaves Beijing room to take more drastic steps.Chinese officials are trying to figure out how to address U.S. concerns, said Jake Parker, vice-president for China operations of the U.S.-China Business Council, which represents American companies that do business with China.“Until the Trump administration articulates those concerns and how China can address them, it’s going to be very, very difficult for China to make those changes,” said Parker.Washington doesn’t believe it needs to give Chinese leaders another list of requests because they already know what the United States wants, said a senior U.S. official, who briefed reporters on condition he not be identified further. He said Trump and Xi agreed last year on a 100-day agenda of trade-liberalization measures but Beijing failed to act on about half of them.Instead, the Trump administration wants Chinese leaders to address more basic structural issues that interfere with market forces, said the official.The official cited Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” plan as “hugely problematic.” It calls for creating Chinese competitors in electric cars, robots, artificial intelligence and other fields. Business groups complain it will hamper or outright block foreign access to those industries.The latest proposed Chinese tariffs would add a 25 per cent charge on pork and aluminum scrap, mirroring Trump’s 25 per cent duty on steel, according to the Commerce Ministry. A second list of goods including wine, apples, ethanol and stainless steel pipe would be charged 15 per cent.Chinese purchases of those goods last year totalled $3 billion, the ministry said.The U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs also have irked Japan, America’s closest ally in Asia.“We have repeatedly told the U.S. side that steel and aluminum imports from its ally Japan will not adversely affect America’s national security, and that Japan should be excluded,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.China’s top economic official, Premier Li Keqiang, appealed to Washington on Tuesday to “act rationally” and said, “we don’t want to see a trade war.”The United States buys little Chinese steel or aluminum, but analysts have said Beijing would feel obligated to take action to avoid looking weak.Beijing reported a trade surplus of $275.8 billion with the United States last year, or two-thirds of its global total. Washington reports different figures that put the gap at a record $375.2 billion.Trump’s technology order is in response to “unfair and harmful acquisition of U.S. technology,” said a statement by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. It said USTR would pursue a World Trade Organization case against Beijing’s “discriminatory technology licensing.”A USTR statement said possible measures include a 25 per cent tariff on Chinese-made aerospace, computer and information technology and machinery but gave no details.China is unlikely to respond until Washington acts but might launch an investigation of imports of U.S. corn and soybeans “as a warning shot,” said Parker. He noted Beijing began a probe of U.S. sorghum in February after Trump announced the steel and aluminum tariffs.On Tuesday, the Chinese premier promised at a news conference Beijing will “open even wider” to imports and investment as part of efforts to make its state-dominated economy more productive.Li said Beijing would “fully open” manufacturing, with “no mandatory requirement for technology transfers.” However, Chinese officials already insist companies aren’t required to hand over technology, so it was unclear how policy might change.___AP Writers Gillian Wong and researcher Yu Bing contributed. Mari Yamaguchi contributed from Tokyo.last_img read more

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