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Belgium finally gets new PM, 16 months after vote

first_imgThe new coalition will bring together two socialist parties — one French-speaking, and one Flemish — two liberal parties and two sets of greens. “We flipped a coin and it came down to Alexander and it’s an excellent choice,” Magnette joked at the end of the press conference to present the outcome of the negotiations.Belgium has had no governing majority for 21 months since the collapse of former leader Charles Michel’s government, and it has been 493 days since federal elections failed to resolve the crisis.Leaders from seven parties met until the early hours on Wednesday before coming to an agreement on a government program and cabinet line-up to be presented to King Philippe.De Croo will replace French-speaking liberal leader Sophie Wilmes who has served as acting premier during the coronavirus epidemic but never wielded a parliamentary majority.  ‘Anti-Flemish’? The CD&V, a party of Flemish Christian democrats will also join, but the larger Flemish nationalist N-VA, which was in government between 2014 and 2018 will leave power.Belgium’s parliament is expected to meet on Thursday to endorse the new government. The country has been governed by a minority coalition since December 2018, when the N-VA abruptly left Michel’s government during a row about immigration. The legislative election of May 2019 saw gains by various green and fringe groupings, further fragmenting the political landscape and making it harder to build a majority around the traditional parties.Ideological differences between the parties are complicated by Belgium’s north-south split between French and Dutch speaking regions.Last weekend, several thousand supporters of the nationalist far-right Vlaams Belang staged a protest near Brussels to denounce what they dubbed “this anti-Flemish and left-wing government”.Belgium has a history of political instability, and went without a government for 541 days in 2010 and 2011, but political scientist Dave Sinardet said De Croo could be the right choice.”It’s symbolically important to have a Flemish prime minister, given that the new government will come under the most fire from Flanders and the two biggest Flemish parties are in the opposition,” he told AFP.De Croo’s party, the Open VLD, is a pivot point in Belgian politics and has frequently been part of governing coalitions and the new premier has been a minister since 2012.  The former business leader, who switched to politics in 2009, is the first Dutch-speaker to take over 16 Rue de la Loi — the prime minister’s official residence — after nine years of French-speakers.But he is bilingual and served as deputy prime minister under socialist Elio Di Rupo from 2012 to 2014, then with the French-speaking liberals Michel, from 2014 to 2019, and Wilmes.He has variously served as a minister for finance, pensions and international development. Flemish liberal leader Alexander De Croo will be Belgium’s new prime minister at the head of a seven-party coalition government, it was announced Wednesday — 16 months after an inconclusive election.De Croo’s French-speaking socialist rival Paul Magnette confirmed that the parties had chosen the 44-year-old finance minister as premier. He is to be sworn in on Thursday by Belgium’s king.By choosing a Flemish leader, the incoming government hopes to balance the fact that its parliamentary base will be drawn from mainly French-speaking parties, with the main Dutch-speaking groups in opposition. Topics :last_img read more

Google Choses Equinix for Curie Subsea Cable Landing Station

first_imgGoogle has selected Equinix for its Los Angeles area cable landing station (CLS) supporting the Curie subsea cable system, linking Los Angeles, California to Valparaiso, Chile. In the U.S., the cable will land directly at the Equinix LA4 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center located in El Segundo, California.The Curie cable is expected to go live in 2019.The system will add dedicated capacity to Google’s global network, enabling interconnection to other infrastructure in the region.Jim Poole, vice president, Business Development, Equinix, said: “With the significant increase in global data traffic, we see corporations running global businesses demanding access to high-capacity, low-latency networks capable of connecting them to data centers across oceans with stringent levels of reliability. Any user of a subsea cable system that lands inside one of our Equinix global data center termination points has instant, low-latency access to a host of vibrant industry ecosystems inside Equinix, and that’s a huge advantage.”The level of global data traffic is expected to reach 3.3 zettabytes by 2021, and almost every byte touches a subsea cable as cloud service providers, network service providers, content providers and enterprises push to move data globally in real time.last_img read more

Kompany excited by Lukaku challenge

first_imgManchester City captain Vincent Kompany is relishing the prospect of locking horns with his compatriot Romelu Lukaku when the Blues host West Brom on Tuesday night. “We are very lucky with him, being a very young striker, and Christian Benteke (Aston Villa’s Belgium frontman, who was also nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award). “We have two unbelievable talents coming through. I am looking forward to playing against him. He will be a world beater in England very soon.” It remains to be seen whether or not Kompany does line up against Lukaku in the game given City boss Roberto Mancini may opt to shuffle his pack with one eye on the FA Cup final against Wigan which comes four days later. The defender is keeping an open mind on the matter, but with City keen to cement second place in the table he is sure Mancini will select a “strong” team to face West Brom. Asked if he expected to play against Albion, Kompany said: “I don’t know, but the manager has got loads of options and I am sure that whatever side he puts out will be a strong side. “It’s a game that we have to win. There is no other way to think about this game. Until we are safe for that Champions League spot we have to play the games like every other game. “It (Saturday) is a big, big day for the club – it’s massive and everyone realises that. But it would be nice to win the game against West Brom. That would set us up really nicely to focus on the final.” Striker Lukaku has been in fine form following his season-long loan move from Chelsea to Albion last summer, netting 14 goals for the Baggies and earning a place on the PFA Young Player of the Year award shortlist. Centre-back Kompany has described the 19-year-old as an “unbelievable talent” and feels fortunate to be able to play alongside him for Belgium – but is also looking forward to the challenge he could be set of trying to contain him in Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League contest. “Romelu is probably one of the biggest talents in Europe at the moment,” Kompany said. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Downing calls for Baggies reaction

first_img Press Association It is therefore clear that the fault does not just lie with the manager and Downing is confident the players he will lead against Hull on Saturday know they have some making up to do. “They are a very honest bunch of players,” he said. “I have to say, I have been here for five years and every player is very senior and professional in what he does. “They feel accountable and there’s a responsibility for everyone when someone loses their job. “It’s important we galvanise ourselves and whatever decision comes from the top we need to make sure we control what we can.” Downing admitted there had been a real sense of shock in the wake of Clarke’s axing, but added that things had settled down during the course of the week. “It’s been a difficult time, especially the first couple of days,” he said. “Things have started to settle but it’s a big shock when anyone loses their job. But we have a game to focus on now.” It is an important game too, with Hull one of the sides West Brom are jostling for position with. City have been hard to beat upon their return to the top flight and Albion could have wished for easier opponents. That said, Downing is confident the team will be in the right frame of mind come kick-off. “I’ve seen it this week (their response), the professionalism of what they’re doing and their attitude,” he said. “We have to challenge each other and demand from each other, they have to raise their standards by five to 10 per cent. “We have to focus on what we are doing. What I am trying to do is cover all bases, organise them and pick the team. “There is a steely determination to put it right, but that has always been there. I’ve never seen anyone down tools. We have got to get out of this bad run.” The return to fitness of England goalkeeper Ben Foster will give Downing an extra selection problem, although he admitted to being happy at having a full squad to choose from. Like with any club, he knows some players will now be out to prove a point with the old manager having perished. “The slate is clean and we have 23/24 players who feel they want to be in the starting line-up,” he said. “I’m sure it will galvanise some of them and the new man will decide… (their futures). A fresh pair of eyes will stir the squad up. “Our form is relegation form but we need to make sure we turn it around and get back to the middle of the table.” Last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Cardiff was the final straw for the West Brom board, who sacked Clarke before the day was out. The loss took Albion’s winless run to six games and left them just two points away from trouble in the Barclays Premier League, with another startling stat being that the club have won just three league games all season. West Brom’s players have taken their share of responsibility for Steve Clarke’s sacking and are ready to put things right, according to caretaker Keith Downing.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers react to Syracuse’s 85-64 loss to Penn State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments With Friday night’s 85-64 loss to Penn State in the NIT Season Tip-Off in the Barclays Center, Syracuse (4-3) has matched its worst start since 1996.Forward Elijah Hughes paced the Orange with 19 points, but center Bourama Sidibe fouled out of the contest and the Nittany Lions out-rebounded SU.Listen to beat writers Michael McCleary and Nick Alvarez break down the loss:center_img Published on November 30, 2019 at 12:20 amlast_img read more

SBC secures membership of American Gaming Association

first_img SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Sports Betting Community (SBC) has shown its commitment to the growing US betting industry by securing membership to the American Gaming Association (AGA).SBC organizes some of the biggest sports betting trade events in Europe and the United States via its event brand SBC Events.com. SBC also manages a network of betting and gaming industry news portals including SBCAmericas.com, an online news and analysis resource dedicated to the developing sports betting industries in North and South Americas.Stacy Papadopoulos of the AGA commented: “We are pleased to welcome SBC to the AGA as an ally member. With the possibility of legal, regulated sports betting across the country, this is an exciting time for the U.S. gaming industry. As the sports betting sector grows, being able to discuss and share best practices with an industry leader like SBC benefits the organization and our broader membership.”SBC’s CEO & Founder Rasmus Sojmark added: “Our involvement in the US pre-dates the repeal of PASPA, but there is no doubt that the SCOTUS decision has lit the boosters for sports betting in the US.“There’s no doubt that the AGA’s support for sports betting at a key point of the political debate helped open the door for the sector so we have no hesitation in supporting them through our membership.”SBC joins the AGA at a time when the gaming industry is growing both in size and popularity. The May 2018 Supreme Court ruling overturning the federal ban on sports betting was a landmark policy achievement for the industry. Revenue grew in twenty states with commercial casinos in 2017 and the commercial gaming industry as a whole brought  in $40.3 billion in gaming revenue, while tribal casinos tallied $32.4 billion in total gaming revenue. Share FES and Incentive Games launch esports prediction game June 2, 2020last_img read more

NY Mets lose again, which could help Dodgers

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets are going home and hoping to stay there for a while.Jerad Eickhoff struck out 10 in seven dominant innings, Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the NL East champion Mets 3-0 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.The Mets have a half-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage in the division series, which begins next Friday. Los Angeles plays at San Francisco on Thursday afternoon. New York holds the tiebreaker so its magic number to clinch is three.“We talked about the importance of coming here and winning games and then we didn’t win any,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We can’t worry about today. It’s over. Focus on tomorrow.” “He was outstanding,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “He showed a lot of guts. He’s a great competitor.”Rookie Sean Gilmartin (3-2) made his first career start for the Mets after 49 relief appearances. He allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.“Overall, I felt good,” Gilmartin said. “I just wanted to go out there and give the team a lift. My focus was to get quick innings.”Gilmartin didn’t give up a hit until Jeff Francoeur doubled with two outs in the fourth. Ruf followed with a line drive deep into the empty seats in left field. Ruf has eight homers and 22 RBIs in 93 at-bats against left-handers. Andres Blanco hit a solo homer in the eighth off Dario Alvarez.Eickhoff, one of several prospects the Phillies acquired from Texas in the trade for Cole Hamels, has been impressive. He allowed three runs or less in seven of eight starts and has a 2.65 ERA.Eickhoff pumped his fist and pounded his glove after striking out Juan Lagares on his final pitch to leave two runners on in the seventh.Trainer’s roomMets: LHP Steven Matz, who was scratched from Wednesday’s start because of a back injury, is slated to pitch Saturday or Sunday. … SS Wilmer Flores (back spasms) is “pretty stiff,” according to Collins. He might not be ready Friday. … 3B Juan Uribe (chest) is scheduled for tests on Friday. Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco was activated from the disabled list and should play Friday. Franco has been out with a broken wrist since Aug. 12.Up nextMets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.34) starts the opener of a three-game series against Washington. Phillies: RHP Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.86) opens a three-game series against Miami. LHP Justin Nicolino (4-4, 4.16) starts for the Marlins. The Mets host the Washington Nationals over the weekend and expect outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to return to the lineup. Cespedes, as expected, didn’t play after bruising two fingers on his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night. Collins said Cespedes told him he was available, but he gave him the day off.“Just the way the series went, you knew there was going to be an energy drain,” Collins said. “We rested some guys.”The Phillies lost 14 of 16 to the Mets before sweeping them in a three-game series for the first time since April 26-28, 2013, at Citi Field. Philadelphia needs to win one of its last three games against Miami to avoid losing 100 games for the first time since 1961.An announced crowd of 13,238 was the smallest in the 12-year history of Citizens Bank Park. Only several hundred fans were in the stands for a game that was moved up seven hours because heavy rain is expected later.Eickhoff (3-3) gave up two infield singles, two doubles and no walks while tying his career-best with 10 strikeouts for the second consecutive start. Jerome Williams pitched the eighth and Luis Garcia finished off the six-hitter for his second save in four tries. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Espanyol’s net profit soared 116% in 2019

first_imgIn times of crisis, the health that is lived and the economic that is developing, has presented Rastar Group, the conglomerate that holds 99.55% of the share capital of Espanyol, your 2019 annual financial report. The accounts managed by AS show the muscle that the parakeet club had as of last December 31, until it became the jewel in the company’s crown in terms of results.In 154.9 million euros the 2019 business income of Rastar Sports HK Company Limited, the commercial name of Espanyol as a division of the company, which implies a significant increase of 40.59% compared to 2018. This great leap undoubtedly responds to two games that went off: television revenues grow by 41.5%, to 78.6 millionwhile the footballers sales reach 50.7 million, 52.9% more than the previous year. However, the great news is about the net profit obtained by Espanyol, from 28.6 million euros, a meteoric 116.14% higher to 2018. Espanyol net profit28.6116.14% Net profit Rastar338.41% CONCEPT 2019DIFFERENCE FROM 2018 Rastar Entertainment Income331.6-9% Rastar’s income falls but has benefitsRegarding the results of Rastar Interactive Entertainment Company, the full name of the conglomerate led by the president of Espanyol, Chen Yansheng, and of which the parrot club is part, in 2019 it brought together revenues of 331.6 million euros, which means a decrease of 9% compared to a year ago. However, the conclusions of the report present the company as healthy and projected into the future.The data of the financial report 2019 TV right income78.641.50% The report attributes this brutal increase mainly to two factors. On the one hand, the arrival of Wu Lei, which contributed three sponsors of depth and interest in the club from China and other parts of the planet. On the other, and no less important, access after 12 years of absence in continental competitions, in this case the Europa League, where Espanyol climbed from the preliminary phase to the round of 32, after a first place in the league that obviously also procures its financial returns. With all that, it is understood that the club could invest 40 million in reinforcements during the last winter market.It should be noted that does not about of the results of the exercise that are usually submitted to judgment in the Boards of Shareholders of Espanyol, and that it always runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. And also that figures of the original report appear in yuan (or renminbis), the currency with which Rastar is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, so the change to euros in force at the closing of the report, that is, as of December 31, 2019, has been applied here.The cover of Rastar’s 2019 annual report. Player sales revenue50.752.95% Business income Espanyol154.940.55% * Amounts expressed in millions of eurosIn fact, the net profit does increase by 8.41%, to 33 million, on paper supported by an Espanyol yes well comprises 46% of income from Rastar him contributes 86% of the total of that profit. At least until last December 31, which in the worst case scenario means a good mattress for the future. 2020 is, for now, a year of absolute uncertainty, not only for the world situation but for the uncertain future of the team, in First or Second.last_img read more

Linden’s children feted by private enterprises

first_imgA group of private entities brought smiles to the faces of children at the Upper Demerara Hospital (UDH) at Wismar, Linden, and neighbouring communities, when they hosted a gift distribution and Christmas party exercise.One of the organisers of the event, Lincoln Zephyr, noted that this was just the beginning of what is expected to be an annual initiative within the Linden community.“This was the start of what is going to be an annual Christmas give back initiative to the kids at the Upper Demerara Hospital. As a Director of Vybz Entertainment, our newly formed company OLT Waste Solutions Enterprise and on behalf of Babulu Car Rental and Trucking Services, I would like to thank the Upper Demerara Hospital and staff for giving us this opportunity to give back to our community,” he noted.Dr Roscoe McDonald, who is in charge of the family health clinic at the medical facility, noted that the initiative was a great gesture which lightened the spirits of the children at the Hospital.“It was a great initiative. The children that turned out were extremely happy… they were blessed with snacks, games and even presents. I trust that this gesture will continue for it seems to have given them a bright day,” he said.The companies, Babulu’s Car Rental and Trucking Services, OLT Waste Solutions Enterprise and Vybz Entertainment teamed up for the grand initiative, in keeping with the spirit of Christmas.last_img read more