About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp defends Liverpool players after Wolves FA Cup defeat: Did I expect more?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defended his players after they were beaten by Wolves in last night’s FA Cup third round tie.Klopp made nine changes from the team which were beaten at Manchester City on Thursday.The German stated, “All these things that came out are really my responsibility, so it’s about rhythm. Of course, you know they have rhythm. Div (Origi), can he have rhythm? No, not really. Daniel (Sturridge), maybe a bit more. Alberto (Moreno), no, no rhythm. “That of course doesn’t help footballers against a [tough] opponent. We played Wolves here two or three weeks ago and they are really strong. We won, yes, but we knew it was really tough here. Now we played today, they didn’t change a lot – if they changed something – so that’s not easy.”Do I expect? I always expect a lot more from the players. Do I think they could have delivered [more] today? I am not 100 per cent sure. It’s not my job to say now, ‘that was not good enough, that was not good enough’ because I know they can do much better. I changed a lot because I thought we had to, not because I wanted to and to say, ‘come on, let’s have a look at how that works’ because it was clear Wolves would not change a lot. “The problem is, we played a similar line-up and had three tough games in the last couple of weeks, so it was clear we had to change. That’s it, that’s all.”
Liverpool boss Klopp reveals hilarious Rocky speech fail in BVB daysby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his failure to rouse his players by using a speech from the movie Rocky IV.Klopp was speaking about his career and achievements at the FIFA gala where he won the Best Men’s Coach award for the previous year.And he mentioned an incident where he gave his Borussia Dortmund players a Rocky-themed speech before a game against Bayern Munich.”My Borussia Dortmund team were playing Bayern Munich,” Klopp told The Players’ Tribune.”It was a huge match in the league. We hadn’t won in Munich in something like 20 years. I take a lot of inspiration from movies, so whenever I needed to motivate the boys I would always think of Rocky Balboa. In my opinion, they should show Rocky 1, 2, 3 and 4 in public schools all across the world. It should be like learning the alphabet. If you watch these movies and you don’t want to climb to the top of a mountain, then I think something is wrong with you.””So the night before we played Bayern, I gathered all my players at the hotel for our team talk. I told them the truth of the situation: ‘The last time Dortmund won in Munich, most of you were still in your Pampers.’ Then I started playing some scenes from Rocky IV on the screen. The one with Ivan Drago. A classic, in my opinion. “Drago is running on the treadmill, and he’s hooked up to the big computer monitors and the scientists are studying him. I told the boys, ‘You see? Bayern Munich is Ivan Drago. The best of everything! The best technology! The best machines! He’s unstoppable!’ Then you see Rocky training in Siberia in his little log cabin. He’s chopping down pine trees and carrying logs through the snow and running up to the top of the mountain. “I told the boys, ‘You see? That’s us. We are Rocky. We are smaller, yes. But we have the passion! We have the heart of a champion! We can do the impossible!’ I was going on and on, and then at some point, I look out to all my boys to see their reaction.”I was expecting them to be standing up on their chairs, ready to go run up a mountain in Siberia, going absolutely crazy. But everyone is just sitting there, staring at me with dead eyes. Completely blank. They’re looking at me like, ‘What in the world is this crazy man talking about?’ So then I realised, ‘Wait, when did Rocky IV come out, 1980-something? When were these boys born?’ Finally, I said, ‘Wait a minute, boys. Please raise your hand if you know who Rocky Balboa is?’ Only two hands went up.”Everyone else, ‘Nope, sorry, boss.’ My entire speech — nonsense! This is the most important match of the season. Maybe the most important match of some of the players’ lives. And the manager has been screaming about Soviet technology and Siberia for the last 10 minutes! Can you believe this? I had to start my whole speech over from scratch. “You see, this is the real story. This is what actually happens in life. We are human beings. Sometimes, we embarrass ourselves. That’s how it is. We think we’re giving the greatest speech in the history of football, and we’re actually talking complete nonsense. But we get up the next morning and we go again. “Do you know the strangest part of that story? I honestly cannot be sure if we won or lost the match. I am pretty sure that I gave this speech in 2011 before we won 3–1, and that certainly makes for a much better story! But I can’t be 100% sure. This is one thing about football that people don’t always understand. The results, you forget. You get them all mixed up.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook and record label Universal Music Group have signed a multiyear deal that will let Facebook users share videos that have the label’s music in them.Right now, if Facebook’s regular users upload videos that contain Universal’s music, the videos will get taken down. Universal, a unit of French media conglomerate Vivendi SA, has rights to music from artists including Jay-Z, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Bieber.The companies did not say when users would be able to share music in videos on platforms owned by Facebook. They hinted that more music features could be coming.Facebook declined to comment about its music strategy beyond the press release. Universal also declined to comment.Facebook is trying to get people to watch and share more videos.YouTube, the world’s largest destination for online video, sells music-streaming subscriptions, but Spotify and Apple Music are thought to be more popular.
BRUSSELS — The European Commission says it has reached an agreement with Italy to avert legal action over the country’s budget plans, which the EU’s executive arm had warned could break euro currency rules.European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday that the “agreement is not ideal” but allows the Commission to avoid legal action against Italy — “provided that the measures are fully implemented.”The threat of action is not rare in EU terms but it came amid growing tension between the Commission and Italy’s populist government, which had vowed to resist any pressure from Brussels.Dombrovskis said “the Italian government has come a long way” from the heated rhetoric of a few weeks ago.The Associated Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP say they have been responding to 20 reports of battery thefts in the Grande Prairie Area.According to RCMP, the batteries have been stolen from holiday trailers.RCMP would like to advise the public that these types of thefts are occurring. Police say they continue to investigate these incidents and encourage the public to report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.To help prevent theft, the RCMP are reminding owners to take the necessary precautions, such as implementing the use of security locks.If you have any information about these incidents, you are being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Tokyo: Japan partially lifted an evacuation order in one of the two hometowns of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Wednesday for the first time since the 2011 disaster. Decontamination efforts have lowered radiation levels significantly in the area about 7 kilometers (4 miles) southwest of the plant where three reactors had meltdowns due to the damage caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The action allows people to return to about 40 percent of Okuma. The other hometown, Futaba, remains off-limits, as are several other towns nearby. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMany former residents are reluctant to return as the complicated process to safely decommission the plant continues. Opponents of lifting the evacuation orders in long-abandoned communities say the government is promoting residents’ return to showcase safety ahead of the Tokyo Olympics next summer. The government has pushed for an aggressive decontamination program by removing topsoil, chopping trees and washing down houses and roads in contaminated areas, though experts say the effort only caused the contamination to move from one place to another, creating massive amounts of radioactive waste and the need for its long-term storage. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe meltdowns at three of Fukushima Dai-ichi’s six reactors caused massive radiation leaks that contaminated the plant’s surroundings, forcing at its peak some 160,000 people to evacuate their homes for areas elsewhere in Fukushima or outside the prefecture. Evacuation orders in most of the initial no-go zones have been lifted, but restrictions are still in place in several towns closest to the plant and to its northwest, which were contaminated by radioactive plumes from the plant soon after its meltdowns. More than 40,000 people were still unable to return home as of March, including Okuma’s population of 10,000. Town officials say the lifting of the evacuation order in the two districts would encourage the area’s recovery. “We are finally standing on a starting line of reconstruction,” Okuma mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe told reporters.
The most pivotal game in Week 7 of the NFL is between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams. They’re playing the game this week that has the biggest playoffs implications for the teams involved. Watch the video above to see just how underwater the loser will be.
Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to call a play in the third quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Ohio State’s home opening loss, the team averaged just 5.1 yards per play and scored only 16 points.Since then, the offense has averaged 7.8 yards per play and 53.2 points per game. Whether it be improved play, new personnel, different play-calling or some combination of the three, something would appear to have changed with the team.But to co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, the difference in the production might be more attributed to improved chemistry rather than any other drastic changes to the team.“I felt earlier in the year when we struggled, we didn’t come into the game with momentum,” Wilson said. “I think we’ve came through each week with momentum. Now you’ve still got to execute on Saturdays, but I think we’re coming into the game with some confidence and some momentum during the week of practice.”With each win Ohio State has secured, the team seems to be clicking more as a cohesive group of players and finding more success in nearly everything it has tried. But why wasn’t the 49-21 win against Indiana enough to propel the Buckeyes into their clash against Oklahoma?Quarterback J.T. Barrett believes the key to building momentum does not come as much from practice as much as it does from executing plays in games. At the time of the Oklahoma game, the Buckeyes had played just one game and were still searching for their identity.“I think it’s interesting being that in college, we don’t have a preseason,” Barrett said. “In NFL preseason games, they get time to get going as far as actual game to football. We just try to do the best we can in practice. And everything doesn’t click in the first weeks of college football.”As far as changes to playcalling or improved execution of those plays, the Buckeyes believe they are right where they were at the beginning of the season. The only difference now is that they have had a chance to thoroughly knock some rust off and the individuals are now starting to play more like a team. “We’ve put it all together the way those groups can play,” Wilson said. “What we’re trying to sell right now, the more we play together, the more we play for each other, linemen stepping up, the second and third tight ends, second and third running backs, five, six, seven receivers. The more guys play, the more energy is. It grows, that chemistry.”Could it be that simple? Is the only key to beating a top-five opponent just having more chemistry on the team? Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon said it just might be. The starting wideout believes Ohio State’s improved play is a direct result of the team just connecting better with each other. He felt fine with how the team was preparing earlier in the season, even after it took its loss to Oklahoma. Now it’s just about everyone executing better.“I just feel like you approach every day the same,” Dixon said. “If you don’t approach the date being the best you can, you’re going to lose. Different opponents come, but it’s still the same thing week after week. You’ve still got to be at your best.”The Buckeyes will train to maintain the momentum and chemistry through the off week before its matchup against Penn State.
The London Stadium coach Manuel Pellegrini has revealed how early capturing of Ryan Fredericks indicates a sign of more signings to come for West Ham this summer and goes ahead to say his relationship with the club’s owners is perfectly fine.Pellegrin is looking to strengthen his squad as he has been linked with Lazio ace Felipe Anderson and PSG star Javier Pastore for a deal. The former City manager is also very confident that he will have more signings in time to come.“I speak to Mr. Sullivan regularly and we are in agreement about our approach to bringing new players to the club this summer,” said Pellegrini, speaking to Mirror Football.“We have already completed one very exciting signing with Ryan Fredericks coming to the club and we are working hard to bring more to West Ham for the supporters.”Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…Pellegrini continued by insisting his working relationship with the club’s hierarchy is also healthy.“I need to make it clear that there is absolutely no problem,” he said.“I have been made to feel welcome by everyone at West Ham since my arrival. I already have a very good relationship with the two chairmen.”
Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel was given a birthday message on Wednesday that he will never forgetThe German had his 45th birthday yesterday and arrived at PSG’s Ooredoo Training Centre to prepare for the latest practice session.Little did he know that a special message had been carved into the training pitch.It bore the PSG club crest with a happy birthday message in his native German.It read: “Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag Thomas!” ( “Happy Birthday Thomas!”)Tuchel was recruited by PSG in May to replace the departed Unai Emery as the new manager of the Ligue 1 giants.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…In his first competitive game in charge of the club, Tuchel impressively oversaw a 4-0 thrashing of rivals AS Monaco to win the Trophee des Championes.The former Borussia Dortmund coach has also maintained a 100% winning start to the new Ligue 1 season following PSG’s wins over Angers, Guingamp and Caen.PSG will be back in action in Saturday’s away game to Nimes in the Ligue 1.???? In honor of birthday boy @TTuchelofficial… training with a special touch today at the Ooredoo Training Centre! ?? pic.twitter.com/95pTJBTfmW— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 29, 2018
Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has confirmed Arjen Robben will not available to him for the rest of 2018The 34-year-old winger aggravated a thigh injury and has been absent for Bayern’s last three matches against Ajax, Nurnberg and Werder Bremen.Speaking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Hannover 96, Kovac broke the news that Robben will miss the rest of their remaining three fixtures before the winter break in Germany.“He won’t play again in this half of the season. The focus is on January 4,” said Kovac, according to Goal.“The doctors looked at it. It makes no sense for us to go into a major injury.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Croatian will not be deciding who plays on Saturday until training today has been completed.“We have one day less due to the Wednesday match than if we had played on Tuesday,” added Kovac.“We will decide who plays after training. We have to keep in mind that we have three games [in eight days].”After Hannover, Bayern will take on RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt next week.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery could face punishment from the English Football Association (FA) for kicking a bottle towards Brighton supportersThe frustrated Spaniard was witnessed kicking a bottle in the dugout towards the latter stages of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton.Emery later confessed that the bottle he kicked had indeed hit a supporter in the stands and apologised for his actions.“I said to them [the supporter], apologies, because I kick the bottle after a disappointing action for us in the last minutes,” said Emery.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It wasn’t hard, but it touched one supporter for them. I said to them ‘I’m sorry’.”But Sky Sports reports that the 47-year-old isn’t in the clear with the FA investigating the incident that occurred at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day.The report adds that Emery’s actions were likely left out of the referee’s match report.A decision on the former Paris Saint-Germain coach’s fate could be made later today.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, NOVEMBER 28, 2013- While it is revealed in the TCI’s progress report to the UK Overseas Territories that the Ministry of Health & Human Services has taken steps to address current gaps in the Interhealth Regulation & Compliance … Residents on the islands are calling on the government to put a system in place where everyone has access to health care facilities. Residents have spoken out to local media about the what they call the poor services given by the Interhealth hospitals on both islands. Concerns are also being raised about the high levels of unemployment and the requirements of the health care system where a form of employment is needed in some way in order to make contributions to the NHIP.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Feb 2016 – A lot of bank statements were shown in court this morning as the Special Investigation Team’s lead attorney Andrew Mitchell highlighted payments made by Richard Padgett to Floyd and Lisa Hall. Mitchell said while the Halls will argue that this money was for commissions and therefore legitimate, he plans to show the court that they were not. The list of monies, in the tens of thousands moving from Padgett and even his wife to the former Finance Minister and Deputy Premier and his wife went to companies the pair owns including Paradigm and Whale Watchers. It also revealed the level of money going to the Progressive National Party, under the leadership of Michael Misick around the time of the 2007 General Elections. It was obviously a well funded political machine. Mitchell says Padgett, who was working many ideas for developments including one on East Caicos wanted to create something special and very profitable in the Turks and Caicos and was seeking ‘curry favor’ from the government of the day to make his dreams a reality. During proceedings today, John Perry, QC for former Public Works & Housing Minister, Jeffery Hall challenged Mitchell to prove that monies deposited by the ‘rich man’ referring to Richard Padgett were transferred from the PNP account, illegally. Perry reminded Mitchell that he cannot generalize and that each count against each defendant has to be individually proven and supported by actual evidence. Mitchell said he would provide the evidence for a $75,000 dollar deposit from Mr. & Mrs. Padgett to the PNP.Before the lunchtime break, Andrew Mitchell started to get into the meat of a South Caicos development where 7,000 acres were bought and where there were requests to fast track the project stemming from early 2006 and involving a Chicago developer. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Developer monies allegedly paid to PNP & Defendants Related Items:flloys hall, Guilty Plea, john perry, Lisa Hall, simon padgett Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week Recommended for you Guilty Plea In Court Cases Urged Where Offences Have Been Committed
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 4th 2017 – Nassau – Over eleven million dollars was spent to get the 170 institutions nationwide ready for students. The Education Minister last night addressed the nation on the eve of a new school year kicking into high gear with all but three public schools starting the 2017-2018 academic session today. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BackToSchool, #magneticmedianews The Minister explained that the government will do its part with a drastic overhaul of the curriculum, modernizing it and the reformation is to start this school year. Minister Jeffrey Lloyd called the job of better educating our children a joint effort, the Ministry and the Community together making sure it happens and he is convinced that not enough students are exiting school ready for the world. A National Address also came from Road Traffic minister, Frankie Campbell announced that a Back to School road safety campaign would be launched; the initiative will begin at Gerald Cash and Garvin Tynes primary schools in Nassau.By Deandrea Hamilton
Legendary Italian goalkeeper Dino Zoff believes he understands the secret to Gianluigi Donnarumma’s improved form for Milan this season.The AC Milan shot-stopper appears to have overcome the off-field problems that affected him last season as he has gone on to establish himself as Italy’s No 1.“His secret? It’s simple, he became a man,” Zoff, regarded by many as the Azzurri’s greatest-ever shot-stopper after Gianluigi Buffon, told Football Italia via Corriere della Sera.“He’s more aware now, he’s an adult and he’s learning to manage the stages of his life, which are also phases during a match.Zoff also spoke of the resilience of the keeper suggesting he’s not overwhelmed by mistakes.His saves were evident and crucial in Milan’s last clash against AS Roma which helped the team salvage a 1-1 draw in a cagey encounter.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….DONNARUMMA WITH THE AMAZING DOUBLE SAVE! [via: @TVACM] pic.twitter.com/wilekEDyGL— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) February 3, 2019“He doesn’t fall to pieces after making a mistake anymore. The other night he missed a cross, so much so that moments later he made a superlative save.”The Rossoneri are currently ranked the fourth best defence in the Serie A which is partly due to the effort of the teenage goalkeeper.Gattuso’s men are in the race for a Champions League spot and have a chance of clinching a silverware in the Coppa Italia.
KUSI Newsroom, Lauren Phinney, Carlos Amezcua, Posted: August 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There is a lot happening at the San Diego Police Department, including a review of the controversial carotid restraint technique.Police Chief David Nisleit joined KUSI’s Carlos Amezcua and Lauren Phinney with the latest on this and shared an update on the department’s recruitment efforts. KUSI Newsroom, Lauren Phinney, Carlos Amezcua Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 16, 2018 San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit update on issues facing SDPD
Original Story: Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will be reduced to one half mile or less at times in falling and blowing snow. Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas. Travel may be difficult. The advisory has been extended until 4pm on Sunday. Another advisory is in effect from Noon Saturday and until Noon Sunday for Portage Valley and the Eastern Turnagain Arm which includes the cities of Whittier, Seward, Girdwood, and Moose Pass. Plan on slippery road conditions. Expect reduced visibilities at times. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory is in effect until Midnight Saturday for large amounts of snow for the cities for Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski, Homer and Cooper Landing. Snow and blowing snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 15 inches, are expected. Heavy snow is expected throughout. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches, with localized amounts up to 12 inches, are expected. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 06:12 pmUpdated- 2/17 A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov.
MPA CEO Mary Berner says PIB reporting is in a period of transition as the association investigates ways to incorporate digital numbers. “We’re very focused on trying to expand PIB measurement to include all of the digital advertising as well. We should have that in the next several months,” she says.Berner also points out that categories that did not perform so well in the first quarter, such as drugs/remedies and retail, were in the midst of a cyclical decline. But automotive, which has traditionally been a strong category, has turned into a “magazine problem,” says Berner. “They’ve shifted to deal promotions and shorter term campaigns to move product,” she says, indicating that the print platform isn’t suitable for this kind of marketing.The food and technology categories, which had suffered extended declines, were also up, as were toiletries and cosmetics.Looking at Q1 numbers since 2007, total ad page counts across all of the titles tracked have declined 38 percent. Business and finance titles, except Kiplinger’s (up 19 percent), took a hit on pages for the quarter. Bloomberg Businessweek was down 33 percent, Forbes dropped 20 percent, Fortune remained flat and Harvard Business Review dipped 17 percent.Newsweeklies did not fare well either—Time was down 13 percent in pages, The Week dropped 21 percent and the Economist was down 27 percent.In aggregate, however, some of the major publishers showed increases for the quarter. Condé Nast is reporting a first quarter increase of 3 percent across titles. Titles such as Bon Appétit (+38 percent) and Details (+25 percent) helped shore up some that dipped—Architectural Digest dropped 16 percent, Self slipped 10 percent and The New Yorker was down 11 percent. Meanwhile, Condé Nast says digital grew 35 percent in the quarter while integrated campaign programs jumped 50 percent in the quarter compared to the same period last year.Hearst also cited integrated programs as a growth source, with overall pages up about 7 percent. Fashion and shelter categories performed well in the quarter, again helping to push overall ad page growth into the positive while other titles, like Country Living (-18 percent) and Redbook (-11 percent) stumbled. At Time Inc., the company notes that 10 of its titles were up in pages, with increases across 11 of 15 ad categories. First-quarter PIB numbers are out from the MPA and ad pages have continued their decline, dropping about 5 percent when compared to the same period last year. The MPA points out that revenue eked out a half-point gain in the quarter, the first in two years, but given the vagaries of rate card reporting versus what an ad is actually sold for, revenue figures are difficult to estimate at face value. Yet reporting on PIB numbers has become challenging not simply because print ad pages have been pinched, but because they now only tell part of a larger story. Nevertheless, print is still one of the three main legs of the magazine publisher’s business model.
EU state aid regulators aim to rule on Amazon’s tax deal with Luxembourg by July, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, and it may order the country’s tax authorities to recover about 400 million euros ($448 million) in back taxes.The European Commission’s decision will come after a near-two year investigation into whether a Luxembourg 2003 tax ruling for an Amazon subsidiary allows the company to pay less tax there than other companies, giving it an unfair advantage.The 400-million-euro figure is a preliminary assessment and may be revised after discussions with other units in the Commission, one of the sources said.The two sources said a panel of experienced officials met recently to review the strengths and weaknesses of the case, a move usually reserved for complex and high-profile cases.An EU official questioned whether the commission’s final decision on the legality of the tax deal would be in line with the current thinking of officials working on the case.The European Commission declined comment. Luxembourg and Amazon had no immediate comment.Amazon overhauled its European tax practices in May last year allowing it to book sales and pay taxes in Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy instead of channelling all sales through Luxembourg. The move could raise its tax bill.Multinational firms face increasing public scrutiny of their tax affairs following popular outrage at revelations of complex offshore schemes to minimise payments. The European Commission, led by former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker, has pledged to make rules more transparent across the EU.The EU’s crackdown on so-called sweetheart deals involving U.S. firms has been criticised by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew who in February demanded that European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager reconsider such probes because they created disturbing precedents.This would be the fourth ruling by the EU competition enforcer following an order in October last year to Luxembourg to claw back up to 30 million euros from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and a similar order to the Dutch tax authorities related to Starbucks Corp.The Commission in January told Belgium to recover around 700 million euros from 35 companies including Anheuser-Busch InBev, BP and BASF because of their participation in an illegal tax scheme.Other outstanding similar cases are Commission probes of whether Apple paid too little tax in Ireland and burger chain McDonald’s too little in Luxembourg.