Is now the right time to buy easyJet shares?

first_img Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. T Sligo | Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 | More on: EZJ In an aviation industry that has been struggling for some time, easyJet (LSE: EZJ) looked different. Airlines like Flybmi and Wow Air failed, and the future for others in the industry was uncertain. In 2019, the easyJet share price rose roughly 24%.And then the coronavirus crisis happened. People around the world were warned against non-essential travel, with some countries even closing borders.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Following this news, as you would expect, aviation stock prices were some of the hardest hit. International Consolidated Airlines‘ share price has slumped by roughly 65% in the year-to-date. By comparison, the FTSE 100 has fallen by 25% during the same period.As demand plummets, some airlines have taken to suspending flights.Contrarian investors may be thinking this is the time to buy big when it comes to airline stocks. They may sense that as people are fearful of buying these shares, now is the time to be greedy.Let’s take a look at one airline that could represent a great buying opportunity.The case for buying easyJet sharesAs you can imagine, running an airline swallows a huge amount of capital. If the demand is not there, then the only realistic option is to ground the planes. Without cash flow, and with a large amount of expenditure, it does not make sense for some airlines to continue flying.This is the action that easyJet chose to take at the start of the week, by grounding its entire fleet of planes. easyJet announced that it had collaboratively come to an agreement with Unite, the union, on furlough arrangements for its cabin crew, effective from 1 April. This will be for a period of two months, and the group has announced that 80% of the crew’s average pay will be paid through the Government’s job retention scheme. No debt refinancing is due until 2022.Most investors, I imagine, will understand that easyJet had to take these steps in order to relieve the group from two significant costs at an unprecedented time.It might be worth noting where easyJet was a few months ago, before the true extent of the coronavirus crisis was realised. In its Q1 trading update — which was released in January — easyJet announced that passenger numbers and revenue had increased on Q1 2019, and there was “robust demand across Europe” and “low competitor capacity growth in the market”. It also praised the success of the easyJet Holidays launch in November 2019.With nobody quite sure when its planes will be flying again, these results might seem of little consequence and certainly will not be reflected in the easyJet share price. However, it is important to remember that you are buying part of an otherwise-strong company.Bailing out?Airlines are difficult businesses for investors. Much can happen outside of their control, like a change in oil prices, ash-clouds and now the coronavirus.There has been lots of coverage about a possible bailout for airlines. If I was looking to invest in the industry, I would certainly not be banking on this. Once again, it is outside of the businesses’ control and the possibility of it happening is uncertain.Is the easyJet share price now trading at a bargain-buy level? Possibly. But for now, I will be putting my money elsewhere. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by T Sligo Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Is now the right time to buy easyJet shares? Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. T Sligo has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

Review: Tootsies

first_imgBy Richard FineTootsies is spacious and sparsely-decorated; while aesthetically pleasing, unfortunately this made it feel much emptier than it actually was when I arrived with my girlfriend on Friday lunchtime. By the time we left an hour later, five or six tables had been filled, but we were left hoping for Tootsies’ sake that the place is more popular in the evenings or at the weekends. Was the menu just as sparse? The choice of starters was disappointingly limited, but it offered many mains to choose from. Tootsies bills itself as “the chargrill place,” and accordingly the menu is largely populated by steak and chicken – vegetarians will have to content themselves with salads or the lentil burger. While waiting for our food we ordered milkshakes to fill the hole, which were pleasant but quite thin and a tad on the small side.The food arrived promptly and was well presented. My girlfriend’s salad was generously proportioned and the lettuce fresh and moist; the chicken was nicely flavoured (if a little dry), but we suspected that the Caesar dressing had come from a bottle. That’s not a cardinal sin, of course – some of the best salads in living memory have been bottled for our convenience, but there’s always a frisson of outrage to the discovery. I had the Tootsies Classic burger, a 6oz beef burger with bacon and Monterey Jack cheese: tall to the extent that it was impossible to eat without dismantling it first, which is unfortunate as it made it harder to appreciate the combination of flavours. The patty itself was tasty, and the bacon pink and chewy, though it seemed they’d been a bit conservative with the cheese. The lack of oil from the cheese, the saltiness of the bacon, and the dryness of the beef (all their burgers are cooked medium-well) resulted in my reaching for my milkshake quite often.The bowl of chips that came with my burger was just the right size, and the chips themselves were very successful, being soft on the inside without being soggy, and crispy on the outside without being oily.For dessert we shared a hot waffle, served with vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, and lots of maple syrup. Delicious and sweet, the waffle had absorbed much of the maple syrup, but there were still a few crispier parts keeping the texture varied.Overall, I wouldn’t place Tootsies on my ‘must visit’ list, but they provide large portions of above-average quality food. It’s not a connoisseur’s choice, but if you like your meat it won’t let you down.last_img read more

West End Star Hugh Maynard on His Powerful Connection to Miss Saigon

first_img Why not? I had turned my back on the industry and moved to Australia with my then-fiancée. I was also carrying on my world tour with the band Tenors of Rock and just didn’t expect this to happen. And if it weren’t for a cheeky email I sent to Cameron [Mackintosh, the show’s producer], it probably wouldn’t have done. But if you’d done the tour, didn’t Cameron know you could play the role? Yes, but the email led to me flying back to London and meeting the current creative team. It was more about the handshake and touching base—and about Cameron seeing me physically—than about them hearing me sing. It sounds as if you’re in a good place at the moment! I feel very lucky that the West End has embraced me and taken me back. I truly feel as if this is my time to shine. You’ve got your first album, Hugh Maynard: Something Inside So Strong, coming out next year. Tell us about that! Exciting, huh? And there are four tracks that fans can listen to already in the run-up to Christmas. So many people have been asking me for years, “When is your album coming out?” I decided, “OK, maybe it’s time to do it,” though it did take me a while to be convinced that people would want to listen to me singing 12 songs [laughs]. You’ve got quite a history with Miss Saigon, don’t you? Oh yes! I’ve done two UK tours and I don’t know how your life is, but there may be a job you’ve done or an experience you’ve had where you think, “Wouldn’t it be great to go back?” That’s how I feel about this show. There hasn’t been anything else I’ve done that has stuck in my heart and mind quite like this has. The part of John isn’t huge, but it can pack a wallop in performance. How do you psych yourself up for it? It’s funny you ask because I said to Jon Jon [Briones, the Saigon revival’s leading man], “How do you do this every day? I sing one song and I’m beat and you’re singing throughout the show.” He put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Hugh, I don’t have to sing pretty,” and that sentence said it all. I have to be at a first-class level every night or the story doesn’t come across. There are few supporting roles in musicals as fiery as that of John, the marine-turned-aid worker in Miss Saigon who gets the second act of the musical off to a powerful start with the anthemic song “Bui Doi”—an emotive reminder of the orphans left behind in times of war. The role has led to acclaim for Hugh Maynard, whose rendition stops the show nightly in the West End revival of the Boublil and Schonberg musical at the Prince Edward Theatre. Maynard chatted with Broadway.com about the deep connection he feels to both the show and the song and to talk up his debut album, which comes out in the new year. How did the conversation between the two of you go? The first thing I said was, “Peter, I’m sorry for ruining your song,” and he said, “Get up, Hugh, I love what you’re doing!” He was so, so giving. Your return to the West End in this production has been meaningful to you, I gather. Very much so. I had done Sister Act and was so wrung out by it that I actually thought that was going to be my last show. If it wasn’t for Miss Saigon I don’t think I would have come back to the West End. What happened then? I got a call from my birth mother shouting down the phone saying that I was trying to steal her daughter away from her. I had no idea what was being said, but when I went to call back some months later, all the numbers I had been given were no longer in use. Believe me, my foster family is as bemused by all this as anyone.center_img How did you decide on a songlist? I put it out to my fans. When I was on tour with the band [Tenors of Rock], I would ask people what they wanted to hear me sing and why and so we came up with a mixture of rock and pop and show tunes—everything from Radiohead to “I (Who Have Nothing)” from Smokey Joe’s Café and “Bring Him Home.” Have you felt the weight of tradition with this song in terms of the performers who came before you? Well, Peter Polycarpou [who originated the role in London in 1989] is the standard, and when he came to see the show about four months ago without my knowledge, I was on my knees. It was like bowing to a demigod. I felt like a schoolboy meeting a policeman [laughs]. Do you connect deeply with this song? Absolutely. I’ve never been ousted from anywhere because of my race or my color but I did spend the first eight years of my life in a children’s home, which isn’t something I have spoken about until quite recently. I didn’t receive my birth certificate until I was 16. View Comments Is “Bring Him Home” your hint to Cameron Mackintosh that you might like to play Jean Valjean? [Laughs.] Maybe I’m planting the seed! But that song is a favorite of so many people and has been sung by so many Caucasian artists that people were saying, “Hugh, we’d love to hear you put your soul into this track.” Though I have to say that for me, it’s about trying not to impersonate Alfie Boe. “Bui Doi” is such an extraordinarily emotive song. And from my point of view as a performer it’s about giving, giving, giving. Seeing the conditions of the children we are singing about, you can’t help but feel as if they are refugees in a world where to my knowledge there hasn’t been a day without love or without war and that right there is enough to set me off and get me singing from my heart and soul. Did you try to contact your birth family? I did contact my birth mother on three separate occasions. The last time was at a family wedding in Birmingham which went disastrously wrong as far as I was concerned so I just walked out thinking, “This is not my family; it’s all too weird.”last_img read more

U.N.I.T.Y. – Best practices for rebranding during mergers and acquisitions

first_imgIn the world of credit unions, mergers and acquisitions aren’t rare. With dozens of merger applications already approved for this year and with more on the way, the NCUA certainly has its hands full. Some experts believe a slower economic climate will slow the rate of these mergers, and that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Whether you’re talking about credit unions or local banks, lower employment rates directly influence how and when executives choose to combine forces.With fewer mergers in the news, there will be more of a focus on yours. Strong messaging and member buy-in is crucial to success. Although rare, it’s possible to have a vote for a merger fail, as seen in a canceled merger between NW Iowa Credit Union and Siouxland Federal Credit Union. From executives to employees to members, universal confidence in a deal makes transitions smoother and will increase engagement with the credit union after the merger.A major merger or acquisition is a prime opportunity to examine your messaging or even rebrand. Choosing to rebrand is a serious decision that comes with a fair share of benefits. After all, a new logo or name change are some of the most immediate and effective ways to let members know there are exciting changes taking place.To keep your ship on course, think about U.N.I.T.Y. (and, no, we’re not talking about Queen Latifa’s hit from the early ‘90s). For your merger’s marketing to shine make sure to Underscore benefits, know that Nuanced language matters, Involve core members, Take chances, and say Yes to help.Underscore BenefitsWhen people hear about mergers or acquisitions, many tend to think that problems are on the horizon. In actuality, only 9% of mergers require the NCUA to get involved as a conservator or liquidator. Typically, mergers or acquisitions happen because it is beneficial to both parties involved, not because one is sinking with nowhere to swim.Mitigate the “merger alarm” that can ring in members’ heads by underscoring the benefits this move will bring. If there are stats about expected higher returns on assets, better branch access, or lower loan rates, make sure people hear that loud and clear. Remember what’s most important about the link between members and their credit unions: the relationships. When you keep members in the loop and spell out as many specifics as possible during this period of change, you’re doing more than offering news. You’re showing respect. This proves particularly important for credit unions acquiring or merging with banks, since these new members may not have a lot of experience with what makes credit unions so unique. They’re used to being clients, not individuals with a vote on how their financial institution operates. Make sure employees and soon-to-be members know what it means to be a part of your team.Nuanced Language MattersMore often than not, when people talk about mergers of credit unions or banks, they’re really talking about an acquisition. This nuanced difference in language matters. Make sure your key decision makers and representatives use terminology that emphasizes collaboration between both institutions. What sounds more inclusive: “a business absorbing a competitor,” or “two teams joining forces?” Members coming from different credit unions or banks chose that particular establishment for a reason. Finding out that a go-to branch will run under a different name can come as a shock. Credit unions started as a grassroots movement focused on inclusivity, so make sure that your marketing reflects these roots with genuine enthusiasm.Involve Core MembersBy design, mergers and acquisitions are new chapters in your brand’s story. With all of the possibilities and excitement surrounding this opportunity, it’s easy to fall into the trap of overhauling every way you communicate with members. Although that works for some, make sure you don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.If you’re rebranding, remember to involve your core members and their preferences. Ignoring your base and their needs in an effort to attract newcomers might leave your biggest cheerleaders with a bad taste in their mouths. For instance, if you want to start targeting young professionals, do so strategically. Make sure the messaging and branding involved doesn’t happen at the expense of older demographics that already know and trust your organization. Protect the relationships you already have so you don’t have to worry about taking them for granted after the merger.Take ChancesIt’s surprising to learn how many people view mergers and rebranding in a negative light. Some might blame the third season of The Office or the outrage surrounding the New Coke fiasco. But, don’t let those blunders fool you. Mergers are also an opportunity to take a chance, to discover something new about your brand.A challenge for marketing in any sector centers around finding a way to make people stop and pay attention. When it comes to announcing a merger, that obstacle is out of the picture. People genuinely want to know about this news, which means it’s easier to experiment with new, bolder outreach. Want to create a video series? An engagement-driven social media campaign? A new website? Whatever the idea, a merger is a great catalyst for trying new ways to reach trusted members and untapped audiences alike.Yes To Outside HelpIf your team thinks this merger is a good opportunity for a rebrand, don’t start the journey blindfolded. A brand audit is the most insightful approach to examining how, or if, you should proceed with this type of overhaul.Mergers and acquisitions are a whirlwind of paperwork, planning, emails, and phone calls. As someone on the inside of the storm, it’s easy to get lost in the stress and lose sight of how others might view this exciting opportunity for your institution. A brand audit helps everyone involved to take a step back and see opportunities for improvement from an outside perspective. This conscious effort to see a potential rebrand from all angles also sets the right tone for the merger as a whole. Should you honor the history of both institutions in your marketing? What’s going on with your competitors? Could your product names use a refresh? Finding answers to these questions is much easier with a research-based point of view.Whatever you choose to do with your merger or acquisition marketing, make sure you do so in a way that honestly communicates with members using a thoughtful, genuine tone. From there, you won’t simply create member buy-in, you’ll form U.N.I.T.Y. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Prager Prior to forming Prager Creative, Ben worked with design studios, branding firms and advertising agencies to push great strategy and design for all his projects. His experience with all aspects … Web: www.pragercreative.com/creditunions Detailslast_img read more

Barry Hearn exclusive: West Ham’s rent-free Olympic Stadium move is ‘laughable’

first_imgBarry Hearn has told talkSPORT that West Ham are getting the Olympic Stadium in a rent free deal which is ‘laughable’.The Hammers are set to move into the new ground at the end of this season, and details concerning the deal were revealed today, to a general sense of shock.Co-chairmen David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady struck a deal which sees West Ham paying just £2.5 million per year in rent, with the same fee in force for the 99-year lease.The Hammers beat Leyton Orient in the race to move into the ground, and former O’s chairman Barry Hearn claims West Ham are effectively moving into the taxpayer-funded stadium in a rent-free deal.Speaking to Drivetime, the 67-year-old said: “That £2.5 million sees the stadium owners themselves paying for stewarding, turnstile operators, police, cleaning and ground maintenance.“When you add that together, you come to more than £2.5 million. Effectively, this is a rent free deal of a stadium which has cost the taxpayer £728 million. It’s a laughable deal, if it wasn’t so sad.”Moving into the Olympic Stadium makes the Hammers an attractive proposition for any future investors looking to buy a Premier League club, and Hearn also believes that the move has given Gold, Sullivan and Brady a ‘massive advantage’ should they look to sell the East London side.“Arsenal had to pay for their own stadium, commercial rates,” the Dagenham-born sports promoter added.“Tottenham are having to do the same. This is a massive advantage [for West Ham].“What happens if the West Ham shareholders sell the club, because clearly the value has rocketed off the back of this Olympic Stadium deal?”last_img read more

MURPHY IS THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE AS GLENSWILLY NS OPEN THEIR ASTRO-TURF PITCH

first_imgMichael Murphy who was the special guest at Glenswilly N.S. for the raising of the Active Blue Flag pictured with children and teaching staff including Miss Mc Brearty and Miss Mc Devitt and principal Joseph Gallinagh. Photo David McDaid/CristephAfter four years of hard work and a lot of ticket-selling, Glenswilly National School’s superb astro-turf pitched was officially opened this afternoon.A dream for many years, it was the hard work of both parents and teachers will eventually saw this dream come through.The official cutting of the ribbon was undertaken by none other than Michael Murphy, a former pupil at the school. Principal Joseph Gallinagh said it was a proud day for all concerned and it displayed the pride and hard-work of the community of Glenswilly.He even mentioned chatting to a person from Teelin in south west Donegal who recently found a ticket stub from a Glenswilly raffle in a draw.“That’s some dedication, traveling 170 kms to sell a ticket,” joked Master Gallinagh.He singled out the parents committee as well as a team of decimated volunteers led by local man Sean Bonner. A huge crowd gathered at the school to hear some short speeches before a specially-written song for the occasion by none-other-than teacher Geraldine Galligan.There was a special mention for teacher Mairead Hennessey who retires from the school this year.The pitch was officially blessed by local parish priest Fr Sweeney before the real highlight of the day took place.Rumour has it that the sixth class pulls had been practising for weeks to get a swipe at their parents.And judging by the speed of Carl Kelly, Damien McGlynn, Paul Lapsley, Henry Spratt, Gary Cullen and Jacqui Glackin, they weren’t too hard to hit! The game was refereed by Michael Murphy who complained that the parents were cheating by using a blanket defence (he is one to talk!).He took acceptation to the presence of a Dublin jersey being worn by one of the parents and sent the player off but it’ll be slightly more difficult for him against the Dubs as the seasons grows!The children were treated to ice-cream on what yet again was a testament to all that is good about Donegal – our community spirit.Children and teaching staff at Glenswilly pictured as they get a look at their new football pitch before it was officially opened by Michael Murphy. Photo Brian McDaid/CristephStudents celebrating on the new pitch at Glenswilly National School.Michael Murphy cuts the tape at the opening of the new pitch with Michael Quinn Chairperson of the Parents Committee pictured with student and principal Joseph Gallanagh. David Mc DaidGive me that.. Special guest Michael Murphy shares yarn with Charlie O’Kane at the raising of the Active Blue Flag at the school at Glenswilly National School.Photo David Mc Daid/CristephMURPHY IS THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE AS GLENSWILLY NS OPEN THEIR ASTRO-TURF PITCH was last modified: June 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:astro turfGlenswilly National SchoolMichael Murphypitchlast_img read more

New joint report finds high degree of support from First Nations to

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — A new report that was conducted by both the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and the First Nations LNG Alliance finds First Nations have a “high degree of support” for the development of an LNG export industry in B.C.The joint report from the First Nations NGO and the Ministry stems from regional engagement sessions that the two organizations hosted last fall. “In fact, many First Nations representatives raised the need to push the remaining projects over the finish line,” adds the report.“We’re releasing the report to show that there is strong and real First Nations support for LNG development in BC,” said Alliance CEO Karen Ogen-Toews. “That means, by definition, responsible development that balances economics and the environment, and respects First Nations rights and title.”According to the report, which was released earlier this week, the issue of poverty and the need for economic and employment opportunities for First Nations was raised on a consistent basis. It adds that many First Nations view LNG projects as an important opportunity to improve poor socio-economic conditions in their communities. “If LNG projects are done in a way that respects First Nation interests, they will be the most safe, environmentally rigorous, and human-rights-compliant projects in the world,” the report added.The report makes four key recommendations that should be implemented by the provincial government: developing an Indigenous labour market strategy to support LNG projects; supporting agreements and mitigate negative impacts of cancellations on First Nations; engaging First Nations on regulatory improvements; and partnering with First Nations during engagement with the LNG industry.“What we really need is for communication and dialogue to continue and to be strengthened,” said Ogen-Toews. “Too many people have been told that First Nations oppose LNG development. That’s not true. Others believe that LNG development is automatically a negative. That’s not true either. As the report points out, many First Nations see LNG projects as a source of jobs and training and careers, and a way to improve poor socio-economic conditions. We need all this, and the report includes important ideas on how to make it happen. The Alliance partnered with BC because we value engagement with and among First Nations on these issues. The report supports the further need for more discussion and engagement. LNG development is not going to happen on its own. It takes a co-operative partnership of industry and First Nations, and with support from government. The engagement sessions supported by the BC ministry have helped show how First Nations are on board with responsible development.The full report can be read below.last_img read more

India and France hold biggest naval exercises

first_imgOn Board French Aircraft: With the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle at the centre, France and India on Friday stepped up their biggest naval exercises as the Indian Ocean’s strategic shipping lanes draw ever more envious eyes.Without naming the Asian giant, India and France worry about China’s growing economic clout and its territorial claims that have caused tensions in the South China Sea. “We think we can bring more stability to a region that is strategic, that has huge stakes, notably for international trade,” said Rear Admiral Olivier Lebas, who commands the French fleet that includes its only aircraft carrier. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe vast majority of trade between Asia and Europe and the Middle East — particularly oil — is carried across the ocean, while internet-communications cables straddle the seabed that is rich with its own oil and gas fields. The 42,000 tonne Charles de Gaulle is one of 12 warships and submarines — six from each country — taking part in the 17th annual exercises off the coast of the Indian resort state of Goa. French authorities say they are the biggest ever since the exercises started in 2001. And the presence of the aircraft carrier, which has just undergone an 18-month refit, is no accident. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadRow after row of Rafale fighter jets were launched to deafening roars off the carrier’s 261 metre (860 feet) runway. India’s traditional dominance in the Indian Ocean faces a growing Chinese shadow with the deployment of warships and submarines along shipping lanes and the construction of a giant network of commercial infrastructure through its Belt and Road initiative, which India strongly opposes. “China is not an aggressive country” in the Indian Ocean, said Rear Admiral Didier Maleterre, the head of French maritime forces in the region. “What you see in the sea around China, the reclamation of land on islands in the Spratleys or Paracels, you do not see that in the Indian Ocean,” he said. The top officer said President Xi Xinping’s building of new Silk Road trade routes, which includes the Indian Ocean, “is a strategy being put in place that is mainly economic, with perhaps a dual purpose.” Malterre did not specify what other purpose, but added that there are “scenarios” in the next 10 to 15 years, “certainly not as big as in the sea off China, but that clearly could lead to tensions.” France annoyed China last month by sending a warship into the Taiwan Straits. The ship was intercepted by the Chinese navy and Beijing made an official protest, while France insisted it was exercising “freedom of navigation”. French diplomats insist there is no link between that incident and the Indian Ocean exercises. The links between India and France “are certainly not a partnership aimed against any country in the region or any power in the world,” said Alexandre Ziegler, French ambassador to India. The Charles de Gaulle is being used again as a projection of French power however. In March, it took part in international operations in the Mediterranean against the Islamic State group. From these exercises, the carrier is to go on to Singapore.last_img read more

Learned a lot in IPL says Englands Jonny Bairstow

first_imgBristol: Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who scored a brilliant century in the third ODI which England won against Pakistan, said he benefited a lot from his experiences in the just concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Bairstow was in brutal mode on Tuesday, smacking 128 runs of just 93 balls as England chased down a challenging 359-run target with more than five overs to spare at the County Cricket Ground. His innings was studded with eight fours and four sixes. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju He had a tremendous debut IPL season as he scored 445 runs in the 10 matches he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). “I loved it there (IPL) and learned different things from different coaches and players (including teammate David Warner),” cricket.com.au quoted him as saying after the match. “It’s just little things like game plans. He (Warner) hits in completely different areas… I guess it is method more than anything else,” he added. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters He also explained that the secret behind his piling huge runs in the recent times was playing “strong shots”. “It’s not like we are slogging and playing ramp shots but genuine cricket shots,” he said. England skipper Eoin Morgan also praised Bairstow, saying he alongside Jason Roy (76), set the platform for the team to register their second highest chase in ODIs. Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a brilliant 151 from opener Imam-ul-Haq as they posted 358/9 in their stipulated quota of 50 overs. “I’m extremely proud. I thought the guys came out and played in the manner that we have done for some time now,” said Morgan. “We thought 358 was pretty on par at this ground and we felt it was a really good batting wicket. “The two boys up front (Roy and Bairstow) were absolutely outstanding and set the platform for the way we wanted to go about the chase,” he added.last_img read more

Ancelotti Neymar Mbappe are the heirs to Ronaldo Messi

first_imgNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is braced for a challenging Tuesday night from Paris Saint-Germain, who are led by the heirs to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel MessiThe Light Blues claimed an impressive 2-2 draw at Paris last time out to remain one point ahead in Group C.Now it’s Napoli who will play hosts at their Stadio San Paolo this week for the return fixture.Three points in Italy will put Napoli in a strong position to reach the Champions League knockout stages.But former PSG coach Ancelotti expects his old side to hand them a gruelling test with the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe leading the charge.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Mbappe, in particular, has won over many pundits after his impressive year with some even predicting him to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or.While agreeing that the teenage sensation is a candidate, Ancelotti is certain Mbappe will win the Ballon d’Or whether it’s now or later.“He is a credible candidate to take the place of these champions [Ronaldo and Messi] who win all the trophies,” Ancelotti told Telefoot.“I think that Mbappe and Neymar can be the successors of Ronaldo and Messi.“If he [Mbappe] does not win the Ballon d’Or this year, he will win it in the coming years without any problem. All teams dream of having him.”last_img read more