Genoa defender Ervin Zukanovic admits Krzysztof Piatek’s suspension couldn’t be less welcome ahead of today’s Serie A match against AC MilanSince arriving from Polish club Cracovia in a reported deal of €4m, Piatek has since scored 13 of Genoa’s 25 Serie A goals this season in his 19 appearances and his absence will undoubtedly be felt today.The 23-year-old, who is being touted as a potential replacement for Gonzalo Higuain at Milan for this month’s transfer window, is suspended for the match at the Marassi as Genoa look to end a barren run of just one win in their last 13 league games.And Zukanovic admits the loss of their star man is a major blow for the struggling hosts.“We know it’s going to be a difficult match, but we want to win just as much as Milan do,” said Zukanovic, according to Football-Italia.“Piatek is a big loss, because he is a player who scored many goals, but we have other strong forwards who can fill the gap today.”Karsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Latest reports over Piatek’s expected move to the San Siro state that Genoa will receive a fee in the region of £31m and bonuses will be included should Milan manage to finish in the top-four in the Serie A and qualify for the Champions League next season.Once the deal, which will reportedly likely be concluded on Tuesday, is complete then Higuain will be expected to leave Italy and join former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea for the remainder of this season.The Blues can then extend Higuain’s loan deal for another 12 months this summer if things work out at Stamford Bridge.21-year-old Andrea Favilli, who is on loan from Juventus, is expected to take Piatek’s place in the Milan starting line-up for today’s league encounter.The Serie A match between Genoa and Milan will take place at the Marassi with kick-off set for 15:00 (CET) today.
Live music takes on richer meaning as fans relate to their favorite artists through streaming and social mediaPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2018 – 1:29 pm Digital music and the internet have changed everything, but 2018’s thriving concerts and music events ticketing demonstrates how it’s paying off in the real world, too, especially for top touring acts such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift. The top 25 concert tours reported over $3 billion in sales, up $500 million compared to 2017, an increase of 20 percent. Email Facebook “We had the perfect storm with the perfect artists,” promoter Louis Messina told Billboard. His 2018 success stories included $266 million from the U.S. dates for the Reputation Stadium Tour, making Taylor Swift the artist with the top U.S. annual ticket grosses ever. International dates and sales added to the bottom line’s demonstration that the internet and its digital connections have not replaced the live music experience — they’ve given it a new context.Jay-Z scored another first as his 4:44 Tour came in at 25 with a $45 million take from 30 shows while The Carters’ On The Run II Tour came in at No. 3, taking in $254 million from 48 dates. That’s the first time ever that a single artist appeared in a year’s top 25 tours twice.”Because of the ways tickets are priced and distributed,” said Live Nation Senior VP Touring Omar Al-Joulani, “a lot of veteran artists are seeing some of the highest grosses of their careers.”One key is the science of analytics and how digital data has informed what cities artists decide to perform in, what top prices can be charged for seats, and even low-priced ticket sales for some appearances. Instead of looking for fast sell-outs, this marketing science is described as a “steady as she goes” approach.”Streaming music and video is driving all demand right now,” said Marc Geiger, head of music at William Morris Endeavor. He’s had a front-row seat for the digital revolution, which has come a long way since he co-founded Lollapalooza and the web-based ARTISTdirect. “Anyone can listen to anything at any time, anywhere, and that has allowed more fans to have relationships with artists,” he said.Billboard details how leaders like AEG and Live Nation, and its Ticketmaster Verified Fan program, don’t settle for playing catch-up while digital keeps changing the rules. Festivals and genre-specific events are using the same techniques to give fans a reason to go live in a big way. Looking ahead at 2019, it’s clear the online and in-person music experiences can not only coexist, but they help stoke each other’s flame.Find Out Who Helmed The Top Grossing Tours Of 2018Read more How Digital Music Fed Record-Breaking Tour Grosses report-ticket-sales-tours-thrived-2018s-digital-music-environment Twitter Report: Ticket Sales For Tours Thrived In 2018’s Digital Music Environment https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1073205888801009664 News
2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class puts some fancy trim on your cowboy boots 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Enlarge ImageGood night, sweet prince, we hardly knew ye. Mercedes-Benz If you live in the US and don’t pay particularly close attention to car and truck models that aren’t sold here, you could easily be forgiven for not knowing that Mercedes-Benz makes a pickup truck. It’s called the X-Class, and it’s actually pretty cool.Unfortunately, it may not be long for this world if a report published Tuesday by Automotive News Europe is to be believed. The reason for the possible demise of the X-Class is the current worldwide sales slump for new vehicles. The X-Class, being kind of a niche product — and a badge-engineered one at that — is an easy target for cost savings. Yep, we said badge-engineered. The X-Class is based on a Nissan pickup (that we also don’t get in the US) called the Navara. Obviously, Mercedes being what it is, it changes a ton of stuff, so it’s not quite as bad as say, Volkswagen rebadging a Grand Caravan as the Routan.In any case, the X-Class (which has been around since 2017) hasn’t exactly been flying off of dealer lots. Automotive News Europe pegs the global sales for the model at just 16,700 units. By comparison, Mercedes shifted around 15,000 S-Class models in 2018 in the US alone.When you consider that the S-Class costs more than twice as much as an X-Class (based on German market prices) and sedan sales are in the proverbial terlet here, the model’s discontinuation starts to make some real sense.Now, we’ll shed no tears for the X-Class if and when it goes away, but we do like the idea of a Mercedes pickup. We just need to convince the folks back in Stuttgart to do some really wild stuff like make a Jeep Gladiatoresque version of the G-wagen and sell it in America. 0 Share your voice 48 Photos Mercedes-Benz Nissan 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Tags 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box 8:42 Now playing: Watch this: Trucks Car Industry Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshow
HSBC has cut the outlook for Indian stocks to ‘underweight’ from overweight earlier, saying that the market is likely to more downside due to poor corporate earnings, limited scope for rate cuts and significant negative impact from El Nino conditions.The bank sees huge scope for capital outflows from the country, as foreign investors buying of domestic equities looks stretched.”India remains one of the most over-owned markets in Asia, but earnings growth is slowing and there is little room for further rate cuts,” HSBC said on Wednesday in a note to Reuters.The investment bank chooses to stay away from the markets at current levels and looks to re-enter the markets if they decline by another 10 percent.The Indian stock markets have been trading highly volatile for the past few sessions on controversy over the Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on overseas investors. The government has asked them to pay MAT on long-term capital gains from equities earned previously.The bank sees no sign of rebound in India’s capex cycle and says the country has recorded the highest number of earnings downgrades in the region.”For earnings expectations to recover on a sustainable basis, they would need to see a recovery in the capex cycle and credit growth, but that is not visible yet. While reforms have been put in place, it might take some time before they impact corporate earnings,” HSBC told The Economic Times.Easing inflation and subdued growth may offer little scope for rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its next review meeting in June, but the bank sees little room for rate cuts from next year.”Rate cuts beyond 2015 and in the run up to RBI’s inflation target of 4% in early 2018 will depend on the government’s structural reforms. If they are coming, there could be further space to cut. But if not, the RBI may just have to sit tight,” said Devendra Joshi and Herald van der Linde, analysts at HSBC.Absence of rate cuts will provide little liquidity to the corporates weighing on the economic growth in the country.Lack of investments has led to companies reporting lacklustre earnings in the last fiscal year, with 396 companies showing a fall in revenue by 7 percent and profit by 6 percent on yearly basis, Firstpost reported citing a research note by SBI.Besides, the bank is concerned about the adverse impact of El Nino phenomenon on monsoon rainfall. El Nino may lead to poor monsoon rainfall during June-September, resulting in causing more damage to the agriculture sector, which is already hit by unseasonal rains.A second consecutive year of deficient monsoon rainfall would deepen the rural distress, in turn reducing the rural demand.
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Monday promised a “historic” increase in the US defense budget as he met with state governors at the White House.“This budget follows through on my promise on keeping Americans safe,” he said.“It will include a historic increase in defense spending.”His comments come a day before he addresses a joint session of Congress, an important agenda setting event for new presidents.The New York Times reported that Trump will instruct the government agencies Monday to put together the outlines of a budget that will include deep cuts in domestic spending.Trump will need to make those cuts to pay for a military buildup and to preserve pensions and health insurance for the elderly as he promised during the campaign.