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Visit One News Page for Europe news from around the world, aggregated from leading sources including newswires, newspapers and broadcast media. Search millions of archived news headlines. This feed provides the Europe news headlines.

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    Ford to axe 1,000 jobs at its Bridgend factory in Wales as part of Europe-wide shakeup Union Unite said the company plans to cut a total of 1,150 UK roles, with almost 1,000 at Bridgend and the rest at its transport operations, which would affect lorry drivers. Reported by MailOnline 3 hours ago.

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    Brexit paralysis has prompted talk of a British election or a second referendum but one odd side-effect could be Britons having to cast their votes for an EU… Reported by Japan Today 4 hours ago.

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    Heavy snow paralyzed much of Europe for yet another day, cutting off mountain villages, sparking avalanches and killing at least four more people Friday. Reported by CBC.ca 3 hours ago.

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    Gloucester 15-41 Munster: Joey Carbery scores 26 points as visitors register thumping win  Munster took a giant step towards the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals and dumped Gloucester out of Europe by crushing them 41-15 at Kingsholm. Reported by MailOnline 2 hours ago.

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    Watchdog calls for EU-wide law on digital currencies Europe's banking watchdog has called for there to be a rule across the bloc that will protect investors from the risks associated with cryptocurrency transactions. The European Banking Authority (EBA) has asked policy makers to... Reported by New Zealand Herald 2 hours ago.

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    NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against, XPO Logistics, Inc. (“XPO” or the “Company”) (NYSE: XPO) and certain of its officers.   The class action, filed in United States District Court, District of Connecticut, and indexed under 18-cv-02062, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities, other than Defendants and their affiliates, who purchased or otherwise, acquired XPO securities between February 26, 2014, and December 12, 2018, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”), seeking to recover damages caused by Defendants’ violations of the federal securities laws and to pursue remedies under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, against the Company and certain of its top officials.If you are a shareholder who purchased XPO securities between February 26, 2014, and December 12, 2018, both dates inclusive, you have until February 12, 2019, to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class.  A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com.   To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll-free, Ext. 9980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and the number of shares purchased. 

    *[Click here to join this class action]*

    XPO provides transportation and logistics services in the United States, North America, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Europe, Asia, and internationally, through its Transportation and Logistics segments.  The Company offers its services to customers in various industries, such as retail, e-commerce, food and beverage, manufacturing, technology and telecommunications, aerospace and defense, life sciences, healthcare, medical equipment, and agriculture.

    XPO was formerly known as Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc. (“Express-1”).  On September 2, 2011, Defendant Bradley S. Jacobs (“Jacobs”), through an equity investment led by Jacobs Private Equity, LLC, acquired a 71% ownership interest in Express-1.  Jacobs assumed the roles of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and renamed the Company “XPO Logistics, Inc.”  XPO has completed seventeen acquisitions since Jacobs took control of the Company, deploying $6.1 billion of capital.

    Prior to acquiring XPO, Jacobs had leadership roles in several other companies, having, inter alia, founded United Waste Systems, Inc. (“UWS”) in 1989 and co-founded United Rentals, Inc. (“URI”) in 1997, which eventually collapsed after an accounting scandal under Jacobs’ leadership. 

    Jacobs’s tenure at XPO has been characterized by aggressive mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) strategy.  After Jacobs took control of the Company, Fortune Magazine noted that XPO “has grown from $177 million in sales in 2011 to $17 billion today, thanks largely to an incredible run of acquisitions.”  On August 2, 2017, Jacobs announced plans to earmark up to $8 billion for additional acquisitions.

    The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business, operational and compliance policies. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) XPO’s highly touted aggressive M&A strategy had yielded only minimal returns to the Company; (ii) XPO was utilizing improper accounting practices to mask its true financial condition, including, inter alia, under-reporting of bad debts and aggressive amortization assumptions; and (iii) as a result, the Company’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

    On December 12, 2018, Spruce Point Capital Management (“Spruce Point”) published a report regarding XPO, entitled “Trucking Ridiculous; End of the Road”.  The Spruce Point report asserted that a “forensic investigation” into XPO had revealed, “financial irregularities that conveniently cover [the Company’s] growing financial strain and inability to complete additional acquisitions despite repeated promises.”  Spruce Point reported that it had uncovered, among other issues, “concrete evidence to suggest dubious tax accounting, under-reporting of bad debts, phantom income through unaccountable M&A earn-out liabilities, and aggressive amortization assumptions: all designed to portray glowing ‘Non-GAAP” results.”  The Spruce Point report further stated that “XPO insiders have aggressively reduced their ownership interest in the Company since coming public, and recently enacted a new compensation structure tied to ‘Adjusted Cash Flow Per Share’—defined in such a non-standard way that it is practically meaningless.”  Spruce Point also reported that “[i]n our opinion, XPO has used a nearly identical playbook from [URI] leading up to its SEC investigation, executive felony convictions, and share price collapse.”

    Following publication of the Spruce Point report, XPO’s stock price plunged $15.77 per share, or 26.17%, to close at $44.50 on December 13, 2018.

    The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Paris, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com

    *CONTACT:
    *Robert S. Willoughby
    Pomerantz LLP
    rswilloughby@pomlaw.com
    888-476-6529 ext. 9980  Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.

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    NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company”) (NYSE: APHA) and certain of its officers.  The class action, filed in United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and indexed under 18-cv-11427, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities, other than Defendants and their affiliates, who purchased or otherwise acquired Aphria securities between October 18, 2018, and December 3, 2018, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”), seeking to recover damages caused by Defendants’ violations of the federal securities laws and to pursue remedies under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, against the Company and certain of its top officials.If you are a shareholder who purchased Aphria securities between October 18, 2018, and December 3, 2018, both dates inclusive, you have until February 4, 2019, to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class.  A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com.   To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll-free, Ext. 9980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and the number of shares purchased. 

    *[Click here to join this class action]*

    Aphria is headquartered in Leamington, Canada. The Company produces and sells medical cannabis in Canada and internationally. The Company offers sativa, indica, and hybrid medical marijuana products, as well as cannabis oils. It serves patients and health professionals. The Company also sells its products online.

    On January 29, 2018, the Company announced its acquisition of Nuuvera Inc. (“Nuuvera”) for approximately C$826 million, which was completed on March 23, 2018 (at a reduced price valued at approximately C$425 million). Announcing the acquisition, the Company touted Nuuvera as “a leading, global cannabis company with a strong presence in Europe, Africa and the Middle East[.]”

    Then, on July 17, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing its planned expansion into Latin America and the Caribbean, through a massive transaction whereby Aphria acquired Scythian Biosciences Inc. (“Scythian”) for approximately C$280 million, in cash and Company stock.

    According to various public statements by the Company and media reports, Andy DeFrancesco (“DeFrancesco”), controller of the Delavaco Group (“Delavaco”), a purported private equity fund, participated in the founding investment of Aphria.  DeFrancesco and the Delavaco Group have purportedly invested or advised on every Aphria equity financing.

    Throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business, operational and compliance policies. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) Aphria engaged in numerous fraudulent acquisitions and transactions in order to provide undisclosed benefits to its insiders; (ii) Aphria substantially overpaid for the assets it acquired in 2018, which in reality had questionable value or were worthless; (iii) Aphria acquired these assets from undisclosed related parties, including Andy DeFrancesco; and (iv) as a result, the Company’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

    On December 3, 2018, Hindenburg Research (“Hindenburg”) published an article entitled “Aphria: A Shell Game with a Cannabis Business on the Side,” alleging that “Aphria is part of a scheme orchestrated by a network of insiders to divert funds away from shareholders into their own pockets.” The article cited a thorough, on-the-ground investigation into Aphria’s latest investments and described in detail the poor quality and questionable value of those investments.

    Following publication of the Hindenburg article, Aphria’s stock price fell $1.85 per share, or roughly 23.4%, to close at $6.05 per share on December 3, 2018.

    Then, on December 4, 2018, the Financial Post published an interview with DeFrancesco to address the allegations described above. DeFrancesco seemingly confirmed his participation in the transactions, stating that the use of shell companies was not unusual in private equity transactions and defending the quality of the assets.

    On this news, Aphria’s stock price fell an additional $1.54 per share, or 25.45%, to close at $4.51 per share on December 4, 2018.

    The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Paris, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com

    *CONTACT:
    *Robert S. Willoughby
    Pomerantz LLP
    rswilloughby@pomlaw.com
    888-476-6529 ext. 9980 Reported by GlobeNewswire 2 hours ago.

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  • Here are the top stories for Friday, Jan. 11th: Trump holds off on declaring 'national emergency;' Arrest made in abduction of Wisconsin teen; Canada to grant asylum to Saudi woman; Heavy snow creates havoc in Europe.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    MONTRÉAL, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cogeco Communications Inc. (“Cogeco Communications”) (TSX: CCA) is pleased to announce that each of the nominees as directors for Cogeco Communications listed in the Corporation’s Information Circular dated November 16, 2018 was elected as director of Cogeco Communications during its annual and Special Shareholders’ meeting held on January 11, 2019 in Montréal, Québec (the “Meeting”).Detailed voting results on the election of directors are as follows:

    *Nominee* *Results* *For* *% For* *Withhold**
    * *% Withhold*
    Colleen Abdoulah Elected 174,803,010 99.90 167,930    0.10
    Louis Audet Elected 173,061,690 98.91 1,909,250   1.09
    James C. Cherry Elected 174,703,311 99.85 267,629   0.15
    Patricia Curadeau-Grou Elected 173,850,359 99.36 1,120,581   0.64
    Pippa Dunn Elected 174,802,407 99.90 168,533   0.10
    Joanne Ferstman Elected 173,112,274 98.94 1,858,666   1.06
    Lib Gibson Elected 174,571,362 99.77 399,578   0.23
    Philippe Jetté Elected 174,635,978 99.81 334,962   0.19
    David McAusland Elected 172,519,001 98.60 2,451,939   1.40
    Carole J. Salomon Elected 174,636,562 99.81 334,378   0.19

    Results on all matters voted at the Meeting are available on SEDAR’s website (www.sedar.com.) including, for information purposes, the voting results for the subordinate voting shares only.

    *ABOUT COGECO COMMUNICATIONS INC.
    *Cogeco Communications Inc. is a communications corporation. It is the 8th largest cable operator in North America, operating in Canada under the Cogeco Connexion name in Québec and Ontario, and along the East Coast of the United States under the Atlantic Broadband brand (in 11 states from Maine to Florida). Cogeco Communications Inc. provides residential and business customers with Internet, video and telephony services through its two-way broadband fibre networks. Through its subsidiary Cogeco Peer 1, Cogeco Communications Inc. provides business customers with a suite of information technology services (colocation, network connectivity, hosting, cloud and managed services), by way of its 16 data centres, extensive FastFiber Network® and more than 50 points of presence in North America and Europe. Cogeco Communications Inc.’s subordinate voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CCA).

    *SOURCE:
    **Christian Jolivet
    *Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
    Cogeco Communications Inc.
    514-764-4700

    *INFORMATION:
    **Marie-Hélène Labrie
    *Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications
    Cogeco Communications Inc.
    514-764-4700  Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 hour ago.

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    MONTRÉAL, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cogeco Inc. (“Cogeco”) (TSX: CGO) is pleased to announce that each of the nominees as directors for Cogeco listed in the Corporation’s Information Circular dated November 16, 2018 was elected as director of Cogeco during its Annual and Special Shareholders’ Meeting held on January 11, 2019 in Montréal, Québec (the “Meeting”).

    Detailed voting results on the election of directors are as follows:

    *Nominee* *Results* *For* *% For* *Withhold* *% Withhold*
    Louis Audet Elected 42,741,499 99.24 328,415 0.76
    Mary- Ann Bell Elected 42,886,637 99.57 183,277 0.43
    James C. Cherry Elected 43,006,050 99.85 63,864 0.15
    Samih Elhage Elected 43,066,601 99.99 3,313 0.01
    Philippe Jetté Elected 43,065,906 99.99 4,008 0.01
    Normand Legault Elected 43,062,686 99.98 7,228 0.02
    David McAusland Elected 42,952,389 99.73 117,525 0.27

    Results on all matters voted at the Meeting are available on SEDAR’s website (www.sedar.com.) including, for information purposes, the voting results for the subordinate voting shares only.

    *About Cogeco Inc.*

    Cogeco Inc. is a diversified holding corporation which operates in the communications and media sectors. Its Cogeco Communications Inc. subsidiary provides residential and business customers with Internet, video and telephony services through its two-way broadband fibre networks, operating in Québec and Ontario, Canada, under the Cogeco Connexion name,  and in the United States under the Atlantic Broadband brand (in 11 states along the East Coast, from Maine to Florida). Through Cogeco Peer 1, Cogeco Communications Inc. provides business customers with a suite of information technology services (colocation, network connectivity, hosting, cloud and managed services), by way of its 16 data centres, extensive FastFiber Network® and more than 50 points of presence in North America and Europe. Its Cogeco Media subsidiary owns and operates 23 radio stations with complementary radio formats and extensive coverage serving a wide range of audiences mainly across the province of Québec, as well as Cogeco News, a news agency. Cogeco’s subordinate voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CGO). The subordinate voting shares of Cogeco Communications Inc. are also listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CCA).

    *Source:*

    *Christian Jolivet*
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
    Cogeco Inc.
    514-764-4700

    *Information:*

    *Marie-Hélène Labrie*
    Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications
    Cogeco Inc.
    514-764-4700 Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 hour ago.

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    NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pomerantz LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of  Altice USA, Inc. (“Altice” or the “Company”) (NYSE: ATUS).   Such investors are advised to contact Robert S. Willoughby at rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or 888-476-6529, ext. 9980.The investigation concerns whether Altice and certain of its officers and/or directors have engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful business practices. 

    *[Click here to join a class action]*

    On or around June 21, 2017, Altice conducted its initial public offering (“IPO”), selling 71,724,136 shares of common stock priced at $30.00 per share and raising net proceeds of approximately $362 million.  Less than five months later, on November 3, 2017, during a conference call to discuss the financial results for Altice’s 2017 third fiscal quarter, a director of Altice stated that the Company had “seen a year-over-year deterioration in both France and Portugal in Q3 as a result of mismanaged rate events in both countries” and that “not everything is going right here at the moment”.  Then, on November 15, 2017, during the Morgan Stanley TMT Conference, the Company’s Chairman and Executive Director admitted that the Company had never applied “the Altice Way”—a purported proprietary growth model developed by Altice in Europe—to its operations in France.  Since the IPO, the value of Altice’s common stock has fallen more than 40%.

    The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Paris, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com.

    *CONTACT:
    *Robert S. Willoughby
    Pomerantz LLP
    rswilloughby@pomlaw.com
    888-476-6529 ext. 9980 Reported by GlobeNewswire 1 hour ago.

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    Strasbourg, France, Jan 11, 2019 / 06:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two homeschooling German parents who said their parental rights were violated by the enforcement of compulsory school attendance laws did not prevail in the European Court of Human Rights, which unanimously rejected their claims Thursday.

    “It is a very disheartening day for our family and the many families affected by this in Germany,” Dirk Wunderlich, who with his wife Petra are the parents of four children, said Jan. 10.

    “After years of legal struggles, this is extremely frustrating for us and our children,” he continued. “It is upsetting that the European Court of Human Rights has not recognized the injustices we have suffered at the hands of the German authorities.”

    The parents are devout Christians and thought even private schools would expose their children to “unwanted influences,” BBC News reports.

    When the oldest Wunderlich child reached school age in 2005, they refused to register in a school. When they faced several regulatory fines and criminal proceedings for failure to comply with compulsory school attendance, “they accepted the decisions and paid the fines, but did not change their behavior,” the court decision said.

    The family lived abroad between 2008 to 2011, and upon their return to permanent residence in Germany also did not register the children.

    In August 2013, a group of at least 20 police officers and social workers raided the Wunderlich home and took away their four children. ADF International, the legal group representing the parents, claimed that the action left the family traumatized.

    The children were placed in a children’s home for three weeks. Though they were eventually returned to their parents, their legal status was not clear. The children were enrolled in a school from 2013 to 2014.

    In its Jan. 10 decision, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights said that compulsory school attendance to “prevent social isolation” and to ensure their integration in society are relevant justifications to intervene against parental authority.

    German officials were reasonable to assume that parents had “endangered their children by not sending them to school,” the court said. The parents “persistently resisted and prevented the children’s situation from being examined in detail” by German authorities.

    “Based on the information available at the time, the domestic authorities had reasonably assumed that the children were isolated, had had no contact with anyone outside of the family, and that a risk to their physical integrity had existed,” the court said.

    The court acknowledged that the parents later submitted learning assessments showing that the children had “sufficient knowledge, social skills and a loving relationship with their parents,” but this information was not available to officials when they decided to withdraw parental custody in a temporary and partial manner.

    ADF International director of international advocacy Robert Clark said the Wunderlichs “simply wanted to educate their children consistent with their convictions and decided their home environment would be the best place for this,” he said. “Children deserve this loving care from their parents.”

    Homeschooling has been illegal in Germany since 1918, though in recent years the policy has raised questions and concerns with human rights groups who say it is an infringement on the right to family life.

    After appeals to German courts failed, the European Court of Human Rights agreed to review the Wunderlichs’ case. The family claimed German officials’ actions breached the right to family life and parental authority, including the right to determine the children’s place of residence. This right is protected under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    “We are extremely disappointed with this ruling, which disregards the rights of parents all over Europe to raise their children without disproportionate interference from the government,” said Clarke.

    The Wunderlichs’ legal counsel is advising them about their options, including a possible appeal to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

    Several German families who wish to homeschool, many of them Christian, have sought refuge in the United States to ensure their ability to educate their children at home. Others have moved to countries like France or Austria, which have less strict laws.

    In 2014, Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled that restrictions on homeschooling were justified on the grounds that the government has a compelling interest in preventing the formation of religious or ideological parallel societies. The court also argued that requiring children to attend school provides them the benefit of interacting with other children who might think differently.

    In 2006, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that there is no right to homeschool. Reported by CNA 29 minutes ago.

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    The 27-year-old Italian, who joined Saints in January, 2017 from Napoli for a reported 14 million pounds ($18 million), has returned to seventh-placed Samp, where he played from 2013-15, to help the Serie A side qualify for Europe. Reported by Zee News 17 minutes ago.

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    The Australian teenager who died in an Austrian avalanche was one of at least 20 to die in snow-related carnage in Europe. Reported by Sydney Morning Herald 3 minutes ago.

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    Figures echo weakness across Europe and heighten concern in the run-up to Brexit Reported by FT.com 18 hours ago.

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    Hull MP: 'More expensive of Hull school dinners is proof austerity isn't over' The comment was made after it was revealed the UK has some of the worst records of child hunger in Europe Reported by Hull Daily Mail 19 hours ago.

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    Transfer News LIVE: Arsenal want second January deal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool latest TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Gossip, rumours and done deals from across Europe. Reported by Daily Star 19 hours ago.

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    Barcelona may be prepared to sell Philippe Coutinho soon, according to Evening Standard. The 26-year-old attacking midfielder spent five years with Liverpool, and grew into one of the finest playmakers in Europe, before putting his strongest effort into forcing a move to Barcelona. After a long and wearying saga, he finally got his wish in […]

    The post Barca to consider Coutinho sale to fund Neymar return appeared first on Soccer News. Reported by SoccerNews.com 19 hours ago.

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    New Toyota Supra among the cars set to be unveiled at North American International Auto Show

    The Detroit motor show – officially known as the North American International Auto Show – has long marked the start of the automotive year. 

    As with several other major motor shows, Detroit has lost some of its lustre in recent years, with a number of car firms choosing to display at other events such as CES. Most of the big European companies, and a number of US marques, are staying away in 2019, but while the number of cars due to be launched might be down, they include some significant and interesting new metal.

    Here’s what we know will be on show in Detroit when the show’s media days kick off on Monday 14 January. Check back here regularly for more updates.

    *Toyota Supra*

    The star attraction in Detroit is set to be Toyota’s reborn two-seater Supra sports car, which Autocar has already driven in prototype form. Developed alongside the latest BMW Z4, the fifth-generation Supra – and the first since 2002 – will be powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six engine, with around 340bhp and 350lb ft.

    Pictures of the car have already leaked, but Detroit will provide the first chance to see the Porsche Boxster rival up close, and to gain the first official details of its powertrain and tech specs.

    *Ford Mustang Shelby GT500*

    With a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 engine producing around 700bhp, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is set to be the most powerful road-legal series production machine the firm has ever offered.

    The new car has been co-engineered by tuning firm Shelby, and revives the high-performance version of the muscle car that Ford had stopped selling in 2015.

    *Subaru WRX STI S209*

    The Japanese firm’s Subaru Tecnica International performance division has confirmed that it will unveil a WRX STI S209 in Detroit, although aside from a teaser shot of the front end, it has given few details about the limited-run model.

    The previous WRC STI S208 was launched in 2017, with the turbocharged 2.0-litre flat-four engine in the 450 examples tuned to produce 324bhp, up 28bhp from the standard model. There was also STI equipment including a faster steering rack and adjustable Bilstein damping.

    *Ford Explorer*

    Ford's flagship SUV was announced prior to the show, but will be making its official debut at Detroit. The redesigned sixth iteration of America's most popular SUV will become the first to use a rear-wheel drive setup in its entry-level models. Ford claims this means more room inside the cabin.

    A tuned version of the 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol engine found in the Mustang will be offered, along with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, which will be the most potent ever sold in an Explorer. Although not confirmed, it is believed the Explorer could come to Europe as part of Ford's plan to redesign its business on this side of the Atlantic.

    *Infiniti electric SUV*

    The Infiniti brand was launched at the Detroit show in 1989, and it will celebrate its 30th anniversary by unveiling a concept for its first electric machine. 

    The SUV, understood to be similar in size to the BMW X1, has been previewed with a darkened image, and will also introduce a new design language for the firm.

    Parent company Nissan is also understood to be readying an electric concept machine for the show.

    *Lexus RC F Track Edition*

    The Japanese firm is also celebrating its 30th anniversary at Detroit, where it will unveil the performance-focused RC F Track Edition.

    While details of the BMW M4 CS rival are scarce, a teaser image shows a large carbonfibre rear wing, which has also been seen on spy shots of the car at the Nürburgring. The car is understood to have gone on a substantial weight-saving programme since the RC F GT was launched in 2016.

    *Kia Telluride*

    Kia will finally unveil the production version of the Telluride, its new large SUV that can seat up to seven passengers and was first shown in concept form at the Detroit show in 2016.

    Preview material from Kia suggests the firm is embracing the ‘big, bold and boxy’ styling of the SUV, which is unlikely to be offered for sale in Europe.

    *Cadillac XT6*

    The GM brand will launch a new large SUV called the XT6, which is expected to go on sale in the US in 2020. The new car, based on the Chevrolet Traverse, is part of a major model assault by Cadillac, which will include five new or redesigned models by the end of next year.

    *Lexus LC Convertible*

    A convertible variant of the LC Coupé will be on display, following a pre-show online reveal a week before. While Lexus is calling it a concept, the car is largely expected to enter production in 2020.

    The would-be halo model should arrive with the same choice of 3.5-litre V6 hybrid and 5.0-litre V8 engines as the coupé, and retain its 2+2 layout. 

    *Read more*

    *2018 Detroit motor show: our star cars*

    *Matt Prior: the dilemma of modern motor shows* Reported by Autocar 4 hours ago.

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    Despite initially claiming they won’t let Julian Weigl leave during the January transfer market, Borussia Dortmund appear to changes their stance.   The 23-year-old German international is one of Europe’s most promising youngsters who endured a difficult start to the season at Dortmund, making just four league appearances. According to the reports coming from Sky […]

    The post BVB ready to discuss Julian Weigl transfer with PSG appeared first on Soccer News. Reported by SoccerNews.com 18 hours ago.

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