Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claims

Lionel Messi has reportedly halted contract negotiations due to frustrations with the direction of FC Barcelona

Published 3:45 PM, July 03, 2020

Updated 3:52 PM, July 03, 2020

LEAGUE STAR. La Liga coaches like Zinedine Zidane hopes football star Lionel Messi (center) stays put in the league. Photo from La Liga

LEAGUE STAR. La Liga coaches like Zinedine Zidane hopes football star Lionel Messi (center) stays put in the league. Photo from La Liga

MADRID, Spain – Lionel Messi was reported on Thursday, July 2, to be planning to leave Barcelona in 2021, but Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was hoping the Argentine maestro will stay in Spain.

Messi’s current contract expires next year and he has halted negotiations due to frustrations with the direction of the club, said Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. (READ: Barcelona coach dismisses talk of player unrest)

Barca sit second in La Liga with 5 games left, 4 points behind Real Madrid, who edged past Getafe 1-0 on Thursday to put the title within its grasp.

“I don’t know what will happen but we hope not because he is in this league and we want the best in this league,” said Real coach Zidane afterwards, when asked about the possibility of Messi leaving.

Messi – who recently became the seventh player to record 700 career goals for club and country – said in February he did not believe Barcelona could win the Champions League on current form. (WATCH: Messi hits 700 career goals)

The 33-year-old has also had disagreements with the board, reacting publicly when sporting director Eric Abidal appeared to blame the players for the sacking of Ernesto Valverde in January.

Barcelona’s presidential elections are due to be held in 2021, when current president Josep Maria Bartomeu will have to step aside.

Among those set to run against Bartomeu’s successor is Victor Font, who wants to appoint Messi’s former teammate Xavi Hernandez as coach. – Rappler.com

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Vico Sotto says he refused P2 million offered as grease money

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020. Photo from Sotto's Facebook

STATE OF THE CITY. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during his State of the City Address on July 2, 2020. Photo from Sotto’s Facebook

MANILA, Philippines – Marking his first year as Pasig mayor with a “State of the City Address,” Vico Sotto said he had refused P2 million offered to him as grease money for a business permit, as he highlighted gains from cleansing the local government’s bidding process for project contracts.

The local government’s “truly competitive” bids and awards process for service and supply contracts has saved the city a total of P414.7 million since October 2019, Sotto said in his speech on Thursday, July 2, which was also Araw ng Pasig (Pasig Day).

The mayor credited the city’s “maayos” (proper) bids and awards committee with the feat, but added, “Nagagawa rin po natin ‘to dahil walang perang napupunta sa bulsa ko (We are able to achieve this also because no money goes into my pocket).”

Looking around at his fellow officials at the Tanghalang Pasigueño theater where he delivered his speech, Sotto said, “Alam po ninyo na may mga ibang lumapit sa akin, may dala-dalang pera. Tinanggihan ko po ‘yon dahil ‘yun po ang pangako ko sa taong bayan.”

(You know that some have approached me with offers of money. I refused because that is my promise to the people.)

“Mayroon pong nagdala sa opisina ko ng P2 million para mapabilis ;yung approval ng kanyang permit. Hindi po natin pinansin ‘yon (Someone brought P2 million to my office to speed up the approval of their business permit. We ignored it),” he said.

In 2019, Sotto campaigned on a platform of sweeping reforms against patronage politics and corruption, and beat then incumbent mayor Bobby Eusebio by a wide margin – ending the nearly 3-decade political dominance of the Eusebio family in Pasig.

“Sa mga nagnenegosyo sa Pasig, ‘yung malalaking korporasyon: Kung mayroon na kayong friction cost, kasi ‘yan talaga ‘yung kalakaran sa gobyerno – mayroon talaga kayong binibigay dati sa mayor – tanggalin na lang ninyo sa mga friction cost ninyo,” Sotto said in his speech.

(To those who do business in Pasig, the big corporations: If you already have friction cost, because that was the way things worked in the government – you really used to give something to the mayor – just remove it from your friction cost.)

Consider it as savings, or else give it to charity, Sotto urged businesses.

“Kung ayaw ‘nyo, i-donate ‘nyo sa pamahalaan. Nangyari na po ‘yan – may resibo, para alam natin na talagang pumasok sa kaban ng bayan at hindi sa bulsa ng mayor o ng politiko,” he added.

(If you don’t want that, then donate it to the government. That’s been done before – with a receipt, so we know it really went to the city’s coffers and not into the pocket of the mayor or some politician.)

In his speech, Sotto enumerated his administration’s achievements in public health, education, social welfare, reforms in the bureaucracy, and its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In September 2019, as his then fledgling administration dealt with auditing and fiscal issues left behind by the previous administration, Sotto imposed strict rules on bidding and procurement processes.

He streamlined the process, instituted measures for transparency – such as livestreaming bidding sessions – and encouraged reporting corruption.

Sotto also vowed never to accept “kickbacks” or grease money.

On Thursday, the mayor said his promise of lowering bidding prices of contracts by at least 10% was delivered, which led to hundreds of millions in savings.

“Sa tamang pagpapalakad, nagiging mas marami ang potential bidders, mas malaki ang natitipid ng pamahalaan, mas marami, at mas tama, at mas de-kalidad ang mga nakukuha nating produkto at serbisyo,” Sotto said in his speech.

(With the right governance, potential bidders increase, the government saves more, and we get bigger, more appropriate, better quality products and services.) – Rappler.com

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Bernaldez yields to towering Bell

DOMINANT. Making the most of his height and reach advantage, Albert Bell pounces on Mark Bernaldez. Photo from Top Rank

DOMINANT. Making the most of his height and reach advantage, Albert Bell pounces on Mark Bernaldez. Photo from Top Rank

MANILA, Philippines – Mark Bernaldez fought aggressively but Albert Bell was not only taller and longer, he was also better.

Though Bernaldez executed the game plan, he could not land the shots against Bell who coasted to a shutout 100-90 decision on Thursday, July 2 (Friday, July 3, Philippine time) in their lightweight encounter held behind closed doors at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The 6-foot Bell, using his 6-inch height and reach advantage, kept Bernaldez at bay from the opening round with his snappy jabs and evaded trouble with backward or sideward steps.

Bernaldez failed to pierce Bell’s defenses even in the 10th round where the prime prospect from Toledo, Ohio, wielded a hurting right hand.

In a rare instance, Bell plowed forward and connected on Bernaldez’s face with 30 seconds to go, 1 of 18 in the 9th as he proved to be an accurate puncher as well.

Bell stretched his win-run to 17 with 5 knockouts and will likely be given a world title crack in his next fight owing to his dominant performance against Bernaldez, who absorbed his fourth loss against 20 wins, 14 by knockout.

Intermittently flicking his elongated arms, Bell threw 418 punches, 125 of which found their mark for a 30% accuracy. In contrast, Bernaldez unleashed 319 of which only 46 connected for a poor 14 %.

According to Manangquil, Bernandez told him he tried hard to penetrate Bell’s defenses as instructed by trainer Osmiri Fernandez, but the American was sharp and too elusive to be cornered.

The 26-year-old Bernandez failed to follow the victory path taken by Sanman Promotions stablemate and fellow General Santos City resident Mike Plania and countryman Reymond Yanong last month as pro boxing returned after being stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic. – Rappler.com

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Davis likes Lakers’ title chances when NBA returns

POWER DUO. The Lakers  try to stay on top of the Western Conference with LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis at the helm. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

POWER DUO. The Lakers try to stay on top of the Western Conference with LeBron James (left) and Anthony Davis at the helm. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

LOS ANGELES, USA – Anthony Davis says he likes the Los Angeles Lakers’ chances of winning the NBA title even more when the coronavirus-halted season resumes July 30 after a four-month break.

The 27-year-old power forward says he feels “100% healthy” after working out at home nearly every day since the NBA shut down on March 11 after Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.

“Actually I think our chances are higher because we’re all rested,” Davis told reporters Thursday. “It’s going to be who wants it more.

“We’re motivated as a team and self-motivated to win.”

The LeBron James-led Lakers had the second-best record in the NBA at 49-14 and topped the Western Conference by 5.5 games over the Los Angeles Clippers when the campaign was halted.

They will travel to the NBA “bubble” at Orlando, Florida, next week for training camp and play 8 more regular-season games without fans starting July 30 against the Clippers before the playoffs begin. (READ: Lakers-Clippers highlights NBA return from hiatus)

If the Lakers do make a run to the championship with the NBA Finals in October, they would spend about 3 months in the quarantine atmosphere.

The Lakers will be without guard Avery Bradley, who opted out of the comeback plan, and might not have center Dwight Howard, whose status is uncertain.

“Obviously we’ll miss (Bradley) but we have guys that are healthy, guys that are ready to go,” Davis said.

The Lakers have added JR Smith, a former James teammate in Cleveland, to replace Bradley, while Dion Waiters and Markieff Morris had barely joined the Lakers before the shutdown.

“Markieff showed he can be a big part of our team,” Davis said. “Dion and JR are going to help us tremendously as well, with JR’s ability to shoot and Dion’s ability to score and playmake. It’s going to be beneficial for us going to Orlando.”

Davis is mindful of coronavirus worries and Florida’s rising number of COVID-19 cases, but he has confidence in NBA safety precautions and other players not wanting to become infected either. (READ: 25 NBA players, 10 staffers tested positive for virus)

“I think everybody would be mindful of following the rules. I don’t think no one wants to get COVID,” Davis said. “Guys won’t put themselves or other players, staff in jeopardy. The NBA is doing as much as they can to keep the bubble as safe as possible.”

There won’t be any spectators at the games as a result. (SCHEDULE: 2020 NBA seeding games, Philippine time)

“It’s going to be different,” Davis said. “Obviously we feed off Laker Nation, home and on the road. It’s going to be very different not being able to have them by our side during this time.”

Davis says the impact will be more mental and require players to be self-starters when times get tough.

“If you’re having a bad game, there’s not going to be fans there to get you going,” Davis said.

“As we say on the team, you’ve got to bring your own energy.” – Rappler.com

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Hundreds arrested after European police hack crime chat network

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Police said Thursday, July 2, they had arrested more than 800 people across Europe after shutting down an encrypted phone system used by organized crime groups to plot murders and drug deals.

French and Dutch police said they hacked into the EncroChat network so they could read millions of messages “over the shoulders” of suspects as they communicated with custom-made devices.

Britain said it had arrested 746 people as a result of the operation in what it called a “massive breakthrough” against organized crime, while the Netherlands held more than 100 people and there were arrests in Norway, Spain, and Sweden. (READ: Germany investigating 30,000 suspects in pedophile probe)

EncroChat sent a message to its estimated 60,000 users in June warning them to throw away their 1,000-euro devices as its servers had been “seized illegally by government entities.” It has now been shut down.

“It was as if though we were sitting at the table where criminals were chatting among themselves,” said Jannine van den Berg, Chief Constable of the Dutch police’s central unit.

Some of the encrypted messages “were so worrying that it went far beyond our imagination,” van den Berg told a press conference at the headquarters of the EU’s judicial agency Eurojust in The Hague.

‘Violent crimes’

Police used the hack to foil crimes including “violent attacks, corruption, attempted murders and large-scale drug transports,” Eurojust and the EU police agency Europol said in a joint statement.

“Certain messages indicated plans to commit imminent violent crimes and triggered immediate action.”

French authorities launched the investigation in 2017 after finding that EncroChat phones were “regularly” found in operations against criminal groups and that the company was operating from servers in France.

They then “put a technical device in place to go beyond the encryption technique and have access to the users’ correspondence,” the statement said.

Dutch police then became involved based on information shared by French police.

Between 90 and 100% of EncroChat clients were linked to organized crime, according judicial sources, with between 50,000 to 60,000 of the phones in circulation.

The devices had most normal smart phone features stripped out and had pre-loaded apps for instant encrypted messages, plus a kill code which wiped them remotely.

EncroChat sent what it called an “emergency” text to its users on June 13 saying it had been compromised.

“Today we had our domain seized by government entities,” said the message. “You are advised to power off and physically dispose your device immediately.”

‘Millions of messages’

The joint Dutch-Franco investigation team unearthed a “colossal number of encrypted data,” Carole Etienne, the public prosecutor for the French city of Lille, told AFP.

Law officials were then able to “intercept, share, and analyze millions of messages that were exchanged between criminals to plan serious crimes” later shared with police including in Britain, Sweden, and Norway.

“We’ve been able to see what’s happening in real time with these criminals,” Andy Kraag, head of Dutch police’s central investigations division told the press conference.

Dutch police had busted 19 meth labs, seized 10 tons of cocaine and thousands of kilos of crystal meth, and arrested more than 100 people, Kraag said.

In Britain, police arrested 746 suspects, recovered more than 54 million pounds (59.8 million euros, $67.5 million) as well as 77 guns including an AK-47 assault rifle and 1,800 rounds of ammunition.

“This is the broadest and deepest ever UK operation into serious organized crime,” Britain’s National Crime Agency director of investigations Nikki Holland said in a statement.

Officials insisted the decision to hack into the encrypted phone network was justified.

“The platform targeted in this operation catered specifically to the needs of criminals,” said Wil van Gemert, Europol’s Deputy Executive Director. – Rappler.com

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England begins lifting coronavirus quarantine

QUEEN. A still image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with a message of hope is seen on a giant billboard in Piccadilly Square, central London on April 18, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

QUEEN. A still image of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II with a message of hope is seen on a giant billboard in Piccadilly Square, central London on April 18, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

LONDON, United Kingdom – The British government on Friday, July 3, revealed the first exemptions from its coronavirus quarantine, with arrivals from Germany, France, Spain, and Italy no longer required to self-isolate from July 10.

But in a potentially confusing move, the exemptions – applied to countries considered to have a low risk of COVID-19 – will only apply to arrivals into England.

Those arriving into other parts of the UK – Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland – will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days, or face a fine.

Britain has suffered the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with at least 44,000 dead, but infection rates are falling and it is gradually easing a three-month lockdown. (READ: Under pressure Johnson to launch UK post-virus spending drive)

Since June 8, it has required all overseas arrivals – including UK residents – to self-quarantine to avoid the risk of importing new cases from abroad.

The move sparked outrage from airlines already struggling with the effects of global coronavirus shutdowns, as well as reciprocal moves by other countries.

Aware of the many Brits who want to travel abroad this summer, the government said Friday it expected countries on the exempt list to lift any restrictions on UK travelers.

However, it indicated that talks on securing this reciprocal action were still ongoing.

“Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement.

“Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses.”

He said the exempt list would be kept under review, saying: “We will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with.”

A longer list of countries that will be exempt is expected to be published later Friday, with news reports suggesting as many as 75 countries might be on it.

The Foreign Office also said that from July 4, it would be exempting low-risk countries from its advice warning against all but essential travel overseas.

All passengers arriving in the UK, except those on a small list of exemptions, will still be required to provide authorities with contact information.

Those who have traveled through non-exempt countries in the preceding two weeks will still have to self-isolate.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government had been expected to announced the quarantine exemptions earlier this week, but ministers hinted at disagreements with the devolved administration in Scotland.

Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast would “set out their own approach to exemptions,” the UK government said Friday. – Rappler.com

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25 NBA players, 10 staffers tested positive for virus

Players and staff members who test positive must remain in self-isolation until cleared as teams head to the Orlando ‘bubble’ next week

Published 10:09 AM, July 03, 2020

Updated 10:09 AM, July 03, 2020

PATIENT ZERO. Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 last March. Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

PATIENT ZERO. Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 last March. Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

NEW YORK, USA – There have been 25 NBA players who were positive for COVID-19 since testing began last week ahead of the planned season restart, the league and players union announced Thursday, July 2.

In the latest results, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association said 25 of 351 players have tested positive since testing started June 23.

Nine players tested positive for the coronavirus from 344 players tested between June 24-29.

Tests of 884 team staff members from June 23-29 showed 10 coronavirus positives.

Any player, coach or team staff member testing positive must remain in self-isolation until meeting public health protocols and receiving clearance from a physician.

The NBA shut down the 2019-2020 season on March 11 after Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

The NBA plans to resume the season on July 30 with 22 teams conducting games without spectators in a bubble environment at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. (SCHEDULE: 2020 NBA seeding games, Philippine time)

Teams are set to travel to Orlando next Tuesday through Thursday to conduct training camps and scrimmages from July 9-29.

Seedings games, 8 for each team, are set to begin July 30 with the Los Angeles Lakers playing the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz facing the New Orleans Pelicans.(READ: Lakers-Clippers highlights NBA return from hiatus)

After those contests complete the season, and following any play-in games that might be needed, the NBA playoffs are set to begin August 17 with the NBA Finals set to begin on September 30. – Rappler.com

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China military exercises will ‘further destabilize’ South China Sea

ISLANDS. An aerial view of Qilianyu islands in the Paracel chain, which China considers part of Hainan province on August 10, 2018. Photo from AFP

ISLANDS. An aerial view of Qilianyu islands in the Paracel chain, which China considers part of Hainan province on August 10, 2018. Photo from AFP

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – The Pentagon said Thursday, July 2, it was “concerned” about Chinese military exercises around a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea, noting the maneuvers will “further destabilize” the region.

“The Department of Defense is concerned about the People’s Republic of China (PRC) decision to conduct military exercises around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on July 1-5,” the Pentagon said in a statement. (READ: Beijing names islands in disputed South China Sea)

The activities “further destabilize the situation” in the area claimed by China, Vietnam, and Taiwan, it said.

Such exercises also violate Beijing’s “commitments under the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea to avoid activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability.”

The declaration, signed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, said that all parties would “avoid activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability.”

The exercises “are the latest in a long string” of Chinese actions “to assert unlawful maritime claims and disadvantage its Southeast Asian neighbors in the South China Sea.”

The Pentagon urged “all parties to exercise restraint and not undertake military activities that might aggravate disputes” in the region, and said it will continue to monitor Chinese military activity. (READ: U.S. urges China to comply with Hague ruling, rejects ‘excessive’ sea claims)

The Chinese exercises are taking place amid a rise in US-China tensions over the novel coronavirus epidemic, in which Washington has accused Beijing of hiding and downplaying the initial outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Washington rejects Beijing’s territorial claim to much of the South China Sea, including the Paracels.

The region is believed to have valuable oil and gas deposits. – Rappler.com

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London hospital sees spike in child abuse during lockdown

PARIS, France – A major London children’s hospital registered a 15-fold increase in the number of apparent child abuse cases it dealt with during the COVID-19 lockdown compared to previous years, researchers reported Thursday, July 2.

From March 23 to April 23 – corresponding to the height of self-isolation rules – the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children saw 10 infants ranging in age from two weeks to 13 months diagnosed with “abusive head trauma.” (READ: Reports of sexual abuse of children triple during lockdown)

In 2017, 2018, and 2019, the hospital reported an average of only 0.67 such cases over the same time period each year, Jai Sidpra from the London Medical School and 4 doctors from Great Ormond reported in Archives of Disease in Childhood, a medical journal.

Clinical examinations revealed symptoms including bleeding in the eyes, bruising, and scalp swelling, while X-rays or CAT scans showed brain hemorrhaging, internal bleeding, and skull fractures.

Immediately prior to examination, half of the infants were colic, 40% were on the edge of unconsciousness, and 20% had had seizures, according to hospital records.

“The increase in incidence seen at our institution reflects a rise in domestic abuse in countries enforcing similar social distancing measures,” the researchers wrote in a peer-reviewed letter.

The real number of cases is likely to be even higher than reported due to public avoidance of hospitals during the pandemic, they added.

‘A more silent pandemic’

“Two parents in our cohort cited fears of contracting COVID-19 as a reason for delayed presentation,” they wrote by way of example.

Though the cases were just at one hospital, the experts point to evidence suggesting the increase in such trauma could be happening across Britain and other countries that had strict confinement policies.

Studies from several countries in recent weeks have shown an increase in stress, domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness during strict stay-at-home lockdowns.

Such episodes are more likely to occur, earlier research has shown, in households with unfavorable socioeconomic circumstances.

In the case of the 10 infants seen at Great Ormand Street Hospital, all the families lived in areas with higher than average Index of Multiple Deprivation scores, a measure of social well-being established by the government.

Seventy percent of parents had significant “underlying vulnerabilities,” the letter said: two had criminal histories, 3 had mental health disorders, and 4 had serious money problems.

“In the background of the intensely public SARS-CoV-2 pandemic” – the scientific terms for the new coronavirus – “a more silent pandemic is occurring,” the researchers wrote.

As of July 1, Britain has seen more than 313,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 44,000 deaths, giving the nation one of the worst death rate per capita in the world. – Rappler.com

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Nasdaq ends at fresh records as European bourses retreat

NYSE. A view of the New York Stock Exchange is seen at Wall Street in New York City on June 29, 2020. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

NYSE. A view of the New York Stock Exchange is seen at Wall Street in New York City on June 29, 2020. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

NEW YORK, USA – The Nasdaq ended at a fresh record on Wednesday, July 1, after a mostly positive day for Wall Street stocks despite a lackluster session in Europe.

Led by Amazon, Netflix, and other tech giants that won big gains, the Nasdaq rose 1% even as the United States confronts a worsening coronavirus outbreak in much of the country.

California’s governor ordered restaurants to close indoor dining in Los Angeles as officials around the country urged Americans to stay at home during the upcoming Independence Day holiday, with states reporting thousands of new coronavirus cases.

Tech giants including Amazon, Facebook, Google parent Alphabet, and Netflix gained between 1.7% and 6.7% as the so-called “stay-at-home” stock trade proved popular.

“It’s the same sort of COVID rotation we saw at the beginning of the pandemic,” said Chris Low, chief economist of FHN Financial. “What this means for a lot of people is working at home longer.”

New US economic data showed improvement from the worst of the downturn earlier in the spring.

Private firms hired 2.4 million workers in June, according to data from payroll services firm ADP. Combined with the 3 million hires in May, it means a quarter of the 20 million people who lost jobs in March and April due to the pandemic have returned to work.

Separately, the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index jumped to 52.6% in June, showing a return to growth as parts of the industry rebounded at unheard-of rates.

However leading auto manufacturers, including General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, reported sharply lower car sales in the 2nd quarter.

Earlier, European stock markets all finished modestly lower.

European aircraft maker Airbus late Tuesday, June 30, said it planned to axe about 15,000 jobs worldwide, or 11% of its workforce, in response to the “gravest crisis” the industry has ever seen.

SSP, the British owner of food outlets in railway stations and airports worldwide, said on Wednesday it was eyeing 5,000 United Kingdom job cuts.

Earlier, Tokyo closed lower after a closely watched Bank of Japan survey showed that confidence among the country’s biggest manufacturers had hit its lowest level since 2009, during the global financial crisis.

But Shanghai gained, with investors taking heart from the easing of reimposed lockdowns in China.

Among individual companies, Tesla jumped 3.7% as the electric carmaker overtook Toyota to become the world’s biggest car company by market value.

Key figures around 9 pm GMT

  • New York – Dow: DOWN 0.3% at 25,734.97 (close)
  • New York – S&P 500: UP 0.5% at 3,115.86 (close)
  • New York – Nasdaq: UP 1% at 10,154.63 (close)
  • London – FTSE 100: DOWN 0.2% at 6,157.96 (close)
  • Frankfurt – DAX 30: DOWN 0.4% at 12,260.57 (close)
  • Paris – CAC 40: DOWN 0.2% at 4,926.94 (close)
  • EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 0.2% at 3,228.45 (close)
  • Tokyo – Nikkei 225: DOWN 0.8% at 22,121.73 (close)
  • Shanghai – Composite: UP 1.4% at 3,025.98 (close)
  • Hong Kong – Hang Seng: Closed for a holiday
  • West Texas Intermediate: UP 1.4% at $39.82 per barrel
  • Brent North Sea crude: UP 1.8% at $42.03 per barrel
  • Euro/dollar: UP at $1.1249 from $1.1234 at 9 pm GMT
  • Pound/dollar: UP at $1.2468 from $1.2401
  • Euro/pound: DOWN at 90.19 pence from 90.59 yen
  • Dollar/yen: DOWN at 107.43 yen from 107.93 yen

– Rappler.com

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