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Wendy Bridge was just a few hundred metres from the office of Charlie Hebdo when masked gunmen stormed the building, killing 11 inside and one police officer on the street in front.

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The Australian-born woman said she noticed something was amiss when she saw “a particularly large” amount of police cars nearby.

“There was a lot of noise and commotion,” she says.

She then got a call from a friend and realised the alleged gunmen were heading in her direction.

“I was in shock because they said the car was going towards Pantin, and Pantin was where I was walking,” she says.

With two of the men responsible still at large, she remains unsettled.

“I think they’re going to have to crack down a bit on security, the way the Americans have,” she says.

“It’s really sad because it affects everybody’s liberty and that’s something the French really stand for.”

Fellow Australian Stephanie Hooper was shopping on the Champs-Elysees in central Paris when she heard of the attack.

Though she quickly rushed home, the experience has left her rattled.

“The general vibe seems a bit shocked and sad in Paris at the moment, she says.

“Everyone’s just trying to come to grips with what’s been happening.”  

The attack, which came just weeks after a siege in a Sydney cafe left two hostages dead, has been particularly bruising for those with links to both cities.

Journalist Richelle Harrison Plesse was in Sydney over Christmas before returning to Paris.

“To come back home and for this to happen here, yeah it was just complete disbelief really,” she says.

Australians at home and abroad joined a day of mourning yesterday for those killed in the massacre.

 

 

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Canada, US in deep Arctic freeze

March 1st, 2019 / / categories: 柳州桑拿网 /

An Arctic blast sweeping Canada and parts of the United States this week closed schools, grounded jets, killed at least four people, and even shook the ground.

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“What the hell was that?” screamed a startled woman at a loud crack produced by a “frost quake” in Ottawa on Wednesday night.

Frost quakes, or cryoseisms, occur when frozen water-saturated ground cracks in extreme cold.

The University of Toronto Climate Lab tracked dozens of such events, mostly in Ottawa and Montreal regions, but also in a few US states.

Temperatures plunged as low as minus 40C with a windchill on Thursday.

The cold is considered dangerous at this level, freezing exposed skin within minutes.

Officials in both countries urged people to stay indoors and not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Pet owners were also told not to let dogs or cats out.

People who must venture out were told to dress in layers covering all skin, to stay dry, to seek shelter and not drink alcohol which gives people a false sense of warmth.

Temperatures dropped at the beginning of the week and the cold is forecast to linger until at least Saturday.

In Ottawa, most public servants stayed home after temperatures plunged overnight after several days of snow and freezing rain.

Ice on streets sent cars sliding into ditches as road crews worked around the clock to clear snow and salt roadways – with little success.

Others were unable to get their cars started as engines were frozen solid.

Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled at major airports throughout the week.

Homeless shelters in most Canadian cities were packed full and hundreds of schools were closed across the continent.

In places where schools remained open, bus drivers in some cases picked up students directly from their homes.

Biting cold temperatures, bringing snow and freezing rain, were recorded as far south as Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.

As much as 30cm of snow fell or was forecast in some US southern and western plains states.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from automotive exhaust, home heating systems and obstructed chimneys as well as poorly vented generators, kerosene heaters or gas grills.

In Detroit, firefighters’ emergency radios were reportedly freezing to their coats.

In New Jersey, police were empowered to move homeless people off the streets and into shelters.

Extreme winter weather was also blamed for an 18-vehicle pile up on a Pennsylvania highway that left two people dead and dozens injured.

In Toronto, street cars were stopped in their tracks after brake lines and doors froze, leaving as many as 250,000 riders stamping their numb feet on kerbs.

“The ageing streetcar fleet and related equipment – over 30 years (old) in many cases – do not respond well to extreme cold,” the Toronto Transit Commission said on its website.

The cold also sparked a political row between Toronto’s mayor, John Tory, and public health officials, over when to issue an extreme cold alert.

When temperatures drop below minus 15C the city typically opens emergency warming centres and reaches out to homeless people, providing additional shelter beds, transportation and other services to try to get them out of the cold.

Public health officials were accused of having waited too long to issue an alert after two men believed to be homeless froze to death – one in a bus shelter, the other in an abandoned truck – this week.

“We’re very sorry that these men died,” Howard Shapiro, Toronto’s associate medical officer of health, told the daily Globe and Mail.

A third man discovered unconscious outside overnight on Wednesday was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

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Which stocks to watch in 2015

March 1st, 2019 / / categories: 柳州桑拿网 /

With 2014 at best a so-so year for most Australian investors, many are hoping for a better 2015.

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Here’s a look at what to expect:

AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR DOWN, PROFITS UP?

The dollar fell from more than $US1 to almost 80 US cents during 2014 and Esho Group CEO Peter Esho says exporters in particular should do well in 2015.

“The fall in the Aussie dollar is going to have huge implications for the economy and I think that’s been overlooked,” he said.

IG market strategist Evan Lucas says companies with a large percentage of their earnings derived from the US or elsewhere overseas – think QBE, CSL etc – should also benefit from the higher US dollar.

WHO WINS FROM CHEAPER OIL PRICES?

Oil prices have more than halved since July last year and that’s been great news for Qantas (which has a fuel bill of $4.5 billion) and helped the airline’s share price to double last year.

Lower prices at the petrol bowsers should also see Australians spend more in 2015 and Peter Esho expects transport businesses like Toll Holdings and Aurizon to be among the biggest beneficiaries.

“Not only do low energy costs improve their bottom line, the spillover effect is greater spending and economic activity, which will improve their volumes.”

RETAILERS CATCH A BREAK?

Retailers, and other companies depending on discretionary spending from consumers have been generally weak performers for several years but the low oil price, coupled with low interest rates could finally change that.

CMC Markets market strategist Michael McCarthy thinks retailers should also benefit from the expected increase in spending, especially electronics retailers, who have been among the weakest performers in recent years.

“Although I’m not a huge fan of Harvey Norman’s business model I suspect that will be a beneficiary, as will JB Hi-Fi.”

THINGS CAN’T GET ANY WORSE FOR ENERGY STOCKS, OR CAN THEY?

As oil prices slumped, so, too, did the share prices of oil and gas companies.

And with no-one sure when prices will rise again the sector is best avoided, or is it?

Evan Lucas says there are good opportunities to be had for investors willing to go against the tide.

“It’s something that will turn around and when it does it will bring a very good buying opportunity, there’s no doubt that Santos and Oil Search at around $7 is undervaluing those companies.”

LAST YEAR’S LOSERS ARE THIS YEAR’S WINNERS?

Woolworths and Coca Cola Amatil had a disappointing 2014, with their share prices dropping 10 per cent and 22 per cent respectively.

Peter Esho argues its only a matter of time before both come back into favour, though he concedes Coca-Cola still has issues to sort out.

*This reporter owns shares in Woolworths and Santos

A group of core al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria is planning “mass casualty attacks” against the West, the head of MI5 has warned.

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As dramatic events surrounding the terrorist attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris continue to unfold, Andrew Parker, director general of the Security Service, said transport networks and iconic landmarks were among Western targets of “complex and ambitious plots” by Syria-based extremists.

Aviation bomb plots and Mumbai-style shootings in crowded places are thought to be among plans being developed by the shadowy group, which has Britain among its sights.

It is understood the organisation in question is the so-called “Khorasan” cell, which is made up of jihadists sent to Syria by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Addressing about 70 members of the Royal United Services Institute at MI5 headquarters, Parker said: “We still face more complex and ambitious plots that follow the now sadly well-established approach of al Qaeda and its imitators – attempts to cause large scale loss of life, often by attacking transport systems or iconic targets.

“We know, for example, that a group of core al Qaeda terrorists in Syria is planning mass casualty attacks against the West.”

Mr Parker says around 600 extremists are now among many Britons who have travelled to Syria, higher than previous estimates of 500, and a significant proportion has joined the extremist group IS.

He disclosed that in recent months three UK terrorist plots, which would have led to deaths, have been foiled by MI5 and its intelligence partners at MI6 and GCHQ.

It is understood the plots were a mix of mass casualty attacks and lone-wolf style killings as seen on the streets of Woolwich when Fusilier Lee Rigby was killed in 2013.

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Geoff Ogilvy has not and will not venture into the Kapalua surf this year.

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Returning to the US PGA Tour’s winners-only event in Maui after a five-year absence, Ogilvy is a quasi two-time defending champion, having missed his chance of a three-peat in 2011 when he cut his finger on a local reef in the lead-up.

While the surfing aficionado would love to cut loose on the waves, he knows it might not be the wisest decision this time around.

“I would go out, but can you imagine if it went wrong. The ocean will always be there,” a relaxed Ogilvy said on Thursday.

As part of golf’s elite at the time, Ogilvy had won seven times in six years, including the 2006 US Open, but the injury was the start of what turned into an almost four-year struggle.

After close to five years entrenched in the world’s top 50, including a high of No.3, Ogilvy spiralled as low as 216th last year.

There was no win in 2011, just four top-10s, and then 2012 and 2013 yielded just one top-10 finish each season, with 2013 being distinctly worse with a next-best finish of equal 27th.

Last year it appeared more of the same, Ogilvy reaching August without a top-10 result but a win late last year and a ride through the playoffs to the Tour Championship have the Victorian trending up once more.

He enters this week as world No.94, knowing the last two times he played in Hawaii he won, averaged 67 per round, shot a combined 46-under and won $US280,000 ($A303,000) for each of those eight rounds.

“It does feel like coming home. I am very comfortable here,” he said.

“It is interesting because right before I won I was over it, I was done. I was ready to shut it down for the year but now I’m here and I feel so much better for having the struggles.

“I feel a lot wiser about my game. It made me notice things and become more cerebral.

“Now I feel really good about the next few years, I am better prepared to ride the ups and downs and not chase too hard.”

With a two-year tour card exemption back up his sleeve and a trip to all four majors earned in 2015, Ogilvy has his sight set high once more.

He could start by joining Jack Nicklaus (5), Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Stuart Appleby as three-time event winners.

“There is no reason I can’t start strong here and get a third trophy. That’s the aim,” he said.

I’m also not done competing on Sunday’s in majors. I know I have it in me to contend and win again.

“Maybe this is the start of career No.2.

“I am excited about Augusta and St Andrews, I always get up for the US Open and I enjoy Whistling Straights.

“I’m sitting here really excited to play golf again and that is obviously a good thing.”

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Rosberg aims to strike back in Monaco

January 28th, 2019 / / categories: 柳州桑拿网 /

Rosberg’s fourth successive second place, after winning the Australian season-opener, left him three points behind Hamilton and ‘gutted’ at the loss of the overall Formula One lead for the first time this year.

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One more lap at the Circuit de Catalunya might have seen the German pass Hamilton, who took the chequered flag just 0.6 of a second ahead after being chased to the line, but he was more concerned about the start than the finish.

“It’s a bit of a weakness that we have at the moment,” Rosberg said of his getaway from second place on the grid with Hamilton on pole.

“Just inconsistent and now I’ve had a couple of bad starts in a row. Actually, three bad starts in three races. And that’s costly…need to work on that.”

Qualifying and a quick start is even more crucial in Monaco, where overtaking is extremely tricky on the tight and twisting streets – particularly if the man in front is your team mate with the same equipment.

Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff, who again assured the fans that his two drivers would be allowed to race freely, said the team were working hard to resolve Rosberg’s problem.

“It seems to be a problem related to the clutch,” he told reporters.

“That is a special project of ours. We expected some improvement for Barcelona which didn’t kick in as expected and we just need to sort it out for Monaco because that’s crucial there. We discussed it in the debrief right now.”

HOME RACE

Rosberg won in Monaco last year and the German knows every kink, kerb and corner of what amounts to a home race in a principality he grew up in as son of 1982 champion Keke.

“Lewis did a great job the whole weekend and was just that little bit ahead,” he said on Sunday. “But there’s a lot of positives for me to take out of it.

“I’m fully motivated to just try to get that little bit extra and to edge him out next time – and it’s do-able.”

Hamilton’s failure to finish in Australia cost the 2008 champion heavily and consistency has been Rosberg’s ace, with the pair still barely apart in the standings despite the Briton’s four wins to the German’s one.

With double points on offer for the final race in Abu Dhabi, a first that has not gone down well with fans who decry the change as a gimmick, there is everything to play for.

Even if no driver has ever won four races in a row and not gone on to take the title that year, there is always a first time for everything.

While ‘gutted’ to lose out again in Spain, Rosberg left no doubt he had the mental fortitude to battle against a rival he has known and raced against since they were teenage team mates in go-karts.

“Break me down mentally ? I think he will struggle with that one,” he said. “He has the momentum. There is no way round that. I have to try to break it.”

Wolff, who introduced a sports psychologist to the team last month, agreed Rosberg was completely focused.

“We have seen in the past that you can win championships with three wins if you just keep scoring and I guess he knows that,” said the Austrian. “He’s such a competitive and tough personality who has no problems with coping with that situation.”

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Julien Pretot)

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Honeymoon murder case postponed

January 28th, 2019 / / categories: 柳州桑拿网 /

British millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani has appeared briefly in a South African court, where his lawyers successfully argued he was not yet fit to stand trial for the murder of his Swedish bride.

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Dewani, 34, wearing a dark suit and tie, glanced nervously around in the dock on Monday as his lawyers said psychiatrists had told them Dewani had been co-operative but lacked the ability to concentrate for any length of time.

“I am informed that he has been fully co-operative and that his condition has improved,” lawyer Francois van Zyl told the court.

“We have been told by treating psychiatrists not to consult with him for longer than 30 minutes at a time.”

He said they hoped further improvement would mean that Dewani would be able to “instruct us properly”.

The judge president of the Western Cape high Court, John Hlope, ordered Dewani to appear in court again on June 20.

He was remanded in custody at the Valkenberg psychiatric hospital, where he has been receiving treatment since being extradited from Britain last month.

Dewani, who returned to Britain shortly after his wife’s murder, had fought his extradition for three years, claiming he had mental health problems including depression and post-traumatic stress.

If he is not found fit to face trial within 18 months, he will be returned to Britain under the terms of his extradition.

Dewani denies ordering the killing of his 28-year-old bride Anni in Cape Town in November 2010.

He claims the couple were hijacked at gunpoint during their honeymoon as they drove through the Gugulethu township in a taxi.

Dewani escaped unharmed, but his wife’s body was found in the abandoned car the next day. She had been shot dead.

Prosecutors allege Dewani hired South African Xolile Mngeni to kill Anni. Mngeni was jailed for life for the murder in December 2012.

Two other men also jailed over the killing allege that Dewani ordered the hit.

The prosecution is expected to argue that Dewani is gay and plotted to have his wife killed to escape an arranged marriage that he was pushed into by his family.

The South African Sunday Times quoted sources close to the investigation as saying that one of the prosecution’s main witnesses would be a “master” in sado-masochism from Britain who will claim that Dewani paid him for sex.

The case sparked outrage among South Africans who accuse Dewani of callously using the country’s reputation for violent crime to murder his wife in the belief that he would get away with it.

Coach Vahid Halilhodzic surprised by including uncapped French-born Mahrez after he helped Leicester City to promotion to the Premier League and recalled forward Rafik Djebbour, after his move to Nottingham Forest in January.

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“I only found out about Mahrez in February and went to watch a few of his matches. He’s an interesting player,” Halilhodzic told a news conference at the Algerian Football Federation training centre on Monday.

Of Djebbour, who joined Forest from Greece, he added: “His form has improved tremendously in recent times and he’s an important player for the spirit of the squad.”

Striker Ishak Belfodil of Italian club Livorno is the only major surprise of those left out. Disciplinary problems have marked his brief international career, which began last August in a friendly against Guinea.

Algeria will take on Belgium, Russia and South Korea in Group H at the Brazil finals which start next month.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Azzedine Doukha (USM El Harrach), Rais Mbolhi (CSKA Sofia), Cedric Si Mohamed (CS Constantine), Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger)

Defenders: Essaid Belkalem (Watford), Madjid Bougherra (Al Lekhwiya), Liassine Cadamuro (Mallorca), Faouzi Ghoulam (Naples), Rafik Halliche (Academica Coimbra), Nacereddine Khoualed (USM Alger), Aissa Mandi (Stade Reims), Carl Medjani (Valenciennes), Djamel Mesbah (Livorno), Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio)

Midfielders: Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryad Boudebouz (Bastia), Yacine Brahimi (Granada), Abdelmoumene Djabou (Club Africain), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace), Foued Kadir (Stade Rennes), Amir Karaoui (Entente Setif), Mehdi Lacen (Getafe), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan), Hassan Yebda (Udinese)

Forwards: Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest), Nabil Ghilas (Porto), Islam Slimani (Sporting), El Arabi Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).

(Editing by Justin Palmer)

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Hayne lifts Eels to impressive victory

January 28th, 2019 / / categories: 柳州桑拿网 /

Jarryd Hayne and Chris Sandow have inspired Parramatta to a 42-24 win over Cronulla in an action-packed NRL clash at Pirtek Stadium on Monday.

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The pair scored three tries between them, with one of Hayne’s a contender for the season’s best as the Eels secured their fifth win of the season – matching their total for last year.

Cronulla’s disappointing evening was compounded by an early injury to Andrew Fifita with the NSW prop limping off with ankle syndesmosis early in the game which could potentially rule him out of the NSW side for the State of Origin opener on May 28.

Eels winger Semi Radradra opened the scoring after four minutes when he latched on to a bullet-like pass from Hayne.

But the Sharks hit back immediately with a Sosaia Feki try converted by Michael Gordon.

Wade Graham then showed some brilliant soccer skills by chipping Jeff Robson’s grubber-kick over the head of two Eels defenders then regathered to score.

However, that moment of magic was eclipsed by Hayne midway through the opening stanza with the superstar fullback stepping past five players to power his way over the line.

Will Hopoate appeared to have restored the Eels’ lead but the video referee backed the decision of the on-field officials to deny the try despite the centre looking to have grounded the ball.

But the Eels’ dismay was short-lived with Sandow hauling in his own chip and chase to score under the posts before winger Ken Sio increased the hosts’ advantage before half time.

The Sharks were much improved in the second period despite Hopoate’s try for the Eels just after the restart.

Graham looked to have scored his second when he drove his way to the line following a Robson pass, but the video referee infuriated the Sharks by denying his effort, deeming he’d lost control of the ball.

Inspired by a brilliant run and pass from skipper Paul Gallen, Isaac De Gois did get on the scoresheet for the visitors with Gordon’s kick closing the gap to 28-18.

However their hopes of a come-from-behind win were ended by Willie Tonga’s 90 metre intercept try in the 63rd minute. And despite Gordon keeping his side in touch with a four-pointer, Sio grabbed his second following some good work from the impressive Hopoate.

Fittingly, Hayne had the final word, racing almost the length of the field after a sloppy Blake Ayshford pass went to ground.

Despite the win, Eels coach Brad Arthur was upset at the manner of his side’s defending and said they have little chance of progressing to the finals this year unless they tighten up.

“Defence wasn’t good enough and moving forward if we want to be taken seriously we’ve got to be better,” Arthur said.

“We were ordinary through the middle, we did some good things with the ball but we have to learn to play for 80 minutes.”

However, Arthur was pleased with the contribution of Hayne and said his performance was his best of the year.

“He showed a lot of leadership qualities tonight,” Arthur said.

“His shoulder’s not 100 per cent … but he’s got to play with pain.

“He played tough tonight and he got the footy and ran and that’s what we need him to do.”

Sharks coach Peter Sharp said his side let themselves down with their first half effort and had no complaints with the loss.

“Parra were good tonight, but we made too many errors to compete at this level,” Sharp said.

“We kicked poorly and made poor decisions with or without the footy.”

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Theo Walcott failed to make an appearance when called up by Sven-Goran Eriksson as a 17-year-old for the 2006 World Cup but Hodgson is ready to let his young thrusters loose.

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“We shouldn’t get hung up on fact that there are youngsters in the squad,” Hodgson told a news conference on Monday.

“I’m not taking anyone purely for the experience.”

The youthful flavour of Hodgson’s squad contrasts with the perception that he does not like to take risks after his methodical Euro 2012 side were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Italy.

Hodgson, who guided Switzerland to the last 16 at the 1994 World Cup, has been so impressed by his young England guns that he believes Group D clashes against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica hold no fear.

“Do I believe the squad can win the World Cup? Yes, otherwise what is the point of taking a squad to the World Cup?” the 66-year-old quipped.

Everton’s prodigious midfield talent Ross Barkley epitomises the vibrant, new-look England squad, with the 20-year-old flourishing under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park this season.

Barkley’s performances have seen Martinez compare him to former England favourite Paul Gascoigne, but Hodgson does not want the midfielder to be worn down by the weight of expectation.

“He’s a very exciting player,” he said. “A very exciting talent. If he can continue at that level he has a bright future ahead of him.

“I hope people are realistic with the level of expectation.

“We think he can be a very exciting member of the team, but I don’t want people to think every time he gets the ball he can score a goal like he did against Manchester City, or that he can run 40 yards and dribble past people. Footballers don’t do that.”

TIMELY REMINDER

Hodgson had been fretting over the fitness of Arsenal midfield duo Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while defender Phil Jones picked up a shoulder injury during Manchester United’s penultimate game of the season against Hull City.

After securing World Cup qualification, Hodgson promised he would not select players who were not “100 percent fit”, but the inclusion of the trio and especially Jones provides a timely reminder of England during the Eriksson era.

At the 2002 World Cup Swedish manager Eriksson gambled on the fitness of David Beckham after the England captain suffered a metatarsal injury and, despite playing in all five matches, the midfielder was far from his best.

Four years later and with the hopes of a nation resting on the shoulders of Wayne Rooney, Eriksson took a punt on the fitness of the young striker, who was suffering with the same injury as Beckham, but it once again proved to be in vain.

“We wouldn’t have selected anyone in the 23 if we thought we would be on tenterhooks regarding fitness,” said a defiant Hodgson.

“The only one I would say that seriously poses a question is Phil Jones.

“He had his shoulder injury a week ago and, from what everyone tells me and my experience, it is a three week injury to be back and playing.

“But we can’t guarantee that so I will be taking John Stones and Jon Flanagan (as cover) with me.”

England, who start their World Cup campaign against Italy in Manaus on July 14, travel to Portugal on May 19 for a training camp before hosting Peru at Wembley on May 30. Hodgson will confirm his final World Cup squad on June 2.

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