“Ten years ago, the European Parliament had already asked for protection against the insolvency of airlines, and nothing has changed since then. After the failure of 10 European airlines in less than three years, it is time to act at EU level. ” – said Said Pawel Niewiadomski, President of ECTAA. The European Parliament has adopted a Resolution on the negative effects of the bankruptcy of the world’s oldest tourism company Thomas Cook in European tourism. The European Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators ECTAA supports the Resolution and particularly welcomes Parliament’s urgent call for protection against airline insolvency. Thomas Cook, Europe’s second-largest tourism operator, went bankrupt on September 23, damaging industry, destinations, tourism service providers and workers. It was also very stressful for the users of the British company Thomas Cook. However, the latter were fully taken care of by the tour operator’s guarantee system established in accordance with European legislation, often referred to as the “Travel Package Directive”. As a result, tourists were able to continue their vacation and return to their homeland. This was possible because tour operators must provide sufficient evidence of security for the return or return of passengers in the event of insolvency. ECTAA welcomes the European Parliament’s Resolution recognizing the importance of tourism in the EU economy, both in terms of wealth (10% of EU GDP) and its social impact (12% of the total workforce), and calls for better recognition of this key EU sectoral levels. The bankruptcy of Thomas Cook Airlines and a number of previous airline failures, show that consumers are not treated equally when a company goes bankrupt. Passengers who buy a package trip are better protected from the bankruptcy of the tour operator who must provide guarantees against his insolvency to ensure the return of the passengers. However, there is no similar protection for passengers who, in the event of the airline’s illiquidity, purchase one airline flight ticket. In this case, passengers cannot get a refund and must purchase a new ticket to return home. Consumers are treated differently, despite the fact that they pay a lot to the airline or tour operator. Source / photo: ECTAA, Pixabay
The governor of Brazil’s São Paulo state said on Wednesday that Phase 3 clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd have shown promising results and it may be available to Brazilians as early as December.Governor João Doria added that Phase 2 trials of the potential vaccine had shown an immune response of 98% in the elderly.Some 9,000 Brazilian volunteers are participating in the Sinovac vaccine trials, which are being conducted by the Butantan Institute in Sao Paulo city and 11 other locations, including the capital, Brasilia. At the start of next year, Phase 3 trials of Russia’s “Sputnik-V” COVID-19 vaccine will also be conducted on 10,000 volunteers in Brazil in partnership with the state of Paraná’s Technology Institute, known as TecparBrazilian lab and hospital group DASA SA said on Wednesday it had agreed to conduct Phase 2 and 3 trials in Brazil for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by COVAXX, a unit of privately owned United Biomedical Inc.On Tuesday, Brazil’s acting Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said a COVID-19 vaccine would be rolled out for all Brazilians in a mass vaccination starting in January. Topics : Brazil, which has the third worst outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the world after the United States and India, has become a testing ground for at least two vaccine candidates.One such vaccine is being developed by AstraZeneca, which has had to pause global trials after an unexplained illness in a participant in Britain.Trials for the AstraZeneca vaccine on 5,000 volunteers in Brazil are well advanced and have not produced any problems in participants, according to the immunobiology center of Sao Paulo’s Federal University, which is running the trials.Vaccination of volunteers in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador have been put on hold, but work continues monitoring those who have received the first and even the second dose, a university representative said.
INTRO: Richard Hope reports on a project to validate the non-vital automatic train protection overlay developed by GE Harris, using radio data links and GPS location. Now in the second of four phases, it is on course for completion by DecemberAFTER A DECADE of circling inconclusively around the Advanced Train Control System project before deciding that it could not be commercially justified, simpler and cheaper ways of preventing collisions and enforcing speed limits are being sought by North America railway operators.One such is Harmon’s Incremental Train Control System, which is being trialled by Amtrak on a section of route which it owns west of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This was described in RG 8.96 p496.The principal rival to ITSC is Positive Train Separation. PTS is currently being tested on 1 360route-km in the western states of Washington and Oregon owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific, including sections over which UP operates trains on BNSF tracks (map, below). Amtrak also operates on these tracks. The BNSF-UP partnership selected the Pacific Northwest as the pilot area to improve safety, establish interoperability and prove that PTS will function with all train control systems currently used by both companies. This area includes joint trackage between Portland and Tacoma where UP freight trains operate over BNSF tracks and under BNSFdispatching control, requiring both companies to be interoperable.The territory also includes all train control systems used by both railways throughout their respective networks, enabling system-wide implementation without significant modifications to system design. It includes Kelso, Washington, the site in November 1993 of a destructive head-on collision between a BNand a UP train in which five crew members died.Following a decision by two of the five major US railways to co-operate in the testing of automatic train protection, GE Harris was contracted as systems integrator for the Proof of Concept of PTS. This is currently in progress and due for completion in the first half of 1998.Non-vital overlayPTS does not replace or interfere with the existing method of controlling trains. While most routes covered by the BNSF-UP Proof of Concept tests are equipped with conventional CTC, they also include 190 km under track warrant control of which 105 km also has automatic block signals, and another 100 km of double track with block signals.Track warrants are movement authorities checked by computer logic before being transmitted verbally by the dispatcher to the train crew. PTS transmits these track warrants digitally and displays them in the cab.Whether signalled or not, control of all BNSF routes is exercised from that company’s Network Operations Centre at Fort Worth, Texas. UP routes come under the Harriman Dispatching Center in Omaha, Nebraska. So far as the dispatchers are concerned, they will continue to issue movement authorities by CTC signals or voice messages in the normal way, but PTS adds some new features to help them.The three key elements of PTS can be seen in Fig 2. The first, located at Omaha or Fort Worth, is the central PTS computer or server for each rail operator. These servers communicate with the existing computer-aided dispatching systems and the computers handling management information systems. Every time a movement authority is sent to a train through the signalling or a track warrant, the PTS server picks this up and transmits it directly to the locomotive through a digital radio link, the second key element.The movement authority will include speed restrictions, with associated details of any work being carried out on the track which require confirmation from the foreman in charge of the site that it is safe for the train to enter the work zone.The third element is the computer installed on locomotives equipped for PTS. This uses global positioning satellites (GPS) augmented with differential correction signals, inertial sensors and odometers to fix its location.Geographical track data such as gradients, curves, control points, track speed limits and train characteristics are resident in the on-board computer, allowing brake performance to be calculated on the locomotive. Train characteristics are obtained automatically from the railway’s Management Information System computers.The locomotive computer now has all the information needed to perform its primary PTS function of preventing exceedance of a movement authority, or speed limit violations. It does this by calculating braking curves to the start of reduced speed limits or stopping points, and warning the driver if he or she fails to keep within the curve. If visual and audible warnings are ignored, a full service brake application is made automatically and the power is shut down.Note that classic automatic train protection systems, including those found in Europe and Japan, normally function as a local extension of the existing signalling. In the event of a danger-side signalling failure due, for example, to a technician’s wiring error during repairs to an interlocking, the ATP is likely to replicate the same error aboard the train.Because PTS is an overlay, which draws its movement authority data direct from the dispatcher’s computer and is not otherwise connected to the CTC or automatic block signals, it may continue to enforce movement authorities even in circumstances where lineside signals are displaying a false clear aspect.Additional protectionThe radio data link is also used to download to the server every minute the locomotive’s position, as established by the Location Determination System (LDS). The dispatcher is therefore warned if any PTS-equipped train runs past a danger signal or otherwise exceeds its movement authority. He or she is also alerted to the fact that a fresh movement authority needs to be generated when a train is nearing the end of the existing one.The server also acts as a further check on the safety logic of computer-aided dispatching, which is meant to ensure that no conflicting orders are issued by the computer-aided dispatching system or the dispatcher. Before the server transmits to the locomotive a new PTS Enforcement Authority (PTSEA – pronounced ’pizza’) it has ensured that there is no conflict with any rules the server is responsible for monitoring. This is particularly useful in dark (unsignalled) territory, where there are no track circuits to detect trains and thus provide automatic signal protection.All these factors clearly enhance overall safety, even though PTS is non-vital.Four test phasesThe first phase of the Proof of Concept was completed successfully in November 1996. The purpose was to check out all the hardware and communications through thousands of permutations in a protocol designed to exercise every element. All the required demonstrations were met satisfactorily.Two BNSF and two UP locomotives were involved in these tests, which took place on BNSF’s Harbor Line and UP’s Kenton Line. PTS commands were transmitted by digital radio from the servers in Fort Worth and Omaha to the respective companies’ locomotives, which reported their positions back to the PTS server.Test trains were correctly stopped by the PTS as they approached their authority limits. Location determination, at this stage of initial testing, relied primarily on track transponders and locomotive odometers.Release Two tests, completed between March and June this year, added several levels of sophistication:
The vacant block of land at 49 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, has sold for more than $4 million.A BARE block of land will go down in history as one of the most expensive on Mermaid Beach’s Millionaires’ Row after changing hands for more than $4 million.A local buyer already living in the suburb snapped up the slim 405sq m block at 49 Hedges Ave, which was one of the few remaining vacant sites on the strip.Marketing agent Tony Velissariou of Tony V said the buyers had plans to build on the site.“They’re planning to build their family home there,” he said.“I believe that Hedges Ave is becoming quite strong in the market place now and holding it’s own. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 A local family snapped up the block.“As more people buy into it, they’re building their family homes — the street is slowly becoming tightly held again.”The block hit the market earlier this year with a $4.5 million price tag and was listed through Mr Velissariou and Harcourts Coastal agent Tolemy Stevens.“It’s the ideal opportunity for someone to build their dream home on the beachfront of Mermaid Beach, regarded by many as Australia’s No. 1 beachfront destination,” Mr Stevens told the Bulletin at the time.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe block has been on and off the market over the past few years. MORE NEWS: Age no barrier for woman who built her waterfront home MORE NEWS: Australia’s sexiest pool hits market The double block has a lot of history, dating back to when it was originally home to the “Elephant House”, which was knocked down by property investor John Pilkington in 2012 after he bought it for $9.5 million from former AFL footballer Rod Galt.Milk magnate Ken Lacey, entertainment entrepreneur Michael Edgley, singer Diana Ross and Gold Coast bookie Terry Page also have links to the property. The block and its vacant neighbour have a lot of history.Veteran property developer John Potter bought it and its neighbour at No. 47 as a pair in 2016.He splashed $7.7 million on the double block and had plans to build a multi-level apartment building.However, in 2017 he changed his plans and decided to sell the blocks separately.The property next door sold for $4.6 million in late 2017 to Highgrove Bathrooms founder Lindsay Sinclair, who had plans for a tri-level mansion, but it remains vacant.After selling his home at number 9-11 Hedges Ave to Clive Palmer for $12 million last year, Mr Potter decided to keep the block at No. 49, but then reneged on his plans after snapping up an old shack on the street.
“Falling property prices come with both opportunities and risks,” Ms Tindall said. “People might find they don’t need to spend as much and their deposit, as a percentage of the property price, has actually gone up.”“However, there’s a risk that property prices will fall even further and people who buy with a wafer-thin deposit could find themselves in negative equity if they’re not careful.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Put simply, the Government guarantees up to 15 per cent of the assessed property value to a participating lender, which is run through the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation, according to NHFIC chief executive Nathan Dal Bon.“To date we’ve seen widespread appeal of the scheme across all states and territories, including regional and metro areas.”“Notwithstanding the current challenges posed by COVID-19, we anticipate that there will be continued demand for these new 10,000 places.” First homebuyer potential: 99 Acqua Street, Burpengary, QLD, is priced at $369,000.A total of 27 lenders are participating in the scheme.To qualify for the second round, first-home buyers will need their 2019-20 Notice of Assessment from the Australian Taxation Office to demonstrate that their taxable income is no more than $125,000 for individuals and $200,000 for couples. Both National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank of Australia offered scheme-backed loans from January 1 this year, while 25 non-major lenders offered guaranteed loans from February 1, NHFIC said.“All participating lenders are supporting the scheme by not charging eligible customers higher interest rates than equivalent customers outside the scheme.” For $466,500, first home buyers can get a brand new 4 bedroom acreage package at Elwood Rise, D’Aguilar, QLD.Sally Tindall, research director at RateCity.com.au said the scheme allowed first-home buyers to take out a mortgage with as little as a five per cent deposit, without needing to pay lenders’ mortgage insurance.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoBut the RateCity.com.au cautioned that a lower deposit would mean a bigger loan.Buying a $500,000 property with a five per cent deposit, instead of a 20 per cent deposit, would need $75,000 less initially, but RateCity said it would mean a larger loan. “Their mortgage repayment would be $395 extra a month and they would pay $67,067 in extra interest to the bank over 30 years” based on CBA’s basic home loan at a rate of 3.13 per cent for an owner-occupier paying principal and interest. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Spring property predictions 202002:57 Clive Palmer snaps up RSL prize home for $200k discount The Federal Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme opens for the new 2020-21 financial year July 1.Thousands more first-home buyers will be able to take out loans with as little as 5 per cent deposit – without incurring lenders’ mortgage insurance. The second round of the Federal Government’s first homebuyer deposit scheme reopens July 1, giving 10,000 more people a chance to get into their own home if their deposits fall short. Round two of the scheme kicks off with the July 1 start of the 2020-21 financial year. MORE: Lifestyle leads home price growth
Nene was born on Dec. 11, 1933 in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental. He was elected as his province’s delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention under President Ferdinand Marcos until he became a fierce critic of the dictator. Former Senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. Nene served as senator from 1987 to 1992, and from 1998 to 2010. He was Senate President from 2000 to 2001. Among the bills he authored and sponsored were the creation of the Philippine Sports Commission, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Philippine National Police, the Local Government Code of 1991 and the Generic Drugs Act. MANILA – Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel has passed away Sunday morning after being confined at the intensive care unit (ICU) earlier last week. He was 85. The news of Pimentel’s passing was confirmed by his son Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Facebook. He then served as lawyer for the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, helping farmers and the urban poor allegedly oppressed by Marcos. “Our beloved Tatay Nene has joined his Creator at 5 a.m. today (Oct. 20, 2019). We thank all those who have been part of his life. We ask for prayers for the repose of Tatay Nene’s soul. Thank you to all,” Koko said. Nene lost the vice-presidential race in 1992 as Senator Jovito Salonga’s running mate. He also lost in the the 1995 Senate race over which he filed a protest due to alleged vote-padding and shaving or “dagdag-bawas.” Nene was a senator for 17 years and has become a Senate President. He was the founder and chairman emeritus of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan. Pimentel’s political career ended nine years ago, only after imperiously leading a chamber during the impeachment trial of his then good friend, President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Instead of retiring, Pimentel became one of the earliest proponents of Federalism in the country, devoting his remaining years conducting lecture circuits about the federal principle./PN
And the US President wasted no time in responding to Tyson’s frightening power and blistering hand speed as he took to social media to encourage the boxing legend.On Twitter, he wrote: “Keep punching Mike!” The former world heavyweight champion posted an explosive clip of his training ahead of a return to boxing in the form of a charity fight. “I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape.“I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year “That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts. “I do two hours on cardio, I do the bike and the treadmill for an hour, then I do some light weights, 300, 250 reps.Read Also: La Liga: Atletico confirm COVID-19 testing date ahead of return“Then I start my day with the boxing thing, I go in there and hit the mits, 30 minutes, 25 minutes, start getting in better condition.“I’m start to put those combinations together. I’m in pain, I feel like three guys kicked the s**t out of me.” Donald Trump has become the latest high-profile personality to react to Mike Tyson’s terrifying training footage.Advertisement Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “Some charity exhibitions, make some money, help some homeless and drug-affected motherf**ker like me. ‘Iron’ Mike hasn’t fought in 15 years and last stepped inside the squared circle in 2005, when he suffered a stoppage defeat to Kevin McBride.But the 53-year-old is eyeing a return to the sport. Speaking with rapper T.I, he revealed: “I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week.
By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – With the opening two nights of action in the books at Dodge City Raceway Park, attention shifts to the variety of events slated for the approaching month of May.The state-of-the-art facility in southwest Kansas offers up a little something for everybody in May with Late Models and Sprint Cars taking to the 3/8-mile clay oval along with the track’s always exciting championship chase divisions. Championship point action for the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars on May 3 will be complemented by the first Late Model event at DCRP since the 2011 season as the MARS DIRTcar Series squares off with the forces of the NCRA Late Model series.Sanctioned Modifieds, SportMods and Stock Cars are on the card again on May 10, along with Hornets and the season-opening event for the United Rebel Sprint Series.Finally, rounding out the month of May at DCRP is the May 24 championship chase event featuring a full card of IMCA Modifieds, SportMods and Stock Cars, plus the Thunder Cars and Hornets.The month of May is part of a blockbuster season of racing action at Dodge City Raceway Park that includes 15 nights of competition. Highlighting the schedule is the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Boothill Showdown on July 4-5 along with a variety of special events for Sprint Cars, Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Modifieds and Stock Cars along the way.Season passes are available for all 13 nights of DCRP competition (excluding the World of Outlaws Boothill Showdown) for $140. Contact the track at 620 225-3277 for season passes.
Louis van Gaal’s men dominated from start to finish and the result was never in doubt after Chris Smalling scrambled in the opening goal after 16 minutes. Captain Wayne Rooney added a second before the break and Robin van Persie made a welcome return to the scoresheet as United secured a third successive Barclays Premier League win. Smalling handed United a deserved opener, although it owed much to poor Hull defending and might not have been given before the introduction of goalline technology. Hull failed to deal with a Rooney corner and Van Persie nipped in to head at goal. It was a weak effort but Allan McGregor flapped unconvincingly and Smalling diverted it back towards goal. McGregor got in the way for a second time but could not prevent it crossing the line, a fact confirmed as referee Anthony Taylor checked his watch. Hull had a rare chance midway through the first half as Robbie Brady floated a free-kick into the box but Michael Dawson scuffed a shot into the ground. The game began to resemble a training exercise for United at times, such was the ease with which they controlled possession. Herrera had a shot deflected wide and Smalling almost found the target again from six yards before Van Persie shot at McGregor. Hull were in a sorry state and Hatem Ben Arfa suffered the indignity of being hauled off 10 minutes before the interval as Steve Bruce attempted to change the direction of the game. It proved to no avail as Herrera – although there was a suspicion of offside – headed down a Mata cross. Curtis Davies had chance to clear but hesitated and paid the price as Van Persie laid off to Rooney and the England captain hit a crisp low strike past McGregor from 20 yards. Hull belatedly showed some urgency early in the second half as Andrew Robertson broke forward but shot tamely at David de Gea. Nikica Jelavic also had half a chance but headed over. United continued to boss the game and Van Persie evoked memories of last summer’s World Cup as he met a Michael Carrick cross with a fine header, although this time the offside flag was raised and McGregor saved. But the Dutchman got the goal he needed 23 minutes from time as, moments after being cynically hauled down by Dawson, he turned James Chester on the edge of the box and rifled a left-footed shot into the roof of the net. He made way for fit-again Falcao moments later but had made a point after a week of heavy criticism. Jelavic got a header on target to give De Gea something to do but United pressed again with Mata firing over. Smalling got forward again to meet a Mata corner but Robertson had time to clear off the line. If anything the scoreline flattered Hull, although they almost conceded a fourth in the dying moments when Dawson blocked on the line at point-blank range from Falcao. Press Association The only downside for United, in a season that has already been blighted by injuries, was the loss of record signing Angel di Maria early on with a hamstring problem while Rooney limped off after taking a blow in stoppage time. But on this occasion the Argentinian’s departure made little difference as United strolled through the game, while Hull struggled to gain a meaningful touch in the first half. Van Gaal fielded a flat back four with Smalling and Marcos Rojo, the only specialist defenders in the side, filling the centre-back spots. Smalling looked like a player transformed from the man sent off in the loss at Manchester City four weeks ago, attacking with vigour and looking composed in all areas of the field. United were intent on attack with Juan Mata and Di Maria deployed in support of Rooney and Van Persie, who was retained despite recent poor form and the availability of Radamel Falcao after injury. United had a half-hearted penalty appeal for handball in the second minute but it was Rooney who set the tone when he cut inside and flashed a shot wide after five minutes. The loss of Di Maria, who had already made a couple of dangerous breaks, after 14 minutes with a hamstring injury had the potential to disrupt their rhythm. But if anything their shape looked better after Ander Herrera came off the bench to replace him. Manchester United looked more like their old selves as they cruised to a convincing 3-0 win over lacklustre Hull at Old Trafford.
Crowds had gathered outside Inter’s headquarters to catch a glimpse of their new signing ahead of the defender sealing his move.Born in Madrid, Hakimi opted to represent the country of his parents at international level and to date has won 28 caps as well as representing Morocco at the 2018 World Cup.His performances for Dortmund this year, with 10 assists across 25 games, had put top European clubs on alert after he failed to agree a new deal with his parent club.Inter sit third in Serie A after the resumption of action and next host Brescia as they aim to closee the gap to the top.They are currently eight points from leaders Juventus with 10 games to play following an encouraging debut season for Antonio Conte.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Inter Milan have reportedly sealed the signing of Real Madridfull-back Achraf Hakimi on a five-year contract for an initial fee of £36million.The Moroccan international was spotted arriving in Milan to complete his medical ahead of sealing a move to Antonio Conte’s Serie A side amid interest from Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City.Hakimi, 21, made 17 appearances for Real Madrid but shot to prominence during a two-year loan spell with Borussia Dortmundthat brought 13 goals in 72 games.