Questions mount over Israel action on ‘annexation’ date

first_imgInternational criticism While the US has offered tacit support for immediate annexation as part of the Trump plan, most of the international community is vocally opposed to the project. Writing in Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Wednesday, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that although he was a “passionate defender of Israel,” he viewed annexation as “contrary to Israel’s own long-term interests.””Annexation would represent a violation of international law,” he said.France, Germany along with several other European states and the United Nations all oppose annexation, as do Gulf Arab states, with which Israel has increasingly sought warmer ties. Jordan, one of only two Arab nations that has diplomatic ties with Israel, has warned that annexation could trigger a “massive conflict” and has not ruled out reviewing its 1994 peace treaty with the Jewish state.   Application of “sovereignty” is a term used widely in Israel to refer to what the international community views as annexation and a breach of international law.Alternate prime minister and defense minister Benny Gantz said this week that annexation must wait until the coronavirus crisis has been contained.Gantz is due to take over as prime minister in November 2021 under the terms of a coalition deal. Netanyahu met on Tuesday with US Ambassador David Friedman, a staunch supporter of Jewish West Bank settlers and of annexation.”I discussed the question of sovereignty, which we are currently working on and will continue to work on in the coming days,” Netanyahu said after the meeting.Netanyahu may still move forward, either later on Wednesday or in the days ahead, with Israeli media suggesting he may announce a merely symbolic move, like the annexation of one settlement on Jerusalem’s outskirts.  But experts have noted that he is keenly watching the US presidential election and may still want to act decisively before January if he fears Trump will not win a second term. Presumptive Democratic party nominee Joe Biden is opposed to any unilateral annexations by Israel.   Expectations of a major Israeli announcement on controversial annexations in the occupied West Bank dimmed Wednesday, as global criticism of the project mounted and Palestinian protesters began gathering in Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government had set July 1 as the date from which it could begin implementing US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace proposal.The Trump plan, unveiled at the White House in January, offered a path for Israel to annex territory and Jewish West Bank settlements, communities considered illegal under international law.  Netanyahu has voiced enthusiastic support for the Trump plan — which has been roundly rejected by the Palestinians — but the right-wing premier has not revealed his intentions for enacting the US proposals. In the hours ahead of the self-imposed July 1 kick-off date, a growing chorus of Israeli officials indicated that a major announcement was not imminent. And on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, a Netanyahu political rival now serving in the center-right coalition, told army radio that he thought it was “unlikely something would happen today.”But, he added: “I don’t know if there will be a statement today on the application of sovereignty. That is a question you have to ask Prime Minister Netanyahu.”center_img Topics : Palestinian protesters gather The Palestinians have called for protests against the Trump proposals on Wednesday in the Jordan Valley, Ramallah — the West Bank seat of the Palestinian Authority — and in the Gaza Strip, ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement.Protesters began gathering in Gaza City ahead of a demonstration scheduled for 11am (0800 GMT) local time, while rallies in the West Bank were due to start in the early afternoon.The Palestinians have said they are willing to renew long-stalled talks with Israel — but not on terms outlined in the Trump plan.  Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, says that Israeli annexations in the West Bank would be a “declaration of war”.The Islamist group launched some 20 test rockets from Gaza into the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday, a move aimed at dissuading Israel from moving forward, Hamas sources told AFP. Israel annexed east Jerusalem following the 1967 Six Day War and then the Golan Heights on the Syrian border in 1981, in moves never recognized by most of the international community. last_img read more

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Family fights off competition to land three-bedder

first_imgThe home at 6 Hoad Street, Upper Mount GravattA young family are the new owners of a two-storey brick home after securing the Upper Mount Gravatt property at auction. The three-bedroom home at 6 Hoad St sold for $615,000 under the hammer. Marketing agent Grant Boman, of Ray White Mount Gravatt, said five buyers registered for the auction and four were actively bidding on the day. An opening bid of $450,000 started the action. “It was fairly active. We had a pause around the $605,000 mark and then some negotiations,” Mr Boman said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home at 6 Hoad Street, Upper Mount Gravatt.“Bidding commenced again at $610,000 and then there was one further bid at $615,000.”Mr Bowman said a young family were the thrilled highest bidders. “They’re renting nearby and the wife actually grew up a couple of streets away and was keen to get back to the area,” he said. “The vendors have owned the home since 1981 and were planning to move to a retirement village. They were pretty satisfied.”Mr Bowman said the Upper Mount Gravatt market was “going strong”.“Family properties are really sought after,” he said.last_img read more

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2017 Dredger of the Year Award by WEDA

first_imgWestern Dredging Association (WEDA) recently presented the 2017 Annual Dredger of the Year Award to Anthony Binsfeld in recognition of his life’s work in advancing the dredging industry.During its annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, WEDA recognized Dr. Donald Hayes, PE, BCEE, for his outstanding contributions to the dredging community and to the Western Dredging Association.Through his role as Professor and Department Chair of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction, Dr. Hayes supports the dredging community in developing improved dredging technologies and dredged material management techniques.Of immeasurable value to the dredging industry, Dr. Hayes’s research has focused upon efficiencies of technologies for both navigation and environmental dredging, sustainable management of dredged material including contaminated sediments, and coastal restoration and mitigation.Dr. Hayes is an active member of the WEDA Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors’ Technical Papers Committee, the Training and Certification Committee, and the Awards Committee. Dr. Hayes has also been a long-standing contributing member of the WEDA Environmental Commission.He is well known for WEDA short courses and delivering lectures during the day before WEDA conferences. He also supports the dredging community as a lecturer at the annual Dredging Short Course at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.last_img read more

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IMCA Technical Manager Joins IACS Advisory Committee

first_imgThe International Marine Contractor’s (IMCA) technical manager, Mark Ford, has been unanimously endorsed by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to become a member of the IACS Advisory Committee (AVC).In welcoming Mark Ford to the committee, Knut Ørbeck-Nilseen, IACS council chairman said: “We extend our warmest welcome on behalf of IACS and look forward to Mark’s positive and valuable contributions to the AVC and the further development of IACS Quality System Certification Scheme (QSCS).”Mark Ford joined the IMCA secretariat in 2012 from Charles Taylor Consulting, where he worked as a senior surveyor and divisional director in the safety and loss prevention department. His work involved carrying out ship condition surveys prior to and during entry into P&I insurance cover, writing various technical and safety articles for the safety and loss department publications.Mark Ford said: “My experience as a senior surveyor, ISM Lead Auditor, and my close association with IMCA’s eCMID System, have all provided highly relevant knowledge and skills for contributing to the IACS Advisory Committee’s work.”Before coming ashore Mark Ford worked for over 25 years as a marine engineer on bulk carriers and diving support vessels, ultimately rising to the rank of chief engineer. He has worked as an engineer superintendent for a product tanker company which involved dry dockings, general repairs and the daily running of the fleet and also as a consultant marine engineer, specialising in FMEAs, exhaust gas emission studies, vessel lay-up studies and retro-fit specifications.last_img read more

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Don’t meddle with PH state affairs, US senators told

first_img Nograles explained that De Lima was given due process and the drug charges against her went through the “regular” court process as provided under Philippine laws. De Lima was accused of accepting drug money from prisoners when she was justice secretary from 2010 and 2015. She has repeatedly denied the allegations./PN Cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles said the US Senate resolution calling on President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on Philippine officials supposedly behind the detention of De Lima can be deemed as “meddling.” “Ang malungkot dito, sila ay naulila. Namatay ang kanilang ama. (P)umayag (na nga) sila – in the interest of transparency and in order to warn those that had been in contact with them – na ilahad sa publiko na sila ay (positive for the disease tapos) pinagbabato (pa) ang kanilang tahanan,” says Cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles. GMA NEWS It also asked Trump to impose Magnitsky sanctions on Philippine government officials behind her arrest and detention. The Global Magnitsky Act authorizes the US government to sanction those who it sees as human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from the US.center_img The US Senate on Thursday passed a resolution that called for De Lima’s immediate release, branding her as a “prisoner of conscience, detained solely on account of her political views and the legitimate exercise of her freedom of expression.” “We deem it to be pangingialam. Parang dinidiktahan tayo kung paano patakbuhin ang justice system natin,” Nograles told reporters in Malacañang on Friday. “Independent tayo eh. Sovereign state tayo so don’t meddle in our sovereignty,” he stressed. MANILA– A Palace official has urged the United States senators to stop interfering with the Philippines state affairs following numerous calls to let opposition Sen. Leila de Lima go out of detention.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs vs. Lady Wildcats Volleyball Results

first_imgIt was a rough night for the Lady Wildcats as fell to The Batesville Lady Bulldogs 25-17, 25-14, 25-17.The communication on the court was lacking. They have some things to figure out for sectional is fastly approaching. Kamryn McCool led with 8 kills. Kayley Schoettelkotte had a good night with 4 kills and 2 blocks. Kendall McCool had 2 ace serves as well as 8 digs. Autumn McDaniel led with 17 digs and Jenna Orschell added 5 digs. Kaitlyn Obert led with 3 ace serves.The ladies will be back in the gym to prepare for Lawrenceburg who will play here for the Lady Wildcats’ Senior Night. Come out and cheer on our six seniors as they play their final home match.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Tanya Wirtz.We fell to Batesville tonight in JV 25-12, 25-16.We just didn’t appear to be in sync tonight. If the pass was good, then the hit was off and vice versa. All in all, we are still able to play back and give them a run for their money. In the end, it just left us a little short. We host Lawrenceburg Thursday @5. As this will be our last Home game of the season.We are on the road all next week..Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and ending Saturday with our EIAC JV Invite at EC. Cone out and support your very own Lady Cats!!Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Jill Megenthal.The Freshman Wildcats fell to the Bulldogs in two sets at home 25-16, 25-18.We fought hard till the end having some great kills by Kloe Bolos and Elise Klei. We also had some great serves and digs from Abby Mitchum.The Freshman Lady Cats are on the road next Tuesday to East Central to finish out the season.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Logan Allen.Dog don’t stay in wildcat county long as all teams win in minimum sets.From freshman coach Erin Trenkamp: The freshman Lady Bulldogs defeated the Franklin Co tonight in 2 games. The setters both had a great game. Belle Wolters served 9pts with 3 being aces, Shalee Harrington also served a great game with 10pts with 3 being aces. Game one was a score of 25-18 game two was 25-18.From JV coach Shelly Prickel: The JV Lady Bulldog Volleyball team continued their winning ways defeating EIAC foe, Franklin County, in minimum sets. Scores were 25-16, 25-12. Kelsey Shupe was the top server with 13 points including 3 aces. Monica Gerstbauer earned 8 points including 2 aces in addition to collecting 13 assists as the team’s setter. Anna Bauer was strong at the net pounding 6 kills. Tori Kurtz notched 4 kills and a stuff block to spark the team. Maggie Walsman played well defensively with 4 digs and 6 good serve receptions. The team is now 15-2 as they head into the last couple weeks of the season. Come out and support this hardworking team!In the Varsity match the dogs excreted themselves slowly but calmly with a sense of self assurance. The sets were never to a point where I felt uncomfortable or the team. Serving was key in keeping their middles out of system. We definitely won the serve serve receive portion of the match with 11 aces on the night, Kylie Laker #7 accounted for 6. Offensively Morgan Meyer #3 had another key EIAC match hitting .350 with 11 kills.We have an extended break until next Monday, October 2nd when we will welcome Greensburg for a 5:00pm Freshman & JV Start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

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Batesville Chamber Director welcomes new staff member

first_imgBatesville, In. — On behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors, we are excited to announce that Alison Hountz has joined the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce as Office Coordinator. A brief bio about Alison is below:Being born and raised in Batesville, I’ve always been a champion of our little city. Currently, I reside outside of Batesville with my husband Scott and our dog Max. I have various interests and hobbies, some of which include: being outdoors, animals, traveling, cooking/baking, gardening, family ancestry, writing and art.I love people, so I couldn’t be more thrilled about working alongside Anna at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce! It’s my hope to be an integral part of promoting small, local area businesses in my beloved hometown. Looking forward to seeing many familiar, as well as, new faces in the coming months!Please join us in welcoming Ali to the Chamber! Ali can be reached by email: chamber@batesvillein.com, by calling (812) 934-3101 or stop in to see her at 2 W. Pearl Street.Sincerely,Anna M. IboldExecutive Directorlast_img read more

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Football News Aguero back on scoresheet as Manchester City defeat Chelsea 2-0 to lift Community Shield

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Manchester City defeated Chelsea by 2 goals to nil as Argentine hotshot Sergio Aguero spoiled new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s debut in the Community Shield on Sunday at the Wembley Stadium.Blues boss Sarri, who came in to replace the sacked Antonio Conte, suffered a crashing debut defeat as disappointing Chelsea were swept away by the Premier League champions.Pep Guardiola’s side scored an early goal through Aguero, who later completed his brace after the half-time break.ALSO READ: Virat Kohli becomes number one Test batsman in the worldHowever, the last side to win the Community Shield and then go on to win the Premier League title were Manchester United in 2010-11.City’s winger Leroy Sane was substituted at half-time due to an injury, and Guardiola would be having nightmares ahead of their Premier League opener against Arsenal on August 12.But, City dominated the game and got back in tune in an impressive way.Manchester City are touted as the favourites to defend the title and are among the Champions league contenders following their 100-point title-winning season.ALSO READ: Young batsman Oliver Pope called up for Lord’s TestMeanwhile, Chelsea are starting to build again after chain-smoking former banker Sarri was hired from Napoli.Sarri and Guardiola are close buddies and were spotted dining together on the eve of the Community Shield.In the Community Shield, Aguero scored his 200th and 201st City goal, making him the first Argentine striker to hit the milestone.The Community Shield is the official curtain raiser to the new season. last_img read more

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Syracuse defense stifles Lindenwood, helps Orange snare opening game of series

first_img Published on March 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman The Syracuse counterattack excelled in it’s opening playoff round on Friday night.SU (19-13-3, 9-8-3 College Hockey America) stifled Lindenwood (5-25-3, 5-13-2) with four consecutive goals before the Lions got on the board, and the Orange took the game 4-1 and is up 1-0 in the best-of-three series.Lidenwood was held to single-digit shot totals every period and was forced to take multiple shots from tough angles thanks to the defensive presence of Syracuse for the entire 60 minutes. The defense stood its ground for nearly eight minutes of penalty kill, yielding only one shot. “We try to bottle things up and not let anything get started,” head coach Paul Flanagan said, “And tonight we did a good job of forcing their shots from the outside.”The Lions are a familiar opponent for the Orange. The teams met four times during the regular season, and SU won three of the four matches while not allowing more than two goals in any of the games. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Lindenwood and SU played just two weeks ago, Syracuse handicapped the Lions offense similarly to how it did on Friday. Lindenwood only mustered 32 shots in both games combined, and their offensive struggles carried over into the power play as well. SU has shut out Lindenwood in the past 22 consecutive power play minutes.“We made some adjustments focusing on their power play,” junior defender Kallie Goodnough said, “and tonight we came back and defended their power play pretty well.”Flanagan thinks the recent successes against the Lions definitely played to his team’s advantage, creating some momentum and confidence before the puck was dropped. Syracuse players were confident in their defensive ability based off previous matchups. “We didn’t give them really any scoring chances or opportunities,” senior goalie Jenesica Drinkwater said, “We worked really hard in the back to not let any shots get through, too.”Drinkwater was on top of her game in the opening game of her last playoff run with the Orange. Drinkwater’s versatility was on display nearly the entire night as she maintained a shutout for more than 56 minutes before letting the puck slip by with 3:33 left on the clock. Drinkwater said she controlled her rebounds well for all 60 minutes to eliminate any second-chance opportunities for Lindenwood. She is also the backbone to a defensive core of seven that Flanagan credited with taming the Lions’ offense. Flanagan praised the defensive efforts collectively from seniors Drinkwater, Brittney Krebs, Caitlin Roach and Goodnough. Sophomores Nicole Renault and Danielle Leslie, and freshman Larissa Martyniuk were also included on his list.“It was just a real solid job by the seven of them,” Flanagan said. “They really excelled in clearing the puck to eliminate second and third chances.”Syracuse players hope that collective effort builds momentum as it looks to put Lindenwood away on Saturday to eliminate the Lions from the CHA playoff tournament and advance to the semifinals in Erie, Pa. “This is huge for us, they’re back on their heels now,” Drinkwater said. “They’re down a game and have to come back and fight us. “I think we have the momentum now and we’ll carry it through to tomorrow.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse to open 2017-18 season at home against Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCornell finished the 2016-17 season 8-21 and 4-10 in the Ivy League under first-year head coach Brian Earl, the 1999 Ivy League Player of the Year at Princeton and former longtime assistant with the Tigers.Last season, his Big Red got trounced to the Orange, 80-56, on Dec. 27. (SU leads the all-time series 91-31.) Syracuse, which finished the year 18-13 and 10-8 in conference, lost in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament to Mississippi.This past week, it was also announced the Orange will host Maryland in late November, as part of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge, and Buffalo. Here is the full slate below.Saturday, Nov. 10: CornellFriday, Nov. 17: Texas SouthernSaturday, Nov. 18: Texas SouthernMonday, Nov. 20: OaklandWednesday, Nov. 22: ToledoSaturday, Dec. 2: Kansas (at American Airlines Arena, in Miami)Tuesday, Dec. 5: Connecticut (at Madison Square Garden)Conference:Home/Road: Boston College, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, VirginiaHome: Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Notre DameRoad: Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Duke, Louisville Comments Published on June 11, 2017 at 9:35 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img Syracuse will host Cornell to open the 2017-18 season on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Carrier Dome, according to a tweet by CBS insider Jon Rothstein. SU Athletics later announced the matchup.It sets up a meeting between SU head coach Jim Boeheim and his oldest son, Cornell incoming freshman Jimmy Boeheim. Jimmy announced March 1 that he committed to the Big Red, after he averaged 23.3 points per game as a senior at Jamesville-DeWitt (New York) High School. He recently completed a prep year at New Hampton (New Hampshire) School.last_img read more

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