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Kushner urges Saudi to normalize ties with Israel

first_imgSaudi Arabia, the Arab world’s biggest economy, has been silent on Trump’s surprise announcement last Thursday that the UAE, a close US and Saudi ally, and Israel had decided to normalize relations.In return, Israel agreed to suspend the annexation of occupied West Bank territories, although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the plan was not off the table in the long run.Saudi King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had repeatedly expressed their desire for an independent Palestinian state with economic opportunities, Kushner said.”What they basically said is that they … want to see the Palestinian people have a state and economic opportunities,” said Kushner, the architect of Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which was wholly rejected by the Palestinians. US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner said Monday it would be in Saudi Arabia’s interest to normalize ties with Israel as the United Arab Emirates has agreed to do.It would also weaken their common foe Iran’s influence in the region and ultimately help the Palestinians, Kushner told reporters during a telephone briefing.”It would be very good for Saudi business, it would very good for Saudi’s defense, and, quite frankly, I think it would also help the Palestinian people,” Kushner said. The landmark UAE-Israel deal is only the third such accord the Jewish state has struck with an Arab country, and raises the prospect of similar deals with other pro-Western Gulf states.Trump said leaders from the two countries would sign the agreement at the White House in the coming weeks. Common enemy Iran Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) Bahrain and Oman have welcomed the deal, while Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have yet to comment. Home to Islam’s holiest sites, Saudi Arabia would face sensitive political calculations before a formal recognition of the Jewish state.”It is in the interest of a lot of these countries from a security point of view and from an economic point of view to have relations with Israel,” Kushner said. “A lot of GCC countries want to have breakthroughs.”The more that countries come together like Israel and the UAE… the harder it will be for Iran to divide and conquer.”Saudi Arabia and Israel have a common enemy in Iran, which most Gulf countries have accused of supporting militant groups in the region. “If you think about the people who don’t want Saudi Arabia and Israel to make a peace agreement, the number one opponent for that is going to be Iran,” said Kushner.”That shows that is probably the right thing to do.”Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the UAE’s decision to normalize ties with the Jewish state was a “big mistake” and warned “against opening the path of Israel to the region”.On Monday, Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of US Naval Forces in the Middle East, said he did not believe the recent UAE-Israel deal “heightens tension”. “I think it is a tense region where partners need to operate closely together,” Malloy said in a telephone briefing.  Topics :last_img read more

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Cruise Ships Push Fincantieri’s Revenues Up

first_imgItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered a higher revenue in the first quarter of 2018, mainly driven by the increase in the volumes of the cruise ships business.The shipbuilder’s revenue for the period ended March 31, 2018 by 11% to EUR 1.22 billion from EUR 1.1 billion reported in the same quarter a year earlier, in line with the Business Plan 2018-2022 targets.EBITDA as of March 31, 2018 stood at EUR 89 million, up 33% year-on-year, with EBITDA margin of 7.3%, improved from the 6% of the first three months of 2017.Total backlog was at over EUR 27.7 billion, covering approximately 5.5 years of work if compared to 2017 revenues. Backlog as of March 31, 2018 was EUR 21.8 billion, against EUR 20.8 billion at March 31, 2017, with 104 ships in the order book.“The first quarter 2018 results are a confirmation of the strategic lines of development set forth in the business plan we presented at the end of March, and are in line with the growth trends registered in the past two years. With production volumes and margins yet again growing, our company continues to prove its ability to create value in an extremely complex sector,” Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer, said.“Bolstered by this important first step, we will continue along the growth path that will see us taking center stage in the world shipbuilding industry in the coming years,” Bono added.Shipbuilding margins confirm the positive trend, reporting further improvements due to the construction of more profitable cruise ships and to the positive contribution of the advancement of the activities related to Italian Navy’s fleet renewal program.Offshore revenues recorded an increase of around 17% compared with the first three months of 2017, despite the negative impact of changes in the Norwegian Krone/Euro exchange rate. This performance is largely due to the continuation of diversification strategy operated by VARD, which has generated an increase of production volumes, especially in Romanian shipyards.In a context of gradual recovery of revenues growth, the segment’s profitability reflects the continuing process of adjustment of the production structure to the challenges of the portfolio diversification efforts.Full year 2018 results are expected to be consistent with the 2018-2022 Business Plan targets. For 2018, the group confirms a growth in revenues of 3/6% and an EBITDA margin around 7.5%, mainly related to higher profitability in the shipbuilding segment.last_img read more

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MHI Vestas Opening US Headquarters

first_imgMHI Vestas Offshore Wind is opening an office in Boston, Massachusetts, which will act as the company’s U.S. headquarters.The news follows MHI Vestas’ recent contract as the preferred wind turbine supplier for the 800MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind project.The U.S. headquarters, which will officially open in the coming weeks, will initially focus on sales and strategy as the company develops a local footprint for projects in the region.“We believe that the US offshore wind industry is starting a prosperous journey, and we are committed to working with our partners to contribute with our latest technology and experience to the transformation of the energy sector. Our office in Boston is our first step before establishing an actual supply chain,” said MHI Vestas Co-CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard.The new office will be led by Jason Folsom, the company’s U.S. National Sales Director.Once the turbine supply order for Vineyard Wind is confirmed, MHI Vestas said it will ramp up the process of local hiring and supply chain investment to support the project as it nears the construction phase.According to MHI Vestas, the office demonstrates a long-term commitment to Massachusetts, advancing the state’s lead in the U.S. offshore sector.“Vineyard Wind is very proud that our competitive bid for cost-effective offshore wind generation is bringing the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines to Massachusetts and we applaud the decision of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to establish its North American headquarters here in the Commonwealth,” said Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind.“By delivering new jobs, innovation and locally produced carbon-free energy, Vineyard Wind and MHI Vestas are setting the stage for a new industry in the Bay State.”Vineyard Wind will feature MHI Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines located 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.The project, being developed jointly by Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, will enter construction this year.last_img read more

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The Listener – Exposed: the truly dangerous agenda of Family First

first_imgNZ Listener 29 Aug 2012There’s been a bit of fuss this morning about Family First losing one of its domain names to a pro-marriage-equality campaigner.But that’s small cheese compared to the dangerous, subversive images I’ve stumbled upon at the home page of the Family First site proper.Principally, this, in which the group appears to be promoting cannibalism, and patricide, in one go:And I’m not persuaded that what’s going on with the dog here is entirely consensual:http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/the-internaut/exposed-the-truly-dangerous-agenda-of-family-first/last_img read more

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Dead body discovered in Newtown

first_img Share Share LocalNews Dead body discovered in Newtown by: – April 17, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Body being taken from the scene by Lyndhurst Funeral home with assistance from Police OfficersThe Police Department was alerted this morning of a dead body lying at the Newtown bus stop opposite the Newtown savannah.On arrival at the scene, Dominica Vibes News found the area marked off with several police officers conducting their investigations.Lyndhurst funeral home was also at the scene and transported the body to the Princess Margaret Hospital.We were informed by onlookers that it is the body of a gentleman in his late 50’s popularly known as “wassinpac”, who normally sleeps on the bench in the Newtown bus stop where he was found.Inspector Claude Weekes informed Dominica Vibes News that the Police and other authorities are investigating the matter.We will have an update on this matter as more information becomes available.Dominica Vibes News 290 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Twisters Win 3-Way Cross Country Meet

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Cross Country Teams participated in a 3-Way Meet against The Franklin County Wildcats and The Seton Catholic Lady Cardinals.The Twisters Boys and Girls Teams placed 1st.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Merle Hines.last_img

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McClean: Treat Gib like Germany

first_img “The game will be difficult enough for us, and that’s the time that we want to be preparing properly for. “The German game, obviously, causes its own concerns – that comes afterwards. It’s a tough game for us, obviously, and one that I really cannot really concern myself about until we have played Gibraltar.” O’Neill reported no injury concerns after working with his players, including newly-arrived Hull full-back Brian Lenihan, at a rain-soaked Gannon Park on Wednesday morning. He did so with excerpts from assistant Roy Keane’s updated autobiography still causing a stir outside, if not inside, the camp. O’Neill said with a smile: “I have things to do this week, like Gibraltar. I am not concerned about anybody’s book at this moment, particularly my assistant manager.” McClean, a boyhood Manchester United fan who is relishing the opportunity to work under the Old Trafford old boy, too insisted the furore surrounding his book was proving no distraction. He said: “I don’t see why. Roy writes a book – it’s not going to affect what we do on the pitch. That’s his business. We are here to focus on two games and get the best two results possible.” The Wigan midfielder was sporting a beard as he spoke to reporters, but insisted he was not engaged in a competition with Keane, whose facial hair has become a talking point in recent weeks. He said: “Roy’s beard – that’s some beard. I don’t think I can grow that one, I haven’t got the thickness.” James McClean has warned his Republic of Ireland team-mates not to allow themselves to be written into football folklore for the wrong reasons. However, McClean is refusing to be taken in by the Poles’ landslide victory with Martin O’Neill’s men looking to provide themselves with a platform for what is certain to be a far more taxing trip to Germany next Tuesday. He said: “Obviously, Gibraltar are new to world football and then there’s the Poland result in the last game. “But for us, we have got to treat it like the Germany game. I know that’s the old cliche, but there have been a lot of upsets in football over the years and we have got to make sure we are not one come Saturday. “If we can get an early goal, great, it takes the pressure off. But if it takes until the 80th minute… We have just got to make sure we get three points. At the end of the day, that’s the most important thing.” O’Neill is equally keen to keep feet firmly on the ground ahead of a game which he insists could prove more difficult in reality than it looks on paper. He had his players watch sections of the Gibraltar v Poland match on Tuesday and will draw up his plan armed with an impromptu briefing from the Polish camp after bumping into them at a FIFA conference in Russia. O’Neill said: “I was speaking to the Polish representatives, who were right beside us, and they were saying how difficult the game against Gibraltar was, breaking them down, scoring the goal in the first half – they were obviously relieved about that. “I watched the game and I see the problems that they had, particularly in the first half. I think Gibraltar probably conceded about four goals in the last 10 or 12, 14 minutes of the game. The Republic resume their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Gibraltar on Saturday looking to pile on the misery following the newcomers’ opening day 7-0 home defeat to Poland last month. That proved the rudest of awakenings for the Group D minnows as they were left in little doubt, if they needed it, of what lies ahead as they prepare for showdowns with Ireland, Georgia, Scotland and World champions Germany. Press Associationlast_img read more

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7-year-old and his father killed in shooting; Suspect on the run

first_imgAuthorities in Miami are currently searching for the suspect or suspects who opened fire on a pickup truck, killing a 7-year-old and his father.The incident occurred Sunday around 7:00 pm in the area of Northwest 207th Street and 37th Avenue.Officials say the victim was traveling north on Northwest 37th Avenue in a pickup truck when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up next to them and began shooting.When authorities arrived at the scene, they found 31-year-old Lavel Mucherson and 7-year-old Hezekiah Mucherson dead inside the vehicle. Authorities also reported that they found two guns in the victim’s vehicle but it is unclear if the victims fired back.Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt told reporters that it appears that at least one of the deceased was targeted, however, it is unclear which one.If you have any information on this shooting, you are asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.last_img read more

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Cricket News Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant and a day of records at the Sydney Cricket Ground

first_imgNew Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara has been one of the pillars for India’s success in the ongoing four-Test series against Australia. His centuries in Adelaide and Melbourne were historic and it ensured India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. In Sydney, Pujara continued the great run as he blasted his third ton of the series, joining an elite club and although he missed a double century, Pujara had done more than enough to ensure that India would break their hoodoo and potentially secure a Test series win in Australia. However, the exploits of Rishabh Pant showed that the youngster is here to stay as the keeper of the Indian Test side. His attacking century helped India reach a score which would make it very hard for Australia to achieve a win. Both batsmen broke records during their knocks. Here is a list1258 – Number of balls faced by Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series against Australia. This has broken a 15-year record for most balls faced by an Indian batsman in Tests Down Under. The previous record was 1203 balls by Rahul Dravid in the 2003/04 series which India drew 1-1.Read More | Rishabh Pant, ace sledger, blasts second ton in Sydney Test2 – Number of centuries for Rishabh Pant in his Test career. Both have come overseas, making him the first Indian keeper to achieve this feat.22 – Rishabh Pant entered an elite list when he hit two more centuries overseas as wicketkeepers. Adam Gilchrist of Australia leads the list with a staggering 10.Read More | India vs Australia, highlights: Pujara, Pant tons flatten hosts1 – Rishabh Pant is the only Indian wicketkeeper to hit a century in Australia and England. He is also the only Asian keeper to hit a ton Down Under.159* – Rishabh Pant’s amount of runs which is not only his highest individual score, but it is the joint-most by an Asian keeper outside the sub-continent, level with Mushfiqur Rahim who achieved this feat against New Zealand in Wellington in 2017.Read More | Pant shatters batting records in century at Sydney vs Australia204 – The partnership between Jadeja and Pant for the seventh wicket, which is the best for India in a Test against Australia, beating the mark of 199 set by Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha in the Ranchi Test in 2017. It is also the best seventh-wicket stand at the Sydney Cricket Ground.622/7 – India’s second-highest Test score in Australia. Their highest is 705/7 declared, which also came at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2004.3 – Number of consecutive innings which India has declared on this tour, achieving this feat for the first time. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Sir Clive Lloyd, Kanhai and Greenidge among those paying tribute to  Sir Everton Weekes

first_imgALL around the cricket world tributes have been pouring in to honour and respect the great Sir Everton Weekes, who passed away on Wednesday at his home on Barbados.The oldest surviving West Indies cricketer and third oldest surviving men’s Test player, Sir Everton was 95, bringing to an end one of the finest ever chapters in West Indies and world cricket.One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sir Everton was widely revered and remained a seminal figure in the cricket fraternity up until the time of his passing.In Manchester, the West Indies team paid tribute to the great man by wearing black armbands on the final day of their four-day inter-squad warm-up match at Emirates Old Trafford. Head Coach, Phil Simmons and Team Manager, Rawl Lewis offered words of condolences on behalf of the squad.Test great Sir Gordon Greenidge on Wednesday hailed Sir Everton as a “favourite of all West Indians”. This was followed by other heartfelt tributes from Sir Clive Lloyd and Rohan Kanhai – two former Test captains – from their homes in the United Kingdom.Sir Gordon Greenidge said:“He was a genuine man. He had a great sense of humor and was a very jovial person. Sir Everton was a favourite of all West Indians. We will all miss him. He had a remarkable cricketing career with some superb performances on the field and was someone we all admired and had great respect for.”“He always offered great advice on batting. He always told you ‘if you don’t hit the ball in the air you won’t get caught’. Our conversations were always very pleasant. May he rest in peace.”Sir Clive Lloyd, one of the greatest leaders in cricket history also remembered Sir Everton as a stalwart and pioneer, one who paved the way for many others to follow.“He was a great Barbadian and a great West Indian. Someone who was proud the fly the West Indies flag wherever he went. He was a pioneer and paved the way for persons like myself to come along. We kept in close contact and was someone I had the greatest respect for. He was one of those great men in West Indies cricket who taught us how to play cricket.Sir Clive continued:The Three Ws showed fortitude and were very professional. They showed the world we could play the game. They were winners and were respected all over the world. People always speak with reverence about Sir Everton in India, in the Leagues in England and wherever he went,”Born just outside the storied Kensington Oval on February 26, 1925, Sir Everton became a member of the famous Empire Cricket Club where he played alongside another legendary former West Indies captain Sir Frank Worrell.The pair later united with Sir Clyde Walcott in the Barbados and West Indies teams and formed the now famous Three Ws batting combination. Sir Frank died in 1967 at age 42 while Sir Clyde died in 2006 at age 80.Sir Everton made his Test debut in the opening Test against England at Bridgetown in 1948 alongside Sir Clyde in a side captained by the peerless George Headley, and stroked his maiden Test hundred in the fourth Test at Kingston.Rohan Kanhai said:“He was my favourite cricketer, I loved to see him bat. He was class, he was a joy to see. When I joined the team in ’58 he was still playing. I learned so much from him. He was a teacher, he would someone who would talk to you about batting, but he would also go out there on the pitch and show how to get it done. As a batsman he was of the highest class, to average at 58 at the highest level shows how much of a brilliant batsman he was. It was also an honour to play alongside the other illustrious gentlemen – Sir Frank and Sir Clyde. I came along at a time and I grew to understand what they did for West Indies cricket and how I had to carry on for the people.”In his illustrious career, Sir Everton scored 4455 runs at an average of 58.61 in 48 Tests and is the only man to make centuries in five consecutive Test innings. His first-class career yielded 12010 runs and 36 centuries from 152 matches, at an average of 55.24 runs per innings. The innings set in train history as Sir Everton promptly reeled off hundreds in his next four innings on the tour of India, including triple figures in each innings at Calcutta (now Kolkata), to establish an unbroken world record.Following his retirement, Sir Everton served as an International Cricket Council(ICC) match referee, Barbados and West Indies team manager and a coach with the local government, and also worked as an analyst on local radio and television for the Shell Shield first-class tournament and international matches at Kensington Oval. (Cricket West Indies)last_img read more

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