UAE and Israel: five areas of shared interest

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates and Israel are gearing up to open their doors for business after the surprise announcement they will normalize relations.Here are five key areas expected to bring the economies of the two countries closer: Another collaboration on coronavirus research between firms from the two countries was signed on Sunday, days after the deal was announced.”It seems as if the immediate priority will be cooperation on research and development to combat COVID-19,” said Kristian Ulrichsen, from Rice University’s Baker Institute in the United States.”This could be a popular way of normalizing people, both in Israel and the UAE, to the idea that coordination on such an urgent issue is in the greater good of both countries.” Tech and startups Israel’s high-tech sector — an industry that has earned it the nickname “start-up nation” — makes up more than 40 percent of the country’s exports, according to the economy ministry.The UAE, especially the glitzy emirate of Dubai, attracts such companies because of its accommodating environment, with government support and investment.More than a third of start-ups in the Middle East and North Africa are reported to be based in the UAE, which seeks to be a powerhouse in the technology sector. Research Even before the deal was announced last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country was collaborating with the UAE on ways to combat the coronavirus pandemic.Research in various fields — including medicine, disease and fertilizers — is important for both countries.Last month, before the agreement, two Israeli companies signed a deal with an Emirati firm to collaborate on the development of a non-invasive coronavirus screening test. DesalinationIsrael has world-leading desalination firms, including IDE Technologies, which has 400 plants in 40 countries.The arid UAE is dependent on desalinated water.The amount of desalinated water used in the Gulf country is about 3,688 million cubic meters a year, but is expected to increase to 5,806 million cubic meters in 2025.center_img Smart farming In 2016, Israel exported $9.1 billion (7.6 billion euros) worth of agriculture technology products, according to the agriculture ministry.The UAE, with a population of over nine million people from all over the world, has seen its food needs grow and diversify.But with little arable land and extreme temperatures, it wants to overcome its dependence on food imports.”There are opportunities in medical and agricultural technologies, and scope for coordination in startups and innovation policy,” said Ulrichsen.Collaboration in agriculture could “later make it easier to expand the scope of cooperation into more overtly political and diplomatic arenas”, he added. Security and surveillanceIsrael is home to several leading surveillance companies, including spyware firm NSO Group, which developed the sophisticated eavesdropping Pegasus tool.British watchdog Privacy International reports that, as of 2016, there were some 27 surveillance firms headquartered in Israel.The UAE is also base for security, surveillance and data analysis companies.It has set up a formidable network of cameras as part of its “Falcon Eye” security monitoring system. Topics :last_img read more

Luxury builds to surge across SEQ amid a rise in affordable upgrades

first_imgMetricon’s Meridian home on display in Queensland. Picture: SuppliedLUXURY builds are expected to surge across South East Queensland amid a rise in affordability of high-end upgrades. Record numbers of Queenslanders have flocked to display homes across the South East amid a major shift towards “affordable luxury” homes, with one of the country’s largest builders, Metricon, averaging 995 groups a week across all its Queensland display homes last year.That figure was a 15 per cent jump on 2015’s average, but it was shattered again in January this year, when Metricon’s Queensland display homes were tracking an average 1,174 groups a week.According to Metricon Queensland general manager Peter Ryan, the first quarter 2017 was expected to pull strong figures for the firm amid a major shift towards “affordable luxury” homes across the market.He said the firm’s strong finish to the last quarter of the year – with record sales in two of the three months – continued into 2017 with strong sales, record enquiry and traffic through displays.The trend towards “affordable luxury” homes was not occurring only in areas where the firm had house and land packages but across a wide band from Hervey Bay in the north right down to Grafton in northern New South Wales and a solid number pushing inland from Brisbane to Toowoomba. “It’s led out of that upgrader market,” Mr Ryan said. “Queensland it’s that Rochedale type corridor, the inner north – Capestone to Burpengary East, northwest like Upper Kedron, but it’s coming from all over, there are no weak areas.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoHe said the Sunshine Coast would continue to see growth, especially given there was “lots of land available”, but the southern half of the Gold Coast was “very challenged”.”Those that want the southern end of the coast need to hunt around,” he said.Metricon expected to have 60 display homes on the ground within a year, up from the early 40s now.He said luxury features were driving big changes across the suburbs.“They are looking for butler’s pantries, large walk in robes, entertaining spaces, outdoor spaces. At our displays we put a lot of work into those outdoor spaces to show how a family can live and work in those homes. They are asking us for these design extras.”He said many downsizers were also after town homes in areas like the Sunshine Coast as well as the Gold Coast, pushing out into Logan and Ipswich. “All councils have taken them on board. It’s a great way to get a mix and diversity of buyer profile too.”The rise in enquiry levels had seen the company move towards virtual reality home touring in recent times, giving potential home buyers a free pair of take-home VR goggles that they could use with their smartphone to virtually tour over 90 home designs – something the firm said was “a game changer to how Australians can select their biggest buy of all”.last_img read more

Tottenham dumped out of Champions League by RB Leipzig

first_imgTottenham endured a miserable exit from the Champions League after falling to a 3-0 defeat (4-0 on aggregate) at the hands of RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena. Spurs made an encouraging start, showing their aggressive side with early hounding and pressing of Leipzig as they passed out from the back. Loading… But once the Bundesliga outfit settled, Tottenham’s defensive frailties were exposed and it only took 10 minutes for them to find the opener. Timo Werner, who scored from the penalty spot in the first leg, saw his effort charged down by Eric Dier. But the German reacted quickly to claim the loose ball and set up Sabitzer, who struck low and hard from 20 yards towards goal. Hugo Lloris got a hand to it but, in retrospect, should have done better to keep it out. With the whole stadium bouncing and in full voice, Leipzig took confidence from the goal and nearly made it two, only for Werner to see the offside flag go up when tapping home from Angelino’s cross. But Spurs didn’t take heed of that warning and found themselves with a mountain to climb when Sabitzer met Angelino’s cross with a fierce header. Lloris reacted too slowly at his near post, pushed it onto the woodwork and it trickled over the line. Tottenham needed three goals, just like when produced a memorable comeback against Ajax in the semi-final last season. Giovani Lo Celso tried his utmost to get one back, bending one to the far post only for Peter Gulacsi to parry out. The small section of Spurs fans who made the trip to Leipzig would have been praying for a repeat of that famous night in Amsterdam. But with Spurs lacking energy and ideas, it never seemed likely. The Germans suffered a potentially serious blow after Nordi Mukiele was stretchered off with a facial injury after being struck by the ball. Spurs would get another shot on goal with 20 minutes left after some good work from Lucas Moura to find Alli, but his effort was tame and easy for Gulacsi to handle. That was the closest the north London side came to getting a goal back but there was still time for more at the other end as substitute Emil Forsberg scored 32 seconds after coming on to compound a miserable evening for Mourinho’s men. read also:Mourinho confident of Tottenham success after Bergwijn blow It’s the first time in his 20-year coaching career that his side have failed to win for six consecutive games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Mysterious Things You Do Not Know About ChinaCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple MistakeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more

Court orders arrest of convicted Drilon critic for imprisonment

first_imgDrilon hauled Mejorada to court in2014 for four social media and blog posts accusing the legislator ofirregularities in three construction projects: The warrant of arrest was issued byPresiding Judge Rowena Nieves A. Tan. It was dated Dec. 10, 2019 yet andreferred to the Iloilo City Police Office, National Bureau of Investigation andthe Philippine National Police for service. Drilonwelcomed the decision of the Supreme Court. * Iloilo Convention Center inMandurriao, Iloilo City Ina resolution dated June 10, 2019 the Supreme Court’s Second Division affirmed aSept. 18, 2018 decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) upholding the RTC’s convictionof Mejorada for four counts of libel. TheCA affirmed with modification the RTC decision, and sentenced Mejorada in eachof the cases to suffer imprisonment of two years and four months and one day,as minimum, to four years and two months, as maximum, to be servedsimultaneously. It noted that Mejorada “neverpresented any proof of his claims.” It was released some six months afterthe Supreme Courtaffirmed with finality Mejorada’s conviction. * circumferential road in Pavia,Iloilo TheHigh Court also agreed with the CA in affirming the penalty of imprisonmentrather than a fine. As this was being written, the citypolice was yet to serve the warrant of arrest to Mejorada whose address, basedon the document, was at No. 2 Kasoy Street, Block. 11, Villa San LorenzoSubdivision, Barangay Loboc, La Paz, Iloilo City. RTC Branch 188 convicted Mejorada in2017. The case was elevated to the CA then to the Supreme Court.center_img At the CA, the appellate court upheldthe RTC’s finding that the subject articles were defamatory. The Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 118 in Pasay City has ordered the arrest of blogger and former Iloilo provincial administrator Manuel “Boy” Mejorada whom it convicted for libel over social media posts that targeted Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “They provided no details of the actssupposedly committed by Senator Drilon but repeatedly accused him instead ofmanipulating the procurement process of the several projects,” the CA rulingsaid. “They were, truth be told, plain and simple baseless accusations.” Elevatedto the Supreme Court, the high court’s resolution on the case stated: “After ajudicious study, the Court resolves to deny the instant petition and affirm theSept. 18, 2018 decision and the March 7, 2019 resolution of the Court ofAppeals.” “TheCourt did not remove the discretion of the trial courts to impose imprisonmentif, under the circumstances, a fine was insufficient to meet the demands ofsubstantial justice or would depreciate the seriousness of the offense,” thecourt said./PN “Ascorrectly ruled by the CA, the elements of libel were sufficiently establishedby the prosecution,” it added. * Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal ILOILO City – The Regional Trial Court(RTC), Branch 118 in Pasay City has ordered the arrest of blogger and formerIloilo provincial administrator Manuel “Boy” Mejorada whom it convicted forlibel oversocial media posts that targeted Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon. TheHigh Court further said “it was not necessary to establish that the publicationwas motivated by any malice since the articles were not privilegedcommunication or fair comments; thus, malice is presumed.” “Ihave nothing else to leave behind except my reputation, so I am grateful forthis favorable decision,” Drilon said.last_img read more

Ralston named new principal at South Ripley

first_imgSouth Ripley School Board President Tim Taylor congratulates the Ralston family at the June 18, 2018 school board meeting. Pictured L to R: Tim Taylor, Joe Ralston, Jean Ralston, Ava Ralston, and Cory Ralston.Versailles, In. — South Ripley Community School Corporation is pleased to announce that Joe Ralston has been named the new Principal of South Ripley High School beginning July 1, 2018.  Ralston replaces Rod Hite who resigned effective at the end of the current school year to become the new superintendent at Switzerland County schools.  Ralston has been serving as the Guidance Counselor at South Ripley High School for the past four years.Prior to returning to South Ripley as Guidance Counselor, Ralston spent seven years as the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal at Southwestern Shelby Jr./Sr. High School, and also served as Guidance Counselor for one year.  Before taking the job at Southwestern Shelby, he spent five years as a social studies teacher at North Decatur High School where he also was a member of the baseball coaching staff and served as a class sponsor and on multiple committees.Ralston started his teaching career teaching social studies at Indianapolis Christian High School in 1994 and stayed there for six years.  He then transitioned to Avon High School in the 2000-2001 school year before taking a job as a social studies teacher at South Ripley High School in the 2001-1002 school year.  He moved on to North Decatur in 2002 to be closer to his mother who was in ill health at the time.Ralston received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in 1994 and earned a Master’s Degree in Supervision and Administration from Ball State University in 2006.  He also holds certification as an Indiana School Safety Specialist.Joe and his wife, Jean, live in Batesville with their three children Tyler (19), Cory (17) and Ava (15).Rob Moorhead, South Ripley Community School Corporation Superintendent commented, “We are very pleased that Joe was interested in moving into the role of principal at SRHS.  He has done a tremendous job in the guidance office and brings a wealth of administrative experience into his new role.  We look forward to Joe’s leadership at the high school as we travel the path of continuous improvement.  I believe that great things are in store for SRHS.”last_img read more

Friday at the 2018 Ripley County 4-H Fair

first_imgOsgood, In. —United Community Bank is the Free Parking sponsor at the 2018 Ripley County 4-H Fair. Here’s a list of events for today:4-H Summer Judging Contest 8:30 a.m. in Building 54-H Supreme Showmanship Contest 1 p.m. Building 54-H Livestock Auction 3 p.m. in Building 54-H Horse & Pony Award Night and Pitch-in Dinner 6:30 p.m. in Building 74-H & Open Class exhibits open from 5 to 9 p.m.Midway opens at 6 p.m.Truck Drags in the grandstand presented by the Osgood Fire DepartmentAlso today, the Homemaker’s Open Class exhibits, Farm Bureau Pet & Hobby & Flowers and animals will be released.last_img

Aina’s Torino among seven clubs against Serie A return

first_img Loading… Parma, SPAL, Brescia and Udinese are the other clubs that are against the idea of the 2019-20 campaign being fulfilled, reports Adnkronos. According to reports coming out of Italy, the seven sides are unwilling to play on due to ‘the presence of an incalculable risk’ in COVID-19. Fiorentina were also mentioned by Adnkronos, but they have since denied taking such a stance. However, Lega Serie A put out a statement shortly after, maintaining it plans to see out the season.Advertisement Ola Aina’s Serie A club Torino alongside six other clubs that include Sampdoria and Bologna have declared their opposition to the Serie A season resuming. “The Lega Serie A Council, meeting today, unanimously confirmed its intention to complete the 2019-2020 season, if the government allows it to be carried out, in full compliance with the rules for the protection of health and safety,” it read. Gravina said September and October could be used to complete Serie A. Read Also: UEFA president Ceferin: leagues ready to play behind closed doors “The resumption of sporting activity, as part of the so-called Phase Two, will take place in accordance with regulations laid out by FIFA and UEFA, the decisions of the FIGC and in compliance with the medical protocols for the protection of footballers and all working professionals.” Serie A will hold an assembly meeting on Tuesday, where resumption of 19-20 will come up for debate. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Best Cars Of All Time8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarianlast_img read more

Chelsea complete Werner’s transfer with £170k-a-week deal

first_img The 24-year-old, who has 11 goals in 29 caps for Germany, has penned a £9million-a-year contract with the Blues, worth £170k-a-week. Werner said: “I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. “I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. “I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. “Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.” Frank Lampard visited Werner before the coronavirus outbreak to hold talks with the attacker over the transfer. And he has continued that pursuit throughout lockdown with a number of phone conversations. His efforts have convinced the ex-Stuttgart forward that his future lies in West London. He will leave Leipzig after a hugely-successful four-year stint in which he fired 93 goals in 157 appearances. Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia said: “We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. “He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven. “We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.” Werner is currently enjoying the hottest spell of his career in front of goal, grabbing 32 goals plus 13 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions after scoring against Fortuna Dusseldorf last night. He is determined to say goodbye to the club by firing them to Champions League qualification. They only need two points from their final clashes with Dortmund and Augsburg to secure their spot for next season. But he will not play any part in Leipzig’s quest for Champions League glory this term. Werner has decided not to stick around and feature in the quarter-final in August and will instead concentrate fully on his new job in London. But his new side Chelsea face an uphill task after losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge. The Champions League is set to be concluded with a mini-tournament in Portugal in August. Portugal’s capital Lisbon – which hosted the 2014 final between city rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid – is the likely host after being backed by the Portuguese FA. The city has both the Estadio Da Luz – home of Benfica – and the Estadio Jose Alvalade, where rivals Sporting Lisbon play. read also:Traore’s update suggests Liverpool didn’t make Werner mistake Meanwhile, Werner could be joined at Stamford Bridge by compatriot Kai Havertz, but negotiations for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder have reportedly stalled over the price. Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno welcomed the news of his international team-mate’s arrival to London but warned Gunners fans his “killer instinct” could make the Blues title contenders. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea have confirmed Timo Werner will join them from RB Leipzig this summer with the star set to become the club’s top earner.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Coronavirus: Italian FA calls for Euro 2020 postponement

first_imgRelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge The Italian Football Federation has called for the postponement of Euro 2020 to give time to complete the Serie A season, which has been suspended because of coronavirus. Federation president Gabriele Gravina says the idea will be put to Uefa at an emergency meeting on Tuesday. “We will propose that Uefa postpone the European Championship,” Gravina said. Speaking to television channel Sportmediaset, the Italian added: “We will try to get to the end of this championship [Serie A] because it is fairer and more correct after the many investments and sacrifices of our clubs.” Uefa has invited representatives of its 55 member associations to Tuesday’s video conference meeting, with Euro 2020 due to take place from June 12 to July 12 at venues across Europe. The boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues, and a representative of world players’ union Fifpro have also been invited and discussions will cover all domestic and European competitions, including the possible postponement of Euro 2020 by one year. The Italian Football Federation had previously said the Serie A season may not be completed and offered alternatives including play-offs, not having a champion for 2019-20 or declaring the current standings final. Gravina now hopes the league could finish by June 30, one month later than scheduled, but admitted it could be extended for another month and suggested players should not train at the moment. “If the league were to resume at the beginning of May, I would leave the question of training for the moment,” he said. “Let’s leave the boys at home, they have to recover physical and mental energy.” On Sunday, Italy reported 368 more coronavirus deaths, a new one-day record in the country. La Liga president Javier Tebas said he is “convinced” the Spanish top-flight season will finish. The league was suspended on Thursday after the Real Madrid squad went into quarantine, while five Valencia players and staff have tested positive for coronavirus. Spain is the second worst-hit country in Europe after Italy and is set to declare a national lockdown on Monday. “I am convinced that we are going to end the season. We are working with other leagues to match dates,” Tebas told Cadena COPE. “I have had contacts with Italy, Germany. The approach for now is to see what happens on Tuesday with Euro 2020 and then decide. “The news is to see how we finish the championship if there is no Euro because, if not, we are going to have serious problems. “We must be in good health, which is the first thing, of course. If the competitions are suspended, everything is reviewed and the income is much lower. “All team budgets will be compromised if the competition is not over, but I am convinced that it will end.”Tags: Euro 2020FIFProGabriele GravinaItalian FASerie Alast_img read more

GSA’s Nevin named PVC’s Class C Player of the Year

first_imgBLUE HILL — George Stevens Academy’s Lindsay Nevin was named the Penobscot Valley Conference’s Class C Player of the Year in girls’ tennis, the conference announced Tuesday.Nevin, a junior at GSA, helped lead the Eagles to the Class C championship by going undefeated in No. 1 singles play against Northern Maine opponents. Her 6-3, 6-1 win over Orono’s Olivia McCormack on June 6 helped GSA clinch the regional championship for the first time since 2012.In addition to Nevin’s Player of the Year honor and spot on the All-PVC first team, senior Yvonne Rogers and freshman Chloe Politte were named third-team All-PVC selections for GSA’s girls’ team. Sophomore Julianna Allen received honorable mention.GSA’s boys’ squad received multiple first-team selections. Arlo Stabler and Kent Fang were named first-teamers in doubles play, and Ben Politte was also named to the first team in singles player. Boris Chen was named to third team, and head coach Mark Ensworth was named Class C Coach of the Year.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth doubles players Colby Clarke and Cody Grover were named to the boys’ All-PVC second team in Class B. Senior Alexa Grant received the same honor on the girls’ side for the Eagles.Mount Desert Island had one first-team player (Ellie Bridgers) and four second-team players (September Murray, Gabe Michael, Rachel Jacobs and Emily Banks). Deer Isle-Stonington’s Jordyn Judkins was a third-teamer on the Class C girls’ squad.last_img read more