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Israel has no diplomatic relations with Arab countries in the Gulf, but common concerns about Iran’s regional influence have led to a limited thaw in relations.”This scientific and medical partnership overcomes historical and political challenges in the region,” an Arabic statement from WAM said, adding that the priority was humanitarian action and constructive cooperation to safeguard people’s health.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said earlier on Thursday that a formal announcement about the partnership was imminent.Last week, the UAE’s minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said it could work with Israel on some areas, including the battle against the coronavirus and on technology, despite political differences. Israel and the United Arab Emirates will cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus, the two countries said on Thursday, a possible boost to Israeli efforts to normalize relations with Gulf Arab countries.Two private companies from the United Arab Emirates and two Israeli companies will work together on medical projects, including those to combat the new coronavirus, the UAE’s state-run news agency WAM said.The cooperation comes at a time of strong Arab opposition to Israel’s plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank – territory Palestinians seek for a state – under a US peace plan. Topics : Netanyahu said at a military ceremony that Israel and the UAE would collaborate in research and development and technology “to improve the well-being of the entire region”.He said the agreement stemmed from intensive contacts with the UAE over recent months.In May, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad made the first known flight by a UAE carrier to Israel, carrying coronavirus-related aid for Palestinians.Speaking to a conference of the American Jewish Committee advocacy group on June 16, Gargash said Israel cannot expect to normalize relations with the Arab world if it annexes West Bank land. He also said cooperation with Israel on the pandemic would not affect the UAE’s opposition to annexation.Israel is due on July 1 to begin a cabinet debate on extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
However, as the Council will base its negotiating position around the most recent compromise draft of the Directive, both elements will remain prominent.PensionsEurope said it welcomed the Council’s stance and looked forward to engaging with the Parliament.“PensionsEurope will continue working closely on this topic with the aim to support institutions for occupational pensions provisions in providing adequate, safe and sustainable pensions for the people of Europe.”James Walsh, the EU policy lead at the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds, said any re-assessment of cross-border regulatory requirements would be welcome by his organisation.“Unfortunately, the relaxation is not achieved in the current compromise text. It would have been achieved in one of the earlier compromise drafts, but unfortunately things were changed in the later versions.”He noted that ahead of the revised Directive’s publication last March, speculation was rife that the European Commission would relax cross-border funding requirements.Instead the initial draft retained wording requiring that cross-border schemes be funded at all times.Walsh cautioned against placing too much emphasis on negotiating mandates, but said it was nonetheless a “pleasant surprise” to see the wording on cross-border schemes amended.“I think it’s moderately encouraging that they’ve removed references to the Pension Benefit Statement and risk-evaluation from the negotiating mandate, but we’ve still got to have regard for the actual text of the Directive.”The negotiating mandate will see the Council engage with Parliament as it begins its revision of the Directive, based around the text initially proposed by Barnier.Final wording will then be agreed during negotiations between all three EU institutions.Despite the most recent developments, agreement over the negotiating mandate does not preclude the Commission withdrawing the IORP Directive, as it agrees its 2015 Work Programme.MEPs have raised concerns over the potential for the Directive to be scrapped. Member states are placing renewed emphasis on the relaxation of cross-border pension provision as part of their IORP II negotiations with the European Parliament.A finalised negotiating mandate released on Wednesday by the Council of the EU, which outlines the 28 states’ agreed position on the IORP Directive, said that removing the “remaining prudential barriers” to cross-border provision should be one of the four objectives.In contrast to a draft negotiating mandate drawn up by the Council in November, member states were less explicit in their support for the proposals on risk-evaluation for pensions (REP) and the Pension Benefit Statement (BPS).Instead, the mandate only specified that the Directive should focus on good governance and risk management, and should aim to provide “clear and relevant” information to members and beneficiaries.
Share Share Food & DiningLifestyleNewsRegional Regional body moves to protect spiny lobster by: – February 18, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 192 Views no discussions BELIZE CITY — The executive committee of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says it is working on “legal instruments” to strengthen regional cooperation for the conservation, management and sustainable use of the spiny lobster and the protection of its habitat.The 22ndmeeting of the (CRFM) executive, which concluded Friday in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, saw a two-day deliberation on matters such as coral reef management, the lobster fishery, and cooperation between CARICOM States and the French Islands in fisheries.“The Committee addressed a number of important regional initiatives designed to ensure sustainable use of our fisheries resources and protect the marine ecosystems,” said Milton Haughton, CRFM Executive Director.The CRFM executive committee consists of representatives of six member states of the regional inter-governmental fisheries organisation. The membership of the committee is drawn from the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, a group of government officials, fishers and representatives of private companies from CARICOM states tasked with providing technical support to the CRFM.Jamaica Observer
Tweet LocalNews Work to commence on 41 new homes for the indigenous people in November by: – August 24, 2011 Sharing is caring! Hon. Reginald Austrie. (file photo)The Roosevelt Skerrit led administration has received $US1.4 million dollars which is the first portion for the construction of forty-one new houses for the Kalinago territory.Housing Minister Reginald Austrie says the project which is being funded by the Chinese Government could begin in November of this year.“Eight sites were initially identified but there is tremendous infrastructural work to be done so we are focusing on four sites for the time being,” he said.Austrie said in the first instance, four houses will be done in Salybia, five in Bataka, two in Concord and four in Mahaut River.“The tendering documents have gone out and we are hoping to receive them back in two week. We are hoping that before independence the actual construction could start”, he said.The Minister also hinted that a ground breaking ceremony could be held in November, which will pave the way for actual construction.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Share 6 Views no discussions
Pastias’ apprehension was staged on thestrength of an arrest warrant, the police added. The 56-year-old Joevic Pastias ofBarangay Lacaron, Valladolid, Negros Occidental was nabbed around 4 p.m. onNov. 25, police said. BACOLOD City – The court recommended aP100,000 bail bond for the temporary liberty of a robbery suspect arrested inBarangay Lag-san, Bago City, Negros Occidental. He was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Bago City police station./PN
Prosecutors said Fadia S. traveled to Syria in 2015 to join her husband, who had previously left Germany to join IS. She took her children, then aged 3 to 8, and the family allegedly lived in accommodation in the IS stronghold of Raqqa that the group had commandeered. (AP) Fadia S. is accused of offenses including membership in IS and gross violation of her parental duties. Rabih O. is accused of supporting IS and violating German export laws. BERLIN, Germany – German authorities on Tuesday arrested a woman accused of traveling to Syria with her four young children to join the Islamic State group, as well as her brother-in-law, who is accused of helping her. The federal prosecutor’s office identified the pair only as Fadia S. and Rabih O., in line with German privacy rules. It said both are dual citizens of Germany and Lebanon, and they were arrested in Essen and Hildesheim respectively.
He even found the strength of mind to question O’Neill’s pre-match assertion that the side’s remarkable start to the pool made Friday a “bonus match”. “Everyone was saying we could afford to lose this one and I think the manager even admitted getting anything here was a bonus, but I really felt we could have got a decent result and we didn’t,” he explained. “Every player fought hard and we always put everything into it, the fans hopefully know that, that we’ll fight until the end, but we need quality performances as well as heart and endeavour. “It would have been good if we could have played Romania in a double header so we could have had the chance to rectify things. But that’s not the case and now we have to wait for four months before we play again.” The Norwich forward did not excuse himself from his harsh critique of the game, despite turning in a solid display while feeding on scraps. “I wasn’t pleased with my own performance,” he said. “I should be doing better because I’ve played against better centre-halves, even in the last three games and most definitely in my career. “I’m used to playing up front on my own for Northern Ireland, I’ll never moan about that, but I think my hold up play was a bit poor. “The distance from myself to midfield was massive. That’s not me having a pop at the midfield, they were just being put under so much pressure, it forced them back and created a huge gap between me and them. “I’ve managed to score goals against Hungary, the Faroes and Greece but sadly I couldn’t add to my tally out there.” Striker Kyle Lafferty believes Northern Ireland suffered from a lack of self-belief as they surrendered their flawless Euro 2016 record in Romania. After slipping into the fifth seeding pot for the European qualifiers last year, it might easily have been seen as par for the course. But buoyed by the recent upturn, Lafferty feels able to see the game as a missed opportunity. “I don’t know if we believed in ourselves,” he admitted following a thankless and isolated shift up front. “I know they are a good team but we were a shadow of the side that played in the last three games. “The only time we started to pass the ball around was when we went a goal down. Before that it was clearing the ball up field rather than trying to keep possession. “After the three great wins we should have been coming here full of confidence but I felt we allowed them to come on to us.” Lafferty, often criticised for a lack of maturity during his career, is doing his best to shake that tag. Three goals and three man-of-the-match performances prior to Bucharest prove the on-field work is paying off and his thoughtful assessment of Northern Ireland’s first Group F setback provided further evidence of his growth. Press Association Having kicked off the campaign with maximum points from their first three matches, Michael O’Neill’s side came undone in Bucharest, picked apart by a fluent side who sealed a 2-0 success with a second-half brace from defender Paul Papp. There is no shame in a Northern Ireland team losing to such opponents, particularly on their own patch, and the effort expended for 74 scoreless minutes is a cause of some pride.
The Premiership club worked a short blindside to good effect for their second, George Smith and Dan Robson involved after breaking from a scrum with Launchbury taking the final pass. An acrobatic inside pass by Kearney allowed Eoin Reddan to sneak in, but the three-times European champions slipped 15-10 behind on the stroke of half-time when Gopperth landed a penalty. Gopperth kicked another three points and by the 47th minute Wasps were out of sight when Daly switched on the afterburners to race home from 40 metres out for a score that will have delighted England coach Jones. Leinster were splintering and after waves of attacks their defence cracked for a fifth time with super hands from Daly sending wing Frank Halai over. When full-back Charles Piutau displayed his pace to touch down with 10 minutes remaining the ordeal looked over for the Irish visitors, but Ashley Johnson stepped off the bench to inflict one final indignity. Elliot Daly pressed his claim to starting England’s RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland with an electric try as Wasps stormed into the Champions Cup quarter-finals with a 51-10 rout of Leinster. Daly outpaced Rob and Dave Kearney in a race for the line after a well-drilled backs move forced an opening in midfield, plundering the score that swept Wasps out of sight in a bonus-point triumph that confirms them as Pool Five winners. England gather at their Surrey training base on Sunday night when man of the match Daly will begin his quest to usurp Jonathan Joseph at outside centre for the trip to Murrayfield on February 7. The 23-year-old also played a key role in the fifth try as Wasps enjoyed another spectacular afternoon in Europe to finish top of a pool that also includes reigning champions Toulon – who finish as runners-up – and Bath. Leinster, three times winners of the northern hemisphere’s richest prize in club rugby, leaked seven tries at the Ricoh Arena as their dismal campaign concluded with them adrift at the bottom of the group. To make matters worse, Ireland were given an injury scare ahead of their Six Nations match against Wales on February 7 when Johnny Sexton’s afternoon was ended after only 10 minutes due to concussion. Sexton was receiving treatment after being dazed and as the game continued around him, he rose to his feet and made another tackle. Once play stopped, Leinster’s medic returned and the fly-half was helped from the pitch. It is a worrying development as the 30-year-old, who had been named captain of his province for the first time in his 100th start, was stood down for three months until last February after sustaining four concussions in a year. Wasps did not escape unscathed either as scrum-half Joe Simpson was carried from the pitch in the seventh minute, but England will have welcomed the return of James Haskell and Joe Launchbury from a shoulder injury and concussion respectively. There was little sign of the carnage to come as Leinster crossed in the right corner after only two minutes, Luke Fitzgerald and Dave Kearney making the initial inroads before rapid hands sent Zane Kirchner over. Sexton was wide with the conversion and once he had departed for a head injury assessment that ended his afternoon, Wasps sprang into life by pounding at the whitewash before Jimmy Gopperth darted through without needing a large overlap. Press Association
The Syracuse football team reported for preseason camp Saturday at 9 a.m., signaling the start of its 2012 season.Three hours later, SU head coach Doug Marrone stepped to the podium inside Manley Field House to begin his fourth season as head coach by addressing his team’s focus and goals for camp. Coming off a 5-7 season, one that ended with a disastrous five-game losing streak, Marrone’s team isn’t dwelling on the past.The Orange is not even looking too much ahead to the season opener against Northwestern in September.“We’re looking about what’s going on today, what we’re going to do now,” Marrone said. “And we need to be a better football team on a daily basis to be more consistent.”Marrone repeatedly stressed he and his players are focused solely on day in front of them. The Orange needs to improve each day in camp to be ready when the regular season begins, Marrone said. The head coach instilled that mindset in his players when offseason workouts began in January, immediately after a disappointing finish that saw SU miss out on a bowl game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe work toward rebounding from the losing campaign continued through the spring and summer. Now, Syracuse has three weeks of camp, followed by a week of preparation for its first game against Northwestern on Sept. 1.The SU players echoed Marrone’s simple goal for camp.“Day to day, we just want to get better,” SU running back Jerome Smith said. “That was our theme going through the spring. We wanted to get better, learn more each day.”Smith sits atop the preseason depth chart at running back, but he said he knows nothing is set in stone. Starting spots will be decided on the field during camp, something Marrone made clear during his press conference.Personally, Smith announced on Twitter that he is taking a reprieve from social media during preseason camp to help focus. Offensive guard Zack Chibane did the same.Marrone said the current depth chart, dated July 6, is a starting point, but after the first snap Monday, competition at every position takes over and the players need to earn their place in the lineup.Marquis Spruill played middle linebacker last year, but enters camp behind Dan Vaughan at outside linebacker. Spruill said players will be pushing each other all over the field.Smith said the team was motivated by last season’s failures during the winter.“We got over it as a team, we talked about it,” Spruill said. “But right now, everybody put that behind them.”Spruill’s said the defense needs to be better than it was last season. The unit allowed 28.5 points per game in 2011.Achieving that goal starts Monday at 5 p.m. with the team’s first practice.That’s when SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer wants to see his group make strides toward becoming a swarming defense that will force turnovers this season.Shafer said he wants to see progress made daily.Day by day is the mantra for SU as it opens its 2012 season.It all starts with Marrone.The head coach harped on the topic when asked about Marcus Sales’ expected effect on the offense this season. Marrone said he is not even thinking about Syracuse’s trip to Fort Drum, where it will spend its second week of training camp. He said he could not evaluate veteran quarterback Ryan Nassib, who is entering his fifth year in the program, until he sees him and the rest of the Orange on the field.His focus was only on Saturday.Marrone said Syracuse has a lot of work ahead. From him to his staff to his players, they all need to do a better job this season.Camp offers the chance to prepare his team to show it on the field in its 12 games this season.“Everybody is judged on what we do now and who’s going to give us the greatest chance of winning,” Marrone said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm Contact Ryne: firstname.lastname@example.org