Israel govt swearing-in delayed a day by Pompeo visit

first_imgA parliament spokesman said Monday the joint administration of incumbent premier Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz would be inaugurated on Thursday instead of Wednesday.A spokesman for Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party told AFP the delay was “because of the visit” of the US top diplomat on Wednesday. Pompeo’s trip comes as US President Donald Trump’s administration gives its blessing to Netanyahu’s plans to annex much of the occupied West Bank, despite warnings from the Palestinians that the move will kill the prospects of a long-term peace agreement. Israel’s new government is the result of a deal allowing Netanyahu to continue on as prime minister for another 18 months, before the former military chief Gantz takes over the post for the same period.The proposed government had been challenged in the high court, with opponents arguing Netanyahu is ineligible due to corruption indictments he faces. But the judges ruled there was no legal reason to prevent him from serving as prime minister. Netanyahu has secured the participation of Gantz and his centre-left allies in his coalition along with the ultra-Orthodox parties. But the six-member right-wing Yemina has so far refused to join over what it criticises as the emerging “left-wing” nature of the incoming government. Pompeo’s visit will give Netanyahu another day to attempt to bring Yemina into the coalition. The swearing-in of Israel’s new unity government has been postponed by one day to Thursday due to the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, officials said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

USDA announces $34 million relief effort for 2017 disaster victims

first_imgIn total, it is estimated that the Act will enable USDA to provide more than $3 billion in disaster assistance, including the $2.36 billion announced last week to be made available through FSA’s new 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program. This includes $400 million made available for the Emergency Conservation Program, which helps farmers and ranchers repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters. As signups across the country are completed, additional applications will be funded. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States was impacted by 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events in 2017 including: three tropical cyclones, eight severe storms, two inland floods, a crop freeze, drought and wildfire. More than 25 million people – almost eight percent of the population – were affected by major disasters. From severe flooding in Puerto Rico and Texas to mudslides and wildfires in California, major natural disasters caused catastrophic damages, with an economic impact totaling more than $300 billion. Washington D.C.— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue $34 million to help agricultural producers recover from 2017 natural disasters through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), which covers losses not covered by certain other USDA disaster assistance programs. These payments are being made available today, and they are part of a broader USDA effort to help producers recover from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires and drought. A large portion of this assistance will be made available in federally designated disaster areas.“From Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, through the South, the Southwest, California and the Great Plains, American agriculture was devastated by natural disasters in 2017,” said Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “The Trump Administration is moving quickly to distribute financial assistance to help producers recover and rebuild.  It is important to get this help to producers in time for the spring planting season.”ELAP aims to help eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary.  ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs such as the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).The increased amount of assistance through ELAP was made possible by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed earlier this year. The Act amended the 2014 Farm Bill to enable USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to provide assistance to producers without an annual funding cap and immediately for 2017. It also enables FSA to pay ELAP applications as they are filed for 2018 and subsequent program years.Other USDA Disaster Assistance ProgramsThe Act removed program year payment limitations and increased the acreage cap for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), a nationwide program that provides owners of orchards, vineyards and nurseries with cost share assistance to replant eligible trees, bushes, and vines following a natural disaster. For example, the program will help owners of citrus groves in Florida, avocado trees in California, coffee plantations in Puerto Rico and vineyards reduce the cost of replanting, and speed recovery from the loss of fruit and nut trees, bushes, and vines.Prior to the Act, there was a combined program year payment limitation of $125,000 for ELAP, LIP and LFP per person or legal entity.  The Tree Assistance Program (TAP) had its own $125,000 payment limitation.  The Act removed the program year per person and legal entity payment limitation for LIP and TAP.  As a result of the Act, a $125,000 per person and legal entity single payment limitation applies to the total amount of program year payments received under both ELAP and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and program payments under LIP and TAP no longer have payment limits. Under the updated program, as amended by the Act, growers are eligible to be partly reimbursed for losses on up to 1,000 acres per program year, double the previous acreage limit of 500 acres. For AssistanceProducers with operations impacted by natural disasters and diseases in 2018 are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center to apply for assistance through ELAP, TAP, LIP and LFP. Producers with 2017 ELAP claims need to take no action as FSA will begin paying those claims today.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Middle School VB Teams Come Up Short Against Lady Chargers

first_imgThe BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team had a tough lost against North Decatur: 17-25, 25-20, and 16-14. Renee’ Lecher was our leading server with 12 great serves and 5 of those were aces. Following was Annie Shane with 6 great serves and 1 ace, Margaret Wilson had 5 great serves and 5 aces, and Kaylie Raver had 5 good serves and 1 ace. Kaylin Hinners had 3 aces, and Elena Kuisel and Sydney Slavin each had 1 ace. Laura Schwegman had one kill. Wilson, Raver, and Shane also all each had one kill. Taylor Blanton and Sara Lamping each had good defense passes. Their record is 2-4.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Grade Volleyball team lost to North Decatur 25-11, 25-11.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more

Topsy-turvy Shelvey lays on thriller

first_img But his joy was brief as, still full of adrenaline, he played a blind backpass and failed to spot Sturridge lurking; the striker needed no second invitation. Shelvey, perhaps understandably, took a few minutes to regain his composure but was guilty of being too eager to make amends, as he scythed down Philippe Coutinho before blazing well over the bar. Liverpool took a stranglehold on possession and the pace of Moses was proving a real problem for the Swansea defence. Ben Davies had to block from Henderson after one rangy run from the Nigerian, before he gave Sturridge a simple finish after outfoxing Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer, but the striker headed straight at Vorm, who deflected the ball wide. Swansea responded with a lovely exchange of passes between Michu and Wilfried Bony, but the Ivory Coast striker’s shot did not have enough power to trouble Simon Mignolet. Shelvey then took centre stage again, his risky pass went straight to Moses, who drove at a retreating Swans’ rearguard to beat Vorm. Swansea could have levelled inside a minute, but Martin Skrtel pulled off a magnificent last-gasp challenge to deny Bony a tap-in after Mignolet had parried a Dyer shot he should have held. Liverpool almost extended their lead seven minutes into the second half. Swansea were caught sleeping at a free-kick as Henderson crept in at the back post, but Vorm saved from Andre Wisdom after the midfielder had pushed the ball across goal. Shelvey’s night almost plumbed new depths moments later as he squared up to Lucas after Swansea refused to return the ball after Coutinho limped off with an injury. But referee Michael Oliver opted to book the pair rather than take more severe action. And Shelvey’s topsy-turvy evening soon turned on its head once more as he surged forward to cushion a header into the path of Michu, who finished low to Mignolet’s right. Swansea had renewed vigour and took the game to their visitors during a frantic final quarter, with Jonathan de Guzman forcing a fingertip save from Mignolet, but an engrossing contest ended level. However, Shelvey redeemed himself as he laid on an equaliser for Michu. Brendan Rodgers has brought the Merseysiders to his former club with three wins from three on the board, but they were given a rude awakening when Shelvey rounded £18million signing Mamadou Sakho with ease before curling left-footed into the net. The England international initially celebrated with gusto but reined himself in in front of the away end. But he had few reasons to smile just 99 seconds later as a horrible backpass ended with Sturridge scoring his 12th goal in 10 games. He then compounded the mistake by hitting a pass straight to Moses, who raced away to steer beyond Michel Vorm. But, with his temper beginning to fray, Shelvey’s clever header set Michu up for his first league goal of the season to cap a remarkable night for the former Charlton man. So much of the build-up had centred on Shelvey’s first meeting with his former employers, and he made a dream start. The midfielder initially scuffed an attempted volley from Jordan Henderson’s poor header, but regained control to ghost pass Sakho and produce a lovely left-footed finish at the second attempt. Shelvey, who left the Reds for south Wales in the summer, fired the Swans into the lead after just 87 seconds. However, two terrible errors from the midfielder allowed the in-form Daniel Sturridge and Liverpool debutant Victor Moses to put the visitors ahead. Press Association Jonjo Shelvey went from hero to villain and back again against his former club as Swansea ended Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the Barclays Premier League season in a frenetic 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.last_img read more

Wenger wants tough stance from UEFA

first_img Press Association Manchester City and Paris St Germain both face heavy sanctions from European football’s governing body after being found to have exceeded financial fair play (FFP) limitations. They are among nine clubs being dealt with by UEFA’s club financial control board for FFP breaches. Barclays Premier League leaders City are contesting UEFA’s settlement offer of sanctions which would entail a £49million (60million euro) fine, a cut in the size of their Champions League A squad next season to 21 and a freeze on that squad’s wage bill. UEFA has stopped short of imposing a suspension on any of the nine teams. However Arsenal manager Wenger said: “You would think that you accept the rules and you’re in the competition or you don’t accept the rules and you’re not in the competition. Then, everybody would understand it.” Wenger has long advocated a need for clubs to live within their own resources, having been powerless to see first Chelsea and then City challenge for top honours bankrolled by the deep pockets of billionaire owners. The Gunners manager feels UEFA should simply get tough. “There are rules. You respect them or you don’t respect them. If you don’t respect them you have to be punished,” Wenger said. “When UEFA doesn’t want to kick the clubs out of the Champions League, they have to find a more subtle punishment. “From all of us on the outside, it looks a complicated punishment, which nobody really understands. “We live in a society where everyone is informed. The rules have to be clear that you can inform people well. “If I go out in the street now and I ask 100 people what you think of the (UEFA financial) fair play punishment, how many do you think can explain it to you? I am in the job and I cannot do it. “They have to clarify the punishment. We all agree that if we don’t respect the rules you have to be punished, but to explain to people how that works is very difficult.” Wenger believes the current set-up shows “there is something wrong”, but accepts unless there is a collective drive for change, it will be very difficult to secure a lasting positive impact. “There are two ways of thinking about the whole process. You can say, ‘we don’t care, we want the billionaires to buy the big players and they can spend what they want’ or you say ‘look, we want to keep things fair’,” Wenger added. “If you say to me ‘tomorrow we give everybody £100million in the 20 Premier League clubs’, I say ‘okay, I will take the gamble’, and then you can say at the start that is a fair competition. “It is a bit like it works in the United States (with the draft system and salary cap in sports), which is the most capitalistic country, they have the more even field of competition. “So it is a basic question you have to answer in England – do we let it go and everyone spends what he wants? “Inflation can be too big and it can put too much pressure on the clubs who have not these resources to overpay their players. “Anyway, since I am in the job, if you put 100 per cent more money in, where does the 100 per cent more money go? To the wages, not 99 per cent, but 100 per cent. That means the only effect it has is that the wages go up.” Arsene Wenger has urged UEFA to get tough by excluding clubs that breach its spending rules from European competition. last_img read more

Cricket News Twitter Reactions: Lasith Malinga retires from ODI cricket with ‘win’ on and off the field

first_imgCongratulations on the glorious journey Yorker King #Malinga. There will never be another toe crusher like you again. Best wishes for your future endeavours. 👊#LasithMalinga pic.twitter.com/Uf0iD3SHdL— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 26, 2019The ideal farewell for #LasithMalinga, big contributor of the game and many youngsters at various levels have learnt a lot from him. Well bowled Champion 👏💥— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 27, 2019 Wat a Final spell!Wat a legendary career from a legendary player, a true gentleman & have been a great inspiration for many | lucky enough to play together! 👏👏 #SLvBAN New Delhi: Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga, who has been nothing short of a legend to the game of cricket has finally hung his boots as he bows out of One-Day International career. He leaves the cricket arena by helping his team defeat Bangladesh in the first of the three-match ODI series in Colombo.Malinga, who recently became the highest wicket-taker for Lankans in the World Cup, had announced his retirement a few days after the quadrennial tournament and wanted to play in front of the home crowd for one last time.The right-handed fast bowler had made a splash in international cricket in 2004 and immediately come into attention thanks to his unique slingy side-on action. His ability to bowl yorkers at high speed soon endeared him to fans all over the world. However, he couldn’t sustain his speed and fitness in the longest format and had to call time on his Test career in 2010 to prolong his white-ball sojourn.The cricket fraternity around the globe wished him well on what has been an illustrious career. With this, News Nation brings to you the best tweets you will find on internet today: Lasith Malinga claimed 3/38 in his last ODI game against Bangladesh. Malinga finished his illustrious ODI career with 338 wickets. Lasith Malinga will continue to play T20 cricket for Sri Lanka. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Women of Troy fall to Colorado, beat Utah

first_imgOn paper, the Women of Troy (8-2-2, 2-1-0 Pac-12) dominated the first game, outshooting Colorado (8-4-0, 2-1-0) by wide a wide margin, including a 14-0 advantage in corner kicks. Yet when the final horn sounded Friday, the final score stood in stark contrast to the statistics: Colorado 1, USC 0.Two days later, however, the Women of Troy outlasted the Utes (7-2-3, 0-2-1) by a score 2-0.The lone goal of the Friday’s game came off a surprising counterattack in the fifth minute initiated by a goal kick from Colorado’s Kate Scheele directly to forward Madison Krauser, who beat the defense and angled a shot perfectly past leaping USC senior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley. The early goal proved to be the difference, as the Women of Troy were unable to equalize during the next 85 minutes, despite four shots on goal and multiple attempts that just barely missed the crossbar.As the first conference loss of the season for the Women of Troy, the defeat was disappointing, especially considering that the chances to win were certainly there.“Friday was a bummer, not only because we lost and conceded a goal, but also because we gave up the goal early,” Stanley said. “After that game, we wanted to wash out the game and refocus our mentality.”Though the loss stung, USC head coach Keidane McAlpine wasn’t overly concerned with the outcome.“All in all I actually thought we played pretty well,” McAlpine said. “We were just a half step off and didn’t quite find that extra gear when we needed it. Give credit to Colorado, they learned their lesson from their first conference loss and gritted their way through this game.”With another matchup looming, there wasn’t much time to dwell on the loss. Clad in pink headbands and wristbands to raise breast cancer awareness, the Women of Troy put together 90 minutes of solid soccer and got past Utah on Sunday.“We came out today and had an awesome game, especially defensively,” Stanley said. “We switched some things up and we played really solid. Today was a good win and a good shutout for the defense. Our forwards finished their chances as well. Overall, we took care of business … you can’t ask for much more than that.”McAlpine was also pleased with his team’s performance.“There was a definite difference between Friday’s game and [Sunday]’s game,” the first-year coach said. “In both games we were aggressive early, which I like to see, but today we were able to stick them in neck. We played with a ton of energy today and that is something this team is built to do. Utah wanted to play slow today but we wanted to speed the game up, and ultimately, we were able to do that.”The defense was stout the entire game, as evidenced by the shutout, but even more comforting for USC fans were the team’s two goals. Senior midfielder Alex Quincey, who now has a team-leading nine on the season, scored both. She was close to putting a third away in the second half on a one-on-one with Utah goalkeeper Lindsey Luke, but her shot sailed just wide to the right.“Obviously you need someone on the team to score in order to win, and today it just happened to be me,” Quincey said. “We were kinda bummed from losing against Colorado on Friday so it was great to come out today and get a win.”Junior midfielder Reilly Parker, who soundly struck a first-half corner kick into the box that found Quincey’s head for the score, set one of Quincey’s goals up beautifully.“Reilly [Parker] was great, she kicked the corner kick right to me, almost like she was serving it to me on a silver platter,” Quincey said. “All I had to do was just get a head on it, and luckily I did and finished the goal.”McAlpine was also pleased to see the offense find its way once again, especially after the team made a point to spend time working on some offensive situations in between the two games.“We didn’t capitalize Friday, so we spent a little time Saturday making sure we were in the right places and being a little more hungry in terms of our scoring attitude,” he said. “And even though there was a lot of offensive pressure, there are still a few places in which we need to improve.”Even with improvements yet to be made, the team is confident that they are headed in the right direction. The win Sunday helps to numb the sting of defeat inflicted after the Colorado game and has the Women of Troy back on the right foot heading into a critical week of their season.This Friday, they will square off against No. 12 Cal, followed by a matchup against No. 3-ranked Stanford on Sunday. Both games will be played at McAlister Field, and each will provide the Women of Troy with a huge opportunity to prove themselves against top-end competition. The team will look to build off of their bounce-back performance Sunday in order to prepare.“Everybody is doing great right now, and the defense is making my life easy,” Stanley said. “The offense needed to focus on putting away some chances after Friday, and they did that. Both collectively and individually we focused on starting fast and applying pressure, because we knew that would be a key to winning the game. All 11 players did that today, and as you can see, we got it done.” After defeating Arizona 3-0 on the road in their Pac-12 Conference opener on Sept. 26, the USC women’s soccer team returned home this weekend looking to keep the ball rolling against Colorado and Utah.Setting the table · Junior midfielder Reilly Parker set up one of the Women of Troy’s two goals against Utah with a beautiful corner kick. – Brian Ji | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Harrington back in top 100

first_imgPadraig Harrington’s win at the Portugal Masters has lifted him back inside the top 100 in the World.The 45 year old won on the European tour for the first time in 8 years at the weekend and it’s moved from 159th to 97th in the rankings.The victory has sealed his place at the European tour final series including the Turkish Airlines Open, the Nedbank Challenge and the DP World tour championship in Dubai.last_img

45th Ikoyi Ladies Golf Championship Tees-off

first_imgLady Captain of the section, Lola Ajibola, said  yesterday that the event would feature the best skilled lady golfers in the country competing.This year’s event is supported by Total, First Bank Nigeria Limited, Megamound, The George, Spar, JustFood West Africa, UBA, Zircon Marine, Flour Mills Nigeria, Amni Petroleum, MTN and a host of others  sponsors.According to her, “the event is one of the few that have the seal of approval of the global golf bodies in the country, which automatically bestows a word ranking point for good performance at the event.“This year’s entry comes from virtually all major clubs in the country and besides ladies always look forward to our event as an homecoming of some sort,” she noted.The event would be judged over 36 holes from Wednesday November 20 to Friday November 22.The Publicity Secretary of the club, Ify Onukwuba, added that, a cocktail party would be hosted for participants  of the event.“November 19th is the official practice day for the event and we would be hosting all players to an evening of cocktail meet and greet, draws for schedule of play for the main event.”She added that the participation of international players also speaks to the high levels of competition and reputation of the the event.Nkoli Mouka, another member of the committee added that the championship is a stroke-play event and winner would be the player that returns the best gross score, in the three days of play.“We are expecting a highly contested championship and beyond the overall winner of the gross event, there is a plethora of rewards for all participants, including nett, longest drive, nearest to the pin among others.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s most prestigious Lady’s Golf Championship is scheduled to tee-off at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos tomorrow. The event will run from Tuesday November 19 to Friday November 22, 2019 with ladies from several countries already signed up for the event.last_img read more

Structural change sees Perform rebrand to DAZN Group

first_img CSA selects Stats Perform as its exclusive official data partner July 7, 2020 Simon Denyer – DAZN GroupPerform Group has undertaken a corporate branding and structural overhaul, to better communicate the firm’s new business identity following a number of enterprise changes.As a business Perform Group rebrands to ‘DAZN Group’ and splits its operating structure into two divisions; DAZN and Perform Content.Moving forward, DAZN will act as the consumer-facing property of the company, servicing its flagship DAZN OTT global sports streaming service.Furthermore, DAZN will be tasked with developing sports programming and maintaining established sports outlets such as Goal.com and SportingNews.The DAZN unit will be led by enterprise co-founder and CEO Simon Denyer, supported by Stuart Epstein as CFO.Denyer said: “Perform Group has been one of the defining companies of the sports industry over the last decade. The exceptional growth and execution of DAZN in its first seven markets means we need to focus our efforts on our primary growth engine. Our B2B division continues to grow but now is the time for it to have its own separate identity and investment plan. We are delighted that it will continue to use the Perform name.”The structural split sees the enterprise launch ‘Perform Content’, DAZN Group’s B2B data and media rights division, which will house assets and products such as OPTA, Omnisport Video, Watch & Bet, and RunningBall.The CEO of Perform Content will continue to be Ross MacEacharn, who will be joined by Ashley Milton as Perform Content Chief Financial Officer.The two divisions will each have their own governance and leadership but report into one board led by Executive Chairman John Skipper.“We have two enormous growth opportunities but they are distinct from each other,” said Skipper. “Consequently, we are re-organising to create dedicated management and standalone teams each with a clear and focused agenda and mission. We have an incredible opportunity to exploit significant shifts in sports media to drive great products to sports fans and create a company with ever more influence on the new sports media universe.” Submit Share Share Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Related Articles UK launch tops DAZN’s global billing March 3, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more