The Palestinians would get a state, though the 1967 lines would not be its borders.According to some, the territory they get would not be contiguous.That would amount to substantially less than the Palestinians demand and far more than Israel’s right flank intends to give them.If the administration is serious about such a deal, Trump needs to buy the allegiance of both sides.The capital announcement is a prize that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (weakened by corruption scandals and in no position to push back) can use to assuage his right flank.At the same time, Trump may have told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (who is 82 and running out of time) that no one will object if the Palestinians protest or burn flags, but serious violence will not be tolerated.If Abbas wants his state, he may have heard, he had better make sure to keep the response to Trump’s announcement muted.Netanyahu, in return, may have been warned that in return for his prize, he will be expected to deliver support for the plan Trump’s team plans to proffer. For decades, the Western world has allowed fear of Palestinian terrorism (or Palestinians backing out of negotiations) to silence claims that everyone knows to be true.Such capitulation serves no one. It doesn’t serve the West, for it renders even the U.S. impotent in the face of Palestinian threat.It doesn’t help Israel, which wants the world to acknowledge that its capital being near the seat of King David’s kingdom and the location of the two Temples symbolizes with utter clarity that the Jews have returned home.And it doesn’t serve the Palestinians, who through the use of threat, have immobilized the West and put off the serious deliberations they will have to undertake if they are ever to get the state they want.Whether the president has the focus, skill and interest in making this move the beginning of a positive and far-reaching process, though, remains to be seen.Daniel Gordis is senior vice president and Koret distinguished fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. Categories: Editorial, OpinionCalling it a “recognition of reality” and “the right thing to do,” President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and that the American Embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to the contested city.The announcement leaves many questions, two of which are primary. Trump’s core supporters will likely stick by him through thick and thin.But there have to be some religious voters who find the president’s open endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore — widely believed to have forced underage women into sexual encounters — distasteful to say the least.The Russia investigation looms, as do increasing questions about whether Trump, his family or his innermost circle may be legally vulnerable.It hasn’t been a good period for the president; if Trump was looking for a diversion, he seems to have landed on an effective one.There is one much less cynical, although unlikely, possibility that deserves mention.Trump has long said he will forge a deal between Israelis and Palestinians, and rumors on the street are that the “key principles” of his team’s agreement are emerging.Accounts vary. If anyone can deliver the Israeli right, it is Netanyahu, likely the most skilled political manipulator the country has had as prime minister.With his political life possibly nearing its end and with little to show for his years in office, Netanyahu would like a deal like this to ensure his place in history.How likely is this scenario?It’s hard to say.A careful plan in which the Trump moves slowly and stays on script would hardly be characteristic of his modus operandi so far. But it’s not entirely out of the question.Trump, not surprisingly, is taking heat from all corners, including Palestinians, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Christian leaders in Israel and even the liberal American Jewish community.Yet even if he was motivated primarily by his own selfish needs, Trump is right — he did the right thing. The first is whether violence will ensue.The Palestinians and Turks are making threats, and Israel’s security establishment is said to be on alert.But many Israelis are dismissing the dangers of what they call “Trumpocalypse.”Unlike hypothetical steps, such as assigning the Palestinians a smaller state than they demand or ending U.S. support for a two-state solution, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital changes nothing on the ground.Many Israelis and even Palestinians thus doubt that, grandstanding aside, the Palestinians would risk much in response to a statement merely acknowledges what the world has long known to be true.The other major question is, “Why now?”Theories abound, of course, but the most obvious explanation is that Trump is seeking both a diversion from his growing problems at home and a bone to throw to his evangelical Christian and Orthodox Jewish base before his support there erodes. 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Gary Cahill wants to leave Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to make a last-ditch bid to sign Chelsea defender Gary Cahill to ease the club’s injury crisis.The Gunners lost Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis Papastathopoulos during Friday’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United, adding to the long-term injuries sustained by Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding.Unai Emery admitted earlier this month that Arsenal can only make loan signings in the January transfer window and do not have funds available to make permanent moves.That’s left the Gunners with limited options and Cahill, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is back on Emery’s radar.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Jan 2019 1:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link834Shares Comment Advertisement Cahill is out of contract at the end of the season ( Reuters)The 33-year-old has made just seven appearances for the Blues so far this term and has played just 21 minutes of Premier League football.AdvertisementAdvertisementChelsea have made it clear to Cahill that he’s free to leave the club and the Mirror claim Emery will make a late bid to sign the defender.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsCahill has attracted interest from Crystal Palace and Fulham but given his contract is up at the end of the season Arsenal are likely to be able to afford to sign the defender for a small fee.Sokratis is set to miss at least the next four weeks of action, though Arsenal are hopeful the jaw injury sustained by Koscielny against United is not as bad as first feared.MORE: Justin Rose sends warning to golfing world after setting PGA Tour record with new clubs Advertisement Arsenal to make last-ditch attempt to sign Chelsea star Gary Cahill
AP2 has committed more than $1bn (€760m) to real assets, according to its half-yearly report.The second Swedish National Pension Fund announced respective commitments of $750m and $265m to agriculture real estate and US real estate.The commitments follow AP2’s 2013 decision to increase its investment in unlisted real estate from 10% to 15%.The larger of the two commitments was made to US fund manager TIAA-CREF, with Australia, Brazil and the US targeted for investment. In 2011, AP2 invested $250m with TIAA-CREF in a purpose-built venture, buying and managing agricultural assets and focusing primarily on grain production.At the time, AP2 said it made the decision to invest in agricultural real estate to provide stable returns with low correlation to its existing investments.The following year, AP2 and TIAA-CREF increased their commitments to the venture to $2bn, with Canadian investors also joining the Global Agriculture company.AP2’s second, smaller investment, meanwhile, is part of a joint venture with South Korean pension fund NPS and Tishman Speyer.The trio have worked together before.In late 2012, AP2 bought a 41% stake in property company US Office Holdings, jointly owned by NPS and Tishman Speyer.
Sweden’s central bank is to trial a more expansionary monetary policy at it launches its own asset purchase scheme and takes repo rates negative.Riksbank announced that it would cut repo rates by 10 basis points, resulting in a negative rate of 0.10%, and that it would begin buying SEK10bn (€1.05bn) worth of government bonds in a move branded “historic” by local financial group SEB.In a statement, SEB argued that the -0.10% rate should be seen as “a test balloon for negative rates”, with further decreases likely in the near future.It also argued that the asset purchase programme – which will see Riksbank buy SEK10bn of nominal Swedish debt with maturities of 1-5 years – was “not optimal”, despite declining inflation rates. It said it would maintain its expansionary monetary policy until its target measure of inflation – CPIF, which excludes energy prices – once again rose to 2% from its December level of 0.5%.The move comes less than a month after the European Central Bank announced it would launch its own €60bn a month asset purchase programme in March, with critics warning the changes in asset allocation would be “toxic” for pension funds.The negative interest rates recently introduced by the Swiss National Bank have also caused problems for local pension funds, with the institution recently ruling out protecting the industry from the pain of the move.Mats Glenhage, head of business finance at Swedish insurer Folksam, admitted the negative repo rate could impact the return of those saving into pensions, but predicted that the action would initially have a marginal impact.He further pointed to the insurer’s diversified portfolio as being able to offset any immediate impact.However, others were less relaxed about the central bank’s move.Speaking at the Terminsstart Pension conference in Stockholm, Nordea chief economist Annika Winsth said the rate cut would cause unnecessary concern, Pensionsnyheterna reported.Winsth added that both the rate decision and the move towards quantitative easing signalled a concern about an oncoming crisis, and that the bank did not believe there would be a recovery in the near future.SEB noted that many investors would have been surprised by Riksbank’s doveish decision but warned about having too great an expectation of the Swedish quantitative easing (QE) programme.“We don’t see scope for a Swedish QE programme to match the size of the ECBs, [and] we believe that EUR/SEK is close to peak,” it said.
Also during a code white alert,emergency service, nursing and administrative personnel residing at thehospital dormitory shall be placed on an on-call status for immediatemobilization. Throat swab specimens were collectedfrom the three foreigners then these were sent to the Research Institute forTropical Medicine in Manila for analysis. ILOILO City – The Department of Health(DOH) in Region 6 has issued a “code white” alert for all hospitals as part ofefforts to shield Western Visayas from a novel coronavirus that has killed atleast 56 people and infected almost 2,000 since its discovery in the city ofWuhan in China. The code white alerted started on Jan.22, said Dr. Marlyn Convocar, DOH Region 6 director, and would go on “untilfurther notice.” The Kalibo International Airportservices direct flights to and from Wuhan City. New viruses can become common inhumans after jumping across the species barrier from animals. The SARS (SevereAcute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2003 started in bats and transferred tothe civet cat which passed it on to humans. A code white alert refers to thereadiness of hospital manpower like general and orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists,internists, operating room nurses, opthalmologists, and otorhinolaryngologists,to respond to any emergency situation. “The suspected cases won’t be passing thepassenger terminal but through the ramp in going to the waiting ambulance,”Parreño stressed. This new virus also causes severeacute respiratory infection. Symptoms seem to start with a fever, followed by adry cough and then, after a week, lead to shortness of breath and some patientsneeding hospital treatment. Last week DOH confirmed that threeBoracay Island-bound Chinese visitors who entered the country through theKalibo International Airport were placed under quarantine in Kalibo, Aklan. The airport’s thermal scanner detectedthem with fever. According to Civil Aviation Authority of thePhilippines (CAAP) Iloilo Airport terminal supervisor Arthur Parreño, hisagency has tightened medical quarantine protocols. “We continuously monitor the entireregion. All health facilities are requested to report immediately all suspectedcases within 24 hours,” according to Convocar. The first to be quarantined, accordingto Dr. Cornelio Cuachon of the Aklan Provincial Health Office, was a29-year-old Chinese national. This was on Jan. 17. The second was athree-year-old girl on Jan. 18.The most recent, on Jan. 20, was a 65-year-old Chinese. The CAAP-Iloilo chief said his office is alsowaiting an order from their central office for the possible free distributionof face masks at the airport. On the other hand, joining the rest ofthe world in heightening measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus,the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo started screening passengers arrivingfrom Hong Kong and Singapore for fever and flu symptoms. Convocar said not only hospitals butrural health units, too, must be ready to act should there be suspected casesin their areas. The three Chinese nationals werereferred to the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH), said Dr.Glenn Alonsabe, DOH regional epidemiologist. “The 29 years old Chinese was advisedto stay overnight at the DRSTMH while the young girl was considered anoutpatient. The 65-year-old patient, on the other hand, is currently beingchecked at the hospital,” said Cuachon. There is no specific cure or vaccineyet. It may take time before the resultswould be known, said Cuachon. Based on early information, it isbelieved that only a quarter of infected cases are “severe”, and the dead aremostly – though not exclusively – older people, some of whom have pre-existingconditions. “Feverish passengers would be ushered to anisolation room,” said Parreño. Bureau of Quarantine personnel have beenposted on Aerobridge 3, the designated passageway of passengers arriving fromHong Kong and Singapore. Chinese authorities suspect a Wuhanseafood market that “conducted illegal transactions of wild animals” was thesource of the outbreak. Her office issued notices to governorsFlorencio Miraflores of Aklan, Rhodora Cadiao of Antique, Esteban EvanContreras of Capiz, Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras, Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo,and Eugenio Lacson of Negros Occidental. Hospital authorities would be contacted for anambulance that would take the passengers to the hospital for further examination. The thermal scanner has also been activated todetect passengers with fever – one of the symptoms of those infected with thenew coronavirus known also as 2019-nCoV. A coronavirus is a family of viruseswhich include the common cold. But this virus has never been seen before, soit’s been called 2019-nCov, for “novel coronavirus”. The Iloilo Airport services 50 flights eachday (25 departure, 25 arrival) including flights to and from Hong Kong andSingapore./PN
Indianapolis, In. — Graduation season is upon us, and it is time to celebrate our local high school seniors who are finishing up their final classes. Students will now be facing important decisions regarding their next steps. Helpful tools like the Next Level Jobs initiative, Workforce Ready Grants, and Secondary Career and Technical Education are available to help guide those looking to gain more skills and information to enter the workforce.Indiana’s unemployment rate is 3.2 percent, which is one of the lowest in the nation. We can keep up this momentum by preparing our young Hoosiers for the ever-evolving job market. They need to be able to meet the increased needs of employers locating to and expanding in our state. In response to this, Gov. Eric Holcomb launched the Next Level Jobs initiative last year. This initiative provides Hoosiers access to new resources so they may secure advanced and better-paying jobs, and gives employers additional tools to help fill positions in high-demand fields.Workforce Ready Grants, established by legislation I supported, covers tuition costs for working-age Hoosiers pursuing technical jobs. These grants aim to grow and strengthen the labor force in our state by helping individuals seeking employment in high-wage jobs. The grant pays the tuition and mandatory fees at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. The certificate programs covered by the grant include advanced manufacturing, building and construction, health sciences, information technology and business technology, and transportation and logistics.Learn more about Next Level Jobs, the Workforce Ready Grant and other opportunities through the Next Level Jobs initiative at nextleveljobs.org.Additional tools Hoosiers should be aware of are the Secondary Career and Technical Education courses. These courses are available to youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage and high-skill technical careers. Students still in high school may, with parental consent, elect to release their information on a form provided by the Department of Education to potential employers recruiting students with a particular career and technical skill.The future of our workforce falls in the hands of our upcoming graduates, and they should be aware of the assistance that is available to them. If there is any way I can help connect you to a workforce resource or if you have any additional questions, please contact me at email@example.com or 317-234-3827. You can also stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse and news in our community by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h67.
Statewide— Many Americans will be celebrating the Fourth of July outdoors this year a little differently, with celebrations at home, including backyard barbecues and picnics perhaps with only your household. No matter how you’re celebrating the Fourth of July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service encourages you to make food safety and other public health recommendations a part of your celebration.Follow these tips from USDA to ensure a food-safe Fourth of July:Don’t Cross-ContaminateAlways keep raw meat and their juices from touching other foods. While grilling, avoid using the same utensils for cooked and ready-to-eat foods that were previously used with raw meat or poultry products. Wash and sanitize all surfaces and utensils after they touch raw items. A recent USDA survey showed that 34 percent of respondents do not follow an important step to use a different utensil to take food off the grill. Bring enough tools to keep your raw meat and poultry away from any cooked or ready-to-eat foods and have extra cleaning and sanitizing supplies ready for your surfaces, plates, and utensils.Use a Food ThermometerSome grill masters may say they know their food is done just by looking at its color when it comes off the grill. That’s not possible and shouldn’t be relied upon. This is where a food thermometer comes in.“More than 25 percent of burgers can turn brown inside before they are fully cooked,” says FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker. “Although your grilled foods may look done, foodborne illness-causing germs are not killed until the safe internal temperature has been reached. Using a food thermometer is the only way to know your food is done and safe to eat.”The USDA recommended safe minimum internal temperatures are:• Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts and chops): 145°F then rest for three-minutes• Fish: 145°F• Ground meats (beef, pork, lamb and veal): 160°F• Whole poultry, poultry breasts and ground poultry: 165°FKeep Foods at a Safe TemperaturePerishable food items should not be left outside for more than two hours, and only one hour if the temperature is at or above 90°F. Keep your food at or below 40°F, in coolers or containers with a cold source, such as ice or frozen gel packs. This includes any leftovers from the grill, cold salads and even cut fruits and vegetables. Leftovers should be refrigerated or placed back in the cooler within 2 hours of being placed outside (1 hour if temperatures are at or above 90°F). If you are not sure how long food has been sitting out, throw it out immediately.
McIlroy claimed he was “in a bad place mentally” after pulling out of the defence of his title midway through his second round, but later released a statement to say a sore wisdom tooth was the reason for his early exit. The world number one had played the opening eight holes of his round in seven over par, before finding a water hazard on the 18th and immediately quitting the tournament. Rory McIlroy will face the media on Wednesday for the first time since his shock withdrawal from the Honda Classic last week. It was McIlroy’s first ever withdrawal from a tournament as a professional, but follows on from losing in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship to Shane Lowry and missing the cut in the Abu Dhabi Championship in his first event since signing a multi-million pound deal with Nike. McIlroy has 14 days from the date of the withdrawal to submit written evidence to the PGA Tour to support his claim of medical grounds, with a fine or suspension possible if the body is not satisfied with his explanation. But a more public explanation is also on the cards with the 23-year-old scheduled to give a pre-tournament press conference at 9am EST (1400GMT) ahead of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Wednesday. Assuming he is fit to play, the Northern Irishman is at least guaranteed four rounds at Doral, as the USD 8.5million event – won last year by Ryder Cup team-mate Justin Rose – has no cut. Press Association
After a drab first half, substitute Charlie Adam gave Stoke the lead in the 51st minute from Crouch’s knockdown. It was cancelled out 15 minutes later as Libor Kozak pounced on a horrible mistake from Erik Pieters but the Dutchman’s blushes were spared when Crouch restored Stoke’s lead in the 70th minute. Press Association Peter Crouch scored the winner as Stoke secured bragging rights in the Midlands with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium. That was the way it stayed as Mark Hughes’ side secured back-to-back home wins in the Barclays Premier League and climbed above Villa into the top half of the table. Visiting boss Paul Lambert chose to leave struggling striker Christian Benteke out of his squad but Stoke were boosted by the presence in their side of captain Ryan Shawcross, who had been very doubtful with a groin problem. Shawcross and his fellow defenders had to be alert as Villa began brightly, creating the first chance 10 minutes in when Ashley Westwood’s cross was headed goalwards by Nathan Baker. Asmir Begovic grasped it at the second attempt, and the Stoke keeper was also behind Aleksander Tonev’s volley from the edge of the box. Marc Albrighton was the first man in the book in the 21st minute, the Villa winger reacting to a push from Pieters with a rash challenge on the full-back. There did not appear to be any real contact but the intent was enough for referee Craig Pawson to show a yellow card. Five minutes later Marc Wilson picked up a booking, although Villa thought it should have been red. The defender’s poor touch just outside the area let in Andreas Weimann, who was then brought down by Wilson. The Stoke player was definitely the last man but Weimann’s touch meant Begovic was a clear favourite to get to the ball first. Stoke had offered little of note in attack but they very nearly took the lead in the 37th minute through Geoff Cameron. The full-back sprinted down the right and sent over a cross that would have dropped into the net but for a fine save from Brad Guzan. The hosts finished the half strongly and with three minutes left Ossama Assaidi jinked his way down the left and sent over a cross that would have been turned in by Crouch but for a superb block by Ciaran Clark. The rebound fell to Marko Arnautovic but he was denied by another block, this time from Baker. Arnautovic was the man to make way as Adam came on for the start of the second half, and it took the playmaker only six minutes to break the deadlock. Clark was shown a yellow card for a crude foul on Jonathan Walters and Cameron’s free-kick was headed on by Crouch to Adam, who took the ball on his chest, turned past Baker and placed his shot beyond Guzan. Referee Pawson was a busy man as tempers flared following a rash challenge from Fabian Delph on Crouch. The midfielder was shown a yellow card, and was slightly fortunate to escape a second booking in a minute when he brought down Adam on the edge of the box, although Chris Herd did talk his way into the book. The equaliser came out of nothing in the 66th minute as Guzan pumped a long ball forward. Stoke looked to have dealt with it but Pieters tried to head the ball back to Begovic and only succeeded in setting up Kozak, who could not miss. But Villa were level for only four minutes before Crouch restored Stoke’s lead. Glenn Whelan found the impressive Cameron down the right, and when Guzan and Herd tried to cut out his cross, the ball fell to Crouch in front of an empty net. There was a suspicion of handball about the striker’s first touch but the Villa complaints were half-hearted. Crouch almost added a third three minutes later with a flick from Pieters’ header that hit a post, while at the other end Kozak’s stinging shot was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Begovic.
Facebook Twitter Google+ It’s a season of lasts for Syracuse. The Orange is in its last Big East season and will play in its last Big East tournament at season’s end. Each meeting with a long-time conference rival could be the last for the foreseeable future.One rivalry in particular stands out for SU: Georgetown. It’s the game the upperclassmen get most geared up for every year and underclassmen are most excited for when they arrive at Syracuse. On Tuesday the two will play for what is likely the last time as members of the Big East.“It’s not just about that one team, it’s just about going through this conference now,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “Things are winding down and you know it’s almost the end of some of these teams you’ve been playing for the last eight years for me now.”The Orange (19-3, 7-2 Big East) travels to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for its last regular season meeting with the Hoyas (13-10, 4-6) as a member of the Big East.But as No. 23 Syracuse continues to rise through the ranks and jostle for NCAA Tournament positioning, center Kayla Alexander and the rest of the Orange are treating the perhaps final meeting with GU as “just another basketball game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve got to get the W if we want to get our goal at the end of the season,” Alexander said.The final tour through the conference has been a “bittersweet” experience for SU guard Elashier Hall. As a senior, these would be her final tests against old conference foes.But the importance of the end of an era isn’t lost on the underclassmen either. Even if they’ve only played these old rivals once or twice, the final trek through Big East play still holds special significance.“There’s more going into this game because it’s going to be our last time playing them, it’s our last time for the Big East against them,” freshman guard Brianna Butler said of the upcoming game. “So we just want to go in and get a win.Entering the season, Syracuse’s senior class had never won against Georgetown. Five tries. Five losses. When the two met for the first time this season, the Orange finally got its win, a 30-point victory in the Carrier Dome.But even then, SU started slow. The Hoyas’ star guard Sugar Rodgers kept GU in the game early and Syracuse made unforced errors before blowing Georgetown away in the second half.Those nerves are gone now.“The jitters of playing them the first time, the excitement, everything going on, we kind of got that out of the way by getting the W,” Hall said. “And then getting it with a great number like that, a second one would be great.”Nearly every meeting between the Orange and the Hoyas turns out to be a memorable one. Last year GU scored the final five points of the game to spoil SU’s Senior Day. Two years before that, Rodgers hit a runner with 20 seconds left to hand Georgetown an overtime victory.The 30-point blowout partially avenged that. The memories of the past aren’t all gone, but so far, Hall will mainly remember the victory in the Dome.Though GU has disappointed this season, Syracuse doesn’t expect this to be anything other than a hard-fought battle. While the Orange has cruised at home, most conference contests away from the Dome have been tight. Going against an archrival, Alexander doesn’t expect Tuesday night to be any different.“Every time we go down to Georgetown it’s always been a dogfight because we’re in their gym,” Alexander said. “So we have to bring our A game.” Comments Published on February 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2