Israeli army kills alleged Palestinian attacker in West Bank

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier has shot dead a Palestinian suspected of attempting an attack on troops in the West Bank. The Israeli army says Sunday’s incident happened at a West Bank junction south of Bethlehem and no soldiers were hurt. The military says “an armed assailant with three knives connected to a stick” attempted to attack soldiers and was killed. Israel has seen a series of shootings, stabbings and car-ramming attacks in recent years, mostly carried out by lone Palestinian attackers in the West Bank with no apparent links to armed groups.last_img read more

Gigi, Starring Vanessa Hudgens & Corey Cott, Opens on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 Gigi Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.center_img View Comments Still don’t understand the Parisians? Let Vanessa Hudgens help. The Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s Gigi opens officially at the Neil Simon Theatre on April 8. The Eric Schaeffer-helmed production stars Hudgens, Corey Cott and Tony winner Victoria Clark.To celebrate the musical’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait of the bubbly cast at play. In addition to Hudgens as Gigi, Cott as Gaston Lachaille and Clark as Mamita, the sketch includes Howard McGillin as Honoré Lachaille, Dee Hoty as Aunt Alicia and Steffanie Leigh as Liane d’Exelmans.Broadway.com wishes a magnifique opening to the entire cast of Gigi. Keep the champagne flowing! But please drink responsibly—you have a show tomorrow.last_img read more

Cuomo seeks to ban fracking permanently, cites Southern Tier as clean energy leader in N.Y.

first_img“In the five years since fracking was banned, we have proven that it was in fact, not the only economic option for the Southern Tier,” Governor Cuomo said in a press release sent to 12 News. The governor announced legislation Wednesday afternoon that would prevent the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation from approving permits that would allow an applicant’s ability to “drill, deepen, plug back or convert wells that use hydraulic-fracking to complete or re- complete a well.” He cited Binghamton University Professor and 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipient Stanley Whittingham’s “expertise” in subject as an example of the regions’ dedication to clean energy. The governor says the legislation will protect New Yorkers’ health as well as the environment’s. In a statement sent to 12 News, Cuomo highlighted the Southern Tier’s devotion to clean energy. He says efforts for clean energy in the Southern Tier have “grown rapidly” over five years. (WBNG) — Governor Cuomo is looking to make the fracking ban in New York State permanent. “The region has since become a hotbed for clean energy and economic development investment through programs like 76West and Southern Tier Soaring, creating new good-quality jobs that pave the way for further growth,” he said.last_img read more

North Carolina women arrested following Otsego County traffic stop

first_imgBoth were arraigned virtually. Lowry was remanded to the Otsego County Jail on $500 cash bail. Another woman was arrested and charged with the same two misdemeanors Lowry was charged with. According to a news release, police say troopers stopped their vehicle on Interstate 88 for a traffic infraction. Troopers smelled marijuana coming from their vehicle, police say. (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department says it arrested two women from North Carolina following a traffic stop in the town of Otego.center_img Additionally, the release says a trooper saw a one and a half month old infant on the lap of the front seat passenger. Lowry was driving the vehicle and in possession of a loaded handgun. Police say 22-year-old Mia E. Lowry was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony; and reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.last_img read more

Dutch PM says his attitude to ‘Black Pete’ winter tradition has undergone ‘great changes’

first_img Topics : Rutte observed that the tradition is already changing. Some local celebrations feature Black Petes with dabs of paint on their cheeks, representing soot from the chimneys he is said to climb down to deliver presents. Others include multicolored Petes, dropping the word “Black” from the name.Anti-racism protests honoring George Floyd were held in Amsterdam and Rotterdam this week, with more scheduled. . Rutte acknowledged at a press conference on Wednesday that discrimination is a “systematic problem” in the Netherlands.”Here too, people are judged by their heritage,” he said.The protests were triggered by death of Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in the custody of white police officers in Minneapolis. Rutte said that since 2013 he had met many people, including “small children, who said ‘I feel terribly discriminated [against] because Pete is black’.””And I thought, that’s the last thing that we want” in a holiday intended for children.”I expect in a few years there will be no more Black Petes,” Rutte said.While critics including UN cultural experts have said Black Pete is offensive, a shrinking majority of white Dutch people argue Pete is either a magical fantasy figure not portraying any race or a lively figure of fun.center_img Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his attitude towards “Black Pete”, a figure from the country’s winter holiday celebrations that has been criticized as a racist caricature, had undergone “great changes” in recent years.In a debate in parliament over anti-racism protests in the Netherlands prompted by solidarity with US demonstrations, Rutte said late on Thursday his view had changed since 2013, when he said “Black Pete is just black and I can’t do much about that” and dismissed the discussion.In the Dutch tradition, St. Nicholas brings gifts to kids accompanied by numerous “Petes”, clownish servants usually portrayed by white people in black face paint wearing frizzy wigs and red lipstick.last_img read more

EC tenders studies to advance sustainable finance action plan

first_imgThe European Commission has launched tenders for studies on sustainability-related products and services and on the integration of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks by EU banks.The studies were provided for in the Commission’s sustainable finance action plan from March last year. Implementation of that has so far mainly focused on the legislation that the Commission proposed and the related work of the technical expert group.According to the tender documentation, the study on “sustainability ratings and research” is supposed to:Describe the state of play of the sustainability-related products and services market;Establish an inventory and classification of actors and sustainability products and services available on the market;Explore the use and quality of sustainability-related products and services; andProvide the Commission with recommendations and best practices to stimulate demand and improve the quality of supply. Sustainability-related products and services included ratings, scores, scenario analysis, raw data, ESG benchmarks, and second opinions on green bonds, and were offered by a number of specialist and traditional providers, according to the Commission.One of the aims of the study, it said, was to “design a coherent legal and economic classification” of the products and their providers.The general objective of the other study was to “explore the integration of ESG risk considerations into the EU banking prudential framework and into banks’ business strategies and investment policies”.The findings would feed into the work to implement the Commission’s sustainable finance action plan and could be taken into account by the European Banking Authority.The EBA has been tasked to assess the potential inclusion of ESG risks in the reviews and evaluations carried out by supervisors. It is supposed to deliver a report on its findings to the Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council by 28 June 2021.last_img read more

Egypt Holds Final Round of Parliamentary Elections

first_imgEgypt is holding the final round of runoffs in the parliamentary elections today.The balloting is to elect Egypt’s first legislature since a chamber dominated by Islamists was dissolved by a court ruling in 2012.Tens of thousands of troops and policemen have reportedly been deployed around the country to safeguard the two-day vote which started on Tuesday.These security measures reflect the growing security concerns in the country amid an Islamic insurgency and after a suspected explosive device downed a Russian airliner over the country’s Sinai Peninsula in late October, killing all 224 people on board.An Islamic state affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack.The results of the vote will be announced later in the week and parliament is to hold its inaugural session in December.last_img read more

Doubt surrounds Pacquiao-Mayweather date

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img NewsSports Doubt surrounds Pacquiao-Mayweather date by: – January 12, 2012 33 Views   no discussions The fight between Mannny Pacquiao (left) and Floyd Mayweather Jnr. could finally take place in 2012.(CNN) — An eagerly-anticipated clash between two of the greatest boxers of the modern era looks likely to happen this year if the two camps can compromise on a date.U.S. boxer Floyd Mayweather Jnr took to his Twitter account this week to throw down the gauntlet to Manny Pacquiao, calling on his arch-rival from the Philippines to “step up punk” for a May 5 fight.But Pacquiao’s official website said that the 33-year-old wanted a date at the end of that month.And Filipino broadcaster ABS-CBN reported that Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said late May was preferable so that a temporary outdoor stadium could be constructed in Las Vegas to maximize revenue from the showdown.However, Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda told CNN that the fight might not take place until November.“It’s not going to be in May,” Pineda said on Thursday. “As far we know, he (Mayweather) has a jail term to serve. With a November date, he can still do a lot of training in jail.”Mayweather was sentenced to a 90-day prison term after being found of domestic violence, however a judge in Nevada ruled last week that the Mayweather could postpone reporting to jail until June because he had already lined up a fight date in May.Mayweather faces jail for domestic violenceMayweather chose Twitter to issue his challenge to Pacquiao.“Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see,” he wrote on Tuesday. “My jail sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up punk.”The two fighters have had a famously rancorous relationship.Last year, Pacquiao filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Las Vegas for defamation against Mayweather and others for allegedly claiming he had used performance-enhancing drugs.Pacquiao had been infuriated by the insistence of Mayweather and his team at Golden Boy Promotions that both fighters submit to Olympic-style blood testing in the buildup to a previous “super fight.”The talks between the two parties broke down. “Floyd Mayweather is a coward. He will never fight anyone that will remotely give him a tough fight,” Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said at the time.The 34-year-old American boxer has won all 42 of his professional fights (26 by knockout) but Pacquiao, 33, also has an impressive record with, with 54 wins from 59 bouts — 38 by knockout — plus three losses and two draws.He is the first boxer in the sport’s history to have won world titles in eight weight divisions and recently launched a successful political career after being elected to the Philippine House of Representatives in June 2010.Pineda said the details of the much-vaunted fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao were still being studied.“We haven’t seen a contract yet. It’s all still on the drawing board,” he said.By Peter Shadbolt, CNNlast_img read more

Celtic’s Christie handed two-match ban for grabbing Morelos testicles

first_img The Scotland international is recovering from groin surgery and was rated ‘touch and go’ by assistant manager John Kennedy for the trip to Maryhill. Celtic had vowed to defend their player ‘vigorously’ and stated they were “astonished” by the SFA charge when it was announced on December 31. Morelos could still be hit with retrospective action over the cut-throat gesture he made towards Celtic fans after he was sent off in the closing seconds of the game. Christie’s offence fell under fast-track procedures but gestures fall outside of those time limitations. read also:Celtic star  faces two-game ban for grabbing Morelos testicles Rangers later claimed Morelos had been subjected to racial abuse and claimed his gesture was “used commonly throughout South America to indicate quite simply that something – in this case, the match – is finished”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Christie escaped with only a free-kick against him after grabbing the Colombian in the groin area with his hand during Rangers’ 2-1 win at Celtic Park on December 29. But he was subsequently charged with violent conduct by the Scottish Football Association and a fast-track tribunal found him guilty. The 24-year-old had already been booked by referee Kevin Clancy for a foul on Morelos when he appeared to grab the striker after he had been nutmegged by the Colombian. Christie will miss Celtic’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Partick Thistle on January 18 along with their Ladbrokes Premiership encounter at Kilmarnock four days later. The ban triggers an extra one-match suspension because it is his second red-card offence of the season – he was sent off against Livingston – so he will also sit out the visit of Ross County on January 25.Advertisement Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has been slapped with a two-match ban after being found guilty of grabbing Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos by the genitals.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Bale talks with Real still ongoing

first_img “100million euros (£86million) seems to me like a lot of money, all things considered,” Perez said in an interview with ESPN. Some construed Perez’s comments as evidence that Real were going cold on the deal, but sources close to Bale have insisted that talks are still ongoing over a transfer. With over three weeks left until the window closes, the transfer saga still has plenty of potential to rumble on. Tottenham reportedly want at least one Real player plus cash in return for Bale, with Portugal left-back Fabio Coentrao the most prominent name mentioned of late. Bale is expected to sit out Tottenham’s friendly against Espanyol on Saturday. The 24-year-old has been taking part in one-to-one sessions as he bids to recover from a foot injury. But even though he has been selected for Wales’ game against the Republic of Ireland next week, Andre Villas-Boas is unlikely to play the forward at White Hart Lane. Bale’s income is set to increase next season regardless of which club he plays for after it was confirmed that the forward’s application to trademark his ‘Eleven of Hearts’ celebration logo has been successful. Real have maintained a constant public campaign to try to woo Bale this summer, with a number of senior players admitting they would love the Tottenham forward to join them at the Bernabeu. Real president Florentino Perez appeared to question whether the nine-time European champions would be willing to stump up the world-record fee required to persuade Spurs to sell their prize asset. The Intellectual Property Office have confirmed that the logo, which includes a number 11 inside a heart shape made of two hands, has been trademarked. Bale’s advisers have plans to introduce the symbol on to a number of products which will be revealed to the public at a later date. That could stand to make him up to £3million a year, according to Nigel Currie, director of sports marketing agency brand-rapport. He said: “The possibilities are huge for Gareth Bale. Once he has that right he can cash in on it and become a more well-known player. “A third of his overall income could be made from his image rights, potentially up to £3million a year.” Bale first incorporated the heart sign in to his goal celebration in 2010. He revealed afterwards that he did it as a gesture to his childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones, with whom he had a daughter last year. Gareth Bale is still hopeful of securing a move to Real Madrid despite Florentino Perez appearing to cast doubt on the deal on Thursday. Press Associationlast_img read more