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first_imgThe official Saudi Press Agency said the kingdom had accepted an Emirati request to allow the use of its airspace for “flights heading to the UAE and departing from it to all countries”.Netanyahu, meanwhile, announced that Monday’s landmark commercial flight across Saudi Arabia would not be the last.”Now there is another tremendous breakthrough,” he wrote in a statement shortly after the Saudi announcement.”Israeli planes and those from all countries will be able to fly directly from Israel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and back,” Netanyahu said, without giving any timeline. Saudi Arabia agreed Wednesday to permit UAE flights to “all countries” to overfly the kingdom, as Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu signaled more direct flights linking the UAE with the Jewish state.The announcement comes after the first direct commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Monday, which passed through Saudi airspace, to mark the normalization of Israel-UAE ties.Riyadh’s decision marks another concrete sign of Saudi Arabia’s cooperation with Israel even after it refused publicly to follow the UAE in establishing diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. Sensitive politics President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, who has led a US push for Gulf states to establish ties with Israel as it seeks to isolate Iran, led an American delegation aboard Monday’s flight.Saudi Arabia’s decision comes after Kushner met Prince Mohammed on Tuesday in the planned Red Sea megacity of NEOM.On Wednesday, Kushner met with Qatari ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to discuss “the peace process in the Middle East region,” according to Qatar’s state news agency.There was no comment by the emir on the UAE’s normalization of ties with Israel, or any suggestion that Doha could follow suit.Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s biggest economy and home to Islam’s holiest sites, faces more sensitive political calculations than the UAE.Not only would a formal recognition of Israel be seen by Palestinians and their supporters as a betrayal of their cause, it would also hurt the kingdom’s image as the leader of the Islamic world.In 2002, Saudi Arabia sponsored the Arab Peace Initiative which called for Israel’s complete withdrawal from the Palestinian territories occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967 and an equitable solution for Palestinian refugees, in exchange for peace and the full normalization of relations. “Flights will be cheaper and shorter, and it will lead to robust tourism and develop our economy,” he said.center_img ‘Alternative normalization’ Saudi Arabia has said it will not establish diplomatic ties with Israel until the Jewish state has signed an internationally recognized peace accord with the Palestinians.Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan insisted that Wednesday’s decision does not change the kingdom’s “firm and established” position towards the Palestinian issue.But the kingdom has cultivated clandestine relations with Israel in recent years based on a shared animosity towards Iran, in a shift spearheaded by de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”This is what I would call ‘alternative normalization’,” said Ryan Bohl, of the US geopolitical think tank Stratfor, referring to Riyadh’s announcement.”Saudi Arabia will explore indirect relations with Israel until the Saudi public is better prepared for a deeper strategic change. That will be a slow process,” Bohl told AFP.Allowing flights between Israel and the UAE to cross Saudi airspace save long detours around the Arabian peninsula.”Today’s announcement signals… the warming of relations between the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Israel,” Marc Schneier, an American rabbi with close ties to the Gulf, told AFP.”While they are still deeply committed to the Palestinian people, this first step is a big one and should be celebrated.”This is not the first time the kingdom has opened its airspace for Israel-bound flights.In March 2018, Air India launched the first scheduled service to Israel that was allowed to cross Saudi airspace. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgPrivate credit is now firmly established as a mainstream investment by institutional investors with the asset class on track to reach $1trn (€0.9trn) of assets under management by 2020, according to new research.Europe has become a core region for private credit investors with Germany leading the way, according to the survey of 70 private credit managers, conducted by the Alternative Credit Council – the private credit affiliate of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) – and law firm Dechert.Respondents managed an aggregate $470bn in private credit investments.Over 70% of all private credit committed capital came from institutional investors, according to the study, at a time when the “historically unprecedented liquidity support” provided by central banks in recent years was likely to end. Of the committed capital, 38% came from North American investors and 31% from Europe, excluding the UK.Much of the growth in European lending over the past year came from Germany, the survey reported, with German sponsors and borrowers increasingly embracing private credit.Businesses supported by investors were getting more diverse, the Alternative Credit Council found. While 41% of European respondents’ capital was allocated to SMEs or mid-market borrowers, managers were also increasingly lending to a wider variety of borrowers outside the mid-market, from smaller businesses and start-ups, to larger corporations, real estate and infrastructure projects.European managers reported average allocations of 19% to real estate, 9% to large corporates and 8% to trade finance. However, distressed debt – relatively popular with North American investors – made up only 3% of European allocations.The survey report said: “The continued difficulties faced by European banks in offloading their non-performing loan (NPL) books, along with fragmented creditor protection frameworks across Europe, means that the market for European distressed debt remains less attractive. This may change in coming years, as policymakers continue to encourage a more active NPL market in Europe.”Growing competition for private credit investments had created a buyers’ market for borrowers, with the report noting that companies were seeking more flexibility on loan covenants and driving a hard bargain on pricing. However, managers said there were still risk baselines they would not cross.Looking ahead, private credit managers expected continued growth across the asset class, with a third of respondents planning on increasing allocations to SME and mid-market lending over the next three years.However, they were also preparing for the possibility of an end to the current credit cycle and tougher economic conditions for borrowers. As such, said the report, managers were increasingly lending at positions higher in the capital structure, and moving away from cyclical sectors.See also: IPE’s Credit Investing Special Report from the November issuelast_img read more

first_img MORE NEWS: How a broken toilet seat landed James Packer’s $70m property deal James Clear closed AREC 2019. Picture: Mike Batterham“This was a period in my life where I had to start small,” he said. “I focused on little habits that I could sustain.“Habits were the method in which I could overcome the challenges that I faced and how I was able to maximise my potential.”Clear closed the 22nd annual Australasian Real Estate Conference, that was held on the Gold Coast Sunday and Monday, with his talk ‘Atomic Habits: one per cent better every day.’ MORE NEWS: AREC 2019: From late nights and wild parties to raking in millions The photographer, entrepreneur and writer is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies, millions visit his website each month and on Monday the AREC 2019 attendees were treated to him sharing some of his wisdom. “Success is the product of daily habits, not once in a lifetime transformations,” he said. “The one per cent improvements, the tiny gains, the little advantages, are not just nice to have but could be the master key to unlocking elite levels of performance. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Excellence is not about radical changes but its much more about accruing small improvements.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51center_img Clear challenged the audience to become just one per cent better everyday, through creating small and positive habits. “Fake it to you make it is a short-term strategy, not a long-term one,” he said. “You do not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems.“What we need is not better goals but a better system for achieving those goals.”He said there were four laws in creating a habit, with the inverse of those laws how to brake a bad one. “Law one, make it obvious,” he said. “Law two, make it attractive.“Law three, make it easy.“Law four, make it satisfying” And he answered the age-old question: how long does it take to build a new habit? “The honest is answer is forever, because if you stop doing it is no longer a habit,” Clear said. “Habits are not a finish line to be crossed, they are a lifestyle to be lived.” How long does it take to build a new habit? Author James Clear answered the age-old question at AREC 2019. Picture: McGrathAS a child James Clear, the author of New York Times’ bestseller Atomic Habits, was hit in the face with a baseball bat. “It struck me right between my eyes … and shattered both eye sockets,” Clear said. It was such a bad injury he was placed into a medically induced coma, but it was when he woke and started the road to recovery that he learnt about how big small habits can be. last_img read more

first_img Share Food & DiningLifestyle How to make perfect pasta salad. by: – May 27, 2011 Tweet 24 Views   no discussions By Carolyn Malcoun,Contributing food editor for EatingWell MagazineGreen Pasta SaladMy go-to side dish to bring along wherever I’m invited—pasta salad—is simple to make and easy to tote. It seems to have been invented for summer picnics, potlucks and backyard barbecues!But typical versions consist of white pasta drowning, often tastelessly, in a heavy mayonnaise dressing. Luckily, it’s easy to make a light and creamy pasta salad with a lot less fat that’s still super-yummy!Here are 4 of my simple tips to help you make your favorite pasta-salad recipes healthier.Replace regular white pasta with whole-wheat pasta to add fiber—you’ll more than double the fiber per cup of pasta.Use a combination of low-fat mayonnaise, low-fat plain yogurt and olive oil instead of regular mayonnaise and you’ll cut calories and saturated fat.Double the veggies and use a variety of colorful ones. Some of my favorite pasta-salad veggies: shredded carrots, finely chopped broccoli and cauliflower, cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes and diced bell pepper.Add fresh herbs! They boost flavor without fat or sodium. Fragrant basil is always a hit, or try tarragon, dill or cilantro.EatingWell’s Garden Pasta Salad incorporates all these healthy tricks. One pasta salad recipe that’s, dare I say it?, more delicious than most of the pasta salads I’ve eaten at potlucks. If you share it with friends, I bet you get asked for the recipe as often as I do!Garden Pasta SaladActive time: 35 minutes | Total: 35 minutes | To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.Ingredients:2 cups whole-wheat rotini (6 ounces)1/3 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar or lemon juice1 clove garlic, minced1/8 teaspoon saltFreshly ground pepper to taste1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved1 cup diced yellow or red bell pepper (1 small)1 cup grated carrots (2-4 carrots)1/2 cup chopped scallions (4 scallions)1/2 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives1/3 cup slivered fresh basilDirections:1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain and refresh under cold running water.2. Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, oil, vinegar (or lemon juice), garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots, scallions, olives and basil; toss to coat well.Makes 6 servings, 1 cup each.Per serving: 205 calories; 9 g fat (2 g sat, 5 g mono); 1 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrate; 6 g protein; 4 g fiber; 291 mg sodium; 269 mg potassium.Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (97% daily value), Vitamin A (70% dv), Fiber (17% dv).center_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

first_imgWhen Erin Fitzgerald rolled around Jill Cammett to find the back of the net just more than one minute into overtime, Syracuse needed to answer.But the Orange never found the equalizer. Nearly two minutes later, NU attack Shannon Smith wrapped around the net for a tight-angle goal to give the Wildcats a two-goal lead, ending the SU’s chances of upsetting the No. 1 team in the nation.‘I had Casey (Bocklet) sitting on the crease,’ Smith said, ‘and actually someone on my team was like, ‘You have seven seconds left,’ so I went in and luckily it went in.’After Smith’s fifth and final goal in overtime, No. 1 Northwestern (3-0) ran out the clock to secure an 11-9 overtime victory over the No. 11 Orange (1-2) in front of 877 in the Carrier Dome. Smith and Bocklet gave the Syracuse defense trouble most of Wednesday night, combining for six goals — five for Smith — and two assists. The Wildcats used a pick-heavy offense to score just enough to escape the Orange’s upset bid.Syracuse raced out to an early 6-3 lead and kept the duo in check through the first half. Smith was held to just one goal in the half and that came on a free-position shot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut once Bocklet used a Smith screen on Cammett to open the period’s scoring at the 24:30 mark of the second half, Northwestern had found an offensive game plan to spark its comeback.‘We were able to make some adjustments at halftime,’ Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said. ‘I think the girls came out of the locker room after half mentally, physically to be able to compete.’The Wildcats went scoreless for about the next four minutes until Smith scored again, the first of four goals in four minutes.Smith’s goal was another tight-angle shot that the Syracuse defense never managed to respond to.‘She’s really good in those tough situations,’ Hiller said. ‘She puts her shots away.’Northwestern midfielder Beatrice Conley scored about 1:30 later to tie the game at 6 before back-to-back goals by Smith in a minute span gave the Wildcats their first lead since the 29:02 mark of the first half.Once again, Smith’s goals came with the help of Bocklet.The first goal of that stretch came when Smith set a pick letting Bocklet come around the net. The freshman lofted a pass over a pair of Orange defenders to find Smith for her third goal of the game.‘We just needed to communicate,’ SU defender Janelle Stegeland said. ‘They were setting picks on top of the crease. We had to communicate, we had to set a switch … but where we made our mistakes was we just had to get around the crease quicker and make our slides.’Smith’s next goal was on another tight-angle shot.The senior once again took advantage of Syracuse’s focus on stopping Bocklet’s pick-and-roll tactics to make just the amount of space she needed to squeeze one past SU goaltender Kelsey Richardson and give Northwestern an 8-6 lead.‘They started working the crease, and they found some success there and doing that three, four, five times in a row,’ Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said, ‘and we needed to make an adjustment when we did.’The Wildcats eventually went away from the pick-and-roll tactics and got one more goal to stretch the lead to 9-6.Syracuse scored three unanswered goals to force overtime. But with Northwestern holding a one-goal lead in the extra period, the Wildcats went back to their old tactics to ice the game.Smith held the ball behind the net for Northwestern for nearly an entire minute as the first of two three-minute overtime periods wound down. Bocklet stood in the crease setting picks and trying to get open, and Smith, for the fifth time on the day, was able to put one home.‘Kelly really trusts us with it,’ Smith said, ‘and I think we worked really well around the crease setting picks for one another and being patient enough and waiting for the right opportunity for that opening.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

first_img Chris Paul injury update: Rockets guard expected back in lineup Sunday NBA wrap: James Harden continues scoring tear; Rockets top Raptors in Houston James Harden’s incredible scoring streak may come to an end when Chris Paul returns, but the reigning NBA MVP is ready to welcome the Rockets point guard back with open arms.The injury-ravaged Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 121-119 on Friday as Harden scored 35 points, continuing his incredible run of having scored at least 30 points in 22 successive games. Another 30+ game for The MVP! (22 in-a-row)— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 26, 2019Asked what he will bring to the team, Harden told reporters: “Leadership and just play-making ability. [On] defense, being able to create defensive steals to our offense.”I’m just happy to see him back on the court. He spent so long working out and trying to get his body healthy and right as well.”The presence of Paul should ease the burden on Harden, who insists he is happy for his numbers to decrease if it benefits the team.center_img All but five of those totals have been achieved without Paul, the nine-time All-Star sidelined since before Christmas because of a hamstring injury.Paul, 33, is set to make his comeback Sunday against the Magic, and Harden knows Paul can be a major asset. Related News “It’s great, I’m here for whatever,” Harden said of his role when Paul returns.”Whatever I have to do. Guys go out, some guys got to step up, some guys got to step up more than usual.”When guys are healthy, roles are gonna dim down a little bit, but that’s fine. As long as we’re playing well as a team and we’re clicking, we’re good.”last_img read more

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, May 08, 2013:•2:30 a.m. Officers investigated minor in possession in the 1100 block N. A,  Wellington.•2:30 a.m. Trey L. Beeler, 18,  Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with minor in possession.•2:40 a.m. Cyrus C. Cunningham, 21, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol &/or drugs in the 1100 block. N. A,  Wellington.•11:15 a.m. Officers took a report of lost property of a wallet in the 800 block. E. 16th,  Wellington.•1:40 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block W. College,  Wellington.•4 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 900 block. N. Woodlawn,  Wellington involved vehicles operated by Brian E. Hopper, 23, Winfield, and Cherish L. Chesbro, 40,  Wellington.•5:35 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1000 block S. H,  Wellington.•6:02 p.m. Officers investigated a dog bite in the 400 block N. A,  Wellington.•6:23 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic violence battery by a known suspect in the 200 block S. B,  Wellington.last_img read more

first_imgThrough a Steelers spokesman, quarterback Mason Rudolph last week denied speaking a racial slur to Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and igniting the brawl at the end of Pittsburgh’s Week 11 game in Cleveland. On Sunday, soon after he was benched in Cincinnati due to poor play, Rudolph faced questions about the allegation for the first time since it surfaced.”It’s totally untrue. I couldn’t believe it,” Rudolph said. Garrett, in his appeal of an indefinite suspension by the NFL, claimed Rudolph uttered the slur. “I couldn’t believe that he would go that route after the fact. It is what it is. I think I moved on. One day it was tough. Moved on. We’re good now.” Pressed on whether Garrett might have heard something that, as the reporter asking the question put it, could have been left to interpretation and deemed a racial slur, Rudolph responded: “Absolutely not. There was nothing. Not even close.”Mason Rudolph on Myles Garrett’s accusation he used a racial slur in the Cleveland fight:“It’s totally untrue. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe he would go that route after the fact.”— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) November 24, 2019NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN last week that the league “found no such evidence” when it investigated whether Rudolph directed a slur toward Garrett at any point of the brawl, during which Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and hit the QB with it, earning the Pro Bowl pass-rusher his suspension.MORE STEELERS-BROWNS BRAWL: A complete list of suspensions and finesIn a statement issued hours after his claim of a slur was reported by ESPN, Garrett defended himself: “I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension. This was not meant for public dissemination, nor was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed.”I know what I heard. Whether my opponent’s comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans.”Rudolph’s attorney, Timothy M. Younger, added on Thursday: “According to ESPN, in his appeal, Myles Garrett falsely asserted that Mason Rudolph uttered a racial slur toward him, prior to swinging a helmet at Mason’s uncovered head, in a desperate attempt to mitigate his suspension. This is a lie. This false allegation was never asserted by Garrett in the aftermath of the game, never suggested prior to the hearing, and conspicuously absent in the apology published by the Browns and adopted by Garrett.”The malicious use of this wild and unfounded allegation is an assault on Mason’s integrity which is far worse than the physical assault witnessed on Thursday. This is reckless and shameful. We will have no further comment.” MORE: Browns fans hit Rudolph pinata with helmetGarrett received the harshest punishment of anybody involved in the brawl. The third-year Browns defender’s suspension will keep him out of the team’s final six games of the 2019 season and any potential postseason games. The NFL decided to uphold the suspension despite the appeal by Garrett, who had a meeting with the commissioner’s office Nov. 20. Garrett was also fined $45,623.Rudolph was not suspended but received a $50,000 fine for his role in the fight.last_img read more