Israeli PM says speaks with leaders of Sudan, Chad

first_imgSudan’s PM Hamdok picked to chair Igad Sudan PM vows to boost ties with South Sudan Sudan’s new PM announces cabinet selections Related Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he has talked with the leaders of Sudan and Chad, countries with which Israel has no bilateral ties until recently.The remark was made at the start of the first weekly cabinet meeting of the new power-sharing government between Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party, a week after the unity government was sworn-in in the parliament.The meeting was held a few hours before the opening of the first hearing of Netanyahu’s criminal trial over corruption charges at the Jerusalem District Court.Netanyahu told the cabinet he had spoken with the leaders of Sudan and Chad over the past two days, and wished them happy Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.He said he wishes the ties between the countries would “strengthen further,” noting new diplomatic ties with “more Muslim countries” are “on the way.”Netanyahu and Sudan’s leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan met in Uganda in February and agreed to move toward the normalization of their relations.In January 2019, during Netanyahu’s visit to Chad, he and Chadian President Idriss Deby announced the resumption of diplomatic ties for the first time since 1972.Forming new relations with Muslim countries is a key part of Netanyahu’s foreign policy, according to which the Israelis can normalize ties with their Arab neighbors and the Muslim world without inking a peace deal with the Palestinians.last_img read more

Martinez rushes for 301 yards, Big Reds plow their way into state quarterfinals

first_img ENDS IN Cameron Martinez drops back for Muskegon. Photo/TIm Reilly (5153) Displayed poorly Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Wo… By Andrew JohnsonLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – Big games have become the norm for Muskegon Big Reds star quarterback Cameron Martinez.But they become even more impressive and more important in the state playoffs, when a bad game came mean the end of the season.Martinez certainly did his part to make sure that didn’t happen on Friday. He rushed for 301 yards and four touchdowns, and added a long TD pass, to lead Muskegon to an impressive 49-17 victory over Grand Rapids Christian in a Division 1 district championship game at Hackley Stadium.The Big Reds improved to 11-0 on the season, and will take on Cedar Springs next Friday night at Grand Haven High school in a state quarterfinal matchup.Muskegon’s Cameron Martinez stretches out to cross the goal line. Photo/Tim ReillyThe victory was extra sweet for Martinez, who was on the losing end of a district title game last season, when he was the quarterback for Muskegon Catholic.“It feels good because I feel like I got a second chance, and a chance to improve my resilience and things like that,” he said after the game. “Now I’m moving on and I’m very grateful.”Muskegon Coach Shane Fairfield was excited about his team winning its seventh consecutive district title.“It means toughness, and that we have kids who are devoted to success,” Fairfield said. “These kids work long days in the classroom and then come out to practice. These young men started back on August 6, and we go on Sundays too, so our kids work six days a week.”The Big Red defense displayed a lot of resilience on Friday night, after it surrendered a touchdown on a 91-yard, five play drive to start the game.Eagles quarterback Eason Hardouin found John Holmes on an 11-yard touchdown pass to give Grand Rapids Christian a 7-0 lead only 1:46 into the game.But that turned out to be the lone score that the Big Red defense gave up in the first half.Hyrosha Wilson gets ready to apply a stiff arm to the Grand Rapids Christian defender. Photo/Tim ReillyMeanwhile the Muskegon offense answered quickly, scoring on its first possession when Martinez punched in a four-yard run to tie the game at 7-7 with 8:23 left in the first.Martinez scored his second touchdown on a 10-yard run with 1:11 left in the first quarter, giving Muskegon a 14-7 lead.The Big Reds extended the lead to 21-7 with 3:34 left in the second quarter when Jeremiah Lockhart scored on a six-yard run.Martinez continued his big night right away in the second half when he took the first snap from scrimmage 72 yards to give Muskegon a 28-7 lead.Grand Rapids Christian got seven points back when Thad Gamble scored on five-yard run to make the score 28-14 with 6:55 left in the third quarter.Muskegon responded with a 28-yard Martinez touchdown run, making the score 34-14.After an Isaih Moore interception gave Muskegon possession, Martinez found Quenten Reynolds for a 49-yard touchdown pass to put the Big Reds up 41-14 with 3:46 left in the third.A Dayne Weldy field goal from 25 yards out gave the Eagles their final points of the game early in the fourth quarter.The final score of the night came on a 35-yard touchdown run by Lockhart.Lockhart totaled 93 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.“It’s always a good feeling,” said Martinez about the holes his offensive line opened up for him and his fellow backs. “All we have to do is plant our feet and go. We’re hard to stop because of them.”Jakobie Harris led the Muskegon defense with nine tackles while Nate Hunter had two sacks. ENDS IN Displayed poorly Share Not relevant Report a problem This item is… The Big Reds celebrate a Cameron Martinez TD. Photo/Tim Reilly Not relevant 0 Inappropriate / Offensive Jeremiah Lockhart rushes the ball for Muskegon. Photo/Tim Reilly Ads by Amazon $0.00 Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Citru… DEAL OF THE DAY (32825) Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive $0.00 Report a problem This item is… Bestseller × Displayed poorly × ENDS IN ENDS IN Muskegon’s Demario Robinson breaks free on the rush. Photo/Tim Reilly Report a problem This item is… Bestseller Bestseller Bestseller $9.99 DEAL OF THE DAY Other Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… × × DEAL OF THE DAY Quentin Reynolds looks back to the make the TD reception for Muskegon. 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Paddy still on fire

first_imgNears pin prizes went to George Gamble (25), Martin Hayes (18) and Paddy Devereux.Thursday, Jan. 14, Eastern Star – StablefordOn Thursday we drove to Eastern Star where we found the course to be in good condition with nice fairways, although it was very busy which made it a long, hot day.Paddy Devereux once again led the way with a solid level par 36 points and he was followed up the podium steps by Neil Harvey in second place with 32 points.Bob Edwards was the only player to win a near pin prize today as the par 3’s played tough.Note: Siam Country Resort Pattaya, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd, after going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 meters, with the venue on the left another 200 meters along.  Golf from here is generally played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the Resort hosting prompt presentations on both days.  As a PSC affiliated venue we welcome ALL golfers, including ladies & seniors (>60s) who have opted for the “Silver” tee option.  Call 089 2535440 (Willem Lasonder) for scheduling or enquiries. PSC Golf from Siam Country Resort PattayaTuesday, Jan. 12, Treasure Hill – StablefordTuesday we went with 3 groups to Treasure Hill.  The course was in good condition but in some places it was a little bit wet, although it dried out during the day.  It is a pity that there is a mix of two types of grass on the fairways here.  The greens were slow, but fair.(Left-right) Willem Lasonder, Paddy Devereux & Jonathan Pratt.Today Paddy Devereux (H/cap 21) was again on fire and won with 37 stableford points.  Willem Lasonder (20) came in second with 35 and Jonathan Pratt (11) took third on 34.last_img read more

Steelers’ Burns charged with driving with suspended license

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns has been charged with driving with a suspended license.A Miami Beach Police report says an officer pulled over Burns’ Cadillac SUV in South Beach on Thursday for having an expired tag.The report says the 22-year-old Burns failed to produce a driver’s license, and was handcuffed and taken to a county jail.Miami-Dade County court records show Burns hadn’t paid hundreds of dollars in traffic tickets and failed to appear for a hearing.The police report says Burns’ SUV was impounded and the vehicle’s tag was seized.Jail records show Burns was released on bond Friday. It couldn’t be determined if he had an attorney; the case wasn’t yet listed in court records.Burns was a first-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2016.last_img read more

Strong as steel: Amid heartbreak, Steelers rout Browns

first_img8 Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) acknowledges fans as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. v(AP Photo/Don Wright) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin’s heart was heavy when he went to work on Sunday morning. The Steelers coach wasn’t alone.All of Pittsburgh felt broken after 11 innocent people were killed in a shooting at a synagogue that Tomlin estimated is “800 yards” from his home. But true to its steely reputation, the city — and the Steelers — stayed strong.“I’m a member of the Squirrel Hill community personally,” Tomlin said after Pittsburgh’s 33-18 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. “Words cannot express how we feel as members of the community. I’m not going to make this about me or about us. We’re just glad we are here to serve our community if we can in some small way.”Tomlin had addressed his players about the shooting on Saturday night, hours after a gunman walked into the Tree of Life Synagogue during services and killed eight men and three women ranging in age from 54 to 97. The dead included Cecil and David Rosenthal, whose sister, Michele, is the Steelers’ former community relations director.The deaths hit home for a team as connected to its fan base as any in the NFL.A Pittsburgh Steelers fan holds a sign honoring the victims of a deadly shooting spree at a synagogue on Saturday during the second half of an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he was overcome with emotion on his drive to Heinz Field, during pregame warmups and when the stadium observed a moment of silence before kickoff.“It was crazy tough and especially of Michele and the closeness that we have with her,” said Roethlisberger, who threw a pair of touchdown passes to Antonio Brown. “Coach always talked about when you step inside the white lines everything else has to kind of go away, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. I told the guys during the post-team prayer, we’re thankful for a victory, but we also understand there are bigger things, there is life.“I am glad we can give people maybe three hours of a break of not thinking about it all the time. That is what sports does sometimes — it helps you to heal. It’s over, people are going to enjoy this, but reality still sets in for a lot of people.”Six-year-old Isaiah Mosley, left, and Thaddeus Mosley, 9, wear Steelers jerseys with a patch of the Steelers logo with one of the hypocycloids changed to a Star of David as they watch the team warm up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers added the logo in respect for the victims of a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)James Conner rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns for the Steelers (4-2-1), who looked so vulnerable earlier this season when they tied Cleveland in the opener.But with Conner making Le’Veon Bell’s messy contract holdout less impactful every game behind an offensive line backing up praise about Conner, the Steelers appear to be the class of the AFC North again.For Conner, who played college ball at Pitt and won his own battled with cancer, Sunday’s win went deeper than just being the 15th in a row at Heinz Field over the rival Browns.“Today was much bigger than a game of football,” said Conner, who scored on runs of 12 and 22 yards. “Our city took a hit, and our hearts are with all of the victims and their families.”ROAD CREWThe Browns lost their 25th straight road game, 20th in a row under embattled coach Hue Jackson.While Jackson’s days appear numbered, there are also rumblings about offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s future.Jackson caused an uproar last week following a loss at Tampa Bay when he pledged to “dive” in and help Cleveland’s struggling offense. Well, the Browns were still plagued by many of the same problems and Jackson continues to insist he and Haley are not at odds.Still, there’s drama.“There’s nothing wrong with my relationship with Haley,” Jackson said. “I said what I said last week, and obviously, it had legs, but I never said I wanted to take away play calling. I said I wanted to help. That’s it. The only thing that’s going on is we need to get better. We need to coach better.”GROWING PAINSBrowns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield won’t forget his introduction to the Steelers.Mayfield threw two touchdown passes — the second with 6 seconds left — and had some nice moments in his fifth career start. But he was under pressure all day, took some hard shots, and it seems as if the Browns aren’t doing enough to cater the offense to his strengths.Mayfield looked beaten as he left the podium and slowly headed toward the bus for the 2 ½-hour bus ride back to Ohio. He joined a long list of Browns QBs to take their lumps in Pittsburgh.“I’ve seen better days,” said Mayfield, who finished 22 of 36 for 180 yards. “But that’s the nature of playing a good team. They’re physical.”DOWNTOWN BROWNBrown finished with six catches for 74 yards, just another day at the office for arguably the game’s best receiver. Brown has caught a TD pass in five straight games and he and Roethlisberger have connected on 67 career TDs, tying them with Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne for the seventh most by a QB-WR tandem in league history.Roethlisberger was unaware the Steelers are 8-0 when Brown has a completion of 40 yards or more.“Really,” Big Ben said. “Let’s throw it deep every single play and see what happens.”___For more NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Prized art spurs on winner

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Berwick student’s artistic flair has earned him a top award at the Young Australian Art…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img