Confidence building http://coberm.net/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 02:36:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://coberm.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-13-120x120.png Confidence building http://coberm.net/ 32 32 Confidence building for women’s football team | https://coberm.net/confidence-building-for-womens-football-team/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 01:23:00 +0000 https://coberm.net/confidence-building-for-womens-football-team/ DANVILLE – Danville has shown steady improvement throughout the year with his biggest achievement against Williamsport on Wednesday night under the lights. The Ironmen played a tough game against Williamsport, focusing on ball possession and defending if necessary to produce another close game. Madison Merrell scored the game-winner off the crossbar with 7:42 left in […]]]>

DANVILLE – Danville has shown steady improvement throughout the year with his biggest achievement against Williamsport on Wednesday night under the lights.

The Ironmen played a tough game against Williamsport, focusing on ball possession and defending if necessary to produce another close game.

Madison Merrell scored the game-winner off the crossbar with 7:42 left in the game, giving Danville a 2-1 victory over Williamsport in Heartland Athletic Conference-Division I women’s soccer action at Ironmen Stadium.

“I knew if I could get close to that, I could keep training with my teammates and try to create another opportunity,” Merrell said. “I trusted my teammates.

Confidence played an important role in Merrell’s development as a rookie on the team. She’s been a big part of the team’s success over the last three games.

Believing in her at the college level was helped by encouragement from Pickle, who pushed the ball to give Merrell a chance to score the goal on Wednesday.

“She always cheers me on whether I make a mistake or just score a goal,” Merrell said. “I love the support from the whole team.”

Pickle scored just 1:25 into the second half before Nylah Ford leveled the game with 25 minutes remaining for the Millionaires.

It was a strong all-around performance for Danville after a 3-3 tie with defending Class A state champion Southern Columbia on Saturday. The Ironmen (3-3-1 overall, 1-0 HAC-I) are finding ways to stay in games with courage and a commitment to improve.

“It was a change of momentum to get everyone to the level of competition that we wanted,” Danville coach Angela Sivillo said. “We played our game. I told them to look for mediums and control possession.

The Ironmen limited possession and forced the offense enough to take the lead and suppress their midfield and baseline. Williamsport recorded their first attempt on goal ten minutes into the second half after Pickle put the Ironmen ahead.

“It changed everything,” Sivillo said. “We had a few upsets at the start of the season that we learned from. We got another win this week and a win tonight. We’re sort of on a roll. It’s a good turn in the season for us to keep building.

Both teams exerted more attacking pressure in the second half. Both goals came in the opening 15 minutes as both teams recorded a pair of shots on goal throughout the stretch.

Ford was particularly difficult for Williamsport (5-3, 0-2) in the second half as they forced Danville’s back line to defend throughout the final 40 minutes. She was even called offside several times for being aggressive with the ball.

Pickle almost helped give Danville a goal advantage eight minutes from time when she fed a ball past Madison Merrell for a close attempt on goal. Merrell tried to get the ball over the keeper’s head, but hit the crossbar.

The two would not miss a second time when Pickle pushed a ball from midfield to find Merrell near the 25. Merrell dribbled the ball and put a high ball at the far post for a goal.


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Second part

Dan-Lucy Pickle, 38:35; Will-Nylah Ford, 23:32; Dan-Madison Merrell (Pickle), 7:42.

Strokes: Dan, 14-3. Shoot to the net: Dan, 7-2. Corners: Dan, 3-1. Checked in : Williamsport (Sarah Spring), 5; Danville (Kamryn Michaels), 1.

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The Red Riders earn Madonna’s trust | News, Sports, Jobs https://coberm.net/the-red-riders-earn-madonnas-trust-news-sports-jobs/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 05:16:51 +0000 https://coberm.net/the-red-riders-earn-madonnas-trust-news-sports-jobs/ AT THE NET – Weir High’s Mea Kaufman goes up to hit the ball as Madonna’s Gianna Bonar tries to block during Tuesday’s game. The Red Riders won 3-0. -Andrew Grimm WEIRTON — On Tuesday, the Weir High volleyball team struggled to keep momentum from swinging them out of their game. […]]]>

AT THE NET – Weir High’s Mea Kaufman goes up to hit the ball as Madonna’s Gianna Bonar tries to block during Tuesday’s game. The Red Riders won 3-0. -Andrew Grimm

WEIRTON — On Tuesday, the Weir High volleyball team struggled to keep momentum from swinging them out of their game.

Coach Fran Capaldi’s Red Riders have taken what she hopes will be a big step in learning how to deal with those key moments in Tuesday’s games, and did so in a hostile environment on the road to the rival of the city, Madonna, to sweep the host 3-0. Blue gifts.

“It feels good to get this victory” Capaldi said. “We had a bit of a slump so it’s good to get through it and we still love coming here and playing. It excites our girls. This can be a turning point for us. »

Weir High (3-7) prevailed, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19, but led the second and third sets by just one out of two multi-pointers and was able to fend off Madonna (3-3) when it looked like the momentum was about to change.

“There were a few points where the momentum could have changed, and that’s really what’s held us back in recent games, those are points that have turned the momentum around,” Capaldi said. “I’m happy to see that we managed to get through and finally win those sets and the match.

“We always know coming here that it’s going to be a big game and a big crowd, so it boosts our confidence to see that we can get into an atmosphere like this and get a win.”

Madonna, for her part, seemed to get stronger as the match progressed, which made coach Mike Orecchio optimistic afterwards, but just couldn’t find a way to take a lead and sustain the match.

“We’re scrappy – we’re young and we’re small, but we’re scrappy,” said Orecchio. ” We are well. We have a lot of season left, and the OVACs and the tournament are what matter most. We will see (Weir) again and we will be ready.

“We got better over time. The nerves kind of set in early and I think that was one of the factors in the opening sets.

For the Red Riders, Maleea Faulks had four aces, six kills, two digs and a block, Brayley Lash had six kills, an ace and two blocks, Mea Kaufman had seven assists, two digs, two aces and a kill and Kylie Dean had nine aces and seven assists.

“They all hustled and they all did their job,” Capaldi said.

Statistics were not available for Madonna.

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Türkiye FM says building trust between Russia and Ukraine is ongoing… https://coberm.net/turkiye-fm-says-building-trust-between-russia-and-ukraine-is-ongoing/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 08:29:26 +0000 https://coberm.net/turkiye-fm-says-building-trust-between-russia-and-ukraine-is-ongoing/ (MENAFN) According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, the procedures for building trust between Russia and Ukraine “are going well”. “Confidence-building measures, such as the exchange of prisoners of war, also went well. We also mediated for this purpose”, as Mevlut Cavusoglu announced during a panel of the 17th Strategic Forum of Bled in Slovenia. Pointing […]]]>

(MENAFN) According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, the procedures for building trust between Russia and Ukraine “are going well”.

“Confidence-building measures, such as the exchange of prisoners of war, also went well. We also mediated for this purpose”, as Mevlut Cavusoglu announced during a panel of the 17th Strategic Forum of Bled in Slovenia.

Pointing out that there have been “terrible wars in history in Europe, between Turks and some Europeans”, Cavusoglu said those times were over and “true friendship in Europe” had blossomed.

“So this war, today or tomorrow, sooner or later, will be over. We don’t know how long it will take,” he added, wondering if any lessons would be learned from the recent Russian-Ukrainian conflict. .

Moreover, asking how nations would get used to the new realities, Cavusoglu said a “negotiated solution” to the conflict was “much easier to achieve in the first weeks” of the war.

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Building trust between Russia and Ukraine ‘going well’ (FM Çavuşoğlu) https://coberm.net/building-trust-between-russia-and-ukraine-going-well-fm-cavusoglu/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 07:52:00 +0000 https://coberm.net/building-trust-between-russia-and-ukraine-going-well-fm-cavusoglu/ Confidence-building measures between Russia and Ukraine are “going well”, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Monday. “Confidence-building measures, such as the exchange of prisoners of war, also went well. We also played a mediating role for this purpose,” Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told a panel during the 17th Bled Strategy Forum. in Slovenia. Pointing out that there have […]]]>

Confidence-building measures between Russia and Ukraine are “going well”, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Monday.

“Confidence-building measures, such as the exchange of prisoners of war, also went well. We also played a mediating role for this purpose,” Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told a panel during the 17th Bled Strategy Forum. in Slovenia.

Pointing out that there have been “terrible wars in the history of Europe, between Turks and some Europeans”, Çavuşoğlu said those times are now over and “true friendship in Europe” has blossomed.

“So this war, today or tomorrow, sooner or later, will be over. We don’t know how long it will take,” he said, stressing that the important thing is to learn from it in order to avoid the same mistakes in the future.

Also wondering how countries would adapt to new realities, Çavuşoğlu said a “negotiated solution” to the war was “much easier to achieve in the first weeks” of the conflict.

Referring to meetings between Ukrainian and Russian delegations in the Turkish cities of Antalya and Istanbul earlier this year, the top diplomat said things had changed since then and it was “not so easy” to reach a negotiated solution.

“After the disturbing images we saw from Irpin and Bucha, things have changed. But now there are new realities on the ground. Unfortunately, some cities, other than the Donbass region of Ukraine, have fallen “We are talking about peace, but it must be mutually accepted. But it must be, at the same time, a just peace for Ukraine… the territorial integrity of Ukraine must be essential,” said he added.

Stressing that these new realities will “definitely” be reflected in future negotiations”, Çavuşoğlu said the parties’ positions on the status of the Crimea and Donbass regions have also changed.

Confidence Building

The Turkish minister affirmed that Ankara is engaged in a separate and continuous dialogue with Kyiv and Moscow, adding that his country has “good relations, of course, with Russia and Ukraine”.

“In the meantime, of course, we have a position of principle and we support the territorial integrity of Ukraine. We provide support, perhaps more than many other NATO allies, to Ukraine. And at the same time, we are also in dialogue with Russia, and that the dialogue has borne fruit,” said Çavuşoğlu, adding that this dialogue was the reason why the historic July agreement which guaranteed Ukrainian grain exports had worked.

Turkey, the United Nations, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement in Istanbul on July 22 to resume grain exports from three Ukrainian Black Sea ports, interrupted due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, which is in its seventh month.

A joint coordination center with officials from the three countries and the United Nations has been set up in Istanbul to oversee the shipments.

Since the first ship left Ukraine under the deal on August 1, 56 ships carrying at least 1.3 million tonnes of agricultural products have left ports, according to Çavuşoğlu.

As grain shipments continue, Cavusoglu said Russia has raised concerns about Türkiye’s handling in cooperation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“I hope it will be an unhindered operation,” he added.

Noting that Türkiye has been involved in confidence-building measures between the two sides since the start of the war, Çavuşoğlu said these measures include the grain deal, talks between Russian nuclear company Rosatom and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

“I hope this will pave the way for achieving a ceasefire, a truce and a lasting peace,” he added.

Çavuşoğlu also confirmed that there had been “secondary channels” between the two countries’ presidents “from the beginning” in addition to negotiations between Russian and Ukrainian delegates.

Sidelines

Furthermore, Çavuşoğlu met his Slovenian counterpart, Tanja Fajon, on the sidelines of the 17th Strategic Forum in Bled.

“On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, we discussed regional developments, in particular Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Slovenian Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon,” Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter.

He also “discussed the latest developments in Ukraine” as well as bilateral relations with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.

“I met my Kosovo counterpart Donika Gervalla-Schwarz at #BSF2022. Welcomed the agreement reached on border crossings between Kosovo and Serbia,” Çavuşoğlu also tweeted.

The Turkish minister also met separately with his Spanish and Montenegrin counterparts.

“I met FM Jose Manuel Albares from Spain at @BledStratForum. We discussed the latest developments in #Ukraine, #Libya and #NATO enlargement,” he said.

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We need to build confidence to calm financial markets – BoG https://coberm.net/we-need-to-build-confidence-to-calm-financial-markets-bog/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 12:48:27 +0000 https://coberm.net/we-need-to-build-confidence-to-calm-financial-markets-bog/ Dr Maxwell Opoku-Afari, 1st Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana The Bank of Ghana reiterated the need to build confidence to calm financial markets and avoid disorderly reactions in these times of heightened uncertainty. According to the Central Bank, these conditions and the impact on the Ghanaian economy, particularly on inflation, the exchange rate, […]]]>

Dr Maxwell Opoku-Afari, 1st Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana

The Bank of Ghana reiterated the need to build confidence to calm financial markets and avoid disorderly reactions in these times of heightened uncertainty.

According to the Central Bank, these conditions and the impact on the Ghanaian economy, particularly on inflation, the exchange rate, the impact on the country’s balance of payments led Ghana to approach the International Monetary Fund ( IMF) for some form of cooperation to resolve the current imbalances and challenges facing the economy.

Speaking at a workshop on financial literacy in the Northern Zone of Ghana for media professionals, the Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Maxwell Opoku-Afari, said there was a need to make every effort to begin to restore confidence in the economy.

“At this stage, we must make every effort to begin to restore confidence. My remarks this morning will therefore focus on: the current state of the Ghanaian economy and the policies being pursued; the macroeconomic outlook and future policies; and the role of the media in helping to restore confidence in the economy”.

He pointed out that despite the sizeable growth rate of the Ghanaian economy, post-COVID-19, significant downside risks remain to the outlook, including further headwinds from the Russian-Ukrainian war and the potential outbreak of new variants of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This, he said, resulted in a downward revision of the growth target to 3.7%, from the original target of 5.6%.

“As we all know, significant challenges remain with the execution of the 2022 budget as revenue mobilization has not kept pace with projections, creating financing challenges. In the absence of international market access of capital and given domestic financing constraints, the central bank overdraft has helped close the financing gap, as evidenced by the mid-year fiscal review.Fiscal challenges have also heightened sustainability concerns debt.

He said that “ongoing policy discussions with the IMF are expected to help address underlying macroeconomic challenges, restore fiscal and debt sustainability, and re-anchor a sustainable balance of payments.”

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Emma Raducanu shows no mercy and bagels Serena Williams in confidence win ahead of US Open https://coberm.net/emma-raducanu-shows-no-mercy-and-bagels-serena-williams-in-confidence-win-ahead-of-us-open/ Wed, 17 Aug 2022 06:01:28 +0000 https://coberm.net/emma-raducanu-shows-no-mercy-and-bagels-serena-williams-in-confidence-win-ahead-of-us-open/ Emma Raducanu showed her ruthless streak by beating Serena Williams in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters. The 19-year-old offered the 23-time Grand Slam winner an early exit on her farewell tour, after announcing her intention to retire. Getty Raducanu showed his class against a struggling Williams Raducanu took the 6-4 6-0 win in […]]]>

Emma Raducanu showed her ruthless streak by beating Serena Williams in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters.

The 19-year-old offered the 23-time Grand Slam winner an early exit on her farewell tour, after announcing her intention to retire.

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Raducanu showed his class against a struggling Williams

Raducanu took the 6-4 6-0 win in their first and likely last meeting.

The 40-year-old Williams struggled to find consistency in just her fourth game of the season, giving up 12 unforced errors while making just 11 winners.

Raducanu handled the pressure expertly, breaking her opponent twice in the first set as she quickly found her rhythm.

The 19-year-old paid tribute to Williams during her on-pitch interview after the match.

“I think we all have to honor Serena and her amazing career,” she said.

“I’m so grateful that I got to play with her and that our careers crossed paths.


Raducanu paid tribute to Williams retiring after their game in Cincinnati

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Raducanu paid tribute to Williams retiring after their game in Cincinnati

Williams wrestled the defending US Open champion

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Williams wrestled the defending US Open champion

“Everything she has accomplished is so inspiring and it was a real honor to share the court with her.”

It would have been a huge confidence boost for Raducanu, who is defending his US Open title later this month.

Her victory sets up a second-round match with another WTA Tour veteran in Victoria Azarenka, who defeated Kaia Kanepi in the first round.

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Emma Raducanu beats struggling Serena Williams to gain confidence https://coberm.net/emma-raducanu-beats-struggling-serena-williams-to-gain-confidence/ Wed, 17 Aug 2022 00:53:54 +0000 https://coberm.net/emma-raducanu-beats-struggling-serena-williams-to-gain-confidence/ OWelcome to our live coverage of Emma Raducanu vs. Serena Williams in the first round of the Cincinnati Open. This is the first meeting between the pair and is taking place in a tournament which is shaping up to be a key warm-up event for the US Open. Raducanu’s form has been up and down […]]]>

OWelcome to our live coverage of Emma Raducanu vs. Serena Williams in the first round of the Cincinnati Open.

This is the first meeting between the pair and is taking place in a tournament which is shaping up to be a key warm-up event for the US Open.

Raducanu’s form has been up and down since her stunning triumph at Flushing Meadows last year and she will be desperate for things to fall into place ahead of her title defence.

Since last year’s US Open, the Briton has played 16 tournaments and been knocked out 14 times by a lower-ranked player.

The Briton, who currently sits 10th in the world rankings, said the chance to play ‘the best of all time’ was ‘a great gift’.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting match,” Raducanu said in the build-up. “I’m looking forward to it. It’s an amazing opportunity to play probably the best female tennis player ever. It will probably be my last opportunity to play her.

“I think, for our careers to have crossed paths, I think I’m really lucky to be able to play her. Whatever happens, I think it’s going to be a really good experience for me and something that I will remember for the rest of his life.

“Expectations, I don’t really know, I don’t care. I just want to go out there and, one, enjoy the game that I’m going to play every time I play it.

“It’s a great gift to play the best when I leave the sport. So I’m looking forward to it.”

Raducanu’s historic victory at Flushing Meadows came 22 years after Williams won his first major singles title in New York, aged just 17.

The winner of the match between Raducanu and Williams will face Victoria Azarenka in the second round after the Belarusian defeated Kaia Kanepi in three sets.

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Maurice Benard and Evan Hofer from GH talk about building trust https://coberm.net/maurice-benard-and-evan-hofer-from-gh-talk-about-building-trust/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 14:50:34 +0000 https://coberm.net/maurice-benard-and-evan-hofer-from-gh-talk-about-building-trust/ General Hospital’s Maurice Benard is well known in the industry for mentoring his young co-stars such as Steve Burton, Michael Sutton and Vanessa Marcil. His latest protege, on and off screen, is Evan Hofer. The two co-stars spoke about self-confidence as an actor and the emotional blocks that get in the way of the current […]]]>

General Hospital’s Maurice Benard is well known in the industry for mentoring his young co-stars such as Steve Burton, Michael Sutton and Vanessa Marcil. His latest protege, on and off screen, is Evan Hofer. The two co-stars spoke about self-confidence as an actor and the emotional blocks that get in the way of the current episode of Benard’s video podcast, State Of Mind.

Maurice Benard and Evan Hofer: Breaking Down Barriers

Benard (Sonny Corinthos) welcomed one of Port Charles’ newest residents and newest addition to the General Hospital cast, Evan Hofer (Dex Heller), to State Of Mind by asking him how the role came about. “Let’s talk about how you got the job at General Hospital first.”

“I had auditioned for a few parts on GH, one a few months before this one,” Hofer replied. He described how his casting experience was a bit different. “Because of the pandemic, everyone has been doing things on tape. So I just sent one to Mark [Teschner] and received the call a few days later. That was it. Straight to the tape and straight to you.

“I was so grateful that all my first stuff was with you,” the young actor explained. “One, because you showed me the format, and you’re such a pro of that format – such a veteran of it. But you also told me it was good to be myself and to be a part of it. That I don’t have to adapt to the style, but do my own thing on the inside. And just being able to do everything with you has been amazing.

But outward appearances can be tricky for young actors learning the craft. “I never wanted to come across as overconfident or arrogant, so I feel like I’ve always leaned the other way. Then I think I end up reducing myself too much or undermining myself as a defense mechanism so other people can’t do it. I think to myself, ‘I’ve already beaten you.’ »

Overcome bad reviews

Benard told a great story about Sharon Stone struggling in acting class with the late acting great coach Roy London. Every week she came and did a Speed ​​the Plow scene until one week she finally came and nailed it. London exclaimed, “You are brilliant, Sharon. And she said, ‘Why?’ and he said, ‘Because now you know you are enough.’

Hofer nodded in understanding. “I try to improve myself to allow myself to be proud of myself, to take advantage of opportunities and to enjoy things. Allowing myself to enjoy things is great,” he shared. “ It’s hard on people, a lot of interim coaches will be abrasive and could be aggressive, and for my personality, it makes me look smaller, which takes me even further away from where I’m trying to be.

The actors both worked with actress Frances Fisher (who debuted as Deborah Saxon on The Edge of Night). Benard starred alongside Fisher as Desi for her Lucy in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter and Hofer in her first dramatic role in a film titled Run the Race.

Hofer described his experience working with the talented redhead. “She was so fantastic and uplifts everyone that she’s with. Everyone in that movie was good, but then you see them in scenes next to her, and they’re just [raises hands up in an elevated place] even better. She makes everyone better, and, I always say, that’s the kind of actor I want to be, a generous performer who makes everyone better. It’s not an easy skill.

Evan Hofer: Fighting Anxiety

The second year of the pandemic arrived with Hofer feeling depressed and full of anxiety. “I never really knew because I’ve never been diagnosed that way, but I had heard that people had panic attacks. I had a few times in my life, going back to the beginning of my teenage years, from what I thought was just stressed, but my body was shaking violently. After a few minutes, it was getting cold. And I was thinking, “That was weird,” but I never thought about it.

It was while chatting with Benard on set that what he felt finally materialized. “Now after telling you about it, I realized it was a panic attack. I just didn’t know how to define it. It’s weird to feel out of control of your body that way. For I felt like I was shivering. I thought, ‘Should I take a blanket?’ then you realize that’s not the problem. It’s here [points to his head].”

Med Zoom calls with a therapist helped him through the pandemic. “My thing is that the therapy is awesome. I’m always an advocate for therapy,” Hofer explained, “but as long as you have someone you can be open to and talk to, even if they don’t offer advice but act as a soundboard. I am a believer that you have to get the poison out. You’ll probably say things you don’t mean, but just getting it out of your body can help 50% of the time.

open up about your past

Hofer opened up about his early years, being bullied for being short and, later, his nerdy phase. His parents introduced him to martial arts, which helped shape him physically and mentally for the future. The actor opened up about his goofy side and how he likes to be surprised so much that he planned his own surprise party. He revealed he was dying to be a rom-com star, loved working on the soap and loved the cast.

The two actors teased more storylines from Sonny and Dex on General Hospital. Watch the full episode here. Follow Evan Hofer on Instagram and Twitter. Follow Maurice Bénard on TwitterInstagram or State of mind.

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Biden offers platitudes and ‘confidence-building’ measures in meeting with Abbas – Mondoweiss https://coberm.net/biden-offers-platitudes-and-confidence-building-measures-in-meeting-with-abbas-mondoweiss/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://coberm.net/biden-offers-platitudes-and-confidence-building-measures-in-meeting-with-abbas-mondoweiss/ US President Joe Biden arrived in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, on Friday to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the last leg of his two-day tour of Israel and the West Bank before the president travels to Saudi Arabia. Biden was greeted by Abbas during an arrival ceremony at the presidential compound in […]]]>

US President Joe Biden arrived in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, on Friday to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the last leg of his two-day tour of Israel and the West Bank before the president travels to Saudi Arabia.

Biden was greeted by Abbas during an arrival ceremony at the presidential compound in Bethlehem, where the two men held a press conference in front of Palestinian and foreign officials, diplomats and a number of journalists.

During the press conference, Biden spoke about Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli forces in May while wearing her blue body armor and helmet, marked PRESS.

Struggling to pronounce his name correctly, Biden said Abu Akleh’s death was a “huge loss to the essential work of sharing the story of the Palestinian people with the world.”

He said the United States “will continue to insist on a full and transparent account of his death and will continue to defend media freedom everywhere.”

While journalists were not allowed to ask questions during the conference, a number of Palestinian journalists wore black t-shirts with Abu Akleh’s face printed on the front, alongside the words #JusticeForShireen.

During his address, Abbas said that “the killers of martyred journalist Shireen Abu Akleh must be held accountable.”

Abbas and other Palestinian officials, as well as Abu Akleh’s family, dismissed a recent State Department report that officials “could not reach a definitive conclusion” about who killed Abu Akleh. The report was widely met with anger and frustration by Palestinians, who continued to demand a full independent investigation into the journalist’s murder.

The US State Department has jurisdiction to seek accountability for the murder of Abu Akeh, who holds US citizenship. Historically, the US government has not sought accountability for citizens killed by Israeli fire, including Rachel Corrie, killed in Gaza in 2003 by Israeli forces.

“[Biden] has even given up on its own citizens’ concerns regarding Israeli violations. With regard to Palestine, it is clear that it is not a priority or on its agenda, except in the way it serves Israel,” said Palestinian researcher and analyst Ubai Aboudi, executive director of the Bisan Center. for research and development. Mondoweiss.

“Two-State Solution”

At the Bethlehem press conference, Biden reaffirmed the official US position supporting the two-state solution — a proposal that Palestinians and rights groups say has been dead for years, while Israel continues to illegally build settlements in the occupied territory and to change the facts on the ground.

“Two states along the 1967 lines with mutually agreed exchanges remain the best way to achieve equal measures of security, prosperity, freedom and democracy for Palestinians as well as Israelis,” Biden said.

He went on to say that “the Palestinian people deserve a state that is independent, sovereign, viable and contiguous to them”, but that “the ground is not ripe” to resume peace talks.

The US president did not speak about the continued expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied territory, which are illegal under international law and considered by Palestinians to be one of the biggest obstacles to the establishment of a Palestinian state viable.

Palestinian writer and analyst from Jerusalem, Jalal Abu Khater, 27, reflected on the US president’s speech, noting “[Biden] addressed the issue of Shireen, he addressed the issue of the two-state solution, he addressed Jerusalem without any type of strong language or any type of commitment.

“Biden represents a continuation of Trump’s policies, particularly on Jerusalem.”

Palestinian writer and analyst Jalal Abu Khater

“He didn’t mention East Jerusalem as the capital of the two-state solution, which is also a downgrade,” Abu Khater said.

“[Biden] insisted so much on the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel, so he’s just here for a ceremonial visit and there’s nothing significant that will come out of this visit. He only speaks lip service,” Abu Khater said. Mondoweiss.

At the press conference, Abbas said that “the key to peace” in the region “begins with an end to the Israeli occupation of our land”. Abbas also called on Biden to reopen the closed US consulate in occupied East Jerusalem and remove the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from the US “terrorist” list.

“We know that the Palestinians only get crumbs from such a decision while the Israelis get legitimacy and a form of whitewashing of their crimes. They get a sort of lifeboat to stay relevant in the international political arena,” Abu Khater explained.

US President Joe Biden visits the Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem in the West Bank on July 15, 2022. (Photo: Ahmad Mezher/WAFA/POOL)

“confidence-building measures”

Biden ended his trip to Bethlehem with a visit to the Church of the Nativity, which Christians believe to be the birthplace of Jesus, before heading to Saudi Arabia. Earlier in the day, Biden visited Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem where he announced $100 million in US aid for hospitals in East Jerusalem.

Augusta Victoria Hospital is one of six hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem that provide life-saving treatment to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, including cancer radiation and chemotherapy treatments and pediatric kidney dialysis.

Biden called the six hospitals “the backbone of the Palestinian healthcare system.” Funding is subject to Congressional approval and will be disbursed over several years.

During Donald Trump’s tenure as president, he cut US funding for hospitals by $25 million as part of his broader effort to cut US aid to the Palestinian government and agencies like UNRWA.

While renewing funding to a number of Palestinian bodies, the US has maintained its billions of dollars in military support for Israel despite evidence of the organisations’ crimes of persecution, apartheid and ethnic cleansing defense of human rights.

“When they send unconditional military aid to the Israeli army and the same military equipment is used to kill Palestinians, including American citizens, then they are actively participating in the crime,” Aboudi told Mondoweiss.

The funding for the hospital is part of a broader announcement of “confidence-building measures” by the United States aimed at bolstering the PA’s position. The United States on Thursday evening announced a total of $316 million in support for the Palestinians, with the majority ($201 million) going to UNRWA, which provides humanitarian aid to millions of Palestinian refugees.

The latest tranche of money pledged to UNRWA brings the Biden administration’s total support for the organization to $618 million since the start of 2021 – much-needed financial relief for the agency, which has taken a huge hit. financial when Trump cut funding during his presidency.

An additional $15 million in humanitarian assistance will be provided to address food insecurity and other issues in the West Bank and Gaza, and an additional $7 million in grants for programs that “foster collaboration and exchanges Israeli-Palestinian”.

The United States also announced that Israel, which controls Palestinian telecommunications networks, will also allow Palestinians to achieve 4G connectivity by the end of next year and will work to “facilitate access”. at the Allenby Bridge, the land border where millions of Palestinians are forced. to use to enter Jordan, as they are prohibited from passing through Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

These measures, however, require Israeli follow-up, and many Palestinians are both skeptical and critical.

“Biden represents a continuation of Trump’s policies, especially on Jerusalem,” Abu Khater said. An alternative path to US foreign policy in the region, Abu Khater said, is “to end all complicity in the crimes that Israel continues to commit and to stop treating Israel as if it were a state above the law”.

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Ahead of Biden’s visit, Gantz approves ‘confidence-building measures’ with Palestinians | JNS https://coberm.net/ahead-of-bidens-visit-gantz-approves-confidence-building-measures-with-palestinians-jns/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 09:35:21 +0000 https://coberm.net/ahead-of-bidens-visit-gantz-approves-confidence-building-measures-with-palestinians-jns/ Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday approved a series of “confidence-building” measures between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, ahead of US President Joe Biden’s arrival in Israel on Wednesday. The measures were approved following a meeting last week between Gantz and PA President Mahmoud Abbas, and additional measures are under consideration according to Channel […]]]>

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday approved a series of “confidence-building” measures between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, ahead of US President Joe Biden’s arrival in Israel on Wednesday.

The measures were approved following a meeting last week between Gantz and PA President Mahmoud Abbas, and additional measures are under consideration according to Channel 12 News.

Among the measures Gantz approved are the approval of six Palestinian construction plans in Judea and Samaria and the authorization of 1,500 additional workers to Israel from the Gaza Strip.

A new crossing point between Israel and the Palestinian territories will also be opened in northern Judea and Samaria to allow Israeli Arabs access to Jenin, according to the report.

The head of the Gush Etzion regional council, Shlomo Ne’eman, strongly criticized the moves, saying they come at the expense of Zionism and Jewish life in Judea and Samaria.

“Gantz approves…construction plans for Arabs in Gush Etzion, in a year in which we have barely seen permits issued for Jewish construction. This is a derogatory parting gift to Gush Etzion from the Bennett-Lapid government,” he said.

“These approvals give the green light to the PA to transfer Arab residents from Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria to Area C, the part under full Israeli control, effectively allowing them to take control of strategic swaths of land.” , Ne’eman said.

“This transfer de facto places Area C under the control of the PA. These are very serious measures from a national and Zionist point of view. Blue and White/New Hope defense minister actually gives new hope [regarding] the creation of a PA state,” he added.

“If the State of Israel has to pay such a high price to host President Joe Biden, who needs a guest like this? he said.

Despite confidence-building measures and the series of high-level meetings between Israel and the PA in recent days, Palestinians do not expect a political announcement to be made during Biden’s visit, according to Channel 12.

During Biden’s two-day visit to Israel, he is scheduled to meet with Abbas for just 45 minutes and is expected to deal primarily with financial aid, according to the report.

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