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Jordan, Israel agree to water deal; more West Bank trade

Israel and Jordan reached a deal on Thursday for the Jewish state to sell an unprecedented amount of water to the kingdom, while significantly boosting Jordanian exports to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

The agreements, concluded during a meeting between their foreign ministers, signaled improved relations with Israel’s new government following years of strained ties under former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Water resource cooperation has been a core issue between Israel and Jordan since a 1994 peace deal, but relations between the neighbours have frayed in recent years.

At a meeting held just inside the Jordanian border, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and his counterpart Ayman Safadi approved Israel’s sale of 50 million cubic metres of water to its neighbour.

An Israeli official said that would effectively double the supply for the year – measured between May 2021 and May 2022 – as about 50 million cubic metres was already being sold or given to Jordan. A Jordanian official said Israel gives the kingdom 30 million cubic metres annually under their 1994 peace treaty.

Statements from both governments confirmed the sale and said the final details of the transaction would be concluded in the coming days.

Gidon Bromberg, Israeli director for EcoPeace Middle East, a leading organisation on regional water cooperation that operates in Israel, the West Bank and Jordan – described the water sale as “the largest quantity ever sold between the two countries”.

“[It] is a true ‘watershed’ event,” said Bromberg.

“It represents an understanding of mutual interests and how countries in the region need to cooperate if we are to survive the tremendous challenges to water and national security that the climate crisis presents.”

Jordan is one of the world’s most water-deficient countries and experts say the country, home to 10 million people, has been grappling with one of the most severe droughts in its history.

Israel, which also faces water pressures, is a world leader in desalination.

Palestinian trade

On Palestinian trade, both sides confirmed that Jordan’s ceiling of potential exports to the West Bank, a territory occupied by Israel since 1967, would increase from about $ 160m to $ 700m per year.

Jordan’s top envoy said in a statement that he and Lapid also discussed a path towards “a just and comprehensive peace” between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The Kingdom of Jordan is an important neighbour and partner,” Lapid said. “We will broaden economic cooperation for the good of the two countries.”

Jordan said technical teams will iron out the details in the coming days, and talks on implementing the export ceiling will be held among Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials.

Amman visit

Meanwhile, Israeli media reported on Thursday that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited Jordan secretly last week and met with King Abdullah II at his palace in Amman.

This was reportedly the first meeting between the king and an Israeli prime minister in more than five years.

Palestinian sources said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with King Abdullah after his meeting with Bennett, reported Haaretz.

Bilateral relations grew strained under Netanyahu, who was barred from using Jordanian air space earlier this year, thwarting what was supposed to be his first-ever trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Netanyahu was replaced last month by Bennett, whose coalition has indicated that warming ties with Jordan is a foreign policy priority.

Israel and Jordan made peace in 1994 and maintain close security ties, but relations have been strained in recent years over Palestinian tensions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Israel’s expansion of Jewish settlements in war-won lands, and the lack of any progress in the long-moribund peace process.

Both Jordan and the Palestinians were adamantly opposed to the Trump administration’s Middle East plan, which would have allowed Israel to annex up to one-third of the occupied West Bank. Israel captured East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war, territories the Palestinians want as part of their future state.

The announcements came days before Jordan’s King Abdullah II is to visit the White House. The Biden administration has called on all sides to take steps that could help lay the groundwork for a resumption of possible peace talks.

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Harry Maguire and Jordan Pickford’s WAGs travel to Wembley in party bus for England game

England WAGs are already out in full force ahead of tonight’s Euro 2020 match against Denmark. Hours before the semi-final, the partners of two England players Harry Maguire, 28, and Jordan Pickford, 27, took to social media to reveal that they were travelling to Wembley Stadium in style.

Not ones to shy away from making an entrance, Megan Davison, 25, and Fern Hawkins, 26, took to Instagram to document their journey to London.

In view of her 56,700 Instagram followers, Jordan’s wife revealed that she was travelling in an extravagantly decorated party bus.

Showing off the huge space which had been lit up with red lights, the star panned around the vehicle which had been decorated appropriately with England balloons, cushions and cowboy hats with St George’s flag on.

Featuring football anthem Three Lions playing through the sound system, Megan enjoyed the long trip from Cheshire to London to support her beau and his team.

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Making a stop before getting underway with the journey, Meghan picked up close friend Fern, who is engaged to Jordan’s teammate Harry.

“On the way for my princess @_fernhawkins Wembley here we come,” she captioned the short clip.

In the next snap Meghan showed off red and white balloons with her spouse’s last name on as well as the England football logo.

“On my way @pickford1,” Megan tagged the picture.

Fern penned: “Missing you so much @harrymaguire93 thank you for the most beautiful flowers. Happy 10 years my love.”

In April 2019 the couple welcomed their first daughter Lillie Saint Maguire, before having Piper Rose Maguire last May.

Despite not travelling on the party bus, Harry’s sister Daisy showed her support for her brother by taking snaps from inside the Wembley Hilton Hotel.

The blonde uploaded a snap to her stories of herself enjoying breakfast in bed.

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Jordan McNair Foundation Working with Senator Cory Booker

University of Maryland football player who died at the age of 19 in June 2018 after he suffered exertional heatstroke during a team workout.

Jordan McNair Foundation is working with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to make sure a health and safety component is added to the College Athletes Bill of Rights

BALTIMORE, MD, UNITED STATES, July 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Jordan McNair Foundation was created to honor the life of the late Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player who died at the age of 19 in June 2018 after he suffered exertional heatstroke during a team workout. One of the main points the Foundation fights for is to educate and also assure the safety of student-athletes when playing any sport. Right now, The Jordan McNair Foundation is closely working with Senator Cory Booker to add a health and safety component to the NCAA’s Division I Council’s decision to suspend the policy that prohibits college athletes from profiting from their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) via bylaw 12.Recently, the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act were passed in the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. The Act gives athletes the right to unionize and collectively bargain over issues related to health and safety. On May 18th, the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act was signed by Gov. Larry Hogan. This past December, Booker, and Blumenthal introduced the College Athletes Bill of Rights to guarantee fair and equitable compensation, enforceable health and safety standards, and improved educational opportunities for all college athletes. The College Athletes’ Bill of Rights will allow college athletes to market their Name, Image, and Likeness, either individually or as a group, with minimal restrictions.

“A baseline standard notable provision of student-athlete safety should be equally as important as economic freedom of all collegiate student-athletes across the nation. How can we pay a student-athlete if we can’t keep them safe,” asked Martin McNair, father of Jordan McNair and founder of the Jordan McNair Foundation.

In December of 2020, Booker and Blumenthal introduced the College Athletes Bill of Rights to guarantee fair and equitable compensation, enforceable health and safety standards, and improved educational opportunities for all college athletes. The College Athletes’ Bill of Rights will allow college athletes to market their Name, Image, and Likeness, either individually or as a group, with minimal restrictions. By working with Martin McNair, Cory Booker is showing his support for not only equal and fair monetary treatment of student-athletes, but also acting as an advocate for the health and safety of all student-athletes.

Members of the media are invited to speak with Jordan McNair’s father, Martin McNair, upon qualified request. The Jordan McNair Foundation’s purpose is to diminish the number of heat-related deaths that occur in student-athletes. The foundation also sponsors programs aimed at community involvement and engagement.

About: The Jordan McNair Foundation was established in June 2018 by Tonya Wilson & Martin “Marty” McNair following the death of their beloved son Jordan Martin MacNair, an offensive lineman for the University of Maryland. Jordan’s untimely death was the result of a heatstroke he suffered during an organized off-season team workout

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Coronation Street star Charlotte Jordan left fearing for her life after being followed

Charlotte Jordan, known for playing calculating Daisy Midgeley in Coronation Street, has said she “thought she was going to die” while out for a leisurely stroll with her dog, Olive. The actress was followed by a stranger, who later turned out to be a super-fan of Corrie.

However, the experience left Charlotte feeling very shaken up.

The soap star has now spoke about the moment she thought she was about to be attacked, before finding out the guy only wanted a snap with her.

“I did have an experience where I was walking the dog – I was just a bit confused because you know when you can tell someone’s following you?” she explained to The Sun’s TV mag.

“This grown man was following me and I picked up the pace and then he was walking faster and I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is how I die’.

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But when a planned gig gets cancelled, Daisy ushers Ryan into the back room and plies him with cocktails and even when Alya calls in the Rovers looking for Ryan, Daisy keeps schtum about his whereabouts.

Placing her hand on Ryan’s leg, Daisy wonders which cocktail he’d prefer, the naggy girlfriend or the night of wild passion.

But it wasn’t Ryan’s thigh at all – or actor Ryan Prescott’s – as it was in fact a thigh double, her real-life boyfriend.

The soap star confessed: “They roped my boyfriend in because we’re shooting socially distanced, we can’t touch props, we can’t touch humans, we can’t touch anything.

“And so my boyfriend got the long-awaited call he was hoping for his entire life – Coronation Street wanted him to come to work as Ryan’s thigh double.

“He’s not an actor but he grew up watching Coronation Street, so it was really fun just to see his little face when he looked at all the sets and stuff,” she added.

The star confirmed back in March she would be sticking around on the cobbles after her contract with extended by ITV.

Charlotte explained to Digital Spy: “They picked up my second option, yes, so I’m definitely around until September hopefully and then who knows. I’ve moved up here to Manchester now, just in time for it to start kicking off for Daisy. It’s amazing.”

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England squad's penalty record ahead of Germany as Jordan Pickford could take spot kick

England’s penalty shootout woes could be placed firmly in the past at Euro 2020 as several Three Lions stars have positive records from the spot. Gareth Southgate’s side have won their last two shootouts following over two decades of spot-kick pain and could be prepared to face another against Germany on Tuesday if their last-16 tie is a stalemate after extra-time. 

England defeated Spain on penalties in the quarter-final of Euro 1996 but had to wait 22 years before their next success. 

Defeats against Germany, Argentina, Portugal, France and Italy followed before they beat Colombia via penalties at the 2018 World Cup. Head coach Southgate had a crucial kick saved against Germany at Euro 1996 and will hope that his stars will fare better than he did from 12 yards. 

A victory over Switzerland in the Nations League third-place play-off further ridded England of their penalty heartache. They could win a third consecutive shootout at Euro 2020. 

England’s squad for the tournament includes players who have excellent penalty records during their international careers. 

Harry Kane is the most prolific having scored 10 of his 12 penalties for the Three Lions. The captain was successful with all four of the penalties he attempted at the World Cup, including in the shootout against Colombia. 

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The Liverpool captain had attempts saved during the Colombia shootout and against Romania earlier this month. 

But no other member of the Euro 2020 squad has taken one during a match. 

Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Jadon Sancho and Jordan Pickford have scored their only England penalties during shootouts. 

If a Euro 2020 match were to go to penalties, it is unclear if Southgate will choose to go in order of his best takers, or if he will opt to build up to the likes of Kane and Rashford. 

The Tottenham forward was first to take in the World Cup tie with Colombia three years ago. 

Rashford scored next before Henderson, Trippier and Dier had attempts. Henderson was the only England player to miss. 

The order in the Nations League shootout was slightly warped, with Kane and Rashford not involved. 

Each of Maguire, Ross Barkley, Sancho, Sterling, Pickford and Dier scored. 

Pickford then saved Josip Drmic’s attempt and the Daily Mail reports that the Everton goalkeeper, who is a clean and powerful striker of a ball, would take a penalty if needed against Germany or at another stage in the tournament. 

“We’ve obviously won our last two penalty shootouts,” Southgate told ITV on Sunday.

“So we have a process that works for us through that preparation and we’ve followed that same process.

“There’s a little bit more focus on it this week but we don’t start it this week as that would be too late, and also we didn’t want to make a bigger thing of it than it is.

“We created a process that works for us, we think the players understand that and we’ll be well prepared if it comes to that moment.”

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Jordan Henderson backs England youth to overawe Germany and upset Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp

An England-Germany match-up stirs a huge pot of emotions – including a justifiable worry of history repeating itself – but the carefree kids in Gareth Southgate‘s squad will carry in a ‘no fear’ approach. Whether such a breezy outlook will survive all the way until kick-off we will see – the rivalry and the stakes make Tuesday’s Wembley clash a mountain of a game – but four days out all the young guns are feeling is excitement.

There is an inherent danger for the second-youngest squad in the Euros knockout stages that Germany’s greater experience – they had five thirty-somethings on the pitch against Hungary on Wednesday night – could be a disadvantage in such a high pressure game.

But England are banking on their youthful brio being a trump card.

“We’ve got quite a young squad but I think that can be a positive thing,” insisted Jordan Henderson, one of England’s old stagers at 31.

“A lot of these lads just go out, enjoy the game and play with no fear and that’s what they need to do again on Tuesday – go and show everybody how good they are and use the emotion and passion in the right way to give them energy for the game because that can be the difference.

“As an experienced player I can help with that and make sure we’re in the right frame of mind going into the game.

“A lot of the lads have played in huge games already – Champions League finals, cup finals, big games for England. They’re used to big games even though they’re young and I’m sure they’re looking forward to this one.”

For Henderson, the clash of rival nations is personal as well. The Liverpool captain had his German club manager Jurgen Klopp on minutes after the group stages were completed.

“As soon as the final whistle went he just sent a smiley face emoji,” said Henderson.

It is a fixture with so much baggage attached.

While the age profile of Gareth Southgate’s players renders their manager’s penalty miss at Euro ’96 and the parallel heartbreak of Italia ’90 a sepia irrelevance, they are very much alive to the fact that spot-kicks could again play their part.

England are honing their shoot-out skills just in case.

“I don’t want to go into too much detail. I can’t tell you too much. But the process is like you would do in a game,” said Henderson, who missed England’s last penalty in their final warm-up game against Romania.

Raheem Sterling is meanwhile eyeing a career-defining triumph at the Euros after his goals fired England into the last 16.

The Manchester City striker has won three Premier Leagues, an FA Cup and four Carabao Cups in his trophy-laden club career but views a major international tournament as the ultimate.

“I think winning something with the national team, England, would definitely be the greatest achievement that I can possibly do. I mean, not me but the team can possibly achieve,” said Sterling.

“I feel like you win stuff with your clubs and you know it’s a great achievement but this is on a bigger scale.

“You’re representing a nation, a country, so to achieve something with England it would be the biggest thing to happen in my footballing career.

“We need now to go against Germany and we need a big performance. If we’re going to win this tournament, if you’re going to be in with a shout, you’ve got to put in these big performances against the big sides and that’s what we’ll be looking to do on Tuesday.”

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James Jordan details 'really horrific time' during first Father's Day without dad

James Jordan, 43, admitted he’s suffered with anxiety attacks since his dad Allan, died in March earlier this year. He passed away after a battle with a brain tumour at the age of 67 and the former Strictly Come Dancing star admitted his first Father’s Day this year without his father by his side was like a “double whammy”, as he also celebrated his first as a father himself.

In a new interview, the dancer admitted he had no idea how hard grief would hit him while he found himself in limbo with the birth of his and wife Ola Jordan’s baby daughter Ella.

“Obviously we had Ella and that was a massive thing for us,” he began, “For anyone, to have your first child is a big deal.

“But within two weeks of her being born we went into lockdown, and at the same time, my dad got diagnosed with a brain tumour.

“It has been a really horrific time as there were mixed emotions.”

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He described the time as “probably the darkest, and most horrible time of my life” as he wanted to enjoy the elation of having a new baby, but was constantly worrying about his dad’s health.

He went on: “Father’s Day is a double whammy for me. It is amazing for me with my daughter, but at the same time to remember my father is sad.

“My dad was my best mate, and I had never realised how powerful grief is.

“I didn’t realise what it would do to me, and what it would do to my body and how it would affect me, I’ve never suffered from it.

“But I understand that mental health is a massive thing, and I am a firm believer in supporting all of that.”

“It has been a rollercoaster, the last two to three years has been emotional,” James confessed.

“But as my dad would say, ‘You’ve got to keep moving forward, you’ve got to be positive, you’ve got to enjoy every moment and live life to the fullest.'”

He continued: “When my dad was diagnosed, and passed I didn’t realise how much grief can affect you.

“I felt very weak, my eyesight was affected, I was waking up in the middle of the night thinking someone had broken into our house, I had a snooker cue by the bed, I was suffering with anxiety massively.

“I was just in a really bad place, I would usually class myself as quite a strong person, but it was out of my control, and I found that really difficult,” James told The Sun.

He admitted he was “going down a dark path” but credited Ola for “smacking” him out of it.

“And of course, it would be much worse if I didn’t have Ella. She is 100 per cent a Godsend because it all overlapped,” he smiled.

“She definitely made the whole thing easier, to go and see my dad and then come home to Ella, was medicine for me.”

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Harry and Meghan's critics shut down by James Jordan over royal baby name 'It's respect'

“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

“The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”

Meanwhile, James’ former Strictly co-star recently hit out at Harry and Meghan’s decision to name their daughter Lillibet.

The Strictly professional insisted that he would only be comfortable with the name choice if the Queen is happy about the tribute.

Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch, Anton said: “I find it irritating. I don’t find it nice, bearing in my mind what’s gone on.”

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Jude Bellingham tipped to be England’s breakout Euro 2020 star amid Jordan Henderson doubt

Jude Bellingham has shown enough promise to suggest he could be England’s breakthrough star at the European Championships. That is the opinion of Ian Wright, who believes the Borussia Dortmund midfielder is set to make an impact for Gareth Southgate’s side this summer.

The 17-year-old has beaten off competition from the likes of Jesse Lingard and James Ward-Prowse to earn a place in Southgate’s final 26-man squad for the tournament.

He makes his first start for England in their friendly against Austria at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium tonight, partnering Declan Rice in midfield.

Bellingham only made his debut in November – and has played just twice for the Three Lions before Wednesday evening – but has made a real impression on Southgate.

The former Birmingham City midfielder contributed four goals and four assists in 45 appearances for Dortmund following his £25million move to Germany last year.

He appears to be behind Rice, Jordan Henderson and Kalvin Phillips in the pecking order ahead of England’s opening Euro 2020 game against Croatia on June 13.

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Liverpool midfielder Henderson remains an injury doubt, having failed to recover to full fitness following a groin injury in February.

With Southgate choosing not to select Lingard and Ward-Prowse when he reduced his squad from 33 names to 26, Bellingham could play an important role at Euro 2020.

If Henderson is not fit to start against Croatia next Sunday then the youngster could be thrust into the spotlight.

Meanwhile, despite not making the squad, Lingard starts against Austria, with England missing the Chelsea and Manchester City players who played in the Champions League final on the weekend.

Trent Alexander-Arnold also starts, alongside Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish.

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