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Unilever reaches deal to keep selling Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Israel

Consumer products giant Unilever said it reached a deal that will let its Ben & Jerry's ice cream continue selling in Israel.The company said Wednesday that it sold the Israeli branch of the ice cream brand for an undisclosed sum to Avi Zinger, whose American Quality Products already licenses Ben & Jerry's ice cream for sale in the country.The move by Unilever comes after Ben & Jerry's, which has an independent board, said last summer that it was stopping sales in the territory that has been occupied by Israel since the Six Day War in 1967. Palestinians want that land for a state of their own and supporters have gotten behind a global campaign known as "BDS," which stands for boycott, divest and sanction and encourages people to avoid buying from companies that operate in the area.Unile...
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LVMH buys California wine giant Joseph Phelps as high-end drinks market soars

LVMH's Moet Hennessy division on Wednesday announced it has acquired California wine-maker Joseph Phelps Vineyards, as the French luxury goods giant continues to broaden its drinks portfolio.The Moet deal delivers one of the best-known California winemakers, famous for its red table wines and premium Insignia label, and deepens its foothold in the US, its largest market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Moet Hennessy Chairman and CEO Philippe Schaus told CNBC the company had been looking around the world for larger winemakers who had the same dedication to quality, craftsmanship and entrepreneurship as LVMH. Phelps, founded in 1973 by the pioneering winemaker Joseph Phelps, produces around 750,000 bottles a year and had the right mix of scale, brand, product offerings and quality ...
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The US and Venezuela negotiate on the release of US hostages

David AlandeteCONTINUE Updated:06/29/2022 18:29h Save The Biden Administration intensifies its contacts with the Maduro regimesending for the second time this year the US president's special envoy for the hostage release, Roger Carsten, to negotiate with the dictatorship in Caracas. On a previous visit, in March, there was also talk of oil productionSince the sanctions on Russia have raised the price of that fuel. Already this week, France suggested that Venezuela re-enter the international crude oil market, which would imply that the White House should finish lift several standing sanctions against Chavismo.In March, the person in charge of Latin America in the National Security Council of the White House traveled to Caracas, John Gonzalez...
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Three Arrows Capital to become latest casualty of crypto crash | Cryptocurrencies

The crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital has been lined up for liquidation just days after it was accused of defaulting on a multimillion dollar loan to the crypto bank Voyager.The consultancy firm Teneo confirmed that two individuals from the beleaguered investment house's British Virgin Islands offices had been appointed to oversee the liquidation, after Sky News broke the story.The Singapore-based firm is just the latest casualty in a string of financial failures caused by the crypto crash, started by the collapse of the “algorithmic stablecoin” Terra in May and the failure of the crypto bank Celsius earlier this month.Three Arrows Capital (3AC) had been deeply invested in a number of troubled cryptocurrency projects, including Terra, as well as Axie Infinity, a “play to earn” game...
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Evidence contradicts Russian claims about Kremenchuk mall attack | Ukraine

First-hand accounts from survivors and expert analysis have discredited Moscow's account of the deadly missile strikes on a shopping mall in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for Russia's defense ministry, said its military fired a “high-precision air attack at hangars where armament and munitions were stored”, and the explosion of those weapon caches caused a fire in the nearby shopping centre, which he said was “non-functioning” at the time.However, witness statements, information released by Ukrainian prosecutors and analysis by independent military experts point to three possible erroneous statements in that account – that the Ukrainian military was hiding weapons nearby, that the mall was not a target, and that nobody was using it.Zelenskiy releases ...
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How to save money on summer cooling bills as energy prices rise

A pedestrian uses an umbrella to get some relief from the sun as she walks past a sign displaying the temperature on June 20, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.Ralph Freso | Getty ImagesTips for efficient energy useMost cooling systems use electricity, so making sure your home is running as efficiently as possible can help you spend less to operate air conditioners and fans in the summer, according to Kelly Speakes-Backman, principal deputy assistant secretary for the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.First, do some general upkeep to your living space to make sure you're ready to go for the summer months. Make sure to seal any leaks in windows or doors, especially if you're using a window air-conditioning unit."This keeps both the hot air out and the co...
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The Náutico de Valencia will host more than 70 boats from 9 countries in the Queen’s Trophy

Peter SardineValencia Updated:06/29/2022 18:14h Save The XXIII SM La Reina Trophy - Homage to the Navy Regatta - XXXIV Almirante Marcial Sánchez-Barcaíztegui Cup, organized by the Real Club Náutico de Valencia, presented the 2022 edition this Wednesday at the facilities of the Valencian nautical entity. The international regatta will take place between July 1 and 3 at the Manel Casanova course and will be the prelude to the Swan One Design World Cup and the Nations League. The event was attended by the Navy, the deputy director general of Sport of the GVA, Joan Carles Cuenca, sailors, members of the Board of Directors and the Regatta Commission and the media.The emblematic Mediterranean test will feature seventy high-level boats, which will...
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Britain to commit 1,000 extra troops to Nato’s defense of Estonia | Army

Britain will commit an extra 1,000 troops and one of its two new aircraft carriers to the defense of Nato's eastern flank, the defense secretary has announced at the military alliance's summit.The forces will be earmarked for the defense of Estonia, where Britain already has about 1,700 personnel deployed, but they will be based in the UK, ready to fly out to defend the Baltic country if deemed necessary.On Wednesday, Ben Wallace said “we are going to allocate a brigade” to Estonia, effectively an increase in the number of British troops available to about 3,000, but said it would be more efficient to base some of the forces at home and their equipment in Germany.The commitment forms part of Nato's revamped European defense force, which will comprise 300,000 troops across the continent ...
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The billionaire blocking off Montana’s wildlife: ‘Like fencing people out of Walmart’ | usnews

Almost immediately after their new billionaire neighbor put up thousands of 5ft fences around his Montana ranch, complaints started coming in to the Blackfeet tribe.In photos and videos captured by Blackfeet tribal members and reviewed by the Guardian, animals such as elk, deer, moose and grizzly bears can be seen struggling to navigate around or over the fences as they follow a historic migration path. Sometimes, they are trapped in corners of the fences, or wounded and limping after failed attempts to jump over the barriers. On numerous occasions, mother moose have been seen separated from their young. “It would be like fencing people out of Walmart,” says Buzz Cobell, the director of the Blackfeet fish and wildlife department and Blackfeet tribal member. “It wouldn't take long for...
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Colbert on January 6: Trump ‘knew he wasn’t the one they wanted to attack’ | Late night TV roundup

Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert unpacked arguably the most shocking hearing yet from the January 6 committee on Tuesday, thanks to Cassidy Hutchinson, a former top aide to Donald Trump's last White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows.According to Hutchinson, Meadows was aware of the rally's intentions ahead of time, and told her “things might get real, real bad on January 6.”“So, the president's chief of staff knew there could be terrible consequences, and went ahead with it anyway?!” said Colbert. “This mob showed up to his rally ready for violence,” but because of their weapons – guns, knives, spears tied to the top of flag poles, bear spray – they were being stopped at the magnetic security gates, thus lessening the size of Trump's crowd. Hutchinson said she heard the ex-president s...