Jordan’s crown prince kicks back with Prince William to watch England thrash Panama at the World Cup

Prince Hussein published a picture on his official Instagram account of Prince William (L) and himself watching the World Cup game. (Photo courtesy: Instagram/@alhusseinjo)
Updated 25 June 2018
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Jordan’s crown prince kicks back with Prince William to watch England thrash Panama at the World Cup

  • The pair watched a rerun of the match as the Duke of Cambridge arrived in Jordan just as the second half between the two teams began
  • The British prince is on a five-day visit to the Middle East and is scheduled to visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Crown Prince of Jordan Hussein bin Abdullah II kicked back to enjoy England’s World Cup victory against Panama with Prince William at the Beit Al Urdun Palace on Sunday night.

The pair, who avoided spoilers of the result all day, watched a rerun of the match as the Duke of Cambridge arrived in Jordan just as the second half between the two teams began. A hat-trick from Harry Kane helped England thrash Panama 6-1 in the group stages. 

Prince Hussein published a picture on his official Instagram account with a caption saying: “Having a relaxing time with His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after his first day in #OurJordan.”

Kensington Palace also tweeted two pictures of the duke and the crown prince casually dressed and sitting side by side on a sofa watching the game on a large screen.

The British prince, who is president of the FA, is on a five-day visit to the Middle East and is scheduled to visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories – the first time a member of the British royal family has visited on behalf of the Government.


Rake news: Social media ablaze on Trump’s forest remarks for Finland

Updated 19 November 2018
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Rake news: Social media ablaze on Trump’s forest remarks for Finland

  • US President Donald Trump claimed the forest-covered nation prevents wildfires by raking its forest floors
  • Raking-related terms were among the most popular Twitter hashtags and Google searches in the Nordic nation

HELSINKI: Social media in Finland was ablaze with bemused comments on Monday after US President Donald Trump claimed the forest-covered nation prevents wildfires by raking its forest floors.
Speaking to reporters during the weekend while in California to see the impact of devastating forest fires, the US president again blamed forest management, but said Finland had the answer.
Trump cited the Finnish president as telling him Finns “spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things (in the forest), and they don’t have any problem.”
However the Nordic country’s president, Sauli Niinisto, told the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper on Sunday that he had no recollection of raking being mentioned when the pair met in Paris a week ago.
“I told him that Finland is a country covered in forests, but we also have a good warning system and network,” the president said.
Finnish social media users were quick to pile in, describing Trump’s comments as “rake news” and posting pictures of themselves brandishing the garden implement.
By late Sunday, raking-related terms were among the most popular Twitter hashtags and Google searches in the Nordic nation which is 72 percent covered by forests, predominantly of pine, birch and fir.
Meanwhile Yrjo Niskanen, head of emergency preparedness at Finland’s national forest center, said the US president may have been referring to the practice of removing branches and loose material left in the forest after logging.
But he pointed out that this is not done with a rake — and the wood is collected for energy production.
“I’ve never thought before that it could be removed because of the fire risk, that’s not mentioned in any forestry manuals. It’s taken away purely for business reasons,” Niskanen told the Iltalehti newspaper.