Petron, Generika eye share of lead

first_imgPSC to do own investigation on rowing accident But the way things stand, Generika-Ayala will have its hands full against Petron, which opened its bid with a convincing three-set victory over defending champion F2 Logistics late Saturday.F2 Logistics will go for a rebound win, facing Marinerang Pilipina at 4 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40PLDT will also try for a second consecutive win when it goes up against winless Foton in the curtain-raiser at 2 p.m.“The players did well and I’m very proud of them,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos. “This is a short tournament and we need to pile up as many wins as possible.” This jewelry designer is also an architect Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The Lifesavers opened their campaign with a win over the Lady Skippers on opening day.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Petron and Generika-Ayala gun for a share of the early lead at each other’s expense Monday to cap another busy triple-header in the Philippine Superliga Invitationals at FilOil Flying V Centre.After winning their debuts, the Blaze Spikers and the Lifesavers clash at 6 p.m. as they seek to join idle Cignal HD at the top.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Cormier Takes Johnson For UFC Crown

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Daniel Cormier wore the conflict on his beaming face when he got the UFC’s light heavyweight title belt strapped around his waist in the same Vegas cage where he failed to win it a few months ago.While Cormier knew he could celebrate the biggest night of a fighting career that began in poverty and reached incredible heights, the new champion also realized a bigger bout casts a shadow over this achievement.“I have a message for one man,” Cormier said in the cage. “Jon Jones, get your (stuff) together. I’m waiting for you.”Cormier beat Anthony “Rumble” Johnson with a rear naked choke in the third round, dominating on the ground to win the vacant 205-pound title at UFC 187 on May 23.Cormier (16-1) controlled Johnson (19-5) throughout the final two rounds at the MGM Grand Garden to claim the title stripped from Jones, who was suspended indefinitely by the UFC last month after his arrest when police said he left the scene of a car accident.Cormier lost a decision at UFC 182 in January to Jones, widely considered the world’s best mixed martial artist. When Jones’ career imploded last month, Cormier agreed to replace him on less than four weeks’ notice, coming through with a dominant effort and ending Johnson’s nine-fight winning streak.The performance allowed Cormier to celebrate his second major MMA championship, along with his Strikeforce heavyweight title. He repeatedly said he didn’t feel the need to qualify his achievement against Jones’ misfortunes, even while he did exactly that.“That’s a gold belt,” Cormier said, indicating the hardware before him at the post-fight news conference. “That thing is reserved for the UFC champion. I didn’t disqualify myself from competition. Jon did. Jon is the pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter in the world. We all know that, but he disqualified himself from competition.”Jones is expected to get an immediate title shot when he returns to the UFC, and Cormier realizes his cathartic victory over Johnson will ring hollow to others until he beats Jones.“We’re so tied together, Jon and I, and I don’t think that’s going to change until we fight again,” Cormier said. “He beat me last time, but even in that, you don’t stop believing in yourself. I still think I can beat him, and I would love to compete against him again.”Cormier was knocked down for what he said was the first time in his MMA career by a huge right hand from Johnson in the opening minute, but Cormier recovered and survived the round.Cormier then lifted Johnson off his feet early in the second, dumping him onto the canvas and taking ground control for a dominant round that left Johnson blinking blood out of his eyes.Cormier was clinical in his finish, getting control on the ground again before forcing Johnson to tap out 2:39 into the third round.“He did everything I thought he was going to do,” said Johnson, who has revitalized his career after getting dropped by the UFC in 2012. “I have nothing but respect for him. Have you seen the size of his melon? I wasn’t surprised he could take (the punches).”Chris Weidman also defended his middleweight title in the final undercard fight of a thoroughly entertaining show in the UFC’s hometown, stopping Vitor Belfort in the first round with a relentless series of punches on the ground.Weidman (13-0) survived an early scare from Belfort and quickly took control of his third title defense, taking down the 38-year-old Belfort (24-11) and battering his head against the canvas until referee Herb Dean stopped the bout with 2:07 left. The Long Island native walked around the cage with an American flag on his back in celebration.“He hit me with some good shots, but I’ve been there in sparring,” Weidman said. “I was just covering, covering, covering, and I was ready to come back.”Belfort hadn’t fought since late 2013, waiting 18 months for his shot to become the third fighter in UFC history to win belts in two weight classes.The former light heavyweight champion won three fights with spectacular head-kick knockouts in 2013, but his late-career resurgence was colored by his enthusiastic embrace of testosterone replacement therapy, a medical loophole that allowed several UFC fighters to legally compete on steroids until the Nevada Athletic Commission and the UFC eliminated it last year.“He got me in a bad position, and he got some strikes,” Belfort said. “There’s no excuse. He was a better man tonight.”Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone earned his eighth consecutive lightweight victory earlier, apparently breaking John Makdessi’s jaw with a kick to the head in the second round.Former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski also stopped Travis Browne with 19 seconds left in the first round of a fantastic brawl named the Fight of the Night.The incredibly busy Cerrone’s eighth win in just over 18 months should lead to a title shot against Rafael Dos Anjos, who sent Cerrone to his last defeat in August 2013.“I think I might get this title by default sooner or later, huh?” Cerrone asked.Arlovski and Browne are friends outside the cage, and they put on a spectacular show, with both heavyweights badly hurting each other in less than five minutes of frenetic action. Arlovski twice knocked down the heavily favored Browne, who also floored Arlovski with a huge right hand.Arlovski eventually finished Browne upright against the cage with several enormous shots. “I hope tonight isn’t going to affect our friendship,” Arlovski said. “I love him like a brother.”(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Nick Saban Reveals What He ‘Loses Sleep’ Over In ESPN Interview

first_imgalabama head coach nick saban at the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Clemson Tigers presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Throughout his years of coaching at Alabama, Nick Saban has gone through both triumphant and traumatic experiences. Although the sting of losing national championships can last for a certain period of time, other moments cause the legendary coach to lose sleep.Suffering a blowout loss to the Clemson Tigers definitely hurts until the new season begins. Yet, those shortcomings aren’t running through the back of Saban’s mind for years, especially since he already has his share of national titles.In an interview with Chris Low of ESPN, the Alabama coach revealed that he thinks back about relationships with players. Any situation from the past where he felt that he didn’t support his players in the right manner is worthy of keeping him up at night.The saga between Saban and Maurice Smith from 2016 is a prime example of an experience that generates emotions of remorse for several seasons.From ESPN:“The thing I lose sleep over the most is not winning and losing the games. It’s about players. It’s about a guy who’s not doing the right thing or somebody you’re trying to get to see the light and buy into doing the right things,” Saban says. “I’ve been coaching for 43 years, and to have what happened with Maurice Smith and his family, that’s what I lose sleep over.“We’ve got 53 players in the NFL and a whole bunch of other ones who aren’t in the NFL and are very successful. But what I lay awake at night and think about is where did I fail a guy like Maurice Smith. What didn’t I do, or what could I have done better?”Saban caught serious criticism for his handling of Smith’s transfer from Alabama to Georgia, where he joined former Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Kirby Smart in his first year as head coach in Athens. He tried to block Smith from immediately playing at Georgia, before eventually backing down.This year, Saban was put in an extremely tough spot this past season because of a quarterback dilemma.While Jalen Hurts was the veteran presence that has shown he can produce, Alabama went with the phenom in Tua Tagovailoa. Ultimately, he didn’t push back on Hurts’ decision to leave for Oklahoma after the year.[ESPN]last_img read more

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The Wood & Faulk Camp Stool

first_img The Best History Podcasts for Learning About Everything From Pirates to Presidents It has been brutal winter, but thankfully the season is over and spring is underway. Now that the calendar has turned to April, it’s time to start getting outdoors again. For a lot of us at The Manual, that means planning hiking day trips and overnight camping journeys. And we have the perfect addition to any wilderness excursion you might undertake in the coming months: The Wood & Faulk Official Camp Stool.Wood & Faulk is the design moniker of Matt Pierce a long-time, self-described, “builder, designer and tinkerer.” Established in 2010 and based in Portland, Oregon, Pierce makes a variety of well-crafted products that range from leather dog leashes to half-pint jar sleeves, canvas carpenter bags and denim work aprons.The Camp Stool is a tripod stool with ash hardwood legs and an English bridle leather saddle. It also features a leather loop for wall storage and a leather carrying strap that makes it easy for travel. (You can easily attach it to your camping pack.) At 14 inches wide, 14 inches deep and 20 inches tall, the stool is lightweight and small to haul.The leather saddle currently comes in tan, chestnut (our personal favorite), brown and black. Even those of us in the best shape tend to get winded on that first long hike of the season. The Wood & Faulk Camp Stool is great for taking those much-needed breathers along your trail or for sitting around the campfire with friends and sipping on a little post-hike bourbon.Just because you are in the great outdoors, doesn’t mean that you can’t carry a little comfort and style with you along the way. With Wood & Falk’s Camp Stool, no matter where you travel, you’ll always have a great seat. And, even if you’re not climbing through the Catskills next weekend, the stool looks equally appealing in your loft as it does creekside.You can buy the stool via the Wood & Faulk website or in person at the Home of the Brave,  a pop-up shop located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Editors’ Recommendations Fall Foliage Forecast: Where and When to See the Leaves Change in 2019 Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat last_img read more

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3 Healthy Tailgating Recipes That Don’t Sacrifice Flavor

first_img How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Editors’ Recommendations Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes We’re in the midst of football season, and whether you’re a fan of the sport or not, we can all agree on one thing: the snacks are killer. We love our wings, nachos, chili, and dips, but weekends can feel heavy after tailgating and attending viewing parties with those traditional spreads for the last two months. As the holidays approach, we’re looking for lighter, yet delicious, ways to enjoy football season. These three recipes will make your game day a little bit healthier without sacrificing any of that precious flavor.Spinach and Artichoke DipProject JuiceWe love gooey, cheesy spinach and artichoke dip just as much as the next person. But most recipes are laden with a ton of dairy, which could be problematic if you’re watching your fat or calorie intake. But this recipe from Project Juice subs out the traditional cheese with an irresistible version made from cashews, which is incredibly creamy and flavorful. We bet your guests won’t even notice the difference.Ingredients for the cashew cheese:2 cups soaked cashews1 cup filtered water3 tbsp lemon juice2 tbsp organic extra virgin olive oil1 tsp sea salt.5 tsp garlic powderIngredients for the dip:1.5 cups canned artichokes, roughly chopped1.5 cups spinach, roughly chopped.5 medium onion, diced1 tsp sea salt1.5 tsp garlic powder.5 tsp black pepperMethod:Soak cashews in water for a minimum of 2 hours.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.To make the cashew cheese: In a blender or large food processor, first add soaked cashews, water, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, .5 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and 2 tablespoons of organic extra virgin olive oil. Blend until very smooth. If you are using a high powered blender, this will only take a minute or two. If you’re using a standard blender or food processor, keep blending until very smooth.Transfer your cashew cheese from the blender to a large mixing bowl. Add the roughly chopped artichoke and spinach, diced onion, black pepper, sea salt, and garlic powder. Mix very well and pour into an oven safe dish.Bake mixture for 20 minutes.To brown the top, broil on high for 3 minutes. Serve in the baking dish to keep warm. For dipping, use your favorite bread or blue corn tortilla chips with sprouted amaranth, quinoa and chia seeds.Hurricane PopcornMerSeaSalty chips and cheesy crackers are always solid additions to a game day snack spread, but suddenly they don’t sound so great when you read the ingredient labels. They’re often packed with preservatives, almost a day’s worth of sodium, and very little nutrients, which makes for empty calories (delicious calories, but empty calories nonetheless). But this umami-packed popcorn recipe from MerSea in Treasure Island San Francisco is an excellent alternative. It will give you the crunchy texture you crave with a savory punch from togarashi (a Japanese chili pepper blend) and furikake, a seaweed-based seasoning mix.Ingredients:2 tbsp canola oil.5 cup popcorn kernels6 tbsp butter2 tbsp furikake1 tsp togarashi1 tsp saltMethod:Coat the bottom of a 3-4 quart saucepan with the canola oil. Add the popcorn kernels and stir them to coat with canola oil as well.Cover the pot and place on high heat. After the first 2-3 kernels pop, reduce heat to medium-low.The kernels will begin popping rapidly. When the popping slows to 4-5 kernels every 10 seconds, turn off the heat.Wait until you don’t hear a kernel pop for 30 seconds, and the popcorn is done.Melt the butter. Put the popcorn in a large mixing bowl, and pour the butter around the edge of the mixing bowl. Mix the popcorn to coat with butterSprinkle the togarashi, furikake, and salt around the edge of the bowl. Toss to mix.Serve with plenty of beer (or perhaps sparkling water).Grilled Chicken SouvlakiSalonikiWe love our wings at The Manual. We love them when they’re dipped in gold and paired with Scotch. We love them when they are doused in Buffalo sauce and double-fried, Korean style. But we’re also aware that eating wings every week isn’t great for our waistline. Thankfully, Greek mini-chain Saloniki has the perfect solution. They marinate chicken thighs in a mustard-vinegar mix, then grill them to juicy perfection. Serve these skewers the next time you’re craving wings but want a healthier alternative.Ingredients for the marinade:2 oz red wine vinegar7 oz canola oil⅓ cup minced red onion3 tsp dried Greek oregano.5 tsp salt2.5 tbsp Dijon mustard.5 tbsp sweet paprika1.75 tsp black pepperIngredients for the Souvlaki:4 wooden skewers1 pound boneless chicken thigh meat1 tsp dried oreganoOlive oil, to finishSalt, to finish1 lemon, cut into wedgesMethod:Soak the skewers in water. This helps to keep them from burning.Place all marinade ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and well combined.Trim the chicken of excess fat and cut into 24 pieces.Toss the chicken in the marinade and marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hours and up to 12.Skewer chicken pieces onto 4 wooden skewers.Grill the skewers over a medium flame until charred and cooked through, about 7 minutes.Serve sprinkled with dried oregano, olive oil, salt, and a wedge of lemon. 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Euronav Arranges Salvage Ops for Grounded Tanker

first_imgzoom Euronav’s crude oil tanker M/T Alex, which ran aground on April 12, could soon be freed as the ship’s managers hired two salvage firms to undertake the ship’s refloating operation.Namely, Euronav Ship Management agreed with SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd. and PT Samudera Indonesia to carry out the salvage works which will include lightening of the vessel by ship to ship transfer of cargo.Following the tanker’s grounding on a soft mud bottom while sailing between Borneo and Sumatra, continuous monitoring of its condition “has confirmed no breach of hull, cargo containment, or mechanical failures,” according to Euronav.The company said that the 299,446 dwt ship is still safely aground at the same position, where it ran into trouble while it was on its way to Ningbo, China.Following meetings with the Indonesian Authorities, the necessary arrangements for antipollution, fire-fighting and security at the site were agreed on April 17.Euronav said that permission to start a diving survey was granted and is underway, while tank inspection with the presence of Class surveyor has been planned for April 19.The ship’s managers earlier informed that “no injuries or pollution have been reported.”last_img read more

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Family Violence Report Shows Improved Justice Response

first_imgA new report shows improvements in the justice system’s response to family violence in Nova Scotia. The 2005 Family Violence Tracking Project, released today, Dec. 7, indicates police and the courts are playing a key role in addressing family violence. The Department of Justice produced the report with the co-operation and support of Nova Scotia’s law enforcement community. “While we still have work to do, this report shows that we are making gains in providing a strong justice system response to family violence in our province,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “Family violence is unacceptable, and we are working with the police and courts to ensure we are responding appropriately and effectively.” Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada to do this type of analysis of the criminal justice system’s response to family violence. The report is based on a sample of family violence cases reported to police. “We are pleased to participate in this innovative project,” said Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank A. Beazley. “It provides valuable information to support our ongoing efforts to address family violence in Nova Scotia.” The 2005 report compares data from two earlier reports to evaluate the justice system’s response, and identify what is working well, and what needs to be addressed. Improvements from the 1998 to 2005 reports include: “This report reflects what we are seeing on the front lines, and we are pleased the Department of Justice is tracking these statistics,” said Rhonda Fraser, executive director of Chrysalis House and vice-chair of the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia. “We will be interested to see what impact initiatives like the Domestic Violence Intervention Act have on future reports.” The report identifies longer court processing times and an increase in non-compliance with probation orders as areas that need improvement. Processing times are an issue across Canada, and department staff and justice system partners are working to shortening them. Other areas needing improvement will also be addressed. “Having this information is a vital part of developing solutions,” said Mr. Scott. “I commend our partners in law enforcement for their participation in this important project.” The Family Violence Tracking project is one of several provincial programs addressing family violence, including the introduction of the Domestic Violence Intervention Act, and providing training for police, corrections, sheriff services, courts, victim services, military police, legal aid, transition house representatives, and Department of Community Services staff. The province also provides more than $5 million annually for transition houses and men’s treatment programs. A protocol has been introduced to guide information sharing on high risk domestic violence cases among professionals, and a pocket guide has been developed to assist police responding to incidents of family violence. The report can be view online at www.gov.ns.ca/just/ . police response times improved by 33 per cent, to six minutes from nine minutes arrest rates increased by 26 per cent police charge rates increased by 28 per cent median sentencing increased to 61 days from 41 days police referral rates to victim services programs increased to 96 per cent in 2003 from 85 per cent in 2000.last_img read more

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IAF big guns fly for Kargil martyr chief hails Rafale

first_imgNew Delhi: In a rare feat, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief B.S. Dhanoa and Western Air Command chief Raghunath Nambiar flew in a formation together in a commemorative flight paying tribute to Kargil war martyr Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja. Dhanoa and Nambiar strapped up for the “missing man” formation in Bathinda on Monday. It is rare for two top IAF functionaries to fly together in a formation. Both are Kargil veterans as they had flown missions during the conflict in 1999. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Nambiar, who is also one of the strong contenders to become IAF chief after Dhanoa, had flown Mirage 2000 during the Kargil war, while Dhanoa had commanded a Mig-21 squadron. After the flight, Dhanoa said that the government’s decision to buy two squadrons of Rafale was game changing. He said the IAF had enhanced it’s capability immensely since the Kargil war as all the fighters were now equipped with precision weapons. During the Kargil war, only Mirage 2000s had laser designated pods for precision bombing. He said that inclusion of heavy lift helicopter Chinook and attack helicopter Apache will further enhance IAF’s capability.last_img read more

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One suspect arrested in Simcoe stabbing

One of two suspects wanted in connection with a stabbing at Norfolk General Hospital has been arrested.Derrick Anthony Adams, 38, of Norfolk County was arrested on Thursday on Water Street in Simcoe.Members of the Norfolk/Haldimand Community Street Crime Unit and OPP Emergency Response Team took him into custody without incident.Adams is one of two men accused of being involved in a stabbing of a third man at the emergency entrance at NGH on Aug. 23.Adams has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, uttering threats to cause death of bodily harm and three counts of failing to comply with probation order.Police are continuing to search for the second suspect, Jean Pierre Auclair, 36, who may be heading to the Brantford and Hamilton areas.Auclair is described as white, 6’0″, 220 pounds with a medium build. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.Police say anyone who sees Auclair should not approach him but rather immediately call 911. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police authority. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). read more

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German finance minister says worst of eurozone debt crisis seems over

BERLIN – Germany’s finance minister says the worst of euro area’s debt crisis appears to be over after three years of worries over Greece and other members of the group of 17 European Union countries that use the single currency.Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted Thursday as telling the Bild newspaper: “I think we have the worst behind us.”Schaeuble says Greece and others have recognized that they can only overcome the crisis by implementing reforms and that the Greek government — which has received two bailouts — “knows that it cannot financially overburden the other euro states”.Some in Germany have expressed concern about the economy of neighbouring France. But Schaeuble says the government there “knows very well that every country must constantly conduct reforms to remain competitive.” German finance minister says worst of eurozone debt crisis seems over AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 27, 2012 7:45 am MDT read more

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Rising energy costs push US wholesale prices up 03 pct in August

Rising energy costs push US wholesale prices up 0.3 pct. in August; yearly inflation mild by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2013 8:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Higher energy costs pushed U.S. wholesale prices up 0.3 per cent last month. Prices rose a modest 1.4 per cent over the past year, the lowest one-year gain since April.Excluding volatile food and energy costs wholesale prices were unchanged in August, the Labor Department said Friday. They were up 1.1 per cent over the past year, smallest gain since June 2010 and another sign that inflation remains under control.Energy prices climbed in late August as tensions rose over Syria, accounting for two-thirds of the monthly increase in wholesale prices. More expensive vegetables and chicken lifted food prices 0.6 per cent in August from July.The Federal Reserve, which meets next week, closely monitors wholesale and consumer prices, determined to keep inflation running at around 2 per cent.Consumer prices in July were up just 2 per cent over the previous year. Core consumer prices have increased 1.7 per cent in the past 12 months.A weak economy has contained inflation. Companies can’t raise prices because demand for their products isn’t strong enough.The Fed’s policymaking committee is expected to decide next week whether to scale back an $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program that is meant stimulate the economy by pushing down long-term interest rates and encouraging borrowing and spending. Some committee members believe the economy has gained enough momentum to justify reducing the purchases though not ending them.But Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, has said that he wants to see more data showing economic strength and more evidence that ultra-low inflation is only temporary. read more

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New fighting in northern Central African Republic displaces thousands – UN

More than 23,000 people were displaced in the Kaga Bandoror area as of 2 May, a figure nearly double from the level a month earlier, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson Adrian Edwards confirmed.Briefing journalists in Geneva, Mr. Edwards said the “most of the displaced are Christians, mainly women and children. Many of the men are hiding due to fear of attacks by armed groups.”“The displaced urgently need physical protection, food, non-food items, water and sanitation, and other help,” he said. Although some food support is being provided by UNHCR’s partner agencies, people are fast consuming their own food reserves, and are unable to cultivate their fields due to fear of attacks. There is already a high prevalence of diarrhoea reported among children, he added.Young people in the area are also in danger of being recruited by armed forces, not only as combatants, but also as cooks, porters and guards.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners secured the release of more than 1,000 children from armed groups in the CAR this year. That is more than five times the total number of children released in 2013, according to the UN agency spokesperson Christophe Boulierac.However, thousands more children remain among the ranks of armed groups. Since violence escalated in December last year, their estimated number nearly doubled from 3,500 to around 6,000.“The growing number of children who continue to be used in this brutal fighting is yet another reminder of the unspeakable atrocities children are living every day,” said Souleymane Diabaté, UNICEF Representative in CAR, in a press statement released today. “Every single child we spoke to said they wanted to leave the armed group and return to school. We cannot fail them,” Mr. Diabaté urged, noting a $7.6 million budget gap for child protection programmes for the rest of this year.Working with partners, UNICEF supports children released from armed groups by providing health care, psychosocial support, family tracing and reunification, and return to school or accelerated learning and vocational training.Speaking at the UN Headquarters in New York earlier this week, Mr. Diabaté said children in CAR are witnessing terrible violence in what has become a “forgotten crisis” as compared with the media coverage of Syria and Ukraine. He urged the international community to ‘stand up’ and stop and help end the crisis as soon as possible.Fighting in CAR has taken on an increasingly sectarian nature following a 2012 rebel-led coup and has since become more brutal with reports of ongoing human rights violations and clashes that have left 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid.Also today, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced that it was launching its “largest ever intervention in the country” aimed at helping families feed themselves even as the fighting continues.Each family receives 25 kg of seeds and two hoes so that they can produce at least 500 kg of groundnuts, maize and rice to contribute to feeding them for around four months, according to a news release. In addition to the seeds, each family receives food rations so that desperate families are more likely to plant the seeds than eat them.“The delivery of these agricultural kits is of critical importance since they will help avert a full-scale food and nutrition crisis in the country,” said acting FAO Representative Alexis Bonte.FAO, in coordination with 16 non-governmental organizations, has already distributed kits to more than 11,660 families. read more

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Opinion Return of Braxton Miller soothes wound left by Mike Vrabel

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorDJust as Buckeye Nation thankfully swallowed a goodbye, a new farewell came up unexpectedly.The first announcement, the unexpected goodbye if you will, came as a shock to most and what seemed to be at the time, a significant blow to the program.OSU’s defensive line coach Mike Vrabel made the decision to bolt for the NFL and join former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien’s staff at the Houston Texans.At first I, along with undoubtably many OSU followers, thought this would be a great hit to the recruiting ability of the Buckeyes. It’s always nice to be able to shine three Super Bowl rings in front of a recruit (Vrabel won three with the New England Patriots) and that influence is now gone from the program.Enter Larry Johnson.Less than a week after losing Vrabel to Houston, OSU coach Urban Meyer reeled in Johnson from O’Brien’s former staff in State College, Pa.Johnson spent 18 years coaching at Penn State. He has recruited and developed players such as Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali and former No. 1 overall draft pick Courtney Brown.Needless to say, OSU not only rebuilds in terms of players, but coaches as well.The second bit of news that came in shortly after the news about Vrabel’s departure was that junior quarterback Braxton Miller would return for his senior season.While this did not come as a surprise to some, I was a little shocked the star quarterback didn’t make the leap to the NFL.After taking a beating in the second half of the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, some, including myself, thought Miller wouldn’t be willing to take another beating like that unless he was being paid for it. Yet he made the decision to return to Columbus.Hearing OSU was hanging onto Miller came as a relief after losing Vrabel.Losing both would have been a significant blow to a team that struggled on defense in 2013-14 and is graduating four of five starters on the offensive line.OSU fans should consider themselves lucky that the news was not reversed and Miller had left with Vrabel staying.Remember OSU fans will no longer have the luxury of seeing redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton — who graduated in the fall — come off the bench to save the day in the event that Miller goes down with an injury. Had Miller left, the Buckeyes would be preparing to enter 2014 with a group of quarterbacks — freshmen Luke Morgan and J.T. Barrett and redshirt-freshman Cardale Jones — that combined for only two pass attempts in their careers.So be grateful, Buckeye Nation, the future is still bright and we will all be able to enjoy one more year of No. 5 in Columbus. read more

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News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | June 17, 2008 PET/CT Scans May Determine Stages of Ovarian Cancer June 18, 2008 – Using combined positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) scanning of patients in the early stages of ovarian cancer can enable physicians to determine whether the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes without having to perform surgery, according to researchers at the SNM’s 55th Annual Meeting.”Our preliminary research indicates that using PET/CT scanning in this way could greatly improve quality of life for many patients with ovarian cancer,” said Luca Guerra, doctor of nuclear medicine, San Gerardo Hospital, Monza, Italy, and lead researcher of the study, 18F-FDG PET/CT Usefulness in Initial Staging of Ovarian Cancer. “PET/CT scans could allow many women to forego major abdominal surgery to determine whether their cancer has spread. It’s a much safer alternative for determining the stages of ovarian cancer.”In their research, Guerra and his team examined results of 30 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer who underwent PET/CT scanning before surgery to determine the stage of their disease. The results indicated that PET/CT staging was correct in 67 percent of patients and more than 98 percent accurate in scanning the lymph nodes of stage I and stage II ovarian cancer patients. These very promising results need to be confirmed in a larger patient population.While most previous studies that examined the potential of PET technologies have not indicated a definite role in the staging of ovarian cancer, many of the studies involved very small groups of women, and the scanners used were simple PET scanners rather than state-of-the-art, combined PET/CT scanners.While systematic lymphadenectomy – surgically removing all of the lymph nodes for testing rather than sampling a small number of the lymph nodes – is more accurate in determining whether the cancer has spread, the surgery takes longer, often requires blood transfusions and can result in life-threatening complications. If all early-stage ovarian cancer patients underwent lymphadenectomy, approximately 75 percent of the surgeries would prove unnecessary.For more information: www.snm.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | March 06, 2019 Siemens Healthineers Announces First U.S. Install of Biograph Vision PET/CT Siemens Healthineers’ new Biograph Vision positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system has been… read more Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Technology | PET-CT | January 23, 2019 FDA Clears United Imaging Healthcare uExplorer Total-Body Scanner January 23, 2019 — United Imaging Healthcare (United Imaging) announced U.S. read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | PET-CT | February 06, 2019 SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: Examining the Value of Digital PET/CT Technological advancements in positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) offer both clinicians and pat read more Videos | Nuclear Imaging | March 22, 2019 VIDEO: Utilization of PET For Evaluation of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Raza Alvi, M.D., a read more last_img read more

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first_img March 5, 2015 — Hitachi Medical Systems Europe announced the next generation of Oasis, the open high-field 1.2T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, at ECR 2015. New features help to overcome obstacles and prevent delays while optimizing workflow management and costs. Easy patient access makes OASIS highly suitable for interventional procedures.The 270° viewing angle allows the patient an unobstructed panoramic view and a positive examination experience. Simultaneously, the operator has a clear view of the progress of the complete scanning procedure. The spacious set-up and calming atmosphere put claustrophobic, pediatric and bariatric patients up to 300 kg at ease, and the peaceful, ambient illuminated gantry helps to relax patients. The extra-wide patient table (82 cm) with in-gantry lateral movement, modern SoftSound technology for silent gradients and multiple coil connections offer efficient support for the operator.The Oasis imaging platform is equipped with workflow-oriented features and advanced clinical capabilities. The Origin Clinical Study Library, Graphical User Interface (GUI), Intelligent Parameter Guidance and Real-time Image Quality Calculator are included for easy planning. Simultaneous scan, reconstruction and multi-tasked image processing keep throughput high and interoperability features ensure seamless picture archive and communication system (PACS) integration.AutoPose automatically determines and places optimal main scan slice locations, ensuring high reproducibility and improving consistency in sequence planning for one button click examination. Isotropic volume acquisition (isoFSE 3-D) with high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and resolution allows the reconstruction of slices in any plane, in any tissue contrast and in any anatomy — one scan for unlimited images. Additive Arrangement Gradient Echo (ADAGE) uses combinations of multiple echoes to create high SNR and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) images with reduced chemical shift for improved grey/white matter differentiation and fluid/cartilage visualization. A flexible, user-selectable reconstruction matrix provides optimized image resolution.The open and wide patient platform of the 1.2T high-field MRI is designed to increase patient comfort and reduce blur.For more information: www.hitachimed.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | March 06, 2015 Hitachi Medical Systems Europe Introduces Next Generation of Oasis MRI at ECR 2015 1.2T open high-field MRI optimizes workflow while maximizing patient comfort Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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Resort news from Mexicos Pacific Coast with debuts in Puerto Vallarta Los

first_img Alex Keerma TORONTO — A new 192-suite adults-only resort-within-a-resort has elevated the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort, one of the destination’s top all-inclusives. Mexico-bound clients will also find a brand new 122-room stand-alone property in Los Cabos for the luxury market.In the north hotel zone of Puerto Vallarta, the all-inclusive Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort has expanded its offerings with ‘The Hacienda’, adding an additional 192 suites for a total of 451 guest rooms.Hilton Puerto VallartaThe adults-only space includes four suite categories and features unique amenities such as private patios, terraces with Jacuzzis and rooms with swim-up pools. General Manager Hernan Vanegas says the upscale enclave will be surrounded by lush vegetation “and will be characterized by its privacy, stand-out design and personalized service that will maximize the experience for this adult-only section”.Vanegas adds: “In a destination as multifaceted as Puerto Vallarta, we seek to provide guests with authentic experiences that complement the beauty of the location and highlight its Mexican heritage.”In addition to an expansion on the rooms, The Hacienda will incorporate new culinary offerings including: La Catrina, a fine dining Mexican restaurant; Talavera overlooking The Hacienda section’s main pool; El Pozo, a wet bar offering exotic cocktails; La Serenata, an outdoor terrace surrounded by lush vegetation and Mexican music; and ‘El Rincon’, a gourmet deli.The Hacienda accommodation at Hilton Puerto VallartaFor the incentive and convention clients, the hotel will offer more than 21,15 square feet of meeting space, divided in two main ballrooms – 1,500 and 850 people in theatre style respectively – both divisible in breakout rooms.Meanwhile Montage Hotels & Resorts has expanded its footprint in San José del Cabo with Montage Los Cabos, a 39-acre seaside resort set within secluded Santa Maria Bay, known as one of the destination’s best beaches for swimming and snorkelling. Montage Los Cabos has 122 guest rooms and suites and three private Casas as well as four dining concepts and three pool experiences. There’s also walk-in access to swimming, diving, snorkelling and non-motorized water activities, the 40,000-square-foot Spa Montage, fitness centre, Paintbox children’s program, indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, and a variety of off-site experiences and programming.Presidential Suite pool at Montage Los CabosStarting in late 2018 guests will be able to play 18 holes at the Fred Couples Signature Golf Course located at the adjacent Twin Dolphin Golf Club.“Expanding our portfolio into Mexico is an incredible milestone for our company,” said Alan J. Fuerstman, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Montage International. “Montage Los Cabos is located in one of the most spectacular locations in all of Los Cabos and offers guests and residents the opportunity to experience the authentic spirit of Mexico, coupled with the exceptional service culture for which Montage is known.”Ocean view room at Montage Los CabosThe resort’s signature restaurant, Mezcal, is a modern Mexican kitchen featuring reimagined interpretations of ancestral culinary traditions, with specialties including octopus tiradito, crispy pork belly taco and a traditional tamal de rajas. Other dining venues include the beachfront Marea for breakfast, lunch and dinner with views of the Sea of Cortez, and Paletas, a contemporary marketplace serving everything from freshly baked Mexican pastries to gourmet sandwiches.An introductory offer gives guests US$100 resort credit for each night and a $300 per night resort credit for stays in a suite or residence. Credit is applicable towards a variety of resort experiences including dining, Paintbox and Spa Montage. Monday, June 11, 2018 About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Hilton, Los Cabos, Mexico, Montage Hotels & Resorts, Puerto Vallarta Share Resort news from Mexico’s Pacific Coast with debuts in Puerto Vallarta, Los Caboslast_img read more

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The Tico Times on Radio Dos

first_imgDid you hear The Tico Times on Radio Dos this morning?If you didn’t, you can always listen again next week. The Tico Times has teamed with Radio Dos to give you 90 seconds of news every Wednesday during “Margie in the Morning.”For our first segment, Assistant Editor Alexander Villegas discussed the proposed tax reform bill and our new podcast: The Tico Times Dispatch.Listen to us every Wednesday morning on 99.5 FM to for a quick dose of news. Facebook Comments Related posts:The Tico Times on Radio Dos: Community organizes to fight fires The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Dec. 03, 2018 Costa Rica approaches presidential elections with an uncertain scenario Expotur organizers announce ‘multidestination’ focus for this year’s editionlast_img

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Liberia is free of Ebola says World Health Organization

first_imgMONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia is now free of Ebola after going 42 days — twice the maximum incubation period for the deadly disease — without any new cases, the World Health Organization announced Saturday.While celebrating the milestone, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told The Associated Press the damage wrought by the worst Ebola outbreak in history is “a scar on the conscience of the world.” The international response to Ebola has been roundly criticized as too slow and ineffective. While praising the international partners for helping to get Liberia to zero cases, Sirleaf said the fight “got off to slow start.”“Therefore, let today’s announcement be a call to arms that we will build a better world for those Ebola could not reach,” she said. “It is the least the memories of our dearly departed deserve.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day For some survivors, she said, “the pain and grief will take a generation to heal.”Meanwhile, new cases were reported this week in neighboring Sierra Leone and in Guinea, the other two countries hit hardest by Ebola. Officials said they are cautious about openly celebrating the end of Ebola in Liberia, as the continued presence of the disease in the region means just one sick patient slipping over the border into Liberia could spark a resurgence of cases.A White House statement congratulated Liberia but urged vigilance to keep Ebola from coming back. “We must not let down our guard until the entire region reaches and stays at zero Ebola cases,” the statement said.On Saturday Sirleaf toured health centers in Monrovia, taking group photos with doctors and nurses. Nearly 200 health workers died fighting Ebola in Liberia.She lamented the damage done to her country, which was only about a decade removed from a devastating civil conflict when the outbreak struck.“Young Liberians who only months before strode confidently to school with dreams of a future as an engineer, a teacher or a doctor — all of which Liberia desperately needs — had their lives mercilessly cut short,” she told AP earlier at her Monrovia home. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

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Afghan Taliban say informal talks took place in Norway

first_imgKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In an unprecedented step, representatives of the Taliban met this week with a delegation of female Afghan lawmakers and peace negotiators, according to the Afghan government and the Taliban.The meetings, which conclude Friday in the Norwegian capital Oslo, are part of a long-term Afghan peace initiative sponsored by Norway. Although all sides emphasize the preliminary and unofficial nature of the discussions, the meetings represent a historic step for the militant group — which harshly restricted the freedoms and rights of women during its five-year reign in Afghanistan. Even in an unofficial capacity, the meeting of Taliban representatives with Afghan female leaders represents a potential turning point in the militant group’s positions. During its 1996-2001 rule of Afghanistan — before being ousted by a U.S.-led invasion — the Taliban banned women and girls from education and work, and banned them from going outside unless wearing an enveloping cloak known as burka and accompanied by a male relative.In modern-day Afghanistan, prominent women are regularly targeted by the insurgents, and some have been killed. Barakzai survived a suicide-bombing assassination attempt late last year, though no claim of responsibility was made for the attack.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has prioritized bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table and ending their insurgency. And some activists have expressed concern that the government would trade concessions on women’s right issues. But Ghani, and his high-profile wife Rula, have said there will be no roll-back of hard-won constitutional protections for Afghan women as part of any peace deal.Ghani’s office issued a statement saying all Afghan citizens had the right to “work for peace where and whenever they want.” 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 “We appreciate these are non-government talks, they are not representing the government of Afghanistan,” the statement said.The Norwegian Foreign Ministry confirmed the discussions had taken place between “Afghans of different political backgrounds … expressing their personal views.”The meeting is the third face-to-face contact between Taliban and Afghan officials in recent months, though both sides have stressed their informality.Recent meetings in Qatar between Taliban representatives and High Peace Council members resulted in a Taliban statement that appeared to indicate a softening on some policies and a possible willingness to eventually enter into a dialogue with the Afghan government. But actual formal peace talks are seen by diplomats and other observers as being years away.In the meantime, each side is fighting for supremacy on the battlefield, as the Taliban’s summer offensive has spread across the country and Afghan forces are taking huge casualties — fighting alone following the departure last year of most international combat troops.___Associated Press writers Karl Ritter in Stockholm and Amir Shah in Kabul, Afghanistan contributed to this report. 0 Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of How men can have a healthy 2019 Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. According to an Afghan government official, five female parliamentarians, including prominent women’s rights advocates Fawzia Koofi and Shukria Barakzai, took part in the talks as well as female representatives of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, a government body charged with negotiating an end to the war with the Taliban.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media, emphasized that the women were acting as “independent representatives” from parliament.“They are not part of any (Afghan) government initiative, and were invited to an unofficial meeting, not as official delegates,” he said.In an email statement, the Taliban’s Zabihullah Mujahid acknowledged the meetings and said the discussions were informal and could not be categorized as “peace talks.”The Afghan official said the Taliban’s representatives to the talks were Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, a former senior official of the Taliban regime that controlled Afghanistan until December 2001, and Mohammad Zahid Ahmadzada, who was a junior diplomat in that regime. The official said the talks took place on June 3 and 4, but Norway’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Frode Andersen said the meetings would conclude on Friday. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOne of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Opera House, was the backdrop to the Canada Corroboree 2016 media lunch at Bennelong on Thursday 11 February. More than 30 Canadian tourism operators and associations gathered with the Australian media, including LATTE, to share what makes their nation extraordinary and so diverse. A special guest was the 2016 Calgary Stampede Indian Princess, Vanessa Stiffarm, a representative of the rich and colourful First Nations cultures of Canada, and her own Kainai First Nation or the Blood Tribe in particular.The innovative cuisine of Peter Gilmore was on show in the form of a masterful roasted carrot salad with almonds, feta and amaranth, alternated with a salad of poached chicken, while mains offered included roasted new season lamb and snapper fillet, served with young spinach, turnips, celery heart and umami butter. Twenty presentations between the courses covered diverse interests, including Canada 150, a nationwide celebration for the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, planned for 2017.The Yukon showcased its wilderness, pristine lakes and wildlife (including bears), while Banff revealed its $26 million investment in a new gondola, transporting guests to an immersive theatre and restaurant complex. The Northwest Territories is home to stunning landscapes and the display of the Northern Lights, showing that is far more to Canada than bears and skiing.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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