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Gold Spikes

first_imgGold prices have spiked after the Reserve Bank of India bought 200 metric tons of gold worth $6.7 billion from the International Monetary Fund.  Countries with large dollar reserves, such as India, China and Russia, are seeking to diversify their holdings as the dollar sinks. Gold is viewed as a hedge against a decline in the dollar and inflation.This represents a major shift as central banks have been moving away from gold since 1991. Presently, central banks hold 26,297 metric tons of gold, which is 10% below the amount in 1991, according to the World Gold Council.GOLD HOLDINGS (September 2009) Rank County Tonnes % of reserves 1 United States 8,133.50 77.40% 2 Germany 3,408.30 69.20% 3 IMF 3,217.30 – 4 Italy 2,451.80 66.60% 5 France 2,445.10 70.60% 6 China 1,054.00 1.90% 7 Switzerland 1,040.10 29.10% 8 Japan 765.2 2.30% 9 Netherlands 612.5 59.60% 10 Russia 568.4 4.30% 11 ECB 501.4 18.80% 12 Taiwan 423.6 3.90% 13 Portugal 382.5 90.90% 14 India 357.7 4.00% 15 Venezuela 356.4 36.10% Source: World Gold Council.  Related Itemslast_img read more

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SPORT-OLY-ANJALI 2 LT(SPB6)

first_imgAnother rule change that Anjali, who has taken part in Another rule change that Anjali, who has taken part in three Olympic Games, mentioned was the nullification of scores in the qualification stages of some events. “The pre-qualification scores of the eight shooters who qualify for the finals are nullified. We dont carry forward the advantage of scores of pre-qualifications while in some other events like air rifle and air pistol the scores in pre qualification is counted in decimals.”Earlier, it was out of 400 or 600. Now the perfect shot is 10.9 and the difference (between shooters) remains 0.1 or 0.2. Its thus very hard to predict about medals. We can assure of good performances.”In rapid fire, where Vijay Kumar won silver (in 2012), in the finals its an elimination round and after 15 series of shots people get eliminated. The shoot-out for medals can go up to 50 or 60 shots, but you may get eliminated after five shots also in the elimination round. you cant really say (predict the winner).”I expect more medals. They are talented, have lot of experience and have shown consistency. We have won medals from World Championships, like Jitu Rai, but it depends on that particular day,” she explained. While saying coaches were important, Anjali said it finally boiled down to the individual shooter. “Its your responsibility to keep yourself composed and focused. We are awake all the time. When Abhinav (Bindra) won the gold, it was wrong for newspapers to say he did not react. He was totally focusing on his shot and to come to the real world it took him some minutes.” “Qualifying for the Olympics is an honour, but you need to enjoy being under pressure to do well there. People who try to avoid the pressure collapse as competition is so tough. Mental preparation should be at its peak and you have to believe in yourself,” she added.advertisementShe said physical fitness was very important for a shooter.”I have been shooting for over 28 years and in my group no one had been injured. We believe shooting needs physical fitness but the new generation thinks that you just need to stand and shoot. To prevent injury you need to be fit as your spine takes the weight of the weapon.” PTI SSR RSY AH AH RDSlast_img read more

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Cardel eyes Govs’ Cup playoffs for ‘bigger’ Columbian

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Johnedel Cardel feels like Columbian is done being the whipping boys of the PBA, that’s why he is making a playoff appearance as his team’s primary goal in the Governors’ Cup.“Our goal is to make it to the quarterfinals,” the Dyip’s second-year mentor told the Inquirer on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “That second conference would’ve been different had Lester arrived earlier,” said Cardel.Cardel hopes those changes would manifest this season-ending tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan 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 Becoming his own man “We’ve proven that we can show up and fight,” he added. “We nearly beat Blackwater, TNT, who were just a bit deeper in personnel.”Columbian’s brightest spot in the Commissioner’s Cup, where they finished with a 3-8 record, was spoiling the conference debut of perennial powerhouse San Miguel. The Dyip also went on to drag then-defending champion Barangay Ginebra into an overtime thriller and go neck-and-neck with hard-working Magnolia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Those close encounters, coupled by an influx of new faces and a much-improved CJ Perez is a formula Cardel is itching to test out. He gets that chance this Friday, 4:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena against an Alaska side which will now be steered by Jeffrey Cariaso.The Dyip will now feature Lervin Flores, Joseph Gabayni and Juami Tiongson—all of whom Columbian picked up after dealing away guard Jerramy King and forward Russel Escoto. This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img Newcomer Antonio Brown scores as Patriots beat Dolphins 43-0 “For the longest time, we didn’t have a decent big man. I feel like we’ve become bigger as a team. I got Gabayni, and Flores who plays as a stretch. And then I also gained Tiongson, who for me is an intelligent guard,” Cardel said.But Cardel stressed that he also wouldn’t want to pin his playoff aspirations solely on his prized rookie, who is coming off a scintillating individual performance in the FIBA World Cup. Cardel said that Columbian’s victories, as much as its narrow losses against eventual top three seeds of the second conference, have all been possible due to their teamwork, which was anchored by a prolific import—albeit late—in Lester Prosper.He hopes that has found another gem of a reinforcement in the tireless Khapri Alston.“He works hard. And I think, the way he contributes and helps his teammates, could lead us to better results,” Cardel said.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? View comments MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

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President Mukherjee approves ordinance allowing kambala in Karnataka

first_imgPresident Pranab Mukherjee has approved the promulgation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, making it possible for kambala – a traditiional buffalo race – to be conducted, ANI reported.Kambala races are organised in the Dakshin Kannada and Udupi districts of coastal Karnataka. Along with jallikattu, the sport was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 based on a petition filed by various animal rights organisations.Kamabala supporters protested after the Tamil Nadu government moved an ordinance to lift the ban on jallikattu.The Siddaramiah government in Karnataka then passed an ordinance to make kambala legal, and the bill was sent to President Mukherjee twice for his approval, OneIndia reported.ALSO READ | Kambala agitation: 10 things you should know about the buffalo race ALSO READ | Here are a few differences between Jallikattu and Kambala that you should knowALSO WATCH | After Jallikattu, now Karnataka demands legalising Kambalalast_img read more

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JetBlue Launches Revolutionary Facial Recognition Boarding Process

first_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras Will You Need a Passport to Fly Within the U.S. Next Year? Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Even with the proliferation of new technology, the airline boarding process is more soul-sucking now than ever. Sure, we have access to mobile boarding passes and dedicated airline apps. But, when (if) they work as advertised, how much better have they really made the entire affair? One domestic U.S. airline is rethinking their strategy in a way that could eliminate traditional boarding passes (printed or otherwise) altogether.JetBlue Airways has long been at the forefront of aviation technology. So, it wasn’t much of a surprise when we learned this week that the carrier is working with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on a state-of-the-art boarding process. The program uses facial recognition to replace traditional boarding passes and passports entirely. It requires no previous enrollment in a government-sanctioned air travel program. The process is similar to the automated customs and immigration checkpoint kiosks currently in use at many U.S. airports. Travelers step to a digital camera that snaps their photo which is relayed to CBP officials. In five to seven seconds, the facial recognition system automatically matches the traveler’s profile pic to archived passport, visa, or immigration photos. Once confirmed and approved, the passenger is green-lit to proceed to the jetway.Like all new-wave technologies, particularly in the airline industry, adoption can be slow. There’s the inevitable sky-high cost of rollout, plus passengers are increasingly antsy about having yet another piece of their lives scanned, digitized, and archived. Plus, biometrics are already a hot-button issue in the world of personal digital security. However, the airline is assuring passengers that it will not have direct access to the photos.It’s hard not to imagine this is the way of the future for air travel. Imagine a hyper-streamlined airport a la Minority Report where passengers — particularly those enrolled in one of the government’s Trusted Travel Network programs — can breeze through security without ever pulling out a document or interacting with a human. The technology already exists; now, it’s just a matter of implementing it.The current rollout begins June 12 and will be extremely limited, as these pilot programs always are. JetBlue is only trialing the process on select international flights out of Boston. If all goes well, they’ll consider expanding the plan nationwide. Delta is testing a similar program in the lobby of the Minneapolis airport to authenticate checked baggage drop-offs.last_img read more

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Beaches, Booze, and Barbers: What to Do in Sydney, Australia

first_img Editors’ Recommendations This is your sign: Book a ticket to Sydney, Australia.Flights aren’t cheap, and the 16-plus hour plane ride across the Pacific Ocean might be the longest you’ll ever chart, but Australia is a land and culture well worth the trip. We recommend going in winter (Australia’s summer) and staying for at least two weeks (please refer back to the 16-hour plane ride; most travel to-and-from Australia is over 24-hours long, and most experts say you need as many days as time zones you cross to recover from jet lag).So, pack your thongs (sandals), togs (swim suit), exchange your USD for colorful Australian dollars (our dollar is doing pretty well since $1 U.S. equals $1.25 Australian), and memorize this list of best barbers, suit shops, booze stops, and tourist attractions that make Sydney one of the most amazing cities in the world.AttractionsSydney Opera HouseMake sure you’re staying in the city — we recommend Primus Hotel Sydney on Pitt Street, which is equal distances to the Opera House, Darling Harbor, and China Town. The second you drop off your bags, get moving on the streets. Staying awake and exploring will help you adjust to the time difference. Sydney’s Opera House is an easy bucket-list item you can reach with a 10-minute walk. This multi-venue performing arts center is one of the 20th Century’s most famous buildings and makes for the perfect #wemadeit photo op. Instead of shelling out cash for a tour, take a long walk around Bennelong Point, catching views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge (one of the most iconic bridges on the planet) and the fresh salty air. Take a seat below the Opera House ceiling shells beside the water and order a flat white from the Opera Bar.Sydney Opera HouseQuick note: If you’re an iced coffee fiend like ourselves, you won’t be able to get one in Australia. Order an “iced coffee” and you’ll get a latte-sized affogato (espresso with milk and a scoop of ice cream). Stick with your espresso-based coffees while in the southern hemisphere.The Royal Botanic Garden SydneyAfter taking in the gorgeous architecture of the Opera House, follow one of the many paths leading from Sydney Harbor to a beautiful green space in the heart of the city. This 74-acre garden acts more as a city park, as it’s open every day and free to wander (a great spot for a morning run). Opened in 1816, the Royal Botanic Garden has since flourished into a rich oasis that is home to some of the rarest trees, flowers, and foliage on the planet — perhaps why the garden is called one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world. Divided into four major gardens with smaller groves and wooded lawns within, we gleefully lost ourselves for the rest of the day amid blooming magnolia trees, classical sculptures, native Kookaburra birds, and agave as tall as houses. Seriously, don’t miss this sight.BarsThe Baxter InnOnly top-shelf whiskeys allowed. Need we say more? The Baxter Inn will be your  happy hour refuge from the busy rush-hour streets of Sydney. (Enter through the sketchy loading dock.) The refined little brother to the low-lit Shady Pines Saloon cowboy bar, The Baxter Inn ditches themes and gimmicks for a classic speakeasy vibe that doesn’t charge too much, which is why it is considered one of the world’s best whiskey bars. If whiskey isn’t your bag, I’d still recommend drinking here and ordering instead an expertly mixed gin cocktail.Burrow BarThe best bars in Sydney are hard to find (let that be a rule of thumb) and it applies to the basement hideaway Burrow Bar. Cocktails, craft beer, boutique spirits, and wine make up the menu of this local-loved, orange-lit escape. It feels more like drinking with friends and family in this cozy room, backed by sandstone walls and enclosed in timber ceilings. Cocktails are refreshed every two to three weeks, but expect earthy and herbaceous twists on mezcal, rum, and rye. To find it, go down De Mestre Place and stop at the fire door decorated with an ornate letter “B.” Look for AstroTurf.Burrow Bar/FacebookPapa Gede’s BarVoodoo décor and a wild menu of rum-based cocktails and monthly comedy shows make Papa Gede’s one of the most fun and delicious spots to booze in Sydney. Seriously, look at this insane menu. Witch-doctor apothecary and plenty of well-placed tiki tributes have hit a note with locals, who tasted the herbal elixir “punch” and dubbed this their go-to bar in all the city.RestaurantsThe Morrison Bar and Oyster RoomWe had one dish on our minds since landing in Sydney: oysters. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bad catch, but if you’re looking to slurp the best of the best, head to the Johnson’s Building for The Morrison’s Oyster Room, a joint centered entirely around the salty delicacy. Offering a variety of Rock oysters and Pacific oysters, expect creamy, fresh, and full mollusk morsels that are sustainably sourced. If you’ve never had a Rock oyster, be prepared for mineral flavors and vegetal notes (we mean really rich and creamy). Pair with a cheeky cocktail and duck fat fish and chips for the main.The Morrison Bar and Oyster RoomKorean NoodlesWe’re not going to assign one particular spot since most of them are nearly untraceable online, impossible to pronounce, and difficult to return to in the busy Koreatown of Sydney’s Pitt street, but many of these restaurants offer roughly the same menu of Korean barbecue, jajangmyeon (Korean noodles with black bean sauce), and vegetable or meat-packed rice noodles. These menus are plastered like billboards to the outside of the eateries with images of each dish. Your mission: be brave and adventurous. We fell in love with a little spot that served domestic Korean beer with jajangmyeon mixed with at least four different types of mushrooms.ShopsM.J. BaleThis Sydney-born menswear label (and like-named shop) combines the finest Australian Merino wool with artisan fabric weavers from Italy before reaching master tailors in Japan to create suits of exacting fit and finish. One of these bad boys will set you back a pretty penny, but it’s a suit you need in your closet. The label even created a “crumple-free” suit that will withstand the beating of your long flight home. M.J. Bale has a few locations around the city, but opt to shop in the Queen Victoria Building built in the gorgeous style of Romanesque Revival. This “mall” puts U.S. versions to shame and really gives you the sense of being out of country. Plus, there are easy-going cafes amid the luxury shops.M.J. Bale/FacebookJoe BananaThere is no Australia without party shirts. Definition: a button-down, often short sleeve, with a wild, colorful pattern. Joe Banana, the iconic Australian menswear designer, is the king of upscale party shirts. With a focus on sharp patterns and stylish jackets, hand-woven in silk and linen, the colors, cuts, and character of these threads are for the stylistically brave — perhaps why they’re worn by celebrities like Elton John, Stephen Fry, and Cliff Richard. Take a risk and fall in love with one of the eclectic prints (for example, Underwater Aliens, Neon Garden, or Kaleidoscope).R.M. WilliamsBoots, boots, boots. We love R.M. Williams boots, established in Australia in 1932. Founded by Reginald Murray Williams, a rugged bush cobbler, these exquisite leather boots were born to fit the man who is a passionate explorer, pastoralist, horseman, stockman, stonemason, leather craftsman, and businessman. Design your own and R.M. will cut, thread, elastic, and stitch them into being, all from one piece of leather. After 80 years, you better believe they have it down to a science.Men’s Biz/FacebookBarbersMen’s BizThe motto at this hole-in-the-wall barber is: “A better life through better grooming.” We couldn’t agree more. One-part barber and one-part product shop, Men’s Biz experts hand-pick a curated selection of grooming essentials, including skincare, hair care, and fragrances — accounting for the full spectrum from modern to classic, affordable to high-high-end. The skilled barbers are the real deal, while the vibe is a throwback to old-school barber shops.Moe & CoFind yourself across town exploring Darling Harbor? Go underground to the punk-rock Moe & Co for a shave or cut in the small, graffiti-walled salon founded by Aussie brothers Bill and Moe. The environment is relaxed and they stick by the “no appointment necessary” creed. If you’re traveling with a co-pilot, she can get a blow-out while you’re getting shaped.BeachesBondi BeachPacked no matter if it’s Tuesday or Saturday, Bondi Beach is a well-known destination for both international travelers and local beach bums. Just a 40-minute bus ride from Sydney or 15-minute Uber, at Bondi, the waves are tough but the vibes are nice. We suggest only going to Bondi if you’re itching to see the iconic Bondi Iceberg Club in person. Otherwise, avoid all the kitschy souvenir shops and crowds for these secret beaches …Jarvis BayHello, white-sand beaches, turquoise water, and wide-open lunge space. Jarvis Bay is the perfect beach escape for swimming and relaxing. It’s also one of the best spots in Australia to witness humpback whales on their annual migrations (June through to November). The unspoiled coastal and country villages around the area have local produce markets, boutique shops, and art galleries … but let’s be real, you’ll want to stay on the beach. Pack your crisps (chips) and a Vegemite sandwich for a long day in the sun.Jarvis Bay/FacebookHayms BeachThis seaside village notorious among Sydney locals as a tourist-free escape for surfing, white-sands, and camping may be two and a half hours south of the city, but it’s a gorgeous drive down the coast and well-worth the excursion. This plot of perfect beach is a part of Jarvis Bay and receives gentle (if any) swells, making for a perfect swimming spot. (Back in Bondi, the surf will knock you over at only calf-deep.) This is truly a pristine and jaw-dropping beach. Make a weekend out of it and get a tent at the luxury glamping Paperbark Camp.Juice BarsJoe and the JuiceA trendy juice and coffee spot with modern tropical design makes for the perfect midday fuel-up (in both taste and aesthetic). Choose from juices, shakes, “Joegurts,” shots, sammies, and coffee, all with a ridiculously fresh and vibrant taste. Readers from Chicago, New York, and even Stockholm may know what we’re talking about, as Joe and the Juice has international locations. Its Sydney spot is prime, however, because after a day in the humid heat, your body will be craving a fresh squeeze.Boost JuiceA long-standing Aussie smoothie chain, Boost Juice is a quick-stop staple among locals — and seriously the best smoothie we’ve ever had. Plus, it’s a cheap alternative to another pricey coffee. (Australians love their coffee.) The founders were inspired to start the company after seeing the juice craze rise in the U.S. in the early 2000s. Learn to phrase it right among your Aussie comrades: “Want a Boost?”Take me there The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities How to Pair Oysters with Martinis The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For?last_img read more

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This Poutine Recipe is the Best Combo of Cheese and Potatoes Ever

first_imgIf you’ve ever gone to Quebec, or been to a primarily French-Canadian area, or been to a restaurant that prides themselves on delicious bar foods, you’ve probably seen poutine on the menu. Made of potatoes, cheese curds, and gravy, they are (along with disco fries), one of the purest forms of enjoyment one can get when mixing potatoes and cheese together.Originating in Quebec in the 1950s, poutine was first served almost exclusively in diners and other greasy spoons (while also serving as a means of mocking the Quebecois). Over time, though, it’s grown in popularity, with more and more chefs experimenting with it and, in doing so, giving it a place of honor in the realm of Canadian cuisine.Made of potatoes, cheese curds, and gravy, poutine is of the purest forms of enjoyment.What does that mean to us? Well, it means that we have ample opportunities now to eat fries, cheese, and gravy together — sometimes with other delicious things added in. What it also means is that you can now make it at home, as you’ll find a recipe to make your very own poutine below.This recipe comes to us from Patrick Bassett, executive chef of Forge & Vine at The Groton Inn in Groton, Massachusetts. Know how we mentioned that chefs are adding other things to the poutine?Poutine RecipeWith Duck Confit, Gravy, and Maple Brook Farm Cheese CurdsThe Groton Inn(Serves 4)Ingredients:5 lbs large Idaho potatoes, cut into large sticks.5 cup unsalted butter1 cup all-purpose flour3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil2 tbsp garlic, chopped1 large white onions, diced1 carrot, sliced thinly.5 lb beef trimmings (sirloin trim recommended)5 stems of thyme1 bay leaf.5 cup white wine (house table wine of your choice)5 qt roasted chicken stock1 qt veal stock1 tbsp tomato paste1 tsp Worcestershire sauce1 tsp soy sauce1 tsp green peppercorns6 oz Maple Brook Farm cheddar cheese curds1 bunch scallions, shaved1 tbsp duck fat (Bassett prepares his own from scratch but says it can be purchased at major specialty gourmet retailers)Preparing the French Fries:Wash potatoes. Preheat deep fryer to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.Cut potatoes (skin on) in a bowl with water to keep potatoes from oxidizing.Once potatoes are cut, remove a few handfuls at a time and let drain for a second. Then add them to the hot oil.  Blanch fries for 3-5 minutes (until they soften up).  Dump blanched fries on a baking tray lined with absorbent towels to soak up extra grease.Note: Fries can be used immediately or can be wrapped and stored in the refrigerator for later use.Making the Gravy:In a large heavy pot, combine the butter and flour to make a roux like wet sand. Cook over low heat or in a medium oven until light brown (past blonde).While the roux is cooking, heat a separate pan on high and add the oil and garlic; stir for 30 seconds. Then add the onion and carrot. Cook over high heat. When the onions start to brown, add the beef trimmings, thyme, bay leaves, and peppercorns.Deglaze this pan with white wine, scraping up the good brown stuff.When the roux is light brown and nutty in aroma, and while still hot, add the chicken and veal stock a little at a time, allowing the mixture to thicken each time before adding more.Add the tomato paste, Worcestershire, soy and green peppercorns. Bring to a boil and then lower to medium heat.Add the onion mixture and let the sauce simmer slowly. Cook for about 1 hour, adding stock, as needed, to get the right consistency.Strain through a fine whole chinois and check seasoning.Building the Poutine:To build the poutine, deep fry two hand fulls blanched fries @ 350 degrees until golden brown. As soon as the fries come out of the fryer, place on absorbent towels to soak up extra grease and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.Place hot seasoned fries in cast iron skillet. Top with duck fat, a ladle of gravy (about 4 oz) and a sprinkle of cheese curds and place under broiler for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.Garnish with shaved scallions and enjoy! Editors’ Recommendations Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weatherlast_img read more

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UNbacked meeting calls for more strategic approach to mountain development

5 October 2007A United Nations-backed meeting on mountains has forged a consensus among over 60 representatives from governments, civil society and international organizations on the need for a more coherent approach to sustainable agriculture and rural development in the world’s highland areas. A United Nations-backed meeting on mountains has forged a consensus among over 60 representatives from governments, civil society and international organizations on the need for a more coherent approach to sustainable agriculture and rural development in the world’s highland areas.This call came in a statement issued at the close of the third meeting of the Adelboden Group for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Mountain Regions held 1-3 October at the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Physically isolated and socially and politically marginalized, mountain populations are among the most vulnerable in the world, FAO said in a news release, noting that 840 million chronically undernourished people live in highland areas and about 270 million mountain people lack food security, with 135 million suffering chronic hunger. “Higher priority should be given to mountain issues in national, regional and global policymaking either through incorporating mountain specific requirements into general policies or through specific mountain policies,” the Group said in a statement read at the end of its meeting.Governments with mountain regions were urged to better integrate mountain areas into national economies and foster economic diversification in highland regions by helping farmers, craftsmen and foresters add value to their products. The group also stressed the need to provide policy support to indigenous mountain communities, whose traditional local knowledge and know-how often help conserve the mountain environment and biodiversity and represent a sustainable approach to highland agriculture.Established in June 2002 in Adelboden, Switzerland, the group serves as a forum for discussion of policies, exchanges of experience, and coordinated planning. It also acts as an advisory board for FAO’s project on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Mountain Regions. read more

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Colombia Annan says communication from FARCEP is positive

“He has always made clear that his good offices are available to the parties,” the spokesman said in a statement released in New York.Reached by telephone, a UN spokesman said the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on International Assistance to Colombia, James Le Moyne, has recently been in touch with the parties in accordance with his mandate.

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US preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia if Europe resists tougher actions

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia if Europe resists tougher actions WASHINGTON – The United States is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the Obama administration’s frustration with Europe’s reluctance to take tougher action against Moscow, according to U.S. and European officials.Until now, the U.S. has insisted on hitting Russia with penalties in concert with Europe in order to maximize the impact and present a united Western front. The European Union has a far stronger economic relationship with Russia, making the 28-nation bloc’s participation key to ensuring sanctions packages have enough teeth to deter Russia.But those same economic ties have made Europe fearful that tougher penalties against Russia could boomerang and hurt their own economies. After weeks of inaction, the officials say the U.S. is now prepared to move forward alone if EU officials fail to enact strong sanctions during a meeting Wednesday in Brussels.The U.S. official cautioned that no final decisions would be made until after the European meeting. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly by name.The White House’s willingness to punish Russia without European backing comes as the Obama administration faces criticism that its repeated warnings about tougher sanctions are little more than empty threats.“Sometimes I’m embarrassed for you, as you constantly talk about sanctions and yet, candidly, we never see them put in place,” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said during a Senate hearing on Ukraine with administration officials last week.The U.S. and Europe have levied co-ordinated sanctions on Russian individuals and companies connected to Moscow’s alleged destabilization in Ukraine. Obama administration officials argue that those penalties have had an impact on Russia’s economy, citing International Monetary Fund statistics showing a downgrade in Russia’s growth this year.However, officials have acknowledged that the sanctions have not have an impact on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision-making in Ukraine.State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said Tuesday that if Putin “cares deeply about his people, about the economy, his own country” the sanctions would shift his calculus.Obama and European counterparts have vowed to take even broader sanctions targeting Russia’s lucrative energy and defence sectors, as well as access to financial markets, if Moscow failed to quell tensions with Ukraine. But it is unclear what the new package of U.S. sanctions would include.During a Group of Seven meeting in Brussels in early June, Western leaders warned Russian President Vladimir Putin those penalties could be levied within a month if Russia did not meet specific conditions, including recognizing the results of Ukraine’s May 25 election and start a dialogue with President Petro Poroshenko, ending support for the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine and stopping the flow of arms across the Russian border.The end-of-June deadline the West outlined for Putin came and went with little follow-through from Russia, yet no penalties were levied by the U.S. and Europe.Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the West’s failure to follow through on its threat of sector sanctions has raised a “credibility question” for the Obama administration.“I think the bluff has now been fully called,” Conley said.If Obama moves forward with unilateral sanctions, he’ll face opposition from the private sector. U.S. businesses have been pressing the administration to hold off on sanctions that could put them at a disadvantage in the global economy.“It’s not clear to us that breaking commercial ties with the Russia partners, consumers gets anyone to where they want to be,” said Gary Litman, vice-president for international strategic initiatives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.___Associated Press writers Matthew Lee in Washington and John-Thor Dahlburg in Brussels contributed to this report. by Julie Pace, The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2014 1:53 pm MDT read more

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Mexico media giant Televisa pulls the plug on Miss Universe broadcasts over

Mexico media giant Televisa pulls the plug on Miss Universe broadcasts over Trump’s remarks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MEXICO CITY – Mexican media giant Televisa says it will no longer broadcast the Miss Universe Pageant or engage any other communication project with Donald Trump.Televisa says its decision comes in the wake of “disrespectful” remarks by Trump that the company says offended the entire Mexican population.During his presidential kickoff speech, Trump said Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people.” He advocated building a wall along the United States’ southern border.Televisa said in a statement Monday night that it “strongly rejects all forms of discrimination, racism and xenophobia.”Trump did not respond immediately to the decision by Televisa, one of the largest commercial television groups in the Western Hemisphere. NBC also ended its relationship with Trump on Monday. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 7:50 pm MDT read more

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UN human rights expert welcomes shift in President Obamas counterterrorism policy

Mr. Obama said yesterday that, as part of a realignment of US counter-terrorism policy, he would curtail the use of drones, recommit to closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and seek new limits on his own war power. The new policy guidance imposes tougher standards for when drone strikes can be authorized, limiting them to targets that pose “a continuing, imminent threat to Americans” and cannot feasibly be captured, according to media reports. “This extremely important speech breaks new ground in a number of key respects,” the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, said in a news release. “It affirms for the first time this Administration’s commitment to seek an end to its armed conflict with Al-Qaida as soon as possible; it reminds the world that not every terrorist threat or terrorist attack can be equated with a situation of continuing armed conflict; and it sets out more clearly and more authoritatively than ever before the Administration’s legal justifications for targeted killing, and the constraints that it operates under,” he said. The speech also clarifies, and proposes improvements to, the procedures for independent oversight; and it sets out the steps the President is now resolved to take in order to close Guantánamo Bay, he added.Mr. Emmerson said that the publication of the procedural guidelines for the use of force in counter-terrorism operations is “a significant step towards increased transparency and accountability. It also disposes of a number of myths, including the suggestion that the US is entitled to regard all military-aged males as combatants, and therefore as legitimate targets.” He added that he will be engaging with senior US officials in Washington D.C. over the coming days and weeks in an effort “to put some flesh on the bones of the announcements made.” The expert said that Mr. Obama’s acknowledgement that the time has come to tackle not only the manifestations of terrorism but also its social, economic and political causes around the world “signals a shift in rhetoric and a move in policy emphasis towards promoting a strategy of sustainable and ethical counter-terrorism.” Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. They work in an unpaid capacity. read more

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Tayler Hill Chemistry is there for Ohio State womens basketball

Coming into a season with big shoes to fill, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is opening its 2012-13 campaign in a big way. The Buckeyes open their season on Friday at the Carrier Classic against Notre Dame, and OSU is ready to start the year with three returning starters, including senior guard Tayler Hill, a preseason watch list candidate for the Wade Trophy. “I think it’s a big accomplishment personally as a player and it’s a good thing to be named,” Hill said. The senior guard is one of 25 NCAA Division I women basketball players named to the list for the 2013 State Farm Wade Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top player each year. The Minneapolis, Minn., native is no stranger to earning awards, either. Hill was a first team All-Big Ten selection last season and a member of the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team for the second succeeding year. Buckeye coach Jim Foster said it was not a surprise for Hill to be included on the list because of her performance last season. “She is a four-year starter, she had a great junior year,” Foster said. “She is a great player from both an offensive and defensive point of view and she is a very respected player.” Hill led the Buckeyes and the Big Ten last season in points scored, averaging 20.4 points per game. She averaged 12.4 points per game as a sophomore. The senior guard does not see herself making a big jump in points this season from her junior year. “I probably won’t jump as high as I did from sophomore year to junior year but around that range or a little higher,” Hill said. “From sophomore to junior year it was all about experience.” Alongside Hill, redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes and junior center Ashley Adams return as starters. OSU will have to do without sophomore forward Kalpana Beach who suffered a season-ending knee injury. Beach served as a starter for the Buckeyes last season. “Kalpana Beach just had surgery and will not play this year, but we got some depth and experience in her position,” Foster said. “We will see who steps up to the challenge.” Foster said junior center Darryce Moore, junior forward Martina Ellerbe and senior forward Emilee Harmon will need to step up to fill Beach’s shoes this season. Despite the loss of Beach, Hill said the team chemistry shouldn’t be affected. “I think it’s a good thing because we have played with each other over the years and have more experience in the front and backcourt and we know where each other are on the floor,” Hill said. “The chemistry is there between us.” Foster said the talent of former point guard and 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year Samantha Prahalis, who graduated and now plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, cannot be replaced. “Defensively, we are going to have to be a really good basketball team and we show signs of being that,” Foster said. “Offensively, no one player can take the place of Sammy Prahalis and we have to do that with a real team effort, and with every indication I have seen, this team is very willing to do that.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the season aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C., on Friday against Notre Dame at 4 p.m. read more

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Clinton fends off questions on Benghazi

first_imgWASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton fended off questions Sunday on the deaths of American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, suggesting that no additional explanation she offered would satisfy critics.“There’s a difference between unanswered questions and unlistened-to answers,” Clinton said on “CBS Sunday Morning.”“There were a lot of confusing pieces of information flooding into us from the very first moment we heard about it,” Clinton said, referring to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi. “We did our best to sort it out.”“I did my best to fully cooperate with the Congress. I respect the Congress’ oversight responsibility,” she said, suggesting Republican critics have seized on discrepancies that arose from “the fog of war” and have improperly tried to use them as evidence of a coverup.Clinton’s Sunday TV appearance came after a week of promotional interviews for her memoir, “Hard Choices,” in which she occasionally seemed to stumble over easy questions or appeared tone deaf to the plight of ordinary Americans. Republican party chairman Reince Priebus pointed to those moments in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”Clinton “went out of the gate with one gaffe after the next,” he said. “The Democrats have nobody behind Hillary Clinton. If she keeps free-falling, she is not going to be the nominee.”last_img read more

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Baby born on roadside as mom goes into labor while driving

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — A pregnant Utah woman driving herself to the hospital gave birth to a healthy, nearly 10-pound baby boy on the side of an interstate highway Saturday, police said. The 32-year-old woman’s labor became overwhelming shortly after she left the North Ogden area and she called 911, said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jalaine Hawkes. The expectant mother pulled over on the side of Interstate 15 and waited for help. A state trooper and Police Chief Jean Loveland from the nearby town of Willard sped to the spot. Within minutes of their arrival, they helped her give birth to a 9.9-pound baby boy in her car.The mother and baby were taken in good condition to the hospital in Brigham City, about 60 miles north of Salt Lake City.The woman’s name was not immediately released.“Everyone is really feeling good,” Hawkes said. Roadside births happen occasionally in the state, especially in rural areas where it’s harder to get to a hospital quickly, Hawkes said. Troopers are all equipped with a delivery kit, and when babies are born healthy it’s a happy occasions for emergency crews as well. Another Utah woman gave birth to twins on the side of Interstate 80 in June 2013. In that case, 39-year-old mother Lynette Hales was 30 weeks pregnant and taking a last getaway in the Nevada gambling town of Wendover near the Utah border when she went into labor. The first baby had difficulty breathing at first, but both baby boys were flown to a hospital in fair condition.last_img read more

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Construction begins on AU330 million Adelaide Casino revamp

first_img SkyCity sees 900 New Zealand casino workers strike for second straight weekend RelatedPosts Load More SkyCity offloads Auckland carpark concession for NZ$220 million Bad luck can’t stop SKYCITY from upward surge in FY19 Construction is officially underway on the AU$330 million upgrade and expansion of Adelaide Casino. The first of two large cranes, measuring 123 meters in height, was installed last weekend with contractors revealing it would complete more than 80,000 lifts of materials over the next two years.Construction is expected to be completed in 2021. The casino’s owners, SKYCITY Entertainment Group, recently signed a construction agreement with Hansen Yuncken for the AU$330 million redevelopment, with the agreement covering a 27-month construction period from the date of commencement including incentives for the project to be completed on time.SKYCITY said that 90% of construction costs were fixed as part of the contract with the remaining 10% represented by provisional sums, such as fit-out and FF&E, within SKYCITY’s control. Main construction work is set to begin before the end of the year with completion expected in the first half of 2021.The expanded Adelaide Casino will include a 123 room all-suite boutique hotel, restaurants, bars and cafés, function space for 750 people, a 1,500 space car park and improved back-of-house facilities.last_img read more

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How to watch Astros baseball in 2019 without cable

first_img Media Streamers TVs Sports Now playing: Watch this: How to cut the cord like a pro Comment Stream the Astros live in the Houston marketIn 2019, most Astros games will be shown on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. Among the major live TV streaming services, only FuboTV offers AT&T SportsNet Southwest. That makes it the only option for streaming those games live.Note CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the services featured on this page. 3:17 Out-of-market Astros streamingIf you’re an out-of-market Astros fan, you can’t watch the club on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. You can, however, stream its games live with an MLB.TV subscription.You’ve got two options:Pay $119 a year (or $25 a month) to be able to watch every out-of-market game live or on-demand, and the in-market (home) team with a 90-minute delay from the end of the game.Pay $92 a year to watch a single, out-of-market team. In this case, your Houston Astros and nobody else.Both MLB.TV plans also include streams of home and away radio broadcasts. The radio broadcasts aren’t subject to the blackout rule, so you can listen to home team games live.Read more: How to watch baseball without cable for the 2019 MLB season  FuboTV ($45) Share your voice 1center_img How to watch baseball without cable for the 2019 MLB season Best live TV streaming services for cord cutters More Houston Astros at CBS Sports FuboTV costs $45 per month and includes AT&T SportsNet Southwest in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and parts of New Mexico. FuboTV also offers Fox, FS1 and TBS for national baseball broadcasts, but not ESPN, ESPN2 or MLB Network.  FuboTV offers a free trial, allows you to cancel anytime and requires a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive guide. Read more Carlos Correa and George Springer are key cogs in the Houston attack. Getty Images After winning the World Series in 2017, the Houston Astros made it to the ALCS last season, where they fell to the Boston Red Sox, who then went on to win it all. In the last two regular seasons, the Astros won more than 100 games and consecutive AL West titles. The Astros are again favorites again to win their division and make another deep October run. Their offense is formable, led by Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and George Springer. Two of the toughest righties in baseball — Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole — sit atop their pitching staff.Astros fans who have cut the cable TV cord can still watch Astros games live this season. Exactly how depends on whether you live in or near Houston or elsewhere in the US. Tags See at FuboTV AT&Tlast_img read more

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Time traveller talks on AM radio show predicts a war between aliens

first_imgAlien war with humans as depicted in the trailer of Hollywood movie Edge of TomorrowJason Quitt, a self-proclaimed time traveller recently talked on an AM radio show and claimed that a blood-shedding war will be fought between aliens and humans in the future. The man who claims himself as a multi-dimensional time traveller made these startling revelations while talking in this week’s Coast to Coast AM radio show.As per Jason Quitt, the upcoming war between aliens and humans will be so dreaded, and it will force mankind to change the existing world order. Quitt also made it clear that he is not able to change the future, thus creating a paradox.At one point in time, Quitt revealed that he witnessed a technologically advanced city where inhabitants could communicate with people and objects using telepathy. He also revealed that humans living in the future are integrated with artificial intelligence (AI). The time traveller added that the government in the future will be actually an Artificial Intelligence (AI) presence tapped into every person on the earth.Jason Quitt, during the talk also detailed the aftermath of the war between aliens and humans. As per Quitt, the war which will be fought between aliens and humans will not be the same as depicted in Hollywood movies, and it will be much more disastrous than that.”What see in a war zone is not what you see in the movies, it is very different and it hurts you to see those things. You come back to sort of shell-shocked and you don’t know how to express that because it sticks with you,” said Jason Quitt, Express.co.uk reports.Jason Quitte is now slowly emerging as a popular personality among conspiracy theorists all across the world. In several talks and interviews, Jason Quitte has made it clear that he does not have the capability to travel physically across time, instead, he can travel across the time by leaving his body.”Once I am out I lose all control. I have no idea where I am going or if I am going to even retain that memory. If I even try to influence the experience I wake up. These experiences feel like they last for only a couple of minutes at the most – they are very quick. So I am trying very hard to extend it,” revealed Quitte during the Coast to Coast AM talk.This is not the first time that a man has claimed to have travelled across time. Popular conspiracy theory YouTube channel Apex TV has been uploading time travel testimonials for the past couple of years, and most of them seem unbelievable. Even though conspiracy theorists are convinced of the videos uploaded by Apex TV, sceptics have dismissed these claims stating that these clips are shot with the help of amateur actors.last_img read more

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Amazons Jeff Bezos asked Twitter for philanthropy ideas and Twitter responded

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:29Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:28?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos wanted ideas for philanthropy. So he sent a tweet to his more than 220,000 followers, asking for suggestions. Here are some of the most interesting answers. Amazons Jeff Bezos asked Twitter for philanthropy ideas and Twitter respondedcenter_img Closelast_img read more

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BAF training aircraft crashes in Tangail

first_imgA training aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) crashed at Rasulpur in Madhupur upazila of Tangail on Friday afternoon, reports UNB.Rezaul Karim, assistant director of Inter Services Public Relation Directorate (ISPR), said the F-7 aircraft crashed around 3:00pm during an air exercise.The pilot is feared dead, he said, adding that a rescue operation was underway.last_img

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