Jalalabad: Afghanistan’s independence day was marred by bloodshed Monday when a series of explosions shook the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding dozens of people including children. As many as 10 blasts were reported in and around the city in Nangarhar province, authorities said, and casualty numbers appeared to be rising. “The explosions were caused by IEDs in different parts of the city and as groups of people were celebrating independence day,” Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said, referring to improvised explosive devices. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Jalalabad is the scene of frequent bomb attacks, and the surrounding terrain is home to both Taliban fighters and the Islamic State group’s local affiliate. At least 19 people were wounded, Khogyani said. Zaher Adel, a spokesman for a local hospital, said about 40 wounded people had been brought in with more expected. An AFP correspondent saw children among the victims. This year’s August 19 celebrations mark 100 years of Afghan independence from British influence. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The day was supposed to be one of national pride and unity, but was overshadowed by an IS suicide attack on a crowded Kabul wedding hall that killed at least 63 people. In Kabul, locals took to the streets to wave the black-red-and-green Afghan flag, but several public events to commemorate the date were scrapped over fears of a fresh attack. “We postponed the celebrations to honour the victims, but we will definitely take revenge for our people,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said. “We will avenge the blood of our people, every drop of it.”
Rabat- Sixteen hundred Moroccan soldiers are taking part in a significant African military operation under the auspices of the U.N. to cope with terrorism threats in the region. The Assistant General Secretary of the UNO Hervé Ladsous hailed Morocco’s contributions to the UN operations in Africa, where about 1,600 Moroccan Blue Berets are deployed, primarily in Ivory Coast and the Congo in order to address the threat of Al-Qaeda. .According to Akhbar Alyaoum, Hervé Ladsous said Thursday that ”I have to say that every time I was in one of these missions, I was eager to meet the Moroccan contingents to show them our recognition of the very good job they do.” According to the same source, Ladsous also praised Morocco’s commitment in the Central African Republic, explaining that the Kingdom “agreed to quickly deploy a military team and make it at the disposal of the United Nations mission, which is still a political mission but will possibly become a peacekeeping mission”.Edited by Jessica Rohan © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva recalled his organization’s close working partnership that has been on with the delegation for years and acknowledged its support gratefully, particularly during the times of the conflict before May 2009. The new Head of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in Sri Lanka Ms Claire Meypraud had talks with army commander Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva today.Meypraud paid a courtesy call on the Commander of the Army at the Army Headquarters today. Towards the end of the courtesy meeting, exchange of mementos took place as tokens of close cooperation and understanding. Ms Meypraud, accompanied by her Deputy Head of the ICRC delegation, Irfan Sulejmani during her meeting with the Commander of the Army, was enthusiastic in receiving an update on the roles and tasks of the Army versus its interaction with the ICRC and Red Cross in Sri Lanka with special focus on the north and east.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, asked Afghanistan’s Chief Electoral Officer and the Gender Adviser of the UN Mission (UNAMA) to examine what can be done to improve female participation rates.Today the UNAMA Gender Adviser is due to meet female delegates at the constitutional Loya Jirga (representative assembly) in Kabul to discuss proposals for change.As of yesterday, just over 70,000 people had registered to vote in next year’s scheduled elections for the national parliament and the presidency, but only 9,598 of them are women, according to UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva.He said the best female turnout has been in Bamiyan, where 39 per cent of registered voters are women. But in the city of Jalalabad, women comprise just 3 per cent of the total. Every Afghan citizen who is 18 or older by 20 June next year is eligible to register for the polling.Meanwhile in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said security is key to a successful ballot in Afghanistan. “Without security you cannot have effective reconstruction. Without security you cannot travel around the country registering people for elections. Without security, candidates cannot campaign freely,” he said.Responding to questions at a press conference, Mr. Annan also pointed out that he had long been encouraging governments to expand the international presence in Afghanistan beyond Kabul and, in the case of countries with influence, to exercise control over the warlords.Mr. Brahimi recently called attention to this issue. “It was legitimate that he sounded the alarm, and I urge Member States to pay attention to it and help us in improving security in Afghanistan so that we can get on with our work,” the Secretary-General said.
Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security David Veness confirmed the new appointment today.Mr. Henn had been the officer-in-charge of the Safety and Security Service, replacing Michael McCann, since June of last year, and took up his appointment as Chief at the start of this month.Mr. Henn is a former member of the German Police Service, with more than 23 years of experience in law enforcement and security management.
A Calgary hotel is teaming up with a local energy company in hopes of reducing its carbon footprint. Bullfrog Power will ensure green electricity is injected onto the grid to match the amount of power used by the Hotel Blackfoot’s executive floors and meeting rooms.The electricity will come from a mix of wind and low-impact hydro power, sourced from renewable energy facilities. Blackfoot’s general manager, Scott Warner, told 660 NEWS, this partnership is one way the hotel lives up to its reputation of being contemporary. “Hotels and the services they provide are more appealing to the consuming public if they have a greener option, or less of a carbon footprint,” he said.Warner added, eco-friendly hotels are becoming more and more popular on the list of demands from travelers. “I think it’s a trend that you’re going to see grow leaps and bounds over the next four to five years, as people become more aware of the impact on the environment.” In addition to the agreement, Blackfoot has also added two electric vehicle charging stations in its parking lot. Facebook: Hotel Blackfoot Local hotel looks to reduce carbon footprint by Ian Campbell Posted Jan 28, 2016 4:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple (13) waits for the ball to be snapped during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAfter sending a first-round draft pick in Bradley Roby to the NFL, the Ohio State Buckeyes had a void to fill at cornerback.Enter Eli Apple.The redshirt-freshman cornerback has stepped into a starting role for the Buckeyes and has helped the OSU defense to the 18th best pass defense in the country.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was pleased to see Apple’s success after a less-than-successful 2013 redshirt year for the New Jersey native.“Eli Apple is a guy that I’d like to think is a product of the way we do our business,” Meyer said Monday. “In the weight room, in the classroom … he was not what we wanted when we signed him.”Apple agreed with his coach, adding that he was challenged more than just physically in his first year as a Buckeye.“Mentally and physically, I wasn’t ready at all as far as tackling,” Apple said Monday. “As far as getting in the weight room, I wasn’t really strong enough to really play out there, I was getting tossed around a little bit.”Meyer said the physical struggles weren’t the only thing holding Apple back.“He was lazy in the classroom, lazy about his business (but he has) got a great family, they really supported us in our disciplining of him, and he’s doing great in school and great on the field,” Meyer said. “And I grabbed him yesterday and I said, ‘This is what we recruited.’ He’s playing pretty well.”Apple said he’s worked on getting his grades up, and added that he believes it is showing on the field.“I feel like it all goes hand-in-hand,” he said. “When you are doing good in school, you are doing good in football. It all correlates.”Apple has started all but one game this season, but it was in the game he didn’t start that he made arguably his biggest impact.After fellow redshirt-freshman cornerback Gareon Conley gave up a 44-yard completion and a subsequent touchdown on Michigan State’s opening drive Nov. 8, Apple was called upon to come into the game and perform, which co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said Apple did admirably.“He did not practice at all (that) week. Did not take one rep at practice. And leading up to the game, even on Saturday morning, we weren’t sure if Eli was going to be able to play or not,” Ash said on Nov. 10. “But throughout the course of the game, from when he went in to that point, he made some plays, both in the run game and in the pass game. I mean he showed some grit, some determination, some guts, some toughness that honestly we didn’t know Eli had.”Apple tied for the team lead for pass breakups against the Spartans with two, and added a tackle for loss from the corner spot.Apple said his improvements this season are because he’s learned from the veterans in front of him.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like Roby, watching guys like (senior cornerback) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Grant, who Meyer said Monday he would nominate for an all-Big Ten honor, said before the Michigan State game that Apple was already showing signs of improvement.“(He is) getting better and growing every day,” Grant said Oct. 22. “You just see him growing and taking coaching and just getting better as a player everyday and that’s good.”Apple said playing opposite of Grant has been one of the most important keys to his personal progress.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”Apple and the Buckeyes are now preparing for the Indiana Hoosiers as the two teams are scheduled to kick off at noon on Saturday from Ohio Stadium.
Bauma China is increasingly an important platform for construction and mining equipment manufacturers to show new products, strategies and abilities. At bauma China, running from November 25-28, LiuGong unveiled its largest wheel loader, the CLG8128H, to the world market. LiuGong stated: “The CLG8128H is mainly used for large projects. It is developed according to LiuGong’s product planning and market demand, which is featured with 4.04 m dumping height, 7 m3 rock bucket with movable blade and DANA-C9672 torque converter. With 12 t rated load and 360 KN breakout force, it only takes 7.4 seconds to raise for full loading, which improves work efficiency.”The company adds: “For years, LiuGong has been staying ahead of the industry in technology research and development, among which the wheel loader technology has been practiced and tested for more than half a century. In 1966, LiuGong successfully developed the Z435, China’s first wheel loader and in 1971, LiuGong successfully manufactured the first articulated wheel loader in China. This laid the foundation for the wheel loader’s development in modern China. In 2001, LiuGong produced the first plateau-type wheel loader in the world, which filled the worldwide gap and won the Second Prize of State Scientific and Technological Progress, the one and only prize that has been awarded in this industry so far. In 2007, LiuGong became the largest loader supplier in the world. The launch of CLG8128 wheel loader not only establishes the market position of LiuGong’s wheel loader, but also shows LiuGong’s capability in technology innovation.”
EVER SAT BACK and thought, ‘I’d like to own my own hotel’? Well today’s the day.The Quality Hotel & Suites, Killarney is up for sale for €3 million.For that prices you’d be getting 188 bedrooms, lobby, lounge, two bars, a restaurant, a playground, mini-golf, a go-carting track and leisure centre complete with 18 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, wellness suites and a fully equipped gym.On the instruction of the receiver, Savills have been appointed to sell the hotel, located just 10 minutes outside the town.“The Quality Hotel offers a rare opportunity to acquire an established and profitable hotel in the prime Killarney market. With guaranteed tourist business and a loyal customer base this is an exceptional opportunity,” said Denis O’Donoghue of Savills.Here’s the hotel in pictures:
Terrible news coming from Spain, manager Luis Enrique announced his 9-year-old daughter passed away due to bone cancer.The whole world of journalism was puzzled by the news that Luis Enrique was stepping down from the Spain National team due to personal reasons, now we know the terrible news involving his daughter’s passing.At age 9, Xana Martinez Cullell sadly passed away after a tumor was detected on her five months ago.This obviously prompted the manager to completely drop his job as the Spain manager and take care of her daughter, he helped her fight the disease but they sadly couldn’t overcome it.Only a select group of media members had an idea of what was really happening, but all the information remained under the radar for good reason.The only person who had any right to announce anything about this situation was Luis Enrique himself.There is nothing more heartbreaking than the pain of losing a child, we hope the Spanish coach and his family can eventually overcome the pain that comes with this terrible news.There still hasn’t been any more communication from the manager than the message he shared on social media, which explains the recent event and thanked all the people involved in little Xana’s medical treatment.pic.twitter.com/hI7B10HkW8— LUISENRIQUE (@LUISENRIQUE21) August 29, 2019The message that Luis Enrique shared on social media, reflects the pain that all of his family has gone through since the tumor was detected on Xana.It was relatively short but to the point. Instantly after making this public, Luis Enrique started getting support messages from the whole world of football.From professional football clubs, to the Spanish FA, to several news outlets around the world.We are all united in the pain that the Martinez Cullell family is going through right now.“Our daughter Xana has passed away this afternoon at the age of 9, after fighting for 5 intense months against osteosarcoma,” wrote Luis Enrique on Twitter.“We thank you for all the love received during these months and we appreciate the discretion and understanding.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Also, we thank the staff of the Sant Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospitals for their dedication and treatment, to the medical nurses and all the volunteers.”“With a special mention to the team of palliative priests of Sant Joan de Deu. We will miss you very much but we will remember you every day of our lives in the hope that in the future we will meet again.”“You will be the star that guides our family. Rest Xanita. Martinez Cullell family.”Xana, la hija de Luis Enrique tenía cáncer en sus huesitos y a sus 9 años acaba de fallecer. Acá no hay colores, el mundo del fútbol te abraza Luis y paz en la tumba de un nuevo ángel llamado Xana. 🌹 pic.twitter.com/AIuT5CqAM9— Don Futbol (@DonFutboI) August 29, 2019We will wait for any announcement about his job.The fact that this news remained under the radar is reassuring, the Spanish press and the rest of the world showed they still have a humane side to them by respecting the manager’s wishes.As far as the Spanish National Team’s job goes, it is obviously too soon to know if Luis Enrique has the strength to continue with his work.It would be logical if he decided to take some time to grieve the loss of his daughter, certainly the Spanish FA wouldn’t oppose that.The whole Ronaldo.com team sends its deepest condolences to the Martines Cullell family in this terrible time of pain, we hope they can overcome the shock as soon as humanly possible.This isn’t time to talk about the possibility of him taking the job back, the ones who lost loved ones know how difficult it is to get through something of this magnitude.All we can do for now is pray for Luis Enrique and his family to find serenity, they certainly deserve all the positive vibes and support from all of us.They have a new angel taking care of them from above, rest in peace, little Xana.Mucho ánimo para Luis Enrique, que descanse en paz su pequeña. pic.twitter.com/gveHGO8agU— Futbonauta (@Futbonauta) August 29, 2019Please leave your messages of sympathy and condolences to Luis Enrique in the comment section down below.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppResponding to requests about when the former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Michael Misick will return to the country, Commissioner of Police, Colin Farquhar has advised that Turks and Caicos authorities have to sit and watch. The Commissioner says the steps for the premier’s return will follow requirements fixed by Brazilian law and the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Special Investigations and Prosecution team has no influence in this process. The Commissioner added that as soon as permission is received from Brazillian authorities Misick will be returned to the TCI to be charged and face trial.
Conde Nast’s 17 titles and Time Inc.’s 20 magazines remained mainly flat from first half 2010 to first half 2011; Conde is up 2 percent in ad pages, and Time Inc. reports a one percent increase. January to June 2011 saw mixed results for major publishers’ ad page results. Bonnier’s 29 titles experienced the highest growth out of six major publishers included in a set of data from MagazineRadar; Conde Nast, Hearst, Hearst-owned Hachette, Time Inc. and Meredith Corporation ad pages were also totaled. Bonnier saw a twelve percent spike in ad page totals, gaining 702 pages from January–June 2010’s 5,921 pages to January–June 2011’s 6,624 ad pages. Hachette’s six titles (now part of Hearst’s portfolio) had a five percent increase in January-June ad pages, up 144 pages from first half 2010’s 3,182 pages to first half 2011’s 3,326 pages.Meredith Co.’s 18 titles suffered in the first half of 2011, down 12 percent with a loss of 619 ad pages. January-June 2010 had 7,224 ad pages; January-June 2011 ad pages were down to 6,965 pages. Meredith is encouraging a stronger second half with its new guaranteed ROI program for certain advertisers.Hearst’s 17 titles also fell in the first half of 2011, down 4 percent due to the loss of 260 ad pages from first half 2010. In first half 2010, Hearst titles included 7,224 ad pages. In the same period of 2011, ad pages were down to 6,965 pages.
Comments Samsung releases new 8K QLED TVs at CES 2019 Tags 2:30 Samsung’s 98-inch Q900A 8K TV in the flesh. Sarah Tew/CNET 8K resolution might be so much overkill, but if you ask the TV makers, they’ll tell you all those extra pixels are worthwhile in really big TVs.The 98-inch Samsung Q900 QLED unveiled here at CES is one of the most massive 8K TVs announced so far, tying Sony’s own 98-inch Z9G and outgunning Samsung’s own 85-inch member of the Q900 series — first introduced in late 2018 — as well as LG’s new 88-inch 8K OLED TV. It’s no 219-inch MicroLED TV, however. Now playing: Watch this: 2 The best TVs of CES 2019 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 20 Photos 61 Photos CES Products Samsung Samsung Q900 85-inch 8K TV hands-on: A beautiful beast TVs Share your voice Samsung just (finally) confirmed that its 2019 8K TVs indeed have the 48Gbps input capability, along with 8K/60 and 4K/120, called for by HDMI 2.1.— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) January 10, 2019 CES 2019 Samsung also put smaller sizes of the Q900 series up for pre-order. The 65-inch costs $5,000, the 75-inch $7,000 and the 82-inch $10,000. Pricing for the 98-inch version was not announced, but it’s sure to be ridiculously expensive. Since the 85-incher costs $15,000, I’m betting the 98-inch set costs around $50,000.The Q900A has similar features to the 85-inch Q900, including high light output and full-array local dimming. Samsung says it has completely redesigned the upconversion with a new 8K Quantum processor and artificial intelligence to improve texture, smooth jagged edges and reduce noise and blurring. “A database analyses millions of sets of low- and high-resolution content and uses machine learning to develop algorithms” It can update the TV over time with improved formulas.When I got up close and personal with the 85-inch Q900 I found little benefit to its 8K resolution, fancy upconversion notwithstanding. It still delivered excellent picture quality, although at $15,000 I expected nothing less.Samsung also confirmed the new sets have full HDMI 2.1.
Close The ancient laborers who built the mysterious Stonehenge structure in Wiltshire, England may have used a surprising ingredient to construct the monument: pig fat.The residue of pig fat on nearby pottery may help explain how the heavy massive stones weighing up to 30 tons were transported from great distances, when Stonehenge was constructed sometime between BC 3000 and BC 1600.In the new study published in the journal Antiquity, Lisa-Marie Shillito, of Newcastle University, presented a theory suggesting that the people who built the prehistoric monument greased the log road with large amounts of pig fat. Search All Wow facts 1Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийCeramic Vessels Likely Used To Catch Dripping LardChemical analysis of large ceramic fragments discovered at the nearby Durrington Walls revealed the presence of pig fat. Remains of whole pigs were also found near the fragments. Researchers initially thought that these could be evidence of feasting during the construction of the structure.Shillito explored an alternative but highly feasible explanation. If the pigs were intended to feed the Stonehenge laborers, the bones should have been chopped up, but archaeologists recovered whole carcasses.The ceramic fragments are also too big to be the remains of vessels used for eating. These fragments are likely the remains of large buckets used to catch lard dripping from spit-roasted pigs.”An alternative interpretation not previously considered is that these residues may be related to a non-food use of animal resources, such as in the production of tallow,” Shillito said.Greased Sled TheoryIt remains unclear how exactly workers transported the Stonehenge stone. Research and experiments suggest the megaliths may have been loaded on giant sleds on top of greased wood tracks.If the greased sled theory were correct, the lard was likely used to reduce friction and thus reduce the amount of work the builders had to do.”Until now, there has been a general assumption that the traces of animal fat absorbed by these pieces of pottery were related to the cooking and consumption of food,” Shillito said. “But there may have been other things going on as well, and these residues could be tantalising evidence of the greased sled theory,” TAG Stonehenge, Pig, Prehistoric, lard Ads by Amazon Bestseller ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gifts for the food, drink and coffee lover in your life This Nov. 14, 2018 photo shows Milene Jardine Chocolates “Live by Love” 5-piece Chocolate Truffle Collection, photographed in New York. The 5-piece collection is a great gift and a nice way to be introduced to Milene Jardine.(AP Photo/Richard Drew) by Elizabeth Karmel, The Associated Press Posted Nov 21, 2018 9:54 am PDT For the foodie on your holiday list — or just people who might appreciate a good tequila or pie pan — we offer a gift guide. It’s got coffee machines, books, chocolate truffles and a fabulous tote to carry it all away.FOR THE ENTERTAINERS:Opinel Cheese Knife and Fork Set , $45Opinel is an iconic French knife maker. They are recognized and famous for their picnic “pocket” knife which is made the same way today as it was in 1890 when Joseph Opinel invented it. This compact set of an interlocking fork and cheese knife is made from stainless steel and a blond beech-wood handle. The set of two is perfect for anyone who entertains and loves cheese_which pretty much means all of us!JK Adams Cherry Cheese Server with Double Handles , $75 plusIf you are a fan of cheese and charcuterie boards, this JK Adams Cherry Cheese Server is a must have. JK Adams is located in Dorset, VT, and has been making high-quality wood products for 72 years. The cheese server is beautifully made from a solid piece of cherry wood and sports handles on either side for easy transport. The burnished edges give it a more finished look and the teak oil finish brings out the natural beauty of the wood. A gift giving plus is that the board can be personalized with either initials or a custom message for a small upcharge. This is a great holiday gift and a special way to commemorate a milestone.Lodge Heat-Treated Mini Triangle Server , $16 eachThe best thing about these triangle mini-server cast iron dishes from Lodge is that they are pre-seasoned and_hold your hat_dishwasher safe! But besides that, I love the triangular shape that lets you fit this dish into small spaces on a table. Finally, you can have lots of little dishes filled with nibbles and not be concerned that your dishes are too big for your bar or coffee table. They are also oven-safe as all cast iron is, and you can bake the cutest individual wedges of cornbread, cobblers, pie, pot pies or cornbread-topped chili. Because each dish is triangular, you can bake the individual portions and present them in all kinds of shapes.Cristel Tulipe 8-Piece Saucepan Set with 1 Long Black Handle , $299 for the setCristel, made in France and designed by a former Peugeot car engineer, is sleek and functional. The heavy-duty stainless-steel cookware is tailor-made for conserving space and small kitchens with detachable handles, and pots and pans that nest inside each other. The handles are removable, and also come in fun colours (those are sold separately). More importantly, Cristel performs masterfully. The bottom of every piece has a thick base of heat-conducting metal that works on any stove including induction. This is the best stainless-steel cookware that I have used. You would think all this comes with a steep price tag. And you would be right, except that now Cristel is making a new collection exclusively for Home Depot. The collection is charmingly called “Tulipe” referring to the slight outer curve on the bottom of the pan.FOR THE SPIRTS LOVER:Herradura Selection Suprema Extra Anejo Tequila , 750 ml bottle $295-$412First introduced in 1995, Selection Suprema is reported to be the first extra-anejo or “extra aged” tequila in the industry. It is distilled twice and aged in American white oak barrels for four years before being bottled. When you pour the extra anejo into the glass, you first notice the deep amber colour that is produced naturally_no caramel coloring is added. Next, you smell a floral freshness and caramelized sugars from the cooked agave. Finally, you taste the soft, round, rich flavours of vanilla and dried fruit with a spicy finish. This complex extra-aged tequila will appeal to any fan of smooth high-end brown spirits.Paradiso by El Tesoro , 750 mL bottle $119.99Paradiso is a mash up of Mexican tequila production and French cognac blending. The herbal nose gives way to scents of caramel and butterscotch, and the flavour is sweet and oaky with a smooth elegant finish that you would expect from tequila that has been aged for five years in cognac barrels. This is a tequila that you want to sip on after dinner or on a cozy day when time is on your side.Volcan De Mi Tierra Blanco , 750 mL bottle $45Volcan De Mi Tierra (a.k.a. land of volcano) is one of the newest members of the super-premium tequila club. Born at the foot of the Tequila volcano, the volcanic land provides rich soil and a sense of history for this new brand. The distillery combines old-world traditions with contemporary technique and mixes 75 per cent slow-roasted lowlands agave with 25 per cent highlands agave. The mixture is distilled twice, once in a copper still, and once in a stainless-steel still where it rests for a month before being bottled. All that is to say, that the result is a perfectly balanced, fresh, fruity, clean and slightly floral spirit that you can sip on all night long.Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glasses , $29 for a pairIf you are a fan of wine and spirits, you know that George Riedel has devoted his life to creating glassware that enhances the wine and spirit. The glass is reminiscent of a champagne flute and it does make a difference both in the taste and the enjoyment of sipping tequila. This is the perfect glass to use with any sipping tequilas, or any others that you like to sip neat_no ice allowed.FOR THE READER“The Best Cook in the World: Tales from my Momma’s Table ,” by Rick Bragg ($28.95)“Good food always has a good story and a recipe is a story like anything else,” writes Rick Bragg. And, he has captured the essence of his family’s story and the food on their table in this food memoir with recipes. The central character of the book is Rick’s momma, Margaret. The story is like peeking through the window into his family history. This is a book that will be a welcome gift for fans of Rick Bragg, working-class Southern food, and for those interested in the way life used to be when you grew and caught much of your own food.“At the Table with an American Original ,” Edna Lewis, $28Edna Lewis (1916-2006) is an almost mythical food figure and had always seemed somewhat intangible to me. Described as elegant by everyone who knew her, she was born and raised in Freetown, Virginia, in a self-sustaining farming community of emancipated slaves_this is the food and the life that is reflected in her most acclaimed books. This book of essays helps to anchor her contributions to American, and more specifically regional southern foodways. The book, compiled and edited by Sara B. Franklin, provides stories and insights from people who knew her and/or people who have been captivated by her writing and researched her.“The Month of their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year ,” Georgann Eubanks, $28If you are a fan of both history and Southern food, or curious about the way that seasonal foods create a culture, this book is a must. It is written in the style of an oral history with vignettes of North Carolinians who are tied to these iconic foods. They are either continuing the traditions that their forebears passed down_or remembering them with wistful nostalgia. The book is organized by month, and each month is a chapter that features one iconic North Carolina ingredient. The stories will either bring back memories or teach you something new.FOR THE BAKER:Baking Steel , $89Pretty much everyone loves pie, and this is the season for pie. But many pies need to be baked twice and that is a deterrent for even the most patient bakers. Blind-baking pre-bakes the crust so that it is not a mushy mess in the bottom of the pan, under the filling. But now, you can bake pies on the Baking Steel and eliminate the need to pre-bake your crust. Made from low-carbon steel, Andris Lagsdin created the baking steel because he wanted to make a better pizza without building a wood-fire oven.You preheat the oven with the steel inside for an hour before baking and then place your pie plate directly on the Baking Steel— if you are baking a fruit pie or a pie that might overflow while baking, I would put a piece of parchment paper or foil on the Baking Steel just to make the clean-up easier. You can also bake pizza and bread directly on the Baking Steel and, you can use it on your grill as well.Revol Les Naturals Soft-Cream Pie Pan , $59.99If you bake, you probably collect baking pans. Many of my favourite pans are made by Revol. Revol is the creator of the original French porcelain and makes bakeware, serving pieces and even coffee cups that are both beautiful, functional and easy to clean. This 9-inch porcelain pie dish from Revol is the perfect pie-pan upgrade for your favourite baker. This is a perfect pie pan because it is 9 inches wide and a perfect 1.5 inches deep. The cream-colored culinary porcelain pie dish comes in a gift box that is so durable that I use it to store my pie pan.Heirloom Wrap Food Carriers from Millie/Lottie Totes , $40-$56Jan Hammock created the pie/cake/food carriers in honour of her southern mother Millie and her aunt Lottie_thus the name of the company. She carried food all of her life to dinners, potlucks and the like and finally in 2015 made a better food carrier for herself. She combined the southern tradition of wrapping food in a tea towel with the prettier ornamental tradition of Japanese Furoshiki, the centuries-old tradition of wrapping objects in fabric. It is a beautiful way to present a gift or carry food. It is also an easy “bag” to keep in your car or purse for trips to the farmers market and other shopping excursions. The fabric also conforms to the shape of the dish instead of the other way around.FOR THE COFFEE LOVER:Illy X1 iperEspresso Anniversary 1935 Machine , $595Years ago, espresso machines were cumbersome and messy but that all changed with the coffee pod, or capsules as Illy calls them. In honour of the 20th anniversary of the Francis Francis X1 machine, a special edition multi-beverage machine was designed. Now you can make espresso, cappuccino, regular coffee and lattes at home with one machine. Two types of capsules are available for the machine; one for espresso and one for brewed coffee. Both capsules comes in medium roast and dark roast. Espresso is also available in decaf, long espresso and three single origin varietals.Cuisinart Cold Brew Machine , $99.95These days, cold brew is better known as the ultimate iced coffee and loved because it is less acidic, and has a sweeter more citrusy quality. It also never tastes burnt. There are a lot of cold brew gadgets out there but most of them address the filtering process and don’t cut down on the time it takes to make. The Cuisinart Cold Brew Machine is an exception. In 45 minutes, it extracts all the flavour from the ground coffee and you have iced coffee ready when you are. If you like a lighter coffee, it will take even less time. For comparison, the refrigerator method generally takes 12-24 hours. The machine looks like a traditional coffee maker, and has three separate filters which reduce the mess and the grittiness of the old-fashioned method.FOR THE CHOCOLATE LOVER:Hebel & Co. Chocolate Halva , $12 for a 6.3 ounce blocHebel & Co.’s chocolate halva is created with chocolate lovers in mind and it fully compliments the tahini. Robust 70 per cent cocoa chocolate ribbons through the tahini base and is so full of flavour that you taste chocolate first and sesame second. My favourite thing about the candy is that before it melts into a creamy confection, there is a whisper of a crunch as you bite into it and that flakiness gives you an appealing texture before it melts in your mouth and ends with the most delicious, almost savory flavour. It is the definition of balance_sweet, savory, full of texture. Just right.La Maison du Chocolat “Bien Etre” Wellness Vegan Chocolate Gift Box , $34If anyone could make a delicious vegan chocolate that didn’t trade down in any respect to quality, flavour or texture, it is La Maison du Chocolat. The box comes with a beautiful colour brochure that guides you through each fruit-infused chocolate as you sample them. The “Grenade” pomegranate literally tastes like pomegranate seeds bursting with fresh juice ending with a tart finish. The Mango Curcuma mixes mango and turmeric in a softer way with hints of mango, and turmeric but more dark chocolate forward. Other flavours in the box are Praline Squash Seeds, Green Apple Aloe Vera and Peach Propolis_and all are pure luxury. The chocolates are all gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.Milene Jardine Chocolates “Live by Love” 5-piece Chocolate Truffle Collection , $18The flavours of Milene Jardine Chocolates are each influenced by a favourite place visited by its creator, for whom the chocolate company is named. The truffles are delicate and well-designed with the silkiest centre textures. The combination of flavours tell a story but even if you don’t know the story, you will enjoy the chocolates. The 5-piece collection is a great gift and a nice way to be introduced to Milene Jardine. When you open the box, you first encounter a folded paper program that explains the flavours, their origins and their inspirations. For example, the Harvey Wallbanger flavour is a tribute to her grandfather’s Harvey Wallbanger cake, and their home in New York City.___Elizabeth Karmel is a barbecue and Southern foods expert. She is the chef and pit master at online retailer CarolinaCueToGo.com and the author of three books, including “Taming the Flame.”Elizabeth Karmel, The Associated Press
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Since August 1, the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank has reduced its non-performing loans by €670m to €6.5bn, an executive was quoted as saying by the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).Varnavas Karounas, who was talking to reporters on Monday, said that by applying a new strategic plan, the lender, was able to reduce its delinquent loan portfolio by 13 per cent since 2015 when it peaked at €7.6bn, CNA reported.The new strategic plan helped achieve a 9 per cent reduction since August 2017 alone, he added.Nicholas Hadjiyiannis, the chief executive officer of the bank, recapitalised with €1.7bn in 2014 and 2015, said he expects that next year — when an agreement with Spain’s non-performing loans specialist Altamira kicks in — will bring considerable changes in the administration of delinquent loans, including loan sales.In the first nine months of the year, the bank posted €63.3m in net losses compared to a net profit of €53.9m in the respective period last year.The bank is currently working on its Cyprus Stock Exchange listing as part of its obligation to reduce the government’s stake from over 99 per cent to below 25 per cent with successive capital issues.On September 1, it was reported that the Co-op was expected to reduce its non-performing loans stock by over €1bn by the end of the year.Hadjiyiannis said the bank is resorting to pilot campaigns in cooperation with outside associates in an attempt to recover €1bn of unsecured terminated debt.He added that bank has introduced “Qualco,” a new software adjusted to Cyprus’s legislation which will help manage the bank’s non-performing loans stock.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Uncertainty, energy costs, regulation, skills, and access to finance are the major impediments for future investments in Cyprus according to a European Investment Bank (EIB) survey on investment and investment finance for Cyprus in 2017.The survey was presented on Thursday by EIB Director of Economics Debora Revoltella, during an economic conference in Nicosia, organized by the EIB in cooperation with the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Around nine in 10 firms in Cyprus consider uncertainty about the future, 90 per cent, and energy costs, 89 per cent, to be obstacles to investment activities.Business regulations and the availability of skilled staff were mentioned as barriers to investment by around seven in ten firms on average, and specifically by around nine in 10 firms in the services sector.While the overall pattern of results is similar to the EU, some of the investment obstacles are reported more often by firms in Cyprus. These include energy costs, availability of finance and uncertainty about the future.The survey also showed that investment activity recovered in Cyprus during 2017, but investment levels were still below the pre-crisis levels.Infrastructure investment is lower relative to the pre-crisis period and corporates undertake the largest part of infrastructure investment in relation to public infrastructure investment.Regarding the areas of public investment that are a necessary priority over the next three years, four in 10 firms in Cyprus, or 38 per cent, cited healthcare infrastructure.That figure was above the levels reported in any other EU country, and more than four times higher than the EU average of 8 per cent.According to the findings, the highest proportion of firms expecting to increase their investment in the current financial year is in the services sector.Investment outlook is still positive with no investment contraction expected in 2017.Yet, the outlook was less positive in 2017 relative to 2016.From the six investment areas included in the survey, the biggest investment in Cyprus is in machinery and equipment ay 39 per cent, followed by land, commercial buildings and infrastructure, at 22 per cent, and software, data and IT at 16 per cent. This pattern is broadly similar to the last survey’s wave as well as to the EU-wide findings.Similar to the findings of the previous survey, the services sector has by far the highest share of firms investing in land, business buildings and infrastructure, 34 per cent.Innovation in Cyprus is mostly at the local level with less than 1% of the companies innovating globally. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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