JERUSALEM – Scores of Israeli settlers and intelligence agents on Wednesday stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound in the city of Al-Quds (East Jerusalem), in the latest violation of Islam’s thirst holiest site.“The Aqsa Mosque is under violent attack led by extremist [Jewish] settlers backed by Israeli police,” Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director of Islamic Religious Endowments in Jerusalem, told Anadolu Agency.“Al-Aqsa is in serious danger,” he said. “The Islamic world should act in order to defend the holy mosque.” Al-Aqsa compound guard Abdel-Jabar Abu Nejm said that some 90 Israeli intelligence agents had stormed the site.“Thirty-eight of them entered the Alkibali and Marwani mosques, in addition to the Dome of the Rock,” Abu Nejm told AA.“In addition to the intelligence agents, 36 Jewish extremist desecrated the Al-Aqsa compound” he said.Abu Nejm said dozens of Arab Jerusalemites and school students had begun shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) as the setters entered the compound.In recent weeks, groups of Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly entered the Aqsa Mosque complex.The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent clashes in the mosque compound.Wednesday’s violation took place days after the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) debated proposed legislation that would “divide” the Al-Aqsa site between Muslims and Jews.Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the “Temple Mount,” claiming the area was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
In a message for International Day for Biological Diversity, which is observed tomorrow, Mr. Annan calls for national policies and new additional financial and technical resources to support international treaties such as the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which seeks to protect natural biological diversity from organisms modified by modern biotechnology.”Our highest priority should be to guarantee the health and effective functioning of the earth’s life support systems – on land, in the seas and in the air,” he says, stressing that biological diversity provides the basic goods and ecological services on which all life depends.He also underlines biodiversity’s importance in the Millennium Development Goals, a set of targets set by the UN summit in 2000 seeking, among other aims, to reduce poverty and hunger by at least half and manage the environment for the benefit of present and future generations by 2015.This year’s theme – “Biodiversity: Food, Water and Health for All” – underlines biodiversity’s importance in ensuring food security and adequate supplies of water, and in protecting the wide array of traditional medicines and modern pharmaceuticals that are based on the world’s biological riches, he says.
by The Associated Press Posted Oct 11, 2015 7:55 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email County says settlement reached with some families of victims in West, Texas fertilizer blast WACO, Texas – A settlement was reached with families of some victims of a massive West, Texas fertilizer explosion that killed 15 people and levelled part of the town two years ago, according to a post on the website of McLennan County, where a trial over their claims was set to begin.Jury selection for the trial had been scheduled to start Monday but a county website told potential jurors they were excused because “a settlement has been reached.” No other details were provided.The blast on April 17, 2013 also injured hundreds, flattened a whole section of town and left a crater 90 feet wide and ten feet deep. Most of the victims were first responders who arrived to fight a fire at the facility but some nearby residents also were killed.District Court Judge Jim Meyer divided a host of lawsuits into three groups. The trial Monday was for the first group representing relatives of three men killed in the blast. They had sued local owners of the facility and companies that either manufactured or sold fertilizer to it.The owners of the West Fertilizer Co. had $1 million in liability coverage, but the damage from the explosion exceeded $200 million.The fire at the facility ignited in a seed room and quickly engulfed an area where ammonium nitrate was stored in wooden containers. The chemical caused a massive detonation, an investigation by the State Fire Marshals’ Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said. Authorities never determined how the fire started.
“Zika virus infection is a serious threat to the health and well-being of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Countries across the region must continue to strengthen measures aimed at preventing, detecting and responding to Zika virus transmission,” said Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for the South-East Asia Region of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The agency said that the confirmed cases of Zika-related microcephaly in Thailand, along with other neurological disorders, can occur when a neonate has been exposed to Zika virus in utero. “Thai authorities have been active in detecting and responding to Zika virus,” Dr. Khetrapal Singh said. “Thailand’s diligence underscores the commitment of health authorities to the health and well-being of the Thai public, and provides a positive example to be emulated,” the expert added. The presence of Zika virus in the WHO South-East Asia region has been documented in recent years, including in Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Maldives and Thailand. Since a Public Health Emergency of International Concern was declared in February, WHO has been working with countries across the region to strengthen Zika virus and birth-defect surveillance; enhance vector surveillance and control; scale up laboratory capacity; and amplify risk communication and community engagement. All countries now have the laboratory capacity to conduct Zika virus testing, as well as to assess and identify microcephaly cases, the agency said. In addition to official efforts, WHO has also been urging householders and community groups to be on the frontlines of mosquito control. A rare tropical disease – the Zika virus – is spreading rapidly in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.“Controlling mosquito populations is crucial to diminishing Zika virus transmission, as well as the transmission of other vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya. Alongside government efforts, householders are encouraged to disrupt standing water that can gather in gutters, pot plants and spare or discarded tires, and to dispose of household waste in sealed plastic bags,” Dr. Khetrapal Singh said. WHO also urges pregnant women as well as the rest of the general public to take precautions to limit mosquito-human contact, including wearing long-sleeved, light-coloured clothing; using mosquito repellent; sleeping under a bed net; and fitting windows and doors with screens wherever possible. Based on available evidence, WHO does not recommend trade or travel restrictions with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission. Travelers to areas with Zika virus outbreaks should seek up-to-date advice on potential risks and appropriate measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika, the agency said. Further, WHO stressed that pregnant women should be advised not to travel to areas with an ongoing Zika virus outbreak. Pregnant women’s sexual partners living in or returning from areas with Zika virus outbreaks should ensure safer sex or abstain from sex for the duration of their partner’s pregnancy. For regions with active transmission of Zika virus, WHO recommends correct counselling and that women be offered a full range of contraceptive methods to enable informed choice regarding whether and when to become pregnant. WHO recommends safer sex or abstinence for a period of six months for men and women who are returning from areas of active transmission, regardless of whether they are trying to conceive. Earlier this month, WHO said that the infectious disease, and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders, continues to be an international public health emergency due to continuing geographic expansion and considerable gaps in understanding of the virus and its consequences. Discarded motor vehicle tyres are fertile breeding grounds for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, carriers of the Zika virus. Photo: PAHO
There are five major copper mines or expansions under development in Peru, with an estimated total investment of $13 billion, that are expected to begin production in Peru before 2016. These will raise the country’s output of copper from 1.3 Mt last year to 2.8 Mt. According to data provided by the Minister of Energy and Mines (MEM), the first one to go into production should be begin mining is Hudbay Minerals’ Constancia project in Cusco (shown in the picture), scheduled to start in August. It is expected to produce 5,000 to 10,000 t of copper this year.Located in the southeastern Andes, in the Chamaca and Livitaca Districts, Province of Chumbivilcas, Department of Cusco, the open-pit Constancia property covers 22,516 ha in 36 mineral concessions. As well as copper, there is molybdenum and silver.Next year three other projects should come on stream: The $5.2 billion Las Bambas in March, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold’s $4.4 billion expansion of its Cerro Verde mine in August, and Southern Copper’s Toquepala $900 million expansion in July.Southern Copper is also expected to finish work at its $1 billion Tía María near Arequipa in March 2016. It is expected to produce 120,000 t/y of copper.The steady growth of Peru’s economy in recent years has been largely driven by mine development and production. Last year the country injected $9.7 billion of mining revenues to the local economy, jumping 14% when compared to 2012. Authorities has said they expect to reach similar levels by the end of this year.
Dominik Klein will leave THW Kiel after 10 years next June in direction Nantes, but German champions will get left wing duo for the next decade! One of the young guys with the highest potential, Austrian NT member Raul Santos will join THW Kiel until 2019. The 23-years old VfL Gummersbach played came to DKB Bundesliga in season 2012/2013.He signed three years-contract with the “Zebras”.Rune Dahmke got a serious contender for the starting line-up. THW Kiel fans will enjoy… ← Previous Story Siarhei Rutenka focused on Belarus: New club in January Next Story → Žarko Šešum three more seasons in FA Goppingen Raul SantosRune Dahmke
Wondering when some of your favorite Windows apps will be refreshed with a Modern update? Google and Mozilla are already hard at work making sure their browsers run well using both Windows 8 interfaces, and now VLC has been shown off running from the Start Screen. It’s pretty much exactly what you would expect: a minimal interface with a handful of tiles linked to specific tasks such as browsing your local network for media, playing back music or video, opening media from a URL, or making changes to VLC’s configuration.During the demonstration, it’s mentioned that VLC has some API dependencies that would probably prevent Microsoft from approving a VLC Windows 8 app submitted to the Windows Store. That might be the case, but what’s certain is that the VLC license isn’t one that Microsoft will allow in the Store. The Windows Store requires that any app that utilizes FOSS “must not cause any non-FOSS Microsoft software to become subject to the terms of any FOSS license.” That means GPL-licensed software — like VLC — isn’t welcome.That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get something like VLC4Win8 running on your system. If Mozilla and Google can both successfully bundle their Windows 8 browsers with the installer for their traditional desktop browsers, it should be simple enough for VLC to do the same thing. Install the desktop app, set it as your default video handler, and the live tile would pop into place on your Start Screen.We’ll have to wait patiently to see what the VLC team comes up with, but don’t get too excited about running this on your Surface yet. Getting VLC to play nice with Windows 8 is one thing, but Windows RT — which can only install apps from the Windows Store — will prove to be a much bigger challenge.
Plans to upgrade Oakleigh railway station and its surroundings have been presented for public consultation by the City of Monash council. The main theme behind the designs is to take better advantage of the land to the north and south of the station, to enhance the experience for those arriving to the Oakleigh area by public transport, and to improve connectivity between the trains and the buses all while enforcing the ‘village’ feel that Oakleigh exudes.In order to accomplish this, the plans propose the removal of the roundabout outside Oakleigh station so that buses can leave faster, along with the integration of an eight-storey building in place of the car park that currently occupies the south part.If the plans come to pass, there will also be improvements made to the passage underneath the station with lifts, upgraded ramps and new stairs being imported. A pedestrian passage will also be added and the forecourt of the station will be changed to resemble that of Eaton Mall, in an attempt to create a sense of “seamless” transition between the station and the surrounding area and o reduce the asphalt areas, helping to bring in more revenue for local small businesses.There are also other, smaller upgrades in the designs that were drafted by Global South in association with BKK Architects, advisory firm Charter Keck Cramer and surveyor company Rider Levitt Bucknail.The proposal will be open for consultation until Monday 8 October. For more information and to have your say, visit https://www.monash.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Council/Have-Your-Say/Oakleigh-Public-Transport-Precinct-Proposal Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Last year marked the 80th anniversary of DC’s Action Comics, which was certified by Guinness as the world’s longest-running superhero comic book series. Now it’s Batman’s turn to celebrate 80 years.Yes, it’s the Dark Knight’s birthday and everybody’s coming to the party. Lego has been turning out Batman builds since 2006, and they cooked up six new ones for fans of all ages to mark the momentous occasion.Where better to start than with one of the most iconic cars in comic history, the Batmobile. You can almost picture Michael Keaton behind the wheel of Lego’s latest take (pictured above). The 342-piece set comes with Batman, the Joker, and plenty of weaponry for staging epic battles. It’s priced at a very reasonable $29.99.For pursuits down the dark, narrow alleyways of Gotham Batman can hop on the Batcycle. In this set he and Robin are in hot pursuit of Mr. Freeze — who’s speeding away on his snow scooter. It’s a fun little set with a modest 200 pieces and an equally modest $19.99 price tag.Next, it’s time to take to the skies. There’s a new Batwing in the mix, too! A restyled Batman is ready to track down The Riddler, who’s fleeing the scene in his helicopter. With little help from Commissioner Gordon in his squad car and (yes!) Shazam!, Batman will have his foe locked back up in Arkham in no time. The 489-piece set will sell for $49.99.Batman needs a place to land the Batwing, and of course Lego thought of that. The new Batcave Clayface Invasion set features a perch that’s a perfect fit. There’s lots more in store, naturally, including a transformation element that lets you turn Bruce Wayne into Batman in a flash. You’ll also find the trophy room, Batcomputer, holding cell, and a workout room fit for a reclusive billionaire vigilante. In addition to Batman and his alter ego, the 1038 set set includes Robin, Batwoman, Two-Face and Catwoman minifigs and a fully posable Clayface bigfig. It’s listed at $99.99.For the littlest members of the Caped Crusader fan club, Lego has two Juniors sets to choose from. Batman vs. The Riddler Robbery packs plenty of punch at just $9.99. With just 59 pieces it goes together quickly and is perfect for little ones who have moved beyond Duplo building.And because Batman needs a place to lock up all those baddies, there’s a new Arkham Asylum set. The trouble is that in this one, the Joker and Harley Quinn have busted out… and it’s up to Batman to chase them down in the Batcopter. It’ll go together quickly with just 171 pieces and it won’t break the bank at $39.99.More on Geek.com:11 Best Movie-Based Lego SetsLego Is Back With 18 Brand New Minifigs for Disney FansLego Has New ‘Jurassic World’ Sets to Go With Animated Series The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind
“…after the finale of the Cruiserweight Division this past Wednesday”That should be after the finale of the Cruiserweight CLASSIC this past Wednesday Twitter Jeremy King Randy Torkkola WhatsApp WWE.com has announced Seth Rollins vs. WWE United States Champion Rusev in a non-title match set for tomorrow night’s 9/19 WWE RAW live from Memphis.Already announced for the show is the debut of the Cruiserweight Division after the finale of the Cruiserweight Classic this past Wednesday. Confirmed for the division is WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins, Brian Kendrick, Rich Swann, Gran Metalik, Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado and Noam Dar. More names are expected.CONFIRMED: @WWE Cruiserweight Champion @MaskaraManik + these SIX competitors are #RAW bound! https://t.co/YTpLjQ7OAA pic.twitter.com/6iPJRRoCIk— WWE (@WWE) September 17, 2016Also set for the go-home show for the Clash of Champions PPV is match six between Cesaro and Sheamus in the current best of seven series. Sheamus leads 3-2.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of WWE RAW on Monday starting at 8:00 p.m. ET. If someone interrupts, it’ll most likely be Owens….. Reigns doesn’t like either Rollins or Rusev so be weird him tagging with one…… and who would be attack though?? Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha 8 COMMENTS So will it be KO or Reigns who comes out first to disrupt this match, Will it become a tag match? September 18, 2016 at 10:52 pm Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR September 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm I thought Owens would get revenge on Rollins and Reigns will go for Rusev. then Mick come out and makes it a Owen/Rusev V Rollins/Reigns. Vince Amon Bluezchyld Jamie Stidiford WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions September 18, 2016 at 6:57 pm September 18, 2016 at 7:18 pm Neville is so obviously going to be the face of that division. It’s seems like every week lately Raw does the announcements about the cruiserweight division right before or after a Neville match. Now all they have to do is stop playing with Neville and put him in that division. Make him the face of the CW Division classic Adam Google+ September 18, 2016 at 10:01 pm JFJ September 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm Amon Bluezchyld September 19, 2016 at 1:14 am Facebook Jamie Stidiford Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte If they make it progressive then I can see how the CW division can evolve the entire landscape of the WWE. It’s the perfect platform to pad out their mid card division with the chance to get that break out star. Pinterest September 19, 2016 at 2:54 am Comments are closed.
Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jul 2015 – Today members of parliament convene for debate in the House of Assembly in Grand Turk; the House will be carried live on national radio. Related Items:house of assembly Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m
Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Governor Nakamura visited the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) headquarters earlier this month and met with party leaders, including Chairman of the Policy Affairs Research Council Fumio Kishida. There are also signs of Kyushu Shinkansen (bullet train) preparing for an IR bid with full standard specs on all routes. Meetings are to be held as part of the prefecture’s request for the next fiscal year.While the national government’s Fundamental Policy for IRs, previously planned to be announced in July, has been delayed until at least the autumn, Governor Nakamura explained, “There are no further delays expected before opening, which is anticipated for the mid-2020s.”He made clear his hope that the government would move forward with procedures in a timely manner.The Kyushu/Nagasaki Business Connect Seminar will be held at Arkas Sasebo this week with at least six IR related businesses scheduled to discuss the possibilities and issues of a Nagasaki IR, including the Agora Hospitality Group, Current Co., Ltd, Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16, Get Nice Holdings Ltd, Oshidori International Holdings Ltd and Casinos Austria International. Approximately 500 people are expected to attend, making it the largest IR seminar ever held on Kyushu. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team The Nagasaki Prefectural Assembly began to ask general questions on 21 June regarding an IR bid as Governor Hodo Nakamura expressed his volition for an IR bid in Huis Ten Bosch.“We aim to establish an entry point for IRs with a Japanese IR in Kyushu,” he stated. General questions will be accepted until 25 June. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts Load More
A Vistara flight at Bengaluru airport (representational image).Wikimedia CommonsWith an eye on international operations, Vistara purchased 19 jets from Airbus and Boeing worth $1.3 billion on Wednesday.The airlines, a joint-venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, has ordered 13 Airbus SE A320neos and six Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets to its growing fleet. It also announced plans to purchase rights over five more 787-9s, options over seven more A320neos and would procure another 37 A320neos from leasing companies.The deal will see the flights added to the fleet over a period of four years – from 2019 to 2023. Once the purchases are completed, Vistara will have a fleet of 50 jets.Vistara’s current fleet comprises 21 aircraft – 13 Airbus A320ceo and eight A320 neo. It uses them to serve 22 destinations in India with over 800 flights a week.The Airbus neos will be inducted by 2023 mainly for domestic routes, while the Boeing Dreamliners will arrive by 2021 and be part of medium and long-haul international flights, which the company plans to begin by the end of the year.”India’s position as the world’s fastest growing domestic aviation market and its impressive growth in air passenger traffic that has more than doubled over the last decade, makes us confident of our aggressive plans for domestic expansion and international foray. These orders are a landmark step in Vistara’s journey and demonstrate our deep-rooted commitment to contributing to the rise of the Indian aviation industry and to offering more choices to our customers,” says Vistara CEO Leslie Thng.The latest deal cements Boeing’s position as the main source for wide-body aircraft in India, but European firm Airbus is still the leader in terms of sheer volume.In April, Vistara had added the 20th aircraft to its fleet, allowing it to begin international operations as per the government’s 0/20 rule. [With inputs from Reuters]
It’s a three-day process to find out how many people are homeless, beginning with an overnight count of those using shelters. Marilyn Brown with the Coalition for the Homeless says volunteers then take the survey to the streets Tuesday through Thursday. “We do know what we call ‘hot spots,’ and we know that because of staff at the various agencies that actually provide outreach all year long.” Brown says Houston leads the nation in solving homelessness. There were 3,626 homeless individuals on a given night in 2016 — a 21 percent reduction from the previous year. The Houston area is receiving $34 million from HUD to help end homelessness. “The survey questions are all federally-mandated questions, but we do find a lot about their needs. And those who are eligible for housing — chronically homeless individuals, the ones with a disability that have been unsheltered for over a year, youth and families with children — we will do an automatic housing assessment right there on the spot.” Some 200 surveyors and volunteers are taking part in the count, which covers Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery Counties. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:12 Listen
Using e-cigarettes can significantly raise the risk of depression, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin who found that switching to e-cigarettes does not eliminate health risks. The study, by a team from the University of Kansas in the US, showed that e-cigarette users were twice as likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and other emotional problems. In addition, vaping was 56 per cent more likely to lead to a heart attack and 30 per cent more likely to lead to a stroke. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt was also found to increase the risk of coronary artery disease and circulatory problems, including blood clots, by 10 per cent and 44 per cent respectively. “…These data are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes,” said lead author Mohinder Vindhyal, Assistant Professor at the varsity. “Regardless of how frequently someone uses e-cigarettes, daily or just on some days, they are still more likely to have a heart attack or coronary artery disease,” Vindhyal added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study, which involved 96,467 e-cigarette users from the US, also compared data for reported tobacco smokers and non-smokers. Traditional tobacco cigarette smokers were found to have strikingly higher odds of having a heart attack, coronary artery disease and stroke compared with non-smokers – a 165, 94 and 78 per cent increase respectively. They were also significantly more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, circulatory problems and depression or anxiety, according to the findings which will be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans. “Cigarette smoking carries a much higher probability of heart attack and stroke than e-cigarettes, but that doesn’t mean that vaping is safe,” Vindhyal said. He noted that some e-cigarettes contain nicotine and release toxic compounds very similar to tobacco smoking. Nicotine can quicken heart rate and raise blood pressure.
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies It’s changed life for goat herders like Mohammad Amin. He has 120 goats grazing the open spaces around an industrial park on the outskirts of the western city of Herat. At this time of year, most of the female goats have kids and shed the cashmere, which Amin pulls off in huge handfuls.With an extended family of 13, he has a guaranteed income from the best of the cashmere he harvests as traders, processors, donors and international businesses are cottoning on to Afghanistan’s potential as a major producer.“Buyers come to us and buy the good quality cashmere, the rest we take to the market and sell,” Amin said.Each animal yields up to 250 grams (8.8 ounces) of cashmere, Amin said. Each season he can earn more than 61,250 afghanis ($1,100) — not bad in a country where the annual national average is less than $700.Only about 30-40 percent of Afghanistan’s 7 million goats are combed for cashmere, according to estimates by the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development, even though up to 95 percent of the animals could become part of the production chain. Most of the raw product is bought by traders who sell it to Chinese middlemen to feed the mills that produce affordable clothing for much of the world. Parents, stop beating yourself up Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 photo, Afghan female laborers work at a traditional cashmere factory in Herat city, west of the capital Kabul, Afghanistan. Not so long ago, Afghan farmers collected the thick winter undercoat their goats shed every spring and threw it on the fire to heat their homes and cook their food. Some have since learned that the super-soft fluff that comes off in clumps as the weather warms up, once cleaned, refined and spun into yarn is cashmere – a luxury product that finds customers as far away as the United States, Britain and Europe. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini) To that end, a small spinning operation in Kabul called Qaria — meaning “village” in Dari — has just taken Afghanistan a step higher on the ladder to high fashion with a successful three-month pilot program spinning the Herat cashmere into yarn and dying it using plant-based colorants sourced locally, such as saffron and indigo.Briton James Blewett, a partner in Qaria, says they have orders for the yarn from America, Britain and Europe, where it is gaining popularity in knitting shops. Qaria yarn sold out within hours at a recent wool trade fair in Britain, he said.Blewett said the company’s first hand-knitted garments could be on sale later this year, carrying with them hopes of cashmere excellence — a label bearing a stylized goat’s head, with the words “Afghan Made.”___Follow Lynne O’Donnell on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/lynnekodonnell.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Afghanistan is the world’s third biggest producer of cashmere, its 1,000 metric tons (1,100 U.S. tons) a year, worth $30 million, accounting for 7 percent of the global market — though it lags far behind China’s 70 percent and Mongolia’s 15 percent.The government, recognizing potential, recently came up with a “cashmere action plan,” aiming to target the highest end of the global luxury market — where a designer-label cashmere sweater can cost $1,000.But it’s a long haul. Afghanistan remains a country in conflict after almost 40 years of war and few foreign investors are prepared to face such an insecure and uncertain environment, even if it’s to exploit world-class oil and mineral resources, or agricultural products such as pomegranates, saffron and cashmere.Afghanistan’s biggest cash crop is opium, produced by farmers terrorized by the Taliban who are the major beneficiaries of the illicit, $3 billion-a-year industry. Government efforts to persuade farmers to grow food crops have largely failed because drug lords offer more money for growing poppy flowers and those who don’t comply incur the wrath of the Taliban. Top Stories HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Not so long ago, Afghan farmers collected the thick winter undercoat their goats shed every spring and threw it on the fire to heat their homes and cook their food. Some have since learned that the super-soft fluff that comes off in clumps as the weather warms up, once cleaned, refined and spun into yarn is cashmere — a luxury product that finds customers as far away as the United States, Britain and Europe. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments Share Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober But the mountains of the north and the west are far from Afghanistan’s opium fields, and the goats in Herat have so far not stirred insurgents’ interest. While Afghan goat herders are among the poorest in the impoverished country, the precious fiber could transform their existence.Until recently, Afghanistan’s lack of processing capacity forced its cashmere goat herders to depend on the less discerning Chinese market. Unwashed cashmere can carry serious health risks, including anthrax spores, which has kept the Afghan product out of America and Europe.It took years after the 2001 U.S. invasion, which ousted the Taliban, for foreign businesses to start arriving — investors willing to bring money and expertise to develop a profitable, niche market. Long-term, it could be a self-sustaining industry in Afghanistan, one that will create jobs — including work for women, generally marginalized in this society — from farm to factory, and eventually beyond, to fashion.Brian Ross, fund manager with the Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund, financed by the British government’s Department for International Development, is optimistic. He is working with the British company Cashmere Fibers International in a joint venture with Belgian investor Traitex. Together, they have a cashmere processing plant in Herat, one of only two in Afghanistan creating a product of European standard. “On the lower end of the value chain, there is a lot of cashmere” which, once processed, “can be sold to the high-end luxury textile manufacturers,” he said. “So absolutely, there is a strong potential for growth in the Afghan sector.”Cashmere is not a wool but a hair, which accounts for its unique characteristics compared to sheep’s wool — soft and fine in texture, light and strong at the same time. In the near-sterile conditions at Herat’s CFI-Traitex plant, the filthy, matted raw goat coat is washed and the long hair is separated from the cashmere. The cashmere is repeatedly refined, becoming increasingly gossamer-like as it is transformed into the highest quality, pristine, aerated fluff. It is then baled and sent to Europe, ready to be spun into the finest yarn that can be dyed and knitted or woven into fabric, carpets and clothing.No matter how much export-quality cashmere the plant turns out, it is guaranteed to be sold, said Sayed Ahmad Jami, project manager.The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industry says the global market value for cashmere is over $1 billion. As China is known to blend different qualities of cashmere to achieve volume, the ministry believes the top end of the market is wide open for the unadulterated Afghan product.
Go back to the enewsletterTwo-Michelin-starred chef Alexander Herrmann has introduced a new children’s menu on board all Lufthansa long-haul flights and long European flights from Germany this month. Pre-approved by an audience of children aged four to nine, the menu includes dishes such as rice pudding mousse (a composition of creamed rice pudding and raspberries), dragon feet (poultry sausages served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes) and hen house.The new children’s menus can be ordered free of charge up to 24 hours before departure, in advance for all Lufthansa long-haul flights and for some long European flights for children under the age of 12. Since 2002, renowned chefs have been developing children’s meals for the approximately 2.2 million young guests who travel with Lufthansa every year. In recent years, Johann Lafer, Sarah Wiener and Cornelia Poletto, among others, have provided fun and variety on the journey with their children’s meals.Further information on booking children’s menus can be found at https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/childrens-menus-on-boardGo back to the enewsletter
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Anthony Bourdain’s 11-year-old daughter performed in a concert just days after her father died of an apparent suicide in France.Bourdain’s ex-wife, Ottavia Busia, shared a photo on Instagram of their child, Ariane, appearing on stage at a music venue in New York. Busia wrote that their daughter was “strong and brave” and wore the boots that he had bought her.Authorities said the cook, writer and host of the CNN series “Parts Unknown” killed himself Friday in a luxury hotel in France’s eastern Alsace region. He was 61 years old. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2018 9:30 am PDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Anthony Bourdain’s daughter, 11, in concert after his death