Julianne Hough Encourages Women To Speak Up For Endo During Endometriosis Awareness

first_imgAbbVie, a research and development based global biopharmaceutical company, announced that actress, dancer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough is encouraging women to discuss symptoms of endometriosis and advocate for their own care through a campaign called “SpeakENDO.”The campaign, sponsored by AbbVie, is for women who want to learn more about endometriosis, those trying to find out what may be causing their symptoms and women already diagnosed with endometriosis.March is Endometriosis Awareness Month and women can visit SpeakENDO.com to learn how to “Speak Up for Endo” throughout the month. Individuals can share an inspiring video to help increase disease recognition and awareness, learn about what makes endometriosis painful and help educate others, or post their own endometriosis story on social media with #SpeakENDO. Individuals can also sign up for SpeakENDO emails, tips, and resources. A donation will be made to the Endometriosis Foundation of America for those who sign up.“I have endometriosis and for the past year, I’ve been speaking out to encourage women to ‘get in the know’ about endometriosis and raise awareness of this chronic and painful disease,” said Hough, who is best known as a two-time professional champion and judge on Dancing with the Stars. “The painful symptoms associated with endometriosis can be hard to explain, but with proper knowledge and empowerment, women can start to ‘speak endo’ to their doctor, family members, boss and friends.”Endometriosis occurs when tissue that acts a lot like the lining of the uterus starts growing outside of the uterus, where it doesn’t belong. Endometriosis is different for every woman and is associated with pain symptoms that can be debilitating and may interfere with day-to-day activities. SpeakENDO.com is a go-to resource for endometriosis and offers information and resources to help women share their story and get the most from a doctor’s visit.“AbbVie is proud to continue to work with Julianne Hough to educate and help women fully express symptoms of endometriosis,” said Michael Norton, vice president, head of U.S. medical affairs at AbbVie. “It’s important for women to be specific about their endometriosis symptoms when speaking to a healthcare provider, which can be helpful in creating a treatment plan.”last_img read more

Toronto market end losing week by closing at lowest level since November

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended a losing week by hitting a near two-year low while the Dow industrials average and S&P 500 index wiped out their gains for the year.The Toronto Stock Exchange has taken a beating, presenting great buying opportunities, says Patrick Blais, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“The real story I think is the underperformance of Canada for a number of years. I think it just speaks to a reliance on financials and energy and materials,” he said in an interview.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 35.82 points to 14,888.26. It’s the lowest level since Nov. 18, 2016. The market hit an intraday low of 14.732.03 as 269 million shares were traded.The cannabis-heavy health care sector, telecom and technology led on the downside for the day, while materials and gold gained the most.October is living up to its reputation as being a challenging month.With just three trading days remaining in the month, the Toronto exchange is down 7.4 per cent, while the Nasdaq is down 10.9 per cent. The S&P 500 is down 8.8 per cent and the Dow industrials are off 6.7 per cent.Positive results Thursday provided a false sense of hope about a turnaround, Blais said.“To be honest yesterday felt like just a scramble and it was premised on a few companies reporting and didn’t feel healthy, just a relief bounce,” he said.Once Amazon and Google reported weaker than expected results, it was obvious the day was going to be a challenge.Corporate results this quarter haven’t been bad, but they highlighted the reluctance of businesses to invest, which points to potential economic problems to come.“They have to have the confidence to make investments and it seems their confidence is a little bit missing to make those big spends to keep the economy going,” Blais said.It could be only a matter of time before consumers start to feel the pressure with fewer employment opportunities and chances to extract wage gains.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 296.24 points to 24,688.31. The S&P 500 index was down 46.88 points to 2,658.69 points, while the Nasdaq composite was down 151.12 points to 7,167.21.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.29 cents US compared with an average of 76.48 cents US on Thursday.The December crude contract was up 26 cents at US$67.59 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down 3.1 cents at US$3.22 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$3.40 at US$1,235.8 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.35 cents at US$2.74 a pound.last_img read more

Heavy Rainfall warning issued for Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake

first_imgSee the full warning below.Issued at 2018-06-24 17:44 UTC by Environment Canada:Rainfall warning issued for:Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details:Rain, at times heavy, is expected.An approaching low-pressure system will move across the BC interior on Monday and then stall near the BC-Alberta-NWT border. As the low tracks across BC, heavy rain will develop Monday morning over the Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake Park – Stone Mountain Park regions. Rain amounts of 50 to 70 mm are expected by Tuesday morning.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. More details on the alert are available here.The latest status and details on all alerts, including alerts that are not part of your subscription, can be found here: http://www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html FORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Fort Nelson and along the Alaska Highway up to Muncho Lake.On top of the Severe Thunderstorm Watch that is also in effect for the same region, Environment Canada now says the region could see 50 to 70 mm of rain by Tuesday morning.An approaching low-pressure system will move across the BC interior on Monday and then stall near the BC-Alberta-NWT border. As the low tracks across BC, heavy rain will develop Monday morning over the Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake Park – Stone Mountain Park regions.last_img read more

African nations back CHOGM 2013

“Mauritius can assure Sri Lanka that we’ll give all possible support and collaboration during the chairmanship (of Sri Lanka) and expect to have all the support of Sri Lanka when Mauritius will host CHOGM,” Dr. Jagessur said.“Also, I can assure that Mauritius will be participating actively at the highest level in the forthcoming CHOGM in Sri Lanka and expect to have a good outcome at this CHOGM summit. I’ll also like to congratulate the Government of Sri Lanka for all the preparatory work being undertaken to have a successful CHOGM.” (Colombo Gazette) Five new high commissioners and one ambassador from African nations accredited to Sri Lanka presented their credentials at the Presidential Secretariat. The Ambassador of Benin Mr. Andre Sanra, speaking about CHOGM 2013, said, “I wish great success to the Sri Lankan people, to the Sri Lankan Government and to the President who is a president of peace.”Mauritius will be hosting the next CHOGM in 2015, and its new high commissioner to Sri Lanka, Dr. Arye Kumar Jagessur assured President Rajapaksa that his country will stand by Sri Lanka as it hosts this year’s summit. Several new heads of missions, who presented credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, pledged their country’s support for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, taking place in November, the President’s office said.“We currently look forward to the CHOGM meeting that is coming in November,” said the High Commissioner of Botswana Lesego Ethel Motsumi. “Definitely, Botswana will participate at this meeting as a support for Sri Lanka and the development of Sri Lanka to the state at which it is now – peaceful with democratic government.” “Being the newest member of the Commonwealth, this is a very important CHOGM for us because this is the second time we’re participating in CHOGM, and Rwanda looks very much forward to participating in the next CHOGM in Colombo,” said the High Commissioner of Rwanda Ernest Rwamucyo. read more

Report on white flag killings in February

Wickremesinghe, during his speech in Parliament last Friday said that “when the LTTE cadres came carrying white flags, it was left to the discretion of the Commanding Officer present to accept or reject them. However, the orders came from Colombo.”Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera wondered whether any member of the security forces would have killed white flag surendees or the son of Prabhakaran son “without orders from the top ? If so, those who gave orders need to be dealt with, just as much as those who may have committed these crimes,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) The team, which would visit eight districts, was expected to submit its report by February, the Chairman added.The Commission, in its report, quoted several reported versions of the alleged killings and found some of them “contradictory.” It added that “the circumstances of the ‘white flag killings’ are by no means clear.” As for the Channel 4 episode, the panel said that “these are not images that can be set aside simply because the journalism is extravagant.” It also stated that “the reputation of the SLA [Sri Lanka Army] is indeed at stake, but proper accountability is of equal, if not greater importance.” Paranagama said the investigating team would also cover alleged shelling by the security forces on hospitals and the portrayal of incidents as shown on Channel 4 which included the killing of Isaipriya, a high profile member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Balachandran, the 12-year old son of the LTTE founder Prabahakaran. Maxwell P. Paranagama, chairman of a three-member panel on missing persons, told The Hindu that an investigating team had been constituted to go into the alleged killings and it included retired police officers who were experienced in such investigations. To ensure that the work was carried out in a balanced manner, a former high court judge had also been roped in. H.W. Gunadasa, secretary of the commission, said there were five persons including a woman. A report on the investigations into the ‘White Flag killings’ is expected to be submitted to the Government in February.The ‘White Flag killings,’ alleged extra-judicial executions of those who surrendered to the security forces on the penultimate day (May 18, 2009) of the Eelam War, are back in limelight with the Paranagama Commission initiating investigation into and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera raising the matter in Parliament a few days ago. read more

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders agree to meet Annan again for final

“I have asked the two leaders to arrive at The Hague prepared to tell me, there and then, whether or not they would sign a commitment to submit the Foundation Agreement to approval at separate, simultaneous referenda on 30 March in order to achieve a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem,” Mr. Annan told the press before leaving Cyprus today.”I have also asked the two leaders to arrive in The Hague having completed all necessary internal consultations and processes so that the response on 10 March is definitive,” he added.Mr. Annan, who met for more than an hour earlier Friday with newly inaugurated Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos, outgoing Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides, and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, said he was satisfied with the outcome of his weeklong mission to Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. He added that he was glad Mr. Papadopoulos and Mr. Denktash agreed to meet him again in The Hague.”I am convinced that all concerned – Greece, Turkey and the two parties in the island – understand that the holding of referenda on 30 March is the key to a reunited Cyprus signing the Treaty of Accession on 16 April,” he said, referring to the EU agreement. “There is a unique opportunity that must not be missed.”The Secretary-General called the settlement plan “fair and balanced,” adding, “Of course it is a compromise. But all negotiated settlements require compromise. I urge all concerned to catch the tide before it turns, perhaps irreversibly.”Asked if the answer from one party or the other is “no,” the Secretary-General stressed, “There should be no doubt that we are at the end of the road.” He said a lot of effort was put into the process and he was not sure whether the opportunity would come again soon – if ever. “I think it will be a sad day for the people of this island, for both communities and for the region,” he added. read more

Grenfell Tower inquiry chairman vows to hold vigorous investigation

first_img“It is vitally important that the inquiry be open, transparent and fair to all those whose involvement with Grenfell Tower comes under scrutiny.”It is important for everyone that the inquiry should establish as quickly as possible the cause of the fire and how it was able to spread so quickly to the whole of the building.”I understand the desire of local people for justice; justice for them, and for all those involved in whatever way, will best be served by a vigorous inquiry that gets to the truth as quickly as possible.” Pressed on whether the death toll could climb to triple figures, Ms McCormack said: “I’ve said I believe it could increase, I don’t think it’s going to be triple, no.”A six-month-old baby was among the latest victims to be identified, found dead in her mother’s arms in the smoke-filled stairwell.Westminster Coroner’s Court opened and adjourned inquests into seven Grenfell Tower victims, including baby Leena Belkadi and her eight-year-old sister Malak. Sir Martin Moore-Bick QC is expected to be announced later todayCredit: Photoshot/B21 Members of the public look at floral tributes close to Grenfell Tower Hon Sir Martin Moore-Bick QC Floral tributes close to Grenfell Tower Sir Martin, who specialised in commercial law in a legal career spanning nearly 50 years, will look into the blaze which killed at least 80 people in west London earlier this month. His appointment was recommended by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, and Mrs May said Sir Martin is “highly respected and hugely experienced”.Sir Martin said: “The purpose of this independent inquiry is to discover the truth about what happened at Grenfell Tower, so that we can learn lessons for the future and ensure that a tragedy of this kind never happens again. Floral tributes close to Grenfell Tower In a written statement to Parliament, the Prime Minister said Sir Martin will consult survivors and victims’ families about the scope of his inquiry.She said: “We must get to the truth about what happened. No stone will be left unturned by this inquiry, but I have also been clear that we cannot wait for ages to learn the immediate lessons and so I expect the chair will want to produce an interim report as early as possible.” Members of the public look at floral tributes close to Grenfell TowerCredit:EPA Views Of The Remains Of The Grenfell Tower BlockCredit:Carl Court  Views Of The Remains Of The Grenfell Tower Block Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called for the interim report to be published over the summer, amid concerns that the inquiry could take years. She said: “There are 23 flats that, despite huge investigative efforts, we have been unable to trace anyone that lives there.”At this stage we must presume that no-one in those flats survived, that includes anyone who lived there or was visiting them.” As the vast criminal investigation into the fire continues, 60 organisations have been identified as having a hand in the tower’s refurbishment, which is suspected to have helped the blaze spread.Mrs May confirmed on Wednesday that 120 tower blocks across 37 local authority areas had flammable cladding on their exterior. From those properties, 18 people are dead or assumed dead, meaning the remaining victims are thought to have been in the flats wiped out by the inferno. Survivors and the families of those who died in the devastating Grenfell blaze will be given state funding for legal representation at the probe. The controversial new chairman of the Grenfell Tower inquiry said he understood the desire for a “vigorous” investigation that “gets to the truth as quickly as possible”.Retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick said the purpose of his inquiry was to “discover the truth” about what happened at the west London tower block to “ensure that a tragedy of this kind never happens again”.Theresa May said “no stone will be left unturned” by the public inquiry into the disaster as she confirmed Sir Martin’s appointment. Floral tributes close to Grenfell TowerCredit:EPA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. On Wednesday night there was speculation that the announcement was delayed a week after he was recommended to Downing Street because of concerns over a controversial ruling by Sir Martin in a 2014.Sir Martin ruled in favour of Westminster City Council in a dispute with Titina Nzolameso, a tenant who was contesting the council’s decision to rehouse her near Milton Keynes. His ruling was later overturned by the Supreme Court.However Downing Street has insisted the delay in announcing was so families could be told. He said: “Sir Martin Moore-Bick must ensure that the residents and local community are properly consulted on the terms of reference of the inquiry, that they can participate throughout with their legal costs fully covered, that it looks at all of the issues relating to this terrible fire and wider issues too.”An interim report should be published over the summer, so that we can start to get urgent answers to the many issues arising out of this tragedy.”Mr Khan also announced plans for a new £300,000 fund to help businesses which have been hampered or left unable to trade as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire and recent terror attacks in the capital.In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, cladding at tower blocks across the country has undergone fire safety tests with 120 found to be combustible. Floral tributes close to Grenfell TowerCredit:EPA The Prime Minister said a full judge-led inquiry was needed to ensure the events at the 24-storey block were “properly investigated”.The Metropolitan Police has said it will be months before the final roll call of victims is established.Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said contact had been made with at least one occupant from 106 of the 129 flats in the building.last_img read more

Alevels 2017 results analysis Rise in students taking political studies after Brexit

first_img Several subjects saw a large increase in students picking them up, with politics leading the way in alongside computing. … Students have performed well in mathematics and foreign languages, while courses such as ICT and English have struggled to get their students achieving the top grades in 2017. Some 26.3 per cent of students gained an A* or A this year – up from 25.8 per cent last year. The new data has stopped a steady downwards trend in the pass rate for the top two grades, which stood at 27 per cent in 2010.center_img Today tens of thousands of A-level students will receive their results, with national data showing that the pass rate for the top grades has increased for the first time this decade.last_img read more

Trump promises citizenship path for skilled workers

US President Donald TrumpWASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he would make it easier for top-skilled workers to stay in the United States and become citizens, offering uncharacteristic praise for immigrants’ contributions.Trump pledged to reform coveted H1-B visas, for which three-quarters of applicants are from India, most of them in the technology sector.“H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship,” Trump tweeted.“We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US.” The real estate mogul ran for president as a hardliner on immigration and has previously vowed to crack down on H1-Bs by encouraging reporting of visa fraud and insisting that businesses first hire Americans.His promise on H1-Bs came just as Trump is pressing to build a wall on the Mexican border to keep out unauthorised immigrants and asylum seekers, most of whom are low-skilled, in a showdown with Congress that has triggered a shutdown of the federal government.While it was unclear what prompted Trump’s tweet, The Washington Post on Friday ran a front-page article on how tech workers are increasingly moving from the United States to Canada due to the hassle in obtaining H1-B visas.Silicon Valley and India have both pushed hard for a more generous visa system for skilled foreign employees, saying they are indispensable in powering the tech industry, but critics charge that native-born Americans should have priority for the generally well-paying jobs.The United States each year grants 85,000 H1-B visas, including 20,000 that are reserved for workers with master’s degrees or higher.H1-B visas are granted to professional workers sponsored by employers for a period of three years, which can be extended once.The visa can still be simpler to obtain than seeking to become a permanent resident and eventually citizen of the United States.Studying official data, the Cato Institute last year estimated the wait for an Indian seeking an EB-2 visa, which provides permanent residency based on advanced academic achievement, had risen to 151 years — at which point, barring a medical miracle, the applicant would be dead. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring AmericansApril 18, 2017In “World”Trump to propose ending rule allowing spouses of H-1B holders to work in U.S.December 15, 2017In “latest news”Trump says to end Diversity Visa Lottery Program following NY attackNovember 1, 2017In “latest news” read more

Workers slam inconsiderate Dunnes over withdrawal of staff parking spaces

first_imgTHE MANDATE TRADE union is criticising plans to withdraw parking facilities for staff at a number of stores in the run up to Christmas.It’s understood the company has contacted workers in over half of its 116 Republic of Ireland stores stores in recent weeks to inform them of the move.The union says the decision is ‘inconsiderate’ and places an unfair financial burden on staff.“With the lack of rural transport in certain areas, workers, in many instances, have no option but to drive to work,” Mandate Assistant General Secretary Gerry Light said.“This means they face extra costs to pay for private parking and also face the risks associated with having to walk long distances in isolated areas at unsociable times.“Parking rates can be €1 per hour to €2 per hour meaning a full time worker could lose between €38-76 per week from their income.”Light said the move also raised health and safety concerns as many Dunnes workers — a large proportion of whom were women — could start shifts as early as 6am and finish as late as 11pm.“If the company refuses to back down on this, many will be forced to walk 10 minutes in very isolated areas and this puts a very unnecessary risk on the individual involved.”In addition, workers in a smaller number of stores have been informed that the withdrawal of parking facilities is on a permanent basis.The union has written to the retailer asking it to row back on the decision or to offer staff alternative facilities.Mandate has said it will pursue the matter through “all legitimate means” available to it, including the industrial relations mechanisms of the stateDunnes Stores had not replied to a request for information on the issue from TheJournal.ie by close of business yesterday.Read: Government to open up new postcode database to businesses – at a costRead: Union expresses fears for Arnotts and Boyers jobslast_img read more

Clark County volunteers recognize MLK Jr Day

first_imgThe air was crisp Monday morning. Ice coated the puddles in a parking lot off Northeast Andresen Road.But despite the chill, the sound of shovels against dirt echoed from the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway. A group of about 250 adults and children toiled away, stabbing at stubborn clumps of cold soil, their breaths building a layer of fog over the group.Their goal was to have planted 7,000 trees by day’s end.And that was just one of many selfless activities on the day named after a man who preached and practiced community service.Almost 20 years ago, Congress declared the third Monday in January a national day of service in honor of the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. On Monday, hundreds of Clark County residents heeded the call and gave back to their community. They fed the hungry, cleaned up beaches, planted trees and helped build a home, to name just a few activities. Many used the service day as a teaching opportunity, showing their children what it means to truly belong to a community. And a Jewish congregation on Monday started a new annual ritual centered on giving.A new homeThe Hebrew word mitzvah can mean several things. But on Monday, the Congregation Kol Ami focused on one possible translation — act of kindness.Members of the Vancouver congregation fanned out across the county for their first Mitzvah Day. They helped at six different sites, including working with the regular volunteers from Habitat for Humanity building a house near Northeast Covington Road.Community service is a big part of Kol Ami on any day, but presenting its members with a choice of six projects makes everyone aware of the different volunteer opportunities that exist in Clark County, said Diane Moeglein, a member of the congregation.last_img read more

BN Flat Bookstore Sales Overshadowed by Grim NOOK Returns

first_imgBarnes & Noble released its 2013 nine-week holiday revenues report, showing earnings of $1.1 billion–a 6.6-percent decrease when compared to the previous holiday period. On the surface the numbers are less than stellar and when breaking them down there seems to be a clear scapegoat–NOOK. Behind the NumbersMuch of the decrease in revenues is attributable to a 5.5-percent decline in comparable sales and store closures. Last summer the company announced that it would close 15-20 stores, and Q3 2013 revenues came in around $74 million shy of Q3 2012 totals. The company has been experiencing year-over-year losses since 2012 when it dipped slightly by $5 million compared to 2011. When shaking out core comparable sales from the last holiday period, sales-excluding NOOK products-aren’t quite as bad as they seem. That is, when subtracting the tablet, its accessories and content products, revenues are only down by .02 percent when compared against holiday sales in 2012. Barnes & Noble’s new CEO, Michael Huseby, offered investors an optimistic takeaway from the report. “We are pleased with our holiday sales results, especially our core comparable bookstore sales, which were essentially flat and an improvement as compared to the first half of the year.” What’s Next for NOOK?During the holiday period, the NOOK segment generated $125 million in revenue, a staggering 60.5-percent decrease from the prior year. The device and accessories accounted for about 71 percent ($88.7 million) of total segment revenues. The company attributes this to lower prices and fewer sales. In fairness, NOOK launched new devices in 2012, which organically spiked sales. Nevertheless, the total year-over-year revenue deficit comes in at 66.7 percent.Content sales on NOOK are nearly as troubling, with a decline of 27.5 percent. In this case, the company points to lowered prices and fewer devices being sold. What’s problematic about decreases in content revenue is that the company has yet to position the NOOK as an effective loss leader, meaning it is not making up losses on the device with content–something Amazon has been successful in doing with Kindle. The company hasn’t given up on the tablet just yet, but it has not mapped out a future for the device either. Perpetuating that uncertainty is the departure of Jamie Iannone, who served as president of digital products for NOOK. Also, William Lynch stepped down as CEO last summer and said the company would be moving away from NOOK and would shift focus to third-party platforms.last_img read more

The story behind the flag on Cerro de la Carpintera

first_imgEvery Sept. 15 since 1963, Rigoberto Vega Alvarado climbs to the top of Cerro de la Carpintera to plant a giant Costa Rican flag. Here’s the story of how one man started an Independence Day tradition in Cartago. Related posts:ICYMI: Costa Rica’s colorful long weekend PHOTOS: Good Friday Procession in La Unión, Costa Rica VIDEO: Check out the epicenter of Costa Rica’s annual Romería Independence torch travels through a fractured Central America Facebook Commentslast_img

Iraq begins operation to oust Islamic State from Anbar

first_img Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   Karim al-Nouri, a spokesman for the Popular Mobilization Units, said the name wasn’t sectarian.“This name has no sectarian dimension (or meaning) because all Iraqis, regardless of their sect or religion, love Imam Hussein,” al-Nouri said.A spokesman for Iraq’s Shiite militias said the operation would “not last for a long time,” and that Iraqi forces have surrounded Ramadi on three sides.New weapons are being used in the battle “that will surprise the enemy,” said Ahmed al-Assadi, who is also a member of parliament. He told reporters that another operation was underway north of the nearby province of Salahuddin.Plans called for the forces in Salahuddin to move against Ramadi from its northeastern side, al-Assadi added.The Anbar operation aims to cut off supply routes and recapture the outskirts of Ramadi first — not the city itself, according to provincial councilman Faleh al-Issawi and tribesman Rafie al-Fahdawi.They told The Associated Press there was ongoing fighting and airstrikes west and south of Ramadi on Tuesday, adding that more Sunni fighters will be armed starting Wednesday to fight the Islamic State.The sandstorm complicated efforts to retake the city, al-Issawi said. “There is zero visibility on the front lines and our men are highly concerned that they might come under attack by Daesh in such bad weather,” he said.Security forces and Sunni militiamen who had been battling the extremists in Ramadi for months collapsed as IS fighters overran the city.The militants gained not only new territory 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad, but also large stocks of weapons abandoned by government forces as they fled.Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces had “vastly outnumbered” the IS militants in Ramadi but “showed no will to fight.”Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, said Carter’s remarks surprised the government and that he “was likely given incorrect information.”White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended Carter’s remarks, saying the Iraqi government acknowledged that the setback in Ramadi was the result of a breakdown in command and planning. Earnest added that the Iraqi forces in Ramadi had not benefited from U.S. or allied training.He praised Iraq’s announcement it had launched a major military operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar, adding: “I think that is a clear indication of the will of the Iraqi security forces to fight. And the United States and our coalition partners will stand with them as they do so.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The launch of the operation in Anbar came only days after U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Ash Carter, criticized Iraq’s forces, saying its troops fled the IS advance on Ramadi without fighting back, leaving behind weapons and vehicles for the extremists.Baghdad defended its troops and said preparations were underway for the large-scale counteroffensive in Anbar, involving Iranian-backed Shiite militias known as Popular Mobilization Units. That possibility sparked fears of potential sectarian violence in the Sunni-dominated province, long the site of protests and criticism of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.The Shiite militias chose a religious name for their campaign, deepening those worries and drawing criticism from the Pentagon. The Popular Mobilization Units have named it “Labaik Ya Hussein,” which is Arabic for “I am here, Hussein” — referring to a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and one of the most revered figures of Shiite Islam.Warren called the title “unhelpful,” adding: “We’ve long said … the key to expelling ISIL from Iraq is a unified Iraq that separates itself from sectarian divides.” Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of the elite Quds forces in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard who has taken on an advisory role with the Shiite militias, lashed out Monday at U.S. efforts. The Iranian daily newspaper Javan, seen as close to the Revolutionary Guard, quoted Soleimani as saying the U.S. didn’t do a “damn thing” to stop the advance on Ramadi.“Does it mean anything else than being an accomplice in the plot?” he reportedly asked, later saying the U.S. showed “no will” in fighting IS.Al-Abadi had urged the Shiite militias to help retake Anbar province. The militiamen have played a key role in clawing back territory from IS elsewhere in Iraq, although rights groups and Sunni residents have accused them of looting, destroying property and carrying out revenge attacks — especially after government forces recaptured Tikrit last month. Militia leaders deny the allegations.The participation of the Shiite militias in the Anbar operation risks exacerbating tensions that arose amid retaliatory sectarian killings that roiled Iraq in 2006 and 2007. Distrust of the Shiite-led government runs deep in Anbar, where U.S. troops fought some of their bloodiest battles since Vietnam and only succeeded in rolling back militants when Sunni tribesmen and former insurgents rallied to their side as part of the Sahwa, or Awakening, movement in 2006. After the U.S. troop withdrawal, Sunni anger at Baghdad has grown steadily. ErrorOK ErrorOKBut as a sandstorm descended across the region, there was no sign of any major engagement against the extremists, who have been gaining ground in the province west of Baghdad despite U.S.-led airstrikes.A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said Iraqi forces have begun “shaping operations” and “security zone interactions,” which he described as probing and reconnaissance actions that would precede any major combat in or around Ramadi.The Iraqis have begun moving forward from their base at Habbaniyah, and IS fighters likewise are probing in the direction of Habbaniyah, Warren said. He added that he could not confirm that the Iraqi forces have surrounded Ramadi.The Islamic State — also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL, and Daesh in Arabic — seized large parts of Anbar in early 2014 and captured Ramadi earlier in May. Iraqi forces, which had been making steady progress against the extremists in recent months with the help of the air campaign, scored a major victory in recapturing Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit last month.Elsewhere in Anbar province, the Islamic State group last week captured the Iraqi side of the key al-Walid border crossing with Syria. Those gains followed the IS seizure of the ancient town of Palmyra in Syria. Top Stories ___Associated Press writers Sameer N. Yacoub in Baghdad and Robert Burns and Jim Kuhnhenn in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipes Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Patients with chronic pain give advice Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The vital role family plays in society BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi.The operation, which Iraqi state TV said was backed by Shiite militias and Sunni pro-government fighters, is deemed critical in regaining momentum in the fight.last_img read more

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first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Yet Yellen has left little doubt that the Fed is preparing to raise short-term rates by year’s end from the near-zero lows it set at the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. With the U.S. economy and job market now steadily rising, the need for ultra-low rates to stimulate growth is fading.“Our economy is in a much better state,” Yellen told Congress earlier this month. “We’re close to where we want to be, and we now think the economy can not only tolerate but needs higher rates.”The economy still faces an array of threats, from subpar U.S. manufacturing and business investment to troubles in Europe and Asia, which have roiled financial markets. Inflation also remains below the Fed’s target rate. And while the unemployment rate, at 5.3 percent, is nearly normal, other gauges of the job market remain less than healthy. Pay growth remains generally sluggish, for example, and many people are working part time because they can’t find full-time jobs.Yellen has stressed that when the Fed begins to raise rates, it will do so only gradually. The idea is to avoid weakening an economy that’s still benefiting from low borrowing rates resulting from the Fed’s policies. She has suggested that raising rates in small increments, followed by pauses, will let the Fed assess the effects of slightly higher rates. Economists who think the Fed will act in September point not only to low unemployment but also to signs of strength in such areas as housing and consumer spending.“The economy has a lot of momentum, and if you don’t start raising rates off zero, then it will be hard to curtail that momentum and inflation will become a problem down the road,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.There’s also some concern that prolonged ultra-low rates may have begun to inflate dangerous bubbles in stocks, bonds or other assets.Concern about igniting an overreaction in financial markets is a key reason economists think the Fed will show extreme caution in raising rates. Stocks and bonds suffered sharp declines in 2013 after the Fed initially mishandled its communications about when it would begin slowing a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low.“The situation could be volatile,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. “I believe the Fed is going to raise rates once, most likely in September, and then wait for some time before raising them again to judge market reaction.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – In this July 16, 2015, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen prepares to testify before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Federal Reserve policymakers meet Wednesday, July 29, 2015, to set interest rates and release a statement. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)n WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is moving toward raising interest rates from record lows — just not likely yet.On Wednesday, when it ends its latest policy meeting, Fed officials will issue a statement that will be parsed for clues to just when the first rate increase since 2006 might occur. The meeting will end with a policy statement but no news conference by Chair Janet Yellen.Though many economists foresee the first hike coming in September, they don’t expect this week’s policy statement to clearly signal the timing. Yellen has stressed that the decision will be driven by the latest economic data. The Fed still wants to keep its options open. Although the September meeting, when Yellen is set to hold a news conference, is seen as the most likely time for a rate increase, some analysts think the Fed might wait until December.“The recent volatility in the global economy and financial markets has given the Fed pause,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at the Martin Smith School of Business at California State University, Channel Islands. “I think the probability of a rate hike in September has diminished because the Fed is going to need more time to evaluate how the U.S. economy is doing. December looks like a good possibility.”During Yellen’s testimony to Congress this month, some Democrats urged her to consider delaying a rate hike given that inflation remains below the Fed’s 2 percent target. The Fed has typically raised rates when it perceives a need to prevent inflation from getting out of control.Part of the slowdown in inflation, though, reflects a plunge in oil prices over the past year, which will reverse itself once energy prices rebound.The Fed is closer to achieving its other main goal: Maximizing employment. The unemployment rate is at a seven-year low, and over the past three months, U.S. hiring has averaged a robust 221,000 a month.last_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals’ Sean Weatherspoon stretches out during an NFL football organized team activity, Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories – / 31 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img It’s rare to see veterans out on the field in the second half of the fourth preseason game.Arizona Cardinals linebacker Sean Weatherspoon became one of those rarities Thursday night in Denver. Weatherspoon played into the second half of the Cardinals’ 22-20 win over the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, although that wasn’t the plan.“Spoon was really done at halftime but he said ‘hey, let me play a little bit more.’ So we let him play a little bit into the third,” head coach Bruce Arians said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Weatherspoon registered three tackles in his first preseason action. He has been slowed by a hamstring injury that kept him out for most of the team’s training camp in Glendale.“He said it’s on me,” Weatherspoon said about his exchange with Arians. “He was like ‘how are you feeling.’ I said ‘good.’ He said ‘you want to go back out.’ That’s what we did and really focused on just getting loose again, you know it’s a little different. Ultimately, I went out and did some good things, there are some things I need to work on.“Obviously, I haven’t really played football since December 22, 2013, so I’ll take it today. I’ll take it.”The end of Weatherspoon’s stint with the Atlanta Falcons was marred by injuries. The 27-year-old had his 2014 season wiped away by a ruptured Achilles tendon. In 2013, he appeared in just seven games due to a foot injury.“Man, it’s been a while,” Weatherspoon said. “I’m just thankful to be a part of the team and get a chance to get out there and get some work in. It’s always good to go out and get some hits and take some hits, run around, get tired a little bit — it’s all in good fun and I look forward to just continuing to work hard and get in better shape.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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