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Akvitánie: Francouzský region na pobřeží Atlantiku vás nadchne svojí nevšední rozmanitostí   


Kus Sahary, střípek Madeiry, mísu ústřic dlouhou deset kilometrů a pohádková městečka v baskických barvách... To všechno pěkně pohromadě najdete podél jižního pobřeží francouzské Akvitánie. Poznejte místa, jež si Francouzi střeží sami pro sebe!


Sabor Pacifico at Spices: Experience Fresh Colombian Flavors at The Peninsula Manila's Spices   


The fresh, clean, vibrant and earthy flavors of Colombia shine at The Peninsula Manila's Spices this October...

Colombian cuisine is a colorful blend of flavors woven together by its rich history, multi-cultural influences and abundant biodiversity. The bountiful harvests from both the land and sea come together in traditional and popular Colombian dishes recreated by their culinary ambassador, Chef Rey Guerrero of the highly acclaimed Sabor Pacifico in Bogota. In celebration of Colombian Gastronomic Week, The Peninsula Manila and the Embassy of Colombia presents authentic Colombian flavors for dinner on October 4 & 5, 2019 at Spices (for more on The Peninsula Manila's Spices, see my posts, The Spiceman Cometh: Meet Indian Specialty Chef Radhey Shayam of The Peninsula Manila's Spices and Thailand on my Plate: A Thai Cooking Class at The Peninsula Manila's Spices). Read on for a taste of Colombia...

Flanked by both the Pacific and the Atlantic, Colombia has the second highest biodiversity in the world. The vast landscape traverses the Amazon rainforest, infinite grasslands and desserts, mountainous highlands and islands along long stretches of pristine coastline. Colombian cuisine is flavored by this varied terrain and multi-cultural diversity. Championed by the country's "warrior king" and culinary ambassador, Chef Rey Guerrero of Bogota's Sabor Pacifico, diners can now embark on a culinary journey of authentic Colombian flavors at Spices on two very special evenings.

Rey Guerrero brings his soulful and passionate culinary style to Spices with his interpretations of traditional Colombian dishes focusing on the cuisine of the country's Pacific region. With an abundance of indigenous local produce from the land and sea, Rey Guerrero paints a palette of vivid flavors with fresh herbs and staples like plantains and rice with the day's freshest catch from the mangroves and the ocean.        

There are elements of Colombian cuisine that are comfortingly familiar due to a shared heritage with the Spanish colonial experience, but each dish stands out as refreshingly different and unique. Each dish contrasts with the next reflecting the diverse flavors of Colombia on your plate. 

In an exclusive preview, the fresh flavors of Colombia's Pacific region were highlighted in a memorable dinner at Spices. Chef Rey Guerrero presents the first appetizer with a demo on Colombian ceviche using mangrove clams and snails. It has the usual acidic souring elements of a typical ceviche with lemons, herbs and chili, but I've never had one with freshwater clams and snails.

As the ceviche marinates for a few more minutes, Chef Rey infuses smoke to add subtle nutty notes to complete the dish.

The Ceviche Mixto Paingua y Piacuil (P 690) or Ceviche of Mangrove Clams and Snails by Chef Rey Guerrero recreates the bold flavors based on freshness from Colombia...

...with the subtle sweetness of the succulent snails and clams balanced by the sharpness of the lemon and chili capped by just a whisper of heat. Bold yet delicate, it's a dish that reminds you that freshness is flavor. It's deceptively simple dishes like this that often packs more intense flavors. The tart notes opens up your palate for the next dish...

Plantains are a common staple in Latin American cuisine, and featured in many traditional Colombian dishes as well. The Aborrajados de Pescado (P 590), a deep-fried plantain coconut croquette with smoked sea bass and cheese topped with sesame sauce and the Patacones Endiablados (P 690) or shredded fried plantain draped in shrimp sauce and Parmesan cheese are typical of Colombian cuisine. Unlike the local variety, Colombian plantains are starchier and not overwhelmingly sweet almost like potatoes in texture. The croquette combines textural contrasts with each bite, soft and velvety smooth capped by a delicately crisp outer layer. The subtle smoky hints of the fresh sea bass, the richness of cheese and the nutty hints of sesame combine to complete the flavors. The patacones is thin and crisp, pairing well the briny sweetness of the shrimp-infused sauce.

For the mains, Chef Rey Guerrero served the hearty Cazuela de Mariscos (P 1,690), a seafood casserole thickened and made creamier with coconut milk loaded with prawns, squid rings, clams and mussels enriched with coriander and pennyroyal, a type of mint. Each sip of the broth drapes the palate with fresh and briny notes from the seafood mellowed by the creamy coconut milk while the herbs add that lingering finish to the dish. It's a rustic yet elegant dish, masterfully prepared by Chef Rey Guerrero. Gently simmered, it's the quintessential dish of Colombia's Pacific region.

The Arroz Putiao (P 1,290) is a traditional rice dish sauteed with seafood and Chef Rey Guerrero's very own homemade smoky and intensely flavored longaniza. Topped with fresh herbs adding vibrant notes to the dish, the Arroz Putiao is a meal in itself.

The delicate texture and flavors of sea bass highlights the next entree with the Pandao de Pescado (P 1,290), a seabass fillet wrapped in banana leaf topped with coconut milk and fresh herbs. Like butter, the seabass fillet just melts in your mouth releasing a subtle sweetness. They say you can appreciate a better, more insightful perspective of any country with its local cuisine. Chef Rey Guerrero does exactly that as he transports you to Colombia's Pacific region with his dishes.

The media preview for Colombian Gastronomic Week ends with indulgent desserts like the Dulce Pacifico (P 490) with fruit ice cream on caramelized coconut candy and   Flan Aromas de Nuqui (P 490), a coconut flan topped with grated coconut and sweet anise syrup.

Discovering new flavors always makes any experience so much better, and this is one more check on the list for our group, FourScene (for more on FourScene, check out our FB Page at

The Peninsula Manila's Spices has always been known for its boldly flavored signature dishes. This time, it's the perfect setting for an authentic taste of Colombia. You can experience the fresh flavors of Colombia prepared by Chef Rey Guerrero of Bogota's acclaimed Sabor Pacifico on October 4 & 5, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at The Peninsula Manila's Spices for P 2,800. Vamos! 

Spices is located at the lobby level of The Peninsula Manila, Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City or call +632 887-2888, 812-3456 and 810-3456 extensions 6754 and 6755.

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Ancient 'New York': 5,000-year-old city discovered in Israel   


The 5,000-year-old city is said to be one of the most significant archaeological finds in the region from that era.


10/8/2019: NEWS | NATION: Garden stake impales man   


A MAN who was impaled on a garden stake after he fell off a roof in the NSW Hunter region has been flown to hospital with the stake still lodged in his body. The stake pierced the 56year-old man’s underarm and went through his chest when he fell from...


Rainy-Day, Comforting (Best) Ratatouille   


I was craving vegetables. It was a rainy summer day during my visit home to see my family in Saskatchewan. After being pummeled by rain and cleaning up puddled basements, I wanted to be in the kitchen, to cook and soothe souls. So I ended up in the grocery store. I love shopping for groceries. We all need to eat, and I rarely feel guilty spending money at the grocery store. It is always justified in my head. A tasty tomato is worth the price. (At least that’s how I think.) While wandering the aisles, I waited for inspiration. I saw the eggplant first. Though I’m not a fan of this bitter vegetable, I love its purple suit and wondered if I tried it one more time if I might become a fan. So I googled: "best ratatouille recipe" on my phone in the middle of the produce aisle. Ratatouille dates back to the 1800s and the region of Nice,...

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Gâteaux Basque (Almond-Filled Basque Cake)   


Is it a cake or a pie? To me, it seems more pie-like with its crispy crust. The filling is just an almond-flavored pastry cream (crème pâtissière), so if you like pastry cream, this is a winner. It is a signature cake from the Basque region of Spain, which shares borders with France. I whizzed all the ingredients for the Gateaux Basque in my food processor. To make the pastry cream, I brought the milk and vanilla to a boil. While it was heating, I whisked the yolks and sugar in my stand mixer. Then folded in the flour and ground almonds. When the milk mixture came to the boil, I slowly drizzled it into the yolk mixture while whisking with my stand mixer. Then I returned everything back to the heat and brought it to a boil again. Then just simmer for 5 minutes and stir constantly to keep it from sticking or burning. To cool the pastry...

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Sales Representative (Sitech) - Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company - Wilkes-Barre, PA   


Develop new business within assigned region or industry. Works with internal SITECH staff and sales teams. Develops and implements agreed upon sales plan which…
From Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company - Sun, 02 Dec 2018 06:34:39 GMT - View all Wilkes-Barre, PA jobs


Dried Cherry Cognac Sauce   


How to Prepare Dried Cherry Cognac Sauce Cognac is a type of brandy from the Cognac region of France and considered by many to be the most exquisite. Nevertheless, you can substitute a standard brandy for the cognac in this recipe. Best served with: Beef, pork, and duck   PrintDried Cherry Cognac Sauce Prep Time: […]

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One county's ban leads to euthanasia of 400 pit bulls last year, 250 this year, officials say   


More than 400 pit bulls were euthanized last year in the country’s second-largest jurisdiction to ban the breed, and more than 250 have been euthanized there so far this year, officials said Monday.

Advocates are pushing to overturn the pit bull ban in Prince George’s County, Maryland, which they say is costly, ineffective and inhumane.

The statistics were provided Monday via Department of Environment spokeswoman Linda Lowe, following a request made last week by The Washington Post.

There were 687 pit bulls impounded last year, 402 of which were euthanized and 283 of which were placed in other shelters or with rescue organizations or returned to their homes, Lowe said.

So far this year, 492 pit bulls have been impounded, with 234 of them placed in homes or with organizations and 258 euthanized.

The decision to euthanize dogs is made based on a behavioral assessment of the animals - which includes examining aggression toward humans and other dogs - or when there is not interest or spaces from rescue organizations or shelters outside Prince George’s County, Lowe said.

The county has had a pit bull ban since 1997, applying to dogs that are at least 50% pit bull, but its enforcement is spotty.

The county council is considering an overhaul of its animal control code, including stricter penalties for owners who do not care for their dogs. Animal rights activists want to repeal the ban as part of that legislation, but most council members said that is unlikely this year.

Prince George’s is the only jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C., region with such a ban. The county spends about $570,000 annually on animal control officers, boarding for impounded dogs and euthanizing them, Lowe said.


As impeachment looms, GOP revolts against Trump on Syria   


WASHINGTON – They may have his back on impeachment, but some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal allies are suddenly revolting against his decision to pull back U.S. troops from northern Syria.

On Monday, one chief Trump loyalist in Congress called the move “unnerving to the core.” An influential figure in conservative media condemned it as “a disaster.” And Trump’s former top NATO envoy said it was “a big mistake” that would threaten the lives of Kurdish fighters who had fought alongside American troops for years.

Trump’s surprise move, which came with no advance warning late Sunday and stunned many in his own government, threatened to undermine what has been near lockstep support among Republicans. It also came against the backdrop of a congressional impeachment inquiry in which the backing of Republicans in the Senate is the president’s bulwark against being removed from office.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has been among Trump’s most vocal defenders, called the Syria decision “a disaster in the making” that would throw the region into chaos and embolden the Islamic State group.

“I hope I’m making myself clear how short-sighted and irresponsible this decision is,” Graham told Fox News. “I like President Trump. I’ve tried to help him. This, to me, is just unnerving to its core.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has shrugged off the key allegation in the impeachment inquiry – that Trump pressured foreign powers to investigate a top Democratic rival – tweeted that Trump’s shift on Syria is “a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria.”

And Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has been more willing than many Republicans to condemn Trump’s calls for foreign intervention in the 2020 election, called the Syria move “a terribly unwise decision” that would “abandon our Kurdish allies, who have been our major partner in the fight against the Islamic State.”

A more frequent Republican Trump critic, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, cast Trump’s announcement as “a betrayal.”

“It says that America is an unreliable ally; it facilitates ISIS resurgence; and it presages another humanitarian disaster,” Romney tweeted.

Nikki Haley, who was Trump’s hand-picked ambassador to the United Nations, also cast the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Iraq as a betrayal of a key ally.

“The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake,” she wrote on Twitter.

Former Rubio aide Alex Conant highlighted the risks ahead for a president whose political future depends on Republican support.

“For Trump to make a very controversial move on Syria at the exact moment when he needs Senate Republicans more than ever is risky politics,” Conant said, noting the significance for many Senate Republicans of the United States’ policy in northern Syria, where Kurds would be particularly vulnerable to a Turkish invasion.

“They’re not just going to send out a couple of tweets and move on,” Conant said. “At the same time, the White House is going to need these guys to carry a lot of water for them.”

While a number of Republicans criticized Trump’s decision, one of their most important leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, was sanguine, offering little concern about Syria or impeachment during an appearance at the University of Kentucky.

“There are a few distractions, as you may have noticed,” McConnell said. “But if you sort of keep your head on straight and remember why you were sent there, there are opportunities to do important things for the country and for the states that we represent.”

After the appearance, McConnell issued a statement warning that Trump’s proposed withdrawal “would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime. And it would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup.”

“As we learned the hard way during the Obama Administration, American interests are best served by American leadership, not by retreat or withdrawal,” McConnell said.

Outside government, leaders of conservative groups backed Trump.

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., a prominent evangelical leader, said Trump was simply “keeping his promise to keep America out of endless wars.”

He suggested Trump could easily reengage in the region if the decision backfires.

“The president has got to do what’s best for the country, whether it helps him with this phony impeachment inquiry or not,” Falwell said in an interview.

Former Trump campaign aide Barry Bennett noted that the president has been talking about reducing troop levels in the Middle East since before the 2016 election.

“I understand that they don’t like the policy, but none of them should be shocked by the policy,” Bennett said. “He’s only been talking about this for four or five years now. I think he’s with the vast majority of the public.”

Still, the backlash from other Trump loyalists was intense.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., a member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence committees, called it a “misguided and catastrophic blow to our national security interests.”

And on Fox News, a network where many rank-and-file Trump supporters get their news, host Brian Kilmeade said it was “a disaster.”

“Abandon our allies? That’s a campaign promise? Abandon the people that got the caliphate destroyed?” Kilmeade said on “Fox & Friends.”

Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the controversy reminds him of former Defense Secretary James Mattis’ decision to resign late last year after Trump announced plans to withdraw troops from Syria.

“Ultimately, Trump reversed himself,” Aliriza said. “The question is whether he will actually reverse himself again in view of the opposition from Capitol Hill led by several of his closest allies.”


UAW says negotiations with GM have ‘taken a turn for the worse’   


DETROIT – The UAW’s lead negotiator said Sunday that talks with General Motors have “taken a turn for the worse.”

The surprise negative development followed reports of progress in recent days and adds more uncertainty to when the UAW’s 3-week-old strike against GM might come to an end.

In fact, a person close to the talks told the Free Press that the bargaining had turned somewhat sour as GM walked back what had been a proposed solution for temporary workers.

Health care, as of Saturday, was resolved, meaning it would not change or cost members more. But the person said the union considers GM’s last two proposals to be like ultimatums.

In a letter to union members around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Terry Dittes, vice president for the UAW GM Department, said that the UAW on Saturday afternoon had prepared an extensive proposal and presented it to GM.

“Our proposal addressed issues of wages, signing bonus, job security, pensions, skilled trades, profit sharing, transfer rights; to name just a few,” Dittes said.

GM responded at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, Dittes said.

“The company’s response did not address our extensive package provided last evening,” Dittes wrote. “They reverted back to their last rejected proposal and made little change. The company’s response did nothing to advance a whole host of issues that are important to you and your families! It did nothing to provide job security during the term of this agreement.”

He wrote that the union, “could not be more disappointed with General Motors who refuse to recognize the experience and talent of our membership who make their world class products and billions of dollars in profits.”

Dittes said that after making progress on key issues “a couple days ago, the company has shown an unwillingness to fairly compensate the great workforce of the UAW. These negotiations have taken a turn for the worse. Your issues are our issues, and our strength is with you, our great membership. We will continue to negotiate on behalf of you, your families and all workers in our country.”

GM provided a statement in response to Dittes’ letter that defended the company’s proposals:

“We continue to negotiate in good faith with very good proposals that benefit employees today and builds a stronger future for all of us. We are committed to continuing discussions around the clock to reach a resolution.”

Roughly 46,000 UAW workers went on strike against GM sites nationwide on Sept. 16 after the 2015 contract expired two days before. The union continued contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, following the customary plan to negotiate a deal with one company to use as a template for the other two.

A news release from the UAW Sunday afternoon included an email exchange between Dittes and Scott Sandefur, who is heading up negotiations for GM. The exchange highlighted the separation between the two sides as well as providing more details about the UAW proposal and response from GM.

“This package addressed a minimum of (35) hourly proposals and three (3) salaried proposals. Our extensive proposal package was an effort to move this set of negotiations to the next step to reach a tentative agreement,” according to the Dittes email to Sandefur. “During your response to our proposal delivered at 9:05 a.m. today, Sunday, October 6, 2019, you didn’t even have a professional courtesy to explain why you could not accept or why you rejected our package proposal for each item we addressed.”

Dittes continued by saying, “we expect the company to respond and discuss the package proposal we presented yesterday. The law and basic decency require no less.”

The change in tone about the state of talks followed word on Saturday from a person familiar with negotiations that the remaining outstanding issues centered on pensions and 401(k)s and the narrowing of the pay gap for in-progression workers.

The negotiations have continued as more than 46,000 GM UAW workers have remained on strike. The spillover impact from the strike has led to plant shutdowns outside of the United States, supplier layoffs and substantially reduced pay for striking workers, who now get $250 per week from the union’s strike fund.

Also this weekend, the Free Press reported that Vance Pearson, the director of the UAW region covering 17 states from Missouri to California, has been placed on leave. Pearson, who succeeded Gary Jones in the post when Jones became UAW president, is among those charged in an ongoing corruption probe. Jones has also faced scrutiny as his house was among those raided in August, and a source identified him as an unnamed union official who had $30,000 seized from his home.


MAINTENANCE SERVICES WORKER - Sunrise Health Region - Preeceville, SK   


Refrigeration certificate, where required by the job. Pool Operators certificate, where required by the job. Knowledge of tools and equipment. $21.30 - $22.81 an hour
From Sunrise Health Region - Wed, 14 Aug 2019 15:15:57 GMT - View all Preeceville, SK jobs


COOK - Sunrise Health Region - Preeceville, SK   


Valid drivers license, where required by the job. The official job descriptions are found on the Provider Group website,… $21.83 - $23.40 an hour
From Sunrise Health Region - Tue, 30 Jul 2019 15:16:10 GMT - View all Preeceville, SK jobs


ASSESSESMENT COORDINATOR DEGREE - Sunrise Health Region - Norquay, SK   


Bachelor Degree/Diploma in Nursing or Bachelor Degree/Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing or Bachelor Degree in Social Work or Licensed Practical Nurse with 4 years… $34.43 - $42.10 an hour
From Sunrise Health Region - Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:15:28 GMT - View all Norquay, SK jobs


ASSISTANT COOK - Sunrise Health Region - Norquay, SK   


Valid drivers license, where required by the job. The official job descriptions are found on the Provider Group website,… $20.75 - $22.20 an hour
From Sunrise Health Region - Fri, 05 Jul 2019 15:16:13 GMT - View all Norquay, SK jobs


CONTINUING CARE ASSISTANT - Sunrise Health Region - Canora, SK   


Valid drivers license, where required by the job. Provides personal care and activities of daily living for clients/patients/residents to encourage optimum… $21.83 - $23.40 an hour
From Sunrise Health Region - Mon, 07 Oct 2019 15:16:31 GMT - View all Canora, SK jobs


EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN - Sunrise Health Region - Canora, SK   


Valid Class 4 drivers license. CMA Accredited Pre-Hospital Care Program at the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP/EMT) level. Ability to follow safe work practices. $28.09 - $34.35 an hour
From Sunrise Health Region - Wed, 02 Oct 2019 15:15:40 GMT - View all Canora, SK jobs


PHARMACY TECHNICIAN - LICENSED - Sunrise Health Region - Canora, SK   


Valid drivers license, where required by the job. Licensed with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals. $31.51 - $33.76 an hour
From Sunrise Health Region - Thu, 26 Sep 2019 21:15:31 GMT - View all Canora, SK jobs


COMBINED LABORATORY & X-RAY TECHNOLOGIST - Sunrise Health Region - Canora, SK   


Valid drivers license, where required by the job. The official job descriptions are found on the Provider Group website,… $31.97 - $34.22 an hour
From Sunrise Health Region - Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:15:40 GMT - View all Canora, SK jobs


CONTINUING CARE ASSISTANT - Sunrise Health Region - Kamsack, SK   


Valid drivers license, where required by the job. Provides personal care and activities of daily living for clients/patients/residents to encourage optimum… $21.83 - $23.40 an hour
From Sunrise Health Region - Fri, 04 Oct 2019 15:15:25 GMT - View all Kamsack, SK jobs




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Water-energy nexus in the UAE in relation to climate change and adaptation policy scenarios   


Water-energy nexus in the UAE in relation to climate change and adaptation policy scenarios Nadeem, Iqra. Water and Energy systems that were once considered disparate, are coupled in many ways. Generation, transmission and distribution of each system relies on the other system. The interaction becomes significantly stronger in economies dependent on desalination for their water resources. One such country is the United Arab Emirates. The water-energy nexus faces serious challenges under climate change as cooling needs and outdoor water demands rise. This thesis models the impact of climate change on the water-energy nexus in the UAE. It explores a set of climate change adaptation policy scenarios and quantifies their respective economic, water and energy savings. Hence, it provides an analytical assessment of the nexus that can inform data-driven policy making. This thesis views the nexus through a qualitative lens and a quantitative lens. The qualitative piece presents the organizational mapping and structuring of the UAE institutions across the water-energy-climate nexus.; It highlights gaps in cross-sectoral interactions that need to be overcome for a sustainable future. The second piece presented in this thesis is analytical in nature. It uses two specialized water and energy softwares called the Water Evaluation and Planning System (WEAP) and the Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) and couples them together to model the nexus. The water-energy nexus model is tested for different individual and aggregate adaptation policy scenarios to assess a wide range of effects on the nexus. These scenarios are also run for six sub-regions within the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Western region, Dubai, Eastern region and Fujairah) to understand the underlying demand sectors driving the water-energy nexus in these sub-regions. The results of this extensive scenario analysis have informed policy recommendations for long-term planning of the water-energy nexus in the UAE.; Important findings from this study include the huge savings potential from indoor consumption reduction (up to 1200 million cubic meters of water and 60 million gigajoules of electricity per year by 2060) and the need for irrigated land regulation (saves up to 700 million cubic meters of water and 5 million gigajoules of electricity per year by 2060) in the UAE. The sub-regional analysis highlights the need for sub-regionalized policy goals that govern regions based on their demand differences. This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.; Thesis: S.M. in Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, Technology and Policy Program, 2018; Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.; Includes bibliographical references (pages 82-85).


Regional Sales Manager - Intermountain Region - Spokane, WA - CWallA - Spokane, WA   


We are seeking an individual to create and expand sales throughout Central and Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana and Northern Wyoming.
From Indeed - Tue, 27 Aug 2019 21:42:54 GMT - View all Spokane, WA jobs


Find your roots at the Genealogy Jamboree   


Living in our historic three-state region allows for rich digging into the earth of our ancestors via the annual Genealogy Jamboree & Pioneer Days – the event first conceived of by Mark Treadway and John Adams.

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Syria's Kurds stand to lose all gains from US pullout   


BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Kurds accused the U.S. of turning its back on its allies and risking gains made in the fight against the Islamic State group as American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected Turkish assault.

U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to stand aside — announced by the White House late Sunday — infuriated Kurds, who stand to lose the autonomy they gained in the course of Syria's civil war.

The Kurdish force pledged to fight back, raising the potential for an eruption of new warfare in Syria. "We will not hesitate for a moment in defending our people" against Turkish troops, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement, adding that it has lost 11,000 fighters in the war against IS in Syria.

As many as 300,000 people could immediately be driven from their homes in northeast Syria if Turkey launches its offensive, the International Rescue Committee warned Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened for months to launch the military operation across the border. He views the Syria Kurdish forces as terrorists and a threat to his country as Ankara has struggled with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

Ankara has been demanding a "safe zone" stretching the length of northern Syria along Turkey's southern border to be patrolled by Turkish troops and their allied Syrian forces. That would put a significant portion of Syria's Kurdish population under effective Turkish control.

Erdogan on Monday said American troops have started pulling back following his conversation with Trump the night before. He did not elaborate on the planned Turkish incursion but said Turkey was determined to halt what it perceives as threats from the Syrian Kurdish fighters.

The SDF issued a sharp condemnation of the American move. "The American forces did not abide by their commitments and withdrew their forces along the border with Turkey," it said.

A U.S. official confirmed that American troops were already moving out of the security zone area, which includes the Syrian towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad. That official was not authorized to speak for the record and was granted anonymity to comment.

A video posted by a Kurdish news agency showed a convoy of American armored vehicles apparently heading away from the border area of Tal Abyad.

America's rivals, including Iran, Russia and the Syrian government, stand to gain from a U.S. troop withdrawal from the oil-rich region in the north. Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: "US is an irrelevant occupier in Syria — futile to seek its permission or rely on it for security."

In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow realizes Turkey's need to ensure its security, but noted that "it's necessary to respect Syria's territorial and political integrity." Peskov wouldn't comment on whether the U.S. withdrawal could push the Kurds to seek a dialogue with Damascus.

Russia and Iran have helped Syrian President Bashar Assad reclaim control over most of the country following a devastating eight-year civil war.

Abdulkarim Omar, a senior official in the Kurdish self-rule administration, said they had been expecting the U.S. decision to withdraw and have made preparations for it. He didn't elaborate. But he warned that securing facilities holding IS militants would be jeopardized if an offensive begins because forces would be deployed there.

"We have been flexible even in dealing with Russia, which may play a role in the political resolution. We were flexible even in regards to Damascus," he said. "But what happened today is illogical."

The Kurdish-led SDF has been the main U.S.-backed force in Syria in the fight against IS. In March, the SDF captured the last sliver of land held by the extremists, marking the end of the so-called caliphate that was declared by IS's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014.

The U.S. and Turkey had been working on a compromise "security mechanism" for the border region that the Kurds had hoped would avert any Turkish offensive. Since August, joint U.S and Turkish aerial and ground patrols had started in a 125-kilometer (78-mile) zone. The SDF had cooperated, removing fortifications from the areas and withdrawing with heavy weapons.

But vital details of the mechanism were still being worked out, and Ankara had repeatedly expressed its impatience, threatening an attack.

Mustafa Bali, the SDF spokesman, tweeted that his group had not been not expecting the U.S. to protect northeastern Syria. "But people here are owed an explanation regarding the security mechanism deal and destruction of fortifications," he said.

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