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Orion Bags Two Contracts in Texas

first_imgOrion Group Holdings, Inc. (ORN) has just announced contract awards totaling approximately $14 million.The company’s marine segment has been awarded two contracts from the Army Corps following successful competitive bids to provide dredging services along the Texas Gulf Coast.“We have been actively bidding on several key Texas dredging projects throughout the last quarter and these two awards provide significant backlog for our dredging fleet going into 2020,” said Mark Stauffer, President and Chief Executive Officer.The first project calls for dredging of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) from Freeport Harbor to the upper Matagorda Bay in Brazoria and Matagorda counties.This work is valued at approximately $6.6 million and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2020.The second award, with a value of approximately $7.8 million, will see Orion dredge the GIWW between Corpus Christi and Port Isabel and the channel to Harlingen in Kennedy, Willacy and Cameron counties.This project is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020.Both projects also include options at the Corps’ request for additional work that may increase the scope of work and contract value.last_img read more

Tom Brady’s NFL Combine highlights: 40 time, bench press, old scouting reports & more

first_imgView this post on Instagram MORE: Why Brady is the NFL Athlete of the DecadeWe all know by now the opposite occurred. Thanks in part to Brady’s Combine showing being received as average at best, nobody saw a record six Super Bowl rings in his future. Brady famously slipped to the Patriots in the sixth round of the draft, at No. 199 overall. Only one of the six QBs picked ahead of the Michigan product (Marc Bulger, No. 168 by Saints) appeared in a Pro Bowl.Brady’s story now serves as an annual reminder to NFL Draft prospects who don’t test off the charts that their potential is not defined by a 40-yard dash, a vertical leap, a Wonderlic test score or anything else from the Combine.And yes, provided the context of the 42-year-old’s unprecedented success in the NFL, his Combine performance 20 years ago can be viewed as a comedic masterpiece.Below are the highlights (if one can call them that) and stats from Brady’s notoriously ho-hum workout in Indianapolis.MORE: Ranking Tom Brady’s best fits in NFL free agencyTom Brady Combine: The pictureThe photo makes the rounds on social media every late February and early March when NFL fans turn their collective attention to the Combine.Brady, shirtless, looking … not like a future Hall of Fame football player.With the NFL Combine starting today, we thought it’d be a good time to remember Tom Brady at the event in 2000. pic.twitter.com/uTBMyLhYcM— Sports Photos (@sportsphotos) February 26, 2019Brady has dealt with the viral nature of the photo for years, but he now cherishes the picture with good reason.”It’s actually a great thing for me to see because it reminds me of where I started,” Brady said during the NFL 100 All-Time Team finale last year, via NESN. “We all have our story, and I started at a place where I always felt like I was looking up at everybody. I was looking up at everybody in high school and then college and certainly when I started in the pros.”Through a lot of help and a lot of support, I just learned and I kept trying to get a little bit better and a little bit better and keep growing and keep evolving. I still feel like I’m trying to do that today.”Tom Brady’s 40-yard dash timeBrady ran a 5.28-second 40-yard dash, the second slowest time among QBs at the 2000 NFL Combine. Only Louisville’s Chris Redman (5.37) was slower.The fact that Brady’s straight-line speed was and is irrelevant doesn’t take away from the delight one experiences watching him sprint awkwardly in his floppy white tee.It’s worth noting that Brady evidently was faster in 2019 than he was in 2000. In July, he was timed running a 40-yard dash in 5.17 seconds.Must be the TB12 stuff.Tom Brady’s bench press & other statsWith the exception of the 20-yard shuttle, a drill in which Brady randomly posted a decent time, the QB’s Combine results made him seem as unathletic as the video did.One measurement that worked in Brady’s favor was his height; at 6-4, he and Michigan State’s Bill Burke were the tallest QBs in Indianapolis that week.Below are all of Brady’s stats from the 2000 NFL Combine, including the results of his workout and his measurements (via NFLCombineResults.com).Workout resultsDrillTime/measurementPercentile among QBs40-yard dash5.28 seconds0.7Bench pressN/AN/AVertical24.5 inches2.9Broad jumpN/AN/A20-yard shuttle4.38 seconds45.360-yard shuttleN/AN/AMeasurementsDimensionBrady’s measurementHeight76.4 inchesWeight211 poundsBMI26.03Arm length32.75 inchesHand size9.38 inchesMORE: All-time NFL Combine recordsAs for the throwing drills, Brady performed as well as a QB can when throwing to random wide receivers against no coverage or pressure.Below are the NFL’s complete highlights from Brady’s Combine performance, including some of those throwing drills.Tom Brady’s Wonderlic scoreBrady scored a 33 out of a possible 50 on the Wonderlic test at the 2000 NFL Combine, a solid number considering the average score for the Wonderlic is 20.Only one player, punter Pat McInally in 1975, has scored a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic test at the Combine. The high mark for quarterbacks, who average a 25.9 based on data from wonderlictestsample.com, is held by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who scored a 48.Of course, as Sporting News wrote in 2016, the Wonderlic test is a good cognitive measure for anything but football.”I can basically tell you, from what we see, it’s a huge waste of time and money,” University of Louisville business school professor Frank Kuzmits told SN.MORE WONDERLIC:Highest, lowest test scores in Combine historyTom Brady scouting reportsBrady himself is a recent source of some of the language used in the scouting reports that knocked his abilities ahead of the 2000 NFL Draft.In an Instagam post a few years back, the QB recollected the negatives and used them to encourage those who were participating in the 2017 NFL Combine.”Poor build … Skinny … Lacks great physical stature and strength … Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush … Lacks a really strong arm … Can’t drive the ball downfield … Does not throw a really tight spiral … System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib … Gets knocked down easily.” I found my combine shirt from 17 years ago and it got me thinking. This is what they said about me then….. Poor build, Skinny, Lacks great physical stature and strength, Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush, Lacks a really strong arm, Can’t drive the ball downfield, Does not throw a really tight spiral, System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib, Gets knocked down easily As @edelman11 always reminds me … “You can prove em right or you can prove em wrong!” Good luck to all of you this weekend!!A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Mar 3, 2017 at 7:53am PSTBelow are a few more recollections of how Brady was viewed as the 2000 NFL Draft approached:— “I don’t like him. Smart guy. That’s it.” — Anonymous NFC scout (via The Athletic)— “I always thought you should look at any senior who is starting; maybe they have something. You watch four, five, six plays, and if they don’t show anything you leave them off the list. I watched Brady, and he was actually pretty good. He was very careful with his passes, very accurate, no interceptions. I wondered if his arm would be strong enough. If you saw him — and he was listed that day at 6-5, 195 pounds — he didn’t look good. He looked kind of emaciated, with no muscle definition. … “I put him on the list and figured, it can’t hurt. Let’s give him a grade and at least we can talk about him. Turns out nobody else (with the Giants) had his name down. I gave Brady a middle-to-late-round grade, and when I was in the draft room I guess I got drowned out. Whoever heard of Tom Brady?” — Giants scout Whitey Walsh (via ESPN)— “He had that great bowl game but I think he’s just very common. He’s a bony, very thin kind of guy. God, you can see his ribs on his build. His arm is just adequate. That bowl game against Alabama, he was just unconscious. Other than that, I didn’t like him. One thing he doesn’t do is force a lot of balls. He competed and hung in there.” — Anonymous NFC scout (via The Athletic)— “Very accurate, good toughness, good leadership. Has a chance to be a good player in the league in time. I think he’d be a real solid backup initially and end up growing into a starter.” — Bears director of college scouting Bill Rees (via The Athletic)— “Brady needs to work on reading blitzes and elaborate defenses. Like Brian Griese and Scott Dreisbach, his Michigan quarterback predecessors, he could use long-term training with a team that already features a prominent running game and a talented, veteran receiving corps — similar to Brady’s situation at Michigan with Anthony Thomas and Marcus Knight. Projected as a third-round pick, Brady is likely to wear the headset of a backup at first. He knows it will require a lot of patience before he will fit into an NFL team’s scheme.” — Sporting News— “Interesting, interesting guy. He looks like one of them poles you hang coats on. He’s got big knobs on his shoulders. But this guy is a very good deep passer. He’s highly competitive. He can’t run worth a lick but he has enough where he can step out of the way of people.” — Lions vice president of player personnel Ron Hughes (via The Athletic)— “I understand the players wanted (Brady) to play (over Drew Henson in 1998 and ’99). Brady handled it excellently. He was one of the captains, and had to display that. He’s got a lot of character about him. … I’ve seen him escape people. He’s not going to scramble around and light you up that way but he’s got a little feel to him … he has had some excellent games. He got sacked six times against Penn State and they won the game.” — Anonymous AFC scout (via The Athletic) — “I was a big advocate of Tom Brady’s. He looked like he belonged. He was comfortable in the pocket. He had good delivery mechanics. The knock on him was that he was slow-footed, but he played the game faster than he ran. He just stood tall in the pocket, scanned the field well, made his progressions from one receiver to the next. He looked like a team leader on the field, a decision-maker, and his ability to get the guys around him to play hard jumped off the tape. I wasn’t brilliant enough to put a first-round grade on Brady. I think I put a second- or third-round grade on him. I really liked him.” — Ravens offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh (via ABC News)— “Outstanding leader. Priest-like personality. Calm, wise and thoughtful. He’s accepting of what comes his way. Doesn’t appear to be dynamic. Has a calming demeanor. Well-liked, class kid. Has work ethic. Respected by his teammates. Two supportive parents who attend every game.” — Anonymous NFC scout (via The Athletic)Go figure: The person who nailed the scouting report on Brady ahead of the 2000 NFL Draft was Brady himself: “I think my best asset as a player is that in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, I have the desire to win and the feeling that our team is not going to lose. Twenty years ago, the player who would go on to become the greatest quarterback of all time made his Hall of Fame-caliber future evident with an NFL Combine performance for the ages.This is what every NFL team not named the Patriots wishes it could say about its glimpse of Tom Brady a couple months before the 2000 NFL Draft.last_img read more

National Youth Squads and Coaches Announced

first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Youth squads who will be vying for positions in the Australian Youth teams to take on New Zealand in January, 2015. Australia and New Zealand will battle it out at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla for the prestigious Youth Trans Tasman Trophy in the Under 18’s and 20’s Boys and Girls’ divisions from Friday, 16 January to Sunday, 18 January 2015. The Australian Youth teams will be hoping to continue their impressive record over New Zealand in recent times; including their 4-0 series clean-sweep the last time both nations met in Auckland in February, 2013. TFA also wishes to congratulate the following coaches on their appointments for the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series:18’s Boys – Dave Nolan 18’s Girls – Craig Morrow 20’s Boys – Phil Gyemore  20’s Girls – Justin Creighton TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian squads in the lead up to the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series.  Australian 18’s Girls squad Rae BarkerLucy BottenChloe CheneyShenae CiesiolkaTayla CliffordMadison CroweRachelle DavisNakia Davis-WelshKasey DragisicDominique du ToitLaura GleesonLily GoodchildMia JohnstoneStephanie MaioloTaylor MasonJemma Mi MiZara NicholasAbbey PapenhuyzenGeorgina RackemannStephanie ReidShannon RoseMackenzie SadlerEmma SykesBailey ToleafoaLaura WaldieAustralian 18’s Boys squadTjadyn AshbyTristan BroadbridgeJustin CridlandJarrod CrookMatthew EganCoen FieldingJake GrechCampbell LovellIvan LynchJackson MillsFelix MoliDamon MooreJayden NgamanuRyan PapenhuyzenKalyn PongaCallum PurdonDavid RichardsCorey RussellJordan SarmentoAndrew SearleKai SimbolonRegan WalshChristopher WilliamsMatthew WilsonThomas WongAustralian 20’s Girls SquadDanielle DavisHannah DyballMaddison FisherStephanie JamesAshleigh KearneyJordan LovejoyYasmin MeakesCaitlin MoranPaige ParkerLaura PeattieAshleigh QuinlanSamantha RodgersTayla RosinBrea SingmanTanisha StantonKatherine StevensMaddison StuddonKimberley Sue SeeTamika UptonAustralian 20’s BoysJames BaartzMichael BeattyCameron BogaSam CarmodyMatthew ClunePaddy CoelhoMichael FallonCormac HochLachlan HochJonathon HuskinsJed IbbotsonJeremy KingTom KronkJayden LoveTheo MajidLewis McAlisterRob McCarthyGrant McDonaldRohan MesserJosh RozairoCiaran TonerJames Western Related Filesaustralian_youth_squads_announcement-pdfRelated Links2015 YTT Squadslast_img read more

Finnlines to Build More Green Ships

first_imgzoomPhoto: Finnlines Finnish RoRo and passenger services operator Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, revealed plans to order more environmentally-friendly ships. The new order would follow a number of initiatives launched by the company to promote environmental sustainability, including the order of three new RoRo vessels.“Further resources will be invested in a new series of modern large green RoPax vessels to be delivered in a 3-4 years time span,” Emanuele Grimaldi, President and CEO, announced.“Finnlines has made a whole series of concrete investments and actions to promote environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. These actions include scrubber installations on 21 ships, slow steaming, fleet changes and route optimisation, fuel monitoring, hull silicon treatments, propulsion improvement and vessel lengthening investments, developing multiple newbuilding projects aimed at reducing fleet emission/ton footprint,” Grimaldi said.“Already a decade ago, we were forerunners when we invested over EUR 1 billion into very modern fleet and as reported in spring, we have ordered three modern and green ro-ro vessels to add up further 17,500 lane metres to our services. This way we continue our efforts on further improving our operational and environmental efficiency and invest around EUR 200 million in these technologically and environmentally advanced 5,800 lane meters ro-ro vessels,” he added.Finnlines unveiled new investment plans in its financial results for the period from January to September 2018. During the nine-month period, the company’s result increased to EUR 75.3 million from EUR 67.8 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.What is more, revenue rose to EUR 447.9 million in the first three quarters of 2018 from EUR 404.5 million posted in the same period of 2017.The cargo volumes transported during January–September totaled approximately 575 (530 in 2017) thousand cargo units, 114 (101) thousand cars (not including passengers’ cars) and 933 (962) thousand tons of freight not possible to measure in units. In addition, some 530 (496) thousand private and commercial passengers were transported.During the third quarter, Finnlines operated on average 20 vessels in its own traffic.“We are pleased with our current progress both operationally and financially and we are on track to deliver an excellent result – once more – in 2018,” Grimaldi concluded.last_img read more

Russell Brand Launches New Funding For Drug And Alcohol Treatment

first_imgRussell Brand has announced funding to develop abstinence based community support for people leaving drug and alcohol abstinence treatment.The Give it Up Fund, set up by Russell, and managed by Comic Relief, will make funding available to help people remain free of drug and alcohol use through helping to develop recovery communities in three pilot areas.The idea of recovery communities is to make sure that all the local services that someone needs to sustain abstinence are available and joined up. These include housing, finding a job, support with their health needs and a range of social activities and peer support. This fund will help ensure this happens so that people can make lasting changes to their lives.Russell Brand spoke at The Recovery Group UK (RGUK) and Give it Up’s conference ‘Creating Recovery’ on Thursday 16 January 2014 at the London Film Museum. The event, sponsored by RAPt, was aimed at health commissioners, those working in the drug and alcohol treatment system and police and crime commissioners.People leaving abstinence based rehabilitation and treatment programmes are more likely to stay off alcohol and drugs if they are part of a recovery community.Russell Brand said: “It’s integral that people entering a life of abstinence after the chaos of addiction have stability, support and a role to play in the wider community. With this fund we have the opportunity to perform a kind of social alchemy turning hapless (often smelly) junkies into helpful busy bodies, pottering about and contributing. It’s the sort of scheme that even the Daily Mail could support.”Langan’s Tea Rooms in Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire are the hub of the BAC O’Connor Centre’s Recovery Community. The Tea Rooms are run as a social enterprise that provides training, education and a safe environment for people in recovery to socialise in, join the football team or guitar club and have parties. They have provided 16 new jobs for people in the recovery community, where they gain valuable work experience as volunteers serving customers. All revenue is ploughed back into community services for people in recovery.Noreen Oliver MBE, Chief Executive of The BAC (Burton Addiction Centre) & O’Connor Centres, one of the UK’s recovery communities said: “Well over half the people we treat at our centres remain drug free after a year. This is because we have developed a recovery community, integrating individuals back into contributing to society, with on-going support.“When you look at the results, it is hard to understand why recovery communities are not being used more widely. They help people to become drug free in the long term and rebuild their lives. Social enterprises, like Langan’s Tea Rooms, can provide a fantastic model to help people to develop new skills so they can find work and tackle stigma through contact with new people. It also offers a safe space for relaxation.”The Give it Up funds will focus on sustaining abstinence based recovery. These three pilots will provide more evidence on ‘recovery communities’; how to develop them and what makes them effective. Comic Relief will also be awarding a number of small grants up to £5,000 to a range of groups run by people in recovery, and other organisations for projects which help people sustain recovery and address stigma.Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief said: “Comic Relief has supported those facing addiction for many years. We’re looking forward to finding out more about the potential of recovery communities through these pilots and hearing more inspiring stories about how they can help people to recover from addiction.”last_img read more

Indigenous man sick from kidney ailment booted off Greyhound bus called drunk

first_imgJohn Murray APTN National NewsBarry Spence is an electrician who lives in the small town of Thompson, Man.He also suffers from kidney problems and the nearest health service centre to deal with his ailment is 700 km south in Winnipeg.He took a greyhound bus recently to a medical appointment for his kidneys.What happened on his way home left him shocked and alone at 4 a.m. on the side of the highway.last_img

China strengthens foothold in EU with Portugal agreements

first_imgLISBON, Portugal — Portugal is embracing China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which offers loans for the building of large-scale infrastructure projects.Despite wariness in other European Union capitals about Beijing’s strategy, the Portuguese government has wholeheartedly endorsed the scheme during a 24-hour state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.The two countries signed Wednesday a memorandum of understanding on co-operation within China’s modern Silk Road initiative, with special emphasis on transport connections and energy.Xi described Portugal as “an important hub in the land and maritime silk routes.”The Portuguese government wants China to help develop Portugal’s biggest Atlantic port and expand national energy company Energias de Portugal overseas, among other things.The two countries signed 17 co-operation agreements. They included deals on joint technological research in the energy and communications sectors.The Associated Presslast_img read more

RCMP send Underwater Recover Team to Gillam in search for Northern BC

first_imgThere will be no access to media of the dive area or to the divers.Updates will continue to be provided by News Release and on the Manitoba RCMP social media accounts.GILLAM, M.B. – Manitoba RCMP are sending an underwater recovery team to the Nelson River near Gillam.The RCMP are still searching for the Gillam area for Bryer Schemeglsky and Kam McLeod.  The two were last seen in the area on July 22, 2019.The RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team will arrive in Gillam Saturday night and will start searching the Nelson River on Sunday.There is no official word on why the dive team was called in, but a reporter with the Globe and Mail tweeted the following. While driving north from Fox Lake Cree Nation on PR 290 this aft @RenataDAliesio and I were turned back by RCMP. A rowboat the police found banged up in the Nelson River May have spurred them to bring in a dive team. Renata’s story: https://t.co/9QAdL2ZI57#canadamanhunt pic.twitter.com/5wwEwsM8GG— Melissa Tait (@meltait) August 4, 2019The RCMP say members of the team are highly trained and have access to a range of advanced equipment to assist in their underwater searches.Earlier this week the RCMP announced they would scall back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba.  In the next Province, the OPP have been investigating several tips that the pair is now in that Province.  So far the OPP have not been able to confirm the tips. UPDATE – As the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmeglsky continues, we are able to provide the following update.On Friday afternoon, RCMP officers searching from a helicopter, located a damaged aluminum boat on the shore of the Nelson River.Based on this new information, five members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were immediately deployed. They arrived in Gillam on Saturday, August 3rd, and are expected to conduct a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest today.center_img Police continue to stress, that if you believe you’ve seen Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemelsky, contact your local police department immediately or 911.  Sightings have been posted to social media before being shared with the RCMP, that has caused delays in the investigation.According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, the RCMP have confirmed the pair were seen in a Fairview Gas Station on July 20.  The sighting was not reported to the RCMP until several days later.  This is the second confirmed sighting of the pair in Alberta.The last confirmed sighting of the pair was on July 22 in Gillam Manitoba.  The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019.last_img read more

Falling NPAs may give a 60bps booster shot to GDP this fiscal

first_imgMumbai: The rise in banks’ profitability, thanks to a steady decline in dud assets, can give a 0.60- percent boost to GDP in fiscal 2020, says a report. This will be possible due to the rise in profits on the back of a decline in credit costs, which is the money that banks set aside to deal with bad loans, will help banks lend more money to productive purposes, it said. “The fall in credit costs implies a positive supply impact of 1.40 percent to credit growth, which can boost real investment growth by 2 percent and real GDP growth by 0.60 percent financial year,” a report by American brokerage Goldman Sachs said Monday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Reserve Bank earlier this month pegged FY20 GDP print at 7.2 percent, down 20 bps from its February forecast. The brokerage estimates credit costs as a proportion of the total outstanding loans will nearly halve to 1.20 percent in FY20 from the peak of 2.30 percent in FY18. In absolute terms, the fall will be to the tune of Rs 1.9 lakh crore from Rs 3.3 lakh crore. Credit growth has already been coming in at a multi- year high for the last few fortnights, and printed at 13.24 per cent for the fortnight to March 29. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe brokerage report said for the past nine years, the banking system has grappled with non-performing assets, where ballooning credit costs impaired their capital, constrained credit supply, and was associated with a decline in credit and investment growth. Improvements in credit supply will now more likely stem from an improvement in banks’ profitability on a normalisation of bank credit costs, it said. This will be achieved on the back of more benign trends in stress loans and the healthier NPA provisioning ratios that “proactive policies have engendered over the past two years”, it said. The report said boost to credit growth can be higher if credit costs are lower, banks continue to substitute away from bonds into credit to the real economy, or raise more capital than the baseline. However, on the flipside, growth can be impacted by up to 0.15 percent if some of the assumptions do not come true, it warned.last_img read more

Afghan women push for voice in talks fearing loss of rights

first_imgHerat (Afghanistan): Afghanistan’s women are demanding a seat at the table in negotiations over the country’s future, determined to prevent the gains they have made since the 2001 fall of the Taliban from being bargained away. But already, they are meeting resistance to having a strong voice in the talks. Women’s rights activists are not just concerned about the Taliban, who were notorious for their repression of women during their rule. They are just as worried that religious conservatives, warlords and strongmen who dominate Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed leadership and whose attitudes toward women often differ little from the Taliban will trade away their rights to reach a deal. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPressure is on for a peace accord as the United States seeks to end its long military presence in Afghanistan. For women, the stakes are high. The advances they have made are important for example, women are now members of parliament, and their rights are enshrined in the constitution, including the right to education. But the gains are fragile and limited, and nearly 18 years after the U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taliban, Afghan women still live under a crushing weight of discrimination. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsWhat laws that do exist are little enforced, activists say, giving male relatives and tribal councils almost complete say over women’s and girls’ lives. That leaves them vulnerable to violence, early marriage and exclusion from work and education. The 2018 Women, Peace and Security Index rated Afghanistan as the second worst place in the world to be a woman, after Syria. Strong participation in talks is “not a gift, it is our right,” said Suraya Pakzad, an activist. “We, the women of Afghanistan, are suffering, fighting to bring peace in Afghanistan, to change Afghanistan.” “We will not allow anyone to push us, to force us to go back,” she said. “We know how to raise our voices.” Activists are pressing for at least a third of participants in any negotiations to be women. But so far, the door has been largely closed to them. President Ashraf Ghani appointed only five women to a 37-member council created to shepherd negotiations.last_img read more