UN probe alleges war crimes endemic impunity in Yemen

first_imgGeneva: Horrific rights violations, including killings, torture and sexual violence, are being committed with impunity by all sides in Yemen’s brutal conflict, UN war crimes investigators warned Tuesday. The investigators, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2017, said they had “identified, where possible, individuals who may be responsible for international crimes” and had provided the confidential list to UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIf confirmed by an independent and competent court, many of the violations identified “may result in individuals being held responsible for war crimes,” they said in a statement. “The international community must stop turning a blind eye to these violations and the intolerable humanitarian situation,” said Kamel Jendoubi, who heads the so-called Group of Independent Eminent International and Regional Experts. Since 2015, fighting in Yemen has claimed tens of thousands of lives and sparked what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Both the Yemen government and the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in the conflict in 2015 to support the government against Iran-backed Huthi rebels have refused to cooperate with the experts. But they said they had based their findings on more than 600 interviews with victims and witnesses, as well as documentary and open-source material.last_img read more

Manitoba friendship centre association hoping to rebuild vandalized office in Winnipeg

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres (MAC) said it’s working with community members to help establish a new friendship centre, even if a new location has to be found, after vandals destroyed the current location.“We’re committed to there being a friendship centre in Winnipeg. We’re committed to assisting in the process of development or transition for that friendship centre and we’re committed to making sure that the services that are necessary are being provided to the Indigenous community in Winnipeg,” said MAC president David Gray via phone Monday.“Winnipeg has the largest Indigenous community in Canada. It is unacceptable for it not to have a friendship centre that is functioning.”The Indian and Metis Friendship Centre was founded in 1968 but was shut down last year after controversy with its board of directors.In 2017, a new board of directors led by Norman Lagimodiere took over the centre. Lagimodiere and members on the board claim to be part of the American Indian Movement (AIM), a claim that was refuted by U.S AIM leader Clyde Bellecourt.But the national and provincial friendship centre associations cut ties to the centre.The centre was shut down last summer after losing it’s provincial gaming license.James Favel, executive director for Bear Clan Patrol Inc., was working with the community to reopen the centre with a new board.Patrol members discovered extensive damage to the centre during one of their patrols.“That was a huge resource to our community. It was well-loved and used by many people in our community,” said Favel. “The social hall, the bingo hall, food bank, programming for youth, kookums had a sewing club…and it’s all destroyed now.”A meeting is taking place in Winnipeg at the beginning of March with MAC to determine a plan for a new centre.Favel believes there is too much damage done to the North End building to salvage it.Toilets were ripped off the walls, copper wire was stripped throughout, there was water damage from burst pipes and some of the walls had holes in them.“We’re going to have a conversation…with a group of locals here to see if we can’t re-establish the friendship centre somewhere else.”Gray hopes working with a new board of directors will get a new centre open by 2020.“We have to have certain fundamental pieces that show governance, community support, programming and financial accountability, which are the four cornerstones of all the centres in Manitoba,” he said.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Grains Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was up 4 cents at $5.1820 a bushel; Mar. corn fell 2.2 cents at $3.7600 a bushel; Mar. oats gained .2 cent at $2.742 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans fell 2.2 cents at 8.8220 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle rose .18 cent at $1.2080 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .48 cent at $1.4730 a pound; Feb. lean hogs fell .6 cent at .6032 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Egypt minister Islamists must accept govt before talks

first_imgCAIRO – An Egyptian minister on Sunday ruled out accepting an Islamist offer for dialogue until the Muslim Brotherhood recognises the government’s transition plan and renounces violence.Social solidarity minister Ahmed al-Borei told AFP the Brotherhood must also accept Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s overthrow was a “revolution”.A Brotherhood-led coalition on Saturday proposed its most flexible plan yet for reconciliation talks, but it said the initiative was aimed at other parties and not the military-installed government. “There must be a recognition that June 30 was a popular revolution, and the (government’s) roadmap was agreed on by the Egyptian people to build a modern state,” Borei said.He added that the Brotherhood should accept that its members on trial on murder and “terrorism” charges “are excluded from the idea of reconciliation”.Much of the Brotherhood’s leadership, including Morsi himself, are on trial for allegedly inciting violence before and after the Islamist’s overthrow on July 3.The military deposed him following massive protests starting on June 30 calling for his resignation.The Muslim Brotherhood “has to apologise and stop violence on the street,” Borei added.last_img read more

Sri Lankan refugee arrested in Madurai over several robberies

“There were about 60 burglary cases against him in 1990s after he reached Madurai from Sri Lanka as a refugee. He was in jail in 2007-08. Later, he started to sell fish on the roadside and after he made some profits, set up his own shop,” the Inspector said.However, when he wanted to expand his business, he ran short of money. “His friend Ravi alias ‘Bullet’ Ravi, 58, of Villapuram had advised him to get back to burglaries to make quick money. He wanted Sivarajan not to have any partners and strike locked houses alone,” the Inspector said. The police in Madurai have recovered 336 sovereigns of gold chains and solved seven major burglaries with the arrest of a Sri Lankan refugee, P. Sivarajan, 41, of Anaiyur, The Hindu newspaper reported.Commissioner of Police S. Davidson Devasirvatham said that three special teams were formed to investigate the incidents. Inspector of Police (Crime- S.S. Colony) M. Arunachalam, said the images were shared with other teams and one of their men found Sivarajan’s photograph matching them. During a vehicle check, the police identified him and tried to stop the two-wheeler he was riding. But he managed to escape. However, the police had more clues with the registration number of the vehicle. On November 4, he was caught at 1 a.m. during another vehicle check at Karimedu. Major burglaries that led to theft of over 450 sovereigns of gold jewels were reported in S.S. Colony police station limits alone in the last 11 months. The police were able to get some images of the burglar through closed television camera networks. Sivarajan would go around areas along Dindigul Bypass Road and look out for locked houses. “This, he used to do during late night when he comes out to buy fish at the Karimedu market. As the market opens for business after midnight, he will venture out an hour early and look for locked houses,” Arunachalam said.Before going back to the market, he had struck seven houses and made a good fortune. He carried simple tools such as screw drivers and rods in his motorcycle. The burgled jewels were handed over to Ravi, who used to sell them or pledge them for Sivarajan.He expanded his business by opening five fish shops in different parts of the city. Stating that he had lot of immovable properties, including the shops, the Inspector said that efforts were being taken to attach them. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Bullet hole found in front door of Niagara Falls home

Niagara police are investigating a shooting in a quiet Niagara Falls neighbourhood that happened around 1 am Sunday morning.Officers found a fist-size hole in the front door of a home on Yvette Crescent that police believe is from a bullet, the storm door however is untouched. No one reported any injuries.Many neighbours living in the cul-de-sac say they didn’t hear anything and it wasn’t until later that afternoon before police were even called.A man living inside the home was arrested, but police say it was related to an incident last year and not to the shooting.Investigators say a vehicle was seen driving away from the area, they do not have a description of the shooter.Police are asking anyone who may have seen a person or vehicle in the area around 1 a.m. Sunday to contact the Detective Office at 905-688-4111 ext. 2200. read more

UN rights expert salutes Timor Lestes adoption of migrant workers treaty

A United Nations human rights expert today hailed the adoption by Timor-Leste of a global treaty protecting migrant workers and their families, a move that gave the accord the force of international law.Gabriela Rodriguez Pizarro, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the question of the human rights of migrants, said the entry into force of the Convention on the Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families “is a great success for all those who have voiced the suffering of migrants and who have campaigned for the establishment of an international legal framework for the protection of the human rights of migrants.”Yesterday, Timor-Leste became the twentieth country to sign on to the Convention, which was adopted 12 years ago by the UN General Assembly. The Special Rapporteur said it was a strong signal that the human dimension of migration can no longer be overlooked. “I trust that today will mark a renewed commitment of Governments, [non-governmental organizations], international organizations and the civil society at large to make the human rights of migrants a reality,” she said.According to the Special Rapporteur, the Convention “offers a holistic approach to the human rights of migrants and summarizes in a single instrument a broad gamut of rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.”The Convention also takes into account all the aspects of the migration process, protecting the victims of abuses in countries of origins, transit and destination, be they regular or irregular, documented or undocumented. The accord also plays an important role in preventing and eradicating exploitation, trafficking and smuggling of migrants.“As human rights are at the heart of migration, human rights must also be at the heart of any migration management debate,” the Special Rapporteur said. “As there is a growing recognition of the fact that contemporary migration is a process to be managed in a comprehensive manner, I would like to stress that such process must also be based on the wealth of existing international human rights norms, principles and standards, including the Convention.” read more

New car market up 266 in March

New car market up 26.6% in March ·         In March 397,383 new cars were registered, a 26.6% rise on a difficult March 2009.·         The positive influence of scrappage continued in March, accounting for 12.2% of registrations.·         Private buyers led growth, but fleet and business demand also improved.·         Growth across all sales types through Q1 2010 demonstrates underlying stability, which should sustain the post-scrappage market.·         Registrations of UK built cars rose 52.1% in March. “The UK motor industry has enjoyed a better than anticipated first quarter of 2010,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  “A strong March performance was underpinned by the scrappage incentive and improving demand in the fleet sector.  The coming months will remain challenging and headline registration numbers are expected to dip, but underlying demand will continue to improve slowly.” DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Kielce won point in Kiel

4. Orlen Wisla Plock9405245:239(6)8 5. FC Porto Vitalis9216216:248(-32)5 6. Dunkerque HB Grand Littora…9117213:242(-29)3 1. THW Kiel9711268:243(25)15 2. KIF Kolding Kobenhavn9603223:216(7)12 MARTYNA USNARSKA 3. KS Vive Targi Kielce9513269:246(23)11 Sunday match in Sparkassen-Arena between THW Kiel and Vive Targi Kielce ended in a draw 28:28. Both teams began very fast, scoring a lot of goals (6 goals in 4. minute) which were a result of not the best defence. Even though Marko Vujin successfully made use of mistakes made by Kielce, Polish team took the lead and in 11. minute they had 3 goals more than Kiel. Vive, as well as Kiel, had their better and worse moments but they managed to keep the good result at half time. Beginning of the second half was similar to the beginning of the whole match. Both teams played fast but they also made mistakes in attack. Kiel started catching up with their opponent and they made the result 19:19 in 41. minute.It seemed that the hosts wanted to take the upper hand finally, but guests were not going to let go even though their efficiency was poor – the ball ended up either in goalkeepers’ hands or missed the goal completely. Kielce pulled themselves together, Szmal saved a few shots and with 28:28 in the last minute it was still not sure who would take 2 points. Kiel had the ball and a chance to win but they lost it and then Kielce was closer to take points to Poland.In the very last moment when Jachlewski was fouled, there was a chance to get a penalty throw, but the referees decided it was only a free throw. Kielce did not even care to try to score and therefore the teams shared points.Top scorer for Kiel was Marko Vujin (10); for Kielce – Michał Jurecki (7).THW Kiel – KS Vive Targi Kielce (POL): 28:28 (13:16)THW Kiel: Sjöstrand (1.-60., 23 saves), Palicka (n.e.); Müller (n.e.), Toft Hansen (6), Sigurdsson (2), Sprenger, Wiencek (1), Ekberg (2), Lauge (1), Jallouz (2), Klein (n.e.), Jicha (4), Vujin (10/3); Trainer: Alfred GislasonKielce: Szmal (31.-60., 8 saves), Losert (1.-30., 5 saves);Grabarczyk, Jurecki (7), Tkaczyk, Olafsson (1), Chrapkowski (2), Aguinagalde (3), Bielecki (3), Jachlewski (1), Strlek (3), Lijewski (1), Buntic (1), Zorman, Rosinski (1), Cupic (5); Trainer: DujshebaevSTANDINGS: EHF Champions LeagueKielceTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Veszprem wins Group – Celje at TOP 16 Next Story → Löwen storm over winless St. Petersburg read more

Why you should play Dead Space 2

first_imgJust so everyone knows where I’m coming from, let me start with this caveat: I didn’t like the original Dead Space very much. After hearing endless praise of the game I eventually got around to trying it and I wasn’t impressed. Maybe the bar had been set too high by that point, but I thought the controls were clunky, the alone-on-a-spaceship setting was trite, and the ammo limits created artificial tension. Most of all though I consider the pop-out scare–where something is frightening just because it jumps in your face when you don’t expect it–to the be the cheapest way to make something scary. As a tool, it’s not an effective way to maintain tension over an extended period of time.For these reasons I wasn’t super excited for Dead Space 2, despite the fact that I knew the game would be extremely well done. I knew to expect a triple-A effort with top-notch graphics and probably a number of improvements where shortcomings had been found in the past. But the original game was too successful to expect any drastic changes. As it turns out I’m glad that they didn’t make any because Dead Space 2 is quite good.Dead Space 2, to me, is survival horror done right. This has never been a genre that I’ve been particularly fond of, but this game brings it to its peak. Again, the story isn’t the finest, but this time there is more depth than before and I cared a lot more about Isaac Clarke’s survival. The story pulled me along but the polish was really why I kept with it–this game is well handled in almost all respects.The sound, lighting (especially), and graphics each grabbed me in their own way. The sound is hugely important as it creates anticipation and generally sets the mood, while the lighting is crucial to creating the right tone and, obviously, to keep things scary. The game does have a habit of letting things feel too foreboding and forecasting when something big is going to happen, but it has a very good sense of pace so these don’t seem to be a problem.This may seem like something strange to bring up when talking about reasons to play a video game, but I really enjoyed the user interface. From the real-time inventory system and the placement of Isaac’s health bar on his back, the game is just a pleasure to control, even as Isaac plods along. The game does a superb job of giving you the information and controls you need without bogging you down with too much or insulating your from Isaac’s fight for survival. Even the game’s loading felt seamless because it was done while I was in an elevator looking at my inventory, not by stopping the horror with a preloader.On the graphics front Dead Space 2 is excellent as well. It manages to be colorful and varied despite the fact that you spend a lot of time on the same ship. And let’s not forget the this is an area where the original game was lacking–it felt like corridor after brown corridor. And the setting is very detailed. Most rooms are destroyed with all sorts of smashed machines and flashing signs to keeps things visually appealing. The ships felt lived in, and as is something genuinely terrible had happened there. I’m not sure if this is blasphemous, but I’ll go ahead and say it: the game reminded me of BioShock at times.Not too keep gushing but I like the in-game store as well. Isaac’s weapons are all highly upgradeable, but to enhance them you have to spend power nodes, which are relatively uncommon. Nodes are also useful for opening storage closets though, so if you are in dire need of ammo or medical supplies you’ll have to consider spending one to get those supplies. And one of your main sources of credits is selling excess ammo which you can use for medicine and, of course, for power nodes. It all fits in quite well and the result can be some pretty effective upgrades for your weapons cache.Not everything is perfect with the game: the jumping out enemies can get annoying (or at least keep you on the edge of your seat), and when there is too much action things can feel overwhelming, basically hectic and out of control instead of scary. Also I didn’t think the boss fights were great (especially when I was repeatedly dying while looking for the yellow part of its body). What was great though is that all the important story elements were handled in-game, not with cinematics. Another nitpick I have is with the secondary uses for weapons. They felt extremely wasteful to me and I was rarely compelled to use them. Ammo is scarce enough that I didn’t experiment much with them either, so they never really had a chance to become something I was comfortable using and instead they were simply a last resort.Also, I’m not the biggest fan of horror gaming so this wasn’t a problem for me, but I think a case could be made for Dead Space 2 just not being that scary. Feel free to count that as a downside if you’d like but I think it is a result of the game trying to be well-rounded and the developer’s desire to make something bigger than just a survival horror game.So when you have a chance, put down your iPad version of Dead Space and give Dead Space 2 a chance, I think you’ll be happy you did.dead_space_2_04dead_space_2_04dead_space_2_03dead_space_2_02dead_space_2_01The article was writing using a retail copy of Dead Space 2 (Xbox 360), provided by EA.last_img read more

Fiveyear report outlines dangers of fracking and underpins proposed ban

first_img Nov 30th 2016, 6:01 PM Image: Shutterstock/Christopher Halloran Five-year report outlines dangers of fracking and ‘underpins’ proposed ban A bill calling for the banning of fracking in Ireland passed its first stage in Dáil Éireann in October of this year. 9,301 Views 30 Comments Neither the reasons for this, nor the scale of the emissions is quantitatively known and so their impact cannot be reliably assessed until further data are available.But Green Party councillor David Healy said that the report didn’t go far enough:“The EPA’s report focuses on whether we can safely extract shale gas through unconventional methods.While we welcome the Minister’s commitment to maintaining the current moratorium on fracking on the back of this report, the question we really need to be asking is whether we should be continuing to insist on a dangerous, 20th century approach to energy policy that is not fit for the future. https://jrnl.ie/3111701 Share27 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Pumpjacks extract oil from an oilfield in Kern County, California, where about 15 billion barrels of oil could be extracted using hydraulic fracturing. Pumpjacks extract oil from an oilfield in Kern County, California, where about 15 billion barrels of oil could be extracted using hydraulic fracturing. Image: Shutterstock/Christopher Halloran “The report fails to acknowledge the wider context of the debate on fossil fuels. We know that four fifths of known fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground if we are to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. We have 10 years left before we reach 1.5 degrees of warming. That is the reality of the situation.”However, Climate Action Minister Denis Naughten said: “I believe the report’s findings justify the continuing prohibition on the licensing of hydraulic fracturing.“I have decided to refer the report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment for its consideration.I hope this will assist at the Committee Stage debate of the proposed hydraulic fracturing legislation to be progressed by the Oireachtas next year.A bill calling for the banning of fracking in Ireland passed its first stage in Dáil Éireann in October of this year after receiving cross-party support.Assistant Fine gael Whip Tony McLoughlin, who introduced the bill, said today that his legislation “provides for a clear and unequivocal position” in relation to fracking.The Bill does not seek to simply ban the technology associated with fracking, rather it seeks to ban the act of taking oil and gas out of the ground, where usually fracking would be needed.BackgroundThe research programme was made up of five projects which looked in detail at the potential impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE) on water, seismicity and air quality as well as a comprehensive literature review of operational practices and regulatory regimes.In late 2011, the EPA was requested by the then-Minister for Communication, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte of Labour, to commission and coordinate the management of research in relation to the environmental impacts of fracking.The research programme was funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, DCCAE (formerly DCENR and the Environment Division of the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).The research programme was managed by a steering committee comprising the EPA, representatives from DCCAE, the Geological Survey of Ireland, Commission for Energy Regulation, An Bord Pleanála, NIEA, the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and the Health Services Executive.A total of eleven reports were published on the subject and can be found on the EPA website here.Read: Dáil welcomes Bill to ban fracking in IrelandRead: Corbyn’s Labour are dead against it, but what’s the up-to-date situation with fracking in Ireland? Fracking wells can fail and contaminate the water tableThe cracks generated during fracking can contaminate ground water and we don’t know enough about the location of underground aquifers to prevent thisEven wells that have stopped production can (and do) leak methane, a potent greenhouse gas. By Gráinne Ní Aodha NEW REPORT has identified concerns that need to be addressed over fracking in Ireland.In October, a bill to ban fracking in Ireland passed its first stage in the Dáil.A relatively new industry, hydraulic fracturing or fracking is the process of blasting deep through shale rock to access gas and fuel deposits contained below.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)s research programme on fracking aimed to answer two questions: can the operation be carried out without damaging human health or the environment; and what is the best way to carry out fracking operations.Public concern about the controversial energy extraction method focused on health to local residents, water resources, induced seismic activity and emissions.Environmentalists also expressed concern about the potential changes to the environment if the practice were used frequently.In their assessment of the main concerns in relation to fracking, that the intention of creating huge cracks could leave water sources open to contamination through natural pollutants, they found: Short URL Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 6:01 PMlast_img read more

Galapagos  réapparition dune espèce de tortue géante

first_imgGalapagos : réapparition d’une espèce de tortue géanteSelon une étude menée par des chercheurs américains, une espèce rare de tortue géante des îles Galapagos serait encore active alors qu’on la croyait éteinte depuis 150 ans.C’est un véritable coup de théâtre pour la tortue Chelonoidis elephantopus. Ce spécimen géant des îles Galapagos, considéré comme disparu depuis 150 ans, a fait l’objet de travaux menés par des chercheurs de l’Université de Yale au nord-est des Etats-Unis. Leurs résultats, publiés lundi dans la revue américaine Current Biology, révèlent la présence de gènes caractéristiques de l’espèce dans l’ADN de ses descendants hybrides. Selon l’équipe de scientifiques, cette surprenante découverte suggère l’évidente survie d’une poignée d’individus, quand bien même ceux-ci n’ont pour l’heure pas été répertoriés. À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vous”A notre connaissance, c’est la première fois que l’on redécouvre une espèce d’animal éteinte en traquant son empreinte génétique laissée dans les génomes de ses progénitures hybrides”,  explique Ryan Garrick l’un des auteurs de l’étude. Pour en arriver à une telle prouesse, les chercheurs ont effectué des prélèvements génétiques sur 2.000 tortues de la famille des C. becki, évoluant sur l’île Isabela. En comparant les échantillons, avec des spécimens conservés dans des musées d’histoire naturelle, les scientifiques ont pu identifier une proportion de 84 individus présentant dans leur ADN la signature génétique de C. elephantopus. Ces résultats prouvant avec exactitude que l’un des deux parents des hybrides appartient à l’espèce que l’on croyait disparue.Les tortues se seraient fait transporter d’une île à l’autre La présence ces tortues géantes sur l’île d’Isabela n’est pas étonnante, quand bien même celle-ci ne corresponde pas à son habitat d’origine. Selon les chercheurs, quelques spécimens auraient pu se faire transporter par des pirates ou des baleiniers dans les années 1800. “Cette découverte donne un nouveau souffle aux efforts de protection des tortues menacées des îles Galapagos” souligne Ryan Garrick cité par l’AFP. En effet, les descendants directs observés sur l’île Isabela offrent un réel espoir quant à la préservation de C. elephantopus. “Les hybrides pourraient permettre de ressusciter des espèces éteintes par le biais d’efforts ciblés de reproduction” conclut le chercheur. Les tortues des Galapagos, largement décrites par Charles Darwin lors de son voyage dans la région, peuvent peser jusqu’à 400 kilos, atteindre plus de 1,80 mètre de long et vivre plus de cent ans. Parmi les treize espèce restantes à l’heure actuelle, plusieurs sont en voie d’extinction.Le 10 janvier 2012 à 10:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

AK Maps

first_img(Photo by Kayla Desroches, KTOO – Juneau)If you want to find a rare book or unusual map in Juneau, there’s only one place to go – Dee Longenbaugh’s shop. Longenbaugh is the owner of The Observatory: a rare book shop, used bookstore, and treasure trove all in one. You can find everything from local cookbooks about how to prepare halibut to maps of the Great White North.Kayla Desroches stopped by the Observatory on a recent afternoon and has this profile.Download AudioWhen I arrive, Dee Longenbaugh sits at her computer. Piles of old papers peek out from under her desk. I avoid stepping on them; I don’t want to trample documents that look a hundred years old.But Longenbaugh says that age doesn’t determine the worth of a rare book or a map. For her, it’s not so much about what year the map came from. It’s more a question of what the map reveals.“Why are these old ones so very different? If you’re curious, you want to find out why,” she said. “What did they believe at that time? And it’s the only thing I know that shows the world as our ancestors knew it or thought they knew it.(Photo by Kayla Desroches, KTOO – Juneau)While her priciest map is $15,000, Longenbaugh stocks inexpensive maps so that anyone can buy them.“You can have excellent taste and little money and we all know the opposite can be very true. But I also get people hooked on maps,” Longenbaugh said. “Maybe you’re young, don’t have much money, OK, well here’s a little map for you. And say, five or ten years go by, well you now you’ve got money, oh yeah, and you love those maps.”Although Longenbaugh is a business owner, her store began as a passion project when her children had gotten older. She collected around 343 old books about Alaska on trips to San Francisco and New York – enough to set up her bookstore in 1977. So she rented an old house in Sitka’s downtown area.“…And my sweet older son built me a very nice bookcase which I still have and I put the books on display and ran a little ad in the paper and people started coming and it was just kind of fun,” she said.(Photo by Kayla Desroches, KTOO – Juneau)Longenbaugh says that it was the first used bookstore in Southeast.In 1989, she and the Observatory moved to Santa Fe for a time. But she says she had a longing for Alaska. She flew back to the state to visit with her daughters, who live in Juneau, and stayed.Longenbaugh originally settled in the Juneau Empire offices. She’s since ended up on the corner of third and Franklin where there’s a bread shop in the basement. Sometimes the baker’s music vibrates up through the floors.Although it’s a little quiet during the off-season, Longenbaugh loves meeting the world travelers during the summer months. Some antique owners keep their rarities behind lock and key, but she believes in inviting guests to see and touch her maps.(Photo by Kayla Desroches, KTOO – Juneau)She says one way to tell an old map is genuine is to feel for the Gutenberg Press plate mark – the raised ridge along the side of the paper. She pulls a circa 1763 map of Alaska and Asia from a drawer, and spreads it across a table in back. The paper is made out of linen and is thick and pliable.“A reproduction’s going to be smooth of course. If it’s real, you feel that plate mark? And you look it over on the other side. There it is – even stronger. That would not come through of course on a reproduction,” she said.Longenbaugh also has a group of loyal customers in the community who come for the books. Mary Ellen Frank and her husband have been visiting her shop for 20 years.Frank crafts figurines and then creates clothing for them that reflects traditional Native dress from around Alaska. Her work has been featured in museum collections and exhibitions.She says she’s browsed The Observatory for research and that Longenbaugh goes above and beyond.“When Dee travels, and she’s travels worldwide, she keeps her eyes open for things for you,” Frank said. “Or if she goes into a museum there that is of particular interest to you, she’ll let you know about that, get photographs for you. Really share.”(Photo by Kayla Desroches, KTOO – Juneau)And Frank can guess why Longenbaugh is so popular in town.“When you drop by her shop, if there’s somebody else there, in to time at all you’re all involved in the conversation,” Frank said. “She’s just one of those really engaging, charismatic people.”Longenbaugh has a personal attachment to her maps. She says her favorite is a 1570 depiction of Alaska and Asia recreated in the 1600s. She says that Alaska is almost unrecognizable until you spot the Strait of Anian, the former name for the Bering Strait. However, her favorite maps are usually her newest and she moves around with them.“I take ‘em home and sometimes I bring ‘em back because I get another one that I like even better,” Longenbaugh said.While certainly at the traditional retirement age, Dee is all about her business. She says it gives her the chance to meet interesting people, examine books and maps, and keep on learning. She doesn’t plan to give that up anytime soon.last_img read more

Energizer Duo battery charger hides a Trojan

first_img Citation: Energizer Duo battery charger hides a Trojan (2010, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-energizer-duo-battery-charger-trojan.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Energizer has now taken the software for the model CHUSB charger off the market and removed the site from which it could be downloaded, and the company is asking customers who downloaded the Windows version to uninstall it. There are easy steps to fight the Trojan in affected machines, and Macintosh users are not affected.Symantec’s Director of Global Intelligence, Dean Turner, said it’s impossible to be certain the Trojan has always been in the software that monitors the Duo USB charger, but the Trojan’s binary header states it was created in May 2007. It is not known how the Trojan came to be in the software, but malware has previously been found to be hidden inside products. Energizer is working with the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) and the US government to try to find out how the code found its way into the software.The Trojan allows an attacker to operate with the same privileges as the user who is logged in, and to remotely control the system via connections on 7777/tcp to send and receive files, run programs, and list the contents of directories.US-CERT advises that to fix the problem, users can delete the Arucer.dll file from the Windows system32 directory, and then restart the system. An alternative fix is to remove the USB charger software. The Trojan Arucer.dll file will still be present but the code cannot be executed in the absence of the charger software. It is also advisable to block access to port 7777 using a firewall or via network perimeter devices.Energizer’s Duo USB battery chargers have been available in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America since 2007. They allow computer users to recharge the Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries either from a wall outlet or a USB connection. It also enabled the user to monitor the status of charging on the PC. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furthercenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — The Energizer Duo USB battery charger has been hiding a backdoor Trojan in its software that affects computers using Windows. According to Symantec the Trojan has probably been there since 10th May 2007. Energizer Duo USB battery charger New trojan detected for Microsoft Wordlast_img read more

Government confirms arrival of Guardia Nacional to state

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — During the first days of July, approximately 450 members of the National Guard will arrive in the state of Quintana Roo. Jesus Valencia explained that the federal police are incorporated into the National Guard and in coming weeks, a representative of the Guardia Nacional will arrive in Quintana Roo. In a first stage in the beginning of July, 450 elements of the National Guard will arrive, and in a second stage, another 600 will be added. In a recent government meeting with heads of security, officials said that after the initial 450 members arrive, an additional 600 we be sent to the state in a second stage. The announcements were made by Jesús Valencia, head of the Políticas y Estrategias para la Construcción de la Paz en el Gobierno de la República.center_img He explained that the Guardia Nacional is composed of the naval, federal and military police, and that the state and municipalities will work on a common agenda, which will be reviewed in Mexico City to specify inter-institutional coordination among the various police corporations that will operate in the 11 municipalities. The federal official came to Playa del Carmen to fine-tune the strategies of inter-institutional operations among the three levels of police, as well as to encourage dialogue between the municipal and state levels. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Perth Brisbane axed by Royal Brunei

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H In an effort to ‘improve its operations, financial performance and customer service experience’, Royal Brunei Airlines has announced that it will be axing its Perth and Brisbane services, with Auckland also on the chopping block.As part of its ‘Stabilisation Plan’, the cuts will take effect from the end of October.“It was not an easy decision to reduce RBA’s route network,” Royal Brunei Airlines deputy chairman Dermot Mannion said.“However, it is the first step towards creating a stronger foundation that will allow the airline to enhance our value to customers, employees, and society.”Affected passengers should contact their travel agents or local Royal Brunei Airlines ticketing office. The carrier will continue its four weekly flights to Melbourne.Meanwhile, flights to Kuching and Ho Chi Minh City have also been axed, with operations to the South East Asian hubs to cease from July and October respectively.  last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Generally, we only see one side of offensive linemen: down, hunched over, fighting it out in the trenches. Sometimes not given the credit they deserve, the front line is a staple for a team’s success.A few Cardinals offensive linemen are showing a new side and are going to get a whole lot of credit.Evan Mathis posted a photo on Instagram with fellow linemen Givens Price, Cole Toner and Evan Boehm sporting their Halloween costumes. Our rookie O-linemen possess admirable holiday spirit. https://t.co/tAOJ25YRSt— Evan Mathis (@EvanMathis69) October 28, 2016Toner donned a full-on Duffman suit from The Simpsons, Boehm channeled his inner Richard Simmons and Price has blessed us with what appears to be Jesus Christ.Looking at their costumes, it’s hard not to wonder if they might be in charge of selecting what the loser of the quarterback challenge has to wear. Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (Screenshot) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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