Libya court indicts Kadhafi aides on 2011 uprising charges

first_imgTRIPOLI – A Libyan court indicted around 30 senior Moamer Kadhafi aides, including the dictator’s son Seif al-Islam, on Thursday for a raft of alleged offences during the 2011 revolt, prosecutors said.“The court ordered they stand trial on the main charges against them dealing with the repression of the 2011 revolt,” prosecutors’ office spokesman Seddik al-Sour said after the hearing.“The trial date will be set by the Tripoli criminal court,” Sour told a press conference. The charges pressed against the accused include murder, kidnapping, complicity in incitement to rape, plunder, sabotage, embezzlement of public funds and acts harmful to national unity.Only a dozen of the accused appeared in court, said a lawyer who was present at the hearing, held under tight security at a Tripoli court and prison building.Sour said the law did not require that the defendants all be in court to hear the indictment.The fact that “some of the defendants would have needed exceptional security measures to appear prompted the court to decide to notify them of its decision after the hearing”.“But the presence of all the accused will be obligatory at the trial hearings before the criminal court,” Sour added.last_img read more

Alaska ski areas would get to serve booze bill proposes

JUNEAU, Alaska — A bill pending before the Alaska Legislature would allow the state’s ski areas to serve alcohol.The Juneau Empire reports that Eaglecrest Ski Area was poised to open a bar until the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board last fall rejected the Juneau ski area’s application.Ski and snowboard areas are not included in a provision of state law that outlines the recreational places or events where alcohol sales are permitted.Legislation proposed by the Republican Sen. Peter Micciche (mih-CHIK’-ee) would add ski and snowboard areas to the list.The bill is more broadly aimed at preserving the liquor license for the Alaska State Fair.Eaglecrest’s general manager says that if lawmakers approve the bill and it becomes law, the ski area could open a bar next winter.The Associated Press read more

Morocco Orders Closure of Desert Camps in Merzouga Local Protests Erupt

Rabat – The government is dismantling desert camps in the Erg Chebbi dunes of the Sahara, 40 kilometers from the city of Merzouga in eastern Morocco.The local government hired workers to help dismantle tourist camps in the Merzouga region, according to a Morocco World News source. The government allegedly tore down approximately 12 camps last weekend, and the told the rest to vacate the area or be forcibly removed.One luxury desert camp received notice that it must close but with no details of when or why, the owner told MWN. The camp has bookings until late 2020, which raises the question of what will happen to the guests who have booked or the camp owners with finances at stake. The camp owner argued that the camps do good for the area and Morocco as a whole. Her business, she said, had “viguroulsy (sic) promoted Morocco, and specially Merzouga.” She asserted her company had “spent over 3 million dirhams in developing the camp and promoting Morocco.”  Those who have most at stake if the desert camps are shut down are the locals. Thousands of tourists visit the desert camps each year to experience Saharan sand dunes and provide the main source of local employment. The camp owner MWN spoke to said they “source food locally and employ mostly local staff from the area,” which consists of a team of “42 workers, plus 3 other (sic) at the office.” Cameleers, food suppliers, and tour operators are also going to be affected.It is of no question that the desert camps help the area economically, so why are they being shut down? Although no official answer has been given yet, either to the media or camp owners, it may be for environmental or security reasons. Concerns have been raised regarding waste and sewage disposal and water usage by the dozens of desert camps in the area.Read also: Merzouga: A Beautiful City Faces Man-Made DisastersThere is allegedly no differentiation being made by the authorities between the camps that are registered and environmentally conscious and those that are unlicensed, “squatting” on the land and damaging the environment. Will all the camps in Erg Chebbi be given notice that they must close or do authorities have some kind of criteria to allow some camps to stay?The luxury camp owner told MWN that her camp is a “registered Moroccan company with proper documentation and paying high taxes each month to the Moroccan government. We have proper insurance to run the camp.” She continued, “We have adequate security procedures in place at the camp to ensure the safety of everyone.”The removal of the camps has received heavy backlash from the locals in Merzouga. On Monday, March 11, hundreds of locals protested the decision at a demonstration. The protesters waved Moroccan flags and carried banners, saying, “No to the unjust negative decisions” and “Together for dialogue for the legalization and organization of desert tourism camps.”Credit: Merzouga – مرزوكة FacebookThe National Union of Tourism and Transport also released a statement denouncing the actions of local authorities, saying the dismantlement of camps would hurt “our brothers, the professionals, and employers of the camps, and destroying their tents and will make a large number of the workers in the region unemployed.”The union again reaffirmed its support for those affected, saying, “We confirm as the National Union of Tourist Transport belonging to the General Union of Democratic Workers in Morocco that we will support them due to the damage that this method will cause.”Read Also: National Geographic Ranks Merzouga as 4th Best Destination for Health Tourism read more

How real estate agents are evolving to stay relevant in a hightech

TORONTO — The Internet and social media have made it easier than ever to shop for and sell a home, forcing real estate agents to offer more services in order to stay relevant.[np_storybar title=”Adventures in Mortgageland: Three Canadian tales of the house-buy in the modern age” link=””%5D Kids, even skateboarding, selfie-taking ones, do eventually grow up. Then they want to own a home. But it’s not as easy as it once was, a perfect storm of blazing hot real estate market and fewer or underpaid jobs.“The salaries don’t add up to being able to afford [a house],” says Jory Amar. “The crazy thing is, in [Toronto] right now, if you want a detached home in any sort of decent neighbourhood, you’re looking at anywhere between $750,000 to one million bucks,” he says.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Realtors once served as gatekeepers of data, providing customers with access to exclusive information that helped them price their homes or determine the true value of the properties they were eyeing.But with reams of data now online and virtual tours available at the click of a mouse, the role of real estate agents has started to evolve, with more agents expanding their repertoires to include services like staging and professional photography.Pauline Aunger, president of the Canadian Real Estate Association, defends agents, saying they possess detailed knowledge of local markets.“The realtor’s value is interpreting the data,” says Aunger, who’s also a realtor based in Smiths Falls, Ont. “Though you can look at a snapshot of what the house next door sold for, you may not know what’s in that house.”Agents can also ensure that all of the necessary inspections have been conducted and regulations have been met.“You can almost equate it to doing your taxes on your own versus doing them with a professional,” says Toronto real estate agent Derek Ladouceur. “Yes, you save money doing it on your own, but there’s a good chance you might be audited because you skipped something.”Do real estate agents really make $1,000 an hour?Toronto’s rental market reborn as housing prices surge out of reach for manyLadouceur says clients can also benefit from agents’ expansive networks of contacts — from stagers and contractors who can help you polish up your home before it hits the market to other agents who will bring their clients in to have a look.Nonetheless, some homeowners are finding the costs of using an agent are simply too high as house prices in several Canadian cities soar higher — and so too do the commissions earned by realtors.Sellers typically pay six per cent of the sale price, with half going to their agent and the other half to the buyer’s agent. For a $1 million home — now the average price for a detached house in Toronto and Vancouver — that translates to $60,000 in fees.“I don’t think people need to pay that kind of money,” says Paul Rouillard, a realtor and the owner of discount brokerage homeowners can’t list their properties themselves on the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, a slew of discount brokerages can prepare the listing for a fraction of the cost charged by a full-service agent. At, realtors help home sellers list their properties on MLS for only $99.But others still prefer the convenience of using an agent.Pam Campbell and her husband recently sold their home and bought a new one, both in Acton, Ont., with the help of an agent. Between working full-time as an accountant, taking courses to upgrade her credentials and raising a six-year-old boy, Campbell says there’s “no way” she could have found the time to sell her home.“We would have had too much on our plate to try to do it,” she said. “I think it’s worth the commission that you pay.” read more

Kosovo top UN official sees progress in work on selfgovernment framework

Speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, Hans Haekkerup, who heads the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said that while it had not yet been possible to reach consensus on the Legal Framework for provisional self-government institutions in the province, there was agreement on “98 per cent” of the document. Efforts had been made to accommodate the concerns of the Kosovo Serbs, Mr. Haekkerup said, with amendments guaranteeing the rights of communities and mechanisms to solve problems when a community’s vital interests were at stake. While the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has still not fully agreed, there will be “understanding and acceptance” of the document when it is put forward, Mr. Haekkerup noted.Since a few questions were also outstanding with Kosovo Albanians, it was UNMIK’s task “to strike a balance” while taking into account as far as possible the views of the different communities, Mr. Haekkerup said.Mr. Haekkerup, who spoke to the press after briefing the Security Council in closed consultations, said that there was broad support in the Council for moving ahead. Following Council approval, the final text of the Legal Framework will be promulgated and elections will be held this year. The upcoming visit of members of the Council to Kosovo could further the creation of self-government institutions, he said. During its consultations today, the Council also discussed the general security situation both in Kosovo and in the region, events in southern Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the need to give UNMIK the necessary capability to fight terrorism and organized crime, Mr. Haekkerup said. read more

Twitter premier message envoyé depuis lespace

first_imgTwitter : premier message envoyé depuis l’espaceL’astronaute Timothy J. Creamer, alias Astro TJ, a posté vendredi le tout premier message venu de l’espace à la communauté Twitter, en direct de la station spatiale internationale.”Salut Twitterverse! Nous sommes en direct depuis l’ISS voici le premier tweet de l’espace! 🙂 A bientôt, envoyez vos questions!”. Cette phrase pourtant simple a été rendue possible grâce à l’amélioration du système informatique de la station spatiale permettant une connexion personnelle des astronautes à internet. Auparavant, ces derniers devaient délivrer leur message par courrier électronique, c’est ensuite sur Terre qu’on se chargeait de les publier sur Twitter.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADéjà plus de 25.000 personnes suivent cette discussion en ligne, ils apprennent par exemple que la station effectue 16 rotations par jour autour de la Terre, que les membres de l’équipage parlent l’anglais et le russe ou encore qu’ils se nourrissent d’aliments réhydratés. Les astronautes vont donc désormais pouvoir établir des communications privées de meilleure qualité durant leurs longues missions. Le 27 janvier 2010 à 10:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sony Mobile HD Snap un caméscope doté du WiFi

first_imgSony Mobile HD Snap : un caméscope doté du Wi-FiSony devrait prochainement dévoiler le nouveau modèle de sa gamme de caméscopes Bloggie. Baptisé Mobile HD Snap, il aurait pour spécificité d’être équipé d’une connexion Wi-Fi, et aurait déjà été déposé devant la Federal Communications Commission (FCC), l’équivalent américain de l’ARCEP française.Mobile HD Snap (MHS-TS55), c’est le nom que devrait porter le prochain caméscope de poche Bloggie de Sony. Relayée par le site Cnet, l’information émane de la FCC, chargée de certifier et valider tous les périphériques émettant des ondes électromagnétiques et destinés au marché américain. À lire aussiSony lance sa nouvelle liseuse, le PRS-T2Publié sur Internet, un dossier déposé devant cette commission confirme l’arrivée prochaine d’un nouveau Bloggie, et révèle qu’il sera équipé d’une fonctionnalité inédite pour les caméscopes HD portables de Sony : une connectivité Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. Grâce à cette connexion sans fil, on imagine que les utilisateurs du Mobile HD Snap pourront synchroniser le contenu de leur caméscope avec un ordinateur, ou même transférer directement des vidéos vers des réseaux sociaux comme Facebook. Peu de précisions sont fournies quant aux autres caractéristiques du prochain caméscope portable de Sony, si ce n’est que comme les derniers modèles de la gamme Bloggie, il sera doté d’une sortie HDMI. Alors que Cisco, l’un de ses principaux concurrents sur le marché des caméscopes de poche, a récemment décidé d’arrêter la productions de ses mini-caméras Flip, Sony parviendra-t-il à offrir à son Mobile HD Snap une place au milieu des smartphones ?Le 14 novembre 2011 à 09:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark County Jail inmate in hospital for apparent selfinflicted injury

first_imgAn inmate at the Clark County Jail is being treated at a local hospital for injuries that appear to be self-inflicted, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office reported.Corrections deputies discovered an adult male inmate unresponsive in his jail cell at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and called for help, the sheriff’s office reported.Emergency medical care was immediately administered while emergency personnel responded to the jail, 707 W. 13th St., and transported the inmate to a local hospital. The sheriff’s office said they did not know his condition.The inmate’s name and the reason for his incarceration were not released.The incident is under investigation by detectives with the Clark County Major Crimes Unit.last_img

State Feds To Weigh Options In Exxon Valdez Case

first_imgExxon Valdez tanker aground. Off-loading of remaining oil in progress. Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.The state and federal governments have told a federal judge they are reviewing information from studies on the lingering effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and will be deciding how to proceed in a continuing legal case.Lawsuits brought against Exxon Mobil Corp. by the governments following the 1989 disaster led to a $900 million settlement and 1991 consent decree that resolved claims related to natural resource damages. The decree, however, included what’s known as a “reopener” clause that would allow the governments to seek additional work for restoration projects.RELATED: Talk of Alaska – 25 Years After Exxon Valdez: What Would Effective Regulation Look Like?The governments in 2006 demanded payment of $92 million but have not asked a judge to enforce the provision.A Department of Justice spokesman declined comment beyond what the governments said in their status report to the court.last_img read more

Debrief with Gov Walker The aftermath of a Presidential visit

first_imgPresident Obama arrives in Alaska to give closing remarks at the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage.President Obama’s visit to Alaska was unprecedented in terms of the length of stay and the places he visited. Governor Bill Walker was able to have the President’s full attention on Air Force One. What will this historic visit mean for Alaska’s future? What did our state’s top executive discuss with the Commander in Chief and how was it received?Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Governor Bill WalkerPARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Nov 23 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen NowRep. Seaton joins bipartisan House caucusShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerAfter more than two decades of Republican control, the Alaska House is now led by a bipartisan caucus. Democrats make up the majority of the 22-member caucus, along with two independents and three Republicans.Doyon continues search for Nenana Basin oil and gasDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksInterior regional Alaska Native Corporation Doyon is not giving up on finding oil and gas in the Nenana Basin, southwest of Fairbanks. That’s despite more than a decade of exploration with various partner companies, including a 3rd well, drilled with Cook Inlet Region Incorporated this past summer. That exploration did not deliver a commercially develop-able deposit.Latest effort to revise Kenai invocation policy stallsShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerFor the past four months, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has debated whether it should restrict who is allowed to give the invocation, or prayer, that begins each meeting.Wood energy grants again offered in AlaskaEd Scheonfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe U.S. Forest Service grants have helped design boilers and plan wood-pellet mills in Southeast and Interior Alaska communities.Alaska Native corporation heads dam removal projectEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAn old dam on the Eklutna River is destined for destruction. The dam is on Alaska Native corporation land, and it is hoped that when it comes down, salmon runs will return to the river. The demolition work is expected to be finished next year, but enticing fish back upstream could be another story, since an upstream hydropower facility has drained water from the river and there is not enough left for fish.Small explosion delays Healy 2 startupTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksGolden Valley Electric Association customers will see a slight decrease in their monthly bills next month, but well short of what GVEA had hoped to give ratepayers. That’s because the co-op has run into more problems with Healy 2 power plant.Northern moose migration corresponds with early snow-melt and increased vegetationDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksMoose and other species have advanced north with warming temperatures. University of Alaska Fairbanks assistant professor of water and environmental research Ken Tape said movement of boreal species into far northern Alaska has corresponded over the last century with earlier snow-melt and river ice out.Service dog nonprofit helps veteransDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA national nonprofit group that provides service dogs to military service members and veterans has opened a new training facility in Fairbanks. Paws for Purple Hearts involves service members and vets in the dog training process.Ask a Climatologist: Dreaming of a white Thanksgiving? Dream on, Anchorage.Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageIn Alaska, a white Thanksgiving is usually a given for most of the state. But not this year. The entire state is below normal for snowfall.last_img read more

After a bruising 2016 Martin Buser upbeat for 2017

first_imgMartin Buser is chasing his 5th Iditarod title in 2017. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)Last year, Martin Buser had a tough Iditarod. He finished in 37th place, his lowest position on the leader-board in a decades-long career. But this year, as the four-time champion charges through the race’s early checkpoints, a lot of things are going better.In 2016, Buser had a bad fall on the stretch of trail heading from Kaltag toward Unalakleet. With more than two hundred miles to go, he was barely able to walk far enough to water all his dogs.“Well that was actually, it ended up being a pretty well-torn hamstring,” Buser said. “It was very, very painful, and by the time I got to Nome it was as big a bruise as I have ever seen. It took almost the whole year to heal-up.”At the time, Buser was preoccupied. His son Nikolai was in a terrible car accident a few weeks earlier, and was receiving treatment in Seattle. But now he’s well enough that his dad jokes he can start looking for a job.“We joke that this might be the first year in 28 years when I don’t have to worry about the children,” Buser said. “So this is gonna be about just the dogs and myself.”Buser is experimenting with a few new elements in this year’s race. He’s testing a clothing system for the Columbia sportswear brand. And he has a new gang-line system for wrangling the dogs into a straighter pulling formation. The team itself is a mix of old and new.“It’s a very seasoned team of experienced dogs between one Iditarod experience team and six or seven,” Buser said. “So it’s a nice tapper, a nice stagger between oldest being seven-and-a-half and youngest being two-and-a-half. Well-balanced team.”Buser sounds almost excited as he explains his plans to rest along the longer legs of the early trail, even with overnight temperatures forecasted to dip beneath 30 below.“I’ll be camping a lot,” Buser said. “I’ll have my tent again; I have a tiny little light-weight tent that I incorporated in my gear, and I’ll be totally self-contained and totally happy to be that. Privacy, comfort, and you’re totally independent of the checkpoints by doing that.”Buser, who ran his first Iditarod in 1980, said his goal remains the same as ever: get to Nome as quickly as possible.last_img read more

Netflix Urges People to Stop Doing the Bird Box Challenge

first_imgThe only Bird Box challenge that should exist.— Kristina Hernandez (@KrisWroteThis) January 2, 2019While it might be a cool experience to walk around blindfolded, DON’T do this at home, in your car, or at the mall. No one wants to start off the New Year with an impromptu trip to the emergency room.If you haven’t watched Bird Box yet, you can stream it here.More on Permanently Removes iTunes Billing for New CustomersNetflix’s ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Trailer Is a Creepy Mind TripIs That Netflix Email Legit? FTC Warns of Phishing Scam What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies A viral “Bird Box” challenge is taking over the internet, and Netflix is urging fans to not participate in it.On Wednesday, Netflix issued a warning to customers about the dangerous challenge. The streaming media service wrote, “We appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.”Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.— Netflix US (@netflix) January 2, 2019The challenge, which is becoming very popular on social media outlets, requires people to blindfold themselves like the characters in the sci-fi horror flick. Some participants have walked around their homes and drove cars with blindfolds, prompting concern and hilarious reactions from the greater online community.Some people really taking this Bird Box Challenge too far. Y’all need to stop with the foolery. #BirdBox #netflix #NetflixBirdbox #movies #entertainment #funny #films #film #movie— Allie Jay (@AllieJay105) December 25, 2018center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

US prosecutor Preet Bharara opposes Rajat Guptas conviction reversal plea

first_imgIndia-born ex-Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta’s conviction on insider trading charges should not be thrown out as the government provided “overwhelming” proof against him for passing on illegal information in return for “expected potential pecuniary gains,” US prosecutors said. The prosecutors said the IIT and Harvard-educated former McKinsey head, who is serving a two-year sentence, had a “powerful” financial incentive to tip his billionaire hedge-fund operator friend Raj Rajaratnam. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAttorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara submitted a memorandum on behalf of the government opposing Gupta’s plea to throw out his conviction based on a recent ruling by an appeals court in which it reversed the insider convictions of hedge-fund managers Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson.  Convicted in 2012, Gupta, 66, began serving a two-year prison term on insider trading charges in June, 2014. He was also fined $5 million.Stressing that the personal aspect of Gupta-Rajaratnam relationship was “undeniable,” the government said Gupta personally invested in Galleon and participated in several actual and contemplated ventures with him. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists“In sum, Gupta’s financial interests were heavily aligned with Galleon’s. Rajaratnam bestowed corporate titles on Gupta, gave him an ongoing financial interest in Galleon International… and generally granted Gupta a level of access and corporate prestige that Gupta craved.“As part of their business relationship, each had shared expectations. Rajaratnam expected, and Gupta consistently delivered, inside information that Gupta possessed as a corporate insider. For those tips, Gupta clearly expected potential pecuniary gain in return,” the prosecutors said.last_img read more

Separated at Birth – How Identical Twin Nazi and Jewish Brothers Found

first_imgChildren have little to no say in how they are going to be raised in life. Identical twins Jack Yufe and Oskar Stöhr, who were split up and lived completely separate lives from the age of six months, are the perfect example to illustrate this. They were born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on January 16, 1933 — the same year that Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. Their parents parted ways half a year after the twins’ birth, each taking one child. From this point, their upbringing would be markedly different, most significantly their experiences of how the ensuing war shaped the world around them.Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.Jack remained in Trinidad, at that time a British colony, with his Romanian Jewish father. With a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm station on their island and U-boats lurking in the waters surrounding them, for Trinidad, war was on the doorstep despite being far from the front lines. A U.S. Naval Base was established on the island in 1941.Their German Catholic mother returned to her homeland, taking Oskar and their older sister. Oskar was baptized with his mother’s family name, Stöhr, and raised by his strict grandmother. Like many of his peers in Germany back then, he became an avid admirer of Hitler and the warped ideology he preached. Oskar would have been six-years-old when he was enrolled as a member of the Hitler Youth (membership was made compulsory for all children in 1936).Both of them were aware they had a sibling somewhere across the ocean but they spent the first 21 years of their lives knowing little of each other. Jack lived for a while with an aunt in Venezuela — his only Jewish relative who survived the concentration camps in Europe. At age 16 he traveled to the newly formed state of Israel where he served in the Israeli Navy, and later headed back West to settle in San Diego, California with his father.Their first encounter was awkward, to say the least. In 1954, Jack traveled to Essen, West Germany to finally meet his twin. They shared little common language, but Oskar made it clear that being Jewish and having been in Israel were topics Jack should keep under wraps during his trip, including within the Stöhr household.One of the trains that left Bergen-Belsen for Theresienstadt in early April, liberated by American forces.When they saw each other, it was almost spooky how similarly dressed they were. Both had donned similar light-colored sports jackets and shirts and wore pretty much the same style of rimmed glasses.“I said, ‘Oskar, you are wearing the same shirt and same glasses. Why?’” Jack would say in a BBC documentary in 1999. “He said to me, ‘Why are you wearing the same thing that I am?’”Despite a raft of shared mannerisms, for example both used their ring finger to scratch his head, the suspicion and enmity of their upbringings was a barrier that could not yet be breached. Jack’s week-long visit ended with a cold, formal handshake. The brothers were left unsettled by their similarity.University of MinnesotaIt took them some 25 years to make another attempt at bonding. In 1979, Jack learned about a study on twins to be carried by the University of Minnesota. After persuading Oskar to agree, they signed up to take part as one of the program’s sets of identical twins.“Of 137 pairs of separated twins in the two-decade University of Minnesota study, 56 were fraternal and 81 were identical. Yufe and his brother, Oskar Stohr, stood out because of their dramatically dissimilar backgrounds,” notes the L.A. Times on the study.Related Video: 15 fascinating facts about WW2 you might not have known:Soon the twins began to learn how astonishingly matching their shared traits really were, such as reading the last page of the book first and a fondness to do things like sneezing as loud as possible in public. They shared a similar taste in clothes as well food; they even had a similar gait.As it turned out, regardless of their radically different backgrounds of how they were raised, the two brothers shared way more in common with each other than the majority of other twins in the study.To be clear, there were still grave disagreements between the twosome. One subject that Jack and Oskar later opted to avoid was politics. They argued on issues such as the Israel-Palestine question and other related affairs. Their shared fierce temperament was not helpful when it came down to confrontations.Onlookers would comment that with all their shared behavior and completely different stances on certain matters, the brothers garnered a special type of “love-hate relationship.”The families of the two men agreed that neither were the easiest person to have at home but they were both very much loved by those near and dear to them. Jack’s wife Ruth would tell the Associated Press: “They were fascinated by one another, fascinated by their similarities, intrigued that the worst traits that they saw in themselves were mirrored in the other one. They were hot-tempered and short-tempered and impatient, demanding.”Importantly, they managed to maintain their perplexing bond, one which set them at the center of scientific nature versus nurture discussions.Their friendship came to an end with Oskar’s death due to lung cancer in 1997. Some relate the disease with his years working as a miner. His brother did not attend the funeral, feeling that his physical similarity would be upsetting for those grieving Oskar.Jack died in 2015 at the age of 82, after suffering with stomach cancer, in San Diego. He had retired just two years previously. His business which he launched in the 1980s was based in El Progreso, where he sold clothes and other apparel.Read another story from us: Questions Surrounding the True Image of “Ava”The twins have appeared in several documentaries, and they feature in the book Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins (2005) by psychologist Nancy Segal.Their story is a compelling reminder that people can always learn to accept each other no matter how different their upbringing is or how much their ideological beliefs differ. As, indeed, it was never them who decided who would get to speak Yiddish or who would get to speak German in hectic times for humanity.last_img read more

Web Giants to Cooperate on Removal of Extremist Content

first_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 6, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.The companies will share “hashes” — unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos — of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms.”We hope this collaboration will lead to greater efficiency as we continue to enforce our policies to help curb the pressing global issue of terrorist content online,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.Tech companies have long resisted outside intervention in how their sites should be policed, but have come under increasing pressure from Western governments to do more to remove extremist content following a wave of militant attacks.YouTube and Facebook have begun to use hashes to automatically remove extremist content.But many providers have relied until now mainly on users to flag content that violates terms of service. Flagged material is then individually reviewed by human editors who delete postings found to be in violation.Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts between February and August this year and has expanded the teams reviewing reports of extremist content.Each company will decide what image and video hashes to add to the database and matching content will not be automatically removed, they said.The database will be up and running in early 2017 and more companies could be brought into the partnership.The European Union set up an EU Internet Forum last year bringing together the internet companies, interior ministers and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator to find ways of removing extremist content.The Forum will meet again on Thursday, when ministers are expected to ask the companies about their efforts and helping to provide evidence to convict foreign fighters.(Reporting by Julia Fioretti; editing by John Stonestreet)last_img read more

Orange Is The New Black season 6 trailer is here and we

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The new season will hit the screens on 27 July. On that date, viewers will finally be able to binge on the show in the usual 13-episode format.Before going into the details of the brand new images, here’s a quick recap of what our favorite inmates were up to when season 5 ended.The riotThe final episode played out over three days during a riot at Litchfield Penitentiary, still the one and only minimum security prison where we wouldn’t mind spending a weekend.Ten of the prisons’ finest, including Alex (Laura Prepon), Piper (Taylor Schilling), and Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), were in Frieda’s (Dale Soules) bunker. CERT officers had just broken into it, while the rest of Litchfield’s inmates were heading to new prisons.The first official teaser for season six, which dropped on 5 June, showed us the prison devastated after the riot.Bye bye, Litch.— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) June 5, 2018‘Bye bye, Litch’ reads the tweet, featuring images of the desert penitentiary. The voiceover hints at a ‘whole new world’ viewers need to expect to see in the new season. After what seemed like an infinite wait, Netflix released the trailer for season 6 of Orange Is The New Black today (9 July). Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img The new trailer for Orange Is The New BlackNetflix has since released a new title sequence for the show. The clip offers a glimpse of the new prison which is now home to our beloved orange-wearing bunch.It’s a whole new world. Nothing is the same, including the Season 6 opening credits. Can you spot the difference?— Orange Is the New… (@OITNB) June 13, 2018The streaming provider then finally released the full new trailer on 9 July. It is already available to subscribers on Netflix and will be released on the show’s social media channels soon.Where is Alex?The two-minute clip shows Piper and the others adjusting to the reality of the new prison. All the usual faces are there, but one: where is Alex?While the police are determined to get the truth about the riot out of the stubborn, iron-willed inmates, the show’s antiheroines are trying desperately to survive in the new environment.After some viewers complained about the lack of originality of the past two seasons, the change in the usual setting might be a boost for OITNB. Leaving Litchfield for a completely new penitentiary might just give the audience the fresh element they wanted. We’ll just have to wait until the end of July to find out.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Alex (Laura Prepon) and Piper (Taylor Schilling) in a scene. | Photo: OITNB/Netflix Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Clinical Trial Testing Topical Gel to Reduce Breast Density

first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more June 19, 2018 — Women with dense breast tissue soon might be adding a new product to their skincare routine to help them fight breast cancer. A clinical trial at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is testing whether a topical gel containing 4-hydroxytamoxifen (4-OHT) is effective at decreasing breast tissue density, which may lower a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Additionally, the gel may reduce the need for supplemental testing for breast cancer, saving women time, money and anxiety.Approximately half of women in the United States have dense fibroglandular breast tissue, which is unrelated to breast size or shape. While research has yet to confirm the cause of dense breasts, they have been linked with higher levels of estrogen. Women with dense breasts are at a sixfold increased risk for developing breast cancer. The long-term objective of the study is to determine whether decreasing fibroglandular breast density can prevent breast cancer, or if high breast density is simply a marker for increased risk.Dense breast tissue also causes diagnostic challenges because it appears white and opaque on a mammogram. This can obstruct the view of tumors, which also appear white and opaque. Women with dense breasts who are at a high risk of developing breast cancer frequently require further examinations to confirm the absence of tumors. Further testing incurs additional time, cost and stress for the patient, who nervously waits to clarify her inconclusive mammogram results.“To help women with dense breast tissue fight cancer, we need a deeper understanding about the nature of breast density as well as imaging techniques that can easily detect tumors more easily,” said the trial’s principal investigator at USC Norris, Pulin Sheth, M.D., director of the breast center at USC Norris and assistant professor of clinical radiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “We are excited to assess a clinical innovation that could potentially fulfill both of those needs through a simple daily topical application.”   The clear, odorless gel has the look and feel of hand sanitizer and absorbs just as quickly. Women with dense breast tissue would apply the gel directly to the breast after bathing, incorporating the product into their daily skincare routine. The gel has no effect on the outward appearance of the breasts.4-OHT is a byproduct of tamoxifen, a commonly prescribed oral cancer therapy that blocks the estrogen that breast cancer tumors need to grow. When a patient takes oral tamoxifen, her liver metabolizes the drug and sends 4-OHT to the breasts, where it binds with the tumor’s hormone receptors and keeps estrogen away. However, other metabolized byproducts of the drug circulate through the bloodstream to different areas of the body, which can cause side effects like hot flashes, clotting issues and vaginal bleeding. The hope is that a topical 4-OHT gel will deliver smaller, focused doses to decrease estrogen in the breast, thus lowering breast density without significant side effects.The prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled 4WARD trial involves an initial mammogram screening, yearlong use of the gel and follow-up visits once every three months until the participant’s next annual mammogram. USC Norris is actively recruiting for the trial, though space is limited and recruitment will close once the study reaches capacity. There are another 17 national and international sites enrolling patients. Those interested in enrolling can call (213) 509-0998 for more information.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Pope names new Denver archbishop Buffalo bishop

first_img Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family VATICAN CITY (AP) – The pope has named Monsignor Samuel Aquila as the new archbishop for Denver, Colorado, filling an important U.S. post left vacant after Archbishop Charles Chaput moved to Philadelphia.The 61-year-old Aquila, currently bishop of Fargo, North Dakota, is returning home in many ways, having studied at Denver’s St. Thomas Seminary and worked in several Colorado parishes following his ordination in 1976. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Also Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had named a new bishop for Buffalo, New York, tapping Monsignor Richard Malone to replace the retiring Bishop Edward Kmiec. Malone is currently bishop of Portland, Maine.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Pedestrian dies in accident on Roosboom road

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A pedestrian was hit and killed on the Roosboom road this morning (Monday, December 8).Paramedics responded to the scene, as well as SAPS (including the Dog Unit).Traffic flow was not obstructed, but moved with caution.last_img