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MoroccoCote DIvoire King Mohammed VI launch projects of over 8000 lowcost

first_imgAbidjan – The ongoing commitment of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to promoting South-South cooperation as a development tool serving the people of sub-Saharan Africa was shown once again on Tuesday through real estate projects of over 8,000 low-cost housing units, launched in Abidjan by the Sovereign, who was accompanied by Prime Minister of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan.These projects are in line with the royal speech on the occasion of the opening session of the Ivorian-Moroccan Economic Forum, in which the Moroccan monarch said that Africa does not need assistance as much as more mutually beneficial partnerships. “Our continent needs human and social development programs more than humanitarian aid,” the King said.The projects, which reflect the determination of the King to allow the countries of the African continent to benefit from the highly appreciated Moroccan experience in the fight against unhealthy housing, involve the construction of 7,500 housing units in the Locodjoro neighborhood (Commune of Attécoubé ) and 530 other units in the city of Kumasi. Part of the efforts of the Ivorian government to address the structural deficit in housing, these two projects, carried out by the Moroccan real estate group Addoha, will cost a sum of 2.2 billion dirhams and will cover a total area of 29 hectares.The Locodjoro project (26 ha) includes the construction of an integrated city that combines tradition and modernity with 7500 low-cost housing units and community services (a shopping mall, schools, a cultural center, a business center, a police station), and green spaces.Located in the heart of the city of Kumasi, the Kumasi project (3 ha) provides for the construction of 530 affordable apartments and a school.These projects will enable the Abidjan population, particularly those with limited incomes to access decent housing at favorable conditions.These two real estate projects symbolize the historical relations of friendship and brotherhood between the two countries, as well as the unwavering commitment of Morocco to supporting the economic and social development in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, as part of win-win cooperation.On his arrival, King Mohammed VI was greeted notably by the Ivorian Minister of Housing and Urban Development, the Mayor and MP of the City of Kumasi, the CEO of Addoha Group, and the employees and managers of the projects launched.1 dollar= 8.18 dirhamslast_img read more

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Press Freedom Morocco Ranks Near the Bottom

Rabat – Morocco was ranked 133rd in press freedom out of 180 countries by the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).Morocco slipped down two places from 2016.The index said that this low ranking resulted from authorities’ use of political and economic pressure to deter local independent media outlets from covering sensitive subjects. The report added that even international media members have become targets. The index, released annually since 2002, pointed out that Morocco expelled a growing number of foreign reporters in 2016 for lacking official filming permits.Topped by Norway and bottomed by North Korea, the index said that in Western Sahara, where the Polisario Front continues to abuse human rights, journalists are threatened and prosecuted when they attempt to report human rights violations.According to the RSF, which published a corresponding analysis, two recent international major events, the Brexit campaign and Donald Trump’s rise to power in the United States, were marked by high-profile media bashing. The United States ranked at 43rd, falling two places, and the United Kingdom at 40th.In Africa, Namibia topped the list, ranking 24th followed by Ghana at 26 and Cape Verde at 27. read more

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Tahoe residents oppose new homes in path of wildfire danger

RENO, Nev. — During her career as a flight attendant, Laura Haneveld had a checklist to remind her what to do in the event of a fire.“The most important thing on an airplane is fire, whether you are on the ground or whether you are up in the air,” Haneveld said. “I’m very attuned to how quickly fire can take over and how you don’t think clearly.”Now retired and living in California’s Olympic Valley near Lake Tahoe, Haneveld still keeps a fire checklist.Only this time it’s to remind her and her husband, emergency room physician Ed Haneveld, what to take if they’re escaping a forest fire.“Forty years ago, we had a much healthier forest, now we are dealing with an unhealthy forest,” Haneveld said. “I see the potential for a real disaster.”That’s among the reasons Haneveld and many other Sierra Nevada residents oppose a proposed redevelopment plan for Squaw Valley Resort that would add about 1,500 bedrooms and additional retail and resort amenities to the valley over the next 25 years.The proposed redevelopment, along with another controversial plan for hundreds of homes near a two-lane highway near Truckee, comes as Californians are already reckoning with the dangers posed by development in fire-prone areas.Although even the developers acknowledge there are scenarios in which wildfire could burn through faster than people could evacuate, local officials have approved development plans over the objections of environmental groups and hundreds of residents who spoke out against the plans.Both are being challenged in court, and in one case a judge called the evacuation plan insufficient.“We are adding people, buildings, we are not adding any more ability to get out of here,” Haneveld said.The geographic features that make the scenic valley attractive to residents and tourists contribute to her evacuation worries.The main redevelopment area is approximately two miles west of California Highway 89 via the curvy, two-lane Squaw Valley Road.Most homes in the valley are on the north side of the road and the northern, southern and eastern ends are forested.In the centre, Squaw Valley Creek runs through a meadow, which rises toward the resort and ski area. Exposed-rock terrain towers up to 3,000 feet above the valley floor.From the ridges, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy views of Lake Tahoe to the east. In 2014 those same ridges would have provided a panoramic view of the King Fire, which started about 35 miles to the southwest near Pollock Pines and burned to within about eight miles.Haneveld’s greatest fear is there will be thousands of residents and visitors crammed into the valley when the next fire arrives and their attempts at evacuation will result in gridlock.“I think it is more the feeling of being trapped that is frightening,” said Haneveld, who recalled the stories of people fleeing the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, seeking refuge in a stream in November 2018.“I’ve certainly thought of that as a last-ditch effort, getting to the Truckee River,” she said.And it’s not the only controversial development that would put more traffic on roads in the forested, mountain terrain between Lake Tahoe and Interstate 80.Another would add several hundred homes and commercial properties near Northstar California Resort.The proposal, called Martis Valley West, generated similar complaints from people who worry that additional development in hilly terrain with narrow roads and heavy traffic would compromise residents’ ability to evacuate during a fire.“The biggest issue around here is there just simply is not room to safely build these monster developments,” said Robert Heinz, who lives on Dollar Point near Tahoe City.Heinz said he and his wife keep a packed bag at the ready in the event of a fire. But they worry their readiness would do them no good if traffic were at a standstill.“Depending on which way the fire is coming we would probably go in the opposite direction, but so would everybody else,” Heinz said.Critics say the projects show state and local governments need to pay closer attention to how developments will affect the ability of people to evacuate in the event of a disaster before approving new building.“We need to have a better way to capture suitable areas to develop in or non-suitable areas that can be taken off the table,” said Alexis Ollar of Mountain Area Preservation, a Truckee, Calif., based group that’s suing to block the Martis Valley development.Backers of the developments accuse critics of weaponizing deadly California fire disasters to stoke anti-development fears even as developers take steps to ensure their projects are suitable for fire-prone areas.“We have to learn to adapt and not live in fear,” said Ron Cohen, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “I don’t believe in withdrawing from the mountains because of fire.”Ed Morgan, chief operating officer of Mountainside Builders, the developer behind Martis Valley West, said the project is already scaled down from the original proposal by about 1,300 units and shifted entirely to the west side of Highway 267 near Northstar, leaving more open space to the east.“I understand there are some groups that want nothing, but this is private property that has certain rights to develop with county plans,” Morgan said. “You don’t just walk away from that.”Both projects are in areas scientists and land managers call the wildland urban interface, or WUI.And while WUI areas don’t always correlate with greater risk of fire destruction, they do in California. That’s because the state, which is the most populous in the U.S., has vast amounts of mountainside land with overgrown vegetation that dries in the summer close to densely populated communities.In California, 75 per cent of buildings destroyed by wildfire are in WUI zones, according to recent research. In states such as Washington, which is wetter, and Montana, which is sparsely populated, that figure is less than 25 per cent.“There are a lot of buildings and there is a lot of woodland vegetation and they are close to each other, and there is a lot of fire,” said Anu Kramer, a wildfire scientist at the Silvis Lab at the University of Wisconsin who conducted the research. “When those things come together that is when you are going to see a lot of destruction.”Jennifer Montgomery, director of the California Governor’s Forest Management Task Force and a former Placer County supervisor, said the confluence of development, fire-prone terrain and congested infrastructure is a statewide problem.“It is not a question that is unique to Tahoe, it is a question that is broadly applied to the state of California,” Montgomery said.Montgomery was the lone vote on the Placer County Board of Supervisors against the Squaw Valley plan, although she said her concerns were more about congestion in general than fire evacuation specifically.“We need to have a significantly more robust public system that moves people in and out and stops the insane reliance we have on single-family passenger vehicles,” Montgomery said.__NEW HOMES, BUSINESSES AND A WATERPARKAlthough the two proposals are from unrelated developers, their development timelines and proximities to busy highways between North Lake Tahoe and Interstate 80 raise similar concerns among critics, particularly when it comes to fire safety.Combined, they would add about 1,500 housing units and more than 330,000 square feet of commercial space.The Squaw Valley proposal calls for the redevelopment of about 93 acres at the base of Squaw Valley Resort.Located at the western end of Olympic Valley, the resort was the home of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games and, more recently, is known for attracting elite skiers and snowboarders.The resort’s 25-year redevelopment plan calls for an additional 850 units supporting nearly 1,500 bedrooms, nearly 300,000 square feet of commercial space that would include restaurants, retail and a 90,000-square-foot Mountain Adventure Camp with a waterpark and other year-round amenities capable of hosting 1,200 guests.If development plans come to fruition, additions to the resort plus growth in the surrounding community could increase the number of people in the valley from about 5,800 to nearly 9,500, at full capacity. That’s in addition to day visitation, which peaks in the winter during ski season when fire danger is low. Although amenities in the proposed development are designed to attract visitors throughout the year.According to the plan, both new and existing visitors and residents would access homes and the resort via Squaw Valley Road, which connects to California Highway 89 at the east end of the valley.The proposed Martis Valley West development is located along Highway 267 about seven miles northeast of Olympic Valley as the crow flies and about 20 miles by road.Currently undeveloped, the proposal calls for up to 760 homes and 34,500 square feet of commercial space.Once built, people driving out of the development could choose to take 267 north to Truckee or south over Brockway Summit to King’s Beach.Although the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the plans, both development proposals remain tangled in litigation from environmental groups.In the case of Squaw Valley, Placer County Superior Court Judge Michael Jones rejected arguments by the environmental group Sierra Watch that the county performed inadequate analysis of the project and violated California’s Brown Act, which covers the public’s right to participate in government decisions.Sierra Watch is appealing the rulings.In the case of Martis Valley, Jones ruled in favour of environmental groups on the issue of fire evacuation, while rejecting their other arguments against the plan.“The (environmental impact report) identifies the area as a very high fire hazard severity zone but then fails to present a sufficient analysis to address the impacts of the Project on emergency procedures,” Jones wrote.Both the environmental groups and the developer are appealing aspects of Jones’ Martis Valley ruling.___‘RECIPE FOR CATASTROPHIC DISASTER’Environmental groups, and some residents, accuse both projects’ developers and the county of overlooking or downplaying the impact new development could have on people’s ability to evacuate during a wildfire.In Squaw Valley, developers and officials acknowledge it’s possible a fire could approach faster than thousands of people could drive out on Squaw Valley Road. Or, depending on the direction, a fire could block access to the road.In those scenarios, officials and the developer say residents and visitors would need to take refuge at the resort.Allen Riley, chief of the Squaw Valley Fire Department, said the acres of bare pavement and village area would be sufficient harbour for people to survive a quick-moving fire, although evacuation would be the first choice.Under the redevelopment plan, much of the surface parking is slated to be used for structures, including parking garages, that could be used for shelter after construction is completed.Riley cited communities in Australia as well as Rancho Santa Fe and Pepperdine University in California as places where shelter-in-place strategies have worked.“Certainly, our first option is to have enough time, enough heads-up, to evacuate the valley,” Riley told the audience at a public meeting about fire safety. “We’re comfortable in saying that we have an area (at the resort) that can work as a really good safety zone if needed.”Critics say that’s not good enough.Isaac Silverman, an attorney for Sierra Watch, rejects the idea that shelter-in-place is right for Squaw Valley just because it has worked in parts of Southern California and Australia.“Those are scrub chaparral environments, they’re not conifer forest environments,” Silverman said. “There’s a particular kind of firestorm that’s created in a forest.”With Martis Valley the concern centres on the capacity for 267 to handle traffic during an emergency.Although the project plan calls for emergency and seasonal secondary access roads to the development, those roads would also connect to 267, a highway that’s already crowded with traffic between Lake Tahoe and Truckee.According to project documents, it would take an estimated 1.3 to 1.5 hours to evacuate the development, enough time for a fast-moving fire to burn through.“In other words, the Project’s location and design are a recipe for catastrophic disaster,” environmental groups argued in court papers.A potential increase in traffic also worries residents near the lake who would might also need to evacuate.“You’ve got a narrow, tree-lined canyon from Kings Beach over 267,” Heinz said. “It would be an absolute death trap.”___DEVELOPERS: DON’T BLAME US FOR BIGGER PROBLEMSDevelopers behind the projects acknowledge they’re looking to build in high fire hazard areas with traffic problems.But they argue the problems will exist with or without the new development, as will solutions.Cohen said he’s planning to co-ordinate drills in Squaw Valley that will test the community and the resort’s readiness to shelter-in-place during a disaster.He said the resort already has access to ample amounts of water and personnel who could help direct people during an emergency.“The correct approach for this place, development or not, is shelter-in-place,” Cohen said. “I think there are people in Paradise who will tell you they should have had that. If there had been shelter-in-place … fewer people would have died in their cars.”The city of Paradise did have two designated gathering points for residents, and some rode out the firestorm in the Paradise Alliance Church. The second spot was a parking lot beside a senior centre, which burned. At one point, with the road out of town blocked, firefighters also began directing residents to a grocery store parking lot, where they survived.Eight of the Camp Fire’s 85 fatalities occurred in vehicles and two other bodies were found near vehicles, while the majority of human remains were discovered inside homes, according to Butte County’s final count. Wildfire and public safety experts generally agree that early evacuation is always the first and best strategy in the path of wildfire.At Martis Valley, Morgan said developers are satisfied with their evacuation plan despite the court ruling it was inadequate.On appeal in court and during an interview the developers pushed back against the notion they don’t have an adequate plan.“Of course, in the wake of the Camp Fire and other recent disasters, no one disputes the seriousness of the wildland fire threat, or the need for serious planning to prepare for such disasters,” Martis Valley West attorney Whit Manley wrote. “The (environmental impact report) served its function by ensuring the debate was fully informed.”Benjamin Spillman, The Associated Press read more

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DPR Korea independent panel making headway into reviewing UNDP activities

7 December 2007An independent panel announced today that it is making headway reviewing allegations about the activities of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that are not being considered by an existing probe by the UN Board of Auditors. The External Independent Investigative Review Panel – led by Miklos Németh, the former Prime Minister of Hungary and a current member to the Advisory Council of Transparency International – “is making substantial progress,” it said in a statement.The three-person Panel said has collected information and data, studied many documents provided by different sources, interviewed individuals both within and outside UNDP and has established a comprehensive investigation of all issued covered by the Terms of Reference.The Panel, whose creation was announced in August, will also examine documents from the agency’s DPRK office, which are en route to New York and will be kept in a secure area upon their arrival.Although the original intention was for the body to submit a report by the end of this year, it announced today that due to the “significant work still ahead of the Panel, it has concluded that it will not be able to complete its task before the end of this year.”Instead, it will finish its work and submit its final report at the end of March 2008, at the very latest, today’s statement said.In January, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ordered the Board to audit amid allegations aired in the media that funds used by UN agencies to help in humanitarian efforts in the DPRK were being channelled improperly to the Government in Pyongyang, including to its nuclear programme.The first phase of the Board’s investigation into the operations of UNDP, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) found there had been no large-scale or systematic diversion of UN funds.But the Board said that its second phase will not cover the full range of allegations and issues raised specifically about UNDP’s work in the DPRK, and the Panel led by Mr. Németh was created as a result.That body’s other two members are Chander Mohan Vasudev, formerly Permanent Secretary of Public Expenditure in the Indian Ministry of Finance, and Mary Ann Wyrsch, former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees who is also currently the Chair of UNDP’s Audit Advisory Committee. read more

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Transat AT selling Jonview Canada tour business to Japanese company for 44M

MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc. has signed a deal to sell its Jonview Canada tour business to Japanese travel company H.I.S. Co. Ltd. for $44 million.Jonview Canada sells tour packages for international visitors to Canada.The company employs 180 people in Toronto and Montreal, along with 120 seasonal guides.Transat says the sale is part of its strategic refocusing around its leisure travel operations in Canada and development of its hotel division.Chief executive Jean-Marc Eustache says the sale will accelerate development of those key sectors.The sale is subject to the approval of the Competition Bureau and other usual conditions. It is expected to close on or around Nov. 30. read more

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UN peacekeeper presence increased following attack on Côte dIvoire military checkpoint

UN peacekeeper presence increased following attack on Côte d’Ivoire military checkpointAddressing a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, the spokesperson said that unidentified gunmen opened fire from a vehicle at an Ivorian armed forces checkpoint in the village of Iribo, 90 kilometres from Abidjan, on 25 August. One Ivorian soldier, two attackers and one civilian were killed in the ensuing gun battle. The incident comes in the wake of the Security Council’s adoption of resolution 2062, in July 2012, in which it requested that the peacekeeping operation in the country – the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) – reduce its military presence by the equivalent of one battalion. However, the recent outburst of violence has prompted the UN to examine the mission’s deployment in the country, the spokesperson told reporters. “UNOCI and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations are carefully re-assessing current threats and risks and operational requirements,” the spokesperson said, adding that “based on this assessment, the UN Mission will develop a plan for the responsible reduction of its uniformed personnel to ensure that it can respond to the evolving situation and effectively implement its mandate.” This latest incident follows a series of recent attacks against military bases and installations in the country which have caused numerous casualties. On 5 August, an unidentified armed group attacked the military camp of the Forces républicaines de Côte d’Ivoire (known by the French acronym FRCI) in the Abidjan neighbourhood of Akouédo around 3:30 a.m. The attack left seven soldiers from the national army dead and seriously injured another dozen troops. The group reportedly took arms and ammunition from the armoury before leaving the camp. The other attacks targeted a police station and a checkpoint in Yopougon, Abidjan, and an FRCI camp in Abengourou, in the east of the country. There were reportedly no casualties in Abengourou, but five FRCI elements were reportedly killed in the checkpoint attack in Yopougon. UNOCI was established in 2004 by the Security Council to facilitate the peace process in the country, which was split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south. In the aftermath of the post-election violence that followed the 2010 presidential polls, the peacekeeping mission is assisting the West African country with a number of key tasks, including the restoration of law and order, national reconciliation, the holding of legislative elections, and economic recovery. read more

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World economy to strengthen as job growth remains stubborn – UN report

“More than five years after the financial crisis, the world continues to struggle with getting the global economic engine back to running at full capacity,” said Pingfan Hong, Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Unit for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). “Compared to pre-crisis trends, we have not sufficiently boosted output, trade and employment to their potential levels,” he added. Global growth has been revised slightly lower from the forecasts presented in the 2014 report. Growth of world gross product (WGP) is now projected at 2.8 per cent in 2014 and 3.2 per cent in 2015, up from 2.2 per cent in 2013. However, this pace of expansion is still low compared to the growth path before the 2008 global financial crisis.The report warns that risks and uncertainties for the world economy include: international spill-overs from ongoing adjustment in monetary policies by developed economies; vulnerabilities of emerging economies; remaining fragilities in the euro area; long-term unsustainable public finance for many developed countries; and geopolitical tensions.While the report notes that economies of developed countries are likely to grow at 2 per cent this year and 2.4 per cent in 2015 – faster than in the two previous years, but still relatively weak – growth in North America, Japan and Western Europe will be impacted by trade imbalances, high unemployment, and ageing populations.The report goes on to note that the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region will also face a “challenging international environment” and, in addition, many countries are confronted with domestic challenges and risks. Several large CIS economies stagnated in early 2014.For example, growth in Russia, which has a strong influence over the region, was already disappointing in 2013, and the crisis around Crimea and the possibility of economic sanctions targeting broader sectors of the Russian economy have led to a massive outflow of capital and further weakening of business and consumer confidence, says the report.Globally, according to the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), employment grew by 1.4 per cent in 2013, a similar pace as in 2012, but stubbornly slower than the rate of 1.7 per cent in pre-crisis years. The global jobs gap – comparing the number of jobs today with the number that would exist using pre-crisis trends – widened farther to 62 million in 2013.As for developing economics, the report states that Africa will continue to see solid growth of 4.2 per cent this year, although political problems in a number of countries have led to a downward revision compared to the previous forecast. In Libya, for example, disruptions to oil output and exports will be a major drag on growth, underpinning a significantly lower growth rate for North Africa than previously forecast.East Asia is expected to see robust growth as exports to developed countries strengthen and domestic demand in most economies remains firm, while in Western Asia, internal instabilities and lower oil exports continue to shape the economic picture. The report underscores that the economies of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen have been hampered by continuing political instability, social unrest, security incidents and geopolitical tensions. The war in Syria has been taking a “particularly heavy human toll” and led to the widespread destruction of crucial infrastructure.Economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to continue at a subdued pace in 2014, amidst increasing difficulties in some of the largest economies. The report says the region is expected to grow moderately by 2.6 per cent in 2014, although with mixed results across sub-regions. In Mexico and Central America, economic growth is strengthening, benefiting from the pick-up in activity in the United States. By contrast, growth in South America is decelerating markedly from 3.2 per cent in 2013 to 2.1 per cent in 2014. Argentina is experiencing a noticeable slowdown, amidst decreasing business confidence and persistent inflation pressures, while Venezuela is likely to enter into recession. Brazil’s economy continues to expand at a very moderate rate of 1.7 per cent in 2014, with meagre prospects for investment demand and increasing pressure for fiscal consolidation.Long-term unemployment has been rising in developed countries, which could lead to higher levels of structural unemployment. Across developing countries, a main challenge remains the level of informal employment, which, on average, reaches between 40 and 50 per cent in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. In the outlook, global employment is expected to continue growing at a slow pace. “As the number of jobs lost in comparison with the pre-crisis employment trend continues to increase and structural unemployment remains a major problem, policymakers need to implement more supportive macroeconomic policies and active labour market policies,” said Matthias Kempf, the UN’s team leader for the report. read more

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UNESCO chief appeals to parties in Libya to stop destruction of cultural

In a press release, UNESCO reported that a group of gunmen stormed and vandalized the renowned Karamanli Mosque on 7 October, located in the capital, Tripoli, removing ceramic tiles, marble decorations and severely damaging the floor. Days later, the UN agency noted, the historic Othman Pasha Madrassa was damaged and looted while another attempt to vandalize the Darghout Mosque was thwarted by local volunteers. “I firmly condemn the recent attacks on cultural and religious heritage buildings in the old city of Tripoli. Looting and illicit trafficking of cultural objects can only deepen the wounds of the Libyan society, struggling for normalcy and recovery,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova declared in the statement, adding that she commended the citizens and volunteers for protecting the Darghout Mosque. “These attacks cannot be seen as isolated or collateral damages. They take place in a global context of repeated and deliberate attacks against cultural heritage, in Libya and elsewhere, threatening social cohesion and fuelling violence and division within society,” she added.In recent weeks, the North African nation has been embroiled in some of the worst fighting since the 2011 uprising that ousted former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi. The Libyan parliament convened for the first time in early August of this year, welcomed by the UN as a move toward peace. However, protracted battles between opposing armed groups continue to take their toll on civilians and the country’s cultural heritage.According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), intensified fighting between rival armed groups in Libya has forcibly displaced nearly 290,000 people across the country, including 100,000, who urgently need food, health care and adequate shelter, especially now that winter is approaching. Against that backdrop, UNESCO urged all national and international partners “to reinforce actions and vigilance in order to protect Libya’s cultural heritage in the current context of rising unrest and insecurity” and reaffirmed its engagement with Libyan authorities to reinforce emergency measures for cultural heritage protection against looting and illicit trafficking. UNESCO has had experience in coordinating actions to preserve heritage in times of conflict, most recently in Mali, Iraq, and Syria. In Libya, the agency will soon implement an emergency and risk preparedness training course to enable the authorities to carry out rapid assessment, documentation and monitoring of heritage. read more

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Mens Lacrosse Reigning NCAA runnerup No 8 Ohio State opens season against

Ohio State freshman attackman/midfielder Tre Leclaire rips a shot on frame against Furman on Feb. 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Gene Ross | Senior Lantern reporterSpirits are high and confidence is soaring as the No. 8 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team gears up for its season opener on the road against Cleveland State at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Buckeyes are looking to prove they still have what it takes to get to the national championship following an exodus of impact players, including Major League Lacrosse draftees midfielder Jake Withers and top-scoring attacker Eric Fannell. Sophomore attack/midfielder Tre Leclaire, last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year, will be counted on to remain healthy and take an even larger role on offense.While the team has big shoes to fill on offense, defensemen Erik Evans, Ben Randall and Matt Borges are all returning starters and should help stabilize the backend of last season’s team.Players are also eager to show off the new talent the team added in the offseason.“We gained Jackson Reid, he’s a freshman from Canada – slick, great hands,” senior long-stick midfielder Freddy Freibott said. “We’ve got Justin Inacio up on the faceoff X, he’s been a major impact player. Evan Riss has been a fantastic force at [long-stick midfielder].”The Buckeyes also added former Ohio State men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson to the staff in the same role. Richardson has not only been instrumental in the team’s physical growth, but has helped the team make progress off the field.“Our saying, ‘BOOM’ – brothers on one mission – he’s brought that to our team,” senior short-stick defensive midfielder Brendan Barger said. “He’s been an incredibly positive new thing that we have this year. We’re definitely getting a lot stronger and a lot faster too so we always appreciate that.”High praise for Richardson is a sentiment shared among teammates, and players are enthusiastic to see how it translates to the field.However, the Buckeyes said they still have work left following preseason scrimmages against The Hill Academy and No. 1 Duke. “I don’t think we’re in a very comfortable spot right now, I mean, we’re constantly trying to get better and our coaches are doing a great job of pushing us and getting us out of that comfort level. That’s where our growth is,” senior midfielder Bo Lori said. “It hasn’t been a comfortable preseason but that’s how we like it around here.”Attitudes appeared to change following Saturday’s scrimmage against Duke. Barger said he thought his team stacked up well against the top-ranked Blue Devils.The team begins its season in Cleveland Saturday when it faces the Vikings. read more

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Buckeyes rely on defense to start 30 in the Big Ten

The Buckeyes got a very important victory on Saturday: 31-13 over Wisconsin. The win was anything but conventional, but it did solidify the Buckeyes as the leaders of the Big Ten.“It was a little bit different ball game than I think any of us anticipated,” coach Jim Tressel said in his weekly press conference. “We knew Wisconsin was a heck of a football team, and we knew we were going to have our hands full.”Once again, the defense led OSU to a comfortable victory by several scores, but offensively the Buckeyes have more questions than answers.OSU (5-1, 3-0) now prepares for the Purdue Boilermakers (1-5, 0-2) on Saturday.Defense comes up big yet againAll season, the Buckeyes’ defense has made plays when necessary. Saturday wasn’t any different.Senior captain Kurt Coleman returned from a one-game suspension and wasted little time returning to form. His 89-yard interception return stopped a driving Badger team and shifted momentum into the Buckeyes’ favor for the remainder of the game. His 14 tackles were also a career high.“The funny thing about it, I was joking with my teammates and they were telling me that because I missed a game I needed to have double the production, and it just so happened that I happened to have double the production. It was a great feeling to come back and help this team, especially in that kind of fashion. I was just happy to be out there playing with my teammates again.”Tressel said the Badgers played up to his expectations, but the Buckeyes “came up with some plays that are game changers.”“Obviously, Kurt Coleman’s play and the pressure that was put on the quarterback, his being where he was supposed to be, and then I thought the execution on the interception return was outstanding,” Tressel said. “You always say when an interception is thrown, if you can block the intended receiver and you can block the quarterback and then get everyone else running down the sideline, you have a chance, and they did that just as you would hope they would do.”OSU got another interception for a touchdown in the second half. With the game still in doubt, junior safety Jermale Hines put the Buckeyes up two touchdowns with a 32-yard interception return.The defense will look to control Purdue’s high-powered offense on Saturday. The Buckeyes have held all but one opponent to under 20 points, including back-to-back shutouts of Toledo and Illinois.Pryor takes a step backAfter having nine touchdowns in the last three games, quarterback Terrelle Pryor saw his production drop significantly against the Badgers.The sophomore completed 5 of 13 passes for only 87 yards with one touchdown and an interception. His one bright spot for the afternoon came right before halftime, when he led the Buckeyes 88 yards for the go-ahead score. A run of 27 yards and a touchdown pass for 32 yards to DeVier Posey were the highlights of the drive.The offense struggled to find a rhythm because of three touchdown by the defensive and special teams. However, OSU would have liked to see more consistency from its quarterback.The problems on offense do not begin and end with one guy, Tressel stressed. The lack of production was an offensive problem, not just a problem with his quarterback.“I think the thing you do with any of us is understand that when things go just right, I probably didn’t do it by myself, and when things didn’t go the way you’d like, it probably didn’t have everything to do with me,” Tressel said.No Boom, only ZoomThe depth at running back is quickly depleting for OSU. Daniel “Boom” Herron did not play against Indiana on Oct. 3 but returned against Wisconsin. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, he re-injured his ankle and most likely will not be available against the Boilermakers.Freshman Jamaal Berry, who was a prized recruit for the Buckeyes this season, has also been injured. Whether he will make an impact this season remains to be seen.“I’m the eternal optimist. I keep waiting for Jamaal Berry to be healthy because when he’s been healthy, he’s been very, very good,” Tressel said. “Right now, it’s Brandon and Jordan.”Small finally makes large impactSenior wide receiver and returner Ray Small has spent his fair share of time in Tressel’s doghouse. The Glenville product, who many thought would be the next Ted Ginn Jr., has not lived up to expectations, and it was unsure whether he would even play this season.However, when he took a Badger kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown on Saturday, he put defenders and past troubles behind him. He said there is no better feeling than making an impact again.“It means a lot. I play the game as if it’s my last play, no matter if it’s practice or if it’s the game,” Small said. “This year I came in and take it a lot more serious.”Small said he has no regrets and would love to have another big game this weekend to show how far he has come. read more

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The system behind Six Strikes might be severely flawed at identifying piracy

first_imgRecently, the Copyright Alert System (CAS) — otherwise known as the Six Strikes program — debuted across various major ISPs, perhaps striking fear into the hearts of many a pirate. The system works by providing warnings and punishments through a graduated scale, eventually leading to punishments involving throttling bandwidth or hijacking your browser. While attempting to curb piracy isn’t some kind of fiendish goal like many pirates would have you believe, what was worrisome about the system is if it would incorrectly identify someone as a pirate, and accidentally punish them. Unfortunately, according to one report, this is quite possible.MediaFire user David Sutherland received a DMCA letter that stated he was caught hosting illegal files on his account. The letter said he was hosting pirated TV shows, including Downton Abbey, Grimm, and The Office. Almost comically, the letter said that the file in question that could have been one of the listed pirated shows was called “Cantha Cartography Made Easy 2009.tpf.” This is actually a mod for Guild Wars — not even close to pirated content. The scary part is that the group that identified the game mod as a pirated TV show, DtecNet, is a division of a company — MarkMonitor — that is responsible for monitoring the Six Strikes program. As pointed out by Techdirt, the Center for Copyright Information — which is a party responsible for the CAS — has a page on its website dedicated to MarkMonitor’s anti-piracy methodologies. Unfortunately, the page is totally blank, save for the title.While Sutherland’s situation doesn’t prove that DtecNet slings piracy accustations without reason, it certainly isn’t a good sign for the CAS when a company that is responsible for monitoring the Six Strikes program can’t (or didn’t bother to) tell the difference between a legal file and an illegal one, especially when they’re two completely different files to begin with.There aren’t any devastating Six Strikes horror stories just yet, but Sutherland’s situation shows that said horror stories could easily happen.last_img read more

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Conservative takes helm in Nicosia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cypriot president-elect Nicos Anastasiades was busy appointing a new cabinet on Monday after winning Sunday’s election runoff with 57.5 percent of the vote, defeating his Communist Party rival Stavros Malas who garnered 42.5 percent.The crucial post of finance minister went to Michalis Sarris, a right-winger who held the same position when Cyprus entered the eurozone in 2008 and now heads Cyprus Popular Bank. The position of foreign minister was given to Yiannis Kasoulidis, an MEP who has served in the post in the past and ran against outgoing President Dimitris Christofias in elections in 2008.Anastasiades, who leads the Democratic Rally party, faces tough talks with officials of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund with whom Nicosia launched exploratory talks last November. Those talks failed to yield an agreement but the aim is for a deal to be signed soon. The finance ministers of Germany and France, Wolfgang Schaeuble and Pierre Moscovici, welcomed Anastasiades’s election on Monday in a joint statement and pressed for a swift resumption of talks. “Discussions should resume shortly with a view to reach an agreement before the end of March,” they said, stressing the need for “a significant financial, fiscal and structural adjustment in Cyprus.”After his victory, Anastasiades stressed the European nature of Cyprus, which remains divided into a Turkish-occupied north and a free south following a Turkish invasion in 1974. “Cyprus belongs to Europe,” he said, adding that Nicosia would be “absolutely consistent and meet out promises.” He is to be sworn in Thursday, assuming power on March 1.last_img read more

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US Department of Justice not investigating Walter Stipa of Desarrollos

first_img Desarrollos needs more land for RitzCarlton development Recommended for you Gov’t not talking yet on Desarrollos debacle Related Items:desarollos, US department of justice, walter stipa PDM calling for Govt to say something on Desarrollos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Apr 2015 – The Department of Justice in the United States today confirmed that it is not investigating Walter Stipa, President and CEO of the Desarrollos Hotel Group but said they are aware of the civil case against Stipa and others for a $15 million dollar payment allegedly made to them by a confessed Ponzi schemer. The law suit is filed in a Connecticut Court and outlines that a transaction of $15 million was made with nothing apparently given in return. Stipa was in Providenciales in early April to sign an agreement with Government to begin construction in November on the Ritz Carlton resort hotel on Grace Bay. Government is still silent on whether or not that agreement is in peril. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Obama to send his new war powers request to Capitol Hill

first_imgWASHINGTON — The White House sought to narrow differences with members of Congress on Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s widely anticipated request for legislation approving the use of U.S. military force against Islamic State fighters in the Middle East.White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and counsel Neil Eggleston were meeting with Senate Democrats as Obama prepared to formally unveil his proposed authorization. Press secretary Josh Earnest said the proposal should be finished this week as the White House steps up negotiations with lawmakers from both parties to finalize details. “Hopefully there will not be a significant delay in Congress acting on that legislative language,” Earnest said.The meetings unfolded against a fresh reminder of the threat posed by terrorists who occupy large areas of Syria and Iraq — the confirmed death of a 26-year-old American aid worker who had been held hostage by the group.Obama pledged to bring anyone responsible for Kayla Mueller’s captivity and death to justice “no matter how long it takes.”Of more immediate concern, though, was a legislative struggle — the search for a compromise that could satisfy Democrats who oppose the use of American ground forces in the fight against IS, and Republicans who favor at least leaving the possibility open.Republicans control both houses of Congress, but Obama is likely to need Democratic support on any legislation he submits. Congressional officials who have been briefed in recent days said they expected Obama to request a relatively short-term authorization of perhaps three years, enough to last through the end of his term. The administration’s proposal, while still subject to changes, also would likely be targeted exclusively against the fighters seeking establishment of an Islamic state, wherever they are and whatever name they use.last_img read more

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Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar in no hurry to accept resignations

first_imgBengaluru: The political crisis in Karnataka entered a new phase on Thursday, with Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar showing no mood to take an early decision on the resignation of 16 MLAs of the ruling Congress and JD-S on the eve of the Assembly session where a showdown could be expected. Kumar, who met 13 rebel Congress MLAs on Thursday evening after the Supreme Court asked him to do so in the morning, made it clear that he was not rushing into accepting the resignations as he wanted to be “satisfied” which would require a detailed scrutiny. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The Supreme Court order came after 10 Congress MLAs approached it against the Speaker’s refusal to accept their resignations from the Assembly submitted on July 6. “The legislators wrote their resignation in my office in the prescribed format and submitted to me personally. I will go through them and decide after I hear them personally,” Kumar told reporters here after meeting the MLAs. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The Speaker asked the legislators to give in writing to him reasons for resigning from their respective Assembly segments and that they were doing so voluntarily. “I am answerable to the Constitution of India and people of Karnataka.” “As per the Constitution, if I am satisfied, then the resignations will be accepted,” he said, making it clear that otherwise he will not accept those. Advertise With Us “I will communicate to the Supreme Court on Friday that I have acted upon the matter as per the law and in compliance with its order issued earlier in the day,” said Kumar. His clear intent to delay accepting the resignations assumes significance as the Assembly will be convening on Friday for a 10-day session. Till their resignations are accepted, the 16 legislators – 13 of the Congress and 3 of the Janata Dal-Secular – would be bound by the whip issued by their respective parties regarding their attendance of the Assembly and any voting therein. And if they violate the whip, they can face disciplinary action, including disqualification, which will bar them from re-election for the remaining period of the Assembly. Both the Congress and the JD-S have issued whips to all their legislators to be present in the Assembly for passing the state Budget (finance bill) and participate in the discussions on other subjects till the session ends. “The whip has been issued even to the rebels, as their resignations have not been accepted by the Speaker so far,” Congress spokesman Ravi Gowda said. Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah has already petitioned the Speaker on Monday to disqualify the party lawmakers who defy the whip, irrespective of their status, or skip the session. The rebels, however, claimed that disqualification would not apply to them as they have already resigned from the Assembly and submitted the letters to the Speaker as well as the Governor on July 6. In the 225-member Assembly, including one nominated, the Congress has 79 MLAs, including Speaker, and JD-S has 37. Lone members of BSP and KPJP (a regional outfit) besides an Independent also were with the government, taking their tally to 118, five more than the required majority mark.last_img read more

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Lenin statue at final sandwiched by ads for Budweiser Visa

first_imgIn this 11 July 2018 photo, booths marketing products by event sponsors Budweiser and Coca-Cola stand beside a statue of Lenin, as fans arrive for the semifinal match between Croatia and England at Luzhniki Stadium, during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Photo : APWhen Lenin had a thirst for revolution, this is not what he had in mind.Fans attending Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia will pass a huge statue of the Bolshevik Revolution’s leader as they enter the Luzhniki Stadium. Abutting the rear of the monument is a Budweiser concession stand with a sign proclaiming: “Drink smart today – celebrate tomorrow.”Not exactly “no freedom can satisfy the masses suffering from hunger,” as Lenin wrote in 1917.”I think that Lenin has rolled over in his grave so many times in the last 25 years that there’s probably friction burns on his corpse,” said Keith A Darden, associate professor in the school of international service at American University in Washington.On the front side of the sculpture sits another stand topped by a Visa advertisement, filled with World Cup licensed merchandise that include hoodies for 6,000 rubles ($96).”Lenin would not like it one bit,” said Sergei Antonov, an assistant professor in the Yale history department who specialises in Russia and the Soviet Union after 1800 and the global history of capitalism.Constructed in 1955-56, the venue originally was called Central Lenin Stadium. Its appellation was the nom de guerre of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, leader of the October 1917 revolution. Lenin’s 26-foot (8-meter) bronze sculpture was created by Matvey Manizer for Expo 58 in Brussels, where it was installed in front of the Soviet Union pavilion. It was moved to the stadium in 1960 and placed atop a polished granite pedestal almost as tall as the statue.Site of the 1980 Olympics that the United States boycotted following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the stadium hosted a 1982 UEFA Cup match between Spartak Moscow and Haarlem at which 66 spectators died in a stampede.The venue was renamed Luzhniki Stadium in 1992, a year after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the new name is the Russian word for meadows. The 2008 Champions League final and 2013 track and field world championships were held there, and an almost entirely new stadium was built on the site for the World Cup, one without a track.The path to the stadium from the Sportivnaya Metro station is filled with displays erected by FIFA partners and sponsors.”Under the socialism, capitalism mixed together,” Gustavo Briseno, a 35-year-old fan from Mexico City said by the statue before a group match.In Red Square, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the stadium and a short distance from Lenin’s tomb, FIFA and local organisers opened a temporary Football Park with games and amusement rides – and abundant corporate signage. It is near a string of boutiques for the haute bourgeoisie that include Cartier, Hermes, Tiffany and Versace.”Lots of sort of stark contrasts,” said Mauricio Borrero, an associate professor in history at New York’s St John’s University who is working on a biography of Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin. “Certainly the disparity, the contrast between the very wealthy people and the ones who sort of barely get by, that’s something that bothered him back in the early 20th century, would certainly bother him again.”I think one thing you saw in the Soviet years was there wasn’t such a huge gap between the very wealthy and the very powerful and most of the people. It’s not that those disparities did not exist, it’s just that they weren’t visible.”Antonov, who grew up in Moscow and moved to the US in 1992, said commerce involving small business survived through most of the communist era.”They weren’t always treated very well, and there were all kinds of restrictions, but the idea was always there,” he said. “Private enterprise would be allowed in some form or other.”Darden said the long-term impact of the World Cup may be to partly change the view of the nation held by those who visited.”I think there’s a tendency to think of Russia as this sort of gray dictatorship with bread lines and misery, sort of the babushka with her broom as a the symbol of this country,” he said. “Russia is in fact stereotyped, so people who traveled to Russia confronted a much more complex, dynamic society than the version they get on television.”last_img read more

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What About the Squeegee Kids

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comOn Dec. 28, I made my way down the West Baltimore gauntlet of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., on the rainy last Friday of 2018 and witnessed a familiar scene; men and women in rain soaked clothes armed only with soggy cardboard signs, begging for money.It seems the ranks of those struggling on the far fringes of our community grows every day. And unfortunately for many of us not experiencing the same level of personal peril, patience for their plight probably dwindles.Let’s be real about it; nobody looks forward to the prospect of being guilted seemingly at every corner and intersection to give a couple of dollars to the panhandler lurking near your car. But, if their presence gets on your nerves (I know they get on mine sometimes), or even feels intrusive, imagine how they feel being out there begging for scraps? I remind myself of the reality of their brutal transient existence every time I find myself feeling annoyed.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)The irksome energy aimed at those experiencing homelessness was only exasperated in the wake of the murder of Jacquelyn Smith, the Harford County woman stabbed to death in Baltimore in December, after she allegedly gave money to a panhandler. I know I didn’t even think about cracking my window for a few weeks after that heinous episode.However, my anxiety has melted away enough for me to give a few dollars when I can. But, I would be disingenuous not to admit I’m more leery now, checking my sideview mirrors much more frequently.I find myself compelled to give disproportionately to the young men known as “squeegee kids.”I’ve never seen a White so-called squeegee kid in Baltimore; not quite sure what that means and at the same time I’m quite sure exactly what it means (if that makes any sense). All the cats I’ve encountered have been Black boys and young Black men (with a sprinkling of young Black women), and unlike the vast majority of those they compete with at corners and intersections, most of those young men do not appear to be homeless.Call me naive, but when I see those young men scrambling at intersections, wielding squeegees cleaning windows for a few dollars, I see guys who have not made the choice to scramble on drug corners and hustle. I also see young men who feel like they are running out of choices in a city where the majority of their peers have not fared well.Three-hundred ten people were murdered in Baltimore in 2018; 167 of those people were between the ages of 13 and 30 and the vast majority of them were Black males (although a growing number of young Black women were homicide victims this year).The plight of Black boys in the Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) system has been well documented; they are almost always at or near the bottom in categories of merit and almost always at or near the top in categories of ignominy.I’ll let others carry on the inane and archaic debate about the intelligence of our Black boys. But, if you think that the young Black men you see on the streets of our city every day are inherently stupid, I’ve got some news for you; you’re the stupid one.I’m not arguing every Black kid skipping school, cutting up in class or getting high on BCPS grounds is a rough-hewn brown Einstein. But, I strongly believe almost all of these young dudes out here possess genius level ability in some area. Take the time to engage in conversation with some of these young cats you fear on the corner for a couple of minutes. I dare you. What you will find is most of them are really sharp.The vast majority of these young guys don’t do well in school not because they are dumb; they don’t do well in school because they are bored AF. We can set aside the racial (and racist), cultural, sociological and economic obstacles young Black males have to navigate daily, and just focus on their classroom experience. What are they teaching our Black boys in the schools across the city? Do Black boys (and girls) see themselves in the lessons they learn day in and day out?One day recently a group of four young men I regularly see near the corner of MLK and Mulberry moved through stopped traffic, squeegees in hand. I almost always hand out a few dollars whether they clean my windows or not. But, on this day I waved the dudes off. However, one decided to clean a clump of bird crap off my windshield anyway. After he was done, I rolled down the window and handed him a dollar, he thanked me gave me a pound and went on his way.I thought about it for a minute; this kid just made a dollar for 10 seconds of work, that’s six dollars a minute, $360 in an hour. The reality is, there are young men in their late teens or early 20’s who have an expectancy of making that kind of money right now in America. Most of the them live in the tech hubs scattered throughout the nation.How do we bring those opportunities to our young Black men in Baltimore?Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

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Going incognito wont guarantee your privacy

first_imgRaising further questions about privacy on the internet, researchers including those of Indian origin have found that a person’s online behaviour can be identified by linking anonymous web browsing histories with your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles.”We show that browsing histories can be linked to social media profiles such as Twitter, Facebook or Reddit accounts,” the researchers said.”It is already known that some companies, such as Google and Facebook, track users online and know their identities,” said Arvind Narayanan, an assistant professor at Princeton University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHowever, those companies, which consumers choose to create accounts with, disclose their tracking.The research shows that anyone with access to browsing histories – a great number of companies and organisations – can identify many users by analysing public information from social media accounts, Narayanan said.”Users may assume they are anonymous when they are browsing a news or a health website, but our work adds to the list of ways in which tracking companies may be able to learn their identities,” said Narayanan. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNarayanan noted that the US Federal Communications Commission recently adopted privacy rules for internet service providers that allow them to store and use consumer information only when it is “not reasonably linkable” to individual users.”Our results suggest that pseudonymous browsing histories fail this test,” the researchers said.They note that online advertising companies build browsing histories of users with tracking programmes embedded on webpages. Some advertisers attach identities to these profiles, but most promise that the web browsing information is not linked to anyone’s identity.The researchers wanted to know if it were possible to de-anonymise web browsing and identify a user even if the web browsing history did not include identities.They decided to limit themselves to publicly available information. Social media profiles, particularly those that include links to outside webpages, offered the strongest possibility.The researchers created an algorithm to compare anonymous web browsing histories with links appearing in people’s public social media accounts, called “feeds.” “Each person’s browsing history is unique and contains tell-tale signs of their identity,” said Sharad Goel, an assistant professor at Stanford University.The programmes were able to find patterns among the different groups of data and use those patterns to identify users.The researchers note that the method is not perfect, and it requires a social media feed that includes a number of links to outside sites.However, they said that “given a history with 30 links originating from Twitter, we can deduce the corresponding Twitter profile more than 50 per cent of the time.”last_img read more

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3D Scanner Makes Inventory Photography More Efficient

first_imgFebruary 3, 2012 Does the never-ending snapping and posting of inventory photos on your web shop leave you feeling like you’re running a still-life photography studio? It may be time to ditch the digital camera. Last year, printer giant HP shipped the TopShot, a web-enabled laser printer that doubles as a 3-D scanner capable of capturing high-quality images of small objects. And while the tool is not perfect, our tests made it clear that the TopShot could streamline online inventory photography.What it does: The TopShot, which costs about $400, can scan any object that fits inside the printer’s 8½-by-11-inch scanning area. The image is captured with a digital camera mounted in a pivoting light-enabled stand. Prop up the stand, place your object in the scanning area, click a few buttons, and the scanner goes to work, taking photos from multiple angles. Users can print the resulting image or send it to a PC.What works: HP deserves credit for making a fully capable 3-D web printer that scans, prints and copies. We found product images to be surprisingly clean, well-lit and professional-looking. Business-ready apps are available, including support of storage tools like Google Apps or Box.net. Setup is also easy: Just plug in the USB connection and follow the instructions. No separate software disks or drivers are needed.What could use some work: The TopShot is far too slow to be a commercial-grade scanner or printer. It will take you about a full minute to set up, scan and capture an image; cataloguing a large inventory of photos could require a significant time investment. You will also need to tinker with the software to get the perfect exposure for some objects. (Bright spots on shiny objects are a challenge.) And remember, products must be small enough to fit inside the scanning area–even a pair of adult shoes is too big. Additionally, replacement toner cartridges are not cheap: $50 for black-and-white; $56 for color. Imaging drums run another $80.Bottom line: For an e-tail or eBay business, the TopShot can be an intriguing way to make goods more enticing to customers.  Register Now » 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the February 2012 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more July 27, 2011 —Elekta will demonstrate not only the depth and breadth of its offerings, but its commitment to maximize safety in radiation therapy delivery at the joint 2011 AAPM/COMP meeting. The conference will convene July 31 – August 4 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.Spanning the entire radiation therapy workflow, Elekta provides solutions to ensure set-up integrity, precise control of radiation delivery and accurate recording of treatment data.  Visitors to the Elekta exhibit will be offered a free “safety kit,” a USB flash drive that contains white papers and case studies that explain in detail the company’s approach to radiation medicine safety.Some of their products on display will include:·  Advanced, integrated treatment planning capabilities, including Monaco with volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), Mosaiq Evaluate and Locate·  Mosaiq Oncology Information System, the first comprehensive oncology electronic medical record (EMR) certified for meaningful use·  Agility, Elekta’s prototype multi-leaf collimator, featuring 160 five mm leaves across the full 40 x 40cm field·  Sophisticated, comprehensive stereotactic radiation therapy solutions that combine the most advanced planning, image guidance, soft tissue visualization, patient positioning and immobilization, and delivery technology availableDuring the conference, Elekta will host a Leksell GammaPlan luncheon Monday, Aug. 1 at 12:30 p.m. and an Elekta Customer luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 12:30 p.m.For more information: www.elekta.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | July 27, 2011 Elekta to Showcase Cancer Management Products at Joint Radiation Physics Annual Meeting last_img read more