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Scottish Woman Living in Imlil Delivers Touching Testimony About Morocco

Rabat – A Scottish woman named Alice Morrison who lives in Imlil, 200 meters away from where the murder of Louisa and Maren took place, has delivered a heartfelt speech about Morocco and Moroccans. Morrison spoke through a microphone in front of many tourists and locals on Saturday, December 22, both in Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and English.“As a foreigner and as a guest among you, I found kind, loyal, and generous people. I found love. I am thankful to be with you, thank you so much,” Morrison started in Darija, before she continued in English. “As everybody else in this community, I was horrified to hear of the death of the two young women, and I am disgusted by the people who perpetrated it,” she stated. “I would like to say as somebody who lives here and who’s met with such kindness and such beauty in this wonderful country, this does not represent in anyway, Morocco or Moroccans.”Read Also: Not in My Name: Moroccan Campaign Condemns ExtremismMorrison described Moroccans as “wonderful people,” saying: They’re peaceful, they’re kind, they’re honorable, and they are so hospitable…. I would like to reiterate that with the Moroccans I am so proud to live here and to find such a wonderful community to be part of.”Morrison shares the same view as many who condemned the heinous murder and said that the criminals do not represent Morocco or Moroccans: “The people who did these kind of crimes have done them also in my country in Britain, in France and in Brussels. It’s the same thing.”Expressing condolences on behalf of all Moroccans, she said: “When this crime happens it happens to the whole community. Our thoughts are with the families of those women and with the women themselves.”Morrison concluded warmly: “On behalf of all those who don’t speak English to those who do, I am so sorry for what’s happened to these girls and to their families. And I hope that in the future we could all live together in peace and in harmony.” The sit-in in Imlil is one of the many forms of solidarity by Moroccans who condemned the murder.Read Also: Imlil Murders: Danish Ambassador Grateful for Morocco’s SupportOn the same day, crowds of Moroccans, men and women, gathered in front of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Rabat, carrying banners with messages of solidarity. The banners read “No to terrorism,” and “We are all Danish and Norwegian.”Moroccans placed flowers and lit candles in front of the two Scandinavian embassies.Both Norwegian and Danish ambassadors thanked Moroccans for their support.Ever since the news of the murder emerged on Monday, December 17, Moroccans have displayed various gestures of sympathy with the victims and their families. Many signed a petition calling for the death penalty for the first four arrested suspects.Moroccan security services found the bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, by their tent in an isolated area near Imlil.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) arrested 13 suspects involved in the murder. The first four arrested suspects had pledged their allegiance to ISIS. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Netflix Series about Syria Features Moroccan Money Transfer Agency by Mistake

Rabat – Only a few days after Netflix released one of their newest series, “The Spy,” Moroccans noticed some editing mistakes made by the famous production company. “The Spy” is a series set during Syria in the 1960s, however some scenes showed some Moroccan money transfer agencies, including “Wafacash,” which was not founded until 1991.“In this scene from the new series “The Spy” produced by Netflix, we can see that the Syrian capital, Damascus, had Wafacash, MoneyGram, and Western Union agencies since the 1960s,” said  a Moroccan Facebook user sarcastically.The series was filmed in Morocco, mainly in Casablanca. Editors, however, were not able to completely metamorphose the decor from that of a Moroccan city to a 1960s Damascus. This small detail was not the only thing that Moroccans noticed. In one of the scenes, extras were shouting “we are in Morocco” in Moroccan dialect. Producers did not notice until the series were already online.Je viens de finir The Spy, si on met de côté le côté propagande “les israéliens c’est les plus intelligents, les syriens étaient débiles”:les +: Sasha Baron Cohen excellent dans un rôle sérieuxles – : les détails dans les décors et les figurants qui crient qu’on est au Maroc— Jean Paul (1-0) ساخط (@NumeroLmou9ana3) September 15, 2019“I just finished ‘The Spy.’ If we don’t take into consideration propaganda ‘Israelis are smart and Syrians are stupid,’ on the plus side, Sacha Baron Cohen is excellent in serious roles, on the minus side, the details in decor and extras screaming that we’re in Morocco,” posted a Twitter user.Other internet users, from different countries, also found many inconsistencies in the decor used in the series, including the use of the wrong Syrian flag, the use of incorrect maps, or the use of Malaysian coins.So I am watching the spy on Netflix and guess what I see as the “Syrian flag”? FSA flag is shown as the official Syrian flag back in Al-Hafez’s time. Am in tripping…?@Partisangirl @ejmalrai@Ali_Kourani @Brasco_Aad @Syriasonline @MaxBlumenthal @MoonofA pic.twitter.com/ywzp9tFbQQ— Wahabeasts (@wahabeasts) September 8, 2019There is a map of #Kurdistan in the 4th episode of The Spy, the @netflix series based on the story of the late Israeli intelligence operative Eli Cohen. This is supposedly a military base in the Golan. Epic mistake. (The Israeli map of 1961 in the opening credits is wrong too) pic.twitter.com/8X3O8lpQvt— Ceng Sagnic (@cngsgnc) September 9, 2019Was watching The Spy on Netflix when I noticed this supposed syrian coin looking familiar pic.twitter.com/OmER8kcFcD— poppy (@rushdijaafar) September 14, 2019“The Spy” tells the story of Israeli spy Eli Cohen, who lived in Syria during the 1960s for a long-term mission. The series stars the English actor Sacha Baron Cohen. The series received mixed reactions from viewers. While some people expressed their enjoyment of the series and how brilliant they found the acting, others believed it is full of propaganda.I watched The Spy on Netflix. An Israeli spy in Syria was was found out and killed. Sasha Baron Cohen plays Eli Cohen. Excellent.— cece (@krittercrews) September 10, 2019The propaganda is strong Netflix’s The Spy. Would love to hear the story from the other side.— Wamathai (@Wamathai) September 10, 2019 read more


October 12, 2019 0

UN atomic watchdog agency reports stalemate over Irans nuclear programme

5 March 2007Lacking “the necessary level of transparency and cooperation,” the United Nations atomic watchdog agency reiterated yet again today that it could not provide assurances that Iran’s nuclear programme is solely for the peaceful purpose of generating energy and not for producing nuclear bombs. “The current situation remains somewhat of a stalemate,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told the agency’s Board of Governors in presenting his latest report on Iran’s nuclear programme, noting that the case was in a class of its own because of Tehran’s two decades of undeclared activities in breach of its obligations under Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). “The Agency has been able to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran. However, we continue to be unable to reconstruct fully the history of Iran’s nuclear programme and some of its components, because we have not been provided with the necessary level of transparency and cooperation on the part of Iran,” he said. “We have not seen concrete proof of the diversion of nuclear material, nor the industrial capacity to produce weapon-usable nuclear material, which is an important consideration in assessing the risk. However, quite a few uncertainties still remain about experiments, procurements and other activities relevant to our understanding of the scope and nature of Iran’s programme. This renders the Agency unable to provide the required assurance about the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme,” he added. He termed Iran’s insistence on linking its readiness to resolve IAEA concerns to actions by the Security Council, which has already imposed sanctions and is considering further measures “difficult to understand,” and called for the resumption of negotiations between Tehran and all relevant parties. “I remain convinced that only through negotiation can a comprehensive and durable solution be attained to the Iranian nuclear question and other issues related to it,” he said. Iran insists its programme is purely for energy production but many other countries maintain it is for making weapons, and in December the Council imposed limited sanctions and called on Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment. In the IAEA report, Mr. ElBaradei noted that despite this Iran had continued enrichment, which can produce fuel for generating electricity or, at a much higher level, making nuclear bombs. It was the discovery in 2003 of Iran’s hidden activities that gave rise to the current crisis, as Mr. ElBaradei stressed today. “The IAEA’s confidence about the nature of Iran’s programme has been shaken because of two decades of undeclared activities,” he said. “This confidence will only be restored when Iran takes the long overdue decision to explain and answer all the Agency’s questions and concerns about its past nuclear activities in an open and transparent manner. Until that time, the Agency will have no option but to reserve its judgment about Iran’s nuclear programme, and as a result the international community will continue to express concern.” Mr. ElBaradei painted a more positive picture on another area of major IAEA concern, the nuclear programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), noting the DPRK’s agreement at diplomatic talks in Beijing last month to shut down and eventually abandon its Yongbyon nuclear facility. The agreement envisions the return of IAEA personnel to conduct necessary monitoring and verification after they were ordered out four years ago when the DPRK withdrew from the NPT. The DPRK also invited Mr. ElBaradei to visit. “I welcome the Beijing agreement, and the invitation to visit the DPRK, as positive steps towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and towards the normalization of the DPRK’s relationship with the Agency,” he said. read more


October 12, 2019 0

Republic of Korea grants refugee citizenship for the first time – UN

23 March 2010For the first time since it adopted the 1951 Refugee Convention almost two decades ago, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has granted a recognized refugee citizenship, in a move hailed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today. For the first time since it adopted the 1951 Refugee Convention almost two decades ago, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has granted a recognized refugee citizenship, in a move hailed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today.The new citizen is a 38-year-old Ethiopian man who fled persecution in his home country and arrived in the ROK in 2001.“This is a highly significant milestone in Asia, where few countries have signed the 1951 Refugee Convention, and even fewer have extended citizenship to refugees,” said UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming.“We are grateful to the Republic of Korea for its leadership in local integration, one of the three durable solutions available to refugees, and one that is rarely used in Asia,” she added.Citizenship, Ms. Fleming pointed out, is the most comprehensive form of local integration, voicing hope that other Asian countries will follow suit.The ROK recognized its first refugee in 2001. Since its Government began receiving refugee claims in 1994, it has recognized 175 refugees and given humanitarian status to an additional 93 people who were found not to be refugees but still requiring international protection.Between 1994 and the end of 2009, the country has received nearly 2,500 applications and 321 are still pending. read more


October 11, 2019 0

Bell to begin tracking web histories TV habits and mobile app usage

TORONTO — Bell’s privacy policy has been updated to indicate that it plans to start tracking customers and collect data on web and mobile usage, TV watching and phone calling habits.Bell will start collecting customer data on Nov. 16, which it says will be used for improving network performance, creating marketing reports and selling targeted ads on mobile devices.What Bell is able to aggregate, being as large as it is, is far more than any individual Internet companyWebsites visited, search terms used, TV shows watched, calling patterns and mobile usage will be collected and collated with what products and services customers pay for, where they live, their gender and age range.Bell says the data it collects will not be linked with a customer’s identity. While customers can opt out of having their data used for personalized advertising and marketing reports, it appears they will be tracked regardless.Bell did not immediately respond to an interview request.Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce law, said he’s shocked by the extent of the “data grab” that Bell is preparing to undertake.“What Bell is able to aggregate, being as large as it is, is far more than any individual Internet company, even a company as large as Google,” Geist said.“When you look at the kind of information that they say will now be used … these are pieces of information that some companies have some of that data, but Bell is in an almost unique position of having it all.“It’s a level of intrusiveness and monitoring that I think is truly unprecedented in Canada. There’s nobody that’s as large and as all encompassing as Bell and their capabilities from a customer surveillance perspective are similarly impressive.”Customers can opt out of the data collection at the following address: http://mobilebrowser.bwanet.ca/optout/v2/bell-en.jsp read more


October 8, 2019 0

Jean Coutu profit beats Street but revenue falls short

Canadian pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group Inc reported a fall in third-quarter revenue, hurt by regulations that have capped the prices of generic drugs.The company, which has stores in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario, said the growth in the number of generic drugs’ prescriptions with lower selling prices than branded drugs also hurt sales — a trend that it expects will continue.However, Jean Coutu reported a better-then-expected 11% rise in profit, helped by a fall in expenses and a lower tax bill.The company and its rival Shopper’s Drug Mart Corp have been hurt by the province of Ontario’s ban on drugstores’ sales of their own private-label generic prescription drugs. In November, the Supreme Court of Canada’s upheld the ban.While the ruling only applies directly to Ontario, the biggest market in Canada, it could inspire similar bans in other provinces, which have already followed Ontario’s lead in cutting prices for generic drugs.Longueuil, Quebec-based Jean Coutu sells its own Pro Doc generic drugs in Quebec, but the chain has relatively fewer outlets in Ontario.The company said on Thursday revenue fell 0.6% to $712.5 million in the quarter ended Nov. 30.Total same-store sales fell 1.3%, while same-store pharmacy sales fell 1.6%.Net profit rose to $62.5 million, or 30 Canadian cents per share, from $56.2 million, or 26 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 28 Canadian cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.The company’s tax bill fell 9.6% in the quarter, while cost of sales fell about 2%.Shares of Jean Coutu, which have risen about 32% in the last one year, closed at $18.63 on Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more


October 8, 2019 0

Australia to help marginalised communities in Lanka

The grants were provided as part of the Australian government’s annual small grant funding program, the Direct Aid Program. These grants are available on a not-for-profit basis to local community groups to provide immediate relief for marginalised communities. The Australian High Commission has granted Rs 31 million to support 11 community-based development projects across Sri Lanka.Australian High Commissioner, Robyn Mudie handed over cheques to several community organisations which will implement these projects in a number of provinces around the country. Grants were awarded to, among others, projects for improving livelihood facilities and enhancing employment opportunities, vocational training for plantation sector women, raising awareness on human rights and prevent child abuses, post-war recovery activities, and establishing a community centre and a multipurpose learning centre. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking after the ceremony, High Commissioner Mudie said: “The High Commission has long taken pride in the Direct Aid Program (DAP) as it allows us to provide direct benefits to community groups doing great work at the grass roots level. Through DAP we are able to assist a number of disadvantaged groups, including women, children and those with a disability. We are proud to support the many terrific community groups which are working in Sri Lanka to help their communities overcome challenges. We hope that by working with these groups we are helping to lay the basis for a more prosperous future for all communities in Sri Lanka in the long term.” read more


October 8, 2019 0

General Assembly budget committee hears mixed picture of UNs financial health

Addressing the General Assembly’s Administrative and Budgetary Committee yesterday, as it began its twice-yearly consideration of the UN’s finances, Controller Warren Sach presented a “mixed picture” through the end of 2004.Citing both positive and negative developments, he focused on four major indicators of the Organization’s financial situation: assessments authorized; unpaid assessments; cash available; and debt to Member States.Cash balances were higher than at the end of 2003 and unpaid assessments for the regular budget and tribunals were lower, he said. At the same time, however, unpaid assessments for peacekeeping were sharply higher and debt to troop and equipment contributors was also up.The regular budget presented a mixed picture, Mr. Sach said, with the number of Member States having paid their assessments in full by the end of 2004 falling to 124 from 131 by the end of 2003. On a more positive note, however, the amount unpaid for the regular budget at the end of last year had fallen from $442 million to $357 million. By 31 January 2005, 35 Member States had paid their assessed contributions in full, and that number had grown to 72 by 30 April, compared to 77 the same date last year.The financial position of the international tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda was much better today than in October when the Committee was last briefed, he said. At that time, 113 Member States had owed some $80 million, and as a result of the financial shortfall, a recruitment freeze had been in effect. By 31 December 2004, the shortfall had been reduced to $30 million, and significant payment by a number of Member States had made possible the end of the recruitment freeze. The number of Member States that had paid their contributions to the two tribunals in full in 2004 had increased to 88 from 81 in 2003.However, the total amount received by 30 April 2005 was also down, to $175 million from $187 million in April 2004. While he welcomed those positive developments, much remained to be done to ensure the tribunal’s financial stability. “After all,” he added, “of the 191 Member States, no fewer than 148 still had amounts outstanding for one or both tribunals at the end of April.”Turning to peacekeeping, Mr. Sach said the level of assessments issued for peacekeeping operations in 2004 had more than doubled to over $5 billion. That was due, in part, to new operations in Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire and Haiti, expanded operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as to a technical issue related to peacekeeping assessment rates.The Organization expected cash available for peacekeeping to total some $1.192 billion at the end of 2005. Of that amount, $60 million was expected to be available in the Peacekeeping Reserve Fund, after taking account of new or expanded operations in the Sudan and the DRC. Of the $337 million in the accounts of closed peacekeeping operations, $219 million had to be held to cover corresponding liabilities, leaving only $118 million for possible cross-borrowing.In addition to requirements for new and expanded missions, the Organization had to cross-borrow occasionally from the closed operations for a number of other active operations, as well as for the regular budget and tribunals. Given the current fragile financial situation, Secretary-General Kofi Annan had proposed that the Organization retain the $93 million available in the accounts of closed operations. As the Organization would only have $25 million to cover cross-borrowing requirements that were periodically much higher, he stressed the importance of that proposal. read more


October 6, 2019 0

Chemical that gives natural gas its smell spills in Montana creating odour

Chemical that gives natural gas its smell spills in Montana, creating odour but no danger HELENA, Mont. – Officials say there’s no danger despite the smell of a gas leak near a northern Montana city. The only thing that leaked is the chemical that gives the gas its odour.NorthWestern Energy says about 300 gallons of mercaptan (mer-KAP’-ten) spilled near the company’s gas-gathering operation near Cut Bank. Natural gas is naturally odourless, so utilities add the chemical to give the gas its sulfuric smell that alerts people to a leak.NorthWestern officials say the chemical doesn’t present any danger to the public, although people nearby will have to put up with the unpleasant odour for a little while.The cleanup is expected to extend into Thursday evening. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2014 3:41 pm MDT read more


October 4, 2019 0

At conference Ban highlights role of police peacekeeping to uphold rule of

“United Nations police work in some of the toughest environments in the world. They serve communities. They bring stability. They inspire trust,” he said in a video message to a high-level conference on international police peacekeeping, held in Berlin, Germany.“UN Police are adapting to meet emerging threats, and they train local officers so that positive change takes deep root in society,” he said. Some 13,500 police officers from nearly 90 countries serve under the UN flag, and Mr. Ban stressed that as they grow in numbers, so do their responsibilities. In response, the UN is developing a strategic guidance framework for police peacekeeping, he said.“I appreciate the support of Member States, but we need to do more. We especially need more female police. Women police can more easily earn the trust of local women. That means more victims come forward and we can stop more crime.”The conference, which will end tomorrow, was jointly organized by the German Government and the UN, with more than 200 participants in attendance. read more


October 2, 2019 0

Alarm as modern life sees average sperm count halve since the 1970s

first_imgResearchers said humans could become extinct if sperm counts in Western countries continue to fall at the current rates. Experts said the “shocking” decline should be treated as an “urgent wake up call,” with chemicals, pesticides, stress and obesity among the factors linked to the changes.   Men’s sperm counts have fallen by almost 60 per cent since the 1970s, according to major research which warns that modern life may be fuelling a male fertility crisis. Lower sperm count is linked to higher death rates,… Scientists behind the study, which tracked more than 40,000 men, said the findings should also be seen as a “canary in the coal mine” which could signal damage to health far beyond fertility.last_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

This robot wheelchair can climb steps

first_imgThe contraption we know today as the wheelchair dates back as far as the sixth century BC. Since then, there have been quite a few advancements in the technology of mobility improvement, but one thing that remains is that wheelchairs and stairs are mortal enemies. The wheelchair ramp is as iconic as the wheelchair itself.The Chiba Institute of Technology has managed to develop a robotic wheelchair that is capable of climbing over steps. The best part is that the design is completely user-friendly. The rider moves the device around just like a normal wheelchair, with a joystick that controls the speed and direction. However, if it detects that there is a step in the way, the wheels become legs and it lifts the entire machine over the step.This technology also allows the chair to remain level when it moves across slanted or uneven terrain. By dynamically adjusting the height of the wheels, the balance will remain intact. It is still a very nascent concept and development is under way, but it’s a positive sign for the future.The prototype machine takes its time in recognizing that there is a step, ensuring it can go over it, and then making the necessary adjustments. It is certainly quite an advancement in what could be a significant impact in the market.The scientists involved in the stair-climbing wheelchair say that this is still a concept, but they are confident that it can now be shown to the world. They say the main thing to work on now is fine-tuning the user experience.This isn’t the only development going on in the accessibility market. Just recently we talked about this incredible motorized Lego wheelchair.via Diginfolast_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Attack on gay couple in Athens leaves one man hospitalised

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A man had his ankle broken in three places in the Athens neighbourhood of Pangrati early on Saturday in what it is thought to be at least the fifth homophobic attack in the capital this summer.A gay couple were attacked in a park by 10 to 15 men with shaved heads and wearing black t-shirts, according to Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper. According to the victims, their attackers were aged between 25 and 30.One of the gay men has to go undergo surgery on his ankle as a result of the injuries he suffered.The incident is being investigated by the Pangrati police precinct.Source: Ekathimerini.last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Kintetsu Railway reveals plan to extend Osaka network to Yumeshima IR site

first_img Load More However, because the electrical wiring differs between the Nara line and the Chuo line, a new car that is compatible with both would need to be considered.Nara, home to eight world heritage sites including Todaiji Yakushiji Temple, is a popular tourist destination. If Kintetsu’s railway plan comes to fruition, another Japanese tourism capital, the Iseshima area, will also connect directly to Yumeshima without any transfers.Keihan Electric Railway has already extended its Nakanoshima line in anticipation of Yumeshima and has revealed a further initiative to connect to Kujo, location of Ibara Sumiyoshi Shrine.Osaka Prefecture and Osaka city are considering extension of the Osaka Metro Chuo line as a means of transportation to Yumeshima and estimate the project will cost around JPY54 billion (US$492 million). One of the conditions of IR operator selection is that the candidate will have to cover JPY20 billion (US$182 million) of the metro extension to Yumeshima. Multiple major IR operators have already revealed that they would be happy to comply with this condition. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts Kintetsu Railway has become the latest Japanese railway firm to throw its hat in the ring to develop an extension to its existing network to transport passengers to Osaka’s proposed IR site on Yumeshima.According to Kyodo News Agency, Kintetsu Railway – which has a network of train lines in Kyoto, Nara and Nagoya – plans to run a rapid express train directly between Nara and Yumeshima. Specifically, Nara Station would be the terminus a quo and the line would connect with the Kintetsu Keihanna line, which runs through the Osaka metro central line, terminating at Yumeshima. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR movelast_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

Missing hiker on Mt Roberts trail found dead

first_imgA Florida man hiking on Juneau’s Mount Roberts trail system on July 4th was found dead last night.Download AudioAlaska State Troopers were notified Sunday afternoon that 35-year-old Michael Patrick Blaisdell was missing. Blaisdell, an Orlando resident, hadn’t been seen or heard from since around 11:30 Saturday morning.Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says the agency launched a search and rescue operation with Juneau Mountain Rescue and SEADOGS. Five search teams went up the Mount Roberts trail and Temsco Helicopters provided an aerial search.“A little bit before 8:00 last night, an aerial search team located Blaisdell off the Mount Roberts trail system near the base of a 50-foot drop in the Bear Valley area,” Peters says.Blaisdell’s family has been notified. His body was recovered and will be sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for autopsy.With Temsco Helicopters, Alaska State Troopers performed an aerial search over Mount Roberts Sunday evening. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/KTOO)last_img read more


September 9, 2019 0

Piping problem leads to dry taps brown water in Haines

first_imgThe Haines Borough is working to replenish its water supply after storage tanks drained so low Sunday that some neighborhoods were left with dry taps. The water shortage sprung from a problem with the transmission line from the borough’s main water source, Lily Lake.Haines resident Merrill Lowden took this picture of her water at about 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17.On Sunday afternoon, Fort Seward resident Merrill Lowden drove 5 miles to the Mud Bay spring to get 8 gallons of drinking water. She said she usually gets her water from the tap.“I’m lazy, I don’t like to haul water if I don’t have to,” Lowden said.She first heard about the water problems when she went to the Pilotlight Restaurant Sunday morning. Restaurant owner Eric Forster said he was preparing for the brunch rush when he noticed something different about the tap water.“It came out incredibly brown, super dark, almost looked like coffee,” Forster said.“It got down low in the tanks where the sediment is at, and so while there’s nothing really wrong with it, it just doesn’t taste good and it’s not pleasant to drink,” said Borough Public Facilities Director Brad Ryan.Public works staff were at Lily Lake on Sunday, trying to figure out what was wrong with the pipe that supplies water from the lake to the treatment plant. Efforts that afternoon to clear the line of an apparent air lock weren’t successful, and the borough put water restrictions in place.“We had a big step forward (Sunday) night at about 8:30,” Ryan said. “We think we sucked some of the air out of the line and prevented some of the air lock. So it’s flowing pretty good right now, but not as good as we’d like.”On Monday, Ryan said they were letting the water flow to the treatment plant to try to replenish reserves. The Lily Lake supply is being supplemented by Crystal Cathedrals well water, also known as well field, which is a backup source for the borough.“And right now we’re making water, with well field we’re pumping about 400,000 gallons a day which is about 50,000 gallons more than we think we’ll use in a day especially if we can keep this water restriction on,” Ryan said. “So we’re trying to catch up, and if we do, tomorrow we’ll hopefully make some more improvements on the (Lily Lake) water line.”Ryan said another reason the water stores drained so low is because the Tower Road tank is out of commission. The borough is waiting on a state permit for a tank roof replacement. Normally, that container provides a buffer for the municipal system to draw on.Ryan said the borough has also been trying to avoid funneling Crystal Cathedrals well water into town, because the lower water quality can impact businesses. Last month, the brewery expressed concern when the borough used well water, saying it affects their product.“So we’ve really been playing this game to try to keep people in better water so they can stay in business and be happier at their houses, and draw this tank down lower. But this hiccup is now a greater impact because we’re running our tanks lower,” Ryan said. “Now we’ve turned well field back on and we’re gonna have to live with it.”Using Lily Lake and the Crystal Cathedrals well, Ryan hopes to get the water supply back up to the safe zone. A burn ban was put in effect this weekend partly because of the dwindling water stores.Ryan said Monday afternoon that some residents on Highland Drive, Young Road and Bjornstad Street were still without water. He said borough staff were working to get service to those areas as soon as possible.Forster at the Pilotlight said they’ve been using bottled water for everything since Sunday.“So we had to go and use bottled water for sanitation and bleach buckets and washing hands,” Forster said. “It was bad. …Hopefully it gets fixed quick ‘cause buying all this water is expensive when we already pay for water.”A water use restriction was still in place Monday afternoon for municipal water customers. That means people should refrain from things like watering their lawns, washing vehicles or other nonessential uses.last_img read more


September 9, 2019 0

Friday Nov 21st–Tonight on AFROs First Edition

first_imgIconic comedian Bill Cosby’s legacy and career seem to be crumbling in the wake of rape allegations from multiple women that have resurfaced over the last few weeks, that go back as far as the 1960s. We’ll examine the perpetuation of violence and sexual assault against women in the popular culture and we’ll remember Cosby’s groundbreaking television career with a diverse panel of experts, coming up on the AFRO’s First Edition, starting at 5 pm.last_img


September 1, 2019 0

The Neon Demon is like a grim psychological horror version of Mean

first_imgI’m a Nicolas Winding Refn fan. Even before the explosive critical success of Drive, I was fully onboard with what the Danish writer-director brings to the table from his work on the Pusher trilogy, Bronson and, my personal favorite, Valhalla Rising. But with his most recent film, The Neon Demon starring Elle Fanning, he’s hit another gear. All of the director’s stylized, visceral violence arrives intact, but as opposed to his previous, dude-centric work, The Neon Demon is a decidedly feminine tale and take on the grim, hyper-real world in which the director chooses to set his works.Part of this is, of course, due to the very premise of the film, which is set within the high-stakes world of professional female models. The flick follows Elle Fanning, a doe-eyed recent arrival in Los Angeles, on her journey to become a full-fledged supermodel, no matter the cost. From a director best known for documenting Viking brutality in Valhalla Rising, providing a star-making platform for Tom Hardy as infamous British thug Charles Bronson, and turning Ryan Gosling into a stone-faced killer criminal twice over, this is quite already quite a departure.Everything else about Refn’s approach, though? The violence? The lurid imagery? The surreal plot turns? It’s all here, but filtered through the lens of female experience in a way that makes it entirely new. The Neon Demon is like a grim, psychological horror version of Mean Girls. In Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Only God Forgives, and even Drive, the terror and tension that the audience feels for the film’s protagonists comes from a very masculine sense of “These two bulls are going to butt heads sooner or later,” but the horror cultivated by The Neon Demon is much more subtle in nature, as the women that Elle Fanning’s character meets don’t want to destroy her through straightforward means. Rather, they aim to whittle away at her confidence and value, competing with one another through social means rather than physical ones, at least initially.This stands in stark contrast to the approaches of the men in The Neon Demon, all of whom are either predators or patsies, sneering villains or dopes who mistakenly believe themselves to be in a position of power. What’s really fascinating about the men in the film is that even at their most vile and sinister, they merely want to use Elle Fanning and the other women around them, to get something from them. But the women of The Neon Demon? They don’t just want something from their rivals, they actually want to hollow them out and consume what’s left.What makes this all truly terrifying is that the women of The Neon Demon, with their perfectly composed, heavily made-up faces, are impossible to read. When the men of the film appear on screen, it is immediately clear who and what they are: Irritable, violent sociopath; well-meaning but self-interested hayseed; arrogant, myopic manipulator. And, significantly, all of these initial impressions are correct, despite Refn’s teases at the contrary and the audience’s desire to see those expectations subverted. The men of The Neon Demon are shallow creatures, lacking in subtlety, for whom violence is only a surface trait, a straightforward expression of their simplistic, savage desires.The women of The Neon Demon, however, are all subtlety and churning machinations. They use violence –sexual and otherwise — not as an end in and of itself, but as a tool to get that which they truly desire. This makes them decidedly more complex and infinitely more dangerous, as it’s impossible to tell what any of the women — including Elle Fanning — is really thinking, what they truly desire, and what their plans ultimately entail.And just like how Refn uses and manipulates audience expectations of how the men in his films should behave — especially an absolutely fantastic Keanu Reeves–he does the same with the female characters. But unlike the men, who surprise audiences in their failure to reveal any further depths, nearly every woman in the film goes through a clear arc in which they are revealed to be more devious, more Machiavellian, smarter, and more capable than they first seemed. Even Christina Hendricks, though she only appears in a single scene, is slyly introduced as a stern, but sympathetic mother figure, only to be later revealed as a cynical, calculating operator, eager to grind up the human livestock that arrives daily upon her doorstep.It’s smart, heady stuff, and far deeper than it might appear at first glance. Refn uses all of our gendered preconceived notions about his work, the actors and actresses he employs, the characters he presents, and the world he aims to depict. He combines these elements to set up expectations for how the rest of his film will play. But, at every turn, he subverts those expectations, reveling in the disorientation caused by them, and using that complexity to explore themes, emotions, and desires that aren’t just feminine, but human in nature.Like all of Refn’s work, The Neon Demon isn’t for everyone. In fact, it might not even be for most people, as it eschews realism in favor of spectacle, delights in discomfort, and would rather show you something interesting than develop the standard plot progression that most major films adhere to. But if you’re willing to give yourself over to the world that Refn creates, if you’re willing to accept the steep buy-in of the director’s Los Angeles — by turns surreal and hyper-real–then the payoff is absolutely delicious.Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer, whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe comic series from IDW Publishing, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. Find him on Twitter or check out his website for more information.last_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

Rumer Willis had crush on Ashton Kutcher

first_imgRumer Willis has revealed that she had a huge crush on actor Ashton Kutcher before he married her mother Demi Moore. Rumer, 26, who is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Moore, said she had posters of Kutcher, 37, on her wall as she growing up, reported USA Today.When asked about her crush, Rumer said, “It was definitely weird for a minute, but I have to commend him. He was a really great stepfather.The perspective switched very quickly.”last_img


August 31, 2019 0

A Twitter video shows how voting machines used in 18 states can

first_imgAt the 26th Annual DEFCON Conference in Vegas last week, attendees were reminded of US election infrastructure being susceptible to ulterior motives, by an alarming video posted on Twitter. Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security demonstrated on her Twitter status about the voting machines hacked in under two minutes. SocialProof Security provides assessments for social engineering based security. Social engineering involves tricking people into giving up information that lets hackers bypass physical and computer security systems. It’s most commonly done with a simple phone call, talking to a tech support agent into resetting a password or getting information about a company’s network by asking an unwary staffer few leading questions. Tobac explained that accessing the voting machine’s admin function is synonymous toopening the hood of a car with a release button, unplugging the card reader, picking a lock and turning on a machine with a ballpoint pen. The model of voting machine used was the Premier AccuVote TS or TSX which is used in more than 18 states for elections. Jack Braun, organizer of the Voting Village commented to the Wall Street Journal, “This is not the cyber mature industry.” While the National Association of Secretaries of State, one of the biggest providers of election supplies in the US, issued a statement discrediting the hackers: “Our main concern with the approach taken by DEFCON is that it uses a pseudo environment which in no way replicates state election systems, networks, or physical security,” it said. “Providing conference attendees with unlimited physical access to voting machines,” NASS said, “does not replicate accurate physical and cyber protections established by state and local governments before and on Election Day.” This is the second year in a row where DEFCON have hacked election systems with the Voting Village. Other experiments included an 11 year girl old hacking a replica of Florida secretary of state website and changing the results in 10 minutes. There were suggestions to use blockchain based voting systems to maintain the integrity of elections. Regardless of its implementation this is an area of concern and should be addressed to alleviate tampering of future elections. Read Next: 7 Black Hat USA 2018 conference cybersecurity training highlights: Hardware attacks, IO campaigns, Threat Hunting, Fuzzing, and more DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0: How hackers used social engineering to manipulate the 2016 U.S. elections Twitter allegedly deleted 70 million fake accounts in an attempt to curb fake newslast_img read more


August 26, 2019 0