[DAWN] A court in Uruguay has ruled that a bronze Nazi eagle from a German destroyer that fought in one of the first naval skirmishes of World War II must be sold.
Half the proceeds will go to the government and half to the salvage team that found the insignia in the River Plate off Montevideo in 2006 after a decade of searching, the ruling said.
This 50-50 split is stipulated in an agreement the salvagers signed with the Uruguayan navy in 2004. The treasure hunters had filed suit arguing the government reneged on that deal.
Since it was found, the sculpture ‐ seen as likely to fetch a handsome sum at auction ‐ from the ship called the Admiral Graf Spee has been kept in a navy warehouse.
It features an eagle with its wings spread wide open and clutching a swastika in its talons. The sculpture adorned the stern of the Graf Spee, the pride of the German navy.
A salvage team led by two Uruguayan brothers, Alfredo and Felipe Etchegaray, filed for permission to search for the eagle in 1997.
The team welcomed the ruling, which said the sculpture must be sold in 90 days.
"Justice is being done," Alfredo Etchegaray said.
The Graf Spee’s captain, Hans Langsdorff, scuttled the battleship on December 17, 1939 following the Battle of the River Plate.
The Nazi ship, one of the Third Reich’s largest battleships, briefly sought sanctuary in Montevideo’s harbour from two British ships and a New Zealand battleship that were seeking to sink the Graf Spee.
After sailing out of the harbour, Langsdorff ordered the Graf Spee scuttled ‐ he apparently fell for a ruse designed to convince him a large British naval force was awaiting him in international waters.
Several days after that humiliation, Langsdorff did away with himself.
Discouraging, but not too surprising: AFP story on Pak site, written by an Uruguayan with an Italian name who looks like a hippie. Military and maritime matters (and English) possibly not the collective strong points?
NET June 24, 2019 on Falcon Heavy from LC-39A at Cape Canaveral at 23:30 EDT (03:30 UTC on the next day). Side boosters 1052.2 and 1053.2 will RTLS and land at LZ-1. Center booster 1057.1 will land on the ASDS.
[Mombassa Herald] The Senegalese farmer is certain: Atomic birth control saved his cows.
Arouna Sow, 55, worried his family would starve when the animals got sick three years ago. Their eyes grew teary, their fur clumped off, their ribs poked out, their milk dried up ‐ all because of the tsetse fly’s toxic bite, which kills an estimated 3 million livestock annually in sub-Saharan Africa.
"I can feed my kids and afford health insurance," said Sow, a father of 15. "I don’t understand the science, but I know it’s working." Lord knows, he needs health insurance as much as food for his children.
Senegal, a former French colony hugging the Atlantic Ocean, has sought to wipe out the bloodsucking disease spreaders for more than a decade. Farmers say relief has finally arrived in the country's western Niayes zone, where scientists have eradicated 99 percent of tsetse flies by sterilizing the males with gamma rays. Isn't a gamma ray, like, you know, radiation?
The United States has poured about $5 million into this effort, which has squashed the number of trypanosomiasis cases down to nearly zero. It's part of a broader push to harness nuclear energy for good that has stayed on track even as the Trump administration has sought to slash foreign aid elsewhere. So Trump hasn't squashed everything good? You can see this story originated in the WaPo.
Since 2010, America has funneled roughly $379 million to Senegal's partner in the tsetse fly fight: the International Atomic Energy Agency, a global body that develops benevolent uses for destructive forces.
The United States earmarked an additional $560,000 this month for upkeep of the group's laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria.
It's unclear whether the investment leads to financial gain for the American side. So Trump should've killed the project.
[Washington Examiner] Buckingham Palace called pest control after rats and mice were spotted in the royal kitchen, much to the displeasure of Queen Elizabeth II.
"Rats have been spotted around the outside of the kitchen areas which clearly isn’t ideal," a source told The Sun on Saturday. "Staff, particularly kitchen workers, were given elementary training in how to stop them spreading."
The queen was reportedly "horrified" that rodents were infesting the palace.
"Obviously hygiene is a priority, as are simple things like shutting cupboard doors and sweeping away any crumbs or bits of food," the source said about fixing the problem.
Regardless, they also added, "There isn't a huge amount that can be done."
As a side note, Buckingham Palace is an incredibly old building that the Royal Family has been begging for the funds for a full restoration for (it still looks immaculate to the public, but the background stuff, like the electrical, plumbing, and hidden areas, are disaster zones from what they have said). Of course there are going to be mice in a situation like that.
In the first season of the BBC series Victoria, the attempt to put in electricity in Buckingham Palace drove the rats from their happy homes in the kitchen walls out into the public spaces of the building. This came to the young queen’s attention when — as depicted in the episode — she saw rats on the table holding her birthday cake.
Will the Israelis spoof the S-500 as easily as they spoof the S-300?
[ALMASDARNEWS] The new Russian S-500 ’Prometheus’ air defense system has the capability to hit targets in outer space, the First Deputy General Director of the VKO Almaz-Antey, Sergei Druzin, told RIA Novosti this week.
According to Druzin, the S-500 can be used to combat "ballistic missiles of all types." He said the system is capable of "working outside the atmosphere where aerodynamic control is impossible."
The S-500 Prometheus is equipped with active phased antenna arrays that do not require transmitting devices. It can scan and analyze signals from a great distance. In addition, one antenna can create multiple rays. Beam control is carried out without turning the antenna. Furthermore, its phased antenna requires much less energy, and this is very important for homing missiles.
According to reports, the S-500 is capable of intercepting at a distance of 600 kilometers. Each type of target (aircraft, satellite, cruise or ballistic missiles) will be monitored by its own radar. Each will be destroyed by specialized means. The S-500 will be integrated with the other Russian missile defense systems: SPRN, A-235 Nudol, interceptor aircraft, S-400 and S-300.
THREAD: Carnegie Moscow Center digital director Gosha Birger discusses how #ChernobylHBO was received in Russia and how it accidentally exposed the mechanics of Russian propaganda. 1/ http://t.co/a1tiQbBIME
I truly do not understand why Putin feels the need to prop up the Soviet state's image. This didn't even happen inside of Russia proper, or territory that Russia has formally claimed (yet). He isn't pretending to be a commie now is he? He obviously doesn't give a crap about any ideology in reality.
[DAWN] The capital police on Saturday announced that they have arrested the main suspect in the abduction and murder case of a 10-year-old girl.
Addressing a presser on Saturday, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Waqaruddin Syed said the police picked the suspect for allegedly abducting Farishta on May 15 and killing her.
"It was a blind case which had no clue to trace and identify the culprit," he said, adding that the arrest was made after the victim’s mother’s suspicion. The mother told the police that she had spotted the suspect roaming around her daughter before she disappeared.
The police made sketches of the suspect and started a hunt which led to his arrest, the DIG said. The suspect is a resident of Alipur.
When residents of the area were asked about the suspect, a large number of them complained that he was involved in immoral activities, he said.
The alleged killer has criminal record and two cases were already registered against him in 2006 and 2017, the DIG said.
In 2006, he had tried to molest two girls while in 2017 he had made a similar attempt on a six-year-old girl.
In both cases, challans against the accused were submitted to the court but he got the issues settled with the complainants, the DIG added.
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[NY Post/Ay-Pee] On a high school trip to Jordan’s ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and gossip around a bonfire. A girl asks her frisky boyfriend to take things slow.
By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series "Jinn" hardly pushes the envelope. But when the show debuted last week, many Jordanians were shocked and appalled by a program that had been billed as a point of national pride.
Some Twitter users blasted the series as pornographic. Government ministers vowed to censor it. Jordan’s grand mufti denounced it as "a moral degradation." Lawmakers called an emergency session. The attorney general demanded the cyber-crimes unit "take immediate, necessary action" to pull it from Netflix.
While the government has not made good on its threats, the outrage nonetheless has shaken Jordan’s self-image as a bastion of tolerance in a turbulent region. It reflects a cultural gap between the reputation of the country’s Western-allied ruling elite and conservative Muslim public, many of whom consider it "haram" ‐ forbidden ‐ to drink alcohol, smoke marijuana or even kiss before marriage, and look to television to deliver morality.
The five-episode thriller centers on a private school in the capital of Amman, a bubble of liberalism and privilege in the country. School buses cart the teenagers off to a wide-open desert haunted by ancient demons that make strange and terrifying things happen. Hence the name of the film - Jinn.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ‐ The U.S. Census Bureau is using new high-tech tools to help get an accurate population count next year as its faces challenges tallying people of color who live in remote places and can be wary of the federal government.
The agency is using aerial images of rural communities and hard-to-reach areas to verify addresses and determine where to send workers to ensure everyone is counted, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said.
Satellites and planes take photos, and bureau employees compare the housing captured in the images to digital maps from the last census, in 2010. It takes a fraction of the time needed by workers in the field.
The agency has used geographic technology since 1990 but has never had access to such accurate tools from the air, said Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop, head of the bureau’s geography division.
That technology ‐ known as geographic information system, or GIS ‐ uses computers to analyze neighborhoods, land formations, rivers and other data captured by satellites or traditional mapping.
The new technology to improve the census comes amid concerns that tribal areas and communities of color may be undercounted in the every-10-year tally that determines the amount of federal money states receive and whether they gain or lose U.S. congressional seats.
Brace yourselves: Marine grunts now have their hands on a drone-killing laser cannon.
Marines are currently evaluating a Compact Laser Weapons System (CLaWS) as "the first ground-based laser approved by the Department of Defense for use by warfighters on the ground," Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Wednesday.
*Yawn* That's nice... Have they solved the two big problems yet? (1) Keeping the waste heat generated from melting the laser quickly into slag? and (2) Generating enough portable power to actually damage something( a long power cable to a hydroelectric dam doesn't qualify)?
Still it's closer to the 21st Century I have been waiting for...
I think the military has laser weapons which generate little waste heat.
Key is the strength. Your typical laser pointer used in power point talks has less than 1% of a Watt. To cut through a steel shell of, say 1/4 inch it takes, say 400 W depending on the tightness of the beam. That doesn't seem impossible in a hand held weapon.
I don't really understand how targeting a moving object would work with something like in the image.
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Yawn! I'm still waiting for the plasma rifle in the 25 kilowatt range.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.