Scientists to flood Middle East with 1,000s of 3D cameras to ‘save’ ancient sites from ISIS

RT

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Scientists are going to use thousands of specially-modified 3D cameras to preserve for humanity images of historic sites and artifacts in the Middle East, which are at risk of being destroyed by Islamic State jihadists.

The destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Photo Reuters

The destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Photo Reuters

‘The Million Image Database Project,’ aimed at creating a full digital record of every artefact under threat, was announced earlier this summer by the Institute for Digital Archaeology.

In a letter to The Times newspaper, the researchers wrote that they plan to “flood the Middle East with thousands of low-cost 3D cameras and enlist local partners to photograph as many items of historical significance as possible.”

The Oxford-based institute says that the over 5 million photos will be taken across the Middle East by the end of year and subsequently uploaded online, the paper wrote. It is planned that by 2017, some 20 million images will have been added to the database. Read More »

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This man survived the 2011 Utøya terror attack. Now, Norway wants to deport him and his family

Rick Noack Washington Post  

By the time Anders Behring Breivik was arrested by Norwegian authorities in 2011, he had already killed 77 people in one of Europe’s most gruesome terror attacks. Mubarak Haji Ahmed and Khalid Ahmed only narrowly survived the attack at a summer camp on the island of Utøya. Their brother, Ismail Ahmed, was killed.

Khalid Ahmed survived the Utoya attack, but has now been deported. (Credit: Family photo, provided by Chris Klemmetvold)

Khalid Ahmed survived the Utoya attack, but has now been deported. (Credit: Family photo, provided by Chris Klemmetvold)

Mubarak still suffers from mental health issues and hearing loss caused by the shooting spree. That, however, has not stopped Norwegian officials from trying to deport him, a move that has outraged many Norwegians.

Breivik – considered by many an anti-Muslim terrorist – was recently allowed to start studying from prison. Meanwhile, authorities are pushing forward the deportation of one of the few Muslim victims of his attack.

“Everything is unjust about this case – it is a horror story of immigration administration gone amok,” Rune Berglund Steen, the director of the Norwegian Center against Racism, told The Washington Post. Read More »

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Concerns re reported leaks of slurry wall and remains repository

The September 11th Families Association would like to reassure families who have expressed concerns as to whether the repository within the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the infrastructure below ground within the World Trade Center Complex is secure.  The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey issued a statement today: “The Port Authority has an ongoing program to monitor and preserve the Slurry Wall. The World Trade Center Construction team conducts routine inspections that includes sections of the Slurry Wall not visible to the public and its most recent inspection within the last several days did not identify any leaks in the Slurry Wall.”   The sacredness of the site where our loved ones died is of paramount concern.

The Association has followed and provided information on the construction and development of the World Trade Center Complex for the past fourteen years. Approaching the 14th anniversary, we wanted to directly reassure you that the construction continues and the vibrancy of Lower Manhattan is increasing daily.

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