U.S. military confirms Qur’ans were kicked, stepped on and splashed with urine at Guantanamo

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U.S. military confirms Qur’ans were kicked, stepped on and splashed with urine at Guantanamo

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Saturday, June 4, 2005

On Friday, the U.S. military released the results of their investigation and confirmed that in 5 separate incidents, American guards at the Guantánamo Bay prison “mishandled” the Islamic holy book. However, they stress that guards were usually “respectful” of the Qur’an.

One incident involved splashing a Qur’an with urine by urinating near an air vent while others involved kicking, stepping on and writing in Qur’ans.

Brigadier-General Jay Hood, the commander of the jail, said that these incidents are the exception to the rule. In a statement issued late Friday, he said: “The inquiry … revealed a consistent, documented policy of respectful handling of the Qur’an dating back almost two-and-a-half years.”

Gen. Hood looked into the allegations, published and then retracted by Newsweek, that American personnel flushed a Qur’an down a toilet. He said that the inquiry did not find any evidence supporting this particular allegation. “The inquiry found no credible evidence that a member of the Joint Task Force at Guantanamo Bay ever flushed a Qur’an down a toilet. This matter is considered closed.”

The incidents reported are:

  • a guard kicking a prisoner’s Qur’an;
  • Qur’ans wetted by water balloons thrown by guards;
  • a “two-word obscenity” written, in English, inside the cover of a Qur’an. Military officials state that it is equally possible that a guard wrote this in the prisoner’s Qur’an or that the prisoner wrote this in his own Qur’an;
  • a guard who urinated too close to an air vent, spraying a Qur’an with urine;
  • an interrogator who stepped on a Qur’an during an interrogation.

The investigation also revealed 15 alleged cases of Qur’an mistreatment by detainees themselves. Detainees used Qur’ans as pillows, urinated on them, and, several times, tore pages out of copies of the books, according to the report. For example, the report states that a guard observed a “detainee place two Qur’ans in his toilet and state he no longer cared about the Qur’an or his religion,” on February 23, 2004. It is believed that such behavior is intended to cause disruption and problems for the guards.

Improve Your Business With The Use Of Repair Management Software

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byAlma Abell

In any retail business, an effective POS system can help improve customer satisfaction and increase profitability. There are many reasons why people involved in the quick-lube business rely on repair management software.

A POS system is far more than just a sophisticated cash register; it can track inventory, maintain customer lists, and increase employee efficiency. When everyone involved in the business has current information available instantly, you can anticipate questions and have answers ready.

There are many advantages, including:

  • Sales History

Tracking sales history is essential to forecasting future business. Management software allows for the easy retrieval of past transactions, which makes effective inventory management easier and more accurate.

  • Inventory Management

On-hand inventory is determined from sales records and purchase orders. It becomes easier to coordinate on-hand inventory for single and multi-shop operations.

  • Sales Data in Real-time

Management does not have to be on-site to access sales data; it is simple to access a central server and retrieve relevant information needed for effective decision making. Retail management software makes customizing reports easy.

  • Financial Control

Although human error is inevitable, management software makes financial control much more accurate. You will know instantly, whom you owe, who owes you, how much, and when the payment is due.

Today, children are raised alongside electronic devices. It is easy for everyone concerned to become accustomed to working with hand-held devices. There is very little need for intensive training; the training does not include device usage; it focuses on the activities that can be performed.

Everyone involved, customer and shop management get all the information they need. Management knows what has been sold, to whom, and for how much. Marketing can develop loyalty programs, can mount effective email campaigns, and even offer special coupons and discounts. For more information, visit our website https://www.egenuity.com/.

‘Apple’s data is dirtiest,’ says Greenpeace

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‘Apple’s data is dirtiest,’ says Greenpeace

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

In a report on cloud computing issued this week, the environmental group Greenpeace rated ten top Internet companies, including Apple, Google, Twitter and Amazon, on several factors such as each company’s willingness to be transparent by providing information on its energy sources and the energy efficiency of its data centers.

In the report entitled “How Dirty is your Data”, Apple, while receiving good marks for transparency, rated at the bottom for energy efficiency, primarily because its huge, new data center in North Carolina, called iDataCenter, relies largely on coal. Although Apple claimed its California operations used cleaner energy than that produced by most grids, iDataCenter has an estimated energy demand three times Apple’s current use, significantly increasing Apple’s environmental footprint. As Apple increases the online products it delivers from its iTunes platform, it will enlarge its cloud computing operations further.

“Apple’s decision to locate its iDataCenter in North Carolina, which has an electrical grid among the dirtiest in the country (61 percent coal, 31 percent nuclear), indicates a lack of a corporate commitment to clean energy supply for its cloud operations,” Greenpeace said in its report.

About 2 percent of worldwide energy use is consumed by data center computer servers, and this amount is increasing by 12 percent a year, Greenpeace reports, an energy demand that is more than that of Russia.

Greenpeace said many IT companies do not reveal the environmental impact of their energy consumption, and concentrate more on energy efficiency that on using clean energy. Most of their energy is supplied by coal and nuclear energy. Companies are locating their data centers in areas that afford cheap, abundant coal-powered electricity.

Yahoo was praised by Greenpeace for placing its data centers near sources of clean energy and its minor use of coal-based power.

IT brands at the vanguard of this 21st century technological shift are perpetuating our addiction to dirty energy technologies of the last two centuries.

Greenpeace noted that Google says that it is conscious of the need to use renewable sources of electricity to power cloud computing, but it does not acknowledge the size of its carbon footprint. The company claims it has seven data centers worldwide, but it is estimated to have 20 to 30.

The carbon footprint of cloud computing is a recent emphasis of Greenpeace in its attempt to disprove the belief that the biggest polluters are manufacturers.

[T]he data centers of Amazon, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Apple, and Akamai . . . are probably not much different from the business where you work every day when it comes to dependency on coal for electricity generation. And ditto for the home that you return to every night.

In a response to the report, Timothy Prickett Morgan criticized Greenpeace for focusing on data centers which are responsible for using about 3 per cent of the US power generation and globally account for 1.5 to 2 percent. He noted that “the data centers of Amazon, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Apple, and Akamai . . . are probably not much different from the business where you work every day when it comes to dependency on coal for electricity generation. And ditto for the home that you return to every night.”

Morgan quotes data from a 2008 report by the International Energy Agency and cited by the World Coal Association, now known as the The World Coal Institute, that showed coal plants produce over 40 percent of the global electricity. The Institute determined that United States receives half of its power from coal plants. Some other countries, such as South Africa, Poland and China, use more coal. “The world is still dependent on non-renewable energy sources – coal and nuclear with a smattering of oil and gas – to generate electricity,” he says, suggesting the IT companies should not be singled out.

Morgan is also critical of Greenpeace’s methodology in gathering the data, as it included only a sample of the data centers of these companies, and some that were not yet completely operational. He noted that because the companies were not always cooperative in disclosing information, Greenpeace estimated a portion of the data. He said that the reader has to “drill down into the report” to see the the complete picture.

Another criticism of Greenpeace is its definition of coal and nuclear power as “dirty energy”. Because it does not discharge greenhouse gases, nuclear power is rated more favorably than coal by some environmental organizations. Greenpeace is adamantly against nuclear power’s radiation risks.

Child killed by family dog

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Child killed by family dog

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April 12, 2005

In what authorities call a terrible tragedy, a four-year-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon by the family dog. The Orange County, Virginia USA boy was playing in his back yard while their dog, a RottweilerGerman Shepherd mix, was chained to a stake.

The parents of the boy were home when the mauling occurred, but there were no direct eye witnesses to the attack that took place in the Placid Pines mobile home park. County Sheriff C.G. Feldman said, “We’ll probably never know what provoked the attack.” he told the Associated Press, “The boy had grown up with the dog.”

A CBS6 broadcast said investigators saw no signs of parental negligence, and the boy was their only child. No charges against the parents were filed. The dog was euthanised Monday.

Sheriff Feldman stressed there were no similarities or connection with an earlier case of an elderly woman killed in an attack by 3 pit bulls in the nearby county of Spotsylvania just over a month ago.

Bomb hits northwestern Pakistan; at least 30 killed

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Bomb hits northwestern Pakistan; at least 30 killed

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A suicide car bomb attack in northwestern Pakistan has killed at least 30 people, including some children.

Investigators say the bomb exploded Tuesday on a busy street near a market in the city of Charsadda, 40 kilometers north of Peshawar. The blast wounded dozens of people and destroyed several buildings.

“The death toll has gone up to 32 and more than 100 people have been wounded in this suicide attack,” said Bashir Bilour, the Senior Minister of North West Frontier Province.

Hazrat Ali, a shopkeeper, was a witness to the event. He recounted his experiences to the Agence France-Presse news agency. “I was buying something before closing my shop. A car was parked on the other side of the road and all of a sudden there was a huge blast. There was smoke and darkness everywhere. I passed out.” Ali sustained shrapnel injuries to his forehead and torso.

This was the third bombing in the area in three days. On Monday, a suicide bomber in a rickshaw blew himself up at a checkpoint in Peshawar, killing three people. A suicide bomber killed thirteen people in a crowded market outside the city on Sunday.

New fossils from 10 million year old ape found in Ethiopia

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New fossils from 10 million year old ape found in Ethiopia

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Researchers say that new, ten million-year-old fossils found in Ethiopia, prove that the theory that humans may have evolved from a species of great apes eight million years ago, may not be true, but that humans may have split from apes as long as 10.5 million years ago.

At least nine fossilized teeth, one canine tooth and eight molars, of a previously unknown species of apes found in Africa were discovered by a team of researchers from Ethiopia and Japan who then compared the 3-D make up of the teeth to other fossils that date back as far as 8 million years and found that the fossils are likely a “direct ancestor” of apes currently living in Africa and that the new ape fossils were that of a species of gorilla who ate mostly plants high in fiber.

Current fossils and research say that the evolutionary split from apes to humans occurred at least eight million years ago. The new fossils say that the split may have happened as long as 10.5 million years ago.

“Based on this fossil, that means the split is much earlier than has been anticipated by the molecular evidence. That means everything has to be put back,” said researcher at the Rift Valley Research Service in Ethiopia and a co-author of the study, Berhane Asfaw.

Despite the finds, other researchers are not convinced that the findings are correct.

“It is stretching the evidence to base a time scale for the evolution of the great apes on this new fossil. These structures appear on at least three independent lineages of apes, including gorillas, and they could relate to a dietary shift rather than indicating a new genetic trait,” said a Professor at the London Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom, Peter Andrews who also added, “but the fossil evidence for the evolution of our closest living relatives, the great apes, is almost non-existent.

Researchers have named the newly discovered species Cororapithecus abyssinicus whose remains were found in the Afar Region of Ethiopia, the same place where the remains of Lucy were discovered in 1974.

Select The Best Auto Service In Alexandria, Va For Your Next Car Repair

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byAlma Abell

Just like automobiles, car repairs come in all shapes and sizes. There are simple things like broken belts and busted hoses to more complex problems such as worn out engines and slipping transmissions. Owning an older vehicle may familiarize you with the need for frequent repairs, but even new cars can break down now and then. For most people the toughest decision to make when their car breaks down is where to take it for repairs. You can usually find mechanics all over the place, but smart shops like Shirley Duke Shell Center readily invite you to Visit their website and learn more about them.

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Auto Service in Alexandria is mostly a matter of locating a specific problem and replacing the required parts. In more detailed repairs the mechanic will need to know specific tensions for bolts and any required adjustments for certain parts. For example, on carburetor based fuel systems the mechanic needs to adjust fuel flow for the engine to run properly. Likewise, tuning an engine requires adjusting timing specifications, adjusting ignition and spark plug settings as well as replacing any worn parts.

Our cars are made from a series of very critical systems and one of the most important of these systems is the vehicle’s brakes. In most cases there are no indicators for worn brakes. The brake light in the dash is generally an indicator of a parking brake locked or a serious sign that the brakes don’t work at all. The first real indicators you may have include a pedal that is mushy or has a longer than normal action before the brakes operate or you can hear a grating sound when you apply the brakes. In most cases the noise will come from the front brakes as they take most of the load when the car stops. This is one of the reasons so many cars used disk brakes on only the front for so many years.

Other uses for Auto Service in Alexandria, VA include muffler and exhaust repair and replacement, lube and oil changes and air conditioning repairs. However, one of the most neglected parts on many cars is the automatic transmission. Many shops don’t repair them and few of them even offer to service an automatic transmission. Like any part in the car the automatic transmission needs regular maintenance including fluid replenishment and the occasional fluid change and filter cleaning.

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US Senator Kennedy has brain tumor surgically removed

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US Senator Kennedy has brain tumor surgically removed

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Today, United States Senator Ted Kennedy underwent surgery for a brain tumor at Duke University Medical Center. Kennedy, 76, was diagnosed with malignant glioma, a common but dangerous form of cancer, after suffering a seizure on May 17.

Kennedy has met repeatedly with friend and medical advisor Dr. Lawrence C. Horowitz to plan a course of treatment. The first, of the major phases of that treatment has now been completed, and it is expected that chemotherapy and radiotherapy will follow.

“I am pleased to report that Senator Kennedy’s surgery was successful and accomplished our goals,” said Dr. Allan Friedman, the chief of neurosurgery at Duke, who performed the surgery. “After a brief recuperation, he will begin targeted radiation at Massachusetts General Hospital and chemotherapy treatment,” Friedman added.

In talks with the press, the senator has focused on his future beyond surgery. In a prepared statement issued by his office, Kennedy stated, “after completing treatment, I look forward to returning to the United States Senate and to doing everything I can to help elect Barack Obama as our next president.”

Mine explosion in northeastern China kills at least 42, dozens more trapped

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Mine explosion in northeastern China kills at least 42, dozens more trapped

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

An explosion at a gas mine in northeastern China has killed at least 42 people today, state media reported. 66 more miners are feared to have been trapped as well. Another 400 were able to escape safely.

The news agency Xinhua said that 528 workers were in the mine, located in the Heilongjiang province, when the explosion occurred at about 02.30 local time (18.30 UTC).

The blast was strong enough to shake buildings nearby, and some survivors said they were knocked unconscious. “I passed out for a while. I found I was shrouded by heavy smoke, when I regained consciousness. I groped my way out in the dark,” said a 27 year-old electrician, Wang Xingang, to Xinhua.

Rescue operations are still ongoing for those trapped in the mine. State television said that 156 rescuers were at the scene searching for more survivors.

Best Gold And Diamond Buyer In Edmond

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byAlma Abell

If you are searching for a way to make some extra cash or if you want to refresh you jewelry collection, then you might want to visit a local Diamond Buyer in Edmond. Selling your old diamond and gold jewelry can help you access quite a bit of extra cash. It might be that you have your eye on a very special diamond piece and you need some extra money in order to afford it. Jewelry buyers are well known for offering top dollar for all of your unwanted diamond and gold pieces. Not all jewelry buyers are the same and it is important to keep a few things in mind before choosing the best location.

A trusted appraisal of the diamond and gold jewelry is vital in order to get a fair price. Most buyers will be happy to perform the appraisal in your presence and walk you through their entire process. They will help you to understand exactly how much your jewelry is worth and what factors helped them to come to a specific conclusion. This information will help you to understand how much your jewelry is worth and allow you to become more educated about the value of diamond and gold jewelry.

Do not be shy about asking the diamond buyer if they are a licensed precious metal dealer. Feel free to investigate this information on your own to ensure that you are working with a reputable company. It is also vital that the buyer is bonded. This is a state issued certification that is meant to protect consumers and ensure that are getting fair prices. If the buyer is bonded then they are obligated by law to honor all advertising and it protects you as you go through the process of selling any of your gold and diamond jewelry.

With this information you will feel confident the next time you visit alocal diamond buyer in Edmond. You will access the extra cash you need or have the funds available to purchase brand new styles to add to your jewelry collection. Make great use of your unwanted or broken jewelry by visiting a local diamond and gold buyer.