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On January 9, 2013, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the execution of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan domestic worker convicted of killing a baby in her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old.
Saudi Arabia is one of just three countries that executes people for crimes they committed as children. Rizana Nafeek is yet another victim of the deep flaws in Saudi Arabia’s judicial system.
Rizana was just a child herself at the time of the baby’s death, and she had no lawyer to defend her and no competent interpreter to translate her account.
Read more about the case here »

humanrightswatch:

On January 9, 2013, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the execution of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan domestic worker convicted of killing a baby in her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old.

Saudi Arabia is one of just three countries that executes people for crimes they committed as children. Rizana Nafeek is yet another victim of the deep flaws in Saudi Arabia’s judicial system.

Rizana was just a child herself at the time of the baby’s death, and she had no lawyer to defend her and no competent interpreter to translate her account.

Read more about the case here »

(via theatlantic)

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futurejournalismproject:

Australia Adds New Weather Map Colors to Accommodate Extreme Heat
With temperatures reaching near-record levels and forest fires raging, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has added pink and deep purple to its heat index to extend its temperature range past 50 degrees celsius (122 fahrenheit).
Via The Sydney Morning Herald:



The range now extends to 54 degrees [129.2 fahrenheit] – well above the all-time record temperature of 50.7 degrees reached on January 2, 1960 at Oodnadatta Airport in South Australia – and, perhaps worringly, the forecast outlook is starting to deploy the new colours.
“The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau’s model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees,” David Jones, head of the bureau’s climate monitoring and prediction unit, said.
While recent days have seen Australian temperature maps displaying maximums ranging from 40 degrees to 48 degrees - depicted in the colour scheme as burnt orange to black – both Sunday and Monday are now showing regions likely to hit 50 degrees or more, coloured purple.



As the SMH points out: “Australia’s first six days of 2013 were all among the hottest 20 days on record in terms of average maximums, with January 7 and today likely to add to the list of peaks. That would make it four of the top 10 in a little over a week.”
Meantime, there’s rash of wildfires breaking out (map) with some small towns being “warned that it is too late to try to flee the incoming flames,”  according to the Telegraph. In 2009, 173 people in Australia died during one particular period of wildfires.
In the United States, 2012 was the hottest year on record, breaking the previous yearly high by 1 degree fahrenheit, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Image: Screenshot, Australian Bureau of Meteorology interactive weather map. Select to embiggen.

futurejournalismproject:

Australia Adds New Weather Map Colors to Accommodate Extreme Heat

With temperatures reaching near-record levels and forest fires raging, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has added pink and deep purple to its heat index to extend its temperature range past 50 degrees celsius (122 fahrenheit).

Via The Sydney Morning Herald:

The range now extends to 54 degrees [129.2 fahrenheit] – well above the all-time record temperature of 50.7 degrees reached on January 2, 1960 at Oodnadatta Airport in South Australia – and, perhaps worringly, the forecast outlook is starting to deploy the new colours.

“The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau’s model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees,” David Jones, head of the bureau’s climate monitoring and prediction unit, said.

While recent days have seen Australian temperature maps displaying maximums ranging from 40 degrees to 48 degrees - depicted in the colour scheme as burnt orange to black – both Sunday and Monday are now showing regions likely to hit 50 degrees or more, coloured purple.

As the SMH points out: “Australia’s first six days of 2013 were all among the hottest 20 days on record in terms of average maximums, with January 7 and today likely to add to the list of peaks. That would make it four of the top 10 in a little over a week.”

Meantime, there’s rash of wildfires breaking out (map) with some small towns being “warned that it is too late to try to flee the incoming flames,” according to the Telegraph. In 2009, 173 people in Australia died during one particular period of wildfires.

In the United States, 2012 was the hottest year on record, breaking the previous yearly high by 1 degree fahrenheit, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Image: Screenshot, Australian Bureau of Meteorology interactive weather map. Select to embiggen.

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nationalpost:

Want to go to Mars in 2023? Here’s where you applyMars One, the not-for-profit attempting to send humans to Mars in 2023, has listed the qualifications you need to make the one-way trip to the Red Planet. The barriers to entry are either surprisingly low or strikingly high, depending on your perspective.First off, there are very few technical or physical limitations on entry to the program. They don’t specify that you need any particular scientific background, or a university degree at all. In fact, you don’t even need to be especially proficient at English (they’ll train you), despite the fact that it’s the language of the mission.The biggest specific barrier to the program is the fact that all applicants must be at least 18 (they will be 28 when the mission leaves). The Mars One requirements also mention that there will be an upper age limit for the program as well, although have not decided on what that will be specifically.So, easy right? Well, not so much.  (Mars One/Bryan Versteeg/mars-one.com)

nationalpost:

Want to go to Mars in 2023? Here’s where you apply
Mars One, the not-for-profit attempting to send humans to Mars in 2023, has listed the qualifications you need to make the one-way trip to the Red Planet. The barriers to entry are either surprisingly low or strikingly high, depending on your perspective.

First off, there are very few technical or physical limitations on entry to the program. They don’t specify that you need any particular scientific background, or a university degree at all. In fact, you don’t even need to be especially proficient at English (they’ll train you), despite the fact that it’s the language of the mission.

The biggest specific barrier to the program is the fact that all applicants must be at least 18 (they will be 28 when the mission leaves). The Mars One requirements also mention that there will be an upper age limit for the program as well, although have not decided on what that will be specifically.

So, easy right? Well, not so much.  (Mars One/Bryan Versteeg/mars-one.com)

Reblogged from National Post

nycedc:

NYCEDC and HPD Announce Request for Proposals to Develop 1.65 Million Square Feet of Mixed-Use Real Estate on Manhattan’s Lower East Side
The development of the fully approved site will fill a gap in New York City’s urban fabric that has persisted for 45 years, creating 1,000 housing units, hundreds of thousands of square feet of new commercial space, 1,000 permanent jobs and 5,000 construction jobs. For more information and to download the RFP, visit: www.nycedc.com/sewardpark.

nycedc:

NYCEDC and HPD Announce Request for Proposals to Develop 1.65 Million Square Feet of Mixed-Use Real Estate on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

The development of the fully approved site will fill a gap in New York City’s urban fabric that has persisted for 45 years, creating 1,000 housing units, hundreds of thousands of square feet of new commercial space, 1,000 permanent jobs and 5,000 construction jobs. For more information and to download the RFP, visit: www.nycedc.com/sewardpark.

(via nycgov)

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nationalpost:

A ‘heinous crime’ for trinkets and chopsticks: Elephant family of 12 slaughtered as poaching on the rise
The professional poachers, armed with automatic rifles and machetes, were ruthlessly efficient as they gunned down a family of 12 elephants in Kenya and then hacked off their tusks.

The panicked animals tried to flee but only got about 300 metres before they were killed in one of the worst recorded cases of poaching in Kenya’s history.

The deaths last Saturday highlight the growing slaughter of elephants on the African continent as demand for ivory soars, particularly from Asian countries where the “white gold” is turned into trinkets, religious items and chopsticks.

Officials estimate that 25,000 elephants were killed in Africa in 2011 and the numbers are rising in a bid to supply an underground, multi-million dollar ivory business. (Dale de la Rey/AFP/Getty Images)

Reblogged from National Post

unicef:

VIDEO REPORT: In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20,000 displaced families recieve the basic essentionals

The relief kits contain:

  • plastic sheeting
  • blankets
  • sleeping mats
  • clothing
  • a wash basin
  • jerry can
  • kitchen set
  • soap

Would you be happy with this?

Febe Bushu certainly is…“The tarp will help cover my tent,” she says. “I’ll be protected from the sun and I won’t have to hear all the noise outside. Cooking pans also mean I can cook my own food and that’s really important.”

Read more: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/drcongo_67095.html

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pulitzercenter:

A border officer searches broccoli in Laredo, Texas, one of the most important commercial crossings between the US and Mexico.  Image by © Louie Palu/ZUMA. United States, 2012.
See Pulitzer Center grantee Louie Palu’s slideshow of the various aspects of life and security along the US - Mexico border here.

pulitzercenter:

A border officer searches broccoli in Laredo, Texas, one of the most important commercial crossings between the US and Mexico.  Image by © Louie Palu/ZUMA. United States, 2012.

See Pulitzer Center grantee Louie Palu’s slideshow of the various aspects of life and security along the US - Mexico border here.