Ancient mining operations buildings found in Egypt

A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on January 11, 2018 shows the ruins of two buildings used to supervise mines in ancient Egypt more than 4,400 years ago. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AFP)
Updated 11 January 2018
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Ancient mining operations buildings found in Egypt

CAIRO: The ruins of two buildings used to supervise mines in ancient Egypt more than 4,400 years ago have been discovered in the south, the antiquities ministry said on Thursday.
The find was made by a US-Egyptian mission in the Tal Edfu area north of the city of Aswan.
One building was from the era of the pharaoh Djedkare Isesi of the fifth dynasty which ruled Egypt more than 4,400 years ago, the ministry said.
The other was constructed during the sixth dynasty which ruled between 2,323 BC and 2,135 BC.
“The complex consists of two massive buildings containing many rooms and it is yet to be fully examined,” the antiquities ministry’s Ayman Ashmawy told AFP.
“These buildings were used as administrative buildings for the mining teams which would head to the eastern desert to search for gold, copper and precious stones.”
The mission found a large number of seals “used to seal everything that would enter and leave storage,” in addition to correspondence between officials and the pharaoh, he said.
According to historians, Djedkare Isesi’s era was known for its expeditions to extract raw materials, especially copper, from south Sinai.
Separately near Aswan, an Egyptian team found a limestone funerary plate 40 centimeters (nearly 16 inches) tall and 27 centimeters (10.5 inches) wide, Ashmawy said.
It was found in the temple of Kom Ombo where a 25-centimeter-tall sandstone statue of a person squatting and two statues of the deity Horus were also discovered.


Stop it! Japan anti-groper app becomes smash hit

Updated 21 May 2019
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Stop it! Japan anti-groper app becomes smash hit

  • The app has been downloaded more than 237,000 times
  • There were nearly 900 groping and other harassment cases on Tokyo trains and subways reported in 2017

TOKYO: A Tokyo police smartphone app to scare off molesters has become a smash hit in Japan, where women have long run the gauntlet of groping on packed rush-hour trains.
Victims of groping can activate the Digi Police app, which either blasts out a voice shouting “stop it” at top volume, or produces a full-screen SOS message — which victims can show other passengers — reading: “There is a molester. Please help.”
The app has been downloaded more than 237,000 times, an “unusually high figure” for a public service app, said police official Keiko Toyamine.
“Thanks to its popularity, the number is increasing by some 10,000 every month,” Toyamine said.
Victims are often too scared to call out for help, she said. But by using the SOS message mode, “they can notify other passengers about groping while remaining silent.”
There were nearly 900 groping and other harassment cases on Tokyo trains and subways reported in 2017, according to the latest available data from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.
“But it’s the tip of the iceberg,” Toyamine said, with victims often hesitant to come forward.
Offenders face up to six months in jail or fines of up to ¥500,000 ($5,500 dollars). The potential jail sentence is increased to 10 years if violence or threats are used.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department quietly launched the free Digi Police app three years ago.
It initially aimed to provide information for elderly people, as well as parents and their children about scams or prowlers.
But the function to “repel molesters” was added a few months after the launch.
And an online conversation about the app — caused by a female pop idol being assaulted late last year — resulted in its sudden popularity.
Yui Kimura, a 27-year-old beer shop employee on the nation’s northern island of Hokkaido, says she is always worried about groping whenever she visits the capital. “I tend to be vigilant on Tokyo trains as dodgy men can happen to be in front of me at any time,” Kimura said.
Reina Oishi, a 21-year-old university student in Tokyo, also said: “I want to download the app as I have been groped so many times.”
Experts agree that the app could be a boon for “silent” victims.
“Molesters tend to target those who appear shy and reluctant to lodge a police complaint,” said Akiyoshi Saito, a certified social worker who supported some 800 former molesters during a rehabilitation program.
Groping on trains can occur in any country where trains are frequently crowded, Saito said.
“But the idea that men are superior to women, which is Japan’s traditional bias, may help sustain” sexual harassment on trains in the country, he added.
Awareness of the issue has risen in Japan in recent years, with women exchanging tips on how to avoid the unwanted attention online.
East Japan Railway runs women-only carriages during rush hours and has set up security cameras on some lines notorious for a high rate of groping.