By Danielle Marr Almaguin News Wed., Jan. 2, 2019 It has been more than seven years since Sonia Varaschin was murdered, and forensics expert Rockne Harmon believes familial DNA searches could hold the key to cracking the case. But, the process is not permitted in Canada. A traditional search requires DNA collected at a crime scene to be a perfect match with a profile that already exists in the Criminal Offenders Database. Familial DNA searching, on the other hand, is designed to identify close relatives from the collected DNA. The process uses a male hereditary test, so it will not identify aunts, second cousins or half-brothers. But it will confirm or refute whether or not the person who left the DNA at the crime scene is a father, son, or full sibling of someone who is already in the database. Article Continued Below In countries where the process is permitted (the U.K., Netherlands, New Zealand and several American states), it is generally only used when … [Read more...] about Cold-case expert says family DNA tests could widen the net to catch Sonia Varaschin’s killer
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SEOUL: Most North Koreans who break out do so by crossing the river border. Meet some of those who made it to Seoul:Song Byeok lost his father in the riverSong Byeok, 48, was a propaganda artist. His father drowned trying to cross the Tumen river in 2000. When the artist finally left North Korea in 2001, he brought photos of his family with him."We left that August to find food," Byeok recalled, describing the first attempt. "We were from a town further inland, and we weren't sure where the river was high and where it was low. I didn't know at the time but the river was swollen because of the rainy season. I thought we had to cross it anyway."All I could think about was getting to China to buy food.I took off my clothes and tied them into a rope to strap us together. I told my father not to let go. As we approached the middle of the river, the strap felt lighter. I looked back and saw my father drifting away."I was devastated. He was going under the water and couldn't get out. I rushed … [Read more...] about Special Report: The Cold Frontier, Part Five
CultureRussia The 'Beringia' trek covers more than 2,000 kilometers of grueling terrain and supports a vital tradition in Russia's Far East By Asia Times staff March 18, 2018 11:08 AM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 On March 11, the world’s longest dog sled race (as judged by the Guinness Book of Records) began in Russia’s Far East. Covering more than 2,000 kilometers of grueling terrain, the ‘Beringia’ trek puts its contestants through some of the most extreme conditions on earth. To complete the Beringia, sled drivers need to grapple with intense cold as they venture across the taiga and tundra of the Far East region’s Kamchatka and Chukotka territories. Minus 40 degree Celsius temperatures are not unheard of. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Dog sleds are a traditional form of transport for the indigenous peoples of Kamchatka: they have long been used to convey … [Read more...] about Dog days of winter: Russia holds world’s longest sled race
The weather has been a mix of bitter cold, snow and slush. I find it difficult to get our dog sufficient exercise. They say a tired dog is a good dog. Without his long walks, our dog is becoming a little bad. Are there other ways I can exercise my dog without risking a fall outside?Technically, a tired dog is asleep. There comes a day when we are sick or the weather is bad. Unable to exercise the dog, we realize that the dog is not that well-mannered at all. A well-mannered dog is good regardless of whether it is physically drained or not.Exercise is beneficial and necessary. Repeated excessive exercise can become a trap. The issue is that dogs build stamina. We do the same thing. Ten minutes of exercise may be challenging for someone new to fitness. As we become more fit, we might be running marathons. A walk no longer tires us out. Similarly, many dogs need extremely long walks to take the edge off.Begin by addressing the manners issue. Dogs should learn to entertain themselves, at … [Read more...] about Indoor exercises can keep your dog physically and mentally fit on bitter cold days
This is my first winter as a dog owner, meaning it’s my first winter since childhood where I go outside just to go outside — instead of going outside to get inside again as fast as I can, shoulders hunched, eyes fixed to the salted cement. My dog, Homer, enjoys bounding through deep snow, which means I do a lot of standing around in sub-zero temperatures watching him. And the truth is, it’s not that bad if you bundle up. Long underwear, two pairs of socks, a decent pair of gloves; these things have changed my life. But I’ve noticed something odd lately standing out in the minuses, particularly during the recent Ontario cold snap. While the women around me, myself included, appear to dress sensibly for the weather, the men do not. On the contrary, everywhere I look men are profoundly underdressed for the cold. I’m not talking about men of limited means who can’t afford warm winter attire, but men of obviously sufficient means who step out in a … [Read more...] about Men who underdress in the cold — a matter of body heat or mating?