first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been admitted to a hospital in Dubai after suffering a reaction from a rare disease that has weakened his nervous system, his party has said. General (retd) Musharraf, 75, who has been living in Dubai since March 2016, is facing the treason case for suspending the Constitution in 2007, a punishable offence for which he was indicted in 2014. A conviction for high treason carries the death penalty or life imprisonment. Also Read – US, Japan sign trade agreements on agriculture and digital exportThe former army chief left for Dubai for medical treatment and has not returned since, citing security and health reasons. Musharraf was rushed to the hospital as an emergency on Saturday night after his condition suddenly worsened, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Secretary-General Mehrene Adam Malik said Sunday. APML Overseas President Afzaal Siddiqui told DawnNewsTV that Musharraf suffered a reaction from amyloidosis, a rare condition for which the former president has been receiving medical care. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to the party, the former president has been advised complete bed rest by doctors till his full recovery. Siddiqui informed about Musharraf’s illness in October last year, saying the former president’s disease has “weakened his nervous system”. At the time, he was being treated for the condition in London. “Due to amyloidosis, broken protein starts getting deposited in various organs,” Siddiqui said. “[As a result] Pervez Musharraf has difficulty in standing and walking.” Amyloidosis is a rare disease that occurs when a substance called amyloid builds up in a person’s organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein that is produced in the bone marrow and can be deposited in any tissue or organ. Amyloidosis can affect different organs in different people. Amyloidosis frequently affects the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system and digestive tract. Severe amyloidosis can lead to life-threatening organ failure.last_img read more

Rabat – During a joint press briefing at the end of the first meeting of the political consultation mechanism, chaired in Amman by Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and expatriates Aymen Al-Safdi, the two parties said that they “agreed to develop a detailed road map to give concrete substance to the conclusions of the summit meeting between the two Heads of State to achieve greater cooperation in the economic, cultural and investment fields.”The two ministers also decided to “institutionalize coordination at international gatherings and events in the service of bilateral and Arab issues of common interest.”Read Also: Jordan Reiterates Support for Morocco’s Territorial IntegrityThe Moroccan and Jordanian ministries added that they “will work intensively to institutionalize and materialize bilateral cooperation through practical conclusions reflecting the solid fraternal bonds and the strategic partnership existing between the two countries.” In addition, the two foreign affairs ministries will, in cooperation with the relevant departments, provide the necessary support for the holding of a Private Sector Forum next September in Amman, said the two ministers.Bourita stressed that his visit to Jordan with a large delegation is pursuant to the instructions of King Mohammed VI “within the framework of the exceptional relations uniting the two Kingdoms, backed by the ties between the two Heads of State and based on permanent solidarity and consultation and on shared of views to all issues.”The meeting between the two heads of state, last March in Casablanca, was an opportunity “to position these relations in a clear strategic horizon, through coordination at all levels and the strengthening of bilateral cooperation through concrete projects”, he said.The meeting with his Jordanian peer provided an opportunity to discuss a number of regional and international issues, he added.Bourita stressed the two countries’ shared position on the Palestinian cause and their full support for the Palestinian people to recover their legitimate rights with the aim of establishing an independent Palestinian state with Al Quds as its capital, in accordance with the relevant international resolutions, the Arab peace initiative and the two-state principle.The talks with Al-Safdi also touched on the latest developments on the regional scene and the situation in the Arab world, notably the Syrian and Libyan issues, said Bourita. Morocco’s foreign minister noted that the meeting was an occasion to reiterate the shared views of the two countries on different matters.For his part, the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates stressed that the summit meeting between the two Sovereigns, last March in Casablanca, led to important results based on the historical fraternal relations between the two Kingdoms.“On the basis of these results, it was our duty to examine ways to boost bilateral relations on a solid basis, laid by the leaders of the two countries,” he noted, adding that this meeting helped to examine bilateral issues to turn this will into concrete action.Al-Safdi welcomed King Mohammed VI’s initiative for the establishment of a vocational training center in Jordan, explaining that the talks were the opportunity to examine ways to carry out this lofty initiative.With MAP read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market tumbled more than 100 points Thursday as energy stocks sold off and crude prices plunged to multi-year lows — below US$70 a barrel — after the OPEC cartel decided not to cut oil production.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 115.97 points to 14,922.44. Trading volumes were lower than usual with American markets closed for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.The energy sector lost seven per cent while the January crude contract was down $4.64 to a 4 1/2 year low of US$69.05 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange late in the afternoon. Major decliners included Pengrowth Energy (TSX:PGF) and Precision Drilling (TSX:PD) , both down almost 13 per cent.There had been hopes that OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna would cut production in order to put a floor under prices that have fallen about 30 per cent since mid-summer, when they were elevated by geopolitical worries. Prices have steadily fallen since then because of a strengthening greenback, lower demand prospects and, mainly, a glut of oil.But OPEC will keep its production unchanged at 30 million barrels a day and that means bad news for the TSX energy sector, now down about 14 per cent year to date.“In the short term, it’s so challenging,” said Norman Raschkowan, senior partner at Sage Road Advisers, who said he believes some of the smaller players are particularly exposed.“We will get to a spot where (dividend cuts) start to happen and especially with some of the smaller and more speculative names whose share prices were being supported almost exclusively by their dividends. Their distribution probably exceeds their cash flow and they have to think about cutting — and if they don’t think about it, their bankers will.”Lower oil prices are starting to bite into Canadian provincial finances. The Alberta government now expects a barrel of oil to trade at an average of US$75 a barrel for the rest of the fiscal year ending next March. The energy sector generally accounts for about 25 per cent of the province’s total revenue. Tumbling oil prices pushed the Canadian dollar down 0.75 of a cent to 88.25 cents US.Gold prices also headed lower with February bullion off $7.10 to US$1,190.40 an ounce, pushing the gold sector down about one per cent.March copper was unchanged at US$2.95 a pound and the mining sector ticked 0.8 per cent lower. In the corporate front, Rio Tinto said Thursday that it has approved a plan to spend US$350 million over four years to expand its Diavik diamond mine in Canada. Rio Tinto holds a 60 per cent stake in the Diavik joint venture, while Dominion Diamond Corp. (TSX:DDC) holds the remaining 40 per cent. Dominion Diamond gained 39 cents to $18.65.Other sectors lending support to the TSX included industrials and financials, both ahead 0.5 cent. read more

The World Food Programme (WFP) said the funds are needed to assist some 60,000 of about 95,000 people who have either settled in makeshift camps or moved in with Chadian families along the precarious border between the two countries. They are considered the worst-off of a growing number of Sudanese fleeing the three Darfur provinces in western Sudan as civil war between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) continues to rage there. The WFP appeal comes as the UN’s refugee agency announced plans to speed up the relocation of many of those refugees to safer camps away from the border, where they have been exposed to repeated raids by militia groups. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it expects to begin pre-registering the first refugees on Thursday, ahead of the expected transfer to a refugee camp being constructed at Farchana, 55 kilometres from the Chad-Sudan border. The Farchana camp should now be ready to accept its first refugees this weekend, several days earlier than previously expected, following construction by UNHCR and the German non-governmental organization GTZ. But UNHCR cautioned that the relocation would take several weeks because of poor road conditions and logistical problems. Up to 9,000 people are expected to live in the Farchana camp once it is completed. The refugees will receive a food package, which includes enough sorghum, corn flour and oil for 15 days, from WFP when they arrive. They will also be vaccinated and receive blankets, mattresses, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, soap and jerry cans from UNHCR. The Chadian Government and UNHCR have identified two other potential sites for refugee camps which will house 28,000 people between them. read more

In remarks to the meeting, held at UN Headquarters in New York and organized by Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Mr. Annan warned of a “global underclass of the hungry poor” who keep missing out on the economic improvements enjoyed by the rest of society.He said official development assistance to poor countries is finally increasing and foreign “aid is being better channelled,” but serious obstacles remain before the developing world can reap the benefits.”It is by no means assured that current trade negotiations will conclude in a way that brings real gains for developing countries. There remains a democratic deficit in international economic and financial decision-making,” he said.The Secretary-General called on world leaders to take immediate action to arrest the problem, pointing out that next year is the five-year mark for measuring what progress the world has made towards achieving the MDGs.The eight time-bound goals, agreed to by world leaders at a summit in 2000, include such targets as halving, by 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day and halving the proportion which are hungry.”Progress in eradicating extreme poverty has been uneven. In many countries, progress is too slow to meet the goals. And in some, standards of living have even deteriorated,” Mr. Annan said.At its conclusion, the Summit adopted the New York Declaration on Action against Hunger and Poverty, which underscored the determination of participants ? leaders and other officials from over 100 countries ? to fight those scourges. Speaking to reporters, the Brazilian President said he the other members of the “Quintet against Hunger” ? the leaders of France, Chile and Spain, as well as United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan ? had rallied participants to adopt the Declaration, which also reaffirmed the pivotal role played by the UN in this battle.President Lula stressed that all members of the global community must take responsibility to fight poverty and hunger and to encourage development. At the same time, he acknowledged the difficulty of asking “any rich citizen or worker in a rich country make a donation to help a poor country without a clear understanding of where their money would go.”The meeting was convened as analysis from a group of global economic experts, commissioned by the UN, argues that seven innovative sources of funding could finance the $50 billion which is estimated to be necessary to achieve the MDGs.The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs prepared a study drawing from the analysis by the economic experts after an earlier General Assembly resolution called for an examination of new funding sources.The seven sources of funding include the levying of global environmental taxes, such as a carbon-use tax; the creation of a global lottery and/or global premium bonds; and the establishment of a tax on currency flows to discourage excessive currency speculation.The other sources are: encouraging greater private donations for development by businesses and individuals; making it easier for migrants to send home money; creating new “Special Drawing Rights,” which allow nations to fund development; and making available an international finance facility that would allow long-term funding from donor countries to the world’s poorest nations.The study states that, acting alone, the government of an affluent nation could easily increase finance flows for development.”A single country could, for example, allow income tax deductions for taxpayers sending remittances to fund community projects in the home country. A single country could launch a premium bond dedicated to development funding,” according to the paper.”A single country could decide to allocate to development purposes part of the proceeds from its national lottery. A single country could match out of public funds the amounts donated by its citizens to development charities.” read more

It noted that the Ethiopian Health Ministry has been receiving “the most worrying figures” from various districts throughout the country of some 73 million inhabitants. In one area data show over 20,000 cases with 21 deaths in June compared to around 5,000 and 2,000 cases in the same month for 2003 and 2004 respectively. The quantities of CoArtem treatement and Insecticide Treated Nets currently in the country will fall short if there is a major epidemic, OCHA said. Meanwhile the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is planning to work with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) to offer the Government logistical support in distributing the treatments already in the country. WHO, in collaboration with the Health Ministry, has conducted a rapid assessment in the affected areas which is still continuing. Other areas of assistance will cover efforts to estimate the shortfall in treatments and treated nets, the procurement of quinine and ongoing work to improve epidemic surveillance. read more

Negotiators from around the world will convene at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday to resume talks aimed at completing a new convention that would protect the rights of persons with disabilities.Delegates from all 192 Member States and representatives of more than 90 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will spend two weeks trying to hammer out the remaining differences in the 33-article draft convention.The chair of this latest session, the eighth such round of negotiations, said he is optimistic that a deal is close.“There are many indications that the international community wishes to conclude the work of the convention,” said Don MacKay, who is New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. Mr. MacKay nevertheless cautioned that two weeks was a short time in which to reach agreement on so many complex issues.“No one is going to get their own way,” he said. “People are going to have to start compromising.”The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities would mark a major shift in the way the world’s 650 million people with disabilities are treated.“Persons with disabilities are one of the most marginalized groups in society,” said Mr. MacKay. It is estimated, for example, that 90 per cent of children with disabilities in developing countries do not go to school.“Only about 45 countries have legislation that deals with persons with disabilities,” said Thomas Schindlmayr of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs. “As a result, persons with disabilities are less likely to go to school, get a job or have a shot at pursuing their dreams and potential than other people.”In a recent letter to all UN Member States, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson urged countries to finalize the convention. He said that significant progress had been made at the seven previous negotiating sessions and “an agreement is now within reach.”Persons with disabilities remain among the most marginalized of all populations and are barred by a wide range of physical, legal and social barriers from achieving their full potential. But officials say the convention could lead the way to legislation that reshapes the public’s thinking about persons with disabilities, in everything from building and civic design to transportation, education, employment and recreation.The pact would obligate countries, among other measures, to gradually include disability-friendly features into the construction of new facilities, promote and improve access to education and information and introduce measures that eliminate discriminatory practices against persons with disabilities. read more

When modern-day voyageur Adam Shoalts (BA ’09) returns to his alma mater later this week, he will bring along stories from an epic adventure to share with the hundreds of people expected to attend. The Brock History graduate will tell the tale of his recent four-month journey across the Canadian Arctic during a talk held at the University Thursday, Dec. 7.The amazing one-man expedition had Shoalts walk and canoe an incredible 4,000 kilometres across the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut — from the Alaska border to Hudson Bay.“I’m excited to have the chance to share the story of my Arctic journey with a local audience,” said the 31-year-old Pelham native. “It will be a lot of fun to be back at the University. I know a lot of people in the Brock and Niagara communities followed my expedition’s progress across the Arctic, so it’s great to now have the chance to share that adventure with them.”More than 200 people are expected to attend the event to hear Shoalts relive his experience and to see photos of the curious wildlife and challenging terrain he encountered along the way.“Adam was always drawn to nature, the north and imagining Canada on a big canvas,” said Daniel Samson, Associate Professor and Chair of Brock’s Department of History who taught Shoalts during his time at the University. “He was drawn to environmental history and Canada’s colonial era. As an adventurer, he brings all that together, tracing the routes of indigenous, British and French fur traders.”Associate Professor of History Michael Driedger was hopeful students in the crowd would draw inspiration from Shoalts’ unconventional path.“The History department has an active and talented group of alumni,” he said. “Since graduating, they’ve become entrepreneurs, teachers, librarians and lawyers. But I can’t think of anyone who’s applied a Brock University history education in such an adventurous way as Adam Shoalts.“His curiosity and creativity are exactly the kinds of traits that we want all of our students to cultivate — even if they don’t go to the Arctic.”Alone Across Canada’s Arctic will take place Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in Brock’s Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. The event is co-sponsored by Brock University and the Department of History. Parking will be free in Lot D when guests indicate they’re on campus for the talk.Following the talk, Shoalts will be signing copies of his new book, A History of Canada in Ten Maps: Epic Stories of Charting a Mysterious Land.What: Alone Across Canada’s Arctic, a public talk and book signingWho: Modern-day voyageur and Brock University History graduate Adam ShoaltsWhen: Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.Where: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock UniversityTickets: There is no cost to attend the event, but tickets are required. Registration is available through the Department of History’s website. read more

OSU Freshman goalie Jill Rizzo saves a shot against Vermont Credit: Walt Middleton – Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team fell to Michigan 9-7 in its first conference game of the season. The Buckeyes (3-5, 0-1 Big Ten) tied the game at 7-7 with less than four minutes left to play, but the Wolverines (4-5, 1-0 Big Ten) reclaimed the lead and sealed the win with goals by sophomore midfielder Molly Garrett and junior attacker Adriana Pendino. Ohio State and Michigan traded points throughout the first half. Pendino scored with 25 seconds left to gain the lead at 4-3 going into halftime. Buckeyes junior midfielder Baley Parrott led the half with two goals and junior attacker Sara Dickinson finished with two assists.  Michigan extended its lead by three early in the second half, but Parrott went on a 3-0 run that tied the game at 6-6 with less than 10 minutes left to play. The Wolverines quickly responded with a goal by sophomore midfielder Chandler Kirby. Despite the effort by Ohio State freshman midfielder Lindsay Epstein to tie the game, the Buckeyes were unable to maintain the momentum to finish with a win. Both teams finished with 17 ground balls. A strong defensive effort of 11 saves by sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo helped Ohio State hold an advantage over Michigan, who finished with five. Parrott finished the game with a career-high five points with four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior attacker Molly Wood broke the program record for the most career draw controls. In the first half, Wood had two draw controls to break the record and finished the game with three to bring her overall career total to 223. The Buckeyes will take on Rutgers in Columbus at 7 p.m. Thursday. read more

gazprom handballSEHA GAZPROM ← Previous Story Semifinals time in Sweden: Guif against Alingsas, Kristianstad takes on Lugi Next Story → RK Vardar unhappy with referees, Samsonenko: Should we keep silent? SEHA GSS League’s Selection will for the first time come together in Brest, May the 2nd. They will play on twentieth memoral tournament which will be hosted by handball club Meshkov in a memory of clubs founder Anatoliy Meshkov. Such a match will be a great way to celebrate in front of Meshkov’s home crowd. Because of many obligations SEHA GSS clubs have at the moment Selection will be made out of players from three teams – CO Zagreb, Tatran Presov and NEXE.Match will be played on May the 2nd, 17:00 local time. SEHA SELECTION – BREST May 2nd 2014.Ivan Stevanović (CO Zagreb)Filip Ivić (CO Zagreb)Perica Lelić (NEXE)Radoslav Antl (Tatran)Lovro Šprem (CO Zagreb)Zlatko Horvat (CO Zagreb)Franjo Lelić (NEXE)Andrej Petro (Tatran)Goran Mrđenović (NEXE)Igor Vujić (NEXE)Marin Vegar (NEXE)Oliver Rabek (Tatran)Josip Šandrk (CO Zagreb)Josip Valčić (CO Zagreb)Luka Šebetić (CO Zagreb)Šime Ivić (NEXE)Dainis Kristopans (Tatran). Treneri: Boris Dvoršek (CO Zagreb), Aleksandar Brković (Partizan) read more

In the first semi-final of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 against Spain, Montenegro will be without one of the crucial defensive players Suzana Lazovic, who got suspension after she has been sent off in match against Sweden.That will be a huge problem for Dragan Adzic, who practically has Lazovic as the only line-player in the team.Match will start at 18 CET.Two and a half hours later, Sweden and Norway will fight for the second place in the Budapest’s final.Suzana Lazovic is one of the roughest players in Women’s handball as you can see from the video…Lazovic against Slovakia low kick from Gagac on Vimeo. ← Previous Story Veszprem clinch 12th win in SEHA GSS Next Story → VIDEO: Massive fight PPD Zagreb – Meshkov Brest suzana lazovic read more

first_imgGifford Pinchot (1865-1946), the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, was the sort of middle-of-the-road thinker it’s hard to find in government today.He coined the term “conservation” as we now apply it to natural resources and the environment. But the moderate policies he favored weren’t total protection and preservation in service of today’s green ideals; Pinchot was an early proponent of scientific forest management and “continuous cropping” of timber to benefit humanity.But when he beheld industrial-scale clear-cutting in the Pacific Northwest, he was appalled. “Absolute devastation,” he wrote. “The Forest Service should absolutely declare against clear-cutting in Washington and Oregon.”That didn’t happen, but in 1949, the 1.32-million-acre forest that straddles five Washington counties (Skamania, Lewis, Yakima, Cowlitz and Klickitat) was renamed, from the original 1908 Columbia National Forest, to honor the forestry pioneer.The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is a sprawling and diverse network of unique geologic sites, stunning vistas, protected forests and people-friendly facilities for camping, hiking, horseback riding and even mountain biking and motorcycle riding.last_img read more

first_imgAll the variables in the recent newsstand supply chain fiasco are beginning to fall into place, but perhaps not as the wholesalers hoped.National distributor Curtis Circulation said its publisher clients will not comply with the Anderson’s 7-cent price increase. Comag, however, has extended its contracts with both Anderson and Source Interlink—without the price increase.Major retailers, however, could end up deciding wholesalers’ fate. Yet the retailers remain a wildcard. One source with direct knowledge of the situation said Friday that major retailers fully intend to stick with their current wholesaler configuration. “They don’t like being dictated to,” said the source. “This disruptive event certainly doesn’t help our cause as a category.”Other industry observers also think it’s the retailers that have the upper hand in the channel. But for now, some tough decisions are being made. “At this point Anderson is no longer receiving Curtis product(s),” said Dennis Porti, Curtis’ executive vice president. “And I wouldn’t say that Curtis cut them off. Because of their unilateral mandate, they more or less cut themselves off. The publishers simply cannot afford that kind of money.”Curtis’ decision could be a major setback for Anderson, which announced a 7 cents per copy distributed price increase on January 14.Not Playing Ball Reports this week said Time Inc. won’t play ball either. Time Inc.’s decision—not to mention Curtis’—not only erases a major revenue source for the wholesaler, but also denies it a newsstand lynchpin: People. That fact alone could prove damaging to the wholesaler-retailer relationship.To get a sense of Time Inc.’s leverage, a loose, back-of-the-envelope estimation of total sales for 20 of its newsstand titles is approximately $550,921,963, per first-half 2008 ABC statements. The wholesaler slice of that pie is estimated at 15 percent, or almost $83 million. Anderson and Source are said to have a combined 50 percent share of market.As for Curtis, the distributor is the largest, in terms of billing, with a 40 percent share of market, according to John Harrington, publisher of the New Single Copy newsletter. According to his Web site, clients include Rodale, Forbes, AMI, Hachette, Johnson, Taunton, Newsweek, the Atlantic, the Economist and F+W.How all of this will shake out next week remains to be seen. But at this point, publishers are not only taken aback by the unilateral price hikes—despite the significant financial pressure wholesalers themselves are under—say they simply are not in a position to pay, citing tight finances themselves. “All I can say is our company, just like most, can’t afford the money that these wholesalers are asking for,” said Will Michalopoulos, VP, retail sales and marketing for Hachette Filipacchi.last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s telecom providers are sceptical about a government proposal for beginning the auction for 5G spectrum in August next year.The telcos, locked in a bruising price war, will struggle to raise the requisite funds as the revenue streams would take longer to stabilise, according to industry circles.New entrant Reliance Jio has been aggressively trying to capture a 40 percent market share bringing the prices down to barely sustainable levels. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone-Idea have joined the price war in a bid to maintain their market share.A news report says the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has been racing against time to open the bidding for the superfast 5G spectrum at a base price of Rs 4.94 trillion in the second half of next year.The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has given its preliminary recommendations on the proposed spectrum auction and a DoT working committee is looking at the details, the news report says, citing DoT secretary Aruna Sundararajan.”We expect to complete the due process by July-August 2019. I cannot say whether spectrum auction will happen by then, but we will be ready after the second half of 2020,” Business Standard website quotes Sundarajan as saying.Industry sources consider this an ambitious target as the industry is already under a debt burden of Rs 7.6 trillion while the average gross revenue is stagnating at Rs 2.5 trillion.The telcos are struggling to raise about Rs 245 billion next year as the deferred payment for the spectrum they have already acquired. They need to raise about $10 billion (Rs 720 billion) for expanding their networks, Rajan Mathews, Cellular Operators Association of India director general told the media.”As there is no shortage of spectrum anymore and especially in 5G, you can put them under auction every year, but considering the financial situation, I don’t think anyone will be bidding for 5G, especially at the high price recommended by Trai,” he says.Vodafone-Idea, facing a huge debt burden, has suggested that DoT delay the auction at least until 2020, according to reports.Telcos do not expect the price war to settle until the end of next year. They believe the focus is on keeping the 4G customers and not offering costlier 5G upgrades.Jio has reportedly demonstrated applications on 5G (like facial recognition systems and robotic surgery) and claims it has a 5G-ready network.last_img read more

first_imgThey taught us about camouflage and intelligent design, and now octopuses are helping us make a better bonding agent.Scientists at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea have been studying the suckers on the octopus tentacles. The tentacles operate as a pressure system, a suction cup the cephalopod can control with its surrounding muscles. If the octopus wants to grab onto something, there is a set of muscles that control the suckers, causing them to contract and the walls of the cavity to thin, creating suction. To let go, another group of muscles allow for the walls to thicken, just releasing the pressure and allowing the octopus to move along its way.But how could this help every day science?Lead researcher Hyunhyub Ko sees a wealth of applications for this applied research. From circuits to pressure sensors to even the basic adhesive pads used in doctors offices and hospitals around the world – creating a glue-less suction system could change the very way we think about think about nano printing.So Ko and his team went into the lab and got to work bringing this idea into reality. They found that the best way to replicate organic nature of muscle contractions would be through applied heat. Using Polydimethylsiloxane, a rubbery silicon, Ko created sheets of his sucker-like arrays, which included pores to act like the walls on the cavities in the octopus tentacles. At a generic room temperature, they remain in an “open” state.But when the PDSM is hit with a temperature of 32 degrees Celsius (that’s 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit)  something spectacular happens. They contract and create suction, basically mimicking the suction function of the octopus.So far Ko and his team are looking at using this nanomaterial for semiconductor nanoribbons, such as those used for microchips. But Ko sees a wider application for medical adhesives, specifically those used on health sensors like heart rate machines. You wouldn’t need to have any glue stuck to a person, which also eases a potential allergy factor as some people are sensitive to shoe substances.All this from an octopus. Of course, given their propensity to get out of tight spaces and predict the future, who knows what these creatures are capable of teaching us next.last_img read more

Suspected Limassol bomber remanded

first_imgA National Guard non-commissioned officer, 44, appears to be the main figure in a ring hired to place explosive devices to destroy property in Limassol, police said on Friday.The suspect was remanded in custody for eight days on Friday in connection with six such attacks, along with his 40-year-old brother, also a soldier, who was detained for three days on evidence that he was involved in one of the cases.The 44-year-old was already in police custody for two other similar cases.Police told the court the pair appear to be involved in a bomb explosion that targeted the car of an army major on June 30, 2014 in Limassol.The investigator said the 40-year-old had allegedly threatened the major at the time, saying he would ask his brother to bomb him over some differences they had.The major chose not to report the threat to police because he was afraid they would harm him again. But he decided to talk in light of the investigation into unsolved cases.The other cases in which the 44-year-old is allegedly implicated in are a June 7, 2015 bombing of a car, an October 16, 2016 explosion at a pub, the bombing of a Bingo hall on August 1 this year, and devices placed on the cars of two women, 57 and 25, on September 23 and 26 respectively.The suspect was arrested after his genetic material was found on a device thrown on the veranda of the 57-year-old’s home that failed to explode. The perpetrator of that attack returned later and placed a second device on her car, which was used by the woman’s son, 30.The same happened during the attack against the 25-year-old, where the perpetrator again had to return with a second device after the first one failed to go off.Two other men, aged 35 and 32, have been detained in connection with two of the attacks – the one at the pub and the most recent one against the 57-year-old.All four suspects deny any involvement.The 35-year-old was recorded by security cameras talking to the 44-year-old in the parking lot of a nightclub where the National Guard officer worked just before the second device was placed on the 57-year-old’s car.He was riding a moped of the same type and colour with the one used in the September 23 bombings. The moped belongs to the 32-year-old.Security footage in the hands of the authorities showed the perpetrator of other attacks riding a different motorcycle that looked like the one owned by the 44-year-old.Police have not ruled out the four being part of a ring hired to destroy property by people who had differences with the owners.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Man jailed for possessing child pornography

first_imgA 46-year-old man was sentenced to 12 months in prison after being found guilty of the possession of child pornography material.The man was arrested in September 2015 after Europol alerted Cypriot authorities.Following a search in the man’s Larnaca home a laptop with 14 files containing child pornography were located.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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