Mechanics of a twisted brain How side impacts to the head can

first_imgSide impacts to the head can be just as dangerous as frontal impacts, new research suggests, which was published this week in the international scientific journal Soft Matter.A research team from NUI Galway and UCD measured the effects of rotational accelerations (side impacts) of the head, such as those experienced in football headers, boxing hooks and side impacts. They found stretches and stresses in the brain as high as those of linear accelerations (frontal impacts, whiplash).Large motions can occur in the brain when the human head is accelerated violently by an impact, be it accidental or even voluntary as in a football header. The resulting mixture of pressure, stretch, shear and twist can impair neurons and lead to concussion, brain injury and even permanent damage.A lot of research has focused on the effects of linear accelerations (frontal impacts) of the brain, such as those happening in frontal collisions, such as car accidents and American football.Rotational accelerations (side impacts) are in fact as likely to happen in modern life as linear accelerations (frontal impacts). In a frontal collision car accident, the head rotates forward and backwards (whiplash). Similarly, for many football headers, or for uppercuts in combat sports. These sports also involve rotations of the head about the vertical axis or tilting from one side to the other.Linear accelerations are expected to create large stresses and stretches in the direction of the impact. This research shows that rotational accelerations (side impacts) create pressure and forces of the same magnitude in all directions, which could have grave implications for traumatic brain injury.The researchers at NUI Galway and UCD measured the twisting properties of brain matter using advanced torsion techniques. They then fed the data into computer simulations of a rotational acceleration of the head, typical of a boxing punch.Dr Valentina Balbi led the study from NUI Galway (now a Lecturer of Industrial and Applied Mathematics at University of Limerick) with co-authors Professor Michel Destrade, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway, and Dr Aisling Ní Annaidh and Dr Antonia Trotta from the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University College Dublin.Commenting on the findings, Dr Balbi, said: “We found that large shear forces develop in the horizontal plane, as expected. But we also found that a high-pressure level and large vertical forces also develop in the brain, especially in the frontal cortex, as a result of the twisting motion.”Mark Ganly, CEO of Contego Sports, a company that developed the N-Pro Rugby head guard, which is scientifically proven to provide impact protection, said: “We are keenly aware of the dangers of impacts in the game. This research confirms my intuition that it is crucial to protect Rugby players from side impacts as well as from frontal impacts to the head. In my experience, they are just as likely to lead to concussion or mild traumatic brain injury.”To read the full study in the journal Soft Matter, visit: read more

SyncFab MFG Token Join the Binance Chain Ecosystem 2019

first_imgSyncFab & MFG Token Join the Binance Chain Ecosystem Smart MFG Tech and SyncFab are announcing a collaborative integration with the Binance ecosystem. The Manufacturing Blockchain ® MFG token will integrate with Binance Chain to allow users to swap a portion of MFG ERC-20 Token to Binance Chain’s BEP-2 Token standard. Upon migration, Smart MFG Tech will formally submit a proposal to integrate the MFG BEP-2 Token onto Binance’s DEX – a decentralized exchange built on the Binance Chain blockchain. This could help SyncFab move towards multi-asset diversification and cross-chain transaction records within the supply chain blockchain ecosystem. Additional information can be found at SyncFab’s Medium page.SyncFab has recently started a strategic partnership with the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA). The new relationship grants access to SyncFab’s advanced manufacturing blockchain platform for over 1,300 NTMA members across the United States. As the national representative of the precision custom manufacturing industry, NTMA members generate more than $30 billion in sales combined. New SyncFab users will be able to build from an extensive parts library where all previously ordered parts are available for fast and easy re-ordering.  With its unique solution, SyncFab utilizes blockchain smart contracts and data-driven smart manufacturing to optimize the external supply chain available to OEM Buyers in the United States and beyond.Also, SyncFab’s unique application of distributed ledger technology to its hardware Manufacturing Blockchain and Hardware Parts Tokenization technology and business process are now patented.  Registered trademarks include Supply Chain Blockchain and Manufacturing Blockchain.Newly added to the @BinanceAcademy Glossary ? Cipher?Diversification?Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)?Progressive Web application (PWA)?Staking poolVisit the Binance Academy Glossary to expand your crypto-vocabulary.(— Binance (@binance) July 18, 2019About SyncFab:SyncFab is a distributed manufacturing platform founded and headquartered near Silicon Valley that streamlines the way OEM hardware supply chain buyers procure, manage, and track precision parts production securely using blockchain technology. Learn more about how SyncFab benefits manufacturers. SyncFab Partners with the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) to Boost Precision Custom Manufacturing …— Irish Tech News (@Irish_TechNews) July 16, 2019 If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at or on Twitter: @SimonCockingcenter_img So much to come where Advanced Manufacturing meets Blockchain recap of the newly minted SyncFab-NTMA partnership #blockchain #manufacturing #oem #supplychain #economy #heartbeat #machineshop #partnership #advancedmanufacturing #forthefuture #ntma #syncfab— SyncFab (@SyncFab) July 14, 2019More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Homelast_img read more

The EU to Increase the Availability of Data for AI and Blockchain

first_imgGreat guest post by Aubrey Hansenmoritz320 / PixabayOn June 6, the Council of the European Union announced that they will be providing companies with higher access to important data in regards to artificial intelligence, blockchain, and various other tech areas. Alexandru Petrescu, President of the Council released a statement, explaining that this will “help Europe to become a world leader in this crucial area.” What data will be available?The decision by the Council of the European Union states that they will be increasing the amount of content to be classified as Public Sector Information. Anything classified as such is open for use by EU companies, organisations, start-ups, and individuals. Public Sector Information can take the form of any medium, including print media, audio files, and electronic documents. In this case, it will likely be taking the form of complex databases covering a wide range of topics. The press release by the EU lists the following databases which they will be opening access to: “geospatial, earth observation and environment, meteorological, statistics, companies and company ownership, and mobility”, further adding that these will be available either for free or at a nominal cost.Who will benefit from this?This ruling has been designed to benefit AI, blockchain, and other tech companies who wish to expand their dataset and improve their tools. The amount of information which will now be open to public access means that organisations can easily expand their projects far beyond what they had initially planned. It will also be especially helpful for start-ups who might not have the initial funding to purchase data or the time to gather their own. Essentially, it allows businesses to kickstart new areas of their projects much sooner than expected, giving them an upper-hand on the world stage. Velas CEO Alex Alexandrov is heading up one such business which could benefit from the EU’s approach and commented that “The EU, in my opinion, is farther ahead in crypto laws and has created a much better environment for banking and regulations. The US tends to focus more on punishment vs guidelines, while the EU is working toward allowing businesses to feel they are wanted and working with new industries in a much clearer way. This led to many companies moving there?—?Estonia, Czech Republic and Switzerland (Shengen zone). This is one of the reasons why my newest venture Velas or Virtual Expanding Learning Autonomous System, is based in Zug, Switzerland.” Perhaps those who will benefit the most are companies who partake in both artificial intelligence and blockchain technology together, such as the aforementioned Velas, DeepBrainChain, and others. These companies are using artificial intelligence to build powerful and reinforced blockchains designed to be impervious to malicious behaviour and human error. Velas uses artificial intelligence to run its new hybrid Delegated Proof of Stake consensus algorithm, and DeepBrainChain uses artificial intelligence to provide privacy controls to its users. Companies like these will soon be able to appreciate a massive pool of knowledge, the likes of which will clearly help them grow and expand quicker than planned. With the EU recognising the necessity of helping out the blockchain and artificial intelligence industries, hopefully other governments will make the same moves in the future, subsequently bringing forth a new and more powerful era of tech.last_img read more

What next for Europes Ad Tech sector

first_imgGuest post by Steven Roberts, who is head of marketing at Griffith College. A certified data protection officer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he writes on data protection, strategy and marketing.European regulators appear to have the AdTech industry firmly in their sights. In the past two months, two of Europe’s largest data protection authorities – the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in Britain and the CNIL in France – issued reports on the sector. Alongside this, consumers are increasingly concerned about the security of their personal data, whilst significant issues remain as to the level of fraud in online advertising, and in particular programmatic ads.This is set within a broader environment of substantial fines for breaches of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Regulation states that failure to comply can result in penalties of up to €20 million or 4% of global turnover, whichever is greater. In July, the ICO stated its intention to fine British Airways £183 million and the Marriott hotel group £99 million for data privacy breaches.UK and French Regulator ReportsOn 20th June, the ICO report warned ad tech to clean up its act. It outlined several areas of concern regarding the use of personal data in real-time-bidding for programmatic advertising. In particular, it highlighted issues around transparency, lack of clarity in privacy notices, the scale of data creation and sharing, and the reliance on contractual agreements within the supply chain. The report referenced a ‘lack of maturity’ among some participants in what was deemed an extremely complex marketplace involving multiple technologies.In France, the CNIL also targeted online advertising, making it a priority area in its action plan for 2019-2020. The regulator recently issued Google with a fine for €50 million fine for breaches of GDPR. The agency is also due to publish guidelines on the use of online cookies and what constitutes consent on the part of the consumer. Stakeholders will have a grace period of 12 months within which to achieve compliance.Online advertising is big businessThese developments pose a sizeable challenge for the advertising industry. In Ireland, total online advertising spend in 2018 was estimated at €489 million. Facebook and Google dominate the market, with 73% of online spend going to these two tech giants.Globally, digital advertising is forecast to grow from $294 billion this year to $520 billion by 2023, an average annual growth rate of 15%. Analysts expect Amazon to play an increasing role, with its ad revenues forecast to reach $40 billion that same year.The ePrivacy RegulationLooking further ahead, as part of the EU’s commitment to a digital single market, legislative work is ongoing around the introduction of a new ePrivacy Regulation. This will seek to update the 2002 Directive and subsequent amendments in 2009. It will aim to provide more clarity around data protection regarding electronic communications and the use of website cookies, recognising the step change in technology and services that has taken place. The EU originally intended to introduce the ePrivacy Regulation at the same time as GDPR. However, with ongoing lobbying by sectoral groups and differing positions within EU member states, current forecasts suggest the regulation is unlikely to be introduced before 2020.SummaryThe online advertising industry faces a range of challenges – from increased regulatory attention, growing consumer anxiety around how businesses use their personal data, and from marketers concerned about the prevalence of ad fraud. The latest reports from the French and UK data protection authorities indicate that legislative momentum is likely to continue to gather pace over the coming years.Steven Roberts is head of marketing at Griffith College. A certified data protection officer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he writes on data protection, strategy and marketing.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home What next for Europe’s Ad Tech sector? If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

Fuel price may drop

first_imgSince the end of June, the exchange rate has climbed to over R12.40 to the US dollar and a drop in international oil prices has made conditions ripe for a drop in the petrol price.But the AA’s Layton Beard said the trend could reverse.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. News that the petrol price may drop is a relief to motorists around the country, considering that the price of fuel has been increasing for months now.The price of petrol may drop by about 28 cents a litre, with diesel and illuminating paraffin decreasing by around 50 cents a litre, but the Automobile Association (AA) has warned motorists not to celebrate just yet. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Loadshedding is on for today

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Stage 3 load-shedding is currently in effect. Electricity is down in Group 1 and will be back on at 3pm.Group 2 will go down at 3pm to 6pm followed by Group 3 from 6pm to 9pm.For full Groups and load-shedding schedule click HERE.For the latest news visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.last_img

Petrol price to increase in June

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Motorists will be fuming after hearing that the price of petrol is set to once again increase next month.The petrol price will increase between 48 and 52 cents a litre in June, the Automobile Association of SA (AA) said. Diesel is expected to rise between 52 and 56 cents a litre, and illuminating paraffin by 50 cents a litre.“Despite the relative stability of the Rand/US Dollar exchange rate, the basic fuel price has been driven upwards by increases in international petroleum prices,” the AA said.But one thing is certain, motorists are in for a tough few months, with a visit to “fill up” likely to hit their wallets hard.last_img read more

Enthusiasm at Youth Run Spar Ladies Walk

first_imgIt was indeed a day full of excitement, as young and old gathered together to enthusiastically pound the tarmac and get some good exercise. 56-year-old Duduzile Phyllis Mweli said she enjoys running and will always participate in the Spar Ladies’ Challenge, this being her third race. She crossed the finish line in one hour 22 minutes. 15-year-old Luyanda said that when he grows up, he wants to go to the Olympics. DRS official Mr Eneil Meyer had this to say, “Thank you for the overwhelming support of the athletes across the district. It really speaks volumes of their love and interest for athletics, and special thanks to Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality and Public Safety.” He added that he was indeed proud to see the enthusiasm of the youth and ladies who made it to the finish.The top 25 girls, 25 boys and 25 ladies will be representing local municipalities at provincial level in Durban on May 30 and June 7 respectively. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite It was a chilly start to a fantastic, fast-paced race as runners from as far afield as Uitval and St Chad’s got ready for the Youth / Spar Ladies’ Run on Saturday. Local lass Mbongi Ngubane warmed the ladies up with an aerobics session, and uThukela Athletics Association general secretary Mr Sbu Nyamane was on hand to officially start the race. last_img read more

Update Pet owner happy to have his dog back

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The motorist took Diego to his home and took care of him for the night… On Saturday, a story went up on the Ladysmith Gazette website and Facebook page about the lost dog and within 15 minutes of the story going online, the owner contacted the number provided and claimed his beloved pet.The owner says that, “Diego might have slipped out of the yard when I was closing the gate. Diego is a very clever dog and he can even open the gate by himself. He wasn’t really lost, as he was found close to his home.”Diego’s owners are very happy to have him back, as “he is a one-of-a-kind dog and if something bad had happened to him, we would have been horrified”. A brown Husky crossbreed by the name of Diego was picked up by a concerned motorist on Friday night in the Ruby Gailey area after the dog was found wandering around near Monument Primary School.last_img read more

WhatsApp brings you calls for FREE

first_imgThe latest update of WhatsApp now allows you to call anyone who has WhatsApp installed on their phone for free, if you do it from within a wifi zone.WhatsApp sprung to fame as a text messaging device and is considered the largest  messaging service in South Africa, if not the world.Later, they added video and voice data exchanges.Now, with the latest version of WhatsApp, you can also call your friends without paying any charges to your cell-phone company other than the data you use.All you pay for is the data you use. This could spell certain death to many VOIPs services.So, come on and call a friend now!Please remember that the calls still use data, and out-of data prices are very expensive, so make sure you have a data bundle before you make the call! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Letting their hair down for Holi Celebrations

first_imgHoli celebrations take place with lots of joy and verve throughout the country. The enthusiasm of the people reaches its peak and matches with nature, which is in full bounty at the time of Holi. It is the festive day to end and rid oneself of past errors, end conflicts by meeting others, and a day to forget and forgive. People pay or forgive debts, as well as deal anew with those in their lives.Thursday night was definitely all about fun and putting differences aside in a display of frivolity in which people got in touch with their inner ‘wild’ selves and just let their hair down, so to speak.This festival has gained much popularity in South Africa over the last few years, and Ladysmith is no exception! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Hosted by the Sanathan Dharma Sabha (SDS), devotees gathered in Azalea Drive on Thursday evening for Holi Celebrations.Young and old alike had a great time covering each other in different coloured powders as part of the “festival of colours” (or the festival of love).last_img read more

5 die as river bursts banks in Georgias capital

first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressTBILISI, Georgia (AP) – A flood killed five people in Georgia’s capital overnight after torrential rain caused the local river to burst its banks, officials said Sunday.The Agency for Emergency Situations said that a mother with her two children, an elderly woman and an elderly man died in Tbilisi’s Ortachala neighborhood after the Kura River flooded Saturday night. All five were trapped in their homes and crushed when the buildings collapsed. One of the children was six months old; the other was five. Top Stories At least 30 people sought medical help.According to eyewitnesses, the water in some areas rose to 3 meters (10 feet) and lifted parked cars. Electricity was cut off in a number of neighborhoods.Tbilisi Mayor Gigi Ugulava pledged to provide financial assistance to all flood victims. He was unable to estimate the damage caused by the flood but said it was “quite substantial.”Georgia’s military was assisting the rescue effort by helping to clear debris and evacuate people from flooded areas.Rainy weather in Georgia is forecast for the next three days.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories center_img Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathslast_img read more

Argentine tax agents to track all credit card buys

first_imgAssociated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentina just made it more expensive for its people to use credit cards outside the country, and more dangerous for cardholders who aren’t paying all the taxes they should.One measure published in Friday’s official bulletin adds a 15 percent tax every time people make a purchase outside the country using a card issued by an Argentine bank. Another requires the banks to report every credit card purchase, home or abroad, to the tax agency. 0 Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Credit cards, meanwhile, are paid at the official rate, and many cardholders have figured out ways to use them to avoid this loss. The 15 percent tax raises the effective cost of purchases to 5.35, reducing the gap by nearly half.In neighboring Uruguay, long a refuge for Argentines seeking to shelter their money as well as a popular tourist destination, leftist President Jose Mujica called the measures “crudely protectionist” in an interview Friday with M24 Radio in Montevideo.He said his country should avoid anti-Argentine sentiment, but should take steps to mitigate the impact “because we all know the importance of tourism, we also know the importance of real estate investment.”Cardholders will pay the new tax as part of each month’s credit card bills, with the government promising to reimburse the totals each May to taxpayers whose sworn declarations show they paid more than they owed in taxes the previous year.But inflation will have robbed much of the reimbursement’s real value by then, and for people who don’t make enough income to need monthly withholdings through the year, it directly hits their pocketbooks.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The moves target Argentines who have discovered that by using credit cards outside the country, they can get around increasingly tight currency controls and shelter their money from soaring inflation. Purchases outside Argentina using peso-denominated cards soared 48 percent in June compared to the year before, obligating the central bank to send $289 million out of the country in just one month. Overall capital flight soared to $23 billion in 2011.AFIP chief Ricardo Etchegaray, the government’s top tax collector, presented the moves as populist measures that would only affect the wealthiest Argentines, and mainly when they travel outside the country _ a reduced group of 168,000 taxpayers who charged $1.5 billion in the last 18 months.But a closer look shows the measures go much farther, giving the government powerful new tools to combat widespread tax evasion.Tax and customs agents now will be able to compare better what Argentines declare to the customs and tax agencies with what their credit card bills say. Before, the reporting requirements applied only to expensive charges of more than 3,000 pesos (about $645). Now, every single purchase by every co-signer must be reported. And if the totals show people are living large while claiming to be paupers, they could get into big trouble. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of “From October onward, (card-issuers) must report in detail all purchases made by cardholders and their co-signers, starting in September, both within and outside the country,” said Etchegaray. “With this move, AFIP seeks to assure that taxes are paid by those contributors who are able to pay more.”Argentines don’t have to declare their income unless they are salaried and make more than $20,000 a year or are self-employed and make more than $30,000, so many register with the tax authorities as if they make less than the limit, dealing in cash and trying to keep their income and purchases off the books.But Argentina also taxes accumulated wealth, giving the government license to scrutinize people’s private property to an extent that foreigners are ill-accustomed to. People whose incomes don’t match their lifestyles can find themselves closed out of the financial system until they come clean.Since November 2011, Argentina’s government has sought to stem capital flight by closing down nearly every avenue people have to legally trade their inflationary pesos for U.S. dollars. The black-market peso price has spiked as a result, trading now at 6.37 pesos to the dollar, compared to the official rate of 4.65. That 37 percent gap represents what people with undeclared pesos have to lose in order to convert their cash to dollars inside Argentina. Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

Images show new work at NKoreas nuclear test site

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) – Satellite imagery shows North Korea has made new tunnel entrances at its nuclear test site in a sign it is preparing to conduct more underground explosions there in the future, a U.S. research institute said Wednesday.That’s the latest indication that Pyongyang is pressing on with its nuclear weapons program, although the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies says there’s no sign another test explosion is coming soon. Sponsored Stories In February, North Korea conducted its third and most powerful nuclear test since 2006, drawing international condemnation _ including from its benefactor China _ and tighter U.N. sanctions. The North now says it is willing to resume aid-for-disarmament negotiations without preconditions, but the U.S. remains skeptical of Pyongyang’s intentions.An analysis of recent commercial satellite imagery being published on the institute’s website, 38 North, concludes there are two new tunnel entrances at the Punggye-ri site in the country’s northeast, suggesting new tunnels are being constructed or new entrances for existing tunnels. There’s also enlarged heaps of soil from excavations and construction probably intended to upgrade support buildings. The latest image is from Sept. 27.“Concerns that North Korea could conduct a fourth nuclear test are justified given continuing excavation at the site. Pyongyang is probably making sure it is prepared although when another detonation might happen remains entirely unclear,” said Joel Wit, a former State Department official and editor of 38 North.It is notoriously difficult to divine the intentions of North Korea’s secretive government. The images provide hints about what’s going on at Punggye-ri but critical activities are conducted underground out of aerial view. The findings are based on analysis from Nick Hansen, a retired intelligence expert who closely monitors developments in the North’s weapons programs. Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Nuclear tests are viewed as critical for North Korea’s efforts to miniaturize a nuclear device that can fit on a long-range missile capable of reaching America _ a goal that most experts says could still be some years off.North Korea is believed to have recently restarted a mothballed nuclear reactor that is capable of producing plutonium for bombs.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

10 Chinese arrested for killing giant panda selling parts

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Authorities told the official Xinhua News Agency that one suspect, identified by his family name of Wang, set up a trap after he found his sheep had been killed by wild animals in December. After he found the trap was broken and his brother spotted footprints of a wild animal, the two men tracked down the panda and killed it, according to the media report.The men sold 35 kilograms of giant panda meat and its four paws for 4,800 yuan ($800) to one buyer, and that the parts were sold again to others, Xinhua said.A recent census shows the wild panda population grew by 268 to a total of 1,864 in China since the last survey ending in 2003.The World Wide Fund for Nature has said poaching, a traditional threat to wild pandas in China, has declined but economic development has become a major threat. Hydropower plants, roads, and mining projects disrupt the animal’s natural habitat.Still, Chinese officials say poaching rare animals and smuggling their parts remain a problem and that authorities are stepping up efforts to crack down on acts endangering rare animals.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system BEIJING (AP) — Police in southwestern China arrested 10 people for killing a female wild giant panda and buying and selling its parts, state media said Wednesday.The giant panda is an endangered species that tops China’s list of protected animals. Poaching them is rare, but panda parts are believed to fetch high prices on the black market because of their rarity.China Central Television said forest police in Yunnan province recovered panda skin, meat, bones and an internal organ from the poachers and vendors. If convicted, the suspects could be jailed for years.last_img read more

Ukrainian soldiers accused of murdering civilians

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Prosecutors in Ukraine says a pair of government soldiers has been detained on suspicion of killing two women that allegedly sympathized with armed separatists in the east.The Donetsk region prosecutor’s office said in a statement Wednesday that the two soldiers broke into the women’s home in the village of Luhanske earlier this week and fatally shot them. The women were a mother and daughter, aged 77 and 45. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Luhanske is in government hands but lies close to the front line with rebel forces.Inhabitants of government-held areas in the conflict-stricken east frequently complain of mistreatment from Ukrainian soldiers. Ukrainian authorities say they investigate claims of abuse.The United Nations estimates that the war in Ukraine has claimed at least 6,454 lives since it broke out last April.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Bangkok airport denies security slip after Tokyo finds a gun

first_img Check your body, save your life The official said the gun was detected by X-ray check after it passed the airline check-in counter. Comronwit had in the meantime obtained his boarding pass and gone to the gate, where police brought his suitcase and opened it in his presence. Comronwit confirmed the contents were his, said the official.The official said Comronwit’s explanation was that he had forgotten the gun was in his suitcase.Comronwit was Bangkok’s police chief from 2012 to 2014 and then retired. His arrest has been front-page news in Thailand as questions swirled over whether he got a gun past airport security at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport or if he obtained in Japan and why.It also directed an unwanted spotlight on Thailand’s aviation sector, coming shortly after the U.N. body regulating world air traffic said Thailand had failed to meet a deadline for addressing safety concerns about oversight of its airlines. The International Civil Aviation Organization said its concern was focused on Thailand’s ability to conduct air operator certifications, and placed it on a list of countries whose aviation authorities fall short of international standards.Suvarnabhumi officials called a news conference Thursday to deny any breach in security. They showed a detailed slideshow of screenshots from CCTV footage showing Comronwit entering the airport and going through security, removing his shoes and getting two carry-on bags checked by security scanners. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories BANGKOK (AP) — Airport officials in Thailand say they followed proper security measures and gave no special treatment to Bangkok’s former police chief who was arrested earlier this week in Tokyo with a loaded gun in his luggage.Lt. Gen. Comronwit Thoopgrajank was arrested Monday at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on his way back to Bangkok with a handgun containing five bullets in his check-in luggage, according to a police official at Narita who spoke on condition of anonymity because of investigative policy. The vital role family plays in society “The findings can confirm that no guns or ammunition were found” in the carry-ons or on the retired officer himself, said Suvarnabhumi Airport General Manager Sirote Duangratana. He said a printout of a security report from his checked-in baggage “showed that it was cleared and the luggage did not have any hazardous material.”“Our system meets the standards that are being used worldwide,” said Sirote, adding that Comronwit was not given any special treatment. High-ranking police officers in Thailand are customarily given VIP treatment.In Japan, carrying a gun is illegal except for police and others licensed for hunting and other limited purposes. Violators can face up to 10 years in prison.Comronwit was handed over to prosecutors on Wednesday. Under Japanese law, prosecutors have up to 23 days to decide whether to press charges.__This story has been corrected to show the gun was in his check-in luggage, not his carry-on bag.___Associated Press writer Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   last_img read more

Orus new foldable kayak weighs under 20 lbs and assembles in just

first_imgCalifornia-based kayak maker Oru has built a great brand on the strength of its origami-inspired folding kayaks, and now it’s launching its lightest and most portable model yet with a new Kickstarter project. The Oru Inlet miraculously packs up to the size of a suitcase, weights less than 20 pounds and can unfold and be on the water in as little as two minutes.Even if you’re trying it for the first time, or just aren’t particularly handy, the kayak still sets up in five minutes, at most, according to Oru — which, speaking from personal experience, is a lot faster than its other models. Which isn’t to say that those aren’t also impressive, as they still allow you to carry around what amounts to luggage and have a durable, fun watercraft in around 10 minutes. But the Inlet takes this concept to a whole new level, and looks like the ideal casual kayak for dipping out for a quick paddle in and around the city.The kayak itself is 10 feet long, which is definitely on the shorter side, but a very common size for recreational boats. It features a wide, open cockpit design with an integrated floorboard, an adjustable footrest and backrest and bulkheads to keep the ship sturdier on the water. Like all the Oru boats, it’s built of a corrugated plastic that’s incredibly durable (my own Oru kayak has easily withstood the rigors of multiple years of use) and is super lightweight.When packed up, the Inlet is still only 19-inches tall, 42-inches long and 10-inches wide. That makes it around the size of a rather long duffle, but it’s still plenty small enough to tuck into the trunk of a car, or hide away in a condo closet or storage locker. Assembly is a three-step process, and there are no tools required, so it really is optimized for the minimalist city adventurer. Oru’s four-piece portable paddle can also pack inside the folded Inlet for super easy transportation.Overall, the Inlet looks like it has all the ingredients that have made Oru successful as a startup and indie boat maker thus far, with plenty of added convenience features that make it even better suited to weekend warriors and people who just want to be able to explore the waterways that surround them without a lot of fuss and preparation.The crowdfunding campaign has already passed its goal, and Oru has proven itself able to deliver consistently, so you can be confident that it will ship these boats. It’s currently listing a May 2020 time frame for delivery, and $749 is the entry-level price for backers to pick up an Inlet, with varying levels for adding accessories or more kayaks.last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS Dewani case dismissedBREAKING NEWS Dewani case dismissed

first_imgIf #ShrienDewani is thrown out, I’d hate to think about the message it sends to the world about South Africa.— Liam Joyce (@Liam_JV) December 8, 2014 WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite From the BBC panorama doc on #ShrienDewani it was clear there were serious issues with lack of evidence. It should never have gone to trial!— Alex Cheney (@AlexC93) December 8, 2014Watch the handing down of the dismissal in the video below: Dewani, who was accused of orchestrating his wife’s murder in November 2010, was discharged following the dismissal of the case by Judge Traverso. According to the Judge, the testimony provided by the prosecution’s main witness Zola Tongo was “highly debatable”and “riddled with contradictions”.The dismissal of the case has left South Africans fuming, and many took to social media to air their opinions on the matter: #ShrienDewani case thrown out?! This is madness. Courts didn’t want any more publicity in #SouthAfrica ? Why extradite? Cost to taxpayer?— city maverick (@CityMaverick) December 8, 2014center_img Two young women lost their lives and it seems the south African court system is in favour of these men.#oscarpistorius #ShrienDewani— ConnieKes (@conniekay21) December 8, 2014 Quite simply, the State did not do enough to prove a case against #ShrienDewani. No evidence, no conviction. That’s the law people.— Mandy Wiener (@MandyWiener) December 8, 2014 The State must appeal the #ShrienDewani ruling. Anni deserves justice!— Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP (@MkhulekoHlengwa) December 8, 2014last_img read more

Update Crowds and chaos galore at Nyusi Volume Festival

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A total of 36 people had to be treated in hospital after chaos erupted at the Nyusi Volume Music Festival held last night (November 29) at the Indoor Sports Complex.The grounds were cleared at 4.30am this morning (Sunday). However, people were still seen milling around the complex area at 6am. Litter was strewn all over the place, especially towards the middle and lower part of Dry Road. In addition, lots of rubbish accumulated in the lower Van  Riebeeck Park area.Thankfully, the litter scattered by festival-goers in Murchison Street was minimal in comparison to the area around the Indoor Sports Complex.Municipal workers are expected to be busy for the better part of the day, as the clean-up begins.last_img read more