The cellphones known as 5G, or fifth generation, represent the vanguard of a wireless era rich in interconnected cars, factories and cities. Whichever nation dominates the new technology will gain a competitive edge for much of this century, according to many analysts. But a television network a few blocks from the White House has been stirring concerns about a hidden flaw. “Just a small one,” a TV reporter told her viewers recently. “It might kill you.” The Russian network RT America aired the segment, titled “A Dangerous ‘Experiment on Humanity,’” in covering what its guest experts call 5G’s dire health threats. US intelligence agencies identified the network as a principal meddler in the 2016 presidential election. Now, it is linking 5G signals to brain cancer, infertility, autism, heart tumors and Alzheimer’s disease — claims that lack scientific support. Yet even as RT America, the cat’s-paw of Russia’s … [Read more...] about News Russian network links 5G to health risks
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How do you manage the trick of feeding school children better and at a lower cost? How do you count the number of mangoes on your farm so that you get a fair price? And what's a clever-but-cheap way for a farmer to cut down his irrigation bill? Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa may have the image of relentless toil and low productivity, but experts say new tech is changing the picture. Farmers, crop buyers and other sector professionals have started to harness smart gadgets and crunch numbers to improve productivity, reduce costs and smooth out wrinkles in the markets, they say. Read also: Prickly pears: 'Humble' cactus brings hope to Algeria 'Digital revolution' "There's a digital revolution unfolding in Africa," says Pascal Bonnet, a deputy director of CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development. "Around the continent, there are excellent researchers in information technology -- digital agriculture is a real opportunity for qualified young Africans." … [Read more...] about Smart tech the new tool for African farmers
Sport Champion Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson has minor lingering effects from a stroke, but has made an excellent overall recovery and is urging others to be aware of the symptoms that could indicate they are enduring a similar episode. 03 May 2019 04:55AM Bookmark REUTERS: Champion Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson has minor lingering effects from a stroke, but has made an excellent overall recovery and is urging others to be aware of the symptoms that could indicate they are enduring a similar episode.Johnson, who has remained physically active since retiring from the track in 2000, had the stroke last September, showing that being physically fit is no guarantee of avoiding the condition.The 51-year-old American is now partnering with the American Stroke Association on a stroke prevention education campaign.Doctors credit Johnson's recovery partly to the fact that he sought medical help immediately upon experiencing some discomfort after a "normal" exercise session, … [Read more...] about Olympic great Johnson embarks on stroke education campaign
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Vladimir Putin has just made the North Korean situation more complicated. But the Russian president may have also opened up a new pathway to sidestep the current impasse between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and America’s Donald Trump. Putin has done this by the simple action of reinserting himself into the middle of the on-again off-again Korean nuclear crisis. His first-ever meeting with Kim last week in the Russian city of Vladivostok served as a signal that Moscow expects to be a part of any negotiations involving the Korean Peninsula. Up to now, Putin has lain low and let others take the lead. Russia has supported, in theory at least, U.S.-led sanctions aimed at forcing North Korea to end its nuclear missile program. At the same time, Moscow has supported Chinese efforts to try and end the conflict between Washington and Pyongyang on a step-by-step basis in which each side agrees to … [Read more...] about Will Putin help or hurt situation with North Korea?
By Kashmala Fida Star Edmonton Sun., April 28, 2019 EDMONTON— Fulfil all your Mission Impossible and Matrix fantasies with a good mix of puzzle solving at North America’s newest and largest escape room, opening in Edmonton this Wednesday. An escape room is an adventure-based game in which players solve a series riddles using clues and strategy to complete objectives in an immersive theme room setting. While Escape Hour will offer seven different rooms that cover 9,400 square feet of the Edmonton City Centre mall, one room offers a unique adventure unlike any other in the country. The Action 5 Lives is the only escape room in Canada that requires physical prowess to solve. If you want to test your brain and brawn — requiring some push-ups, crawling through spaces and dodging lasers — this is the escape room for you. Alex Tereshchenko, creator of Escape Hour, says although each adventure is tailored to a main character, teamwork is … [Read more...] about North America’s largest escape room set to unlock its doors in Edmonton