Azerbaijan among top 10 militarized countries
By Abdul KerimkhanovAzerbaijan is the 10th most militarized country in the world, according to the Global Militarisation Index (GMI) 2019 of Bonn International Center for Conversation (BICC)’s official website.Along with Israel, Singapore, Armenia, Cyprus, South Korea, Russia, Greece, Jordan and Belarus, the biggest country of the South Caucasus provided the military with markedly large amounts of resources in relation to other areas of society, according to the GMI ranking.As the authors of the latest index noted, the unresolved secessionist conflict between Armenia (position 3) and Azerbaija...
Overseas students in China convey solidarity and love to the world amid the virus outbreak
Screenshot of Foreign Students NCP Infection Prevention Video produced by Zhejiang Normal University"Stay or leave?" That is the question for many international students studying in China's universities with the Confucius Institute Scholarship during the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus.Those who choose to stay in China are trying their best to offer help to people in need, comfort those abroad who are panicky over the mysterious new epidemic and reduce prejudice and discrimination against Chinese and other Asians around the world.Júlio Cézar Kattah Resende Ferreira, a student who stud...
Former MK: A historic week for the haredi world... and Israel
One of the most significant developments for the future of Israel took place a week ago, and it does not relate to the election, security or diplomacy.MK Moshe Gafniof United Torah Judaism announced that he had met with the heads of the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Independent Education system who told him that they will assist any group of parents who want to open a school with more secular studies than required.This is nothing short of a revolution.Seven years ago, when I first entered the Israeli political world and joined a party that was viewed as anti-religious with a goal of integrating the ...
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Why India is pulling out all stops for Trump
Dubai: As Donald Trump heads to India on his first visit to the world’s largest democracy next week, frenzied preparations are under way on both the complex logistics of hosting a fourth consecutive US President and to find common ground for critical bilateral agreements.Trump and US First Lady Melania are due to hold meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the high-profile two-day trip from February 24, for which India is pulling out all stops.What will happen during the visit?Trump is expected to be welcomed by some 110,000 people in Modi’s home state of Gujarat when he inaugurates...
Whitney Houston’s hologram tour looks terrifying and social media isn’t having it
When legendary singer Whitney Houston died in February 2012, the world lost a legend that was often imitated but never duplicated.But that’s literally about to change, as Houston’s estate revealed last year that the singer’s likeness was to be reborn in the form of a hologramset to perform across the world.“An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” kicks off next Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the U.K., where the Newark native’s hologram will perform classic hits like “I Have Nothing” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” according to Rolling Stone.Thefirst batch of preview footagehas hit ...
Economics of coronavirus
In the world of business, managers take pride in claiming that they are prepared for all types of scenarios. Anticipating disruptions is a key part of strategic planning. But the world was not ready for the “coronavirus” and how fast it spread. There is no doubt multinational firms were surprised. The slow reaction was amplified by lack of information. Many observers believe that China failed to inform the rest of the world early enough; and, even tried to suppress the news.Most global companies are heavily dependent on China as part of their supply chain process. For example, China now accoun...
UAE loads fuel rods at Arab world's first nuclear plant
Abu Dhabi (AFP) - The United Arab Emirates has started loading fuel rods into the first reactor at its Barakah nuclear plant, operators said Wednesday, two days after regulators gave the green light.On Monday, the national nuclear regulator announced it has issued the operating license for the first of the plant's four reactors, opening the way for commercial operations to begin.The plant, the first in the Arab world, had been due to go online in late 2017 but faced a number of delays that officials attributed to safety and regulatory requirements. "The Nawah Energy Company has commenced loadi...
Crack the code
Photo courtesy of Sahamongkol Film InternationalSuperheroes turn to crimeBased on the short film of the same name, Code 8is set in a near-future world where four percent of the population is born with supernatural abilities. But instead of being celebrated, the power-enabled live in poverty, resorting to crime to make ends meet, and closely monitored by the government in how they use their powers.In a world now carefully monitored by drones, Guardians and the police, Connor Reed, a power-enabled young man, is struggling to pay for his sick mother’s health treatment. Fighting to earn enough mon...
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M'sia develops world's first human-elephant conflict resolution mechanism
The world’s first publicly available human-elephant conflict (HEC) resolution mechanism is being developed with the partnership of the academia with the public and private sectors in the country.The science-backed mechanism in the form of standard operating procedures (SOP) is made possible by a collaboration between the Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) and Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (SDP) through Yayasan Sime Darby to champion the co-existence between humans and the endangered animals.Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok lauded the initiative and said it addresses the ris...
Mrs. Obiageli Mazi
Life and its vicissitudes. Like it says in the song, ‘go to bed on top of the world, and wake up the world on top of you,. It however makes sweet commentary when you go to bed, world on top of you, and wake up on top of the world.Until that cold morning, the world had been on top of her as she eked out a living as a primary school teacher in a place so hostile that it is a marvel that she is found there at all. She has been there for 31 years, may be even more for I perceive that she has lived there longer than she has worked in her chosen career. The lady is simple married teacher, Mrs. Obiag...