North Korean Leader Kim Jong-il Dies

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first_imgBy Dialogo December 19, 2011 What’s going to happen now? Will the world just watch in disbelief?? That’s it… those with nuclear powers can do as they please… This is a huge motivation for other people to pursue such technology and free themselves from colonialist ties. North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack, state media reported on December 19, sparking concern over who is in real control of the nuclear renegade state as his untested youngest son takes over the family dynasty. A tearful television announcer, dressed in black and her voice quavering, said the 69-year old iron ruler died on December 17 of “physical and mental over-work” on a train on his way to give field guidance – advice dispensed by the “Dear Leader” on his trips to factories, farms and military bases. North Korea’s official KCNA news agency named Kim’s youngest son, Kim Jong-un, as the “Great Successor”, lauding him as “the outstanding leader of our party, army and people”. Video from Chinese state television showed residents weeping in the North Korean capital Pyongyang. KCNA reported people were “writhing in pain” from the loss of the man who in 1994 assumed the leadership of the totalitarian state from his father Kim Il-sung, the North’s first, and officially eternal, president. While his father had 20 years as official heir, Kim Jong-un only became successor in the period after Kim Jong-il suffered a stroke around August 2008. He takes over a hermit state whose economy has been ravaged by decades of mismanagement under Kim Jong-il, who only briefly flirted with economic reform, preferring to stick with central planning and the brutal crushing of any opposition.last_img read more

New Device Invisible to Magnetic Fields

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first_imgBy Dialogo March 27, 2012 European researchers said on March 22 they have created a device invisible to a static magnetic field that could have practical military and medical applications. Fedor Gomory and colleagues in Slovakia and Spain designed a cloak for a direct current (DC) magnetic field that is static and produced by a permanent magnet or coil carrying a direct current. DC magnetic fields are used in MRI imaging devices, in hospitals and in security systems, such as those in airports. The researchers’ device, described in a study in the March 23 edition of the journal Science, features a cylinder with two concentric layers. While the inner layer consists of a superconducting material that repels magnetic fields, the outer layer is a ferromagnetic material that attracts them. Placed in a magnetic field, the device has no effect on the field lines, showing neither a shadow nor a reflection. So an object inside the device cannot be detected. “There are many applications – for some cars, ships or a submarine,” said study co-author Alvaro Sanchez of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He told AFP the device could also be used for patients who have a pacemaker and need a MRI of a knee or other body part, so the image would not be distorted. Because it is made from commercially available materials, as well as operating under relatively strong magnetic fields and relatively warm liquid nitrogen temperatures, the device could easily be put to practical use, according to the authors. “For the submarine, you have to make a shell around the submarine that will make the submarine magnetically undetectable,” said Sanchez. “This could also be used to protect some (military and medical) equipment against electromagnetic disturbances.”last_img read more

Corentyne family calling for justice after employer beats worker

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first_imgA Corentyne, Berbice family is calling for justice after the employer of 30-year-old Nandkumar Heeram allegedly beat him following a misunderstanding.The injured man, also known as “Ravi”, of Middle Walk, Friendship Village, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) was beaten at about 19:30h on Saturday evening.According to the injured man’s sister, she received a telephone call indicating thatNandkumar Heeramsomething had hit her brother.Guyana Times was told that Heeram was called by his employer following a dispute and as he approached, he was assaulted with a piece of wood.In an attempt to evade the incoming blow, he spun around and was hit behind the head. Additionally, he was hit to the nose.His sister said when she arrived at the hospital and tried to speak to her brother, he was unable to respond. She also said that at that time, he was bleeding profusely from his nose.A report was made to the Police and the suspect was arrested. However, the employer was subsequently released.However, on Monday when the father of three was approached by the media, he acknowledged that some time ago there was a misunderstanding between himself and his employer.Efforts to contact the Divisional Commander for a comment on the matter proved futile.last_img read more