AS telecommunications companies and governments look to the business benefits of the 5G world, public and scientific opinion remains divided over whether the new technology is a necessary leap forward or whether it could prove to be a health hazard. The new technology has come to facilitate a world where smart devices are moving well beyond mobile phones to encapsulate watches, TVs, fridges, self-driving cars – the list is endless – and opens the floodgates wider to an internet of things (IoT), augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. During Cyprus’ first hologram call using 5G technology on July 5 by the island’s largest telecommunications organisation Cyta, chief executive officer Andreas Neocleous highlighted “the revolutionary capabilities of 5G”, which he said will impact public safety, health, entrepreneurship, our cities, education, tourism and entertainment. On the flip side, in a public talk in Larnaca some days later, … [Read more...] about Leaping into a 5G world but not everyone is on board yet
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The Plymouth Live Happy List is back and better than ever before. The list is packed with inspirational people from our city who go above and beyond in their respected fields, or carry out random acts of kindness to spread cheer to others. There are so many people who deserve recognition and whilst it is impossible to name them all, we have pulled together a list of 119 inspirational, hardworking and kind people. From local mums, hair stylists, and charity workers, to multi-million pound business owners, Olympic athletes and war heroes - they embody everything that is great about our city - and they deserve to be celebrated. That's why today we have chosen to shine a light on all of those who we feel YOU need to know about. This list is in no particular order, because none of these remarkable people are more important than any other. Cuz Cussen Cuz Cussen has pulled in £100,563 through his annual live Rockfest music event since 2009. The event has actually been running … [Read more...] about Happy List 2019: 119 Plymouth people who make us proud
Manchester International Festival is back, bringing some of the world's leading artists to the city this summer. Highlights of this year's programme include an exhibition celebrating cult US film-maker David Lynch, a peace demonstration curated by Yoko Ono, a theatre show made in collaboration with Idris Elba, an immersive clubbing experience from grime artist Skepta, and a performance from singer, actor and activist Janelle Monáe. Festival regular Maxine Peake will also make her return, conjuring up visionary artist Nico, of the Velvet Underground, in a theatrical show co-created with former Royal Exchange Theatre artistic director Sarah Frankcom. They're just some of the highlights of a programme packed with music, dance, theatre, exhibitions and multi-disciplinary arts events, running from from July 4 to 21. The heart of the festival will once again be found in Albert Square, where some of the city's best street food traders will be assembled alongside a series of supper clubs … [Read more...] about Manchester International Festival 2019
Interview FiveThe interview room in Finglas Garda Station is not a nice place to be at the best of times. It is small, stuffy and not designed for more than three people to use comfortably for any length of time. By 2.30pm on May 25th last year all five of its occupants were feeling stressed. Among them was a 13-year-old boy who had been answering questions for nearly ten hours over two days. His mother, who in the first interview had sat beside the boy holding his hand, had moved her chair further away. She appeared to become more distressed by every new question put to her son. The boy’s solicitor who had remained silent for most of the process, had begun to clash with the interviewing gardaí more frequently over their questioning. For detectives Donal Daly and his colleague Damien Gannon, the stress came from the knowledge that they had only a few more hours to get the boy, who would later become known to the public as Boy B, to reveal how 14-year-old Ana Kriégel had … [Read more...] about Ana Kriegel murder trial: The complete story
With a meager turnout of only 42.54 percent in 2014, one can hardly describe elections for the European Parliament as being dear to voters' hearts and minds. After all, in 1979 61.99 percent went to the ballot boxes in what was then a community of nine member states. Since then, however, turnout has steadily declined to its current shockingly low level. One might feel tempted to describe this downward spiral as ranging from "not extremely relevant" to "almost completely irrelevant." Or does the European Parliament indeed matter, yet simply cannot explain its importance to the electorate? As preparations are under way for this year's edition on May 23-26, with voting days chosen according to national customs and 751 seats on offer, it is a good time a closer look at what is at stake. Internally very influential In its first few decades, the measurable impact and tangible output of European lawmakers was often negligible. Not before institutional and treaty reform did we arrive at … [Read more...] about Do European Parliament elections really matter to Europeans?