CAF Champions League Final  Wydad Secures Draw in Tough Game Against

Rabat – Morocco’s Wydad of Casablanca has achieved a draw 1-1 against the Egyptian team of Al Ahly in the first leg of the CAF Champions League Final on Saturday in Alexandria .The Eyptian team stunned Wydad early in the  second minute of the game when Moumen Zakaria sent a great shot from outside the penalty area with his left foot, scoring the first goal despite a deperate attempt from Zouhir Laaroubi to stop it.In the 15th minute Wydad scored the equalizer after the center forward Achraf Bencherki sneaked between three Egyptian defenders to net the goal with a beautiful after an assisst from right-winger Mohamed Ounajem. Throughout the remaining time of the fist and second halves Al Ahly put so much pressure on the Moroccan squad in search of a second goal but stumbled against a strong Wydad defense.The Moroccan team managed to preserve the draw despite El Ahly’s frentic attempts to score another lead.Though the result is highly positive for the Moroccan team, Al Ahly remains very dangerous outside Egypt.In the quarter finals, Al Ahly secured a qualification from Tunis when it inflicted defeat to the local Esperance despite a draw in the first leg 2-2.On November 4 Wydad and Al Ahly will meet again for the second leg of their face off.The Moroccans will need a small victory or at least a draw 0-0 to win the cup for the first time since 1992.In 2011 Wydad lost the Champions League final against Esperance following a defeat 1-0 in Tunis.The last Moroccan team to win the tournament was Wydad’s historical rival, Raja, in 1999 against Esperance. read more

Moroccos DGSN Seizes 400 Hashish Bags of 10 Tons in El

Rabat – Based on intelligence provided by General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST), police arrested a truck driver who was attempting to smuggle 400 bags of hashish, weighing a total of 10 tons, on Tuesday and Wednesday in El Jadida, near Casablanca.The police investigation resulted in the arrest of three other suspected criminals, including the owner of the truck, Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement.Police seized a sum of €10,000 from the gang, which is suspected to be linked to a criminal network operating in international drug trafficking. Read also: Morocco’s DGSN Seizes 493,700 Ecstasy Pills at Tanger Med PortAfter a careful and technical inspection, the packaging and wrapping of the seized drugs indicate that the drugs were intended to be smuggled by sea, added the statement.Police placed the suspects in custody while the judicial investigation is ongoing, under the supervision of the competent prosecutor’s office.The investigation aims to determine whether there are any other possible suspects in the criminal network, its extensions inside Morocco, and to identify their possible links with criminal networks internationally. read more

Number of Internet users to surpass 2 billion by end of year

The number of people with Internet access at home has increased from 1.4 billion in 2009 to almost 1.6 billion in 2010, with 65 per cent of these in developed countries and only 13.5 per cent in developing countries, where access in schools, at work and public locations is critical, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said, releasing the new data on the eve of World Statistics Day.By the end the year, 71 per cent of the population in developed countries will be online, compared to 21 per cent in developing countries. Regional differences are significant: 65 per cent of Europeans are on the Internet, compared to only 9.6 per cent of Africans.With the rapidly increasing high-bandwidth content and applications on the Internet, there is a growing demand for higher-speed broadband connections as a catalyst for growth.ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré has called broadband “the next tipping point, the next truly transformational technology,” generating jobs, driving growth and productivity, and underpinning long-term economic competitiveness. Over the past year, there has been strong growth in fixed broadband subscriptions and by the end of 2010, fixed broadband penetration will reach 8 per cent globally, but levels in developing countries remain low at 4.4 subscriptions per 100 people compared to 24.6 in developed countries.While high-speed Internet is still out of reach for many people in poorer countries, mobile telephony is becoming ubiquitous, with access to networks now available to over 90 per cent of the global population. Data indicate that among the estimated 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2010, 3.8 billion will be in the developing world.“Mobile phone penetration in developing countries now stands at 68 per cent, higher than any other technology before,” ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Sami Al Basheer said. “These countries have been innovative in adapting mobile technology to their particular needs and will be able to draw even greater benefits from broadband once adequate and affordable access is available.” Overall, the price of services is falling, but high-speed Internet access remains prohibitively expensive, especially in low-income developing countries. In 2009, an entry-level fixed (wired) broadband connection cost on average 190 PPP$ (Purchasing power parity in dollars) per month in developing countries, compared to only 28 PPP$ in developed countries.Mobile cellular services are much more affordable, with an average monthly cost of 15 PPP$ in developing countries compared to around 18 PPP$ in developed countries. The relative price for ICT services, especially broadband, is highest in Africa, the region with the lowest income levels. 19 October 2010The number of Internet users worldwide has doubled in the past five years and will surpass the 2 billion mark in 2010, with the majority of the 226 million new users this year coming from developing countries, the United Nations telecommunication agency reported today. read more

UN official deplores NATO attack on Libyan television station

8 August 2011The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with safeguarding press freedom today deplored a recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) attack on Libyan State broadcasting facilities last month which killed three media workers and injured 21 people. “Media outlets should not be targeted in military actions,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement, citing a Security Council resolution from 2006 that condemns acts of violence against journalists and media personnel in conflict situations. “The NATO strike is also contrary to the principles of the Geneva Conventions that establish the civilian status of journalists in times of war even when they engage in propaganda,” she added. “Silencing the media is never a solution. Fostering independent and pluralistic media is the only way to enable people to form their own opinion.”NATO issued a statement saying that the strike was conducted in accordance with Security Council resolution 1973 adopted in March, which authorizes the use of “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya, where the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi has conducted a military offensive against citizens seeking both greater freedoms and his removal from power. read more

UN envoy voices deep concern over forced deportation of ethnic minorities to

Peter Leuprecht, the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for human rights in Cambodia, said the refugees had crossed from Viet Nam to the Andong Meas district of Ratanakiri province at least a day before they were deported on 2 March, but provincial police denied access to UN officers on grounds that the Montagnards were “illegal immigrants.””These deportations are in clear violation of the 1951 Convention on Refugees, to which Cambodia is a party,” Mr. Leuprecht said in a statement issued in Geneva. “The ‘non-refoulement’ principle in this convention states that asylum seekers should not be returned to a country where they face a well-founded fear of persecution.”The Special Representative said this was not the first time that such incidents have come to his attention and expressed regret that Cambodia appeared to be in non-compliance with its obligations under the refugee treaty.On 25 January, Viet Nam tried and convicted four Montagnard asylum seekers who were forcibly deported from Cambodia, sentencing them to up to six and a half years imprisonment for “organizing illegal migrations,” Mr. Leuprecht said, adding that he was also worried by evidence of mistreatment by the Cambodian authorities. The Special Representative said that it was the Cambodian authorities’ responsibility to ensure that those responsible for these incidents were brought to account, and to ensure that UNHCR staff were allowed to carry out their work properly.”Where repatriations do occur these must be voluntary. No asylum seeker should be mistreated or forcibly deported,” he said, urging the Royal Government of Cambodia to fully uphold its international obligations on the treatment of refugees.Meanwhile, UNHCR said talks with Cambodian and Vietnamese officials, as well as the agency’s representative for the region, will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday as part of a bid to put back on track the agreement on the return to Vietnam of some 1,000 Montagnards who had fled to Cambodia a year ago. read more

Ahead of Pyeongchang Games UN Assembly President appeals for nations to honour

“I solemnly appeal to all Member States to demonstrate their commitment to the Olympic Truce for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic and Paralympic Games and to undertake concrete actions at the local, national, regional and world levels to promote and strengthen a culture of peace and harmony based on the spirit of the Truce,” said Mr. Lajčák. He also called upon all warring parties of current armed conflicts around the world to “boldly agree to true mutual ceasefires for the duration of the Olympic Truce, thus providing an opportunity to settle disputes peacefully.” The ancient Greek tradition of the ekecheira, or ‘Olympic Truce,’ began in the eighth century B.C., and serves as a hallowed principle of the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) renewed this tradition in 1992 by calling upon all nations to observe the Truce.The Peyonchang Olympics will be held 9-25 February and the Paralympics 9-18 March.On 13 November last year, the General Assembly adopted a resolution that urges Member States to observe the truce individually and collectively throughout the period from the seventh day before the start of the Olympics until the seventh day following the end of the Paralympics. The Assembly also expressed its expectation that “Pyeongchang 2018 will be a meaningful opportunity to foster an atmosphere of peace, development, tolerance and understanding on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.”In a statement on 9 January, UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the decision of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to send a delegation to the Olympic Winter Games. read more

Labour candidate receives torrent of online sexual harassment and abuse

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Officially the Labour Candidate for Aberconwy – nomination papers in at Bodlondeb today!— Emily Owen (@Emily4Aberconwy) 11 May 2017 “Those posting the abuse are cowards, as they hide behind stupid names and funnily enough nobody ever says anything like that on the doorstep when I go around knocking on doors.”“I’m sure Guto Bebb (the defending Tory MP) isn’t getting this kind of abuse simply because he’s not a young woman standing.” Standing firm for Aberconwy!— Emily Owen (@Emily4Aberconwy) 14 May 2017 “I highly doubt you’ll be asking the male candidates their penis size in order to make a decision about their politics….. sexism is not okay. ”Speaking to the Daily Post, Ms Owen said: “I decided to say something on social media as sexism like this just isn’t acceptable. It’s totally depressing that this sort of thing is still going on in 2017.” Emily Owen, standing for election as the Labour Party candidate in Aberconwy, has been on the receiving end of a huge amount of sexual harassment on social media since announcing her candidacy. Ms Owen, 22, highlighted the abuse with a message on Twitter: “Let’s discuss politics, not my breasts.”The Labour candidate, who is standing against Guto Bebb, Conservative MP for Aberconwy since 2010, has received messages commenting on her physical appearance and her breast size, with one man contacting her  to say: “How many votes for a striptease?”In a post on her Facebook page MsOwen said: “This is the first time I’ve been under this level of public scrutiny and I have to say I’m shocked! “If people have questions about my politics, discuss with me. If you don’t agree with my reply, challenge me.“What is not acceptable is flooding me with messages about what sexual acts I’m prepared to perform to get votes, what bra size I am, how many votes needed for me to strip and comments suggesting the reason I’m standing is to sleep with an Oxford grad.“I’ve been debating ignoring it but this behaviour is disgusting and needs calling out!!!last_img read more

Thermo Fisher Scientific application note highlights use of portable XRF analysis in

first_imgOre deposit investigation showcases high correlation between Thermo Scientific Niton FXL Field X-ray data and lab assays. The company has published a new application note detailing results of an investigation carried out in the Francisco I. Madero zinc-copper-lead-(silver) deposit, which is owned by Peñoles and operated as an underground mine in Zacatecas, central Mexico. High correlation was found between sample data obtained from the Thermo Scientific Niton FXL field X-ray lab and lab assays. This finding, along with identification of geochemically anomalous zones at depth using data from the analyser, indicate the efficiency of the instrument in locating centres of hydrothermal activity and mineralisation.“More than 3,000 of our Thermo Scientific portable XRF analysers are deployed in the global mining markets. The Niton FXL analyser is ideal for advanced exploration and drilling, industrial mineral mining and oil and gas exploration. Additionally, our unique Thermo Scientific TestAll Geo technology automatically determines the correct analytical test mode for rapid analysis of major and minor elements in geological samples. All of our analysers, both portable and handheld, are engineered from the ground up to withstand harsh mining environments, reduce laboratory costs and improve efficiency” said Jon Shein, Senior Director of Marketing Communications for Thermo Scientific Portable Analytical Instruments.The Thermo Scientific Niton FXL Series field X-ray lab delivers XRF-based elemental analysis with lab-quality testing performance and low levels of detection for up to 40 critical elements. Housed in a compact, portable package, it can be operated virtually anywhere onsite, from the back of a truck, mounted on a tripod or in an on-site lab. It has a rechargeable battery and is designed to operate in dusty, harsh field environments. This elemental analysis lab offers great performance, features and mobility:True lab-quality performance with superior limits of detectionNondestructive with accurate, consistent elemental analysis in minutes – or lessEasy to use, with little operator training requiredAvailable with 1 mm, 3 mm and 8 mm spot sizesSample spinner for reducing sample heterogeneity issues due to grain sizeClosed-beam design requires minimal licensing in most countriesThe Niton FXL field X-ray lab is based on Thermo Scientific’s proven, reliable software: there’s no PC required, alleviating the worry of a computer crash and loss of data. Not only does this instrument include advanced batteries that support extended continuous operation on a single charge, it is also free of the need for air filters that can clog if not maintained.last_img read more

Komatsu D8518 dozer equipped for small mines

first_imgKomatsu America has introduced the new D85-18 dozer. With a 264 hp, Komatsu SAA6D125E-7, variable geometry, turbo charged (KVGT) and after cooled, Tier 4 Final certified engine, this new dozer “leverages Komatsu’s nearly 20 years of experience and innovative leadership in emissions technology to deliver a high-performance, more environmentally-friendly engine that burns up to 5% less fuel and costs less to operate” says the company. A standard EX track model and a low ground pressure PX track model are available to offer customers flotationand weight distribution options that best match their needs.“For anyone looking for a large construction or small mining size dozer, the D85-18 hits the sweet spot,” saidChuck Murawski, Komatsu America Product Manager. “Whether you’re dozing, leveling or spreading, it has thespeed and power to get the job done and it saves you fuel in the bargain,” Murawski said. The crawler dozers are equipped with the latest KOMTRAX technology. Data such as fuel levels, DEF levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis. A new Operator Identification System reports key operating information for multiple operators and a new Auto Idle Shutdown function helps reduce idle time as well as operating costs.Komatsu says it has built upon its strengths using a proven Tier 4 Interim foundation to integrate Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) that further reduces NOx emissions using Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The Komatsu EPA Tier 4 Final engine uses an advanced electronic control system to manage the air-flow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters, and after treatment functions to optimise performance, reduce emissions, and provide advanced diagnostic capability. The result is lower fuel consumption with no loss of performance. Komatsu continues to use a Komatsu Variable Geometry Turbocharger (KVGT) and Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve with hydraulic actuator for more precise temperature and air management control as well as longer component life.To ensure product reliability and durability in demanding conditions, Komatsu developed the entire system, including the control software, which is critical to the effective operation of the after-treatment system. This control system is also integrated into the machine’s on-board diagnostics systems and KOMTRAX, Komatsu’s standard telematics system. The D85EX-18 is also equipped with a 9.4 yd³ SIGMADOZER blade which gives the machine a high blade capacity. The SIGMADOZER with standard power pitch “dramatically improves dozing performance and increases productivity by up to 15% over a conventional Semi-U blade.” The blade features a frontal design concept adopted for digging and rolling material at the centre of the blade. “The unique blade shape increases soil-holding capacity. Digging resistance is reduced for a smoother flow of material so larger amounts of soil can be dozed with less power.” The protruding cutting edge of the SIGMADOZER resembles a spade nose shovel whereas the straight cutting edge of a conventional Semi-U blade resembles a flat shovel. The SIGMADOZER works similarly to a spade nose shovel because it is easier to push through the soil and requires less energy.The D85-18 has a new automatic transmission that reduces fuel consumption by up to 5% and offers greater power train efficiency. Two gearshift modes – automatic or manual – can be easily selected to fit the appropriate application: automatic for all general dozing and manual for dozing and ripping rough ground. E- and P-Modes help match machine performance to the application. E-Mode is chosen for all general dozing, levelling and spreading applications providing adequate speed and power while saving up to 10% fuel usage. P-Mode is chosen for heavier applications where engine power has priority over fuel consumption.Komatsu’s Palm Command Control System (PCCS) gives operators maximum control, offering a relaxed posture and “superb fine control” to minimise operator fatigue. Powerful turns under various work conditions are achieved with the Hydrostatic Steering System (HSS) to transmit power to both tracks without interruption. Counter-rotation is available in neutral for minimum turning radius, providing excellent manoeuverability. An integrated cab design also creates an optimal operator environment.last_img read more

Hasbros Mighty Muggs Because Funko Pops Have Soulless Eyes

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. If you know me, you know I love Funko Pops. Actually, that’s a lie, but I respect Funko Pops. Simple molds to make inexpensive collectibles across a mind-boggling range of properties. It’s both a good business model and a good way to make figurines accessible to casual collectors. I mean, I hate them with a passion myself, but that’s because I know Funko can do so much better when they use more complex molds and keep closer to on-model designs for their vinyl figures.Anyway, Funko Pops. Squat bodies, big heads, creepy soulless eyes that lots of people love. But if you don’t like the Funko Pop design, Hasbro has an alternative: Mighty Muggs. They’re shaped similar, have giant heads, and are about $11 a pop. And, since Hasbro is one of Disney’s biggest licensing partners for toys, they have lots of Marvel and Star Wars figures to collect. They also have eyes with irises and sclera, not just little black beads of alien perception. Each one also has three facial expressions, too.Hasbro sent us a box of four Mighty Muggs with the cringe-inducing hash tag #MUGGLIFE on the packaging. Here are the Mighty Muggs of Neo-Jedi heroine Rey and popular learning experience Poe Dameron from Star Wars and monarchical technocrat Black Panther and complex procyonid Rocket Raccoon from Marvel.AdChoices广告The bodies of all four of these figures are nearly identical, inline with Funko Pops and Kidrobot’s Munny vinyl figures. Round with LEGO minifigure-like hands and feet, easy for standing up and cheap to produce. You can move the arms up and down a little, but that’s about it. Rey comes with a lightsaber that’s just a simple tube with a little ring between the grip and the transparent blade, and everyone else is empty-handed.Hasbro adds an extra function to the collectible vinyl figure formula by giving Mighty Muggs different facial expressions. Instead of just one painted face, their huge heads are cylinders with three expressions painted on them, like Man-E-Faces from He-Man. These face-heads are capped with big, molded hair or helmets that hide a spinning mechanism. Pressing down on the head turns the face a notch, changing the figure to the next expression.It’s a neat gimmick that lets you change your Mighty Muggs’ look based on your mood. The mechanism is completely hidden and seems fairly sturdy, so you can switch between angry Rey and happy Rey on a whim without dealing with anything more complex than pressing down on her head.I don’t know if I’ll ever quite get vinyl figures like these. I’m more of an on-model guy, and when I go chibi I go full weeb with Nendoroids. But these Mighty Muggs are fun, inexpensive figures with much more expressive eyes and the same low price tag as Funko Pops, and they’re a pretty good alternative if you’re into this type of figure.center_img Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more

Buddy high on NBA best Rookie list

first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Related Items:#magneticmedianews, basketball, buddy, buddyhield, grandbahama, magneticmedia, magneticmediatv, nba, sacramento, sports Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 10, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Buddy Heild, now of the Sacramento Kings has risen to No. 5 on the NBA Rookie ladder.  Heild is hailed as a good player under pressure by which says that when things get tight, Buddy is shooting at 75 per cent from the field and has a true shooting of 67 per cent.Buddy is also quoted in recent interviews as distancing his style from an NBA big player and  champion, Steph Curry. Buddy says he is Buddy Fresh, Buddy Love and admits that at this stage in his NBA career he cannot do the things Curry is doing. Buddy also said the trade to the Kings, where expectations of their performance as a team are not high without DeMarcus Cousins; Heild said he plans to finish strong, no cruising for him.  It was last month that Buddy was traded to the Kings from the New Orleans Pelicans.#MagneticMediaNews #BuddyHield #BahamasLovesBuddyPhotoCredit: Sacramento Kings #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more

Army vows to help fund cleanup at Bonneville

first_imgContractors may come and go, but Clark County will have the resources necessary to turn Camp Bonneville into a park, an Army official vowed Tuesday.The statement by the U.S. Army’s project manager comes as Clark County works to terminate the contractor hired four years ago to turn the former east county artillery range into a county park.“The Army stands by ensuring that Clark County has the proper resources,” said Bill O’Donnell, the Army’s Virginia-based project manager for Camp Bonneville.The cleanup stalled late last year when the main subcontractor removing unexploded ordnance pulled out after Army funding dried up. Cost overruns and funding disputes reached a stalemate between the Army and the county’s lead contractor, Bonneville Conservation Restoration and Renewal Team, headed by Mike Gage, a former deputy mayor of Los Angeles who had previously worked with the Trust for Public Land.Citing the need for “new leadership and a fresh perspective,” the county and state Department of Ecology jointly announced last month that the county was terminating its contract with Gage.last_img read more

DOJ asks Google to share data in Roger Stone investigation

first_imgThe government reportedly wants to compile a timeline of Roger Stone’s public statements related to his alleged communications with WikiLeaks. Getty Images The Justice Department has asked Google to share data to help with its investigation of Roger Stone, President Donald Trump’s former adviser.The tech giant is being asked to share upload dates for YouTube videos in which Stone made public statements in August 2016, according to a court order, Forbes reported earlier on Monday. Google owns YouTube.”While YouTube posts a ‘published on’ date for videos,” the order reads, “the government seeks certified business records establishing the upload dates.” The government reportedly wants to compile a timeline of Stone’s public statements related to his alleged communications with WikiLeaks about the 2016 release of stolen Democratic party information. Stone was indicted in January for allegedly lying to Congress and has denied claims that he had direct communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.The videos the Justice Department is interested in include ones showing Stone on InfoWars and the Dana Loesch show, as well as one of him making public remarks in Florida.  Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Originally published June 10, 3:20 p.m. PT.Update, June 11: Adds confirmation from the DOJ. Share your voice $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo 1 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $60 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $6 at Tidal Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the AirPods review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Apple iPhone XS DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Comment See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $999 7 $59 at eBay Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comments Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Tags $210 at Best Buy See at Turo $155 at Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30.center_img $520 at HP Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $299 at Amazon $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint See It $999 Amazon Politics TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review Chris Monroe/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Angela Lang/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Boost Mobile See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).last_img read more

Utqiaġvik barbecue connects people to scientific research next door

first_imgResidents attended a recent science-centered barbecue at the Barrow Arctic Research Center to hear about some of the research being done in Utqiaġvik. (Ravenna Koenig/ Alaska’s Energy Desk)There’s a lot of science that happens on the North Slope. Some of it’s homegrown, like the wildlife research done by the North Slope Borough. But a lot of it is done by scientists who spend weeks or months doing field work here before heading home.Listen nowSo how does the community stay in the loop on the research being done in their own backyard?Out on the edge of Utqiaġvik, people filter into the building that serves as the town’s science hub. Kids play on the floor, while adults chat over hamburgers and hot dogs. By the time the presentations get started, every seat is taken.“Thank you all for coming to our first BARC-becue,” Kaare Erickson said. Erickson is the community science liaison for Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) Science, the arm of the village corporation that works on science logistics. “We call this building the BARC — it’s the Barrow Arctic Research Center… we’re just starting the BARC-becue series.”Erickson grew up mostly in Unalakleet but his mom is from Utqiaġvik. Basically his job is to represent North Slope residents to the scientists who work up here, and vice versa.In addition to food, there are also presentations from scientists who are trying to better understand some of the natural processes that affect climate by studying things like clouds and vegetation.Fifty or so people showed up to the event, including Emma Kignak, who goes by Susie.“I wanted to hear what was going on with the global warming,” Kignak said.Kignak says that she’s seeing the effects of that warming with her own eyes, like changes in the sea ice. She came to this talk because she wants to understand why those changes are happening, and what might happen in the future. For example, she’s concerned about the warming of the permafrost that her town is built on.“I always wonder… where are we going to go if all of a sudden the ice melt[s] and we all sink in?” Kignak said.Leanna Mack is another resident who turned out for the event. She says she likes to keep tabs on the science being done in her hometown; it’s something she’s naturally curious about.“I’ve been interested in science myself,” Mack said.  “And growing up, my grandmother — she translated for National Science Foundation.”Mack says she was a little surprised that so many people came to the talk because it is a drive, albeit a short one, from the main town. But she also said it makes sense, given this community’s long history with research.“A lot of people in the community have been engaged in all the science that’s been going on up here for like 30, 40 years already,” Mack said. “And so I think that’s why there are so many people who do come out here, especially older people, because they were involved in it when they were little as well.”Throughout the summer, Kaare Erickson will be organizing several other science outreach events.Though Erickson is an employee of UIC Science, about half of his work is funded by the National Science Foundation, which sponsors a lot of North Slope research.Erickson says that some researchers are more invested in outreach than others, and he’s glad when he encounters people who want to engage with the public. Presentations like those at the BARC-becue do help the community stay informed about the science that’s happening in their home.But Erickson also wants researchers to take a second look at when in the research process that outreach happens.“Does it come at the very end when you’re all done with the research when you come back and share the knowledge?” Erickson said. “Or does it come in the middle where you’re doing the research so that some of that traditional knowledge might be incorporated into your results? Or does it come in the very beginning when you’re planting the seeds and creating the research questions?”In the future, Erickson hopes that things will shift more toward the last.last_img read more

Justice R S Chauhan sworn in as Telangana HC Chief Justice

first_imgHyderabad: Governor E S L Narasimhan on Saturday administered the oath of office to Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan as the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court at a function held at the Raj Bhavan here. Chief Secretary S K Joshi initiated oath-taking ceremony, and High Court Registrar General A Venkateswar Reddy read out the warrant of the President of India, appointing Justice Chauhan as Chief Justice of Telangana High Court. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao congratulated the Chief Justice and presented a bouquet to him. Legislative Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Home Minister Md Mahmood Ali, Medical and Health Minister Eatala Rajender, Excise Minister V Srinivas Goud, Transport, Roads and Buildings Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Minister for Endowments Indrakaran Reddy, DGP Mahender Reddy and Judges of High Courts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka were also present.last_img read more

2017 Alwar lynching victim Pehlu Khan sons charged for

first_imgALWAR (RAJASTHAN): Rajasthan Police filed a charge sheet for cow smuggling against Pehlu Khan, who was allegedly lynched in 2017 by a mob of “gau rakshaks” in Alwar for transporting cattle, and his two sons. The police chargesheeted Khan’s sons Irsad (25) and Arif (22) under sections 5, 8 and 9 while charges have been framed against the deceased under section 6 of the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The charge sheet against Khan was prepared on December 30 last year, 13 days after Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s government came into power in Rajasthan. Section 5 of the RBA Act pertains to the prohibition of the export of bovine animals for the purpose of slaughter and regulation of temporary migration or export for other purposes, while section 6 says the transporter is also an abettor and is liable for the same punishment as the person committing the offence. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Section 8 is about the penalty for such offences while Section 9 mentions punishment for causing hurt to a bovine animal. In 2018, the previous BJP government in the state had filed a similar charge sheet against two associates of Khan, who were also attacked by the mob. There were two FIRs registered in the case. One was against the mob for beating Khan to death and second against him and his family for transporting cattle (cow) illegally out of the state. Advertise With Us The police had earlier given a clean chit to the six people accused of lynching Khan, a dairy farmer. The police’s decision was reportedly based on statements of the staff of a cow shelter and mobile phone records. 55-year-old Khan, a native of Nuh in Haryana, was allegedly beaten up by self-styled cow vigilantes near Behror in Rajasthan on the Delhi-Alwar highway on April 1, accusing him of smuggling cattle. He succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital on April 3.last_img read more

Gov Abbott Vetoed An Economic Development Bill For Northeast Houston

first_img Share Gabrielle Keene/Houston Public MediaMidtown, Upper Kirby, Spring Branch and other parts of Houston have management districts that boost development in those neighborhoods using commercial property tax revenue. During the 2019 Texas legislative session, Democratic State Sen. Borris Miles proposed creating a management district in Northeast Houston, an area that was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. But Senate Bill 390, the bill that would have created the Northeast Houston management district, was vetoed by Gov. Greg Abbott, in a move Miles calls “retaliation.” According to Miles, Abbott vetoed the bill because Miles voted against the confirmation of the governor’s secretary of state nominee. “After I was called into his office and asked to give him a yes vote for the Republican Secretary of State David Whitley, who purged 95,000 Democratic voters off the rolls, we were told that if we did not, there would be consequences to pay,” Miles said.In his veto, Abbott said the bill would have increased taxes for commercial property owners in the district. “Creating districts like these within city limits undermines core principles of protecting taxpayers and promoting transparency, which led to historic achievements this session in Senate Bill 2,” he said. “It is tantamount to double taxation on the district’s property owners, forcing them to pay an ad valorem tax to the city and another assessment to the district.”Miles said the governor’s office worked with him to write the bill during the session, and that he was surprised to learn about Abbott’s objection to the management district when the bill was vetoed. “Why can’t Northeast Houston, an African American community, have one?” Miles said. “I’m calling it retaliation because I don’t want to call it racism, because I don’t want to believe that my governor would prevent an African American community from economic growth.”Democratic Rep. Harold Dutton, whose district is also in the area, told News 88-7 in a statement that he supported the bill: “I regret that the Governor has vetoed such an important piece of legislation for residents of Northeast Houston. This legislation had the power to dramatically transform northeast Houston and enhance it as a great place to work, live and raise a family. What makes this veto even more questionable is that Senator Miles and I worked with the Governor to incorporate his thoughts into the bill. Not once during our discussions was the basis for the Governor’ veto ever raised by the Governor. The bill could have been fixed if we had known of this objection. When folks don’t negotiate in good faith, it says more about them than any veto says about the bill.” The governor’s office declined to respond to Miles’ comments. last_img read more

First mathematical analysis of gun policy tradeoff emphasizes need for more data

first_imgFor this reason, the researchers view their model as a first step on the path to scientifically and logically formulating the issues involved in the gun control debate, and to guide the design of future epidemiological studies. As they explain, “any mathematical model of a behavioral process represents by definition a simplification and abstraction of a complex system.” From this perspective, the researchers propose that the gun control debate should focus on the scientific methods of gathering and interpreting data, rather than on single gun-related events that capture the public’s attention or anecdotal evidence.”What we tried to do is to examine how different strategies regarding gun availability in the general population influence the amount of shooting-induced murders that will occur,” Wodarz said. “This is a scientific question, similar to asking how certain biomedical strategies influence the incidence of a disease (such as cancer) in the population. “It was an interesting finding that the two extreme strategies minimize gun-induced murders. Regarding practicality: There are other issues that are relevant, such as constitutional issues in the US, which can limit the policies that can be implemented. However, our goal was to ask a very focused question about the amount of gun-induced murders, and to use scientific methods, based in the field of disease epidemiology. It is our hope that this will initiate a different kind of discussion, where people argue about scientific assumptions, data, and scientific methodologies. This would be the most immediate practical implication of our work, and I think if this was achieved, it would be very valuable. “Another, equally important practical implication of this work is that it identifies what needs to be measured statistically in order to make more precise predictions. Therefore, it serves as a guide for the design of future statistical studies, which will hopefully result in the availability of more data and thus more accurate predictions. As mentioned in the paper, right now only a limited amount of data is available in the literature and more data are needed to better parameterize and refine the model.”Here’s some of the data that the researchers considered in their analysis: Currently, about 30% of all American households own a gun. Assuming that gun ownership offers some protection against attacks, this percentage does not provide sufficient protection against attacks to counter the increase in gun-related deaths that occurs under a “guns for all” policy, according to the model. If a “guns for all” policy were to be effective, the government would have to persuade more people to purchase guns and carry them around at all times. There is evidence that gun ownership by potential victims does not offer any protection from attacks. Previous studies have found that gun ownership by potential victims actually increases their chances of being fatally shot during an attack compared to potential victims who do not carry a gun. These studies suggest that gun possession might escalate a gun fight and make it less likely that the potential victim will retreat. The majority of gun-related homicides in the US are one-against-one attacks, although one-on-many attacks are usually more widely publicized. The researchers suggest that the results from one-against-one attacks should dictate policies in order to minimize the overall gun-related homicide rate. A study of a UK prison population that was not legally allowed to own guns revealed that 8% had illegally owned guns during the past year, of which 23% had taken the gun with them on an offense. That is, less than 2% of the individuals who were not legally allowed to own guns owned and used a gun for criminal purposes. Finally, the researchers note that gun policy is not the only factor that contributes to the gun-related homicide rate. This fact is highlighted by the gun policies of the UK and Switzerland. Both countries have drastically lower rates of gun-related homicide than the US, but very different gun policies. In the UK, private gun possession is largely banned, while gun prevalence in Switzerland is widespread. Clearly, other factors such as socioeconomic conditions and cultural differences also play an important role in reducing gun-related homicides. Journal information: PLoS ONE This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 All rights reserved. Dominik Wodarz and Natalia Komarova, both from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Mathematics at the University of California Irvine, have developed the first mathematical analysis of the gun availability tradeoff. Their paper is published in PLOS ONE.With 11,000 gun-related homicides occurring each year in the US, the gun policy tradeoff has been the subject of many recent arguments. While a strict “no guns” policy would seem to decrease the overall number of available guns and therefore decrease gun use, a “guns for all” policy that allows anyone to own a gun may arm potential victims and deter criminals from attacking in the first place. And then there is also a middle ground: a moderate gun policy in which certain kinds of guns are available to some people under certain circumstances.So which policy is best? According to the model, the somewhat surprising result is that the gun-related homicide rate can only be minimized for the two extreme strategies: either a complete ban or a “guns for all” policy. The moderate policy—although seemingly most realistic of the three—results in a higher homicide rate than either of the two extreme policies. So the problem is still far from solved.”The effect of partial restriction of gun ownership is complicated,” Wodarz told “According to the model, a partial reduction in gun ownership can lead to a certain reduction in the gun-induced homicide rate, even if it does not minimize it. However, it is also possible that a partial reduction in gun ownership first leads to an increase in gun murders, and only leads to a reduction once gun ownership is restricted substantially. There is not enough data available at the moment to determine which outcome is more likely. Once more data are collected, we will be able to say something more concrete.”Overall, the big takeaway of the study is not a comparison of the effectiveness of different gun policies, but that the data required to make such a comparison is lacking. The researchers’ model makes several assumptions, such as the degree of law enforcement to prevent criminals from illegally owning guns, the degree of protection provided by guns to potential victims, and the fraction of the population that actually takes up its right to own and carry a gun, for which limited data exists. With high-tech guns, users could disable remotely The first mathematical analysis of the gun policy tradeoff makes several assumptions due to a need for more scientific data. Citation: First mathematical analysis of gun policy tradeoff emphasizes need for more data (2013, August 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Dominik Wodarz and Natalia L. Komarova. “Dependence of the Firearm-Related Homicide Rate on Gun Availability: A Mathematical Analysis.” PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071606 ( —While many people have already taken a stance on whether gun control laws need to be stricter or more lenient, a pair of researchers from the University of California Irvine argues that there isn’t yet enough scientific data to make an informed policy decision either way. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Simulation suggests warm Jupiter exoplanets can be pushed closer to their star

first_img Citation: Simulation suggests warm Jupiter exoplanets can be pushed closer to their star by another planet (2014, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A couple of decades ago, astronomers discovered that some Jupiter sized exoplanets orbited very closely to their stars. They also found that some of those gaseous planets were also hotter than Jupiter, and were given names to indicate how much: warm or hot. This uncovered a puzzle because solar system and planetary formation theories suggest that large gassy planets almost certainly form very far away from their star. So, what caused them to move closer?Prior research has hinted that the answer may lie with other planets in the same system causing some sort of gravitational influence that might cause movement towards a central star. In this latest effort, the research pair carried this line of thinking further by constructing multiple simulations of systems where there is a warm Jupiter and another planet large enough to exert influence with its gravity. For each such system, they ran approximately 1000 simulations, modifying the parameters as they went mimicking the passage of 200 million years. They found that if two planets did not lie in the same plane (with angles ranging from 35 to 65 degrees) it was possible for the second planet to pull the warm or hot Jupiter closer towards the central star under certain circumstances.While it was once thought that that most if not all planetary systems were flat planed, findings over the past several years have shown that the flat plan demonstrated by our own solar system is not necessarily the norm. Many non-planer systems have been found, leading to theories being developed to explain how it may happen. They all start by suggesting planets form on a plane due to accretion from disc material, thus, planets that orbit their star out of that plane must get pushed there somehow—current thinking is that it’s likely due to the planets pulling on one another, particularly when some develop later than others. Astronomers find ‘cousin’ planets around twin stars Journal information: Science Explore further This artist’s concept depicts a planetary system. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltechcenter_img © 2014 ( —A pair of astronomers with the University of California has demonstrated via computer simulation that the reason some hot or warm Jupiter exoplanets orbit their star so closely is because they are pulled there by another planet. In their paper published in the journal Science, Rebekah Dawson and Eugene Chiang describe their simulations and what their observations revealed. More information: A class of warm Jupiters with mutually inclined, apsidally misaligned close friends, Science 10 October 2014: Vol. 346 no. 6206 pp. 212-216. DOI: 10.1126/science.1256943ABSTRACTThe orbits of giant extrasolar planets often have surprisingly small semimajor axes, large eccentricities, or severe misalignments between their orbit normals and their host stars’ spin axes. In some formation scenarios invoking Kozai-Lidov oscillations, an external planetary companion drives a planet onto an orbit having these properties. The mutual inclinations for Kozai-Lidov oscillations can be large and have not been confirmed observationally. Here we present evidence that observed eccentric warm Jupiters with eccentric giant companions have mutual inclinations that oscillate between 35° and 65°. Our inference is based on the pairs’ observed apsidal separations, which cluster near 90°. The near-orthogonality of periapse directions is effected by the outer companion’s quadrupolar and octupolar potentials. These systems may be undergoing a stalled version of tidal migration that produces warm Jupiters over hot Jupiters, and they provide evidence for a population of multiplanet systems that are not flat and have been sculpted by Kozai-Lidov oscillations. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Terrifying Ancient Dental Practices

first_imgThe advent of farming saw an increase in the levels of tooth decay in our ancestors, this could be related to the change in diet and the explosion in population that followed the settling of tribes from hunter/gatherer to farmer. While there is speculation around why tooth decay became so prominent, there is mounting evidence that dentistry techniques followed not long after.Farmer at the dentist, Johann Liss, c. 1616–17In fact, dentistry may be older than the wheel and the written word.In Pakistan, scientists have discovered a Neolithic grave from between 9,000 and 7,500 years ago where there is evidence of a dental drill, called a bow drill, having been used on the molars of nine different individuals at the burial site.Reconstruction of a bow and flint-tipped drill found at a Neolithic graveyard in Mehrgarh, Pakistan. Photo by: University of PoitiersThis drill is still used today by some indigenous communities.One recent study from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy has discovered that a 6,500-year-old human jaw bone, which was unearthed over 100 years ago in Slovenia, has a cap made of beeswax which was attached to the tooth during the lifetime of the person; as the BBC reports “Beeswax would have made a reasonably good filling material.Old Mayan Skull and Teeth in GuatemalaThat’s because it is soft and easy to work when warmed but becomes solid at human body temperature. It also has the added benefit of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.”From the ancient Egyptians, we have the first written evidence of dental practice in the Edwin Smith papyrus from around 3,000 B.C.These ancient writings provide examples of how early physicians treated and healed mouth wounds along with offering other general medical advice.Plates vi & vii of the Edwin Smith Papyrus at the Rare Book Room, New York Academy of MedicineThere is also evidence that the ancient Egyptians invented the first toothpaste, a recipe that included rock salt, black pepper, flowers, and mint.We also get the oldest named ‘Chief of Toothers’ from this period; Hesy-Re, who was also the surgeon general to Pharaoh Djoser and was the first person to recognize the symptoms of gum disease.Relief of Hesy-Ra from his Mastaba,The ancient Greeks tended to be more stoic in their approach to dental care, which involved simply praying to the gods and hoping for the best.It was Hippocrates in around 300 B.C. who was the first Greek to describe the process of tooth extraction and cauterization rather than relying on prayer.During this time, Claudius Galen, another medical practitioner, discovered that teeth were made of bone with nerves inside; before this discovery, the accepted knowledge was that the nerves were worms that needed to be removed to cure a toothache.Galen of PergamonThe Etruscans, ancient peoples from the Italian peninsula, were developing advanced dental techniques long before anyone else, archaeologists have found remains that show advanced dental practices such as tooth removal and denture fixtures using gold bands and real teeth from animals or other humans.The Etruscans even worked out how to seal exposed nerves and cavities using hot metals, something that must have been excruciatingly painful, to protect a tooth against the elements.Dental needle-nose pliers designed by Fauchard in the late 17th century to use in prosthodontics.The Romans, having conquered and assimilated the Etruscans, turned dentistry into a profession.There are many surviving manuscripts discussing the correct way to remove a tooth and, in the Forum, there is evidence of a highly skilled dental practice which also stocked pain relief medicines.Roman denture, c 400 BC.As reported by Forbes magazine, “although the Romans had poor dental hygiene, they did have skilled dentists to relieve their pain and prevent further infection by extracting their teeth.”Pain relief was mostly done using honey and herbs and, in some cases, such as cloves, these ancient remedies can still be relied on today for short-term relief.Pliny the Elder of Rome, however, describes a treatment involving burning a wolfs head or a pig’s trotter and rubbing the ashes on the offending tooth.The Egyptians also had a remedy which was essentially the sliced in half carcass of a dead mouse.The Aztecs preferred chewing on a chili pepper as this would numb the area and in Peru, they would chew on coca leaves to relieve a toothache.Read another story from us: What Did People Use Before Toilet Paper?Dentistry has come a long way since its first tentative steps, and thankfully pain relief has grown along with it.last_img read more