PainCheck receives European patent for pain assessment technology

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PainChek®, developer of the world’s first smartphone-based pain assessment and monitoring application, has been granted a patent in 20 European nations by the European Patent Office.

The Sydney-based medical technology company said that its patent application, entitled “A Pain Assessment Method and System”, enables PainChek to safeguard the intellectual property of its pain assessment and monitoring technology within the European market.

Countries covered by the patent include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.  The patent protection for all these regions is until 2035.

Paincheck said the patent further strengthens PainChek’s global intellectual property portfolio, which includes existing patents in the USA, Japan, and China.

Philip Daffas, CEO of PainChek, commented: “The granting of this European patent is a pivotal achievement for PainChek as it solidifies our position in one of the world’s largest healthcare markets, including the UK which is a particularly important growth region for the company.

“This protection enhances our ability to deliver innovative pain assessment solutions to a broader audience, ensuring better pain assessment and management for individuals in need.”

Paincheck opened flat this morning and was trading at 31 cents.

Rantz: Poll says Washington state is in play for Trump, bad news for Biden, Ferguson

A new Cascade PBS/Elway poll shows Washington state is in play for former president Donald Trump. Even worse news for Democrats is the limp support for President Joe Biden, gubernatorial hopeful Bob Ferguson and incumbent Democrat Senator Maria Cantwell.
Despite being a deep blue state, Biden only has 42% support (31% certain, 11% inclined to support the president but could change their minds). Trump has 34% support (25% certain, 9% inclined to support the former president but could change their minds). With media coverage so positively skewed towards Biden and against Trump, both poll results are surprising for Washington voters.
With 13% of Washington state voters undecided, Trump theoretically has a shot at taking the state. Helping his cause are the third-party candidates Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jill Stein and Cornell West, which earn 6% amongst them.
Even with favorable polling, a Trump win in Washington is still unlikely. However, the poll portends Biden and Democrat troubles this election season. 
More from Jason Rantz: Exclusive – Secretary of State says AG Bob Ferguson demanded he break law in vulgar tirade
What do Washington state voters care about the most?
The Cascade PBS/Elway poll offers plenty of warning signs for Democrats. 
Nearly 80% of respondents pay attention to government and politics (44% say regularly follow and 32% say they pay attention most of the week, but not every day). Yet only 35% believe this is the “most important election of my lifetime,” which suggests that Democrats’ insistence that abortion access and democracy itself is on the ballot is being dismissed.
According to the poll, the most important issue on the minds of voters is the economy (28%) and immigration (a soft 18%). Only 14% are motivated by Democracy at risk and 11% by the Biden vs. Trump rematch, again signaling the main Democrat talking point about the dangers of Trump is falling flat.
Only 7% of respondents cited foreign affairs as important (and only 2% listed Israel’s war against Hamas). But in a tight race, this could matter. Young voters who have ideologically aligned with anti-Israel extremists and Hamas terrorists may back a third-party candidate over Biden or not be motivated to vote at all.
While the poll framed voter issues through the presidential election, it’s hard to imagine Washington Democrats escaping the blame and Republicans earning some support. 
In poll, economy and illegal immigration hurt Democrats, but help Trump, Republicans in Washington
Criticisms of either the economy or illegal immigration lay at the feet of Democrats, who have complete control in Olympia, and Biden, whose administration has dictated policy direction. Both issues have consistently polled well for Trump and Republicans nationally.
Washington’s economy has been struggling thanks to job losses hitting tech and construction the highest.
At 4.8% in April, the state’s unemployment rate is at its highest since September 2021, post-COVID (4.7%), and is nearly a point higher than the national average (3.9%). 
The impacts of illegal immigration have also caught Washingtonian’s attention. 
With an influx of migrants seeking asylum in the Seattle area, holding parks hostage until they’re given housing, area residents have grown annoyed and concerned. Meanwhile, high-profile crimes allegedly committed by illegal immigrants, including the death of Washington State Patrol Trooper Christopher Gadd highlight the crisis.
More from Jason Rantz: Bob Ferguson using ‘fake’ name in his run for Governor, misstated law to threaten opponent
The impact of initiatives
A trio of popular, voter-backed initiatives are on the ballot, bringing more enthusiasm to the election.
If approved, I-2117 (41% support vs. 31% opposed) would nix the burdensome and costly gas tax from Governor Jay Inslee’s signature cap and trade program. I-2019 ends the state’s new capital gains tax (47% vs. 36%). I-2124 ends the state’s lackluster long-term care insurance mandate (47% vs. 25%). While the three initiatives still have high undecided voters, it’s in good shape, especially since big money hasn’t dropped to promote them yet. 
The three initiatives, if approved, would reverse Democrats’ main policy agendas from the last two legislative sessions. Three other initiatives, all killing Democrat policies like the ban of police vehicular pursuits, were already reversed by the state legislature under pressure from the public and positive polling in their favor.
More from Jason Rantz: Progressive candidate upset he isn’t running unopposed, makes up candidate
Bob Ferguson is in trouble, Dave Reichert angling for an upset
If fewer voters are excited about the presidential election, with Biden voters clearly less enthusiastic than Trump supporters, it’s easy to see how Democrats can suffer across the ticket.
Despite statewide name recognition (or perhaps because of it), Attorney General Bob Ferguson only secures 33% of the respondent’s certain or likely support. His main Republican challenger, former congressman and King County Sheriff Dave Reichert pulls in 28%, and he’s not particularly well-known on the east side of the state. 
Ferguson has struggled early in the campaign due to far-left views behind Washingtonian’s concerns with the state’s direction.
Ferguson pushed for drug decriminalization, which has been responsible for the state’s record high fatal overdoses and the related homelessness and crime crises. He may be trying to rewrite history now, but usually, politicians have more respect for voters than to do it this close to his previous publicly-held positions. 
Poll doesn’t look good for Maria Cantwell, Dr. Raul Garcia holds steady
Incumbent Senator Maria Cantwell only pulls in 39% support, despite being in office since 2000. But most voters can’t name a single issue to define Cantwell’s career and she’s been almost entirely absent from the state except for when she runs for re-election. She does so few media appearances and speeches that she’s easily forgettable.
Dr. Raul Garcia, her Republican challenger and a relative newcomer, pulls in 30% of the vote.
Focused on the economy, public safety (particularly around drug addiction), and his personal story of he and his mother escaping Fidel Castro’s communist regime to become refugees benefiting from gaining asylum in the United States, Castro’s campaign has been gaining traction.
With 30% of the voters still undecided, the Senate race is up for grabs.
Washington is still a blue state, despite positive-looking poll for Trump
There is no doubt that Washington is still a deeply blue state and Democrats will start to coalesce closer to November, despite the poll showing better than expected (and potential) support for Trump. But the polling is unusually soft for Democrat candidates and their issues and it’s unclear how many Democrat voters will vote third party or sit this election out. Why is that?
When one party has total control of the state legislature and most of the city’s largest and mid-size cities, voters can better understand who is to blame for their worries. Democrats branded themselves around defunding police, legalizing drugs, targeting businesses and shutting down our economy during COVID. Residents are not pleased.
Biden is deeply unpopular with even diehard anti-Trumpers conceding their lives were better under the former president. Plus, there’s a looming threat of third-party candidates who can pick up younger, activist voters who otherwise would be knocking on doors for the Democrat nominee. If they sit the activism out this time around, it will undoubtedly hurt Democrats.
This is a recipe for upsets in 2024.
Trump can take advantage, not necessarily by winning (though it’s possible, even if improbable), but by motivating unlikely voters to mail in their ballot — supporting the initiatives and down ticket Republican candidates. It’s also easy to see how Trump haters could skip voting “MAGA” for president, but understand we’re feeling the pains of one-party rule, choosing to vote for Reichert or Garcia, and giving Republicans a chance.
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LSU lands Louisiana Tech punter Blake Ochsendorf in transfer portal

LSU seems to have found its successor for punter Jay Bramblett.On Monday, the Tigers added Louisiana Tech punter Blake Ochsendorf via the transfer portal. A native of Savage, Minnesota, who is entering his seventh season of college football, Ochsendorf began his career at Minnesota State University Moorhead before transferring to Eastern Michigan.After not appearing in any games in his three seasons with the Eagles, he joined the Bulldogs in Ruston, where he became one of the top punters in Conference USA this season. His 45.72 punt average led the league and ranked 16th nationally.That mark also set a program record for the all-time career lead at Louisiana Tech (minimum of 50 punts).https://twitter.com/blakeochsendorf/status/1795191439153901586Ochsendorf is a solid replacement for Bramblett, who followed Brian Kelly from Notre Dame. Bramblett ranks fourth in LSU history for career punting average despite seeing very limited action due to how explosive the offense was the last two seasons.Contact/Follow us @LSUTigersWire on Twitter, and like our page on Facebook to follow ongoing coverage of Louisiana State news, notes, and opinions.Follow Tyler to continue the conversation on Twitter:@TylerNettuno

AI Tech Stock May Performance Analysis: Alphabet (GOOGL) vs. Microsoft (MSFT)

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Gaitho: Embrace USA but not as pawns

If President William Ruto’s State Visit to the United States of America was a roaring success, a large share of the credit must go to his ‘Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Washington’, Margaret Cushing Whitman.

Although officially the US ambassador in Nairobi, Meg Whitman has, in two years, achieved much more in projecting Kenyan interests in her home country than, collectively, our Cabinet secretaries responsible for Foreign Affairs, Defence, Trade, National Treasury, Agriculture, Internal Security, Education, Trade, Investment, Tourism, Roads, Information and Communications Technology, Environment and many other critical dockets. That’s more or less the entire Cabinet.

President Ruto becoming the first African president to earn a state visit to the US since 2008, the special security partnership conferred by President Joe Biden, the pledges of support in so many sectors as well as deals stuck with private corporations are a testament to the success of the historic mission.

Private sector

They are also confirmation of the extensive planning ahead of the trip, much of which seems to bear Ms Whitman’s thumbprint in her government links and also private sector connections as a top Silicon Valley executive prior to her diplomatic posting.

The trip served as renewal of Kenya’s traditional ties to America and also affirmed President Ruto’s emergence as a key US point man in Africa.

President Ruto will, no doubt, be feeling puffed-up from the economic and diplomatic dividends of the junket and the signs of his expanding recognition as an important African leader. However, he cannot ignore perceptions bound to gain traction that he is no more than an over-enthusiastic American lackey.

I found it disturbing reading a report in a US paper that Ms Whitman has our president on virtual standby to take her calls at any time and will often put him on speakerphone while engaging her American business and diplomatic colleagues.

The global geopolitics of today indicate a sort of return to the Cold War days, with the US scrambling to contain growing Russian and Chinese influence in Africa and wider afield. The collapse of the old Soviet Union in the early 1990s made USA the sole superpower and also saw it assume the role of global policeman.

Grew complacent

America, however, grew complacent, failing to see the emergence of China as, first, an economic colossus and now a military power under President Xi Jinping. Russia’s rebound under President Vladimir Putin, who is deliberately moving to militarily regain some of the territories lost with the collapse of USSR, also seems to not have been predicted by Washington.

The reality is, the US is not the centre of the world; it is not the unchallengeable ‘globocop’. It loves projecting muscle but has suffered humiliating defeats in nearly all the major military misadventures it ventured into since the Second World War.

There may well be clear gains from the US trip, especially viewed from the perspective of Kenya’s status as a regional economic and security lynchpin and communications hub. We have a great opportunity to leverage on US recognition of our strategic placing. However, we must guard against being reduced to a US pawn on the global chessboard. We can enjoy close relations with the US but must not agree to be used in Uncle Sam’s game to ‘counter’ Russia and ‘contain’ China; they can be our friends and partners, too.

Mombasa County Governor Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir and his Kilifi colleague Gideon Mung’aro have issued orders prohibiting the entry, distribution and consumption of the stimulant leaf muguka within their respective domains.

Those could be commendable efforts geared towards saving the citizens, particularly the youth, from zombification wrought by heavy consumption of the intoxicant. It is the responsibility of those in authority to safeguard the health and safety of their people and society as a whole.

However, the Mombasa and Kilifi bans raise serious questions. Muguka, and its close cousin, miraa, are not illegal drugs. They are not prohibited in Kenya under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act. They are recognised by the relevant national government ministries as legitimate agricultural crops and trade produce.

Even if the prohibitions are fully supported by the political establishments, the legal and administrative routes may be open to challenge. For instance, we all know that cigarettes and alcohol, for example, are harmful if consumed in excess. But they are not illegal.

What would happen if a county government decided to ban tattoos, dreadlocks, mini-skirts or exposed faces? And what if the county government decides to impose a certain religion as the official faith and outlaw observance of all others?

Local Utah Tech University students receive Dean’s List honors for spring 2024 semester

ST. GEORGE, UTAH — Students at Utah Tech University showcased exceptional academic performance during the spring 2024 semester, with 1,276 students earning Dean’s List honors.To qualify, students had to attain a 3.5 to 3.89 GPA and complete at least 15 credits. The following local students met these qualifications, earning a spot on the Dean’s List for the spring 2024 semester.Megan Hartwell of Mesquite, NVDakota Hafen of Mesquite, NVJames Cates of Mesquite, NVCarlos Vallejo of Mesquite, NVKelly Denninghoff of Mesquite, NVVanessa Guerrero of Mesquite, NVBooker Wakefield of Mesquite, NVTaua Fiso of Mesquite, NVKari Felix of Mesquite, NVOrlando Sandoval of Mesquite, NVSophie Tobler of Mesquite, NVJo Gordon of Mesquite, NV“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all our exceptional students whose unwavering commitment and hard work have resulted in their well-deserved placement on the honor roll,” Dr. Michael Lacourse, provost and vice president of academic affairs, said. “It is truly gratifying to witness our students seizing every opportunity at Utah Tech and achieving excellence. Their accomplishments reflect the spirit of perseverance and resilience that defines our educational community.”Utah Tech has experienced incredible growth in the last decade, with 293 programs, including a diverse offering of 11 graduate programs, 57 bachelor’s degrees, 76 certificates, 51 minors, 76 emphases, and 23 associate degree programs.Utah Tech University is a premier open-enrollment teaching institution that offers nearly 300 academic programs at one of the lowest tuition costs in the Western United States. The University was built upon a rich tradition of determination and generosity that is still embraced by the campus community today. With the motto “active learning. active life.” Utah Tech provides personalized and engaged learning experiences that prepare students for rewarding careers and enriched lives. Outside of the classroom, students have the opportunity to enjoy the unparalleled opportunities for an active life that accompany UT’s location in beautiful Southern Utah.For more information, visit utahtech.edu.

Edison Tech students commemorate the ‘unsung heroines’ of World War II

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — For people around the world, it’s crucial to pass on the accounts of those who fought and died during World War II. But one of the United States’ stories during the war effort was often overlooked. One school in Rochester is bringing to the forefront the contributions made by Black women during the war.  
You may know of Rosie the Riveter — the former housewife turned into a war hero. She’s a cultural icon in the United States who represents the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II. However, what Rosie’s image doesn’t convey is the diversity of that workforce, with half a million “Black Rosies” who worked alongside their white counterparts.
“Not only did they step up, but they stepped up at a time where there were barriers for women and of course, for African American women and people as a whole due to segregation and racial inequity,” Edison Tech principal LaCassa D. Felton said. “So that proves that they were really Americans that love their country and that were willing to fight on the home front in the capacity that they were able to.”
Fighting both the foreign enemy abroad and the familiar enemy of racism at home, for decades, Black Rosies have received little historical recognition or acknowledgment. That is until a recent unveiling at Edison Career and Technology High School.
“A lot of people are not familiar with Black Rosies and they were unsung heroines,” Felton said. “And so for Edison Tech to be on the cutting edge of recognizing the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion. And the project, this is the first of many.”
Students from Edison’s Construction Pathway created a mosaic mural, honoring the contributions of African American female workers during the war. 
“It was really inspiring,” 11th-grade student Angela Vazquez said. “I didn’t know nothing of it. So it was very new to me. It looks so much better than on the wall than on the table, [it’s] so much bigger. And we did a really good job. It looks just like the picture we imagined. It’s wonderful. It’s a beautiful mural.”
Black Rosies paved the way for women to enter jobs in the industry and government. Now their stories have inspired others to continue to do the same.
“The big thing that we are implementing in the classrooms is across the school we are trying to focus on Rosies in all the classrooms, English, math, social studies and science, but especially with our female construction students, to see the struggles that women went through and that they too will go through struggles, but they can be successful just like their former counterparts were,” machine shop teacher Dan Collins said.
“Women’s Memorial Hall” is a newly designated space at the school, the mural is the first piece of art to be on display, and staff shares that it will definitely not be the last.
“Most people are visual, right?” Felton said. “So you can hear a story. But to actually see the mural and to see Rosie. [It’s] such a powerful statement, showing her strength. She has the beautiful afro and then she has the signature bow. I think that is going to inspire women and men alike to go after their dreams.”

After ‘whites only’ job posting, tech staffing firm settles with DOJ, Labor

A job posting that included race and citizenship requirements — and the stipulation, “Don’t share with candidates” — has resulted in settlement agreements between Virginia-based IT staffing firm Arthur Grand Technologies Inc. and the U.S. government.

Under the arrangement, Arthur Grand will pay a civil penalty of $7,500, along with a total of $31,000 to 31 people who complained about the posting. The company — which is minority-owned and a federal contractor designated a disadvantaged business — will also be monitored to ensure compliance with anti-discrimination laws. 

“It is shameful that in the 21st century, we continue to see employers using ‘whites only’ and ‘only US born’ job postings to lock out otherwise eligible job candidates of color,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, which announced the agreements.

Arthur Grand “neither admits nor denies any violation,” the Department of Labor’s agreement states. But in a message to NPR, Arthur Grand CEO Sheik Rahmathullah said his company “vehemently denies any guilt or wrongdoing.” The job posting was made by a rogue employee, he said.

What did the job posting say?

The job posting sparked outrage and accusations of discrimination when it circulated online last year, reading, “Only Born US Citizens [White] who are local within 60 miles from Dallas, TX [Don’t share with candidates].” The words in brackets are not paraphrases; they appeared in brackets in the posting, the Justice Department noted.

Arthur Grand Technologies was seeking someone to work in a “Salesforce Business Analyst and Insurance Claims position,” the Labor Department said. The job was to be based in Dallas.

The business analyst position “would serve two clients, HTC Global an information technology company based in Troy, Michigan, and Berkshire Hathaway, the multinational holding company based in Omaha, Nebraska,” the DOJ stated, citing the job listing.

What did the federal agencies find?

The DOJ said Arthur Grand’s listing in March of 2023 violated the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Labor Department said the company also violated a long-standing executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating based on race, national origin and other protected characteristics.

In its separate agreement with Arthur Grand, the Labor Department says it also found other violations, saying the company didn’t have records tracking demographic characteristics of job applicants, such as their gender, race or ethnicity; and that the company didn’t post a notice of workers’ equal employment opportunity rights in conspicuous places.
 
“We are committed to holding federal contractors accountable for outrageous discriminatory practices like this advertisement,” said Acting Director Michele Hodge of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). “Companies like Arthur Grand, that accept federal contracts, cannot have a ‘whites only’ hiring process.”

The Labor Department’s agreement with the company includes a form letter to be sent to people who complained about Arthur Grand. They’re told that if they want to take part in the agreement, they must sign a document reading in part, “I understand that AGT denies that it treated me unlawfully or unfairly in any way.”

By signing the document and receiving payment, the letter states, the complainants also agree not to file a lawsuit against the company.

What does Arthur Grand say?

Rahmathullah emphasized that Arthur Grand did not admit any guilt or wrongdoing, telling NPR that the staffing firm agreed to the DOJ and Labor deals “solely to avoid the significant financial toll and prolonged disruption that litigation would impose on our company.”

“Arthur Grand Technologies vehemently denies any guilt or wrongdoing in relation to the discriminatory job posting,” Rahmathullah said. The job notice was an “unauthorized posting,” he added.

When the company became aware of what had happened, Rahmathullah said, “we took immediate and decisive action to ensure that this type of incident will never happen again, including the immediate termination of the responsible employee.”

The CEO added, “we sincerely apologize for any harm caused by this incident and are committed to making meaningful changes to maintain the trust and confidence of our community and stakeholders.”

The Justice Department acknowledged in its settlement agreement that the company had denied approving the job posting, with Arthur Grand asserting “that the posted advertisement was generated by a disgruntled recruiter in India and was intended to embarrass the company,” according to the DOJ.

What is Arthur Grand Technologies?

It’s an IT staffing firm, based in Ashburn, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. The company’s listed address corresponds to a two-story office complex about 10 miles north of Dulles International Airport. Its neighbors include dental and orthodontics offices, and an insurance company.

“We take pride in the fact that all the senior leadership positions in our company are held by persons of color, and over 80% of our staff are also people of color,” Rahmathullah told NPR.

According to U.S. government records, Arthur Grand is certified as a Small Disadvantaged Business in the roster of federal contractors.

To qualify for that status, a majority of the company must be owned by “one or more disadvantaged persons,” who must also be “socially disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged.”
“Each year, the Federal Government awards about 10% of all federal contract dollars, or roughly $50 billion in contracts, to Small Disadvantaged Businesses,” according to the Small Business Administration.
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Glide Bombs: A Low-Cost High Tech Weapon Paving Its Way In Modern Combat

The conflict in Ukraine highlights the ascendancy of drones on the modern-daybattlefield. The age-old General’s dilemma of ‘what’s on the other side ofthe hill’ can now be answered by a rifleman. But as technologycontinuously reshapes the way we fight our wars, guided glide bombs areanswering another set of questions about how we fight wars. In a worldwhere stand-off means survival, glide bombs offer the delivery of relativelyinexpensive weapons on targets keeping delivery platforms considerablyout of harm’s way by virtually eliminating the exposure of the deliveryplatform from the air defence systems near the target. Let’s have a look atthe brief history of these weapons and what’s India doing in this space.
Glide Bombs A Brief HistoryThe Germans were the first to use guided glide bombs during the SecondWorld War. In 1943, after the capitulation of Italy, Germany sank the Italianbattleship Roma and damaged the battleship Italia. The bombs were alsosuccessfully used to hit British battleship HMS Warspite and also damagedlight cruisers USS Savannah, USS Philadelphia and HMS Uganda.The United States prolifically used the Walleye series of TV-guided glidebombs to target key infrastructure projects such as bridges andpower plants in Vietnam keeping delivering aerial platforms away fromsome of the most well-defended air-defence zones at that time.
Glide Bombs TodayMany modern-day glide bombs, unlike systems from the past, are add-onkits such as the American Joint Direct Attack Munition-Extended Range(JDAM-ER), the Russian UMPK guidance kit, or the Pakistani Takbir kit.This economically feasible approach makes a dumb bomb smarter byadding a glide cum guidance kit onto the bomb. There are many othersystems such as the American GBU-53/B Storm Breaker, AGM-154 JointStandoff Weapon (JSOW), GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) and theGerman HOPE/HOSBO.The Russian bombs have caused a lot of damage in Ukraine with thecountry’s president seeking help from his allies to end the scourge. Ukrainehas also complained that the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb(GLSDB) launched from either the M270 or the HIMARS rocket systems isrendered useless due to Russian jamming.
India Keeping AbreastIndia has developed two different types of glide bombs. The first being theDRDO Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW). This weapon can glide to arange of 100 km. The SAAW was designed to destroy targets, such asrunways, bunkers, aircraft hangars and other reinforced structures.  Theother type of glide bombs that India will employ in a future conflict areGaurav and Gautham. Gaurav is a 1,000 kg bomb with a maximum gliderange of 100 km and Gautham is a 550 km bomb with a range of 30 km. Arange extension kit is in the pipeline for Gautham, which for now hassteerable fins to guide it to a target. India also uses the Israeli Spice seriesand the French Hammer bombs which can glide to their targets. India usedthe stand-off Spice bombs during the Balakot raid.
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Ukraine tests 5G technology amid ongoing war

27 May, 05:29 PM

Full-scale war affects 5G launch (Photo:Andrej Lišakov Unsplash)

As the European Union targets full 5G coverage for all cities and major roads by 2025, Ukraine has joined nearly 100 other countries in testing this advanced telecommunications standard. “5G was launched in Ukraine for the first time in test mode,” Fedorov’s message stated.The test call was successfully made between the Promprylad Innovation Center in Ivano-Frankivsk, Vodafone’s office in Kyiv, and Nokia’s office in Helsinki, verifying the quality of communication over the 5G network. “Everything works,” confirmed the minister. Video of day Despite challenges posed by the war, which impacts the availability of necessary frequencies, Fedorov in February expressed hopes of launching a pilot 5G project by year’s end. He mentioned that while nationwide 5G implementation faces delays, local deployments are feasible.5G technology promises significantly faster speeds, supporting up to 10 Gbps, whereas the current 4G network in Ukraine offers download speeds up to 700 Mbps and upload speeds up to 90 Mbps. For comparison, the average 5G speed in the United States is approximately 186.3 Mbps.

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