WHO says COVID-19 remains an international emergency

       

A picture taken on May 8, 2021 shows a sign of the World Health Organization at the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP) GENEVA – The World Health Organization said on Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, as the United Nations health agency seeks an expanded role in tackling …

US’ Blinken meets Egypt’s Sisi in first leg of Mideast tour

       

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Al-Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Jan 30, 2023. (PHOTO / POOL VIA AP) CAIRO – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday during a three-day visit to the Middle East that comes during a flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians. In …

Scholz seeks to secure more critical minerals on LatAm tour

       

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (left) poses for a media with Chile's President Gabriel Boric during a ceremony at the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, Jan 29, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) SANTIAGO DE CHILE – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a new, expanded commodities partnership with Chile on Sunday during a tour of South America that Berlin hopes will help secure more access to …

Small, Efficient 5G Multisector Antenna Indoor Base Station Achieves World’s First Demonstration using 28GHz

       

TOKYO, Jan 30, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Yokohama National University, NTT DOCOMO, INC., NIHON DENGYO KOSAKU Co., Ltd. and Fujitsu Ltd. announced today that they successfully demonstrated a 5G indoor base station incorporating a multisector antenna using the 28GHz band on January 27. The device, which incorporates circuitry just 1/10th the size of a conventional indoor base station, is extra small for …

DOCOMO and YKK AP to Test Signal-permeable Windows Made with Aerogel for Easy Penetration by Radio Waves

       

TOKYO, Jan 30, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that in collaboration with YKK AP Inc. it has launched a demonstration test to verify the radio-wave penetration characteristics of signal-permeable windows made with a light, porous material called aerogel, aiming to improve indoor reception of external radio waves while maintaining the insulation benefits of windows. High-performance materials, multilayered window …

NEC announces plans for transition to a Company with a Nominating Committee, etc. and implementation of organizational reforms

       

TOKYO, Jan 30, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that a decision to transition its structure from a Company with the Audit and Supervisory Board to a Company with a Nominating Committee, etc. was made at the meeting of the Board of Directors held on January 30, 2023. This decision is subject to approval at the Ordinary …

NEC announces executive personnel changes

       

TOKYO, Jan 30, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – NEC Corporation (“NEC”; TSE: 6701) today announced executive personnel changes that will become effective as of April 1, 2023, and a decision made at the meeting of the Board of Directors held on January 30, 2023, to transition NEC’s structure to a Company with a Nominating Committee, etc. as well as executive personnel changes that …

Toyota: Sales, Production, and Export Results for 2022 (January – December)

       

Toyota City, Japan, Jan 30, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces its sales, production, and export results for December 2022 as well as the cumulative total from January to December 2022, including those for subsidiaries Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. and Hino Motors, Ltd. Highlights: – In 2022 (January to December), despite the impact of production constraints caused by the …

Two Hitachi Group Companies to Merge to Expand Robotic SI Business in Japan and ASEAN Countries

       

TOKYO, Jan 30, 2023 – (JCN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”) today announced that it has been accelerating the global development of its line building business leveraging industrial robots (“the robotic SI(1) business”) and will merge Hitachi Automation, Ltd. (“Hitachi Automation”) and Kyoto Robotics Corporation (“Kyoto Robotics”), Hitachi Group companies in Hitachi’s Industrial Digital Business Unit, on April 1, 2023 to …

President Joko Widodo Launches Indonesia’s 2023 ASEAN Chairmanship

       

JAKARTA, Jan 30, 2023 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – The Kick Off of Indonesia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2023 was held at the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout on Sunday (29/01) morning. The event was marked by a rebana biang musical instrument struck by President Joko Widodo at the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout, witnessed by thousands of people. President Joko Widodo expressed optimism that ASEAN will remain …

Scholz seeks to secure more critical minerals on S. America tour

       

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (left) poses for a media with Chile's President Gabriel Boric during a ceremony at the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, Jan 29, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) SANTIAGO DE CHILE – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a new, expanded commodities partnership with Chile on Sunday during a tour of South America that Berlin hopes will help secure more access to …

UK PM Sunak sacks party chairman Zahawi over tax affairs

       

In this photo dated Jan 24, 2023, former Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi leaves the Conservative Party head office in Westminster, central London. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked Zahawi on Jan 29, 2023 after an investigation revealed he had committed a serious breach by not being open about a tax probe. (PHOTO / AP) LONDON – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked Conservative Party …

Tunisia sees 11.3% election turnout

       

A Tunisian votes in the second round of the legislative elections in Tunis, Tunisia on Jan 29, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) TUNIS – The preliminary turnout of Tunisia's second round of legislative elections was 11.3 percent, the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) said on Sunday."The turnout in the second round of legislative elections in Tunisia has reached 11.3 percent, as 887,638 out of 7,853,447 …

Death brings calls for US police reform

       

A group of demonstrators protest outside a police precinct in response to the death of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, in Memphis, Tennessee on Jan 29, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) Memphis, a city in the US state of Tennessee, disbanded on Saturday the special police unit whose officers fatally beat a young black man, after graphic videos of the …

Protester dies in Lima as Peru’s political crisis continues

       

Demonstrators light a fire at the Añashuayco bridge, near the Rodriguez Ballon airport, in Arequipa, Peru, during a protest against the government of President Dina Boluarte and to demand her resignation on Jan 20, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) A man in Peru's capital Lima died on Saturday and others were hospitalized as nationwide clashes between protesters and police continued in the eighth week of the …

Italy’s Eni signs $8b Libya gas deal as PM Meloni visits Tripoli

       

(Left to right) Italian multinational oil and gas company ENI's CEO Claudio Descalzi, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Libya's Tripoli-based Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah and National Oil Corporation chief Farhat Bengdara attend an agreement-singing ceremony in the Libyan capital, on Jan 28, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP) ROME/TRIPOLI – Italian energy company Eni and Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) signed an $8 billion gas production deal on …

Polls open in Tunisian election with turnout under scrutiny

       

A Tunisian voter casts their ballot in the second round of parliamentary elections on Jan 29, 2023, in the capital Tunis. (PHOTO / AFP) TUNIS – Tunisia opened polls on Sunday for run-offs in a parliamentary election that drew only 11 percent turnout in the first round last month. With political parties boycotting the vote, most candidates are independents and attention is likely to focus …

Peru bus plunges off cliff, killing at least 24

       

This handout picture released by GP Canal news agency shows a bus accident in the Peruvian region of Piura, north of Lima, on Jan 28, 2023. (PHOTO / GP CANAL / AFP) At least 24 people died in northern Peru after a bus carrying 60 passengers plunged off a cliff in early on Saturday, police told local media. Peru's transportation supervisory agency (SUTRAN) confirmed the …

Sweden’s NATO process paused, says foreign minister

       

In this file photo taken on Jan 27, 2023, Sweden's Minister of Foreign Affairs Tobias Billstrom holds a joint press conference with Latvia's Minister of Foreign Affairs in Riga. (PHOTO / AFP) STOCKHOLM – Sweden's Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said on Saturday that the country's North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) process has paused, local media reported. "The events of the last few weeks have temporarily …