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2009-10-06 14:35:00

The world's next war could occur in cyberspace and could be catastrophic, warned the United Nations' secretary-general of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on Tuesday during the ITU's Telecom World 2009 fair in Geneva. "The next world war could happen in cyberspace and that would be a catastrophe. We have to make sure that all countries understand that in that war, there is no such thing as a superpower," the AFP news agency quoted Hamadoun Toure as saying. The telecom agency...

2009-10-02 00:05:00

DALLAS, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- BancTec, a global provider of advanced, high volume document and payment processing solutions and services, will highlight its capabilities in accounts payable automation, digital mailroom and business process outsourcing (BPO) at the AFP Annual Conference, to be held October 4-7, 2009 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco (booth #207). AFP, based in Bethesda, Maryland, serves more than 16,000 individual members in corporate treasury and financial...

2009-10-01 07:00:00

Partners AFP, IBM and Deutsche Bank Release Treasury Benchmarking Survey for North America, Europe BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Deploying automated systems can reduce cycle times and staffing requirements, especially for cash management activities, according to the 2009 AFP Treasury Benchmarking Survey. The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) conducted its second annual benchmarking survey this spring to provide data points of reference that financial...

2009-09-07 07:40:00

Spectators at the Mason-Dixon Dragway got a rare glimpse of the future as they watched electric cars rev up and silently charge around the Maryland track at speeds of more than 100 miles an hour. The cars, motorcycles and tricycles were an eye-opener for the baffled visitors, who were more accustomed to seeing the dust, dirt and smells of traditional gas-fueled dragsters. "Seeing them run for the first time today definitely scared me because their times are kinda close to some of my times,"...

2009-09-07 06:30:00

Nokia plans to launch a number of new devices this year amid growing competitive pressure from Apple, Research in Motion and other up-and-coming rivals.  But some analysts say the Finnish telecom firm may yet struggle to maintain its top position in the mobile phone market. The company announced plans to launch three new smartphones with touch screens, a portable notebook PC, and will partner with Microsoft to run the popular Office software suite on its handsets. Industry observers...

2009-08-14 15:10:00

The issue of who will provide funding to assist developing nations in reducing carbon emissions has emerged as a significant challenge during a five-day U.N. climate meeting concluding Friday in Bonn. The negotiations had many participants frustrated with the lack of progress just four months ahead of an upcoming U.N. conference in Copenhagen to agree upon a successor treaty to the Kyoto protocol, which expires in 2012. Some say the best that can be expected from the December meeting is an...

2009-07-27 15:35:00

Six in ten giant pandas in China's Sichuan province were affected by a strong earthquake that hit the area in May 2008, according to a new study released on Monday.The scientists found that the powerful 8.0-magnitude tremor, which left 87,000 thousand dead or missing and caused enormous landslides across the region's mountainous terrain, destroyed nearly 25 percent of the panda's habitat close to the quake's epicenter."It is probable that habitat fragmentation has separated the giant panda...

2009-07-03 15:00:00

Asia's music industry has fallen under steep pressure in recent years amid rampant piracy and shrinking demand for CDs.  However, the industry is hoping the emergence of social media and new technologies will help compensate for the losses.Although the overall market for music in Asia has been on the rise, the global economic slowdown has hastened the decline in sales of physical music triggered by the Internet."Consumers are enjoying more hours of music, they just ain't paying for it,"...

2009-06-30 17:50:00

Paleontologists visiting the Creation Museum at the conclusion of a convention got more than they bargained for when they found their life's work under attack.   After having a few laughs and taking some pictures, most were surprised and offended to see the way in which evolution was being  ridiculed by the museum, which some call a "creationist Disneyland"."It's sort of a monument to scientific illiteracy, isn't it?" Jerry Lipps, professor of geology, paleontology and...

2009-06-20 07:41:32

Whale hunters in Iceland have brought in their first big catches of the season -- two 35-ton, 65-ft.-long fin whales, the AFP news agency said on Friday. The Hvalur 9 arrived early Friday morning at the port of Akranes, 12 miles north of Reykjavik, with the whales in tow. The large mammals were quickly carved up to separate the meat from the blubber, with an inspector tasting a piece of the meat to check its quality. But the environmental group Greenpeace criticized the catch, saying Iceland...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.