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Sierra Leone has no fibre-optic link to the outside world. Its internet users rely on satellite bandwidth. The International Telecommunication Union says this is also true of the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Guinea, Liberia, São Tomé and Príncipe and the Seychelles. In these places, internet use is both expensive and slow. Sierra Leone’s National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) estimates that the entire country, with a population of six million, has around 155 megabits of bandwidth, less than would serve a small American town. The World Bank says Sierra Leone’s bandwidth costs ten times more than it would in east Africa and 25 times the average American price. In the capital, Freetown’s few internet cafés load web pages with agonising lethargy. However, Sierra Leone’s internet drought may end next year as a new submarine fibre-optic cable is now being laid down the west African coast. The World Bank is providing $30m in funding. But in much of Africa, getting a fibre connection is only half the battle. With few landlines in existence, dispersing bandwidth takes further efforts. “Satellite will remain the best way to reach rural communities,” says Michèle Scanlon of Indian Atlantic Telecoms. (Source: The Economist, 27 August)
Happy guys finish last
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Women find happy men significantly less sexually attractive than swaggering or brooding men, according to a new University of British Columbia study that helps to explain the enduring allure of ‘bad boys’ and other iconic gender types.
For the record… In the October 2011 issue of Skyways, we incorrectly stated that the Longines trademark has been registered for 100 years. The study that may cause men to smile less on dates, and inspire online daters to update their profile photos, finds dramatic gender differences in how men and women rank the sexual attractiveness of non-verbal expressions of commonly displayed emotions, including happiness, pride, and shame. The study, published online in the American Psychological Association journal Emotion, is the first to investigate the attractiveness of displays of pride and shame. ‘While showing a happy face is considered essential to friendly social interactions, including those involving sexual attraction – few studies have actually examined whether a smile is, in fact, attractive,” says Professor Jessica Tracy of UBC’s Department of Psychology. “This study finds that men and women respond very differently to displays of emotion, including smiles.” The study found that women were least attracted to smiling, happy men, preferring those who looked proud and powerful or moody and ashamed. In contrast, male participants were most sexually attracted to women who looked happy, and least attracted to women who appeared proud and confident. (Source: ScienceDaily, 31 August)
In fact, this year Longines is celebrating the 122th anniversary of the registration of a logo that the company still uses today. Protected since 1889 in Switzerland (FOIP), this factory trademark comprising a winged hourglass and the name Longines is the oldest of its kind still active, in its original form, in the international registers kept by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Skyways apologises for the error and remains committed to publishing excellence of the highest standard.
Bush icon’s bones found Australian authorities have identified the remains of bushranger Ned Kelly, 131 years after the iconic outcast was hanged for murder and his body buried in the yard of a Melbourne gaol. But mystery remains over the location of Kelly’s skull, which was last thought to have sat on the desk of a Victorian state police detective in 1929. Scientists have used DNA from Kelly’s great
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