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Dynamic Dinamo hand Atalanta sour Champions League debut

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Dinamo Zagreb made a perfect start to their Champions League Group C campaign when a majestic performance gave the Croatian side a 4-0 home win over Italian rivals Atalanta on Wednesday.

Midfielder Marin Leovac fired Dinamo ahead in the 10th minute before a Mislav Orsic hat-trick sent Atalanta reeling on their debut in Europe’s premier club competition.

Dinamo coach Nenad Bjelica, whose adventurous yet unfamiliar 4-3-3 formation turned out to be a masterstroke as it kept Atalanta on the back foot throughout, was delighted.

“I had a gut feeling it would bear fruit and it did thanks to a perfect first half,” Bjelica told a news conference.

“We were tight at the back and pressed their midfield hard, which in turn enabled us to create a lot of chances. They didn’t expect that because we’d never played in this formation before.”

The score did not flatter the home side, though, as they missed several chances to win by a bigger margin, having ripped into the visitors with crisp one-touch passing and darting raids down both flanks.

Atalanta barely threatened and missed their best chance after the damage had already been done, as Dinamo keeper Dominik Livakovic pulled off a magnificent save to deny Duvan Zapata.

Leovac opened the floodgates when he slid in to meet a perfect Petar Stojanovic pass from the right and blasted it into the roof of the net from close range, with Atalanta keeper Pierluigi Gollini a mere bystander.

Leovac turned provider in the 31st minute after he left his marker for dead on the left flank and squared the ball back to Orsic, who side-footed it sweetly into the bottom left corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

Another raid by Stojanovic produced the third goal in the 42nd minute, as Arijan Ademi met the right back’s deep cross at the far post and headed it back for Orsic to nod in the ball from two metres.

Livewire Orsic completed a memorable night with a superb finish from 16 metres in the 68th minute, applying a perfect first touch to control a lofted pass into his stride before driving an unstoppable shot past Gollini.

Orsic credited his brilliant individual performance to selfless teamwork.

“I am happy about the hat-trick of course but the team did a great job tonight,” he said.

“It was our best performance in the last two years and we are now in a good position to reach the knockout rounds.”

In the group’s other fixture, Manchester City romped to a 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk.

City are at home to Dinamo in the next round while Shakhtar visit Atalanta. (Reuters/)

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Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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NAF trains 3,629 personnel to meet Nigeria’s dynamic security challenges

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says it has trained no fewer than 3,629 personnel on ground combat skills to meet the asymmetric and dynamic security challenges confronting the country.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar made the disclosure during the combined graduation of 717 personnel at the Regiment Training Centre (RTC) NAF Base Kaduna, on Friday.

Abubakar said that training began in 2015 under a 5-year training program in collaboration with the British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT).

He said the programme, held twice a year, is training NAF regiment personnel on Force Protection in Complex Air Ground Environment.

Abubakar noted that the training had injected significant innovations needed to meet the asymmetric and dynamic security challenges confronting the country.

“I am informed that a total of 717 students comprising 623 Regiment and 94 Air Police officers and airmen/airwomen respectively who have successfully completed the specialized courses are graduating today.

“The inclusion of the Air Police and Intelligence personnel in the training has ensured better synergy in force protection delivery and appropriate delineation of responsibilities for complementary roles in Base Defence Architecture.”

The air chief said NAF under the current leadership has continuously developed human capacity in force protection to guarantee effectiveness.

According to him, the need for effective force protection necessitated the drive for requisite recruitment, training and upgrading of regiment skill sets to enable personnel perform assigned tasks in a professional manner.

“Currently, NAF regiment personnel are deployed in 10 ongoing operations across the length and breath of the country in the fight against insurgency, banditry and other forms of criminality.

“The desire to make the NAF more responsive, demands new specialized training to counter the dynamic and unpredictable security challenges bedeviling the nation.”

He added that while maintaining security is the responsibility of every personnel, the Intelligence, Air Police and Regiment are being trained to lead the frontline of ground combat operations.

“Nigerian Air Force will continue to reinvigorate capabilities as well as develop additional skill sets to counter prevailing security challenges.

“To achieve this objective, the NAF will continue to invest in human capacity building initiatives aimed at generating effective combat forces with the ability to secure own bases and other critical national assets against all forms of hostile elements,” he added.

He charged the graduates to be vigilant, and guard their  utterances and conducts at all times.

” You must never allow yourselves to be used by disgruntled elements in the society.

“You must submit yourselves to civil authority and protect our democracy at all times and you must avoid any act capable of denting the good image of the Nigerian Air Force.”

Abubakar commend the BMATT, especially the Detachment Commander, Force Protection Wing, Squadron Leader Nathan Foster for his dedication, hard work and commitment to the programme.

Earlier, the Air Officer Commanding, Ground Training Command, AVM Idi Amin, said out of the 717 students, seven took part in basic regiment officers course, 512 on basic regiment airmen/airwomen course, and 40 on advance regiment airmen course.

The rest include 64 who participated in gunnery II course, and 13 officers and 81 from the air police who were integrated with the regiment students during the force  protection in complex air ground environment course.

Amin disclosed that the curriculum of the RTC courses had  been re-structured to meet the ever changing complexities of military operations.

Also speaking, the BMATT defence adviser, Air Cdr. Paul Warwick, said the UK was very pleased to collaborate with the Nigerian Air Force in boosting the fighting capacity of personnel.

“Our relationship is more broader across all the other security agencies and the UK is looking to providing capability enhancement wherever possible and in response to Nigeria’s request, considering the great challenges the country is facing in the North-east and other areas.

“It is very clear from the demonstration that the Nigerian Air Force has made huge progress.

“What we are now developing here is the capability that not only requires the initial assessment from outside sources like the UK, but indigenous personnel are trained and the royal airforce is very much moving into a mentoring role.

“For me, this is a really positive day, it’s a positive progression in the training programme and the UK is already discussing with the Airforce on how we can move this training further,” Warwick said.

Edited & Vetted By: Maharazu Ahmed
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Sen. Abe calls for dynamic education system to drive national growth

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Sen. Magus Abe, who represented Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the eighth senate, has called for a dynamic education system that will successfully prepare Nigerian children to contribute to national growth.

Abe made the call on Tuesday in Port Harcourt while delivering more than 100 pieces of HP Laptop computers to beneficiaries of his Education and work enhancement support scheme.

Abe also expressed worry over what he called alarming statistics on out-of-school children and poor educational facilities in public schools.

He said that such developments constitute defects as well as threat to national growth.

“One of the things that worries me as a citizen of this country is that today in this country, statistically, we are told that the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria is over 18 million.

“This is more than the population of Sweden, Hungary and even the Netherlands. I don’t want to talk about the huge number who are in schools but actually not learning anything useful.

“My personal estimate is that more than 70 per cent public schools are actually nothing more than gathering holes for desperate children and parents who are knowledge-thirsty but are faced with empty schools.

“Yes, I am a product of free education at a time when government paid some needed attention to the seector.

“But today I feel disturbed when government claims to run a free education without the necessary teaching and learning facilities and good remuneration for teachers and staff,” he said.

Abe called for adequate budgeting, planning and implementation of policies that would encourage global competitiveness aimed at driving the sector which is key to development.

Responding on behalf of the PhD student beneficiaries, Mr Gogonte Emmanuel of the departmnt of Chemistry in the Rivers State University expressed appréciation to the senator for the gesture.

“Indeed these computers which have already been formated and programmed to aid research would enhance our studies,” he said.

Similarly, Mr Stanley Job, Chairman, Rivers Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), thanked the senator for supporting media practitioners in the state.

“The media had in many ways benefited from your developmental schemes ranging from scholarships to charities for the state council.

“On behalf of my colleagues and beneficiaries of this laudable scheme, I assure you that these work equipments shall be effectively utilized,” he said.

Journalists who benefited from the work enhancement scheme are Mr Collins Gbarawi of Treasure FM, Port Harcourt, Miss Lizzy Ikuru of the News Agency of Nigeria Port Harcourt, Mr Alwell Ene of Wish FM among others.

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2nd term cabinet: Go for young, dynamic hands, ex-CNPP chairman advises Gov. Ugwuanyi

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Chief Adonys Igwe, a former Chairman of Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) in Enugu State, has urged Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to bring on board young and dynamic hands in his cabinet during his second term in office.

Igwe, speaking with newsmen in Enugu on Tuesday, advised the governor to drop commissioners and Special Advisers (SAs) seen as redundant during his first term.

The ex-CNPP boss, who is currently state Chairman of Hope Democratic Party (HDP), said that while the governor worked round the clock to meet the expectations of the people, some of his commissioners were only gallivanting around Enugu metropolis in government branded jeeps.

He urged the governor to take advantage of the abundant talents in the state and look for fresh blood to inject into his government.

“We have three senatorial districts in Enugu State and 260 political wards; we have abundant talents,” he said.

Igwe said that Enugu people cherished the peace and progress enthroned by Ugwuanyi in his first term, and expected him to consolidate on gains recorded.

According to him, the governor knows his commissioners who are doing well and those who are not doing much, hence should do the needful.

He said he saw no reason why any commissioner who has not shown enough interest in the success of the government and progress of the state should continue in office.

“Anyway, I am sure that the governor will not make the mistake of re-appointing all these non-performing commissioners. Re-appointment should be based on performance,” he said. 

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Institute tasks journalists on social media usage, knowledge update on dynamic global trend

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Mrs Elizabeth Douglas, Head of Communications, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), on Tuesday tasked journalists to take advantage of social media to enrich their reportage on agriculture policy and programmes.

Douglas said this while addressing Journalists at a workshop for media practitioners drawn from different government and privately owned media organisations, held at Africa Continental Hotel and Resorts, Kaduna.

She urged them to always update their knowledge and skills in their chosen career in line with the dynamic global trend.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two-day training entitled: “Introductory to Policy Communications Training Course for Journalists in Kaduna” was organised by IFPRI.

Douglas, a facilitator at the workshop, identified social media like Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Google, Smart Chat, You Tube and Tun-in among others as some of the channels for wide spread dessimination of information.

According to her, the relationship between the conventional media and social media should be complementary, adding that social media helps to make the work of journalists more easier and faster.

“As journalists, don’t look at the social media as a threat to your profession; but it is a tool that will help ease your work.

” Journalism as a profession will stand the test of time.Social media had now made things easier for us globally, we don’t know where we will be in the next five, ten years,” she said.

Douglas advocated for media literacy amongst Nigerians to curb the spread of fake news, adding that media literacy would enable people verify the genuineness or otherwise of an information posted on social media.

She advised people to endeavour to enquire about the source and time when an information emanated that was forwarded to them.

“People just post anything without diligence, we have to educate ourselves on positive use of social media, we should be counseling ourselves positively.

“As a people, we should make sure whatever we post on social media we can defend it in any court of law.

“Remember, by posting lies you are instigating violence.

“Again, it is very important to state that when people are spreading fake news we have the right and the power to report them using the social media, the security agencies will definitely fish them out,” she assured.

The essence of the training according to her, is to acquaint the journalists with necessary skills and techniques on policy communication through interactive means.

She said the training was targeted at enhancing the skills and capacity of journalists, who when better informed, become agent for dissimination of policy changes.

While observing that effective policy reportage would go a long way in assisting both government and the governed, Douglas advised journalists to brace up to the challenges ahead.

She described communication as a two-way process of reaching manual understanding in which participants not only exchange (encode-decode) information, news, ideas and feelings but also create and share meaning.

Douglas appreciated the journalists for their active participation which she said culminated into a lively and successful interactive session.

In her submission, Bisola Oyediran, Communications Assistant, FPRI, said success on social media was not dependent on budget but dependent on technique, effort, consistency, patience and resourcefulness.

She described social media as the umbrella term under which various social networks operate using different means.

Oyediran observed that social media had taken over the Internet as key networks where individuals interact, share information and form consensus on issues.

She said the social media had become very easy way to relate with people apart from getting information or content needed from others.

Oyediran therefore encouraged journalists to key into the dynamic and innovative mode of communication for easy and faster flow of information.

She also advised the participants to be ready to evolve on the social media platforms and use them positively, saying social media was a good opportunity for journalists to leverage on.

NAN reports that the participating journalists were taught how to build a social media audience from zero level.

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Earthquakes: FG inaugurates Geodesy, Geo-dynamics centre Toro

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The commissioned Administrative Block at the centre.

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Toro(Bauchi), April 9, 2019 As part of efforts to mitigate the impacts of seismic hazards and earthquakes, the Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated the Centre for Geodesy and Geo-dynamics in Toro, Bauchi State.

Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology, who inaugurated the centre, said that it would ease the monitoring of seismic hazards and mitigate the impact of earthquakes when they occur.

According to him, inaugurating the centre represents the Federal Government’s policy of  planning for, and securing sustainable development in the country.

The Earthquake centre inaugurated.

“Technological innovations play central roles in activities of all sectors of the economy; the science and technology ministry is focused on developing both its human and natural resources to bridge the gap between Nigeria and the advanced countries.

“The right vehicle towards achieving that aim is hardwork and right attitude towards coming up with positive results from painstaking research activities to help in holistic planning so as to secure lives and properties

“This centre is key to seismic hazard and related hazards monitoring and mitigation; it is key to the realisation of government’s policy on planning, security and sustainable development,” he added.

An Auditorium at CGG Centre

In his welcome remark, Prof. Saidu Mohammed, the Director General, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), said that the centre would serve as a space-based geophysical tool that would help the country in global geodetic and geo-dynamical activities.

Mohammed added that it would also help in monitoring and predicting seismic activities and mitigation of their impacts through a well-fortified and integrated response mechanism.

He said that the positive and constructive stride was geared towards finding enduring solution to the perennial environmental disasters from natural sources.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that a Seismic Network centre, Earthquake monitoring centre, an administrative block and an auditorium were among structures inaugurated by the minister.

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Cleric urges church leaders to be agents of change, dynamic growth

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Yinusa Ishola

Offa (Kwara) April 5, 2019 A cleric, Moses Popoola, has called on church leaders to be agent of the desired change and dynamic growth in the country.

Popoola made the call in a lecture he delivered at a seminar organised by the Organisation of Africa Institute of Churches (OAIC), Kwara State Chapter.

The seminar was held at the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, Owode, Offa Local Government Area, with the theme: “The Call to be a Leader”.

Popoola said that the world was in dire need of positive change in all ramifications, adding “there can never be dynamic growth without making necessary changes”.

According to him, we are living at a time that things seems not to be going on smoothly, in our community and even in the church.

“People look up to the church to bring necessary changes, while the members of the church look up to the leaders to usher in the expected changes.

The clergyman charged church leaders to always exhibit honesty, diligence, equity, fairness, transparency and accountability so as to command the confidence of the followers at all times.

“Leaders are appointed by God and chosen not just to occupy positions but to be God’s vessels for the fulfillment of his purposes.

“As leaders in the household of faith, we are God’s vessels and divine agents of change and dynamic growth in our generation.

“The fulfillment of what God want to do in our local assembly and even in the nation depends on us to a great extent,” he said.

He gave traits of a quality leader to include ability to confront immediate (impending) obstacles and challenges as well as seeing things in God’s own perspective using divine recommended method.

The cleric described leadership as having to do with influence, saying that great leaders influence things and people no matter the situation.

“Church leaders must influence people and things. They must positively influence their community and governance without any comprise or being partisan.

“Leadership requires effective motivation without manipulations, many times we desire great change but we lack strategic planning and organisation,’ he said.

Also speaking, Oluwashina Odediran, the Secretary of OAIC in Offa Local Government Area, urged people to see God as the ultimate judge.

“Do not judge anyone, leave judgment to God who is the alpha and the Omega.

“Judging others can lead to unnecessary bickering, enmity and other negative backlash,” he said.

Mrs Bosede Adimabua, President of the Women Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (WOWICAN) in her remarks, urged the gathering to be spiritually devoted and imbibe righteousness to gain the desired salvation.

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PRP candidate pledges dynamic representation

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Alhaji Fahad Ahmed-Chikaji, Kaduna State House of Assembly candidate for Sabongari on the platform of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) has promised his constituents dynamic and purposeful leadership if elected.

He stated this on Tuesday when members of PRP from seven wards of Sabongari Local Government Area alongside supporters of other political parties staged a peaceful rally in Sabongari.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the supporters from different political parties converged at MTD junction, Sabongari to show solidarity to the candidate.

The supporters included; Youth Groups, Women Associations, Fahad Chikaji Support Group, Traders’ Association and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

Addressing the supporters, Ahmed-Chikaji said he was not contesting for personal aggrandisement, but “I am into this race to ensure dynamic, equitable and purposeful representation in the state assembly.

“Your presence here shows how much love you have for me and for the constituency. I am certain that you are not here for money because I have nothing to give you.

“PRP is a party that has no money but it actually cares for the interest of the masses. Our ultimate goal is to change the lives of the common people for the better.

“I hope the love for me will not end here, elections into the State House of Assembly is coming up this Saturday, March 9, endeavour to come out en-masse and exercise your franchise,” he said.

The Chairman, Fahad Chikaji Support Group, Abdullahi Salisu said the rally was to mobilise the electorate towards making the right choice in the forthcoming elections.

He said: “We hope that the rally will be peaceful without interventions of thugs. We are here to show solidarity and to mobilise people towards a peaceful and successful elections.”

Similarly, the Director-General of Fahad Chikaji Campaign Orgnisation, Magaji Muhammad said that the candidate was widely accepted across Sabongari irrespective of tribe or religious inclination.

“We are optimistic that Fahad Ahmed Chikaji will emerge victorious come March 9 by the grace of Almighty God, therefore, we are happy and we appreciate all for the love and concern for our candidate.

“Your presence here shows your readiness to support the candidate to victory and the candidate is ever ready to carry all manner of people along towards the betterment of Sabongari constituency.

“We remain hopeful that you will never disappoint us come March 9.”

Usman Haruna, Chairman PRP Sabon Gari Local Government encouraged members of Sabongari constituency to rally round their party to victory.

“We should do our best to vote PRP, vote Fahad Ahmed Chikaji for quality representation, because Balarabe Musa in 1979 had showcased a good and transparent leadership.” (NNN)
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Information dissemination in Nigeria requires dynamic mechanism – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said on Wednesday in London that information dissemination in a complex landscape like Nigeria required dynamic mechanism.

The Minister made this known while making a presentation at the Chatham House – a UK based Royal Institute of International Affairs – on the theme, “Nigeria’s National Unity: Towards Participation and Shared Values”

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the global body has the objectives, ‘to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world, through informed debate, independent analysis, new policy ideas, and outreach to audiences”

Mohammed noted that right information dissemination is key to forming national consensus, cohesion in a multi national state like Nigeria.

He said his ministry charged with the responsibilities of speaking for the federal government both within and outside the country has been taking its mandate very seriously.

Mohammed said his ministry played pivotal role in confronting a major challenge of fighting insurgency in the country.

“The insurgency that started in 2009 had taken its toll on the country by the time we assumed office.

“The President ordered the relocation of the military campaign against the insurgents to the North-east, and rallied regional and international support for the battle.

“Shortly thereafter, the insurgents were dislodged from the territories they occupied, and they lost their capacity to freely attack cities or seize territories

Mohammed said that in order to carry the people along and get them to buy into the government’s effort in fighting terrorism, he led over 30 local and foreign journalists to the liberated parts of the North-East in December, 2018.

He said the visit afforded the journalists the opportunity to see things for themselves, and to convey such to Nigerians to change the way they viewedinsurgency,

The minister added that to rally national support for the military and enlist Nigerians’ support for the efforts to reduce the cowardly suicide bombings of soft targets, his ministry launches the campaign ‘If you see something, say something’.

To grow democracy in the country, Mohammed said his ministry introduced Town Hall Meeting, for citizens to directly participate in decision and policies affecting their lives.

“So far, we have held 13 of such meetings, spread across the nation’s six geo-political zones and covering various topics.

“Many more are slated to hold between now and the general elections in February and March 2019 ” he said.

Mohammed said the Buhari administration embarked on an unprecedented renewal of the nation’s infrastructure, investing an unprecedented N2.7 trillion on roads, rails, power and other similar projects.

He said for the public to know the extent and spread of such projects to foster a sense of national unity, he embarked on a nationwide tour of the Federal Government projects with journalists.

“Till date, we have inspected many of such projects, including the new Lagos to Kano standard gauge rail line, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in the Southwest that connects the port city of Lagos to other parts of the country

“We also inspected the new intra-city rail line connecting the Abuja city centre to the international Airport, the Enugu-Port Harcourt freeway in the South-east and the Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa road in central Nigeria,” he said

The minister said that the ministry launched the FGNiApp, downloadable on mobile devices, to provide up-to-date information about government’s projects and policies to the people, irrespective of where they are.

He said the ministry played pivotal role in the dissemination of efforts made by government in the release of the women and children abducted by the Boko Haram.

“It is important to say that we have regularly met with the various media stakeholders in Nigeria, to discuss with them government policies and programmes.

“These groups include the umbrella Nigeria Union of Journalists, Online publishers, bloggers and social media influencers, Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria (BON), Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), etc.

“We have also gone beyond the shores of Nigeria to meet with the global media, policy think tanks and decision makers, especially in the United Kingdom and the United States,” he said.

Mohammed said that his ministry launched a national campaign against fake news and hate speech to tackle the phenomenon which had the capacity to tear the country apart.

“The aim is to sensitize Nigerians to the dangers posed by fake news, how to spot fake news and what to do.

We are under no illusion that the campaign can immediately stop fake news and hate speech.

But we want to bring the issues to the front burner of national discourse. And I can say that we are succeeding in that respect.

“Today, fake news has become a topical issue in Nigeria. To Nigerians, we say: If you can’t vouch for the veracity of any news item, don’t share it!” he said.

He reiterated that the administration had strived to be as dynamic as possible in the provision of information to the people.

Edited by: Felix Ajide
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Israeli scientists directly observe light flow using unique quantum microscope

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Israeli researchers have recorded flow of light using a unique quantum microscope, the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) said on Wednesday.

According to the Technion, this is a dramatic breakthrough in the field of quantum science, as a Technion research team directly observed the light trapped inside a photonic crystal.

In this research, published in the journal Nature, all the experiments were performed using a unique ultrafast transmission electron microscope, developed by the Technion.

Using the microscope, the scientists were able to change the color and angle of light that illuminates samples of nano materials and map their interactions with electrons.

“This is the first time we can actually see the dynamics of light while it is trapped in nano materials, rather than relying on computer simulations”, the researchers said.

This breakthrough may have an impact on numerous potential applications, including the design of new quantum materials for storing quantum basic units (bits) with greater stability.

Similarly, it can help improve the sharpness of colors on cell phones, televisions and other kinds of screens.

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