NEWS DIGEST 24.07.2022: Latest events in Ukraine & other stories via Twitter

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July 23 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “unequivocally condemns” reported strikes on Saturday on Ukraine’s Odesa port, a U.N. spokesperson said, adding that all parties in the Russia-Ukraine war had committed to a deal on Friday for the export of grains from Ukrainian ports. “These products are desperately needed to address the global food crisis and ease the suffering of millions of people in need around the globe,” U.N. spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement. “Full implementation by the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey is imperative.”U.N. secretary-general condemns reported strikes on Ukraine’s Odesa port (Reuters ~ Europe)

While the IoT is still in its infancy, the AIoT represents the next wave of the IoT, where AI is used to turn data into insights and actions. AI plays a very important role in AIoT. Without AI, the IoT would simply be a bunch of devices connected to the internet and collecting data. The AIoT is still in its early stages but has already begun to transform how we live and work. In the healthcare industry, AIoT can be used to monitor patient health, predict disease outbreaks, and improve the effectiveness of treatments. AIoT can be used in the manufacturing industry to optimize production lines, reduce waste, and improve quality control. AIoT is already being used in several ways in the world today. AIoT can be used to help manage traffic congestion, optimize energy use, and improve public safety – The AIoT Revolution: How AI and IoT Are Transforming Our World (KDnuggets ~ Artificial Intelligence)

Dr Tedros said the emergency committee had been unable to reach a consensus on whether the monkeypox outbreak should be classified as a global health emergency. “The WHO’s assessment is that the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions, except in the European region, where we assess the risk as high,” he added. Health officials are already recommending people at highest risk of exposure to monkeypox – including some gay and bisexual men, as well as some healthcare workers – should be offered a vaccine. Monkeypox does not spread as easily as Covid and we already have a vaccine that offers good protection. While anyone can catch monkeypox, the outbreak is overwhelmingly concentrated in gay and bisexual men, as well as other men who have sex with men – Monkeypox: WHO declares highest alert over outbreak (BBC News ~ Health)

By creating migration waves that will destabilize Europe, Putin is harming the continent without directly using military force against countries outside Ukraine. To be sure, Putin may not have directly realized that destroying Ukrainian fields and blocking the country’s Black Sea shipping would trigger the food crisis that has now come to pass. While Lukashenko encouraged and directly facilitated illegal migration, arranging for migrants to get to Minsk and be transported to the borders of Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania, the migrants in the Russian-engineered wave are making their way to Europe on their own. While it’s clear that Putin rejoices in any opportunity to sow chaos in Europe, wars launched by other countries have launched European refugee waves, too. In the longer term, countries should learn that in a globalized world, regimes with little to lose can benefit from unleashing waves of disruption that are cheap, involve little risk, and are virtually impossible to retaliate against – Russia Is Taking Advantage of the Invasion-Stirred Migration Crisis (Foreign Policy ~ Argument)

The governor of Mykolaiv has pledged to shut down the southern Ukrainian frontier city to “flush out” saboteurs and Russian spies. In an interview with The Telegraph, Vitaliy Kim revealed that he intended to close the city for several days to investigate those suspected of collaborating with Russia. His vow comes less than a week after Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, sacked his own spy chief amid fears Russian intelligence officers had infiltrated the SBU, Ukraine’s version of MI5 and MI6. “We have a secret plan,” Mr Kim, who is also head of the Mykolaiv regional military administration, said. “We will train our military forces and police to search for saboteurs.”‘I suspect everybody’: Mykolaiv governor will shut down city to root out saboteurs and spies (The Telegraph ~ News – World)

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