Did you know?
- that Satellite monitoring of cars and monthly bills for
road use are among proposals aimed at reducing Britain's traffic congestion.
The Commission for Integrated Transport suggested all vehicles be fitted with
global positioning devices linked to a satellite covering the nation's road
network with the motorist being billed monthly for travel.
- that an Israeli company, CB-YOND, has developed a tiny
camera, designed to penetrate veins and provide imaging during catheterization
processes. The camera's diameter is 2.5 millimetres. The company hopes to
start testing the camera on patients within 14 months.
- that tens of thousands more Israeli citizens will become
eligible for personal weapons, as the army begins distributing gun permits to
reserve officers of the rank of captain and higher. Former elite combat unit
soldiers, ex-police officers and some others will also be eligible with Deputy
Interior Minister David Azulai looking at expanding the permits to lieutenants
in the reserves as well. Former Jerusalem Police Chief Aryeh Amit said, "In
our present situation, where the country is not providing security, it's
important to allow the citizens to protect themselves. Many of the last 20
terrorist attacks in this country have been stopped by civilians with guns."
- that the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, is seeking to
double its recruitment of front-line officers for the 'war against terror'
to safeguard against what it has described to Cabinet Ministers as the
greatest threat to Britain's security in 60 years.
- that British Prime Minister Tony Blair last week said that
the entire world must act against the weapons of mass destruction that Iraq
has amassed. Blair said that the world waited too long to act regarding
Afghanistan, allowing the terrorists to act freely and without fear. He did
not say, however, whether Iraq would in fact be the next target in the US-led
war against terrorism.