News Burst 16 May 2020
News Burst 16 May 2020. By Disclosure News.
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News Burst 16 May 2020
- Multi-millionaire Kiwi businessman Sir Ron Brierley will remain on bail in his luxury Sydney mansion over child pornography charges as a court heard police say they were only halfway through studying alleged abuse material on his computer. The 82-year-old businessman, who is charged with six counts of possessing child abuse material, was not required to appear in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday. A brief hearing before NSW Chief Magistrate Graeme Henson was told that police prosecutors needed more time to examine material allegedly found in Brierley’s possession.
- A team from the University of Harrisburg, PA, has developed automated computer facial recognition software that they claim can predict with 80 percent accuracy and “no racial bias” whether a person is likely going to be a criminal, purely by looking at a picture of them. “By automating the identification of potential threats without bias, our aim is to produce tools for crime prevention, law enforcement, and military applications,” they said, declaring that they were looking for “strategic partners” to work with to implement their product. In a worrying use of words, the team in their own press release, move from referring to those the software recognizes as being “likely criminals” to “criminals” in the space of just one sentence, suggesting they are confident in the discredited racist pseudoscience of phrenology they appear to have updated for the 21st century.
- A rise in cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Brazil has spooked neighboring countries, resulting in the National Army of Colombia to bolster forces along Brazil–Colombia border, reported Bloomberg. Brazil leads BRIC countries in terms of virus death. Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez has had no other choice than increase military presence on its Amazon border that is shared with Brazil and Peru, a move that will hopefully prevent virus carriers from entering the country. “The decision has been made to militarize, with more presence, all the border points and exercise the respective control to prevent imported cases of floating populations from arriving,” President Duque said Tuesday.
- Nepal’s lucrative palm oil exports to India could hit a setback as the southern neighbour has suspended all import licences besides imposing stringent trade measures in a bid to check cheap imports and protect domestic industry, Indian media reports said. The new trade policy that came through the Trade Notice issued on April 13 said that applications for import authorisation should be accompanied by a pre-purchase agreement and details of the import of refined palm oil items for the past three years. The validity period of import licences for refined palm oil has been slashed to six months from the usual 18 months. Applicants who do not utilise the import authorisation will be disqualified from getting any further licences for these items in the future, and Indian customs will be required to diligently enforce the ‘rules of origin’ criteria for the import of these items originating from Nepal and Bangladesh.
- Indian Revenue Intelligence in Nellore seized a total of 113 Metric Tonnes of Areca nuts, worth Rs 3.25 crore. On detailed examination, it was found that the importers declared 156 MT of “Coconut Expeller Cake” for import into the country. However, only 43 Mt was as per the declared cargo. Remaining 113 MT was actually areca nuts of 90/95 grade of Indonesian Origin. Areca nuts attract 100 per cent Customs duty and its value is far higher than Coconut Expeller Cake.
- Indonesia has deployed more than 1,000 soldiers and blocked internet access in Papua where unrest has swelled over authorities’ alleged mistreatment of students. Thousands of protesters in the province and in neighbouring West Papua have taken to the streets, with some setting fire to a prison, government buildings and offices. Jakarta deployed the soldiers in an attempt to stop the riots, which have been fuelled by claims of racial discrimination against Papuans. The country’s communications ministry said it had blocked access to the internet and to telecommunications data so protesters could not see “provocative messages” on social media.
- A former director of Guanajuato’s world-famous Mexican mummy museum has accused the municipal government of mishandling the collection, leading to the likely disappearance of 22 mummies, among other problems. But as intriguing as a heist of almost two dozen mummies may be, the more likely explanation, according to Reyes, is much less exciting. Reyes attributed the disappearance to “the inadequate conditions in which they’ve been handled and transported” and called out the government of Mayor Alejandro Navarro Saldaña for the mistreatment and unauthorized movement of the collection. She said the city’s cultural heritage is put at risk by Navarro’s government, which has taken specimens to festivals and fairs in Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí and León — and even a race car rally in the city’s underground road system — without proper authorization or adherence to conservation protocols.
- Residents of a southern neighborhood in Morelia, Mexico, are living in fear of a meter-long crocodile that has evaded capture since April. The reptile was first noticed on April 27, when authorities were alerted to its presence in an irrigation ditch. Firefighters searched the area, but were unable to find the animal. The crocodile made another appearance on Monday morning. Firefighters once again went to the scene and were able to locate it, but they failed to capture it due to a lack of equipment. They searched the area after it got away, but were unsuccessful in relocating it. Experts say the animal is most likely a former pet that was released into the irrigation ditch after its owners realized it was going to grow into a real crocodile.
- Both the Justice Department and a group of state attorneys general are likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Alphabet’s Google – and are well into planning for litigation. According to people familiar with the matter, The Justice Department is moving toward bringing a case as soon as this summer. The timeline confirms AG Barr’s previous comments in March that he wanted the Justice Department to make a final call this summer. “I’m hoping that we bring it to fruition early summer,” Mr. Barr said at the time. “And by fruition I mean, decision time.” Much of the states’ investigation has focused on Google’s online advertising business.
- Several days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened to move out of California after a highly publicized spat with Alameda County over Musk’s push to reopen Tesla’s Fremont Plant and force workers to return despite questions about safety. Several days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened to move out of California after a highly publicized spat with Alameda County over Musk’s push to reopen Tesla’s Fremont Plant and force workers to return despite questions about safety. But apparently, the bad taste that the incident left in Musk’s mouth has prompted him to leak a story about Tesla picking Austin, Texas as the site of its next Gigafactory. Tesla has three “gigafactories” – one in Nevada, one under construction in Berlin, and one in Shanghai.
- Facebook is buying the popular GIF-making and sharing website Giphy for a reported price of $400 million, with plans to integrate the massive GIF library into Instagram and other Facebook apps [And control the Memes production?]
Solar minimum is underway. The sun’s magnetic field is weak, allowing extra cosmic rays into the solar system. Neutron counts from the University of Oulu’s Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory show that cosmic rays reaching Earth in 2020 are near a Space Age peak.
Sunspot number: 0
Current Stretch: 13 days
2020 total: 104 days (76%)
2019 total: 281 days (77%)
Tropical Cyclone Vongfong will move across the Philippines towards the Luzon Strait and the seas east of Taiwan and weaken gradually in the next couple of days.
Strongest EQ in Europe M4.2 Crete, Greece
Strongest EQ in North America M6.5 Nevada
Strongest EQ on the Planet M5.8 Tonga
Deepest EQ M4.8 321 km Banda Sea
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Argentine Black And White Tegu
A species of massive lizard is causing concern for wildlife officials in the US state of Georgia, who are attempting to eradicate the invasive reptilian from the state after numerous sightings.
The Argentine black and white tegu (Salvator merianae) is a massive lizard that can get as big as 4 feet long and weigh 10 pounds or more and is native to Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. The reptiles have been very popular in the exotic animal trade, particularly in Florida, which sits close to Georgia and supports more non-native species of reptiles and amphibians than anywhere else in the world.
However, due to the lizards being released into the wild by owners or escaping, the invasive species is now causing trouble further up the East Coast in Georgia. The voracious, reptilian predators have been found consuming a variety of native wildlife.
“Tegus will eat the eggs of ground-nesting birds – including quail and turkeys – and other reptiles, such as American alligators and gopher tortoises, both protected species. They will also eat chicken eggs, fruit, vegetables, plants, pet food, carrion and small live animals, from grasshoppers to young gopher tortoises,” states the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
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Controversial drone footage has emerged showing a UAV just meters away from a formation of US Navy Blue Angels as they performed a flyover in Detroit, risking the lives of all involved and likely breaking the law in the process. Set to a soundtrack pulled directly from ‘Top Gun,’ the brief video clip shows six Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornets as they perform a series of dizzying maneuvers over the Motor City. But with the small drone flying perilously close to the stunt planes, risking a collision, the aerial exercises could have easily ended in disaster.
Former Afghani finance minister, Khalid Payenda, says that most of the 300,000 Afghan troops never existed, and were in fact “ghost” soldiers who were fabricated by corrupt officials who then pocketed their wages, according to the BBC.
The FDA warned that the use of faulty kits “may cause serious adverse health consequences or death,” identifying the case as a ‘Class I recall.’
China considers Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet while India counters the claim saying some parts in the eastern sector of Line of Actual Control (LAC) are under “illegal occupation”.
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