News Burst 22 July 2020
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News Burst 22 July 2020 – Featured News
- The EU is introducing a host of new databases as part of its efforts to increase migration control and improve security. This report mainly looks at two of them: the Visa Information System (VIS) and the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which is a new system currently under construction. The VIS is used to store data on all short-stay Schengen visa applications and in the future will also hold some data on long-stay visa applications. The ETIAS will store data on all travel authorisation applications – this is part of a new requirement similar to USA’s ESTA system. The technologies that these systems will use to screen travellers are controversial for a number of reasons. By interconnecting a range of different databases – part of a project known as “interoperability” – personal data will be cross-checked, compared and made accessible to a wider array of authorities than ever before, multiplying the risk of errors and of people not really being able to know who is doing what with their personal information. The “pre-crime watchlist” was established through the ETIAS legislation, but will also be used for screening visa applicants in the future. It will be operated by Europol, the EU’s policing agency. The watchlist will hold data on two categories of people – those who are believed or suspected to have committed serious criminal or terrorist offences, and those who it is believed may do so in the future. Data will be added to the list by member state authorities and Europol. One concern relates to the future-oriented nature of the list. Who gets to decide who may commit a criminal offence in the future, and will these people be able to have their names removed from the list if they are included erroneously?
- Australia is scrutinising the popular Chinese-owned social media TikTok platform for any risks it may pose to users from around potential foreign interference and data privacy issues, government sources said. Owned by Bytedance, TikTok opened an office in Australia in recent weeks. Offices of both the Home Affairs and Attorney-General are discussing TikTok’s operations, the sources confirmed. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was “having a good look” at TikTok, which has also fallen under US scrutiny for “national security risks”.
- 70 million Americans from Maine to South Carolina are roasting in a massive heat dome. The result of the heatwave has been a significant spike in energy demand from residential and commercial structures, it could register the highest energy demand for July since the 1950s.
- Nationalist Finns Party aide Pekka Kataja, who recently survived an attempt on his life, has backtracked on claims that his attackers were “Arab-looking”, instead speculating that political opponents could be behind the assault. Pekka Kataja, Finns Party parliamentary aide to MP Jouni Kotiaho and campaign manager for Central Finland, has been assaulted at his home in the town of Jämsä. Kataja survived the attack with a cracked skull, cerebral haemorrhaging, and three broken ribs. Kataja, who initially claimed that he was attacked by “Arab-looking” perpetrators, later reverted himself.
- Ecuador’s National Court of Justice has turned down an appeal filed by former president Rafael Correa in an “aggravated bribery” case, upholding the eight-year sentence that Correa has called politically motivated. Correa and 17 other Ecuadorian officials were charged and convicted in absentia back in April, on charges of accepting bribes and spending them on political campaigning. The former president’s appeal was dismissed on Monday and he was sentenced to eight year in prison.
- A prolific malware called ‘Joker’ has once again found its way onto Google’s app store, hiding in legitimate-looking software and subscribing its unsuspecting victims to premium services without their consent. Research by cyber threat intelligence service Check Point has revealed that a new version of the Joker virus has emerged, hiding in seemingly legitimate applications and downloading more malware onto its victims’ devices. When downloaded, Joker subscribes users to premium services, unbeknownst to them, and deletes records of the purchase to cover its tracks. Since the discovery, Google has removed 11 malicious apps from its Play store.
- Archaeologists working at the starting point of the Silk Road in northwest China’s Shaanxi province have unearthed a group of ancient tombs dating back around 2,000 years to the early days of the Han dynasty. A total of 27 ancient tombs were excavated in the provincial capital Xi’an and a hoard of objects, including ceramic figurines and more than 2,200 pieces of jade clothing were found. Four of the tombs are large in scale and experts say they are the final resting places of important people of the day.
- The Vatican on Monday reminded its priests they should not be charging fixed prices for celebrating weddings and funerals, and that such ceremonies could be performed by lay people where necessary. While many Roman Catholic churches ask for donations for masses, others have specific price lists for different services, from baptisms to masses in memory of the dead — a practice the Holy See severely frowns upon. In new guidelines for parishes which remind priests of existing laws, it stressed “the need not to ‘commercialize'” masses or “give the impression that the celebration of the Sacraments… are subject to tariffs”.
- A resident at a squatter settlement in Kusumkhola in Madi, Nepal, was on his way back home from Kirtanpur on Saturday, he saw around 20 people riding on seven elephants enter the settlement, which was an unusual sight for him. “As I got closer I saw houses on fire. They had torched my house and my uncle’s and vandalised other houses too,” said the 20-year-old Dan Bahadur. Dan Bahadur claims the people who torched and vandalised his settlement are employees of Chitwan National Park. The park employees reached the Kusumkhola settlement of the landless people on Saturday and asked the 10 squatter households to evict the area within a week, according to some locals. The park administration, however, has refuted the allegation of vandalism and arson in the settlement. Local government criticise the park officials for trying to evict poor families during monsoon.
- India’s electrical and electronics equipment industry has started a mass-cancellation of import orders from Chinese companies. It is now seeking new markets to import raw materials regardless of higher cost, Economic Times has reported. It has been speculated that Chinese companies keep the prices of their goods artificially low to beat the competition. Many companies have already cancelled orders from China to buy power distribution and transmission gears after being inspired by the vocal-for-local campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promote indigenous manufacturing. As per Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) president R K Chugh the industry will now turn towards friendlier nations like Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Germany to name a few for fulfilling its import needs.
- [..!] In the recent few months, the Earth’s magnetic field has been pretty peaceful. And our star, the Sun is at the stage which could become the deepest solar minimum of the last 100 years. So there are no geomagnetic violent storm currently. Nonetheless, an extraordinary activity of Earth’s magnetic field was reported last month in various parts of the planet, confusing space scientists. On June 23, 2020, scientific instruments noticed a very rare magnetic anomaly. Earth’s magnetic field oscillated for more than 30 minutes like a sine wave. It was a puzzling find. However, when validating data from NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), experts couldn’t find any “change in solar wind speed or other components that could justify the disturbance.” As it turns out, DSCOVR’s scientists were not the only ones to detect this anomaly. From the Lofoten Islands in Norway, scientist Rob Stammes recorded a related anomaly on his magnetometer. “It was extraordinary. Our magnetic field swung back and forth by a third of a degree. I also detected currents in the ground during the same period of time,” he said. So what actually occur? In the terms of space physics, the process behind this sort of anomaly is known as “continuous pulsation,” Informs astronomer Tony Phillips. “During the most active phases of the Sun’s 11-year cycle, the ‘flutter’ produced by the solar wind in Earth’s magnetosphere is easily lost in the noise of noisy geomagnetic activity.”
News Burst 22 July 2020 – Bonus IMG
3-meter oarfish eel-like fish appeared at Pichilingue Bay, La Paz, Baja California Sur beach, last week.
News Burst 22 July 2020 – Solar Activity
A sunspot has appeared and, according to its magnetic polarity, it is a member of new Solar Cycle 25.
News Burst 22 July 2020 – Active Weather
Tropical Storm Douglas
Tropical Storm Douglas getting organized off the Pacific coast of Mexico. Wind 55-65 kts 998 hPa Moving W-NW 13 kts – Intensifying, forecast to reach Hawaii with 50 kts winds in 4 days.
News Burst 22 July 2020 – Earthquakes
July 21 2020
Europe – M4.5 Greece
North America – M3.8 Utah
Central America – M4.2 Mexico
South America – M4.9 North Chile
Asia – M4.9 Japan
Pacific – M5.0 Fiji
Deepest EQ – M4.4 582 km Fiji
An earthquake of M4.5 occurred in the Ionian Islands in Greece, shortly afterwards northern Greece and Albania also suffered high M3 earthquakes. Given the very large number of movements in Italy and in Eastern and Northern Europe, it is possible that this wave will transit to the Atlantic crossing North Africa, if this were not the case both Italy and the former Yugoslavia together with Romania could see M3 high.
The area of Fiji and Tonga continue to be hammered by deep earthquakes, just in the last few hours a double M4.4 around the 500 km depth, the push from below continues.
An ancient fortress that has long been considered a myth has been found on the Swedish island of Öland. The castle Sörby Borg was first mentioned by local priest Nicholaus Vallinus in his dissertation in 1703.
New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission has termed the country’s housing crisis a “massive human rights failure” as it launched an inquiry into the issue. Soaring property values have led to a spike in homelessness. Over the past year, property prices have increased by close to 30%.
UK Conservative Party chairman Ben Elliot capitalised on organising meetings between wealthy businessmen and Prince Charles – his uncle and the heir to the British throne, The Times has reported.
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