News Burst 22 June 2022
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- Elon Musk’s transgender daughter has filed a request to change her name in accordance with her new gender identity and because “I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”
The former Xavier Alexander Musk, who recently turned 18, the age of consent in California, has asked the court to change her gender recognition from male to female and to register her new name, according to court documents available online through PlainSite.org. Her new name was redacted in the online document. Her mother is Justine Wilson, who divorced Musk in 2008. There was no further explanation of the rift between Musk’s daughter and her father.
- A rift has emerged within the Kimberley Process (KP) — a coalition of governments, the diamond industry and the umbrella coalition representing civil society — created to prevent the use of gems to fund conflict. In the run-up to this week’s meeting, Ukraine, the European Union, Australia, Britain, Canada, the United States and civil society groups were pushing to place Russia on the agenda, as well as to broaden the KP’s definition of conflict diamonds to include state actors using the stones to fund acts of aggression. Russia, backed by Belarus, Mali, Central African Republic (CAR) and Kyrgyzstan, objected to the proposals, dashing any hopes of action by the KP, which makes decisions by consensus.
- Japan forecast a slight change in sea level on Tuesday after a magnitude 6 earthquake struck the Bonin Islands, far to the southeast of the country’s main islands.
- At the height of the Stalinist purges, Soviet internal affairs minister Lavrentiy Beria famously boasted: “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” U.S. Border Patrol agents may be wondering if the Beria standard is back in vogue with the Biden administration. The reason: Fox News has reported that the Department of Homeland Security is moving to charge several agents with administrative violations after they were falsely accused of whipping Haitian migrants last September in Texas.
- Elon Musk first tackled the topic of layoffs at Tesla, as the company is expected to reduce its salaried workforce by about 10% over the next three months, Musk said in an interview with Bloomberg News Editor-In-Chief John Micklethwait this morning. “Tesla is reducing salaried workforce roughly 10% over the next 3 months or so. We expect to grow our hourly workforce. We grew very fast on the salaried side, grew a little too fast in some areas,” he said.
- Although the present pope, whose name was Jorge Bergoglio before he succeeded to the papacy, hails from Buenos Aires in Argentina, historically the Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy has been dominated by Europeans. However, this time bookmakers have been giving odds to cardinals from Africa and Asia as potential candidates to become the Holy Father. Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, 73, has been given odds of 6/1 as a possible successor to Pope Francis. If elected, he would be the first Catholic pope of African descent. Another candidate, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle from the Philippines has been given odds of 5/1 by British bookmakers OLBG.
- The already large sunspot had apparently doubled in size in only 24 hours between Sunday and Monday. According to spaceweather.com, the sunspot in question, designated AR3038, appeared “big” on Sunday, but became truly “enormous” by Monday, “having doubled in size” in 24 hours. “AR3038 has an unstable ‘beta-gamma’ magnetic field that harbors energy for M-class solar flares, and it is directly facing Earth,” the website notes. As New York Post points out, however, while the M-class solar flare is the second-strongest type of such events, it would likely result only in a short radio blackout.
- A team of scientists have developed an updated model of Earth’s tectonic plates, offering insight into how the supercontinents were assembled 2.8 million years ago. Supercontinents such as Pangaea, Gondwana, and Laurasia were vast land masses in Earth’s early history thought to have split and eventually form the continents as we know them at present. The latter, according to scientists, “drifted” about on tectonic plates – pieces of Earth’s crust and uppermost mantle, collectively referred to as the lithosphere. The fresh findings into our planet’s geological history, laid out by researchers from the University of Adelaide in the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal Earth-Science Reviews, have been welcomed as invaluable in better understanding various natural.
- The International Yoga Day is annually celebrated on 21 June. It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the UN General Assembly in 2014. Now, each year the day is celebrated with a theme and this year it was – “Yoga for Humanity”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that yoga has evolved from being a part of everyday life for people around the world to being a way of life for them. He was speaking at the Karnataka state’s Mysore Palace during an event organized to mark the eighth “International Day of Yoga”. On this occasion, he added that: “Yoga brings peace to our society, our nations, the world, and to our universe. We need to understand yoga and live it as well.”
- Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in three more provinces, bringing the total to six, in an attempt to stop the ongoing protests of the indigenous population against economic and social policies of the country’s leadership and prevent further casualties. The president also approved urgent measures to support Ecuadorian families amid economic hardships. Those included freezing fuel prices, canceling privatization in utilities, increasing benefits, subsidies and soft loans to agricultural producers and writing off $3,000 worth of debt to the state-run public bank BanEcuador.
- On Tuesday, South Korea launched its space rocket Nuri in the second attempt to put satellites into orbit. Homegrown three-stage launch vehicle Nuri, also known as KSLV-II, blasted off from the Naro Space Center in the country’s southern coastal village of Goheung. The launch was originally planned for June 16, but had to be postponed due to a malfunction in the sensor indications of the first-stage engine’s oxidation tank. In order to access Nuri’s systems, which is difficult in a vertical position, it was removed from the launch pad and transported back to the assembly shop for examination. After the cause of the malfunction was found and eliminated, the new launch date has been set for June 21. The scheduled backup days include until June 23.
- Researchers from Don State Technical University (DSTU, Rostov-on-Don in Russia) have found that using burnt rice straw in the production of concrete improves its physical and mechanical characteristics by nearly 25 percent. The DSTU scientists claim that their new environmentally friendly technology of concrete production would also help to make efficient use of agricultural waste. The study results were published in the Applied Sciences Journal.
- The growth of dependence on big tech and algorithms is making it increasingly difficult for aid organizations to retain control of sensitive information, Massimo Marelli, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Data Protection Office, said. “For us the key point is the acceptance per states and per international community of the importance of keeping this mutually impartial, independent, safe humanitarian space where people can trust accessing essential humanitarian services. It is increasingly challenging to retain an exclusive control over sensitive personal data, however, it should be done,” Marelli said. Maintaining digital sovereignty is a very difficult and resource-consuming task, Marelli admitted. On of the options of keeping sensitive personal data secure would be hosting it locally, he suggested.
- Three same-sex couples each sought 1 million yen ($7,414) in damages associated with the country’s ban on same-sex marriage. The allegations of illegal discrimination raised by the plaintiffs–two male couples and one female–come parallel to several similar lawsuits filed in the cities of Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. The Japanese government’s ban on same-sex marriage was upheld on Monday as the Osaka District Court moved to reject three same-sex couples’ claims that Tokyo’s failure to overturn its “discriminatory” ban on same-sex marriage violated the country’s constitution. The Osaka court argued that, while the disadvantages faced by same-sex couples have eased over time, “there have not been enough discussions among people in Japan” regarding the benefits that would exist under a system that recognized same-sex and opposite-sex unions. At the same time, future social shifts could result in a different court ruling, the Osaka District Court said, noting that “it may be possible to create a new system” that would provide same-sex couples with the same allowances and guarantees as those in traditional marriages.
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The summer solstice (or estival solstice), corresponding to winter solstice for the Southern Hemisphere, is 21 june at 09:13 UTC. This is a reminder that the seasons are astronomically determined and that a solstice, like an equinox, can be seen from space.
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