News Burst 14 November 2019
- New Zealand has just suffered two colder-than-average months in a row, with last month finishing-up as the coldest October in seven years. Southeast winds helped hold temperatures down during the month and several southerly changes moved up the country bringing bitterly cold winds, with snow, ice and hail. The nationwide average temperature in October was 11.8C (53.2F) — that’s 0.3C (0.5F) below the 1981-2010 average, which makes it the coldest October since 2012.
- Venice hit by worst flood in 50 years, mayor says state of emergency to be declared. A six-foot high tide is running through the historic Italian city of canals. A similar one of nearly the same scale was recorded in 1966, St. Mark’s Square gradually turned into a lake. The Tuesday tide peaked at 187cm (6.14 ft) at 10.50 pm local time, just shy of the all-time record 194cm set in 1966.
- The US Health Department has opened a federal inquiry into tech giant Google’s Project Nightingale, which aims to collect and analyse personal medical data. Google had partnered with Ascension, one of the largest US healthcare systems and got access to results of lab tests, diagnoses and extracts from medical records. This data is a complete medical history of millions of patients, including their names and dates of birth. The report noted that neither patients nor doctors were informed about it.
- A new scientific report warns that if we don’t stop extinction and decline in the population of insects it would pose catastrophic consequences to all forms of life on Earth. Three quarters of crop types grown by humans are pollinated by insects, we wouldn’t be able to feed ourselves if they disappear.
- Air Arabia, a Sharjah based Emirati low-cost airline, will abandon its interest in Boeing 737 MAX jets and order over 100 Airbus A320 jets as soon as next week. The decision comes after Boeing’s 737 MAX jet remains grounded worldwide following two fatal crashes.
- In a controversial new landmark ruling that has enraged and frustrated Israeli leaders, Europe’s top court has ordered that all goods produced by Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights be labeled as such. Specifically the European Court of Justice decision on Tuesday forbids any products from settlements to be labeled simply as “made in Israel”; instead, they must have a “clear and non-misleading indication of origin” in line with the EU’s consumer policy, as stated by an EU official communicating the ruling to Tel Aviv.
- Violent protests continued in Hong Kong for a third day on Wednesday, crippling transport links and clogging roads, and prompting many major companies in the city, including HSBC and BNP Paribas, to instruct employees to stay home from work to avoid the risk of physical harm. Protesters set up an elaborate roadblock on Wednesday in the city’s Central district, a direct attack on one of the city’s main business hubs, while also disrupting travel on other major thoroughfares in Kowloon Tong, Yuen Long and Tai Po. Police accuse Hong Kong ‘rioters’ of turning university into ‘weapons factory’ as academic institutions cancel classes en masse.
- According to WSJ, Google will soon offer checking accounts to consumers. The project, code-named Cache, is expected to launch next year with accounts run by an interesting partnership: Citigroup, and a small credit union at Stanford University, a tiny lender located in Google’s backyard. Big Tech sees finance as the next frontier in their race to monopolize the American economy: It brings users – and their valuable data – closer into the product fold of companies like Google and Apple.
- Switch Lite, Nintendo’s new handheld-only device, helped the Japanese gaming company beat analysts’ expectations for the third quarter. The Switch Lite was only on sale for 10 days of the quarter, but Nintendo sold 1.95 million units.
- Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has exposed a drug trafficking group that ran one of the largest online drug trafficking stores. 440 kilograms of drugs, including MDMA, alpha-PVP, mephedrone and hashish, worth a total of $10.1 mln were seized during a large-scale operation conducted in ten Russian regions.
- The command of Bolivia’s Armed Forces has recognized Jeanine Anez, the second Vice President of the Senate (upper house of parliament), as the interim head of state and expressed support for her, Williams Kaliman, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Bolivia, said in a statement published by the Pagina Siete daily on Wednesday.
- Soft Disclosure: The landing site selected for NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 rover could well be one of the best chances we have of discovering whether the Red Planet was once home to life and whether it could be again. The 28-mile (45km) wide Jezero crater was selected as the landing site for the new rover in late 2018, and has been found to contain vast deposits of hydrated silica and minerals called carbonates, according to a newly published study.
- Swedish eco-activist Greta Thunberg has managed to find a ride across the Atlantic with a pair of sailing YouTubers. Avoiding combustion-powered planes and boats, Thunberg’s options were limited. She had been offered a seat on board the ‘La Vagabonde,’ an ultra-sleek catamaran owned by a couple of Australian YouTubers who make a living sailing around the world.
- Australian officials on Wednesday ordered residents and tourists to get out of the way of fast-approaching flames as firefighters struggled to contain more than 150 bushfires raging on both the east and west coasts. While cooler weather overnight brought some relief for firefighters in New South Wales (NSW) state, of which Sydney is capital, attention shifted to its northern neighbour, Queensland, where more than 80 fires threatened lives and homes. Authorities issued a “leave immediately” warning.
- The honeymoon between Nike and Amazon is officially over. Nike has decided it is going to stop selling its sneakers and apparel on Amazon, which marks the end of a pilot program it started in 2017. Nike had acted as a wholesaler to Amazon during the program, instead of letting third party merchants sell their items.
- Atmospheric gases on Mars sure provide us with plenty of mystery. First, there was that business with the disappearing, reappearing methane. Now, oxygen levels have been observed rising and falling over the Gale Crater, by amounts that just don’t fit any known chemical reactions. Organic or geological processes? The new data comes from Curiosity that’s been up there for three Mars years now (that’s six Earth years).
- Rumors – 4chan – Ginsberg Death Train: Just an update on Ginsberg. The cancer has spread through her body and according to a Clinton phone intercept she is on final. Thought she would be dead by the end of the year but it now looks like we are talking mid-December. One of the reasons for the impeachment push now is Pelosi and Schumer know this and are trying to get this done before she dies. With her dead the whole show enters a new stage. On another front Brennan has now flipped and Oboma is in the cross hairs on Durham’s investigation and expect the Huber investigation on the Clinton Foundation to produce fruit. Barr is going to prosecute this.
- Outside the Paris premiere of Roman Polanski’s new film protesters held lit flares and carried banners branding the director a ‘rapist’ forcing the disgraced filmmaker, US fugitive and child rapist to flee out a back door.
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