News Burst 4 July 2021 – Get The News! ~ July 3, 2021

News Burst 4 July 2021 – Featured News

  • Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team is arguing that the overturning of the 2018 sexual assault conviction against American former comedian Bill Cosby justifies dropping sex trafficking and other charges against their client. Maxwell’s lawyers sent a letter to US District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan on Friday, outlining the similarity of her case and Cosby’s, as she had been immunised under Epstein’s 2007 non-prosecution agreement.
  • Astronomers surveying the cosmos have uncovered quite the unusual and highly unexpected find: a white dwarf star similar in size to the Earth’s moon that has a mass far greater than the Sun. Located about 130 million light-years from Earth, the star, named ZTF J1901+1458, is described as having an “extreme” magnetic field that allows it to complete one full revolution in under seven minutes. Officials determined that the newly-discovered white dwarf is 1.35 times the mass of the Sun, with a diameter that measures in at about 2,670 miles, nearly 500 miles more than the Earth’s moon.
  • Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta traveled to Paris earlier this week to seal the deal on a new highway, the latest of several joint economic projects. However, France isn’t just talking to Kenya, it’s expanding its influence acrossAnglophone East Africa, an area outside its traditional sphere of influence on the continent.
  • A group of scientists has found evidence that hybrids of wild boars and domestic pigs exist in radioactive areas near evacuated Japanese towns in the Fukushima area, a new study published by the Royal Society journal reveals. The researchers studied DNA samples which reveal that boars are breeding with pigs – which escaped from farms – and creating wild pig-boars that now inhabit the contaminated zone. The Fukushima disaster forced farming communities to abandon the area, resulting in the release of domesticated livestock. Researchers in Ukraine have found that the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 has created a haven for wildlife in the surrounding area, with lynx, bison, deer, and other animals seeing their population grow thanks to the zone being off limits to humans for three decades.
  • A woman in Indonesia ended up collapsing and passing out after receiving 100 lashes for engaging in pre-marital sex. According to the Daily Mail, the flogging was delivered in public in the city of Lhokseumawe on Monday, with the woman’s male lover also receiving 100 lashes, with the “Sharia law punishment” being administered by the regional Islamic police force known as the Wilayatul Hisbah, and the Public Order Agency. Lhokseumawe is located in the province of Aceh, Indonesia’s “only region with the autonomy to enforce Sharia law”, the newspaper points out.
  • A Pemex offshore oil pipeline caught fire on Friday at the Ku Maloob Zaap oil development region [Gulf of Mexico].
  • The Bagram Air Base outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, has seen looting after American troops handed it over to the Afghan forces, according to Darwaish Raufi, Afghanistan’s district administrator for Bagram, cited by The Associated Press. “They were stopped and some have been arrested and the rest have been cleared from the base,” Raufi told The Associated Press. “Unfortunately the Americans left without any coordination with Bagram district officials or the governor’s office.”
  • Russia’s leading cybersecurity and anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab is set to present in fall 2021 a secure mobile platform based on KasperskyOS for the industrial and corporate sector for pilot use, CEO Eugene Kaspersky said. The device will rather be a secure communicator than a device with music, social networks, and others. It will still have such features as the Internet, messengers, mail, and others, but in a scaled-down version to ensure the security concept, according to Kaspersky.
  • Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter face multi-million ruble fines as they have missed the 1 July deadline to localize databases of Russian users in Russia, the national media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said on Thursday. The watchdog’s deputy head, Milos Vagner, said in late May that social networks were obliged to store the databases of Russian users in Russia by 1 July and report to the agency. As the companies did not respond to the request of Roskomnadzor to disclose where they store the data of Russian users, each of them may face a fine of up to 18 million rubles ($245,000).
  • A ransomware attack appears to be underway against the remote IT management platform Kaseya, affecting many of its clients, the US cyber security agency said. Researchers blame the same hackers who went after the meatpacker JBS. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said on Friday evening it was “taking action to understand and address the recent supply-chain ransomware attack against Kaseya” and providers that employ their software.
  • Today, WikiLeaks co-founder Assange is celebrating his 50th birthday, being held at the Belmarsh maximum-security prison in London as Washington seeks his extradition to the US, where he could be jailed for up to 175 years if found guilty. When Belarus forced a Ryanair plane en route from Athens to Vilnius to land in Minsk in order to detain opposition activist Roman Protasevich, this act of piracy was met by global condemnation. However, we should remember that Western powers did exactly the same in 2013, when the plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to land in Austria. It was done under order of the US, which had alleged that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was on board, trying to get from Russia to Latin America. To add insult to injury, Snowden was not on the plane. In many countries oppression is open and obvious, in others the oppression largely leaves intact our sense of freedom. Assange brought out this paradox of non-freedom experienced as freedom.
  • July 1 was Canada Day, a celebration of Canada’s confederation, which occurred on that same date in 1867. Usually, the federal holiday is a day of celebration and festivities. But this year, after the harrowing discovery of hundreds of indigenous children’s unmarked graves, for many the day became a day of protest. Residential schools were an initiative by the Canadian government wherein indigenous children were forced to attend state-funded boarding schools, most of which were operated by the Catholic Church. Over 150,000 indigenous children attended residential schools from the 1880s until 1996, with unknown numbers suffering physical and sexual abuse, and thousands more never returning to their families.
  • In Russia’s coldest region desperate authorities spike clouds to induce rain and tame wildfires. A cloud-spiking An-26 Cyclone plane was deployed today to induce rain in north-western Yakutia, currently one of the most affected by the wildfires.Last year nearly 70% of all Russia’s wildfires were in Yakutia, reported the Ministry of Nature, with over six million hectares of forests and fields burnt.
  • A new sunspot emerged during the early hours of July 3rd and promptly exploded, producing the first X-class solar flare since Sept. 2017. X-flares are the most powerful kind, and this one caused a strong shortwave radio blackout over the Atlantic Ocean. The source of this flare is an un-numbered sunspot now growing near the sun’s northwestern limb. Yesterday it did not even exist, highlighting the unpredictability of solar activity.

By cindyloucbp

Cynthia is the typical Pisces! Her left brain activities include scientific activities in the hospital laboratory as a director. Her right-brain activites show as a painter, photographer and musician. She is known as the scientist who sings!

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