News Burst 1 August 2021 – Get The News! ~ August 1, 2021

  • Tong Ying-kit, the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrator who was convicted earlier this week for riding his motorbike into a crowd of Hong Kong police while carrying the Hong Kong liberation flag, has just been sentenced to nine years in prison. Tong was arrested in July 2020, and he is the first of the more than 100 people arrested for their involvement in the demonstrations (which, at their peak, brought 2.2MM Hong Kongers out into the streets).
  • A Connecticut Democrat has been charged with multiple counts of voter fraud after allegedly stealing the identities of numerous tenants in his building to boost his run for city council. Bridgeport city councilman Michael DeFilippo was charged with one count of conspiracy against rights, four counts of identity theft, and 11 counts of fraudulent registration for a scheme that helped him win his spot on the city council. He faces up to 85 years in prison for the charges. DeFilippo was released Wednesday on a $250,000 bond.
  • The Texas doctor who became famous in 2020 for promoting the use of Hydroxychloroquine [HQC], an anti-malarial drug, as “a cure” for COVID-19 has filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN and CNN anchor, Anderson Cooper in the amount of $100 million. Dr. Stella Immanuel filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday claiming that, “in an effort to vilify, demonize and embarrass President [Donald] Trump, Cooper and CNN published a series of statements of fact about Dr. Immanuel that injured her reputation and exposed her to public hatred, contempt, ridicule, and financial injury.” In the suit, Immanuel says Cooper and CNN “effectively caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands whose lives would have been spared if they had been treated early with HCQ.”
  • A person accused of booing the Chinese national anthem during an Olympic screening at a shopping mall has been detained by Hong Kong police. The suspect was allegedly waving a colonial-era HK flag and urged others to join him, according to authorities. Hong Kong passed a law last summer that criminalized insulting the anthem. The 40-year-old could now face a fine of over $5,000 and up to nine years in jail.
  • “The galaxy in which this supermassive black hole resides, called “I Zwicky 1”, is what’s known as a Seyfert galaxy. It is a spiral-shaped galaxy with what’s known as an “active galactic nucleus” or “AGN” –where the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy is swallowing gas at a high rate, and as the gas falls into the supermassive black hole, enormous amounts of energy are released that power a bright light source in the center of a galaxy that is out-shining all of the stars in the galaxy,” wrote astrophysicist Dan Wilkins, a research scientist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in an email to The Daily Galaxy.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that a person suspected of forest arson in the country’s south-west has been detained. Erdogan said that the country does not rule out the possibility that the wildfires, which he had previously dubbed a “national disaster”, were started by people interested in hurting Turkey. “We are thoroughly investigating the causes of wildfires. If there are such traitors who can set to fire their own motherland, they will face severe punishment”, Erdogan said.
  • Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that Mexico would not purchase jabs for children until conclusive evidence was provided as he accused pharmaceutical giants of focusing on making huge profits from sales of CVD vaccines. “Mexico will not be held hostage by pharmaceutical companies that only want to do business and scare children with the idea that it is necessary to vaccinate against CVD”, he said.
  • The Joe Biden administration did not bother with planning the evacuation of Afghans who helped NATO and applied for American visas to escape the Taliban’s retaliation when it was preparing the withdrawal, several US lawmakers, as well as anonymous officials, shared with Politico. “It’s my view that the evacuations should have started right after the announcement of our withdrawal. That evacuation started too late”, Democrat House member Jason Crow said. The accounts of several anonymous Pentagon officials show that Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin was not ready to answer lawmakers’ questions regarding the evacuation of Afghans, mostly interpreters, when he discussed the withdrawal plans at a classified briefing in April. Months afterwards, the US troop withdrawal was launched, but not the evacuation effort.
  • Russia is planning to stop using the International Space Station by 2028 and create a national space station instead given risks posed by ISS worn-out equipment, state space agency Roscosmos said on Saturday. “After reviewing the current state of the Russian section of the ISS, the council of chief designers has noted that due to the significant part of the station’s equipment getting old, further use of the Russian section of the ISS after 2024 poses additional risks,” Roscosmos said in a statement.
  • Located in the desert, 1300km from Yemen’s capital Sanaa, the Well of Barhout has captivated the attention of scientists and adventure seekers for a long time. The giant hole is 30 metres wide and between 100 and 250 metres deep. Locals avoid going near it, claiming it is filled with evil demons. Scientists still don’t know how the mysterious Well of Barhout, otherwise known as the Well of Hell, appeared. According to Salah Babhair, director-general of Yemen’s geological survey and mineral resources authority, experts have entered the giant hole, but weren’t able to reach the bottom as “there’s little oxygen and no ventilation” there. “We noticed strange things inside. We also smelt something strange… It’s a mysterious situation,” he said without elaborating further.

News Burst 1 August 2021

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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