News Burst 23 November 2021 – Get The News!

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  • El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, announced plans to build a ‘Bitcoin City’ that will be funded initially by bitcoin-backed bonds, doubling down on his bet to harness the cryptocurrency to fuel investment in the country. The world’s first city of the kind is set to appear near the Conchagua volcano in southeastern El Salvador, and will reportedly have residential and commercial areas, services, entertainment, restaurants, and even an airport. El Salvador is also planning to raise around $1 billion through a ‘Bitcoin Bond’ in partnership with Canadian blockchain technology provider Blockstream. Half of the funds will reportedly be used to purchase bitcoin, while the other $500 million will go toward energy and bitcoin mining infrastructure.
  • The catastrophic sinking of the Russian nuclear-powered Kursk submarine more than two decades ago was the result of a collision with a stricken NATO vessel in the Barents Sea, a former high-ranking navy chief has insisted. The ‘Kursk’ sank on August 12, 2000 at a depth of 108 meters, claiming the lives of all 118 crew members and sparking the first major international crisis of Vladimir Putin’s presidency. An official investigation commissioned by the Russian government ruled two years later that the incident was the result of a torpedo explosion, which then triggered the detonation of ammunition on board. However, in an interview with RIA Novosti, aired on Monday, former Northern Fleet commander Vyacheslav Popov offered a theory on how the incident might have happened. According to him, a vessel operated by a NATO power got too close to Moscow’s vessel, colliding with its bow and damaging the torpedo tube, which was followed by an explosion. The compartment then flooded, sending the sub to the depths of the sea.
  • The new delay in approving the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany is down to Kiev’s lobbying efforts, Ukraine’s foreign minister claimed after Berlin’s regulator suspended the certification process. Speaking to the news channel Ukraine 24 on Monday, Dmitry Kuleba praised Ukraine’s attempts to delay the project’s approval. “Nord Stream 2 should have been operating and earning money a long time ago, but the fact that it still does not work and we are fighting against it is the result of our common endeavors,” he said. “Together with our partners, we have significantly slowed down the implementation of this project.” He added that Ukraine, as well as Brussels and members of the 27-strong bloc, are united in their demands that Nord Stream 2 must meet “not only the letter, but the spirit” of the EU’s Third Energy Package. The directive outlines the unbundling of the energy supply, the importance of independent regulators, as well as open and fair retail markets.
  • The number of calls concerning child sexual abuse or exploitation reached a record level during the pandemic, a UK National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said in a statement. According to NSPCC helpline head Kam Thandi, the organization is concerned that “the risk of abuse has gone up since the start of the pandemic” with children more vulnerable and out of sight of adults who can protect them. “We are proud of the brave children who now feel able to speak up – but horrified that the epidemic of abuse continues,” Solace Women’s Aid said on Twitter.
  • Elon Musk has tweeted that 50% of the messages he posts on Twitter are sent while sitting on the “porcelain throne.” “It gives me solace,” the world’s richest person added in a follow-up tweet. The post comes several days after Musk sold $9 billion in Tesla stock following a Twitter poll he launched to decide whether he should sell the shares. Tesla’s eccentric CEO has been persistently vocal on the platform, posting his opinions on various hot topics, including the GameStop trading frenzy, or helping push up the prices of minor digital assets like Dogecoin.
  • White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the “guidelines” for what makes someone ‘fully vaccinated’ against Covid-19 could soon be changing, depending on the “science.” Fauci added that the Joe Biden administration “might modify the guidelines” for what constitutes being fully vaccinated, based on the lasting effects of boosters. Those given two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson are currently considered fully vaccinated, but according to Fauci, Pfizer and Moderna recipients should already be getting boosters after six months and Johnson & Johnson recipients after two months. If the durability is not up to par, Fauci explained, people could need to get shots every six months to a year. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also said on Sunday he fully expects boosters to soon be a required part of the inoculation process.
  • A man from India’s Madhya Pradesh has built a replica of the Taj Mahal as a plush home for his wife. The historical monument was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb and a symbol of love for his wife, Mumtaz. The man, Anand Prakash Chouksey, and his love for his wife, Manjusha Chouksey, have become the talk of the town. According to reports, the four-bedroom house took three years to build and it has a big hall, two bedrooms downstairs, two bedrooms upstairs, a library and a meditation room. Media reports suggest that the engineers who built the house said that they studied the real Taj Mahal minutely for inspiration and overcame several challenges throughout the construction of the house. Artists from West Bengal and Indore were engaged to track down the textures and carvings inside the house.
  • Starlink, the satellite internet arm of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, has launched pre-bookings for its services in India with subsidised rates. The firm says it has received more than 5,000 orders. SpaceX has started to recruit people in India to roll out its services to two-thirds of the country earlier than had been anticipated. Sanjay Bhargava, SpaceX’s country director, has said that the firm is looking for two “rock stars” to fill the country-based roles of Director of Rural Transformation and Executive Assistant. The Director of Rural Transformation is a technical appointment and, “is another small step towards catalysing and accelerating transformation starting with rural India,” Bhargava said.
  • Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday conferred the Vir Chakra, the nation’s third-highest wartime military bravery award, upon Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman. The Indian Air Force officer is credited for shooting down a Pakistani F-16 jet from his MiG-21 Bison during an aerial dogfight over the Jammu and Kashmir region in February 2019. Varthaman was awarded the gallantry medal at the presidential palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan), at an investiture ceremony.
  • Financial expert and former senior official at the Obama administration Steve Rattner has voiced doubts about how “paid for” Biden’s “Build Back Better” spending package actually is, pointing at several “budget gimmicks” that may be hidden in the framework. Rattner has suggested that the only way to assert that the package is “paid for” is to use the so-called budget “gimmicks,” particularly sunset clauses that are formally supposed to expire in the future but realistically have a tendency to be prolonged. “The funny thing about temporary programmes and extensions? They have a history of becoming permanent,” Rattner tweeted. “If we’re going to build back better, we need to be honest about long-term costs.”
  • Produce Power: Indian Farmers Keep Pressure on Modi Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already caved to repeal agriculture reform laws, more mass rallies are demanding further concessions. Demonstrators want minimum support prices on all produce, not just wheat and rice, as even the modified regulations only support an estimated 6% of the farming sector. Thousands of farmers have already been camped out on the outskirts of New Delhi for almost a year pushing for change.
  • “Seeing this star is really amazing as we know it must have formed in the galactic center, a place very different to our local environment. It is a visitor from a strange land,” said NASA Hubble Fellow Ting Li with the Carnegie Observatories and Princeton University, about the discovery of the ultrafast star, S5-HVS1 in 2019, traveling at a blistering 6 million km/h. The doomed star was slingshotted by the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way five million years ago at the dawn of the human species.

News Burst 23 November 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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