News Burst 27 January 2022 – Get The News!


News Burst 27 January 2022 – Get The News!
  • Starbucks decided to go back on its previously announced plan to require all its US workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by February 9 or submit to weekly testing. The company scrapped the plan after the Supreme Court earlier this month ruled against the vaccine mandate proposed by Joe Biden’s administration for large businesses. Without the mandate, firms are left to decide how to counter the spread of the pandemic internally. “We respect the Court’s ruling and will comply,” John Culver, head of Starbucks in North America, said in a note to employees on Tuesday. The union – Starbucks Workers United – slammed the company’s reversal on the vaccine mandate, stating that the decision was made without employee feedback.
  • [Back To The Paper] The municipal Handa Hospital in the small town of Tsurugi in western Japan was hit by a ransomware attack at the end of October. The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported at the time that one day, many of the hospital’s printers suddenly began ejecting paper with a message in English saying the electronic records of around 85,000 patients had been stolen and encrypted. The hackers threatened to leak the records unless a ransom was not paid. Handa refused to pay and claimed the compromised records had not been made public. The hospital’s day-to-day services were, nevertheless, immediately paralyzed because there was no way to calculate medical fees. Furthermore, since no hardcopies of the records had been kept, doctors could not check basic patient data, such as name and age, as well as the treatments individual patients had undergone and what medicine they had been given. Yasushi Suto, the head physician at the hospital, told the paper that from now on, patient data should be recorded “not only electronically but also on paper.”
  • Zachary Taylor Blood, a Texas native, has pleaded guilty to one count of alien smuggling after his plan to transport two Mexican migrants to the city of San Antonio was thwarted by US Border Patrol (BP) officials at the internal checkpoint around 70 miles north of the US-Mexico border. The border agents spotted a coffin draped in an American flag in the back of Blood’s van as he was passing through a checkpoint near the city of Falfurrias. While Blood told the agents that he was taking a “dead Navy guy” to his final resting place, the fact that the coffin was in “poor condition” and had the flag “taped to the top with packing tape” prompted the agents to suspect foul play. The incident took place on October 26, 2021, and Blood – who now faces up to five years behind bars – has remained in custody ever since. He is set to appear before a court for sentencing on May 11.
  • Lawyers representing the descendants of Italy’s last monarch will meet with representatives of the Bank of Italy and the government on Tuesday, in an attempt to negotiate the return of the crown jewels to the Savoy family, which have been held by the bank since 1946. One way or another, “the Savoy family will get the jewels back,” the family’s lawyer stated. Encompassing more than 6,700 diamonds and 2,000 pearls mounted on necklaces, bracelets, tiaras, and brooches, the collection is valued somewhere between €18 million ($20.3 million) and €300 million ($338 million). No evaluation has been carried out, and the jewels haven’t been in royal hands for more than 75 years.
  • Archeological excavations at Vindolanda, a Roman fort south of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England, noted for the discovery of wooden leaf-Vindolanda tablets – at the time the oldest surviving handwritten documents in Britain – have also uncovered the world’s oldest boxing gloves and the oldest handwritten message by a woman found anywhere. Some 22,500 prized Roman treasure sites scattered across the UK might be lost forever due to climate change, warn archaeologists cited by the BBC. The waterlogged peatlands that cover around 10 percent of the UK and retain these antiquities could be dried out as a result of rising temperatures. Peat, which contains very little oxygen, allows organic materials like wood, leather and textiles to withstand rot and survive for thousands of years. Even whole bodies have been found in peat soils, like the famous Lindow man discovered in Cheshire.
  • A team of researchers has discovered an anomalous black hole, which was said to be an intermediate mass object that astrophysicists around the world have been looking for a long time, according to a study published in The Astrophysical Journal. An intermediate-mass black hole is one whose mass is much larger than that of a stellar-mass black hole (between 10 and several tens of solar masses), but much less than that of a supermassive black hole (between a million and hundreds of millions of solar masses). This kind of black hole had been hiding in a huge star cluster, B023-G078, located in the Andromeda galaxy, which is closest to our Milky Way. “The most interesting thing about this IMBH is its location—it is in a massive star cluster around Andromeda that we think is actually the core of a former dwarf galaxy whose outskirts were stripped away by Andromeda’s gravity,” Anil Seth, an astrophysicist at the University of Utah and a co-author of the recent paper, told Gizmodo.
  • Two lecturers at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) have refused to teach at as long as there is a requirement to produce a so-called COVID-19 passport at the university, making a startling comparison to how the Nazis treated Jews, during and before World War II.
    Rasmus Hougaard Nielsen and Ole Bjerg informed their 120 students of macroeconomics that they will not attend school for as long as the requirement is present. “Under the current circumstances, there will thus be no teaching of macroeconomics with us as educators. We are not interested in a compromise,” they wrote, as quoted by Danish Radio. The two teachers are also very critical regarding the general handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the authorities. “For us, there is no significant difference between the corona passport and the Jewish passport that was introduced during World War II,” they wrote, alluding to the special documents that Jews had to produce alongside wearing a yellow stars of David in Nazi Germany.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency, has announced a million-dollar prize purse for anyone who can come up with viable solutions to the challenging issue of feeding astronauts nutritious meals in space during many-year-long missions. An ambitious multi-year mission to Mars such as those mulled by the agency would meant that pre-packaged food would fall short of meeting all the needs for maintaining astronauts’ health. Participants of what has been dubbed the Deep Space Food Challenge are expected to present their innovative ideas on food production technologies and systems that would not only be palatable, sustainable and require minimum resources, but would also churn out as little waste as possible.
  • A video that recently emerged on social media shows Trump playing golf when one of the people accompanying him mentions Donald’s status as the 45th President of the United States. “Forty-fifth and forty-seventh”, Trump replies, apparently suggesting that he is going to become the next POTUS after the current, 46th US President Joe Biden.
  • The United States has issued a visa to Russian cosmonaut Nikolai Chub to undergo training in Texas before his flight to the International Space Station (ISS) after refusing him one last week, the Russian state space agency, Roscosmos, said on Wednesday. ” The cosmonaut is headed to the United States for training at the Johnson Space Centre, which all cosmonauts traditionally undergo before ISS flights,” Roscosmos said in a press release. A spokesman for the US embassy in Moscow, Jason Rebholz, said the diplomatic mission is making every possible effort to continue issuing visas to Russian cosmonauts amid a personnel shortage.
  • Boris Johnson had stated at PMQs in the Commons that he would not resign in the wake of the so-called “partygate” row – a series of alleged lockdown-breaking parties at his Downing Street office and residence. However, he agreed that those who break the ministerial code of conduct should step down. The UK Prime Minister was responding to a question from the Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, who accused him of changing his story over the reported gatherings in 2020 and 2021.
  • The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) ‘Himveers’ celebrated India’s 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday with a unique march on skis along the slopes of the Himalayas at Auli, a ski resort and hill station in the country’s Uttarakhand state. In a video posted by a Twitter user, the ITBP contingent is seen skiing down the slopes at a height of 11,000 feet (3,353 metres) at minus 20 degrees Celsius.
  • Tens of thousands of indigenous people are at risk of being expelled from their lands to make way for the construction of a new capital on jungle-clad East Kalimantan province, a rights group warned on Friday. At least 20,000 people from 21 indigenous groups live in the area designated for the construction of the new capital with laws enabling the move from Jakarta not providing enough protection for the communities’ land rights, according to the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN). The group issued its warning after House of Representatives last week approved the capital’s relocation from Jakarta, on Java island, to the East Kalimantan province. “The project will trigger problems such as confiscation of customary lands and criminalisation of indigenous people when they try to defend their rights,” Muhammad Arman, AMAM’s Policy, Law and Human Rights Advocacy Director, told AFP on Friday.

News Burst 27 January 2022

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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