News Burst 27 March 2022 – Get The News! ~ March 27, 2022

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  • US-based mineral exploration company KoBold Metals said on Thursday it is ready to start drilling in Greenland for nickel and other raw materials used in electric vehicles, amid skyrocketing prices brought about by Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia. KoBold is famous for utilizing artificial intelligence and cloud computing techniques to predict the composition of the subsurface in the hunt for raw materials. The firm says its goal is to “fully electrify the global economy” and start an “electric vehicle revolution.” The project is backed by notable billionaires such as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and Ray Dalio, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates.
  • Statistics gathered from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Sexual Offences in the Service Justice System reports show 324 reports of both live and historical sex crimes that were made overseas between 2015 and 2020, related to incidents involving troops stationed in Germany (128), Cyprus (36), the Falklands (18), Canada (14), Gibraltar (7), Belgium (1) and Yemen (1). Over 100 reports were categorized as relating to “incidents that have occurred in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the USA and at sea.”
    For the same timeframe, data collected from annual reports by the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) indicate over 820 reports of sexual offences were reported to the military. Reports were received in 17 separate “combat areas,” including Afghanistan (131), Iraq (77), Qatar (88), Turkey (61), Bahrain (78), and Kuwait (87).
  • The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen demanded on Saturday that the Iran-aligned group withdraw all weapons from the airport of Sana’a, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV channel said. Keeping weapons in the airport of the Yemeni capital and other civilian areas would “end their status” as safe regions not to be targeted by the coalition’s air strikes, it said.
  • Russian forces have taken control the town of Slavutych, which is close to the border with Belarus and is where workers at the nearby Chernobyl plant live, said Oleksandr Pavlyuk, the governor of Kyiv region.
  • Scientists have detected traces of micro plastics in human blood for the first time. Nearly 8 in 10 participants in a Dutch study were found to have plastic particles flowing through their bloodstream. “The big question is what is happening in our body?” asked professor Dick Vethaak, an ecotoxicologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in an interview with The Guardian. “Are the particles retained in the body? Are they transported to certain organs, such as getting past the blood-brain barrier?” And are these levels sufficiently high to trigger disease? We urgently need to fund further research so we can find out.”
  • The World Health Organization has rejected the first Canadian-made COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, despite its approval by Health Canada on Feb. 24. Known as Covifenz, the vaccine was developed by Medicago, a biotechnology company based in Quebec City that uses — unlike mRNA technology — a plant host to make virus-like particles that help the body’s immune system make antibodies. At issue is a 21 percent shareholder in Medicago: Philip Morris, the biggest tobacco company in the world.
  • From “The Matrix” series to “John Wick,” the actor’s blockbuster titles have vanished from virtually all of China’s biggest streaming platforms such as iQiyi and Tencent, where searches for his name now yield no results. Keanu Reeves’s apparent offense had been appearing at a March 3 virtual concert organized by Tibet House, a New York-based nonprofit founded at the request of Dalai Lama. The spiritual leader is exiled in India where he established a shadow Tibetan government that Beijing has labeled as being separatist.
  • [Always “rules for thee but not for me”] New York Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, on Thursday announced that all private and city workers must continue providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination but that athletes and performers are exempt from the requirements.
  • “All 123 passengers and nine crew members of flight MU5735 of China Eastern airlines have been killed on board on March 21,” Hu Zhenjiang, deputy director-general of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, told a press conference. “The identity of 120 victims has been determined by DNA identification.” Aviation officials confirmed they had found a black box they believed to be the cockpit voice recorder, which should provide important clues to the cause of the crash.
  • Ecuador’s state oil company EP Petroecuador declared force majeure on two cargoes of Russian diesel after banks declined to provide financing to pay for them following the invasion of Ukraine. The ships are the last of eight that BB Energy had agreed to supply to Ecuador after participating in a competitive bidding process held in December. The vessels were already en route to the South American nation when the war broke out and banks all over the world began to shun financing of any Russian cargoes. Petroecuador was unable to secure funding for the previously-agreed deals after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia, according to the company’s oil trading manager, Pablo Noboa.
  • The Cabo Verdean government announced on Friday a freeze on butane gas and electricity prices for three months, with the rest rising 5%, compared to a rise of at least 25% that was expected. In a joint press conference with the minister of agriculture, at the Government Palace in Praia, to announce measures to mitigate and freeze prices of fuel and agri-food products, in the face of international increases caused by the war in Ukraine, decided this morning at a cabinet meeting.
  • At least four “weaponized boats” belonging to the “Iran-banked Houthis” were neutralized, according Saudi military statements. It’s part of an ongoing retaliation operation following Friday’s major missile and drone attack against several oil and infrastructure sites in the kingdom’s south, which set a large fire at a Jeddah Aramco facility. The Saudi energy ministry had meanwhile said the kingdom will “not be held responsible” for any shortage of oil supplies to global markets caused by the attacks, which in the past weeks have ramped up. The Houthi missiles have threatened Jeddah’s second Formula Grand Prix event.
  • Marine data compiled by Bloomberg show at least nine superyachts owned by Russian tycoons have switched off tracking systems. These devices, also known as automatic identification systems or AIS, are required for all passenger ships to broadcast positions for other vessels and coastal authorities. “There’s no reason why their AIS transmissions should be off for days,” said Gur Sender, a program manager at Windward Ltd., which specializes in maritime risk and intelligence. Russian oligarchs have been panic-moving private jets, superyachts, and other trophy assets away from Western countries to avoid sanctions.
  • A massive 1,100-foot-long container ship has been stuck in the Chesapeake Bay for two weeks as fears increase an oil spill could materialize as salvage crews work to free it from the mud, according to local news WTOP. Doug Myers, a researcher with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an advocacy group focused on improving water conditions in the Bay, said the container ship “Ever Forward,” sailing under the Hong Kong flag for the Evergreen Marine Corp., is “so far aground that about 20 feet of the ship is buried in mud.” “That has a tendency to put stress on the hull, and even though it’s not carrying oil, a ship that big would have large amounts of fuel,” Myers said.
  • Eastern Antarctica saw unusually high temperatures for a few days last week, with Concordia station hitting a record -11.8C (10.8F) on March 18. The record temperatures were the result of an atmospheric river that trapped heat over the continent — an entirely natural phenomenon, and one thought to have been aided by the historically low solar activity we’re currently experiencing as well as the ongoing magnetic excursion (aka pole shift), although the interactions of the mechanisms are poorly understood. The mainstream media has predictably gone into ‘crisis overdrive’ re. its reporting of Antarctica’s two days of heat, and they are guilty of peddling the most hopelessly hyperbolic BS to an increasingly dumbed-down public. Case in point is The Guardian’s latest agenda-driving claptrap (from March 25): Following the 48 hours of anomalous warmth, an ice shelf about the size of Rome has collapsed in East Antarctica, which is apparently a “sign of what might be coming”. However, the Conger ice shelf had an approximate surface area of 1,200 sq km, meaning it took up just 0.0086% of Antarctica’s 14 million sq km ice sheet. Even NASA earth and planetary scientist Dr Catherine Colello Walker says this is no big deal, admitting that the Conger ice shelf was relatively small: “It won’t have huge effects,” she said. Official data reveals that East Antarctica, which covers two thirds of the South Pole, has cooled 2.8C over the past 4 decades, with West Antarctica cooling 1.6C. It stands that only a tiny slither of Antarctica (the Antarctic Peninsula) has seen any warming –statistically insignificant warming, at that– but there are no prizes for guessing which region the MSM focuses on.

News Burst 27 March 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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