Information security round up

first_img Justin Bellinger shares the latest updates from the world of cyber security Tech & innovation 21st August 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart Information security round up Regions: Europe Email Address Topics: Tech & innovation Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Justin Bellinger analyses the latest threats to our infrastructure and livelihoods and shares fixes and patches for them. In wider news he takes a look at points of interest from hacking conference DefCon 2018.SoftwareMicrosoft has rolled out some 60 patches in the latest Patch Tuesday release, including two zero-day patches in the 19 critical flaws that were fixed in the releases. A further 39 important flaws were also fixed in the cumulative updates. All fixes are covered off in updates for all versions of Windows including; Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, .NET Framework, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Adobe Flash Player.Apple’s latest releases are iOS 11.4.1 for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, while macOS is now on 10.13.6, tvOS is 11.4.1 and watchOS is on 4.3.2. Some 12 security patches were included in iOS 11.4.1, the majority of which addressed flaws in WebKit.The good news is that USB Restricted Mode made it into iOS 11.4.1 making it much harder for anyone who has misappropriated your device to crack it through the lightning port. The feature is disabled by default but you’ll find it in the Touch ID and Passcodes section in settings.An interesting tip is that if you need to enable this mode in a hurry, pressing the power button on your phone five times in quick succession will enable the mode irrespective of the switch in the settings.Updates to macOS 10.13.6 also address some 12 security flaws in the operating system. Since the update was released news has emerged from DefCon 2018 that it is possible to dupe the macOS, through synthetic mouse clicks, into bypassing security prompts.Digita Security’s chief research officer Patrick Wardle accidentally discovered the flaw after pasting two consecutive synthetic “down” clicks into some code and compiling it, these synthetic clicks were misinterpreted by High Sierra as a manual legitimate click.It is expected that new features in macOS 10.14 Mojave, due out later this year, that block all synthetic events completely will prevent such attacks from occurring at all.Linux: Redhat and Ubuntu among other variants of Linux have been affected by two bugs known as ‘FragmentSmack’ and ‘SegmentSmack’. Both the bugs could trigger a denial of service attack on the device through very small amounts of data, not requiring the volumetric power of a distributed denial of service attack. Keep an eye out with your maintainer for any information on mitigation or patches for affected kernel versions.Oracle has urged users to install a critical patch as soon as possible. Oracle Database versions, and, are all affected by an attack that can be executed remotely which can result in complete compromise of the Oracle Database and shell access to the underlying server. This patch takes the company outside of its normal quarterly patch release schedule, further details can be found under CVE-2018-3110.Network and HardwareIntel is reeling from yet another security flaw discovered on some of its chips, the third time this year after Meltdown and Spectre in January. The company has released security updates for a long list of processors going back to 2015. The new attack dubbed Foreshadow by researchers is similar in make up to Meltdown and Spectre. Intel has named them L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) bugs. Fixes for the bugs should be sought through hardware and software suppliers and should be applied as soon as possible.The fixes involve disabling some of the chip’s features, much in the same way as speculative operations were disabled to mitigate prior chip flaws. There should be little discernible impact on performance for any tasks outside of extreme data centre type loads but bear in mind that the features were introduced to increase performance in the first place.Note that all OS instances on cloud and virtual machines need to have the patches applied to fully protect the underlying hardware. Intel is expected to release a new range of silicon that does not suffer from the flaws discovered over the last few months a little later in 2018.Cisco have released three patches preventing denial of service attacks in some of its product range. Two of the patches cover a reload condition that can be executed in Cisco AsyncOS Software for Cisco Web Security Appliances and Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances.The third issue affects XCP Router service of the Cisco Unified Communications Manager IM and Presence Service and the Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server and Expressway. If exploited a malicious actor could cause a temporary service outage. MalwareAZORult Stealer has received an update and is once again proving to be a problem, the malware is regularly altered, one of the reasons that it is so persistent. The latest variant seems to be targeting a North American audience at the moment and typically delivers a password protected word doc.Once the doc is opened using the password contained in the email and the macros are enabled, the AZORult payload is downloaded. The malware both collects information and can also be used in ransomware attacks.Emails typically come out within a day of the malware being updated, naturally any unsolicited email, or emails with attachments in general, should be treated with caution. These latest AZORult mails seem to be on an employment related theme, containing resumes and job candidate type attachments.Marap is a new downloader malware being delivered through the Necurs botnet. Recently discovered from researchers at Proofpoint, the malware currently contains fingerprinting modules, looking for information such as username, domain name, IP address and so on – common fingerprinting information that could be used in future attacks. The researchers warn us that Marap is capable of delivering additional payloads in the future.In the newsDefCon 2018 has thrown up some interesting developments; from the smartphones that ship with malware out of the box through to an attack on Amazon Echo and the first concept piece of malware powered by artificial intelligence.DeepLocker is a truly worrying piece of research brought to us by the people at IBM Research. The researchers have designed malware powered by artificial intelligence, creating what they call a “highly targeted and evasive” piece of malicious code.DeepLocker can leverage several attributes to identify its target, including visual, audio, geolocation and system-level features. In an example given by the researchers these triggers could be set to only deliver the malicious payload to a specific individual that the malware recognises through facial recognition. It could bury itself in video conferencing code for example and compare the feed to publicly available images of the targeted individual before unleashing the malware.DeepLocker is extremely difficult for analysts to detect as it does not reveal what kind of target it is looking for; a person or organisation, or indeed who the target is if it is a person. Finally, as the attack remains fully encrypted until the target is found it is impossible for analysts to figure out how the attack will be executed.Phones shipping with malware out of the box: Security researchers from US Mobile and IoT security firm Kryptowire highlighted some 25 andriod phones that they had discovered shipped with malware in their default applications. The researchers presented a list of these, mainly lesser known, devices at DefCon, there were models from LG, Nokia and Sony in the list however.Amazon Echo was demonstrated to be compromised by security researchers Wu Hui Yu and Qian Wenxiang. The pair demonstrated how the Echo could be used to eavesdrop on conversations without users knowing the device was recording. Don’t panic just yet if you have an Echo however as the researchers have already passed their knowledge on to Amazon and the attack also requires the attacker to have compromised the WiFi network that the Echo is on.As always please stay vigilant, apply patches and updates vigorously and, above all, stay safe. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Lions 2013: Match verdict: Lions 59-8 Barbarians

first_imgHONG KONG – JUNE 01: Stuart Hogg of the Lions moves past Dean Mumm during the match between the British & Irish Lions and the Barbarians at Hong Kong Stadium on June 1, 2013, Hong Kong. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Leading from the front: Centre Jamie Roberts shone as the Lions demolished the Barbarians in an eight-try rompBy Alan DymockIn a nutshellLIKE ANY first run out, the Lions took a while to get rolling with smart angles wasted and players not quite understanding each other, but once Warren Gatland’s opening XV starting putting passes to hand in the second-half they were able to burn off the Baabaas with consummate ease.Six different try-scorers – two of which had braces – tells you that there was danger everywhere. However, the lack of defensive fight after half-time has more to do with who the Lions were playing rather than how good they were. The Baabaas showed a few brief flashes, particularly through Joe Rokococo, whose step on Toby Faletau to set up Kahn Fotuali’i, rolled back the years, but ultimately they were not fit for the intensity of this match. Maybe, just maybe, their booze ban should have kicked in earlier.Key momentEven when things were not clicking in the first-half there were still a few stand-out individual performances. Such a performance came from Mike Phillips. Minutes into the second-half, the abrasive No 9 nailed any hopes of a Baabaas comeback firmly shut with his second try of the match. The ball came cleanly off the top of the lineout after a tapdown by Dan Lydiate and Phillips executed a neat dummy which opened a huge gouge in the Barbarian defence before pointing his way to the try line and leaping over in extravagant style. He followed this up in the second-half by driving his forwards on. He was setting down a marker that he didn’t want to relinquish the jersey he wore with distinction in 2009.Super seven: Justin Tipuric impressed in the looseStar Man: Jamie RobertsThe experts at Sky gave Mike Phillips the gong, but it was Jamie Roberts at inside-centre, the 2009 Lions tour Man of the Series, who calmly helped knit everything together. While other players buzzed and chittered round about him he delivered at a steady rate, running sharp lines and using the ball intelligently when taking heavy contact. Composure personified.Test WatchHotJustin Tipuric: While Roberts and Phillips dictated the pace, Tipuric galloped around the pitch like the world’s most faithful hound. A half-break; he was at the heel – nearly squeezing over after a Vunipola pop pass. A half-pitch dart; he was calling for the inside ball. The Lions captain has real competition, but then he already knows that. Barbarians: Tries: Fotuali’I Pens: DalyLions: Tries: Phillips 2, Cuthbert 2, O’Connell, Davies, Lydiate, Wyn Jones Cons: Farrell 3, Sexton 2 Pens: Farrell 3 Stuart Hogg: The full-back took a full-bore blast from Casey Laulala in the first five minutes, but after that he looked assured and never stopped cutting lines. More than once he put other players in space. Rich potential on the hard grounds Down Under.NotOwen Farrell: The fly-half was charged down seven minutes in and after a Schalk Brits haymaker grazed his chin and he retaliated with interest, he seemed shaken. He never really recovered in open play, despite assured kicking from the tee with 15 points. A mixed start from the young Saracen.Lion cub: Stuart Hogg improved as the game wore onStatsThe Lions carried 575 metres with the ball compared to 330 metres carried by the BarbariansThe Barbarians made 138 tackles, missing 25, a completion rate of 85%, compared to 75 made by the Lions and seven missed, a completion rate of 91%Alex Cuthbert carried furthest for the Lions with 112 metres, Mike Phillips was second with 80 metres and Toby Faletau third with 54 metres. For the Barbarians, Joe Rocokoco topped the list with 82 metres carried and full-back Jared Payne followed close behind with 76The Barbarians Sam Jones was the game’s top tackler with a remarkable 23. Richie Gray and Justin Tipuric were the Lions’ top tacklers with eight apieceScorerslast_img read more

St Dunstan’s launches Christmas DM campaign

first_imgSt Dunstan’s launches Christmas DM campaign AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis St Dunstan’s current Christmas direct marketing appeal is targeting both warm and cold audiences with a campaign that highlights how the charity helps ex-Service people with serious sight problems regain their independence.Created by TDA, the campaign focuses on the story of ‘St Dunstaner’ Tom Hart who was blinded in action during 1940. He received his first Braille book from St Dunstan’s that Christmas whilst being held as a prisoner of war and he explains how the gift lifted his spirits and gave him hope for the future.Recipients are urged to pledge a Christmas gift to help the charity continue to provide lifelong support to people who have served and lost their sight.“Tom’s story encapsulates the very essence of St Dunstan’s,” said Jamie Taylor, Senior Account Director at TDA. “It’s an honest and uplifting tale of how a young man took proactive steps to overcome his blindness with help from the charity. As the number of St Dunstaners increases year-on-year, further income is needed to ensure they all have access to the support they need.” Tagged with: christmas Individual giving TDA  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 November 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Government changes press law and cancels 22 publication permits

first_img RSF_en News Organisation Help by sharing this information News RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers April 15, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government changes press law and cancels 22 publication permits July 15, 2020 Find out more MaldivesAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Follow the news on Maldivescenter_img Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) expressed concern today at the Maldive government’s recent cancellation of 22 publication licences and its amendment of the press law to allow withdrawal of the licence of any publication that failed to bring out at least three issues.The organisation said the changes in the law increased the government’s ability to stifle criticism and called on President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to reverse the decision and make the law more liberal.  It also urged him to free Mohamed Zaki, Ibrahim Luthfee, Fatimath Nisreen and Ahmad Didi, who publish the online newsletter Sandhaanu and have been in prison since last July.The information, arts and culture ministry announced on 4 March that 22 publication licences had been cancelled because of irregular appearance.  Most of the publications involved no longer appear or do so at irregular intervals. They include the Monday Times and the magazines Rankolhu, Faiymini, Koveli and Kokaa. Some journalists anonymously denounced what they called a “black day” for the country’s media and said the moves were intimidation by the government.The ministry also announced amendments to the press law, including article 29 to allow cancellation of a publication’s licence if it failed to bring out at least three issues at regular intervals. Publishers would have to wait six months before applying for a new licence for another publication.The Maldives has three privately-owned daily papers and a dozen magazines. A tougher government line towards them is expected in the run-up to general elections next year. Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist to go further RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates News April 23, 2018 Find out more News MaldivesAsia – Pacific September 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

1 New COVID-19 Death, 4 New Cases Reported in Pasadena

first_img Community News Top of the News Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Business News Community News 1 New COVID-19 Death, 4 New Cases Reported in Pasadena Published on Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 4:29 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Authorities reported one new COVID-19 fatality in Pasadena on Thursday, along with four new detected infections.The latest person to succumb to the novel coronavirus in Pasadena was an 81-year-old woman living at the Regency Park Astoria senior care facility, city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. She died on Friday.In total, Pasadena has recorded 2,640 infections and 127 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.Only five new cases of COVID-19 were detected on Wednesday, according to city data. Tuesday saw 13 new infections, but none were reported on Monday.Although encouraged by the relatively low numbers of new infections, compared with past months, officials said safety protocols such as social distancing and sanitation remained as important as ever to prevent a backslide.“Our lower number of positive cases is reassuring, but it’s important to recognize that as businesses open up more in other counties, people may visit our city and there is the concern numbers can increase,” Derderian said. “We must remain vigilant and continue to wear our masks, practice social distancing, proper hygiene, and stay home if sick.”Huntington Hospital officials reported treating 24 COVID-19 patients on Thursday.Los Angeles County public health officials announced 1,280 new infections and 21 additional deaths on Thursday, bringing the countywide totals to 278,665 cases of COVID-19 and 6,726 deaths.Just over 700 patients were hospitalized with the virus, the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a written statement. Twenty-eight percent of them were being treated in intensive care units.As more of society reopens, L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer also urged the public to remain mindful of the continuing threat posed by the novel coronavirus.“Many of us are enjoying the successes of our local basketball and baseball teams, and we have great reasons to celebrate. I want to remind everyone about the importance of celebrating safely,” she said.“As we have seen, gatherings, even among people who know each other and are asymptomatic, can result in transmission of COVID-19 and ultimately cause people to become seriously ill,” Ferrer added. “As you celebrate our teams, please do so at home and with people that you live with, or find ways to celebrate virtually with friends and fellow fans.”The California Department of Public Health reported 3,575 new COVID-19 infections and 99 additional fatalities on Thursday, raising the statewide totals to 834,800 cases of the virus and 16,361 deaths.The average positivity rate over the prior seven days was 2.5 percent, the CDPH said in a written statement. The 14-day average was 2.6 percent.As of Thursday, L.A. County accounted for 33 percent of California total COVID-19 infections and 41 percent of the state’s documented fatalities. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

It will be no picnic for Limerick concertgoers

first_imgNewsLocal NewsIt will be no picnic for Limerick concertgoersBy Alan Jacques – April 1, 2017 916 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleLimerick to become part of the Wild Atlantic WayNext articleShannon’s sensory room will help passengers with special needs relax before flights Alan Jacques Advertisement Email Print TAGSElectric PicniclimerickMaurice Quinlivan TDSinn Feinticket-touting Eighties pop group Duran Duran who will be among the headline acts at this year’s Electric Picnic Festival.Eighties pop group Duran Duran who will be among the headline acts at this year’s Electric Picnic Festival.LIMERICK Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has spoken out on the need for ticket-touting legislation to protect consumers against the practice of charging outrageous prices for tickets to entertainment events in Ireland.“The problem of ticket touting was highlighted this week after tickets for the Electric Picnic music event sold out in minutes, but appeared on ticket reselling sites immediately afterwards at huge prices,” Deputy Quinlivan told the Limerick Post.The three-day festival, which attracts thousands of Limerick music fans, will be held in Stradbally this autumn with Duran Duran, The XX, Interpol, London Grammar and Chaka Khan among the headline acts.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Weekend camping tickets for Electric Picnic, went on at a price of €246.10 including charges. Later on in the same day, tickets were still widely available on reselling sites at considerably inflated prices”, Deputy Quinlivan said.“Tickets on the Seatwave site, a Ticketmaster owned company, were selling for €474.98 for a weekend camping ticket, while the same tickets were selling for a total of €542.36 on the Viagogo site”.He believes this “disgraceful behaviour” is preventing genuine concertgoers and sporting enthusiasts the opportunity to attend events.“This needs to be tackled. I want to close this loophole with my Sale of Tickets (Sporting and Cultural Events) Bill 2017, which aims to address this issue and has two main objectives. Firstly, it will protect the ordinary consumer who buys tickets in good faith, only to discover that they cannot attend the event. This Bill would ensure that they will be able to dispose of their tickets, allowing up to a 10 per cent profit margin.Secondly, the Bill will act to stop those who purchase event tickets with the sole intention of reselling them at a profit. This Bill will dis-incentivise these ticket touts by means of substantial fines.”The Limerick politician feels the practice of consumers getting ripped off by ticket touts has continued long enough and the Electric Picnic case highlights the need for regulation in this area to protect Irish Alan [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live last_img read more

Driver identified in fatal rollover

first_img Facebook On Wednesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety identified the man killed in a rollover crash in northwest Ector County on Tuesday.Dwayne Borho, 56, of Gardendale was traveling west in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 about 10:34 a.m. Tuesday on Loop 338, two miles north of Odessa, a DPS news release stated, when he collided with a 2012 Mack truck tractor towing a semi-trailer traveling east.Officers pronounced Borho dead at the scene. The other driver, 52-year-old Tomas Fuentes-Marquez of Juarez, Mexico, was uninjured, the release detailed.The release added it was unknown if Borho was wearing a seatbelt.Texas State Troopers and Odessa Fire Rescue responded to a rollover crash near 83rd Street and Sprague Road. One person was killed in the crash, Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Sgt. Oscar Villarreal said.By Paul [email protected] Driver identified in fatal rollover Local News Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp By admin – April 18, 2018 Facebook Twitter Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Pecos Football Coaching CandidatesNext articleOdessa ranked No. 1 in state for drunken driving fatalities admin Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday November 28th

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp By News Highland – November 28, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleExclusive: Permission granted for Donegal Town CinemaNext articleFarming News&Views 27/11/19 News Highland Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday November 28th:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday November 28th Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsAppcenter_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Facebook Google+ Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

New York’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate reaches record low

first_imgMaksim Tkachenko/iStockBy JON HAWORTH, IVAN PEREIRA, MEREDITH DELISO and MARC NATHANSON, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 727,000 people worldwide.More than 19.7 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than five million diagnosed cases and at least 162,833 deaths.Here’s how the news developed Sunday. All times Eastern:9:13 p.m.: Major League Baseball postpones another seriesMajor League Baseball officials announced that the three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, scheduled for Monday through Wednesday in St. Louis, has been postponed due to the virus.The announcement follows the league’s decision on Friday to postpone games over the weekend between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, after the Cardinals reported additional positive coronavirus tests in their clubhouse.“In light of the most recent positive test results, MLB and the [St. Louis] Club believe it is prudent to conduct additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play,” MLB officials said in a statement Sunday evening.The Cardinals have not played since July 29 due to positive coronavirus tests.5:54 p.m.: New York state reports its lowest positivity rate yetNew York state’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate has reached a record low.The state’s rate fell to its lowest level so far during the pandemic on Saturday, with 0.78%, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday. New York’s positivity rate has been hovering at around 1% since early June. It peaked at nearly 47% in early April, when testing wasn’t widely available.There were 515 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths in the state reported on Saturday. The number of ICU patients was 131, the lowest since March 16, the governor said.Portions of the state began moving into Stage 4, the final phase of its reopening plan, in late June, allowing for low-risk indoor and outdoor activities and entertainment, higher education, and professional sports without fans.New York City entered a modified Stage 4, with some limitations, on July 20.3:09 p.m.: Ohio crosses 100,000 casesOhio has become the latest state to record over 100,000 COVID-19 cases, according to its Health Department.As of Sunday, there were 100,848 confirmed cases in the state and 3,669 deaths.Ohio becomes the 17th state to have over 100,000 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Virginia and South Carolina also both passed the milestone this weekend, according to the university.12:18 p.m.: Texas reports highest average positivity rateThe Texas Health Department said that its seven-day average for COVID-19 positivity rate reached a record high Saturday with 19.41%.This was two percentage points higher than the previous record on July 16, according to Health Department data. The average was steadily falling from July 16 to July 29, when the seven-day average was 12.09%, however it has been increasing steadily since July 30, Health Department data indicated.An increase in test positivity could reflect an increase in new cases, a reduction in tests conducted, or both. The state has administered over 4.3 million COVID-19 tests so far, the Health Department said.11:42 a.m.: Washington records 1st teen to die from COVID-19The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced it recorded the first coronavirus death to affect a Washington state resident under 20 years old.The unidentified teen lived in South Hill resident and had no reported underlying health conditions, according to the Health Department.“The disease is everywhere. To drive down the spread and protect our loved ones, we all need to mask up, maintain physical distance, and stay close to home,” Anthony L-T Chen, the director of health of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, said in a statement.Washington state has 62,523 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,688 deaths as of Sunday, according to the state’s Health Department.11:28 a.m.: Maryland positivity rate hits a new lowMaryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the seven-day average of the statewide COVID-19 positivity rate reached a new all-time low of 3.75%.The state conducted 1.03 million tests so far and 17.2% of the state’s population has been tested, according to the governor. Maryland conducted 40,473 tests on Saturday and had a positivity rate of 2.72%, the governor said.The statewide positivity rate has been under 5% since June 25, and is now more than 86% lower than its April 17 peak, Hogan’s office said.The state has 95,903 total COVID-19 cases as of Sunday morning and 3,448 deaths, according to the state’s Health Department.11:15 a.m.: Florida records over 6,200 new cases, 77 new deathsThe Florida Health Department said it recorded 6,229 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the statewide total to 532,806. The state recorded 77 new deaths during that time frame, bringing the total number of coronavirus related fatalities to 8,315, according to the state’s Health Department.Florida recorded 254 new hospitalizations in the last 24 hours, and the virus has hospitalized 30,505 people so far, the health department said.Approximately 20% of the state’s ICU beds are available, according to Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. Thirty-seven hospitals across the state have run out of ICU beds, and four counties have no ICU beds available, according to the agency.10:15 a.m.: US reaches 5 million coronavirus casesThe U.S. recorded its five millionth COVID-19 case Sunday morning, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.The number of deaths in the country is above 162,000, the data indicated.Globally, there are roughly 19.6 million COVID-19 cases and more than 727,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. The U.S. has led the world in coronavirus cases for months, with nearly 2 million more than Brazil, which has the second-most cases.1:22 a.m.: Minnesota Vikings player needs open-heart surgery after post-COVID diagnosis shows heart problemMinnesota Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith posted on his Instagram page Saturday night that he will need open-heart surgery to fix a defective valve that he’s had since birth.The condition was discovered from additional tests administered following his COVID-19 positive diagnosis.“Earlier this week I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that I was born with,” Smith’s statement read. “Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer. I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could really feel him on this one!”Smith concluded: “There is a surgery that will allow me to continue to play football as soon as I am healed and cleared and I didn’t think twice about going with that one. By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field. I’m going to attack this like everything else I have in life. Already looking forward to the comeback!”12:40 a.m.: Cardinals vs. Pirates on Monday postponed due to coronavirusThe Pittsburgh Pirates’ flight to St. Louis on Sunday has been canceled and their game on Monday against the Cardinals has been postponed, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.By Sunday, the teams will have a better sense as to whether they’ll play Tuesday and Wednesday, sources told Passan.The Cardinals’ three-game series against the Chicago Cubs this weekend was postponed after the league said two Cardinals players and one staff member tested positive for the coronavirus from samples collected over the past two days.In total, nine Cardinals players and seven staffers have tested positive since last week. The Cardinals haven’t played since July 29.12:15 a.m.: Biden on the U.S. reaching 5 million COVID-19 cases: ‘It’s a number that boggles the mind and breaks the heart’Former Vice President Joe Biden reacted Saturday evening to the news that the United States has reached 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.In a paper statement, Biden said the number “boggles the mind and breaks the heart,” urging Americans to continue taking steps, including mask-wearing, to combat the spread of the virus and eventually overcome it.As he has throughout the pandemic, Biden also slammed Trump’s lack of leadership on the crisis, writing that the country “continue[s] to hear little more from President Trump than excuses and lies.”“No other high-income economy is still struggling to get this under control. In fact, Americans are no longer welcome in much of the world, because we are seen as a public health threat. And we are where we are today for one simple, infuriating reason: Trump waved the white flag and gave up. He didn’t want to deal with the pandemic, so he stopped trying. He didn’t do his job,” Biden wrote.“Trump has already thrown away months of the American people’s sacrifice and hard work. Imagine what four more years of his failures will cost us,” he added.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

News story: UK to tackle danger of the solar wind and find new Earth-like planets

first_img The UK’s involvement in the instruments onboard both of these missions underpins our separate industrial investment in SMILE and PLATO through our ongoing membership of the European Space Agency.SMILE is a prime example of scientific innovation underpinning the broader economy with real-world applications while PLATO’s innovative design is a game changer in Exoplanet science and our investment will ensure UK scientists and engineers will be leading participants in all aspects of the mission. The UK funding is to develop a Soft X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument, being led by the University of Leicester, with scientific mission leadership at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and support from the Open University, ahead of launch in 2023.Professor Paul Monks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Science and Engineering, University of Leicester, said: This commits UK engineers to deliver a detector system that allows UK scientists to identify Earth-like exoplanets in the habitable zones of Sun-like stars using software created in the UK. These planets will be close enough to facilitate a historic search for signs of life in their atmospheres using the next generation of large telescopes. For the first time we will start to understand if life exists beyond the solar system. National funding for these missions is in addition to the UK’s regular contributions to the European Space Agency’s science programme.Chris Lee, Chief Scientist at the UK Space Agency, said: PLATOPlanned to launch in 2026, PLATO will monitor thousands of relatively bright stars over a large area of the sky, searching for tiny, regular dips in brightness as their planets cross in front of them, temporarily blocking out a small fraction of the starlight.Astronomers have so far found over 3,000 planets beyond our Solar System which are called exoplanets, but none, as yet, has been shown to be truly Earth-like in terms of its size and distance from a Sun similar to our own.PLATO’s innovative design is set to change all that. Its suite of multiple small telescopes and cameras, reminiscent of the compound eye of an insect, will allow it to ‘stare’ at a large number of the nearest and brightest stars, with the aim of discovering Earth-sized planets orbiting Sun-like stars in the ‘habitable zone’ – the distance from the star where liquid water could exist at the surface.Professor Don Pollacco, University of Warwick, which leads the PLATO Science Management Consortium, said: We are delighted to be leading the development of the SXI instrument at the University of Leicester, building on our long heritage of cutting-edge space research and instrumentation. SXI will be the first instrument to provide true global imaging of the solar wind exchange process within the magnetosphere. The results of which will have meaningful implications for safeguarding our environment on Earth.center_img Rare extreme space weather could disrupt modern technology by causing geomagnetic storms affecting satellite navigation, shortwave communications and power grids. A recent ESA study estimated the potential socio-economic impact in Europe from a single, extreme space weather event could reach €15 billion. Much of this disruption could be avoided through accurate forecasting.Prof Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, SMILE mission Co-Principal Investigator at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory, said: The Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer (SMILE) mission will study how the solar wind interacts with the Earth’s magnetosphere, which can impact on satellites, power grids and communications networks integral to our modern lives.The new funding from the UK Space Agency brings the total UK investment in the SMILE instruments to £10 million and will build on the significant expertise found in universities across the country in the design and development of cutting-edge space science.What is space weather?The Science Minister also announced the UK’s agreement with partners including the European Space Agency in a second mission, called Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO), which will search for Earth-like planets orbiting alien stars.The UK Space Agency has invested £25 million in innovative science for the PLATO mission, scientifically led by the University of Warwick.Science Minister Chris Skidmore said: These two exciting space missions are brilliant examples of the UK’s space industry’s innovation and expertise. Space weather – such as solar wind – is a potential threat to our communications systems here on Earth so this research examining how the wind interacts with our planet’s electromagnetic system is important. Meanwhile, work to discover Earth-like planets around other stars may eventually lead to us answering the question of whether extra-terrestrial life exists. This £35 million of space science funding is part of our ambitious Industrial Strategy, boosting research investment and helping the UK’s space sector to thrive. Space weather remains one of the biggest risks facing humanity and SMILE will make a fundamental contribution in furthering our scientific understanding to help mitigate its impact. I am thrilled that we have achieved this significant milestone in the development of SMILE and the mission is now incorporated in the ESA Cosmic Vision programme. This is a crucial step for the UK institutes collaborating to make SMILE a success, and in particular its Soft X-ray Imager which is led by the University of Leicester, as adoption by ESA is a necessary step to secure funding from the UK Space Agency to support the development of SMILE to launch in 2023.last_img read more