News – May 2020

 


  • UK: Man faces explosives charge after metal pipe and powder found in Liverpool house

    May 30, 2020

    A 52-year-old man has been charged with an explosives offence following a police search at a house in Liverpool. Mohammed Ali was arrested after officers were called to reports of a loud bang on the evening of 17 April. Police said they found a metal pipe and black powder in the hallway of a house in Sunlight ...

  • Rioters set Minneapolis police precinct on fire as protests reignite

    May 29, 2020

    Mayor Jacob Frey said he made the call to evacuate police officers from the 3rd Precinct before rioters set the building on fire Thursday night as protests continued to boil over in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd. Police said officers were able to safely evacuate as rioters breached the perimeter and started a fire ...

  • UK: Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation

    May 28, 2020

    The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity. The only way to submit a proposal to the Defence and Security Accelerator is online via our submission service. To access DASA’s services and apply for ...

  • India: J&K Police foils car bombing bid in south Kashmir’s Pulwama

    May 28, 2020

    Police on Thursday foiled car bombing attempt by militants in south Kashmir by timely detection of IED in a car. A police spokesman said a major incident of a vehicle-borne ED blast was averted by the timely input and action by  Police, CRPF, and Army in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district today morning. A police official said the ...

  • New Zealand has no new coronavirus cases and no patients with COVID-19 in hospital

    May 27, 2020

    New Zealand has nobody in hospital with coronavirus and has not discovered a new case for five days, the health ministry said today. The last remaining hospital patient was discharged in Auckland overnight in the latest mark of success for New Zealand’s widely-praised response to the pandemic. New Zealand only confirmed its first case on February 26, but had shut ...

  • Coronavirus: China’s plan to test everyone in Wuhan

    May 27, 2020

    China has been carrying out an ambitious plan to test everyone in Wuhan, the city where the Covid-19 pandemic began, following the emergence of a cluster of new infections. The authorities had pledged to test the city’s inhabitants over a 10-day period, starting on 14 May. We’ve looked at what was achieved, and over what period of ...

  • How droplets can spread on transport

    May 27, 2020

    Graphic new simulations published by the University of Oregon show how easily droplets can spread in confined spaces, underscoring the need for social distancing on public transport. A video published by the university and shared by the BBC shows how a person talking can spread droplets further than one might think. Respiratory scientist, Dr Julian Tang of ...

  • Why blackouts are so common in Afghanistan

    May 27, 2020

    Early this month, Afghanistan’s electricity sector took three major hits after blasts crippled transmission towers in Kabul’s Chimtala area and Charikar city in Parwan province. The next day in Charikar, explosives detonated at the site killed one official and injured four more employees from the country’s state electricity company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (Dabs), as ...

  • Excess UK deaths in Covid-19 outbreak approach 60,000

    May 26, 2020

    The number of excess deaths registered in the UK during the Covid-19 outbreak has almost reached 60,000, as an international comparison showed the country has one of the world’s highest rates of coronavirus deaths per capita. Figures released on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed cases have been falling, but they came as University of Oxford researchers ...

  • Mold, Legionnaires’ a worry as offices reopen to workers

    May 26, 2020

    Workers headed back to the office face new risks once stay-at-home orders are lifted: Legionnaires’ disease and exposure to mold. With buildings closed to non-essential workers, water in plumbing systems can stagnate and increase the risk for growth and spread of Legionella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Legionnaires’ disease kills about 1 ...

  • Australia: Black Summer bushfire smoke killed nearly 450 people, inquiry hears

    May 26, 2020

    Health experts have told the Bushfire Royal Commission smoke from the Black Summer bushfires that raged across Australia affected 80 per cent of the population. The commission, which is looking into Australia’s preparedness for and responses to natural disasters, is hearing from health experts about the short and long-term impacts of bushfires. On Tuesday, the commission heard ...

  • Time to Move Beyond the Rhetoric of Protecting Civilians in Conflict

    May 26, 2020

    In his annual protection report to the United Nations Security Council, released this month, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has issued a clear call to parties to conflict and States: move beyond the rhetoric and make the protection of civilians a reality for the millions of people affected by armed conflict. And with good cause. As reported by ...

  • Linking Energy, Food Security, and Health Can Help Face COVID-19

    May 26, 2020

    As the novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19 continues to spread in developed and developing countries alike, not all have the privilege of applying basic prevention measures, and energy and food play a key role in several of these. Almost one billion poor people worldwide have little or no access to reliable, affordable energy to remotely communicate ...

  • EasyJet faces £18 billion class-action lawsuit over data breach

    May 26, 2020

    UK budget airline easyJet is facing an £18 billion class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of customers impacted by a recently-disclosed data breach. Made public on May 19, easyJet said that information belonging to nine million customers may have been exposed in a cyberattack, including over 2,200 credit card records. The “highly sophisticated” attacker to blame for the security incident ...

  • Cyberattacks against hospitals must stop, says Red Cross

    May 26, 2020

    Immediate action needs to be taken to stop cyberattacks targeting hospitals and healthcare organisations during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – and governments around the world need to work together to make it happen, says a newly published open letter signed by the International Committee of the Red Cross, former world leaders, cybersecurity executives and others. The joint ...