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Weekly News – 22nd Week


COVID update

In many countries the COVID vaccine is off limits to young generation. The young generation in Australia is reportedly desperate for a shot. Last week a threatening outbreak in Melbourne has left many young people – without an option to be vaccinated – feeling vulnerable and let down. Since May, anyone aged over 50 has been able to get vaccinated with the AstraZeneca.

The vaccination around the globe has risen to a new step as 9 out of 10 people in UK declared that they believe in the vaccine shots making UK the most trusting country. UK is one of the countries with the highest vaccine shots.

The situation in India is different ever since the massive covid wave last month. Among the high mortality rate Indian government has decided to approve a new vaccine. India is currently giving three vaccines – Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), and Covaxin, developed by Indian firm Bharat Biotech and the government’s Indian Council of Medical Research, and Sputnik V, which is developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute. The unnamed vaccine from Indian firm Biological E is in Phase 3 trials, and had showed “promising results” in the first two phases, the federal government said in a statement.

Internet Not Today

Nigerian government has blocked the access to Twitter. This comes after the government said it was suspending Twitter operations in the country “indefinitely”.

Microsoft search engine have faced a new problem as is showed error for the search result of China’s Tank Man. The phrase relates to the iconic image of a lone protester standing before tanks in China’s Tiananmen Square during demonstrations in 1989. “Tank Man” is often used to describe a man, who had never been identified, pictured standing before tanks in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. It became the defining image of the crackdown in which hundreds, possibly thousands, were killed. But when users in countries including the UK, US and Singapore tried to find the image on Friday, the 32nd anniversary of the protests, it appeared to have vanished. Microsoft said the issue was “due to an accidental human error and we are actively working to resolve this.”

Meanwhile Facebook has decided to suspend Trump for a period of two years. The action will suspend not only the Trump’s facebook account, the Instagram account as well will be suspended. He was barred indefinitely from both sites in January in the wake of posts he made on the US Capitol riots, but last month Facebook’s Oversight Board criticised the open-ended penalty. The former US president was also banned from other social networks such as Twitter, Youtube and Snapchat.

Tiananmen Square Anniversary

By Published by The Associated Press, originally photographed by Jeff Widener, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=239713

Last Friday was the 32nd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Pro-democracy activist Chow Hang Tung was arrested on the anniversary for promoting unauthorised assembly. Tiananmen Protests are said to be ended after thousands of deaths.

Space News

NASA had announced two missions which will be focused on Venus. They are to launch between 2028-2030 and the two missions have been awarded $500 million in funding. These missions both aim to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world, capable of melting lead at the surface. Venus is the second planet from the sun and the hottest planet in the solar system with a surface temperature of 5000C, which is high enough to melt lead.

From Arctic

US President Joe Biden’s administration has decided to suspend oil and gas leases in Alaska’s. The move reverses former President Donald Trump’s decision to sell oil leases in the refuge to expand fossil fuel and mineral development. The giant Alaskan wilderness is home to many important species, including polar bears, caribou and wolves. Covering some 19 million acres (78,000 sq km), the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is often described as America’s last great wilderness.

Leak in the Indian Ocean

Over two weeks the Singaporean cargo ship was burning right next to Sri Lanka and have started to sunk. The government says there will be huge disaster if the oil was leaked. The officials of the Sri Lankan government have said that the fire may have started due to a leak inside the ship. The X-Press Pearl contains 278 tonnes of bunker fuel oil and 50 tonnes of gas oil. There are also about 20 containers full of lubricating oil. Including millions of plastic pellets which are the raw material for shopping bags, has already coated stretches of Sri Lanka’s western coastline. The X-Press Pearl had been carrying 25 tonnes of nitric acid, along with other chemicals and cosmetics, when it caught fire on 20 May. Many of the ship’s 1,486 containers tumbled into the sea before the huge blaze was put out earlier this week.

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Click here to see the footage of the burning ship

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