More than 15 tons of medical supplies and medicines from China arrived in Venezuela

This Tuesday, more than 15 tons of medical supplies and medicines arrived on a flight of the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services SA (Conviasa), through the air bridge established between Caracas and Beijing, as part of international cooperation and the brotherhood of both peoples in the fight against COVID-19.

This is the eighth flight that arrives in the country in recent months loaded with medicines and medical supplies that already add more than 250 tons from this Asian power, through the agreement between both nations, which is not only commercial, but based on cooperation and brotherhood of peoples, highlighted the Minister of Popular Power for Health, Carlos Alvarado.

The 15 tons of supplies and medicines include:

300 thousand rapid tests for coronavirus diagnosis.
200 thousand kits for PCR tests.
30 thermocyclers.
More than 105 thousand units of drugs for intensive therapy, mainly oriented to the treatment of COVID-19.
55 ventilators (transfer and ICU)
50 oxygen concentrators

The ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Venezuela, Li Baorong, highlighted in the coming months both countries will work on the cooperation of anti-COVID-19 vaccines, when those developed by the Asian giant are approved for mass distribution, as he emphasized that Venezuela is a strategic partner of China.

Source: VTV


More than 60 percent of patients die in Aceh due to comorbidities

Corona illustration. © 2020 – Deputy Director of Regional General Hospital dr. Zainoel Abidin (RSUDZA) Banda Aceh, Endang Mutiawati said, more than 60 percent of Covid-19 patients who died in Aceh were due to comorbid diseases.

Based on data as of September 14 last week there were 91 Covid-19 patients who died from comorbidities. Until Tuesday (23/9) yesterday the death rate due to the corona virus was recorded at 142 people. This means that only 51 people died because they had contracted Covid-19.

“Most of the Covid-19 Aceh patients who died were due to other diseases. Well, this Covid can exacerbate the disease experienced by previous patients,” said Endang in Banda Aceh, Wednesday (23/9).

Comorbidity and comorbid means comorbidities, a medical term that describes the condition that there is another disease being experienced apart from the main disease. Endang said, several comorbidities that often cause death in Covid-19 patients include diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure.

“Complementary diseases worsen the clinical course of Covid-19, especially if the comorbid factors are not well controlled,” said Endang.

When viewed from the perspective of age, the patient died of comorbidities and was exacerbated by exposure to Covid-19 who was elderly. A total of 69 patients who died were even over 50 years old. Meanwhile, the two people who died were still in their teens.

“The explosion of comorbid patients who died and were recorded as Covid patients occurred in August and September. In August there were 47 cases and from September to 14 recorded 33 cases,” said Endang.

Most patients came from Banda Aceh, namely 33 people and Aceh Besar 22 people. Meanwhile, Pidie Jaya, Sabang and Aceh Tamiang were the regions with the lowest cases, namely 1 patient.

The central government itself plans to make a classification of reporting cases of Covid-19 patient deaths. The classification is related to death due to Covid-19 or death due to comorbidities (comorbid).

Endang said, this was as conveyed by the Expert Staff of the Minister of Health for Health Economics, M. Subuh. He said there needed to be an intervention regarding the operational definition of the death of Covid-19 patients.

“We must intervene to reduce the mortality rate by making a correct operational definition, dying from Covid-19 or because of comorbidities in accordance with WHO guidelines, and also BPJS Health support in filing claims for the cost of death for patients accompanied by Covid-19,” said Endang.

Endang said, the classification for data collection of patients who died because of Covid-19 or its comorbids, must be done carefully and approach the facts.

Moreover, the World Health Organization or WHO has provided guidelines for the classification of data on covid-19 deaths in two groups, namely deaths with Covid-19 accompanied by comorbids or death cause due to Covid-19.l, and deaths due to Covid-19 or death with Covid-19.

“If the guidelines are used, then patients who die because of being infected with Covid-19 in Aceh will drastically decrease,” said Endang.

Even so, Endang emphasized that all health workers in Aceh have worked as much as possible in carrying out healing steps for the community, both those who were exposed to Covid and those who were exposed to Covid but had comorbidities.

“Therefore, we hope to all elements of society to provide support by taking preventive steps as recommended by the government,” said Endang. (mdk/gil)


A second “moon” will appear in Earth’s orbit in October

Great Britain,

24 Sep 2020.

Astrophysicists recently discovered a mysterious celestial body approaching our planet.

Experts have already managed to warn the public that the object does not pose any threat to the world’s population. Moreover, a moving body can act not as an aggressor, but as a … companion!

“The object will easily fall into the trap of our orbit, and turn into a kind of mini-moon in October,” said astrophysicists. – The approaching body has already been named 2020 SO. If that happens, it will turn out to be the third documented “mini-moon” in Earth’s orbit.

According to experts, like two other objects, 2020 SO will be identified as an asteroid.

“Nevertheless, there is evidence that the approaching body may be nothing more than an impressive piece of space debris,” the experts explained. – It was just that one day such a piece “decided” to go home.

According to preliminary data of scientists, such an ejected upper stage Centaurus, which separated from the Surveyer-2 descent vehicle, launched in 1966, can act as a conditional asteroid. The device was supposed to study the surface of the moon, but the mission ended in failure.

– The object is quite identical in size to the alleged cosmic debris, but much slower than a classical asteroid, added astrophysicists.

According to space archaeologist Alice Gorman, the modest speed of an approaching object is a reflection of its original speed, which served as a starting point for creating a similar version of the “debris” nature of the body.

“It is simply impossible to track the entire garbage space,” said the experts. – Its volumes over the past decades are too large. So there is nothing surprising in the fact that something is trying to fly back.

Formerly LIVE24 reported that in order to destroy space debris in Japan, a satellite is being developed. Japanese scientists intend to develop a space satellite that will use a laser to destroy small debris from the feet of rockets and other debris in near-earth orbit. The project will be implemented by the Japan Aerospace Research Agency. According to preliminary data, the device should act on the debris with a laser beam and then throw it into the atmosphere for subsequent combustion. The satellite is planned to be launched in three years.


“We will shut down Facebook and Instagram in Europe”, is the preché of Zuckerberg’s threat

Facebook could stop the operation of the social network and Instagram in Europe if the company is prevented from transferring data from the European Union to the United States. The threat refers to the ongoing legal dispute between the web giant founded and led by Mark Zuckerberg and the Irish Data Protection Commission, the regulatory body to which the company must respond since it is based in Dublin. The latter questions the legitimacy, under EU rules, of the constant sending of personal data of EU citizens to the servers of the digital giant located in the United States.

Facebook has contested the preliminary order issued earlier this month by the Irish authority that threatens to prevent Facebook from transferring European data to the United States for privacy reasons. In the event that the Irish authorities were to confirm the request for complete suspension of the transfer of user data to the United States, “it is not clear how, in such circumstances, we can continue to provide Facebook and Instagram services in the EU”, he written Yvonne Cunnane, Facebook’s Irish lawyer, adding that Facebook has 410 million monthly active users in Europe.

A Facebook spokesperson later denied that this posed a threat of leaving the EU. “Facebook does not threaten to withdraw from Europe. Legal documents filed with the Irish High Court affirm the simple reality that Facebook, and many other companies, organizations and services, rely on data transfers between the EU and the US to operate their services “, reads a note.

“A lack of safe, secure and legal international data transfers would harm the economy and hinder data-driven business growth in the EU, even as we work towards a recovery from Covid-19,” the company adds.

The problem arises because in July the EU abandoned the Privacy Shield, a controversial EU-US data transfer agreement, after the Court of Justice ruled that it did not guarantee Europeans enough from the risk of being supervised by US institutions. Countries can continue to transfer data among themselves, but they must demonstrate a sufficiently high level of confidentiality, something that does not seem to be guaranteed for the US.

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For this reason, at the beginning of the month, the Irish data protection commissioner issued the preliminary order asking the social network to suspend data transfers from the other side of the Atlantic.


The alleged person responsible for the data theft loses his condo

The former Desjardins employee suspected of stealing the personal data of 4.4 million customers of the movement may still not be accused, but he is indeed losing everything.

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Sébastien Boulanger Dorval’s mortgage lender, this former Desjardins marketing expert who allegedly stole the information, intends to sell his Beaumont condo, near Lévis, to repay himself. La Capitale intends to recover the approximately $ 160,000 it owes it.

Already in November, the financial institution had registered a notice of exercise of its rights on the property of Boulanger Dorval. At the time, he had missed a mortgage payment of $ 825.

The former Desjardins employee lost his job in June 2019, in the wake of the investigation into the massive theft of information on Desjardins clients.

Even if the movement and the police believe him responsible for the data theft since the spring of 2019, the Sûreté du Québec has still not been able to stop Boulanger Dorval.

According to the information available on the investigation, in 2017 it began extracting information from Desjardins servers. According to our sources, he would have had direct access to the data without having to bypass a security system.

For its part, the financial institution ensures that its ex-employee acted “against the commitments he had made with the cooperative.”


New wave of Covid-19 and bank data leak caused losses of up to 8% in world markets

In this context, the shares of the “old continent” registered their worst fall in three months on Monday. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange fell 4.4%; Milan and Paris fell 3.7%, while Madrid sank 3.4%, as did London. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 3.2%, a decline not seen since the beginning of June.

On concerns about new infections, the travel and leisure index collapsed 5.2%, accumulating its worst two-day decline since April, with airlines such as IAG – which owns British Airway – plummeting 12.1%. In addition, Lufthansa plunged 9.5% after further cutting its fleet and workforce due to the coronavirus crisis.

Parallel, European banks fell 5.7% to hover around record lows after a joint report by 108 media outlets warned of a possible link between entities such as HSBC and Deutsche Bank with astronomical amounts of “dirty money.”

These documents refer to some 2 trillion dollars (1.7 trillion euros) of transactions between 1999 and 2017 originating from drugs and criminal acts, and even from embezzled fortunes in developing countries.

For its part, on Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.8% to 27,147.7 units; the S&P 500 lost 1.2% to 3,281.06 units and the Nasdaq Composite was down 0.1% to 10,778.80 units.

Given this climate, the CBOE volatility index of the market (VIX), a measure of investor anxiety, soared to its highest level in nearly two weeks.

The death of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also made it less likely that another stimulus package will pass through Congress before the November 3 presidential election, aid that remains “stalemate.” for three months.

This caused big falls in the health sector. Healthcare providers came under pressure from uncertainty about the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, with Universal Health Services shares falling sharply.


Faced with uncertainty, the dollar rose after two weeks of declines. “What we are seeing with the dollar is a bet on a safe haven without risk,” said Erik Bregar, head of foreign exchange strategy at the Exchange Bank of Canada in Toronto, adding that the trigger was fear in European morning trading of a new confinement in the United Kingdom due to the coronavirus.

The dollar index, which compares the greenback with six prominent currencies, was up 0.85% to 93.297 units, while the euro lost 0.9% to $ 1.1734, the yen weakened 0.1 %, to 104.70 units per dollar, and the pound sterling lost 0.9%, to 1.2797 dollars.


Gold and other metals suffered sharp declines, affected by an appreciation of the dollar, in a week in which investors will be watching the speeches of the authorities of the Federal Reserve in search of clues on more stimulus measures to revive a economy hit by coronavirus.

Gold lost 2.1% to $ 1,909.05 an ounce, after hitting its lowest value since Aug. 12 earlier. Prices fell almost 10% from an all-time high reached at the beginning of last month, due to a drop in hopes for new stimuli.

“Gold should be trading higher with safe haven demand, but it’s kind of a repeat as in the spring when the market sell-off, participants have been selling assets across the board,” said Bob Haberkorn, strategist Market Senior at RJO Futures

More strongly, spot silver collapsed 8.3% to $ 24.53, its lowest level in more than a month.


Oil prices fell sharply due to the return of Libyan exports and fear of a new confinement due to the outbreaks of coronavirus, which would be disastrous for demand.

WTI’s barrel for October delivery lost 4.4% compared to the close on Friday and closed at $ 39.31. For its part, that of Brent from the North Sea for delivery in November fell 4% in London and ended the day at US $ 41.44.

The Libyan National Petroleum Company (NOC) announced on Saturday the resumption of crude oil production and exports in Libya at “safe” sites.

This news came the day after the Marshal who controls the east of the country, Khalifa Haftar, announced the lifting, under conditions, of the eight-month blockade imposed by his forces.


The futures of soybeans, wheat and corn collapsed this Monday in the Chicago Market, due to sales of investment funds in this context of risk aversion by the new wave of infections.

Despite sustained demand from China, soybeans suffered a loss of more than 2%, their biggest daily decline since April 1. It should be remembered that the strong demand from the Asian giant took the oilseed to its highest level in more than two years last week.

In the meantime, Wheat decreased 3.5% (US $ 7.44) and closed at US $ 203.84 per ton, in what was its largest daily percentage drop since August 2019.

Argentine assets

Amid this scenario, the S&P stock index Merval de Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos (BYMA) began on Monday with a drop of 4% but then attenuated falls to 1.8% due to the rise of the CCL dollar, which touched $ 140 and brought the exchange gap with the official dollar to 85 %, which reflects that the expectations of devaluation of the peso are still latent.

In the fixed income segment, the new bonds they closed with losses of up to 3.3%, as reflected by the decline in Bonar 2035. Sovereign bonds accumulated a loss of up to 13% last week.

In New York, the falls were more pronounced, something that was reflected in Argentine country risk, which rose 6.4% to 1,348 basis points, compared to the 1,083 basis points recorded on September 10 after reconfiguring with the new bonds.


Autonomous driving: real-time data should prevent accidents

The topic of safety is essential for the question of whether self-driving cars will establish themselves on our roads. Because even if it should be technically possible to let them drive, there remains a moral dilemma: the vehicles must not cause accidents. That would have consequences not only for those involved, but above all for the manufacturers. Because then they face complex legal proceedings and possibly even substantial claims for damages. That is why researchers and industry are working on making the algorithms of their autonomous cars “in a row”.

An algorithm for spontaneity

The biggest problem with safety for the autonomous vehicles is the way they learn. So far, developers have been relying on algorithms that learn certain decisions or are programmed directly. On the road, for example, the cars then know that if the opposite lane is clear, they can overtake. But what if suddenly a child jumps out onto the street? Then the person can react spontaneously, but the machine not necessarily. Because so far the development teams have relied on testing these decisions for their compliance with the traffic rules.

A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is now taking a different approach: they have developed an algorithm that is supposed to make autonomous vehicles safer. The article about it is in the trade magazine Nature Machine Intelligence released been. In the process, this test takes place live while driving. In this way, the algorithm can also react to new things – for example to situations that were not considered during design or that did not occur in test operation. The Munich team writes that the car can never cause an accident itself and always make “legally binding” decisions – even if it were involved in an accident by other road users.

A plan in hand

By monitoring real-time data, the TUM algorithm ensures that the autonomous vehicle always has some kind of plan in hand to be able to react to the traffic.

Since, of course, no algorithm can be trained for all conceivable traffic situations, the researchers rely on a framework that continuously calculates a kind of corridor in the background in which no accident can occur – provided the other road users adhere to the traffic rules. To a certain extent, the Munich algorithm uses what is happening around the car to calculate plans that the vehicle can use should something surprising happen.

The research team tested this approach using real traffic situations recorded in an urban environment, it said. They played it to the algorithm and it never suggested an unsafe route.

Wrong impression of absolute security

The plan in hand, which protects against accidents, almost sounds a little too good. That is how other experts see it.

Marcus Nolte from the Working Group on Electronic Vehicle Systems at the TU Braunschweig criticizes the fact that laypeople in particular have the impression that the new algorithm guarantees that the autonomous vehicle can no longer cause accidents. But there is no such absolute security and the work of the Munich-based company does not give such a guarantee, said Nolte. The problem is that it is assumed that all road users behave in accordance with the rules.

Then the framework does not deliver a guaranteed collision-free trajectory as soon as someone does not follow the programmed rules.

And Nolte adds: “Something like that happens again and again in daily traffic – for example, driving over solid lines or restricted areas because someone has parked in the second row.” Thus, the algorithm ultimately has the same disadvantage as other model-based approaches: “In the end, a statement is as reliable as the worst model assumption.”


This is the child from Kupang whose photo is on a new Rp75,000 banknote – Bank Indonesia together with the Ministry of Finance, Monday (17/8) today officially launched a new Rp. 75,000 denomination to commemorate the 75th independence of the Republic of Indonesia.

The launch of this new collection edition brings happiness and pride to Tely Saubaki, a resident of Oebobo, Kupang City, East Nusa Tenggara.

Tely was proud because the face of his son, Ananda Saubaki, who was only eight years old, was emblazoned on the newly launched banknote.

He told reporters that in 2019 the East Nusa Tenggara Bank Indonesia Representative Office asked him to send a photo of his son wearing traditional clothes, to be forwarded to Bank Indonesia at Jakarta to be selected.

“Bank Indonesia asked us to send photos of traditional clothes, so that they would be forwarded to the head office for selection,” he said.

Tely did not expect that her son Ananda Saubaki was chosen to represent the Bank Indonesia Representative Office for East Nusa Tenggara in a photo shoot.

“So Perum Peruri came personally to Kupang and immediately made the cuts, on August 7, 2019,” he explained.

Because it is still a secret, Tely and Ananda were not informed of the purpose of the shoot by Perum Peruri. “I also do not know where to take the photo or where it will be held, only they say it is still secret,” said Tely.


He was shocked when he found out that his son’s photo was beautifully plastered on the new Rp75,000 banknotes, when it was launched today.

“Today I just know that a year ago it was to fill in the picture of the 75th anniversary of Indonesia’s independence,” added Tely.

So that as a parent, Tely admitted that he was proud that his son Ananda could be seen in the Rp75,000 bill, which of course would be widely circulated in the country.

“This will be historical evidence from generation to generation. Very proud and too grateful, because my son was elected and there is a photo of him in the denomination that was launched, in commemoration of independence,” he concluded. [ded]


The auction could reduce the price of unlimited mobile data to seven hundred crowns, says Dzurilla – ČT24 – Czech Television

According to Dzurilla, the auction will move the market one hundred percent. In addition to the expected arrival of a fourth operator in the 3500 MHz spectrum, it can also ensure that local providers become nationwide players thanks to national roaming.

“When we look at the annual dividends of individual operators, we see that there is room (for discounts). And it’s just about what new player sets the strategy. And certainly everyone who comes up with a new offer must be attractive to customers who are satisfied with their existing offer, “said Dzurilla.

According to Dzurilla, the Czech market has moved a lot to the first quarter of the cheapest countries in comparison with tariffs with unlimited data, but lags more behind in lower offers with ten or 20 GB of data per month.

According to the vice-chairman of the House Economic Committee Martin Jiránek (Pirates), with the current setting of auction conditions, however, a situation may arise where one new nationwide operator does not come, but several rather local players who take away its market potential and fail. But Dzurilly thinks that this situation is not imminent. According to him, either a strong fourth operator will come, or local players will participate, to whom the acquired frequencies and national roaming will help them grow and strengthen.

However, Jiránek mentioned two examples in this context. Firstly, Italy, where, according to him, a big strong fourth operator came and prices fell by tens of percent in a few months. But then, on the other hand, Slovakia, where a small fourth operator came in 2013, but was just dependent on national roaming (ie the use of networks already created by large operators).

“And the big three that are there, of course, were legally defended, and now after seven years the fourth operator has less than ten percent of customers, the prices are good, almost half smaller than the big three, but due to the fact that there are various legal problems with national roaming, so he could not drag customers. And we are really in danger of the fact that around national roaming, around setting the price, it can really end in such a way that if the big fourth does not come and build an independent network, the new little ones really can’t move the market so much, “warns Jiránek.

“Slovakia is a beautiful example, nothing has changed there in seven years. If you subtract the tiny operator that is there now, and you only take the three big ones, they are actually still on the same level as us, one of the most expensive countries in Europe, “he adds.

The auction of frequencies in the 700 and 3400-3600 MHz bands should take place by the end of the year, operators can report by the end of September. In addition to the existing operators O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone, there is talk of the interest of other companies, such as ČEZ, Sazka Mobil, Nordic Telecom or Poda. O2 has already challenged the terms of the auction with the European Commission, and T-Mobile and Vodafone are also considering legal action.


Coronavirus, 38 new positives in Lazio (22 from abroad). The commissioner: “Always wear a mask”

Coronavirus, i data of the Lazio updated today Sunday 9 August and communicated by the Regional Health Department on the dedicated Facebook page and by the councilor Alessio D’Amato at the press conference. The new positives recorded in the last 24 hours are 38 (with zero deaths), of which 22 are imported: eight cases of return from Romania, one case from India, one case from Croatia, one case from Ukraine, one from Thailand, one from Ibiza and one from Russia.

«As regards the cluster of the group of young people aged 17 to 19 returning from Malta, there are 8 positive cases out of 10, all close contacts have been identified and isolated»Said the commissioner. «I want to appeal to the utmost attention and compliance with preventive measures, we must not let our guard down and always use the mask».

ROME CITY «In Asl Roma 1 there are six cases in the last 24 hours and between these two sisters aged 50 and 57 now hospitalized at the Policlinico Umberto I, two cases that have a link with return cases, one from Ukraine and one from Russia. A case has a link to an already known and isolated case. In Asl Roma 2 there are fifteen cases in the last 24 hours and among these seven are returning from Romania, two cases have a link with an already known and isolated family cluster, one case is returning from Croatia, two cases were identified at the drive-in and two cases are reported by general practitioners. In Asl Roma 3 there are ten cases in the last 24 hours and it is a woman returning from Thailand, international contact tracing procedures have started, a case of a 35-year-old man returning from a holiday in Ibiza for which the investigation is underway epidemiological».

PROVINCE «In Asl Roma 6 a case in the last 24 hours and it is a 20-year-old man from Rocca di Papa for whom an epidemiological investigation is underway. Finally, as regards the provinces, there are six cases and zero deaths in the last 24 hours. In ASL of Latina there are four cases and among these one case is a man returning from Romania, one case has a familiar link with the cases in Formia returning from Milan. One case is a man of Indian nationality with links to already known and isolated cases. A case of a man returning from Milan with stops in Zurich and Naples, the epidemiological investigation is underway. In Asl of Viterbo there are three cases and they are the contacts of a positive case already known and hospitalized. In ASL of Rieti there are two cases in the last 24 hours and it is a 71-year-old man with a link to an already known and isolated case and a 7-year-old girl who attended the summer camp for which the epidemiological investigation is underway».

Last updated: Monday 10 August 2020, 08:43