Air leak detected on International Space Station

The teams of the International Space Station (ISS) detected today, Thursday, a small air leak on the orbital platform that the crew is trying to locate and correct.

“On the ISS a microfuge was detected from the station’s atmosphere. Work is being carried out to locate them. The specialists plan to consecutively close the station modules to establish where there is a pressure drop, ”a source from the Russian space industry told the TASS agency.

According to the source, “the air leak was detected by the equipment of the Russian segment of the station that measures the amount of nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide in the station”

For its part, the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, reported that this Friday the crew will move to the Zvezdá (Star) module to carry out pressure measurements on the modules of the US segment.

“Said procedure is set out in the on-board documentation and is a joint decision of the control groups of the US and Russian segments of the EEI,” the entity said in a statement.

The cosmonauts and astronauts will stay in this module for three days, during which they will carry out the planned tasks.

“There is no threat to the crew or the station,” adds Roscosmos.

In August 2018, a small air leak took place in the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft, attached to the Russian segment of the ISS, which did not pose a danger to the crew either.

After conducting various investigations, it was found that the failure was not caused by the impact of a micrometeorite, as was initially assumed, but rather was a hole drilled after the device was assembled.

After more than a year of investigations, Roscosmos decided to classify the results and the director general of the Russian space agency, Dmitri Rogozin, said that they had identified the cause, but that they would not make it public.

The ISS, a project worth more than 150,000 million dollars (about 127,000 euros) in which 16 nations participate, currently consists of 14 permanent modules and orbit at a speed of more than 27,000 kilometers per hour at a distance of 400 kilometers from the earth.


Venezuelan lawyer believes that Cape Verde will “revoke” delivery of Saab to the US.

Venezuela’s lawyer in Cape Verde, Arnaldo Silva, believes that the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) of this African country will “revoke” the decision of a lower court to authorize the extradition to the United States of the Colombian businessman Álex Saab, accused of being a front man for the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro.

In statements made to Efe, Silva was “convinced” that the STJ “has no choice but to revoke the sentence in favor of the extradition of Álex Saab”, issued on July 31 by the Barlavento Court of Appeal (TA) , based on the island of Saint Vincent, in the north of this West African island country.

Saab, 48, was arrested on June 12 when his plane stopped to refuel at the Amilcar Cabral International Airport on the northern island of Sal (the most important in Cape Verde), in response to a request from the United States. through Interpol for alleged money laundering offenses.

The Court of Appeal came to endorse with its decision of July the position already expressed previously by the Cape Verdean Government in favor of extradition, although Saab’s lawyers filed an appeal before the STJ last Friday.

Background that may favor Saab

Silva, who has powers granted by the Attorney General of the Republic of Venezuela to represent the interests of Caracas in Cape Verde in matters concerning the case, considered “various reasons” to wait for a ruling favorable to Saab.

“For now, the grounds for the TA’s ruling are practically non-existent, consisting of a simple reproduction of what the Americans put into the process,” the lawyer explained to Efe in Praia, Cape Verdean capital on the southern island of Santiago and headquarters of the STJ.

In his opinion, the Barlavento court “ignored all the efforts made by the defense and did not pronounce a word on the legal reasoning presented by it.”

Likewise, he continued, there are judgments on cases similar to Saab’s, such as that of an Iranian citizen and another Pakistani – “with the aggravation of much more serious charges” – claimed by the US and whose extradition was approved by the Leeward Court of Appeals ( Praia), but later rejected by the STJ in 2017.

“The STJ, with the same composition and the same judges as now, relied on the question of the penalties attributable to the accused in the country requesting the extradition, considering that there was no guarantee that these penalties were appropriate and adjusted to the practiced in Cape Verde for the same crimes, with the risk that both people would be sentenced to life imprisonment, “he recalled.

According to Silva, the 2017 sentence is applicable to the Saab case, so the STJ “is obliged to take that precedent into account and revoke the sentence of July 31 of the Barlavento TA, under pain of contradicting and discrediting itself.”

In its judgment of July 31, the TA assures that Saab will not incur “the death penalty or any other that may result in irreversible damage to the integrity of the person, that is, of a perpetual nature or of an indefinite duration” and that ” he will not be extradited to a third country. “

The ruling adds that the decision is also made on the principle of reciprocity, but recognizes that, due to the limitations imposed by its extradition and immigration laws, “the United States is not in a position to guarantee that same reciprocity.”

“I am convinced that the STJ will revoke the decision of the TA because that will be the most appropriate and appropriate result,” said Silva, calling the Barlavento court decision “very unfair”.

After the businessman’s arrest, Venezuela pointed out that Saab is a Venezuelan citizen and an “agent” of the Government, who was “in transit” in Cape Verde.

The defense maintains that “he had the right to personal inviolability as a special envoy from Venezuela.”

Last week, former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, who is a member of Saab’s legal team, accused the US of “orchestrating” the extradition of the Colombian businessman for political and electoral reasons.

Alleged laundering of hundreds and millions of dollars

Saab’s name appeared in the press when former Venezuelan prosecutor Luisa Ortega accused him in 2017 of being one of Maduro’s front men.

Saab, born in Barranquilla (Colombia) and of Lebanese origin, is related to several companies, including Group Grand Limited (GGL), accused of supplying the Maduro regime with food and supplies for the government Local Committees of Supply and Production ( CLAP).

A US government official indicated in July 2019 that with the CLAPs, which are delivered to the poorest, the Colombian businessman and three of Maduro’s stepsons apparently profited from “hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Washington also brought charges against Saab and its right-hand man, Álvaro Enrique Pulido, whom it accuses of laundering up to 350 million dollars allegedly defrauded through the exchange control system in Venezuela.

According to the United States, between November 2011 and September 2015, Saab and Pulido conspired with others to launder their illicit earnings and transfer them from Venezuela to US bank accounts, which is why Washington has jurisdiction in the case.


The US returns to exceed the 30,000 cases a day of COVID-19 and sum 119.000 dead

The united states reached this Friday the figure of 2.219.119 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 119.086 deceased, in accordance with the separate count of the Johns Hopkins University.

This balance at 20.00 local time (00.00 GMT Saturday) is 31.243 infections more than the Thursday and 752 new deaths.

The united states does not exceeded the 30,000 new cases in a single day since the beginning of may, but the rebound in cases in states like California, Florida, Texas or Arizona has returned to shoot the overall.

New York remains the state hardest hit in the U.S. by the pandemic, with 386.556 confirmed cases and 31.015 deceased, a figure just below that of Brazil, the United Kingdom and Italy.

Only in New York city have died 22.236 people.

New York will continue to the neighboring New Jersey with 168.496 cases and 12.902 deceased, Massachusetts with 106.650 infections and 7.799 deaths and Illinois, which has been reported 135.470 positive for coronavirus and 6.580 dead.

Other states with a large number of deaths are Pennsylvania 6.399, Michigan with 6.067, California with 5.408 or Connecticut, with 4.238.

In terms of the infection, California has already surpassed New Jersey as the state with the second most cases, with 169.695.

And that is the focus of the pandemic in the U.S. has shifted now from the battered East Coast states of the Sun Belt, such as California, Florida, Texas and Arizona, which total between the four almost half of new cases in the whole country.

The provisional balance of the deceased -119.086 – has already passed the lowest point of the initial estimates of the White House, which screened in the best of cases, between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic.

The president, Donald Trump lowered the estimates and was confident that the final figure would be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although in their recent calculations predicted already up to 110,000 dead, a number that has also been exceeded.

For its part, the Institute of Metrics and Health Assessments (IHME) at the University of Washington, in whose models of prediction of the evolution of the pandemic is fixed to often the White House, estimated that the united States will arrive in the month of October has exceeded the 200,000 dead.


Why does California have low COVID-19 numbers in the US drama? – Telemundo 52

LOS ANGELES – Early confinement and other prevention measures promoted by the state government have allowed California, with more than 40 million inhabitants and some 300 deaths from COVID-19, to become an example of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in United States.

So far, the nation’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million citizens, has recorded fewer than 6,000 cases and 132 deaths, far from New York City, which has 8 and a half million inhabitants. and it has confirmed some 130,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths.

“California has been doing quite well in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a relatively low number of infected per 100,000 people and a low death rate,” said Professor Karin Michels, head of the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).


California Governor Gavin Newsom was one of the first in the country to enact relatively strict confinement, allowing only “essential” activities such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and exercising respect for safety distances between people.

In contrast, eight states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming – have not mandated their residents to stay home.

“The governor issued ‘home security’ and ‘shelter’ orders relatively quickly. Universities like UCLA and other large employers closed even earlier and sent people to work, teach and study from home,” said Michels, who has extensive experience in disease prevention, public health and statistical methods.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, California schools may continue to be closed until the end of August.

Newsom also took the initiative to decree the closure of schools, which will remain closed until next year, as a preventive measure; in asking President Donald Trump to send a hospital ship to Los Angeles to support local hospitals before it reached a hypothetical peak in the number of cases, which has not yet occurred; and in closing the state’s beaches and parks.

Another point that seems to have helped so far in the exceptional case of California against COVID-19, according to experts, is the low population density of the state, which reduces the possibility of contagion and allows better compliance with the rules of social distancing.

 Despite having a large population, Californians do not live in
as dense as New Yorkers. Cities spread with
Few skyscrapers: Relative to other states, many more people in
 California lives in houses, not in apartment buildings or buildings
high, “summarizes Michels, who is based on data from a study of his


California has had a much lower per capita death rate than most of the nation’s largest states, with the exception of Texas.

“The state has a low average age and a high
density of healthcare facilities, which may have contributed to
 the low mortality rate, “explained Michels.

According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the mortality rate among those infected with 20 years of age is 0.03%, while for those 70 years of age it is 8.6%.

Cautious tone

 Californian authorities have projected alarming numbers in the
recent weeks, although so far those estimates have not been

Newsom himself foresaw two weeks ago that more than half the state’s population, or about 25 million people, would become infected, so he begged its residents to follow the guidelines to the letter.

For his part, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, did not hesitate to forecast that the city “would follow in the footsteps of New York” in number of cases, a catastrophic scenario that is still far away.

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The United States on Monday exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, with 10,335 and almost 350,000 infected, making it the third country with the most deaths after Italy and Spain, according to the count of the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering (CSSE) from Johns Hopkins University (Maryland).

The new data is known after this Sunday
President Donald Trump, during his usual daily press conference,
make sure “this will probably be the hardest week, between this
week and next, and there will be a lot of death. ”

The state of New York, the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accumulates with these latest figures a total of 4,758 deaths and 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to just over 122,000 that it had a day earlier.


Despite the ban on major events until mid-July, the Tour de France clings

Even the Avignon Festival threw in the towel on Monday evening after the address by the Head of State extending the confinement until May 11 and prohibiting mass gatherings until mid-July. The big theater festival was scheduled for July 3 to 23. The Tour de France (set from June 27 to July 19) therefore remains the last major summer festival, sporting or cultural, not to have announced its cancellation. Both Euro football and the Tokyo Olympics have signaled their postponement by a year. The big film and music festivals all got together in 2021. But still not the Tour, which wants to organize its 107e edition this year. No matter the cost.

If Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), owner of the event, has announced that its decision will be communicated by May 15, everything already indicates that the sports company, the various players in cycling and the powers French audiences are working to shift the race by several weeks. The kick-off could take place on July 25 in Nice for a final on August 16 on the Champs-Élysées, according to the Spanish press agency EFE and RTBF. The mayors of several stopover cities would have been surveyed on this hypothesis by ASO.

Concerns about sports equity

This new agenda leaves Cédric Vasseur, manager of the Cofidis team, skeptical, interviewed by France Inter: It was already dead before the president’s speech, for the simple reason that you need a real competition calendar before setting off for the Tour de France, which is the most difficult event […] If there is a Tour de France, it is completely unimaginable [qu’il ait lieu] before August 15.

This skepticism echoes the words of Frédéric Grappe, coach of Groupama-FDJ, who already warned on March 18 in the columns of the team : “A work cycle to regain a minimum of competitiveness is four weeks. It takes at least that to return to a consistent level of equality between the riders. “ Other teams are alarmed by the fact that doping controls are suspended for the duration of the pandemic, raising fears that cheaters could prepare at home in peace, distorting the sporting fairness of the next Tour de France.

A team manager contacted by Release pays little attention to these procrastinations: “The critics are out of place. The sporting nature of this Tour de France doesn’t matter. We all know that this is an exceptional year and, in any case, it will be a beautiful Tour de France. The bottom line is that it takes place. “

Economic pressures

The July race could therefore push the postponement of dates further. From August 14 to September 6, instead of the Tour of Spain? The Iberian race is in any case preparing for a postponement, taking into account the scenario of a Tour de France ending no earlier than August 16. But ASO being a shareholder in this competing event, the internal arrangement should not pose any significant problem. September? The UCI recalled that the Great Loop will not encroach on the road cycling world championships, scheduled for Aigle-Martigny (Switzerland) from 20 to 27. As for October, it should be preempted by the Tour d Italy initially scheduled from May 9 to 31, even if the chances of postponing this competition remain much lower than those of the Tour de France.

The decision to maintain the Tour in 2020, but on new dates, responds to pressure from ASO shareholders, who had managed the feat of successfully completing Paris-Nice just before the introduction of confinement (March 8 to 14). ). But the pressure is at least just as strong on the side of the tourism industry, relayed by local elected officials, while each stage generates around 4,500 overnight stays. Not counting the participating teams, whose financial survival depends very largely on the media exposure of the Tour. Several teams have announced that they have lowered the wages of their riders. Belgian sponsor Deceuninck plans to end its support for Julian Alaphilippe and the other members of the Quick Step team during their weeks without competition.

No in camera

The refusal to cancel the Tour de France this year illustrates the conflict between health and economic imperatives. The organizers are working on measures to protect the health of the runners, along the lines of what they had undertaken in Paris-Nice: no proximity to the public, reduced contact with journalists, removal of hostesses on the podium, no collective object manipulation (the pen used to sign the signature sheet), etc. If maintained this summer, the question of regular screening tests among cyclists and trackers arises acutely.

Only certainty, the event will not take place “Not in camera”, reassured Christian Prudhomme on 1er April in everyday life the mountain. The Tour director cut short this possibility, a time weighed by ASO itself but rejected by many local elected officials. “The Tour de France is fervor, it is enthusiasm, it is smiles, above all”, ignites Prudhomme.



Apple and Google team up to track coronavirus cases

San Francisco, Apr 10 (EFE) .- Apple and Google announced on Friday an unprecedented alliance in a highly competitive environment in the technology industry and revealed that they are working together on two projects to use mobility data of people in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The idea is to take advantage of the ubiquity of Apple’s mobile operating systems with iOS and Google with Android to collect and make available to health authorities around the world data on mobility and contacts between individuals that allow better monitoring and predictions. of COVID-19 infections.

This is an approach that has already been carried out in Asian countries such as China and South Korea and that raises serious questions about the privacy of user information, something that Apple and Google say they have been able to mitigate through the use of Bluetooth (a less invasive technology than, for example, geolocation) and the ‘voluntary’ nature of the programs.

The alliance between the owners of the two most present mobile operating systems in the world will have two legs: on the one hand, both companies will launch in May a series of application programming interfaces (APIs) compatible with both Android and iOS.

APIs are the framework within which computer systems operate, and historically those of Android and iOS have not been compatible with each other, which, in fact, made it very difficult and even prevented in some cases the correct communication between both systems.

The new APIs that will come out in May, however, will allow seamless communication between Android and iOS with the idea that the official applications created by the different health authorities can be downloaded on both iOS and Android and the information they collect can be added without import what is the computer language of each device.

On the other hand, Apple and Google will create ‘in the coming months’ a platform that allows the monitoring of interactions between individuals through the use of Bluetooth technology – present in the vast majority of mobile phones – and that should constitute a more ‘robust’ solution. ‘than that achieved with APIs.

Thus, for example, if a person comes into contact with another who has tested positive or who has tested positive for coronavirus after the interaction, they can receive a notice on their phone and undergo quarantine to determine if infection has occurred.

Both firms assured that this data collection will take place voluntarily, since it will be the user who must choose to participate in the project, and that ‘privacy, transparency and consent are of the utmost importance in this effort’ against the COVID-19.

Tech companies have also pledged to openly publish ‘job information’ they are carrying out so that third parties can oversee it.

This Friday’s is a new announcement, which means that two companies that have maintained fierce competition with each other, which has been historically reflected in forcing incompatibilities between their products, now move to collaborate and turn to the opposite direction.

In addition, another aspect on which the rivalry between Apple and Google has focused for years has been the management of the privacy of user data, an aspect that Apple has always strived to take great care of and make known in its public communications. , and that it has used as a throwing weapon against other large companies, especially Facebook and Google. EFE