Has Skype been HACKED?

Has Skype been HACKED? Microsoft's messaging service crashes worldwide following claims that it has been attacked by cyber criminals

Skype has crashed for millions of people around the world, following recent updates by Microsoft. The problems began yesterday, but have continued through to today, with users in Europe appearing to be the worst affected. A group of cyber criminals has claimed that they are behind the attack, but this is yet to be confirmed by Microsoft.

Skype has crashed for millions of people around the world, following recent updates by Microsoft. The problems began yesterday, but have continued through to today, with users in Europe appearing to be the worst affected

Wataniya Airways set to operate at Kuwait airport

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Sunday handed over an Air Operators’ Certificate (AOC) to Wataniya Airways, boosting number of national carriers in Kuwait International Airport, DGCA president said. Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah made the remarks during the signing of the operation agreement with Wataniya Airways Board Chairman Ali Al-Fozan, hoping the carrier would boost commercial transportation in Kuwait.

He said the government of Kuwait was keen on developing commercial transportation and thus create the legislative environment for the air transport. The DGCA, he added, hoped the new terminal would be ready by 2021 to contain more passengers. Al-Fozan said the aviation sector was a great tool to development and would contribute to creation of jobs.

He said Wataniya sought to develop national human resources and create job opportunities for the Kuwaiti youth “to take over the company’s command positions in near future.” Wataniya Airways, said Al-Fozan, would be using latest technologies, and follow operations and travel- related measures applied by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Air Transport Bureau (ICAO).

 

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3000 KD insurance for sponsoring parents?

Expatriate must produce a KD 3,000 insurance certificate to sponsor their parents or siblings to cover up the annual medical expenses, reports Al-Shahed daily. According to daily, this is a new condition to renew the residence permit of parents or siblings.

The Ministry of Interior has said those who sponsor their parents or siblings must produce a KD 3,000 certificate from one of the insurance companies to cover the medical expenses annually.The daily quoting ministry sources said this is a condition to renew the residence permit of parents or siblings. The same sources said this is in effect now and explained the Residence Affairs Departments will not entertain applications for renewal.

However, this task is now within the authority of the Public Services Department at the General Department for Residence Affairs in Dajeej.

Thunderstorm grips NCR Tuesday afternoon

Most of Metro Manila and adjacent provinces were hit by heavy rain on Tuesday afternoon from thunderstorms that may be expected to continue until early evening.

Dopper radar imagery from Project NOAH as of 4:40 pm on June 20 showed moderate rainfall of 5mm per hour in parts of Quezon City, Valenzuela, Bulacan, Muntinlupa, Cavite, and Laguna.

PAGASA hoisted a two-hour thunderstorm advisory beginning at 4:30 p.m. for Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Tarlac, Bulacan, Quezon, and Batangas.

Thunderstorms are also expected in Pampanga, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, and other parts of Metro Manila in the coming hours.

"All are advised to take precautionary measures against heavy to intense rains, strong winds, lightning and possible flash floods," PAGASA warned

 

Thunderstorm Advisory No. 4 #NCR_PRSD
Issued at: 4:30 PM 20 June 2017

Thunderstorm is affecting #MetroManila#Cavite#Laguna#Rizal(SanMateo,Cainta,Antipolo,Rodriguez), #Tarlac(Gerona,Sta.Ignacia,SanJose), #Quezon(GenNakar),#Batangas(Tuy,Balayan,Nasugbu), portion of #Bulacanwhich may persist within 2 hours.

Expect thunderstorm over #Pampanga#Zambales#NuevaEcija#Bataanand in other areas of MetroManila, Tarlac, CALABARZON within the next 3 hours.

All are advised to take precautionary measures against heavy to intense rains, strong winds, lightning and possible flash floods. Keep monitoring for updates.

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Killer heatwaves are on the rise

Killer heatwaves are on the rise: Three-quarters of the world’s population face being exposed to soaring temperatures each summer by the end of the century
A study by at University of Hawaii has identified a threshold beyond which heat and humidity become deadly and found the tropics and a number of western cities will be hard hit by heatwaves by 2100.

Scientists have used data on deaths caused by heatwaves and predictions based on carbon dioxide emissions continuing to rise at current rates to model the future risks posed by lethal heatwaves (pictured), which could affect 74 per cent of the world's population by 2100

Scientists have used data on deaths caused by heatwaves and predictions based on carbon dioxide emissions continuing to rise at current rates to model the future risks posed by lethal heatwaves (pictured), which could affect 74 per cent of the world's population by 2100

 

A shocking study paints a bleak future for humanity in which three quarters of the world's population will be exposed to deadly heatwaves by the end of the century. 

Experts based their predictions on carbon dioxide emissions continuing to rise at current rates, a conservative estimate. Even if emissions are aggressively reduced around half of the world's population would still be affected, according to the research. It comes as vicious heatwave is set to bake California, Arizona and Nevada as temperatures soar to 124 degrees in Death Valley.  

Scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa studied over 1,900 locations worldwide where high temperatures have killed people since 1980. By analysing the climatic conditions which caused 783 deaths, the team identified a threshold beyond which heat and humidity become deadly. Currently, about 30 per cent of the world's human population is exposed to these potentially lethal conditions each year. By 2100, this will rise to least 48 per cent if greenhouse gases are aggressively reduced.

At current rates, this will rise to 74 per cent and the figures could be even higher if emissions rise, which is likely with the development of economies around the world.   Dr Camilo Mora, associate professor of geography at the university and lead author of the study, said: 'Our attitude towards the environment has been so reckless that we are running out of good choices for the future

'We are running out of choices for the future. For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible. 'Many people around the world are already paying the ultimate price of heatwaves, and while models suggest that this is likely to continue to be bad, it could be much worse if emissions are not considerably reduced.'

The human body can only function within a narrow range of core body temperatures, around 37 degrees Centigrade (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

PLACES AT RISK OF DEADLY HEATWAVES 

Scientists at the University of Hawaii have used data on deaths caused by heatwaves to identify a threshold beyond which high temperatures and humidity become deadly.

By using predictions based on carbon dioxide emissions continuing to rise at current rates, they have modelled the future risks posed by heatwaves.

Worldwide, the greatest risk to human life is projected for tropical areas.

This is because the tropics are hot and humid all year round, whereas at higher and lower latitudes the risk of deadly heat is restricted to the summer.

New York is among the cities affected, with around 50 days predicted where climate conditions exceed deadly thresholds.

Elsewhere, Sydney will experience these extreme conditions for 20 days, Los Angeles for 30, and Orlando and Houston will be affected for the duration of the summer.

Heatwaves pose a considerable risk to human life because hot weather, aggravated with high humidity, can raise body temperature leading to a life threatening condition known as hyperthermia.

From over 30,000 relevant publications, the researchers identified 911 papers with data on 1,949 case studies of cities or regions, where human deaths were associated with high temperatures.  

When analysing the climatic conditions for those cities, the researchers discovered a common threshold beyond which temperatures and humidities became lethal.

Projected daily conditions of temperature and humidity for New York (left) and Jakarta (right) in relation to the threshold (red thick line) beyond which people have died in the past. Results are by 2100 under current emission levels
Projected daily conditions of temperature and humidity for New York (left) and Jakarta (right) in relation to the threshold (red thick line) beyond which people have died in the past. Results are by 2100 under current emission levels
Pictured - Temperatures and humidities during lethal heat events (black crosses). The blue line indicates the threshold between lethal and non-lethal events. To be conservative, the study used a more severe threshold (red line)

Pictured - Temperatures and humidities during lethal heat events (black crosses). The blue line indicates the threshold between lethal and non-lethal events. To be conservative, the study used a more severe threshold (red line)

 

A web-application accompanying the paper allows you to check, for any place on Earth, the number of days in a year when temperature and humidity exceed such a deadly threshold. 

Worldwide, the greatest risk to human life is projected for tropical areas. 

This is because the tropics are hot and humid all year round, whereas at higher and lower latitudes the risk of deadly heat is restricted to the summer.

New York is among the cities affected, with around 50 days predicted where climate conditions exceed deadly thresholds.

Elsewhere, Sydney will experience these extreme conditions for 20 days, Los Angeles for 30, and Orlando and Houston will be affected for the duration of the summer.  

'Warming at the poles has been one of the iconic climatic changes associated with the ongoing emissions of greenhouse gases' says Iain Caldwell, a post-doctoral researcher at the university and another author of the paper.

'Our study shows, however, that it is warming in the tropics what will pose the greatest risk to people from deadly heat events. 

'With high temperatures and humidities, it takes very little warming for conditions to turn deadly in the tropics.' 

The full findings of the study were published today in the journal Nature Climate Change.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS TURNING ANTARCTICA GREEN 

The pristine white landscape of Antarctica has disappeared.

Plant life is growing rapidly due to climate change turning the continent green.

Few plants live on Antarctica but scientists studying moss have found a sharp increase in biological activity in the last 50 years. 

A study released in May claims the rate of moss growth is now four to five times higher than it was pre-1950.

Plant life is growing rapidly due to climate change turning the continent green. Few plants live on Antarctica but scientists studying moss have found a sharp increase in biological activity in the last 50 years 

Plant life is growing rapidly due to climate change turning the continent green. Few plants live on Antarctica but scientists studying moss have found a sharp increase in biological activity in the last 50 years 

A team including scientists from the University of Exeter used moss bank cores – which are well preserved in Antarctica's cold conditions – from an area spanning about 400 miles.

They tested five cores from three sites and found major biological changes had occurred over the past 50 years right across the Antarctic Peninsula. 

Recent climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula is well documented with warming and other changes such as increased precipitation and wind strength.

Weather records mostly began in the 1950s but biological records preserved in moss bank cores can provide a longer-term context about climate change.

No makeshift Eid prayer locations ..

No makeshift Eid prayer locations

Kuwait: Eid Al-Fitr prayers will be confined to mosques and no makeshift prayer places will be set up due to security considerations, the MOI announced the prayers will be held in coordination with Awqaf and Islamic Affairs where comfort accommodations are available

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UAE bans selling and subscription of beIN Sports receivers and cards

The UAE authorities have issued a decision on Wednesday to stop selling beIN Sports receivers and cards in country.

The authorities also warned that any shop selling or renewing such cards would be subject to fines.

New iPhone models will be 'waterproof' and have WIRELESS charging

New iPhone models will be 'waterproof' and have WIRELESS charging, reveals Apple supplier Wistron
Wistron chief executive Robert Hwang made the comments in an apparent breach of secrecy protocols after his company's annual shareholder meeting in New Taipei City, Taiwan.
An Apple partner has leaked that the 'iPhone 7s Plus', set for release in September, will include wireless charging (stock image). Wistron chief executive Robert Hwang said that, along with wireless charging, Apple's latest Plus model will improve on its water resistant design
 
WIRELESS CHARGING OVER WI-FI
A patent filed by Apple in April reveals it is considering a charging system that uses electromagnetic frequencies usually reserved for data transmission.
It could one day allow people to charge their tablets, phones and other electronic devices using Wi-Fi, mobile data or even satellite signals.
The new technology would use special antennas to direct a 'beam' of energy over such frequencies, for example those used by Wi-Fi connections.
This would ensure a strong signal which could extend the range of wireless charging capabilities.

First day of Eid Al-Fitr on June 25 - Says Astronomer Dr Saleh Al-Ojairi

First day of Eid Al-Fitr on June 25 - Says Astronomer Dr Saleh Al-Ojairi

Prominent astronomer Dr Saleh Al-Ojairi said the first day of Eid Al-Fitr will be on June 25 because the Shawwal month crescent is expected to rise at 5:30 am on June 24.

According to report, Al-Ojairi disclosed the Shawwal month crescent will stay for 18 minutes in the evening so the Eid Al-Fitr prayer will be at 5:05 am.

Set room AC at 25 degrees; Take precautions against fires - urges Fire Service Directorate

Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) on Thursday urged citizens and expatriates to take precautions against possible fires during the summer peak.

Colonel Khalil Al-Amir, Director of Public Relations and Information at the department, said in a statement that fire rates have been mounting since start of the fasting month Ramadan due to continuous usage of air-conditioning sets and greater consumption of electricity. He urged the nationals and residents to set the air-conditioning heat degree at 25 for rationalizing electrical consumption and minimizing chances of fire eruption. He also warned of using defective electrical appliances.

Col. Al-Amir called for regular check-up of gas cylinders' hoses and denied claims that filling the car tank full may cause a blast due to the high heat. Moreover, he advised motorists to conduct regular check-up of their cars' tires and abstain from keeping flammable materials in their vehicles and cars. 

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