NEWS UPDATE: Instagram fined $402 million for failure in Children’s Data Protection

In a statement by the Ireland’s data privacy regulator, its has agreed to fine a record levy of $402 million against social network Instagram following an investigation into its handling of children’s data. Though the social media giant plans to appeal against the fine, a spokesperson for its parent company, Meta, said in an emailed statement.
Focused on child users between the ages of 13 and 17, the investigation, which began in 2020 targeted users who were allowed to operate business accounts, which facilitated the publication of the user’s phone number and/or email address.
Though Instagram updated its settings over a year ago and has since released new features to keep teens safe and their information private, the Meta spokesperson said. We disagree with how the fine was calculated and we are carefully reviewing the decision, the spokesperson also said.

NEWS UPDATE: Chelsea Sacks Head Coach Thomas Tuchel

The Blues Head Coach Thomas Tuchel was fired less than 24 hours after the club lost 1-0 to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League group stage. Though they haven’t being doing well, having lost two of their opening six Premier League fixtures.
The club management said in a statement that Tuchel will have a place in Chelsea’s history after an undisputable Champions League, the Super Cup and Club World Cup win in his time there.
The management also added that it is the right time to make this transition as the the new ownership group reaches 100 days since taking over the club, and as it continues its hard work to take the club forward.
In the mean time, the club’s coaching staff will take charge of the team for training and the preparation of their upcoming matches as they make moves to appoint new head coach.

NEWS UPDATE: A six days Energy Conservation now a must for Californians or they face blackouts during heat wave

The people living in the Californians state have been admonished to reduce their energy usage in the busy hours of the afternoon and evening which of course a times when the grid is most stressed because of high demand, this is coming from The flex alerts.
If the instructions in the flex alerts isn’t adhered to, the state could face series of blackouts said the states’ Independent System Operator (ISO).
People are hereby urged to use less power between 4pm and 10pm local time on Monday (midnight and 6am UK time on Tuesday) under the latest alert. Also
people are urged to set their thermostats to 78F (25C) or higher, not using major appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, and turning off
unnecessary lights.

NEWS UPDATE: Emmanuel Macron in a recent statement advises that people should turn down air con and heating to help France avoid ‘last resort’ forced energy cuts

The French President, Emmanuel Macron has said that he envisages that 10% in France’s energy usage be reduced in the coming weeks and months, of course
this applies to businesses and homes.
He urged peoples to turn down heating and air conditioning, also stressing the fact that forced cuts will be applied as a last option. Speaking recently
after a virtual meeting with the German Chancellor, Mr Macron revealed the plans to improve gas supplies to Germany in other to resolve the recent drop in
gas supplies from Russia. Of course his is due to the fact that Germany is super reliant on Russia for Gas than most EU Nations.
Though without a surprise from France’s part, Mr Macron demands electricity supply from Germany in other to make up for shortages caused by maintenance
protocols being carried out on French nuclear reactors.

NEWS UPDATE: Uber Users can now interact with ‘safety’ agents during rides

In a recent development, the company now offers its customers the privilege of ‘chatting’ with a safety agent while taking a trip. This is coming into play due to concerns about safety over the years.

The company stated that this development is aimed at helping both the riders or drivers in situations that may not warrant calling the police or other emergency assistance. They will be linked up with a
live safety agent from ADT, the security services company, who can monitor their route for the trip’s duration.

This development also gives the rider the luxury of interacting with a third-party that can help them mediate, or guide them through a ‘certain’ circumstance. Though, the ADT agent can communicate with the rider or driver by text or phone, and can also contact 911 should the situation escalate.

New iPhones are expected to be unveiled this September

It has been confirmed that Apple sent out a press invitation on Wednesday for an event on September 7, where the company is certainly expected to unveil the new iPhone 14 lineup.

The event is set to be broadcast on Apple’s website from Apple Park, the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

Apple is likely to also announce a release date for its latest mobile operating system, iOS 16. At its annual developers conference in June, Apple unveiled a number of changes to iOS 16, including a revamped lock screen and the ability to edit or unsend messages.

 

Passengers Stranded for hours inside Channel Tunnel

It has been reported that people were left frustrated and stranded for hours inside the Channel Tunnel after a train moving from Calais to Folkestone broke down mid way. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle passengers were evacuated through an emergency service tunnel and were afterwards transferred to another train which took them to their destination, report says.

Meanwhile a Eurotunnel spokesman said services were now back to normal.

The incident began when the train’s alarms went off and an immediate investigation was required, the Le Shuttle said.

Inspections commenced immediately the Shuttle was brought to a stop; as precautionary measure, for their safety and comfort, we transferred the passengers on-board to another shuttle, via the service tunnel, which is intended to such purposes, the spokesman said.

The passengers were brought to the ‘passenger terminal building’, where food and drinks were available; after which their vehicles were returned to them in folkestone.

Plane Missed Runway at about 37,000 Cruising as Captain and Co-Pilot Slept Off

Aviation analyst Alex Macheras took his Twitter to express
his surprise over this incidence, he said:
“Deeply concerning incident at Africa’s largest airline
– Ethiopians Airlines Boeing 737 #ET343 was still at cruising
altitude of 37,000ft by the time it reached destination
Addis Ababa
Why hadn’t it started to descend for landing? Both pilots were
asleep.”

Though Pilot exhuastion is nothing new. and this continues to
pose as one of the most significant threats to air safety —
internationally, “he tweeted.

Two pilots slept off and this caused their “landing missing”
during a flight from Sudan to Ethiopia on Monday, according
to a report by commercial aviation news site ‘Aviation Herald’

This occurence happened on board an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing
737-800 en route from Khartoum to Addis Ababa, the report claimed,
“when the pilots fell asleep” and “the aircraft continued past the
top of descent”

Info from the website indicates that the aircraft was cruising at
37,000 feet on autopilot when it failed to descend at Addis Ababa
Bole International Airport, its scheduled destination, on August 15.

Report had it that an alarm was triggered when the plane overshot the
runway and continued along the route; this was after Air traffic control
were unable to gey through the crew despite making multiple attempts.

The Plane began to descend, landing safely around 25 minutes later.

Though the concerned crew have been removed from operation pending
further investigation.

“Appropriate corrective action will be taken based on the outcome of
the investigation. Safety has always been and will continue to be our
first priority,” the statement said.

British Airways to Terminate over 9800 Heathrow Flights

Reporting reaching us says the British Airways will
terminate over 9800 flights to and from Heathrow Airport
between late October and March.

This action is geared towards cutting down the disruption
over the winter, though some long-haul flights will also
be affected by this move, the airline said.

Due to staff shortages, the airline has capped passenger
numbers flying from Heathrow, her main hub.

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