IoT Time: Internet of Things digest
3 Dec 2020 Indonesia’s Indosat Ooredoo has launched the ‘IoT Smart Manufacturing’ service aimed at enabling customers in the manufacturing sector to easily manage their business, ensuring the entire production flow runs optimally with real-time production machinery monitoring, whilst reducing operational costs. Various manufacturing industries such as chemicals, automotive, textiles, medicines and others are expected to utilise service features including ‘Smart Productivity’ which uses mobile and non-cellular devices (Zigbee, BLE, etc) and web-based/AI platforms in monitoring machine performan...
China, Russia to expand economic, energy and agriculture cooperation
China Russia. Photo: VCG China and Russia are moving closer to further coordinate and cooperate in a wide range of areas, from epidemic control and prevention to trade, as both countries face an increasingly uncertain and risky external environment marked by not just the COVID-19 pandemic but also economic bullying led by the US. In continuation of a quarter-century tradition, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin held the 25th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government via video conference on Wednesday, where the two leaders called for cl...
German government slams human rights decline in China, Russia, Turkey
The human rights situation in China, Russia and Turkey has deteriorated in the last two years, according to findings of a German Cabinet report that the government in Berlin released on Wednesday.In China, a negative trend that began in 2012 has continued, according to the report, which was approved by the Cabinet and focuses on the period between October 2018 and September 2020."Individual rights are being curtailed more and more. This regards especially civil and political rights like freedom of opinion and freedom of the press, but also freedom of science and of religion," the government wr...
Putin orders Russia to begin mass coronavirus vaccination next week
Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order on Wednesday for health authorities to begin providing mass vaccinations against the novel coronavirus to doctors and teachers next week.Russia has already produced about 2 million doses of a state-developed vaccine against the virus, Putin said in comments carried by state media."Let's agree that next week you will begin the large-scale vaccination," Putin told the deputy prime minister in charge of health issues, Tatyana Golikova, via a video chat.Russia was the first country to introduce a vaccine against the virus for widespread use, registe...
Seattle-based Coast Guard icebreaker to head north on rare wintertime Arctic mission
SEATTLE — The global pandemic has resulted in a dramatic reshuffling of the annual cruise of the Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. Instead of heading south into the unending light of the Antarctic summer, the Seattle-based vessel will journey north into the winter darkness of the Arctic. As late as August, the 134 full-time crew were still preparing for their traditional role assisting in the resupply of the McMurdo Station on Ross Island, close to the Antarctic continent. That mission was scuttled by the National Science Foundation as the coronavirus pandemic prompted research to be cut back...
The Seattle Times
Trudy Rubin: Victory for US democracy: Courts serve law, not a president's will
One good news story from election 2020 that has gotten insufficient attention is the continued independence of America’s courts.Across the country, state and federal judges — appointed by both parties — have resisted President Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the voters. From Pennsylvania to Georgia to Michigan and beyond, judges have rejected false White House claims of massive fraud and chastised his lawyers for failing to present evidence.One thrilling moment took place last week in Philadelphia, when federal appeals court Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, bluntly rejected efforts ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
US Justice sets special counsel probe into Russia investigation
Washington (AFP) - The US Justice Department said Tuesday it had named an independent special counsel to continue probing the 2016-2018 investigations of possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign.Attorney General Bill Barr appointed federal prosecutor John Durham to investigate the Russia investigators, which could include the former FBI director James Comey and previous special counsel Robert Mueller.While Durham has already been examining those matters under Barr, making him a special counsel will allow Durham to continue unimpeded under a new attorney general a...
Human Rights Lawyer Ordered to Leave Russia
https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media_2020/12/202012europe_russia_vanessakogan.jpg Today, Russian authorities informed Vanessa Kogan, executive director of Stichting Justice Initiative (SJI), a prominent human rights group, that her Russian residence permit was revoked and she has two weeks to leave the country. Vanessa has lived legally in Russia for 11 years and is married with her family there. Now she must uproot herself and leave her life in Moscow behind. It is not clear if she’ll ever be allowed to return, but the prospects are dim. Vanessa is American, and her husband and child...
Human Rights Watch - News
Russia Will Remain 'Chief Threat' to NATO Through 2030, Report Says
Russia will continue to pose one of the main threats to NATO in the next decade, a high-level report for the Western military alliance said Tuesday.“While Russia is by economic and social measures a declining power, it has proven itself capable of territorial aggression and is likely to remain a chief threat facing NATO over the coming decade,” it noted.“Russia maintains a powerful conventional military and robust nuclear arsenal that poses a threat across NATO territory, but is particularly acute on the eastern flank,” the report said.The U.S.-led alliance commissioned the “NATO 2030: United ...
The Moscow Times
Russia Eyes Expansion to ‘Foreign Agent’ Law
Russia is seeking to label any politically active individual a “foreign agent” in the latest move to broaden a law that critics say curbs free speech.Under current law, the “foreign agent” label may be extended to civil society groups, media outlets, as well as individual journalists and bloggers in Russia. The latest flurry of proposed legislation would expand the definition of “foreign agents,” ban them from running for office and allow authorities to dissolve them.Lawmakers from both houses of Russia’s parliament submitted a draft bill last month expanding the “foreign agent” label to any R...
The Moscow Times