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QLD backs new mega-battery to help power grid

  • Queensland will get its biggest ever battery system to help back up its rapid growth in solar and wind power thanks to a 15-year deal involving retailing giant AGL Energy.
  • Energy Minister Anthony Lynham said the utility-scale battery - the fifth in the state - confirmed Queensland as the renewable energy power house, with $5 billion worth of projects in the pipeline.
  • Dr Lynham said the Wandoan battery was a private venture but state-owned network company Powerlink would help connect it to the grid when it is completed in 18 months.
  • The Queensland deal is the second major storage contract for AGL within three months after it struck an agreement in November to access four large batteries to be built by China-Australian firm Maoneng Group in NSW.
  • Mr Redman said then that such storage plants would be "pivotal" in providing "firming" capacity in the transition from baseload power to renewables.

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Several high-rise buildings in Miami were evacuated after a powerful earthquake hit the Caribbean

  • Several buildings in Miami were shaking Tuesday but no injuries or structural damage has been reported, Miami police and fire officials tweeted.
  • Jose Borrego was in a work meeting at the Bank of America building in the Brickell neighborhood when he "felt slight movement of the building." When he came outside, he said he noticed every building in the area was being evacuated.
  • At least eight buildings in the area decided to evacuate following the earthquake, Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell told CNN affiliate WPLG.
  • Clark Government Center was closed as a precaution, Miami-Dade county officials said.
  • Jose Abreu, an employee at another high-rise, said he felt the walls vibrating for about 90 seconds but thought it was a malfunctioning fan.
  • Others in Miami's financial district told CNN they didn't feel shaking but were concerned about retrieving items from their offices.

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To contain disease outbreaks, health officials rely on people’s trust

  • As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the Chinese government and health officials around the world are counting on an intangible factor to help them contain the virus: trust.
  • “In West Africa, during the Ebola crisis, people distrusted government not because they were uninformed, but because in the past, the government had done things that weren’t trustworthy,” he says.
  • Many people living in China have good reasons to feel the same way: during the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003, the Chinese government mislead public health officials and attempted to conceal the extent of the problem.
  • While the World Health Organization has said that Chinese officials are being more transparent during this outbreak, people living through it are less confident that their government is telling them the whole story.
  • Blair says that there may also be less compliance with public health practices in China if trust is that low, just as there was in Liberia.

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Iran preparing for the launch of two small communications satellites

  • Iran is preparing for the launch of two small communications satellites, Zafar 1 and Zafar 2, from the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran.
  • Iran has even created a website for the satellites, called "Zafar and me," for people to upload messages for the spacecraft to transmit back to Earth.
  • The satellites will likely launch on the Safir-1 or Safir-2 rocket, which reportedly have capacities of 65kg and 350kg to low-Earth orbit.
  • Last August, after a Safir-1 rocket accident on the launch pad, US President Donald Trump posted a photo of the space center revealing damage done to the facility by the explosion.
  • The release was notable because the president shared a photo from the secretive National Reconnaissance Office, which maintains a fleet of high-value Earth observation satellites and whose capabilities are not entirely known outside of classified circles.
  • The United States and Iran have clashed over the nation's rocket program.

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The US just issued a travel warning on China because of the mysterious coronavirus outbreak

  • The US State Department issued an upgraded travel warning on China, as concerns over a mysterious viral outbreak continue to grow.
  • The coronavirus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms was first observed in the city of Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million in the Hubei province.
  • The entire city of Wuhan has been quarantined by Chinese officials, with transportation links to the city suspended.
  • At least 15 other cities in China have been quarantined or had transit links suspended.
  • It is believed that the virus, which is known officially as 2019-nCoV, originated in animals — possibly snakes — before jumping the species barrier to humans.
  • US health officials began screening incoming passengers from China at airports earlier this month.
  • The federal government said on Tuesday that it would expand those screenings to more airports around the country.

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Your Slack DMs aren’t as private as you think

  • But the popular messaging platform — which now boasts more than 12 million daily active users — is definitely a promising medium for employers, regulatory agencies, the government, and even hackers seeking a trove of data about a company and its workers.
  • Meanwhile, if you actually work for the government, it’s possible that your Slack communications are records subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
  • It’s important to remember that even if your coworkers or even your boss might not have easy access to your private Slack messages, there’s still a lot they can learn about you based on your profile, like your time zone, your contact information, phone number, location, and social media (you might volunteer this information on the platform).

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In the Age of Data, Your Online Privacy is Ground Zero

  • A VPN (virtual private network) is a better solution for ensuring online privacy and anonymity by masking the user’s IP address, keeping their online actions private, and encrypting connections to enhance the security of the data sent or received.
  • Beyond ensuring the privacy of your online activities, a VPN is also effective for protecting hackers from spying or stealing your sensitive personal information such as social security numbers, passwords, and bank details.
  • The thin line between harmless personalization and malicious targeting Barring a targeted surveillance operation by a government, its agents, or acts of corporate espionage; the main ways that a person’s privacy can be breached on the internet are either through your internet connection, the websites that you visit, or the activity logs kept by your Internet service provider.
  • Thankfully, developments such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into effect in May 2018 mandate governments and businesses to only collect information that they need.

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US State Department issues China travel warning over coronavirus - Business Insider

  • The US State Department issued an upgraded travel warning on China, as concerns over a mysterious viral outbreak continue to grow.
  • The coronavirus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms was first observed in the city of Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million in the Hubei province.
  • The entire city of Wuhan has been quarantined by Chinese officials, with transportation links to the city suspended.
  • At least 15 other cities in China have been quarantined or had transit links suspended.
  • It is believed that the virus, which is known officially as 2019-nCoV, originated in animals — possibly snakes — before jumping the species barrier to humans.
  • US health officials began screening incoming passengers from China at airports earlier this month.
  • The federal government said on Tuesday that it would expand those screenings to more airports around the country.

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Decision on Teck’s massive $20.6-billion oilsands project could be delayed, environment minister says

  • OTTAWA — The Canadian government has the power to delay a decision on whether to approve a massive new oilsands project, a key cabinet minister said on Tuesday, a sign Ottawa could push back what will be a contentious decision.
  • Ottawa must decide by end-February if Teck Resources Ltd can build the $20.6 billion (US$15.7 billion) Frontier mine in northern Alberta, capable of eventually producing 260,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
  • If the minority Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says yes, it would call into question his promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
  • Officials say the final say will rest with cabinet, noting ministers have the power to ask for more information about the project.
  • Trudeau has repeatedly said Canada will need to rely on crude oil for years to come as it moves to build a cleaner economy.

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US State Department issues China travel warning over coronavirus - Business Insider

  • The US State Department issued an upgraded travel warning on China, as concerns over a mysterious viral outbreak continue to grow.
  • The coronavirus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms was first observed in the city of Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million in the Hubei province.
  • The entire city of Wuhan has been quarantined by Chinese officials, with transportation links to the city suspended.
  • At least 15 other cities in China have been quarantined or had transit links suspended.
  • It is believed that the virus, which is known officially as 2019-nCoV, originated in animals — possibly snakes — before jumping the species barrier to humans.
  • US health officials began screening incoming passengers from China at airports earlier this month.
  • The federal government said on Tuesday that it would expand those screenings to more airports around the country.

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