Israel redeploys spy agency to track virus cases as numbers rise

first_imgIsrael, with a population of around nine million, announced its first novel coronavirus case on February 21. Since then, it has confirmed more than 26,021 infections including 321 deaths, with 980 new cases in the past 24 hours.Use of the security agency’s phone-tracking abilities had been criticized by NGOs as an unjustified violation of privacy. Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman has also consistently urged cabinet to find an alternative. Israel’s parliament passed a law Wednesday enabling the government to use its domestic security agency to track coronavirus infections, as case numbers surged again after a lull.The law, passed on the third and final reading by 53-38, limits the use of the Shin Bet’s surveillance technologies to three weeks and to cases “in which an epidemiological investigation cannot be completed otherwise”.The government had approved a similar measure in mid-March at the height of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, only to have it blocked by Israel’s top court pending new legislation. Topics :center_img The measure, the details of which were kept secret, was then challenged in Israel’s top court, which ruled that it must be formalized in law or dropped.The government initially chose not to push forward with legislation and the measure was discontinued on June 10 as infection rates dropped.But after nearly a month of growing infection numbers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tabled a bill last week, with a team of ministers appointed to oversee the measure and evaluate its necessity.Zvi Hauser, chairman of the parliament’s foreign and defense committee, which prepared the bill for its second and third readings, said ahead of the final vote that “unfortunately” there was currently “no civilian alternative”.last_img read more

Claudio Ranieri tells in-form Jamie Vardy to stick with Leicester

first_img He has forced his way into the England team but missed the games against Spain and France this month with a hip injury, making him a doubt for the trip to the Magpies. The 28-year-old has earned four caps since his debut in the summer and Ranieri insisted the King Power Stadium is the best place for the striker to achieve his European Championship dream. He said: “Of course, he’s intelligent, he knows very well that now, at Leicester, there’s a very good group, A positive group who play together. “That’s good for him and the other players to show they have quality in this team. “Maybe next season they could choose the best solution – but then you have to see also where Leicester is at the end of the season.” Vardy will be assessed by the Foxes ahead of Saturday’s game and Ranieri admitted he was disappointed to miss out on England duty last week. “Yes, it was hard for him not to play, he wants to play in every game,” he said. “There was no persuasion. It was the England doctor who made the decision, there was no hassle.” And Ranieri reiterated there is no new contract on the table for the forward, despite his form, after he signed a new four-year deal last summer. “Not at the moment, we work around the speculation. Jamie and his agent say he is very happy here,” he said. “We want to grow up together, and I hope we can continue all together.” The Barclays Premier League 12-goal top scorer has become hot property after his remarkable scoring streak. Vardy has netted in nine straight games and will equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record of scoring in 10 consecutive games if he notches at Newcastle on Saturday. Boss Claudio Ranieri has told Jamie Vardy to stick with Leicester to boost his Euro 2016 hopes.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

GAA ALL-IRELAND QUARTER FINAL: KILDARE TEAM NAMED

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Kildare have made one change to their side to face Donegal in the All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final to face Donegal at Croke Park on Saturday, with Brian Flanagan coming into the half-back line instead of Ger White.Kildare XV v Donegal1 Shane Connolly, 2 Andriu MacLochiann, 3 Michael Foley, 4 Hugh McGrillen, 5 Brian Flanagan, 6 Morgan O’Flaherty, 7 Emmet Bolton, 8 John Doyle, 9 Daryl Flynn, 10 Padraig O’Neill, 11 Eoghan O’Flaherty, 12 Eamonn Callaghan, 13 Robert Kelly, 14 Tomas O’Connor, 15 James Kavanagh GAA ALL-IRELAND QUARTER FINAL: KILDARE TEAM NAMED was last modified: July 29th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldailyGAAkildare team v donegallast_img read more

Highprofile ocean warming paper to get a correction

first_img By Christa Marshall, E&E NewsNov. 14, 2018 , 2:55 PM After a blog post flagged some discrepancies in the study, the authors, from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, and Princeton University in New Jersey, said they would submit a correction to the journal.The overall conclusion that oceans are trapping more and more heat mirrors other studies and is not inaccurate, but the margin of error in the study is larger than originally thought, said Ralph Keeling, a professor of geosciences at Scripps and co-author of the paper.”These problems do not invalidate the methodology or the new insights into ocean biogeochemistry on which it is based, but they do influence the mean rate of warming we infer, and more importantly, the uncertainties of that calculation,” said Keeling in a statement on RealClimate.org.He added that he accepts “responsibility for these oversights, because it was my role to ensure that details of the measurements were correctly understood and taken up by coauthors.”Scripps corrected a news release on its website, with a statement from Keeling.”Obviously this is difficult but I am glad we are setting it right,” said Laure Resplandy, an associate professor of geosciences at Princeton who was the disputed paper’s lead author, in an email.A spokesperson for Nature said “issues relating to this paper have been brought to Nature’s attention and we are looking into them carefully. We take all concerns related to papers we have published very seriously and will issue an update once further information is available.””Science is complex”The errors were pointed out by British researcher Nic Lewis on the blog of Judith Curry, a former professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences who has questioned the accuracy of some climate models.”Just a few hours of analysis and calculations, based only on published information, was sufficient to uncover apparently serious (but surely inadvertent) errors in the underlying calculations,” Lewis wrote.The study suggested greenhouse gas emissions may need to be cut much faster than anticipated to meet climate targets, because of more aggressive ocean warming calculated in a new model. The team examined changes in atmospheric ocean and carbon dioxide levels to assess how the ocean’s heat content has changed over time.Keeling said the team incorrectly assessed oxygen measurements. Ocean warming likely is still greater than IPCC estimates, but the range of probability is more in line with previous studies.”The more important message is that our study lacks the accuracy to narrow the range of previous estimates of ocean uptake,” Keeling said in an email. He thanked Lewis for pointing out the anomaly.Gavin Schmidt, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said it’s not unheard of for there to be occasional errors in peer-reviewed studies.”The fact is that science is complex, and when you have a lot of different steps from people in different sub-fields, it is understandable that some things slip through the cracks,” Schmidt said. “While it’s initially embarrassing, post-publication review is helpful and ultimately constructive.”In the past, scientific debates about climate science have prompted skeptics to attack mainstream climate science generally. Some climate scientists said they are concerned that could happen again in this case and the outcome wildly misinterpreted.When asked about the response of skeptics, climate scientist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University in State College said, “We can’t worry about that.””We have to just call it as we see it, do good science, put it out there, defend it and, when necessary, correct it. That’s the legitimate scientific process, and it stands in stark contrast to the tactics employed by the forces of pseudoscience and antiscience,” Mann said.This morning the website Climate Depot, which frequently targets mainstream climate science, sent out an email with the headline, “Skeptic review dismantles study.”Reprinted from Greenwire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2018. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals at www.eenews.net Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email Originally published by E&E NewsScientists behind a major study on ocean warming this month are acknowledging errors in their calculations and say conclusions are not as certain as first reported.The research, published in the journal Nature, said oceans are warming much faster than previously estimated and are taking up more energy than projected by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) [Climatewire, Nov. 1]. 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Country High-profile ocean warming paper to get a correction The ocean stores much of the warming caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases. last_img read more