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Posted by: Lorna Blackmore
03/02/2017

 

More tube misery is set for London commuters. A walkout of more than 3,000 station staff in further protests over job cuts will once again cause massive disruption for all of Monday, Tuesday and most of Wednesday. A meeting held this morning will be the deciding factor as to whether the strikes will go ahead or if the negotiations will continue in order to settle the dispute. If it does go ahead most lines and stations within zone 1 will be closed for various lengths of time, including peak periods. Staff will walk out from 6pm Sunday until 10am on Monday 6th February. They will walk out again on Tuesday from 10am through to 1am on Wednesday 8th February. Let’s hope and pray these are called off. (Source – Evening Standard)

Russia carries out a sustained campaign of cyber attacks. It has been aired this week that Russia’s attacks are targeting democracy and critical infrastructure in the West, stated UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon. Moscow is apparently weaponising misinformation in a bid to expand its influence and weaken Nato. Sir Michael stated that Nato needed to do more to tackle the ‘false reality’ being propagated by the Kremlin and that it is vital alliance members strengthen cyber defences. MPs have warned in a report that a skills shortage and ‘chaotic’ handling of personal data breaches are undermining confidence in the UK government’s ability to protect its own infrastructure and economy from cyber attacks. (Source – BBC)

Lost continent found hiding underneath a tropical holiday destination. Deep at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, a research team led by South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand has found pieces of an ancient continent. The lava-covered piece of continent, dubbed ‘Mauritia’ was found under the popular island Mauritius. The piece of crust is left over from the break up of Gondwanaland, a super- continent that existed more than 200 million years ago. For anyone who is not familiar with Gondawanaland, it split into what we now know as Africa, South America, Antarctica, India and Australia. The break up was more of a complex splintering with fragments of continental crust of variable sizes left adrift within the evolving Indian Ocean basin. The team made the discovery by analyzing a mineral – zircon which is found in rocks spewed up by lava during volcanic eruptions. The remnants were too old to belong to Mauritius. Just to give you an idea Mauritius is and island with no rock older than 9 million years old on that island. By studying rocks on the island, they found zircons that were 3 billion years old! (Source – CNN)

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