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Navy postpones Large Scale Exercise 2020 in response to COVID-19

Navy postpones Large Scale Exercise 2020 in response to COVID-19

Business
March 25 (UPI) -- The Navy confirmed Wednesday that it has postponed its Large Scale Exercise 2020 as the Navy and the joint force respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Inside Defense first reported that the exercise will be postponed until 2021 to keep the fleet healthy but also to allow the services to contribute to whole-of-government efforts around the country. The exercise was on track to continue as late as last week. According to the Pentagon, the cancellation was a joint decision made by U.S. Fleet Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. Naval Forces Europe. According to USNI News, this was to be the first fleet exercise that incorporated unmanned technologies, as well as information warfare. "We don't do anything in the U.S military today without leveraging space," CNO Admiral Mike Gild...
Anak Krakatau: Lightning frenzy points to scale of volcanic plume

Anak Krakatau: Lightning frenzy points to scale of volcanic plume

Science
The 2018 eruption of Anak Krakatau in Indonesia was remarkable in many ways.It will be remembered, obviously, for the sudden flank collapse that triggered the tsunami which killed over 400 people on the nearby coastlines of Sumatra and Java.But the event also has been the source of many scientific insights that could inform future hazard assessments.And a new possibility is the potential for the frequency of lightning seen at an eruption to give a simple guide to the height of a volcano's towering plume.It's information that could be of interest to airlines trying to find safe routes for their planes.Giant blocks from Anak Krakatau litter ocean floor Anak Krakat...
India election body struggles with scale of fake information

India election body struggles with scale of fake information

Technology
When India's Election Commission announced last month that its code of conduct would have to be followed by social media companies as well as political parties, some analysts scoffed, saying it lacked the capacity and speed required to check the spread of fake news ahead of a multi-phase general election that begins April 11. Just weeks later, the commission is indeed struggling to cope with the fake news swirling on Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, Twitter and other platforms, and even for its staff to spot it before it has spread across India, observers said Tuesday. "Millions of voters are waking up to fake news, propaganda and hate speech inciting violence against Muslims and other minorities every day. But all the commission can do is monitor it," said Apar Gupta, a lawyer and executive ...
Patisserie Valerie: Scale of alleged fraud may be worse than first feared

Patisserie Valerie: Scale of alleged fraud may be worse than first feared

Business
The crisis-hit owner of Patisserie Valerie is examining "options" for the business, warning the scale of alleged fraud in its accounts may be much worse than initially feared. Trading in shares of Patisserie Holdings were suspended in October when it flagged a black hole in its accounts from "potentially fraudulent" accounting irregularities.The fallout saw its former finance director arrested and released amid a Serious Fraud Office investigation.The company said on Tuesday evening: "The work carried out by the company's forensic accountants since (October) has revealed that the misstatement of its accounts was extensive, involving very significant manipulation of the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts."Among other manipulations, this involved thousands of false en...
Remain v Leave: Scale of Facebook ad war revealed

Remain v Leave: Scale of Facebook ad war revealed

Technology
Anti-Brexit groups are running at least twice as many adverts as major Leave campaigns on Facebook - and possibly up to 59 times more, Sky News can reveal. The two largest Remain campaigns, People's Vote and Best for Britain, are currently running 16 Facebook ads on their pages.By contrast, Leave Means Leave, the group backed by Nigel Farage, is running five ads. Leave.EU is only running two.A data set of Facebook ads over the last two-and-a-half months, seen exclusively by Sky News, presents an even starker contrast.In this period, the Best For Britain and People's Vote campaigns ran 177 ads, whereas the two largest pro-Brexit campaigns ran only three. Ahead of the Remain-supporting March for the Future taking place in London on Saturday, People's Vote and Best for Bri...