Leaked KGB Manual Reveals How Soviet Spies Recruited in Europe

Elroy Mariano

Austrian financier Jan Marsalek disappeared on June 18, the same day the 40-year old was fired from his position as chief operating officer of Wirecard, a German financial services provider. A €1.9 billion hole had been discovered in Wirecard’s accounts by an independent auditor and Marsalek had been fingered as the one responsible for it.

Investigative journalists affiliated with Bellingcat, a digital forensic website, suggested that Marsalek fled from Germany to Belarus via Estonia, and then had been taken to Russia by the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. Further reporting by the Financial Times revealed that Marsalek appeared to have close links to the GRU, which has been very busy of late.

Among the classified materials Marsalek possessed before his escape from Austria were a set of papers related to an investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Those documents

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How a New Solar and Lighting Technology Could Propel a Renewable Energy Transformation

Elroy Mariano

The demand for cheaper, greener electricity means that the energy landscape is changing faster than at any other point in history. This is particularly true of solar-powered electricity and battery storage. The cost of both has dropped at unprecedented rates over the past decade and energy efficient technologies such as LED lighting have also expanded.

Access to cheap and ubiquitous solar power and storage will transform the way we produce and use power, allowing electrification of the transport sector. There is potential for new chemical-based economies in which we store renewable energy as fuels, and support new devices making up an “internet of things.”

But our current energy technologies won’t lead us to this future: we will soon hit efficiency and cost limits. The potential for future reductions in the cost of electricity from silicon solar, for example, is limited. The manufacture of each panel demands a fair amount of

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“Most ambitious”: Apple’s new Singapore store is ‘floating’ glass orb in Marina Bay – News

Elroy Mariano

Computer giant Apple opened its latest store in Singapore yesterday, capturing attention with a shape and location that is unusual even by Apple’s eye-catching standards.

The Foster + Partners-designed building is a giant glass orb with a black glass base that appears to float in the harbour off the Marina Bay Sands complex.

“Visitors entering the store encounter a dramatic reveal into the massive volume of the dome,” said Apple of the store, which it called its “most ambitious retail project”. https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/09/apple-marina-bay-sands-opens-thursday-in-singapore/ 

The 30-metre-diameter dome is made of 114 pieces of glass connected by 10 narrow vertical mullions.

Inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, it has an oculus at the apex emitting a constant shaft of light while a series of baffle-rings progressing upward protect shoppers from the intense Singapore sun and provide acoustic damping.

Foster + Partners said the dome is a hybrid steel and glass shell, where the

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Liftoff! SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink internet satellites to orbit aboard the Falcon 9 rocket

Elroy Mariano

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation grew a little larger Thursday morning, as the firm added 60 more devices to the network.

The Falcon 9 rocket took off at 8:46am ET from Launch Complex 39-A at Kennedy Space Center carrying the new batch of broadband satellites.

The mission was originally set for Sunday, but was unable to get off the ground due to poor weather plaguing the Florida coast.

Filled with one million pounds of kerosene, Falcon 9 took over the launch countdown with just 60 seconds on the clock and at 30 seconds, all systems were go for launch.

The rocket successfully soared into space, marking its 12th Starlink mission that brings the mega constellation to 713 internet-beaming devices.

SpaceX also revealed that its satellites have shown ‘super low latency and download speeds greater than 100 mbps,’ but the speeds are still off from what the firm had originally promised.


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DTI eyes SRP on basic gadget features only

Elroy Mariano


The Department of Trade and Industry said it will decide this week whether to impose suggested retail price (SRP) on gadgets or not, hinting that if ever a price cap is imposed it may be applicable only on the basic features of the gadget.

DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said the consumer welfare group of Undersecretary Ruth Castelo is studying the proposal and is expected to come up with the recommendations this week.

There has been some calls for SRP on gadgets because of the need to buy these learning tools as students have to adapt the online learning when school opens in October.

At first, he said, the DTI was reluctant on the call for SRP on electronic gadgets for educational purposes as schools have to implement online learning amid the pandemic.

The reluctance was largely because there are different features of these learning tools in

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