Friday, 30 Jul 2021

Serious Injuries Reported in Explosion At VA Hospital

Apple’s IPhone 12 Pro Max And IPhone Mini On Sale From Friday

Apple Inc.’s iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini are going on sale across the globe from today.

The latest additions to the iPhone family are available from stores or online from, the Apple Store app, and through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers. The U.S. customers can get carrier offers for iPhone from AT&T, T-Mobile/Sprint, and Verizon.

The tech giant noted that many Apple Store locations are open and operating in various service models for those who wish to pick up new products in person.

iPhone 12 Pro Max features the most advanced pro camera system and the largest display ever on an iPhone, while iPhone 12 mini is the smallest, thinnest, and lightest 5G smartphone in the world.

The products were available to customers for pre-order starting November 6.

Apple’s HomePod mini, the newest addition to the HomePod family, is also available now for pre-order. HomePod mini will be available to customers beginning Monday, November 16.

In the United States, iPhone 12 Pro Max is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models in graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue starting at $1,099.

iPhone 12 mini is available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB models in black, white, blue, green, and (PRODUCT) RED starting at $699.

iPhone 12 models also introduce MagSafe, offering wireless charging and an all-new ecosystem of accessories that easily attach to iPhone.

NY Fed's Williams: Rising infections could slow U.S. economic growth

(Reuters) – The U.S. economy is on a positive trajectory, but a rise in coronavirus infections creates uncertainty and could slow growth, New York Federal Reserve Bank President John Williams said Friday.

“The very large rise in COVID cases recently clearly puts a question market on the ability of the economy to weather this period,” Williams said in an interview with the Financial Times. “I would expect the growth in the fourth quarter, and maybe into early next year to slow somewhat.”

India’s exports dip 5.12% in October; trade deficit narrows to $8.71 billion

Imports also fell 11.53% to $33.6 billion (year-on-year) in October 2020.

India’s exports fell 5.12% to $24.89 billion in October, after recording positive growth in September, on account of drop in shipments of petroleum products, gems and jewellery, leather and engineering goods, according to government data released on Friday.

Trade deficit in October narrowed to $8.71 billion as against $11.75 billion in the corresponding month a year ago.

Imports also fell 11.53% to $33.6 billion (year-on-year) in October 2020.

Major export commodities that recorded negative growth in October included petroleum products (52%), cashew (21.57%), gems and jewellery (21.27%), leather (16.67%), man-made yarn/fabrics/made-ups (12.8%), electronic goods (9.4%), coffee (9.2%), marine products (8 %) and engineering goods (3.75 %).

During April-October 2020, exports declined 19.02% to $150.14 billion, while imports fell 36.28 % to $182.29 billion over the same period a year ago.

Oil imports dipped 38.52% to $5.98 billion in October. During April-October, oil imports declined 49.5% to $37.84 billion, the data showed.

After contracting for six straight months, India’s exports had risen 5.99% to $27.58 billion in September.

Russia, North Korea Targeted Covid Research With Cyber-Attacks

Hackers in Russia and North Korea have targeted seven “prominent” companies working on Covid-19 vaccine and treatment research, according to Microsoft Corp.

The cyber-attacks were conducted in recent months and targeted “leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers” in the U.S., Canada, France, India, and South Korea, according to a Friday blog post by the company, which said that “the majority of these attacks were blocked.” Microsoft didn’t identify the companies or researchers who were targeted.

Microsoft’s announcement represents the latest information about attempts by nation states to hack research related to medical efforts to fight the pandemic. This year, the U.S. accused China and Russia of attempting to steal research on the Covid-19 virus. In the cases described by Microsoft, North Korean hackers sent phishing emails that purported to be from representatives of the World Health Organization, while the Russian hackers tried to break into people’s accounts by using thousands or millions of rapid attempts.

“We’ve notified all organizations targeted, and where attacks have been successful, we’ve offered help,” the post said.

Serious Injuries Reported in Explosion At VA Hospital

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West Haven, Conn. (AP) — There have been serious injuries in an explosion at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Connecticut, an official said Friday.

State and federal investigators are responding to the VA Medical Center in West Haven, Brian Foley, a top aide to state Public Safety Commissioner James Rovella, said in a text message to The Associated Press. He cited “an explosion type incident” with “serious injuries.

The television station WTNH reported that smoke could be seen rising from the building.

State police earlier said they were assisting with an investigation of an explosion at the VA building in West Haven at the request of the city’s fire marshal.

State police said they were sending three detectives from their fire and explosion investigation unit.

Charlie Grady, an FBI spokesperson in New Haven, said state police are leading the investigation. “The FBI will assist Connecticut State Police as needed,” he said.

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