Aluminum producer hit by outages in major cyber attack Independent.ie NORSK HYDRO, one of the world's biggest aluminium producers, suffered production outages after a ransomware attack affected operations across Europe and the US. https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/aluminum-producer-hit-by-outages-in-major-cyber-attack-37931057.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article37932269.ece/51cf8/AUTOCROP/h342/NORSK%20HYDRO.jpg Email NORSK HYDRO, one of the world's biggest aluminium producers, suffered production outages after a ransomware attack affected operations across Europe and the US. The Norwegian company called the situation "quite severe" and said it was still working to contain the effects of the attack. It couldn't detail how much output had been impacted, but said the so-called potlines, which process molten aluminium and need to be kept running 24 hours a day, had switched to manual mode. Some operations at plants where metal is fashioned into finished … [Read more...] about Aluminum producer hit by outages in major cyber attack
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BEFORE IT WENT bust in 2015 Redwater Energy was a small oil-and-gas company in Alberta with 84 wells that few people had heard of. That changed when the accounting firm managing the bankruptcy, Grant Thornton, and the Alberta Energy Regulator began sparring over the disposition of Redwater’s assets. The bankruptcy receiver wanted to sell 17 producing wells, walk away from the rest and put the proceeds toward paying off the firm’s C$5.1m ($3.9m) of debt. The regulator insisted the money be used to properly close and clean up wells the receiver proposed to abandon, even if that exhausted the funds. By the time their legal battle reached the Supreme Court of Canada last year, much of corporate Canada was watching. The environment won. On January 31st the court’s justices sided with the regulator in a 5-2 decision that reversed a lower court’s ruling and reinforced the principle that polluters must pay. “Bankruptcy is not a licence to ignore rules,” the … [Read more...] about Canada tackles the scourge of orphaned oil wells
What the app? Whatsapp is particular popular in Germany, but it will most likely lose some users due to a controversial innovation. While WhatsApp was free of advertising in the past, this will now change, and several Germans have already taken to social media to complain. Mark Zuckerberg's data giant Facebook bought Whatsapp four years ago, and has now signed an agreement for free advertising, which it can show in the form of videos, text or phoos. Facebook Vice President Chris Daniel announced in November that he wanted to show the ads in the status area in the future. At the time, the announcement prompted some Whatsapp employees to leave the company. Germany in the past tried to minimize the relationship between the two services; in 2016, the Data Protection Services blocked Facebook from collecting user information from WhatsApp. Photo: DPA Woman and/or holidaymakers rejoice, officially Whether in the name of feminism or … [Read more...] about Everything that changes in Germany in February 2019
1 Eat less but better-quality meat In other countries, grass-fed, hormone-free beef is a luxury product priced beyond the budget of most. In Ireland, we take it for granted. And Irish lamb grazes on natural pasture. Irish lamb and beef are a source of high-quality protein, and protein is an essential component of a nutritionally balanced diet. The quality of Irish pork, on the other hand, leaves much to be desired. The bulk is industrially reared and the animals don't enjoy a good quality of life. Either avoid it or buy from farmers who raise free-range animals that produce high-quality meat, such as Andarl Farm and The Whole Hoggs. See andarlfarm.ie; thewholehoggs.com 2 Buy irish chicken We Irish love our chicken, but many of the processed chicken products on the shelves of Irish supermarkets are made with poultry that originates as far away as Brazil. Buy a good Irish free-range or organic bird and use every bit of it - it'll give you dinner, sandwiches and soup (from the bones and … [Read more...] about Ireland’s Top 30 healthy food experiences to try in 2019
The green economy usually brings to mind traditional renewable materials such as wood, biomass, water and earth. Less likely poster children are the big metals that have formed the backbone of the industrial revolution – steel, copper, iron, tin and aluminium. These metals have been with us for many years, produced in giant smelters through processes that consume large amounts of energy. At first glance, they might not seem like they would have a part to play in the sustainable transition. But in fact, without many of them, the building blocks of the green economy wouldn’t exist. “Non-ferrous metals are absolutely essential to Europe’s low-carbon transition, because of their central use in breakthrough technologies including clean mobility, renewable energy and batteries,” said Guy Thiran, director-general of the Brussels-based metals industry association Eurometeaux. They have an essential role to play in the circular economy strategy, launched by the … [Read more...] about Metals: Friend or foe of the green economy?