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Niamh O’Beirne, National Lead, Testing and Tracing, HSE

This afternoon.

Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin.

Are you ghosting the HSE?

Stop it.

At the HSE weekly covid press briefing, HSE’s National Lead for Testing and Tracing Niamh O’Beirne said:

“We now see 35% of our close contacts fully vaccinated, which is 5% up on the previous week, and continues to take those individuals if they don’t have symptoms out of our system.”

One of the problems we do have in contact tracing is people answering the phone. If you are an index case you will know because you have received a text.”

Please take that call, it’s an important call.”


‘Proud day’ as Ireland reaches six millionth vaccine milestone – HSE (RTÉ)


With last Sunday’s solstice came the northernmost sunset for 2020 and – as an added bonus for some – an annular solar eclipse. Some viewpoints were better than others. To wit:

At maximum eclipse, the New Moon in silhouette created a ring of fire visible along a narrow path at most 85 kilometers wide. The annular eclipse path began in central Africa, crossed south Asia and China, and ended over the Pacific Ocean. But a partial eclipse of the Sun was visible over a much broader region. In Hong Kong, this busy section of Jordan Street looks to the northwest, well-aligned with the track of the near solstice afternoon Sun. The street level view was composited with an eclipse sequence made with a safe solar filter on the camera. For that location the eclipse was partial. The Moon covered about 90 percent of the Sun’s diameter at maximum, seen near the middle of the eclipse sequence.

(Image: Gary Chan)


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Good if you fall down a well. Not so good if you’re a meth-dealing fitness freak.

Symantec has found security risks in a large number of self-tracking devices and applications. One of the most significant findings was that all of the wearable activity-tracking devices examined, including those from leading brands, are vulnerable to location tracking.

MORE: How safe is your quantified self? Tracking, monitoring, and wearable tech (Symantec)

(H/T: Glass Dublin)