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EU chokes on own air quality standards

BRUSSELS: In the skies above Katowice in the heart of Poland’s coal industry, Polish officials are deploying the latest weapon against air pollution: drones that inspect the city’s chimneys. As soon as one of the unmanned aerial vehicles spots suspicious smoke rising from a rooftop, a second one follows up to “sniff” for pollutants with its chemical sensors. Ground-based operators then send police officers to knock on the door of the offending home to see if they are burning poor quality coal, plastic bottles or some…

Popular encrypted email standards are unsafe: European researchers

FRANKFURT: European researchers have found that the popular PGP and S/MIME email encryption standards are vulnerable to being hacked, leading them to urge people using them to disable and uninstall them immediately. University researchers from Muenster and Bochum in Germany, and Leuven in Belgium, discovered the flaws in the encryption methods that can be used with popular email applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail. “There are currently no reliable fixes for the vulnerability,” lead researcher…

Imran Tahir impressed by PSL standards

DUBAI: South African leg-spinner Imarn Tahir praised the standards and organization of the Pakistan Super League, saying he was proud to have taken wickets against batsmen who play spinners well. Tahir, representing Multan Sultans, took 3-19 to help his team fight hard in the defence of a modest 114-run target against Islamabad United. Tahir jolted Islamabad with wickets of Sahibzada Farhan, Asif Ali and Andre Russell and at one point on a hat trick which was avoided. Islamabad rode on a brilliant 48 not out by Hussain…

Former ICC chief wants review of safety standards

MUMBAI: Former International Cricket Council chief Jagmohan Dalmiya has called on the game's administrators to work on upgrading safety standards to ensure that incidents like the shock death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes never happen again.