Brief information: US elections, Apple production, Fessenheim nuclear power plant, JwInf

Representatives of several US intelligence agencies have warned US MPs that Russia would try to influence the US presidential campaign and re-elect Donald Trump. That reports the New York Times and added that the US President was upset about the meeting. The temporal connection with the replacement of the acting secret service director Joseph Maguire is however a coincidence. However, according to the newspaper report, there is now fear in secret services and observers that the appointment of Trump-loyal U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell to the Director of National Intelligence has been made explicitly to slow down the exchange of information between the secret services and the parliament.

Apple's supply chain, which is heavily dependent on China, seems to be getting back on track. The iPhone Group's main contract manufacturer, Foxconn, announced it was "cautious" about restarting production at its main factories in China, which were closed due to the coronavirus epidemic. Foxconn did not provide specific information about the level of production. The Taiwanese brokerage firm KGI estimates, however, according to a Reuters report, that production is only 30 to 40 percent of normal levels by the end of February.

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Environmentalists have welcomed the announced start of the shutdown of the first reactor in the Fessenheim nuclear power plant. The risk is at least halved, said Stefan Auchter, managing director of the Confederation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Southern Upper Rhine. However, he will only be happy in June when the second block has also been removed from the network. Fessenheim has been in operation since 1977, making it the oldest nuclear power plant in France still in operation. Critics have considered it a security risk for decades.

This year's "Computer Science Youth Competition" starts on Monday in the first of three rounds. The competition is aimed at students who have little or no programming experience. The organizer "Nationwide Computer Science Competitions" recommends participation from the 5th grade, but younger pupils are also allowed to participate. For a first impression of the type and scope of the competition tasks, there are sample tasks and training material on the organizer's website.


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