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WATCH – Queen Elizabeth’s glorious Platinum Jubilee events so far

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Queen Elizabeth beamed with joy as she stood on the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony to kick off a weekend dedicated to her remarkable 70 years on the throne

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has officially lit the Platinum Jubilee Beacon to mark a truly remarkable 70 years on the throne.

The lighting of the beacon

The beacon lighting follows a day of pomp and ceremony, with the Queen putting on a brave face after suffering from mobility issues.

Queen Elizabeth has confirmed she will not be attending the upcoming Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral, pulling out last minute after suffering discomfort.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace says the decision was made ‘with great reluctance’ after considering both the journey to the cathedral and the activity required.

The Palace says the onset of discomfort followed Thursday’s Birthday Parade event, with Prince Charles representing his mother at the ceremony instead.

But the monarch had vowed to light the beacon, and that is exactly what she did.

Taking great care as she walked out onto the grass of Windsor Castle, she is seen using a cane for support.

This particular event is an important tradition for special royal occasions, including jubilees, weddings, and coronations.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has previously had a beacon lighting for her Silver, Gold and Diamond Jubilees, and her 90th birthday in 2016.

Trooping of the Colour

The four days of celebrations began with Trooping of the Colour, with Her Majesty smiling at thousands of her adoring supporters and fans.

The Queen could hardly wipe the smile from her face, receiving rapturous applause from the crowd below.

The 96-year-old was joined on the balcony with her fellow senior royals including Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their children.

It was the Prince Louis show, with the young royal unimpressed by the noisy air display.

Britain’s Prince Louis of Cambridge,right, holds his ears as he stands next to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to watch a special flypast from Buckingham Palace balcony following the Queen’s Birthday Parade, the Trooping the Colour, as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations, in London on June 2, 2022. –

Meanwhile, Prince Harry, his wife Meghan Markle, and embattled royal Prince Andrew were noticeably missing from the occasion.

Elizabeth had previously made a decision to reserve the balcony for working royals only.

1,200 officers and soldiers, mounted troops from the 1st Battalion and Irish Guards were accompanied by 400 musicians and 240 horses for the spectacle.

The parade makes its way up The Mall from Horse Guards Parade to Buckingham Palace, central London, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday.

And as the sun shone across London and the sky turned red, white, and blue – there was just one person on everyone’s mind, with revelers from Commonwealth countries right around the globe paying tribute to their remarkable Queen.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Without drastic change, global IT outage will hit again

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Elements of Friday’s global IT outage have occurred before and until more contingencies are built into networks, and organisations put better back-up plans in place, it will happen again.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
 
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to Downdector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines

 

The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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