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U.S. to restrict travel from South Africa, 7 other countries as new Covid variant emerges

The United States will restrict travel for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new Covid variant emerges.
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Extremely strong magnitude-7.5 earthquake hits northern Peru

The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 has struck in northern Peru at 5:52 a.m. Sunday local time. While the quake was extremely strong, it was relatively deep — measured at 112 kilometers — which usually reduces damage and casualties.


South China Sea: China issues warning against US as warship sails through Taiwan Strait

Nations are still at odds against China over the South China Sea, including the Taiwan Strait. Following the passage of a US warship in the narrow region of water, China has issued a warning on the US against making any provocation.
EconoTimes Article
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'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' Release Date Delayed a Week

Spoiler Alert: Sit all the way through the closing credits
September 1st article by Variety
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Polar night: Sun sets for last time this year in America's northernmost city

You read that right! Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, Alaska, will watch the sun set for the last time this year Thursday.
Article by WKMG ClickOrlando


US reportedly plans diplomatic boycott of China’s Winter Olympics

The US is going to stage a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in China and will not send an official delegation in protest against human rights abuses, according to a report on Tuesday.

Under such a diplomatic boycott, US athletes would take part as normal, but there would be no accompanying political delegation of officials and politicians.
The Guardian article

The venues:
The National Stadium, also known as "The Bird's Nest." The stadium also hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics, as well as the athletics competition and men's football final of the Summer Games. Will host ice skating events.

The nearby National Indoor Stadium, nicknamed "The Fan" due to its design that resembles a traditional Chinese folding fan, will share hosting duties for the ice hockey competition with Wukesong Sports Centre.

Also nearby, The National Speed Skating Oval, nicknamed "The Ice Ribbon," is the only new venue built on Beijing's Olympic Green (the Olympic Park constructed for the 2008 Games) for the Winter Olympics. It will host the speed skating competition. The stadium replaced the site of the Olympic Green Hockey Field, and the Olympic Green Archery Field.

Wukesong Sports Centre was also built for the 2008 Olympics. It is about 8 miles southwest of the Bird's Nest, and it will serve as the main indoor venue for ice hockey at the 2022 Winter Games alongside the National Indoor Stadium.

Capital Indoor Stadium is 5 miles southwest of the Bird's Nest was built in 1968, has staged several important sporting events, including the table tennis matches between China and the United States as part of the ping pong diplomacy exchange program in 1971, and one of the first NBA games in China in 2004. After hosting the volleyball tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Capital Indoor Stadium will stage the figure skating and short track speed skating competitions during the Winter Olympics.

The Big Air Shougang
was built on a former steel mill site, set against the backdrop of four industrial cooling towers, is 14 miles
southwest of the Bird's Nest. It will stage the freestyle skiing and snowboard Big Air competitions at the Games. Following the Winter Olympics, the venue will be used for various sports competitions and athlete training, as well as cultural and civic events.

While the mountain skiing venues are referred to as Yanqing , they are actually 40 miles northwest of there. Two have existed, and one is being built. The two are:
•   Wanlong Ski Resort , almost 84 miles northwest of the Bird's Nest as the crow fly's. the Wanlong Ski Resort, oldest of the three, will host slalom snowboarding.
•  Genting Resort Secret Garden which is adjancent to Wanlong, just to the north, 80 miles the Bird's Nest as the crow fly's. The snowboarding slopestyle, halfpipe, and some of the freestyle skiing will take place at Genting Secret Garden. The resort opened in 2011.

The new one is Thaiwoo Ski Resort and it is still under construction, which will host the snowboard cross and freestyle skiing.

They are a 140 mile drive from Beijing. None of them get much natural snow so snowmaking will be essential.

The one venue near Yanqing is National Sliding Center (map shows construction site), which will host the bobsleigh, skeleton and luge competitions. (Conceptual plan)

Zhangjiakou City in north China's Hebei Province, will stage the biathlon competition. Following the Games, the centre will be used by the Chinese national team for training, and as a tourist resort. Also in the area the ski jumping competition.


Engineer says doomed MH370 plane ‘flew in circles for 20 mins before vanishing’

An engineer claims he’s used a computer program to discover flight MH370 was put into a 20-minute holding pattern before vanishing. Richard Godfrey has been tracking the Boeing 777’s flight path using WSPRnet – which uses radio signals – and claims to have made a major breakthrough. Godfrey says using WSPRnet he is able to track all aircrafts going back as far as 2009. New York Post Article

Technical article on how multiple receiving stations could triangulate the flight path
Area where the plane might of went into a holding pattern

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Weather balloon goes on 117-mile ride over Lake Michigan

A weather balloon launched in Wisconsin Tuesday took a 117-mile journey across Lake Michigan. Launched in Green Bay, WI, it landed in Traverse City, Michigan. Fox News Article     Map


Saturday was the big protest day at the COP26 climate summit.

Friday's student protests brought about 25,000 people into the streets of Glasgow, Scotland.
Scottish Event Campus

For the first time in decades, members of the public will be allowed to walk on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Plaza

This is an honor typically reserved for presidents.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The United States ordered non-emergency officials to leave Ethiopia on Friday

This is due to the ongoing armed conflict and possible supply shortages. In a security alert, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa said that incidents of unrest and ethnic violence were "occurring without warning.


Astroworld Festival Tragedy

Houston authorities are investigating what officials described as a crowd surge that killed at least eight people and injured scores of others, at the Astroworld Festival. The dead ranged in age from 14 to 27, and 13 people were still hospitalized Saturday, Mayor Sylvester Turner said. Dozens were injured.
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Fuel tanker exploded on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown late Friday

The explosion killed and wounded dozens at a busy intersection, according to local media reports. It happened outside the Choithram Supermarket in the densely populated Wellington suburb in the east of the city.
Choithram Supermarket

Two missing Oregon women were found in an Idaho forest Friday

Two missing Oregon women were found in an Idaho forest Friday, the mother dead from the elements and the disabled daughter alive with their broken down vehicle.
Idaho Panhandle National Forests


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As tensions simmer over Taiwan, global semiconductor chip supply hangs in the balance

Tensions between China and Taiwan are escalating, and confusion sparked by President Joe Biden's recent pledge to defend Taiwan has sent his administration scrambling to assure the international community that's not necessarily the case.

It's the latest twist in a longstanding drama that could upend political and economic stability in the region and reframe China's power in the world. But experts warn there could be another casualty in the case of war in the Taiwan Strait: The remaining global supply of semiconductor chips.

After a year of shortages, the prospect of yet another interruption to the chip supply likely is enough to make Detroit's automakers and their foreign rivals shudder. Taiwan produces 65% of all chips globally and is home to the largest semiconductor company in the world, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.

The Detroit News article
Taiwan Strait

74 Years Ago The Spruce Goose Flew For The First And Last Time

Designed by the Hughes Aircraft Company, the Hughes H-4 Hercules, commonly known as the Spruce Goose, intended to be a strategic airlift flying boat, made its first and last flight 74 years ago yesterday. The Spruce Goose could carry two Sherman tanks. Simple Flying Article
The original hanger and what it is being used for today
It spent a number of years under a dome at the mouth of the Los Angeles River in Long Beach. Map
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Rust Movie Shooting

"Rust" cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died in an on-set shooting involving actor Alec Baldwin that also left director Joel Souza hospitalized.

It remains unclear how and why a suspected real bullet made it into the prop gun – believed to be a F.LLI Pietta Long Colt .45 Revolver – which Baldwin had allegedly been handed by a crew member moments earlier, according to the sheriff of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

New York Post article
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Challenger 605 Crash in Truckee, CA

Explore what might have caused this tragic crash during approach into an historically demanding airport
Article on Crash in Truckee
Update: Challenger 605 Crash in Truckee
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Ring camera captures apparent sounds of jet crashing in Truckee


How a container ship blocked the Suez canal

A container ship nearly 100 metres longer than the height of London’s Shard ran aground on Tuesday morning in the Suez canal, blocking one of the most vital arteries of the global economy
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