The pact between China and Solomon Islands that has sent alarm bells ringing in Australia and the United States, is not the first security agreement Beijing has signed with a Pacific nation. But political analysts say the deal signed by Beijing and Honiara last month is "qualitatively different" and the geopolitical context has changed.
ABC Radio Australia story Daily Mail - China could have base on the islands within weeks
Area Map Solomon Islands distance from China
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Nuclear submarines from three countries were berthed in HMNB Clyde at Faslane near Glasgow in Scotland. The American submarine is of the Virginia class and the French submarine is of the Rubis class. The messaging behind this isn’t going to be lost on the powers that be and while the visits themselves may be routine logistics stops, the symbolic image of nuclear submarines belonging to NATO’s three nuclear powers sailing in and out of the same naval base shows serious unity and collective capability.
UK Defence Journal article HM Naval Base Clyde Map
A Ukrainian marine commander in Mariupol has made what he described as his troops' "last address to the world" as they try to resist overwhelming Russian forces in the city.
BBC story Map
Russia and Ukraine’s battle for Donbas - CNBC story
An estimated 2,068 people live in the evacuation area, Patrice Horstman, chair of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, said Wednesday. "From this, 766 households have been evacuated," along with more than 1,000 animals, Horstman said. The fire, about 14 miles northeast of Flagstaff, was rapidly moving to the northeast, pushed by significant winds, officials said. It had no containment as of Wednesday afternoon.
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New photos appear to show the doomed Russian Black Sea flagship Moskva ablaze moments before it sank following a Ukrainian missile attack.
NY Post article Ledger Enquirer article
Ironic location where the ship was built Map
Authorities in China's biggest city phase out restrictions as public revolt hardens. Shanghai enduring severe three-week lockdown - yet cases remain on the rise. Horrific video shows man throw himself and wife out of a window to their deaths. Americans told not to go to China due to child separations and 'arbitrary rules'
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Russia is setting up a "shaping operation" in preparation for a major ground offensive as it concentrates its war efforts in eastern Ukraine, a senior U.S. defense official told reporters Thursday. "They're setting the conditions for what they want to conduct in the Donbas region on the ground and in the air," the official said. "They are setting the conditions for what we believe will be a heavier offensive in the Donbas region."
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Russia says a nuclear-free Baltic region would no longer be possible if Finland and Sweden join NATO, alluding to additional nuclear deployments in Europe. The comments come a day after Finland and Sweden said their decision on whether to apply for NATO membership would come within a matter of weeks. Sweden and Finland are members of the EU, but not NATO, and the latter shares an 830-mile border with Russia.
CNBC story Foreign Policy article
Map of the Baltic Region Area Map
Significance of the Karelia region
PUTIN's commanders are "not up to" the experience of Ukraine's eastern forces and will struggle to secure victory in those regions despite "shortening their lines of communication," an expert has claimed.
Express article Donbas Map
The head of Ukrainian military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, has assured that Russia is trying to divide Ukraine in two after its attempt to invade the entire country failed. "In fact, it is an attempt to create North and South Korea in Ukraine," he said in a statement, adding that Ukraine will soon launch a guerrilla war in the Russian-occupied territory.
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Two superyachts belonging to Russian oligarch docked in Turkey this week, avoiding seizure by Western authorities. The Chelsea FC owner is subject to EU and U.K. sanctions. Turkey, a non-EU country but a NATO member, is opposed to sanctions out of principle, making it an attractive outpost for oligarch assets.
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Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Ukrainian troops had managed to force Russian forces out of the Kyiv suburb of Makariv after a fierce battle. The regained territory allowed Ukrainian forces to retake control of a key highway and block Russian troops from surrounding Kyiv from the northwest.
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t’s still far too early to know for certain what caused China Eastern Flight 5735 to crash into hillside in southwestern China’s Guangxi province on Monday, but videos emerging on social media of a huge fire and smouldering wreckage don’t bode well for its 123 passengers and nine crew.
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A FLURRY of Russian jets have been tracked leaving for Dubai from Moscow in quick succession this afternoon (Thursday), as speculation grows that Vladimir Putin's oligarchs may be deserting him over the invasion of Ukraine.
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Flight Aware Map - Sheremetyevo International Airport
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Authorities in the besieged port city of Mariupol say Russian forces bombed a theatre where "hundreds" of civilians were taking shelter and share a photo showing the middle part of the building completely destroyed.
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Four Russian warships were spotted sailing through a strait in northeastern Japan Wednesday, possibly transporting troops and combat vehicles to Ukraine, the Japanese Defense Ministry said.
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NATO military planners have begun weighing options for beefing up the defensive capabilities of vulnerable alliance members following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.
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Nato rethinks its Eastern Flank article from Intellinews Map
The Suwalki Corridor article by cepa.org Suwalki corridor map
Why is Kaliningrad part of Russia? Area Map
Russian troops have threatened to shoot anyone trying to escape, human rights group said. Residents of Mariupol, Ukraine, have reportedly contacted a human rights organization with complaints that Russian forces have occupied an intensive care hospital.
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Russia unleashed a barrage of deadly missiles on a military site just 10 miles from Ukraine’s border with NATO member Poland on Sunday — and shelled a train with 100 refugee kids, Ukrainian officials said.
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Less than two weeks into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the country’s people and armed forces have mounted a staunch resistance against Russia’s forces. Russia is seen as having made less progress than it expected. Still, analysts say Russia is likely to “win” in Ukraine, and have drawn out various scenarios for what comes next. As many as 1.5 million people have fled to neighboring countries in Europe for safety. "A rump Ukrainian state" is likely to be led from Lviv.
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Harrowing before-and-after photos have captured the deadly devastation inflicted on Ukraine in the last week as Russian forces continue to lay siege to cities across the country. The Kremlin’s escalating shelling attacks on populated areas of Ukraine have destroyed buildings and left rubble strewn across streets and plazas.
Originally NY Post article CNN story on 40-mile-long Russian convoy Map
Russian troops are trying to take Ukraine's two biggest cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv, but are meeting stiff resistance. Meanwhile, an estimated half a million refugees have fled Ukraine, and in Russia, heavy sanctions have begun to bite.
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Russia closed its airspace to airlines from even more countries today, calling it a symmetrical response to the growing list of sanctions imposed on it by governments worldwide over its invasion of Ukraine. There are now 36 countries whose airlines are banned from using Russia's airspace.
Simple Flying article
KYIV BORYSPIL INT'L AIRPORT (BORYSPIL) KBP Ukraine Airspace
The Ukrainian border guards who told a Russian warship to “go f–k yourself” as they defended Snake Island in the Black Sea are still alive and being held captive by the invading forces, Kyiv’s navy revealed Monday.
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Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to put Russia’s nuclear deterrence forces on high alert, in the latest signal from the Russian leader that he is prepared to resort to the most extreme level of brinkmanship is his effort to achieve victory in Ukraine.
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Russia's offensive in Ukraine appears to be the beginning of a "large-scale invasion"e; aimed at taking down the capital city of Kyiv, a senior U.S. defense official said Thursday. The official described three "e;main axes of assault,"e; including what looks to be a strong push toward the capital.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine is the latest instance of destabilizing or oppressive behavior at home and abroad by the authoritarian strongman -- who has managed to shrug off pushback and denunciations from foes in his more than 20 years in power.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine Wednesday night, launching air strikes and plunging Europe into a nightmare not seen since the darkest days of World War II. But Russia's invasion of Ukraine was a massive escalation of a conflict that has been simmering since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea. At issue are two separatist states — Donetsk and Luhansk — that have been in open, if muted, conflict with Kyiv since 2014, as well as larger questions about Russia's sphere of influence and Ukraine's place in greater Europe.
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BBC story (lots of maps) The Conversation article
Moscow insists it is not planning to invade Ukraine, but the US says Russia could attack "at any time." On Tuesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "We think they have a huge preparation ready to go. Everybody can see what the potential routes in are." Military analysts agree that with about 150,000 troops near the Ukraine border, Russia has a range of options, should it decide to strike.
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American officials have warned of the “very distinct possibility” of a Russian invasion of Ukraine in the next few days, after Russia forward-deployed hundreds of tanks, self-propelled artillery and even short-range ballistic missiles from as far away as Siberia to within striking range.
The Guardian article Area situation map
A Russian anti-submarine destroyer chased off a U.S. submarine near the Kuril Islands, forcing it to leave the country's territorial waters, Moscow said Saturday, amid raging tensions over Ukraine. A Pentagon spokesman, asked by AFP for comment, said only: "We are aware of press reporting about an alleged naval incident in the Pacific. We cannot confirm the details of these reports at this time."
CBS News story
Japan and Russia Clash Over the Disputed Kuril Islands; article by the National Interest
Why US pressure for sanctions on Russia leaves Japan cornered on its China policy and the Kuril islands;
article by South China Morning Post and MSN
Three Russian Navy amphibious warfare ships are currently headed for the Black Sea from the Mediterranean and another trio is expected to follow them tomorrow. These six vessels left the Baltic Sea region in January and it has been postulated since then that the Black Sea might be their final destination. Once there, these landing ships would be in an ideal position to support amphibious options as part of a potential new Russian incursion into Ukraine.
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A massive ocean wave that was tracked off the west coast of Vancouver Island in 2020 is now considered the most extreme rogue wave ever recorded, according to scientists at the University of Victoria.
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NBC sports anchor Mike Tirico opened the network's Olympics coverage with a bang. Tirico cut right to mentioning China's genocide of Uyghur Muslims. The sportscaster also plugged an hour-long NBC special on the genocide. To kick off NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing Thursday night, longtime sportscaster Mike Tirico addressed the elephant in the room.
Business Insider article on MSN
Who are the Uyghurs and why is China being accused of genocide?BBC article from June 2021
NBC Olympics announcers staying stateside for Beijing - WFMY Map
Ukrainian forces fired at abandoned buildings and launched grenades and mortars on Friday during urban combat drills in the town of Pripyat, which has been deserted since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster caused thousands to flee.
Reuters article Map (Notice how close the failed reactor is)
Though Russia continues to pour troops into areas surrounding Ukraine, it still remains unready to carry out a full-scale invasion, according to the latest Ukrainian military assessment shared with Military Times. "The Russian military contingent near the Ukrainian border is insufficient to carry out a large-scale armed aggression against Ukraine," said the assessment, the second time in as many weeks Ukraine military officials made that judgment.
DefenseNews article US alleges Russian plot to fake invasion pretext Russia/Ukraine Conflict
A single bolt of lightning measuring 477.2 miles has been confirmed as the longest ever – leaping across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas in 2020, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
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With the exception of the occasional aggressive coyote, the animals that roam the hills and gullies of the Bay Area — turkeys, mountain lions, deer, bobcats, foxes and the rest of a veritable Noah’s Ark — find themselves on somewhat laissez-faire terms with the humans around them. Not so for the rampaging feral pigs. They are tearing up lawns, ripping through golf course fairways, threatening the drinking water and disturbing the harvests at Napa vineyards. Many Californians want them dead.
The Clock Is Ticking on America's 'Feral Swine Bomb' - 9-20 The Atlantic article
The Oceanco shipyard in Alblasserdam near Rotterdam has nearly completed the construction of Y721, the former Amazon CEO's yacht, but the vessel is too big to sail out with the bridge as it is. The builders asked the local council to remove the bridge’s central section so the yacht can pass.
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A bridge collapsed in Pittsburgh on Friday morning, sending three people to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. Five cars and a Port Authority bus were on the bridge at the time of the collapse, around 6:39 a.m. local time, city officials said.
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In mid-October 2021, social media and news outlets began reporting significant movement by Russian military forces, with limited Russian transparency, on or near the Ukrainian border and within Ukraine’s occupied Crimea region. These movements, which follow a similar military buildup in March-April 2021 and Russia’s Zapad military exercises in September 2021, have come amid increasingly aggressive rhetoric reported from Russian policymakers about the so-called encroachment of NATO near Russia’s borders and the geopolitical status of Ukraine.
Congressional Research Service article
Russia sends fighter jets to Belarus for drills Area Map
An astronomer has captured footage of the asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) ahead of its close pass by Earth on Tuesday afternoon. 1994 PC1 is a huge asteroid thought to be around a kilometer or 3,280 feet in diameter. It's classed as "potentially hazardous" according to NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) due to its size and potential to get relatively close to our planet—though it is not expected to hit Earth.
NASA Eyes on Asteriods Takes a while to load, but its 3D interactive content is worth the wait!
ussian officials on Tuesday said Moscow is sending troops to Belarus for joint military drills, a move that will place more Kremlin troops and equipment near Ukraine as Western nations fear an invasion. Russia and Belarus will participate in drills involving exercises to "thwart and repel a foreign aggression," according to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, as reported by The Associated Press.
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The year's first Full Moon, Wolf Moon, is named after howling wolves, but it's also often called the Moon After Yule in the Anglo-Saxon tradition.
Wolf Moon Reuters slide show General full moon info Full Moon simple facts
An underwater volcano near Tonga violently erupted today, prompting tsunami warnings for the entirety of the Polynesian kingdom. Residents have been urged to evacuate to higher ground, with surges likely to hit the north and east coasts of North Island and the Chatham Islands.
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The dramatic collapse of Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano in December 2018 resulted from long-term destabilising processes, and was not triggered by any distinct changes in the magmatic system that could have been detected by current monitoring techniques, new research has found.
ScienceDaily article Can the Anak Krakatoa mount erupt again like the Krakatoa mount?
Near the Filchner Ice Shelf in the south of the Antarctic Weddell Sea, a research team has found the world's largest fish breeding area known to date. A towed camera system photographed and filmed thousands of nests of icefish of the species Neopagetopsis ionah on the seabed.
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Operations are back up and running at the Sandia Peak Tramway, after two tram cars were stuck on cable lines, near Tower Two on Dec. 31. Twenty-one employees were rescued. The group was stuck overnight for more than 15 hours.
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North Korea said Wednesday its leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a successful flight test of a hypersonic missile he claimed would remarkably increase the country's nuclear "war deterrent."
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The saga of Nord Stream 2, the gas pipeline between Russia and Germany running along the Baltic seabed, has been stuck so long it has been likened to a suitcase at an airport without a handle – impossible to abandon, and impossible to carry forward.
The Guardian article European Gas Pipeline Map and the Ukraine Area Map
The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, it takes place between December 20 and 23, depending on the year. (The reverse is true in the Southern Hemisphere, where the shortest day of the year occurs in June.)
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The aviation industry is betting on commercial electric flight as part of a portfolio approach to reach its net-zero by 2050 target. However, among the different challenges facing a transition to electric air travel, the torrential increase in demand for lithium and other crucial minerals could prove to be one of the most difficult to overcome.
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Several parts of the West Coast experienced road closures and damage from rain, snow and wind as an impactful storm system came ashore. Many of the passes along eastern California, such as Carson Pass and Sonora Pass, were expected to see several feet of snow. The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Sacramento warned chain controls and road closures would remain possible.
Another Accuweather article on Southern California storm
Current northern Sierra road conditions
Difference between high and low pressure weather systems
Another explanation of a Low-Pressure System?
Coriolis Effect High and low rotation graphic
There's something exciting about flights that arrive before they leave, obviously because of time zone differences. It's especially intriguing if they involve short (or comparatively short) routes and/or unusually unsociable times.
Simple Flying article Examples
Tension escalates in the South China Sea (SCS) as China builds military base on disputed Subi Reef. China displays dominance as another installation takes on reefs which are claimed by other nations.
HNGN article HNGN article Subu Reef map Mischief Reef map See below
South China Seas and Taiwan Subject Section
The largest and most devastating of the four tornadoes that ripped into Kentucky overnight Saturday tore through hundreds of miles and multiple states. The storm originated in Arkansas, according to Kentucky Division of Emergency Management director Michael Dossett, and touched down in Missouri and Tennessee before making its way into the Bluegrass State, where it ripped through the western half of the state before finally weakening in central Kentucky.
Updated Forbes article Cincinnati.com article
Before-and-after satellite images show destruction of candle factory
From April 09, 2020: What would you consider the worst tornadoes in U.S. history? Former severe weather expert at The Weather Channel, Dr. Greg Forbes, combed through damage costs (adjusted for inflation through 2011) and fatality statistics in order to rank the nation's worst single tornadoes, using a 100-point scale.
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China has its eyes on Equatorial Guinea for a new military base, which would give Beijing a new naval foothold in the Atlantic Ocean, according to a media report that comes following long-standing concerns among U.S. military leaders about China’s ambitions in West Africa.
Stars & Stripes article Republicworld.com article
What is China's Belt and Road Initiative? Map
Elon Musk said on Friday that SpaceX is constructing a launch pad for its Starship spaceship in Florida ahead of the rocket's first orbital flight. "Construction of Starship orbital launch pad at the Cape has begun," Musk tweeted.
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London Gatwick Airport has historically been the UK’s second-busiest airport by passenger traffic. It retained this ranking in 2020, albeit with a far lower number of passengers due to the impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While the crisis has prompted some carriers to reduce their operations at Gatwick, the airport has big plans for the future.
Simple Flying Article London Area Airports
The frontline of the climate crisis doesn’t always resemble a disaster zone. The nation of Kiribati - deep in the Pacific Ocean - can look on the surface like a tropical paradise. And yet this idyllic country, made up of 33 low lying islands, is destined to become the first victim of climate change, on track to be swallowed by rising sea levels.
The seas are coming for us in Kiribati. Will Australia rehome us?
Our existence might be in jeopardy: How Kiribati is being swallowed by rising seas
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Frightening video captured flames spewing out of a Ryanair plane’s engine after a collision with a flock of herons while on approach to an airport in Italy.The long-legged, long-necked birds were sucked into an engine of the Boeing 737 moments before the flight from London Stansted Airport landed in Bologna about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Independent.
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On this day, 30 years ago, Pan Am flew its last commercial flight and ceased operations. The six-decade-old airline has come to symbolize modern international travel, embedding itself in pop culture and the public spotlight. Here’s a look back at the airline’s history and why it has so many fans.
Simple Flying article History.com article on the Lockerbie bombing Crash site map
Temperatures in the 50s led to quite the scene outside a power plant discharge station in Central Florida with hundreds of marine animals spotted basking in the warm, sunlit waters. This time of year, manatee spottings near the Tampa Electric power plant are common, but what made Tuesday’s event more unique was the addition of hundreds of other fish, including dozens of sharks.
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There is 'no certainty' about intentions of Russia, both NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, and the US secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin have warned.
Russia’s well-planned armed aggression against Ukraine in 2014 resulted in Moscow’s annexation of a part of the Ukrainian territory. The Crimean Peninsula and certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which the Russian Ministry of Defence affirms was an attempt at an “unconstitutional coup in Ukraine”. The political takeover of the autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol was the Kremlin’s first military operation aimed at undermining independence and sovereignty of Ukraine
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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.
CNBC USGS Info Map
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.
Reuters article - Philippines rejects China's demand to remove grounded navy ship Map See article below
South China Seas and Taiwan Subject Section
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
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 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.
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.
Vietnam is carrying out construction on three islands in the South China Sea at the same time, satellite imagery shows.
Radio Free Asia article
Russia dispatched paratroopers to Belarus Friday amid growing tension between the Minsk government and Poland over increasing numbers of migrants along their border — and fears in the West that Vladimir Putin could soon launch an invasion of Ukraine. The Kremlin’s Defense Ministry said that forces will parachute from heavylift Il-76 transport planes in Belarus’ Grodno region — which borders Poland — as part of joint war games involving Belarusian air defense assets, helicopter gunships and other forces.
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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
The Chinese military has built targets in the shape of an American aircraft carrier and other U.S. warships in the Taklamakan desert as part of a new target range complex, according to photos provided to USNI News by satellite imagery company Maxar.
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Friday's student protests brought about 25,000 people into the streets of Glasgow, Scotland.
Scottish Event Campus
This is an honor typically reserved for presidents.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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.
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.
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.
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
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
South China Seas and Taiwan Subject Section
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
Where it is today Map
"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
Bonanza Creek Ranch
Explore what might have caused this tragic crash during approach into an historically demanding airport
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Update: Challenger 605 Crash in Truckee
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Ring camera captures apparent sounds of jet crashing in Truckee
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
Visual Guide article from The Guardian