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Six states compete to host new U.S. Space Command headquarters

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first_imgSix locations, including four Air Force installations, have made the first round of cuts for those being considered for the new headquarters of U.S. Space Command, the Air Force announced.They include Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, Offutt AFB in Nebraska, Patrick AFB in Florida, Peterson AFB in Colorado, Redstone Army Airfield in Alabama and Port San Antonio in Texas. Port San Antonio was home to the former Kelly Air Force Base and currently hosts Air National Guard and reserve operations.“Self-nominated communities from across twenty-four states were evaluated as potential locations for hosting the headquarters,” the Air Force said in a news release.“The Department of the Air Force evaluated each location and will now conduct both virtual and on-site visits at each candidate location to assess which location is best suited to host the U.S. Space Command Headquarters,” the Air Force statement says. “This assessment will be based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support, and costs to the Department of Defense.”But getting to the six finalists wasn’t easy, Defense News reports. “At times, the competition among cities has been politically contentious.”When a memo listing potential locations was leaked to the media in 2019, which included four bases in Colorado, Florida lawmakers lobbied Air Force officials to reconsider and include Florida on the list.U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, a Republican who sits on the House Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology committees told The Associated Press that the initial list “was very opaque, it was not well defined, and kind of out of the blue – Florida was completely excluded.”By March of this year, Space Force Vice Commander Lt. Gen. David Thompson told the House Armed Services Committee that a search for a new location was starting over and new criteria was announced.The final six locations being considered include only one location in Colorado, the current headquarters for Space Command, and one location in Florida, reflecting successful lobbying by the Florida delegation.The six potential locations are more geographically representative, located in the south and west: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Huntsville, Alabama; and San Antonio, Texas.In June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Air Force John Henderson thanking him for considering Texas as one of the locations.Upon hearing the announcement on Thursday, Abbott said the Air Force would find no better location than Port San Antonio.“Not only does the state of Texas have the resources, universities, and human capital necessary to support the Space Command, but we are also enriched by our long-standing and celebrated tradition of military service and innovation in Texas,” Abbott said.Waltz argues Florida is the best choice.“Space is in our DNA,” he said. “It has been for the last five decades. It’s all right here.”NASA, SpaceX and universities that focus on engineering are based in both Florida and Texas, and both have strong military presences, making them competitive.But the Colorado delegation argues that Peterson Air Force Base, the current Space Command headquarters, should be its permanent home. Colorado’s congressional delegation and state leaders have lobbied the Trump administration to keep the headquarters in the state.“U.S. Space Command should stay here where it has already found a home among our strong military community, thriving aerospace industry, and world-class academic and research institutions,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement.Since 1982, Peterson Air Force Base has been home to the Air Force Space Command.The U.S. Space Command was reactivated Aug. 29, 2019, as a unified combatant command to potentially fight wars in space. It was created as part of a $738 billion defense spending bill and is the first military branch to be added to the U.S. Armed Services since the Air Force was created in 1947. TAGSAir ForceFinalistsHeadquartersSpace ForceStatesThe Center Square Previous articleFlorida Dept. of Health recognizes Diabetes Awareness Month, provides stats and resourcesNext articleCARES portal for $1000 assistance re-opens November 24 at 8:00 a.m. Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Out of 24 self-nominated states, six were chosen as finalists, including FloridaBy Bethany Blankley | The Center Square In this photo released by the U.S. Air Force, Col. Todd Benson, the U.S. Air Force Central Command director of space forces, center, leads airmen through their enlistment ceremony as they became members of the Space Force at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Space Force, the first new U.S. military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947, now has some 20 members stationed at the Qatari base in its first foreign deployment. Photo by Staff Sgt. 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Myanmar’s military junta eliminates independent media

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first_img to go further MyanmarAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Armed conflictsImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionExiled mediaJudicial harassmentViolence MyanmarAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Armed conflictsImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionExiled mediaJudicial harassmentViolence Receive email alerts News Police fire tear gas as they attempt to disperse protesters taking part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 27, 2021 (credit: AFP). RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Help by sharing this information Ten days after the information ministry told media to stop using the terms “junta” and “coup d’état” or face sanctions, the Myanmar Times suddenly suspended operations on 21 February “for three months,” according to the welcome message on its website. The website of the newspaper The Voice has not been updated since 1 March. March 25, 2021 Myanmar’s military junta eliminates independent media May 31, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Myanmar is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Thein Zaw, an Associated Press journalist held for more than three weeks, was finally released yesterday after charges were dropped against him. He had been violently arrested while photographing policemen during a demonstration on 27 February. Robert Bociaga, a Polish photo-journalist arrested nearly two weeks ago, was also released yesterday and is awaiting deportation. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar The military had to use stronger pressure to get two other newspapers, 7 Day News and Eleven, to stop publishing. It was only after the military authorities rescinded their licences on 8 March that they resigned themselves to stop publishing. The Eleven group nonetheless continues to post news on its website. “After targeting the newspapers, the military authorities led by Gen. Min Aung Hlaing are now blocking the digital domain in order to prevent Myanmar’s people from keeping informed about the military’s bloody crackdown on demonstrators. We urge them to immediately restore press freedom, restore Internet networks and stop targeting the journalists still daring to report in the field.” May 12, 2021 Find out more Hide or flee Last week, RSF referred the military crackdown on media and journalists to the UN special rapporteurs on the human rights situation in Myanmar and on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture May 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Myanmar One of the two, BBC correspondent Aung Thura, was released on 22 March after three days of interrogation and sleep deprivation. Like other reporters, he had to sign an undertaking to stop covering the events taking place in Myanmar. The other, Mizzima News journalist Than Htike Aung, is still being held. Of the at least 45 journalists arrested since the coup, 25 have been released. The others are still held. Other journalists have been the targets of reprisals for covering the protests against the military government. Two were abducted on 19 March while following the trial of Win Htein, one of the leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party whose government was brought down by the coup. “The actions taken by the military junta to eliminate news pluralism and press freedom and to persecute those journalists trying against all odds to keep working have unfortunately succeeded and access to news and information has not been in such danger in Myanmar since its democratisation in 2011,” RSF editor-in-chief Pauline Adès-Mével said. There is no longer a free press in Myanmar. The only print media have been official newspapers controlled by the military since 17 March, after the last independent daily in circulation, The Standard Time (San Taw Chain in Burmese), took the same decision as its four rivals and suspended its print edition, citing distribution problems since the coup. Finally, the military authorities are now imposing drastic restrictions on access to the Internet, which was the only way to see reliable, independent reporting. Fixed-line Internet is disconnected every night, mobile Internet has been blocked for the past 11 days, and access to public Wi-Fi networks has been reduced for the past week, according to the Internet freedom watchdog NetBlocks. Organisation News access endangered The military authorities have meanwhile been carrying our raids and equipment seizures – on 8 March at the offices of the Myanmar Now news agency and then, the next day, at the offices of the Mizzima News multimedia news group and the Kamayut Media video news website. The latter’s licence was not rescinded but two of its executives, Nathan Maung and Han Thar Nyein, have been arrested, preventing it from continuing to operate. News The only solution envisaged by most journalists to avoid arrest and police violence is to hide or flee to the remotest regions. According to The Irrawaddy, hundreds of journalists have chosen one or other of these options and, despite all the problems, some are continuing to work. Others have fled to regions that are rebel strongholds, such as the eastern state of Karen. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the restoration of media pluralism and unrestricted Internet access in Myanmar, where the military, in the weeks since staging a coup d’état on 1 February, have reasserted full control over news and information – engineering the disappearance of the last independent newspapers and imposing tight curbs on online access. News News Legal proceedings were initiated against the online media The Irrawaddy on 14 March under article 505 (a) of the penal code. This article has often been used to convict journalists critical of the military but this is the first time that an entire news organisation has been targeted. Ten journalists are currently facing up to three years in prison for covering the street protests against the coup.last_img read more

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Release of last journalist held hostage in Iraq

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first_img RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information —————————————————————————–14.04.2004 – French journalist released, four reporters remain hostages in Iraq News Follow the news on Iraq News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Following the release of a Japaneese reporter and the likely abduction of one of his colleagues on 13 or 14 April, four journalists are believed to be held against their will in Iraq – three Czechs and a Japaneese. Reporters Without Borders urged the forces involved in the conflict to make every effort possible to obtain their release as quickly and safely as possible. Freelance photographer Soichiro Koriyama, 32, was released on 15 April along with two other Japanese civilians abducted on the road between Amman and Baghdad on 8 April. Morover another Japaneese journalist was probably kidnapped. The Japanese authorities today were still trying to confirm whether two more Japanese citizens, a humanitarian worker and a journalist, have been taken hostage. If confirmed, this would maintain the number of journalists currently held against their will in Iraq to four.A Japanese opposition legislator in the Jordanian capital of Amman said Junpei Yasuda, 30, a freelance journalist and regular contributor to the daily Tokyo Shimbun, was apparently kidnapped with his fellow-countryman in Abu Ghraib (a suburb of Baghdad) on 13 or 14 April. They were travelling in a taxi to the site of a forced landing by a US helicopter.In Tokyo, the Japan Visual Journalists Association (a network of freelance photographers and cameramen) reported that it had received an e-mail message from a colleague of Yasuda referring to the two abductions. “There has been a major disaster today,” the message said. “Watanabe and Yasuda were kidnapped before my very eyes.”A Tokyo Shimbun spokesperson said Yasuda had contacted the newspaper on 13 April asking if he should go to the besieged city of Falluja. When a colleague advised him not to go, he decided to cover the flight of civilians out of Falluja and, for that, to go to Baghdad. December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release of the last journalist still held hostage in Iraq, Japanese freelancer Jumpei Yasuda, 30, a regular contributor to the daily Tokyo Shimbun. center_img Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders has learned from the Czech public television channel CT that three Czech journalists have been freed after being held hostage for five days in Iraq. CT reporter Michal Kubal, CT cameraman Petr Klima and Vit Pohanka, a staff reporter with the public radio station Cro are safe and sound inside their embassy in Baghdad. Reporters Without Borders called for the release of Soichiro Koriyama, a contributor to Asahi Weekly.—————————————————————————————- 15.04.2004 – Japaneese reporter released, concern over fate of four journalists still held hostage Alexandre Jordanov (picture), a 40-year-old French journalist with the TV news agency Capa, was released today. He was kidnapped three days ago south of Baghdad with his cameraman, Yvan Cerieix, who was released after being held just a few hours. They were preparing a documentary for the French TV channelCanal+. Four foreign journalists – a Japanese and three Czechs – are stillbeing held against their will in Iraq. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” ——————————————————————————-14.04.2004 – Concern over fate of five journalists kidnapped Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today at the fate of five journalists – one Japanese, three Czechs and a Frenchman – who are currently held hostage or reported missing in Iraq. One of them has been held for six days.The organisation called on their abductors to release them and all the other civilians held against their will. It also urged the forces involved in the conflict to make every effort possible to obtain their release as quickly and safely as possible. The abductions are part of a wave of kidnapping in the past few days in which about 40 people from 12 different countries are currently held.Although primarily determined by the nationality of the victims, the abductions of journalists are having a dramatic impact on press freedom. They make the conditions of work for the news media especially dangerous. Journalists are forced to restrict their movements and safety becomes their overriding concern.With at least eight media workers – four journalists and four assistants – killed since the start of the year, Iraq is currently one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists.Reporters in the field are already comparing Iraq to Beirut at the worst moments of the 1975-1990 civil war, when many foreign journalists became the targets of attacks or kidnapping by various armed groups. Whether the demands of the abductors are political or financial, such actions are unacceptable, cowardly and contrary to the most basic norms of international law.Reporters Without Borders stressed that journalists carrying out dangerous work in war zones are regarded as civilians and must be “protected” as set out in the Geneva Conventions (article 79 of supplementary protocol 1 of 1977).Details of the abductions:Alexandre Jordanov, 40, of the French TV news agency Capa was apparently kidnapped in Latifiya, 30 km south of Baghdad on 11 April. He was preparing a documentary for the French channel Canal+ with his cameraman, Ivan Cerieix, who was held for a few hours by an Iraqi guerrilla group before being released that night. Jordanov, Cerieix, an Iraqi driver and an Iraqi interpreter had been driving towards Hilla to see the Polish contingent when they stopped to film fighting between US soldiers and Iraqis following an attack on a supply convoy.Three Czech journalists went missing in Taji, a locality north of Baghdad, on 11 April. Reporter Michal Kubal, 27, and cameraman Petr Klima, 40, of the public TV channel CT and reporter Vit Pohanka, 37, of the public radio station Cro were travelling together in taxi bound for the Jordanian capital of Amman.Three Japanese civilians were abducted on the road between Amman and Baghdad on 8 April. They include freelance photographer Soichiro Koriyama, 32, who is currently working for the Asahi Weekly. News April 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of last journalist held hostage in Iraq Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release of the last journalist still held hostage in Iraq, Japanese freelancer Jumpei Yasuda, 30, a regular contributor to the daily Tokyo Shimbun.The Japanese authorities confirmed today that Yasuda and another Japanese civilian, humanitarian worker Nobutaka Watanabe, 36, had been freed. They were handed over to the Association of Iraqi Ulemas, a Sunni group that has helped obtain the release of other foreign hostages. Both were reported missing on 14 April although Japan never officially confirmed their disappearance.______________________________________________16.04.2004 – Iraqis release three Czech journalists, Japanese photographer believed still held Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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AP7 to report fossil fuel divestment hoax to police

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first_imgSweden’s AP7, the SEK674bn (€64bn) default fund for the premium pension system, said it intends to file a report to police after being targeted yesterday by a sophisticated hoax, in which an unknown party purporting to be the fund itself distributed false information to media outlets.Fake news that the fund had taken a decision to divest from all fossil fuels and become carbon neutral by 2030 was then reported by IPE, one Swedish website, the French news agency AFP, and many international news outlets redistributing the AFP story.Johan Florén, AP7’s head of communications and ownership, told IPE: “We are going to try to make a report for the police. We are investigating this and and hopefully everything will become clear and we will then look into all the options.”IPE removed the false story from its website yesterday after being contacted by Florén to say the story was not true. The unknown perpetrators of the prank emailed journalists using the format of a press release closely resembling a genuine release from AP7, with the announcement also carried in English and Swedish on a website impersonating an official AP funds website.While the pension fund is taking action to remove remainders of the false information on social media and elsewhere online, Florén said there was a limited amount that could be done to guard against such attacks.“With this kind of online fraud, it’s very difficult to do anything about it. Often the perpetrators are hidden behind servers in other countries, for example,” he said.Asked who could be responsible for yesterday’s disinformation, Florén speculated the perpetrators could be environmental activists.“The AP funds have been subject to other attacks linked to the issue of sustainability, both online and physically,” he said.Two years ago, Swedish state pension buffer fund AP3 was targeted by activists from campaign group Greenpeace, which included one of their meeting rooms being occupied by protesters.Yesterday’s fake press release incident echoes the case in early 2019 when a spoof letter on climate change pretending to be from BlackRock founder Larry Fink was reported by the Financial Times and other media.last_img read more

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Andre Ethier’s southpaw exposure ended long drought

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first_img“No, just because I knew what our bench was at that time,” he said. “We had all lefties besides (switch-hitting catcher Yasmani) Grandal sitting on the bench. Those guys have been used primarily as position players too. You don’t want to burn one of your double-switch guys.” Ethier is not a double-switch guy. His fractured right tibia still hasn’t fully healed, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he can play the outfield if needed.That hasn’t happened yet, in part, because “there’s some other guys defensively that I like a little better,” Roberts said.If anything, Ethier’s plate appearance was a consequence of the Dodgers choosing to keep an extra relief pitcher and only two catchers for the NLCS. Having Austin Barnes on the end of the bench freed up Carlos Ruiz to pinch hit in the NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals. Now, Ruiz’s at-bats might go to Ethier — even with a left-handed pitcher on the mound.As his only plate appearance Saturday suggested, that might not be such a bad thing after all. CHICAGO >> Andre Ethier’s pinch hit home run in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday was unusual. Just ask Cole Hamels.Hamels was pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 8, 2013 when he threw Ethier a fastball down the middle of the plate to begin the second inning. Ethier planted the pitch in the right-center field seats at Citizens Bank Park for a home run.Ethier made another 997 plate appearances prior to the NLCS. None resulted in a home run off a left-handed pitcher before Saturday.Was Ethier surprised to be in the batter’s box against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester in the first place? To Trump or not to TrumpRoom-service preferences, family obligations – or maybe politics – will occasionally prompt one of the Dodgers’ players to ask the team’s staff to arrange accommodations at a hotel other than the team hotel during a road trip. When the Dodgers came to Chicago to face the Cubs at the end of May, the team stayed at the same hotel they have been using for years – the Trump International Hotel and Tower near the Chicago River. Their Mexican-American first baseman did not.“I didn’t stay there,” Adrian Gonzalez confirmed. “I had my reasons.”The inference is obvious. Though he was born in San Diego, Gonzalez grew up in Mexico where his family has deep roots and his father owns a business. Gonzalez has played for the Mexican national team in numerous international competitions including the World Baseball Classic. He has been involved in charitable endeavors in Mexico, including refurbishing the sports complex in Tijuana where he played as a youth. Just this summer, he stepped in to help a youth baseball team from Mexico that was stranded in Los Angeles when its sponsor backed out of its commitment.The Chicago hotel’s owner is, of course, presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Republican nominee has campaigned on a platform that includes promises to “build a wall” on the Mexico-U.S. border to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing, and has called Mexican immigrants “rapists” who bring crime and drugs with them. One recent poll shows Hillary Clinton outpolling Trump 70 percent to 19 percent among Latino voters.Gonzalez smiled as he declined to specify his reasons for not staying at the team hotel in June, saying, “We’re here to play baseball not talk politics.”Indeed, the Dodgers were in Chicago to play baseball again this past weekend – but they did not stay at the Trump hotel. The reason wasn’t political, however. The hotel required a non-refundable deposit in order to hold a block of rooms for the team. Until their Game 5 victory over the Washington Nationals late Thursday night, the Dodgers weren’t sure they would need those rooms. Arrangements were made with a different hotel.Quick hitsThe Dodgers still haven’t chosen a starting pitcher for Game 4. Roberts expressed some uncertainty around Game 3 starter Rich Hill possibly exacerbating a blister on his left index finger. … Left-handers Julio Urias and Brett Anderson (not on 25-man roster) both traveled to Chicago and threw bullpens on Sunday. … With his single in the fifth inning, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw now has a hit in five consecutive postseason series.Staff writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this reportcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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