A Hong Kong protester dribbles over pictures of President Xi Jinping and Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.Umit Bektas Reuters From the late 19th century up to World War II, Americans were seized by the idea of transforming China into a Christian, capitalist America on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.The word plastic pops up again and again in American statements about China from that era. China is plastic in the hands of strong and capable Westerners, announced President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. China has become plastic after centuries of rigid conventionalism, declared Selskar M. Gunn, a vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, in May 1933.
This new contract covers the first mission that will carry actual astronauts to the Moon, which NASA is still targeting for 2024, and covers additional missions spanning ordering periods running up to September 30, 2030. The concrete missions that are already planned, which will trigger immediate orders, are Artemis III through V, and that contract is valued at $2.7 billion. In 2022, NASA then plans to put down orders for Artemis VI through VIII, which accounts for the second batch of Orion capsules and will come in at $1.9 billion. NASA says that it;s purposely batching orders in groups of three to ;benefit from efficiencies that become available in the supply chain over time; efficiencies which presumably account for the $800 million price differential.NASA also hopes to be cost efficient through spacecraft reuse: It 's hoping to re fly the Orion capsules it 's purchasing at least once per spacecraft, beginning with Artemis II, the first crewed mission in the Artemis program, which will aim to do a Moon flyby but not actually touch down on the lunar surface. NASA also notes that work done for this Orion contract will serve its Lunar Gateway project, as well, with re use of components developed for the spacecraft contributing to its plan to develop a lunar space station to support future Moon missions, as well as stage missions to Mars and beyond.
Key point: Brazil and other countries contributed forces, logistics, bases, or aid to help the Allies win World War II. The term United Nations was in large part derived from the large number of nations that joined in common cause between 1939 and 1945 to defeat the Axis powers of Germany, Japan, and Italy during World War II. Scores of nations joined the major Allied powers to contribute, directly or indirectly, to the defeat of the common enemy. One of those nations was South America s largest country, Brazil. The significant contribution of her wealth, resources, and blood of her own people is, unfortunately, little remembered today. Latin America in World War II Originally, Latin America was important to the United States for the resources it provided to a nation soon to be at war. In 1940, 90 percent of the region s coffee, 83 percent of the sugar, 78 percent of the bauxite, 70 percent of the tungsten, as well as significant percentages of tin, copper, and crude oil were imported to the United States for both domestic and military consumption. Although the United States was not yet at war, it had concerns about Latin America, for a dictator sympathetic to Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini might cause trouble for a United States that was trying to remain neutral. German propaganda took full advantage of the opportunity and distributed literature and films in Spanish to encourage dissension throughout Latin America. It even established a propaganda radio station in Montevideo, Uruguay. Mexico was already at odds with the United States. It had expropriated American oil companies, and the United States was claiming that communist and National Socialist plots were prevalent throughout that country. And the Mexican government was ready to expel any American agents within its borders that were identified. Mexico also clearly anticipated a German victory, which the country was expected to use to strengthen its position with the United States. Mexico finally sent a squadron of fighter aircraft to the Pacific late in the war. Other Central and South American countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Peru, and Venezuela wanted no part of the conflict and remained on the sidelines. Brazil s Road to War In Brazil in June 1940, President Get lio Vargas had already informed the German ambassador that Brazil fully intended to maintain its independence, despite Vargas s known dislike of the democratic system and the appeal he personally felt for totalitarian states. Other states, like Argentina, were split in their loyalties. Chile, Uruguay, and Panama (of the Spanish speaking countries, only Panama entered into a declaration of war) were sympathetic to the American camp, but the United States had to bring the entire continent onto its side. To do so, President Franklin Roosevelt established the Inter American Financial and Economic Committee, based in Panama. Then a number of conferences were held in Panama, Rio de Janeiro, and Washington, D.C., to settle differences between the members. The Chapultepec Conference held in Mexico resulted in an agreement that laid the foundations of the future cooperation of the American states. With Nelson A. Rockefeller as his coordinator for inter American affairs, President Roosevelt loaned the Latin American states money, increased imports from them to the United States, and sent American technicians to modernize the economy of the various countries. The Germans did much to push Brazil into the American camp. U boat attacks off the coast of Brazil sank several Brazilian ships and killed over 600 of its citizens, including women and children. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Vargas decided to honor his nation s commitments to the United States and, in January 1942, broke diplomatic relations with Germany, Japan, and Italy. The Brazilian Navy immediately took steps to protect its shipping while the air force conducted offshore patrols to detect enemy submarines. Several Brazilian military bases were ceded to the United States for similar uses. The sinking of Brazilian ships continued, however, with another dozen ships gone by August 1942. Vargas and his government had enough provocation by this point, and in the same month declared war on Germany and Italy. The Creation of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force It took longer for Brazil to decide how to contribute to the Allied war effort. Concerns that the fascist forces in North Africa, which bulged too close for comfort just across the South Atlantic, might take some aggressive action against Brazil, kept her forces at home in a protective mode. But with the Allied invasion of North Africa in November 1942 and the eventual defeat of the Axis forces there, Brazil turned to a more active role in the war. On December 31, 1942, President Vargas announced in a speech that his government was beginning to think on the responsibilities of an extra continental action. This idea would soon develop into the Brazilian Expeditionary Force, which would fight alongside the Allies in Italy in 1944 and 1945. The first concrete steps were taken at a conference between Presidents Roosevelt and Vargas at Natal in northeastern Brazil on January 28, 1943. There the two heads of state agreed that Brazil would make some physical contribution to the Allied war effort beyond protecting its own borders. That March, President Vargas issued an Explanation of Motives written earlier by the war minister in which he proposed the organization of an expeditionary force to fight outside the continent. Thus was born the Brazilian Expeditionary Force, or BEF. Although the idea had taken hold, there remained problems within Brazil itself. There were strong elements within the Vargas government who opposed Brazil s participation in the war against the Axis powers. Then there was the problem of organizing, training, equipping, and staffing such a force. There was also a need to infuse into the Brazilian people a will to fight a war in the Old World, which was far away and often resented by factions of the populace. But Vargas and his followers began campaigns to overcome each of these obstacles in turn, and by the fall of 1943 he accomplished his goal. The BEF would consist largely of a single infantry division based on the contemporary American model. To create such a unit, existing Brazilian military units would be consolidated into the necessary combat formations. Thus, the three infantry regiments were formed from units spread across Brazil. The 1st Infantry Regiment, or Sampaio Regiment, came from the military district of Rio de Janeiro. The 6th Infantry Regiment, formerly the Ipiranga Regiment, came from S o Paulo State. The 11th Infantry Regiment was formerly known as the Tiradentes Regiment and came from Minas Gerais State. Most of the artillery was formed from units then based in and around Rio de Janeiro and S o Paulo. The unit s 9th Engineer Battalion came from Aquidauana, Mato Grosso State, while the Reconnaissance Squadron was formed out of the 2nd Mechanized Regiment, based within the city of Rio de Janeiro. The medical battalion consisted of units based in both Rio de Janeiro and S o Paulo. On October 7, 1943, Maj. Gen. Jo o Baptista Mascarenhas de Moraes was appointed to command the assembled units. The general was born in S o Gabriel, Rio Grande de Sul State, in 1883, and at age 16 entered the Rio Pardo Military School as a cadet. He then completed his military training at the Brazilian Military School in Rio de Janeiro and was commissioned a second lieutenant. Later in his career he won first place in the Officers Higher Training School and third place at the General Staff School; both courses were directed by the French military mission. He continued to rise in rank and responsibilities until he reached the highest post of chief of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force. Adopting the American Military Model For many years prior to the outbreak of World War II, the Brazilian military had been instructed by a French military mission. All of its military equipment was European. This ceased with the surrender of France in 1940. Now the Brazilian forces were to participate in a foreign war with different allies, and new tactics and techniques, not to mention organizational skills, had to be learned. To this end, General Mascarenhas traveled to the United States to quickly learn American military techniques, organization, and equipment. In Brazil the complete transformation of the BEF from a European model organization to an American based one took time and a great deal of effort. For example, the BEF had to be motorized, more specialists trained, and new equipment introduced. The M1 Garand rifle, the 60mm mortar, bazooka, .30 caliber light machine gun, 57mm antitank gun, and the 105mm artillery pieces, among others, were unknown to the Brazilians. These all had to be acquired, learned, and then implemented within the unit s structure, which itself was changing. Recruitment of personnel, particularly for the specialist positions, was difficult and time consuming. Additionally, many of its leading officers were still undergoing training in the United States. In December, General Mascarenhas traveled to Italy with a group of observers viewing the Italian campaign. On December 28, 1943, Mascarenhas was officially named commander of the 1st Expeditionary Infantry Division (1st EID), and in January, upon his return from Italy, he assumed command of the still forming BEF. 1 2 3 4 5 Next View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
Sgr A is classed as a supermassive black hole (SBH) and being the nearest one to us, it has been extensively studied across many wavelengths of light, from gamma waves down to radio waves. In fact it was a beam of radio wave emission in 1931 that first drew astronomers attention to the invisible void that sits in the Milky Way's innermost region, 26,000 light years away in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. It would be over 40 years later however before more concrete evidence of its existence was published.Since then it has been observed countless times and for the last 20 years, the W. M. Keck Observatory, a twin telescope observatory that sits near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, has been casting its infrared eyes over the SBH on a regular basis.
Summer is a busy time for the Obama family with regard to birthdays. Barack was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, his mother in law, Marian Robinson, was born on July 30 and his daughter, Malia, celebrated her 21st birthday on July 4.In Illinois, where Obama served as a senator before becoming president, August 4 is officially Barack Obama Day. Last year was the first time the holiday was commemorated, as the Illinois Legislature passed the bill in 2017.
A week after launching the RXO II compact camera in India for Rs 57,990, Sony has introduced the Sony A7R IV 61MP full frame mirrorless camera. The successor to the Sony A7R III, the new mirrorless camera comes with the world 's first 35mm 61MP BSI sensor with 5 axis in body image stabilisation. The Sony A7R IV will be available for $3,500 (approx. Rs 2,41,000).
FB Twitter ellipsis More Pinterest Mail Email Print iphone Send Text Message Image zoom Desiree Navarro WireImage The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss is denying his estranged wife #x2019;s abuse allegations while also claiming that she #x201C;physically attacked #x201D; him during an alleged argument.On Tuesday, Mike #x2019;s pregnant wife Laura Fleiss (n #xE9;e Kaeppeler) -- a former Miss Wisconsin who was crowned Miss America in 2012 -- filed for an emergency domestic violence restraining order after she claims he physically attacked her and #x201C;demanded #x201D; she get an abortion over the July 4 weekend in Hawaii, according to her declaration obtained by The Blast.
Sony has announced the launch of the latest addition to its popular compact camera range, the Sony RX0 II, which the company claims is the "world's smallest and lightest ultra premium compact camera". This action camera is the successor to the Sony RX0 and it measures just 59mm x 40.5mm x 35mm while weighing 132 grams, making it very light and pocketable. But don't let the size fool you as this new compact camera is packed to the brim with features and sports a 180 degree tiltable screen in a waterproof (IPX8), dustproof (IP6X), shockproof (from drops up to 2 metres), and crushproof (up to 200kg force) form factor.The Sony RX0 II sports a 1.0 type stacked 15.3 megapixel Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and an advanced BIONZ X image processing engine that offers enhanced colour reproduction including beautiful skin tones. The sensor is said to be extremely sensitive to light with ISO ranging from 80 12,800, that will help in producing excellent photos and videos. There's also a fixed wide angle ZEISS Tessar T 24mm lens with f 4.0 aperture, that helps in achieving a shortened minimum focusing distance of 20cm, which makes it perfect for selfies or table top photos.
Otilimab, an anti granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (anti GM CSF) monoclonal antibody, is indicated for patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis who have had an inadequate response to disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD) or targeted therapies.GSK agreed to oversee development and commercialization of otilimab when it licensed rights to the drug in 2013 from MorphoSys for up to 445.5 million (up to $503 million), of which 22.5 million ($25.4 million) was paid upfront.
FB Twitter ellipsis More Pinterest Mail Email Print iphone Send Text Message Dog the Bounty Hunter #xA0;star Beth Chapman has died. She was 51. #x201C;It #x2019;s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain, #x201D; her husband #xA0;Duane #x201C;Dog #x201D; Chapman tweeted Wednesday. #x201C;Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side. #x201D;
Per his LinkedIn account, former ARM Lead CPU Architect Mike Filippo joined up with Apple last month, following a 10 year stint with the semiconductor company. The move notably follows the exit of Apple chip design lead Gerard Williams III, back in March. Filippo appears perfectly suited for the role, having played a key part in a many of ARM s virtually ubiquitous designs. He previously spent several years at both Intel and AMD.ARM confirmed Filippo s exit in a statement offered to Bloomberg. Mike was a long time valuable member of the ARM community, the company said. We appreciate all of his efforts and wish him well in his next endeavor. Apple, on the other hand, has yet to officially confirm the move.
Beth Chapman, the wife of Hawaii based bounty hunter Duane "Dog " Chapman, has died, her husband announced Wednesday morning. She was 51. "It 's 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side, " Duane said via his verified Twitter account.
Per a new content licensing agreement, a range of programs from the Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) catalog is set to become available to SPI International FilmBox subscribers in the Middle East.SPI FilmBox subscribers in the Middle East will now have access to MGM movies such as Get Shorty, starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito; Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone; Ronin, directed by Emmy winner John Frankenheimer and starring Robert DeNiro; Pink Panther I amp; II, starring Steve Martin, Kevin Kline and Jean Reno; and The Man in the Iron Mask, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu and Gabriel Byrne. The agreement also includes Legally Blonde, Carrie (2013), Robocop, The Thomas Crown Affair and Species I amp; II, among others.
Pre order now to receive the Legacy Pack and unlock outfits and weapons used by BJ Blazkowicz. Nineteen years after the events of Wolfenstein II, BJ Blazckowicz has disappeared after a mission into Nazi occupied Paris. Now, after years of training from their battle hardened father, BJ s twin daughters, Jess and Soph Blazkowicz, are forced into action. Team up with a friend or play alone. Level up, explore, and complete missions to unlock new abilities, weapons, gadgets, cosmetics, and more to complement your playstyle and customize your appearance. The Deluxe Edition includes the Buddy Pass, allowing you and a friend to play the entire game together, even if they don't own the game themselves. This edition also features the Cyborg Skin Pack, which includes: Cyborg player skin Titanium alloy skins for all weapons Titanium alloy hatchet Titanium alloy knife Armor boosting pep signalGet the biggest Xbox news delivered straight to your inbox every week.
Larry Alvin Long II, 51, who lived in nearby Phenix City, Ala., went into the freezer at 10:13 a.m. and was found dead at 11:20 a.m.Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan told the Columbus Ledger Enquirer the man was pronounced dead of natural causes at 11:50 a.m.
Protests erupted in Russia 's fourth largest city this month after fencing went up around a riverside park ahead of the church 's construction, resulting in arrests and clashes with vigilantes and riot police. Yekaterinburg is also the site of the 1918 shooting by Bolshevik revolutionaries of Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and five children. The church canonized them as martyrs in 2000. ”The church is being challenged today. This challenge thundered from Yekaterinburg in the same way that shots had thundered and the blood of the holy imperial martyrs was shed 100 years ago, ” Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye said on Saturday.
Almost every film lover seems to like or adore some Malick film, whether it 's the young outlaws in love reverie Badlands (his 1973 debut, admirable at least for its brash ambition), or the pseudobiblical 2011 Tree of Life (an impressionistic meditation on memory, life and other stuff). I do not find his films moving and mystical; I have rarely found them even bearable. A Hidden Life, adapted from the true story of Franz J auml;ggerst auml;tter, an Austrian conscientious objector during World War II, may be visually beautiful, in a mountains in the mist way. But what is it saying? What is it doing? And oh, dear God, is he showing us those mountains again?The generic description of A Hidden Life might be ”Two young people, deeply in love, are torn apart by war. ” That about covers it. A Hidden Life is more narratively straightforward than Malick 's most recent movies: Young Franz and his wife, Franziska (August Diehl and Valerie Plachner), run a farm in the mountains. As the film opens, Franziska reflects on the time before the war, when the duo 's life together was rich and full of possibility. Franz and Franziska work hard cutting wheat as the sun blinks through clouds. But they spend even more time gamboling in the fields, or throwing hay at one another, or catching a smooch when their two adorable blond daughters mdash;later it will be three mdash;aren 't looking. Franziska recalls the first time she met Franz. Like nearly all the dialogue in the film, it 's rendered in characteristically Malick style voiceover, with prairie sized spaces between the phrases. ”I remember hellip;that motorcycle hellip;my best dress hellip;you looked at me hellip;and I knew hellip;how simple life was then hellip; ”
Every day in my local papers, I read stories with headlines like Subway Ridership Dropped Again in New York as Passengers Flee to Uber. AMNY, in its daily Tweet compilation section, generally devotes at least half of its selections to posts bashing the subway and bus system. In the midst of the hangover that was last week s Uber IPO (in which it immediately lost 8% of its value), it would be appropriate to contemplate the intersection of Uber (and its ugly stepsister Lyft) and the government.In the shadow of the Great Depression and WWII, under the Administrations of the multimillionaire Franklin Roosevelt and the no nonsense Republican Dwight Eisenhower, the federal government invested the equivalent of football fields full of cash on infrastructure projects like the Interstate Highway System (which cost half a trillion in today s dollars). States and cities likewise undertook great transportation schemes. Between the 1920s and 1960s, Robert Moses funded 413 mi. of parkways and 13 bridges for NYC through, among other things, local tolls.
facebook twitter google j dw Cliffhanger may not be widely seen as an iconic Sylvester Stallone actioner, but the high altitude intensity of the Renny Harlin directed 1993 blockbuster reaped respectable box office rewards, banking $255 million worldwide off a $70 million budget far more than the $189 million made from Sly s then recent franchise mainstay in 1988 s Rambo III, and certainly more than the $119.9 million made from 1990 dud Rocky V. Indeed, Cliffhanger has its share of fans, notably Fast amp; Furious film franchise producer Neal Moritz, who s now spearheading a female fronted reboot effort.