Skateworld Rally in Linda Vista

Skateworld Rally in Linda Vista

first_imgSkateworld Rally in Linda Vista Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- KUSI’s John Soderman was at the Skateworld Rally in Linda Vista, where locals are trying to save the rink before City Council votes tomorrow on the fate of the roller rink April 7, 2019 Updated: 6:25 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 7, 2019last_img read more

Trump revives US Space Command for military operations

first_imgThe administration hasn’t forgotten about Space Force, first proposed by Trump in a March speech. Pence also announced Trump will soon sign a new space policy directive that will lay out plans and a timeline for the creation of the Space Force as a sixth branch of the armed forces.  Pence addressed members of the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing. He was attending a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch scheduled for Tuesday, but the launch was postponed due to a flight computer error. The rocket is set to carry an Air Force GPS satellite into orbit. Space Command will be headed up by a four-star officer. Trump’s memorandum for the Secretary of Defense asks James Mattis to recommend officers for nomination as commander and deputy commander.”A new era of American national security in space begins today,” Pence said. Sci-Tech 23 Photos CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Military Space 1 Share your voice Tags Space Force awakens Comment Vice President Mike Pence announces the revival of the US Space Command in Florida.  Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET It’s not just NASA that has interests in orbit. The US military has long been involved in space activities ranging from satellite communications to intelligence gathering. That work will be unified under one umbrella with the revival of the US Space Command. Vice President Mike Pence announced the return of Space Command during a speech at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday. “President Trump will direct the Department of Defense to establish a combatant command that will oversee all our military activities in space,” he said.Space Command will become the military’s 11th combatant command, each of which oversees a geographic or functional mission. It joins existing entities including Cyber Command and Transportation Command.  Space Command was originally created in 1985, but later merged into Strategic Command in 2002. Donald Trump’s directive will once again make Space Command its own entity. “It will develop the space doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures that will enable our warfighters to defend our nation in this new era,” Pence said. Trump’s Space Force is moving forward. Here’s what you need to know Trump announces Space Force, America’s military presence in space NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyondlast_img read more

Bay home for Rohingyas

Bay home for Rohingyas

first_imgView of the Vashan Char, previously known as Thengar Char island in the Bay of Bengal. Reuters file photoBangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that putting Rohingya on the low-lying island would be a “temporary arrangement” to ease congestion at the camps in Cox’s Bazar, refuge for nearly 700,000 who have crossed from the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state since the end of August last year.However, one of her advisers told Reuters that, once there, they would only be able to leave the island if they wanted to go back to Myanmar or were selected for asylum by a third country.“It’s not a concentration camp, but there may be some restrictions. We are not giving them a Bangladeshi passport or ID card,” said H.T. Imam, adding that the island would have a police encampment with 40-50 armed personnel.British and Chinese engineers are helping prepare the island to receive refugees before the onset of monsoon rains in April, which could bring disastrous flooding to ramshackle camps further south that now teem with about 1 million Rohingya.Hasina’s adviser, Imam, said the question of selecting Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar to move to the island was not finalised, but it could be decided by lottery or on a volunteer-basis.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement: “We would emphasise that any relocation plan involving refugees would need to be based on and implemented through voluntary and informed decisions.”FRENETIC CONSTRUCTIONHumanitarian agencies criticised the plan to bring Rohingya to the island when it was first proposed in 2015. Aid workers who spoke to Reuters said they remain seriously concerned that the silt island is vulnerable to frequent cyclones and cannot sustain livelihoods for thousands of people.But work on the project has accelerated in recent months, according to architectural plans and two letters from the Bangladesh navy to local government officials and contractors seen by Reuters.A year ago, when Reuters journalists visited Bhasan Char – whose name means “floating island” – there were no roads, buildings or people.Returning on Feb. 14, they found hundreds of labourers carrying bricks and sand from ships on its muddy northwest shore. Satellite images now show roads and what appears to be a helipad.Floating Island, which emerged from the silt only about 20 years ago, is about 30 km (21 miles) from the mainland. Flat and shape-shifting, it regularly floods during June-September. Pirates roam the nearby waters to kidnap fishermen for ransom, residents of nearby islands say.The plans show metal-roofed, brick buildings raised on pylons and fitted with solar panels. There will be 1,440 blocks, each housing 16 families.CHINESE AND BRITISH COMPANIESChinese construction company Sinohydro – better known for building China’s Three Gorges Dam – has begun work on a 13-km (8-mile) flood-defence embankment for the $280-million project.A Sinohydro engineer on Bhasan Char, reached by telephone later, said the company had “confidentiality agreements” and that questions about construction on the island should be referred to the Bangladesh government.HR Wallingford, a British engineering and environmental hydraulics consultancy, is advising the project on “coastal stabilisation and flood protection measures”, the company told Reuters in a statement earlier this month.“The coastal infrastructure design is expected to include a flood defence embankment protecting the development area to international standards, set back from the shoreline,” it said. The company referred further inquiries to the Bangladesh Navy.Omar Waraich, Deputy South Asia Director for rights group Amnesty International, said there was “no one in the humanitarian community we spoke to who thought this was a good idea”.“This is a silt island that only emerged into view recently,” he said.Residents of nearby Sandwip island, which is larger and less remote, say monsoon storms regularly kill people, destroy homes and cut contact with the mainland.However, a senior member of the prime minister’s staff, Director General Kabir Bin Anwar, said humanitarian organisations critical of the plan were “absolutely wrong because they don’t understand the topography” of Bangladesh.The government was building cyclone shelters on the island, he said, adding that there were salt-tolerant paddies and people living there could fish or graze cows and buffalo.Anwar also dismissed concerns about delivering basic aid to the island.“We don’t need help from any foreign NGOs or local NGOs. We can feed them,” he said.Bangladeshis living on nearby islands are critical of their government’s efforts for the Rohingya.Belal Beg, 80, who was born on Sandwip island, said there was resistance to settling Rohingya on Bhasan Char because huge numbers of Bangladeshis are displaced by coastal erosion each year with no measures taken to protect them.“We should first care for our own people but the government is deciding to give shelter to immigrants,” Beg said.Many Rohingya also reject the idea of moving to an island even further from Myanmar, which many of them have called home for generations.Jahid Hussain, a Rohingya refugee at Chakmakul refugee camp in Bangladesh, said he had fled Myanmar to save his life and would not risk it by living on Bhasan Char.“I would rather die right here,” he said.The latest unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state began on 25 Aug, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base, prompting an army counter-offensive that forced entire villages to flee. They joined about 300,000 Rohingya already in Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest and most crowded nations, who had fled previous bouts of violence.Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel peace laureate and leader of Buddhist-majority Myanmar, has been heavily criticised by Western nations for not speaking out against what the United States and the United Nations have branded ethnic cleansing.Myanmar denies that ethnic cleansing has taken place and says it has been conducting legitimate operations against terrorists in northern Rakhine.Describing the island, Hasina told a news conference in Dhaka that “from a natural point of view it is very nice” and said although the initial plan was to put 100,000 people there, it had room for as many as 1 million.last_img read more