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G7 backs Biden infrastructure plan to rival China’s belt and road initiative
Patrick Wintour, Diplomatic Editor
Sat 12 Jun 2021 10.04 EDT

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/12/g7-global-infrastructure-plan-to-rival-chinas-belt-and-road-initiative

The G7 group of rich nations has agreed plans to set up an alternative to China’s belt and road initiative as part of a broad push back against Beijing covering human rights, supply chains, support for Taiwan and demands to reveal more about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The EU is also pressing the US to back a legally binding code of conduct for the South China Sea that Beijing has been negotiating with regional powers.

Draghi, an Atlantacist, has shifted Italy away from the near pro-China policies of the previous Italian government led by the Five Star Movement, but argues that the G7 has a balancing act to pull off in challenging and cooperating with Beijing. Germany, often cautious about confronting China, has been reluctant to specify the monetary value of any infrastructure fund, and France has emphasised a reallocation of rich countries’ special drawing rights, foreign exchange reserve assets maintained by the IMF, towards poorest countries as a means of easing liquidity.

US officials said Biden was pushing the other G7 leaders for “concrete action on forced labour” in China and to include criticism of Beijing in their final communique. Japan also said it was backing a mention of Taiwan in the final statement.

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, spoke to his Chinese opposite number, Yang Jiechi, from Cornwall on Friday to urge him to release more details about whether Covid-19 leaked from a Wuhan laboratory, a once-dismissed theory now gaining currency.

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Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson may try to beat Bezos to space: report
The billionaire space race is heating up.

Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson is reportedly weighing how he can beat Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to space next month.

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On Tuesday, a source told the blog Parabolic Arc that Virgin Galactic wants to send Branson, who has a net worth of about $6.9 billion, up on a test flight of its VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo rocket plane over the July 4 weekend

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Virgin Galactic’s purported plans come over a month after Blue Origin set July 20 as the date for its flight.

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1Sambayan names 6 nominees for president, VP in 2022
JUN 12, 2021 3:09 PM PHT

MARA CEPEDA

https://www.rappler.com/nation/elections/sambayan-names-nominees-president-vice-president-2022

The nominees of 1Sambayan for president and vice president are:

Chel Diokno, lawyer (Liberal Party)

Grace Poe, senator (Independent)

Vilma Santos-Recto, Batangas 6th District representative and deputy speaker (Nacionalista Party)

Leni Robredo, vice president of the Philippines (LP)

Antonio Trillanes IV, former senator (Magdalo)

Eddie Villanueva, CIBAC representative and deputy speaker (Bangon Pilipinas)

Of the six, only Trillanes have so far announced his presidential bid, but he said he would give way should Robredo decide to run for the post.

The rest of the nominees are yet to officially announce their 2022 electoral bids, but have committed to be a part of 1Sambayan’s selection process to choose a single slate of national candidates who would defeat the administration bets in 2022.

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Senator Panfilo Lacson was also among the politicians 1Sambayan wanted to include in its presidential nominees, but he declined since several convenors are against the controversial anti-terror law that Lacson had co-authored in the Senate.

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Filipino Potential / Aeon Tower
« on: June 12, 2021, 12:13:33 PM »
Davao hotelier joins mega-property developers with iconic residential tower
BY MANUEL CAYON
MARCH 13, 2018

https://businessmirror.com.ph/2018/03/13/davao-hotelier-joins-mega-property-developers-with-iconic-residential-tower/

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Its Aeon Towers 1, set for completion at the end of the year, would be the tallest building complying with the city’s building height limit. The company said Aeon Towers would still be uncontested as to its earlier promise to be Mindanao’s first, and one of only a handful of the country’s fully lighted buildings.

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The foundation has been dug deep with an equivalent of four stories, with another 60 meters further down to bolster the foundation, “which caused the delay in the completion.”

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Aeon Towers has scraped the building-height limitation of the city, reaching 103.5 meters, making it the tallest in the city, and “making us prouder still to have been the benchmark of the city’s height limitation,” he added.

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Hello again, Voyager 2! NASA beams 1st call to probe in interstellar space since March
By Mike Wall November 04, 2020

https://www.space.com/nasa-commands-voyager-2-probe-interstellar-space-upgraded-dsn

NASA just hailed its Voyager 2 probe in interstellar space for the first time in more than seven months.

Voyager 2's handlers beamed a set of test commands to the spacecraft on Thursday (Oct. 29) using the Deep Space Station 43 (DSS43) radio antenna in Canberra, Australia. Voyager 2 confirmed that it registered the instructions and executed them without incident, NASA officials said in an update on Monday (Nov. 2).

The commands were the first NASA had relayed to Voyager 2 since mid-March, when the 230-foot-wide (70 meters) DSS43 went offline for repairs and upgrades. This ongoing maintenance work is extensive, involving, among other things, the addition of two new radio transmitters, including one that is used to communicate with Voyager 2.

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2 passengers on Celebrity Millennium cruise test positive for Covid-19
Jamiel Lynch, CNN • Updated 11th June 2021

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/celebrity-cruise-two-covid-positive-guests/index.html

(CNN) — Two guests aboard the first major sea cruise hosting Americans since the pandemic halted the industry have tested positive for Covid-19 in required end-of-cruise testing, the cruise line said Thursday.

The two guests, who shared a stateroom on the seven-day Celebrity Millennium cruise from St. Maarten, are asymptomatic, in isolation and being monitored by a medical team, Celebrity Cruise Lines said in a news release.

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Space / Re: SpaceX Starship
« on: June 12, 2021, 01:58:51 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFt_LsFRFEQ

With suborbital Starship tests seemingly complete with SN15's successful landing, all eyes are on the first orbital test flight of a full Starship-Super Heavy stack. This test, scheduled to take place only in a few month's time, will feature the world's tallest and most powerful rocket ever built taking flight for the first time. This animation shows the proposed flight plan of that first orbital test flight.

NOTE: Some aspects of this animation are inaccurate or out of date. During the production many new pieces of information were revealed that weren't known at the time certain scenes were animated.

Credits (Please go follow these people if you don't already):
Neopork (Starship and SH Models): https://twitter.com/Neopork85
Alex Svan (Raptor Model): https://twitter.com/AlexSvanArt
Sam Krug (Earth Atmosphere Shader): https://twitter.com/samuel_krug
Spaceport3D (3D Scan of Boca Chica Launch Site): https://twitter.com/Spaceport3D
Nick Henning (Misc. Boca Chica Buildings): https://twitter.com/nickhenning3d

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Space / Re: SpaceX Starship
« on: June 12, 2021, 01:57:06 AM »

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Space / Re: Starship Orbital - First Flight FCC Exhibit
« on: June 12, 2021, 01:52:06 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFt_LsFRFEQ

With suborbital Starship tests seemingly complete with SN15's successful landing, all eyes are on the first orbital test flight of a full Starship-Super Heavy stack. This test, scheduled to take place only in a few month's time, will feature the world's tallest and most powerful rocket ever built taking flight for the first time. This animation shows the proposed flight plan of that first orbital test flight.

NOTE: Some aspects of this animation are inaccurate or out of date. During the production many new pieces of information were revealed that weren't known at the time certain scenes were animated.

Credits (Please go follow these people if you don't already):
Neopork (Starship and SH Models): https://twitter.com/Neopork85
Alex Svan (Raptor Model): https://twitter.com/AlexSvanArt
Sam Krug (Earth Atmosphere Shader): https://twitter.com/samuel_krug
Spaceport3D (3D Scan of Boca Chica Launch Site): https://twitter.com/Spaceport3D
Nick Henning (Misc. Boca Chica Buildings): https://twitter.com/nickhenning3d

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Fate of VFA hangs as Duterte awaits US explanation on Scarborough deal
By CNN Philippines Staff

Published Jun 9, 2021 11:44:49 AM

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/6/9/Duterte-United-States-VFA-Scarborough-Shoal-China.html

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 9) — President Rodrigo Duterte wants the United States to explain its actions on the deal it brokered between the Philippines and China before he decides on the fate of the Visiting Forces Agreement.

On Tuesday, he said the US needs to explain why it didn't pressure China into withdrawing its ships from Scarborough Shoal despite the Philippines' adherence to the 2012 agreement.

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On Feb. 11, 2020, on Duterte's order, the Department of Foreign Affairs notified the US that the Philippines would terminate the two-decade-old agreement. The termination process, however, was suspended in June last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and emerging threats in the South China Sea. The Philippine government in November 2020 extended the suspension for another six months or until August 2021.

Philippine and US officials recently concluded talks on the VFA.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said last week Duterte's decision "may come anytime now." He said he was optimistic the President will accept the "improved" version of the agreement, but dd not disclose details.

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Space / Re: Starship Orbital - First Flight FCC Exhibit
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:31:41 AM »
Why SpaceX Is Dropping A Starship In The Water
May 17, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaxXJvQMZYE


"Orbital" Starship SN20 Won't Achieve Orbit?
Jun 4, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFXbccme5Ts&t=988s

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Space / Re: Starship Orbital - First Flight FCC Exhibit
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:23:40 AM »
SpaceX outlines plans for Starship orbital test flight
May 13, 2021 Stephen Clark

https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/05/13/spacex-outlines-plans-for-around-the-world-starship-test-flight/

SpaceX has revealed the flight plan for the first orbital test launch of the company’s huge stainless steel Starship rocket, a 90-minute, around-the-world mission that will originate from South Texas and culminate with a controlled re-entry and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.

SpaceX included an exhibit outlining the flight plan in a filing posted on the Federal Communications Commission’s website Thursday.

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Space / Starship Orbital - First Flight FCC Exhibit
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:13:33 AM »
Administrator's note: See also SpaceX Starship

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Starship Orbital - First Flight FCC Exhibit

https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=273481&x=







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Space / Re: Chinese space station (Tianhe)
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:11:21 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUB-YUggE4Y

A Long March 2F Yao-12 rocket carrying the Shenzhou-12 crew spacecraft was moved to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China on June 9, 2021. Shenzhou-12 will carry a crew of three astronauts to China's new Tiangong space station.



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Space / Shenzhou-12
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:03:05 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUB-YUggE4Y

A Long March 2F Yao-12 rocket carrying the Shenzhou-12 crew spacecraft was moved to the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China on June 9, 2021. Shenzhou-12 will carry a crew of three astronauts to China's new Tiangong space station.


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