News Burst 16 October 2020
News Burst 16 October 2020 – Live Feed. By Disclosure News.
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News Burst 16 October 2020 – Featured News
- 70% of Americans say they would rather stay home and watch movies instead of paying to go to theaters, even if theaters reopen. Industry spin doctors will claim that the drop in interest is due solely to the coronavirus, but this is a lie. Domestic movie attendance hit a 25 year low in 2017, and this is part of a long term slide which was building for years beforehand. Hollywood is no longer a business. They are no longer concerned with making a profit. They do not care if the public is repelled by their content. Everything is changing. Hollywood is becoming what I suspect it was always meant to be: An Orwellian bullhorn blaring in the ears of the people 24/7. (Brandon Smith)
- The Swedish Minister of Higher Education, Research and Space, Matilda Ernkrans, recently visited the space base Esrange in northernmost Sweden and has since announced that the government is investing SEK 90 million ($10.1 million) in infrastructure that will enable Sweden to start launching satellites into orbit in the near future. “It feels good. I believe it’s important, we are a committed space nation. Just last year, we bolstered the space budget, we are in the process of changing space legislation that needs to be upgraded, and now we can give the message to continue developing our space base Esrange with this new capability”, Matilda Ernkrans said, as quoted by Swedish Radio. Matilda Ernkrans announcement was met with a round of applause at the space base outside the mining town of Kiruna, among others, by Stefan Gardefjord, CEO of the state-owned Swedish Space Corporation, SSC, which operates Esrange.
- The $3.5 billion China-built Dara Sakor International Airport in Koh Kong province is scheduled to be operational in mid-2021, close to three years after work started, according to a report from the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA). It will be able to handle long-haul aircraft such as Boeing 777s and the Airbus A340. During a site inspection of the construction earlier this week, the SSCA’s technical working group said by the end of 2020 or early 2021 it will fully complete flight validation. The report added that on March 20 next year the company will complete acceptance of the construction and conduct a flight test the following day. It noted the construction company, Tianjin-based Union Development Group, will send the completed building documents to the SSCA by May 30 and, by mid-2021, the company will request the SSCA to service and operate the airport.
- The deportation case of a Tamil family from Biloela in Queensland rests with their three-year-old daughter, the youngest person currently held in an Australian immigration detention center. She and her five-year-old sister Kopika – who were both born in Australia – have been detained on the remote Christmas Island, an Australian territory, with their asylum seeker parents for almost 14 months, since a court injunction prevented their deportation to Sri Lanka. The family had been living in Biloela since 2014 until they were taken from their home in a dawn raid in March 2018 and detained. Despite last week’s federal budget announcement that a further $55.6 million will be spent on upgrading the Christmas Island detention centre, the family of four have had to share a bed for the nearly 14 months they have been held on the island, mother Priya Murugappan said. Christmas Island Immigration Reception and Processing Centre or commonly just Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre, is an Australian immigration detention facility located on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Under the Migration Act, people who arrive to Australia by boat cannot apply for a visa while in Australia.
- Italian police arrested Cecilia Marogna in Milan late Tuesday on a warrant from the Vatican City State. A Vatican official told Reuters that Holy See magistrates suspect her of embezzlement and misappropriation of funds, in complicity with others. Before her arrest, Marogna told Italian media she had received half a million euros to run behind-the-scenes diplomacy to assist missionaries in conflict zones in Africa and Asia. Marogna, 39, is an associate of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu. Last month, Pope Francis forced Becciu to resign as head of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints and stripped him of his right as a cardinal to vote for a new pope. Francis did not give a reason for Becciu’s dismissal. But his firing apparently stemmed from Becciu’s activities in his previous post, as the second-ranking official in the Vatican secretariat of state, where he handled the Holy See’s investments.
- The Virus, first published in 1982, is reissued this summer after the PM’s father shrugged off accusations of cashing in on the coronavirus crisis. A novel about a deadly virus by Stanley Johnson, the father of UK prime minister Boris Johnson, is reissued in June, during the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson senior’s 1982 novel The Virus has been snapped up by Black Spring, an imprint of Eyewear Press, an independent publisher founded by poet Todd Swift. Originally titled The Marburg Virus, the novel follows an epidemiologist who must race against time to develop a vaccine when an unknown virus breaks out in New York. Jonathan Lloyd, Johnson’s literary agent at Curtis Brown, said the novel was presented to four publishers but it “did not get a positive response” until Black Spring responded. The 79-year-old author denied he was being opportunistic. “I’m a professional writer,” he told the Guardian.
- The Delaware computer repair shop owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, who turned over the Apple Macbook Pro containing Hunter Biden’s stuff said that he is legally blind, and therefore he “can’t be 100% sure” that the individual who dropped off the laptop was Hunter Biden. The man whom Isaac believes to be Hunter Biden dropped off three laptops at his shop in April 2019, but only one was salvageable. Isaac said the customer never returned for the laptop, and, after being unable to get in touch with the customer, Isaac began looking through the contents of the hard drive. He searched the emails by keyword in June or July. “I just don’t know what to say, or what I’m allowed to say,” Isaac said. “I know that I saw, I saw stuff. And I was concerned. I was concerned that somebody might want to come looking for this stuff eventually and I wanted it out of my shop.”
News Burst 16 October 2020 – Bonus IMG
Beersheba in Israel could have been home to the world’s first furnace 6,500 years ago, according to a study by Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. The results of the archaeological research, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, have described an ancient workshop for smelting copper ore, discovered in the Neveh Noy neighborhood of Beersheba, capital of the desert and semidesert region of Negev in southern Israel. The scientists claim that their find proves the theory that there existed an elite in society of that era which had expertise and professional secrets, such as how to create copper.
News Burst 16 October 2020 – Bonus IMG
ABC journalist Dan Oakes won’t be charged over a series of reports called the Afghan Files, Australian Federal Police have confirmed. The 2017 reports were based on leaked Defence papers and revealed Australian defence personnel may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan. Oakes was facing three potential charges linked to obtaining classified information but the AFP on Thursday said it wasn’t in the public interest for the journalist to be prosecuted. The national broadcaster is again calling for media law reforms to protect journalists and their sources, with ABC managing director David Anderson describing the series of events as “disappointing and disturbing”. Journalists in this country should not be prosecuted for doing their jobs. The Afghan Files is factual and important reporting which exposed allegations about Australian soldiers committing war crimes in Afghanistan. Its accuracy has never been challenged.” MEAA president Marcus Strom said the current laws punish journalists and whistleblowers when governments are embarrassed by what is published.
News Burst 16 October 2020 – Bonus IMG
In India, where many admire President Donald Trump, one rural farmer worshipped him like a god, praying to a life-size statue of the US president in his backyard every morning. When Mr Trump announced he had the coronavirus, it devastated Mr Krishna. The farmer posted a tearful video on Facebook in which he said: “I feel very sad that my god, Trump, has contracted the coronavirus. I ask everyone to pray for his speedy recovery.” He stopped eating to show solidarity with his idol’s suffering from COVID-19, his family said. He fell into a deep depression. On Sunday, the same day Mr Trump recovered, he died of cardiac arrest. Mr Krishna became a fan when the president appeared to him in a dream and predicted that India’s national cricket squad would beat its arch-rival, Pakistan, in a match the next day.
News Burst 16 October 2020 – Bonus Video
Chkalov State Flight Test Center
US media have taken note of “some very unusual flying” that was featured in a newly released video by the Russian Ministry of Defence. The video, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the legendary Chkalov State Flight Test Center, includes several seconds of footage of a Su-57 flying without its canopy. “Because sometimes you just have to take a cruise without the shield that protects you from freezing to death,” Popular Mechanics contributor Kyle Mizokami quipped, adding that the canopy-free flight was probably a test meant “to ensure there are no unexpected issues flying the plane if the canopy were suddenly to come off.” Mizokami suggested that, judging by the clip, the Su-57’s pilot “appears to be wearing a very heavy jacket or flight suit as a means of protection.”
News Burst 16 October 2020 – Earthquakes
Earthquakes Last 36 Hours – M4 and Above
127 °C / 260 °F
A British man who contracted malaria, dengue fever and Covid-19 while working for a charity in India is now battling to recover from a venomous cobra bite. After running the gauntlet of the infectious diseases, Ian Jones was bitten by the deadly snake in a village near Jodhpur in western India’s Rajasthan state.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-nephew was reportedly taken into CIA custody after disappearing three years ago at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Kim Han Sol disappeared in 2017 after arriving in the Netherlands from Taiwan. A new report from the New Yorker suggests that it was the CIA which effected the escape — and in whose custody Kim Han Sol and his family remain. Kim Han Sol is the son of Kim Jong Nam, the elder half-brother of Kim Jong Un. In 2017 Kim Jong Nam was poisoned in a Malaysian airport with a lethal nerve agent.
Matthew Piercey, 44, a suspect in a $35 million Ponzi scheme, used a Yamaha Seascooter to evade FBI agents under the surface of Lake Shasta in Shasta County, California, after a high-speed car chase through the Redding area on Monday.
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