World News Briefs For Saturday, 9 March 2019
Hello Australia!! - North Korea appears to be gearing up for a launch of some sort - The SpaceX test appears to have been a success - A city comes to grips with its fallen hero - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
A second North Korean missile site is apparently being prepared for a launch of a missile or rocket. Commercial satellite imagery of the Sanumdong - a facility where North Korea has assembled some of its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) - shows railcars and cranes working away at the site. "When you put that all that together, that's really what it looks like when the North Koreans are in the process of building a rocket," said defense analyst Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. This comes after other satellite imagery showed that North Korea has rapidly rebuilt the Sohae Satellite Launching Station on the country's west coast. It had been partially disassembled as a sign of good faith before Kim Jong-un's fruitless summits with Donald Trump.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule successfully splashed down about 450 kilometers off of Florida's Atlantic Ocean coast, showing that it can be used to ferry Astronauts from earth to the International Space Station and back. The US space agency NASA has not been able to send its own people into orbit since 2011 when the Space Shuttle program came to an end, and officials hope this venture will mark a new phase in US space operations. This mission was unmanned, save for a dummy with an elaborate network of sensors on it; the first manned SpaceX mission could be as soon as July.
The Insurance Council of Australia declaring the Bunyip State Park fire in eastern Victoria a catastrophe, which will streamline the process of filing insurance claims for property damage. The fire destroyed 29 houses and 67 outbuildings.
Workers removed the statue of Fr. Henryk Jankowski from the city square in Gdansk, Poland over allegations he sexually abused minors. The priest had been an international celebrity with the anti-Communist crowd for his opposition to the Polish government during the 1980s, and his support of the Solidarity union protests in the Gdansk shipyard. World leaders including President George H.W. Bush and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited him in his church. City officials renewed scrutiny of Jankowski's actions after protesters toppled the statue last month, and the mayor ordered the statue gone on Thursday night - it was gone on Friday morning.
Algerians protesting against the rule of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika have staged their biggest demonstration yet in the capital Algiers. Bouteflika isn't even in the country; French media reports he's in Geneva University Hospitals in Switzerland for what a spokesman said were "routine" medical tests. But Bouteflika also hasn't been seen in public much since suffering a stroke in 2013, leading to conjecture that his brother is the true power in the country.