Olympic organisers have baned all spectators from the Games
Japan declared a state of emergency for Tokyo that will run through its hosting of the event to curb a new wave of coronavirus infections, resulting in changes to the Olympic games.
Organisers and the Japanese Government formally reached the decision on the spectators during five-way talks between key parties.
The move is the latest blow to the troubled Olympics, already delayed by a year because of the pandemic and plagued by a series of setbacks, including massive budget overruns.
Medical experts have stated for weeks that having no spectators at the Games would be the least risky option to safely ensure the games go ahead, amid widespread public concern that the influx of thousands of athletes and officials will fuel a fresh wave of infections.
Foreign spectators already had been banned from the games
Organisers already banned overseas spectators and then set a cap on domestic viewers at 50% of capacity, up to 10,000 people. – This new development means no fans at all will watch the games.
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The Israel-Hamas War is entering a sixth month.
During a recent trip in New York, President Joe Biden was asked when a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas might start.
He said he hopes a pause in hostilities can take effect in the coming days to allow for remaining hostages to be released.
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Putin threatens West with nuclear strike
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a direct threat to employ nuclear weapons against the West, accusing NATO and the United States of preparing to strike Russia.
Putin delivered this ominous warning during his annual address to the nation, raising global tensions to unprecedented levels.
During his speech, Putin accused NATO and the US of deceptive maneuvers, alleging their intentions to launch an attack on Russian territory.
He emphasised Russia’s readiness to defend itself, boasting of its modernized nuclear arsenal and asserting the capability to defeat any potential aggressors on their own soil.
The Russian leader’s words carried a chilling reminder of the destructive power at his disposal, stating, “They have to understand that we also have weapons, weapons that can defeat them on their own territory.”
Such rhetoric underscores the grave risk of escalating conflict and the potential catastrophic consequences of nuclear warfare.
Putin warned that the deployment of troops to Ukraine by NATO countries could lead to a real risk of nuclear war.
He emphasised Russia’s determination to strengthen its military presence in response to perceived threats from neighboring nations aligning with Western alliances.
In addition to military concerns, Putin criticized Western efforts to engage Russia in an arms race, vowing to bolster Russia’s defense capabilities while accusing the West of attempting to weaken the country economically and politically.
Despite escalating tensions and global condemnation of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Putin sought to rally support domestically, praising Russian unity and resilience in the face of adversity.
He portrayed Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine as a defensive measure to safeguard national interests and protect Russian citizens.
Putin’s aggressive stance towards the West underscores the deepening rift between Russia and Western powers, raising fears of a potential conflict with far-reaching consequences.
FAA gives Boeing 30 days to fix 737 MAX program
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued Boeing a 90-day deadline to devise a comprehensive plan for enhancing quality control procedures after a recent incident involving a 737 Max aircraft.
Less than two months following an alarming occurrence where a door plug blew out of a 737 Max aircraft just nine minutes into an Alaska Airlines flight, the FAA has demanded Boeing to present a thorough strategy to address quality control deficiencies.
The incident, which took place on Flight 1282, revealed that essential bolts required to secure an unused door panel on the nearly new aircraft were missing, according to a preliminary investigation conducted earlier this month.
The door plug had been removed and reinstalled at Boeing’s Renton, Washington, factory where the 737 Max is manufactured.
This incident adds to a string of production issues plaguing Boeing’s flagship aircraft.
In response to the FAA’s directive, Boeing affirmed its commitment to developing a comprehensive action plan with measurable benchmarks.
The aerospace giant assured that its leadership is fully dedicated to meeting this challenge head-on.
FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker emphasized the need for Boeing to implement substantial and enduring improvements, emphasizing that foundational changes will necessitate ongoing commitment from the company’s leadership.
The FAA intends to hold Boeing accountable at every stage of the process, ensuring that mutually agreed milestones and expectations are met.
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