NASA launches new weather satellite to improve forecasts

NASA launched a new, next-generation meteorological satellite at the end of the day, offering high-resolution images of storms over the Americas, which will dramatically improve weather forecasts.

The Atlas V rocket, with the GOES-S ("Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite") satellite, took off at 17:02 local time (22:02 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

GOES-S is the second satellite of this kind to be launched as part of a joint NASA / NOAA program.

The previous one, GOES-R, was rolled out in November 2016. experts, he helped predict the many hurricanes that hit the Caribbean last summer.

Stephen Volz, a NOAA official, explained that he had "revolutionized" the way weather forecasts are approached .

"This means that more lives are saved and better environmental information is made available to local officials," he explained.

This new generation of satellites, in which NASA and NOAA has invested $ 11 billion, to replace the current GOES satellite fleet, which has not undergone any major modernization in 40 years.

Two more GOES-R satellites built by the US group Lockheed Martin , still to be deployed.

Paris launches a vast plan for biodiversity

A festival of biodiversity, the reconquest of spaces now covered with bitumen and adapted urban planning regulations are among the actions that will launch Paris in a Biodiversity Plan 2018-2024 to preserve and diversify the fauna and the flora in the capital, announced the city on Wednesday.

The city has a "moral obligation, in terms of climate issues, to preserve biodiversity", also very officially named Honorary Citizen of the City on September 26, 2016 Pénélope Komités, deputy mayor of Paris PS Mayor Anne Hidalgo, told the press.

The plan, which will be debated in the Paris Council in mid-March after a wide consultation of associations and organizations. elected, is divided into 30 actions with the aim of "making Paris an exemplary city" to preserve and develop biodiversity and educate the inhabitants.

Paris, a dense and mineral city, nevertheless benefits from a to see biodiversity on 16% of its territory, with its two large woods, its canals, embankments, cemeteries, rich in numerous animal and plant species.

However, it faces, as on a world scale, the rarefaction of 'species like the emblematic sparrow of which three out of four individuals have disappeared in 13 years, according to Mrs Komitès

The plan includes some major objectives such as increasing the proportion of "permeable surfaces" outside buildings in the city from 30% to 50% , in this case to revive the earth sidewalks, pavements, etc., now covered with bitumen.

"We will strengthen the green and blue frames", ecological corridors of plants and water that allow species to circulate and expand, added the assistant who also evokes planning regulations to allow the nesting of birds or garden labeling by the League of Bird Protection (LPO).

Fifteen initiative Concretions will be announced in March.

In addition to some creations of gardens or wetlands, the Esplanade Saint-Louis in front of the Château de Vincennes in the XIIth arrondissement, today a kind of unused parking, should see its central part arranged in "meadow".

A "Make Paris of biodiversity" will take place from April 22 to June 10 with animations, visits, educational workshops, etc.

Wounded by Explosion, Israel Launches Jet Attack on Gaza Strip





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 Israeli jets attacked the Gaza Strip on Saturday (17/2) local time. The attack was launched after four Israeli soldiers were wounded by an explosion from a simple tool on the border of the Palestinian settlement.

The explosion that wounded the Israeli soldier was one serious incident since 2014 on the border of the settlement which is controlled by Hamas.

Israeli soldiers say "fighter jets target six military targets in Gaza owned by Hamas, including: a terror tunnel in the Zaytun area and military complex near Deir el-Balah and Khan Yunis". They later said there was an identifiable "launch" coming from the Gaza Strip in Israeli territory.

At a security conference in Munich, Germany, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated the incident on the Gaza border was a "very serious incident "and promised to" respond appropriately ".

A Palestinian security source said Israeli attacks struck three Hamas bases in the east of the blockaded Gaza Strip. The medical officer said two Palestinians were wounded.

"Two soldiers were seriously wounded, one was slightly injured, and one was slightly wounded," the Israeli military said of the outcome of an explosion near the Gaza border. But they said none of the Israeli soldiers were threatened with their lives.

Israel then quickly opened fire from tanks at an observation post in southern Gaza. He said no one was hurt by this tank shot. Palestinian security officials said there was an explosion in the east of the city of Khan Yunis.

Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the "rogue group" claimed responsibility for the explosive that triggered the conflict. He suspects that this is an indication of the existence of radical Islamist groups in Gaza.

"From our point of view, Hamas is responsible" said Conricus. He said explosives had been planted when a protest was held by Hamas on Friday (16/2).

Hamas' military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigade, said in a statement saying it had fired on the passing Israeli jets. But Jonathan Conricus denied the claims of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigade.
 
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US Senate Launches Immigration Debate

The US Senate with a vote of 97 to 1 decides on Monday (9/2) evening to begin a broad debate on immigration reform, while the differences between parties arose immediately in terms of the scope and substance expected to be summarized in the final package.

A fierce debate for days is expected to happen as the deadline draws closer to hundreds of young immigrants who were illegally brought to America as children. Last year, President Donald Trump ended the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which temporarily protects young immigrants from deportation, and gives Congress until March 5 to approve laws relating to their legal status.

Trump has proposed a path to citizenship USA for DACA recipients, a move supported by most members of Congress from both political parties. But he also insisted on building a wall along the US-Mexico border, reducing the number of legal immigrants to America, and prioritizing newcomers with higher skills.

The Republican fraction in the Senate announced a proposal, Secure and Succeed Act, White House for immigration. [as]

Trump Launches Massive Infrastructure Development Plan

President Donald Trump on Monday (12/2) disclosed a long-awaited plan to tackle damaged infrastructure, and he met with state and local officials to discuss the program.

The plan will use $ 200 billion federal funds and other $ 1.3 to $ 1.5 trillion state and enterprise investments in a 10-year plan to repair roads, bridges, railways and other infrastructure in America.

In a cuwitan on Twitter, Trump said, This is a great week for infrastructure and after stupidly spending $ 7 trillion dollars in the Middle East, it's time to start investing in our own country! "

Trump told a White House meeting with officials from across the country that US military spending in the Middle East has made things worse than 17 years ago when our military went in there. "

Teta pi he says, the investment returns (from new infrastructure expenditures) to the states will be overwhelming.

"We will build, we will defend it," Trump said. "Our roads are in bad shape, we will build them more modern."

He promised, the permitting process for development will be accelerated "from 10 years to two years or maybe a year. Washington will be your partner. "

See also: Public Support Levels on Trump Rises

A $ 200 billion federal fund in the next ten years will comes from cuts to existing programs, the amount Trump calls "is not a huge amount." Of these, half will be spent on incentive programs to offset state and local government funds. [ps/ii]