In 2017 - The lead ship of a new class of U.S. navy suppercarriers, Gerald R Ford (CVN-78), is expected to be commissioned into the U.S. navy. The new ships will have a similar hull to the Nimitz carriers they replace, but will introduce technologies developed since, such as the Electromagnetic Aicraft Launch System, and also include features to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.
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IN PREP: GAMING Nintendo Switch (interactive, DUE WK Feb 20)
March 3, 2017 -- Nintendo’s Switch console is a unique hybrid system that allows gamers to alternate between a number of set-ups – encouraging greater flexibility and opportunities to play. Graphic shows how the system can operate in several innovative modes.
IN PREP: INDIA Second strike capability (107mm, DUE wk Feb 20)
February 17, 2018 -- India has taken a military leap forward over the past decade. In 2012, it tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, the Agni-V, now operational, and in January 2015 its domestically produced HAL Tejas supersonic fighter entered service.
In August 2016, it commissioned its first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the INS Arihant, making it the first country from outside the permanent members of the UN Security Council to operate such a vessel.
SCIENCE Eighth continent discovered (print, digital)
February 17, 2017 -- Geologists claim that a huge landmass almost entirely submerged in the southwest Pacific, is distinct enough to constitute a separate continent. At five million square kilometres, Zealandia would be the world’s smallest continent.
GN35123 Graphic shows area that encompasses Zealandia.
(Print 107mm wide by 148mm deep; Digital)
SCIENCE Mount Everest movement (print, digital)
February 17, 2017 -- Amid speculation Nepal’s deadly 2015 earthquake might have caused Mount Everest to shrink, India is dispatching an expedition to the summit to confirm whether the world’s highest mountain is indeed still 8,848 metres above sea level.
GN35121 Graphic shows ups and downs of the official height of Mount Everest and explains how scientists have measured ground movement following the earthquake.
(Print 163mm wide by 213mm deep; Digital)
ECONOMY Greece debt crunch (print, digital)
February 16, 2017 -- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras needs European creditors to release a third tranche of cash from the latest bailout -- which is effectively frozen -- in order to repay €22.8 billion of debt due by the end of August.
GN35118 Graphic shows Greek government debt as proportion of GDP and timetable of €22.8 billion of bond repayments due within the next seven months.
(Print 107mm wide by 158mm deep; Digital)
N KOREA Assassinations (print, digital)
February 16, 2017 -- The death of Kim Jong-nam, the exiled half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is the latest in a long list of assassinations and attempted killings blamed on agents of the reclusive state.
GN35120 Graphic shows selected history of assassinations and attempted killings blamed on North Korea.
(Print 107mm wide by 140mm deep; Digital)
EGYPT New radar survey of Tutankhamun’s tomb (print)
February 24, 2017 -- A rigorous new investigation of Tutankhamun’s tomb using next-generation radar technology will attempt to determine once and for all whether the boy king’s burial site contains hidden chambers, a contentious topic for archaeologists in recent years. The probe into the 3,300-year-old burial by a team from the Polytechnic University of Turin will be the third carried out since 2015.
GN35115 Graphic shows the layout of Tutankhamun’s tomb and a cutaway of the burial chamber supporting the theory of British archaeologist Nicholas Reeves.
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MILITARY CHINA defence spending (print)
February 15, 2017 -- Chinese military technology is reaching “near-parity” with the West and western dominance in advanced military systems can no longer be taken for granted, reports the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
GN35114 Graphic shows Chinese Type-052D guided-missile destroyer, PL-10 missile and Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter, as well as 10 largest defence budgets.
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N KOREA Ruling family (print, digital Update )
February 15, 2017 -- Kim Jong-nam, the estranged, exiled half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is believed to have been killed by North Korean agents, according to South Korean intelligence officials.
Malaysian police on Wednesday detained a woman holding Vietnam travel papers and are looking for a "few" other foreign suspects in connection with the assassination.
GN35117 Graphic shows North Korea’s ruling family tree.
(Print 107mm wide by 140mm deep; Digital)
MILITARY Eastern Europe view of NATO (print, digital)
February 14, 2017 -- While U.S. President Donald Trump has referred to NATO as “obsolete”, residents in many member countries in Eastern Europe view the alliance as providing protection for their countries, according to a recent Gallup poll.
GN35109 Graphic shows how NATO is viewed in selected countries in Eastern Europe.
(Print 107mm wide by 140mm deep; Digital)
ON THIS DAY Feb 19-25 (print)
Anniversaries and events for the week of February 1-25 include:
February 19-25, 2017 -- This week features the forced detention of all Japanese-Americans in the wake of Pearl Harbour, Sidney Poitier - the first black male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, Richard Nixon becoming the first U.S. President to visit China, the first successful clone of an adult mammal, the start of the “February Revolution” in Russia, the first nylon bristle tooth brush, and the introduction of a new dollar bill by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln to finance mounting Civil War costs.
February 19, 1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorised the forced detention of all Japanese-Americans in internment camps in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbour
February 20, 1927: Sidney Poitier, Bahamian-U.S. actor and director, was born in Miami. He was the first black male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for Lilies of the Field
February 21, 1972: Richard Nixon became the first U.S. President to visit China, a key step in normalising relations and ending 25 years of separation between the two countries
February 22, 1997: Scientists in Scotland reported successfully creating the first clone of an adult mammal, a sheep called Dolly, using the technique of somatic cell nuclear transfer
February 23, 1917: Riots and strikes in protest against food shortages broke out in Petrograd (St Petersburg), marking the start of the “February Revolution” in Russia
February 24, 1938: The first nylon bristle tooth brush went on sale. It rapidly replaced hogs hair, the oldest known example being from the Chinese Tang Dynasty (619-907)
February 25, 1862: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln introduced a new dollar bill to finance mounting Civil War costs. Printed in green on the back, they were nicknamed “greenbacks”
GN35078 Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week
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AUSTRALIA Record-breaking heatwave (print)
February 13, 2017 -- Australia’s state of New South Wales is facing the worst possible fire conditions in its history. More than 80 fires -- including 20 uncontained -- are burning, and the town of Uarbry has been destroyed.
GN35106 Graphic shows record temperatures across Australia on Sunday.
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NORTH KOREA Pukguksong missile test (print, digital)
February 13, 2017 -- North Korea’s claim that it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile powered by solid fuel is a potentially worrying development in its quest to develop a weapon system that could threaten the U.S. and its allies.
GN35108 Graphic shows details of Pukguksong-2 missile test.
(Print 107mm wide by 118mm deep, Digital)
U.S. Dam risk prompts California evacuation (print, digital)
February 13, 2017 -- Nearly 200,000 people have been urgently ordered to flee their homes after a spillway at the tallest dam in the U.S. was weakened by heavy rainfall.
GN35105 Graphic shows location of the dam and timeline of the crisis.
(Print 107mm wide by 157mm deep, Digital)
MOVIES BAFTA Awards 2017 (print)
February 12, 2017 -- Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” dominated the 70th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night, claiming 5 prizes including best film, director and leading actress for Emma Stone.
GN35092 Graphic shows BAFTA winners in major categories.
(Print 52mm wide by 120mm deep)
MUSIC Grammy Awards 2017 (print)
February 12, 2017 -- Adele's "25" has won the album of the year Grammy Award and record of the year -- the Grammys' two top categories. Adele's victory over Beyonce is certain to boost complaints that the Grammys habitually overlook black artists.
GN35093 Graphic shows select winners in key categories.
(Print 52mm wide by 116mm deep)
U.S. Trump's 84 lawsuits (print, digital)
February 10, 2017 -- After just three weeks in power and five executive orders, Donald Trump is facing 84 lawsuits -- most are targeting his controversial ban on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
GN35096 Graphic shows breakdown of violations by U.S. constitution.
(Print 107mm wide by 129mm deep; Digital)
U.S. Trump’s Mexico “wall” could cost $21bn (print, digital)
February 10, 2017 -- President Donald Trump’s “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border would cost up to $21.6 billion and take more than three years to construct, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters. The report’s estimated price-tag is much higher than a $12-billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign.
GN35101 Graphic shows phases and locations where the wall might be built.
(Print 107mm wide by 113mm deep; Digital)
ENVIRONMENT Bolivia battles locust plague (print, digital)
February 9, 2017 -- Bolivian President Evo Morales has declared a state of emergency to fight a plague of locusts that is decimating crops in the country's agricultural heartland.
GN35094 Graphic shows route of locusts and agricultural areas under threat.
(Print 107mm wide by 122mm deep; Digital)
BUSINESS Australia's negative equity (print, digital)
February 8, 2017 -- Australia’s households are among the world’s most indebted with more than one in 14 mortgage holders having little or no real equity in their home -- the value is only equal to or less than the amount they still owe.
GN35090 Graphic shows levels of negative equity by state and city, and average value of homes.
(Print 107mm wide by 148mm deep; Digital)
CHINA Missile threat to U.S. bases (print, digital)
February 8, 2017 -- U.S. bases in the Asia-Pacific region could be vulnerable to a pre-emptive Chinese missile strike, and satellite images suggest Beijing is practising for attacks against a range of targets at a test site in western China.
GN35091 Graphic shows major U.S. bases in range of Chinese missiles, and possible practice targets for missile strikes in China’s Gobi Desert.
(Print 107mm wide by 161mm deep; Digital)
ELECTIONS Schulz poll boost for German socialists (print, digital)
February 8, 2017 -- Martin Schulz’s nomination as Germany’s Social Democrat candidate has boosted the party’s approval rating above 30% for the first time since 2012, narrowing the gap to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
GN35088 Graphic shows results of the opinion poll conducted by the Forsa Institute.
(Print 107mm wide by 141mm deep; Digital)
CRIME Mass hangings at Syrian prison (print, digital)
February 7, 2017 -- The Syrian government executed 13,000 prisoners in mass hangings at Saydnaya prison, says Amnesty International, accusing the government of “extermination.”
GN35083 Graphic shows location of Saydnaya prison and killing house.
(Print 107mm wide by 171mm deep; Digital)
AFGHANISTAN Civilian casualties highest ever (print, digital)
February 6, 2017 -- The UN says civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016 hit their highest ever recorded level, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants killed or wounded – one third of them children.
GN35080 Graphic charts civilian deaths or injuries among adults and children in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2016.
(Print 107mm wide by 153mm deep; Digital)
POLITICS France presidential candidates (print)
February 6, 2017 -- France elects a new president in a two-round contest that takes place on April 23 and May 7. Here are the main competitors and their policies.
GN35081 Graphic shows policy proposals of French presidential candidates.
(Print 107mm wide by 150mm deep)
WORLD U.S. eyes cuts to UN peacekeeping (print, digital)
February 6, 2017 -- Washington’s new UN envoy Nikki Haley is undertaking a far-reaching review of UN peacekeeping that is likely to lead to closures of missions. U.S. de-funding could open the door for China – the second largest financial contributor to UN peacekeeping and Africa’s number one trading partner – to bolster its role.
GN35082 Graphic shows UN peacekeeping operations and contributors of UN budget.
(Print 107mm wide by 166mm deep; Digital)
MILITARY Russia Arctic build-up (print, digital)
February 3, 2017 -- Russia is rushing to re-open a chain of military bases throughout the Arctic, and building new ones, in the biggest military expansion since the fall of the Soviet Union as it vies for dominance in the region. The Arctic is estimated to hold oil and gas reserves equivalent to 412 billion barrels of oil, about 22 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas.
GN35074 Graphic Russian military bases in the Arctic
(Print 107mm wide by 172mm deep; Digital)
NEWS AHEAD February 2017 (interactive)
February 1-28, 2017 -- Events in February include U.S. President Donald Trump’s nomination of a new Supreme Court justice, elections in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, and a NATO summit in Brussels. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Trump in Washington, church leaders stage a “Walk for Life” in the Philippines, and Iran and China are likely to sign a $3bn contract to upgrade the Abadan oil refinery. The Colombian government begins peace talks with the ELN rebel group, and the 89th Academy Awards ceremony takes place in Los Angeles.
Graphic shows world events scheduled for February 2017.
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U.S. New U.S. Embassy in London (print, digital)
January 6, 2017 -- A new U.S. Embassy, designed by Philadelphia-based architects Kieran Timberlake, is due to open in the Nine Elms area of London.
GN34975 Graphic shows building features and location.
(Print 107mm wide by 140mm deep; Screen)
CHINA New Silk Road to Europe (print, digital)
September 15, 2016 -- President Xi Jinping’s $1 trillion plan -- known as One Belt, One Road -- will see two trade routes to Europe. The plan will bind China’s economy to 60 countries, home to 4.4 billion people, half of the world’s population.
GN34655 Graphic shows maritime and overland trade routes and Chinese investment in One Belt, One Road project.
(Print 107mm wide by 172mm deep; Screen)
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