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bird’s reproductive system was not behaving normally. The eggshell consists of two layers instea
d of one as in normal, healthy bird eggs, indicating the egg was retained too long inside the abdomen, Bailleul said.
This condition occurs in living birds as a result of stress. Unlaid eggs may be coated with a second laye
r, or sometimes more, of shell. This abnormality has also been documented in sauropod dinosaurs, and in fossil and living turtles.
In addition, the eggshell was extremely thin, thinner than a sheet of paper, and did not have the proportions of a healthy egg, Bailleul said.
hina’s civil aviation regulator has temporarily stopped issuing airworthine
ss certificates for Boeing 737 Max 8s because of safety concerns, a move an expert said will bring huge economic losses to Boeing.
Two Boeing 737 MAX 8s have crashed in the last five months. All 157 pa
ssengers and crew members of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines died on Mar 10, includi
ng eight Chinese nationals. In October, the same model of plane, operated by Lion Air, went down over the Java Sea, killing 189.
Beijing’s new international airport finished its flight inspections on Sunday, 19 days ahead of schedule, according to the civil aviation authority.
At 10:20 am, an aircraft taking off from Beijing Capital Internation
al Airport in the northeastern part of the city landed smoothly on the northern run
way at Beijing Daxing International Airport. The Civil Aviation Administration’s North China Regional Bu
reau called the event a “successful completion” in a news release, referring to its series of flight inspections.
The inspections, which lasted for 34 days, started on Jan 22 and were suppo
sed last until March 15 to cover the airport’s four runways, six landing systems, lighting facilities and other services.
Flight inspections, which all airports must undergo before opening, are designed to ensure the airport’s flight pro
cedures and aviation navigational aids will be ready for operation, according to the news release.
Daxing airport is scheduled to be completed by June 30 and enter commercial operation before Sept 30.
On February 23, humanitarian aid will enter Venezuela one way or another,” the country’s self-declared president Juan Guaido d
eclared earlier this month. But not so fast — President Nicolas Maduro, who won reelection in a widely-criticized vote last year, has pr
omised to block the supplies, and organizations including the Red Cross and United Nations have refused to help.
The slow advance of aid toward impoverished Venezuela has become a proxy measure of
the power struggle between its two rival presidents. At the same time, there is little doubt that the Ve
nezuelan people are in need of help. So why is it so hard to agree on aid?
What is happening?
Venezuela is dealing with the worst economic crisis in its history. One
in 10 Venezuelans are undernourished, and the economic crisis has triggered an exo
dus of at least three million people, according to the International Organization of Migration.
Venezuela closes key maritime, air borders with neighbors amid growing aid crisis
Guaido has thrown all his weight behind a “humanitarian channel” that would bring tons of mu
ch-needed aid from foreign countries into Venezuela. But the plan isn’t just benevolent — it’s als
o a direct jab at Maduro, who for years has denied that a humanitarian crisis was happening in Venezuela.
”The impact of the humanitarian aid is highly political,” admits Jua
n Miguel Matheus, an MP for the opposition. “Our first and primary goal is to provide relief for
the Venezuelan population, but after that, with this move we want to checkmate Maduro.