With successful test fire, massive Falcon Heavy rocket is poised to boost space science

first_img By Adam MannJan. 24, 2018 , 1:00 PM Such price tags could transform mission planning for NASA and other space agencies, Stern says. “You’re talking about savings of hundreds of millions of dollars, which is sufficient to create whole new missions just from the savings.” Of course, were NASA to save on launches, Congress could take that money and use it elsewhere, says Henry Hertzfeld, who studies space policy at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He adds that the launch fees that government agencies pay tend to be negotiated in long-term contracts, based on payload needs, and don’t necessarily align with prices published on a company website.The business case for Falcon Heavy involves taking commercial satellites cheaply to low-Earth orbit, and sending tourists on slingshots around the moon. But researchers have also been penciling the rocket into their plans ever since its design was unveiled in 2011. Studies for NASA’s $2 billion Europa Clipper mission have often included the possibility of hitching a ride on one as a money-saving measure. The 3.6-ton probe, slated to launch as early as 2022, would conduct flybys of Jupiter’s intriguing frozen moon to map its icy crust and subsurface ocean. Planners still expect it to fly on NASA’s own heavy-lift vehicle, the nearly 100-meter-tall Space Launch System (SLS). But the first test launch of the SLS has slipped to 2020, and each launch is expected to cost about $1 billion.Other possible targets for Falcon Heavy include Saturn’s moons Titan and Enceladus and the ice giants Neptune and Uranus. Stern, who leads a NASA mission that flew past Pluto in 2015, says teams are considering using the rocket to send a probe with enough fuel to slow down and orbit the distant world. SpaceX has said that Falcon Heavy could deliver 2 to 4 tons to the surface of Mars—opening the way to more ambitious missions than the 1-ton Curiosity rover.Astronomers are also thinking about what heavy lift can do for them. Each component of NASA’s upcoming 6.2-ton James Webb Space Telescope, with a 6.5-meter mirror, had to be both lightweight and yet hardy enough to withstand rigorous shaking during launch, two often incompatible requirements. With Falcon Heavy’s additional lift, researchers planning the Large UV Optical Infrared Surveyor telescope, a proposed mission for the 2020s with a mirror at least 9 meters across, could focus less on reducing weight and more on delivering a great scientific instrument, says Matt Mountain, president of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy in Washington, D.C. “If we don’t have to fight for mass, the testing is greatly simplified and you can launch more ambitious systems.”SpaceX’s big rocket will face competition in the coming years, and not just from the SLS. Another private company, Blue Origin, intends to debut its reusable New Glenn rocket in 2020, and ULA is working on a vehicle called Vulcan. The competition could lower prices for researchers, says Phil Larson, an aerospace expert at the University of Colorado in Boulder and a former communications director at SpaceX. “You could see not just governments having space programs, but private entities doing more in space, and maybe universities,” he says.Then again, the pool of heavy rockets will remain small for the foreseeable future, and researchers shouldn’t expect rock-bottom prices anytime soon, Hertzfeld says. “This is not your Econ 1 definition of competition,” he says. “It certainly should help NASA and others with prices, but how much that influences all of this is a study in and of itself.”SpaceX already has customers lining up, including the Saudi Arabian communications firm Arabsat, the London-based mobile services provider Inmarsat, and the U.S. Air Force. Its first payload will be something a bit more personal—Musk’s own Tesla Roadster, painted midnight cherry and playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”Adam Mann is a journalist in Oakland, California. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said he’ll consider it a win if his enormous new Falcon Heavy rocket even escapes the launch pad. Today, the rocket fired its engines in a test at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, clearing the way for an inaugural launch in the coming weeks. Space scientists will be rooting for it, too. With its heavy-lift capability, the rocket can fling larger probes to distant planets more quickly—and, perhaps, more cheaply—than previous rockets.”We can think about follow-up missions across the outer solar system, Mars sample return, even missions to Venus or Mercury,” says planetary scientist Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, who was also an independent consultant for SpaceX between 2010 and 2012.Created by strapping together three of the company’s Falcon 9 rockets, the Falcon Heavy is 70 meters tall, the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V that took humans to the moon. It is expected to carry up to 64,000 kilograms to low-Earth orbit, more than twice the payload of the biggest currently available vehicle, United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) Delta IV Heavy. Moreover, the new rocket’s booster stages can be reused, which SpaceX claims will save money. 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Booker carried off with groin injury in Suns loss to Raptors

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “It’s tough,” Suns center Greg Monre said.” He’s obviously one of the great young players in this league. He’s having an outstanding year right now, so you definitely don’t want to see him get injured.”Booker, who shook off a 2-for-11 start to score a season-high 46 points Monday in a win at Philadelphia, shot 0 for 7 in the first half Tuesday. He finished 4 for 15 with 19 points, including 10 of 12 from the foul line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingA team staffer had to help Booker limp to his stall in the locker room after being examined. Booker declined to speak to reporters.“I’m sure they’ll have to do an MRI or something to make sure we take care of him the right way,” Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay LATEST STORIES MOST READ Phoenix is off Wednesday before hosting Washington Thursday.Now in his third season, Booker came in averaging a team-high 24.5 points per game.“Any time you have to get carried off it’s always a scare, especially someone like him and how valuable he is to our team,” Suns forward Jared Dudley saidKyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Toronto improved its NBA-best home record to 9-1. Serge Ibaka scored 19 points and OG Anunoby matched his career high with 16 as Toronto won its fourth straight and seventh in a row at home.Anunoby’s four 3-pointers were a career-high.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “He played excellent tonight,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Didn’t try to do too much. He took what the game gave him.”The Raptors, who have scored 100 or more points in 10 consecutive games, almost reached triple digits in three quarters Tuesday. Toronto led 97-79 heading to the fourth and weren’t seriously challenged in the final frame.Monroe had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the weary Suns wrapped up a six-game, 10-day road trip with their seventh of 15 back-to-backs this season. Phoenix is 3-4 in the second game of back-to-backs.TIP-INSSuns: F T.J. Warren was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in quick succession in the third. Marquese Chriss was also called for a technical shortly after Warren’s ejection. … Phoenix had seven turnovers in the first while the Raptors had none. … One night after playing a season-high 37 minutes in a win at Philadelphia, C Tyson Chandler got the night off. Monroe started in his place. … Len played despite a strained left ankle.Raptors: Lowry also had six rebounds. … DeRozan matched his season high with eight assists. … G Delon Wright, who has missed the past eight games because of a dislocated right shoulder, took part in shooting drills at Monday’s practice. … The Raptors were outscored in a second quarter for the first time in 13 games.OFF THE BOARDSToronto held an opponent without an offensive rebound for the first time in franchise history.TAKING CHARGELowry drew two charges, increasing his NBA-leading total to 17. It’s as many or more than 17 teams had entering play Tuesday.UP NEXTSuns: Phoenix, which overcame a 22-point deficit to win in Washington last month, is seeking its first sweep since 2014-15.Raptors: Visit Memphis on Friday, the opener of a four-game trip against Western Conference opponents. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is carried off by teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Phoenix Suns are heading home from their season-high six-game trip anxious about the health of star guard Devin Booker.Booker injured his groin while the Toronto Raptors beat the Suns 126-113 on Tuesday night. Preliminary tests showed Booker strained his left adductor while playing defense with 2:40 left in the fourth quarter. Booker froze in place near midcourt, and trainers came out to examine him before two teammates carried him off the floor and into the locker room.ADVERTISEMENT Durant says he needs to be more ‘poised’ after 3rd ejection this season Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger meets and greets Alex Ferguson

first_imgManchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger greeted and spent some time talking to club’s former and legendary manager Alex Ferguson ahead of his national team Germany’s clash against Scotland in Euro 2016 qualifier here.World champions Germany defeated hosts Scotland 3-2 here on Monday in the Group D match, with Thomas Muller scoring twice and setting up the third for Ilkay Gundogan.A Mats Hummels own goal and a James McArthur strike gave the hosts a lifeline, but Germany were too strong on the night.Also read: Pedro denies rejecting Man United offer to avoid Van Gaal The Germany World Cup-winning star has only been a United player for a matter of months but he seemed to embrace the history of the club when greeting Ferguson on Monday night, reports dailymail.com.The duo shook hands and shared a lengthy chat at Hampden Park here.The former Bayern Munich captain made the 13.2 million pound move this summer, linking up with Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.He has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons and his fitness has been questioned early on in his Premier League career, but the Schweinsteiger played the full 90 minutes for the World Cup-winners in Glasgow.last_img read more

Pankaj Udhas performs in a fund raising concert

first_imgHyderabad, Sep 6 (PTI) Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas performed here as part of a fundraiser concert. Prayas – an NGO, hosted the fund raising live ghazal show by Pankaj Udhas at Cyber City Convention Centre in Kondapur area here last evening. The NGO works towards bringing cheer in the lives of under privileged, as per a release. The proceeds of this fundraiser will be donated to the School for the Visually Challenged – Durgabhai Deshmukh Vocational Training Rehabilitation Center for Handicapped (70 girls), Vidyanagar and GHS Blind girls school, Malakpet, it said. The initial project of Prayas was at the GHS Blind girls school. The School will be provided with solar water heaters, sanitary pads and other basic items they lack. The next project in pipeline for Prayas is a school for the physically challenged. They have a requirement for sports equipment specially designed for people with disabilities. Prayas will provide the sports equipment needed by the people in this school. Prayas will also sponsor 40 rag-pickers at Child God Grace Society, Sainikpuri, for good education from a good school for an entire academic year, the release added. PTI VVK NRBlast_img read more

Paris mayor assures security as bidding for 2024 Olympics kicks off

first_imgParis showed on Friday that it can offer a safe environment to host the Olympics after an attack was thwarted at the Louvre Museum on the day when the city submitted its bid file to host the 2024 Games, mayor Anne Hidalgo said.A French soldier shot and wounded a man armed with machetes and carrying two bags on his back on Friday as he tried to enter the Paris Louvre museum in what the government said appeared to have been a terrorist attack.”I went straight there (to the Louvre museum) with the head of Paris police and what I could see is the serenity and the efficiency of our security forces,” Hidalgo said on the Place du Trocadero, with the Eiffel Tower lit in blue and red in the backdrop. (Budapest puts finishing touches to 2024 Olympics bid as opposition grows)Paris is competing with Los Angeles and Budapest to host the 2024 Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the host following a vote on Sept. 13 in Lima.Hidalgo does not believe Paris is the only city concerned by militant attacks.”The threat exists in all cities across the world. It’s a threat that all cities need to take seriously,” she said. (LA, Budapest, Paris voted candidates to host 2024 Olympics)”This morning, our security forces showed their efficiency and again we showed how resilient Paris is.”More than 230 people have died in France in the past two years at the hands of attackers allied to the militant group Islamic State. Therefore the French capital knows how to handle terror threats, Hidalgo explained.advertisement”This capacity to react is an asset for this (Olympic bid),” she said.”It is important that we can rely on our security forces to counter these threats.”On Friday, the man trying to enter the Louvre shouted Allahu Akbar (God is greatest) and rushed at police and soldiers before being shot and seriously wounded near the museum’s shopping mall, police said.The soldier who shot the man was from one of the patrolling groups which have become a common sight in Paris since a state of emergency was declared in November 2015. (Italy withdraws bid to stage 2024 Olympics in Rome)Another soldier received a scalp wound in the incident. “I want to spare a thought for the officer who got injured,” said Hidalgo.”Paris is a city of hope and youth, in which a lot of people come to take root.”It is a city that reassures, a city from which we can build a bright future.”Socialist Hidalgo was elected mayor in 2014.last_img read more

Sushma Swaraj passes away at 67

first_imgSenior BJP leader and Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, 67, passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday night after suffering a heart attack in the evening.The senior BJP leader was brought to AIIMS at 10:15 PM and was straight away taken to the emergency ward.Sushma Swaraj’s body has been taken to her home, Dhawan Deep Building, in Connaught Place, New Delhi. On Wednesday at 12pm, her body will be taken to BJP’s headquarters and the last rites will be performed at Lodhi Road Electric Crematorium at 3pm.ALSO READ | RIP Sushma Swaraj: Mortal remains to be kept at BJP HQ, last rites at 3 pmPM Narendra Modi took to twitter to condole her death. He tweeted, “Sushma Ji’s demise is a personal loss. She will be remembered fondly for everything that she’s done for India. My thoughts are with her family, supporters and admirers in this very unfortunate hour. Om Shanti.” Expressing his shock over Sushma Swaraj’s demise, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also tweeted, “I’m shocked to hear about the demise of Sushma Swaraj Ji, an extraordinary political leader, a gifted orator & an exceptional Parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines. My condolences to her family in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace.”I’m shocked to hear about the demise of Sushma Swaraj Ji, an extraordinary political leader, a gifted orator & an exceptional Parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines.My condolences to her family in this hour of grief.May her soul rest in peace.Om ShantiadvertisementRahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2019President Ram Nath Kovind expressed shock over the death of senior BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.PAY YOUR TRIBUTES TO SUSHMA SWARAJ HERECondoling her death, the President tweeted, “Extremely shocked to hear of the passing of Smt Sushma Swaraj. The country has lost a much loved leader who epitomised dignity, courage & integrity in public life. Ever willing to help others, she will always be remembered for her service to the people of India.”The Congress also tweeted, “We are saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Our condolences to her family and loved ones.”A star minister during Modi government’s first stint, Sushma Swaraj did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and chose to sit out of the government this year on account of her health. She had a kidney transplant in 2016 and had opted out of contesting Lok Sabha polls earlier this year due to health reasons.ALSO READ | RIP Sushma Swaraj: You left without fulfilling your promise, devastated Smriti Irani tweetsAfter PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony last month, Sushma Swaraj wrote an emotional message on Twitter, thanking PM Narendra Modi for giving her the opportunity to hold the office for five years.In the tweet, Sushma Swaraj said, “Prime Minister, you gave me an opportunity to serve our countrymen and overseas Indians as the Foreign Minister for five years and personally, also, gave me respect throughout my tenure. I am very grateful to you. I pray that our government becomes very successful.”Sushma Swaraj was an important link between the government and the people. Many political observers viewed Swaraj as a challenger to PM Narendra Modi in the initial months of the government.However, she adjusted to the role and gave the external affairs ministry a human face for the first time. She was the troubleshooter for any Indian stuck anywhere abroad.She took a personal interest in resolving minor issues like issuance of visa to the needy and getting relief to Indians in distress. She built an Indian human capital abroad and the response was an outpouring of support for the Modi government from the non-resident Indian community.ALSO READ | Sushma Swaraj: A fan favorite and prominent face of woman representation in Indian politicsALSO READ | I was waiting for this in my lifetime, Sushma Swaraj’s last tweet was on Article 370ALSO WATCH | Sushma Swaraj dies at 67last_img read more

Bright future awaits Alex De Minaur as he channels hero Lleyton Hewitt

first_img“Demon” – De Minaur’s favourite from a number of nicknames that have been thrown his way over the past few weeks – was knocked out of the Australian Open in the first round on Tuesday night. Having reached the second round last year, that might sound a poor result and will drop a few spots from his current ranking of No 127. But the way he played in taking a set off the Czech, Tomáš Berdych, a former grand slam finalist and a long-time member of the top 10, suggests great things are to come.Considering the effort he has put in over the past month, including a swashbuckling run to the final in Sydney, fatigue was always likely to be an issue for De Minaur. Standing tight to the baseline, the baby-faced Australian went toe to toe with Berdych for two sets before eventually fading to a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 defeat.“It’s just been crazy,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of what I’ve been able to do the last couple of weeks. Even today, I try to base myself on leaving it out on court every time I step on it. That’s what I did.”The presence of Lleyton Hewitt in his corner, as he has been throughout the Australian summer, was no coincidence. The former world No1 was a hero for De Minaur growing up and the 18-year-old’s game-style is clearly modelled on the man who went so close to winning the title here in 2005, when he lost to Marat Safin in the final. Throw in the fact that De Minaur fights like Hewitt, as he gets stronger physically and if he continues to work hard, and the chances are he should go far.“I grew up watching him play,” De Minaur said of Hewitt. “Something that always stood out was just his competitive spirit, his willingness not to give up, to fight every ball until the last. That’s what I want to apply to my game. That’s what I’m trying to do every day. Since you’re here… features Tomáš Berdych proves too good for Alex De Minaur at Australian Open Share on Messenger Read more Tennis Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Australia sport Topics Alex De Minaur followed Roger Federer into the press conference room here at Melbourne Park on Tuesday night, a brush with greatness for the young Australian. The packed room emptied quickly to leave just a handful of people but those who were there were left in little doubt that Australia may just have found itself another hero.center_img Australian Open 2018 Share on Twitter The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share via Email Australian Open Share on Pinterest Read more “He’s taught me to believe in myself, believe in my game, just show what I can do out on court. He’s obviously helped me with different types of scenarios, tactics. Just being there in my corner. He’s been an incredible help. I couldn’t be more thankful.”While De Minaur was beating Milos Raonic and Fernando Verdasco in Sydney, former world No1 Andy Murray said on Twitter how he “wished he was as grown up” as De Minaur and that he loves his attitude. Nick Kyrgios, the top-ranked Australian, has also taken him under his wing. “I haven’t really mentored him but he’s definitely been part of our training group and obviously he’s been a massive part of our Davis Cup team,” Kyrgios said. “I think the culture that Lleyton’s kind of made has been massive for him. We’re all behind him so he’s definitely playing freely, he’s been training hard, he’s hungry.”Born in Sydney to a Spanish mother and Uruguayan father, De Minaur has spent as much time in Spain – he trains in Alicante – as he has in Australia. He speaks perfect Spanish but there is no mistaking that thick Aussie accent and when he and his family returned to Australia for a few years, between 2012 and 2016, he announced his desire to play for them. Anyway, after more than 40 years without a male singles champion in Melbourne, there’s no chance of the Aussies letting this one go.The desperation for a home champion can be overwhelming, as Sam Stosur felt so many times, but De Minaur, who wants to end the year inside the top 100, seems equipped to cope. “I’m going to do everything in my power to be able to play at a high level,” he said. “I’m going to do all the things right, leave it all out there on court. If that’s not enough, then I’m just happy with what I leave out on court. That’s it.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

RabatSalé Borrows MAD 180 Million for Tramway Extension

Rabat – Rabat’s Council of Municipalities Group, Al-Assima, will take out a MAD 180 million loan from the Municipal Equipment Fund (MEF) to finance a seven-kilometer bidirectional  extension of the Rabat–Salé tramline.During a meeting held Monday, Al Assima asked MEF for the loan to help the project, which is valued at MAD 1.715 billion.51% of the project will be funded by contracted parties, with the Al-Assima group providing MAD 180 million, the Bouregreg Valley Administration providing MAD 100 million, and the Fund for Urban and Interurban Road Transport Reform providing MAD 592 million. “The remaining budget will be supplied by appropriations,” according to Al-Assima. The extension is designed to connect neighborhoods with high population concentrations to industrial areas in the city and its surrounding areas.In Salé, the line will be extended for 4.6 km, from Hassan II station to Zarbia avenue, reaching the under construction of the provincial hospital in Al-Hssaine district.In Rabat, the line will be extended for 2.4 km, starting from Moulay Youssef Hospital in Akkari area and ending at Al Kifah Avenue in the Yaâcoub Al Mansour district.Al-Assima issued a communiqué in January saying that the Council has also approved a technical assistance agreement between the consortium and the Rabat-Salé Tramway Company (STRS) in order to follow up on the transport projects in accordance with the partnership agreement set between Al-Assima and the Ministry of Interior. read more

Chief of Defence Staff holds talks with Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff

The meeting culminated with the exchange of mementoes to mark the visit. Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah NI (M), Chief of the Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy called on the Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunatilleke at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff today.During this cordial discussion, Chief of Defence Staff and the Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah NI (M) shared thoughts of the military history of both countries and exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest and recalled the longstanding relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. read more

Applications for US jobless benefits rose slightly last week

FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2016 file photo, a restaurant posts a sign indicating they are hiring, in Miami. More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, Sept. 9, but jobless claims remained at levels consistent with a healthy labor market. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) Applications for US jobless benefits rose slightly last week by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2016 6:37 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remained at levels consistent with a healthy labour market.THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that claims rose by 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 260,000. Applications have come in below 300,000 for 80 straight weeks, longest streak since 1970. The less volatile four-week average slipped last week by 500 to 260,750.The number of Americans collecting unemployment checks is 2.14 million, down nearly 5 per cent from a year ago.THE TAKEAWAY: Applications for unemployment benefits are a proxy for measuring layoffs. The low level of claims suggests that most Americans enjoy job security.KEY DRIVERS: The unemployment rate is at a healthy 4.9 per cent. Employers have added more than 200,000 jobs a month over the past year — though hiring slowed to 151,000 in August.Another Labor Department report last week showed that job openings rose 4 per cent in July but hiring only increased 1 per cent. The disconnect suggests that employers are struggling to find qualified workers.The job market has been solid even though the American economy has sputtered since late last year. The economy expanded at an unimpressive 1.1 per cent annual pace from April through June after growing just 0.8 per cent in the first quarter and 0.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2015. read more

More than half a million children now risk severe malnutrition in Yemen

“To address increasing malnutrition levels, aid agencies have scaled up assistance and treated 97,000 children for severe acute malnutrition in the past six months, while 65,000 children have been treated for moderate acute malnutrition,” said Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, briefing press at UN Headquarters.Despite the challenging circumstances to delivery aid, “about 3.8 million children have received food supplements, and 933,000 pregnant and lactating women benefited from supplementary feeding,” according to UNICEF.But UNICEF estimates that 537,000 children, or one out of eight children under age five, are now at risk of severe acute malnutrition in Yemen – a threefold increase from 160,000 in March when a long and complex political crisis in Yemen rapidly escalated into all-out conflict. As the fighting has spread across the country, millions of civilians are suffering from the violence. UNICEF also noted that “almost 1.3 million children under five are moderately malnourished compared with 690,000 children prior to the crisis.”“Yemen’s alarming malnutrition levels are aggravated by the limited availability of, and lack of access to food, due to blocked or damaged delivery routes and restrictions on food and fuel imports,” UNICEF said, adding that fuel and water prices have surged and availability remains erratic.Yemen is the worst country for civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapon use in the first seven months of 2015, according to a recent UN humanitarian report produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). read more

Cheshire Police chief constable was volatile bully who humiliated staff hearing told

Mr Byrne became a bully – he bullied people and he did so for no proper reasonJohn Beggs QC The hearing was told Mr Byrne’s fixed-term contract in the role had expired, but the panel would make a decision on whether or not it would have recommended dismissal had he still been in post.Mr Beggs said many witnesses had felt intimidated and frightened about making complaints following Mr Byrne’s behaviour and would give evidence anonymously.Mr Byrne, who has previously worked for the Metropolitan Police, as well as the Greater Manchester and Merseyside forces, denies the allegations.The hearing is expected to last nine days. He added: “It is not the case he was lazy, it is not the case he was unintelligent, it is not the case he wasn’t driven and ambitious for the constabulary of Cheshire. He clearly was.”This is about personal behaviours and the impact they had on other men and women and whether such behaviour can be tolerated in modern policing.”We are drawn to the conclusion you can and should fairly say Mr Byrne became a bully – he bullied people and he did so for no proper reason.” The chief constable of a police force was a volatile bully who humiliated his staff, a misconduct hearing has been told.Simon Byrne, who was suspended from his role at Cheshire Constabulary last year, is accused of breaching the standards of professional behaviour in respect of authority, respect and courtesy, and discreditable conduct.John Beggs QC, representing the office of Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane, told a misconduct hearing at Warrington Town Hall on Monday: “Mr Byrne, when chief constable of Cheshire, lacked self-control on a personal level and exhibited volatile, unpredictable and sometimes offensive behaviour towards subordinate officers and staff.”He said witnesses described Mr Byrne as having a tendency to undermine people and said he would rant inappropriately at staff from lower ranks.Mr Beggs said: “He would berate them on occasions. He was demeaning in words and behaviour. In short, he humiliated people.” He told the panel, led by Rachel Crasnow QC, they may have to decide whether Mr Byrne did so on purpose or if it was just his personality.Mr Beggs said: “An officer of his intelligence and long police service ought reasonably to have known that if you behave like that to significant subordinates, subordinates who are significantly lower in rank and status, you are likely to cause great upset, humiliation and distress.” The headquarters of Cheshire Constabulary in Winsford, CheshireCredit:Google Street View Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The headquarters of Cheshire Constabulary in Winsford, Cheshire read more

Modding your SodaStream with a larger CO2 tank

first_imgThose hardcore gaming geeks among you know that there’s nothing worse than being in the middle of an intense late-night gaming session and running out of you favorite caffeine-rich soda beverage. At two in the morning, Mountain Dew tastes like the nectar of the gods when you need that extra push to get through a Diablo III  session.Many of you have found and switched to the money-saving joy of the SodaStream system, a simple device that allows you to make carbonated sodas right in your own home without having to run to the store. While the various SodaStream machines put the power of fizz into your hands, the downside of the system is that the required CO2 canisters don’t last very long, especially if you’re a heavy soda drinker.With a 14.5 oz refill canister costing anywhere from $15-$20, the process of making your own soda can get a bit pricey, not to mention cumbersome if you live in a rural area like I do. However, there’s an easy, affordable modification you can make to take advantage of a larger tank  called the Freedom One, which is sold by a site called the CO2 Doctor.I was able to get my hands on one of these units and documented the simple installation below.As you can see above, there are only three things you will need to put together to make this mod work. A SodaStream device (my family owns a Genesis), a Freedom One connector with plastic washer, and a Co2 tank of some type. I borrowed a 20lb tank from a friend who has a soda fountain in his place of business, but you can pick up a 5lb tank on Amazon for around $60. I would recommend getting the biggest tank you can afford, simply because of the math involved. You will save a tremendous amount of money over the long term if you have a large tank. Let’s break down the math using the 20lb tank as an example.In a Genesis SodaStream unit the company saw fit to place a 14.5 oz cartridge that is supposed to be able to carbonate 60 liters of soda (depending on how much fizz you like in your drinks). In a 20lb tank you would get the equivalent of 22 of these smaller internal tanks, which would add up to a whopping 1,324 liters. The best part? It only costs about $17 to fill a 20lb tank at a local gas merchant, which is a huge saving when you are looking at spending $330 for the equivalent SodaStream-branded refills. Your savings will go even higher if you add in shipping or fuel to drive to a store to do an exchange. It’s not hard to see the advantages here.Once you have the required components,  it’s time to put them all together. The first step is to remove the top of the Genesis, which is an easy process since it’s made to come apart. Placing the top upside down on a counter means you can see a small threaded port where you would normally screw in the smaller canister.Take the large end of your Freedom One device and screw it in until it’s hand tight. You want to make sure you don’t over-tighten here as it may crack the plastic thread. This is very simply and requires absolutely no physical modification of your SodaStream device, so you won’t void the warranty.The next step is to thread the Freedom One’s cord through the body of the Genesis, then turning it right side up to get it ready for action.Last but not least, you take the end of the Freedom One with the pressure gauge and connect it to your CO2 tank. It’s very important that you don’t forget to put the plastic washer between the tank and the brass fitting, as it acts as a seal between the two pieces of metal so you don’t lose any of your precious gas. After it’s connected you simply open the valve on the top of the tank and attach a SodaStream bottle to the unit and carbonate as normal.The total cost for this piece of kit is right around $317, including the SodaStream device and a gas fill. The Freedom One costs $129 for a 6 foot high-pressure hose and gauge, while the tank can be had for around $60. If you wanted to pick up a new 20lb tank it would be $100, bringing the total cost up to $357. While that seems a bit steep at first, remember that the Freedom One and the SodaStream will pay for itself over time. If you were to buy 1,324 liters of soda it would cost you roughly $827.50 depending on the market prices around you. Right off the bat you would save $470 over the life of your first 20 pounds of CO2, which makes it worth the investment.If you wanted to save even more money, you could get a book like “Make Your Own Soda,” which has 200 recipes for making your own syrups to use with carbonated water. I have picked it up and tried some of them, and honestly prefer the taste of homemade to the mixes you can get in a store. If making your own syrups sounds daunting, but you still want that homemade taste, you could try Pittsburgh Soda Pop, a company that specializes in making tasty syrups. The Freedom One unit I received came with a sample of the company’s root beer mix, which was outstanding.With the Freedom One you shouldn’t have to worry about running out of CO2 for your soda or breaking the bank keeping up with your soft drink habit. You can even install the device in your counter-top to hide the canister and hose–a small project that should take you no time at all.last_img read more

Is the initial rumour that Darboe and co will be convicted

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYIs the initial rumour that Darboe and co will be convicted before the Eid and pardoned to show State generosity on Eid day tenable?The answer is in the negative. The trial judge has asked Darboe and co to open up their defence on the 7 of July 2016 and their bail application is set for ruling on 14 July. Both dates are beyond the date set for eid prayers.The politically motivated case does not deserve to be treated as a criminal offence requiring pardon. The most honourable action for a State is to recognize the sovereign equality of political parties and political leaders. This recognition should lead to treating politically charged actions as conflict requiring dialogue, resolution and reconciliation. This is what is expected and not trial, conviction and pardon.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho wants Lewandowski for Martial

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho will demand Robert Lewandowski in return if the German giants decide to sign Anthony Martial, according to Daily Star.The Poland Captain is believed to be interested in leaving Bayern in search of a new challenge.And Martial also wants out of Old Trafford after falling down the pecking order behind Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford.The former Monaco star’s agent said earlier in July that Martial wanted to leave the club after failing to agree a new deal and losing his place in the team.Manchester United hierarchy are not interested in selling the Frenchman and Jose would only let him move to a club outside England.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Mourinho would like Lewandowski in a mega swap as he looks to strengthen his team to challenge Manchester City for the title this season.Real Madrid are also interested in signing Lewandowski but new Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac is keen to retain his services at the Allianz Arena. Madrid are in search of a new striker after losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last month.Lopetegui has informed club president Florentino Perez of his desire to bring in a new striker before the transfer window closes.last_img read more

Canon Purchases Euro Pharma Event

first_imgCanon Communications has acquired the Pharmpack trade show, Europe’s leading annual event for the $9 billion pharmaceutical packaging industry. The show kicked off this week in Paris.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Canon, a division of Apprise Media, purchased the event from French organizer Oriex—the Organization of International Congresses and Exhibitions. Next year, the publisher plans to hold its BIOMEDevice Europe conference and exhibition alongside the Pharmpack show, it says.Last month, Canon announced its launch of the PharmaMed Marketing & Media conference and exposition, multiple track program covering topics such as regulatory compliance in ad campaigns, best practices for electronic media and case studies of major new product launches. Canon publishes medical magazines including Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, Med Ad News and R&D Directions.last_img read more

Tributes paid to Jaipal Reddy

first_imgL B Nagar: The death of former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy was a moving experience for him, said Youth Congress leader Chiluka Madusudhan Reddy on Sunday.Paying glowing tributes to the senior Congress leader and a stalwart, he said Reddy’s services to the country would always be remembered, particularly in the formation of Telangana state. ‘Jaipal Reddy had the distinction of being the sole ‘Best Parliamentarian’ from south India. He would remain a model for future generations’, Reddy stated, after paying tribute to Reddy’s body at the latter’s residence.last_img read more

Major Nelson unboxes the Xbox One

first_imgThe Xbox One console has already had a lot of coverage focusing on the hardware and Microsoft has shared many a high resolution image of the machine. But today they’ve decided to go one better and asked Major Nelson to put together an unboxing video which you can watch below.The Xbox One Major Nelson unboxes is actually the Day One edition. It includes everything you’d expect including the console itself, Kinect sensor, wireless Xbox controller, power cord, power brick, headset (which now looks to be a standard feature for every Xbox One that ships), and owner’s manual. It’s also nice to see a 4K-rated HDMI included as standard and an Xbox One sticker for good measure. As this is the Day One edition you also get a message printed on the front of the controller and the D-pad is set in chrome.The video gives us a close up view of the console and ports available on the back and side. It also introduces us to the very nice power button, which looks like it is a touch sensitive area on the casing that lights up white when the console is powered on. It looks really nice, but I hope it isn’t too bright and distracting like those LED lights can be on the front of some Blu-ray and DVD players.The only thing not in the box of the Day One edition is of course the digital exclusive you are entitled to download. And don’t forget, if you pre-order Xbox Live Gold for the Xbox One you also get a free download copy of Killer Instinct to play.last_img read more

Hail the focktronics

first_imgHer energy is infectious. When the curly haired damsel hits the stage with her dense voice, she makes sure that her audience sways away hypnotically. Adding to that charm plays along the ambient electronica.Hari and Sukhmani, are the face of contemporary Punjabi folk music. Hari’s electronic skills with Sukmani’s hedonistic performance on stage puts life to every stage they hit.The two have produced an eclectic mix of music from electro house Madhaniyan, Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ dubstep version of traditional folk song Chhala to the loungey Boohey Baariyan. International gigs aside,the duo debuted in bollywood with a heart rending track Kangi in Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth. There plan is to take the yesteryears Punjabi folk music into the future, from New Delhi to New York City.Sukhmani with her trained Hindustani classic voice from Rampur gharana and Hari Singh, the producer and audio engineer make for a heady mix when they perform live together. Coming straight from the city beautiful Chandigarh, they are going to be here to enthrall you Delhites!DETAILWhere: DLF Place SaketWhen: April 20, 6:30 pmlast_img read more

Mark Foster on how amazing life is since coming out as gay

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Mark Foster | Photo: Ted Baker Mark Foster has discussed life since coming out publicly as gay last year, saying ‘the response has been amazing.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘I fell in love when I was 21 – I had someone who looked after me’Responding to King singer Olly’s speech, Mark said: ‘Olly’s story about when he was younger – that shocked me. That hasn’t happened to me, but I feel it when I hear it.’‘[For me, dealing with my sexuality at a young age] was one of these situations whereby I didn’t try and commit suicide, I didn’t self harm – I was very lucky. I fell in love when I was 21; I had someone who looked after me. It was a love thing. I felt so comfortable at home, that protected me. So my own self, I didn’t have a dark story going on in the background.‘I’ve had two partners. One for 19 years, current one for seven years. So, to friends and family – let’s say I did the big bit first. Telling my sisters, telling my dad. But I always found I had my own life, and my work life, which was sport.‘I suppose being in the public eye and standing on a block and being very vulnerable, from a very early age I got used to hiding stuff, and it became a secret. The secret got bigger.’Speaking about the importance of fighting for equality, Mark furthermore added: ‘Until it’s not a problem for Premiership footballers to come out, until there aren’t countries where people are killed for being gay and it’s not a crime for being gay, it’s not “so what?”‘For me it was about joining the community in a very public way. And hopefully helping people come to terms with their sexuality or struggling with being themselves.’For more information about Stonewall, visit Stonewall.org.uk.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Kevin McHale from Glee talks about boyfriend for the first timeAmerican swimmer Abrahm DeVine comes out: ‘I’m a gay athlete’Gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy: Anti-LGBT VP Mike Pence is ‘bad fit’ to lead Winter Olympics delegationRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/mark-foster/ GAYSTARNEWS- Speaking to GSN at the Stonewall Equality Dinner in London last Friday, the British swimmer added: ‘I’ve come to events like this celebrating the community before, but in the shadows. It’s much easier now.’The 47-year-old furthermore added: ‘I wouldn’t have spoken to you a year ago. And you probably wouldn’t have spoken to me! I would come in and go out. I was good at swerving stuff. It’s nice not having to do that. It’s nice wherever I go to not worry what I say and do.’‘I’ve had a text message from someone who wants to talk’Mark also revealed that another LGBTI sportsperson has gotten in touch with him since he came out.‘I’ve had a text message from someone who wants to talk, yeah,’ said the BBC TV presenter. My thing is – and it sounds stupid; I’m 47, I’m a middle aged man! – people have got to do it in their own time.’Also in attendance at the fundraiser at Sheraton Grand Park Lane was TV star Gok Wan, Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix and Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander.During his keynote speech, Olly received a standing ovation after opening up about his experiences of depression and anxiety.last_img read more