P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC The Scores:GLOBALPORT 86 — White 27, Pringle 17, Anthony 15, Araña 7, Nabong 6, Grey 5, Teng 3, Elorde 2, Gabayni 2, Viernes 2, Guinto 0, Sargent 0.MERALCO 85 — Cañaleta 28, Onuaku 21, Caram 9, Newsome 9, Amer 8, Hodge 6, Hugnatan 2, Salva 2, Dillinger 0, Sedurifa 0.Quarters: 23-25, 45-44, 63-65, 86-85.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStanley Pringle caught fire in the fourth quarter and dragged GlobalPort to its first win, an 86-85 squeaker over Meralco, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Despite feeling some tightness on his legs, the former Rookie of the Year uncorked 17 points, 13 in the fourth quarter including the game-sealing foul shots with 14.3 seconds left, and added seven rebounds and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames PBA Draft: Pringle official top pick, Alaska lands Banchero PLAY LIST 02:09PBA Draft: Pringle official top pick, Alaska lands Banchero35:47PBA Women’s 3×3 – March 18, 201602:45Pringle drains game-winner to lift Globalport past RoS02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jared Dillinger tried to go for the home run, but air-balled his triple as Meralco dropped its first assignment of the conference.Malcolm White topscored for the Batang Pier with 27 points and 17 boards, while Sean Anthony got 15 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.Despite the win, Jarencio admits that his side is still groping for form.“The chemistry is still not there, so I commend my last group for coming through. I’ll take it. A win is a win,” he said.Niño Canaleta waxed hot from downtown, going 7-of-12 to pace the Bolts with 28 points and four rebounds, while Arinze Onuaku got 21 points and 14 boards in his PBA return.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “We’re struggling, especially Stanley because he’s playing through an injury. Luckily for us, he picked it up in the fourth quarter,” said coach Pido Jarencio, whose squad bounced back from a 114-128 defeat to TNT last Sunday.GlobalPort fought back from an eight-point deficit, 63-55, late in the third quarter with an 20-6 run heading into payoff period to grab a 77-69 lead with 6:24 remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Bolts, however, made it a one-point game, 83-82, with 42.3 seconds left and got a big stop when Pringle missed on a drive.However, Anjo Caram was forced out of bounds by Nico Elorde in the ensuing possession, leading to Pringle’s split from the line that extended the lead to two, 84-82. MOST READ Austria, Victolero, Cone to coach PBA All-Star teams Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’
…while driver recounts near death experienceFollowing reports carried by Guyana Times of the deplorable state of the Linden-Lethem road, together with images thereof, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has said Government is addressing the issue, and has pointed out that “contracts are out for (its) repair and maintenance.”Over the weekend, reports and video images of the deplorable state of the road were sent to this media house, with road users contending that sections of the road — at Fairview in Region Nine and at Kurupukari in Region Eight — are almost impassible, and most of the road has been flooded due to heavy rainfall over the past week.The truck overboard at the Christmas BridgeMinister Patterson told Guyana Times on Monday that he has seen the reports, has been made aware of the situation, and has committed to addressing it.Road users are contending that there are still some good sections of the Linden/Lethem Road, but those are outnumbered by bad sections. One bus driver, Ramroop (only name given), had said that Government needs to do more to maintain the condition of the road. He said the drivers are not opposed to paying an increase in toll in exchange for better roads. He explained that because of the impassible road at Fairview Village, bus operators are now being forced to pay as much as $5,000 to villagers for them to use the village truck to pull their vehicles out of the slush, adding that they are paying this charge in addition to tolls and maintenance cost.Near death experienceLast Friday, a truck driven by Dianand “Vicky” Inderdeo of Lot 2 Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara was returning to Georgetown with a consignment of lumber when it toppled into a creek while crossing the Christmas Bridge at Region Eight. The 32-year-old father of two sustained injuries to his hand, legs, back and head, and required urgent medical attention.A flooded section of the Kurupukari stretch of roadRelating his near-death experience, Inderdeo told this publication that he was heading back to Georgetown on Thursday when his truck, GWW 5832, became stuck on the Christmas Bridge.“I was crossing the bridge when one of the boards broke and the truck fly in the corner. So that happen on Thursday, and the truck spend the whole night on the bridge, and Friday morning two trucks pass and I beg them man to help pull me out, and when they went pulling the truck out, the board under it start sprawl out, and next thing me know is overboard me went,” he related.The man has said he has been traversing the Linden-Lethem Road for over 11 years, and this is the worst condition he has ever seen the road in. He further said that when the truck toppled into the creek, he was forced to climb out by the passenger side to avoid life-threatening injuries.“After them pull me out, the truck them take me to the Iwokrama Health Centre, and then the Annai Health Centre, and then the Lethem hospital. But I take me own discharge and come to town, and went to a hospital and see a doctor, and them tell me to take it easy,” Inderdeo explained.The man, like others, said the Government need to urgently intervene and conduct immediate repairs and maintenance to the road.Minister Patterson had earlier this month said work would soon commence on the construction of a new, single- or dual-lane fixed bridge approximately 600 metres long, at the Kurupukari ferry, and one year after it was announced, that the river would be bridged. Currently, persons travelling the Linden/Lethem trail have to cross the Essequibo River at Kurupukari — a privately-operated pontoon service. Kurupukari Village is located along the Lethem–Georgetown trail, about five hours from Lethem.In February of 2017, the Public Infrastructure Ministry had said it was gearing up to commence construction on the first phase of the Linden-Lethem Road project, which will be funded through the United Kingdom Government under its UK/Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) programme.In September 2015, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron had announced a £300 million investment in vital new infrastructure such as roads, bridges and ports to help drive economic growth and development across the Caribbean region. Guyana was named among nine Caribbean states to benefit from this grant.The first phase of the project, which spans from Linden to Mabura, covers approximately 122.5 kilometres of road and the construction of the bridge across the Essequibo River at Kurupukari.The Minister is optimistic that by late 2020, the Linden/Lethem road linking Guyana and Brazil would be completed. Budget 2018 provides $1.5B for hinterland roads rehabilitation, as well as for completion of all roll over projects.
The Guyana Relief Council (GRC) on Sunday observed its 25th anniversary under the theme “Years of caring and sharing,” where volunteers, sponsors and specially invited guests came together to reflect on the project and its accomplishments.Yvonne Hinds, former President Samuel Hinds, former Deputy British High Commissioner, Steve Wiscop and Dr Henry Jeffrey among othersA luncheon was held at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Georgetown, and was attended by members of the Private Sector, diplomatic corp and stakeholders.Chairman of GRC, Yvonne Hinds in her opening remarks related that the organisation operates on funding from donors and businesses.She added that despite the acknowledgement and favourable reviews of the vast work that has been carried out yearly, funding is limited and donations are increasingly sporadic, however, the organisation is eternally grateful for the funding received.The Chairman noted that the GRC has grown into a respected non-governmental organisation over the years, after being faced with many challenges. She went on to say that the work that has been done for the Guyanese population is significant.“Those involved in charitable work are well aware of how difficult it is to raise funds in a small society and reaching for help from the same sources. The past year has been very difficult financially, however, no one who sought our services is turned away”, Hinds expressed.Attendees at the GRC’s 25th anniversary celebrationReflecting on the past, Hinds said, “Our services to the nation over the past 25 years has seen many of our early dreams become a reality. We now have an emergency shelter with an apartment for such administration. The facility was renamed the Yvonne Hinds Hope and indeed is an oasis I envisioned, which could house one hundred persons when necessary. During the great floods in 2005-2006, the residence accommodated age range from a one-month-old baby to a 92-year-old man, who stayed for a period of six weeks.”In closing, she outlined that the organisation is fulfilling its vision of providing nondiscriminatory help to Guyanese when they are most in need. She further added that the GRC has handled 35 fire cases and 14 welfare cases and has helped 227 persons.Chairman of the Guyana Relief Council, Yvonne HindsFormer Deputy British High Commissioner, Steve Wiscop stressed that even with help from international and local communities, funding is hard to accumulate since there is always a need for more help and assistance for those who have been affected by disasters, especially fire.However, he encouraged young members of society to volunteer to make a meaningful contribution to the country.A number of persons were recognised for their tremendous contributions and sacrifices to the GRC’s cause, ranging from the Chairman, Dr Henry Jeffrey, Sybil Fraser, Austin Phillips, Courtney Benn, Doris Lewis, Donna Ramsammy-James, Lloyd Stanley Gopaul, and CHE Jian Ping, among others.
The camp will be held at North Peace Secondary School and will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the week of July 28-August 1.Instruction will deal with technical training in the fundamentals of volleyball as well as position specialization skills.Registration ends tomorrow evening and is $425.00 for those wanting to take part. To register click here.- Advertisement –
Buncrana and Cloughaneely face-off tomorrow in the final of the Intermediate Championship Final at O’Donnell Park. (2.15 pm throw-in) Both sides know that the winner of tomorrow’s final will also return to the Donegal SFC for next season.Both clubs are ambitious, and have a playing pool capable of competing in the Donegal SFC. There’s no doubt that both sets of players and management will be striving to secure that their clubs return to Senior football in 2015.Buncrana go into only their fourth ever Intermediate Championship final, on the back of a thoroughly impressive Championship showing.David McConnell’s side came out of a tough group, drawing away from home with Milford, before home wins over local neighbours Carndonagh, and Naomh Columba, from which they clawed back an eight-point half-time deficit.In the quarter final, the Inishowen side managed to overcome St Naul’s after a replay, in a pulsating game of football in Convoy on Tuesday last. And with the thick-and-fast nature of Championship football, they faced Naomh Bríd just four days later in the semi-final, where a virtuoso performance from captain Odhran Doherty inspired them to a two point win.Buncrana go into the final, with effectively a clean bill of health – bar the absence of Donegal minor star Caolan McGonagle, who misses the game with a knee problem.However, McConnell is able to call on several players with inter-county experience, most notably Darach O’Connor, who is beginning to hit the form which enticed Jim McGuinness to include the youngster in his senior side earlier this year.The likes of John Campbell, Garbhan Friel, Kevin O’Loughlin and Joseph McGrory will also play key roles for Buncrana, in what is a well balanced squad.The youth of Bruce Waldron, Stephen Doherty and Peter McLaughlin, is complemented by the experience and know-how of the ‘X’ brothers, Odhran and Oisin Doherty, Oisin O’Flaherty, Simon McGrory and goalkeeper Gavin Cullen. Manager McConnell has expressed his delight at his squad’s showing in this year’s Championship, and has said that had it not been for players’ work and education commitments, that the club’s under-achieving position in this year’s Division 3 could well have been improved.One thing is for certain, is that despite their underdog tag, Buncrana will be going into this encounter with every intention to preserve their recent form, and have the quality in-depth to get the win.Cloughaneely were relegated last season from the Donegal SFC but they’ve responded in emphatic fashion.They’ve consolidated their position in Division Two, and are looking to seal a swift return to Donegal SFC football with a win on Saturday. In this year’s championship Cloughaneely have been in brilliant form, and their victory over Fanad Gaels in the semi-final was particularly impressive.Cloughaneely have blooded a number of quality young players this season, with John Fitzgerald looking like a real star of the future.He posted 1-5 against Fanad Gaels and forms a formidable and menacing inside forward line with the talented John McGarvey.Denis Boyle, a veteran at this stage is still a massive player for Cloughaneely and former Donegal U21 star Kevin Mulhern is a pivotal player for Joe McGarvey’s side.Declan McGarvey, Martin Maguire and Kevin McFadden will also play a crucial role for Cloughaneely on Saturday.Joe McGarvey’s side have adapted well to life without star forward Shaun McGarvey and will be confident of victory tomorrow.It promises to be a cracking final, and it will be a very close game, but Cloughaneely have that added extra experience and should have enough to get over the line.VERDICT – CLOUGHANEELY INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL PREVIEW: BUNCRANA MEET CLOUGHANEELY IN MOUTH-WATERING DECIDER was last modified: November 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaCloughaneelyGAAIntermediate Championship PreviewnewsSport
SANTA CLARA — On one side of the bay, the Raiders followed Sunday’s rare win by firing their general manager. At 49ers headquarters, their second-year regime looks entrenched, even though coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch preside over a 3-10 record that mirrors the Raiders’.Jed York, the 49ers CEO, gave Shanahan and Lynch a not-so-subtle endorsement amid an emotional and powerful speech in the locker room after Sunday’s 20-14 win, a speech that honored York’s younger brother, …
Globalisation is upon us and South Africa is ensuring readiness by adopting what is called Specialised Economic Zones (SEZ). According to Investopedia, an SEZ is a designated area in a country subjected to specialised economic regulations different from other areas. These zones play a huge role in encouraging trade and investment opportunities that benefit the country through job creation.The Gauteng Industrial Development Zone Company (‘Gauteng IDZ’) was founded in 2009 under the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) and was established with the purpose of developing and operating the designated Industrial Development Zone at OR Tambo International Airport. OR Tambo International Airport accommodates over 21 million passengers annually, making it Africa’s largest and busiest international airport.The vision of the GIDZ is “to identify, design, package and enable focused export driven manufacturing and beneficiation programmes for location at the OR Tambo International Airport IDZ. OR Tambo International is known for its exceptional infrastructure and resources. It is a well-positioned logistics and distribution hub for air cargo internationally and in the region. OR Tambo international is the largest air cargo airport on the African continent, with the capacity to handle 40 000 tonnes annually. 82% of South Africa’s cargo comes through OR Tambo.”How does an IDZ impact citizens? In an effort to reposition itself in the world economy, the South African government launched the Industrial Development Zones (IDZ) programme with the aim to facilitate inclusive and competitive economic growth in order for citizens to enter new jobs and benefit from the investments attracted.The GIDZ also runs a post-graduate Jewellery Design course called Design@50. The Jewellery Design Centre was established in 2013, and puts students through an 11-month course offering training in Marketing, Commercial Jewellery Design and Product Development, utilising state of the art Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacturing technology. The centre aims to increase technology proficiency ahead of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and pave the way for skilled designers by shaping talent that can contribute to the development of the South African jewellery market.Design@50 was launched as part of the OR Tambo Industrial Development Zone, currently under construction next to OR Tambo International Airport.To find out more about the GIDZ, click here: http://www.gidz.co.za
This wall needs a rainscreenLead is an obvious concern, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, and any prep work on the clapboards will need the help of a contractor who understands and follows lead-safe procedures. Even if the lead problem can be solved, however, Zuman will have a wall without an effective air barrier.“If you leave the existing clapboard in place, you’ll have a wall without a rainscreen and without a decent exterior air barrier,” he says. “(Airkrete has a tendency to shrink away from the framing, so the Airkrete won’t be airtight).“I advise you to install new sheathing (installed in an airtight manner), new furring strips to create a rainscreen gap, and the siding of your choice. You’ll have a much better wall if you follow this advice.”Dana Dorsett also would like to see Zuman introduce a gap behind the siding.“Leaded paint is a true vapor barrier,” Dorsett says. “If it’s clapboards nailed directly onto the balloon framing (no plank sheathing) insulating the cavities will almost certainly cause the paint to fail in short years due to the high moisture content of the clapboards, followed by the nails &/or the clapboard itself.“It has survived until now due to the clapboards’ ability to dry quickly into the empty framing cavities,” Dorsett continues. “That rapid drying will no longer happen if the insulation is allowed in contact with the clapboards. Whether keeping the original clapboard or installing new ones, providing at least a 1/4-inch deep (1/2 inch would probably be easier and better) vent cavity between the clapboards and the insulation would provide significant mitigation against those issues.” RELATED ARTICLES Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost has to say:One option may be to encapsulate the lead paint on your siding. And I say this because you may have to limit the investment in your exterior wall cladding since you have so many other bigger fish to fry. Many years ago here at the BuildingGreen offices in Brattleboro, Vermont, we used LeadLock. (Our offices are located in the former Estey Organ Factory, once the world’s largest manufacturer of parlor organs).I agree that some sort of back-venting of your cladding is a good idea to maintain drying potential as you fill framing wall cavities with insulation. You should take a look at this GBA case study, where Jeff Medanich tried several different approaches to keeping existing siding in historic, originally unconditioned wood-framed cottages in Boulder, Colorado (admittedly, a drier climate than what you’re dealing with).I have always had reservations about AirKrete Insulation. Whenever I have asked the company about how well AirKrete stays bonded to surfaces like wood framing and sheathing — which tend to move quite a bit over time — they have stated they can add a proprietary agent to increase the material’s flexibility and bonding capabilities. Add? Why not require it or include this material automatically? A check of the AirKrete website reveals nothing about the airtightness characteristics of the material or any installations. I reviewed the sample specification offered on the AirKrete website and it includes nothing on airtightness. It does contain some woefully outdated text on “Vapor/Weather Barriers.”Then there is a photo in the AirKrete photo gallery. It shows AirKrete being injected into an existing brick wall assembly — presumably brick veneer — filling the dedicated free-drainage and capillary space between the veneer and the rest of the wall assembly! Not every space should be filled with insulation! Sometimes spaces have a reason for being.And as luck would have it, there is a new retrofit installation of AirKrete just accomplished in the last several weeks in my neck of the woods. It’s an historic wood-framed meeting house in northeastern coastal Massachusetts, with AirKrete used as cavity insulation. The retrofit project has been set up with a series of HOBO data loggers to measure conditions in the building space as well as sensors in walls. I will be working with the consultants on this project to see how the walls perform over time, including infrared imaging when depressurized to assess airtightness — stay tuned! The paint will not be a vapor barrierZuman wants a vapor-permeable wall system, and one of his concerns is that the lead paint on the clapboards creates a vapor barrier. Should be be concerned?Not really. Although, as Dorsett points out, lead paint is a true vapor barrier, as a practical matter that won’t be a concern here.“While Dana is correct that a perfect coat of lead-based paint, adequately thick, is a vapor barrier, you aren’t legally allowed to have that,” Holladay says. “You’ll end up with old clapboards that have been scraped and prepped (using lead-safe practices) and coated with a modern lead-free paint.“So if you keep the old clapboard and repaint it, you won’t have an exterior vapor barrier. You’ll have old clapboard with some flecks of older paint still clinging to it, but you won’t have 100% coverage of lead-based paint.”The only real concern with lead paint is the toxicity of the lead, a particular risk for any children or pregnant women who may be living in the house. Managing Lead Paint HazardsLead-Based Paint and Green RemodelingInsulating Walls in an Old House With No SheathingAll About Rainscreens John Straube: Rain Control in Buildings Joseph Lstiburek: Mind the Gap, Eh? The Rain Screen Wall System Keeping the house fossil-fuel freeZuman doesn’t want materials in the house that are made with fossil fuels, so he’s turning to alternatives such as Airkrete (an insulation whose principal ingredient is magnesium oxide), magnesium oxide board sheathing (MgO board), and (for the roof) Pavatex, a European wood fiber insulation.“Basically all house builders until the end of WWI crafted homes using nontoxic materials,” Zuman writes. “Since my house is in New York, I’ve chosen to insulate the roof with a material that’s non-toxic and produced from a regenerative resource (cellulose has its own issues, though it was my first choice until I executed additional research). Sadly, the house building industry in the States, in my humble opinion, is stuck with sub-par options on so many levels.”Holladay notes that because Pavatex must be shipped from Europe to the U.S., there’s a fair amount of fossil fuel consumption involved in transportation, even if the product itself isn’t made with a petroleum-based foam.But Zuman argued the fuels used in the final delivery of a product aren’t significant in relation to the energy that went into developing and manufacturing.“The embodied energy involved in producing the inputs and in producing the logistics related to production of the inputs of a final product typically so far outweighs final delivery mileage that I don’t even consider such miles as relevant,” he says. “That noted, shipping items between places is about 10 times more efficient on a fossil fuel basis than motor trucking items.”Further, Zuman’s assertion that houses built before World War I are made with less toxic materials than houses today is just plain wrong, Holladay and others say.Lead-based paint dates to colonial times, and asbestos was first mined for use in insulation in 1858, he says. Steve Knapp adds that asbestos shingles and siding were introduced to the U.S. in 1907, while lead solder, coal and wood fires, and open-flame lighting all were environmental and health hazards that were common before World War I. Gregg Zuman’s house in Beacon, New York, was built near the start of the Civil War, and like most any building of that era it’s in need of a few repairs. At the moment, Zuman is stuck on what to do about the clapboard siding.“It’s slathered with lead paint, of course,” Zuman writes in a Q&A post. “The issue is how to move ahead: figure out a way to remove the lead paint and apply a coat of 50-50 pine tar-raw linseed or cut losses, remove the old clapboard, replace with cedar clapboard, and apply 50-50 pine tar-raw linseed or suck it up, paint over the lead paint with decent lead-free paint, and embrace compromise.”The cheapest option probably will be painting over the lead paint, but Zuman worries that would make the wall a vapor impermeable barrier — something he wants to avoid at all costs.The house is balloon framed, with no space between the framing and the siding — meaning no sheathing. Zuman plans on using Airkrete insulation, and his overall objective is to “honor the history of the structure while updating the materials were needed with products free of fossil fuels.”How does he proceed? That’s the issue for this Q&A Spotlight. Old houses have their challengesAs Zuman, a first-time homeowner, ponders the complexities of saving an old house, he wonders just what he’s got himself into.“Tough choice here,” he writes, “as the more I remove from the structure, the more of a fool I feel —what did I purchase again? I’ll be left with the balloon frame, the masonry, and the stone foundation including a stone lower floor wall that’s an insulation challenge all in itself.”Installing new cedar siding would strip the house of some of its character and history, but whatever he does will not be cheap. His plan is now to work with a local contractor who will “scrub the siding and see how it goes.” The idea is to clean up the existing siding as well as possible before coating it with a mix of pine tar and raw linseed oil, or another vapor-permeable finish.John Clark admits he’s not a huge fan of old wood houses, and says the real answer to Zuman’s problems may be a bolt of lightning.“Yes, as in ‘burn it down’ (I’m joking, kind of),” Clark says. “I don’t put much weight in the historical value of old wooden homes. They’re usually drafty, have odd dimensions, short ceilings, have structural issues, and much of their ‘value’ is locked up on the lot itself.“Conversely, you could always do a gut rehab and just get it fixed,” Clark continues. “Maybe look into a HomeStyle Renovation Mortgage where the cost to renovate is no more than 50% of the ‘as completed’ value of the home.”
jon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#space#web Aerospace firm SpaceX announced Friday that it won a $440 million contract from NASA to modify its Dragon capsule for human space flight as a private-sector successor to the Space Shuttle. The plan is to launch the first Dragon flight carrying American astronauts by 2015.The Dragon capsule can carry seven astronauts, and it launches aboard the 227 foot-tall SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. These vehicles proved themselves in May in an unmanned mission in which Dragon became the first private spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station.Since that mission, SpaceX has undergone tests to ensure that the vehicles are ready for manned spaceflight. On July 17, Dragon passed NASA’s design review, which outlined its new launch pad emergency procedures, its life-support systems, cockpit design and propulsive landing system. While the unmanned Dragon splashed down in the ocean, the piloted version will have thrusters to guide it to a landing.“This is a decisive milestone in human spaceflight and sets an exciting course for the next phase of American space exploration,” SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk said in a press release. “SpaceX, along with our partners at NASA, will continue to push the boundaries of space technology to develop the safest, most advanced crew vehicle ever flown.”See also: Profile of SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her recent protest here, saying it was first time in the history of the country that a Chief Minister went on a sit-in in support of those who have duped millions of people.“Crores of people in the State and families of those who committed suicide after losing their savings are asking questions as to why are you [Ms. Banerjee] are scared of investigation in the chit fund scam. Why were you on dharna in support of those who compromised the investigation,” Mr. Modi asked. Ms. Banerjee staged the protest on February 3 when a group of CBI officers knocked on the doors of Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar, who had investigated the scam earlier. She withdrew it on February 5 after the Supreme Court passed an order restraining the agency from arresting Mr. Kumar. The Prime Minister, addressing a rally at Maynagudi in Jalpaigudi district of West Bengal, said that he wanted to assure every family who suffered in the scam that the chowkidaar would not spare the people who had looted their savings. “Whether it is the one who has looted or who is providing protection to those who indulged in the loot, nobody will be spared. They can come in large numbers and sit on dharna. They can bring as many leaders as they can, but they will have to give an account of every penny taken away from the poor,” Mr. Modi said in the speech, which was streamed live on a number of social networking sites of the BJP.Fight against corruptionUsing the term Mahamilawat (highly adulterated) to describe the Opposition parties once again, the Prime Minister said that he would not allow their attempts to protect brokers and middlemen involved in corruption to succeed. Citing the stand taken by the State unit of the Congress on opposing the Trinamool government, Mr. Modi took a jibe at Congress president Rahul Gandhi. “While leaders of the State Congress are saying there is lawlessness in West Bengal and the corrupt and goons are ruling the State, in Delhi the brother-in-law of Mr. Vadra is singing the tune of Didi [Ms. Banerjeee],” Mr. Modi said.During his 40-minute speech, he spoke about the protests in Kolkata, and dubbed the Trinamool rule in West Bengal as “part two rule of the Communists” alleging that the party had brought the same culture of political violence. On the issue of triple talaq, he targeted the Congress and said that the party’s stand has cheated millions of Muslim women.