NASA Confirms First All-Female Spacewalk in History (Just in Time for Women’s History Month)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo women are set to make history by conducting the first ever all-female spacewalk – and it’s just in time for Women’s History Month.NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will be making the historic Expedition 59 on the International Space Station (ISS) later this month on March 29th.For 39-year-old McClain, the expedition will be her first time in space, although she has been broadcasting to social media from her position on the ISS for Expedition 58. 40-year-old Koch will be taking her first ever spaceflight on March 14th so she can join her crew on the ISS for the expedition.RELATED: Watch the Badass Footage of Africa’s First All-Female Anti-Poaching Team in ActionThe 7-hour mission will reportedly be live-streamed on NASA’s website at 6:30AM eastern time.“As currently scheduled, the March 29th spacewalk will be the first with only women,” NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz told CNN in an emailed statement confirming the mission.“It is the second in a series of three planned spacewalks. Anne also will join Nick Hague for the March 22nd spacewalk. And, of course, assignments and schedules could always change.”Earth’s 3rd day started with getting the blood (plasma?) pumping! First the treadmill, then weights – he even got some deadlifts in with me. It is important to exercise every day, not just for our muscles but also to protect our bones from losing density in microgravity.— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 6, 2019 The expedition is taking place 35 years after Soviet astronaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to participate in a spacewalk on July 25th, 1984.Now, with Canadian aerospace engineer Kristen Faccio operating as the crew’s ground support from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the historic mission will be an appropriate milestone for female trailblazers during the month of March: Women’s History Month.center_img Be Sure And Share The Out-Of-This-World News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Depressed People Find It Hard to Stop Reliving Bad Times

first_imgMSN Health:June 7 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that depressed people suffer from an inability to rid themselves of negative thoughts because they can’t turn their attention to other things.“They basically get stuck in a mindset where they relive what happened to them over and over again,” said study co-author Jutta Joormann of the University of Miami in an Association for Psychological Science news release. “Even though they think, ‘Oh, it’s not helpful, I should stop thinking about this, I should get on with my life,’ they can’t stop doing it.”The study authors gave tests designed to gauge mental flexibility to 26 depressed people and 27 people who had never been depressed. They looked at words on a screen for one second each and then were told to remember them in forward or backward order. Then they were asked to look at individual words and say where they were in the original order.Read the whole story: MSN Health More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

ACL christens Atlantic Star in Baltimore

first_imgACL took delivery of the Atlantic Star, which is registered in the UK, in 2015, as HLPFI reported here.The vessel entered into service in December 2015 and together with its identical sister ships – Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky and Atlantic Sun – operates on the shipping line’s transatlantic route.According to ACL, the new generation of vessels, which have a capacity of 3,800 teu, with 28,900 sq m of ro-ro space and the ability to carry over 1,300 vehicles, have doubled its capacity on the route.Built at Shanghai’s Hudong‐Zhonghua Shipyard, the ro-ro ramps on the ships are wider and shallower, while the ro-ro decks are higher – measuring up to 7.4 m – with fewer columns, which ACL says enables easier loading and discharge of oversized cargo.HLPFI readers will recall, the Atlantic Sea was officially christened by HRH Princess Anne at the UK’s port of Liverpool in October 2016 and was reportedly the first royal christening on the Mersey since 1960. In October 2018, there will be a formal christening ceremony of Atlantic Sun in New York, while the remaining two vessels will be christened formally in Europe in 2019.www.aclcargo.comlast_img read more

Ward 50’s Theresa Thompson takes a break after three terms

first_imgTheresa Thompson says she is stepping aside to make way for “young blood”. Angus Mckenzie, the DA candidate for Ward 50, currently held by the party, has been busy getting to grips with the social challenges facing Bonteheuwel in the run-up to the local government elections.He hopes to fill the big shoes left behind by incumbent Theresa Thompson. Ms Thompson was the first DA ward councillor in Bonteheuwel and has weathered three terms. While still involved with the DA, she said she had decided to step aside to make way for some young blood and fresh ideas.A former gangster has been helping Mr Mckenzie familiarise himself with the neighbourhood, pointing out some of the houses where drugs are sold. Mr Mckenzie said: “The biggest issues in Bonteheuwel are not so much municipal matters, but social ills. Our community is plagued with social ills. My informant is reliable and a very brave person. He is a former gangster, who changed his life. This invaluable activity has allowed me to recognise and understand where the social ills, like gangsterism and drug abuse, are being festered in Bonteheuwel. This engagement provided much-needed intelligence and insight, which can be followed up by various task teams within the City of Cape Town’s safety and security directorate.“The exercise has also allowed me to understand what type of intervention programmes may be necessary to assist the people of this magnificent community. Come August 3, if residents of Bonteheuwel elect me as their ward councillor, I will know where my priorities need to be set.”Mr Mckenzie is the son of Patrick Mckenzie, a former ANC politician, who retired from politics in 2012, and Carol Mckenzie, who was also involved with politics.In Ward 50, which covers Bonteheuwel, there are 17 ward councillor candidates, all representing political parties. This includes Awatief Abrahams from the Africa Muslim Party, Henry Arendse from the ACDP, Shanaaz Gafieldien from the ANC, Izgak de Jager from Al Jama-ah, Frederick Thys from Al Shura Party, Isgak Adams from Cape Muslim Congress, Valerie Brooks from the Cape Party, Bernard Jackson from Coloured Voice, Grant Mack from COPE, Angus Mckenzie from the DA, Johanna Florkowski from the EFF, Joanne Lewis from the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa, Achmat Williams from the National Party South Africa, Michelle Calitz from the National People’s Party, Sivuyile Tutuva from the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, John Prinsloo from the Patriotic Alliance and Rashaad Davids from the Vryheidsfront Plus. Nine wards fall within the Athlone News’ distribution area. These are: Ward 42 (Manenberg and Gugulethu), Ward 44 (Heideveld, Vanguard Estate, Welcome Estate, Silvertown, Bridgetown and Gugulethu), Ward 45 (Manenberg), Ward 46 (Rylands, Surrey Estate, Newfields, Primrose Park, and part of Manenberg), Ward 47 (Hanover Park), Ward 48 (Crawford, Belthorn Estate, Penlyn Estate, Pinati Estate, Belgravia and part of Hanover Park), Ward 49 (Bokmakierie, Kewtown, Athlone, Alicedale, Hazendal and part of Silvertown), Ward 50 (Bonteheuwel) and Ward 60 (Crawford, Lansdowne, Rondebosch East, Sybrand Park, Garlandale).last_img read more

Trump names hostage negotiator as national security adviser

first_img Author: APWriter:WINK News Recommended SHARE President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s naming hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as his new national security adviser.Trump tweeted the announcement from California, while on the third and final day of a West Coast fundraising swing.“I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor,” Trump said. “I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!”The announcement of O’Brien’s selection comes a week after the Republican president ousted John Bolton from the national security adviser’s post, citing policy disagreements. Bolton was Trump’s third national security adviser. O’Brien was among five job candidates Trump said Tuesday were under consideration.As the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, O’Brien worked closely with the families of American hostages and advised administration officials on hostage issues. He previously helped lead the department’s public-private partnership for justice reform in Afghanistan during the Bush and Obama administrations.From 2008 through 2011, O’Brien was a presidentially appointed member of a government committee that advises on issues related to the trafficking of antiquities and other cultural items. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated O’Brien to be U.S. Representative to the U.N. General Assembly, where he worked with Bolton. O’Brien was confirmed by the Senate.He also was an adviser on the Republican presidential campaigns of former Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.Earlier in his career, O’Brien was a senior legal officer for the U.N. Security Council commission that decided claims against Iraq that arose from the Gulf War. He was a major in the U.S. Army Reserve.O’Brien has a law degree from the University of California-Berkeley and co-founded a law firm in Los Angeles focused on litigation and international arbitration issues. President Trump to hold press conference from White House Leaders spar at UN General Assembly amid global crisis WASHINGTON (AP) Trump names hostage negotiator as national security adviser Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: September 18, 2019 10:14 AM EDT last_img read more

Bahamas Has no Intention of Joining CSME

first_img Share Share Share NewsRegional Bahamas Has no Intention of Joining CSME by: – July 10, 2018 60 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! (Caribbean 360) Despite being a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), The Bahamas will not be part of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis made his country’s position clear when he spoke to local journalists on return from Jamaica where he attended the 39th Annual CARICOM Heads of Government Conference last week.The Bahamas, the only full member of CARICOM that has not joined the CSME, was not among six countries that adopted the Protocol on Contingent Rights – which provides a framework for the free movement of skilled labourers and their families between member states – on the last day of the CARICOM meeting.“The Bahamas is not and will not be a part of CSME. The Bahamas will not allow free movement of people within our boundaries so we are not a part of CSME. That must be clear, so you do not feel that because of what has happened there, that Caribbean nationals would be able to move into the Bahamas quite readily,” Minnis told reporters in The Bahamas.“We have our rules, our laws and they will continue to apply so we are not and will not be a part of CSME.”Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, St Lucia and Grenada signed the Protocol on Contingent Rights which speaks to spouses and dependents of CARICOM nationals who relocate to other member states, being entitled to access benefits such as health and education services, which were not previously afforded to them.The protocol applies to individuals and their families, who move across the region to work, provide services and establish companies within the framework of the free movement regime under the CSME.Addressing a press conference after the signing of the protocol host Prime Minister and CARICOM Chairman, Andrew Holness, said the move was a crucial step in making CARICOM more functional and relevant to the people of the region.“This is a matter that has been long outstanding and is a major step that should encourage greater use of the free movement regime as it ensures a greater level of comfort and peace of mind for families,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that coming out of the meeting, CARICOM Heads had also recommitted to the free movement of skilled persons.He said it was agreed that by December 31, 2018, all states will put in place the necessary legislative framework to facilitate all 10 approved categories of skills under the free movement regime.The categories of persons are: graduates of all recognised universities, artistes, musicians, sportspersons, media workers, nurses, teachers, artisans with Caribbean vocational qualifications (such as those issued by HEART Trust/NTA), and holders of associate degrees or comparable qualifications.Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley welcomed the initiative, describing it as a fundamental development since the introduction of the CSME.“For this protocol to have been signed today is the most significant event in the history of Caribbean affairs since the single market was signed here in Jamaica and came into effect here in Jamaica 2006,” she said.last_img read more

Ronaldo scores as Madrid matches Barcelona’s unbeaten record

first_imgFrancisco “Isco” Alarcon scored twice and Karim Benzema and Casemiro added a goal each at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Madrid is six points ahead of second-placed Barcelona, which plays fourth-placed Villarreal on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRonaldo, who was rested in Madrid’s first-leg 3-0 win against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, scored with a close-range header off a cross by Marcelo in the 27th minute.“It was important to begin the year like this,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We have to keep this pace the rest of the year.” MOST READ Thai takes lead, Saso still on top ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Madrid’s last setback was a 2-0 loss at Wolfsburg in the quarterfinal first leg of the Champions League in April. Since then, it has won 30 games and drawn nine under Zidane, a run that included three titles.Zidane, who has lost only two games since taking over Madrid a year ago, had already matched the club record of 34 games without a defeat set in 1989 under coach Leo Beenhakker.The Spanish record set by Luis Enrique’s Barcelona last season ended with a loss to Madrid at Camp Nou in April.“It gives us great satisfaction to equal this record,” Zidane said. “We have no limits and we will do everything possible to keep this going.”Madrid, which has won eight of its last nine league games, will have a chance to take the record outright in the second leg at Sevilla on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, celebrates with teammates Marcelo, right, and Francisco Roman “Isco” after scoring his team’s third goal against Granada during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. (Photo by FRANCISCO SECO/AP)Updated: 12:03 a.m., Jan. 8, 2017MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo began his year by scoring in the 5-0 demolition of Granada on Saturday in La Liga as Real Madrid tied Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions.ADVERTISEMENT Isco opened the scoring with a low shot from inside the area in the 12th after a mistake by the Granada defense while trying to move the ball forward, and Benzema — in an offside position — added to the lead in the 20th off the rebound of a shot by Luka Modric.Benzema, who also was rested against Sevilla, has scored in seven consecutive games against Granada. He has a total of 10 goals in 11 matches against the team from southern Spain.Ronaldo increased the lead after Marcelo cleared a defender in the left side before making a perfect cross into the area, and Isco netted again from close range after a low cross by Modric from the right flank for 4-0 in the 31st.Casemiro scored the final goal in the 58th after a free kick by James Rodriguez, who entered in the second half after impressing against Sevilla midweek.Madrid was still without injured defenders Sergio Ramos and Pepe, as well as forward Gareth Bale.Granada remained second-to-last in the 20-team standings.Third-placed Sevilla plays at fifth-placed Real Sociedad later Saturday, while sixth-placed Atletico faces Eibar. –Tales AzzoniSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View commentslast_img read more

Jango’s Social Music Service Shines In a Crowded Market

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts The social music market is a crowded one, but it looks like Jango has learned from its quicker competitors and has launched a very nice service. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Unsigned music industry blog The Hippodrome got in on the beta and says that they didn’t discover anything new on Jango. Jango is paying an internet radio station license to SoundExchange, ASCAP and BMI and populates its library via manual collection (they buy CDs). Commercial popularity, editorial selection and “people who like” recommendations all go together to determine Jango’s recommendations. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There’s a lot that’s not finished at Jango yet (after all, it’s still in private beta with only 300,000 users -lol) but the single biggest thing you’ll notice is the superior control over the playlist. You can skip around to related songs played past and in the future – you’re not at the mercy of the tireless advance of the stream ala Pandora. It’s quite nice. It’s a good looking service. Think with more social features and more AJAX. Think Pandora with profiles brought to the front and more control over the playlist. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There is, in fact, more AJAX than you can shake a stick at. There’s not a pop-up player per se, but there is some song and channel continuity across pages. This doesn’t appear to be AJAX, it’s quite interesting in fact, but I like it. marshall kirkpatrick Jango is a social music site that’s launching formally in the middle of next month, but has decided to reach out to blogs for coverage now. Apparently a company with an enlarged sense of proportion all along, Jango says its private beta has 300,000 users. Yet it’s stayed off the radar of all the leading web 2.0 review blogs to date. Read/WriteWeb readers who click through this link can access the closed beta. You’ll be prompted to create an account after you enter your first artist search. Read on for more info about the interesting founders, the interface and the recommendation engine. Jango was founded by an international band of mysterious outlaws; they participated in the first bubble, including in European giant portal Spray and “monopoly cable TV stations” in Armenia and “their arch rival country” Azerbijan. I said they were outlaws. The six co-founders self-funded the New York based company until yesterday when they closed a $1 million angel round from undisclosed investors. Tags:#web last_img read more

What Google Announced At I/O 2014

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts readwrite Tags:#Android#Google#Google I/O#Google I/O 2014#Keynote And here’s the video of the presentation—this embed will be displaying video of several I/O sessions while the conference is going on, but it will most likely default back to the keynote once I/O is over: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The keynote address at Google’s annual developer conference, I/O 2014, is over—but ReadWrite’s coverage is just getting started. See below for a list of our stories so far, as well as our live-tweet coverage and video of the presentation.ReadWrite’s complete coverage of Google I/O 2014:Google Previews The Next Big Release Of Android: “L”You Can Order An Android Smartwatch TodayGoogle Rolls Out Android TVGoogle Launches Android Auto, Its Road-Ready Smart-Car PlatformGoogle’s TV-Streaming Stick Chromecast Just Got Even SexierGoogle Strikes The Next Blow In The Cloud-Storage Wars: Unlimited Space10 Things Google Didn’t Announce At I/O 2014last_img read more

What Windows 10 Will—And Won’t—Do

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts david hamilton [Update: See what Microsoft actually announced.]Microsoft’s big Windows 10 event on Wednesday is all but certain to launch the latest beta—technically, a “consumer preview”—of its PC operating system (even if you might not see the mobile version until February). It’s a big moment for ordinary PC users and corporate IT managers all the way up to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the company he’s straining to reinvent.See also: Holograms! Also, What Else Microsoft Announced At Its Windows 10 EventWindows 10 is essentially Microsoft’s big redo, its olive branch to users put off by the radical and unfriendly design of Windows 8, which tried to shoehorn desktop users into a touch-based interface designed with mobile devices in mind. Early indications for Windows 10 are good; Microsoft has let interested users download a “technical preview” of the Windows 10 desktop version since last October, and has gone out of its way to solicit user feedback and to incorporate it into the OS itself.See also: Meet Microsoft’s Unexpectedly Smart Windows 10 Charm OffensiveOf course, that hasn’t stopped some critics from piling on anyway. “What if Windows 10 Fails?” Computerworld asked breathlessly. Business Insider’s Matt Rosoff opined a few days ago that today’s event is Microsoft’s “last chance to convince the world that Windows still matters.”Failure Is Not An OptionGiven Microsoft’s long slide over the past few years as tablets and even non-Windows laptop alternatives such as Chromebooks displaced Windows PCs in homes and some businesses, you can’t really blame folks for expecting the worst. But the doomsaying largely misses the point.First, unless Windows 10 somehow turns into an utter technical disaster, it’s going to succeed in Microsoft’s core business market. The consumer PC market basically collapsed when the iPad and other tablets ate a lot of the home-based tasks—email, social media and gaming—that previously required laptops. But the business PC market is still going strong, and with Windows 7 starting to show its age, replacement demand alone is likely to buoy Windows 10.Second, while Microsoft’s foray into mobile has been lackluster at best, Windows 10 represents its strongest shot at turning that around, at least on the tablet front. (Absent a miracle, Windows Phone looks like a lost cause.) Low-end PC prices are already collapsing to tablet levels, which is getting close to leveling the playing field for Windows devices.Of course, that’s not close to enough. Much more significant is the fact that Windows 10 will make it far easier for developers to write one app that will run on a variety of devices. This is probably Microsoft’s best shot at staking out a new app ecosystem in the mobile world.See also: The New “One Microsoft” Is—Finally—Poised For The FutureAnd on the consumer side, a Windows 10 feature called Continuum promises to reconfigure the operating system from desktop mode to mobile and back depending on how you’re using a device. Attach a keyboard to a Windows tablet, for example, and the mobile version of Windows 10 will revert to desktop mode. (At least in theory; last September, Microsoft would only demo the feature, saying it wasn’t ready for prime time yet.)Sure, mobile remains a long shot for Microsoft, not least because it still isn’t giving people a compelling reason to choose Windows devices over Apple or Android. But without a solid and user-friendly OS and a strong library of apps, the company has no chance at all in this market.So Windows 10 is table stakes in this game—necessary but not sufficient for success. As ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes puts it:We now live in an era not only where devices get new operating systems for free, but most of the apps people use are also free. People just don’t seem that enthusiastic about updates, and even when they are—over things like iOS releases—it is short-lived. Operating systems are like browsers or an updated app in that they’re just part of the furniture of computing, and not something to get worked up about.Finally, there’s the wild card: the Internet of Things. Some analysts think the transition to a world of innumerable smart, connected devices could be as disruptive to existing businesses as mobile was to Microsoft.See also: Microsoft Sees Its Next Big Thing In The Internet Of ThingsWe know Microsoft has been making big, if still vague, plans for the Internet of Things. And while you’re still not likely to see Windows on your toaster—ever—this sort of transition could offer Microsoft a new opportunity to make its Windows devices essential tools for managing smart homes, businesses and vast numbers of newly intelligent gadgets.What Else To ExpectHere’s a quick checklist of other things Microsoft might talk about at its event:Across the Continuum: It’s finally showtime for this feature, which could be key for making “hybrid” PC-tablet devices truly useful.Cortana on the desktop: Microsoft’s personal assistant, which debuted last year in Windows Phone, looks likely to migrate to all Windows devices. It could also take over many search functions in Windows.New browsers: Look for news on Internet Explorer 12 and its possible successor, a Chrome-ish alternative currently codenamed Spartan.Some gaming integration: Details here are still vague, but Xbox chief Phil Spencer is scheduled for a presentation, and it seems likely that there could be technical changes that make it easier to write games for both PCs and Microsoft’s gaming console.Lead image by Tags:#Microsoft#Satya Nadella#Windows 10 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more