Ministers in charge of space affairs from the 18 member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) met in The Hague last week (24-25 November) to discuss new programmes and budget allocations for the coming years. A €10.5 billion proposal had been submitted by the leadership of the ESA. Prior to the ministerial council, Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA’s director-general, had publicly announced that he would be happy if he could get €9.3bn worth of funding from the member states. Eventually he got €9.95bn, a 20% increase on the amount approved at the last ministerial council in Berlin three years ago. To outward appearances, the meeting was a success for the space industry, especially since all ministerial delegations made it clear that the current financial crisis was no reason to reduce space budgets. They declared that it was important to “invest in the future” in such troubled times. Not all previous councils have been this lucky. However, the extent of the success should not be overstated. The ESA’s executive had already scaled down its demands over the last three months from €13bn, to fit with what it might realistically get from the member states. GMES and Ariane continuity Lengthy debate had been expected on one of the newly approved budgets: for Global Monitoring for Environment & Security (GMES), a project gathering scientific data by satellite. In the event a decision was approved surprisingly rapidly to secure the project to 2018: the ESA will spend some €830 million on the next step of the initiative which it co-sponsors with the EU. Part of this sum will be devoted to the manufacturing of more Sentinel satellites to ensure continuity of data beyond the service life of the three spacecraft currently ordered from the industry. Prior to the meeting, some member states had argued that operational satellites were beyond the ESA’s remit and should be funded directly by the Commission. However, this would have postponed the procurement to 2014, much too late to have the satellites ready for launch in 2015, so threatening the continuity of scientific data. Early procurement will give benefits of scale and the current satellites and their successors will be built continuously. By providing a continuous flow of coherent data on a global scale, the ESA’s satellites and their successors are vital to the EU’s ability to monitor climate change and predict its evolution and therefore to adapt its policies accordingly. Any gap in the flow of data would ruin years of measurements and might make digital models useless. Ideally each satellite would have its back-up in orbit to prevent a single failure harming the data flow, but at least an overlap of the series is now ensured. Another vital element of Europe’s autonomy in space also got some extra funding. Over the next three years, €355m will be spent on studies for an improvement of the Ariane 5 launcher, raising hopes that a €1.5bn development budget will be approved by the ESA’s next ministerial council in 2011. The upgraded Ariane 5 could be ready in about 2017. The upgrade has been planned since 1999 but was frozen after a costly launch failure in 2002. Recently, a group of former industry officials close to the programme warned that the current Ariane 5 was not powerful enough to keep launching two satellites at a time, which is essential for its commercial competitiveness that will be threatened over the next nine years as China and Russia will introduce powerful new vehicles. Lack of vision? Both the GMES and Ariane 5 projects have been patched up. But some French space industry executives bemoan the lack of vision from the French government. France was once the driver of European space, but now it is losing jobs and know-how (partly compensated for by technology transfers to Germany and Italy), and Europe is being overtaken in space by China, Japan and, soon, India. For the second time since the inception of the ESA, Germany’s contributions exceed those of France – a repeat of the result in Berlin three years ago. By investing €2.8bn while France limits its spending to €2.3bn, Germany has confirmed its status as the new leader of European space. This will benefit its industry, which will, under ESA’s “fair return” policy, receive contracts in proportion to the country’s investment. Representatives of French industry in The Hague showed bitterness about some newly approved programmes, like the atmospheric re-entry demonstrators and space capsules. “We’ve been pioneers for 40 years in space re-entry, and now that production is about to start, it will be in Bremen or Turin,” complained one Frenchman. Back in 1987, the ESA’s ministerial council was also in The Hague. At that time, the agency had only 11 members, but it was able to launch ambitious programmes that shaped Europe’s current involvement in space: the Ariane 5 launcher, the Columbus laboratory, the polar platform (which became Envisat and Metop) and a world-class science programme that gave scientists the keys to the sun’s interior, brought them into the vicinity of Saturn, launched them into comet-chasing and unveiled the secrets of the violent gamma and X-ray universe. The last mission approved then will be flown next spring. Many space professionals attending last week’s meeting were asking: “Where is the spirit of The Hague gone?” The ESA has kept space programmes alive, but the spirit of adventure is missing. Stefan Barensky is a freelance journalist and space consultant. Fact File €2.8bnThe amount of money invested by Germany, which overtakes France as the top spender in Europe on spaceESA’s satellites and their successors are vital to the EU’s ability to monitor clim
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An elderly Kenai Peninsula woman was scammed out of $1,400 by an email on Wednesday. She reportedly sent the $1,400 to an unspecified location in Asia via Western Union. Michelle Tabler with the Better Business Bureau said con artists often target the elderly. No suspect information on the August 12 phone scam is known at this time. She reported that she received an email that stated her Microsoft program was experiencing problems and if she sent the cash it would be corrected. Tabler: “First of all there’s never a reason to wire money, ever, really.” Alaska State Trooper investigation found the phone number came back to an unknown location in California. Just after 3 pm August 12, the 69-year-old victim called Alaska State Troopers to report the scam.
Residents of Donegal’s offshore islands are heading to the polls this Thursday to commence voting in the presidential election and blasphemy referendum.Polling stations have opened on 12 islands nationally, including Donegal’s Arranmore, Gola, Inishboffin, Inishfree and Tory islands.There are 2,601 people on the electorate voting today to choose Ireland’s next President and voting in the referendum on blasphemy in Galway, Mayo and Donegal. Islanders traditionally vote a day early to ensure that ballots reach the mainland in time for the count.However, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on the islands Éamon Ó Cuív said he is confident that this election will be the last time people living off the coast will have to vote a day early.Mr Ó Cuív said that the arrangement is ‘unfair’ and improved transport services mean that there is no longer a valid reason for the tradition to continue.All other Irish citizens will go to the polls on Friday 26th October, when stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. Donegal islanders head to the polls was last modified: October 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
8 June 2010Football fever has well and truly taken hold of South Africa, with public opinion towards the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ overwhelmingly positive and optimism surrounding the national team’s chances remarkably robust, according to latest market research.The findings from the fifth instalment of a six-wave survey, conducted on Fifa’s behalf in May, “reinforce a strong sense of pride in South Africa hosting football’s showcase event (92%), a firm belief that it will be a success (86%), as well as an eager anticipation for the competition to begin (86%),” Fifa said in a statement on Monday.The survey was based on face-to-face interviews with 1 000 South African respondents in all nine World Cup host cities.Asked to name whom they would be rooting for during the competition, 63% of respondents (unsurprisingly) said “South Africa”, followed by 11% for Brazil and 4% England (4%).Strong optimism in the national side, Bafana Bafana, was reflected in respondents’ answers as to who they thought would win the trophy: five-times world champions Brazil (37%) were cited as favourites, followed by South Africa (13%) and Spain (8%).Thirteen percent expected South Africa to reach the final, while 22% believed the host nation would not make it past the group stage.According to the survey, the player the majority of South Africans are looking forward to seeing in action is Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (17%), followed by Argentina’s Lionel Messi (12%) and Brazil’s Kaka (10%).But regardless of which teams are playing on any particular day, South Africans will be following the tournament closely – a mere 3% of respondents said they would only watch matches when South Africa played.Thirty-eight percent said they planned to watch as many matches as possible, while 29% said they would watch every game.As in the previous surveys, the majority of respondents maintained high expectations for the potential long-term benefits, both tangible and intangible, of hosting the World Cup.Eight-nine percent expected the tournament to leave a lasting legacy and be remembered fondly over generations, 80% felt it would unite the people of South Africa, and 93% believed the images of the country beamed out across the world would lure more tourists in future.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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lauren orsini Today the nation bids farewell to RadioShack, a chain of museums preserving for all to observe what an electronics store would have looked like in the late 1980s and early 1990s.The ancient electronics chain filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday, surprising nobody. Years of lagging sales, peppered with some poor investments—like the CueCat, which literally banked on customers delivering digital ads to themselves—paved the way for today.See also: Radio Shack To Close More Than 1,000 StoresFormer RadioShack employee Jon Bois was so confident that December 2014 would be the company’s farewell holiday season, he wrote his eulogy for RadioShack back in November.“RadioShack is a rotten place to work, generally not a very good place to shop, and an untenable business to run,” Bois wrote bitterly.Still, Makers Will Miss The ShackHowever, as an avid proponent of DIY electronics—what you’d now call a Maker in popular parlance—I’m going to miss the place. My local RadioShack was always where I bought my resistors, breadboards, and odds and ends.Perhaps the company’s last forward-thinking effort to save itself was to embrace hackable hardware big time, stocking Arduinos and Raspberry Pis, plus any externals you could think of. It’s a smart move when you consider there are approximately 135 million adults who consider themselves Makers, and the Maker Movement is responsible for contributing $29 billion to the global economy in sales each year.See also: Arduino’s Massimo Banzi: How We Helped Make The Maker MovementReally, this was a no-brainer for RadioShack, a chain that started in Boston in 1921 as a distributor of ham radios and parts. It’s a company that has served generations of tinkerers. The problem now, though, is that while the Maker movement is popularizing DIY electronics hacking, that isn’t an expensive hobby. When you consider all the Maker Faires and TechShops and online retailers to which that $29 billion is going, there isn’t much left for RadioShack to claim.The writing has been on the wall at RadioShack for some time. In November, the company got a loan to keep it afloat, but the CEO warned there was no long-term plan. Now its demise is all but certain, as companies like Sprint—and maybe even Amazon—scramble to buy up its retail space.As for me, it’s time to buy electronics parts on the Internet like everyone else.Photo by Eduardo P, Wikimedia Commons 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#consumer electronics#DIY Hardware#hardware hacking#maker movement#RadioShack Related Posts
Bayern Munich chairman Rummenigge not ruling out Lucas Hernandez dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is coy over talk of a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.There’s been talk of Bayern meeting the €85m buyout clause in Lucas’ Atletico contract.”No decision has been made about this,” said Rummenigge. “Hasan Salihamidzic (sports director) and his team of scouts are watching interesting players, it’s their job and they’re doing it very well.”We have not yet made a final decision about whether we are going to do something in winter or summer. “I am not afraid of the future and we will carry out this change in the team, now we are in the first phase, the second will start in summer.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool consider loan offers for Woodburnby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe 19-year-old has recently had his season-long loan with Sheffield United cut short.Woodburn made just eight appearances for the Blades. Now the Reds are weighing up where to send him next, according to the Liverpool Echo. The report claims Liverpool have multiple offers for the Wales international.Blackburn Rovers, Brentford and Hull City are among those interested in providing game time for Woodburn, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona prepared to sell Coutinho back to Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are prepared to sell Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League.That is, if Bayern Munich decide not to make his move permanent, says AS.Barcelona plan to offload the Brazilian playmaker permanently at the end of the season.Bayern Munich have an option to buy for a fee of around €120million.It is claimed that even if that option is not triggered, the Catalan club have no plans for Coutinho to play for them again – meaning a move back to England could be back on the cards at the end of the season.He was tipped to make a return to Liverpool in the summer, with Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal also linked with bringing him back to the Premier League, says the Mirror.
After two days and almost 500,000 votes, we’re moving onto the second round of our 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media bracket. We’ve learned a few things along the way.We seriously underseeded Jim Rome, who took down 1-seed Clay Travis in a tight battle. Who knew?Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless are going to be really, really hard to beat.Jemele Hill is a sleeper to come out of Darren Rovell’s region.Colin Cowherd vs. Deadspin is going to be fantastic.The biggest snub, according to the thousands of tweets/emails we got, was Dan Dakich.Voting is now closed on the first round of the tournament. You can view the results here. Let’s vote on the second round:The 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media: Round Of 32Vote On The Right Side Of The Bracket BelowSkip Bayless Region:1. Skip Bayless vs. 8. Mike GreenbergBayless scored the biggest win of the entire first round, 94%-6% over Mike Bianchi. Greenberg took down Golic, 58%-42%. It’s a morning show battle in round two. More Annoying: Skip Bayless or Mike Greenberg?2. Colin Cowherd vs. 10. Deadspin Cowherd, who took down McIntyre, 85%-15%, thinks that Deadspin has fallen off. We’ll find out. Deadspin beat Jay Bilas, 66%-34%. More Annoying: Colin Cowherd or Deadspin?3. Mike Francesa vs. 11. Woody PaigeMr. Diet Coke vs. Around The Horn’s most notorious villain. Francesa crushed SDS, 80%-20%. Paige scored an upset over Barkley, 71%-29%. More Annoying: Mike Francesa or Woody Paige?4. Paul Finebaum vs. 5. Jason WhitlockPawwl vs. Big Sexy – lord help us. Finebaum beat out Beadle, 70%-30%. Whitlock snuck by Papi LeBatard, 60%-40%. More Annoying: Paul Finebaum or Jason Whitlock?Clay Travis Region:8. Rick Reilly vs. 16. Jim RomeRome took down 1-seed Clay Travis, 54%-46%. Apparently people really still don’t like him. Reilly, who defeated Todd McShay, 71%-29%, is a tough out though. More Annoying: Rick Reilly or Jim Rome?2. Dick Vitale vs. 7. Max KellermanVitale shouldn’t be on here? So much for that – he crushed Nantz, 74%-26%. Barstool fell to Kellerman, 57%-43%. One of the more intriguing round two matchups. More Annoying: Dick Vitale or Max Kellerman?3. Doug Gottlieb vs. 11. SB Nation’s Twitter MafiaGottlieb edged out Jaws, 59%-41%. SB Nation notched perhaps the best upset of the first round, beating out Herbstreit, 72%-28%. A round two win would be shocking. More Annoying: Doug Gottlieb or SB Nation’s Twitter Mafia?4. Keith Olbermann vs. 12. Lee CorsoOlbermann doubled up Chris Chase, 67%-33%. Corso beat out his former coworker, Erin Andrews, 59%-41%. These two people are so drastically different it’s amazing they’re facing off. More Annoying: Keith Olbermann or Lee Corso?Vote On The Left Side Of The Bracket Here >>>