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First coronavirus case reported in London

first_img Show Comments ▼ The number of confirmed cases in the UK has now reached nine. The patient is reportedly a woman and contracted the virus in China. She has been transferred to Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital. Wednesday 12 February 2020 6:48 pm (Getty Images) More to follow The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in London, according to reports.  “This virus was passed on in China and the patient has now been transferred to a specialist NHS centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London.” It also emerged that an A&E doctor at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex was among the confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. The World Health Organization (WHO) named the new strain of coronavirus Covid-19 yesterday.Total cases of coronavirus in China have risen to 44,653, health officials said, including 2,015 new confirmed cases. Markets took heart from the number, with it being the lowest daily rise since 30 January. “One further patient in England has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases in the UK to nine,” chief medical officer Chris Whitty said, the Guardian reported. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com First coronavirus case reported in London whatsapp All 83 people that were quarantined at Arrow Park Hospital in the Wirral have tested negative for the virus and will leave isolation tomorrow morning, after 14 days at the facility. The BBC reported that the patient developed symptoms of coronavirus after landing at Heathrow, called NHS 111 and then tested postive for the disease. Earlier today businessman Steve Walsh, who contracted the illness on a work visit to Singapore before passing it to others on a skiing trip in France, left Guys and St Thomas’ hospital. The NHS said he is no longer contageous. (Getty Images) Also Read: First coronavirus case reported in London (Getty Images) Also Read: First coronavirus case reported in London whatsapp Share Jessica Clark last_img read more

Big Budget’s little brother is here again…

first_img whatsapp Big Budget’s little brother is here again… Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramHero Wars This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars MoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus Eliminatorcenter_img Tuesday 2 December 2014 8:47 pm THIS YEAR he’s leaner, but will he be meaner? It’s time to find out as George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement. But for those of you who enjoy the lighter side of the event, we’ve got the fun stuff here.  How about a buzzword drinking game (tea or tequila, we don’t mind what you knock back). Or do you fancy a waltz down Osborne memory lane, with some of his best photos?  Let’s start with a flutter, though. All bets are on for speech length, tie colour and water sips. Ladbrokes is offering 7/4 odds on under 45 minutes, 2/1 on 45-50 minutes and 5/4 on over 50 minutes.  When it comes to the colour of Osborne’s tie the favourite is blue, with odds of 1/2, purple is second favourite with 3/1, but if you fancied your chances with a rank outsider – a high-vis tie will get you odds of 66/1.  How about water? At joint favourite with odds of 2/1 we’ve got both one sip and three or more. No sips at all will get you 3/1 but The Capitalist’s favourite option is “down in one”. If the chancellor necks his water in one like a champ, punters will get 33/1. Chug, chug, chug.    Express KCS Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Accelerate files preliminary prospectus for Bitcoin ETF

first_img Related news Calgary-based Accelerate Financial Technologies Inc. has filed a preliminary prospectus for a Bitcoin ETF.The fund, which has a management fee of 0.7%, will invest in derivatives with exposure to Bitcoin, according to the ETF’s preliminary fund facts. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter “Given Bitcoin’s historical track record and future potential, along with its portfolio diversification properties, we are looking forward to offering investors exposure to the asset class in an easy-to-use, low-cost ETF,” said Julian Klymochko, Accelerate’s founder and CEO, in a release.Accelerate has applied to list the fund on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The TSX has yet to approve the listing application.Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. and Evolve Funds Group both filed preliminary prospectuses for their own Bitcoin ETFs in January.The Horizons BetaPro Bitcoin ETF will trade in Bitcoin derivates following the Horizons Bitcoin Front Month Rolling Futures Index, which is based on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) bitcoin futures contracts.The Evolve ETF will invest directly in Bitcoin with prices based on the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate, a once-a-day benchmark denominated in U.S. dollars. Desjardins to close four ETFs BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs Fiona Collie Ninepoint launches three ETFs on NEO Abstract bitcoin crypto currency blockchain technology on global world map illustration olgazhurba/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Bitcoin,  ETFs last_img read more

Business as usual for Black & White Cabs after P2P Transport goes into voluntary administration

first_imgBusiness as usual for Black & White Cabs after P2P Transport goes into voluntary administration ArticulousBusiness as usual for Black & White Cabs after P2P Transport goes into voluntary administrationBlack & White Cabs’ former owner and taxi industry veteran Greg Webb has announced he is leading a group of investors who will recapitalise and then acquire the cab company after its holding company, P2P Transport Limited entered into voluntary administration today. Black & White Cabs is not impacted by the parent company’s situation.The Black & White Cabs boss assured passengers, clients and drivers it’s business as usual for Black & White Cabs, which has operated profitably for the past 26 years and throughout the COVID-19 period. The company’s growth can be seen in the 42 per cent increase in the number of Black & White Cabs on the road from July 2017 to now.The recapitalisation will save 140 jobs and keep the fleet on the roads in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Western Australia.Mr Webb said he expects Black & White Cabs to emerge as a stronger, more profitable company, having seen year-on-year growth through geographic expansion, long-term revenue-steady corporate accounts, and a return of passengers from rideshare to taxis in recent times.“Black & White Cabs has been a profitable business for 26-years, and will continue to be profitable,” Mr Webb said.“Today’s Black & White Cabs is a modern transport company with revenue from long-term contracts with councils, companies and state and federal government to transport staff, elderly people, students and people with a disability. These contracts are all held directly with Black & White Cabs, so they’ll continue to operate as business as usual.“Black & White Cabs is a well-known brand, with a well-oiled booking service and mobile app, and more than 3,000 cab drivers, operators and owners.“Black & White Cabs will focus on marketing the booking service and generating long-term transport contracts for our drivers.“Over the past year, we’ve seen ongoing growth in the business.”“The honeymoon period with rideshare is coming to an end. Drivers are coming back to Black & White Cabs because they know we can give them more consistent work from our transport contracts, plus they get fares from ranks or people hailing cabs, representing 50% of all fares in the past six months.“We will retain all our staff.”As one of P2P’s largest creditors, Mr Webb will lead a group of investors in revitalising and recapitalising Black & White Cabs.Black & White Cabs has continued to expand into new markets in recent years and we launched a new service on the Gold Coast just last week (23 November 2020),” Mr Webb said.He says the well-known and trusted brand of Black & White Cabs will continue stronger than ever and financially sound.“Drivers are also returning to Black & White Cabs after realising rideshare operating costs, including maintaining their own vehicle and fees to the rideshare company (27.5% of each rideshare booking), outweigh the income earned.“Owners, operators and drivers know us and trust the Black & White Cabs brand. And the staff of Black & White Cabs know the industry inside out, with hundreds of years’ experience in the cab industry between them.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, business, corporate, covid-19, federal government, Gold Coast, Government, industry, NSW, profitable business, Queensland, students, Transport, vehicle, Victoria, Western Australialast_img read more

Memorandum on National Strategy for Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion

first_imgMemorandum on National Strategy for Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion The White HouseSpace Policy Directive-6MEMORANDUM FOR THE VICE PRESIDENTTHE SECRETARY OF STATETHE SECRETARY OF DEFENSETHE SECRETARY OF COMMERCETHE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATIONTHE SECRETARY OF ENERGYTHE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENTAND BUDGETTHE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR NATIONALSECURITY AFFAIRSTHE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICSAND SPACE ADMINISTRATIONTHE CHAIRMAN OF THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONTHE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE ANDTECHNOLOGY POLICYSUBJECT: National Strategy for Space Nuclear Powerand PropulsionSection 1. Policy. The ability to use space nuclear power and propulsion (SNPP) systems safely, securely, and sustainably is vital to maintaining and advancing United States dominance and strategic leadership in space. SNPP systems include radioisotope power systems (RPSs) and fission reactors used for power or propulsion in spacecraft, rovers, and other surface elements. SNPP systems can allow operation of such elements in environments in which solar and chemical power are inadequate. They can produce more power at lower mass and volume compared to other energy sources, thereby enabling persistent presence and operations. SNPP systems also can shorten transit times for crewed and robotic spacecraft, thereby reducing radiation exposure in harsh space environments.National Security Presidential Memorandum-20 (NSPM-20) of August 20, 2019 (Launch of Spacecraft Containing Space Nuclear Systems), updated the process for launches of spacecraft containing space nuclear systems. It established it as the policy of the United States to “develop and use space nuclear systems when such systems safely enable or enhance space exploration or operational capabilities.”Cooperation with commercial and international partners is critical to achieving America’s objectives for space exploration. Presidential Policy Directive 4 of June 28, 2010 (National Space Policy), as amended by the Presidential Memorandum of December 11, 2017 (Reinvigorating America’s Human Space Exploration Program), established it as the policy of the United States to “[l]ead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.”This memorandum establishes a national strategy to ensure the development and use of SNPP systems when appropriate to enable and achieve the scientific, exploration, national security, and commercial objectives of the United States. In the context of this strategy only, the term “development” includes the full development process from design through testing and production, and the term “use” includes launch, operation, and disposition. This memorandum outlines high-level policy goals and a supporting roadmap that will advance the ability of the United States to use SNPP systems safely, securely, and sustainably. The execution of this strategy will be subject to relevant budgetary and regulatory processes and to the availability of appropriations.Sec. 2. Goals. The United States will pursue goals for SNPP development and use that are both mission-enabling and ambitious in their substance and their timeline. These goals will enable a range of existing and future space missions, with the aim of accelerating achievement of key milestones, including in-space demonstration and use of new SNPP capabilities. This memorandum establishes the following such goals for the Nation:(a) Develop uranium fuel processing capabilities that enable production of fuel that is suitable to lunar and planetary surface and in-space power, nuclear electric propulsion (NEP), and nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) applications, as needed. These capabilities should support the ability to produce different uranium fuel forms to meet the nearest-term mission needs and, to the extent feasible, should maximize commonality — meaning use of the same or similar materials, processes, designs, or infrastructure — across these fuel forms. To maximize private-sector engagement and cost savings, these capabilities should be developed to enable a range of terrestrial as well as space applications, including future commercial applications;(b) Demonstrate a fission power system on the surface of the Moon that is scalable to a power range of 40 kilowatt-electric (kWe) and higher to support a sustained lunar presence and exploration of Mars. To the extent feasible, this power system should align with mission needs for, and potential future government and commercial applications of, in-space power, NEP, and terrestrial nuclear power;(c) Establish the technical foundations and capabilities — including through identification and resolution of the key technical challenges — that will enable options for NTP to meet future Department of Defense (DoD) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission requirements; and(d) Develop advanced RPS capabilities that provide higher fuel efficiency, higher specific energy, and longer operational lifetime than existing RPS capabilities, thus enabling survivable surface elements to support robotic and human exploration of the Moon and Mars and extending robotic exploration of the solar system.Sec. 3. Principles. The United States will adhere to principles of safety, security, and sustainability in its development and use of SNPP systems, in accordance with all applicable Federal laws and consistent with international obligations and commitments.(a) Safety. All executive departments and agencies (agencies) involved in the development and use of SNPP systems shall take appropriate measures to ensure, within their respective roles and responsibilities, the safe development, testing, launch, operation, and disposition of SNPP systems. For United States Government SNPP programs, the sponsoring agency holds primary responsibility for safety. For programs involving multiple agencies, the terms of cooperation shall designate a lead agency with primary responsibility for safety in each stage of development and use.(i) Ground development. Activities associated with ground development, including ground testing, of SNPP systems shall be conducted in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws and existing authorities of regulatory agencies.(ii) Launch. NSPM-20 established safety guidelines and safety analysis and review processes for Federal Government launches of spacecraft containing space nuclear systems, including SNPP systems, and for launches for which the Department of Transportation has statutory authority to license as commercial space launch activities (commercial launches). These guidelines and processes address launch and any subsequent stages during which accidents may result in radiological effects on the public or the environment — for instance, in an unplanned reentry from Earth orbit or during an Earth flyby. Launch activities shall be conducted in accordance with these guidelines and processes.(iii) Operation and disposition. The operation and disposition of SNPP systems shall be planned and conducted in a manner that protect human and environmental safety and national security assets. Fission reactor SNPP systems may be operated on interplanetary missions, in sufficiently high orbits, and in low-Earth orbits if they are stored in sufficiently high orbits after the operational part of their mission. In this context, a sufficiently high orbit is one in which the orbital lifetime of the spacecraft is long enough for the fission products to decay to a level of radioactivity comparable to that of uranium-235 by the time it reenters the Earth’s atmosphere, and the risks to existing and future space missions and of collision with objects in space are minimized. Spacecraft operating fission reactors in low-Earth orbits shall incorporate a highly reliable operational system to ensure effective and controlled disposition of the reactor.(b) Security. All agencies involved in the development and use of SNPP systems shall take appropriate measures to protect nuclear and radiological materials and sensitive information, consistent with sound nuclear nonproliferation principles. For United States Government SNPP programs, the sponsoring agency holds primary responsibility for security. For programs involving multiple agencies, the terms of cooperation shall designate a lead agency with primary responsibility for security in each stage of development and use. The use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in SNPP systems should be limited to applications for which the mission would not be viable with other nuclear fuels or non‑nuclear power sources. Before selecting HEU or, for fission reactor systems, any nuclear fuel other than low‑enriched uranium (LEU), for any given SNPP design or mission, the sponsoring agency shall conduct a thorough technical review to assess the viability of alternative nuclear fuels. The sponsoring agency shall provide to the respective staffs of the National Security Council, the National Space Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Office of Management and Budget a briefing that provides justification for why the use of HEU or other non-LEU fuel is required, and any steps the agency has taken to address nuclear safety, security, and proliferation-related risks. The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall ensure, through the National Science and Technology Council, that other relevant agencies are invited to participate in these briefings.(c) Sustainability. All agencies involved in the development and use of SNPP systems shall take appropriate measures to conduct these activities in a manner that is suitable for the long-term sustainment of United States space capabilities and leadership in SNPP.(i) Coordination and Collaboration. To maximize efficiency and return on taxpayer investment, the heads of relevant agencies shall seek and pursue opportunities to coordinate among existing and future SNPP development and use programs.Connecting current efforts with likely future applications will help ensure that such programs can contribute to long-term United States SNPP capabilities and leadership.Agencies also shall seek opportunities to partner with the private sector, including academic institutions, in order to facilitate contributions to United States SNPP capabilities and leadership.To help identify opportunities for collaboration, the heads of relevant agencies should conduct regular technical exchanges among SNPP programs, to the extent that such exchanges are consistent with the principle of security and comply with applicable Federal, State, and local laws.Agencies shall coordinate with the Department of State when seeking opportunities for international partnerships.(ii) Commonality. The heads of relevant agencies shall seek to identify and use opportunities for commonality among SNPP systems, and between SNPP and terrestrial nuclear systems, whenever doing so could advance program and policy objectives without unduly inhibiting innovation or market development, or hampering system suitability to specific mission applications. For example, opportunities for commonality may exist in goals (e.g., demonstration timeline), reactor design, nuclear fuels (e.g., fuel type and form, and enrichment level), supplementary systems (e.g., power conversion, moderator, reflector, shielding, and system vessel), methods (e.g., additive manufacturing of fuel or reactor elements), and infrastructure (e.g., fuel supply, testing facilities, launch facilities, and workforce).(iii) Cost-effectiveness. The heads of relevant agencies should pursue SNPP development and use solutions that are cost-effective while also consistent with the principles of safety and security. For any program or system, the heads of such agencies should seek to identify the combination of in-space and ground-based testing and certification that will best qualify the system for a given mission while ensuring public safety.Sec. 4. Roles and Responsibilities. (a) The Vice President, on behalf of the President and acting through the National Space Council, shall coordinate United States policy related to use of SNPP systems.(b) The Secretary of State shall, under the direction of the President, coordinate United States activities related to international obligations and commitments and international cooperation involving SNPP.(c) The Secretary of Defense shall conduct and support activities associated with development and use of SNPP systems to enable and achieve United States national security objectives. When appropriate, the Secretary of Defense shall facilitate private-sector engagement in DoD SNPP activities.(d) The Secretary of Commerce shall promote responsible United States commercial SNPP investment, innovation, and use, and shall, when consistent with the authorities of the Secretary, ensure the publication of clear, flexible, performance-based rules that are applicable to use of SNPP and are easily navigated. Under the direction of the Secretary of Commerce, the Department of Commerce (DOC) shall ascertain and communicate the views of private-sector partners and potential private-sector partners to relevant agency partners in order to facilitate public-private collaboration in SNPP development and use.(e) The Secretary of Transportation’s statutory authority includes licensing commercial launches and reentries, including vehicles containing SNPP systems. Within this capacity, the Secretary of Transportation shall, when appropriate, facilitate private-sector engagement in the launch or reentry aspect of SNPP development and use activities, in support of United States science, exploration, national security, and commercial objectives. To help ensure the launch safety of an SNPP payload, and consistent with 51 U.S.C. 50904, a payload review may be conducted as part of a license application review or may be requested by a payload owner or operator in advance of or apart from a license application.(f) The Secretary of Energy shall, in coordination with sponsoring agencies and other agencies, as appropriate, support development and use of SNPP systems to enable and achieve United States scientific, exploration, and national security objectives. When appropriate, the Secretary of Energy shall work with sponsoring agencies and DOC to facilitate United States private-sector engagement in Department of Energy (DOE) SNPP activities. Under the direction of the Secretary of Energy and consistent with the authorities granted to DOE, including authorities under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (AEA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2011, et seq., DOE may authorize ground-based SNPP development activities, including DOE activities conducted in coordination with sponsoring agencies and private-sector entities. As directed in NSPM-20, the Secretary of Energy shall maintain, on a full-cost recovery basis, the capability and infrastructure to develop, furnish, and conduct safety analyses for space nuclear systems for use in United States Government space systems.(g) The Administrator of NASA shall conduct and support activities associated with development and use of SNPP systems to enable and achieve United States space science and exploration objectives. The Administrator of NASA shall establish the performance requirements for SNPP capabilities necessary to achieve those objectives. When appropriate, the Administrator of NASA shall facilitate private-sector engagement in NASA SNPP activities, and shall coordinate with the Secretary of Commerce and, as appropriate, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Energy, to help facilitate private-sector SNPP activities.(h) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has statutory authority under the AEA for licensing and regulatory safety and security oversight of commercial nuclear activities taking place within the United States. The NRC should, as appropriate and particularly in circumstances within NRC authority where DOE regulatory authorities cannot be applied, enable private-sector engagement in SNPP development and use activities in support of United States science, exploration, national security, and commercial objectives.(i) The Director of the Office and Science and Technology Policy shall coordinate United States policy related to research and development of SNPP systems.Sec. 5. Roadmap. The United States will pursue a coordinated roadmap for federally-supported SNPP activities to achieve the goals and uphold the principles established in this memorandum. This roadmap comprises the following elements, which the relevant agencies should pursue consistent with the following objective timeline, subject to relevant budgetary and regulatory processes and to the availability of appropriations:(a) By the mid-2020s, develop uranium fuel processing capabilities that enable production of fuel that is suitable for lunar and planetary surface and in-space power, NEP, and NTP applications, as needed.(i) Identify relevant mission needs. DoD and NASA should provide to DOE any mission needs (e.g., power density, environment, and timelines) relevant to the identification of fuels suitable for planetary surface and in-space power, NEP, and NTP applications.(ii) Identify candidate fuel or fuels. DoD and NASA, in cooperation with DOE and private-sector partners, as appropriate, should identify candidate fuel or fuels to meet the identified mission requirements. This review and assessment should account for current and expected United States capabilities to produce and qualify for use candidate fuels, and for potential commonality of fuels or fuel variants across multiple planetary surface and in-space power, in-space propulsion, and terrestrial applications.(iii) Qualify at least one candidate fuel. DoD and NASA, in cooperation with DOE and private-sector partners, as appropriate, should qualify a fuel or fuels for demonstrations of a planetary surface power reactor and an in-space propulsion system. While seeking opportunities to use private-sector-partner capabilities, agencies should ensure that the Federal Government retains an ability for screening and qualification of candidate fuels.(iv) Supply fuel for demonstrations. DOE, in cooperation with NASA and DoD, and with private-sector partners, as appropriate, should identify feedstock and uranium that can be made available for planetary surface power and in-space propulsion demonstrations. DOE shall ensure that any provision of nuclear material for SNPP will not disrupt enriched uranium supplies for the United States nuclear weapons program and the naval propulsion program, and that SNPP needs are included among broader considerations of nuclear fuel supply provisioning and management.(b) By the mid- to late-2020s, demonstrate a fission power system on the surface of the Moon that is scalable to a power range of 40 kWe and higher to support sustained lunar presence and exploration of Mars.(i) Initiate a surface power project. NASA should initiate a fission surface power project for lunar surface demonstration by 2027, with scalability to Mars exploration. NASA should consult with DoD and other agencies, and with the private sector, as appropriate, when developing project requirements.(ii) Conduct technology and requirements assessment. NASA, in coordination with DoD and other agencies, and with private-sector partners, as appropriate, should evaluate technology options for a surface power system including reactor designs, power conversion, shielding, and thermal management. NASA should work with other agencies, and private-sector partners, as appropriate, to evaluate opportunities for commonality among other SNPP needs, including in-space power and terrestrial power needs, possible NEP technology needs, and reactor demonstrations planned by NASA, other agencies, or the private sector.(iii) Engage the private sector. DOE and NASA should determine a mechanism or mechanisms for engaging with the private sector to meet NASA’s SNPP surface power needs in an effective manner consistent with the guiding principles set forth in this memorandum. In evaluating mechanisms, DOE and NASA should consider the possibility of NASA issuing a request for proposal for the development and construction of the surface power reactor system or demonstration.(iv) System development. NASA should work with DOE, and with other agencies and private-sector partners, as appropriate, to develop the lunar surface power demonstration project.(v) Conduct demonstration mission. NASA, in coordination with other agencies and with private-sector partners, as appropriate, should launch and conduct the lunar surface power demonstration project.(c) By the late-2020s, establish the technical foundations and capabilities — including through identification and resolution of the key technical challenges — that will enable NTP options to meet future DoD and NASA mission needs.(i) Conduct requirements assessment. DoD and NASA, in cooperation with DOE, and with other agencies and private-sector partners, as appropriate, should assess the ability of NTP capabilities to enable and advance existing and potential future DoD and NASA mission requirements.(ii) Conduct technology assessment. DoD and NASA, in cooperation with DOE, and with other agencies and private-sector partners, as appropriate, should evaluate technology options and associated key technical challenges for an NTP system, including reactor designs, power conversion, and thermal management. DoD and NASA should work with their partners to evaluate and use opportunities for commonality with other SNPP needs, terrestrial power needs, and reactor demonstration projects planned by agencies and the private sector.(iii) Technology development. DoD, in coordination with DOE and other agencies, and with private-sector partners, as appropriate, should develop reactor and propulsion system technologies that will resolve the key technical challenges in areas such as reactor design and production, propulsion system and spacecraft design, and SNPP system integration.(d) By 2030, develop advanced RPS capabilities that provide higher fuel efficiency, higher specific energy, and longer operational lifetime than existing RPS capabilities, thus enabling survivable surface elements to support robotic and human exploration of the Moon and Mars and extending robotic exploration of the solar system.(i) Maintain RPS capability. Mission sponsoring agencies should assess their needs for radioisotope heat source material to meet emerging mission requirements, and should work with DOE to jointly identify the means to produce or acquire the necessary material on a timeline that meets mission requirements.(ii) Engage the private sector. NASA, in coordination with DOE and DOC, should conduct an assessment of opportunities for engaging the private sector to meet RPS needs in an effective manner consistent with the guiding principles established in this memorandum.(iii) Conduct technology and requirements assessment. NASA, in coordination with DOE and DoD, and with other agencies and private-sector partners, as appropriate, should assess requirements for next-generation RPS systems and evaluate technology options for meeting those requirements.(iv) System development. DOE, in coordination with NASA and DoD, and with other agencies and private-sector partners, as appropriate, should develop one or more next-generation RPS system or systems to meet the goals of higher fuel efficiency, higher specific energy, and longer operational lifetime for the required range of power.Sec. 6. Implementation. The Vice President, through the National Space Council, shall coordinate implementation of this memorandum.Sec. 7. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.(d) The Secretary of Energy is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. 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Tom Mielke announces write-in candidacy for 18th District Senate

first_imgTom Mielke announces write-in candidacy for 18th District SenatePosted by Ken Vance, EditorDate: Monday, September 21, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Former state representative, county commissioner believes: ‘We deserve a senator who keeps their word and votes like a Republican’Former Clark County Commissioner and State Representative Tom Mielke has thrown his hat in the ring for the 18th District Senate seat, currently held by Ann Rivers. Mielke officially announced his candidacy for the position as a write-in candidate for the Nov. 3 general election. Tom MielkeTom MielkeIn addition to Rivers, the Republican incumbent, Democrat Rick Bell is also pursuing the seat. The two advanced from the August primary election. In his announcement Monday, Mielke didn’t hold back on his criticism of Rivers, citing that as his primary reason for seeking the position. “As a citizen of the 18th District, I’ve watched my opponent with complete dismay,” Mielke said. “In everything from violating her promise to oppose the largest gas tax and tab fee increases in this state’s history, to selling us out on the McCleary budget and then blaming our County Assessor when most of our property taxes exploded, to leading the charge to restart the failed Columbia River Crossing (CRC) with tolls instead of a 3rd crossing, she has failed us.“Her flip-flop on restarting the CRC that we worked so hard to stop can’t be explained,’’ Mielke added. “None of the reasons that made stopping the CRC so important then have changed.  We do not want nor do we need light rail in Clark County and that is the only reason this project was started. It was a bad idea the first time they tried it and it’s now become a terrible idea that will solve none of our cross-river transportation issues. It will do nothing to improve congestion or safety, but it will cause financial hardship on many of the 70,000 plus commuters who will likely have to pay a toll twice, both in Vancouver and then again when Oregon implements their tolling program. What it will do is drain hundreds of millions of dollars from the citizens of this county and this district with essentially nothing to show for it that matters, except to the special interests my opponent now represents who will make a fortune.”Mielke, a combat veteran of Vietnam, continued, “I also don’t believe the people of the 18th want a senator who cosponsors Democrat legislation that determines either the genders of those on corporate boards, or those who identify as genders on corporate boards.  Nor do they want a Senator who tries to get the taxpayers to pick up the tab for their parking tickets.”“I am a Republican and a Conservative,” Mielke added. “I have a history on the County Commission and in the House of Representatives.  I know what the people of the 18th District want and unlike my opponent; I will both tell the truth and represent the people and not the special interests that are calling the shots with my opponent.”When reached by Clark County Today for comment, Mielke said he would consider his candidacy a win if he was elected to the seat, or even if his presence in the race split enough of the Republican votes to make Bell the winner. blankIn the August primary, Bell received 38.52 percent of the votes while the two Republicans — Rivers (32.51 percent) and challenger John Ley (28.88 percent) — split more than 61 percent of the votes. Mielke wasn’t shy in saying that he is hopeful of a similar split of the voting in the general election.“If I get 32 percent of the votes, I win,’’ Mielke projected. “If I get 20 percent of the votes, she loses. Either way, that’s a win. When we have weak Republicans in the legislature, we are going to continue in the minority because there is no difference between them and Democrats. So, if the Democrat (Bell) wins, four years from now we’ll take the seat back and have a real conservative in the position.’’Additional information about Mielke, including issue statements, is available at WriteInTom.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyElection 2020Latestshare 0 Previous : Tolling: ‘You’re actually going to make things worse’ Next : Amboy museum to host shred day for residents with large group sale as wellAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Check out these rugged amphibious vehicles built for (and in) the Canadian North

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos Together, the duo are nicely set up to provide full coverage to hard-to-reach communities, such as those in areas like Northern Ontario. A video of a joint demonstration put on by the two companies back in November shows the vehicles in action on the shores of their future manufacturing location in Parry Sound. The vehicular duo is expected to act as a joint platform for Search and Rescue, military or civil operations in difficult winter terrain, such as is found in the Canadian North. The ATASD looks rugged and extremely capable, but the truth is we’ve seen cooler hovercrafts. The SHERP, on the other hand, is a beast that looks like the machines Bruce Willis’ team drives on that giant space rock in the movie Armageddon. It goes from off-road monster to a type of gas-powered, four-wheeled paddle boat seamlessly. It’s not exactly skimming over the lake surface – top speed is 6 km/h on water – but it is moving and not sinking. On solid ground, it looks unstoppable (though probably not unflippable). “Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path,” reads a tagline on SHERP’s website. Trending in Canada Check out the video below and hope you never have to be rescued by either one of these extreme machines. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next ›center_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca A pair of amphibious vehicles designed for search-and-rescue in the most inhospitable of environments will find their manufacturing home in Parry Sound in Northern Ontario beginning in 2019.The SHERP is an extreme off-road ATV so capable of crawling over logs and lakes alike that Business Insider labeled it “the honey badger of the automotive world.” And the ATASD (Amphibious Trimaran with Aerostatic Discharge), created by Interconn Developments, is a hovercraft built to move people and/or cargo over a variety of water and ground surfaces—we’re calling it the auto equivalent of a water python. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Trending Videos RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryNewslast_img read more

IMA demands for creation of ‘One Nation – One set of guidelines for health’ along with need for All India Medical Services: Dr Rajan Sharma

first_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Add Comment Working closely with Central, State Governments in times of great stress due to stigma, violence, IMA has been conducting virtual meetings, providing regular feedbacks on emerging issues monitoring ground situationWhile the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has been actively carrying out its duties and responsibilities throughout the COVID epidemic, has also provided major opinions for the Government of India for the betterment of a robust healthcare structure.Working closely with the Central and State Governments in such times of great stress due to the stigma and violence, IMA has been conducting virtual meetings and providing with regular feedbacks on the emerging issues monitoring the ground situation.“Even though IMA has been enthusiastically working, we request the Government of India to emphasise upon the certain major provisions. Acknowledging the community transmission at district levels through meticulously continuing the public health activities of contact tracing and testing will ensure minimal morbidity rate. There is an urgent need for a new Post-COVID Healthcare policy providing equal priority for Non-COVID care as well,” said Dr Rajan Sharma, National President, IMA     IMA’s three tier structure of 1700 branches across 28 states and five Union territories have been a guiding force in fighting against this medical crisis. With vigorous interventions inside the medical profession, with the people and coordination with the Government, IMA has successfully conducted hundreds of webinars and are continuing to sensitise and equip Indian doctors with update information and best practices.“In making a robust healthcare system, IMA has been involved in various activities like availing of insurance for the healthcare workers, anti-violence ordinance, inclusion of clinics, nursing homes and hospitals in the MSME, modifications in testing policy, air conditioning of public places, reopening of schools, medical education issues, PPEs in work places, policy for quarantine of hospitals and caregivers, plasma therapy, to name a few interventions,” said Dr RV Asokan, Honorary Secretary General, IMAConsistent counselling and interactions have been conducted in order to keep up the morale among the Indian doctors. IMA has also maintained a National COVID Registry of doctors who have sacrificed their lives and those who have been infected in line of duty. Violence against doctors and martyrs was handled firmly and subtly. During the initial days of COVID inception in India, IMA was one of the earliest to initiate a 24X7 Talk to a Doctor’ helpline that has assisted over 22000 within two months.“Management of this pandemic would have still been better in place if the public infrastructure and strategies were better. There is a dire need for the Government to increase its GDP allocation to 5 per cent into the healthcare structure. IMA also demands for creation of ‘One Nation – One set of guidelines for health’ along with need for All India Medical Services,” added Dr Sharma. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts Read Article News By EH News Bureau on July 10, 2020 Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha 24X7 Talk to a Doctor’All India Medical ServicesCOVID epidemicDr Rajan SharmaIMANational COVID Registry of doctorsOne Nation – One set of guidelines for health Share Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Comments (0) IMA demands for creation of ‘One Nation – One set of guidelines for health’ along with need for All India Medical Services: Dr Rajan Sharma last_img read more

Strategy to improve passes in Math launched

first_imgRelatedEducation Minister Urges Parents To Seek Support FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Strategy to improve passes in Math launched EducationAugust 22, 2014Written by: Marlon Tingling RelatedHelp For Schools In St. Thomas Story HighlightsEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, today launched a national mathematics campaign, aimed at improving the performance of students in the subject at the primary and secondary levels.He said the initiative is expected to play a key role in assisting the Ministry in attaining the national target for proficiency in mathematics.Rev. Thwaites credited the improvement in mathematics passes in the 2014 Caribbean Secondary School Certificate (CSEC) examinations to interventions made in 96 schools that were targeted by the Ministry and given assistance. Photo: JIS PhotographerEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaitescenter_img Strategy to improve passes in Math launchedJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, today launched a national mathematics campaign, aimed at improving the performance of students in the subject at the primary and secondary levels.Dubbed ‘Math Counts’ the programme involves the training of teachers on new ways to teach the subject. These teachers, called mathematics coaches, are drawn from schools across the island and have been undergoing training, through sponsorship from the Insurance Association of Jamaica and Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS).Speaking at the launch, which took place at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay, St. James, Minister Thwaites said the programme is very good and should be supported by all players in the education sector.He said the initiative is expected to play a key role in assisting the Ministry in attaining the national target for proficiency in mathematics.“We are far off track to meet the national target of 85per cent proficiency at Grade 4 by 2015, which was set for us. Our new target is 85 per cent proficiency in numeracy at Grade 4 by 2018. At Grade 11, we are setting a target of 85 per cent of the age cohort to sit mathematics by 2017,” he stated.Rev. Thwaites said the Ministry remains resolute that students leaving school must be certified in mathematics and expressed confidence that the coaches will be able to produce significant improvements in passes for the subject.“This year with no additional money, the Ministry of Education is prepared to invest $350 million and we are going to do it next year and we are going to do it the year after, in ensuring that there is this added capacity to assist students through their teachers and coaches and resource persons,” he stated.Rev. Thwaites credited the improvement in mathematics passes in the 2014 Caribbean Secondary School Certificate (CSEC) examinations to interventions made in 96 schools that were targeted by the Ministry and given assistance.“I am not cheering to think that one swallow does the summer make, but what I do know is that a methodology has been instituted, which we are expanding and broadening today…which has made the difference. There is a co-relation between those 96 schools that were targeted two years ago…the cohorts in Grades 10 and 11 and were given particular interventions that have made the difference,” he stated. Related600 Children delegates for National Children’s Summit Advertisementslast_img read more

HTC CEO sees next tech wave breaking down barriers

first_img Tags 5GCher WangHTC Previous ArticleGSMA head calls on industry to drive digital agendaNext ArticleDay 1 review panel Cher Wang (pictured) outlined a vision of a more equal and empathic world, where the power of rapidly advancing technologies is combined with humanity to spark new solutions to many of the world’s most protracted problems.In her keynote yesterday, the HTC CEO said as the new wave of technology advances quickly the impact of VR and AR will be even greater than that of smartphones. It will require a few years to take off, just as smartphones, she said, “but it will become all embracive, creating a far larger virtual economy and a broader range of experiences, and far more meaningful social interactions, which bring people closer together fostering greater empathy for each other”.ConvergedCombining technologies like VR and AR, AI, blockchain and 5G creates the potential for a better world, she said. “It is only through the convergence of technology and humanity that we can unleash our imaginations.”Today the world faces many global challenges, such as poverty, climate change and taking care of an ageing population, she said. Through technologies such as Vive, “we are finding new ways to complete complex tasks to better lives.”Instead of being bound by the four walks of a classroom, she said children in poor areas can now take part in virtual lessons across a range of subjects and have the same learning opportunity as those in richer areas.Wang noted that over the last 50 years, as computing moved from mainframe to desktops to laptops to smartphones, it has become not only become more convenient but more personal.She believes 5G will be like the air we breathe. “It will be all around us. AR and VR will be like the senses: our eyes and ears, and even our sense of touch. AI will be the brain and nervous system, and blockchain will be the DNA of our digital empowerment,” Wang added. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author HomeDevicesNews HTC CEO sees next tech wave breaking down barriers Devices Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more center_img Joseph Waring HTC readies Vive Pro 2 VR headset China smartphone shipments recovering from Covid Related Realme pushes low-end 5G with Narzo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 FEB 2019 last_img read more