Poll Results: Majority Of OSU Fans Give OSU a ‘B’ At Halfway Point

first_imgI was surprised that only 2 percent of fans gave OSU an ‘A’ for the season it is having so far. I actually considered it, and I consider myself to be, if not cynical, then definitely in the “realistic” category. In fact, I saw more people wishing there was a button for ‘F’ than those who voted for an ‘A.’This is all about expectations though. OSU is three plays from being 6-0, and people want to give them a ‘F’? The only logic I can see behind this is that your expectations were that OSU would actually be 6-0 over the first half of the season. You came in expecting a Big 12 title. These certainly were not unrealistic expectations, and maybe OSU hasn’t lived up to what we thought it would be so far this year.But I’m also interested in how differently we would grade a 5-1 team than a 4-2 team. Same exact team, but those look like vastly different records. Anyway, I’m with the majority and give the team a B thus far. Have they looked stellar? No. But they are a blown call and two fumbles from 6-0.I think maybe expectations are a little out of whack when it comes to OSU football. Your poor grading should actually come for the way OSU recruits. It almost always gets the most out of its talent, and a lot has to break OSU’s way to win 10 ballgames. A lot has to break anyone’s way to win 10 ballgames. Maybe I’m just getting soft as I get older, but I don’t really think this team has been that bad so far.Am I frustrated that it doesn’t house teams it should house? Yes, I am. But I have also gotten used to the fact that it is just going to play a lot of (and win most) close games. That just sort of is what it is at this point. Anyway, comments and reaction below (the last one killed me!)Poll question Tuesday: What grade do you give #okstate’s football team halfway through the year?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2016Justin: B- is my grade. I think we’re a nice team and in the upper half of the Big12, but this team hasn’t shown that its ready to step up and be the big dog in the conference, which was my hope given what we returned this year.Adam M: It has everything to do with how you saw this team coming into the season. Initially I thought 9-3 was attainable. After the CMU debacle and losing to Baylor I’d be realistically happy with 7-5/8-4 and a bowl game. I assumed all the loses would be toward the end because I can’t remember the last time the team got to the end of a season without taking significant injuries and losing noticeable stamina.This usually translates to losses on the back end (not to mention the schedule in recent years gets increasingly difficult as the season wears on, this year doesn’t seem to be much different) . C- seems appropriate here based on my initial expectations of overall performance. I’d be wildly ecstatic if they ended 9-3 this year.Ferguson: Another mediocre-coached Cowboy squad. We all know what to expect, they’ll win most of the games left on the schedule and then get blown out it Bedlam (or lose a close one they shouldn’t). We’ll give Mike Gundy a 50 year contract extension and call Boone Pickens an idiot.Clint: I’d say right now we’re the B kid who sits in the back of class, doesn’t try hard until the end of the semester, then surprises everyone with a 3.75. But, hopefully that kid eventually realizes he could be a really good student if he’d just focus…I don’t know where I’m going with this anymore…JT: C. Defense leaves way too much to be desired. We let trams like Pitt and Iowa St surpass 450 – 600 Yards of offense on us. Not good. I was confident in an 8 – 4 season before it started. 7 – 5 seems more realistic at this point until we get a Defense. Looking at you Glenn.T-Bone: I thought we were going to have a really good team this year. I have not been impressed. Rudolph is throwing a lot of floater balls that don’t have a good spiral on them. He can drop some good ones but overthrows and wobbly throws don’t inspire confidence. We do have good receivers to catch them. Hill shows us why Childs and Carson couldn’t make it. They were just a step slow and could not make that cut inside. Hill gives us that and Sanders gives us some experience. Se we have a semblance of a run game. The play-calling is still suspect.The defensive line does pretty god but the secondary is appalling. I also don’t get why we are so slow in making adjustments on the field. I thought Spencer in the booth would help but I see the same thing. All game long they burn us repeatedly and then we make the adjustment in the 4th quarter and stop them. Why not in the second or third series?At this rate we will beat most bad teams (KU), toss up with mediocre teams like ourselves (KSU, TCU, TT) , and lose to the good teams (WVU, OU) with maybe an occasional lucky win. So that means 3-4 more losses and a 4th or 5th place finish out of 10 teams. Mediocre.Mark: Well, if A+ is Alabama, and F is Kansas, Then I’d have to give the Pokes a B- or C+. The win against Texas is quickly becoming not-so-special, and the rest of the games have been frustrating even in victory.Jason Sutton: I’m so confused by this team I cannot even offer a grade While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Junior College Cornerback Visits Oklahoma State

first_imgOklahoma State has a handful of young talent at cornerback on its roster for the upcoming season. Madre Harper, A.J. Green, Rodarius Williams are all second-year players expected to make an impact in 2017.Looking past this season to 2018, OSU is already looking to put experience alongside that young talent, and its currently targeting a junior college prospect to fill that need in 2018’s Delrick Abrams Jr. of Independence Community College. He made an unofficial visit to Stillwater this week. Abrams Jr. is a rising prospect with offers now from West Virginia, Arkansas, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and others. He’s a Bogalusa, Louisiana, native, so the chance to play closer to home — particularly for Arkansas, Mississippi State or Southern Miss — could be a big factor.Abrams recorded 17 solo tackles, 30 total tackles, and 3 interceptions as a freshman last season. He says he’s working on refining his game before he takes it to a Division I school in 2018. He started every game for the Pirates.“I’m working on reading the QBs shoulder,” Abrams told the Recruiting News Guru recently. “I’m also working on my hips, coming out of breaks faster, and attacking downhill better. I want no hesitation. I just want to play the game full-speed.”Abrams will be a mid-year graduate from junior college, so he will be eligible to graduate in December and essentially become an early junior college enrollee at his next destination. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

5 Easy Camping Meals: Being in Nature Never Tasted so Good

first_img The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Whether you’re a frequent camper tired of choking down re-hydrated meals approximating mac n’ cheese or you’re a newcomer to the wilderness world who’s worried you won’t be able to stomach the decidedly less-than-desirable contents usually found in those tear-open packages, we’re here to help.With a bit of planning and the right ingredients, camp cooking can yield meals that are delicious, nutritious, and freshly made — you just have to think beyond the dehydrated powdered omelets and protein sludge. From the car camping weekend where coolers abound to the overland backpacker who has to account for every ounce carried, you can enjoy amazing camping dishes if you bring along a few fine foodstuffs and have access to plenty of water.Below, you’ll find the ingredient list and step-by-step instructions for two breakfasts, a lunch, and two dinner camping recipes. With a bit of resourcefulness, you’ll find great ways to use these camp food recipes as jumping-off points that can be modified into myriad meals. (Swap out pre-cooked salmon for chicken or use beans for a protein-rich dinner that’s vegetarian-friendly, for example.)all you need to worry about is what liquor you’ll keep in the flask, because we’ve got your breakfast, lunch and, dinner covered. Oh, and bears. Also worry about bears.BreakfastYou know the expression: “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper.” When you’re roughing it in the wild, you need to eat plenty of calories at every meal anyway, but you can eat a camp breakfast fit for royalty just the same.Almond Apple Oatmeal BowlSounds boring, does it? Even passé, perhaps, eating oatmeal for breakfast at your campsite? Well, this meal can deliver you more than 600 calories and will require about three minutes of active preparation at your campsite. Add in an ounce or two of bacon bits or pumpkin seeds to give yourself a couple hundred more calories and plenty of protein to burn. You can use real bacon, provided you bought the factory-sealed, room-temperature-stable variety.Ingredients (per person):1 cup of oatmeal (quick-cooking, of course)1/4 cup of diced dried apple1/2 cup of chopped almondsMethod:Cook the oatmeal as dictated by the instructions and/or basic common sense, then toss the apple and almonds on top and let everything sit as the oatmeal absorbs the water and softens.Stir and enjoy.Quick and Easy Campsite Quichemissbossy/FlickrFor this protein-packed woodland meal, you’ll need an all-metal pan, a pot, an awesome cast iron skillet, or even just that trusty metal mug of yours. And what you won’t need is pie crust. Sure, quiche traditionally uses pie crust, but you’re about to cook in a goddamn fire, so tradition is out the window, man. For the record, this recipe is for the car campers, not the trekkers.Ingredients (per person):2 eggs1 cup of milk1/2 cup shredded cheeseCubed ham, diced onions, and pepper — but play around with your ingredients!Butter or cooking sprayMethod:Butter or oil the interior of your pan, pot, or mug.Mix everything all the ingredients in the pan, pot, or mug.Nestle the pot/pan/mug down into a big bed of hot coals created by a fine campfire. You can let the fire burn down or move the blazing logs over a bit, just make sure it burned for a good 30minutes or so to ensure plenty of heat in the coal bed).Wait a few minutes. Remove from fire and enjoy.LunchLunch is perhaps the trickiest meal to prepare when you’re hiking, mountaineering, or enjoying some other daytime wilderness activity. If you’re on the move, you don’t want to stop and break out all of your cooking gear, as that consumes valuable time and energy. On the other hand, you do need to keep up your energy through the ingestion of plentiful calories. So what are you to do?The Camper’s Lunch WrapThe key to smart camp dining is to reduce the water weight in your foods as much as possible and to choose foods that occupy minimal physical space. We use wraps (or tortillas) instead of bread, vegetables consumed whole (onions come with many layers that must be discarded, for example, so we pass on these), and dried foods when their use won’t sacrifice flavor.This meal, as is, provides protein, carbs, and some vitamins and iron and such. You can flavor the wrap with a packet of mustard or soy sauce, add other ingredients, or use chickpeas instead of tuna.Ingredients (per person):1 big ol’ wrap1 package or can of tuna1 handful of kale chips1 handful of cherry tomatoes or 1 standard tomatoMethod:Chop the tomatoes (or tomato) and mix the moist bits around with the kale, rehydrating it a bit.Mix in the tunaWrap it all up and eat it.DinnerAt the end of a long day of trekking, climbing, or pounding beers around the campfire, the last thing you want is a laborious cooking process. Fortunately for you, couscous exists.Chicken with Peas and CouscousCouscous (the standard tiny little grains, not the larger pearl stuff) is arguably the ideal campsite food. It cooks fantastically quickly, it soaks up any flavor you add to it, and it’s easy to measure out portions. The ratio of couscous to water is a glorious one-to-one. In other words, you can fill a cup with couscous, then measure out the same cupful of water, and that’s the amount of liquid you need.Ingredients (per person):1/2 cup couscous per person (dry)1 can or packet of pre-cooked chicken1 handful of dried peasMethod:Ideally, you can cook the couscous in a sizable pot. As soon as you have grains and boiling water mixed, toss the peas on top and stir them in, followed by chunks of chicken, which can be left sitting atop the veggies and grains.dd a bit of sauce of your choice, if you brought it (soy, Worcestershire, lemon juice, etc.), and consider adding one more splash of water is you skip the sauce.Angel Hair Pasta CarbonaraThis meal can bring you the taste of the Old Country with minimal effort and without adding much gear weight. As angel hair pasta cooks in about four minutes, it makes a great meal for the end of a long day when you’re hungry and tired in equal parts. Quick pro tip: Break the pasta noodles into halves or even quarters to help prevent them sticking to the cook pot and to make transport easier.Ingredients (per person):1/4 lb angel hair pasta1/4 cup chopped salami (I use Olli Salumeria’s Genoa mild salami because it comes pre-sliced and stored in shelf-stable packages)1 tbsp dried parmesan1 egg white, ideally, or a bit of oil (optional)Method:Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling water, making sure not to overdo it.Quickly drain the pasta, reserving a few tablespoons of the water, and toss it with all other ingredients.Bring the mixture back to high heat briefly if you added egg.And there you go. A full day of great-tasting, gourmet camping meals that take almost no effort whatsoever. Bon appetit. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Susan Lucci And Liza Huber To Host Women Who Care Awards Luncheon

first_imgEdward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), and Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care, announced today that Susan Lucci, now in her fourth season as star of the hit series “Devious Maids,” Emmy award-winning actress from “All My Children,” and New York Times best-selling author, will return for the fourth consecutive year as host of The 15th Annual Women Who Care Awards Luncheon.Susan Lucci and Liza HuberFor the first time, Liza Huber, Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls and past star of the hit TV series “Passions,” will co-host the awards luncheon with her mother Ms. Lucci, for the event taking place May 9th, the day after Mother’s Day. This will mark the first time a mother and daughter team have co-hosted Women Who Care. Ms. Huber has a son, Brendan, with Cerebral Palsy, and was recently featured in People Magazine and on TV shows including “The Dr. Oz Show,” “The Meredith Vieira Show,” and “Entertainment Tonight” to help raise awareness for Cerebral Palsy and the work of UCP of NYC.The luncheon, to be held Monday, May 9th, at Cipriani 42nd Street, benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women as professionals, philanthropists, and caregivers, who have broken glass ceilings and inspired others through their professional and charitable endeavors. The event has raised nearly $8 million during its fourteen years.Ms. Lucci is a former Women Who Care award honoree and a longtime celebrity supporter of UCP of NYC.“I am very touched by United Cerebral Palsy of New York City’s impact as a lifeline for thousands of children, families, and adults with disabilities,” says Susan Lucci. “I am particularly impressed by the comprehensive nature of their ongoing programs and services which encompass so many different aspects of health, education, assistive technology, and the arts.”In addition to narrating a video for UCP of NYC and Susan G. Komen to help raise breast health awareness for women with disabilities, Ms. Lucci’s charitable work is wide-ranging. Her commitment to helping children has taken her to Africa in support of Feed the Children. She has served as the March Of Dimes National Ambassador in 2000, and as a celebrity spokesperson for AMDeC (Academic Medicine Development Company) and The New York Cancer Project. She has also been involved with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the prestigious New York City Gracie Award, and the Muse Award for Women in Film & Television. She was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and in 2005 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement Awards and presented with the Italian Board of Guardians Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, Ms Lucci was honored with the Disney Legends Award and the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award. In addition, she currently can be seen in Joy, the Academy Award nominated film for Best Motion Picture.“From the point-of-view of a mother of a child with Cerebral Palsy, I am so honored to help bring awareness to the crucial work being done by UCP of NYC in providing resources for children and adults with disabilities to move forward and live active and independent lives, not just with hope, but with true confidence in themselves,” says Liza Huber, Founder and CEO of Sage Spoonfuls.Ms. Huber is an award-winning author, television personality, public speaker, wife, mother of four and the CEO & Founder of the homemade baby-food company Sage Spoonfuls. She was recently profiled by Forbes as a “Woman Entrepreneur Rocking The World” and has been featured on Good Morning America, Good Day New York, PIX 11 News, People Now and Martha Stewart Radio, among others. She is a featured contributor for The Huffington Post, Green Child Magazine and Big City Moms.Liza also speaks at national events designed to inspire and empower female entrepreneurs, such as the National Association for Professional Women, Atlanta’s Dare 2 Aspire Conference and as the keynote speaker for the Town of Hempstead’s 2015 Pathfinder Awards. Liza has been the recipient of the Mom’s Best Literary Gold Award, an Independent Publisher’s Award, a Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal and a Cribsie Award, and has been honored with the John J Byrne Community Center’s Hero of the Community Award, and the Little Flower Children and Family Service’s 2015 Humanitarian Award. In addition to the charitable organizations UCP of NYC and UCP of Nassau County, she is a Parent Ambassador for Healthy Child, Healthy World, and has worked extensively with Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York’s Parent Youth Program.Writer, producer, author and activist Loreen Arbus, the first woman to head programming for a US television network, is Founder and Chair of Women Who Care. Among her many awards, Ms. Arbus was presented The Heart of Giving Award by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and the Ms. Foundation for Women Woman of Vision and Action Award by Gloria Steinem in 2011. She is the daughter of Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson, Co-Founders of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). Mr. Goldenson was Founder and Chairman of ABC. This will mark Ms. Arbus’ final year as Chair of Women Who Care.Tamsen Fadal, Emmy award-winning Anchor of PIX 11 News; Robin Givens, actress/director/author; Donna Hanover, journalist/radio personality and former First Lady of New York City; Ali Stroker of “Glee Project” and “Glee” fame; and Emmy award winner Paula Zahn, host of “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” will serve as Co-Chairs of the event.In addition to Ms. Lucci, previous Women Who Care honorees include Robin Roberts, Judith Light, Cyndi Lauper, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Lynda Carter, Lauren Bush Lauren, Judy Woodruff, Amy Lee, Ann Curry, Marlo Thomas, China Machado, Roxanne Mankin Cason, Francine LeFrak, Anne Sweeney, Patricia Duff, Terrie Williams, Dr. Pamela Gallin, Maysoon Zayid, Linda Kaplan Thaler, and many other extraordinarily accomplished women.Past celebrity presenters for Women Who Care include: Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Smits, America Ferrara, Cynthia Nixon, Ivanka Trump, David Muir, Danny Glover, Meredith Vieira, Alan Rickman, Nicole Miller, Deborah Norville, Charlie Rose, Alex Witt, Cynthia McFadden, Deborah Roberts, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Maurice DuBois, Mike Woods, Regis Philbin, Alan Alda, Michelle Bachelet, the former President of Chile, and many other VIPs.For more info about the event, click here.last_img read more

Britain to tackle Islamist extremism

first_imgBritain has announced plans to classify “Islamist extremism” as a distinct ideology as part of efforts to tackle radicalized crime influenced by “hate preachers,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.Cameron’s remarks came amid the ongoing trial of two men charged with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby on a busy London street last May. A court heard that one of them said it was an “eye for an eye” and revenge for what they considered to be Britain’s wars against Muslims, according to Reuters news agency.Both men have pleaded not guilty. “This summer we saw events that shocked the nation,” Cameron, who is in China on a trade trip, told reporters.“These tragedies were a wakeup call for government and wider society to take action to confront extremism in all its forms, whether in our communities, schools, prisons, Islamic centers or universities.”“Islamist extremism” would, for the first time, be classified as a distinct ideology to guard against it being confused with traditional religious practice, he said.Britain, home to around 2.7 million Muslims, will aim to tackle violent ideologies that claim Islamic justification but by doing so in a way that does not alienate the Muslim population, Cameron said.The new definition would make it clear that “Islamist extremism” was a distorted interpretation of Islam that betrayed the religion’s principles and tried to sow division.“There are just too many people who have been radicalized at Islamic centers, who have been in contact with extremist preachers, who have come across material on the Internet who haven’t been sufficiently challenged,” Cameron said.“I want to see an end to hate preaching in Britain.”As part of the plans, the prime minister said he would implement recommendations he had received from a task force he set up after Rigby’s murder.Britain will also draw on techniques it has used to fight online pornography to make it easier for people to report material deemed extremist and work with Internet providers to create filters to allow people to block such content.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

Moroccos Water Supply Dropped 71 from 1980 to 2013 El Othmani

Rabat – Head of the government Saadeddine El Othmani has identified Morocco as one of the countries suffering from a scarcity of water resources, but has assured that the country is taking steps to eliminate the threat.During a parliamentary session held Tuesday, July 25, El Othmani said that Morocco is suffering from a lack of water supply and a rise of demand. “Year after year there is a deficit between water demand and supply. Studies have shown that the annual water per capita share drops at an alarming rate.”In 1980, he said, the amount of water available was up to 2500 cubic meters per capita. In 2000, the water share dropped to 1010 cubic meters, and in 2013 the share dropped drastically to 720 cubic meters per capita.  “This is a serious problem,” noted the head of government.He pointed out that the state has adopted both long-term and medium-term strategic plans to confront drought and water scarcity, which “pose a threat to certain regions during summer,” asserting that “the state will eliminate this scarcity by the end of 2018.”El Othmani said that the government is working on updating the national water plan, with focus on improvement of “dams policy,” which consists of opening three large dams per year and 10 small dams annually, for five consecutive years.The plan also includes reducing water for agricultural activity and improving water network connectivity and distribution as well as the desalination of seawater and high salinity water.“The government has set programs to complete water desalination centers in Agadir, Al Hoceima, and Sidi Ifni. Five-hundred million cubic meters of local water are expected to be produced from seawater desalination in five years time,” said the head of the government. read more

Big battle brings record viewing for HBOs Game of Thrones

LOS ANGELES — HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has once again ridden a high body count to a record viewer count.The Nielsen company says Sunday’s big-battle episode, the third of the final season, drew 17.8 million viewers either live on the network at 9 p.m., streamed, on-demand or in a rerun that aired later that night.That made it the week’s most-watched show cable or broadcast and the most-watched episode ever of an HBO show, topping the “Thrones” season eight premiere.The episode featured a long-anticipated battle between the living and the dead that had a sky-high casualty count even for the famously bloody fantasy series.The May 19 series finale is likely to break records.CBS dominated the rest of the ratings, with five of the week’s top 10 shows.Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press read more

Push on for ESL classes in Norfolk

Refugees in Norfolk hoping to learn English currently need to travel to Brantford and back three times a week.The Norfolk Refugee Committee wants to change that.The NRC is a large group consisting of churches and community members across the county who sponsor families to come to Norfolk, and help to get them acclimated to life in Canada.NRC members are aiming to bring English as a Second Language classes to Simcoe to create easier access for the adult students. The ESL students currently attend classes three days a week in Brantford, which means the NRC needs six sets of volunteer drivers a week.This requires a substantial time commitment from the volunteers, and can pose issues during the harsh weather and winter months.The Grand Erie Learning Alternatives program is sanctioned by the Grand Erie District School Board and houses the ESL classes. Program officials have been in contact with representatives from Simcoe about the possibilities of classes coming to Norfolk.“People contact us when they see there are people in an area in need of this service. We give them the parameters of what is required like how many people we need, and what the language benchmarks they need to meet are before we can run a class,” said Greg Carruthers, principal at Grand Erie Learning Alternatives.Anyone can enroll in these ESL classes as long as they meet the language requirements. New students will be assessed before started classes to ensure they are placed in the right class. The evaluation includes reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.The NRC is hoping to start the Simcoe classes in September if enough people are interested. They need at least eight adults to commit to attending class three days a week for the program to be able to run. They currently have six attending the classes in Brantford.English classes are free for conventional refugees, refugee claimants, approved provincial nominees, permanent residents, and Canadian citizens.The committee is still looking for drivers to volunteer to help the families get to Brantford and back between now and the end of June.“The families are happy to have people do activities with them, if there’s things people would like to do they can contact us,” said Amanda Van Schyndel, a representative from the NRC.If you know anyone that would be interested in these classes, or if you would like to volunteer as a driver, you can contact Posie Ross (weldonross79@gmail.com) or Alma Scovil (peterandalma@gmail.com).astaylor@postmedia.com read more

FROM THE FIELD One South Sudanese womans harrowing escape to UN camp

UNMISS/Isaac BillyNyamile Malual Jiech told the senior officials that during the journey with her children she had seen three men lining up to rape one woman. A new peace agreement was signed between warring parties in South Sudan in September in an attempt to bring an end to nearly five years of conflict. But, fighting has continued in some parts of the country.Nyamile Malual Jiech is now sheltering in a camp for civilians in Bentiu under the protection of the UN peacekeeping mission, UNMISS.Read more about her story here: read more

Alfie Evanss father threatened private murder prosecution against doctors treating the toddler

Ms James is now represented by Jason Coppel QC, a different barrister from Alfie’s father, and the appeal judges heard from her that the toddler was “struggling”.Mr Coppel said he had just spoken to Ms James by telephone and said: “The purpose of the phone call was to say that Alfie was struggling and needed immediate intervention to ensure that he survives at least for the purposes of today and she asked me if I would pass that on to the court and ask that the court invite the hospital to take the appropriate steps.” Police blocked protesters from the entrance to Alder Hey on MondayCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Wire “Those summonses were served on the doctors and I hear you say that there is no hostility to the NHS.”April 13: I have the right to take Alfie home, his father says He added: “My general conversation with Mr Evans is ‘save my boy’. He would leave no stone unturned… He is clutching at straws.”‘The warrior strikes again. He’s back’At the same time two people believed to be German air ambulance staff who had been seen speaking to members of the Evans family were escorted from Alder Hey by police.Mr Evans said his son had confounded specialists’ expectations by continuing to breathe.In a live video posted on Facebook he said Alfie’s life had been “sustained” for a third time.”The warrior strikes again. He’s back. He’s just had a little dip, he went pale, lips started going a little bit but he’s back. Just wanted everyone to know Alfie’s stabilised,” said Mr Evans. Tom Evans, father of Alfie Evans, outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital on April 24 Merseyside Police on Wednesday evening warned that any threats or malicious comments made on social media against staff at Alder Hey would be investigated and could lead to prosecutions.Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said: “I would like to make people aware that these posts are being monitored and remind social media users that any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated and where necessary will be acted upon.”It came as it emerged that 23-month-old Alfie, who stopped receiving life-support treatment late on Monday as a result of the court’s decision, is now “struggling” and is not expected to live much longer.Mr Evans and his wife Kate James, from Liverpool, were appealing against Mr Justice Hayden’s ruling preventing their son being taken to Rome’s Bambino Gesu Hospital for continued treatment.Mr Justice Hayden had said he accepted medical evidence which showed that further treatment was futile and that flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be wrong and pointless.At Wednesday’s appeal against the ruling Mr Diamond told three senior appeal court judges that an Italian embassy representative was in court and an air ambulance was on standby at the “request of the Pope”. Alfie has been in Alder Hey with a rare undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition since December 2016.Doctors have said the toddler’s brain has been destroyed by his illness and it is in his best interests to withdraw life support.In a statement the hospital said its “top priority remains in ensuring Alfie receives the care he deserves to ensure his comfort, dignity and privacy are maintained throughout.”This includes working closely with Kate and Tom as they spend this precious time together with him.”On Tuesday Mr Justice Hayden had criticised Mr Stroilov, who works for the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) as a “fanatical and deluded young man” and described a witness statement prepared for Alfie’s parents as “littered with vituperation and bile” that was doing them “far more harm than it does good”. The father of Alfie Evans, the critically ill child at the centre of a bitter life-support dispute, threatened to take out a private prosecution for murder against doctors treating his son, it has emerged.The Appeal Court heard on Wednesday that Tom Evans had talked of taking out the private prosecutions against three doctors for “conspiracy for murder”.Mr Justice Hayden decided at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in Manchester on Tuesday, that Alfie should not be allowed to leave Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and travel to a hospital in Italy.In his ruling Mr Justice Hayden criticised what he described as the “malign hand” of one of the family’s advisers, law student Pavel Stroilov, who had been party to Mr Evans lodging a private prosecution of doctors at Alder Hey Hospital.On Wednesday, Alfie’s parents lost the latest round of their legal battle, when three Court of Appeal judges dismissed their appeal against the decision that the child should not be taken abroad for treatment.Lord Justice McFarlane told Mr Evans’s barrister, Paul Diamond at the Appeal Court hearing: “Your client purported to take out a private prosecution to have three named doctors charged with the criminal offence of conspiracy to murder. Alfie’s appreciation of life ‘destroyed irrevocably’Appeal judge Lady Justice King disagreed that there was any prospect of Alfie having any pleasure or appreciation of life.She said evidence showed that, while Alfie was unlikely to feel pain, “tragically everything that would allow him to have some appreciation of life, or even the mere touch of his mother, has been destroyed irrevocably”.A doctor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said that for Alfie to be allowed home would require a “sea change” in attitude from the child’s family. Tom Evans, father of Alfie Evans, outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on April 24Credit:Anthony Devlin/Getty Images Police block protesters from the entrance to Alder Hey  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Dronninglund Cup 2018 – Tournament for everyone

← Previous Story DHB Cup 2017/18: THW Kiel and SG Flensburg Handewitt are out! Next Story → HC Tatran Presov and RK Nexe donate 200 books to Library in Nasice Dronninglund Cup 2018 Youth tournament with strong international background and certainly the longest tradition – Dronninglund Cup 2018 will be held between July 9 and 14.Thousands of young handball players from all over the world have the chance of meeting each other in an exciting tournament on Danish North with lots of sporting challenges as well as several leisure activities.The Cup is a perfect place to meet foreign teams from around the world – and to prepare the new season.Categories Dronninglund Cup:U10 (born in 2008- younger)U12 (born in 2006-2007)U14 (born in 2004-2005)U16 (born in 2002-2003)U19 (born in 1999, 2000 and 2001)All Stars (born in 1989, 1990 … -98) http://dronninglundcup.com/uploads/pics/ENGELSK18.pdfDronninglund Cup is ideal for handball clubs that – besides handball – appreciate SOLIDARITY, WELL-BEING, COMFORT and SERVICE. Dronninglund Cup is for everyone!Simon Aagaard, president of Dronninglund Cup:To us, proximity and closeness are essential: Accommodation, provision of meals, the playing areas, sporting goods store, discotheque, the managers’ meeting event, stalls, beach handball and volley, tennis, miniature golf and golf – all are situated within a range of about one kilometre. In addition, we also have an indoor swimming pool, beach and forest just a few kilometers away –transportation free of charge!  40 years of experience in organizing Dronninglund Cup is  guarantee that you will be part of what young handball players and their managers from all over the world are looking for. We look forward to meeting you!VISIT OFFICIAL WEBSITEhttp://www.dronninglundcup.com/ read more

Countries welcome 2014 with fireworks and celebrations

first_imgIn Tokyo, five priests at the Zojoji temple used ropes to swing a wooden pole against a large bell, sounding the first of 108 gongs to mark the new year. Simultaneously, “2014″ lit up in white lights on the modern Tokyo Tower in the background.China planned light shows at part of the Great Wall near Beijing and at the Bund waterfront in Shanghai. The city of Wuhan in central Hubei province called off its fireworks show and banned fireworks downtown to avoid worsening its smoggy air.In the Philippines, more than 260 people had been injured by firecracker blasts and celebratory gunfire ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations.Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia. Pic: AP Photo/Rob GriffithIn North Korea, a group of tourists, including Americans, planned to watch fireworks in Kim Il Sung Square and watch the Pyongyang Bell strike midnight, said Andrea Lee, CEO of Uritours.In Hong Kong, tens of thousands of people turned out to watch the fireworks display over the southern Chinese city’s famed Victoria Harbor.Pyrotechnics were fired near the Kowloon peninsula and from the tops of seven skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island.IndonesiaIn Indonesia, New Year’s celebrations are widespread except in the city of Banda Aceh where Islamic clerics prohibit Muslims from celebrating New Year’s Eve.In the capital, Jakarta, tourism authorities estimate 2 million people will take part in street parties in 162 locations.In New York City, outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg is sitting out this year’s festivities to spend time with family and friends. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will be sworn into office at 12:01 am on Wednesday at his Brooklyn home.Sotomayor, a New York City native, will lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball in front of an estimated 1 million celebrants.Read: 7 times New Year’s Eve was just so magical> EXPLODING FIREWORKS SPRAYED from the sails of the Sydney Opera House and the Australian city’s harbour bridge at midnight as the world ushered in a new year.More than 1 million people crammed the Sydney Harbour foreshore on a warm summer night to watch the pyrotechnics show that appeared to live up to its billing as the most extravagant of Sydney’s already renowned annual display.Pic: AP Photo/Rob GriffithNew ZealandCloser to the edge of the International Dateline, New Zealand bid farewell to 2013 with fireworks erupting from Auckland’s Sky Tower as cheering revelers danced in the streets of the South Pacific island nation’s largest city.Dubai is known for glitz, glamour and over-the-top achievements like the world’s tallest tower, and this year it plans to break another record by creating the largest fireworks show ever.Organisers plan to light up the city’s coastline with a flying falcon made out of fireworks that moves across a massive man-made palm-shaped island alongside a countdown in fireworks.Guinness World Record officials will be on hand to measure the scale of the event.Sydney Opera HouseIn Australia, fireworks launched from four sails of the Sydney Opera House for the first time in more than a decade. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was also illuminated by fireworks shooting skyward and raining from its decks to the water below.Organisers had expected 1.6 million people would line the harbour shores to watch 7 tons of pyrotechnics explode in 12 seconds.TokyoPeople gather at the Zojoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo to celebrate the New Year. Pic: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashilast_img read more

We are inescapably intertwined Ireland gets a whole section in Brexit plan

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘We are inescapably intertwined’: Ireland gets a whole section in Brexit plan The word “Ireland” appears 132 times in the 77-page Brexit whitepaper. 25,011 Views 106 Comments When the UK leaves the EU, we aim to have as seamless and frictionless a border as possible between Northern Ireland (and the Republic), so that we can continue to see the trade and everyday movements we have seen up to now. Feb 2nd 2017, 3:36 PM THE UK GOVERNMENT has published its long-awaited “White Paper” on Brexit, with its relationship with Ireland forming a key part of the document.Maintaining the common travel area between Northern Ireland and the Republic gets its own section in the paper, with the UK government saying that “maintaining our strong and historic ties with Ireland will be an important priority for the UK”.They call the economies of the UK and Ireland “deeply integrated” and say that the relationship between the two countries has “never been better”.On the issue of a hard border between North and South, they make this statement:We recognise that for the people of Northern Ireland and Ireland, the ability to move freely across the border is an essential part of daily life. Image: Stefan Rousseau PA Wire/PA Images Share164 Tweet Email Short URL It is also signalled that it will retain the dual nationality rulings under the Good Friday agreement, whereby a resident of Northern Ireland can acquire a British or Irish passport.They say that they will work to devise a solution that will retain the current border status while “protecting the integrity of the UK’s immigration system”.The issue of its relations with Ireland forms just one of 12 sections to the Brexit whitepaper. Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 3:36 PM Image: Stefan Rousseau PA Wire/PA Images As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/3219372 The list of twelve priorities for the British government in the Brexit White Paper Source: gov.ukIn terms of Northern Ireland, the UK government wants to maintain the integrity of the union as it currently exists, and indicated it would support continued devolution of powers under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.They will discuss with each devolved administration – in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland –  how best to reinstate powers that will be returning to them from the EU.Other aspects of the White Paper call for the control of immigration, taking back their own laws and securing trade agreements with other countries.London is aiming for a “new, positive and constructive partnership between Britain and the European Union that works in our mutual interest”, Brexit minister David Davis said as he launched the 77-page document in parliament.The “White Paper”, which came a day after the government comfortably won a first vote on triggering the start of divorce negotiations, also said Britain will pull out of the single market in order to control immigration from the EU, which ran at 284,000 in the year to June 2016.Britain will look to strike a new customs agreement with Brussels, enabling it to forge its own trade deals with the rest of the world, it said.Davis said Britain wanted to build a strong, alternative partnership with Brussels.“This government will make no attempt to remain in the EU by the backdoor, nor will we hold a second referendum on membership,” the document says.“Instead, the strategic partnership which we seek will underpin free trade between the UK and EU… as well as the closest possible cooperation on key issues like security, foreign policy and science and technology.”With reporting from AFPRead: Irish people aren’t very optimistic about Northern Ireland’s futureRead: UK MPs vote to back government Brexit billlast_img read more

Bill Papastergiadis a clear winner at Greek Community elections

first_imgThe elections of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria were held on 20 January.Bill Papastergiadis and his Koinotiki Ananeosi (Community Renewal) group were deemed to be clear winners.“I’m not going to take any of this for granted,” Mr Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), had told Neos Kosmos prior to the elections. “I believe that we need to work hard and demonstrate our credentials.”The Electoral Committee appointed to conduct the elections for the new Board of Management of the Greek Community of Melbourne announced that the elections were held in accordance with the organisation’s constitution and without irregularities, on 20 January 2019.In total, 532 members of the Community voted at the election. 20 ballots were found to be invalid. Out of the 512 valid ballots, 19 out of 25 ballots were elected.They received the following votes:  Dallas Nikos 496; Koukouvitakis Nikos 493; Iliou Tammy 490; Vlahakis Leonidas 486; Zangalis Vasso 486; Markos Theo 481; Bossinakis Jim 481; Papadopoulos Spiros 481; Papastergiadis Vasilis 478; Markos Costas 477; Pirpiris Marinis 475; Karamitos Michael 473; Georgalis Angela 471; Vasiliadis Philip 470; Costa Alexis 460; Kallianis Voula 459; Pattas Georgina 448; Sgardelis Tass 444; Sikavitsas Chris 435; Papakonstantinou Stella 188; Fifis Christos 143; Tsitas Nondas 104; Houdalakis Michalis 104; Tsirkas Christos 103; Tsakoumis Kostas 94.The 19 members elected will meet soon. ‘ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Legislative Forum Offers Sessions on Policy Issues Impacting Soybean Industry

first_imgASA’s 8th Annual Legislative Forum, scheduled for July 9 in Washington, D.C., is set and will provide attendees an informative session on the latest public policy topics impacting the U.S. soybean industry. The ASA Legislative Forum is in conjunction with the ASA summer board meeting.Those invited to speak at the ASA Legislative Forum include: Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Both will provide perspectives on legislation pending in the U.S. senate. Other speakers invited are Sebastian Belle, Executive Director, Maine Aquaculture Association, speaking about the emerging aquaculture industry for soybean producers, and Cuban Ambassador José Ramón Cabañas and José Raul Perales, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, speaking on bilateral trade relations between Cuba and the U.S.The annual Legislative Forum is designed to educate emerging leaders who are interested in how U.S. public policy is developed. The program is sponsored by Monsanto and provides learning sessions on the latest public policy topics that impact soybean farmers.Select candidates from the 2013 ASA/DuPont Young Leader Class will also have the opportunity to participate in the Legislative Forum as part of their leadership development this year.For more information about the ASA Legislative Forum, please contact ASA Leadership & Policy Education Manager Byron Keelin at 314-754-1355 or bkeelin@soy.org.last_img read more

RDA Sells Its Direct To Consumer Business

first_imgRDA recorded revenues of $242 million for the first quarter 2012, down from $284 million in the same period 2011. The company booked a net loss of $8 million, down significantly from 2011’s first quarter loss of $82 million. Reader’s Digest Association announced today that it made good on its efforts to dispose of its Lifestyle and Entertainment Direct business—part of a process the company has been going through to dispose of non-core assets, simplify its operation and zero in on only its best performing products.The sale is a small one, Mosaic Media Investment Partners picked up the division for $1.1 million in cash, but it was part of a plan hatched last year to sell off the group along with Allrecipes.com and the Weekly Reader, both of which were sold in early 2012 for $175 million and $3.6 million respectively. RDA also sold Everyday With Rachael Ray in October 2011. The Lifestyle and Entertainment Direct Business is a direct-to-consumer sales operation that primarily sold fitness, books, music and DVD products. Also included in the deal was Saguaro Road Records.  last_img read more

Dylan Byers Jumps to NBC News MSNBC From CNN

first_imgA CNN spokesman did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.TV-news outlets continue to woo big-name TV anchors, as NBC News did in 2017 when it lured Megyn Kelly from Fox News Channel. But TV isn’t the only screen on which these news stalwarts compete, and Byers’ hire suggests there is also a market in experts who can lend voice to coverage of a juicy niche that can attract attention via digital formats. To be sure, Byers has been on TV, but he’s never served as a regular anchor on CNN’s schedule.NBC News has made noise before about covering the shifting terrain of the media and entertainment industries. In September of last year, NBC News said it would launch a digital “vertical” devoted to media coverage and hired former New York Post reporter Claire Atkinson as a senior editor to guide the effort.  NBC News has posted dispatches looking at everything from ESPN to Amazon to the recent corporate chaos at CBS Corp., and has launched a blog, but the larger effort appears as yet unrealized.“Pacific,” though less than a year old, has begun to gain traction in some circles. A suggestion in one recent edition that politicians who might campaign against President Donald Trump hire their own executive producers, as Trump has with former Fox News co-president Bill Shine, got passed around after Byers suggested it August 13. But there have been missteps as well. On August 1, Byers told readers in the hours before CBS Corp.’s most recent earnings discussion with investors that CBS CEO Leslie Moonves “is prepared to address the recent allegations of sexual misconduct, as well as the legal battle with Shari Redstone over the future of the company” that have been in the news as of late, citing an anonymous source.  Listeners to that call were told in its opening minutes that CBS executives would not discuss those subjects. Dylan Byers, a regular journalistic presence on the media and technology beats in recent years, is jumping to NBC News and MSNBC from CNN. Byers is expected to join the NBCUniversal-owned news outlets next month.The jump marks a blow of sorts to CNN, for which Byers in March launched a newsletter called “Pacific” that covered the convergence of technology and entertainment from Los Angeles. Byers joined CNN in 2015 after serving stints at Politico and Adweek. He graduated from Bard College. At NBCU, he is expected to cover media, Silicon Valley and Hollywood.“The impact of big tech is far-reaching – changing our culture, politics, commerce and much more. Naturally, Dylan will focus on Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Netflix, but he’ll also keep a sharp eye on emerging players,”said NBC News President Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a memo to staffers. “His work will appear across all our television and digital platforms, including the newly redesigned Tech & Media vertical on NBCNews.com, and he will of course continue his essential newsletter.” Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

NASA Went to the Stock Exchange to Try to Sell the

first_imgWhen Reagan was sworn in as president in 1981, NASA’s space shuttle program was not even a decade old. He campaigned on the idea that free markets and private enterprise were key to American prosperity, and these ideas soon found their way into the government’s space program. His National Space Policy included, prominently, the expansion of the private sector’s involvement. As Logsdon notes in his recent book, Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier, “this was the first time a government role in encouraging commercial space activity had been called out in national space policy.”The Reagan administration moved quickly to turn its ideas into action. First it transferred the operation of remote sensing satellites to private enterprise, specifically the Landsat program. Its attempts to broker a similar deal around reusable launch rockets, namely the space shuttle, were less successful. The ultimate prize, though, was a space station that would act as an orbital platform for commercial activities.In support of that vision, NASA commissioned a series of studies to learn what sorts of commercial activities would benefit from a space station in 1982. Shortly thereafter, NASA administrator James Beggs convened a panel to study the “potential of private industrial and commercial development in space.” The commercial prospects highlighted by these discussions bear a striking resemblance to the opportunities highlighted by NASA officials at the stock exchange this week. As detailed in a 1983 New York Times article, low-Earth orbit was touted as a promising venue to develop new pharmaceuticals, manufacture electronics, establish telecommunications services, and collect remote sensing data, in addition to more traditional space activities having to do with rocket launches and in-orbit services. All told, these commercial activities were predicted to comprise an entirely new, multi-billion dollar market. Vice President Mike Pence, the administration’s leading voice on space policy, is making the corporate takeover of space assets a pillar of his policy. As he put it in a National Space Council meeting last year, “there’s no reason our own federal government should stand in the way of the trailblazing companies that are forging and re-forging American leadership in space.”But maybe there is a reason. The Trump administration is not the first to try to privatize low-Earth orbit and the space station—that honor goes to Ronald Reagan, the other celebrity-turned-president. As Reagan pushed for the creation of the ISS, he baked privatization in from its inception. A professed lover of outer space, UFOs, and science fiction, Reagan directed NASA to rewrite decades-old laws to make NASA more amenable to commercialization. Now many of the initiatives he spearheaded are coming to fruition under Trump, wrapped in the same free-market rhetoric and emotional appeals to American leadership.Despite Reagan’s optimism about the glorious future of space capitalism, the market wasn’t ready to support his plans. It’s uncertain whether it will today, either.“It’s like déjà vu,” says John Logsdon, a professor emeritus of political science at George Washington University who had voiced his skepticism of Reagan’s commercialization timeline in the 1980s. “We’re right back to where we were.” Reagan’s dreams of privatizing low-Earth orbit came crashing down—literally and figuratively—on January 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger blew up during flight and killed all seven astronauts on board. By the time shuttle flights resumed two years later, plans for the space station were on life support. As Congress was preparing its budget for 1989, there was a strong push in the senate to only provide a bare minimum of funding—about $250 million—for its development, far short of Reagan’s request of nearly $1 billion. The president fought back at NASA’s behest, and Congress ultimately agreed to appropriate $900 million for the space station’s development.Reagan lived just long enough to see the first astronauts begin inhabiting the space station. In keeping with Reagan’s vision, the ISS has always hosted private payloads, but they’ve fallen far short of his ambitions. As detailed in a report published by NASA’s Office of Inspector General last year, the ISS has seen “scant commercial interest…over nearly 20 years of operation,” which raised big questions about whether it could be sustained through private investment alone after 2024. NASA’s trip to the Nasdaq stock exchange, then, can be seen as a sort of trial balloon. Still, one can’t help but wonder if the agency is making the same mistakes, compelled by the unrealistic demands of a presidential administration. As Logsdon notes, Reagan’s push for the commercialization of space was “based on ideology and hope, not reality.” That administration ignored warnings that private space industry still needed significant government subsidy and did not undertake “independent analysis of whether those products [made in space] could compete with Earth bound equivalents, given the high costs of operating in space.” Yet as the space historian Joan Bromberg wrote in NASA and the Space Industry, “free enterprise was part of the US tradition, so to promote it in space was to defend the American way.”So when Pence casts the commercialization of space as a patriotic mission to guarantee American leadership in the final frontier, he’s retreading old ground, once again leaning more on ideology and hope than reality. To be sure, many things have changed since the Reagan administration. Companies like SpaceX now regularly shuttle supplies to and from the ISS, a mission profile that was once the sole purview of NASA. The commercial remote sensing industry is growing at an unprecedented rate and is expected to become a multi-billion dollar industry in the next decade. The space telecommunications industry is also experiencing something of a renaissance, with companies like SpaceX, OneWeb, and even Amazon planning to launch thousands of internet satellites into orbit in the coming years.But through it all, the ISS has been largely ignored. NASA insists there’s a business case for its orbital outpost. Using the facilities on the space station will be incredibly expensive, however, so it’s still not clear whether companies will find it attractive without significant government subsidy. Regardless of the outcome, when NASA visited Nasdaq this morning it made a Reagan-era dream come true.center_img More Great WIRED StoriesAn all-white town’s divisive experiment with cryptoEverything you want—and need—to know about aliensHow early-stage VCs decide where to investThe 4 best password managers to secure your digital lifeHow to make a boomerang you can safely throw indoors🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones.📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter On Friday morning, three senior members of NASA leadership gathered at the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York to announce that “the International Space Station is open for commercial business.” The trio outlined the space agency’s plan for the world’s only orbital laboratory, a move they say would allow NASA to focus its resources on sending humans to the moon by 2024, the same year when US funding for the ISS was slated to end.According to the plan outlined today, NASA will be rolling back its restrictions on for-profit and marketing activities on the space station. Companies will now be able to pay for astronauts to help advertise their products and use the space station facilities for manufacturing and other money-making ventures. Initially, NASA has limited purchasable crew time to 90 hours and 175 kilograms of commercial cargo per year. NASA also says it will open the space station to short-duration stays by commercial astronauts traveling on private spacecraft, which it says could begin as early as next year. Additionally, NASA says it will lease the last open port on the ISS, where a new module can attach, to a private company and expects to award that contract by the end of the fiscal year. “We’re trying to knock down all the barriers that have been around for awhile and see what the private sector can do to construct a business plan,” says Jeff DeWit, NASA’s chief financial officer.Last month, NASA released a large study that outlined how leading companies, including Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman, envisioned profiting off the ISS. As detailed in the report, the space station might turn into a hotel for tourists. Or a manufacturing center. Or a testbed for satellite technology and independent space stations. NASA’s 2019 budget earmarked $40 million for its Commercial LEO Development program, but until today it wasn’t clear how that money would be used. According to NASA officials, that money will be used in support of the goals outlined by companies in the study, but the specifics will depend on proposals submitted by the companies.The peddling of the ISS is part of a broader trend that amounts to NASA handing off its assets to private companies. In 2017 the agency announced that Kennedy Space Center, the launch site for the Apollo and Shuttle missions, would become a “multi-user spaceport,” a euphemism for leasing many of its facilities to private contractors. And last year NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told The Washington Post that he was discussing the transfer of the ISS to a corporate conglomerate when funding ends in 2024. (NASA’s own Office of Inspector General characterized that ambition as unrealistic, and the Trump administration is no longer aiming to completely terminate ISS funding). Bridenstine also convened a committee to study ways to commercialize NASA, and even floated the idea of selling naming rights to rockets.last_img read more

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