first_img Tags Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA says the reviews included discussions of the flight plan, procedures and redundancies built into the spacecraft systems.”This is a big milestone for us today,” ISS program manager Kirk Shireman said. “We think this vehicle is in excellent shape and we’re ready to have it on board the International Space Station.”Crew Dragon is scheduled to spend five days docked at the ISS and then return to Earth carrying research samples. If everything works out, it will land in the Atlantic Ocean for recovery.If SpaceX’s crew capsule passes all of its tests, it will be used to take actual astronauts into orbit as soon as mid-2019. This would signal the start of a new era of spaceflight for the US. 16 Photos Share your voice A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft attached, rolls out of the hangar at NASA Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX NASA and SpaceX got together on Friday and scrutinized the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission to determine if it’s truly ready to launch to the International Space Station in March. So far, so good.The result of the flight readiness reviews is that NASA is confirming the targeted launch time of 11:48 p.m. Pacific on Friday, Mar. 1 (2:48 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, Mar. 2) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The capsule will ride to space on a Falcon 9 rocket.Crew Dragon won’t have any humans on board for this initial test flight, but it will carry supplies and equipment to the ISS. The mission was previously delayed several times.The Crew Dragon is part of the NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which involves SpaceX and Boeing developing spacecraft capable of taking astronauts to orbit from US soil. NASA has been paying for rides to the ISS on Russian Soyuz spacecraft since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.center_img 0 SpaceX readies Crew Dragon Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship NASA, SpaceX look ready to finally launch Crew Dragon capsule to ISS SpaceX’s Crew Dragon suffers third straight setback NASA Space SpaceXlast_img read more

first_imgThe attacker who shot dead 39 people on New Year’s night at an Istanbul nightclub has been identified as an Uzbek jihadist who belongs to the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, Turkish press reports said.There had been confusion over the identity of the attacker—who remains on the run—with reports initially suggesting a Kyrgyz national and then a Uighur from China.But intelligence services and anti-terror police in Istanbul have now identified the man as a 34-year-old Uzbek who is part of a Central Asian IS cell, the Hurriyet daily and other Turkish newspapers reported.It said he has the code name of Ebu Muhammed Horasani within the IS extremist group. There was no official confirmation of the report.The killer slipped into the night after killing 27 foreigners and 12 Turkish nationals at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul just 75 minutes into 2017.Despite an intense manhunt, he remains on the run, with some reports saying that he is still believed to be in Istanbul.Turkish police had last week released images of the alleged killer, including a chilling silent video he purportedly took in central Istanbul with a selfie stick.Uzbekistan clamped down on militant Islam after the fall of the Soviet Union under the secular rule of its long-standing leader Islam Karimov who died in 2016.IS militants from Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, as well as from Russia’s Muslim regions of Dagestan and Chechnya are believed to have played a key role in the triple suicide bombings and gun attack at Istanbul’s main airport in June.The IS extremist group claimed the Istanbul nightclub attack, the first time it has ever clearly claimed a major attack in the country despite being blamed for several strikes including the airport bombings.last_img read more

first_img Budweiser Recreated a Beer George Washington BrewedBudweiser’s Buddy Cup contains a chip linking it to Facebook Nothing says “historic achievement” like an ice cold beer.To celebrate 50 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Budweiser has brewed a limited-edition brewski that’s out of this world.Discover Reserve American Red Lager, made with medium-roast Voyager barley malt, is actually inspired by an old recipe from the time of the Apollo missions.“This Bud’s for those who challenged the odds and made the impossible possible,” Ricardo Marques, vice president of marketing core and value brands at Anheuser-Busch.An out-of-this-world brew (via Anheuser-Busch)“Budweiser Discovery Reserve is our tribute to this epic moment in history,” he continued, “one that will certainly continue to inspire generations of present and future explorers.”As well as Budweiser designers: The label’s 11 stars represent the Apollo 11 mission, while alternating bottle caps symbolize Neil Armstrong’s footprints on the Moon and our next frontier—Mars.The Anheuser-Busch logo has also been updated to reflect the Red Planet, with Earth in the background.Boasting a “light hoppy aroma, a toasted barley malt taste with a hint of toffee, and a sharp finish,” the beer is also a nod to the U.S. Air Force, which worked closely with NASA’s 1960s space program.Brewed by former Air Force Captain Karissa Norrington, each case of Discovery Reserve sold earns $1 for the Folds of Honor Foundation*, which provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members.Since 2011, the brand and its partners have raised nearly $16 million for the charity and contributed to 3,000-plus grants for military families across the country.Look for the lager on shelves through September (or while supplies last). This marks the latest addition to Budweiser’s Reserve Collection, launched in the fall of 2017.Each variant—including Reserve Copper Lager, Freedom Reserve, and Repeal Reserve—was created to develop and debut new recipes and packaging tied to relevant moments in time.* Up to $100,000More on Geek.com:Budweiser Recreated a Beer George Washington BrewedOutdoor Gear company Patagonia Brews Up a New Sustainable BeerSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inspired a Beer Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgAre you one of those who frequent the bylanes of Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin to gorge on Delhi’s signature cuisine? Snack on chaats at every possible opportunity? Pounce on the kulfis whenever you get the chance? Well, take heart. Now you don’t have to explore and go all over the town in search of your favourite Delhi cuisine. Get ready for the second edition of Delhi Ke Pakwan Festival which starts next month. Organised by Delhi Tourism, the festival will bring together the culinary delights of the age-old shops of Purani Dilli. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The week-long festival is all about celebrating Delhi and its cuisine and will bring together various food items. The entire venue will be redefined with the Old Delhicharm as celebrations in Purani Dilli with features such as a wishing tree, auto and cycle rickshaw, potter etc. dig into the famous chaat, kulfi, biryani and kebabs from the labyrinths of old Delhi under one roof. Apart from food items, there will also be various cultural activities, handicrafts, puppet show, talk show and much more. Also, there will be free candies for kids.DETAILAt: Baba Kharak Singh Marg When: 8-14 Februarylast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: An app-cab driver has been recently arrested for assaulting an autistic child inside the cab. Authorities of Uber, the app-based cab service, apologised for the incident and returned the fare amount. According to sources, Piyali Gupta’s six-year-old son is autistic. He studies in a school at Gariahat area. Everyday his grandmother Pratima takes him to his school. On Tuesday she booked an Uber ride to reach Gariahat.Pratima was handing over the fare to the driver, the child allegedly touched the air conditioner inside the car. The app-cab driver Chandreswar Rai allegedly threatened the child to beat him. As the child could not understand him properly, he again touched the air conditioner. This time, Rai in fit of rage twisted his arm. Seeing Rai assaulting her grandson, Pratima protested. Rai allegedly threatened her with dire consequences. He also told Pratima not to move around with an austistic child. Pratima informed Piyali who lodged a complaint with the Uber. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Wednesday, Piyali lodged a complaint with the Gariahat police station narrating the whole incident. Upon receiving the complaint sleuths got in touch with the Uber authorities in Delhi. Following the details given by the police, Uber authorities reportedly located the cab using GPS and informed the police. Later police arrested Rai from Baranagar. He has been booked under sections 341(punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC.last_img read more

first_imgTags: Caribbean, Sun Destinations, Trend Watch << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Fewer Canadians started the year with a visit to the Caribbean; CTO reports 3.7% decreasecenter_img Posted by TORONTO — The Canadian market has been a “challenge” this year for the Caribbean, with visitor traffic from this market dropping 3.7% for the first six months of 2016. But there’s still time to end the year on a positive note, and travel agents play a big role, says Hugh Riley, Secretary General for the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Asked what percentage of Canadian bookings to the Caribbean are coming through travel agents, Riley said he didn’t have an exact figure (“we wish we did”) but asserted that more than ever these days, “travel agents have become very important influencers”. Especially, to Riley’s own surprise, with Millennials.There’s a lot of talk about influencers these days, most of it centered on social media. Travel agents are influencers just as much as bloggers and other social media stars, and to add punch to their power, they can make the bookings.“People still want to deal with a human being,” said Riley. “The number of travel agencies may have shrunk but those that remain are clearly stronger and more valuable as an asset.”The Caribbean is seeing the same trend as other regions in the world – that Millennials are the group more likely these days to book through a travel agent. “I had to ask my team to check twice when I heard that,” said Riley at yesterday’s CTO Caribbean Media Day.Last year saw a 4.5% increase from the Canadian market but this year got off to a rough start for the Caribbean, said Riley, a scene that played out in other regions around the world. Zika fears, a mild winter and a weak Canadian dollar put a damper on bookings and the first quarter saw a 3.9% drop from this market, and in the second quarter, a 3.3% drop. Year to date some 2.1 million Canadians have travelled to the Caribbean. Some 61% come from Ontario. The CTO has long worked hard to generate more traffic from the West but there are practical challenges, says Riley. “Canada is a big country, and the distances are a challenge. People want to fly and get to the beach in one day.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTCuba remained the top Caribbean destination for Canadians during the first half of 2016, receiving over 527,000 visitors. That was down 4.3% when compared to last year.Eight of the 24 reporting destinations recorded growth, with highs of 24.9% in the Turks and Caicos Islands and 14.1% in Suriname. Barbados, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Guyana, St. Maarten and St. Vincent & the Grenadines registered moderate growth, said Riley.While the Canadian market faltered, worldwide visitor arrivals to the Caribbean grew by 5.2% during the first half of this year, for a six-month total of 15.7 million tourist visits, more than 775,000 more than in the first half of 2015.So far, said Riley, the overall performance in 2016 “has remained above trend” and in line with the CTO’s projected 4.5 – 5.5% rise, which would take the Caribbean over the 30 million mark for the first time ever.Asked if the perceived risk surrounding the Zika virus played a role in Canada’s decrease in visitors, Riley said “we know it hasn’t helped”.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”“We haven’t seen massive cancellations but it certainly is a concern,” he said. “What is harder to know is if there has been missed business. The good news is that our business continues to increase. We have to learn how to get accurate information into people’s hands so they can make informed decisions. And when we do that, we find they do make the decision to travel.”Meanwhile the sharing economy is transforming travel in the Caribbean just like in other parts of the world. “Airbnb is a dominant player now,” said Riley, noting that the Caribbean now has more than 30,000 Airbnb listings. “The consumer is speaking and determining the success of the sharing economy. We’re watching it and dealing with it. If people want to spend more time in the Caribbean, to get into our communities and see how we live, then of course they’re going to be interested in Airbnb. That’s the advantage of the sharing economy. The downside is, what is it doing to our employment? What is it doing to our taxation?”The Caribbean’s hotel room occupancy declined by 2.6% to 70.1% in the first half of 2016, while the average daily rate fell by 2.8% to $240.85. Revenue per available room was $170.45, down by 6.1%.The slumps were influenced by a 1.2% rise in room stock and a 2.3% fall in demand, attributed in part to the sharing economy.Emily Dunn, Jamaica Tourist BoardMonica Garcia, Antigua & BarbudaAir Canada Vacations at CTO Day Travelweek Group last_img read more

first_img By: Mike Blanchfield and Stephanie Levitz Source: The Canadian Press Share Surprisingly fewer Canadians are being blocked at the U.S. land border under Trump OTTAWA — Fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months despite mounting concerns that Donald Trump’s immigration policies are making it much harder to cross, The Canadian Press has learned.Refusals of Canadians at American land crossings dropped 8.5% between October and the end of February compared with the same five-month period a year earlier, according to U.S. government statistics.The total number of Canadian travellers denied entry also dropped: 6,875 out of 12,991,027 were refused entry, a refusal rate of 0.05 per cent.Between October 2015 and February 2016, 7,619 out of 13,173,100 Canadian travellers were denied entry to the U.S., a refusal rate of 0.06 per cent.The figures, confirmed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, contrast with recent anecdotal reports of Canadians denied entry into the U.S., with many placing the blame on the policies of the Trump administration, including its controversial attempts to ban arrivals from several predominantly Muslim countries.A further breakdown of the border data shows a sharp drop in Canadian refusals at the U.S. border in the first two months of this year as 2,600 Canadian travellers were denied entry, compared with 3,500 for the same two-month period of 2016.But Canadian immigration and civil liberties advocates caution the numbers don’t tell the whole story.Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman said he is fielding more calls than ever from people planning a trip to the U.S. and wanting to make sure they have the paperwork they need. The decreased rate of refusal could be just that people are now better prepared than they used to be, and so fewer are being turned away as a result, he said.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truck“People in Canada used to take it for granted that they could just go to the border . . . but that’s no longer the case,” he said.“The heightened awareness because of all the publicity around immigration has led people to be much more cautious about crossing the border.”The new U.S. data doesn’t disclose the specific reasons for refusals; there are more than 60 reasons someone can be turned away and so it’s not clear whether there’s been a change in why people are being turned back.In the wake of Trump’s first executive order governing immigration, 200 Canadian participants in the Canada-U.S. trusted traveller program NEXUS did have their express-entry cards temporarily revoked, but it was never clear whether they were also denied entry to the U.S. or were allowed in after going through normal security screening measures.The fact that the numbers overall of people crossing the border are also down suggests fewer are also just staying home, Waldman said, a fact born out in recent days as a number of groups announced they were cancelling cross border trips.Among them is Canada’s largest school board which said Thursday it would stop the planning of future field trips to the U.S. indefinitely because of uncertainty about possible border restrictions.The Toronto District School Board, which has 245,000 public school students, said it made the “difficult decision” because it believes students “should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border.”More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksFor now, the board said it would carry on with 24 U.S. previously planned trips, but says all students will turn back if any students with appropriate documentation are turned away.Earlier this month, Girl Guides of Canada said it would move pre-emptively to avoid uncertainty at the border by cancelling trips to the U.S. The organization said changes in U.S. travel regulations made it uncertain whether all Girl Guides will be able to enter the country, so it decided instead that none would travel.How many people are being turned away isn’t the only concern, said Brenda McPhail, director of the privacy, technology and surveillance project at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.“The other concern is that there’s been an increase in temporary detentions and increasingly invasive searches, including searches of electronic devices,” she said.“And so the numbers don’t say anything about whether or not the number of searches have increased, (or) whether or not the amount of time that people are being detained at the border before they are being let through has changed.”The new U.S. Homeland Security chief, retired general John Kelly, told The Canadian Press earlier this month that if a traveller is stopped for additional screening, or is turned away, it may be because his name has turned up on a watch list, or there is a problem with his credentials.“There is a reason why,” he said. “It’s not their race, it’s not their religion, it’s not the language they speak.” Tags: America, Donald Trump Monday, March 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img Categories: Cox News,News The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox designed to reduce the number of child injuries in vehicle accidents by updating the guidelines for child booster seats and car seats.Cox, of Livonia, said her bill will help protect Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. The legislation updates Michigan’s child passenger safety laws based on the most recent recommendations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American Academy of Pediatrics and other groups dedicated to child safety.“As technology advances and introduces better child car safety devices, the child safety standards also must be updated,” Cox said. “This legislation helps parents and law enforcement become better educated on updated recommendations to keep our children safe during travel.“The current criteria is outdated, and suggests a type of child safety seat based solely on a child’s age,” Cox said. “New standards also take into account a child’s weight, a factor which has been proven to be of the utmost importance in selecting a car seat.”Changes to the current law include:Children under 2 or who weigh less than 30 pounds must be in a rear-facing seat;Children ages 2 to 5, or who weigh 30 pounds to 50 pounds, may be in a front-facing car safety seat;Children between ages 5 and 8, or who weigh 50 pounds or over or are 57 inches tall may use a booster seat.From age 8 and up, children must be restrained by a seat belt.The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.#####The bill is House Bill 4951. 17Jan Senate committee approves Rep. Cox’s child safety billcenter_img Legislation helps keep kids safe while travelinglast_img read more

first_imgLiberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet has pledged €1 million in investment in entrepreneurial talent over two years in a bid to stimulate digital innovation.Telenet said it will “invest heavily in young Flemish digital entrepreneurial talent,” initially in partnership with start-up community and accelerator Idealabs, which will now be called Telenet Idealabs.Telenet will also work together with Flanders’ digital research centre iMinds on a programme called iStart.“Flanders has a high-quality education system, a unique knowledge of languages, and a great broadband Internet infrastructure. All the building blocks are available to create a dynamic climate of innovation. Nevertheless, extra support is needed to keep innovative industries here, which is key to creating long-term economic prosperity. Since innovation is very important to us, we want to lend a helping hand,” said Telenet CEO John Porter.last_img read more