SpaceX scrubs Falcon I rocket launch

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Monday, November 28, 2005

SpaceX called off the much-delayed inaugural launch of their new Falcon 1 rocket on Saturday from Kwajalein’s Omelek Island launch site. The intent was to launch the U.S. Air Force Academy’s FalconSat 2 satellite, which will monitor plasma interactions with the Earth’s upper atmosphere and magnetosphere.

The launch was delayed, then finally cancelled after an oxygen boil-off vent had accidentally been left open. The oxygen was unable to cool the helium pressurant, which then proceeded to evaporate faster than it could be replenished. A main computer issue, probably serious enough to cause a scrub on its own, was also discovered.

This long-anticipated flight was originally expected to be launched in January 2005, however a series of setbacks forced a series of delays, with the flight most recently scheduled to be in early 2006. It was intended to be launched from the Kwajalein atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The maiden voyage was originally intended to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with a Naval Research Laboratory satellite and a Space Services Incorporated space burial payload.

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Why Hunt For Oil Drilling Rig Jobs?

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Oil drilling rig jobs are not for the weak or faint at heart. These are jobs that can only be done by those with strength and courage. Work on offshore oil rigs is difficult with long hours, made dangerous by treacherous weather. Sometimes work has to be done in freezing cold rain, sometimes in the hot sun and humid windless heat. But if this was all that an oil rig worker had to look forward to, no one would do the job. But the oil industry is one of the few sectors which actually pay their front line workers well. They make a lot of money, and almost never have enough workers.

That’s why offshore drilling companies are willing to pay $45,000 a year for entry level roustabouts. But this is not the only highly paid oil drilling rig job. Even the steward who does the housekeeping on board the oil platform receives very nearly the same salary. The cooks who keep the rig workers fed can receive up to $55,000, comparable to a high-ranking chef in a restaurant. In fact, anyone who has specialized skills, like a mechanic, electrician, welder, or scaffolder can expect to earn at least $55,000 a year even without prior offshore experience. And if you have the right type of post-graduate Geology degree, you are looking at a minimum of $80,000, not counting your sign-up bonuses.

If you stick around long enough, maybe work hard for 10 to 20 years and find a unionized job, you have every chance of adding at least $10,000 to your starting salary. A 20-year veteran roustabout can easily ask for $55,000, earning $20,000 more than his counterpart in a construction yard. On land, only managers, salesmen, sports stars and movie stars can expect to earn as much. Of course, this is only comparing the salaries of normal human beings, not the superstars like Tiger Woods or Tom Cruise.

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All this money is being paid for you to do good, honest, hard work. This is money you earn that won’t give you sleepless nights. Unlike politicians and Wall Street bankers, you can face yourself in the mirror every morning when you shave without having to feel any guilt. The salary for oil drilling rig jobs certainly beats flipping burgers at McDonald’s or Wendy’s, doesn’t it?

Obviously, to actually earn this kind of money, you need to go where there is work. For example, if you had stuck around South Texas in early 2009, you would probably be one of the many oil rig workers who were laid off. But if you had moved to East Texas, where there were companies hiring for oil drilling rig jobs, you would not have any problems finding work. And if you are willing to work offshore, companies like Transocean and Noble Corporation are hiring thousands of workers to crew their new offshore oil rigs.

Simply put, if you have the strength and the courage, if you have the ability and willingness to work hard in difficult and dangerous situations and want to get paid well for these qualities, then oil drilling rig jobs are for you. Move to where the newer oil fields are located and you will have a better chance of getting hired.

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Frog-killing fungus spreads across Panama Canal towards South America

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

South America, the current hot-spot for describing new frog species, may be in danger of seeing population declines due to an epidemic. A recent scientific paper has found the mysterious fungal disease, chytridiomycosis, has begun to establish into eastward Panama, heading across the Panama Canal boundary towards Colombian amphibian populations. The publication predicts that at the current rate, the fungus will spread into Tortí (Panamá Province) before 2012. The chytrid fungus is believed to be the leading cause of population mortality of amphibians. Species like the common rocket frog (Colostethus panamensis) are succumbing to the effects of the pathogen at an alarming rate. For the last 30 years, the infection has decimated amphibian communities, mostly because of increased temperatures resulting from climate change.

The culprit skin fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, is still not fully understood. It can be transmitted by touch, including contact with other amphibians and even rocks and water. Not only has it decimated frogs, salamanders and caecilians in the Americas, but has affected tropical Australia and Asia as well. Scientists think that the fungus may have come from an African clawed frog (Xenopus sp.), because of its worldwide popularity in the pet trade.

Captive breeding programs, like Amphibian Ark are preparing for the worst. There are still many species in the jungles of Central and South America that have not been properly documented, and could be fated to be studied after extinction.

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Alan Turing Building opens at University of Manchester

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The School of Mathematics, University of Manchester finished moving in to its new building Monday. The building is named after one of its most widely known academics, Alan Turing, one of the founders of computer science and a Reader in Mathematics at Manchester.

Although Turing is one of the city and university’s most famous sons, there are very few things named in his honour. The city council was criticised for naming an uninspiring piece of by-pass Alan Turing Way, and a statue erected by public subscription bears a plaque pointing out the failure of the computing industry to contribute.

The new building deliberately attempts to provide a conducive atmosphere for mathematical collaboration with a design that aims to promote chance encounter in public spaces. It also aims to save energy with solar panels fitted to the roof.

The building also houses the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, and the Photon Sciences Institute.

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Teflon Coating: Pros Of Teflon Coating On Cars}

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Teflon coating is also known as Antirust Coating. Teflon coating is done on the body and under-body of the car. It is a chemical form of the Synthetic fluoropolymer. It is non-sticky as well as reduces the friction on the material and provides clear and strong protective finish to cars paint.

Teflon coating increases the ability of the surface to which it is applied. It helps to prevent the surface against the corrosion as well as wear and tear problem in the High & Low temperature. It keeps dirt away from the surface and helps to repel the water. Teflon coating is also done on a clear and sunny day like Ceramic coating.

Car detailing process should be done at the idle location like your Parking or a place where you can park your car under the roof and protect the car from direct sunlight. UV rays are harmful to the cars paint. Rinse off dirt from the cars surface with the help of water hose. You can use car wash shampoo and microfiber pads for scrubbing to get better and cleaned surface. Wash the car completely including the wheels and rims. Once the car washing is done dry the car with the help of Microfiber cleaning cloth so that water drops cant leave on the surface.

Now the surface is dried completely and you can finally start the coating process. The very first step is that shake the spray properly

Shake it properly to mix the Teflon solution before using. And after that spray it onto the paint with steady back and forth streams. Continue spraying until the entire painted surface of the car is coated with a thin film which needs to dry without disturbance. Thats why experts suggest not to work on a rainy day or under a tree.

The coating dry time will depend on the brand of Teflon coating you are using. But a few hours should do. Use a clean rag to rub off the Teflon wax. This wiping just takes off the excess. The Teflon coating that has adhered to the paint job will not come off with a light rub.

Teflon Process on vehicle

-Car Surface is Washed and after that Cleaned Completely.

-Then the full body is wiped and dried completely with the help of microfiber cleaning cloth.

-Once the full surface of the car is washed and the cleaned car is ready for Teflon coating which will be applied in lubricate form on the entire body.

-leave the surface for drying. It will take 15-20 minutes to dry. After that, the polishing will be done on the surface of the car.

-polishing can be applied in two ways: machine and hand. Experts use Rupes Bigfoot car polishing machine for the best result.

-Polishing process will take around 30 minutes for buffing. If it is done correctly it will remove scratches too.

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Car Paint will begin to shine after Teflon and even minor scratches will also be removed. Effect of the Teflon coating last shorter, around 2 months and after that it will continue to come down.

It provides a layer to prevent minor scratches and it acts as Paint Protection.

It adds a Glossy look to a car so apply Teflon coating periodically for best results.

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Wikinews interviews Americans Elect presidential candidate Mike Ballantine

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wikinews reporter Paul Budd recently interviewed Mike Ballantine, a 2012 US Presidential candidate seeking the nomination of Americans Elect.

((WN)) I’ve spent some time reading about you on your site at www.mikeballantine2012.org. Are you currently running as an independent or are you seeking a party’s formal nomination?

MB Our campaign was initiated to compete at Americans Elect. Whereas, I am a member of the Green Party and have registered as a Green Party candidate, our emphasis rests with Americans Elect (AE). The requirement for AE candidates is that the winner presents a bi-partisan team to overcome the normal party restrictions. If we tried to run a campaign that was both a Green Party campaign and an AE campaign, then both groups would feel cheated. Once we are successful, we will approach the Green Party at the convention and try to come to an agreement about moving forward but it is not a key issue at this time.

((WN)) Do I understand that you do not currently reside in the U.S.?

MB In 2011, I lived in Hanoi, Vietnam. Now I am living in Texas for the duration of the campaign.

((WN)) Where did you grow up?

MB I grew-up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Milton Hershey School for disadvantaged children.

((WN)) Are you married? Do you have children?

MB I am divorced with 5 children spread across the world. My children, like me, have a global view of life.

((WN)) Tell us about your education/academic background.

MB I earned my Bachelor’s in Jewish Studies and Economics. Shortly after that, I enrolled in a Business Diploma program where I learned accounting and finance. Currently, I am enrolled in a Master’s program to earn my degree in Education specializing in teaching English as a second language (TESOL) and curriculum development.

((WN)) Have any U.S. political leaders formally endorsed you for President?

MB I don’t have any endorsements and don’t expect any before the primaries take place. As a nontraditional candidate, people like me represent a threat to the entrenched interests.

((WN)) What are your thoughts about the economy in the U.S. today?

MB The US economy has become markedly stratified between the well-educated/wealthy and the working class. Whereas, things are pretty good for a small minority, they continue to deteriorate for everybody else. Right now, we are in the eye of the storm and one can expect things to turn decidedly worse in the spring once the Eurozone moves back into the red and China begins to falter. Until the Federal Reserve takes appropriate action to stop housing prices from falling, America will remain mired in its economic malaise.

((WN)) What are your thoughts about America’s military….present and future?

MB Even at the reduced figure of $660 billion, America still spends a ridiculous amount on defense to confront imaginary enemies. Certainly, there are groups that oppose America and would like to see us falter but one does not fight bearded guys on horseback with super carriers. Our military is designed to fight or confront other large militaries that no longer exist. America needs to rethink its military posture to reflect the its true requirements over the next decade and stop fighting the wars of the 19th century. To do this, we will need to end overseas projections and work through regional blocs by providing them with logistical support instead of always resorting to muscle flexing.

((WN)) Are there any regional or state-based organizations who’ve endorsed you or are supporting you?

MB There are no organizations that are endorsing me. Once we show grassroots support, I will be asking the PERI Institute to evaluate our economic plan and endorse it. Our plan has a lot of similarities to their plan to create jobs. I will also approach leading economists who have written extensively about what needs to be done despite being ignored by Republicans and Democrats.

((WN)) Regarding your personal/political ideology, who has influenced you most?

MB I have always admired Teddy Roosevelt for his willingness to go against the political animals of the day and wage a campaign to do the right thing. Certainly, he was not perfect but he stood up for the people and took on the corporations. As a child, like many of my friends, I admired JFK for his ideas and the notion that devotion to public service was the responsibility of every citizen. I have never forgotten his mantra and that is one reason why I am running for President today.

((WN)) If elected, what would your first 100 days in office look like?

MB I suspect my first 100 days would be tumultuous. An independent has not won in 100 years, so I imagine Congress will be flummoxed by the prospect of working outside their comfort zone. We plan on presenting a three-in-one package because all three are essential to success. First, our 20 million job creation plan, our single-payer health plan, and our debt restructuring plan. Until Congress takes action in all three areas, America will continue to move sideways or decline overall. With a mandate, we believe we will have some success with Congress but we are prepared to resort to the bully pulpit to promote this legislation.

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“One final note: Since the inception of our campaign, AE has modified the rules. Our campaign has moved beyond just offering myself as a Presidential candidate. We have a co-Presidency proposal combining the experience of Jon Huntsman as a running mate. Our campaign believes that we cannot simply offer an individual with ideas but that we need to offer a package defining how we will govern the nation. The President is not Superman and I do not pretend to be the most knowledgeable person for the job. You can find our new campaign website at: www.mikeandjon2012.com”

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Iranian International Master Dorsa Derakhshani discusses her chess career with Wikinews

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

In February 2017, the Iranian Chess Federation announced two teenage chess players, Dorsa Derakhshani and her younger brother Borna Derakhshani, were banned from representing the national team. The federation announced their decision although Dorsa Derakhshani had previously decided and informed the chess federation she did not wish to play for Iran.

Dorsa Derakhshani is currently 21 years old and holds the International Master (IM) as well as Woman Grand Master (WGM) titles. Her brother, Borna, plays for the English Federation and holds the FIDE Master title.

Dorsa Derakhshani was banned since she did not wear a hijab, an Islamic headscarf, while competing at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival in January 2017. Under the laws of Islamic Republic of Iran, hijab is a mandatory dress code. Her brother Borna Deraskhsani was banned for playing against Israeli Grand Master (GM) Alexander Huzman at the same tournament. Iran does not recognise the existence of Israel, and previously, Irani athletes have avoided playing against Israeli athletes.

Mehrdad Pahlavanzadeh, the president of the country’s chess federation, explained the decision to ban the players saying, “As a first step, these two will be denied entry to all tournaments taking place in Iran and in the name of Iran, they will no longer be allowed the opportunity to be present on the national team.” ((fa))Farsi language: ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??? ????? ?? ?? ???? ???????? ?? ?? ????? ? ?? ??? ????? ?????? ??????? ????? ??????? ? ???? ???? ???? ?? ??? ??? ?? ??????? ????. He further stated, “Unfortunately, something that should not have happened has happened and our national interest is paramount and we have reported this position to the Ministry of Sports.” ((fa))Farsi language: ????????? ?????? ?? ????? ????????? ?????? ??? ? ????? ??? ?? ?? ?? ???? ?????? ???? ? ?? ??? ???? ?? ?? ????? ???? ?? ????? ?????.

IM Dorsa Derakhshani, who currently studies at Saint Louis University in the United States and plays for the United States Chess Federation, discussed her chess career, time in Iran and the 2017 controversy, and her life in Saint Louis with a Wikinews correspondent.

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Wikinews interviews Stephen Murphy about the upcoming by-election in the Higgins electorate of the Australian parliament

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

With two by-elections coming up in Australia, many minor parties and independents will be looking to gain a seat in the House of Representatives. Stephen Murphy is one of the independents.

Mr Murphy is a computer programmer from the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.

“After growing up in South-East Melbourne I studied Science at Monash with first class Honours, worked in Europe for 10 years and have recently returned to Australia. I work in finance as a computer programmer and speak five languages,” Mr Murphy said.

Wikinews reporter Patrick Gillett held an exclusive email interview with Mr Murphy, candidate for the Division of Higgins.

((WN)) Why do you want to get into parliament?

Stephen Murphy: I am standing up for what I believe is the correct course of action on the biggest issue in Australian politics in 100 years – Kevin Rudd’s flawed emissions trading scheme (ETS).

((WN)) What would the three main policies you are taking into this by-election be?

SM: I will oppose the emissions trading scheme, ensure that all government policy is based on accurate scientific evidence and return common sense to Canberra

((WN)) How would you address these policies?

SM: By asking for a Royal Commission into climate change so that the facts (such as that global warming stopped in 2001 and the emissions trading scheme will not change the climate one bit) are openly presented to the Australian people.

((WN)) Sending asylum seekers to Indonesia: good or bad?

SM: Any government policy that does not properly consider all implications (be it emissions trading, or any other issue) is a bad one.

((WN)) Is the Australian dollar’s near parity with the US dollar a sign that the Australian economy is healthy, the US economy in chaos or both?

SM: It’s a sign of both. Many countries around the world look with envy at how well (relatively) Australia is doing, to our credit! It is of concern that the American economy is in such bad shape and that their levels of debt seem unsustainable.

((WN)) How do you rate the governments economic stimulus package?

SM: The economic stimulus package was poorly targeted and poorly carried out. When we could have been building roads, dams, railways and hospitals yet instead we were paying for tattoos, PlayStations and overseas holidays.

((WN)) Should it be wound back?

SM: The question about levels of stimulus spending is a complicated one and requires expertise in economics, however one could say in general terms that all government spending should be well targeted and spent in the most efficient way.

((WN)) Is Kevin Rudd a better Prime Minister than John Howard?’

SM: Australian voters are the best judge of that and we will know in 2019 🙂

((WN)) Is the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme an effective solution to climate change? Why?

SM: Absolutely not. The CPRS will not change the climate by any amount that we can measure – it’s just a new tax that will hurt Australians and drive businesses and jobs overseas. Since 2003 there has been mountains of new scientific data which contradicts the popular theory that human carbon dioxide emissions are causing significant global warming. Recently, many of the scientists who wrote the IPCC report (on which the ETS / CPRS is based) have been reported as manipulating scientific data to create scary global warming scenarios. The science is definitely not settled

((WN)) Is there a better solution?

SM: We can very easily refocus the momentum and goodwill that has been generated on climate change and channel this energy into other worthwhile environmental projects in Australia that will make a difference.

((WN)) Why should the electorate vote for you?

SM: I will oppose the ETS and support responsible environmental policies instead of radical environmental policies that could end up costing every Australian taxpayer $4550 per year in new taxes.

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Types Of Waste And Trash Removal In Ithaca Ny

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How and where you dispose your waste is a matter of concern. Improper waste disposal causes massive damage to the environment and the people in general. People hire services from companies that deal in Trash Removal in Ithaca NY to take care of their trash and properly dispose it. Various companies may deal with different types of trash. Below are the types of waste managed by garbage removal companies.

Liquid waste

This type of waste comes in liquid form. Its method and place of disposal may differ from that of other types due to its nature. Liquid waste includes liquids from the drainage pipes, liquid wastes from industries and rain water. Waste water is recycled and treated and later used by people. At times, for easier disposal and other reasons, solid waste is transformed to liquid waste.

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Solid waste

This refers to waste that is not liquid. It is the most commonly produced type of waste especially in homes. Examples of solid waste includes broken electronics, old carpets, waste food among others.

hazardous waste

Toxic wastes, cylinders that can easily explode, items that catch fire easily, corrosive waste among others are all referred to as hazardous waste. Generally, hazardous waste refers to that which poses a danger to the environment and its inhabitants. Each state should at least ensure that proper methods of hazardous waste disposal are observed.

Organic waste

This is waste that normally comes from plants and animals. Organic wastes are turned into manure by organisms that break it down. In places like hotels and groceries shops, organic waste is produced in large quantities.

Recyclable waste

Any waste product that can be processed and made into a new product is termed as recyclable. This may include aluminum, plastic, glass, and paper. Most garbage collectors provide their clients with separate bags or containers so that they can separate the recyclables from other waste. This makes work easier and ensures a clean environment.

By reducing, recycling and reusing waste, you will have made waste management easy to accomplish. Just keeping in mind that a clean environment starts with you will eventually change most people’s undesirable habits of improper waste disposal. For more on trash removal in Ithaca NY, click www.feherrubbish.com.

Tunisian Prime Minister signs decree to ban face veils in public institutions, government offices

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Monday, July 8, 2019

On Friday, Youssef Chahed, the Prime Minister of Tunisia, signed a government decree banning anyone wearing a niqab from entering a public institution or government offices. A niqab is a face-veil, which covers almost the entire face, and is commonly worn by Muslim females as a religious garment.

“Chahed signed a government decree that bars any person with an undisclosed face from access to public headquarters, administrations, institutions, for security reasons”, a government official said. This decision comes after a couple of suicide bombings took place in the country’s capital, Tunis, last month. Reportedly, two people were killed and at least eight people were injured in a suicide bombing that happened on June 27. According to eyewitness reports, the suicide bomber wore a face veil covering, the niqab. In the span of one week, at least three suicide bombings took place in Tunisia. The militant organisation, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, claimed responsibility for all three attacks.

Speaking to Agence France-Presse, the president of the Tunisian League for the Defence of Human Rights, Jamel Msallem, said, “We are for the freedom to dress, but today with the current situation and the terrorist threats in Tunisia and across the region we find justifications for this decision”. A member of the Tunisian Parliament, Samir Dilou said, “Tunisia is facing terrorist attacks, so every measure which is led by security motives is understandable”.

After an attack in the capital city in 2015, a bill was proposed in 2016 for banning the niqab, but was not passed. Souhail Alouini, a member of Parliament, said, “We proposed a bill in 2016 about this subject and it has still not been debated […] Maybe it is time now.”

Tunisia’s neighbouring Muslim-majority African countries including Algeria and Morocco have cited security concerns to impose bans on niqabs. Previously, another Islamic religious garment, the hijab, was banned in Tunisian public offices during Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s Presidency. That ban was lifted in 2011.

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