Deutsche Bank gains majority control over Postbank

first_imgFriday 26 November 2010 5:18 am Tags: NULL whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Show Comments ▼ Deutsche Bank gains majority control over Postbank DEUTSCHE Bank has clinched its takeover of Deutsche Postbank after securing a 21.48 per cent stake in the Bonn-based lender today.Deutsche Bank said it would consolidate Postbank by the end of the yer after securing the stake in Germany’s largest retail bank on top of its existing 30 per cent holding.The deal is a milestone for Germany’s flagship lender as it seeks to diversify its refinancing base amid new liquidity and capital rules.Deutsche Bank, which depends on investment banking for more than 80 per cent of profits, will add stable earnings from Bonn-based Postbank, which has 14 million clients.Including the costs of acquiring its initial 30 per cent stake, buying all of Postbank would cost €6.3bn (£5.3bn), Deutsche said.The deal also adds a stable funding source and helps Deutsche issue more pfandbriefs, or German covered bonds.The importance of refinancing became clear during the financial crisis when Lehman Brothers, Hypo Real Estate and IKB ran aground in large part due to refinancing and liquidity problems.Deutsche Bank’s shares traded 2.8 per cent lower at €37.825 at 1205 GMT, while Postbank shares slipped 0.2 percent.Deutsche said enough Postbank shareholders had accepted the €25 (£21.10) a share offer – the legal minimum – to hand it majority control.It will gain 1,100 branch offices to total around 2,900 in Germany alone from the addition of Postbank.Deutsche Bank has said combined operations will yield €250m in revenue synergies and about €710m in cost synergies.Earlier this year, Deutsche issued €10.2bn worth of shares to stock up its Postbank holding, which was just under 30 per cent in September.Deutsche staggered its takeover of Postbank to await the impact of Basel III capital rules, buying an initial stake of almost 30 per cent in September 2008 as a way to gain access to Postbank’s 14 million clients. Share alison.lock whatsapplast_img read more

Net loss reaches $14.6m for theScore in H1

first_img Topics: Finance Sports betting Finance 23rd April 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Canadian media business theScore has revealed that an increase in spending, mainly related due to its expansion efforts in North America, led to it posting a net loss of $14.6m in the first half of its financial year. Regions: UScenter_img Canadian media business theScore has revealed that an increase in spending, mainly related due to its expansion efforts in North America, led to it posting a net loss of $14.6m in the first half of its financial year.Revenue in the six months to February 29, 2020 amounted to $15.9m, a decline of 2.5% on the corresponding period in the previous year.Gross gaming revenue for the first half amounted to $685,000 from a handle of $22.6m, but when taking into account all promotional costs and fair value adjustments on unsettled bets, this resulted in negative net gaming revenue of $221,000.Revenue from media activities totalled $16.1m, down from $16.3m last year, with theScore saying that growth in direct advertising revenue was offset by a decline in programmatic revenue.Read the full story on iGB North America. Net loss reaches $14.6m for theScore in H1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Three types of passive income ideas compared

first_imgThree types of passive income ideas compared Passive income ideas come in all shapes and sizes. Some involve a lot of work – researching a market, setting up a business, and hoping that customers start to buy. I prefer the much easier option of tucking away whatever I can afford each month in a Stocks and Shares ISA, choosing some investments, and then waiting for the income to flow in.Even so, not all shares chosen as passive income ideas have the same characteristics. Here I explain three types of passive income ideas and which I prefer.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Slow and steadyA typical passive income choice would be a large company in a long-established industry with a history of payouts. The advantage of such a choice is that such companies’ revenues and profits tend to be fairly stable. With long experience in an industry, it should be well-entrenched and have the know-how to ride out changes in its marketplace.The downside of this type of passive income choice is that stable, well-run companies with a history of payouts for many years are often appreciated by lots of investors. That can drive their share prices up. That matters for passive income because a share’s yield is based on its share price. Even if it pays a big dividend, if the share price is high, the yield may be just average.An example of this kind of share is Unilever. While I think the consumer goods giant has solid long-term prospects, its yield of just over 3% is not that exciting to me. It would certainly produce some passive income, but not as much as I’d like.Slow and steady but unfashionable passive income ideasApplying the same principles, there is a group of industries whose characteristics look similar but which are nonetheless out of fashion. Tobacco and oil are examples. While there is debate about how long demand will last, some tobacco companies have a long history in a highly cash flow generative industry. But between worries about the long-term future of demand and the ethics of selling tobacco, the shares currently offer high yields.For example, British American Tobacco is yielding over 7%. BAT has raised dividends annually for two decades. So for passive income ideas, these are the sorts of shares I prefer to pick. Indeed, I have both BAT and Imperial in my own portfolio.High-yielding but cyclicalA third type of passive income share pick is companies that currently offer a high yield but that are in cyclical industries. Cyclical industries are ones where demand can go up and down every few years, affecting prices. Sectors such as energy extraction, raw materials, and mining tend to be cyclical.So, for example, Evraz currently has a double-digit dividend yield. That sounds attractive among passive income ideas. But my concern is about whether it can be sustained. The mining company is in an industry known for being cyclical. So while its current yield looks mouth-watering to me, I don’t see it as stable for the future. That makes it less attractive to me as a passive income choice. 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In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. christopherruane owns shares of British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Christopher Ruane | Wednesday, 27th January, 2021 See all posts by Christopher Ruanelast_img read more

Mass rallies in Brazil say ‘No to Bolsonaro’

first_imgPT candidate Fernando Haddad (center) at march of 50,000 people in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, on Oct. 20, against ultra-rightist candidate Jair Bolsonaro.Tens of thousands of demonstrators in Brazil’s large and small cities mobilized on Oct. 20 in an attempt to stop ultra-rightist Jair Bolsonaro from winning the second round of the country’s presidential election, taking place on Sunday, Oct. 28.Anti-Bolsonaro women’s demonstrations on Sept. 29, known as #EleNão (Not him), inspired this new round of rallies, supported this time by a broad united front of organizations and parties and led in many cities by women’s organizations.Bolsonaro is an openly misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-Indigenous, racist and anti-communist candidate. Those are not just words to insult him. They describe his very being. People worldwide in solidarity with Brazil’s workers and poor are asking, how did he arise and how can he be stopped?This former army captain revels in his blatant insults against people who have to bear every form of oppression, salutes the military dictators who ran Brazil from 1964-85, and backs military and police killings in the shanty towns, called favelas, that surround big Brazilian cities.Like a classical fascist politician, Bolsonaro pretends to be anti-rich and a political outsider. Unlike classical fascists, he has no mass fascist party backing him. He counts instead on support from the militarized police, the army and many of the evangelical churches, to which a fifth of Brazilians belong.During a serious capitalist economic crisis that has impoverished hundreds of millions of people, Bolsonaro has ridden a wave of ruling-class and middle-class hostility to any state assistance for Brazil’s poor.This ruling-class hostility has been directed mainly at the reformist Workers Party (PT) and has led to a popular rejection of all the usual politicians as corrupt.The ruling class’s powerful media, like the O Globo network, have been pounding away on corrupt politicians and especially blaming the Workers Party, which governed Brazil from 2003 to 2016. In 2016, PT President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and pushed out of office by a movement in Congress that framed her up for alleged corruption.Most politicians who conspired against Rousseff were themselves under investigation — for corruption.The most popular PT leader, Luis Ignacio “Lula” da Silva, who was president from 2003-2011, was planning to run for president again. Polls had him leading all the other candidates in the first round. But Brazil’s judges brought charges against Lula to jail him and keep him from running and winning the election.With Lula unable to run or even campaign from prison, the PT nominated Fernando Haddad in a united campaign with Manuela d’Ávila of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB). They are now trying to reach out for broader support.The PT-PCdoB alliance in no way represents a revolutionary break with Brazilian capitalism. Thus, even if it wins the election, the economic and political crisis will continue, as will the attack by Brazil’s oligarchy upon its workers and poor people.Nevertheless, nearly all left and revolutionary parties support election of PT-PCdoB as the best way at present to defend democratic rights as they continue to organize to make more gains for the working class.United Front backs Haddad-d’AvilaThis time, many organizations joined to call the Oct. 20 demonstrations. They included some of the smaller left parties like the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) and the Brazilian Communist Party (PCB), as well as the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB).Some of these left parties ran their own candidates or for other reasons didn’t support Haddad-d’Avila in the Oct. 7 first round. Now they give at least critical support to electing Haddad.The landless movement (MST), the homeless movement, LGBTQ forces and other social movements also joined in the Oct. 20 mobilizations.In the capital, Brasilia, according to the Oct. 21 edition of the web newspaper Vermelho, “Women for Truth and Justice” held a public event that brought together more than 10,000 people in the center of the city. The paper reported that while the Federal District “has a conservative majority, it can count on finding great resistance from popular movements and unions.”A meeting in Belo Horizonte was organized by the “women of the Popular Brazil Front in Minas Gerais” state. In Fortaleza, where Haddad himself spoke, 50,000 people came out. Both cities have populations of about 2.5 million people.According to the PT website, meetings of some sort took place in 180 cities. These mobilizations encouraged those hoping to reverse Bolsonaro’s apparent advantage. Whether they will succeed in doing this is still a big question.Brazil’s rich back BolsonaroBolsonaro got 46 percent of the first round valid votes, as opposed to 29 percent for Haddad. The usually favored neo-liberal candidates who represent Brazil’s ruling class have been so discredited by corruption charges that most of the rich have thrown their support to this former army captain. They much prefer him to the PT, even though it is reformist.The result is that media giants like the O Globo network continuously attack the PT and thus aid Bolsonaro, who also dominates the social networks, publishing slanders against his opponents. The Haddad campaign must use enormous resources to counter these blatant lies.U.S. imperialism and especially the current right-wing administration in Washington of course favor Bolsonaro. They want a president in Brazil who is hostile to Cuba, Bolivia and especially Venezuela. It is telling that the ultra-rightist ideologue Steve Bannon offered electoral advice to Bolsonaro in the first round.With its population of about 208 million people, an area of more than 3 million square miles, and a border with every other country in South America except Chile and Ecuador, Brazil is equivalent in size to about half the continent.The Oct. 28 election, while it will be an important step for the struggle of Brazil’s workers and all its oppressed peoples, is not the final step. Neither the pro-fascist Bolsonaro nor the reformist Haddad will be able to solve the crisis of world capitalism. The class struggle will continue.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Report Provides Snapshot of Agricultural Land Use

first_img SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jan 22, 2014 Facebook Twitter A new report shows a boom in growing certain specialty crops as well as a growth in agricultural land, stable erosion rates, and notable land use changes. These are some of the findings of the 2010 National Resources Inventory Report from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The report provides a summary on the status, condition and trends of land, soil, water and related resources on the nation’s private lands. The report includes data from 800-thousand sample locations across the country. NRCS Chief Jason Weller says the NRI summary report is the only report of its kind and is one of the most comprehensive tools to understanding what’s happening on the country’s landscape. He says the information is an invaluable resource to help NRCS understand where conservation is working and where to focus more effort. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Report Provides Snapshot of Agricultural Land Use SHAREcenter_img According to the report – cropland erosion rates remained stable between 2007 and 2010. That’s despite the growth in agricultural land use and more extreme weather events. Dr. Patrick Flanagan – National Statistician for USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service – says an increase in erosion was expected. The latest National Resources Inventory summary report features data on how U.S. non-federal rural lands are being used. Report Provides Snapshot of Agricultural Land Use The data also shows that between 2007 and 2010 – fruit, nut and flower production acreage surged from 124,800 to almost 274-thousand; cropland acres increased by two-million acres – following a steady decline over the previous 25 years; pastureland increased by 847-thousand acres; developed land increased by two-percent from 111.1-million to 113.3-million acres; and acres enrolled in NRCS programs grew from about 17-million acres in 2007 to about 40-million in 2010. Weller says NRCS is excited more farmers, ranchers and forest landowners are voluntarily installing conservation practices on their operations. It’s because of their hard work and dedication – he says – that cropland erosion rates have remained stable even though more land I in production.To access the full report – visit www dot nrcs dot usda dot gov (www.nrcs.usda.gov). Source: NAFB news service Previous articleAppeals Court Refuses to Revisit LCFS RulingNext articleHoosiers Putting Pressure on EPA Over Biofuels Gary Truittlast_img read more

“Naked Truth” RSF campaign to defend reliable reporting in Brazil

first_img RSF_en In Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro uses lies and attacks on the media to mask his inability to address the Covid-19 pandemic’s devastating impact, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is about to launch a communication campaign called the “Naked Truth” to highlight journalism’s vital importance in providing access to reliable information about the pandemic. In January, he invited journalists to “go have sex with their whore mothers” and to “ram condensed milk cans up their backsides.” These outrageous and crudely-worded comments were just the latest volley in a well-oiled strategy of attacks on the media by the president and his closest allies, as RSF noted when reporting that it had logged no fewer than 580 attacks on the media in 2020. News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies February 19, 2021 – Updated on February 22, 2021 “Naked Truth” RSF campaign to defend reliable reporting in Brazil *Photomontage**Figures as of 21 February 2021. Source: Consortium of Brazilian newspapers consisting of UOL, O Estado de S. Paulo, Folha de S. Paulo, O Globo, G1 and Extra, which decided on 8 June 2020 to create an unprecedented alliance to obtain coronavirus case numbers directly from local authorities in the country’s 26 states and the Brasilia federal district, and to issue their own bulletins. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further The aim is to make Bolsonaro symbolically face reality, instead of blaming the media in order to shirk responsibility for his disastrous mishandling of the crisis in Brazil, which has the world’s third-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 infections. The aim is also to emphasize the importance of facts for understanding the pandemic and taking appropriate action, facts that Brazilians could not access without the work that journalists do. Brazil is ranked 107th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. BrazilAmericas Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesEvents Freedom of expression Receive email alerts “This ‘shock’ campaign is meant to raise awareness and combat the Bolsonaro system’s constant attacks on the media,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “These attacks are both intolerable from the moral viewpoint and dangerous for the Brazilian population, which is deprived of vital information about the pandemic. The work of journalists is crucial for reporting the facts and informing people about the reality of the health crisis. The right to information, which is closely linked to the right to health, must be defended more than ever in  Brazil.” Produced by the BETC Paris advertising agency and to be launched on 22 February, the new RSF campaign will draw attention to the naked truth – the reality of the facts beyond Bolsonaro’s preposterous and manipulative claims – by means of a photomontage showing him naked* behind a sign displaying the latest figures for Covid-19 deaths and positive tests**. BrazilAmericas Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesEvents Freedom of expression The “Naked Truth” is one of a long line of powerful, irreverent communication campaigns that RSF uses to draw the public’s and international community’s attention to violations of the freedom to inform. Produced by the BETC Paris advertising agency, it is available in four languages (Portuguese, Spanish, French and English). Related documents post-facebook-twitter-insta_1.zipZIP – 9.1 MB Campaigns Organisation News Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Follow the news on Brazil April 27, 2021 Find out more The work of the Brazilian media has become much more fraught since Bolsonaro was elected president in October 2018. Constantly insulting, denigrating, stigmatizing and humiliating journalists has become the president’s trademark. Any media revelation threatening his or his administration’s interests triggers a new round of violent verbal attacks. Reports April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF calls on the Secretary General of ASEAN to intervene in favour of free circulation of information

first_img In a letter sent to the Secretary General of ASEAN, Rodolfo Certeza Severino Jr, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières – RSF) expressed its concern about the increase in censorship and intimidation against foreign publications in ASEAN member countries. “The integration and economic development in Southeast Asia that your organisation defends also depends on the free circulation of information,” said the general secretary of RSF, Robert Ménard. RSF also asked Mr. Severino to intervene with the prime ministers of Thailand and Malaysia to help stop the restrictive measures taken against the magazines Far Eastern Economic Review, The Economist, Newsweek and Time as soon as possible. MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts After this decision was announced, many organisations and personalities asked the Bangkok government to reverse the decision. On 28 February, Thai senators considered that the article, published on 10 January, was not critical to the king, and that there was no reason to expel the two journalists. News February 28, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF calls on the Secretary General of ASEAN to intervene in favour of free circulation of information According to information obtained by RSF, Chor Chee Heung, Malaysia’s deputy minister of the interior, stated that the government had decided to block or delay the distribution of the latest issues of the international magazines Newsweek, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Economist and Time. The minister said that this measure followed the publication, in these magazines, of “erroneous news about the situation in the country”, especially concerning the presence of members of al Qaeda in Malaysia. The Economist was probably sanctioned for publishing an article on the situation of immigrant workers in Malaysia. At the same time in Thailand, the government decided to expel Shawn Crispin and Rodney Tasker, two journalists with the Far Eastern Economic Review based in Bangkok. After the government added their names to a list of “undesirable” foreigners, immigration officials confiscated their passports and revoked their visas. They were threatened with expulsion, but their lawyer has appealed. Shawn Crispin and Rodney Tasker, respectively American and English, are not allowed to work until a final decision is handed down in 30 days. After asking them to apologize for “insulting” the king, the government of Thaksin Shinawatra threatened to prosecute the two journalists for endangering “national security”. The prime minister asked the American ambassador to not interfere in this “internal affair”. to go further Organisation Since early 2002, the government has regularly harassed the Far Eastern Economic Review, blaming it for publishing articles about the difficult relations between the prime minister and the king of Thailand. News Follow the news on Malaysiacenter_img January 29, 2021 Find out more Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again RSF_en Help by sharing this information March 17, 2021 Find out more News Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific February 22, 2021 Find out more New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truthlast_img read more

JPL’s Role in Making ‘The Martian’ a Reality

first_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Science and Technology JPL’s Role in Making ‘The Martian’ a Reality From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 11:03 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * People and technology from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory aid fictional astronaut Mark Watney during his epic survival story in “The Martian.” Image credit: 20th Century FoxWhen fictional astronaut Mark Watney becomes stranded alone on the Red Planet in the novel and film “The Martian,” people and technology from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, play important roles in his castaway adventure. Acclaimed for its attention to scientific and technical detail, “The Martian” is steeped in decades of real-life Mars exploration that JPL has led for NASA.For more details about how NASA is focused on our journey to Mars, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/realmartians(There are mild spoilers in the next section — if you haven’t read or seen “The Martian,” you might want to skip to the following section.)Supporting ‘The Martian’Perhaps most crucial to the story of “The Martian,” JPL designed, built and operated the Mars Pathfinder lander and its Sojourner rover, which landed on Mars in 1997 and operated for about three months. The hardy Pathfinder probe figures prominently into Watney’s ability to communicate with Earth and survive his long ordeal. One of the technical details “The Martian” gets right is that, just as in the story, the real Pathfinder had a reprogrammable computer that an astronaut could, in principle, plug into and control.The story also captures the famous can-do attitude of JPL engineers, who dive headlong into the challenge of helping communicate with the stranded astronaut and later, launching supplies to help keep him alive. And JPL’s celebrated ingenuity is on display in the navigator who comes up with the solution for how to bring the entire Ares crew home. Since the beginning of the Space Age, JPL has been the world leader in deep space navigation — from being first to conduct gravity assists around other planets to today’s daredevil flybys of Saturn and its moons by Cassini.Fictional JPL director Bruce Ng is a major supporting character in the story, and like the real JPL directors past and present, comes from a technical background. (The current real-life JPL director tends to dress a bit more formally, but has been known to sport a Hawaiian shirt from time to time.) However, while the heads of NASA, JPL and the agency’s Mars program are portrayed in the story as working through tough challenges on their own, their real-life counterparts rely on teams of scientists and engineers to help provide innovative solutions.In creating the film version of “The Martian,” producers turned to JPL for technical drawings and photos of Pathfinder, in order to accurately portray the historic spacecraft in the movie. The production team also visited JPL for research that would help them create a future version of the laboratory on film, down to the well-known informality of its culture. And cast member Jessica Chastain, who played Mars mission commander Melissa Lewis, visited JPL as part of preparation for her role.Paving the Way for the Real MartiansJPL is NASA’s leading center for robotic exploration of the solar system, and has provided a variety of orbiters, landers and rovers to help reveal the true nature of Mars. Similar to its efforts prior to the Apollo landings on the moon, NASA has been sending robotic spacecraft to Mars, in part, to better characterize the environment human astronauts might face when visiting the Red Planet. Thus, as NASA studies Mars to understand its potential habitability for simple forms of life — now and in the ancient past — its fleet of Mars missions is also paving the way for human journeys.Some of these robotic missions have found signs of water in the Martian subsurface that potentially could be exploited by astronauts for life support and growing plants for food, as well as making rocket fuel. NASA’s Curiosity rover has a detector, called RAD, which was designed to observe the radiation environment on the cruise to Mars and after the rover landed. These data are vital to understanding how astronauts need to be protected when they make the journey to Mars. And NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, with its powerful imaging camera, has mapped the planet at high resolution, allowing us to see Mars on a human scale as we plan for trips by astronauts.Looking forward, JPL is developing the technological capabilities to land payloads on the Martian surface larger than the one-ton Curiosity rover. These technologies include the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, which is testing a mammoth parachute and a giant inflatable decelerator. LDSD is an important step toward landing payloads to support human missions, which will need a variety of massive provisions, including habitats packed with food and water, pressurized rovers, and rockets for returning to orbit from the Martian surface.JPL is also advancing precision landing technologies needed to place an autonomous Mars Ascent Vehicle, as featured in “The Martian,” in a desired location, years before the arrival of a human crew. The self-controlled landing of the Curiosity rover in 2012 was a major milestone on the path to this capability.And in addition to spacecraft missions to Mars, JPL manages NASA’s Deep Space Network — the vital communications link with spacecraft across the solar system, including those on Mars. The Network would also be used to keep in touch with future astronauts on deep-space voyages between Earth and Mars.Dare Mighty ThingsEarly in the film version of “The Martian,” as he works out how to survive on Mars, Watney mentions the founders of JPL, noting that they were daring students from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Caltech still staffs and manages JPL for NASA. In recent years, the laboratory has adopted a quote from President Teddy Roosevelt — “Dare Mighty Things” — as its unofficial motto. That boldness lives on as JPL helps support NASA’s real-life journey to Mars.JPL manages NASA’s Mars program, along with the agency’s Mars Science Laboratory and its Curiosity rover, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the LDSD project. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community Newslast_img read more

Judgement reserved in case of John Downey

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Judgement reserved in case of John Downey Facebook Facebook Previous articleOllie Horgan annoyed with inconsistenciesNext articleGardai investigating suspected arson attack in Carndonagh News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Judgement has been reserved in the case of Donegal man John Downey who is wanted in Northern Ireland on suspicion of involvement in the murder of two soldiers.Downey is appealing against an order by the High Court to extradite him to Belfast.Police in Northern Ireland sought John Downey’s extradition over the murder of two Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers in 1972.Alfred Johnston and James Eames died in a bomb in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.Mr Downey was previously accused of the murders of four soldiers in the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bombing.He had been due to stand trial for those murders in 2014, but the trial collapsed when it emerged that he received a so-called on-the-runs letter – a clear written assurance from the government that he would not be tried unless new evidence came to light.According to the BBC, his lawyer argued that the proposed trial in Belfast was “doomed to failure” at an appeal hearing in Dublin yesterday.However, counsel for Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said that there was a degree of “unreality” to the idea that such “on-the-run” letters could be relied upon. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest By News Highland – May 28, 2019 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Google+ Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Coca-Cola model shares stories of glory days

first_img Submitted photoWilliam Johnston, left, collects coca-cola memorabilia and recently had the chance to meet one of the soft drink company’s food tray models. Johnson said meeting Alice Jean Anderson, right, was one of most interesting things he has ever had the pleasure of taking part in.William Johnson has always had a deep appreciation for “old stuff.”The “Troy boy” is a collector of several things but he always keeps an eye out for something new to him but with collectable value.He was visiting a neighbor in Apalachicola, who was in the process of moving, and happened to notice a Coca-Cola tin food tray leaning against the wall. By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen “She said that, one night, the pianist, a Mr. Gibbs, at Radio City Music Hall came pounding on her dressing room door and asked her to go out for a drink,” Johnston said. “She told him she didn’t drink and closed the door on him. But he kept coming back and she married him and they had two daughters.”Johnston said while Anderson was working for Coca-Cola, she made $5 for each one-hour photo shoot. The pictures were converted to paintings by Haddon Sunblom, who painted the Coca-Cola Santa Claus and poster girls.Johnson said the idea behind the Coca-Cola food trays, posters and coasters was that young men would buy nickel Cokes with hopes of finding their own Coca-Cola girl.“For about 20 years (1930s to 1950s), Alice Jean Anderson’s picture was on billboards, buses and buildings all across the United States and five other continents,” he said. “She said once she was in London and got off the plane and saw her picture on a huge, flashing sign. She said that was amazing to her.”Johnston said the Coca-Cola model has a wonderful sense of humor and was very entertaining.“She told one story about when she was in New York and got in the ring with boxer Joe Lewis and his opponent,” he said. “She was in the middle of the ring holding up a sign and walking from one side to the other and her dress fell down and the crowd went crazy. She laughed a lot about that.”Johnston said Anderson is also an artist and once had an art studio and a dance studio.“She lived in Chicago, New York and then Miami,” he said. “When her dance studio was damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, she moved to Apalachicola.“Mrs. Anderson – Gibbs – said she can still kick up her heels when she wants to,” Johnston said, laughing.Johnston said Anderson doesn’t get any royalties from the sale of the reproduction trays that continue to be popular with collectors of Coca-Cola memorabilia.“She said that doesn’t matter because she had her fame, so to speak,” he said. “She was very gracious in talking to me and she autographed all of my Coke trays with her picture on them.”Johnston said the former Coca-Cola model said it’s flattering to be asked to autograph Coca-Cola memorabilia.Of course with Alice Jean Anderson’s autograph on Johnston’s Coke trays, even the reproductions took a big leap in value.“I’m not going to sell them so that doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “It was just an honor to meet her. There probably aren’t many of those Coca-Cola models still around. At age 97, Mrs. Gibbs – Alice Jean Anderson is still a very attractive lady and she seemed to enjoy telling about her life and I sure enjoyed hearing about it.” By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 8:21 pm Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Email the author You Might Like Mother of shooting victim: ‘Pray for my baby’ MESSENGER FILE PHOTO Jacquerean Marshall has not been conscious since he was shot on Aster Avenue Saturday night. But his mother,… read more “I’d seen those Coke food trays and recognized that one as an original,” Johnston said. “Back in the early to mid-1900s, Coca-Cola used the trays with beautiful young women to advertise their product. I was interested.”Johnston became even more interested when the neighbor showed him some newspaper clippings about the young woman, Alice Jean Anderson, who now, at the age of 97, makes her home in Apalachicola.“That really peaked my interest in the Coca-Cola trays and I bought several off e-Bay,” he said. “A couple of them are originals and the others are reproductions.” Print Article Sponsored Content Latest Stories Skip Johnston was so intrigued by the fact that one of the original Coca-Cola models was living in Apalachicola where his family has a second home that he was determined to meet her.With a little “finagling,” Johnston was able to talk with the daughter of Alice Jean Anderson and arranged to have brunch with her last Sunday.Johnston said he wasn’t sure what he would say or what she would say but he was excited and honored to be able to meet someone which such an interesting story to tell.But, there was no reason to be concerned. Johnston said Alice Jean Anderson was just as open and delightful as he thought she would be. “She grew up in Chicago and her family was not wealthy but even in during difficult economic times she got to take dancing,” he said. “She was only 16 when she left home for New York.  She was a dancer so she got a job with the Rockettes and made big bucks — $35 a week at Radio City Music Hall,” 
Johnston said, and like all the Coca-Cola models, Anderson was the darling of many men. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Coca-Cola model shares stories of glory dayslast_img read more