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FTSE’s 12-day winning run sets record

Wednesday 11 January 2017 11:49 pm FTSE’s 12-day winning run sets record The FTSE got a boost from the falling pound early in the day, when official figures revealed a widening trade deficit and dragged sterling to $1.205. The international activities of many FTSE giants mean sterling-profits are bolstered by a weaker pound, pushing up the index.An afternoon jump in the value of sterling against the dollar, and a decline in pharmaceutical stocks – both triggered by President-elect Donald Trump’s bizarre press conference – weighed on the FTSE. Nonetheless, the index still closed up for a 12th consecutive day, a feat not seen since it launched in January 1984.Read more: Carney reaffirms Brexit not the biggest risk to UK’s financial stability“It won’t go on forever, but the winter rally has shown it has considerable legs,” said analyst Laith Khalaf from Hargreaves Lansdown.The pound recovered later in the day and was trading around $1.22 last night; the US dollar lost 0.4 per cent against a basket of currencies after Trump gave a rambling conference in which he hit back aggressively at his critics but failed to provide details on previously mooted plans for fiscal stimulus and deregulation. London’s top share index hit a fresh all-time high yesterday, setting a record for the longest winning streak in FTSE 100 history.The blue-chip benchmark soared above 7,326 during intra-day trading, before settling at 7,290.49 by the close. Share whatsapp London-listed stocks such as GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca dipped after Trump said pharmaceutical companies were “getting away with murder”. AstraZeneca closed down 1.8 per cent, with GlaxoSmithKline down 0.8 per cent.Read more: Supermarkets are leading the FTSE 100Nonetheless the FTSE was up on the day and has climbed more than 550 points since early December, a rise of more than eight per cent. The index has bounced back from below the 6,000 mark in the aftermath of last summer’s shock Brexit vote, helped by sterling’s decline, but also by a series of strong economic indicators.Despite an expanding trade deficit, which reached £4.2bn in November, economists at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research believe the UK economy continued to expand impressively in the final three months of 2016, with GDP growth of 0.5 per cent. Julian Harris whatsapp read more

Made.com reveals £40m in fresh funding to boost European business

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Klarna to buck pandemic trend and take on more UK office space

first_img“There is only so long you can sit in groups for hours on Google Meets. It’s much better to have ideas scrawled up on whiteboards and Post-it notes all over the place. Our teams have already said they like flexibility,” he said. But the sector has come under scrutiny recently as the City watchdog laid out plans to regulate the sector amid concerns vulnerable customs are struggling with repayments.  whatsapp Klarna is likely to pick the US over London for its stock market debut. (Getty Images for POPSUGAR) Share The buy now pay later firm will take new headquarters in an 11,000 sq ft WeWork office in Holborn and expand its existing space in Manchester. More From Our Partners Police 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.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Klarna’s decision to expand its office space is at odds with many firms that have decided to cut costs and reduce office space after deciding staff could work from home more often. Alex Marsh, head of Klarna UK, told the Times productivity at the payments firm remained high during the pandemic, but the biggest challenge had been collaboration. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsUndoLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyUndoFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableUndoBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItUndoMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comUndoDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepediaUndoNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauUndoLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsUndoBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionUndo Show Comments ▼ Klarna is likely to pick the US over London for its stock market debut. (Getty Images for POPSUGAR) Also Read: Klarna to buck pandemic trend and take on more UK office space center_img Klarna to buck pandemic trend and take on more UK office space Valued at $31bn, Klarna is the highest-valued European private fintech after a surge in online shopping during the pandemic.  Tags: Klarna Hannah Godfrey The firm is also looking at office locations in Birmingham. Klarna’s buy now pay later model allows customers to spread out the cost of purchases over a period of interest-free installments. The firm makes money by taking a fee from merchants each time a customer makes a purchase.  Klarna is likely to pick the US over London for its stock market debut. (Getty Images for POPSUGAR) Also Read: Klarna to buck pandemic trend and take on more UK office space Bosses at Klarna have told staff they expect them to come into the office for a minimum of two days per week. Klarna plans to take on more office space as part of a push to double its British workforce and launch more banking products. whatsapp Monday 3 May 2021 11:52 amlast_img read more

Aircraft downed on north side of Lake Clark, recovery efforts underway

first_imgPublic Safety | Search & Rescue | Southwest | TransportationAircraft downed on north side of Lake Clark, recovery efforts underwayJuly 27, 2017 by Dave Bendinger, KDLG-Dillingham Share:Conditions Thursday afternoon from a Federal Aviation Administration webcam looking south from Lake Clark Pass, towards the vicinity of where Miller Creek drains into Lake Clark. (Photo courtesy Federal Aviation Administration)Update | Friday 3:45 p.m.Pilot recovered from wreckage of Regal Air Cessna 206 north of Lake ClarkThe body of a pilot was recovered Thursday night after his plane crashed yesterday in Lake Clark National Park. Joel Black of Pemberville, OH was flying a Cessna 206 Thursday morning when the plane crashed.Megan Richotte is a spokesperson for Lake Clark National Park. She explained the recovery.“Last night the Alaska State Troopers and National Park Rangers were able to take a state trooper helicopter to the site of the crash and recover the pilot’s body,” Richotte said.Black was the only occupant of the plane, according to Regal Aviation. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident to try and find the cause of the crash. The flight path has also not been determined.— Allison Mollenkamp, KDLG-DillinghamOriginal story | 5:28 p.m. ThursdayRecovery efforts are underway Thursday evening for what is believed to be a fatal aircraft accident in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.The preserve is about 88 miles west of Kenai, Alaska.Spokesperson Megan Richotte said that an NPS aircraft with rangers was launched to search after an emergency locator beacon signal that was picked up about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.“They did locate the ELT and found a downed and still burning aircraft in Miller Creek which is on the north side of Lake Clark itself,” she said.According to Richotte, Regal Air out of Anchorage reported that the pilot, whose name has not been released, was the only occupant onboard the Cessna 206.“Alaska State Troopers are enroute to Port Alsworth with a helicopter, and park rangers and state troopers will be going to the site of the crash for recovery operations this evening,” Richotte said.She did not know Thursday what the Regal Cessna 206’s flight plan had been.The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.— Dave Bendinger, KDLG-DillinghamShare this story:last_img read more

Sheryl Sandberg’s full, moving Facebook tribute to her husband Dave

first_img Show Comments ▼ Tags: Facebook It’s been a month since Surveymonkey chief executive Dave Sandberg died from a head injury while using a hotel gym in Mexico.Last night his wife Sheryl, the chief operating officer of Facebook, posted a moving tribute to him on the social network. “I know I will never feel pure joy again,” she wrote. “There are moments when I can’t let people in.” “I was talking to [a friend] about a father-child activity that Dave is not here to do. We came up with a plan to fill in for Dave. I cried to him, ‘But I want Dave. I want option A.’ He put his arm around me and said, ‘Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of option B’.”Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg responded: “Your ability to find meaning and clarity is deeply inspiring. You’re an amazing person, and we’re all here with you to help you kick the shit out of option B.”Other users showed their support for Sandberg. “Your strength and honesty are inspiring,” wrote one, while another added: “Thank you for being open, for being vulnerable, for reminding us that it’s ok to not be ok.”Sandberg’s full tribute to her husband is below. Today is the end of sheloshim for my beloved husband—the first thirty days. Judaism calls for a period of intense mourning known as shiva that lasts seven days after a loved one is buried. After shiva, most normal activities can be resumed, but it is the end of sheloshim that marks the completion of religious mourning for a spouse. A childhood friend of mine who is now a rabbi recently told me that the most powerful one-line prayer he has ever read is: “Let me not die while I am still alive.” I would have never understood that prayer before losing Dave. Now I do.I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning. These past thirty days, I have spent many of my moments lost in that void. And I know that many future moments will be consumed by the vast emptiness as well.But when I can, I want to choose life and meaning.And this is why I am writing: to mark the end of sheloshim and to give back some of what others have given to me. While the experience of grief is profoundly personal, the bravery of those who have shared their own experiences has helped pull me through. Some who opened their hearts were my closest friends. Others were total strangers who have shared wisdom and advice publicly. So I am sharing what I have learned in the hope that it helps someone else. In the hope that there can be some meaning from this tragedy.I have lived thirty years in these thirty days. I am thirty years sadder. I feel like I am thirty years wiser.I have gained a more profound understanding of what it is to be a mother, both through the depth of the agony I feel when my children scream and cry and from the connection my mother has to my pain. She has tried to fill the empty space in my bed, holding me each night until I cry myself to sleep. She has fought to hold back her own tears to make room for mine. She has explained to me that the anguish I am feeling is both my own and my children’s, and I understood that she was right as I saw the pain in her own eyes.I have learned that I never really knew what to say to others in need. I think I got this all wrong before; I tried to assure people that it would be okay, thinking that hope was the most comforting thing I could offer. A friend of mine with late-stage cancer told me that the worst thing people could say to him was “It is going to be okay.” That voice in his head would scream, How do you know it is going to be okay? Do you not understand that I might die? I learned this past month what he was trying to teach me. Real empathy is sometimes not insisting that it will be okay but acknowledging that it is not. When people say to me, “You and your children will find happiness again,” my heart tells me, Yes, I believe that, but I know I will never feel pure joy again. Those who have said, “You will find a new normal, but it will never be as good” comfort me more because they know and speak the truth. Even a simple “How are you?”—almost always asked with the best of intentions—is better replaced with “How are you today?” When I am asked “How are you?” I stop myself from shouting, My husband died a month ago, how do you think I am? When I hear “How are you today?” I realize the person knows that the best I can do right now is to get through each day.I have learned some practical stuff that matters. Although we now know that Dave died immediately, I didn’t know that in the ambulance. The trip to the hospital was unbearably slow. I still hate every car that did not move to the side, every person who cared more about arriving at their destination a few minutes earlier than making room for us to pass. I have noticed this while driving in many countries and cities. Let’s all move out of the way. Someone’s parent or partner or child might depend on it.I have learned how ephemeral everything can feel—and maybe everything is. That whatever rug you are standing on can be pulled right out from under you with absolutely no warning. In the last thirty days, I have heard from too many women who lost a spouse and then had multiple rugs pulled out from under them. Some lack support networks and struggle alone as they face emotional distress and financial insecurity. It seems so wrong to me that we abandon these women and their families when they are in greatest need.I have learned to ask for help—and I have learned how much help I need. Until now, I have been the older sister, the COO, the doer and the planner. I did not plan this, and when it happened, I was not capable of doing much of anything. Those closest to me took over. They planned. They arranged. They told me where to sit and reminded me to eat. They are still doing so much to support me and my children.I have learned that resilience can be learned. Adam M. Grant taught me that three things are critical to resilience and that I can work on all three. Personalization—realizing it is not my fault. He told me to ban the word “sorry.” To tell myself over and over, This is not my fault. Permanence—remembering that I won’t feel like this forever. This will get better. Pervasiveness—this does not have to affect every area of my life; the ability to compartmentalize is healthy. For me, starting the transition back to work has been a savior, a chance to feel useful and connected. But I quickly discovered that even those connections had changed. Many of my co-workers had a look of fear in their eyes as I approached. I knew why—they wanted to help but weren’t sure how. Should I mention it? Should I not mention it? If I mention it, what the hell do I say? I realized that to restore that closeness with my colleagues that has always been so important to me, I needed to let them in. And that meant being more open and vulnerable than I ever wanted to be. I told those I work with most closely that they could ask me their honest questions and I would answer. I also said it was okay for them to talk about how they felt. One colleague admitted she’d been driving by my house frequently, not sure if she should come in. Another said he was paralyzed when I was around, worried he might say the wrong thing. Speaking openly replaced the fear of doing and saying the wrong thing. One of my favorite cartoons of all time has an elephant in a room answering the phone, saying, “It’s the elephant.” Once I addressed the elephant, we were able to kick him out of the room.At the same time, there are moments when I can’t let people in. I went to Portfolio Night at school where kids show their parents around the classroom to look at their work hung on the walls. So many of the parents—all of whom have been so kind—tried to make eye contact or say something they thought would be comforting. I looked down the entire time so no one could catch my eye for fear of breaking down. I hope they understood.I have learned gratitude. Real gratitude for the things I took for granted before—like life. As heartbroken as I am, I look at my children each day and rejoice that they are alive. I appreciate every smile, every hug. I no longer take each day for granted. When a friend told me that he hates birthdays and so he was not celebrating his, I looked at him and said through tears, “Celebrate your birthday, goddammit. You are lucky to have each one.” My next birthday will be depressing as hell, but I am determined to celebrate it in my heart more than I have ever celebrated a birthday before.I am truly grateful to the many who have offered their sympathy. A colleague told me that his wife, whom I have never met, decided to show her support by going back to school to get her degree—something she had been putting off for years. Yes! When the circumstances allow, I believe as much as ever in leaning in. And so many men—from those I know well to those I will likely never know—are honoring Dave’s life by spending more time with their families. I can’t even express the gratitude I feel to my family and friends who have done so much and reassured me that they will continue to be there. In the brutal moments when I am overtaken by the void, when the months and years stretch out in front of me endless and empty, only their faces pull me out of the isolation and fear. My appreciation for them knows no bounds.I was talking to one of these friends about a father-child activity that Dave is not here to do. We came up with a plan to fill in for Dave. I cried to him, “But I want Dave. I want option A.” He put his arm around me and said, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of option B.”Dave, to honor your memory and raise your children as they deserve to be raised, I promise to do all I can to kick the shit out of option B. And even though sheloshim has ended, I still mourn for option A. I will always mourn for option A. As Bono sang, “There is no end to grief . . . and there is no end to love.” I love you, Dave. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. 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Sanofi announces it will work with HHS to develop coronavirus vaccine

first_img @HelenBranswell Even so, the work won’t be quick. The timeline to a licensed vaccine, even with an emergency use approval, is likely three or four years, said John Shiver, Sanofi’s head of vaccine research and development. “That’s probably about as fast as that can really happen,” he said.Neither Loew nor BARDA would reveal how much money the government agency would be injecting into the work. BARDA would only say that it is “reprogramming funds” to support the project.advertisement By Helen Branswell Feb. 18, 2020 Reprints Related: HealthSanofi announces it will work with HHS to develop coronavirus vaccine Ruby Wallau for STAT Helen Branswell “Addressing a global health threat such as this newest coronavirus is going to take a collaborative effort, which is why we are working with BARDA to quickly advance a potential vaccine candidate,” said Loew.“While we are lending our expertise where possible, we believe the collaboration with BARDA may provide the most meaningful results in protecting the public from this latest outbreak,” he said.Loew said Sanofi is going to develop a bank of vaccine candidates — think of them as prototypes — and produce pilot lots of the vaccines to use in testing. BARDA is financing the pilot lots, he said. Decisions about later-stage funding remain to be made. “That’s how far we got. We will have to negotiate with them all the next coming steps,” Loew said.Sanofi expects to have a vaccine candidate to test in the lab within six months and could be ready to test a vaccine in people within a year to 18 months, Loew said.Sanofi is the second major vaccine maker to announce it will try to make a vaccine against the new virus, which has infected over 70,000 people, mostly in China. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine division, Janssen, has also announced it will try to produce a vaccine.Smaller players in the vaccine world are already out of the gate with vaccine platforms — using DNA or messenger RNA — that hold promise of speeding up the phase of development to a vaccine prototype, with funding from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, better known as CEPI.But these companies — including Inovio and Moderna — are biotechs that do not have large-scale production facilities. Should their prototypes be successful, a producer with scalable manufacturing facilities would need to become involved.Sanofi brings with it many advantages, including deep experience conducting clinical trials in the U.S. and beyond, including in China, Loew said.And it has a licensed vaccine made using this platform — the flu vaccine Flublok; Sanofi acquired both the vaccine and the recombinant DNA platform with which it is made from Protein Sciences in 2017.It is Protein Sciences’ work on a SARS vaccine that Sanofi hopes to build on here.“We believe that the technology is robust in the sense that there’s some evidence from the SARS vaccine that it is immunogenic,” said Clement Lewin, who heads Sanofi’s BARDA liaison office.“It’s a production platform that’s used in a vaccine licensed by the FDA, so regulatory agencies are familiar with it and we have shown that we can produce influenza vaccine at scale with that technology. So we should be able to produce commercial quantities, should they be needed,” he said.Mark Feinberg, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, said it is important to have a variety of companies working on a vaccine for the virus, which causes a disease the World Health Organization has called Covid-19.“I think you want to incentivize multiple manufacturers or developers to get involved, because you don’t ever know what’s going to work and what’s not going to work and it’s not appropriate to put all of your hopes on one single vaccine,” said Feinberg. As Merck’s former chief scientist, he was heavily involved in the company’s acquisition and early development of an Ebola vaccine that was licensed in late 2019. “Having a diversity of approaches and programs I think is in general is a good approach.”Many major manufacturers have been slow to enter the effort to develop a Covid-19 vaccine; all the major producers have previous experience racing to develop vaccines amid outbreaks that never led to marketed products.But Loew said when Sanofi saw that the coronavirus was continuing to spread, even despite the extraordinary containment measures imposed by the Chinese government, “that gave us really pause.”“So we are concerned what’s going to happen when people come back to work,” he said, referring to the fact that in many parts of China, Lunar New Year holidays have been extended by weeks to keep people from mingling during commutes and at workplaces. “Because at one point people will have to come back to work.” The drug maker Sanofi Pasteur is entering the race to develop a vaccine to protect against the new coronavirus sweeping through China, the company announced Monday.David Loew, Sanofi’s global head of vaccines, said the company would partner with the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority — known as BARDA — to make a vaccine using the company’s recombinant DNA platform.Loew said the company’s previous work to develop a vaccine for SARS — a cousin virus — gives it a leg up on this work.advertisement U.S. biotechs fear the coronavirus outbreak will delay their China-based research About the Author Reprints Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. 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All of Friday night’s Laois GAA results

first_imgHome Sport GAA All of Friday night’s Laois GAA results SportGAA WhatsApp Rugby Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad The Junior football championship took centre stage on a damp Friday evening of action.2016 finalists Park-Ratheniska made a winning start against last year’s defeated semi finalists O’Dempsey’s.Elsewhere, Portlaoise scored six goals on the way to a big Round 1 win over Portarlington.The home side had Stephen Mulhall sent off after 20 minutes and it was always going to be an uphill battle from there.Portlaoise led by 3-4 to 1-6 at the break and they pushed on to win by 13 in the end.The remaining junior game saw Ballylinan edge out Killeshin by a solitary point.See all the results below:Laois Shopping Centre JFC Rd 1Portarlington 1-10 Portlaoise 6-8Killeshin 1-7 Ballylinan 1-8Park Ratheniska 1-12 O’Dempsey’s 0-8 – See Report HereMidlands Park Hotel Under 17 B Hurling Championship Round 1Rosenallis 1-15 Borris in Ossory Kilcotton 4-10Clonaslee St Manmans 5-4 Castletown Slieve Bloom 3-18Midlands Park Hotel Under 17 Hurling Championship Group A Round 1Raheen Parish Gaels 1-8 Camross Na Fianna 3-11The Harps 1-14 Clough Ballacolla Mountrath 2-11Midlands Park Hotel Under 17 Hurling Championship Group B Round 1Rathdowney Errill 1-13 Ballinakill Gaels 2-10SEE ALSO – Air ambulance at the scene of accident outside Portlaoise Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ By Alan Hartnett – 27th July 2018 Facebook All of Friday night’s Laois GAA results Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter Previous articleTynan and Knowles kick Park-Ratheniska to winning startNext articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, July 28, 2018 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Community Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter TAGSGAA results last_img read more

Ontario AG to return funds to Al-Tar fraud victims

Ontario’s attorney general is looking to return almost $200,000 to victims of a fraudulent investment scheme that was disrupted by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) involving Al-Tar Energy Corp. A notice published Wednesday indicates that, under to a civil forfeiture proceeding, $199,073 that was frozen by the OSC in this case has been deposited into a special purpose account, and that people who suffered losses as a result of the unlawful activity can now make a claim for compensation. DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says Related news Imposters among us, CSA warns Back in 2011, the OSC found that Al-Tar, among various other companies and individuals, carried out a fraudulent investment scheme. Among a slew of other sanctions against those involved, the OSC ordered that Al-Tar disgorge the $615,000 that it raised from investors, along with $133,000 in costs. (See Investment Executive, OSC orders $2.1 million in fines for oil & gas scheme, Jan. 9, 2011.) Those sanctions, totaling almost $750,000, have not been paid, however the commission managed to freeze four bank accounts at the start of its proceedings in the case in 2007, and those funds are now available to be returned to victims. Claims must be submitted to the Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities Office (CRIA) of the Ministry of the Attorney General by October 28. James Langton Keywords Fraud Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

New satellite propulsion test facility to propel UK into new space age

first_imgNew satellite propulsion test facility to propel UK into new space age The new centre will allow UK companies and academics to fire up and test state-of-the-art space propulsion engines at up to 1.5kN in high-altitude vacuum, an equivalent test altitude of 140,000ft. It will cement the international reputation of the Westcott Space Cluster – where the site will be based – in propulsion.Based in Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, the facility, which is expected to create around 60 jobs, is due for completion in early 2021 and will offer companies a more affordable test facility than international rivals. It will also allow new types of more sustainable propellants to be tested, such as Hydrogen Peroxide and Liquid Oxygen which are more environmentally friendly in sourcing, storage and combustion.At present, companies can test extremely small engines in the UK but have to go overseas to test bigger engines. The new facility will tackle this issue and help grow the UK’s status as a leading space player, giving industry resources that allow us to grow our technological edge.Designed to support the growth of brand-new space technologies, the government is backing the new facility, dubbed the National Space Propulsion Test Facility (NSPTF), to the tune of £4 million in funding.Science Minister Amanda Solloway said:The UK’s space industry is booming as we invest in our brightest space scientists, the facilities they work in and the technologies they are creating.Backed by a £4 million government investment, this pioneering UK-based facility will elevate our most ambitious space businesses, enabling them to undertake complex spacecraft engine testing, while boosting the local economy by creating highly skilled jobs.How does the engine test work?Engines will be fired up in a vacuum from early 2021, with a mechanical pump system generating a vacuum down to 1.5 milliBar in a test cell containing the engine; an equivalent test altitude of approximately 140,000ft, which ensures technology can be deemed ready for the space environment.When firing, the pressure of the engine’s exhaust plume is partially recovered by a 7-metre-long supersonic diffuser and then cooled by a heat exchanger designed to rapidly reduce temperatures in excess of 2,000°C to just 50°C.The gasses then travel along a vacuum manifold to be recovered to ambient pressure by the pump system in the vacuum generation plant.The UK space sector is already a leader in satellite propulsion and, with a growing space manufacturing sector and plans for UK spaceports, the satellite propulsion field is set to grow substantially in the coming years.Crucially, this range of engine testing will allow further innovation for the type of orbit-raising and station-keeping engines this facility will be able to test and it is the first step in a plan to test larger engine types.The UK Space Agency has worked with the European Space Agency, Science and Technology Facilities Council’s RAL Space and NAMMO UK to develop this cutting-edge facility, and once up and running the site will use game-changing technology to test the propulsion engines that position orbiting spacecraft in conditions similar to those experienced in space.The new capability of this facility will allow innovation in propulsion technology, as well as the cost-effective development and testing of even more powerful engines for interplanetary travel, and to drive forward the significant commercial telecommunications satellite market.Nammo UK has been awarded a major contract to install and operate the equipment to be housed within this new facility at Westcott.Rob Selby, Vice President of Nammo Space said:Thanks to this key UK government investment, UK space now can compete favourably with the very best rocket test facilities in the world. The Nammo team have designed, created and produced this phenomenal, state-of-the-art hotfire test facility that is already driving further growth in UK based spacecraft propulsion businesses.We look forward to testing engines for customers from all over the globe and to further key developments that the NSPTF will enable.Rod Mordey, Director at PATRIZIA, which owns the 650-acre Westcott Venture Park, said:This is yet another leap forward for the development of Westcott Venture Park in Buckinghamshire as a centre of excellence in the space propulsion and associated high-tech industries.Future Investment will ensure Westcott’s place at the heart of the UK space industry. Over the next 10 years, Westcott will become the UK Centre for the next generation of propulsion systems and small satellite manufacture.Richard Harrington, CEO of the Buckinghamshire LEP said:The national rocket test facility at Westcott is a key step towards delivering a world-leading hub for the space sector in the heart of Buckinghamshire.We are delighted to support this new facility in our Enterprise Zone, which opens up the next stage in the evolution of the Westcott site to attract new business and investment to this world-class centre of excellence in space propulsion.The UK space sector is a huge economic success story, growing by over 60% since 2010. Satellites already support £300 billion of UK economic activity through the use of satellite services and is expected to grow further as this new government support unlocks commercial opportunities.Westcott is recognised as an integral part of the UK space sector growth strategy with a nucleus of well-established companies supporting rocket and satellite enabled research and development projects.October saw the opening of the Westcott Innovation Centre, part funded by the Local Growth Fund and Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, via Buckinghamshire LEP, and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult.This is the latest phase of the site development, which also now includes a 5G Step-Out Test Facility and Incubation Centre and is planned to include a Disruptive Innovative Space Centre for apprenticeships and further specialist testing sites.Alongside office space and meeting rooms, the centre provides a fully flexible engineering facility, giving businesses working in space and related sectors the opportunity to use specialist equipment for light mechanical engineering and rapid prototyping activities. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Engineering, environment, Europe, Government, Harrington, innovation, Investment, President, propulsion system, Scientists, space agency, spacecraft, sustainable, technology, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Union scare campaign about flexible part-time provisions in IR Bill must be rebutted and rejected

Union scare campaign about flexible part-time provisions in IR Bill must be rebutted and rejected “The flexible part-time provisions in the Government’s IR Bill have obvious merit for part-time employees and businesses and union attempts to misrepresent those provisions need to be rebutted and rejected,” Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group said today.“The provisions in the Bill would allow part-time employees in distressed industries to reach agreement with their employer on the working of additional ordinary hours up to 38 hours per week, subject to numerous safeguards. This flexibility is obviously in the interests of part-time employees, including many parents, students and migrants. If the employer is able to offer additional ordinary hours in a given week and a part-timer is happy to work the hours at ordinary rates, it is not sensible for workplace laws to prevent this.“The flexibility in the Bill is consistent with that already included in many modern awards including the Restaurants Award, the Hospitality Award, the Clubs Award, the Nurses Award, the Social and Community Services Award, the Telecommunications Services Award and the Contract Call Centres Award. These awards allow part-time employees to work additional ordinary hours in a pay period (up to a limit of 38 hours per week) without the payment of overtime penalties. Many of the existing provisions were included in awards with the consent of relevant unions.“In addition, flexible part-time provisions are common in enterprise agreements reached with unions. For example, there are many enterprise agreements in the retail industry that include this flexibility by agreement with the main union in the industry – the SDA.“It is wrong for Australia’s laws to enshrine the view that Parliamentarians know better than part-time employees about whether they should be allowed to work a few extra ordinary hours from time to time.“It is important that the Government’s IR Bill is passed without delay,” Mr Willox said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, Ai Group, AiGroup, Australia, Australian Industry Group, Award, campaign, community, community services, Employees, enterprise agreement, Government, industry, migrants, penalty, students, telecommunications read more