26 November 2018 • 8:34pm A spacecraft carrying millions of pounds worth of British equipment has successfully landed on Mars, launching a two-year mission to detect potential signs of life. Nasa's InSightprobe came to a gentle landing on the Red Planet broad, dusty plain of Elysium Planitia at 7.55pm on Monday night, the first spacecraft to do so for six years. The seven-minute, rapid deceleration through the thin Martian atmosphere involved the use of small rockets, parachutes, heat shields and shock-absorbing legs. Scores of Nasa engineers, project managers and investigators gathered at the California Institute of Technology to watch nervously as the descent took place. There were occasional bursts of cautious applause as it passed critical points of peak heating and parachute inflation. As the probe deployed its 12-metre supersonic parachute, the team clapped with relief. But when the announcer said “touchdown confirmed” they jumped to … [Read more...] about Nasa Mars landing live: InSight lander touches down on the Red Planet
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On 1 August 2018, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) handed down judgment in the appeal of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson), partially allowing the appeal and directing a rehearing at the Crown Court. What does this mean? Has Tommy been proven innocent? Is this a victory for freedom of speech? Let’s break it down. 1. How did this all start? Yaxley-Lennon was committed to prison for 13 months on 25 May 2018, after attending a trial at Leeds Crown Court and streaming a livefeed on Facebook in which he broadcasted details of the trial and of the defendants. That particular trial was subject to reporting restrictions imposed by the judge, prohibiting reporting of the details until the conclusion of the trial, and of other linked proceedings. By broadcasting in the way that he did, Yaxley-Lennon was in breach of the reporting restriction, an act that amounts to contempt of court. A year earlier, he had committed a separate contempt of court at … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight No, Tommy Robinson’s court win is not a victory for “freedom of speech”
YEREVAN, JUNE 24, ARMENPRESS. Turkish citizens are heading to polling stations for the historic general elections. Voters are casting ballots to elect both a president and a parliament. Originally due on 3 November 2019, incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for snap elections and is seeking to remain in office, but this time with a lot more powers as the constitution has beefed-up the president’s authorities. These include: Directly appointing top public officials, including ministers and vice-presidents, the power to intervene in the country's legal system, the power to impose a state of emergency. In addition to those changes, the job of prime minister will be scrapped. The country is set to transition from a parliamentary system to a full presidential system as result of this elections. The elections will determine whether the growing opposition will eventually be able to win over the ruling AKP party, which has been in power since 2002. Eight parties are running … [Read more...] about New era of hope or a stronger dictator? Turkey goes to polling station to determine future
Twitter shares hit a three-year high following confirmation it will be added to the US benchmark S&P 500 from June 7. But will it stay in the index for long? The committee that decides which shares are included in the S&P 500 has given Twitter a very valuable “like”. The shares will be included in the most significant index in the world, forcing trackers and exchange-traded funds to buy the shares. Indeed, index funds tracking the S&P 500 have more than $700bn under management, according to research firm Lipper. Many of these will be buy shares on June 7, raising the possibility of a further bump in its share price. The news sent the micro-blogging site’s valuation up by 5% and the share hit a three-year high. The space in the index was created by the takeover of Monsanto by Germany’s Bayer. Another tech group, Netflix, will also be added to the S&P 100. However, whether the group stays in the index will depend on its future share-price … [Read more...] about Will Twitter’s place in the S&P 500 keep its shares buoyant?
21 May 2018 JakartaIndonesiaWaterPrivatization A court victory has rewarded civil society efforts to end water privatization in the Indonesian capital but many questions remain unanswered. Febriana Firdaus reports Imagine waiting until two in the morning for the water tap to run. This was a daily occurrence for Nurhidayah six years ago in the northern Rawa Badak district of Jakarta. ‘No water during the day,’ she remembers. ‘PDAM (the tap water company) only served water to the district between 2.00 and 5.00am.’ Rawa Badak, which literally means ‘the great swamps’, has a predominantly poor population. It has a serious problem with clean water supply and garbage maintenance, and is prone to flooding. Contrast this with adjacent Kelapa Gading, a neighbourhood that is home to Beverly Hills-style housing complexes for the elite, whose residents enjoy a much more reliable tap water supply. The lack of service in areas like Rawa Badak meant that … [Read more...] about Jakarta’s water woes