NASA’s Europa Mission Gets a Launch Date

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe A mission to study Europa, a moon of Jupiter that could be home to extraterrestrial life, has been given a launch date.NASA is sending a spacecraft to the icy world, which holds an ocean under its frozen outer shell.Scientists have long regarded the moon as one of the most promising targets in the search for life elsewhere in our Solar System.The Europa Clipper spacecraft will now launch to the Jovian moon in October 2024, arriving in April 2030.The spacecraft, according to the BBC News, was to have launched on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. But the space agency is reported to no longer be considering that launch vehicle.It will instead lift off on a commercial rocket.The details were disclosed by the mission’s project scientist, Dr. Robert Pappalardo, during a virtual meeting of NASA’s Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG).“We now have clarity on the launch vehicle path and launch date,” Pappalardo, who is based at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, told the meeting.Interest in the moon as a potential habitat for extraterrestrial life was given a boost in the 1990s when the Galileo spacecraft provided evidence that Europa harbored an ocean of liquid water beneath its outer shell.Europa probably has a rocky core surrounded by around 50 miles of liquid water covered by a shell of water-ice that’s roughly 12 miles thick.“Europa’s about the size of Earth’s moon, yet we think it contains twice as much water as all of Earth’s oceans,” Pappalardo said during a virtual talk organized by Arizona State University (ASU) last week.Discussing the moon’s potential for life, he said: “At the bottom of the Earth’s oceans are places where water and rock interact, where water seeps down, contacts hot rock and emerges charged with chemical nutrients — reductants.”When these reductants get together with other chemicals called oxidants, they react, he explained.Pappalardo said these reactions could, “potentially power life at the ocean floor of Europa — even where there is no light to allow for photosynthesis.”The spacecraft will be able to analyze chemicals in frozen water that has welled up to the surface from beneath the ice shell. It might also be able to sample the contents of water plumes that seem to be spurting out into space from locations on the Jovian moon. Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Science and Technology NASA’s Europa Mission Gets a Launch Date Courtesy of JPL Published on Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 2:47 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  65 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Community Newscenter_img 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. More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty 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 STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News last_img read more

Barbados records rise in syphilis among pregnant women

first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional Barbados records rise in syphilis among pregnant women by: – August 16, 2018 145 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img (Photo: CMC)BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Ministry of Health and Wellness in Barbados on Wednesday expressed concern about the high rates of syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection (STI), being seen among pregnant women in that country.Anton Best, senior medical officer of health with responsibility for the HIV/STI Programme, revealed that while the national outbreak, which was previously reported, was mainly seen in men, the ministry was now seeing an abnormally high rate of syphilis in pregnant women and, by extension, an increase in the number of babies born at risk for congenital syphilis.Statistics show a rise from the average one or two cases a year of syphilis in pregnant women to 17 in 2016.According to the ministry official, preliminary analyses from 2017 show a similarly high rate.Dr Best said that effective prevention and detection of congenital syphilis depended on the identification of the STI in pregnant women. He noted that the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ guidelines made it clear that all pregnant women should be offered a screening test for syphilis at booking and at 28 weeks’ gestation.Congenital syphilis is a potentially severe, disabling and often life-threatening infection seen in infants. The syphilis bacterium is transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy and/or delivery, and this could cause severe illness in babies including premature birth, low birth weight, birth defects, blindness and hearing loss. It could also lead to stillbirth and infant death.Best stressed the importance of testing, pointing out that if a pregnant mother was identified as being infected with syphilis, treatment could effectively prevent congenital syphilis from developing in the foetus.“The foetus is at risk of contracting syphilis when the mother is in the early stages of infection, but the disease can be passed at any point during pregnancy, even during delivery, if the child has not already contracted it,” he explained.“To prevent congenital syphilis, it is imperative that all pregnant women be screened for syphilis during pregnancy. And for those that are found to have syphilis, prompt therapy with penicillin should be administered.”Best advised all sexually active persons in Barbados to get annual sexual health checks including screening for syphilis, HIV and other STIs. All persons diagnosed with syphilis should be treated and monitored in accordance with the current guidelines from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, he added. Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

St. Nicholas Volleyball Teams Win Over SR

first_imgSt. Nicholas 7th/8th Grade Volleyball Teams Defeat South Ripley.St. Nicholas 7th grade team defeated South Ripley in 2 sets with score of 25-6 and 25-5. The St. Nick 7th graders only had only 1 service error in the match giving them a 98% serving percentage for the night!The 8th grade St. Nicholas team won in 3 sets with scores of 22-25, 25-10, and 15-14. It was an exciting night of volleyball action. The girls fought for every point and ended the match with a kill.Courtesy of STN Coach Debbie Gregg.last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from No. 3 Syracuse’s 11-9 win at Colgate

first_img Published on May 6, 2017 at 2:31 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y. — In its final regular season game of 2017, No. 3 Syracuse (12-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) escaped with a 11-9 victory Saturday afternoon over unranked Colgate (5-9, 3-5 Patriot) on Crown Field at Andy Kerr Stadium. SU junior midfielder Brendan Bomberry scored three goals, senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams won 16-of-23 chances at the faceoff X and Syracuse tallied its 10th win in its last 11 outings. A day before the NCAA tournament selection show, Syracuse did not look like a top-5 team in the country but squeaked out a win anyway.The Orange, which beat the Raiders for the fifth straight year in a matchup that dates back to 1921, plays at home next Sunday night in the NCAA tournament.Here are three quick reactions to SU’s victory at Colgate.Late burst pushes Syracuse After facing an early 3-0 deficit, Colgate went on a 7-3 run over the next two quarters and took its first lead of the game, midway through the third. That was quickly erased with back-to-back SU goals, first from Bomberry then by senior midfielder Sergio Salcido. Down one, senior attack Jordan Evans found an open Salcido at the top of the offense. The skip pass created a ripple in the defense, leaving Bomberry open near the crease. Salcido hit Bomberry for his third goal of the day to tie it up at 7.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Syracuse’s next possession, Salcido hit a low right-handed rip off of a pass from Evans. The Orange retook the lead, 8-7, and held on over the remaining 20 minutes of play.Bomberry’s fourth hat trickThe junior scored only one combined goal against Binghamton and North Carolina. He took only four shots over that 120-plus minute period. On Saturday, he returned to the form that made him the leading scorer for SU through seven games. His production slowed in recent weeks, largely because he was covered more closely near the crease and less aggressive with the ball.His first goal on Saturday, also Syracuse’s first, came from a Joe Gillis transition feed three and a half minutes into the game. A few minutes later, he swept left to no avail. He came back around with a run behind the cage and swept right, then flushed the goal home. His third goal, which tied the game, put to rest Colgate’s 4-0 run to tie the game and sparked Syracuse’s four-goal run to retake the lead.Ben’s returnWilliams erupted to a hot start at the faceoff X, which set up SU’s offense to score three unanswered goals at the onset of the contest. He won 5-of-7 in the first quarter and 4-of-5 in the second. While he struggled in the third, winning only 2-of-6 chances and allowing Colgate to inch back into the game, he found his groove again in the fourth.Williams, who entered Saturday after winning only 24 of his previous 51 faceoffs (47 percent), opened the last frame with a 30-second grind-it-out hold at the faceoff X against Collin Orr. He won all four faceoffs of the fourth, enabling Syracuse to get possession and mitigate its 17 turnovers.Williams’ biggest faceoff came with 1:32 remaining, after a Colgate score made it a one-goal game. He won and, after a late Colgate shot to tie, SU regained possession. As the buzzer sounded, SU goalie Evan Molloy heaved a shot from the other side of the field. It went in for his first career goal, and Syracuse celebrated its 11-9 win. Commentslast_img read more

‘Let Russ Cook?’ Seahawks QB Wilson would be fine with that

first_imgLast Updated: 14th August, 2020 06:21 IST ‘Let Russ Cook?’ Seahawks QB Wilson Would Be Fine With That The phrase has become popular among Seattle Seahawks fans on social media, almost to the point of becoming a rallying cry: “Let Russ Cook” Associated Press Television News COMMENT Written By The phrase has become popular among Seattle Seahawks fans on social media, almost to the point of becoming a rallying cry: “Let Russ Cook.”It’s in reference to letting Russell Wilson have more control and more opportunity to run the Seahawks offense the way he wants from the start, instead of waiting for the fourth quarter to take over as he’s done so many times during his career.Not surprisingly, Wilson would be just fine if the Seahawks wanted to go that route.“We’ve won a lot of games in the fourth quarter and done some fun things in the fourth quarter, end of games,” Wilson said Thursday. “But let’s treat every quarter like the fourth. That’s kind of my mentality, always.”Entering his ninth season, Wilson is still talking as though he has 10 or more years left in his career. But he’s also realistic about the fact the Seahawks are in a prime window for winning and contending for titles. A year ago, they were inches from winning the NFC West in Week 17 against San Francisco, and a different outcome likely would have changed Seattle’s final playoff result.So if deviating from some of Pete Carroll’s run-the-ball philosophy and letting Wilson take more control is called for, so be it.“At the end of the day, I want the ball in my hands,” Wilson said. “I want to be able to make plays and give us a chance to win, and I think that doesn’t always mean me shuffling around. But it does mean that I feel like the more times I have the ball in my hands, the more things can happen. I think the defense worries about that, too.”Wilson and his supporters do have a point. Since 2012, Seattle is 57-0 when leading by four or more points at halftime. Wilson has led Seattle to 95 regular season and playoff wins combined, including 21 fourth quarter comebacks.Wilson’s numbers in the fourth quarter and overtime, where his quarterback rating is nearly 10 points higher than in the first three quarters combined, lend credence to the idea of giving him more opportunity earlier. He has 227 career touchdown passes, and 77 of them have come in the fourth quarter and overtime.“The reality is I want to win. That’s all. That’s all we care about, going out there and finding ways to win,” Wilson said.One way Wilson wanted to see Seattle get better in the offseason was to bring in more star power. He made a comment during the Pro Bowl back in January about his desire to see a few additions.Seattle did so on the defensive side, bringing in defensive backs Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar. The addition of veterans Greg Olsen, Phillip Dorsett and Carlos Hyde should be boosts for Seattle’s offense.The player who might best fit what Wilson was looking for could be second-year wide receiver DK Metcalf, who is coming off a rookie season where he had 58 catches and seven touchdowns. Wilson was able to spend some one-on-one time working with Metcalf, Olsen and Dorsett during the offseason, but it wasn’t close to the big outings he’s done with his wide receivers and running backs in the past.“It was a very unique offseason, different than ever before and to have prepared, to get mentally ready, to get physically ready, all those different things you have to do,” Wilson said. “Plus, without the ability to really deal with a larger group. … I typically try to get a big group of guys together and we travel somewhere together — we’ve gone to Hawaii, to California, all these different places — and without being able to really do that was definitely unique.”Image credits: AP First Published: 14th August, 2020 06:21 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Tight security in place for BRICS Summit

first_img25 March 2013A comprehensive security strategy has been developed by the South African government to ensure the safety of delegates attending the 5th BRICS Summit starting in Durban on Tuesday.Addressing the media in Pretoria on Monday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said that “uncompromising security measures” had been implemented for the summit.These include VIP safety, route, venue and accommodation security, crowd management, port of entry deployments, traffic control, and rapid-response teams ready to deal with any contingency.“Law enforcement agencies will be everywhere, ready for any eventuality,” Mthethwa said. “We shall be deploying approximately 1 900 SA Police Service members and 1 100 designated officers drawn from other agencies, including from Metro Police and Defence.“In total, we shall have a capacity of 3 000 law enforcement officers, and these are members who have acquired vast experience in policing major international events.”As with other special events successfully hosted by South Africa in the past, Mthethwa said all security-related operations around the BRICS Summit were being coordinated through a National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints).Established in order to plan, implement, execute and monitor all inter-departmental and cross-provincial operations affecting safety, security and stability in the country, the Natjoints has seen South Africa gain an international reputation as a leader in major event security.Mthethwa said the safety of law-abiding South Africans would in no way be compromised by the BRICS operation. “Whilst the local and global attention may be in Durban, normal policing will continue unhindered.”He added that the police would also use the summit as an opportunity to engage their counterparts on security matters.“The hosting of this important gathering provides the South African government with an opportunity of sharing of experiences, tactics and mechanisms with all BRICS countries on crime and fighting corruption.“We shall also tap into possible cooperation on various issues such as training in different areas of public safety.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Visitors unpack Tshwane 2055

first_imgINTERNATIONAL journalists from Brazil, Russia and China – all Brics member countries – are in South Africa for a week-long infrastructure media tour, hosted by Brand South Africa.The purpose of the tour is to drive a positive perception change about the country and its people to the international community, in line with the Brand South Africa international mandate.“Our reputation as a country is important as it affects our national competitiveness, which impacts on investment, jobs, growth and conversely on our national sense of pride and social cohesion.This exercise is an important step [in] attracting foreign direct investment, enabling trade and supporting efforts towards seeding a positive perception about South Africa with international investors and the global community at large,” noted Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer.The delegation travelled on the Gautrain, a mass rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province, linking Johannesburg, Pretoria, and OR Tambo International Airport, making their way to the Sheraton Hotel in Tshwane on 24 June. Here, they were addressed by Tshwane’s deputy city manager, Lindiwe Kwele, who spoke about the city’s long-term growth and development strategy, the Tshwane 2055 Vision.This Vision, which is in the final stages of being drawn up, will serve as a guide to turning the South African capital into “a Smart City” for its residents. The roll-out of smart meters was one of the bold steps the city is undertaking to build a smart city, said Kwele.She explained that the Vision for 2055 was inspired by the Freedom Charter, which was ratified in 1955. The Freedom Charter was the statement of core principles of the South African Congress Alliance, which consisted of the African National Congress and its allies, the South African Indian Congress, the South African Congress of Democrats and the Coloured People’s Congress. It is characterised by its opening statement: The people shall govern!Tshwane’s deputy city manager Lindiwe Kwele spoke about the City’s long-term growth and development strategyTshwane 2055 is busy implementing Smart City programmes, such as Smart economy, Smart people, Smart govern, Smart mobility, and Smart partnerships. Its A Re Yeng bus transit system was also high on the agenda at the meeting. It will convert the city, which was built for the use of cars, to one built for affordable, reliable and accessible public transport.Brand South Africa aims to mobilise the global South African network behind programmes of investment recruitment, skills identification, mentoring, skills transfer, study exchange and work experience initiatives. The delegation includes experts in the fields of international affairs, finance, and business.The delegationQin Chen from China works for Caixin Century, a leading magazine, and reports on economic and finance news. It has a weekly circulation of about 240 000 and is distributed in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, as well as in 35 second-tier cities catering to political, financial, industrial and academic leaders.Chen is a senior reporter on the finance and international desk. She has had one-on-one interviews with, among others, the former American national security adviser, Douglas Paal; the Belgian vice-prime minister, Didier Reynders; the Polish central bank governor, Marek Belka; Slawomir Majman, the president of Invest in Poland; and the South African transport minister, Dikobe Ben Martins; as well as many Fortune 500 chief executive officers.Lu Yifeng is a reporter on Wenhui Daily, a comprehensive daily newspaper run directly by the Communist Party of China Shanghai Committee. It reports on the latest Chinese, international and financial news and offers its readers an authoritative, in-depth analysis on current trends. He is the editor of the international desk and is in charge of planning and editorial, which covers Sino-United States relations, the Asia Pacific region and Brics.Brazilian Davi Etelvino is the publisher of Rodovias & Vias, an infrastructure magazine. The reader profile ranges from investors and politicians to entrepreneurs and technicians.The monthly magazine distributes over 30 000 copies to leading companies, government departments and the country’s national and regional congresses.Lúcia de Camargo is a reporter and sub-editor on Brazil’s Diáario do Comércio newspaper. It was founded in 1925 and is edited and published by the Associação Commerial de São Paulo. It prints four publications a week in 23 Brazilian states.Russian journalist Alexander Kokcharov is an infrastructure reporter and London correspondent on Expert News Magazine. The magazine is a business weekly and an analytical publication published every Monday. It has a circulation of 70 000, including 40 000 in Moscow.The media tour ends on 27 June in Port Elizabeth. The delegation will visit the port to view the state-of-the-art motor vehicle terminal, which is able to load and offload one vehicle every 30 seconds.last_img read more

Sri Lanka level ODI series with big win over SA

first_img10 July 2014Despite a defiant century from in-form Hashim Amla, the Proteas slumped to an 87-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the second one-day international at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Wednesday.Sri Lanka’s victory levelled the three-match series at 1-1, with the series-decider set to be played in Hambantota on Saturday.Top scoreAfter winning the toss, Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews elected to bat and it proved a good decision as Tillikaratne Dilshan led the way from the top of the order with an innings of 86 off 90 balls to help the home team to 267 all out after 49.2 overs.Mahela Jayawardene weighed in with a slowish 48, while Lahiru Thirimanne contributed 36 and Matthews 34.Steyn injuryUnfortunately for the Proteas, they lost fast bowler Dale Steyn to a hand injury in only his third over when he tried to take a sharp caught and bowled off a shot by Dilshan. Fortunately for South Africa, however, fears that he might have broken the hand were later dispelled and he could be available for Saturday’s showdown.In Steyn’s absence, Ryan McLaren once again underlined his all-round value to the team with a return of 4 for 48 from his 10 overs. Imran Tahir snared 2 for 41 in his 10, while Vernon Philander returned 2 for 49 in 7.2.Amla’s excellenceOnly three South Africans reached double figures in the Proteas’ batting reply. Despite this, Amla struck his third consecutive century, following tons against a Sri Lankan Board President’s XI and against Sri Lanka in the first ODI. He made 101 off 102 balls, in an innings of just 180 all out.“He’s an amazing cricketer and it is great to have him in our side, especially when he is playing like that,” South African captain AB de Villiers said in a post-match interview. “Even though we lost tonight, we still have confidence in him and the whole batting line-up to get it right in the last game.”DamageNew ball bowler Lasitha Malinga did plenty of damage to the South African batting, claiming a haul of 4 for 24 in six overs, but it was the Sri Lankan spinners who put the skids under the South African batting effort by taking wickets and restricting scoring.Dilshan secured the man of the match award by following up his 86 with a return of 3 for 40 with the ball. Ajantha Mendis also excelled, picking up 2 for 18 in 6.1 overs.‘I’m very disappointed’“I’m very disappointed. I thought we started really, really slowly with the ball, but pulled it back nicely to what seemed like a decent total to chase down,” De Villiers said.“We started really well with the bat and Hash played an amazing innings, but we unfortunately could just not form partnerships around him, so it’s very disappointing, but we are still in the series and we’ll move on to Hambantota and try and fix things there.‘A big blow’Assessing what the loss of Steyn meant to South Africa’s chances in the big loss, he concluded: “Look, losing Dale was a big blow up front. I thought the guys tried really hard right until the end of our bowling innings. I thought we did extremely well to get it down to 260-odd, which was chaseable, not easy, but chaseable.“I would have liked to see us get closer than what we did.”last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd legend Neville: Contract will help De Gea settle

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Contract will help De Gea settleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says a new contract could see David De Gea return to form.The Spaniard hasn’t been himself this season, but Neville says a new deal until 2023 could settle the 28-year-old.Neville told Sky Sports: “De Gea has had a difficult time in the Premier League and he’s had difficulties at home where he’s lost his place in the national team. I don’t think he’s fully recovered from the poor World Cup in 2018, and he’s made more mistakes in the last 15 months than ever before.”But I’ve got to believe that this is good news and hope that what’s happened in the last 12 to 15 months has been a result of the ongoing speculation. The hope is that now he’s signed, he can settle down and start performing.”United need a spine. They had eight academy players in the squad on Saturday, but their problem isn’t the academy. The problem is that they haven’t got a strong, dominant spine, but De Gea can be the start of that.” last_img read more

15 days agoWijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impact

first_imgWijnaldum full of praise for Adrian over Liverpool impactby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was full of praise when asked about Liverpool teammate Adrian.The Spanish goalkeeper enjoyed an unforgettable debut for the Reds this season, helping them win on penalties in the UEFA Super Cup final over Chelsea.An injury to Alisson on opening day has seen the 30-year-old help Liverpool maintain eight straight wins, with his contribution not going unrecognised by his teammates.”Since the first day he settled quite well,” Wijnaldum told the club’s website. “He speaks with everyone and he’s a good person, everyone talks with him.”You could see that he was not shy. Normally when players come in they always look, ‘Who can I talk to?’ and everything, but he talks with everyone. Before the game, he says what he wants to say.”Basically since the day he came in he was already one of us.”He added: “He’s done a really good job. If you see the kind of saves he makes, really important saves during the games.”He also has a big influence on the results we had.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more