News story: UK space industry sets out vision for growth

first_imgDownload the report from the UKspace website. Earth information services including navigation, analytics and security Connectivity services – global connectivity anywhere from any device In-space robotics – for science enterprise, consumers Low-cost access to space The strategy aims to double the value of space to wider industrial activities from £250 billion to £500 billion, generate an extra £5 billion in exports and attract £3 billion of inward investment. The space sector will actively encourage diversity and inclusion in its workforce and interact with 1 million young people per year in a bid to increase interest in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).Science Minister, Sam Gyimah, said:“We want the UK to thrive in the commercial space age and have committed £150 million in our Industrial Strategy to help develop advanced rocket engines, test satellites and establish spaceports in the UK for the first time. The Government will continue to work closely with the space sector to build on our significant capability and maximise the benefits of space to life on Earth, creating jobs and opportunities across the country.”Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart, said:“Too few people are aware of the success and significance of the UK space sector or its vast potential for future growth. The Government welcomes this contribution from the UK space industry and is determined to support our emergence as a commercial space service hub with an increasing global market share backed by new partnerships in science and trade.”Andy Green, Chair of the Space Sector Council and President of UKspace, added:“This sector-led strategy sets out the ambition of the companies, institutions, academics and entrepreneurs of the UK’s space sector. Space delivers tangible benefits to everyone in the UK, improving communications, travel and security amongst much else. We will build on our successful partnership with Government to create high value jobs and growth across the UK for the benefit of all. I thoroughly commend this strategy to the Government.”Facts and figures Space sector productivity is nearly three times the national average, with a skilled workforce creating £140,000 of value per person Year-on-year growth is five times greater than the wider economy since 1999 £415m has been invested by industry in research and development in 2014-15 alone 36.4% of turnover is generated by exports The space sector has tripled in value since 2000 Published by the Space Growth Partnership on Friday 11 May 2018, the strategy focuses on four sector priorities:last_img read more

TV star presents new Poole’s Pies website

first_imgPoole’s Pies has enlisted the help of TV presenter Stuart Hall to launch a brand new website.The Wigan-based pie manufacturer has brought in the It’s a Knockout host to produce the voiceover for a new video on the firm’s website, takes visitors behind-the-scenes at the Poole’s Pies’ 300,000sq ft factory site and describes how the pies are made, where ingredients are sourced and the history of the business.Neil Court-Johnston, chief executive at Poole’s Pies, said: “We knew we needed to find someone special to provide the voiceover for the film, but we never dreamt we’d get someone as well-known or as highly regarded as Stuart Hall.“Many people remember him from BBC North West and It’s a Knockout, or they know him as the voice of football for Radio 5 Live. We were sure his irreverent style would suit us down to the ground.“We think the finished film is fantastic – so fantastic in fact, that we’ve even included an ‘uncut’ version of commentary for people to listen to. That’s how great it is.”Hall said: “I’m a pie lover immersed in the pie culture of the people’s republic of Wigan, so it was an absolute pleasure to help out Poole’s. I just hope people enjoy the film as much as I did.”last_img read more

Weekend celebrates juniors, parents

first_imgNotre Dame welcomed juniors’ parents to campus last weekend, this time not to cheer for Irish football, but to attend Junior Parents Weekend (JPW).A committee of 13 juniors, led by JPW chairperson Shannon Hagedorn, planned the event, which aimed to expose parents to the strong sense of tradition at Notre Dame.“My goal for this year’s JPW was to make it a really special and elegant weekend,” Hagedorn said. “In selecting the program pictures, centerpieces and decorations, I tried to represent the tradition and magic of Notre Dame.”Even though severe storms in the Northeast prevented some parents from attending, 4,000 people were involved in the weekend’s events, Hagedorn said. Photo courtesy of Shannon Hagedorn Juniors and their parents mingle at the Junior Parents Weekend dinner Saturday in the Joyce Center. More than 4,000 people attended the weekend’s events, which also included a gala and dorm brunches.Hagedorn said the weekend involved a number of diverse events, including a gala, collegiate workshops, a JPW Mass and a president’s dinner.“It was so fun to see everyone mingling and dancing at the gala, meeting professors at the academic workshops, coming together for the Mass and sharing dinner and brunch together with incredible speakers, including keynote speakers [University President Fr. John] Jenkins, [junior class president] Olivia LaMagna and [director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives Fr. Timothy] Scully,” Hagedorn said.Junior Stephanie Scherer said JPW opened her eyes to how large the junior class was.“Sometimes you don’t realize how many people you don’t know until you’re all in one place,” Scherer said.Junior Catherine Puma said student involvement in the event helped build community within the junior class.“I feel a better sense of community, especially since we had student speakers, because so many people were involved,” Puma said.Junior Kathryn Bush said the experience gave her parents a chance to better understand her life at Notre Dame.“[Our] parents liked to see how we made the University our own,” Bush said.The weekend was not only an opportunity for students to interact, but for parents to meet their children’s friends and their parents, Puma said.JPW also reminded students that graduation is closer than they think, Scherer said.“It gives us a sense that we don’t have much time left here, so we want to enjoy it and have an impact before we leave,” she said.last_img read more

U.S. Coal Production Drops Faster Than Expected, and Well Ahead of Clean Power Plan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Chris Mooney for the Washington Post:Looking at annual production numbers over the past few years, combined with EIA’s prediction for total production in 2016:The U.S. produced 999.7 million short tons of coal in 2014, according to EIA, the large majority of which was consumed to generate electricity right here at home. However, in 2015 that dipped to 895.4 million short tons, a drop of more than 100 million tons in just one year. The drop, incidentally, was considerably more than EIA itself had forecast around this time a year ago, when the agency had expected a decline to 926 million tons.So there was a big decline in U.S. coal production when comparing 2014 with 2015 — but looking at 2016, the drop is expected to be even bigger.“Forecast coal production is expected to decrease by 143 [million short tons] (16%) in 2016, which would be the largest annual percentage decline since 1958,” says EIA. Total production is forecast to just be 752.5 million short tons, or an over 200 million ton decline from the level just 2 years ago.This, too, was not what EIA was expecting. It thought a year ago that coal production would be at 941 million tons this year, a number that looks like it’s now set to be close to 200 million tons off.The gist? Coal production in the United States is falling, faster than expected and long before the U.S. Clean Power Plan, which was stayed by the Supreme Court, has come into effect.These striking numbers show just how fast we’re switching off coal U.S. Coal Production Drops Faster Than Expected, and Well Ahead of Clean Power Planlast_img read more

Google to get 300MW of new TVA solar for Alabama, Tennessee data centers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Times Free Press:The world’s biggest solar producer will build Alabama’s biggest solar farm in Hollywood, Alabama, in the next two years to supply renewable energy for the $600 million data center Google is building on TVA’s former Widows Creek coal plant site.NextEra Energy Resources will build the new 150-megawatt solar farm near the abandoned Bellefonte nuclear plant and sell the power to the Tennessee Valley Authority to help TVA deliver only renewable energy for Google’s nearby facility. A similar-sized solar farm also will be built by Invenergy in Yum Yum, Tennessee to supply another Google data center being built near Clarksville, Tennessee.Collectively, the two solar energy companies will put up 1.6 million solar panels on the two parcels, representing the biggest solar installation in both Tennessee and Alabama and the largest solar farms ever built for Google. Combined, the two new facilities will be capable of generating up to 413 megawatts of electricity at peak periods from the sun.Google is building the new data centers to help meet the rising demand for data transmissions from the search engine giant. Data process centers handle as many as 100 billion searches for Google every month and 500 hours of video uploads to YouTube every minute. Google says its data centers use 50 percent less energy than other comparable data centers. Google also has committed to using only renewable energy to power the facilities.Wednesday’s announcement of the new solar farms for TVA comes less than three months after First Solar and NextEra also announced plans for other 150-megawatt solar farms, also in Tennessee and Alabama, to supply Facebook and other businesses looking for renewable energy to power their operations.More: Largest solar farms in Alabama, Tennessee planned for new Google data centers Google to get 300MW of new TVA solar for Alabama, Tennessee data centerslast_img read more

Systemic racism slows economic growth: Dallas Fed chief Kaplan

first_imgThe comments by the Fed policymakers follow weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism after the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis. The white police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck has been fired and charged with murder.”It’s in the interest of the US,” Kaplan said. “The fastest-growing demographic groups in this country are blacks and Hispanics. If they don’t participate equally, then we’re going to grow more slowly.”Kaplan said the Dallas Fed and the Federal Reserve System have been working for years to improve skills training and education for blacks and Hispanics, who have long endured a higher level of unemployment than whites.Overall unemployment, which spiked dramatically during the shutdowns, is on the way down, Kaplan said, adding that he expects to see positive job growth starting this month. Systemic racism and high unemployment levels among black and Hispanic Americans create a drag on the US economy, Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan said on Sunday.”A more inclusive economy where everyone has an opportunity will mean faster workforce growth, faster productivity growth and will grow faster,” Kaplan said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”Kaplan said he agreed with his counterpart at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, Raphael Bostic – the Fed’s only African-American policymaker – who on Friday called for an end to racism and laid out ways the US central bank can help. He said fiscal policy, which is set by Congress, will be a critical element of the recovery, including unemployment benefits, possibly “restructured to create more incentives for people to go back to work,” and benefits to state and local governments.White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow cited positive signs as the economy reopens, telling CNN, “We are in the recovery stage.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Two Bills Into Law

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today signed two bills into law. The following pieces of legislation are now law:Act 48 — House Bill 823 sponsored by Rep. Greiner clarifies training requirements and other technical aspects of Act 164-2014, which makes continuing education training for elected tax collectors mandatory.Act 49 – Senate Bill 925 sponsored by Senator Rafferty makes the necessary amendments to Title 75 (Vehicles), relating to the issuance of a commercial learner’s permit and commercial driver’s license. Governor Wolf Signs Two Bills Into Law October 22, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Labour’s paid parental bill back on table

first_imgRadio NZ News 24 July 2015The MP who has a paid parental leave bill back on the table for a second time, believes she now has the numbers to get it passed into law.Labour’s Sue Moroney has had her member’s bill – extending paid parental leave from 14 weeks to six months for all parents – drawn from the ballot once again.The Government had threatened to use its financial veto, but in February the bill was narrowly defeated in the House before that happened.Some MPs have been waiting decades for their own bill to be drawn in what could be described as a parliamentarian’s version of the lottery.Ms Moroney said the “ballot goddess” was definitely looking down on the children of New Zealand.“It’s great to have this pulled out again because we have the numbers back again in Parliament to see it through this time,” she said.’s-paid-parental-bill-back-on-tablelast_img read more

Gov’t targeting to test 2M Pinoys for COVID-19

first_imgMANILA – The Philippines is targeting to test at least two percent of its population or 2 million people for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement on Tuesday as he clarified that the country has a program for expanded targeted testing but only individuals who need to be tested will undergo testing. “We plan to be able to reach the capacity of doing 30,000 tests a day,” said Roque, adding that the government has already procured rapid testing kits that were distributed to local government units that do not have existing PCR testing laboratories. Roque explained the expanded target testing is being done for critical or severe cases, mild cases but vulnerable, mild cases but not vulnerable, and for asymptomatics but with close contact or with history of travel. “Kung nagbo-boluntaryo po ang private sector na i-test ang kanilang empleyado bago bumalik sa kanilang mga trabaho, hindi po tututol ang gobyerno, pero hindi po ibig sabihin na walang expanded target testing ang ating bayan,” Roque said. The Palace spokesperson also noted that the country’s testing capacity has grown to 11,127 tests per day as of May 15 from only 5,000 tests daily as of May 2. Healthworkers conduct their routine swab testing for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) on their fellow hospital employees at the Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila. ABS-CBN NEWS “Mali rin yung ginagamit nating term na mass testing. Ang tawag po dapat ay expanded targeted testing. Wala pong bansa sa buong mundo na tine-test ang lahat ng kanilang mga mamamayan. Kaya nga po mali ang terminong mass testing,” he added. “Kinakailangan lang po na pagka-gumamit ng rapid testing kits eh sumunod po sa istriktong health protocols gaya ng pagsusuot ng mask, social distancing at istriktong isolation protocols habang naghihintay ng confirmatory PCR test kung nag positive po sa rapid test,” Roque said./PN “Wala pong perpektong formula, kailangan lang nating sundin ang global benchmark and build capacity to test broadly and swiftly. At ito po ang ating ginagawa,” Roque said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.last_img read more

Pardew may face stadium ban

first_imgNewcasle boss Alan Pardew is facing the prospect of a possible stadium ban at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday after admitting a misconduct charge for headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler. There have been reports that Pardew may take an anger management course, but if he does so this will be entirely his own choice – the commission has no power to order him to do so. The Newcastle manager was given a two-match touchline ban and £20,000 fine in August 2012 for pushing an assistant referee, and the commission is likely to take that offence into account when deciding on the sanction because it occurred within the last two seasons. Pardew was also warned about his conduct in January this year following a heated exchange when he was caught on camera swearing at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. The prospect of a stadium ban, which means he would not be allowed to attend the match at all, rather than a touchline ban is a very real one. Paul Ince was handed a five-match stadium ban in October when he was manager of Blackpool for a “violent push” on a match official. The headbutting incident happened when Magpies were leading 3-1 at the KC Stadium when he and Meyler came into contact as Hull’s Irish midfielder chased a ball out of play close to the Newcastle manager’s technical area. Match referee Kevin Friend cautioned the player for his part in the incident and then sent Pardew to the stands, from where he watched the remainder of the game. Pardew afterwards issued a full apology and Newcastle responded within hours, warning him that his behaviour had been unacceptable and fining him £100,000. Meyler appeared to refer to the incident in his goal celebration during Hull’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Sunderland on Sunday by headbutting the corner flag after scoring. Newcastle are involved in another disciplinary issue too, after midfielder Dan Gosling admitted an FA charge relating to multiple breaches of betting rules. The FA announced that the former Everton man had requested a personal hearing. Pardew will have a personal hearing in front of a three-man independent regulatory commission who will decide on the sanction. The 52-year-old is expected to make a personal statement outlining his contrition at having committed the offence, and the steps he will undertake to improve his behaviour. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more