Forget gold and Bitcoin! I’m buying FTSE 100 stocks to get rich

first_img Following the recent FTSE 100 crash, many investors may have turned to assets such as gold and Bitcoin that appear to offer protection in times of uncertainty. However, in the March stock market crash, the value of these assets declined just as quickly as FTSE 100 stocks. There are some other drawbacks to holding these assets instead of stocks.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…For example, the prices of both gold and Bitcoin are determined by supply and demand. That means they are only worth as much as other investors are willing to pay.On the other hand, the value of FTSE 100 stocks is determined by the underlying cash flows of these businesses. As such, FTSE 100 stocks are likely to produce much higher returns than Bitcoin and gold over the long run.That’s why I think FTSE 100 stocks could be a better investment for investors who want to get rich. But some stocks may offer better total returns than others. Time to buy quality FTSE 100 stocksRight now, the global economy is facing a large number of headwinds that could constrain economic growth for the foreseeable future.Companies and countries around the world have taken on record amounts of debt to try to cope with the coronavirus crisis. As borrowers try to repay creditors in the future, it could have a significant impact on spending. At the same time, a second wave of coronavirus crisis may destabilise the global economic recovery. And consumers may not rush back out to spend as fast as many economists are predicting. Considering all of the above, investors need to be cautious when picking FTSE 100 stocks to buy today. High-quality FTSE 100 shares with large profit margins and strong balance sheets may be the best investments.Moreover, companies that also have a definite competitive advantage may be able to weather the storm better than others. The competitive advantages can be anything from lower costs compared to the rest of the industry to a strong brand that consumers know and trust. Furthermore, high-quality FTSE 100 dividend stocks could become increasingly popular over the coming years.Policymakers around the world have slashed interest rates to record lows to help the economy cope with the coronavirus crisis. This could make the returns on dividend stocks seem far more appealing on a relative basis than other income-producing assets, such as cash and bonds.Therefore, the demand for FTSE 100 dividend stocks may increase dramatically over the coming years as investors seek out income. This would have a positive impact on these companies’ share prices. Invest in growthBitcoin and gold might look like attractive investments in the current uncertain environment.However, the performance of FTSE 100 stocks over the long term has significantly outperformed these assets.So, while there might be further uncertainty ahead for these blue-chip equities, investors who are serious about building a large financial nest egg over the long term should consider buying high-quality FTSE 100 stocks at discount valuations today.  Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 20th June, 2020 Image source: Getty Images Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Forget gold and Bitcoin! I’m buying FTSE 100 stocks to get rich Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Women’s World Cup Final: England 32-41 New Zealand

first_img New Zealand overwhelmed England with a five-try display in the second half to win a fifth Women’s World Cup and deny the defending champions back-to-back titles.England has looked in control at half-time, leading 17-10 and dominating territory and possession. But the Black Ferns were a different beast in the second period, upping the intensity, putting more tempo into the game and rarely allowing England the ball.Prop Toka Natua added two tries to the one she scored in the first half to end the game with a hat-trick while full-back Selica Winiata crossed for the first and seventh tries for the Black Ferns. Charmaine Smith and Kendra Cocksedge scored the other New Zealand tries, with the scrum-half kicking three conversions too.Slide show: Lydia Thompson scores for England in the first half. Photo: Getty ImagesFor England it was the boot of Emily Scarratt, a penalty try and a touchdown for Lydia Thompson that gave them the half-time lead. Thompson added a second after the break but by the time Izzy Noel-Smith crossed late on, the cup was lost.The trophy goes back to New Zealand again after the Black Ferns failed to even reach the semi-finals in 2014.It is a bitter blow for England, particularly given the funding and coverage the XVs programme has experienced this year, but it was a fantastic game of rugby. Fast and furious, it was ideal Saturday night entertainment! As former England hooker Brian Moore tweeeted: “Your rarely get great World Cup finals but that was one.”Opening act: Selica Winiata beats Emily Scarratt to score the first try. Photo: Getty ImagesThe reactionBlack Ferns captain Fiao’o Faamausili, who is retiring from international rugby, said: “I’m extremely happy, on top of the world. The girls really delivered and I couldn’t ask for a better way to finish my rugby career in the black jersey than to take that cup home.“I was in tears because those girls have worked so bloody hard. It’s been three years of commitment, training early hours of the morning, going to work and then training after work. That’s commitment right there. And to see them get their first World Cup gold medal, I’m extremely proud.”FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREEngland coach Simon Middleton paid tribute to New Zealand’s performance as well as his own team’s, saying: “Huge congratulations to New Zealand. They’ve had a great tournament and full credit to them. In terms of our team, I couldn’t be prouder. The girls gave everything but we just couldn’t get enough possession in the second half to turn the game how we wanted.”Heartbreak: England players console one another after losing the final. Photo: Getty ImagesEmily Scarratt concurred on that, adding: “They kept the ball better than we did in the second half and it’s hard to play rugby without the ball. We came to this tournament with a very specific goal, to come away with the trophy, and to reach this point is tough. I’m absolutely gutted.”Captain Sarah Hunter also hailed the team spirit of her side and said: “This is a very special squad. We win together and we lose together.”The round-upThe final may have provided a fitting climax to this World Cup, but there were entertaining games played across Belfast as the teams played off for placings at both Kingspan Stadium and Queen’s University.France, who fell short of making a World Cup final yet again, finished third by beating the USA 31-23. It was another hugely entertaining game, with end-to-end rugby as the two teams showed power and pace, and scored seven tries between them.The French were worthy winners but the improvement shown by the States at this tournament – fourth is their best finish since being runners-up in 1998 – bodes well for the future.Close contest: USA’s Naya Tapper is tackled by two French defenders. Photo: Getty ImagesExpect Wales to make strides going forward too. They beat hosts Ireland 27-17 to finish seventh and  guarantee their place at the next World Cup – and did so with four teenagers on the bench.The Irish will now have to go through the qualification process for WRWC 2021 – whatever that may be as it’s yet to be decided. Ireland failed to fulfil expectations at their own World Cup and it’s little surprise that coach Tom Tierney stood down after this defeat. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 3rd-place play-off: France 31-23 USAFinal: England 32-41 New Zealand Champions: The Black Ferns lift the Women’s World Cup. Photo: Getty Images Over at Queen’s, Canada finished fifth by overcoming Australia 43-12 in their play-off but, like Ireland, they will have been disappointed by their overall campaign as they failed to be as competitive in the pool stages as they were in the June Tests.Italy needed extra-time to beat Spain in the ninth-place play-off but eventually won 20-15 while Japan eased past Hong Kong 44-5 to finish 11th.THE FACTSEngland v New Zealand detailsEngland: E Scarratt; L Thompson (A Wilson Hardy 71), M Jones, R Burford (A Reed 55), K Wilson; K Mclean, N Hunt (LT Mason 59); V Cornborough (R Clark 57), A Cokayne (V Fleetwood 57), S Bern (J Lucas 57), A Scott, T Taylor (H Millar-Mills 64), A Matthews, M Packer (I Noel-Smith 60), S Hunter (captain).Tries: Penalty, Thompson 2, Noel-Smith. Cons: Scarratt 3. Pens: Scarratt 2.New Zealand: S Winiata; P Woodman, S Waaka (T Fitzpatrick T Fitzpatrick 64), K Brazier, R Wickliffe (C Hohepa 60); V Subritzky-Nafatali, K Cocksedge (K Sue 7); T Natua (S Talawadua 77), F Faamausili (captain, TK Ngata-Aerengamate 79), A Itunu (A Nelson 67), E Blackwell (B Wood 28-33), C Smith (B Wood 74), C McMenamin (L Ketu 71), S Goss, A Savage.Tries: Winiata 2, Natua 3, Smith, Cocksedge. Cons: Cocksedge 3.Sin-bin: Goss (20min).The final round matches11th-place play-off: Japan 44-5 Hong Kong7th-place play-off: Ireland 17-27 Wales9th-place play-off: Italy 20-15 Spain5th-place play-off: Australia 12-43 Canada TAGS: Highlight All you need to know about the Women’s World Cup final and the other last-round matcheslast_img read more

David Lloyd Leisure is official Fitness Partner for Sport Relief 2014

first_img Howard Lake | 23 January 2014 | News  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis David Lloyd Leisure is supporting Sport Relief 2014 as the campaign’s Official Fitness Partner. The group’s 78 David Lloyd Clubs will host a series of fundraising initiatives to support the campaign, including a Friends and Family Weekend on 15 and 16 March.Sport Relief 2014 launched this week and runs until Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games which take place between 21 and 23 March.David Lloyd Leisure, will provide an expert fitness team to provide the warm-up for thousands of runners at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on 23 March, one of the landmark venues for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img David Lloyd Leisure is official Fitness Partner for Sport Relief 2014 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

City union strikes in Detroit

first_imgDebt service to banks saps budgetThe writer is a longtime Detroit Water & Sewerage Department city worker and past president of Sanitary Chemists and Technicians Association (formerly United Auto Workers Local 2334).Strikers and supporters outside the waste water plant, Sept. 30.WW photo: Abayomi AzikiweOct. 2 — Workers at the Detroit Waste Water Treatment Plant walked off the job at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, and immediately set up strong picket lines. Members of American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 207 — with 950 members, the largest union among almost 2,000 workers at the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department — had voted Sept. 26 to authorize a strike. According to one union official, the rank-and-file workers jumped the gun on Sept. 30 while union leaders were still making plans for a strike later in the week.On Oct. 1, federal Judge Sean Cox, at the request of management, issued an order for the workers to end the strike. The union’s attorney denounced the order as “outrageous” and announced plans to file a motion to dissolve the order. As of this writing, the workers and the local union leadership remain defiant and on the picket lines.Top management, operating in “panic mode,” according to a chemist on duty Sept. 30, rushed to the plant the first day of the strike. All leaves and vacations were canceled. Workers from other, nonstriking unions were ordered to work 12-hour shifts and told they could not call in sick. Several workers, who had worked all night on Sept. 29, were ordered to stay in the plant and put in over 20 hours.None of these other unions, however, do the same work as the hundreds of ­AFSCME 207 members who keep the waste water plant operating.Detroit city workers have been battered for decades with pay cuts, concessions and wage freezes. Recently the situation has grown even worse. Claiming financial distress, Mayor Dave Bing and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder reached an agreement to overturn collective bargaining and authorize the imposition of vicious wage, benefit and pension cuts on the thousands of city workers.Some DWSD workers had hoped that a ruling by Judge Cox, who oversees the water department, would prevent them from suffering these attacks. The DWSD is a separate entity whose budget is not under the city’s general fund, but is based on revenues from water and sewerage rate-payers.Privatization, union-busting plansIt became clear, however, that DWSD was going to go even further than other city departments in cuts and union busting. DWSD had hired a “consulting firm,” the EMA Group, which issued a report in August calling for the elimination of 81 percent of all public workers in DWSD.The corporate-controlled media ran ridiculous stories alleging that DWSD was overstaffed and wasteful. This, in turn, was used to whip up public opinion against the public utility, especially against the largely African-American work force.A closer examination of the EMA Group report shows that a major recommendation is to privatize large sections of DWSD. This has been a long-term goal of the corporate world for the city of Detroit. About 10 years ago, former DWSD director Victor Mercado brought in a different consulting firm, the Infrastructure Management Group. And federal Judge John Feikens, who had oversight of DWSD before Judge Cox, had authorized the creation of a secret corporate-dominated committee to examine ways to dismantle and outsource the department.Those efforts failed when Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was forced to resign in the face of perjury, obstruction of justice and corruption charges in 2008. Mercado is now undergoing a trial, along with Kilpatrick and others, on federal charges of corruption.DWSD has approved a $48 million contract with EMA Group to implement their union-busting proposals.Priority: paying ‘debt service’ to banks Despite all the anti-worker and anti-union propaganda, the fact is that Detroit’s general fund budget shortfalls and the DWSD’s cries of poverty are caused entirely by the huge interest payments demanded by the big banks.Of DWSD’s sale in June of $660 million in bonds, $300 million goes directly to the biggest banks, including JPMorgan Chase. Debt service — payment to banks — now eats up more than 40 percent of the water department’s revenues.A recent report from Gov. Snyder’s own financial review team found that Detroit had more than enough revenue to cover all city services and pay current workers — except for the fact that payment on the debts owed the banks gets priority. Only after paying debt service to the banks does the city show a deficit. Detroit’s debt is estimated at $16.9 billion!Picket lines honoredThe morning of Oct. 1 found large and militant picket lines at all the gates to the waste water plant. Cars and trucks were used to block the driveways. Starting at 6:20 a.m., no one was allowed into the plant.Workers from other, nonstriking unions took one look at the picket lines and turned around to go home. Vendors and contractor workers have refused to cross picket lines.It has been widely reported that management may fire all workers who went on strike. But these tactics may backfire. City workers in water as well as other —departments are fed up with having all the burden of the economic crisis put on their backs. And the people of Detroit are sick and tired of cuts to their crucial city services.This strike has the potential to trigger a wider fightback by Detroit residents, workers and the poor against the bankers and their lackey politicians who put the profits of the banks ahead of the needs of the people. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Opinion writer gunned down outside Juba home

first_img August 25, 2020 Find out more December 6, 2012 – Updated on May 31, 2016 Opinion writer gunned down outside Juba home Receive email alerts News Organisation RSF_en Online memorial and writing prize launched to mark 30th birthday of slain journalist Christopher Allen News South SudanAfrica News SOUTH SUDAN, Juba to go further South SudanAfrica News December 23, 2020 Find out more RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years on Help by sharing this information Follow the news on South Sudan Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Reporters Without Borders is deeply saddened to learn that Diing Chan Awuol, a leading columnist and critic of South Sudan’s government, was gunned down outside his home in Juba in the early hours of yesterday.An advocate of peace between the two Sudans, Awuol wrote frequent columns for the Sudan Tribune and Gurtong websites and the newspaper Destiny under the pen-name of Isaias Abraham.“His death is a tragic setback to the hopes cherished by South Sudan’s defenders of freedom of opinion since independence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hail the determination displayed by the South Sudanese police, who have pledged to carry out a thorough and effective investigation.“The way this case is handled will be test for freedom of information and free speech in this young nation. Only a tireless fight against impunity for crimes of violence against journalists and other news providers will preserve these freedoms, which are the basis of democracy.”Several journalists such as Alan Boswell, Taban Bonifacio and John Madol Panther have been the target of recent intimidation attempts after criticizing the South Sudanese authorities. Awuol’s last column, published on the Sudan Tribune website on 28 November, was a renewed call for peace between Sudan and South Sudan.When interviewed by a Reporters Without Borders representative in May 2012, information and media minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin took pride in the fact that no South Sudanese journalist had ever been killed in connection with his work.While the motive for Awuol’s murder has yet to be established, the threats he had received in connection with his columns suggest that it was directly linked to the views he expressed.One of Awuol’s relative told the Sudan Tribune: “I knew he would one day be assassinated for his writings and I told him to stop but he said he would prefer to die than to stop writing.”For more information on the state of freedom of information in South Sudan, see the Report “World’s youngest country yet to embark on road to civil liberties” released in July 2012. August 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Government tries to intimidate Radio Free Asia and Voice of America

first_imgNews October 17, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government tries to intimidate Radio Free Asia and Voice of America CambodiaAsia – Pacific February 24, 2021 Find out more Organisation CambodiaAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders and Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) accuse the Cambodian government of trying to intimidate independent reporters when it invited journalists from US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) and Voice of America (VOA) to a closed-door meeting with cabinet officials about their “professionalism.”The purpose of the meeting on 10 October was “to strengthen the quality of professionalism” of their reporting, government spokesman Phay Siphan said, but- among many discussed points- it focussed on two issues on which the government has been widely criticized, the death of environmental activist and fixer Chut Wutty and the long jail term passed on radio journalist Mam Sonando.”The professionalism of these journalists was criticized only because they covered the almost unanimous criticism of Mam Sonando’s sentence and the outrage voiced by many civil society representatives about the decision to abandon the investigation into Chut Wutty’s death,” Reporters Without Borders and CCIM said.”We condemn all the threats against RFA and VOA and attempts to meddle in their activities since the start of the year. We also reiterate our outrage about Mam Sonando’s conviction and the decisions taken in the investigation into Chut Wutty’s death, two cases that are likely to have a major impact on media freedom.”Reporters Without Borders and CCIM added: “We urge the government to radically change its attitude to the media, which has already impaired freedom of information in Cambodia.”The meeting with government officials to which RFA and VOA journalists were summoned was closed to the public. US embassy representatives were the only other people who attended. VOA Khmer service chief Chris Decherd said after the meeting: ‘‘VOA Khmer will continue broadcasting and reporting in the same objective and professional manner we have done for more than five decades (…) It is those citizens who are our audience. They deserve quality news that they can trust.”Radio Free Asia declared “The Cambodian government clearly does not understand the principles of a free press or the important role of independent media if it thinks it can intimidate RFA and dictate what we can or cannot report on. We stand by our stories and our reporters.” The media added: “RFA will continue to report on any and all stories of public interest and concern in an accurate and objective fashion”. RSF_en The judge in charge of the investigation into Chut Wutty’s murder announced on 4 October that the enquiries would not be pursued any further and the main suspect, Ran Boroth, who was in the same forest as the victim on the day he was killed in April, would be released.A Phnom Penh court sentenced Mam Sonando, the 71-year-old owner of independent radio Beehive, to 20 years in prison on 1 October on charges of “insurrection” and “inciting the use of arms against the state” in connection with a supposed uprising n the southeastern province of Kratie in mid-May.RFA and VOA have been the targets of various violations of freedom of information since the start of the year. In September 2011, VOA was threatened with contempt of court proceedings for allegedly revealing confidential information.Cambodia is ranked 117th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. December 28, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Receive email alerts January 21, 2021 Find out more RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” to go further News Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Follow the news on Cambodialast_img read more

From Space Age to New Age, JPL Celebrates 80 Years Of Propelling Mankind Into New Territories

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeauty 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it JPL’s Historian Eric Conway with JPL’s MARS 2020 Mission Manager Jennifer TrosperJPL launches into its eighth decade as the world’s one-of-a-kind innovation institution that has changed the world and advanced mankind in remarkable ways that many only dreamed of when it was created in the early 20th century.What started as an idea from Caltech rocket enthusiasts in the 1930’s has since morphed into an international hot zone for the world’s most impressive technological advancements that seek to explore the universe far away and continue to push the envelope and change the way we live right here on earth in 2016.“The biggest transformation for JPL was when we ceased to do ballistic missiles and started doing planetary exploration in 1958,” explained JPL’s Historian Eric Conway.JPL’s beginnings can be traced to the mid-1930s, when a few Caltech students and amateur rocket enthusiasts started tinkering with rockets. After an unintended explosion occurred on campus, the group and its experiments relocated to an isolated area next to the San Gabriel Mountains, the present-day site of JPL, according to JPL’s website.It was was sponsored by the U.S. Army to develop rocket technology and the Corporal and Sergeant missile systems. JPL transitioned indefinitely whenit launched America’s first satellite, Explorer 1, in 1958 and has since participated in more than 114 missions to space since its formation.“The dreams and spirit of exploration that originally propelled JPL into the forefront of rocket research and ultimately deep-space exploration continue to this day. I think the pioneers of JPL would be very proud to know that today we have some two dozen spacecraft and instruments studying our solar system, the universe and our home planet, Earth,” said JPL Director Mike Watkins.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was founded in October 1958, and JPL was transferred from the Army to the new agency and has been structured as an FFRDC(Federally Funded Research and Development Center) dedicated to the robotic exploration of space.In the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s, NASA focused JPL’s expertise on large, complex, one-of-a-kind space missions, according to the website.This era produced the Voyagers to the outer planets, the Vikings to Mars (in partnership with NASA’s Langley Research Center), the Galileo mission to the Jupiter system (in partnership with NASA’s Ames Research Center), and Cassini-Huygens to the Saturn system (in partnership with the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency).“It’s hard to find a science book where a JPL mission hasn’t had an impact on what’s written in it. The technologies and the capabilities that are here are being used to advance national and international purposes. That’s a neat thing,” said JPL’s MARS 2020 Mission Manager Jennifer Trosper.Another defining moment for America in space came in 1962, when the JPL-built Mariner 2 flew past Venus to become the world’s first spacecraft to successfully encounter another planet.JPL’s technology creations are widely integrated for eventually consumer use. Some examples include cell phone cameras and streamlined coding and digital compression that is used for things like CD’s, streaming media and so on.“Everybody loves their cell phone camera, for example. A lot of that starts with the thinking, the people and the richness of the information and the technology that we have here,” said Trosper.Conway and Trosper mentioned that the most noticeable difference in JPL in 2016 compared to 80 years ago is the sheer expansion of its facilities and the growth of employees that went from just a few people to several thousand employees.“The culture and the makeup of the people at JPL has changed over time. It’s always been an academic environment, but certainly there are more women scientists and engineers here now more than ever. We’re evolving in a more diverse way,” explained Trosper .There are a couple common public misconceptions that “JPL-ers” can agree upon.“There’s an image in the public mind that we’re just ‘The Big Bang Theory’ kind of people,” said Trosper. “That’s not entirely true.”Another misconception is the idea that JPL is a top secret place that solely focuses on going to Mars and similar missions. Earth science projects account for approximately one third of JPL’s budget, according to Conway.“We have continued that character of challenging the status quo. JPL is what it is today because the people attract the people. There aren’t places like this,” said Trosper. “We’re doing more international cooperation than competition, which is an interesting transformation.”It’s safe to say that JPL-ers are visionaries with big plans for the future.“I’d like to see JPL being involved in imaging the first habitable planet. That hasn’t been done yet. We’d like to be the first place to identify habitable worlds. We’ll get there,” said Conway. Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe 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.center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff News Feature Stories From Space Age to New Age, JPL Celebrates 80 Years Of Propelling Mankind Into New Territories By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | 7:50 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Community News 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 EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Mother struck, killed by car while trying to save students outside Texas elementary school

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) — When a car careened toward a woman and students outside a Texas elementary school, she put herself in front of the children before being struck and killed, according to the school district.The woman and three students were struck by a driver who had apparently hit the accelerator instead of the brake by accident in the parking lot of Tippin Elementary School Monday afternoon, according to the El Paso Independent School District.As the car headed forward, the mother stepped in front of the three children and took the brunt of the hit, witnesses reported, according to school district spokesman Gustavo Reveles.The woman died at the scene, the district said, and the three injured students were taken to hospitals. Her relationship to the children was unclear.Reveles called the elementary school and district “a tight-knit community and one that takes care of its own, especially the children.”“We’re saddened by the event but not surprised that someone would sacrifice themselves in this manner,” he told ABC News Tuesday.The children were listed in varying conditions, including critical and critical but stable, Reveles said, adding that he didn’t know the name of the woman or the driver.Counselors responded to the scene to help students and staff who witnessed the accident, the district said, and the driver was taken into custody but it’s unclear whether charges have been filed.The school district called it a “tragic accident.”“At times like this, students process grief in many ways,” the school district said in a statement, adding that counselors will be available at school Tuesday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

ECJ ruling stops payment capping on insolvent firms

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that state guaranteeorganisations should be allowed to pay employees of an insolvent company morethan the minimum required to cover their basic needs. In a case brought against Italy’s National Social Welfare Institution(INPS), the court also said national laws should not order deductions fromguarantee fund handouts where a failed business paid its employees some moneywhile being wound up. Specifically, the ECJ judges ruled that Directive 80/987/EEC does not allowgovernments to limit payments to the sum needed to cover basic needs, nor arethey allowed to deduct payments made by the employer to its staff before thecompany was wound up. Previous Article Next Article ECJ ruling stops payment capping on insolvent firmsOn 23 Mar 2004 in Insolvency, Personnel Todaylast_img read more

High-latitude ocean ventilation and its role in Earth’s climate transitions

first_imgThe processes regulating ocean ventilation at high latitudes are re-examined based on a range of observations spanning all scales of ocean circulation, from the centimetre scales of turbulence to the basin scales of gyres. It is argued that high-latitude ocean ventilation is controlled by mechanisms that differ in fundamental ways from those that set the overturning circulation. This is contrary to the assumption of broad equivalence between the two that is commonly adopted in interpreting the role of the high-latitude oceans in Earth’s climate transitions. Illustrations of how recognizing this distinction may change our view of the ocean’s role in the climate system are offered.last_img