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Boeing satellite launches today

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMade at Boeing Co.’s Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, the first Wideband Global SATCOM is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida during a 71-minute launch window starting at 5:22 p.m. PDT. Once in orbit, the so-called WGS will represent the Department of Defense’s highest capacity communications satellite. The first WGS eventually will be joined by others to form a constellation of five Boeing-built satellites. WGS will perform the functions of an existing constellation known as the Defense Satellite Communications System, or DSCS, which supports all three military branches. “This one (WGS) satellite has more capability than the entire DSCS constellation, which has nine satellites,” said Col. Donald Robbins, the Air Force’s commander of the Wideband Satellite Communications Group. “What that does for the warfighter is it allows him to communicate at a level that he cannot communicate today. It’s kind of a quantum leap for them. It’s equivalent to going from dial-up to broadband.” The Space and Missile Systems Center, at the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, oversees the WGS program for the military and bought the first satellite from Boeing. WGS will not have global reach until three of the satellites are in orbit. After the third satellite is launched, as early as next year – followed by several months of standard testing – troops on the battlefield, aircraft and ships will be able to quickly send large amounts of information to almost any location on the planet. In addition, WGS will operate in two frequencies, the X-band, used heavily by the Army, and the Ka-band, which carries broadcast signals. The military’s Global Broadcast Service constellation provides one-way Ka-band signals. By contrast, WGS will provide two-way Ka-band signals. The new satellite system will also be able to “cross-band,” which involves communications using both frequencies simultaneously. “It’s huge for the military,” Robbins said. “So someone sitting in Baghdad with an X-band terminal can talk to someone with a Ka-band terminal. It gives the troops in the field more flexibility, capability and connectivity.” Boeing was awarded its first WGS contract in January 2001. The Air Force estimates that each satellite will cost about $350 million. The WGS is based on Boeing’s largest commercial satellite model, the 702. Using a so-called “off-the-shelf” commercial model for a military mission is saving the government time and money, Robbins said. Development of the WGS was a collaboration between the Air Force, Boeing, the Army and El Segundo-based The Aerospace Corp., a federally funded think tank. Mark Spiwak, Boeing’s WGS program director, called the collaboration “very effective and productive.” “There can be no better benefactor for these enhanced services than those who fight to defend the nation and preserve the peace,” Spiwak said in a prepared statement to the Daily Breeze. The WGS had been scheduled to launch Tuesday, but a data anomaly involving the Atlas V launch vehicle led the Air Force to delay a day. The fourth WGS satellite is scheduled for launch in 2011, with the fifth in 2012. muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MILITARY: Device built in El Segundo has greater defense capacity than earlier models. By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER A Boeing-built satellite will launch into orbit today to help propel the U.S. military into an age of more powerful communications. last_img read more


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The Barcelona v Chelsea quiz

first_imgChelsea and Barcelona have been involved in some memorable encounters. Test your knowledge of the history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-4]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img


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The Case for Presenting Last

first_imgIt can be tough to be the last to present. Your dream client may believe they have seen and heard it all before you show up. They are likely burnt out from the process of selecting a new partner. And unless you have something new to say, it can be really tough to get traction. That’s the downside. But there is a compelling upside, too.Going first may help you get to your dream client when they’re still fresh, but they won’t have discovered some of the questions they need answered until they’ve had more conversations. By the time you present, your dream client will have already learned enough to know what they really need. By having had a number of conversations they will have dialed into what’s really important.The fact that your dream client has decided what they need will come through loud and clear in their questions. When they ask you how you do something–or what you believe–it’s because they have decided that it’s important. It means they have some real concern they need addressed. They’re still looking for the right answer.If ever there was an opportunity to dispense with the presentation and get real, presenting last provides you that opportunity. You can easily say, “I’m sure you’ve seen enough slides, and I can’t imagine you’re very interested in a map of our locations. How about we talk about what’s most important to you and see if we can share some ideas about how we might help?”I have yet to have anyone refuse the opportunity to dispense with the slide deck (although I have sometimes found it helpful to have it up to point to a slide or two that does a particularly good job explaining something).Batting cleanup provides you with the opportunity to do just that: you can clean up your dream client’s outstanding issues and resolve their concerns, positioning yourself as the right solution.QuestionsWould you rather present early in your buyer’s process or later, after they’ve seen some of your competitors?What are the advantages of presenting early?How do you take advantage of being the last presentation your dream client will see? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more


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SC extends deadline for Assam NRC final draft till July 30

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday extended its June 30 deadline for publication of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam by a month.The leeway given by a Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi came after the government and the State Coordinator agreed to adhere to the new deadline.State NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela had last week said it would not be possible to release the final draft of the NRC as scheduled on June 30 due to the floods in the State. The NRC is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in Assam.The Bench asked the State Chief Secretary and DGP to immediately provide adequate security to Mr. Hajela and his family members, including his children, in view of the work done by him. It asked them to file a compliance report immediately after taking a decision on the issue.The apex court said it will consider all the interlocutory applications and other related matters on July 31.Akhil Gogoi, leader of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti said: “The delay is because the BJP and RSS do not want the final draft to be published for loss of face. Flood was a mere excuse on the part of (NRC Coordinator) Prateek Hajela to delay the exercise at the bidding of BJP and RSS. The flood had affected only three districts. They could have published the data for the rest of the State.”Matiur Rahman, working president of the Assam Sanmilita Mahasangh said: “The delay is because of a ploy to include illegal migrants. This is all the more reason why 1951 should be made the cut-off year for inclusion in NRC.”(With inputs from Rahul Karmakar)last_img read more


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M4health Dialogue

first_imgPosted on November 4, 2010June 20, 2017By: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)It was my great pleasure to moderate the most recent Maternal Health Policy Dialogue at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, co-sponsored by the MHTF and UNFPA with invaluable technical assistance from USAID: “New Applications for Existing Technologies to Improve Maternal Health.” An impressive panel was convened; each of them brought a unique and complementary perspective to the role that digital technologies, especially mobile phones, can and does play in improving maternal health in developing countries.As they have done with each of these Maternal Health Policy Dialogues, our colleagues at the Woodrow Wilson Center have posted an excellent summary report along with photos and copies of the panelists’ presentations on their website. A video of the session is also available there.New and existing communications technologies demonstrate great potential to fill vital gaps in referral, data collection, training, patient monitoring and so many other challenges to improving maternal health especially in remote communities. This policy dialogue and the upcoming mHealth Summit are contributing to the exciting and accelerating movement to apply existing communications technologies to solving one of the world’s most enduring and devastating public health challenges: maternal mortality and morbidity.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more


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10 months agoMan Utd sent scouts to watch Napoli defender Koulibaly at Anfield

first_imgMan Utd sent scouts to watch Napoli defender Koulibaly at Anfieldby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have sent scouts to watch Napoli defender Kalibou Koulibaly.The Red Devils fell 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool after falling 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday.Manager Jose Mourinho is desperate for defensive reinforcements this January and Koulibaly is his number one target.And according to The Sun, United have recently had people in the stands watching the Senegalese centre-back.An Old Trafford source said: “The club had people there and it wasn’t just to run the rule over Liverpool.”They wanted to see what Koulibaly was like against English opposition after watching him a few times in Italy.”He impressed everyone and the need for players at the back has never been more evident.”It is reported that United are willing pay £90m for the 27-year-old. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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10 months ago​Klopp demands Liverpool stay ‘angry, greedy’ against Newcastle

first_img​Klopp demands Liverpool stay ‘angry, greedy’ against Newcastleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp wants his Liverpool side to stay hungry against Newcastle United.Klopp knows the challenge facing the team if they want to win the Premier League. While they are four points ahead of Manchester City, the two teams meet on January 3rd in what will be a titanic clash.And the Reds will want to maintain the four point gap going into that fixture.Klopp said in his press conference: “The most important thing for us is [the reaction] after you win the last game – that is why the Wolves game was such a big challenge.”Because we played against United a few days, and before that against Napoli, you are on the big stage.”Then going to Wolverhampton, not only on players’ minds but in people’s mind, you could drop focus a little bit.”So I was really happy with our attitude. That is what we need – to stay angry, greedy and in the job. That is what we have to do against Newcastle.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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Michael J Fox Talks With AARP The Magazine

first_imgTwenty-six years after he was given 10 years left to act, Michael J. Fox continues to share his youthful smile as one of the most recognizable and beloved actors in television and film.ARRP Magazine – Michael J. FoxIn an exclusive interview with AARP The Magazine (ATM), Fox gives his thoughts on conquering adversity, his deep family bonds, and the importance of Medicare. Most importantly, he answers the big question: Just why is Michael J. Fox still smiling 26 years after his Parkinson’s diagnosis?How enduring is Michael J. Fox’s popularity? Look no further than that standing ovation he got after arriving onstage at the Oscars in a Back to the Future-vintage DeLorean. At 55, Fox, a father of four, is happily married to his first and only wife, actress Tracy Pollan. His classic roles over nearly 45 years in the entertainment industry include Marty McFly in Back to the Future, Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties, Mike Flaherty on Spin City — and most recently, Lewis Canning on The Good Wife.Off-screen, his Michael J. Fox Foundation has brought awareness to Parkinson’s disease and funded more than $700 million in research. Through it all, he tells AARP The Magazine, the thing that keeps him smiling the most is his best friend: Gus, the family’s dog.The following are excerpts from AARP The Magazine’s April/May 2017 cover story featuring Michael J. fox, available in homes starting April and available online now at www.aarp.org/magazine/.Michael J. Fox and Gus On why his Parkinson’s makes him laugh:“You sure you want the truth?” Fox asks, raising his right arm and beholding the hand as it flutters about, as if in pursuit of some irksome flying pest. “The truth is that on most days, there comes a point where I literally can’t stop laughing at my own symptoms.”“Just the other morning I come into the kitchen. Oh, good, coffee. I’m gonna get some! No, wait – I’m gonna get some for Tracy –who’s at the table with the paper. I pour a cup – a little trouble there. Then I put both hands around the cup. She’s watching. ‘Can I get that for you, dear?’ ‘Nah, I got it!’ Then I begin this trek across the kitchen. It starts off bad. Only gets worse. Hot java’s sloshing onto my hands, onto the floor…”Fox begins to raise the volume and pitch of his voice to convey his own teetering ineptitude and denial.“…And Tracy’s watching calmly, going, ‘Darling, why don’t you [emphatic expletive] let me get it?’ ’I’m almost there, babe!’ Of course, by the time I reach the table, the cup’s all but empty. ’Here’s your coffee, dear – enjoy!’”“There’s the fact that it’s 7 in the morning and ‘this is how we begin our day – the right way!’ But the thing that makes it hilarious to me is when I think of someone else watching all this and thinking, Poor Michael can’t even get the coffee – it’s so sad!’” On his conversation with Muhammad Ali:“Muhammad Ali [who suffered from Parkinson’s syndrome for 32 years before his death last June] called me at home,” Fox says. “And in this raspy, paper-thin voice, he said, ‘Aahhhhh…Michael, now that you’re in it, we’ll win this fight.’ What could I say? Sitting there alone listening to Muhammad Ali, this giant – I was welling up, almost openly weeping.” On his connection to his wife through adversity:“…Tracy was just like, ’You’ve got a stone in your shoe. We’ll do what we can until you can get it out. In the meantime, if you limp with the stone, that’s all right. You can hold my hand and we’ll get over that.” On his realization after he went public with his Parkinson’s diagnosis:“After I made my diagnosis public back in 1998, I began to realize that Parkinson’s gives you two things to reckon with,” Fox explains. “You deal with the condition, and you deal with people’s perception of the condition. It was easy for me to tune in to the way other people were looking into my eyes and seeing their own fear reflected back. I’d assure them that ’I’m doing great’ – because I was. After a while, the disconnect between the way I felt and the dread people were projecting just seemed, you know, funny.” On how he copes with Parkinson’s“My visible symptoms are distracting, but none of them hurt,” Fox says, shrugging. “The only real pain I get is in my feet, which sometimes shuffle and curl up in cramps when I’m sleeping – which is why I keep a very stiff pair of shoes on the floor next to my bed.” On how he has changed his method of acting:Ever since his diagnosis at age 29, Fox has learned to adapt his method of acting that has earned him 18 Emmy nominations, with five wins. “I no longer have my stuff, the big bag of tricks I relied on in the past,” Fox admits. “I can’t do a double take anymore, for one. I’m more into the moment of what I’m doing because I don’t – I can’t – have any expectations. I’m forced to approach every take as a whole new thing. My experience of acting has become much more still and quiet and surprising to me. I think I’ve been given a power of observation that is not self-observation – which is what acting should be.” On his relationship and connection to his doctors:“A funny thing happened,” Fox recalls. “Doctors reached out to me. And I reached out to doctors. More important, the Parkinson’s community reached out to me, and I immediately felt better, just empowered, knowing there were people who understood what I was going through. It was also empowering for physicians, specialists and researchers I began meeting all over the country. They’d never had a patient coming in and saying, ‘Hey, what’s in your petri dish?’ They’d go, ‘You really wanna know?’ Hell, yeah, I wanted to know! ‘Then I’m gonna show you!’ And so we’d be standing there, both thinking, the stuff in that dish could affect me. There was a primal satisfaction to that.” On the Importance of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare:“On average, Parkinson’s patients in this country spend $12,000 to $17,000 a year out of pocket,” he recites. “Eighty percent of Parkinson’s patients are on Medicare,” which is why Fox and some 200 grassroots community members, representing 43 states, traveled to Washington in February to visit Capitol Hill. “If the Affordable Care Act and even Medicare come under the knife, that’s not political,” Fox says. “That’s our lives.” Michael J. Fox’s 6 Rules for Surviving AdversityExercise: Especially if you have Parkinson’s disease. “We’ve learned it will prolong your ability to operate positively in the world.”Pacing: “It helps me think – the physical motion creates intellectual motion.”Acceptance: “It isn’t resignation, and it freed me to actively deal with and endeavor to change my situation. I like to say, ‘My happiness goes in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.’”Honesty: Don’t remain silent or ashamed about illness. Once Fox went public with his condition, he says, “it was empowering to have people understand what I was going through – I immediately felt better.”Optimism: “I hate when people say, ’You’re giving them false hope.’ To me, hope is informed optimism.”Humor: “I laugh at [my involuntary movements and the scenes they create]. There are times when I love these things.”last_img read more


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Blind Japanese sailor completes nonstop Pacific voyage

first_imgTokyo: A blind Japanese sailor completed his non-stop Pacific voyage on Saturday, local media reported, becoming the first sightless person on record to navigate a vessel across the vast ocean. Mitsuhiro Iwamoto arrived at port in Fukushima in his 12-metre (40-foot) sailboat on Saturday morning, around two months after he left California. Iwamoto, a 52-year-old San Diego resident, sailed from the US city on February 24 with Doug Smith, an American navigator who verbally helped him by offering information such as wind directions. This was his second attempt after his initial voyage was cut short six years ago when his yacht hit a whale and sank. “I’m home. Thank you,” Iwamoto told the welcoming party after his yacht sailed into Fukushima, ending a journey of some 14,000 kilometres (8,700 miles). “I didn’t give up and I made a dream come true,” Iwamoto was quoted by Japan’s Kyodo News as saying. It was the first Pacific crossing by a blind sailor, Kyodo News said. Iwamoto, who lost his sight at the age of 16, made the voyage to raise funds for charity, including efforts to prevent blinding diseases, according to his website.last_img read more


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As Manmohan retires from RS his political fate hangs in balance

first_imgNew Delhi: Immediately after the formation of newly elected government at the centre, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohon Singh will retire from Rajya Sabha along with another Congress member Santiuse Kujur from the state of Assam.But the question of re-nomination for both them is almost ruled out as the Congress party does not have enough strength to reelect them. Both Dr Singh and Kujur will retire on 16th June of this year. Next, in the month of July, another six members will also retire from the house of elders. All of them were elected from Tamil Nadu. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Congress party does not have enough legislatures in Tamil Nadu to get elected anyone. In this circumstance, the political fate of former Prime Minister is hanging in the balance, sources said. Immediately, there will not be any vacancy from other states. In this circumstance, consecutive five-time elected Dr Singh will be out of the Parliament. It’s not clear whether Dr Singh will prefer to keep himself away from the active role as a parliamentarian. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDuring the course of seat negotiations in Bihar, apparently, BJP had promised to accommodate Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan in Rajya Sabha from Assam. Paswan himself announced this decision in a press conference in Delhi recently. And for that reason, he opted out from contesting in the Lok Sabha poll. But Paswan’s nomination from Asaam appears doubtful as state BJP raised a red flag to accommodate anyone outside the state. Sources close to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal did confirm that BJP president Amit Shah had a discussion with a local party for ensuing RS election. But Paswan’s name was never figured in the discussion. BJP does not want to discuss this issue before the Lok Sabha poll as it might affect ongoing election process, especially in Bihar where ruling NDA has a lot of stakes. Presently in Assam legislative assembly BJP has a strength of 61 members and they have an alliance with AGP which has 14 MLAs and Bodoland People’s Front with 14 MLAs. Congress has only 25 MLAs and they form an understanding with All India Democratic Front, a party of minorities, which has 13 MLAs. By simple arithmetic BJP can wrests both the seats from Congress easily. BJP has already given an assurance to AGP to accommodate one of their members in Rajya Sabha. And second seat from their own. Earlier, once Congress party accommodated Sanjay Sing of UP in Assam which created a lot of dissension within the party. BJP does not want to repeat that exercise. These days sentiments against “outsiders” are running high. In this circumstance, nomination for Paswan will face a lot of opposition in the state.last_img read more