Spacewalkers complete 4 years of power upgrades for station

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A four-year effort to modernize the International Space Station’s power grid is finally complete. A pair of NASA astronauts installed the last battery during a spacewalk Monday, and the unit checked out well. It was the second spacewalk in five days for Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover. Over the weekend, flight controllers in Houston used the station’s big robot arm to replace the last batch of old batteries with a new, more powerful one. Hopkins and Glover quickly put the finishing touches on this newest lithium-ion battery. Their work completes a series of spacewalks that began in 2017.last_img read more

On Your Feet!’s Ana Villafane Reveals How She First Met Gloria Estefan

first_img Related Shows On Your Feet! Ana Villafañe The story of how Gloria and Emilio Estefan met and conga’d their way into musical iconography is the center of attention in On Your Feet!, now in previews at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. The two superstars recently sat down with CBS News to discuss how the musical encapsulates the American Dream. While the show certainly displays the challenges the pair faced as Cuban Americans, according to Gloria, its message is all about unity: “I’m hoping that [audiences] realize how much more similar we all are than just merely celebrating our differences.” In the segment, Gloria and her on-stage counterpart, newcomer Ana Villafañe, visit the Catholic High School that they both attended, and Villafañe reveals that long before she landed her dream job of playing Gloria Estefan, the two crossed paths at a book signing. Check it all out below. On Your Feet! opens officially on November 5. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017 View Commentslast_img read more

Colombian National Army Destroys Cocaine Laboratories

first_imgWhen Costa Rica disbanded its Armed Forces in 1948, the Coast Guard assumed responsibility for protecting the Central American nation’s waters. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Troops with the Colombian National Army recently destroyed three clandestine cocaine-producing laboratories in the departments of Antioquia, Nariño, and Valle del Cauca, the Army reported on its website. Gustavo Mata will lead Costa Rica’s international counter-narcotics fight after current Public Security Minister Celso Gamboa steps down from his post on February 16, announced President Luis Guillermo Solís. Mata, the former Vice Minister of Public Security and former Deputy Director for the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), said he will strive to prevent violent crimes, including homicides and robberies, and improve nationwide safety. He pledged to continue working in cooperation with the Colombian and U.S. Armed Forces to bolster Costa Rica’s counter-narcotics fight, and added that he will reach out to the OIJ and the Prosecutor’s Office to gain insight as to how his ministry and the National Police can further their collaboration. Costa Rica names Gustavo Mata as Public Security Ministercenter_img By Dialogo February 12, 2015 Soldiers with the Army’s Sixth Division dismantled a laboratory in the town of Turbo in the Department of Antioquia belonging to Clan Úsuga, one of the country’s most ruthless narco-trafficking groups. Among other items, Troops seized a 55-gallon can containing processed coca. Meanwhile, Troops with the Army’s Third Division discovered and dismantled two cocaine-producing laboratories in Nariño Department, where they confiscated 4,825 gallons of coca base and 150 kilograms of coca leaves at a drug processing lab operated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). And in another operation, Soldiers discovered and dismantled a laboratory in Valle del Cauca containing 240 gallons of coca leaves. last_img read more

Lawyers in the Legislature: Smith leads the House Democrats

first_img Smith leads the House Democrats January 1, 2006 Regular News Lawyers in the Legislature: Smith leads the House Democratscenter_img Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, has a regular way to needle his former law school classmate, Rep. Chris Smith, D-Ft. Lauderdale.Hasner contributed to Smith’s first legislative campaign in 1998, four years before Hasner made his own successful run. Now, “sometimes when I vote against his things, he said he wants his money back,” Smith says with a chuckle.That personal relationship between two members of opposing parties may also be a symbol for broader relations between Republicans and Democrats in the Florida House. Eight years after the GOP became the majority party, the two sides are learning how to live together if not agree on issues.Smith has an inside view, serving as minority leader in the House. First elected in 1998, he joined the House as the Republicans began their second term as the majority party, and the two parties were still learning their roles, he said.“It was tough because you had people who were used to being in the majority in the minority. It’s tough to go from committee chair to the back of the room,” Smith said. For the other party, “Everything the Republicans wanted to do in the last 50 years, they said, ‘Let’s do it and chill the Democrats.’”After some rocky sessions, the two parties are learning how to function and get along better. Much of the credit, Smith said, goes to current House Speaker Allan Bense, R-Panama City, and some goes to members themselves. Smith noted when he was elected, he knew he would be joining the minority party in the House, and expected it would stay that way for years. Likewise, new Republicans expected to be in the majority. More veteran lawmakers, used to their historic roles in the majority or minority, were replaced as term limits kicked in.“Everyone has settled into their roles,” Smith said.As for him personally, “I’ve been able to work my way through the system. I think my training as a lawyer has helped being in the minority in the House,” he said.His proudest accomplishments have been being able to take some of the rough edges off harsh legislation, particularly in the criminal justice system, that has been proposed. Smith called some of those proposals, such as the 10-20-life law on using guns in a crime and the three strikes legislation on repeat offenders, “bumper sticker” laws — simple answers to sometimes complex problems.“I’m a big believer in judicial discretion and a lot of these laws take away discretion from judges,” Smith said. “As a lawyer, I was able to see how bad these laws were. Sometimes something happens and the legislature is quick to come up with a bill to handle it. As a lawyer I’m able to analyze the bill and see how it will be used. . . or point out this can already be done within the law.”He dates his interest in the law to his days growing up in South Florida and watching W. George Allen and Raleigh Rollins fighting in the courts for civil rights. After attending Jefferson C. Smith University and getting a degree in political science in 1992, he entered the Florida State University College of Law, where he received his law degree in 1995.He practices civil litigation, mostly defense work, as a partner in Johnson, Anselmo, Murdoch, Burke, Piper and McDuff in Ft. Lauderdale.The legislature attracted him, Smith said, because “I could make a real change and help with some of the ills of our state.” He jokes that while he enjoys the work, his partners are looking forward to the term-limited completion of his House service at the end of 2006.That may not last long. Smith noted that his local state Senate seat will become open because of term limits in 2008. He’s interested, both because he expects party prospects are on the upswing and because he enjoys the principled types of debates he has with fellow representatives such as Hasner.“I think things are going to start switching back. I think you’re going to see Democrats start getting more seats,” Smith predicted. “The pendulum always swings back and I think the legislature will moderate itself a little bit more.”As for Hasner, “He and I disagree on most bills, but it’s great to have those intellectual disagreements. I really enjoy arguing with him, because we understand it’s an intellectual argument and not a pop cultural argument. You can just go ahead and duke it out and disagree and remain friends.”And if there are other attorneys thinking about the possibility of legislative service, Smith had brief advice: “Do it.”He added. “We need more lawyers; we need more people who actually understand the law and can rationally look at how it will be used.”last_img read more

Your need to control is killing your team

first_imgWhen I was a young CEO, my biggest fear was disappointing those who believed in me. So, I compensated by working crazy hours and overseeing every single minute detail of my company. It didn’t take long for me to see the red flags of my actions: I was burnt out, my team was unhappy, and employees were quitting at an alarming rate. I wasn’t micromanaging because I had cruel intentions; I was simply afraid of failing.Often for a business leader, what typically starts as a well-intentioned push for excellence can quickly turn into a management nightmare where insecurity and fear of failure take control.In order to ensure their teams deliver the quality levels they demand, leaders will insist everything earns their stamp of approval before seeing the light of day. But as teams grow larger and larger, this amount of micromanaging will simply choke the life out of their budding businesses.The founder of one of the largest ad agencies in the U.S., Jordan Zimmerman, recently told Entrepreneur that a company led by a micromanager will never become a large, thriving powerhouse. Leaders need to learn how to let go, and that’s only possible once they build trust with their teams. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Egypt matches Nigerian win, goes top of group ahead of Uganda

first_imgThe teams are in Group B — labelled the ‘group of death’ as it contains three 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Algeria, Cameroon and Nigeria.Algeria host record seven-time African qualifiers Cameroon later on Sunday in Blida, a venue where the North African Desert Foxes are virtually invincible.Iwobi of Arsenal pounced on a weak headed clearance to slam the ball past goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene from close range on 32 minutes.Neat one-touch passing set Iheanacho of Manchester City free 10 minutes later and he rounded Mweene before calmly pushing the ball into the net.A blunder from Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo allowed Mbesuma to score by firing past impressive goalkeeper Carl Ikeme from inside the penalty area.Just a few hours after the Nigerians became the first away winners in the African group phase, Egypt matched the achievement by defeating Congo 2-1 in Brazzaville.Ferebory Dore beat 43-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary with a far-post header to give the hosts a first half lead.Mohamed Salah from Italian Serie A outfit Roma headed the equaliser just before half-time, then set up the winner for Abdallah Saied close to the hour mark.Egypt, whose last of two World Cup appearances was 26 years ago, top Group E with three points, Ghana and Uganda have one each and Congo none.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Egyptians celebrate and below, action in the Ghana versus Uganda game ResultsGhana 0 Uganda 0Congo 1 Egypt 2Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Nigeria opened their 2018 World Cup group-phase qualifying campaign with a 2-1 victory in Zambia on Sunday thanks to goals from English Premier League duo Alex Iwobi and Kelechi IheanachoThe 20-year-old strikers scored in the opening half before a capacity 40,000 crowd at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in central city Ndola that included President Edgar Lungu.Zambia dominated the second half and veteran striker Collins Mbesuma set up a tense finish by halving the deficit 19 minutes from time.But an equaliser eluded the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets), who are seeking a first World Cup appearance while the Super Eagles have already been to the finals five times.last_img read more

CDC: Coronavirus could be around through all of 2020

first_imgIn an interview with CNN, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said that coronavirus could be around for the entire duration of 2020 as the CDC prepares for the possibility of a widespread infection.In China thousands have been infected, and hundreds have died.As of right now, there has only been 15 confirmed cases in the United States. Eight in California; two in Illinois; and one in Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Texas.Redfield says that there is a possibility of it becoming a “community virus,” aggressively monitoring those with suspected and confirmed cases buys the CDC time while they figure out what to do.Health officials still do not know how coronavirus is spread, and there is no cure.last_img read more

Westport Winery Earns Three Platinum Medals in Best of the Best…

first_imgSubmitted by Westport Winery Just in time for Christmas, Westport Winery learned that three of their wines had earned Platinum medals in Wine Press Northwest’s 2013 Best of the Best Platinum Judging.Bog Berry Blush, a blend of Gewurztraminer and cranberry, benefiting the WSU Cranberry Research Station and Museum in Long Beach was one of the big winners. Captain Grays Gewurztraminer made with grapes from Red Willow Vineyards in the Yakima AVA brought top honors along with benefiting the Grays Harbor Symphony. The label for this wine was created by Westport watercolorist Barbara Sampson. Boat Shed Red a blend of Petite Sirah from Jones Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope AVA and Sangiovese from Red Willow Vineyards, produced by Westport Winery under the Maritime Wines brand, was the third honoree with a label featuring work by Tokeland artist Wally Mann.This is an invitational event for wines that won gold medals this year in international competitions from wineries in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. From there the wines were evaluated in a blind taste testing at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick, Washington in October.Both Bog Berry Blush and Captain Grays Gewurztraminer are available for tasting at the winery. Boat Shed Red has been sold out for several months.In addition to these medals announced in the Winter 2013/2014 issue of Wine Press Northwest, the publication includes an article by Andy Perdue, titled More Than A Winery, which includes numerous quotes by Westport’s co-owner Kim Roberts, regarding her family’s strategies in creating what has been voted Best in the Northwest Winery and Wine Destination.Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery are open daily at 11a.m. The winery is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The winery with its unique grape maze, extraordinary outdoor sculptures, and display gardens is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information, call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more