Arcata >> As his team slumped to a fourth consecutive loss on its home court Thursday, Steve Kinder said he wasn’t necessarily worried about the losing streak itself, but more about the Jacks’ ability to grow as a team and stay fundamental.On Saturday night, another late-game comeback attempt came up just short.Cal State Dominguez Hills senior forward Justin Sadler’s bucket in the paint with 0.2 seconds remaining was the difference as the Humboldt State men’s basketball team was its fifth …
Writing from the Pacific Northwest, Malcolm Taylor dives into a problem experienced by many homeowners and builders: a carpenter ant infestation in rigid foam insulation.“I am involved with two projects right now that have carpenter ant infestations — and in both cases they are in the foam,” Taylor writes in this Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “One is particularly difficult to fix as it is a flat roof with tar and gravel above and a wood tongue-and-groove ceiling, making it hard to get at the nests.”For a season, the owners tried to deal with the problem themselves, but their efforts backfired. Instead of a single nest, there are now “multiple nests across the whole roof,” Taylor says. Exterminators brought in to find a solution say that it may take more than a year to get rid of the insects, and of course during that time the ants will continue to damage the building.“When this topic comes up, typically the responses tend to fall into three categories,” Taylor says. “First, ‘don’t think about it — [foam] is used all the time so it must be all right’; second, ‘as long as the foam is dry they won’t move in’; and third, ‘treated foam is available.’ “ RELATED ARTICLES Mite-Out GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE Our expert’s opinionGBA Technical Director Peter Yost added this:I confirmed with two entomologists that carpenter ants can have satellite nests that are not damp, but that are in materials that are easy to chew and provide shelter and warmth. That is unnerving at best for all of us who have built with and recommended rigid foam on the exterior of wall assemblies.There is a relatively new high-density EPS product by Atlas called ThermalSTAR, which contains Preventol, a Lanxness Corporation insecticide. The ICC Evaluation Service Report (ESR-2918) specifically states that Preventol TM-EPS “is used to treat expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) to provide protection against termites…”If you look up Preventol in the PAN Pesticides Database, you’ll find more than one product listing. That is, Preventol has different forms used for different applications. While Preventol TM-EPS lists only termites under the pests that it can be used for, a form of Preventol called hs 100cs-50 is listed for use against termites, carpenter ants, and wood-boring beetles. Further, while the active ingredient in Preventol TM-EPS is listed as Imidacloprid in a concentration of 99.8%, the active ingredient in Preventol hs 100cs-50 is Deltamethrin in a concentration of 4.75% and formulated as a soluble concentrate. These two insecticides may share a brand name — Preventol — but they are very different chemicals.I tried to contact a leading expert entomologist — Mike Potter at the University of Kentucky — who has proved really helpful in the past, in no small part because the guys at Atlas strongly suggested that I sort out the different behaviors and preventions for termites versus carpenter ants by talking to a bug expert. But I was not able to connect with Mike Potter this time around.I think the final cut here is that we have one fairly widely available rigid insulation — Atlas ThermalSTAR — specifically formulated to be used below and above grade to resist termites but not specifically formulated to deal with carpenter ants.It sure seems as though if you are building in a climate and wooded site that carpenter ants favor, rigid mineral wool is the safest bet.Finally, I can find no evidence that carpenter ants are subterranean, as are some termites. Whether carpenter ants would be able to penetrate or be attracted to rigid foam under an at-grade or near-grade installation (for example, under a slab) remains to be seen.I will continue to try and work this through with Mike Potter. Stay tuned. Coping with Termites and Carpenter AntsDesign Buildings So It’s Easy to Spot TermitesControl Termites with a Bait SystemRoxul ComfortBoard — Disadvantages?Insulation Choices Taylor has found that carpenter ants will move into foam whether it’s damp or not. All they need is a source of moisture nearby. As to foam treated with an insecticide, he adds, no one seems to stock it.“As foam is now increasingly being used as an integral part of many structures, and often in a load-bearing capacity, how wise is it to use a material that is so vulnerable to pest and insect damage?” he asks. That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. (To read a previous Q&A Spotlight article on this topic, see “Coping With Termites and Carpenter Ants.”) Ants are a wily adversaryWhen Taylor built his own house 20 years ago, the only foam insulation he used was a strip covering the second-floor rim joist. Ants found it.“The nest was on a sunny south wall which as bone dry when I opened it,” he said. “Unfortunately, by then they had also eaten a large hole in my top plates (which were not rotten or damp) and able to move down the wall to nest next to a baseboard heater. I surrounded the foundation with insecticides, but the tenacious and alarmingly intelligent colony found the one possible path out to forage by using my power lines and descending the pole on the street.”Although foam seems to mimic the decaying stumps that ants prefer in the wild, Taylor says, they also can be found in wall cavities filled with fiberglass insulation, often next to a heat source such as a fireplace or a wall heater.“I wonder if the seasonal swings in the moisture of exterior sheathing are enough to make them set up shop in usually dry and decay-free wood structures,” he says. “They sure like foam, though.”Burke Stoller, another builder in the Pacific Northwest, has run into his share of ant infestations in exterior foam, and it makes him wonder just how deep these insects will live in the ground. The only place he typically uses foam insulation is underneath a slab foundation (full basements are uncommon in his area), and he wonders whether he should worry about subterranean ants.“I am wondering to what depth we should be concerned about bugs tunneling under our footings and working their way back up to the underside of the slab, tunneling around in the EPS layer?” Stoller writes. “I share the concern Malcolm expressed, as on our Passivhaus projects we are beginning to see architects and engineers approve higher density EPS for structural load-bearing applications, and I, too, wonder if we are looking for trouble down the road.” Does the foam have to be damp in order for ants to like it?One person who has some experience with the problem is Building Science Corporation principal Joseph Lstiburek, who recalled his battle with ants in a 2012 article posted at the company’s website. Lstiburek had renovated a barn 15 years earlier, wrapping the building in a thick layer of EPS insulation. When the ants became an overwhelming problem, he took the barn apart to find out what had happened, and in the process found just two spots where they had made nests in the foam.“The message here is obvious: keep things dry and you will not have ants,” Lstiburek wrote. “By the way, keep things dry and you won’t have a lot of other bad things as well. The dry/wet thing with ants is pretty much proving to be the case in all the ant foam infestation cases I (and others) have looked at over the years.”To Chris M, who cited the article, Lstiburek’s story means that having a damp environment near the foam isn’t enough to attract ants: “Therefore one could deduce that if ‘having water nearby’ was the only requirement, then ants would’ve been found throughout the dry foam as well.”So, dry foam means no ants?Not necessarily, says Charlie Sullivan. “It might only mean that the ants prefer damp locations. If there were two ant colonies looking for homes, and no wet foam, they might have both moved into dry foam.”“Agree,” replies Chris M, “but keep in mind that research shows carpenter ants will live in dry wood but prefer damp wood, so technically there’s nothing keeping them from setting up shop in any stick-built structure. So, yes, absent a preferred (i.e. moist) environment, carpenter ants ‘may’ take up residence in dry foam or wood — or they may just move on.” Other suggestions, and a warningAmong other suggestions from GBA readers for controlling ants and termites:From Andrew Bater: Install a removable trim system at the base of a stucco wall to allow inspections for ants, as well as an opportunity to apply insecticides if needed.From Lucy Foxworth: Cover soffit holes with metal screening so insects can’t crawl through, and trim trees around the house so they don’t form a “carpenter ant highway” into the house.From Christopher Peck: Tape the top and bottom edges of foil-faced polyiso insulation with aluminum tape, on the assumption that termites can’t bore through either the tape or the aluminum facing of the insulation.Chemical insecticides are, of course, an option. But one obvious disadvantage of chemical treatment, as Andrew Bater points out, is the disconnect between building a healthy, green house and then having “to douse it with insecticide.”Further, warns Robert Ohle, there’s the possibility that insecticides themselves can dissolve foam insulation. “Twice I have removed siding, where the homeowners had brought in exterminators to deal with ants, to find voids where the insecticide had been applied,” Ohle says. “In both cases small holes had been drilled through the wood siding, insecticide injected, then the holes sealed with a dab of caulk.” Is mineral wool insulation a better choicer?Andrew C is concerned that the widespread use of rigid foam insulation, along with sloppy installation of flashing and other water-management details, will mean a backlash against green building and building techniques in which insulation goes on the outside of a building.Chris M has the same worries, and suggests that mineral wool batts such as Roxul ComfortBoard are a better alternative than foam.“Roxul has never made claims that insects won’t bore into their product,” he says, “but I’m not surprised, since in my opinion their product is generally sold in climate zones which don’t have termites.”John Semmelhack writes that as far as he knows, neither ants nor termites will chew through rigid mineral wool boards, and the insulation is too dense to allow insects to crawl through it. For these reasons, he prefers mineral wool to foam insulation in Climate Zone 4 where he works.Stoller is another believer in replacing rigid foam with mineral wool. “On almost any renovation project we do with rigid foam on the exterior of a foundation, or on an exterior wall near grade, we find an absolute ant farm,” he writes. “They love the stuff, and make incredible patterns to pull apart and view! So, we have completely switched (when we have our say on specifications and assembly design) to only using Roxul Comfortboard IS for exterior insulation detailing.“It can be a pain for much of the detailing around windows and doors, and for ensuring that all of your rainscreen stays completely co-planar for exterior cladding,” Stoller continues, “but we have learned some tricks over the years to make life easier. Not only does it appear to be totally bug-resistant, but even better is the fact that it is extremely vapor-permeable (+/- 30 perms at 1 inch), meaning that assemblies will dry much better than their exterior foam counterparts.”
Susan G. Komen Chicago will hold its Ignite the Fight Gala presented by Wintrust on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Westin River North, celebrating 20 years of funding global research and providing critical breast health services for the underserved in the Chicago area.Komen Chicago will hold its Ignite the Fight Gala presented by Wintrust on Oct. 21The anniversary celebration will feature Mario Lopez, Emmy-winning host of “Extra,” as the Celebrity More than Pink Ambassador, as well as 20 More Than Pink Heroes, who will be honored for their exceptional compassion, bravery and leadership in the fight against breast cancer.The Gala will kick off with the Dearborn Street and Clark Street bridges over the Chicago River being illuminated in pink. The lighting ceremony, led by Ed Wehmer, president and CEO of Wintrust, will celebrate extraordinary people who have “bridged the gap,” by fighting to even the playing field for those who lack resources.More than 1,000 people in the Chicago area die from breast cancer each year, and there is a large disparity in the city, with the mortality rate of African-American women being 40 percent higher than Caucasian women, according to Komen Chicago executive director Bonnie Gordon. Many of those deaths could have been prevented, with an earlier diagnosis and optimal care. Komen Chicago has distributed $17.4 million in community grants over the past 20 years, to ensure the underserved throughout the Chicago area get the care they need.The bridge lighting takes place at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, awards and dancing. Pink ties and pink cocktail attire encouraged. Tickets are now on sale at www.komenchicago.org/gala.“All of us have been touched by cancer. Wintrust is excited to help give everyone a fighting chance for survival as we partner with Komen Chicago’s incredible 20th anniversary celebration,” Wehmer says. “We’re honored that so many inspirational people are lending their voices and sharing their stories to help Komen Chicago achieve the goal of providing Quality Care for All in Chicago.”In addition to Lopez, an appearance client of Esterman.com, special guests and More Than Pink Heroes include Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. Other Heroes include those who have faced the disease or lost loved ones, volunteers and caregivers. Gala co-chairs are the mother/daughter team of Marcy and Katie Twardak.
Clifton Leaf has been named editor-in-chief of Fortune. Formerly deputy editor, Leaf replaces Alan Murray, who will take on the title of president, while continuing in his role as chief content officer for the entirety of Time Inc. Adam Lashinsky has also been promoted to executive editor. Keith R. Hernandez has joined Bleacher Report as SVP of brand strategy. Hernandez was president of Slate Media until November. It also solidifies speculation that tomorrow’s Texas Monthly will look remarkably different than the Texas Monthly of yore. Colloff’s departure follows the resignation of EIC Brian Sweany, who voluntarily left following the magazine’s sale to Paul Hobby. The New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon will step down in the fall. He will be replaced by Kevin Young on November 1. Colloff’s role marks a major shift — not just for her career, but for all three entities affected by her employment. It’s a first-of-its-kind arrangement for The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica, which will share Colloff’s reporting between the two media entities. Christina Amoroso has been named executive features editor of Cosmopolitan.com. She joins from the New York Post, where she worked as deputy features editor. Pamela Colloff has left her post as executive editor of Texas Monthly, after twenty years and an entire career spent at the magazine. She joins The New York Times Magazine and ProPublica as a writer-at-large and senior reporter, respectively. New York Magazine has promoted Rebecca Ramsey to fashion director, from her role as style director of the magazine’s fashion vertical, the Cut. Ramsey replaces Amy Larocca, who assumes the title of editor-at-large. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Bustle has hired Erica Tremblay as video director from her role as director of video development at Hearst Digital Media.
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Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship $999 See at Amazon See It Rylo Apple iPhone XS Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 1 The Cheapskate Read DJI Osmo Action preview Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo Comment Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The business end of the SpaceX Starship hopper prototype Elon Musk/SpaceX Less than three years after dazzling the world with a slideshow about going to Mars, SpaceX founder and real-life comic book character Elon Musk aims to present a progress report. 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And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $59 at eBay Tags Angela Lang/CNET Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET 16 Photos $999 Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sci-Tech Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Will do Starship presentation a few weeks after Hopper hovers, so prob late July. If that timing works, free LJ chips for all present!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2019 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Read Google Home Hub review See It Sprint Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Comments See it $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Elon Musk Space SpaceX,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $6 at Tidal See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $210 at Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Boost Mobile SpaceX has been building a Starhopper prototype of its Starship vehicle at the company’s facility in south Texas. Starship is the vehicle Musk and SpaceX hope to use for a highly publicized trip around the moon in a few years, as well as for future trips to Mars and perhaps even very quick international flights via space. So far, testing of Starhopper has been limited to hold-down firings of its single Raptor engine. Plans for it to actually lift off the ground and at least hover (or “hop”) before landing have been delayed in recent weeks. Musk also said Sunday that Starhopper is “almost ready to hover” after a vibration problem with the Raptor engine was resolved. The Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO has conceded in the past that he isn’t always great about sticking to his own timelines. Starship, however, seems like it could be progressing steadily toward a first crewed trip to Mars in 2024 as hoped. Of course, it still has to get off the ground first. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Tags Amazon
Defence industries in India will likely gain momentum under the rule of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, only the second woman to hold the title in the country after Indira Gandhi, and the first to hold it full-time.Indian companies like Larsen and Toubro, Tata Power, Tata Motors, Cochin Shipyard, Bharat Electronics, Reliance Defence, Ashok Leyland and Bharat Forge have been waiting for years for India’s sizeable defence capital expenditure, Economic Times reported.But despite having many home-based defence companies, India is still one of the largest importers of defence products.Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India being the world’s largest defence importer, according to an International Peace Research Institute report. India accounted for 13 percent of global arms imports between 2012 and 2016.India’s defence technological advancement has been clearly very slow, and if there is any war, India may not be prepared for it.However, the government is now pushing for faster and better improvement in the defence sector, propelled by surging geopolitical threats — mainly from China and Pakistan. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman returns a microphone after speaking with media at the 3rd Intersessional Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam May 22, 2017.Reuters fileMany significant defence projects, such as making submarines, frigates, battlefield management systems, artillery guns and tactical communication systems, are still on hold and need to be executed sooner than later.Make in India under Nirmala Sitharaman With Nirmala Sitharaman now appointed defence minister, expectations of local defence manufacturing companies are high that activities will likely gather steam in the defence sector and boost the Make in India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Make in India programme was launched in 2015 to encourage national and multinational companies to manufacture their products in India.If the overall activities are fast-tracked, analysts say India’s defence outlay could reach $250 billion over the next 10 years.That means the 30 percent local sources rule that applies on defence orders alone would offer a minimum opportunity of $75 billion for domestic players.However, defence companies in India have not shown any growth and neither received any order so far despite the government’s Make in India initiative. Now, with a full-time minister appointed, the sector is expected to grow.”With the support of the Prime Minister, so many things have happened in the ministry like Start-up India, Make in India, etc. There is some misconception about Make in India, but it will be answered,” said Nirmala Sitharaman after her appointment. Close 5 little-known facts about India’s new Defence Minister IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
.A rickshaw puller was stabbed to death by some unidentified miscreants near the Hindu goddess Kali’s temple in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat early Wednesday.The deceased is Santu Das, 29, son of a certain Raghunath Das of Sonarpatti Kundupara in the district town, reports UNB.A group of miscreants swooped on Santu and stabbed him indiscriminately while passing through the Sweeper Patti area around 12 am, leaving him dead on the spot, said sadar police station officr-in-charge Maminul Haq.The motive behind the killing could not be known immediately, he added.Police, however, detained Joy, 31, a sweeper by profession, for interrogation in this connection, he said.
Donald TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Tuesday described the gunman behind the Las Vegas mass shooting as a “sick,” “demented” individual.”He was a sick man. A demented man, a lot of problems,” Trump told reporters as he left the US capital for Puerto Rico. “We are dealing with a very, very sick individual.”Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant, was identified as the shooter who fired on a huge crowd at an outdoor country music concert, killing 59 and injuring over 500.Investigators are trying to establish a motive for the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, but so far have been unable to pin down what drove Paddock to shoot into the crowds from a 32nd floor hotel room.Police recovered an arsenal of 23 guns, including automatic weapons, from his room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino across from the concert venue. More guns, ammunition and explosives were found during a search of Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada.
Share David J. Phillip/APNASA Mission Control founder Chris Kraft in the old mission control at Johnson Space Center in Houston. This original mission control of the Apollo era is a national historic landmark.One of NASA’s first employees, key to creating the U.S. space program, has died at 95. Chris Kraft was the agency’s first flight director and managed all of the Mercury missions, as well some of the Gemini flights. He was a senior planner during the Apollo lunar program. Later he led the Johnson Space Center in Houston and oversaw development of the space shuttle.Anyone who has ever watched a rocket launch, marveled at the moon landings or seen the space station streak across the night sky can thank Kraft. “Chris Kraft really was the architect of mission control,” said Andrew Chaikin, who has written extensively about the space program. He says Kraft is synonymous with NASA, having directed some of the most important missions in the agency’s history including NASA’s first manned launch in 1961.It was a short, 15-minute suborbital flight piloted by Alan Shepard. A recording of the controllers during the mission captures Kraft coolly talking to his colleagues. In a 2015 NPR interview, Kraft said he might have sounded cool, “but I was shaking like a leaf. I wasn’t too bad after the first one. But that first one was something else.”During the 1960s, NASA was full of ideas and energy as the agency rushed to meet the end-of-decade challenge to land humans on the moon. The organization took risks and succeeded, in large part because of Kraft.He was a quick study (he finished his aeronautical engineering degree at Virginia Tech in two years). He joined NASA not long after it was created in 1958 and helped design a space program from scratch. It was a mighty undertaking. There were so many things he had to think through — like developing a communications system that would allow him to speak to the crew every 15 minutes. “What do I have to do to do that?” he asked, “Well, I had to build a whole damn worldwide network which had never been before. That, in itself, was quite a job.”In addition to the technical, he had to put together his team: dozens of controllers who monitored the astronauts and their spacecraft — anything to do with the mission. Chaikin said, “He was the general in battle with his troops and, you know, he had to coordinate all of them. He had to digest all these bits of data that were coming at him from all these different systems, all these different flight controllers.”“When I gave them the job,” Kraft recalled, “I said it’s your job to now take this on and get it done. I’m not going to stand behind you and push you. You come up with your ideas on how to do it.”His leadership was tested after the Apollo 1 launchpad fire in 1967. Three astronauts died during a countdown rehearsal. Kraft said he wrestled with whether the rush to the moon ultimately killed the crew. “We allowed the poor workmanship to happen,” he said. “That was unforgivable, frankly. That we knew it was happening. We weren’t willing to stop the wheels to fix it.” He said he never got over the disaster.After he retired in 1982, Kraft complained about the high cost of developing the next generation of rockets and NASA’s plans to land humans on asteroids, and he lamented the loss of shuttles Challenger and Columbia.Recalling the 1986 Challenger explosion, he seemed to still think of himself as part of the team, saying, “We weren’t willing on the shuttle to fix the O-rings in the boosters. We weren’t willing to take the damn system by the hand and fix it before we said we were going to fly. … We had a creed in Mercury that we came up with and that said we will never fly with a known problem that will kill us. Never. … We did on the shuttle. … That was unforgivable.”Still, he was proud of what he was able to accomplish, and pushed for more. He said, “We need to have that curiosity. We need to have that innate feeling of be ready. Be prepared. It pays off in success.” Kraft thought NASA had stopped being bold after the moon missions. He said, “We didn’t do the follow-on and we could have and we should have.”Many of his original ideas remain in use today. In fact, Mission Control Center in Houston is named after him. And he told NPR he had flown in space himself, sort of.“I flew on every flight — vicariously. I didn’t have to go. I mean that. I used to tell people back then when we’re flying, I have this feeling that’s what we’re doing all the time. And then when we stop flying, I don’t believe we did it. That was a strange feeling. … I was in my revelry when we were flying. My people were the same way. It was such a tremendous pleasure out of making things happen well and safely and knowing that they were contributing to that part of the program. I think it was extremely important to all of us and that was our payoff. We didn’t make any money working for the government. But we sure got a hell of a lot of enjoyment out of it.”Kraft never saw a launch with his own eyes. He was either working the mission or, later in life, watching from home on television.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.