Was Apollo 11 a Beginning or an End

first_img Subscribe Apollo 11 was immediately celebrated as a signal human achievement. Greeting Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins after they returned to Earth, President Richard Nixon said, “This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation!” And in the decades since, the moon landing has only grown in reputation. NASA has called it humanity’s “single greatest technological achievement of all time,” and polling has shown a steady increase in the public’s belief that the space program was worth its high cost. Pop culture touchstones like The Right Stuff and Apollo 13 have celebrated the courage and resourcefulness of the original astronauts and the genius of the engineers and scientists who powered them into the heavens. Watch oversaturated 1960s footage of one of those mighty Saturn V rockets erupting off the ground and try not to swoon.   But as the moon landing’s fiftieth anniversary nears, new books and documentaries have arrived to remind us that our great American space epic was not, in fact, a frictionless succession of missions accomplished and ticker-tape parades. Even the most hagiographic offerings have moments that serve as correctives to our rose-tinted public memory. Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11, by the Dallas writer James Donovan, is a largely familiar tale, a greatest-hits retelling of the Space Age from Sputnik to the moon landing. Donovan thrills at the celebrity of the Mercury Seven; mourns the deaths of Apollo 1 crew Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee; and, in the book’s best section, delivers a bravura ticktock of Apollo 11, with the Mission Control pencil pushers watching anxiously through thick clouds of cigarette smoke as Armstrong, a flyboy with the composure of a Zen monk, improvises a landing on the lunar surface before offering the world his inscrutable “One small step for man” koan.But Shoot for the Moon isn’t all hero worship. Throughout the book, Donovan sprinkles in reminders that the public’s ambivalence about the quest to put astronauts on the moon continued long after Kennedy’s speech to Congress. Four years later, in 1965, Gallup found that only 39 percent of Americans thought the U.S. should do everything possible to beat the Soviet Union to the moon. Dwight Eisenhower had dismissed the need for a robust manned spaceflight program in the fifties, and he spent his post-presidency grumbling about the Apollo program, calling it “a mad effort to win a stunt race.” As Douglas Brinkley’s new history, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, makes clear, Eisenhower was far from alone.Brinkley, a Rice University professor, focuses on the birth of the moon shot, taking us back a century earlier to show its roots in fantasy. French novelist Jules Verne imagined, in 1865, that the first lunar mission would involve three American astronauts launched from Florida, and American rocket innovator Robert Goddard announced, in 1920, that he had received applications from nine men who wanted to ride one of his ships to the moon. But Brinkley also notes that making a serious attempt to reach the moon was far from inevitable.During the presidential campaign, Kennedy had hammered the Eisenhower administration for falling behind the Soviet Union in the space race, but in his early months in office, “Kennedy had adopted much the same cautious position toward space as his predecessor,” Brinkley writes. “Rather than focusing on headline-grabbing space launches, Kennedy was looking elsewhere for measurable accomplishment.”Even after issuing his moon shot challenge, the young president expressed doubts and offered inconsistent rationales for why it was worth it. In his famous 1962 speech at Rice University, Kennedy rallied a crowd of 40,000 by promising that “new hopes for knowledge and peace” would come from exploring the moon and beyond. Two months later, in a private conversation with NASA administrator James Webb, the president declared himself “not that interested in space” and said that “the only justification” for the Apollo program’s lavish expenditures was “to beat [the Soviets].” Then Kennedy seemed to waffle on the idea that the moon shot was a geopolitical competition. In September 1963 he proposed in a speech to the UN General Assembly that the U.S. and Soviet Union join together for a binational moon mission. When that proposal led nowhere, the president once more adopted a hawkish pose. On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, he was scheduled to discuss the Apollo program with the Dallas Citizens Council and tell them that “the United States of America has no intent of finishing second in space.” NASA, too, has developed something of a global consciousness. The agency may be best known today for its unmanned exploration of the solar system and the Hubble Space Telescope’s photographs of distant galaxies and black holes, but NASA also closely monitors the earth. It was a NASA scientist, James Hansen, who spurred global awareness of climate change with his dramatic 1988 testimony to Congress, and the agency’s Earth Science division has used a global network of satellites to track our planet’s changing atmospheric conditions. Even now, under the direct control of a White House that has sought to undermine climate science, the agency remains clear-eyed. NASA’s website documents the warming of Earth’s oceans, the shrinking of our ice sheets, and the growing prevalence of extreme weather events. The agency has no doubt about the cause: “most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century.”If the Apollo program’s great achievement was to demonstrate that with enough money, courage, and scientific know-how we can do what seems impossible, then perhaps its example can help us tackle the great challenge that NASA sees bearing down on our planet right now. This would, in fact, be in keeping with Apollo’s history.Toward the end of Chasing the Moon, Stone shows archival footage of the Apollo 11 crew’s worldwide goodwill tour. The astronauts have suddenly become international heroes, and everywhere they go, adoring throngs greet them. At press conferences, reporters ask Armstrong and Aldrin how it felt to be there. They often struggle with the answer, but in Stone’s film, we watch the habitually taciturn Armstrong respond to one such question with poetry.“As we looked up from the surface of the moon  we could see above us the planet Earth, and it was very small, but it was very beautiful,” Armstrong says to the crowd of foreign reporters. “And it looked like an oasis in the heavens. And we thought it was very important, at that point, for us and men everywhere to save that planet, as a beautiful oasis that we together can enjoy, for all the future.”  Editor’s Desk(Monthly)A message from the editors at Texas Monthly If you fill out the first name, last name, or agree to terms fields, you will NOT be added to the newsletter list. Leave them blank to get signed up. Already a subscriber? Login or link your subscription. Subscribe now, or to get 10 days of free access, sign up with your email. Cancel anytime. Enter your email address Brinkley argues that Kennedy’s death ensured that the moon shot would have enough funding to meet its before-the-decade-is-out deadline. Delaying or canceling the program became politically untenable. “From 1964 to 1969,” Brinkley writes, “whenever Congress considered gutting the Apollo programs, [President] Johnson evoked the martyred JFK with don’t-you-dare political mastery.”Hundreds of spectators—many of whom had camped out the night before—wait for the launch of Apollo 11 at Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.NASAWhen the Apollo 11 crew landed safely back on Earth, the idea that the mission was only the start of the Space Age was widely held. In just over a decade, NASA had built three different generations of spaceships, blasted humans into orbit, sent astronauts outside their vehicles to “walk” in the void of space, and finally orchestrated the dizzying spectacle of the moon landing. The Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk had spurred decades of innovations that had forever changed the nature of war, travel, and trade on planet Earth. The space program seemed to offer the possibility of similarly radical results. “I thought at the time it was the beginning of something,” says the former Mission Control technician Poppy Northcutt during the close of Chasing the Moon, director Robert Stone’s gorgeous, often bittersweet documentary on the space race, which premieres on PBS’s American Experience in early July. “I thought it was the beginning of moving out to other planets.” Instead, in January 1970, NASA announced it would be shrinking its workforce by 50,000 over the next eighteen months. The agency’s budget, which reached a high of 4.4 percent of federal spending in 1966, dipped under 1 percent by 1975 and is now half a percent of the total. Over the past three decades, presidents George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have all announced bold goals for human space exploration, with planned return trips to the moon, landings on asteroids, and voyages to Mars. None of these ambitions have come anywhere close to being realized. This past March, Vice President Mike Pence declared that NASA would send astronauts back to the moon by the end of 2024 “by any means necessary.” Don’t bet on it. Since the retirement of the space shuttle, in 2011, the United States hasn’t even had the capacity to launch humans into orbit, much less embark on a far more difficult and costly moon mission. The pronouncements of private space moguls have been no more reliable. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in 2017 that he would land humans on Mars and lay the foundation for a colony there in 2024, but the spaceship that would actually take those first settlers there is still a far-off concept. SpaceX was slated to begin ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station in 2015 as part of a NASA contract. It has yet to launch its first manned mission. Virgin Galactic, founded by the British billionaire Richard Branson, began selling $200,000 tickets to space in 2004. In the fifteen years since, the company has flown a grand total of zero customers, and four people have died during testing. In the epilogue of Shoot for the Moon, Donovan asserts, “A new spirit of space exploration is in the air,” but if there is a new spirit, it’s mostly wishful thinking. The astrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a more believable assessment of the state of manned space exploration in his 2012 book Space Chronicles. “Unless we have a reprise of the geopolitical circumstances that dislodged $200 billion for space travel from taxpayers’ wallets in the 1960s,” Tyson writes, “I will remain unconvinced that we will ever send Homo sapiens anywhere beyond low Earth orbit.” So was Eisenhower right? Was Apollo a stunt? Did all those billions give us the world’s greatest photo op—Neil, Buzz, and an American flag on the surface of the moon—a propaganda victory over the Russians, and nothing else? As a kickoff to a new Age of Exploration, Apollo was certainly a dud. No human being has left low Earth orbit since 1972, much less set foot on another celestial body.Apollo defenders point to scientific and technological discoveries to justify the program. As Brinkley writes in American Moonshot, Apollo “teed up the technology-based economy the United States enjoys today,” leading to innovations in everything from computing to lightweight materials and meteorological forecasting. But these were all spin-off technologies that could have been developed for far less than $180 billion. The key engineering feats that powered the moon mission, the Saturn V rocket, in particular, did not spur the creation of bigger and better successors. In Space Chronicles, Tyson notes that “unlike . . . the first airplane or the first desktop computer—artifacts that make us all chuckle when we see them today—the first rocket to the Moon, the Saturn V, elicits awe, even reverence.” The last of those rockets, lying inert at a few museums, including Houston’s Johnson Space Center, stand like Gothic cathedrals. We stare and wonder how a culture ever marshaled the time, resources, and expertise to create something so intricate and grand.Still, Apollo has had psychic benefits that are hard to quantify. It is now our most potent national myth. The word “moon shot” has come to signify a go-for-broke effort to do the impossible. The phrase “If we can put a man on the moon, then—” starts many sentences asserting that seemingly intractable problems may not, in fact, be so intractable. And, unlike the Manhattan Project, a grand American project that resulted in the prospect of nuclear annihilation, Apollo 11 was the realization of an ancient and benign dream.After returning from space, a number of astronauts have talked about how the experience shifted their perspective on Earth, a phenomenon called the overview effect. Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell famously said, “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.” Sign up for free access Last Namecenter_img You’ve read your last free article Never Miss a StorySign up for Texas Monthly’s State of Texas newsletter to get stories like this delivered to your inbox daily. Sign UpI agree to the terms and conditions. Hope you enjoyed your free ride. To get back in the saddle, subscribe! The plan seemed preposterous. John F. Kennedy was just 43 years old, and he’d been president of the United States for just four months—a rough four months. So far, his attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro had ended in quick and utter disaster at the Bay of Pigs, and the Soviet Union had beaten the U.S. to outer space, launching cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into orbit and bringing him home onto the Russian steppe. Now here was Kennedy, on the afternoon of May 25, 1961, in front of a joint session of Congress, offering up what his national security adviser, McGeorge Bundy, had referred to as a “grandstand play.”“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth,” Kennedy said.Congress greeted Kennedy’s cri de coeur with a smattering of applause. The president’s longtime speechwriter, Ted Sorensen, thought Kennedy sensed that “the audience was skeptical if not hostile.” A Gallup poll taken a week before the speech found that only 33 percent of Americans thought the nation should spend an estimated $40 billion to land a man on the moon. (The final bill ended up being $25 billion allocated over the course of a decade, about $180 billion in today’s dollars.)Fiscal conservatives fumed. “We’re going to go broke with this nonsense!” remarked the president’s own father, former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Joseph Kennedy. Scientists thought Kennedy’s proposed time span was fanciful. The Austrian theoretical physicist Hans Thirring told U.S. News and World Report, “I am quite sure it will not be done within the next 10 years, and I think it very likely not to happen within the next 30 years or 40 years.” And social reformers would come to see the Apollo program as a drain on needed resources. Whitney Young, president of the National Urban League, noted that America could “lift every poor person in the country above the official poverty standard” for a fraction of the cost of putting two men on the moon.   But on July 16, 1969, five and a half months before the end of the decade, a million people packed the beaches and highways of the Atlantic coast of Central Florida to watch the launch of Apollo 11. That morning, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins had woken up long before dawn and eaten the traditional NASA pre-mission breakfast of steak and eggs. As 9:32 a.m. approached, the three astronauts were sitting in their cramped command module atop a 363-foot, three-stage Saturn V rocket, going through their final preparations before countdown. Television viewers in 33 different countries watched as the Saturn V’s five engines reached their maximum thrust of 7.6 million pounds, lurching the spaceship into the air. For the next four days, the world kept following the mission’s progress as the crew flew 230,000 miles, entered the moon’s orbit, and finally touched down on the dusty lunar surface. “Houston, Tranquility Base here,” Armstrong reported back to Earth. “The Eagle has landed.” This Week in Texas(Weekly)The best stories from Texas Monthly The State of Texas(Daily)A daily digest of Texas news, plus the latest from Texas Monthly Why am I seeing this? First Namelast_img read more

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SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round Thirteen clash with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.Jon Wilkin, who was a late addition to last week’s squad, returns in place of Jack Ashworth.And on Thursday Shannon McDonnell was drafted into the 19 with James Roby missing out.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:2. Tommy Makinson (pictured), 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Mark Percival, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 25. Andre Savelio, 26. Lewis Charnock, 30. Matty Fleming, 34. Shannon McDonnell.James Webster will choose his Wakefield side from:1. Craig Hall, 2. Chris Riley, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Richard Owen, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Tim Smith, 8. Nick Scruton, 9. Paul McShane, 11. Ali Lauitiiti, 13. Danny Washbrook, 14. Pita Godinet, 15. Matt Ryan, 16. Mickael Simon, 18. Daniel Smith, 19. Jon Molloy, 22. Jordan Crowther, 24. Tom Johnstone, 28. Joe Arundel, 31. Ben Kavanagh.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Chris Leatherbarrow.For ticket details please click here.last_img read more

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This is a new style tshirt for 2018 that looks an

first_imgThis is a new style t-shirt for 2018 that looks and performs great both in and out of the Gym.The tee has a predominantly white body, with light grey shoulders and a sublimated lilac and violet chest panel with  trim.It’s available in two colourways which co-ordinate perfectly with other items in our 2018 Trainingwear range.You can purchase yours online quickly and easily here or by calling into the Saints Superstore.last_img

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Match SAINTS TV

first_imgSmith sneaked over from dummy half mid-way through the second half to edge us back in front and the 22-year-old was delighted with more first team action.Hear from our young hooker below.last_img

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Lab school initiative to begin at DC Virgo prep

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Parents and staff at DC Virgo Prep Academy are talking about turning the school into a lab school.It would partner with the administrative staff at UNCW.Changing to a lab initiative will not alter the curriculum at the Academy, but UNCW officials say it will give them more power to help the school with best teaching practices.- Advertisement – DC Virgo currently is among the three lowest performing elementary schools in New Hanover County.Tonight’s forum brought in ideas for what is needed to turn the school around.“What are some of the teaching practices that go on in the classrooms? Where we have some people from the Watson College and the University work with the educators here at the school in a more intensive way than we do now,” says Watson College of Education Dean Van Dempsey.Related Article: Seahawks hope to ride momentum from Senior Night winUNCW officials expect to begin the lab initiative by next school year.last_img read more

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Woman who died in Wilmington apartment fire identified

first_img The Wilmington Fire Department responded to a structural fire the Pines of Wilmington apartment complex on Constitution Boulevard around 9:45 a.m. Thursday.WPD says Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. One person died in a fire at The Pines of Wilmington on July 5, 2018 (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Department have identified the woman who died during an apartment fire early Thursday.The victim was 58 year old Eulandra Williams.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Dashcam video shows Wilmington man point gun at officer

first_img In the video, as the officer approaches the vehicle, Morgan gets with a weapon in his hand. Morgan then raises the weapon and points it at the officer, who in response, fires shots with his service weapon. At the same time, Morgan’s girlfriend Sandra Brown, a passenger in the vehicle, points something at the officer while ducking behind the front of the vehicle. Deputies say Brown was holding her cell phone.In those chaotic moments, deputies say Morgan was able to run into a nearby cornfield, escaping arrest. Brown also took off on foot, but was arrested shortly after.Click here to read more. GENESEO, NY (WROC) — Newly released dashcam video shows the traffic stop last month that sparked a multi-day manhunt of a Wilmington man in New York.The suspect wanted in that manhunt, David Clyde Morgan, of Wilmington, is still on the run. On July 18, deputies say Morgan was pulled over by Geneseo Police on Route 63 in the village.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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The Price is Right Live is coming to Wilmington

first_img(Photo: Price is Right Live) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Attention The Price is Right fans! Get ready to come on down because the show is coming to Wilmington!The Price is Right Live is the live stage show version of the daytime game show. It will be at the Wilson Center at 7:00 p.m. on March 24.- Advertisement – The Price Is Right Live gives people the chance to play classic games like Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel, and the Showcase. Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations and possibly even a new car.The Price is Right is the longest running game show in TV history and can be seen on WWAY CBS at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.Tickets for the The Price Is Right Live will be on sale on Friday online, beginning at 10 a.m., at capefearstage.com and wilsoncentertickets.com, and in-person or by phone at Ticket Central at the Wilson Center, (910) 362-7999, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $27 plus taxes and fees.Related Article: Program aims to reduce illegal dumping in WilmingtonNo Purchase Necessary to register for chance to be a contestant. Open to legal US residents, 18 years or older. Ticket purchase will not increase your chances of being selected to play. For complete rules & regulations, including eligibility requirements, visit or call the venue box office. To enter theater to watch show, a ticket purchase is required.Those interested in becoming contestants on The Price Is Right Live should consult www.capefearstage.com for complete rules and registration information, which will be forthcoming.For more information about upcoming Wilson Center performances, visit www.capefearstage.com.last_img read more

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Pump house repairs delay opening of Wilmingtons Northside Pool

first_img The city’s splash pad adjacent to Northside, as well as Legion and Robert Strange pools, will be open on weekends beginning May 25-June 16 and then every day June 17-August 25.During Florence, the roof of the pump house was torn off and the building was damaged.Both the pool pump and the pool house are being replaced. Repairs are expected to total at least $30,000. Northside pool (Photo: City of Wilmington) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The summer opening of Wilmington’s Northside Pool will be delayed for several weeks while damage to the pool’s pump house sustained during Hurricane Florence is being repaired.Northside Pool, located at 750 Bess Street, is managed by the local YMCA.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Dogs killed home destroyed in Brunswick County fire

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Leland business owner lost his home and his pet dogs in a fire just before 9 a.m. Sunday near Mt. Misery Road and Indian Creek Court.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office got a report of large flames, possibly coming from a storage building. They also got a report of a loud popping noise.- Advertisement – Crews from Leland Fire/Rescue and Navassa Fire responded to the scene.The owner of the home owns P.T.’s Grille in Leland. He said his dogs were inside the home at the time of the fire and did not make it out.The scene was clear by 12:30 p.m.Related Article: Deputies search for missing Leland teenOn scene, the home appears to be a total loss. We have reached out to Navassa Fire for more information and are waiting to hear back.last_img read more

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Sewage discharge causes Directorate to close St Julians bay once again

first_imgWhatsApp Sewage discharge causes Directorate to close St Julian’s bay once againIn a press release, the Environment Health Directorate within the Superintendence of Public Health said that the closure of the area as a precaution and until further notice. Information signs indicating the closure have been affixed around the area. For further information on bathing water quality, the general public is requested to contact the Health Inspectorate Services between 8am and 2.30pm on (00356) 21 337 333 or call personally at their offices in the Continental Business Centre, Old Railway Track, Santa Venera or by email mhi@gov.mt.Outside office hours the public is requested to call the automated system on (00356) 21 827 146 or mobile (00356) 79 509 918 for Malta or (00356) 79 509 919 for Gozo. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Sewage discharge on the rocks and the sea in St Julian’s near the Wilga Street sewage ejector saw the area closed down for public bathing again. Bay opposite Wilga Street in St Julian’s fit for bathinglast_img read more

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Will Godfrey Farrugia forfeit his seat for new PD leader

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit Demokratiku (PD) leader and MP Godfrey Farrugia stated that he will not cede his seat in Parliament to his successor in the party until next October, or else the leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia will decide who will be filling it.All this was also confirmed by the Speaker of the House Anġlu Farrugia who told Newsbook.com.mt that there is one Opposition in Parliament of whom Adrian Delia is the leader.Talking to Newsbook.com.mt, Godfrey Farrugia said that if Delia appoints someone else once he forfeits his place in Parliament, Delia will do as he pleases “like he did with the Gozo seat”.Who will take Farrugia’s place? Godfrey Farrugia added that if he resigns from Parliament, his seat will be taken by a person in the Opposition who according to him the electorate does not want. He said that since Adrian Delia is the leader of the Opposition, it’s up to his discretion as to who should be appointed to take his (Farrugia’s) seat in Parliament, and he (Farrugia) would not like this to materialize.He emphasised that he is also a member of the Nationalist Opposition parliamentary group, and that this group had never convened under the leadership of Adrian Delia.“The Speaker has never approved the PD as an official political party” – ŻammitNewsbook.com.mt also spoke with George Vital Żammit who said that the PD is still to be officially acknowledged as a political party and as yet has never received any funds from the Chamber of Representatives as the Speaker of the House “has never approved of it”.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Watch Pope Francis smile will stay in our hearts – three youths

first_imgThree youths who had the honour of meeting Pope Francis during a youth conference within the Bishops’ Synod all agree that the Pontiff’s natural smile will stay in their heart.Franziska Grech said that Pope Francis appeared genuinely happy to be among all those young people from around the world who were enthusiastic of their Catholic faith.Jennifer Cauchi, Evan Demicoli and Franziska Grech are involved in a number of Catholic organisations in Malta. They met when they congregated in Rome to attend the Bishops’ Synod. 300 young persons from 100 nations had the opportunity to meet the Head of the Catholic Church after his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Christus vivit, Christ is alive.Whilst being interviewed by Newsbook.com.mt Evan Demicoli explained that Pope Francis is particularly admired because he is close to his congregation, and is very human.Jennifer Cauchi said that going to the Synod and meeting the Pope was a powerful experience as, notwithstanding all the different cultures and languages, there was a sense of universal unity thanks to the common faith that brought everyone together in the same place.The three youngsters also agreed that they felt that the Synod offered them an understanding environment. Jennifer added that the Church cannot stay stuck in the past but needs to be energised with young people’s passion to transmit the message of the love that Christ has, which is not always easy to transmit in the liberal world of today that is riddled with war, persecution, abuse and materialism that isolates the individual.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Mountain Lions Save As still a disaster

first_imgAdvertisement For reference, the Save As command before Lion and all the way back to the original 128K MacOS meant users could “save as” a new version of a document or a file that would contain all the work done since the document was last saved. The result was the “original” and a new saved-as version with a new name.The problem is that Mountain Lion’s Save As isn’t the Save As that we knew and loved. Lloyd Chambers at the Mac Performance Guide tested and described the problem in a recent post.If one edits a document, then chooses Save As, then BOTH the edited original document and the copy are saved, thus not only saving a new copy, but silently saving the original with the same changes, thus overwriting the original. If you notice this auto-whack, you can “Revert To” the older version*** (manually), but if you don’t notice, then at some later date you’ll be in for a confusing surprise. And maybe an OMG-what-happened (consider a customer invoice that was overwritten). – Advertisement – This is a disaster, of course, for longtime Mac users. It is a great change in behavior of the OS. If you’re running Time Machine, you can search and hopefully restore the original version. Maybe.In a long, thoughtful post, Dave W., a reader of Mac Performance, says the problem is with us.It doesn’t surprise me that “Save As” doesn’t work “as advertised”. After all “Save” doesn’t work “as advertised”. In Apple’s brave new world, there is no “Save” or “Save As”. Everything you do is recorded, and you can always go back to previous versions of your work. There is no real destruction. It’s just not working the way we want it to work.The way forward is to forget about Save As, and go back to “Duplicate” which works with Apple’s new saveless paradigm. After all, there are two times I use Save As.He suggested that we just forget about Save As. If you want to modify a document, duplicate it from the very beginning of editing. And if you aren’t sure that you don’t want to keep changes, then quit the document without saving or save-as-ing.Chambers points to Apple as the problem.And so the sheep will munch away. The truth is that the new way is much more confusing than the old way— the old way required no special dialogs or explanations— which is “better” then? Simple elegance or something provoking confusion and discussion? As evidence I’ll point to my own confusion, and the emails I’ve received, which show a variety of understanding and misunderstanding and lack of awareness of how to control the behavior! And why does Apple even offer the “Ask to keep changes when closing documents” setting if it all smells so rosy? Evidence enough that something is rotten. Well, I agree it will settle in over time, just as a bad stomach-ache finally goes away.Apple is at fault here. The company is rejiggering the interface for its new user base and ignoring the longtime Mac user. This change is another influenced by the iOS paradigm.Perhaps Apple could offer us a Mac OS setting — as opposed to OS X, the new Lionized name — that would return the good ol’ Save As functionality to Lion and Mountain Lion.Source: ZDNetlast_img read more

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Rwandas 4G LTE project scoops Global Telecom Business Innovation Award

first_imgAdvertisement Rwanda and Korea Telecom (KT) partnership through Olleh Rwanda networks and Nokia received yesterday in London, United Kingdom the Global Telecom Business Innovation award.In an awarding ceremony hosted by the Global Telecom Business Magazine, Rwanda’s 4G LTE project was recognised for innovation in business model (Public Private Partnership), innovative market structure through single wholesale network, and speed of rollout across the country.Commenting on the award, the Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, said that “the Government of Rwanda congratulates our partner Korea Telecom on this award which recognises President Paul Kagame’s vision of making ICT a central component of the country’s rapid social economic transformation. It invites all industry players to accelerate their efforts towards delivering the promise of broadband to our economy and our people.”In November 2014, Rwanda launched a high-speed broadband network – 4G LTE. The network was established through an agreement between the Government of Rwanda and KT Corporation, South Korea’s largest telecommunications provider. The Network is expected to cover 95 per cent of the population by 2017. – Advertisement – Rwanda continues to be one of the fastest growing African ICT markets. The country targets to become a regional centre for training of high quality ICT professionals and researchers.With a population of 11.7 million people, Rwanda’s mobile penetration currently stands at 71.6% with internet penetration currently at 28%.last_img read more

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Light version of Windows 10 made for the Internet of Things released

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has publicly released Windows 10 Internet of Things(IoT) Core, a pared down version of the operating system for the Internet of Things.IoT Core will run on the Raspberry Pi 2 and Minnowboard Max, and can work on devices regardless of whether they have a display.The operating system is a light version of the Windows 10 OS, so there’s no Windowed interface or desktop experience; instead developers must create a universal app that functions as the interface for your device. – Advertisement – A preview of  Windows 10 IoT Core was first released at Microsoft’s Build conference in May, but there have been significant upgrades to the OS since then. Most notably, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth now work, helping keep your devices connected to the Web.Improvements include better support for Python and Node.js and new APIs for the Universal Windows Platform that powers Windows 10 apps. You can see the full list of improvements here.According to Microsoft, IoT Core is designed to have a low barrier for entry and make it easy to build professional devices, and works with a variety of open source languages.Several code samples for IoT devices are already available on Github, and it’s also worked to make it easy for Arduino boards to communicate with Windows 10. Full projects can also be found on hackster.io.  Download IoT Core for free here.[Via]last_img read more

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Amazon Web Services to face much stronger competition from Microsofts Azure

first_imgMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella. Image Credit: Microsoft Advertisement Amazon Web Services is the clear leader in cloud computing now, but Wall Street thinks it’s about to face much stronger competition from Microsoft’s own cloud-computing platform, Azure, next year.In a note published on Tuesday, market-research firm FBR Capital Markets predicted Azure will reach an annual run-rate trajectory of $8 billion-plus in 2016. That’s about the same run rate as AWS this year.“We continue to believe 2016 will be a ‘206 area code street battle for the cloud,’ with Microsoft firmly best positioned as the vendor to compete with AWS on the enterprise cloud front for years to come,” FBR wrote in the note.The report said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella‘s decision to put a lot more emphasis on the cloud is starting to pay off, and Microsoft’s already large footprint in the enterprise gives it a huge advantage over other competitors playing catch-up to AWS. – Advertisement – “We believe Microsoft and Azure have a long runway to cross-sell into their massive enterprise customer bases with a broad platform of cloud offerings for the next few years,” it said. “We believe its best cloud days are ahead given our positive checks from the field around solid uptake of key cloud products (e.g., Office 365, Azure) heading into 2016.”Microsoft’s move to expand sales on its existing customers is a common tactic in the enterprise, but certainly something it’s in a better position to do, since it has a long history of dealing with large companies and an already huge market share built from the pre-cloud era.In fact, Deutsche Bank also noted in a report last month that the so-called land and expand strategy has been Microsoft’s focal point in selling Azure so far.“According to Microsoft, its immediate ‘land’ goal is to drive the penetration of Azure, such that every Microsoft customer is using at least a little of Azure,” it wrote. “Microsoft is in a much earlier stage in reaching the ‘expand’ part of the sales strategy, but has had some success, claiming that some customers are now well into the ‘millions of dollars per year’ spending level with Azure.”[related-posts]But Deutsche Bank also noted that Azure is perceived as a “Microsoft-centric” solution, in which it’s “less open” than AWS. Some of the people it quoted described Azure as a “Microsoft shop,” while calling AWS a more “generic platform.”Regardless, Deutsche Bank agrees that next year will be the year when Azure really steps up its game and becomes a formidable rival to the market-leading AWS.“While the consensus from our checks is that AWS is likely to maintain its overwhelming lead, we are bullish about Microsoft’s rotation into the cloud, Azure adoption and Azure’s suitability for much of the Microsoft customer base,” it wrote. “We see no reason why this won’t continue into 2016.”[Business Insider]last_img read more

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Nobody cares

first_imgSpending as many hours as I do on the road, combined with an insatiable appetite for sport, Radio 5 Live and Talk Sport invariable dominate my air waves. The sad state of affairs that is English football is dominated by the nations obsession with the Premier League and the media are only too happy to feed these junkies.It’s as if other sports don’t even exist these days and all pave into insignificance compared to the might of the Premier League. I think before I carry on it is important to understand that I am a huge football fan. I have travelled away with England and seen my beloved Exeter City at over sixty grounds now across the country. That said, the Premier League has become a juggernaut destroying everything that comes in its way, but as a lower league football fan I can’t help but think I will have a grin on my face when/if it all comes crashing down.As I eluded earlier, I am an Exeter City fan and know the pains of being a football fan. It makes me sick to the stomach when you hear the morons that are the British public calling up these ‘phone ins’ week after week with their ridiculous moans and gripes. The Arsenal fans calling for Wenger, the Liverpool fans crying over lack of investment, the Chelsea fans that moan about everything. Jesus Christ ten years ago Chelsea were an average mid table club, now look at them, multiple Premier League and FA Cup winners, with a Champions League to boot!These people could do with remembering where they have come from and be grateful to watch such great players and football week in week out. The ones that really get me are the Man City fans. I mean come on, four years ago they were one of the biggest ‘yo-yo’ clubs in the league fighting to stay up, now they have fans moaning the only came 2nd in the Premier League and that they need Falcao. These people disgust me. As much as I dislike Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, I can’t help but think that when it all comes crashing down or when Abramovich or Hicks/Gillette or Sheikh Mansours of this world get bored or go skint they will dominate English football for years to come. A top stadium, balanced books and a decent squad…slow and steady wins the race and I’m sure they will have the last laugh.As an Exeter fan I have had the enviable summer of watching eight senior players depart with the news we have funds for one new signing! Do you hear me moaning…. no!!!! Its reality, its life, its football. Everyone has got well above there station and the Man City fans for example could do with dropping back to League One for a bit of playoff pain to remind them how lucky they are. Also, the despicable treatment of managers in this country is worth mentioning, particularly by the money grabbing, idiotic Premier League Chairman who think loyalty and dignity died when the old League One did. It’s as if the fear of relegation is an excuse to behave like a gutless, hideous dictator, well it doesn’t.In Paul Tisdale we have the best lower league manager and a true gentleman. With no money to spend, budgetary cuts left right and centre and offers from top clubs on the table, the Exeter City fans should be eternally grateful to him. Careful what you wish for, that’s my warning to the boo boys and the decreasingly intelligent and insightful crowd at St.James Park. We play good football under Tisdale and when we don’t at least we are trying to. Who could do better, who loves the club more, which manager in the clubs history has been more loyal and devoted to the cause…..none.With no money, no prospects and huge geographical constraints in terms of attracting players, until we attract a Sheikh nothing much will change.Be grateful we are still a club, because if it wasn’t for the tireless work of our loyal and intelligent fans we wouldn’t have a club at all. You don’t hear them booing or calling for the managers head or shouting “get it forward” in a moronic voice. Why you ask yourself? Because they THINK, they see the bigger picture, they are realists. They see that the manager is trying to instil views and values into the young players. He is trying to breed an attractive brand of football that sees the ball on the deck. The same brand of football that saw us achieve our highest league finish ever, before the inevitable exodus of talent to the higher echelons of the British game. To all of you who were at Northampton some twenty odd years ago, with that huge banner when extinction why nigh, remember Tisdale is the best man for the job and the best man to keep our club alive. After all if you couldn’t go to the Park every week what would you be able to moan about.In terms of our very own Sheikh, I won’t hold my breath but when we finish fifth and miss out on the Champions League by one point, I can assure you, you won’t hear me moaning!last_img read more

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Can England book their Brazil place in style

first_imgEngland v PolandWorld Cup Qualifier8pm ITVSELDOM AS EASY AS IT LOOKS FOR ENGLANDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Oct 2012 World Cup Poland 1-1 EnglandOct 2005 World Cup England 2-1 PolandSep 2004 World Cup Poland 1-2 EnglandSep 1999 Euros Poland 0-0 EnglandMar 1999 Euros England 3-1 PolandMay 1997 World Cup Poland 0-2 EnglandOct 1996 World Cup England 2-1 PolandSep 1993 World Cup England 3-0 PolandMay 1993 World Cup Poland 1-1 EnglandNov 1991 Euros Poland 1-1 EnglandIn the Davis Cup this would pretty much be regarded as a ‘dead rubber’. Poland already eliminated and England virtually guaranteed to be on the plane to Brazil.So what can go wrong?England’s 4-1 victory over Montenegro on Friday guaranteed them at least second place in the group, which would mean a play-off berth should they fail to win at Wembley and Ukraine record an expected victory over San Marino.But both Hodgson and his captain Steven Gerrard were adamant that would have no impact on their approach to the game.“As far as I’m concerned I still feel the focus is on this as a game we want to win,” Hodgson said.“I’m not thinking of the play-offs.Poland are expected to have around 18,000 fans at Wembley cheering them on and shouldn’t prove a walkover for England who seldom make things easy for themselves.As our stats show though, Poland have failed to beat England once in the ten times they have met since 1991 and unlikely to break that stat tonight.Which leaves us with just one thing to consider….. a bet on Star Sports ?Poland (+2) looks a tempter at around evens.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)6 points win POLAND (+2) at around evens NOT SO EASYA technical issue on the easyJet website has meant travellers are unable to use the online check-in or booking facilities. There are reports of long queues at airports as all passengers are forced to manually check-in.last_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Republic of Ireland v BosniaHerzegovina

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ig match for Ireland tonight at the Aviva as they bid to qualify for the Euro 2016 Championships. In the first leg of this match against Bosnia, Robbie Brady’s 82nd minute goal looked to have sealed a 1-0 victory before Bosnia equalised just three minutes later.Brady’s goal may yet prove critical however as it was a valuable away goal and means a 0-0 draw or ANY victory will be enough to see Ireland qualify for France.The ROI manager was quick to dismiss any suggestions that his side will be playing for the draw. Martin O’Neill said: “The tie is finely balanced and we have to go for the win. That has to be the mindset because Bosnia are more than capable of scoring. If we went out with any other mindset, things might not work out for us.”He added: “I think if you said at the start that we had to win our final game at the Aviva Stadium to qualify for France, we would have taken that. It would be a big boost for the country if we could qualify. The crowd will get behind us and, if we can get the atmosphere we had against Germany, that would serve us greatly.”Ireland will be boosted by the anticipated return of both John O’Shea and Shane Long who missed the first leg through injury and suspension.Republic of Ireland v Bosnia-HerzegovinaUEFA EURO 2016 Play-Off 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2015 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Bosnia-Hz. 1-1 IrelandMay 2012 INTERNATIONAL Ireland 1-0 Bosnia-Hz.Another draw between these two looks the call at 21/10 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK DRAW for 5 points at around 21/10 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 114.00 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

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