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Relatives of victims of the 2008 Mumbai attack victims on Wednesday welcomed the execution of the lone surviving attacker, Ajmal Kasab, saying justice has been finally delivered. In Varanasi, Sunita Yadav, wife of victim Upendra Yadav, expressed her gratitude to the authorities for carrying out the execution.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Nasa News Today: Robotics and Departure Preparations for Crew

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Image above: Expedition 22 Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi works at a robotic workstation in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

The Expedition 22 crew members aboard the International Space Station were busy Thursday with robotics activities and preparations for upcoming spacecraft departures.

Flight Engineers Soichi Noguchi and T.J. Creamer performed a series of checkouts and calibrations on the Kibo laboratory’s newest robotic arm, known as the small fine arm. Once its deployment is complete, the small fine arm will be used on the end of the laboratory’s larger main arm to move small science experiments and pieces of hardware on the Kibo Exposed Facility.

Creamer also had time to work with the 3D Space experiment, which involves distance, writing and illusion exercises designed to test the hypothesis that altered visual perception affects motor control.

Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov packed and transferred unneeded items into ISS Progress 35, which is scheduled to be undocked for a destructive re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere next month. He also had time to conduct a variety of scheduled maintenance activities in the Russian segment of the station.

Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev packed items and made preparations for their departure from the station next week. They are scheduled to undock in the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft at 4:03 a.m. EDT March 18, with a landing about 3.5 hours later.

Kotov, Creamer and Noguchi will remain on the station to become the Expedition 23 crew, with Kotov taking over as station commander. New crew members Alexander Skvortsov, Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Mikhail Kornienko will launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-18 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 2.

NASA’s International Space Station Program Wins Collier Trophy

The International Space Station Program has won the 2009 Collier Trophy, which is considered the top award in aviation. The National Aeronautic Association bestows the award annually to recognize the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.

› Read more about the award

› Read Heads of Agency International Space Station Joint Statement

› MCB Joint Statement Representing Common Views on the Future of the ISS (8 Kb PDF)

› Read more about Expedition 22
› View crew timelines
› View space station photos of Haiti

2010 International Space Station Calendar

NASA is offering a 2010 calendar that describes the work being done on the International Space Station and gives information about the crews that have lived there. The calendar contains photographs taken from the space station and highlights historic NASA milestones and fun facts about the international construction project of unprecedented complexity that began in 1998. (Please Note: To print this large calendar on 8.5 by 11 paper, printer may need to be set on a "shrink to printable area" option.)


Friday, March 12, 2010

Crew and Shuttle: Preparations Continue - Nasa News Today

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today, technicians at Launch Pad 39A are loading space shuttle Discovery's solid rocket booster hydraulic power units with hydrazine in preparation for its targeted launch on April 5.

The STS-131 astronauts are reviewing docking and robotics systems manuals at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Commander Alan Poindexter and Pilot James P. Dutton Jr. will wrap up the day with a training run in the Shuttle Training Aircraft at the White Sands Space Harbor in Las Cruces, N.M.

Yesterday, Space Shuttle Program managers wrapped up their review of Discovery's readiness for flight. The meeting was a precursor to the agency's executive-level review on March 26, which will establish a firm launch date for this next mission to the International Space Station.

Space Shuttle Mission: STS-131

STS-131 crew members at Launch Pad 39A.

In the White Room of Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the members of space shuttle Discovery's STS-131 crew take time out from their training for a group portrait. Kneeling, from left, are Commander Alan Poindexter, Pilot James P. Dutton Jr., and Mission Specialist Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Standing, from left, are Mission Specialists Clayton Anderson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Rick Mastracchio and Stephanie Wilson. Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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Discovery and Crew Prepare for STS-131 Mission
Commander Alan Poindexter is set to lead the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery. Joining Poindexter will be Pilot Jim Dutton and Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Discovery will carry a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks for the laboratories aboard the station. The mission has three planned spacewalks, with work to include replacing an ammonia tank assembly, retrieving a Japanese experiment from the station’s exterior, and switching out a rate gyro assembly on the S0 segment of the station’s truss structure.

STS-131 will be the 33rd shuttle mission to the station.


World Cup hockey 2010: End of the world for Kirkham

GLENN Kirkham and his England team-mates saw their World Cup hockey 2010 campaign grind to a halt as they were beaten 4-1 by Germany in the semi-finals in New Delhi yesterday.



Hopes were high for the Perse School hockey coach and his colleagues after an impressive group stage campaign, which saw them become the first to qualify for the last four thanks to victories over favourites Australia, India. Pakistan and South Africa.

But they fell behind to Jan-Marco Montag’s goal from a short corner after six minutes and that became 2-0 five minutes later through Oliver Korn.

Richard Smith pulled one back for England, but Martin Haner re-established Germany’s
two-goal advantage just before the break and Linus Butt rounded off the scoring from a penalty corner.

Germany will face Australia in the final after they beat Holland 2-1 in the other semi, with the Dutch now playing England for the bronze medal.

England captain Barry Middleton, who will have the responsibility of picking his team-mates back up for tomorrow’s bronze medal match, said: “Obviously we’re very disappointed. We found it difficult to break down a resolute German defence and the difference today was the way they played in both circles.”

Head coach Jason Lee added: “Germany’s deep defence was outstanding. I was proud of some of the things we did, but you can’t afford to give a team like Germany a two-goal start.

“Ultimately, we paid the price for a sloppy first 10 minutes.”

Team manager Andy Halliday said: “We now face a test of character to get ourselves back up for the bronze medal game, but we’ll look forward to the challenge which that will present.”

Latest Bollywood News: “A R Rahman’s” Journey Home

India’s most celebrated music director

India’s most celebrated music director, Oscar and Grammy Award winner A R Rahman, has planned a music tour to salute Bollywood and Indian music. He has reportedly teamed up with producer Deepak Gattani with creative director Amy Tinkham, who is famous for creating live musical concerts for Britney Spears, Back Street Boys and Mariah Carey.

According to Rahman’s spokesperson, The A R Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour, will be a modern presentation of traditions of India in a theatrical format. I

t is said to be a musical as well as visual extravaganza with large images on LED screens and will have a magnificent cast of musicians and dancers from across the globe, making the concert a “theatrical experience utilizing new technologies”, according to a recent press release.

Rahman had most recently participated in the 2010 remake of 'We Are The World' to benefit Haiti, and it is important to note that the concert will feature music that Rahman was working on with the late king of pop, Michael Jackson, before his unfortunate death last summer (2009).

Other performances will include songs from Slumdog Millionaire as well as the Indian films Lagaan, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Dil Se, Rang De Basanti and Roja. The first show of the tour will take place on 11 June, 2010 at the Nassau Coliseum in New York, and will continue on to over 20 different arenas, all over the world.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Current Nasa News: Chopper Crash Test a Smash Hit

The MD-500 helicopter before and after the drop test

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The MD-500 before and after the drop test. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

The second crash test of a small lightweight helicopter at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., was a smashing success, literally -- just as engineers had predicted.

"Three, two, one, release," said the technician on the loudspeaker at the Landing and Impact Research Facility. With that countdown the helicopter smacked hard into the concrete. Its skid gear collapsed, its windscreen cracked open and its occupants lurched forward violently, suffering potentially spine-crushing injuries according to internal data recorders. The crash test was all in the name of research to try to make helicopters safer.

"The goal of any research program that has an element of impact dynamics is to develop an understanding of the crash response of the vehicle," said Karen Jackson, an aerospace engineer who oversaw the test. "Once we understand that response we can look at ways to improve the crash performance."

In December 2009 researchers dropped the same MD-500 at a similar angle from the same height of 35 feet (10.7 m). Inside were the same instruments that collected 160 channels of data and the same four crash test dummies. Three of the dummies were full bodies and one was a special torso model equipped with simulated internal organs. Technicians set up the same cameras to record the impact from inside and outside the helicopter.

› Dec. 2009 Test

Helicopter drop test

The test conditions on both days were the same too, simulating what would be a relatively severe but survivable helicopter crash. The flight path angle was about 33 degrees and the combined forward and vertical speeds were about 48 feet per second or 33 miles per hour (53.1 kph).

In the first test the MD-500 skidded to a stop, with very little damage to the helicopter or its silent occupants, because its underside was outfitted with an expandable honeycomb cushion called a deployable energy absorber.

"It's made of Kevlar and has a unique flexible hinge design that allows the honeycomb to be packaged and remain flat until needed," said Sotiris Kellas, the Langley engineer who created the idea as a way to cushion the next generation of astronaut-carrying space capsules, but realized it could be used in other ways.

MD-500 helicopter after drop test
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The force of the impact shattered the MD-500's windscreen. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

The more recent drop on March 10, 2010 involved just the helicopter. No new technology was attached. That was the point. Engineers wanted to determine exactly how efficient the deployable energy absorber had been in the earlier test and how much it might help reduce occupant injuries. So they dropped the same helicopter in the same way and measured and recorded the same conditions with the same instruments.

"We were fortunate enough that the helicopter survived so well the first time that we could use it again," said engineer Martin Annett.

There will be no third crash test for this helicopter. It was too damaged. Researchers say the "g" forces the MD-500 experienced more than tripled those recorded in the previous test. But that doesn't mean the research is over. Engineers have gigabytes of data to analyze to confirm exactly what impact the new honeycomb cushion technology might have for helicopters in the future.

The drop tests were conducted by the Subsonic Rotary Wing Project of NASA's Fundamental Aeronautics Program, and funded by the agency's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington.


“Akon” to break out some Hindi for Bollywood movie soundtrack - Entertainment News



Akon be leaving the Maida Vale studio after appearing on the Radio 1 Live Lounge. Akon Stopped by to pose and sign autographs for awaiting fans before he left in convoy of chauffeur driven vans. - Laurent Despois / Splash News
American rapper Akon will break out some Hindi for a Bollywood movie.



Akon, 36, will record a song for the movie soundtrack of RA.One, a science fiction action flick that will feature Bollywood heart-throb, Shah Rukh Khan, and the actress Kareena Kapoor.

Akon follows Snoop Dogg in the rap into Bollywood. Snoop recorded music for the soundtrack of the 2008 Singh Is Kinng, a comic caper about a Punjabi villager who becomes 'Kinng' of the Australian underworld, according to imdb.com.



AFP reports Khan said in Mumbai: 'He [Akon] is a gracious person. He will record a song in Hindi and will also feature in the video. He has flown [in] with his family, friends and team of musicians.'

Akon, who is donating his services gratis, said: 'India is my next focus area. I want to try different things, want to explore – want to enjoy my work. We have the same kind of entertainment, the only difference is of tradition and language.'

“10,000 claims over 9/11 illness” injuries settled – World wide daily news

terrorist attacks

The WTC Captive Insurance Co. announced settlements Thursday in more than 10,000 plaintiffs who claimed sickness or injuries after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The settlements could total up to $657 million.

WTC Captive was created with a $1 billion FEMA grant and provides insurance coverage to the City of New York and its debris-removal contractors. In the aftermath of attacks of September 11, 2001, New York was unable to get adequate amounts of liability insurance for the rescue, recovery and debris-removal work done at the World Trade Center site.

The settlement would provide a system to pay for the compensation of the injury claims made by people working on the rescue and debris removal for the city and its contractors. This would include construction workers, firefighters, police officers and other workers and volunteers. The settlement would also fund a special insurance policy, which provides additional compensation to any plaintiff contracting certain types of cancer in the future.

Christine LaSala, president of WTC Captive, said in a statement: "We have reached a settlement that is fair under difficult and complicated circumstances. This agreement enables workers and volunteers claiming injury from the WTC site operations to obtain compensation commensurate with the nature of their injuries and the strength of their claims, while offering added protection against possible future illness."

In order to make a claim, plaintiffs will have to submit proof they were present and participated in the post-9/11 efforts. They will also have to present specific medical documentation, including a diagnosis confirming their illness or injury.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said of the resolution, "This settlement is a fair and reasonable resolution to a complex set of circumstances. Since September 11th, the city has moved aggressively to provide medical treatment to those who were present at Ground Zero, and we will continue our commitment to treatment and monitoring." A spokesman for the mayor declined further comment.

After the 9/11 attacks, individuals who worked or volunteered in the rescue, recovery and debris-removal project were entitled to and have received free medical care, which has been funded by the City of New York and the federal government. Participating in the settlement would not deter access to that care.

Former New York firefighter Kenny Specht told CNN's Campbell Brown, "You really can't put a price on your health, so I hope that this settlement was done the right way and I hope that it was done with people's health and safety and future in mind." Specht, 37, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2008.

Aamir Khan to meet Avatar director “James Cameron” - Bollywood News Today



It looks like Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan is shifting his focus to Hollywood. He has agreed to act in Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle’s movie Bombay Velvet to be directed by Anurag Kashyap. Now, he is going to meet Avatar director James Cameron.

Aamir and Cameron will meet at a seminar in Delhi tomorrow (March 13). They will discuss about the changing environment of filmmaking at the seminar. Aamir is said to be very keen on meeting the Hollywood stalwart and is planning to ask him on marketing and distributing films in the west. Cameron too is said to have been briefed about the Bollywood superstar.


We don’t know what will come out of the meeting but it will be a great news if Cameron offers Aamir a role in his film!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

DLF IPL 2010: MAX UNVEILS MEGA extraaa innings T20 - Latest Cricket News



March 11, 2010 (Sampurn Wire):: MAX, India’s Premium Hindi Movies and Special Events channel and the official broadcaster of the DLF IPL, be all set to bring to your homes, the excitement, the glamour and the LIVE analysis of the third season of the world’s largest cricket extravaganza, MAX extraaa innings T20, the first and only one of its kind, cricket wrap-around show that always lives up to its name by providing something extraaa. extraaa innings T20 this year promises to entertain you just as it did the last season, the exception being, like everything else about the DLF IPL 2010, extraaa innings T20 is also going to be bigger and better.

MAX has created yet another mesmerising way to mirror the people’s emotions and say “DLF IPL 2010 “Laut Aaya’. Composed by the musical duo, Vishal-Shekhar and sung by Shekhar, “Laut Aaya’ is a melody of grand scale that will be used to picture the opening montage of extraaa innings T20.

“Laut Aaya’ is a melody made up of distinctly Indian notes fused seamlessly with western Rock, characteristic of Vishal-Shekhar compositions and symbolic of the deep rooted Indian identity that is, distinct and yet all embracing. The notes of this song will reverberate through out this season of DLF IPL illustrated by an equally rich and explosive visual. In sync with the theme of emotion and energy with which everything DLF IPL will be presented on MAX this year, the video has been shot in all the grandeur of a cricket stadium full of cheering crowds. It will fill you up with intoxicating energy and a celebratory fervor.

Commenting on the initiative, Vishal Dadlani says, “It’s a song of home-coming and of wanting to come home. It’s been written from the point of view of a son who’s returning home after a long journey. It’s very evocative and sensory, to the extent that you can smell and taste the familiar aromas and tastes of home. We hope that every time the audience hears the song on MAX extraaa innings T20, they enjoy the song and the feeling communicated through it.”

Commenting on this initiative, Jasdeep Singh Pannu, Vice President Programming, MAX says, “This up-beat sound track combined with an equally energetic and joyful video is meant primarily to be all inclusive and engage the average Indian television viewer. The idea is to draw inspiration and synergy from the pan-India emotion that the DLF IPL brings about– from Chennai to Mohali.”

To create the incredible carnival like spirit that engulfs the event, MAX is bringing four die-hard cricket fans turned presenters onto your TV screens this year. The awesome foursome is Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar, Ayushmann Khurrana and Angad Bedi. Everybody loves Gaurav Kapur! He’s the friendly, energetic cricket buff who’s a scream with the audiences. Another familiar face from previous year is Samir Kochhar. He’s sure to bring his Bollywood ka chaska to the world of cricketing entertainment. Now for the extraaa zing, this season MAX has the young and dynamic Angad Bedi, well, trained by none other than his father, legendary spinner and India’s former captain, the one and only Bishan Singh Bedi. Angad Bedi is all set to charm the audience with his knowledge and experience of cricket. Ayushmann Khurrana, VJ of a music channel and popular current host of large-scale television shows is the final surprise this season on extraaa innings T20. The charming smile, the dashing and debonair gait and a voice that boomerangs, is bound to hook girls and women alike. Ayushman is also an Under 14 and Under 19 district cricket player.

That’s not all! A battery of reputed cricket experts and analysts has been signed on by MAX. They will bring the viewers in-depth analysis and comments from cricketers, fans and celebrities from the studio and the stadium. The expert panel at the studio will comprise of Navjot Singh Sidhu, who returns to cricket after a long gap of almost 3 years, Arun Lal, Atul Wassan, Saba Karim, Anjum Chopra, Aakash Chopra, and Ayaz Memon. The incredible line-up of cricket commentators at the venue will be Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Harsha Bhogle, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Danny Morrison, Pommie Mbangwa, Michael Kasprowicz, Ian Bishop, Brad Hogg, Russel Arnold, Jeremy Coney, Mike Haysman, Andy Bichel, Simon Doull, Dominic Cork, Robin Jackman and Jeff Dujon.

Last but not the least! MAX will add a distinctive new dimension to the cricket presentation by introducing the concept of junior presenters in extraaa innings T20. The extraaa innings T20 juniors between the age of 7 to 14 years will get an opportunity to express their views and interact with their home team players, guests and expert panel on-air for the entire DLF IPL 2010 season! The little masters will add extraaa zing to the acclaimed panel of extraaa innings T20, as they match the seasoned presenters ball-to-ball and game-to-game, with their perspective and views on the biggest cricketing event on television.

It doesn’t get any bigger than this!!!

DLF IPL 2010 starts on 12 March 2010 at 6pm

“3 Idiots” to spread peace in Australia - Bollywood News Today

3 Idiots

Australia would be the last country for any filmmaker to release Hindi film at the moment owing to the series of attacks on Indians there. However, Rajkumar Hirani be releasing his blockbuster 3 Idiots there with an aim to bridge the gap between the two countries.

Hirani, who is currently in Australia along with Rani Mukherjee to promote Indian film festival, is screening “3 Idiots” starring Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Kareena Kapoor in the country starting today (March 11).


The director said that the incidents of the attacks on Indians are sad but that doesn’t mean that all Aussies are against Indians. Rani also said that they are in the country for Australians and for the Indians and the Asian communities who love Indian films. She added that they are there for a greater cause, as only few believe in hatred.

Director of the Film Festival Mitu Lange is looking forward to bring about cultural bridge between the Australian and Indian communities through the film festival. He added that the two free film screenings at Melbourne's Federation Square on Thursday and Saturday would draw in huge international students.

The organisers of the film festival are hoping to draw a large number of Indian students and international students to watch Indian films which will be screened in cities like Sydney, Perth and Auckland in New Zealand.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hurricane Season 2010: Tropical Cyclone 90S (Southern Indian Ocean) - Nasa News Today

Tropical Cyclone Formation Likely Near Madagascar

AIRS image of System 90S in the Southern Indian Ocean
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This infrared image from AIRS shows how the high cold clouds (blue) are starting to band, or wrap around the low's center of circulation on March 8 at 5:23 a.m. ET. Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen
Forecasters are watching a low pressure area located off the east coast of Madagascar that appears ripe for development in the Southern Indian Ocean. If it becomes a tropical storm, it would be named Hubert.

On March 9 the low, currently named "90S" is located near 20.1 South latitude and 50.8 East longitude is approximately 225 nautical miles east-southeast of the capital city of Antananarivo (which is located 145 miles inland from the east coast). The low's winds are estimated to be between 28- 34 mph (25 to 30 knots). The system is moving south-southeastward at 5 mph (4 knots). Minimum sea level pressure is estimated to be near 1000 millibars.

Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center noted that "Formation of a significant tropical cyclone is possible within the next 12 to 24 hours." There are a couple of factors helping this low become tropically organized: warm waters and improved banding of thunderstorms around the storm (indicating circulation and good convection, rapidly rising air that creates thunderstorms).

Animated multispectral satellite imagery shows improved organization with curved convective banding around a low level circulation center. Another satellite showed a tightly wrapped low level center of circulation.

NASA's Aqua satellite flew over 90S on March 8 at 5:23 a.m. ET and captured an infrared image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument. AIRS infrared instrument measures cloud top and sea surface temperatures and showed that bands of convective thunderstorms are wrapping around 90S's low-level center.

Forecasters believe that the low known as "90S" has a good chance of growing up to become "Hubert."

Text credit: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Nasa News Today - What's Up for March?

"Crew Focuses on Robotics" and Command Change - Nasa News Today

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Image above: Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams uses a still camera at a window in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Robotics and handover activities took center stage Tuesday aboard the International Space Station as Expedition 22 draws to a close and the crew prepares for new residents and a visit by space shuttle Discovery.

After breakfast and a checkout of station systems, Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi began his day with a ham radio call to students at Ikaruga Elementary School in the town of Taishi, Hyogo, Japan.

Afterwards, Noguchi joined Commander Jeff Williams and fellow flight engineers Maxim Suraev, Oleg Kotov and T.J. Creamer for a safety handover briefing. With the departure of Williams and Suraev set for March 18, the crew reviewed the changing roles and responsibilities during an emergency such as a fire, an ammonia leak or a sudden loss of air pressure within the station.

Williams and Suraev will return to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft, signifying the end of Expedition 22 and the beginning of Expedition 23 under the command of Kotov.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, three additional Expedition 23 crew members – astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko -- are preparing for their April 2 launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-18. The trio conducted Sokol launch and entry suit training Tuesday and reviewed Russian systems manuals.

Tuesday also marked a busy day for robotics aboard the orbiting complex as both the Japanese and Canadian robotic arms were poised for upcoming activities.

First, Noguchi and Creamer maneuvered the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) into position to transfer the Small Fine Arm assembly from the airlock. Over the next three days, the two flight engineers will check out the assembly and use the JEMRMS to install it for experiment replacement work on the station’s exterior.

Next, Noguchi and Creamer commanded the 57-foot Canadarm2 to a different grapple fixture in a procedure known as a “walk off.” This will allow flight controllers on Earth to move the arm to a grapple fixture on the Harmony node to conduct robotics work during the STS-131 space shuttle mission in April.

The Waste and Hygiene Compartment is temporarily down due to a separator issue. Tuesday, the crew replaced the pump separator with an on-board spare, but this did not resolve the issue. Mission Control in Houston has sent the crew additional troubleshooting instructions that will be used to replace the pump’s controller Wednesday.

NASA’s International Space Station Program Wins Collier Trophy

The International Space Station Program has won the 2009 Collier Trophy, which is considered the top award in aviation. The National Aeronautic Association bestows the award annually to recognize the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.

Bangladesh: 'ignoring plight' of starving Burma refugees – World wide daily news

An American medical charity has warned that thousands of Burmese refugees in Bangladesh are facing starvation.

Physicians for Human Rights said government authorities are preventing the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, from receiving adequate care.

It accuses Bangladesh of obstructing efforts to help the Rohingya, who have fled Burma to escape persecution.

The government has dismissed
the allegations as it did similar reports by MSF last month.

Aid blocks



The new information by the Physicians for Human Rights, "Stateless and Starving: Persecuted Rohingya Flee Burma and Starve in Bangladesh," says children will starve if aid is not allowed to be delivered.

It blamed the Bangladesh authorities for "arbitrary arrests, illegal expulsion and forced internment" of Burmese refugees, as neighbouring Burma prepares for elections later this year.

The report described the makeshift camps for unregistered refugees - where an estimated 200,000 Rohingya are living - as "open-air prisons".

"The government of Bangladesh is absolutely ignoring it. They are sweeping it under the rug," said Richard Sollom, director of research and investigation for the group.

Denials'



"Basically, it's the policy of the government that they simply want [the refugees] to disappear," he said.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh's representative into the United Nations, said this was "totally false".

"Government officials just have to make sure that any aid isn't coming from terrorist groups," he said.

"We are the victims. The Burmese people have been kicked out of their country and we gave them shelter.

"We are an impoverished country, and in spite of that, we tried to help them as best we can."

Apart from one or two "sporadic incidents" he denied that there was widespread abuse.

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said that claims of abuse were baseless and malicious and she asked the international media to stop reporting them.

Desperate

She also called for the UN to send the Rohingya back to Burma as soon as possible.
The BBC's Mark Dummett, in Bangladesh, reports that life must be dreadful in Burma for these people to choose to stay in Bangladesh - one of Asia's poorest countries.
Last month, another medical aid group, Medecins Sans Frontieres, also warned of a humanitarian crisis unfolding in a squatter camp where a growing number of Rohingya refugees now live.

Another report, released by the Arakan Project, a Bangkok-based lobby group, made similar claims.

UK-based aid group Islamic Relief Worldwide pulled out of Bangladesh last month because the government did not permit them to work with nearly 13,000 unregistered Rohingyas in the south.

The Rohingyas are Muslims from north-west Burma who speak a dialect of Bengali.
They are among the world's least wanted and most persecuted people.

Burma denies them citizenship and refuses to let them own land. It does not allow them to travel or marry without first seeking permission.

Brad Haddin ton sets up Australia beat New Zealand by six wickets

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Third one-day international, Hamilton:

Australia 273-7 (50 ovs) beat New Zealand 245 all out (46.2 ovs) by six wickets
Brad Haddin raced to his second one-day century as Australia beat New Zealand by six wickets in Hamilton to take a 2-1 lead in their five-match series.

Haddin hit five sixes
and seven fours in his 110 off 121 balls and shared a stand of 151 with Ricky Ponting (69).

He was eventually stumped off Daniel Vettori but Cameron White and Adam Voges saw Australia home on 248-4.

Earlier, Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson took three wickets each as New Zealand was bowled out for 245.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

82nd Annual Academy Awards Oscar’s winners: Full list

Oscar’s winners full list

The 82nd annual Academy Awards show
is finally airing, and while there are certainly favorites, only time will tell who will actually catch the coveted awards. Keep checking back here to see a list of nominees as they're announced.

11:58 p.m.: Best picture goes to "Hurt Locker"

11:55 p.m.: Best director goes to Kathryn Bigelow

11:47 p.m.: Best actress goes to Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side"

11:32 p.m.: And the best actor award goes to...Jeff Bridges for "Crazy Heart"

11:15 p.m.: Best foreign language film goes to "The Secret in Their Eyes," from Argentina

11:07 p.m.: Best film editing goes to "The Hurt Locker"

11:04 p.m.: Best documentary feature goes to "The Cove"

10:54 p.m.: Best visual effects goes to "Avatar"

10:52 p.m.: Best original score goes to "Up"

10:35 p.m.: "Avatar" takes it for best cinematography

10:24 p.m.: Best sound editing and mixing both go to "The Hurt Locker"

10:10 p.m.: Best costume design goes to Sandy Powell for "The Young Victoria"

10:06 p.m.: "Avatar" wins the Oscar for best art direction

9:59 p.m.: Best supporting actress goes to Mo'Nique for her performance in "Precious"

9:48 p.m.: Best adapted screenplay goes to "Precious"

9:40 p.m.: Best makeup goes to "Star Trek"

9:33 p.m.: Best documentary short goes to "Music by Prudence"

9:30 p.m.: Best animated short film goes to "Logorama"

9:15 p.m.: Best original screenplay goes to Mark Boal for "The Hurt Locker."

9:01 p.m.: Best original song goes to "The Weary Kind (Theme from "Crazy Heart") from "Crazy Heart"

8:58 p.m.: Best animated film goes to "Up."

8:45 p.m.: Best supporting actor goes to Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds." It's the first Academy Award nomination and win for Waltz.