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NASA faces new criticism, possible congressional hearing over spacesuit delays

NASA faces new criticism, possible congressional hearing over spacesuit delays

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- NASA is facing new criticism over a recent agency watchdog report that disclosed spacesuit development is so far behind schedule that a return to the moon would be delayed beyond a 2024 target. Coupled with the high cost, estimated to hit $ 1 billion eventually, the development issues are serious enough to prompt a congressional hearing, U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., told UPI. "I almost certainly think we have to schedule a hearing before the end of the year," said Beyer, who chairs the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. "We already spent $ 420 million, and we don't know where we're going. We need to really make sure [Congress] is providing the oversight and the accountability necessary." The report from the NASA Office of Inspector Genera...
Piers Morgan stands by Meghan criticism after GMB exit

Piers Morgan stands by Meghan criticism after GMB exit

Entertainment
Getty ImagesPiers Morgan has said he stands by his criticism of the Duchess of Sussex as ITV's Good Morning Britain airs for the first time since his departure.It was announced on Tuesday that Morgan had left the show after saying he "didn't believe a word" Meghan said in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.Addressing his exit, co-host Susanna Reid said she had disagreed with his comments, and added: "Shows go on."Ofcom is investigating his comments after receiving 41,000 complaints.Ranvir Singh, who was sitting in Morgan's chair on Wednesday, said: "We don't call him Marmite for nothing." It is not yet known who will be his permanent replacement on GMB. In a tweet as the programme was beginning, Morgan said: "On Monday, I said I didn't believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview. I've had t...
Manchester United news LIVE: Ed Woodward responds to transfer criticism, Alex Telles deal agreed, Solskjaer ‘working hard’ for more signings

Manchester United news LIVE: Ed Woodward responds to transfer criticism, Alex Telles deal agreed, Solskjaer ‘working hard’ for more signings

Sports
Manchester United start their their Premier League season a week later than most others and will hope to have more signings through the door by the time they welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford. The club have secured just one deal so far in this window – bringing in Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £40million. Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho remains their top target, while numerous other players are being linked with a move to Old Trafford. Keep up to date with all the latest Manchester United news and transfer gossip below… Sign up to play Dream Team 2020/21 now It’s completely free to play Play the traditional Season game as well as Draft There’s a hefty jackpot up for grabs across 2020/21 SIGN UP TO PLAY HERE Let's block ads! (Why?) ...
Coronavirus: Emergency business loan scheme revamped after criticism

Coronavirus: Emergency business loan scheme revamped after criticism

Business
The emergency loans scheme for businesses struggling to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic has been revamped following strong criticism.The Treasury said it had received more than 130,000 loan enquires from firms but fewer than 1,000 had been approved.Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, said the changes to the scheme would make it easier for firms to access loans.The chancellor will speak to the bosses of banks, which have been accused of taking advantage of the crisis.Banks under fire for coronavirus loan tacticsThe changes to the business interruption loan scheme will mean more businesses are able to access financial support during the lockdown.Previously, government-backed loans for small businesses were only available to firms that had been turned dow...
Coronavirus: UK measures defended amid criticism

Coronavirus: UK measures defended amid criticism

Health
Telling those with a high temperature or cough to self-isolate for a week will have the "biggest impact" in the fight against coronavirus, the UK's chief science adviser says.Sir Patrick Vallance said the new advice was a "big intervention", amid criticism of the government's plan to combat the virus.The UK has moved from "containing" the coronavirus to "delaying" it.But an ex-health secretary criticised the lack of more stringent measures.There have been 596 confirmed cases across the country, but health officials have said they believe the actual number of people infected could be between 5,000 and 10,000.In total, 10 people have now died in the UK with the virus. Jeremy Hunt told BBC...