News That Matters

Tag: international

International worries as China's consumption and economy slows

International worries as China's consumption and economy slows

Business
Picture China's economy and you might be thinking of massive factories, gigantic airports or train stations built from scratch in 24 hours. For another view, you could follow Xu Liqiang as he threads the streets of Beijing in a beaten-up tuk-tuk (motorised rickshaw).Xu is 21 years old and a "kuaidi" (express delivery) driver. Each day 100 million packages are delivered in China and they're delivered by people like him. It's part of a boom in Chinese consumption that has driven growth in global GDP over the last decade.But today, work is slow. "After Double Eleven [an online shopping festival], the packages have been getting less and less with time," he tells me.Xu lives in a dormitory provided by his employer with three other kuaidi drivers. He moved to Beijing from Shanxi ...
Soyuz capsule returns to Earth from International Space Station

Soyuz capsule returns to Earth from International Space Station

Science
Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Soyuz capsule with three crewmembers returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month stay in the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, German astronaut Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev touched down safely in snowy Kazakhstan at 12:02 a.m. EST, according to NASA. They left the space station at 8:40 p.m. They spent 197 days in space, circling the globe 3,152 times and covering 83.3 million miles. The temperature was in single digits upon their landing in the remote area. "The Soyuz MS-09 stuck the landing on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humankind's first voyage to the moon," NASA TV commentator Rob Navias said during a live webcast of the landing as reported by Space.com....
Jan. 7 date set for first SpaceX unmanned capsule to International Space Station

Jan. 7 date set for first SpaceX unmanned capsule to International Space Station

Science
Nov. 24 (UPI) -- NASA has set a Jan. 7 dated for an sending an unmmanned SpaceX capsule on its maiden voyage to the International Space Station. Crew Dragon's commercial flight will be known as Demo-1 or DM-1, NASA said in a news release earlier this week. Crew Dragon will lift off from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at the Kennedy Space Center's Complex 39A launchpad, where the Apollo 11 mission took off for the moon in 1969. SpaceX, which is owned by Elon Musk, now leases the launch pad. In an updated timetable, NASA is planning the first operational mission with commercial crew to take place next June and a second one in December. The Crew Dragon can seat three passengers. A SpaceX competitor, Boeing, is planning an uncrewed Orbital Flight Test next March and a manned flight in August. Both...
Israeli music scene jolted by international boycott movement

Israeli music scene jolted by international boycott movement

World
Instead, some 20 acts, including headliner Lana Del Rey, withdrew at the last minute amid apparent pressure from a Palestinian-led international boycott campaign. The cancellations turned the weekend festival, held in the bucolic setting of an Israeli kibbutz, into the latest battleground between Israel and the boycott movement that says it seeks to end Israeli rule over Palestinians. Campaign organizers claimed success, saying it reflects growing opposition to Israeli government policies among international millennials. "The fact that these artists are canceling is showing just how different the younger generation is viewing Israel," said Diana Buttu, a Palestinian analyst who supports the movement known as BDS. The campaign, founded in 2005, calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions...
Astronauts tackle air leak on International Space Station

Astronauts tackle air leak on International Space Station

Science
Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are having to deal with an air leak from a possible collision. It has been traced to a small hole in a capsule that was used to deliver a new crew to the laboratory 400km (250 miles) above the Earth in June.It is thought the damage was caused by the impact of a high-speed rocky fragment flying through space. Mission controllers in Houston, Texas, and Russia's capital, Moscow, say the six-strong crew are in no danger.Impacts from tiny meteoroids are a permanent threat to the orbiting platform and it was built to withstand the constant bombardment from the dusty fragments that whizz about above the Earth. Media playback is unsupported on your device ...