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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...
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sues federal government over cruise industry shutdown

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sues federal government over cruise industry shutdown

Business
April 8 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday a lawsuit against the federal government over the cruise industry shutdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of thousands of Floridians depend on the cruise industry for their jobs, DeSantis said at a news conference at the Port of Miami, where he announced the lawsuit while flanked by cruise employees. Advertisement "So, today's a day for us to fight for them, to fight for our friends and our neighbors, who just want to go back to work," DeSantis said at the press conference. Monica Sebata, a former employee of Cruiseport Destinations in Miami, said cruises were initially ordered to shut down for two weeks in March 2020. At that point, they were able to connect through Zoom, and they had hope things would improve, she said, b...
Covid passports: Entertainment venues air concerns over plans

Covid passports: Entertainment venues air concerns over plans

Entertainment
Getty ImagesLeading figures in the UK entertainment industry have expressed reservations about the prospect of using Covid passports as venues reopen, especially if they require proof of vaccination.The government has said Covid-status certificates could be used at theatres, nightclubs and festivals from June.They could be used to prove if a person has been vaccinated, has had a recent negative test or has natural immunity.But some industry figures say they have "deep concerns" over the proposals.The announcement of a series of pilot events, which will start later this month, has already proved controversial.Trial events are due to take place at venues in Liverpool, as well as sporting fixtures including the Snooker World Championships and FA Cup Final.Covid passports are 'one option', say...
Jesse Lingard heroics see West Ham leapfrog Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool as thrilling victory over Wolves takes Gary Neville by surprise

Jesse Lingard heroics see West Ham leapfrog Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool as thrilling victory over Wolves takes Gary Neville by surprise

Sports
Jesse Lingard stole the show with a wonderful performance during West Ham’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Wolves as the Hammers climbed into the top four. The Hammers forward, on loan from Manchester United, scored a contender for goal of the season before magical pieces of skill helped create two more goals for the visitors – converted by Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen. AFP Lingard now has six goals in his opening eight Premier League games for West Ham AFP Lingard produced a wonderful run and finish to open the scoring But despite leading by three inside 38 minutes, a thrilling game filled with spectacular goals was far from over. Lingard ran from his own half to score the opener, but Adama Tra...
New Mexico sues US over proposed nuclear waste storage plans

New Mexico sues US over proposed nuclear waste storage plans

Technology
New Mexico is suing the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission over concerns that the federal agency hasn’t done enough to vet plans for a multibillion-dollar facility to store spent nuclear fuel in the stateBy SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressMarch 29, 2021, 9:30 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico sued the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday over concerns that the federal agency hasn’t done enough to vet plans for a multibillion-dollar facility to store spent nuclear fuel in the state, arguing that the project would endanger residents, the environment and the economy.New Jersey-based Holtec International wants to build a complex in southeastern New Mexico where tons of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants aro...