Spending hits ten-year low in households

first_img Spending hits ten-year low in households by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was The Dream Girl In The 90s, This Is Her NowMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldHealthyGem”My 600-lb Life” Star Dropped 420 Pounds, See Her NowHealthyGemZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Herald Tuesday 30 November 2010 8:17 pm Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL FAMILY spending in the UK has fallen to a ten year low, according to government figures released yesterday.The average weekly spend dipped to £455 per household last year, down from £471 in 2008, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The figures reflect households tightening their belts amid recession, as the economy shrunk by five per cent in 2009.Yet spending in London remained considerably higher than in other UK regions. The average household in the capital spent £552.30 per week between 2007 and 2009, over £90 higher than the British average.Households in the rest of the south east were close behind, spending £523.90.The north east was the region with the lowest weekly spend, averaging out at just £387.20.The high costs of London living were largely attributed to spending in the housing, fuel and power category. Londoners’ spending on these items was 48 per cent higher than people in the rest of the country.Despite the London effect, spending was higher among people living in rural areas. The average countryside households spent around £50 more per week than its counterparts in towns and cities. The editor of the report, Giles Horsfield, said that cuts in interest rates may actually have reduced some spending. “Higher expenditure on housing related costs such as rent, electricity and gas were offset by lower spending on mortgages,” he said.The results are based on the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) of 6,000 households across the UK.The fall in spending for 2009 mirrored data released on Monday by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The independent watchdog listed household consumption for 2009 as 3.3 per cent down on the previous year.Yet the figures provide hope that spending for 2010 will bounce back. The OBR estimate a 1.1 per cent jump in household consumption for this year, an upward revision of 0.8 per cent from the projection made in June’s emergency budget.The OBR forecast consumption growth of 1.3 per cent in 2012, rising to 2.1 per cent by 2014. whatsapp whatsapp KCS-content last_img read more

Ocado shares top float price

first_img Ocado shares top float price Tuesday 4 January 2011 8:53 pm whatsapp KCS-content Shares in online grocer Ocado rocketed past their 180p float price for the first time yesterday, hitting 196.7p ahead of its first update since joining the stock market last July. The company, which is yet to post a profit, gained 10 per cent in trading, its steepest rise in more than a month. It will update investors on Monday on its performance since going public in a £369m float, when it was forced to slash its initial price from a range of 200p to 275p down to 180p. Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proofcenter_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Benson Stanley stops Fetu’u Vainikolo dead in his tracks

first_imgSunday May 11, 2008 Benson Stanley stops Fetu’u Vainikolo dead in his tracks Young Blues center Benson Stanley has once again put in another impressive tackle in this years Super 14, this time on the Highlanders flying winger Fetu’u Vainikolo. Stanley isn’t a big guy, but has got his tackling technique absolutely perfect, as we’ve seen on more than one occasion this season. Besides Stanley’s relatively small frame, he shouldn’t be underestimated on defense, as the Brumbies’ George Smith will surely testify too. Vainikolo, who is incidently no relation to England’s namesake Lesley, has been a real star for the Highlanders this season with his devastating runs from deep and repeatedly getting through the first few tacklers with immense acceleration, stepping, and power. Not this time though. The funny thing is that on the replay you can see Vainikolo slow down slightly, almost as if Stanley’s reputation precedes him and he realises he’s heading down a dark alley. Extremely impressive from Stanley, who’s proving the point that with the correct technique and mindset, size certainly does not count on the rugby field. Time: 0:57 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living90% of People Have No Idea What These Two Little Holes Are ForNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Recruitment initiative matches Trustees to Charities

first_img People Unlimited working with Legal & General on Trusteeship ProgrammeLondon, 5 May, 2010 – Not-for-profit recruitment specialist, People Unlimited, is working with FTSE 100 financial services provider, Legal & General, to place ten senior management leaders in charity trusteeships. Board trusteeships provide vital skills, influence and ./guidance to a charity, drawing on their experience in the private sector and using their own network to contribute strategically and practically to the charity’s cause.Keen to encourage their managers to use their talents to benefit society while further developing their leadership skills, Legal & General has joined forces with People Unlimited to devise a programme to match senior Legal & General managers with charities. The project shows how a private sector business can combine its corporate social responsibility and talent management strategies to benefit the public sector and the individual senior managers. The senior managers, participating out of personal choice, will be given time off their current jobs at Legal & General to attend charity board and sub-committee meetings. The charity, in turn, will be supported by People Unlimited’s Trustee Recruitment Team, providing recruitment services as well as governance and recruitment workshops, funded by Legal & General.“This will be a long-term and far-reaching project that will impact charities, their beneficiaries and the individual trustees,” said People Unlimited Chairman, David Lale. “Legal & General is investing in the recruitment process and supporting the individual managers with the time they need to contribute positively to a charity for long-term benefit.”The innovative programme will:engage skilled senior managers from technical and commercial backgrounds with charitieshelp charities develop meaningful relationships with Legal & General, a top financial institution with a long history of commitment to the charity sectorprovide tailor-made workshops for charities to ensure readiness to recruit and induct new trustees“We are pleased that this exciting new scheme will allow us to provide development for some of our most talented people whilst also benefiting the third sector. We have broken away from the traditional Non Executive development route for managers in the FTSE 350 and created a scheme that benefits individuals, the sector and society as a whole” – said Graham Precey, Head of CSR, Legal & General Group Plc.Charities that are looking for talented managers to sit on their Board of Trustees should contact Catherine Whitmore, Head of Trustee Recruitment at People Unlimited on 020 7939 7436 or email [email protected] charities will need to have the mechanisms in place to offer a trusteeship to a Legal & General employee by the end of July 2010, have sub-committee meetings at least once every quarter and be registered with the Charities Commission before the end of April 2010.ENDInformation for EditorsAbout People UnlimitedPeople Unlimited is an award-winning recruitment business, specialising in the not-for-profit sector with expert services that focus on careers in charities and fundraising; health and social care; housing; arts and media; and the green sector. Since 1990, when the company started as Charity People, People Unlimited has grown to become an industry figurehead and a trusted partner to the not-for-profit sector. Drawing on experience and insight of staffing, recruitment, career development and resourcing, People Unlimited has helped over 30,000 people find work with value-led organisations. People Unlimited helps clients plan and fulfill their staffing needs in the most cost effective and efficient way. Equally well placed to identify hard-to-find specialists or recruit large numbers of staff, People Unlimited has long-term client relationships with organisations that range from Royal Opera House, NSPCC, Big Issue, Shepherds Bush Housing Association to Cancer Research UK.People Unlimited’s wider purpose is to raise the profile of the sector as a great place to work. People Unlimited is the organisation behind the UK’s largest not-for-profit recruitment event, forum3, now in its tenth year. For the last three years, People Unlimited has been the driving force behind the ‘Alternative Rich List’ campaign – to recognise those people who are wealthy in terms of life experience and what they give back to the community.The next forum3 event will be held on 24-25th September 2010 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. To find out more, please visit http://www.forum3.co.ukFor more information about People Unlimited visit www.peopleunlimited.co.ukAbout Legal & GeneralThe Legal & General Group, established in 1836, is one of the UK’s leading financial services companies. As at 31 December 2009, we were responsible for investing £334 billion worldwide on behalf of investors, policyholders and shareholders. We have over 7 million customers in the UK for our life assurance, pensions, investments and general insurance plans.For further details or to request an interview, contact:Lucy GeorgePh: +44 (0) 7817 892 217Email: [email protected] RockPh: +44 (0) 207 7259798Email: [email protected] Advertisement Howard Lake | 5 May 2010 | News Recruitment initiative matches Trustees to Charities Tagged with: corporate Recruitment / people trustees Volunteering AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  31 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Gary Wilhelmi 5/25/2012 Weekly Column

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleNew Exchange Hours May Change USDA Report TimesNext articleCRP General Sign-Up Results Are In Hoosier Ag Today SHARE Home Market Market Watch Gary Wilhelmi 5/25/2012 Weekly Column By Hoosier Ag Today – May 25, 2012 SHARE Current corn condition ratings rare 77% good to excellent, spring wheat 74%, but Kansas HRW ratings have declined from72% in April to 46% today. If the weather cooperates Brazil could produce the 77 MT soybean crops next year, that adverse condition deprived them of this year. No big European events scheduled this weekend, but Spanish banks are seeking further bail outs, which have not worked in the past. The Belgium Deputy Prime Minister said that the EU leaders must prepare for the Greeks exit for the Union. This past week the euro fell below support at 1.26, the dollar index breached its 82 resistance point, crude oil had a brush with $90 and gold surged back and forth like a golden jumping bean. Speculative density in all markets makes for an irrational back drop. July corn fell seventy cents after rising on Chinese purchase rumors; the going down on indications of Chinese buying delayed until September and then pounded down by rumors of Chinese corn cancellations. The Grimm brothers would be proud to concoct such fairy tales. That’s the trading reality today computer driven volatility. Watch the Palmer drought Index, an old 1960’s device which gives you a reading on dryness. Focus on the Midwest, where conditions are currently just moderately dry. The month of June will compose the next crop development tune. Also watch Texas wheat quality and then follow harvest reports north. The low light of this past week in the meats was a vey bearish cold storage report that had beef in the cooler up 17% on the year and pork up 20% There your soft meat demand in action. Cattle were trading at $121 Friday steady, with Nebraska beef up $2. Boxed beef added $3 and choice beef premiums widened to $8, a sign of cook out features. Pork is skimming across the lows. After Memorial Day summer demand takes over and historically top meat cuts are secondary. Memorial Day weather looks good for cookouts and that along with Mother’s Day are the leading weekends for steak featuring, for Dad’s day it is hamburger. Facebook Twitter Gary Wilhelmi 5/25/2012 Weekly Column Purchasing managers indexes have fallen in Europe, the US and China. Deflationary concerns have increased and that depresses values, and you should watch gold in that regard and crude oil.last_img read more

Gang members kill 23-year-old radio journalist

first_imgNews April 11, 2020 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out more Salvadorean authorities must not obstruct coronavirus coverage RSF_en Salvadorean president’s alarming hostility towards independent media News Follow the news on El Salvador Help by sharing this information Organisation AmericasEl Salvador Protecting journalists Organized crimeViolenceDisappearances AmericasEl Salvador Protecting journalists Organized crimeViolenceDisappearances Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns young community radio host Nicolás García’s gruesome murder by members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang on the night of 10 March in El Carrizal, a village in the western department of Ahuachapán. Working as a journalist is very dangerous in El Salvador because of the alarming level of violence.For the past several months, García, 23, had been hosting a programme on El Carrizal-based radio Expressa, voces al aire in which he advised local residents on how to protect themselves from violence and interviewed members of the Civilian National Police (PNC).Local members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang did not like the programme. After many threats, they began suggesting that he join the gang and provide them with information about police movements in El Carrizal in exchange for 100 dollars a month.García’s refusal cost him his life. His mutilated body was found riddled with bullets and with his tongue cut out.“We are deeply shocked by this barbaric crime and we call on the Salvadorean authorities to identify those responsible and bring them to trial,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Americas desk. “In response to these acts of violence by organized crime, the government has a duty to provide journalists with effective protection.”RSF supports the call by the El Salvador Journalists’ Association (APES) and the Association of Participative Radio Stations and Programmes (ARPAS) for the swift adoption of a law that would protect journalists.The high level of violent crime has a big impact on media personnel in El Salvador. At the same time, freedom of information had declined since Salvador Sánchez Cerén was installed as president in June 2014. His government is hostile towards the media and neither protects journalists nor promotes their work.El Salvador is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index. News March 23, 2016 – Updated on April 12, 2016 Gang members kill 23-year-old radio journalist Receive email alerts to go further News October 7, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomlast_img read more

Calls for killers of Wu Xianghu to be brought to trial

first_img News News News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has called for the killers to be brought to trial of Wu Xianghu, deputy editor of Taizhou Evening News in Zhejiang province, eastern China, who died on 2 February 2006 from injuries inflicted by police who stormed the paper’s offices three months earlier. The officer who led the raid has been dismissed but no criminal case has been opened against him or the other police officers involved.”This award-winning journalist was killed because he wrote an article that upset the local police“, said Reporters Without Borders. “The Chinese authorities should not limit themselves to just sacking the person responsible for his murder, because that amounts to accepting that police have the power of life and death over journalists. This case indicates the climate of fear in which the media has to work,” it added. Around 50 officers raided the newspaper’s offices on 20 October in reaction to an article it carried the evening before which complained of unfair taxes levied on electric bicycles. The officer who led the raid, Li Xiaoguo, slapped the newspaper’s editor himself after which he left him to be questioned by subordinates, who continued to rain blows on to him. Wu Xianghu, who had a liver transplant two years earlier, was taken to hospital soon afterwards and died there on 2 February.A few days after the incident, Li Xiaoguo, head of traffic police for the town of Jiaojiang, was dismissed. A local official told the Chinese new agency Xinhua that steps would be taken to ensure this type of incident was not repeated. Receive email alerts Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific to go furthercenter_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison February 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Calls for killers of Wu Xianghu to be brought to trial Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more News Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Awww! Here Are the Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Awww! Here Are the Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 6, 2017 | 5:10 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News Contessa (A413432) is a one-year-old, spayed female, gray tabby with a mane as regal as her name. This calm kitty enjoys head rubs and petting, roaring up a purr to show how much she loves you. Although she can be shy at times, Contessa enjoys a good snuggle once she gets to know you a bit better. If you’re looking for a little ball of love to brighten your days, swing by our Neely Cat Center to meet Contessa today.The adoption fee for cats is $70, which includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, and vaccinations.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A413432, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Mr. T (A413301) is a one-year-old, male, golden hamster who’s full of energy! Mr. T loves to explore his surrounding, sniffing out every nook and cranny while he looks for the best place to hide away his food. When he’s tuckered out from all that adventuring, there’s nothing Mr. T likes more than settling down with his favorite treat – sunflower seeds. Although Mr. T loves sunflower seeds, it’s important to remember that they should only be used as a treats! A balanced hamster diet should also include plenty of dried fruits and veggies.The adoption fee for hamsters is $5.New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.Call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at (626) 792-7151 to ask about A413301, or visit at 361 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email. Directions and photos of all pets can be found at pasadenahumane.org. Top of the News Here are the Pets of the Week available for adoption at the Pasadena Humane Society this week:center_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Goes Through Trials by Fire, Ice, Light and Sound

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 78 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * This animated GIF shows a successful test of the parachute that will be used to land NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars. The images were taken on Sept. 7, 2018, during the third and final flight of the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) project. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechWhile auto manufacturers built over 92 million motor vehicles for this world in 2019, NASA built just one for Mars. The Perseverance Mars rover is one of a kind, and the testing required to get it ready to roll on the mean (and unpaved) streets of the Red Planet is one of a kind as well.Because hardware cannot be repaired once the rover is on Mars, the team has to build a vehicle that can survive for years on a planet with punishing temperature shifts, constant radiation and ever-present dust. To ensure readiness, they put Perseverance through a test program tougher than the trip to Mars and the environment it will encounter once there.This video highlights some of the tests NASA’s Perseverance rover completed between September and December 2019 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech“Mars is hard, and everybody knows that,” said project manager John McNamee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. “What they may not realize is that to be successful at Mars, you have to test the absolute heck out of the thing here on Earth.”While the unique tests performed for the project number in the thousands, here’s a handful that stand out.The Sound and FuryIt is no secret that loud noises can be detrimental to your hearing. They can also be detrimental to a spacecraft, at least when they’re at the level encountered atop the launch vehicle during liftoff. Those punishing decibels can actually cause parts and components to come loose.Long before the rover was shipped to Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for this summer’s launch, engineers put it in a special chamber at JPL and, using nitrogen-charged speakers, blasted away at it with random waves of sound as high as about 143 decibels – louder than what you’d encounter standing behind a roaring jet engine. On several occasions during the daylong acoustical test, they halted to inspect the rover and its surroundings, looking for anything that might have loosened, broken or fallen off. Some fasteners attaching spacecraft components had to be tightened and a few electrical cables replaced, but the mission team came away with increased confidence that while Perseverance will certainly be shaken during launch, nothing should stir.The spacecraft that will carry NASA’s Perseverance rover to Mars is examined prior to an acoustic test in the Environmental Test Facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. The image was taken on April 11, 2019. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechOh, ChuteAsk any member of the Mars 2020 mission’s entry, descent and landing team, and they’ll tell you there’s little point in traveling through 314 million miles (505 million kilometers) of interplanetary space if you can’t stick the landing. At 70.5 feet (21.5 meters) in diameter, the rover’s supersonic parachute has everything to do with making that happen. A lot of work goes into ensuring a chute deploys right and can do the job without shredding or getting tangled.Perseverance’s parachute is based on the design successfully flown by Mars Curiosity in 2012. However, since Perseverance is slightly heavier than Curiosity, engineers strengthened their parachute design. But how to be sure it will do what is expected of it? Test, test, test.First, the team focused on verifying the chute would hold up under the strain of slowing a fast-moving spacecraft down in the Martian atmosphere. In the summer of 2017, they traveled to the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at NASA’s Ames Research in California’s Silicon Valley to observe trial chute deployments close up in a wind tunnel, checking workmanship and looking for any unexpected behavior.In this June 2017 photo, the supersonic parachute design that will land NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, undergoes testing in a wind tunnel at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/AmesMore complex evaluations would come between March and September 2018. The team tested the chute three times in Mars-relevant conditions, using Black Brant IX sounding rockets launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Research Facility in Virginia. The final test flight, on Sept. 7, exposed the chute to a 67,000-pound (37,000-kilogram) load – the highest ever survived by a supersonic parachute and about 85% higher than what the mission’s chute is expected to encounter during deployment in Mars’ atmosphere.The team also tested the chute’s deployment mortar. Perseverance’s parachute is packed into an aluminum canister so tightly, it has the density of oak. The mortar is a cylindrical canister cradled atop the aeroshell, which encapsulates the rover. At the time of deployment, an explosive propellant at the base of the mortar will launch the carefully bundled array of nylon, Technora and Kevlar at just the right velocity and trajectory into the Martian slipstream.Mortar deployment evaluations took place in the winter of 2019 at a test facility in central Washington. The temperature of the mortar canister during the first test synched closely with the ambient air temperature – about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). The second and third were executed with the mortar chilled to minus 67 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 55 degrees Celsius) – well below the temperature at which the mortar is expected to fire during the actual deployment at Mars (14 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 10 degrees Centigrade). The mortar passed all three tests with flying colors.This animated GIF shows a test of the mortar system that will be used on Feb. 18, 2021, to deploy the parachute for NASA’s Perseverance rover. The test took place in November 2019 at a facility in central Washington. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechRunning Hot and ColdThe Sun’s rays heat a white-painted rover differently than they would, say, a Mars boulder. To better understand what temperature-sensitive instruments and subsystems will encounter, the team tested Perseverance’s “thermal model.” In October 2019, they placed the rover in JPL’s 25-foot-wide, 85-foot-tall (8-meter-by-26-meter) vacuum chamber for a daylong test, where powerful xenon lamps several floors below beamed upward, hitting a mirror at the top of the chamber to drench the spacecraft with light.After the lamps warmed up and reached the same intensity of sunlight the rover will encounter at its landing site in Jezero Crater, an engineer climbed in and measured the “sunlight” reaching different portions of the rover. Data from the test was used to update the rover’s thermal model, giving the team the assurance they needed to proceed with next step in ground-based cold testing.Once the solar-intensity tests concluded, engineers closed the doors and evacuated the majority of the atmosphere in the chamber to simulate Mars’ thin atmosphere, which has about 1% the atmospheric density of Earth. Then the chamber was chilled to minus 200 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 129 degrees Celsius), and for a weeklong subsystems check, they ran computer programs, raised the remote sensing mast and antennas, turned wheels, and deployed the Mars Helicopter to make sure the rover can handle even the coldest Martian nights.This animated GIF shows the deployment of the Perseverance rover’s remote sensing mast during a cold test in a space simulation chamber at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The test took place in October 2019. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechCamera ReadyThe Mars 2020 mission is launching 25 cameras to the Red Planet, a record number for an interplanetary expedition. After installation, each camera bound for the Red Planet had to undergo an “eye” exam.With a camera called WATSON, which is tasked with taking close-up pictures and (if needed) video of rock textures, project engineers recorded the scene as they danced and waved. The goal: to determine the imager’s frame rate and exposure time, and the ability of its computer to hold and transfer the data.For other imagers, the test was a little more formal and rigorous. The process is called machine-vision calibration and involves using target boards featuring grids to establish a baseline for a camera’s optical performance. The result? The mission’s vision was 2020.About the Mars 2020 MissionWhether they are working on final assembly of the vehicle at Kennedy Space Center, testing software and subsystems at JPL, or (as the majority of the team is doing) teleworking due to coronavirus safety precautions, the Perseverance team remains on track to meet the opening of the rover’s launch period. No matter what day Perseverance launches, it will land at Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.The Perseverance rover’s astrobiology mission will search for signs of ancient microbial life. It will also characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. The Perseverance rover mission is part of a larger program that includes missions to the Moon as a way to prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet. Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028 through NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration plans.For more information about the mission, go to https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/For more about NASA’s Moon to Mars plans, visit https://www.nasa.gov/topics/moon-to-mars More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Science and Technology NASA’s Perseverance Rover Goes Through Trials by Fire, Ice, Light and Sound The agency’s new Mars rover is put through a series of tests in vacuum chambers, acoustic chambers and more to get ready for the Red Planet. 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Housing Market Cools Off as Inventory Slows

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market October 20, 2014 1,267 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Former Alabama Bank Manager Sentenced for Fraud Next: Maryland Charter Bank Shuts Down Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Tory Barringer Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago California Demand Housing Market Housing Supply National Association of Realtors Realtor.com 2014-10-20 Tory Barringer Sign up for DS News Daily Housing Market Cools Off as Inventory Slows The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Housing Market Cools Off as Inventory Slows Housing indicators cooled off slightly in September, marking the annual start of what is typically a slower season for the market, according to a report from listings site Realtor.com.At the national level, Realtor.com reported the median age of September’s housing stock was 90 days, four days longer than August’s median age as home shoppers back off for the season. Compared to last year, however, September’s median inventory age was down three days, indicating demand is still there.The number of listings last month was approximately 1.87 million, down 2.7 percent annually and 7.9 percent monthly. The decline compares to Redfin’s latest analysis, which showed an unexpected bump in inventory from new listings. Redfin’s data measures a narrower list of markets nationwide.As other market indicators have seen steady improvement, inventory has remained a consistent problem, with shortages across the country limiting buyers’ options and pushing prices beyond affordability in some areas. According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest existing-home sales report, the nation’s housing stock sat at a 5.5-month supply in August, short of the six- to seven-month supply considered to be a balanced market. New homes were in even shorter supply at nearly five months.”To truly relieve the inventory shortage on a sustained basis, new home construction needs to rise by at least 50 percent from the current levels,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors.Though the market’s pace has slowed nationally, Realtor.com found 12 major metros are still selling quickly, with each one seeing a median inventory age of less than two months. Those markets include a number of California metros—Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles-Long Beach—as well as a handful of others around the country, including Denver, Seattle, Houston, Austin, Omaha, Melbourne, and Washington, D.C.Though largely spaced out geographically, those markets have a number of factors in common that are helping to drive their local housing markets: Notably, they feature the best opportunities for math and science professionals, and they’re home to large baby boomer populations.As Realtor.com explains in its report, the first group tends to pull in a higher median income and brings enhanced buying power, while the second group is rapidly coming to an age when they have to make retirement-related housing decisions.”When we see homes moving quickly in a particular market, we expect the trend to be supported by signs of local health like growth in economic production and employment,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com. “This month, we also observed more out of the ordinary trends including high proportions of math and science professionals, as well as baby boomers in each of the fast moving markets. As the technology industry grows and aging baby boomers decide to make housing moves to support their retirement, we’ll continue to see strong housing demand associated with these factors.” Tagged with: California Demand Housing Market Housing Supply National Association of Realtors Realtor.com Share Savelast_img read more