Voyager spacecraft far exceed JPL’s expectations

first_imgAfter the probes passed Saturn, NASA extended their missions. Voyager 2 continued on to become the only spacecraft to see Uranus up close and the first to observe geysers erupting from the polar caps of Neptune’s frigid moon Titan. Since then, scientists have been using the crafts to study the sun’s winds and magnetic field, where some of the mission’s biggest surprises were yet to come. In December 2004, the younger but faster Voyager 1 probe passed through a boundary known as the termination shock. In doing so, it entered the outermost layer of the solar system, a region called the heliosheath, where the sun’s solar winds mingle with winds from interstellar space. “They’re getting a lot of surprises from in the heliosheath from Voyager 1,” Massey said. “Things are not what they were expected to be.” One of the things astronomers have not been able to explain is what is causing cosmic rays to speed up, he said. They have also found unexpected variations in the magnetic field – “holes” where the intensity is weakened and “speedbumps” where it is heightened, said NASA astrophysicist Leonard Burlaga. In about 10 years, astronomers expect both craft to sail past the influence of the solar winds entirely, passing beyond the bubble that defines our solar system. Barring an unforeseen failure, astronomers should be able to see when that happens. “Power is going to be the limitation, but we have enough to go at least until 2020,” Massey said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This week, Voyager 2 marked its 30th year in space. Voyager 1 will turn 30 on Sept. 5. Together, the two craft have visited four planets and 48 moons, and are now the most distant man-made objects in the universe. Astronomers expect them to breach the edge of the solar system within the next decade. “The fact that we’re in a region that nobody’s ever been and we see something new every day means that the use for this project goes on and on,” Massey said. Originally, Voyager 1 and 2 were only supposed to visit Jupiter and Saturn. There, they discovered Jupiter’s moon Io had 100 times more volcanism than Earth and its moon Europa had a thick crust of ice. On Saturn’s moon Titan, they found an Earth-like atmosphere lacking in oxygen but with rainstorms of liquid nitrogen. LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – When Ed Massey became JPL’s project manager for the Voyager spacecraft, he didn’t expect to hold the post for long. At that time, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 – which were only planned to last five years – were almost about to turn 20. “When we reached the 25th anniversary, I was amazed that the spacecraft had been flying that long and nothing had caused a detrimental failure,” Massey said. That was five years ago. last_img read more

New York ~ Miscellaneous Tax: Privilege Tax on Interactive Fantasy Sports Contests Enacted

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportEnacted New York legislation creates a new privilege tax on interactive fantasy sports contests in the state. Under the enacted law, registrants are required to pay a tax equivalent to 15% of their interactive fantasy sports gross revenue generated within the state; in addition, registrants must pay a tax equal to 0.5%, but not to exceed $50,000 annually. “Interactive fantasy sports contest” or “contest” means a game of skill wherein one or more contestants compete against each other by using their knowledge and understanding of athletic events and athletes to select and manage rosters of simulated players whose performance directly corresponds with the actual performance of human competitors on sports teams and in sports events. “Interactive fantasy sports gross revenue” is defined as the amount equal to the total of all entry fees not attributable to New York state prohibited sports events that a registrant collects from all players, less the total of all sums not attributable to New York state prohibited sports events paid out as winnings to all players, multiplied by the resident percentage for New York state; provided, however, that the total of all sums paid out as winnings to players may not include the cash equivalent value of any merchandise or thing of value awarded as a prize. “Interactive fantasy sports registrant” or “registrant” means an operator that is registered by the State Gaming Commission. A registrant may utilize multiple interactive fantasy sports platforms and offer multiple contests, provided that each platform and each contest has been reviewed and approved by the commission.The commission may perform audits of the books and records of an interactive fantasy sports operator with a permit or registrant, at such times and intervals as it deems appropriate, for the purpose of determining the sufficiency of tax payments. If a return required with regard to obligations imposed is not filed, or if a return when filed or is determined by the commission to be incorrect or insufficient with or without an audit, the amount of tax due will be determined by the commission. Notice of such determination must be given to the interactive fantasy sports operator liable for the payment of the tax. Such determination will finally and irrevocably fix the tax unless the person against whom it is assessed, within 30 days after receiving notice of such determination, applies to the commission for a hearing.Ch. 237 (A.B. 10736), Laws 2016, effective August 3, 2016last_img read more

Pennsylvania ~ Sales and Use Tax: Internet Seller Notice Requirements Introduced

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportLegislation introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would require Internet sellers, including remote sellers, to provide notice to purchasers that they may owe use tax on their purchase unless sales tax was paid. The notice would also have to state that, if the purchaser owes use tax, they must report and remit the tax on their Pennsylvania income tax form.H.B. 542, as introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on February 17, 2017last_img

New Hospitals Contract Team will cost country near 400000

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Premier attends town hall meetings TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Mar 2015 – During the Budget Communication this morning in the House of Assembly, Finance Minister Washington Misick said government will spend $382 Thousand for what is being called a Hospital Contract Management Unit to oversee the current Hospitals Contract. Minister Misick said: “This will ensure that we extract maximum value for money from our expensive contract with Interhealth Canada.” Already there is some criticism coming from the Opposition Leader, Sharlene Robinson who during her contribution following the Budget Speech said the government is years delayed in establishing this Committee, pointing to the PNP Administration’s lack of seriousness in firming up a better arrangement for the People of the Turks and Caicos Islands with Interhealth Canada long ago. The hospitals get 28% of the country’s national budget. The Minister said there is a budgetary limit being set for the hospitals this fiscal year. Related Items:hospital contract team, sharlene cartwright-robinson, washington misick Attorney calls on UWI to honor TCI leaderslast_img read more

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Supervisors say farewell to outgoing board members Horn Roberts

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 12, 2018 Supervisors say farewell to outgoing board members Horn, Roberts December 12, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday saluted two termed-out colleagues, Bill Horn and Ron Roberts, for their decades of leadership in local government.Horn and Roberts offered brief reflections on their public service and received a standing ovation from their colleagues during a meeting of the board at the County Administration Center.A former Marine and business owner who served on the Escondido Union High School District board in the early 1990s, Horn was first elected as a county supervisor in 1994 for District 5, an area that spans roughly 1,800 square miles from the Pacific Ocean to Imperial County.Roberts, an architect and former San Diego councilman, was elected to the board in 1994 to represent District 4, which encompasses dozens of neighborhoods, mostly within that city’s boundaries.Former San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond won Horn’s seat last month, while former state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher was elected to replace Roberts.During his time on the board, Horn told his colleagues that he “tried to be a champion for North County,” adding that he hoped “the voters look at it that way.”Horn said the county is in good financial shape because board members had managed to agree on major issues and served their constituents well.When he and Roberts joined the legislative body, Horn recalled, they were told the county needed to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Instead, its leaders froze budgets, paid down bonds and sold off trash service.Along with his staff and other county departments, Horn thanked first responders for their efforts, especially during major wildfires.Roberts, for his part, said he would not trade his 31 years in government for anything. He credited numerous staff members for putting the county on a stable course.“I thank all of you collectively for your friendship, support and camaraderie,” Roberts said.He also praised citizens and community groups for their efforts on numerous projects, asserting that “they’re why we do this work.”Roberts cited Veterans’ Village on Pacific Highway, the county operations center in Kearny Mesa, several sporting facilities, and Waterfront Park on Harbor Drive as major achievements in which he took part. He called the latter civic amenity “a landmark in San Diego — you can travel all over and won’t find anything like it.”Board Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar described the two termed-out politicos’ final remarks as “a long goodbye.”Supervisor Greg Cox called the departure of Horn and Roberts the end of an era. He credited Roberts for being a fierce advocate of foster children who “never stopped thinking about ways to make San Diego a better place to live.”“Without Ron, there would have been no Waterfront Park,” Cox said. “Ron (also) was the driving force behind the county operations center.”As for Horn, whose tenure at times could be controversial, Cox said the ex-Marine deserves credit for strong support of veterans and, outside the county purview, humanitarian work in Uganda.“There’s a side of Bill that most people aren’t aware of,” Cox said. “His gruff exterior hides the fact that he cares about people.”Supervisor Dianne Jacob opined that Horn and Roberts would leave lasting legacies.“There are times we have fought in public, but in the end, we’re like family,” she said.Jacob lauded the two men’s efforts to improve public safety and secure better pay for law enforcement personnel. She added that they were instrumental in transformed the county from near-insolvency in the 1990s to a regional government that boasts a “triple A” credit rating.County Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer said Horn and Roberts “always treated staff as if it’s one team working together.” As a parting gift, she presented them with a book documenting their successes on county programs and projects. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

St Pauls Senior Services to host free workshop

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 12, 2019 Posted: August 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – St. Paul’s Senior Services is hosting a series of free workshops throughout the year.The next workshop will cover the common symptoms of aging, how to stay safe at home, memory concerns and more.Kelly LaPadula from St. Paul’s Senior Services came to KUSI to talk about the “Plan for Tomorrow, Today” workshop.The panel will be on Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Community Care Center Cafe. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, St. Paul’s Senior Services to host free workshoplast_img read more