Curiosity’s Drill Hole and Location are Picture Perfect

first_img Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Science and Technology Curiosity’s Drill Hole and Location are Picture Perfect Article and Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech Published on Friday, October 2, 2015 | 2:41 pm Top of the News center_img This composite image looking toward the higher regions of Mount Sharp was taken on September 9, 2015, by NASA’s Curiosity rover. In the foreground — about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the rover — is a long ridge teeming with hematite, an iron oxide. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSSOn Tuesday, Sept. 29, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover drilled its eighth hole on Mars, and its fifth since reaching Mount Sharp one year ago. The drilling of the hole 2.6-inches (65 millimeters) deep in a rock the team labeled “Big Sky” is part of a multi-day, multi-step sequence that will result in the analysis of the Martian rock’s ingredients in the rover’s two onboard laboratories – the Chemistry and Mineralogy X-Ray diffractometer (CheMin) and the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite.“With Big Sky, we found the ordinary sandstone rock we were looking for,” said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada. “It also happens to be relatively near sandstone that looks as though it has been altered by fluids — likely groundwater with other dissolved chemicals. We are hoping to drill that rock next, compare the results, and understand what changes have taken place.”The analyses of the Big Sky rock-powder samples by CheMin and SAM will occur over the next week. Meanwhile, the team will be turning the rover’s attention and its wheels towards the second rock, where the sample analysis process will begin anew.Curiosity is currently on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp in a region covered in sandstone called the Stimson Unit. Two weeks ago, still in the same general vicinity, Curiosity took a pair of long-range images toward higher regions of the mountain. In the foreground — about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the rover — is a long ridge teeming with hematite, an iron oxide. Just beyond is an undulating plain rich in clay minerals. And just beyond that are a multitude of rounded buttes, all high in sulfate minerals. The changing mineralogy in these layers of Mount Sharp suggests a changing environment in early Mars, though all involve exposure to water billions of years ago. The Curiosity team hopes to be able to explore these diverse areas in the months and years ahead. Farther back in the image are striking, light-toned cliffs in rock that may have formed in drier times and now are heavily eroded by winds.“The only thing more stunning than these images is the thought that Curiosity will be driving through those lower hills one day,” Vasavada said. “We couldn’t help but send a postcard back to all those following her journey.”NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Project is using Curiosity to assess ancient habitable environments and major changes in Martian environmental conditions. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech, built the rover and manages the project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.For more information about Curiosity, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl , http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/. You can follow the mission on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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 * Business News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

The annual conference of the HORECA Group was held in Zadar

first_imgThe fourth annual conference of the HORECA Group in Zadar brought together leading Croatian distributors and producers of beverages and beverages, to analyze trends and predict trends in the coming year, especially in the context of continuous tourism growth and current tax reform. The conference was organized by the HORECA Group, whose members are four domestic distributors Apfel doo from Makarska, Ba-com trgovina doo from Split, Bijelić Co doo from Osijek and Stridon promet doo from Zagreb.As part of the conference, which brought together more than a hundred participants from industry, representatives of companies in the field of distribution in the HoReCa channel and manufacturers and caterers, three panels were held with key topics for the future development of HoReCa channels in Croatia. Among the conclusions of the conference is the optimism of the participants, with moderate expectations of the positive effects of the Government’s tax reform on the sector and the growing problem with the lack of quality workforce in tourism and hospitality.Changes in consumer trends in the coffee industryThe first panel, entitled Hot Drinks: New Trends in the Coffee Distribution Market, concluded that a quality product is the key to success in the coffee market, and its quality also depends on the expertise of the barista who prepares it.”When we talk about consumer expectations, quality simply has no alternative and this is in our favor because we invest significant resources in the quality of the final beverage served to the guest in the facility. This is confirmed by the impressive figure of 1,6 billion Franck drinks consumed in the region annually. Along with quality, the backbone of our business strategy is innovation, and our development prepares novelties with which we will be the first to present ourselves to the market next year.”, Said Ivan Artuković on behalf of the Franck group.He introduced the conference participants to a number of interesting facts, so he discovered that Dalmatians prefer espresso, while Slavonians prefer products based on instant cappuccino.Hrvoje Stakor, Director of Sales for the Coca-Cola HBC Adria business unit, emphasized the importance of the synergy of quality marketing and a good product on the market, offering the Romerquelle brand as an example.Andrej Bele, General Manager of Atlantic Grupa’s strategic coffee area, spoke about the change in consumer trends: “Four or five years ago, the emphasis was on instant products, and today the biggest growth is recorded in coffee capsules. ‘To go’ consumption is also on the rise, and as a result of the accelerated lifestyle, it is no longer a trend but a normal way of consuming coffee.”Critique of Government Tax ReformThe effects of the tax reform and Croatia’s expected entry into the eurozone were the focus of the HoReCa channel panel – between cheaper loans and the approach of the euro. Marko Krajina, director of the Sberbank’s SME sector, said that historically low interest rates had not resulted in significantly higher demand for loans, but stressed that the introduction of the euro would drastically lower banks’ required reserves and make capital even more accessible to entrepreneurs.Martina Sopta, a professor at the Department of Business Economics at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, warned that the positive aspects of joining the eurozone would only be seen after a few years, but stressed that we should not be afraid of the introduction of the euro. Ivan Idžojtić said that he was generally optimistic about the Government’s reform moves in the field of tax policy because we are already very close to the flat tax model, while reducing the VAT rate by one percentage point next year is still a significant relief. He considers excessive public spending to be a much bigger problem, and only after its reduction will it be possible to talk about a comprehensive tax reform.Problems of professional staff in tourismAt the panel entitled Tourism: market challenges facing labor shortages and high taxes, the participants were addressed by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina: “Man is the key to success in tourism. Vocational occupations are lucrative and conditions need to be created for young people to opt for such careers without hesitation. It is a misconception that everyone has to graduate from college to be successful, because today a good chef earns significantly more than the average manager. ”President of the Board of Badel 1862 Darko Knez commented on the need to develop top and authentic Croatian products that will be recognizable around the world, noting that drinks from the range of his company were present in European capitals and courts in the 19th century.Croatia deserves to have at least one top drink that will represent it in the world, just as Italy has lemoncello and Greece metaxa. I think that pelinkovac could take over that role. “A member of the Management Board of the Lošinj-based Jadranka Group, Goran Filipović, emphasized that his company is fighting against the problem of the outflow of professional staff with millions in investments in employee education, but also by improving their working and living conditions. He pointed out the example of a four-star hotel for employees, which Jadranka will soon open in Veli Lošinj as a positive example to employers in industry.last_img read more

Vidic accepts United questioning

first_imgManchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic has accepted questions are being asked of the club as they prepare to begin their Premier League title defence. They made the best possible start by winning the Community Shield against Wigan on Sunday, but Vidic knows the questions will keep coming. “People are questioning everyone,” he said. “People are asking whether we can win the trophy again. Can we still be champions? “That is not just about the manager, it is the players as well. Can the players perform the same way as they did before? “We are trying hard to show what we can do. We have a good work ethic to start with and everyone wants to put themselves back into contention. “Most importantly, I see the hunger. I am pleased with that because we will definitely need it if we are going to achieve what we want this season.” With his own international career at an end, Vidic is in a minority of players who will be able to train at full throttle at United’s rebranded Aon Training Complex this week. Moyes was set to lose eight players to England seniors duty alone until Ashley Young withdrew from the friendly against Scotland due to an ankle injury that threatens his participation in Saturday’s opener at Swansea. Full-back Rafael would have missed out through suspension anyway, but is now facing at least four weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury suffered during the first-half at Wembley on Sunday. Press Association Whilst it was always obvious the arrival of David Moyes in place of Sir Alex Ferguson would bring a sense of weakness to Old Trafford, Vidic does not believe it is just a new manager that is bringing increased scrutiny. For the Serbian accepts his team-mates also need to prove they can reach the levels of previous seasons without the spectre of Ferguson looming over them. They are both blows for Moyes, who will want as many options as possible available to him for the encounter at the Liberty Stadium. That game will be followed by matches against Chelsea and Liverpool, with a trip to Manchester City following not long afterwards, which raised an eyebrow from Moyes, who wondered whether someone at the Premier League was having fun at his expense. Certainly Vidic has known nothing like it. “It is the toughest start we have had since I have been here,” he said. “Obviously the first game is always important, especially when it is away. Swansea will be a tough place to go. They have some new signings. “But I am looking forward to it. The players want to play big matches. They want to play hard matches. “When you play for Manchester United you have to accept that challenge and be ready. You have to win every game.” It will be a welcome relief to Moyes that Vidic has recovered from the sciatica problem that prevented him flying out on United’s epic tour of Australia and the Far East, where so much of their fitness work was undertaken. “I did train with the reserves in England, so I had a pre-season,” he said. “It was just that I didn’t have as many matches as the other players. But I have played two full 90 minutes now. “I am feeling fit and as the season goes along and we have more games I will get better and better. But that is the same for every player. At the moment I feel really good and I am looking forward to the new season.” last_img read more

Cricket News Pulwama Terror Attack: Virat Kohli announces postponement of RPSG Indian Sports Honours

first_imghighlights New Delhi: India is a nation in mourning following the terror attack in Pulwama which killed 42 CRPF personnel. People from all sections of society, Bollywood and Sports have offered their condolences to the families of the 42 soldiers who were killed and many personalities have urged the people of the nation to remain united in a time of grief. Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper, also offered his condolences and announced that the RPSG Indian Sports Honours, which were to be held today, has been postponed. Kohli tweeted on his official handle which said, “The RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow.”The Indian Sports Honours is a joint initiative of RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group and the Virat Kohli Foundation and there are five categories for the awards. The categories are Men’s and women’s breakthrough of the year, Spirit of Honour, Comeback of the Year, Club of the year and Fan Club of the year.Players like Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane, Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Manu Bhaker, Sunil Chhetri, Neeraj Chopra and Dipa Karmakar were some of the big names who were in line for the award. Chennai Super Kings and Bengaluru FC were the major clubs in line for the club of the year award. Kohli had been tweeting about the Indian Sports Honours from his Twitter handle but one tweet of his was timed horribly when the grief over the Pulwama terror attack was at fever pitch. At 8:01 PM on 14th February, Kohli put out a tweet on his official social media handle which read, “Clubs that invoke deep-rooted passion in fans’ hearts. Vote now, guys!” The tweet was apparently sharing the Indian Sports Honours which listed out the nominees for the ‘Club of the Year’ and it included teams like Chennai Super Kings, Real Kashmir FC, Patna Pirates and Bengaluru FC.This resulted in massive criticism and the tweet was taken down. However, one of the users still had a screenshot of the tweet. At 9:50 AM on February 15, Kohli tweeted his condolences to the Pulwama Terror attack. “I’m shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans,” Kohli tweeted.A total of 42 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens of others injured after an SUV with 350 kg of explosives hit a bus carrying the personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday. The vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device or IED explosion on Srinagar-Jammu highway in the Awantipora area of the district. After 2016 Uri terror attack, this is considered to be the deadliest terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir in nearly two decades. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. A total of 42 CRPF jawans were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama.This is the deadliest attack ever since the 2016 attacks in Uri.Virat Kohli was also criticised for an ill-timed tweet during the terror attack.last_img read more

Could Tottenham face a points deduction for stadium shambles?

first_img Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Getty Tottenham’s brand new stadium isn’t going to be ready to welcome supporters as planned against Liverpool.After a disastrous summer, the building work is way behind and Spurs have taken the decision to move their games against the Reds and Cardiff to Wembley. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Could Tottenham face a points deduction?This is very unlikely and at this stage there is no indication that the Premier League will punish Spurs with either fines or points deductions.But with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium not ready on time, Spurs are facing a number of potential problems.First and foremost is with their fanbase, many of whom have shelled out over £1000 for a season ticket and are not impressed with the delay.But the club have acted by issuing refunds for the opening two games, which will now definitely be taking place at Wembley.Spurs’ Supporters Trust chairman Martin Cloake said: “Expectation has been raised by the fact that ticket prices are very, very high for the new stadium – people have bought into that – and, of course, when people pay the amount of money that they’d paid, they expect something back for that.“I think fans have acknowledged that getting a refund for the two games that are going to be moved is the right thing to do.”When will they play their first game in the new stadium?It remains to be seen when the 62,000-seat arena hosts its first game.Currently the clubs website lists the game against Manchester City on October 28 as TBC, whilst the London derby with Chelsea game on November 24 is given as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Importantly, a safety licence must be obtained before games can take place at the ground.This requires test events to be staged, which were due to be on August 27 and September 1, where there was supposed to be an academy match and then a legends clash against Bayern Munich. FOOTBALL LATEST Spurs fans will have to return to Wembley whilst the work is finished How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings NEW ERA center_img smart causal 1 highlights Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday ALTERED last_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Santa Fe corn chili

first_imgThis recipe for Santa Fe corn chili is from Thirty Meals in 30 Minutes, at beefitswhatsfordinner.com.1 pound ground beef1 large clove garlic, minced1 can (15 1/2 ounces) red kidney beans, drained 1 can (15 1/4 ounces) sweet corn, drained1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained1 package (1 1/4 ounces) chili seasoning mixSauce: 3/4 cup dairy sour cream1 1/2 teaspoons green hot pepper sauceInstructions1. …last_img

Warriors 106; Rockets 104: How Warriors managed without Kevin Durant

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – Just as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson entered the arena tunnel, Kevin Durant greeted them with an infectious smile.The Warriors had just finished with a 106-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. And unlike their laborious seven-game series against Houston in the 2018 Western Conference Finals, the result did not hinge on Durant’s …last_img read more

Voters line up with Ohio ag organization endorsements

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Election results are in for 2015. Ohio Issues 1 and 2 have passed while Issue 3 has failed, with nearly two-thirds of voters saying no to 3.The Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio AgriBusiness Association have all chosen to support Issues 1 and 2, and oppose Issue 3. Each issue has implications for Ohio’s rural and agricultural communities and should be carefully considered by voters.Here is more on each issue as summarized by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA).Issue 1Currently, Ohio House and Senate District lines are drawn by a combination of the governor, auditor and secretary of state with input from legislative leaders. This process has led to a vast number of incongruently drawn districts with one-sided political support over the years that are no longer considered to be competitive in the general election.A “Yes” vote on Issue 1 would end this partisan process and restore fair and balanced standards for drawing state legislative districts that are more compact and politically competitive, while ensuring bipartisanship and transparency through the process.The amendment would establish the bipartisan Ohio Redistricting Commission, composed of seven members including the governor, state auditor, secretary of state and four members appointed by the majority and minority leaders of the General Assembly. The dealings of the commission would be done transparently, with required public meetings, display of maps and a public letter explaining any plan (including that none should favor a political party) the Commission adopts by a simple majority vote. The Commission would also be required to split as few counties, municipalities and townships as possible in the redrawing process.If passed, the amendment becomes effective immediately. There is no active or organized opposition. Issue 2A YES vote on State Issue 2 would protect Ohio’s Constitution from monopoly, oligopoly or cartel interests through a constitutional amendment prohibiting special interests from amending the constitution to guarantee financial profits for themselves through preferential tax rates or commercial rights or special economic privileges not available to similarly situated people or nonpublic agencies.A past issue, the effort to legalize gambling in Ohio in 2009, resulted in the establishment of constitutional protection for two companies to own all four current casinos in Ohio. Currently, State Issue 3, as written, would establish similar constitutional protection to 10 vertically integrated companies toward the legalization of marijuana in the state.A YES vote on State Issue 2 would ensure the constitution is used to benefit the broad public interest, and ensure it cannot be abused or corrupted by those interested in obtaining exclusive deals and special commercial benefits.“The constitution should be used to protect the fundamental rights of all individuals, not to guarantee the financial profits of a select few,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “A yes vote would protect free commerce, fair trade and fair dealing in Ohio.”If passed, the proposal would prohibit any proposed constitutional amendment that appears on the Nov. 3, 2015 statewide ballot from creating a monopoly, oligopoly or cartel for the sale, distribution or other use of any federal Schedule I controlled substance, such as that outlined State Issue 3.The state legislature acted nearly unanimously to place Issue 2 on the ballot, and a growing consensus of trade groups and business leaders and editorial boards are lining up in support of Issue 2. Ohio would be the 20th state to adopt constitutional provisions banning monopolies.Issue 3A NO vote on Issue 3 would put a stop to a $1 billion marijuana monopoly granting a small group of wealthy investors exclusive rights to commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes that would also insulate them from any business competition or act of the legislature.If passed, the amendment would grant exclusive rights for commercial marijuana growth and cultivation to 10 self-designated landowners, permit the retail sale of recreational marijuana at approximately 1,100 statewide locations, legalize the production of marijuana-infused products, and allow each person 21 years of age or older to purchase, grow, possess, use transport and share over one-half pound of marijuana at a time.While nearly 75% of registered voters, when polled, say they would support medicinal marijuana, Issue 3 goes well beyond medicinal purposes. It would create 10 grow sites, specifically laid out in the constitution to allow the growers to distribute the product and create approximately 1,100 retail locations across the state that would allow marijuana confections like cookies and lollipops to be sold, and allow an individual to grow up to four plants for personal use. The amendment also prohibits a local jurisdiction from exercising home rule.In addition to the concern that there would be more retail outlets for marijuana than there are current Starbucks or McDonalds locations in the state, there is concern that high limits of personal possession (the equivalent of up to 500 average-sized marijuana joints) and the legalization of confectionary products would result in broad exposure to children and underage students.To date, all support for Issue 3 is coming from the investors in the 10 grow facilities.last_img read more

Serena Williams returning to competition for US Fed Cup team

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Drama club: Cavaliers hold meeting to vent frustration John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises FILE – In this Jan. 28. 2017, file photo, United States’ Serena Williams follows through on a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia. The U.S. Tennis Association says Williams will return to competition for the first time in more than a year at the country’s Fed Cup matches against the Netherlands next month. Williams has not played an official match since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 for her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. She was pregnant during that tournament and gave birth to a daughter on Sept. 1. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung. File)WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. —Serena Williams is ready to return to competition for the first time in more than a year, a little more than five months after giving birth.The U.S. Tennis Association announced Tuesday that Williams will represent the country in its first-round Fed Cup matches against the Netherlands in Asheville, North Carolina, on Feb. 10-11.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Serena Williams told Vogue magazine that she dealt with a medical scare, developing several small blood clots in her lungs, right after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born.She played in an exhibition match on Dec. 30 to test her game, but then decided to pull out of this month’s Australian Open. Williams, who became a mother on Sept. 1, has not played an official match since winning the Australian Open in January 2017 for her 23rd Grand Slam singles title, setting a record for most in the professional era. She later revealed she was pregnant during that tournament.Joining Williams on U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi’s roster will be older sister Venus, a seven-time major champion. The siblings have not played on the Fed Cup team together in three years. Serena last played in April 2015; Venus in February 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso on the team that will face the Netherlands on an indoor hard court: CoCo Vandeweghe, a semifinalist at the Australian Open and U.S. Open last year. A fourth member of the U.S. squad will be announced next week.The U.S. won last year’s Fed Cup, the country’s record 18th title but first since 2000. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Nextlast_img read more

Ricky Martin Speaks Out For Arctic 30 Continues Work To End Human

first_imgThe busy pop superstar finished off his week by raising the profile of humanitarian causes close to his heart.On Thursday Martin added his voice to that of many other celebrities supporting the “Arctic 30” Greenpeace protesters recently arrested in Russia, writing on Facebook:“30 people are facing charges of hooligamism in Russia for standing up to protect the Arctic from dangerous oil exploration. Stand with them to have the charges dropped, and help protect the Arctic for everyone.”The next day, the singer attended a gala in the United Arab Emirates held by Small World, a charity group sharing the Ricky Martin Foundation’s goals of ensuring the well-being of children and preventing human trafficking.Martin was presented with an award at the gala in recognition of his humanitarian work.Ricky Martin receives award at Small World galaCredit/Copyright: Ricky Martin Foundation“Human trafficking has no place in our world today.”, he wrote last year.“This unscrupulous market — which consists of 27 million victims worldwide, according to the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report — generates up to $32 billion annually, an amount rivalling that of the trafficking of arms and drugs. Of the 27 million, UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million are children who are trafficked every year to work as forced labor, in the commercial sex industry, in prostitution and in other forms of slavery.“The statistics are staggering. Many contest them because the crimes are hidden. But numbers don’t matter: Preventing one or 200 children from traffickers validates our mission.“No one should be exploited and deprived of his or her freedom.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more