Wages start to climb as talent pool is used up and employers chase jobseekers

first_img Share Thursday 4 December 2014 8:24 pm whatsapp whatsapp The long squeeze on workers’ wages is coming to an end, as recruiters today report that employers are competing harder for talent.As unemployment dives and the economy recovers, more employers are chasing fewer jobseekers, pushing up salaries.However, the intensity of the pressure will ease – the pace at which hiring is growing slowed to an 18-month low, according to KPMG and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.Pay growth has picked up rapidly this year. The KPMG index for salaries paid to permanent staff now stands at 62.5 – up from 61.9 in October and far above to 50 mark that indicates no change in pay.For temporary workers, the rate of growth is lower, but still substantial. The index for shorter-term contracts stands at 57.7 in November, up from 57.3 a month earlier.At the same time, the availability of all staff is continuing to worsen.The index for permanent staff fell a touch to 33.6 in November. Availability has been dropping since early 2013.Employers reported shortages in key finance functions, including audit, compliance, credit control and payroll staff.“If there’s a cloud on the horizon for 2015, it’s the intensifying skills shortages which now spans many sectors and is particularly acute in high-skilled areas like engineering, IT and medicine,” said REC’s Kevin Green, warning this lack of staff could slow the economic recovery. Tags: employment and wages UK jobs Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap Wages start to climb as talent pool is used up and employers chase jobseekers Tim Wallace last_img read more

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Banks hoping for levy freeze

first_imgMonday 8 June 2015 10:51 pm whatsapp Express KCS Show Comments ▼ whatsapp More From Our Partners Kamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Share Banks hoping for levy freeze BRITAIN’S banks hope George Osborne may begin to adopt a warmer tone to the sector at his Mansion House speech tomorrow.Lenders do not expect the chancellor to stop bank bashing, as he introduced the bank levy and hiked it nine times, but they do hope for a softening in his tone.HSBC boss Stuart Gulliver will say today that a “stable and predictable” tax regime will be a crucial factor in deciding whether or not to move the bank’s headquarters from London, according to Sky News. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Hurt by a drug? You can file suit in California if a clinical trial took place there

first_img Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmalot Ed Silverman @Pharmalot APStock STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More What is it? Hurt by a drug? You can file suit in California if a clinical trial took place there Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDcenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. [email protected] About the Author Reprints What’s included? GET STARTED By Ed Silverman July 18, 2017 Reprints Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court made it more difficult for people who file product-liability lawsuits against drug makers to engage in “forum shopping,” a practice in which someone files a lawsuit in a state where courts are seen as more hospitable to consumers.In that closely watched case, the court ruled hundreds of out-of-state plaintiffs failed to demonstrate a sufficient connection between injuries they allegedly suffered from a Bristol-Myers Squibb drug and company activities in California. The state has been a favorite venue for such suits, but the court noted the plaintiffs did not buy or ingest the drug there, and Bristol-Myers is not headquartered there. Tags legalpharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

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Kim Jong Eun Officially “General”

first_imgNews AvatarShin Joo Hyun By Shin Joo Hyun – 2010.09.28 1:29pm Kim Jong Eun Officially “General” Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Twitter SHARE News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) reported today that Kim Jong Eun, the leading candidate to succeed Kim Jong Il, has been made a general. KCNA revealed, “Comrade Kim Jong Il handed down Order No. 0051 on promoting leaders of the People’s Army on the 27th. As per the order, six individuals including Kim Kyung Hee, Kim Jong Eun and Choi Ryong Hae are to be made generals.” KCNA did not name the other three invested with the title, but Rodong Shinmun revealed them this morning as Hyeon Yong Cheol, Choi Bu Il (Chairman of the People’s Army Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Committee), and Kim Kyeong Ok. Now Kim Jong Eun has been made a general on the day before the Delegates’ Conference, the possibility of his succession being publicized through the event itself has grown. Additionally, since his promotion was military in nature, it is likely that he will also be made a member of the Central Military Commission of the Central Committee of the Party. This is the first time that the North Korean authorities have mentioned Kim Jong Eun’s name in a public forum, although he has appeared in internal lecture materials. Granting the general title to sister Kim Kyung Hee and close confidant Choi Ryong Hae, a former Chief Secretary of North Hwanghae Province, also looks like a part of the succession process. Kim Jong Eun has until now been known in materials for cadre lectures as “Youth Captain,” or “Captain,” suggesting a respectful title for the successor rather than a military rank. The promotion of Kim Kyung Hee is interesting because, even though she is Kim Jong Il’s sister and the Director of the Light Industry Department of the Central Committee, she has generally distanced herself from politics until now. In Choi’s case, he has Kim Jong Il’s unshakeable trust thanks to his father, Choi Hyun, who was a first-generation revolutionary and a reliable supporter of Kim down the years. On these latest moves, Park Young Ho, a senior researcher with the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), said in the interview with The Daily NK, “This promotion is significant as it uses the opportunity presented by the Delegates’ Conference to announce Kim Jong Eun as the successor across the country.” He added, “He is now prepared to succeed to the Military-first politics having been given rank in the People’s Army.”He explained further, “Kim Kyung Hee and Choi Ryong Hae being granted the general title seems to have been in order to establish security for the succession. Even though we don’t know yet whether or not they will take core positions in the Party officially through the Conference, it still means the establishment of the succession system.” North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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MX sanctions Deutsche Bank for supervisory shortcomings

first_img Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DBSI) has been sanctioned by the Montreal Exchange (MX) for supervisory failures.The MX’s disciplinary committee approved a settlement with DBSI, which includes $85,000 in fines and requires the firm to pay $7,700 in costs, after the firm admitted to violating the exchange’s rule by allowing electronic trading access to 15 employees without prior approval. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Related news Gavel and legal books olegdudko/123RF Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Facebook LinkedIn Twitter BFI investors plead for firm’s sale PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case An internal review found that those unapproved employees collectively placed 1,337 orders and executed 87,335 contracts on the exchange.The settlement found that the firm violated the MX’s rules on market access and requirements on developing supervisory systems.It also noted that the firm has since corrected the registration issues and beefed up its supervisory controls. It also cooperated with the MX’s investigation. Keywords EnforcementCompanies Montreal Exchange last_img read more

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Ashtrom gets $107.9 Million Contract for Inner City Housing Project

first_imgRelatedAshtrom gets $107.9 Million Contract for Inner City Housing Project Ashtrom gets $107.9 Million Contract for Inner City Housing Project UncategorizedMay 9, 2006 Advertisements RelatedAshtrom gets $107.9 Million Contract for Inner City Housing Projectcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Ashtrom Building Systems has been awarded a $107.9 million contract to carry out civil and electrical infrastructure works for the government’s White Wing Inner City Housing project, which is located at 231 Spanish Town Road in Kingston.Information and Development Minister, Senator Colin Campbell, who was addressing reporters at yesterday’s (May 8) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, said that Cabinet has approved the project, which is part of an integrated strategy to improve the living conditions and quality of life of residents of inner city areas through housing initiatives, education and job creation.“It is envisioned that the Inner City Housing Programme will transform inner city areas into attractive sustainable communities through the combination of new housing as well as the refurbishing of existing housing stock,” Minister Campbell said.He explained that although the contractor for the White Wing project was given the go-ahead in June of last year, “the contract for the civil works and the electrical works involved, as well as the infrastructure works, were not finalised at the time, and as a result.the contracts for full implementation of the project are now being concluded.”While Ashtrom Building Systems has been retained as the main contractor for the project, the Information Minister pointed out that the National Housing Trust had overall responsibility for the management of the Inner City Housing Programme. RelatedAshtrom gets $107.9 Million Contract for Inner City Housing Projectlast_img read more

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Agreement streamlines regulatory approvals process

first_imgAgreement streamlines regulatory approvals process The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) have reviewed and consolidated their administrative agreement that sets out how they will work together to regulate environmental impacts in the mineral and petroleum resource sectors.The updated Agreement will assist both departments to effectively administer the Mining Act 1978, Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967, Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969, Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 and Environmental Protection Act 1986.“The agreement continues to support both departments in meeting their legislative obligations and responsibilities in the most efficient, fair and transparent manner,” said DMIRS Resource and Environmental Compliance Executive Director Karen Caple.“It will ensure we deliver consistent and timely advice, reduce administrative overlap and duplication, and apply a risk-based regulatory approach.”DWER Regulatory Services Executive Director Kelly Faulkner commended both agencies for their collaboration on the agreement, which incorporated and refreshed several existing memoranda of understanding.“This new agreement streamlines services, and simplifies and standardises the requirements in previous agreements,” she said.“I am sure that officers from both DWER and DMIRS will welcome its implementation, and its ability to better enable both agencies to work towards shared goals with clear expectations.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, director, DMIRS, energy, Government, industry, Industry regulation, mining, petroleum, regulation, resources, Safety, Water, Western Australialast_img read more

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Council takes legal action to stop dumped spoil in Bulla

first_imgCouncil takes legal action to stop dumped spoil in Bulla Hume City Council will take legal action against the decision to approve an amendment to the Hume Planning Scheme which will facilitate the use of the HiQuality site in Bulla to store contaminated spoil from the West Gate Tunnel Project.Council made a unanimous decision to initiate judicial review proceedings to examine the decision by the Minister for Planning.Hume Mayor, Councillor Joseph Haweil said there had been no process for Council or officers to provide input into this decision or to further advance Council’s objection to the proposal since submitting a response to the proposed amendment in September 2020.“The decision to take this to the Supreme Court was not made lightly. The costs are significant, however my fellow Councillors and I believe this is the right thing to do and the action our community expects,” Cr Haweil said.“How the Victorian Government felt it appropriate to avoid the usual process and approve this amendment without public consultation and independent review is beyond belief.”“We could not have been clearer in our response that the Minister for Planning should not approve this amendment, particularly without a transparent process involving community consultation and independent review.”This site in Bulla is in close proximity to where the Victorian Government recently approved residential development in Sunbury South, and concerningly backs onto Emu Creek.“We can’t understand why the Victorian Government would want to dump spoil in a growing residential area,” Cr Haweil said.Council will also write to Minister for Planning, the Minister for Transport Infrastructure and the Head of Transport for Victoria outlining Council’s objection regarding the major impact this could have on our roads that are already under strain.“We hold great concerns about allowing hundreds of extra trucks crossing the narrow, dangerous and heritage bridge at Bulla.“We also object strongly to this proposal causing any delay to the much-needed Gap Road Level Crossing Removal Project or Sunbury Road Upgrade Project.”Hume City Council cannot be clearer; we do not support the spoil coming to Bulla and will continue to stand by our community and support concerns for their health, the environment and the impact the traffic congestion this facility will create.Frequently Asked Questions What is this issue about?The HiQuality site in Bulla, a privately-owned landfill, has been identified as one of three proposed sites to receive, store and treat contaminated soil from the West Gate Tunnel project.On 29 March 2021, the Minister for Planning approved an amendment to the Hume Planning Scheme which is a key step in facilitating the HiQuality site in becoming the location for the storing and treatment of contaminated spoil from the West Gate Tunnel Project.This approval was made despite strong objection from Council and the community.What has Council done to stop spoil from coming to Bulla?Council has been active in its advocacy and opposing this decision in support of our community.Since early March 2020, Council has been calling on the Minister for Planning to provide information on this proposal.Following a request from the Department Environment Land Water Planning (DELWP) on behalf of the Minister for Planning to seek Council’s views on this issue, Council submitted a formal response strongly outlining its objection. The response was prepared by Maddocks law firm with input from Council officers, a traffic expert and an environmental management expert.Since the response was submitted, Council has received no further correspondence from the Victorian Government.Council has continued to issue statements strongly opposing this decision.At the Council meeting of 12 April 2021, Councillors voted unanimously to take legal action against the decision announced by the Minister for Planning on 29 March 2021 to approve an amendment to the Hume Planning Scheme to facilitate the Bulla site as a location for this contaminated soil.Why has Council made the decision to take legal action?This is not a decision Council has taken lightly. The costs are significant, however Council believes this is the right thing to do.What will the legal process involve?A judicial review will consider the Minister’s exercise of discretion under section 20 (4) of the Planning and Environment Act. The review would not consider the merits of the planning scheme amendment.If Council is successful and the Court finds that the Minister’s decision was unlawful, the Minister would be required to make a new decision.What are the costs involved in taking legal action?The estimated costs to Council associated with taking legal action against this decision are estimated to be between $100,000 to $200,000 but could be higher.If the application for a judicial review is not successful, there is a risk that the Supreme Court could require that Council pay the costs incurred by the Minister for Planning.What are the next steps of the approval process for the use of the HiQuality facility in Bulla?The planning provisions that the Minister for Planning has introduced include requirements that must be met before the construction and operation of the facility can commence, and then during the life of the operation. This include a range of plans and documents that must be prepared to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning and State Government departments and agencies.Where can I find out more information?Click here to find out more information on the approved amendment.You can also read further information on the West Gate Tunnel Project here or visit the HiQuality website.What can the community do?Members of the Sunbury and Bulla communities have been active in their objection to this proposal. If you want to advocate against this decision, you can contact the Minister for Planning and local Member for Parliament. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Bulla, environment, environmental management, gap, Government, Hume City, Hume City Council, infrastructure, local council, operation, parliament, planning, public consultation, Sunbury, Supreme Court, Transport, Victorialast_img read more

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Behind the scenes of that crazy Subaru bobsled run

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Showing the track officials and mayor’s representative a previous stunt my team at IncContent had concocted, driving a Formula E car on the Greenland ice cap in 2016, went some way to convincing them that I could deliver this pipe dream. “It’s a crazy idea but I like it,” said one of the men we needed to convince, Martin Berthod, of the ritzy town’s tourism board. Within hours we had an agreement in place.St. Moritz is the only place in the world where we could have done this. Every other bobsled track, like the one in Calgary for instance, is permanent with a fixed concrete base. The natural ice walls of St. Moritz-Celerina, handcrafted each year, meant that a team of burly men with chainsaws could widen the track from 1.6 metres to the 2m needed for the car, a Subaru WRX STi – not an easy task. We have over a kilometre of steep, slippery ice to cut back, five hundred metres of half-metre-high ice walls to shave.  The car also needed some modifying. Subaru’s long-time rally preparation specialists, Prodrive, took inspiration from bobsleighs and put plastic runners on the corners and extra reinforcements inside the vulnerable fender corners. That, 8mm spiked tires, roll cage and a smaller tank to minimize fire risk, was about all needed to create what Subaru nicknamed the Boxersled – boxer being the car’s engine type.“I can’t wait for Monday,” said Damian Gianola, the track director, when an extra day of modifications had to be factored in and when his work gang were wondering if this was ever going to happen.  They were not the only ones. Higgins estimated the chances of success were 50/50 at best. Luckily, Subaru was open-minded; after all, Sir Edmund Hillary had no idea what to expect atop Everest when he got there.The problem with not having any tangible reference to go from was compounded by us not having a spare car. One car, one driver and, more than likely, only one run. Never more has the phrase one-shot wonder been more true. Higgy was understandably jittery – and he’s a stunt man. The corner making him the most nervy was Horseshoe, a 200-degree bend with a vertical 3m ice wall violent enough to make bobsledders pull 4G. Higgy took some solace from his engineer: “Hit Horseshoe above 36 mph and you will make it ’round,” the boffin said.  At approximately 11am on a Saturday morning, when the bob run would ordinarily be in the first stages of melting into the ground for another year, Higgins strapped in, in an attempt to make history by not only driving down the iced bobsled track, but to also drive back up again. Over the radio, I wished him luck – empty words really, when so much was at stake. We had cutting-edge safety procedures in place (being already nervous, Mark never knew, but an ambulance and helicopter were nearby). The engineer had given it his blessing and the track was immaculately prepared. But still it felt like sending a man into the lion’s den, or asking him to play Russian roulette with half the chambers full. And fate was no longer in my hands.I joined a small crowd at the Horseshoe cafe to see if this idea was to be one we would dine out on for years or one that could see me eating Swiss prison food for years to come.    advertisement See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Trending Videos Not naturally obvious bedfellows, the British and the Swiss seem to have worked well together over the years – the British coming up with crazy Alpine sports that the Swiss then fine-tune like a carefully engineered watch movement, not to mention then making commercially viable. Bobsledding is a good example. Mad British army officers, looking for ways to keep their adrenal glands active between conflicts, came up with the idea of sliding down a road on a tea tray in the genteel resort of St. Moritz, the Monaco of the mountains.Fast forward a century and a bit, and I am in St. Moritz at the height of the bob season. With me is bobsleigh consultant Ian Richardson to convince the Olympia Bob Run St. Moritz-Celerina that their beautifully crafted ice track (which runs alongside the famous Crest Run) could be widened a bit so James Bond stunt driver and former British Rally Champion Mark Higgins could drive a car down and up again at season’s end. As you do. 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The WRX STi had to have strengthening modifications for the run.Anthony Cullen, Inc Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The tires for Subaru’s bobsled run are slim ice tires with spikes.Anthony Cullen, Inc Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mark Higgins driving the Subaru down the St. Moritz run.Anthony Cullen, Inc Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Anthony Cullen, Inc Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Subaru WRX STi takes off down the bobsled run.Anthony Cullen, Inc Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Part of the crew that made Subaru’s bobsled run possible.Anthony Cullen, Inc Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The aftermath of Subaru’s stunt in Switzerland.Anthony Cullen, Inc ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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CU-Boulder Student Satellite Selected for Launch by NASA

first_imgA tiny communications satellite designed and built by University of Colorado at Boulder undergraduates has been selected as one of three university research satellites to be launched into orbit in November as part of a NASA space education initiative.The three satellites, dubbed “CubeSats” because of their shape, were built by CU-Boulder, Montana State University and Kentucky Space, which is a consortium of state universities. CubeSats are roughly four inches on a side, have a volume of about one quart and weigh about 2.2 pounds. The satellites are being flown as part of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellite, or ELaNA, mission, said Chris Koehler, director of the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, or COSGC, which is headquartered at CU-Boulder.The CU-Boulder satellite, named Hermes, was designed, built and tested by roughly 100 COSGC students on the CU-Boulder campus — nearly all undergraduates — over a period of about two and one-half years, said Koehler. The goal of the mission is to improve communications systems in tiny satellites through on-orbit testing of a high data-rate communication system that will allow scientists and engineers to downlink large quantities of information.”This is great news for the students and for the Colorado Space Grant Consortium,” said Koehler. “This is a homegrown CU-Boulder satellite and these students have pushed the capabilities of communication systems by integrating them into a very tiny satellite.” Based in the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science, COSGC is funded by NASA and is a statewide organization involving 16 colleges, universities and institutions around Colorado.Koehler said it is challenging to find launch opportunities for student satellites like Hermes. The three student satellites will be attached to a Taurus XL launch vehicle that also will launch NASA’s Glory mission to study solar radiation. CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics designed and built a multimillion dollar solar payload for the Glory mission known as the Total Irradiance Monitor that will measure the total light coming from the sun at all wavelengths to help determine the energy balance of the planet.CU-Boulder senior Nicole Doyle, project manager for Hermes and an aerospace engineering sciences department major, said the satellite has two communications systems. “One will allow us to ‘talk’ to the satellite and the other one will be used to test the high-speed communications system. If we are successful, the hopes are it can be used on other satellites.”The three CubeSat satellites will be attached to the Taurus XL rocket in a mechanical system known as a PPOD developed by the California Polytechnic State University in partnership with Stanford University. Once the rocket reaches about 385 miles high, the satellites will be ejected from the PPOD and will spring off into separate orbits, said Doyle.The CU-Boulder satellite will be in contact with a COSGC ground station atop the Discovery Learning Center at the CU-Boulder engineering college. A second ground station is being built by the COSGC students in Longmont, about 15 miles northeast of Boulder, to monitor the high-speed communications data system, said Doyle.”We are all really excited for launch,” said Doyle. “We are now in our final push to test the communication sequence system and to finish our environmental testing, which includes vibration and vacuum chamber tests to verify that the satellite can survive in orbit.”Doyle said that when she got to CU-Boulder she was surprised to discover undergraduates had regular opportunities to design, build, test and fly spacecraft. “A number of students in my classes were talking about building satellites, so I decided to see what it was all about. That’s when I came into the Colorado Space Grant Consortium,” she said.”This has been an incredible experience for me,” said Doyle. “We learn from other CU students who are working on other space projects and who have experience in the kinds of research we are doing with Hermes. This is a great opportunity for students like me who want to work in the aerospace industry after college.”COSGC provides Colorado higher education students access to space through innovative courses, real-world, hands-on space hardware and satellite programs. The students interact with engineers and scientists from NASA and aerospace companies to develop, test and fly new space technologies on high-altitude balloons, sounding rockets and orbiting satellites.Of the 52 space grant consortiums in the United States, Colorado’s has been active in designing, building and flying 10 sounding rocket payloads, three space shuttle payloads, a satellite and hundreds of balloon experiments in the past 20 years, Koehler said.For more information on COSGC visit: spacegrant.colorado.edu/. A Rubik’s Cube-sized communication satellite designed and built by a University of Colorado at Boulder undergraduate team has been selected for launch in November 2009 by NASA. Students, from left to right; Tyler Murphy, Mike Mozingo, Brian Roth, Zachary Cueso, Ricky Sadowski, Nicole Doyle, Mike Opland, Felix Bidner and Logan Finch. Not pictured: Patrick Hanschen. Photos courtesy COSGC Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 27, 2010 Categories:Science & TechnologySpaceNews Headlineslast_img read more

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