NASA Marks Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with #EarthDayAtHome

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community Newscenter_img NASA science and technology is helping us all live more sustainably on our home planet and adapt to natural and human-caused changes. Credits: NASAAs the world observes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, NASA is highlighting the agency’s many contributions to sustaining and improving our home planet’s environment with a week of online events, stories and resources.NASA’s investment in space – both the unique Earth science we conduct from orbit and the technology we’ve developed by living in space and exploring our solar system and universe – is returning benefits every day to people around the world, particularly those who are working on environmental issues. From documenting Earth’s changing climate to creating green technologies to save energy and natural resources, NASA is helping us all live more sustainably on our home planet and adapt to natural and human-caused changes.Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no in-person NASA activities are planned for Earth Day. However, NASA is bringing people together virtually for Earth Day with new online content, programming and activities, including an extensive array of at-home projects in the #EarthDayAtHome collection, which debuts Thursday, April 16.NASA’s observation of the Earth Day golden anniversary began on March 3 with a “50-Day Countdown” of daily social media posts highlighting many of the agency’s Earth images and environmental projects. All of these posts are available on a blog updated daily on NASA’s Earth Day website, which also includes a toolkit of activities for students and families. New content will be posted to the site beginning Monday, April 13. The NASA Earth Facebook account and @NASAEarth on Twitter and Instagram also will have special content through Earth Day.Highlights of NASA Earth Day content and activities over the next two weeks:Monday, April 13NASA’s Curious Universe podcast- From the sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest, where scientists study how this massive ecosystem is changing, to Los Angeles, where Annmarie Eldering – a scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory – found her calling to study air pollution, this episode takes listeners on a tour of the many ways the agency observes and studies our home planet.Wednesday, April 15Make Your Own Satellite View of Earth – Explore 20 years of satellite views of our home planet in NASA’s online data archive and create your own Earth Day snapshot or animated GIF with the NASA Worldview data visualization application. An easy-to-use map interface lets you explore this global archive to see hurricanes forming, wildfires spreading, icebergs drifting and more. A special Earth Day gallery of images will be available on April 15 for inspiration along with a tutorial to help you use Worldview to create your own Earth Day images.Thursday, April 16NASA’s Earth Day at Home – Although people around the world are socially distancing, NASA is creating an opportunity to observe Earth Day virtually with the #EarthDayAtHome collection of new and curated activities and information that debuts on Thursday, April 16 on nasa.gov/earthday. The collection includes at-home science activities, videos from Earth and space, downloadable posters, social media engagement and more. Many resources will be available in both English and Spanish. Everyone is encouraged to share images of what they did to observe Earth Day using the hashtag #EarthDayAtHome.Lecture: “How NASA Observes Earth from Air and Orbit” – NASA’s JPL will host a livestream of its monthly von Kármán lecture on how NASA monitors global change from space and from closer to the ground, with aircraft, boats and buoys. This webcast will be conducted via video conference, with speakers joining remotely from home. Watch live at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST) via YouTube and submit your questions via the chat feature.Wednesday, April 22“NASA Science Live” broadcast – The Earth Day episode will feature experts from around the agency talking about how NASA science and technology are used to understand and improve our environment. The half-hour program will explore important discoveries about our home planet, advances in green technology and aircraft, and a new interactive app to let anyone at home help NASA map coral reefs around the world. The program airs at 12 p.m. PST (3 p.m. EST) on NASA TV, YouTube Premiere, Facebook Watch Party, Periscope/Twitter and Ustream.Earth Science Video Talks – NASA Earth science experts have recorded a series of short videos on a wide range of topics, from scientific advances since the first Earth Day to research expeditions in the air and on the ground. The series will be posted in a playlist on NASA’s Science Mission Directorate YouTube channel.Live Q&A with Astronaut Chris Cassidy – NASA’s Chris Cassidy, who just arrived at the International Space Station on April 9, will answer questions submitted by social media users wanting to know more about his spaceflight experience and his views of our home planet from 250 miles above. Viewers can tune in to NASA TV starting at 9:10 a.m. PST (12:10 p.m. EST) to see questions answered live from the orbiting laboratory.Tumblr Answer Time: NASA Earth Science – In collaboration with Tumblr, Sandra Cauffman, acting director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, and Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, will go live on NASA’s blog to answer questions submitted by followers about how the agency uses space to protect and sustain our home planet. Users across Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr will be able to submit questions starting Monday, April 13. The two experts will engage directly with users by recording video answers from their homes for the agency’s first-ever Answer Time hosted by NASA science leadership. Videos will be released from 10-11 a.m. PST (1-2 p.m. EST) on NASA’s Tumblr blog.Instagram Takeover with Astronaut Jessica Meir – In a collaboration with Instagram, NASA’s Jessica Meir created a series of short videos from the International Space Station about the science done on the station and how it relates back to Earth. The videos will be released from Instagram on Earth Day while NASA social media accounts share related content. Instagram will also feature a love letter to Earth from space written by Meir while on board the station.Learn more about NASA’s Earth science programs at https://www.nasa.gov/earth Science and Technology NASA Marks Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with #EarthDayAtHome From podcasts to live Q&A sessions to image galleries, the agency offers an entire world of ways to celebrate and learn more about our home planet. By NASA Published on Friday, April 10, 2020 | 1:19 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

NextGen Know-How: 5 strategies for earning a promotion or raise

first_imgI was recently facilitating a leadership program and a participant expressed her frustration that she hadn’t been promoted. Lately, her supervisor had assigned her some extra work, and she felt she should be recognized and compensated for the additional effort. She went to her boss to advocate for a promotion, and was surprised when her efforts were unsuccessful and her manager was annoyed by the request.There may be times when asking for a promotion is necessary. If you have consistently used the strategies I share below and you are viewed as a high performer, then perhaps it’s time to ask for a promotion or seek other opportunities. But a better approach is to strategically position yourself for a promotion or raise.Advocating for a raise or promotion (even if you deserve it) usually doesn’t work because your manager may feel backed into a corner. She may not feel you are prepared for a new role, and now she needs to communicate that to you. Even if she does feel you deserve a promotion, now she may feel pressured to act on it.  Either way, it puts your manager in a position of having something else on her plate to deal with.When you ask for a promotion or raise just because you’ve taken on some additional work, it may come across as entitled or self-focused. The perception is that you care more about your own interests than the needs of the company. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chart of the Week: The UK’s post-Brexit investment challenge

first_imgThis week saw the UK’s Conservative party voting for its next leader, with former London mayor Boris Johnson and foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt left vying for the right to succeed Theresa May as prime minister after she quit earlier this month.Whoever wins the backing of the party’s membership (spoiler alert: it will probably be Boris Johnson) faces a difficult task of winning parliamentary backing for the UK’s withdrawal agreement with the EU before the new Brexit deadline of October 31.Data from EY released today indicates that the delays, debates and disagreements regarding Brexit over the past year have taken a toll on investor confidence in the UK, with the country losing some of its appeal as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI).The consulting and accountancy firm surveyed more than 400 investors and analysed deal flow in 2018. The UK was the number one destination for deals last year, EY reported, with 1,054, ahead of France and Germany. Source: US State DepartmentBoris Johnson, the leading candidate for the next UK prime minister, addresses a press conference in 2016Investors said financial services and the digital economy would be the main drivers of the UK economy in the next few years, with 33% citing the banking, insurance, wealth and asset management sectors, and 26% citing digital companies and services.Ali said policy decisions made in the next few years would be “a major determining factor in whether this is a temporary blip in sentiment or whether investment will trickle away”.“It is critical to the UK’s future economic prosperity that politicians prioritise re-skilling, education and the future immigration system,” he added. “It’s also vital they quickly focus on achieving an orderly exit and clarifying the role of financial services in our future trading relationship with the EU.” 2018 foreign direct investment dealsChart MakerHowever, long-term sentiment towards the UK has declined. Asked how they thought the UK’s attractiveness as an investment destination would evolve over the next three years, 26% of respondents said it would improve, while 42% said it would decline. This compared to 31% who were positive on the UK last year and 36% who were negative, and marked the weakest sentiment of EY’s survey since the 2016 EU membership referendum.To what degree do you think the UK’s attractiveness will evolve over the next three years?Chart MakerOmar Ali, EY’s UK financial services leader, said: “The high level of investment in 2018 reflects the historic optimism of investors at the time. If you cast your mind back to the second half of 2017, mutual market access was still on the table and an orderly and business-friendly transition deal looked like it could still be reached before the 2019 deadline.”last_img read more

AFRICAN FRIENDLIES: Aubemayang brace saves Gabon from Mali as Bafana stroll

first_imgGabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice to inspire the Panthers to a 4-3 win over Mali in a thrilling friendly international on Wednesday night in the northern French city of Beauvais.The Malians were first off the blocks after SC Bastia defender Drissa Diakite struck in the sixth minute of play. Wydad Casablanca striker Malick Evouna leveled proceedings in the 36th minute, ensuring both sides entered the break with a goal apiece.Udinese defender Molla Wague, who scored for his club at the weekend, restored Mali’s lead in the 57th minute, but a quick-fire brace from Aubameyang turned the tables in Gabon’s favour.AFCON star Bakary Sako looked to have done enough for a share of the spoils when he pulled Mali level eight minutes from time, but Bordeaux defender Bruno Ecuele Manga snatched the win in the final moments.The Panthers will now face Belarus on March 30, while Mali hope for better fortunes against Ghana on March 31 in Paris.Bafana 3-1 Swaziland South Africa bounced back from their disappointing Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-3 victory over Swaziland in an international friendly in Mbabane.Critically the game marked the return of former Bafana Bafana number one goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for the first time since injury cost him his place over a year ago.Five players, including goal scorer Thabo Mnyamane made their Bafana bow. Others were Siphelele Ntshangase, Thapelo Morena, Daniel Cardoso and Cole Alexander.It was business as usual for the South Africans as the win maintained their dominance over their neighbours, stretching the head-to-head record to five straight wins.South Africa will now turn their attention to Nigeria (after the Eagles lost on Wednesday) who they host on Sunday at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. OTHER RESULTSNigeria 0-1 UgandaSwaziland 1-3 South AfricaBotswana 2-0 LesothoIndonesia 0-1 Cameroon –last_img read more