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Astronaut Eileen Collins To Speak At UE’s Snyder Lecture

first_imgTwitterFacebook Astronaut Eileen Collins to Speak at UE’s Snyder LectureOCTOBER 21TH, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAAstronaut Eileen Collins is an ambassador for space exploration and space travel. Wednesday night, Collins gave a presentation about her career and her hopes for the future of space travel. In the early 1970’s, women weren’t allowed to take part in pilot training in the U.S. Air Force which posed a problem for a young Collins; however, everything changed in 1976.Colonel Collins was among the first four women ever chosen for the pilot training program in the U.S. Air Force. Years later in 1990, she became a NASA astronaut and she never looked back.In 1995, Collins made history again becoming the first woman to pilot a shuttle taking the discovery to the now-defunct MIR Space Station.Four years later, Collins became the first female commander on the Columbia Shuttle Flight in 1999 which carried the Chandra X-ray Observatory Telescope into orbit.She retired in 2006 after logging 872 total hours in space. Now, in present time, she’s touring the country talking about her career and her hopes for the future of space travel.Just days ago, the Chandra telescope ran into some issues. It stopped gathering data after going into safe mode because of technical issues.center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Lecturer analyzes Latin American economy

first_imgJosé Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) presented a lecture titled “Growth, Inequality and Democracy in the Americas” at the Institute for Educational Initiatives on Tuesday.Insulza, one of Chile’s longest serving public ministers, addressed the current economic growth of Latin America and what it signifies for the implementation of democracy in the region.He said the decade between 2002 and 2012 was the period with the largest economic growth for Latin America, a phrase that is key to understanding the economic decline and inequality Latin America currently faces.“We could have made all the improvements in education, in science and technology, diversifying the economy in the decade between 2002 and 2012,” Insulza said. “This is really a challenge for the region today. What do we do with the expectations that have been created? How do we try to carry out the reforms that are pending from the past decade?”Insulza said the 2002-2012 decade presented enormous economic growth partly because of better international trade relations, particularly with China.“Trade between Latin America and China grew from 2002 to 2012, from 4 billion to over 70 billion dollars, and that’s enormous,” Insulza said. “China will become a larger economic partner with Latin America than the United States.“There is no reason why there should be so much poverty and there is no reason why there should be so much inequality. The fact is that our inequality has increased incredibly. It’s very clear that there is a relationship between the health of the economy and the degree to which capitalism is responsible in some way.”Insulza said one of the factors that contributed to income inequality in Latin America was the lower rate of investment in regional production, where consumption has ultimately outpaced the country’s import and export rate.“External investment hasn’t grown, and that is a problem. When wealth increases, wealth in terms of capital and ownership of capital decreases, investments cannot be made,” he said. “Currently, the wealthy classes in Latin America are more willing to buy land or to invest in houses than to invest in products from that region.”Insulza highlighted three problems key to understanding the current crisis in Latin America: income inequality, rising crime rates and the call for legitimate democratic governments.He said crime rates have been proven to correlate with income inequality, with the majority of security forces in several countries influenced by the wealthiest one percent.“Socially, we are faced with a tougher problem. The external conditions for our growth are not there, the internal conditions for our growth are not created and we have been lagging behind. That certainly will affect democracy.” Insulza said. “The interesting thing is that even today, most economists are warming up to the fact that it is not just a problem of social justice, it also a problem of unfairness.“Growth in the economy is not possible unless we correct the tremendous inequality that exists in the country.”Insulza said while democracy in Latin America has improved substantially since the 1990s, Latin America still requires progress and further implementation of democratic governments in several countries.“Citizens are not willing to give obedience in exchange for protection; they are willing to give legitimacy in exchange for citizenship, and I think we are very far from that,” he said.Tags: chile’s public ministers, growth inequality and democracy in the americas, institute for educational initatives, jose miguel insulza, latin america, latin american economy, oas, secretary general of the organization of american stateslast_img read more

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Most-wanted list to go on civil registry to prevent further blunders, exploitation

first_img“With the integrated data, the fugitives’ records will spread quickly, and [this will] minimize their room for [escape],” Zudan said in a statement on Thursday.Zudan said that one of the reasons behind the data integration was the recent clandestine return of graft convict and fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra to the country.Djoko, who was convicted in the high-profile Bank Bali graft case, had been on the run for more than a decade since he fled the country in 2009. After entering the country undetected in early June, he managed to obtain a new electronic-ID and file a request for a court review of his conviction without being apprehended.The e-ID was allegedly issued with the authorization and personal involvement of former South Grogol subdistrict head Asep Subahan in South Jakarta. The Jakarta administration has dismissed Asep for abuse of authority and violations of the e-ID card issuance procedure. The Home Ministry will provide information about the nation’s most-wanted criminals – a list maintained by the Attorney’s General’s Office (AGO) – on the government’s civil registry to prevent further failures of enforcement and stop exploitation of the system by fugitives.Home Ministry population and civil registration director general Zudan Arif Fakhrulloh said that the ministry had received the most-wanted list from the AGO.The most-wanted list will be sent to population and civil registration offices throughout the country so that officers receive alerts about the legal status of fugitives if they request civil registration services. In late July, the police managed to track down and arrest Djoko in Malaysia with the help of the neighboring country’s police force.The integration of the data was also part of an agreement between the ministry and the AGO to use civil registry data in law enforcement. On Thursday, both agencies signed a letter of agreement to extend the cooperation that they had begun three years before.Zudan said the agreement had been made to give assistance to the AGO in law enforcement through the use of population data. According to agreement, the Population and Civil Registration Directorate General is allowed to give investigators access to 268 million personal data entries in the civil registry database, which include citizenship identification numbers (NIK), names and addresses.The investigators are also allowed to access the Directorate General’s database of 192 million citizen fingerprints and photographs for biometric recognition purposes. Zudan estimated that it would take a maximum of 20 seconds to match the fingerprint and face of an individual to an entry in the database, if the data had been recorded.Home Minister Tito Karnavian, a former National Police chief who was assigned to his current role in late 2019, said that access to the civil registry database had been beneficial for the police.”This is also true of the Attorney General’s Office [most-wanted list]. Especially for corruption cases, in terms of interrogation, examination and other techniques, population and civil registry data is very useful in accelerating our work,” said Tito.However, Tito warned that the data should be protected to prevent abuse and breaches.Attorney General ST Burhanuddin said in the statement that he appreciated the technological advancements and asked that prosecutors use the data selectively and only for investigation purposes.Topics :last_img read more

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