UNITED STATES 18 Oct 2012 Spaceport America turns one
Spaceport America, in New Mexico, made history when it opened officially as the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world on 18 Oct 2011. It is the operational headquarters of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which has already accepted hundreds of reservations from aspiring space tourists. One year on, the spaceport is preparing for another slice of history. Branson is aiming to launch the world’s first commercial spaceline from the facility. Pressure from rivals in the new for-profit space race and Virgin’s recent experimental launch permit could accelerate the plan
UNITED STATES 16 Oct 2012 Star of second presidential debate is moderator
Candy Crowley, CNN Chief Political Correspondent, moderates the second of the three presidential debates. It is 20 years since a woman last moderated a presidential debate, a circumstance attracting almost as much attention as the face-off between the candidates at Hofstra University, New York. The questions in the town hall-style meeting to Democratic President Barak Obama and his rival for the presidency on Nov 6, Republican Mitt Romney, will cover both domestic and foreign issues. The rivals differ widely on domestic issues. On foreign issues, the
KUALA LUMPUR 16 Oct 2012 Anwar Ibrahim due back in court
Former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Musa Hassan says the allegations against him by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in a sodomy case are untrue and that they have tarnished his reputation and image. Anwar alleges that Hassan fabricated evidence during the so-called “black eye” incident in 1998. The case will be heard at the High Court on 16 Oct, with Anwar supporters seeing the case as yet another instance of the government trying to keep Anwar, now the de facto opposition leader, too tied up
CUBA 15-19 Oct 2012 Preliminary hearings open for five 9/11 terrorism suspects
Preliminary hearings open for five defendants held since 2006 at the United States “war on terror” detention center at Guantanamo Bay. The military commission trial is expected to begin in one year. The five face the death penalty if convicted for their roles in the 2001 attacks by Al-Qaeda militants in which hijacked planes were used to strike the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC. Another attack was thwarted mid flight. The defendants include confessed Sep 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
TANZANIA 15-19 Oct 2012 Tourism conference coincides with park highway controversyRead More
CANADA 14-19 Oct 2012 Toronto hosts internet watchdog meeting
The new chief of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Fadi Chehadé, can report at the meeting that the United States Commerce Department has renewed the contract that gives the California-based non-profit responsibility for managing the Web’s address system and other key functions. ICANN is grappling with international pressure to transfer some of ICANN’s responsibilities to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and the drama surrounding ICANN’s Internet domain name expansion hasn’t gone away.
UNITED STATES 13 Oct 2012 Shuttle Endeavour arrives at retirement home
Shuttle Endeavour, the youngest orbiter in the NASA fleet, arrives at the California Science Center in Los Angeles after a trip on the back of a special Boeing 747 that begins at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sep 20. The weeks between its arrival at Los Angeles airport, on the same day, and the beginning of its 12-mile, one day journey to is new and final home on Oct 12 will be spent preparing a path for the five-story, 78-foot-wide spacecraft. Space.com reports
UNITED STATES 13 Oct 2012 Girl Scouts plan Centennial Day of ServiceRead More
CANADA 13 Oct 2012 Canada commemorates 1812 death of a frontier war heroRead More
TOKYO 12-14 Oct 2012 IMF, World Bank hold Fall meetings
At the Fall meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, Iran could rank as the newest obstacle to measures aimed at restoring stability to the global economy. Tehran threatens to halt oil exports in retaliation for Western sanctions, and the IMF predicts a 20-30 per cent rise in oil prices if supply it reduced. The choice of Japan as host could be read as a cautionary tale about extreme indebtedness or as a lesson in how able management can mitigate its worst aspects.
UNITED NATIONS 11 Oct 2012 First UN Day of the Girl Child observed
Oct 11 is recognized by the United Nations as the first International Day of the Girl Child. The Girls Not Brides organization and its members will use the day to bring attention to the plight of child brides and highlight the pressing need for international action to end child marriage. Every year, an estimated 10 million girls worldwide are married before they turn 18 – and some as young as 5 years old – according to the organization. The organization was created by The Elders, an independent group of
UNITED STATES 11 Oct 2012 Vice-presidential debate pits new star against incumbent
The vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, will cover both foreign and domestic issues. It pits Democratic Vice-President Joe Biden against Congressman Paul Ryan, an Ayn Rand Republican chosen by Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney as a running mate. Ryan is a rising star in the party. POLITICO reports that he is among the members of Congress being coached by their party on talking points. According to the publication, there are certain words – one of them “entitlements” – that must be used judiciously.