"Once the US space shuttle program closes, it will be about a decade before America can make a new vehicle for sending astronauts to space, NASA's chief technologist predicts." via Physorg
I wish the families of the lost in Christchurch, New Zealand the best. May their lost loved ones, 'Rest in a Sweet Peace.' I cannot imagine how they must feel right now, frightened and scared, but forced to go on at the same time.I really hope that this is the end of the earthquakes there, but it looks like it might not be. -Cynthia >>>See link for photos on The Big Picture at Boston.com
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U.N. Security Council slaps Libya with sanctions
UN to discuss sanctions against Libya
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-- The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a draft resolution Saturday to impose sanctions against Libya amid Moammar Gadhafi's escalating crackdown on anti-government protesters.
It includes an arms embargo, asset freeze and travel bans for Gadhafi and several of his associates. The resolution also refers the situation unfolding in Libya to the International Criminal Court.
"This is clear warning to the Libyan government that it must stop the killing. Those who slaughter civilians will be held personally accountable," Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said immediately after the vote.
Gerard Araud, France's ambassador to the United Nations, described the pace of the resolution proceedings earlier in the day as "an earthquake." He and several other ambassadors said on their way to the meeting they were optimistic the resolution would come up for a vote Saturday.
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UN Women launches during Status of Women Conference
Launch of UN Women
The UN is celebrating the launch of UN Women - which is being described as a powerful new agency that gives voice to women and girls worldwide with a proposed budget of $500 million dollars. It was established in July by the General Assembly and merges four of the UN bodies that deal with women's issues.
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The launch event came during the 55th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Discussions included women's and girls' access to education, especially in science and technology. One of the participants was Olivia Nunez Orellana who runs an institute in mexico for women and family policies. She told UN radio's Jocelyne Sambira how boys must learn to treat girls as equals to help level the playing field.
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Gates: No More Mideast Wars
Some strong words from Robert Gates: The defense secretary said Friday it would be a terrible idea for the U.S. to begin another military conflict. “In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it,” Gates told an audience of West Point cadets. Another warning: Gates said a decade of constant conflict has created a junior officer corps with exceptional leadership—but due to constraints in paying for combat troops, these recruits will be stuck in bureaucratic work, something that “terrifies” him.