Broncos confident against Storm

Posted On May 26 2020 by

first_imgThat match ended 48-6 in Melbourne’s favour, with the Storm delivering the Broncos their worst ever loss at Suncorp Stadium.‌That Brisbane side was missing Jordan Kahu, Jack Reed, Greg Eden and Tom Opacic before a ball was even kicked, while winger Corey Oates left the field in the 18th minute due to concussion. Oates’s injury forced coach Wayne Bennett to move the 174cm Kodi Nikorima to the Broncos’ wing, but there was one large problem, his direct opponent was 18cm taller than him. Melbourne winger Suliasi Vunivalu took full advantage of this with the help of halfback Cooper Cronk as the two took the match away from Brisbane. Cronk put a number of pinpoint cross-field kicks above Nikorima’s head, with Vunivalu soaring above Nikorima time and time again to score three tries, while Cronk himself notched up five try assists. It was the definition of using a side’s weakness to one’s advantage and something that could not have been achieved without the accuracy of Cronk’s kicking game. But all things going to plan, the Storm should not be afforded the same benefit on Friday night, with Oates intent on staying on the paddock for the full 80 minutes this time around. It is not just Oates’s health that has Blair confident of a Broncos victory, with the 31-year-old saying his side are in a better headspace and physical condition than this time last year.”We lost a lot of players that night. Kodi ended up out on the wing so it was a tough one,” Blair said.”We are in a really good place at the moment player wise. Mentally we are very good and majority of us are doing well physically. “We’ll go into this game with a good preparation. Energy and a great attitude is key to it so hopefully those things can help us come away with the win.” Recently named captain of his home country New Zealand, Blair is using his time as captain of the Broncos to hone his leadership skills heading into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. He received the opportunity to take charge of Brisbane due to a thumb injury to regular captain and fullback Boyd who is not due back until Round 20 at the very earliest. With Boyd’s return still weeks away, Blair is enjoying the opportunity and focused on guiding his side to their first win over the Storm at Suncorp Stadium since 2009. “I still feel like I’m filling in. I guess it is a role I have to start getting used to anyway,” he said. “I enjoy being a leader, whether that is on the field with my actions or with my talk. “I’m a passionate player but at times you have to be calm and collected as a captain. “Those are the things I want to be better at so this period while Darius is away is a good opportunity for me to practice those things.”  Photo by: Scott Davis/ NRL Photos. Suliasi Vunivalu soars above the Broncos to score a hat-trick at Suncorp Stadium.last_img read more

Chinese tennis needs to ‘grow up,’ says Li Na

Posted On Jan 19 2020 by

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody “I never bring it up, about trying to reach her heights.”Maverick or modest?Li was always a special case for Chinese tennis, as she took the maverick step of breaking away from state control to forge her career on her own terms.The 35-year-old said that modesty, a typical trait of Chinese culture, could be holding players back. Peng is currently the top ranked Chinese player at 24, with Zhang at 26.“They always say ‘Oh, I’m not so good’ but for the sport you have to show all of the world (you are good),” Li said.World number one Garbine Muguruza also said she found Chinese players “very respectful on the court… very quiet”, in contrast to Li, who she described as having great “intensity”.Fabrice Chouquet, Wuhan co-tournament director, told AFP that tennis in China was in the middle of a transition between two generations.“We have a solid number one and two here,” he said, referring to Peng and Zhang. “And behind them a younger generation of players that is really going to come up.”Wang Qiang is part of that new crop, says McNamara, and has yet to reach her full potential.“My girl is a baby. She’s 25 but she’s 20 as a tennis player,” he said. “This is the thing about Chinese players, they mature late.” The contrast was laid bare at last week’s Wuhan Open, where Li received a rock-star welcome during a brief appearance, but none of the Chinese players went beyond the third round.Following her rapturous reception in Wuhan, her home city, Li said she was disappointed that China hadn’t found a new star to love since she stepped off tour in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Actually, I didn’t like (that) people always remember me,” said Li, who won the French Open in 2011 and the Australian Open in 2014. “That means Chinese tennis didn’t grow up.”“(When) I decided to retire, I was thinking next day (new Chinese winners) would come,” she added. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Move over Neymar: how rugby players hope to change Brazil Hopes were high when Peng Shuai reached the 2014 US Open semi-finals, shortly after Li’s retirement, and Zhang Shuai won her second Guangzhou Open title this year.Wu Yibing also became China’s first boys Grand Slam singles champion at last month’s US Open. But nobody has consistently challenged at the highest levels.In Wuhan, five Chinese women were in the main draw but Wang Qiang was the only one to reach the third round — the best ever performance by a home player in the tournament.Peter McNamara, Wang’s Australian coach, said the high expectations created by Li’s career were a problem for Chinese players.“I think it’s very intimidating having such a great player and champion who did raise the bar to a level that’s pretty hard to get to,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Li Na. AFP FILE PHOTOLi Na said she’s sorry Chinese tennis has not moved on more since her retirement, as the country’s fruitless search for a new champion continues.Li’s two Grand Slam titles set the bar extremely high for her fellow Chinese, who have laboured in vain to match her trail-blazing achievements.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Chinese tennis success has mainly come from women, with Wu’s victory in New York an anomaly. While there are five Chinese women in the top 100 and 11 in the top 200, the top Chinese man is 220-ranked Wu Di.McNamara said the divide could also be explained by culture in the country of the one-child policy, where sons are highly prized.“Boys get it fairly easy. Girls don’t,” he said, adding: “They fight very hard, the girls.“You can see their mentality on the court. They will go to untold lengths to improve.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

NSA Seizes ‘Combustible, Hazardous’ Materials

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgNational Security Agency (NSA) Deputy Director for Special Services Directorate, Colonel Nathaniel S. Hodge, has disclosed details of an on-going investigation in which some Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals were found with “hazardous materials and equipment that posed a national security risk to the lives of our citizens.”The NSA, he said, has received intelligence that individuals were in possession of illegal “combustible and hazardous” materials, including cyanide. Agents from the NSA seized the individuals connected to the deal, along with an undisclosed amount of counterfeit monies, equipment and hazardous materials verifying their purpose, which was to smelt gold in a hotel room for shipment outside of the country.In accordance with a July 11, 2014 letter from Cllr. Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, Deputy Minister for Administration and Public Safety, to NSA Director, Fumba Sirleaf, ordering a stay-of-investigation, Col. Hodge said, the NSA has turned over all of the evidence to authorities at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) since July 15.The SSD Deputy added that the agency’s attention has been drawn to two recent publications in a local daily implicating the NSA in the operation.“As such, the NSA wishes to note that in [contradition of] the glaring facts in this investigation, the National Chronicle Newspaper published a falsehood, concluding that a sensitive and clandestine operation of the NSA was empowered under the National Security Act of 2011.”Col. Hodge dispelled this allegation in a statement issued to journalists at a press conference, attended also by a representative from the National Chronicle.The NSA’s statement explained further that the NSA seized counterfeit money in the possession of the suspects amounting to US$49,300 notes in US$100 denominations. The ‘counterfeit notes’, he said, have been turned over the MOJ as of July 15, as evidenced by the exhibits of a series communications between the two entities.“We believe that the two National Chronicle publications are fabrications of the paper’s publisher, who is noted as extortionist [who] peddles his trade by soliciting stories on sensitive government matters and in turn published sensational headlines to further extort [money] from  government officials,” the NSA statement said of the National Chronicle’s publisher, Philibert Browne.The NSA branded Mr. Browne’s paper as “a blackmailing enterprise,” which Hodges said was in the habit of tarnishing the NSA’s contribution to pursuing legitimate investigations, especially transnational criminal organizations.“The NSA wishes to reiterate its commitment in upholding its Constitutional responsibility, within the full rigors of the Laws of Liberia. As such, the NSA puts Mr. Browne and his dubious collaborators, in and out of government, on notice that we are aware of your collaboration for malicious and divisive mischief.”But the newspaper’s publisher, Philibert Browne, says he stands by his story “110 percent”.When the Daily Observer contacted Mr. Browne via mobile phone Monday, he rhetorically wondered as to who he had ever extorted money from as claimed by the NSA.“I stand by my story 110 percent because there is nothing fabricated about the story.  Everything in the story is based on facts,” he told the Daily Observer.On Monday, the paper published a story with the banner headline: “Amidst Ebola Spread, Pres. Sirleaf’s Son Steals Korean Businessmen’s US$284,000…”The paper claimed it was concerned about the legal implications this issue poses to the government and the potential negative impact it may have on investors, among other things.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FITUG slams Govt’s “Decade of Development” promise

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_img…says “good life” promise not fulfilledThe Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) has criticised President Granger’s latest promise of a “Decade of Development” to Guyanese.The “Decade of Development” plans were outlined in the President’s New Year’s address to the nation. However, FITUG, on Monday took a swipe at David Granger highlighting the struggles and challenges faced by Guyanese.FITUG President Carvil Duncan“For the Guyanese working-people and their families, it is hardly any time for excitement. It is more a time for anxiety and despair, as they struggle on a daily basis to make their meagre ends meet,” the statement said.FITUG further lambasted the President for his Government’s failed policies, which, according to the workers union, have cost the country severe economic hardship since they assumed office in 2015.“Mr Granger said that the 2020s would be a Decade of Development. He told the nation that economic growth will be accelerated as the “…the major sectors become stronger and more resilient…”. But it is the very Granger Administration, by its very policies, that has negatively affected several major sectors.”The union added that Guyanese have seen the destruction in the sugar sector, stating that the Federation is aware of the massive hikes in fees for land and for drainage in the agricultural sector. “There has been the introduction of taxes on agricultural implements and inputs. We have seen how the poor and/or non-maintenance of interior roadways have deleteriously affected forestry and mining.”The trade union also expressed scepticism about President Granger’s promise in which he said: “…education and healthcare will continue to improve…” since it is this very Government which created the burdens of imposing taxes on medicines and private health care while also failing to grapple with the issue of drug shortages at medical facilities across the country. The Union also stated that there are too many persons who cannot afford to send their children to school and these are matters which the Government has failed to address during its time in office and in fact, created themselves.President David GrangerAddressing President Granger’s vision of “…citizens having larger disposable incomes…”, FITUG said: “We find this hard to believe when the Granger Government has sent home thousands of workers and their economic policies [have] resulted in many others losing their jobs. Moreover, we cannot ignore the pressing tax burdens which have seen taxation rising astronomically since 2015.”Further, the Union criticised the Government for the increased cost of living while the standard of living has continued to drop.“By September 2019, food prices, according to the Bureau of Statistics, had increased 6.3 per cent. But more than that, public servants’ right to Collective Bargaining, a right the APNU/AFC promised to uphold, continues to be disrespected though such rights are enshrined in our laws. But Mr Granger ignores the thousands of workers in the non-State sector who also desire improved standard of living. Of course, such ignorance is not surprising considering the Government never had much sympathy for workers,” FITUG posited.Moreover, the Union questioned the President’s promise of “…faster economic growth, increased employment and economic opportunities and larger fiscal revenues” as a result of Guyana’s oil and gas sector.“Even the estimated 86 per cent economic growth rate for 2020 has been significantly tempered by the IDB to just 39 per cent. But more importantly, the January 3, Kaieteur News repeated that “…86 per cent of the total value of the reserves will go to the oil companies, while Guyana will get 14 per cent”. It is clear, we got less than the short end of the proverbial stick and the Guyanese people are stuck with a clearly unfavourable arrangement. Even though commercial oil production has commenced, we are clearly unprepared for it as a country. It appears that the Granger Government is stumbling in the dark when it comes to oil and so many other important areas of national life,” FITUG expressed in the statement.FITUG has strongly condemned the promises and plans that President Granger outlined in his New Year’s address to the nation, which they described as “largely a repetition of the unfulfilled coalition 2015 manifesto”.last_img read more

Bandits torch way into hardware store, escape with safe

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgAs crime continues to spiral out of control, bandits in the wee hours of Wednesday morning torched their way into Hardware Emporium General Store and carted off a safe containing an undisclosed sum of cash.The hole that the men cut to gain access to the buildingThe men reportedly gained access to the Church Street, Georgetown premises by scaling a fence which separates Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) company and Hardware Emporium General Store, after which they torched a square opening in the metal gate.According to reports, they then made their way into the building but not before locking the door to the living quarters of the caretaker from the outside. The bandits also cut the main power supply to the building which ultimately shuts down the security system and cameras.The Hardware Emporium located at Church StreetWhen Guyana Times visited the location on Wednesday morning, detectives were taking statements from employees and the caretaker of the entity. A supervisor, Errol (only name given) told Guyana Times that when he arrived at the location at about 07:55h, he saw a trolley in front of the building and thought something was amiss since only him and another employee had keys to the building.“It is only me and another employee have keys… and we have to open the door simultaneously… so when I saw the trolley, I know something wrong,” he iterated. However, by this time, the Police had arrived, leaving the man no other assumption other than the business was burglarised.“We get information from the people at the Bank that they saw movements in the place but by the time they come over, the bandits had already left.” He said a number of items were removed from the office but was not at liberty to disclose such, since his employer was not available at the time this newspaper visited the scene.The power cable to the building the bandits cutHe is also of the belief that the office was the intended target for the bandits. In addition, he noted that the elderly caretaker had to break the bottom of the door to get out of his dwelling quarters since the door was locked from the outside.Balwant Bhaichandeen, a brother of the business owner told Guyana Times that he received a telephone call from a Police Officer at about 07:35h and enquired if he was related to the owner of the store and after he responded in the affirmative, he was told that the business had been robbed.He immediately sent two employees over and arrived at the scene himself a little later. Bhaichandeen was told that a safe that was in his brother’s office was removed and the area ransacked. “I was also told that the bandits torched a hole into the metal gate to gain access to the building,” he noted. He could not say with certainty what was in the safe but was almost sure it would have contained money.He also thinks that it is quite unusual that days after a new security system was installed, the place was burglarised. This is the first time the business was broken into since its 15 years in existence.The Police have dusted the area for fingerprints as they continue their investigations. No arrests have been made in connection with the robbery.last_img read more

Tourmaline shares tumble on disappointing Q2 and production guidance changes

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgCompanies in this article: (TSX:TOU, TSX:ENB)Advertisement The company said second-quarter production was hit by the deferral of about 60 million cubic feet per day of natural gas due to delays in starting up new wells and the injection into storage in Ontario and California of about 1.6 billion cf/d of gas. Both measures are designed to avoid current low gas prices in hopes of higher prices later this year.It added unplanned interruptions on the Enbridge pipeline system in B.C. reduced average volumes by an additional 3,500 boe/d.The company’s realized liquids price averaged $39.08 per barrel in the second quarter, while natural gas sold for $2.07 per thousand cubic feet. CALGARY — Shares in Tourmaline Oil Corp. tumbled by as much as 16 per cent on Thursday morning after it missed second-quarter expectations and warned it expects to produce fewer barrels of petroleum liquids and more dry gas this year.The Calgary-based company’s shares fell as low as $14.54 from Wednesday’s close of $17.40 after it reported production during the three months ended June 30 of 280,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up eight per cent from the same period in 2018.Analyst Kristopher Zack of Desjardins said in a report that was below expectations of 287,000 boe/d and the liquids component of 52,000 boe/d — though a 13 per cent increase from the year-earlier report — was also lower than expected.- Advertisement -He added cash flow per share of 83 cents, a reduction of 17 per cent from $1 in the second quarter of 2018, also fell short of consensus expectations of 96 cents.Tourmaline said in a news release it now expects to average liquids production of 61,000 barrels per day this year, down from an earlier estimate of 66,000 bpd, but still a 28 per cent increase over 2018.It said full-year total production guidance is unchanged at 300,000 boe/d despite cutting $25 million from its capital spending budget to leave it at $1.125 billion.Advertisementcenter_img The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Man United transfer update! Juventus star puts Red Devils transfer talk on hold

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img1 Arturo Vidal claims he wants to put talk of a potential move to Manchester United on hold – and claims he will not panic if a deal falls through.The Chile international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as the Red Devils look to rebuild under new coach Louis van Gaal, following a dismal season that saw them miss out on European football for the first time in 25 years. However, recent speculation suggests United’s interest in the 27-year-old has cooled due to Juve’s reported £35million valuation of the midfielder.If that is the case, and Vidal does not end up at United, then the former Bayer Leverkusen and Colo-Colo player admits he will be happy to stay at Juve – although he says his focus right now is on enjoying his post-World Cup break and not thinking about his future.He was quoted as saying on “I’m not thinking of where I’m going to go, I want to take advantage of my holidays with the people I love. Right now I’m thinking of other things. Afterwards, when I arrive in Italy, I’ll see.“I’m already at a great team, Juventus, so I will be just as calm if the Manchester United option falls through.”center_img Arturo Vidal last_img read more

‘Man United play like ROBOTS under LVG… he is not the right man for the club’

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_img Louis van Gaal Andrei Kanchelskis has delivered a damning assessment of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United reign.The former United star claims the Dutchman is ‘too pragmatic’, treats players like ‘robots’ and is not suited to managing the club.Kanchelskis’ stinging criticism follows a run of three successive games in which Van Gaal’s shot-shy side have failed to score.The 64-year-old defended his style of play last week after being accused by United legend Paul Scholes of lacking creativity.But Scholes’ old teammate Kanchelskis, who won the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson during a four-year stay in the early 90s, said: “Van Gaal is too pragmatic, his footballers play like robots.“They are kept within a strict framework, they are not allowed to improvise, contrary to what Ferguson allowed us to do.“Van Gaal, of course, is a good coach but, in my opinion, he is not for Manchester United. I’m looking at his game for the second season now.“He says that the transformation is going on, but I still couldn’t understand what he is looking for.“There is an impression that he doesn’t know what he wants. No creative players, no wingers. Nobody could serve Wayne Rooney.“The current Manchester is not the same as it was under Ferguson.”Kanchelskis was speaking to Sport Express ahead of United’s Champions League meeting with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night.He watched the previous clash between the two sides in Russia last month, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and he reckons CSKA have nothing to fear at Old Trafford.“The first game against CSKA showed that it’s possible to win against this team,” said the ex-Russia international.“I was at the stadium and I was surprised how disgustingly United played in the first half. A lot of ball control but no sharpness at all.“In the second half it got better because of the substitution of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was slowing the game down. I guess, Manchester United is not his team.“It’s in the history and tradition of Man United to play wide and be sharp at the flanks but there is nothing like this now.“Yes, changes in the second half had worked. Marouane Fellaini was a good sub and, if he were used properly, he could be very useful.” 1last_img read more

Gunman terrorizes Catholic church before Mass

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by
first_imgPALMDALE – A 65-year-old man armed with a gun terrorized a Catholic church before Sunday evening services, shouting profanities, assaulting a priest who tried to calm him and making threats as choir members held him down. “There’s going to be a killing,” Claude Sricchia is said to have shouted once he entered St. Mary’s Catholic Church about half an hour before the 5:30 p.m. Mass. “It was kind of a frightening experience,” said Msgr. Stephen Downes, St. Mary’s pastor. “The man was shouting in the church, `Clear the church, there’s going to be a killing.”‘ Sheriff’s deputies arrived, and as they were handcuffing Sricchia they found a loaded .45-caliber pistol tucked in the back of his waistband, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “It was cocked and ready to go,” Deputy Daryl Bonsall said. Sricchia, who lives in Acton, was arrested on suspicion of making terrorist threats, assault and having a concealed firearm, Bonsall said. Sricchia was not a member of the Palmdale parish, Downes said. The pastor had just arrived at the church at 1600 E. Ave. R when a staff member called his cell phone, alerting him to a man shouting inside the church. “As I walked in, he had gotten to the choir area and became very aggressive,” Downes said. “He hit a male choir member on the side of the head, then a maintenance man tackled him to the ground. Other choir members held him down.” Downes said the man was cursing, saying there was no God or religion, Downes said. “He said, `I believed for 65 years. There is no God,”‘ Downes said. Downes went to try to calm Sricchia but when the man realized that Downes was a priest, “he became enraged and cursed and swore even more and called me a child molester,” Downes said. The man kicked Downes, knocking him to the ground. Mass was held but started late, Downes said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

NASA keeps its eye on Vision goals

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Two years after President George W. Bush announced an initiative to return astronauts to the moon to pave the way for missions to Mars and beyond, NASA says it is making major strides toward that goal. On Jan. 14, 2004, the president unveiled what is called the Vision for Space Exploration – a plan that called for returning the space shuttle to flight, fielding a new manned spacecraft by 2014, and returning astronauts to the moon no later than 2020. At the time of the president’s announcement, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was recovering from the Feb. 1, 2003, loss of space shuttle Columbia and her crew. “Two years later, we’re well on our way to turning the vision into reality,” NASA said in a statement marking the anniversary of the president’s announcement. Anticipated work for the program at Dryden includes flight testing of a launch abort system, drop tests of a subscale model to evaluate approach and landing technologies and procedures, and range safety analyses. Dryden also is expected to be the site for landings when the spacecraft is ready to fly. Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have production facilities at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. Northrop Grumman’s partner, Boeing, also has operations at Plant 42. It’s not known what, if any, role those facilities would have in the CEV development and production. NASA estimates it will cost $104 billion to return astronauts to the moon by 2018. The Apollo program spent the equivalent of $165 billion in today’s dollars from 1961 to the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. NASA referred to the new moon plan as “Apollo on steroids.” The plan calls for placing four astronauts on the moon’s surface instead of two, as during the Apollo days. Astronauts will be able to stay on the moon’s surface for four days to a week, compared with the three-day mission of Apollo 17. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “We’ve unveiled plans for our next generation spacecraft, the crew exploration vehicle, which builds on the best of Apollo and shuttle technology. We’ve returned the shuttle fleet to flight and celebrated the fifth anniversary of crew operations on the space station.” NASA issued an updated request for proposals to two contractor teams, one led by Northrop Grumman and the other by Lockheed Martin, for the development of the crew exploration vehicle, referred to as the CEV. The CEV will transport up to six crew members to and from the International Space Station and up to four astronauts for moon missions, which the agency expects to start in 2018. The proposals are due by March 20. NASA will select one contractor team sometime this year to develop the spacecraft. “NASA desires to streamline CEV development, production and operations to meet a first crewed test flight as close to 2010 as possible, but no later than 2012, without compromising safety,” NASA said in a letter to the contractor teams. “For this reason NASA is seeking industry input of accelerating the schedule, in particular in the area of test activities.” NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base will be involved in both the development of the CEV and in its operations. last_img read more