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Astronauts on ISS can soon talk to Earth at ‘broadband speeds’ thanks to new UK-built device

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Astronauts on ISS can soon talk to Earth at 'broadband speeds' thanks to new UK-built device

A UK-built device has reached the International Space Station (ISS), which will enable astronauts to communicate with Earth at home broadband speeds. 

The device will be installed later this year right outside the Columbus module that is the International Space Station’s science laboratory. 

A communications antenna called the Columbus Ka-band Terminal (COLKa), arrived on a Cygnus supply ship this morning making it the first industrial contribution from the UK to the International Space Station. 

The contract to design and build this device was assigned to MDA Space and Robotics Limited,  a global communications and information company based in Harwell, Oxfordshire.

David Kenyon, managing director at MDA UK, said: “The COLKa programme has firmly established MDA in the UK as a leading provider of high-quality space equipment, positioning us for continued business growth and new jobs in both communications and space sensor markets.”

To make the device work the astronauts will have to step out of the ISS during a spacewalk to mount it on the module’s meteoroids protection panel and connect the wires to the unit before it can be switched on. 

The European Space Agency (ESA) said the high-speed radio link of the device will transmit scientific data to stations in Europe and the world which are eager to get the latest results from their experiments. 

The device will send signals from the ISS, which orbits at around 155 miles (250km) above Earth, even further into space where they will be picked up by European satellites 22,000 miles (13,670km) above the planet’s surface.

The device will transmit signals from the ISS, which orbits at around 155 miles (250km) above Earth, they will be picked up by European satellites 22,000 miles (13,670km) above the planet’s surface.

The ESA added, the device will transmit data at the speed of up to 50mbps, allowing “astronauts and researchers to benefit from a direct link with Europe at home broadband speeds.”

Dr. Graham Turnock, chief executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “This is yet another example of the UK economy benefiting, through investment, jobs and new skills, from our continued collaboration with the European Space Agency.”

The UK Space Agency said the knowledge gained from designing, building and running COLKa could be used for another communications package being designed for the Lunar Gateway, a small spaceship currently being built that will orbit around the Moon.

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Coronavirus: Harvey Weinstein tests positive in prison

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The MeToo accused Hollywood producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein has found to be tested positive for coronavirus while he was in the prison. 

According to Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. Harvey is now in isolation. 

Harvey was found guilty of rape and sexual assault last month & sentenced to 23 years in prison. His lawyers will appeal against the conviction.  

An officer who wants to keep his identity discreet has informed the Reuters news agency that Harvey is currently kept at the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo in upstate New York. 

While talking to Reuters, Mr. Powers told that several members of staff had been quarantined. He expressed concern for corrections officers who he claims lack proper protective equipment.

One of Harvey’s lawyer said his legal team is unaware of the coronavirus diagnosis. 

Imran Ansari said: “Given Mr. Weinstein’s state of health, we are of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation.”

Harvey had spent time at Rikers Island before arriving at Wende, where he was treated for his heart problem and chest pains. 

The jurors found him guilty of the most serious charges of predatory assault. Many women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, which included rape, against him since the MeToo movement began against him in 2017. 

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UK: Sick pay will be paid from day one under plans to tackle coronavirus

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The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said ‘nobody should be penalized for doing the right thing’ amid the growing fears people could go short of money if they self-isolate themselves.

Now the sick pay changes from day four to day one, Boris told the House of Commons: ‘If they stay at home and if we ask people to self-isolate, they may lose out financially.

‘So, I can today announce that the Health Secretary will bring forward, as part of our emergency coronavirus legislation, measures to allow the payment of statutory sick pay from the very first day you are sick instead of four days under the current rules, and I think that’s the right way forward. ‘Nobody should be penalized for doing the right thing.’

According to the experts, there are currently 5 million self-employed people and nearly 2 million others who do not make enough money to qualify for statutory sick pay.

To this, the opposition parties asked if it will be extended to ones who are self-employed or on zero-hours contacts and cannot afford to be at home.

The SNP leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford, asked whether the promise of a ‘financial bridge’ to the financial markets would also extend to workers.

He said: ‘Yesterday the Governor of the Bank of England suggested a financial bridge may be available to assist markets through any volatility.

‘If there is a financial bridge for markets, can the Prime Minister tell us will there be a financial bridge for all workers and indeed those that rely on benefits that should not risk the threat of sanction if they can’t make appointments?’

Mr. Johnson replied: ‘We will take every step that we can to ensure that businesses are protected, that the economy remains strong and that no-one, whether employed or self-employed, whatever the status of their employment, is penalized for doing the right thing.’

Mr. Blackford asked for guarantees from Prime Minister Boris Johnson that ‘all workers will be fully protected from the first day of sickness and that those payments should be up to the level of the real living wage.’

Mr. Johnson replied: ‘What we are indeed doing is advancing the day, on a temporary basis, advancing the day by which you are eligible for statutory sick pay from the fourth day to the first day, and I think that is the right thing.’

Employers had only been obliged to give statutory sick pay of £94.25 per week if workers were ill for four days in a row, including days off.

The Resolution Foundation think tank said the move ‘goes some way towards reassuring workers’ who must self-isolate but also urged the Government to go further with it.

But research director Laura Gardiner said the support would not help an estimated five million self-employed workers and around two million employees who did not earn the £118-a-week to qualify for payments.

She added: ‘The Government should now extend the coverage of statutory sick pay further to ensure that no worker loses all of their income from doing the right thing if they’re affected by the coronavirus, and start a broader review to ensure we have an adequate sick pay system. ‘It shouldn’t take a pandemic to prompt this.’

The TUC federation of trade unions, which earlier called on ministers to extend the payments to deal with the virus, welcomed the announcement as an ‘important step forward’ but also warned ‘it’s not enough’. 

General secretary Frances O’Grady added: ‘Two million workers still don’t earn enough to qualify for statutory sick pay. They can’t afford not to work and statutory sick pay still isn’t enough to live on. The government must go further to ensure that no-one is penalized for doing the right thing.’

As of today, the UK has 53 confirmed cases of coronavirus, although Professor Chris Witty, chief medical officer, has said that community transmission is undoubtedly already occurring. 

The government has announced its battle plan for tackling with coronavirus, including a warning that up to one-in-five workers in the country could be off sick as the disease reaches its peak.

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Control and Death Stranding dominate Bafta games awards nominations

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Control and Death Stranding dominate Bafta games awards nominations

Two titles have received the highest number of nominations for the 2020 Bafta games awards. 

Hideo Kojima’s elegiac adventure Death Stranding and Remedy Entertainment’s science-fiction thriller Control both have received 11 nominations.

The other games with most of the nominations include the detective role-playing game Disco Elysium, last year’s cult hit Untitled Goose Game and nostalgic Goonies-inspired adventure Knights and Bikes.

Games nominated in the best game category are Control, Untitled Goose Game, Disco Elysium, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Outer Wilds.

This year’s ceremony will be introducing four new categories: animation, technical achievement, performer in a leading role and performer in a supporting role.

Kojima will receive the Bafta fellowship, following creators such as Shigeru Miyamoto, Will Wright and John Carmack. 

The awards ceremony will take place on 2 April at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Dara Ó Briain will be returning as the host.

Complete list of nominations

Best game
Control
Disco Elysium
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Outer Wilds
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Untitled Goose Game

British game
Dirt Rally 2.0
Heaven’s Vault
Knights and Bikes
Observation
Planet Zoo
Total War: Three Kingdoms

Original property
Baba Is You
Control
Death Stranding
Disco Elysium
Outer Wilds
Untitled Goose Game

Game design
Baba Is You
Control
Disco Elysium
Outer Wilds
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Wattam

Performer in a leading role
Laura Bailey – Gears 5
Courtney Hope – Control
Logan Marshall-Green – Telling Lies
Gonzalo Martin – Life Is Strange 2
Barry Sloane – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Norman Reedus – Death Stranding

Performer in a supporting role
Jolene Andersen – Life Is Strange 2
Sarah Bartholomew – Life Is Strange 2
Troy Baker – Death Stranding
Léa Seydoux – Death Stranding
Martti Suosalo – Control
Ayisha Issa – The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan

Technical achievement
A Plague Tale: Innocence
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Control
Death Stranding
Metro Exodus
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Narrative
Control
Disco Elysium
Life Is Strange 2 (Episodes 2-5)
Outer Wilds
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The Outer Worlds

Music
Control
Death Stranding
Disco Elysium
Outer Wilds
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Wattam

Multiplayer
Apex Legends
Borderlands 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Tick Tock: A Tale for Two
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2

Game beyond entertainment
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
Death Stranding
Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to)
Life Is Strange 2 (Episodes 2-5)
Neo Cab
Ring Fit Adventure

Family
Concrete Genie
Knights and Bikes
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Untitled Goose Game
Vacation Simulator
Wattam

Evolving game
Apex Legends
Destiny 2
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
Fortnite
No Man’s Sky: Beyond
Path of Exile

Debut game
Ape Out
Death Stranding
Disco Elysium
Katana Zero
Knights and Bikes
Manifold Garden

Audio achievement
Ape Out
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Control
Death Stranding
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Untitled Goose Game

Artistic achievement
Concrete Genie
Control
Death Stranding
Disco Elysium
Knights and Bikes
Sayonara Wild Hearts

Animation
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Control
Death Stranding
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Sayonara Wild Hearts
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

EE mobile game of the year (voted for by the public)
Assemble With Care
Call of Duty: Mobile
Dead Man’s Phone
Pokémon Go
Tangle Tower
What the Golf?

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