SpaceX's Dragon capsule docked on the International Space Station 27 hours after its launch from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida. (Photo: AFP/Jim Watson) The docking of the capsule, which has only a dummy on board, was concluded at 1051 GMT, nearly 400 kilometres over the surface of the Earth, NASA and SpaceX confirmed during a live broadcast of the mission. A little over two hours later, the space station's three crew members - American Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Russian Oleg Kononenko - opened the hatch of the space capsule and, for the first time, penetrated its interior in space. There they found the dummy, Ripley, strapped to a seat, and an untethered plush toy in the form of the blue planet, which SpaceX had jokingly placed there as a "super high-tech zero-g indicator." "Welcome to the new era in spaceflight," McClain said from inside Dragon. Saint-Jacques tweeted about the experience monitoring Crew Dragon's "first-ever approach and … [Read more...] about SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully docks on ISS
Dawning of a new era
At the start of every year the talk at the Australian Open is of the "new kids on the block", the "NextGen", the "young guns". Frances Tiafoe, who at the age of 20 caused the shock of the first round in stunning fifth seed Kevin Anderson, registered a second notable scalp on his 21st birthday against Grigor Dimitrov AFP/Paul Crock And every 12 months as the first Grand Slam heralds a fresh season they come ... and they go. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's stranglehold on the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup has been interrupted just twice since the Swiss master first lifted it in Melbourne in 2004. Marat Safin (2005) and Stan Wawrinka (2014) managed to interlope into the trio's private sanctum - and they were 25 and 28 years old respectively at the time, hardly fresh-faced youths. But this year seems different. The simple truth is the big three cannot halt Old Father Time and one day soon will retire from slugging it out around the world. We may have already seen … [Read more...] about Rise of Tsitsipas and Tiafoe new era or false dawn?
Large corrugated metal roofs, small corrugated metal roofs and farmland. Satellite images of Tan Vinh Hiep Commune in the southern province of Binh Duong don’t show much more, but on the earth, these pictures are worth more than the proverbial thousand words – they tell a thousand stories, and counting. The commune stands just an hour's drive north of Ho Chi Minh City in Tan Uyen Town, and the satellite images are typical of Vietnam's economy in the 21st century. The large corrugated metal roofs are those that cover factories spanning thousands of square meters. Such factories have been the core economic component of both Tan Uyen and the whole province for decades. And most of these factories belong to foreign direct investment (FDI) companies. Surrounding the factories are the small corrugated metal roofs, just over 2 meters wide, dozens of meters long, branching out from the roads and alleyways around the factories. These are the roofs of dormitories for migrant workers … [Read more...] about The dark side of FDI in Vietnam
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with representatives of foreign businesses, many of whom are planning to invest more in Vietnam, Photo: Duc Thanh After years of indecision on whether to revive its investment in Vietnam, Compal Electronics Inc. might soon reopen its Vietnamese plant to mitigate effects from the escalating US-China trade war. Compal has announced that its plant in Vietnam could be put back online in four to six months’ time. The leading Taiwanese electronics manufacturer built the plant about a decade ago, but the facility was put in reserve due to changes in the firm’s business strategy. Compal president Martin Wong said that the firm is now awaiting the final list of affected products, and remains tentative about Vietnam. According to Wong, moving to Vietnam would be less costly compared with the firm’s home market. Vietnam would offer the quickest solutions in terms of wages and workforce. Compal is among many foreign investors who maintain … [Read more...] about Taking advantage of the new era
Julius Maada Bio sworn in as President of Sierra Leone (Photo: AFP/VNA)Accordingly, Mr. Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) won 51.8% of a total of over 2.5 million ballots cast in the March 31st vote, beating out the ruling All People’s Congress candidate Samura Kamara, who garnered 48.2 percent. Dressed in traditional white robes, Maada Bio was sworn in just before midnight at a hotel in the capital Freetown. Mr. Bio thanked the people of Sierra Leone for taking the country in a "new direction". “This is the dawn of a new era. The people of this great nation have voted to take a new direction,” Mr. Julius Maada Bio said in a speech following the short ceremony in which he made an appeal for national unity. “We have only one country, Sierra Leone, and we are all one people.” Mr. Bio succeeds President Ernest Bai Koroma, who is stepping down after serving a second five-year term. The election was the fourth since … [Read more...] about Julius Maada Bio wins Sierra Leone presidential runoff