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Complications of the legal definition of “launching state”

The growth of the space industry has led to ventures like the launch of Russian-built Soyuz rockets from French Guiana, complicating the legal concept of the “launching state.” (credit: ESA) The definition of “launching state” has been addressed in the key documents that comprise the body of international space law, including the Outer Space Treaty and Liability Convention. The complications associated with public and private cooperation in the field of space programs, as well as multinational characteristics of commercial and exploratory space missions, have caused some difficulties in fitting current situations with legal criteria specified in the vintage space law documents. This article will widely review legal implications associated with the definition of launching state and possibly provide practical solutions to cope with legal hurdles, all of which may be encountered once extraterrestrial commerce and settlement cease to be a fiction. Why is recognition of launching state important? “Launching state” literally means the state that, under its command, a rocket carrying any kind of space object on board has been launched into the Earth’s orbit or beyond. Although the space law has added other supplementary explanations into this initial definition that will be scrutinized in further lines. The main objective of addressing the term of “launching state” in the body of space law documents has been to present ...  

SQL Server Query Performance Tuning: A 12-Step Program

Unlike trying to speed SQL Server performance through system-level server tuning, query tuning has immediate and powerful results, offering up to 10x increase in performance! Learn 12 steps to successful query tuning in this infographic. When you apply this process from start to finish, you will improve query performance in a measurable way, and you will know that you have optimized the query as much as is possible. Download now! ...  

Driven to Distraction — The Courier investigates mobile phone use at the wheel

It is a criminal activity linked with deaths and injuries across the country but there is no sign of the brakes being put on mobile phone use while driving. In our latest investigation, we have taken to the roads to find out who is still texting and calling from behind the wheel.Over the course of just three days we witnessed dozens of motorists openly flouting the law.Drivers on some of Courier country’s busiest and most dangerous roads, including the notorious A9, were photographed on their phones.We reveal the extent of the problem across the country and hear from those tasked with trying to tackle it.We look at proposals to double the penalties in a bid to drive the message home once and for all and speak to the road campaigners who are calling for a total ban on the use of hands-free systems.We also used state-of-the-art technology to see for ourselves how dangerous simply chatting to a friend or colleague can be. And we examine the ghoulish phenomenon of “digital rubberneckers” where drivers take footage and pictures of road accidents and post them online. For the first part of our special investigation, see Wednesday’s Courier or try our digital edition. ...  

Kids With Cell Phones: How Young Is Too Young?

(credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ) Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning. Sign UpDETROIT (WWJ) – Many metro Detroit kids headed back to class on Tuesday with the pencils, pens, notebooks and lunch — but what about a mobile phone? How young is too young? A study by the National Consumers League says 60 percent of U.S. parents offer cell phones to 10 and 11-year-old children. CBS News reports the National Consumers League, commissioned the study the 2012 study; and since then, that average age has gotten even younger, and the prevalence of cell phones among teens and pre-teens has nearly doubled — according to Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and senior director of research at the Consumer Electronics Association. “Today about 80 percent of teens between 12 and 17 own a cell phone, and about half of those own a smart phone,” said DuBravac. “That’s about twice the rate from just two years ago.” Dropping her kindergartner off at Charles Wright Academy in Detroit — a pre-K through fourth grade school — parent Kaishia Burns said her younger child  does not have a phone; but her son Keion, who attends fifth grade in another building, does. Parent Kaishia Burns and son Keion. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ) “Last year at this school they let it be known that it was OK, as long as they didnȁ...  

How Do You Disrupt The Legal Industry? Offer Value The Big Firms Can't Match!

What’s the best way to stop yourself doing something? Try consulting a lawyer. By the time they have finished outlining the risks involved in your plans, and quoted you a price, you will have tears in your eyes and a large hole in your pocket. Or so the story goes. What is certain is that large legal firms are not set up to cater for the needs of start-up businesses. They do have a tendency, however, to attract and then horde all of the top legal talent. Until now. The legal industry is ripe for disruption, and one ex-insider has set out to prove it. Daniel van Binsbergen was educated in Holland and the US, Washington DC to be precise, where his father worked for NATO for several years. When the family returned to Holland Daniel studied Law, and, having persuaded De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Holland’s largest Law Firm, to sponsor his Masters at Oxford University, it was clear he had been marked out for great things. Daniel returned from Oxford to Holland and joined the firm, but soon transferred to De Brauw’s London office to be closer to his girlfriend. He became a Senior Associate; the next step would have been to become a partner. But, after 5 years, Daniel’s entrepreneurial instincts kicked in, and he knew that he was not prepared to go down the traditional route. At age 11, Daniel had his first taste of running a business, buying and selling the Beanie Baby cuddly toys that his sister had started collecting. “It was an incredi...  

GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar jumps after US data; bond prices slump

* Strong U.S. manufacturing, construction data streghthen dollar * Euro hits 1-year low vs dollar on ECB bets, yen also falls * Stocks little changed as investors await EBC policymakers (Adds U.S. market opening, byline, dateline; previous LONDON) By Herbert Lash NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The dollar jumped to its highest this year against the yen on Tuesday, lifted by strong U.S. economic data, while the euro slipped to a one-year low on speculation the European Central Bank will move toward looser monetary policy when it meets later this week. U.S. manufacturing activity rose to its highest level in nearly 3-1/2 years in August and construction spending rebounded strongly in July, in the latest signs of the U.S. economy's vigor. The data lifted the dollar almost 0.8 percent against the Japanese yen, pushing it above the 105 yen mark for the first time since the first week of this year. U.S. Treasuries slumped on the data, with the 10-year note falling 18/32 in price to yield 2.4104. The euro sagged on bets the ECB will do more to help a wobbly euro zone economy. "Even if Draghi doesn't announce rate cuts or QE (asset purchases), I think he will open doors to further significant action further down the road and that should be enough to support the market at least for now," said Nick Stamenkovic, a strategist at RIA Capital Markets in Edinburgh. Global equity markets and European shares edged lower before the ECB's meeting. Few investors expect major steps but most see loo...  

Lakewood school officials raise more than $1500 in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ...

Lakewood ALS challenge.jpg Lakewood school Superintendent Jeff Patterson and other top district administrators accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and raised $1,500 for the charity. (Courtesy Lakewood city schools) LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Lakewood school officials raise $1,500 for ALS in the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the city plans a weekend community festival. Details are in today's community news. Ice Bucket Challenge: Lakewood schools Superintendent Jeff Patterson and top district administrators accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the Lakewood Teachers Association. Patterson asked the entire central office staff for donations, and in one day the district raised $1,500 for the ALS Association. Videos of district administrators and teachers getting doused with ice water are on the Lakewood school district's website. The ALS Association raises money to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. It also is known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The late New York Yankees player was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 1939. Road closure: North Marginal Road temporarily is being closed between Woodward Avenue and Atkins Avenue. The closure begins today for road repairs. The city has posted detour signs and a map of the detour route on the city's webite. The detour is along Woodward, Delaware and Atkins avenues. Lakewood Community Festival: The 27th annual Lakewood Community Festival is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p...  

OnLive brings cloud games to new Philips-branded Android TVs in Europe

OnLive hopes to expand its cloud-gaming efforts in Europe in a deal being announced today by TP Vision, which has taken over the venerable Philips name in the television business. Under the deal, OnLive will be preinstalled as a cloud-gaming service on new Android-based models of Philips-branded smart TVs, which will be released in Europe in 2014 and beyond. The cloud-gaming service will deliver “instant on” games, or high-end video games that are instantaneously playable over a broadband connection. The deal is a boost for OnLive, which is trying to make a comeback after faltering with its first efforts at cloud gaming. Under new management, OnLive has relaunched its cloud-gaming services in the U.S., and now it is moving on to Europe. The OnLive Game Service Android app will be available on the TVs, along with other on-demand entertainment apps for music and video. By connecting a game controller or Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, users will be able to sign up and connect to their OnLive accounts for access to hundreds of games, playable directly on their Philips TVs. Philips Electronics, a big tech company based in the Netherlands and now known as Philips, exited the TV business a few years ago, but TP Vision is now the exclusive brand licensee of Philips TVs in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and select countries in Asia-Pacific. The new TVs run the Android operating system from Google, and they feature Ambilight, a...  

Rubio's health care project comes up empty in Florida

It’s generally pretty tough to defend the health care system in Florida, though this report from the Tampa Bay Times actually makes it look a little worse. Last year, legislators allocated $900,000 to help Floridians find affordable health care through a new state-backed website. At the same time, they refused to expand Medicaid or work with the federal government to offer subsidized insurance plans. Six months after the launch of the state’s effort, called Florida Health Choices, just 30 people have signed up. That’s not a typo. We’re not talking about 30% of the population; we’re talking about literally just 30 individuals. Charles Gaba crunched the numbers to find the costs per enrollee and found that Florida Health Choices is vastly more expensive than, say, the Affordable Care Act’s healthcare.gov, while offering much less. Indeed, Florida Health Choices is not an exchange marketplace, where private insurers compete for consumers’ business. It’s not. In fact, it doesn’t sell actual health insurance at all. Rather, Florida spent $900,000 on an online project that lists “limited benefit options and discount plans for items like dental visits, prescription drugs and eyeglasses.” And a whopping 30 people took advantage of these amazing opportunities. Florida Health Choices administrators “acknowledge they are off to a slow start,” but still hope to appeal to more customers, ...  

Parris and Wallace on Europe and UKIP threat to Tories

2 September 2014 Last updated at 15:56 BST Conservative Europhobes in the party have not gone away, and they have never forgiven their party for Maastricht, said Tory MP-turned-journalist Matthew Parris.He claimed they were "so bitter, so angry and so zealous in their anti-European ideology" they were prepared to destroy unity of their party over the European issue.ConservativeHome executive editor Mark Wallace claimed former Tory MP Douglas Carswell had made the wrong decision, and his defection to UKIP threatened the possibility of a Tory election win at the 2015 general election.They spoke to Jo Coburn on the Daily Politics about the European issue and threat from UKIP at the Clacton by-election on 9 October and the next general election.Follow @daily_politics on Twitter and like us on Facebook and watch a recent clip ...  


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