Was there ever anything as crisp, bright, and idyllic as the white cliffside homes and walkways of Santorini? Soak up the sun in one of Greece’s best-loved getaways, an island with a history dating back at least 4,000 years.
Was there ever anything as crisp, bright, and idyllic as the white cliffside homes and walkways of Santorini? Soak up the sun in one of Greece’s best-loved getaways, an island with a history dating back at least 4,000 years.
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France is headed for a second nationwide lockdown starting Thursday – according to unnamed government sources who told French media the anticipated “reconfinement” would last for at least four weeks. The final details of the new restrictions are to be hammered out Wednesday morning during an emergency Defence Council meeting hosted by Emmanuel Macron at the Elysées Palace. The President will then address the nation at 8pm local time.It’s expected the new lockdown – a measure the government has long sought to avoid – will be far more flexible than the first in the spring, when the French were confined to their homes for eight weeks under strict conditions.This time round, it’s understood that kindergartens and primary schools are to remain open, while universities will close. The fate of high schools is unclear, with reports saying the government is considering the possibility of “half classes”. While public services would likely continue, and construction workers kept on the job, all non-essential businesses including bars and restaurants will reportedly be closed. Companies are already being encouraged to allow staff to work from home.Confining social lifeThe intention behind the new measures appears to be restricting social life – and unregulated situations in which the virus can easily spread – while allowing working life to carry on.People in the streets will almost certainly be required to again carry an “attestation” or official form explaining their motive for not being at home.The timing of the new lockdown is said to be a deliberate move to prevent people from making a weekend getaway at the end of the school holidays. Exceptions, however, would be made for those returning from vacation. French hospital boss warns second Covid wave could be worse than first Covid-19: France and Italy clamp down as Spain considers state of emergency Some 46 million French – two-thirds of the population – have already spent the past two weeks under a 9pm-6am curfew. The country had surpassed more than one million coronavirus cases, the highest in Europe, with soaring infections bringing the health system under renewed stress.Commentary on BFMTV said the government feared the entire hospital system would become “embolised”, or clogged, by mid-November if it did not act immediately.An unnamed senior minister, meanwhile, told France Info radio the virus was “galloping at a frightening pace”.
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OTTAWA — Two Facebook users are seeking damages on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Canadians whose personal data may have been improperly used for political purposes. The proposed class-action lawsuit filed by Calgary residents Saul Benary and Karma Holoboff asks the Federal Court to order the social-media giant to bolster its security practices to better protect sensitive information and comply with federal privacy law. It also seeks $1,000 for each of the approximately 622,000 Canadians whose information was shared with others through a digital app. In April last year, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien and his British Columbia counterpart, Michael McEvoy, uncovered major shortcomings in Facebook's procedures and called for stronger laws to protect Canadians. The probe followed reports that Facebook let an outside organization use an app to access users' personal information, and that some of the data was then passed to others. Recipients of the information included the firm Cambridge Analytica, which was involved in U.S. political campaigns. The app, at one point known as "This is Your Digital Life," encouraged users to complete a personality quiz but collected much more information about the people who installed the app as well as data about their Facebook friends, the commissioners said. About 300,000 Facebook users worldwide added the app, leading to the potential disclosure of the personal information of approximately 87 million others, including some 622,000 Canadians, the report said. The commissioners concluded that Facebook broke Canada’s privacy law governing companies by failing to obtain valid and meaningful consent of app users and their friends, and that it had "inadequate safeguards" to protect user information. Despite its public acknowledgment of a "major breach of trust" in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook disputed the report's findings and the commissioners said the company refused to implement their recommendations. As a result, Therrien launched his own Federal Court action in February, asking a judge to declare that Facebook violated Canadian privacy law. In turn, Facebook asked a judge to toss out the watchdog's finding that the social media giant's lax practices allowed personal data to be used for political purposes. Facebook has repeatedly said there is no evidence that Canadian user data was shared with Cambridge Analytica. In their application to the court, however, Benary and Holoboff say they were informed by Facebook in April 2018 that their information "had been disclosed to Cambridge Analytica without their consent." The two subsequently complained to Therrien's office about the improper collection and disclosure of their information. In October last year, the commissioner informed Benary and Holoboff they were entitled to pursue their complaints in Federal Court. The notice of application asks the court to certify the action as a class proceeding and declare that Facebook was obliged to safeguard their information under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Lawyers for Benary and Holoboff had no comment. Facebook has not yet responded in court to the class-action application and did not immediately provide comment on the filing. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2020. Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press
In 2008, avid politico Daniel Roukema was moved to tears while watching the U.S. election at an Ottawa pub, the elated crowd around him breaking into cheers, when the newscaster announced that Barack Obama had been elected the first Black president of the United States. As Obama's two-term tenure drew to a close, Roukema, who is Black, expected American voters would build on that progress by making his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, the first woman to lead the White House. The polls backed up his optimism, projecting that the Democratic candidate would defeat businessman-turned-Republican nominee Donald Trump in a landslide. And on Nov. 8, 2016, as Roukema gathered his friends in his living room to share in the heady excitement as they watched history unfold — just not in the way he was expecting. As one swing state after the next turned red, Roukema likened the mood in the room to watching the Toronto Maple Leafs bungle an all-but-certain bid for the Stanley Cup. "It goes from excitement and jubilation, to probably having a few too many beers, to you can hear a pin drop in the house," he said. "People just want to go home. They don't want to be there." Now, Roukema is hoping for a communal catharsis as former Democratic vice-president Joe Biden tries to unseat Trump from the Oval Office. While the COVID-19 pandemic will preclude in-person festivities for the U.S. election in much of Canada, Canadian political junkies and American expatriates are finding new ways to come together next Tuesday, as the cross-border consequences of the presidential race seem as stark as ever. Roukema won't be having an election party at his home in Burlington, Ont., where COVID-19 cases have been surging in recent weeks. Instead, the communications specialist is trying to keep the civic discourse alive by hosting informal political forums on his Facebook page. Over the course of the campaign, he said, these "political jibber-jabber" posts have attracted hundreds of comments, and he expects to see even more chatter come voting day. While his aim is to educate people about the American electoral process, Roukema said the online discussions can turn into collective venting sessions. "One of the things that is really important to me is validating people's feelings," Roukema said. "Because even though the United States is another country, people recognize the impact on a global level." Aidan Link and Wiley De Paiva, who are among the student leaders of Western University's Political Science Association, are also turning to digital platforms to discuss with their peers what the U.S. election means to them. The association's virtual voting-day lineup includes a series of Zoom debates featuring commentators from an ideological array of student groups. As moderators, Link and De Paiva said they welcome the spirited exchange of views, but they're prepared to step in if disagreements run afoul of decorum. Professors will pop in to provide context as the night unfolds, and attendees will have a chance to weigh in through interactive polls and a live chat over Zoom. Link said the event has garnered more interest than the association's previous functions. But he suspects that may have as much to do with student engagement as it does the listlessness of university life under lockdown. "A lot of it's probably just convenience," said Link. "Now that we don't have as much to do with extracurriculars at school, a lot of people are willing to take two to three hours and come to an election party." Meanwhile, left-leaning U.S. citizens living in Canada don't need to be reminded that the impacts of a second Trump term won't stop at the 49th parallel, said Dianna English, the Canadian spokeswoman for Democrats Abroad, an international offshoot of the American political party. Normally, English said, the organization's election-day festivities would consist of a series of small gatherings hosted by local chapters across the country. This cycle, however, English said the rise of online organizing has allowed for unprecedented countrywide mobilization to get out the mail-in vote over the past few weeks. She said members plan to celebrate the fruits of their efforts with a Zoom bash that will be capped off with a DJed virtual dance party. The group's conservative counterpart, Republicans Overseas, has opted out of hosting election-night events this year, said Canadian chairman Mark Feigenbaum. However, American-Canadians of all political stripes are welcome to tune in to a virtual Q-and-A hosted by the U.S. Embassy. In parts of Canada with laxer lockdown restrictions, a few in-person election-night events are going forward. Kevin Warner, a manager at the Unicorn in Calgary, said masked patrons are welcome to participate in a mock election, and find out if they predicted the winner correctly over food and drinks. "With how crazy everything's been, people just want an outlet, and they still want to have some kind of fun," said Warner. "Hopefully, nobody's politically charged and getting angry. We just want it light and fun." Melissa Haussman, a political science professor at Carleton University, said the gravity of next week's vote may be hard to ignore given all the Canada-related issues on the ballot. From the partial closure of our shared border and the global race to secure the first viable COVID-19 vaccines, Haussman said the pandemic has highlighted the extent to which our two countries' fates are interconnected. But whichever way the vote swings next Tuesday, Haussman said Canadians can likely count on the losing candidate's adherents threatening to immigrate north, as per electoral tradition. "We know that within 24 hours of the election result in 2016, the Canadian (immigration) site crashed," said Haussman. "There is a misconception that it wouldn't be such a big deal to move to another country." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 28, 2020. Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The representatives for employers and workers in the employment insurance system say they are deeply concerned that a promised review of the program will be lost in the heat of a minority Parliament. The shortcomings in EI, flagged for years by experts, have been exposed by the pandemic, including that not every worker is covered, nor can everyone who is covered get benefits when they need them. The EI system is overseen by a commission that regularly reviews problems and the appeals system, as well as its financing. The commissioners bring the voices of workers and companies to the table, often consulting their constituents and raising concerns with permanent officials. It is rare for them to speak publicly, but circumstances are different from when the Liberals promised, and failed to deliver, a review of EI during their first mandate. The EI commissioners say they hope the government launches an independent commission soon to do a thorough review. "There's a heavy preference for it to be an independent process so it doesn't become a hostage to the political habits and flows in Ottawa," said Pierre Laliberté, the commissioner for workers. "This is what we're hoping that the government will come up with in short order so that we can finally focus on the issue and not be constantly on our toes." Judith Andrews, the commissioner for employers, said there is broad agreement from business and labour groups that a review shouldn't be rushed in the middle of a pandemic. One concern the duo have heard from the employers and labour groups they represent is that a process managed by politicians could be lost to changing priorities, or a snap election. The government has heard their call in a form of a letter the commissioners, labour and business groups sent to Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough in September, seeking a body with marching orders on issues to explore and a deadline to provide recommendations. The government is now vowing to modernize the EI system, which turned 80 over the summer. Some technological parts of it rely on programming language introduced in the 1960s. Andrews said the coming months might be the perfect time to do the review because the government has eased access to EI and boosted benefits as a transitional program until the system is modernized. There is much to look at in the system, from the eligibility requirements, whether special EI benefits like maternity and parental leave should remain in the employment insurance system or be funded separately, as well as whether the government should kick in its own funding. Right now, for every $12 of funding, employers pay $7 and employees pay $5. The Liberals have frozen premiums paid by both groups for this year and next. There are also other questions, such as what do with self-employed workers and those who have underlying health conditions that might make it dangerous for them to return to workplaces. "We need to have a decent look at all of these things, and not just latch on to something that might seem superficially attractive because we're in the middle of a pandemic," Andrews said. Federal officials effectively put large swaths of the EI system in sleep mode in March and April as three million jobs were lost. Officials worried that the decades-old system would crumble under the weight of mounting benefit claims, and that it would take a year to process claims in the usual way. "If the program that is meant to provide income support during an economic crisis collapses on under the weight of the volume of cases when there is a crisis, well, then you have a problem," Laliberté said. "All the programs should be prepared for this." In EI's place was the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. Late last month, the handover back to EI began, with almost 1.7 million recipients moving to the restarted system at last count and claims being processed at a faster pace than before the pandemic. Some of that had to do with officials processing the approximately seven million records of employment that employers filled out in March and April, which have to be filed when there's a disruption in earnings so workers can access EI. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 26, 2020. Jordan Press, The Canadian Press
The British government has for the first time issued a set of standards for asset managers engaged in the multi-billion pound sustainable investment sector as it looks to bolster its green credentials ahead of the next round of global climate talks. While a variety of industry standards have emerged over recent years as money flows into funds that better assess environmental, social and governance-related risks, this is the first to be supported by the UK government. Figures from the Investment Association showed what it termed responsible investment funds under management in UK funds stood at 36 billion pounds ($47 billion) as of the end of August, with total funds under management in these type of funds increasing 89% over the 18 months to June 2020.
68% of Britons feel lonely at times, up from 61% before the pandemic.
ARLINGTON, Texas — No dogpile, no champagne and a mask on nearly every face — the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first World Series title since 1988 in a manner no one could have imagined prior to the coronavirus pandemic. They started the party without Justin Turner, too, after their red-headed star received word of a positive COVID-19 test in the middle of their clinching victory. Turner was removed from Los Angeles' 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night after registering Major League Baseball's first positive test in 59 days. He wasn't on the field initially as the Dodgers enjoyed the spoils of a title earned during a most unusual season. He returned to the diamond about an hour after the game, hugging longtime teammate Clayton Kershaw and sitting front-and-centre for a team photo next to manager Dave Roberts with his mask pulled down under his bushy beard. “Thanks to everyone reaching out!,” Turner said on Twitter. “I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA.” Major League Baseball insulated post-season teams in neutral-site bubbles after travelling them across the country during a shortened 60-game season. Turner was the first player since the playoffs began to be flagged for the coronavirus. MLB received Turner’s Monday sample from the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Utah in the bottom of the second inning, when lab president Dr. Daniel Eichner called deputy commissioner Dan Halem, who was in New York, a person familiar with the call said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details were not released. Eichner told Halem the result was inconclusive. MLB receives many inconclusive results, so Halem told Eichner to run Tuesday’s pregame sample from Turner. That result came back positive in the sixth inning, the person said. Halem called Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice-president of baseball operations, who was in Manfred’s box at Globe Life Field, then called Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. He notified the dugout or clubhouse, and Turner was removed from the game after the seventh inning. “It was obviously a really unfortunate endpoint of this incredible series and definitely affected some of the joy of winning just because of what JT has meant to us,” Friedman said. When asked about what happened after the game, Friedman said Turner wanted to take a picture with the trophy. Friedman stated several times that those around Turner had previously been in close contact and said the team would take another round of tests before determining when to leave Texas. "Now the subsequent tests we’re going to take are really important," Friedman said. The 35-year-old Turner has been a staple in the Dodgers’ lineup for seven of their eight consecutive NL West titles. A late-blooming slugger who helped reshape the game by succeeding with an upper-cut swing, Turner is LA’s career leader with 12 post-season home runs, including a pair in this Series, in which he hit .364 and also played stellar defence. “It's gut-wrenching,” World Series MVP Corey Seager said. “If I could switch places with him right now, I would. That's just not right.” “We’re not excluding him from anything,” teammate Mookie Betts said. Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Turner's positive test moments after presenting the World Series trophy to Los Angeles — a jarring reminder of all that's been different in this season where the perennially favoured Dodgers finally broke through. The end of a frustrating championship drought for LA — and perhaps just the start for Betts and the Dodgers, whose seventh World Series title was their sixth since leaving Brooklyn for the West Coast in 1958. “I had a crazy feeling that came to fruition,” Roberts said. “It’s just a special group of players, organization, all that we’ve kind of overcome.” Betts bolted from third for the go-ahead run on Seager's grounder in the sixth, even with the infield playing in, then had a punctuating homer leading off the eighth. “It was absolutely phenomenal. This team was incredible,” said Seager, also the NLCS MVP who set franchise records with his eight homers and 20 RBIs this post-season. “We were ready to go as soon as the bell was called. Once it did, we kept rolling.” Kershaw was warming in the bullpen when Julio Urías struck out Willy Adames to end it and ran alongside teammates to celebrate in the infield, later joined by family who had been in the bubble with them in North Texas. Players were handed face masks as they gathered, although many of their embraces came mask-free even after Turner's positive test. The Dodgers had played 5,014 regular-season games and were in their 114th post-season game since Orel Hershiser struck out Oakland’s Tony Phillips for the final out of the World Series in 1988, the same year Kershaw — the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner who won Games 1 and 5 of this Series — was born in nearby Dallas. Los Angeles had come up short in the World Series twice in the previous three years. Betts was on the other side two years ago and homered in the clinching Game 5 for the Boston Red Sox, who before this season traded the 2018 AL MVP to the Dodgers. They later gave him a $365 million, 12-year deal that goes until he turns 40 in 2032. Betts’ 3.2-second sprint home was just enough to beat the throw by first baseman Ji-Man Choi, pushing Los Angeles ahead 2-1 moments after Rays manager Kevin Cash pulled ace left-hander Blake Snell despite a dominant performance over 5 1/3 innings. “It was kind of like a sigh of relief,” Betts said. “It was the Cy Young Snell that pitched tonight.” Snell struck out nine — including the first time all season that Betts, Seager and Turner each struck out in their first two at-bats. But the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner didn’t see the top three batters for the Dodgers again. “The only motive was the lineup the Dodgers feature is as potent as any team in the league,” Cash said. “Mookie coming around for the third time through, I value that. I totally respect and understand the questions that come with it. They’re not easy decisions.” Randy Arozarena, the powerful Tampa Bay rookie, extended his post-season record with his 10th homer in the first off rookie right-hander Tony Gonsolin, the first of seven Dodgers pitchers. The Rays never got another runner past second base as LA's bullpen gave reliever-reliant Tampa Bay a taste of its own medicine while allowing only two hits and no walks over 7 1/3 innings. About 2 1/2 weeks after the Lakers won the NBA title while finishing their season in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida, the Dodgers gave Los Angeles another championship. The MLB season didn’t start until late July and was abbreviated for the shortest regular season since 1878. The expanded post-season, with 16 teams making it instead of 10, ended when Urías got the last two outs on called third strikes, with catcher Austin Barnes stuffing the last pitch in his back pocket. The Rays had 16 Ks and the Dodgers 11, the most combined strikeouts in a nine-inning World Series game. Chants of “M-V-P!, M-V-P!” broke out when Betts hit his double in the sixth off reliever Nick Anderson, who allowed runs in seven consecutive relief appearances, the longest streak in MLB post-season history. Those chants got even louder — even with the a limited crowd of 11,437 — when Betts went deep on an 0-2 pitch by hard-throwing right-hander Pete Fairbanks. There were plenty of fans in Dodgers blue at the new $1.2 billion home of the Texas Rangers, the stadium with the retractable roof where they played 16 games over three weeks. And the roof was closed for the final one, with misty conditions and a game-time temperature of 39 degrees outside. Los Angeles was home team for the final game of the season, like in the 2017 World Series when the Houston Astros won Game 7 at Dodger Stadium, and two years ago against the Red Sox. “This year has been crazy, but no matter what, we’ll look back on this and we’re World Series champs. To get to say that and get to be part of that, it’s so special no matter what,” Kershaw said. “The only thing that may have made it better would be to be at Dodger Stadium.” ___ AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press
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(Bloomberg) -- Oil retreated back below $39 a barrel after an industry report pointed to a bigger-than-expected increase in U.S. crude stockpiles, offsetting supply disruptions from Hurricane Zeta.The American Petroleum Institute reported crude inventories expanded by 4.58 million barrels last week, while gasoline stockpiles rose for a second straight week, according to people familiar with the data. Official government figures are due Wednesday. A stronger U.S. dollar is also having an impact, making commodities priced in the currency less appealing to investors.Oil rallied on Tuesday after almost half of U.S. Gulf output was shuttered ahead of Zeta, which is expected to make landfall in Louisiana late Wednesday.Oil is testing the lower end of its recent trading range as coronavirus cases climb across Europe and the U.S., raising concerns the fragile demand recovery may be derailed. The market is also facing rising supply from Libya, presenting OPEC+ with some tough decisions on the future of its output cuts when the producer group meets at the end of next month.See also: Iraq’s Crumbling Economy Is Becoming a Threat to OPEC“The U.S. Gulf closures are seen as fleeting, whereas sizable stock-builds in the U.S. serve to amplify the market’s bearish sentiment on demand,” said Vandana Hari, founder of Vanda Insights in Singapore. “The path of least resistance for crude prices is downward.”Brent’s three-month timespread was $1.13 a barrel in contango -- where prompt prices are cheaper than later-dated ones -- compared with 99 cents a week earlier, signaling concerns about over-supply are persisting.U.S. gasoline inventories expanded by 2.25 million barrels last week, while crude supplies at the key storage hub of Cushing climbed by 136,000 barrels, according to the API. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey forecast nationwide crude stockpiles increased by 1.5 million barrelsMeanwhile, Libya is ramping up production quickly after reopening the last of its oil fields and ports following a truce in a years-long civil war. Daily crude output has surged from less than 100,000 barrels in early September to almost 700,000 as of Monday, and may rise to more than 1 million barrels a day by mid- to late-November.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Heineken NV <HEIN.AS> performed better than expected over the June-September quarter with a surprising increase in beer sales in the Americas, but said the COVID-19 pandemic was still too uncertain to provide a reliable 2020 outlook. The world's second-largest beer maker said it expected a volatile final quarter of the year as new restrictions were imposed by many countries in Europe, including closures of bars and restaurants. The brewer of Europe's biggest selling lager Heineken, along with Tiger and Sol, withdrew its 2020 guidance in April, as the pandemic spread.
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Manchester United will look to make it two wins out of two in Group H tonight as their Champions League campaign continues with another tough opponent in RB Leipzig.United are making a habit of famous victories in Paris, and last week's 2-1 victory over PSG in France - courtesy of another late Marcus Rashford winner - stands the Red Devils in good stead.
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When I heard that water was recently discovered on the surface of the moon, I’m not going to lie: My first thought was, I bet it tastes great. I’m not alone in this, right? As a water lover — yes, we exist — I’m always chasing what food critic Jeffrey Steingarten refers to in his 1997 book, The Man Who Ate Everything: “that pure, clear, ethereal Alpine spring of our imaginations.” I picture moon water to be my ethereal Alpine spring: glacially cold and crisp; satisfyingly thirst-quenching; achingly crystalline. Sadly, I may never know the joys of sipping on a refreshing glass of lunar liquid. The water isn’t hidden away in small ice-cold grottos tucked below the moon’s surface, like I was hoping. Instead, these water molecules are spread so far away from each other that they don’t even technically form a liquid. “To be clear, this is not puddles of water, but instead water molecules that are so spread apart that they do not form ice or liquid water,” Casey I. Honniball, the lead author of the study published in Nature Astronomy, said in a phone press briefing. A NASA press release stated that the Sahara desert has 100 times the amount of water than what was detected on the moon. It will take scientists a long time to figure out how to gather up and mash together enough of those molecules to fill up the first Lunar Water™ bottle. (I think that’s how it’ll work, anyway.) Until then, here’s everything we know about the liquid that we really should be calling Moon Juice. How exactly do we know that the moon is wet? Scientists have suspected that there’s been water on the moon for a while now — they just didn’t know what kind: H2O (the stuff we drink) and hydroxyl (the stuff you find in drain cleaner). Big difference — and something you probably want to know before you take a swig. That’s where NASA’s flying observatory, SOFIA, came in. (Yes, it took a womxn!). SOFIA, aka Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, is a modified Boeing that NASA uses as an observational aircraft. It allowed the scientists to study the moon’s surface in more detail — using a six micron wavelength, versus the puny three micron wavelength they’d been relying on before. This confirmed that the chemical signature of much of what’s on the surface of the moon is, indeed, the good ol’ H2O, said Honniball. Even better? That water is cold. Another study confirmed that ice covers more of the moon than we once thought. It’s not just sticking at the moon’s poles, but scattered in shadowed pockets across the moon’s surface. Where does the moon water come from? Okay, so we now know the moon is a WAPlanet. But how? “The water that we observed has two potential sources,” Honniball explained during the press briefing. “It could be either from the solar wind or micrometeorites.” In other words, solar wind could be blowing hydrogen to the moon, where it reacts with oxygen in the soil. It’s also possible that the micrometeorites themselves contain water molecules (always smart to travel with extra on hand) that they transfer to the moon upon arrival. The existence of this water is very impressive: Honniball went on to say that the sunlit surface of the moon should be inhospitable to the water molecules, but that glass beads created by the micrometeorite impact may trap the molecules on the surface. Why is moon water such a big deal? Because we’re trying to set foot on Mars — and the moon is our layover, baby! “With the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and the next man on the moon in 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence by the end of the decade. At the moon, we will prepare for human exploration of Mars,” said Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, during the press briefing. If we’re going to be spending extended amounts of time in space, having water at our destination would be incredibly useful. “Water is extremely critical for deep space exploration. It’s a resource of direct value for our astronauts,” Jacob Bleacher, chief exploration scientist for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, said during the briefing. The hope would be that this water could serve many purposes. One day we might find a way for visiting astronauts to drink it, of course. But it could also potentially be used for fuel or to create oxygen. All that matters because it would mean future space travellers wouldn’t have to lug so much water along with them, Bleacher said. “It’s far easier to travel when you don’t have to carry everything with you that you might need for the entire trip,” he said. When can we drink moon water? Unclear. “One of the things we don’t know yet is whether the water detected by SOFIA on the sunlit surface is accessible for use as a resource,” said Hertz. Right now, they don’t know how much water is there or where exactly it exists, but they’re starting by exploring the Clavius crater on the moon’s surface, which is one of the largest craters we can see from earth. “At this location, the data reveal a water concentration of about 100 to 400 parts per million. That’s roughly the equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle of water within a cubic meter of volume of lunar soil,” Honniball said. But SOFIA only sensed the very surface, so it’s possible there could be more. All that to say: It’s way too soon to speculate about when the first person will be sipping on moon water. But if someone is drinking it, it’s likely going to be an astronaut and not an influencer at Erewhon. So… I probably shouldn’t buy that “moon water” I’m seeing on ebay? The Moon Water you’re seeing might be the crystal-charged stuff, and if that’s what you’re looking for, more power to you. But no, we’re a long way out from seeing actual moon water taking its place next to Dirty Lemon and Blk. If you see anyone claiming to sell the stuff, you are officially in a suspicious corner of the internet. Put away your credit card and X out of the window. Okay, okay — but please tell me I’ll one day drink moon water? I know. I want to sip on that sweet, sweet moon juice, too. But even if scientists figured out how to turn the stuff that’s on the moon into drinkable water and bring it back to Earth, whether or not anyone is allowed to sell the stuff is up for debate. NASA, along with eight other spacefaring nations, signed something called The Artemis Accords. The agreement confirms that the space agencies are committed to peaceful exploration; it also provides some legal frameworks around how moon research should be conducted. But according to CNET, Russia and China didn’t sign the Accords, and the agreement also doesn’t “explicitly prohibit the commercialisation of water and other material mined on the moon.” So… maybe, someday, you’ll be able to quench your thirst using the nectar of Luna for a significant chunk of change, but I’m not holding my breath. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The New Moon In Libra Signals ChangeThis Full Harvest Moon, The Past Will Hunt UsWill Rice Water Make Your Hair Grow Faster?
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Exxon Mobil Corp <XOM.N> and Japan's biggest power generator, JERA, have agreed to build a power station and import facilities for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel it in the Vietnamese city of Haiphong, the companies said on Wednesday. LNG is growing more popular as a power generation fuel in southeast Asia as coal falls out of favour because of its impact on the climate, while plentiful supplies of gas have sent prices <LNG.AS> tumbling in recent years. In statements, Exxon and JERA said they had signed a pact with city authorities in the industrial centre of Haiphong, about 80 km (50 miles) from the capital, Hanoi, to build the so-called LNG-to-power project.