Chris Kraft, NASA’s first flight director, dies at 95

(CNN)Chris Kraft, NASA’s first flight director, died Monday, two days after the agency celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, according to NASA. He was 95. “Once comparing his complex work as a flight director to a conductor’s, Kraft said, ‘The conductor can’t play all the instruments–he may not even be able to play any one of them. But, he knows when the first violin should be playing, and he knows when the trumpets should be loud …

What set Northern Ireland’s Troubles alight?

How Derry rioting led to Army deployment Exhibition marks Battle of Bogside Watch more: ‘Ulster at the crossroads’ Royal Ulster Constabulary officers (RUC) moved in and became involved in a pitched battle with nationalist rioters around the nearby Rossville flats. Image copyright Peter Ferraz/getty images Image caption The Apprentice Boys parade in Derry on 12 August 1969 Retired school teacher Terry Wright was one of the Apprentice Boys on parade that day. He had been involved in the early civil …

Suspect In Southern California Killing Spree Captured, Police Say

Police who spent hours pursuing Gerry Dean Zaragoza from one end of the valley to the other took him into custody Thursday afternoon not far from where the rampage had begun before dawn. Television footage showed Zaragoza sitting in a wheelchair and appearing alert as he was loaded into an ambulance. “We don’t know exactly what the motive was or why,” police Lt. Kirk Kelley told KABC-TV.  From there, he traveled several miles to North Hollywood in the valley’s northwest …

Brain drain claimed 1.7 million youths. So this country is scrapping its income tax

(CNN)Being young and Polish has never been this lucrative. Poles under the age of 26 who earn less than 85,528 Polish zloty ($22,547) a year will be exempt from the country’s 18% income tax starting August 1. The allowance is generous, considering the average Polish salary stands at just below 60,000 zloty ($15,700) a year. The government said 2 million people will qualify for the benefit. When Poland and seven other central and Eastern European countries joined the European Union …

Rescued turtle manages to return to the group that saved the animal nearly 2 decades ago

A turtle rescued by a conservation group as an egg was miraculously returned to the same New Jersey wetlands group that had released the animal nearly 19 years ago. (iStock, File) CHICAGO ALLIGATOR REPORTEDLY MOVING TO FLORIDA: ‘CHANCE THE SNAPPER’ WILL BE LIVING IN LUXURY’ The animal was a “head-starter,” which the institute described as a turtle usually hatched from eggs recovered from a mother struck by a vehicle on its way to lay eggs. In the 19 years after its initial …

Teacher jailed for sex with four pupils

One of his victims became pregnant before suffering a miscarriage, the court was told. Image caption Aldridge was a PE teacher at Warblington School in Havant Hampshire Constabulary confirmed it had previously investigated allegations relating to two of the girls but it later emerged Aldridge had persuaded both victims to lie. After his sentencing, Det Insp Toby Elcock said: “Aldridge had such a hold on the girls that they did not feel able to report what was happening to them …

Student visa delay ‘could cost uni 200,000’

Cardiff UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service is one of six centres in the UK which provide free appointments. There are additional offices run by Sopra Steria on behalf of the Home Office in Newport, Llandudno and Cardiff, which charge a fee. The university claimed there were not enough free appointments to meet the demand and many students, who are due to start English language courses in the autumn, feel under pressure to upgrade their application to the expensive “priority” …

The electric car revolution is coming. This is what has to happen first

(CNN)These days, when a major automaker unveils an electric car it gets a lot of press. That’s because electric cars are cool, special and futuristic. Someday, though, electric cars will just be cars. Timeline: Electric cars have been around since before the Civil War Since even 200 miles already far exceeds the amount most people drive in a day, the difference is mostly psychological. People are just used to getting far more than 200 miles out of a tank of …

I-Space becomes China’s first private firm to put satellite into orbit

(CNN)A Beijing-based rocket developer has become the first private Chinese company to successfully send a satellite into orbit. In the past, several Chinese companies have tried unsuccessfully to launch satellites into orbit: Landspace’s 2018 attempt ended in failure, as did an attempt this March by OneSpace, which has only achieved suborbital flight. But i-Space’s success may indicate a new chapter, as more players enter the market. At the end of 2018, China had more than 100 registered private companies in …

Morris dancers protest over May holiday move

They said a second holiday should be arranged, but the government said that would hit the economy. Weddings, school exams, holidaymakers and calendar makers have all been hit by the date change, according to St Ives MP Derek Thomas, who organised a debate about it in parliament. Organisers of the Jack in the Green festival, in Hastings, East Sussex, which helps to attract about 40,000 people to the town over the early May holiday, are behind the protest. Keith Leech …