Rocket association – St Louis Rocketry Thu, 15 Jul 2021 08:06:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rocket association – St Louis Rocketry 32 32 Child tax credit payments start coming out on Thursday Thu, 15 Jul 2021 04:29:00 +0000 Payments of $ 1,000 start rolling out Thursday. WASHINGTON – The child tax credit has always been an empty gesture for millions of parents like Tamika Daniel. That changes Thursday when the first payment of $ 1,000 hits Daniel’s bank account – and dollars start to flow into the pockets of more than 35 million […]]]>

Payments of $ 1,000 start rolling out Thursday.

WASHINGTON – The child tax credit has always been an empty gesture for millions of parents like Tamika Daniel.

That changes Thursday when the first payment of $ 1,000 hits Daniel’s bank account – and dollars start to flow into the pockets of more than 35 million families across the country. Daniel, a 35-year-old mother of four, didn’t even know the tax credit existed until President Joe Biden extended it for a year as part of 1’s coronavirus relief program. , $ 9 trillion which passed in March.

Previously, only people who earned enough money to pay income tax could qualify for the credit. Daniel has spent almost a decade without a job because his oldest son has autism and needed her. So she got away with Social Security payments. And she had to live in Fairfield Courts, a social housing project that ends at Interstate 64 as the freeway passes through Virginia’s capital, Richmond.

But the extra $ 1,000 a month for next year could be life changing for Daniel, who now works as a community organizer for a Richmond nonprofit. It will help provide a security deposit on a new apartment.

“It’s actually just on time,” she said. “We have a lot to do. It certainly helps to lighten the load.

Biden presented the new monthly payments, which will average $ 423 per family, as the key to halving child poverty rates. But it also sets up a larger philosophical battle over the role of government and the responsibilities of parents.

Democrats see it as a historic program along the lines of Social Security, saying it will lead to better outcomes in adulthood that will contribute to economic growth. But many Republicans warn the payments will discourage parents from working and ultimately fuel long-term poverty.

Some 15 million households will now benefit from the full credit. Monthly payments are $ 300 for each child 5 and under and $ 250 for those between 5 and 17. The payments are expected to expire after a year, but Biden is pushing to extend them until at least 2025.

The president ultimately wants to make the payments permanent – and that makes this first round of payments a test of whether the government can improve the lives of families.

Biden will deliver a speech at the White House Thursday to mark the first day of the payments, urging beneficiaries to join him as he seeks to publicize the payments and push for their prosecution.

“The president felt it was important to raise this issue, to make sure people understand that this is a benefit that will help them as we continue to work to recover from the pandemic and the economic slowdown, “White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who successfully championed increased credit in 2017, said Democrats’ plans would turn benefits into an “anti-work welfare check” because almost any family can now claim payment, that parents have a job.

“Not only does Biden’s plan abandon marriage incentives and work requirements, but it will also destroy the child support enforcement system as we know it by sending cash payments to single parents without s. ‘ensure that child support orders are made, “Rubio said in a statement Wednesday.

An administration official disputed these allegations. Treasury Department estimates indicate that 97% of tax credit recipients have a salary or self-employment income, while the remaining 3% are grandparents or have health problems. The official, who requested anonymity to discuss internal scans, noted that credit is starting to wane at $ 150,000 for joint filers, so there is no deterrent for the poor to work because a job is theirs. would simply give more income.

Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Bennet said the problem is one of inequality. He said economic growth has benefited the richest 10% over the past decades as families grapple with rising costs for housing, child care and health care. He said his Colorado voters fear their children will be poorer than previous generations and that this requires the expansion of the child tax credit.

“This is the most gradual change ever to the US tax code,” Bennet told reporters.

Parenthood is an expensive business. The ministry of agriculture estimated in 2017 – last year he released such a report – that a typical family spends $ 233,610 raising a child from birth to 17 years old. But the richest children invest much more in their education and education, while the poorest children are constantly at a disadvantage. Families in the top third of income spend about $ 10,000 more per year per child than families in the bottom third.

The Child Tax Credit was created in 1997 to be a source of relief, but it also became a driver of economic and racial inequality, as only parents who owed taxes to the federal government could claim its payment. integral. Academic research in 2020 found that about three-quarters of white and Asian children were eligible for full credit, but only about half of black and Hispanic children were eligible.

In the census tract where Daniel lives in Richmond, the median household income is $ 14,725, almost five times lower than the national median. Three out of four children live in poverty. For a typical parent with two children in this part of Richmond, the expanded tax credit would increase income by almost 41%.

The tax credit is as much about keeping people in the middle class as it is about helping the poor.

Katie Stelka of Brookfield, Wisconsin, was fired from her job as a beauty and hair care buyer for the Kohl’s department store chain in September as the pandemic tightened its grip on the country. She and her sons, Oliver, 3, and Robert, 7, had to depend on her husband’s income as a consultant for retirement services. The family was already struggling to afford her husband’s kidney transplant five years earlier and her ongoing therapies before she was fired, she said.

With no prospect of employment, Stelka re-enrolled in college to study social work in February. Last month, she landed a new job as Deputy Executive Director of the nonprofit International Association of Orthodontics. Now she needs child care again. This equates to $ 1,000 per week for both children.

All the money from the tax credit will be used to cover this, said Stelka, 37.

“Every little bit is going to help right now,” she said. “I pay for school out of pocket. I pay for the boys’ things. The cost of food and everything has gone up. We’re just really grateful. The tide feels like it’s turning.

Associated Press writer Todd Richmond in Madison, Wisconsin, contributed to this report.

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Grilling in the backyard seems safe, until it isn’t E! News UK Sun, 04 Jul 2021 11:31:21 +0000 Barbecues and barbecues have become entrenched in our culture, especially during summer vacations. But grill fires are still a very real risk.Image credit: Catie Dull Clinging to the back of a fire truck racing through the streets of El Paso, Texas, firefighter Michael Pritchard knew the fire was going to be serious. “You could see […]]]>

Barbecues and barbecues have become entrenched in our culture, especially during summer vacations. But grill fires are still a very real risk.
Image credit: Catie Dull

Clinging to the back of a fire truck racing through the streets of El Paso, Texas, firefighter Michael Pritchard knew the fire was going to be serious.

“You could see the smoke from miles away,” Pritchard recalls of the two-alarm fire that destroyed a garden apartment complex in the city.

It was in the late 1980s, and Pritchard had worked for the El Paso Fire Department for about five years. He would go on to serve 26 years with the department and respond to dozens of grill fires, but only one remained with the veteran fire safety professional 30 years and two careers later.

This particular fire is indelible because it was so severe and completely preventable. The cause of the fire? A charcoal barbecue, two women in their twenties and a simple mistake.

The day before the fire that ravaged the complex, the two women grilled their dinner outside. After eating, they went to bed, leaving the charcoal to cool overnight. The next day, they threw the ashes in their kitchen trash can. The couple left for work and by mid-afternoon the trash was on fire.

The fire first spread to their kitchen, then passed through the rest of their apartment and eventually engulfed the building in an inferno that sent black smoke over El Paso.

Pritchard still remembers this fire because the two women did almost everything right. They cleaned the grill after I finished cooking. They roasted outside where smoke could escape. And they let the charcoal cool overnight.

But Pritchard says the night was not long enough. He warns that charcoal and ash can stay hot much longer than it appears. So when the women put the charcoal in their kitchen trash the next morning, the ashes smoldered for a few hours before igniting the trash in the afternoon.

Grill fires are a poorly understood risk

Pritchard is now the chief of the fire prevention and information arm of the U.S. Fire Administration, and he warns that too many Americans today do not understand the risks associated with grilling. Barbecues and barbecues have become ingrained in our culture, especially on holidays such as Memorial Day or Independence Day, making them feel safe and familiar. But Pritchard warns that grill fires are still a very real risk.

Susan McKelvey of the National Fire Protection Association agrees. She adds that the overconfidence people feel when grilling in their backyard also stems from the location.

“People feel safe in their homes,” she says, “and so that overconfidence breeds complacency. “

This state of mind can be devastating. Each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 19,700 patients visit emergency rooms nationwide for grilling-related injuries. Forty-eight percent suffered thermal burns, and 4 in 10 of these thermal burn patients are children under the age of 5.

As the two young women of El Paso experienced, charcoal barbecues cause an average of 1,300 home fires across the country each year, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association. Gas grills are responsible for nearly seven times as many fires, with an average of 8,900 home fires caused by them each year.

These fires can be fatal. McKelvey points out that 80% of civilian fire deaths in the United States occur in home fires.

“House fires happen every day,” she says, “and nearly 3,000 people die in house fires each year. Most of them are preventable, the vast majority.

Adopting safe grilling habits is crucial. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, two-thirds of American adults own a barbecue or smokehouse, and 68% of them plan to have a barbecue on July 4. If that includes you, be sure to check out these top grill safety tips.

As Pritchard likes to say, “Fire is everyone’s struggle.

Installation of your grill station

When you first take out your grill at the start of the grilling season, McKelvey says it’s essential to check for any nests, beehives, or animals perched inside before cleaning up any excess. grease or charcoal from previous use.

She also recommends placing your grill on a flat, sturdy surface at least 3 feet from any structure, such as your home or shed. Do not grill under decks, awnings, eaves, umbrellas or tree branches. Pay attention to the proximity of the grill to dry vegetation, tablecloths and outdoor decoration such as balloons or streamers.

Safety of propane barbecues

If you use a propane barbecue, check regularly for leaks and always check before the first use of the season. McKelvey suggests performing the soapy water test. Mix some dish soap or detergent with water and brush or spray the solution onto the hose and connectors. Turn on the gas. If bubbles do form, immediately shut off the gas – you have a leak and will need to repair or replace the hose or tank.

When you start your gas grill, Pritchard says keeping the lid open is essential. A closed lid can cause gas to build up, which can cause an explosion when you turn on the grill.

Once you are finished grilling, National Fire Protection Association guidelines recommend storing propane tanks in an upright position at least 10 feet from dryer doors, windows, or vents, and away from the dryer. at least 20 feet from your home’s air vents. Do not store propane in a garage.

Safety of charcoal grills

When using a starting fluid to help ignite the charcoal, McKelvey says you should only use a fluid designed for charcoal. Do not use other flammable or volatile substances.

When you are done grilling, cool the charcoal and ashes completely. Grill makers Kingsford and Char-Broil both recommend closing the lid to smother the embers and allowing the ashes to cool for 48 hours. To speed up the cooling, sprinkle the embers with water. When it’s time to throw away the cooled ashes, place them in a metal container like an old coffee can or wrap them in foil before placing the wrapper in a bin with a lid.

While you grill

While you may be tempted to dress to impress, McKelvey says the clothes you wear when toasting shouldn’t be loose or have a fabric hanging down. And watch out for jewelry or watches that can conduct heat when exposed to the grill for long periods of time.

She also recommends gathering your food, plates, utensils, and other cooking materials before you start cooking. An unattended grill is a dangerous grill. If you’re hosting an event, McKelvey says a smart practice is to designate a family member or friend to be responsible for getting drinks and entertaining guests so you never have to leave the grill. Pritchard also adds that you should use long-handled cookware to avoid getting burned.

McKelvey and Pritchard both insist that a non-negotiable practice is to keep children and pets at least 3 feet from the grill at all times. Animals should stay indoors or in a confined space outdoors. McKelvey recommends sticking brightly colored duct tape on the floor to mark a boundary that is easily visible to children.

“Small things can make such a big difference,” she says. “It’s not rocket science.”

Daniel Lam is an intern at the NPR national office.

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Rocket Mortgage Field Shows How APGA Opportunities Are Paying Off Sat, 03 Jul 2021 15:49:51 +0000 Click on the Rocket Mortgage Classic leaderboard and scroll down to the Friday cup line. Read the names of the 3 players under par. You’ll see longtime veterans like Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson sneaking in over the weekend. There is another person on this number that you should know. His name is Willie Mack […]]]>

Click on the Rocket Mortgage Classic leaderboard and scroll down to the Friday cup line. Read the names of the 3 players under par. You’ll see longtime veterans like Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson sneaking in over the weekend. There is another person on this number that you should know. His name is Willie Mack III – a man who persevered under extreme circumstances. A man who at one point had few resources to progress – until he joined the APGA Tour.

The Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour (APGA) is a non-profit organization that provides African Americans and minority golfers with the opportunity to excel in professional golf and the golf industry. The tour accomplishes its mission by organizing professional tournaments and career development and mentoring sessions.

Kenneth Bentley, who founded the APGA in 2010, played golf with his pals one afternoon and asked his friend Adrian Stills, who competed on the PGA Tour in the late 90s, why there is weren’t more African-American golfers? “He said there was a tour that all the black guys were playing on and there was a lot of camaraderie,” Bentley recalls.

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Bentley, a UC Santa Barbara tennis player, knew the impact of providing resources and opportunities to those who could not afford them. In his first year at university, he developed a unique friendship with his professor of political science, Mr. Norris. “I was the first black person to play tennis for UC Santa Barbara. He [Mr. Norris] I didn’t know anything about tennis, “Bentley said,” but went to a tennis store and asked the guys at the store, “Give me the most expensive rackets you have,” and he showed up in my dorm with those snowshoes. “

“He told me he wanted me to have the best chance of success, so he wanted me to have the best equipment made… he didn’t play tennis, so for him that meant the most expensive.”

Bentley thought of Mr. Norris’ gesture during his conversation with Stills and the idea of ​​an African-American / minority tour formed in his mind.

BY Brentley Romine

The Advocates Pro Golf Association and its tour have for 11 years promoted and improved diversity and golf.

“The belief that Mr. Norris had in me led me to a successful career in tennis and business,” said Bentley. “I want to do the same for these guys. I want to give them the tools to be successful, to make their golf dreams come true, but also to be successful in whatever they want to do.

Thus, the APGA started in 2010 with three tournaments played on long distance courses and $ 4000 in prize money. Over a decade later, the APGA hosts 14 tournaments a year with $ 500,000 in prize money. Fast forward to the Rocket Mortgage Classic and four of five black players on the court face off on the APGA: Tim O’Neal, Josh Bramlett, Harold Varner and his hometown favorite Mack. Mack – a full time player on the APGA Tour – recorded the par on the last hole to make the cut on the count. He had a large gathering watching him and heard cheers from friends. “I wasn’t looking, but I know their voices, so I heard them. It’s exciting just to be able to play in your hometown with your friends and family, ”Mack said after his round.

The 32-year-old has won over 60 mini-touring titles and was recently named 2019 APGA Player of the Year. Watching Mack’s journey continues to inspire Bentley. Mack lived in his car for a year and a half trying to do this on tour. The competition on the APGA led him to a sponsorship from Farmers Insurance and for the first time he had the opportunity to cover his living expenses.

Mack: The first instinct was to save clubs in a car fire

Mack: The first instinct was to save clubs in a car fire

“To see a guy like Willie Mack, who never had the opportunity and now has the opportunity and make the most of it, is really rewarding,” said Bentley.

After his second round, Mack explained how the APGA has helped him and continues to help him and other minority golfers. “APGA gives us all a chance to compete and improve together. It’s really cool to have a tour where I look around and there are people who have similar backgrounds and experiences to what I’ve had.

More and more people are also familiar with APGA. “I played golf in Orange County [California] and someone asked me what I had done and I told them I was the CEO of the APGA tour, ”said Bentley. “The man asked, ‘Is this the tour Kamaiu Johnson is playing on?’ This would never have happened two years ago. Kamaiu and Willie have really become names in golf. Johnson has won 10 mini-tour tournaments and has received invitations from sponsors to participate in PGA Tour tournaments.

“We are the organization that says, hey i believe in you“Bentley said.” A lot of times for disadvantaged kids they don’t always feel like someone believes in them. I start every conversation with our guys and say, I believe in you. That’s why I spend this time working without pay, I believe they can fulfill their dream.

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The following asteroid collision is just a test Sat, 03 Jul 2021 03:00:00 +0000 It’s never too early to plan ahead. “There is no doubt that asteroids strike the earth and can cause great damage,” says Jay Apt, an astronaut who has flown four space shuttle missions, two as a team commander and who teaches engineering at Carnegie Mellon. “These strikes do not necessarily winter Earth for many years, […]]]>

It’s never too early to plan ahead.

“There is no doubt that asteroids strike the earth and can cause great damage,” says Jay Apt, an astronaut who has flown four space shuttle missions, two as a team commander and who teaches engineering at Carnegie Mellon. “These strikes do not necessarily winter Earth for many years, although it is something to be taken very seriously.”

“But,” he continues, “once you see an asteroid come over here, the question is what to do about it.”

Scientists have debated that at least since Impact of the 1908 Toungouska, when an asteroid exploded over Siberia and, with the power of several atomic bombs, destroyed 80 million trees in a frozen area of ​​830 square miles. Astronomers have since counted 1,097,558 “rocky, airless remnants,” as NASA puts it, in our solar system. Sometimes one of them can enter Earth’s orbit, the prospect of which fuels the imaginations of science fiction writers alike astronomers’ nightmares.

Collision course

American science fiction writer Larry Niven once said, “Dinosaurs disappeared because they didn’t have a space program.

We do.

And now we have an interim response to the threat of a cataclysmic asteroid collision with our planet: NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART.

Developed by a team of scientists from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office, DARD is an unmanned, remote-controlled astronomical suicide mission designed to push a half-mile-diameter asteroid out of orbit. Notice to the unfortunate: this is only a test. The asteroid in question, Didymos – Greek for “twin,” and so named because it was discovered to be associated with its own small moon – is not actually on a collision course with Earth.

Between Thanksgiving week (perhaps as early as the evening of November 23) and February 2022, the team behind DART will launch it from Vandenberg Space Force base in California on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The spacecraft, if all is right. passes as planned, will travel 6.8 million kilometers to reach and collide with Didymos’ moon, Dimorphos, which is 525 feet in diameter.

DART will also carry a spaceship the size of a shoebox provided by the Italian Space Agency. A few days before DART’s impact with Dimorphos, this small device, the LICIACube (Light Italian CubeSat for Imaging of Asteroids), will separate from DART to capture images of the impact.

The success will destroy DART but also provide data on how the collision alters the speed of the moon around its larger companion. The goal: to learn how to speed up or slow down the transit of an asteroid so that it can be remade if and when the asteroid in question is heading towards Earth.

An artist’s portrayal of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft, which, if all goes well, will crash into an asteroid and drop it into a different orbit. NASA / NYT

A little bit of DART will make a huge difference.

“If you’ve known the orbit of an asteroid for a long time and have been warned in advance, and if you think it’s going to hit Earth, even a little nudge in the distance will change the path of the asteroid. and save the Earth, ”says Michael J. Neufeld, senior curator of the National Air and Space Museum.

But what if DART is a dud, or if the technology isn’t working quite well? Are we just to be the victims, to invoke the 1920 poem of the same name, fire and ice?

“We have other tools,” says Thomas D. Jones, a four-time space shuttle veteran and chair of the Association of Space Explorers’ Near-Earth Object Committee. “We can ‘park’ nearby and shoot the object through gravitational attractions. We can use a nuclear explosive device. And there is an exotic idea of ​​using a solar powered laser pulse to strike the asteroid repeatedly, creating a puff of gas that will vaporize a chunk of the surface and propel the asteroid like a rocket. But the physics of DART is simple: we just run into the object like we have car crashes on Earth. ”

Yes, simple.

Somehow, moving asteroids out of the way of Earth is a concern of astronauts such as Jones, whose committee believes there is a “100% chance that our planet will be hit again.” by a large NEO “and that there are up to 1,000” threats to human civilization “traveling near the planet.

In addition, there is this challenge: To gain support – technical, economic, political – for a global mobilization against an asteroid en route to Earth. As Kelly Fast, head of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observation Program, said at an Association of Space Explorers seminar last week, “Planetary defense is a team sport.

Asteroid anxiety

Asteroids were first discovered on New Years Day 1801, in the early hours of the 19th century. In the decades since this discovery, science fiction writers have speculated on how Earthlings might redirect asteroids, perhaps to use them as resources, to produce rocket fuel, or even to use them for colonization. The real push to create planetary defense has come over the past half century. “There is a growing sense that we need to keep track of these things and see if we can do something to deflect them,” says Andrew Rivkin, a Johns Hopkins planetary researcher involved in the DART project.

Asteroid anxiety, in other words, is real.

So is the confusion over what exactly happens when an asteroid hits Earth’s atmosphere. In 2017, a team of researchers determined that cracks and pores on the surface of an asteroid let in high pressure air which creates massive internal pressure. Most asteroids explode from the inside before touching the Earth’s surface.

This has happened 26 times in the first 14 years of the 21st century. Sensors installed around Earth due to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, which monitors the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations, have identified nuclear-force asteroid explosions, most of which have occurred in- over the oceans.

On February 15, 2013, however, a 66-foot-long asteroid traveling to 40,000 miles per hour exploded about 20 miles above Chelyabinsk, Russia. With a force 30 times that of the Hiroshima bomb, it damaged thousands of buildings in six cities and injured 1,500 people. Scientists widely believe that the destructive potential of an asteroid or other near-Earth object could exceed the regional disaster and be on a global scale.

Imagine what an asteroid with a diameter of half a mile, like Didymos, could do.

“A little safer”

The modern pioneers of asteroid deflection were scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) who devised a dual spacecraft plan they called Don Quixote two decades ago. The mission would have deployed a spacecraft, Hidalgo, to crash into an asteroid, and a second, Sancho, to observe the change in momentum.

Faced with a lack of funding, Don Quijote failed to come out of the initial studies, which led to a 2010 report from the National Research Council in the United States, worryingly titled “”Defend Planet Earth. “He requested” an experimental test of a kinetic impactor as well as a characterization, monitoring and verification system, such as the Don Quijote mission which was previously envisaged but not funded by the European Space Agency. “

In 2018, ESA produced Hera, a smaller spacecraft that is expected to follow DART into deep space after five years to study the crater produced by DART.

DART’s mission is not an easy undertaking. While something his size would cause a huge explosion in Earth’s atmosphere, Dimorphos is actually quite small for celestial bodies. DART will move at around 4 miles per second, and in the spacecraft’s last four hours before the collision, scientists on the ground will cede direction of DART to autonomous on-board computers that will have a more than human-guided chance of smashing DART into the rock, thus pushing the asteroid out of its path.

The long-term effect of such efforts, according to Hopkins’ Rivkin, “is to make the planet a little bit safer.”

But not quite sure. There are other threats in space, such as comets rushing towards Earth at high speed. They can come from completely unexpected directions, and we cannot have any advance warning of their arrival. But that’s for another day, and another try.

Pleasant dreams!

David Shribman, former head of the Globe’s Washington bureau, is editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and national columnist.

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