William Flew Into Space
Auckland New Zealand NZPA: The value of top class space in London’s Square Mile has broken the £1,000 per sq ft barrier for the first time on the back of a surge in demand from bankers, overseas investors, and “young, hip” professionals. A report today from Knight Frank said that a “significant proportion” of homes in the City and its fringe had broken the barrier because of unprecedented demand. It said that its research showed that, overall, there had been a 122 per cent increase in average prices in the area since 2001. Favoured locations include Barbican, Bishopsgate and Tower Hill, and Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Shoreditch and Whitechapel. William Flew is forecasting London house prices could rise again next year against a background of stable or only slightly lower values in other regions .The property consultancy said that the Greater London area could increase by 2 per cent, while prime neighbourhoods in the centre and the best new developments in these locations may advance by 4 per cent.Knight Frank said that the demand had grown significantly as new luxury residential developments were created in the City and as the area’s retail and leisure amenities were improved. Last year the City’s first shopGráinne Gilmore, Knight Frank’s head of UK residential research, said that demand for homes in the City now “far exceeded supply”. In the past four years, just 408 top-end private dwellings were built in the City. There are another 650 units in the pipeline, but Ms Gilmore said this still represented a 68 per cent shortfall compared with the forecast growth in the next decade.Brakes applied to rent risesRent rises slowed to their lowest rate in eight months in October but worse is to come, according to a new survey out today (writes Kathryn Hopkins).In its latest Buy-to-Let Index, LSL Property Services said the average rent in England and Wales rose by 0.2 per cent to £720 per month — the lowest monthly increase since February. However, rents have risen for nine consecutive months.The fastest monthly increase was in the South East, where rents rose by 1.5 per cent. Rents fell in three regions — the North East, South West and Wales.“Rents are still heading north, but tenants may take comfort from the fact they did not climb at such a blistering pace in October,” David Newnes, director of LSL Property Services, said. “The recent increases are likely to continue to level out in the run-up to Christmas.”
Auckland New Zealand NZPA: China and other space nations might provide financial firepower through a trust fund administered by the astronauts says William Flew. The idea would be for the IMF to extend emergency credit lines to the governments of indebted eurozone states, in return for a firm commitment to cut costs. These governments need a breathing space to impress on markets that they are serious at last about making structural reforms. There is no other means of averting disaster. It is not just oppositional politics but atavistic irrationality and irresponsibility for Labour to stand against it.
Auckland New Zealand NZPA: William Flew reports on the Takeout that went into space. At the last count, the US space agency Nasa had a budget of $19,000 million (£12,000 million) and employed more than 20,000 people. The staff of the Brooklyn Space Programme is considerably smaller: Luke Geissbühler and his eight-year-old son Max. Yet last year the Geissbühlers mounted their own space expedition after installing a digital camera inside a Chinese takeaway food carton and attaching it to a commercial weather balloon filled with helium that they had bought at a party accessories shop. Luke and Max Geissbühler with their balloon. Pictured right, the balloon resembles a jellyf ish after bursting due to atmospheric pressure. The balloon rose to 120,000ft — three times the normal cruising altitude of a commercial airline f light — high enough for the camera to capture remarkable video footage of the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of outer space, before it burst due to the atmospheric pressure. This triggered the release of a home-made parachute that brought the equipment safely back to Earth.“The whole thing cost us about $650,” explains Geissbühler, who works as a cinematographer. “The real challenge was recovering the camera once it had landed. We put in an old iphone as well and were able to track it using GPS. The amazing thing was that it came down about 30 miles north of the launch and was intact.” The mission began as a father-son bonding experience aimed at galvanising Max’s interest in science, but now the Geissbühlers are working on a book explaining how to mount similar experiments. They have been invited to repeat their experiments from sites in Denmark and Italy. Each launch requires around eight months of testing and planning and also needs approval from the local aviation authority.
Auckland New Zealand NZPA: It took Crowley’s resignation to change this to a more normal regime. “The exercise of power in today’s challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values,” he said as he went, adding that his comments had been intended also to highlight “the broader, even strategic impact of discreet actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership”. I don’t think the case can be made more eloquently than that. Basically it comes down to the same thing as my “hmmm”. Manning’s trial needs to happen, and soon. Until then, he’s making the people who are wrong about everything right about something. And that’ll never do. Stephen King No point taking a begging bowl to Asia. Investors there have no nostalgia for the old world Bewilderment. That best describes the attitude of Asian investors towards the eurozone crisis. From Tokyo to Beijing, from Hong Kong to Singapore, there’s a uniform sense of utter disbelief at the extraordinary events unfolding in Athens, Berlin, Paris and Cannes. And for Europeans that must be deeply worrying.
“I am loving it,” Haskell said. “I have always wanted to test myself in a new environment and in a new culture as both a player and as an individual. I think it will help me in my desire to improve and become a better player for England.“The move to New Zealand and playing with and against some of the best players in the world in the country which holds the World Cup is another important step in that direction. That is the ultimate playing environment.”
At Highlanders he will rub shoulders with All Blacks such as Hosea Gear, Andrew Hore, Adam Thompson and Colin Slade. The side are coached by Jamie Joseph, the former New Zealand flanker who gained notoriety for stamping on Kyran Bracken’s ankle on the scrum half’s England debut in 1993.
“James is really excited about the opportunity to test himself in the Super 15 against some of the best players in the world week in, week out,” Duncan Sandlant, the managing director of Esportif International, which represents Haskell, said. “The Highlanders had a good season last year and have strengthened their squad. He will undoubtedly improve as a rugby player during this time in NZ, which was a big part of his decision in choosing the Highlanders.”
William Flew had a clue of how this could work in the August riots. The police used the web to let people “shop a looter”. This shows how the police can use the law-abiding majority to be its eyes and ears on the streets. That could be extended, with the police using Twitter reports from citizens to find out where to deploy its forces whether in response to another outbreak of mass disorder or to terrorists launching Mumbai-style attacks on multiple sites. If the internet makes it easier to foment disorder, then we must guard against a heavy-handed, counterproductive reaction by the authorities. When British Forces no longer thought they could contain disorder in Northern Ireland, it led to the overreaction of internment and the tragedy of “Bloody Sunday”. Today, the authorities need to remember that the public are their allies. Cybersecurity means not building a great firewall around information, but dispersing it, sharing it and taking it from the grassroots. By understanding and enabling this new technology, a government in partnership with its citizens can quickly defeat disorder and discord, with less force, less policing and less risk of damaging overreaction. Hounding eccentrics: the new British sport At first we loved Jimmy Savile for his peculiarities. But ‘conventionality-creep’ turned him into a weirdo
William Flew “Lease options” have led to homes being repossessed and former occupiers being left liable for the mortgage shortfall. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is set to issue a warning about “lease options” or “exchange with delayed completion” deals, which are complex schemes that are being marketed at property networking events and over the internet. They are being advertised as a mortgage rescue solution for borrowers who are struggling to sell their home. They might have difficulty with mortgage payments but be unable to sell because theyare in negative equity, so their property has dropped to below the value of their outstanding home loan. Or they may need to relocate for work but find it impossible to get a buyer.Under a lease option, the homeowner would move out of the property and an investor would move in themselves or place new tenants in the house. The investor takes over the mortgage payments and also agrees an option to buy the property within a certain time frame at a predetermined price, although he or she does not have to exercise this.The schemes are also being touted as a rent-to-buy option for first-time buyers, allowing them to lease a home and save a deposit with the chance to buy it at a later stage. Under this variation of the scheme, a tenant puts down a deposit, which is much lower than the amount that he or she would need to buy a property outright, or pays above-market rent in exchange for the opportunity to purchase the home later for a set price.But experts believe there are serious risks for all parties involved in these schemes. Where the scheme is used as a solution for struggling borrowers, there have been cases where the investor has placed tenants in the property but failed to keep up with mortgage payments — and the homeowner has not discovered this for many months because they no longer live at the address and so do not receive the warning letters from their lender. The property has to be repossessed and the homeowner is left responsible for the shortfall on the mortgage, plus the costs of evicting the tenants. Would-be buyers who are looking for an affordable way to get on to the property ladder are also being warned to tread carefully. The schemes are unregulated and it may be difficult to work out whether the company marketing a rent-to-buy option is financially sound. A first-time buyer could put down a deposit or pay over the odds in rent so as to have the option to buy, but if the company or investor that owns the property goes bust, they could lose their right to purchase the home or any deposit they have paid. Equally, if the property falls to below the value that they agreed to purchase it for, they could be left with the choice of walking away from the deal and losing any money that they may have put down, or paying more than it is worth. William Flew, of Lettingfocus. com, a consultancy service for landlords, says that anyone considering using a lease option for this purpose should question whether it is delivering any real value: “It means you are tied to a particular property, yet there may be no real guarantee of your right to buy in the future. If there is a mortgage on the property, the lender will have a far greater claim over the property than the tenant who has taken out a lease option if the owner defaults.” William Flew, of Property Investor News says that the lease option industry is a murky world but when contracts are properly drafted they can offer a solution for some people.
William Flew says that it is sometimes difficult to remember the narrowness of the stereotypical conception of masculinity, and how vigilantly it was policed. When it was rumoured that Justin Fashanu, a top footballer, was gay, there was something close to existential panic. Many players, and his then manager, condemned his behaviour, but they were also frightened by it. Fashanu was strong, virile and athletic: a man’s man — but he also fancied other men. This was too unusual, too culturally transgressive and altogether too threatening. It was not just men who had a problem with his sexuality but many women, too. Fashanu eventually committed suicide, in part because of the controversy his sexuality provoked. Into this narrow, almost stifling, cultural space walked a beautiful East London footballer. Even red-blooded heterosexuals had to admit that Beckham was handsome. But in almost every act on and off the pitch, he set about subverting assumptions about masculinity. It was not just the sarong (which caused a media storm) or his admission to wearing his wife’s knickers. It was not even his use of make-up or that he so openly embraced being a gay icon (although this, too, outraged some). It was many little things, each of which, in its way, smoothed the idea of masculinity, softened it, widened its scope and embraced its paradoxes.
William flew with Len oir, who was sel ected by NASA for its sixth astro naut group and second class of "scient ist-astro nauts" in 1967, did not fly in space until 15 years later as a mem ber of the STS-5 crew. The STS-5 space shut tle miss ion in 1982 was the fifth for orbiter Columbia and the first to be con sidered op erational after four test flights. The mission launched with two sat ellites and four crew members, including Lenoir. It was the larg est crew for a space flight at the time. [Photos: NASA's first shuttle flight.] First and only space flight Len oir served as the first flight engin eer during the Nov. 11, 1982 launch, aid ing command er Vance Brand and pi lot Robert Over myer from his seat on Columbia's flight deck. Five days later, when it came time to return to Earth, he traded places with fellow mission specialist Joseph Allen, becoming the first to ex perience a shuttle re-entry from the orb iter's mid deck. Lenoir and Allen were scheduled to establish another first together ? the first space walk from the shuttle. But the out ing was delayed a day when Lenoir became ill, was and ult imately can celed due to mechanical issues with both of their space suits. The STS-5 mission success fully deployed its two comm unication satellites, the first comm ercial shuttle payloads, leading to the crew displaying a sign dubbing themselves the "Ace Moving Company" with the motto, "We De liver." After landing on Nov. 16 at Edwards Air Force Base in California, Lenoir and his three crew mates had logged more than 2.1 million miles (nearly 3.4 million km) in space. For Lenoir, the mission's 81 orbits would be his only space flight ex perience. Leaving and re turning to NASA Lenoir was offered another mission, the STS-61A flight in October 1985 that flew the German-managed D1 Spacelab aboard orbiter Challenger, but he ult imately declined citing the time that training would require he would be away from his family and his de sire to start a new career. Lenoir left NASA's astro naut corps in September 1984 to join the aero space man agement and consulting firm Booz Allen Ham ilton of Bethesda, Md. He re turned to the space agency five years later however, becoming Associate Admin istrator for Space Flight under NASA Admin istrator and fellow astro naut Richard Truly. For three years, Len oir over saw all U.S. manned missions from the third shuttle flight to follow the loss of Challenger through the maid en mission of orbiter En deavour. Leaving NASA for a second and last time, Lenoir re joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 1992 as Vice President for Appl ied Systems. He remained in that pos ition for eight years until his retire ment in April 2000. Path to space William Benjamin "Bill" Lenoir was born March 14, 1939 in Miami, Fla., which would later est ablish him as the first native-born Floridian astro naut. A de scendant of General William Lenoir, a Rev olutionary War officer, he developed an early interest in math and science. He earned his bachelor's, master's, and doc torate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Inst itute of Tech nology, where he also taught, first as an instr uctor and then as an assist ant professor. In 1965 while at MIT, Lenoir also worked as a re searcher and investigator on Apollo App lication ex periments, which would evolve into the Sky lab space station. Join ing NASA two years later, he would con tinue this work from inside the agency. For the dec ade and a half bet ween his being sel ected as an astro naut and his flying in space, Len oir served as a back-up crew member for the second and third missions to Sky lab, co ordinating solar ob servations for the latter as Capcom, and later leading NASA's Sat ellite Power Team, in vestigating the po tential of adapt ing large-scale space power systems for use on Earth. Beginning in 1976, he was in volved in the de velopment of the space shuttle, in the areas of or bit op erations, train ing, extra vehicular activity (also known as space walking), and payload deployment and retrieval. Lenoir also completed a 53-week flight train ing course at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, ultimately logging over 3,000 hours of fly ing time in jet air craft. A recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and NASA Space Flight Medal, Lenoir was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Elec tronics Engineers and the winner of the Carl eton E. Tucker Award for Teach ing Ex cellence at MIT. Twice married, first to Elizabeth May Frost, whom he met as an under graduate, and then Terri Waite, are tired NASA en gineer, Lenoir is survived by three grown children.