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  • Tax Credits to Volunteer Firefighters?

    The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs is urging the federal government to provide personal tax credits for volunteer firefighters.

    Ottawa fire Chief Rick Larabie has told the House of Commons finance committee that more than 91 per cent of Canadian fire departments are served exclusively by volunteer firefighters.

  • STS-122 Flight Readiness...

    NASA managers will hold a flight readiness review at NASA's Kennedy Space Center marking the next major milestone for mission STS-122.

    NASA officials, space shuttle program managers, engineers and contractors will discuss the readiness of space shuttle Atlantis, the flight crew and payloads to determine if everything is set to proceed for launch.

  • Finish Wiring up Space Station's Newest Room

    A pair of spacewalking astronauts wired the International Space Station's newest room on Saturday, crossing the last major task off their to-do list before the next shuttle mission early next month.

    Cmdr. Peggy Whitson and Daniel Tani hooked up more electrical and fluid connections linking the space station and the Harmony compartment that was delivered by the shuttle Discovery last month.
  • Snowbirds Celebrated an Important Milestone

    The Canadian Forces Snowbirds celebrated an important milestone as they prepare for the 2008 Show Season - the team's first 9-plane formation flight. 

    "I am extremely pleased with the team's progress," said Major Robert Mitchell, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces Snowbirds.  "The first 9-plane formation flight is an extremely important milestone in our training - a very exciting achievement for our team."

  • China denies Kitty Hawk CSG access to Hong Kong

    Reuters news service is reporting that China has refused permission for the USS Kitty Hawk CSG to visit Hong Kong for a long-planned Thanksgiving holiday visit, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

    The Kitty Hawk group and its crew of 8,000 U.S. airmen and sailors had been expected in Hong Kong on Wednesday, but will now spend the holiday on the South China Sea.

  • Putin Increases Strategic Forces Readiness

    Associated Press reporter VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV is reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratcheted up the new Cold War rhetoric between Russia and the West. Putin said Tuesday that Russia's decision to suspend its participation in a key arms control treaty was a necessary response to NATO "muscle-flexing" near its frontiers.

    "In violation of previous agreements, military resources of NATO members are being built up next to our borders. Of course, we cannot allow ourselves to remain indifferent to this obvious muscle-flexing," Putin said in televised remarks at a meeting of top military officials.

  • Discovery Comes Home

    The space shuttle Discovery and its crew landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Wednesday at 1:01 p.m. EST after completing a 15-day journey of more than 6.2 million miles in space. Discovery's STS-120 mission added a key component to the International Space Station and featured an unprecedented spacewalk to repair a damaged solar array.

    "This mission demonstrates the value of having humans in space and our ingenuity in solving problems," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for space operations, NASA Headquarters, Washington.

  • AO-16 Partially Recovered

    After being off the air for several months, I'm happy to announce that AO-16 has been partially recovered and is transmitting on 437.026 Mhz. The satellite was recovered to the boot loader by Mark Hammond N8MH with guidance from Bruce Rahn WB9ANQ and others. Further reloading of the satellite is underway. The AO-16 team could use your help collecting the binary MBL telemetry for now, and the regular telemetry once the reload is completed.

    If you receive any telemetry from AO-16, please submit it (preferably as a .KSS file attachment) to telemetry AT quagliana DOT com and put the words "AO-16 Telemetry" in the subject of your email. Please include your callsign (if any), your latitude/longitude (or grid square), and the date and time when the telemetry was collected.

    73, Drew KO4MA
    AMSAT-NA VP Ops

  • Cobourg Wary of OPP...

    COBOURG - By Jennifer O'Meara - County-wide OPP policing could be forced on Cobourg and Port Hope by other Northumberland municipalities, Councillor Stan Frost said at the policing study public meeting on Nov. 6.

    "Cobourg must be allowed to freely choose the police service that serves its citizens. It should not have another form of policing forced on it," said Coun. Frost.

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