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Nasa, SpaceX Launch First Crew Rotation Mission to Space

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WASHINGTON, Nov 16  — The SpaceX “Resilience” Crew Dragon manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has launched from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, reported Sputnik news agency according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

“The Crew-1 mission has lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from @NASAKennedy at 7.27 pm ET [00:27 GMT on Monday, November 16] and is en route to the @Space_Station,” NASA said on Twitter, where a live broadcast is underway.

Later, NASA said that the rocket’s Stage 1 had separated and that the Crew Dragon space vehicle was “on its way.”

The launch of the first-ever operational commercial crew mission follows the SpaceX Demo-2 mission that took NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS in May this year.

The SpaceX Crew-1 mission is carrying United States astronauts — Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker — and Soichi Noguchi from Japan for a six-month stay on the ISS.

According to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket will be reused for the SpaceX Crew-2 mission that is expected to be launched in March 2021.

Source: BERNAMA

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Penang MAQIS Seizes RM517,700 Worth of Arabica Green Coffee Beans

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BUTTERWORTH, Jan 19 — The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (MAQIS) seized 19.2 tonnes of Arabica green coffee beans worth RM517,700 which did not meet import permit conditions at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT).

Penang MAQIS director Zarina Ramli said the department found 640 gunny sacks of coffee beans when its officer inspected a container from Kenya at 4.45 pm last Sunday.

“All the coffee beans are being investigated for not complying with 3P certificate (grading, packaging and labelling),” she said in a statement here today.

The case is being investigated under Section 15(1) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728), and those found guilty will be fined not more than RM100,000 or jailed for up to six years, or both,

Zarina said MAQIS will continue to take serious steps on issues related to food safety, disease control and risk of pest entry, which can affect the country’s agriculture industry.

She added MAQIS is committed to ensure every agricultural product entering the country meets the terms and conditions set by the government.

Source: BERNAMA

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COVID-19 Vaccine In Line With Means To Prevent Diseases, Avoid Harm – Jakim

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 — The use of the COVID-19 vaccine is in line with Islamic law as a means to prevent diseases as well as to protect others from harm.

A research officer in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Fahmi Rusli said the vaccination is necessary for those who have been identified by the government, among them the frontline workers and high risk groups including the elderly.

“The COVID-19 vaccination is similar to the administration of injected vaccines on babies to prevent the spread of various diseases such as polio and so forth,” he said when appearing as guest in the Tanya Jakim segment titled `What’s With the COVID-19 Vaccine’ which was live-streamed on the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) Facebook page today.

Fahmi said, Islam promotes disease prevention as according to a hadith from Prophet Muhammad SAW it was mentioned that “He who eats seven ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.”

He said, Islam encourages its followers to prevent diseases or seek treatment early before a disease is spread to others, adding that refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine can cause a person to infect others and this is contrary to Islamic teachings.

Earlier, Bernama reported that the Special Muzakarah Committee of the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs had agreed that the use of COVID-19 vaccine is compulsory for groups that have been identified by the government and permissible for others.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Senator Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri was quoted as saying that the ruling had been communicated to the Conference of Rulers.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin when announcing the Malaysian Economic and Rakyat’s Protection Assistance Package (PERMAI) on Monday said the government expects  to receive the first batch of vaccines by the end of February with the first  group to be vaccinated      by early March.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme will run in stages over a 12-month period and almost 27 million or over 80 per cent of the population are expected to receive the vaccine by the first quarter of next year.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Frozen Message In A Bottle Found In Norway, 16 Years After It Was Tossed Into The Sea

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A frozen message in a bottle was washed off the coast in Norway 16 years after a couple from Shetland threw it into the sea while sailing.

When Helene Hundeide, from Måløy, found the frozen bottle, the 24-year-old was searching for a place to set her hammock up and make a fire.

Inside, she noticed a message posted by Peter and Susan Henry from Noonsbrough on August 7, 2004.

The message said that the couple were on the Vega yacht, returning home after 10 days sailing around Unst – and asked anyone who noticed the note to contact them.

“It was very exciting,” said Ms. Hundeide. “I have never found a bottle mail before, and that it would be as old as 16 years – wow!

“That was absolutely incredible.”

Ms. Hundeide, who manages power lines, attempted to contact the couple via the email address on the note but discovered that it was out of use.

She then posted the photo on a local Facebook group and shared it on the page Stories n Photos o Maritime Shetland, where its senders were recognized by several people. The story was also picked up in Måløy by the Fjordenes Tidende newspaper.

Ms. Hundeide was able to reach Mr. Henry within an hour with the help of Facebook users.

“He was surprised that the bottle post had been found after so many years,” said Ms. Hundeide.

Ms. Hundeide has also talked to Mrs. Henry and says that when the pandemic is over, they are both “very nice people” whom she wants to meet in Noonsbrough.

“It looks like a beautiful place,” she said. “I love to travel, so that’s the next destination I will visit.”

In the meantime, Ms. Hundeide says she plans to frame the message.

“It is in good condition, so this is a memory for life,” she added.

Source: Daily Mail

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