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VIDEO: SpaceX takes an expensive Tesla red car into space



Neil Armstrong’s iconic photograph of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin standing on the surface of the moon has always been the epitome of iconic moments in space photography.

However, thanks to SpaceX visionary Elon Musk, there’s a new image burned into our brains: A spacesuit-clad mannequin in the driver’s seat of a red Tesla Roadster.

On Tuesday, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a mission to loop around the sun for hundreds of millions of years.

While Falcon Heavy blasting off into space served as another reminder of the wonders of space travel, the indelible image of this voyage is “Starman,” the mannequin sitting inside the Tesla.

Here’s everything you need to know about Starman:

Why is it (and the Roadster) on this rocket?

According to Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX (and potentially a real-world Tony Stark in the making), test flights often include mass simulators involving concrete or steel blocks.

Of course, that’s not good enough for Musk, which is why we see Starman in a Roadster, playing David Bowie’s Space Oddity.

“That seemed extremely boring,” said Musk of settling for concrete or steel blocks. “Of course, anything boring is terrible, especially companies, so we decided to send something unusual, something that made us feel.”

Starman’s suit actually works

In a press call following Falcon Heavy’s launch, Musk noted the sleek spacesuit is fully functioning. According to a report from TechCrunch, Musk said the biggest challenge was creating a suit that can handle the rigors of space travel yet still look fashionable.

“I mean, it’s a dangerous trip, you want to look good,” Musk said.

The other benefit: testing the suit in specific conditions — say, traveling in a Tesla on a rocket ship orbiting the sun — would help SpaceX move closer to rocket launches with human crews.

View from SpaceX Launch Control. Apparently, there is a car in orbit around Earth.

You can watch Starman’s view right now

If you want a glimpse of the journey, SpaceX is streaming it online, with multiple live views of Starman’s adventure.

The launch itself was remarkable because of the reusable rockets

Reflecting Musk’s broader space ambitions, SpaceX did not settle merely for launching the big rocket on its first test flight, reports Florida Today‘s James Dean.

The Heavy’s two side boosters, which each had launched missions in 2016, successfully flew back to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, deployed legs and landed on twin pads.

The side-by-side touchdowns about eight minutes after liftoff unleashed powerful sonic booms.


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Senior officer ordered to return more than Sh100m worth of unexplained wealth



The Anti-Corruption Court in Nairobi has ordered a senior Interior ministry officer to return more than Sh100m worth of unexplained wealth.

Thomas Njogu is accused by the anti-graft agency of siphoning Sh113m from public coffers in a span of one year and eight months.

Justice John Onyiego in his decree in favour of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), ordered Mr Gitau who is a senior assistant accountant, to surrender Sh48 million in cash and properties worth Sh67 million as he could not explain how he amassed the same within a short period of time.

“The burden of proof lay on the defendant (Gitau) to explain how he acquired the wealth after the plaintiff (EACC) questioned its source,” said Justice Onyiego.

It emerged that Gitau earned at least Sh155,000 gross pay. However, his accounts had Sh111 million cash, which excluded his salary.

The anti-graft watchdog started investigating Gitau sometime in 2017 after a tip-off that he was making explained cash deposits in several intervals in a day.

Grace Maina, EACC lawyer, told the court that the accountant would deposit cash in his bank accounts multiple times in a day and would ensure that the amount would not surpass Sh1 million to avoid questions on his source of money.

During investigations, the commission netted $3,500 and a further Sh6.9 million in his office at Harambee House.

Gitau explained that the Sh6.9m was petty cash, but could not provide supporting documents. He is said to have volunteered to return Sh200,000 from the Sh350,000 during the probe.

According to Maina, EACC also found Sh1.2m in his house located at Marurui estate, Nairobi County.

The probe established that he had bought a house at Thome Estate worth Sh27m and another one in Kajiado worth Sh26m. He had also purchased a Toyota Hilux car at Sh624,000.

EACC added that he had another property at Kabete which is valued at Sh17.5m and another one at Euaso Nyiro worth Sh1.7m.

“Your Lordship, the litigants are in agreement that one way or another, the defendant came to be in possession of assets worth over Sh100m between January 2016 and August 2017. The only point of departure is the source of that income. The plaintiff alleges it was acquired through corrupt conduct and has demonstrated facts giving rise to its reasonable suspicion,” argued Maina.

The man had five accounts at Equity Bank, two at Co-operative Bank, two at Family Bank and one at Barclays Bank.

In the case where Gitau’s wife Teresiah Njeri had also been named as a defendant, he explained that cash deposits were mostly made up of friendly loans, family savings, rental income and proceeds of sale of land.

According to Gitau, he had two friendly loans from two friends

— Ann Wathatu Ngururi and Francis Mureithi — which amounted to Sh40m in cash.

However, Ngururi and Mureithi could not provide collateral he had used to secure the massive loan. They could not also provide an agreement on how Gitau would pay the loan.

The court heard that Ngururi and Mureithi could not provide bank statements to show their source of the money.

Annual turnover

Ngururi explained that she had a supermarket with a Sh100,000 turnover and rentals with an annual turnover of about Sh10m. She could not provide supporting documents to prove her argument that she had loaned Gitau Sh20 million.

Mureithi, who is also said to have given Gitau Sh20m, told the court that he had known latter for only five years and he was to buy his (Gitau’s) land in Kajiado at Sh55m. Gitau had bought the same property five months before floating it for sale at Sh55m.

The saga unveiled another puzzle as Mureithi told investigators that he was 20 years old. How he got huge amounts led to the conclusion he was dealing in suspicious transactions.

by Standard

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Woman going to jail for lying on CV to land prestigious job



A woman who lied on her CV to land a job that pays Sh19 million per year is heading to jail.

Veronica Hilda, an Australian, pleaded guilty to giving false information on her resume in a bid to become a Chief Information Officer in South Australia’s Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

She was convicted of deception, abuse of office and dishonesty and received a 25-month sentence.

Hilda committed the offence in 2007 and succeeded in getting the job and worked for over a month, taking home around Sh2 million.

She had lied about her education and employment – where she masqueraded as her former employer.

On landing the job, Hilda employed her brother even though he was not qualified.

Unfortunately, her mental health deteriorated and soon afterwards the truth came out.

According to 7 news, Judge Michael Boylan said Hilda most probably planned out everything and although she is unwell, the charges levelled against her were serious.

“You fraudulently obtained employment for which you were paid a large salary and in the course of which you may have had access to sensitive material,” he said.

Her defense, however, maintained she was deeply remorseful for her actions.


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Granny going round town yanking off women’s miniskirts



An elderly woman has left Nairobians shocked after being filmed going round the CBD yanking the clothes off women who are dressed in miniskirts.

Any attire above the knees, she claims, are designs from the devil and she is on a mission to cleanse the work of the evil one who is taking over the fashion style of the womenfolk.

In a video on social media, the woman is seen screaming as she tries to snatch the skirt from an unsuspecting passer-by along Moi Avenue near the bomb blast site.

She is dressed in a long skirt and matching top while the woman she attempts to accost is dressed in a black and white stripped skirt which is above her knees with a black top.

Huyu matha ameamua watu wa kuvaa skirts hawatakaa na amani

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Kenyans online who viewed the video claim the woman is a preacher who is mostly found on Mama Ngina Street.

Her sermons are usually laden with insults directed at women for wearing miniskirts, trousers and jeans.

Here are some reactions from Kenyans on Twitter.

“Huyu matha ameamua watu wa kuvaa skirts hawatakaa na Amani,” tweeted @TheTvPlug.

“I think what this woman is doing is a crime,” said @WENDYRICCH.

“This country must be fixed,” wrote @eutychus_kimani.

“She should be arrested for harassment. Usually meet her on Mama Ngina Street, and she’s always yelling at women, calling them prostitutes for wearing trousers, jeans, and skirts,” commented @fsamba.

“Effects za uchumi mbaya,” stated @PureKituiHoney.

“I have seen this woman (well sijui kama ni yeye) but alikuwa tu na propaganda ya skirts fiti kwa fast food flani tulikuwa tunakula lunch. Si tulitukanwa juu ya kuvaa short denim skirts,” another user commented.


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