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Gyanchand Rayman to launch young adults books set in the Caribbean

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St Lucia: Mr. Gyanchand Rayman, writer of short stories, will be launching his anthology “ENTICING SHORT STORIES” at the Castries Central Library in this Carribean island country on Tuesday, 23rd February.

The compilation of Twenty Stories covers a wide range of themes: mystery, adventure, humor, romance, tragedy, etc.

The stories are exciting, provide a literary treat and are suitable for readers sixteen years old and over. They are set in Saint Lucia, Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados.

Books will be on sale at the launch and refreshments will be provided. The public is invited.

An excerpt from Gyanchand’s ‘Enticing Short Stories’ can be read below:

A fine souvenir it was. Now, on this line, from end to end was strung a rainbow of the prettiest panties he had ever seen. Heaven was on display and awesome it was! The pantimaniac went berserk and catapulted into action. He rushed madly to one end of the line and twisted the wire feverishly until it broke. He raced to the other end and snapped it and coiled the line, festooned with panties, in thick loops and garlanded himself with it. He threw his hands up in the air, and twirled and jumped and pranced, a lone carnival reveler in the spotlight of center stage, ecstatic in his bacchanalian abandon.
Without another moment’s hesitation, Ramundo charged down the hillside and hurled himself at his prey who was, by then, lost in rapture. The girls rent the air with their excited cries and plunged headlong into the melee, rolling on the ground, pawing and tugging and punching the wretched victim and shrieking obscenities unbecoming of them, as students.
The commotion startled the entire campus, and from every dormitory, girls still in their sleep-wear poured forth by the score and descended to the arena. The dozen or so curious teachers who ran from the staff quarters, together with the housemothers, shouted themselves hoarse to restore order. And when, eventually, the culprit was examined in the glare of a flashlight, everyone was shocked: the intruder was none other than their own chief security guard, Dunstan..”

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NASA Postpones launch Of James Webb Space Telescope To 2021

The telescope's new total lifecycle cost, to support the revised launch date, is estimated at $9.66 billion

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 NASA has postponed the launch of its flagship James Webb Space Telescope to early 2021 owing to a range of factors influencing its schedule and performance, including the technical challenges and tasks remaining before launch.

The telescope’s new total lifecycle cost, to support the revised launch date, is estimated at $9.66 billion; its new development cost estimate is $8.8 billion, the US space agency said in a statement.

An Independent Review Board (IRB) established by NASA to assess progress on the world’s premier science observatory unanimously recommended that its development should continue.

“Webb should continue based on its extraordinary scientific potential and critical role in maintaining US leadership in astronomy and astrophysics,” said Tom Young, the chair of the review board.

“Ensuring every element of Webb functions properly before it gets to space is critical to its success,” Young added.

The report showed that technical issues, including human errors, have greatly impacted the development schedule.

NASA has agreed to the review board’s expert guidance on decisive steps necessary to safeguard and complete the telescope’s development.

In a message to the NASA workforce, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said: “Webb is vital to the next generation of research beyond NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

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“Despite major challenges, the board and NASA unanimously agree that Webb will achieve mission success with the implementation of the board’s recommendations, many of which are already underway,” Bridenstine noted.

NASA previously had estimated an earlier launch date but the new launch date estimates to accommodate changes in the schedule due to environmental testing and work performance challenges by Northrop Grumman on the spacecraft’s sunshield and propulsion system.

The first telescope of its kind, and an unprecedented feat of engineering, Webb is at the very leading edge of technological innovation and development.

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From detecting the light of the first stars and galaxies in the distant universe to probing the atmospheres of exoplanets for possible signs of habitability, Webb’s world-class science not only will shed light on the many mysteries of the universe, it also will complement and further enhance the discoveries of other astrophysics projects. (IANS)