News Update – Week of 9/18/2017

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News Update – Week of 9/18/2017

Asgardia announces next steps. The administrative offices of Head of the Space Kingdom Asgardia officially closed voting polls a few weeks ago, and finally released the results of the vote this past week. Issuing decrees 12 and 13, Dr. Ashurbeyli ordered the Central Electoral Commission to begin preparations for parliamentary elections, and openly congratulated the quote first golden hundred thousand Asgardians. Decree 13 hinted that the next steps in the process would be issuing official identification and passport preparations.

US Defense Giant to buy out Orbital ATK. Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK in a $9.2 billion deal, the companies announced September 18th. Under the terms of the deal, Northrop Grumman will pay $7.8 billion in cash and assume $1.4 billion in debt to acquire Orbital ATK. News of the deal was first reported September 17th by the Wall Street Journal. Orbital ATK will operate as a fourth division of Northrop Grumman, alongside aerospace systems, mission systems and technology services.

The Hawaii-based Mock Mars Crew finished their mission on Sunday, After spending eight months simulating life on Mars on the slopes of Mauna Loa, Hawaii. Six “astronauts” emerged from their habitat on September 17th to return to civilization.

President Trump called on the United Nations to enact reforms to the world body, pledging Monday in his debut here at the annual General Assembly meetings that he and his administration will be “partners in your work.” Speaking at the opening session of the four-day conference, Trump said the organization founded in 1945 has “not reached its full potential” in recent years because of a bloated bureaucracy and “mismanagement.”

In Hollywood, the legendary rock band Linkin Park published a date to remember the life of their late bandmate, Chester Bennington. The band recently published a picture on Facebook that said: “Linkin Park – and friends – Celebrate life in honor of Chester Bennington”. The picture was accompanied with the date of the event and the location, which will be on October 27th 2017 at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood California. The picture was also accompanied with a link to chester’s last hit, one more light, which became an anthem for suicide prevention since Bennington passed away by taking his own life. At first the band was unsure about doing a similar event, but after taking time to mourn their friend and colleague, they decided that it was time to publicly celebrate Bennington’s life. After millions of fans worldwide already had organised similar independent events, the band decided to organise one from theirself too. — If you are having thoughts of suicide, please remember that you are an important and loved person, and know that you can get help from your local suicide prevention line or contact your local emergency services. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

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