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Rams vs. Packers Divisional Round Highlights | NFL 2020 Playoffs – NFL

  1. Rams vs. Packers Divisional Round Highlights | NFL 2020 Playoffs  NFL
  2. NFL divisional round playoffs picks, odds, how to stream, watch: Expert picks against the spread and best bets  CBS Sports
  3. NFL playoffs: Bold predictions for NFC, AFC divisional round | Which favorite will be upset? Which quarterbac  NJ.com
  4. Divisional Round: What we learned from Saturday’s games  NFL.com
  5. Local sporting goods store sees increase in sales for Bills and Browns jerseys during NFL playoffs  JET24 FOX66 YourErie
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UN Says Breakthrough Achieved in Libya Transition Talks

The top U.N. official for Libya said Saturday that an advisory committee for representatives of Libya’s different regions has proposed a way forward for choosing a transitional government that would lead the war-torn country to elections late this year.

The talks in Geneva, structured around the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, have been taking place amid a heavy international push to reach a peaceful settlement to Libya’s civil war. Previous diplomatic initiatives have all collapsed.

U.N. acting envoy for Libya Stephanie Williams told a news conference in Geneva that the advisory committee’s members “have met their responsibility with a constructive spirit, cooperative efforts, and a great deal of patriotism.”

The committee is part of a 75-member forum that represents the three main regions of Libya. The 18-member committee has proposed that each region’s electoral college name a representative to a three-member presidential council, Williams said. A prime minister would be chosen by the 75-member forum. A successful nominee should receive 70% of votes.

Williams said that the forum would resort to lists formed from Libya’s three regions, with each list consisting of four names, nominated for the presidential council and a prime minister position.

She said a list should obtain 17 endorsements: eight from the western region, six from the eastern region and three from southern Libya. The wining list should receive 60% of the votes of the 75-member forum in the first round. A run-up is expected if no list received the required votes, she said.

Williams said the forum would vote on the proposed mechanism Monday and the results are expected the following day.

The transitional government would be “a temporary unified executive staffed by Libyan patriots who want to share responsibility rather than to divide the cake,” the U.N. acting envoy said.

The U.S. welcomed the breakthrough and urged all parties of Libya “to work with urgency and in good faith” to establish an interim government, according to a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

“It is time to move past the conflict and corruption facilitated by the status quo,” it said.

The forum is part of the U.N. efforts to end the chaos that engulfed the oil-rich North African nation after the 2011 overthrow and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. It has reached an agreement last year to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on Dec. 24, 2021.

The oil-rich country is now split east to west between two rival administrations, each backed by an array of militias and foreign powers.

The warring sides agreed to a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in October in Geneva, a deal that included the departure of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya within three months.

No progress was announced on the issue of foreign forces and mercenaries since they inked the cease-fire deal almost two months ago.

NASA’s Boeing Moon Rocket Ground Test Is Cut Short

All four engines of the core stage of NASA’s deep space exploration rocket built by Boeing were ignited for the first time Saturday, but only briefly.

Mounted in a test facility at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, the Space Launch System’s (SLS) 212-foot-tall core stage roared to life at 4:27 p.m. local time (2227 GMT) for just more than a minute — well short of the roughly four minutes engineers needed to stay on track for the rocket’s first launch this November.

The engine test, the last leg of NASA’s nearly yearlong “Green Run” test campaign, was a vital step for the space agency and its top SLS contractor Boeing before a debut unmanned launch later this year under NASA’s Artemis program, the Trump administration’s push to return U.S. astronauts to the moon by 2024.

It was unclear whether Boeing and NASA would have to repeat the test, a prospect that could push the debut launch into 2022.

To simulate internal conditions of a real liftoff, the rocket’s four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines ignited for roughly 1 minute and 15 seconds, generating 1.6 million pounds of thrust and consuming 700,000 gallons of propellants on NASA’s largest test stand, a massive facility towering 35 stories tall.

The expendable super heavy-lift SLS is three years behind schedule and nearly $3 billion over budget. Critics have long argued for NASA to retire the rocket’s shuttle-era core technologies, which have launch costs of $1 billion or more per mission, in favor of newer commercial alternatives that promise lower costs.

By comparison, it costs as little as $90 million to fly the massive but less powerful Falcon Heavy rocket designed and manufactured by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and some $350 million per launch for United Launch Alliance’s legacy Delta IV Heavy.

While newer, more reusable rockets from both companies — SpaceX’s Starship and United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan — promise heavier lift capacity than the Falcon Heavy or Delta IV Heavy potentially at lower cost, SLS backers argue it would take two or more launches on those rockets to launch what the SLS could carry in a single mission.

Reuters reported in October that President-elect Joe Biden’s space advisers aim to delay Trump’s 2024 goal, casting fresh doubts on the long-term fate of SLS just as SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin scramble to bring rival new heavy-lift capacity to market.

NASA and Boeing engineers have stayed on a 10-month schedule for the Green Run “despite having significant adversity this year,” Boeing’s SLS manager John Shannon told reporters this week, citing five tropical storms and a hurricane that hit Stennis, as well as a three-month closure after some engineers tested positive for the coronavirus in March.

Aftershocks shake Indonesia as earthquake death toll rises to 46 – New York Post

  1. Aftershocks shake Indonesia as earthquake death toll rises to 46  New York Post
  2. Aftershocks rattle quake-hit Indonesian island as search for survivors continues  CNN
  3. Rescue efforts after strong Indonesia quake stymied by blocked roads, lack of gear  Fox News
  4. Indonesian teams find more bodies, clear roads after quake  Associated Press
  5. Indonesia earthquake rescuers hampered by damaged infrastructure after dozens killed  The Guardian
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Aftershocks shake Indonesia as earthquake death toll rises to 46 – New York Post

  1. Aftershocks shake Indonesia as earthquake death toll rises to 46  New York Post
  2. Aftershocks rattle quake-hit Indonesian island as search for survivors continues  CNN
  3. Rescue efforts after strong Indonesia quake stymied by blocked roads, lack of gear  Fox News
  4. Indonesian teams find more bodies, clear roads after quake  Associated Press
  5. Indonesia earthquake rescuers hampered by damaged infrastructure after dozens killed  The Guardian
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