Wood eager to seize England chance

first_img19 Nov: v Fiji Wood was an integral player under former head coach Stuart Lancaster, but has not featured since Eddie Jones took charge in November 2015.Following a back-row injury crisis, Wood, 29, returned to the squad for the four autumn Tests, starting with South Africa on 12 November.”I’ve been fairly philosophical about the whole thing,” he told BBC Sport.”It’s easy to be bitter or have a chip on your shoulder but I’ve been conscious of not doing that.”I’ve kept my head down and worked hard. I knew if an opportunity came my way I would be ready to go and take it with both hands, and that’s what I’m going to try and do.”Wood, who has won 42 caps, was one of a host of senior players dropped by Jones before this year’s Six Nations, with the Australian reported to have described his performances as “distinctly average”.Speaking from England’s warm-weather training camp in Portugal, Wood said: “An awful lot was made of that, and perhaps I misspoke a little bit.”I wasn’t throwing my toys out of the pram at the time; I was just stating what had happened.”I wasn’t picked in the team because what he had seen from me wasn’t good enough, and that’s fair.”Wood was a regular presence in the England side from 2012 to 2015, captaining the team on the tour of Argentina in 2013.But he said England’s group-stage exit at the 2015 World Cup was always likely to have consequences for some high-profile players.”Everyone’s neck was on the block a little bit,” he said.”It obviously didn’t go to plan and it’s a results-driven business. When you don’t get the results everyone is under pressure – that’s just the nature of it. When the team loses like that, it’s difficult.”England’s autumn Tests 26 Nov: v Argentina 3 Dec: v AustraliaNorthampton captain Wood, who turns 30 on Thursday, said he is hugely motivated by the prospect of working with Jones and his assistant coaches.”The most exciting thing about it is working with new coaches. I’ve never worked with Steve Borthwick or Neil Hatley or Eddie Jones,” said Wood.”They have big reputations. They are really highly spoken of by all the players I have spoken to, so I’m just looking forward to getting in the mix and learning off all of these guys.”With regular open-side flanker James Haskell injured, along with several of possible replacements, there is an opening in England’s back row which Wood could fill.He said Jones had “talked about me being a real defensive leader for the team, and trying to lead in that sense and bring some energy in defence”.Wood added: “There are lots of different options in the back row, and there are lots of good players in the camp. I’m here to train well and see what happens selection-wise.” 12 Nov: v South Africalast_img read more

YMCA Dedicates First High School in Royesville

first_imgThe Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) recently dedicated the first ever high school constructed in Royesville, Lower Montserrado County. The school is named Rebecca James High School in honor of the late Rebecca James, a daughter of Royesville who resided in Queens, New York, USA. Prior to her demise, Madam James, in her will, instructed her lawyer to sell her estate in the US, and use the proceeds to construct a school in Royesville, Liberia as a gift to the children of the township.  “This development,” a resident observed, “represents another demonstration of the YMCA’s regular service to the needy, humanity, society and future leaders of the country.” The dedicatory ceremony was headed by former Deputy Education Minister for Administration, Hawa Goll-Kotchi, who appealed to parents and community leaders to help government achieve its educational goals by ensuring that their children remain in school. The government, she said, will continue to provide the necessary support to ensure that schools operate properly by providing quality education.Madam Goll-Kotchi applauded the late Madam Rebecca James for providing her personal resources to construct the “Rebecca James High School.”  “Madam James’ fine example is worthy of emulation by other individuals who can give back to their communities when it becomes necessary to do so,” Madam Goll-Kotchi said.According to her, the Liberian government will continue to prioritize education through budgetary allocations for the proper running and maintenance of the sector.She then urged citizens to work with the government and other well-wishers to achieve the development objectives of the country, adding, ‘It takes the joint power of citizens to accomplish such a vital mission of rebuilding a nation.”Madam Goll-Kotchi said, “I really hope that this dedication ceremony will serve as an inspiration to many of us that have travelled to foreign lands not to forget our home.”Mr. Edward Gboe, National General Secretary of YMCA Liberia in an overview of the project, told the gathering that one early morning while he was driving his son to his school, he received an international call from the late Madam Rebecca James’ lawyers in the United States. The lawyer asked him whether he was the YMCA Secretary in Liberia, and then he answered in the affirmative. “Another question that came from the lawyer was whether I knew the late Rebecca James; a daughter of Royesville in Liberia and a resident of Queens, New York. I responded in the negative since that was the first time I had heard that name,” Gboe explained. The American lawyer said, “Madam James left her Will with me and said when she dies, her estate should be sold and the funds generated used to build a school for the children of Royesville.”The following month, Gboe said he traveled to the United States to make all the necessary follow ups and at long last the estate was sold and the proceeds channeled through the YMCA of the USA and was implemented by the Liberia YMCA.The school, which cost over US$22,000 dollars in construction, has six classrooms, two dormitory apartments and an elementary school.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Herstelling man kills battered reputed wife

first_imgAnother woman is dead at the hands of her allegedly abusive partner – 32-year-old Lowtie Atwaroo, called “Mona”, of Lot 221 Plantation Walk, Herstelling New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD).According to Police reports, the incident occurred about 21:00h on Monday when Atwaroo went to visit her reputed husband, 38-year-old Daniel Watson.Investigations revealed that Atwaroo moved out of the couple’s home at Lot 1262 Plantation Walk, Herstelling over two months ago after being allegedly abused by Watson. However, they allegedly continued a visiting relationship.Reports are that about 20:30h on Monday, the woman went to visit her reputed husband and shortly after was seen submerged in a drain.Watson reportedly fled the scene, but was later apprehended and was now in Police custody assisting with investigations. Atwaroo’s body is at the Lyken Funeral Parlour awaiting a post-mortem examination.According to the woman’s father, he and his 40-year-old son heard a female’s voice calling out for help. They recalled that when they ran outside to investigate, they saw the suspect submerging Atwaroo in a trench about 50 feet away from their house. As such, the men reportedly began to shout at him while running to their relative’s assistance. The suspect then fled the scene.Atwaroo’s brother allegedly pulled her out of the trench after observing that she was motionless.When Guyana Times visited the home the couple had shared, neighbours expressed their surprise at the incident and described Watson as “quiet and easygoing” while they claim that Atwaroo was an aggressor. They confirmed the couple parted ways over two months ago, but revealed that the dead woman would frequent the man’s home.“Mother’s Day, she (Atwaroo) come here and jump the fence and then she start breaking up all he windows and so. He wasn’t home and we stand up right here and see that happening and when I holler on she, she start cussing up and get on. He report she to the Police, but then went back and beg for she, but she used to treat he bad,” a neighbour said.Another neighbour told this publication that they last saw Watson about 18:30h on Monday.The Police investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Sol snub! Campbell not invited to Spurs’ final ever game at White Hart Lane

first_img Campbell became a hate figure at White Hart Lane after joining Arsenal Sol Campbell has been snubbed by Tottenham in plans to mark the final match at White Hart Lane later this month.Campbell became a hate figure among fans following his decision to quit Spurs and join their deadly north London rivals Arsenal in 2001.And with the countdown firmly on to the last ever game at the Lane, club officials have decided not to risk the event being upstaged by Campbell’s appearance on the pitch at full-time.Tottenham fans still sing derogatory songs about their former captain and often refer to him as a ‘Judas’ for his move across north London in 2001.Campbell had stated on numerous occasions that he wanted to stay at White Hart Lane.In January of 2001, he said: “I want to play for Tottenham – that’s it. I’ve been here for so long and there’s no reason to think I would want to leave.“For me to do well at this club would mean everything. I play for Spurs with a passion and desire, and it hurts me when we lose.”Six months later he was unveiled as an Arsenal player.The club have invited 80 former players and managers to the match with Manchester United on May 14. 1last_img read more

DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS: HE’S FROM GLENTIES MAN, HUGH’S NEW LADIES BOSS

first_imgCONGRATULATIONS to Glenties native Hugh Molloy who has been appointed Manager of the County Senior Ladies Squad 2013CONGRATULATIONS also to Roisin Mc Cafferty, Geraldine Mc Laughlin, Caoimhe Barrett and Lorraine Molloy who were part of the Sligo IT Squad that won the Division 2 Colleges League title earlier tonight against Carlow IT.COUNTY U14 TRIALS on Saturday 8th December at 10:30am sharp in St Mary’s GAA Grounds, Convoy.  DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS: HE’S FROM GLENTIES MAN, HUGH’S NEW LADIES BOSS was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS: HE’S FROM GLENTIES MANHUGH’S NEW LADIES BOSSlast_img read more

MUSIC LEGENDS DOHERTY AND SEEGER FOR WORLD FIDDLE DAY IN DONEGAL

first_imgJohn Doherty and a young fan. Photo: Eamonn O’DohertyA remarkable film showing the legendary Donegal fiddler John Doherty playing with the US singer Pete Seeger will be a highlight of the celebration of World Fiddle Day in Glencolumbkille on Saturday next.The short film, recorded in 1964 in Carrick, has been recently rediscovered and will be shown in Oideas Gael at 2.30pm.Other events during the day include open fiddle classes in the morning, and a concert at night in the Folk Village featuring some of Donegal’s finest fiddle players. The celebration is being organised by Donegal fiddle organisation Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí.Rab Cherry of Cairdeas said they were delighted to get the opportunity to show the film.“Pete Seeger, who died in January when he was in his nineties, is one of the big names in the US music scene in the 20th century, and this is remarkable footage of his meeting with John Doherty half a century ago. Some people will be familiar with a small section of this film, but that’s of poor quality in terms of both the sound and the picture. It’s wonderful that the original recording has been unearthed and we’re getting a chance to see it in Glen for World Fiddle Day.”Two fiddlers will be on hand to talk about the film – Danny Diamond of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin, and Conor Caldwell, Belfast, who has completed a doctorate on the music of John Doherty. Saturday’s events begin with fiddle classes, which will run from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm in Oideas Gael. Intending students should contact Cairdeas by e-mail at info@donegalfiddlemusic.ie or phone Rab on 0863409019. It will be a help to the organisers to have an idea of numbers and playing experience.The concert at the Folk Village begins at 8pm. Those on the bill include Vincent and Jimmy Campbell from Glenties, the award-winning Danny Meehan from Mountcharles, and Raphoe native Martin McGinley.There’s a charge of just €20 for all three events. For the concert only it’s €10.The first World Fiddle Day was last year. It’s being held annually on the Saturday closest to 19th May, the date of the death of the renowned Cremonese violin maker Antonio Stradivari.See www.worldfiddleday.com or www.facebook.com/pages/World-Fiddle-Day To get a preview of Pete Seeger trying to follow the remarkable playing of John Doherty in the caravan in Carrick in 1964 (during a downpour), check out the clip on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlT3CmtKTqoMUSIC LEGENDS DOHERTY AND SEEGER FOR WORLD FIDDLE DAY IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfiddleJohn DohertyPete Seegerlast_img read more

Johnny Cueto exits early as Dodgers fans, MVP chants permeate Giants territory

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It’s been awhile since the fans at Oracle Park chanted “MVP” in the month of September.For a team with a sub-.500 record wrapping up it’s third straight losing season, they were not cheers the San Francisco Giants expected or wanted to hear.When Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger launched a dramatic 419-foot home run onto the right field arcade in the second inning on Friday, it began an onslaught in a game that ended with the Giants losing 9-2.As Bellinger circled the bases, a …last_img read more

Mixed feelings as business leaders sleep rough

first_imgOn one of the coldest nights of winter, chief executives from more than 240 companies slept on the pavement. Their efforts were both lauded and criticised, but they raised funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa and built a lot of empathy for the homeless. The CEO SleepOut was a fun night out for business leaders, even though they had to brave the cold Johannesburg weather. The event brought in more than R24-million for Girls & Boys Town South Africa. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Pavement Bookworm ‘just wants to tell stories’ • Mam’ Khanyi rescues Hillbrow’s forgotten children • Jerome Slim Du Plooy cares about making a difference • Cheesekids help the less fortunate • A better South Africa, one baby at a time Shamin ChibbaOn a cold June evening in Johannesburg, The Commodores’ Nightshift blared from subwoofers over Gwen Lane in Sandton. “Gonna be a long night/It’s gonna be all right/On the nightshift.”It was an appropriate song, since the entire street was packed with chief executives from over 240 companies. They were participating in the CEO SleepOut. They left their warm beds to sleep on the street, albeit in warm sleeping bags, for one night to learn what homeless people go through and, in the process, to raise funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa.The Johannesburg event ran on the same evening, 18 June, as SleepOuts in Auckland, Toronto, New York, London and Sydney.Some of the more high-profile sleepers included Adrian Gore of Discovery, Rudolph Straeuli of Golden Lions Rugby, Zoiab Hoosen of Microsoft South Africa and adventurer Riaan Manser, who promised to sleep in nothing more than a Speedo.The chief executives huddled around bonfires, sitting on chairs made from cardboard which they would later turn into beds. They listened to stories told by real homeless people, one of them being Philani Dladla, who is also known as Johannesburg’s Pavement Bookworm, and were able to Tweet the progress of their night.Some of the participants ate before they hit the street; but once they were there, they were given only a small bowl of soup, prepared by top chef Reuben Riffel, and one bread roll for supper.For these men and women, it was a very expensive sleepover, costing their companies R100 000 each. Organisers the CEO SleepOut Trust, aimed to raise R25-million, but fell short by R400 000. All of the money will go to Girls and Boys Town South Africa, an NGO that helps nurture troubled youths. Gwen Lane in Sandton was home to more than 240 business leaders for a single night. Many found the experience of sleeping out on the street on a cold night gruelling. (Image: Shamin Chibba)SleepOut a gesture of solidarityIvor Chipkin, director of the Public Affairs Research Institute, says he participated to quell the cynicism he finds is pervasive in South African society. As an academic, he was the anomaly at the event.“There’s also a lot of cynicism in South Africa and I think gestures of solidarity need to be embraced. And this is a gesture of solidarity by the wealthy and powerful with people who are less fortunate than them. There’s a sense that nothing matters anymore and I think these sorts of gestures are valuable.”The chief executive of printing company Ren-form, Thomas du Sart, said he chose to participate after a lot of pressure to do so from his family. “It took about a week of nagging from my daughter and wife and eventually I gave in and said I would do it.”Du Sart is a resident of Riverlea, a poverty-stricken township in southern Johannesburg, and said he understood the suffering the poor experienced. “Coming from a disadvantaged background myself I have been exposed to poverty on the streets I have an idea of how people suffer on the streets, so if I can do my bit then I will put up my hand for that.”To the cynics who doubt the effectiveness of the SleepOut, Du Sart was straightforward. “The more the merrier. Why not come and join us and make it better for everybody?”Some were uncertain as to how to perceive the event while others called it an extravagant camping trip and even condescending to the poor. Not sure how I feel about the CEO sleep out. Seems like poverty porn. And the massive metro presence. I mean do the poor and homeless get this kind of support? Then it should be called camping. Posted by Hamish Hoosen Pillay on Thursday, 18 June 2015curious about the opinions of the homeless about this ceo sleepout. if they’re not offended by it, why should we be? — Claire Mawisa (@clairemawisa) June 18, 2015Not interested in debating this #CEOSleepOut thingy. Long as they raise enough money to remove even 100 orphans off the streets I’m cool. — Nchema (@ShottaZee) June 17, 2015Tim Blair re CEO Sleepout “instead of joining the homeless outside,how about our CEOs invite the homeless to spend a nice warm night inside” — Jason Morrison (@JasonMorrisonAU) June 22, 2015@ferialhaffajee @News24 they gona milk this for daaaays,these white collar skelms should b sent to the Hague — Matlotla Lesomo (@mjleshomo) June 20, 2015Housing a concernJerome Lottering, the acting chairperson for Camissa Movement for Equality, stood outside the blockaded street where the event took place to express his concern over poor housing, particularly in his community of Eldorado Park. His NGO intends on unifying the coloured, San, mixed race, Khoi, Griqua and Khoi San communities in South Africa and giving them a voice.Although he supports the CEO SleepOut and of the work of Girls and Boys Town, he wanted to use the event to “show solidarity with those who are living in squatter camps”. “We want to highlight this issue because we tried to contact the Department of Human Settlements and the Gauteng premier [David Makhura] yet none of them are coming back to us.”He said that it was the government’s constitutional obligation to provide housing to people who could not provide housing for themselves. “[The] government should come to the party and build houses. It seems to me that people don’t know what is going on in townships.” Jerome Lottering, left, the acting chairperson for Camissa Movement for Equality, used the CEO SleepOut as a platform to make the public aware of the homeless situation in his area of Eldorado Park. (Image: Shamin Chibba)AftermathAccording to news reports after the event, some participants said they were overwhelmed by the experience and were humbled by it.An unnamed participant told Eyewitness News he was humbled by the experience. “It grounds me when I have to experience what they experience every day.”Richard Poplak wrote on the Daily Maverick that the participants did not have publicise their charity. “As for the homeless, what do they want? I dunno—go and ask them. My guess is that most have no clue that the 0.1% took a night off to play at being homeless for their cause. They might wonder why all these fancy people didn’t just hand over the money quietly, without fanfare, without cameras, without all the corporate flimflam?“They might ask why these high priests found it necessary to perform empathy when empathy is a deeply personal engagement, a communion between souls that happens on the QT? They might remind these CEOs that when it comes to benevolence, there’s no need to tell the left hand what the right hand is doing?”last_img read more

Geocaching in Space – Q&A with Astronaut Rick Mastracchio

first_img SharePrint Related100 Days in Space – International Space Station Travel Bug Mission UpdateFebruary 10, 2014In “Community”Track a Travel Bug in SpaceOctober 20, 2013In “Community”Behind the Scenes: My Travel Bug®’s Mission to SpaceOctober 16, 2013In “Community” Students ask – Astronaut Rick Mastracchio answersOn his final trip to Space on November 2013, Astronaut Rick Mastracchio packed along a Geocaching Travel Bug to the International Space Station (ISS). The little Travel Bug connected with students all over the world to teach about space travel, science and geography.Since then many school kids have posted their questions on the Travel Bug details page, where Astronaut Rick Mastracchio (Geocaching name AstroRM) has answered them one by one.This is a collection of the question and answers that teachers can bring to their classroom and students can soak up. For the visual learner, have a look at the Pinterest board or check out the gallery on the trackable details page.Do you or your students have questions about space travel, that have not been answered yet? Post them on the Travel Bug details page! Let us know what school you are from, the grade, city, state and country!Russian teammates are working outside of Mastracchio’s window installing a telescope.At what speed does the International Space Station (ISS) travel?The ISS travels at a speed of 17,500 miles an hour.How far above the Earth is the ISS?The ISS is 220 miles above the Earth.What does NASA stand for?National Aeronautics and Space Administration.How many times a day does the International Space Station Orbit the a Earth?About 16 times a day.What a Expedition is Astronaut Rick Mastracchio going to the ISS on?Expedition 38What are the three countries the travel bug has gone to so far?United States, Germany and Russia.How far will the trackable travel during it’s 6 month on board of the ISS?Something between 70 and 82 million miles (112 and 133 million km).We learned that a long term effect of being in space is that our bodies begins to lose calcium and our muscles weaken. What do astronauts eat to help build calcium and muscle strength? Also, what types of physical exercise do you do when you are up there?It is true that our muscles get weak and ours bones get thinner and weaker when we are in a weightless environment, like the space station. It is similar to what happens to a person who is in bed 24 hours a day due to illness. We eat a very balanced diet that is determined by our dieticians and doctors. We also exercise every day. We run on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike and we also lift weights. The weight machine cannot use weights, since everything is weightless, so it uses large air pistons that allow us to control the resistance. It reminds me of a large bicycle pump.We learned that the body’s fluids shifts above your heart when in space. What does that feel like?On the earth your heart works hard to pump blood from your legs to your head. In space it does not have to work that hard to move the blood. When you first get into space your head gets puffy, and you feel like you have a headache. After a few days or week your body readjusts and you return to normal.How many people fit inside the of the Soyuz spaceship capsule?The Soyuz spacecraft holds a maximum of 3 people. My mission will include a Russian Cosmonaut, a Japanese Astronaut and me.How much training do you need to keep up with all of that technology?We train in many different areas. We train to operate the space station, operate the Soyuz vehicle, perform experiments, control robotic arms, perform space walks and many more things. For this mission alone I have been training for 2.5 years. I also had to learn to understand and speak the Russian language while doing all of this.How did you get those hitchikers that are attached to the travel bug?My daughter worked at a veterinary clinic and I was trying to come up with ideas for small items to fly in space and give to the schools. So the hitchhikers are literally small dog tags from my daughter.What does it feel like to be in space?When you first get to space you don’t always feel great. It takes time for your body to adapt. At first a lot of your blood goes to your head since there is no gravity to pull it down. This gives you a headache and a stuffy hose. Also, your stomach feels queasy, like you just rode on a rollercoaster 10 times. Eventually your body adjusts the blood in your head and your stomach gets used to being weightless. Then you feel great and it is like you are superman. You can fly and lift thousands of pounds.What does the Earth look like in space?The earth is beautiful from up here. So many colors of blue in the ocean. It is like looking at a globe or a map of the planet. I should have studied my geography a little more. It is sometimes hard to identify the countries but I am getting better. (See the pictures of Earth seen from space Rick has posted on the trackable’s details page here.)Can you see the weather from space?We can see clouds, hurricanes and even lightning storms. Lightning is my favorite thing to watch up here. I have seen huge storms cover almost all of Africa and the lightning strikes danced all over the place. It was incredible.Of course we can see snow covered places and If you know where to look we can see icebergs. They are difficult to tell from clouds but they have a slightly blue tint to them.What is your favorite thing to do in Space?I have many things that I enjoy doing here on the space station, Of course looking out the window at our Earth is fascinating. The many colors of the oceans and the snow capped mountains are beautiful. I especially like seeing lightning storms from space. It looks like the lightning is dancing all over the place.I also enjoy working on the research and experiments we have onboard the space station. We are very busy trying to develop new medicines and new technologies to help the people of the Earth.Can you see Utah/The Great Salt Lake from space?Yes we can easily see Utah and The Great Salt Lake from space. I will try to take a photo of them and send it to you if I can. Sometimes it takes many days to pass over a certain part of the world or sometimes we pass over it while we are sleeping.What Temperature do they have it set too inside the space station? Everyone seems to be in shorts.The temperature on the station is like your house. It is very comfortable. Some rooms which we call modules are warmer than others because they have so much equipment in them. We wear shorts sometimes for comfort but we always wear them for our exercise period. We have to exercise more than 2 hours every day so that we can walk again when we return to Earth.What is your favorite book? Why?I cannot say that I have one favorite book since there are so many good books that I have read. However, I will never forget reading The Swiss Family Robinson story. It was great. The reason I liked it was because the family landed on a deserted island with almost nothing and built everything they needed. They were very creative in finding ways to not only survive but make their life comfortable. Talking about it makes me want to read it again someday.Who is/was your inspiration? Why?I cannot say any individual or group inspired me but I did have many people affect my life and its course. My father was a hard worker and that really shaped me throughout my life. I had many teachers who encouraged me and helped me to get where I am today. My wife was always willing to follow me to new job assignments around the country.What are your favorite hobbies on the ISS and on Earth?At home I enjoy woodworking, building furniture, and working in my garden and yard. On the space station I enjoy looking out the window and taking pictures of interesting things I see. The photography is very difficult from up here so that in itself is a hobby. We are traveling 5 miles every second! So it is easy to miss a shot of an interesting place.We are also interested in how someone can email to and from space? How does the ISS connect to the internet?The space station has large bandwidth capability. That means it can transmit and receive a lot of data. This data can be simple commands to the space station, like turn on a device. The data can be audio, like a phone call or even video, like a television program. At any one time we can be transmitting or receiving multiple audio and video signals plus commands. This capability also allows us to send email just like you do except it is transmitted down to NASA first and then routed to the folks we send it to. We can also call our family on the phone from up here but they cannot call us. Sometimes on the weekend they transmit television up to us. It is only one channel but it is better than no channels.If I want to become an astronaut too, what is the most important thing you would advise?The most important thing is to go to college to study a subject you really enjoy. Then continue your education into graduate school and get a job working in the area you enjoy. Once you have established yourself you can try to get a job at a space agency if not in Egypt then perhaps in another country or Europe. I do not know anything about Egypt’s space program or if it has anything similar.How do you get fresh water and air on the ISS?Here on station we recycle our air and water. In the first picture you can see the travel bug visiting our toilet. This is where the water goes into the system. In the second picture the travel bug is visiting our water dispenser. This is where the water comes out of the system. So yes that means our urine is recycled into clean drinkable water. The water in the atmosphere from our sweat and wet towels and other sources is also captured, condensed into a liquid and recycled. We try not to waste any water on the ISS.It is interesting that the crew members release carbon dioxide (CO2) when we breath and of course urinate. The urine is used to make clean drinking water, then the water is broken down into hydrogen and oxygen. We use the oxygen to breath but what should we do with the hydrogen? We combine the hydrogen with the carbon dioxide (CO2) to make water (H2O) and methane. The methane we throw out. Every system has its limitations. Even though the system is not perfect it saves NASA from having to launch oxygen and water to the ISS.I think I will go get a drink of water now.Travel Bug at the ISS toilet.How does the machine that recycles water clean it again if was dirty before?We recycle all of our water. The system uses filters and also distillation. Distillation is when the dirty water is turned into gas and then back into water. This removes a lot of the impurities in the water.Is the water and air that you recycle good for you?The water and air we recycle is very clean and that makes it very good for us.Travel Bug on the ISS at the area where water comes out of filtration systemWhat does your food taste like?We have all kinds of food here on the space station. Most of the food has all the air and water removed to make it smaller and lighter. Then when we want to eat it we add water to it and it returns to its original form and shape. It does not taste as good as the food you have at home but it is pretty good.How does the rocket break apart?The rocket has 3 stages or parts to it. Each stage is like its own rocket. It takes a lot of power to reach low earth orbit. The first stage pushes us above the lower atmosphere and then it burns out and disconnects from the remaining parts. After it falls off, the second stage engine turns on or ignites and it pushes us even higher. This continues until we reach orbit. So the tall rocket that started on the launch pad is a small vehicle by time it reaches the space station.Are the beds uncomfortable?We sleep in sleeping bags that hang on the wall. But there is no gravity so there is no up and down. I can hang upside down all day and it does not affect me at all. Sleeping is very comfortable. It is like floating on air. Which is what I am really doing.How does a rocket fly? How does it fly straight up?The rocket has very powerful engines, and very complicated computers to control it. It flies up but it also flies away from the launch pad on a very specific path or trajectory. It is like shooting a basketball into a hoop. You need to aim it very carefully to get the ball into the basket. A rocket is like a big basketball, the space station is the hoop, and the computers are controlling the shot.How does the food get fresh again when you put water in the bag?The dehydrated food is food without the water in it. So when we add the water back it returns to its original form. Think of it like frozen food. It is not as good as fresh food but still pretty good.The  questions above have been asked by students of Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School-Waterbury, CT; Washington Elementary School-Waterbury, CT; Walsh Elementary School-Waterbury, CT; Chase Elementary School-Waterbury, CT; West Clinton Elementary School – Clinton, UT; Fairfield Middle School-Langdon, KS and Tinker School-Waterbury, CT.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Cong., Akalis at odds over Punjab festivities

first_imgWhile preparations for celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev are apace, the ruling Congress is at loggerheads with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab over the holding of a key event at Sultanpur Lodhi.Bid to woo votersIn the run-up to the Assembly by-polls in Punjab, slated for October 21, both parties are slugging it out to woo the Panthic (Sikh) voters against the backdrop of the celebrations. By-polls are to be held for four Assembly constituencies in the State.The Congress and the SAD have been trading charges with each other over the politicised preparations. While the SAD has accused the Congress-led State government of “trying to create a new history” by holding a separate programme from that being organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at Sultanpur Lodhi, the Congress has alleged that “the Badal family” was trying to create hurdles and attempting to exploit the occasion for petty political gains.As the tussle over the event continues, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “Religious institutions have their own sphere and the SGPC, a democratically elected religious body, has been conducting all religious functions. The Congress should not try to create a new history.” Week-long celebrationsThe Punjab government is celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary over a week from November 5-12.Punjab Rural Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa alleged, “The ‘Badal’ family was creating hurdles in the joint celebrations of [Guru Nanak Dev’s] 550th anniversary as the design was to lord over the celebrations,” he said, adding that Mr. Sukhbir Badal was now purposely spreading the misinformation.last_img read more