First American woman to walk in space makes history, reaching the Challenger Deep

first_imgNASA By HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Kathy Sullivan soared to new heights when she became the first American woman to walk in space in 1984. On Monday, she broke a new record — by diving deep — becoming the first woman in the world to reach the lowest point on Earth.Sullivan successfully reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep, a 36,000 foot dive in the western Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench located about 200 miles southwest of Guam.According to a statement released by EYOS Expeditions, a firm coordinating the mission’s logistics, Sullivan is “the first human to have been in space and at full ocean depth.”In a blog post, Sullivan announced her historic feat with one word: “Success!”The mission’s objective was to compare notes and vehicle experiences between the International Space Station and the submersive “Limiting Factor” that took Sullivan and her team into the Challenger Deep, according to the statement.EYOS Expeditions expedition leader Rob McCallum said, “It was amazing to set up a conversation between two ‘spacecraft’; one operating as a platform for research in outer space, the other an exploration vehicle for ‘inner space’. Two groups of humans using cutting edge technology to explore the outer edges of our world. It highlighted the vast span of human endeavour while at the same time linking us close together as fellow explorers.”Much like the recent launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, the deep-diving submersible, “Limiting Factor,” is a privately funded exploration vehicle and comes with excitement about the potential of private companies contributing to the technological advancement of space flight, said the statement.Sullivan, a veteran of three space shuttle flights, said it was “a once in a lifetime day.”“As a hybrid oceanographer and astronaut this was an extraordinary day, a once in a lifetime day, seeing the moonscape of the Challenger Deep and then comparing notes with my colleagues on the ISS about our remarkable reusable inner-space outer-spacecraft,” wrote Sullivan in the statement.Sullivan is only the eighth person to reach the bottom of the Challenger Deep, including “Titanic” director James Cameron. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hudson Theatre Works’ Artistic Director, Frank Licato, Awarded a 2018 Tanne…

first_imgHudson Theatre Works is happy to announce its 2018 – 2019 that Artistic Director and Co-Founder Frank Licato has been the recipient of a 2018 Tanne Foundation Award. The anonymous award was given to Mr. Licato in recognition for his life’s work in the theatre both as an actor and director. He is one of 9 recipients nationally.The Tanne Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2018 awards. Now in its twentieth year, the foundation’s mission is to underscore the importance of supporting individual artists with unrestricted funding. The awards, totaling $63,000, honor six artists in recognition of their artistic achievements as well as one artist-run organization which has presented exceptional work for 41 years. The recipients include Frank Licato of Weehawken, who co-founded Hudson Theatre Works in 2013. ×Frank Licato Frank Licatocenter_img Licato is a director, actor, and teacher. In 2013, he co-founded Hudson Theatre Works, a professional Equity theatre company located in Hudson County, where he serves as Artistic Director. As an actor, he has worked with such theatre luminaries as Joseph Chaikin and Peter Brook. While in Boston, he was consistently named to best actor lists.His directing credits include an Applause Award from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and a Perry Award for Best Director for “The Grapes of Wrath.” His production of “On the Waterfront” was made into the award-winning documentary, “Waiting for Budd”. He is a member of the Playwright and Director Unit of the Actors Studio.last_img read more

Refrain from offering namaz on roads, says Aligarh mufti

first_imgThe chief mufti of Aligarh urged Muslims on Thursday to refrain from offering namaz on the streets, making a bid to defuse the controversy over the district administration’s recent ban on religious ceremonies on roads. Mohammad Khalid Hameed said the place for performing Friday prayers was inside a mosque. “If there is a spill over, the devout should not perform namaz on the streets and cause inconvenience to others,” he told reporters. “Instead, they could offer their prayers on rooftops of neighbouring buildings wherever convenient.” The Aligarh administration had imposed a blanket ban on holding any religious function on the roads in the U.P. district without prior permission. The authorities has taken the step as a precautionary measure to prevent any disturbance after some Hindutva groups had last week planned the recital of ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ every Tuesday.last_img read more

a month agoBournemouth boss Howe praises Stacey for winning debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe praises Stacey for winning debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised Jack Stacey for victory over Everton.Stacey was handed his Premier League debut.Howe said, “I thought Jack did really well. He was up against a really tough competitor in Alex Iwobi who is an outstanding player.“He was examined by him and responded every time. I thought he stepped up defensively and did a really good job for the team.“Usually, he’s a marauding full-back, up and down the line. But he knew he had to be responsible and defend first. He did it really well.“I was really pleased with him. It’s a huge moment for any player to make their debut in the Premier League. He’s done it in impressive fashion and was part of a winning team so credit to him.” last_img read more

The Thunders Big Men Could Stop The Warriors Lineups Of Death

9Paul | Redick | Crawford | Griffin | JordanLAC+0.21 8Curry | Livingston | Barnes | Thompson | GreenGSW+0.22 As you may have heard, the NBA’s most unstoppable units reside in the Bay Area, in the form of Golden State’s small-ball “Lineups of Death.” Assuming those lineups are intact for the Western Conference finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have an interesting matchup on their hands in a series being billed as a battle of big versus small. In contrast to the Warriors’ small-ball lineups, OKC’s two most common postseason units have contained the hulking frontcourt pairing of 6-foot-10 Serge Ibaka and 7-foot Steven Adams.When on the court together for the Warriors this season, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green scored the most points per offensive chance (1.26) of any five-man unit in the NBA,1Minimum 200 chances, averaged between offense and defense. allowed the 13th-fewest points (0.83), and had the best per-chance scoring margin (+0.43).And that’s only the deadliest variation of the Death Lineup. Golden State also owned five of the next 10 best lineups by per-chance point differential, all of which contained a variation of Curry, Green and either Thompson or Iguodala or both. Four of those additional lineups featured one of Golden State’s traditional centers, Andrew Bogut or Festus Ezeli, as the lone conventional big; the other was a small lineup that swaps out Iguodala for guard Shaun Livingston. 2Lowry | Ross | Patterson | DeRozan | ValanciunasTOR+0.37 11Curry | Thompson | Green | Rush | BogutGSW+0.21 With Curry injured for most of the first two rounds, those Lineups of Death haven’t spent much time fully assembled in the postseason. The Warriors’ most crucial three-man combos — Curry, Green and Thompson, and Curry, Green and Iguodala — have logged only 94 total minutes together in 10 playoff games thus far. (They still outscored opponents by 61 points in that limited playing time!) But after Curry returned for the closing two games of Golden State’s series against Portland, at least one of those trios was on the floor for 62 minutes — a total in line with the 27.7 minutes per game they spent on-court together during the regular season.All this is bad news for the Thunder because the Warriors have a history of going small to combat good teams with lumbering big men: According to the Lineup of Death’s origin story, the tactic was only fully realized last year when head coach Steve Kerr had an epiphany during the NBA Finals and moved Iguodala into the starting lineup. That’s when the record-setting Warriors really took off, first against Cleveland and then against the rest of the league. An inability to match up with the same strategy could end up being Oklahoma City’s undoing as well.But we shouldn’t assume the Thunder’s big lineup won’t be able to hold its own. During the regular season, only 19 five-man units2With a minimum of 20 chances, averaged between offense and defense. broke even against Warrior lineups containing both Curry and Green. OKC had two of them — No. 7 and No. 13 — and both were of the big variety that the team has been using extensively during the playoffs: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Ibaka and Adams, with either Andre Roberson or Dion Waiters on the wing. So in the matchup of preferred lineups, the Thunder might not be quite as outgunned as it seems at first glance.Of course, there are a bunch of caveats to tack on here. We’re talking about only 60 to 70 chances of track record from the regular season, and lineup data is notoriously noisy anyway. Plus, even though the Thunder’s big lineup did stick with the Warriors, the Dubs swept the regular-season series anyway.But as an exercise in figuring out how a 31 percent underdog could fight those odds, things might begin with Oklahoma City’s ability to slow down Golden State’s Lineups of Death. And what extremely limited data we have right now suggests that they could fare better than most.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 3Curry | Thompson | Green | Iguodala | BogutGSW+0.34 Minimum 200 average chances between offense and defense.Source: NBA Player-Tracking Data 6Curry | Green | Livingston | Iguodala | EzeliGSW+0.27 1Curry | Thompson | Barnes | Iguodala | GreenGSW+0.43 LINEUPTEAMPTS/CHANCE DIFF 10Lin | Lamb | Kaminsky | Williams | HawesCHA+0.21 7Paul | Redick | Griffin | Stephenson | JordanLAC+0.22 5Curry | Thompson | Green | Iguodala | EzeliGSW+0.30 4Lin | Walker | Williams | Batum | JeffersonCHA+0.31 The NBA’s best regular-season lineups in 2015-16 read more

Womens lacrosse Ohio State looking to right the ship against perennial powerhouse

Ohio State freshman midfielder Sage Darling receives a pass in the offensive zone against Rutgers on March 25. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (6-8) have not had the easiest path to get where it is at this point in the season, and it is not going to get any easier. The Buckeyes have three games remaining against three of the best teams in the country: No. 17 Northwestern, No. 1 Maryland and Johns Hopkins, who sits just outside the 20th spot in the Inside Lacrosse Poll.While OSU began to get its offense back on track against No. 6 Penn State — scoring 12 goals for the first time since March 7 — they will need to summon even more production in the remainder of their games. “I thought we had some good chemistry on the attack,” coach Alexis Venechanos said of the team’s loss to the Nittany Lions. “I thought we limited our turnovers in the midfield, and when you’re playing these conference games, those little details are going to matter.”Northwestern has, historically, been dominant against the Buckeyes, winning 13 of the 16 previous matchups, with OSU’s most recent win coming in a 2014 overtime game. Venechanos spent three years on the Wildcats’ staff (2004 to 2006) as an assistant, so it means a lot to her for them to be one of the big rivals in their conference. “It was a great learning experience. I learned a lot on the field and off the field,” Venechanos said. “(Northwestern coach Kelly Amonte Hiller) is a great competitor. She taught me how to compete, and I’m glad we have an opportunity to play them every year.”Hiller has led the Wildcats to seven NCAA championships, with last season being the first year that they had not reached at least the NCAA quarterfinals in 14 years. While Northwestern’s record at first glance is similar to the Buckeyes at 6-6, the Wildcats’ schedule has been stacked with great competition. The Buckeyes will still be without freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez, but they can still be capable of generating offense. Junior attacker Molly Wood and sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott have both stepped up to lead their team in scoring.“We’re working on ourselves right now,” Wood said. “We’re working on the little things, the fundamentals and to see those getting better is huge for our team.”OSU will be looking to continue its development as the season winds down, but Venechanos said they are most excited for the present. “We’ve challenged our players to get a little bit better from the previous week, the previous day and even in the drill we are doing — let’s get better this time,” Venechanos said. “We’re moving some people around, they’re stepping up.”The game is set for a 7 p.m. start time on Thursday, in what will be OSU’s first game of the season at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Alex Rae believes Rangers have a chance of upsetting Celtic

first_imgFormer Rangers midfielder Alex Rae believes his old club have a fighting chance of beating Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title this season.Rae, who won the Premiership title with the Gers in 2005, admits he did not expect Steven Gerrard to mount a serious challenge for the title in his first season in charge at the Ibrox.“Even when Rangers were winning games in the first half of the season, Gerrard was still saying some performances weren’t good enough and they needed to do better,” said Rae, according to the Scotsman.“People were saying it was a massive gamble appointing him as manager but I always felt he would raise the bar.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“After they lost at Celtic Park in September, he said ‘judge us on 29 December’. That was a massive statement because he had to back it up. His team did that by beating Celtic at Ibrox. It has been impressive because I don’t think anyone would have foreseen it at the start of the season.”“At that stage, I felt second place was the best Rangers could hope for. But they are most certainly in with a fighting chance now. If they won it, it would be right up there with the most impressive things ever achieved at the club when you consider where Rangers have been in the last few years.”“Celtic are still the favourites and it’s important to keep it in context. They have a a run of home games after the break, which I think they will canter, while Rangers have tricky away games at Kilmarnock and Livingston. Celtic will come back refreshed, everyone will, and it makes for a fascinating second half of the season.”last_img read more

Everton rules out big transfer plans for January

first_imgFor Marcel Brands, Everton’s director of football, the team is focused on the transfer market window of the summer, not on the one from this month.Everton director of football Marcel Brands has ruled out a “big” transfer window for the team in January.According to the executive, the team is focusing on the summer transfer window instead.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t have big plans. It’s a very difficult period to bring players in,” he said to Sky Sports.“We don’t want to let our best players go, also other clubs don’t. I’m more focused on the summer window than the January window.”“If we sell or loan players, then maybe we have to do something, and if we do something, it has to be good,” he concluded.last_img read more

Take What You Need Leave What You Can

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Students at Soldotna Montessori Charter School remind community members this holiday season that acts of kindness can sometimes can be the best gifts of all. The sixth grade Students drafted a plan to help those who are in need of nutritional assistance by building a mini food pantry located between the risk management building and the pump building in Soldotna. If you would like to donate to the pantry, feel free to contact the school or just drop your food in the pantry. Story as aired: http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jennifer-on-MIni-food-pantry-in-Soldotna-1.mp3 The students; Tori Verba, Malaina Maal, Selena Payment, and Emma Updike took turns presenting to the Soldotna City Council and detailing their plan back in March: “As you can see in our presentation that we are dedicated to our community, and we want them know we are there for them when they need it.”  The students worked with a teacher at the school to develop the food pantry for those in need. The pantry opened earlier this year and is still maintained by the students on a regular basis. The students saw a need in the community and instead of waiting around for someone else to figure it out they solved it themselves.last_img read more

Voters Could Decide Whether Or Not To Repeal Borough Invocation Policy

first_imgA similar invocation was given at the borough meeting on June 18. Onlookers protested outside the borough building when a member of the Satanic Temple, Iris Fontana, offered the invocation prompting walkouts by nearly a dozen people, including assembly members. Assemblymember Willy Dunne: “Many residents of the borough have requested that invocations at assembly meetings be eliminated. Ending the practice of invocations will save the borough taxpayers ‘ money and reduce divisiveness in our community. It is expected that assembly members can find ways to have their spiritual needs met outside of public meetings.” The borough has been wrestling with the invocation policy since August 2016 when an invocation invoking the name of Satan was given during an assembly meeting. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will continue discussion on an ordinance at their meeting on Tuesday that would ask the voters if the borough should change the borough code by repealing the provision for an invocation at assembly meetings.center_img The ordinance asks the assembly to put the question to the voters at the next regular election on October 1, on whether or not the borough should eliminate the assembly invocation. Dunne: “Borough assembly policy states that invocations are presented to meet the spiritual needs of assembly members. However, recent invocations have failed to accomplish that and have resulted in controversial and divisive actions in our community.”last_img read more