Student shortlisted for Mars mission

first_imgAN OXFORD STUDENT has been shortlisted for the Mars One mission, a controversial scheme that aims to establish a permanent settlement on Mars by 2025.Third year University College physicist Ryan MacDonald beat nearly 20,0000 other applicants to gain a place on the 1058-strong shortlist for a one-way trip to colonize the red planet.MacDonald cited meeting Tim Peake, the UK’s first astronaut, in 2010 as rekindling his childhood dream of going into space. “I saw it as an amazing opportunity to do something remarkable with my life, to truly get to be an explorer in the old fashioned sense,” he told Cherwell. “More than just personal allure, the benefits back home in terms of the potential to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers is something that I can’t turn away from.”As a physicist, MacDonald believes he would be invaluable to the mission’s surveys. He stressed the importance of putting scientists on the surface on the planet, saying, “If we really want to definitively answer the question of whether there is life on Mars, the rovers alone will never suffice.”The Mars One project has come under criticism from top scientists, many of whom describe it as unrealistic. Dr Colin Wilson, an Oxford academic involved in the European Space Agency’s 2016 ExoMars project, raised concerns about the project’s “unrealistic” schedule and projected cost.“I’m happy that Mars One is again raising interest in exploration of space and planets,” Dr Wilson stated. He added, “Mars One has no support from the scientific community: it’s simply that none of us believe it will reach the launch pad, let alone land on Mars, let alone establish a colony. It is science fiction.”MacDonald defended the project’s scientific integrity, however, referring sceptics to Mars One ambassadors like Nobel Prize-winning scientist Gerard ‘t Hooft.“I don’t see any obvious problems to proceeding with the mission as laid out,” MacDonald said. “The true hurdle by far is the financial side of the project, which remains to be seen if it will work out as planned.”“But even if the project fails, I see it as a success because it has got people talking seriously about future human habitation of Mars.” Mars One hopefuls, including MacDonald, will now proceed with a reality TV-style selection process. Dr. Wilson voiced concerns with this approach to space exploration, saying that he was “uneasy with the ethics of this project”.According to Wilson, entertainment company and Big Brother creators Endemol, which will host the TV show, produced a 2005 TV programme called “Space Cadets” which tricked members of the public into thinking they were on a space mission.“Endemol apparently is quite prepared to grossly mislead contestants,” Wilson said.Instead, he says, “If Mars One’s proposed astronauts want to get involved in space exploration, there are a great number of opportunities to get involved, from rocket and balloon experiments to involvement in space engineering and research.”MacDonald is nevertheless focused on contributing to a successful Mars One mission despite the possibility of giving up life on Earth. He said, “I will never be able to make physical contact with my family again, never be able to take a deep breath of fresh air and look at clouds above, never be able to eat chocolate again.“Taken separately, there are many little things I would miss, but together they add to a big change in my life. I am prepared to give these up in order to make this mission a success.”last_img read more

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Who are your new Oxford SU officers, trustees and delegates?

first_imgRashmi Samant was elected Oxford Student Union President. Samant aims to extend access to resources and events for graduating one-year Master’s students, along with lobbying the University to waive residency requirements, along with implementing a safety net and mitigating circumstances until the World Health Organisation declares that the pandemic has ended. She also wishes to focus on decolonisation and inclusivity by removing all imperialist statues (specifically mentioning Codrington in her manifesto), consulting students regarding the decolonisation of syllabi and tackling institutional homophobia and transphobia. Additionally, she aims to decarbonise the University by lobbying the Conference of Colleges to divest their entire financial portfolio from fossil fuels as soon as possible. Bethan Adams, Dhitee Goel, and Wesley Ding have been elected as Student Trustees. This role involves considering the long-term success of the SU, and they are usually given a specific role in one of four areas: complaints, finance, media, or vice-chair. Bethan Adams was previously the President of Turl Street Homeless Action and wants to work to break barriers in student involvement by improving access. Dhitee Goel is campaigning against an increase in international fees, and greater investment in student mental-health and well-being. Wesley Ding wants to increase communication between the SU and student members, working directly with JCRs and MCRs.   Keisha Asare was elected VP for Welfare and Equal Opportunities. She resolves to work with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and the Counselling Service to provide workshops, lobby for next year’s finalists to be given mitigating circumstances and to reassess the Counselling Service’s pre-appointment form.  7 NUS delegates have been elected: Jade Calder, Rafiah Niha, Mehrin Abedin, Otto Barrow, Gurpreet Bahj, Aaliyah Musa, and Zuhaira Islam. This role involves representing the Oxford SU at the annual NUS delegate conference. The candidates campaigned on a range of policies, including mandatory training for staff and students to prevent sexual assault and harassment, and building closer links between Oxford SU and the SUs at other UK Universities.  The RAG Charity Ballot saw 6094 votes cast. The local charities selected were Homeless Oxfordshire and Oxford Hospitals Charity, and the National Charities were BEAT Eating Disorders and the Access Project.  Oluwakemi Agunbiade was elected VP for Women. Her campaign pledges focus on the health and administrative difficulties faced by women, as well as addressing sexual violence and representation. She intends to lobby for counselling service to include a request for a POC counsellor, as well as push for regular sessions of gender, trans and racial bias training throughout colleges. She further wants to revive Oxford Women and NB walk home safe. center_img Devika was elected VP for Graduates. She aims to further centralise University and student communication, support the Fair Outcomes for Students campaign, collaborate with colleges and societies regarding their Race and Diversity Initiatives and tailor welfare support to graduates and non-traditional students. Safa Sadozai was elected VP for Access and Academic Affairs. She aims to review course content to ensure that material is “accessible, accurate and representative of the diversity of students and society alike”, including a review of examinations to make them more manageable. She has also suggested altering the structure of Oxford’s terms by extending into 9th week, reviving the defunct “Free Our Wednesdays” movement or the implementation of a reading week. Sazodai has also highlighted the importance of equalising the college system by addressing different colleges’ bursaries and hardship funds. Aleena Waseem was elected VP for Charities and Communities. In the past, Waseem has started centralised SU systems for getting vulnerable students accommodation during the vacation, and for combating homelessness and rough sleeping. In her manifesto, she has promoted working towards greater sustainability awareness and working with sustainable local businesses. The election saw 36,405 votes cast from a total of 4,881 voters, a 61.1% increase from the previous year. Students in the Humanities Division had the highest turnout at 23.6%, while students from the Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences Division were least likely to vote at 15.1%. Among colleges, St Catherine’s topped the leaderboard, followed by Wadham and Magdalen.last_img read more

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Sailing Club begins practice after a delayed start to the season

first_imgMeghan Cappitelli | The Observer The Notre Dame Sailing club started their practices three weeks ago.As a RecSports-registered team, Sailing Club was not permitted to begin practicing until Sept. 14. In the spirit of safety, the club took an extra week to devise a practice plan that adheres to necessary health guidelines.This plan includes wearing masks while sailing, staggering entry to the boathouse area, spraying down the gear and boats post-practice and practicing in eight “pods.” Each pod has 10 members.Senior and vice commodore Peter Pillari said these measures and the nature of sailing itself allows the team to conduct practice in a safe manner that closely resembles the way in which the team used to practice.“Sailing is a distanced sport inherently because we are all on different boats,” Pillari said. “We are able to get out there and do many of the things we normally would, like teaching new members about sailing.”However, there is one major difference between practices pre-pandemic and practices now, senior and commodore Chloe Frentzel said.“Normally our practices are pretty free-flowing, and people just come when they are available,” Frentzel said. “This year, because of contact tracing, we have to assign groups and times, so people might not be able to come four times a week like they usually would.”While practices have resumed in a semi-normal way, the team will be unable to compete in regattas this semester. For Frentzel and many other team members, not attending regattas is disappointing, as the events are typically a team-favorite.“It’s nice to get to see the new sailors at their first regattas and also host teams here and show them around,” Frentzel said.The club hopes to compete at some point during the year, but at this time continues to adhere to University policies, as well as the policies of other teams in the conference. In the absence of regattas, the club has been making efforts to foster an atmosphere of team bonding in other ways, including team dinners after practices.Sophomore and vice captain Hope Gallagher described her favorite aspect of Sailing Club as the community, noting that the social part of the club looks a bit different this semester.“A big part of the sailing club is the social piece, and a lot of years we get a handful of social members,” Gallagher said. “We try to host team dinners after practice to kind of build up some of those relationships, especially with the freshmen.”For Gallagher, the lost opportunity of sailing in the warmer weather earlier this year was a significant disappointment.“A big bummer of COVID was that in the time it took to coordinate everything, we lost a lot of time and warm weather,” Gallagher said. “We didn’t get to start until about two weeks ago, which is unfortunate since we were here for a good part of August.”As the semester progresses, the Sailing Club hopes to continue practicing and get out on the water as a team.Tags: COVID-19, Here, Sailing Club The Notre Dame Sailing Club has adjusted to new COVID-19 rules and regulations, both on and off the boats, and is now setting sail into its third week of practice.last_img read more

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Chartwell in Bristol deal

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considering two up top against Arsenal after PSG win

first_imgLukaku and Rashford scored United’s goals in their thrilling 3-1 win over PSG (Getty)‘One, you’ve got to consider their approach, what systems do you think they will play, which is impossible to predict because they change a lot!‘Then you’ve got to look at who’s fit and how we approach the game, different kind of systems or counter-attacking game, different type of game.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Lukaku assisted two quick-fire goals in United’s win over Arsenal last time (Picture: Getty)But Solskjaer is likely to keep playing Lukaku through the middle given his superb form and excellent understanding with Rashford – though that could give him selection headaches elsewhere with Anthony Martial fit again.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s been asked to play wide a few times earlier on and provide more chances, but now he’s more in and around the box. We need Rom facing the goal, not with his back to goal,’ said the Norwegian before Sunday’s trip to north London.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Of course we played with two up front, with him and Rashy against PSG. They might form a very nice partnership together, the two of them, because I wouldn’t like to be a defender having them two running at me!’On the selection dilemmas he faces, he added: ‘Same decisions you always have when you go into a game. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considering two up top against Arsenal after PSG win The Norwegian could struggle to fit all his attackers in the side at once (Picture: Getty)Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is likely to stick with a two-man attack against Arsenal despite Romelu Lukaku’s devastating performance off the right wing on his last visit to the Emirates.The Belgian striker is enjoying a ruthless run in front of goal, scoring braces in each of his last three matches, and has struck up a particularly good understanding with strike partner Marcus Rashford against both Southampton and PSG.When United knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup in January, Lukaku played more as a provider, laying on two assists in a 3-1 win having started on the right side of the attack. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Mar 2019 11:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Two More States Have Declared Porn a Public Health Crisis

first_imgRelevant Magazine 16 February 2017Family First Comment: More and more countries and states waking up.South Dakota and Virginia have recently passed new measures, joining Utah as states that now view porn as a public health crisis.South Dakota’s SCR4 resolution passed unanimously among state lawmakers, saying that children are being exposed to porn “at an alarming rate,” while noting that it is also “linked to a lessening desire in young persons to marry.”The measure in Virginia calls for more “education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the pornography epidemic that is harming the people of the Commonwealth and the nation.” The measure also says porn is responsible for “lessening desire in young men to marry, dissatisfaction in marriage and infidelity.”Earlier last year, a Utah measure labeled porn “evil, degrading, addictive and harmful.”Each of the measures seeks to increase awareness about the dangers linked to porn as well as help lawmakers better understand issues linked to porn consumption.http://www.relevantmagazine.com/slices/two-more-states-have-declared-porn-public-health-crisislast_img read more

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Modifieds chase $2,000 top check at Luxemburg tonight

first_imgLUXEMBURG, Wis. – Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds chase a $2,000 top check and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot tonight (Friday, July 8) at Luxemburg Speedway.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, BMS North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, but not local track points will be awarded at the event, sponsored by Pagel’s Ponderosa and Ron’s Cheese.There is a $30 entry fee. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will vie for all applicable points.Pit gates open at 4:45 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:40 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for teens ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.Additional information is available at the www.luxemburgspeedway.com website or by calling 920 621-3272.last_img read more

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William “Bill” A. Bibee November 19, 1942 – February 12, 2020

first_imgWilliam “Bill” Bibee, age 77 of Harrison, Ohio passed away at his home Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Born November 19, 1942 in Hamilton, Ohio the son of Arthur and Dorothy (Hawk) Bibee.Bill a 1960 graduate of William Henry Harrison High School worked for Cincinnati Incorporated for over 38 Years. Bill married Carolyn Sue Grubbs December 23, 1961 in Harrison, Ohio. Bill loved to work on cars, going to listen to country and bluegrass music and the Cincinnati Areomodelers.Bill is survived by his children Billi Sue Brickner, David Bibee, Dan (Amy) Bibee and Jamie (Carrie) Bibee. Grandfather of 10 and great grandfather of five. Brother of Jane (Allen) Lane. Brother in law of Lowell Foster.Preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Dorothy Bibee, wife Carolyn Sue Bibee and sister Janet Foster.Visitation will be Monday, February 17, 2020 from 11:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Shawn Crisman officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio. 45030. Burial will follow at Glen Haven Cemetery Harrison.last_img read more

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Allardyce – Stop moaning AVB

first_img Matthew Taylor misses out after suffering a knock in the Capital One Cup victory against Burnley while Mladen Petric is also out for a couple of weeks after aggravating an injury in an Under 21 run-out. Ricardo Vaz Te misses out, too, after dislocating a shoulder against Swansea on Sunday. Allardyce, however, is confident his side – when the squad is fully-fit – will start to surge up the Premier League table and believes they have a good chance of beating Tottenham and going all the way in the Capital One Cup. “On the night you have to have your team spot on,” Allardyce added. “You have to have your team get a bit of luck and you have to make sure you get through. “Andre will have his problems because he is still playing Europa League football on top of Premier League football on top of Capital One Cup next round. “There is no doubt we will make some changes in our team that we play against them and I’m sure that they will. “They have obviously invested in a huge squad now, spending £100million. So I suppose the pressure is more on them than us because they are supposed to be able to cope with it more than we are.” “Chelsea will go away and play the same way at Schalke and play on the break. Manchester United will go away and play the same way. “They all know that they play that way themselves so they can’t really criticise the team that comes to them and sits behind the ball because they do the same in the bigger games, especially in the Champions League. “So when you hear a manager moaning about that, he should really watch what he is saying because when it comes around and he does it he wants to get some praise for what he does, particularly if he ends up with a result or winning. “We all have to tactically set out how to nullify the opposition.” Allardyce faces an Aston Villa side on Saturday perfectly suited to a counter-attacking style and he is mindful of the fact that West Ham have lost three league matches so far this season at Upton Park. Allardyce said: “We are one of those teams who are struggling with points on the board. All that matters at the end is winning matches. Last season at home was a fantastic ride for us. This season it has been bitterly disappointing. “The players are bound to feel extra pressure and feel more anxious but they have to remind themselves of the good performances they’ve given and continue in that vein from a confidence point of view. “We have been severely punished for not taking chances.” Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas criticised the White Hart Lane fans last weekend for not being patient enough as his side tried to break down a Hull side with a massed defence looking to break on the counter. But Allardyce, whose West Ham side were drawn against Spurs in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals, said: “They (Tottenham) do the same when they play in Europe. Press Association Sam Allardyce has told the Premier League’s top managers to stop moaning when teams go to their grounds and shut up shop.last_img read more

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