Picture 006Greensburg, In. — Hoosier Astronaut David Wolf took the lead for the Pledge of Allegiance at the Greensburg Community High School Thursday.Dr. Wolf served as chief of the Astronaut Office Extravehicular Activity Branch for much of the International Space Station assembly. He led a team responsible for the development, test and execution of spacewalks from the ISS and space shuttle. This team plays a critical role for ISS assembly, maintenance and repair; requiring innovations to extend EVA capability in the areas of hardware, techniques and human performance. Dr. Wolf has logged 168 days, 12 hours, 56 minutes and 04 seconds in space over four separate missions, including a long-duration mission (128 days) on the Russian MIR space station, which was trained and conducted completely in the Russian language. He has conducted a total of seven spacewalks, using both the American and Russian spacesuits, and has logged 47 hours and 05 minutes of extravehicular activity. He is an active public speaker and is called on to represent NASA in a wide variety of venues to communicate the experience and importance of human space flight.Wolf told the students that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is very important, but students must remember that a “pledge” is a promise and if it not kept the words mean nothing.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is still hopeful of making a major signing to boost their push for Champions League qualification. A resounding 4-0 victory over Everton in the 222nd Merseyside derby at Anfield courtesy of two goals from Daniel Sturridge – who missed a penalty to complete his hat-trick – and strikes from Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez provided a welcome shot in the arm to their top-four hopes. And despite being frustrated so far in his attempts to bolster his injury-hit fourth-placed squad the Reds boss believes there is still time to make a significant signing before the window closes on Friday. Everton boss Roberto Martinez was left to worry over the fitness of striker Romelu Lukaku who injured ankle ligaments in a collision with Gareth Barry. “He has his ankle in a cast,” said Martinez. “We will assess it but it doesn’t look too good at the moment.” Merseyside Police announced after the game it was looking into reports missiles had been thrown from the crowd. Television showed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez collecting some objects as he prepared to take a corner early in the match at Anfield. Press Association Sport understands around a dozen coins were thrown from the Anfield Road End – part of which houses visiting supporters – during the first half. A police statement read: “Officers are requesting CCTV from the stadium and will review any footage as part of inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incidents.” “I think we will hopefully do something over the next couple of days,” he said. “I saw some headlines after yesterday’s press conference in terms of the manager being angry with the club – nothing is further from the truth. “We are not just going to get the players we want to get in for a number of reasons. “Hopefully we can have a major signing before the window shuts and if we can do that we will be set up for the remaining games.” Rodgers felt the performance against their near neighbours was just what was needed to reinvigorate their top-four challenge. “I think all wins are important but especially against your rivals and psychologically it was a big win and can re-iterate the confidence and belief in the squad,” said Rodgers. “We have to keep our foot to the floor and keep these performances and keep scoring goals. “This was a massive game. I think we have shown all season we are going to be in contention for fourth place.” Press Association
Embed from Getty ImagesRonald Koeman said it is vital Everton sign a striker following their defeat at Chelsea but refused to comment on reports he could make a pre-deadline move for Diego Costa.Koeman’s side were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, where first-half goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata gave the champions a comfortable victory.Boss Koeman is keen for his club to bring in two players before the transfer window closes on Thursday.The Merseyside club have been linked with Chelsea forward Costa, who wants to return to his former club Atletico Madrid.Embed from Getty ImagesKoeman would not comment on whether Costa could end up at Goodison Park, but he said: “We need at least two more players but the most important is a striker and one more player.“That’s what we need. The board knows the importance of these two signings.”Koeman conceded that his team were very much second best against Chelsea, particularly during a one-sided first half.He said: “I am disappointed about the first half because the ball possession was poor and that cost us the second goal.“We had spaces to play and didn’t play. We had not enough movement to give options to the player on the ball.“You know how Chelsea press and you have to be at your best to get a result against them and we were not at our best. We lost it in the first half not the second.“The first half was not good enough but I’m proud at how they fought until the last second to at least remain a team on the pitch.”See also:Transfer gossip: Barkley prefers Spurs move over Chelsea, Sunday Times claimsConte speaks to Belgium boss about Hazard’s call-up Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South Africa’s new banknotes are the first redesign of banknotes since 1992.The new notes retain the size and colours of the previous series, as well as the animals and economic theme of each denomination, the design has been refreshed and a number of new security features have been included. (Image: Wikimedia)Brand South Africa Reporter The South African Reserve Bank released new banknotes into circulation from 1 February 2005. This is the first redesign of the banknotes since the current series was introduced in 1992.While the new notes retain the size and colours of the previous series, as well as the animals and economic theme of each denomination, the design has been refreshed and a number of new security features have been included.The older notes will remain legal tender for the foreseeable future. No South Africa currency has been demonetarised, so all previous issues are still legal tender.It is expected that the new series of banknotes will form the bulk of the currency in circulation by the end of the year.Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni points out that South African banknote design is “highly regarded”, and that the previous series “withstood any major counterfeiting threat”.Addressing journalists at the launch of the new notes in Pretoria in January, Mboweni said that banknote redesign every six to eight years was in line with international best practice.South Africa’s new banknotes, Mboweni said, “are a window on the country, its people, heritage and culture”. The new design incorporates SA’s Coat of Arms and features all 11 official languages, as well as improved facilities for the partially sighted.Makoya MoolaThe issue of the banknotes is accompanied by a campaign, dubbed “Makoya Moola”, to encourage South Africans to get to know their money. “Makoya” refers to “the real McCoy”, “moola” is a South African slang term for money.“The security features on South African rands are only useful if people use them”, Mboweni said.The Reserve Bank has advised the public to “look, feel and tilt” their money to check the security features of the banknotes.LOOK The banknotes contain a number of new security features that can be examined by holding them up to a light source. An additional watermark of the denomination value has been added to the older series’ animal.The see-through, or perfect registration, security feature can also be seen by holding the note up to the light. In the upgraded series, an R and the denomination value will be seen in the bottom left corner. This is composed of elements printed on the front and back of the note. Users should check that the front and back images align perfectly to form the image.The security thread and unique serial numbers are retained, although the new series contains an additional, conical, serial number. The numbers of this serial number increase in size from left to right.FEEL Banknotes have a distinctive feel and sound when flicked through the fingers. This comes from the paper that is used and the intaglio printing method. The rough effect of the intaglio printing can be felt on the front of all banknotes, and on the backs of R100 and R200 notes.TILT Some of the security features can only be seen by holding the notes almost horizontally. The upgraded R50, R100 and R200 note have their denomination values printed in colour-changing ink on the front bottom right of the note. When a R50 or R100 note is held horizontally, the ink changes from green to gold. On the R200 note, the ink changes from magenta to green.The new R50, R100 and R200 notes also contain a holographic Coat of Arms in the security thread.A new feature that is contained on all of the upgraded series of banknotes is the shimmering gold band. When the note is tilted, this is visible on the back with a Coat of Arms and the denomination value of the note.Another new feature is the hidden image. The geometric shapes on the front of the notes will form an image when the note is held horizontally to the eye.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.