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NEWS: PBS(US) launches preschool second screen app for WordWorld

Sunday, 30 December 2012

WordWorld, the three-time Emmy award-winning educational television series broadcast on the US PBS Kids, is launching a second screen integration for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with a new early learning app: Fun with WordFriends,rapidtvnews.com reports.

The new WordWorld app features interactive games that help young children learn to recognise letters and form words to provide the fundamental building blocks for learning to read. Utilising the same foundations established by the Department of Education-funded study which demonstrated that the WordWorld television programme improves children's literacy skills, the WordWorld: Fun with WordFriends app is the first in a series of interactive WordWorld learning tools for preschoolers. The app allows preschoolers to build words that come to life as the objects they represent.

"Millions of parents worldwide know and trust WordWorld as an early learning platform for young children," said Eric Kriegstein, director of interactive content at WordWorld. "Working with PBS, we're leveraging our award-winning content to develop fun and exciting early learning applications in the digital space."


Internet tv IT JUST SUCKS

Saturday, 29 December 2012

People aren’t using their internet-connected smart TVs for anything beyond, well, watching TV. It turns out, nobody wants to tweet from their TV. Or read books. Or do whatever it is people do on LinkedIn. Worse, more than 40 percent of the people who buy a connected TV aren’t even using it for its ostensible primary purpose: getting online video onto the biggest screen in your home. What gives?
We didn’t need a report to tell us this, but NPD provided one just the same. The report finds fewer than 15 percent of smart-TV owners are listening to music, surfing the internet or shopping on their TVs.
I think I can explain all of this with a single thesis: Smart TVs are the literal, biblical devil. (That may be overly broad. Perhaps they are merely demonic.) But the bottom line is that smart TVs typically have baffling interfaces that make the act of simply finding and watching your favorite stuff more difficult, not less.
The main issues, the apps are for the most part worthless.  You can't use twitter because you have to gateway through the tv set's service app..Why?   
The browser is worthless and tough to use.  The keyboard is awful and takes forever to enter the easy stuff.
In short nice idea awful execution.

Ray Briem dies

Shortwave listeners will remember his annual shows on the hobby which at the time were a must listen.

Radio talk show host Ray Briem dies at 82

Big News Network (UPI)Saturday 15th December, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Long-time Los Angeles radio talk show host Ray Briem has died of cancer at age 82, his son Bryan said.
Briem's midnight-to-5 a.m. program on KABC-AM, which ran from 1967 to 1994, helped set the mold for what has become a major radio format, the Los Angeles Times said Friday, noting that Briem died Wednesday at his Malibu home.
"We consider him one of the most important radio talk-show hosts of all time. There were only a handful of stations doing talk (in 1967). It was all based on these creative characters, and Ray Briem was one of the originals," said Michael Harrison, publisher of the radio trade publication Talkers.
Briem's specialties included telephone calls to celebrities, championing conservative causes, slamming liberals and extolling his beloved big-band music, the newspaper said.


George Abbey never allowed a shuttle flight to be scheduled over the last days of January.  He was too steeped in the events of the Apollo 1 fire and the STS-51-L loss of Challenger and her crew to put another space flight operation over those days.  But Mr. Abbey was long gone by the time of the STS-107 Flight Readiness Review, sent into an unwilling retirement.  But in his inimitable way, Mr. Abbey wanted all of us to stop and remember on those days how exacting the business we are in can be.  Read more here.

Happy new year from ISS

More shortwave stations bite the dust

North American ShortWave Association Yahoo! group, 27 Dec 2012, Mark Coady: "Thanks to Finnish DXer, Sami Niemeläinen, I have found out that Africa No. 1 will be ceasing shortwave operations on December 31st so we only have a few days left to hear them." -- On 9580 kHz. See also Gabonactu.com, 11 Dec 2012, about financial difficulties and loss of shortwave clients at Africa No. 1. And British DX Club, Tony Rogers (pdf), with history of Africa No. 1 shortwave operations. And africa1.com.
North American ShortWave Association Yahoo! group, 27 Dec 2012, Steve (shortwavereport): "I received a letter in the post yesterday from CVC Media 1 Africa. They explained about their new Platforms forr reaching their audience including 100 FM radio stations across Africa. They also said 'It is against this background that we felt the need to intensify our efforts on these new platforms that we sadly have to cease our SW broadcasts as from the 31st of December 2012'." -- The shortwave broadcasts were via leased time at Meyerton, South Africa. Parent organization is UK-based Christian Vision, which previously closed its shortwave facilities in Australia (the former Radio Australia near Darwin) and Chile.
Voice of Croatia website, 26 Dec 2012: "The Voice of Croatia would like to inform you that as of the 1st of January 2013, this program will no longer be broadcast on short wave. You will still be able to hear us on medium wave in Europe, via satellite and on the internet worldwide." "[T]he transmitting costs are not corresponding to number of listeners who are using shortwave as reception method," per email to Richard D'Angelo from János Römer, assistant program director.
North American ShortWave Association Yahoo! group, 27 Dec 2012, Steve (shortwavereport): "I received Volume 47 Number 4 (Fall 2012 issue) of the Family Radio News magazine. A letter on Page 17 is entitled 'An Urgent Prayer Request!'. It states in part "The expenses for operating our international services are very great, and our income is not able to keep up with these expenses. We are faced with the possibility of shutting down our shortwave broadcasts: which of course, we do not want to do.' ... In recent years Family Radio International has utilized not only WYFR but many relay sites around the world to reach their audience. I never counted how much time they leased on other transmitters but I would guess that it was at least a half dozen sites throughout Asia and the Pacific. In a recent check of the HFCC Public files I could only find them using WYFR in Florida and sites in Taiwan. I assume the Taiwan sites may be connected with Radio Taiwan International using WYFR's Florida site. Perhaps they exchange transmitter time. But in any case it appears that Family Radio's International Broadcasts may be at risk." -- WYFR's license dates back, through various owners, to pioneering US shortwave broadcaster WRUL, later WNYW, known in the 1960s for its Radio New York Worldwide.
RadioActivity blog, 27 Dec 2012, Adrian M. Peterson: "During the entire coming year, 2013, programming in the AWR [Adventist World Radio] DX program, 'Wavescan', will be concentrated upon the radio broadcasting scene on the continent of Africa, including nearby islands and the Middle East. Tentative planning for the scheduling of radio features includes a historic rundown of an African radio station, large or small, as the the main opening topic every 3rd week. ... All of the African information that will be presented on air in 'Wavescan' throughout the year 2013 will be under the title, 'Focus on Africa', and the purpose for this year long emphasis is to encourage the development of international radio broadcasting and shortwave listening throughout the African arena

A NASA person you might know

If you watched or have the dvd of the first Star Trek motion picture look for this mans name in the credits as their advisor.

NEWS / PROJECTS: Northwest Film Center launches program for homeless youth (USA)

Friday, 28 December 2012

The Northwest Film Center will start the New Year with a new program aimed at teaching film fundamentals to at-risk youth.

Working in conjunction with homeless outreach charity New Avenues for Youth, the center in January will launch Project Viewfinder, a four-month crash course in media production for youth who are transitioning from homelessness.

Twelve homeless or formerly homeless young adults will join the program, working directly with the film center's faculty to create their own cinematic works. The finished films will be screened next spring at Whitsell Auditorium and other local events.

Last year, The Oregonian profiled a similar program from Outside In, which resulted in several student documentaries tackling issues such as homelessness, depression and self-identity.

full article from The Oregonian

RESOURCES: Essential Apps for Kids and Teens

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Essential Apps for Kids and Teens

Starter Kits for iPad, iPhone, Android, and Kindle Fire

So you just got a new smartphone or tablet. Now what? If you're wondering what apps to load it with, we've got you covered. Whether you've got an iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet, or a Kindle Fire, we have a ton of great app suggestions to start your kids off right.

Just look up your device, and you'll see picks arranged by age groups.

Our expert editors are completely independent, so their selections are based solely on kids' best interests. We've provided buy links for many apps, but they're simply for your convenience.

Full article and resource download

The first song recorded in space on ISS

Wednesday, 26 December 2012


ARTICLES / PROJECT: Live: The Voice of SA Youth

It’s Tuesday afternoon in the Live Magazine office in Cape Town’s Waterkant, and the place is pumping. Young people are gathered around laptops, typing, discussing, watching video clips online. On a whiteboard, a rough plan of the content for the next issue has been stuck up. The cover story, it appears, will be: “Are SA Youth oversexed?” Editor Ashleigh Davids, 21, approaches me as I study some of the cover mock-ups. “We think that one might be a bit raunchy,” she says, pointing to a photo of a topless woman in silhouette standing over a man. “We have to choose with care, because even though people get the magazine for free, they’re picky about what they pick up.”

Live Magazine is now just over a year old, and boasts a circulation of about 50,000 in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. In addition to bringing out a print edition every three months, the team produces dedicated content for a YouTube channel and a mobile-enabled website. It’s a far cry from the situation when founder Gavin Weale, originally from the UK, arrived in South Africa last year May armed only with “a laptop, a suitcase, a three-year visa and the big idea,” as Weale wrote for the Guardian.  “I had one friend and a handful of contacts, no car, no home and some serious challenges on my hands.”

full article

cool revisiting of APOLLO 8

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

WORKSHOPS / TRAINING: Ethical reporting on children (TAJIKISTAN)

The first series of training for practicing journalists organized by the Union of Journalist of Tajikistan under UNICEF support took place in Dushanbe and brought together around 25 journalists from various media agencies.

During two days in 20-21 December, the participants discussed how media presently reports on children in Tajikistan, where it needs improvement and what principles of ethical reporting on children require from journalists. The seminar also invited experts on child care and juvenile justice system to present opportunities and challenges about issues related to children. Based on the presented issues, the participants had some theoretical and more practical sessions to demonstrate ethical reporting on children and best intention of ethical reporters – serving the public’s interest for truth without compromising the rights of children.

“Sometimes the act of reporting on children places them or other children at risk of retribution or stigmatization. We – journalists, when in doubt, should be cautious and protect the children from any harm,” stressed in his opening speech Akbarali Sattorov, Chairperson of Union of Journalists of Tajikistan.

As planned, the next seminar will take place in Soghd (northern part) in December 27-28, 2012. Early next year, the practicing journalists in other regions of the country, including provinces of Khatlon (southern part), Rasht (central part) and Mountainous Badakhshan (south-east) will also benefit from this training and will have an opportunity to exchange their views on existing issues related to ethical reporting about children.

Photos from the training are here:  Training on "Child Rights and Media" in Dushanbe

12 Things

Thursday, 20 December 2012

That you may not know about Jean Sheperds Christmas Story.

omg Listen to this

3nd floor 485 Madison Avenue NY NY 10022..you may also know it's sister station WNYW Radio New York Worldwide...

This is the sister FM..down the hall from the shortwave operation

Long story we met during Voyager at the Cape in 1977

16 years ago today we lost a wonderful thinker and a great man. There isn't a day that goes by that you aren't dearly missed, Carl Sagan!

Interesting thoughts

Since this is a record year for self-gifting, how about giving any or all of these gifts to ourselves.
  1. A pat on the back.  The one we rarely get but so deserve from others for all the good things we do all year long.  Better yet, create a long list of the things that deserve personal recognition and keep them handy on a mobile device or in a drawer for the next time a boost of confidence is needed.
  2. Forgiveness.  As hard as we may try, we are not perfect.  It isn’t perfection that should drive our existence, it’s the pursuit of perfection.  In the meantime, let’s take a moment to forgive ourselves for being human.
  3. Self-love.  Bluntly put, we cannot expect nor should we expect others to love us when we are unwilling to love ourselves.  Step one:  be grateful for the person we are.  Others will notice.
  4. Persistence.  As I point out in my book, Ted Williams was the last player to hit over .400 for a single season baseball batting average.  That means he failed 60% of the time.  In this way, life is like the game of baseball.  It’s not about hitting it out of the park.  It’s about times at bat.
As Ted Williams said, “baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer”.
Give these gifts to yourself and you will simultaneously also giving them to those around you.

Russia in the good old wintertime

Here's what's hot on tv in China

BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- "After six years, everything is over. You know I love you. XOXO, goodbye Gossip Girl," "Daimaopiaobuguocanghai" wrote in her microblog at Sina.com.
As American TV drama Gossip Girl saw a happy ending on Tuesday night, young Chinese are reluctant to part from it. Meanwhile, they are ready to embrace more foreign TV series.
"I joined my friends to see every episode of Gossip Girl since I was in university, for the gorgeous clothes and nicely pronounced English," says 25-year-old Qin Jie, a member of staff at a Beijing law firm.
"I was moved to see its ending but feel a little lost without updates on the drama any more," says Qin. "It's lucky that I still follow other American dramas, such as The Newsroom."
Gossip Girl, about the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City, is not the first foreign TV show to capture the hearts of Chinese youngsters.
In the early 1990s, wanting to improve their language skills, Chinese began to watch American TV series such as Growing Pains, which was broadcast in the United States from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.
With the development of the Internet, more Chinese people have easier access to episodes, not only for language learning but for their own general interest.
Yan Han, a postgraduate student at Beijing Foreign Studies University, instantly lists a couple of U.S. dramas when asked what she is currently watching for entertainment. Homeland, Dexter, 2 Broke Girls, and Grey's Anatomy trip off her tongue.
"American TV series have better depiction of the characters, no matter if they are leading or supporting roles, so audiences can root for all of them," says Yan.
On the other hand, she says, domestically made series generally feature stories told around a much smaller selection of dull, plain characters.
Unlike China's older generation, who tend to sit in front of the TV set after dinner, many younger Chinese use the Internet to choose when to watch their favorite programs more spontaneously. They are also influenced more by Western culture.
Zhang Heyang, 27, working in a human resources department, tells how she spends much time on the Internet watching American dramas which "show more compact stories."
"The Chinese TV series are too slow and remote from our lives," she adds.
Li Shengli, a professor with the Communication University of China, says that foreign TV series have attracted young Chinese audiences for a long time, and are now putting great challenges toward domestically made ones, as the foreign competition is more delicately produced and maintains good interaction with the audience.
American series are broadcasted as each episode is made week by week, Li explains, while China's TV dramas are filmed in blocks for examination by state organs and then shown on TV, with two or more episodes appearing each day.
Li believes that, although China now produces a large number of TV series every year, few of them are of high quality.
"With more and more young people turning to the Internet for English or American episodes, Chinese-made rivals are losing the market and may have dim futures if no breakthroughs are made.
"It is time for domestic producers as well as the Chinese government to review themselves and take some measures," according to the professor.
Li suggests that the Chinese mechanism for scrutinizing TV shows be changed, and that the government encourage episodes to be broadcasted as they are made in order to achieve better interaction with the audience.
Moreover, Li urges domestic producers to pay more efforts to the story of the series and try more styles, instead of only thinking about earning money.

Reprint from SWLIng.com

I just received my copy of the 2013 WRTH directly from the publisher. As many SWLing readers know, I look forward to receiving this staple radio reference guide, and this year it even arrived early. While other reference guides have pulled out of the scene, WRTH has remained strong, resistant to the economy’s negative influence upon radio, and their quality, too, has been consistent. Not only does WRTH have a loyal readership among hobbyists, but also among commercial broadcasters.
WRTH’s team of noted DXers from around the world curate frequencies and broadcaster information by region; while I’m not sure how they orchestrate all of this, the end result is truly a symphony of radio information. In addition to broadcaster listings, WRTH’s radio reviews, feature articles, and annual HF report make for excellent reading.
With that said, I dived into the reference’s reviews first, as the writers often test radios that I never have the privilege to test in my shack, such as units out of Europe. This issue is no exception:  WRTH reviewed the Cross Country Wireless SDR-4+, the Afedri SDR-Net, and one I have tested, the Bonito 1102S Radiojet––all receivers from smaller manufacturers throughout Europe.
The DR111 DRM Radio (Photo: Chengdu NewStar Electronics)
Although WRTH notes that there have been very few new additions to the tabletop or portable market for 2013 (I absolutely agree), it does cover the Newstar DR111 portable DRM receiver.
Low-band DXers who like experimenting with antennas will be happy to see that they also test the Wellbrook FLG100LN. Since 2009, WRTH has given attention to Internet radios, as many readers use these to supplement their SWLing; I certainly do. In this edition, WRTH reviews the Pure ‘One Flow’ and the Roberts Stream 83i, which they give their WRTH 2013 Best Internet Radio Award. Congratulations!
The Racal RA-3791 (Photo: Firmenprospekt)
The Racal RA-3791 (Photo: Firmenprospekt)
WRTH also turns their reviewers toward some classic 1990s DSP receivers, like the Racal RA3791, the Marconi H2550, the STC STR8212, and the Rohde & Schwarz EK 085. I find these reviews, in particular, invaluable as a reference. Although many of these radios float around in the used radio market, I’m usually reluctant to invest in a product that was originally produced in smaller numbers, often for commercial/government use. If you’re knowledgeable enough to choose the right one, however, you could get benchmark performance at an excellent cost. Plus–well, let’s face it–they look cool.
I always enjoy WRTH’s human-interest articles as well. In this edition, WRTH features the Children’s Radio Foundation, who strive to give African youth a voice on the radio. As the director of a radio charity myself, I know the good folks at the Children’s Radio Foundation, and can assure you that you’ll love reading about their mission this holiday season; it’s very heart-warming.
WRTH also features an article on the island of Curacao and another on the new clandestine station, Khmer Post Radio.
Of course, WRTH also includes their digital update and HF propagation report.
All in all, this is another great edition of the World Radio TV Handbook. As I’ve said before, though I use online frequency databases fairly regularly, there is no replacement for a good printed frequency guide. Not only does WRTH contain more in-depth information on broadcasters and schedules, but it makes for quick reference, and doesn’t require a computer or Internet connection…much like your shortwave radio.
Purchase your copy of WRTH 2013 directly from WRTH’s publishers, or from a distributor like Universal Radio (US) or Radio HF (Canada). Happy reading!  You can also get if via AMAZON.COM.

Cleaning house at WOR

It was only a matter of time at WOR. It’s the sense of radio insiders that staffers at the venerable news/talk station were on borrowed time since Clear Channel purchased the 710 frequency in August.
Now, FishbowlNY has learned that numerous changes have taken place at WOR, with others still possible, all within days of Christmas. Here’s what we know at this point. Midday host, Dr.Joy Browne is out. The psychologist spent 15 years dishing advice to callers on WOR.
Mike Huckabee‘s syndicated show has been dropped.
A source close to the information tells FishbowlNY that only scratches the surface.
“All local show promos are off… news department will be absorbed into Total Traffic. It’s a bloodbath there today.”
Part of that bloodbath, we’re told, is the dismissal of former New York Governor David Paterson. The unorthodox hire joined WOR for a weekday two-hour show, succeeding Steve Malzberg in September 2011.
Paterson’s spokesman confirmed the firing to FishbowlNY.
“Governor Paterson’s run hosting his afternoon drive program on WOR has come to an end.  As someone who had to do significant house cleaning when he took over as chief executive, these moves by the new management come as no surprise. As governor, he was often times in position to dish it out, so he is certainly someone who can take it.”
The spokesman says Paterson will focus on future projects.
“In anticipation of this eventuality, Governor Paterson has been exploring a number of different options both in and out of the media and will be working towards finalizing some of those options after the New Year.  He has greatly enjoyed being part of the rich, proud history of WOR radio and would like to thank the Buckley family, [VP/GM] Jerry Crowley and the entire WOR team for the opportunity.”

For now, it appears that longstanding news director Joe Bartlett remains at WOR.
Although the fate of station executives is unknown, we’re told that the morning show board-op forJohn Gambling has been terminated, along with some show producers at the station.

We will be here tmw


from the ny times today issue

Astronomers Say North Korean Satellite Is Most Likely Dead

“It’s spinning or tumbling, and we haven’t picked up any transmissions,” said Jonathan McDowell, a Harvard astronomer who tracks rocket launchings and space activity. “Those two things are most consistent with the satellite being entirely inactive at this point.”The North Korean satellite launched into space last week appears to be tumbling in orbit and is most likely dead, astronomers are reporting. The evident failure will not cause the spacecraft to fall quickly back to earth but seems to represent a major blow to the North’s portrayal of the launching as a complete triumph.
North Korea’s state-run news media said nothing about the satellite’s dysfunction, focusing instead on the event the launching was supposed to honor: the somber first anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il, the longtime leader. As part of the coverage, state television broadcast video of his daughter-in-law — her first public appearance in more than a month — that appeared to confirm that a new member of North Korea’s notoriously reclusive Kim dynasty is on its way.
The images showed Ri Sol-ju, the wife of Kim Jong-il’s son and successor, Kim Jong-un, dressed in a dark flowing dress and walking slowly beside her husband inside the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum in Pyongyang, the capital, where Kim Jong-il and his father, Kim Il-sung, lie in state. Although she was wearing a high-waisted, loose-fit, traditional “hanbok” dress, and there was no official mention of pregnancy, South Korean media detected what they considered a visibly swollen belly. The South Korean news agency Yonhap quoted a government source as saying that birth was “imminent.”
State media has been describing the satellite launching as a triumphal achievement of the young leader, completed despite worldwide criticism and United Nations sanctions on the North’s ballistic missile program. On the day of the launching, the mission director, Kim Hye-jin, told reporters that the satellite was broadcasting in orbit “Song of Gen. Kim Il-sung” and “Song of Gen. Kim Jong-il.”
The satellite, about the size of a washing machine, reportedly carries an on-board camera to observe the earth. That mission requires the spacecraft to remain quite steady.
Dr. McDowell said tumbling would imply that on-board systems meant to control and stabilize the craft had failed.
He added that radio astronomers had picked up no signals from the satellite and that optical astronomers had observed it brightening and dimming as it slowly rotated through space end over end.
“It’s clear that the rocket part of this mission worked very well for the North Koreans,” Dr. McDowell said in an interview. “They ended up in the right orbit. But the preponderance of the evidence suggests that the satellite failed either during the ascent or shortly afterwards.”
North Korea fired the small satellite into orbit last Wednesday atop a long-range rocket, a first for the impoverished nation. The official Korean Central News Agency hailed it as demonstrating “indomitable spirit and massive national capabilities.”
Last week, rumors circulated in Washington that the satellite was malfunctioning. Astronomers who turned a variety of telescopes on the sky have now gathered evidence that supports that finding.
Greg Roberts, a retired professional astronomer who lives in Cape Town, South Africa, reported Sunday on an Internet site that he was able to observe the satellite flashing through repeated cycles that would brighten and dim.
The spacecraft, he added, “appears to be doing a regular tumble.” On Monday, he added that new observations showed the satellite reaching its maximum brightness roughly once every 16 seconds.
In an e-mail, Mr. Roberts cautioned that he still needed to make more observations to confirm the evident tumbling.
The glaring absence of any signals or other signs of life from the spacecraft suggests it is dormant or dead.
The radio silence stands in contrast to North Korea’s early wave of excited proclamations.
Robert Christy, a British radio astronomer who has tracked satellites for decades and runs an observers’ Internet site, said in an e-mail from England that for days after the launching he listened for the satellite but could hear nothing and found no plausible signals.
“I still wouldn’t rule out it turning up,” Mr. Christy said. But he noted that North Korean officials have already missed an opportunity to make “any real propaganda out of it transmitting.”
Ted Molczan, a sky watcher in Toronto who is also tracking the satellite, said tumbling would have little if any impact on the orbit’s decay and the satellite’s re-entry through the atmosphere, where the blistering heat of friction will eventually cause it to burn up.
“It’s going to be up there for at least a few years,” Mr. Molczan said. “The real question is whether the satellite is functioning. Right now, it looks like it’s rotating aimlessly.”
William J. Broad reported from New York, and Choe Sang-hun from Seoul, South Korea.

Xmas gift for the Iss crew

EVENTS: Get set for Safer Internet Day 2013

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

Safer Internet Day 2013 will be the tenth edition of the event, and will take place on Tuesday 5 February 2013. The theme for the day is 'Online rights and responsibilities', when we will encourage users to 'Connect with respect'.

This website aims to showcase the many exciting activities and events that are planned across the globe to celebrate the day. Click on the map below to get started, using the zoom control to locate the events in your country. Alternatively, visit the 'SID Near You' section to explore news from the many countries and institutions taking part. Alternatively check out the 'SID blog' for the latest updates and inspiration from past campaigns, and see some of the great resources created as part of the campaign in the 'SID gallery'.

If you have ideas for SID 2013, or would like to convene a SID Committee or organise a SID activity in your own country, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us at sid-helpdesk@eun.org or register onlineand we'll be in touch. Or, if you'd like resources, such as banners, logos and QR codes to support your own campaign, visit the SID 2013 page.

A song you might have heard on WNYW

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

This is a very rare recording which I found on you tube.  If you were listening to WNYW Radio New York Worldwide's Music from New York during the sixties you might have heard this tune.  In Stereo take a listen to Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66 with Lani Hall on lead singing the Christmas Song.

Russian launch today

No DOD launch tfn

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Rocket Launch Postponed from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - The launch of a Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket for the Department of Defense scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 18, from Wallops Flight Facility has been postponed.

A new launch date has not been determined.

The next launch from the Wallops Flight Facility is a NASA Terrier-Orion suborbital sounding rocket scheduled for late January 2013.

London fromthe space station

At night taken around 9 pm utc.

6 am launch from Kz

HOUSTON -- NASA Television will provide live coverage of next week's launch and docking of the next crew members who will fly to the International Space Station. 

Tom Marshburn of NASA, Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency are scheduled to launch to the space station in their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at 6:12 a.m. CST (6:12 p.m. Baikonur time) Wednesday, Dec. 19, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA TV launch coverage will begin at 5 a.m. and include video of that day's activities leading to the crew boarding its spacecraft. 

The trio will dock the Soyuz spacecraft to the station's Rassvet module at 8:10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21. NASA TV coverage of docking begins at 7:30 a.m. About three hours later, hatches will open between the Soyuz and the station. Marshburn, Romanenko and Hadfield will be greeted by Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford of NASA and flight engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin of Roscosmos, who have been living and working on the orbiting laboratory since late October. NASA TV's hatch opening coverage begins at 10:15 a.m. 

Marshburn, Romanenko and Hadfield will remain aboard the station until May 2013. Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin will return to Earth March 15, leaving Hadfield as the first Canadian commander of the space station. 

The full schedule of the Soyuz prelaunch, launch and docking coverage includes (all times Central): 

Friday, Dec. 14 
1 p.m. -- Video file of Expedition 34/35 crew activities in Baikonur, Kazakhstan 

Monday, Dec. 17 
11 a.m. -- Video file of Expedition 34/35 spacecraft encapsulation, rocket mating and rollout in Baikonur, Kazakhstan 

Tuesday, Dec. 18 
11 a.m. -- Video file of Expedition 34/35 Russian State Commission meeting and final pre-launch crew news conference in Baikonur, Kazakhstan 

Wednesday, Dec. 19 
5 a.m. -- Expedition 34/35 launch coverage (launch at 6:12 a.m.; includes video of the crew's pre-launch activities at 5:15 a.m.) 
9 a.m. -- Video file of Expedition 34/35 pre-launch, launch and post-launch interviews 

Friday Dec. 21 
7:30 a.m. -- Expedition 34/35 docking coverage (docking at 8:10 a.m.) followed by the post-docking news conference from Mission Control in Korolev, Russia 
10:15 a.m. -- Expedition 34/35 hatch opening and welcoming ceremony (hatch opening at 10:45 a.m.) 
1 p.m. -- Video file of Expedition 34/35 docking, hatch opening and welcoming 

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit: 

The Richard Engel Story. you might want to wait for the book

iThis was on twitter yesterday..NBC kept this under wraps for five days.  Here's the story.

Love this video..

Monday, 17 December 2012

Still no live webcast for thiis Dod flight

Friday, 14 December 2012

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - The launch of a Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket for the Department of Defense tonight, Dec. 14, from NASA's launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia has been postponed. 

The new launch date is 8 to 8:30 p.m. EST, December 18.

What are we as a country going to do about this..now not when the dust clears

Connecticut State Police said a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, at an elementary school in the city of Newtown. The gunman is also dead, as well as another victim elsewhere in Newtown.

"Our hearts are broken today," President Barack Obama said. He said the children killed were 5 to 10 years old. He said the nation had been "through this too many times" and has to "come together to take meaningful action, regardless of the politics."

Media did a good job of covering the story however they did not verify police sources who wrongly ID'd the gunman. They went with it and got it wrong.. Frank Reynold's speaks from the grave to get it right then nail it down.  Funny how you forget the basics...

NEWS / PROJECTS / PRINT: New mag for high schools

AN EAST London entrepreneur is hoping to making a name for himself in media circles with a new publication aimed at the youth called Student’s Rule Magazine.

The 44-page monthly magazine is targeted mainly at high school children and covers aspects of everyday life for pupils.

“The magazine covers issues such as teenage pregnancy to career guidance. We also look at things like drama festivals and matric dances,” said magazine editor Buhle Ntsebeza.

“Of course we also have opportunities for pupils to give us reason as to why they should be featured in the magazine. To date we have done quite a few features on pupils making their mark around the various schools.”

Ntsebeza and his team of four staff members have already produced three issues of the magazine since September which sells at R15 a copy. The team operates from the garage of Ntsebeza’s Amalinda home and prints 10000 copies of the magazine in Durban.

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