Meet Douglas Hurley, the local astronaut

first_imgHurley piloted two spaceflights prior to this SpaceX mission. His first spaceflight was as a pilot on STS-127. His second came two years later in July 2011, piloting STS-135. (WBNG) — Due to bad weather, the SpaceX flight has been postponed until May 30. In an interview with 12 News, Hurley’s former 5th grade teacher Robin Seward shared Behnken was alongside him in that class, where the two also met their future wives. Hurley was selected as an Astronaut in 2000. According to NASA, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University in 1988. Following college, Hurley joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he was a fighter pilot and test pilot. He retired from the Marines after serving over 24 years. (WBNG) — On Wednesday, Apalachin native and astronaut Douglas Hurley will make history as SpaceX attempts to send its first manned mission to space. The mission is called Demo-2, and will send Hurley and fellow astronaut Robert Behnken on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Spacecraft. This marks the first time in nearly a decade humans will be sent to space from United States soil. center_img BREAKING: Before Hurley was making history in space, he attended Owego Free Academy and graduated in the class of 1984. Read more by clicking here. —– Hurley’s wife, Karen Nyberg is a retired astronaut. The two have a 10-year old son named Jack.last_img read more

USC improv alumni find success at SNL

first_imgThe recent success of two USC alumni, Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney, has brought the world of improvisational comedy at USC into the spotlight.During their time at USC, Bennett and Mooney were members of Commedus Interruptus, an improvisational theater and sketch comedy group that performs free shows on campus. Bennett and Mooney are two of the newest performers to join the cast of Saturday Night Live. The casting was announced on Sept. 16, and the pair appeared in their first show on Sept. 28.“I was really excited because I knew [their casting] was going to bring a lot of attention to Commedus. I think it was about time because we haven’t gotten a lot of support in the past,” said Michael Sturgis, a member of the group and a sophomore majoring in psychology and theater.Besides free performances in front of Tommy Trojan on Fridays, Commedus Interruptus also hosts events at Ground Zero Performance Café and Bovard Auditorium.Members of the group were excited to hear that two of their alumni had been cast in such a well-known television show.“It was fantastic to hear that Kyle and Beck made it onto the cast,” said Frank Gullihur, a junior majoring in theater. “I immediately told everyone I knew. Here are two people that are in the same troupe as me, and now they’re on SNL!”Joining Commedus Interruptus is a competitive process. There are multiple rounds of auditions, as well as a six-week-long workshop.Gullihur noted how auditions are typically teeming with enthusiastic prospective performers — nearly 80 to 100 people audition each year.Currently, the troupe consists of seven cast members.Paul Stanko, a graduate of the theater program, remembered the intensity of the tryouts.“I auditioned as a freshman. I didn’t even make it to callbacks,” Stanko said. “My improv was weak, and I really had no idea what I was doing.”Stanko said he took the initial rejection as an impetus to improve.“I took my freshman year to really polish up my improvisational skills, gained a new appreciation for the art behind what Commedus was doing, and went back guns blazing sophomore year,” Stanko said. “Somehow, I tricked them into taking me.”Richy Storrs, a junior majoring in theater, said Bennett and Mooney’s success will inspire the USC entertainment community.“It gives us hope for our own future as writers and actors, especially since a lot of their sketch ideas came from original ideas they had come up with for the biannual Commedus Sketch Show,” Storr said. “What Beck and Kyle are doing is definitely something that I am currently aiming for: to bring joy and humor to as large an audience as possible.”Bennett and Mooney aren’t the first ones to make it big after their time with Commedus Interruptus. Jason Reitman, who has directed films such as Juno and Thank You for Smoking, was also a member of the troupe.According to Stanko, this success is not as much about the snappy jokes as it is about the amount of time and energy invested into the craft.“If you love something enough, and you throw yourself into that, you can get to the top of the game. Kyle and Beck did just that,” Stanko said. “They loved comedy and they kept at it, and now they’re in the big leagues. Anyone can get there; it’s just a matter of work ethic.” Follow Rini on Twitter @RiniSampathlast_img read more

Football Club licensing to be organized in mid of this Month

first_imgOrganized by the Football Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, a seminar was held today in Sarajevo, attended by representatives of all BHT Premier League clubs in B&H.The topic of the seminar was the financial criterion in the licensing process for BHT Premier League clubs for the 2020/21 competitive season.In addition to representatives of the BH Premier League clubs (directors, secretaries and financial officers), the seminar was attended by certified auditors from certified audit firms, who would audit the financial statements of the clubs in the upcoming licensing season.Experts from the Club Licensing Administration explained to participants in today’s seminar in detail, and based on a practical presentation of one club, the requirements of the financial criteria in the club licensing process.Authorized auditors briefed club representatives on the technical details of auditing the financial statements of the clubs to be conducted within the specified timeframe. Also, club representatives presented the problems that they dealt with, when meeting the obligations of the given financial criterion for club licensing.The second seminar on the topic of the process of clubs licensing will be organized in mid of this month, and it will cover topics from administrative, legal, sports and infrastructural criteria.alast_img read more