BERMUDA | Sunday May 14, 2017
The boats have a hydraulic system that gets charged by the sailors. Either through standard grinding pedestals which the majority of the teams have installed, or bicycle pedestals the New Zealand team are employing.
This is why fitness is such a critical aspect of this America’s Cup. All of the roles on board require the sailors to be athletes in peak condition. They need power, strength, agility, and superhuman aerobic capacity.
ORACLE TEAM USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, along with team mates Graeme Spence and Rev Minihane, took on an epic challenge on Saturday – the Devil’s Isle SUP Challenge.
The scheduled 40 mile race had to be shortened to 29 miles due to very strong winds, but even at that distance, Spithill called it « one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. »
The Devil’s Isle Challenge is held in support of the Plastic Tides organisation, devoted to education about the scourge of plastic in our oceans.
According to Craig McFarlane, Oracle Team USA’s physical performance manager, during a race grinders, helmsmen, trimmers can average up to 98 per cent of their maximum heart rate for the entire race.
In training, America’s Cup sailors will achieve a maximum deadlift of 200kg, and to achieve this, Oracle Team USA sailors workout on average nine session per week, including swimming and hill running sessions.
There is a focus on grinding sessions – up to three per week – in addition to other weight training and cross training activities such as boxing, stand-up paddle boarding and surf ski sessions, high-intensity workout finishers, and even the occasional high intensity, and high-stakes, table tennis matches !
Voc: trimmer / régleur ; helmsman / berreur ; high stakes / défis ; grind / entraînement
NEXT COMPETITION IS COMING SOON !
How is sport going on the Bermudian Island ?
ORACLE TEAM USA news ( click to read the article )
A PROOF THAT HUMANITY CAN SOMETIMES DO MIRACLES : Thank you Mr Obama.
STANDING ROCK RESERVATION HAS WON
The US Army Corps of Engineers said on Sunday that it won’t grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota.
The decision is a victory for the several thousand camped near the construction site, who’ve said for months that the four-state, $3.8 billion project would threaten a water source and cultural sites.
The pipeline is largely complete except for the now-blocked segment underneath Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir. According to a news release, Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said her decision was based on the need to « explore alternate routes » for the pipeline’s crossing.
« The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing. »
The company constructing the pipeline, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, had said it was unwilling to reroute the project.
US Secretary for the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement that the Corps’ « thoughtful approach … ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts » and « underscores that tribal rights reserved in treaties and federal law, as well as Nation-to-Nation consultation with tribal leaders, are essential components of the analysis to be undertaken in the environmental impact statement going forward. »
Steven Perry, a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran who’s a member of the Little Traverse Bay band of Odawa Indians in Michigan, spoke of one of the protesters’ main concerns: that the pipeline could pollute drinking water. « This is not just a native issue, » he said, « This is an issue for everyone. »
easement : servitude, droit de passage
Civil Works : génie civil
underscores : souligne
WE ARE WAITING FORWARD TO GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NASA PROJECT WITH THE STUDENTS OF THE LYCEE DE LA MER…
or understand how do the astronauts come back on Earth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l7MM9yoxII
EVERYTHING WENT SMOOTHLY, watch the hatching of the Soyus capsule : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7twZyc9U6M
This mission is also a stepping stone for many school activities around the world : computer coding, crystals growing, maths demonstrations to fitness and nutrition, technology and science.
This out-of-this world research will be a great adventure for Thomas, Oleg and Peggy.
After their two-days travel, science will fuse into the station to make 50 experiments in order to improve human exploration.
GOING SO FAR, FOR A LONG PERIOD, but WHAT FOR ?
You want to know more… wait and see tomorrow after the launching …
GOOD LUCK !
We will watch you on the link below or on TV, or on dailymotion or on utube.
Well, we won’t miss you.
IN THE NAME of PROGRESS… the expedition 50 is due to take off from Kazakhstan at 9.20 pm ( Paris time ) on the 17th of November 2016.
Watch the launch of ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Russian commander Oleg Novitsky to the International Space Station on 17 November at 20:20 GMT (21:20 CET)
Thomas, Peggy and Oleg will spend from six to nine months in space working and living on the International Space Station.
You may like the following website to follow the adventures of this team.
NICE ECOLOGICAL and ORIGINAL SOLAR CARS known worldwide.
Throughout the campaign, Trump boldly promised a laundry list of accomplishments in his first 100 days that would rival the full-term achievements of any modern president. He has promised to:
- Appoint judges « who will uphold the Constitution » and « defend the Second Amendment. »
- Build a wall on the southern border and restrict immigration « to give unemployed Americans an opportunity to fill good-paying jobs. »
- « Stand up to countries that cheat on trade, of which there are many » and crack down on companies « that send jobs overseas. »
- « Repeal and replace job-killing Obamacare — it is a disaster. »
- Lift federal restrictions on energy production.
« There is one common theme in all of these reforms, » Trump has said repeatedly. « It’s going to be America first. »
Voting for a president in the United States : seems so complicated for us
Here is the link to an explanation : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-4Sfn_ti-U
THE 2016 AMERICAN ELECTIONS– Let’s see the map ! http://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/president
Native Americans are fighting against the construction of a pipeline.
They want to preserve their burial sites and their source of drinking water.
If you want to sign the petition :
More videos :
What happens now ?
You will find on this page current worldnews worth to be mentioned because of the work in class or because of their cultural interest.
February 02nd 2016 : A teenager wants to clean up the ocean
This is an article and a video from the Sydney Morning Herald about a Dutch student who imagined a way to clean the oceans of the tons of plastic. This high school project is now becoming real!
January 05th 2016 : Obama’s tears
President Obama announced a series of executive actions on guns Tuesday. He recited a litany of mass shootings during his presidency, but paused and choked up at the 20 first-graders shot and killed at Sandy Hook.
Nov 13th 2015 : #prayforparis
The whole world has been shaken following the terrorist attacks of last Nov 13th. The US president Barack Obama was the first to react and support French people. This is the speech he delivered a few hours after the attacks :
From Nov 30th 2015 : #earthtoparis
The COP21 : Paris climate conference will start in a few days. This meeting represents a major hope to find world solutions to the climate change. This is the report from the cable news American channel CNN about it :
The day before the beginning ot the climate conference, thousands of citizens gathered everywhere in the world to send a message to world leaders. This is an articlefrom the Huffington Post about this :