Former Astronaut Mark Kelly Announces Bid for Arizona Senate

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first_img Mark Kelly is a retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, engineer, NASA astronaut, author, activist, aerospace executive, and, as of Tuesday, Arizona Senate candidate.Kelly this week announced that his “next mission” is to run for Arizona’s Senate seat, formerly occupied by the late Sen. John McCain.“I care about people, I care about the state of Arizona, I care about this nation, so because of that, I’ve decided that I’m launching a campaign for the United States Senate,” he said in an official video.In four and a half minutes, Kelly reflects on his life—from his mother’s appointment as one of the nation’s first female police officers to his numerous spaceflights.Perhaps most stirring, though, are his musings on wife Gabrielle Giffords, the former Congresswoman who survived being shot in the head during a public event in Tucson in 2011.“I learned a lot from being an astronaut. I learned a lot from being a pilot in the Navy. I learned a lot about solving problems from being an engineer,” Kelly said. “But what I learned from my wife is how you use policy to improve people’s lives.”Following the harrowing event, Giffords and Kelly started a political action committee—Americans for Responsible Solutions—to promote gun-control legislation. NASA Twins Study Explores How Space Travel Impacts an Astronaut’s BodyAstronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA Changed in Space Stay on targetcenter_img My next mission… #FullSpeedAhead #ForArizona pic.twitter.com/5E36z7aztH— Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) February 12, 2019Kelly is mostly recognized, though, for his cosmic endeavors.Selected to become a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996, he flew his first mission in 2001 as pilot of STS-108, and later went on to command STS-121 in 2006, STS-124 in 2008, and STS-134 in 2011.In order to help his wife through her recovery, Kelly retired from NASA’s astronaut corps and the U.S. Navy in 2011.Four years later, Kelly’s identical twin brother (and fellow astronaut) Scott Kelly left for a stint on the International Space Station. During and after Scott’s year-long mission, the siblings were studied for physical differences caused by living in space versus on Earth.Identical twin astronauts Mark (left) and Scott Kelly are subjects of NASA’s Twins Study (via NASA)Mark Kelly is not the first astronaut-turned-politician: John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth in 1962, served as a Democratic Senator for Ohio from 1974 to 1999.Kelly’s name will appear on the Arizona special election ballot on Nov. 3, 2020; other potential Democrats include current House of Representatives members Ruben Gallego and former Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton.“We’ve seen this retreat from science and data and facts, and if we don’t take these issues seriously, we can’t solve these problems,” the congressional hopeful said. “We’re going to need to bring people together, from all parts of the state, and all walks of life.”The contested Senate seat is currently held by Republican Martha McSally, a former Congresswoman appointed to finish the remainder of McCain’s term, following the politician’s death in August.More on Geek.com:‘Happy Suit’ Could Help Astronauts Beat Space BluesProlonged Spaceflights Can Weaken Immune SystemsArizona Lawmaker Proposes Porn Tax to Pay for Border Walllast_img

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RICS HQ off Parliament Square is closed for the day following Westminster outrage

first_imgThe Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has shut its office for the day following the suspected terrorist incident yesterday outside parliament.Its offices, which are on Parliament Square, were evacuated yesterday following police advice and today its staff are working via alternative working arrangements as business continues as usual.RICS says its 12, George Street address just off Parliament Square remains closed and that “our headquarters serves as a conference centre and offices and welcomes many travelling visitors each day”, a RICS statement says.“We have a duty of care to all those who visit and work with us.“As our headquarters is located at the centre of what remains a major crime scene, we took the decision, once ordered to evacuate, that we close the building today to visitors.”“Our thoughts are with all those who have suffered in this incident and their families.”RICS has been based at 12 George Street since the organisation was established in 1868 although most of its support functions are carried out by staff at its Coventry office.A minute’s silence is due to be held at 9.33am this morning to honour those who lost their lives during yesterday’s tragic events in Westminster.incident RIDS Westminster March 23, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » RICS HQ off Parliament Square is closed for the day following Westminster outrage previous nextRICS HQ off Parliament Square is closed for the day following Westminster outrageOrganisation says it has a duty of care to staff and visitors as major police investigation in area continues.The Negotiator23rd March 201701,009 Viewslast_img

Humberts opens first regional hub in Dorset and prepares to open second in Kent

first_imgHumberts has begun rolling out its much-vaunted ‘hub’ system for its non-franchised offices, the Negotiator has learned.This includes the closure of its other high street branches in the South West and the start of the same process in the South East.Last month the company said it was to move its high street operations to new centralised high-tech hubs which would service entire regions or counties. Many staff are understood to be mobile rather than based day-to-day at the hubs.The first hub is in Poundbury, Dorset for the SW, which has opened earlier than expected, and the next hub is to be in Tunbridge Wells in Kent to serve the SE.This is part of Humberts’ plan to make the company profitable again by cutting the huge cost of multiple high street branches, a move it has framed as expanding “expertise across each respective county by employing more Property Consultants in the field and specialising in entire counties, rather than just small pockets”.Hybridisation?When originally announced the move was hailed as the first signs of ‘hybridisation’ within the wider industry as agents cut high street locations and move to hubs instead.“Responding to our consumer’s needs is the driving force of where we are taking Humberts – to make the company relevant to the market today,” said Humberts CEO Matt Spence, who is also the founder of Natural Retreat which bought Humbers in May just weeks after over 50 senior and junior staff’s roles were made redundant via a conference call.Humberts property hubs matt spence August 24, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Humberts opens first regional hub in Dorset and prepares to open second in Kent previous nextAgencies & PeopleHumberts opens first regional hub in Dorset and prepares to open second in KentCompany appears to be accelerating its programme of opening centralised off-high-street ‘hubs’ and is already preparing to open its second one in Tunbridge Wells.Nigel Lewis24th August 201801,990 Viewslast_img

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