SA, Australia to share SKA telescope

first_img25 May 2012 In South Africa scientists and engineers have been hard at work for a number of years in preparation for the SKA. An extensive bursary programme has seen hundreds of university students becoming interested in space science and engineering as a career, and, said Pandor, even more encouraging is that many of these are black students and women. “The SKA will bring advancements of astro-sciences to both countries and facilitate knowledge sharing between young and older astronomy and cosmology experts. The opportunity to share the SKA with Australia will also highlight the benefits of partnerships on a global scale, and will improve industry cohesion and co-development in astronomy and other related fields.” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola says that South Africa is thrilled with the opportunity to share the hosting of the SKA as the partnership with Australia will open up new avenues for skills development as well as ideas and cultural exchange. South Africa will be the majority partner in the project, however, and will host 2/3rd of the antennae technologies of the SKA, while the remaining third will be built in Australia and New Zealand. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. “We have decided on a dual site approach,” said SKA board chairperson John Wommersley at a press conference held at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, following a meeting of the SKA organisation’s members in the Dutch capital. The instrument, which will be the world’s largest radio telescope, is expected to be complete in 2024. This follows a meeting of the members at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, after weeks of waiting and speculation regarding the final outcome of the hosting bid, which came down to two rivals, South Africa and Australia. Driving scientific development in Southern Africa YouTube: SKA bid announcement media briefing The SKA in South Africa will be located mainly in the Northern Cape province, in an area protected by legislation from development that could interfere with the reception of radio waves from space. To date, R55-million has been spent on developing the skills needed for SKA, with 398 postdoctoral fellowships, PhD, MSc and undergraduate bursaries given to deserving candidates. Members of the SKA Organisation then agreed that it was necessary to set up a small scientific working group to explore various implementation options that would ensure that there was an inclusive approach to SKA, as well as maximise the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions. Already an array of seven radio telescopes, the KAT-7, is online at the Northern Cape site and bringing in valuable imagery from far-flung corners of the universe. The KAT-7 is the MeerKAT precursor. When complete, MeerKAT will be the biggest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. Although it’s only due to become operational in 2012, the first five years of MeerKAT research time are fully booked, with astronomers queuing up to work on this important instrument The team’s goal is to complete 15 MeerKAT antennae by 2015. The announcement was initially expected early in April but was delayed. Various reasons were given for the delay, such as a number of objections raised by the Australian organisation that had to be resolved. After weeks of speculation, members of the Square Kilometre Array Organisation have announced that South Africa and Australia will jointly host the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). It will comprise about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over many thousands of square kilometres. The core of the telescope will lie in the Northern Cape’s Karoo region, with outlying stations spread throughout South Africa, and in Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius.last_img read more

EEE virus confirmed in Ohio horse

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A horse from Ashtabula County was recently confirmed to have eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) by the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.The animal was euthanized in late July after showing neurological symptoms. The animal was not vaccinated against the disease and lived near a low-lying area that is typically prone to harboring mosquitoes. EEE is often transmitted by mosquitoes and can be transmitted to humans, however only a few cases are reported each year and most infected persons report no apparent illness.“The confirmation of EEE in Ohio serves as a reminder to horse owners on the importance of vaccinating their animals,” said Dr. Tony Forshey, State Veterinarian and chief of the ODA Division of Animal Health. “EEE is one of a handful of illnesses that horses can be protected from through vaccination and I encourage owners to talk to their veterinarian and get horses vaccinated soon.”EEE attacks the central nervous system of a horse. It appears within five days after a mosquito transmits the virus and clinical signs of illness are abrupt. Signs of EEE in horses include: fever, a sleepy appearance, muscle twitches, weakness and a staggering walk. Often, affected animals are unable to stand within hours of transmission and die within a few days.Horse owners are encouraged to ensure their animals have been vaccinated, to remove standing water from near their home and increase other mosquito control efforts. Veterinarians in Ohio have been alerted of the confirmed test and are encouraged to notify ODA if they suspect an animal has contracted EEE.last_img read more

A Review of Siga Wigluv Air-Sealing Tape

first_imgCodes need to do a better job addressing water controlAs an aside, it’s interesting that building codes barely touch on water control, which is of course the most important control layer on any house. What difference does it make what R-value your wall has if water is getting into that wall through a leaky window or a poorly sealed plumbing or HVAC penetration?In my quest to build ever-tighter houses, I’ve decided that my goal is for every house I build to get as close to 1 ach50 as possible. Not every house I build will get to this standard, as I’m sometimes limited by the architecture or the weatherstripping of exterior doors. I’ve found that sliding glass doors, custom doors, “store front” doors, and other architecturally cool doors can really kill my blower-door test results. RELATED ARTICLES Return to the Backyard Tape TestBackyard Tape TestA Backyard Test of Peel-and-Stick FlashingsAir-Sealing Tapes and GasketsEuropean Products for Building Tight HomesNew Green Building Products — September 2011 Air sealing approachesIf you’ve followed my blog, you know that I’ve used a ton of different methods to air seal inside a house: spray foam, Owens Corning Energy Complete, caulk, etc. Using these methods, I’ve been able to get most of my houses below 2.5 ach50. But to reach my goal of 1 ach50, I’ve decided to take a page from the Passivhaus playbook and tape my exterior sheathing seams.After reading Martin Holladay’s “Backyard Tape Test” article from the March 2013 issue of Fine Homebuilding, I thought that Siga Wigluv was the clear winner as the best tape for OSB sheathing seams. Martin’s article says that it’s best to use a primer, and I fully agree.I bought my Siga tape (along with the necessary Siga accessories) online from Small Planet Workshop. I recommend using a J-roller to roll out the tape and ensure good adhesion. To see a step-by-step demonstration of the installation process, check out the video below, as well as the series of photos and photo captions.Unfortunately, I’ve been waiting on the rear and front doors for this house, so I’ve not yet been able to perform the blower-door test. I’m expecting this house to get very close to my goal of 1 ach50.I’ll post an update to this blog post once I get the blower-door results. Overall, I’m really happy with this Siga tape and I think this method of addressing air control is superior from a “best practice” standpoint. Every house needs four control layers. In order of importance, these layers need to provide:1. Water control2. Air control3. Vapor control4. Thermal controlThe building codes have dictated the levels of thermal control and vapor control that builders must adhere to, and nearly every builder in the U.S. knows off the top of their head the R-value of the insulation in their walls and attics.But until recently, the building codes haven’t addressed air control. The 2012 IRC now dictates that builders in my climate zone (Zone 2) need to achieve a blower-door test result of 5 ach50 or less, which is actually pretty tight. This new requirement will make quite a few builders need to research air-sealing methods in order to reach this level of airtightness.center_img Matt Risinger is a custom builder and whole-house remodeling contractor in Austin, Texas, specializing in architect-driven design and fine craftsmanship. His company, Risinger Homes, uses an in-house carpentry staff and the latest building science research to build dramatically more efficient, healthy, and durable homes. You can read more examples of Matt’s writing at Matt Risinger and the Green Building Blog.last_img read more

Kemba’s 41, fast start help Hornets beat Pacers 133-126

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) shoots as Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 41 points on 11-for-22 shooting and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Indiana Pacers 133-126 with the help of a record-setting first quarter Friday night.Buoyed by 16 points from Nicolas Batum, the Hornets scored 49 points in the first, a franchise-best for a quarter. Charlotte connected on 7 of 11 from 3-point range and hit 19 of 23 from the field in that stretch. It marked the highest point total for an NBA team in any quarter this season.ADVERTISEMENT Four other Hornets players scored in double-digits, led by Batum’s 31 points and Dwight Howard’s 12 points and 11 rebounds. Charlotte won its second game in a row.Victor Oladipo had 35 points for the Pacers, who halted a three-game winning streak. Myles Turner added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCharlotte led 49-37 after the first, as the Pacers came within a point of matching the most first-quarter points by a Hornets opponent this season.The Pacers outscored the Hornets 34-25 in the third quarter, led by 13 points from Oladipo, to narrow Charlotte’s advantage to 96-91. Cory Joseph’s free throws cut Indiana’s deficit to 128-124 with 40 seconds left, but Charlotte hit five free throws after that to ice it. View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Bucks’ Brogdon to be sidelined up to 8 weeks with injurylast_img read more

Actor Forest Whitaker to receive University of San Diegos Medal of Peace

first_imgActor Forest Whitaker to receive University of San Diego’s Medal of Peace April 5, 2018 Posted: April 5, 2018 Updated: 10:51 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Actor Forest Whitaker will receive the University of San Diego’s Medal of Peace at a ceremony Thursday night, as the Dalai Lama and Martin Sheen have done before him.Whitaker was selected to receive the honor in recognition of his international humanitarian work. The Emmy and Oscar winner in 2012 founded the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, which develops peace-building programs and campaigns that aim to foster peace and reconciliation in disadvantaged and fragile communities throughout the world.Among the tools used by the organization are vocational training, conflict resolution, communications instruction, meditation and youth-led community projects to help achieve lasting peace, according to USD.Whitaker is also a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization special envoy for peace and reconciliation.“This year, as we mark the tenth anniversary since the founding of the Kroc School (of Peace Studies) at the University of San Diego, we wanted to recognize someone who has had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of men, women, and children globally,” said Kroc Dean Patricia Marquez. “While Mr. Whitaker is well known for his award-winning work in front of the camera,far fewer people know about the phenomenal work he has done through the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative. We wanted to shine a light on his global work, and thank him for his fearless leadership.”The Dalai Lama in 2012 was given the Catholic university’s award and actor Marin Sheen has received it three times, including in 2007, along with Ken Hackett, the president of Catholic Relief Services. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

DJ Khaled Unleashes Top Off With Beyoncé JayZ Future

first_img Facebook News Twitter DJ Khaled Unleashes “Top Off” With Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Future DJ Khaled Is Back With All-Star “Top Off” dj-khaled-unleashes-top-beyonc%C3%A9-jay-z-future Email New drop “Top Off” brings the “We The Best” warmth of spring as Beyoncé, Future and Jay-Z join DJ Khaled to heat things up Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 2, 2018 – 4:52 pm DJ Khaled has done it again as the first single from his upcoming Father Of Asahd album, “Top Off,” arrived March 2, with Jay-Z setting things off, Beyoncé impressive as ever and Future bringing juice to the track’s sticky chorus.This is DJ Khaled’s second collaboration with the first family of music. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were previously featured on the 2017 single, “Shining.” And of course, DJ Khaled helped make summer 2017 special with “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. His growing reputation as collab-maker has long shined, and the power of his knack brought them to the GRAMMY stage for the 60th GRAMMY Awards where he called out the haters who told him he’d never get there.While there’s still no word on a release date for Father Of Ashad, “Top Off” gives fans something to look forward to in the meantime.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

Democrats set to pick leader in Trump era

first_imgHillary Clinton and Donald TrumpUS Democrats, licking their wounds from last year’s election debacle, will pick a new leader Saturday to take the fight to President Donald Trump and his Republicans.With opposition Democrats preparing for crucial 2018 midterm elections and the nation’s next presidential race on the distant 2020 horizon, nothing less than the future of the party is at stake.The race to chair the Democratic National Committee (DNC) features front-runners Tom Perez, a Hispanic-American and former secretary of labor under Barack Obama who is the establishment pick, and Keith Ellison, a black Muslim congressman from the party’s progressive wing who has left open the prospect of pushing to impeach Trump.The race is narrowing — one of the second-tier challengers, South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jamie Harrison dropped out of the race Thursday and supported Perez — and culminates in a vote Saturday at a DNC meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.During a debate with several DNC candidates Wednesday night, Perez and Ellison expressed similar views about how they would run the party.They acknowledged that it needs to take a solid economic message to working-class and middle-class Americans, many of whom said during last year’s campaign that they felt abandoned by Democrats.Perez, 55, said Democrats need to “get back to basics” by making house calls in all 50 states and establishing a year-round organizing presence to remind American workers that the Democratic Party represents their values and interests.”When we lead with our message, our message of economic opportunity, that’s how we win,” he said during the debate broadcast on CNN.- Crisis of confidence -Perez also warned that Democrats must reform their party’s presidential primary system, which he said has created “a crisis of confidence” because of its lack of transparency.The current system includes the use of several hundred so-called “super-delegates” — DNC members, party grandees and lawmakers who can vote for whomever they choose in the primary, regardless of how citizens vote in the states.Ellison, 53, is the insurgent in the race, a supporter of liberal Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primaries who, like Perez, has pledged to reclaim the party’s reputation of standing for fair trade, jobs, infrastructure investment and the preservation of Social Security.”That’s what we do,” said Ellison, who was endorsed by Sanders. Trump “stole a Democratic message” by constantly reminding working-class and middle-class voters during the campaign that he was the candidate who listened to their concerns.Trump no doubt is watching the DNC race closely. Earlier this week he tweeted that Ellison’s bid is notable because “he was the one who predicted early that I would win!”Beyond Perez and Ellison, a dark horse has emerged: Pete Buttigieg, the charismatic 35-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana.He has earned support from former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, former DNC chair Steve Grossman, and Vermont ex-governor Howard Dean, himself a onetime presidential candidate and DNC chair.”The wolf is through the gates and eating our sheep right now. We’ve got to take it to the real opposition, which is the Republicans,” Buttigieg said in the debate.The falsehoods peddled by the Trump White House must be “met with fact and outrage,” he added. But at the same time, the focus has to return to struggling Americans.”We’ve got to get back to talking to people and about people in terms of their everyday lives.”The three candidates pledged to remain neutral should sitting Democrats be challenged by more liberal candidates in the 2018 midterm elections in the Republican-controlled Congress.And they portrayed the Democrats as a party desperate for a reenergizing from the ground up.Grossman, one of the former DNC chairs, said Trump was far more adept than Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate he defeated, at showing Americans that he could feel their pain.”He did, and she didn’t, and that was the difference,” Grossman told CBS radio earlier this month, as he said the new DNC chair will be tasked with bringing that message home to voters.Saturday’s winner needs a majority of the DNC’s 447 members. Roll Call newspaper reported a number of ballots would likely be needed for a candidate to emerge victorious.last_img read more

Texas DACA Recipients Welcome Supreme Court Decision But Want A Permanent Solution

first_imgCraig Hartley for Houston Public MediaCésar Espinosa (right), founder and executive director of FIEL Houston, supports that DACA recipients continue applying to renew their permits, both the one that grants them the DACA recipient status, as well as the one that authorizes them to work legally in the United States.DACA recipients from Texas reacted positively on Tuesday to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to take a case that could have meant the definitive termination of the program, but noted what they really want is a permanent solution for the uncertain situation of so-called ‘dreamers’ in the form of legislation, an idea they have repeated for months, particularly since President Donald Trump announced back in September that his Administration would end the Obama-era program.DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and is a program former President Barack Obama created in 2012.Julieta Garibay, Texas director and co-founder at United We Dream (UWD), expressed her satisfaction with the Supreme Court’s decision in an emailed statement in the sense it “allows immigrant youth who have had DACA or currently have DACA status that is expiring more time to renew.”However, while noting the decision “is a relief for some in our community,” Garibay’s statement added that “it is not the permanent solution that we fighting for and that immigrant youth deserve.”Óscar Hernández, a member of UWD who lives in Houston and who is a DACA recipient, agreed with Garibay.“I know that our community needs a permanent solution for this situation. So, knowing that DACA is available, it makes me happy that those of us who have it can continue to renew,” said Hernández, but he added: “I also know that there is hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who have not been able to apply who would benefit from it and who cannot apply for the first time now. So, it’s still very concerning about what’s gonna happen to the rest of the community.”Hernández was actually a little bit skeptic about to what extent the Supreme Court decision is fully beneficial for the so-called ‘dreamers’. “I don’t know how this is going to affect us moving forward because there is an urgency for there to be a permanent solution to DACA and if they’re gonna continue the process with DACA that might also cause like a bump for us, our fight for this permanent solution, because the [Trump] Administration, like many other people, many Democrats and Republicans, can hide behind “Well, DACA is still available, so why should we solve this problem?” I mean, that’s one of the concerns that I’ve had.”Asked about whether he thinks it is a good idea for DACA recipients to continue applying for renewals of their work permits, Hernández said he thinks it is, among other reasons because the government already has their information inasmuch they had to submit it when they sent their original applications.César Espinosa, founder and executive director of Houston-based Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle (popularly known as FIEL, by its acronym in Spanish), a group that advocates for a comprehensive immigration reform, agreed with Hernández in the sense DACA recipients should continue trying to renew their work permits –pertaining to both the DACA recipient status and to be authorized to work legally in the United States–, among other reasons, because he doesn’t think immigration authorities would use the personal information they have about DACA recipients to detain them.“One of the things that had been flying around prior to the decisions made by the courts was that our information was gonna be used to track us down and, up and to this point, we have not seen that,” noted Espinosa, who is a DACA recipient himself, who added that “at the end of the day immigration, USCIS, already has our information.”Espinosa agreed with Hernández in the sense that what his organization wants is a permanent solution.“We can’t be relying on what the court says or we can’t be relying on more, more executive orders. We need something permanent that we can rely on so that we can continue to plan our lives on the long term,” stressed the activist, who nevertheless also made clear that FIEL would not be satisfied with legislation that only took care of DACA recipients because their term goal is a comprehensive immigration reform that will provide a relief to a bigger segment of the undocumented community.In the meantime and regardless of the fact DACA is in a legal limbo, the White House still thinks Congress can do something about the program before the theoretical March 5th deadline the Trump Administration had established.“Absolutely he’s encouraging them to get something done,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during her Tuesday press briefing referring to members of Congress. “We’re still hopeful that something happens on this and Congress will actually do its job,” she added.The Harris County Republican Party has the same opinion as the White House.Vlad Davidiuk, the party’s communications director in the county, said they felt “disappointed that the [Supreme] Court decided to continue holding dreamers in limbo with DACA status,” but added they believe that “the intention and feeling of the [Supreme] Court was to give members of Congress time to work together and find a solution to give ‘dreamers’ an opportunity to emerge from the shadows in which they were left by President Obama’s failed policy.”“The situation will be resolved only when Congress can work together and find a solution, rather than relying on court orders or unlawful executive orders,” emphasized Davidiuk, who specified that –at the county level— the party’s opinion on DACA is that it was “a well-intentioned solution that was done in an ill-proposed way by the previous Administration.”Houston Public Media reached out to the Houston-based group Texans for Immigration Reduction and Enforcement, but, at the time of publication of this news report, they had not responded to a request for comment. 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Art for arts sake

first_imgTo achive this objective a three days Art Education Seminar and Workshop was organised by Lalit Kala Akademi from 21 to 24 January.The attempt of Lalit Kala Akademi in conducting this seminar was to act as a catalyst and in bringing art veterans and budding artistes under one roof, to be able to gain out of the distinguished speakers that have dedicated their life time to art and culture. During the three days the audience consisted of students, professors and masters from diverse disciplines. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Renowned people from various fields like Ravinder Singh, secretary, ministry of culture, Subhadra Mitra Channa, professor, department of anthropology, DU, senior curator and art critic Gayatri Sinha, were part of the first day  of the seminar to speak on the Importance of Art Education.Commenting on the art eduction Sadanand Menon, eminent art critic said that, ‘The necessity for the revitalisation of art education is not a matter of dispute. Education is the ability to ask questions and not be passive receivers of knowledge. Arts political, economic and social dimension should be recognised and promoted.’ The last day of the event, witnessed a splendid display of exhibition by various artists from different states. Artist from different disciplines were invited like Nathu Lal Verma for Fresco, Jayesh Kumar L Mandanka and Sompura for Stone Carving, Dadhi Pathak for Bamboo Art, Panditram for Bhittit Chitra and Jali work, Partha Dasgupta who made beautiful jewellery from Terracotta tiles. Also at display were Thangka Paintings, Pata Paintings, Kangra Paintings, Dogra Casting and more. The Artist that came depicts the diversity of the Indian culture through their performances, art and interdisciplinary workshop. Arts Education fosters both cultural awareness and promotes cultural practices which are transmitted from one generation to the next. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVenkat Raman Shyam from Madhaya Pradesh presented Gonda art tradition says that art is a unique form which should be improvised with the modern time and therefore is placed in the category of contemporary art. Further the artist use contemporary mediums like acrylic. The other demonstration includes the stone carvers from the Akshar Dham Temple, handloom weavers form Pata-silk tradition and North East handloom weavers. The Seminar and Workshop reflected the ideology that arts are both the manifestation of culture and the means of communication.last_img read more