New antenna for SA space ops centre

first_img8 October 2013 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) on Friday inaugurated the latest addition to its expanding fleet of technologically advanced antennae as the country continues to position itself as one of the world’s reliable space nations. “The new antennae facility consists of a new 10m Ku-DBS band antenna and an equipment room, outfitted with IOT [in orbit test] equipment and infrastructure to assist clients to successfully commission new satellites,” Sansa Space Operations MD Raoul Hodges said in a statement. The R17-million limited-motion antenna was inaugurated at Sansa’s space operations facility at Hartebeesthoek, about 65 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg. “We have seen a steady growth in the market for IOT services, and with the existing KU-DBS facility carrying a high workload for normal transfer orbit operations, it made sense to develop a dedicated facility,” Hodges said. According to Sansa, South Africa is in an ideal position to assist satellite operators with the qualification and commissioning of their new satellites, as the country has a relatively radio-quiet environment and a good geographic position. Since 1984, the Hartebeesthoek facility has supported more than 450 successful launches, space craft supports and in orbit tests – the most recent being the launch last month of Nasa’s LADEE lunar probe. “Space is big business around the world, and South Africa needs to seize the opportunities we have to capitalise on the global market,” said Phil Mjwara, director-general in the Department of Science and Technology. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress – September 19th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Late Rains Bring Limited BenefitRains throughout the state delayed harvest for many as crops rapidly matured, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.6 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 18th. Sporadic rainfall later in the week hasn’t done much to improve pasture conditions, and livestock producers continued to feed hay in many areas. Hay conditions showed little change as well. Corn and Soybean conditions were practically unchanged as harvest got underway for both. Planting also got underway for the 2017 wheat crop.Click here to read the full reportlast_img read more

Firefox 4 Gets WebM

first_imgWebM, the open video standard introduced at Google’s recent I/O developer conference, is now coming to Firefox 4. According Mozilla’s Robert O’Callahan, the key sticking point was making sure that the new WebM codec licensing was compatible with GPL – an open-source licensing type that allows users to copy, modify and redistribute software free of charge as long as modifications made are shared with the community. That issue has now been addressed, allowing Mozilla to support the codec in its Firefox Web browser. What’s WebM?The WebM video format is based on the VP8 video codec, something Google acquired last year from On2 Technologies, a New York-based video compression developer, for $106.5 million. At that time, Google announced it intended to use the codec technology it now owned to “make the overall Web experience better for users.” Since the acquisition, Google has open-sourced the codec, fixed the licensing issues (as noted above) and added WebM support into its own Web browser, Google Chrome, the latter taking place just last week. WebM is an alternative to the H.264 codec, which is currently used by Apple to display video on the iPad and iPhone and is supported within Adobe’s Flash player, among other things. Although H.264 is available royalty-free right now, it’s owned by the MPEG LA consortium, a group that has announced the codec will only remain royalty-free until Dec. 31, 2015. After this license term is up, it’s suspected that there will be charges for its use going forward. Where to Find ItOne of the first sites to implement WebM, was, of course, Google’s own video property, YouTube. To utilize the new codec, which is still in testing, one can enable the “HTML5 experiment” following instructions from the WebM’s project page. In addition to Google Chrome and now Firefox, Microsoft too has announced support for WebM in its upcoming Web browser, IE9, after an end user installs the necessary codec (VP8). Apple has so far made no comment on whether or not its Safari browser will do the same. As for Mozilla, WebM is now available in the Firefox nightly builds, the experimental builds that will, in time, lead up to the public release of Firefox 4, expected to arrive in beta form later this month. Updated June 10th, to clarify Firefox 4 launch this month is beta, not the public release. Related Posts sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Browsers#Google#news#NYT#Video Services#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Berkman Plans Digital Public Library of America

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “We’re grateful to Berkman for coordinating this historic effort to create a Digital Public Library of America and to fulfill the vision of an open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that draws on the nation’s living heritage to educate, inform and empower everyone in this and future generations.”The Berkman Center is well known for its research into online topics, including filtering and aspects of online tyranny. The project’s Steering Committee is made up of library and foundation leaders. They plan to announced the schedule early next year, which promises to announce a full slate of activities in early 2011. Among their tasks will be to gather a group of partners that will include public and research library reps, cultural organizations, members of government and industry and authors and publishers. The first meeting will be led by the official United States Archivist, David Ferriero. It will be followed by a host of meetings and workshops over the next year. The steering committee includes Berkman co-director John Palfrey; Charles Henry, President of the Council on Library and Information Resources; Stanford University’s Ida M. Green University Librarian and Director of Academic Information Resources Michael Keller; and Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress.With the Internet and e-readers, the question might arise “Why do we even need a digital public library?” David Rothman, founder of TeleRead and long-time proponent of such a project, makes the case ably in a November essay in The Atlantic. “Knowledge is the common property of mankind.” Thomas Jefferson curt hopkins Harvard Law‘s Berkman Center for Internet and Society has announced a “research and planning initiative” to construct and open a so-called digital public library. With the backing of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant, Berkman will bring together a large group to help “define the scope, architecture, costs and administration” of an online library of unusual scope. Doron Weber, Vice President of the Sloan Foundation sketched the scope of the project. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img Tags:#E-Books#E-Learning#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “(T)here is one thing I currently cannot do with my Kindle despite all the sizzle in the commercials–read public library books. Local libraries do not use the Kindle format for their electronic collections, relying instead on rival standards used by Sony Readers and certain other devices.”In short, those who own one type of reader or another can only buy a miniscule number of the books libraries contain. And anyone who isn’t rolling in money can’t even buy many of those. A DPL would solve both those problems, extending the joy of reading into a host of devices at no cost to the users. A professor of mine once complained about his latest crop of students. “There has never been a generation more capable of finding data nor less capable of understanding it.” Whether that’s true or not this is: Books provide the context for making sense of data. A digital public library would extend the reading of books to most people in all places in the U.S.Other sources: the super-ultra-mega awesome Resource Shelf A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

‘Sorry it didn’t last long,’ says Marvin after 21-second KO leads 2-gold boxing haul

first_imgJohn Nobel Tupas Marvin of the Philippines competes against Adli Hafidz Bin Mohd Pauzi of Malaysia in the finals of the light heavyweight division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Tupas won to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—It took just 21 seconds for Filipino-British John Nobel Tupas Marvin to make good on his promise to “go grind it out down the trenches.”In the process, he won his first gold medal for the Philippines Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Double gold for PH boxing as Marcial, Marvin deliver LATEST STORIES PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “I expected that to happen. Sorry it didn’t last very long,” said the former British Army fighter.READ: Double gold for PH boxing as Marcial, Marvin deliver FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis slugger-type brand of boxing was the perfect style for the lethargic Adli Hafidz Mohd Pauzi, and it allowed Marvin to knock out his foe just 21 seconds into the first round of their light heavyweight championship bout.Marvin’s victory came on the heels of Eumir Felix Marcial’s sensational victory in the middleweight class. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ This time, however, only six weight divisions were played and there were no competitions for the womens class, which gave the Filipinos one gold in Singapore.The country also took home bronzes through former champion Charly Suarez in light welter and Ian Clark Bautista in flyweight. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dedicating his victory to teammate Carlo Paalam, who dropped a questionable decision to a Malaysian foe, Marcial ignored the pain from his punching knuckles to beat Thai Pathomasak Kuttiya via unanimous decision.READ: 3 Filipino boxers in SEA Games finals; Suarez crashes“I cried after he (Paalam) lost, that’s why I really tried to win despite my hurting hand,” said Marcial of his left hand, which he injured during the Olympic qualifying last year.Mario Fernandez, defending champion in bantamweight, bowed to Chatchai Butdee of Thailand via split decision earlier at MITEC Hall 6.The Philippines thus won two golds and one silver in boxing, which produced five mints two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

10 months agoFulham move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida

first_imgFulham move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vidaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham are preparing to move for Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida.The 29-year-old centre-back helped his country to the brink of glory during the summer but his club side Besiktas are prepared to cash in on him.Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri has made strengthening his defence a priority this January and will be given funds to spend in order to do so.Everton and West Ham retain a long-term interest in Vida, who is under contract until 2022. French club Monaco are also keen, reports the Mirror. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan launching swap bid for Real Madrid midfielder Kroos

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan launching swap bid for Real Madrid midfielder Kroosby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan are launching a swap bid for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.Corriere dello Sport says Inter plan to offer Mauro Icardi in exchange for the Germany international.The idea is to take advantage of Madrid’s search for a new striker as they look to fill the goal gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus. Icardi’s name is one of those which has been linked with the club regularly since the summer. The Argentine is expected to renew with Inter but he has not signed new terms yet, which could see him included in a deal for Kroos. last_img read more

Fox Sports Hires Former ESPN Analyst Chris Spielman For College Football, NFL Role

first_imgESPN's logo in red and white.Chris Spielman is headed to Fox Sports. The former ESPN college football analyst will have a college football and NFL role at Fox. Spielman, 50, had been at ESPN since 2001. [email protected] is excited to welcome @chris_spielman as an @NFLonFOX and @CFBONFOX analyst: https://t.co/EED0gUHVz5— FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) May 17, 2016From the release:Former Ohio State All-American and NFL All-Pro linebacker Chris Spielman returns to FOX Sports as an NFL and college football analyst, it was announced today by FOX Sports President, Production & Executive Producer John Entz. Spielman, who began his broadcasting career with FOX Sports Net in 1999, serves as a game analyst during the upcoming NFL season and contributes to the network’s extensive college football coverage.“I’m excited about being part of FOX’s NFL and college football coverage for years to come.” Spielman said.“Chris is a tremendous broadcaster with a wealth of NFL and college football knowledge,” Entz said. “His outstanding career both on and off the field brings a huge amount of credibility to FOX Sports. We feel really fortunate to have him with us.”Spielman played at Ohio State in the mid-1980s and was a two-time All-American. He played in the NFL from 1988-99. [Fox Sports]last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Says 10 Freshmen Will Be In Michigan’s Two-Deep

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talks with quarterback Wilton Speight #3.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talks with quarterback Wilton Speight #3 during the first quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 12, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t disqualifying rookies from making this season’s two-deep.Speaking this morning on his Inside Michigan Football television show, Jim Harbaugh claimed that he can think of at least 10 freshmen who will have a spot in the team’s two-deep depth chart. And that’s not just as reserves for older players. Harbaugh said some of those players will play in their first Michigan football game as starters.Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com shared the statement on Twitter:Jim Harbaugh on his TV show: 10 freshmen have shown they’ll be in the two-deep as a starter or a backup.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 28, 2016Michigan hasn’t published a two-deep at this time. However, it’s likely a depth chart will appear within the week, as several teams have already released their starting squads.Harbaugh didn’t provide any specific names for which freshman qualify for the two-deep on Sunday’s television show. However, reports from Michigan’s fall camp make it relatively easy to determine which freshman might snag those spots.Specifically, according to Baumgardner, there have been 10 standouts from fall camp: defensive end Rashan Gary, left tackle Ben Bredeson, guard/DT Michael Onwenu, wide receiver Nate Johnson, wide receiver Eddie McDoom, wide receiver Kekoa Crawford, safety Khaleke Hudson, corners David Long and Lavert Hill, running back/receiver Chris Evans and kicker Quinn Nordin.Michigan opens its season Sep. 3 against Hawaii.last_img read more

Conservation International Releases Virtual Reality Project My Africa Worldwide

first_imgConservation International has released its latest virtual reality project “My Africa” worldwide on the WITHIN app.Narrated by Academy Award-winning and Kenyan-raised actress Lupita Nyong’o, “My Africa” transports viewers to an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.Viewers can also journey to “My Africa” in 360-degree video on conservation.org/MyAfrica. The film premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival VR Arcade, and is available in seven languages: English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samburu, Spanish and Swahili.“My Africa” was produced for Conservation International by Passion Planet in association with Vision3 and with the support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Additional support for distribution was provided by glassybaby.The film opens with iconic wildlife scenes: Viewers stand in the midst of a thundering herd of wildebeest migrating across the Mara River, in front of a lioness as she captures her prey, and later, with an inquisitive baby elephant in a community-led sanctuary in northern Kenya.But “My Africa” is ultimately a story about people. A young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe, with narration in English by Lupita Nyong’o, takes viewers through her community’s daily life, tending livestock, digging “singing” wells deep into dry riverbanks and rescuing a baby elephant orphaned by a poacher’s gun.Directed by four-time Emmy winner David Allen, the project was captured with virtual reality cameras in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first elephant orphanage in Africa owned and operated by the local community. In a region where conservation has traditionally been pursued by wealthy outsiders, Reteti, and the surrounding conservancy organization, Northern Rangelands Trust, offer a different model — one grounded in local leadership and traditional knowledge.“‘My Africa’ is about a path forward for saving the miracle that is Africa — the last place on Earth where significant numbers of the world’s largest land animals still roam,” said project Executive Producer and Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan. “If we are going to save nature in a crowded world we need to entirely rethink how we go about it. This film shows a new way, one that unites, rather than divides, people from wildlife. Today, conservation is not about building fences but rather breaking down barriers, so that local communities benefit when nature thrives.”“Tiffany is proud to continue our support of Conservation International and further our wildlife conservation efforts with the release of ‘My Africa,’” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chairman and President of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. “We believe people need to experience what is at risk of being lost in order to understand what needs to be protected. By transporting viewers to the majestic wildlife and natural landscapes of Kenya, we hope to inspire audiences to become more passionate advocates for conservation.”Tiffany & Co. also contributes to wildlife conservation in Africa through the company’s charitable Save the Wild collection.The project comes at a critical time for East Africa’s wildlife. Poaching, land degradation and climate change threaten the long-term survival of many of the region’s most iconic species and strain the resources that people need to survive. In “My Africa,” viewers glimpse a path forward: a place where communities work for the long-term success of the species and reap the benefits, including increased stability, opportunity and improved livelihoods. Here, in northern Kenya, is a new economy, one that enables people and nature to thrive together.“My Africa” is Conservation International’s third virtual reality project, following “Valen’s Reef” and “Under the Canopy.” The virtual reality approach, says Sanjayan, is bringing the nature documentary into the 21st century and is aimed at reaching new audiences to grow broader support for conservation. “Virtual reality can give viewers that in-depth experience that is so needed to build empathy and, we hope, inspire action.”Audiences are responding and taking action. Conservation International’s first two virtual reality projects have earned more than 3 million views to date. “Under the Canopy” helped the organization, with the backing of SC Johnson, protect 10,000 acres in an acre-for-acre match program to conserve the Amazon rainforest. Those acres will now kick off the world’s largest tropical reforestation effort, taking place in the Brazilian region of the Amazon.The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary featured in “My Africa” opened in 2016 with the support of glassybaby – and in 2017, glassybaby was awarded with Conservation International’s Global Conservation Hero award in honor of its commitment to Reteti and for conservation efforts across the globe.last_img read more