SALT benefits small South African town

first_img4 June 2015The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) has placed South Africa and the continent on the global science map, but there have also been collateral benefits.The tiny town of Sutherland had been stagnant in terms of socio-economic development before the construction of SALT, explained Sivuyile Manxoyi, from the South African Astronomy Observatory (SAAO). Following the construction of the telescope, the town had gone from having two bed-and-breakfast establishments to having more than 40 options for accommodation.Manxoyi was speaking at the five-day SALT conference, taking place at Stellenbosch University until 5 June. The event was opened by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.“Sutherland has become a tourist destination, something that would have been unheard of before SALT,” Manxoyi said. “Now, between 10 000 and 12 000 tourists visit the area every year.”More importantly, SALT had presented an ideal opportunity to promote astronomy, mathematics, physical science and chemistry as subjects for study and career options. Manxoyi said the SAAO was providing guidance to teachers all over the country on the teaching of astronomy and building enthusiasm for mathematics and science.The observatory was also interacting with thousands of pupils, taking them to observatories and involving them in science clubs and star-gazing events. Through creating awareness about astronomy, the future of the impoverished region would be vastly improved.Speaking earlier at the conference, Pandor said astronomical sciences were an important facet of South Africa’s strategy for research, development and innovation, and that astronomy partnerships presented unique and invaluable opportunities. “Such partnerships build infrastructure for astronomy and for wider use.“Big telescopes require high-speed research networks and computing resources, which, in turn, enable our life and climate scientists to share and analyse huge data sets – a precondition for the development of new drugs and vaccines – as well as effectively combating and adapting to climate change.”Astronomy partnerships had also helped to popularise the study of astronomy in Africa and further afield. “As a result of the various human capital development programmes associated with Africa’s SKA [Square Kilometre Array] initiatives, new astronomy programmes have been established at several African universities, including in Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique,” the minister said.“Under other programmes, several postgraduate students from Africa are studying at European universities, contributing to Europe’s knowledge generation, while leading European and American astronomers have taken up positions in Africa, for example through the South African Research Chairs Initiative.”She said astronomy was expanding Africa’s future workforce of scientists and engineers. “South Africa pursued the SKA project by using the lessons learned from SALT as the basis for our planning and partnerships. The links we developed through the SALT project allowed us to build on existing networks and partnerships to secure the iconic SKA, an extremely important strategic initiative that puts science and technology to work for the benefit of all Africans.”SALT has been available to scientists since 2012. By the end of April this year, it had produced 109 papers based on SALT observations. The paper on the discovery of the first-known stars in the Milky Way galaxy was published in the prestigious Nature journal. These stars are situated on the far side of the galaxy, 80 000 light years from Earth.“Our aim is to position Africa as a global centre of research excellence for multiwavelength astronomy, with optical, radio and gamma-ray telescopes working together to achieve common scientific goals,” Pandor said.“We need to do more to build bridges across the multiwavelength spectrum, but it is encouraging to see positive developments in this regard, for example, the MeerLICHT, a partnership between the South African, Dutch and British astronomy communities.”MeerLICHT aims to provide a real-time optical view of the radio-transient sky. It will receive its input from the MeerKAT operators in Cape Town so that simultaneous optical and radio data can be obtained.Source: Department of Science and Technologylast_img read more

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SMB Tech Roundup: Square Heats Up, Facebook Check-ins for Pages and iPad Apps For Businesses

first_imgKeeping up with every tech headline is hard enough for anybody, let alone busy professionals. To help, ReadWriteBiz rounds up the week’s most important tech news and insights for small- and medium-sized businesses.Facebook has begun to roll out some of the features available with Facebook Places for owners of Pages, according to a post on Inside Facebook. Some business Pages that have a physical address listed are being given the ability to offer deals to customers and let them check-in to the location, just as business owners can with Facbeook Places set up. Need to take notes at an important meeting but don’t want to fiddle with paper and a pen? Minutes.io is a new and very simple Web app designed for exactly this purpose. It works on desktops as well iPads and other tablets, making it an ideal solution for taking notes at meetings, assuming you can keep up with the conversation while simultaneously typing on that touch screen keyboard. Speaking of using the iPad for business purposes, ReadWriteWeb’s own Klint Finley rounded up a couple new tools in his weekly iPad For Business Round-up. This week, he looked at two office suite apps, a patient registration app for doctors a new report on enterprise adoption of tablets and more. In its ongoing war against content piracy, the American music recording industry is now reportedly taking aim at online file storage services like Box, which is a bit like Dropbox but geared more toward business customers. Despite past snafus on the user privacy front, Google wants to offer expanded privacy to users of its search engines, shielding their search activity from the eyes of employers and ISPs with the SSL-encrypted version of its search engine. This feature has been around for about a year now, but Google recently began a renewed push to make folks aware of it, using this particular angle as a way of doing so. The mobile payments space continues to heat up with mobile credit card reader Square reportedly now processing $3 million, according to Techcrunch. The mobile payments startup, which was recently invested in by Visa, is one of a few companies offering plastic credit card readers that let businesses take payments from mobile devices without incurring hefty transaction fees or dealing with merchant accounts. For small businesses, the appeal of these products is obvious. Previously, cost-prohibitive point-of-sale systems were simply not an option for many small businesses, who now have viable options to choose from like Square, Veifone’s PAYware Mobile, iZettle and Intuit’s GoPayment. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Tags:#biz#Reviews john paul titlowcenter_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Amazon Introduces Direct Connections and New Identity Services

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#Announcements#Architecture#cloud#Cloud Providers#Virtualization Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img Amazon continues to roll out new AWS features at breakneck speed. The latest in a slew of announcements is Amazon’s bringing its Virtual Private Cloud out of beta. Amazon Direct Connect lets customers establish a dedicated network connection from the customer site to AWS. Amazon has also added a new feature to AWS Identity and Access Management that gives the ability to perform “identity federation” to grant access to AWS to corporate users without having to create new identities. Companies can now wire up directly to AWS without passing data over the public Internet, and avoid saturating their Internet connection with application data.According to Amazon, Direct Connect is compatible with all AWS resources, so customers can hook up directly from their office, data center or other locations to Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Simple Storage Service (S3) and so on.We’ve covered VPC previously, which allows companies to set up a private space within the AWS cloud that’s only available via a VPN connection. However, until introducing its Direct Connect feature, companies have had to access the private cloud over their public connection. The company is pitching this as a way for organizations to hook into Amazon Web Services for applications that require “large and frequent data transfers,” without inducing data congestion. Amazon’s Tera Randall gives the example of bio-pharmaceutical companies and film studios that are looking to extend their current data center into Amazon’s cloud. “Many also want to use an isolated and controlled network space so they can simply extend their current data center into the cloud and use the same IP addressing scheme – as if it’s in their datacenter. Organizations do just that with Amazon VPC, which allows you to provision a private, isolated section of the AWS cloud.”For more information and our take on the implications of Direct Connect, read our story here by David Strom.Roll this up with Amazon’s new identity features, and the company is providing a fairly compelling set of features for companies that want to hook their private network or cloud into Amazon’s services almost seamlessly.Direct connect is being rolled out first from Amazon’s US-East region (via the Equinix facility in Ashburn, VA), with more rollouts planned over the next few months in San Jose, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Singapore.Pricing for Direct Connect is $0.30 an hour for a 1Gbps port, and $2.25 an hour for a 10Gbps port – so a company utilizing a 10Gbps port for 30 days, all day, would be looking at about $1,620 a month for the service. Data transfer into AWS is free, and transfer out is $0.02 per GB. Amazon’s Identity and Access Management is a free feature of AWS, so companies won’t pay extra for tapping into the new identity features – just the additional services they’ll be using. joe brockmeier 1 Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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‘Quick adjustment’ for returning Blatche

first_img“We had practice earlier in the day and I’m pretty much comfortable with the offense, the defense, the players, and the coaching staff,” said Blatche, who arrived in the country early Sunday morning.“It was a quick adjustment for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBlatche was also visibly in great shape, a far cry when he arrived in the country for the last Fiba qualifiers in 2016.The former Brooklyn Net played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association and his commitment with the club was the reason why he had just joined Gilas’ practices. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Blue Eagles misfire, lose confidence in defeat to Tamaraws Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche may have been away from Gilas Pilipinas for much of 2017, and yet the big man felt like he never left.Gilas held a practice session Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in preparation for its game against Japan in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers where Blatche is once again the team’s naturalized player.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “I feel great, I’m in good shape and this was because I was playing overseas in China,” said Blatche.He added that Fiba’s new home and away format does not bother him, and that the team is focused on winning in wherever country they’re in.“I’m just looking forward to winning, whenever where we at the main focus is winning,” said Blatche. “We’ll go to Japan and get a win, we’ll come back here and get a win, that’s the goal.”ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 View comments After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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DOWN BUT NOT OUT

first_imgFifteen year old Manly school boy, Mourice Kennedy, was told just two weeks ago he would never play a contact sport again. This week he is in Coffs Harbour at the 18 Years National Touch Championships supporting his identical twin brother, John and watching the New South Wales Combined High School teammates he would love to be playing alongside. Mourice suffered a severe neck injury two weeks ago playing rugby league. A perfectly legal tackle saw Mourice land on his head, before being crushed by his opposition. “It was just an accident, the other guy didn’t me to hurt me,” said Mourice. After spending three days in hospital, the former Under 16 Australian Secondary school team representative was told by doctors that he would never play his beloved game of rugby league again…but there was a tiny glimmer of hope. After two extensive operations, Doctors advised Mourice that if his recovery goes as planned he could be back playing touch in just six months. Although his recovery looks promising, Mourice is disappointed watching his brother play in the team he was also selected in, especially since it would have been their first representative tournament together. He is determined to continue his rapid recovery and eventually one day play rugby league again, but either way touch will still be an avenue he will pursue. “It’s really frustrating watching John and my team play while I’m on the sideline. I’m pretty disappointed, but hopefully I can come back and play again,” said Mourice. Brother John is equally disappointed and was looking forward to having the opportunity to play with his twin. They are both looking forward to the day in six weeks time when Mourice can remove his neck brace and his rehabilitation of physiotherapy can begin. By Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid goalkeeper Courtois blasts Simeone: He does it to be popular

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid goalkeeper Courtois blasts Simeone: He does it to be popularby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit out at his former Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone.Simeone questioned Courtois’ Goalkeeper of the Year award won last month, citing that he played better for Atletico but won no such recognition with them.Following Madrid’s narrow win over Rayo Vallecano, Courtois responded: “Simeone criticises Madrid so as to be popular with his fans. “He always does it, attacks Madrid for being the best in the world.”Real teammate Luka Modric also stated: “I have great respect for Simeone and the players and supporters of a great club like Atletico, when they are victorious, we congratulate them sincerely, but it’s not fair that our successes are reduced to constant populist jibes.” last_img read more

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16 days agoAllegri sets Man Utd deadline

first_imgAllegri sets Man Utd deadlineby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has told Manchester United he will only take the job if it’s offered in the next few weeks.He is currently out of work since leaving Turin at the end of last season and is widely tipped to become United’s next manager.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently under intense pressure following an awful start to the season and could be axed should United lose heavily against Liverpool a week on Sunday. Gazetta Dello Sport says Allegri is interested in the position but has set a deadline on accepting the job as he wants to have as much time as possible to turn things around at the club. It is reported that he would be unlikely to take the job if he was offered it in December, meaning any approach would have to made in the coming weeks. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Calgarians asked for 2026 yea or nay in Winter Games plebiscite

first_imgCALGARY — Calgarians head to the polls to declare whether they want the city to host a second Winter Games.The question “are you for or are you against hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?” was to be posed to them Tuesday in a plebiscite to help determine whether the city should move ahead with a bid.Polls close at 10 p.m. ESTCalgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Olympics.The legacy venues from those games form the foundation of a potential second bid, which would now include the Paralympic Games.While the result of the vote is non-binding on a city council that has the final say, the vote will influence council’s decision.The plebiscite was a condition of the Alberta government providing money for a bid. The provincial government is paying for the $2-million cost of the plebiscite. In an estimated $5.1-billion total price tag to host the games, the public investment asked of three orders of government is $2.875 billion.What a cost-sharing agreement between the federal, provincial and municipal governments would look like wasn’t clear to the public until Oct. 31, which was less than two weeks before the vote.The city has been asked to contribute $390 million, while the province has committed $700 million and the Canadian government $1.45 billion.The bid corporation Calgary 2026 says games revenues will cover the remaining cost.No order of government is providing guarantees against cost overruns, but Calgary 2026 has built $1.1 billion in contingency funds into its draft hosting plan.Calgary 2026’s plans includes $502 million to upgrade legacy venues from the ’88 Games to get them Olympic-read again.The two new sport venues proposed are an indoor fieldhouse and a 5,000-seat ice arena.No new stadium or NHL-sized arena is in the draft host plan, although there have been overtures between the city and the Calgary Flames to re-start talks on a new arena.Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi feels the current proposed plan and financial agreement is good for the city and thus supports a bid.“I really want people to make their decision based on what’s before us because we know that’s solid and that’s certain and even that, I think leads to lots of benefits for Calgary,” the mayor said.The International Olympic Committee will accept bids from 2026 candidate cities in January. The election of the host city is in June.Donna Spencer, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Free walrus meat in Iqaluit but bring your own bag

first_imgSteve Mongeau APTN National NewsSharing food is part of Inuit culture.This week in Iqaluit, a group of hunters brought back some fresh walrus and gave it out for free.last_img

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