KAT-7 telescope gets first antenna

first_imgEngineering test-bed The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a planned future-generation international radio telescope that will enable astronomers to probe the early evolution of our galaxy. It will comprise about 3 000 antennas that, put together, would cover a square kilometre. South Africa is currently in a race against Australia to be selected as the preferred site for the SKA, the two countries having beaten bids from Argentina and China to make the SKA shortlist. The network of dishes will be at least 50 times more powerful than any existing telescope, and will cost an estimated €1.5-billion to build. The International SKA steering committee in the Netherlands is expected to make a final decision on the host country in 2012. “KAT-7 will primarily be an engineering test-bed, but will also be capable of scientific observations and will be the first seven antennas of the full MeerKAT array,” the local Square Kilometre Array project team said in a statement. In a major boost for South Africa’s ambitions to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a construction team worked into the night last week to install the first antenna of the KAT-7, a seven-dish prototype of the SKA, near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape province. 21 July 2009 If South Africa were to win the SKA bid, it could generate over R500-million in foreign investment in the country. The construction of the KAT-7 prototype array at the site in a remote area of the Karoo follows the successful building and testing of a single-dish prototype at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory near Johannesburg.center_img SAinfo reporter The completed MeerKAT will be one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right, consisting of 80 dishes, with a high-speed data network linking the telescope site in the Karoo to a control centre in Cape Town. The construction and commissioning of the full MeerKAT array, an important precursor instrument to the Square Kilometre Array, will follow at the same site. MeerKAT will be the most sensitive centimetre-wavelength radio telescope in the southern hemisphere, and will make significant contributions to both galactic and extragalactic astronomical research. It is thought to be an important phase in the development of the more powerful MeerKAT, which will be commissioned in 2013. It would bring a massive injection of expertise and economic activity to the Northern Cape, with benefits for the local aluminium, computer, communications, electronics and steel industries. MeerKAT Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ODNR awards grants for Lake Erie projects

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has approved more than $437,000 in funding through the Coastal Management Assistance Grant (CMAG) program for five projects in Toledo, Eastlake, Ashtabula County, Lorain, and Bay Village that will improve coastal planning, public access, and water quality.“For more than 20 years, this grant program has provided a helping hand to Ohio’s communities for protecting and developing valuable resources near Lake Erie,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “These projects upgrade infrastructure, provide better access to natural areas for residents, and reduce erosion while improving water quality.”ODNR implements the CMAG program through its Office of Coastal Management for eligible entities including local governments, county and regional planning agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and park and conservancy districts for completion of projects that will protect Lake Erie’s coastal resources and support sustainable use.This year’s projects include installing ADA-accessible parking spaces and walkways, implementing green stormwater infrastructure, enhancing stream and wetland habitats which will help filter and improve water quality, and developing plans and engineering designs needed to improve public access and restore coastal habitat.CMAG is a competitive reimbursement grant program that provides matching funds up to 50 percent of project costs, with a minimum of 50 percent from the applicant. Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Ohio Coastal Management Program. The CMAG program has provided more than $5.62 million for 141 projects in Ohio since the program began in 1998.For more information about projects and funding for each grantee, please visit coastal.ohiodnr.gov/cmagrants.last_img read more

Chennai, Warriors qualify for Champions League semis

first_imgChennai Super Kings sneaked into the Champions League semifinals with a thrilling 10-run win over Warriors, who have also qualified by virtue of a net runrate better than Victoria’s.Scores – Chennai vs WarriorsBrief scores: Chennai 136-6 (20); Warriors 126-8 (20)Justin Kreusch (3-19), Rusty Theron (1-16) and Johan Botha (1-27) did not let Chennai finish well after Mike Hussey’s 50 had set them up.Chennai have set a semifinal clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Warriors will meet South Australia in the second semifinal. MS Dhoni’s side elected to bat in this must-win game, and began well with Hussey’s fifty. The innings slowed down after his fall, as they struggled to 136-6.Warriors needed just 109 to edge Victoria out and qualify. They passed the cut-off mark in less than 18 overs, thanks to Mark Boucher’s quick 25.However, some sharp catching in the outfield kept Chennai in the game. R Ashwin impressed again, taking 3-24 in four overs while Muttiah Muralitharan denied Warriors the 15 runs needed in the final over.last_img read more

Stop the rise

first_imgFighting relegation SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess And that’s why Phoenix’s blue-collar defense has to go wire-to-wire in Game 3. The Fuel Masters have faced accusations of dirty play all over social media, but Alas was quick to deny such branding of their defense.“Physical? Yes. But dirty? I don’t think so,” Alas said. “We will play by the PBA rules defensively and offensively.”The Phoenix big men, led by Justin Chua and Dave Marcelo, will again bear the brunt of that defense as they try to limit Fajardo, the reigning five-time MVP who has drawn the most attention among the Beermen.That ploy means San Miguel will keep shooters like Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, Terrence Romeo and even seasonal gunner Chris Ross stationed on high alert.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe narrative lends itself perfectly to Phoenix Pulse. It is, after all Easter Sunday, a day that celebrates The Resurrection. Plus, the Fuel Masters’ namesake is a mythical bird that rises from the ashes of a funeral pyre to live a renewed life.But the San Miguel Beermen have no time to comb through literary narratives. Their main concern, as they reach for the dagger in their semifinal duel with Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup, is to suck all hope from their foes.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img History, once on their side, has provided them that lesson.“I remember that series with Alaska,” veteran forward Arwind Santos in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat series remains the mother of all basketball resurrections. The Aces had dug a 0-3 hole for the Beermen in the 2016 Philippine Cup Finals. And San Miguel became the first basketball team in history to crawl out of such a deficit to win a seven-game series.“We don’t want that happening to us. As much as possible we want to keep doing what we’ve been doing right,” Santos added. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:42Cayetano asks Robredo, opposition to stop ‘politicizing’ drug war02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Especially against a Phoenix squad that hopes to add another layer of character to its developing hoop personality.“Toughness,” coach Louie Alas told the Inquirer when asked what he wants his team to sport as they take on San Miguel Beer anew in Game 3 of their race-to-four series at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“[We aim] to be tougher than our toughest,” he added.The Beermen expect nothing less from the Fuel Masters, who are hoping to battle out of a 0-2 hole with a cutthroat approach on defense that has managed to stymie the four-time all-Filipino champions—just not long enough to make it to the finish. In Game 2, the Beermen shredded that defense in the last four minutes for a 92-82 victory.“It’s practically a do-or-die game for [Phoenix],” said San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria. “They know it would be hard to come back if they go down 0-3.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

From screen to the stage

From screen to the stage

first_imgA theatrical adaptation of Mahesh Bhatt’s Hindi classic, Daddy is going to be staged in the Capital soon. Directed by Danish Iqbal, the ninety minute play tells the story of a princess and her father and how her courage broke an evil spell to make them live happily ever after.The show will be graced by the presence of Mahesh Bhatt and Pooja Bhatt among the audience. Imran Zahid has been roped in to reprise the role of the father, played by Anupam Kher on screen. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mahesh Bhatt says, ‘After the success of Arth’s theatrical version, I thought that Daddy, too ,was a kind of movie that could be brilliantly adapted for the stage. It has same raw human emotions and naked truths about life and hence can have a similar kind of impact. The description of the play is on the shoulders of Danish Iqbal, who is an able director’.Iqbal noted, ‘At a time when, people are moving towards film industry from theatre, it is a good sign that such a renowned director is giving importance to stage’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRajesh Kumar who scripted The Last Salute and Trial of Errors is the script writer for Daddy. Pooja bhatt, who made her big-screen debut with the movie, is excited that the movie is coming alive on stage and a fresh face would be portraying her role. She said, ‘Daddy was my debut film. I had a few offer for commercial movies at that time, and I remember that Bhatt saab had asked me if I’d like to be known as an actor or a star, as he wanted to offer me a film that would be mentioned in my obituary. I’m glad that Daddy touched the lives of many people. The issue is still relevant today and I hope this adaption is going to be a success’.When: 4 – 5 August Where: Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House Time: 7 pm onwardslast_img read more