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SKA South Africa unveils ‘First Light’ image from outer space


first_imgCD AndersonThe Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, near the town of Carnarvon in the remote Northern Cape, revealed the first image of space taken using the project’s first phase of 16 fully-functioning MeerKAT receptor units.Named ‘First Light’, the image was presented at an onsite function held on 16 July 2016.SKA SOUTH AFRICA – Google Search https://t.co/rkUO4fplxv pic.twitter.com/PZ5Z7402uv— Sonia (@S_o_n_i_a) July 9, 2016The presentation formed part of a tour of the SKA facilities by other ministers and 11 government deputy ministers, invited by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.Among the dignitaries was Ebrahim Patel, minister of economic development and member of the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC).Infrastructure investment is a key priority of the National Development Plan and the New Growth Path, and the SKA project is one of 18 strategic infrastructure projects identified by the PICC as a priority for national economic growth.The aim of the tour, said Pandor, was to create project ambassadors in the government to spread the message of SKA’s ground-breaking work in the field of astro-science that aided South Africa’s reputation as a global scientific player, as well as to highlight the positive impact of the project on the people of Carnarvon.Min Pandor and Dep Minister during the visit to the SKA tdy, NCape pic.twitter.com/8DfnhprdcU— tommy makhode (@tommymakhode) July 16, 2016‘First Light’SKA’s chief scientist, Dr Fernando Camilo, unveiled the ‘First Light’ image during the ministers’ visit, beginning with some background about how radio wave technology worked and how it was evolving as SKA itself advanced.Highlighting the differences between images taken with a conventional visual telescope – one in Chile – and a smaller radio telescope array in the United States, Camilo said the image captured by the 16-unit array – a quarter of its prospective capacity – was much clearer and lot more detailed than anything captured before. It revealed over 1 300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before.A particular highlight of the image shows what is known as a Fanaroff-Riley Class 2 (FR2) object: a massive black hole in the distant universe. In the image, matter can be seen falling into the black hole and producing the bright dot at the centre. The FR2 object launches jets of powerful electrons moving at close to the speed of light, emitting radio waves that are then detected with the array. (Refer to the images in the above tweet)Camilo called the SKA array, as it is now, operating on a quarter of its potential, a “remarkable image machine”. These latest image developments were “beautiful and far better than we could have expected”. Once the full array of 64 MeerKATs was completed, the possibilities for uncovering clearer and more noteworthy cosmic events was a very exciting prospect.Global infrastructure for the worldEarlier today, @dstgovza Minister Naledi #Pandor commissioned 16 dishes of the 64-dish MeerKAT completed so far #SKA pic.twitter.com/sLr1XDv80P— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) July 16, 2016In her keynote address, Pandor, a passionate advocate of SKA, noted “the dedicated work of hundreds of engineers, scientists, managers and other staff, and South African and international industrial partners, as well as the support of the government and people of South Africa for more than a decade”.The project would turn innovation and development activities into real economic benefits for the people of the area and reputation of the country. Africa’s role in the global science community was vital and very much assured, she said. “We are building a global infrastructure for the world.”What is SKA?The Square Kilometre Array South Africa is a radio telescope project made up of a series of receptor dishes called MeerKATs that collect sensitive radio wave frequencies from outer space, detecting objects millions, even billions of light years away from Earth. The SKA facility then processes the huge amounts of data gathered from these radio waves to formulate images of the objects – including the birth of stars and the forming of new galaxies.Scientists use the information and images gathered by SKA telescopes to better understand how the universe evolved and continues to change.South Africa hosts the bulk of the SKA project, with investments by the government and private research partners totalling more than R3-billion ($205m).#MeerKAT #SKA #FirstLight(Infographic courtesy SKA Africa @SKA_Africa) pic.twitter.com/gSzqwzpXXe— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) July 18, 2016Currently the South African SKA site has 16 fully-functioning MeerKAT dishes, with the full array of 64 receptors expected to be completed by the end of 2017. This will make it part of the world’s most powerful radio telescope system.Set to be completed by 2020, the entire SKA system of 3 000 dishes in locations around the world, including in Australia, South America and the UK, will give astronomy, physics and a host of other sciences an almost limitless amount of data with which to advance human understanding of the universe.The South African section of the project alone has more than 500 global scientific groupsin line to use the Northern Cape array for research and discovery work over the next five years, bringing in much science tourism revenue.“What this will do is bring to South African and world astronomers the most astonishing and profoundly powerful instrument ever used before in radio astronomy,” SKA South Africa Project director Rob Adam said at the visit on Saturday.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more


Messi helps Barcelona beat Lyon to reach Champions League quarters


first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 With the win, Barcelona set a Champions League record of 30 consecutive home matches without a loss that dates back to September 2013.Barcelona also stayed on course for a possible treble of titles. It leads the Spanish league and has reached the final of the Copa del Rey.In Wednesday’s other game, Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool advanced with a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich.The quarterfinal draw is on Friday.Barcelona was on the front foot from the start and Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes did well to swat away Messi’s first shot on goal shortly after kickoff.ADVERTISEMENT But he could only watch hopelessly while prone on the turf when Messi floated his penalty kick past, using the “Panenka” style scoop after the goalie has moved too early.Messi’s 17th-minute spot kick was thanks to Suarez, who deftly sought and found contact with sliding defender Jason Denayer in the area to draw a foul.Suarez continued to torment Lyon*s backline with his runs into the box. A quick switch of the ball from his left boot to his right was enough for Suarez to juke past Fernando Marcal and draw in Lopes before he passed for Coutinho to tap home on the half-hour mark.Lopes had already been shaken up in a collision with Coutinho that forced play to be stopped for around five minutes before he tried to go on playing. But Lopes finally asked to be substituted in the 34th.Backup Mathieu Gorgelin denied Messi from close range before halftime, and Marcal hustled back to clear Messi’s chipped shot before it crossed the line just after the restart.Lyon grabbed a lifeline when a corner kick was knocked on by three players— including two from Barcelona— before Tousart controlled the ball with his chest and fired past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Nabil Fekir then fired high as Lyon’s pressure worried Barcelona for the first time.Seeing his team’s control of the match in danger, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde sent on Dembele and Arturo Vidal to try and equal Lyon in speed and muscle.The move worked.Messi made the most of the back-and-forth second half when he received the ball alone while charging toward the area. He put the ball on his left foot to draw two defenders the wrong way, before he cut back to his right and poked the ball under Gorgelin. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain— Just when the Camp Nou crowd was getting nervous, Lionel Messi turned a close game into a complete rout.Messi scored two goals before setting up two more for teammates as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a 12th straight season.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES The Argentina forward then found Pique and Dembele arriving unmarked on quick attacks to complete the demolition.“When (Messi) is playing at this level you almost can’t stop him,” said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio. “The third goal completely broke us. We could have been able to do more against a team that was having doubts.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cristiano Ronaldo paying Juventus back with goals galore Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Luis Suarez helped Barcelona go 2-0 up by halftime by earning a penalty converted by Messi and then setting up Philippe Coutinho to score.Lucas Tousart gave the visitors hope with a goal in the 58th minute after Barcelona failed to clear a corner kick. That meant Lyon only needed one more goal to go through, but Messi scored again in the 78th before passing for Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele to round off the big win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We suffered unnecessarily for a while after they made it 2-1,” said Messi, who matched Xavi Hernandez’s club record of 476 career victories. “We complicated things by letting our guard down on a set piece. After the 3-1 we could calm down.”Messi’s goals were his seventh and eighth in the Champions League this season and took his tally to 36 in all competitions for Barcelona. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


Auto Expo 2014 Toyota Etios Cross Set to Make its Debut


first_imgToyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the Indian subsidiary of Toyota, will showcase its much-hyped Etios Cross at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014 in New Delhi.The vehicle, which was unveiled in Brazil and Argentina in November, has been spotted testing on Indian roads for quite some time. The car – a restyled version of Toyota Etios Liva hatchback – will come powered by the same the 1.4 liter, 68 bhp diesel engine or the 1.5 liter, 89 bhp petrol engine. According to reports, the car is based on the Etios Liva though the exterior flaunts an overhauled look.The Etios Cross looks sportier than the Etios Liva and is expected to come with features like a new front bumper and diamond cut 10-spoke alloy wheels. When launched, the vehicle will take on the likes of Volkswagen Polo Cross and Fiat Punto Cross.Meanwhile, Toyota has launched two new variants of its premium hatchback Etios Liva, dubbed VD and VD SP. Previously Etios was available in four variants – JD, GD, GD Safety Package (SP) and TRD Sportivo.Toyota Etios Liva VD comes at a price of Rs. 6.72 lakh, while the VD SP variant is priced at Rs. 7.12 lakh. The engine specifications of both models remain the same as 1.4-litre motor which can churn a power of 67 bhp with peak torque of 170 Nm.The Auto Expo 2014 is speculated to see the unveiling of around 20 new cars. Auto majors like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Ford, Audi, Chevrolet, Nissan, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz are all said to be getting ready to dazzle at the event.last_img read more


Dr Reddys Labs Q3 net profit hit by forex loss Venezuela operations


first_imgShares of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) plunged by almost 3.50 percent on the BSE on Tuesday after the company reported lower-than-expected revenues and net profit for the third quarter ended 31 December, 2015. The Hyderabad-based company reported consolidated net profit of Rs 579.20 crore for the third quarter, a marginal increase from Rs 574.50 crore in the year-ago period. The company’s net profit was hit due to a foreign exchange loss of Rs 63.70 crore on account of “increasing risk of currency devaluation” in Venezuela, the company said in a regulatory filing to the BSE. Moreover, Dr Reddy’s Lab said that the impact could spill over to its March quarter earnings as well. Consolidated revenues of the company stood at Rs 3,967.90 crore, up 3.24 percent from Rs 3,843.10 crore.An average of estimates by analysts in a CNBC-TV18 poll had pegged the net profit at Rs 648.34 crore and revenues at Rs 4,007 crore. The company’s domestic sales and US sales were likely to record growth but the one-time write off due to devaluation of stocks in Venezuela and Russia was expected to hit net profit.Brokerage firm Angel Broking had estimated net profit of Rs 746 crore and revenues to come at Rs 4,420 crore.The company said it is evaluating its current arrangements with the Venezulean government to facilitate the payments related to import of pharma products at the CENCOEX preferential rate 6.3 VEF per US dollar. “The company will fully consider all the developments facts and circumstances during the three months ending 31 March, 2016, in evaluating the appropriate translate rate to be applied. If the facts and circumstances support a conclusion that the CENCOEX rate is no longer appropriate, it could have a significant impact on the consolidated financial statements of the company,” it said. In its analysis of the results, Angel Broking said, “The lower than expected sales performance is on back of the Emerging market (Rs 639.9 crore) which dipped by 28.0% YoY. Russia with sales of Rs 310 crore declined by 21% YoY, on back of deprecation of rubble.””The key regions — USA (Rs 1941.7 crore) posted a robust growth of 18% YoY, Europe (Rs 194 crore) posted a YoY growth of 14% and India did sales of Rs 581crore, a YoY growth of 34% (aided by the UCB acquired brands). Overall generic segment posted a sales growth of 7% YoY, while PSAI segment posted a sales de-growth of 17%,” the brokerage said. Shares of Dr Reddy’s Lab were trading at Rs 2,966.50 at around 2.20 pm, down 3.39 percent from its Monday close.last_img read more


Sexual harassment case against Sirajuddoula shifted to tribunal


first_imgSM SirajuddoulaThe case filed against SM Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa for sexually harassing his student Nusrat Jahan Rafi before burning her to death, was shifted to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday.Feni senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain shifted the case fixing 9 July for the next hearing.On Wednesday, the court took cognisance of charges brought against SM Sirajuddoula after Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted the charge-sheet.The PBI submitted the 271-page charge-sheet 98 days into the sexual harassment of the madrasa girl. A total of 29 people were made witnesses in the case.Meanwhile, night guard M Mostafa of the madrasa testified before the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday in murder case filed over the killing of Nusrat.Tribunal judge Mamunur Rashid fixed 7 July for the next hearing.On 27 March, Sirajuddoula sexually harassed Nusrat in his office. Her mother filed the case against the principal the following day.On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended following the filing of the case.She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.last_img read more