SumbandilaSat has already proven to begood value for money, and has capturedover 1 250 images of earth.(Image: SunSpace)Dr Sandile Malinga, Sansa’s CEO, said thatthe South African space agency wouldpromote the peaceful use of space forthe benefit of all.(Image: Janine Erasmus)An image of Cape Town, covering an areaof 17km x 19.6km, which was captured bySumbandilaSat in 2010.(Image: Sumbandila mission blog)MEDIA CONTACTS • Anacletta KolokoProject coordinator, South African Agencyfor Science and Technology Advancement+27 12 392 9338RELATED ARTICLES• Blast-off for space weather centre• SA company selling tickets to space• SA space agency to launch soon• SA’s aerospace inductry takes off• New Dawn satellite now in orbitJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s space industry is thriving – this is the message relayed to the public by professionals in the sector at a recent media briefing in Cape Town.The event also commemorated humankind’s first foray into space 50 years ago, when Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin spent 108 minutes looking at a view of the earth that nobody had experienced before. At a general assembly earlier in 2011, the UN declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight.The milestone was celebrated around the world, including South Africa, where experts in the local space industry came together in the Mother City to discuss the latest developments and current status.To mark the anniversary, Russian cosmonaut Valery Tokarev visited South Africa as a guest of the newly launched South African National Space Agency (Sansa).A former space commander and Red Army test pilot, Tokarev addressed several institutions during his tour of the country, including Pretoria’s Innovation Hub and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), which runs a flourishing satellite programme.Investing in space science“Can our government afford not to invest in space science?” said Sias Mostert, CEO of Space Commercial Services, opening the media briefing in Cape Town.Mostert revealed that the country had already invested billions in this field over the last three decades, and had been willing to do so because space science answers questions that are important to human existence.“Space science has improved the lives of South Africans through applications such as GPS. It’s enabled us to have a better standard of living at lower cost, and it’s helped us to increase productivity so that we can earn better wages,” he said. “It also helps us to better understand our natural environment.”South Africa is collaborating with Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and Algeria, in an initiative known as the African Resource Management Constellation, to launch a fleet of satellites that will help African nations to more effectively manage their natural resources, and better monitor disasters. The latter three nations also have space agencies.“A satellite is a powerful way for a country to show its global status,” said Mostert, “as it makes a strong geo-political statement.”Advances in local earth observationSouth Africa’s first satellite was called Sunsat, and was built as a Stellenbosch University postgraduate project. The 64kg device launched in 1999 aboard a Nasa vehicle.The same team, which was soon to evolve into satellite solutions provider SunSpace, then built another, bigger satellite and followed this achievement with a third device, the successful earth observation satellite SumbandilaSat.SumbandilaSat, which took only 12 months to build, launched in September 2009 aboard a Soyuz 2.1b rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. Contrary to media reports, it’s already proved its worth in the field of earth observation.According to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the satellite – whose name means “clear the way” or “pathfinder” in Tshivenda – recently produced five high-resolution images of the south-western Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, as well as the nearby community of Bushbuckridge.The CSIR team stated that had they bought the images, which are related to CSIR and South African National Parks research projects, they would have paid upwards of R40 000 (US$5 800) per image to an international supplier. However, SumbandilaSat is able to provide local users with the images they need at no cost.The 81kg satellite has taken more than 1 250 images of locations around the world, all at a good resolution of 6.25 metres per pixel and an area of 300 square kilometres per image, from its low-earth orbital height of around 500km.While this imaging capacity is not as great as other bigger and more expensive commercial satellites, SumbandilaSat is still expected to make a huge contribution to earth observation in South Africa.The device is advancing sectors such as communication, navigation and defence. Its images can be applied to the detection of illegal mining activity, reconnaisance of the country’s borders, monitoring of land degradation, calculation of the extent of land used for agricultural purposes, and more.Interested parties may request Sumbandila images from Sansa’s earth observation data catalogue.Using space for peaceful purposesSansa, which officially started operations at the beginning of April 2011, has the aim of promoting the peaceful use of outer space, as well as furthering South Africa’s national space strategy.Sansa’s CEO Sandile Malinga, speaking at the briefing, said that the agency is to focus on building international partnerships; stimulating the economy; developing relevant skills and technology; and using space for the benefit of citizens.“Developing countries also need a space agency,” said Malinga, “because space science and technology has a broad impact on our activities. In South Africa we’ll use data for environment and natural resource monitoring and management, which will help with urban and rural planning, and economic development.”Sansa is planning a successor to Sumbandila, but the organisation is still waiting for a firm funding commitment – although, said Malinga, an agreement has been reached in principle.The new device will capture images at 2.5 metres per pixel, a much higher resolution than that offered by Sumbandila.“It will be an improvement on Sumbandila,” said Malinga, “which has completed over 6 000 orbits and given us great value for money”.African space science hubResearch physicist Lee-Anne McKinnell of Sansa Space Science (SSS) – formerly known as the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory – said that SSS aimed to be a hub for earth-space science and technological services in Africa by 2015.“We’re in a geographically advantageous position,” she said, “located in the South Atlantic anomaly”.This is the name of the area where the earth’s inner Van Allen radiation belt – a band of energetic charged particles, or plasma, which runs around the planet and is held in place by its magnetic field – comes closest to the earth’s surface.SSS keeps an eye on eruptions from the sun, and also monitors fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic field. It has been designated as the regional warning centre for space weather, one of 13 around the world, for the African continent. Part of its function is to carry out near-real-time monitoring of space weather and the resultant impact on biological organisms and electronic devices.“This is the only place in South Africa where we measure the earth’s magnetic field,” said McKinnell. “Hermanus is a clean environment in magnetic terms. There are no disturbances such as an electric rail system, which would interfere with our measurements.”SSS also offers technological services to the defence and aerospace industries, such as the maintenance and accurate calibration of landing compasses for aircraft, which are all required to have a manual compass on board in case electronics systems fail.Developing specialised skills for SA’s space industryAt the Cape Peninsula University of Technology a micro-satellite programme is in full swing under the guidance of CPUT Satellite Systems lecturer Francois Visser, also a speaker at the briefing.The satellite development programme operates from the French South African Technology Institute (F’SATI), a graduate school for engineers and communication specialists.One of the goals of the programme, which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology through the National Research Foundation, is to rapidly develop specialised skills to support South Africa’s growing space industry.Full-time students will graduate in 24 months with a masters degree or doctorate, while part-timers will need at least three years to complete their studies. Tuition is offered through agreements with partner institutions in France, including the universities of Paris-Est Créteil and Versailles Saint-Quentin.Using the innovative Cubesat technology, F’SATI students are currently building two satellites. Cubesat is a modular system that is used throughout the world, with over 40 Cubesats circling the earth to date.“We’re building a 3U and a 1U satellite,” said Visser, referring to the building blocks of 10x10x10cm that make up each Cubesat unit. A 3U satellite will therefore have dimensions of 10x10x30cm.“It weighs about four kilos and is the size of a loaf of bread,” said Visser. “We hope to finish the prototype by October 2011 and have it ready for launch, most likely on an Indian vehicle, in the first quarter of 2012 with a science payload.”The payload will include an earth imaging camera; a radio frequency beacon to calibrate the radar antenna patterns at the SSS’s Antarctica base; and other radio experiments.Visser described the project as a simple mission that will give all the students valuable experience in satellite mission development and operation. The team plans to demonstrate the satellite at the upcoming International Astronautical Congress, taking place in Cape Town in October 2011.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory are using robotic gliders to track what happens in the ocean. Their work will help with research, which could contribute positively to responding to climate change and the “blue” economy. A robotic glider gathers data in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Cape Town. (Image: SOCCO gliders, Twitter) • How much do you know about the ocean? • South Africa moves to unlock ‘blue economy’ • Gallery: Celebrate Marine Month in South Africa • Plans to tap into South Africa’s oceans on track Compiled by Priya PitamberRobotic gliders, looking much like a combination of a surf board and a missile with solar panels, are helping South African researchers learn more about the ocean.The gliders help to gather important data for research and development.Speaking to Munyaradzi Makoni writing for the science and technology news website, SciDev.Net, Sebastiaan Swart, a principal scientist with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said: “These cutting-edge robotic gliders will shape the future of marine research and environmental monitoring of the Southern Ocean and South African waters.”The CSIR and the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatory (SOCCO) are using the gliders to track what happens in the ocean.They examine behaviour such as the impact of carbon dioxide and the increase of phytoplankton, a microscopic algae living on the ocean surface.Our two #wavegliders on the heli-deck of the #SAAghulas2 out on the wintery Southern Ocean.(Photo cred: @H3ndrikJvR ) pic.twitter.com/KM2nLgp3yq — SOCCO – CSIR (@SOCCOgliders) July 29, 2015The gilders also help the scientists to understand how circular currents of water, or eddies as they are called, move nutrients to the ocean surface. The effects of these on the Southern Ocean and changing climate patterns, however, are not yet fully understood.This is of great concern to Swart because he said creatures living in the ocean were vulnerable to even the smallest of changes in the environment.“One [of our] research gaps that we hope to address with these gliders, in conjunction with satellites and computer models, is better understanding the role of small-scale features such as ocean eddies and currents and short term events [storms] on the overall state of the ocean,” said Swart.Little is known about the Southern, or Antarctic, Ocean. Simply sailing in it for longer periods is not enough for scientists to unravel its mysteries, such as the diverse life species it supports. Swart said investigations done from research ships and data from satellites exclusively was not sufficient.The #Seagliders being tested for their next #scientific mission on a sunny winter’s morning in #CapeTown. pic.twitter.com/vLQim7FvJM — SOCCO – CSIR (@SOCCOgliders) July 3, 2015Maiden voyageThe first gliders were deployed in September 2012, according to SciDev.net, near Gough Island, some 2 000 kilometres south-west of Cape Town.For six months, the robots collected data that was sent back to CSIR scientists. The location and depth of the bots were controlled remotely through satellite communication. Since then, there has been no looking back and “additional long-endurance robotics experiments have taken place on an annual basis”, reads SciDev.Swart said that if it was understood now how the Southern Ocean worked and interacted with the environment, the better the chances would be to lessen the effects of climate change.There are nine gliders in the fleet, which could increase depending on the need for further research. “Four surface wave gliders ride the ocean surface measuring CO2, acidity, among other surface ocean physical variables,” wrote Makoni. “Five profiling gliders can dive to a maximum depth of one kilometre below the ocean surface.”Helping the economySouth Africa’s oceans already contribute R54-billion (about US$3.2-million) to the country’s economy, and Swart is optimistic that glider research missions will be able to increase this sum.They may also contribute to ocean governance and resource development for Operation Phakisa, South Africa’s programme launched in 2014 to reap the maximum benefit from the ocean while minimising any harm.“Gliders are a key part of unlocking the wealth of our ocean blue economy,” Swart said. “They can assist in understanding the ocean, protecting and managing its resources, and manage disasters and pollution.”All in one photo: one of our #Robots, a #Whale and the lovely #CapeTown! pic.twitter.com/CLL9eXfyRZ — SOCCO – CSIR (@SOCCOgliders) April 9, 2015
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Christmas Eve starts off our week with some clouds, but generally a dry, decent day. Cold air remains in place, with temps near to slightly below normal. A cold front in the upper Midwest today will try and move over the region through Christmas day tomorrow, but generally has little to no effect here. Moisture with the front is minor. We wont rule out a few sprinkles or flurries in far SW parts of Ohio on Christmas, but coverage stays at under 20%, and will be limited to a few hundredths on those area. There is nothing here that will cause travel problems or issues for Christmas, but it will mean a somewhat cloudy, gray holiday.Ohio stays dry for the rest of the week until we get to overnight Thursday night. Scattered showers arrive there and continue through midday Friday. Rain totals will be limited to .1″-.5″ over about 80% of the state. A look at the end of the week is in the map at right. This system will be significantly weaker here than farther west, and will be born out of a major winter storm moving from the Plains into the western corn belt Wednesday-Thursday. Colder air is on the way behind this system but should wait until Saturday before truly taking controls, when we turn out partly sunny.Light snow and flurries threaten next Sunday, but the truth threat is limited only to north central and NW OH, where we may end up with a fresh coating to half an inch or so. All other areas of Ohio miss out on precipitation, and could end up at least partly sunny. The system is acting more like a clipper, and affects more of the Great Lakes than anywhere else. A mix of clouds and sun expected for New Year’s Eve on Monday, and then partly sunny skies for New Years day and next Wednesday. Temps will stay normal to a bit below.Snow moves into southern Ohio next Wednesday night and continues through Thursday the 3rd. This snow stays south of I-70, but accumulations are likely in that area, and they could be significant, if the cold air holds in as we currently anticipate. There will be no precipitation north of I-70. We are back to dry weather for Friday the 4th.Another significant warm up could be on the way for the 5th through the 7th, with well above normal temps. This will set up a potential strong storm for the night of the 7th through the 8th. Right now, cold air appears to race in at the same time moisture develops, meaning we could see some snow, and there is potential for some good accumulations. However, there is plenty of time for the pattern to shift and the system to evolve. Overall, the coming 2 week period has the potential for some very wild swinging weather. Merry Christmas!
Pune: In a volte-face, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday withdrew its candidate for the Palus-Kadegaon Assembly seat in Sangli district, paving the way for Youth Congress president Dr. Vishwajeet Kadam to be elected unopposed.The by-election, to be held on May 28, has been necessitated after Dr. Kadam’s father, former minister and senior Congressman Patangrao Kadam, passed away in March this year.Senior BJP leader and Maharashtra Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil had a closed door meeting with Sangramsinh Deshmukh, the party’s nominee for the seat after which a formal announcement pertaining to the BJP’s withdrawal was made.“It has never been the party’s [BJP’s] policy to put forward a candidate in the event of a senior leader’s death. Hence, out of respect for the late Mr. Kadam, the BJP is taking back the candidature of Sangramsinh Deshmukh,” said Mr. Patil after the meeting of Sangli’s BJP leaders.Following Patangrao Kadam’s death in March this year, it was expected that major political parties would not field candidates against his son Vishwajeet Kadam in keeping with an unwritten political tradition.Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) — and Congress’ estranged ally — too had already abstained from fielding a candidate, and the Shiv Sena too announced its support for Dr. Kadam.Last week, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray assured Dr. Kadam of his backing after a phone conversation with the Congress leader.However, the BJP last week decided to field Sangramsinh Deshmukh, son of late BJP legislator Sampatrao Deshmukh for the bypoll.The motivation behind this was allegedly due to Patangrao’s decision in 1997 to contest Palus-Kadegaon after Sampatrao Deshmukh’s death instead of letting a kin of the deceased BJP MLA be elected unopposed.The late Patangrao Kadam had defeated BJP’s Prithviraj Deshmukh (Sangramsinh’s cousin) twice — in 2009 as well as 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections — to win the seat for the Congress.Sources said that Mr. Patil’s closed door meeting with the Deshmukhs eventually persuaded the latter to take back Sangramsinh’s nomination.The Kalus-Padegaon Assembly by-election, along with the Palghar and Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha bypolls are to be held on May 28, with counting of votes scheduled on May 31.
WILMINGTON, MA – Wilmington Public Schools is seeking substitute teachers at the elementary school, middle school and high school levels, according to a job listing posted on July 16.Substitute teacher rates in Wilmington are as follows:Day to day: $75/day without a DESE license, $85/day with a DESE license45-59 days in the same assignment: $100/day without a DESE license, $110/day with a DESE license60-90 days in the same assignment: $115/day without a DESE license, $125/day with a DESE license91 or more days in the same assignment: $238.17/day (must have a DESE license)The school system is also seeking substitute educational assistants ($60/day), substitute LPNs ($75/day), and substitute nurses ($125/day).View the job posting, which includes further information about the application process, HERE.Got a question? Contact Ken Storlazzi, the district’s Human Resources Administrator, at 978-694-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Public Schools Hiring Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants & Nurses For Upcoming School YearIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Hiring Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants & NursesIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Hiring Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants & NursesIn “Business”
In this 10 July 2018, file photo, Ever Reyes Mejia, of Honduras, carries his son to a vehicle after being reunited and released by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Grand Rapids, Mich. Photo: APThe Trump administration said Thursday that it has reunified 364 children ages 5 and older with their families after they were separated at the border, still leaving hundreds to go before a court-imposed deadline a week away.The justice department reaffirmed in a court filing that it has identified 2,551 children who may be covered by US district judge Dana Sabraw’s order. More than 900 are either “not eligible or not yet known to the eligible,” the vast majority of them undergoing evaluation to verify parentage and ensure the children are safe.ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said he was concerned about the high number of children who have not been cleared for reunification.The administration and the American Civil Liberties Union are due back in court Friday for the fifth time in two weeks as the judge holds tightly to a 26 July deadline for all children to be reunified. He set an earlier deadline of 10 July for dozens of children under 5.The government has identified eight US Immigration and Customs Enforcement locations to reunify children 5 and older, and people have been getting released throughout the Southwest this week.The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service are taking the lead on helping families that have been released into the US The faith-based groups provide food, clothing, legal aid and often money for a bus or a plane ticket, usually for them to join relatives across the country.Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, has served dozens of families. The shelter’s director, Ruben Garcia, said “the actual reunification process is a logistical nightmare.”On Monday, the judge put a temporary hold on deporting parents while the government prepares a response to the ACLU’s request for parents to have at least one week to decide whether to pursue asylum in the US after they are reunited with their children.
Kiefer Sutherland’s accidental president is now streaming exclusively on Netflix: The first two seasons of “Designated Survivor” are now available to Netflix subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.Hulu had previously nabbed exclusive U.S. subscription VOD rights to “Designated Survivor” seasons 1 and 2, which aired on ABC, under a deal announced in November 2017. Episodes of “Designated Survivor” also are unavailable on ABC’s streaming platforms.Earlier this month, Netflix announced it was picking up the third season of “Designated Survivor” in a production deal with eOne after ABC cancelled the show. As part of the pact, Netflix secured streaming rights for the first two season of the show in the U.S. and Canada. Season 3 is slated to debut on Netflix worldwide in 2019.“Designated Survivor” stars Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, a low-level cabinet member who suddenly is forced to assume to role of U.S. president after a catastrophic attack on the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union address. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Netflix tapped eOne’s Neal Baer as showrunner for season 3 of “Designated Survivor,” making him the fifth showrunner since the show’s inception. The series was created by David Guggenheim, who together with Baer, Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah will all serve as executive producers.In the 10-episode third season, President Kirkman will hit the campaign trail, with the show exploring “today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and ‘fake news,’” according to Netflix’s synopsis.Along with Sutherland, cast of the first two seasons of “Designated Survivor” includes Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett, Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Natascha McElhone, Jake Epstein and Paulo Costanzo.