All Schools Reopen

first_imgAs of yesterday, March 2, all schools across the country fully resumed academic activities in keeping with the 2014/2015 academic calendar of events released late January by authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE), and readjusted by the members of the National Legislature.The exercise to reopen all schools yesterday came against the backdrop of the “necessary” adjustment made in the official date of reopening schools based on government’s pronouncement two months ago, ordering the resumption of classes on February 2.The pronouncement at the time received mixed reactions with two different dates being contested for the reopening of schools.The government, through the MOE, announced the resumption of basic academic activities beginning Monday, January 12, with student registration followed by teacher orientation and other preparatory activities.Thereafter, instruction would have then commenced on Monday, February 2. With that pronouncement, school administrators and students were already urged to strictly observe the Ebola preventive measures that should have been mounted on all campuses.Early last year, schools throughout the country were ordered closed during the second outbreak of the EVD that claimed the lives of 9000 people.The action by the government to have schools reopened came as the result of the drastic decline now in the number of new Ebola cases across the country. Authorities at the MOE released the academic calendar for 2015, basing it on the February 2 set date.But while the exercise was progressing with students set to enter classrooms on February 2, the Joint Legislative Committee on Education, Public Administration and Health recommended that schools re-open on March 2, instead of February 2 as announced by the MOE.The Committee said the postponement was necessary to allow for adequate preparation of school facilities and to give the MOE, and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW) ample time to deliver the necessary Ebola preventive facilities to the over 5,181 schools in the country.The extension, according to the Lawmakers, was also to enable parents to raise the money for school fees and uniforms.The Committee’s recommendation was contained in a report derived from a meeting held with authorities of the Ministries of Education and Health. According to the Joint Committee, it also held a series of consultations with stakeholders and public and private school administrations, who said the decision by government to reopen schools on February 2, 2015 was not realistic.   Following the reading of the report, Plenary debated and resolved that it should be accepted, thereby leaving Speaker J. Alexander Tyler to mandate the chief clerk immediately to communicate the decision to authorities of the MOE and MOH/SW as to the March 2, 2015 date agreed to by members of the joint committee to reopen schools.Shortly after the information reached the MOE, its authorities adjusted the February 2 date by two weeks difference to Monday, February 16, 2005, for the resumption of classes.What was not clear then about the MOE’s February 16 reopening date was whether they reached an agreement with the Lawmakers on that reopening date.  However, some schools, particularly private and faith-based institutions went ahead anyway and reopened for business.Also too, the MOE added that while the reopening of school would be delayed by two weeks, other academic activities, including registration of students, teachers’ orientation, cleaning up of campuses and installation of Ebola preventive facilities continued until yesterday when almost all the schools are now reopened.Meanwhile, University of Liberia (UL) has at long last announced the resumption of classes beginning Tuesday. March 17, 2015, the vice president for Public Relations, Norris Tweh, has announced.According to Mr. Tweh, the decision to reopen the institution came about after consulting with relevant government authorities seeking the solution for the speedy reopening of the university.He said that the government has meanwhile assured the UL authorities that classes will resume by next week in line with what the administration planned.Mr. Tweh disclosed that the government also assured the UL Administration that it would provide the necessary funding for the resumption of academic activities.He made the announcement over the weekend when he spoke in an interview with reporters at his office on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.“Even though the actual funding requested from the government by the UL for reopening and the smooth running of the university is not yet available, any amount that will be on hand will be managed so as to enable us to reopen on March 17 for the 2015 academic year,” Mr. Tweh assured.The UL official noted that the fund, if made available by the government, would be used to pay some of the outstanding instructors’ salary arrears for the past few months.Mr. Tweh disclosure comes on the heels of an earlier pronouncement by Dr. Dennis that there were no funds for the reopening of the institution.Dr. Dennis’ statement threatened the hopes of the over 30,000 students and there were reports that some students had decided to abandon seeking higher education at the UL.“As of early March, we will be conducting workshops for teachers, especially on the preventive measures so that our campuses can be safe, thus leading to the reopening of the school, Mr. Tweh said.His pronouncement has restored the nearly lost hopes of the students who are reportedly getting set to continue their studies.The UL as well as tertiary and other institutions of learning in the country were closed last year by the government as part of additional measures aimed at stopping the transmission of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Baleka Mbete appointed Speaker of Parliament

first_img22 May 2014African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Baleka Mbete was elected Speaker of Parliament, replacing Max Sisulu, during the the first sitting of South Africa’s fifth democratic Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday.Mbete was elected Members of Parliament after beating Nosimo Bhalendlela, who was nominated by the Democratic Alliance, in a secret ballot, winning 260 votes to Bhalendlela’s 80.The house broke out into ululations when the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng made the announcement.Mbete was the Speaker from 2005 to 2008. She also served for a while as the country’s Deputy President after the recall of Thabo Mbeki in 2008. She is described by MPs who have worked with her as strong, capable and effective.Mbete said she was humbled by her appointment and would carry out her tasks conscious of the Constitution. “Your trust in me has not been misplaced,” she said.Mbete welcomed new members to the house, saying more than half had not served in the previous Parliament. She reminded them of their mandate to serve the people who had voted for them.“After 20 years of democracy, we dare not fail our people. Let us further entrench the spirit of democracy. Let each one of us represent our people with dignity and honour.”Earlier in Wednesday’s proceedings, Chief Justice Mogoeng presided over the swearing in ceremony of the 400 new Members of Parliament, representing 13 political parties.In batches of 10, the new MPS took an oath affirming their faithfulness to the Republic and obedience to the Constitution.The first group included President Jacob Zuma, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, and current Cabinet ministers Malusi Gigaba, Naledi Pandor, Jeff Radebe, Fikile Mbalula, Blade Nzimande, Bathabile Dlamini, Lindiwe Sisulu and Collins Chabane.Approximately 42 percent of South Africa’s new MPs are women. In terms of age, the oldest is 85 and the youngest 22. The average age of the representatives is 50.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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What to Consider When Upgrading to the Pocket Cinema 6K

first_imgPocket 4K vs. Pocket 6K? This article discusses the relevancy of both — as well as the price points and specs related to each.Prices are rapidly dropping, panic is running amok, and conspiracies are rife. No, it’s not the next recession; it’s the Pocket 4K community growing frantic over the imminent arrival of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. The camera has drawn a lot of excitement and an equal measure of unease. Many Pocket 4K users are wondering if they should upgrade, or if they’ve been cheated out of their 4K investment.While I can’t speak for the entirety of the Pocket 4K community, I do want to evaluate some of the concerns about the Pocket 4K now that the new model has seemingly replaced it (which it hasn’t).(Note: this is not a critique of the Pocket 6K. The specs alone are mind-boggling.)Don’t Undervalue the Pocket 4K’s Resale PriceLook, we’re not going to tell you what to do with your equipment—or how to sell it—but don’t devalue the camera just to get a quick sale. As Grant Petty said in last week’s live-demonstration, there have been a few setbacks with the electrical’s market, which has meant a delay in getting these cameras to retailers. Therefore, you have to consider that the Pocket 4K isn’t readily available to everyone. B&H continually dip in and out of stock, it feels like my UK retailer has never been in stock, and as a result, the camera is still in demand on the aftermarket. And until Blackmagic stops producing this camera, the Pocket 4K is far from obsolete.Looking at recent eBay sales, the Pocket 4K has sold at $150 above the current RRP. However, in the camera’s social media groups, many are offloading this camera for as low as $750. Of course, there are various factors that justify a discounted price—hours used, cosmetic wear, missing original accessories, and so on. But still, so early into the life cycle of the model, there’s no real reason to undercut yourself when stores themselves can’t even fulfill orders.Data and Battery LifeRecently I published a YouTube video titled How Much Does the BMPCC4K Actually Cost? The video breaks down the various factors that contribute to the overall cost of the camera. The 6K model is undoubtedly going to increase the price point, with expanded data storage and power options.At the highest constant bit rate encoding option—3:1—the Pocket 4K clocks in with a storage rate of 135 MB/s. The Pocket 6K, however, will be bringing in 3:1 footage at a colossal 323 MB/s. Roughly, you’re looking at just under 19GB a minute. That 256GB CFast 2.0 card you have suddenly only stores fourteen minutes of footage when shooting at a max constant bit rate. However, I would imagine that with such high resolution, even shooting at 12:1 6K would still bring in favorable shots. And this reels in at 81 MB/s, which would give you sixty-five minutes with 6K recording.Therefore, you have to acknowledge that, along with an extra $1000 for the new camera, you’re more than likely going to be buying more recording media, and more offline storage.(Side note, there are currently no SSD cards on the market that can capture 6K 50fps, as retailer CVP points out in the following video.)One thing does concern me, that’s the 50p data rate. So, if my math is correct, using Blackmagic’s data on the website, 6K 3:1 at 50fps would be 538 MB/s, and QO (their variable bit rate option) could go as high as 805 MB/s a second. Currently, you won’t be able to record that.The fastest CFast 2.0 on the market taps out at around 500 MB/s. And while using the USB-C 3.1 port, you can connect an SSD that can reach 800 MB/s, the Pocket 6K uses a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port, which taps out at 625 MB/s.Likewise, if there was one constant issue that appeared in every review and every discussion video when the Pocket 4K first came out, it was the abysmal battery life. Since the release, we have had a firmware update, which increases the longevity of a single LP-E6 battery by fifteen to twenty minutes. However, with the new build, we’re back down to a forty to forty-five minute run time for a single LP-E6. Meaning (and I recommend not using LP-E6s anyway) that you’re going to have to grab a few more to err on the side of caution.How Important Is the “Full Frame” Factor?I would argue that the super 35mm sensor is more of a selling point for this camera than either the EF mount or the 6K resolution. Blackmagic’s Super 35mm (-ish) sensor is closer to 35mm film than the 4K’s MFT sensor; therefore, similar visual attributes, such as focal lengths, will be the same as 35mm film.The issue with crop factor is that for cinema, Super 35mm is a standard. Whereas for stills, which bleed into digital video, full-frame is the standard, and anything smaller yields a crop factor. Meaning a 50mm on one camera may capture images at a focal length equivalent to 67mm on a full-frame sensor. As the photo and video world has seemingly blended into one another and borrowed terms, sometimes principles fall into a gray area of confusion. As with the Pocket 6K, you have a 1.558 crop factor. But again, that’s in comparison to a full-frame stills sensor, when in regards to Super 35mm film, there isn’t a crop factor.That said, many do factor the crop factor as a detriment, and would prefer to be shooting as close to full-frame as possible. If that’s something you want to do, then although the Pocket 4K has a crop factor of 1.89, with the newly released Metabones Speed Booster specifically engineered for the BMPCC4K, you can reduce the crop factor to 1.43 with the Ultra 0.71x model — or with the XL 0.64x version, you can decrease the crop factor even further to 1.29. Therefore, if you want to capture as much of the frame as possible, the Pocket 4K and Metabones Speed Booster combo provide a better option.There are, of course, many benefits to the 6K model. We can’t speak to all of them just yet, as we’ve yet to review the camera, the 6K resolution, the increased FPS, the anamorphic mode, the EF mount, and so on. But these new features don’t suddenly make the Pocket 4K model obsolete. You’re still getting 4K RAW for $1250—or $1000, if you remove the Resolve Studio license—and that, in itself, is crazy when just a decade ago 4K for $4K seemed like a dream.Cover image via Blackmagic.Looking for more articles on film and video gear? Check these out.The Dana Dolly: A Quintessential Cinematic Tool for Filmmakers5 Documentary-Style Lenses for 5 Budgets.How to Mount the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K on the Ronin-MBMPCC4K Tips: The Difference Between Constant Bitrate and Constant QualityAputure Releases the 300D II — with Lantern Attachmentlast_img read more

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CBI probe not linked to politics: Sovan Chatterjee

first_imgFormer Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who is being investigated for cash-on-camera scam, said politics and probe are not connected and that he can serve the BJP while being probed by the central agencies. Mr. Chatterjee, once the top confidant of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, had joined the BJP last week. He addressed a press conference at the BJP office in Kolkata on Tuesday with party’s State president Dilip Ghosh by his side. In 2014, Mr. Chatterjee was seen in videos along with other Trinamool Congress leaders purportedly accepting cash on camera. On the ongoing Naradaprobe by the central agencies, Mr. Chatterjee said a probe did not mean that he was guilty. “Probes by ED and CBI are ordered by the Supreme Court. There is a huge difference between being accused and proven guilty. It is not correct to link the investigation to political decisions which people are making,” he said. ‘Loyal soldier’ Responding to questions on whether he will contest against Ms. Banerjee, Mr Chatterjee said he will do whatever the BJP asks him to do. “When I was in Trinamool, I was a loyal soldier of that party. Now I have joined the BJP and will remain its loyal soldier. I will do whatever my party asks me to do. If they ask me to contest against Mamata Banerjee in next election, I will do so,” he said.last_img read more

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NBA-leading Bucks rally to beat Hornets

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer inserted Connaughton in the final minute of the third quarter, with the Bucks looking ragged. Connaughton’s energetic defense helped energize Milwaukee, and he remained in the game until the final 25 seconds.“I’ve always prided myself on trying to make winning plays, whatever that may be,” Connaughton said. “For professional athletes, that’s our job to be ready. This team is unique. We have guys one through 15 who have made an impact on the season at some point.”Connaughton had not played in six of the previous nine games.“It’s just mostly gut,” Budenholzer said. “We were in a little bit of mud. Just see if we could find a spark. I don’t think he made a basket but he had as big an impact on the game as anybody. The crowd’s energy and Pat’s energy really lifted us up in the fourth quarter.”Charlotte star Kemba Walker was injured in a scrum with 2:06 left when Antetokounmpo landed him. Walker headed directly to the locker room. Nicolas Batum led the Hornets with 19 points, Jeremy Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 16, and Walker had 10 on 3-of-12 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT “We played well for 42 minutes,” Batum said. “This is the best team in the East, maybe one of the top two teams in the NBA right now. They’ve got one MVP candidate, they’ve got a great coach and they play well, especially at home. It’s been three games and we’ve played those guys, we’ve had a chance to win every time. We moved the ball really well. But they did a good job the last 6 minutes, being more aggressive on defense and they scored in transition every time.”TIP-INSHornets: Tony Parker sat out to rest. The former San Antonio star scored 17 points in 17 minutes off the bench in the Hornets’ 118-107 victory at Memphis on Wednesday night. “What he’s done in fourth quarters, you talk about experience, you talk about basketball IQ and knowledge and winning plays,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He’s got a whole data base of what it takes to win games, and he can dial it up in those moments.” … Walker collided with Antetokounmpo in a scramble for a loose ball late in the game and suffered what the team termed a mild neck sprain. Walker went to the locker room and did not return in the final 2 minutes.Bucks: Rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo was inactive because if a left heel injury. He left the arena in a walking boot after the game. “We may just need to give him an extended period of rest or non-activity and be exceedingly cautious,” Budenholzer said. “Part of it is Donte wants to play so bad and he’s such a hard worker. Sometimes when you’re coming back from some of these injuries it can actually work against you. You just need to give it some time.” The Bucks have plenty of backcourt options off the bench with Sterling Brown, George Hill and Tony Snell in the current rotation.UP NEXTHornets: Host New York on Monday night.Bucks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Donovan Mitchell scores 24, Jazz outlast Timberwolves Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 14 rebounds and Milwaukee rallied to beat Charlotte 108-99 on Friday night, outscoring the Hornets 32-12 in the fourth quarter.Malcolm Brogdon added 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 18, and Khris Middleton 15 to help the Bucks improve to 35-12 with their sixth straight victory. They are 22-4 at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Once we switched up our coverages and made them play a lot of 1-on-1, it changed the game for us,” Bledsoe said. “We were taking the ball out (of the net) all game, up until the end. We started to get stops, get out and get transition shots, drive and kick. We did a great job.”Down 92-80 with 9:45 left, the Bucks fought back with an 11-0 run. They finally took the lead on Brogdon’s drive with 5:34 left. After Walker scored, Antetokounmpo did a huge spin and dunked with one hand to put the Bucks up 97-96. 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(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Seldom-used Pat Connaughton and a defensive switch sparked the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks.And Connaughton didn’t even score.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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GOGL Frontline Invest in Bunkering JV with Trafigura

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Golden Ocean Group Limited and Frontline have teamed up with Trafigura Group to establish a global supplier of marine fuels.Golden Ocean and Frontline will acquire 10 percent and 15 percent interests respectively in the joint venture, and Trafigura will contribute its existing physical bunkering activities to the new company.Subject to agreement on final terms, the JV is expected to start operations in the third quarter of 2019, and will act as the exclusive purchaser of marine fuels for Trafigura, Golden Ocean and Frontline, as well as certain entities affiliated with Hemen Holding, Golden Ocean and Frontline’s largest shareholder.“This transaction represents yet another instance where we have been able to leverage our relationship with other entities of Hemen Holding Ltd to create significant economies of scale and a real competitive advantage,” Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, CEO of Golden Ocean Management AS, and Robert Hvide Macleod, CEO of Frontline Management AS, jointly said.“We look forward to working with Trafigura, our JV partner, to create one of the world’s leading suppliers of marine fuels,” they added.last_img read more

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Marti Buscaglia

first_imgThe launch of Duluth~Superior Magazine, a regional Minnesota niche, may never have happened if it weren’t for its founder’s rocky start.When former Duluth News Tribune publisher Marti Buscaglia decided to leave the newspaper to take a position at the Orange County Register in California, she suffered a devastating career blow when an anonymous reader tipped off her new employer to ask for a copy of Buscaglia’s college diploma.Buscaglia, who never finished her degree, says she made the “rookie” mistake of writing it on her resume. “The CEO asked me, ‘Well, do you want to come on board anyway and ride out the storm?’ and I told him that I didn’t think it was fair to his readers—they needed a publisher they could trust.” Buscaglia picked up the pieces, finished her college degree in Minnesota (graduating summa cum laude), and took the summer of 2007 to write the business plan for her dream of producing a niche city and lifestyle publication for the area.“I had a vision and I understand demographics. We really set out to give people a sense of pride of living in this region,” she says of the underserved market.After launching in the winter of 2008, Buscaglia’s brainchild has a 10,000 circulation for a market area of less than 250,000 people. While other area magazines tout PDFs to display content online, Buscaglia has created a Web presence with online-exclusive content, unique media partnerships and a comprehensive arts and events calendar. The Web site draws 165,000 page views from 10,000 visitors monthly.“We didn’t have a lot of ads, but enough to make it worthwhile, with five full-page advertisers with yearlong contracts, and a few smaller ones,” says Buscaglia. The magazine, now 68 pages, is down from its launch of 96 pages. Buscaglia admits anticipating a page reduction. “Readers are just as happy. Many say it’s better.”VITAL STATS: After only a year, Duluth~Superior Magazine has 10,000 circulation for a market area of less than 250,000 people.last_img read more

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City Seeks to Remedy Vote Allowing Business to Open under Takeoff Path

first_imgThe Norfolk (Va.) City Council is having second thoughts about its vote last month to allow a business located under the takeoff path of Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field to open after the decision was harshly criticized by John Harvey Jr., Virginia’s secretary of veterans and defense affairs. Dan Cohen AUTHOR “The last thing that needs to happen now is for any city or county in the commonwealth of Virginia to signal publicly, ‘OK, we’re just not going to play by the rules here that we agreed to,’” said Harvey, a retired four-star admiral. The commander of Naval Station Norfolk had voiced opposition to the business application prior to the city council’s vote. The city manager told the paper that staff have spoken to the owner, who is “open to a dialogue with us that results in a win-win for both her and the city.” In a March 10 letter to Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, Harvey said the city’s decision jeopardizes the future of the airfield, formerly known as Norfolk Naval Air Station, reported the Virginian-Pilot. He warned DOD could view the vote as an indication the city does not support the naval station, which possibly could lead to a recommendation to close the airfield. In response to Harvey’s criticism, the city council agreed to see whether the business owner will agree to move to a new location, with city assistance. The council cannot legally undo its approval, the city attorney ruled. “We have no ability to do anything other than to ask or to try,” Fraim said. The council made an exception to a city policy limiting the use of property in the accident potential zones surrounding military airfields because city officials failed to inform the prospective owner of the banquet hall about the policy for more than two months after she applied for permits. The site of the banquet hall is about one-and-a-half miles from the east end of the runway at Chambers Field, putting it in Accident Potential Zone 2.last_img read more

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Thirtymillionpage backup of humanity headed to moon aboard Israeli lander

first_img A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy The top layers of the archive disc can be viewed with an optical microscope. Arch Mission Foundation/Bruce Ha On Thursday night, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Israeli-made spacecraft named Beresheet beyond the grasp of Earth’s gravity and sent it on its way to the surface of the moon. On board Beresheet is a specially designed disc encoded with a 30-million-page archive of human civilization built to last billions of years into the future. The backup for humanity has been dubbed “The Lunar Library” by its creator, the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF).   “The idea is to place enough backups in enough places around the solar system, on an ongoing basis, that our precious knowledge and biological heritage can never be lost,” the nonprofit’s co-founder Nova Spivack told me via email.The AMF also placed a small test archive on Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster that was launched in the direction of Mars aboard the first Falcon Heavy demonstration mission last year. That archive consisted of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy encoded in a disc made of quartz silica glass made to last millions of years as the Roadster orbits the sun. The AMF has also placed a solid-state copy of Wikipedia on board a cubesat from SpaceChain in low-Earth orbit.graphic-1-space-ilThe little lander Beresheet hopes to make history in multiple ways this year. SpaceIL Part of the motivation for the far-out project is to leave a copy of humanity’s knowledge not just in the cloud, but far beyond the clouds, should the impacts of climate change or a potential nuclear war do us or the planet in at some point in the future. “While I am optimistic that humanity will rise to the challenge and develop a multinational  planetary defense initiative to mitigate these planetary risks, it is also prudent to have a plan B,” Spivack said. “Instead of one backup in one place our strategy is ‘many copies, many places’ — and we plan to send updates on a regular basis.”The AMF has already signed on to an additional planned moon mission, with startup Astrobotic, to send another Lunar Library installment to the moon in the next few years. There are also plans in the works to send archives to Mars, LaGrange points around Earth and deep underground caves on our planet. “The interplanetary network of backup locations we have started may even help to enable an interplanetary Internet. As we become a spacefaring civilization, we are going to need ways to move big data around the solar system, and protect it in transit, and at each location,” Spivack said. 17 Photos Tags Share your voice Sci-Techcenter_img 8 Space Comments The disc aboard Beresheet is about the size and thickness of a DVD, but consists of 25 stacked thin nickel films that AMF insists can resist radiation, extreme temperatures and other harsh conditions found in space for billions of years. There is, of course, no way to test how long it will last, but if it survives as long as hoped, the disc may even be around longer than the moon itself. The top four layers are actually filled with 60,000 pages of tiny analog images that can be viewed with optical microscope technology that’s been around for centuries. The images include a sort of users’ guide explaining human language, the contents of the disc and how to access the deeper layers containing compressed digital data. The digitized layers include a full copy of Wikipedia, more than 25,000 books and data for understanding over 5,000 languages. But if humans — or perhaps someone else — is ever going to get a chance to use the Lunar Library, it has to first get to the surface of the moon. Beresheet is now just beginning a long, complicated journey that will involve a handful of swings around Earth to increase the size of its orbit before jumping into orbit around the moon and eventually attempting a landing.The first window of opportunity to land comes on April 11.  So if all works out, Wikipedia will touch down on the moon almost exactly 50 years after man first showed up there. Any aliens who come across it in the future will surely be baffled by a few choice entries, like “moon-landing conspiracy theories,” “flat Earth” or “Tide pod challenge.” But at least they’ll help illustrate why we needed a backup.  last_img read more

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Another 3000 new arrivals put total Rohingyas at 624000

first_imgSome 3,000 more Rohingyas entered Bangladesh since 22 November putting the total number of Rohingyas at 624,000 since 25 August, said the UN Migration Agency on Monday, reports UNB.As of 25 November, Bangladesh Immigration and Passports Department registered a total of 663, 694 people through biometric registration, according to the IOM Needs and Population Monitoring.Meanwhile, Bangladesh Social Service Department has identified 7,771 unaccompanied and separated children.The report is produced by Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in collaboration with humanitarian partners that covered 17 November to until 24 November. The next report will be issued on 3 December.This week the ISCG Humanitarian Hub in Ukhia will become operational and the ISCG will deploy staff to the field in order to provide coordination services on the ground for sector partners, government authorities and both national and international nongovernmental organisations.The hub has been constructed by the International Humanitarian Partnership and IOM.Violence in Rakhine which began on 25 August has driven the Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.The people who have arrived in Bangladesh since 25 August came with very few possessions.They have used most of their savings on transportation and constructing a shelter, often out of no more than bamboo and thin plastic.The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar is highly vulnerable, having fled conflict and experienced severe trauma, and now living in extremely difficult conditions, said the report.Population movements within Cox’s Bazar remain highly fluid, with increasing concentration in Ukhia, where the government has allocated 3,000 acres for a new camp.last_img read more

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