MeerKAT construction: one down, 63 to go

first_imgBy Janine Erasmus23 August 2013South Africa’s MeerKAT, the precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), has taken the first step towards completion – a concrete foundation for the first of what will eventually be a 64-antenna array was poured in mid-August, at the SKA site in the Northern Cape.The remaining foundations will be poured over the next nine months, notes SKA’s website, and will be overseen by engineering company Brink & Heath Civils. Each foundation consists of 78 m³ of concrete and nine tons of reinforcing steel, and has to be robust enough to keep the sensitive radio antenna above it stable in winds that have been known to gust up to 140 km/h.The SKA project in South Africa has received massive government support since it started around a decade ago, and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) will pour R2-billion (US$213-million) into SKA over the next three years. MeerKAT is expected to be completed by 2016, said DST Minister Derek Hanekom, who announced the cash injection during his budget speech earlier this year. The DST’s consistent support and commitment is one of the factors that led to South Africa being awarded the bigger hosting role for the SKA, after many months of tension and rivalry between the country and the other potential host, the Australia-New Zealand SKA Project. In May 2012 the long-awaited announcement came that South Africa would host about 65% of the instrument, with the balance going to the Australasian countries.Built to withstand strong gusts of wind, each of MeerKAT’s antennas will stand firmly on a bed of concrete and steel. Image: SKA South Africa  Visit South Africa’s SKA website: www.ska.ac.zaAustralia-New Zealand SKA website: www.ska.gov.auRead more about the SKA project on SA.info’s Science and Technology pages, or find science features you can republish on Media Club South Africa.last_img read more

Oracle: Rivalry With SAP Continues At Full Force

first_imgIt’s no secret that Oracle and SAP have been at each others’ throats for years.  For a long period SAP was considered the undisputed king of the world’s largest corporate ERP accounts.  But while SAP’s innovation stagnated, Oracle’s inorganic-growth strategy of never-ending acquisitions turned it a very serious challenger to SAP.  The competition between the two companies has intensified and grown white hot over recent months.The customer perspective of Oracle has also been changing over the past several years.  A June 5th Wall Street Journal article cites a survey taken by Wellesley, Mass research firm Nucleus Research which found that when 56 executives (29 of which were SAP customers and 27 of which were Oracle) were asked whether the customer got a “positive return on investment”, 93% of the Oracle customers said ‘yes’ compared to only 41% of the SAP customers.Oracle trumped SAP in all categories:Project completed on timeProject completed on budgetCustomer would recommend the software to peersSAP disputed the results saying that interviewing only 29 of their 26,000 customers wasn’t sufficiently large to draw any conclusions from.  The SAP spokesperson called the study “junk science”.But one thing is clear, Oracle is aggressively attacking SAP on all fronts, and since March, the attack now also includes the courts.  On March 22 Oracle sued SAP saying that SAP had broken into Oracle’s website and illegally downloaded Oracle software. Oracle is suing for copyright infringement and breach of contract.Oracle’s suit also alleges that the SAP division called TomorrowNow took Oracle-copyrighted material and supplied it to SAP customers. Oracle is charging that TomorrowNow engaged in a “deliberate, systematic and illegal scheme to acess, copy, use and distribute Oracle’s copyrighted software products and related materials” in violation of federal and state law.Meanwhile rumors are flying that Oracle is acquiring SAP stock with the intent of acquiring it.  That’s unlikely though since today Oracle’s capitalization is around $100 billion while SAP’s market capitalization is about $59 billion.  Anyone attempting to buy SAP would need to pay a premium that might bring the pricetag up to nearly $70 billion, more than two-thirds Oracle’s capitalization.  Oracle would find it difficult to control the merged entity.Where this will all lead is anyone’s guess.  But it is very likely that the headlines surrounding the Oracle-SAP rivalry aren’t going to go away any time soon.last_img read more

Plan Will Improve Access to Renewable Energy for More Americans

first_imgLow- and middle-income Americans would have better access to wind-generated and solar-generated electricity under a plan unveiled by the Obama administration this week. According to an article in The New York Times, steps announced in Baltimore on July 7 are meant to triple the amount of wind and other forms of renewable energy installed in federally subsidized housing by 2020, make homeowner loans for solar equipment easier to get, and improve access to solar energy for those who rent.At the same time, commitments totaling $520 million from charities, investors, and government agencies were announced for energy-efficiency projects for low-income communities, The Times reported.The article didn’t offer any details, but The Washington Post said that the initiative would put more money into community solar projects, and that new solar projects at federally subsidized projects would total 300 megawatts of capacity,The announcement came on the heels of a pledge last week by Brazil and the U.S. that both countries would get 20% of their total electricity from renewables by 2030.“It’s very important not only that we achieve that goal, but how we get there as well,” Obama senior adviser Brian Deese said on a media call, according to The Post. “We know there are significant challenges in the scope and geographic reach of solar.” Energy Department creates new partnershipThe Department of Energy’s new National Community Solar Partnership will coordinate the efforts of a number of federal agencies, some of the larger states, and private solar companies such as First Solar to increase community solar programs around the country, the article said.This follows by a few weeks an announcement by SolarCity, the country’s biggest solar installer, that it would develop and operate as many as 100 1-MW community solar installations in Minnesota and invite renters, low-income housing residents, and schools to buy the electricity for 13 cents a kilowatt hour.GTM Research has pegged community solar as “the most significant solar growth market for the United States,” The Post said.Previously, the White House said it wanted to train 75,000 solar workers by 2020, and the latest announcement included new efforts to help low-income workers join the solar workforce. Plans would narrow an access gap to solarThe Post noted that falling prices for solar panels have made it possible for many more Americans to own solar arrays, but there are still many households without access. Renters don’t have the option of putting solar panels on the roof, and poor families often don’t qualify for financing that has helped expand the number of solar systems in the country.The article cites a study by the George Washington University Solar Institute that said, “The rapid decline of solar panel costs in recent years has ushered in a solar boom that has not spread uniformly across the spectrum of U.S. household incomes. Despite being more vulnerable to energy costs, lower-income Americans have lagged behind more affluent households in adopting solar and realizing its numerous benefits.”That study said that the 49 million households earning less than $40,000 a year represent 40% of all U.S. households but less than 5% of all households with solar installations. Energy costs in low-income households make up a much larger share of the household budget than they do in wealthy homes even though low-income families on average use less energy. So even modest reductions in energy bills through better access to renewables would have a big impact.The 300 MW goal for federally subsidized housing is three times what the president promised in 2013, but that target has already been reached, five years ahead of schedule, The Post said.last_img read more

Ateneo gets back at UST, forces decider for UAAP volleyball crown

first_imgAfter a tense third set that saw Rookie of the Year Eya Laure momentarily leave the game due to a left ankle injury, the Lady Eagles kicked things up a notch in the fourth set.Ateneo was on fire in the fourth, going on a 20-8 start that essentially put things to bed.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, logisticsUST managed to get to a 5-1 spurt and cut the lead to eight, 21-13, but Ateneo’s buffer was tougher than what the Golden Tigresses could ever claw against.Maddie Madayag then scored on two straight kills, including an emphatic block on Season MVP Cherry Rondina, for Ateneo’s 23-13 lead, during which Laure subbed out of the match. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Ateneo Lady Eagles force UAAP Game 3. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo is set to fight another day after tripping University of Santo Tomas 26-24, 14-25, 25-21, 25-15 in Game 2 and tying the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball finals series Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Eagles also stopped the Golden Tigresses’ seven-game winning streak that stretched back to the middle part of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 MOST READ The deciding Game 3 is on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Alyssa Valdez grateful for UST, Ateneo’s influence in her life Ateneo libero Dani Ravena then put the Lady Eagles at the 24-13 match point with an improbable save that went over the net and onto UST’s defense.Rondina salvaged a point for UST with an off-the-block kill, 24-14, but KC Galdones’ ensuing service went beyond the baseline.“Today’s game, we really played our best,” said the graduating Madayag. “We really worked as a team. And of course it gets into our minds that this might be our last game but we know we should cross that out and that we will fight, we won’t go down without a fight.”Madayag led Ateneo with 17 points on 10 attacks, four blocks, and three aces, while Bea De Leon and Kat Tolentino had 13 and 11 points, respectively.Rondina led UST with 22 points while Laure added 10.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Agents offer Lopetegui to Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Agents offer Lopetegui to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has been offered to Manchester United.Within hours of Jose Mourinho being sacked, representatives of Lopetegui were in contact with United intermediaries to alert them of his availability.Lopetegui was sacked by Real last month and replaced by Santiago Solari.It’s understood the former Spain and Porto coach was prepared to take the post on an interim basis.However, Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be confirmed United caretaker manager today. last_img

10 months ago​Ranieri hopes Fulham’s leading scorer Mitrovic comes good against former club

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Ranieri hopes Fulham’s leading scorer Mitrovic comes good against former clubby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic will return to his former club Newcastle on Saturday.”I hope when a player goes back to his previous club he wants to show something more,” said Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri, whose team are currently bottom of the Premier League. “I hope everything for Aleksandar, believe me, I pray.”Aleksandar in Newcastle didn’t do a very good job because when a player comes from another country it’s not easy to adapt immediately to English football.”But in Fulham he’s adapted very, very well. And I hope he can do a very outstanding match.”I don’t know if they will give a warm welcome to Aleksandar but I hope Aleksandar will make a very good match.” last_img read more

Diego Perotti to remain at Roma

first_imgDiego Perotti will likely remain at AS Roma for now, amid reported interest from Spanish clubsThe future of Perotti has been under severe doubt at Rome this summer following the arrival of Dutch teenage winger Justin Kluivert from Ajax.Not only that but Stephan El Shaarawy and Cengiz Under are an option for manager Eusebio Di Francesco to play on the flank.Patrik Schick, Alessandro Florenzi and even Javier Pastore can also cover that area.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Due to the abundance of options in wide areas, Perotti had been expected to move to Spain this summer with the likes of Sevilla and Valencia having expressed an interest.But Football-Italia reports that the Argentine winger will now remain at Roma until at least January.Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax wingers Leon Bailey and David Neres have also been linked with moves to Roma.last_img read more

Caution High Water Levels On The Russian River

first_imgAnglers are reminded to remove fish carcasses whole or gutted/gilled from the clear waters of the Russian River. In addition, if you intend to clean your catch at the river, please take your fish to the mainstem Kenai River cleaning tables located at the confluence and ferry crossing to fillet and chop-up sockeye salmon carcasses into small pieces and throw the pieces into deep, flowing waters. Sport fishing for sockeye salmon in the Russian River area will likely remain good to excellent for the next several days. Through Sunday, June 17, approximately 7,759 sockeye salmon have passed the Russian River weir. Average run timing to this date is 15%. ADF&G estimates that the early-run sockeye salmon biological escapement goal of 22,000-42,000 sockeye salmon will be met. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Russian River Sanctuary area opened early for anglers to sport fish for sockeye salmon, yesterday June 19th. According to stream watch, the water level in the Russian River is extremely high. Wading and crossing is treacherous. On Tuesday, June 19th, the water level at the weir measured 33 inches. (It’s normally around 15 inches at this time). Large trees and logs are being washed down both the Kenai and Russian Rivers. Anglers are advised to be extra cautious.last_img read more

ExxonMobil Enters Preliminary Gas Agreement With AGDC

first_imgDNR commissioner Andy Mack: “This agreement continues to demand that our resources at Point Thomson are developed to the maximum benefit of all Alaskans, and also aligns the state and industry in a new way as the Alaska LNG Project advances.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ExxonMobil, announced today, that the company has agreed to enter into a preliminary deal to sell its natural gas to the Alaska LNG project. State officials said the details of the agreement with ExxonMobil, including terms for price and volume, are confidential. According to a release from the AGDC it anticipates purchasing ExxonMobil’s share of 30 trillion cubic feet of gas from the two fields. Point Thomson contains approximately 25 percent of the North Slope’s discovered natural gas resources. The Gas Sales Precedent Agreement was signed by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and ExxonMobil, while a Letter of Understanding was signed by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, ExxonMobil and BP to “better align the Point Thomson field production timeline with the Alaska LNG project, which is run by AGDC.”last_img read more