Uganda creates unit to spy on social networks

first_img Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily UgandaAfrica Online freedomsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet June 30, 2017 Uganda creates unit to spy on social networks Follow the news on Uganda News to go further UgandaAfrica Online freedomsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the Ugandan government’s creation of a team of experts to closely monitor social networks, fearing that it will be used to restrict freedom of expression and silence critics. In a country where social networks are nowadays widely used to circulate news and views, do the authorities want to monitor better in order to punish better? The Uganda Media Centre, the media regulatory authority appointed by the president, announced on 27 June that a team of state security officers and IT experts has been set up to scan profiles on Facebook and other social networks in order to find posts critical of the government and the nation. Defending the special unit’s creation to an audience of citizen-journalists at a news conference, Uganda Media Centre executive director Ofwono Opondo said: “We have realised that social media users are bitter and depressed people who are always complaining on their pages about the government and everything in the country, but they rarely get responses from the targeted ministries.” “Increasing surveillance in order to better track down any criticism of the government is in itself a violation of freedom of information, said Elodie Vialle, the head of RSF’s Journalism and Technology Bureau. This measure is all the more worrying in a country that is in the habit of silencing critical journalists.” Social networks – new hunting ground for journalists RSF is all the more concerned about the possible repercussions of this unit’s creation on the work of the media because the organisation has noted an increase in recent years in harassment of journalists critical of President Yoweri Museveni’s government. TV reporter Gertrude Uwitware was kidnapped and badly beaten by unidentified assailants in April for posting a comment online in which she defended a well-known university academic accused of insulting the government. Uwitware was made to delete all of her Twitter and Facebook posts for being too critical. The university academic, Stella Nyanzi, was herself arrested on a charge of online harassment and insults under the 2011 Computer Misuse Act, the law that was used in June 2015 to convict Robert Shaka, an activist accused of leaking classified government information on Facebook under the pseudonym of Tom Voltaire Okwalinga (TVO). RSF fears that this law, which criminalizes the use of electronic communication to “disturb the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person,” could be used to prosecute journalists identified by this new surveillance unit. Ben Byarabaha, the editor of the Red Pepper newspaper, was accused of violating this law when he was interrogated on 20 June by the Ugandan police Media Crimes Unit in connection with a story about on the health of Uganda’s Inspector General of Police. Blocking social networks to silence criticism The leading social networks were blocked in Uganda on the eve of President Museveni’s swearing-in for a fifth term in May 2016. Ugandans suddenly had difficulty in accessing Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, the three social networks routinely used by the country’s journalists to circulate news and information as it happens. WhatsApp, in particular, is also used by journalists to discuss how they cover news developments and organize their work. The authorities said the blocking, which continued throughout the afternoon, had been carried out for reasons linked to national security. When the authorities previously disconnected social networks during the presidential election on 18 February 2016, President Museveni said it was to prevent people “telling lies.” He added: “If you want a right, then use it properly.” In May 2016, the authorities also threatened to close down broadcast media outlets that provided live coverage of opposition activities. Uganda is ranked 112th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, after falling ten places in the space of a year. Ofwono Opondo, at the time Ugandan government spokesman speaks to journalists on November 11, 2013 ©AFP/ ISAAC KASAMANI Receive email alertscenter_img News Help by sharing this information Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election News June 4, 2021 Find out more January 13, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation Newslast_img read more

The Latest: MEAC postpones football season

first_imgThe Latest: MEAC postpones football season The American Athletic Conference will require all its schools to test football players for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before competition.The announcement Thursday by the American comes ahead of the expected release of recommendations from the NCAA.The Power Five conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — have been working toward a minimum standard for testing throughout major college football. Though the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week that they would play only conference games this football season to help minimize potential disruptions caused by COVID-19, other FBS conferences have not yet decided on scheduling formats for the coming season, which appears to be in peril because of the surging pandemic. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the testing protocols will apply throughout the regular and bowl seasons. More operational protocols are still being finalized, as are testing protocols for other sports. ___ A top-division Russian soccer game has been called off after nine people at FC Sochi tested positive for the virus.The Russian Premier League says Sochi’s game against Tambov will not take place as scheduled on Thursday. The league hasn’t said how many of the nine are players.There was no mention of whether the game could be rescheduled. The league is scheduled to finish its season next Wednesday.Sochi last month won a game 10-1 against FC Rostov after a virus outbreak forced Rostov to send a team of youth and academy players. Another club, FC Orenburg, forfeited two games following an outbreak at the club and has since been relegated. July 16, 2020 Following fellow FCS conferences the Ivy League and Patriot League, the MEAC announced it would not have competition in the fall and consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester.The MEAC is comprised of 11 historically black colleges, though its membership is in flux. Earlier this year, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman announced they would be leaving the MEAC and joining the Southwestern Athletic Conference next year. MEAC-power North Carolina A&T has announced it will be moving to the Big South in 2021.___The Miami Dolphins say they’re prepared to play with or without spectators this season, but they will not allow fans to attend their home preseason game or training camp, and there will be no tailgating during the regular season.The changes were made because of the coronavirus and announced Thursday. The basketball-focused conference announced the decision Thursday. The Big East still hasn’t decided whether it will conduct a fall season and championships.The league said in the coming weeks, it will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in Big East communities and will provide further updates on dates and formats “as appropriate.” All decisions regarding fall conference competition will be guided by health and safety concerns and will be made in accordance with NCAA actions and policies.The sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, volleyball and field hockey. The Big East’s plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons remain unaffected at this time.The Big East’s members, located in eight of the country’s top 36 largest media markets, are Butler, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Mid-American Athletic Conference has suspended fall sports, becoming the third Division I league to postpone its football season. Stadium capacity for regular-season games will be determined later. Social distancing will be required if spectators are allowed, and fans and stadium employees will be required to wear masks when not eating or drinking.“Things are changing week to week, and we are still more than two months away from our first scheduled regular-season home game,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “So we’ll wait and work with local authorities, and make the determination about fans or no fans based on the data as we get closer. … We’re ready for any scenario.”___Wisconsin is delaying its renovation of the south end-zone seating area inside Camp Randall Stadium due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic.The project was scheduled to begin after the 2020 football season and completed by the start of the 2021 schedule. Another game was postponed last month after three virus cases among Dynamo Moscow players.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports “We are obviously operating in a time of great uncertainty,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Given our construction timeline and the timing around when decisions had to be made, we felt it was best to be prudent and delay the project for a bit.’’The renovation includes enhanced seating options such as loge boxes and club seats as well as access to indoor and outdoor hospitality clubs and climate-controlled amenities and premium food offerings.Wisconsin’s renovation of the Kohl Center is on a different timeline and hasn’t been delayed at this point.___The Big East Conference has joined several other leagues in deciding to play only conference opponents during the fall sports season, if it’s able to play at all. Associated Press last_img read more

France enjoy dream start as women’s World Cup kicks off

first_imgFrench players celebrate their win over South Korea in the opening game of the women’s World Cup on Friday.Paris, France | AFP | Host nation France crushed South Korea 4-0 in the opening game of the women’s World Cup on Friday, leaving former winners Germany with plenty to live up to as they prepare to launch their campaign.It was a fine start to a tournament that has been billed as the biggest yet for the women’s game, with a sell-out crowd of more than 45,000 filling the Parc des Princes in Paris and celebrating a rampant French victory.Les Bleues are among the favourites to win the trophy on home soil and they showed no mercy to the Koreans, with the prolific Eugenie Le Sommer giving them an early lead and defender Wendie Renard — the tournament’s tallest player — twice heading home before the interval.Captain Amandine Henry, impressive throughout, wrapped up the win late on in the Group A encounter, watched by French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA chief Gianni Infantino.Infantino has promised the month-long tournament will see the “explosion” of the women’s game, with almost a million tickets sold so far for matches in the nine host cities.On an emotional opening night, Henry said she and her teammates had been “close to tears” as the national anthem played before kick-off.“I could not have dreamed for more than this,” Henry said.France coach Corinne Diacre struck a note of caution as she warned: “This is just one step. We have six more to go and we need to keep our feet on the ground and keep working hard.”It was a fine start for France and the tournament with a carnival atmosphere as the French showed their credentials having been set the target by their own federation of going all the way to the final in Lyon on July 7.The problem for Diacre’s team, ranked fourth in the world, is that, if they win their group, they could well end up facing reigning champions the United States back in Paris in the quarter-finals.The USA, whose legal battle to be paid the same as their male counterparts has made waves in the run-up to the tournament, start their campaign against Thailand on Tuesday in Reims.Germany are ranked second in the world behind the United States. They are bidding to lift the trophy for the third time after previous triumphs in 2003 and in 2007.They are hoping to get off to a winning start as they take on the Chinese in Group B in Rennes at 1300 GMT on Saturday. – ‘We can win it’ –China reached the final in 1999 but, two decades on, the prospects of a repeat run seem remote, even if Paris Saint-Germain’s Wang Shuang will be one of the players to watch.“It is always in the back of your mind that, alongside the USA, Germany used to be the leading country in women’s football,” Germany forward Svenja Huth told AFP.“Nowadays, there are eight or nine teams who can be world champions. England, Holland and France have developed amazingly in recent years. It is going to be tough, but we can win it.”Later on Saturday, in the same group, Spain take on South Africa in the northern port of Le Havre at 1600 GMT, with the Banyana Banyana hoping to make a big impression in their first World Cup appearance.They lost on penalties to Nigeria in the final of the last Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.Nigeria are in France’s Group A, and the Super Falcons face Norway in Reims in the final game of the day at 1900 GMT.– Norway missing Hegerberg –The Norwegians are confident of going far despite being without Ada Hegerberg, the winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or winner for the world’s top player.The striker, who scored a hat-trick in Lyon’s Champions League final win over Barcelona last month, refused to come to the tournament due to a dispute with her national federation, which she accuses of failing to respect women players.England and Brazil, both seeking to win the women’s global title for the first time, enter the competition on Sunday, facing Scotland and Jamaica respectively.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Superstar Horse and His Successful Host

first_imgBy John BurtonOCEANPORT, August 6 – American Pharoah, our new equine Boss and our own Jersey boy, was a rock star Sunday and Monmouth Park proved to be a fantastic venue.“It went great. We’re very happy,” said Oceanport Police Lt. Michael Kelly about the record-breaking day at Monmouth Park with a crowd just shy of 61,000.Kelly wasn’t alone. By all accounts, the William Hill Haskell Invitation went without a hitch. And a memory was made for all.“I’m really enjoying being here,” on race day, said Toni Duffy, Atlantic Highlands. “It’s fantastic.”Duffy conceded “I had to drag him,” she said of her companion, Gary Groves, also of Atlantic Highlands, with Groves acknowledging he was apprehensive about attending given the large crowds expected. But once there, he warmed to the day, whose temperature hovered in the sunny 90s by afternoon. “We love the track,” Groves said. “I hope they never close it and develop it. That would be a crime.”Debbie Roche convinced her husband, John W. Roche, both Tinton Falls residents, to come to see American Pharoah. “I’m not going to be around for another 37 years,” so she had better see a Triple Crown winner while she can, Debbie said.“I told her to buy a $100 win ticket,” on American Pharoah, the clear favorite prior to the 6 p.m. running of the Haskell, John said. With a wink he added, “And I would cash it in when she’s not looking.”The 48th running Invitational brought this year’s Triple Crown Winner – the first in 37 years – and super star of the thoroughbred horseracing orbit, Jersey’s own American Pharoah, to the Jersey Shore to compete and ultimately handily win the $1.75 million purse. The purse marked the largest prize in state horseracing history and American Pharoah’s appearance was the first Triple Crown winner to grace a Garden State track. Sunday also was a first for Monmouth Park, which had a record attendance of 60,983, its most attendees for a single day since the park first opened in 1946.“Monmouth Park is here to stay forever,” proclaimed Dennis Drazin, a Red Bank lawyer who serves as an advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s and Darby Development, LLC, which operates the park. Track officials had increased the purse for the Haskell by $750,000, which Drazin maintained will make this race “the fourth jewel in the Triple Crown,” ensuring marquee name horses traveling here to compete and drawing crowds to Monmouth Park. “This will be a day to remember,” he said.“Dennis Drazin is the man,” said state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-13), also in attendance.“This has been an amazing day,” Kyrillos said, noting it was necessary “to keep the momentum going. We have to save the track.” By that the senator meant he would continue to support legislation that would allow sports gambling at racetracks. That has been advocated by Drazin and track proponents who have lobbied Trenton, with Drazin arguing for it – so far unsuccessfully – in federal court. Horseracing supporters continue to argue the added influx of cash sports gam bling would allow tracks to continue to operate.“Horse breeding has long been a very important part of Monmouth County’s heritage and economy,” noted state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), “and a wonderful day like this reminds us how important it is for the county and state, as well as what we have to offer.”John Heims, Monmouth Park’s in-house legal counsel and director of media relations, said total betting on Sunday’s 14 races amounted to a record-breaking $20 million, with $6.5 million bet at the park that day. The last time anything close was bet was in 2008 with a Haskell Day handle of $17 million and a Haskell race handle in 2010 at $4.4 million.“I got up at 6 o’clock a.m. and drove from Pennsylvania,” said Martha Vetter.Vetter, who came with her son Bob Vetter, and 7-year-old granddaughter Bella Enturrino, Toms River, had her own reasons for coming to Monmouth Park.In addition to Bella’s love of the pony rides, Martha Vetter’s mother, Dorothy Dollard knew the Haskell family, with family members riding their horses on the Dollard farm, in Manalapan’s Tennent section, in the 1940s -50s. Dollard died in 1978, the year of the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed. “So, it’s special to me,” Vetter said.“I never miss the Haskell,” said Maria Gemignani, a Long Branch woman. Gemignani, an elderly woman who is originally from Italy, also explained “I came to see the big race, to see the horse,” meaning American Pharoah.Barbara and Scott Swaim, now living in Charlotte, North Carolina, but formerly of Rumson, have been coming for the running of the Haskell since 1986. “It’s just a happy event on the Jersey Shore,” Scott said.Barbara noted they traditionally spend their day at the same table at the park’s outdoor Ladies Secret Café and see what the day brings. They bet just enough with “Our goal is to pay for dinner,” with their day’s winnings, Scott said.“It’s been great. It’s been one big party,” offered Oceanport Borough Councilman Joseph Irace about Sunday’s activities. “Everyone is smiling, everyone is happy. It’s been a great day.”It’s also been “A great day for Oceanport,” Irace explained, “because people can see what Oceanport has to offer and what Monmouth County has to offer other than the beach.”“It’s nice to see the crowds here,” said Brian Nelson, a Middletown lawyer, whose firm had a private box for the races.“It’s a huge economic boost to the county, no doubt,” Nelson observed. “A lot of people made the weekend out of it,” staying in area hotels and dining in local restaurants, all to the area’s benefit.“I think it’s a great way to showcase that Monmouth County is a great place to be,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso.“I’ve never been to the races before,” said Ernest Olivera, a Morris County resident. “I do think I would like to come again, though I haven’t won any money,” he added with a chuckle.“What an amazing day,” Drazin said. “We were prepared and it showed.”“We had a plan we put in place and everything fell into place,” Police Lt. Kelly agreed.There were hundreds of police officers from surrounding departments who worked with Oceanport’s department on security and traffic flow; security inside the park was the responsibility of NJ State Police.With the tens of thousands expected law enforcement had detours established and some road closures lined up to try to keep traffic moving at a reasonable rate, according to Kelly.And it worked, he said. But what contributed greatly, Kelly explained, was the public’s own planning. “People carpooled. We saw minivans filled with people; we saw cars filled with people,” he said.Along with the carpooling, “Another surprise was a lot of people rode their bikes,” Kelly said.“There were so many bikes locked up along the fences, which I never saw before,” with cyclists coming from as far away as Deal and Keansburg, Kelly found out when speaking with them over the course of the day.What helped greatly was the number of people who opted for mass transit.NJ Transit put on additional commuter trains for the day, ultimately transporting 11,734 to and from Monmouth Park. That was a five times greater number than took the train for last year’s Haskell, said Jennifer Nelson, a NJ Transit spokeswoman, which required transit to make some quick makeshift improvements to the local station (adding a new concrete slab and laying additional gravel).Overall, “We couldn’t be more pleased with how it went,” Nelson said.State police had six arrests for minor disorderly persons offenses – a remarkably low number for a nearly 61,000 crowd. And there were just three very minor traffic collisions for the day, Kelly noted.“So far, it’s been trouble-free,” Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon observed late on Sunday.The final verdict for the police, “We’re all smiles,” Kelly added. American Pharoah a Superstar and Monmouth Park His Successful Host The Crowd Left With a Memorylast_img read more

Construction to Begin in 2021 on New Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge

first_imgBy Philip Sean Curran Overall, the entireproject is expected to cost around $80 million, all of which is funded throughthe federal government. The largest chunk of that total is the new bridgeitself at an estimated $63 million.  Editor’s Note, April 1: The first community stakeholders meeting has been scheduled for Weds., April 10 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Sea Bright Beach Pavilion, 3rd floor, 1097 Ocean Ave. in Sea Bright. RSVP to Martine Culbertson, Community Involvement Facilitator at 856-795-8485. The current bridge, whichwill be demolished after the new one opens, was built at a time when bridgeswere designed to have a service life of about 50 years, Ettore said. Demolition of the oldstructure will take about six months, Ettore said. The county intends to havea series of information sessions in the fall and again in the early part of2020, said Thomas A. Arnone, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders director. “In final design, thereare elements that are yet to be determined,” he said. “And that dictates whenthe project can be bid and how long it will take to construct.” “The county has done a really good job of including both towns in the process from the beginning,” said Thomas S. Rogers, Rumson borough administrator. “At some point, obviously, the traffic’s going to have to be diverted over to the new bridge, so there will be a closure. But the county has assured us that closure would take place in the off-season.” The plan is to replace thecurrent bridge, built in 1950, that spans the Shrewsbury River. Deemedstructurally deficient, the old bridge on Rumson Road is safe to drive over andinspected annually, but it is has outlived its useful lifespan, according tothe county.   “So we’re obviously wellbeyond that,” he said of a bridge that was deemed functionally obsolete anddowngraded to a 15-ton low-carrying capacity.  The new bridge project isin the final design phase, county engineer Joe Ettore said. The freeholders last weekgave the green light to the right-of-way acquisition process, Ettore said. Itis not clear yet whether all or some of the property will be bought by thecounty.  James Barry, who owns a gym in the building on that property, said he supports having a new bridge, so long as it does not mean businesses have to close. “The physical construction(of the bridge) does not require the complete acquisition of that property,”Ettore said. “That’s really a matter of negotiations with the property owner.” Construction of a newcounty bridge connecting Rumson and Sea Bright is slated to start in the springof 2021 and take an estimated 24 months to complete, in a federally funded jobscheduled to avoid disrupting Shore traffic.  “Federal authorization toreceive funding is anticipated by fall 2020,” Arnone said. Like the current bridge,the new bridge will have one lane of traffic in each direction, but will featurewider sidewalks and shoulders and be located on the south side of the currentstructure. As part of the project, the county will look to acquire needed right-of-way,including negotiating with the owner of a property on Ocean Avenue in SeaBright where a Dunkin’ is located.  The old bridge will remainopen during construction, Ettore said. The transition from the old bridge tothe new one will not happen during the peak beach season, when anywhere from10,000 to 15,000 vehicles travel the bridge daily. This article was first published in the March 28-April 3, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Late-second miss proves costly for Bombers

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsA last-second miss from the charity stripe proved costly as the Rossland Royals edged the L.V. Rogers Bombers 33-32 in the battle for second spot at the Heritage City Classic Junior Girl’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Hangar.After sinking the first of two free throws, Bomber captain Devyn Parker missed a crucial back end that could have tied the contest.The LVR players tried desperately to grab the rebound but the played ended in a jump ball and Rossland, with the possession arrow in the favour of the Royals, ran out the clock.“The tournament was a huge success,” said Bomber coach Val Gibson, still pleased despite the heartbreaking end to the two-day event.LVR opened the tournament with a 30-16 loss to J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail. The Silver City squad won all three games to clinch the Heritage City title.The Bombers rebounded in game two, dumping a feisty David Thompson Lakers team from Invermere 36-26 before dropping the one-point loss to Rossland.“I was extremely satisfied with the play of the “rookie” squad,” Gibson explained. “Jayden Roch, Kyley Mirva, Lynnea Carr, Marley Watt and Erica Augsten all had break out performances this weekend.”[email protected]last_img read more

Tottenham have announced the first game at their new stadium

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have confirmed the first game at their new stadium will be against Liverpool.Just moments after the Premier League fixtures were announced, with Spurs playing away at Newcastle United on the opening weekend the club confirmed the news on Twitter. possible standings Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday cracker ALTERED Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade crackers Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener In the end Salah took the title of top scorer by netting 32 – a Premier League record – with Kane hitting the back of the net 30 times.But Spurs had the last laugh, pipping the Reds to a third place finish in the table.Pochettino told the club’s official website: “We are so excited to have the date of the first Premier League match at our new stadium.“We discussed the timings and the ability to play away games and I think it is a good solution to have an earlier home game.“Wembley was great for us last season and we are even more used to that than we are the new stadium.“We are excited about the season ahead and making the new stadium our new home. I have stood inside the bowl and I know the atmosphere will be unbelievable – it will be well worth the wait.” 1 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa REVEALED no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Tottenham Hotspur will host Liverpool in the first game at their new stadium on September 15/16.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are scheduled to play their first home match against Fulham on August 18 at Wembley Stadium.But their opening fixture at the 62,062 capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be against Liverpool. REVEALED gameday smart causal punished 🙌 We are delighted to announce that we shall play our first home game at #SpursNewStadium on the weekend of 15/16 September 2018 against Liverpool. 🏟📰 Read more ➡️ https://t.co/01RpLePND4 pic.twitter.com/1VvYfoYV56— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 14, 2018Fans of the two clubs are currently entering a rivalry following the battle between Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah for the 2017/18 Premier League Golden Boot.Many Reds fans took umbrage with the Spurs striker for claiming a goal against Stoke City when it was unclear whether the ball had touched him. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

Spacecraft Launches to Sun, Still a Mystery

first_imgA spacecraft just took off on a mission to the sun, but not to worry; it went at night.The Parker Space Probe is the first spacecraft to be named after a living person. Eugene Parker, discovered the solar wind in 1958. Now aged 91, the senior astrophysicist has been on hand for interviews with NASA prior to launch and was photographed beside the rocket. The successful launch took place Sunday evening, reported Fox News. In a separate article, Space.com explained why the probe needed to launch at night. The launch tried to minimize the craft’s exposure to the Van Allen radiation belts.The probe will fly right into the sun’s “glittering crown,” or corona, explains Phys.org. Despite our opening joke, it will fly toward the sun in broad daylight, shielded by a specially-made heat shield that will keep its instruments in the 80-degree range. Astrobiology Magazine explained why “it’s surprisingly hard to go to the sun.” Several passes by Venus will be required to get it to the target, which is not the surface of the sun, but a point just under 4 million miles where it can “taste” the corona. Even though the corona is millions of degrees hot, the gas is tenuous enough not to harm the spacecraft. Parker should also become the fastest-moving spacecraft ever, clocking in at 430,000 miles per hour, thanks to the sun’s gravity.Despite being the nearest star to earth, our sun still exhibits many phenomena that are poorly understood. Phys.org says,Our yellow dwarf star is, in many ways, a mystery. The outreaching corona is hundreds of times hotter than the sun’s actual surface, confounding scientists. In addition, physicists don’t know what’s driving the solar wind, the supersonic stream of charged particles constantly blasting away from the sun. By being right in the thick of it, Parker should provide some answers, shedding light not only on our star but the billions of others out there.The solar wind impacts earth, but is deflected by our magnetic shield which funnels the high-energy charged particles toward the poles, creating the northern and southern lights. In addition, the Van Allen belts trap some of the “killer electrons” before they could reach earth. Mars, lacking such protection, has seen much of its atmosphere stripped away.The solar wind also impacts the outer planets, stripping away Titan’s methane to the confusion of planetary scientists who wonder why any methane is left.The solar wind reminds us of the exquisite design of Spacecraft Earth. The Van Allen belts, discovered by Explorer 1 (managed by contributing CEH author Dr Henry Richter, also age 91), continue to fascinate geophysicists with their dynamic responses to the solar “shooting gallery” that endangers spacecraft and astronauts, but leaves earthlings on the surface oblivious to the threat.If we can’t even understand our own nearby star, how can scientists claim to know so much about the origin of the universe? There’s a lot of information we can tease out of spectra, but much of the overconfidence in scientific claims comes from bluffing, not understanding. Let’s understand the sun before making grandiose claims about things far, far beyond.Watch for a beautiful new film on the northern lights (aurora) to be posted soon by Illustra Media on TheJohn1010Project.com. (Visited 531 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Speakers Profiles

first_imgAs custodians of Brand South Africa, The International Marketing Council of South Africa will be hosting a one-day conference in collaboration with the 2010 National Communication Partnership Task Team in Johannesburg on 15 August 2006. The conference will boast a list of top line speakers, including:Wolfgang Grulke – Author and Futurist, CEO – FutureWorld International LimitedTerry Behan – CEO of The Fearless ExecutiveYvonne Johnston – CEO International Marketing Council of South AfricaDanny Jordaan – CEO 2010 local organising committeeJoel Netshitenzhe – Head of Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) Social Sector – The PresidencyJack Trout – President, Trout & Partners, Ltd.Wolfgang Grulke– Author and Futurist; CEO – FutureWorld International LimitedA former IBM executive, Wolfgang worked internationally with IBM for more than 25 years and was awarded the prestigious IBM Outstanding Innovation Award. He was founder and CEO of the Business Futures Group and started FutureWorld as an informal business network in 1987. Since that time he has been instrumental in helping major corporations and venture capital firms position themselves for the new world economy. He has addressed audiences in more than 20 countries, in person, on radio and on television. His article In Search of Simplicity won the NACCA award for the best business article of the year and From Value Chain to Marketspace was awarded the AFSM International Writing Award for Professional Writers and Consultants in Boston. Wolfgang is a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at the London Business School and teaches regularly on a number of programmes including the School’s flagship Senior Executive Programme (SEP).His best-selling book Ten Lessons from the Future was published internationally in December 2000 and is now also available in Spanish and Chinese. His new book Lessons in Radical Innovation: Out-of-the-box straight to the bottom line was published by Financial Times/Prentice Hall world-wide in April 2002 and in the USA in January 2003. A South African edition of the book is also available, Lessons in Radical Innovation: South Africans leading the world.Terry Behan– CEO of The Fearless ExecutiveTerry Behan is CEO of The Fearless Executive, a brand integration agency specializing in internal brand development and designing the customer experience.Terry lived and worked in Ireland, England, Greece and Germany, before moving and settling in South Africa in 1994. He has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors in South Africa, Mozambique and East Africa.Terry is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative as well as a founder of The African Eagles, a youth leadership development program. He is a regular contributor in the media on the topic of brand development.Yvonne Johnston – CEO International Marketing Council of South AfricaYvonne Johnston is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), an organization which aims to create a positive, united image for South Africa to give the country a strategic advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace. This it does through the promotion of Brand South Africa. Its mission – to articulate a brand for South Africa, which positions the country in order to attract tourism, trade and investment, as well as realise international relations objectives; to establish an integrated approach within government and the private sector towards the international marketing of South Africa and to build national support for Brand South Africa.Pivotal to the success of the work of the IMC is the realization of its mission as this will help the country deal with its socio-economic issues.The IMC has been in existence since 2000 and in her four years at the helm of the organisation, Yvonne is credited with raising the profile of Brand South Africa to the point where it was voted amongst the Top 5 Hot Brands for 2004 by Intelligence Total Business (formerly Business 2.0), an authoritative publication which offers information on next generation business trends, processes and insights. Another highlight was being selected as one of five finalists for the 2005 Business Woman of the Year.She is a widely respected as a leading communications strategist and has played a major role in the training and teaching of strategic media skills in the industry and is a much sought-after public speaker locally and abroad on Brands, as well as the current mood of our nation.Previously, she has worked in the Advertising and Marketing industry in a career spanning over 20 years as a Media Director of leading ad agencies.For 5 years she was Group Media Director of Ogilvy and Mather. This was followed by a stint in marketing, including running her own marketing consultancy, Refreshing Marketing, specializing in experiential marketing and Marketing to Women.She currently sits on the boards of SA Tourism, The African Hall of Fame and The Valued Citizens.Danny Jordaan – CEO 2010 local organising committeeDanny Jordaan is a South African sports administrator as well as a former lecturer, politician and anti-apartheid activist. He is best known for leading South Africa’s successful Football World Cup 2010 bid.Born in Port Elizabeth, a city on the southeast coast of South Africa, Jordaan got involved in anti-apartheid activities by joining the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in the early 1970s. This organisation was founded by Steve Biko in order to defend the rights of black students. Later, Jordaan also became a member of the United Democratic Front and the African National Congress (ANC).Following his studies, Jordaan became a teacher in 1974. From 1970 to 1983 he was a provincial cricket and football player. In the latter sport, he achieved professional status for a brief period. His political and sport interests soon combined and he became an activist in various organisations fighting to break down racial barriers in sport.From 1983 to 1992 he served as the president or vice-president of various soccer boards. In 1993 he was appointed as a director of the Cape Town Olympic Bid Company.His political career also progressed; in 1990 he was elected as the chairperson of the ANC branch in Port Elizabeth North. After the first fully inclusive South African elections in 1994, he became a member of parliament for the ANC, a position he held until 1997.In 1997, he was elected as the chief executive officer of the South African Football Association (SAFA). He subsequently headed South Africa’s unsuccessful Football World Cup 2006 bid, gaining great respect internationally for his work. As a consequence, he also led South Africa’s Football World Cup 2010 bid, this time successfully.Jordaan has served on the marketing and television board of FIFA since 1998. He received a special presidential award from President Nelson Mandela in 1994 as well as the presidential sport achievement award from President Thabo Mbeki in 2001. He won South Africa’s marketing person of the year award in 2000.Jordaan has a BA Honours degree from the University of South Africa. He has delivered several papers locally and abroad and serves on the Branding and Communications working group of the IMC.In 2004, he was voted 44th in the 100 Great South Africans.Joel Netshitenzhe – Head of Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) Social Sector – The PresidencyPreviously, CEO of the Government Communication and Information Service. Has an MSc in financial economics from the University of London.Between 1976 and 1978 he received military training in Angola was a member of Umkhonto We Sizwe. Between 1978 and 1994 he worked for the ANC and was a member of the ANC Politico-Military.Worked as a journalist for Radio Freedom and Mayibuye, an ANC journal, for two years. Member of the ANC negotiation team at the Codesa talks. Netshitenzhe served as deputy head of the ANC’s department of information and publicity, and was head of communication in ex-President Mandela’s office before being appointed to the Government Communications Information Systems.Jack Trout – President, Trout & Partners, Ltd. Instrumental in developing the vital approach to marketing known as “positioning,” he is responsible for some of the freshest ideas to be introduced into marketing thinking in the last several decades.Jack Trout is president of Trout & Partners, one of the most prestigious marketing firms with headquarters in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, USA and offices in 13 countries. Jack Trout manages and supervises a global network of experts that apply his concepts and develop his methodology around the world. The firm has done work for AT&T, IBM, Burger King, Merrill Lynch, Xerox, Merck, Lotus, Ericsson, Tetra Pak, Repsol, Hewlett-Packard, Procter & Gamble, Southwest Airlines and other Fortune 500 companies.Jack Trout started his business career in the advertising department of General Electric. From there he went on to become a divisional advertising manager at Uniroyal. Then he joined Al Ries in the advertising agency and marketing strategy firm where they worked together for over twenty-six years.With Al Ries he co-authored the industry classic, Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, which was published in 1980. In 1985 he and Al Ries wrote a second best-selling book entitled Marketing Warfare. Positioning and Marketing Warfare are now published in 14 languages. In 1988 Bottom-Up-Marketing was published. In 1993 their book, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing became the marketing bible. It outlined the basic reasons why marketing programs succeed or fail in the competitive nineties. Jack Trout closed the circle with the sequel to Positioning in 1995. Entitled The New Positioning it takes the world’s No. 1 business strategy to a new level. It became a Business Week best seller and has already been translated into 16 languages. This was followed by The Power of Simplicity – A Management Guide To Cutting Through the Nonsense And Doing Things Right. Then it was Differentiate or Die – Survival in Our Era of Killer Competitionwhich presented the keys to survival in a killer global economy. This has also become a best seller.His latest books are entitled Big Brands Big Trouble and The Genie’s Wisdom. They explain why the marketing process is so important for senior management to learn and practice.This conference is being hosted in collaboration with the 2010 National Communications Task Team.last_img read more

The Age of Aerospace

first_imgThe Age of Aerospace celebrating Boeing’s 100th anniversary is now airing across the globe on Discovery Channel and Discovery Science and online.The five-part series, explores the advancements in civilian, military and space technology around some of America’s greatest achievements, plus chronicles the history of Boeing and its heritage companies, Douglas, McDonnell, North American, Rockwell and Hughes.Thus the Boeing group of companies can lay claim to have designed some of the greatest aircraft and spacecraft in history: The DC-3; P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchel, B-29 Super Fortress, B-47, DC-6B, 707, Super DC-8s, DC-9, 747, 727, 737, 777, 787, Gemini, Mercury, Apollo spacecraft, Saturn and Delta Rockets, F-4, A-4, F-15, F-18, F-22 jet fighters and C-17 airlifter. Read: She taught the world to flyProduced by the New York based Documentary Group the series is absolutely fascinating for anyone interested in aviation but it is not, nor claims to be, the definitive history of Boeing or aviation.In fact another three episodes are to be produced this year.The series traces the major events in aviation and Boeing’s pivotal role in shaping the future of things that fly.The producers have brought together a range of aviation consultants, authors and commentators as well as Boeing executives who add to the excellent narration.Boeing’s Chairman Jim McNerney and Vice Chairman & President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Ray Conner are candid about the highs and lows of various aircraft programs particularly the 787.AirlineRatings.com Editor and founder Geoffrey Thomas features in eps 1, 3 and 5 (Mr Thomas was formerly a Contributing Editor for McGraw Hill’s New York based Aviation Week and Space Technology).The episodes are:Ep 1: What Can’t We Do? The premiere episode reveals how Bill Boeing, Donald Douglas, James McDonnell and their contemporaries took the invention of the airplane and forged an industry, delivering advancements in communication, transportation, and warfare.Ep 2 Miracle Planes details the role American industry and planes, including the B-29, P-51 and the B-17, played in the Allied victory over Germany and Japan.Ep 3: Shrinking the Earth explores three planes that launched the jet age: the B-47, the 707 and the 747, the world’s first jumbo jet that reshaped global air travel. These three planes were made possible by secrets discovered in a German Forest at the close of WWIIEp 4: In the Vastness of Space tells the story of Project Apollo, which accomplished landing the first humans on the Moon, and humankind’s first journey to the Moon on Apollo 8. Other topics include humanity’s future in spaceEp 5: Dreamliner reveals the technology, resources, and risk required to build commercial aircraft in the modern world through the story of the most recent revolution in jet design, the 787 Dreamliner The episodes can be viewed online here; Check your regional or local program guides for broadcast times in your area.last_img read more

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