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Help Fight Hunger At Bret Michaels Concert

first_imgBret Michaels will be rocking the NYCB Theatre at Westbury later tonight, September 20, and fans can help him fight hunger by bringing non-perishable food to the show.rock CAN roll founder Aimee Holtzman with Bret MichaelsThe singer is once again teaming with rock CAN roll to restock the shelves of local emergency food agencies.The NYCB Theatre at Westbury has been a great supporter and friend to rock CAN roll from it’s inception. rock CAN roll volunteers have been on site accepting donations at every show for the past four years. To date, rock CAN roll has delivered over 100,000 healthy and nutritious food items and basic necessities.Rock CAN Roll collaborates with rock concerts, schools, corporations and private individuals to collect healthy and nutritious and non-perishable food (and basic provisions) for distribution to local agencies and into the hands of children, seniors and families who live with hunger and poverty.To find out more about the show, click here. You can also visit the rock CAN roll website here.last_img read more

Catt Sadler CoProduces New Documentary Women Like Us

first_imgOn February 25, 2018, Women Like Us Foundation will present the documentary Women Like Us, Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the World.Women Like Us, Three Journeys. One Mission. To Change the WorldThe film, executive produced by Women Like Us co-founder Linda Rendleman, and co-produced by Women Like Us Global Ambassador Catt Sadler, is a rallying cry for women to continue the fight for equality for all.Women Like Us is a film that lifts and motivates the spirit. This story follows three women on a moving journey of exploration, adversity and evolution, in addition to witnessing the unimaginable social injustices women face around the globe. Award winning journalist Catt Sadler and her mother, Linda Rendleman, activist/author and cofounder of Women Like Us Foundation, along with Sally Colon, film director, travel the US and Kenya to engage in conversations with astounding women tackling unimaginable social injustices such as female genital mutilation, human trafficking, teen suicide, homelessness and more.“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Indy to connect with all the wonderful women who are making change for the community. It was the first place I wanted to come to and share our film. Indy means so much to me and my mom, Linda,” commented Catt Sadler.The Women Like Us Foundation promotes gender equality and social justice through funding women’s nonprofits fighting sexual abuse, mitigating homelessness, and supporting women’s leadership through education. Rendleman formed Women Like Us in Indianapolis ten years ago.Included in the film are local resident and international artist Nancy Noel who supports the NA Noel school in Kenya and Fishers resident Deb Myers, founder of the One Girl at a Time Foundation.“Our work of 10 years has created awareness and funded initiatives led by women with an emphasis on gender equality and social justice,” emphasizes Linda Rendleman, the CEO and President of Women Like Us Foundation. “This film allows us to take their stories across the country with a call to action for women to find their passion and speak their voices for change.”Event sponsors include KAR Auctions, Faegre, Baker, Daniels , LLP, Raymond James Network for Women Advisors, Baritone Sales Group, One Girl at a Time Foundation, Sharonweb Autism Foundation, Network of Women in Business and You Can Free Us.The documentary will screen on February 25th at 6:30pm at the Indianapolis IMAX Theatre (650 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, Indiana 46204), preceded by a 5:00pm VIP/Media Red Carpet reception. Catt Sadler and Linda Rendleman will co-host a Q&A at 8:00pm, following the film.Tickets are available at IMAX.last_img read more

UN envoys return to Myanmar could spur further progress says Security Council

17 January 2008Disappointed with the slow pace of change in Myanmar, the Security Council today said an early return to the country by United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari could help promote progress towards democratization and national reconciliation. Mr. Gambari, who has a standing invitation to return to Myanmar, had requested to go there this month. However, the Government has said it prefers he visit in mid-April. In a statement read out to the press by Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi of Libya, which holds the rotating presidency for January, the 15-member body “regretted the slow rate of progress so far” towards meeting the objectives laid out in a presidential statement issued by the Council last October.They include steps by the Government for a “genuine dialogue” with detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and all concerned to achieve an inclusive national reconciliation process, and the release of all political prisoners and remaining detainees.“Council members underscored the importance of further progress, noting that an early visit to Myanmar by Mr. Gambari could help facilitate this,” the statement added.Speaking to reporters following the Council’s discussions, Mr. Gambari said that while the date of his return is still under discussion, “in view of [the] many issues left on the table, the earlier a visit occurs the better.” He said the Myanmar authorities need to move toward tangible progress on the constitution, freedom for all political prisoners, and addressing the root causes of discontent among the population. Mr. Gambari, who has visited Myanmar twice since the Government used force to crack down on peaceful protesters in the summer of 2007, intends to visit India and China later this month.He noted that while countries in the region have placed on record their support for the good offices role of the Secretary-General on the issue of Myanmar, “there is still more that everybody can do.”All those who have a role to play, both inside the country and outside, should be given the chance to do so in the interest of moving toward “a peaceful, prosperous but democratic Myanmar with full respect for the human rights of its people,” he stated. read more

UN calls for greater attention for resettled people

Dr. Chhibber also undertook a visit to Jaffna, where he held discussions with the Regional Human Rights Commission and civil society representatives, followed by a meeting with the Government Agent of Jaffna and a visit to a UNDP livelihood development project.He was briefed about the recovery and development priorities in the District, about UNDP’s work in the areas of local governance, mine action, access to justice, socio-economic recovery and disaster risk management, and also heard about challenges that still remain in the domain of reconciliation and bringing peace dividends to the people. Allocation of land and job creation were highlighted as key issues during the visit that needed greater attention. “We need to pay greater attention to human needs of the people being resettled to enhance recovery,” Dr. Chhibber noted. Dr. Chhibber visited Sri Lanka from 4 to 6 October to mark the UN’s new 5-year programme framework in Sri Lanka and to assess ongoing programmes of the United Nations Development Programme. The United Nations (UN) has called for greater attention to be given towards the resettled war displaced people.Dr. Ajay Chhibber, the UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Chair, UN Regional Director’s Team, Asia and the Pacific said this in a statement at the conclusion of his visit to Sri Lanka today. During the visit, Dr. Chhibber met and exchanged views with high-level Government officials, including with the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa and Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance and Planning. read more

Militia attacks in Darfur increased in April senior UN peacekeeping official says

“Attacks on civilians, rape, kidnapping and banditry actually increased from the previous month,” Assistant Secretary-General Hédi Annabi said in his briefing on two reports, one dealing with UN assistance to the African Union mission in Darfur and the other a monthly update. “While there was no evidence of direct involvement by regular Government forces last month, there were widespread reports of abuse by militia.”The last round of peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria, took place last December and, while the AU was working to reconvene the talks next week, “it is not yet clear whether the parties are committed to meaningful negotiations,” he said.The parties should dedicate themselves to making the Abuja process work and the international community should continue to make it clear that peace can come about only through negotiations, Mr. Annabi said.On the question of a 7 April daylong attack on Khor Abeche, displacing the entire population of 10,000 – 3,000 townspeople and 7,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) – the AU and the UN would pass the names of the militia members involved to the Panel of Experts for sanctions, Mr. Annabi said.The monthly report on Darfur, released today, identified the commander of the militia at Khor Abeche as Nasir al-Tijani Adel Kaadir.The rebel Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), meanwhile, seized at gunpoint a number of commercial and humanitarian vehicles, and in one case a humanitarian worker was gravely injured, Mr. Annabi said.”There are reliable reports that the vehicles are taken with the aim of converting them into battlefield platforms,” the report amplifies.The AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) has deployed 2,409 troops and 244 police and has been having a positive impact, Mr. Annabi said. Late in April the AU Peace and Security Council decided to more than double its size by the end of September, he added.AMIS recommended that logistical support for the expansion was best accomplished by building on existing systems, in which individual donors provided support, and it has been proposed that the UN add training support and technical assistance to the contributions, Mr. Annabi said.”UN personnel are currently working with staff from AMIS and AU headquarters to develop a detailed concept of operations for the expansion of the AU Mission,” he said.Meanwhile, a UN spokesperson said Mr. Annan warmly welcomed the expected announcement by Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada that his country would offer substantial military assistance to the AU for Darfur. read more

In Security Council Israeli and Palestinian diplomats trade accusations over violence

With tensions escalating in the Middle East, Israeli and Palestinian diplomats both deplored the killing of innocents while trading accusations on the causes of the violence during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, which heard from over 30 participants but did not pronounce itself on the issue.Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Observer for Palestine, said the Security Council has a “clear responsibility” concerning the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and praised the convening of the debate, given the deteriorating situation on the ground. He voiced appreciation for those who convened the meeting and for those working on a draft presidential statement on the issue. “It is, however, unfortunate that the Security Council has failed to shoulder its responsibility over this very grave situation,” he said.He said Israel had intensified its military campaign against the Palestinian people, committing flagrant violations of international law “every single day, every hour, even at this very moment.” Israel was using excessive and indiscriminate force, he said, resulting in death and destruction. “Nevertheless, President Mahmoud Abbas continues to condemn all acts of violence against civilians, including suicide bombings. After today’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, the Palestinian Authority strongly condemned it and stated that such acts are against the Palestinian national consensus and harm the national interests of the Palestinian people.” He restated the Government’s condemnation of all loss of life on both sides and called on Israel to do the same.Calling for the international community to show “more resolve” in response to the situation, he urged the Security Council not to remain silent and sit idly by as Israel continued its illegal policies, including its collective punishment against those who elected their government democratically. The Council must act, he said, to compel Israel to comply with its obligations under international law.Ambassador Dan Gillerman of Israel said the Palestinian observer had mentioned many words, but not the word Hamas. “No mention. And I think that the members of this Council deserve to know and to hear from the Palestinian Observer who indeed he represents, President Mahmoud Abbas who he quoted or Hamas who justified and celebrated the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. I think we all deserve to know.” The official spokesperson for Hamas did not condemn the attack but instead claimed that the Palestinians had every right to use all means to defend themselves and said the attack was justified.He blamed Iran, Syria and terrorist organizations they had supported, namely Hamas and Hizbollah. The most recent act was the swift implementation of the ongoing litany of hatred and venom, he said, citing recent statements from high-ranking Palestinian officials pledging to never recognize Israel and to “drive out the enemy from our land.” The mutilated bodies and the blood in the marketplace were the most poignant evidence” that fundamentalist leaders are inciting more acts of terrorism. A dark cloud is looming over our region and it is metastasizing as a result of the statements and actions by leaders of Iran, Syria and the newly elected Government of the Palestinian Authority,” he said, adding that the statements were “clear declarations of war.” He urged the Security Council to try to prevent the next murder. “Israel regrets any loss of life,” he said, but rejected any attempt to equate Israel’s actions in self-defence with the actions of suicide bombers. “Terror is terror is terror and can never be justified,” he declared. The danger facing Israel threatened not just that country but also all others “as this axis of terror sows the seeds of the first world war of the twenty-first century,” he warned.Among those taking part in the debate, Yahya Mahmassani, the Permanent Observer for the League of Arab States, said half a century of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had proven that a solution could not be reached by military means. The League of Arab States rejected targeting and violence against any civilians, wherever they were. Ending the conflict and reaching a just, comprehensive and lasting peace required return to serious negotiations by the parties concerned in accordance with relevant resolutions, as well as the Madrid terms of reference, the principle of land for peace and the Arab Peace Initiative adopted by the League of Arab States Summit in March 2002 in Beirut. read more

Companies cutting costs should cut down on printing expert

Companies cutting costs should cut down on printing: expert STOCK PHOTO/FREEIMAGES.COM AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An expert says before companies think about cutting staff, they should think about cutting printing.Jim Rempel is the president of POG Consulting in Calgary.He tells 660 NEWS, some companies spend a lot on printing.“Imagine if one person when they print, whether it’s two pages a day, or a hundred pages a day, and you take that over, you know, 20 work days in a month, times a year. It adds up. That would cost about $1200 a year for that person in that organization,” Rempel says.He says with the right plan in place, companies could reduce printing costs by 30 per cent, or roughly $400 per person each year. by audreywhelan Posted Apr 21, 2016 7:50 am MDT read more

Lydian deploys Immersive Technologies simulators in Armenia for Amulsar gold mine

first_imgIn an effort to train and develop a local workforce for a greenfield operation Lydian Armenia recently invested in simulators with Professional Services from Immersive Technologies. The new Amulsar gold mine has a 4 km downhill loaded haul with up to 10% grade, creating additional need for operators to be proficient in how to operate the equipment safely but also how to respond to any emergency, such as the loss of a braking system or a fire. The mine is using a fleet of Caterpillar 789D trucks loading a Cat 6040 hydraulic face shovel.“Our selection criteria included both the quality of the simulator and the support to implement a system. Immersive’s offering for after the sale support was the best among the offerings that we looked at. Even when we looked at a 10-year old simulator, that simulator was still functioning well in the training organisation at a well-established mine,” said W. David Tyler, Mine Technical Manager, Lydian International.“Our goal is to ensure that Lydian receives significant return on investment from Immersive Technologies and our routine Advisor Support visits add value to a mining operation by having the experience and best practice tools to avoid pitfalls in training program implementation. The end goal is to drive quantifiable operational improvement in key mine metrics,” says Bryant Mullaney, Vice President of Managed Services at Immersive Technologies.Simulation-based training is a new venture for Armenian mines and Tyler says “our view is that this is well-established technology to train new operators. Current operations have new operators train side-by-side for long periods before they are considered well enough trained to be able to operate a multi-million-dollar piece of equipment. Our view was we needed to speed up the training to provide sufficient operators for the mining and at the same time reduce the risk in achieving our ramp up to full commercial operations.”Lydian is the first mining company to deploy simulation-based training from Immersive Technologies in Armenia, making it the 44th country where Immersive Technologies’ systems are deployed. “The continued development of their technology and services has propelled Immersive Technologies into more mining operations as their customers seek rapid return on investment.”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday February 27 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, February 27, 2019:#1) 10 Ways To Survive The Zombie ApocalypseThe Wilmington High School’s Lamplighters’ Drama Guild is ready to entertain you with a one-act play — “10 Ways To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse” — before they perform it in competition at the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild (METG) Festival.It’s the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Try your hand at kung fu against the undead? Attempt to reason with creatures that would rather eat brains than use them? Turn to this hand and hilarious guide to survive the apocalypse! (Hint: Sacrifice the weak is step number one.)Come get the first look at this one-act play at 7pm in the WHS Joanne M. Benton Auditorium. Admission is free. Donations appreciated. Starting at 6pm, the WHS Choral and Theatre Support (CATS) parent group will have concessions and messagegrams available. Cash only. Learn more about this One Act Preview Night on Facebook.#2) Podcast Meetup at Wilmington Community TelevisionHave you ever considered starting your own podcast? Join WCTV host and podcaster Lisa Kapala for a casual meet-up from 7pm to 8pm,at WCTV Headquarters (10 Waltham Street). Tour the Podcast Studio. Try out the equipment. Learn more about podcasting. Meet a few local podcasters who will exchange ideas. Come explore how to share your voice with the community via this exciting medium. RSVP to Lisa at or call 978-657-4066.#3) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium at 7pm. Read the agenda HERE.#4) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.#5) Tech Help At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding its weekly tech help drop-in hours from 2pm to 3pm. Have a tech question that’s been bugging you? Drop in the library to see if Technology Librarian, Brad McKenna, can help.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Lamplighters Drama Presents ’10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse’ On February 27In “Education”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, May 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, May 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Alaskagrown Portugal The Man gets first Grammy nomination

first_imgPortugal. The Man. From left: John Gourley, Jason Sechrist, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quinn and Eric Howk (Photo courtesy Atlantic Records)Portugal. The Man started out as a modest indie band with deep roots in Alaska and has since ascended to national, even international, popularity.Listen nowThe Portland-based group’s music has long been described as “alternative rock,” but their song “Feel It Still” recently earned the band its first Grammy Award nomination — in the pop category.The single is off their newest album, “Woodstock,” and it has spent weeks at the top of music charts, peaking at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.Reached by phone while he was walking around Atlanta before a show, co-founder and bass player Zach Carothers said the attention has been surreal.“We absolutely don’t belong in that world, which is funny. I don’t have a tan. I’m 36 years old, and I’m from Wasilla, Alaska. And we’re playing next to Selena Gomez and stuff like that. It’s wild,” Carothers said.The band also includes vocalist and guitar player John Gourley and guitarist Eric Howk, who are joined by Kyle O’Quinn on keyboards and Jason Sechrist on drums. Like Carothers, Gourley and Howk are originally from Alaska.The experience has been fun, overall, Carothers said. It’s given the band a chance to see the world, and he said their lives are a little easier than the days when they toured in a van and ate out of a rice cooker in random parking lots.Still, it’s a lot of work.“Since ‘Feel It Still’ has gotten massive, our day-to-day life hasn’t really changed,” Carothers said. “We still just go out on tour, we’re just still on a bus and on an airplane, and we go and do a show, it’s just those shows are getting bigger. But it’s hard to see what’s really happening when you’re kind of in the eye of the hurricane.”Gourley has said the band’s work ethic comes from growing up in Alaska and seeing how hard work is necessary for survival.Carothers said the environment in the North contributes as well.“Growing up and how you grow up is at least half of what you’re made of,” Carothers said. “Half of it is how you were brought up. And then the other half is what you see along the way as your adult life. I feel like Alaskans really know themselves.”Carothers knows it’ll be a completely different scene when the band walks the red carpet at the Grammys in January. They’ve been to some awards shows already, and he describes them with one word: “bright.”Carothers said the Grammys are a whole different level of attention, though.“It’s a really weird world and it’s something just very strange to see, especially coming from Alaska,” Carothers said. “It’s just things that you saw on movies or on TV and you never expect to be there. But it’s really fun.”Carothers says the Alaskan members of Portugal. The Man will take a break from touring to head north for Christmas. Then, on Jan. 28, they’ll be in New York for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden.last_img read more

New map pack for Call of Duty Black Ops leaked

first_imgThe next map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops hasn’t even been officially announced, but according to G4TV and a number of other sources, the map names, themes, and launch date have already been leaked. Oddly enough, it’s GameStop, Activision’s launch partner, who’s inadvertently released the information.According to reports at G4TV, you can already pre-order the map pack at GameStop, and reps there say it’ll be available on June 28th. Activision hasn’t said anything on the matter, and photos from GameStop promotional flyers for the map pack have appeared on the web.The new map pack will, like the last one, feature five new maps: four traditional multiplayer maps and a special zombie-themed map. The maps, titled Hangar 18, Drive-In, Silo, and Hazard, all look real and the promo poster keeps with the art-style of the Escalation map pack released last month. If the Zombies map is anything like the “Call of the Dead” map from the Escalation pack, it’ll be worth playing.We can make out a few details from the promo photo: the Hangar 18 map is actually called “Invade Hangar 18,” and the Drive-In map is called “Attack at the Drive-In.” That implies that the Hangar 18 map is likely an assault-style map, possibly with an objective to capture inside. The Drive-In map may be an ambush where players have to defend themselves from attackers, much like the “Convoy” map from the Escalation pack.The Escalation map pack also saw its details leaked in advance of its launch. Australian gaming site accidentally posted a promotional flyer for the pack in April, a month in advance of the map pack’s release. Activision then stepped up a week later and officially announced the DLC, putting the leak to rest.If tradition holds and you really can already pre-order the map pack from GameStop stores, Activision will make the news official shortly.Read more at Digital Warfare 24/7 via G4TVlast_img read more

Middlekauff on Pat Mahomes lighting up the NFL and why Josh Gordon

first_img Advertisement Heading into NFL Week 3, Middlekauff looks at Patrick Mahomes taking the NFL by storm in the first 2 weeks; why his success is sustainable under Andy Reid.John also looks at Belichick’s decision to trade for Josh Gordon; why he won’t stick with the Patriots; and the different levels of dysfunction surrounding the Steelers, Browns and Raiders.Also, tons of listener questions in Middlekauff’s Mailbag. Follow John on Twitter at @JohnMiddlekauff and download and subscribe to the 3 and Out on Apple, iHeart or wherever you download your podcasts now! Rate 5 Stars and leave your questions in the iTunes comments and John will answer them every week.last_img read more

SpaceXs Next Launch Will Spark a Space Internet Showdown

first_imgIf shippers want to track assets at sea, farmers wish to check on the health of their crops, or governments seek to monitor dangerous bridges today, they must deploy powerful devices connecting to traditional satellite communications providers like Iridium, Globalstar and Inmarsat. These systems can be expensive and power-hungry, limiting their adoption to those with the deepest pockets. An oil company might monitor a few stretches of a pipeline for leaks, for example, but an environmental watchdog could not afford its own sensors. With low-cost, low-power IoT systems like those launching soon, that could all change.Astrocast’s satellite is a tiny CubeSat just 30 centimeters long. Its rivals on the SSO-A SmallSat Express, as the launch is being called, range from 10 to 60 centimeters in length—all a fraction of the size, weight and expense of communications satellites already in orbit. These CubeSats are not powerful enough to handle gaming streams, video or even voice calls. They are designed instead for the tiny bursts of data that agriculture, infrastructure and asset-tracking IoT devices produce. Most of today’s IoT devices, such as smart meters and agricultural sensors, rely on Wi-Fi or cellular signals, leaving remote areas, farms, and vast expanses of the world’s oceans without connectivity. “For 90 percent of the planet’s surface, you need satellites,” says Fabien Jordan, founder and CEO of Astrocast, one of the startups sending a satellite up in the SpaceX rideshare. Another startup launching an IOT satellite on SpaceX’s rocket is Hiber. Beaming one packet of 144 bytes, about the size of a text message, up to Hiber’s satellite every day for a year will cost just a few dollars, according to Hiber CEO Maarten Engelen. “That’s more than enough [data] for the 90 percent of IoT customers that we talk to,” he says. It’s also an order of magnitude cheaper than existing satellite links. Hiber has pilot customers in pipeline monitoring, fisheries and shipping lined up to use its satellite when it goes live.Five of the six start-ups are launching just one satellite on SSO-A, with only Swarm Technologies putting three on board. (The Silicon Valley company is currently awaiting punishment from the Federal Communications Commission for launching four satellites on an Indian rocket in January without permission.)Most of the start-ups are planning to eventually have constellations of between 60 and 100 satellites. Together with a handful of ground stations, these should eventually get latencies down to about every 15 or 30 minutes. Latency is the time for a signal to get a response over the internet, and is usually measured by gamers in milliseconds. Longer latencies don’t matter for IoT because sensors generally only need to phone home once a day. Although SpaceX is providing the rocket, the SSO-A mission is being organized by Spaceflight Industries, a Seattle-based company specializing in CubeSat deployment. “Low earth orbit is not unlike smartphones,” says Curt Blake, president of Spaceflight. “When you really lower the cost of phones—or rocket launches—people come up with a whole bunch of new applications.” SSO-A is also launching dozens of Earth observation satellites, educational projects, scientific, government and military satellites, as well as two art projects and even a shooting star memorial containing cremated human remains.Launching so many satellites at once requires careful choreography to avoid them hitting the rocket or each other on the way out. Spaceflight has built two car-sized spacecraft, called the Upper Free Flyer and the Lower Free Flyer, which will fire the satellites into their final orbits one after another, using spring-loaded systems similar to pinball plungers. Once all the satellites are out of the way, the Flyers will each deploy an innovative sail the size of two pool tables to catch faint wisps of atmosphere and drag them down to burn up. This will be the first time dragsail technology is used on an operational mission.Nearly as important as physical separation is ensuring that the IoT satellites do not interfere with one another’s radio broadcasts. Swarm and Hiber intend to use the same frequency (148-149.9 MHz) for Earth-to-space communications with their satellites. Hiber will only use the link while passing over its European ground stations, while Swarm gets to use the frequency over the US. This could prove tricky should either company decide to deploy ground stations abroad in the future.The real challenge for the IoT start-ups will be to rapidly build out their fleets, and then to persuade companies to integrate their technology into thousands and ultimately millions of devices back on Earth. “We don’t know whether this is a winner-takes-all market,” admits Engelen. “I think there is room for different technical solutions depending on different requirements. But that doesn’t mean that all these systems will survive. That’s probably not also very feasible.”By the time SSO-A’s CubeSats naturally re-enter the atmosphere as tiny shooting stars in seven years or so, some of the companies that built them will likely be only memories, too.center_img Update: the SpaceX launch has been delayed.Elon Musk has long promised a constellation of thousands of satellites, called Starlink, which Musk hopes will one day handle half of all internet traffic—and earn him billions in access fees. It’s one of the ways he hopes to fund his future Mars adventures. SpaceX says two demonstration satellites it built and launched earlier this year already show that internet from space can be as fast and lag-free as people expect from cables on Earth.Now a SpaceX rocket is poised to launch a raft of internet satellites from a host of startups—but this time, the target audience is machines.In a historic launch slated for Wednesday, SpaceX will hoist 64 satellites at once, the largest number for a single mission on US soil. Eight of the satellites on board a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base will be from companies hoping to build a truly global Internet of Things (IoT) by revolutionizing satellite communications. More Great WIRED StoriesHow to teach artificial intelligence some common senseWish List 2018: 48 smart holiday gift ideasPipeline vandals are reinventing climate activismThe key to a long life has little to do with “good genes”Is today’s true crime fascination really about true crime?Looking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

Adam Rippon deserves his time in the spotlight – so let him

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) L-R: Adam Rippon, Brittany Bowe and Gus Kenworthy are all openly gay members of Team USA (Photo: @brittanybowe | Instagram) Whether they win medals or not – and Rippon has today notched up a Bronze – they’ve earned their time in the spotlight. That they do so as out gay athletes should not be overlooked or dismissed. We, as a community, should be grateful.Eric Radford makes historyIn our rush to celebrate the Rippon and Kenworthy, we must also not overlook the others. Canada’s Eric Radford today became the first openly gay men to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.So proud that @Adaripp and I get to wear these medals and show the world what we can do! #represent #olympics #pyeongchang2018 #pride #outandproud #medalists #TeamNorthAmerica— Eric Radford (@Rad85E) February 12, 2018Perhaps because he’s Canadian, he doesn’t enjoy the same profile as Rippon, but his historic achievement is something we should all take pride in. Like Rippon, he’s proud of his sexuality. Just this weekend he posted a photo of himself and his fiancé at the games’ Pride House. He may skate to further glory later this week.And just as importantly, this isn’t just all about the men. There are many gay and bisexual women competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics – all of them examples of where hard work and determination and talent can take you.Dutch speed skater Ireen Wurst became the first LGBTI athlete to win a medal (silver) in Pyeongchang over the weekend.The other gay US athlete besides Kenworthy and Rippon is Brittany Bowe, who posted a photo of herself alongside the men on Friday (see top of page). It didn’t get anything like the traction that Kenworthy’s photos did, but is just as historic an image. That it was overlooked says a lot about they way women in sport continue to be seen as second best to men.All team LGBTI athletes deserve our support and applause.@davidhudson_ukSee alsoMeet the LGBTI athletes competing at the Winter Olympics 2018 His cheeky and arch Twitter postings (sample posting ‘I was recently asked in an interview what its like to be a gay athlete in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows.’), have earned him a huge social media following.The 28-year-old is clearly loving his moment in the spotlight and taking advantage of it. At the same time, he’s using his platform to highlight LGBTI issues. He’s turned his spat with Vice President Mike Pence into a will-they-won’t-they actually meet drama.‘We’re here, we’re queer’Inevitably, being an out, proud gay man who wears sequined outfits, and talks a lot about his sexuality and appearance (‘I’ve been bleaching my teeth for the past few days and now the wind that I create from just talking makes them hurt. Like, I think this is a sign that I’m officially ready for my Olympic debut.’), has prompted some flack on social media.Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy | Photo: TwitterOn Friday we ran a story about a photo fellow gay Olympian Gus Kenworthy posted of the two men together in South Korea. They wore matching jumpers and Kenworthy kissed Rippon on the side of his head. The message alongside the image said: ‘We’re here, we’re queer.’It’s the type of positive, defiant, unequivocal message that many of us can only dream we’d seen when growing up and watching the Olympics.As a child of the 80s, I cannot remember a single out athlete besides (the awesome) Martina Navratilova. Certainly, none of the men I watched at the Olympics. As much as I might have dreamt that some of them were!How inspiring is that image of two gay athletes sharing a hug and embrace at the Olympics to young queer eyes? To the confused and lonely 12-year-old who’s been told that gays are bad at sport and not ‘real men’?Of course, the image prompted plenty of negative comments. Sadly, it would seem, not just from straight homophobes.‘Enough talking and posturing ….win Gold medals….its what you went there for….keep the sexual stance in check,’ said one commentator on our Facebook posting.‘No-one cares, attention seeking whore,’ said another.Sorry, but people do care. 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