Halep wins Wimbledon, stops Williams’ bid for 24th Grand Slam

first_img‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division “She literally played out of her mind. Congratulations, Simona,” Williams said during the trophy ceremony. “It was a little bit ‘a deer in the headlights’ for me.”Williams also lost in straight sets against Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final a year ago, and against Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open last September.“I just have to figure out a way to win a final,” Williams said.The 37-year-old American hasn’t won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, when she set the professional-era record of 23 Grand Slam championships (Court won 13 of her titles against amateur competition).Williams was pregnant when she won in Australia and then took more than a year off the tour; her daughter, Olympia, was born in September 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Benefits of township living Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NBA Summer League runs end for international invitees Since returning to tennis, Williams has dealt with injuries but still managed to remain among the game’s elite. In part because of a bad left knee, she only had played 12 matches all season until Wimbledon.“Just got to keep fighting,” Williams said, “and just keep trying.”Didn’t take long on Saturday for the 27-year-old Halep to demonstrate this was not going to be easy for Williams.Not by any means.Showing off the talents and traits that once lifted her to No. 1 in the rankings, Halep never really gave Williams a chance to get into the match.“I’ve always been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena. She’s an inspiration for everyone and the model for everyone,” Halep said. “Today, I decided before the match that I’m going to focus on myself and on the final of (a) Grand Slam, not on her. That’s why I was able to play my best, to be relaxed, and to be able to be positive and confident against her.”Halep tracked down everything, as is her wont. She didn’t merely play defense, though, managing to go from retrieving an apparent point-ending stroke by Williams to lashing a winner of her own in a blink.“I was over-hitting it, trying to go for too much,” Williams said. “She was getting just a tremendous amount of balls back.”Her returns were exceptional, repeatedly getting back serves that left Williams’ racket at 115 mph or more.On this cloudy, cool afternoon, with the temperature in the low 70s (low 20s Celsius), Halep began with a pair of service breaks and even delivered the match’s first ace, at 106 mph, which put her out front 4-0 after 11 astonishing minutes. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station LATEST STORIES Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Halep won 14 of the first 18 points, with many in the crowd roaring for each of the rare ones that went Williams’ way. Halep produced eight winners before a single unforced error, avoiding a miscue until the seventh game.Williams, in stark contrast, came out looking a bit tight, short-arming shots and accumulating nine unforced errors before conjuring up a single winner. She spoke after her semifinal victory about trying to remain calm on court, and that she did, even in the face of a player who was at her very best.Williams would place a hand on her hip. Or put a palm up and look at her guest box, as if thinking, “What can I do?” Williams’ greatest show of emotion came after she stretched for a forehand volley winner on the second set’s second point. She leaned forward and yelled, “Come on!”But the comeback never came. Halep broke to lead 3-2 in that set when Williams pushed a backhand long, and there wasn’t much left from there.Halep only had been as far as the semifinals once at Wimbledon until now. But she was determined to change that and said she told the locker-room attendants at the beginning of the tournament she wanted to grab a title to earn lifetime membership in the All England Club.“So here I am,” she said Saturday, the fortnight done, her trophy won. “It was one of my motivations before this tournament. So now I am happy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MOST READ Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On top of her game right from start to finish, Halep overwhelmed Williams 6-2, 6-2 in stunning fashion for her second major championship. The whole thing took less than an hour as Williams lost her third Slam final in a row as she tries to equal Margaret Court’s record for most major trophies in tennis history.“I’m very sure,” Halep said, “that was the best match of my life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe No. 7-seeded Romanian made a mere three unforced errors, a remarkably low total and 23 fewer than Williams.Not bad for someone who has been frank about how jittery she has gotten in past big matches and began the day having lost nine of 10 matchups against Williams. But after losing each of her first three major finals, Halep now has won two straight, including at last year’s French Open. LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer View comments Romania’s Simona Halep walks away with her trophy after defeating United States’ Serena Williams, left, in the women’s singles final match on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)WIMBLEDON, England — Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon’s champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday’s final, there already was inscribed: “Miss S. Halep.”Halep was not concerned with preventing Williams from winning a 24th Grand Slam title. All Halep cared about was winning her first at the All England Club. And she played pretty much perfectly.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Eruv in Oak Park splits community

first_img“Is it me or am I the only one that finds this strange?” Carlos Bernal of Oak Park wrote in an e-mail to local officials. “Why don’t we install a crucifix at every stoplight? Or the picture of Muhammad at every pedestrian crossing? “I’m not a religious guy and certainly don’t have anything against the Jewish faith … but this rubs me the wrong way.” Jews were equally critical of the glistening wires that zigzagged across residential streets – a threat to property values and unsuspecting birds. “It is not some biblical thing that says, `Hang some fishing line.’ It’s an arbitrary man-made work-a-round,” said Susan Flores, a Reform Jew who, like most, does not keep Sabbath. “While you are making stuff up, why don’t you make up something that is a little less obtrusive.” OAK PARK – It seemed like a real mitzvah. Chabad of the Conejo’s 120 families would spend $20,000 on a religious structure that would benefit all local Jews. Common in Los Angeles and most big American cities, the eruv – a thin monofilament line strung from light pole to light pole to symbolically extend a Jew’s private domain to everything within the loop – would enable Jews to carry keys and push strollers on the Sabbath without violating Halacha, or Jewish law. But the eruv, constructed in late December, was met by public disgust. So less than a month after the Conejo Eruv was erected in Agoura Hills, Oak Park and Westlake Village, its supporters tore down the Oak Park section. On Friday, organizer Tom Block said the lines still up in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, where they were properly permitted, would come down within the week because they serve no purpose if the eruv is incomplete. “It is a dead issue at this point,” Block said. “The eruv is gone.” Yet, despite the contrition of eruv committee member Eli Eisenberg at a heated public meeting last Tuesday, rancor has not subsided in this tight-knit bedroom community of 15,000 in eastern Ventura County. Vitriol ran so high at the Municipal Advisory Council meeting, during which only one of about 30 speakers favored the eruv, that a Jewish reporter for the community paper left in tears. “They can practice wherever they want,” said Tom Hughes, president of the Morrison Estates Owners’ Association, which threatened eruv organizers with legal action. “But it is unreasonable to think they are going to string wires all over someone else’s – or their – community where 99.9999 percent of people don’t share their religion.” Block, a 47-year-old real estate investor, sought permission to string the wire between Southern California Edison street lights two years ago. Although he said the plan included Agoura Hills, Oak Park and Westlake Village, the paperwork identified it as the Agoura Eruv, and the permits applied only to Agoura Hills and Westlake Village – something he said he didn’t realize. The Conejo Eruv – pronounced A-roov – was shaped like a Hershey’s kiss. Using the Ventura Freeway as its base, it extended north on Kanan and Lindero Canyon roads until the two intersect, then continued on Lindero before meandering through the Morrison Estates – 360 large homes with regal lawns and price tags approaching $2 million. In a community where utilities are buried – with only street lights and electrical lines along the road – it didn’t take long for residents to spot the thin wire 30 feet overhead. Then people noticed the injured hawks. In all, three red-tailed hawks were found lying in the road. They were taken to a wildlife center, and one had to be destroyed. Residents said they suspected the eruv. “Such an injury could have been caused by a large number of obstacles, including monofilament line,” wrote Duane Tom of the California Wildlife Center in a letter for Tuesday’s meeting. “However, it is impossible to know if such a line was indeed the cause of the hawk’s injury.” By then, about 80 people had called or e-mailed Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks. When she asked the Public Works Agency why they approved the eruv, they directed her to Edison. That’s when she discovered the permits didn’t exist, and Block agreed to dismantle the Oak Park section. “I was on top of the world with it, happy about the whole thing two weeks ago,” Block said. “And it just crashed.” The concept of enclosing a community so Jews can behave on the Sabbath as if they were within their own home stems from the 40 years Israelites spent wandering the desert after the Exodus. Jewish rabbis developed the rules when forming the Talmud centuries later. Running a monofilament wire from post to post creates a series of “door frames” that, according to Jewish law, act like a wall. Without it, Orthodox Jews cannot take a bottle of wine to a friend’s house on the Sabbath, and those with small children have trouble attending synagogue. Driving a car is prohibited, regardless. “I didn’t understand it. I’m Jewish,” said Todd Haines, chairman of the . “Bad Hebrew school, I guess.” In fact, all five members of the council are Jewish. None are Orthodox, and none were familiar with the high-wire loop. Though only Orthodox Jews follow the laws regarding an eruv, they say that all Jews – Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and secular – benefit from having one in the community because it helps them subconsciously follow a stricter interpretation of God’s law. Chabad of the Conejo, which has five houses, is part of an Orthodox Jewish movement that began 250 years ago in the Russian town of Lubavitch. Hasidic Jews are known for their black hats, long beards, evangelical outreach to less observant Jews and an anxious awaiting for the Messiah. (The voice mail greeting of Rabbi Yisroel Levine of the Oak Park Chabad ends, “And, of course, we want Moshiach now. Bub-bye.”) On Conifer Street, the Oak Park Chabad is a single-story house with a black mailbox, red-tile roof and four palms on the lawn. The only hint it might not be a home is the stucco wall where a garage door should be and a line that splits the driveway into two parking spots. Often using residences, Chabads blend into neighborhoods as seamlessly as most eruvin – plural for eruv. Nationwide, at least 70 eruvin exist. The approval process often takes years, and many proposals have died amid unattainable requirements. “Imagine getting a permit to open a restaurant. But the city says that there can be no chairs in this restaurant, because people could fall off them and hurt themselves. And there can be no silverware, because they could be used as weapons. Lastly, there shouldn’t be food, because people could choke,” the leader of a Jewish group in Palo Alto told the Jewish Bulletin of Northern California after abandoning its plans in 2000. “Other than that, feel free to open a restaurant.” In other communities, including L.A., eruvin have been erected with scant concern. The Los Angeles Community Eruv, the largest in the world, encompasses everything within the Ventura Freeway, the Santa Monica Freeway, Vermont Avenue and the San Diego Freeway. In the San Fernando Valley, an eruv runs from the Ventura Freeway to Sherman Way and from the San Diego Freeway to the Hollywood Freeway. Against the cluttered city skyline, few ever notice. “L.A. has a mentality of live and let live,” said Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz, who is involved with the Valley Eruv. “A lot of people do things that are strange to other people, but they say, `Fine, you do your thing that is strange and I do my thing that is strange. We’ll leave each other alone.”‘ brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

JUNE HAS THE LUCK OF LOVE AS SHE SCOOPS €47,200 AND A HOLIDAY

first_imgIt all started with a St Valentine’s Day card and now Donegal woman June Hughes is €47,200 and a holiday richer.The Castlefinn mum-of-four was delighted when hubby Martin bought her a quick pic which saw her end up on tonight’s Winning Streak on RTE. June, who works in Kyran McGinley Solicitors in Letterkenny, was surrounded by family and friends for the show.She told host Marty Whelan that top of her wish list if she scooped some cash was a ‘People Carrier’ car.June laughed that somebody always had to be left at home when they went on a family day out.But while June may have wished for a new mode of transport, daughter Lauren had other things on her list. The little girl told her mum that she wanted a snow leopard!In the end June, from Ballybun, didn’t get to spin the wheel but she did finish the show with almost €50,000 and a holiday to Turkey. JUNE HAS THE LUCK OF LOVE AS SHE SCOOPS €47,200 AND A HOLIDAY was last modified: March 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefinnJUne HUgheslottoWinning Streaklast_img read more

Motherly mutt is cat’s meow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “I wanted an older dog because I didn’t want to go through the paper training and everything you have to do with a puppy, but a friend of mine wanted me to take a look at this puppy she had rescued,” Rohde said. Big mistake. Any dog lover knows you don’t just take a look at a cute puppy and expect to walk away – alone. “This little red ball of fur jumps out of a box and licks my face,” Rohde recalls. “That was it.” The first thing he did was change the puppy’s name from Honey to Wuffy, after a character from the old “Hogan’s Heroes” TV show. “There was a German general named Count Wufffenhauser or something like that,” he says. “His girlfriend always called him Wuffy, and I’d walk around my house as a 5-year-old calling everyone in my family Wuffy.” For almost 11 years now, Wuffy – the dog who thinks she’s a cat – has been running her own cat rescue operation out of the San Fernando Valley. She’s mothered more than 150 stray and abandoned kittens and cats and found runaways for their owners. Wuf, as her friends call her, has become so popular with animal rescue organizations that she’s got a waiting list of clients. The Shar-Pei-spaniel mix – abandoned herself by a breeder as a puppy because she wasn’t a purebred – lives over in Studio City with her owner, Gary Rohde. But to really appreciate the trip Wuf’s been on you have to go back more than 10 years to when Rohde was in escrow on a Valley Village condo and in the market for a pet. So that’s how Honey became Wuffy, but it wasn’t until four months later that Rohde noticed Wuf might have an identity problem. She seemed to like hanging out with cats a lot better than dogs. “One day I was visiting a friend and put Wuf in her backyard,” Gary says. “About 45 minutes later, she walked in with what I thought was a rag doll in her mouth. It was a baby kitten.” Rohde and his friend took the kitten, but Wuf walked into the backyard again, and came back with another kitten. Then, a third. “We followed her out, and found one more kitten in the ivy. There was no mother around. They had been abandoned.” Rohde didn’t want to take the kittens to a shelter because he was worried about their health there, so he stopped by a few veterinarian offices and got a rude awakening. “They told me to take the kittens home and care for them myself until they were eight weeks or so, old enough for adoption,” he said. “What the heck did I know about taking care of a litter of kittens?” Turns out he had nothing to worry about. Wuf knew plenty. “Gary called and told me what had happened, so I came over a few days later to help him,” says Kari Winters, a registered nurse and freelance writer who is a longtime friend of Rohde. She wrote a story on Wuffy for Cat Fancy magazine this month. At night, Rohde put the kittens in a spare bedroom with the door closed, setting his alarm for two-hour feedings. He needn’t have bothered. Wuf became his alarm clock and plenty more. “She laid outside the door and woke Gary up when the kittens started mewing for food,” Winters says. “She also bathed the kittens with her tongue … “She watched over them like a mother, and when they were old enough, she taught them to play, eat and bathe themselves.” That was the beginning of Wuf’s career as the most sought-after cat-rescue dog in the city. She has a long waiting list of abandoned kittens and cats rescued by Southern California Siamese Rescue wanting her services, Winters says. When Teri Austin, president of the Amanda Foundation – an animal rescue and care organization – heard about this dog in the Valley who thinks she’s a mother cat, Austin began sending over her sick, stray kittens for Wuf to watch over until they’re old enough for adoption. “We call her Florence Nightingdog,” Austin said Friday, laughing. “Many people think dogs and cats are natural enemies, but they’re not. Often dogs have strong, protective instincts for cats, but I’ve never seen a dog with such a delicate touch. Wuf gives them incredible love and care. “We’ve seen her go out on her own and find abandoned kittens, immediately feeling this sense of duty to take care of them. It’s like she goes on automatic pilot. Wuffy just knows her job and won’t leave them until they’re better.” Even when they hiss and turn on her, or try to scratch her eyes out, Wuf just backs away and takes her time. “She’ll make little attempts to get close and pretty soon no matter how mean or feral the cat is, they all come around,” Austin said. “They come around to Wuf long before they come around to humans.” Wuf turned 11 on Friday, and for her birthday Rohde took her over to CHIME charter school in Woodland Hills to visit the kids. Wuf likes kids almost as much as cats. He told the children all about how Wuffy has mothered more than 150 kittens and cats, and how she found his neighbor’s cat that had been missing for 10 days hiding under a car about a mile from home. The kids couldn’t get enough licks on their faces and pawshakes from Wuf. “Does she really think she’s a cat?” a little girl asked. Yeah, Rohde said, smiling – she really thinks she’s a cat. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fighting leukemia is teams’ passion

first_imgThe Newhall family will walk with at least 20 others on their team in October. Wearing a button-sized picture of her 11-year-old grandson, Jonnie Lanners, who died three years ago from leukemia, Janet Snyder is on her sixth walk to raise money to find a cure. The Santa Clarita grandmother grinned when she described the boy who was in and out of hospitals for three years and eventually established a toy charity for other kids there. “I’m sad because I lost Jonnie. But if it (the walk) will prevent someone from going through what we did, that’s what it’s all about,” she said. Ana Butler’s mother, Lillith Machado, was 73 when she died of myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that annually strikes nearly 16,000 people, typically at age 67. Machado was in the hospital for months before her diagnosis, with doctors bewildered by her symptoms. By the time the disease was recognized, it was too late for treatment, said Butler, who is forming a team of her five siblings to walk in their mother’s honor. “I want to find a cure,” she said. “We have to carry on.” For more information about the fundraiser, look at: www.lightthenight.org or call (877) 586-9255. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – When 16-year-old Sarah Weichel was diagnosed with cancer, doctors told her to let them worry about the disease and urged her to live life as usual. So she did, despite aggressive chemotherapy treatments. The fair-haired teen danced at her prom, hung out with friends and went out at night like others her age. But one morning, she woke up and found much of her hair on her pillow. Suddenly, her reality of the disease changed. “I realized that day I was sick and I could die if I did not fight with all the strength I had,” she said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesToday, the Hart High School junior is a cancer survivor, and on Wednesday she spoke at a kickoff fundraiser for blood cancer cures through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Known as “Light the Night Walk,” the national event returns to Santa Clarita for the second year Oct. 15. Carrying balloons with lights, corporate teams, families and volunteers walk two miles around Bridgeport Park with this year’s goal of raising $100,000, said Taly Fantini, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society director of special events. Last year, about 800 people gathered at the park and raised $50,000. This year’s walk is the first for Sandi and Joe Franco and their 8-year-old son Mateo, who was diagnosed with leukemia in September. Nearly 35,000 people each year are diagnosed with the form of cancer that’s characterized by an uncontrolled accumulation of white blood cells. “It impacts every part of your life,” Sandi Franco said. “Every part of our life changed a year ago.” last_img read more

ISP teaches class in Georgia

first_imgLt. Kirkham stated, “It was a great opportunity for us to work with our brothers and sisters from Georgia. We are looking forward to hosting the class in Indiana and are excited to have the Georgia Bureau of Investigations partnering with us.”**Pictured from left to right GBA Dan Sims, 1st Sgt. Don McCay and Lt. Dave Kirkham Indiana State Police Lieutenant Dave Kirkham and First Sergeant Don McCay, both assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, were recently in Rome, Georgia to teach a major case investigations class.Lt. Kirkham (Area 1 Investigative Commander) and F/Sgt. Don McCay (District Investigative Commander for the Bremen Post) partnered up with Georgia Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Daniel Sims (former Indiana State Police trooper) to teach this class over a three day period in February to eighty-four officers from city and county agencies from all over northwest Georgia.The class focused on how to manage a major case investigation and the pitfalls that are sometimes encountered while conducting a major investigation. The course consisted of classroom instruction and case presentations from Indiana and Georgia.Indiana State Police is planning to host the same class in Indiana with the assistance of Georgia Bureau of Investigations sometime in 2014.last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Letterkenny company seeks retail sales assistants

first_imgA Letterkenny company is seeking retail sales assistants with both full-time and part-time positions available. The ideal candidates will be passionate about fashion, sales and customer service in equal measure.Retail, fashion and customer service experience is desirable but not essential, training will be provided. As part of this role you will have responsibilities in the following key areas:Our Customer• You will provide an excellent customer experience. Go the extra mile to support the customer and assist them to find what they need across our store.• Assist the customer with ordering if we are unable to provide a size or style that they wish to purchase. • Process the sale for the customer remaining engaged and interested until the sale is complete.• Ensure displays are always in perfect condition and products are merchandised correctly.Our Team• It is important to us that you enjoy working as part of a team, dedicated to delivering extraordinary service to our customer• You will be responsible in equal measure for contributing to team goals.Our Store & Brands• Ensure that the store looks and feel’s as it should at all times by ensuring that it is tidy, merchandised and standards are adhered to everyday. • Replenish the floor as required.• Being aware of all brands and introducing related product to your customer.• Educate yourself about upcoming styles and trends and what is coming to store so that you can excite and entice your customer.Full & Part Time Positions are available so please state on application which you are interested in. Send your CV and a cover letter introducing yourself to jobslk@outlook.ieJob Vacancies: Letterkenny company seeks retail sales assistants was last modified: March 13th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:jobsletterkennyretail sales assistantlast_img read more

SKA – who gets what

first_imgThe SKA host decision makes the mostof the vast amounts of money alreadycommitted to the project by the bidrivals. (Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina Joubert  SKA South Africa communications  +27 83 409 4254 RELATED ARTICLES • Great astronomy, with or without SKA • Big science coming to SA • Pandor: we did it • SA assists with Nasa’s Mars mission • Gallery: the KAT-7 radio telescopeJanine ErasmusNow that the long wait is over and the co-hosts of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) have been announced, South Africa and Australia can get on with the business of building the world’s biggest scientific instrument.Although the site is to be shared, the split is not equal – Southern Africa will get the juiciest part of the SKA pie.The technology will be rolled out in two phases. Actual construction of the SKA is expected to start in 2016, with mid-frequency antennae – the big dishes similar to those seen in the KAT-7 grouping, now operational at the local SKA site – and an array of low-frequency antennae making up the first phase.Phase two will commence in 2018 and will continue up to 2023.“Scientists should be able to use phase one for research by 2020,” said Prof Justin Jonas, associate director for science and engineering at SKA South Africa. “By that time construction on phase two should be underway, with full science operations commencing by 2024.”The SKA was always perceived as a two-phase project, said Jonas.“Even if one country had hosted the whole thing, the phases would have been built at a distance from each other,” he added. “Now the phases will just be further apart.”He said the technology differs for each component, and they operate independently.Southern Africa’s core site is deep in the Northern Cape province, sitting at an altitude of 1 000m and located about 100km west of Carnarvon, a sleepy Karoo town. This site is not only quiet in audio terms, but more importantly for the SKA, it’s a radio-quiet area that’s legally protected by the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act of 2007 to keep it that way.From the core of about 1 500 antennae, another 1 500 or so will radiate out to other parts of South Africa and Southern African countries, some as far out as 3 000km away. The partner countries are Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Zambia.The core site down under, on the other hand, is at Boolardy, a former sheep station about 100km west of the mining town of Meekatharra. This remote town lies about 770km northeast of Perth in Western Australia.This gigantic scientific instrument will have a combined collecting surface of one square kilometre, and will be 50 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than anything else yet built.In South Africa, data gathered from all these far-flung receivers will be processed locally. But, said Jonas, computers from all over the world could conceivably work on the data.“So everybody will get something out,” he said.The world’s most sensitive radio telescopeThe KAT-7 is the precursor to the MeerKAT, an array of 64 dishes which in turn will form the beginnings of the SKA. MeerKAT was acknowledged in the SKA site advisory committee’s report as a crucial step in the implementation of the SKA.Australia’s equivalent of MeerKAT is called ASKAP – the Australian SKA Pathfinder, which consists of 34 dishes. Both test sites have used mid-frequency instrumentation to demonstrate their technology.“The MeerKAT will supplement the sensitive SKA phase one dish array, providing a large part of the collection area of the world’s most sensitive radio telescope,” said South Africa’s science and technology minister Naledi Pandor at a briefing to announce the final hosting decision.“We have always said we are ready to host the SKA – and the world has listened.”Pandor has been widely hailed for her leadership throughout the initial and bid processes, which took about nine years to get to the decision-making stage.“She led the team remarkably. She was born for a time such as this,” said mathematician and astrophysicist Prof David Block of Wits University, speaking to Moneyweb.So who gets what?Three different types of antenna technology will be used to cover a wide range of frequencies between 70 megahertz and 10 gigahertz – they are the mid-frequency dishes, and the low- and mid-frequency aperture arrays.The aperture arrays are cost-effective to build and run, and can observe more than one part of the sky at the same time.With each standing about 1.5m high, the low-frequency aperture arrays can be accommodated in a relatively modest area, compared to the bigger 15m-tall dishes. A baseline of 200km would suffice, according to SKA.The South African part of phase one, the whole of which constitutes about 10% of the total SKA, will include the 64 dishes of the MeerKAT, plus another 190 dishes.Across the Indian Ocean, the ASKAP too will be absorbed into phase one. In addition, 60 mid-frequency dishes and an as yet undisclosed number of low-frequency aperture arrays will be installed.In phase two, all the dishes will be built in Southern Africa – this is the stage at which the widely-spaced dishes will start to spread into the partner countries, out to a distance of 3 000km or more from the core. A number of flat, 60m-wide mid-frequency aperture arrays will also be built here – the number will be determined later.The rest of the low-frequency aperture array antennae , as many as 10 times more than in phase one, will be constructed in Australia and New Zealand.“The higher elevation of the South African site is an advantage for the mid-frequency telescope, hence the allocation of this segment of the SKA to South Africa,” said Jonas.It means that South Africa will have the ability to make lengthy, deep observations of a narrow part of the sky, while Australia will be able to more quickly make surveys of wider portions.In terms of costs, he said, members of the SKA organisation – South Africa, the UK, Australia, Canada, China, Italy, New Zealand and the Netherlands – will all contribute to capital and running costs. Depending on whether new members come on board, these costs may vary.A worldwide network of supporting elements, including staff, scientific institutions, data networks and computing facilities is also now needed, said Jonas.The hosts will now enter a design and pre-construction phase before the SKA begins to take physical shape.South Africa will also press on with the MeerKAT which, said Pandor, would have gone ahead whether or not the country had been awarded the SKA.last_img read more

Spicing Up Your Employee Handbook

first_imgIn today’s workplace, it is not enough to have an employee handbook in name only, but it must be one that employees have read, digested and received training on.  Now is the perfect time to take your employee handbook off the shelf, drag it into the kitchen and add a little spice to it.Here are some ways:Incorporate company culture and brand. An employer should use the employee handbook as a vehicle to let its workplace shine and familiarize employees with the company’s mission, value, goals and aspirations.  An employer should connect the employee handbook to its brand and attempt to show employees what is unique and special about the company and how employees can play a vital role in the company’s success.Make it readable and accessible. The employee handbook should be readable and accessible to all employees whether it be by distributing a paper copy or maintain a copy on the employer’s intranet.  If a significant number of workers speak another language, the employer should make sure to provide the employee handbook in that language.  An employee handbook should be written in a casual and conversational tone and provide hypotheticals, anecdotes and narratives employees can relate to.Give it some pizzazz.  In order to make the employee handbook and its provisions stick and come alive, an employer should give it a little pizzazz by adding color, graphics, videos, pictures and fonts. Training on employee handbook policies is also critical and employers should aim to make training interesting, fun and interactive with online quizzes and hypothetical scenarios. Got some great ideas or want to learn more?  Join us at 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 8 for #Nextchat: These Aren’t Your Grandparents’ Employee Handbooks.last_img read more