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Le Primat Michael Curry sur le sujet de l’ouragan Harvey

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first_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 2017 Hurricanes, Rector Shreveport, LA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service [Bureau des Relations publiques de l’Église épiscopale] Il y a fort longtemps le prophète Malachie nous a enseigné que nous sommes tous des enfants de Dieu en vertu de notre création par le même Dieu. « N’avons-nous pas tous un seul père ? Un seul Dieu ne nous a-t-il pas créés ? », demandait-il (2 :10). Jésus nous a enseigné la même chose lorsqu’il a relaté le récit du Bon Samaritain. Nous sommes tous en effet les enfants de Dieu. Et si nous sommes tous les enfants de Dieu, nous sommes alors tous frères et sœurs.Nous avons ces derniers jours vu et été les témoins de la dévastation causée par l’ouragan Harvey. Nos frères et sœurs du Texas et de Louisiane ont besoin de notre aide.Episcopal Relief & Development nous rappelle de ne pas envoyer d’aliments, de vêtements ou d’autres articles car les diocèses affectés n’ont qu’une capacité limitée voire inexistante pour recevoir, stocker ou distribuer des marchandises. C’est plus efficace et mieux pour l’économie locale de faire un don.Episcopal Relief & Development a déjà mis en place une action d’aide en première ligne.Pour faire un don au Hurricane Harvey Response Fund pour soutenir les diocèses touchés afin qu’ils répondent aux besoins de leurs voisins les plus vulnérables à la suite de cet événement, vérifier ici.Inscrivez-vous sur la page Prêt à servir pour figurer sur la liste des bénévoles potentiels pour l’avenir. Le personnel d’Episcopal Relief & Development communique ces listes aux diocèses lorsqu’ils sont prêts à recruter des bénévoles externes.L’encart à utiliser pour le bulletin de ce dimanche est disponible ici.Les dernières mises à jour du programme d’Episcopal Relief & Development sont disponibles sur Facebook, Twitter(@EpiscopalRelief) et ici sur le site Web.Vérifier sur le site Web de l’Église épiscopale toutes mises à jour et informations importantes.Alors que nos frères et sœurs épiscopaliens se mettent au service de ceux qui sont dans le besoin, ils ont besoin de notre aide maintenant à court terme mais aussi sur le long terme. Notre soutien à Episcopal Relief & Development est une manière concrète, pratique, efficace et fiable de le faire. Gardez dans vos prières les populations du Texas et de Louisiane dont la vie se trouve à jamais changée par l’ouragan Harvey.Ensemble, nous sommes la famille humaine de Dieu et nos efforts dans des moments comme celui-ci aident véritablement à apporter l’amour de Dieu et le nôtre à nos sœurs et frères qui en ont grandement besoin.The Most Rev. Michael B. CurryPrimat de l’Église épiscopale Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Hurricane Harvey, Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Le Primat Michael Curry sur le sujet de l’ouragan Harvey « Nos frères et sœurs du Texas et de Louisiane ont besoin de notre aide » Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Posted Aug 31, 2017 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA last_img read more

Diocese of Arizona announces slate of 3 candidates for next…

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first_img Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Elections Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA [Episcopal Diocese of Arizona] The Standing Committee of The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona has announced a slate of candidates who will stand for election as the VI Bishop of Arizona at Diocesan Convention on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:The Rev. Dr. Dena Marcel Cleaver-BartholomewThe Rev. Jennifer Anne ReddallThe Rev. Andrew Wallace WalterThe Bishop Search/Nominating Committee, after careful and prayerful discernment, recommended these candidates to the Standing Committee, which voted to approve the slate.“We believe these individuals possess the skills, qualities, experience and spiritual grounding necessary for the office of Bishop, and we are excited to commend them to the diocese,” said the Rev. Canon Daniel Tantimonaco, President of the Standing Committee.The Standing Committee also announces the opening of the Petition Process on Friday, July 13, 2018, by which nominees may be added to the slate. The Petition Process closes at 5 p.m. (Arizona time) on Friday, July 20, 2018.The introductions of the candidates, in the form of brief bios and answers to essay questions posed by the Search Committee, can be found on the diocesan website.Parishioners across the diocese will have the opportunity to meet the candidates in person at “walkabouts” to be held in three locations across the diocese Sept. 24-28, 2018, before the Oct. 20 election at Diocesan Convention. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Posted Jul 13, 2018 Rector Shreveport, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Diocese of Arizona announces slate of 3 candidates for next bishop The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel last_img read more

Prosecutors say newspaper editor’s murder was not linked to his work

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first_imgNews April 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutors say newspaper editor’s murder was not linked to his work December 24, 2019 Find out more EcuadorAmericas Follow the news on Ecuador Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped News News April 10, 2020 Find out more Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Investigators are again working on the assumption that the motive for newspaper editor Carlos Navarrete’s murder was robbery. This was the initial theory but it was then ruled out because nothing was taken from his apartment in the western city of Guayaquil where his body was found on 24 February with multiple stab wounds.According to the latest information provided to the national press by the prosecutor’s office, Navarrete was tortured and killed for refusing to give intruders the combination to his safe. A warrant was issued on 21 March for the arrest of a suspect known as Francisco Jurado Mosquera, who has not yet been located.Navarrete edited the Quito-based daily El Telégrafo from 2000 until 2007, when he began editing the Guayaquil-based free daily La Calle.______________________________________29.02.08 – Robbery ruled out as motive in fatal stabbing of El Telégrafo’s former editorReporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to shed light on all aspects of the murder of newspaper editor Carlos Navarrete, who was found dead in his home in the western city of Guayaquil on the night of 24 February. The police originally thought robbery was the motive, but they have now ruled that out. Navarrete had edited the Guayaquil-based free daily La Calle since last year. Before that, he had edited the Quito-based daily El Telégrafo since 2000.“There is still no indication of the motive for this especially gruesome murder and, in particular, no evidence has emerged to suggest that it was linked to Navarrete’s activities as a newspaper editor,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Ecuadorean press has lost one of its leading lights and we share in the tributes being paid to him by his colleagues and family. We hope this case will be solved quickly.”Navarrete, 53, was found dead in the bathroom of his Guayaquil home on the night of 24 February by his mother. His hands were tied and he had been stabbed seven times in the neck and thorax. The police said they also found signs of torture on the body. Blood was discovered inside his car, which was found in another part of the city, and the police suspect he was not killed in his home. The neighbours did not see or hear anything suspicious and nothing appears to have been taken from the home. The police now say they think the murder was an act of revenge.El Telégrafo, the newspaper which Navarrete used to edit, was acquired by the state in 1999 when the business empire of its owner, Fernando Aspiazu, collapsed. Navarrete waged a longer battle on behalf of the newspaper’s private shareholders for majority control. After a court ruled in favour of the state on 7 June 2007, Navarrete had to leave and went to Guayaquil to run La Calle. Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News EcuadorAmericas Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders joins in the tributes being to Carlos Navarrete, the editor of the free daily La Calle and former editor of El Telégrafo, who was found dead at his home in Guayaquil on the night of 24 February. He was stabbed to death. to go furtherlast_img read more

BSA coffee shop judging commences

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first_imgCoffee shops and cafés around the UK are being visited by judges of the Beverage Standard Association’s (BSA) Awards panel.As part of the Beverage Standards Awards, due to take place on 20 September, out-of-home retail outlets will be assessed on a number of criteria including the quality of drinks, standards of service and the development and training of staff.Ranald Paterson, chairman of the judges, said: “The judges have started visiting outlets incognito. The standard of entries is very high this year and we will have a difficult job. We have found potential 5 Cup and Best Drink Award sites. They are offering customers a good choice of different coffees, teas and hot chocolates, just as they would have a choice of wines or food.“We are seeing exciting menus explaining products clearly, with knowledgeable staff who are not just selling a drink, but encouraging the sale of more drinks and ancillary products.”The BSA said judges will be assessing outlets not only by the quality of the beverages, but the service, facilities and atmosphere as a whole experience.For the first time, entrants will be judged on environmental sustainability – for example, whether they use recycled materials and follow a strict environmental policy.Businesses can additionally put forward three choices in the Best Drinks Awards category, including small espressos, cappuccino, lattes, flat white coffee, filter or cafetière coffees and teas.Successful winners will be awarded with the BSA’s ‘cup’ rankings, between one and five cups in total, which can be displayed on doors or windows of outlets.last_img read more

Match-fixing: FIFA slam four-year ban on Kenyan players

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first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland The Fifa Disciplinary Committee has slapped three Kenyan footballers with a four-year ban from all football activities for allegedly being involved in match fixing. The three featured for Kakamega Homeboyz last season, where claims of predetermining the outcome of their matches rocked the club, prompting their chairman Cleophas Shimanyula to sack Ugandan head coach Paul Nkata. Besides sacking Nkata, Homeboyz launched internal investigations to unearth the custodians of the vice after it emerged that the entire back line conceded goals in a questionable manner. The matter was taken up by Fifa who on Tuesday found three defenders guilty of match manipulation contrary to article 69 of the disciplinary code The three are Moses Chikati, Festus Okiring and Festo Omukoto, who will be barred from playing at both the club and national team level. “Moreover, the following individuals have been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four years,” read a statement from Fifa. Ulinzi Stars had reportedly signed Okiring during the January transfer window and were willing to offer him the opportunity to undergo military training, while Omukoto had been cashed to Western Stima. While the three will serve a four-year ban, their former teammate at Homeboyz and Ugandan was handed a life ban. “In particular, given his central role in the conspiracy, the player George Mandela, the Ugandan has been banned from taking part in any of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for life,” said the statement.Tags: Cleophas ShimanyulaFIFAKakemega HomeboyzPaul Nkatalast_img read more

Soccer great Pele to play no role at closing ceremony

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first_imgBy Karolos GrohmannRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Pele will not appear at the Olympics closing ceremony tomorrow, organisers said yesterday, meaning Brazil’s most famous sportsman has played no formal part in the Games.The soccer great, whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, turned down an offer to appear as the final torchbearer at the Games’ opening party on August 5, citing a health problem.“Pele is not going to take part in the closing ceremony,” Abel Gomes, executive producer of the ceremonies, told reporters.Pele, 75, underwent hip surgery at the end of last year and has said his rehabilitation has been difficult.Games organisers said they had not been in contact with him since earlier this month when he turned down the invitation to light the cauldron.“We have not got in touch with him or he in touch with us since the opening,” Games spokesman Mario Andrada said. “But if he wants to be there it will be our pleasure.”Pele caused some confusion before the start of the Olympics, revealing that he had been asked to light the cauldron, but adding that he needed to consult some commercial sponsors on whether he contractually would be able to do that.Organisers had kept light-tipped about the details of the ceremony but after the opening confirmed he had been due to light the flame in the stadium.last_img read more

Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Best starting pitchers, streamers for Thursday, June 13

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first_imgMORE THURSDAY MLB: DFS picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Thursday, June 13Updated wRC+ stats coming soonRankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Matthew [email protected] Royals73 (T-27th)N/A$10,500$10,7002Zack [email protected] NationalsN/A88 (T-20th)$9,500$9,3003Jacob deGromMetsvs. CardinalsN/A94 (T-15th)$10,200$10,4004David PriceRed Soxvs. Rangers87 (T-21st)N/A$9,800$9,7005Clayton KershawDodgersvs. Cubs103 (T-10th)N/A$10,400$10,1006Marcus StromanBlue [email protected] OriolesN/A84 (T-23rd)$7,200$7,6007Jon [email protected] Dodgers104 (9th)N/A$7,700$7,8008Jack [email protected] MetsN/A97 (13th)$7,900$7,3009Erick FeddeNationalsvs. D-backsN/A88 (T-20th)$6,000$6,40010J.A. [email protected] White Sox92 (T-16th)N/A$8,800$8,70011Ryan YarbroughRaysvs. Angels102 (12th)N/A$6,900$6,80012Julio TeheranBravesvs. PiratesN/A96 (14th)$8,600$10,80013Tyler [email protected] Rays101 (13th)N/A$7,800$8,20014Joe [email protected] BravesN/A103 (T-11th)$8,300$6,00015Michael PinedaTwinsvs. MarinersN/A111 (7th)$7,000$9,00016Homer BaileyRoyalsvs. TigersN/A76 (T-29th)$6,700$5,20017Matt [email protected] Rockies86 (23rd)N/A$9,900$9,20018Jon GrayRockiesvs. PadresN/A83 (25th)$7,500$8,30019Yusei [email protected] Twins131 (1st)N/A$6,300$5,10020Gabriel YnoaOriolesvs. Blue JaysN/A76 (T-29th$5,600$5,40021Adrian [email protected] Red SoxN/A107 (T-9th)$8,000$7,10022Ivan NovaWhite Soxvs. YankeesN/A115 (T-3rd)$6,200$4,400wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNJon Lester (@ Dodgers) and Matt Strahm (@ Rockies) are obvious fades given the matchups/parks, but both have enough talent to come through in GPPs.Check the Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest weather reports. With only two afternoon games, it’s a fairly large Thursday main MLB DFS slate tonight. As a result, our SP rankings are deeper than usual for a Thursday, and there are some surprising value sleepers on both FanDuel and DraftKings.Our top five are particularly solid, though all cost a premium. If you’re looking to pay down, Marcus Stroman (@ Orioles) and Jack Flaherty (@ Mets) both have high upsides and fair prices, and Ryan Yarbrough (vs. Angels) is a boom-or-bust option at an affordable price who works well in GPPs. Erick Fedde (vs. D-backs) has a relatively low ceiling, but with his rock-bottom price, he’s not a bad option, especially as an SP2 on DraftKings.last_img read more

South Africa aims for the final frontier

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first_img8 January 2010 South Africa is set to lead Africa in space technology, thanks to a broad-reaching government investment drive. The Department of Science and Technology’s significant investments in satellite and telescope projects, such as the SumbandilaSAT observation satellite, is not only likely to boost infrastructure development and the economy, but also swell the ranks of science and engineering graduates in the country. MediaClubSouthAfrica Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. According to Peter Martinez of the South African Astronomical Observatory, international interest in South African space technology is growing. The country is bidding against Australia to host the massive Square Kilometre Array telescope installation, and in 2011 the International Astronautical Congress will be hosted in South Africa for the first time. “It shows that the country’s efforts are being noticed and that it’s really becoming a player in this industry,” Martinez said. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is strongly backing these developments. Pandor plans to make South Africa a regional centre of space technology, particularly satellite construction, astronomy and infrastructure such as launch facilities.South Africa’s satellites South Africa isn’t entirely new to space. In 1999 SunSpace, the country’s only satellite construction company, partnered with the University of Stellenbosch to produce SunSat, a satellite launched into a low level sun-synchronous orbit from the Van den Bergh Air Force Base in the US. On 17 September 2009, SumbandilaSAT, South Africa’s micro earth-observation satellite, was launched at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russia. Bart Cilliers, managing director of SunSpace, said the satellite will orbit about 500km to 600km above the earth. Carrying high-resolution cameras, it will produce images to be used agriculture, mapping of infrastructure and land use, population measurement and the monitoring of dam levels, to name but a few applications. Ron Olivier, executive director of business development at SunSpace, told Reuters in early August that the international market for very high-resolution remote-sensing data is expanding. He estimated the annual global market value for this type of data at about R1.2-billion (US$154-million). The demand for satellite images is also growing in other African countries; SumbandilaSAT will be able to provide these with higher-quality images. Cilliers said images for planning purposes can currently only be bought from commercial satellites, a costly and time-consuming process. The images are therefore often outdated – images of rural areas in particular can be between three months and a year old. “With South Africa having its own satellite set up for national priorities, this process could be simplified,” he said.Future satellite development According to Cilliers, South Africa plans to develop both earth observation satellites – such as SumbandilaSAT – and geostationary satellites. Geostationary satellites orbit at the same rate as the earth rotates, keeping above the same spot on the equator. This makes them ideal for telecommunications. If included in South Africa’s space programme, these would improve the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, even allowing it to sell bandwidth to other countries. South Africa currently uses only a single transponder on a commercial satellite for satellite bandwidth. But Olivier added that with the country’s space programme still in its infancy, the South African government would still have to decide on the number of satellites to be constructed. “Continued development and significant improvements can only be achieved if two further satellites are launched within the next five years, and at least one satellite for years six to eight,” he said. Cilliers added that there is also the potential for countries to share satellites. South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria and Kenya already have this kind of collaboration, with a memorandum of understanding signed in June 2008. The countries have committed their national satellites to the African Resources Management Constellation project, which aims to give advanced warnings of natural and environmental disasters such as floods.Steaming ahead in astronomy South Africa is already known for its advanced developments in the field of astronomy. The Southern African Large Telescope near the town of Sutherland in the Karoo is the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. South Africa is also in the running against Australia to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. This R17-billion ($2.2-billion) cluster of telescopes will be 50 times more sensitive than any other radio instrument on earth, powerful enough to improve scientists’ understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe. Cilliers explained that South Africa made the SKA shortlist because its proposed location for the telescope, in the dry and deserted Northern Cape province, is one of the few places on earth offering large unpopulated areas free of human-created radio interference. The final decision on which country will host the telescope will be made in 2011.Benefits for South Africa Martinez said any development in telescope technology would be good for South Africa’s economy. “The technology that underpins the modern space science industry – such as computing and electronics – will be introduced to the country,” he said. He firmly believes that South Africa is more than ready to become a full participant in this industry. Traditionally, there has always been a focus on developing infrastructure such as roads, railways and bridges, but telescopes will introduce new technology to the country, technology crucial for the development of what he calls an “information society”. A space industry could support a community of people pursuing careers in science, technology and engineering. Furthermore, it will also spur research and the development of related industries. Cilliers said that one of the most important benefits of a space programme, and more specifically the satellite component, is a growing interest in science-related careers. “The inspirational value of a space programme is so significant. Science is often perceived as being boring, but this will get young people excited about careers in this field,” he said. Developments in satellite technology, astronomy and other related industries would therefore help to address South Africa’s skills shortage. The country has a significant shortage of maths, science and technology expertise. In January 2009, at South Africa’s launch of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, then Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena highlighted the country’s shortage of maths, science and technology graduates, adding that ignorance of the importance of these fields contributed to the deficit. Cilliers added that as more people begin to show interest in these careers, the country would be able to grow its human capacity in this field. Without this, innovation and associated industrial development cannot take off, he said.What the future holds There have been some encouraging signs that the government is serious about its participation in the space industry. In January 2009 the National Space Agency Act (PDF), which lays down provisions for establishing such an agency by 2011, was signed into law. Both Nasa and the Russian Federation’s space agency have reportedly been showing more interest in South Africa. In his speech, Mangena noted that legislation had been passed to protect areas that are well suited to optical and radio astronomy. He added that South Africa was Africa’s technological leader and had a responsibility to use its position to the continent’s benefit. Pandor has also expressed interest in investing in infrastructure such as launch facilities. According to Cilliers, South Africa currently has a basic launch pad and related facilities at a site in the Northern Cape, near Bredasdorp, and a number of test launches have already taken place there. This technology could potentially be developed further to enable the launching of satellites, which would place South Africa among the few countries capable of sending their own rockets into orbit.First published on 1 September 2009 by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more