Facebook developing satellite internet for Africa

first_img8 October 2015Facebook and French satellite operator Eutelsat wants to launch an internet-satellite that could boost internet connectivity in more than 14 African countries, including South Africa. Easier and more reliable access to the internet could offer substantial benefits to the vision of the social, educational and health care ideals of the National Development Plan.The Facebook-financed satellite, named Amos-6, would be able to offer faster and more reliable internet access to isolated areas in Africa, and was scheduled to be completed and in orbit by 2016, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, posted on the social networking site on 5 October.“Facebook has been exploring ways to use aircraft and satellites to beam internet access down into communities from the sky,” Zuckerberg wrote. “To connect people living in remote regions, traditional connectivity infrastructure is often difficult and inefficient, so we need to invent new technologies.”Facebook will bring free Internet to Africa with a #satellite called AMOS -6 http://t.co/DA28sBYRyZ pic.twitter.com/nrSL3EpkKR— SocialPubli.com (@SocialPubli) October 6, 2015The satellite project is part of Facebook’s Internet.org non-profit initiative that aims to bring free and reliable internet access to the two-thirds of the world that have been unable to receive it.Other projects include using solar-powered drones to beam out internet signals to rural areas, and the set-up of the Innovation Lab to mimic real-world connectivity issues for developers to test their apps’ performances. Similarly, Google’s Project Loon, that uses high-altitude balloons to bring internet to isolated areas, is being tested in the US, Australia and parts of Saharan Africa.Sub-Saharan Africa’s current level of broadband connectivity is the lowest in the world, according to the United Nations’ 2014 State of Broadband report. It reaches less than 2% of the populations in countries such as Guinea, Somalia, Burundi and Eritrea. The internet remains a novelty and not so much the vital communications tool needed to push African development and innovation forward.Governments will be able to use the surge in access to bring better services to people in rural areas: health and social services, education facilities and development capacity. In South Africa, this would fulfil outcomes of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030, such as addressing the question of quality education, developing skills and, ultimately, creating a surge of economic growth in South Africa and on the rest of the continent.Facebook to bring Internet from space to Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 http://t.co/PBL9bxEPV1 pic.twitter.com/gGIRWf4Qnk— RT (@RT_com) October 6, 2015Toby Shapshak, a technology trends expert, told ENCA news yesterday that satellites offered the best option for African internet access. “Satellites are the most rugged and reliable method to supply internet, but also the most expensive,” he said. Facebook’s investment in the project was both pioneering and momentous on a global level, he added.Facebook had just skipped ahead, over existing landline and cellular infrastructure, Shapshak explained, and had chosen to use satellites that would offer deregulated, unrestricted access. It would be unfettered by any laws of the countries it would service, offering a freer internet, while giving users fast and reliable internet access.While the idea might seem a little “pie in the sky”, he added, satellite technology was a proven method for connectivity – notably with conventional global telecommunications that had existed for more than 50 years. Industrial and global corporations present in Africa have been small-scale satellite internet connectivity for over five years, with the large costs involved making it impossible to roll out on a larger scale.With the Facebook investment, though, the idea of bringing fast, reliable and cost-effective broadband internet to Africa is slowly becoming a reality.“More places in Africa and South Africa that previously, due to a lack of infrastructure, could not get regular, effective internet access, will now have the opportunity to get it,” Shapshak said.He said Facebook’s move into internet service provision was a “bold and adventurous” one, a move that would spur the local and international service provider business into rethinking their own game of providing better internet services.Full interview with Toby Shapshak on ENCASource: News24Wirelast_img read more

Forever Young Dark Brown Clip In Pony Tail Hair Extension New Reversible Style : Great item bargain!

first_imgI bought this pony tail to see if it would boost my hair a little. I am absolutely frilled, just what i needed. The price is fantastic for what you get, it arrived very quick and to me doesn’t look fake at all, can’t stop wearing it. Loved it at first, but had to return. I have paid around £100 for 2 sets of clip-in extensions because i have thick hair. I only wear them when i go out. They get really heavy any annoying so i always take them out after a couple of hours. I saw this product on amazon and i decided to try it. I ordered it late friday evening, it was dispatched on saturday and came monday. Fast service and when i got the product, it did not feel synthetic at firs and not heavy at all. All you do is make your natural hair into a ponytail and just clip the extension over the top of the bobble. It is so simple and looks lovely. The only thing is, because it is synthetic, it got quite scraggy and sadly i had to return it within 1 week. Brill love how it goes two ways. I love this and wear it often. It feels slightly shorter than the picture in real life but not too much. It is still a long ponytail. Combs and brushes well, but i havent washed it yet so cant comment on that. It is a regular accessory of mine especially on a night out :od. Excellent service and realisticexcellent for the moneyAbsolutely lovelyLoved it at first, but had to returnExcellent service very quick delivery and excellent hairpiece very real absolutly fantasticForever Young Dark Brown Clip In Pony Tail Hair Extension New Reversible Style This arrived within 24 hrs, is exactly as described and brushes beautifully. Not quite as curly but that suits me fine. Excellent service and realistic. I ordered this as a last minute panic buy purchase. I was hoping that it would arrive on time as i only ordered it with two days to go to an event i wanted it for, it arrived the next dayi originally was drawn to the curly flicks and thought this would suit me, when tried on this was round it looked like a horses tail.The straight version is much better and just the right length. Maybe the other way would suit someone else, that’s the beauty of having two different styles in the one hair piece. It was a good colour match to my dark brown hair, felt secure when clipped in and the ‘hair’ was very realistic to the touch. I will wear again when i’m looking for an instant effect with very little effort. Excellent service very quick delivery and excellent hairpiece very real. Excellent service very quick delivery and excellent hairpiece very real looking and touch very full and bouncy and the reversable option is great. Very pleased will definitely order again. Never having tried any kind of hairpiece before, i decided to give this a go, based on reviews. Soft, silky and glamorous, i feel beautiful wearing it and it doesn’t look out of place at all, matches my hair colour, looks natural. Great item for a quick new look, hair colour matched well quick delivery good price. Bought one for me and my friend and we both absolutely love it. Had so many compliments over the last few days of wearing it. Would recommend to everybody looking to buy a hair piece. Item was really great quality and delivered very quickly. Matched my hair perfectly, i prefer to flip it upside down and clip it in as that way it gives the ponytail more volume, delivery was excellent, very fast had ordered other items from other sellers on the same day and still waiting on them coming . So 5 stars for the delivery service . Would use this seller again. I ordered this ponytail on friday and it arrived today. The colour and lenght is fab. Would recommend it to everyone. It looks nice off but can’t get it 2 sit right on my head. Bought as a gift and well received. Love this looks amazing, does tangle a bit but can be brushed when clipped into hair. Hair is wonderful but too significant to dress in :(was hoping for anything to use in my hair while it grew but upset with body weight of clip.last_img read more

Jeff Duling, April 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are working on our grain bin right now setting the forms for our walls. We are pouring concrete today. We are loading hogs out this week too.I went and checked fields yesterday and the soil temperature was 60 degrees. That same place this morning was down to 48 degrees. I just saw the neighbors go by with a Danish tine headed to Hancock County. There is some ground over there that I could plant but it is still cold yet. I heard rumors that some corn and beans have been planted around Pandora and I also heard there was a planter running around Deshler.In Putnam County we had 1.7 inches early last week then we had .2 the other day. There was a half-inch in Van Wert and in Hancock Counties. Topdressing is about all done, but there are a couple of fields guys are waiting on to see if it will make it or not. It is rare to see a good wheat field in this area. There is a lot of winter damage. Some of it will be torn up. I have seen some oats going in some places.I got some rye burnt down with the gator or the big sprayer depending on how wet the ground was. I use Roundup and 2,4-D. I spray the burndown and come back after the corn is planted with my preemerge. That way I get a couple of extra weeks out of my pre- and if it gets late I am not locked into planting corn.My rye did not get that tall this year. I have some I am not worried about burning down. I may plant into some green rye and then spray it. I don’t like planting into the tall stuff, though. It makes me nervous.I think we can start planting by Friday or Saturday if it doesn’t rain. I’d like to see the ground temperature a little warmer. The equipment is ready to go.last_img read more

Changing nitrogen recommendations for wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistDo we have any wheat left in Ohio? Last numbers I saw suggested we were below 500,000 acres. I know we had a rough fall to get wheat planted, with wet conditions and harvest delays, but I would like to see more acres. It makes our other two crops better and reduces weed, insect and disease problems for them. The new Ohio Agronomy Guide has just a bit of an update on spring nitrogen (N) recommendations for wheat in Ohio.We do rely on yield potential to make the wheat N recommendation — not for corn anymore, but we still do for wheat. Once you have set a realistic yield goal, follow rates suggested in the table. These recommendations are for mineral soils with adequate drainage and 1% to 5% organic matter. Nitrogen rate for wheat by yield potential.Yield potentialTotal N ratebu/Alb/A60607075809090110100130 We do not give any credit for the previous soybean or cover crop, since we do not know if that organic N source will be mineralized for the wheat crop — with cool spring conditions this process is slowed down. The recommendation does suggest that you subtract from the total (spring N) any fall applied N up to 20 pounds of N per acre. The Ohio Agronomy Guide is available at all OSU Extension offices.last_img read more

Sunanda Pushkar death case transferred to fast-track court

first_imgA Delhi court on Thursday transferred the case against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the matter of the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar to a designated fast-track court.Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh transferred the case to the designated court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal as per a Supreme Court judgment which said that cases against politicians would be heard by a fast-track court, and fixed May 28 as the date for further proceedings.“Since he is a sitting Member of Parliament, matter is being sent to the special designated court for politicians, that is ACMM Samar Vishal. Matter be taken up on May 28,’’ Mr. Singh said.The Delhi police had on May 14 accused Mr. Tharoor of abetting Pushkar’s suicide, and chargesheeted him under Sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. While Section 498A entails maximum punishment of three years in prison, Section 306 attracts a maximum jail term of 10 years.The MP had termed the chargesheet “preposterous” and said that he intends to contest it “vigorously”.The court is yet to take cognisance of the chargesheet and summon Mr. Tharoor.last_img read more

MLS Players Union denounces Trump comments

first_imgMLS MLS Players Union denounces Donald Trump’s controversial comments amid protests Goal Last updated 2 years ago 02:42 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Donald Trump Getty Images MLS NWSL The U.S. president called on NFL team owners to fire players for kneeling during the national anthem, and the MLS Players Union expressed its concern The MLS Players Union has responded to U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial statements regarding protests during NFL games over the past 13 months, calling the remarks “jarring and disappointing.”Trump at a rally Friday called on NFL team owners to fire any “son of a bitch” who “disrespects our flag” by kneeling during the national anthem. He also asked for harder hitting in the league, saying “they’re ruining the game” by implementing new rules for player safety.The MLS Players Union chimed in Monday, releasing a statement of support of all professional athletes in North America. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “All players have every right to exercise their Constitutional rights and we will do everything in our power to defend those rights…” pic.twitter.com/piPlCfdi2R— MLS Players Union (@MLSPlayersUnion) September 25, 2017″To hear the President of the United States single out certain professional athletes and call for their termination of employment was jarring and disappointing, as was his disregard for player health and safety,” the statement read.”Like NFL players, and players across the North American sports landscape, MLS players spend countless hours off the field doing charitable work that makes a significant impact in the communities in which they play.”All players have every right to exercise their Constitutional rights and we will do everything in our power to defend those rights when they are challenged. It is our deepest hope that the solidarity exhibited on a daily basis by professional athletes throughout North America can serve to encourage a more tolerant and less divisive society.”If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017…our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017The defiance against Trump on Sunday included NFL players locking arms, refusing to stand for the national anthem and not coming out to the field for the pregame tradition as a protest for racial and social injustice. In the NWSL, the top women’s professional soccer league in North America, U.S. national team players Becky Sauerbrunn, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe refused to enter the pitch for the anthem ahead of a match Sunday.last_img read more