CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Game 1 of the Sharks’ first round playoff series with the Vegas Golden Knights still hadn’t quite been put to bed Wednesday night by the time Reilly Smith got behind San Jose’s defense and started to skate in alone on goalie Martin Jones.Smith made a move to his right and tried to slide in a backhand shot, but Jones stayed right with the play and made the save with his right pad. Smith failed to …
14 November 2013 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is taking part in India’s first Mars operation by providing satellite tracking, telemetry and command services from its ground station in Hartebeesthoek north of Johannesburg. On 5 November, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the PSLV-C25 rocket carrying its Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft. Shortly thereafter, the Hartebeesthoek ground station picked up the rocket’s satellite signal and began providing the craft with transfer-orbit support services. The Hartebeesthoek station is the closest point to the satellite per pass, said Pandey Shyam, an ISRO scientist who is currently based at the South African station. “The satellite is in its elliptical orbit, and several manoeuvres are planned before the final Mars injection manoeuvre which should take place around 30 November,” Shyam said in a statement issued by Sansa. India’s Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft will orbit the Earth for 20 to 25 days before embarking on a nine-month expedition to Mars. “We were able to perform orbit determination by ranging operations from the ground station, and to place the Mars Orbiter in the correct orbit to reach Mars, and we will continue to perform various commands and maneuvers from Hartebeesthoek,” Shyam said.Looking for signs of life India’s first deep space mission aims to establish the country’s technological capabilities as well as to look for signs of life while orbiting and studying the red planet. The Mars Orbiter has a methane sensor on board, an instrument unique to this mission. “If methane is detected, it could be an indication of life,” Shyam said. If the orbiter reaches Mars successfully, India will become the first Asian country to have a spacecraft orbiting the red planet and only the sixth agency to launch a spacecraft heading for Mars. Tiaan Strydom, the international business manager at Sansa Space Operations, said the agency was pleased to be part of the mission. “By continuously upgrading our facilities, Sansa strives to provide the space industry with a range of services to accommodate various support requests.” Sansa successfully supported Nasa’s Mars Science Laboratory launch in 2011. “We look forward to being part of many more large-scale investments and opportunities,” Strydom said. SAinfo reporter
12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… jolie odell 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… In a move of ninja swiftness, MySpace has acquired and subsequently shuttered iMeem in its entirety, even trashing the streaming/sharing music startup’s API, which had heretofore supplied much-needed resources to a small but vibrant ecosystem of apps.The acquisition was announced just yesterday, and developers were given no warning that their creations would become useless digital paperweights overnight. Among the detrius of the deal is twt.fm, a popular Twitter music-sharing app created by web dev Lee Martin, who tipped us off to his plight today in a blog post.UPDATE: Users are also reporting problems with blip.fm, a popular music-streaming site that integrated results from iMeem.Calling iMeem “one of the best API platforms,” Martin, who works primarily in the music space, said that the startup was also “leagues ahead” of similar sites and services in terms of technology and openness. “They represented the music business of the future. Now they are a forced hyperlink to a… MySpace landing page making false promises and giving no guidance or help for the developer community they just destroyed.“Maybe MySpace will return my open streaming API platform… Until then, I’ll be brushing the dust off my 1999 Dell computer and getting ready to program music websites like I did 10 years ago.”If indeed MySpace doesn’t give developers back their iMeem API, will another streaming music service step in to fill that void? Pandora CEO Tim Westergren revealed in a recent interview that because of licensing issues, Pandora is nowhere close to releasing an open API. Last.fm has an API that allows for web, desktop and mobile development – and it’s ironic that Last might have the last API for music mashup developers.While we wait for comment from MySpace HQ, let us know in the comments what you think of this news, especially if you’re a developer who has been using iMeem’s API. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#music#web Related Posts
After a lull for almost three years, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday arrested yet another ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Pravat Ranjan Biswal for his alleged complicacies in the multi-crore chit fund scam.Family sources said, the Cuttack-Choudwar MLA was summoned by the CBI sleuths on Monday night for further questioning him in connection with a land deal with M/s Seashore Group of Companies and the family was informed that he was arrested.Mr. Biswal, representing the Cuttack-Choudwar Assembly segment for the third term, and his wife Laxmibilasini, a former Cuttack Zilla Parashad chief, were earlier quizzed several times during past three years by the CBI in this connection.The controversial land belonging to the chit fund company and located in Jajpur district was registered in the name of Laxmibilasini in the year 2012 for a consideration amount of Rs 25 lakh and the CBI was investigating into the source of that huge money.The arrest of Mr. Biswal is a major setback to the ruling party in Cuttack district as the CBI had earlier in October 2014 had arrested another BJD MLA Pravat Kumar Tripathy, representing Banki Assembly constituency of the district, for his alleged link with another chit fund company. The Banki MLA is however, on bail now.
The Disaster Management Department in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday marked the central part of the State safe after water from Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo river over-topped a landslide-induced barrier in the morning and started flowing downstream.Landslide in MilinA landslide in the Milin section of the river had created a 1.7 km barrier at 11 a.m. on October 29, temporarily blocking the flow of water towards Arunachal Pradesh. A landslide of bigger intensity in the same section on October 17 had created a 3.5 km barrier.The Yarlung Tsangpo becomes the Siang after entering India and flows through three districts of Arunachal Pradesh — Upper Siang, Siang and East Siang — before meeting two other rivers to form the Brahmaputra in Assam downstream.Water over-topping“We received information from China via the Central Water Commission that the accumulated water began over-topping the Milin section barrier at 9.30 a.m. The water reached Tuting in Upper Siang at 5.55 p.m. and is likely to reach Pasighat (on Arunachal Pradesh-Assam border) at 3 a.m. on Thursday,” said Bidol Tayeng, Arunachal Pradesh Disaster Management Department secretary.Second breach Mr. Tayeng said that the force and volume of the water were less than that on October 19 when the barrier formed on Yarlung Tsangpo 13 days ago had breached.However, the heads of the districts through which the Siang river meanders have been asked to ensure people do not venture out to the river for any purpose until the flow of water becomes normal.
WINNING BUNCH: India now has the best chance in years to win a series overseasIndia is agog. England waits upon its fate, as grim as a boy outside the headmaster’s study. The sun blazes, warming and beckoning a touring team that seemed beaten a month ago. All eyes will be,WINNING BUNCH: India now has the best chance in years to win a series overseasIndia is agog. England waits upon its fate, as grim as a boy outside the headmaster’s study. The sun blazes, warming and beckoning a touring team that seemed beaten a month ago. All eyes will be on the Oval as the teams meet in the decisive Test match of a series as erratic as a drunken cyclist. Five days of intrigue are promised with every ball followed in packed stands and upon radios and screens from Kolkata to Kerala. Five days! A fellow could get to the moon in that time ?India did not have the slightest chance of winning at Leeds. Everyone knew that. Headingley is a ground for chains and armour and India weaves a delicate cloth. Some looked to the stars for an explanation as the days unfolded and the vulnerable suddenly appeared insuperable. But the victory was no miracle born in the heavens. Nor did luck play a part. No sucker punch was thrown from the canvas by a desperate pugilist. No, it was a lot better than that. Far from delivering a knockout blow, India simply kept jabbing till its opponent capitulated. Only during the inspired, compelling and amusing partnership between Sourav and Sachin (for the time being their first names can be used, as the last names suffice for Dylan and Tagore) did the Indians cut loose. Otherwise it was a professional performance, bold of conception, thorough of execution, unwavering of intent. Nonetheless it could have gone horribly wrong.For once India had the nerve to back itself far, playing to its own strengths and to heck with orthodoxy and the conditions. They did not have a choice, but that is said easily and hard to act upon. Much was owed to the determination and skill of a second-wicket pair showing the stubbornness respected wherever the game is played, especially in Yorkshire with its disdain of fancy hats. This is a county for the working man and chip butties.India understood and cut their cloth accordingly. Rahul Dravid’s innings counts among the finest ever played in adversity. Certainly this greying observer cannot recall anything to surpass it, not even from Sachin or Steve Waugh, the most cussed batsman of his time. Of course, Tendulkar and Ganguly carted the bowling around superbly whilst Very Very Special Laxman threw his wicket away in the interests of the team. Laxman’s effort told the tale. It was “all for one, and one for all”. The cry of the musketeers.advertisementREAR GUARD: Dravid’s innings at Leeds was among the best ever played in adversityNow it is time to eat some humble pie. India also bowled with heart, brain and menace. Previously the attack had not seemed capable of escaping a wet paper bag and now it had the Englishmen hopping around and hanging on for dear life. Zaheer Khan was a thorn in the side of his opponents and the spirit of Ajit Agarkar spread around the field like the words of an orator. Even Parthiv Patel has something about him, a cheeky grin, a twinkle that cheers his colleagues.In a strong team every player is distinct. They can be told from their gait, almost their silhouette. Every man has a story to tell. Anonymity and victory do not walk hand in hand. Success requires the exploration of the edges of the character, the extremities of the team. India are moving in this direction. The players are emerging and this indicates confidence and fellowship.India could still fall flat on its face. Ganguly’s team, though, will take some stopping. Already India have risen from the dead (which always impresses westerners) to win the Nat West series. Next they fought back to save the match in Nottingham, an indication that the tide had turned. King Canute himself could not produce such a reversal.Everyone knows that India have a chance in the poorer southern parts of London, on the wrong side of the river, where the accents crackle with cockney.The pitch at the Oval is fast enough to encourage the strokeplayers and often dusts enough to encourage the spinners. Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh are finally forming their long-awaited partnership. The older man bowled with vigour in Leeds, a spicy curry replacing the bland stew at Lord’s. Nowadays Kumble is trying to look like a filmstar with his moustache and elegant ways. He remains a fierce competitor and happily still glares at errant fieldsmen like a mean boss at an expenses claim. He provides the solidity that gives the novice time to master his craft.EYES OF THE TIGER: Bangar and the rest bowled with heart, brain and menaceIndia’s spinners will be hoping to take wickets at the Oval. Doubtless they remember the havoc wreaked by Muttiah Muralitharan a few years ago. Nothing, though, can be taken for granted. Groundsmen are a crafty lot and some can produce to order Pitches in Kennington have turned this season but, then, Saqlain Mushtaq has been playing for the home side. A decade ago Devon Malcolm unleashed the fastest and most hostile spell of pace bowling seen in this country as the South Africans were torn apart.India must be ready for all eventualities. Most particularly the captain – and he has become a proper captain, leading from the front and concerned about the welfare of his players – must remind his players that the series is square and that the scoreboard will read 0-0 as the players walk out on that first morning a few days hence.A match has been won, magnificently and against the odds, but the issue remains to be settled. India have a wonderful opportunity to win a series overseas for the first time in much too long. Still, it is too early to get carried away because the deed has not been done. Indeed, excitement may be India’s enemy as hard work and patience were their friends at Headingley. India have fought back and England’s response is awaited. Much will depend upon the mood in the camps.No one is beaten till the mind has called “enough”! Remarkably, India will start as hot favourite. Ganguly’s team has come a long way in a few weeks and now must take a giant leap. It’s going to be fascinating, and the spoils will go to the team that holds its nerve. As the poet says, “Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.” Such is the fate of all teams. It is only tomorrow that counts.Peter Roebuck, former Somerset captain, is among the world’s leading cricket writersadvertisement