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Giant telescope project

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Scientist and oxford university researchers have been working together to make a giant telescope, this telescope will be placed in south America, Atacama desert.

“The telescope is set to revolutionise optical and infra-red astronomy.

“Its unique combination of sharp imaging and its huge light collecting area will allow us to observe some of the most exciting phenomena in the”, said Prof Isobel Hook, the UK E-ELT project scientist at Oxford University

UK aid to the project is being synchronized by the Science and Technology amenities Council’s Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh.

Group hits ADB for ‘anti-poor’ projects

MANILA, Philippines – Farmer members of advocacy group Task Force Food Sovereignty (TFFS) staged on Friday a protest action condemning the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) water-related projects that have allegedly pushed farmers to deeper poverty and indebtedness.

“Instead of improving the lives of our poor farmers, ADB’s water and irrigation projects have destroyed our livelihood and violated people’s basic and fundamental rights to water and food,” Nestor Diego, secretary-general of the Pambansang Kaisahan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas, said.

“When we visited Gibong, what we saw was not ‘some remaining minor works to be undertaken’. We found out that the project is far from being complete,” Diego said.

The group said the strategy of private sector participation, public-private partnership and cost-recovery in water and irrigation should be reviewed due to the policies’ alleged failure to bring sufficient water to the poor. – Jovan Cerda

The group said the multilateral financial institution’s projects resulted to “non-performing irrigation systems, increased burden of poor farmers through payment of onerous irrigation fees and pushed for wide-ranging policy reforms such as the emasculation of the National Irrigation Administration and the transfer of the operations and maintenance of irrigation systems to cash-strapped Irrigators’ Associations.”

 

Authors contend Google’s book-scanning project hurting millions

The Authors Guild is seeking class-certification status for its claims case in order to represent all copyright holders in the U.S whose books have been scanned by Google as part of its Library Project. Around 20 million books have already been digitized by Google since the project started in 2004, and the guild is seeking minimum statutory damages for the authors it wants to represent.

Google is asking the court to dismiss the authors’ case, saying the group does not represent the copyrights owned by individual authors or publishers. Google maintains that it is not violating copyright law, and that its actions are protected by the “fair use” principle, which allows for reproduction of limited copyrighted material without permission.

The authors filed a document requesting class-action certification in December last year after a proposed settlement between Google and the authors and publishers was rejected by the judge earlier in the year.

Orphan works also came up in the arguments on Thursday, tied to Google’s request to dismiss the case. Google’s lawyer said the contract and copyright status of many out-of-print works are unclear.

In September, Google and the representatives for authors and publishers told Chin they would like to continue discussions on a revised settlement. A Google spokeswoman Thursday declined to comment on whether negotiations were going on between the company and authors or the American Society of Media Photographers, which represents the photographers. Negotiations with the publishers are ongoing, the spokeswoman said.

 

 

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