80+1 » Progress http://www.80plus1.org A Journey Around the World Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:24:05 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Mobile phone service comes to Nauru http://www.80plus1.org/blog/mobile-phone-service-comes-to-nauru http://www.80plus1.org/blog/mobile-phone-service-comes-to-nauru#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2009 11:28:21 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=4168 It’s hard to believe that even in late 2009, there are still countries, full-fledged independent countries, that do not have mobile phone service.

That list got smaller this week as the Pacific island nation of Nauru finally got access to…

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It’s hard to believe that even in late 2009, there are still countries, full-fledged independent countries, that do not have mobile phone service.

That list got smaller this week as the Pacific island nation of Nauru finally got access to a GSM network.

Nauru, the world’s smallest fully independent country (and possibly strangest 20th century history), has a population of only about 10,000 who lived on a plot of mined-out land ringed by beaches over 40 square kilometers. The new network was built by Digicel, an Irish-founded, Jamaican-based mobile provider.

According to a company press release, President Marcus Stephen made the first call on the network at a press conference this week, saying: “We are thrilled to welcome Digicel to Nauru, offering Nauruans access to GSM mobile telecommunications for the first time.”

In celebration, President Stephen declared September 1, 2009 a holiday in his country.

The company is also giving away $10 AU (5.84€) worth of free credit on newly-purchased handsets.

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Indian scientists laud mission after losing contact with lunar satellite http://www.80plus1.org/blog/indian-scientists-laud-mission-after-losing-contact-with-lunar-satellite http://www.80plus1.org/blog/indian-scientists-laud-mission-after-losing-contact-with-lunar-satellite#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2009 07:38:56 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=4022 At a news conference in western India, G. Madhavan Nair, the head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), pronounced the mission of India’s first satellite to be a “success,” even though his agency lost contact with the Chandrayaan-I late last week.…

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At a news conference in western India, G. Madhavan Nair, the head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), pronounced the mission of India’s first satellite to be a “success,” even though his agency lost contact with the Chandrayaan-I late last week.

He added that 95 percent of the mission’s objectives were complete, and that the satellite snapped 70,000 photos of the moon’s surface. The satellite had been slated to be operational for around two years and is now expected to crash into the moon’s surface. The mission lasted only 315 days.

However, ISRO, which is based in Bangalore, says it will learn from this experience and is now working on landing an unmanned moon rover by 2012 as well as launching further satellites to study Mars and Venus. India is also planning a manned space flight by 2020.

The agency has also announced that the design for Chandrayaan-2 has been completed, although no launch date has been slated.

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Blasorchester PingPong Live with Costa Rica! http://www.80plus1.org/blog/blasorchester-pingpong-live-with-costa-ricabrassband-pingpong-live-with-costa-rica http://www.80plus1.org/blog/blasorchester-pingpong-live-with-costa-ricabrassband-pingpong-live-with-costa-rica#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2009 09:14:20 +0000 Sigrid http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3056 The voestalpine Blasorchester will perform a Brass Band PingPong live with the National Band of Limon from Costa Rica on the 14th of August, starting 7pm.

80+1 is very proud to  have the National Band of Limon as the partner of…

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The voestalpine Blasorchester will perform a Brass Band PingPong live with the National Band of Limon from Costa Rica on the 14th of August, starting 7pm.

80+1 is very proud to  have the National Band of Limon as the partner of the voestalpine Brass Band. Following the spanish tradition, the National Bands used to have militar features belonging to the Ministry of Public Security. Their role was to join and praise the militia. Many years later, after the army abolition in Costa Rica, the National Bands became part of the Ministry of Culture which rest there until present. Belonging to this Ministry, the Bands have reached artistic cultural and social recognition, keeping the principal goal by which they were created: arouse the interest of citizens about musical culture through the various musical outreach programs throughout the country. The National Bands continue their sorong national development bringing art and culture to the people of Costa Rica. The music professionalisation in the last quarter Century has developed an inmensurable interest in musicians to learn and improve their performance not only as musicians but as artists.

The sound of the Ensembles from Costa Rica and Linz will spread on the main square of Linz and take us on a Journey: to the place we are connected to and back to the place were we are starting from.

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Swamp holds up African Parliament construction http://www.80plus1.org/blog/swamp-holds-up-african-parliament-construction http://www.80plus1.org/blog/swamp-holds-up-african-parliament-construction#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2009 08:49:45 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2968 Over five years ago, the Pan-African Parliament — an offshoot of the African Union — was created in Ethiopia. Since then, the parliament has been moved to Midrand, South Africa, a town about halfway between Johannesburg, and that country’s capital, Pretoria.…

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Over five years ago, the Pan-African Parliament — an offshoot of the African Union — was created in Ethiopia. Since then, the parliament has been moved to Midrand, South Africa, a town about halfway between Johannesburg, and that country’s capital, Pretoria. The body’s 265 parliamentary representatives are elected by the legislatures and parliaments of the AU’s 53 respective member states.

The building, which just began in May 2009 and was due to open next year, has just been delayed due to the discovery of a swamp and wetland area on the building site. The area is presumed to be part of the Hennops River, which runs through both Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Engineers, architects and local policymakers are now trying to work out how to incorporate the wetland into the design of the structure.

“We are pleased that the wetland was discovered before more damage was done to the area,” said Makude Kekana, who is overseeing the project for South Africa’s Department of Public Works, in an interview with the BBC.

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Cisco to build 61,000 square meter facility in Bangalore http://www.80plus1.org/blog/cisco-to-build-61000-square-meter-facility-in-bangalore http://www.80plus1.org/blog/cisco-to-build-61000-square-meter-facility-in-bangalore#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:49:05 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2582 The Economic Times is reporting that the American tech giant Cisco is going to be developing a new 61,000 square meter (6.6 lakh square feet) facility in Bangalore.

This new facility makes it the largest development plan by a major IT…

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The Economic Times is reporting that the American tech giant Cisco is going to be developing a new 61,000 square meter (6.6 lakh square feet) facility in Bangalore.

This new facility makes it the largest development plan by a major IT firm in recent years — in fact, many commercial office spaces, particularly on the edge of the city are sitting vacant. Further, the company has an option to quadruple the size of the facility in the future. The new campus, which is expected to be finished by mid 2012, and will join Cisco’s current facility at Cessna Business Park. If built, that would make Bangalore Cisco’s largest presence outside the US.

Subash Rao, the director of HR for Cisco India told the newspaper: “Cisco has designated Bangalore as our globalisation centre East and indicated that we will have 10,000 - 12,000 employees based here over the next three to five years. The idea is for 20% of the top talent in Cisco to be based here.”

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Divorce rates on the rise in Bangalore http://www.80plus1.org/blog/divorce-rates-on-the-rise-in-bangalore http://www.80plus1.org/blog/divorce-rates-on-the-rise-in-bangalore#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2009 14:29:02 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2496 The southern metropolis, sometimes referred to as India’s Silicon Valley, is one of the country’s fastest growing cities. Its urbanization continues to rise at a breakneck pace — a controversial metro project in the city has had extensive environmental concerns as…

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The southern metropolis, sometimes referred to as India’s Silicon Valley, is one of the country’s fastest growing cities. Its urbanization continues to rise at a breakneck pace — a controversial metro project in the city has had extensive environmental concerns as the government is trying to make the system operational by 2011. Within the IT sector alone, in 2006, nearly there were nearly 1,300 divorce cases. In 2003, that same number was less than 300.

However, the Indo-Asian News Service reports that as the city “progresses” marriages aren’t quite what they once were in India’s boomtown. Here’s a fun fact: There are 25 divorce cases filed every day.

The news service reports:

According to a recent survey by the Children’s Rights Initiative For Shared Parenting (CRISP), around 13,000 cases of divorce are pending in various family courts in Bangalore. Of these 5,000 were filed in 2008.

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Experts vary on the reasons for the rise in divorce rate in Bangalore.

“There are reasons galore for the rise in divorce cases. Urbanisation and increasing violence against women and financial stability of both husband and wife, to name a few,” Dona Fernandes, a member of women rights’ group Vimochana, told IANS.

“Today’s empowered women are refusing to follow the traditional diktats of Indian marriages. Marriage is the biggest form of displacement for any woman as she has to shift from her home (natural habitat) to her husband’s home.

“It is the wife who is supposed to adjust. But today’s financially strong women are not ready to take undue pressure on their individual existence and thus marital discords are bound to increase,” said Fernandes.

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