A man was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he admitted to a robbery charge when he appeared before Magistrate Dylan Best at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Orlando Klass pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on September 2, 2016, at Wellington Street, Georgetown, he robbed Denise Griffith of $75,000 in cashThe prosecution’s case contended that on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant visited a Robb Street, Georgetown bank and shortly afterwards the accused walked up to her and grabbed the cash out of her hand. A Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officer witnessed what transpired and gave chase.Klass was apprehended by the GDF officer and the money was recovered from his right pants pocket.The defendant was remorseful and pleaded with the court for leniency.Griffith, who was present in court, told the defendant that he could not be stealing people’s money that they worked hard to acquire.Magistrate Best took into account that the fact the defendant was remorseful and it was his first conviction, hence for the lenient sentencing.
The affect of infidelity is shocking, destructive and detestable. Although it’s not a word we often use within our culture – the noun is not foreign to us. Westerners would describe it as an act of being unfaithful to a sexual partner or a spouse. You may have experienced this first hand or got wind of it through a friend, neighbor or a family member. In this day and age, a woman or a man stepping out of their matrimonial home is no longer a foul thought. Liberian men, unlike some West African men are often praised for the level of respect and freedom given to their better half. In a typical Liberian Household, the woman is the glue that keeps the home together – fully functioning. Neither would like to rock the boat, due to the mutual admiration they both share (so I thought). Despite being situated in West Africa, we have a tendency to go against our indigenous upbringing. As we continue to embrace western cultural practices, we are unconsciously living up to our nickname “America’s Step Child” and slowly losing our identity. Maybe, having been through years of disruption and being seen as a rebellious nation, through the lenses of the international community, we have lost the will to follow through with basic commitments.Liberia prior to the Ebola outbreak was, as some would say, “sweet “. In the name of “jolly-jolly” after work or school, we frequently entertained ourselves at various nightclubs, bars and entertainment spots; abandoning our moral values along the way. Please note, infidelity does not have a gender, it can go either way. Our habitual manner – being free spirited and living as we please – has not only affected our relations, but it has a profound effect on our reputation.On the 22nd of October, a Liberian blog site (C Liberia Clearly) published the alleged affair of model, Macdella Cooper and Ambassador George Weah. The post received a mixed response.Some frowned against it, commenting, “This is what is wrong with us, we take things as a cultural matter and we wonder why we are not developing. We frown on the president and corruption. Yet we say, it is okay for someone to have a child outside of his marriage and call it cultural? Wow!!! This, to me, is double standard. As I can see this is corruption in its pregnancy. When he becomes president, he will have many more girl friends and more babies and he will use the Liberian people’s money to take care of them. Do you expect us and our country to develop with behavior such as this? Just wondering.” On the contrary, a young male boldly wrote the following: “C Liberia Clearly, that’s reality, oh. George is not and won’t be the last to have child/children outside marriage.”“Another followed with this comment “Thanks, Mr. George Weah, for the new baby. Liberia needs to replace her lost population. War has affected us, now Ebola is on board and taking its toll. Monogamy, in all things considered, is not good for us. Presidents Tubman, Tolbert, Doe, and Taylor practiced polygamy. Nothing ever happened. Why not a simple presidential aspirant?”As stated above, our past leaders (allegedly) practiced polygamy. Infidelity has long been imbedded into our culture. Should we now denounce our biblical teachings and upbringing, because infidelity is “reality” to some Liberians?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
During a four-day classical Hipco performance, rapper duo Soul Fresh ended at Miami Beach their Hipco crusade, which was attended by about 200 fans.The crowd when haywire as the duo came on stage and plunged into a rapping style that is original and characterized by their own mix, leaving the crowd to erupt into screams of excitement and dancing, with Azonto being displayed in moves you have rarely seen before.The show rumbled off with outstanding performances from Quincy B, F.A, Lil Bishop, Samaguan, reputedly the ugliest man in Liberia, and some big names in the industry, etc.Jane Weah, who is one of many fans of the group, said, “Hipco is my life and it has been my pleasure and wish to see these big names in the Liberian music industry performing together. I could never have hoped for anything better,” she added with a smile.“The turn out for this show has proven that we are ready to support these guys and hope they can continue putting out good performances.”“As for me, I’m pride of the way the show was organized and the amazing performances showcased by the artists,” Randolph Cooper said. The campaign was a launched by the group’s video album, “Hostage”, which began on March 13 and is expected to be concluded on the16th of this month.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Pregnant and adolescent mothers can now access enhanced health care at the Soesdyke Health Centre through the institution of the adolescent and antenatal clinic day.This is as a result of the Regional Health Department of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) taking a multi-sectoral approach, thus collaborating with the Public Health Ministry’s Adolescent Unit and the Education Ministry.The adolescent clinic will see pregnant teens now being able to access health careDr Fazeeda Singh of the Soesdyke Health Centre and a pregnant teenand services that were formerly provided by Grove Health Centre. Additionally, two other initiatives were launched – the Adolescent and Wellness Clinic, for adolescent girls who are not pregnant and boys, in and out of school, and the Community Parenting and Support Group, which provides an opportunity for persons accessing this clinic to walk along with someone who can lend moral and other support to them.Giving insight into the initiatives, Dr Fazeeda Singh at Soesdyke Health Centre disclosed that the clinic was fully equipped and ready to offer assistance to persons accessing them. She urged the young mothers to utilise fully the benefits and opportunities being made available. Dr Singh reiterated that the clinics were open to anyone irrespective of location.Appealing passionately to pregnant adolescents, Dr Singh urged them to encourage other adolescent girls who may be in similar situations to come forward and access the many services which were being made available to them. Dr Singh reminded those who have not joined the clinic to do so immediately.“Please encourage them to join the clinic even if they are older than 19, as they would be able to access the care of this health centre,” Dr Singh stated.Four of the pregnant women at the launchRepresenting the Regional Health Officer, Dr Quincy Jones, was Dr Mark Vyhius, who told the young women that the clinics have a mental health officer. This, he said, is so as to provide and address any mental health issue.He further noted that in further enhancing the services being offered, these persons could access the help of a social worker too. “Please when you guys come to clinic just feel free to say whatever problem is affecting you, because we are aware that some of you have a lot of problems and we are here to see in what way we can help. However, we want you to feel comfortable to tell us what is bothering you,” Dr Vyhius said. He added that persons visiting should be open as this would help the staff at the Health Centre in determining to which personnel the person should be referred.Nurse Patricia Thomas from the Grove Health Centre told the mothers that the initiative was first birthed at her Health Centre some three years ago. She expressed excitement over the growth of the initiative, which she said could address a number of issues faced by the adolescent mothers. “I have seen that before the establishment of this initiative, many young teen mothers didn’t know where to go, how to access critical information that they needed as there was no one to tell them where and what to do, so I am happy that you mothers despite being teenagers can access help and assistance,” Nurse Thomas said.It was reported that among the many things that persons attending the clinics would be taught was how to effectively breast feed their babies, handling stress and proper care of the child.The adolescent health services officer at the Public Health Ministry, Dr Travis Freeman, said that his Ministry was providing the technical support, noting that it was a community initiative while lauding the Region Four Health Department. He reminded all that it was a community initiative and that all should play their part in ensuring that it grows successfully. Dr Freeman revealed that the adolescent population has been ignored for a very long time, thus it was now an at-risk population. He stressed that because of adolescents being at risk a number of initiatives were being conceptualised so as to address the many issues facing them.“For too long adolescents have been the forgotten population, thus today we are seeing that they are the ones exhibiting more at-risk behaviours. While adolescence is defined as being up to 19 years old for programmes’ purposes and the links to youths, we have extended to 24 years old,” he said.Meanwhile, Jeannel Sweatman of the Education Ministry said that the Ministry has an established relationship with the Public Health Ministry. She, however, noted that they have boosted that partnership with the establishment of a care package. The care package, she said, is given to teenage mothers at all the adolescent clinics across Guyana.“Let me say that this care package is not to encourage teenagers to get pregnant early, but we realise that as young people they have a need. This is to help you to prepare the baby bag in preparation for the delivery of your child so the bag contains things for yourself and baby,” Sweatman said.She disclosed that a significant amount of pampers and wipes were given along with a towel, baby bottles, baby clothing among other things. “This is not a one-off thing so even after receiving this bag and you still need additional stuff or more of what we have given you, then you can contact your health clinic and through that clinic we (Ministry of Education) can provide additional stuff for you,” she reassured the mothers.She said this formed part of the Education Ministry’s drive to provide support to the mothers with the view of reintegrating them after the delivery of the baby into the education system.It’s the 39th Adolescent Clinic being established across Guyana, with more than half of the number being situated within Region Four. The adolescent day will be held every Monday from 13:00h (1 pm at the Soesdyke Health Centre); already there are 15 mothers who are part of the clinic.
Two females are currently in custody after one of them was busted with cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in the wee hours of Saturday morning. The suspected cocaine mule has been identified has Shellon Yolanda Barrow of Lot 135 Victoria Street, Albouystown, Georgetown.The discovery was made sometime at 00:29h by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). At the time, Barrow was an outgoing passenger on a flight destined for Jamaica.According to CANU, the suspect was attempting to board the flight with the suspected cocaine concealed in a false wall of her hard cover carry-on suitcase. After the substance was extracted, it was weighed and amounted to 1.638 kilogram of cocaine.Barrow was taken into custody. Meanwhile, further investigations have resulted in CANU ranks taking another female into custody for questioning regarding her role in the illegal act.This incident comes on the heels of Guyanese Alicia Coppin admitting to ranks from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) at the JFK International Airport in New York on Tuesday that she had inserting a quantity of the narcotics into her vaginal cavity and swallowed another amount.According to reports, Coppin was seen acting in a suspicious manner, and DEA agents proceeded to question her and conduct a search during which, she made the confession. An X-ray examination was then performed on the woman confirming her claim. Coppin was later taken to a medical facility, where she excreted the drugs, the amount of which has not been disclosed.Meanwhile only last Sunday, another New York-bound Guyanese, hairdresser Karen Stuffle, was busted by CANU ranks at the CJIA with 100 cocaine pellets, totalling 1.42 kilograms, stashed in her vagina and stomach. She was subsequently sentenced in a local court to four years imprisonment and fined $2.3 million for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the USA.In fact, after admitting to the offence on Thursday, the 48-year-old Stuffle told the court she had been paid some US$400 to traffic the narcotics, and her airfare had also been paid in full.
This is one reason why you study real hard from grade school through grad school. And why you work real hard after that. The Lexus LS 460L. It’s 103.9 square feet (16.9 feet long, 6.15 feet wide) of motoring bliss. By the time you can afford this luxury sedan, the $71,000 base price probably won’t seem that expensive. Yes, this is the one, as seen on TV, helping a 30-something dude ease into a tight parallel parking spot. Guess what? It also helps you back into a parking space. No, the car doesn’t park itself, though it handles most of the work. Lexus calls this gizmo the Advanced Parking Guidance System. And at $700 (that’s right), it’s the second least expensive option on the model we tested. The company has also offered the option on Prius models sold in Japan and Europe. “It’s the first U.S. application on a luxury car,” said Lexus spokeswoman Nancy Hubble. The system uses a rear-view camera and a set of ultrasonic sensors to pinpoint objects and vehicles. The camera image is displayed every time you shift into reverse. “What’s that?” my wife wondered the first time she encountered this feature. “Holy cow, it’s our driveway.” The hi-tech features don’t end there, though. It seems that everywhere you look in the cockpit there are buttons to push. For example, features on this model include: The Mark Levinson/DVD changer with a hard disk drive, reference surround audio system with 19 speakers, DVD/CD changer with DVD audio and video playback. The hard disk enables faster calculations and the system also features Bluetooth so you can tell the car to dial your phone while driving. The system will also store up to 2,000 songs and has a jack for iPod or MP3/WMA players. This option costs $2,530. An adaptive variable suspension that provides comfort and sport modes. An eight-speed transmission that shifts automatically or manually up and down in a straight line. A dashboard display that includes not only how far you’ve gone, but also how far you can go on the remaining fuel. An adaptive front lighting system that swivels the headlights in the direction of a turn. Keyless, push button engine start and stop. And the 460 has an instrument display that’s the easiest to read in bright sun of any car I’ve ever driven. While the 460 is big and packed with creature comforts (lumbar supports in the seats, for instance), it’s also sassy. The 380 horse power 32-valve V8 packs plenty of power. But it is equally well-suited to the twisting canyon roads of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley as it is to Highway 101. The only drawback, one former Lexus owner noted, is that the trunk is a tad small for luxury a sedan. But he was still impressed with the total package. The 460 series first appeared in 1989 and is now on its fourth makeover. “Road & Track” magazine also likes what Lexus has done. “Fourth time’s a charmer,” said the headline on the December 2006 assessment. “As interiors go, the look of the LS 460’s cabin is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. But that’s a good thing, because that means Lexus has taken an already-pleasing design and made it better,” the magazine said.ADVANCED PARKING GUIDANCE SYSTEM Here are the basic steps to using the LS 460L’s parking feature: PARALLEL Drive past the space and stop with the front seat about even with the rear bumper of car you will maneuver around. Pull slowly forward until the front seat is even with the front bumper of that car. Depress the brake, shift into reverse and touch the parallel parking icon on the computer screen. If the car is positioned correctly, the space will appear as a green rectangle; it will be red if not. (The system may prompt you to move a little more forward.) When you see the green outline touch the OK prompt, take your hands off the wheel. Use the brake pedal to control the rear speed. BACK IN Pull forward until the driver’s seat is in the middle of the space you want to back into. Turn the car at a 45-degree angle and pull up a few feet. Shift into reverse. Touch the back-in parking icon. If the space is outlined in green, touch OK. Release the wheel and let the system take over, again using the brake pedal to control the speed. SOURCE: Daily News Research. Lexus LS 460L TOP SPEED: 160 mph ENGINE: 4.8 Liter, 380 HP, four cam, 32-valve V8 TRANSMISSION: 8-speed sequential automatic SUSPENSION: 4-wheel independent multi-link BRAKES: Ventilated disc with aluminum calipers FUEL ECONOMY: 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway PRICE: $71,000 base, $82,870 as tested TRIVIA: The ‘L’ denotes long wheel base. Lexus LS owners include Microsoft’s Bill Gates, a 1990 LS 400 in burgundy, later donated to the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School in Portland; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. THE MANUAL SAYS: Starting: With the electronic key on your person, the engine can be started by simply pressing the engine switch while depressing the brake pedal. THE WIFE SAYS: “After dinner, you want to go parking?” referring to the car’s automatic parking assist feature. SOURCE: Daily News research; Wikipeda COMING NEXT WEEK: Lincoln Navigator — Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Red Hughs GAA NotesSenior MenThe lads had a morale boosting victory over Carndonagh on Saturday evening. They put in a great display to run out comprehensive winners on a score line of 1-12 to 0-5Next game is at home this Sunday to Naomh Columba Reserves throw in at 1.30 seniors 3pm.Training continues for seniors on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30Minor Board NewsUnder 8 boys and girls travelled to Termon on Saturday do their blitz they had two teams competing on the day and everyone got a run out. Well done to everyone.Under 10 Boys and Girls have a home blitz this Saturday at 11am. The U12 girls played their final blitz for the year in Glenfin on Saturday .The girls played great in all three games.It has been a great year for the u12 girls shown great fight,heart,determation in all the games.It has been great to watch them improve.Keep up the hard work.We will have a few friendly matches for the girls in a few weeks.And maybe an u13 league starting in August.The under 14 girls play Urris at home Wednesday throw in 7pm. parents please Come out and support the kidsThe under 12 boys had no game this week. Their next game is away to Mc Cumhaillls next Monday. Bus leaving the pitch at 5.45pm bring €2 for the bus.The under 14 boys are playing their final game of the group stage in the championship away to Moville this Wednesday throw in 7pm.Lotto & 100+ Club Results Numbers Drawn were 8,7,6,3,5,2,4,1Two winners matched three numbers were Brid Alexander Ballinacor and Gavin and Ryan Wright Magheraboy they receive €25 each. Next weeks jackpot is €4,025100+ Club winner was number 19 Sean Brolly Raphoe receives €100Thanks to everyone for your continued support.Other News.Cake sale and coffee morning in the clubhouse this Sunday at 11am until 2pm. Proceeds in aid of underage girls football. Parents please call in and buy a nice cake and get a cup of tea or coffeeWinners of the guess the score card was. Angelina Martin receives €50 and Amy Callaghan received a meal voucher of €30 for the Cosy Corner.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS EARN GREAT WIN OVER CARNDONAGH was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sport
THIS Jimmy McGuinness boy’s talents know no bounds! We all know Michael Murphy can sing – and sing well.And his rendition of Jimmy’s Winning Matches in Pettigo was X Factor stuff.But here’s Jimmy Singing Songs – with Daniel O’Donnell.Click to play SAM’S HOME: VIDEO OF JIM AND DANIEL SINGING ‘DESTINATION DONEGAL’ was last modified: September 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SAM’S HOME: VIDEO OF JIM AND DANIEL SINGING ‘DESTINATION DONEGAL’
SANTA CLARA — Here are the top things we’re learning Wednesday at 49ers headquarters ahead of this Sunday’s home game against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams:MORE MOSTERT: One of the big surprises Monday night — before the stunning finish in a 33-30 defeat at Green Bay — was Raheem Mostert replacing Alfred Morris as the No. 2 running back and churning out a career-best game. Coach Kyle Shanahan wouldn’t commit Wednesday to Mostert remaining Matt Breida’s top backup, although he didn’t rule it …
A specialist team is now commissioningthe KAT-7, or MeerKAT precursor. Although a prototype, the KAT-7 hasattracted interest from scientists all overthe world. The KAT-7 array stands in a remotearea, known for its radio stillness, of the Northern Cape province. (Images: SKA South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina JoubertSKA South Africa communications+27 83 409 4254 RELATED ARTICLES • MeerKAT in demand among scientists • SA hosts world science meet • A trek to the start of time • SA space agency to launch • SA astronomer unveils the stars Janine Erasmus and SKA South AfricaWith about 3 000 receptors linked together and a total collecting area of 1 000 square metres, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will have 50 times the sensitivity and 10 000 times the survey speed of the best current-day radio telescopes.With global investment supporting the project and astronomers and engineers around the world already working on its design, construction on the SKA is scheduled to start around 2016. The first astronomical observations are expected by 2019 and the telescope should be fully functional by 2024.South Africa, currently competing with the Australia / New Zealand collaboration to build and host the world’s most powerful radio telescope, is at an advanced stage of project development.“At first nobody took us seriously,” said SKA South Africa director Dr Bernie Fanaroff, “but this project has changed the way the scientific community views our country, which is important in improving international perceptions of science and engineering in South Africa.”The country has partnered with eight other African nations to strengthen its bid, and has received the full support of the African Union. Should it succeed, the telescope’s core will be located in a radio reserve in the Northern Cape province. This area is protected against future radio interference by the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act of 2007.Remote stations of about 24 antennae each will spread out as far as 3 000 km from the core throughout Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and Zambia.As the absence of radio interference will be one of the key considerations in the final host selection, the international SKA project development office commissioned a new series of ultra-sensitive radio frequency interference measurements, using two sets of equipment, at the two sites towards the end of 2010.An external advisory committee will review the data and make its recommendations.Additionally, building and operating costs will play an important role in the ultimate selection of the most suitable site. Construction costs are expected to be considerably lower in South Africa than in Australia.In November 2011 an international site selection group will make a final recommendation on the best site for the SKA, following which the SKA board will announce its decision in mid-2012.From the dark ages to extraterrestrial intelligence“There is a strong science case for building the SKA, but, because there is so much about the universe that we simply don’t know yet, the telescope will most likely be celebrated for discoveries that we can’t even imagine now,” said Fanaroff.By looking back in time approximately 13.7-billion years to the dark ages of the universe, the SKA will be able to provide detailed pictures of the cosmic web of neutral gas to unravel how the very first black holes and stars were formed. It will even be able to detect extremely weak extra-terrestrial signals and may pinpoint other planets capable of supporting life.But none of this will be possible if skills are absent, and the development of expertise is a key part of the project. The SKA’s precursor, the Karoo Array Telescope or MeerKAT, currently provides the ideal breeding ground for this purpose.“You can’t develop new expertise without a cutting edge project to work on,” said Fanaroff, “and MeerKAT attracts and excites young scientists and engineers because it is something entirely new and extremely ambitious.”The MeerKAT is South Africa’s first interferometer – a telescope consisting of many linked dishes that all contribute towards the production of high-resolution images – and is driving the development of new skills within the astronomical community in South Africa and on the continent.“The technologies developed for the MeerKAT and SKA will be commercialised in the next 10 or 20 years,” said Fanaroff, “which means that when that happens, our young people working on this project will be at the forefront, and will find themselves in high demand around the globe.”Through its human capacity development programme, SKA South Africa funds students across a wide range of study levels, starting from young artisans, technicians and undergraduates all the way up to advanced post-doctoral studies. To date nearly 300 students have benefited from the programme’s bursaries and scholarships, including many from other African countries.Most bursaries go to physics and engineering students and a special effort is made to attract women and black students to these fields through the undergraduate programme. Support for artisan training focuses on promising students studying at the Northern Cape Further Education and Training Urban College in Kimberley.Taking new technologies to unprecedented levelsThe SKA is expected to stimulate extraordinary advances in relevant technology.“Astronomy always pushes the boundaries, because astronomers need the latest and most sensitive technologies, and then they typically advance it even further,” said Fanaroff. “We expect that the SKA will collect more data in a week than what humankind has collected in its entire history.”He added that the amount of data that will flow through the SKA will be about 250 times more than the internet’s current total data traffic. Processing will require supercomputers working at exaflop speeds, about 1 000 times faster than today’s most advanced machines.To meet deadlines, production of the thousands of dishes will have to accelerate, while taking into account that these are highly sophisticated and sensitive scientific instruments.“We will have to use industrial methods to produce and put up several dishes per week – something that has never been done before,” said Fanaroff.From KAT-7 to MeerKAT to the SKAOnce completed, the 64-dish MeerKAT will be the southern hemisphere’s largest radio telescope and one of the world’s biggest and most powerful telescopes. The Australians are also building a precursor instrument, the Australian SKA Pathfinder or Askap.The first seven dishes – known as KAT-7 – of the local precursor instrument were completed by December 2010 and are now being commissioned under the guidance of Dr Debra Shepherd of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in the US. The project will be handed over to scientists towards the end of 2011.“We built and tested the systems in Cape Town, and then moved them to the site,” said Fanaroff. “Everything worked immediately, which sent out a strong message that our local team is world class.”Although the KAT-7 is a prototype, it has garnered interest from scientists around the world, who are keen to switch it on as soon as possible.KAT-7 has already delivered images of the Centaurus A galaxy, 14-million light years away.A new look MeerKATFollowing an extensive review process, the design of the MeerKAT’s dishes has been finalised. It will consist of 64 Gregorian offset dishes, each with an effective diameter of 13.5 metres. This configuration provides heightened optical performance and sensitivity, excellent imaging quality, and good rejection of unwanted radio frequency interference from satellites and terrestrial transmitters.“The offset dish design not only produces better science, but is also much closer to what the SKA dishes are likely to look like,” said Fanaroff. “We want to make sure that our dishes are as close as possible to what the SKA is going to use, so that South Africa’s industry will be well placed to bid for major SKA contracts as soon as tender opportunities are announced.”The next step of the MeerKAT project is to build a single prototype dish of the new design on site in the Karoo. The existing production plant will be modified to meet the new specifications, so that MeerKAT dishes are still produced on site.This first dish will be built close to KAT-7 to allow thorough testing of the performance of the new design against the existing array. The work will also feed into the international SKA Dish Verification Programme (DVP), an important component of the international SKA pre-construction phase.Although MeerKAT will only be operational by around 2015, the world’s radio astronomers are already lining up to use it. In 2009 the SKA South Africa project received 21 proposals for large survey projects, involving more than 500 scientists, 60 of them from South Africa. These proposals were reviewed, refined, and about 43 000 hours of observing time have been allocated to 10 teams.