(Reuters) – The biggest news events of the past decade have been chronicled from space.
The last 10 years have seen a boom in the use of satellite imagery for reporting, led by a growth in commercial satellites that has slashed the cost of such images, and advances in technology that have made high-resolution images from many parts of the world accessible, almost instantly, even on a phone.
U.S. satellite imagery company Maxar Technologies Inc has released satellite images from some of the biggest news events of the past decade – from natural disasters to war to the construction of Apple’s “Spaceship” headquarters in Cupertino, California.
The images range from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the launch of China’s first domestically produced aircraft carrier, the Shandong, from a base on the shore of the disputed South China Sea last month.
Headquartered in Westminster, Colorado, Maxar specializes in satellites for Earth imagery, geospatial data and analytics.
(Writing by Karishma Singh; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
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In a CBC article, some Starlink subscribers have reported service speeds of up to 150Mbps.
The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) granted Starlink’s operator, SpaceX, a Basic International Telecommunications Service (BITS) license in October 2020. The license allows SpaceX to provide telecommunication services in Canada but does not allow it to operate as an internet service provider within the issuing nation.
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Starlink says it aims to establish a global network by using a massive constellation of satellites. The satellites float at low earth orbit, which both cuts down on signal latency and can more easily return to earth once they’re decommissioned. But stargazers are worried that the massive amount of satellites could obscure the view of the night sky.
The company has expressed a keen interest in providing internet service to rural and underserved areas in Canada and the United States. It’s currently extending beta testing offers in Canada, U.S. and U.K.
Starlink says it has launched 955 satellites so far.
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Two more Interior residents died from COVID-19, for a total of 57 – Vernon News – Castanet.net
Yet another resident of Vernon’s Noric House care home has died from COVID-19, while another Interior resident has died in hospital.
The two new deaths bring the total COVID-19 deaths in the Interior to 57. Of these, 39 were residents of long-term care homes. Provincewide, the virus claimed the lives of 13 others in the past 24 hours.
“I know people are fatigued by the impact COVID-19 on our day-to-day lives. However, the ongoing challenges of this pandemic shows us we need to continue to be vigilant and compassionate,” said Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health. “We all need to do our part to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our communities.”
The single death at Noric House comes after IH announced two residents died there Wednesday. To date, five residents of the care home have died from the virus.
There remains outbreaks declared at seven Interior care homes:
- Brocklehurst Gemstone in Kamloops – 17 residents (one new) and seven staff (two new), one death
- Sunnybank in Oliver – 26 residents and nine staff, two deaths
- Creekside Landing in Vernon – 20 residents and 15 staff (three new), one death
- Williams Lake Seniors Village – one resident and one staff
- Noric House in Vernon – 34 residents (two new) and 21 staff (two new), five deaths
- Heritage Square in Vernon – 47 residents and 20 staff (two new), seven deaths
- Heritage Retirement Residence in West Kelowna – 41 residents and five staff, three deaths
There remains 11 staff at Williams Lake’s Cariboo Memorial Hospital who’ve tested positive for the virus, while the outbreak connected to the Teck Mining operation remains contained to 17 Interior Health residents.
Meanwhile, a staff member at Vernon’s Carrington Place retirement residence recently tested positive for the virus, but an outbreak has not been declared there.
Interior Health said Thursday that the response to the COVID-19 outbreak at Oliver’s McKinney Place care home, where 17 residents died, is under a formal review. That outbreak, the worst in the Interior Health region, was declared over earlier this week.
Confirmed COVID-19 case at Vernon's Carrington Place seniors home – Vernon News – Castanet.net
A staff member at a Vernon seniors home has come down with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Twyla Wygle, spokesperson for Carrington Place, says a casual, part-time employee has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“They are a very casual employee, and they haven’t been in the building for several days,” Wygle said.
She says Interior Health was immediately notified of the case, and the health authority determined the risk of exposure was low.
“We’ve taken several extra steps to be careful,” said Wygle, including keeping residents confined to their rooms “for the next few days.”
“We want to take that extra precaution and watch for any symptoms…. For the time being, residents are having their meals in the rooms.”
The single case is the first at Carrington, and is not considered an outbreak.
Meanwhile, confirmed outbreaks continue at Noric House and Heritage Square in Vernon.
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