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One dead as part of building collapses at Western Australia university

A collapsed building at Curtin University in Perth, Australia October 13, 2020 is seen in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. Wamn News/via REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters) – One person died on Tuesday after part of a building collapsed at a Curtin University campus in Western Australia, with images online also showing a glass ceiling under construction had crashed.

A spokeswoman for St John Ambulance told Reuters that one person died following the collapse at the Bentley campus in Perth and two men in their 20s have been hospitalised with “multiple injuries.”

Curtin University said in a statement the collapse occurred at a building site under construction and that no students or staff were involved in the incident.

Media images and videos showed a glass ceiling at the building had crashed on to a construction vehicle.

A reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corp at the site said the collapse occurred during the installation of the glass roof out the front of the building.

The building is part of a project called The Exchange, which includes a hotel, student accommodation and retail, according to The West Australian.

Reporting by Swati Pandey; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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Western Australia to host space communications station

Moon to Earth: WA to host space communications station
A 0.7-metre optical telescope that will be used for the ground station. Credit: ICRAR

An optical communications station capable of receiving high-speed data transmissions from space is set to be built in Western Australia.


The advanced communications ground station will be able to receive data from spacecraft anywhere between low-Earth orbit and the surface of the moon.

It has the potential to support ground-breaking space projects, including NASA’s Artemis mission to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024.

The station will be installed at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

It is a joint initiative of UWA’s Astrophotonics Group, which is part of the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), as well as the ARC Center of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and UK industry partner Goonhilly Earth Station.

ICRAR-UWA Astrophotonics Group leader Dr. Sascha Schediwy said optical communications is an emerging technology expected to revolutionize data transfer from space.

“Most current space communications rely on radio waves—it’s the same technology that brought us the voice of Neil Armstrong when the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon in 1969,” he said.

“Free-space optical laser communications has several advantages over radio, including significantly faster data rates and hack-proof data transfer. It’s the next generation of space communications, and it’s likely to be how we’ll see high definition footage of the first woman to walk on the moon.”

The ground station was launched today to coincide with the world’s premier global space event, the International Astronautical Congress.

It will be part of a larger Australasian optical ground station network, led by the Australian National University, and with partners in South Australia, and New Zealand.

EQUS’ Director, Professor Andrew White, said the project, which could be the first “on-sky” optical communications ground station in the Southern Hemisphere, is a prime example of fundamental research delivering real-world outcomes.

“EQUS delivers major impacts by encouraging and enabling our people to translate their research into tangible technologies and applications. We are building a culture of innovation, translation and commercialisation amongst quantum science researchers in Australia.”

Besides space communications, the ground station could also be used for applications ranging from cutting-edge fundamental physics to precision earth science and resource geophysics.

Professor White said the ground station would contribute to the development of the “quantum internet”—secure global data transmission using quantum-key distribution via optical links to quantum satellites.

He said it will stand as an example of cutting-edge science partnering with forward-looking businesses and delivering impacts for both.

The station will use make use of a 0.7m observatory-grade optical telescope donated to ICRAR by Perth local Colin Eldridge.

It will be fitted with advanced atmospheric-noise suppression technology developed at UWA.

The station will be connected to Goonhilly’s supercomputer data center in Cornwall via high-speed fiber.

Goonhilly handles data traffic and supports secure communications links for the world’s major satellite operators, including Intelsat, Eutelsat and SES Satellites.

The company is also a partner in the European Space Agency’s Lunar Pathfinder Mission,

Homicide team investigating death of man after altercation on Trinity Western University campus

B.C.’s largest homicide unit is investigating the death of a 31-year-old man who was found unresponsive on the campus of Trinity Western University in Langley.

The man was involved in an altercation with campus security on Sept. 30, according to a release from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

The release says Langley RCMP officers were called to Trinity Western University just before 3 p.m. for a report of an agitated man on campus. When police arrived, the man was found unresponsive and taken to hospital.

IHIT took over the investigation several days after the incident. 

“Investigators believe this was an isolated incident, not related to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict and that there are no ongoing public safety concerns,” said Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT in the written release.  “This investigation is in its early stages, however there are no further updates at this time.” 

The homicide team is also working with the Langley RCMP, Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the BC Coroners Service to gather evidence.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-4448 or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Western Michigan University coronavirus case total nearly at 600

KALAMAZOO — Sindecuse Health Center at Western Michigan University reported 87 new coronavirus cases Friday, Oct. 10, pushing the total number of coronavirus cases since students returned in August to 598.

Across four residence halls, there are currently 23 cases, university spokesperson Paula Davis told MLive on Friday. The university has not provided a breakdown of the amount of cases in each dorm, and it remains unclear exactly how many students living on-campus have been infected.

The cases reported Tuesday stem from positive test results from Oct. 2 through Oct. 7, as the school has been updating its COVID-19 dashboard with data each Tuesday and Friday evening.

Sindecuse reports results from Thursday and Friday of the week prior on Tuesday, and reports results from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the following Friday. The health center is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

So far, about 12% of the 23,363 students enrolled at WMU have been tested for coronavirus.

For now, the amount of testing is trending up, as 372 more tests were performed over the last five days than in the previous five-day stretch leading up to Oct. 1.

Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Anderson sent students an email Wednesday, Oct. 7, reminding them to remain vigilant in their mitigation strategies like hand washing, wearing a mask and properly socially distancing.

“Largely, we are seeing strong compliance across the campus community,” Anderson said. “In-person classes continue to be safe, and we thank those who have been following the rules. But, in recent days, we also have had instances in four residence halls where not all of our community members have been compliant and thus experienced the consequences.”

In the email, Anderson said the university has employed disciplinary sanctions when students have not complied with safety measures. The university said it would be removing furniture in common spaces or locking up lounges in residence halls where coronavirus spikes occur.

“At the earliest sign of any problem, consistent with our response throughout the pandemic, we will and are taking actions to eliminate the potential for exposure and spread,” Anderson said in the email.

Residents who live in a hall that has experienced a rise in cases received a separate message with information specific to their building. Anyone who may have been exposed to the virus has been contacted through the university’s contact tracing protocols, the email said.

Staff and students at Western who would like to be tested can make an appointment by calling Sindecuse Health Center at 269-387-3287, or visit the Sindecuse website to set up an appointment via the health center portal.

Also on MLive:

All over the place: Universities’ COVID-19 data has no reporting standards

Coronavirus cases surge in University of Michigan residence halls

Western Michigan University freshmen ‘rolling with the punches’ as they move in during a pandemic

7 things to know about Western Michigan University’s back-to-campus plans

Kalamazoo-area schools ‘stay the course’ to prevent COVID-19 after court ruling

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Marshall vs. Western Kentucky odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 6 predictions from proven model

A Conference USA battle is on tap between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Marshall Thundering Herd at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Houchens-Smith Stadium. WKU is 1-2 overall and 0-1 at home, while Marshall is 2-0 and is on the road for the first time. Marshall covered in its only FBS matchup of the season when it upset Appalachian State. Western Kentucky is 0-3 against the spread on the season.

The Thundering Herd are favored by seven points in the latest Western Kentucky vs. Marshall odds from William Hill. The over-under for total points is set at 45. Before entering any Marshall vs. Western Kentucky picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 20-3 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on WKU vs. Marshall. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college football odds for Marshall vs. WKU:

  • Western Kentucky vs. Marshall spread: Western Kentucky +7
  • Western Kentucky vs. Marshall over-under: 45 points
  • Western Kentucky vs. Marshall money line: Western Kentucky +210, Marshall -250

What you need to know about Western Kentucky

Last Saturday, the Hilltoppers narrowly escaped with a win against MTSU in its last outing. WKU quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome passed for two TDs and 188 yards on 36 attempts in addition to picking up 55 yards on the ground. Pigrome has been somewhat of a one-man show on offense for the Hilltoppers. 

The senior quarterback has thrown for 498 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. He also leads the team in rushing by a wide margin with 197 yards. No WKU back has more than 70 yards on the season.

What you need to know about Marshall

Marshall opened its season with a dominant 59-0 victory over FCS-level Eastern Kentucky. The Herd then had their matchup against East Carolina postponed before upsetting Appalachian State 17-7 two weeks ago as five-point underdogs. Marshall running back Brenden Knox was one of the top players in that matchup, rushing for one TD and 138 yards on 28 carries. Knox leads the team with 223 yards and two scores on the ground.

Quarterback Grant Wells has completed 56.3 percent of his passes for 470 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He’s added 73 yards and a score on the ground. Marshall has won its last three matchups against WKU, but they’ve all come down to one score.

How to make Marshall vs. Western Kentucky picks

SportsLine’s model has simulated Western Kentucky vs. Marshall 10,000 times and the results are in. The model is leaning under on

Case Western Reserve University delays 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize events, launches conversation series

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Case Western Reserve University says it will postpone its 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize events until 2021. To fill the void, the university has launched a virtual conversation series with prize winners.

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The series, titled “Conversations on Justice,” will kick off with an event from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. The event will feature 2020 prize recipient Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi, along with previous winners LeVar Burton, Marian Wright Edelman and Farouk El-Baz in a conversation on the topic of civil rights.

The conversation can be viewed on Case Western Reserve University’s livestream page, case.edu/livestream/s1.

Future conversations will focus on topics like climate justice and healthcare justice.

“Our traditional prize presentation and events had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but the change in plans also has a specific purpose: to get people talking about how ethical leaders working in different areas — from the law to science to the arts, and everywhere else — can make a positive difference,” said Shannon E. French, Inamori Professor in Ethics and director of the Inamori Center, in a press release. “Who better to explore that potential than the winners of a prestigious international award for ethical leadership, the Inamori Ethics Prize?”

According to the press release, the “Conversations on Justice” series will lead up to the Inamori Ethics Prize event, which will honor Fernández, in the fall of 2021. Fernández will participate in future components of the virtual conversation series, too.

“These events will be an incredible opportunity for us to hear outstanding global ethics leaders from diverse fields talking with one another about their own views on justice and how to build a more equitable society,” French said in a press release. “To get these amazing individuals together, even virtually, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we know their insights will be enlightening.”

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