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|Revellers take part in the 69th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York Hydro Flask Coffee 20 Oz Coffee Lava Red Clearance , October 14, 2013. [PhotoAgencies] A reveller holds up an Italian flag while she takes part in the 69th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York, October 14, 2013. [PhotoAgencies] People take part in the 69th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York, October 14, 2013. [PhotoAgencies] Revellers take part in the 69th Annual Columbus Day Parade in New York, October 14 Hydro Flask Wine 10 Oz Wine Tumbler Black Clearance , 2013. [PhotoAgencies] Tens of thousands of marchers, together with dozens of marching bands and floral boats, on Monday took to the famed Fifth Avenue on Manhattan Island, New York City, to celebrate the Columbus Day.
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Among the marchers were celebrities including New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, retiring New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota.
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The partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government, the first in 17 years, had its impact felt at the parade.
The West Point marching band, for one, which was originally included as a part of the U.S. Military Academy Band and would be leading the parade, has been barred from marching because of the ongoing partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government. Leading the parade in its place Monday was Ohio Northern University Marching Band, also known as the Star of Northwest Ohio.
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The parade, which last for more than three hours, was expected to attract about one million spectators, said the organizers.
Columbus Day was calculated to celebrate Christopher Columbus' first voyage to the Americas in 1492. It later became a federal holiday in the United States in the early years of last century and is now observed in the United States on the second Monday of October each year.
ACCRA, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Ghana is preparing to launch a 32- meter telescope which will be part of the network of African Radio Astronomy telescopes Hydro Flask Coffee Yellow Clearance , Joseph Oteng-Agyei, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, announced here on Tuesday.
It will be used for hi-tech scientific research and perhaps the future planet discoveries as well as give career opportunities to students in pure science and engineering, the minister added.
Opening the three-day Fifth African Leadership Conference (ALC) on Space Science and Technology here the minister explained that the trickle-down effect of such sustainable national initiatives was on job creation and improving the living conditions of the people.
Vodafone Ghana had earlier donated a satellite dish used previously for communications to the infant Space Science and Technology center opened here May last year to be used to launch the telescope.
Oteng-Agyei explained that the launching of the 32 meter telescope as well as the launching of other such national telescopes across the continent would give the world a clear signal that Ghana was committed to the implementation of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project as a partner country.
The minister lauded South Africa for the support it continues to give Ghana in the development of its space science technology.
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He added that the practical and technical advantage is to use space technologies for monitoring and communication.
The minister later told Xinhua in an interview that the individual African countries would like to use the launch of their national telescopes as a prelude to the SKA which South Africa, supported by other African countries, has won the bid to develop and host.
The ALC is a cross-regional space organization that seeks to harness space science and technology for the betterment of the human condition in Africa.
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