News story: Nuclear experts cause Big Bang at national science fair

first_imgWith over 70,000 visitors expected over the show’s four days – March 14 to 17 – the Big Bang Fair aims to show young people the opportunities related to science, technology, engineering and maths.Exhibiting in a dedicated ‘nuclear zone’, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Radioactive Waste Management (RWM) have teamed up to feature some of the latest technologies and opportunities from the nuclear sector.Visitors will also find out more about how we deal with our nuclear legacy, the latest science and technology that is being adopted and the role young people will play in the industry in the future.Visitors will get the chance to try out the cloud chamber, immerse themselves in a digital world of nuclear waste storage and decommissioning, play the banana radiation game and operate a robotic arm to fill up radioactive waste storage containers.There will also be competitions, quizzes and demonstrations, and pupils will have the chance to talk to nuclear experts about routes into the industry, careers and qualifications.The event, held at Birmingham’s NEC, will feature presentations, hands-on activities and demonstrations from around 200 exhibitors.Jacq Longrigg, Head of Skills at the NDA, said: Professor Cherry Tweed, RWM’s Chief Scientific Advisor, added: It is crucial that we promote the nuclear industry and all the opportunities it has to offer, so we can fill any future skills gaps and successfully deal with decommissioning and clean for years to come. Our team of scientists and engineers are really looking forward to stepping out of their day jobs and meeting the young people who might choose to follow them on our journey to help protect people and the environment. Big Bang Fair is one of the biggest science and engineering events of the year. We’re really keen to get involved with the event and see it as a great opportunity to engage with some of our future workers. Through our STEM-related activities, and expert advice on offer at Big Bang, we hope to inspire the next generation into nuclear careers. RWM, in a joint effort with the NDA, will showcase a variety of interactive exhibits, games, challenges, plus virtual reality video and animated GIFs, all of which will help bring nuclear science to life for the next generation of scientists.last_img read more

Burlington Telecom meets with Public Service Board

first_imgBurlington Telecom,The following is a statement issued by Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss in regards to Burlington Telecom, following a meeting with the Public Service Board. BT’s chief creditor is seeking to repossess some of the municipal telecommunications company’s hard assets. BT also owes the city $16.9 million. The circumstances of that financing are being investigated at the state and federal levels.Mayor Kiss: “At today’s status conference the City had the opportunity to explain its plans for the future of Burlington Telecom to the Public Service Board in Montpelier. It should be made clear that the City is not in default on its Lease-Purchase agreement with CitiCapital. Any and all rental payments the City is obligated to make under the agreement have been made.”The Lease-Purchase agreement has been terminated. In order to fulfill its obligations under the lease agreement, the City is making arrangements for the return of BT’s equipment to CitiCapital in concert with the acquisition of replacement equipment to continue providing BT services. With its advisors Dorman & Fawcett, the City is in discussions with CitiCapital regarding the appropriate return of the equipment covered by the Lease agreement.”Dorman and Fawcett (D&F) is also in discussion with potential financial and strategic partners inside and outside Vermont in order to finance the acquisition of replacement equipment. An essential element of these discussions includes the potential for future repayment of BT’s debit to the City’s pooled cash account.”The City will come back to the Public Service Board with a plan for this transition that will eliminate or minimize any disruptions to service as these plans develop. The Board must approve any plan before it is implemented. These plans are part of the City’s commitment to develop a successful cure for any CPG violations as specifically provided for by the law and the Board’s most recent order. D&F will continue discussions toward completing plans to return equipment to CitiCapital and procure replacement equipment.”Throughout this process, BT has shown resilience consistent with its track record of high-quality services and hard-working staff. As interim managers of BT, Dorman & Fawcett have brought new efficiencies to BT’s operations, with FY 2011 revenues remaining above prior-year levels. The City and BT appreciate the loyalty and support of its customers. BT customers and Burlington residents should know that the City is committed to preserving and enhancing the tremendous telecommunications and economic development asset we have in Burlington Telecom.”Source: City of Burlington. December 8, 2010.last_img read more

Levine seeks Florida Bar reinstatement

first_img November 15, 2005 Regular News Levine seeks Florida Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Bar Rule 3-7.10, Paul Anthony Levine has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement from a rehabilitative suspension.This suspension was effective August 10, 2004, and was for a period of one year resulting from a felony conviction.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Levine’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Mulligan, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445. Levine seeks Florida Bar reinstatementlast_img read more

Mugabe Stops Nigeria’s Emmanuel

first_imgThe second leg of the Abuja Open Tennis Tournament served off monday at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja with Nigeria’s Sylvester Emmanuel succumbing to a 6-3,5-7, 5-7 defeat to Uganda’s Duncan Mugabe.Emmanuel, the world no 1546 broke his Southern African opponent in the fourth and sixth games of the opening set before serving out the set for a 6-3 win.Mugabe showed signs of frustration as he was eager to take control of the game but Emmanuel stood his ground holding on his serves in the second set. A tie break-decider looms large as there was no break in up till the twelfth and final game but Mugabe broke the homeboy to a devastating effect for a 7-5 win prompting a final set.At 6-5 to the advantage of Mugabe -amid both players breaking each other in the third and sixth game- the same scenario played out in the final set as Mugabe broke while Emmanuel was serving to force a tie-break decider.In order matches, top seed Aldin Setkic bagged a hard-fought 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 win over Spain’s Aaron Alcaraz with the Bosnian progressing after a test that lasted 2hrs 20mins.Egyptian duo of Issam Taweel and Karim-Mohammed Maamoun also progressed to the second round with triumphs over Indian Chandril Sood and Alexander Igoshin of Russia 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 and 6-1, 6-3 respectively.A dozen of first round matches are on the card today with Nigerians involved in four.Moses Michael faces a Herculean task as he battles Dutchman Antal van Der Duim, the winner of the first leg while Joseph Ubon keep a date with Ilija Vucic of Serbia.Christopher Edward and Thomas Otu are also expected to face tough challenges as when they battle will also have their hands full as they confront Austrian Lenny Hampel and Zimbabwe’s Mark Fynn.Some other key matches will see Mohamed Safwat of Egypt confronts Zimbabwe’s Takanyi Karaganga; Hunter Reese of the USA against Turker Vorster of South Africa; Simeon Rossier of Switzerland faces David Pel of the Netherlands and Sherif Sabri of Egypt takes on Pirmin Haenle of Germany.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Shortlist announced for GolfMark Club of the Year award 2013

first_img Three golf clubs, each with an outstanding record of working with juniors and beginners, have been shortlisted for the prestigious GolfMark Club of the Year award, supported by COBRA PUMA GOLF. The finalists are Upton-by-Chester Golf Club, Cheshire; Garon Park Golf Club, Essex; and Leamington & County Golf Club, Warwickshire. They have each been visited by judges from England Golf and the winner will be announced at the 2013 County Golf Development Conference on 7 February. The GolfMark Club of the Year will receive a national trophy and a prize from COBRA PUMA GOLF. This award, now in its fifth year, recognises GolfMark clubs which have shown an outstanding and innovative contribution to junior and beginner golf. The three finalists were among 20 nominated clubs, all of a high standard, which demonstrated their commitment to junior and beginner golf through their activities and approach. A judging panel from the England Golf Partnership selected the shortlisted clubs. The other clubs nominated were: Abbey Hill, Buckinghamshire; Mullion and St Austell, Cornwall; Weymouth and Sturminster Marshall, Dorset; Brickhampton, Gloucestershire; West Herts, Hertfordshire; Tenterden, Kent; Thorpe on the Hill, Lincolnshire; Barnham Broom, Norfolk; Northampton, Northamptonshire; Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire; Market Drayton, Shropshire; Roehampton, Surrey; Lewes and Cottesmore, Sussex; Cookridge Hall, Yorkshire. Bawburgh Golf Club in Norfolk was the 2012 winner of the GolfMark Club of the Year award, following Bramshaw, Hampshire, in 2011. To view video clips on both clubs visit www.englandgolf.org and click on England Golf TV. GolfMark was introduced in 2006 and Filey Golf Club in Yorkshire has just become the 600th club to achieve the award. GolfMark is open to all affiliated golf clubs and details of the scheme, including the procedure, case studies and clubs awarded, can be viewed at www.golfmark.org 30 Nov 2012 Shortlist announced for GolfMark Club of the Year award 2013 last_img read more

England trio target the Jones Cup Invitational

first_img Tags: Jones Cup, USA The trio of Harry Hall, David Wicks and Joe Pagdin will represent England in the Jones Cup Invitational in the USA next week.It’s a repeat performance for Hall and Wicks, who respectively finished 16th and 26th in last year’s event. They’ll be joined by Pagdin, an England boy international who is based in the USA.The 54-hole event takes place at Ocean Forest Golf Club, Georgia, from 26-28 January and is contested by 84 top amateurs from the US and around the world. Among the other Englishmen in the field is Harry Ellis, the Amateur Champion and a Walker Cup player.Harry Hall, 20 (West Cornwall) in in his third year at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He tied seventh in the recent Australian Master of the Amateurs and has represented England in Home International matches. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography).Joe Pagdin, 16, (Lake Nona, Florida) made his England debut in the winning team at the 2017 Boys’ Home Internationals and reached the match play of the Boys’ Amateur Championship.David Wicks, 24, (Nevill, Sussex) was a student at Jacksonville University, Florida, and won four times on the US college circuit. Like Hall and Ellis, he was a member of the 2017 GB&I team which took on the USA in the inter-collegiate Arnold Palmer Cup. 18 Jan 2018 England trio target the Jones Cup Invitational last_img read more

Friesen sparks Wranglers past Nitros in KIJHL Championship opener

first_imgThe hosts outshot the Wranglers 11-3 in the frame.Kimberley maintain the lead until Friesen set up Kolby Page with the game-tying marker in the third period.100 Mile House kept up the pressure, out shooting the Nitros 10-6 in the period, until Friesen beat Tyson Brouwer for the winnner.100 Mile House, defeating Summerland Steam to advance to the KIJHL final,  held a 27-23 shots advantage in the game.The series shifts to 100 Mile House for Games three and four of the series Tuesday and Wednesday. The road back to the top of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League hit a pothole for defending champion Kimberley Dynamiters Saturday in the Bavarian City.Ryan Friesen scored the game-winner with six minutes remaining in the game to spark the 100 Mile House Wranglers to a 2-1 win over the Dynamiters in Game one of the League Championship series.The Wranglers now secured home-ice advantage as the team prepare for Game two of the best-of-seven series Sunday in Kimberley.Kimberley opened the scoring in the game as Jordan Busch scored a power play marker with assists by Sawyer Hunt and Jared Marchi seven minutes into the first period.last_img read more

Caymanas tips

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MOD Renames, Dedicates Barracks Preparatory School

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of National Defense last Wednesday dedicated and renamed the Brigade Preparatory School (BPS) to Linda Thomas Greenfield Preparatory School. The Linda Thomas Greenfield Preparatory School located in the Edward Biyan Kesseley (EBK) Barracks along the ELWA/RIA highway runs from nursery to junior high (9th grade).Last week renaming and dedicatory ceremony was part of series of activities that marked the observance of this year’s 59th Armed Forces Day, which is held on February 11 each year at the Barclay Training Center. At the ceremony, the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai Jr., disclosed that the BPS was dedicated and renamed in honor of former United States Ambassador to Liberia Linda Thomas Greenfield for her “dedicated services over the years to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).Samukai remembered how Ambassador Greenfield played a pivotal role in molding the minds of Liberian children by getting the best education when the idea of establishing a school in the barracks was borne. Idea for the establishment of the school, he said became necessary to promote quality education for children of the soldiers as well as those from the surrounding environments.Minister Samukai also recalled how the former female Western diplomat joined the process that led to the establishment of the school when she provided material supports to the military to construct the BPS in 2010. “This newly dedicated and renamed school will bring the AFL children and other residents together to acquire better knowledge that they would use to improve the lives of the country,” Samukai said.He extoled the American Government and Ambassador Greenfield when he expressed joy over what he termed as “a true partnership between Liberia and America.”In remarks on behalf of Ambassador Greenfield, the newly assigned U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Mark Boulware, described the ceremony as a “true partnership and a demonstration of lasting relationship between the US and Liberia.”He also conveyed Ambassador’s Greenfield sentiments to the people of Liberia with a promise to keep the support to the school for the promotion of the country’s future leaders and also building vibrant armed forces. “Ambassador Greenfield is very pleased and honored to have gotten involved in the process of providing adequate educational services to the children of Liberia.” Ambassador Boulware said, adding, “We are very proud of the AFL many accomplishments as they get prepare to handle the affairs of the country in the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)drawdown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Zimbabwe deal in sight

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneA landmark deal signalling the end of political instability in Zimbabwe is now a probability after MDC opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai asked for time to think about a power-sharing deal proposed during the talks.South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is mediating the talks, arrived in Zimbabwe on 11 August 2008 to help unite the Southern African country. He left after three days to give Tsvangirai time to consider the outcomes of the discussions with party members before making a final decision.President Mbeki on 15 August 2008 to brief the Southern African Development Community’s chairperson of defence and security, Angolan President Jose (Eduardo) dos Santos, on progress made.Speaking after the talks adjourned on 13 August, Mbeki dispelled reports that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and breakaway opposition leader Arthur Mutambara had agreed to form a unity government, leaving only Tsvangirai to agree to the move.Mbeki did, however, admit there was one point the leaders failed to agree on.Although he did not reveal what the issue was, those close to the talks say the most contentious issue has been the amount of control 84-year-old Mugabe is prepared to relinquish.It is reported that Mugabe wants to keep his position as president, while Tsvangirai wants executive powers as prime minister, including the right to chair Cabinet meetings.Currently, the MDC has 100 seats in parliament, while the ruling Zanu-PF has 99. Mutambara, whose party holds 10 seats, agreed to form a parliamentary alliance with Tsvangirai after the March elections.If the power-sharing talks collapse and Mutambara switches allegiance, it would give the majority to Mugabe’s party.But Mutambara insists that he has not cut a separate deal with Mugabe to sideline Tsvangirai, saying, “There is no way you can extract a bilateral agreement from a tripartite process.”Despite reports by foreign news agencies that Tsvangirai walked out after Mugabe and Mutambara reached an agreement in the latest round of negotiations, Mbeki has made it clear the talks have not collapsed. He says he is hoping that by the time the Summit of African Leaders takes place on the weekend of the 16 August in South Africa, a deal may have been brokered.Stemming the crisisSpeaking to the press on his decision not to rush into the power-sharing deal, Tsvangirai said it was important that the agreement between the leaders reflected the will of the people. “We need a government that transfers power to the elected representatives of the people to carry out the people’s mandate for change,” he said. But he also gave the assurance that negotiations would continue.He said that for the discussions to have a positive outcome, Mugabe had to make a decision of good faith and end his ban on the intervention of international aid agencies imposed earlier this year. The president asserted that these humanitarian organisations were the tools of distrustful Western governments.“Our people continue to face a profound humanitarian crisis. This destructive policy of banning humanitarian assistance can be reversed with one letter,” Tsvangirai said. “Tragically, Zimbabwe has become one of the worst humanitarian disasters of a new and hopeful century.”He added that at least two-million Zimbabweans had fled the country and about half a million others had died of starvation and preventable disease. This, he said, was a direct cause of lack concern by the government. “Because of the failed policies of Zanu-PF, five-million Zimbabweans now face starvation and famine. We cannot allow this to happen.”One-man shamThe current negotiations follow Mugabe’s victory in a “one-man election” in June 2008. These run-off elections were meant to decide the new leader of Zimbabwe, following a marginal win by the Tsvangirai in March, which did not give him the outright majority he needed to be elected as president.Following widespread violence and intimidation of MDC supporters in the weeks leading up to the June election, Tsvangirai boycotted the run-off and Mugabe went ahead alone. His victory was denounced across the world, even by usually sympathetic African countries.Breaking the deadlockThe power-sharing talks kicked off on 21 July in South Africa at an undisclosed location, where Mugabe and Tsvangirai met for the first time in a decade to try and foster a way forward. But the talks were unsuccessful. Negotiators eventually flew home after a deadlock, however, two weeks later they resumed in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.Zimbabwe’s state-controlled newspaper, The Herald, reports on its website that part of what was discussed during the talks was Britain’s funding of Zimbabwean land reform. All parties have agreed that Britain must honour its Lancaster House obligation – an agreement signed on 21 December 1979 to facilitate the country’s move away from colonial rule to independence.Economic meltdownIf the power sharing-deal in Zimbabwe is successful, it will mark a new beginning for the embattled Southern African country, which in recent years has suffered debilitating economic instability.According to the website Zimbabwesitaution.com, which gives daily updates on the state of affairs in that country, even after the deal has been brokered, much will have to be done to strengthen the country economically. “For Zimbabwe to recover from its desperate economic situation, he [Mugabe] will have to cede enough power to secure the lifting of sanctions and a massive infusion of international aid,” the website reports.Zimbabwe’s official inflation rate is 2.2-million percent, but the unofficial rate is far higher. Currently, the regime is struggling to pay the security forces on which it depends for its survival. It no longer has the hard currency to import fuel or food – let alone paper and ink required to print enough new money. It is also reported that Zimbabwe’s most basic services have all but collapsed and a third of the population, including most of the best-educated and productive citizens, have fled for greener pastures.According to the Financial Times, the world is waiting with baited breath for the outcome of the talks. The publication reports that international donors will only release a multi-billion-pound aid package if Tsvangirai holds sway in the new government.To tighten pressure, South Africa’s trade union federation Cosatu has threatened a week-long boycott of goods bound for Zimbabwe should Mugabe refuse to step down.Useful LinksThe Zimbabwe situationMDCFriends of Zimbabwe The South African presidencyDo you have any queries or comments about this article? 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