News story: Governments consider views on geological disposal

April 20, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgConsultations exploring views on planning and selecting a site for a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) in partnership with willing host communities have now closed following a 12-week consultation period which concluded in mid-April 2018.In January 2018, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, covering England and Northern Ireland, and the Welsh Government, opened consultations for stakeholders and members of the public to help shape policies on the geological disposal programme – the draft Working with Communities policy and the draft National Policy Statement.Geological disposal involves isolating radioactive waste in a highly-engineered facility deep underground and within multiple protective barriers, to ensure that no harmful quantities of radioactivity ever reach the surface environment. Across the world, geological disposal, preceded by safe and secure interim storage, is acknowledged as the best solution for managing higher-activity radioactive wastes in the long-term.There were more than 200 responses to the consultations. It is anticipated that governments will finalise policies in the near future, allowing Radioactive Waste Management as the delivery body to take forward the next stage of the process, namely community engagement and information provision.last_img read more

Red Bluff’s Sousa and Treat take first, third

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMt. Shasta >> Under perfect conditions at Mt. Shasta Ski Park, Shasta High School captured the North Division 1 Alpine Racing Championship.Mount Shasta High School finshed second, Foothill third, followed by Enterprise, Red Bluff and Weed.Despite first and third place wins for Red Bluff in the boys skiing, Mount Shasta won the ski championship. Shasta dominated the snowboard championship, though, and captured the overall title.The final race was held under excellent snow and weather …last_img read more

9 months agoLeicester boss Puel explains Barnes recall

October 28, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel explains Barnes recallby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel says it was the right time to recall Harvey Barnes from his loan at West Brom.Barnes returned to his parent club on Friday and trained with the rest of the Leicester team. Puel could include him in the squad for the Premier League match at home to Southampton on Saturday.”He has been brought back for many reasons but the primary reason is because he can help us,” said Puel. “The player has progressed, and I would like to thank West Bromwich and their manager for giving him the opportunities to play.”It is difficult (for West Brom) to lose a player like this but it is a good moment for him to come back and help his team-mates.”Harvey can bring different options. He can play on the left side, he can play as a striker and he can play just behind the striker. He is an attacking player and he has penetration.”He is a clinical player. He can start a move and finish a move. He is a complete player. These are his qualities.”He is a player from our academy and it is pleasing to see him show personality and character in his game, I like this.” last_img read more

3 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWASHINGTON – On the day when Janet Yellen will hold her final news conference as Federal Reserve chair, the Fed has left little doubt what it plans to do Wednesday: Raise its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year.The increase would be in line with the series of incremental rate hikes the Fed has been making to keep up with a steadily rising U.S. economy. Over time, the rate increases could mean somewhat more expensive business and consumer loans, including mortgages.But investors have barely blinked at the prospect of higher rates. The financial markets appear confident that the economy remains vigorous enough to withstand slightly higher borrowing costs.It’s a testament to how far the economy has come: In the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed slashed its key rate to a record low near zero — and then kept it there for seven years to support a fragile economy that had endured the Great Recession. The central bank finally raised rates modestly in December 2015 and then again in December 2016 and in March and June this year. Even so, the benchmark rate remains in a still-low range of 1 per cent to 1.25 per cent.Investors seeking clues about what the Fed may do in the coming months will scrutinize its updated economic outlook Wednesday and assess Yellen’s remarks in her last meeting with reporters before Jerome Powell succeeds her in February.Here are three things to watch for after the Fed’s meeting ends:___STATE OF THE ECONOMYThe Fed will update its economic outlook, which it does four times a year. The outlook includes its projections for inflation, unemployment, economic growth and the path of rate increases. Since the Fed’s last update in September, Congress has moved to the edge of passing a tax bill that could have far-reaching consequences. Some analysts say the tax cuts could slightly raise economic growth but also swell federal deficits, which might eventually compel government spending cuts.Analysts will be watching to see whether the prospect of an economic stimulus, in the form of $1.5 trillion in tax reductions over a decade, leads the Fed to cast a brighter outlook for the economy. If so, that, in turn, could make it likelier that the Fed would decide at some point to accelerate its rate increases.In September, the Fed projected economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, at 2.4 per cent this year but then slowing over the next three years until reaching 1.8 per cent growth in 2020. That’s far below the expectations of Trump, who has boasted that his economic program would double the lacklustre 2 per cent average growth during the Obama years to 4 per cent annual GDP growth or better.The Fed’s forecast in September had estimated that unemployment would be 4.3 per cent at year’s end. The rate has already reached a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent. The Fed also put its long-term unemployment rate — the level it sees as achieving its goal of maximum employment — at 4.6 per cent. If the Fed lowers that figure, it could suggest that the policymakers are willing to accept lower unemployment without worrying about inflation.Likewise, the Fed target for average annual inflation is 2 per cent. Yet inflation has remained below that level for more than five years. Fed officials have blamed temporary factors for the slowdown. But analysts will watch to see whether the Fed reduces its inflation forecast or still projects that it can achieve its 2 per cent target.___DOT PLOTSThe Fed will issue a diagram showing where each official expects to see the path of interest rates in coming years. These forecasts appear as dots representing the anonymous projections of each Fed policymaker. Analysts study any shifts in the so-called dot plot for signals about the Fed’s likely rate plans.Powell stressed during his confirmation hearing that he planned to continue Yellen’s gradual approach to raising rates. Many economists expect the Powell Fed to raise rates three more times in 2018. But some predict four hikes next year on the belief that the Fed will feel compelled to accelerate its rate increases to prevent the economy, fueled by Republican tax cuts, from triggering high inflation.___YELLEN’S GOODBYEThe Fed will hold one more policy meeting before Yellen’s four-year term ends Feb. 3, but Wednesday will mark her final quarterly news conference as chair. Yellen has also said that she will give up her board seat once Powell is confirmed by the Senate as the next chairman.Still, she will likely face a flurry of questions from reporters trying to determine how the Fed might respond to chronically slow inflation in 2018. Fed officials have spent much of 2017 debating what the puzzling slowdown in inflation might be signifying about the economy. Yellen is certain to be asked about that debate.Yellen, the first woman to lead the nation’s central bank, will likely face questions about Trump’s decision to break with a long tradition of offering a sitting Fed chairman a second four-year term. Trump chose Powell rather than renominate Yellen — as a way, he acknowledged, to put his own stamp on the Fed.At her final news conference, many Fed watchers say it’s unlikely that Yellen will deviate from her typically cautious demeanour, in part out of concern that in speaking her mind, she might jeopardize what she is hoping will be a smooth handover to Powell.last_img read more

After 55 years chairman emeritus Laurent Beaudoin bids adieu to Bombardier

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMONTREAL – The man who steered Bombardier from snowmobile maker to global transportation giant says the founding family’s voting control protected the company through tough times.“If we had given up the minority voting shares I think you would not be here today, you would not see Bombardier as it is,” former CEO and chairman Laurent Beaudoin said Thursday at his last Bombardier annual meeting.He said the recent development of the C Series that nearly drove the company into bankruptcy was difficult, but surviving the 1973 oil crisis was more challenging because Bombardier then only had one product, the Ski-Doo.“It’s often during these difficult times that you make the best decisions,” he told reporters after a video tribute that prompted a standing ovation from shareholders.For example, he said Bombardier got into the public transit business in 1974 at the urging of former Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau, later becoming a global railway manufacturer. It then entered the aerospace business by taking over Canadair in 1986, becoming the world’s third-largest maker of civil aircraft and one of the largest business jet producers.Those deals took the company from 700 employees in 1963 to 80,000 today including Bombardier’s aerospace and railway businesses plus Bombardier Recreation Products, which was spun off several years ago.“We passed a difficult period in the last few years but I’m happy to see that now we are looking at growth again and I’m really leaving at the right time. I’m leaving with the recovery,” he said.The son-in-law of company founder Joseph-Armand Bombardier retired Thursday after 55 years with the company. He took over the Valcourt, Que.,-based company several months after Bombardier died at age 56.The Beaudoin-Bombardier family has occasionally been criticized for holding the voting advantage that gives it 10 votes for each Class A share.Karl Moore, professor at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, says the family’s long control kept the company in one piece and preserved its global headquarters in Montreal.“The C Series I don’t think would have been in the air today without the family and indeed I would suspect that the company would have been split up into a couple of parts and sold off except for the family,” he said in an interview.Moore called Beaudoin one of the world’s best entrepreneurs who successfully transformed it into Canada’s greatest global company.He said Beaudoin’s biggest failure was trying to replace himself as CEO. He attempted the move several times, by appointing Robert Brown, Paul Tellier, son Pierre Beaudoin and Alain Bellemare.“It’s hard for one person to be the right CEO through all of that, so I think replacing himself was probably the thing he struggled through the most.”Beaudoin himself said he wished the company could have retained full control of the C Series program, but added that the sale of a majority stake to Airbus will help the commercial aircraft to reach its full potential.“In the best of worlds it would have been preferable to continue developing it ourselves, but I think the association of Airbus gives us the real possibility of reducing our costs and to be even more competitive and to aspire to have a bigger market,” he said, adding that he’s happy the technology for the largest plane built in Canada was developed in Quebec.Beaudoin bid adieu, acknowledging he will miss the action of being involved with the transportation company.“After 55 years in the company I think it’s time to turn the page and I have other projects that keep me busy.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B, TSX:DOO)last_img read more

Geologists say slope above Old Fort is stable enough for temporary entry

October 13, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Geologists that have been contracted by the Peace River Regional District say that the landslide that occurred above Old Fort two weeks ago has slowed enough in recent days that residents of the community will be allowed temporary access to their homes starting Monday.Engineering Geologist Rhonda Mellafont with Westrek Geotechnical Servies said that in tracking the movement of the main slide and the other adjacent older slides that reactivated, officials have learned that the slides’ movements appear to have started to slow down in recent days.Mellafont said that though the slides have slowed down, that does not preclude the possibility of the landslides speeding back up again, but that it is good news and has increased the safety of some of the areas under an evacuation order.She explained that the main landslide was a deep-seated landslide with an initial point of failure adjacent to and southwest of the gravel pit at the top of the hillside above Old Fort.That initial slide has caused an estimated 7 million cubic metres of material to slide over the Old Fort road all the way to the banks of the Peace River.An additional 1 million cubic metres of material has moved in the area to the west of the main slide, while stress cracking has been observed in the hillside to the east of the slide. UPDATE:  The Regional District has released the following map showing which community members will get temporary access permits on Monday.  Click here for all the details about the temporary access permits.ORIGINAL STORY BELOW Mellafont said that geotechnical surveys of those hillside stress cracks will be conducted on the ground starting Monday, while Old Fort residents will be given temporary access to their homes to winterize properties and retrieve personal belongings.Roughly 40 of the 52 properties in Old Fort will be allowed temporary access, while the other 12 are said to be too close to the slide to allow re-entry at this time.Aaron Pritchard with R&R Rentals, who is managing the temporary entry for residents, said that up to 30 residents at a time will be brought by boat into Old Fort for a period of several hours to retrieve their belongings and tend to their properties.He added that his company is also communicating with a group of volunteers, some of whom breached the evacuation order with residents last Wednesday.center_img When it comes to re-establishing road access to the community, officials with YRB North Peace and the Ministry of Transportation said that two options are currently being considered: building a temporary road over the main landslide, or building a series of culverts and bridges over the islands south of Old Fort.YRB North Peace Operations Manager Rodney Hafner said that a road over the main slide could be established in as little as 3-5 days, while a road over the islands would take about twice as long, though the benefit of the longer route is that the ground is more stable.More information about the movement of the slide, as well as the status of the temporary road, is expected in the coming days.Evacuation orders and evacuation alerts remain in place for the area around Old Fort at this time.last_img read more

Zion Williamson Packed A Lot Of Greatness Into A Short College Career

September 28, 2019 0 Comments

College basketball’s biggest weekend will be missing college basketball’s biggest star. After Michigan State knocked off Duke 68-67 on Sunday to advance to the Final Four, the Blue Devils are out of the NCAA Tournament — and that means we won’t see forward Zion Williamson again until the NBA draft. (Presumably.) CBS had invested a lot in following Williamson’s every move during the tournament, and with good cause. By at least one metric, Williamson had the best season in recent college history. But that’s all in the past now. So how weird is it that Zion won’t be present for the tournament’s finale in Minneapolis? And what can we make of his brief, brilliant stay in the college game, possibly as one of the final megastars of the one-and-done era?Williamson has spent most of the season as the heavy betting favorite to win the men’s Naismith college player of the year award. His money-line odds were as high as -700 (that’s roughly 88 percent without removing the vig) before his midseason injury, and they currently sit around -300 (75 percent). Other players could potentially take the honor when it is announced April 7, but it would be a surprise if Williamson were not the winner.If Zion does pick up the award, he will become only the third freshman (joining Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis) and 12th underclassman to do so in the history of the honor. It’s an elite award to earn, having been won by the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton and Michael Jordan, in addition to KD and AD. But it hasn’t exactly been out of the ordinary for the Final Four to move on without the nation’s best player. Through 2018, the Naismith award winner has seen his team make the Final Four just 48 percent of the time — meaning roughly half of college basketball’s very best stars since 19691The first year the award was given out. have watched the Final Four from home. Williamson wouldn’t be the first to fit that description, and he likely wouldn’t be the last.But even among players of the year, Williamson would be unusually good — particularly by the standards of some recent winners:2We went back to 1996 in the table below because that’s the earliest season for which calculates its win shares player-value metric. 2010Evan TurnerOhio StateGJr.6.8.247 2012Anthony DavisKentuckyCFr.✓9.9.310 2015Frank KaminskyWisconsinFSr.✓9.8.299 The 2019 Naismith winner will be announced April 7Sources: Wikipedia, 2013Trey BurkeMichiganGSo.✓8.6.249 2014Doug McDermottCreightonFSr.7.7.261 1996Marcus CambyMassachusettsCJr.✓8.1.320 2019Zion WilliamsonDukeFFr.8.3.335 2002Jason WilliamsDukeGJr.6.3.213 1999Elton BrandDukeFSo.✓10.0.350 Zion’s place among Naismith Award winnersFor Zion Williamson and Naismith College Player of the Year winners since 1996, team Final Four status and win share statistics 1998Antawn JamisonNorth CarolinaFJr.✓8.3.271 2007Kevin DurantTexasFFr.8.8.280 2011Jimmer FredetteBrigham YoungGSr.8.5.256 On a per-40-minute basis, Williamson would have the most win shares of any Naismith winner since Andrew Bogut in 2005 (Bogut went No. 1 overall in the NBA draft that summer) and the fifth-most since 1996, period. And unlike some of the other names on the list above, Williamson wasn’t a one-man show dragging a bunch of weak teammates along. Duke ranked fourth in our pre-tournament Elo ratings — higher than the team of anyone ranked ahead of Zion in win shares per 40 minutes except Elton Brand (whose own Blue Devils ranked first going into the 1999 tourney).In that regard, maybe the best comparison for Williamson’s freshman season was that of Davis on the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats — a stellar, standout individual year on a highly ranked squad full of other elite NBA prospects. But while Davis got to the Final Four and ultimately won the NCAA championship, Williamson and Duke fell short, relegating him to a separate list of freshman phenoms — one including Durant and Michael Beasley, whose individual efficiency in 2008 was (amazingly) even greater than Zion’s this year — on teams that couldn’t get to the tournament’s third weekend.The end of Duke’s season won’t diminish the personal success Williamson had during his one NCAA season, nor will it affect his presumptive status as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. And few fans outside Durham will be crying for Duke, which had its chances to close out Michigan State late on Sunday but was unable to do so (in large part because Williamson took only one shot in the game’s final six-and-a-half minutes). Even so, the Final Four won’t be quite the same without Williamson’s dizzying array of highlight-reel drives, dunks and swats. Instead, the Season of Zion Williamson will come to an end with Zion Williamson nowhere in sight. 1997Tim DuncanWake ForestCSr.10.4.367 2018Jalen BrunsonVillanovaGJr.✓7.7.241 2006J. J. RedickDukeGSr.7.8.233 2008Tyler HansbroughNorth CarolinaFJr.✓8.7.272 2001Shane BattierDukeFSr.✓10.1.298 From ABC News: 2016Buddy HieldOklahomaGSr.✓7.6.232 YearPlayerCollegePos.ClassFinal four?TotalPer 40 Win Shares 2017Frank Mason IIIKansasGSr.7.5.230 2000Kenyon MartinCincinnatiFSr.9.0.398 2003T. J. FordTexasGSo.✓4.3.155 2004Jameer NelsonSaint Joseph’sGSr.6.6.243 2005Andrew BogutUtahCSo.10.9.358 2009Blake GriffinOklahomaFSo.9.7.332 Check out our latest March Madness predictions. read more

Ivan Rakitic Ill get a forehead tattoo if we win World

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgCroatia’s Ivan Rakitic has made a jest of how he will get a tattoo on his forehead if Croatia wins the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Croatia who have never reached the final of the World Cup tournament before they secured victory against England to play France in Sunday’s 2018 World Cup final in Moscow.Helping Croatia reach such stage in World Cup is Rakitic and midfielder Luka Modric that have demonstrated to star players for Zlatko Dalic’s side.Reacting to the Sunday match Rakitic suggested he would mark Croatia’s success in a special way if his team beat France.Euro 2020Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…“On my forehead!” Rakitic told reporters when asked if he was planning a tattoo if Croatia wins via Nation.“There’s plenty of space there, as you can see! But first I’ll have to ask my wifeRakitic made his debut for Croatia in 2007 and has since represented the country at UEFA Euro 2008, UEFA Euro 2012, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, earning him over 90 caps.last_img read more

West Ham United Pellegrini desperate to help Jack Wilshere

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to help new signing Jack Wilshere rediscover his best form after injury-stricken years at Arsenal.The new West Ham boss is keen to help the midfielder stay fit this season with a view to returning to the England national team setup.Wilshere is one of the nine players to join up with the Hammers this summer, as the club took a huge gamble on the injury-plagued player.Pellegrini believes the 26-year-old is destined for greatness and is keen to help him fulfill his huge potential.“First of all he is only 26 and been unlucky with injuries, “Pellegrini said, according to Daily Stardeclan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“As a manager, you can work in lot of different tactics, systems, but if you don’t have good players it is impossible to be a good team.“In the eight, nine years he played for Arsenal he showed he’s a different player. So if the injuries respect him, alone he will make the difference to us.“I have plans for him. We are always talking. Maybe he will not work the same as the rest of the squad. But I am not scared about that because the last two seasons he played a lot of games, at Bournemouth then Arsenal.“He’s a young player and he knows his body and I hope that he will be fit for the most part of the season.”last_img read more

Confirmed Kevin De Bruyne out for 3 months with knee injury

September 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgManchester City have announced that Kevin De Bruyne has sustained a knee ligament injury and will be out for around three monthsThe Belgian playmaker sustained the knee injury in a training session on Wednesday and was flown out to Barcelona to be assessed by doctor Ramon Cugat.The good news is that De Bruyne will not be required to undergo surgery on the injury, which makes it less serious than originally feared.“We can confirm Kevin De Bruyne has suffered a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) lesion in his right knee,” read a message on the club’s Twitter account.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“No surgery is required, and the midfielder is expected to be out for around three months.”This means that the 27-year-old will likely be out until mid-November.De Bruyne managed 12 goals and 21 assists in all competitions last term for City in 52 games.last_img read more