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

Into the deep

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgOn the third floor of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), a student leaned forward and asked: Will the future of deep-sea technology be human or robotic?More than 1,000 miles away, in the Gulf of Mexico, Bruce Strickrott stood next to the Alvin, the deep-sea research submersible, and answered simply: both.Comparing human and robotic exploration was unfair, said Strickrott, the chief Alvin pilot with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, because both have great value. But, he added, “Every time I’ve taken someone down in the submarine who’s only worked with [marine robotics], they always say, ‘I never knew it looked like that.’”Rindge and Latin students in Cambridge were communicating with Harvard researchers and scientists who were in the Gulf conducting a “verification cruise” — the first of its kind — on the Alvin sub, which had undergone a comprehensive upgrade over the last three years to expand its capabilities.Commissioned in 1964 as one of the world’s first deep-ocean submersibles, the vehicle had been out of service since December 2010. Having already completed more than 4,600 dives, Alvin’s upgrade now allows the sub to safely operate to more than 14,000 feet below the surface, 2,300 feet deeper than it could previously. Able to carry two scientists and a pilot on dives lasting up to 10 hours, the Alvin has located lost hydrogen bombs, explored hydrothermal vents, and surveyed the wreck of the RMS Titanic.With its new upgrade, the sub now has “all the bells and whistles,” said Peter Girguis, a professor in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.  Girguis proposed the verification cruise, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. Joining forces with Paul McGuinness, the marine biology teacher at Rindge and Latin, Girguis gathered Alvin researchers, scientists, and crewmen to talk with the students about their work and discoveries, even sharing new images and videos not yet released to the public.Speaking in an interview a week prior to the Gulf expedition, Girguis stressed that “we need to begin doing a better job of engaging students” in marine science. “By the time students go to college, many see some career paths as impractical. We want to show [them] that marine science has many viable career options, not just being a professor. We need ocean engineers, captains who can pilot the ships, researchers who work in fisheries. We want to give students an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the people who are doing those jobs.”“The opportunity for all kinds of students to talk face-to-face to the people on a vessel like that, answering questions in the moment, is really valuable,” said Caspian Harding, a Rindge and Latin senior and an intern with the Girguis lab through the CRLS Marine Science Internship program at Harvard. “It shows you can be a pilot, an engineer, a videographer. All these options are open. It shows you really can pursue what you love.”The verification cruise included six to eight dives over several days. The trip tested the sub’s new upgrades and allowed researchers to complete “incidental science,” exploring the Gulf’s diverse ecosystems and further examining effects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.Responding to a student asking about “the next big questions” for marine science, Harvard graduate student and Girguis lab member Heather Olins said the possibilities were endless. “It’s a hard question to answer,” she said. “We know so little about the floor of the deep sea that all the questions are big questions.”At the end of the day, “out here at sea, a lot of people pitch in to help,” Girguis said. “The fact is, it really takes a team of people working together to get things done.”This collaboration is one of many between Harvard and the Rindge and Latin.  To learn more about the University’s partnerships with local schools, visit Harvard Community Connections on the Web.last_img read more

Betcart signs up for new brands session at Betting on Football

August 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Share Betcart’s Monica Rangel has been confirmed as the fourth panellist on the ‘New brands in football betting’ session at Betting on Football (3-5 May).Rangel is the Chief Business Development Officer for the Bcourt Group owned and Curacao licensed operator enjoying its third year of trading in 2017.She will be appearing in the #bofcon2017 session alongside BetStars Managing Director Zeno Ossko, BetOnBrazil CEO Stuart Tilly and EnergyBet Managing Director Marcin Sapinski.Rangel said: “We live and breathe football; it’s in our business DNA and our international strategic development is built on sports, as is our foundation. Betting on Football will be a very important milestone in our growth plans and we are eager to discuss the future with like-minded individuals.”‘New brands in football betting’, a key part of the first day Leadership track at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge, will be moderated by McBookie Director Paul Petrie and sponsored by Secure Trading.The session will focus on how new brands entering the sports betting market can disrupt the status quo and compete for market share alongside bigger and more established operators.Football-focused Betcart will also be sponsoring the affiliate dinners at the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference. There will be a dinner at Kensington Roof Gardens on Wednesday 3 May, and in Chelsea’s Directors Lounge on Thursday 4 May. Esports Entertainment Group to finalise Argyll acquisition by 31 July July 8, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit FansUnite accelerates wagering ambitions by acquiring McBookie for $2m  May 20, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Lee University’s Splendid Example in Cultural Anthropology

January 14, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgIn our Editorial last Friday, we called on historians, journalists, scientists and students of anthropology and sociology to come forward and undertake research into the lives, history, habitat and upbringing of the two oldest Liberians recently discovered in our country.They are Madam Klayonoh Bleorplue, who claims she was born in 1863 when Daniel Bashiel Warner was President of Liberia, and Alhaji M. Kamara, whose year of birth, he said, was 1884, during the presidency of Hilary Richard Wright Johnson.Many of the Observer’s online readers rejected these ages, saying they are exaggerated, fictitious and imaginary. That may be true. But how do we know? Here, we surely felt, and still do, is a great opportunity for our anthropologists, herbalists, historians, journalists, scientists and sociologists to get to work and undertake serious research to determine the veracity of these genealogical claims by Madam Bleorplue and Alhaji Kamara.That this is feasible and a good idea was illustrated last month by Dr. Carolyn Dirksen, Director of Lee University’s Center of Excellence and her team of anthropology students. The University is located in Cleveland, Tennessee, United States of America.Dr. Dirksen in May led her anthropology students to Liberia to research the distress caused by 14 years of civil war and the Ebola pandemic. Their method of research was collecting survival stories and interviewing inmates and staff of the Phebe Gray Orphanage on Robertsfield Highway and studying a traditional rural village. “The cultural experience of the civil war and disease were made a reality to the students in a number of ways,” said a report prepared for newspaper publication. The group was housed in the guest quarters of Samaritan Purse treatment facility at Paynesville’s ELWA Hospital, where they interviewed doctors and other staff.“At the orphanage,” the report continued, “the students interviewed staff and inmates and learned how, during the [Ebola] epidemic, every minute of every day was a matter of prayer, faith and taking special precautions of washing hands, washing and more washing.”In the bush village, said the Lee Univ. report, the goal was ethnographic research, understanding the way of life of a bush village by spending time with elders, youth and experiencing daily life.Oh, if our universities and even some of our better high schools could develop such a passion for investigative research into the things that matter in our country—its culture, history and the particular challenges facing us, such as the effects of the civil war and Ebola!How many Liberians have written in depth about the civil war and its impact on our lives, our culture, history and anything else? We remember that one of the collections acquired by the Daily Observer’s Stanton B. Peabody Library is a book written by one of the Observer’s own Gabriel I. H. Williams, who joined the newspaper staff right out of D. Twe High School in 1983. The book is entitled ‘Liberia, the Heart of Darkness.’What the initiative of Lee University’s professors and students has done for us at the Observer is to enhance our vision of the immense possibilities of research in our country. That is precisely why we have called in last Friday’s Editorial for serious research into the lives of these two of our eldest citizens,Madam Klayonoh Bleorplue and Alhaji Kamara.We hope, pray and trust that somebody, some university, some group will take up the challenge and begin the investigative research into the lives of these centenarians. May God bless them with continued long life until this scholarly undertaking is done. It will teach us a lot about ourselves and our country.The Daily Observer, in collaboration with our partners at The Inquirer newspaper, will begin, by conducting in depth interviews with them, their children and the people around them, this worthy challenge in ethnographic, genealogical and historical research. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more