Recently-appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, said he was surprised at being handed the position, however, now that he is in the post, he will give it his best shot. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” stated Bonner, who is currently in St Kitts preparing with the eastern Caribbean outfit for the second half of the WICB First-Class Tournament. “Since joining the Leewards, earlier this season, I believe I have been doing reasonably well, particularly with the bat. “I have also been active in the field, and making suggestions so on, and I guess they were of the opinion that I was having a good influence on the team “I was approached and asked if I would like to take charge, and after thinking about it I agreed to accept it,” added the West Indies representative. A former Jamaica Under-15 vice-captain, it will be the first time the 26-year-old Bonner will be leading a team at the regional level. He has, however, led teams at the club level in Jamaica performing similar duties even up until recently with St Catherine Cricket Association in the two-day Senior Cup. “I am prepared mentally for the challenge, and is expecting good things,” Bonner highlighted. “I tend to say things as I see it, and I guess people respect me for that. This, I believe, is a good starting point, and is something I hope to build on.” Bonner, who has represented the West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals, has also expressed pleasure in the confidence placed in him by team officials. “The coach (Reginald Benjamin) and manager (Hugh Gore), who is a no-nonsense guy, recommended me, so from that point of view, it’s good to know they have the confidence in me,” he said. Looking at the on-going four-day tournament, Bonner, who is the Leewards’ leading runs scorer, said he believes the team can improve their fortunes. The Leewards have lost all of their five matches to date, and are currently at the bottom of the six-team standings. “I am expecting us to do a lot better in the second half of the season,” he explained. “We will be looking to win, but even if we don’t, I would love to see our batting, bowling and fielding performances improve overall.” The Hurricanes are scheduled to play third-place Jamaica Scorpions in their next encounter in Antigua, commencing on Thursday.
Los Angeles, Jan 10 (PTI) The third season of actor Priyanka Chopras TV show “Quantico” is all set to air on April 26.The 35-year-old actor will reprise her role as FBI agent Alex Parrish in the new installment of the ABC series.Priyanka took to Twitter to announce the news.”And shes back… Cant wait to share this with you! #April26 #QuanticoSeason3 #TheReturnOfAlexParrish,” the actor wrote.She also shared her first look from the action-drama in monochrome, sporting a beachy hairdo and shades.Besides “Quantico”, Priyanka has Hollywood projects such as “A Kid Like Jake” and “Isnt It Romantic” in her kitty. PTI RDS RDS
Wolves set for Abraham deal – but Chelsea won’t consider immediate saleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are confident of closing a deal for Tammy Abraham – however Chelsea insist they do not want to lose the striker permanently.The Daily Mail says Abraham, currently on-loan at Aston Villa, is keen to play in the Premier League and Wolves want competition for Raul Jimenez. Chelsea, who have until January 14 to trigger his recall, are reluctant to agree to a sale now despite Wolves intimating they would be willing to offer around £18m.The Stamford Bridge club will wait to see how he performs.They are aware and know that his value could increase significantly by the summer if he does well. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Allardyce responds to Everton boss Silva swipe: It wasn’t personal!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton boss Sam Allardyce has responded to a swipe from Blues manager Marco Silva.Allardyce urged Silva to sway from his ‘attractive’ style of football after the Toffees suffered defeats to Brighton, Tottenham and Leicester over the festive period, prompting a backlash from his Goodison Park successor in a press conference.“I don’t expect him to listen to me!” Allardyce told talkSPORT.“I was generalising about Everton overall, I wasn’t having a pop at Marco Silva.“I was saying that in the end, look at the previous four managers of Everton, including myself – all of them have been dismissed for one reason or another.“Marco Silva hasn’t yet, but pressure on him will depend on where they are in the league and winning football matches.“The press man who asked the question probably didn’t put it how I said it in that interview.”Allardyce also remarked: “I think you play out from the back when it suits you, and if you doesn’t suit you, you don’t play out from the back.“Everton is the only place where results haven’t given me time to go and do a better job than I did last season.“At the end of the day, it wasn’t my team. I inherited that team.“I was doing the best I could with the tools I had available. Moving on from there, they’ve spent a lot of money again, and where will they end up this season? That’s building expectation by the amount of money they spent.“I think there’s only four players that played when I was there, all the others are new players that were brought in this season.“The players themselves have got to find out about each other as they play every week and maybe that’s why they aren’t getting the results that the Everton fans would expect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Careful Sarri! Higuain cleans out Gattuso in AC Milan trainingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s coaching staff better be careful if Gonzalo Higuain arrives from AC Milan.Milan training from yesterday shows Higuain taking out coach Gennaro Gattuso much to the delight of his team-mates preparing for the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.The famously volatile manager fortunately saw the funny side too as Higuain, who is looking to push through a move to Chelsea, slid in during a Rondo drill.Gattuso has admitted he expects Higuain to eventually leave for Chelsea this month.Incase you want a longer version. that var gesture from higuain tho. also noticed someone nutmeg on gattuso at the end lololol so funny. famiglia pic.twitter.com/XYSgXwnX0O— —uncommon (@toological424) January 14, 2019
This past Sunday night, Louisville took down Northern Iowa to reach its fourth straight Sweet 16. Senior Wayne Blackshear also became the first Cardinals player in school history to play for four straight squads that reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Tuesday morning, the school attempted to celebrate the accomplishment by posting the statistic to its Facebook page. Unfortunately, they screwed up and named Blackshear as the only player in NCAA Division One history to accomplish the feat. That isn’t even close to true, as dozens of players in college basketball history to have reached the Sweet 16 four straight times.Kentucky fans, predictably, are having a field day, claiming that the school is perpetuating a “lie.”…. “And the lie detector test determined….THAT was a lie!” @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/D1uwIpmGoJ— Jeremy Kemble (@IAM4UKWILDCATS) March 24, 2015UL Athletics sends out a blatant lie today http://t.co/ZTni2u97L9— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 24, 2015University of Louisville claims Wayne Blackshear is the first to appear in four Sweet 16 games. Kentucky has had seven players do that.— UK Cat Facts (@UK_CatFacts) March 24, 2015Regardless, Blackshear’s feat is quite impressive. Can we get a Kentucky vs. Louisville national championship game please?
Manager, Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office, Tashion Hewitt Stennett, presents a JIS publication to students of the West End Infant School in St. James, Shamoya Pearce (centre) and Jadan Towsend. Occasion was a visit by the JIS to the institution on Friday, May 17 as part of activities to mark National Children’s Day. Students of the West End Infant School in St. James perform a dance routine at the National Children’s Day celebration held at the institution on Friday, May 17 under the theme, ‘Encourage, Enable, Include me!.’ Manager, Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office, Tashion Hewitt Stennett (second left, back row) presents JIS publications to Principal of the West End Infant School in St. James, Sheridah Malcolm (second right, back row). Occasion was a visit by the JIS to the institution on Friday, May 17 to observe National Children’s Day, under the theme, ‘Encourage, Enable, Include me!.’ Sharing the moment are JIS Technical Officer, Jermaine Stewart; JIS Office Attendant, Paulette Reid, along with children of the institution. Teachers of the West End Infant school in St. James perform a cultural dance during the National Children’s Day celebration at the institution on Friday, May 17 under the theme,’Encourage, Enable, Include me!’.
Provided by The Conversation This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Efforts to build the nation’s first “advanced small modular reactor,” or SMR, in Idaho, are on track for it to become operational by the mid-2020s. The project took a crucial step forward when the company behind it, NuScale, secured an important security certification from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But the first ones could be generating power by 2020 in China, Argentina and Russia, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The debate continues over whether this technology is worth pursuing, but the nuclear industry isn’t waiting for a verdict. Nor, as an energy scholar, do I think it should. This new generation of smaller and more technologically advanced reactors offer many advantages, including an assembly-line approach to production, vastly reduced meltdown risks and greater flexibility in terms of where they can be located, among others. How small is small?Most small modular reactors now in the works range between 50 megawatts – roughly enough power for 60,000 modern U.S. homes – and 200 megawatts. And there are designs for even smaller “mini” or “micro-reactors” that generate as few as 4 megawatts.In contrast, full-sized nuclear reactors built today will generate about 1,000-1,600 megawatts of electricity, although many built before 1990, including over half the 99 reactors now operating in the U.S., are smaller than this. Explore further NuScale Power aims to build the nation’s first advanced small modular reactor. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy UAE says its first nuclear reactor complete Until now, generating nuclear power has required massive facilities surrounded by acres of buildings, electrical infrastructure, roads, parking lots and more. The nuclear industry is trying to change that picture – by going small. Citation: The nuclear industry is making a big bet on small power plants (2018, June 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-nuclear-industry-big-small-power.html But small nuclear reactors aren’t actually new. India has the most, with 18 reactors with capacity ranging between 90 and 220 megawatts, which were built between 1981 and 2011.The U.S., Russia, China, India, France and the U.K. operate hundreds of nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. Russia has dozens of nuclear-powered icebreakers cruising around the Arctic, and its first floating nuclear power plant has been completed and will be deployed in 2019 near the town of Pevek in East Siberia. The Siberian plant will replace four 12-megawatt reactors the Soviets built in the 1970s to power a remote town and administrative center, as well as mining and oil drilling operations.Even though the reactors will be small, they may operate at much bigger power plants with multiple reactors. NuScale, for example, wants to install 12 reactors at its initial Idaho site. Based on the company’s latest projections, it will have a total capacity of 720 megawatts.A global trendPrivate and state-owned companies are seeking to build these small power plants in about a dozen countries so far, including the U.S. and the U.K.France, which gets three-quarters of its electricity from nuclear energy, and Canada may soon join the fray.This global interest in small modular reactors comes as more standard nuclear reactors are being decommissioned than are under construction. Some advantagesProponents of these advanced small modular reactors say they will be easier to build and more flexible in terms of where they can be located than the larger kind. The word “modular” refers to how they will be built in factory-like settings, ready for hauling either fully assembled or in easily connected parts by truck, rail or sea. These reactors can potentially power rural towns, industrial plants, mountainous areas and military bases, as well as urban districts and ports. Small modular reactors may also prove handy for industrial uses.Small modular reactors will differ from the smaller reactors already deployed because of their new technologies. These advances are intended to make it less likely or even impossible for them to melt down or explode, as happened during Japan’s Fukushima disaster.The power plants where these small reactors will be located will have added protections against sabotage and the theft of radioactive material. For example, they may be equipped with cooling systems that continue working even if no operators are present and all electric power is lost. In many cases, the entire reactor and steam-generating equipment will be below ground to safeguard these facilities during natural disasters like the earthquake and tsunamis that led three Fukushima Daiichi reactors to melt down. Like renewable energy, nuclear power emits no carbon. And compared to wind and solar power, which are intermittent sources, or hydropower, which is affected by seasonal changes and droughts, it operates all the time and has a much smaller footprint.As a result, small modular reactors could be paired with renewable sources as a substitute for coal-fired or natural gas plants. Yet they will probably have to compete with advanced energy storage systems for that market. Concerns and costsWhether these advantages materialize, obviously, remains to be seen once these reactors are deployed. Some experts are skeptical of the industry’s promises and expectations.Although small modular reactors are designed to produce less radioactive waste than standard, bigger reactors for the same amount of power, the issue of where to safely dispose of nuclear waste remains unresolved. Small modular reactors face other challenges, some of their own making.Strong interest in the potential global market has led many companies to propose their own individual reactor designs. In my opinion, there are already too many versions out there. Before long, a shakeout will occur.And, especially in the U.S., there is currently no clarity regarding the length of time required for licensing new reactor designs lacking any commercial track record – creating a lot of regulatory uncertainty.It’s also unclear what small modular reactor-generated power will cost. That will probably remain the case for at least the next 10 to 15 years, until a few designs are actually built and operating.Some experts foresee small modular reactors penciling out at levels that could be higher than for full-sized reactors which generally cost more to build and operate than other options, like natural gas, for the same amount of power. NuScale, however, predicts that its SMRs will be more competitive than that in terms of their cost.And some observers fear that reactor owners might cut corners to reduce costs, compromising safety or security.Although their costs are unclear and their advantages relative to other energy choices remain unproven, I believe these small reactors, as non-carbon sources, are needed to help resolve the energy challenges of our time. And the rest of the world seems ready to give them a try with or without the U.S.
September 23, 2018 Modi, Ambani jointly carried out surgical strike on defence forces: Rahul politics We have no role in selection of Reliance Defence for Rafale deal: Govt Rafale: Rahul leads Opposition attack on govt File photo: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley – PTI Rahul calls PM a thief COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday refuted Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s allegation against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rafale deal by questioning former French President Francois Hollande’s statements. On Friday, a media portal quoted Hollande as saying that the Indian Government proposed the name of Reliance Defence to the French Government in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal for fulfilling offset clause.“Truth cannot have two versions,” Jaitley said in his blog titled ‘A Questionable Statement Which Circumstances & Facts Demolish’ posted a day after Gandhi scion mounted an attack on the Prime Minister alleging corruption in fighter aircraft deal. Quoting the French Government and aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation, the Minister said that both of them categorically denied the correctness of the former President’s first statement. The French Government has stated that the decision with regard to the offset contracts of Dassault Aviation are taken by the company and not the Government. Dassault Aviation itself has suggested that they have entered into multiple contracts with several public sector and private sector companies with regard to the offset contracts and the decision is entirely theirs.Circumstances never lieJaitley, without commenting on the correctness or otherwise of a controversy in the French media, says former French President Hollande is countering statement made against him with regard to a conflict of interest in his dealing with the Reliance Defence. “The accuracy of the statements made by the individuals may be questioned but circumstances never lie,” he said, while arguing that there was no ‘partnership’, as suggested by the former President. It was a Government to Government agreement under which the complete weaponised aircraft are to come to the Indian Air Force. No manufacturing is to be done in India. Second, Reliance Industries, in February 2012, had entered into an MoU with Dassault Aviation which was reported widely in various news media. This was at a stage when the contract relating to 126 Rafale aircraft, of which 18 were to be manufactured in France and 108 in India, was at an advance stage of consideration by the UPA Government. “Rahul Gandhi’s misplaced criticism could equally apply to the 2012 MoU,” he said. The offset contract ensures investment by the original equipment supplier, that is, Dassault Aviation, in India, in as much as they make purchases from Indian companies to the extent of fifty percent (in this case), he added. The choice of the offset partner under the 2005 offset policy is of Dassault Aviation and they have selected several public and private sector companies to make the supplies. The offset partner is selected entirely by the Dassault Aviation, the original equipment manufacturer, and neither the French Government and nor the Indian Government has any say in the matter, he said.The former French President’s first statement that the Indian business group’s name was proposed by Government of India has now been substituted by him to he is ‘not aware’ of the Government of India ever lobbied for Reliance Defence. According to news agency AFP’s report dated September 22 Hollande further said that the ‘partners’ chose themselves.Jaitley termed Rahul Gandhi’s suggestion as absurd which said that the interest of Indian soldiers has been compromised with. By whom, he asked — the UPA that delayed the acquisition which would have added to the military’s combat ability or the NDA which expedited the same at a lower cost?The blog concluded that one Reliance Group was a part of this deal since 2012. It dropped out of defence production. The other Reliance Group was already in defence. They are not partner in the Rafale deal. They have no contract with either Government of India or Government of France. They were not selected as one of the many offset partners by any Government. ‘The partners (Dassault and Reliance) selected themselves’ as former President Hollande now says. This contradicts his first questionable statement which the French Government and Dassault have denied, Jaitley said while making it clear that the facts contradict the same. “His second statement in Montreal, Canada, to AFP makes the veracity of his first statement even more questionable,” the Minister wrote. SHARE Published on Indian govt chose Reliance Defence as partner for Rafale: Francois Hollande RELATED COMMENTS