Press release: Future of JET secured with new European contract

first_imgContacts:Howard Wheeler, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, [email protected] / 0207 215 2748Nick Holloway, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, [email protected] / 01235 466232 The extension to the contract is excellent news for both EU and UK science. JET has been a shining example of scientific co-operation between EU members, and this news means that these mutually beneficial collaborations will continue, allowing us to do essential experiments on the path to delivering fusion power. A heavy weight has been lifted off our shoulders. This is extraordinarily good news for EUROfusion and the European fusion community as a whole. We can now continue to work on the realisation of fusion energy together with the indispensable experience of our British partner. JET is operated by the UK Atomic Energy Authority at Culham Science Centre, near Oxford. Scientists from 28 European countries use it to conduct research into the potential for carbon-free fusion energy in the future, through work coordinated by the EUROfusion consortium which manages and funds European fusion research activities on behalf of Euratom.The future of the facility has been under discussion since 2017, as its work is covered by the Euratom Treaty, which the UK Government intends to leave as part of the process of leaving the EU.This new contract provides reassurance for over 500 staff at JET, including many from outside the UK. It also means JET can conduct a series of vital fusion tests planned for 2020. These tests will serve as a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the new international experimental fusion reactor, ITER, currently being built in southern France.Prof Ian Chapman, CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, said: A contract extension for the world’s largest fusion research facility, Joint European Torus, has been signed by the UK and the European CommissionThe contract extension will secure at least €100m in additional inward investment from the EU over the next two years.The news brings reassurance for the more than 500 staff at site in Culham, near Oxford.Staff at the Joint European Torus (JET) facility in Oxfordshire undertake research in the latest technologies aimed at providing clean, safe, inexhaustible energy. The new contract guarantees its operations until the end of 2020 regardless of the EU Exit situation, and secures at least €100m in additional inward investment from the EU over the next two years.Science Minister Chris Skidmore said:center_img Prof Tony Donné, Programme Manager of EUROfusion, added: Having made my first speech at Culham, I know how hardworking and dedicated UK Atomic Energy Authority staff are, which is why I’m pleased to announce today’s agreement, which is great news for the future of scientific research in Oxfordshire, the UK and Europe. Extending this contract means cutting-edge and world-leading fusion research can continue in this country, which I know will be a welcome reassurance to the hundreds of workers at Culham. Science has no borders and as we leave the EU, this kind of international collaboration remains at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy to maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in research and innovation. Notes to EditorsFusion energy researchFusion research aims to copy the process which powers the Sun for a new large-scale source of clean energy here on Earth. When light atomic nuclei fuse together to form heavier ones, a large amount of energy is released. To do this, fuel is heated to extreme temperatures, hotter than the centre of the Sun, forming a plasma in which fusion reactions take place. A commercial power station will use the energy produced by fusion reactions to generate electricity.Nuclear fusion has huge potential as a long-term energy source that is environmentally responsible (with no carbon emissions) and inherently safe, with abundant and widespread fuel resources (the raw materials are found in seawater and the Earth’s crust).Researchers at Culham are developing a type of fusion reactor known as a ‘tokamak’ – a magnetic chamber in which plasma is heated and controlled. The research is focused on preparing for the international tokamak experiment ITER, now being built in southern France. ITER – due to start up in 2025 – is designed to show that fusion can work on the scale of a power plant, and if successful should lead to electricity from fusion being on the grid by around 2050.Joint European Torus (JET)The Joint European Torus, based at Culham Science Centre, UK, is the central research facility of the European fusion programme. It is the largest and most powerful fusion experiment in the world. JET is collectively used under EUROfusion management by more than 40 European laboratories. JET was the first fusion device to perform controlled nuclear fusion (in 1991), holds the world record for fusion power and is the only tokamak that can test the fusion fuel mix (deuterium and tritium – two isotopes of hydrogen) expected to be used in commercial reactors. Today, its primary task is to prepare for the construction and operation of ITER, acting as a test bed for ITER technologies and plasma operating scenarios.UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)The UK Atomic Energy Authority carries out fusion energy research on behalf of the UK Government at Culham Science Centre near Abingdon. It is also developing Culham as a location of hi-tech research and business, with around 40 tenant companies now on site.UKAEA oversees Britain’s fusion programme, headed by the MAST Upgrade (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak) experiment. It also hosts the world’s largest fusion research facility, JET (Joint European Torus), which it operates for European scientists under a contract with the European Commission. Website: www.gov.uk/ukaea Twitter: @fusionenergyEUROfusionEUROfusion’s mission is to pave the way for fusion power reactors.Currently, 30 research organisations and universities from 26 European Union member states plus Switzerland and Ukraine are part of the consortium. In addition, well over 150 universities contribute to the programme. The Consortium has received funding from the Euratom research and training programme 2014-2018 and 2019-2020 under grant agreement No 633053.Website: www.euro-fusion.org Twitter: @fusionincloseuplast_img read more

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Listen To Emancipator’s Psychedelic Trip-Hop Remix Of Manic Focus’ “Stochastic Resonance”

first_imgIn 2017, much to the delight of his fans, future-funk favorite Manic Focus released his highly anticipated new album, Minds Rising. As a follow-up to the album, in 2018, Manic Focus has plans to release Minds Rising Remixed, a collection of reimaginings of Minds Rising‘s tracks from a diverse array of some of his favorite artists, including Liquid Stranger, Cofresi, SunSquabi, Edamame, Wick-it The Instigator, and more. Today, in anticipation of the upcoming Minds Rising Remixed, Manic Focus has released Emancipator’s remix of “Stochastic Resonance” featuring Statik, marking the second single released off the upcoming LP.Emancipator’s trippy take on Manic Focus’ “Stochastic Resonance” is a delight to listen to. Spacious and super vibey, the remix coasts along on its laidback groove while calling back to psychedelic 90s trip-hop. You can take a listen to the new remix below. If you’re a fan of what you’re hearing, you can catch both artists at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in a few weeks, when Manic Focus opens for Emancipator on May 26th. See below for a full tracklist for Minds Rising, as well as a list of upcoming tour dates. For more information, head to Manic Focus’ website.Minds Rising Remixed Track List:1.) Drop In feat. Marvel Years & Chris Karns (SoDown Remix)2.) Putting All of My People On Feat. ProbCause (Liquid Stranger Remix)3.) Joy In The Noise feat. Psalm One (Daily Bread Remix)4.) Stochastic Resonance feat. Statik (Emancipator Remix)5.) Snap Like This feat. Artifakts & Erick Jesus Coomes (Wick – It The Instigator Remix)6.) Pushing feat. Psymbionic (Rave Boar Remix)7.) Rage Fits Perfect feat. The MFin’ Band (SunSquabi Remix)8.) Habit feat. Russ Liquid & The Rapper Chicks (Megan Hamilton Remix)9.) Stronger feat. Late Night Radio, Jennifer Hartswick, Adam Deitch (Cofresi Remix)10.) Timeless feat Carlile (Edamame Remix)11.) Sowing My Zone feat. Ryan Viser (GoodSex Remix)12.) Your X Now feat. Exmag & Borahm Lee (LWKY Remix)13.) *BONUS TRACK* – Pushing feat. Psymbionic (R34L Remix)View All TracksManic Focus 2018 Tour Dates:May 11 – Shaky Beats Festival – Atlanta, GAMay 26 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, COJune 7 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TNJune 21-24 – Electric Forest – Rothbury, MIJune 28-July 1 – Electric Forest – Rothbury, MIAugust 11-12 – Moonrise Festival – Baltimore, MDAugust 17-18 – 515 Alive – Des Moines, IASeptember 6-9 – Dancefestopia – Kansas City, MOSeptember 20-22 – Resonance Festival – Thornville, OHView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Mexican growth leads Codere corporate recovery

first_img Share Related Articles Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Share Refinanced Spanish gambling firm Grupo Codere continues its strong corporate recovery, as the company reports KPI and metric growth for its Q3 2017 trading update (period ending 30 September).Primarily driven by growth in its Spanish and Mexican divisions, Codere would record Q3 2017 group operating profits of €401 million up 3% on corresponding 2016’s €390 million.Despite facing adverse currency impacts in its business territories of Argentina, Panama and Colombia, Codere governance would report a period adjusted operating EBITDA of €68.4 million above its guidance expectations.Closing its Q3  trading period, Codere governance would declare group operating profits of €40 million, combined with an improved net operating income of €8.7 million. For its year-to-date performance, Codere has generated corporate operating profits of €105 million (2016: €35 million), combined with a group net income of €8.3 million, recovering from the €1.2 billion loss recorded during 2016, which related to the firm’s debt refinancing agreement.Updating stakeholders, Codere details that its current long-term corporate debt is at approximately €800 million, having lowered interest expenses to €55 million during 2017.During the Q3 2017 period, the Spanish gambling firm moved to increase its footprint within the Mexican gambling market, completing its outright acquisition of joint-venture casino operator Grupo Codere SA for a further €25 million buyout.In its home market of Spain, Codere has moved to increase its marketing coverage launching new advertising campaigns for its digital gambling services. The company further expects to launch a new online betting portal for the newly regulated Colombian online gambling market within the coming months.last_img read more

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Bundesliga on StarTimes: A new coach leads Bayern into Klassiker

first_imgCharles Dickens’ famous quote “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” is eerily apt to describe Bayern Munich’s situation ahead of this weekend’s Bundesliga Klassiker.“The best of times” because the match in the Allianz Arena offers the defending champions the best possible opportunity to bounce back from the humiliating 5-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt on the weekend, with a victory against Borussia Dortmund.“The worst of times” because a day after the defeat in Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac was fired. His assistant Hansi Flick was given the job on an interim basis.Hansi FlickThe former Bayern midfielder’s task will not have been made any easier as three centre-backs have been ruled out. Jerome Boateng was sent off against Frankfurt and will miss at least one Bundesliga match, while Germany international Niklas Süle has been ruled out for most of the season after tearing his cruciate ligament. Bayern’s most expensive ever signing, Lucas Hernandez, is also sidelined for some weeks.Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, go into the match buoyed by a 3-0 league victory against the only previously unbeaten team in the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg.That victory occurred just a few days after Dortmund came from behind to beat the log leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 in a cup match.Against Wolfsburg, Lucien Favre welcomed back former Bayern defender Matts Hummels, who had missed some earlier matches with a stomach bug. Hummels, who earlier in the year was told that he no longer played a part in Germany coach Joachim Löw’s plans, could be back in the mix for an international recall if he continues his outstanding form.Another in-form player for Dortmund has been Julian Brandt, who scored both goals against Mönchengladbach. The midfielder who joined the black and yellows during summer from Bayer Leverkusen said that the victory against Wolfsburg was just what the club needed ahead of the big match.“That was a very, very strong sign,” the 23-year-old said.Favre will probably also be able to draw on Paco Alcácer for the match against Bayern, but there are some doubt about captain Marco Reus, who had to be substituted against Wolfsburg.A victory for the home side would see Bayern move ahead of Dortmund, who currently are second in the Bundesliga three points behind Mönchengladbach, while Bayern are fourth, a further point behind. History clearly favours Bayern, who have won the last five Klassiker at home, scoring an astonishing 22 goals and conceding just three.Football fans throughout Africa will be able to watch Der Klassiker live and exclusive on the StarTimes football channels.—last_img read more

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