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Demand tumbles in UK’s Silicon Valley

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Is Lend Lease a developer or a contractor ?

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This company wants to build Indonesia’s first commercial nuclear power plant

first_imgThorCon International Pte Ltd has been pushing to build an experimental nuclear power plant in Indonesia over the past five years, but with unproven technology and regulatory limitations, the company is unlikely to finish the facility by the expected deadline.The Washington-based power producer has been engaging with Indonesian regulators and state-owned enterprises to launch a 500-megawatt floating nuclear power plant in the country by 2027.Regions considered for the US$1.21 billion facility are Bangka Island, Sumatra and West Kalimantan. While enterprises are waiting, regulators do not appear driven to finish the project within seven years. Due to the regulation, neither the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry nor the National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) appear keen to finish ThorCon’s plant by 2027.Energy Minister Arifin Tasrif told legislators in Jakarta on Jan. 27 that “our priority for national electricity supply is to make renewables contribute 23 percent of the energy mix by 2025”, as per Indonesia’s commitment in the Paris Climate Agreement.The controversial omnibus bill on job creation amends, revokes and adds several articles in Law No. 10/1997 on nuclear energy that will streamline business licensing for potential nuclear energy development. The central government will form a supervisory body to monitor any nuclear energy activities.Read also: Time for nuclear power? Luhut tells tale of Indonesia ‘having it all’Meanwhile, Batan nuclear facilities director Dandang Purwadi told The Jakarta Post on Feb. 14 that ThorCon’s commercial plant would more likely be operational by 2040, as “we have to wait around 10 years for the technology to mature, then take 10 years to build the facility”, according to the draft bill.He was referring to thorium-fueled molten-salt reactor technology that is at the heart of ThorCon’s proposed nuclear plant. Such technology, he continued, had only been tested “on an experimental scale inside a lab” and needed to undergo a demonstration phase before entering commercial operation.“The time that would be required to build a commercial thorium plant very much depends on the readiness of the technology,” he reiterated.Despite the regulatory hurdles, ThorCon continually engages state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL, tin miner PT Timah and electricity company PLN to, respectively, develop, supply fuel and offtake power for the 500 MW plant while awaiting regulatory certainty. ThorCon signed an agreement with PAL in July last year to conduct a feasibility study on building the reactor. If the test goes well, the two companies plan to conduct several rigorous tests this year, begin construction in 2023 and finish the plant by 2026. PAL would be working with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipyard & Marine Engineering (DSME) to build the reactor.With regard to supply, ThorCon is in talks with Timah. Thorium, which can be found in monazite ores, is a byproduct of tin mining, and the state-owned mining company is currently the world’s largest producer of refined tin after China’s Yunnan Tin Co.According to a 2015 Batan survey, Indonesia has 133,000 tons of thorium reserves, 95 percent of which could be found in Bangka Belitung province, where Timah operates two mines. The country’s reserves represent 2 percent of global reserves. India has the largest share of reserves at 846,000 tons.“I’ve been in contact with them, but I think their technology is still very much up there. In principle, we are ready with the raw material,” Timah president director Mochtar Riza Pahlevi Tabrani said on Feb. 10, adding that the miner had signed an agreement with Batan to store monazite ores.With regard to offtaking, ThorCon signed an agreement in November last year with PLN, Indonesia’s largest utility company, to conduct a feasibility study on the nuclear plant.“We won’t make any decision nor promise today. We are monitoring developments,” said PLN deputy president director Darmawan Prasodjo on Jan. 23.Indonesia is not entirely inexperienced with nuclear technology. Southeast Asia’s largest economy owns three nuclear reactors for research purposes. These are the 2-MW Triga 2000 reactor in Bandung, West Java, the 30-MW GA Siwabessy reactor in Serpong, Banten, and the 100-kW Kartini reactor in Yogyakarta, which also hosts the Nuclear Technology College (STTN).Topics : “What we need is just a piece of paper from a ministry that says ‘Yes, let’s do this’ and then work together to propose a presidential regulation,” said ThorCon’s Indonesia representative Bob Effendi in Jakarta on Feb. 3.“There are certain things we have to start doing this year, and the cost is quite big: billions of rupiah. We will not finance something worth billions without some sort of certainty,” he added.Rendering of ThorCon International’s proposed 500-MW floating nuclear plant in Indonesia. The facility would run on thorium, a radioactive metal that is more readily available than uranium, but the technology of which is less developed. (Handout/Thorcon International)Indonesia’s energy policies have indeed been steering away from nuclear plants since then-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued a government regulation in 2014 that declared such plants “a last resort option” to power the country. The regulation instead prioritizes coal, natural gas and renewables, namely geothermal, solar, wind, hydropower, bio and tidal energy, for electricity production.last_img read more

Antonio Cassano tells Inter Milan to sign Alexandre Lacazette and Edinson Cavani to replace Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Apr 2020 12:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link283Shares Cavani is set to leave PSG (Picture: Getty)‘In addition, there will also be money from the sale of Icardi and I would go to Arsenal to bring in Lacazette.‘Lautaro will become even better, but I would say to him: “it was a pleasure”.’Conte has raided the Premier League since leaving Chelsea and becoming Inter boss, bringing Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, Victor Moses and Christian Eriksen to the San Siro.Should Arsenal sell Lacazette?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Fabregas reveals the moment Liverpool hit the ‘jackpot’MORE: Gary Neville accuses Arsenal team-mates of ‘outing’ Mesut OzilFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Lacazette would be a great signing, Cassano thinks (Picture: Copa/Getty)Antonio Cassano believes Inter Milan should target Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer as they prepare for the exit of Lautaro Martinez. Cassano wants Inter to make summer swoops for both Lacazette and Paris Saint-Germain attacker Edinson Cavani, who is out of contract this summer, as Antonio Conte looks to fill holes in his front line. Martinez is a target for both Chelsea and Barcelona, with the Argentina international expected to move on, while Icardi is expected to leave on a permanent deal. Icardi has been on loan with PSG this season and they are keen to make the move permanent, although Serie A champions Juventus are planning to hijack the deal. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveFormer Real Madrid, AC Milan and Roma star Antonio Cassano thinks his former side Inter should cash in on Martinez if their valuation is met and advised them to sign Cavani and Lacazette to bolster their attacking options.‘Lautaro is very good, but I would sell him,’ Cassano told Italian journalist Perluigi Pardo on Instagram. ‘You brought him for €20m and sell him for over €100m.‘Or even get €70m to €80m and Arthur. Then I would go for Cavani, who is on an expiring contract and would be perfect for Conte. Antonio Cassano tells Inter Milan to sign Alexandre Lacazette and Edinson Cavani to replace Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez Advertisementlast_img read more

Forum Sells Ashtead Technology Stake

first_imgForum Energy Technologies’ subsidiaries have entered into a definitive agreement to sell their 40% interest in subsea rentals company Ashtead Technology. The buyers of Forum’s interest are Buckthorn Partners and other investors that currently own the majority of the equity interests in Ashtead.Total consideration for Forum’s interest and the settlement of a Forum GBP 3 million loan to Ashtead will be $47.8 million.Forum will receive approximately $39 million in cash proceeds at close and a new approximately GBP 7 million loan with a three year maturity.Cris Gaut, Forum’s chairman and CEO, SAID: “The significant proceeds from this transaction will be used to further reduce debt, accelerating Forum’s debt reduction strategy. Over the last three quarters, Forum’s strong free cash flow generation has allowed us to reduce our net debt by approximately $54 million, and we expect this momentum to continue in the second half of 2019.”Forum became an investor in 2018 when it contributed its Forum Subsea Rentals products in exchange for a 40% equity interest in Ashtead.The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.last_img read more

DSC debate winners get semester fees waived

first_img Share Share 37 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsTertiary DSC debate winners get semester fees waived by: – February 10, 2012 The winners of the DSC debate, Dylan Madisetti and Denzel Guye respectivelyTwo young men of the Dominica State College (DSC) who won a debate on Friday will not have to pay tuition fees for an entire semester. Denzel Guye and Dylan Madisetti of the Dominica State College (DSC) who opposed a debate organized by the Literary and Debating Society emerged winners with a score of 232 points.The topic of the debate was “Carnival celebrations are an important aspect of Dominican culture and as such students should be encouraged to participate fully” and the opposing team provided the judges with several reasons to support their position The Opposing team strengthened their arguments by using popular songs from local Calypsonians and bouyon songs to amplify their position.They highlighted these bands and musician’s lyrics stating that these do not promote positiveness and therefore students should not be encouraged to participate in such.The proposing team; Nickel Cuffy and Dilon Lawrence argued that Carnival is part of the Dominican culture therefore young people should be encouraged to participate in order for the island’s culture to be kept alive.The proposers claim that if young people are not encouraged to participate in Carnival, culture as we now know it might slowly change and disappear, however they did not convince the judges and scored 211 points.Second place, Dilon Lawrence and Nickel Cuffy respectively Dilon Lawrence was awarded best speaker of the Opposing team while Denzel Guye was awarded best speaker of the Proposing team and awarded plaques.The debaters were judged based on the following;•Analysis of proposition (10 points)•Use of evidence (10 points)•Soundness of argument (10 points)•Effectiveness of delivery (10 points)•Summation (10 points)•Team effort (5 points)The debate was sponsored by the National Bank of Dominica and the Archipelago Trading Limited and was held at the Public Service Union.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

State Health Department announces 37 new COVID-19 deaths

first_imgStatewide—As of 11:59 pm on April 13, 313 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 bringing the total to 8,527 Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus. A total of 387 Hoosiers have died to date. To date, 46,017 tests have been reported to ISDH.Locally, Decatur County has 153 total positive cases, Franklin County has 74 positive cases, and Ripley County has 89 cases.last_img

McArthur commits to Palace

first_img The Scotland international, 27, is the south London outfit’s record signing after he arrived from Wigan in a £7million deal last summer. McArthur impressed during his debut campaign at Palace and manager Alan Pardew was keen to tie the midfielder down to a new contract. James McArthur has committed his long-term future to Crystal Palace after putting pen-to-paper on a new three-year deal with the club. Press Associationcenter_img Everton and Norwich were both reported to be interested in McArthur, but the Scot will now extend his stay at Selhurst Park until 2018. “I’m delighted, I had a fantastic time last year and I think the club’s going in a great direction,” McArthur told “Everyone’s positive around the place and I’m really looking forward to the coming years. “I think there was a bit of general interest [in me], but Palace is where I want to be, I’m happy and that’s the main thing in football. “When you’re happy, you need to try to keep that and keep going with it. I think the club have got the potential to go places. It was an easy decision. There was nothing really to consider.” Pardew, who guided Palace to 10th in the Barclays Premier League last season, lauded the impact of McArthur since his arrival at Selhurst Park. “James is a very important player for this football club, he was key for me last season and he has impressed with every aspect of his play,” Pardew said. “I’ve been a fan of his for a long time and was impressed with his performances when he was playing for Wigan. “Because of the quality that he brings and the attitude that he has, it was important to offer him this new deal.” last_img read more

Singh, Reifer help Jaguars regain top spot in Regional four-day … Scorpions beaten by seven wickets

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Vishaul Singh struck an unbeaten half-century as reigning champions Guyana Jaguars brushed aside Jamaica Scorpions by seven wickets to regain top spot in the Regional four-day championship here yesterday.Playing on the final day of their sixth round game at Sabina Park, Jaguars successfully chased down a target of 182 to depose Scorpions as leaders, with Vishaul ending unbeaten on 63They lost just one wicket – that of veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul for five – but Vishaul found an ally in Barbadian all-rounder Raymon Reifer to see Jaguars home in an unbroken 78-run, fourth-wicket partnership.Reifer, who was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his fine all-round efforts in the contest, was unbeaten on 37.All told, Vishaul faced 103 deliveries in a trifle over three hours at the crease and struck eight fours while fellow left-hander Reifer counted three fours and a six in a 63-ball innings.Jaguars resumed the day on 79 for two and initially benefited from a 27-run partnership between Vishaul and Chanderpaul.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSDeGrom still plans to pitchUNDATED (AP) — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom wants to start opening day, but his manager isn’t sure that will happen. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-STANDARDIZED TESTSCoaches want NCAA to cut SAT, ACT from eligibility standardsDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Men’s and women’s college basketball coaches are proposing the NCAA eliminate standardized testing requirements from initial-eligibility standards. The coaches call exams such as the SAT and ACT “longstanding forces of institutional racism.” The proposal comes out of the new committee on racial reconciliation formed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice initiatives. Associated Press Update on the latest sports — Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks will be the opening day starter against the Brewers next Friday. Hendricks gets the nod over Yu Darvish, who will pitch the second game. Hendricks has been one of Chicago’s most consistent starting pitchers since his big league debut in 2014, going 63-43 with a 3.14 ERA in 163 games.— Mets second baseman Robinson Canó (kah-NOH’) is back with the team after missing a few days because of personal issues. The 37-year-old Canó said he wants to keep the reasons for his absence to himself, telling reporters he worked out during his absence. He is hoping to be ready for opening day.— Star third baseman Yoán Moncada has rejoined the White Sox after missing the start of their summer camp. Long regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects, he broke out last season when he set career highs with a .315 batting average, 25 homers and 79 RBIs. He’s currently on the injured list with an unspecified injury.— Top Mariners prospect Julio Rodriguez has suffered a hairline fracture of his left wrist during a practice. The 19-year-old dived for a ball during a defensive drill and jammed his wrist. Rodriguez has been rated among the top 20 prospects in all of baseball heading into the season. — Major League Baseball will play crowd noise from its official video game through ballpark sound systems during actual games while fans are ordered to stay away. Stadium sound engineers will have access to around 75 different effects and reactions, according to MLB. The top soccer leagues in England and Spain were the first to return to action with crowd sound from video games. The two-time Cy Young Award winner says he feels good two days after leaving an intrasquad game early because of back tightness. A precautionary MRI came back clean, and deGrom thinks he simply might have slept “wrong” the night before. However, skipper Luis Rojas says the team is taking a day-to-day approach concerning a season-opening assignment as deGrom receives treatment.In other major league news:— Tampa Bay outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus. Meadows was a first-time All-Star and batted .291 with 33 homers and 89 RBIs last season.— Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday. It was his first mound appearance since he was struck by a line drive off the bat of teammate Giancarlo Stanton on July 4. The 31-year-old right-hander remains uncertain for his first turn through the rotation. NCAA President Mark Emmert said that if there is to be college sports in the fall, they need to get a much better handle on the pandemic.Elsewhere in college sports:— The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is the third Division I league to postpone its football season, joining the Ivy and Patriot Leagues. The MEAC (MEE’-ak) said it will consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester. The MEAC is comprised of 11 historically black colleges, although three of those schools plan to leave the conference.— The West Coast Conference will delay the start of fall competition in all sports until Sept. 24 because of the coronavirus. The league said Thursday that the affected sports are cross country, soccer and volleyball. The decision doesn’t apply to sports which aren’t sponsored by the league, including BYU and University of San Diego football.— The University of Northern Colorado has suspended athletic workout activities after a spate of positive cases of COVID-19, including among football players who have been advised to quarantine. There is no timeline for when the student athletes will be allowed to return to voluntary workouts at the campus about an hour north of Denver. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say top overall draft choice Zion Williamson has left the club to attend to an urgent family medical matter. The Pelicans say Williamson intends to rejoin the team in the Orlando area for the resumption of the season. But the club has not said whether the former Duke star would be able to return or whether he’ll miss any games because of his departure on Thursday. Williamson will have to quarantine again when he returns to Central Florida. Williamson has averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19 games this season after missing the New Orleans’ first 44 games while recovering from preseason arthroscopic knee surgery.Also around the NBA: — Former Phillies infielder and coach Tony Taylor has died at 84. The Phillies said in a statement that Taylor died Thursday from complications of a stroke suffered in 2019. The 1960 NL All-Star batted .261 with 2,007 hits, 1,005 runs and 234 stolen bases in 2,195 career games. Taylor was inducted into the team’s Wall of Fame in 2002.— The Blue Jays have been given clearance by Ontario and Toronto to play regular-season games in Rogers Centre amid the coronavirus pandemic, although they wait approval from Canada’s federal government. Toronto Mayor John Tory said he urged the federal and provincial governments to approve MLB plan. Major League Baseball needed an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. — A coalition of health department leaders in major American cities are cautioning Major League Baseball to avoid risky behavior when the season resumes next week. The Big Cities Health Coalition made some recommendations about procedures to follow when the baseball season resumes July 23. They range from proper handwashing stations to only traveling on charter flights.NBA-NEWSWilliamson leaves team for family mattercenter_img — Rockets guard and league scoring leader James Harden practiced with his team Thursday for the first time in more than four months. He explained that his arrival at the league’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World was delayed by family issues. Harden came to Disney earlier this week, satisfied his league-mandated quarantine requirements and got cleared to participate. He has been working out but said it was his first time playing actual 5-on-5, contact-laden basketball in more than a month.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NCAANCAA sets COVID guidelines for footballUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has released its latest guidance to help member schools navigate competition during the coronavirus pandemic, and they come as the prospects of actually playing look grim. The NCAA says college football players should be tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before a game, players with high-risk exposures should be quarantined for 14 days and everybody on the sideline should wear a mask. PGAWoods gets used to silence at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods got his first taste of playing competitive golf without adoring admirers since the coronavirus pandemic caused the PGA to hold tournaments without spectators.Woods received near-dead silence as he opened and closed with birdies en route to a 1-under 71 in opening-round play at The Memorial. He’s five strokes behind leader Tony Finau (FEE’-now), who birdied seven of his final 10 holes for a 66 that puts him one ahead of Ryan Palmer.Muirfield Village is the first club in 63 years to host back-to-back PGA events. Collin Morikawa won there last weekend at 19-under, beating Justin Thomas in a playoff. LPGA TOURBoth Ohio events on LPGA schedule to be played without fansSYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — The LPGA will be without spectators when it hosts two events in Ohio, the first since play was shut down by the coronavirus. The tour resumes with the LPGA Championship at Inverness on July 30 before heading to Sylvania, Ohio, for the Marathon Classic. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said there was a chance the tournament would cap attendance at 2,000 spectators. But after talking with county and state officials, the Marathon Classic decided to go without fans.TENNIS-WILLIAMS American sprinter Stevens banned 18 months for missed testsGENEVA (AP) — Olympic finalist sprinter Deajah Stevens has received an 18-month ban for missing doping tests and will miss the Tokyo Games. The Athletics Integrity Unit says Stevens was unavailable for giving samples three times in 2019 in Oregon and West Hollywood. Three whereabouts violations within one year can lead to a ban. The 25-year-old American runner’s ban was backdated to start on Feb. 17, 2020. It expires days after the postponed Tokyo Olympics in August 2021. July 16, 2020 DC team owner hires law firm amid allegations of workplace misconductUNDATED (AP) — Owner Dan Snyder has hired a District of Columbia law firm to review the Washington NFL team’s culture, policies and allegations of workplace misconduct.The Washington Post reported Thursday that 15 female former employees said they were sexually harassed during their time with the team. The team issued a statement saying that “While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly.”Three members of the front office have left the organization within the past week.MISSED TESTS-STEVENS Serena plans to compete next monthLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to make her return to competition at a new hard-court tournament in Kentucky next month.It’ll be the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion’s first action since playing for the U.S. in the Fed Cup in February, before all sanctioned tennis was shut down the next month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours are scheduled to resume in August.NFL-WASHINGTON-MISCONDUCTlast_img read more