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  • GLSC launches project to harmonise information system

    first_imgThe Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) on Tuesday officially launched a project under the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Direct Assistance Programme.The project is aimed at harmonising the GLSC and the Guyana Forestry Commission’s (GFC) forest and land information system to provide legal assurance, transparency and create compliance verification capabilities between the two Commissions. It aims to develop an enabling environment that fosters efficient and effective provision of land information in support of the EU-FLEGT.The 12-month project has been approved for grant funding amounting to US$49,900 to support the enhancement of the capacities and information systems necessary to ensure the legality of timber harvested on leased State Land that overlap with Forest Areas’ Concessions, for GLSC to effectively contribute to theCommissioner and Chief Executive of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Trevor BennVoluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) process.At a simple launch of the project at the Commission’s boardroom, Commissioner and Chief Executive of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Trevor Benn expressed the need for more inter-agency collaboration nationally.This, he said, is necessary for fast-paced nation building. “Agencies must work together, if we are to get results, good results, in a timely manner,” The CEO noted.Benn expressed the Commission’s gratitude for the resources provided for the project but observed that it is inadequate. “As a result, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission is pledging another, US$200,000 for this project”, Benn announced.“This is a clear demonstration of our commitment, not only to this project, but the development of our nation as a whole,” He posited, adding that the project in the long-term will see the country benefiting significantly. “We see the importance of this project, and it is coming at an opportune time, we believe it is very important for our country and we are committed to see it is well executed.”Local FAO representative, Reuben Robertson, during brief remarks also outlined the need for the two agencies to work together, especially to share data. “These two agencies complement each other, and therefore it is imperative that you work together, not only for this project but other similar ventures,” he said.Chairperson of the GL&SC’S Board of Directors, Paulette Henry also spoke of the need for inter-agency collaboration, adding that the GL&SC is committed to working with its sister agencies on projects that will benefit and aid in the development of all Guyana.last_img read more

  • Twitter reacts to Antoine Griezmann’s TV special

    first_imgHas a footballer ever done anything as self indulgent and embarrassing than this Griezmann video ?🤦‍♀️ Did nobody think to tell him it was a bad idea?— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) June 14, 2018 Spanish TV station Movistar+ aired a documentary which followed his decision-making process throughout the season.For 45 minutes, he described a mental struggle between adoration at Atletico and Champions League glory at Barca while everyone screamed at their TVs: ‘JUST TELL US WHAT YOU’RE DOING.’ On a serious note this Griezmann video is a disgrace. He literally had two sets of fans on strings for 45 minutes then publicly snubbed millions of them. To do that to football fans who provide him with that position of arrogance was massively misguided— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) June 14, 2018 How can Griezmann talk about Atleti ‘missing something to win the Champions League’ when he literally missed a penalty in the final?— Billy (@billyedwards94) June 14, 2018 Griezmann got the whole world watching him on the opening day of the World Cup just to say he’s staying, have to admire that level of arrogance— Billie (@Billie_T) June 14, 2018 Just before he went on air, Antoine Griezmann was licking himself to see if he tasted as good as he thought he would. Taken ego to new limits.— Duncan Wright (@dwright75) June 14, 2018 If you think that Griezmann nonsense is ok…just wait until it catches on and we’re watching a 30 minute documentary that ends with Jason Puncheon signing a new contract with Crystal Palace.— Daniel McDonnell (@McDonnellDan) June 14, 2018 Antoine Griezmann has just made an extraordinary TV appearance in which he (eventually) announced he will be staying at Atletico Madrid.The Frenchman had been heavily linked with an £88million move to Barcelona this summer, but he rejected the Catalans in remarkable fashion. 2 Griezmann eventually announced he would be staying at Atletico Antoine Griezmann is the kind of guy who would propose to his girlfriend at his friend’s wedding.— R™ (@RealTalkMUFC) June 14, 2018 2 Griezmann’s TV stunt did not sit well with a lot of football fans I’m glad Griezmann is staying but this whole thing has been embarrassing.— Kinga (@atleticorner) June 14, 2018 Antonie Griezmann has truly embarrassed himself with this ‘decision’ nonsense. Class player, but this attention seeking stunt is poor form.— United Xtra (@utdxtra) June 14, 2018 I long to be as shamelessly dramatic as Griezmann— Arielle Castillo (@ariellec) June 14, 2018 Twitter was mightily unimpressed by the reveal, which came just hours before Griezmann and France play their first World Cup game against Australia.Here are some of the best tweets.last_img read more

  • Excavation starts for US particle physicists next giant experiment

    first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) LBNF project By Adrian ChoJul. 21, 2017 , 4:30 PM Matthew Kapust Today, physicists and politicians gathered at a former mine in South Dakota to break ground for the United States’s next great particle physics experiment. Known as the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF), the experiment will fire a beam of elusive particles called neutrinos from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, to a gargantuan particle detector 1300 kilometers away in an abandoned gold mine in Lead, South Dakota.To build the modular detector, workers have to carve out massive caverns 1480 meters underground, haul out stone that weighs as much as a dozen aircraft carries, and truck in millions of liters of frigid liquid argon. This afternoon officials gathered deep underground to turn the first few shovels of stone.“We couldn’t be more excited to be actually starting construction,” says Mike Headley, head of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority in Lead. “We’re absolutely thrilled that [the project] is moving forward and about what it’s going to do for the U.S. scientifically,” says Headley, who is also director of the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), the small laboratory the state started at Homestake in 2006 with a $70 million donation from philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country The four caverns housing the neutrino detector will lie on either side of a shallower cavern housing utilities. Perhaps the most mysterious of subatomic particles, neutrinos outnumber every other type of matter particle, yet interact so weakly that every second trillions of them pass unnoticed through each of us. They come in three types—electron, muon, and tau—that can morph, or oscillate, into one another. By firing muon neutrinos from particle accelerators to distant underground detectors, physicists have sketched out the basics of such “neutrino oscillations.” The LBNF aims to nail down all the details and put physicists’ theory of the phenomenon to the acid test. It will also look for a slight asymmetry between neutrinos and antineutrinos that could be key to explaining how the infant universe generated so much more matter than antimatter and search for signs of even weirder new physics. Scientists proposed building such an experiment as early as 2001 as part of a bigger, multipurpose lab at Homestake to be funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). However, in 2010 the National Science Board, which sets policy for NSF, balked at that idea, leaving it to the Department of Energy (DOE) to build the neutrino experiment. The size and scope of the effort then oscillated up and down, as physicists and DOE officials haggled over what the department could afford. In 2014 they agreed to restore the experiment to its original scope and make it an international project. DOE now anticipates covering $1.5 billion of the total cost. The detector itself—now known independently as the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE)—will comprise four massive tanks of ultrapure liquid argon.Big digBut before scientists can build the experiment, engineers and workers must greatly expand the SURF. They will have to blast out four chambers measuring roughly 70 meters long, 20 meters wide, and 29 meters high, as well as a longer, lower service hall. They will extract about 790,000 metric tons of rock, says Tracy Lundin, a civil engineer at Fermilab and LBNF project manager for conventional facilities. Batch by batch, the material will go up the mine’s existing rock-hauling elevator or “skip,” Lundin says, and will then be carried by a 1200-meter-long conveyor belt and deposited in the hole left from a prior surface mining operation. The excavation should take about 3 years, he says.In spite of the mind-numbing numbers, such excavation isn’t unprecedented, Lundin says. “In the underground construction business, it’s a medium to medium-large project,” he says. Engineers and workers also have caught a break, Lundin says, in that the residual stresses in the rock are modest, reducing the risk that it will fracture or shift during excavation. “This mine has been known as a very stress-friendly rock mass,” he says.Once workers have excavated the caverns, they will have to build the steel tanks that will hold the liquid argon. Engineers are borrowing a technology called membrane cryostat technology that is now used in tanker ships that carry liquid natural gas, says David Montanari, an engineer at Fermilab and LBNF project manager for cryogenic infrastructure. The inner liner of the tank will consist of a thin layer of corrugated steel. That will be surrounded by a thick layer of insulation and an outer steel support structure, Montanari says. “We are trying not to reinvent the wheel,” he says. “We are trying to use as much as possible conventional technology.”The location of the tanks deep underground may make them somewhat harder to build than a tanker ship. “There’s a maximum size for a piece of steel that can go down the mine shaft,” says Eric James, a physicist at Fermilab and DUNE technical coordinator. “So you have to design things so that they can be bolted together piece by piece and still withstand the pressure applied by all the liquid argon.”Thousands of trucks of argonGetting the liquid argon to the lab will also require some thought. “There’s a big process to figure out how we get that much liquid argon out to South Dakota when all of the suppliers are on the Gulf Coast and the East Coast,” says Troy Lark, a mechanical engineer at Fermilab and procurement manager for LBNF. Argon is shipped as a liquid by truck, one of which typically hauls about 20 tons. So filling the detector will require 3500 deliveries.Ironically, once the liquid reaches the SURF, workers will convert it to a gas before sending it underground. Piping the liquid down isn’t practical because of the colossal pressure that would build up at the bottom of the 1480 meter pipe, Lark says. So the argon must go down as a gas and be recondensed—at a chilly –185.8°C—once it reaches the lab. Filling each of the four modules will take between 7 months and a year, Montanari estimates.The civil construction and infrastructure work at Homestake are pricy. The DOE budget request for fiscal year 2018 pegs the cost of those two things at a total of $398 million.Physicists do not yet have approval from DOE to build the high-tech guts of the DUNE detector. Researchers at Fermilab and CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, are still working with prototype detectors and ironing out their designs, James says. They hope to get final approval to start building detector hardware itself in 2019, in hopes of completing construction of the detectors in 2024, he says. The United States will cover about 25% of the costs of the detector, James says.But first, physicists must have the caverns and facilities in which to place those high-tech devices. Today, the engineers finally started building them.Correction, 31 July, 10:23 a.m.: The story has been changed: The amount of rock to be excavated has been corrected. Email The Homestake gold mine, which produced ore from 1876 until 2002, was the largest and deepest gold mine in North America. 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