News story: Robots compete in nuclear decommissioning challenge

first_imgAn array of robots controlled by super-smart auto-navigation systems are doing battle in an £8.5 million competition to develop new ways of tackling some of Sellafield’s most radioactive hotspots.Last year, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and fellow government agency Innovate UK launched a search for innovative technologies that could be combined into a single seamless process for use in facilities that will soon embark on a major decommissioning journey.Working closely with Sellafield Ltd, who would use the technology, submissions to a competitive process were invited from all industrial sectors.Five promising ideas have now made it through to the final stages after being whittled down from a shortlist of 15. The newly formed consortia are each set to receive up to £1.5 million to build prototype demonstrators for testing in a simulated radioactive environment.Conventional approaches to working in high-hazard environments involve teams of workers, clad in protective air-fed suits, who would be restricted to working no more than a few hours at a time. The process is extremely time-consuming, costly and poses risks to the workers. This programme fully aligns with one of the Governments Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund priority areas: ‘Robotics and artificial intelligence in extreme environments’ which is looking to create a safer working world for people, improve productivity and support advances in industry and public services. We have been delighted by the response to this competition and the additional funding will enable us to support more innovative organisations with great ideas to make nuclear decommissioning cheaper, safer and faster. A number of the technologies are tried and tested nuclear favourites; some are well established in other industries; others are brand new. One of the challenges will be to develop a smooth interaction between all the different component parts.Industries that have been keen to step up to the challenge include computer gaming, fume extraction, sea-fishing, medical imaging, oil and gas as well as space and defence.Many ideas include robots which range from large industrial giants to small ant-like devices that can work collectively and easily be replaced in the event of a break-down.One of the auto-mapping systems was developed for use in missions to Mars and will be adapted to scan the interior of a radioactive cell. It’s a huge challenge. The new integrated system must establish what’s inside the cells, measure the radioactivity, access spaces that have been sealed for years, cut up the contents (including large vessels and many miles of pipework), segregate the waste, then remove it for treatment and safe storage. Radioactivity levels are extremely high, restricting workforce access, so the work must be carried out remotely. All the projects are being developed by collaborative consortia formed specifically for this competition. The participating organisations, almost 30 in total, include small businesses, large corporations and academic institutions.The winning project – or projects – could be put to work at Sellafield’s Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (THORP) and Magnox Reprocessing Plant, which are both due to close by 2020. After closure, scores of rooms, or ‘cells’, at the facilities must be cleaned out, with the waste safely treated for packing and storage.Melanie added: The projects include technology developed for space missions to MarsSome projects will immerse operatives in a virtual world, where they will intuitively be able to control robots and equipment as if they were actually inside the cells.Melanie added: The Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant must be cleaned out and decommissionedThe goal of Sellafield and the NDA is to reduce risks to workers, increase productivity, deal efficiently with waste, reduce timescales and cut overall costs to the taxpayer: safer, faster, cheaper. This is complemented by the role of Innovate UK who are looking to drive productivity and growth in the UK through the support and implementation of innovation.Announcing the projects, the NDA’s Head of Technology Melanie Brownridge said the response from suppliers and academic institutions had been so promising, that more funds were added to top up the original £3 million pot increasing it to £8.5 million: This has the potential to open up significant business opportunities for UK organisations both nationally and globally. We were all incredibly excited by the quality and diversity of the submissions, which came from established nuclear organisations as well as industries, such as space and defence sectors, working with us for the first time. Such a fantastic response meant that we were able to secure additional funding from Innovate UK and the Government’s department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) which will allow more of the ideas to be fully explored and also investigated for potential use in other hazardous environments. The projects demonstrate the full range of innovation – using existing ideas in an innovative way through to cutting-edge new technologies. We’re hopeful that a number may be successful, and could be used in various different situations at our sites as well as in other hazardous scenarios, both here and overseas. Derek Allen, Innovation Lead for Energy at Innovate UK, said: After the first series of trials, set to take place over the next 18 months, those with potential could progress to more rigorous trials in a radioactive environment. Approval from the nuclear regulators will be required before the integrated system can be deployed at Sellafield or other NDA sites.Melanie added: The NDA is continually seeking the best ways to encourage innovation and bring in new ideas from the supply chain and ensure everyone has an opportunity to contribute. Part of our mission is to support innovation and technology growth, with the aim of pushing forward the decommissioning of extremely complex nuclear challenges. More on the projects and how they are developing will be released over the next 12 months including articles from each consortium.The five successful projects are (lead contractor in bold):Barrnon LtdAtkins, Cambrian Intelligence Ltd, Createc Ltd, Veolia (Oxford Technologies)Createc LtdOC Robotics, Red Engineering Design Ltd, Structure Vision Ltd, React Engineering Ltd, UKEA, Race LtdWoodAirbus Defence & Space Ltd, Damavan Imaging, Clicks & Links Ltd, TWI, Digital Concepts Engineering Ltd, IS Instruments Ltd, i3D Robotics Ltd, University of Lancaster, University of Salford, KawasakiCavendish NuclearBabcock Analytic Solutions, OC RoboticsNuviaClicks & Links Ltd, Hu-Tech Ltd, Imitec Ltd, PaR Systems Ltd, UKEA RACE Ltd, University of Bristol, University of ManchesterIntegrated Innovation Competition project details (PDF, 391KB, 9 pages)Read more about the background in a blog by the NDA’s Melanie Brownridgelast_img read more

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Tickets For B&H-Slovakia Match Will Go On Sale on Tuesday

first_imgThe sale of tickets for the qualifying match for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil for the game between B&H and Slovakia will start on Tuesday, 20 August at 9:00. The match is scheduled for 6 September in stadium ‘Bilino Polje’ in Zenica.Due to limited capacity and security measures, 10.350 tickets have been printed, and the price is 40 KM (west stands), 30 KM (east), and 20 KM (south and north), announced the B&H Football Association.Interest for this match exceeded all expectations, so that the specified number of tickets is absolutely insufficient to meet the stated requirements of collectives and individuals, announced the B&H Football Association.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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Okeechobee County woman charged in ex-boyfriend’s shooting death

first_imgPolice arrested a Okeechobee County woman for the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says 29-year-old Roykeria Wiley was seen in surveillance camera footage running from a South Bay, Florida home moments after 43-year-old Estevan Rodriguez was shot from close range.The footage also captured a man running from the home and getting into the woman’s truck.Authorities say the couple broke up and Wiley had a violent outburst in that home three days before the killing.She is now facing homicide charges.last_img read more

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Mixed-Use Developments Pop Up in Atlantic Highlands

first_imgThough not right on the water, Kalian believes the new proposal will provide its own benefits to potential lessees.“Harbor House will not have the similar views, but it will have really nice units right in town, where you can walk to everything,” he said.Although site plans are not yet finalized, Kalian said the site would have a brick layout along the front and the residential units would have upscale bathrooms and many amenities. He called the units “luxury rentals.”One issue that might occur in Kalian’s application, though, is that ground floor apartments along First Avenue are not permitted under current zoning law. Kalian must seek a variance for that to happen.Hubeny said the borough has been impressed by the different styles of mixed-use that have come before the planning board.“The people coming in to do these projects are well-prepared,” he said. “They’re not shooting for the stars, they have reasonable plans.” It’s also a new method of business that the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce has welcomed.“I think as far as the chamber goes, it’s a very good thing,” said Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce president Cindy Fligor. Story and photo by Jay CookATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – A long-vacant lot in Atlantic Highlands’ historic business district is being eyed for an upscale, traditional style, multi-use development.The project is being led by Patrick Kalian, managing partner and co-owner of Atlantic Highlands Associates, LLC.“I’ve lived in the area since 1980 and I always looked at Atlantic Highlands as the next town, the next place to happen,” Kalian said Monday.Kalian is proposing the Harbor House, a three-story, 5,700-square-foot mixed-use building with commercial and residential space. The first floor would have 1,165-square-feet of commercial space, as well as two residential units in the back. On the second and third floors, eight more residential units are being proposed. In total, there would be five one-bedroom units and five two-bedroom units.Located in between The Jig Factory dance school and Better Homes Realty, 60 First Ave. has been vacant for decades. Borough administrator Adam Hubeny, who began his service as a police officer in the borough in 1987, recalled the lot being vacant then.Kalian acquired the property in June 2015 from its previous owner, Marlin Technology Partners, LLC, based in Holmdel, who owned it for just over nine years.Harbor House was presented to the borough planning board at the March 9 meeting. The presentation will continue at the April 13 meeting, where a decision could be made.If approved, the complex would mark the third mixed-use development Kalian has constructed in Atlantic Highlands. His other two are found across town and are currently under construction: Bay Village-First Avenue and Bay Village-HennesseyBoulevard.Bay Village-First Avenue, located at 35 First Ave., will have approximately 2,500-square-feet of retail space along with six total residential units. Bay Village-Hennessey Boulevard, found at 2 Hennessey Blvd., is set to have 7,200-square-feet of water view office space and 16 total residential units. By November, he expects occupancy at both sites. “Towns need to promote growth from within and there’s a current growth spurt that we’re having.”Fligor owns Salon at 68, a beauty salon located at 68 First Ave. She is excited to welcome new businesses into the borough.“It’s a win-win,” she said. “Atlantic Highlands can still keep its charm.”With the influx of mixed use comes the potential to becoming a state-recognized transit village, an initiative spearheaded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ Transit.Through the program, grants are provided to municipalities as incentive to redevelop areas around transit stations. Ferry services are not currently considered transit stations by the state.Atlantic Highlands hopes to lead the charge for municipalities who have a productive ferry service. At the foot of First Avenue, the Seastreak ferry has a terminal which primarily transports commuters to and from New York City.“We believe that when we’re ready, and we have all of our ducks in a row to apply for transit village, this will only bolster our application,” he said.Preparing to finish his application, Kalian is confident that the planning board will accept Harbor House at the April 13 meeting.“We hope to get it very soon,” he said. “We’ll wait 60 days and then start construction.”last_img read more

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Saints outlast Vikes to book spot in BCIHL Championship

first_imgIt wasn’t supposed to be so tough, but playoff hockey is prone to unpredictable outcomes.But when push came to shove, the defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League fought of a pesky University of Victoria Vikes to capture the best-of-three series Sunday night in Castlegar with a 3-1 victory.“He [Vikes goaltender Scott Legault] had a good series for sure and we had to work a little harder to get those goals,” Saints forward Jamie Vlanich said after Sunday’s victory.“That’s what we did and ultimately we were successful.”Selkirk, three-time defending league champion, won the regular season title finishing 14 points ahead of fourth seed UVic.The opening series was supposed to be a formality, but Legault had other ideas.During the three games, Selkirk College shooters peppered Legault with 115 shots. Ultimately the Saints staved off the upset but it was far from easy.In the series opener on Friday night, a large and supportive crowd watched Saints forward Tylor Branzen score the first goal just over five minutes into the game.The Vikes came roaring back late in the period with two goals of their own to take a 2-1 lead. Ryan Edwards tied the game with a beautiful end-to-end rush early in the second period, but Vikes forward Linden Horswill quickly got one back.Branzen’s second goal of the game late in the middle period sent the teams into the dressing room tied at 3-3, despite the outshooting the Vikes 24-12 in the first 40 minutes. Just over eight minutes into the final period, rookie forward Dane Feeney scored on the powerplay for the eventual game winner and the Saints opened the series with a 4-3 win.Saturday, Vlanich scored a pair of goals to pace the Saints to a 2-1 lead late into the third period. With time running out on their season, the Vikes pulled their goalie with two minutes left and Jack Palmer picked up a loose puck to beat Selkirk College starter James Prigione with a minute remaining.Less than two minutes into the first overtime, the former Nelson Leafs contingent of Horswill-Willans combined to steal the victory in overtime as Horswill redirected a shot from his KIJHL teammate.In Sunday’s do-or-die contest, the Saints came out determined and threw 20 shots on Legault in the opening period.Vlanich was the only Saints player to solve the Vikes goaltender when he scored his third goal of the series while Selkirk College was shorthanded.After a scoreless second period, Saints’ forward Ryon Sookro scored on a rebound to pad the lead midway through the third period. But an Aaron Ens goal with eight minutes left in the period cranked up the intensity level.Prigione shut the door and Dallas Calvin scored into the empty net to seal the 3-1 victory and send the pesky Vikes packing.“It was exciting, I wanted to make an impact,” said Sookro, who returned to the line-up and registered the game-winner on Sunday after being sidelined with a hairline fracture in his wrist three weeks ago.“Their goaltender played well and when that happens it’s tough, but you just have to keep getting shots and it will work out in the end.”The Saints will meet the Trinity Western University Spartans in the best-of-three league championship series starting Friday night in Castlegar. The third-seed Spartans upset the Simon Fraser University Clan in the other semi-final to earn a shot at the coveted provincial title.If the Saints are to claim their fourth straight BCIHL crown, they will need their best weekend of the season against a tough Spartans team.“You want to win and in order to win you have sacrifice yourself,” said Edwards, who had a team-leading five points against the Vikes.“You have to play faster and harder… that’s what we did this weekend and that’s what we will do against Trinity Western.”All three games will be played at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. Both Friday and Saturday night’s games start at 7 p.m. If necessary, Sunday’s game will begin at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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7 super SF Bay Area things to do this weekend,

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile deviceThe rain is a distant memory (for now) but many around these parts are getting ready for the ice — as in the big NHL All-Star Game in San Jose. But there’s plenty of ways to have fun around these parts whether you’re a hockey fan or not. Here are seven great ways to spend this weekend in the S.F. Bay Area and beyond, from watching Richard Nixon (well, a fake Richard Nixon) duke it out with a perky TV host to a host of …last_img read more

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RWC 2023: South Africa bids for the rights

first_imgAs hosts of the Rugby World Cup, the country would make rugby proud, the South African bid team told the sport’s world body. Revenue projects and fan numbers were also placed higher than those earned in England in 2015.Deputy president Ramaphosa with South Africa’s two World Cup winning captains. (Image: SA Rugby)Sulaiman PhilipThree years after South African rugby was welcomed back on to the international stage, the country hosted and, memorably, won the IRB Rugby World Cup. After three unsuccessful attempts, South Africa has again bid to host the 2023 World Cup.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa headed a delegation that included South African Rugby Union president Mark Alexander and CEO Jurie Roux, as well as Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi. Ramaphosa said South Africa alone could host a tournament that would make rugby proud. “We want to share our passion with the world and provide the sport with a carnival that’s vibrantly African, which will engulf our country, capture a continent and inspire the world.”Speaking of the iconic moments in 1995, Ramaphosa reminded the adjudicating panel that the 1995 World Cup helped to bind South Africa into one nation. “In 2023, we hope to use the Rugby World Cup to inspire and unite not only South Africans, but the global community of nations. In a world facing the threat of polarisation, intolerance and indifference, South Africa is best poised to demonstrate that rugby can break barriers, create hope and unite humanity. The people and government of South Africa are therefore wholeheartedly behind SA Rugby’s bid. We have proven we can deliver.”South Africa’s bid will be judged against those from Ireland and Fance, both rugby-loving nations. However, just as it was for the FIFA World Cup 2010, awarding South Africa the sporting spectacular will allow World Rugby, the sport’s international governing body, to reach new fans across Africa.The South African team believe the country can deliver a lucrative tournament that will beat income from the 2015 tournament in England, which doubled returns from the 2011 tournament, hosted by New Zealand.England attracted 2.47 million ticketed fans while New Zealand hosted 1.6 million in 2011. The South African bid projections suggested 2.9 million ticketed fans across the eight stadiums earmarked as host stadiums in seven cities.Brett Gosper, World Rugby CEO, said the 2015 tournament generated £250-million (R4.5-billion) in tickets revenues, with an £80-million surplus to World Rugby and £15-million surplus to the Rugby Football Union, England’s governing rugby body, to be invested in the development of rugby.South Africa’s bid advances the world body’s intent to create a global sport for all, while remaining true to its values of discipline, integrity, respect, solidarity and passion. For South African school children, the bid aims to introduce a million children to the game through the governing bodies’ Get into Rugby programme.The 2023 hosts will be announced on 15 November.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Rape victim consumes poison, dies

first_imgUpset over the alleged inaction by the police on her rape complaint, a 22-year-old woman in the Yamunanagar district of Haryana has allegedly committed suicide. Police said the woman had consumed a poisonous substance outside the Jathlana Police Station on Monday evening. “The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she died later,” Yamunanagar Deputy Superintendent of Police Subhash Chand told The Hindu. Mr. Chand said that the woman and her family members had filed a complaint of rape against Manoj Kumar and five others a few days ago and the police had been investigating the matter. Mr. Chand said the woman, along with her family members, had on September 2 visited the Jathlana Police Station to enquire about the status of her complaint, where the suicide incident occurred. “We are probing the cause of the incident,” he said. Family members of the victim alleged that local police officials were not taking any action over the rape complaint, even though it had been over 12 days since the complaint had been filed with the police.Case registeredMr. Chand added that the police has registered a case under Section 306 (abetment to suicide). Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.last_img read more

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Messi donates money won in court case against newspaper

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between Olympiakos and Barcelona at Georgios Karaiskakis stadium at Piraeus port, near Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)MADRID — The company that manages Lionel Messi’s image rights says the player has donated more than 70,000 euros ($81,000) to the medical charity Doctors Without Borders after winning a court case against a Spanish newspaper.The money was awarded to Messi for an article the La Razon newspaper published implying that the player was doping.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The company says Messi will continue to defend himself from accusations and insinuations against his honor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Thompson’s injury another blow for struggling Cavaliers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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10 months agoGenoa, Frosinone in contact with Newcastle wing-back Lazaar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genoa, Frosinone in contact with Newcastle wing-back Lazaarby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United wing-back Achraf Lazaar is closer to a return to January.Lazaar spent last season on-loan at Benevento.And TMW says Genoa and Frosinone are now in contact about bringing Lazaar back to Serie A next month.Both Serie A clubs would seek to take the 26 year-old on-loan.Lazaar has been frozen out by Toon boss Rafa Benitez this season as he has been encouraged to find himself a new club. last_img read more

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