first_img 22 May 2019 Bridgwater Town Hall 1700 – 1900 11 June 2019 Bridgwater Town Hall 1000 – 1200 05 June 2019 Cannington Village Hall 1100 – 1300 A key part of decommissioning the Magnox sites is dealing with radioactive waste. At Hinkley Point A Site, and other Magnox sites, a proportion of the waste that needs to be managed is called intermediate level waste (ILW). This ILW needs to be packaged and stored in Interim Storage Facilities (ISFs), before its eventual disposal at a national Geological Disposal Facility (GDF).The work followers several years of discussion and engagement with local stakeholders around the country about Magnox’s waste strategies across all our sites.Several public drop-in sessions will be held to allow you to find out more – the details of which are below. 05 June 2019 Stogursey Church Rooms 1700 – 1900 Date Venue Time 11 June 2019 Wembdon Village Hall 1400 – 1600last_img read more

first_imgAlong with grant applications, administrative duties, publishing and hands-on research duties, scientists in agricultural research have the monumental job of disseminating vital information to stakeholders, policymakers and the general public.During its annual meeting on June 16, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recognized Wayne Parrott, professor in the University of Georgia Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, with a distinguished service award for his research and communication contributions to the plant breeding industry.“Wayne is one of the outstanding scientists we have in the Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics as well as the interim director of the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies,” said Allen Moore, associate dean for research in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). “Alongside his extensive research accomplishments, he is also a talented communicator of science. I am delighted that ASTA recognized his contributions in educating the public and government on the science and value of modern genetics and genomics needed to produce sustainable crops.”Parrott’s efforts in addressing current plant breeding regulations and testimonials before Congress and federal regulators were an impetus for the award.“Science communication is more important now than ever, particularly when it comes to implementing public policy,” said Parrott, who is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and UGA Distinguished Research Professor. “We have expert regulators, but they cannot be experts across the board. Thus, it is incumbent on scientists to provide them with the right information.”Since coming to UGA in 1988, Parrott’s laboratory has served as an international flagship for genetic research in soybeans and other crops. He’s spent nearly three decades developing new soybean varieties and researching the human and environmental safety of genetically modified crops.U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations on agricultural biotechnology have been limiting, as they were based on science that was 40 years out of date, according to Parrott.“These rules have been recently revised, which should facilitate research and investment in the field. I fully expect there will be many new career opportunities that will materialize and help farmers out in the process.”Methods like CRISPR, a tool for editing genomes, make the improvement process for crops much easier and more efficient.“For this technology to deliver on its promise, it is important that both the public and regulators understand the risks — or lack thereof — that are involved. And this information needs to get out all over the world because things are so interconnected these days,” Parrott said.Parrott and other scientists work together to develop and deliver critical data, but national organizations like ASTA are important to help support them.“It can be really daunting for a single person to try and be heard in a big, wide world. Networking with as many colleagues as possible and with organizations like ASTA helps amplify the message,” said Parrott.To learn more about the Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics at UGA, visit plantbreeding.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

first_imgThe UK financial markets regulator has finalised rules strengthening the duty of asset managers to act in the best interests of investors in their funds.The rules are the first that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has adopted following its landmark asset management market study. The study, published last year, found weak price competition among asset managers and led it to refer the investment consultant sector for a competition investigation.The regulator dropped the term ‘value for money’ from the rules requiring fund managers to justify to investors the charges they take from funds, following a consultation.However, requirements published today stated that fund charges should be assessed annually in the context of the overall value delivered. Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at the FCA, said: “Today’s announcements are an important part of a package of measures that, combined, aim to achieve a fair, transparent, open and accountable market.”The new rules also require fund managers to introduce independent directors to fund boards and to repay so-called box profits to the fund for the benefit of investors. Another measure brings individual focus and accountability to certain fund managers.The FCA said the measures would deliver better protection for all investors, both those who were actively engaged with their investments and those who were not.The regulator also said it wanted managers to improve communication regarding their funds so that investors could more easily understand what their choices were and what they ultimately invested in.“We welcome the FCA recognising that people judge their asset manager by investment performance and service, as well as cost.”Chris Cummings, Investment Association chief executive Alongside the policy statement, the FCA has launched a further consultation on improving communications, aiming to address:fund objectives – according to the FCA these should be expressed more clearly and be more useful to investors;benchmark constraints – where funds are benchmark-constrained or limited in how far their holdings can differ from an index, this should be clear;appropriate use of benchmarks – if a fund has a benchmark, its use must be explained and consistently disclosed.The FCA today also published a paper on the findings of an experiment it carried out on the impact of how information was presented. It said the work “reinforced the importance of disclosing costs and charges in a clear and meaningful way” and that investment managers should consider the results when thinking about their disclosure under new regulations.Industry reactionAt the Investment Association, the fund management trade body, chief executive Chris Cummings praised the regulator for “recognising that people judge their asset manager by investment performance and service, as well as cost”.Richard Dowell, co-head of clients at Cardano, said the report was “a step in the right direction” for ensuring investment managers acted in the best interests of investors, “and crucially, show how they actually do this”.In Dowell’s view, however, the FCA should have kept the term ‘value for money’ because managers might differ from each other in how they present the value they have delivered. This could “cause headaches every year” at the time of the annual assessment, he said.Caroline Escott, policy lead for investment and defined benefit at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, said: “Cost transparency is vital but it is important to avoid a ‘race to the bottom’ on costs and we must instead encourage investors to focus on the broader value for money they receive.” Andrew Glessing, head of regulation at Alpha FMC, a consultancy, added: “Far from kicking its proposed package of remedies into the long grass, as many commentators suggested last year, the FCA has remained committed to the direction of travel it set out through consultation.”The FCA’s policy statement on changes to fund governance is available here.Its consultation paper on improving communication and information disclosure is here.The results of and report on the regulator’s work on information presentation is here.last_img read more

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp In Group E, all the four teams bar the Central African Republic are back in the hunt again after their contrasting performance in Egypt with the worst being North African flagbearers Morocco who were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Benin.Morocco has since parted ways with the charismatic French coach Herve Renard and are now under a new vista with Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic whose varied experiences with Cote d’Ivoire, Japan and Algeria should come in handy for the beleaguered Atlas Lions.Under the 67-year-old Halihodzic, the Atlas Lions remains unbeaten after two international friendly matches at home against Burkina Faso (1-1) and Niger (1-0) and they will take on Mauritania in front of their fans on Friday in his first competitive game.Elsewhere, Burundi that made their AFCON debut in Egypt will be away to the Central African Republic at the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium in the other Group E match.In the meantime, former champions and 2021 host Cameroon will begin a new lease of life under Portuguese coach Toni Conceicao after the Indomitable Lions parted ways with Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf following their Round of 16 exit in Egypt. The 57-year-old Conceicao has promised to rejig the Lions and he would surely be under intense scrutiny starting from Wednesday’s home game against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in Yaounde.Similarly, it would be a new beginning for the Pharaohs of Egypt after Mohammed Salah and company crashed under the weight of expectations before a bemused home crowd as the hosts of the 2019 AFCON were bundled out in the Round of 16 by South Africa.The poor performance by the Pharaohs on home soil led to the sacking of Mexican coach Javier Aguirre and he has since being replaced by Al Ahly’s legendary player and coach Hossam El Badry; who opens his Pharaoh’s account in a competitive match against Kenya on Thursday in Alexandria.In Group H,  it will be the battle of the gladiators when African champions Algeria host 2012 champions Zambia in a match that should have the trappings of a cup final based on their past pedigrees. Both teams have clashed 14 times in the past with Les Fennecs claiming seven wins and three draws but the Chipolopolo would be buoyed by the positive outcome during their last visit to the Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui when they went home with a 1-0 win in the last qualifying match for Russia 2018.FILE PHOTO: Sadio ManeAway in Group I, there would also be plenty to play for when 2019 AFCON runner-up Senegal hosts Congo in Thies and Guinea Bissau entertains Eswatini at the Estadio 24 de Septembro in Bissau. Ditto titanic battle is expected in Group J in the all-North African derby between Tunisia and Libya at the Stade Olympique in Rades for obvious reasons.In Group K,  former African champions, Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire will on Friday entertain Niger  as they continue rebuilding process under coach Ibrahim Kamara that stirred them to a quarter final finish in Egypt.Meanwhile, the Cinderella team of Egypt 2019, Madagascar that surpassed expectations by beating the likes of Nigeria and DR Congo en route to their quarter-final finish will be at home to Ethiopia in the other Group K match.Last but not the least important are the two ties in Group L as Nigeria host neighbours Benin Republic at their Uyo International Stadium on Wednesday while Sierra Leone seek for the three home points at National Stadium in Sierra Leone. Emmanuel Okwi to lead Uganda Cranes attack. PHOTO FUFA MEDIA AFCON 2021 qualifying TODAY 10pm – Burkina Faso vs Uganda Cranes Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | THE INDEPENDENT & CAF-ONLINE |  New Uganda Cranes coach Johnathan McKinstry faces Burkina Faso in a tricky opening match of the 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.Action starts this week in the Group Phase with 48 matches to be played this week. This stage offers a mouth-watering prospect for the big guns the chance to assert their influence after not too impressive scorecard at the last AFCON in Egypt.In Group A, upstarts Chad will hope to continue with their fairy-tale run when they visit the Brave Warriors of Namibia in Windhoek. The Brave Warriors were one of the only three teams along with Burundi and Tanzania that failed to win or draw any of their three matches at the AFCON in Egypt and it would be interesting to see how well they have cured themselves of that malady.Yet it would be royale West African battle in the other Group A fixture between Mali and Guinea in Bamako since both sides failed to last the distance in Egypt where they were shown the exit in the Round of 16. It will surely going to be a new beginning for Guinea under new French coach Didier Six, who replaced Paul Put while Les Aigles of Mali continue their chase for glory under Mohamed Magassouba who supervised their last AFCON campaign in Egypt.Cranes coaches Mubiru (left), McKinstry and acting FUFA President Justus Mugisha plus the entire team flew chartered into Ouagadougou early today. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAGroup B’s match should be a close one, based on the pedigree of the two combatants Burkina Faso who  entertain Uganda in Ouagadougou. It would indeed be a fresh beginning for Cranes of Uganda after their Round of 16 ouster in Egypt following the appointment of Northern Irishman Johnny McKinstry as replacement for French tactician Sebastien Desabre.New Uganda Cranes coach McKinstry can aleady count himself a very lucky man.His team flew chartered on the new Uganda Airlines early today to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso as 2021 Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifying starts. It hopefully marks the end of travel woes that have previously undermined the Uganda Cranes efforts to make a mark on the continent.Uganda plays Burkina Faso tomorrow, and four days later hosts Malawi. Previously, a trip to West Africa would have meant leaving Uganda three days earlier, flying through Europe or Middle East, before getting to Burkina Faso a day before the game. It would also have meant leaving Burkina Faso soon after the game, are reaching Entebbe a night before the Malawi game.Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) currently led by acting President Justus Mugisha, have taken full advantage of the return of Uganda Airlines and chartered a flight to West Africa. The left early today, and will be back in Uganda hours after the final whistle on Wednesday night.In Group C in Cape Coast, the Black Stars of Ghana take on Bafana Bafana of South Africa as both teams shake off recent lethargy performances.This encounter would be 13th between the two countries but Thursday’s encounter in Cape Coast will be the first competitive match for South Africa’s new handler Molefi Ntseki who last month started his coaching tenure with Bafana Bafana on a winning note with a hard-fought 2-1 defeat of Mali 2-1 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge title in Port Elizabeth.But how well Bafana Bafana would fare under the deluge of Ghanaian supporters in Cape Coast yet remains to be seen as the Ghana Football Association (GFA) under a new helmsman (Kurt Okraku) hinted about the launch of a ‘passion-igniting campaign’ tagged ‘#Bring Back The Love’ to coincide with Black Stars’ AFCON opener.In Group D, Angola will face off against Gambia but with more attention likely to be focussed on the other tie between DR Congo and Gabon at Stade de Martyrs in Kinshasa on Thursday.The visitors are now coach by Frenchman Patrice Neveu, a former coach of the Congolese, who took over from former Gabonese forward Daniel Cousin after Les Pantheres failed to qualify for the last AFCON in Egypt.last_img read more

first_imgMiami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, and center Chris Bosh watch from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Miami. The 76ers defeated the Heat 100-87. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI (AP) — Finally, the NBA playoffs are set.It took the entire season to fill out those brackets.Overtime thrillers in Memphis and Charlotte, a go-ahead dunk in Oklahoma City to win a game and cap another scoring title for Kevin Durant, plus some good old-fashioned disinterest by Brooklyn … all that, and more, on the final night of the season was needed before the eight conference-quarterfinal matchups in this season’s NBA playoffs could be decided.In the Western Conference, San Antonio — the league’s best team this season, and a club that had the NBA title slip from its fingers a year ago — opens with Dallas. Oklahoma City gets Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers face Golden State and Houston squares off with Portland. In the East, it’s Indiana against Atlanta, Miami against Charlotte, Toronto facing Brooklyn and Chicago meeting Washington.And for the third straight year, it’s the same question entering the playoffs: Can anyone beat the Heat?By late June, we’ll have an answer.“Now it’s time,” Houston’s Chandler Parsons said, “for the real fun.”If what’s occurred in the season’s first 170 nights wasn’t the real fun, then these playoffs could be epic.More points were scored in the NBA than ever before this year, more 3-pointers were both shot and made in league history, the Spurs won 62 games — including 19 straight — and Durant scored at least 25 points in 41 consecutive games, a stretch of offensive brilliance that spanned exactly half of the season. Durant wound up winning his fourth scoring crown, making him the overwhelming favorite to deny LeBron James a third straight MVP award.James has taken the high road, lauding Durant’s season and saying he would be a worthy MVP.Really, though, it’s obvious that the trophy James is most concerned with is the one that’ll be handed out at season’s end. The Heat won the last two championships of David Stern’s era as commissioner, and would enjoy nothing more than being the first team to accept the Larry O’Brien Trophy from new Commissioner Adam Silver.“What’s coming over the next couple months, we know that’s how we’ll be judged,” Heat forward Shane Battier said.The 16 teams heading to the playoffs were known before Wednesday, but it wasn’t until the final night before nine of the seeds were secured and six of the eight first-round matchups were finalized.Memphis held off Dallas 106-105 in overtime, giving the Grizzlies the No. 7 seed and a shot at the Thunder. Monta Ellis’ missed 20-foot jumper at the buzzer for the Mavericks meant they would be heading to San Antonio to open up the playoffs this weekend — and Dallas has lost nine straight times to the Spurs.“Eventually,” Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki said, “we will win one.”Losing nine straight to one opponent, that’s not good.Losing 15 straight, even worse. That’s what Charlotte has to overcome against the Heat — who are 15-0 against the Bobcats since James and Chris Bosh arrived to team with Dwyane Wade in Miami.Charlotte went 7-59 two seasons ago. It went 43-39 this season, clearly having undergone a brilliant turnaround.Alas, 43 wins wouldn’t have come close to being enough out West.Phoenix’s title hopes were doomed by perhaps geography more than anything else. The Suns won 48 games and are done. Toronto won 48 games and earned both a No. 3 seed in the East and a division title.“Very disappointing,” Suns guard Archie Goodwin said.The East was a mess entering the season’s final night with five seeds still up for grabs. Chicago lost to Charlotte in overtime, meaning Toronto finished third and the Bulls got No. 4. But the last three seeds needed a bit longer to be settled, and even though the Bobcats won, they couldn’t pass a Washington team that wound up overtaking the Nets for fifth place before the night was over.Nets coach Jason Kidd rested all five of his starters, plus some backups, even though his club could have finished No. 5.“I like right where we are,” Kidd said.Kidd probably had a good idea going into Wednesday night that Washington would beat Boston, so it’s clear that he didn’t mind dropping down a spot in the East bracket. Brooklyn would likely face Miami — a team it swept — in the second round now. Had Brooklyn been the fifth seed and won an opening series, it would have likely faced Indiana, which topped the Nets in all four of their meetings.Fitting, then, that talk of tanking — a ploy teams who are looking to rebuild through the draft are often accused of — permeated the season’s final night as well.“You’ve got to be careful what you wish for,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “I’ve been in both situations. You think you want to play a certain team now and then once you start preparing for them you say ‘Whoa, that team’s pretty good.’ and then all at once you’ve got a dogfight. So I think the best way to approach it is let the basketball gods decide.”There’s no more tanking now.For the 16 teams left standing, it’s title or nothing. And the journey starts Saturday.___Follow Tim Reynolds on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ByTimReynoldslast_img read more