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first_imgThe prototype pebble bed reactor, which was constructed in the 1960s to demonstrate the feasibility and viability of a gas-cooled, graphite-moderated high temperature reactor, was shut down in 1988. The facility is now being decommissioned by AVR.Before decommissioning could begin, a large building (a so-called material lock) was constructed over the existing reactor building, which allowed the facility to be opened in a protected environment for the removal of the reactor vessel. Mammoet designed skidding and lifting equipment to move the reactor vessel, which measured 26 m high and had a diameter of 7.6 m, from its former position in the reactor building into a custom-built support frame inside the material lock.Later this year, the 2,000-tonne reactor vessel will be lifted out of its supporting frame and moved from its current vertical position into a horizontal position, before being placed in a transport frame and loaded onto SPMTs for delivery to a purpose-built storage building, where it will rest for 40-60 days until final storage is available in Germany.Mammoet explained that the lifting and transport operations at Jülich took years of meticulous planning and preparation, with every step of the process requiring careful calculations and scrupulous documentation.   www.mammoet.comlast_img read more

first_imgOver the past 10 years Africa has progressed in gender diversity in leadership, however only five percent of CEOs (Chief Executive Officers) in the Private sector are women compared to the four percent in the world according to McKinsey Women Matter report on Africa recently published reports new24Wire.“In terms of gender diversity, one of the key findings is that we [Africa] are doing well compared to the rest of the world and we have made progress but we are not making the most of the opportunity,” explained Lohini Moodley, partner at McKinsey.According to the report, earnings before interest and tax was on average 20 percent higher in companies with a quarter share of women that the industry average. The research explained that it was diversity in the organizations that influence risk management, decision making and board dynamics thereby impacting the financial performance.“When more women are involved in decision making, the dynamics of which a decision is reached are different,” added Tania Holt, partner at McKinsey.The report showed that 70percent to 80percent of global consumption is influenced by women, as women leaders relate to customers better.Findings also show that female representation also varies by industry with the representation of women in industries traditionally dominated by men being lower.44 percent of women in Africa hold line roles; these are roles that are critical for business activity to function such as operations and finance. The other more than half of the women hold support funtions in the Private sector, positions such as communications, human resources, legal among others.Women in leadership have limited powers with the women in the government holding positions in social welfare among others that give them limited political influence.last_img read more

first_imgExcelsior High School claimed their third straight and seventh overall ISSA Schoolgirl Football title after a 4-1 win over Denham Town High School at the Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday. The champions came back from an early goal conceded to Notoya Atkinson, who put the underdogs in front in the 15th minute. However, winning coach Xavier Gilbert said he never had any doubts his team would get back into the game despite the early setback. “I didn’t like the way we played today, but credit to Denham Town, they were spirited,” he said. “I didn’t have any doubts we would come back into the game, and we fought hard, came back, and won comfortably.” Game control Excelsior tried to control the game but were met by a lively Denham Town unit who stole the lead when Suen Gregory weaved her way past two defenders and slipped a sublime ball to Atkinson who calmly slipped the ball home. But Excelsior were level after 28 minutes when Moesha McLaughlin capitalised on a poor clearance to volley home from 25 yards. Two minutes later, Chavelle Henry fired home from 12 yards to give Excelsior a 2-1 lead at the break. Then with the wind knocked out of their opponents, Christina Salmon rifled home the first of her two goals four minutes into the second half to make it 3-1. She then sealed the win on 53 minutes with another powerful shot from the edge of the box. Denham Town coach Kimathi-Nkrumah Abbeku Makonnen said he was proud that his girls reached this far under trying circumstances in their community. “With ZOSO (zone of special operations) in the community, it’s rough, so I can’t complain,” he commented. [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgOriginally posted on HR Box. I’ve been with the same company for the last 15 years and I’m nearing early retirement age. I always assumed I would welcome this but – like a dog finally catching that car it’s been chasing for years- now that the time has come, I’m getting cold feet. I feel like I’m financially ready, but my gut is telling me “Don’t do it yet”. My employer is supportive either way, although I sense some colleagues would welcome the promotion opportunities that would open up when I leave. What factors should I consider when deciding the timing of retirement?Many people base their decision to retire solely on the state of their finances. If this isn’t a factor in your decision, congratulations, you’re among the lucky few. So, let’s consider the other factors.First, I would promptly set aside whether your coworkers want you to hurry-up-and-retire-already for their own career opportunities. That’s understandable but I would not let that weigh heavily –if at all- in your decision.Second, I would concentrate on what your gut is telling you. I believe in following one’s gut, but not blindly. For me, gut feelings are flags for things that should be examined. It’s your mind and body letting you know, “hey, you should pay attention to this”, dig on this spot, explore where these feelings are coming from and where they point to.For example, you could be over identified with your professional-self and your personal-self may feel vulnerable without having a professional role.  This is especially true if you have a fancy title or you think you’re somebody.  It can be unsettling to become just one more retiree ordering the early bird special.So, what’s the antidote?  Well, you should have the first year of your retirement life planned out as carefully as you’d plan a mid-career hiatus. Consider: Where you’re going to go everyday; who you’re going to hang with; what hobbies you’re going to pick up; which boards you’ll volunteer for; what causes you’ll join; what you’re going to wear and what schedule you’re going to keep.  I think once you have a clear picture of “who” and “what” you are going to be when you retire, perhaps your gut will feel more comfortable and instead of telling you “Don’t do it yet” it may tell you “What are you waiting for?”last_img read more

first_imgA quarter of small businesses in the UK and Canada have decided to move their data out of US-based cloud services as a result of revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) is monitoring the data managed by those US providers, says PEER1 in a report that summarizes the results of a recent survey.Silicon valley tech companies have become spooked after Edward Snowden leaked massive amounts of US surveillance information during the summer of 2013.  A report in August 2013 by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation estimated that the US Cloud computing industry could lose up to $35 billion over the next three years because of the revelations.In an open letter to the president and members of congress, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter and other technology companies wrote in December 2013 that “we understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.”Robert Miggins, SVP business development of PEER1 , said that “with data privacy and security concerns top of mind after NSA, PRISM and other revelations around the world, businesses in the UK and Canada are taking real action.  Many are moving data outside of the U.S., and even more are making security and privacy their top concerns when choosing where to host their company data. It’s clear that hosting and cloud providers need to take note and offer their customers true choice in terms of the locations and environments where they store their data, ensuring they can maintain security, compliance and privacy to the best extent possible.”In response, some US cloud providers are considering or starting to build cloud facilities that would operate totally outside the US.  Daniel Castro, a senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, as reported by the Wall Street Journal said that “countries are competing to be the Cayman Islands of data privacy.”last_img read more

first_imgOut-of-state, or remote, sellers should register in North Dakota and start collecting sales and use tax on the later of:on October 1, 2018, or60 days after their North Dakota sales exceed a small seller exception threshold.The Office of State Tax Commissioner updated its remote seller guidance at https://www.nd.gov/tax/remoteseller to reflect these dates.Small Seller Exception or Sales ThresholdSmall sellers do not have to collect North Dakota sales and use tax. Remote sellers must collect tax if, during the previous or current calendar year:the seller’s sales into North Dakota exceed $100,000; orthe seller has 200 or more sales shipped to North Dakota.Out-of-state sellers with no physical presence in North Dakota are considered small sellers if they do not meet these thresholds.Voluntary CollectionRemote sellers may voluntarily begin collecting North Dakota tax before October 1, 2018.Remote Seller Sales Tax, North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner, July 10, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgSuresh RainaThe Sandeep Patil-led selection committee made a few surprise selections on Monday for the four-match Test series against Australia starting December 4, as they picked Karnataka opener KL Rahul and legspinner Karn Sharma.Moreover, Suresh Raina makes a return to the Test fold, as India go to Australia with three specialised openers – Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul. The selectors playing it safe have included wicketkeepers Naman Ojha, Wriddhiman Saha apart from MS Dhoni.While there have been no changes to the middle order with Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma retaining their places. However, the spin department gets a new face in Karn and the regulars R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja holding on to their spots.In the 19-man squad for the four Tests Down Under, selectors have selected four pacers – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron.With India having already sealed the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka by taking an unassailable lead of 3-0, the selectors decided to rest few key players. Keeping the World Cup in mind; Rohit, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Karn and Kedar Yadav have been included for the remaining two ODIs.Kohli will also be leading the team in the last two one-dayers, as Dhoni is yet to recover from a strain on his right hand. India play the last matches on November 13 (Kolkata) and November 16 (Ranchi).India squad for Australia Tests: MS Dhoni (capt), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Naman Ojha, R Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Ravndra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron.advertisementIndia squad for last 2 ODIs vs SL: Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, Axar Patel, Karn Sharma, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Vinay Kumar, Kedar Yadav.last_img read more

first_imgFC Porto boss Sérgio Conceição is not taking Lokomotiv Moscow lightly as they bid to maintain their lead at the top of Group DThe Portuguese champions defeated Galatasaray last time out in the Champions League to take top spot and a win in Russia tonight will put them in a strong position to reach the knockout stages.Meanwhile, Lokomotiv have struggled to hit top form this season and began their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 loss to Galatasaray before suffering a 1-0 home defeat to German side Schalke 04.But the defending Russian Premier League Champions have shown signs of improvement lately and Conceição is refusing to underestimate them.“There is no comfort just because we have four points and Lokomotiv none. It’s an important game for them, that could restore their hopes of reaching the knockouts,” Conceição told reporters on the club website.“We have to be more alert, more attentive and alive in the game. Only then can we get a positive result, which is a win and three points.”Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…Conceição also confirmed that forwards Vincent Aboubakar and Francisco Soares will remain unavailable for tonight’s game.The match between Lokomotiv and Porto will begin at 21:00 (CEST).Treino @ Stadion Lokomotiv 🔵⚪#FCPorto #UCL #FCLFCP pic.twitter.com/FLz7Pzmy5s— FC Porto (@FCPorto) October 23, 2018last_img read more