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Federal Report Casts Doubt on Future of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Heavy Ion Collider

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Inside the workings of the Relativistic Heavy Ion ColliderPhysicists exploring the subatomic realm are well aware of the uncertainty principle at work on the particles there but now a federal report has come out that casts the future of America’s most advanced physics experiments in doubt at the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC).The issue, as it is with many things involving the federal government these days, involves funding. But more importantly what’s at stake is the United States’ ability to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge science.Last week a report was released by a subpanel of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation’s Nuclear Science Advisory Committee that recommended closing the heavy ion collider if federal funding remains flat or just keeps up with inflation in the coming years. The report, named after the subpanel’s chairman Robert Tribble, a nuclear physicist based at the Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University, favored completing a facility now under construction at Michigan State University and maintaining another facility at the Jefferson Lab in Virginia, which is being upgraded.A modest increase more than inflation, the report suggested, might keep all facilities at least on track. Of America’s the three large atomic research labs, only BNL’s RHIC is currently operating, and it is set to run a series of high-level experiments starting Feb. 11 that will last until the summer.In Monday’s response to the report’s worst-case scenario, the Empire State’s Congressional representatives have begun to weigh in. Both New York’s Democratic Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have called on the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Energy to increase funding of its nuclear physics program by an additional $50 million for the next fiscal year.“Even though this report is non-binding, it should serve as a call to arms for those who care about scientific research, Long Island’s economy, and our nation’s position at the forefront of innovation,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).  “The solution to the problem is simply to make sure that the budget for nuclear research in this country is given a modest boost, so that hundreds of jobs on Long Island are preserved and America remains at the cutting edge of nuclear research.  Cutting our nuclear research now, and ceding our advantage to our competitors, is penny wise and pound foolish.”“Closing a facility that plays an important role in the future of U.S. competitiveness and supports hundreds of jobs is the wrong approach,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). “If we are going to out-innovate and out-compete other countries in the fields of science and technology, we must continue to invest in cutting edge facilities like the country’s only ion collider at Brookhaven National Lab.”In a jointly authored letter to the outgoing Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients, the senators wrote: “Now is not the time to scale back federal funding for such critical basic research and important scientific facilities and cede our position of leadership in these fields of study.  Our economic competitors in China, India and other countries have seen our success in these areas and now copy our approach to innovation and are increasing their rate of investment at a time when we seem to be considering the opposite.“Strengthening U.S. investment in nuclear physics is the right thing to do to develop technologies to improve national security, identify and cure disease and meet our energy challenges, as well as to expand our knowledge about the makeup of the universe through scientific discovery.  Americans stand to benefit today and in the future from U.S. investment in nuclear physics through better medical imaging and diagnostic tools, new cancer therapies, advanced tools to deter nuclear proliferation and innovative energy storage systems.”Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) has been working closely with the offices of both senators to coordinate a response, and together they reversed deep cuts Republicans in Congress had proposed in spending bills in the past. They hope to do the same this time around, too.“I have fought successfully in the past to protect Brookhaven National Lab from damaging budget cuts that would hurt Long Island’s economy and threaten America’s international leadership in research and development,” said Rep. Tim Bishop. “I am coordinating closely with Lab officials and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to make the case that the cutting-edge research in energy, medicine and other fields performed at the RHIC is a national priority that deserves sustained funding.”The RHIC is world-renown for its ability to recreate the conditions presumed to match the universe in the first moments of existence so scientists can study in detail the type of matter at the beginning and understand the force that holds together “the fundamental particles that make up 99 percent” of the visible world—from stars to planets to people.“We believe that RHIC science, past and future, is compelling and essential both for the DOE mission as well as for U.S. leadership in nuclear physics — and the Tribble report strongly reflects that view,” says Doon Gibbs, BNL’s interim laboratory director. “We will continue to advocate for science, for RHIC, and for Brookhaven Lab in all that we do.”In a statement on the lab’s website, Gibbs said that he’s been in touch with the other two labs’ directors and “we have agreed to work together to realize the modest growth path.”last_img read more

The ABC’s of MBL

first_imgThose of you who do MBL loans or who are thinking about doing MBL loans should take a look at this recent FAQ released by the NCUA in its Quarterly Report.As readers of this blog know, on January 1st NCUA instituted a radical new approach to MBL regulation under which credit unions are given greater flexibility in shaping their MBL programs while examiners still retain the responsibility for making sure that credit union programs are designed and implemented in a safe and sound way. This approach is certainly worth trying, but it is a work in progress that requires credit unions not only to embrace their increased flexibility but their increased responsibility and examiners to distinguish between an inappropriate MBL program and a creative one.As such, this FAQ is an important guidance which should be read in conjunction with NCUA’s Examination Guide. Most importantly, the guidance reiterates that there are baseline elements that examiners are expecting to see in an MBL program. For example, credit unions are not just expected to have relevant policies and procedures commensurate with the sophistication of their MBL programs but also personnel qualified to manage these programs. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Absurdity. The Harbor Master’s Office is closed on weekends, so foreign yachts cannot enter Croatia

first_imgTOTAL REVENUE OF NAUTICAL PORTS IN CROATIA LAST YEAR WAS 857 MILLION HRK CAPACITIES AND OPERATIONS OF NAUTICAL TOURISM PORTS, 2018 Average daily consumption of boaters according to the research “Attitudes and consumption of sailors in Croatia – TOMAS NAUTIKA Yachting 2017.” is 126 euros per day, and last year the total revenue of nautical ports in Croatia amounted to 857 million kuna, of which 72,2 percent related to the rental of berths.  So, if boaters want to enter Croatia, they can only do so during the week until 15.00, and on Saturday until 13.00. So much for tourism development. Insane and absurd – only in Croatia. Namely, in order for the yachts to enter Dubrovnik and its surroundings, it is necessary to perform a control by the police, customs and the Port Authority. However, the Port Authority cannot perform the control because in the middle of the season, they do not work on holidays and weekends. And not only that, but the working hours of LK – branch offices during the week are until 15.00. In order for yachts coming from the direction of Montenegro and the southern side of the Mediterranean to be able to enter the Croatian territorial sea, ie the Dubrovnik waters, they logically have to pass the border control in Cavtat. However, they cannot do that on weekends (Saturdays after 13.00 pm) and on holidays because the Port Authority of Dubrovnik – Cavtat branch office is not working, reports Dubrovnik Diary.center_img Yes, you read that right. Harbourmaster’s Office – Cavtat branch office is closed on weekends. How then to develop tourism, and especially nautical tourism? How to logically explain this fact to sailors? RELATED NEWS: But even though nautical is one of the important segments of tourism development, especially in the pre- and post-season, we are again falling on the foundations and incredible omissions. Although we try to write positive stories, unfortunately the reality and sometimes absurdity of our system encourages us to write negative news as well. Thus, a new absurdity of our tourism comes to us from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, more precisely from Cavtat. last_img read more

Coppergate plan opposed by watchdog

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Sports World scores with giant Derbyshire hub

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Sierra Leone to be Declared Ebola Free on Saturday

first_imgSierra Leone is expected to be declared Ebola free on Saturday, when the West African nation will have completed the required 42 days without any new infections.Excitement over this declaration is however muted with neighbouring Guinea still struggling to defeat the virus.In mid-October, Ebola was found in a 25-year old pregnant woman and two of her children in Forecariah district, bear the Sierra Leone border.The virus has killed almost 4,000 people in Sierra Leone since the first case was reported in the West African region in March 2014.Palo Conteh, the head of the Sierra Leone Ebola response told a news conference in Freetown that there were no plans for “an elaborate celebration.”World Health Organization (WHO) will deliver the formal declaration of the end of the epidemic in the capital on Saturday.The announcement will mark the official end of the battle which was prematurely thought to have been nearing its conclusion on previous occasions.Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma led a festive ceremony non August 24, celebrating the discharge of the country’s last known patient but the optimist was shattered by the deaths of a 67 year-old woman, then two weeks later a 16 year-old girl.While the primary cost of the outbreak has been in human life, the crisis has also wiped out development gains in Sierra Leone, which was devastated by 11 years of civil war ending in 2002.The World Bank estimates that Sierra Leone will lose at least $1.4 billion in economic growth in 2015 as a result, leading to an “unprecedented” GDP contraction of 23.5%.last_img read more

UWP describes Sunday’s delegate’s conference as critical

first_imgLocalNews UWP describes Sunday’s delegate’s conference as critical by: – January 13, 2012 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share UWP Political Leader, Ronald Green. The United Workers Party (UWP) is describing as critical a Delegates Conference carded for Sunday in La Plaine.Leader of the UWP Ronald Green says a new National Executive Committee to run the affairs of the party for the next year will also be elected. “It’s a regular feature of the UWP to have a delegate’s conference. Several delegates will be coming in from various communities to receive reports from the various officers of the party. It will be a full day and a key aspect is the election of the leadership for the next year,” he said.He said delegates are also expected to pass resolutions in respect to various issues of national, regional and international nature.According to Green, Sunday’s delegate’s conference is expected to be the first step in a major island wide campaign to boost the party’s readiness to take over the reins of government whenever the next general elections are called.Meantime the event will be held at the Jones Beaupiere School with an opening session to commence at 1:00 pm.This session will be addressed by President of the party Edison James, the Political Leader, Ronald Green, Leader of the Opposition, Hon Hector John among others.This will be followed by a closed session, where delegates from the various constituencies, along with the party’s leadership, will hear and deliberate on various reports on the activities of the party.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Brazil End Winless Streak with Korea Victory

first_imgJuventus full-back Danilo rounded off the scoring with a powerful drive from the edge of the penalty area.Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and his club colleague Fabinho both appeared for the Selecao, with Everton’s Richarlison and Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus also starting.Tite added to his complement of Premier League players with the late introductions of Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz and Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, while Real Madrid’s teenage forward Rodrygo also came on in the closing stages.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazil ended their five-game winless run with a comfortable victory over South Korea in Abu Dhabi.Tite’s side, who lost to Argentina on Friday, had not recorded a win since lifting the Copa America in July.But Lucas Paqueta’s early header and Philippe Coutinho’s superb free-kick put the five-time World Cup winners in charge at the break.last_img read more

4-star 2015 guard Howard to make college announcement Monday night

first_img Published on April 14, 2014 at 2:42 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Four-star combo-guard Franklin Howard will make his college announcement tonight at 10 p.m. on SportsTalk Live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.Howard, a member of the Class of 2015, is choosing between Ohio State, Syracuse, Georgetown, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina State. He had other offers from Connecticut, Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Villanova, among other schools, and 247Sports also reported that the Orange is most likely to be his choice.The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Howard missed all of his junior season at Paul VI (Va.) Catholic High School with a torn ACL. He is still ranked the No. 17 shooting guard in his class according to Scout.com.The interview, which is taking place on his 17th birthday, will be done at 6 p.m. and aired four hours later.Syracuse has already received two verbal commitments for the 2015, from five-star shooting guard Malachi Richardson and four-star power forward Tyler Lydon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more