19 Oct
2020

Nuclear agency collects more samples in probe into irradiated area in Banten housing complex

first_imgTopics : The Center for Science and Technology Research (Puspitek)  building, which is located about 5 kilometers away from the Batan Indah complex, houses several small reactors used for experimental purposes. Abdul went on to say that a police investigation was under way to determine the party that had dumped radioactive waste in the area.“We’re still awaiting the investigation. Police have started an investigation, while Bapeten has begun collecting information on known users of Caesium-137 across Indonesia,” he said. He said the agency would continue to measure radiation levels and collect soil samples on Thursday. Meanwhile, the decontamination efforts would be postponed until the agency had received the results of the sample examination from PLTR-BATAN, he said.It was previously reported that Bapeten first detected the radiation during a routine check in the residential area to ensure that the agency’s mobile radiation detection unit was working properly.All of the areas showed normal radiation levels, except for a vacant lot next to the volleyball court at Block J of the Batan Indah complex.The agency revealed on Sunday that it had found highly radioactive Caesium-137 materials as the source of radiation in the area. The cause of the incident remains unclear, however, authorities have said that the Caesium-137 did not come from a nuclear reactor leak but rather industrial sources.center_img The Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) has continued efforts to decontaminate an area exposed to high levels of radiation from radioactive Caesium-137 waste in the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten.Agency spokesperson Abdul Qohhar Teguh said authorities had collected more samples of soil and vegetation from the exposed area and sent them to the National Nuclear Agency’s Center for Radioactive Waste Technology (PLTR-BATAN) for further examination.“We’ve collected 223 drums of soil and vegetation [during] the decontamination efforts as of [Wednesday] afternoon — all of which have been sent to PLTR-BATAN,” Abdul said on Wednesday evening. last_img read more

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19 Sep
2020

PCB wants Afridi to retire gracefully from T20

first_imgFORMER Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s long stint in international cricket is going to come to an end with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reportedly giving the all-rounder a chance to officially announce his retirement from the game, during the country’s T20 series against West Indies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later this month.According to various reports, the PCB wants the 36-year-old to retire from the game and will give the cricketer a chance to say farewell in a dignified manner with plans to pick him for the T20 squad that will face the West Indies.Afridi had previously said he would retire from T20 cricket post the ICC T20 World Cup in India but has retracted his statement claiming he still wants to play the shortest format of the game and is available for selection.“Apparently the board and national selectors don’t agree and feel Afridi should retire gracefully although he can continue playing in the foreign leagues and domestic cricket.The plan is to talk to Afridi and explain to him that since the selectors are now building a new T20 squad for the next World T20, there is no place for him.“He will be offered the chance to be included in the Pakistan squad for the T20 series against the West Indies as 16th player and play in the matches,” a source said, as quoted by the Hindu.The 36-year-old had a rocky time during his last stint as captain. He had to step down post Pakistan’s disastrous campaign in the 2016 T20 World Cup and has not represented his country since then.He has also been repeatedly ignored by the selectors, which is headed by another former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.Afridi has played 27 Test matches, 398 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 98 T20 Internationals in a career spanning 20 years. He holds the record for the highest number of sixes hit in the 50-over format with 351 runs to his name.(Yahoo Sport)last_img read more

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18 Sep
2020

Keevin Allicock, Abiola Jackman to be awarded by AIBA

first_img… Blake, Pool, Assanah also to be recognisedKEEVIN Allicock and Abiola Jackman were named by the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) among five boxers and officials, who will be awarded by International Boxing Association (AIBA) for their achievement and performances in amateur boxing.The Steve Ninvalle-led GBA said AIBA had asked all of its affiliated federations to nominate individuals to be awarded as part of the International body’s observance of International Boxing Day.Abiola JackmanAfter consultation with GBA’s Coaches and Referee and Judges Commission, Allicock, former Junior Commonwealth silver medallist and reigning Caribbean bantamweight champion, along with Jackman, the current female Caribbean Champion, was selected.While Allicock will be recognised as the country’s best Elite boxer and Jackman the best Youth female fighter, Mark Crawford will be awarded for being the best Youth male boxer.The Best Coach award will go to Sebert Blake; Best Official is Terrence Poole and Lawrence Assanah, a Sergeant in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) who recently picked up his AIBA One Star badge, will be recognised for his excellence in the ring as a referee.AIBA designated July 22 to be celebrated every year and encourages the global Boxing Family, fans, partners and stakeholders to join in celebrating.Leading up to the July 22 event this year, AIBA took the initiative to inspire the global boxing community, through sharing the greatest boxing stories and organising quizzes to challenge all boxing fans and supporters.last_img read more

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