Designed by engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Alabama, USA, the simulated core stage of the rocket will measure 213 ft (64.9 m) in length and weigh 230,000 lbs (104.3 tonnes).Memphis-based Barnhart will transport the mock-up from its final assembly point at the G&G Steel plant in Alaska, to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, USA.According to Jeff Latture, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Barnhart, an overhead crane will be used at G&G to load the core stage onto a 200 ft x 35 ft (60.9 m x 10.6 m) Barnhart deck barge that will be utilised in conjunction with a 250 ft x 50 ft (76.2 m x 15.2 m) deck barge. Barnhart will use Goldhofer transporters to offload the component at Michoud.The inaugural flight of the SLS is anticipated in late 2018. www.barnhartcrane.com
HARARE, Zimbabwe, (CMC) – West Indies received a rousing welcome at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport here Sunday evening as they became the first team to arrive for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers starting next month.A traditional dance group put on a cultural extravaganza at the airport, with dozens of local cricket fans also on hand to greet the two-time former 50-overs World Cup champions.Members of the Local Organising Committee and government representatives also welcomed the Caribbean side.“We are really excited to be here. It’s a lovely place,” Windies captain Jason Holder said.The last time we came here we had great success and hopefully on this tour we’ll have success again and qualify for the 2019 World Cup.“We are well supported here . . . the fans here adore cricket, they are big cricket fans, they love us and we love them so we have come here to put on a really good show for them, entertain them and make them happy.”Another batch of Windies players and officials are expected to touch down on Monday.The Caribbean side are one of 10 teams down to do battle in the March 4-25 tournament, as they vie for the remaining two spots at the showpiece in England next year.West Indies open their campaign on March 6 against United Arab Emirates, who won the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 last week, to book their spot in the qualifiers.They, along with Ireland, the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea comprise Group A while Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Nepal form Group B.The top three from each group will advance to the Super Sixes, where they will each play three matches against teams they did not meet in the preliminaries.The finalists will secure the final two berths at the ICC World Cup from May 30 to July 15 next year.Queens Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club in Bulawayo, Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare and Kwekwe Sports Club, Kwekwe, will share the 34 matches in the qualifying tournament, with Harare Sports Club staging the final.West Indies missed out on automatic qualification for the World Cup after finishing outside the top eight in the ICC one-day rankings at the September 30 cut-off date last year.
Dear Editor,Power outages or put more popularly ‘blackouts’ have long become part of the Guyanese national psyche.For years now, Guyanese have lived with blackouts to the extent that they have developed a physical, material, spiritual and psychological sense of both depreciation adaptation to power outages and its socio-economic consequences on their everyday life and livelihoods.Robert Badal, Chairman of the Guyana Power and Light Company (GPL), in an interview in late November 2017, made a gallant effort to explain away the spate of lengthy power outages the nation continues to experience on a daily basis. Badal, while pointing to GPL’s obsolete physical infrastructure, technical challenges and human resource shortcomings failed to recognise the underlying impact of these deficiencies on people’s daily lives and their long-term social psychological implications for the nation as a whole.Nowadays, with cheap Chinese manufactured electronic items available to many low-income families and with many middle-income families improving their economic standing, along with the opening up of new housing schemes during the 23 years of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, these developments cumulatively have resulted in our increasing dependency on interrupted power supply.The demand for electricity has grown exponentially and it will continue to grow throughout the country, but more particularly, in the coastland areas.From all indications however, it appears that Guyanese will not, for the longest while, ever experience stable and sustained supply of electricity much less at a cheaper price. The end to blackouts is certainly not around the corner. We still have a very far way to go.Regrettably, before 1992, during the People’s National Congress dictatorship, after 1992 during the PPP/C Administration and now with the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change in office, none of these Governments, despite their best efforts, have been able to take Guyana out from the blackout syndrome.Whenever blackouts occur, the vulnerabilities of our country are brought to the forefront. Compounding the problem further, is the increasing urbanisation of the coastland as well as the changing demographics in the country as a whole.With blackouts come spoilt food, incapacitated security systems and petrol stations, downtime at cybercrime units, computerised Government departments and airline offices. Such eventualities could result in food poisoning, identity fraud and theft, high incidences of crime especially break and enter and larceny, as well as a halt to the production process.Badal and the Board of Directors of GPL can be deemed as woefully lacking in their appreciation of the psychological impact of power outages on various classes and social strata of the Guyanese citizenry. Badal missed the mark even though he grudgingly confessed in his interview that “the company’s customer service in all its aspects has been found wanting”.The occurrence of a blackout while a patient is on an operating table and the non-availability of stable and continuing power supply providing light so, critical for the surgeon and his team, can result in the death of the patient.In Guyana, there is absolutely no information about deaths occurring under such circumstances. That does not mean it never happened.Compounding the problem further is the fact that of recent, GPL’s power outages, known to last for as long as eight to nine hours, a length of time that would put any standby generator under tremendous pressure.But the impact of power outages on the health sector is only one of its many devastating manifestations.GPL’s thread-worn narratives to assuage the collective pain and suffering of Guyanese, viewed in the context of social psychology is misplaced.The sum total of the Guyanese people’s collective emotions, will, habits and traditions under the extant socio-economic conditions have, cumulatively, rejected GPL’s palliatives as insufficient and unsatisfactory.Guyanese are of the view that these palliatives have not and will not suffice so long as power outages/blackouts sponsored by GPL continue to wreak havoc in the personal and collective lives of every Guyanese man, woman and child.Yours sincerely,Clement J Rohee