SWAL Gets Anti-Ebola Materials from LNOC

first_imgThe Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC) has continued its fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) with the donation of 288 bottles of bleach to the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL).The local governing body of Olympics, through its Vice President for Technical Affairs, Malcolm Joseph made the donation over the weekend at the headquarters of the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP), located on Benson Street. The donation was made possible through the support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), he said.The gift was in extension of the LNOC’s gesture in an effort to wipe out the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from Ebola hit countries, under the theme: “Do Not Stigmatize Ebola Survivors. They Are Our People, Embrace Them.”The president of SWAL, Roland Mulbah, thanked the LNOC for the donation and said it would be used for its intended purpose.It may be recalled that the LNOC donated similar items to the Liberia Football Association and the Alpha Oldtimers and Fraternity Association.The LNOC also donated anti-Ebola materials to seven counties of which 80% went to schools, and 20% for sporting associations and/or athletes.The counties included Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Nimba. Each county received 200 large anti-Ebola buckets with pumps, 40 cartons of Bleach Chlora, five pieces of thermometers and dozens of detergents (soaps) and antiseptic soaps amongst others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Research station on skis withstands Antarctic ice and snow

first_img Copyright 2013 Phys.org Citation: Research station on skis withstands Antarctic ice and snow (2013, February 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-station-antarctic-ice.html Russia celebrates 50 years at Antarctic Seven blue modules contain living spaces and laboratories. In consideration of the residents’ psychological needs, a central red module, intended for use as a social space, contains communal dining areas, a hydroponic garden, and climbing wall. Colors were even chosen on the advice of a color psychologist. Construction of Halley VI began in Capetown, South Africa. The first modules were shipped to Antarctica at the end of 2007. Halley VI delivered its first scientific data in 2012. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Credit: BAS Halley Research Station, devoted primarily to work in atmospheric science, was established by British Antarctic Survey in 1956. Halley researchers also perform glaciology and geology studies. Notably, scientists first recorded ozone layer depletion in the stratosphere above the Antarctic here.Antarctic conditions have caused problems for Halley research bases. Accumulated snow, measured at more than three feet per year, crushed buildings in the first four bases. Movement of the ice shelf toward the ocean at an annual rate of a quarter of a mile means that research stations are at risk of falling into the ocean when ice separates from the mainland. These factors give buildings that cannot be moved a lifespan of only ten years. Halley VI, commissioned in 2006, consists of eight connected modules, each of which sits atop hydraulic legs. The legs allow the individual modules to be raised above the snow. Additionally, placement of the modules at a right angle to the prevailing wind encourages snow to blow underneath the station. Skis positioned beneath the legs allow inland towing of each module, thereby minimizing its proximity to the ocean. Antarctica Halley VI Halley V had extensible steel legs, allowing operators to maintain the buildings above the snow’s surface. The legs, though raised every year, were eventually trapped in 75 feet of ice. Because the station was rendered immobile, it was carried along with the ice and was therefore at risk of plummeting into the ocean when the ice caved.In June 2004, the British Antarctic Survey and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched a competition to design a new research station. In addition to being able to cope with moving ice and heavy snow accumulation, this new station would have to provide psychological comfort to the station’s residents—around 70 in summer and around 16 in winter—who are at great risk of stress and depression related to the harsh Antarctic weather and permanent lack of sunlight in winter. Credit: James Goby/BAS (Phys.org)—The world’s first completely transportable research station officially opened in Antarctica on February 5. The Halley VI Antarctic Research Station, designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, utilizes a modular design that incorporates hydraulic legs fitted with skis. This design allows Halley VI to survive in conditions that have destroyed its five predecessors. The Halley VI modules at the Halley VI site. Credit: British Antarctic Surveylast_img read more