Japan raises severity level of crisis; efforts to cool damaged nuclear power plant continue

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Japan raises severity level of crisis; efforts to cool damaged nuclear power plant continue

Friday, March 18, 2011

As the nuclear crisis in Japan’s crippled Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant appears to worsen, Japan’s nuclear safety agency raised their assessment of its severity from 4 to 5 on the 7-level International Nuclear Event Scale, the same rating given the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis. Japan’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, said bluntly that the situation at the nuclear power plant was “very grave”. Weather forecasts indicate changing winds may begin moving radiation closer to Tokyo by March 30.

Efforts thus far to cool nuclear fuel in the reactors and the spent-fuel pools has produced little if any success, contends United States government officials.

Engineers are working frantically to connect electrical power to two reactors in the plant, as well as to restart the cooling systems and prevent overheating of fuel rods. Tokyo Electric Power Co. stated that it hopes to reconnect a power line needed to restart water pumps to the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors by Saturday morning. However, a TEPCO official cautioned that if the water pumps were damaged by the tsunami, they could fail to restart.

The extent of the damage to the plant’s reactors is still unclear. Japanese officials have concentrated on cooling spent fuel rods in Reactor No. 3’s storage pool. On Friday, however, steam was seen rising from Reactor No. 2., where an explosion occurred on Tuesday. Additionally, engineers said on Thursday that the steel lining of the storage pool at Reactor No. 4 and its concrete base seemed damaged, as attempts to refill the pool with water became increasingly difficult.

In a briefing on Friday, Philippe Jamet, a commissioner at France’s nuclear regulator Autorite de Surete Nucleaire, said, “We must avoid being overly optimistic. This will likely take human intervention like going into control rooms to reconnect valves.”

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Wikinews Shorts: September 6, 2006

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Wikinews Shorts: September 6, 2006

December 4, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

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An Unsung Hero Of The Local Health Care System: The Pharmacist In Ledyard Ct

December 3, 2018 · Filed under Performing Arts

byAlma Abell

Even in the wealthiest and most advanced countries, it was not long ago that medication was normally reserved for the recognizably ill. That has changed over the course of the last fifty years, as a variety of new pharmaceuticals designed to ward off the development of life-threatening conditions have appeared. Today, it is entirely common for even relatively young and entirely healthy-seeming people to take daily courses of medication that may consist of a number of different drugs and be meant to improve a variety of the body’s basic measures of health. That fact has greatly increased the importance of the Pharmacist in Ledyard CT for locals, even beyond the situation of the past.

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Pharmacists fulfill a number of crucial roles for local residents. To begin with, they are responsible for keeping stocks of and properly dispensing the many medications that doctors in the area request for their patients. No mere matter of inventory, this is a complicated undertaking that falls under a number of federal and state regulations designed to protect patients and prevent potentially dangerous drugs from finding their ways into the hands of criminals.

The role of the pharmacist in Ledyard CT goes much deeper than that, too. As patients can be expected to see any of a number of doctors over the courses of their lives, pharmacists serve the important function of acting as central clearing houses for the various drug treatments that patients undertake. Doctors typically work as hard as possible to become informed about any pharmaceutical treatments that their patients might be taking, but can not always be expected to be informed about every such fact. Pharmacists, then, serve as an important line of defense for patients, helping to ward off the possibility of potentially dangerous drug interactions that might otherwise arise.

Many pharmacists in the area, in fact, work hard to establish personal relationships with the patients who come to them. Whether that might mean compounding special formulations for patients with particular needs that are not satisfied by off-the-shelf medications or simply making an effort to get to known them socially, the extra effort these pharmacists put in can help to ensure that residents of the area live healthier, happier lives.

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13-year-old shot dead by Brazilian police in mock-up of hijacking situation

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13-year-old shot dead by Brazilian police in mock-up of hijacking situation

December 2, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A 13-year-old boy was killed and ten people were injured in an accidental shooting incident in the Brazilian town of Rondonopolis.

The police were staging a mock hijack as a training exercise with real people in a bus as an audience on Saturday. They fired their guns at cardboard cutouts of criminals in the exercise. However, they used live ammunition in their guns, and the shots went straight through the cutouts and the glass windows of the bus.

Luis Henrique Dias Bulhoes, 13, was killed by a single shot to the head received from one of three 12-gauge shotguns that were amongst the weaponry the 16 police were using. Among the 600 people attending the exercise, six children and three adults were also injured.

Police admitted to the blunder on Monday. They believe bullets from more than one gun reached the audience. Seven of the 16 policeman are temporarily dismissed from their positions pending investigations.

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Explosives pass security checks in Slovakia, arrive in Ireland in failed test

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Explosives pass security checks in Slovakia, arrive in Ireland in failed test

December 2, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A failed test of security at Slovakia’s Poprad airport resulted in a 49 year-old man unknowingly carrying plastic explosives from Slovakia to Dublin, Ireland. The explosives were concealed so well that the man did not find them when he unpacked his bag at his apartment.

On Saturday, Slovak authorities planted contraband in passengers’ luggage at Poprad’s Poprad-Tatry Airport without the knowledge of passengers. Seven of the eight items were recovered, while an eighth made its way to an apartment in Dublin. Slovak authorities realised on Tuesday that one package of explosives were missing and notified Irish authorities who searched the man’s apartment.

During the search, parts of Dublin’s inner-suburbs were sealed off and evacuated causing disruption to residents and businesses. At the apartment authorities found the package and arrested the man under anti-terrorism laws; he was later released without charge after it was established he was innocent.

The man, a Slovakian electrician had been living in Ireland for some time. He was holidaying in Slovakia over Christmas.

Ireland’s Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform issued a statement saying, “Following contact earlier today from the Slovakian authorities with the Airport Police at Dublin Airport, members of the Garda Síochána have recovered a small quantity of explosive material from the luggage of a passenger who had flown into Dublin from that country on Saturday last.”

The package contained 90 grams (3 ounces) of the plastic explosive RDX, also known as cyclonite or hexogen. According to Commandant Gavin Young, a spokesperson for the Irish Defense Forces, “On their own, this type of explosive does need to be combined with other elements to make it into a bomb, but obviously this type of high-grade explosive is potentially extremely dangerous.”

Slovakia’s Minister for the Interior Robert Kalinak has apologized to Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern over the incident and expressed his “profound regret”. Irish authorities are now investigating the incident and the government has ordered for a full report to be delivered.

The Irish Opposition has expressed concern about the incident. Labour Party spokesman Joe Costello said “This incident led to the closure of roads in the area, the evacuation of businesses and the lives and safety of residents could have been put at risk. We also need to know what protest the government is going to make about this breach of our security.”

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News briefs:May 26, 2010

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December 1, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

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Russians protest against pension reform

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Russians protest against pension reform

November 30, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

On Sunday, reportedly over a thousand Russians were arrested for illegally protesting against government plans for pension age adjustment. The protest spanned several regions across the country. The plan would raise the retirement age an additional five years, with new age for men at 65, for women at 60.

According to monitoring data from media project OVD-Info, 1018 people were arrested, including 452 people in St Petersburg, 183 people in Yekaterinburg, 60 in Krasnodar, 43 each in Moscow and Omsk, 23 in Perm, 22 in Kazan, 20 in Tver, 17 in Ufa, 15 in Habarovsk, 13 each in Tomsk and Belgorod, 12 each in Chelyabinsk and Lipetsk, 10 in Novosibirsk, and some 80 in other cities.

In Moscow, the rally started at Pushkin Square at 2 p.m. local time and anti-riot police pushed people away. They marched toward the Kremlin. On their way, they again clashed with Police and did not complete the route.

The protests reportedly started in the Far East and Siberia first, followed by western regions of the country.

Regional elections were also on Sunday.

The pension adjustment plan has reportedly coincided with a significant drop in approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Gunman kills and injures tourists in Jordanian capital

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Gunman kills and injures tourists in Jordanian capital

November 30, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Monday, September 4, 2006

A gunman has opened fire on tourists in Amman, the capital of Jordan. One Briton was killed and five others were injured at the Roman Theatre in central Amman. Two British women were among the injured tourists, the rest were from the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia (So far the dead man has not been named). It is not yet clear whether the man was acting on his own or as part of group.

The attack took place at 12:30 local time (09:30 GMT). The lone gunman shouted “God is great” (in Arabic) before firing up to 12 shots, according to eye witness reports given to the AFP news agency. When he ran out of ammunition the man fled the scene but was overpowered by Police and local inhabitants. Interior Minister Eid al-Fayez confirmed that a man was arrested and is now being questioned.

A BBC reporter in the area has said that the area is cordoned and currently being patrolled by armed police.

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Moving Companies Help The Houston Community

November 30, 2018 · Filed under Fixed Asset Management

byAlma Abell

Has your business outgrown its facilities? There are many reasons businesses pack-up and move. Global markets and eCommerce are causing many businesses to rethink their office space requirements. Whether a company is relocating down the street or across the city, moving puts your planning and project management skills to the test.

Keep employees focused on the business and minimize the distractions. Turn to professional moving companies. Houston CEOs can expect a partner from initial preparation to the final cleanup. You can expect a guided approach to determining what will be moved, stored or disposed of long before the packing supplies arrive.

Cost Savings in Pre-PlanningAn expert moving company provides a single point of contact to engage with your leadership team. Together they develop a comprehensive plan to pack, transport and unload your costly assets. Thanks to continued demand, many moving companies offer additional customized services based on business’ relocation needs. CEO’s can expect an upfront plan to reduce employee downtime, get the lights back on, and the doors open for business. Eliminate the headaches and back pain, look for a moving company that provides a free estimate, pre-move planning, budgeting, floor plan design, space planning, and property coverage.

When moving day arrives, be prepared for flawless execution based on the pre-planning decisions. Whether you need a full complement or partial office set-up services, count on the professionals to provide:

* On-site project management * Asset management * Asset auctions * Charitable contributions * Recycling * Post-move cleaning services * Disaster recovery & restoration * Computer, electronics & equipment transport * Disconnect and reconnect computer equipment * Files & records transport * Furniture installation & reconfiguration * Electronic moving and server rack relocations * Fixtures installation

Record Retention SolutionsIf your company record retention policy or other financial records are taking up precious office space, rely on warehousing. Whether short- or long-term warehousing of critical company files, you can count on moving companies. hour video monitoring, proper ventilation and fire suppression systems.

Get OptionsEvery CEO likes options. Take advantage of the resources, commercial movers provide. They take the time to assess a move and work within a customer’s budget. Save countless hours and late-nights. Expect care and safe transport of your equipment, computers, furnishings, files and records. They take the worry out of the process so you can focus on the important decisions that go into managing your business.

Since 1991, Armstrong Relocation – Houston has been the top professional moving company for business relocation. They are the top haulers of United Van Lines, with agencies in major U.S. cities. Their awards and recognitions speak for themselves. For a free estimate, visit Houston.armstrongrelocation.com.

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Armstrong announces retirement from professional cycling

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Armstrong announces retirement from professional cycling

November 29, 2018 · Filed under Uncategorized

Monday, April 18, 2005

At a press conference Monday, Lance Armstrong announced his intention to retire from professional cycling after going for his 7th Tour de France title in July 2005.

“Ultimately, athletes have to retire,” said the 33 year-old American. “The body doesn’t just keep going and going.”

Speculation on the retirement of the six-time Tour de France winner had been growing in recent months. The Texan had hinted at wanting to spend more time with his children and his cancer charity, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. There was talk he may marry his well-known girlfriend, rock-star singer Sheryl Crow.

Armstrong battled with testicular cancer in 1996 before coming back to win the 1999 edition of the legendary French race. He went on to win the next five Tours de France and is now widely regarded as one of the greatest riders in the history of the sport.

Asked about his chances for Tour success, he expressed hope tempered with praise for his opponents. “Can I win this year? I’m not sure, but I’ll try… This will be a different year for the Tour with Jan Ullrich looking better and a host of young riders coming up,” he said.

Should Armstrong follow through with his plans, he will begin his final race in the United States tomorrow at the first stage of the Tour de Georgia. He has successfully used the springtime race in the past as a tune-up to the Tour de France in the summer. The contract with his new team sponsor, the Discovery Channel, obligates him to compete in one more Tour de France.

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