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I can't imagine them being able to control mass media except to the point of not reporting to them
Gingrich plans to discuss replacing the Environmental Protection Agency, with an agency that would work better with local government; end the ban on oil shale development in the western U.S.; let coastal states share federal royalty revenue from offshore development; and appoint a commission of engineers and scientists to study the damaged nuclear reactor in Japan and determine if any changes need to be made to U.S. standards.
Taipei, April 20 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Red Cross have between them received more than NT$5 billion (US$172.5 million) in donations from the public to Japan since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said Wednesday prior to embarking on a trip to the quake-ravaged country.
SYDNEY (AP) - Australia's prime minister departed Wednesday for a weeklong trip to Asia for business talks with leaders in Japan, South Korea and China, the nation's top trading partners.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to land in Tokyo on Wednesday night, and plans to tour areas of Japan that were devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami last month. She also will meet with senior Japanese officials, including Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
Japan, South Korea and China are Australia's top three export destinations, and trade and other economic issues are expected to be the main topics of Gillard's discussions. But the prime minister confirmed she also plans to bring up the sensitive issue of human rights with China's leaders.
Taipei, April 20 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Wednesday downgraded travel alert for Japan's Kanto area that includes Tokyo and its northern island of Hokkaido as radiation levels in those regions have resumed normal.
The ministry issued the highest "red" alert against travel to Japan's northeastern Tohoku region as well as Kanto and Hokkaido's eastern and southern coastal areas after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan on March 11.
Liebenberg, Germany - A panel appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel to draft a timetable for Germany to dump nuclear power said on Wednesday they may avoid recommending a precise sunset date.
Germans have been so rattled by the Fukushima nuclear fires and leaks in Japan that a big majority want Germany's 17 nuclear power plants closed as soon as possible, surveys show.
'You can be sure we'll have something to say about that topic,' said one of the two panel co-chairmen, Klaus Toepfer, a former executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, but declined to say if any firm date would emerge in the report.
Essen, Germany - The head of German nuclear energy provider RWE on Wednesday defended the company's nuclear course, as he came under attack after the Berlin government decided to re-evaluate the technology in light of Japan's nuclear disaster.
Heated discussions about RWE's nuclear future took place among the more than 5,000 shareholders present at RWE's annual general meeting, which also faced disruption from anti-nuclear protesters.
'German nuclear plants meet existent security requirements,' RWE Chief Executive Officer Juergen Grossmann insisted. 'If this were not the case, they would have been forced to shut down already. Events in Japan do not change this.'
Anti-nuclear protesters kept interrupting Grossmann's speech, with demands for an immediate end to nuclear energy. Earlier, they blocked access to the event by sitting at the entrance and cordoning it off with thread.
Kiev Summit for safe and innovative use of Nuclear Energy
Kiev, 19 April 2011
Ladies and gentlemen,
I appreciate we are gathering today here, in Kiev, to express our commitment that, twenty five years on, the legacy of Chernobyl will be fully resolved. This is also an occasion to renew our commitment to a safer future.
This morning, we demonstrated that through global solidarity and the continued commitment of all stakeholders we have the ability to bring an end to a nuclear legacy such as Chernobyl.
I am pleased that the Chernobyl Pledging Conference has raised the major part of funding for completion of the projects for stabilization and environmental safeguard of the Chernobyl site.
Since the beginning of the G8-lead action to address the consequences of the Chernobyl accident, the European Commission has been at the forefront of the efforts to help Ukraine bringing the Chernobyl site to a stable and environmentally safe condition.
Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
Zorgon are you done with that pool yet?
Originally posted by jjjtir
Summit for safe and innovative use of Nuclear Energy (20/04/2011)
Originally posted by okiecowboy
sure they can...they just made it a law that you can't get within 20km of the plant...so the ONLY news the media can report is what is released to them..
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) returned to the ship's forward operating port at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka after almost exactly one month at sea, April 20.
"Even after being at sea all this time, we are still ahead of our maintenance schedule and it's because of you," said George Washington's Commanding Officer Capt. David Lausman during an all-hands call on the ship's flight deck the afternoon prior to the ship's return to Yokosuka. "The Sailors aboard this ship, our hard working crew, you are our real secret weapon."
Under normal circumstances, it would take nearly three weeks to get George Washington ready for sea while in the middle of a routine maintenance period. Following the Japan earthquake, the crew got the ship underway in an unprecedented time frame of just six days.
Washington, DC – Congressman Brad Sherman, the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, reintroduced the Stop Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program Act late last week.
Sherman’s new bill would tighten economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran and its remaining business partners. Congressman Ed Royce is the lead Republican cosponsor of the bill. Sherman first introduced the bill in the previous Congress in September 2010. Senator Robert Casey and Senator Scott Brown introduced similar legislation under the same name in the Senate in December 2010.
Originally posted by zorgon
THIS reporter grilled the Nuclear agency spokes person last night.. I wish there was a recording... He asked really hard questions and the NISA guy was stumbling all over...
Pyongyang, April 19 (KCNA) -- Radioactive substances, apparently from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant of Japan, are being ceaselessly detected in the DPRK.
According to the survey by the radioactivity monitoring stations across the country from April 11 to 17, iodine-131 and cesium-137 were found in the air above Wonsan and Chongjin. Their level in Wonsan was tested to be about 0.103mBq and 0.07mBq per cubic meter respectively and that in Chongjin 0.037mBq and 0.08mBq.
PYONGYANG, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Radioactive substances from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were continuously being detected in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), official news agency KCNA reported Tuesday.
Monitoring stations across the country from April 11 to 17 detected iodine-131 and cesium-137 in the air above Wonsan in the southeast and Chongjin in the southeast, according to the KCNA.
Originally posted by curioustype
Have I missed the bit where Tepco tell us where the water is going? Is that all converting to steam and floating out into our atmosphere, or is a proportion draining out of the damaged fuel storage tank, if so what proportion, and where is the water draining to...??
TOKYO — The impact of last month's devastating quake-tsunami disaster will slash Japan's economic growth to 0.8 percent this year, the OECD said Thursday, halving its earlier forecast of 1.7 percent.
But massive government and business investment in reconstruction is expected to drive a sharp rebound in 2012, with the economy seen expanding 2.3 percent, up from the OECD's previous estimate of 1.3 percent given in a November report.
"While it is still too early to assess the full extent of the damage, the immediate impact will be to reduce output, although this will later be reversed by reconstruction efforts," the Paris-based OECD said.
The monster March 11 quake and tsunami struck just as Japan appeared to be back on track following a slowdown in the latter part of last year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said in its 2011 Japan economic survey.
WELLINGTON, April 21, 2011 (AFP) - - Two New Zealanders who organised a "student volunteer army" to help relief efforts after the Christchurch earthquakes said Thursday they planned to set up a similar body in Japan.
Canterbury University students Sam Johnson and Jason Pemberton used social networking websites to coordinate thousands of volunteers in Christchurch after two major earthquakes hit the city in September and February.
Originally posted by jjjtir
reply to post by MedievalGhost
The zeolite sandbags were dumped to try and absorb caesium/cesium, but news on that are seemingly not released often...
A chemist and a domestic company have jointly developed a powder that can capture and precipitate radioactive substances in water and that could be used in the ongoing effort to deal with contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the chemist said Tuesday.
The powder, made of various chemicals and minerals, including zeolite, can remove radioactive substances such as iodine, cesium and strontium, according to Tomihisa Ota, a professor at Kanazawa University who developed it with Kumaken Kougyou Co., a pollution cleanup company in Akita Prefecture.