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You know you’re having anti nuclear success when – Roger Helbig comes after you

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Here’s what Roger Helbig sent me today:  “ Your first immediate action is to take my name out of your
e-mail subject line.  I have already advised WordPress and I will make
every possible effort to take down your WordPress blog and eliminate
your ability to ever have another WordPress blog.”   along with a lot of other threats of legal action.

 

This humble little website is now in the company of some much more illustrious sites. For example – “It has come to our attention that an Helbig,-Rogerindividual by the name of Roger Helbig, has been going to great effort to damage our reputation”  http://www.salem-news.com/

There are dozens more .. you see, Roger Helbig makes a profession of harrassing and preferably shutting down, any voices that criticise the use of depleted uranium.

“Lieutenant Colonel Roger Helbig, USAF, Rtd (it appears) is one of a small Pentagon-inspired group devoted to denigrating and undermining the efforts of those drawing attention to the dangers of DU, which three UN Sub-Committees have designated a weapon of mass destruction. Rokke is just the latest in a long line of Helbig targets. Journalist Bob Nichols, Project Censored award winner for his DU coverage, writes, ‘Individuals on web sites throughout the United States have complained about the abusive and aggressive actions of an Air Force Lieut. Colonel named Roger Helbig’.
 
David Lindorff, another award winner and the (UK) Observer’s David Rose, have also suffered a barage of abuse for stories exposing the dangers of DU
Nichols cites Helbig ‘attacking hundreds of sites and harrassing web moderators.’ Informative DU sites (such as www.Pandoraproject@yahoogroups.com and www.notinkansas.us – the latter’s meticulously researched alerts included the chilling warning of US military in Iraq reagrding bathing in shower water taken from Tigris river: ‘GI’s Beware Radioactive Showers’) are also victims. Researcher, John Ervin, posted on www.apfn.net: ‘They’ve already sent Lt. Colonel Roger Helbig after me.’
 
Leuren Moret, President of Scientists for Indigenous Peoples and City of Berkeley (Ca) Environmental Commissioner states: ‘Helbig has been harassing me nonstop for two to three years.’  ….”
http://www.123people.com/ext/frm?ti=personensuche%20telefonbuch&search_term=roger%20helbig&search_country=US&st=suche%20nach%20personen&target_url=aHR0cDovL21hZ2lja2RyYWdvbmZseS5ibG9nc3BvdC5jb20vMjAwOC8xMC9sdGMtcm9nZXItaGVsYmlnLXJob3RlbDEtdW5pdGVkLXN0YXRlcy5odG1s&section=blog&wrt_id=262

Also

http://www.inthesetimes.com/search/results?cx=001426508291867289762%3Aj9oedch9yge&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&q=Roger+helbig
and http://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com/2008/07/18/the-pentagon-bullies-meet-roger-helbig/
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February 11, 2013 Posted by | Christina's notes | 3 Comments

Belarusian Report Blasts West For Rights Violations

February 04, 2013

Belarus is hitting back at criticism of its human-rights record with a report detailing what it describes as rampant rights abuses in Western countries.The report, “Human Rights Violations in Certain Countries in 2012,” is the first of its kind to be issued by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

It covers 23 European countries, the United States, and Canada, and is based on what the ministry says is information gleaned from Belarusian diplomatic missions, media reports, and other “reliable sources.”

The document appears to be retaliation for the West’s persistent criticism of rights violations in Belarus under President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, once famously dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” by Washington.

Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimer Makei said the report intends to draw attention to rights violations in “countries that traditionally represent themselves as ‘developed democracies'” and to illustrate “their failure to comply with international legal obligations.”

In a foreword to the report, Makei said its aim is to highlight “the deterioration of the human-rights record” in the West and challenge the notion that developing countries are the chief human-rights offenders.

Belarusian Foreign Minister Uladzimer Makei

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A significant section of the study is devoted to the United States, one of Lukashenka’s most vocal critics. The U.S. State Department, in its latest report on global human-rights practices, described Belarus as “an authoritarian state” that routinely rigs elections and jails dissidents.

Minsk’s own report accuses U.S. police of forcefully dispersing a number of peaceful protests, including a rally by the Occupy Wall Street movement in Oakland in January 2012. It claims about 400 people were detained and several injured, including a pregnant woman.

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Belarus Activists Fined After Posting Protest Photo Online

To get arrested at a demonstration, you normally have to be there. Not, however, in Belarus.

A court in the western city of Hrodna this week convicted three human rights activists — Uladzimer Khilmanovich, Viktar Sazonau, and Raman Yurhel — for participating in an unauthorized demonstration on December 10 on International Human Rights Day. They were each fined 1.5 million rubles ($173).

But the men weren’t arrested at the time of their demonstration, but after a photo of them protesting was published online. In the photo, they are holding a portrait of Ales Byalyatski, a human rights leader who in 2011 was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison on charges of tax evasion. His supporters say those charges are politically motivated.

The photo appeared on the website of the Vyasna (Spring) human rights center, which Byalyatski heads.

Yurhel told RFE/RL’s Belarus Service that the four police officers who testified against him and the other activists in court were not present at the demonstration. He says no witnesses were brought forward in the trial.

“In truth, I understood, I was convicted for what I advocate, for having engaged in activities not prohibited by law,” said Sazonau, another one of those convicted. “I was convicted for what I had done: cooperation with Ales Byalyatski.”

Byalyatski has been declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International; Western leaders have called for his release. His wife says she has been denied visiting rights and Byalyatski is not allowed to receive food packages in jail. In November, officials took away equipment and furniture from Vyasna’s offices.

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Reporter Warns Of Dangers Of Covering Azerbaijani Protests

February 05, 2013

An Azerbaijani journalist says the authorities have attempted to curb his reporting of protests by offering him bribes and arresting his brother.

Elchin Ismayilli, a correspondent for the opposition “Azadliq” newspaper, was one of the few journalists covering the protests and riots in Ismayilli, a town 150 kilometers northwest of the capital, Baku, which took place on January 23-24.

After taking and uploading pictures and videos of the protests, Ismayilli says he was targeted by the Azerbaijani authorities and was only a step away from being arrested.

“I was offered bribes, told not to cover the protests, to stand aside and only observe. I was told not to spread information on social networks,” Ismayilli told RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service.

The protests erupted in Ismayilli after the authorities refused to shut down a local motel, which was allegedly functioning as a brothel. Rioters torched the motel, which was reportedly owned by the son of an Azerbaijani minister.

In a tightly controlled media environment, Ismayilli was one of the few journalists taking footage of the protests.

Ismayilli says that the threats and offers continued until February 4, when he said the authorities decided to switch tactics and arrest his brother.

“My detention could attract attention because I’m a journalist so they arrested my brother [Elshan] instead. I think this is connected with my activities. Now the threats and pressure on me have cooled down. They think they have made me silent,” he says.

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Cancer battle: Scientists engineer new tumor-killing virus – An end to nuclear medicine?

RT

Published: 11 February, 2013, 14:05

A new genetically-engineered virus has been developed to kill cancer tumors and prevent the growth of new ones, according to a study. It was tested in 30 terminally-ill liver cancer patients and proved to significantly prolong their lives.

­The study, which was recently published in the journal Nature Medicine, describes a four-week trial of the vaccine Pexa-Vec or JX-594 marking a step forward towards a successful treatment of solid tumors, AFP reports.

Sixteen out of 30 patients who were given a high dosage of therapy lived for 14.1 months on average, while the other 14 patients were given a low dosage and survived for 6.7 months.

“For the first time in medical history we have shown that a genetically-engineered virus can improve survival of cancer patients,” study co-author David Kirn from California-based biotherapy company Jennerex told AFP.

The results of the study indicate that “Pexa-Vec treatment at both doses resulted in a reduction of tumor size and decreased blood flow to tumors,” Jennerex said in a statement. “This is the first randomized clinical trial of an oncolytic immunotherapy demonstrating significantly prolonged overall survival.”

Pexa-Vec is a leading product of Jennerex, which is a private biotherapeutics company based out of San Francisco, USA, that is focused on development and commercialization of therapies that would combat solid tumors.

The new treatment uses oncolytic immunotherapy, which is a genetically modified type of virus that attacks tumors to induce a systemic immune response to cancer. It selectively replicates in tumor cells to achieve an antitumor effect.

The new virus “is designed to multiply in and subsequently destroy cancer cells, while at the same time making the patients’ own immune defense system attack cancer cells also,” added Kirn.

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Liquid bomb-grade uranium to be shipped secretly from Chalk River to U.S.

At Savannah River, the liquid is to be taken to a complex known as H-Canyon and down-blended in to low-enriched uranium fuel for U.S. power and research reactors.

By Ian MacLeod, Ottawa Citizen February 10, 2013

OTTAWA — Nuclear officials are preparing to secretly transport a toxic stew of liquid bomb-grade uranium by armed convoy from Chalk River to a South Carolina reprocessing site.

Liquid bomb-grade uranium to be shipped secretly from Chalk River to U.S.

Undated photo shows the inside of one of the twin MAPLE reactors at Chalk River, which are designed to produce isotopes for medical diagnoses and treatment.

The “high priority” mission marks the first time authorities have attempted to truck highly-enriched uranium (HEU) in a liquid solution, prompting nuclear safety advocacy groups on both sides of the border to sound the alarm for greater government scrutiny.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has confirmed the plan to the Citizen. It follows Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s commitment at last year’s global nuclear security summit to return HEU inventories to the United States to lessen the risk of nuclear terrorism.

Officials with CNSC and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., which operates Chalk River Laboratories, say federal law prohibits publicly releasing details about the mission, including the number of transport truck trips involved, the routing through Eastern Ontario and the timing.

But documents filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) suggest many truck trips will be required and could begin in August.

“This does seem to be an unprecedented, cross-border shipment of liquid high-level waste and, for that reason alone, it needs the highest order of environmental review on both sides of the border,” says Tom Clements, a South Carolina campaign co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth and former executive-director of the Nuclear Control Institute in Washington.

Small amounts of HEU in solid form have long been exported, without incident, by the U.S. to Canada for the production of medical isotopes at Chalk River’s NRU reactor.

What’s different this time is the HEU to be transported for reprocessing at the U.S. government’s Savannah River Site is in liquid form and believed to from Chalk River’s controversial Fissile Solution Storage Tank, or FISST.

The 24,000-litre waste tank is largely unknown outside the nuclear establishment, but within the industry in Canada and internationally, it is a source of persistent unease.

The double-walled, stainless-steel vessel contains 17 years’ worth of an intensely radioactive acidic solution from the production of molybdenum-99, a vital medical isotope produced by irradiating HEU “targets.”

The liquid must be carefully monitored, mixed and warmed to prevent it from solidifying and — in a worst-case scenario — potentially achieving a self-sustaining chain reaction of fissioning atoms called criticality.

The energy and heat from such a chain reaction could potentially rupture the tank, release the solution into the environment and endanger anyone nearby. There would be no danger of a nuclear explosion.

Not surprisingly, FISST is under constant surveillance by the International Atomic Energy Commission for any hint of an accidental atomic chain reaction.

Taken out of service around 2003, FISST is believed to be near-full and sitting inside a thick, in-ground concrete vault in a building two hours northwest of Ottawa. In the years since, HEU-bearing liquid waste produced during isotope production has been solidified and placed in secure storage.

The FISST’s chief ingredient is an estimated 175 kilograms of HEU containing 93 per cent uranium-235, the isotope that sustains a fission chain reaction. Also present are plutonium, tritium, other fission products and mercury. About 20 kilograms to 45 kilograms of HEU is considered sufficient to construct a small nuclear weapon or a Hiroshima-sized bomb.

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Uranium: Opportunities In The Unloved Metal? At best a $30 dollar/Lb loss!!??

“…I have looked at the numbers for all the big public miners and the average cost to run the businesses is about $106/lb. So at $40/lb they are losing about $66 on every pound they sell. You can’t make that up without the price going up. So, yes, I think we are going to see the price come up. I absolutely think that we’ve seen the bottom. I think $80/lb is not unreasonable and $100+/lb is more likely….”  https://nuclear-news.net/2013/01/30/danish-u-turn-clears-way-for-uranium-mining-in-greenland-and-dodgy-dealings-on-the-stock-market/#more-36904

 

Uranium prices are set for a turnaround. As the idled power capacity comes back online, and the impact of Japanese selling is reversed, the market will return to pricing equilibrium, which we believe is around 80 to 85 dollars a pound. This is of course a wonderful move from the current price of 40 to 45 dollars per pound – and music to the ears of those that produce it.

 

Shortly after Fukushima, the Japanese government – through its foreign investment arm Jogmec — signed a joint-venture arrangement to explore for and develop uranium in Uzbekistan. Why would you spend money to explore for and develop something you weren’t going to use? This is the agency tasked with providing for Japan’s raw material needs.

Feb 11th, 2013 |

Uranium is one of the most cyclical and volatile materials that I have ever followed.

In the last 20 years the price of uranium has risen from 20 dollars up to 130 dollars, and dropped back down to 40 dollars, where it is now. It’s been all over the map.

It is also one of the most useful natural resource commodities. The energy density – how much energy you can produce per pound — is much greater than with other energy sources available. Water, natural gas, oil, or coal, don’t pack as much punch per pound. In some senses, it is the most efficient energy source in the world.

Nations can store enough material to run plants for decades. In case of crisis, it is the most strategic energy source on the planet. Countries like Japan, Korea, Taiwan, or Singapore are energy and storage-constrained, yet have high per capita energy use. For them, uranium is vital.

The One-Off Event That Shaped The Market

Fukushima, the meltdown that struck a plant in Japan in 2011, caused the green metal to plunge.

[More on a failing uranium industry can be found here https://nuclear-news.net/2013/01/29/petition-to-save-nuclear-news-net-and-antinuclearnews-net/ ]

The trauma in Japan severely disrupted the market for uranium. Japan shut down its domestic nuclear industry. As a result, demand fell by 15 or 20 million pounds overnight. In addition, the utilities dumped their existing inventories. They couldn’t use uranium to generate electricity, so they sold it for whatever they could get.

So, while wiping out 15 to 20 million pounds in demand, they added 15 million pounds of supply – a 35 million-pound swing. That’s about 1/5th of the entire market — about 190 million pounds.

The price of uranium tumbled from 85 dollars a pound down to 40.

Very recently the Japanese have acknowledged the need for the green metal. Energy prices have spiked since they decided to shut down nuclear power. In some industrial applications, electricity bills have risen five-fold. Japanese demand has been responsible for essentially doubling the price of liquefied natural gas, as every spare cargo in the world has gone to Japan. Even the newly elected, staunchly anti-nuclear government has grudgingly acknowledged that phasing out nuclear is not an option.

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I’ve changed my mind about nuclear power – Douglas Carswell OP-ED

Douglas Carswell’s Blog

11 FEB 2013

One of the daftest things in politics, as Daniel Hannan has pointed out, is to be against something simply because you don’t approve of those in favour. Or conversely, to favour something because of those against.

An awful lot of politics is, alas, driven by precisely this sort of calculation.

How many Lib Dem MPs talking about Europe are Europhile because of any careful assessment of the Euro project? Often, I suspect they are enthusiasts for all things EU because of what they imagine to be the Eurosceptics opposed.

I must admit that I, too, have been guilty of this lazy way of thinking, particularly when it comes to nuclear power.

For years, I just sort of assumed that I must be pro-nuclear. Why? Well look at the right-on, lefty, Guardianista, peace-niks opposed? The more I heard whiny, eco loons telling us we should not have nuclear power, the more convinced I became that it must be the right thing to do.  And as for the safety thingy, coal mining kills more people, right?

The trouble is that I am starting to suspect that given current technology, nuclear power is simply not economic. We just do not seem capable of building them without massive subsidies.

If you oppose wind turbines, as I do, not because of the technology, but because of the subsidy, how can you favour nuclear? Opponents of wind subsidies often complain about the cosy collusion between the big suppliers and government – hidden subsidies, guaranteed margins. It is as nothing compared to what happens in the nuclear sector.

Nuclear power is not just a bad way of generating power.  The crony corporatism that it spawns is no great way of running a country either.

There have been two game changing developments in the energy sector in recent years; first the emergence of shale gas, and second the collapse in the unit cost of solar panelling. The former means that gas is back big time. The later, that we will see millions of roof tops around the world covered in solar panelling over the next decade or so.

Perhaps nuclear power will turn out to be like Concorde? Once apparently so modern and cutting edge, it ended up obsolete.

http://www.talkcarswell.com/home/ive-changed-my-mind-about-nuclear-power/2598

Nuclear-news.net recommends a dose of awareness to all….

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Sellafield Limited admits nuclear regulators’ charges

Monday, 11 February 2013

Sellafield Limited has pleaded guilty to sending several bags of radioactive waste from normal operations in controlled areas of the site to a nearby landfill site in northwest England.

The company was prosecuted by the UK’s Environment Agency and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) after four bags of mixed general waste, such as plastic, paper, tissues, clothing, wood and metal, were sent to the Lillyhall landfill site in Workington, Cumbria.

http://www.onenewspage.com/n/Business/74vpdfzkb/Sellafield-Limited-admits-nuclear-regulators%E2%80%99-charges.htm

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Finnish Nuclear Reactor May Be Further Delayed Until 2016

02/11/2013| 07:29am US/Eastern

STOCKHOLM–Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima said Monday it is preparing for the possibility that the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor may be further delayed until 2016.

The reactor, which was originally scheduled to start producing electricity in 2009, has been plagued by a series of delays and cost overruns, and last summer TVO said it won’t go online in 2014.

Based on progress reports from the plant supplier, a consortium made up of French nuclear engineering firm Areva S.A (>> AREVA) and Germany’s Siemens AG (>> Siemens AG), TVO said the production start may be postponed until 2016.

The Finnish utility said it had asked the supplier to update the overall schedule after the last delay was announced, but that it still hasn’t received “an adequate schedule update.”

Areva’s Chief Executive Officer Luc Oursel has said the reactor will ultimately cost about 8 billion euros ($10.7 billion), the same amount as a similar reactor the company is building in northern France. The construction of the Olkiluoto reactor was originally estimated to cost about EUR3 billion.

Write to Niclas Rolander at niclas.rolander@dowjones.com

Subscribe to WSJ: http://online.wsj.com?mod=djnwires

 

Stocks mentioned in the article : AREVA, Siemens AG
 
AREVA : Income Statement Evolution
http://www.4-traders.com/AREVA-8084917/news/Finnish-Nuclear-Reactor-May-Be-Further-Delayed-Until-2016-16042263/
Notice the low profit margins on Areva…?? [Arclight]
 

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant Worker’s Perspective on the Debris Dropping Accident at Reactor 3 SFP: Normal Project Management System Doesn’t Work on an Abnormal Situation

オイラあの日、現場に着いた時「えっ!?作業やってるよ!」ってちょっとビックリしたのを覚えてる。でもあとでゆっくり考えたら、あの悪状況の中でやってた作業は全て工程の遅れてる作業や急いでる作業ばかりだった。

I remember I was surprised to hear the work was being carried out that day, when I arrived at the plant. In retrospect, the work that was being done in the bad weather was either behind schedule or urgent.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

EXSKF

“Happy11311” has been tweeting from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant since the March 11, 2011 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. He tweeted his take on the fuel handling machine mast that dropped into the Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool with a big splash a few days ago.

He says the work was carried out even when it shouldn’t have been, because the contractor(s) was under pressure to catch up.

He also says that the work is done by remote control, but it needs workers in tungsten vests right on the platforms surrounding the Reactor 3 building, as they have to visually monitor the work to make sure everything is going safely.

From his tweets on February 10, 2013 (my translation):

以前にもつぶやいたけど3号機オペフロ瓦礫撤去作業はとても難しいんだ。3号機オペフロは高線量のため4号機みた いに作業員が上がって撤去するわけにはいかない状況。撤去作業は被曝しない離れたある場所で遠隔操作でやってるけどカメラアングルだけじゃまかないきれな い部分がある。

As I tweeted before, removing the debris on the Reactor 3 operating floor is extremely difficult. Since the Reactor 3 operating floor has high radiation levels, unlike on the Reactor 4 building, workers cannot go up there to remove the debris. The actual debris removal [for Reactor 3] is carried out from a location far enough to avoid radiation exposure by remote control, but there are cases where the camera images from different angles are not enough.

それを補うため、どうしても目視確認が必要なんだ。だから重いタングステンベストを着た作業員が交代で構台に上がり遠隔操作のオペレーターと連絡を取り合 いながら作業する。構台に上がった作業員は相当な被曝するんだ。ちょっとあの日の事をオイラなりに振り返ってみたいと思う。

In order to compliment the remote work, visual inspection is necessary. So, workers wearing heavy tungsten vests take turns to go up on the platform, and communicate with the remote control operators to carry out the work. Workers who go up on the platform are exposed to significant amount of radiation. So now, I want to look back on that incident the other day.

あの日は雪もあり、作業としては非常にやりにくくて困難だったはずなんだ。現にオイラ達はあの日の作業はほとんど中止だった。あの状況だとカメラ映像も曇ったり、構台に上がった作業員のマスクや望遠鏡も曇ったり水滴ついたりして、見えづらかったんじゃないのかなぁ…?

It was snowing, and the work must have been very awkward and hard to do. In fact, my group canceled almost all the work that day. In that condition, I’m thinking it must have been hard to see. Camera images may have been blurry, and the [face]masks and telescopes of the workers on the platforms may have fogged or covered with water drops.

そこで疑問に浮かんだのは、なぜあの悪天候で作業したんだろ?って事なんだ。この前の鉄骨落下して以来、3号機オペフロ作業はこれでもかってくらい慎重に 作業してたのに…。オイラの勝手な憶測だけど色々考えてみた。あの日、他の建築グループもクレーン作業は確かにやってた。

So what I’m wondering is why they were doing the work in bad weather like that. Particularly when they have been doing the work extremely carefully on the Reactor 3 operating floor ever since they dropped a steel beam. So it’s just my hypothesis. But that day, other construction groups were also doing the work using cranes.

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東日本大震災2周年復興祈念祭 Face to Face with Fukushima Australian Tour (Sydney)

  • NSW Teachers Federation Auditorium, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
  • 東日本大震災2周年 復興祈念祭
    Remembering Fukushima- 2 years on
    Date: Sydney 10th March -5PM-7PM (Sydney time zone)
    Venue:NSW Teachers Federation Auditorium
    37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills (near Central Station)

    東日本大震災2周年 復興祈念祭
    Face to Face with Fukushima Australian tour – Sydney

    内容:
    アボリジニ伝統開幕儀式、真言宗住職によるお経と1分間の黙祷、オーストラリア災害レスキュー隊の表彰式、雅楽演奏、福島の現地報告、震災関連写真展示、和太鼓演奏、よさこいソーラン踊り、ほか。

    Performers:
    Natalie Pa’apa’a (of Blue King Brown) Acoustic;
    Gagaku music and;
    Taiko drumming / Soran dance.

    特別ゲスト:
    長谷川健一氏(福島県飯舘村酪農共同組合会長、前田区長。「原発がふるさとを奪った」著者)
    川崎あきら氏(平和活動団体ピースボート共同代表)
    松岡ともひろ氏(メルボルンの平和活動団体JFP共同代表)

    Special Guest Speakers:
    Kenichi Hasegwa (farmer and author from Fukushima);
    Akira Kawasaki ( Peace boat in Japan);
    Mark Lennon, Unions NSW Secretary and;
    Peter Watts, Australian Nuclear Free Alliance co-chair (SA).

    Entrance fee: $10 suggested Donation for adults/waged
    (学生無料)※入場料は、祈年祭開催経費に充てられます。

    Website(詳細はホームページをご覧ください。一部、内容が変更になる場合がございます。)
    https://sites.google.com/site/2013helpjapan311
    www.choosenuclearfree.net/tour

    For more information contact
    Yukiko: 311helpjapansydney@gmail.com, 0414 758 295
    Natalie: natwasley@gmail.com, 0429 900 774

    Supported by: 311Help Japan, Beyond Nuclear Initiative, CFMEU (NSW), NSW Teacher’s Federation, NTEU (NSW), Unions NSW, Uranium free NSW.

    なお、翌日(3月11日)午後3時から、シドニー市内の「紀伊國屋書店」において、長谷川健一さんのトーク会&交流会を開催します

    来る3月11日は、日本の東北地方で発生したかつてない大地震災害から、丸2年を迎えます。
    2011年3月以降は、ここシドニーにおいても、被災地支援のために募金活動、様々なチャリティーイベントなど、多くの人達によって活動が繰り広げられました。
    東北では「絆」という言葉が生まれ、被災地では、人々が助け合い、協力し合う精神が培われました。今後、津波や地震で倒壊した街は、徐々に再建されると思います。しかし福島県では、今後長期にわたって、いつ解決のめどがつくかわからない放射能という問題に立ち向かっていかなければなりません。

    東北の被災地全ての人達に向けてエールを送るため、昨年に引き続き、今年もシドニーにおいて震災復興を願う祈念祭を開催します。

    11th March 2013 marks two years since the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated the north east coast, the Tohoku Area, of Japan.

    People in Sydney and around the world raised funds to send to the stricken areas. In the Tohoku area the word ‘kizuna’ (bond) emerged, to embody the spirit of the local people as they helped each other through the disaster. Moves are under way to rebuild the towns destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami.

    For the communities of Fukushima Prefecture however, where large areas of land are contaminated by radiation, there is no resolution in sight.

    Last year a commemoration event was held in Sydney to send our support to everyone affected by the disaster.

    This year, with special guest speakers from Fukushima, we hope to learn more about the problems facing these communities, and the ways that we can assist them to rebuild their lives.

    We will also closely examine the role of Australia in the global nuclear supply chain through mining and export of uranium. With the NSW government pushing for a uranium mining industry to begin here, it is important to build a movement to stop uranium from Australia being dug up to contaminate land here and fuel nuclear disasters overseas.

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Why we should all be worried by rising nuclear salaries -Cumbria

This is almost an obscene wage increase over just 1 year and it is no wonder that smaller companies are struggling to recruit these skills or are losing their current staff to the larger organisations who appear to be able to afford these costs.

Last updated at 09:30, Monday, 11 February 2013

Published by in-cumbria

Emma-Jayne Gooch of NuExec Consulting examines the impact of rising salaries in the nuclear industry

 

There is no denying that the UK is facing a triple-dip recession.

The economy remains 3.5% below its peak in 2007 and is not expected to recover for at least another 2 years. In the last 2.5 – 3 years manufacturing has contracted by 0.4% and the construction by 9%. Wages have also declined over the past five years when taking inflation into account and they are due to fall again in 2013. Recent national figures showed salaries rising by 1.4% with an inflation rate of 2.7%.

Having just completed my 2013 nuclear salary survey I was keen to see how the wages in our sector have changed over the past year and whether we have seen a rise or fall in the industry.

Many supply chain companies have commented on “hard times” this year and that they haven’t got the amount of work and contracts that they had expected. Some companies have even been forced to make some redundancies.

So with all this bad news you would definitely assume that the nuclear salaries haven’t risen right? But with us now being faced with the skills shortage that we have all been speaking about for years – you remember the statistics:

25% more graduates needed to service predicted nuclear growth
By 2025 almost half of the Cumbrian nuclear workforce would have retired
3,000 new jobs within Britain’s Energy Coast over the next 15 years (As per Blueprint)
A predicted 10,000 nuclear energy jobs as predicted back at the beginning of 2010

Add to that the DSA and ISA frameworks and that suddenly makes it apparent that we have some highly sought after skills and with highly sought after skills comes the need to pay more money.

I have taken 6 highly sought after skills in the North and analysed 2011 – 2012 Salaries against 2012 – 2013:

Senior Planner

  • 2011-2012 £39,987 to £55,000
  • 2012-2013 £56,957 to £80,000
  • Average increase: £16,970 (42%) to £25,000 (45%)

Principal Engineer

  • 2011-2012: £50,000 to £65,000
  • 2012-2013: £42,268 to £79,000
  • Average increase: -£7,732 (-15%) to £14,000 (21%)

Senior Engineer

  • 2011-2012 £45,000 to £55,000
  • 2012-2013 £30,000 to £67,875
  • Average increase -£15,000 (-33%) to £12,875 (23%)

Project Manager

  • 2011-2012: £38,700 to £65,000
  • 2012-2013: £35,000 to £71,500
  • Average increase: -£3,700 (-1%) to £6500 (10%)

Senior Project Manager

  • 2011-2012: £55,000 to £65,000
  • 2012-2013: £52,000 to £103,000
  • Average increase: -£3000 (-5%) to £38,000 (58%)

Project Controls Manager

  • 2011-2012: £38,700 to £60,500
  • 2012-2013: £38,700 to £65,000
  • Average increase: £0 (0%) to £4500 (7%)

So these are really surprising findings really demonstrating what is happening in the industry around key skills. Interestingly 4 positions have seen a decline in the starting salary which is probably reflective of companies using different criteria in indicating what a principal and senior engineer is.

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iN REMEMBRANCE -Dr. Koide’s Testimony in Japan’s Upper House – May 2011- Video

The 2 year anniversary of  the nuclear disaster caused by the EARTHQUAKE resulting in 3 MELTDOWNS and a MOX fueled MUSHROOM CLOUD is soon upon us.. i will be posting some of the early information in remembrance of this tragedy from time to time.. so to be sure to check the dates for the next month on the blog to avoid any surprises.  [Arclight]

Dr. Koide’s Testimony [Part 1/2]: “Nuclear Energy Is An Illusion” (May 23, 2011)

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Published on Jun 11, 2012

Dr. Hiroaki Koide is a research associate at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute. On May 23, 2011, he appeared as a witness to give testimony to the Administrative Oversight Committee in Japan’s Upper House in the Diet. In this second part of his testimony, he talks about the ongoing Fukushima disaster and criticizes government’s handling of the nuclear crisis.

He is in his sixties and still a research associate because he has been studying the “dangers” of nuclear energy all his career. Even before the 3.11 disaster, he had been well-known among pro-nuke people as one of their notable opponents.

But it was after 3.11 that he suddenly gained the spotlight and became quite widely known among the public, especially on the net. Some people almost worship him as a charismatic leader in the anti-nuclear world.

Dr. Koide’s Testimony [Part 2/2]: “About Fukushima”(May/23/2011)

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Published on Jun 11, 2012

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Christopher Busby article removed

Owing to a DMCA take down request the article is no longer on the link
Sorry for any disruption this might have caused..
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