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Breaking ! Report – More reports coming out of the harsh crackdown on NGO`s in Putins Russia

“This is the first time in over 21 years that we have been inspected,” said Rachel Denber, deputy director of …..HRW’s Europe and Central Asia division. “The scale of these inspections has been massive and unprecedented and is part of a much broader campaign to limit civil society.” It was also, she said, “part of a broader effort to brand those organisations that are connected to foreigners as enemies, as suspect”……..

Source Child Rights International Network

http://www.crin.org/resources/infodetail.asp?id=30613

02/04/2013

….As soon as former KGB leader Putin took over as President for 8 years, any chance at development of these fledgling human rights were gone. When he devolved his role to PM, and Medvedev initially took the Presidency a brief power opportunity  for Medvedev existed, but not for long……

Image and quote source ; http://unabashedleft.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/bizarro-putin-supporter-claims-sheep.html 

Summary:

Germany and France summoned Russian diplomats in Berlin and Paris, after Russia launched a series of raids on international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the country amid a wider crackdown on critics of the Kremlin.


Web link http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/27/russia-raids-human-rights-crackdown


[27 March 2013] –

The sweeps, billed as an attempt to weed out “foreign agents”, targetedhuman rights organisations, environmental advocates, women’s groups, non-Orthodox churches, charities and at least one French language school. Among the sites raided were the Moscow offices of the rights groups Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Transparency International.

“This is the planned destruction of the NGO sector in Russia,” said Lev Ponomarev, head of For Human Rights, a Russian group that was targeted on Monday. “It’s a war on NGOs and the strengthening of the authoritarian police state.”

Catherine Ashton, the EU high representative, said she was “concerned” by the raids and said they formed part of “a trend that is deeply troubling”.

“The inspections and searches launched against the Russian NGO community and conducted on vague legal grounds are worrisome since they seem to be aimed at further undermining civil society in the country,” she said in a statement.

The German foreign ministry summoned the number two diplomat in the Russian embassy in Berlin on Tuesday “to express the German government’s concern” over the raids. Two German NGOs in Moscow and Saint Petersburg were raided earlier this week. Hans-Gert Pöttering, chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung foundation in Saint Petersburg, said officials had seized four of the group’s computers there.

The French foreign ministry sent a note to its Russian embassy on Wednesday demanding an explanation, but said in a statement that the ambassador had been “invited” for a discussion.

The US embassy in Moscow said via its Twitter feed: “It is with great concern that we are following reports of unprecedented inspections of NGOs across Russia.”

Prosecutors, tax inspectors and officials from the justice ministry have conducted unannounced “checks” on more than 80 organisations around Russia, said Pavel Chikov, the head of Agora, a legal group that provides assistance to civic and political activists. Thousands more are expected to be targeted, he said. Agora was raided on Wednesday.

The sweep comes eight months after Vladimir Putin, the president, signed a widely criticised law demanding that NGOs which receive funding from abroad label themselves as “foreign agents”. Critics said the law was reminiscent of Soviet-era efforts to demonise foreigners and those “collaborating” with them.

A handful of groups, including For Human Rights, have refused to follow the law on principle. “I am not a foreign agent,” said Ponomarev, arguing that following the law – which includes stamping “foreign agent” on all paper and electronic documents – would make his work impossible.

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Fukushima to Subsidise Schools for Using Local Products in School Lunches

Tuesday, 2 April 2013
http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/fukushima-to-subsidies-schools-for.html
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The Fukushima Minyu News, the local paper of Fukushima Prefecture, reported that the prefectural government and its educational board had planned school lunch subsidy for using the local products from this April. The policy reflects the government’s false belief that allowing children to eat the local product would sweep away the bad image on Fukushima and boost the local consumption. ……
 
*The following is the articles from The Fukushima Minyu News, the local paper of Fukushima Prefecture.

“Fukushima School Lunches: “Local Ingredients” Half the Pre-quake Amount”
According to research conducted by the Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education, it was found, as of February 24th 2013, that the percentage of local ingredients used in school lunches in Fukushima Prefecture had dropped to 18.3% in the current school year – down to nearly half the amount before the Tohoku earthquake.
 
This figure strongly reflects the profound anxiety over radioactive materials associated with Tokyo Electric’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident; even whilst a system has been established for detecting radioactive materials during the handling of lunch materials and in the distribution of school lunches.
 
Under these circumstances, the Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education as well as Fukushima Prefecture intends to support the city, town or village that is prepared to go back to using local materials for its school lunches. Moreover, they will attempt to gain the support of parents in the new school year. ……..
 
*Fukushima School lunch: 10 Bq/Kg
Cafeteria in Fukushima prefectural government’s office: 1 Bq/Kg
(Source)

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/lowest-detectable-amount-of-school-lunch-is-10bqkg-the-one-of-cafeteria-in-fukushima-gov-is-1bqkg/

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Four U.S. nuclear plant workers injured by flash — Explosion reported — Helicopter transport required

http://enenews.com/four-u-s-nuclear-plant-workers-injured-by-flash

Image (not from this incident) and useful information source ;

 http://www.jrje.net/Arc%20Flash.htm

Published: April 3rd, 2013 at 9:43 am ET
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission, April 3, 2013:  At 1707 CDT on 4/2/13 an arc flash occurred at the ‘B’ safeguards transformer (XMDV24) in the plant switchyard at Callaway [nuclear plant in Missouri]. At the time of the flash, ground straps were being placed on the ‘B’ safeguards transformer which had been removed from service for maintenance. The event resulted in a loss of power to areas/buildings outside the power block. There was no impact to equipment and systems in the plant. Four workers were injured or affected by the flash. The extent of the electrical-related injuries has not been determined. However, based on reports from the scene, all of the workers were conscious and walked away from the scene. One person was transported by helicopter and two by ambulance to a local hospital. […]

KMIZ: Emergency officials confirm an electrical explosion happened around 5:30 p.m., but the cause is still under investigation. Ameren Missouri said in a written statement that the accident occurred in the switch yard area, but a company spokesman declined to elaborate about what happened. […] South Callaway Fire, Callaway Ambulance and the plant’s emergency staff responded to the explosion.

KOLR: The company did not provide any details about the nature of the accident or identify the injured workers.  But one television report said reported the accident was an electrical explosion and that one of the employees was flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

KMOV: The company declined to elaborate about what happened. But Callaway County Emergency Management Director Michelle Kidwell said the 911 call reported burn victims, including two with burns to the face. Kidwell said a medical helicopter crew was among the emergency responders dispatched to the nuclear facility located about 25 miles northeast of Jefferson City.

From 3 days ago: U.S. nuclear plant suffers “significant industrial accident” — 8 injured, 1 dead — No ‘immediate’ threat to the public

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Kaco to invest 30 million euros to build a new plant of the PV inverter and enter the Japanese market

Kaco to invest 30 million euros to build a new plant of the PV inverter

Berenberg Bank analyst LarsDannenberg said. “The German market has been sailing, the U.S. market has been to stabilize, the stock market is absolutely safe haven for clean technology investors.”, SMA’s sales in the first half of the year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance data show 3.1GW , flat with the same period last year.

 

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear leak after the incident began to vigorously promote the development of renewable energy, SMA plans to enter the Japanese market in 2013 and then increase 5GW capacity.
 
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3 April 2013

After the completion of this new plant covers an area of ​​12,000 square meters, will be the fifth German solar inverter manufacturer. The factory mainly Kaco the TL3 series production of three-phase inverter. Kaco firmly believe that the appropriate climate will make production more flexible in order to adapt to the changing market needs. Also new testing workshop for the endurance test of the inverter. So far, the company has hired 30 employees operating semi-automated production line, the final number of employees will reach 150, in order to meet the demand of production.

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Video evidence that Wind Turbines are more sturdy than a military tank!

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Published on 3 Apr 2013

The driver of a Russian BMD amphibious armoured personnel carrier is facing court martial after allegedly being drunk behind the controls of his vehicle in Ryazan.

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“Background Radiation” – a favourite lie of the nuclear lobby

Angwin-liesFake Science Alert: Fukushima Radiation Can’t Be Compared to Bananas or X-Rays,Zero Hedge,  April 2013

“…….Most “Background Radiation” Didn’t Exist Before Nuclear Weapons Testing and Nuclear Reactors

Nuclear apologists also pretend that we get a higher exposure from background radiation (when we fly, for example) and or x-rays then we get from nuclear accidents.

In fact, there was exactly zero background radioactive cesium or iodine before above-ground nuclear testing and nuclear accidents started.

Wikipedia provides some details on the distribution of cesium-137 due to human activities:

 Small amounts of caesium-134 and caesium-137 were released into the environment during nearly all nuclear weapon tests and some nuclear accidents, most notably the Chernobyl disaster.

Caesium-137 is unique in that it is totally anthropogenic. Unlike most other radioisotopes, caesium-137 is not produced from its non-radioactive isotope, but from uranium. It did not occur in nature before nuclear weapons testing began. By observing the characteristic gamma rays emitted by this isotope, it is possible to determine whether the contents of a given sealed container were made before or after the advent of atomic bomb explosions. This procedure has been used by researchers to check the authenticity of certain rare wines, most notably the purported “Jefferson bottles”.

As the EPA notes:

  Cesium-133 is the only naturally occurring isotope and is non-radioactive; all other isotopes, including cesium-137, are produced by human activity.

Similarly, iodine-131 is not a naturally occurring isotope. As the Encyclopedia Britannica notes: (Fukushima has spewed much more radioactive cesium and iodine than Chernobyl. The amount of radioactive cesium released by Fukushima was some 20-30 times higher than initially admitted.  Japanese experts say that Fukushima is currently releasing up to 93 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium into the ocean each day.   And the cesium levels hitting the west coast of North America will keep increasing for several years.  Fukushima is still spewing radiation into the environment, and the amount of radioactive fuel at Fukushima dwarfs Chernobyl.)

As such, the concept of “background radiation” is largely a misnomer. Most of the radiation we encounter today – especially the most dangerous types – did not even exist in nature before we started tinkering with nuclear weapons and reactors. In a sense, we are all guinea pigs …….  http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-04-01/fake-science-alert-fukushima-radiation-can%E2%80%99t-be-compared-bananas-or-x-rays

April 3, 2013 Posted by | radiation, Reference, secrets,lies and civil liberties | 4 Comments

Fukushima radiation into ocean: is it killing sea lions?

water-radiationUnfortunately, the nuclear accident is nowhere near contained.  Japanese experts say that Fukushima is currently releasing up to 93 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium into the ocean each day, the reactors have lost containment, and groundwater is flooding into the stricken reactors(delaying clean-up).

And things may get worse for California, instead of better .

Is Fukushima Radiation Causing the Epidemic of Dead and Starving Sea Lions In California? http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-03-31/fukushima-radiation-causing-epidemic-dead-and-starving-sea-lions-california  by George Washington on 03/31/2013 Associated Press reports:

 

  At island rookeries off the Southern California coast, 45 percent of the pups born in June have died, said Sharon Melin, a wildlife biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service based in Seattle. Normally, less than one-third of the pups would die.

It’s gotten so bad in the past two weeks that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an “unusual mortality event.” That will allow more scientists to join the search for the cause, Melin said. Continue reading

April 3, 2013 Posted by | oceans, USA | 1 Comment

Gallup poll shows Americans want solar and wind power

renewable-energy-pictureSurvey Says: Americans Want More Solar And Wind Flag-USAPower, by Energy Matters 3 April 13 As the USA seeks to consolidate its domestic energy industry, a nation-wide poll has revealed two-thirds of Americans support solar and wind power over oil and nuclear energy.

Production of coal proved least popular, with just one in three people surveyed supporting it as the primary solution to future energy independence.

The Gallup poll asked respondents to categorise the emphasis they believe should be placed on a range of domestic energy production sources.

The poll found an overwhelming 76 percent of all Americans wanted more emphasis placed on producing domestic energy using solar power, followed closely by wind energy (71 percent), then natural gas (65 percent), oil (46 percent), nuclear (37 percent), and coal (31 percent)…. http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=3669

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Iran’s nuclear program, more for pride than for economics

flag-IranIran’s nuclear program entails huge costs, few benefits: report Yaghoo News By Yeganeh Torbati   3 April 13  DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will pursue its nuclear quest although it has reaped few gains from a totem of national pride that has cost it well over $100 billion in lost oil revenue and foreign investment alone, two think-tanks said on Wednesday. Continue reading

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Calming information about North Korea’s nuclear weapons

US acts to calm fears over North Korea’s ‘alarming’ nuclear plan Country announces plans to restart facilities at Yongbyon complex as Pentagon denies report of warships off South’s coast  in Washington and  in Seoul The Guardian, Tuesday 2 April 2013

North Korea said it would re-activate all facilities at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex to ease its electricity shortage and strengthen its nuclear capability. The reactor was shut down in 2007 as part of international nuclear disarmament talks that have since stalled.

The move came a day after Pyongyang announced a “new strategic line” focusing on its nuclear programme and economy.

But the Obama administration, trying to reduce tension, stressed that it would take time between Tuesday’s announcement heralding resumption of North Korea’s nuclear programme and the North’s ability to restore its nuclear programme. Analysts estimated it would take about a year.

The North Korea move marked a further escalation in a confrontation in which tensions rise almost on a daily basis….. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/02/us-north-korea-nuclear-plan

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British uranium group insists ! Japan must restart nuclear reactors

exclamation-flag-UKUranium firm warns Japan it must return to nuclear power
The Times, Tim Webb
 March 29 2013
A uranium enrichment group, part owned by the British Government, has warned that Japan’s decision to shut nuclear power stations will reduce demand for its services.  (subscribers onlyhttp://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/utilities/article3725842.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2013_03_28couldnt resist adding these links 🙂 for further reading!

UK and Canada try to revive UK nuclear! Privatising nuclear fuel production!

….Bidders are lining up for for Urenco’s privatisation, which could put £4bn in the UK chancellor’s coffers….

…The newspaper said that Areva was holding talks with private equity firms including Apax and CVC, regarding a possible joint offer for Urenco, and that Morgan Stanley had been appointed to handle the sale, with a float also a possibility….

https://nuclear-news.net/2013/03/18/43219/

Russian protests against Areva and Urenco’s nuclear waste dumping

Areva and its counterpart Urenco, headquartered in Britain, have sent close to 140,000 tonnes of nuclear waste to Russia in the past 15 years.

DEPLETED URANIUM IN RUSSIA Protests as French uranium arrives in Russia Javno 2 Feb 2010 A cargo loaded with depleted uranium from France docked in Saint Petersburg, as Russian activists protested at the nuclear waste exports.

https://nuclear-news.net/2010/02/02/russian-protests-against-areva-and-urencos-nuclear-waste-dumping/

UK to sell out of nuclear power company URENCO

Nuclear sale set to net billions for UK  The Government is holding a “beauty parade” for bankers to advise it over a potential sale of the UK’s multi billion-pound stake in nuclear power giant Urenco. Telegraph UK,  By Emma Rowley, Rowena Mason, and Helia Ebrahimi  15 Jul 2012
The move marks a step towards a deal that could net British taxpayers
as much as £3bn, according to estimates that value the entire company
at £8bn-£10bn.

https://nuclear-news.net/2012/07/16/uk-to-sell-out-of-nuclear-power-company-urenco/

UK – Areva, Toshiba eye nuclear fuel producer Urenco – sources

“…A financial markets source close to the discussions said that private equity houses KKR (KKR.N) and CVC were also interested in striking a deal for Urenco…”

By Karolin Schaps and Christoph Steitz

LONDON/BERLIN | Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:37pm GMT

(Reuters) – France‘s Areva (AREVA.PA) and Japan’s Toshiba Corp (6502.T) are considering bids for nuclear fuel producer Urenco, but British, German and Dutch authorities disagree over what to do with the ultra-secret firm, industry sources said.

Britain is keen to sell its 33 percent stake, and German utilities RWE (RWEG.DE) and E.ON (EONGn.DE) are talking to potential buyers over their combined 33 percent, but the Dutch government is not considering a sale.

https://nuclear-news.net/2013/01/22/uk-areva-toshiba-eye-nuclear-fuel-producer-urenco-sources/

Investors trying to boost price shares?  soon to sell maybe?? 🙂  – Arclight2011

 

 

April 3, 2013 Posted by | business and costs, UK, Uranium | Leave a comment

Texas new rules for medical radiation starting May 1st

medical-radiationNew Texas radiation rule takes effect May 1 By Eric Barnes, AuntMinnie.com staff writer March 28, 2013 — Hoping to avoid the rash of radiation overexposures that shook California radiology like an earthquake a few years back, the state of Texas has decided to implement its own radiation exposure rule beginning May 1.

Unlike the California law, however, Texas will administer its new highly-recommendedregime as an administrative directive by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Texas Administrative Code rule §289.227 includes guidelines for radiation reporting, training personnel, and establishing acceptable dose thresholds, Continue reading

April 3, 2013 Posted by | health, radiation, Reference | Leave a comment

Tohoku Electric Power Company scraps plan for new nuclear power plant

thumbs-downTOKYO, Japan, March 28, 2013 (ENS) – The Japanese utility that supplies flag-japanelectricity to seven prefectures on Japan’s main island of Honshu today officially withdrew its plan to build a new nuclear power plant near the site of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Tohoku Electric Power Company said Thursday that it will cancel the construction of the Namie-Odaka plant in view of strong local opposition.

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Scotland cops the risks of dismantling Britain’s old radioactive submarines

wastes-1Fears over Rosyth nuclear submarine waste http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/fears-over-rosyth-nuclear-submarine-waste-1-2869329 By TRISTAN STEWART-ROBERTSON  31 March 2013  SCOTLAND has flag-Scotlandbeen chosen for the pilot project to break up some of Britain’s old nuclear submarines, prompting fears it could become a dumping ground for radioactive waste. Continue reading

April 3, 2013 Posted by | UK, wastes | Leave a comment

No more leaks, lies, lawyers – Vermont anti nuclear protest

Hundreds march against Yankee nuclear plant
Rutland Herald, By Susan Smallheer Staff Writer | March 31,2013 Brattleboro More than 500 people marched along Main Street in Brattleboro on Saturday, carrying banners and pledging to end what they claimed was a year of illegal operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant by Entergy Nuclear.
The exuberant gathering, bolstered by Vermont’s famous Bread and Puppet Theater, chanted “shut it down, Vermont Yankee, shut it down, now” along the length of Main Street.
Several people from the street joined the parade, which occurred in the late afternoon on a sunny early-spring day.
“We’re here to mark one year of Entergy operating illegally,” said organizer Chad Simmons of the SAGE Alliance. “We’re not going to let them operate any longer.”…. Anti-nuclear groups have been stymied in the past year, as Entergy continued to operate, even without the state’s required certificate of public good. Hearings before the Public Service Board are currently pending. Continue reading

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