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Japan nuclear crisis far from over (Reuters)
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 March 2011 06:16 Written by admin Saturday, 26 March 2011 06:16
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese engineers struggled on Sunday to pump radioactive h2o from a crippled nuclear power station while the world’s chief nuclear inspector said the nation was “nonetheless far from the finish of the accident.”
Radiation levels in the sea off the Fukushima Daiichi plant have soared to one,250 occasions normal just about two weeks following it was battered by a enormous earthquake and a tsunami, but it was not regarded as a menace to marine living or foods safety, the Nuclear and Industrial Security Company mentioned.
“Ocean currents will disperse radiation particles and so it will be extremely diluted by the time it gets consumed by fish and seaweed,” mentioned Hidehiko Nishiyama, a senior company official.
The crisis at the plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, has overshadowed a relief and recovery effort from the magnitude 9. quake and the huge tsunami it triggered on March eleven that left more than 27,100 men and women dead or missing in northeast Japan.
Yukiya Amano, the director standard of the Worldwide Atomic Energy Company (IAEA), cautioned that Japan’s nuclear emergency could go on for weeks, if not months more. [nN2679678]
“This is a extremely significant accident by all standards,” he informed the New York Times. “And it is not however about.”
Amano, a former Japanese diplomat who created a trip to Japan following the quake, mentioned authorities had been nonetheless uncertain about regardless of whether the plant’s reactor cores and spent fuel have been covered with the drinking water essential to cool them.
He told the newspaper he saw a couple of “positive signs” with the restoration of some electrical electrical power to the plant.
But he mentioned: “A lot more efforts need to be carried out to put an conclude to the accident,” whilst adding he was not criticizing Japan’s response.
The IAEA, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, mentioned it had sent two extra teams to Japan over the previous two days, a single to assist in monitoring radiation and a single to evaluate meals contamination.
Prolonged efforts to avert a catastrophic meltdown at the forty-yr-previous Fukushima plant have also intensified problem around the globe about nuclear electrical power. U.N. Secretary-Standard Ban Ki-moon mentioned it was time to reassess the international atomic security regime.
Engineers attempting to stabilize the plant have to pump out radioactive drinking water right after it was located in buildings housing 3 of the 6 reactors.
On Thursday, three staff had been taken to hospital from reactor No. 3 after stepping in water with radiation levels ten,000 instances increased than generally identified in a reactor. That raised concern the core’s container could be broken.
An official from plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) advised a news conference professionals even now had to establish where to set some of the contaminated h2o even though engineers had been nonetheless trying to totally restore the plant’s energy.
Two of the plant’s reactors are now observed as risk-free but the other four are volatile, occasionally emitting steam and smoke. Nevertheless, the nuclear security company said on Saturday that temperature and stress in all reactors had stabilized.
The government has said the circumstance is nowhere in the vicinity of to becoming resolved, although it was not deteriorating.
“We are stopping the scenario from worsening — we’ve restored energy and pumped in fresh new water — and making simple methods toward improvement but there is nevertheless no area for complacency,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano informed a news conference on Saturday.
RADIATION Ranges Reduced
At Three Mile Island, the worst nuclear electrical power accident in the United States, employees took just four days to stabilize the reactor, which suffered a partial meltdown. No one was injured and there was no radiation release previously mentioned the legal limit.
At Chernobyl in Ukraine, the worst nuclear accident in the planet, it took weeks to “stabilize” what remained of the reactor that exploded and months to thoroughly clean up radioactive supplies and cover the website with a concrete and steel sarcophagus.
So far, no considerable levels of radiation have been detected past the vicinity of the plant in Fukushima.
The U.S. Division of Vitality stated on its website (http://website.energy.gov/content material/predicament-japan/)
no substantial quantities of radiological materials had been deposited in the location close to the plant since March 19, in accordance to tests on Friday.
In Tokyo, a metropolis of 13 million, a Reuters reading through on Sunday early morning showed ambient radiation of .22 microsieverts per hour, about six instances standard for the metropolis. That was effectively within the world-wide typical of effortlessly happening qualifications radiation of .17-.39 microsieverts per hour, a assortment presented by the World Nuclear Association.
In the town of Yamagata, 110 km (70 miles) northwest of Fukushima, the studying was .15 microsieverts per hour.
The authorities has prodded tens of 1000′s of men and women residing in a 20-thirty km (12-18 mile) zone beyond the stricken complicated to leave. Edano mentioned the citizens really should move because it was hard to get supplies to the area, and not due to the fact of elevated radiation.
Kazuo Suzuki, 56, who has moved from his property in the vicinity of the plant to an evacuation middle, mentioned neighbors he had talked to by phone said delivery trucks had been not heading to the exclusion zone due to the fact of radiation worries.
“So products are running out, which means men and women have to drive to the next town to buy things. But there is a fuel shortage there also, so they have to wait in extended queues for gasoline to use the vehicle.”
Radiation ranges at the evacuation center were within a regular array of about .sixteen microsievert, according to a Reuters Geiger counter reading through.
In Japan’s northeast, far more than a quarter of a million people continue to be in shelters, and the influence on livelihoods is turning out to be clearer. The quake and tsunami not only wiped out properties and organizations, but also a fishing market that was the lifeblood of coastal communities.
“Fishermen misplaced their gear, ships and just about everything. About half will almost certainly get out of the enterprise,” explained Yuko Sasaki, a fishmonger in the tsunami-hit city of Kamaishi.
(Further reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, Chizu Nomiyama, Shinichi Saoshiro and Phil Smith in Tokyo, Jon Herskovitz in Kamaishi, Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Ron Popeski)
Winter Storm: Protecting Your Home From Its Wrath
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 12:24 Written by admin Tuesday, 22 February 2011 12:24
Winter Storm: Protecting Your Home From Its Wrath
Home owners know that a little preparation one early Fall Saturday afternoon can dramatically help you weather the affects of a winter storm this season. Being ready for a storm is just as important as being ready for a natural disaster or other emergency. Frigid temperatures or excessive moisture can have an adverse affect on both your home and your family if proper care is not taken early.
Below are some helpful steps to take to get your home or business ready for inclement weather this season.
Clean Out Gutters
Cleaning your gutters during autumn before the cold and rain sets in is an easy way to protect yourself from problems later in the year. Keep your gutters clean so that they can function properly, keeping your basement dry, your roof in good shape and your foundation solid.
Trim away dead branches that could break when weighed down with winter ice and snow. These broken branches can take down power lines or damage your home or vehicle if they were to fall unexpectedly. Some pruning projects are just too large for individuals, so don’t hesitate to contact an arborist for a professional opinion.
Wrap your Pipes
Wrapping your water pipes, especially in homes and businesses around the U.S. that see very low temperatures for long-periods of time, will decrease your chances of one bursting, potentially resulting in thousands of dollars in damage. Newspapers can be wrapped around pipes to block out the cold and covering the newspaper with plastic will block out moisture. Experts also recommend leaving your faucet dripping to encourage flow when temperatures drop dramatically.
Make sure your draftiest areas have proper insulation, like the attic and upstairs rooms. Properly installed insulation reduces the amount of heat that escapes your home.
Layer your Windows
Windows are a major location for heat loss in a home or office. Install storm windows to provide an additional later of insulation. The second layer of glass in storm windows creates a strip of still air, which prevents heat from escaping.
Caulk or weather-strip doors and window-sills
Caulking and weather-stripping can save energy and money by keeping heat in, boosting the efficiency of your home’s heating system. It also reduces the likelihood of water seeping into your basement or attic causing water damage.
Plan for the Unexpected
Even the best-insulated homes with properly wrapped pipes and clean gutters may still be susceptible to some winter storms. Know your area’s history of natural disasters and recall the issues you ran into last year related to damages. Then plan accordingly.
Procure Flood Insurance
Flood plain areas, or low elevation areas increase the likelihood that rising water will reach and/or damage homes, especially during spring thaws. If you are in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance, which is not included in most home owners insurance policies. Ask your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program if your home is in a flood plain.
These basics winter storm preparation steps will help you save money, stay dry, keep warm and worry less this winter season.
Water damage and mold caused by severe winter storms can cost hundreds of dollars in damage. Visit RapidRefile.com to read more on flood preparation and damages and how to restore your personal items.
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Carnival Splendor Passengers Begin Calling Out From Ailing Ship – ABC News
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 02:04 Written by admin Wednesday, 10 November 2010 02:04
By SARAH NETTER
Nov. 10, 2010
Passengers aboard the ailing Carnival Splendor began getting a strong enough cellular signal to make phone calls out to worried friends and families today, telling those on land that they pass their time playing cards and waiting for Coast Guard food drops.
Passenger Gordon Gilbreath told ABC’s San Diego affiliate KGTV that after initial fear and uncertainty, they were in better spirits knowing the Coast Guard was nearby.
“A lot of people that are in the inside cabins, it’s been pitch black for several days and most of those folks have been up on the decks and a lot of them have been sleeping on the decks with their blankets and so on,” Gilbreath said.
“You know it gets cold, like during the night it’s been pretty cold so the rooms get cold, so we’ve got a lot of extra blankets,” he said. “It’s been quite an ordeal, I have to tell you.”
Monday morning, when an engine room fire knocked out power to the hulking cruise ship, passengers were scared, knowing they were all alone in the middle of the ocean, he said.
“The first day or two like when we were in a complete blackout and there was no power at all, you know, we were just kind of floating out in the ocean with absolutely nothing,” Gilbreath said. “Now people are doing a lot better.”
With the slow trip back to port in San Diego now underway, passengers are left to contend with the monotony of passing time on the mostly powerless ship. After several days adrift and only some of the ships toilets now properly functioning, there were reports that the ship smells badly. And there are complaints that the bars are closed.
And while friends and family members anxiously await their return, passengers booked up on upcoming Splendor cruises wonder what will become of their vacations.
David Zambrano, an employee of Denver news station 9 News, called into work on Wednesday after getting a signal on his phone.
“You stand in line for two hours just to get your food because everybody goes to the same place to pick up their food. And, so you stand in line and you wait, then once you get your food, you leave and you look for something to do,” Zambrano said, according to a report on the station’s website.
He described the ship’s crew members as abandoning their regular duties to tend to the passengers round the clock.
“People are playing cards. People are standing around just kind of talking. They’re getting to socialize,” Zambrano said. “It’s not what you would expect on a normal cruise, of course not, but … they’re doing their best.”
Carnival announced today that in addition to the intermittent cell signals, the ship’s phones are also working on a limited basis and guests will be allowed to make complimentary calls home.
Family Members Relieved
The ship, currently being towed by a tugboat named “Chihuhahua,” is expected to reach San Diego on Thursday, and hundreds of families will breathe a collective sigh of relief.
“I know they’re OK and they’re being fed and everything’s fine, but [I'm] just worried because I haven’t been able to hear from her,” San Pedro, Calif., resident Toni Sweet said of her cousin Vicki Alvarez, who is stuck on the ship with her husband Fernando Alvarez.
Sweet said she was stunned when she heard about the accident.
“I was sitting here watching the news and it’s like, ‘Oh no way. They can’t be on that cruise,’” she said.
The vacation was a rarity for the Alvarezes, who were taking a “long-deserved” break after years of caring for their seriously ill parents, who have both since passed away.
“She was nervous before she ever left,” Sweet said, “She said, ‘ I can’t do this, I’ve never been away from my kids, my family.’”
Though Carnival has offered the Splendor passengers a full refund, plus transportation costs and a free subsequent cruise, Sweet said she’s unsure her family will benefit from the last part.
“It’s going to take a lot to get her back out there again, I think,” she said. “A lot.”
300 crore from HUDCO for police resedential accommodation – Haryana News
Last Updated on Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:05 Written by admin Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:05
Chandigarh, November 8 –Haryana Government has given nod to the Police Department to take loan amounting to Rs 300 crore from HUDCO to accelerate the pace of Awas Yojna. Modern Police lines would be constructed at Mewat and Palwal with this amount.
It was stated by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda today while presiding over the Passing out Parade of the first batch of Chandigarh 1st India Reserve Battalion at Police Training College, Sunarian district Rohtak.
Mr Hooda said that residential accommodations were also made available for the police. As many as 570 residential accommodations had been made available in the districts of Gurgaon and Faridabad only and 2663 in the rest of the state since 2005, he added.
Mr Hooda said that special emphasis was being made to make the police force more capable and competent. At present there were three India Reserve Battalions in the state and recruitments were in the process for forth Reserve Commando Battalion. The present Government had recruited 8200 constables besides a large number of sub inspectors and inspectors. The recruitment for the post of 7659 was in process.
He said that the State Government was committed to make Haryana Police as the top most police force of the country. It was indeed necessary for the modern and developed Haryana to equip its force with latest technology, hence a large sum of amount had been provided for the modernization of Haryana Police. In future also sufficient funds would also be made available for this purpose. Cyber Crime Laboratory had been set up at Madhuban which was the first of its kind in northern India and sixth in the country. It would greatly help in nabbing the criminals. The forensic laboratory of Haryana Police also had a distinctive identity in this part of the country. The facility of DNA test was also available in the laboratory. Sufficient number of vehicles had also been made available to the force and City Monitoring System would also be launched in the big cities of the state. For the empowerment of women, ten percent reservations had been made for them in the police force.
He said that the grant to the families of the police personnel attaining martyrdom fighting with terrorists while on duty had been increased to Rs ten lakh and to the injured police personnel in such incidents to Rs five lakh. There was a scheme to open one Police Public School in each district for imparting quality education to their children. At present five of the districts have such schools. He announced to give Rs three crore for the Police Public School at Sunarian.
The Chief Minister congratulated the recruits for their hard work and dedication and urged them to serve the people with utmost sincerity as they join the police force. The Chief Minister lauded the efforts of Director General of Police, Mr Ranjiv Dalal and the trainers and officers of Sunarian. He also congratulated the constable Krishan Chand, Deepak Kumar and Sandeep Kumar for securing first, second and third position in the training.
Speaking on the occasion, Director General of Police, Mr Ranjiv Dalal said that in the first batch as many as 460 recruits had been given training. Most of the recruits belonged to rural areas. In the nine months of training, they have been given training on the responsibilities of Police force besides disseminating them the information on legal matters. They had been sensitized towards the need of the people.
The Chief Minister appreciated Constable Satvinder and Sub Inspector Virbhan for the Yoga show in the function and announced to promote Constable Satvinder to the post of Sub inspector.