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France: Employee treated for 'slight' radioactive contamination at nuclear plant

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An employee at Cattenom power plant was treated for contamination on Thursday after a radioactive particle was discovered on his face.

In a press release issued overnight, EDF-CNPE confirmed an employee had become contaminated by a radioactive particle whilst carrying out logistical work on production unit number 3, which is currently closed for maintenance. The particle was detected on the employee's cheek.

The employee received immediate medical care, with treatment at the point of contamination. The usual checks and procedures were carried out, according to the statement.

Comment: A notable development consider the rather suspect 'shutdown for maintenance' of over half of France's nuclear plants during the world's worse energy crisis: Europe is in trouble as FOUR more of France's nuclear power stations to go offline over winter


Arrow Up

Iran to start revamp at Venezuela's largest refinery in bid to ditch reliance on US tech

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An oil worker is seen at Jose refinery cargo terminal in Venezuela in this undated file photo.
State firms from Iran and Venezuela will start in the coming weeks a 100-day revamp of the South American nation's largest refining complex to restore its crude distillation capacity, four sources close to the plan said.

The effort by state oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and the state-owned National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) to boost fuel output at the Paraguana Refining Center marks a step toward ending Venezuela's reliance on U.S. refinery technology, the sources said.

Venezuela, which has the world's largest crude reserves, has struggled in recent years to produce enough gasoline and diesel due to refinery outages, a lack of investment and U.S. sanctions that create obstacles for imports. Long lines at gasoline stations have been common since 2020.

Comment: See also: Indian refiners ditch dollar to pay for Russian oil in UAE dirhams


Stock Down

64% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck

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Shoppers in San Francisco on Dec. 21, 2022.
Months of high inflation have weighed heavily on households.

As of December, 64% of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck, according to a recent LendingClub reportup from 61% a year earlier and in line with the historic high first hit in March 2020.

For the first time, more than half of all six-figure earners also said they were stretched too thin, a jump from 42% a year ago.

Comment: It's notable that whilst Europe has seen huge protests and been paralyzed by mass strikes over the collapse in living standards in just the last month, even in the usually compliant and placid UK, the same has yet to occur over in the US: France rocked by protests as 2 MILLION march against government reforms in 2nd wave of mass strikes to hit this month


Bizarro Earth

Green Fail: Dozens of Scottish wind turbines powered by diesel generators, pour hydraulic oil into countryside

Scotland wind turbines
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Scotland's green-obsessed left-separatist government has been left with egg on its face by revelations that dozens of gigantic onshore wind turbines are having to be hooked up to diesel generators, leaking thousands of litres of hydraulic oil into the countryside.

Scottish Power — led by a Spaniard, Ignacio Galan, and actually a subsidiary of Spanish firm Iberdrola — conceded that some 71 of its turbines had to be hooked up to diesel generators to keep them warm in December, according to the Sunday Mail, with a whistleblower telling the left-leaning newspaper that problems with the turbines are deep-seated.

"During December 60 turbines at Arecleoch and 11 at Glenn App were de-energised due to a cabling fault... In order to get these turbines re-energised diesel generators were running for upwards of six hours a day," they revealed.

"Turbines are regularly offline due to faults where they are taking energy from the grid rather than producing it, and also left operating on half power for long periods due to parts which haven't been replaced," they continued.

Comment: See also: The green revolution is fueling environmental destruction


Arrow Up

Ireland sees 42% more deaths in past two months compared to pre-COVID levels

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The number of deaths occurring in Ireland is now significantly higher than the number the country experienced both before and during the spread of COVID-19, prompting opposition politicians to call for a full investigation into the cause.

Figures obtained on RIP.ie and analyzed by the mainstream Irish Examiner show deaths were 42% higher from 1 December 2022 to 25 January 2023 (9,718 deaths) compared to the 8 weeks to 25 January 2019 (6,802 deaths).

Deaths have risen 20% compared to the same period a year ago, while they are 19% higher than figures from that period two years ago when Ireland was entering another lockdown before Christmas 2020 and rolling out its vaccination program in early 2021.

The leader of opposition party Aontú told Newstalk Breakfast the figures indicate "something very, very serious that is happening".

Attention

Nicola Bulley: Missing mother fell in river, police believe

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© police handout
Nicola Bulley vanished walking her dog in the village of St. Michael's on Wyre
Police investigating the disappearance of mother-of-two Nicola Bulley believe she fell into a river.

The 45-year-old was last seen next to the River Wyre in St Michael's on Wyre, Lancashire, on a dog walk a week ago. A major search for Ms Bulley continues, but no trace of her has been found.

Lancashire Police said its "main working hypothesis" was that she fell into the River Wyre and this was "not suspicious but a tragic case of a missing person".

Ms Bulley, a mortgage adviser from Inskip, Lancashire, vanished while walking her dog after dropping off her daughters, aged six and nine, at school on 27 January.

Supt Sally Riley said the last confirmed sighting of Ms Bulley was at 09:10 GMT when she was seen on the upper field. Officers were alerted to her disappearance when her spaniel, Willow, was found running loose off Garstang Road about 25 minutes after she was last seen by another dog walker.

At 09:20 police believe her phone was on a bench while connected to a work Teams meeting, which ended 10 minutes later. Detectives believe Ms Bulley vanished in that 10-minute window.

Comment: The mysterious disappearance of Ms Bulley is reminiscent of 'Missing 411' case profiles.


NPC

Revision to equality act in the UK may mean pubs have to hire 'banter bouncers'

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A revision to the Equality Act 2010 contained in a Private Members' Bill being backed by the Government will make employers liable for harassment of their employees by third parties. The Sun has more.
Pub bosses fear they could have to hire "banter bouncers" to police boozy chats under proposed laws.

Rules to protect workers from being harassed may give them the right to sue if jokes or comments they hear offend them.

An update to the Equalities Act aims to stop people getting abused at work.

Footprints

Migrants ditch 'crime-ridden' NYC for Canada using taxpayer-funded bus tickets

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© Dennis A. Clark
Migrants are taking off for Canada after getting fed up with New York accommodations.
Disgruntled migrants fed up with the Big Apple's crime and grime are taking off to the Great White North — on bus rides paid for by New York taxpayers, The Post has learned.

National Guard soldiers have been helping distribute tickets at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan to migrants who want to head upstate before crossing into Canada, several migrants said.

Venezuelan native Raymond Peña and his family arrived at a gas station bus stop in Plattsburgh, NY — about 20 miles south of the Canadian border — at 4 a.m. Sunday.

"The military gave me and my family free bus tickets," Peña said. "I am going to Canada for a better quality of life for my family."

A National Guard source confirmed that soldiers at the bus terminal were directing migrants to workers who hand out the free tickets.

Fireball

About that balloon: Montana authorities address 'massive explosion' rumors in sky where Chinese 'spy balloon' was spotted

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The alleged 'Chinese spy balloon"; really a meteorological research unit blown off course.
Montana officials have issued a statement saying that reports of a "massive explosion" taking place in the sky near where a Chinese spy balloon was spotted are inaccurate after a video went viral on social media purporting to show several blasts in the sky over Billings and what could be debris falling to the ground.

Two explosions and a trail of smoke in the sky over Billings Montana, where the balloon had been flying over the region, were captured on camera on Friday.

Dolly Moore, who shot the video and shared it on Twitter, said she saw a jet zooming by "so fast" followed by explosions.

Comment: Interestingly, another tweet purporting to show a view of the smoke trail has been deleted. Why would that happen?




People 2

Not satire! Irish Defence Forces to undergo training in gender and diversity bias after report raised concerns about 'masculine culture'

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Every member of the Defence Forces is to undergo training in gender, diversity and unconscious bias under a new programme .

The military has put out a tender for online and in-person training programmes for roughly 8,000 staff after a report last year raised concerns about a masculine culture within the Defence Forces.

This will include bespoke programmes within military settings in locations around the country.

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