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2008-08-22 12:00:46

Text of report by Interfax-Ukraine news agency Moscow, 22 August: The [Russian] company Atomstroyeksport has said in a press release it has completed all works aimed at improving safety at the Shelter facility at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It completed repairs on the light roof over the central hall of generating set No 4, which had been destroyed in 1986, in early August, one month ahead of schedule. Atomstroyeksport is one of the leading companies building nuclear power plants...

2008-08-02 06:00:24

STUDENTS from Belarus visited Henley College in Coventry. Youngsters who have been affected by the Chernobyl disaster were flown to Britain for a holiday. The group of eight girls, from Belarus, are staying with host families within Coventry and Warwickshire for two weeks. Their first stop was Henley College, for a chance to play football, rounders and pool. The girls, aged 13 to 19, were picked by the Chernobyl Children's Project, a charity which provides recuperative holidays in the...

2008-01-14 17:44:16

Both global warming and rising oil prices are making nuclear power more fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the darkness of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy.Britain is the latest country to recommit itself to the energy source, announcing support Thursday for the construction of new nuclear power plants. Nuclear power is responsible for about 20 percent of Britain's electricity, but all except one are due to close by 2023.China has 11...

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2008-01-12 19:20:00

Global warming and rocketing oil prices are making nuclear power fashionable, drawing a once demonized industry out of the shadows of the Chernobyl disaster as a potential shining knight of clean energy. Britain is the latest to recommit itself to the energy source, with its government announcing support Thursday for the construction of new nuclear power plants. Nuclear power plants produce around 20 percent of Britain's electricity, but all but one are due to close by 2023. However, some...

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2007-06-07 18:25:00

PARISHEV, Ukraine -- Two decades after an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant sent clouds of radioactive particles drifting over the fields near her home, Maria Urupa says the wilderness is encroaching. Packs of wolves have eaten two of her dogs, the 73-year-old says, and wild boar trample through her cornfield. And she says fox, rabbits and snakes infest the meadows near her tumbledown cottage. "I've seen a lot of wild animals here," says Urupa, one of about 300 mostly...

2006-07-06 15:40:34

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study confirms a substantially increased risk of thyroid cancer among people exposed to radiation during childhood and adolescence after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. A total of 13,127 of the 32,385 individuals living in the most contaminated area of the Ukraine during the nuclear plant meltdown and who were under 18 at the time were screened between 1998 and 2000, Dr. Geoffrey R. Howe of Columbia University in New York and colleagues report....

2006-04-26 08:25:00

By Sergei Karazy CHERNOBYL, Ukraine -- Mourners laid red carnations -- symbols of grief -- in the shadow of the ruined Chernobyl power station on Wednesday as they marked the 20th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident. Hundreds filed past a memorial wall engraved with the names of the local fire crew. They were among the first to perish when Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 blew up on April 26, 1986, spewing radioactive dust across Europe. One old woman in a headscarf made the sign of...

2006-04-26 06:25:00

By Sergei Karazy CHERNOBYL, Ukraine -- Mourners laid red carnations in the shadow of the ruined Chernobyl power station on Wednesday as they marked the 20th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident. Hundreds filed past a memorial wall engraved with the names of the local fire crew. They were among the first to perish when Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 blew up on April 26, 1986, spewing radioactive dust across Europe. One old woman in a headscarf made the sign of the cross as she stooped...

2006-04-26 03:54:09

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police on Wednesday dragged away activists protesting on Red Square against atomic power on the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Thirteen young protesters from Greenpeace chained themselves to railings around St Basil's Cathedral, a central Moscow landmark famous for its multicoloured onion domes, before plain clothes agents told them to move on. Unsanctioned protests are forbidden on Red Square, which was a favorite gathering place for Soviet...

2006-04-26 00:25:00

By Sergei Karazy SLAVUTYCH, Ukraine -- Mourners bearing candles marked the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on Wednesday, honoring those who died from its effects as leaders pledged to ensure it would never happen again. Hundreds of people, each bearing a candle, some with red carnations, filed slowly through the streets of Slavutych, the town built to house the Chernobyl plant's workers after the world's worst nuclear accident on April 26, 1986. At 1:23 a.m. Moscow time...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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