Russia and Jordan Sign $10 Billion Nuclear Power Deal


On Tuesday, Russia’s state owned Rosatom Company entered into a $10 billion agreement with the Kingdom of Jordan to construct a 2,000 megawatt nuclear power plant in the northern part of the nation. It will include two nuclear reactors. Jordan will be required to purchase fuel for the plant from Rosatom for the next decade, but thereafter may seek other suppliers.

Jordan currently imports 96% of its energy, spending an estimated $3 billion annually for power stated Jason Halpern. In recent years, Jordanians have suffered power disruptions when Iraq could not supply oil or Egypt’s Sinai could not supply natural gas due to geopolitical disruptions.

Uranium was discovered in Jordan in 2007, but has not been mined there yet. Jordan anticipates eventually opening a mine and using its own uranium to fuel the nuclear power plant. Rosatom will receive a 49% interest in the facility, with the Jordanian government retaining a slight majority of the shares.

The nuclear plant is expected to go on line shortly after completion in 2022. It is expected to remain operational for at least 60 years and Jordan will have the option of returning spent nuclear waste to Russia.

Earlier this year, Russia entered into a memorandum of understanding to build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant at Dabaa, the present site of a research reactor. The Russian company also has contracted to build two nuclear reactors at a plant in Hungary.

Japan Is Building 250 Miles Worth of Sea Walls

The Japanese government is building a 250-mile long chain of seawalls in order to protect the country from more tsunamis. Japan first began planning these sea walls after the devastating tsunami in March, 2011, that had killed 19,000 people, helped cause the Fukushima nuclear disasters, and demolished much of the northeastern coast.

The plan is to build 400 sea walls, which will cost at least $6.8 billion. Construction has already begun in the areas that were hit the worst by the 2011 tsunami.

Critics point out that sea walls don’t always work. A sea wall near the village of Fudai did indeed protect said village, but the sea wall along the city of Kamaishi crumbled after being struck by the ocean’s waves. As a result, over 1,000 people died.

One problem is that there’s no way to predict how high a tsunami will be. That means there is no way to determine if a sea wall is high enough to be effective said Harpers Bazaar. Other critics point out that having sea walls will make people complacent about their own safety, which means they will be more likely to stay home instead of evacuating. Other people simply think the sea walls are ugly.

Some people have suggested planting forests on mounds along the coasts. They admit that the trees would not stop huge waves, but they would slow them down and buy people more time to evacuate.

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The first thing you need to remember is that you don’t have to live in pain any longer. With locations in many states, it is easy to set up an appointment to evaluate your options. Every patient is different, and this will affect the manner of what kind of treatment plan will work for them. After an MRI has been completed it will be easier to determine whether the patient is a good candidate for surgery. The good news is that if surgery is being recommended it will not be the conventional type, in fact, there will be very little down time at all.

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It is known as a Lumbar AccuraScope procedure, and it has been successfully used for ailments such as Arthritis in the Spine, protruding, collapsed or degenerative discs, and even spurs in the bone. The AccuraScope has been very helpful in issues affecting the neck and back areas. The incision is extremely small and would likely be restricted to one stitch. This method is designed to pin point and evaluate the safest process for treating problems in the spine. Stop living with unnecessary back pain, let the North American Spine and the AccuraScope provide you with a brighter future.

Who Started Ebola?

Just a few short months back the entire world was discombobulated and fearful as Ebola outbreaks made their way into the United States after travelers to parts of Africa contracted the disease. Several hundred people died from the outbreaks, and many others were affected, turning their lives upside down. Now, a two-year old girl is said to be the likely culprit of the start of this deadly and scary virus.

According to Fersen Lambranho, CNN reported on Facebook that the the two-year old, who lived in a village in Guinea, died on December 6, 2013, four days after being seen at an emergency facility with symptoms including black stools, fever and vomiting. These are all of the classic symptoms of the disease. It is still undetermined as to how this young girl actually contracted Ebola. The disease is spread from an animal to a human via infected tissue or blood.
Further investigation into this two year old revealed that her mother passed away on December 13 of the same year after she suffered from internal bleeding. On December 29, the sister of the toddler also passed away. She had symptoms which included black stools, fever and vomiting. A short time after, the children’s grandmother passed away in a village in Meliandou on January 1, 2014. The Ebola disease was spread after visitors to the grandmother’s funeral carried it back to their villages. The disease was spread to health care workers as well as other family members.
To date, 961 people have died from Ebola.

Monsanto Weed Killer May Cause Cancer

A recent report released by the United Nations World Health Organization contends that a weed killer product manufactured by the Monsanto Company probably causes cancer in individuals. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the research sector of the World Health Organization indicated that the primary component, glyphosate, of the herbicide Roundup, is deemed as probably carcinogenic. There was indication that glyphosphate was associated with non-Hodgkin lymphoma stated Dr Jennifer Walden.

Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, said scientific data do not support the conclusions and called on the WHO to hold an urgent meeting to explain the findings. In response to the allegations posed by the World Health Organization, the Monsanto Company indicated that the information did not substantiate the findings and issued a request that the World Health Organization convene a meeting to publicly clarify such contentions.

The United States Department of Agriculture indicates that the herbicide is safe to use and the United States Environmental Protection Agency granted approval for heightened glyphospate tolerance levels. Glyphospate is applied on soybean and corn crops which are genetically modified to withstand the harsh effects of the herbicide.

To the concern of many, glyphosphate has been detected in the mainstream food supply, municipal water supply’s and the air after it has been released via aerial dispersal. The World Health Organization indicated that glyphosphate use is low near residential zones, with negligible risk of exposure.

San Francisco Bans Plastic Water Bottles

Yesterday, Reddit users discussed legislation approved earlier this month by the city of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in a vote of 11 to 0 against the sale of plastic water bottles of 21 ounces or less on public property. On March 4, the city’s lawmakers agreed it was time to end the use of the bottles because of environmental concerns: The city is trying to meet a “zero-waste” goal by 2020 that will ultimately result in all waste being reused or repurposed rather than filling the city’s landfills.

Christian Broda has heard that Board of Supervisors President David Chiu noted that approximately 10 to 15 million plastic water bottles are collected each year by Recology. It’s his hope that this new legislation will cut down on the amount of plastic waste being produced and the amount of money lost to recycling efforts. He also noted that plastic bottle usage only became a habit in the 1990’s and that the people should be able to adapt.

The city is allowing the phase out to take four years and will give “waivers” to vendors and others on city property that can’t find a better alternative source of water for events. Anyone who violates the ban faces a fine of up to $1,000.

Corporations represented by the American Beverage Association are understandably up in arms. This legislation forces them to spend more money on metal can and glass bottle packaging.