of Sea creator|
|FAMOUS Italian director and choreographer
Gino Landi is impressed with the quality of audience in Qatar
and would love to present his works again and again, if possible
on the occasion of the World Cup 2022 as well. Talking to newsmen
on Saturday, Landi, who is in Doha to present his captivating
ballet titled ´Secrets of the Sea´ at the ongoing
Qatar Marine Festival 2011, said, "I have noticed that
the audience here sits through the entire show, which is something
that a director...
|Why Qadhafi Has Lost|
fight is not over. Whether or not Col Moamar Qadhafi defeats
the rebels in eastern Libya, any legitimacy he once had has
been extinguished. He has weapons, tanks and planes, but he
has lost the allegiance of even those elements of Libyan society
that had once been willing to wait and hope for political reform.
His base of support is now only diehard allies and foreign mercenaries.
They might win on the...
|MORE than three years after we entered
the worst economic slump since the 1930s, a strange and disturbing
thing has happened to our political discourse: Washington has
lost interest in the unemployed. Jobs do get mentioned now and
then - and a few political figures, notably Nancy Pelosi, the
Democratic leader in the House, are still trying to get some
kind of action. But no jobs bills have been introduced in Congress,
no jobcreation plans have been advanced...
Japan connects power cable to reactor
OSAKA ENGINEERS at a stricken nuclear plant in Japan managed to connect an electricity cable to one of the reactors on Saturday and battled to restore power to the cooling system to avert a full-blown meltdown.
The announcement offered some hope of a breakthrough in efforts to prevent a major radiation leak from the troubled facility, although it is not yet clear whether the cooling system will work properly even if the power comes back on.
Electricity was expected to be restored to reactor No.
2 at the Fukushima plant on Sunday, more than a week after it was rocked by a massive earthquake and tsunami, the nuclear safety agency said.
“The line itself was connected to the reactor No.
2 but electricity has not been restored yet,” said agency spokesman Fumiaki Hayakawa.
“If the power is turned on without checks it may malfunction.
They are checking the facility now.
If no problem is found at the facility today, the power will resume as early as tomorrow (Sunday).” Reactor No.
1 usually shares the same electricity line so the cable could in theory restore power to both units.
After that, engineers will start laying cables to the other four reactors — a complicated operation that is taking longer than initially expected.
Once power is back up, the radiation-suited Fukushima engineers hope they can get vital cooling systems online.
In the meantime, they have been dumping water by hose and by air on the reactors to cool the fuel rods.
“Although we are doing our best, unfortunately we cannot say when electricity will be restored,” said a TEPCO official.
There are six reactors at the plant, which is located about 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo and has already leaked radiation, prompting the government to order an evacuation within a 20 kilometre (12 mile) radius.
Emergency services resumed spraying water at the number three reactor using specially equipped fire trucks and said they were stepping up the dousing, aiming for round-the-clock operations.
Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said surface temperatures at the plant “seem to be stable” at no more than 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees F).
Tonnes of water have been used to douse overheating fuel rods in what the head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has described as “a race against time” to prevent a major disaster.