News Updates from CLG
10 May 2015

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Transformer explosion causes fire at nuclear power plant only 35 miles from New York City –Transformer exploded into flames at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant | 09 May 2015 | A transformer exploded at the [Entergy] Indian Point nuclear power plant in suburban New York – only 35 miles away from midtown Manhattan – on Saturday, sending black smoke billowing into the sky. The blaze, which sparked an oil leakage, forced the automatic shutdown of the facility’s Unit 3 reactor, which sits near the Hudson River and supplies five per cent of the power to the state. It was initially extinguished by a sprinkler system and on-site personnel, officials said. It then started up again, but has since been put out.

Fukushima No. 1 workers with high radiation doses up 1.5-fold | 09 May 2015 | At Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the number of workers exposed to high amounts of radiation in fiscal 2014 increased 1.5-fold from the year before, data from the utility showed Saturday. A total of 992 workers, mostly employees at subcontractors, saw their radiation doses top 20 millisieverts in the year that ended in March. The previous year, the number of workers with such high external radiation exposure levels stood at 660, according to the data.

CIA ‘mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan:Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output –Production hit a record high in 2014, up 17 percent compared to the year before | 05 May 2015 | This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces h-roin. The plants grow bigger, faster, use less water than seeds they’ve used before, and give up to double the amount of opium, they say. Afghanistan’s poppy harvest, which accounts for most of the world’s heroin, is worth an estimated 3 billion a year, according to the United Nations Office on Dr-gs and Crime.

Syrian official: US ‘supporting terrorism’ with rebel training programme | 09 May 2015 | Syria’s deputy foreign minister on Saturday criticised a new US programme to train ‘moderate rebel fighters’ in Jordan, saying it will only fuel terrorism and further complicate efforts to reach a political solution to the country’s [CIA-fomented] long and brutal civil war. The remarks by Faisal Mekdad were published in his weekly column for the Lebanon-based Al-Binaa newspaper. Mekdad said Washington would be better off helping those who are fighting terrorism, instead of cooperating with what he said were terrorists. "In doing so, the United States is supporting terrorism [as always], and is complicating conditions for a political solution in Syria," he wrote.

GOP contenders vow to bomb terrorists ‘back to the 7th Century,’ invoke Liam Neeson | 10 May 2015 | Declared and potential GOP presidential candidates competed Saturday to sound the toughest warning to Islamic terrorists — with one vowing to bomb them "back to the 7th Century" and another invoking Liam Neeson’s threat from the film, "Taken" — in the latest forum underscoring how national security has returned as a dominant campaign theme. A roster of Republicans spoke at a summit in Greenville, S.C., the state which holds the first-in-the-South presidential primary. Former Pennsylvania Sen. [and Grade ‘A’ sociopath] Rick Santorum, who is weighing a presidential bid and plans to announce his decision soon, said: "Here’s what we need to do. If these people want to bring back a 7th Century version of Islam, my suggestion is to load our bombers up and bomb them back to the 7th Century."

Attorney: Spy chief had ‘forgotten’ about NSA program when he misled Congress | 08 May 2015 | Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper wasn’t lying when he wrongly told Congress in 2013 that the government does not "wittingly" collect information about millions of Americans, according to his top lawyer. He just forgot. "This was not an untruth or a falsehood. This was just a mistake on his part," Robert Litt, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said during a panel discussion hosted by the Advisory Committee on Transparency on Friday.

Protesters and police face off at Downing Street gates as hundreds rally against new Tory government | 09 May 2015 | Hundreds of protesters took to the streets to express their anger about the new Tory government. The anti-Conservative protesters, some holding placards reading "I pledge to resist" and "Stop the cuts", took part in the rally organised just a day into the new Parliament. It is believed to have started outside Conservative headquarters, where just over 24 hours ago Mr Cameron gave a speech to party activists about their unexpected win.

Anti-austerity protesters take to UK streets after Tory election victory | 09 May 2015 | Anti-austerity campaigners launched impromptu protests across Britain, less than 48 hours after David Cameron was returned to power with a parliamentary majority. Hundreds of people joined demonstrations in Wales and central London following the surprise Conservative election victory. About 200 people were involved in clashes with police outside Downing Street, throwing green smoke bombs and tomato ketchup at officers in riot gear. Police officers shut Whitehall for several hours while they tried to contain the demonstrators.