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Brazil Shelves Plans to Build New Nuclear Plants

first_imgBy Dialogo May 11, 2012 Brazil announced on May 9, it has shelved plans to build new nuclear power stations in the coming years in the wake of last year’s Fukushima disaster in Japan. The previous government led by former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had planned to construct between four and eight new nuclear plants through 2030. But the Energy Ministry’s executive secretary, Marcio Zimmermann, was quoted as telling a forum on May 8 that there was no need for new nuclear facilities for the next 10 years. “The last plan, which runs through 2020, does not envision any (new) nuclear power station because there is no need for it. Demand is met with hydro-electrical power and complementary energy sources such as wind, thermal and natural gas,” Zimmermann said in remarks released by the Ministry. “The 2021 plan, as far as I know, will not consider nuclear power stations either,” he added, although he did not rule out construction of such facilities in the longer term. “After the (2011 Fukushima) accident in Japan, not just Brazil but the entire world stopped to analyze and assess,” Mauricio Tomalsquim, president of the EPE energy research firm, told the same event. Tomalsquim said that in the next 10 years, the hydro-electrical contribution to Brazil’s energy mix will fall from the current 75 percent to 67 percent while that of renewable energy sources — wind, solar and biomass – will rise from eight to 16 percent. Brazil’s sole nuclear power plant, located in Angra dos Reis, a coastal town near Rio, has two pressurized water reactors in operation, with outputs of 657 MWe (megawatt electrical) and 1350 MWe respectively. A third reactor resumed work after a 24-year dispute in June 2011, with a projected output of 1245 MWe. It is expected to be completed in 2015. The Angras do Reis plant currently generates around three percent of Brazil’s energy production, which relies overwhelmingly on hydroelectric installations. Brazil, Latin America’s dominant power, and neighboring Argentina are the only South American countries operating civilian nuclear power stations.last_img read more

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VP’s brother announces congressional run

first_imgPhoto by Mike Wolanin, The Republic.Columbus, In. — The Republican party is asking voters to send another Pence to Washington D. C. Greg Pence, brother of Vice President Mike Pence announced his candidacy for congress in the 6th District of Indiana.Political pundits say Pence is a favorite because of his name recognition and ability to raise money.Greg Pence, who once ran the family’s Kiel Brothers Oil Company gas station and convenience store business, has been a close confidant to the Vice President. The business declared bankruptcy in 2004. In March of 2005 the Indianapolis Star reported the business owed more than $8 million to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and more than $700,000 to the Indiana Department of Revenue. Six months after the filing then governor Mitch Daniels appointed Pence as the second in command of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.He will battle Muncie businessman Jonathon Lamb and state Representative Mike Crider from Greenfield. Democrats in the race include Lane Siekman, Jim Pruett, Arturas Kerelis and Jeanine Lee Lake.Primary Election Day is May 8, 2018. The General Election will be held on November 6, 2018.last_img read more

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James Stanley

first_imgJames Stanley, 84, of Milan passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at High Point Health in Lawrenceburg.  James was born Sunday, December 10, 1933 in Dorton, Kentucky the son of Willie and Vadna (Wright) Stanley.  He married Elfrieda (Schmitt) Stanley, May 11, 1956 and she survives.  He was a retired truck driver and owned/operated E & J Trucking.  James served his country in the U.S. Army and was of the Baptist faith.James is survived by wife Frieda, sons: James Willie (Brenda) Stanley of Milan and Thomas Gerald (Wanda) Stanley of Moores Hill; daughter-in-law Carol Stanley of Medora, Indiana; sister Joann Castignanie of Columbus, Ohio; 4 grandsons, 4 granddaughters, 4 great grandsons and 4 great granddaughters. He was preceded in death by son Richard Ray Stanley, November 2, 2016, brothers: Rondal and Charlie Stanley and sister Virginia Winkle.Cremation was chosen and no services are planned at this time. Memorials may be made in honor of James to the donors choice.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main St., Box 243, Milan, IN, 47031, (812) 654-2141.  You may go www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

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Driver Appreciation Night is Friday at Dodge City Raceway Park

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (July 23) – Among the most anticipated racing nights of the year at Dodge City Raceway Park is in store with a special Friday night card this week featuring the annual Lewis Automotive Drivers’ Appreciation Night.The Friday night special at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas features a full card of championship chase racing action including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks with the green flag flying at 7:30 p.m.And not only do the drivers get in on the pageantry this year, fans receive a number of giveaways over the course of the evening as well. Last year’s Drivers’ Appreciation Night attracted more than 5,000 people as drivers were awarded a number of tickets to distribute to family, friends and sponsors. An even bigger turnout is expected this year.Once again, a $500 bonus is up for grabs for one of the six drivers who have the most tickets re­deemed at the front gate.Tickets returned to the front gate on Friday night will make those drivers eligible for all variety of product prizes including the grand prize Hinchman racing suit along with additional prizes sup­plied by Precise Racing Products, BMI, Simpson and more that will be drawn for.Only drivers who have competed in at least 80 percent of this year’s Dodge City events will be eligible for the grand prize while all drivers taking part will walk away with something in hand. Addition­ally, the six drivers who have the most tickets turned in at the front gate by 8:15 p.m. will be eligible for a cash drawing of $500.last_img read more

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