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  1. #9436

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Aaaah, about that dust cloud from the Sahara floating across the Atlantic and about to reach the Americas...
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  2. #9437

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    So this doesn't seem like good news, but I'm not sure what to make of it. @Suliso, this is your part of the world anything to add? Isn't this how the world found out about Chernobyl?

    Sensors detect rise in nuclear particles on Baltic Sea, global body says

    VIENNA (Reuters) - Radiation sensors in Stockholm have detected higher-than-usual but still harmless levels of isotopes produced by nuclear fission, probably from somewhere on or near the Baltic Sea, a body running a worldwide network of the sensors said on Friday.

    The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) oversees a network of hundreds of monitoring stations that use seismic, hydroacoustic and other technology to check for a nuclear weapon test anywhere in the world. That technology can, however, be put to other uses as well.

    One of its stations scanning the air for radionuclides - telltale radioactive particles that can be carried long distances by the wind - detected unusually high levels of three radionuclides earlier this week: caesium-134, caesium-137 and ruthenium-103.

    The Stockholm monitoring station "detected 3isotopes; Cs-134, Cs-137 & Ru-103 associated w/Nuclear fission @ higher[ ] than usual levels (but not harmful for human health)", CTBTO chief Lassina Zerbo said on Twitter (here) on Friday evening.

    The particles were detected on “22/23 June”, he added.

    Zerbo's post included a borderless map showing where the particles might have come from in the 72 hours before they were detected - a large area (here) covering the tips of Denmark and Norway as well as southern Sweden, much of Finland, Baltic countries and part of western Russia including St Petersburg.

    “These are certainly nuclear fission products, most likely from a civil source,” a spokeswoman for the Vienna-based CTBTO said, referring to the atomic chain reaction that generates heat in a nuclear reactor.

    “We are able to indicate the likely region of the source, but it’s outside the CTBTO’s mandate to identify the exact origin,” she added.

    Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by David Gregorio

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  3. #9438

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    "...part of western Russia..." That would be my guess since there seems to be no immediate knowledge of the origin. GH

  4. #9439

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    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s jobless rate rose and the availability of jobs fell in May, government data showed on Tuesday.
    Japan May industrial output drops 8.4% month/month
    The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9% in May, up from 2.6% in April, figures from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications showed. The median forecast was 2.8%.

    The jobs-to-applicants ratio fell to 1.20 in May from 1.32 in April, marking the lowest reading since July 2015, labour ministry data showed.

    The only thing amazing to me about this is how low this unemployment rate is given the drops in GDP across the globe.
    "And for my next fearless prediction..."

  5. #9440

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    When will the jobs report for June will be published? Senate went to sleep on the HEROES bill after May report showed a 2.5 million job increase.
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  6. #9441

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    Armed man arrested on Rideau Hall grounds an active Canadian Forces member

    Michael Woods
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    Published Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:45AM EDT
    Last Updated Thursday, July 2, 2020 4:39PM EDT

    OTTAWA -- An armed man who was arrested by the RCMP on the grounds of Rideau Hall early Thursday morning is an active Canadian Armed Forces member, CTV News confirms.

    RCMP said Thursday morning the man was able to access the grounds around 6:40 a.m. He was arrested without incident and is in custody. Police said charges are pending. They have not released the man's name.

    "The Canadian Armed Forces is collaborating closely with the RCMP," a CAF spokesperson said in a statement to CTV News. "As the RCMP is the lead investigative body for this matter, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time."

    The Prime Minister and Governor General were not on the grounds at the time of the incident, police said. There were no injuries reported.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the grounds of Rideau Hall are closed, and public tours and events at both Rideau Hall and the Citadelle are cancelled or postponed until further notice.

    A stretch of Sussex Drive near Rideau Hall was closed Thursday morning for the investigation, which saw a large police presence head to the Rideau Hall grounds.

    A black pickup truck with Manitoba plates could be seen partway up the driveway with airbags deployed, and debris could be seen near the front gate. There was also damage to the front gate itself.

    A police robot was sent to investigate the truck and its contents. It could be seen pulling a garbage bag from inside the truck. There were also two cardboard boxes piled on the back seat.

    Police have not provided any further details about how the truck may be linked to the incident.

    In a tweet, Governor General Julie Payette said, "We thank the RCMP and police for quickly resolving the situation this morning at Rideau Hall. All of our staff are safe."

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