Archive for October, 2008

ASEAN warming up for Nuclear energy

Posted on October 28, 2008. Filed under: Energy, Environmental Policy, International Solidarity |

–> Asians warming up to nuclear energy

The ‘International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent a team of nuclear experts to the Philippines early this year to determine, at the invitation of the government, the feasibility of reviving the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant or of building a new one.

It was the third country in Southeast Asia visited in recent years by IAEA missions to assess nuclear power potentials.

Last year, agency officials visited Thailand to advise a preparatory committee on the feasibility of nuclear power. In 2005, IAEA helped produce a pre-feasibility study on nuclear power planned for Ninh Thuan, Central Vietnam, by 2020.

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Nuclear power no longer the way forward

Posted on October 23, 2008. Filed under: Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Livelihoods, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science |

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The Selangor government views with concern the statement made yesterday by Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Fadillah Yusof concerning plans for the development of nuclear power in Malaysia, including a bill in Parliament.

We are concerned as to why the new state government’s input has not been sought in this process and why nuclear power has been identified as an alternative source of power generation for Malaysia by the year 2020.

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Rape of Penan girls and forest (Part 1)- Nightmare of Hitchriders

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods, Indigenous People, International Watch |

Penan girls claim abuse

PETALING JAYA: School was supposed to be a way for the community to improve their socio-economic situation.

However, Penan girls hitching rides to school and back have now found themselves easy victims of sexual abuse by logging company workers.

Interviews conducted in settlements in the Middle Baram area in northern Sarawak, revealed that several students had become victims of rapes by logging workers.

The students are boarders in two secondary schools in the area and only go back to their settlements during the school holidays.

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Rape of Penan girls and Forest (Part 2)-Benefits of development remain elusive for Penans

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: Environment and Livelihoods, Environmental Policy, Indigenous People, International Watch |

Principal of SMK Long Lama, Ng Cheng Soo, acknowledges that transportation remains a huge problem for Penan students who make up about 12% of the 945 pupils.

“We put in a proposal for a transport allocation in 2006 to the Resident Office in Miri,” says Ng. Resident Ose Murang could not be reached for comment on the status of the proposal.

Ng adds that Penan students are catching up in their studies as shown by their better examination results and lower dropout rates.

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