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Subject: Trojan Horse plot thickens | New Syria chemical weapons allegations | Grid and farms
Date: Mon Apr 21 11:06:45 MDT 2014
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DAILY REPORT
Monday 21 April 2014 vol. 8 no. 91

In Today's Issue

Trojan Horse plot
Four former teaching assistants from Birmingham's “Trojan Horse”-plot school arrested

The alleged Trojan Horse school take-over plot in Birmingham, U.K., has taken another twist last Thursday when four women connected to a school mentioned as part of the alleged Islamist plot were arrested in connection with an ongoing fraud investigation at the school. Adderley primary school was discussed in detail in the original document outlining the supposed Trojan Horse conspiracy. The document is a how-to guide for hardline Islamists wanting to advance the cause of jihad by overthrowing headmasters and senior teachers at state schools in Birmingham.

Syria
France says Syrian regime forces used chemical weapons in recent attacks

French president François Hollande said on Sunday that France had "information" of toxic gases being used by the Bashar a-Assad regime against opposition targets in Syria. The French claim follows accusations by the exiled Syrian opposition and rebel groups in the west and south of the country that gas has been used nine times in the past two months, killing more than ten people and affecting hundreds more.

Grid
Court to decide a Minnesota’s “Buy the Farm” case

Minnesota’s “Buy the Farm” law is the center of a case set for trial later this week, in which developers of CapX2020, the region's power grid improvement project, will contest a lawsuit by Cedar Summit Farm. The state law requires utilities building high-voltage power lines to buy out farms along the path of the power line if the affected landowners demand it. CapX2020 argues the farm does not meet the buyout criteria set in the law.

Nuclear waste
Debate over Ontario, Canada underground nuclear waste facility intensifies

Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) proposal to construct an underground nuclear waste disposal facility near the company’s Bruce Nuclear plantand on the edge of the Great Lakes is facing growing opposition from local municipalities and environmentalists. The facility would store low and intermediate nuclear waste from OPG’s Bruce, Pickering, and Darlington nuclear facilities. Environmentalists are concerned that a leak in the underground facility would be devastating for communities which depend on water from the Great Lakes.

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Nuclear proliferation
Nuclear cooperation with non-NPT member states debated

The United States, Britain, and the Czech Republic have all backed a Dutch paper tied to the meeting last week of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which urges closer ties with nuclear-capable countries outside of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), including Israel, Pakistan, and India. Opponents of the Dutch proposal say it would legitimize the proliferation of nuclear weapons, while supporters say the proposal merely recognizes reality.

NC State awarded $25 million NNSA grant to launch nuclear proliferation detection effort

North Carolina State University was awarded a 5-year, $25 million grant by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) to develop the next generation of leaders with practical experience in technical fields relevant to nuclear nonproliferation. The new Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities, or CNEC, aims to be the pre-eminent research and education hub dedicated to the development of enabling technologies and technical talent for meeting the challenges of nuclear nonproliferation in the next decade.

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Emergency alerts
Small Virginia town debates cost of emergency siren system

Installing an emergency siren system in Danville, Virginia would be too expensive, Danville fire chief David Eagle said during a recent update to the Danville city council on emergency notification systems. The city’s last siren system was discontinued about twenty-five years ago. A new system would cost between $300,000 and $400,000 to install, and would incur annual maintenance cost.

Sea-level rise
Dynamic atolls give hope that Pacific Islands can defy sea rise
By Paul Kench

It is widely predicted that low-lying coral reef islands will drown as a result of sea-level rise, leaving their populations as environmental refugees. New evidence, however, now suggests that these small islands will be more resilient to sea-level rise than we thought. The new findings suggest that, rather than being passive lumps of rock that will be swamped by rising seas and eroded by storms, the islands are dynamic structures that can move and even grow in response to changing seas. Although the islands may survive into the future, the changes could still affect issues like fresh water and agriculture, potentially making life on these islands much more difficult than it is today.

Rain making
“Dressed” laser aims at clouds to induce rain, lightning

The adage “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it,” may one day be obsolete if researchers further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. The researchers work on surround the beam with a second beam to act as an energy reservoir, sustaining the central beam to greater distances than previously possible. The secondary “dress” beam refuels and helps prevent the dissipation of the high-intensity primary beam. Gaining control over the length of a filament would allow the creation of the conditions needed for a rainstorm from afar. People could thus artificially control the rain and lightning over a large expanse.

Also noted

Security lessons from Boston, one year later | At-risk cities may help drive climate change solutions | Boston Marathon bombings make some rethink terror insurance | Seattle man identifies cleric in N.Y. terrorism trial | Why it’s time to take domestic terrorism seriously | Report says government inaction following 9/11 contributed to worker and resident illnesses | The U.S. military is preparing for climate change war | Proposed nuclear waste site triggers fears for Great Lakes, drinking water | France's oldest nuclear plant shut down after incident but no danger posed | 'Explosion' at Palo Verde nuclear plant not reported for 5 months | U.S. House Republicans seek details from FERC on grid security | Proposal to prevent grid attack lacks power, critics say | Dispute between organic dairy farm and power grid project to test Minnesota 'Buy the Farm' law | Crews find suspected area of radiation leak in NM nuclear waste dump

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