PARIS: A deadly explosion at a Russian testing site has focused attention on President Vladimir Putin's bid to build a nuclear-powered missile that the Kremlin hopes would give Moscow the edge in a new arms race.Western experts have linked the blast at the Nyonoksa test site on Aug 8, which caused a sharp spike in local radiation levels, to the 9M730 Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile first revealed by Putin in 2018.The Kremlin has, however, not confirmed that the accident was linked to the Burevestnik project and the identity of the missile that exploded remains uncertain.But while a nuclear-powered missile with the theoretical ability to strike any target on planet earth may seem attractive, analysts warn the technical difficulties and risks could outweigh any strategic gain.Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom said that its staff, five of whom were killed in the blast, were providing engineering and technical support for the "isotope power source" of a missile.WHY SEEK … [Read more...] about Secret Russia weapon project: Gamechanger or PR stunt?
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The dump was the scene of a stubborn fire that spewed toxic smoke into the air in April 2018. The Open Dumping System currently used at the dump can cause air, water and soil damage, as well as outbreaks of fire, he said. Rubbish is heaped on the side of the road and bulldozed at present. To prevent pollution and ensure sustainable land usage, a new system is needed that uses incineration and systematic trash disposal, said U Aung Myint Maw of the Pollution Control and Cleansing Department. “We divided the rubbish dump into four zones and spread brick and rocks at the entrances and exits. Then we divided it into 300-metre sections, where we’ve piled the rubbish up to three metres high,” he said. A road is built over the dump so that rubbish can easily be dumped on both sides of the road and only needs a little push from a bulldozer, U Aung Myint Maw said. “The trash is put in holes, and methane gas is collected through a system of pipes … [Read more...] about Pilot project offers better way to manage Htein Bin landfill
Opposition supporters troop to Comelec over alleged anomalies MANILA, Philippines — Supporters of the losing Otso Diretso opposition coalition gathered Friday to demand accountability from the Commission on Elections on alleged irregularities in Monday's midterm polls. Members of Tindig Pilipinas, The Silent Majority and Akbayan party-list trooped to the front of the Philippine International Convention Center, where the poll body, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, is canvassing votes for the senatorial and party-list races. The demonstrators—chanting “Anyare (What happened) Comelec?”—protested technical glitches such as defective vote counting machines, corrupted SD cards and the hours-long delay in updates from the commission’s transparency server. They also questioned the designation of the Nacionalista Party as the dominant minority party. The erstwhile ruling Liberal Party earlier questioned the … [Read more...] about Opposition supporters troop to Comelec over alleged anomalies
NIA: Chinese workers in Chico irrigation project necessary Louise Maureen Simeon (The Philippine Star) - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The presence of Chinese workers in the P4.37-billion Chico River irrigation project is necessary for its completion, according to the National Irrigation Administration. The NIA said the 66 Chinese workers hired for the project are “highly-technical and highly-skilled.” “Once completed before the end of the year, the services of most of these Chinese workers will be terminated,” the NIA said. “The Chinese workers... specializes in tunneling and construction of a pumping station with their state-of-the-art equipment and technology,” it added. The Chico River project has 347 Filipino workers. “Filipino workers maybe capable... of doing this, but the collaboration with Chinese workers makes the work faster, shortening the construction … [Read more...] about NIA: Chinese workers in Chico irrigation project necessary
In prioritising Southeast Asia in its assistance, the multilateral lender would get involved in many operations in the region, said Ramesh Subramaniam, the director general of the bank’s Southeast Asia department. Subramaniam told the ADB annual meeting yesterday that the development lender would invest around US$5 billion in its sovereign operations in the region every year, leveraging an additional $1 billion from development partners including the World Bank, Germany’s KfW and AFD, Britain’s Department for International Development, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Asean Infrastructure Fund. “Our operations in Southeast Asia are quite successful. Last year, the total disbursement amounted to US$3.6 billion and nearly two-thirds of that came from policy-based loans,” he said at the event in Nadi, Fiji. By the end of 2018, the ADB alone had invested $17.6 billion in the region. Vietnam accounts for nearly 40 per cent of the … [Read more...] about ADB boosts support for region