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Saturday, 30 August 2014

20th September 2014 - Northern Ireland Veterans' Association Service of Remembrance

Northern Ireland
Veterans' Association
Service of Remembrance
National Memorial Arboretum
11.30am Saturday 20th September 2014
The Northern Ireland Veterans' Association Service of Remembrance 2014 will be held at 11.30am on Saturday 20th September 2014  at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.

The service will commemorate and remember all those who lost their lives in service of the Crown as a result of the conflict in N. Ireland.

The service will be followed by a parade down to the Ulster Ash Grove for the laying of wreaths.

Following the laying of the wreaths, there will be a 15 minute pause before the parade forms up for the return march to the visitor centre during which the guest of honour will take the salute.

The service is open to all and all Associations are welcome to parade their standards. It would be appreciated if Associations arranging for groups of their members to attend could notify us of numbers and confirm if their standard will be parading.

We look forward to welcoming you to our annual memorial service.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Horrific Revelations about Maralinga from Investigative journalist Frank Walker

"The betrayal didn’t end with our servicemen. Secret monitoring stations were set up around the continent to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their small bodies – their grieving parents were never told."

Australian news coverage featuring Frank talking about his book  and some of the more sinister facts he has uncovered can be seen in an ABC News Broadcast HERE

 You can find more out about Frank and this compelling read at his website HERE

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Fukushima Effect: Insidious Radiation Impact

Compared to the Chernobyl meltdown, the levels of radiation released by the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant disaster in 2011 were a drop in the bucket. Even so, a new series of studies has shown that certain types of birds, plants and insects in Japan are all suffering from the impacts of fallout. Researchers say studying these organisms will help them better understand the complex dangers of radiation.

These studies were all recently published in the Journal of Heredity and detail observations on how non-human organisms in the immediate Fukushima-Daiichi area were affected by radiation a mere few months after the initial power plant disaster.

Interestingly, researchers found that instead of outright killing or obviously harming organisms, the low-dose radiation effects were insidious

Full Nature World News article HERE

Related Articles:
  • TechTimes: Fukushima disaster shows effects of radiation in animals, plants HERE 

  • RiaNovosti: Fukushima Radiation Causing Long Term Effects HERE


Injured veterans 'face delays over compensation claims'

The Ministry of Defence has said it is aware of serious delays in dealing with compensation claims for injured armed forces veterans.  It said delays were down to a rising number of cases and because there were fewer staff dealing with the claims.

One veterans' group said waiting times for claimants had increased from 82 days in 2010 to 219 days in 2014.  But Veterans UK, which processes claims and administers compensation, disputed this, saying the service was improving.

A letter from Defence Minister Anna Soubry, which has been seen by the BBC, revealed the MoD was aware of the backlog.  The letter said staff at Veterans UK were under pressure, and the MoD has acknowledged this was due to the high number of cases and because of changes to the compensation scheme. 

'Form of torture'
MoD figures show there were 36,000 new compensation claims for those injured, disabled or bereaved through service in 2013-14 - an increase of around 16% from 2010-11.

Alex Ford, 44, a former sergeant who was in the Royal Air Force for 25 years, said the delay in his case had been "like a little form a torture".  He left the RAF after taking redundancy in December 2012, having previously suffered a slipped disc, to care for his wife who suffered back injuries whilst serving as a staff sergeant.  He was also diagnosed with depression six months after returning from Afghanistan and said he did not receive compensation until May this year.
He said: "It adds to the whole mental anguish of it, you literally have no timescale". 

"You don't know when the case is going to be resolved and you're left wondering about the postman each day."

BNTVA members have long bitter experience of the problems of getting their just awards under the War Pension scheme, It is time the people of Britain stood up and told the Government to start doing the right thing

 Full BBC News article by HERE

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

EDF shuts down two UK nuclear plants amid safety fears

EDF Energy has been forced to shut down two of its eight UK nuclear power stations amid safety fears, after discovering "unexpected cracking" in a boiler unit of one of its reactors in Lancashire. 
Photo: Alamy

The French-owned energy giant said it had shut down its Heysham 1 and Hartlepool plants, each of which comprise two reactors, after confirming there was a “defect” in a boiler unit at Heysham 1 Reactor 1.
More than 300 staff will now be deployed to conduct safety tests across all four reactors, having been specially trained for the task over recent months.
Signs of a possible fault were first noticed in November 2013, leading to the “isolation” of one of the reactor’s eight boiler units.
But it was only when the reactor was shut down in June for detailed inspections that EDF confirmed the defect.
Full article by Emily Gosden in The Telegraph

Friday, 8 August 2014

United Nations - International Day against Nuclear Tests - 29 August

In three weeks time it will be........

 Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. There has been little consideration of the devastating effects of testing on human life, let alone the understanding of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. Early on, having nuclear weapons was a measure of scientific sophistication or military might. Hindsight and history have shown us the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of today’s nuclear weapons which are far more powerful and destructive Subsequent incidents world-wide have provided compelling reasons for the need to observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests - a day in which educational events, activities and messages aim to capture the world’s attention and underscore the need for a unified attempt in preventing further nuclear weapons testing.
The international instrument to put an end to all forms of nuclear testing is the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), which has however yet to enter into force.
On 2 December 2009, the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35. The resolution calls for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.” The resolution was initiated by the Republic of Kazakhstan, together with a large number of sponsors and cosponsors with a view to commemorate the closure of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test site on 29 August 1991.The Day is meant to galvanize the United Nations, Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, youth networks and the media to inform, educate and advocate the necessity of banning nuclear weapon tests as a valuable step towards achieving a safer world.
2010 marked the inaugural commemoration of the International Day against Nuclear Tests. Each year, since then, the day has been observed by coordinating various activities throughout the world, such as symposia, conferences, exhibits, competitions, publications, instruction in academic institutions, media broadcasts and others. A number of events have been held at United Nations Headquarters, as well. Similar activities are planned for the 2013 observance.
Since its establishment, many bilateral and multilateral governmental level developments as well as broad movements in civil society and efforts of the UN Secretary-General himself have helped to advance the cause of banning nuclear tests.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated with great clarity: “A world free of nuclear weapons would be a global public good of the highest order.” Defining a ban on nuclear weapons as “vital”, in May of 2010, all the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, committed themselves to aim to “achieve the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”
The International Day against Nuclear Tests, together with other events and actions, has fostered a global environment with more optimistic prospects towards a world free of nuclear weapons. There have been visible signs of progress on various fronts but, equally, challenges remain. It is the hope of the UN that one day all nuclear weapons will be eliminated. Until then, there is a need to observe International Day against Nuclear Tests as we work towards promoting peace and security world-wide.