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Canadian diplomats stand up to Sudan’s brutal tyrants - Canada.com

Canada criticizes S. Korea over hostage talks – Toronto Star

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Irish Ready To Harness Tidal Power

By the end of the year, twin underwater turbines should be generating 1.2 megawatts of electricity off the coast of Northern Ireland in a landmark demonstration of tidal power technology.

Marine Current Turbines, a company based in Bristol, UK, had hoped to begin installing the turbines at Strangford Lough (Google map) on Monday, but the construction barge scheduled to deliver the turbines was delayed. A company spokesman says the installation will now take place later in 2007. It will be the world’s largest tidal power project.

The underwater turbines look and work very much like wind power turbines. Each blade is 15 to 20 metres across and is mounted on an axis that attaches to a 3-metre-wide pile driven into the seabed.

Tide-driven currents will move the rotors at speeds of between 10 and 20 revolutions per minute, which the company claims is too slow to affect marine life. The turbines will drive a gearbox that will, in turn, drive an electric generator and the resulting electricity will be transmitted to the shore via an underwater cable. More @ NewScientistTech

 

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Robert Spencer on the left’s strange love affair with Jihad.

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A family in Clovis, California, which is near Fresno, has sadly become the modern day version of the Ryans, real-life brothers depicted in Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film “Saving Private Ryan” wherein all but one died serving his country in World War II.

For the Hubbards, Nathan, the second of three brothers serving in Iraq, died Wednesday in a helicopter accident in the northern part of that embattled nation. This came two years, nine months, and eighteen days after the death of brother Jared there.

The sole surviving brother, Jason, the eldest, returned home Friday, and according to the Associated Press, may not be going back to Iraq: – NewsBusters

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Rough justice: 80 lashes for ‘immoral’ Iranian who abused alcohol and had sex 

Daily Mail Via TROP

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Looks like political correctness trumps the rights of third world women yet again. If Christians did that we wouldn’t hear the end of it.

A Growing Number Of Activists Are Hesitant To Decry Female Genital Mutilation

Academia’s fixation on cultural sensitivity is changing the debate around female genital mutilation, with a growing number of professors and women’s rights activists becoming hesitant to condemn the practice.

Where feminists rallied against the operation from the pages of Ms. magazine in the 1970s, today’s critics are infinitely more cautious, with most suggesting that the Western world butt out until Muslim African communities are ready to reconsider what they are doing to their daughters. More @ National Post

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