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Ukraine Says Nuclear Transformer Damage Poses No Danger I think its absolute
Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday that a damaged transformer at a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, an industrial center, cut electrical power production for several days but did not pose any danger. I think its absolutely biialrlnt that Poland and Ukraine have got Euro 2012. Both countries have got marvellous footballing history and its great that cavernous stadium in Kiev, where so many teams met their Waterloo at the hands of Dynamo in the not so distant past, is getting to host such a huge event. Italy had the World Cup in 1990 and it was poorly attended and Italy is a football superpower. Four years later the USA gave us the best of the modern world cups with astounding attendances by the locals. Its no bad thing that these tournaments are shared around and not given to the big names. I'm a firm believer if that fans are arent filling stadiums then give it to someone else. Euro 96 in England was the same -appalling attendances. I remember only 10,000 fans showing up for Bulgaria v Romania at Newcastle two teams who had thrilled the world only two years earlier, containing names like Stoichkov and Hagi. Dreadful stuff that I think scuppered England's attempt to get the World Cup in 2010. UEFA and FIFA have learned from this and power to them; I dont want to see half empty stadiums on my tv. It not good enough.As for political interference, this is just normality. Blair seemingly had a lot to do with London getting the Olympics in 2012. If you can use it to get tournaments, I dont see that the problem is. Its better than Salt Lake City style bribery thats for sure. I agree with Igor's point above that all this is above politics. Every four years, the whole world or Europe puts aside their troubles and gives us a month of biialrlnt entertainment. Remember Iranian and American players having a joint team photo and swapping bouquets at France 98? Thats what its all about. No politics, moaning and bullshit. Well done Poland and Ukraine and roll on 2012! Maladyets!
Ukrainian authorities said Wednesday that a damaged transformer at a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia, an industrial center, cut electrical power production for several days but did not pose any danger.Authorities said the problem in a power-generating unit Friday resulted in an automatic shutdown in the system and that there was no safety risk. Dozens of cities and towns in eastern and southern Ukraine were temporarily without electricity during the weekend, however, aggravating the uneasy energy situation resulting from the armed conflict between government forces and pro-Russia separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk coal-mining regions.Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchishin said the normal level of electricity production at the plant was expected to be restored by the weekend."Rest assured that there is no danger to the reactor," Demchishin said during a briefing in Kiev, the capital.The root of the energy problem facing Ukraine is the lack of coal supplied across the country from the Donbass region, now largely controlled by separatists backed by Russia, said Volodymyr Omelchenko, director of the energy programs of Razumkov Center, a Kiev-based think tank."Since the armed conflict started in eastern Ukraine, the country has been constantly living with a serious, over 12% deficit of energy," Omelchenko said in a phone interview, adding that a solution might involve resuming energy cooperation with Russia."I know that Ukraine is negotiating purchasing coal from South Africa, the United States and Australia, but even then our seaports are currently incapable of accommodating the required volume of coal," Omelchenko said. "We will have to make a deal with Russia."Demchishin said negotiations were underway for Ukraine to import energy from Russia."In the given situation, this step is necessary to balance the energy system, however complicated it could be politically," he said.Meanwhile, residents of Ukraine's south and east have expressed concern about the lack of electricity."Now a majority of phone calls to our hotline are about the continuing power outage," Yehor Prokopchuk, head of the Center for Odessa Residents Protection, an Odessa-based nongovernmental organization, said in a phone interview about the situation in the Ukrainian Black Sea port. "People are worried; they are asking to at least be informed about the timetable of the outage."To save energy, Ukraine has been limiting power and hot water supplies to the rest of the country since August.Ukraine's Crimea region, annexed by Russia in March but still dependent on Ukraine for electricity and fresh water, has seen power supplies drastically limited as a result of the problem in Zaporizhia, Interfax-Ukraine reported.*Special correspondent Butenko reported from Kiev and Times staff writer Loiko from Moscow* I think its absolutely biialrlnt that Poland and Ukraine have got Euro 2012. Both countries have got marvellous footballing history and its great that cavernous stadium in Kiev, where so many teams met their Waterloo at the hands of Dynamo in the not so distant past, is getting to host such a huge event. Italy had the World Cup in 1990 and it was poorly attended and Italy is a football superpower. Four years later the USA gave us the best of the modern world cups with astounding attendances by the locals. Its no bad thing that these tournaments are shared around and not given to the big names. I'm a firm believer if that fans are arent filling stadiums then give it to someone else. Euro 96 in England was the same -appalling attendances. I remember only 10,000 fans showing up for Bulgaria v Romania at Newcastle two teams who had thrilled the world only two years earlier, containing names like Stoichkov and Hagi. Dreadful stuff that I think scuppered England's attempt to get the World Cup in 2010. UEFA and FIFA have learned from this and power to them; I dont want to see half empty stadiums on my tv. It not good enough.As for political interference, this is just normality. Blair seemingly had a lot to do with London getting the Olympics in 2012. If you can use it to get tournaments, I dont see that the problem is. Its better than Salt Lake City style bribery thats for sure. I agree with Igor's point above that all this is above politics. Every four years, the whole world or Europe puts aside their troubles and gives us a month of biialrlnt entertainment. Remember Iranian and American players having a joint team photo and swapping bouquets at France 98? Thats what its all about. No politics, moaning and bullshit. Well done Poland and Ukraine and roll on 2012! Maladyets!
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