Cambodia’s Sambor Dam plans cause controversy as public left in the dark

first_imgA recent social media posting by a government spokesman indicates that the Sambor Dam is a priority project for the Cambodian government, to be completed by 2027 with an output of 1,800 megawatts.The developer that originally planned to build the dam, China Southern Power Grid, pulled out of the project after villagers protested the dam’s potential impact on fisheries. Studies indicate the dam could reduce yields of fish and aquatic animals by as much as 30 percent.China Southern Power Grid’s feasibility studies also indicated that 19,000 people would have to be relocated for the dam.In 2013, the Cambodian government hired the US-based National Heritage Institute to review options for the project. The report prepared by NHI has not been made public, which has drawn criticism from civil society groups. KRATIE PROVINCE, Cambodia — “If the dam is built, it will be like before, in the time of the Khmer Rouge when we all had to move,” said Plau Saret, 44, of Domrae Village on the Mekong River island of Koh Tnaot, right next to the proposed Sambor Dam site. In 2011, she and her husband built a new house. Then, a few years ago, she saw Chinese surveyors digging in the river.The Sambor Dam is one of Cambodia’s priority energy projects, according to the country’s “Master plan for the development of energy generation.” This plan was a well-kept secret until two pages from it appeared Feb. 17 in a snapshot posted on the Facebook page of Phay Siphan, a government spokesman.The plan posted by Siphan states the Sambor Dam will be completed in three stages from 2025-2027, with a total power output of 1,800 megawatts. Attempts by Mongabay to get government comments on the plan were not answered and few details are yet known about the proposed scheme.The dam, in Kratie province, is the biggest of Cambodia’s two proposed mainstream Mekong dams. It has been on the drawing board for over a decade, but final plans do not yet appear to be in place. Last month, the Cambodia Daily reported that in October 2016 the cabinet greenlighted feasibility studies for the Sambor and two other proposed dams, but as yet there has been no confirmation that the Ministry of Mines and Energy has signed on.It’s unclear who will undertake construction work, but Cambodian business tycoon Kith Meng, chairman of The Royal Group, was in February announced as the Cambodian partner. According to rights group Global Witness, Meng is, “known for involvement in land grabbing and illegal logging.” Global Witness also found that the Prime Minister’s daughter, Hun Mana “is a director and shareholder in Royal Group Investment Company.”last_img read more

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[Natation] : Ça part sur d’excellentes bases

first_imgDeux records nationaux en une seule course, les nageurs luxembourgeois n’ont pas amusé le terrain, mercredi lors de la première journée des championnats d’Europe en petit bassin, à Glasgow.Tous les messieurs qualifiés pour le grand rendez-vous de Glasgow étaient sur le pont dès la première journée de compétition, hier en Écosse. Une matinée qu’il a fallu suivre jusqu’au bout puisque le Luxembourg alignait une équipe pour le relais 4×50 m nage libre. Un relais inédit avec, dans l’équipe, les deux jeunes de la bande, Rémi Fabiani et Max Mannes, qui accompagnaient le lanceur Julien Henx et l’inévitable Raphaël Stacchiotti.Je me suis dit : “Ne te pose pas 3 000 questions et fais ce que tu sais faire.” J’avais très envie de nager. C’est passé super viteLe nageur de Talence a mis le relais sur d’excellentes bases, avec un temps canon (21″78), soit treize centièmes de mieux que son précédent record national! «Dans ma course, je savais qu’il y avait des mecs très forts comme le champion du monde du 50 m dos. J’ai pris un super départ, j’étais fort dans la tête. Je me suis dit : “Ne te pose pas 3 000 questions et fais ce que tu sais faire.” J’avais très envie de nager. C’est passé super vite», analyse Julien Henx.Derrière lui, Rémi Fabiani boucle ses deux longueurs en 22″93, Raphaël Stacchiotti en 22″00 et Max Mannes en 22″13 pour signer un nouveau record national de la très jeune discipline en 1’28″84 : «Je suis très content de ce début. C’était trop bien. De bon augure pour le 200 m de demain», se réjouit Max Mannes, qui sera donc en lice demain sur le 200 m nage libre. Distance sur laquelle il vise un meilleur temps.La journée avait déjà commencé avec Julien Henx. Au départ du 100 m pap, le Dudelangeois a fait de son mieux. Il prend la neuvième place de sa série en 53″40, son deuxième meilleur temps sur la distance après ses 52″86, qui datent des championnats de France de 2017. Avec une 49e place au général : «C’était bien pour démarrer les championnats», confiait-il après sa course. Rémi Fabiani part comme une fuséeDe son côté, Pit Brandenburger était au départ du 400 m nage libre. Une course qu’il boucle en 3’51″97, à 5″ de son record (3’46″97) : «Je me sens bien mais je manque un peu de caisse, je pense. Et j’ai voulu trop attaquer le premier 200 m», explique l’Antibois, qu’on attendra à son avantage sur le 200 m nage libre aujourd’hui.Le dernier nageur en lice en individuel était donc le rookie Rémi Fabiani. Aligné sur le 200 m dos, le jeune homme de 18 ans est parti comme une fusée puisqu’il vire à la mi-course en 56″27, soit près d’une seconde plus vite que sa course record (1’56″29) qui avait marqué les championnats nationaux à Differdange il y a un peu plus de deux semaines. Dans la seconde partie de l’épreuve, il a dû ralentir le tempo et a touché la plaque en 1’57″35, ce qui constitue tout de même son deuxième meilleur temps. Le tout, dix minutes avant de s’aligner sur le relais. Vous avez dit première journée chargée…Aujourd’hui, hormis Julien Henx, qui bénéficie d’un jour off, les cinq autres nageurs grand-ducaux seront sur le pont.Avec, on l’espère, de nouvelles perfs du même acabit. Voire encore mieux!Romain Haas Les classements100 m pap : Julien Henx 53″40 (49/61)200 m dos : Rémi Fabiani 1’57″35 (29/36)400 m nage libre : Pit Brandenburger 3’51″97 (39/44)Relais 4×50 m nage libre : Luxembourg 1’28″84 (RN)Henx (21″78 RN), Fabiani (22″93), Stacchiotti (22″00), Mannes (22″13)Aujourd’hui100 m dos : Max Mannes, Rémi Fabiani, Raphaël Stacchiotti100 m nage libre : Monique Olivier200 m nage libre : Rémi Fabiani, Max Mannes, Pit Brandenburger.center_img Partagerlast_img read more

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UK Women Fearful Of Asking About Maternity Benefits

first_imgMaternity leave and maternity benefits are a bit of a touchy subject in the UK, it would seem. For many women, there are certain aspects of the employment package they would not feel comfortable discussing with potential employers. In fact, according to our latest research findings, almost four out of five women (78 percent) claim the maternity package is pretty high up there on the list of things they definitely would not ask about at interview stage.There are several reasons cited for this with more than half (51 percent) fearful that potential employers may jump to the conclusion that they’re already pregnant and almost one in five (19 percent) don’t think they would be taken seriously. Almost a third (31 percent) think it would hinder their future career progression within the organisation.However, there is a deep rooted issue around the ease of finding details of maternity benefits within the workplace. In fact, 41 percent of women feel uncomfortable asking for this information regardless of the circumstance. Unfortunately, just under a third (32 percent) of the women surveyed actually found this information in their induction pack when they started working for the organisation. In total, 39 percent of those surveyed feel this information is difficult to find with 13 percent claiming that employees have to ask for it as it’s not published anywhere within the business.The bespoke research, which was carried out amongst 1,000 working women in the UK, 500 of which have already taken maternity leave and 500 plan to do so in the future, also explores women’s attitudes towards asking existing employers about maternity benefits. Again, this was met with trepidation with 42 percent claiming they would only ask their employer for this information if they were announcing a pregnancy. Reasons cited for not asking include; 43 percent are worried employers would think they were trying to get pregnant, 30 percent feel it’s just not professional and, most alarmingly, more than one in five (22 percent) fear they would be putting themselves at risk of redundancy.It seems female employees cannot find a ‘best time to ask’ for this information as 22 percent would make a conscious decision to wait until they had passed their probation period to ask their line manager. Almost a quarter, (23 percent) would bypass authority altogether and ask a trusted colleague after they had been in the job a while.Luckily, help is at hand from Glassdoor with the recent addition of our Benefits Reviews. Through our free online benefits review survey, you can rate how satisfied you are with your employer’s overall benefits package and describe the best and worst aspects of the package.  You can indicate what benefits and perks your employer specifically offers, including:Health and wellness (e.g. health and dental insurance)Financial planning and retirement (e.g. pension plans, Sharesave schemes)Family and parenting (e.g. maternity leave, childcare vouchers)Annual leave and time off (e.g. holiday pay, sabbaticals)Various perks (e.g. free lunches, company car, employee discounts).This means that next time you’re meeting potential employers, you can look up their benefits package on Glassdoor before you attend the interview.last_img read more

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