CHILE **Jan 2013 Inauguration of new window on the Universe
The international partners in the project to build the world’s most complex ground-based astronomy observatory, the largest astronomical project in existence, will be on hand to inaugurate the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). An array of 66 high-precision antennas in the thin, dry air of the 16,400-foot Chajnantor Plateau in northern Chile, ALMA will probe the first stars and galaxies, directly image exoplanets and possibly discover the first traces of life. Already in partial use, ALMA is designed to last 50 years.
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BRUSSELS 1 Jan 2013 International bank deal in force
European Union countries are expected to implement the first benchmark in the phase-in period of the Basel III agreement. It raises banks’ capital reserves from 2 to 7 per cent from Jan 1. The hike is in line with global rules agreed after the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 and the subsequent rescue of banks in the United States and Europe. There is dissent, some centering on the issue of flexibility, but it appears to have enough support for final EU passage. Basel III signatories in other regions
UNITED STATES 1 Jan 2013 Controversial Bishop V. Gene Robinson retires
Bishop V. Gene Robinson, whose consecration in New Hampshire as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church created a near schism in the global Anglican Communion, plans to retire in January. Being at the center of an international uproar has taken a toll on him and on the diocese, he explained in 2010. He wore a bullet proof vest during his consecration on 2 Nov 2003 because he had received death threats. Anti-gay protesters gathered outside, and sharpshooters were positioned on surrounding rooftops.
THE NETHERLANDS 1 Jan 2013 Ban on Muslim face veil and other face coverings in effectRead More