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MarieM
03-12-2011, 07:46 PM
Although the pictures look like total disaster, if there is any country in the world who can deal with a disaster like this, it is Japan. Even if the reactors start leaking, the Japanese have the intelligence and organization to handle things, likely better than any other country on the planet. Had the same thing happened in the USA, particularly around nuclear reactors, I'm not sure I would feel so confident.

I am actually starting to throw myself at walls.
The safety protocols nowadays are mainly the SAME througout the world. The way the japanese are handling this would probably have been the same in Europe / USA.
Whatever happens now in Japan will soon be reviewed internationally and taken into accounts worldwide, meaning the USA / Europe mainly. I am myself worried more about my future workload because of this incident since it will mean further modifications to all power plants in France, in Europe, in the USA and so forth.

So saying that because it's happening in Japan it's better because they can deal better with this makes me a bit angry.
The only difference is that their media aren't saying false things about nuclear power plants like ours have been doing for the last 25 years and probably more.
I know why it's like that in France (thank you to the stupid minister who dare say that the Chernobyl atmospheric leaks were stopped by thin air just at the french frontier) but I am puzzled to why it has so much bad presse everywhere else.
It's a lot more dangerous to live next to any chemical plant than next to a nuclear power plant. It's even more dangerous to live next to a hospital.

Ajax
03-12-2011, 07:46 PM
I'm heartbroken by this tragedy. You just go to work, one day, and in one minute... Things like this really shake one's faith. My thoughts are with the people of Japan. I hope the destruction will end here and that the recovery is speedy.
As for Worlds... I really think they should go on as planned as long as the safety of the skaters and spectators is not in question. I don't think this is disrespectful. I just think it would be beneficial. First of all, so many people would lose so much money - the broadcasters, the advertisers, the organizers, the hotels, restaurants... and Japan can use all the money it can get right now. Second, in these situations, hard as it may be, it's best to return to normal life - otherwise people are going to get depressed, get post traumatic syndrome, hosts of other psychological problems. Those don't help anybody. Finally, many high-level Japanese skaters are slated to compete at this championship. If any one of them were to skate well and/or medal, that would be a triumphant moment and a huge morale booster for the country - especially given how popular fs is in Japan.

care bear
03-12-2011, 07:53 PM
If I had tickets for Worlds, IŽd stay at home. My safety is most precious.

rfisher
03-12-2011, 08:03 PM
If I had tickets for Worlds, IŽd stay at home. My safety is most precious.

Too bad you don't have any. I'd take them. :)

BigB08822
03-12-2011, 08:08 PM
I will gladly take anyones tickets to Worlds if they don't want them! I will be the one in the stands holding up the sign that says "I must hate Japan because I still came to Worlds."

jlai
03-12-2011, 08:08 PM
Yeah, if I had a ticket, I'd go too.

WhatsUpDoc
03-12-2011, 08:11 PM
I am actually starting to throw myself at walls.
The safety protocols nowadays are mainly the SAME througout the world. The way the japanese are handling this would probably have been the same in Europe / USA.
Whatever happens now in Japan will soon be reviewed internationally and taken into accounts worldwide, meaning the USA / Europe mainly. I am myself worried more about my future workload because of this incident since it will mean further modifications to all power plants in France, in Europe, in the USA and so forth.

So saying that because it's happening in Japan it's better because they can deal better with this makes me a bit angry.
The only difference is that their media aren't saying false things about nuclear power plants like ours have been doing for the last 25 years and probably more.
I know why it's like that in France (thank you to the stupid minister who dare say that the Chernobyl atmospheric leaks were stopped by thin air just at the french frontier) but I am puzzled to why it has so much bad presse everywhere else.
It's a lot more dangerous to live next to any chemical plant than next to a nuclear power plant. It's even more dangerous to live next to a hospital.

I know people in Japan, so I like that they are better able to deal with this and I am more likely to trust the local authorities, when they say not to worry. If the same thing happened in Pittsburgh, I would be texting people to "Get Out, Get Out Now!, Forget what the authorities are telling you, they don't have a clue - Get Out!" Where as in Japan, I don't feel that need to do that. Nuclear power is much safer now, I agree with that. I support it's continued use. It is the competence of the government stateside, to deal with any major disaster, that is in question.

MikiAndoFan#1
03-12-2011, 08:11 PM
I will gladly take anyones tickets to Worlds if they don't want them! I will be the one in the stands holding up the sign that says "I must hate Japan because I still came to Worlds."

:lol:

numbers123
03-12-2011, 08:11 PM
If I had tickets for Worlds, IŽd stay at home. My safety is most precious.


Too bad you don't have any. I'd take them. :)


I will gladly take anyones tickets to Worlds if they don't want them! I will be the one in the stands holding up the sign that says "I must hate Japan because I still came to Worlds."


Yeah, if I had a ticket, I'd go too.

I would take anyone's tickets that don't want to go. I would take your plane tickets and hotel reservations too.

YukiNieve
03-12-2011, 08:14 PM
To those of you keep insisting that "I am right and you are wrong because I am a specialist / I experienced this / I know better than you do - can't you just stop that and bring it to any other discussion board where you can discuss that with other professionals in your field, please?

Do we need any more ego or negativity against others for a subject like this - no matter how much those are based on expert experience or knowledge??

Sylvia
03-12-2011, 08:15 PM
Detroit Free Press' Jo-Ann Barnas weighs in (http://www.freep.com/article/20110312/SPORTS17/110312035/Jo-Ann-Barnas-ISU-needs-postpone-world-figure-skating-event-Japan?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports):

So far today, there's been no update on the ISU website regarding the event's status. Representatives of U.S. Figure Skating and Skate Canada told me today that its federations continue to monitor the situation.

Igor Shpilband, whom with Marina Zoueva coach five ice dance world teams from three countries at their Canton rink, said he hopes to know more by Monday what's going on.

What I hope is that the ISU is working through the weekend with the Japan Skating Federation to either postpone the event or move it to another venue in another country.

Sylvia
03-12-2011, 08:18 PM
Pechalat and Bourzat tweeted earlier today (http://twitter.com/PechalatBourzat):

we are with our all heart with the japanese and our friends in Japan ;) take care, be strong...

We really don't want to miss this World Championships in Tokyo :) We ♥ JAPAN, i very like Japanese... COURAGE :)

MikiAndoFan#1
03-12-2011, 08:22 PM
To those of you keep insisting that "I am right and you are wrong because I am a specialist / I experienced this / I know better than you do - can't you just stop that and bring it to any other discussion board where you can discuss that with other professionals in your field, please?

Do we need any more ego or negativity against others for a subject like this - no matter how much those are based on expert experience or knowledge??

:respec:

julieann
03-12-2011, 08:27 PM
So I don't get it...if worlds do go on as planned Amodio won't be there and will be giving up a chance to win a medal? I just hope the other skaters who are coming in next week don't miss the competition because the flights are delayed.

Skate Talker
03-12-2011, 08:30 PM
One nice thing I just saw - my cable provider has opened NHK coverage (which is usually a paid for service) to the public for several weeks to help keep our local Japanese community informed. I like the spirit behind that decision. It may not be much but it's what they could do to help.

Good tip - my cable provider in Canada has removed subscription block to TV Japan (which I think is just a catch-all for selected programs from various Japanese networks). Right now it is supposed to be Japanese League Soccer but is all earthquake press conference coverage in Japanese.