New technology may mean more renewable energy from the tides of the Bay of Fundy. Nova Scotia has partnered with New Brunswick and five United States’ jurisdictions to pay for a study of the feasibility of using tidal flow generators in the bay. The newest generation of tidal power turbines resembles wind turbines. Submerged in the water, the generators use fast-moving tidal currents to create electricity. The turbines stand alone, anchored on the seabed, and are not visible from shore. “The tidal currents in the Bay of Fundy seem to be ideal for generating electricity,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, “but we need to have experimental data that will show whether it’s practical to use this emerging technology in our coastal environment.” The Electric Power Research Institute of Palo Alto, Calif., will conduct the study. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will each contribute $60,000 US to the study. Maine, Massachusetts, Washington State, Alaska, and San Francisco are also taking part in the $425,000 study. The data from all the study locations will be shared among all the study sponsors. “Nova Scotia has significant in-stream tidal energy resources andthe technologies able to harness these resources are becoming available,” said Roger Bedard of the Electric Power Research Institute. “The big question is whether it makes sense for Nova Scotia and the other regions to invest in tidal in-stream energy conversion technology. We will answer that question for the province by March 2006 within the context of this study.” Nova Scotia Power’s president and CEO, Chris Huskilson, said his company is playing a key role in the new study. “Our customers told us they want more renewables and we’re listening to them. That’s why we’re bringing on wind power in this province and seeking ways to harness more power from the tides.” Nova Scotia Power already has one of three tidal power plants in the world at its Annapolis Power Tidal facility, and Annapolis Royal. The province wants to ensure that at least five per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity supply comes from renewable resource generating capacity that was built after 2001.
A REVIEW OF the garda investigations into allegations of abuse by Irish language summer school founder Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí will now take place.Commissioner Martin Callinan ordered the audit following calls from victim advocacy groups.The review will be carried out by the Garda’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit from Harcourt Street in Dublin.The Rape Crisis Network pressed for the fresh investigation after it came to light that at least two opportunities – in 1991 and 1998 – were presented to gardaí to look into allegations concerning the Coláiste na bhFiann teacher.Ó Lubhlaí, who is the subject of TG4 documentary examining claims that he may have abused dozens of victims in the 1970s and 1980s, has been described by another support group, CARI, as someone who “hid in plain sight”.It is alleged that the language activist may have abused up to 100 boys when he was an Irish and religion teacher with some of the alleged incidents taking place in camps, hotels, flats and cinemas in Athlone, Ros Muc, Dublin, Donegal and Tipperary.He died in March this year while under investigation for sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in the 70s.Gardaí examined allegations of abuse in 1998, while in 2002 the teacher faced 56 charges of sexual abuse involving 11 victims but the case never went ahead following a legal challenge.Ó Lubhlaí, known as ‘Donal Lovely’, died aged 84, with his death notice referring to him as a ‘gaeilgeoir, teacher, educationalist, author and republican’.CARI CEO Mary Flaherty said this case, as well as the Savile revelations in the UK, show that the “best place to hide is in plain sight of the public”.“Myths about abusers assist them in the grooming process and the more respectable the organisation, the more valuable to a predator as a hiding place,” she continued.“The media can also unwittingly collude in unhelpful myths. What often transpires in the media is the notion that ‘they’ (the offenders) are different from ‘us’. Recent studies find that for offenders who have abused within professional settings, there appears to be no reliable offender character profile that differentiates the abuser from the ‘good employer’; analogously, there is no clear-cut ‘abuser trait’ that could ever be zoned in on with a screening tool.”You can contact your nearest Rape Crisis Network Ireland centre by visiting its website. Calls for gardaí to reinvestigate Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí case