Friday - 1 October 2021 - TRONDHEIM
Midtenskov National Laboratory
Fremetian Public Service Commission, National Laboratory Announce Renewed Investment into Thorium Power
MIDTENSKOV– Today, the FPSC announced a renewed 32 bn francs in funding for the National Thorium Laboratory, established in 2015 by the Department of Energy. The investment by the FPSC opens the door to convert existing conventional nuclear power plants to thorium use.
The National Thorium Laboratory currently uses 4 research reactors, and the project thus far has yielded “promising results.” Project leaders have expressed hopes that their research will preserve the relevancy of nuclear power generation in Fremet as the pressure to convert to more green forms of electric generation grow from both the general public and from Trondheim.
A small part of the 32 billion investment into thorium power is to be set aside for the National Fusion Laboratory in Midtenskov, which was slated to be merged with the National Thorium Laboratory in 2023. The new funding appropriation provides for a new facility, increased staff, and independent operation within the Midtenskov National Laboratory Complex until 2029.
Trondheim Performing Arts Centre
Trondheim Looks to Federal Government to Share in Cost of EuroVoice Hosting
TRONDHEIM– Following the unexpected win by Queen Latifah at the last EuroVoice competition in Ruthund, the Trondheimmer government has established the EV Committee to oversee the execution of the event in the city. The Metropolitan Council voted yesterday to submit a request for funding from the Federal Arts Commission.
When asked if the city could foot the bill for the hosting, Mayor Lars quipped, “It is not a question of if we COULD fund the event, but if we SHOULD.”
With expected expenditures set to reach into the billions of francs, officials are concerned that ticket sales and licensing costs will not be sufficient to cover the event. A coalition of Staatsrat members from constituencies in Trondheim have introduced legislation that would form a special EuroVision Hosting Commission to coordinate interdepartmental operations and spending on the event. The EHC would centralise decision-making and funding beneath the Federal Department of Administration. The Solberg Administration has already thrown its support behind the legislation.
Johann Bjorn, representative for Rhodenheim-Nord, has voiced opposition to federal support for EuroVision in Trondheim: “I’ve called EuroVoice a circus before, and I will continue to call it as such. That being said, I cannot deny the intrinsic benefits held in hosting such an event. Which is why, should federal funding be offered to fund EuroVoice, that the EuroVoice Hosting Commission divide the ceremonies between venues throughout Fremet.”
When asked for a comment on Representative Bjorn’s comments, Statsminister Solberg responded, “No travelling circuses here.”
Federal Bank Building, Trondhiem
Adoption of EMU Stalls as Central Bank Voices Concerns Over Political Instability on the Continent
TRONDHEIM— Den Fremesker Sentralbank, Fremet’s central bank, placed an administrative hold on circulation of the EMU in Fremet, citing concerns over fiscal, social, and political instability on the Continent. Fremetian government agencies had been set to begin using the EMU internally by 1 December 2021, with general circulation starting by 2 February 2022. The administrative hold effectively pauses this adoption. The FSB hold is set to last until 1 June 2022, but it can be shortened “if socio-economic conditions allow.”