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Taj Hargey, Meco's chairman, said he was also willing to organise a campaign
among Muslims nationally to resist "this largely Saudi-driven campaign to make
the niqab a compulsory requirement for Muslim women".
He also alleges that when he complained to school chiefs about the content of
the curriculum and questioned whether it complied with British laws, he was
told: "This is not England. It is Saudi Arabia".
But invoking white racists in his argument some worry he will promote alienation
rather than integration.
This [research] focused on one of the big weaknesses of these devices. The
membranes separating the two electrolytes allowed molecules of electrolyte to
leak across. As a result, each solution became increasingly contaminated with
the other, reducing the battery's output.
Best of all, it didn't matter too much if a few vanadium
ions on one side of the membrane leaked across to the other: this slightly
discharged the battery, but after a recharge the electrolyte on each side was
as good as new...
....One of the key advantages of flow batteries is
their scalability. To increase peak power output you add more battery cells, but
the amount of energy they will store - and therefore the time they will operate
on a full charge - can be expanded almost indefinitely by building bigger tanks
and filling them with chemicals. The result is that the batteries can be used in
a wide range of roles, from 1-kilowatt-hour units (like a large automotive
battery, say), to power-station scales of hundreds of megawatt-hours.
Vanadium sulphate solutions cannot be made very concentrated
so the energy stored in a given volume of vanadium flow batteries is about half
that of lead-acid batteries. This rules them out for applications where
compactness and low weight are at premium - electric cars being a prime example.
So Skyllas-Kazacos and her team
want to replace vanadium sulphate with vanadium bromide, which is more than
twice as soluble. She expects that research to be completed by 2008.
He goes out of his way to deny that he would follow Labour's tax-and-spend
policies and holds out the prospect of possible tax cuts. "We are pledged to
share the proceeds of economic growth between public services and lower taxes,
thereby ensuring that over time the state takes a smaller share of national
wealth," Mr Cameron writes.
The GCSE pass rate has increased each year since Labour came to power, from 45
per cent of pupils reaching the five or more benchmark in 1997 to 58 per cent
this year. The improvement has been cited as a key indicator of the success of
the Government's education reforms.
Schools which had been lauded for their improvement in previous years now drop
to the bottom of the table. The worst falls by 66 per cent from an 82 per cent
rate of achieving five or more GCSE passes at the top three grades (A* to C) to
just 16 per cent once the five passes have to include maths and
Overall the pass rate drops from 58 per cent achieving five A* to C
grade passes to 45 per cent once maths and English are included.