World News - part 2
WORLD March 7, 2012 | 10:21 AM
- Google streamlines 60+ privacy plans into one
- EU and privacy groups oppose Google sharing user information across multiple Google-owned sites
- Google aims to improve user experience across its platforms
Google is proceeding with much-publicized plans to streamline 60+ privacy policies into one overarching policy that covers various Google platforms and services. This change will allow Google to compile and share an individual’s browsing data and web history across various Google-owned sites (e.g: Blogger, gmail, Youtube, Google +) once logged into Google.
User information was not previously shared across different services.Read more »
WORLD February 15, 2012 | 6:08 PM
- TEPCO forecasts loss from reactor meltdowns, compensation claims to near $9 billion
- TEPCO may seek $25 billion in funding to recoup costs
- Japanese authorities approve restart of two idled nuclear reactors
Despite receiving over $11 billion in aid from Japanese government just a few months ago, TEPCO was approved for yet another near $9 billion as it struggles to clean up from reactor meltdowns and meet compensation claims following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
By month end March 2012, TEPCO anticipates its losses will be at nearly $9 billion, which is up from its November estimate of almost $8 billion. The company, which has 29 million customers in the general Tokyo area, reported a loss of approximately $16 billion last fiscal year.Read more »
WORLD February 14, 2012 | 3:11 PM
- Euro crisis affecting hotel expansion decisions in EU zone
- Indian hoteliers having trouble raising occupancy due to Euro crisis
- Mediterranean cruise lines with increased capacity struggling to attract more US passengers
No surprise that the Euro financial crisis has major consequences for its 17 members, but it also has an impact on the world travel industry in ways that are both predictable, and in some cases surprising.
Take hotels, for example. No shock that Hyatt Hotels Corp. says it is weighing the financial crisis in evaluating its expansion plans.Read more »
WORLD January 31, 2012 | 2:23 PM
- BP denied right to collect payment from Transocean to help fund $40 billion needed to clean up Gulf Oil spill
- BP required to indemnify Transocean for compensatory damages
- Chevron fined $50 million, drilling license suspended due to recent oil spill in Brazil
A US district court judge has ruled that BP Plc cannot collect funds from Swiss-based offshore drilling contractor Transocean Ltd. as reimbursement for billions used to clean up the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP filed a lawsuit in April 2011 alleging Transocean was responsible for paying part of the $40 billion needed for clean up and economic losses.
Judge Carl Barbier wrote in his 30-page decision: “BP is required to indemnify Transocean for compensatory damages asserted by third parties against Transocean related to pollution that did not originate on or above the surface of the water, even if the claim is the result of Transocean’s strict liability.”Read more »
WORLD December 23, 2011 | 12:02 PM
- Japan sets 40-year roadmap to clean up the wrecked Fukushima
- Fukushima plan will use robots and other new technologies to navigate hazardous waste
- Tepco shares drop as a result of potential ramifications stemming from debt it has incurred
The Japanese government has released a 40-year plan that local officials feel is highly ambitious to clean up and decommission the Fukushima nuclear plant.
After being hit by both a debilitating tsunami and earthquake earlier this year, Fukushima was rendered out of commission and injured nearly 160,000 victims. However, Japan’s detailed 40-year plan should eventually return the surrounding area back to normal.Read more »
WORLD December 16, 2011 | 4:13 PM
- 3,000 barrels of oil leak into Compos Basin over 8 days in November
- Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency fines Chevron $28 million after oil spill
- Chevron announces gas find off west coast of Australia
Brazilian prosecutors are suing oil company Chevron and oil rig operator Transocean to the tune of almost $11 billion. The suit aims to suspend both company’s operations after an eight-day oil spill near Rio de Janeiro in November leaked 3,000 barrels of oil into the Compos Basin.
The suit threatens to thwart the country’s plan to double its crude oil output over the next decade. Brazil relies on Transocean, which operates more than 15% of its oilrigs. Chevron, the second-biggest oil company in the US and third in Brazil after Petroleo Brasileiro and Royal Dutch Shell, fell 3% to just over $100.50 in New York following news of the case. Transocean fell almost 4% to just over $40.Read more »
WORLD December 13, 2011 | 6:05 PM
- Controversial results of Russia’s December 4 parliamentary election put Prime Minister Vladmir Putin’s United Russia Party slightly lead with 53% of vote
- Russian authorities allowed a massive protest on Dec 10
- Putin must reinvent himself to rise above presidential opponents, including most recent candidate billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov
The results of Russia’s December 4 parliamentary election, putting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party slightly in the lead, sparked much controversy and protest.
Technically winning only 49% of votes – down from 64% four years ago, the United Russia Party was nonetheless given 53% of the vote after redistribution from the three election parties did not satisfy the 5% threshold.Read more »
WORLD December 12, 2011 | 5:30 PM
- Natural gas supply to increase 60% in 30 years, replacing coal in second place
- Renewable energy demand to quadruple to meet 15% of demand
- Hybrid vehicles to make up 40% of all vehicles by 2040
A new report produced by Exxon Mobil shows that the world's consumption of oil, nuclear and natural gas is set to increase over 30% in the next 30 years due to rising population and environmental measures to limit coal use.
The world’s population is also set to grow around 30% to 9 billion by 2040, matching the predicted growth in energy consumption.Read more »
WORLD December 12, 2011 | 5:09 PM
- Saudi Arabia announces oil production of over 10 million barrels per day
- OPEC to reach oil target deal for 2012, demand estimated at 30 million bpd
- Oil stockpiles put pressure on oil futures, Brent falls $1.30 a barrel
Saudi Arabia says its oil output has reached a 30-year high of almost 10.050 million barrels per day (bpd), amid EU talks considering placing a ban on oil from Iran. The nation's oil output came close to 10 million bpd in August, and neared 9.5 million barrels in September, October and November.
Analysts are interpreting the announcement as a message to the market that demand is high and production should be in keeping with demand. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet on December 14 in Vienna to address production policy.Read more »
WORLD December 6, 2011 | 4:50 PM
- US International Trade Commission votes to investigate Chinese solar imports and impact on US solar industry
- Investigation may led to Chinese solar imports being heavily charged
- Democratic lawmakers urge Barack Obama to further probe Chinese solar imports
Members of the Washington-based US International Trade Commission have voted unanimously to move forward in an investigation that may end in Chinese solar imports being subject to heavy tariffs. This vote follows a former complaint in mid-October by Solar World, a German-based company with US branches, calling for heavy countervailing and antidumping duties on Chinese imports.
Solar World claims the Chinese government unfairly boosts solar cell exports through tactics like currency manipulation, preferential loans, cash grants and tax incentives, and proposes heavy importing duties to counteract the alleged negative impact of Chinese imports on the US solar industry.Read more »