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Signing of new US construction law takes place a year after Berkeley balcony tragedy

Bill 465 introduced after campaign from families of Irish students killed and injured Tracy Garza in Sacramento A little over a year since the Berkeley balcony collapse that killed six students and left another seven critically wounded, California governor Jerry Brown on… Source: Signing of new US construction law takes place a year after Berkeley balcony tragedy Read More »

What Europe can learn from Spain

Outrage over Spain’s political gridlock could push the Continent to overcome its own static politics. By RICHARD YOUNGS The eurozone’s fourth-largest economy is in a desperately precarious position. By the time a likely third election is held in December, Spain will have been without a… Source: What Europe can learn from Spain – POLITICO Read More »

After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports

The seizure of Libya’s main pre-2013 oil terminals by an opposition force is a blow to the authority of Libya’s fledgling UN-backed Presidency Council. Claudia Gazzini But smart compromises might help restart the flow of oil, as Crisis Group’s Senior Libya analyst Claudia Gazzini explains in this Q… Source: After Libya’s Oil Grab, Compromise Could Lead to a Restart of Exports | International Crisis Group Read More »

Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

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Exclusive: MPs and activists want BP’s exploration licences to be suspended over ‘very critical safety issue’ identified by US regulators Michael Slezak Oil rigs poised to begin drilling in the Great Australian Bight could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a “catastrophic incident” like the… Source: Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Large-scale solar to triple after what could be Arena’s final renewable energy grants

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Greens urge Labor to oppose $1bn cut to Australian Renewable Energy Agency, removing its future capacity for grants Michael Slezak A giant surge of investment in renewable energy has been sparked by what might be the last grants made by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, as the… Source: Large-scale solar to triple after what could be Arena’s final renewable energy grants | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Ord Valley seasonal workers return home to East Timor

A group of men from East Timor have returned home after spending 16 weeks working on farms in the Kimberley’s Ord Irrigation Scheme. Employed through the Seasonal Worker Program, the team of 10 have been busy doing a number of jobs including stick-picking, and weeding crops such as chia and… Source: Ord Valley seasonal workers return home to East Timor – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

BP chief executive: We have no plans to quit the Russian market

On the sidelines of the 2016 Eastern Economic Forum RBTH sat down with Robert Dudley, the BP chief executive, to discuss sanctions and Russia’s ambitious energy projects… Source: BP chief executive: We have no plans to quit the Russian market | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

National investment banks: a radical proposal?

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National investment banks haven’t always proved a success. JOHN MARLOW Can they be implemented as part of a left-wing economic programme?… Source: National investment banks: a radical proposal? | openDemocracy Read More »

The Cost of Keeping Companies in the United States

How should we stop corporations from leaving the United States, as both presidential candidates have vowed to do? By BRENT GLOVER and OLIVER LEVINE After Pfizer announced this year that it wanted to merge with the Ireland-based Allergan in a maneuver known as a corporate inversion, the Obama administration put in new tax rules that effectively scuttled the deal… Source: The Cost of Keeping Companies in the United States – The New York Times Read More »

Israel Courts Foreign Money in Effort to Become Gas Exporter

LONDON — Israel’s energy minister laid on the charm as he spoke to a few dozen oil executives, contractors and analysts in a crowded hotel conference room about the country’s natural gas prospects. By STANLEY REED  He crowed that the country could one day be a top supplier to Europe, while explaining how multinationals in other industries were already… Source: Israel Courts Foreign Money in Effort to Become Gas Exporter – The New York Times Read More »

UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea

East Timor hopes a UN Conciliation Commission hearing in The Hague, which started on Monday, will help solve a feud with neighbouring Australia over maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea. East Timor started the compulsory conciliation process, conducted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in April. A five-member panel of independent conciliators will try to help the… Source: UN hearing puts spotlight on Timor Sea | Natural Gas Daily Read More »

Apple and the need for an EU-US reboot 

The decision adds to a list of transatlantic grievances. By PIERRE BRIANÇON PARIS — Europe and the U.S. will not start a diplomatic war over their latest dispute, the EU’s €13 billionApple smackdown, but they may have to resort to a classic computer fix to get rid of glitches in the… Source: Apple and the need for an EU-US reboot – POLITICO Read More »

John McManus: Why we have no right to spend Apple’s €13bn

The money does not belong to us and we should give it back to its owners John McManus One thing that seems to be taken for granted in the debate about what to do about with the putative Apple windfall is that the €13 billion in question is our money and… Source: John McManus: Why we have no right to spend Apple’s €13bn Read More »

The war on cash | openDemocracy

Banks, governments and fintech evangelists all hail a ‘cashless future’ as both inevitable and good. BRETT SCOTT  But this isn’t a frictionless utopia; it means that banks mediate our lives to an ever-greater extent. Source: The war on cash | openDemocracy Read More »

Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West

By Nigar Abbasova Turkmenistan, an energy-rich Central Asian nation with abundant hydrocarbon reserves, is keen to diversify the routes of its gas export. Being the sixth in the world for the volume of natural gas reserves, the former Soviet republic is considering Europe as one of the most promising markets for the… Source: Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West Read More »

EU to find Apple owes Ireland billions in back taxes

Government to embark on aggressive campaign to rebut the commission’s findings Pat Leahy and Cliff Taylor The European Commission will in the morning find that Apple owes the Irish State “billions of euros” in back taxes when it rules that the… Source: EU to find Apple owes Ireland billions in back taxes Read More »