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EU court sets US privacy pact ruling for Oct. 6

LUXEMBOURG: The  European Court of Justicewill deliver its ruling next Tuesday on a complaint about privacy on Facebook that has major implications for a data protection agreement between the EU and United States. Judgment in the case has been set for Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. (0730 GMT), a court spokesman said in a statement. Last week, the court’s adviser ...

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India delays implementation of bigger tobacco pack warnings

India has decided to delay implementation of bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging by a year until April 2016, as pressure mounts on New Delhi to take urgent steps to reduce tobacco consumption which kills up to 900,000 people a year.   NEW DELHI: India has decided to delay implementation of bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging by a year ...

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UK scientists start stem cell trial of potential blindness cure

LONDON: The first patient has been treated in Britain in a pioneering trial of a new treatment co-developed by Pfizer and derived from embryonic stem cells designed for patients with a condition that can cause blindness. Specialists at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital said the operation, described as “successful”, was the first of 10 planned for participants in a trial of ...

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Offshore Wind a Threat to Gannets?

With about four percent of its population using offshore wind power, the U.K. is arguably the world leader in clean energy. But a new study suggests that the U.K.’s aims to harness renewable energy could have an unintended negative environmental impact. Researchers at the universities of Leeds, Exter and Glasgow have released a study suggesting that offshore wind farms could ...

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IMO Welcomes Adoption of Sustainable Development Goals

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the U.N. as an ambitious set of targets with the potential to transform the world. “I truly believe that the sustainable development goals provide a clear pathway for the future of the world. Along the way ...

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Gazprom Acts on Home-Grown Spares Strategy

The Barents Observer reported last week that the Russian Ministry of Energy has openly expressing concern about safety, security and progress in offshore development as a result of a lack of spare parts. However, one player in the industry, Gazprom, has issued a statement about its homegrown part strategy. According to the ministry, Russian companies might lack as many as ...

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Low-Carbon Project Launched in Singapore

The Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project (GloMEEP), which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping, was formally launched on Monday September 28 in Singapore, at the IMO-Singapore Future-Ready Shipping 2015 conference. This Global Environment Facility (GEF)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/IMO project, formally designated “Transforming the Global Maritime Transport Industry towards a Low Carbon Future ...

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China to Launch National Emissions Trading Scheme

President Xi Jinping has announced plans for an emissions trading scheme whilst on a state visit to Washington. The announcement was made as Xi and Barack Obama issued a U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change. The statement describes a common vision for a new global climate agreement to be concluded in Paris at COP21 this December. In the statement, ...

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MHI Divides Shipbuilding Business

On October 1 two new wholly owned group companies of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will commence business operations. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. will handle ship constructions, while Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Hull Production Co., Ltd. will manufacture hull blocks. By making full use of the diverse resources cultivated at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, the two new companies ...

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Bill Gates Foundation Trust Sues Petrobras

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust has sued Brazil’s Petrobras to recoup stock losses stemming from a corruption scandal at the state-run oil company. According to a complaint filed late Thursday night in federal court in Manhattan, Petrobras’ “pervasive bribery and money laundering scheme” caused the trust and another plaintiff, WGI Emerging Markets Fund LLC, to lose tens of ...

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