Cidade de São Mateus Death Toll Rises to Nine

first_imgzoom The remaining three missing crew of the FPSO unit Cidade de São Mateus have been recovered after almost three weeks , the vessel’s operator BW Offshore confirmed.With the recovered bodies the total number of fatalities from the explosion that occurred on board the FPSO on February 11th stands at nine.There were 74 workers on board at the time of the blast.BW Offshore said that two crew members remain in hospital, receiving medical attention and their condition is reported to be stable.“The rescue efforts of the past several days have now ended and all our men are accounted for. There is finally closure for the families of those we have lost. There will be continued efforts to provide the necessary support to the crew and families whose lives have been changed forever by this tragedy,” said BW Offshore’s CEO Carl Arnet.“Our focus continues on getting to the root cause of the incident. We are also in discussions about reinstating the unit and finding continued employment for our crew”, he added.Brazilian oil regulator ANP said that the explosion was caused by a gas leak in one of the machinery spaces.ANP said that the total number of injured in the blast was 26. The regulator has launched an investigation into the causes of the incident and potential breach of safety procedures.The unit is operated for Petrobras by BW Offshore on the Camarupim and Camarupim Norte fields in Espirito Santo littoral approximately 120 km from the coast.last_img read more

Canada invited to join Pacific trade talks

LOS CABOS, Mexico — Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves the G20 summit in Mexico with an invite to pull up a chair at major trade talks, and the satisfaction of knowing other world leaders heeded his call for Europe to take bold action to get its economic house in order.The two-day summit in the Baja California peninsula was set to close Tuesday with leaders of the world’s 20 most important economies urging their European counterparts to break the vicious circle of debt-burdened banks and cash-strapped countries.“Euro area members of the G20 will take all necessary policy measures to safeguard the integrity and stability of the area, improve the functioning of financial markets and break the feedback loop between sovereigns and banks,” according to a draft communique that has been making the rounds at the summit.Harper has been vocal in urging the Europeans to move swiftly to contain their debt crisis once and for all. The prime minister’s calls for action rankled some Europeans, who did not appreciate a lecture from Harper on how to balance their cheque books.That frustration boiled over when the head of the European Commission lashed out at those who try to tell the continent what to do but refuse to chip in any more money for a rainy-day rescue fund.“Frankly, we are not coming here to receive lessons in terms of democracy and in terms of how to run an economy because the European Union has a model that we may be very proud of,” Jose Manuel Barroso said Monday.[np-related]“We are not complacent about the difficulties. We are extremely open. I wish that all our partners were so open about their own difficulties. We are extremely open and we are engaging our partners but we are certainly not coming here to receive lessons.”Canada and the United States have refused to pledge any more money to the International Monetary Fund. The IMF is trying to raise $430-billion in case the economy tanks.The European debt crisis loomed over the Los Cabos summit. People here breathed a sigh of relief this past weekend when Greek voters elected a new government that intends to keep the indebted Mediterranean nation in group of countries that use the euro as a common currency. A rival party had threatened to tear up Greece’s huge bailout deal, which could have led to the country getting kicked out of the 17-member eurozone.But even though Europe was at the top of everyone’s mind at the summit, behind the scenes Canadian officials were trying to wrap up a long-standing negotiation with the Americans.Canadian officials met late into Monday night with representatives from the United States. The prime minister followed up Tuesday morning with a one-on-one meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama.Harper then announced Canada has been asked to sit at the negotiating table for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.“Opening new markets and creating new business opportunities leads to jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” the prime minister said in a statement.“A TPP agreement will enhance trade in the Asia-Pacific region and will provide greater economic opportunity for Canadians and Canadian businesses.”The announcement came a day after G20 host nation Mexico was invited to join the talks.Nine countries are currently negotiating a free-trade pact that many feel will have more economic strength than the North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada and Mexico will join the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei in the trade talks.The deal became even more attractive with Canada and Mexico now in the picture. The 11-country trade market now swells to 658 million people and a gross domestic product of $20.5-trillion.With such a potentially lucrative trade opportunity dangling tantalizingly off their western shores, it’s no wonder Canadian officials stepped up their lobbying of the Obama administration to allow Canada into the talks.But Canada’s trade restrictions on dairy and poultry products presented the biggest obstacle to joining the talks. Canada has a supply-management system that controls milk and egg prices while setting prohibitively high tariffs on imports.Queen’s University professor and trade expert Robert Wolfe said Canada’s entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership shows economic power is shifting toward Asia.“The emergence of China as a major player in all dimensions of global life — economic, diplomatic, military, cultural and environmental — motivates the current re-orientation of Canadian trade policy strategy,” Wolfe said in a statement.The Canadian Press read more

Cambridge Footlights president resigns amid diversity row

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Stephen Fry began his comedy career in the Cambridge Footlights in 1981Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA While Ms Keane recommended that democratic elections were introduced to appoint such a body, others argued that there was not sufficient time to organise the elections and change the society’s constitution.The bitter row has prompted what is thought to be the first reorganisation of the society in many years.In an internal email, seen by The Daily Telegraph, remaining committee members announced the introduction of “general accessibility discussion groups”, intended to address gender and class imbalances in the society. While new committee members will still be directly appointed, elections are expected to be held next year. In minutes from a subsequent “open discussion group”, Cambridge students expressed concerns that “the comedy that the Footlights committee are interested in tends to not be done by BME people”.Plans were drawn up to turn the committee – who are currently the only official ‘Footlights’ and the only members who can perform at events without auditioning – into an administrative body.center_img A feud has broken out at prestigious Cambridge University comedy society the Footlights, leading the president to quit claiming her committee refused to hold democratic elections to increase diversity.Ruby Keane said that she “cannot criticise the Footlights while [she] is still its President”, and so left the group to raise her concerns about the lack of BME representation on the club’s committee.The move follows a protracted debate over elitism within the Footlights, which counts Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson among its alumni.The row began when Ms Keane criticising the gender balance of a student comedy night on Facebook. Her comments were met with counter-accusations that the Footlights had no ethnic minority students on its ten-strong committee.One student, Hasan Al-Habib, said that the society’s annual comedy event for ethnic minority performers was “the metaphorical equivalent of Footlights’ ‘black best friend’”, Varsity reported last month. Stephen Fry who along with Steven Moffat and Bernie Sanders are among the star BBC bookings announced for this year's Hay Festivallast_img read more