National / International News

Tony Benn - a tribute

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 08:16
Tony Benn: from slick face of Labour to veteran campaigner

VIDEO: Pistorius trial day 10 - in 60 seconds

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:50
On the 10th day of the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, retired Police Colonel Schoombie van Rensburg has been questioned about evidence at the crime scene.

Week in pictures: 8-14 March 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:46
Some of the best news photos from the week

Tory grandees warn over 40p tax rate

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:46
Former Conservative Chancellors Lord Lawson and Lord Lamont warn too many people are paying the 40p tax rate and urge George Osborne to act.

Morrisons hit by massive data theft

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:44
The majority of staff at Morrisons have been affected by the theft of payroll data, the company has said.

New York blast site rescue continues

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:41
Rescue operations continue two days after a gas leak and explosion demolished two buildings in New York City, killing eight and injuring scores.

US-Russia in Ukraine crisis talks

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:39
US and Russian envoys hold key talks in London on the Ukraine crisis, as Sunday's disputed referendum in Crimea looms.

VIDEO: Williams and Short's memories of Benn

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:35
Shirley Williams and Clare Short share their memories of the late Tony Benn.

BP signs deal to get back in the game

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:34

BP has inked a big deal with the Environmental Protection Agency. Beginning next week, the global energy company will be allowed to bid on leases to drill for oil on territory controlled by the U.S. government, including the Gulf of Mexico. 

In 2012, on the heels of the Deepwater Horizon spill, BP was barred from doing business with the federal agencies. Since then, it has continued to operate ten rigs in the gulf.

“The region is extremely important,” says Matthew Jurecky, the head of oil and gas research for a consulting firm called Global Data, noting he wasn’t surprised the BP ban was lifted, because he always assumed it was “temporary and conditional.”

“They’ve been one of the top producers, responsible for many of the largest projects in the gulf,” he says.

In 2010, four billion barrels of oil poured from one of BP’s deepwater wells into the gulf. Since then, the company has paid more than $3 billion in fines and penalties.

“After the oil disaster, BP’s bottom line was hit quite hard,” says Christopher Knittel, the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

According to Knittel, the timing of this announcement isn’t coincidental.  In New Orleans next week, at an event in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is scheduled to auction off lease rights to millions of acres off the gulf coast.

“I imagine BP will use this as an opportunity to expand operations,” Knittel says. The company has committed to spending $40 billion in the region over the next decade.

In the administration agreement BP signed with the EPA, it has agreed to more monitoring. Among other things, it will have to hire independent auditors to oversee its operations. 

BP can now bid on leases to drill for oil on government land

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:34

BP has inked a big deal with the Environmental Protection Agency. Beginning next week, the global energy company will be allowed to bid on leases to drill for oil on territory controlled by the U.S. government, including the Gulf of Mexico. 

In 2012, on the heels of the Deepwater Horizon spill, BP was barred from doing business with the federal agencies. Since then, it has continued to operate ten rigs in the gulf.

“The region is extremely important,” says Matthew Jurecky, the head of oil and gas research for a consulting firm called Global Data, noting he wasn’t surprised the BP ban was lifted, because he always assumed it was “temporary and conditional.”

“They’ve been one of the top producers, responsible for many of the largest projects in the gulf,” he says.

In 2010, four billion barrels of oil poured from one of BP’s deepwater wells into the gulf. Since then, the company has paid more than $3 billion in fines and penalties.

“After the oil disaster, BP’s bottom line was hit quite hard,” says Christopher Knittel, the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

According to Knittel, the timing of this announcement isn’t coincidental.  In New Orleans next week, at an event in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is scheduled to auction off lease rights to millions of acres off the gulf coast.

“I imagine BP will use this as an opportunity to expand operations,” Knittel says. The company has committed to spending $40 billion in the region over the next decade.

In the administration agreement BP signed with the EPA, it has agreed to more monitoring. Among other things, it will have to hire independent auditors to oversee its operations. 

BBC Three show denies censorship

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:26
BBC Three claims a discussion about homosexuality in the Muslim community, on a recent edition of Free Speech, was pulled because of security concerns.

Huth out for season after knee op

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 07:12
Stoke boss Mark Hughes confirms Robert Huth will miss the rest of the season following a knee operation.

Suspect device was 'booby trap bomb'

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 06:58
An under-car, booby trap bomb is made safe following a security alert in south Belfast on Friday.

VIDEO: Gorilla born by Caesarean section

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 06:56
San Diego Zoo Safari Park releases footage of a newborn gorilla which was delivered by a rare Caesarean section after complications arose during labour.

PM in tax pledge to No vote Scotland

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 06:54
The Prime Minister David Cameron tells the Scottish Conservative conference he backs greater tax powers to Holyrood in the event of an independence No vote.

Painter stuck halfway up lighthouse

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 06:52
A 50-year-old man is taken to hospital after he got stuck halfway up the outside of a lighthouse in County Down.

Navy torpedo fired into wharf

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 06:49
A dummy torpedo was accidentally fired from a Royal Navy warship into a dockyard wharf during a training exercise, it emerges.

Site ordered to remove Sarkozy tapes

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 06:43
A French court orders a news website to remove files of secretly taped conversations involving Nicolas Sarkozy during his time as president.

Indian Ocean search for missing jet

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 06:32
The US sends search crews to the Indian Ocean, after claims emerge that the missing Malaysian airliner may have flown longer than thought.

Obama orders deportation review

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-14 06:30
US President Barack Obama directs his top homeland security official to review how to enforce the nation's immigration laws "more humanely".

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