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An oil well in Texas owned by Apache Corporation, the object of a failed bid last week from Anadarko Petroleum. Many in the oil industry expect large companies to buy small operators. Credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

HOUSTON — Such is the state of the oil industry these days that there is sometimes nowhere to put the oil. Off the coast of Texas, a line of roughly 40 tankers has formed, waiting to unload their crude or, in some cases, for a willing buyer to come along. Similar scenes are playing out off the coasts of Singapore and China and in the Persian Gulf.

There is little sign that the logjam will ease, as the price of oil continued its yearlong plunge this week, declining by nearly $10 a barrel.

The renewed collapse in crude prices is helping to again drive down gasoline prices for American drivers, to a national average of $2.19 a gallon for regular gasoline on Friday, according to the AAA motor club. That is 9 cents below the price a month ago and 73 cents below the price a year ago.

The slide in oil companies’ fortunes has been significant because of expanded production in Russia, Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states, as well as a slowdown in demand growth in China and the expectation by commodity traders that the Iran nuclear deal will introduce large quantities of oil to the glutted market.


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Something Very Strange Is Taking Place Off The Coast Of Galveston, TX

Having exposed the world yesterday to the 2-mile long line of tankers-full’o’crude heading from Iraq to the US, several weeks after reporting that China has run out of oil storage space we can now confirm that the global crude “in transit” glut is becoming gargantuan and is starting to have adverse consequences on the price of oil.

While the crude oil tanker backlog in Houston reaches an almost unprecedented 39 (with combined capacity of 28.4 million barrels), as The FT reports that from China to the Gulf of Mexico, the growing flotilla of stationary supertankers is evidence that the oil price crash may still have further to run, as more than 100m barrels of crude oil and heavy fuels are being held on ships at sea (as the year-long supply glut fills up available storage on land). The storage problems are so severe in fact, that traders asking ships to go slow, and that is where we see something very strange occurring off the coast near Galveston, TX.

FT reports that “the amount of oil at sea is at least double the levels of earlier this year and is equivalent to more than a day of global oil supply. The numbers of vessels has been compiled by the Financial Times from satellite tracking data and industry sources.”
The storage glut is unprecedented:
Off Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, Asia’s main oil hub, around 35m barrels of crude and shipping fuel are being stored on 14 VLCCs.
“A lot of the storage off Singapore is fuel oil as the contango is stronger,” said Petromatrix analyst Olivier Jakob. Fuel oil is mainly used in shipping and power generation.
Off China, which is on course to overtake the US as the world’s largest crude importer, five heavily laden VLCCs — each capable of carrying more than 2m barrels of oil — are parked near the ports of Qingdao, Dalian and Tianjin.
In Europe, a number of smaller tankers are facing short-term delays at Rotterdam and in the North Sea, where output is near a two-year high. In the Mediterranean a VLCC has been parked off Malta since September.


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Forest / Wild Fire in Indonesia on Monday, 02 November, 2015 at 03:56 (03:56 AM) UTC.

About 200 climbers are trapped were reported trapped after forest fire in Selo District sector on Mount Merapi, Central Java. Tempo gathered information that fire first appeared around 9 am Sunday, November 1, on a cliff around Pos 1, then the fire began to spread but not close the climbing lane. Head of Disaster Management Operation Control Center (Pusdalops) of the Boyolali Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) Kurniawan Fajar Prasetyo said together with a SAR team and local residents, they are trying to evacuate the climbers. “We are trying that all hikers can go down,” he said Sunday. According to Kurniawan, about 300 climbers went off, most of them departed from the Barameru Post, Selo, on Friday last week. So far around 100 people have been evacuated. Kurniawan said, health condition of the climbers that were evacuated are well. Some of them immediately return to their homes, some of them are staying to wait for their friends who are still trapped. While evacuating climbers, officers are fighting fire around Post 1. Kurniawan said if fire is not immediately extinguished, it could expand and close the climbing lane. Cause and the extent of the fire is not immediately known.


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Indonesian Forest Fires Have Been Burning Since August

Posted: 02/11/2015 16:07 AEST Updated: 2 hours ago

Millions of acres of pristine, irreplaceable and invaluable Indonesian forest has been reduced to smouldering blackened ash, as 100,000 fires rage through the island region.

The sheer size and scale of the fire crisis is difficult to properly comprehend. Some of these fires have been burning since August, torching forest eons old and blanketing Papua, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and countless islands of Indonesia in thick grey hazy smoke.

The World Resources Institute reports a staggering 127,000 fires have been reported in the region in 2015, the majority sparking and taking off in recent months.

Pictures from NASA’s Earth Observatory, show the extent of smoke from the fires — these images were taken over Borneo.

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Earlier in October, Indonesia’s Forestry Ministry reported 4.2 million acres of forest had been burnt out, a figure which is sure to have risen since first reported.

Carbon emissions from the fires, at their peak, surpassed emissions belched out by the entire United States of America. More than half a million people have reported respiratory problems.


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Fifth death linked to Hepatitis C outbreak at SGH


A medical review committee chaired by an external senior hepatologist has found that a hepatitis C infection could not be ruled out as a contributing factor to the death of a fifth patient following a viral outbreak of hepatitis C at the Singapore General Hospital, local media reported on Monday.


Biological Hazard Singapore Capital City, Singapore [Singapore General Hospital] Damage level Details


Biological Hazard in Singapore on Tuesday, 20 October, 2015 at 05:07 (05:07 AM) UTC.

A medical review committee chaired by an external senior hepatologist has found that a hepatitis C infection could not be ruled out as a contributing factor to the death of a fifth patient following a viral outbreak of hepatitis C at the Singapore General Hospital, local media reported on Monday. The hospital had revealed the viral outbreak in its renal wards earlier this month, saying that four of the eight deaths out of the 22 affected patients had been linked to the viral infection. A fifth death had been under investigation then, and may now also be linked to the hepatitis C infection. “The committee concluded that the patient passed away from end-stage renal disease and pneumonia. While the death was not caused directly by hepatitis C virus, the committee could not rule out the possibility that hepatitis C virus infection could have been a contributing factor,” TODAYonline reported SGH Medical Board chairman Professor Fong Kok Yong saying. Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong said on Saturday that international experts will be invited to advise the Independent Review Committee investigating the outbreak, so as to ensure that the review is thoroughly done. “The Committee will also look at the processes in both SGH and the Ministry of Health to identify whether there are any gaps and areas that we can improve upon so that we can strengthen our system,” Mr Gan told The Straits Times. The hospital had previously contacted almost 1,000 people for hepatitis C screenings. 484 patients and 294 hospital employees have tested negative. The test results for 88 other cases are still pending. More tests will be done as the hospital schedules appointments for more patients, as well as for hospital staff currently on overseas leave.
Biohazard name: Hepatitis C (outbreak)
Biohazard level: 3/4 High
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which vaccines or other treatments exist, such as anthrax, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, SARS virus, variola virus (smallpox), tuberculosis, typhus, Rift Valley fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Among parasites Plasmodium falciparum, which causes Malaria, and Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes trypanosomiasis, also come under this level.
Status: confirmed


Hepatitis C could have contributed to death of 5th patient, says SGH

Hepatitis C could have contributed to death of 5th patient, says SGH
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Medical review committee could not rule out hep C infection as a contributing factor in patient’s death
Published: 10:33 PM, October 19, 2015
Updated: 1:29 AM, October 20, 2015

SINGAPORE — Hepatitis C virus infection could have been a contributing factor in the death of a fifth patient affected by the outbreak at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

In a update today (Oct 19), the hospital said that the medical review committee chaired by an external senior hepatologist has completed its investigation and found that the patient died from end-stage renal disease and pneumonia but hepatitis C infection could not be ruled out as a contributing factor in the death.

When it broke the news of the outbreak on Oct 6, SGH had said four of the eight deaths among the 22 patients affected are possibly linked to hepatitis C infection. The hospital had also said a fifth death was under review then. Its update today refers to this patient.

Professor Fong Kok Yong, chairman of SGH’s Medical Board, said: “The committee concluded that the patient passed away from end-stage renal disease and pneumonia. While the death was not caused directly by hepatitis C virus, the committee could not rule out the possibility that hepatitis C virus infection could have been a contributing factor.”


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Jyoti Singh Pandey father

Her name was Jyoti Singh Pandey.

She was a 23-year-old medical school graduate. She was physically attacked and gang raped in Delhi, India, while riding on a bus home. Her attackers shoved a metal rod inside her, so badly damaging her insides that her intestines needed to be removed. Doctors in Singapore, where she had been flown for treatment, could not save her from her injuries, and she died on December 28.

Today her father has come forward with her name, Jyoti Singh Pandey.  He does not want his daughter to die an anonymous victim.


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An Indian protester holds a placard during a protest.
An Indian protester holds a placard during a protest.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Indian protesters hold placards as they protest against the attack and police response.   (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)


Woman Dies After a Gang Rape That Galvanized India



NEW DELHI — A young woman who had been in critical condition since she was raped two weeks ago by a group of men who lured her onto a bus here died early Saturday, an official at the hospital in Singapore that was caring for her said.

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Two weeks after she was raped, an Indian woman died at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

The woman, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student whose rape on Dec. 16 had served as a reminder of the dangerous conditions women face in India, died “peacefully,” according to a statement by Dr. Kelvin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

The woman, whose intestines were removed because of injuries caused by a metal rod used during the rape, has not been identified. She was flown to Singapore on Wednesday night after undergoing three operations at a local hospital.

“The patient had remained in an extremely critical condition,” the statement said, adding, “She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome.”

The police have arrested six people in connection with the attack, Indian officials said.

Revulsion and anger over the rape have galvanized India, where women regularly face sexual harassment and assault, and where neither the police nor the judicial system is seen as adequately protecting them. Angry protesters thronged central Delhi after the attack was made public and assembled in other major cities, demanding better protection from the police and better treatment over all for women. Some protesters and politicians have called for the death penalty for rapists.

Top officials now say that further change is needed.


Ex-Singapore Banker, Chan Ming Fon, Charged in U.S. Over Olympus Fraud

Ex-Singapore Banker Charged in U.S. Over Olympus Fraud
By David Glovin – Dec 20, 2012 4:56 PM PT

Chan Ming Fon was arrested in Los Angeles yesterday and faces U.S. fraud charges in New York, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney in New York City, said in a statement. Chan, a citizen of Taiwan who lives in Singapore, made an initial appearance in federal court in Los Angeles yesterday.
Enlarge image Ex-Singapore Banker Charged in U.S. in Olympus Fraud
According to U.S. prosecutors, former Singapore banker Chan Ming Fon’s involvement in the $1.7 billion accounting fraud ran from 2004 to 2010.
Olympus, a Tokyo-based camera and endoscope maker, restated five years of earnings last year and took a $1.3 billion cut in its net assets after admitting it paid inflated fees on takeovers and overpaid for three Japanese companies to conceal past investment losses. On Sept. 25, former Olympus executives including ex-Chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa pleaded guilty in Japan to hiding losses in one of Japan’s biggest frauds.
“Chan Ming Fon was handsomely paid to play an international shell game with hundreds of millions of dollars of assets in order to allow Olympus to keep a massive accounting fraud going for years, duping its auditors and shareholders,” Bharara said in the statement.
The 13-year accounting fraud at the world’s biggest maker of endoscopes was exposed last year by former President Michael Woodford, who was dismissed in October 2011 after publicly questioning fees paid by Olympus for takeovers.

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Philippines allows export of dolphins to Singapore

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Manila (AFP)

The Philippine government said Thursday it has approved the export of 25 show dolphins to Singapore after a ban on their transport to a giant casino chain was lifted.

Animal rights activists filed a civil suit against the government last week, preventing the export of the animals to Resorts World Sentosa.

They alleged the capture of the bottlenose dolphins from the Solomon Islands, as well as their transport to Singapore after being trained, violated an international treaty on the trade of endangered animals and plants.

The case was later transferred to another court, which lifted the travel ban on Wednesday.

Theresa Concepcion, Asia head of the animal rights group Earth Island Institute, said it planned to appeal the latest ruling on Friday.

“This is a sad day for dolphins. The lifting of the (court injunction) means we can now trade in any species even if this would affect the survival of these species in the wild,” she told AFP.

The dolphins had been captured in the waters of the Solomons, according to Concepcion, and were shipped away to be trained at a marine entertainment park in the Philippines between December 2008 and January 2011.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources chief Asis Perez said the government agency granted an export permit for the dolphins last week, but the first court action temporarily suspended it.

“The restraining order has been lifted, so they are free to export them,” Perez told AFP.

The latest ruling by regional trial court judge Evangeline Marigomen said: “The… petitioners have not proved any violation of law committed by the concerned government agencies.”

Perez said the owners had not told the Philippine government when it planned to transfer the animals to Singapore.

The company’s Manila lawyer was unavailable for comment on Thursday.

Resorts World Sentosa put out a statement in Singapore on Wednesday saying it looked forward to the dolphins’ arrival.

“Our dolphins are doing well under the care of our team of experienced experts, and we look forward to welcoming them to Singapore,” it said.

It disputed the animal rights groups’ allegations, insisting it had contravened no international treaties in acquiring the dolphins.

Swiss-based conservation group International Union for the Conservation of Nature said on its website that bottlenose dolphins were “widespread and abundant”.

However Earth Island argued in court that the Solomon Islands’ ban on dolphin hunting in its waters imposed this year showed that the local population was under threat.


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