Chevron nears settlement in Brazil spill case – chicagotribune.com

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 RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Chevron Corp is willing to pay about 300 million reais ($144 million) to settle lawsuits in Brazil over an oil spill last year, a senior executive and a federal prosecutor said on Friday.

The talks over a possible settlement reinforce expectations of a swift resolution for Chevron , the No. 2 U.S. oil company, and its drilling contractor Transocean Ltd.

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Oakley restaurant fined after dishing up food before its time – ContraCostaTimes.com

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 OAKLEY — A high-profile restaurant here that hasn’t yet opened was cited this week for serving food without a permit.

The owner of Carpaccio Ristorante at Main Street and Vintage Parkway will have to pay $2,526 — three times the cost of the food facility permit it’s applied for — before the county will sign off on the document, said Marilyn Underwood, director of Contra Costa Health Services’ Environmental Health Division.

Two inspectors visited the site Wednesday and spoke to owner Manuel Muñoz, who said that some of the food served at the Contra Costa County Mayors’ Conference on Dec. 6 was prepared at his restaurant.

Oakley restaurant fined after dishing up food before its time – ContraCostaTimes.com 

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Woman wins payout after accident at work – Rotherham – Local News – Postcode Gazette

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 A woman has to endure a painful metal frame in her foot for the rest of her life after damaging her ankle when she slipped on a loose wooden pallet at work.

Katrin Weiss was working as an operations manager for Rotherham-based window frame and door manufacturer Bereco Ltd at the time of the accident in February 2011.

She had been asked to stay late to ensure a delivery was dispatched on time and to cover the role of her colleague, who was absent with an illness.

Several packed pallets for delivery had been loaded on to a lorry, but a few loose bundles of handles and frames remained.

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Marina Square and Centrepoint fined by SCDF for fire safety breaches

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Marina Square and Centrepoint fined by SCDF for fire safety breaches: Marina Square and Centrepoint shopping centres were found to have breached fire safety rules during a joint operation by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and police on Friday night.

The SCDF said in a statement on Saturday that Marina Square had, among other things, converted the use of vehicle parking lots to storage areas without the proper approvals.

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2 Tonnes of asbestos found near childcare centres | The Australian

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Tonnes of asbestos found near daycares | The Australian: THE environment watchdog has been called in after two tonnes of asbestos sheeting were found metres from two childcare centres in inner Sydney.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) crews and a hazmat team arrived at Wattle Lane, Ultimo, on Friday night.Two childcare centres are located metres from Wattle Lane: the KU Wattle Lane Children’s Centre and the Magic Pudding centre on McKee Street.FRNSW Inspector Chris Sedgwick said the asbestos material appeared to have been dumped.

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Man in critical condition after cement mixer snagged his sweater and pulled him inside | Windsor Star

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Man in critical condition after cement mixer accident | Windsor Star: A construction worker was clinging to life Friday after a cement mixer snagged his sweater and pulled him inside.

“He was just mixing a batch of cement and he got sucked in the mixer,” said Phil Pinsonneault, who was also working at the construction site. “One of the paddles must have caught him by the sweater or something. Once it catches you, it’s pretty strong, pulls you. So it obviously pulled him right in.”

Windsor police said the 47-year-old man was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

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First-car policy ‘putting people’s health at risk’ – The Nation Bangkok

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First-car policy ‘putting people’s health at risk’ – The Nation: More than 381,184 Bangkok commuters are suffering from respiratory diseases caused by air pollution that has been associated with traffic jams, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration revealed yesterday.
“The volume of cars in the capital has increased the existence of pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide and tiny particles in the air,” BMA Deputy Governor Dr Malinee Sukvejvorakij said.

According to the BMA’s medical division, the number of people suffering from respiratory diseases such as asthma and allergies has risen drastically over the past seven years, with about 20,000 to 30,000 Bangkokians developing symptoms every year.

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Austrian Captain vanishes in Indian Ocean — Austrian Times

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Austrian Captain vanishes in Indian Ocean – General News – Austrian Times Online News – English Newspaper: A ship captain from Laa an der Thaya in Mistelbach in Lower Austria has vanished while en route with a container ship to Malaysia.

The 61-year-old who was described as an experienced captain was last seen on 20 November. When he didn’t turn up for duty the next day a search was made of the ship and it was discovered that he was missing.

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Scaffolding collapses at Yiewsley building site – Uxbridge Gazette

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Scaffolding collapses at Yiewsley building site – Uxbridge Gazette: SCAFFOLDING at a building site in Yiewsley has collapsed, with no-one reported injured.Two vehicles were crushed in the fall, which happened in High Street, Yiewsley, just before 4pm today (Friday).No one has been seriously injured, despite the devastating scene.
High winds are believed to be the cause.

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Autopsy rules InterContinental Hotel smokestack death an accident | abc7chicago.com

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Autopsy rules InterContinental Hotel smokestack death an accident | abc7chicago.com: December 14, 2012 (CHICAGO) —
Authorities say the death of 23-year-old man who fell 22-feet down a Chicago skyscraper smokestack was an accident.
STORY: Man dies after falling into hotel smokestack The Cook County medical examiner released autopsy results Friday for Nicholas Wieme, a native of Pipestone, Minn., who was living in Chicago.

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