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Gazprom discusses South Stream contracts

MOSCOW, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Russian officials met with directors to discuss the environmental impact and engineering design contracts for the South Stream pipeline, said Gazprom.

Russian natural gas company Gazprom officials met with top executives from…

Rena officers plead guilty

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 29 (UPI) — The New Zealand government said the master and second officer of the stricken cargo vessel Rena pleaded guilty to 10 of the 11 charges they faced.

Maritime New Zealand announced both officers pleaded guilty t…

Mercosur keen to profit from Arab markets

BRASILIA, Brazil, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Latin America’s Mercosur trade bloc is keen to profit from Arab cash investments and expanding consumer markets while talks with the European Union on a free trade agreement remain stalled, officials said.

Brazilian…

EU urges quicker energy market reforms

BRUSSELS, Feb. 29 (UPI) — Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Estonia are moving too slowly in implementing energy market reforms, the EU says.

The European Commission warned the countries Monday they could be sub…

Black holes’ effects on nearby stars eyed

GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 28 (UPI) — U.S. astronomers say they have identified a curious correlation between the mass of a galaxy’s central black hole and the velocity of stars around it.

A team led by Francesco Tombesi at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Cen…

Keystone XL lacks wetland review

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) — There hasn’t been a study on the effects that part of the Keystone XL oil pipeline would have on southern wetland ecosystems, an advocacy group said.

Canadian pipeline company TransCanada has announced an intention to bui…

London passes more cash to wind sector

LONDON, Feb. 28 (UPI) — The British government awarded a local engineering company with a $1.9 million grant to develop certain components needed for wind turbines.

David Brown Gear Systems won the grant to develop a wind turbine gearbox slated for …

Officials worried by Google privacy policy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Attorneys general in 36 states say they’re concerned over the implications of Google’s new privacy policy, especially for users of Android-powered smartphones.

They’ve sent a strongly worded letter to Google Chief Executi…

Wind farm on hold over bald eagle concerns

RED WING, Minn., Feb. 24 (UPI) — Minnesota regulators say they’ve delayed a proposed wind farm since the developer failed to produce an adequate plan to protect bald eagles and other creatures.

The Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to deny …

Analysts: Android apps cost too much

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) — Software apps in Google’s Android Market are overpriced and that’s a concern for both U.S. users and developers, a Web tech site reports analysts as saying.

Experts at Canalys said top paid-for apps from the Androi…

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