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Government to build up storage of petroleum

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O'POLIS -- The Orioni government has announced the decision to build a strategic storage of petroleum of 5 million tonnes capacity to ensure energy security for the nation. 

"This storage will support the existing storage of petroleum with oil companies and will provide us with an effective emergency response mechanism to oil supply disruptions," said Chairlady Chandra Pristo in a speech to the Sibiseba (English: Assembly).

A group of abali (English: Assembly Member) enquired whether the Council is considering alternate options. Chairlady Pristo replied that the Government has set up a committee led by Energy Councillor Elisa Solna, and with the vice-councillor of petroleum and natural gas as co-chair to address issues relating to energy policy. 

The Chairlady added: "The Committee will go into short, medium and long-term, policies and review such policies ranging across sectors, fuels and regions to enhance the nation’s energy security."

On production of petroleum, she explained: "During the year 2016-2017, Orioni's import dependency to meet the domestic demand of petroleum products was 85%."

To reduce this import dependence, the Government has promised to take steps which include efforts to increase the domestic production of energy by expanding the exploration efforts of new oil fields. This includes exploring new areas, especially in deep water and deeper layers of existing fields. 

How this will impact the ecological balance remains unclear at the moment.

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Security on Gallambrian ship repel pirates off the Bainbridge coast

LAHAINA, Bainbridge Islands -- Security guards aboard a @Gallambria-flagged cargo ship repelled an attack by pirates in a gunbattle off the @Bainbridge Islands (KBI) coast this week, the Orioni naval force in the region said on Thursday. It was the second reported attempt by pirates to seize a commercial ship this month, after a resurgence of attacks during the summer months following two years of constant pressure despite the regular patrols of the Operation Ocean Guard.

On Wednesday, pirates approached and opened fire at the Gallambria-registered freighter MV Prince of Cambria some 140 nautical miles off KBI. The pirates were repelled by the quick and decisive action of private security guards aboard the ship who foiled the attack, the navy said in a statement. Security guards had already moved the civilian crew to safe locations aboard the ship before the actual shooting erupted.

"Due to the deployment of protection measures by the captain, his crew and their private security team, this piracy attack was effectively thwarted. The crew and vessel remain safe," the statement read. "There was a prolonged exchange of gunfire before the pirate skiff with several armed men on board broke off its attack and changed course away from the ship."

The largest reported attack in the Northern Meteorola Sea was in June 2017, when pirates managed to capture the MV Amalas and its crew also off the coast of Lahaina.

Pirates once plagued the Konstantinopoli Sea shipping lanes off southern Europa, with the peak year in 2017. After marine intervention from @Jilderen the piracy actions shifted eastward towards the Meteorolas. Attacks dramatically increased after several early successes, despite foreign navies, including EOS, beginning regular anti-piracy patrols in the area.

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Alert: Prisoner escape in Meda

MEDA -- Police in the eastern city of Meda report that prisoner Warner Habitami escaped during transport his to the courthouse this morning. The escapee is on foot and was last seen on Ajonar Avenue while attempting to steal a car to further his getaway. The street was empty after this night's new year's celebrations, our local correspondent reports. Local police have launched an extensive search of the area in a bid to find Habitami. Police are also warning the public to remain vigilant. It is advised to not leave unattended cars unlocked or with the engine running.

Warner Habitami is a white male with short hear and beard, wearing a regular prison outfit of pink jeans and shirt. He may still be handcuffed in the front. He speaks with an obvious Rohinese accent.

In 2010, Habitami was sentenced to 15 years in prison. During the worst of the financial crisis, according to prosecutors, he had approved the concealment of hundreds of millions in losses in RITZ-scandal. Habitami lied about the value of his bank’s transfer but other bankers behaved far worse. Habitami’s former employer, for one, had revised its past financial statements to account for these losses and more. Surprisingly, he would earn the distinction of being the only financial executive sent to jail for his part in the financial crisis.

Police emphasize these clear instructions:

  • DO NOT leave unattended cars running.
  • Area residents and business, BE VIGILANT while this aggressive search is underway.
  • Should you spot him: Call 1-1-3 with your location and DO NOT APPROACH.
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Kipan granted EOS observer status

EOS Island -- The Entente of Oriental States has granted observer status to the State of @Kipan. Following a decision by the governing council on Sunday, the Aurelian nation can observe the closed-door deliberations of the governing council. This is the first expansion of membership to be approved in 2019.

"There is a natural rapprochement between the Oriental nations, respecting our mission to improve economic development in and around the Oriental Ocean, following the existing EOS’s development mandate," said permanent representative Anna Hackney.

"We welcome this opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Kipanese and enhance our contributions to a more peaceful Eurth," she added. "I've spoken about this with Foreign Minister Masaki Kaneda, and he is confident that President Yamazaki will greenlight this membership status."

This decision will put Kipan on a par with other nations with observer status in the EOS system, such as @Sunset Sea Islands@Cristina@Fleur de Lys@Magnaeus and Deltannia. At the same time, the suspension of  Mantella is still in effect, for reasons related to their recent civil war with Cristina.

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