September 17th, 2019.
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s son, Flávio, decides to go on a trip to China on the eve of a parliamentary investigation, causing controversy within their own party. Petrobras is trying to keep customers and investors calm, and said that diesel and gas prices will remain steady, even though recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s facilities by Yemeni Houthi drones have caused instability throughout the world. A São Paulo judge rejected corruption charges filed by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office against former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his brother, Friar Chico; according to the judge, the charge lacked all legal elements. A massive blackout has hit Central America after one alleged single power supply line was brought down. Finally, London authorities are planning on channeling heat generated by the London subway to power houses, offices, and leisure centers in that city.
Take a look at our highlights.
Bolsonaro’s son splits party and flies to China
Today, a group of senators will file a Parliamentary Committee of Investigation (CPI) concerning alleged abuse of the Judicial Branch, the “Operation Toga Wash”, a request which in order to be approved would need three of the four PSL Senators. The absence will be Brazilian president’s son, Flávio Bolsonaro. Flávio kept his decision not to support the CPI, a decision which both members of the opposition and government supporters claimed it is due to fear he might be involved in findings. The senator answered by saying the trip is an official and unavoidable commitment assumed by the state of Rio de Janeiro. Several members of his party criticized his decision and are demanding his expulsion from the party.
Petrobras maintains diesel and gas prices, despite international price increases
Despite the increase in oil prices all over the world due to drone attacks on Saudi Arabia production facilities, Petrobras will not be raising gasoline or diesel prices in Brazil. At least for the moment. According to inside information, the state-owned company will be accompanying oil prices during the following days, and even Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro allegedly entered the stage. He is said to have phoned Petrobras president, Roberto Castello Branco, and was told that there would be no immediate pass-through. The main issue is that these attacks have interrupted Saudi production by 5.7 million barrels per day, 5 percent of the worldwide production.
Judge rejects charge against Lula and Friar Chico for ‘Odebrecht allowance’
São Paulo 7th Criminal Court Judge Ali Mazloum rejected the charge filed by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office against former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and his brother, Friar Chico. Both had been accused of corruption charges for allegedly receiving up to R$ 1 million in “allowances” from construction company Odebrecht. According to the judge, the charge did not have all legal elements required to be considered a crime. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office replied arguing that the sums were part of a “pack of undue advantages” offered to the Workers’ Party politician in exchange for several benefits to the company along with the federal government.
Massive blackout hits Central America
A failure left millions of people without electric power for up to two hours on Monday in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The massive blackout was caused by a power supply line which went down in one of the main power transmission lines in Central America. The blackout began around noon, and power was only restored around one hour later. The extent of the blackout is due to the fact that all countries are united by the Central American Integration System (SIEPAC), but Nicaraguan authorities are blaming Honduras for the problem.
Heat generated by London tube will be used to heat 1.3 thousand homes
A pilot project currently being implemented on London subway’s Northern Line will reuse the heat left from the system to warm 1.3 thousand houses in the Islington neighborhood, as well as some offices and leisure centers. The initiative has been devised by Danish engineering company Ramboll, along with the English capital’s Department for Transport, and the Islington public administration. The program, called “waste heat”, is the first of its kind in Europe. Its first stage was able to successfully provide heat to 700 homes, and now the network will be expanded.