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Stories for April 13th 2018

  • Friday, April 13th 2018 - 19:02 UTC

    UK new rules for package holiday sickness cases to deter false claims

    The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) said there were about 35,000 claims over holiday sickness in 2016, a 500% rise since 2013.

    United Kingdom legal costs for package holiday sickness cases will be fixed under new rules aimed at deterring false claims. Similar controls are in place for other personal injury claims, but they will now be extended to cases when holidaymakers seek compensation. The travel industry says claims have mushroomed in recent years despite illness in resorts declining.

  • Friday, April 13th 2018 - 09:17 UTC

    Photo of the year: Venezuelan Ronaldo Schemidt wins the World Press Photo

    José Víctor Salazar appears running surrounded in flames when being reached by a stream of gasoline. Ronaldo Schemidt / Agence France-Presse

    Venezuelan photographer Ronaldo Schemidt received on Thursday the World Press Photo of the year in Amsterdam, one of the most prestigious in photojournalism, for a photograph shot in May 2017 during the protests in Venezuela while working for Agence France-Presse (AFP) . In the photograph a protester appears in flames, in front of a graffiti in which a weapon appears shooting at the word “peace”.

  • Friday, April 13th 2018 - 09:07 UTC

    Juncker insists that Brexit deal must “fully respect” Spain's veto on Gibraltar

    The controversial ‘Clause 24’ veto in the EU’s negotiating purport to grant Spain a say in whether transitional arrangements are extended to include Gibraltar.

    Jean Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, has again underlined the EU’s position that the Brexit deal must “fully respect” the terms of the Gibraltar veto granted to Spain in the bloc’s negotiating guidelines.

  • Friday, April 13th 2018 - 09:03 UTC

    Australia calls off search for woman that fell overboard from P&O Pacific Dawn

    The P&O Pacific Dawn, bound for Brisbane, turned around immediately to search for the woman, operator P&O Cruises said

    Australian authorities have called off a search for a woman who fell overboard from a cruise ship in the Coral Sea. The passenger fell from the Pacific Dawn about 16:00 local time (06:00 GMT) on Thursday, about 300km west of New Caledonia.

  • Friday, April 13th 2018 - 09:03 UTC

    Falklands tourism operators agree 2017/18 was a successful cruise season

    The Falklands' season ended on April 7 with total visitor arrivals for the season at 57,496. Visitors arriving on expedition ships totaled 13,686, up 17%

    Visitor arrivals to the Falkland Islands were up 3.1% compared to the previous tourist season, confirmed Executive Director of the Tourist Board Stephanie Middleton to Penguin News. The Falklands' season ended on April 7 with total visitor arrivals for the season at 57,496. Ms Middleton outlined how, as with last season, it was the expedition vessels that mainly contributed to the hike in numbers.

  • Friday, April 13th 2018 - 08:55 UTC

    Barnier: EU “unanimous solidarity” with the Spanish position on Gibraltar

    Barnier said he was confident that an agreement would be reached to avoid a face-off over Gibraltar’s inclusion in the transition agreement

    The controversial ‘Clause 24’ veto granted to Spain by the European Union in its Brexit negotiating guidelines reflects the “unanimous solidarity” of the remaining EU members with the Spanish position on Gibraltar, the EU’s Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said in an interview.

  • Friday, April 13th 2018 - 08:50 UTC

    UK can still reverse its Brexit decision until 2021, says Michel Barnier

    Barnier  gave Theresa May until December 31 2020 to change her mind on Britain exiting as it withdraws from the EU

    The EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said the UK can reverse its position on leaving the single market and customs union up until the end of the Brexit transition period. The EU official gave Theresa May until December 31 2020 to change her mind on Britain exiting the pair as it withdraws from the EU, saying: “So long as they have not left, during the transition period, everything is still possible.”

  • Friday, April 13th 2018 - 08:44 UTC

    New Zealand bans new offshore exploration and targets a clean energy future

    The decision under Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is a change in direction after nine years of conservative leadership which favored expanding the industry.

    Permits for offshore oil and gas exploration will no longer be issued by the New Zealand Government as part of its commitment to a clean energy future. The move will not affect existing permits for exploration or extraction, meaning the industry is likely to continue in the nation for several more decades.