Thursday, July 21st 2016 - 08:17 UTC

Falklands: Le Boréal 2015 engine-room fire ignited by clogged fuel filter, says report

The report says the fire in Le Boréal was due to a clogged fuel filter element, which was disassembled under pressure by a crewmember and thus started leaking fuel.

French maritime authorities have released the engine room fire incident report of cruise Le Boreal on 17 November 2015, which forced the air evacuation of some 90 passengers and crew to the Falkland Islands, while the rest were transferred to her sister ship L'Áustral. According to the report the fire was due to a clogged fuel filter element, which was disassembled under pressure by a crewmember and thus started leaking fuel.

Thursday, July 21st 2016 - 08:07 UTC

PM May announces in Germany negotiations for an “orderly departure” from EU this year

PM May said UK was in no rush to trigger the exit process, which  although “this would not please everyone” it was right to hold off until the UK “objectives were clear”.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK will not begin official negotiations on leaving the EU this year as she held talks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel. Speaking in Berlin on Wednesday, the PM said securing a “sensible and orderly departure” from the EU would take time, but she insisted the UK would not “walk away” from Europe and wanted to retain the “closest economic links”.

Thursday, July 21st 2016 - 07:29 UTC

Brazil leaves rate unchanged at 14.25%; stubborn inflation despite recession

The bank's new governor Ilan Goldfajn, who took office in June, warned of lingering risks to reaching that goal, including the persistently high inflation

Brazil's central bank, with its recently appointed president, kept interest rates on hold for the eighth consecutive meeting on Wednesday as expected, despite a deep recession, as the new board cited concern about stubbornly high inflation and uncertainty surrounding economic reforms.

Thursday, July 21st 2016 - 07:20 UTC

Gibraltar begins domestic round of assessment to determine impact of no access to EU membership

CM Picardo is asking all ministers to look at every sphere of their ministerial responsibilities and report back to him and to the Deputy CM by the end of August.

The Gibraltar government has started an assessment to determine the impact of not having access to membership of the European Union and of the consequences of an exit. The assessment will look at every area of government business with Chief Minister Fabian Picardo asking all ministers to look at every sphere of their ministerial responsibilities and report back to him and to the Deputy Chief Minister by the end of August.

Thursday, July 21st 2016 - 07:12 UTC

UK pledges a consultative process on Brexit between London and BOTs

BOT leaders meeting in Turks and Caicos: MLA Roger Edwards and Gibraltar's CM Fabian Picardo, second and third from the left

Leaders from the British Overseas Territories meeting in the Turks and Caicos Islands, TCI, this week heard that the UK will not forget them once it begins its negotiations to exit the European Union, according to the Caribbean media.

Thursday, July 21st 2016 - 07:09 UTC

Baroness Anelay new Foreign Office minister for Overseas Territories

Baroness Anelay was appointed Minister of State at the FCO in August 2014. In July she was given additional responsibility for International Development.

Baroness Joyce Anne Anelay is the new Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for the British Overseas Territories. On 19 July the UK Government announced Baroness Anelay’s appointment in the Theresa May-led administration. She replaces James Duddridge.

Wednesday, July 20th 2016 - 05:25 UTC

Falklands must be involved in a tripartite dialogue, if Argentina's new policy is to be positive

“If you are willing to integrate the point of view of Falklanders, if they are part of any discussions relative to their lives and future, then this is positive”, said Picardo.

Argentina's collaboration strategy towards the UK and the Falkland Islands, if it means integrating the Islanders in any discussions relative to their lives and future, which is only of their concern, “this is positive”, according to Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo, interviewed by Argentina's official news agency Telam.

Wednesday, July 20th 2016 - 03:56 UTC

Theresa May begins tour of European capitals: Wednesday with Merkel, Thursday with Hollande

Mrs. May said maintaining strong trading links in Europe was vital to ensuring the UK “made a success” of Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday will take off for her first tour of European capitals visiting Germany and France where she anticipated discussions about the UK leaving the EU must be “frank and open”. The prime minister will have a working dinner with Germany's Angela Merkel on Wednesday before talks with France's Francois Hollande on Thursday.

Wednesday, July 20th 2016 - 03:50 UTC

Rajoy closer to forming a coalition; ally gets speaker's job defeating Socialists

Ana Pastor was elected in the first post-election session of parliament, gaining 169 votes, ahead of Socialist lawmaker Patxi Lopez, who got 155 votes.

Lawmakers on Tuesday picked a close ally of Mariano Rajoy as parliamentary speaker as Spain's acting prime minister cast around for coalition partners following last month's inconclusive general election. Public Works Minister Anta Pastor, 58, got the speaker's job under a deal between Rajoy's conservative Popular Party (PP) and market-friendly upstarts Ciudadanos, who came in fourth in the June 26 polls.

Wednesday, July 20th 2016 - 03:47 UTC

García Margallo wants Gibraltar out of Brexit talks; insists on a face to face meeting with Johnson

Boris Johnson told García-Margallo that Britain would not budge on Gibraltar’s sovereignty for as long as the Gibraltarians wished to remain British.

Caretaker Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, says he will be raising Gibraltar with the UK’s new Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson when they meet in London ‘soon’. The two had a fleeting encounter at a Brussels Summit on Monday during which the Gibraltar issue was mentioned briefly.


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