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Saturday, August 1st 2015 - 12:57 UTC

UN agreement to combat illegal fishing (IUU) close to ratification

“Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to strip between $10 billion and $23 billion from the global economy”, said the FAO release

Thirteen additional countries need to ratify an agreement brokered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to combat illegal fishing by blocking ports to ships known or believed to be carrying illicit catches that account for more than 15% of global output, the agency said today.

Saturday, August 1st 2015 - 10:23 UTC

China delivers 'green' state of the art 18.000 TEU 'Vasco de Gama'

 Calling 11 different countries, UK-flagged CMA CGM Vasco da Gama is positioned on the CMA CGM Group's French Asia Line joining Europe to Asia.

Shipping group CMA CGM has taken delivery of the new build box ship CMA CGM Vasco de Gama on July 27. Built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), the 18,000 TEUs vessel, with its 399 meters length and 54 meters width, is the largest ship in the CMA CGM fleet and the largest containership ever built in a Chinese shipyard.

Friday, July 31st 2015 - 06:08 UTC

UK overtakes Brazil as Santander's most profitable market

Pre-tax profits of £928m eclipsed the €1bn (£700m) posted by the Spanish bank's Brazilian operation, which saw its revenues jump by 9%.

The UK has become Santander's most profitable market, generating just over a fifth of the bank's profits in the first half of 2015. Pre-tax profits in the UK rose £74m to £928m, while revenues were up 5%. The results eclipsed the €1bn (£700m) posted by the Spanish bank's Brazilian operation, which saw its revenues jump by 9%.

Friday, July 31st 2015 - 05:44 UTC

Ex-Top Gear team will front a new motoring program with Amazon Prime

Clarkson's contract was not renewed following an “unprovoked physical attack” on a Top Gear producer. His co-hosts then followed him in leaving the show.

Former BBC' Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have signed up to present a new show on Amazon's streaming video service. The trio will front three series of a new motoring program for Amazon Prime, with the first season to be made available worldwide in 2016.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 15:55 UTC

Warren Buffett And Elon Musk To Spark A Lithium Boom

Smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronics demand more lithium. But the largest driver for lithium use will be in electric vehicles

The age of electrification across the transportation sector, the solar panel revolution, and Tesla's battery giga-factory are igniting a battle for the cheapest battery. That will transform lithium into a boom-time mineral and the hottest commodity on the energy investor's radar. It has been easy to take lithium for granted.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 09:39 UTC

Brazil's agriculture minister optimistic about a Mercosur/EU trade accord by end of the year

“Mercosur is on the right track, countries of the region have virtually agreed on the proposals to exchange with the European Union”, said Ms Abreu

Brazil' minister of agriculture Katia Abreu said she was very optimistic about Mercosur reaching a trade agreement with the European Union, and if there are problems look to Europe, because Mercosur members have almost agreed and finished their proposal.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 08:43 UTC

Gibraltar protests to Brussels that Spain is again causing disruption and delays at the border

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia noted the arrival of the tourist season once again coincided with disruption and delays at the border

Gibraltar has accused Spain of having chosen once again not to behave as European partners as a result of the latest pedestrian delays at the border. The Gibraltar Office in Brussels was asked to relay information to the European Commission on the latest delays caused by the introduction of an Automated Border Control system on the Spanish side.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

Platini confirms bid to replace Blatter and “give FIFA the dignity it deserves”

Platini declare his intention to run for the FIFA presidency after Blatter announced on July 20 that he would definitely step aside on Feb. 26.

Michel Platini launched his bid to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of world football, pledging “to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves”.
On Wednesday he sent a letter to the leaders of FIFA's 209 member associations, some of whom he canvassed for their support at the 2018 World Cup draw in St Petersburg last Saturday.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

First cargo ships sail along Egypt's new expanded Suez Canal; official opening in August

President Sisi wants the canal to become a symbol of national pride and to help combat Egypt's double-digit unemployment.

The first cargo ships passed through Egypt's New Suez Canal last weekend in a test-run before it opens next month, state media reported, eleven months after the army began constructing the $8 billion canal alongside the existing 145-year-old Suez Canal.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Cruise lines agree to equal access for individuals with disabilities

Settlement agreement addresses accessibility on 62 ships among Carnival brands including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises

The U.S. Justice Department and Carnival Corp. have reached a comprehensive, landmark settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to advance equal access for individuals with disabilities who travel on cruise ships, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

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