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Friday, July 24th 2015 - 09:02 UTC

Bermuda Premier calls on British Overseas Territories for a 'united front'

The meetings are intended as a planning session to discuss issues affecting the BOTs in advance of a Joint Ministerial Conference scheduled for November (Pic Bernews)

Bermuda Premier Michael Dunkley called for the British Overseas Territories (BOTs) to present a united front in key areas and for the leaders to work together to best represent the people of the region. Premier Dunkley opened on Thursday the Pre-Joint ministerial council which convened leaders from several BOTs including the Falklands MLA Roger Edwards, as reported by the island's Royal Gazette.

Friday, July 24th 2015 - 00:23 UTC

World Health Organization calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

WHO is alerting people to the risks of contracting hepatitis from unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment.

On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) the World Health Organization highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.

Friday, July 24th 2015 - 00:07 UTC

Shell allowed to drill in Alaska's Arctic, once the required emergency equipment arrives

BSEE conditionally granted Shell permits for exploration in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, in a season which sea ice limits from July until October.

The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell two final permits to explore for crude in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into the oil zone until required emergency equipment arrives in the region.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 08:58 UTC

Discouraging outlook for commodities this year confirms World Bank

“All main commodity price indices are expected to decline in 2015, mainly due to abundant supplies, and in the case of industrial commodities, weak demand”

The outlook for commodities remains grim for this year, except that oil will fall a bit less than previously forecast, the World Bank said. Average prices for fuels such as crude, natural gas and coal will tumble 39% from 2014, while those for materials like metals and fertilisers will fall about 12%, the Washington-based lender said in its quarterly “Commodity Markets Outlook” released Wednesday.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 08:37 UTC

Tourism in South America reported strongest growth in Jan-April period

The Americas (+6%) led growth, followed by Europe, while by subregion South America and Oceania boasted the strongest increase (both +8%)

International tourism demand continued to be robust between January and April 2015 with tourist arrivals increasing 4% worldwide according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Almost all regions enjoyed strong growth with the Americas leading growth and by sub-region, Oceania and South America boasted the strongest increase (both +8%), followed by the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe (both +7%)

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 08:18 UTC

Protesting French farmers promised €600m of emergency government help

“The demonstrations of the past few days underline an anger, an anxiety, a distress that we have seen for a long time”, said Manuel Valls, France’s PM

Dramatic protests across the north of France have won the country’s farmers €600m of emergency government help. This week thousands of tractors blockaded motorways and brought cities to a standstill, as the plight of producers dominated the nation’s news.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Small fire on cruise vessel in Jamaica suppressed by its own equipment

Black smoke could be seen billowing from the 1,112-foot Freedom of the Seas as it docked in Jamaica on Wednesday with 4.500 passengers.

A fire aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that departed from Port Canaveral injured one crew member, but company officials say it was quickly extinguished. Black smoke could be seen billowing from the 1,112-foot Freedom of the Seas as it docked in Jamaica on Wednesday with 4.500 passengers.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 - 07:22 UTC

BRICS bank (New Development Bank), takes off in low-key Shanghai ceremony

“Our objective is not to challenge the existing system as it is but to improve and complement the system in our own way” said NDB President Vaman Kamath

Officials from the world's largest emerging nations launched on Tuesday the New Development Bank (NDB), the second of two new policy banks heavily backed by Beijing that are being pitched as alternatives to existing institutions such as the World Bank. Also known as the BRICS bank, it follows soon after the establishment of the China-led Asian Investment Infrastructure Bank (AIIB).

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 - 07:00 UTC

Australia debates effects of warming ocean waters on its fisheries

“My research is showing that some of these things look like they have already increased in abundance because of climate change” says Prof Shauna Murray (Pic C. Pearce)

New evidence is emerging that climate change could join overfishing as a major threat to the world's seafood supplies. While Australia – a small producer on a global scale, accounting for only 0.2% of the world's seafood – has relatively healthy fisheries, it is suddenly and quite brutally feeling the effects of warming ocean waters.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 - 05:58 UTC

French president to announce emergency measures in support of farmers

“Beyond the issue of distribution and prices, I have asked that there should be an emergency plan for French livestock and dairy producers,” Hollande said

President Francois Hollande has said he would unveil emergency measures to help France’s livestock and dairy farmers on Wednesday. Tuesday’s announcement came as as livestock farmers caused chaos in the north west of France, using tractors and trucks full of manure and rubble to block roads.

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