Monday, February 1st 2016 - 09:36 UTC

China's manufacturing contracts for sixth month running in January

According to the latest factory survey, the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) showed a reading of 49.4 for the month compared to December's reading of 49.7.

Activity in China's manufacturing sector contracted for the sixth month in a row in January - and hit its lowest level since 2012. According to the government's latest factory survey, the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) showed a reading of 49.4 for the month compared to December's reading of 49.7.

Monday, February 1st 2016 - 07:00 UTC

Spanish scientists analyze European and veined squid diets

Although their bathymetric distribution overlaps, European squid prefers shallow waters, while veined squid generally moves in deeper water over the slope.

A group of Spanish scientists has analyzed for the first time the European and veined squid diet in the Mediterranean. European squid (Loligo vulgaris) and veined squid (Loligo forbesii) are two morphologically nearly identical species that inhabit the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean.

Monday, February 1st 2016 - 06:32 UTC

EU and Cameron optimistic a deal on UK's relationship could be reached this week

An early deal would allow Mr. Cameron to call a referendum on the UK's EU membership before the summer holidays.

European Council president Donald Tusk left a meeting on Sunday evening with Prime Minister David Cameron declaring there is “no deal” yet over a renegotiation of the UK's relationship with the EU. It had been planned that any proposed deal could be put to other EU leaders on Monday, ahead of a February summit.

Monday, February 1st 2016 - 06:22 UTC

Venezuelan lobbying for oil production reduction: tour begins Monday in Russia

 “These are four key countries we’ll be meeting as part of the formal proposal Venezuela made to OPEC and non-OPEC countries,” said Del Pino

Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio Del Pino will visit Russia, Qatar, Iran and Saudi Arabia on a tour of OPEC and non-OPEC countries intended to drum up support for action to stem the tumble in crude prices.

Monday, February 1st 2016 - 06:12 UTC

WHO Emergency committee meets in Geneva to address the Zika virus situation

“I have decided to convene an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations. Committee will meet in Geneva this Monday” said Ms Chan

The World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan has briefed on the Zika virus situation. In the briefing Ms Chan gave a brief history of the disease and explained why WHO is so deeply concerned.

Monday, February 1st 2016 - 05:09 UTC

“Falklands issue was settled” a generation ago says Labour shadow minister Eagle

Mr. Corbyn had anticipated a new “dialogue” was needed over the Falklands, but Ms. Eagle said: ”The Falklands issue was settled when I was at university.”

The sovereignty of the Falkland Islands was “settled” a generation ago, a Labour shadow business cabinet minister Angela Eagle has said despite her leader calling for a new “dialogue” with Argentina on the matter, according to a report in Sunday's editions of The Telegraph.

Sunday, January 31st 2016 - 12:22 UTC

St. Helena government readies Population & housing census on 7 February

Census will capture the essential information on the pre-air access characteristics of the Island population to assist with services such as Health, Education and Housing.

St Helena Government is preparing for a Population and Housing Census on Sunday, 7th February 2016. The Census will capture the essential information on the pre-air access characteristics of the Island population to assist with the development of services such as Health, Education and Housing.

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 13:04 UTC

Falklands' has announced a health advice and warning on the ZIKA virus

The Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which in endemic in most of South America, particularly in tropical weather and summer months

The Falkland Islands has joined the rest of the word and set out a health advice and warning on the worldwide increase in the ZIKA virus. The message is from the Director of Health and Acting Chief Medical Officer and outlines precautions to be taken against the virus which for the most part carried via mosquitoes.

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 12:52 UTC

Ginny Ferson appointed to St Helena to oversee implementation of Wass Report.

Ms Ferson is currently the Deputy Governor of Bermuda and previously held the position of Deputy Governor of Pitcairn

The Foreign Office can confirm that Ms Ginny Ferson has been appointed to British Overseas Territory St Helena, as UK Government Special Representative: Wass Inquiry Implementation. This is part of the UK Government’s commitment to implementing the Wass report’s recommendations.

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 12:21 UTC

Argentina seals US$ 5 billion deal with international banks at Libor plus 6.5 points

This commercial bank loan “facilitates the central bank's capacity to confront external shocks and thereby avoid disruption in the local market”

Argentina's central bank said on Friday it had sealed a deal for a US$5 billion, one-year loan from international private banks, bolstering its low foreign reserves as the country heads into talks with creditors suing over unpaid debt. Argentina has been shut out of global credit markets because of its long-running legal dispute in U.S. courts with creditors over debt it defaulted on in 2002.


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