Thursday, November 13th 2014 - 05:57 UTC

A new settlement for England, and all Britons

“The current system is simply not fair to England and I believe that the only way to redress this unfairness is to establish an English Parliament”

By Andrew Rosindell (*) - The No vote in the Scottish referendum has kept the Union together, for now. I fear however, that the issue has not gone away. We must act soon and take this opportunity to secure the future of the United Kingdom.

Thursday, November 13th 2014 - 05:50 UTC

Standard Chartered will close 100 branches in Asia, Africa and Middle East

Andy Halford. The announcement was made on the first day of a three-day meeting with investors in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Standard Chartered will close up to 100 bank branches next year in Asia, Africa and the Middle East in an attempt to improve its profitability. The UK bank plans to cut about 8% of its global network of more than 1,200 branches to save $400m (£251m) a year.

Thursday, November 13th 2014 - 05:44 UTC

Crude price falls to a three year low, created by shale boom and Libya restart

”Talk of a price war is a sign of misunderstanding, deliberate or otherwise, and has no basis in reality,'' Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

West Texas Intermediate, WTI crude closed at a three-year low on Wednesday with prices under pressure from the growing oil glut created by the U.S. shale boom and the restart of Libya's largest operational oilfield.

Wednesday, November 12th 2014 - 18:16 UTC

Falklanders invited to 'third party' dialogue with Argentine lawmakers

Dr. Asseff has written on the Falklands dispute and is also chair of the Mercosur Committee in the Lower House and holds a bench in the Mercosur Parliament

An Argentine congressman has extended an open invitation to two, three 'inhabitants of the Falkland Islands', to participate in a meeting with Argentine lawmakers interested in listening to the 'third party' in the Falklands/Malvinas dispute.

Wednesday, November 12th 2014 - 07:17 UTC

RFA Black Rover back in UK after 17-month deployment in the Atlantic

Sixteen times British or foreign vessels have topped up their fuel tanks including HMS Iron Duke, plus RN’s permanent presence in the Falklands, HMS Clyde

The second-oldest vessel in the Naval Service, veteran tanker RFA Black Rover, a well known presence in the Falkland Islands, has completed her penultimate deployment, a marathon of 17 months in the Atlantic. No Royal Navy vessel can carry out a patrol in the Southern Hemisphere without the support of a Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker – a duty performed in recent years by a Rover-class vessel.

Wednesday, November 12th 2014 - 07:10 UTC

World largest offshore drilling fleet admits slowdown in oversupplied rig market

The recent slide in oil prices has weighed on demand for offshore services as oil and gas producers cut costs

Transocean Ltd, the owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said it was likely to retire additional rigs as the company continued to face pressure due to slowdown in an oversupplied rig market.

Wednesday, November 12th 2014 - 03:33 UTC

Falklands' visit of MPs postponed until after UK general election in May

Yvonne Fovargue (L) has been transferred to Shadow Education Ministerial team

The visit of two Members of the British Parliament to the Falkland Islands, as announced last week has been cancelled. However the invitation to visit the Islands remains open and hopefully it will take place next year.

Wednesday, November 12th 2014 - 03:19 UTC

“Falklands/Malvinas current policy is a losing option and leads nowhere”

Trying to dislodge the Islanders of their soil, after eight generations is unfair. They have been shepherds all their lives” argued Escudé

Argentina's current policy on the Falklands/Malvinas Islands sovereignty is a losing option because it is a 'maximalist' attitude with the purpose of ‘full recovery' of the disputed islands, said Argentine political scientist and writer Carlos Escudé.

Tuesday, November 11th 2014 - 21:03 UTC

Projected 2014 cereal production trimmed back despite record maize and wheat harvests

Global maize output is expected to reach a new record of 1.01 billion tons on the back of bumper crops in the European Union and the United States.

According to FAO's monthly Cereal Supply and Demand Brief release, the forecast for 2014 world cereal production by about one million tons. At 2.5 billion tons, the full-year production figure would be 3.7 million tons below 2013's record output.

Tuesday, November 11th 2014 - 07:32 UTC

London's emblematic 'The Gherkin' building purchased by Brazilian billionaire

The Norman Foster-designed building was completed in 2004. The insurer sold the building in 2006 at the height of the last London property boom for £600m.

The Gherkin, one of the most distinctive buildings on London's skyline, has been bought by a Brazilian billionaire. Joseph Safra is reported to have paid more than £700m for the 180 meter tower, which is officially known as 30 St Mary Axe, its street address.


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