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Monday, June 22nd 2015 - 05:17 UTC

IUU fishing: Spain announces €11 million penalties against Galicia syndicate

The fines, the highest known, are issued against companies and individuals for 19 serious infringements linked to illegal fishing activities in Southern Ocean.

Spanish government last Friday announced penalties that could reach more than €11 million against Spanish nationals, including companies involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. An EU coalition of three international NGOs, including Environmental Justice Foundation, Oceana and WWF described the fines as a historic moment in the battle against IUU fishing and are calling on other EU member states to follow suit with their own nationals.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 09:16 UTC

Buenos Aires/Moscow close ties are “a fact, not a wish”, says Argentine minister Kicillof

Kicillof pointed out that bilateral trade with Russia has increased 1,000% in recent years showing the two economies easily complement each other.

Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof speaking from Moscow said ties between Buenos Aires and Russia were “a fact, not a wish” praising the bilateral “natural understanding” and “complementation”, achieved by the two partners in economic, energy and trade affairs.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 08:47 UTC

Earth in new period of extinction: vertebrates, including humans, among first casualties

Stanford University Paul Ehrlich

The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and humans could be among the first casualties. The report, led by the universities of Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley, said vertebrates were disappearing at a rate 114 times faster than normal.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 00:37 UTC

Francis calls on swift global action to confront environmental degradation

Francis used the encyclical “Laudato Si” to highlight the crisis posed by climate change and placed most of the blame on fossil fuels and human activity

Argentine Pope Francis called on Thursday for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, blending a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 00:24 UTC

Obama and Democrats support Pope's climate message, but Republicans dissented

 “We have a profound responsibility to protect our children, and our children's children, from the damaging impacts of climate change,” Obama said.

The Obama administration and congressional Democrats welcomed Pope Francis' call for sweeping action against climate change Thursday, but the pontiff's message was swiftly dismissed by GOP lawmakers.

Saturday, June 20th 2015 - 00:14 UTC

Argentine congress members in Paris investigating HSBC with whistleblowers

 Roberto Feletti and a group of Argentine lawmakers met with French legislators and discussed the economic and political scenario of Europe and Latin America

Members of the Argentina's congressional bicameral commission investigating HSBC alleged illegal scheme to help Argentines evade taxes and siphon money out of the country, met in Paris with a group of French legislators and with UBS whistleblower Stéphanie Gibaud.

Friday, June 19th 2015 - 23:58 UTC

Middle East carriers among the top ten 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards

Qatar Airways took first place followed by Singapore Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific, which claimed the top honors in 2014.

Middle East carriers again outranked US airlines this year in the 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Qatar Airways took the top honor, up from second place in 2014. But the other Gulf airlines from the so-called Middle East Three group, Emirates and Etihad, were not far behind, in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Friday, June 19th 2015 - 23:51 UTC

Fourteen Caribbean BOTs blacklisted by EU as world's worst tax havens

European Commissioner Moscovici said publishing the list of “non-cooperative jurisdictions” was a decisive step for territories to adopt international standards.

Fourteen Caribbean countries are among 30 territories blacklisted by the European Union (EU) as the world’s worst tax havens. The list published by the EU on Wednesday includes Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the British Overseas Territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Friday, June 19th 2015 - 15:32 UTC

Joint IAATO-Lloyd’s Register workshop to prepare for the Polar Code

A dynamic, interactive and constructive workshop on how to tackle implementing the forthcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Polar Code has just concluded and fittingly, the workshop took place at London’s home of exploration, the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington.

Friday, June 19th 2015 - 06:02 UTC

Thatcher secret documents on Falklands' war reveal her anxiety over casualties

She wrote: 'The Union Jack was flying in San Carlos Bay. We had returned to the Falklands. My heart was full but desperately anxious about casualties'.(Pic Mail Onliine)

The Mail on line revealed on Thursday a secret handwritten account of the Falklands War by Margaret Thatcher. The 128 page, 17,000 word handwritten memoir of the 1982 conflict reveals for the first time her anxiety on the eve of battle and her joy at winning back the Islands from Argentina.

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