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Friday, July 17th 2015 - 07:14 UTC

Uruguay after a Mercosur 'action plan' to eliminate all inter-trade restrictions

“Our maximum aspiration is for the summit to agree on making Mercosur more transparent, on admitting our shortcomings”, said the Uruguayan official

Uruguay is attending the Mercosur summit in Brazil hoping the group implements deep changes, particularly referred to the free circulation of goods, services and production factors, and considers a six month period should be sufficient trial for the changes to become effective.

Friday, July 17th 2015 - 06:57 UTC

Comparing FIFA to the mafia “is almost insulting to the mafia”. US Senate grills soccer federation

“The fact of the matter is that what has been revealed so far is a mafia-style crime syndicate in charge of this sport” said Senator Blumenthal

Comparing FIFA to the mafia is “almost insulting to the mafia”, a US senator said, turning up the heat on football's corruption-tainted world governing body to reform. Richard Blumenthal made the remark at a Senate subcommittee hearing scrutinizing FIFA, after US authorities in May indicted 14 people - including top football officials over tens of millions of dollars of alleged bribes for media rights contracts.

Friday, July 17th 2015 - 06:42 UTC

Falklands' Premier secures two blocks in Mexico's oil industry privatization

Mexico’s oil and gas privatization process began with shallow offshore assets; the licenses are in waters off the states of Veracruz and Tabasco

Premier Oil, with strong involvement in the development of the Falkland Islands' oil and gas industry is among the winners in the first round of Mexico’s oil and gas privatization. The two licences secured by the London listed oil firm’s consortium were the only assets successfully auctioned by the Mexican authorities.

Friday, July 17th 2015 - 06:19 UTC

Argentine economy showing slight improvement but still delicate, says IMF

“We see a delicate situation regarding Argentina’s economy. Moving from a slight contraction to a slight growth statistically speaking” said Werner

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) slightly improved its outlook on Argentina’s economy saying the country will grow 0.1% in 2015 and will remain stagnant in 2016. Nevertheless, IMF warned the country is going through a “very delicate” situation and insisted that the improved outlook doesn’t change its views regarding Argentina.

Friday, July 17th 2015 - 05:49 UTC

“Sea for Bolivia” and “Malvinas for Argentina” pledges president Evo Morales

 “We're very happy with Argentina because we know we can always count with the Argentine people in this kind of demands”, pointed out the Bolivian leader

Bolivian president Evo Morales defended his claim of “sea for Bolivia” and “Malvinas for Argentina”, during the last of his two-day very militant visit to Argentina before flying late Thursday to Brazil for the Mercosur summit.

Thursday, July 16th 2015 - 09:15 UTC

CFK and Morales unveil a 16 meters high statue of independence heroine

The Juana Azurduy 25-ton statue replaces a controversial statue of Christopher Columbus that was taken down in 2013 after ninety years.

The presidents of Argentina and Bolivia have unveiled a statue of Bolivian war of independence heroine Juana Azurduy. The 25-ton, 16-meter-high statue replaces a controversial statue of Christopher Columbus that was taken down in 2013 after ninety years.

Thursday, July 16th 2015 - 08:15 UTC

Aphids beat latest 'odor' efforts to repel them and protect GM crops

GM crops are being grown commercially since 1996. Land with GM crops has increased from 1.7m in 1996 to around 175.2m hectares worldwide in 2013.

In what is described as a major blow to genetic modification of crops, a variety of wheat developed in the UK to repel pests has failed in field trials. The variety engineered to produce an odor that repels aphids, failed in the field test after it was successfully tested in the lab, proving a wide gap between lab and commercial application of the process.

Thursday, July 16th 2015 - 07:52 UTC

“Cordial” meeting of Gibraltar Chief minister and C24 chairman Lasso Mendoza

“It was useful to hear what the Ambassador had to say but we obviously did not agree on everything”, said Chief Minister Picardo

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo explained in detail Gibraltar’s views on self-determination during a ‘cordial’ meeting with Ecuadorian diplomat Xavier Lasso Mendoza, the Chairman of the United Nations Decolonization Committee of 24, in New York on Tuesday, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Wednesday, July 15th 2015 - 07:51 UTC

US female will take the helm of 91.000-ton Celebrity Summit in August

Kate McCue, 37, has been elevated to the position of Captain based on her 15 years of experience and leadership in the maritime industry.

For the first time in the cruise industry, an American female will take the helm of a mega-ton cruise ship. At 37 years of age, San Francisco native Kate McCue will command Celebrity Summit, a 91,000-ton, 965-foot ship in the Celebrity Cruises fleet, sailing between the eastern United States and Bermuda. As Captain, she will be responsible for the navigation of the ship and the onboard experience of its 2,158 guests and 952 crew members.

Wednesday, July 15th 2015 - 06:53 UTC

Exposed C24 chairman agrees to receive Gibraltar's Picardo to match a meeting with Spanish minister

Lasso Mendoza admitted having met a Spanish minister to address Gibraltar and when exposed agreed to meet Picardo 'if the Chief Minister requested it'.

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo is in New York for a meeting with the Chairman of the UN’s Decolonization Committee of 24, ambassador Xavier Lasso Mendoza. The meeting arose from the Chief Minister’s intervention before the C24 last month, during which the Ecuadorian diplomat confirmed he had met with a Spanish government minister to discuss Gibraltar, according or a report from the Gibraltar Chronicle.

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