News / UK and world by Press Association December 7, 2018, 11:50 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Bank of England risks becoming embroiled in another political storm after concerns were raised over a meeting of top officials from Venezuela, which is seeking the return of 14 tonnes of gold. The Bank is reportedly due to meet Calixto Ortega Sanchez, president of the Venezuelan Central Bank, and Simon Zerpa, the Venezuelan minister of finance, over the repatriation of 550 million US dollars (£431 million) of gold. The Bank is the second largest depository of gold and has been holding Venezuela’s gold deposits since the 1980s. Andrew Lewer MP wrote to the Bank and the Treasury, criticising the move, saying a meeting “would pose significant reputational risk to the Bank and may be in violation of US Treasury imposed sanctions”. Mr Lewer said Mr Zerpa has been sanctioned by the US Treasury Department and … [Read more...] about Bank of England under fire over Venezuelan gold
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Sep 13, 11:31 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Santiago PIEDRA SILVA 09/13/19 AT 11:13 PM The indigenous people of Ecuador's wind-whipped alpine tundra of Quimsacocha face a stark choice, according to their leader, Yaku Perez."We have to decide between gold and water," he tells activists at a meeting held to oppose a landmark mining project."What do we prefer, companeros?" demands Perez, his voice rising.He knows there's only one answer, and they shout back in unison: "Water!"Ecuador's government has put its weight behind a giant gold-silver-copper mining project in the wild, high grasslands of Quimsacocha.Quito has conceded half Quimsacocha's 20,000 hectares (49,421 acres) to Canadian miner INV Metals to develop a near billion dollar mine deep underground.The Loma Larga project is due to begin production in 2021 and would mean thousands of jobs.For local indigenous communities however, the sweeping, … [Read more...] about Water Or Gold? Eternal Question Nags Ecuador Tribes
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U.S. death rates from liver cancer have risen steadily since 2000, resulting in the disease going from the ninth-leading cause of cancer death to the sixth, a new report finds. The change comes as U.S. cancer death rates overall — meaning rates for all combined cancers — have declined since 1990, according to the report, published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But from 2000 to 2016, liver cancer death rates in adults ages 25 and up rose 43 percent, from 7.2 deaths per 100,000 people in 2000 to 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people in 2016, the report found. The rates increased for both men and women; however, the death rates for men were 2 to 2.5 times higher than the rates for women throughout the study period. [10 Do's and Don'ts to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer] Death rates for other cancers — such as lung, colon and breast cancers — have fallen thanks to lower rates of people getting these cancers, as well as better ways … [Read more...] about Liver cancer death rates rise, even as overall U.S. cancer death rates fall