Daily Brief 13 June 2013

Last update 18:30

‘Deteriorating weather’ causing problems on the Channel, see below. Dover Port tweeted at 16:30: ‘Here at Dover sea conditions in the Channel are rough with a West South Westerly wind, force 7-8 and the visibility is moderate to good.’

in brief: Thanet Council accused of state aid for TransEuropa ferries – British driver killed on Peking-Paris – new 911 GT3 driven – new Rush teaser – driving in Montenegro warning – Danube 2 opening heartache; Trakia highway open 5 July – eCall compulsory for 2015 – a Lot of drunk deer

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TRAVEL/WEATHER:

Meteoalarm weather alerts – no red or amber alerts for anywhere in Europe currently. All previous flood warnings for Central Europe have now been completely downgraded. To keep up to date with the floods’ aftermath see @KGeorgievaEU.

Weather in brief – rain over northern Europe but lots of sunshine and warm weather to the south.

P&O – Dover-Calais: update 18:00: ‘Sadly the deteriorating weather in Dover means that we expect slight delays [c.45mins] on all services Dover/Calais/Dover. Please check in as normal.’

DFDS – All Dover-Calais services are operating with delays of up to 1 hour.  This delay is due to restricted Port movements at the Port of Calais.

Condor Ferries – The Commodore Clipper (Portsmouth-Guernsey-Jersey-Portsmouth) is currently operating approx. 45 mins behind schedule due to the adverse weather in the English Channel today. She is currently en-route to Guernsey where she is now expected to arrive at 16:45. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to your onward travel plans.

Brittany Ferries – 14/06/13 Portsmouth to Caen 08:15hrs – This sailing time has been brought forward 25 minutes following a planned naval movement in the port. Latest check-in is now 07:15hrs.

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NOTES:

Athens – twitter reports of traffic disruption in the north east of the city over protests after the state broadcaster ERT was shut down on Tuesday.

Turkey – protests in major towns and cities are on-going. The FCO advice is for ‘all British nationals to avoid demonstrations’. Click here for the latest.

Bosnia and Herzegovina – protests are also on-going in central Sarajevo, peaceful so far. Click here for latest advice.

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NEWS/PHOTOS:

Porsche 911 GT3 @Drive(n)

The new Porsche 911 GT3 has been driven for the first time and not even a quibble about the lack of a manual gearbox has stopped Chris Harris calling it a 'masterpiece'. Click the link above for the video.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 has been driven for the first time and not even a quibble about the lack of a manual gearbox has stopped Chris Harris calling it a ‘masterpiece’. Click the link above for the video.

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UK speed limit trial – ‘Re 80mph limits. I am now reliably informed NOT to expect an announcement this Autumn and that Patrick McL remains “cool” about the whole thing,’ says BBC Transport correspondent @RichardWescott, adding, ‘by cool I mean unconvinced.’

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EU – eCall: The European Commission has ‘adopted two proposals to ensure that by October 2015, all new cars will automatically call emergency services in case of a serious crash… it is estimated that it could save up to 2,500 lives a year.’

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Ferries – A Thanet District councillor says debts accrued by the defunct TransEuropa Ferries amount to state aid. Ian Driver representing the Green Party says £3.4m in port fees waived since March 2011 are in contravention of EU rules, a charge the council denies according to the BBC. TransEuropa went into administration in April ending the only ferry service from Ramsgate. For more see Ian Driver’s blog.

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Russia – A British competitor on the Peking-Paris Rally has been killed along with two others in a tragic accident in Siberia. Named by The Times as Emma Wilkinson, 47. The incident occurred on the Tyomen to Omsk highway in Siberia yesterday according to local reports. Another woman is in intensive care.

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Formula One – a new teaser for the much anticipated Rush has been released, the film about the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Grand Prix season due out in September.

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Summer snow in Italy and Switzerland.

The official news agency Agence France-Presse (@AFP) tweeted this photo today of a snowboarder jumping across a mountain pass connecting Switzerland and Italy as a worker clears snow. Taken June 12 (yesterday).

The official news agency Agence France-Presse (@AFP) tweeted this photo today of a snowboarder jumping across a mountain pass connecting Switzerland and Italy as a worker clears snow. Taken June 12 (yesterday).

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France – authorities are warning of ‘drunken’ deer on the roads of Lot in south central France reports The Connection. The animals eat Spring buds which ferment in their stomachs making them drunk. The problem is not confined to Lot. Beware.

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Montenegro – the British Embassy in Montenegro yesterday tweeted advice about driving in the south west Balkan country: ‘Drive defensively and expect the unexpected – the local driving style in #Montenegro may be different to that of the #UK.’ Not sure what prompted that. For more see @UKinMontenegro.

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Bulgaria/Romania – former Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov is reportedly ‘heartbroken’ at not being invited to the opening of the Danube 2 bridge tomorrow. The high profile piece of infrastructure will be only the second bridge across the two countries’ 256 mile River Danube border and its opening is set to be a high profile event. Borisov resigned in March after widespread protests over high electricity prices. Meanwhile, in response to the opening, the ferry at Oryahovo – midway between the two bridges – has cut its prices.

Latest reports say the Trakia Highway – the first motorway link between capital Sofia and the Black Sea – will be launched on 5 July.

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