Stories for April 9th 2012
A book published this week in Britain takes an in-depth look at the Falkland Islands 30 years on from the short but deadly conflict of 1982. “Fortress Falklands – Life Under Siege in Britain’s Last Outpost”, is written by journalist Graham Bound. Although normally resident in the United Kingdom, Bound is an Islander, and he returned to the Falklands to report on a situation that he says is more volatile and dangerous than it has been at any time since 1982.
China's inflation rebounded slightly in March after logging an extremely low growth in February, backing lingering uncertainty regarding the country's ability to contain price rises.
A new icebreaker is scheduled to join Xuelong, China’s only Antarctic research vessel, in 2014, highlighting Beijing’s ambition for further exploration and scientific study in polar regions.
The Argentine government came out in full force over the weekend to back Vice-President Amado Boudou after he was accused of embezzlement in what become known as the “Ciccone Case”.
According to a piece from the Financial Times Britain is chasing £45m of debt owed by the Argentine government that was lent to the military Junta in 1979 and used, in part, to buy weapons that were later used during the Falkland Islands in 1982.
Descendants of those who died in the Titanic disaster 100 years ago have set sail on a memorial cruise to the site of the wreck. The MS Balmoral left Southampton on Saturday on a 12-night cruise to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the liner that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage.
In spite of disagreements in several issues, President Dilma Rousseff during her meeting on Monday at the White House with her peer Barack Obama is expected to insist on the need to join efforts in combating the world economic crisis and particularly monetary instability originated in the manipulation of foreign currency exchanges, which the Brazilian describe as a “monetary tsunami”.
Russian-Ukrainian yacht Scorpius is sailing to a refuelling stop in southern Argentina after thick ice prevented it from taking on fuel at a coastal Russian outpost in Antarctica.
Norwegian rogue yachtsman Jarle Andhøy, 34, along with four other crew members on the 54-foot yacht steel yacht Nilaya - who were arrested last week by the Chilean Navy - are being held at the Chilean Naval base in Puerto Williams, after apparently after giving a false name for the vessel when hailed by the Chilean Navy according to press reports from Chile and New Zealand over the weekend.
The Chilean Navy on Sunday released images of the Brazilian Yacht ‘Endless Sea’ which sank on Saturday in Antarctica. The photo shows the boat stuck in ice at Maxwell Bay, Ardley Cove, in front of the Chilean Antarctic base Presidente Eduardo Frei, reported Brazilian online media.