Stories for February 13th 2013

Wednesday, February 13th 2013 - 20:45 UTC

We are a People and We do exist

Falklands had no indigenous people living on them when first settled

Opinion by Robin Goodwin -
As a Falkland Islander, I do wonder where Alicia Castro the Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom was educated. To not recognize that Falkland Islanders exist is plain ignorance on the part of the Argentine Government. Particularly that she is based in England.

Wednesday, February 13th 2013 - 20:43 UTC

Dr. Kim Crosbie named Executive Director of Antarctic tour operators

 Dr. Crosbie worked in the Antarctic Peninsula researching wildlife and human interactions for her PhD

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced on Wednesday a restructuring of its Secretariat, re-establishing the post of Executive Director, with Dr. Kim Crosbie named to the position.

Wednesday, February 13th 2013 - 20:36 UTC

USA and EU make official talks to begin Atlantic free trade alliance

The announcement was anticipated by President Obama in his State of the Union speech

The United States and the European Union agreed on Wednesday to push for the launch by the end of June of talks to create an Atlantic free trade alliance that could be a benchmark for global partners to follow. A free trade deal would be the most ambitious ever attempted, encompassing half the world's economic output and a third of global trade flows.

Wednesday, February 13th 2013 - 19:05 UTC

Peruvian lawmaker supports Falkland Islanders’ referendum

Lourdes Alcorta questioned Peruvian president ‘unconditional’ support for Argentina on the Malvinas issue

Peruvian lawmaker Lourdes Alcorta openly dissented with President Ollanta Humala latest statements on ‘unconditional support for Argentina and the Malvinas issue”, and called to respect the Falkland Islands referendum next month.

Wednesday, February 13th 2013 - 19:01 UTC

Argentina labels Uruguayan lawmaker as ‘traitor’ for observing Falklands’ referendum

Dominguez said Trobo’s ‘treason’ does not represent the majority feeling in Uruguay

Argentina’s president of the Lower House and Malvinas veteran Julián Domínguez described as “treason to Latinamerica” the fact that Uruguayan lawmakers will be travelling to the Falklands to observe the coming referendum on the Islands political status and future.

Wednesday, February 13th 2013 - 05:24 UTC

Obama challenges Congress to ‘take a vote’ on a package of progressive reforms

The President addressing Congress with his State of the Union speech

President Barack Obama pledged in his annual State of the Union speech to revive the sluggish US economy by creating “good, middle-class jobs”. The Democratic president promised “smarter” rather than bigger government for “the many, and not just the few” and called on Congress 'to take a vote' on a package of progressive reforms..

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