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Stories for February 20th 2017

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 21:27 UTC

    South Georgia gentoo penguins feed preferably on krill, shows 22 year BAS study

    The team, based at BAS, found that between 1989 and 2010 gentoo penguins ate approximately equal amounts of crustaceans, (mainly Antarctic krill) and fish. (Pic BAS)

    The longest and most comprehensive study to date of what penguins eat is published this month. The study, published in the journal Marine Biology, examines the diets of gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) at Bird Island, South Georgia over a 22 year period and is part of a project investigating the Southern Ocean ecosystem and its response to change

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 20:30 UTC

    Brexit Lords' debate: Labour has tabled eight amendments

    The list of likely speakers includes former chancellors Lord Lawson (Pic), Lord Lamont and Lord Darling, former foreign secretaries Lord Hague and Lord Owen

    The House of Lords are to begin debating the bill paving the way for the start of Brexit. MPs agreed the proposed law unchanged, authorizing Theresa May to inform the EU of the UK's intention to leave. But the government does not have a majority in the House of Lords and eight amendments have been tabled by Labor's front bench.

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 20:00 UTC

    Summer sea ice in Antarctica is the lowest on record

    This year, sea ice extent contracted to 2.28m sq km on 13 February, according to data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC).

    This year the extent of summer sea ice in the Antarctic is the lowest on record. The Antarctic sea ice minimum marks the day – typically towards end of February – when sea ice reaches its smallest extent at the end of the summer melt season, before expanding again as the winter sets in. This year, sea ice extent contracted to 2.28m sq km on 13 February, according to data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 19:17 UTC

    New 130 meters long krill fishing vessel to operate in Antarctica

    “The ship's operations will be energy efficient, with a bio-refinery capable of processing raw krill material in the Antarctic,” said Webjørn Eikrem

    Aker Bio Marine has signed a contract with Vard shipyard to design and construct a modern krill fishing vessel that will operate in the Antarctic. The ship, which is 130m-long, 23m-wide, will be also equipped with environmentally friendly technologies. The hull of the vessel will be built by Vard's Tulcea, Romania, shipyard.

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 17:15 UTC

    Conference on 30 years on Falklands' seafood market development

    Falklands squid has world recognition

    A conference on “Thirty years of market development of Falklands' seafood”, by Loligo Seafood SL Commercial Director, Jean Baptiste Chassin is scheduled for next Tuesday, 21st February, at the Chamber of Commerce in Stanley.

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 15:26 UTC

    La Nacion analyst apologizes for interview inaccuracies

    UK ambassador in Argentina, Mark Kent

    Political and diplomatic analyst from Argentine newspaper La Nacion has altered an online version of an interview due to his inaccurate reporting of an interview with the British Ambassador in Argentina.

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 11:35 UTC

    World's most modern and largest yacht arrested in Gibraltar

    The vessel is described as “the most advanced, sail-assisted super yacht ever built”. It measures almost 143 metres in length, with a gross tonnage of 12,600

    One of the world’s largest yachts has been arrested in Gibraltar over a €15.3m admiralty claim filed by the German shipyard that built it. The sleek, futuristic Sailing Yacht A attracted wide media attention when it sailed into port last week for what should have been a short refuelling stop.

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 11:26 UTC

    Hundreds of migrants break into Spain's North Africa territories

    Almost 500 migrants forced their way into Spanish territory in North Africa by breaking through gates in the 20ft fence that separates Morocco from Spain’s Ceuta enclave.

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 11:20 UTC

    EFTA/Mercosur talks confirmed to begin next June in Buenos Aires

    Bilateral trade between the two blocks reached 8.7bn in 2015, when first contacts were started. In Davos Economic Forum the round of discussions was first agreed.

    The first round of formal trade negotiations between Mercosur and EFTA, European Free Trade Association, is scheduled to take place in Buenos Aires next June according to information from Brussels where there was a preliminary encounter between the two sides. “It will be in June, and talks will be at chief negotiators level”, confirmed EFTA and Mercosur sources.

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 10:56 UTC

    Spain's Rajoy insists with co-sovereignty for Gibraltar

    Rajoy said he was confident Britain and Spain would reach a deal to protect the rights of their respective citizens after Brexit. A million Britons are living in Spain

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has defended his government’s co-sovereignty proposal for Gibraltar and reiterated that Spain will use Brexit to push its sovereignty aspirations over the Rock. Rajoy made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with Agence France Presse. “I think that our proposal of shared sovereignty is very reasonable,” he said.

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