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Stories for April 2018

  • Friday, April 27th 2018 - 10:47 UTC

    Mujica supports the FTA with Chile: Piñera begins his commercial tour avoiding Uruguay

    Mujica said that before “a weakened Mercosur”, Uruguay has to look for alternative incentives to improve trade stability.

    While Chilean President Sebastián Piñera started a commercial tour in Brazil last Thursday, in which he avoids Uruguay because the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Chile is blocked in the Uruguayan Parliament since 2016, ex-president José Mujica explained that he supports the FTA with Chile in order to look for “the best incentives to ensure commercial stability.” The bench of former president Mujica and the communist party refuse to approve the commercial agreement.

  • Friday, April 27th 2018 - 09:15 UTC

    Falklands' contracts consultant to decide on Stanley Airport’s upgrading

    The Islands Plan 2018-2022 articulates the government’s commitment to improve air links and airport facilities at Stanley Airport.

    Runway codes are determined according to runway length; Code 1 being at least 800 meters long and Code 3 , 1200 to 1799 meters in length. Ramboll’s aviation division has been involved in airport developments in a number of countries around the world, including the UK (Heathrow), Russia, Rwanda and Gibraltar.

  • Friday, April 27th 2018 - 09:10 UTC

    Falklands will have a “wow” 54-seat cinema in a year's time

    Malvina House Hotel Manager Carl Stroud explained it is a proper cinema with something of a “wow” factor with 54 plush seats

    It may be too soon to invest in a large bag of popcorn and to book a baby sitter, but cinema-going in the Falkland Islands' capital Stanley, which died out in the late seventies is set to begin again, hopefully, if all goes well by March or April 2019.

  • Friday, April 27th 2018 - 09:01 UTC

    Falklands operating budget surplus keeps increasing

    MLA Roger Spink, chair of the Standing Finance Committee explained the several “slippages” to which the capital program for 2017/18 has been subject  (Pic Observa)

    The Falkland Islands forecast operating budget surplus for the current financial year sits at £33m, Standing Finance Committee (SFC) was told on Wednesday. The surplus, up from the previous forecast of £27m, has been boosted by fishing company corporation tax payments, which have been “significantly higher than budget.”

  • Friday, April 27th 2018 - 08:56 UTC

    Falklands' new tourism association will attend IAATO conference in Rhode Island

    The new Association was formed as part of the recommendations of the Tourism Development Strategy, Carli explained.

    The Falklands Tourism Association, a newly created organization, will be present at the coming conference of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, IAATO, scheduled to be held from 1-3 May in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

  • Friday, April 27th 2018 - 08:40 UTC

    UK ambassador underlines how much Argentine/British relations have advanced

    Ambassador Mark Kent addresses the over 800 guests at the UK embassy to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth

    British ambassador in Buenos Aires Mark Kent underlined how much Argentine/UK relations have advanced lately and in a brief speech mentioned football, artificial intelligence and Falklands/Malvinas, areas in which so much is shared by the two countries and how good will and humanitarian values can bring people together and overcome minor interests.

  • Friday, April 27th 2018 - 08:20 UTC

    Chile's Lan cabin workers union return to work after 17 days of strike

    LATAM contends the strike affected more than 400,000 passengers in Chile and is costing up to US$1.5 million daily, according to chairman Ignacio Cueto

    The union of cabin workers for LAN Express, a subsidiary of Chile-based LATAM Airlines group, unilaterally said on Thursday that they would revert back to previous working conditions after 17 days of strike that had led to the cancellation of 2,000 flights.

  • Thursday, April 26th 2018 - 09:23 UTC

    EU offers closer post-Brexit relation if UK remains in the customs union

    Britain says it will be dropping out of the EU’s single market and customs union after Brexit.

    The European Union could offer Britain a closer relationship after Brexit if Prime Minister Theresa May decides to stay in the bloc’s customs union, diplomats said. EU hopes London could change its stance on what ties it wants after Brexit after Britain’s upper house of parliament challenged the government on a key bill relating to May’s plan to quit the customs union.

  • Thursday, April 26th 2018 - 09:18 UTC

    EU insists in good sanitary standards for Mercosur produce, if a deal is to be reached

    “No deal on Mercosur unless we are satisfied there will be good standards and that we will have a good sanitary and phytosanitary agreement,” said Hogan

    European Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan insisted there would be “no deal” with Mercosur unless negotiators are fully satisfied strong standards will apply to all produce. It comes as another round of the negotiations on Mercosur got under way in Brussels this week.

  • Thursday, April 26th 2018 - 09:13 UTC

    PM May on the brink: North Ireland allies warning on an EU customs union

    Brussels diplomats say that, as things stand, the UK would only get a Canada-style deal with EU after Brexit, which would not avoid a return of the Border in Ireland.

    The Democratic Unionist Party has warned UK Prime Minister Theresa May it will bring down her government if Northern Ireland is forced to stay inside the EU customs union and single market after Brexit. The renewed threat comes ahead of a vote by British MPs, pushed for by pro-EU parliamentarians, seeking to keep UK customs union membership.