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Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 19:20 UTC

HMS Dragon helicopter helps track remaining reindeer in South Georgia

The Type 45 destroyer was on her first visit to South Georgia over Christmas

HMS Dragon made her first visit to South Georgia over Christmas, reports the South Georgia newsletter in its December edition. The Type 45 air defense destroyer had a Westland Lynx helicopter on board which was used to survey the Barff Peninsula for any remaining reindeer ahead of the arrival of the Norwegian SNO marksmen.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 18:45 UTC

Eighteen cruise ships with 2.000 passengers call at South Georgia

The period between Christmas and New Year was especially busy with 10 vessels visiting. (Pic J. Fowler)

There were 24 harbor visits to Grytviken during December, the majority, eighteen, from cruise ships and charter yachts which between them brought nearly 2000 passengers to visit South Georgia, according to the SG Newsletter.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Largest glacier in East Antarctica melting fast because of warm ocean water

The 120-kilometre long Totten Glacier, which is more than 30 kilometers wide, had been thought to be in an area untouched by warmer currents

The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-meter rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said on Monday.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 06:50 UTC

Oil Prices Changing The Face Of Global Geopolitics

Venezuela is even more dependent than Russia on the price of oil

In a documentary that aired recently on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular The Fifth Estate program, an allegory of Vladimir Putin was presented. The wily Russian president was described growing up in a shabby St. Petersburg apartment, where he would often corner rats.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 06:44 UTC

Germany waiting for Tsipras government move: Greece must stick to its commitments

Tsipras in an open letter to German voters in the business newspaper Handelsblatt, called German policies “fiscal water-boarding.”

Greece’s election has sent shockwaves throughout Europe and especially Germany. The Euro zone’s biggest economy and paymaster has reluctantly footed a big bill for bailing out Greece and other euro members, extending financial aid in return for strict and unpopular austerity measures.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 06:27 UTC

Interpol issues Purple Notices on three vessels illegally fishing in Southern Ocean

Between 6/13 January, a RNNZ Naval Patrol spotted the Yongding, the Kunlun and the Songhua, hauling gill nets laden with toothfish in a CCAMLR area

At the request of New Zealand, INTERPOL Purple Notices have been issued to seek information on the individuals and networks behind three vessels fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 06:18 UTC

Poverty reduction in Latin America stalls during 2014: totals 167 million

Extreme poverty or indigence rose to 11.7% in 2013 from 11.3% in 2012, which supposes an increase of three million people raising the total to 69 million.

Poverty affected 28% of Latin America’s population in 2014, revealing that its decline has stalled at around that level since 2012, while indigence rose to 12.0% from 11.3% during the same two-year period in an overall context of economic deceleration, according to projections from a study presented On Monday by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 06:14 UTC

Dutch football chief will challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency

“It is about time that the organization is normalized and that its full focus is back on football”, said challenger KNVB president Michael van Praag

Dutch FA chief Michael Van Praag is to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. The 67-year-old says he has “at least” five nominations from FIFA’s 209 member federations to become an official candidate after the Jan. 29 deadline for submissions.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 04:17 UTC

Nisman's death: Cristina Fernandez blames intelligence services and claims it's a plot to discredit her administration

Cristina Fernandez announced that the intelligence reform bill would also transfer responsibility for wiretaps to the Attorney-General's Office.

In an hour's long speech Monday evening in national television Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez announced a plan to dissolve the country’s top intelligence agency and replace it with a new body that will battle international threats from terrorism, drug and human trafficking, and cyber crimes.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 21:39 UTC

State of the art polar vessel for BAS to be delivered in 2019

The design of the news BAS polar vessel which should be ready for operations in 2019 at a cost of £200 million

A new polar research vessel is currently being designed for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The new vessel will be an ice-capable, multi-role polar research and logistics ship which will be used to conduct science and to resupply the BAS stations such as the two in South Georgia, according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter.

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