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Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 07:14 UTC

China has become Latin America's leading banker: 22bn dollars in 2014

Venezuela's Maduro travelled to China in early January and alleges to have secured 20bn for his country's ailing economy

Loans by China's state-owned banks to Latin American countries rose by 71% to 22bn dollars in 2014, according to estimates published by the China-Latin America Finance Database. The figure is the second largest on record for Chinese lending in Latin America, according to the report.

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

HMS Protector in cleanup and surveying tasks in South Georgia

HMS Protector at anchor off Grytviken Harbour

The men and women of HMS Protector have helped the South Georgia Government by carrying out a beach cleanup and glacier survey. 700 miles east of the Falklands, South Georgia is a crescent shaped island with magnificent scenery and wildlife. But over the years debris from several shipwrecks has been washed up on the island’s beaches.

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 06:48 UTC

Falklands historic link to Antarctica exploration unveiled in unique memorial

Governor Roberts, MLA Cheek, and Roderick Rhys-Jones, chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust, at the unveiling ceremony

The Falkland Islands historic link as the gateway for British Antarctic exploration was acknowledged this week with the dedication in Stanley's Dockyard Point of the southern component of a unique memorial to the 28 men and one woman of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and before that the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) who have perished in the Antarctic since the establishment by the British Government of the first permanent research base there in 1944.

Friday, February 27th 2015 - 08:29 UTC

Trelew in Patagonia and Caernarfon in Wales to be linked as 'sister-cities'

Trelew was founded by Lewis Jones in the 1860s with the arrival of the first Welsh settlers

Trelew in Argentine Patagonia and Caernarfon in Wales will be linked as 'sister-cities' during a ceremony scheduled for next Saturday, attended by Lord Dafydd Wigley and a Welsh delegation visiting the country in anticipation of this year's 150th anniversary of the first Cymru settlement in southern Argentina.

Friday, February 27th 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Brazilian hard line unions win conflict and beat moderates in elections

In a compromise with the union, GM agreed to furlough 650 workers for five months, with a guarantee they will get their jobs back

Workers at a General Motors Co car factory in Brazil ended a six-day strike on Thursday after the company dropped plans to lay off 800 employees, the union said, ending the latest labor standoff in the troubled Brazilian auto industry.

Friday, February 27th 2015 - 08:14 UTC

Striking Brazilian truckers will be fined for roadblocks, warns government

Cardozo admitted 97 road blocks remain, down from a peak of 119 on Wednesday, as truckers protest in seven states over fuel prices and other costs.

The Brazilian government will start fining truckers as a strike in its ninth day threatens Latin America’s largest economy with food and fuel shortages. According to a report from Folha de Sao Paulo, the police will fine drivers who block highways as much as 10,000 Reais (3,470 dollars) per hour, Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo told reporters in Brasilia.

Friday, February 27th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

In landmark decision US approves tough Internet neutrality regulations

After a decade of debate, we finally have “legally sustainable rules to ensure that the Internet stays fast, fair and open” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

In a landmark decision for the future of the Internet, the United States Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved tough net neutrality regulations to oversee online traffic. The new rules prohibit Internet service providers from discriminating against legal content flowing through their wired or wireless networks, such as by charging websites for faster delivery of video and other data to consumers.

Friday, February 27th 2015 - 05:46 UTC

Argentine Congress approves 'strategic integral alliance' agreements with China

Cristina Fernandez with Xi Jinping during her recent visit to China when she signed the raft of agreements

Despite the strong questioning from the opposition, the manufacturers' lobby and many unions, the Argentine ruling coalition mustered sufficient votes in the Lower House to pass the controversial package of cooperation, economic and investment agreements between Argentina and China.

Friday, February 27th 2015 - 05:29 UTC

Falklands oil rig arrives and readies to begin six-well drilling campaign

Two of the rig’s three supply vessels are in the Falklands along with three support helicopters

The semi-submersible oil rig oil rig Eirik Raude entered Falkland Islands waters to the north this week and has already been served by supply vessels and undergone a crew change operation. The Eirik Raude will shortly begin a six-well drilling campaign operated by Premier Oil and Noble Energy.

Thursday, February 26th 2015 - 23:21 UTC

Gibraltar's vital role for the US Navy's operations is underlined

 ”The US cannot dock nuclear powered submarines in Spain making access to Gibraltar’s Z berths vital,” according to the Heritage Foundation report

Gibraltar plays a ‘vital’ role for the US Navy’s submarine operations at a time of increased Russian naval activity, a US think tank said. The Heritage Foundation made the statement in its Index of US Military Strength 2015, a wide-ranging annual research project that assesses the ability of the United States Armed Forces.

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