The Falkland Islands Government, FIG, and Falkland Islanders have welcomed the announcement of a new £20m landmine clearance commitment by the UK which will make safe dozens of areas which have been unusable for residents and visitors. The project financed by the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defense will clear 46 minefields over the next two years and prepare for clearance another 27. So far more than 30 minefields have been cleared in the Falklands in recent years and this is in line with the UK obligations under the Ottawa Treaty.
The World Shearing Championships Committee finds another gear as the World Event quickly approaches. Being held in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand from the 9th to the 11th February in the ILT Stadium Southland, not only is the committee excited about hosting this event but Southland and New Zealand is getting behind a first in the South Island and only 5th time being held in New Zealand over a 40 year period (1980, 1988, 1996, 2012 – Masterton)
President Evo Morales has called on the soccer authorities of Bolivia, the South American football confederation, Conmebol, and FIFA to sanction Chile for the offensive chanting towards Bolivians during the Russia 2018 Cup qualifier match played on Tuesday night in Santiago's Monumental Stadium.
Gianni Infantino has accepted a salary of US$1.53 million a year, with FIFA No.2 Fatma Samoura set to receive US$1.3 million. Under the contract, Infantino also gets a car and lodgings paid during his term of office and “contribution for expenses in accordance with FIFA’s expenses regulations ($2,000 per month)”.Samoura has the same benefits but lodgings are not included.
A giant cruise ship in Italy has left devastation in its wake after destroying a pier and sinking small vessels as it pulled away from shore. The Carnival Vista was just meters from its berth in Messina, Sicily when the prop wash from its thrusters caused a wild set of waves to topple a boat pier.
The Washington Post Magazine has published an interesting article on the Falkland Islands, rookeries and penguins credited to Andrea Sachs. Equally striking is Andrea who describes herself as an ornithologist in love with penguins.
21 year old Uruguayan Gaston Pereiro is now, and will remain, a ‘hero’ to the many thousands of fans of the famous Dutch football club PSV Eindhoven. Almost one year ago he scored twice against the clubs most feared and detested rivals Ajax of Amsterdam and so wrote his name into the clubs history books.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he’s confident his six-year ban from football will be lifted. Blatter resigned as the head of FIFA in June 2015 after 17 years at the helm and just four days after his reelection for a fifth term he was handed an eight-year ban along with European football chief Michel Platini for ethics violations.
By Michel Temer, Acting President of the Republic - The Olympic Games were an absolute success. This is the result of the work of each person who helped build the stadiums, the metro, the Olympic Village; each carioca who gave the right directions to our visitors.
Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales. The clothing - which combines burqa with bikini - leaves only the face, hands and feet on show.