Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands
Monday, August 24th 2015 - 08:54 UTC

Pope Francis and the Malvinas

Francis’s generosity of word and openness has also made him an easy target for those who want to try and use his global popularity to push a particular cause

By Jimmy Burns - The snapped moment of encounter projected fast and globally on the world wide web has become as much as a characteristic of the Francis papacy, as his twitter account @pontifex. This is a papacy with a charismatic personality and instinctive communicator at its helm. It is also a papacy advised by media specialists and diplomats that know something about the opportunity offered by the digital age to spread a message with an impact that would have inconceivable just a few years ago.

Saturday, August 22nd 2015 - 02:46 UTC

Falklands' retail price index down to 0.3% in first half on lower fuel and power costs

The lower RPI is mainly as result in decreases in heating fuel, kerosene of (1.04%) and electricity by (0.30%).

The Falklands' Retail Price Index for the quarter ending June 30, 2015 decreased by 0.8%, meaning that the annual Retail Price Index (RPI) as at the end of June was 0.3%, helped by lower prices of fuel and power.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 07:08 UTC

Falklands anticipate a busy cruise season with the return of Norwegian Line

The Norwegian Sun will make its first visit on December 10 with up to 1,936 passengers on board.

The return of the Norwegian Cruise Line to South America this season with nine planned calls to the Falkland Islands “is a massive boost to our cruise ship industry,” Sulivan Shipping Tourism Coordinator Samantha Marsh told Penguin News this week.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 05:54 UTC

Malvinas pic controversy: “Francis spoke with his low tone but strong voice”

“With his low tone but strong voice he only asked for the United Kingdom and Argentina to sit to dialogue,” said cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez

Despite the controversy generated by Wednesday picture which showed Pope Francis holding a banner calling for dialogue between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, and later a spokesperson's dismissal of the significance of the incidence, the best definition of what really happened seems to have come from Argentina's cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez in his daily media conference, “the pontiff”, he said, spoke with his “low tone but strong voice”.

Thursday, August 20th 2015 - 07:30 UTC

Pope Francis quashes any attempt to foster Falklands/Malvinas dialogue

Pope's spokesman said the poster was handed during a weekly public gathering when lots of people give him things and “he had no idea what the item was”

Pope Francis was sucked into Argentina's dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands after an activist thrust a sign in his hands calling for dialogue between the two countries and President Cristina Fernandez jumped on the opportunity to rekindle the fight.

Saturday, August 15th 2015 - 08:04 UTC

Falklands time capsule to commemorate 250th anniversary of Union Flag raised in the Islands

 British International helicopter pilot Martin Elstow hands the time capsule to David Pole-Evans of Saunders Island

A time capsule commemorating the 250th birthday of the Union Flag being raised at Port Egmont in the Falkland Islands was delivered to Saunders Island last week.

Thursday, August 13th 2015 - 03:11 UTC

Falkland Islands: Shackleton Fund delivers £10,700 in research scholarships

Cats, domestic and feral, are the object of Mr. Nathan McNally’s project, for which he has been awarded £1.700. Mr McNally comes from New Zealand

The Shackleton Scholarship Fund, closely linked to the Falkland Islands, has announced their academic awards for 2015. Scholars come from a variety of countries, ranging from Germany to Australia, and the topics chosen are all from the natural sciences.

Tuesday, August 11th 2015 - 15:46 UTC

Falkland Islands reply to Milko Schvartzman comments on fisheries

There is only a small fleet (18) of Falkland flagged fishing vessels. These all operate to high standards as British vessels.

The comments by Milko Schvartzman on the Falkland’s fishery in FIS on 2 June 2015, are incorrect and uninformed in many areas. We reject the inference that the Falkland Islands Government promotes a fisheries industry based on modern-day slavery and on piracy. The Falkland Islands have a long history of responsible environmental stewardship, and we pride ourselves on protecting and safeguarding our unique environment and the natural resources therein.

Tuesday, August 11th 2015 - 07:32 UTC

Falklands' GDP dropped in 2013 because of lesser oil and gas activity

MLA Michael Poole said that “such fluctuation is not unusual in the Falklands” since the Islands’ economy continues to be reliant on a few industries.

The Falkland Islands Gross Domestic Product (GDP) dropped in 2013 primarily due to lesser oil activity according to a recent Executive Council paper that included updated figures from the FIG Economist Commenting on the paper, according to a report from the latest edition of the Penguin News.

Friday, August 7th 2015 - 07:54 UTC

Falklands-born candidate says he has sufficient credentials to be a Mercosur parliament member

“At foreign affairs level I have been called since the eighties onwards as Argentine petitioner before the UN; I know firsthand international law”

Falkland Islands born and pre-candidate for the Mercosur Parliament in representation of a Tierra del Fuego political party, Alejandro Betts, underlined his diplomatic experience in international forums and meetings with 30 presentations, including those at the annual UN Decolonization Committee or C24 in New York.


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