Wednesday, February 11th 2015 - 05:30 UTC

“Our democracy is young, but nor fragile” ambassador Castro tells the FT

“Mr. Rathbone also states that “no Argentine” believes the case will be solved. This is a gross generalization”, argues ambassador Castro

Following the publication of an article in the British press under the heading of “Democracy in Argentina dented by mysterious murder”, Argentine ambassador in London Alicia Castro, sent a letter to the editor of the Financial Times basically arguing that “our democracy is young, but not fragile” and describing the article as “most groundless and offensive” accusation.

Tuesday, February 10th 2015 - 19:27 UTC

Falklands' familiarization visit for UK ambassadors from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay

Fiona Clouder, Governor Colin Roberts with Alex Ellis and Lyster-Binns at the reception Monday evening

British ambassadors to Chile, Brazil and Uruguay respectively, Fiona Clouder, Alex Ellis and Ben Lyster-Binns are currently visiting the Falkland Islands to familiarise themselves with the people and economy and to discover what opportunities there are to increase links between the Islands and their host countries.

Tuesday, February 10th 2015 - 05:40 UTC

Foreign Secretary Hammond opens first FCO “Diplomatic Academy”

“Ensuring our diplomats have the very best skills is the best way to protect Britain’s security and help British businesses and exporters”, said Hammond

United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will open the Diplomatic Academy in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Tuesday 10th February. The Academy, the first in the Foreign Office’s history, will be a centre of excellence and has been established to equip Foreign Office staff with the essential skills for diplomacy in the modern world.

Tuesday, February 10th 2015 - 05:35 UTC

Falklands pensions' scheme receives top qualification from UK HM Revenue & Customs

QROPS status will allow existing UK-registered pension scheme funds to be transferred to members’ funds held in FIPS.

The Falklands Islands Pensions Board is pleased to announce that HM Revenue & Customs in the United Kingdom has approved the Falkland Islands Pensions Scheme (FIPS) as a Qualifying Recognized Overseas Pensions Scheme (QROPS).

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 13:26 UTC

Researchers fear Ebola virus has mutated and are studying contagion degree

Virologist Noel Tordo said that much more has to be learnt but “for the moment the way of transmission is still the same. You just have to avoid contact”

More than 22,000 people have been infected and about 9,000 are known to have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since what evolved into the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola was identified last March.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 12:46 UTC

Bank of England unanimously leaves interest rates at 0.5% for the 71st month

The so-called “hawks” Ian McCafferty and Martin Weale had previously voted for a 0.25% rise in interest rates at each meeting of the MPC since last August

Bank of England has held interest rates at 0.5% for the 71st month in a row and kept its stimulus programme of quantitative easing (QE) unchanged. Most forecasters now think interest rates will not rise before next year.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 12:32 UTC

China's import of key commodities falls sharply during January

Domestic iron ore prices fell 13% in January, suffering the biggest monthly fall since May 2013 due to oversupply and high inventories.

China's imports of key commodities eased in January after the record high set in December, as expected as the earlier heavy purchases to take advantage of weak prices had swollen inventories, preliminary customs data released has shown.

Saturday, February 7th 2015 - 05:41 UTC

Grandeur of the Seas struck by Norovirus cuts shorts Caribbean cruise

According to Royal Caribbean 193 passengers (9.91%) and nine crewmembers (1.15%) experienced gastrointestinal illness, confirmed as norovirus.

A ten-night sailing of Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship was cut short by one day after nearly 10% of passengers were struck by norovirus. An unrelated medical emergency expedited the need for the ship to dock early as bad weather made an at-sea transfer impossible.

Saturday, February 7th 2015 - 05:33 UTC

Gauguin's “When will you marry me” painting sold in 300 million dollars

The 1892 painting, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), is one of over 20 works in Staechelin collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.

A new record price for an artwork, nearly 300 million dollars, may have been achieved with the sale of a Paul Gauguin canvas by a Swiss collector. The buyer is rumored to be the Qatar Museums.

Friday, February 6th 2015 - 23:36 UTC

Anti-austerity Podemos party becomes Spain's second party and political option

Although Rajoy's party came in first place in the opinion poll, its popularity has plunged of late after a series of corruption scandals in their own ranks

Spain’s anti-austerity left-wingers Podemos would come in second, ahead of the Socialist party (PSOE), if general elections were held today, a polling firm declared this week, as the party, barely one year old, continues its surge in popularity.


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