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Thursday, September 22nd 2016 - 17:00 UTC

St Helena airport “too dangerous to use” opens prospect of £285m compensation claim

The airport was to be opened last May but test pilots said it was too dangerous to use, and it remains closed to commercial flights.

Britain faces the prospect of compensation claims over a disastrous overseas aid project to build an airport on the remote island of St Helena, according to reports in the UK media. The £285million flop became a symbol of Britain’s aid waste this year after experts warned it might never open because of severe problems with wind conditions on the British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Thursday, September 22nd 2016 - 10:46 UTC

Aerolineas Argentinas could become profitable in four years time

Aerolineas have cut non operational costs and increased revenue in the last nine months, but losses this year could reach a billion dollars

Aerolineas Argentinas CEO revealed that the flag-carrier is increasing passenger numbers and could become profitable in four years but losses keep piling, an estimated one billion dollars this year, which comes upon a one to two million dollars daily losses during most of the decade.

Monday, September 19th 2016 - 07:11 UTC

Punta Arenas port increased docking space should be ready early 2017

 “This is an emblematic project for us and it is keeping to budget and timetable, with work intensified this last week”, said Ignacio Covacevich

Works on the extension of the Prat dock in the port of Punta Arenas picked up this last week and should be ready for the beginning of next year, including two dolphins and six jackets, which should enable all cruise passengers to land directly.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 21:02 UTC

Falklands mine clearance project receives a new £20m UK commitment

MLA Mike Poole said UK commitment's to clear the Islands of mines is ”a welcome move and we remain willing to assist practically and logistically where we can.”

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.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 18:35 UTC

Falklands welcomes UK/Argentina future cooperation agreement, which leaves sovereignty discussions out

FIG will be represented at any future discussions on the above matters. Sovereignty of the Falkland Islands will not be part of these discussions.

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) welcomed the UK/Argentina future cooperation agreement to remove all obstacles limiting the economic growth and development of the Falkland Islands and points out it will be represented at future discussions on these matters, the removal of sanctions on hydrocarbons, fisheries, shipping and tourism, and underlines that “sovereignty of the Falkland Islands will not be part of these discussions”.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 17:56 UTC

Falkland Islands Government welcomes better relationship with Argentina

MLAs Gavin Short, Barry Elsby, Phyl Rendell and Mike Summers address questions from the media this morning.

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has welcomed the agreement made between the Argentine and United Kingdom Governments, laid out under this morning’s joint statement. Speaking to the media, Members of the Falkland’s Legislative Assembly stated they “looked forward to a better relationship with Argentina”, especially in the areas of hydrocarbons, fisheries, shipping and tourism.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 12:13 UTC

“Harmony of the Seas” tragic accident during a security drill in Marseille

The accident happened when one of the ship's life boats with five people on board became detached during a “simple security drill” while a stopover in Marseille.

One person has been killed and four others left seriously injured in Marseille after an accident on board the Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise liner. The fatal accident comes just three months after the cruise liner hit the high seas for its much-hyped inaugural voyage. The victim was from the Philippines and was aged 42-years-old. The other victims were three Filipinos and an Indian man.

Friday, September 9th 2016 - 06:07 UTC

Argentina promises 'respectful' cooperation over Falkland Islands

 Argentina is willing to consider resuming direct flights to and from the Falklands and joint UK-Argentine exploration of hydrocarbons around the Islands

The Guardian's diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour caught up with Argentine foreign minister Susana Malcorra in London and interviewed her on UK-Argentina relations and the Falklands/Malvinas dispute. Ms Malcorra said Argentina wants to end the era of confrontation over the South Atlantic islands.

Wednesday, September 7th 2016 - 17:54 UTC

Falkland Islands Holdings declares lower profitability; plans name change

FIH Plc said the timing of the name change was “heavily linked to a recovery in the oil price” and recent progress by Premier Oil PLC was “very encouraging”.

Falkland Islands Holdings PLC on Thursday tabled plans to change its name to FIH Group PLC, as it said profitability in the first five months of its financial year was at a lower level than the prior year. Falkland Islands Holdings, which owns services businesses based in the UK and the Falkland Islands, said it will change its name to FIH Group, subject to shareholder approval, to “more properly reflect the balance of the group's activities”. Its activities are now predominantly in the UK and Europe.

Wednesday, September 7th 2016 - 17:20 UTC

Carnival Vista causes devastation in a Messina marina sinking small vessels

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.

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.

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