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Stories for May 2017

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 - 08:57 UTC

    Argentina paid homage to officers and crew that went down with the cruiser General Belgrano 35 years ago

    Minister Martinez said Malvinas is a matter of state, it is “the inalienable calling of the Argentine sovereignty claim over out Malvinas”, no matter the government.

    Argentina paid homage on Tuesday to the 323 crew and officers who lost their lives when the Navy's cruiser General Belgrano was sunk on 2 May 1982, by a British submersible in the midst of the Falklands conflict 35 years ago.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 - 08:32 UTC

    American trust becomes largest single shareholder of FIH

    The investment vehicle Staunton Holdings Limited has got rid of all its shares in the Islands lynchpin Falkland Islands Holdings

    Conservative Party donor David Rowland has thrown in the towel in the Falkland Islands after losing a battle to take control of its key industries. The Rowland´s family investment vehicle, Staunton Holdings Limited has got rid of all its shares in the Falkland Islands Holdings (FIH) after shareholders rejected a takeover, reports the London financial media.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 - 07:15 UTC

    Argentina promotes sales to China through e-commerce Alibaba

    Argentine president Mauricio Macri and Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma meet at Government House following the MOU to open up new trade opportunities

    Argentine president Mauricio Macri and Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tuesday in Buenos Aires as a way to open up new trade opportunities and to support merchants that are marketing products on Alibaba's e-commerce platforms.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 - 06:53 UTC

    Mastermind of Lula's corruption cases temporarily released from jail

    A former guerrilla now aged 71, Dirceu was convicted in May 2016 to 32 years in jail for taking bribes, money laundering and criminal association.

    Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the release from prison of Jose Dirceu, who was convicted of graft-related crimes after serving as cabinet chief of ex-president Lula da Silva. Dirceu has been detained since 2015 in connection to a vast corruption scheme known as Car Wash.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 - 06:37 UTC

    Sweep against crime gangs in Rio triggers shooting and setting buses and trucks on fire

    The operation, which included shootouts between police and gangsters, finally arrested 45 men and seized automatic rifles and grenades

    Brazilian military police launched a major anti-crime operation in northern Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, arresting dozens of men and confiscating automatic rifles in a sweep that led gang members to burn public buses and left the city that hosted last year's Olympics on edge.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 - 06:27 UTC

    Malcorra downplays possibility of Falklands requesting visa for Argentine visitors

    Malcorra underlined that the objective of the Argentine government is to create the necessary overall confidence building, but building on this “takes time”.

    Argentine foreign minister downplayed the news that the Falkland Islands could impose a visa system for Argentines visiting the Islands, although admitting the ministry is following the issue closely and insisted that confidence building with the local population takes time.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 - 06:06 UTC

    UK Theresa May boasts being a “bloody difficult woman” ahead of Brexit talks

    ”During the Conservative Party leadership campaign I was described as a bloody difficult woman and I said the next person to find that out will be Juncker.”

    UK Prime Minster Theresa May has boasted about being a “bloody difficult woman” amid reports of a clash with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker over Brexit. Mrs. May insisted “a lot” of the leaked account of a difficult Downing Street dinner between the two sides was “Brussels gossip”.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 - 05:46 UTC

    High abstention in the range of 25% threatens French presidential runoff

    An internal survey of supporters of defeated far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon showed only 35% would back pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron

    Fears that a high abstention rate could help far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France's presidential runoff strengthened on Tuesday when two-thirds of far-left supporters said they intend to abstain or cast a blank ballot. An internal survey of supporters of defeated far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon showed only 35% would back pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron, Le Pen's rival and the frontrunner.

  • Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 - 22:31 UTC

    BAS describes how warm, dry winds weaken Antarctic ice shelves

    In 1995 and 2002, the Larsen A and B ice shelves collapsed, depositing an area the size of half East Falkland into the Weddell Sea.

    New research describes for the first time the role that warm, dry winds play in influencing the behaviour of Antarctic ice shelves. Making a presentation at a European conference scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) explain how spring and summer winds, known as föhn winds, are prevalent on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, West Antarctica and creating melt pools.

  • Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 - 11:46 UTC

    IAATO estimates 46.385 visitors to Antarctica during the 2017/18 season

    Overall, levels of visitation, particularly in the cruise sector of the industry, has been increasing steadily since 2011-2012.

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced its tourism figures for the 2016-2017 Antarctic season at the start of its annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2/7. Members are gathered to discuss safe, environmentally responsible Antarctic tourism, including a multi-dimensional approach to managing for growth that will keep activities both safe and sustainable.