Argentine teenagers travel to Falklands in high school graduation trip

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Saturday, October 14th 2017 – 08:10 UTC

 

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The Ensenada group of students who are scheduled to arrive in the Falklands this Saturday.


Eighteen Argentine high school graduates from a Catholic institution in the port-town of Ensenada, next to La Plata should be arriving in the Falkland Islands this Saturday after connecting with the LATAM flight in Rio Gallegos. The trip was planned and agreed two years ago and since then they have been collecting funds with different activities to make possible a lifetime’s dream.
According to local media reports the group is chaperoned by three teachers, the sister of a soldier from Ensenada fallen during the 1982 conflict, plus three Malvinas Veterans from La Plata’s grouping, Antonio Reda, Eduardo González and Claudio Guzmán.
The graduates will try to capture the significance in situ of the conflict and its consequences, which happened when none of them was born.
“For us it is not a graduates’ end of the year visit, it’s an institutional trip which belongs to an institutional project. It was born out of the necessity for the new generations to be protagonists” explained Karina Seibane who is the pastoral coordinator of the week long trip.
Apparently among the many tours and activities, the students will honor the only three Islanders, civilians, killed during the conflict during a British bombardment in Stanley, They are carrying a rose from silversmith Pallarods, made out of cartridge cases, for the ceremony.
The teenagers will keep their community and friends informed of their visit and experiences in Facebook, “De Ensenada a Malvinas”, where they have also been reporting about their efforts to collect the trip’s funding and expectations.
“I’m very excited and want to know more about history”, said Mateo Quaresimale, who added “hopefully we will understand, but also I’m sure I’ll come back far more mature”. His mother who went to see him off admitted that when the project was presented originally, “it was really something very strong”, but “we supported them all along”.
“I think it’s going to be difficult at first because here we are accustomed to say that the Islands are Argentine, but when we arrive we’ll be seeing a different flag” Lautaro Reyes was quoted. “But we are not on a hate program, it would be great if we could meet boys and girls of our age, to find out how they feel about something that is so important for us”. He hopes they can establish some sort of friendship with the Islanders.
Argentine high school graduates normally celebrate with an end of year trip, obviously depending on parents’ pockets. Those who can afford it like to experience Disneyworld, Mexico or even somewhere in Europe, but for the majority it is to Bariloche, the mountain resort in Patagonia. And now it seems they have added the Falklands to the options.

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Falklands’ Swearing in Ceremony for Governor Phillips on 12 September

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Saturday, September 2nd 2017 – 19:16 UTC

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Designate governor Nigel Phillips served in the RAF from 1984 until 2000, and has since then worked in a number of defense attaché roles in British Embassies.
The Falkland Islands elected government, Gilbert House, has announced that the Swearing in Ceremony for the Governor Designate, Mr. Nigel Phillips CBE will take place in the Court and Assembly Chamber, Stanley, on Tuesday 12th September 2017 commencing at 09:00 hrs.
The ceremony will be followed by a parade at Victory Green. A Guard of Honor consisting of a tri-service detachment of Royal Navy, Army, and Royal Air Force and a detachment from the FIDF will form up at 09:50 hrs.
At 10.00 hrs the Governor will arrive and the inspection, parade and 17 gun-salute will commence. The Parade will end by 10:30 hrs.
Members of the public are cordially invited to observe the Parade.
Mr. Nigel Phillips CBE succeeds Mr. Colin Roberts CVO who left the Falklands in July to another Diplomatic Service appointment. The designate governor served in the RAF from 1984 until 2000, and has since then worked in a number of defense attaché roles in British Embassies.
Since 2016 Phillips has been at the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union, in Brussels, Deputy Military Representative. Between 2014 and 2016 he was head, Russian Strategic Studies/Wider Europe Policy and 2013/14 Member of Royal College of Defense Studies.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond DOESN’T mention the future of the Falklands on trip to Argentina

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Chancellor Philip Hammond DOESN’T mention the future of the Falkland Islands on trade trip to Argentina (though he does remind his hosts that Britain gave them football)

  • Philip Hammond became the first cabinet minister to visit Argentina in 16 years
  • His historic meeting with President Mauricio Macri was primarily about trade
  • He had been urged to stand up for Falkland residents but islands not mentioned
  • But he did stress evidence of previous trade with Britain, including football

Chancellor Philip Hammond did not raise the thorny issue of the Falkland Islands during his visit to Argentina.

Mr Hammond became the first British Cabinet minister to visit the South American country in 16 years this week.

The Chancellor met with President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires for trade talks during the historic visit.

He had been urged to stand up for the people of the Falkland Islands during the visit, but the issue was not raised by either side during the meeting, local sources said.

The Chancellor (right) met with President Mauricio Macri (left) in Buenos Aires for trade talks during the historic visit. But the matter of the future of the Falkand Islands did not come up 

The Chancellor (right) met with President Mauricio Macri (left) in Buenos Aires for trade talks during the historic visit. But the matter of the future of the Falkand Islands did not come up.
Pictured: Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Faurie (right) shakes hands with Chancellor Philip Hammond in Buenos Aires 

Pictured: Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Faurie (right) shakes hands with Chancellor Philip Hammond in Buenos Aires 
Mr Hammond had been urged to stand up for the people of the Falkland Islands during the visit, but the issue was not raised by either side during the meeting, local sources said. Pictured: The Chancellor with Foreign Affairs Minister Faurie

Mr Hammond had been urged to stand up for the people of the Falkland Islands during the visit, but the issue was not raised by either side during the meeting, local sources said. Pictured: The Chancellor with Foreign Affairs Minister Faurie

Relations between Britain and Argentina have historically been dominated by the issue of the Falklands, which has been a British overseas territory since 1833.

Argentina continues to claim sovereignty over the islands.

The visit, part of a four-day trip to South America, was designed to revive trade links that never recovered after the 1982 Falklands War.

The Chancellor led a trade delegation including representatives from the London Stock Exchange, Crossrail International and the Bank of England.

No British Cabinet minister has visited Argentina since 2001, when Tony Blair made a symbolic stopover at the Iguazu Falls on the border with Brazil.

The visit, part of a four-day trip to South America, was designed to revive trade links that never recovered after the 1982 Falklands War. Pictured: The Chancellor with Foreign Affairs Minister Faurie

The visit, part of a four-day trip to South America, was designed to revive trade links that never recovered after the 1982 Falklands War. Pictured: The Chancellor with Foreign Affairs Minister Faurie
In a 2013 referendum Falklanders voted overwhelmingly to remain a British overseas territory. Pictured: The Chancellor with Foreign Affairs Minister Faurie

In a 2013 referendum Falklanders voted overwhelmingly to remain a British overseas territory. Pictured: The Chancellor with Foreign Affairs Minister Faurie
Mr Hammond did, however, stress how strong relations between the two countries once were - and included the transmission of football to Argentina. Pictured: President Macri and Chancellor Hammond

Mr Hammond did, however, stress how strong relations between the two countries once were – and included the transmission of football to Argentina. Pictured: President Macri and Chancellor Hammond

Relations have thawed following the election of President Macri, who has adopted a less confrontational stance over the Falklands.

The Falkland Islands are internally self-governing, but Britain is responsible for their defence and foreign affairs and came to their aid during an invasion by Argentina in 1982.

In a 2013 referendum Falklanders voted overwhelmingly to remain a British overseas territory.

In a speech clearly designed to placate his Argentine hosts, Mr Hammond said: ‘We can recapture the spirit of the age when the UK was Argentina’s primary trading partner.

‘The evidence of that time is still all around us: in your schools, in your railways, in your universities, in your football teams. There, I said it.’

How Britain brought the beautiful game to Argentina in the 1800s

The beautiful game was brought to Argentina by British immigrants at the end of the 19th century.

The first league in the country was inaugurated in 1891, which makes it the fifth-oldest league among FIFA members in the world – after England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.

There was a well-established British community in Argentina by the 1860s, with many coming to work on the railways – owned by Britain – that were operated in the South American country.

As the British had a habit of doing everywhere else in the world, they brought their sports with them.

Though cricket does not seem to have appealed to the Argentine heart, many pastimes did – including rugby, horse riding, tennis and, of course, football.

In 1867 Thomas and James Hogg established the Buenos Aires Football Club, which was allowed to play on the cricket field used by the Buenos Aires Cricket Club.

In the 1880s, a Glaswegian schoolteacher named Alexander Watson Hutton began teaching football at St Andrew’s School in Buenos Aires.

Known as the father of Argentine football, in 1884 he founded the Buenos Aires English High School and persisted in teaching the ways of the kicking game.

Later, in 1891, the Association Argentine Football League was established by Alex Lamont – and it was only a matter of time before other arrivals in the country, particularly the Italians, became hooked.

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Huge iceberg breaks free from the Antarctica Larsen C ice shelf

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Thursday, July 13th 2017 – 08:53 UTC

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Larsen C is about 1100 feet thick and rests at the edge of West Antarctica, blocking the glaciers that feed into it.

All of the region’s ice shelves, including Larsens A, B, and C, impede the movement of Antarctic glaciers, which, if they float into the ocean, can hasten sea-level rise.

The Larsen A ice shelf collapsed in 1995 and the Larsen B shelf suddenly crumbled in 2002 after a similar rift developed.
An iceberg the size of Delaware has broken free from an Antarctic ice shelf, leaving the rest of the shelf vulnerable to collapse and serving as a harbinger of future sea-level rise that could pose a serious threat to coastal communities such as the Falkland Islands.
The break in the Larsen C ice shelf , the most northern major ice shelf in the region occurred Wednesday, according to Project MIDAS, a UK-based monitoring group.
Ice shelves are the thick, floating ice at the edge of the continent, and they serve as buttresses, keeping onshore glaciers from sliding into the sea. Researchers have been monitoring the rift in the Larsen C shelf for years and became alarmed in December when the breach widened dramatically. At one point this spring, the rift grew by 11 miles in less than a week, leaving only eight miles left and raising fears that a complete break was imminent. More than six months later — in the middle of the Antarctic winter — the break has occurred.
“The situation with the Larsen [C] ice shelf is a combination of fascinating and troubling, a tangible piece of a larger slow-motion disaster unfolding in front of our eyes,” said Michael Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University. “We are seeing a microcosm of the future… a future that may already be inevitable and, if not, will likely be so if we transgress the 2º C warming target.”
Larsen C is about 1100 feet thick and rests at the edge of West Antarctica, blocking the glaciers that feed into it. All of the region’s ice shelves, including Larsens A, B, and C, impede the movement of Antarctic glaciers, which, if they float into the ocean, can hasten sea-level rise.
The Larsen A ice shelf collapsed in 1995 and the Larsen B shelf suddenly crumbled in 2002 after a similar rift developed.
“One of the processes causing the disintegration of the Larsen… is also implicated in the rapid changes in the Amundsen Sea area of West Antarctica — Thwaites glacier, Pine Island glacier,’’ said Oppenheimer, a long-time participant in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. When land-based ice goes into the ocean, it causes sea-level rise.
“There is a relatively small amount of ice behind the Larsen, so even if it all disintegrated, the contribution to sea-level rise would be modest, a few inches,’’ he said. Still, even a few inches of sea-level rise is meaningful, especially when combined with storm surge in low-lying areas.
And what is happening with Larsen C is not an isolated problem. Cracks in other Antarctic ice shelves also have developed.
“There is several meters worth of ice behind the other ice shelves and more behind vulnerable ice shelves in East Antarctica. So what we are seeing is a vivid demonstration of what warm water and warm air can do to an ice shelf and the land-based ice sheet that the shelf has been restraining,” Oppenheimer said.
With the break, Larsen C lost more than 10% of its area, leaving the ice front at the most retreated position on record, according to Project Midas.

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Change of Governor of the Falkland Islands

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Friday, June 30th 2017 – 16:49 UTC

 

Mr Nigel Phillips CBE new Governor Falkland Islands and Her Majesty’s Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Mr Nigel Phillips CBE has been appointed Governor of the in succession to Mr Colin Roberts CVO who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Phillips will take up his appointment in September 2017.

As announced by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office today, Mr Phillips will succeed Mr Colin Roberts CVO in the position of Governor of the Falkland Islands. Mr Phillips served in the RAF from 1984 until 2000, and has since then worked in a number of defence attaché roles in British Embassies.

Chair of the Legislative Assembly, Gavin Short MLA, said “On behalf of the Members of the Legislative Assembly and the people of the Falkland Islands, I welcome the appointment of Nigel Philips as the next Governor of the Falklands. He will join us at a juncture in our country’s history when having good communications with both the British Government and FCO will be extremely important. I look forward to his arrival and to working with him.”
Curriculum Vitae
2016 – present Ministry of Defence (MOD), UK Permanent Representation to the European Union, Brussels, Deputy Military Representative
2014 – 2016 MOD, Head, Russian Strategic Studies/Wider Europe Policy
2013 – 2014 Member of Royal College of Defence Studies
2012 – 2013 Language training (Russian), Defence Academy
2010 – 2012 Warsaw, British Embassy, Defence Attaché
2007 – 2009 Defence College Communications Information Systems, Deputy Commandant and Garrison Commander
2003 – 2007 Stockholm, British Embassy, Defence Attaché
2001 – 2003 Defence Communications Services Agency, Senior Staff Officer Communication Operations Planning
2000 – 2001 Defence Academy, Advanced Command and Staff Course, Student
1984 – 2000 Member of the Royal Air Force (RAF), various appointments
Mr. Phillips is married with  Emma Phillips  and they have one daughter

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Ambassador Kent: “Bilateral ties improving but Falkland islanders will define their own future”

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Sunday, June 18th 2017 – 16:06 UTC

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Ambassador Mark Kent: “We do not see Argentina as an enemy”
The British ambassador to Argentina, Mark Kent, underlined the United Kingdom’s intentions to “improve” bilateral relations and admitted a meeting between President Mauricio Macri and Prime Minister Theresa May within the framework of the G20 was possible. However, he made it clear that with regards to the Falkland Islands question “the islanders have the right to define their own future.”
According to Kent, relations between the two governments “are better than yesterday and not as good as they can be tomorrow.” He added that “we are in a process of strengthening ties and we want to improve relations with Argentina. We have many things in common today and we want to support Argentina in the G20 and also in the ILO.”
The British ambassador highlighted the shift in the relationship between the two governments since the arrival of Mauricio Macri at the Pink House (Casa Rosada government building). Under the new conditions, “I am confident that there will be more UK investments in Argentina,” Kent said.
“We have seen an interest of the investors in Argentina. The investment process takes time. From the general interest to completion of business takes time. But I am confident that there will be more investments in Argentina. There is much to offer in Argentina in mining, infrastructure, agro industry. Investors are seeking – as in the whole world – transparency, legal security, simplicity of investments, lack of bureaucracy, political security, and the Argentine government understands this well,” he added.
“Argentina has intentions to join the OECD and this would be important in terms of establishing international standards of trade and investment,” Kent elaborated.
When asked about the role the Falklands/Malvinas issue would play in these renewed, better relationship, Kent replied that “the important thing is to show empathy on both sides and to have a policy of greater contacts – conflict has led nowhere and in any relationship there will never be a hundred percent agreement on all issues.”
He went on to specify that “the islanders have rights and they must have the final word on the future of the islands … and the right to define their own future and they will carry their position forward.” But he also announced that his government and the islanders are “ready” to negotiate with Buenos Aires the restitution of flights from the Falklands to the Continent, including an eventual stop in Buenos Aires.
“This is part of the joint statement and we want to achieve this,” Kent said. “We are ready to work on this because I believe that as long as we all have better communications with the Continent it will be better.”
The diplomat also referred to the current operation under the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to identify the bodies of Argentine soldiers buried at the Darwin cemetery.
“We are working with the Red Cross to carry out the identification of soldiers on the islands. We have to take into account the issue of the veterans and we are supporting the contact between veterans of both sides. There is mutual understanding and respect in it. They are people who have experienced extreme experiences and shared the same experience. There is a lot of respect between both sides,” Kent said.
Asked about how things were presently he replied: “I can say that we do not see Argentina as an enemy. But the British government is responsible for the security of the islands.”
He admitted that a meeting between Macri and May at the G20 meeting in Hamburg in July was possible. “I do not yet have confirmation of that meeting, but it is normal that there are meetings between the President and our prime minister in the G20 context,” he concluded as he recalled that Argentina is to chair the G20 in 2018 and host its AGM in Buenos Aires. (Source: Infobae)

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Prince Andrew attends Falklands War anniversary service

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The service was held at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College

The Duke of York has joined other Falklands veterans at a service to mark the 35th anniversary of the end of the conflict.

Prince Andrew, who was a Royal Navy helicopter pilot in the war, paid his respects at the chapel of Pangbourne College in Berkshire.

The service was relayed on screens outside the chapel, to allow 870 veterans and relatives to take part.

Britain accepted the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982.

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The Duke of York read a lesson at the 35th anniversary service
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Some of the congregation watched the service on a screen outside the chapel

Among those in the congregation was Ellie Smith, whose husband Petty Officer Ben Casey was one of the first servicemen to be killed in the conference.

She said: “My husband always said he loved fighting for what was right. I have a lot of love and a lot of pride in my heart.”

Another attendee, Rear Admiral Jeremy Sanders said: “It did get quite close because ships were getting tired, ammunition was constantly having to be resupplied.”

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Ellie Smith’s husband Ben Casey was one of the first serviceman killed in the war
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Rear Admiral Jeremy Sanders said the outcome of the war “got quite close because ships were getting tired”

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