THE Falkland Islands Government has responded to media speculation concerning the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and a possible link to blood clots, saying that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) has, “confirmed that the vaccine is safe, effective and has saved thousands of lives.”

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A PAPER on fishing quotas ‘New Individual Transfer Quota (ITQ) Rights: Additional Policy Clarifications’ was discussed at the most recent meeting of the Falkland Islands Government’s Executive Council.

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Today, two mandates were signed at the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) Grand Salon in Geneva, in order to enable a new stage of the Humanitarian Project Plan to proceed. The plan, which began in 2017, has led to the DNA identification of 115 Argentine soldiers who died during the Falkland Islands War, and were previously buried in unnamed graves.

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“MOTHER nature, she has her good days she has her bad days…I reckon mother nature is just a person standing up there and controlling our world,” an Australian farmer’s young son told actress Miriam Margolyes in her excellent TV series ‘Almost Australian’.

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THIS column could have gone a number of ways. A pleasant meander on Christmas holidays, a regretful ponder on Brexit, or a grouse at having to end the year printing the PM’s condescending speech on the Penguin News front page.

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