We Are Falklands: From beautiful scenery to amazing wildlife, stunning photographs

The images, which are going on display as part of a new exhibition called We Are Falklands, highlight a different side to the island which has previously been hit with war

These incredible photographs showcase the vibrant landscape, wildlife and community vibe of the Falkland Islands.

All of the photographs will be on display at the free 'We Are Falklands' exhibition, which is to be held at Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square, central London until July 27

The images, which are going on display next week as part of a new exhibition, highlight a different side to the island which has been hit with war and poverty in previous years.

The pictures have been taken by both professional and amateur photographers who submitted their pictures for a competition run by the Falkland Islands Government

From beautiful scenery to amazing wildlife, the stunning photographs capture the exquisite landscape and warm communities which now inhabit the island in the South Atlantic.

Krysteen Ormond, from Falkland Islands Government, said: 'The exhibition is a brilliant introduction to life on the Islands, and we hope that a large number of visitors will be tempted to come to see our wonderful home for themselves'

The pictures, which have been taken by both professional and amateur photographers who submitted their pictures for a competition run by the Falkland Islands Government, show a community proud of their beautiful environment, self-sufficiency and historic links with the United Kingdom.

From beautiful scenery to amazing wildlife, the photographs capture the exquisite landscape and warm communities which now inhabit the island in the South Atlantic

Krysteen Ormond, from Falkland Islands Government, said: ‘The exhibition is a brilliant introduction to life on the Islands, and we hope that a large number of visitors will be tempted to come to the Islands to see our wonderful home for themselves.’

Andy Pollard, one of the amateur photographers whose pictures form part of the exhibition (above), said: 'I'm very pleased that my photographs were chosen to be part of this exhibition. The quality of the pictures reflects the outstanding natural beauty of the Islands, which I am proud to call my home'

All of the photographs will be on display at the free ‘We Are Falklands’ exhibition, which is to be held at Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square, central London from Monday until July 27.

The new We Are Falklands exhibition will be free to members of the public and will run from Monday until July 27 at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square

The images, which are going on display as part of a new exhibition called We Are Falklands, highlight a different side to the island which has previously been hit with war. All of the photographs will be on display at the free ‘We Are Falklands’ exhibition, which is to be held at Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square, central London until July 27
All of the photographs featured in the exhibition were sourced by the Falkland Islands Government, which ran a competition to find the very best pictures from the Islands' skilled photographers

The pictures have been taken by both professional and amateur photographers who submitted their pictures for a competition run by the Falkland Islands Government. Krysteen Ormond, from Falkland Islands Government, said: ‘The exhibition is a brilliant introduction to life on the Islands, and we hope that a large number of visitors will be tempted to come to see our wonderful home for themselves’

All of the photographs will be on display at the free 'We Are Falklands' exhibition, which is to be held at Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square, central London until July 27

From beautiful scenery to amazing wildlife, the photographs capture the exquisite landscape and warm communities which now inhabit the island in the South Atlantic

The stunning collection of photographs capture the landscape, wildlife and community lifestyle on the Islands and show how it has redeveloped itself following war

Andy Pollard, one of the amateur photographers whose pictures form part of the exhibition (above), said: ‘I’m very pleased that my photographs were chosen to be part of this exhibition. The quality of the pictures reflects the outstanding natural beauty of the Islands, which I am proud to call my home’

All of the images featured in the exhibition will be used again afterwards as part of the Falklands Experience Roadshow, where they will be displayed at several locations throughout the United Kingdom

The new We Are Falklands exhibition will be free to members of the public and will run from Monday until July 27 at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square

Saunders Island, Falklands

Carcass Island Settlement

This image shows a biker at Wireless Ridge on the Island which was the scene of a battle between British and Argentine forces during the 1982 conflict

As part of the competition to find the images, Falkland Islands Government asked for material from both amateur and professional photographers in several categories including wildlife, landscapes, heritage, island life and people

Beck’s Beer Boom Box

Beck's Beer Boom Box

Think Packaging found an awesome way to package Beck’s beers. Inspired by music, it seems an appropriate choice to house each genre (beer) within a boom box, a classically nostalgic music symbol. Packaging like this will no doubt be hard to part with.

“Beer making is an art, but Beck’s takes that a tad more literally with its bespoke music inspired art labels.

An eclectic mix of musical genres influenced the newest range of New Zealand exclusive Beck’s bottles. Each label motif is a reflection of cover art for a specific genre of music, in an exaggerated, almost clichéd way. From indie to hip hop, rock to pop, heavy metal to punk, Beck’s has captured the varied sounds that are ever-present in the NZ music scene.”

“THINK Packaging were asked to create a pack to show off these new labels. The brief contained the words “something music inspired” …. They replied, boom box. With some awesome extras of course.

Straight out gangster. “

Russia reinforces Crimea fleet

A file photo of a Russian submarine. Credit: AFP

Russia announced on Wednesday that it had begun expanding and modernising its Black Sea fleet based in Crimea with new ships and submarines, just months after annexing the peninsula from Ukraine.

“Today we have started forming a powerful Black Sea fleet with an absolutely different level of air service, coastal missile and artillery troops and marines,” said Alexander Vitko, the Black Sea fleet commander, in a message to servicemen.

“We are preparing bases and crews to serve on new ships and submarines.”

Vitko said the modernisation of the fleet “lays the foundation for the future of the fleet, both in the short term and looking far ahead.”

Russia’s Black Sea fleet had a base at the historic port city of Sevastopol in Crimea under an agreement with Ukraine before Russia annexed the peninsula in March.

President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the national security council on Tuesday that Russia will bolster its defences to counter the creeping influence of NATO close to its borders.

“It is necessary to implement all of the country’s defence measures fully and promptly, including of course in Crimea and Sevastopol, where we have to de facto create military infrastructure from scratch,” he said.

Putin attended a naval parade there on May 9 Victory Day this year, when thousands crowded the harbour to watch war ships carry out manoeuvres.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in May that Russia’s only warm-water fleet would get new ships and submarines this year.

Russia earlier this month announced plans to develop Sevastopol up to 2030, including building a power station to reduce its dependence on electricity from Ukraine.

It has also announced an ambitious project to build a bridge connecting Crimea to southern Russia.

More Than 50 Feared Dead In Passenger Plane Crash In Taiwan

TransAsia Airways ATR72 212A  at Taipei Songshan Airport

More than 50 people are thought to have died in a passenger plane crash in Taiwan.

Local media reports put the death toll at 51, with 7 injuries. Earlier reports, however, put the death toll lower, and the airline has not yet released an official statement.

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The TransAsia Airways flight was reportedly trying to make an emergency landing on a small island in typhoon conditions.

The storm was centered over mainland China, but Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau was advising heavy rain for Taiwan, according to the Associated Press.

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A reporter for the South China Morning Post is tweeting updates about the scene:

The plane reportedly crashed into residential buildings on its way down, according to The Straits Times in Singapore.

The flight took off from Kaohsiung International Airport in Taiwan at about 5 p.m. local time and was flying to Penghu’s Magong Airport, the South China Morning Post reports.

The plane’s captain reportedly lost contact with the control tower before the crash landing at about 7 p.m. It was the aircraft’s second attempt to land. There were 58 people aboard the plane.

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Hundreds of rescuers have been dispatched to the scene.

TransAsia Airways is a Taiwanese airline that makes mostly domestic flights.

These photos reportedly show the scene of the crash:

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Magong Airport Taiwan

France hits back after UK condemns Russia Mistral ship deal

French naval ship FNS Mistral.(AFP Photo / Roslan Rahman)
French naval ship FNS Mistral.(AFP Photo / Roslan Rahman)

France’s foreign minister has accused the UK of double standards following its criticism of the Russian Mistral warship deal. Referring to Russian oligarchs in the UK, he said that Britain must tend to its own backyard before attacking French policies.

Following the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, British Prime Minister David Cameron criticized Paris for its plan to go ahead with the delivery of Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia. Cameron stressed that the move would be “unthinkable” in Britain.

“The English in particular were very pleasant so to speak saying we would never do that, but I told my dear British friends let’s talk about the financial sector,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told TF1 television after a meeting of European foreign ministers in Brussels.

“I am led to believe that there are quite a few Russian oligarchs in London,” he added, as quoted by Reuters.

When asked whether he meant that the UK must first address its own business, Fabius replied: “Exactly.

On Monday, French President Francois Hollande said the plan to deliver the Mistral helicopter carriers to Russia would go forward, despite calls from the US and UK. The first ship is nearly completed and will be presented in October.

“The Russians have paid. Should we repay 1.1 billion euros if the boat was not delivered to the purchaser?” he asked while speaking to reporters late on Monday – the night before an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to discuss tougher sanctions on Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis.

“For the time being, a level of sanctions has not been decided on that would prevent this delivery,” he said. “The contract was signed in 2011, the boat is almost finished and should be delivered in October.”

AFP Photo / Frank Perry

AFP Photo / Frank Perry

France will be the first NATO country to supply Russia with military equipment. Under the 1.2 billion euro contract (US$1.6 billion) signed by Russian defense exporting company Rosoboronexport and French DCNS in June 2011, Russia is to receive two Mistral-class helicopter carriers.

The head of Hollande’s ruling Socialist Party, Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, told iTélé television on Tuesday that “Hollande is not backing down.”

“He is delivering the first (ship) despite the fact he is being asked not to…This is a false debate led by hypocrites…When you see how many (Russian) oligarchs have sought refuge in London, David Cameron should start by cleaning up his own backyard,” he continued.

US President Barack Obama expressed concern in June about France continuing significant defense deals with Moscow, following Crimea’s accession to Russia in March. He said that it “would have been preferable to press the pause button” on the deal.

On Monday, a senior US administration official reiterated that Washington has not changed its stance and continues to oppose the deliveries.

However, it is not yet clear whether France will go through with the delivery of the second ship, which is planned for the end of next year.

“Does that mean that the rest of the contract – the second Mistral – can be carried through? That depends on Russia’s attitude,” Hollande said on Monday evening.

Here’s The Right Way To Organize Your Refrigerator

Refrigerator Organization

Refrigerators are complex and beautiful machines. They’re also much more nuanced than you might expect.

For instance, did you know that the doors are the warmest, the bottom shelf the coldest, and the drawers the most humid? That’s why products like mayonnaise and orange juice, which have natural preservatives, can stay fresh on the doors, while more fragile products like eggs, milk, and raw meat are best stored on the bottom shelf. What about the fact that many fruits emit a gas that accelerates rotting in vegetables, so they should always be stored separately? Or that you should never put bread or wine on top of your fridge because the warmth will ruin it?

We made this simple graphic to help you maximize your food’s freshness.

Just where exactly are Gazans supposed to evacuate to?

This is the question that sums up the plight of Gazans. As you can see from this map, several UN shelters are within the Israeli government’s evacuation zone.

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“Where do we go now?” Asked Ibithan Shamali, her forehead bandaged from shrapnel in the second attack. “All the [UN] shelters are full, our relations are also without homes now. We shall have to find somewhere to rent; I don’t know what will happen if we can’t do that.”

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days.

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