Kind Regards to Chile from a Dear Friend and Collegue in India

Honorable Kartar BhallaMy dear friend Kartar Bhalla, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Nauru in India and invaluable member of the World Federation of Consuls (FICAC), always has a way with words.  Chile thanks you, Honorable Consul Bhalla, and all of our friends around the world.

Honourable friend Paulina,

Words fail me to express my joy and extend my congratulations to you and the people of Chile on the most unprecedented rescue of 33 Chilean miners after 69 days.

Church  bells must have tolled, sirens must have  blared and millions in the world must have had  smiles on their faces as miner Florencio Avalos resurfaced after 69 days of living underground, winched up in a rescue capsule, and like clockwork, all the  remaining miners – 32 –  followed. TV and Internet audiences across the globe must have  remained glued, witnessing a human drama that surpassed anything the world had known in the recent past. What had the potential to turn into a tragic story became a moment of pride for Chile.

A cave-in on August 5 had left the miners trapped in a small copper-and-gold mine. The tremendous effort of the Chilean government, led by President Sebastian Pinera and Mining Minister Laurence Golborne, has been fruitful, first in locating the miners and then in coordinating an international rescue effort, which led to recovering them from the jaws of death. Contact with the outside world, established 17 days after the cave-in, too had a vital role to play in boosting their morale as well as providing them with material and emotional support.


This would be remembered as an unforgettebale  triumph of human spirit seen in the dramatic Chilean rescue effort.
Heartiest congratulations, Chile.

Kartar Bhalla
India

 

 

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Monaco Prince’s Palace Invites Consul Biggs Sparkuhl to National Day Celebrations

National Day celebrations in MonacoThe Principality of Monaco has invited Consul Biggs Sparkuhl to its National Day Celebration in November of 2010.

The legendary 3-day event begins with a cocktail reception at the Palace, followed the next day by a traditional Mass at the Cathedral, and later the white-tie gala at the Grimaldi Forum.

Established by a Consul of Genoa centuries ago, the tiny Principality is one of the oldest and most successful examples of the power of diplomacy.   As North American Director of FICAC, Consul Biggs Sparkuhl has developed valued alliances with consuls in Monaco, and is looking forward to seeing all these friends on this auspicious occasion.

The Count, the Consuls and the Carmenere

Count Guido Roberto DeiroRecently Consul Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl was introduced by the Honorary Consul of the Principality of Monaco to Count Guido Deiro and his lovely wife, Countess Joan.

A legend in Las Vegas for many years, Count Deiro administered airports for Howard Hughes when Hughes also lived in Las Vegas, and is the best known local auctioneer for a generation.   The four discussed international affairs, arts, science and Las Vegas history.  Consul Biggs Sparkuhl took advantage of the occasion to introduce the Count and Countess to Chilean wine, bringing a special reserve 2005 Carmenere.  The four enjoyed a tremendous evening at Villa Kismet, the Count’s estate in Las Vegas.

“My appreciative thanks to Paulina for my first taste of Chilean wine. One does not usually open a gift and drink it immediately, but when I saw what it was there was no stopping me.”   –  Count Deiro