Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands
Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 05:03 UTC

Falklands oil company is ready to begin drilling at the end of 2015 first quarter

In all, FOGL expects to take part in a five-well drilling program that will target more than 1.3 billion barrels of oil off the Falkland Islands

Falkland Oil and Gas Limited (FOGL) reported this week that it is making progress with its preparations for its next drilling campaign, which is scheduled to start during the first quarter of 2015 off the South Atlantic Falklands Islands.

Saturday, September 13th 2014 - 05:37 UTC

Falklands and the ”unwelcome visits from (Argentine) aircraft”

Gerald Cheek also played an active part in the resistance against the Argentine invasion

Gerald Cheek, now retired from his position as Falkland Islands Director of Civil Aviation, has addressed a letter to the Penguin News clarifying some details about the 'Unwelcome visits from aircraft', clearly in reference to episodes of Argentine aircraft incursion and landing in the Islands.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 06:46 UTC

Falklands Islands' minefield priority areas are named as bidders visit

Foreign Office Advisor for minefield issues Alistair Craib confirmed this week the priority minefields to be cleared beginning November

Four minefield clusters have been pinpointed as priority areas for the next clearance phase in the Falkland Islands. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Advisor for minefield issues Alistair Craib confirmed this week that Priority 1 is Minefield 59 on either sides of the MPA Road near Wall Mountain and Mount Harriet.

Thursday, September 11th 2014 - 03:12 UTC

Falklands explore potential for small-scale commercial fishery with 20 focal species

Chilean urchin  - Loxechinus albus (|Pic: SMSG)

By Dr. Deborah Davidson - The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) has been established since March 2012, and already has an expanding team of 12 employees based in Stanley (one of whom is a PhD student), five international PhD students, and three employees based in Ascension Island and one working in Saint Helena - all on various projects.

Wednesday, September 10th 2014 - 06:53 UTC

Falklands' capital Stanley three oldest buildings incorporated to new museum

The location of the Falkland Islands new Historic Dockyard museum to be opened to the public next Friday, adds to its historical importance and incorporates three of the oldest buildings in the capital Stanley built in the 1840s. Store House Nº1 is the largest converted space and is known locally as the Central Store, the Black Smiths shop several other small buildings have also been renovated from their neglected states and converted into exhibition spaces.

Wednesday, September 10th 2014 - 06:41 UTC

Falklands new Historic Dockyard Museum opens to the public on Friday

Guest of honour, Sir Neil Cossons OBE, (*) declared the Historic Dockyard Museum officially open with a ringing of the Dockyard bell

After decades of planning, and a huge amount of dedication from the Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust (FIMNT) and supporters, the Falkland Islands’ new Historic Dockyard Museum is nearing completion. Approximately 100 invited guests attended the launch event on Saturday 6th September, and the building will be open to the public on Friday 12th September.

Monday, September 8th 2014 - 07:07 UTC

Malvinas Argentine sovereignty policy launches book recalling first speech before UN C24

Timerman and Filmus insisted that Malvinas sovereignty policy is a “State policy” supported by all democratic governments

Foreign minister Hector Timerman and Malvinas affairs Secretary Daniel Filmus, made the official presentation of the book “Malvinas Argentine sovereignty; 50 years since ambassador Ruda's speech” which recalls the fiftieth anniversary of the first Argentine presentation on the question of the Malvinas Islands before the UN Decolonization Committee, or C24.

Monday, September 8th 2014 - 05:36 UTC

Fifty years since Falklands incursion and landing by Argentine light aircraft

A recent photo of the ‘bystander’ Jim Shirtcliffe who received Fitzgerald’s note of protest.

This Monday is the fiftieth anniversary of an odd stunt by Argentine Cessna pilot Miguel Fitzgerald who landed his light aircraft on the Stanley racecourse, left a note of protest about the ‘illegal’ British occupation of the Falkland Islands, handed an Argentine flag to a bemused bystander, and flew away again.

Saturday, September 6th 2014 - 07:04 UTC

Is the controversial 'squid war' with Argentina reignited?

“Despite initial concern..., catches of Illex have exceeded 270,000 tons, which is the highest since the fishery began in 1987” said Governor Colin Roberts

The Falkland Islands Fisheries Department has reported this year that squid fishing generated the largest annual capture since records began, representing a major boost to the Islands economy.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 03:28 UTC

Falklands' GDP 'volatile' because of fisheries and oil and gas exploration

Oil industry activities input to the Falklands economy in 2012 meant the per capita GDP soared to £77.4 thousand for 2012.

Recently released data shows that the Falkland Islands Gross Domestic Product (GDP) continues to be volatile: expanding considerably during some years and shrinking in others. For example, 2012, a year of intense hydrocarbons activity the per capita for a population of 2.562, in the books soared to £77.400.

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