Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands
Tuesday, May 12th 2015 - 22:03 UTC

Falklands' Isobel Deep drilling operations have recommenced

Technical issues relating to Eirik Raude rig's blow-out preventer (BOP) control system have now been fully resolved and Premier Oil resumed drilling

Energy company Rockhopper Exploration and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd., have announced that drilling operations at Isobel Deep well have recommenced. Isobel Deep is located in the North Falklands basin and is part of the current round of drilling in Falklands' waters.

Tuesday, May 12th 2015 - 06:12 UTC

Chile's renews 'explicit' support for Argentina's Falklands/Malvinas claim

Daniel Filmus (R) met with Chilean foreign minister Muñoz and the leaders of the Lower House and Senate in Santiago

The Chilean government has renewed its 'explicit' support for Argentina's sovereignty claims over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands, according to Daniel Filmus, the Argentine official head of the special department for affairs relative to the Malvinas Islands, who is currently in a political tour in Santiago.

Monday, May 4th 2015 - 05:37 UTC

Falklands implements 'local content register' for companies to become suppliers of oil sector

Mike Brough said FIG has now set up the process, and how we will verify the information we receive in order to approve companies on to the register”.

Falkland Islands are implementing the 'local content register' the process by which companies can be recognized as local and thus become suppliers for the oil and gas sector, which is expected to continue advancing following the current round of drilling and successful discovery announcements. A first company already registered last 7 April.

Monday, May 4th 2015 - 05:19 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas claim: “Argentina following on Ghandi's teachings”

“We have learned from Gandhi that in the end people will get what is theirs and get what they want despite the amount of time it may take,” said Daniel Filmus

Argentina is following on Mahatma Gandhi's teachings or ahimsa (truth, love and fraternity) that brought independence to India, to claim the Falklands/Malvinas and other South Atlantic islands, said Daniel Filmus, head of the Malvinas Issues Desk in the Argentine foreign ministry during his latest incursion this time in Ethiopia.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 08:12 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas: Unasur message in support of Argentina's claims

The letter from Samper to Timerman is dated 5 April but was only released on Tuesday both in Quito and Argentina

Unasur and Argentina made public on Tuesday a letter dated last 5 April in which the regional group' Secretary General and former Colombian president Ernesto Samper, strongly supports Argentina's sovereignty claims over the Falklands/Malvinas and other South Atlantic Islands plus the adjoining maritime spaces.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 01:18 UTC

Falklands confident of its oil industry safety regime and environment protection commitment

Falklands' Mineral Resources Director, Stephen Luxton, said that precisely the high standards of safety helped to identify the problem with the BOP.

The Falkland Islands maintain strong regulatory oversight on all oil and gas operations and its offshore safety regime is based on the North Sea’s Safety Case regulatory structure, recognized as one of the highest standards in the world, said the Falklands' government in a release following concerns related to technical issues on the rig Eirik Raude, currently operating in the South Atlantic.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 08:05 UTC

IAATO 2015 convention starts today in Rotterdam - Falkland Islands Tourist Board Management in Attendance

 “The networking opportunities at IAATO conference build relationships” said Mr. Tony Mason

Tony Mason, Director, International Communications and Stephanie Middleton, Interim CEO of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board are in Rotterdam, Netherlands this week attending the IAATO conference where key issues affecting the region will be discussed.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 02:07 UTC

Falklands' fisheries contribute an additional £6 million to Islands' budget

Good catches and no need of refunds in licence fees plus additional trans-shipment fees made a big boost to the Falklands' government coffers

It's budget time in the Falkland Islands and fishing again has boosted the government coffers this year with more than £6 million above that originally budgeted, according to the Penguin News.

Monday, April 27th 2015 - 07:27 UTC

Falklands after a more proactive immigration policy for controlled population increase

“We seem to have adopted a much more controlling rather than encouraging attitude towards immigration,” said MLA Summers

Falkland Islands is reviewing its immigration policy and is urging a more proactive attitude with the purpose of increasing the permanent resident population and encouraging controlled growth, but this must be a discussion amongst Islanders and elected lawmakers. The Falklands according to the latest census from 2012 has a population of approximately 3.000.

Monday, April 27th 2015 - 07:16 UTC

Falklands has received no formal request to DNA test Argentine soldiers buried at Darwin

“The Assembly understands that the identification of soldiers interred at Darwin Cemetery is a sensitive issue, and that families of those soldiers still seek answers to the fate of their loved ones”,

The elected government of the Falkland Islands (FIG) has not received any formal request from Argentina or the International Red Cross, ICRC to exhume and identify Argentine soldiers buried at Darwin, according to the last edition of Penguin News, the Falklands' weekly.

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