Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands
Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 02:22 UTC

Falklands people's “democratic rights” will be upheld, pledges Tories' manifesto

PM Cameron at the presentation of the Conservative party's manifesto ahead of May 7 general election

With less than a month to UK's election the Conservative party released its manifesto which explicitly declares that a Tory government “will uphold the democratic rights of the people of Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands to remain British, for as long as that is their wish, and protect our Overseas Territories”.

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 - 11:49 UTC

Falklands oil explorers replace costly drilling in the south-east basin

The Eirik Rude semi-submersible platform is currently drilling a second well at Isobel Deep in the north Falkland basin

Three oil explorers drilling in the Falkland Islands, including Houston based Noble Energy have shelved plans to drill a second well in the south and east Falklands following the steep drop in oil prices, one of the partners said on Monday. Partners, which also include London-listed Falkland Oil and Gas (FOGL) and Edison International, said they would continue drilling in other parts of the region.

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 - 09:39 UTC

Falklands Argos in farm-out agreement with Noble Energy to drill exploratory well

“The Rhea prospect diversifies our prospect inventory and upgrades our chance of overall success”, said Noble's vice-president Susan M. Cunningham

Noble Energy announced Monday that it has acquired additional acres offshore the Falkland Islands and plans to start drilling, despite opposition from Argentina’s government. The Houston-based oil company now holds a 75% interest in a license in the North Falkland Basin from Argos Resources Limited, an oil and gas exploration company based in the Falkland Islands.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Falklands 'raided' by British Special Forces to test the garrison's security, says UK media

According to the Sunday Express, the surprise attack involved members of the Special Boat Service who landed from the sea tasked with capturing key strategic targets

British Special forces have carried a raid on the Falkland Islands to test the garrison's security amid fears that Argentina may try to land commandos on the Islands, according to a piece published in the Sunday Express. Apparently such routine exercises are carried out in UK highly sensitive bases and defense compounds.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 07:36 UTC

Argentina's message to UK and US: “utterly ridiculous considering any regional country a threat.”

“I will not appeal to sovereignty. I will appeal to common sense. It is absolutely ridiculous considering any of us (regional countries) a threat.”

Addressing the Americas summit in Panama, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez strongly criticized United States policies towards the hemisphere, particularly Venezuela, and expressed 'surprise' at the parallelism between the Caracas/Washington current dispute and the latest round of Falklands' exchanges between London and her government. President Barack Obama was not present during the Argentine leader's speech on Saturday.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 07:16 UTC

Falklands Tourist Board presented the 2015 Tourism Awards, and the winners are...

Hon. Mike Summers, MLA, H.E. the Governor, Mr. Colin Roberts and Tony Mason, Chief Executive Officer of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board. MLA

Tony Mason, Chief Executive Officer of the Falkland Islands Tourist and H.E. The Governor of the Falkland Islands, Mr. Colin Roberts, presented the 2015 tourism awards on 1st April 2015. It was also a successful finale for CEO Mason who now has an even more ambitious task with the Falkland Islands Tourist Board in the United Kingdom.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 06:45 UTC

Falklands: Ambassador Castro refers ironically to Foreign Office summons

“It is pretty much unbelievable that they (FCO) should complain when they have been failing to abide by international law for 50 years,” said Ms Castro

Argentine ambassador in London, Alicia Castro complained about being summoned to the Foreign Office over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands dispute revealing she asked the British official if it was “an expression of British humor or a political paradox”, since the UK has failed to comply with international law for the last five decades.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 05:45 UTC

'Malvinas', center piece of Cristina Fernandez speech at Panama summit

 'Militarization' of the Falklands and UK alleged spying on Argentina, will have priority in the Argentine leader's speech, anticipate Buenos Aires sources

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is attending the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City where she is expected on Saturday to strongly criticize the United Kingdom over the 'militarization' of the Falklands/Malvinas and revelations of massive espionage of Argentina by London.

Friday, April 10th 2015 - 03:09 UTC

“UK has no doubt about sovereignty over the Falklands and Islanders right to decide their future”

“We object strongly to recent statements by the Argentine president and the Argentine ambassador to London, and so summoned the ambassador to account for these”

The UK Foreign Office summoned Argentine Ambassador Alicia Castro to object recent remarks regarding the Falkland Islands by President Cristina Fernandez and the diplomat based in London. An FCO spokesperson said that Britain has no doubt about its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and surrounding maritime areas, nor about the Falkland Islanders' right to decide their own future.

Friday, April 10th 2015 - 03:00 UTC

Falklands' bumper year for Illex squid predicts fisheries scientist

Illex squid catches caught this season are already 150,000 tons. Last year the fishery had a record catch of over 306,000 tons.

The Falkland Islands are set to have another bumper year of Illex squid catches with 150,000 tons already caught this season. Last year the fishery had a record catch of over 306,000 tons. It is, “a record catch at this point in the season, at least in the last 25 years of the fishery” Senior Scientist at the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department Dr Sasha Arkhipkin, told Penguin News.

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