Residents of the Falkland Islands are due to go to the polls to elect their new Legislative Assembly on Thursday 9th November 2017. Seventeen candidates are standing for the eight available spots on the Assembly. The Assembly is responsible for the internal government of the Islands and sets the national agenda. It also liaises with the United Kingdom Government on issues of defence and is increasingly actively involved in foreign affairs efforts on behalf of the Islands.
The 18th International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICOM) was held recently in Valparaiso, Chile and Manager of the Falkland Islands Historic Dockyard Museum Alison Barton attended to represent the Museum.
Who pays for the uniforms worn by the Governors of British Overseas Territories was discussed in UK Parliament last week, with Minister of State stating that since 2001, the policy “has been that those Territories wishing to keep their ceremonial uniforms pay for them themselves,” and currently the “Governors of Bermuda and Falkland Islands retain the uniform, both funded by their respective Territory governments.”
This week the Falkland Islands Branch of the Royal British Legion officially launched the Island’s 2017 Poppy Appeal. Since 1921 members of the public have worn the red poppy on their chest as a symbol of Remembrance to remember the fallen Service men and women killed in conflict.
Argentina presented on Thursday a formal protest to the United Kingdom embassy in Buenos Aires rejecting the military exercises with Rapier missiles in the Falkland Islands, scheduled to take place next week.
Rotary winds permitting, November should bring the arrival in the Falkland Islands of two celebrity visitors: award-winning journalist and TV presenter, John Stapleton and explorer Ranulph Fiennes, described by The Guinness Book of Records as, “the world’s greatest living explorer.”
A project investigating the potential for trade between the Falklands and Argentina appears to have involved a dearth of research.
By John Fowler - It’s no good if the Falkland Islanders just keep on saying that they don’t want to be Argentine; you can’t define yourself in terms of a negative, you must decide what or who you want to be and proclaim it positively.”
HMS Hermes was laid down in 1944 and was in service with the Royal Navy between 1959 to 1984 serving as the flagship during the Falklands War in 1982. She was sold to the Indian Navy in 1987 and renamed INS Viraat.
Over recent months the Falkland Islands Government have undertaken a review and refresh of the Economic Development Strategy for the Islands.