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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Argentina will be launching on Thursday, 4 September the book Argentine sovereignty in Malvinas; 50 years since Ambassador Ruda's statement which recalls the half century since the presentation by then Ambassador Jose Maria Ruda before the United Nations Special Decolonization Committee, or C24.
Falkland Islands elected lawmaker Dr. Barry Elsby, concluded a two day visit to Guatemala, aimed at defending the Islanders right of self-determination, and highlighting the economic opportunities in the Islands. Member of the Legislative Assembly Dr. Elsby is in the penultimate destination of his tour, a week ago and which also included Chile, Colombia, Panama and the last stop El Salvador.