Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands
Tuesday, February 25th 2014 - 20:26 UTC

Falkland Islands with an acting governor until April

Colin Duncan will be in office until Governor Colin Roberts arrives and then off to Virgin Islands

Falkland Islands former Governor Nigel Haywood CVO departed the Islands on Tuesday and his successor, Colin Roberts CVO, is not expected to take up his post before late April. In the interim, John Duncan OBE has been designated as acting Governor of the Falkland Islands and acting Commissioner of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands.

Tuesday, February 25th 2014 - 04:59 UTC

HMS Richmond back in Portsmouth with a special honor received in Falklands

The Type 23 frigate sailing among icy landscape in the extreme south Atlantic

HMS Richmond is back in Portsmouth at the end of her South Atlantic patrolling that saw her spend 2,881 hours at sea covering 33,316 nautical miles, visiting seven foreign countries (Portugal, Cape Verde, South Africa, Panama, Colombia, Bahamas and the United States of America) and five British Overseas Territories (Ascension Island, St Helena, Falkland Islands, Tristan da Cunha and South Georgia).

Tuesday, February 25th 2014 - 04:41 UTC

Falklands oil company completes 3D survey; prepares drilling program for next year

PGS M/V Ramform Titan operated this last survey (Pic FB)

Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd, FOGL, announced on Monday the completion of its 3D seismic survey offshore the Falkland Islands. This is the third and final 3D survey prior to the next drilling program, which is expected to commence in early 2015, said the company in a release.

Saturday, February 22nd 2014 - 06:58 UTC

The new Falklands war: fought over the waves

It is a war of attrition, perhaps lasting many decades to come, according to Taylor

By Robert Taylor (*) - It’s 32 years since Argentina’s brief occupation of the Falklands ended in humiliation. But, if anything, her desire to swallow up the Islands is stronger than ever. Oil is a big factor, of course, but even more fundamental is the passionate (if unjustifiable) belief that the British stole the Falklands in 1833 in an act of old-fashioned colonialism – a perceived wrong that successive Argentine governments seem determined to right.

Saturday, February 22nd 2014 - 06:40 UTC

Falklands' annual inflation 0.6%; improvements planned for the index

Falklands have a stable and booming economy with contained inflation

The Falkland Islands inflation for the last quarter rose by 0.03% with an annual increase of 0.6% it was announced at this week’s Standing Finance Committee, reports the Penguin News.

Friday, February 21st 2014 - 00:16 UTC

Uruguayans want closer links and trade with the Falklands/Malvinas shows survey

 The poll showed Uruguay supports Argentina's sovereignty claims but rejects the ban on Falklands' vessels operating from Montevideo

A majority of Uruguayans, 55%, believe their country must support Argentina's sovereignty claims over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands but an overwhelming 80% also want closer trade links with the Islands and reject the ban on Falklands flagged vessels to operate from Montevideo or other Uruguayan ports. In both cases neutral opinions range 11% and 12%.

Tuesday, February 18th 2014 - 05:53 UTC

Falklands: three crewmembers from a Taiwanese jigger have gone missing

Jiggers in Stanley, a common sight at the beginning of the squid season

Three crewmen from a Taiwanese jigger operating in Falkland Islands who were reported missing over the weekend have not been located. The first news of the incident was received in the early hours of Saturday February 15, when the Department of Fisheries Operations Sections notified the Royal Falkland Islands Police (RFIP).

Friday, February 14th 2014 - 08:53 UTC

Falklands new governor arrives in April; farewell ceremony for Gov. Haywood

Governor Haywood leaves this month after over three years in the post

Next Tuesday February 25th the Falkland Islands governor Nigel Haywood and Mrs. Haywood will be returning to London at the end of tour of duty. In April Colin Roberts CVO will take his appointment as Governor of the Falklands and Commissioner of South Georgia and South Sandwich. Governor Haywood took office in October 2010.

Friday, February 14th 2014 - 08:38 UTC

Falklands coming Illex season encouraging: 51 licenses have already been taken

A promising season means many jiggers in Stanley waiting for their licenses  (Photo by Montana Short)

The Falkland Islands coming Illex season has been described as encouraging because out of 100 available jigger licenses 51 have been taken up and £5.6 million has been received so far, confirmed Director of Fisheries John Barton.

Friday, February 14th 2014 - 07:02 UTC

Argentina says 'Queen Victoria' alleged incident was nonexistent, “just rumors”

'Queen Victoria' according to those rumors was forced to fly the Bermudas flag

The Argentine Foreign Ministry denied in a statement released on Thursday that Buenos Aires sea port authorities threatened Bermuda registered 'Queen Victoria' Cunard cruise ship with hefty fines if it did not lower its “red duster” flag, the ensign for the United Kingdom merchant vessels.

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