Friday, 30 August 2013

News Direct 26th - 30th August 2013

This is the news from this week.


Argentina Bans Four Companies

Argentina has launched a new attack on British companies drilling for oil in Falklands waters by banning them from operating in its territory for twenty years.

In a statement released last Friday, the Argentine Government said that it had prohibited four companies - Argos Resources, Borders & Southern, Desire Petroleum and Falkland Oil and Gas – from working in Argentina because they had, according to the Argentine authorities been conducting “illegal and clandestine” activities and had been operating without its permission.

The Foreign Office criticised the move as “illegal, irresponsible and wholly counterproductive” and described it as an attempt to “intimidate” legitimate commercial ventures.

None of the companies have business interests in Argentina.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said that hydrocarbon exploration in the Falklands is a legitimate commercial venture, and the British Government strongly supports the right of Falkland Islanders to develop their own natural resources for their own economic benefit.

All four companies have so far declined to comment.

MLA Sawle in South America

MLA Dick Sawle left the Islands last Saturday for a two week diplomatic visit to South America.

He is visiting Brazil and Uruguay.

The British Ambassador to Brazil Alex Ellis has told local media that the aim of the visit is to promote contacts and give a clear picture of the Falklands to Brazilians, to the people of Brazil, not to the politicians or the government.

Local News

Judgement Published

A judgment delivered by the Senior Magistrate in a family court case, which is highly critical of the Government’s Social Services department, has been published.

The judgment described the social services system as deeply dysfunctional, out of date and under resourced and badly managed.

Sitting in both the Supreme Court and the Magistrates Court this week, the Senior Magistrate Carl Gumsley noted that on the 12th August he delivered a judgment in a family case relating to care order applications in respect of two children. The judgment was critical of how the Crown had sought to comply with their duties and obligations relating to child protection and in particular, of the Social Services Department in the Islands.

Delivering his ruling on whether the judgment should be made public, Mr Gumsley said that taking all the matters into account and balancing the various interests and rights, he concluded that the judgment in the case should be made public in an appropriately redacted form.

In his judgment, Mr Gumsley said he was satisfied that the Crown, who he found were still clearly in a state of flux and chaos and without any real certainty or clear direction or management, were not in a position to properly and appropriately exercise parental responsibility in the case.

The Senior Magistrate’s judgment found many criticisms of the Social Services department. Of particular concern he said in the case was the regular, almost change of social services personnel, particularly those associated with the responsibility of working with the children in the case. The Senior Magistrate said it remained wholly unclear as to what exactly is happening within the Social Services Department but he said the overwhelming impression is one of complete disharmony and discontentment and a lack of any proper management.

It is important to make it clear that although the Court had criticised the Social Services department in the case, it was abundantly clear that this criticism should fall upon the shoulder of management. Those at the coal face, he said, had the admiration of the Court as they try to work in a system that it seems, in his judgment, continued to be deeply dysfunctional, out of date, under resourced and badly managed.

The Senior Magistrate said he had been promised changes and that he hoped these promises will not be broken.

Government’s Response

The Government’s Director of Health and Social Services says that there will be action to address issues with child protection services in the Falklands following the publication of the highly critical court judgment.

In response to the judgment, the Falkland Islands Government acknowledged that there have been difficulties encountered recently in the delivery of the quality of child protection services which might reasonably be expected but said it is committed to ensuring that the services it provides to safeguard and protect children in the Islands are delivered to an appropriate standard.

The Director of Health and Social Services Hilary Rowland says that they are clear that the problems that the case had highlighted must not happen again and the difficulties identified must be addressed.

Genco7 in the Falklands

Representatives from the South American company Genco7, which supplies components and equipment to the oil and gas industry, enjoyed a successful visit to the Falklands last week.

The company are interested in becoming involved in the Falklands hydrocarbons industry and are looking to develop a joint venture business in the Islands.

Project and commercial manager for Genco7 Mariela Ruiz said that they are keen to do business in the Falklands.

Argos are Well Placed

Argos Resources have said that they are extremely well placed to participate in the next round of exploration drilling in the Falklands and they are continuing to consider various ways to finance drilling.

According to their best estimate of unrisked potentially recoverable prospective resources on their licence area, Argos is sitting on around three million barrels of oil, with 40 additional leads still to be evaluated. The highest estimate is 10.4 million barrels of oil, the company said in its half-year statement.

Chairman of Argos Resources Ian Thomson says that the 3D seismic data they have obtained is the best quality data seen in the basin to date. Mr Thomson says that new studies have also confirmed that two proven oil source rocks within the licence area are mature for significant volumes of oil generation, and this has added to the improved estimated chances of success for most of the prospects.

Premier Public Presentation

Premier Oil held a public presentation this week at the Narrows Bar to give the public an update on the development of the Sea Lion field.

Premier’s Falklands representative Ken Humphrey said that the latest modelling on the site has given an estimate that there are 394 million barrels of oil at Sea Lion. As announced last week, Mr Humphrey said that while the option of using a floating production storage and offloading vessel is viable, due to an escalation in cost they are also considering using the option of a tension leg platform.

It was also confirmed that the timing for the decision gates in the project have slipped back by six months which means that it is more likely that production will begin 2018.

Your Future - Your Say 

The Falkland Islands Government has released the findings of the ‘Your Future – Your Say’ community consultation exercise following the approval of Members.

The first stage consultation exercise provided brief background details on the new deep water port to be located at Port William and asked respondents to express their views on the early key decision areas, as identified in the ‘Towards an Infrastructure Development Plan’ produced by David Smethurst Consultancy.

MLA Dick Sawle says he is very pleased with the engagement of the community. 164 responses were received in total, which MLA Sawle says is a substantial response rate. MLA Sawle says that while there was no surprise about the extent of different opinions they received, there were some very clear messages from the analysis, which will be taken forward.

Jhelum Falls Apart

The Jhelum [sounds like Gel - Um] shipwreck has been damaged further by the recent windy weather.

Harbour Master Malcolm Jamison confirmed that a number of reports were made to the Ops Room at the Fisheries Department yesterday to advise on sections of the Jhelum breaking away in the high winds.

Leona Roberts, of the Museum and National Trust, said that it’s sad to see maritime history damaged and it should be appreciated whilst it’s still here.


Executive Council

 At last week’s meeting of Executive Council, it was agreed that further work should be done on the potential removal of Permitted Development Rights from Crown Projects.

MLA Jan Cheek feels it would be a step in the right direction. Also at the meeting of Executive Council, it was agreed that more frequent meetings of Executive Council and the Legislative Assembly will be held in 2014. This follows the decision that MLA’s will become full time after the next general election.

Local Events

 FIOGA Reception

The Falklands competitors efforts at this year’s Guernsey and Bermuda Games were recognised at a reception held at Government House on Wednesday.

The Falklands competitors in both Guernsey and Bermuda performed excellently collecting medals at both Games.



And finally, with only one more set of matches to go in the darts league, Otto’s Outlaws are top of the table with 50 points. Sharpshooters are in second place with 46 points.

For the men, Colin Smith has won the most legs and has the highest on the back of the card. Darren Plato and Roy Shepherd have scored the joint most tons.

For the ladies, Jackie Thomas and Lizzy Bonner have won the joint most legs. Lizzy Bonner has the highest on the back of the card and has scored the most tons.


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

More Interviews, Less Staff

Over the last week there has been snow, wind and some extra wind. And rain.

We've had MLA Jan Cheek in the studio giving us a round up of Executive Council. We had this quarter's Legislative Assembly, which we broadcast live. Either Stacy or myself sits in there and keeps an eye on the levels, the equipment and is set to make sure everything is turned off when the meeting is over. During this LegAssy (as it's know here at FIRS), MLA Roger Edwards changed from a black tie to a pink tie on the decision to not have the Road Designation Bill read for a third time. Roads are a massive issue here in the Falklands. Seriously...just ask anyone.

Mark Bechard, a Professor at Boise State University in Idaho, America came into the studio. He's currently in the Islands doing a project with Falklands Conservation on Johnny Rooks, otherwise known as the Striated Caracara. After being stranded on Saunders Island due to the weather, he made it into FIRS HQ to talk to us about his project. His interview is available on podcast,

Also popping for a visit this week was Senior Agricultural Advisor Andy Pollard. We had a little goodbye interview, where he told us the hightlights of his time with the Department of Agriculture. We had a nice chat, then talked a little bit about holidays. Because I've not quite come down from my holiday high yet.

We're very short staffed at FIRS at the moment. Leslie is due back next week and Liz has just gone on her holiday. I didn't realise the phone rang so much. It's gratifying to know how many people listen in and want requests.

It's not been such a quiet week this week. We are, however, building up to the elections. That'll be keeping us busy for a while.

And that's what's been happening at the FIRS HQ this week.


Friday, 23 August 2013

News Direct 19th - 23rd August 2013

This is the news from this week.


Royal Visit to Argentina

It was announced this week that the Princess Royal is to visit Argentina next month.

She will undertake what is thought to be the first official engagement by a senior member of the Royal family in the South American country for 14 years since Prince Charles visited Argentina in 1999. The visit to Buenos Aires next month comes amid continuing tensions over the Falkland Islands and also the row between Gibraltar and Spain.

The Princess Royal is making the visit from the 6th September as a member of the International Olympic Committee. She will attend the 125th International Olympic Committee Session, which will decide the venue for the 2020 Games.

The Daily Express reported on Monday that it is feared that the visit will be subject to anti-British protests however the paper quotes a royal source saying that the Princess was content with security arrangements.


Castro Labels Cameron Dumb

 The Argentine Ambassador to London Alicia Castro described Prime Minister David Cameron as ‘foolish, dumb and completely inefficient’.

The Ambassador made the comments during a speech to the Argentine senate’s Foreign Affairs commission. She labelled Mr Cameron dumb for criticising Pope Francis’s stance on the Falkland Islands.

MPs today called on her to apologise for the comments, which Downing Street dismissed. Conservative MP Dominic Raab said Mrs Castro should apologise for her crass outburst if she wants anyone in Britain to listen to her about anything ever again.

The Argentine Embassy in London later released a statement saying that Ms Castro's comments were "taken out of context" and that she apologised for any offence. Her words, the embassy said, "were not meant as a personal affront to Mr Cameron."

Kirchner Claims Nuclear

 Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has again, during an anti-nuclear weapon conference in Buenos Aires, alleged that the UK is sending nuclear submarines to the Falklands.

Kirchner also called on the world powers to demand a “South Atlantic without nuclear weapons”.

The British embassy in Buenos Aires was quick to reply and said that “the allegations that the UK is militarizing the region are totally false and that the defence stance had not changed in years. The British Embassy said that the defence of the Islands represents 0.5% of the total UK defence budget and less than 0.1% of total government spending.


CPA in South Africa

 MLAs Roger Edwards and Barry Elsby are due to attend a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting to be held in South Africa next week. The conference will provide opportunities to highlight Falklands issues, according to MLA Edwards.



Local News

Military Shooting Incident

 A military spokesman has confirmed early this week that a shooting incident has taken place involving a member of the Armed Forces. A soldier from Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland sustained a single gunshot wound to his leg on Monday. The soldier has spoken to his family.

The soldier was moved by helicopter to King Edward Memorial Hospital in Stanley where he underwent a minor procedure to clean out the wound. He is stable and well and no further medical treatment is planned.

 All live firing on Second Creek Ranges were cancelled and the incident is currently being investigated.


Commonwealth Baton Unveiled

The baton which will travel through the Commonwealth ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games this week was revealed to the public for the first time.

The hand-crafted Baton made of titanium, wood and granite lies at the heart of the Queen’s Baton Relay, a well-loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games which seeks to unite the two billion citizens of the Commonwealth in a celebration of sport.

 It will carry, display and illuminate a personal message from Her Majesty The Queen calling the athletes of the Commonwealth to Glasgow for the start of the Games.

The Baton’s journey officially begins on the 9th October at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace when the Queen places her message within the Baton. The Baton then journeys across the Commonwealth - including all the Home Nations and territories - before arriving back in Scotland in June next year.

 Over 288 days the Baton will travel more than a hundred thousand miles, visiting all 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

 It is currently anticipated that the baton will visit the Falklands in February or March next year.

Premier Oil Update

Premier Oil have provided an operational update on its work in the North Falkland basin with the company saying that it will take a final investment decision at the end of next year.


SB:    Announcing its half yearly results, Premier said that a considerable amount of work has been undertaken on the Sea Lion project in the first six months of this year. A subsea development tied back to a floating production, storage and off-take vessel has been confirmed as a viable scheme and a phased drilling programme selected. Initial development will start with the major part of Sea Lion in the north followed by a subsequent southern development which will access the remaining part of Sea Lion and other discoveries. Premier says it is targeting project sanction for the end of next year and that progress has been made in securing a rig for an exploration campaign starting next year.
A statement from the Falkland Islands Government released today says that the Government notes the update provided by Premier Oil. The statement says that the Falkland Islands Government supports the proposed phased development concept which will help mitigate local infrastructure and capacity pressures during peak development activity.

The news emerges following a comprehensive meeting to discuss the Sea Lion project and the progress of Premier’s offshore exploration and development activity in the Falkland Islands.

The Director of Mineral Resources Stephen Luxton says that Premier continues to advance the Sea Lion development concept with a target for project sanction and gaining FIG approval towards the end of 2014. Mr Luxton says that the proposed phased development concept has been discussed extensively with FIG and its advisers. The Director of Mineral Resources says that they are confident that it appears to be the optimum solution to deliver a successful project and that maximum economic recovery of offshore resources remains FIG’s guiding policy.

The Director of Mineral Resources attended a regular Sea Lion project on the 15th and 16th August in London.

Also shares in Rockhopper Exploration dropped by almost 10% as it announced a full-year loss of $75 million due, the company says, to a $122 million tax bill from the Falkland Islands Government.

Stacy Bragger reported.


SB:    The oil explorer made a pre-tax profit of $47 million for the year ended 31st March, up from a loss of $53 million in the previous year, but tax on its Sea Lion farm-out wiped out this profit.

Rockhopper says that it is in ongoing discussion with the Falkland Islands Government over the total amount of tax to be paid.

Rockhopper chairman Pierre Jungels says that Rockhopper had $298 million of resources available at year end, which puts the group into a very strong position to continue playing a lead role in the further exploration of the north Falkland basin.



Public Jetty Project

At a public meeting, MLA Gavin Short stated that he expected that the project to renovate the public jetty would exceed its original budget. The project has experienced delays due to technical issues.

Noise Nuisance

 The first meeting of the working group looking at the issue of noise nuisance met for the first time recently. The working group was formed after concerns were expressed at the Police Committee about late night noise disturbing some homes in Stanley.

 Speaking at this week’s public meeting, MLA Gavin Short said the proposals of the working group will be considered at a future meeting of Executive Council.


Last Legislative Assembly

 The last meeting of the current Legislative Assembly was held on Thursday morning. At the meeting, a motion was passed that the response of Executive Council on the report of the Public Accounts Committee on the report from Mazars on review of recruitment and selection costs between the financial years 2006/07 and 2010/11 be accepted. The Supplementary Appropriation 2012/13 Number 3 Bill and the Electoral Amendment Bill were passed as well.

Funding Requested, Funding Granted

 Approval was given at a meeting of the Standing Finance Committee to a request for additional funding for the Environmental Planning Department to cover the cost of interim staffing requirements that have arisen due to unforeseen staff changes and recruitment delays.

 A report to the Committee by the Head of Policy said that the two key positions of Head of Environmental Planning and Building Adviser would shortly fall vacant. Due to unforeseen circumstances neither post will be filled immediately – in one case due to an unexpected resignation and the other due to an applicant declining to take up the offer of employment five weeks after having accepted the position.

It was felt that with upcoming major projects such as temporary port facilities and new housing developments it is imperative that short-term cover is provided to avoid a gap in service.

Additional funds of £19,550 was approved to cover the costs of engaging two locums to cover the posts The total estimated cost of the locum cover is £80,000.


School News


 The full GCSE results for students at the Community School were announced on Thursday. Head Teacher Martin Winward says he was very pleased that the students have attained so well this year and both individual performance and the cohort as a whole have much to be proud of.

94.74% of students gained 5A*-G grades. The percentage of students scoring 5 or more A*-D grades including Mathematics and English this year was 73.68%. Mr Winward says that those attaining 5+ A*-C grades has risen from 43.5% in 2012 to 63.16%. In addition, those students achieving 5+ A*-C including English and Mathematics rose from 34.8% in 2012 to 57.89% this year. Several students attained the highest merit of A* which is awarded for

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Fabian Picardo, Snow and Exams

So this week has been very cold. And fairly busy.

First of all there wasn't much news. This always makes the news team rather frustrated as you actually have to work harder for no result when there's no news. People say 'oh, but that's a good thing'. Maybe for everyone else, but no so for us. How can we report when there is nothing to report?

Still, there were a couple of court sessions last week, as well as this week. There were various charges in court this week. And mostly they are on-going cases right now so we'll leave it at that.

Our very own New Editor Stacy managed to get an interview with Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo last week. We were all very impressed here at the station. Of course the hassle that Gibraltar are getting from Spain right now really strikes a cord with us here in the Falklands. More than one comparison has been drawn on the Falklands/Argentina, Gibraltar/Spain issues.

Since I've taken back over the @FalklandsRadio twitter account it's sadly lacking a lot of the spark that @MrSJPBetts gave it. But then I am busy doing other work, as well as the Twitter account. Hopefully I'll get better at it, and manage to steal a bit more time for it.

The military at MPA are doing routine exercises this week. One live firing exercise went wrong and some military guy recieved a gunshot wound to the leg. He's ok, so that's good.

I was at Government House last Wednesday, helping celebrate Falkland's Day. The reception was held to honour the occasion of John Davis on the ship Desire, finding the Falkland Islands in 1592. Some of the oldest Falkland families were invited. I went along to report and enjoyed myself thoroughly. I chatted to His Excellency the Governor Nigel Haywood about my holiday, and we chatted a bit about driving on the wrong side of the road.

We broadcast the Legislative Assembly live this morning. It's normally my role to sit in and keep an eye on the equipment and to make sure we're not on air when the meeting is over. Today I got to go talk to the kids who received their GCSE results. There were some spectacular results for the Community School.

And of course it's been snowing most of this week. The temperature has dropped to just 3 degrees celsius. I find this most frustrating as I had hoped my holiday would have made me miss the worst of the winter weather. At least the studios and newsroom are nice and warm. My radiator was fixed whilst I was away. This pleases me a great deal.


Today's snowy weather. Can't wait to see this months
weather report from the MPA Met Office.

Monday, 19 August 2013

News Direct 12th to 19th August 2013.

This is the news from this week.

Spain to Side with Argentina

Spain is considering siding with Argentina against the UK over Falkland Islands and Gibraltarian sovereignty.

It has been widely reported in the media that Spain and Argentina may take a joint diplomatic offensive as the dispute over Gibraltar intensifies. A Spanish official is quoted, saying, “We are studying taking the matter to the United Nations and these are all options that are being considered. The minister is travelling to Argentina in September and plans to exchange ideas over the matter.”

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Garcia-Margallo is scheduled to visit Buenos Aires next month, where he will use the trip to discuss the possibility of joining a diplomatic offensive with the Argentine Government against the UK.

 Previously Spain has been careful of showing support to Argentina over their claim to the Falkland Islands. It was last year that Argentina caused problems with Spanish relations when they nationalised oil company YPF, a subsidiary of the Spanish firm Repsol. Spain’s El Pais newspaper admitted that the Repsol/YPF dispute could be a difficulty for such an approach between the governments of Cristina Kirchner and Mariano Rajoy.

Spain Diverting Attention

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar has accused the Spanish government of "banging the nationalistic drum" to divert attention away from the country's domestic problems, drawing parallels to Argentina’s policies towards the Falklands.

Tensions between London and Madrid have deepened, with Downing Street announcing it was drawing up plans for legal action over the continued imposition of "politically motivated" checks at the Gibraltar border.

Fabian Picardo has said that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was trying to make Spanish people lose focus on problems at home in the same way that the head of Argentina's military junta, Leopoldo Galtieri, did with the Falkland Islands in 1982.

Mr Picardo said that while Madrid is "playing games", the people of Gibraltar do not worry about the spat "because they’ve lived through so many before.

Falklands Support Gibraltar

 Mr Picardo has said that the support of Falkland Islanders is much appreciated by Gibraltarians at this time of increased tension with Spain.

 Speaking to Falklands Radio, Mr Picardo said that they have received support from around the world.


FP:    The support that matters is from our friends in the Falkland Islands, from the Prime Minister, from the Minister from Europe from the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the UK William Hague. That is the support that really counts, the support of what you would call members of the British family. But we’ve also had huge support, for example, from the Spanish citizens and many of those who come to Gibraltar to work every day and from the Catalan people in Spain, who themselves wish to have a referendum on whether or not Catalonia should be part of Spain or not; and from even further afield from Australia. From all around the world, Gibraltar really has got people’s support and got people’s minds racing in favour of the underdog, the David facing the Spanish Goliath.

Spain’s tactics have been criticised by Roger Boyes, the Diplomatic Editor of the Times.

Mr Boyes says that through calling upon the Falklands and considering siding with Argentina, effectively joining an anti-British cause, the Spanish Prime Minister ‘has burnt his boats with British Prime Minister David Cameron’.

Mr Boyes has urged the government to return to a more positive approach to the Gibraltar question, and to ‘try charm’.

The Times article continues, with Mr Boyes saying that ‘The Spanish Prime Minister has demonstrated plainly enough that he considers full Spanish sovereignty to be the only desirable goal, even though the Gibraltarians are overwhelmingly in favour of staying British.”

Local News


 A royal letter of thanks was received this week by Members of the Legislative Assembly.

 A letter of thanks written on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been received by the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands, expressing thanks for the gifts received by them on the occasion of the birth of Prince George.

 MLA Ian Hansen said that Members of the Legislative Assembly were delighted to receive the letter of thanks and to hear reports that Prince George had been spotted on television wrapped in the shawl that formed part of the gift from the Islands.


 A trade delegation is being organised by the Chamber of Commerce for Falklands businesses to visit Uruguay and Chile later this year.

Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce Hamish Wylie says that it will be a great opportunity for local business people to visit companies in South America to make contacts for possible future business ventures. He says this is a great opportunity for the potential of supplying the oil industry through local companies.

 The proposed dates are 12th to 19th October, with three days to be spent in Montevideo, Uruguay and two days in Punta Arenas, Chile.


Falklands oil explorer Argos Resources will showcase its exploration work in the islands at an hydrocarbons investors meeting to be held in the UK later this month.

Argos Resources Managing Director John Hogan will be presenting investors with insight on how the company is progressing. While on the face of it all has been quiet, Argos are said to have been busily working behind the scenes, outlining new exploration prospects containing an estimated 3bn barrels of recoverable prospective resources.

Mr Hogan will outline the company’s plans in London later this month as the company works on the issues of rig contracting, funding and a possible farm-out deal.


Around 45,000 cruise ship passengers are expected to visit the Falklands during the upcoming summer cruise ship season.

The tourism industry will be hoping for a less turbulent season following the problems experienced last year with the weather and Argentine interference with ships.

Tourism Co-ordinator for Sulivan Travel Sammy Marsh said that passenger numbers should be similar to last year.


SM:    Well, the number of ships, I mean it’s looking very similar to last year, to be honest with you, we’re just hopeful that there’s not going to be so many cancellations this year. But I mean rough numbers, we’re looking at about 45,000 I would say, approximate.

SB:    And any new ships or just the normal ones we expect?

SM:    There are some ships that have been renamed. The Sea Explorer was actually the Corinthian II and they’re under a different company now. Princess are bringing a new ship to the Falklands and I’m pretty sure it’s new. The Grand Princess, I’m sure somebody will correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been before; but apart from those two there’s nothing new anyway.

SB:    Are you looking forward to getting underway and getting things rolling again?

SM:    Yes I am, although I’m not feeling very summary at the moment of course, but yes. The first ship we have due in is on the 19th October so not very far away at all.


Goose Green Public Meeting

 A public meeting was held this week at Goose Green.

 Around twenty five people attended the meeting with MLAs Roger Edwards, Ian Hansen and Sharon Halford and Acting Chief Executive Simon Fletcher and the Financial Secretary Nicola Granger taking questions.

Presentations were given on the outcome of the FIG budget by the Financial Secretary and on the report by the MLA review panel by MLA Edwards.

 The presentation on the budget led to questions on issues such as FIGAS freight rates and maintenance of the camp road network. It was stated that the 3% increase to FIGAS freight rates could be detrimental to camp businesses bringing goods into Stanley. MLA Ian Hansen acknowledged that the rate increase would lead to a very small amount of revenue for FIG while affecting camp businesses and that it was an issue that would be looked at further.

 Other topics covered briefly in a question and answer session at the end of the meeting included road designation and temporary port facilities in Stanley.

Local Events


Many children enjoyed a party held at the FIDF Hall on Monday. The party was an act of kindness by the team who are taking part in this year’s Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World has Ever Seen.

 One of those taking part is Leona Roberts and she said she was pleased that the children had enjoyed themselves and that they were looking forward to the rest of their challenge.


 Falklands Day was marked with a reception held at Government House on Wednesday.

 It was on August 14th 1592 that the Falkland Islands were discovered by English sea captain John Davis. Some of the oldest Falkland families were invited to the reception to honour the occasion.

At the reception, Governor Nigel Haywood gave a toast to the Falkland Islands.



After the 16th week of matches in the darts league season, Ottos Outlaws remain top of the table with 44 points and 198 legs won. They are 4 points ahead of Sharpshooters.

 For the men, Colin Smith has won the most legs and has the highest on the back of the card. Darren Plato has scored the most tons and Alan Bonner has scored the most ton pluses.

For the ladies, Jackie Thomas has won the most legs. Lizzy Bonner has the highest on the back of the card and has scored the most tons.






Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Catching Up and a Poi Performance

So I returned to work last week after two amazing months on holiday. And what a holiday! If only I could show off my amazing tan to my workmates. Only I don’t have one, but I do have more freckles now!

On Monday I had to catch up with all I’d missed, which was a lot, what with the NatWest Small Island Games being held in Bermuda and a strong Falklands contingent going along to participate. Everyone did really well, with the footballers getting a bronze medal and the small island cup. The Falklands Archery Association went to a competition event in the UK as some events weren’t able to be held in Bermuda. The archery team did very well also, winning a gold medal for the Falkland Islands.

After organising my files and reading two months worth of news, as well as catching up with local gossip, it was then time for me to read the news on air. It seems my accent became thicker during my time in the UK.

Also last week we had a couple of court cases to cover. A Community Service Order was given out to a first time offender. That is one thing with living in the Falkland Islands, you see people repaying their debts to society.

We heard last week that Admiral Sir John “Sandy” Woodward died. It was Admiral Woodward who led Britain’s successful task force to retake the Falkland Islands after the Argentine invasion in 1982. Throughout the last year we have lost Sir Rex Hunt, Baroness Margaret Thatcher and now the Admiral. The loss of people who were so important to the liberation of the Falkland people is felt very keenly here in the Islands.

A public consultation on immigration has started. This is a very important issue right now, especially with the advent of oil. We’re holding a phone-in on the subject next week, which should bring up some interesting discussions.

Also last week I interviewed Leona Roberts and Andrea Barlow about their involvement in GISHWES – The Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World has Ever Seen. It sounds like an amazing thing to be part of and I ended up being a small part as I unintentionally offered to do a short poi performance at a free children’s party they were throwing. The children seemed enthralled with one little girl suggesting that my blue flag poi looked like dolphins.

Nothing much really happened over the weekend. It was quiet out, but enjoyable.

Yesterday News Editor Stacy had the day off so I was by myself in the newsroom. It was a quiet day, which for anyone else might be a good thing, but when you’re trying to write up the news when there isn’t any, it’s a bit difficult to say the least.

And it’s still fairly quiet in the newsroom today. Not least because I have a cold. Scott has changed the competition on his show this week. Other than that – oh and 105 fm going off air – it’s been an easy transition for me, from holiday-mode to work-mode.

 It’s good to be back.


Friday, 9 August 2013

News Direct 5th – 9th August 2013


Kirchner at the UN

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner renewed her country's demand for talks on the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands at the UN Security Council.

The Argentine President said it was not a fanciful stance and that they simply wanted the United Nations resolution to be enforced and for Argentina and the UK to sit down and discuss the issue.

Stacy Bragger reported.


SB:    Argentina is the new rotating chair of the Security Council, and Kirchner admitted it was controversial to raise the Falklands during a debate ostensibly about the United Nations' ties with regional bodies.

The Argentine President said that one can have discordant opinions about something that has not been resolved by the United Nations, but when this body that covers all nations, that they are all signatories of, whose resolutions they have all committed to respect, issues a resolution through its General Assembly, it is not a matter of discordant opinions.

Britain is a permanent Council member and its ambassador, Mark Lyall Grant, was in the chamber to hear Kirchner's speech.

The British ambassador's response was firm. Mr Lyall Grant said that the views of the people of the Falkland Islands cannot be dismissed and there can be no discussion on the sovereignty of the islands unless and until the islanders so wish. Mr Lyall Grant told the Council that they made their views unequivocally clear in the referendum in March when they voted overwhelmingly to remain a UK overseas territory".

Mr Lyall Grant said that "The United Kingdom fully respects all its obligations and responsibilities as a member of the United Nations. The principle of self-determination on which our position on the Falkland Islands is based is enshrined in the UN Charter."


Support for Gibraltar

The Falkland Islands Government has sent a message of continued support to Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

Tensions have risen between Gibraltar and Spain in recent days.

In the letter to Mr Picardo, MLA Ian Hansen writes that on behalf of the people and Government of the Falkland Islands, he would like to say how concerned Islanders are to learn of the rising tensions between Gibraltar and Spain.

MLA Hansen says that Falkland Islanders are pleased to hear the strong messages from the British Government in support of Gibraltar and would like to echo those sentiments. MLA Hansen says that he hopes that the situation does not escalate and that a swift resolution to the current crisis can be found.

James Neish, a reporter with Gibraltar Radio, says that the message of support from the Falklands is greatly appreciated.


JN:    I think that the people of Gibraltar see many parallels with the Falkland Islands and of course the support is very warmly received. Gibraltarians are very angry with Spain. This is nothing new for the people of Gibraltar but just like the Falkland Islands when you get hassle like this from Argentina, you can imagine how furious Gibraltarians are and in fact the message of support which has come from the Falkland Islands has been very well received here in Gibraltar. Also many messages of support from MEP, from UK politicians, the Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged that the Government will stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Gibraltar but that’s at the political level. On the ground here when you have to sit in up to six hour queues to drive from Gibraltar to Spain you can only imagine just how angry Gibraltarians are.

          The people are very much welcoming the intervention of the Prime Minister and the assurance he’s giving, not only to the government in Gibraltar and the Chief Minister, but also to the people on the ground. However, there has been a bit of a confusion because David Cameron has said that the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had agreed to reduce those queues, Mariano Rajoy, in a statement in some interviews to Spanish media is saying otherwise; so it’s a bit of a moment of confusion. I am sure that perhaps they will both sit down, they will talk again, but the interpretation of how this is going to be resolved may be slightly different from both parties.

The Government of Gibraltar has thanked the Falkland Islands Government for its message of support this week.

Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, said it is most reassuring to know that so many people are behind them on this current issue and so they are so grateful, not only for their support but for the fact that they have taken the trouble to express that support so emphatically.

MLA Hansen says it was important that the Falklands stand shoulder to shoulder with Gibraltar at this time.


IH:    I think it was very important that we showed our support to Gibraltar because certainly in the past Gibraltar has been very supportive of the Falkland Islands and are great friends of ours so I think just to show support and wish them well in the situation they have now is very important. This morning I was on BBC Gibraltar Live, just after the Chief Minister of Gibraltar in fact and they thanked us for our support and we compared some of the similarities between Gibraltar and the Falklands.


The Falkland Islands Government has welcomed the announcement by the Senate of Argentina of the establishment of a Marine Protected Area within the area of Burdwood Bank which lies within the Argentine Economic Zone. They describe it as a ‘positive step’in the interest of marine conservation and fisheries management.

In a letter sent on behalf of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly to the Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, MLA Dr Barry Elsby said practical co-operation on safeguarding straddling fish stocks was the responsibility of both the Falkland Islands Government and the Argentine Government. He encouraged the resumption of scientific exchanges under the auspices of the South Atlantic Fisheries Commission, which last met in full in 2005. Thereafter, Argentina became increasingly uncooperative over the workings of the Commission.

MLA Elsby said that the Falkland Islands Government hoped the formation of the Marine Protected Area heralded a more positive and constructive approach to issues in the South Atlantic and towards the Falkland Islands.

Local News

Immigration Consultation

In other news, consultation began on Monday on proposed changes to the Falkland Islands immigration system.

The proposals being put forward seek to ensure that the Islands has an immigration system that enables growth in the population to facilitate economic expansion, while ensuring that all the appropriate checks and balances are in place to protect and preserve the Falklands way of life.

The consultation will explore these issues and explain the reasons behind the changes being proposed. A series of public meetings in camp and Stanley will be held with a live phone-in program on Falklands Radio to take place on the 21st August.

FIG Head of Policy Jamie Fotheringham says that a balance needs to be struck.


JF:     The whole point of the review, we had a specialist down for six months to really look at that system in depth and to work out what’s going to work for the Falklands going forward over the next ten/twenty years, so a system the reflects and responds to those kind of changes. But in a way, that’s managed and controlled and we have to have, you know, it’s not about opening the floodgates to people coming into the Islands; it’s about getting the people we want and that the Islands needs but managing those numbers so we can retain the social cohesion of the Islands way of life. That’s something that I know the Islanders are very keen to protect.

Public Meeting

Members of the Legislative Assembly this week held the first of two public meetings in camp this month.

The meeting was held at Fox Bay Southern Cross Social Club on Tuesday.

MLA Ian Hansen says that the proposed designation of all roads in the Islands was one of the key issues raised at the meeting.


IH:    I think it was a good meeting, a good, frank exchange of views. We began with the Financial Secretary doing a presentation on this year’s budget and took comments and questions on that. Then Richard Cockwell spoke about the roles and remuneration for MLA’s and comments and questions on that; and then we opened the floor up to, just to anything that other people had concerns about.

          The main topic probably was the road designation. That has been talked about quite a lot lately. We actually are coming from the angle now that instead of perhaps just designating roads per say, we are talking about taking the relevant pieces out of the road traffic ordinance and just applying them to a highway, which will make road safety better but it’ll cut out all the impractical things that could be in place if we just designated roads.

SB:    How likely do you think they’ll be to get through before this assembly finishes?

IH:    I think it’ll probably be quite unlikely because we get a paper to ExCo (Executive Council) at the end of this month with the amendments or suggestions and whether that’ll go through ExCo or not I really have no idea. If it doesn’t then obviously it won’t go through in the life of this Assembly and as we only have one more meeting of the Assembly, which is the day after ExCo, I’m not quite sure if the procedure states we can put it through then anyway.


Meeting of the Education Board

The Acting Director of Education Tom Hill gave an update on activities in the Education Department at a meeting of the Education Board.

On staffing issues, Mr Hill said that an English teacher post and a new complex needs teacher post will be advertised in September for the Community School.

Mr Hill said that the Education Department will at the end of the school year say goodbye to three Community school teachers. Also, leaving the Infant and Junior School and Camp Education will be Anna Stenning after over twenty years working within the Education Department in many roles. Six other teachers will also be leaving. This was the last Education Board meeting for Tom Hill who is departing the Islands next week.

On other matters, Tom Hill said that further vandalism had taken place at the Community School which has highlighted the need for security cameras to be installed. Money for this work has already been allocated in the budget.

Ascension/Falkland Collaboration

Discussions were recently held between the Education Department and the Ascension Island Government about the possibility of sharing teaching resources.

Acting Director of Education Tom Hill told the Education Board yesterday that he met recently with a representative of Ascension Island Government who expressed interest in the Falklands and Ascension collaborating more closely.

Mr Hill said that it could lead to teachers from the Falklands who are travelling to the UK at the end of term for leave spending a couple of days in Ascension en route which he said could increase their professional skills and would allow them to share their knowledge. Mr Hill said possibilities in the future could include collaborative projects and perhaps staff swaps.


HMS Richmond

Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond has sailed for a routine seven-month Atlantic Patrol Tasking which will see her visit the South Atlantic.
Leaving Portsmouth this week, the ship will maintain the continuous Royal Naval presence in the Atlantic. The Type 23 Frigate will provide ongoing protection and reassurance to British interests within the region.
The Atlantic Patrol Task will see HMS Richmond undertake maritime security operations, including counter-narcotics and anti-piracy patrols, providing opportunities to work with a number of other navies to further strengthen ties and demonstrate the Royal Navy’s commitment to the region.

She is expected to complement and replace HMS Argyll which is currently on the end of its Atlantic Patrol.

Commenting on the deployment, the ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Robert Pedre, said HMS Richmond’s deployment represents the culmination of many months of planning and preparation. Commander Pedre said his ship’s company has worked tirelessly to ensure they are now ready for operations.

Local Events

Italian Quiz

£1188 was raised at the Italian themed Quiz Night held last Friday night at the Community School.

The money raised will go towards the students of the travel and tourism course who have been planning a school trip to the UK. Teacher Emma Brook said that the evening went very well with thanks going to everyone for supporting the event, including the businesses who donated raffle prizes.

The students are now said to be very close to their target amount.

School News

Martin Winward

The new head teacher of the Community School has arrived in the Islands.

Martin Winward takes over from Helen Bell who had been acting head teacher following the departure of David Tongue.

He says he is looking forward to helping students prepare for their future.


MW:  There’s been changes in past years and I’m sure the children and families and certainly the teachers with they’re contracted or local teachers will want to see that stability really, on the good work that Helen Bell and others have done. So my time will be to continue with the vision of the school which is for students to exceed, not just their potential but beyond that and to really go for those jobs and those aspirations in the Islands, beyond the Islands in terms of their academic qualifications so it will be all about giving the people of the Islands the best opportunity for the future.


Goose Green Book Project

Children at the Goose Green School have completed a project to create a book.

The book ‘Colin Headwick Gets Lost’ follows the adventures of a young boy in camp.

Layla Bone was one of the children involved and she says that they are very proud of the book.


LB:    We started off by one song called ‘Brand New Day’. It was like, how we wake up in the morning and what we do on a regular day and then we made the sad song up, after we made, after we realised it was gonna be sad in a moment. And then we made a happy song for the end about what you can see in Goose Green by looking at the mountain. All the music come from our heads, we did all the pictures. It took us nearly a year and Andi Neate helped us put all the music together, she helped us compose it, she did all the chords with the violin. She said low or down, high, so she helped us quite a bit. And Mrs Adams-Leach spent hours at the weekend, putting all the music into a special document and Richard Cockwell showed us how to do pictures with watercolour so we could do our pictures and we’re very proud of it.

Teacher Jackie Adams says that the children have received great support with their work.


JA:     It’s a project that’s been going on all year and it’s just encompassed all the curriculum in just a lovely way; and what’s really special about this book is that the children have had ownership of all of it. They’ve made up the story, they’ve made the pictures and they’ve chosen the direction it needed to go. I’ve just never been part of a project where the children has total ownership of the project and it’s just been magic. We’ve had a print run of twenty, and we’ve sold a few and it’s going over to Scotland where Colin Headwick, who was the inspiration for the book, so we’re sending it to…over to Scotland, so yes, it’s going far and wide. I’d just like to thank the children for just being part of a fantastic project really. We’ve had a lot of adult support from the community. The book is firmly based at Goose Green for all those who see it, and it is dedicated for those living the camp life out at Goose Green.


FICS End of Year Awards

The end of the academic year was marked with a prize giving ceremony at the Town Hall this week for the students from the Community School.

During the ceremony new head teacher Martin Winward said he was looking forward to working with the students and staff. Helen Bell was thanked for her work during her time at the school.

After the awards were presented Samantha Addison spoke to students Dephne, Kirsty and Emily and to Helen Bell.


MW:  I guess if I were to say what are the ingredients for success in life then they would be People First at all Costs, the second is Hard Work, and the third would be Commitment. The fourth would be the Inspiration of Others and I stand here looking forward to my team, to being inspired by my students and what made them a  success during the last academic year; and the fifth and certainly not last would be to be proud of our achievements, large or small. Often we say that to be proud and to get puffed up in our importance can often be a bad thing, but I certainly recognise that being proud of our achievements and successes as being something we should celebrate.

DA:    It makes me feel very pleased and happily surprised because I wasn’t expecting it.

SA:    And how’s it feel to get up in front of everybody to actually collect those awards?

DA:    Nerve-racking but I can’t help smiling.

SA:    And how’s it feel to get an award?

KM:   Amazing.

SA:    And how nervous were you to go up in front of everybody to collect that?

KM:   It’s quite intimidating.

SA:    What was your award for?

KM:   For Champion Intermediate Girl Swimmer.

SA:    And can you tell me what you got your award for?

EB:    Champion Junior Girls Swimming.

SA:    And how’s it feel to be able to get that award?

EB:    It’s the first in a long time. It’s good.

HB:    Oh it’s been absolutely wonderful tonight. It’s nice to resurrect some awards that haven’t been seen since 1983 like the Chess Award; and I always get heaps of pleasure from seeing the students coming up and being recognised for their success and hard work and achievements.

SA:    And it must be really nice to go out on a high with this?

HB:    Oh, definitely, yes. As we said in my final assembly, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish, so I really feel that we finished very well and I look forward to hearing how the school progresses and it always has my love and I’ll always think of it.

IJS End of Year Awards

The achievements of the infant and junior school and camp education children during the academic year were also recognised this week.

At the ceremony, awards were presented to the children, with the ceremony also featuring several well received musical performances by students.

Head teacher Karen Steen said that this time of year means the school will sadly be saying goodbye to a number of children and staff. She thanked everyone’s continued support of the school and said that she was looking forward to seeing everyone again at the start of the next academic year in September.

Samantha Addison spoke to Year Six students Lachlan Crowie, Zoe Millar, Chico Thomas and Shaun Sackett.


LC:    It was really good, a lot of talking went on. I got two awards, I got my leaving certificate and most achievement in the year award. It was a great feeling, really nice.

SA:    And are you excited about moving on to the big school?

LC:    Excited, and a lot of nerves. Yeah.

SA:    And can you tell me about the awards you received please?

ZM:    I got my leaving certificate and the most achievement.

SA:    So how did it feel for you getting up to collect those awards?

ZM:    A bit nervous.

CT:    Just a leaving certificate.

SA:    And how did you feel getting that?

CT:    It was fine.

SS:    It was really good, I reckon everyone enjoyed it.




The Community School hosted a display of memorabilia from the Bermuda Island Games this week.

A number of the Falklands squad were at the school to speak to students about their experience of the Games. Governor Nigel Haywood also visited the school to learn more about the Falklands participation at the Games.

Stacy Bragger spoke to Falklands competitors Laura Minto and Scott Thain and to Governor Haywood about the display.

Laura said she has been motivated by the Games in Bermuda to again represent the Islands.


LM:    We were there just to train and play badminton. I didn’t think we’d collected this much. It’s pretty impressive.

SB:    Are you hoping that youngsters who come along and see this might be inspired to take part in the future?

LM:    I hope so. I mean, we just want to promote it as much as we can. It’s not all about the competition, we do have fun as well.

ST:    Scott, you’re one of the Islands Games competitors. You’ve come along to the Community School today, is it quite nice to see all the material you’ve collected from the games, and show people that?

ST:    Yeah it’s nice to show all the people all the stuff we’ve brought back and hopefully it motivates them to join the sports and hopefully compete in the next Island Games.

SB:    You must have had a fantastic time, would you recommend it to people to represent the Islands, at things like the Island Games?

ST:    Yeah. The Island Games was a fantastic experience and I think anyone who joins a sport and is good enough to go away, that they’ll enjoy the next games.

SB:    Governor Haywood, you’ve come along to the Community School today to look at some of the memorabilia that the Bermuda team have collected. It must be nice to see the team here and hear how well they did and how much they have enjoyed it.

NH:    Yes, it’s very good and I think everyone’s learnt an enormous amount form it and everyone was very enthusiastic and clearly they’ve enjoyed participating. I think what’s also very important is that they’ve taken plenty of time to look around Bermuda and learn about other teams and talked to people from other areas so it’s a really broadening experience apart from the sports aspect.

SB:    And important, do you feel, for the Falklands just generally getting out there and speaking to the rest of the world about the Falklands?

NH:    Yeah, I think, two things really, I think that is immensely important and it’s good to have the Islands being visible, but I think the other thing about the Island Games team is now they’re back and they’re enthusiastic about it. I hope what they’ll do is encourage other people to take part and people can see, other youngsters can see what fun they had and how the main thing really is to compete and do your best. You’re not going to beat, really, top medallist countries, but you’re going to participate so I hope that the enthusiasm that this team brings back and they display they’ve just put on will encourage lots others to take up sport.

Otto’s Outlaws Leads

Otto’s Outlaws have extended their lead at the top of the darts league.

After the 15th week of matches, they have 41 points and have won 185 legs. Sharpshooters follow them in second place with 37 points.

For the men, Colin Smith has won the most legs and has the highest on the back of the card. Darren Plato has scored the most tons and Alan Bonner has scored the most ton pluses.

For the ladies, Natalie Smith and Jackie Thomas have won the joint most legs. Lizzy Bonner has scored the most tons and has the highest on the back of the card. Teresa Clifton has scored the most ton pluses.


Admiral Woodward

Admiral Sir John “Sandy” Woodward, who led Britain’s successful task force to retake the Falkland Islands after they were invaded by Argentina, has died.

He died on Monday aged 81 after a long illness.

Prime Minister David Cameron hailed Admiral Woodward's leadership of the taskforce, saying that the admiral was a truly courageous and decisive leader, proven by his heroic command of the Royal Navy taskforce. The Prime Minister said that Britain was indebted to him for his many years of service and the vital role he played to ensure that the people of the Falkland Islands can still today live in peace and freedom.

A statement released today by the Falkland Islands Government says that the people and Government of the Falkland Islands were very saddened to hear of the death of Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward. The statement says that Islanders recall with gratitude the important part he played in the Liberation of the Islands from Argentine Forces in 1982 and that Islanders thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time.

Speaking to the BBC, the Evening Standard’s Defence Correspondent Robert Fox said that Admiral Woodward knew how to take risks.


RF:    He had to take some of the biggest risks of any commander in modern British history, certainly in the last 50 years; and I think to some extent he didn’t quite get the full credit with them because the kind of risks he took and was ordered to take wouldn’t be taken today.

It’s very, very difficult to take a force of around ten thousand, 8,000 miles to recapture islands, and do it all in eleven weeks. But the point is, the biggest risk, there was going to be minimal, minimal, minimal air cover. They had got rid of the big aircraft carriers so they only had the little jump-jets, the Harriers of which they had, in the teeth of the fighting, only 20 fighters about at a time. That meant they landed troops on the 21st May 1982 on the islands with, and we didn’t realise and I was one of the first reporters amongst them, we did not realise how minimal to absolutely negligible the air cover was because he would only put up two Harriers at a time, close into the Islands which could pick up the Argentine aircraft attackers, and they were, they were pretty hit and miss, they were pretty good as they came back, so there we were; and he got a very bad press with us. I can remember being with Dave Norris of the Mail in the middle of goodness knows what at Goose Green and where were the Harriers, where were the Harriers? We kept on getting the message that they had to protect themselves and there was fog at sea and a battle went on there for ten, twelve hours before the Harriers came in at sunset and it was a very much ‘come as you are’ campaign. Woodward could be quite peppery, but by his sheer grit that the whole thing got through, but he wasn’t in charge of everything, that was the point.

He took criticism, I think, quite hard, wouldn’t you, because he had run a successful campaign, he took personal criticism from me about that lack of coverage at Goose Green quite hard, and we talked about it and at least he was very fair. He was absolutely part of a tradition that goes back to Nelson. Those, the ships stood there, I watched some of them and took it all. He knew how to take risks. 255 fatalities. The risks, the lack of air cover, the way the whole thing was conducted against the unknown would simply be deemed amongst the people in Westminster as unacceptable today.

Ray Burke

The Falkland Islands Company regrets to advise that Ray Burke, Export Manager for the Falkland Islands Company, died on Sunday the 28th July after a short illness.

Ray joined the FIC on the 19th June 1978 as Export Administrative Assistant and over the years he assisted many people in shipping their goods to the Falklands.

He is survived by his wife Lesley and their three children. His funeral will be held on the 16th August at 12 Noon in the large room at the Crematorium on Ockenden Road, Corbets Tey, Upminster, Essex.

Peter Lapsley

The death has been announced of Peter Lapsley. He died on 3rd August aged 70.

Peter’s father, Air Marshall Sir John Lapsley, who was a founder member of the UK Falkland Islands Committee, spent his early childhood in the Islands; his uncle, Captain Paddy Vincent, formerly chairman of the UK Falkland Islands Trust, was born here. Peter visited the Islands a number of times in his professional capacity when he worked for the Aviation Security Section of the Department of Transport and for many years he served on the Executive Committee of the Falkland Islands Association.

His funeral will take place in London on Monday 19th August and the Islands will be represented by Sukey Cameron.


Local Reports


Both the mean maximum and minimum temperatures were above the long-term average for July, making it the third warmest July on record according to the MPA Met Office. Rainfall was well below average, being 69% of the long-term average, the 8th driest July on record. Sunshine was well above average, being 128% of the long-term average, making it the 3rd sunniest July on record.

The highest temperature recorded was 9.5 degrees Celsius recorded on the 2nd July. The lowest minimum was –3.2 degrees Celsius recorded on the 22nd.

The monthly sunshine total was 84.0 hours compared with the long-term average for July of 65.7 hours.

The monthly mean wind speed was 16.8 knots, which is well above the average of 14.0 knots, making it the windiest July on record.