Lack of good telecommunications makes Falklands more remote

THE lack of good telecommunications with the rest of the world is adding to the remoteness of the Falkland Islands according to representations made by members of the public at the ongoing Select Committee on the Communications Bill.

The Bill provides for the licensing of activities related to communications in the Islands and also for the establishment of a regulator, who amongst other responsibilities would watch over Sure’s (almost) exclusive licence as the telecommunications provider.

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Falklands father and son epic sea journey

A FALKLANDS father and son team have completed an  11,000 mile Rite of Passage, delivering a yacht, Fiddler’s Green, to the Falklands from North Carolina.

On Monday, Andrez Short arrived back in Stanley Harbour on his new yacht accompanied by his son, Tom (16) and friend Steve Dent, who joined the boat on Ascension Island. Andy Furniss was a crew member on the first leg from the US to the Azores.

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Shortage of skilled labour serious issue for Falklands businesses

SHORTAGE of skilled labour is a big impediment to business growth in the Falklands and a serious issue, according to the private sector. 

The recently released Business Climate Survey 2016 results report revealed respondents concerns about the  barrier to commercial progress. It was also identified as a barrier in the 2012 and 2014 editions but is now much more prominent. 

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Birds ingesting plastic 'no cause for alarm'

THE Eliza Cove rubbish tip plastic waste is being ingested by wildlife according to a report by Dr Amélie Augé of the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI).
However the Falkland Islands Government Waste Management Coordinator does not see it as a major problem.

“Abstract plastic pollution is becoming an increasing issue for wildlife throughout the world. Even remote areas with relatively little human activity are affected,” writes Dr Augé.
She told Penguin News that last winter she  analysed pellets from turkey vultures in Stanley to determine how much plastic (and other human products) they ingested. 

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Fire on Le Boreal was due to human error

FRENCH maritime authorities BEAmer have released their final report into the fire on the cruise ship Le Boreal last year in Falklands waters, which forced the evacuation of nearly 350 passengers and crew.

On the night of November 17, Le Boreal was under way near East Falklands, making 15 knots in rough seas with winds 40 to 45 knots. 
At the end of the 8-12 watch, the hotel officer (a licensed second engineer) was doing his regular round of the engine room and observed that the fuel filter clogging indicator on the #4 diesel generator had gone to red, indicating that it was time to change the filter out. He turned a valve to switch the fuel supply over to the alternate filter element, then proceeded to the control room to fill out the logbook. He talked briefly with his relief, and at about 0010 hours, he returned to the generator compartment - and opened the filter housing on the #3 diesel generator instead of the #4. 

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