Travels and travails of Falklands seabirds

THE travels and travails of seabirds was the subject of a talk last week at the Chamber of Commerce by marine biologist Dr James Grecian, a marine biologist collaborating with SAERI, (South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute).  

Dr Grecian told the audience that global seabird populations have declined by 70% in the last 50 years. The main impacts on the birds have been from fishing, predation by invasive mammals and climate change.

Although breeding colonies can be studied relatively easily to allow scientists to better understand behaviour and mortality rates, very little is known about the birds once they leave the breeding grounds.

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Sand Bay Wind Farm de-risking the future of Falklands electricity supply

THE Power and Electrical section of the Public Works Department (PWD) held an Open Day at the Sand Bay wind farm last week.  

The public was invited to tour the facility and learn from the engineers how it all worked.

Although the six tall turbines have been a familiar sight at the roadside outside Stanley since 2007, it’s not until you stand 44 beneath one and look up 44 metres that you get a sense of their massive scale and sleek design.

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Prince Andrew hosts launch of Falklands Conservation's fundraising campaign

HIS Royal Highness the Duke of York, patron of Falklands Conservation (FC) hosted an evening at St James’s Palace, London on June 2 in support of FC’s Building for the Future fundraising campaign. 

The organisation’s vision is to construct a Falklands Conservation Nature Centre adjacent to the award winning Museum and National Trust buildings and thus bringing the Islands’ nature and heritage together in one place.

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Stanley Leisure Centre – New Fees And Charge

From 1 July 2016

Stanley Leisure Centre would like to announce a revised set of fees and charges, following an internal review. The purpose of the review was threefold: to slim down the number of membership options; to ensure the charging policy was fair; and to encourage broad participation in sports and exercise from across the community.
From 1 July 2016 there will be one adult membership option, which will be priced at £120 for a full year and will offer access to swimming pool, racket sports and cardio facilities at Stanley Leisure Centre. This represents a price cut to all public membership packages and a removal of the corporate membership option. Six month and three month packages are available on request to help spread the cost of a full years’ membership.
We are pleased to announce the continuation of significant discounts for children, students and families – and all facilities will continue to be free for the over 60s. There is also a substantial discount for Camp residents. For non-members the popular mix-it-up card offers ten sessions for swim or fitness at excellent value.
There are minor amendments to other charges at Stanley Leisure Centre, such as charges for sports hall hire.
For more information about memberships or other information please call the Leisure Centre reception on 27291.

Everyone saved when cruise ship abandoned after fire

Le Boreal
Le Boreal

PASSENGERS and crew forced to abandon a cruise ship due to a fire in the engine room causing loss of power, were all safe and without injury in Stanley yesterday morning. This followed a complex rescue and care mission comprising British Forces from Mount Pleasant, Government emergency services, the ship’s agents Sulivan Shipping and with support from local farmers.

Emergency Services in the Falkland Islands were notified of a distress call from vessel Le Boreal at 0201 on Wednesday morning this week.

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