Editor's Column - July 1 guest editorial from Peter Young

ONE of my first reactions to the referendum result last week, after disbelief and shock, was a strong feeling of sadness that younger generations of Brits would not enjoy, as I and millions of others had, almost unfettered freedom to roam across Europe on holiday. I’ve been lucky enough to drive from London to Turin in Italy, and through Belgium, Germany and Austria to Hungary.  I’d also travelled by train to southern Poland from my suburban station in London. All of this travel without needing a visa or seeing a border guard, except when my navigator took a wrong turn and we went through Switzerland.

I can see how young people would value this freedom and why they could feel angry that they had been denied this by older voters who mainly voted to leave the EU.

However, one of the more interesting statistics to emerge once the dust settled was that, although 75% of under-24s voted to Remain in the EU, compared to only 39% of over-65s, crucially, it is reckoned that only 36% of under-24s voted, compared with a massive 83% of over-65s!

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Brexit and the Falkland Islands

A LIST of the potential implications on the Falkland Islands, of the UK exiting the EU, is to be drawn up between the Chief Executive and the Falklands private sector and presented to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire.

In an interview with Penguin News this week Members of Legislative Assembly Roger Edwards, Ian Hansen and Michael Poole (pictured) accepted that it was a time of uncertainty for the Islands, “but we will find a way through it,” said MLA Poole.

He said there were, “obviously key things in terms of access and tariffs that will be focussed on,” adding that the Chief Executive Keith Padgett had already begun work on looking at the potential risks and implications across the Islands. 

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International Red Cross delegation in Falklands explain mission to identify Argentine unknown war dead

VISITING members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have stated they are quite clear on the wishes of the Argentine families, in relation to the potential future identification of remains of unknown Argentine soldiers in the Darwin Cemetery.

The group of four, who are here to look at practical steps involved in such a mission, and make recommendations to the UK, Argentine and Falklands governments told Penguin News on Tuesday that was one of the points they had insisted on.

Delegation member Laurent Corbaz said they had been involved in identifying, “all of the families concerned with Darwin,” and had been concerned with identifying all of those linked to the Islands, “and yes we have been cross checking this list with access to all individual cases.”

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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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