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Falklands Declared Land Mine Free

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, Explosive ordinance, Explosives, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust, Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, History, Human Interest, Land mines, Military History, Minefield, radio, Radio Documentary

The Falkland Islands was declared land mine free on November 14, 2020.

The celebration at Yorke Bay, a beach closed off by barbed wire fencing, saw the community 'reclaim the beach' after 38 years. It was the last minefield cleared in the Falklands. The Falklands Radio team was there and Traighana Smith spoke to revellers and those responsible for the clearing project.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on November 16, 2020. 


 

Family life and Covid-19 Popular

Tagged in coronavirus, covid-19, Documentary, Education, Falkland Islands , radio, Schooling

How are families in Stanley coping with home-schooling?

Two families with young children speak about how they have adapted their daily routines to fit around teaching their children whilst working from home.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on April 16, 2020


 

HMS Forth visits Stanley - Part 1 Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commonwealth, East Falkland, Emergency Services and Island Security, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Fisheries, Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands , Island Communities, Island Life, OT, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere

Join News Editor Gavin Short as he boards HMS Forth for a guided tour of the vessel.

The Royal Navy patrol ship, HMS Forth, is the permanent guardship for the Falkland Islands and the public were given the chance to step aboard when she made her maiden voyage to Stanley on August 1st, 2020. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 24, 2020.

Photo courtesy of MOD: HMS Forth in South Georgia


 

Island Airways part 1 Popular

Tagged in Aviation, Beaver Island, British Overseas Territory, Britten Norman Islander, Charter flights, Civil Aviation, Commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, Explosive ordinance, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, FIGAS, Flights, Island Airways, Island Communities, Island Hopping, Island Life, Islander, Lake Michigan, OT, Pilot, Piper Apache, Piper Aztec, radio, Radio Documentary, Small Communities, Stanley, Welke Aviation

What are the similarities between an American island-hopping air service and a Falklands one?

Island-hopping services are unique, transporting livestock, people, and supplies to remote locations. The challenges of the business are well-known by those of Island Airways in Lake Michigan. The business has been providing aviation services to Charlevoix and Beaver Island for more than 70 years. Their fleet made up of Britten Norman Islanders, Piper Apache and Piper Aztec aircraft can transport up to nine people at a time and freight anything from TV sets to lambs. Angela LeFevre-Welke explains what life is like providing this essential service.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on July 3, 2020

Photograph courtesy of Island Airways: Paul Welke and Angela LeFevre-Welke from Island Airways based on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan USA


 

Island Airways Part 2 Popular

Tagged in atlantic, Aviation, Beaver Island, British Overseas Territory, Britten Norman Islander, Civil Aviation, Commonwealth, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, Island Airways, Island Communities, Island Hopping, Islander, Lake Michigan, OT, Pilot, Piper Apache, Piper Aztec, radio, Radio Documentary, Small Communities, South Atlantic, Welke Aviation

How many times have you been asked your weight when checking-in at an airport?

It's something you will be asked before flying on an Island Airways plane! In part two of this conversation with Angela LeFevre-Welke she talks about flying ferrets and all the curiosities that come with running a private air service. She also explains how the business adapted to the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on July 10, 2020

Photograph courtesy of Island Airways: The Island Airways fleet


 

Jennifer Kingsley, Writer and Naturalist Popular

Tagged in Adventure, Antarctica, Arctic, author, canoe, Enviroment, Environmental research , Falkland Islands , Naturalist, radio, Radio Documentary, South Atlantic, writer

Award-winning author, Jennifer Kingsley, shares her experience of documenting life in the Falkland Islands.

The Canadian naturalist has spent years visiting arctic communities and learning about their cultures. During her first trip to the Falklands, she spent time with the men removing landmines from the 1982 conflict and visited farmers working in the camp. 

Jenny is the author of Paddlenorth: Adventure, Resilience, and Renewal in the Arctic Wild, which won the top prize for literary non-fiction at the National Outdoor Book Awards in 2015. Her work as a broadcast journalist has been played around the world and recognized by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on November 8, 2019

Photograph: Eric Guth


 

NHS Heroes - Dr Sonia Popular

Tagged in coronavirus, covid-19, doctor, Falkland Islands , medical, NHS, South Atlantic

Falkland Islander, Sonia, is a junior doctor working in England. 

She speaks about her training and preparations for the COVID-19 pandemic to hit her hospital.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on May 8, 2020


 

NHS Heroes - Nurse Bethan Popular

Tagged in coronavirus, covid-19, Falkland Islands , Hospital, NHS, Nursing, South Atlantic

Falkland Islander, Bethan Halliday, is working on the front line in an English hospital.

The NHS nurse talks about how she has been affected by working in a busy teaching hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on April 20, 2020


 

Saying Goodbye to Land Mines In The Falkland Islands Popular

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Around 30,000 land mines laid by Argentine forces in 1982 have been cleared from the Falkland Islands. 

On October 14th and 15th, planned demolitions of some of the last of these explosives took place near Yorke Bay. This area contained the last minefield in the Falklands. Six detonations took place each day and journalist Traighana Smith joined the Safeland Global team who run the project.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on October 19, 2020.


 

Stanley Nightingale Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Chief Medical Officer, Commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, covid-19 antibody test, doctor, East Falkland, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, Hospital, Island Communities, Island Life, KEMH, King Edward 7th, King Edward Memorial Hospital, medical, Medical exercise, news, Nightingale Hospital, OT, radio, Radio Documentary, Small Communities

A Nightingale-style hospital was built in the Falkland Islands in June.

Over three days a 36-bed ward was assembled, tested, and dismantled in Stanley Leisure Centre. The exercise was a collaboration between the King Edward Memorial Hospital and British Forces South Atlantic. The exercise practised how, and where, health authorities would manage if there was a COVID-19 outbreak in the Falklands. The temporary facility was assembled in under six hours. Those involved, including the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Rebecca Edwards, spoke about the logistics behind such an operation.

Stanley Nightingale exercise ran over June 17, 18 and 19. This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 22, 2020.


 

Telecoms Broadband Press Briefing 2nd October 2019 Popular

The Falkland Islands Broadband Press Conference

Held on 2nd October 2019

New Packages Starting in December 2019

The Men Who Clear Land Mines Popular

Tagged in 1982, Argentina, Armed Forces, British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, Documentary, East Falkland, Education, EOD, Explosive ordinance, Explosives, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Human Interest, Island Communities, Island Life, Landmines, news, paramedic, radio, Radio Documentary, South Atlantic, Zimbabwe

Who are the people that clear land mines?

Groups of highly-trained 'deminers' have been travelling between Zimbabwe and the Falkland Islands to clear minefields for over 11 years.

Over 20,000 land mines were laid by Argentine forces in 1982, and in 2020 the Falkland Islands will be landmine free for the first time in 38 years. Due to the global pandemic, most of the men involved have left the Islands before the completion of the project. 

Falklands Radio attended a goodbye reception on June 19 and spoke to those who were departing.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 25, 2020