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Let's Talk is a panel discussion programme hosted by Falklands Radio. 

The programme is presenter-led and can include live phone-ins from the public.

The show is usually on every second Wednesday at 1900. 

~COVID-19~ The programme will run intermittently during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact Falklands Radio for more information.

audio News Review

A weekly round-up of all the news from the Falkland Islands.

The programme is broadcast on a Saturday at 1830.

~ COVID-19 ~  The News Review will be replaced by a news bulletin on a Saturday.

 

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Celebrating 100 Years of the Falkland Islands Defence Force - Memories of Members Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commonwealth, Falkland Islander, Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, government, History, Military History, OT, radio, Radio Documentary, South Atlantic

The Falkland Islands Defence Force celebrated 100 years of its formation in December 2020.

The organisation changed from the Falkland Islands Volunteers on December 13, 1920. The 100th anniversary of this was marked with an open day and reception on December 12, 2020. The day included displays of motor vehicles, weapons and equipment as well as historical displays and family activities.

Listen as News Editor Gavin Short speaks to former members of the Force about their memories.


 

Celebrating 100 Years of the Falkland Islands Defence Force - Reception Popular

Tagged in 1982, British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, East Falkland, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Island Communities, Ministry of Defence, Small Communities, South Atlantic

The Falkland Islands Defence Force celebrated 100 years of its formation in December 2020.

The organisation changed from the Falkland Islands Volunteers on December 13, 1920. The 100th anniversary of this was marked with an open day and reception on December 12, 2020. The day included displays of motor vehicles, weapons and equipment as well as historical displays and family activities. Listen to News Editor, Gavin Short's coverage of the formal part of the event.


 

Checking Islands For Rats Popular

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Conservation, Documentary, East Falkland, endangered species, Environment, Environmental research , eradication, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conservation, Falklands Radio, Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands , Harbour, Island Communities, OT, radio, Radio Documentary, rats, rodents, Science and technology, scientific research , scientist, Small Communities, South Atlantic

Join Sammy, the rodent detector dog, as he sniffs around the Falkland Islands for rats!

Rodents were introduced to the Falklands by man and cause problems for ground-nesting birds. In recent years efforts have been made to stop the spread of rodents to islands they haven't reached and to eradicate them from islands they have colonized.  

Great and Tickle islands were eradicated in 2016 and to confirm their status as rodent-free, Samurai took a trip out with his handler.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 15, 2020.


 

Coping With Cancer In The Falkland Islands Popular

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Cancer, Cancer Support and Awareness , Chief Medical Officer, Clap for our carers , CMO, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, government, Hospital, Island Communities, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Lets Talk, radio, Radio Documentary, Small Communities, Stanley

At the suggestion of Corina Goss, a breast cancer patient, we have assembled a panel of those who have encountered the disease and those who have helped them deal with it.

We will take a look at the basic statistics of cancer in the Falkland Islands with CMO Beccy Edwards, and discuss diagnosis and treatment with her and Nurse Mandy Heathman.

Corina is joined by husband David Ashbridge to discuss how families cope with long term illness.

Brian Aldridge, a recent returnee from treatment, will cover his experiences and suggestions, and Andy Brownlee a long term survivor and Treasurer of the Cancer Support and Awareness Trust will talk about their work.

This will be a powerful and informative programme. If you or your family has been affected by cancer, if you want to know why there seems to be so much of it, or if you would like to learn more about the disease and how to cope with it.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on December 4, 2019.


 

Creating A Soil Map Of The Falkland Islands Popular

Tagged in British Antarctic Survey, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, East Falkland, Environment, Environmental research , Falkland Islands , Falklands Conservation, Falklands Radio, Island Communities, radio, Radio Documentary, Science, Science and technology, scientific research , scientist, Small Communities, South Atlantic, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, South Georgia, Southern Hemisphere, Stanley

The Falklands is known for peat, but how much of it makes up the Islands?

Dr Stephanie Carter has been working on creating soil maps for the Falkland Islands. For the past two years she has visited over 200 sites and created multiple maps of all the different soil compositions. Dr Carter talks about the classification methods used and answers the burning question; just how much peat is in the Falklands?

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on August 13, 2020


 

Falklands Declared Land Mine Free Popular

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. 


 

Fitzroy Memorial Service 2020 Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Cathedral, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, East Falkland, Falkland Islands , Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust, Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Island Communities, Ministry of Defence, OT, Parachute Regiment, radio, Radio Documentary, RAF, Remembrance, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, Small Communities

On June 8, 1982, heavy casualties were suffered by the British Taskforce.

The RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram were bombed by Argentine forces. In total 48 men were lost from Sir Galahad, two from Sir Tristram and six men from a landing craft of HMS Fearless. Every year, a service of remembrance is held for those who lost their lives.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 9, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Glamorgan Memorial Service 2020 Popular

Tagged in Anniversary, Armed Forces, Armistice, British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Cathedral, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, East Falkland, Falkland Islands , Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust, Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Island Communities, Island Life, Islander, Liberation, Memorial, Military History, Next of kin, OT, Parachute Regiment, radio, {radio-docu

A service is held every year to commemorate the crew of HMS Glamorgan.

The service held at Hooker's Point, near Stanley, was led by the Reverand Ian Faulds. The Act of Remembrance commemorates the lives of fourteen members of the ship's company who died in the Falklands War in 1982. 

This Programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 14, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Goose Green Liberation Service 2020 Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, East Falkland, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Goose Green, Island Communities, Liberation, Military History, OT, Parachute Regiment, radio, Radio Documentary, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere

The residents of Goose Green were liberated by British Forces on May 29, 1982.

During the Argentine invasion, residents of Goose Green and Darwin were incarcerated in the Goose Green hall for almost a month. The Argentines surrendered on May 29 during the battle of Goose Green and the inhabitants were freed from the hall.

The day is commemorated yearly and the Reverand Ian Faulds led this service at the Para Memorial. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 01, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Government Q&A COVID-19 January 2020 Popular

Tagged in British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Chief Medical Officer, Chief-Executive, Commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, covid-19 antibody test, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, Hospital, Island Communities, King Edward Memorial Hospital, medical, Medical exercise, MLA, news, Policy, Politics, radio, Small Communities, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere

The Falkland Islands Government hosts monthly Q&A sessions on Covid-19.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Rebecca Edwards, Chief Executive Barry Rowland and MLA Leona Roberts answer questions from members of the press.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on January 6, 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


 

Housing Policy In The Falkland Islands Popular

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Camp Matters, Chief-Executive, Documentary, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, housing, Island Communities, Politics, radio, Radio Documentary, Small Communities

It's estimated 37% of the population of the Falklands will be temporary residents by 2035.

The information was released by the Falkland Islands Government as part of Housing Policy options for public consultation. FIG presented the findings at a public meeting on September 8 along with many recommendations on how to ease the pressures on the current housing situation. MLA Dr Barry Elsby, as portfolio holder for housing, spoke with Traighana Smith about what the public consultation hopes to achieve. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 10, 2020.


 

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


 

Landing Day Service 2020 Popular

Tagged in 1982, British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, East Falkland, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Island Communities, OT, radio, Remembrance, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, South Atlantic

Landing Day service commemorates the British Task Force amphibious landings near the settlement of San Carlos on May 21, 1982.

Invading Argentine forces had been occupying the Falklands since April 2. The landing of the British Forces, on May 1, signalled the beginning of recovering the Islands. Over the next few days, the area became known as 'Bomb Alley' as Argentine fighter jets tried to stop the advance.

A service of remembrance is held each year to remember all those who lost their lives during the ensuing battles. This year, the service was led by the Reverand Ian Faulds. An estimated 30 people attended, a smaller number than usual due to the current global health pandemic.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on May 22, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

Lufthansa Touches Down in Falkland Islands Popular

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, Falkland Islands , Human Interest

On Sunday, 31 January, a 16-member crew led by Flight Captain Rolf Uzat departed Germany on the longest nonstop flight in the history of Lufthansa.

The flight time from Hamburg to the Mount Pleasant military base on the Falkland Islands took exactly 15:26 hours for the 13,700-kilometre route.

There were 92 passengers on board the charter flight LH2574, half were scientists and the other half the ship crew for the upcoming expedition on the Polarstern research vessel.

Falklands Radio spoke to Lufthansa Fleet Captain Thomas Jahn and Pilot Rolf Uzat about the unique challenges of the flight.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on January 4, 2021.

Photograph courtesy of Lufthansa Group.


 

Memories of 1982 - Douglas Station Popular

Tagged in 1982, Argentina, Artillery, Battle of the Falklands, British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Buenos Aires, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commonwealth, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, OT, Politics, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy

On a remote farm on East Falkland a family was woken up early by Argentine forces.

Forced out of the house they were then locked up in a hall at Douglas Station for four days.

Clara McKay was incarcerated in the hall and she spoke with News Editor, Gavin Short, about her side of the 1982 conflict.


 

News Review February 13, 2021

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Chief Medical Officer, Commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, Hospital, Royal Falkland Islands Police, Vaccinations

LISTEN to the top news stories from the past 7 days.

  • The Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour were awarded last week
  • A successful first round of Covid-19 vaccinations comes to an end, we got first-hand accounts of those receiving the jab
  • MLA Roberts delivered the latest Covid-19 figures
  • The new Waste Transfer Facility site caused upset at a recent meeting of the Planning and Building Committee
  • Movement restrictions are still in force at MPC but will ease soon
  • Aquaculture consultants were appointed by the Government to look into large-scale salmon farming
  • And The Royal Falkland Islands Police hosted an Internet Safety Week

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on February 13, 2021. It will be available for one month.


 

News Review February 20, 2021

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, covid-19 antibody test, South Atlantic

LISTEN to the top news stories from the past 7 days.

  • All the covid-19 updates including current cases and changes to north and southbound travel
  • Canine parvovirus was found in the Islands
  • Covid-19 cases were detected on a vessel bound for the Falklands
  • Aberdeen University plans project on Falkland peat
  • The weekly update with the Royal Falkland Islands Police
  • The Falklands Games extends its entry deadline
  • And the Mount Pleasant base reopens

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on February 20, 2021. It will be available for one month.


 

News Review February 27, 2021

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, coronavirus, covid-19, Environment, Environmental research , Falklands Radio, Fisheries

LISTEN to the top news stories from the past 7 days.

  • Canine parvovirus explained
  • Environmental issues dominated a public meeting on Monday
  • The pathology department explains blood donation in the Falklands
  • The second batch of Covid-19 vaccines arrived and the latest figures
  • Fisherman lost overboard
  • The swimming pool is one step closer to reopening
  • Broadband quality to be measured
  • And the Royal Falkland Islands Police weekly update

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on February 27, 2021. It will be available for one month.


 

News Review February 6, 2021 Popular

Tagged in British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, coronavirus, covid-19, covid-19 antibody test, Falkland Islands , fishing, government, Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands , Policy, Royal Falkland Islands Police

LISTEN to the top news stories from the past 7 days.

  • The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in the Falkland Islands on February the 1st
  • Access to the Mount Pleasant Base is now restricted
  • BAS launches a research trip to the giant iceberg off South Georgia
  • The vaccination programme for the Falklands was confirmed on Wednesday and changes to the Falklands visitor policy were approved
  • FIG has committed to continue training for jigger vessels
  • The German airline Lufthansa successfully landed an aircraft in the Falklands on Monday
  • And the weekly update from the royal Falkland Islands police

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on February 5, 2021. It will be available for one month.


 

News Review January 30, 2021

Tagged in British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, coronavirus, covid-19, covid-19 antibody test, Falkland Islands , Historic Building, Royal Falkland Islands Police

LISTEN to the top news stories from the past 7 days.

  • Gorse and Calafate were the topics at the recent environmental committee meeting
  • The Chief Executive announces the most recent covid-19 figures
  • A new sporting event has been launched for April
  • The Royal Falkland Islands Police give their weekly update
  • A review of heritage matters was discussed at the first meeting of the historic buildings committee in over a year
  • And travel restrictions to Mount Pleasant base were announced on Thursday following a positive covid-19 result.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on January 30, 2021. It will be available for one month.


 

Overseas Students COVID-19 Arrangements Popular

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, coronavirus, covid-19, covid-19 antibody test, Education, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, Island Communities, OT

What is the process for Falkland Islands overseas students suspected of having COVID-19? 

News Editor, Gavin Short, spoke to MLA Stacy Bragger and Director of Education Marie Horton, about provisions being made for students having to leave boarding homes in the UK.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 20, 2020.


 

Rural Business Association - State of the Industry part 1 Popular

Tagged in Agriculture, Agriculture Department, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, economy, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, industry, Island Communities, OT, Policy, Politics, radio, sheep, Small Communities, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere, Tourism, wool

In response to the Falkland Islands Meat Company (FIMCo) not hiring seasonal workers, the RBA held a special State of the Industry day.

The day included an update from FIMCo, presentations on global Covid-19 impacts, wool support schemes and a Q&A with MLAs.

News Editor Gavin Short reported the events of the day.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on December 14, 2020.


 

Rural Business Association - State of the Industry part 2 Popular

Tagged in Agriculture, Agriculture Department, British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Farmers-Week, FIMCO, Island Communities, OT, Policy, Politics, sheep, Small Communities, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere, Tourism

In response to the Falkland Islands Meat Company (FIMCo) not hiring seasonal workers, the RBA held a special State of the Industry day.

The day included an update from FIMCo, presentations on global Covid-19 impacts, wool support schemes and a Q&A with MLAs.

News Editor Gavin Short reported the events of the day.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on December 15, 2020.


 

Saying Goodbye to Land Mines In The Falkland Islands Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, Documentary, Emergency Services and Island Security, EOD, Explosive ordinance, Explosives, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , falklands, Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, History, Human Interest, Island Communities, Land mines, Landmines, Minefield, Ministry of Defence, OT, radio, Radio Documentary, Small Communities, South Atlantic

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.


 

Single Constituency Referendum Debate Popular

Tagged in Britain, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, Constituency, Falkland Islands , government, Island Communities, Lets Talk, OT, Politics, Referendum, Small Communities

What are the benefits of changing to a single constituency? Are there other options?

This Let's Talk panel debate the arguments for and against the Falkland Islands changing to a single constituency.

There are currently two constituencies, Camp and Stanley. On January 31, 2020, the Legislative Assembly passed a bill allowing the constitution to be changed if a single constituency was voted for. Public meetings on West Falkland and in Camp were held in January prior to the original referendum date of  March 26, 2020. With COVID-19 causing a delay, the new referendum date is September 24, 2020.

Host Mark Lewis is joined by MLA Roger Spink, MLA Teslyn Barkman, and Camp residents Bill Luxton and Trevor McPhee to debate the matter.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 9, 2020.


 

Stanley Common Management Plan Popular

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Cape Pembroke Lighthouse, Commonwealth, Conservation, debate, Documentary, East Falkland, Environment, Environmental research , Falkland Islander, Falklands Conservation, Falklands Radio, Island Communities, Lets Talk, OT, Politics, radio, Radio Documentary, Small Communities, Stanley, Stanley Common Management Plan

Should there be restrictions on how the public land around Stanley can be used?

Stanley Common is public land that surrounds the capital, Stanley. In recent years the use of the common has changed from primarily grazing to recreational activities. The area is a National Nature Reserve and Cape Pembroke is an ImportantPlant Area. A draft management plan for the area suggests limiting certain activities like dog walking and off-road driving in the area and has caused some debate within the community.  

Host, Mike Summers, is joined by MLA Leona Roberts, FIG Director of Policy Diane Simsovic, vehicle user Jay Moffatt, horse owner Grant Munro, and Esther Bertram from Falklands Conservation to discuss the topic.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on January 23, 2019


 

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.


 

Stanley swimming pool to reopen in May New

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Building, Commonwealth

The first tile of 12,000 was laid by MLA Barry Elsby on February 24. 

The pool was closed in November 2019 after deterioration was found in the lining and bonding with the tiles underneath and further hazards were identified in January 2020. A contract for the work was awarded the following June and the pool is expected to be reopened in May this year.

Falklands Radio spoke to members of the team involved in the work.


 

Support For Tourism - Government Briefing Popular

Tagged in British Overseas Territory, Chief-Executive, coronavirus, covid-19, Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, government, Island Communities, Island Life, news, Policy, Politics, radio, Small Communities, South Atlantic, Tourism

Support schemes to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the tourism sector were announced on September 23, 2020, by the Falkland Islands Government.

A press briefing was held with the Chief Executive Barry Rowland, Director of Policy and Development Andrew Gaule, and MLA Mark Pollard who explained the schemes and took questions from press representatives.

The overall package of support has three main components across eleven schemes. 

  • An extension for existing Covid-19 support schemes for businesses and individuals. This will have an impact across the whole of the Falkland Islands economy, not just the tourism sector. There will be some amendments to the guidance to meet the specific needs of businesses and individuals working in the tourism industry.
  • A domestic tourism incentive programme to help sustain revenues for tourism businesses during the difficult 2020/21 summer season, with the benefit of helping people who live in the Falklands to enjoy what the Islands have to offer.
  • Measures to help the tourism industry prepare to bounce back in 2021/22 and beyond, including small grants and access to deferred loans for eligible businesses; infrastructure improvements; and feasibility studies for longer-term developments and capacity building.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on September 23, 2020.


 

The History of Land Mines in The Falklands Popular

Tagged in Argentina, Armed Forces, Artillery, BACTEC, British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, British Overseas Territory, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, Commonwealth, EOD, Explosive ordinance, Explosives, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust, Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, History, Island Communities, Land mines, Military History, Minefield, radio, Radio Documentary,

Have you ever wanted to know more about the history of land mines in the Falkland Islands?

We all know they were laid in 1982, but how many and what attempts were made to clear them after the conflict?  Patrick Watts, who was in charge of Falklands Islands Broadcasting Station in 1982, explains.

This interview was recorded in November 2020.


 

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


 

What's In a Map? Popular

Tagged in biosecurity, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, Drones, Environment, Environmental research , Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Island Communities, Ministry of Defence, Planning and Building, Small Communities, South Atlantic, South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, Southern Hemisphere

Maps can be used for more than directions. Town planning, military, surveyors and environmentalists all use maps to track and compile data.

To draw attention to all applications maps are used for in the Falkland Islands, the Environmental Department hosted a 'Map Day'. Stalls showcasing hand-drawn maps and computer models, as well as offering interactive activities, set-up in the town hall on November 29. Throughout the afternoon a series of talks were given from members of the community who use mapping in their everyday lives including drone surveying, wildlife tracking and distributing water.

Falklands Radio was there and spoke to some of the participants.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on December 3, 2020.


 

World Albatross Day 2020 Popular

Tagged in ACAP, Agreement on conservation of albatross and petrels , Albatross, Antarctica, atlantic, Black browed Albatross, British Overseas Territory, Commonwealth, Conservation, endangered species, Environment, Environmental research , eradication, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conservation, Falklands Radio, Fish, Fisheries, fishing, Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands , Island Communities, Island Life, Islander, Marine mammals, Marine research, radio, {sci

The first World Albatross Day was celebrated this year to honour these birds and highlight the conservation crisis they face.

The Falkland Islands is home to around 70% of the world's population of black browed albatross and in the late 90s, the species was in decline. Today, the population is stable with around 500,000 breeding pairs. What has the Falkland Islands done to achieve that?

This documentary highlights the action and collaboration between government, researchers, and the fishing industry that has branded the species a conservation success.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 19, 2020  

Photograph by Megan Tierney