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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 - 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.


 

COVID-19 in the Falkland Islands Popular

Tagged in atlantic, Chief Medical Officer, Chief-Executive, coronavirus, covid-19, covid-19 antibody test, Emergency Services and Island Security, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklandislands, Falklands Radio, government, Hospital, Island Communities, King Edward Memorial Hospital, news, Politics, questions, radio, Radio Documentary, response, Small Communities, south, Vaccinations, Whale Beaching

How will the Falklandlands Islands cope with COVID-19?

COVID-19 may eventually come to the Falkland Islands, what will the response be, will the islands cope?

Host, Jason Lewis, is joined by MLA Leona Roberts, CMO Dr Rebecca Edwards, and CE Barry Rowland, who answer listener's questions in this COVID-19 Let's Talk.

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


 

COVID-19: Testing in the Falkland Islands Part One Popular

Tagged in coronavirus, covid-19, covid-19 antibody test, DNA analysis , Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, Hospital, Island Communities, Island Life, Islander, Microbiology, pathology, PCR, PCR real time , radio, Radio Documentary, RNA Analysis, Science, Science and technology, scientific research , scientist, Small Communities, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere

What is the approach to COVID-19 testing in the Falkland Islands? 

The equipment needed to test for COVID-19 wasn't available to the Falklands until May. But what does that mean and why couldn't testing be done on the Islands before? Kim Finlayson is the Laboratory Manager of the only hospital in the Falklands. She talks through the principles and specifics of testing for the virus in her lab.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on May 28, 2020


 

COVID-19: Testing In The Falkland Islands Part Two Popular

Tagged in coronavirus, covid-19, covid-19 antibody test, DNA analysis , Falkland Islands , Falklands Radio, Hospital, Island Communities, Island Life, medical, Microbiology, National Health Service, NHS, pathology, PCR, PCR real time , radio, Radio Documentary, RNA Analysis, Science, Science and technology, scientific research , scientist, Small Communities, South Atlantic, Southern Hemisphere

What's the difference between sensitivity and specificity when talking about COVID-19 testing?

The Falkland Islands will soon be rolling out surveillance testing. But why? Laboratory Manager, Kim Finlayson, explains and talks through when we can expect to see antibody testing being carried out in the Islands. 

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on May 29, 2020


 

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


 

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.


 

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.


 

Habitat Restoration on Middle Island Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, Conservation, Falkland Islander, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conservation, Falklands Radio, Island Communities, Naturalist, nature, radio, Radio Documentary, Science, Science and technology, scientific research , scientist, Small Communities

Can erosion be stopped on an island?

Middle Island is owned by Falklands Conservation and was badly burned by fire a few decades ago. The fire left the peat soil with no vegetation to protect it from drying out and blowing away. Falklands Conservation has attempted to halt this process by planting a barrier of tussac grass on the eroded land. With help from Georgia Seafoods and the Conservation group of British Forces South Atlantic, volunteers planted grass over five days.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on October 5, 2020.


 

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


 

Memorial Service for Ian "Kiwi" Hunt 2020 Popular

Tagged in British Forces , British Forces South Atlantic Islands, Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands , Commemoration, East Falkland, Falkland Islands , Falklands Conflict, Falklands Radio, Falklands War, Island Communities, Island Life, Memorial, radio, Radio Documentary, Remembrance, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, SBS, Small Communities

A service of remembrance took place on June 2 for Sgt Ian "Kiwi" Hunt.

Sergeant Ian "Kiwi" Nicholas Hunt was born in 1953 and was 28 years old at the time of his death. He was with the Special Boat Service and killed by blue on blue fire when his patrol moved into a SAS position. When the SAS warning shouts went unanswered, they opened fire and Kiwi was instantly killed. Sergeant Hunt was 28 years old and the only member of the SBS to die in the Falklands War.

This programme was broadcast on Falklands Radio on June 4, 2020. It will be available for one year.


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.