The longest way home to the Falklands with yacht Porvenir

Islander Ken Passfield brought his yacht Porvenir back into a flat calm Stanley harbour on Tuesday morning having travelled around the world and clocked up 23,000 miles.
With partner and accomplished sailor in her own right Sally Poncet accompanying him on much of the journey, Ken is only the second Falklands sailor to have completed a circumnavigation in recent years.

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Lack of good telecommunications makes Falklands more remote

THE lack of good telecommunications with the rest of the world is adding to the remoteness of the Falkland Islands according to representations made by members of the public at the ongoing Select Committee on the Communications Bill.

The Bill provides for the licensing of activities related to communications in the Islands and also for the establishment of a regulator, who amongst other responsibilities would watch over Sure’s (almost) exclusive licence as the telecommunications provider.

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Falklands father and son epic sea journey

A FALKLANDS father and son team have completed an  11,000 mile Rite of Passage, delivering a yacht, Fiddler’s Green, to the Falklands from North Carolina.

On Monday, Andrez Short arrived back in Stanley Harbour on his new yacht accompanied by his son, Tom (16) and friend Steve Dent, who joined the boat on Ascension Island. Andy Furniss was a crew member on the first leg from the US to the Azores.

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Shortage of skilled labour serious issue for Falklands businesses

SHORTAGE of skilled labour is a big impediment to business growth in the Falklands and a serious issue, according to the private sector. 

The recently released Business Climate Survey 2016 results report revealed respondents concerns about the  barrier to commercial progress. It was also identified as a barrier in the 2012 and 2014 editions but is now much more prominent. 

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Birds ingesting plastic 'no cause for alarm'

THE Eliza Cove rubbish tip plastic waste is being ingested by wildlife according to a report by Dr Amélie Augé of the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI).
However the Falkland Islands Government Waste Management Coordinator does not see it as a major problem.

“Abstract plastic pollution is becoming an increasing issue for wildlife throughout the world. Even remote areas with relatively little human activity are affected,” writes Dr Augé.
She told Penguin News that last winter she  analysed pellets from turkey vultures in Stanley to determine how much plastic (and other human products) they ingested. 

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