ICRC schedule confirmed

A DELEGATION from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will hear the views of the Falklands public next week, on the subject of the ICRC’s possible future humanitarian mission to identify the remains of fallen Argentine soldiers at Darwin Cemetery.

This first visit is described as a scoping mission to enable assessment of the logistical and technical requirements for carrying out the task.
Within the schedule planned for the four members of the group, they will have the chance to chat with Islanders at a public meeting at Goose Green at the club at 1630 on June 29, and in Stanley at the Chamber of Commerce on June 30.

They arrive in the Islands on June 27 and will reside at Malvina House Hotel and that night will meet with Members of the Legislative Assembly and the Governor.
Their first meeting the next day (June 28) will be with the Director of Public Works and then with MLAs, the Chief Executive, the Argentine cemetery caretaker and later with Eric Goss MBE, farm manager at Goose Green in the 1982 war.

They will travel to Darwin on June 29 and June 30 and have technical and logistical discussions with FIG and landowners  on July 1 and logistical discussions with the private sector.
The group, comprising Laurent Corbaz, Edmond Corthesy, Morris Tidball-Binz and Oran Finegan are scheduled to depart on July 2.
MLAs have stated that all parties concerned recognise, “this is a sensitive subject for all involved.”

FIG Statement Regarding Brexit

THE Falkland Islands Government will be working with the public and private sector to further investigate the impact of Brexit on the Islands.

Falklands representatives congratulated all involved in campaigning on both sides of the debate, adding: "As with the referendum on our political future in 2013, the impressive turnout and widespread engagement with the referendum reflects well on our respective democracies."

Read more: FIG Statement Regarding Brexit

Stanley Leisure Centre – New Fees And Charge

From 1 July 2016

Stanley Leisure Centre would like to announce a revised set of fees and charges, following an internal review. The purpose of the review was threefold: to slim down the number of membership options; to ensure the charging policy was fair; and to encourage broad participation in sports and exercise from across the community.
From 1 July 2016 there will be one adult membership option, which will be priced at £120 for a full year and will offer access to swimming pool, racket sports and cardio facilities at Stanley Leisure Centre. This represents a price cut to all public membership packages and a removal of the corporate membership option. Six month and three month packages are available on request to help spread the cost of a full years’ membership.
We are pleased to announce the continuation of significant discounts for children, students and families – and all facilities will continue to be free for the over 60s. There is also a substantial discount for Camp residents. For non-members the popular mix-it-up card offers ten sessions for swim or fitness at excellent value.
There are minor amendments to other charges at Stanley Leisure Centre, such as charges for sports hall hire.
For more information about memberships or other information please call the Leisure Centre reception on 27291.

FLH farms reduce abattoir animals to build up flocks

Falklands sheep
Sheep in the Falklands

A DOWNWARD trend in sheep numbers across the Islands will impact on the future levels of wool and meat production for the next few years, Senior Agriculture Advisor Ian Campbell told the Agricultural Advisory Committee last week. 

He added that Falkland Landholding’s (FLH) decision to reduce the number of animals to the abattoir so they could build up the flocks could even raise questions about the viability of the Meat Company (FIMCO). 

Read more: FLH farms reduce abattoir animals to build up flocks

Measures to protect fishermen will exceed flag state demands

Director of Natural Resources John Barton

MEASURES that will sometimes exceed flag state requirements, in order to improve the safety of fisherman working on ships in the Illex fishery in Falklands waters have been agreed by the Falkland Islands Government.
Director of Natural Resources John Barton told Penguin News: “As an example of measures exceeding flag state requirements it has been specified that all vessels will have survival suits for all crew; which has not previously been the case on most jigging vessels.”

In Executive Council last week measures were agreed that will become enforceable licence conditions, and will be monitored by enhanced checks on vessels collecting licenses. 
“Safety check lists will be of FIG origin, and in some cases may exceed flag state regulations,” stated Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Mike Summers. 

Read more: Measures to protect fishermen will exceed flag state demands