Work ‘in hand’ on inter-islands link – but no answer yet

The British government has been asked how people and supplies will be transported between St Helena and other islands in the South Atlantic after the RMS St Helena is withdrawn from service in 2016. But no clear answer has emerged in response to a written question in the House of Lords by the Liberal Democrat […]

Ascension shuttle is ‘do-able’, says would-be airline chief

Flights to Ascension would be economically “do-able” when St Helena’s airport opens, according to the chief executive of the proposed Atlantic Star airline.   Captain Richard Brown said his team was keen to provide a service for Saints working on the island – but it could not be frequent. He and a team of fellow […]

New stamps honour Maggie. She had the Argies licked

The Falkland Islands Post Office is to issue a set of stamps to honour Baroness Thatcher for liberating the islands after the Argentinian invasion of 1982. The islands already celebrate Thatcher Day each year on 10 January, the anniversary of her post-victory visit to the islands in 1983. The stamps will be released on 16 […]

Oil boom brings housing need on Falklands

The Falklands look set to get their own version of Bradley’s Camp, the temporary housing being used for airport workers on St Helena. Mercopress reports that a developer is being asked to build two 200-bed blocks of accommodation in Stanley, ready for an expected influx of oil industry workers. Read more

Batelco completes buyout of Cable & Wireless; includes Falklands, St Helena and Ascension services

Now let’s see what greater synergies and pricing are brought to the island to benefit the community. Batelco Group (Ticker: BATELCO), the regional telecommunications operator headquartered in Bahrain, today announced the finalisation of its recent acquisition of various companies from Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), which comprise its Monaco and Islands Division. Batelcos Group Chief […]

Marathon relief: chef in bomb suit gets more than a red nose

Falklands governor Nigel Haywood has completed the Stanley Marathon in a time of 3 hours, 30 minutes and 1 second – on his birthday. He was nearly three times as fast as chef David Bradley, who predicted he’d be a bit of a plodder on his online fund-raising page: “I’m doing a marathon in a […]

Are there places more British than the UK?

The Falkland Islands are not the only far-off territory to still feel British, writes¬†Vanessa Barford in the BBC News Magazine. While the world’s media focuses on the referendum on the Falklands, she says the 4,200 people on St Helena also have a very strong sense of Britishness. She quotes Tara Thomas, who was the island’s […]

Falklands vote must be unbiased, warns chief exec

A planned referendum on the future sovereignty of the Falkland Islands could be an embarrassing disaster if it is not properly managed, the chief executive of the islands’ government has warned. The referendum has been called to spell out islanders’ feelings about whether to remain a British overseas territory, in response to political pressure from […]

Falklands website promotes world-beating fishery

A new marketing website has been launched by the leading seafood exporter on the Falkland Islands, six months after it set up a distribution company in Holland. Fortuna’s website highlights its ability to ship fish directly from the South Atlantic in temperature-controlled containers, after freezing catches on board its vessels. The range of export products […]

Falklands’ flying piglets land in wrong country

Five piglets that were being flown to the Falklands to refresh the island’s pig gene pool found themselves landing in Chile instead. Their flight was diverted because of snow, reports BBC News online. The Falkland Islands vet, Zoe Luxton, flew from the UK with the “very laid-back” piglets. Flight company director Jon Jeffery said: “They […]