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Falklands : Public Meeting Report: Monday, 25 May 2015 Part 2
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 25.05.2015 (Current Article)

An open public meeting took place in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the Town hall on Monday, 25 May 2015 at 1700hrs. Present were MLAs Cheek, Edwards, Hansen, Rendell, Short and Summers. Ian Hansen was Chair of the month.

Public Meeting Report: Monday, 25 May 2015 Part 2

By J. Brock (FINN)

An open public meeting took place in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the Town hall on Monday, 25 May 2015 at 1700hrs. Present were MLAs Cheek, Edwards, Hansen, Rendell, Short and Summers. Ian Hansen was Chair of the month.

Phill Middleton asked about why FIG purchased No 12 and No 14 St Mary’s Walk. He understood the houses were in a residential zone and one assumes the houses will continue to be in a residential zone. He would not be happy if the properties were used for commercial purposes. He was further worried that Government would buy the home of the late Stuart and Jessy Booth for use as expansion area for the development of the former BFFI site. He wondered if houses currently in a residential zone, being purchased by Government and turned into other uses.

Jan Cheek said the consultation on the Development plan has just been completed. Seeing that the responses are being collated it could lead to a more general use of purchased houses. Mike summers said it was in his portfolio area. It is a fact there is no further land around where the hospital is and it must be looked at further forward. At the moment it is planned to use the houses for health Service Accommodation. But in future the land becomes available for further development services when needed. When the development plan is finalised it will reflect that this is a current line of thinking.

Mr Middleton felt that the next stage to that would be to look at other properties near to future development sites that could be purchased for exactly the same reasons. Mike Summers said 12 and 14 St Mary’s Walk was a particular purchase because there was no further room for hospital expansion. He went on to say that there were possibilities the purchases to the North of those properties could happen but this is not definite. Mr Summers went on to say that while Stuart and Jessy Booth’s house was considered a decision was taken not to purchase the property. There were too many complications and it would not fulfil the requirements.

Phyl Rendell said her view was to be careful and not just to wade in and purchase properties. Jan Cheek mentioned there was justification because there are people in the KEMH whose offices were literally broom cupboards. There would come a time when more consulting rooms and office space are needed. Phil Middleton wanted it to be clear in the Development Plan that there wouldn’t be a land grab but it would be purchased if there was a need. Phyl Rendell agreed.

Stella Prindle Middleton wanted to know if there were any “sneak peeks” at what will go on during the Budget Round and Ian Hansen did not think there would be too many surprises. All would be revealed next week at the Budget Legislative Assembly Meeting.

Gerald Cheek wanted to know if the pricing of the classrooms to be situated at Stanley House would come down. The £400,000.00 would have bought several houses. Ian Hansen admitted it hadn’t come down and Roger Edwards asked at SFC it a cost break-down would be produced before progressing any further. Phyl Rendell was willing to wait and see about the costs coming down but SFC hasn’t received the figures yet. Mike Summers said the cost in groundworks and the play areas, on the surface looks very high but SFC rightly asked for a breakdown on it. Jan Cheek mentioned that the break-down would be made public.

Roger Edwards mentioned that while cost-effective WCs could be purchased and while children used standard WCs at home, special scaled down ones had to be purchased for the school classrooms. Little suits for little people had an incredible price. It all adds to the overall costs. Phyl Rendell agreed saying that kids had to cope with whatever was in their house. Jan Cheek mentioned that it was also low hand-basins and special taps so the children wouldn’t scald themselves. It was the same with the outside play area. When children are involved health and safety features are paramount and expensive, adding to the overall costs. Mike Summers said there is a direct relationship between costs and the way things are designed. We need to get to the bottom of why the design is absolutely necessary. People will design things to the safest and best standards they can possibly get.

Paula Fowmes asked where there were any plans for a footpath along the By-Pass road. Ian Hansen didn’t know of anything. Gavin Short said there was nothing firm but for Environmental Planning it was being ear-marked for a future project. Ian Hansen noticed joggers in the road and a footpath would make it safer for them. Paula Fowmes said that joggers should take the necessary precautions until a footpath can be built. She went on to say it would also be needed for foot traffic to and from the Snooze Box.

Roger Spink wanted to thank Roger Edwards and Barry Elsby for coming along to the Chamber of Commerce to outline the school improvement programme for FICS. He went on to say it was essential for FICS to be improved for the benefit of future generations to take advantage of the oil industry and also to retain people because of an excellent education system for their children. He looked forward to the report later on in the year.

Ging Davis asked about the percentage of GDP used on the defence of these Islands. Mike Summers put the figure at 2%, saying that the costs are related to the defence of these Islands.

In the next session Phyl Rendell gives her report on her recent on the pre C-24 meeting in Nicaragua.

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St Helena : SHIPPING - POST-RMS FREIGHT SERVICES UPDATE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 10.12.2014 (Current Article)

The public will be aware of recent visits from potential Ocean Freight Services providers Seafast, Hartman Project Lines (HPL) and Meihuizen Atlantic Islands Services (MAIS) between October and November this year.

SHIPPING - POST-RMS FREIGHT SERVICES UPDATE

The public will be aware of recent visits from potential Ocean Freight Services providers Seafast, Hartman Project Lines (HPL) and Meihuizen Atlantic Islands Services (MAIS) between October and November this year. This came on the back of being pre-qualified along with a number of other potential service providers as a result of the Expressions of Interest process, issued in June 2014.
Following short-listing there were face to face meetings with those potential service providers during August in London, to get a better understanding of their proposals and also give them an opportunity to understand clearly the needs of the Island.

Since those face to face meetings the short-listed companies were encouraged to do as much market research as necessary to prepare detailed tender documents. As a result we had visits from three potential providers as mentioned above, and a significant number of requests for additional information from all companies.

Earlier this week, SHG issued the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the Ocean Freight Services to St Helena to those companies who were short-listed.

This is in line with the timetable set for signing a contract in mid-2015. Tenders will close at the end of January 2015, with a further Best and Final Offer stage built into the programme for getting the best possible service for the Island. A period of contract negotiations will conclude the process with the signing of a contract scheduled for around June 2015 - giving the service provider a year to mobilise in readiness to commence the new shipping service around June 2016.

In terms of Ascension Island, it is envisaged that a service will be provided to Ascension as an add-on to the proposed St Helena service. This will be discussed during the contract negotiations in 2015, and would be on the same commercial terms as the St Helena service.
SHG Shipping Officer, Dax Richards, commented:

“The issuing of the ITT is a huge step for St Helena in securing a reliable and affordable service to the Island. There is still much work to be done to resolve freight services post air service, but we hope this step provides public assurance that we are on track to have an Ocean Freight service in place when the RMS is withdrawn from service.”

SHG
10 December 2014

 

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Falklands : Joint Ministerial Council Communiqué 2014
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 03.12.2014 (Current Article)

The political leaders and representatives of the UK and the Overseas Territories met as the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on 2 and 3 December. We welcomed the newly elected leader of the Government of Montserrat to his first Council.

Joint Ministerial Council Communiqué 2014 The political leaders and representatives of the UK and the Overseas Territories met as the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on 2 and 3 December. We welcomed the newly elected leader of the Government of Montserrat to his first Council. The Joint Ministerial Council is the highest forum bringing together UK Ministers and elected leaders and representatives of the Overseas Territories for the purpose of providing leadership and delivering our shared vision for the Territories, as set out in the 2012 White Paper. The relationship between the UK and the Territories entails a balance of benefits and responsibilities. We have today agreed our priorities for mutual cooperation and collaboration in a number of important areas. We have also reflected on achievements delivered through previous Councils and committed to renew efforts to deliver outcomes that remain outstanding, taking into account the differing levels of capacity within the Territories for their implementation over time. While the UK, the Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies form one undivided Realm under the Crown, each Territory is unique and has its own Constitution, its own form of government and its own laws. The peoples of all the Territories have the right of self-determination. For those Territories with permanent populations who wish it, the UK will continue to support requests for the removal of the Territory from the United Nations list of non-self-governing territories. Territory governments are politically accountable to their legislatures for the exercise of devolved areas of policy. We will continue to work together to develop governmental and democratic institutions so that Territories have the greatest self-government possible, compatible with the UK’s obligations in respect of its sovereign responsibilities. We affirm our commitment to building a strong and modern partnership across the public and private sectors and civil society. We welcome the increasing support of the UK Parliament for the Territories in continuing the partnership between us. We pledge to work together to deliver our shared vision for the Territories in the areas set out below. Prosperity We will work together to ensure the Territories reach their full potential as open, dynamic and sustainable economies, delivering growth, prosperity and employment for their citizens, without hindrance from other nations. We affirm our commitment to strong and transparent public financial management, which supports economic and social development, ensures value for money from public funds and maintains sustainable debt levels. We renew our commitment to robust economic planning, setting out a clear vision for Territories’ economies and the expertise and infrastructure needed to deliver that vision. We commit to sharing best practice on the formulation and communication of mid- to long-term economic plans, enhancing competiveness and encouraging diversification within sectors. We welcome the publication in several Territories of Investment Policies and commit to assist those Territories still developing their policies. We underline the important progress made since previous Councils in extending UKTI support to Territories seeking new investment and export opportunities, instrumental in securing a high value export deal from the Falkland Islands to Eastern Europe. We highlight the successful inclusion of the Territories in the UK GREAT campaign, including the participation of the British Virgin Islands in Miami Brit Week, and commit to further joint efforts to promote investment opportunities in the Overseas Territories internationally. We welcome recent investments in civil engineering and infrastructure projects in the Territories and the assistance offered by Infrastructure UK for Territories seeking sustainable financing for major projects. We renew our commitment to ensuring procurement processes in the Territories are open, transparent and deliver value for money, in line with international best practice. The reasonable assistance needs of the Territories are a first call on the UK’s international development budget. We welcome UK support for infrastructure projects in the Territories and reaffirm the commitment to work together to ensure other priority infrastructure needs, such as the harbour at Tristan da Cunha, continue to be monitored, addressed and supported where appropriate. We commit to continue to work together in raising international standards to tackle money laundering, tax evasion, illicit finance and corruption, leading by example given the importance of our financial centres to the international financial system. We agree to meet again ahead of the G20 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in February to agree a way forward on implementation of the G20 principles on beneficial ownership. We reiterate our support for our strong educational links and the increasing number of Overseas Territory students coming to the UK to study. We will continue to build stronger links between UK higher education providers and the Territories and to improve access to vocational training for Overseas Territories’ citizens. Security We underline the UK’s commitment to upholding the security and sovereignty of the Overseas Territories and their territorial waters. We welcome the support provided by the Royal Navy in combating drug trafficking and other illicit activity. The UK is committed to developing disaster response capacity in the Territories and providing assistance in the event of any natural disaster, demonstrated by HMS Argyll’s readiness to assist Anguilla, Montserrat, the Turks and Caicos Islands and British Virgin Islands as Hurricane Gonzalo swept through the Caribbean in October and her deployment to Bermuda after the hurricane’s direct hit. We share a commitment to tackling serious and organised crime, including through implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between Territory Police Commissioners and the UK National Crime Agency. We will work to deepen effective mutual cooperation, including exploring options for legislative provision in the Territories for lawful intercept and the sharing of information across jurisdictions. We welcome progress made towards extending the 2003 UK Extradition Act to the Territories and commit to prioritise work to finalise this process. The Territories are committed to playing their part in the global effort to tackle bribery, fraud and money laundering. We welcome the extension to a number of Territories of key international treaties on tackling corruption, bribery and the financing of terrorism and of organised crime1. We will prioritise further work to complete this process where needed. 1 The UN Convention Against Corruption; the OECD Anti Bribery Convention; the UN Convention on Suppression of Financing of Terrorism; and the UN Convention on Transnational Organised Crime. We underline the progress made in the Territories to reduce reoffending and harm to local communities through the development of modern and effective prison and probation services, including work in several Territories to develop restorative justice programmes and improve supervisory regimes for prisoners subject to conditional release. We welcome the establishment of a collaborative independent prison inspection system among Caribbean Territories to ensure compliance with international standards. We will continue collaborative work to deliver a strategic approach to prison management, including through local criminal justice boards where relevant. We will promote greater sharing of information and best practice between the Territories and the UK, including through UK advisory visits to Territory prisons and inward secondments to the UK. We highlight the importance of aviation and maritime safety and security in the Territories and welcome the policy agreement on Overseas Territories establishing and running off-shore aircraft registers. We note the new regulatory approach for aviation security, which will be assumed by Air Safety Support International (ASSI) from April 2015. The UK Government will continue to provide support to enable Territory governments to deliver an effective aviation security regime. We welcome the UK-Overseas Territory high-level dialogue on Border Security and Immigration that took place in Miami in October. We will continue to ensure that Territory migration policies meet international standards, including on rights for those settling in the Overseas Territories. We welcome the proposal to establish Territory led working groups, supported by the UK, on border security management, combating immigration abuse and irregular migration. The UK will work with the Territories to put in place effective arrangements for the issuing of British Overseas Territories Citizen passports during the centralisation programme in order to avoid delays and ensure people and businesses in the Territories receive a high level of service from the Passport Office. The UK will work jointly with the Territories to develop an online visa issuing system that meets their needs. Environment We acknowledge the important steps taken by Overseas Territories to protect their rich and internationally important biodiversity and to raise awareness of the economic benefits of sound environmental management. We welcome the contribution made by the UK Darwin+ funding stream to support environmental projects in the Territories. Territory governments welcome the UK’s continued provision of this critical source of funding for environmental projects in the Territories. Territory governments are committed to implementing robust environmental protection legislation, where not yet in place. We welcome the publication by Overseas Territories’ governments of roadmaps setting out plans to deliver their environmental commitments and renew the commitment for Territories to develop these roadmaps where they are outstanding. The UK will continue to support environmental protection in the Territories, including through provision of technical advice, expertise and support for Territories in identifying and accessing EU funding streams for environmental projects. We will also support Territories, through the Waste & Resources Action Programme, to develop waste management strategies, where these are not already in place. We commit to work together to support the Overseas Territories in taking further steps to provide legal protection for endemic species and, where applicable, to join the UK’s ratification of Multilateral Environmental Agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity. Where such agreements are already in place we commit to work to together to ensure the requirements are met. We welcome progress made in those Territories with emerging industries towards establishing sustainable fishing industries and recognise the success of others in meeting international standards of compliance. We renew our commitment to ensuring that robust legislation and sustainable practices underpin fisheries management regimes in the Territories. The Territories are prioritising work to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. We recognise progress made in several Territories to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, including wind farm construction on the Falkland Islands, the solar farm on St Helena and the commitment made by the Turks and Caicos Islands and British Virgin Islands to the Carbon War Rooms initiative. We welcome the workshops offered by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change in November to assist Territory governments’ renewable energy programmes. We commit to link the Overseas Territories more closely to our shared ambitions for low carbon economies and to explore with international partners, such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), how the Territories can access technical and policy support to introduce renewable energy sources. Governance We reaffirm the Territories’ strong commitment to promote human rights and ensure compliance with international obligations. We join our international partners in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We renew our commitment to work together to extend the core UN human rights conventions to the Territories where these have not been extended already. 2 The UK Government acknowledges the efforts made by several Territories to prepare for the extension of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women and will continue work to ensure that extension can be achieved without delay. 2 As referenced in the 2012 White Paper ’The Overseas Territories: Security, Success and Sustainability’ the core Conventions include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination; the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women. We reiterate the importance of developing talent and expertise in Territories’ public services and welcome work to give Territory civil servants the possibility of accessing UK tools for training and the advertisement of public sector jobs and secondments. We welcome the success of work to strengthen audit bodies, including progress of the National Audit Office review of best practice. The Territories are robust and vibrant democracies. We welcome the exemplary conduct of the recent Montserrat elections, endorsed as free and fair by independent observers. We will continue to work together to strengthen democratic systems in the Territories, including in the pursuit of the highest standards of integrity in public life. We reiterate the importance of Territory Governors upholding the core values of the UK Civil Service and agree to give priority to establishing codes of conduct for Territory ministers and politicians, where these are not already established. The UK will continue to support the rule of law in the Territories, including through early engagement with Territories on UK legislation that could affect them and the provision of drafting and technical support for Territories’ local legislation where needed. Communities We share a vision for the Territories as strong and diverse communities, underpinned by modern and effective health, educational and social services. The UK Government will work in partnership to help the Territories overcome the unique challenges they face due to their small size and isolation. The UK will continue to support the Territories in developing effective health systems. We welcome the launch of the vaccine procurement pilot which will see St Helena working with Public Health England to help address the unique problems of the smallest and remotest Territories in respect of medicine and vaccine procurement. We also welcome the UK offer of advice and expertise to support the Territories’ work on preparedness against Ebola. The UK will renew efforts to deliver previous commitments, including support for Territories in the procurement of medicines and vaccines, better access for Territories’ health staff to vocational and professional training and a review of existing NHS quota arrangements. We will work together to support implementation in the Territories of World Health Organization international health regulations and to enable the revalidation by the General Medical Council of licensed doctors serving in the Territories. We welcome the commitment from the Department of Work and Pensions to provide support and advice to the Territories on a range of policy areas including welfare and pensions reform. We are committed to improving and safeguarding the rights of children and welcome joint work that has already taken place in some Territories to improve child safeguarding practices. We agree to work together through a new child safeguarding group to share expertise and improve capacity in child safeguarding and for all Overseas Territories who have not already done so to consider undertaking child safeguarding reviews. We will make achieving zero tolerance of all forms of child abuse a reality. We congratulate the teams from the Territories who contributed to the success of this year’s Commonwealth Games. We will consider further options to support capacity building in the Overseas Territories and encourage their participation in amateur and professional sports. International We underline our shared commitment for Territory governments to play an active role in building productive links with the wider world, recognising that the Territories are active in many different international fora, including the UN Small Islands and Developing States conference. We emphasise the importance of continuing European Union support for Overseas Territories. We welcome the collaborative work between the UK, Territory governments and the UK Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) on the new EU Overseas Association Decision, which came into force this year and set out a new relationship between the Territories and the EU. We also welcome the European Council’s decision this year to allow British Overseas Territory Citizens visa free access to the Schengen Area, enabling Territory citizens to travel freely to the EU. We look forward to the delivery of projects under the European Development Fund and other EU instruments. We recognise the contribution to international security made by the Overseas Territories through the prompt and effective implementation of EU and UN sanctions measures. We will continue to work together to respond effectively to pressing international issues through implementation in the Territories of targeted measures as appropriate. We welcome the deepening of cooperation between the Territories and the Commonwealth, including the invitation to the Overseas Territories to attend the Commonwealth Small States meeting and their participation in the Commonwealth Finance Ministers, Sports Ministers and Law Officers Meetings. We welcome the Overseas Territories’ representation at other international events and organisations, for example the June summit on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. The UK Government will explore associate membership for the Overseas Territories in the Commonwealth, recognising the value that the Overseas Territories can bring to these discussions. We thank the Minister for the Armed Forces, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and the Minister for Science and the Natural Environment for their attendance at, and contribution to, our debate at the Council. We express the hope that other Ministers will be able to attend our discussions in the future, including on the priority issues of pension uprating and passports.

 

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Falklands : FORCES TV AVAILABLE TO FALKLAND ISLANDS VIEWERS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 01.12.2014 (Current Article)

From the 1st December 2014, British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) was broadcasting an additional TV channel, Forces TV, for viewers in the Falkland Islands.


FORCES TV AVAILABLE TO FALKLAND ISLANDS VIEWERS

By J. Brock (FINN)

From the 1st December 2014, British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) was broadcasting an additional TV channel, Forces TV, for viewers in the Falkland Islands.

Forces TV is a unique television channel, devoted to every aspect of the Armed Forces and the world of defence and broadcasts news, features, human stories, live events, documentaries and other programming.

Appearing automatically on Channel 09 for satellite viewers in Camp, Forces TV can be viewed from receiving services at Sapper Hill. Viewers will need to rescan their digital televisions or decoder boxes or in order to receive the new service.

Viewers are asked to consult their user manuals if experiencing difficulty rescanning their channels. For more information regarding Forces TV, please contact BFBS Falklands on 32179 or 75673, or visit www.bfbs.com

 

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St Helena : CORPORATE SUPPORT THANKS POPPY APPEAL DONATORS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Juanita Brock) 28.11.2014 (Current Article)

Corporate Support staff would like to extend sincere thanks to everyone who supported this year’s fundraising in aid of the 2014 Poppy Appeal Fund and to all who attended the Remembrance Service on Sunday 9 November 2014.

CORPORATE SUPPORT THANKS POPPY APPEAL DONATORS

Corporate Support staff would like to extend sincere thanks to everyone who supported this year’s fundraising in aid of the 2014 Poppy Appeal Fund and to all who attended the Remembrance Service on Sunday 9 November 2014.

Special thanks are extended to Mr Mike Durnford and his team of volunteers, consisting of Girl Guides, Scouts, Cubs, Salvationists, Fire Service personnel, and Councillors whose efforts helped to increase funds for the Poppy Appeal and allowed Remembrance Sunday to be properly and respectfully observed.

Grateful thanks are extended to everyone here on Island who made generous contributions to the Fund, including Pilling Primary School (pictured) who contributed funds collected on their Night to Remember Service. The RMS St Helena Charity, an anonymous donation, Sure South Atlantic Ltd and the RMS herself also gave generously.

Thanks also go to Connect St Helena Ltd, SAMS, Donny Stevens, Saint FM, Printech and all local retail outlets and bars who continue every year to support the Poppy Appeal.

A total sum of £2,435.50 was raised this year and will be sent on behalf of St Helena Island to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal in the UK.

SHG
28 November 2014

 

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St Helena : WHARF USAGE - REMINDER
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 27.11.2014 (Current Article)

The public is reminded that no unathorised vehicles can be parked on the Wharf after working hours (ie from 4pm to 8.30am Monday to Friday). Similarly at weekends, the Wharf will be closed from 4pm Friday afternoon through to Monday morning at 8.30pm.

WHARF USAGE - REMINDER

The public is reminded that no unathorised vehicles can be parked on the Wharf after working hours (ie from 4pm to 8.30am Monday to Friday). Similarly at weekends, the Wharf will be closed from 4pm Friday afternoon through to Monday morning at 8.30pm.

Members of the public can seek authorisation from Port Management, for example to drop off or pick up goods or equipment.

The lower end of the Wharf, indentified by a yellow hatched area, is a no parking zone at all times.

There is no restriction on pedestrian access, except for ship visits or break bulk cargo operations.

There have been incidents when vehicles have been parked on the lower Wharf from Thompsons Crane to Solomon’s Cargo Shed - this area must be kept clear at all times in the case of an emergency.

These parking restrictions ensure that in the event of an emergency, the Wharf can be accessed quickly by emergency services, including deployment of the sea rescue boat when necessary.

SHG
27 November 2014

 

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Falklands : Report on the meeting of Executive Council held on Wednesday 26 November 2014
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 26.11.2014 (Current Article)

The Rolling Action Log was reviewed as normal before the papers for the day. Members sought an update on when the Disciplinary Code for the Judiciary and the Framework Agreement (setting out the responsibilities of the executive branch of Government in respect of the Courts) would be published.

Report on the meeting of Executive Council held on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Attendees: MLAs Elsby, Rendell and Summers

The Rolling Action Log was reviewed as normal before the papers for the day. Members sought an update on when the Disciplinary Code for the Judiciary and the Framework Agreement (setting out the responsibilities of the executive branch of Government in respect of the Courts) would be published. Both the Attorney General and the Acting Governor will follow up and action as required.

An update was provided on the Oil Readiness Check List. This is a substantial piece of work to guide the Government on its main priorities, and is a public document. Future versions of the checklist will distinguish between actions which relate to further exploration work and those relating to the build up to production. Members are satisfied that we are on track with current requirements, though supplements to capacity may be required in some areas in future.

Some formal approvals were required in respect of Memorials built (or to be built) on common land, and these were given and the matter remitted to the Assembly for ratification.

Members received an Assessment and Acceptance Report on the new Camp FM radio system, and confirmed its policy principle for the provision of 3 radio channels to Camp for the maximum possible coverage and service. To this end it was noted that further improvements are required in some areas, and a test repeater is to be installed at Port Howard shortly. If this is successful other repeaters will be installed where required. FIG will continue to work with the contractor KTV, to ensure a full and proper service to Camp residents. The Report is now made public.

There was a detailed discussion on the Fuel Supply License currently held by Stanley Services, and guidance provided to the Chief Executive on the options going forward.

A paper proposing the creation of a temporary Emergency Planning officer was considered, along with other arrangements for training and increasing our knowledge and capability in respect of responding to incidents involving offshore installations. It was not thought necessary to create another post at this stage, but arrangements for training for a number of FIG officers to enable them to travel offshore if necessary, was agreed, together with arrangements to partner with Police Scotland and their Energy Industry Liaison Unit.

The recruitment of suitably qualified medical officers to work in the Falkland Islands remains problematic, and the service to patients suffers from a high level of short termism due to high turnover of locum doctors. Even these are becoming more difficult to obtain, and the cost is excessively high, sometimes reaching £3,500 per week. This is not sustainable and not good for the service. A number of initiatives are in place to assist recruitment, and different ways to staff and manage the service may be necessary. In the meantime Members have agreed to the use of salary market supplements to try to attract suitable longer term employees, to be reviewed again in 6 months when the new director is in place.

The Attorney General presented a review of his Directorate, and the plans to improve service at no additional cost. These changes to the Law and Regulation Directorate were noted and endorsed.

The Schedule of Meetings for the next 12 months was agreed.

 

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St Helena : ANDREW WEIR GROUP ANNOUNCES SALE OF SHIPPING LINE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 21.11.2014 (Current Article)

The owners of the Andrew Weir Group (AWG) recently embarked on a financial restructuring exercise to enable a debt owed to the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF) to be cleared and to move forward on other core non-marine activities.

ANDREW WEIR GROUP ANNOUNCES SALE OF SHIPPING LINE The owners of the Andrew Weir Group (AWG) recently embarked on a financial restructuring exercise to enable a debt owed to the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF) to be cleared and to move forward on other core non-marine activities. To achieve this, AWG has announced that Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd (AWSL) has gone into voluntary administration (on Thurs 20 November 2014) and its assets sold to a new company, AW Ship Management Ltd, a joint venture company 50% owned by London based Hadley Shipping (RoRo) Ltd, (whose parent company is Hadley Shipping Ltd) - and 50% owned by a management buyout by existing members of the AWSL management team. To ensure the continuity of the shipping service to St Helena, the St Helena Shipping Service Agreement terms, conditions and obligations will be transferred from AWSL to AW Ship Management Ltd under a novation agreement. AW Ship Management Ltd will be responsible for implementing all matters relating to the operation of the RMS St Helena on behalf of St Helena Line Ltd (SHL). All other AWSL contracts will transfer to AW Ship Management Ltd and all AWSL staff will also transfer to the new company. RMS St Helena crew employment contracts which are currently with Bibby Ltd (Cayman Islands) will remain in force, with no change to current terms and conditions. Also, shore support arrangements on St Helena, Ascension and Cape Town will remain unchanged. Passengers and freight shippers will also see no change to booking arrangements and will continue to deal with the same staff. St Helena Line is confident that the new company will maintain the current level of support for the RMS, SHG and all SHL shipping activities, and envisages that the change of ownership will be seamless in respect of passengers, shippers and staff - with all key contacts and operating personnel continuing their current roles. For further information please contact SHG Press Office on tel: 22470. SHG 21 November 2014

 

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St Helena : SUPREME COURT IN SESSION
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 19.11.2014 (Current Article)

The formal opening of the St Helena Supreme Court took place yesterday, Tuesday 18 November, at 2pm. Various Civil and Criminal cases will be heard by the Supreme Court until Wednesday 10 December 2014.

SUPREME COURT IN SESSION


The formal opening of the St Helena Supreme Court took place yesterday, Tuesday 18 November, at 2pm. Various Civil and Criminal cases will be heard by the Supreme Court until Wednesday 10 December 2014.


His Lordship, the Chief Justice, Charles Ekins Esq, entered the Courthouse accompanied by the Acting Sheriff of St Helena, Mr Harry Legg OBE JP, plus the Bishop of St Helena, Dr Richard Fenwick and Chief Magistrate, John MacRitchie. Lawyers, JPs, officials, the media and members of the public were also in attendance, including the Acting Governor, Chief Secretary and Acting Attorney General.
Acting Attorney General, Morag Stevenson, welcomed the Chief Justice and acknowledged new colleagues who have joined the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Public Solicitor’s Office since the Chief Justice’s last visit. Introductions were also made to new Lay Advocates, Jeffrey Dawson and Tony Green. The new Attorney General designate, Nicola Moore, was also mentioned, who will arrive on St Helena on Tuesday 25 November 2014.


The Chief Justice said that it was a pleasure to return to St Helena and see familiar faces. His Lordship also reflected on those who are no longer with us, mentioning the late Bill Drabble’s passing, who served with distinction as a Lay Advocate for many years. The Chief Justice also praised the new additions to the Lay Advocacy service on Island and remarked on Mr Eric Benjamin’s work ethic, despite recovering from his recent illness.


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19 November 2014

 

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St Helena : SHG Concerns about unauthorised Access Road use
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 19.11.2014 (Current Article)

In recent weeks, there has been a considerable increase in the unauthorised use of the Airport Access Road, leading to concerns about the safety of the public and protection of the environment.

CONCERNS

In recent weeks, there has been a considerable increase in the unauthorised use of the Airport Access Road, leading to concerns about the safety of the public and protection of the environment.

The Airport Access Road forms part of the Airport Project construction area and construction signs clearly demarcate those sections of the road where access is restricted. Any unauthorised access, which may result in an incident, accident and/or damage to the environment, will be reported to the police and persons dealt with appropriately.

The Airport Project Team has noticed public vehicles, including motorcycles and 4x4s, accessing various parts of the road from Pipe Ridge to Tungi Flats and this leads to a heightened risk of accidents occurring.

This road can be very unsafe as there are continuous heavy plant movements, even on weekends. Grading and aligning is taking place and excavations are not protected to the same standard as they would be on a public road.

Furthermore, any off-road driving adjacent to the construction areas could cause damage to sensitive environmental sites or unique heritage features.

St Helena Government and Basil Read would like to remind everyone that these areas remain closed in the interest of public safety.

SHG
19 November 2014

 

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St Helena : SHG UK REPRESENTATIVE’S OFFICE - NEW CONTACT DETAILS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 18.11.2014 (Current Article)


The public is advised that the SHG UK Representative, Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE and her team will be moving office on Thursday 20 November 2014.

SHG UK REPRESENTATIVE’S OFFICE - NEW CONTACT DETAILS


The public is advised that the SHG UK Representative, Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE and her team will be moving office on Thursday 20 November 2014.


The current office will close operations from midday on Wednesday 19 November 2014, during which time it will be not be possible to contact the office by email or landline. The SHG UK Representative will be available on mobile and will respond to any urgent messages received.


The office will resume its normal functions from Friday 21 November 2014.
The contact details for the new office are:
Telephone: 0203187610


Address:
The St Helena Government UK Office
Alliance House
12 Caxton Street
London
SW1H 0QS

SHG
18 November 2014

 

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St Helena : ENHANCING SAFE FLIGHTS WITH UK MET OFFICE WEATHER FORECAST SERVICE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 14.11.2014 (Current Article)

Today, it has been announced that the operations of St Helena Airport will be supported by the UK Met Office, one of the world's foremost weather and climate service providers. The UK Met Office will be responsible for providing an on-Island weather forecasting service.

ENHANCING SAFE FLIGHTS WITH UK MET OFFICE WEATHER FORECAST SERVICE

Today, it has been announced that the operations of St Helena Airport will be supported by the UK Met Office, one of the world's foremost weather and climate service providers. The UK Met Office will be responsible for providing an on-Island weather forecasting service.

The on-site forecaster will operate from the Air Traffic Control Tower in the Combined Building at the Airport. The forecaster will work closely with the Airport Operator, Basil Read, to provide an internationally compliant forecast service to the Airport and weather briefings for airlines and pilots operating to and from St Helena. The service will be supported by the extensive UK Met Office forecast capabilities at their Exeter headquarters, including the aviation team and Chief Meteorologist.

Senior Aviation Advisor at the UK Met Office, Darren Hardy, said:

“We are really looking forward to working with St Helena Airport to ensure airlines and their passengers receive a safe and efficient service. The climatology of St Helena presents unique challenges to the Airport and the airlines operating to and from it. As such we are proud to provide St Helena’s first on-Island forecasting capability. Having our Meteorologist based on the Island means we will be ideally placed to understand and forecast the local winds and other factors that can affect the safe operations at the new Airport.”

On non-flight days, the forecaster will work on further developing the climatological database for the Island, which will help to provide highly accurate forecasting, consequently enhancing the operational safety of the Airport.

The UK Met Office currently provides forecast services for aviation all over the world, from Heathrow, the largest airport in the UK, to the South Atlantic air bridge to Ascension Island and the Falklands. They currently have a partnership with SHG to collect surface and upper air data from Bottoms Woods for use by forecasters/scientists for their global monitoring processes.

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14 November 2014

 

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St Helena : St Helena: CLOSURE OF CUSTOMS TAX AND PORT MANAGEMENT BUILDING
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 13.11.2014 (Current Article)

The public is advised that the Customs, Tax and Port Management building will be closed

CLOSURE OF CUSTOMS TAX AND PORT MANAGEMENT BUILDING

The public is advised that the Customs, Tax and Port Management building will be closed from 11am tomorrow (Friday 14 November 2014). This closure is necessary for Public Health to carry out fumigation (for bird lice) within the offices. Customs, Tax and Port Control apologises to customers for this inconvenience.

SHG
13 November 2014

 

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St Helena : BUDGETARY AID MISSION DRAWS TO A CLOSE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 05.11.2014 (Current Article)

The DFID Budgetary Aid Mission (BAM) comprising team members, Senior Economic Adviser, Doug Winslow, Senior Social Development Adviser, Mary Thompson and St Helena Programme Manager, David Finan depart the Island tomorrow (6 November 2014) having held discussions for agreeing a three year budget for St Helena.

BUDGETARY AID MISSION DRAWS TO A CLOSE


The DFID Budgetary Aid Mission (BAM) comprising team members, Senior Economic Adviser, Doug Winslow, Senior Social Development Adviser, Mary Thompson and St Helena Programme Manager, David Finan depart the Island tomorrow (6 November 2014) having held discussions for agreeing a three year budget for St Helena.

The team were joined on-Island by DFID Resident Representative, Morgan Riley and during their time here met with key SHG Officials and other stakeholders including Elected Members, Enterprise St Helena, Council Committees, the Hotel Development Group, Safeguarding Board and Bank of St Helena Board.

The purpose of the mission was to discuss budget performance and related policies in this financial year, and the next 3-year budget envelope.

The team were also able to review a full 3-year forecast, departmental policy priorities and spending plan and discuss opportunities to increase domestic revenue, retention and recruitment issues, use of Technical Cooperation, and the RMS St Helena budget.

Chief Secretary, Roy Burke said:

“The process this year has started much earlier in the year and we have a lot more work to do before we can reach an agreed settlement - that will happen early in 2015. Helpfully, we are looking at a 3-year horizon which will help SHG in planning terms. I am grateful to the BAM team and all staff in SHG as well as Councillors who have put in an enormous amount of work over the past week.”

Councillor Lawson Henry added:

“This was the second time for me to be involved in the discussions with our partners from DFID on the Budgetary Aid Mission. The process was started earlier this year and as already indicated there is still much work to do after the team leaves to reach a settlement. I am grateful for the support the Councillors have had from Officers in SHG and ESH and also the BAM team, not only for their support but their understanding of the many challenges St Helena still face in the run up to our Airport opening and beyond. I wish the team a safe voyage back to UK and look forward to continuing the dialogue over the coming months.

“While I understand the financial challenges that Britain itself still faces I hope our settlement for the next year and beyond help us to cope with the challenges that lie ahead and that the huge investment in the Airport and its long-term goal is not compromised.”

Chief Executive for Economic Development, Niall O’Keeffe concluded:

“It has been a constructive visit from our perspective and I would like to thank the BAM team and their colleagues in DFID for the ongoing support of Enterprise St Helena. The meeting with the Board of ESH was particularly useful thanks to the preparation and hard work of the Board members and my colleagues in ESH and SHG.”

BAM discussions commenced earlier this year to allow for closer DFID engagement on a range of policy issues and for DFID to complete the standard Business Case approval process for the settlement.

The BAM did not produce an agreed budget settlement or an Aide Memoire but during this month will produce a short summary of key findings and follow-up actions required to finalise the budget aid settlement.

The settlement will be finalised in February 2015.

SHG
5 November 2014

 

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Falklands : Falklands Retirement Pensions up for Consultation
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 14.10.2014 (Current Article)

A public consultation will be carried out by the Falkland Islands Government between the 20th October and the 7th November 2014,

Falklands Retirement Pensions up for Consultation By J Brock (FINN) A public consultation will be carried out by the Falkland Islands Government between the 20th October and the 7th November 2014, seeking the community’s views on the possible restructure of the Retirement Pension Contribution scheme (RPC). Under the current system, RPCs are made at a fixed weekly contribution rate for all individuals earning above a set threshold, or a ‘horizontally equitable’ system. The consultation will look four possible models that explore income-related contributions, or a ‘vertically equitable’ system. An information booklet has been prepared which contains further details on each suggested model. This booklet and copies of the questionnaires can be obtained from the Post Office, the Public Library or the Treasury. There will be one questionnaire for individual employees, available online at the following address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FIG-Pensions-Consultation-Employees And one questionnaire for employers or the self-employed, available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FIG-Pensions-Consultation-Employers Any employers who also wish to give their feedback from the perspective of an employee are invited to fill in both questionnaires. Questionnaires must be completed on or before Friday 7th November 2014. Completed paper questionnaires can be returned using on of the response boxes placed in the Post Office, Public Library or the in the Treasury, or can be posted to the Pensions Office, Treasury, Thatcher Drive, Stanley. For further information, please contact the Pensions Office on 28415 or email pensions@sec.gov.fk.

 

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Falklands : INTRODUCTION TO THE RT HON KENNETH CLARKE’S KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY LORD BLACK OF BRENTWOOD
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 16.11.2011 (Current Article)

Before introducing our keynote speaker I am very grateful for the opportunity that Robin (Esser) has given me to just very briefly to draw your attention to an important report that has just been published today which focuses on press freedom issues on shores of countries where challenges to press freedom are even more intense and often literally a matter of life and death.

INTRODUCTION TO THE RT HON KENNETH CLARKE’S KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY LORD BLACK OF BRENTWOOD


 


Transcribed by J. Brock (FINN)


 


Before introducing our keynote speaker I am very grateful for the opportunity that Robin (Esser) has given me to just very briefly to draw your attention to an important report that has just been published today which focuses on press freedom issues on shores of countries where challenges to press freedom are even more intense and often literally a matter of life and death.  It’s a report which has been published by the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust, the successor body to the old CPU (Commonwealth Press Union) which over the past year has undertaken a project to look at the key laws that constrain a free and independent media in a number of representative Commonwealth countries from the UK to Uganda. 


 


The result of this is a draft report which has a number of recommendations about the protection of content, of self regulation, the repeal of the laws on defamation, opposition to the licensing of journalists or publications and the importance of effective freedom of information laws. 


 


And one of the most crucial messages of this report is the UK’s leadership role in this area and the chilling effect internationally that any moves to crack down on press freedom here or initiatives which weaken the principles of self regulation are magnified many times over in countries where governments need little excuse to seek to extinguish investigative journalists. 


 


I commend this report to you and copies will be available to you at the end; and I hope it might also find its way into the red box reading of our keynote speaker as so many of these issues land in his In-Trey.


 


The Secretary for Justice, the Rt Honourable Kenneth Clarke needs really no introduction to anyone here.  He’s been a towering figure in British politics for a generation, holding two of the great offices of State – Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Ex-Chequer – a position from which he formed the golden economic legacy which was then handed to an incoming Labour Government.


 


After the last election he became Secretary of State for Justice; a job which is absolutely vital to this industry, whether it be on issues of freedom of information, court reporting, data protection, privacy, the human rights act and the issue of super-injunctions which has come out of that and now also – we were hearing earlier – the implementation of the Bribery Act.  The Secretary of State is dealing with issues which are central to debates we are having today and the freedoms which everyone in this room cherishes.


 


Secretary of State we warmly welcome you here, we thank you for joining us at such a critical time.  We greatly look forward to your remarks.


 


(100X Transcription Service)


 

 

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St Helena : The Directors – Part VI Carol George, Director of Health and Social Welfare
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 02.06.2011 (Current Article)

St Helena Government has introduced a new directorate structure which came into effect on 1st April. Because of this, instead of Departments SHG now has ten Directorates.

The Directors – Part VI


Carol George, Director of Health and Social Welfare


 


St Helena Government has introduced a new directorate structure which came into effect on 1st April. Because of this, instead of Departments SHG now has ten Directorates.  In a ten part series the Public Relations/Information Office will introduce each of the ten Directors, their responsibilities and directorate plans for the next year.


 


This week meet Carol George, Director of Health and Social Welfare:


 


The Health and Social Welfare Directorate is the largest in SHG and employs over 250 full time staff and has a recurrent budget of over £6m. In addition to this there is project funding of around £1.5m for implementation of the DfID Healthlink 3 project and other Development Strategy activities.


 


As Director of Health and Social Welfare Carol’s role involves policy development and implementation, strategic planning, budget and resource allocation and participation in SHG Corporate Management Meetings.


 


Carol has overall responsibility for the following areas with the different services being led by Senior Managers:


  


Medical Services


Nursing Services, including acute and community care services


Pharmacy Services


Laboratory Services


Dental Services


Social Services which includes the Learning Disabilities sector


Social Welfare Services, which includes assessments for Income Related Benefits and Basic Island Pension, as well as assessment and allocation of Government Landlord Housing


Environmental Health Services


Older Persons Services, including sheltered accommodation and Home Care Support


Administration Services 


 


The Key targets for the Directorate during this financial year include taking forward plans for hospital redevelopment; progressing plans to establish a link with an NHS Trust in the UK; continued emphasis and development of clinical governance within the various care settings; successful implementation of the Basic Island Pension and new Income Related Benefit systems; continued emphasis on health promotion, in particular aiming to establish more 'self-help' groups to encourage patients to take more responsibility and ownership for their health; working towards divestment of non-core services; international accreditation of the Food and Water Laboratory; introduction of additional nurse led clinics for diabetic and cardiac patients and revision of Food Hygiene Regulations. 


 


These are just a few of the targets that the Health and Social Welfare Directorate need to achieve before the end of March 2012!  


 


On being the Director of Health and Social Welfare Carol said:


 


“The most enjoyable aspect of the job is its diverse nature with every day presenting a new challenge.” 


 


Carol began working in SHG in 1989 where she was employed as a clerk in the Development and Economic Planning Department (DEPD).  In 1990 Carol joined the Education Department and was promoted and returned to DEPD in 1991. 


 


With the exception of a three month secondment to the Public Health Department in 1992, Carol stayed with DEPD until 1997 when she took up employment with Cable & Wireless plc as Human Resources Officer. In 2003 she returned to SHG to take on the role of Clerk of Councils within the Office of the Chief Secretary. Carol then joined the Public Health and Social Services Department in January 2008 as Counterpart to the Chief Administrative Health and Social Services Officer and was promoted to her current substantive post in November 2008 upon retirement of her predecessor.


 


Carol has also previously served on the Board of Directors of the St Helena Development Agency and the St Helena News Media Board. Employment experience in the UK, prior to living on St Helena, involved work in both the public and private sectors.


 


In her spare time Carol enjoys walking and watching the English football Premier League.


 


Public Relations/Information Office


The Secretariat


2 June 2011

 

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All : Jobless and Poverty Rates are key to Economic Recovery
Submitted by (Juanita Brock) 12.08.2009 (Current Article)

Policy makers in the US Federal Reserve Bank are sitting down to discuss – amongst other things – interest rates, which are expected to remain the same at near zero percent. Also on the agenda, couched in eco-speak, is a concluding summary on the state of economy. SARTMA wonders – whose economy – theirs or ours.

JOBLESS and POVERTY  RATES ARE KEY TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY

 

An Editorial by J. Brock (SARTMA)

 

Having lived through difficult financial times before, familiar alarm bells ring when people tout recovery in 2009.

 

Policy makers in the US Federal Reserve Bank are sitting down to discuss – amongst other things – interest rates, which are expected to remain the same at near zero percent.  Also on the agenda, couched in eco-speak, is a concluding summary on the state of economy.  SARTMA wonders – whose economy – theirs or ours.

 

Ben Bernanke’s summary will only bring nervous stomach to investors, who are being cautious prior to the expected announcement.  The rest of us – especially the jobless and the poor - will continue seeking alternatives just to put food on our tables.

 

They have money to invest and we have emptied our savings accounts to pay our food and energy bills.  Prices have increased since rumours of green shoots have replaced prudent economic reporting.  For the still increasing numbers of jobless and those on fixed incomes this means too much month at the end of the money.

 

An uncomfortable memory from my high school years can be applied today.  I lived with my brothers and sister in a small town in Upstate New York where there was an industry that employed 40 people.  After successful negotiations the workers got a marginal pay rise and as a family we were happy to have money to pay for my spectacles.  The eye appointment was made but before it was kept the prices in all the shops increased to the point where we were worse off financially than we were before.  The eye appointment was cancelled and money I had saved to help pay for the glasses was kept until the opportunity arose again.

 

Our family were the lucky ones.  To get recompense for 40 people higher prices made the rest of the village worse off than they were prior to the pay rise.  The community fought back by car-pooling so that housewives could travel to a larger town where prices were affordable in supermarkets and a shopping mall.

 

In order to recoup their losses the village shops increased their prices even further, only to be faced with closing down as they lost custom.  Their Going out of Business sales were packed with shoppers lost since the pay rise for 40 people.

 

Had they not been greedy shop owners and employees still would be in the retail trade in our village instead of looking for work.

 

I think this is happening now but on a larger – more world wide scale.  At the moment crude prices as well as food prices are increasing.

 

People who are poor will struggle to find cost effective alternatives.  With green energy and hybrid vehicles some savings are made and unless these people have money to spend the trend towards alternatives will increase exponentially.

 

Talk about recovery is lost on people who have run out of benefits and don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  Their hope of better times is dashed each time green shoots are grazed by people looking to make a profit.  It’s time to let the pasture recover.

 

The key to a better economy is to give people the money to buy food and energy and to keep prices at a cost-effective level.  Other benefits will follow.  It is the number of jobless and poor people that will either be a benefit or detriment to the economy.  When food and energy prices are artificially high the jobless rate and numbers of people in poverty will also be high.

 

It’s my opinion that members of the Federal Reserve Bank know this and will not increase interest rates.   Would that the Federal Reserve could do more for people who, through no fault of their own have found themselves without work and on fixed incomes.    Agreed, this is not in their immediate remit but it would be q-dos for them if they acknowledged it in their closing remarks.

 

 

 

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Falklands : ARGENTINE CLAIMS TO FALKLANDS SEABED CONTAINS NOTHING NEW
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 25.04.2009 (Current Article)

Both Argentina and the United Kingdom are claiming a vast area of seabed from South America to the Antarctic in their latest bids for control of the South Atlantic.

ARGENTINE CLAIMS TO FALKLANDS SEABED CONTAINS NOTHING NEW


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


Both Argentina and the United Kingdom are claiming a vast area of seabed from South America to the Antarctic in their latest bids for control of the South Atlantic.


Britain has a huge amount of paperwork in its bid to control the area and Argentina also presented years' worth of research to the United Nations. 


Argentina hopes to prove its continental shelf extends up to 150 miles (240 kilometres) beyond the current 200-mile (320-kilometer) limit – an extra 688,280 square miles (1.8 million square kilometres) of submarine area.   


Tuesday’s presentation repeats Argentina's claim to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and as such contains nothing new.


“The Falkland Islands government is currently exploring its nearby seabed for oil, “ said the Embassy spokesman, who went on to say that Britain will formally object to Argentina's presentation.



Both sides acknowledged that because of procedural rules governing the U.N. commission, any territorial disagreement raised by either party means the claim must be dropped.

 

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S.Atlantic : Sartma Daily (30/08/05)
Submitted by SARTMA.com (Juanita Brock) 30.08.2005 (Current Article)

A quick overview of South Atlantic News

SARTMA DAILY (30/08/05) 


 


Compiled by J. Brock (FINN)



 


 


Websites:  http://www.falklandnews.com. http://www.tristantimes.com, http://www.the-islander.org.ac, http://www.sartma.com, http://www.news.co.sh



 


 


CONTENTS


 


Section 1: Articles by FINN


 


Section 2:  Executive Council Report


 


Section 3:  BAS Press Release


 


Section 4:  Announcements


 


Section 5:  FIRS News Direct



 


 


Section 1:


 


POACHING VESSEL TO BE SCUTTLED


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


 


 


The long-liner, ElQui, that was convicted of illegal fishing in South Georgia waters, will be scuttled as soon as possible, according to H.E. the Governor Mr. Howard Pearce.  It has been previously announced by the South Georgia Government that ElQui would never fish again and alternatives were being discussed about the ElQui’s disposal.  It was further decided that the vessel would never be of any commercial use.


 


The South Georgia Government will be licensed to scuttle the ElQui in Falklands waters.


 


In preparation for the scuttling the ship has been thoroughly cleaned, including  the removal from the vessel of all hydraulic fluids, fuel, engine lubricating oils, paints, batteries, fishing and other associated gear, loose domestic equipment, refrigerant and welding gases, pyrotechnics and medical drugs.  All of these items have been safely disposed of ashore in the Falkland Islands.    The galley has been thoroughly cleaned to remove cooking oils, and all food and other waste has been removed and burnt, as well as life rafts and other loose materials.  An old binnacle compass and other objects of interest have been offered to the Stanley Museum.


 


Falklands Conservation and the Marine Officer have been fully consulted  about the clean-up and are content that when the vessel is scuttled it will not cause any adverse environmental impact or hazard to shipping.  


 


The ElQui had been berthed alongside FIPASS for several months.  Due to an Executive Council decision, berthing fees were waived.


 


 


 


 


WELCOME BACK LYLE


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


 


Falkland Islander, Lyle Craigie-Halkett is no stranger to the Falklands.  He’s back again, however briefly, to supervise the clean-up effort on convicted poaching vessel. ElQui.  Last year he was involved in the clean up and restorative effort on South Georgia at Grytviken.


 


Mr. Craigie-Halkett has made a career in maritime exploration and recovery, as well as salvage services.  He worked on the Great Britain project in the 1970s after having been away from the Falklands for some 18 years.  Later, he returned to South Georgia with Capt Miller, also a Falkland Islander on the Throsk to help in the removal of heavy heating oil from tanks throughout the Island.


 


Welcome back!



 


 


Section 2:


 


GOVERNOR’S REPORT ON THE MEETING OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ON THURSDAY 25 AUGUST 2005


 


Executive Council met on Thursday 25 August for its regular monthly meeting.


 


We had a number of fishing and maritime issues to address.  First, Executive Council considered recommendations by the Fisheries Committee for the fees to be charged for various categories of fishing licence during the 2006 season.  ExCo took decisions on all of the recommendations received from the Fisheries Committee with the exception of the fees for longline licences, which it returned to the Fisheries Committee for further consideration.  The details of the new fees are being published. 


 


Secondly, two decisions were taken with regard to the Elqui, the longliner which was recently arrested for illegal fishing in South Georgia waters. It was decided that, because of the circumstances leading to the berthing of the Elqui at FIPASS and the shared interest of FIG and the South Georgia Government in removing the vessel from further commercial use, harbour dues and berthing fees should be waived for the period of the lay-up.  It was also decided that the South Georgia Government should be licensed to scuttle the fishing vessel in Falklands waters.  The scuttling is likely to take place soon, following completion of the current clean-up work on the vessel. 


 


Listeners and readers may like to be reassured that the clean-up process has been extremely thorough.  It has involved the removal from the vessel of all hydraulic fluids, fuel, engine lubricating oils, paints, batteries, fishing and other associated gear, loose domestic equipment, refrigerant and welding gases, pyrotechnics and medical drugs.  All of these items have been safely disposed of ashore in the Falkland Islands.  The galley has been thoroughly cleaned to remove cooking oils, and all food and other waste has been removed and burnt.  All liferafts and other loose materials have also been removed.  Some objects of particular interest, including an old binnacle compass, have been offered to the Stanley Museum.  The result is that when the vessel is scuttled it will not cause any adverse environmental impact or hazard to shipping.  Both Falklands Conservation and the Marine Officer have been fully consulted and are content.


 


Still on maritime issues, ExCo had some more maritime fees to decide  – this time freight rates for the coastal shipping service, about which there has apparently been some confusion.  Full details of these rates are being published.


 


There are long-standing arrangements between FIG and the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) under which the MCA provides various survey and certification services for the Falkland Islands Shipping Register.  A new Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed with the MCA.  ExCo approved the terms of this MoU. 


 


ExCo also approved the making of the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Amendment Regulations 2005.  The purpose of this amendment to the regulations is to clarify the way in which the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 2001 and the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Regulations 2001 apply to fishing vessels which were registered under the pre-2001 arrangements.  The effect of this is to make it clear that vessels already registered on the old Stanley Register are not obliged to meet the new and more stringent eligibility requirements of the Ordinance and Regulations in order to remain on the Register.


 


People may recall that at its July meeting ExCo amended the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Regulations 2000 in order to enable FIG to suspend the operation of the open door licensing system for offshore hydrocarbons exploration.  At last week’s meeting ExCo decided to exercise these powers and to close open door licensing throughout the controlled waters of the Falkland Islands for an indefinite period.  A notice will appear in the Gazette to that effect.


 


FIG has been invited by the UK Government to consider whether it wishes the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol of that Convention to be applied to the Falkland Islands.  Following some thorough research by the previous and current Environmental Planning Officers, it appears that it should be relatively easy for FIG to collect the statistics required and to meet the obligations imposed by the Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.  ExCo therefore agreed that the FCO should be informed that FIG wishes these arrangements to be applied to the Falkland Islands.  This means that the Falkland Islands will be making its own small contribution to global efforts to tackle the problem of climate change. 


 


The helicopter refuelling facility at Fox Bay has come to the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced.  ExCo approved various arrangements requested by the Ministry of Defence in connection with the construction of the new facility, and to the provision of a temporary fuel store for use during the construction.


 


There has been considerable local interest in the proposals by Cable and Wireless to establish a mobile phone service in the Falkland Islands.  In that connection the Planning and Building Committee had earlier in the week considered two applications from Cable and Wireless for the siting of mobile phone masts, and permission was sought from ExCo for the lease of Crown land on which to place these two masts.  ExCo agreed to grant the request in principle, but noted that the Planning and Building Committee had decided to defer until its next meeting consideration of the proposal to site a mast to the north of St Mary’s Walk.


 


A couple of Committee issues next.  ExCo agreed to the appointment of Mr Mike Evans as the new Rural Business Association representative on the Board of Falkland Landholdings.  ExCo also agreed the proposals for the restructuring of the Apprenticeship Committee, including a new Committee membership and new terms of reference.


 


Falklands Conservation carry out regular censuses of the principal bird species in the Falkland Islands.  Beauchene Island is a particularly important location for breeding colonies of black-browed albatross and rockhopper and gentoo penguins.  Falklands Conservation have sought permission to visit Beauchene Island to undertake censuses of these species.  ExCo gave their agreement to this.


 


Finally, the tricky issue of licensing the shooting of turkey vultures.  ExCo had a full discussion of a report by the Director of Agriculture.  Given the considerable local interest in this issue, I am recording the conclusions reached by ExCo in full, which were as follows:


 


The Governor’s power to issue licences to shoot protected birds should be delegated with respect to turkey vultures only to the Environmental Planning Officer (EPO).


 


In the absence of the EPO the delegated power should be exercised by the Director of Agriculture (DoA).


 


In exercising this delegated power the EPO/DoA should:


 


(i)  seek advice in respect of each licence application from representatives of the Tourist Board, Falklands Conservation, Farmers and the Department of Agriculture;


 


(ii)  limit any licence to the shooting of a maximum of twenty birds;


 


(iii)  require every licensee to provide a full report detailing when, where and how many birds were shot;


 


(iv)  ensure that the information submitted under (iii) above is passed to the Environmental Committee and Falklands Conservation.


 


The EPO should follow the procedures and criteria set out above in taking a decision on the licence applications received from Pebble Island and North Arm.


 


Applications for licences to shoot any other species of protected bird should be submitted to Executive Council.  Executive Council’s decision on any such application should take account of the views of the EPO and the bodies referred to in paragraph 2.3 (i) above.


 


Falklands Conservation should be invited to conduct a programme of Island-wide turkey vulture censuses with a view to identifying the size and status of the turkey vulture population, together with a study of turkey vulture feeding behaviour.



 


 


Section 3


 


RELEVANT INTERNET NEWS


 


BAS Press Release


                 


 


Early Drake Passage Opening Led to Global Change


No: 12/2005   30 Aug 2005


 


New results shed light on how Antarctica became the icy, barren continent that we know today. British Antarctic Survey (BAS) scientists have discovered that 30-50 million years ago, South America and Antarctica split apart very rapidly. This formed the Drake Passage and resulted in a major global cooling. The findings are published in the latest issue of Earth and Planetary Science Letters.


 


Lead Author Dr Roy Livermore says ‘we deciphered the remarkable ‘herringbone’ pattern of ridges that were etched into the Earth’s crust beneath the remote Weddell Sea when South America moved away from Antarctica. This revealed that the two continents separated extremely quickly in geological time forming a shallow ‘gateway’ between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. We estimate that this happened some ten to twenty million years earlier than the previous oldest estimate. Even a shallow (less than 1000 metres) gateway would have had a profound effect on Southern Ocean circulation and subsequently climate".


 


Such a gateway, by completing a circuit of water around Antarctica, eventually led to the formation of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the world’s largest deep current which now transports some 130 million cubic metres of water through the Drake Passage every second. The effect was to cut Antarctica off from warm southward flowing currents leaving it frozen and desolate.


 


This new research reinforces findings from deep-sea sediments cores taken from the Southern Ocean and supports the theory that the opening of the Drake Passage could have triggered the abrupt global cooling event and extensive growth of the Antarctic ice sheet 33-34 million years ago.


 


Paleogene opening of Drake Passage by Roy Livermore, Adrian Nankivell, Graeme Eagles and Peter Morris is published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume 236, pages 459-470.


 


British Antarctic Survey is a world leader in research into global issues in an Antarctic context. It is the UK’s national operator and is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council. It has an annual budget of around £40 million, runs nine research programmes and operates five research stations, two Royal Research Ships and five aircraft in and around Antarctica.


                 


Issued by the British Antarctic Survey Press Office. Amanda Lynnes - tel: +44 1223 221414, mob:07740 822229, email:  a.lynnes@bas.ac.uk  Linda Capper - tel: +44 1223 221448, mob: 07714 233744, email:  l.capper@bas.ac.uk Author Contact: Dr Roy Livermore - tel: +44 1223 221572


 


© Copyright Natural Environment Research Council British Antarctic Survey 2004.



 


 


Section 4:


 


ANNOUNCEMENTS:


 


The Royal British Legion Meeting scheduled for Monday, 05 September has been cancelled due to holiday commitments.  The meeting will take place on the 10th of October.



 


 


Section 5:


 


FIRS NEWS DIRECT: 30 AUGUST 2005


 


Compiled by Amy Johnson (AJ) and Stacy Bragger)


 


INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE:


 


Sunday night saw two more matches being played in the Indoor Football League, with Lots a Leftovers and Bragger’s Boys both claiming three points.  Bragger’s boys stay top of the league.  The next round of fixtures will be played tonight with the Left Overs playing the Wanderers and Tyrell’s Squirls and Nuts taking on the No Namers.


 


FALKLANDS GUN CLUB:


 


The winter season carried on again for the Falklands Gun Club, with a 50-bird Skete Competition.  The wind and rain went against all shooters on the day but Stevie Burroughs managed to hold off all competition to take first place.  Jon Butler and Steve Dent were unable to find previous form but with constant problems with the low house bird and the wind, all shooters’ scores were well below the expected level.  The next arranged shoot is on the 11th of September, which will be another skete competition.


 


FRESH PRODUCE SHORTAGES:


 


There will be some fresh produce shortages this week according to Stanley Growers.  The shortages are due to a full passenger flight from Chile resulting in minimal freight space.  Stanley Growers had anticipated a lack of freight space and had double booked the previous week but it was also heavily booked with passengers so they were unable to have the required volume on the plane.  Tim Miller from Stanley Growers said as long as more passengers do not book flights, they should be allocated 2500 kilos for the next flight.  Jenny Forrest from International Tours and Travel Ltd. said that space on the flights is mainly due to the school holidays but said that a flight due on 03 September wasn’t that full and that subsequent flights would have more space.


 


In other Stanley Growers News their salad production this coming season will be about six weeks late.  The delay is due to previously not being able to obtain an affordable heating fuel.  With help from the MoD and Stanley Services, they have overcome this problem for the time being.


 


LISTERIA IN MILK:


 


The latest tests for Listeria in milk from Beckside Dairy has proven to be negative.  Roger Diggle, the Chief Medical Officer, says that the current situation is that samples from all the individual cows were negative and last week’s tests in the packets of milk were negative.  He also said that it was too early for the people at risk to start drinking milk without it being boiled from the dairy.  The next set of test results are expected to be available on Thursday.


 


FISHING, SHIPPING AND HARBOUR NEWS:


 


From the weekend:  The Reefer Frio Oceanic came into Berkley Sound on Saturday for transshipping.  The tanker, Sentaurus, Trawler, New Polar came into Berkley Sound over the weekend and both left for Port William on Sunday.  The Shanghai Reefer entered Port William on Saturday for transshipping and left for the high seas the same day.  The Trawler Beatrix Norres also came into Port William on Saturday and left the same day to the Fishing Grounds.


 


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Submitted by Tristan Times (Juanita Brock) 10.08.2005 (Current Article)

One of the nice things about having a Tristanian working for SARTMA is that the record can be set straight about various things, including the Island’s postcode. TDCU 1ZZ has been available for at least 18 months.

Photo (c) James Glass Tristan Times - the building that houses the Tristan Post Office

POSTCODE NOT SO NEW FOR TRISTAN

 

An Editorial by J. Brock (SARTMA-TdC)

 

 

Tristan's Administration Building where the Post Office is housed.

 

One of the nice things about having a Tristanian working for SARTMA is that the record can be set straight about various things, including the Island’s postcode.  TDCU 1ZZ has been available for at least 18 months and as early as April 2004 I have used it to help differentiate between Scotland and Tristan.  Indeed, people on the Island have said that Tristanians, their families, as well as families and friends living overseas have used the postcode for a long time before that.  The advertisement for the Short Guide to Tristan da Cunha, written by Anne Green and James Glass contains the Tristan Postcode, as well as a story on Tristan Times about snail mail. 

 

Today I got an enquiry from the BBC about the postcodes through the Tristan Times Online website, which that news agency visited quite frequently since it came on line in 2003.  I wondered why this subject was so important now.  It seems that it is not the postcode but it is the fact that an item ordered over the internet (it’s not clear if it was ordered from the Island) reached its buyer.

 

I, too, have run afoul of those pesky Internet forms.  Before South Atlantic Islands received their postcodes I used to put BR1 T1SH in the place provided.  It worked. 

 

Now, lets solve that other problem – cheaper Internet access from Tristan so that one doesn’t have to pay a small fortune for an item valued at only a few Pounds Sterling.

 

 

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