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Falklands : Argentine plan to seize Falklands oil driller’ assets 'unlawful' says UK
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 03.07.2015 (Current Article)

UK Foreign Office Officials on Monday rubbished any attempt by Argentina to seize assets of oil drillers operating in the waters off the Falkland Islands.

Argentine plan to seize Falklands oil driller’ assets 'unlawful' says UK
By J. Brock (FINN)

UK Foreign Office Officials on Monday rubbished any attempt by Argentina to seize assets of oil drillers operating in the waters off the Falkland Islands. Saying the Argentine judge's order against six Falklands’ related oil firms was unlawful the Foreign Office Spokeswoman said, “We have always been very clear that this is an unlawful assertion of jurisdiction over the Falklands Islands’ continental shelf, which we reject, and we will raise it with the appropriate authorities."

She went on to say that: “We are satisfied that the islands have the right to develop their hydrocarbons sector as a legitimate commercial venture with international oil and gas companies, and will continue to support them as they move forward. Argentine domestic law does not apply to the Falkland Islands.”

An Argentine federal judge in Tierra del Fuego on Saturday ordered the seizure of $156 million in bank accounts, boats and other property belonging to six European and U.S. oil companies operating in the islands.

Hector Timerman, Argentine Foreign Minister, was quoted in the local press on Sunday as saying “My country intends to pursue the case as part of its claim to the Islands' sovereignty.”

Oil companies named in the order are Premier Oil Plc (PMO.L), Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd (FOGL.L), Rockhopper Exploration Plc (RKH.L), Noble Energy Inc (NBL.N) and Edison International Spa (EIX.N).

For the time being, the oil companies involved decline to comment.

Source: All Major UK Papers and News Agencies

 

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Falklands : Islanders have “unequivocal right to develop our natural resources.” says FIG
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 03.07.2015 (Current Article)

The Falkland Islands Government has commented on Argentine Federal Judge Lillian Hérraez ordered seizure of assets pertaining to oil companies and their subcontractors operating in the Falkland Islands.

Islanders have “unequivocal right to develop our natural resources.” says FIG
By J. Brock (FINN)

The Falkland Islands Government has commented on Argentine Federal Judge Lillian Hérraez ordered seizure of assets pertaining to oil companies and their subcontractors operating in the Falkland Islands.

A press release said: “The people of the Falkland Islands have the unequivocal right to develop our natural resources as we see fit, including the development of a hydrocarbons industry, and we have the full support of the United Kingdom in doing so.”

It is obvious that Argentine domestic laws and jurisdiction do not apply in the Falkland Islands. Typical threats of legal action against companies legitimately operating in Falklands waters are yet further attempts by the Government of Argentina to impede the economic development of the Falkland Islands.

The press release went on to say that this politically motivated decision to target company assets is a wholly unacceptable attempt to exercise extra-territorial jurisdiction, and has no legal justification whatsoever.

FIG has no doubts about its right to licence legitimate offshore oil and gas exploration activities in accordance with legislation enacted in the Falkland Islands, and will continue to support the hydrocarbons industry as it moves from successful exploration towards investing in offshore oil production.

There are only two areas where FIG does not have jurisdiction and those are Foreign Affairs and Defence, which are the remit of HMG. This not only applies to the Falkland Islands but ALL of the British Overseas Territories.

The effect on share prices was minimal as only three Falklands’ related hydrocarbons companies’ shares went south on Tuesday: Premier Oil, Edison International and Rockhopper Exploration. The other four went north significantly.

 

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St Helena : NEW ST HELENA FERRY
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 03.07.2015 (Current Article)

The St Helena Ferry Service saw the delivery of its new vessel on 30 June 2015.

NEW ST HELENA FERRY

The St Helena Ferry Service saw the delivery of its new vessel on 30 June 2015. The previous ferry - decommissioned by St Helena Government earlier this year - had suffered corrosion to its aluminium hull and was deemed uneconomic to repair.

AMD Engineering was contracted by SHG to produce a new Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) hull ferry boat, and Adrian Duncan and his team based the new vessel on the previous boat, moulding the hull around the old one. The new GRP hull will ensure that repairs can be done easily on the Island.

Assistant Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, said:

“It’s good to take receipt of the new Ferry Boat. It has been a difficult time for the new operators without having a dedicated boat, but the new boat looks fantastic and is now in service. Adrian and his team have shown just what can be produced locally.

“With the new GRP hull we hope that this boat will last just as long as the previous one which served the Island for over 30 years.”

Enchanted Isle Limited, owned by Jonathan Herne & Gina Benjamin, has been operating the St Helena Ferry Service since 17 March 2015.
Enchanted Isle Ltd said:

“We are very pleased to finally receive the new Ferry Boat. We have had to overcome many difficulties in order to keep the St Helena Ferry Service running, but with the brand new boat now in the water we look forward to offering an improved service to all users.”

SHG 1 July 2015

 

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St Helena : St Helena: LADDER HILL ROAD CLOSURE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 02.07.2015 (Current Article)

Diversion signs will be in place and, as usual, emergency service vehicles will be granted access.

LADDER HILL ROAD CLOSURE

The Highways Authority has given approval for Ladder Hill Road to be closed on Sunday 12 July 2015, to carry out road maintenance works.

The road will be closed from 8am to 2pm.

Diversion signs will be in place and, as usual, emergency service vehicles will be granted access.

The Roads Section would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused, and thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.
SHG
2 July 2015

 

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St Helena : Opportunities for investment on St Helena were announced by Governor Capes
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 01.07.2015 (Current Article)

Opportunities for investment on the island of St Helena were announced by Governor Mark Capes and Chief Executive for Economic Development, Enterprise St Helena, Dr Niall O’Keeffe at a function hosted by British Consul General Chris Trott in Cape Town.

Opportunities for investment on St Helena were announced by Governor Capes

Opportunities for investment on the island of St Helena were announced by Governor Mark Capes and Chief Executive for Economic Development, Enterprise St Helena, Dr Niall O’Keeffe at a function hosted by British Consul General Chris Trott in Cape Town.

“As the latest tourism destination to catch the eye of the international travel market, St Helena presents significant opportunity to early adopting investors with vision,” says Dr O’ Keeffe.

Previously only accessible by sea, the St Helena airport project is the biggest single investment in an Overseas Territory ever made by the UK Government. It is anticipated that air services, provided by Comair, will commence in early 2016, subject to confirmation pending airport certification.
Dr O’ Keeffe outlined a range of opportunities including specific land and buildings available for various types of development and added: “St Helena is looking for partners to benefit from the sustainable incremental growth of the tourism industry here. There are great opportunities for people and organisations who share the sense of heritage and culture on the Island.”

Investors wishing to enter St Helena will need to apply for a Long Term Entry permit which may be granted for any period over 6 months up to a maximum of five years. Separately, investors may need to apply for a work permit and pass a points-based assessment. There are specialist investor provisions for those investing in excess of £ 50 000. It is possible to purchase freehold or leasehold land in St Helena. Immigration permission is only applied where a person’s cumulative landholding is more than 2 acres. Final decisions on all business proposals will be made by Executive Council
“St Helena’s attraction does not only lie in its remoteness, but also in its unique character – contrasting and spectacular scenery, a rich cultural heritage and an environment extremely rich in biodiversity. The Island is already renowned as a snorkelling, scuba diving and sport fishing destination and the cliffs and rocky shores provides exceptional trail hiking routes. St Helena is also of great historic interest – it was used as a place of exile for key prisoners, including some 6 000 Boers, Chief Dinizulu, and of course Napoleon,” says Dr O’ Keeffe.

Amongst others, properties include a multi-layered fort at the top of Ladder Hill with commanding views over James Bay; barracks which can be used to create a world class hotel with stunning views; Bertrand’s Cottage across the road from Longwood House, the home of Napoleon between 1815 and 1821 and restored by the French Government; Farm Lodge, currently the premier small hotel on St Helena; Devil’s Punchbowl, 42 acres – 103 acres of green development land located between Jamestown and the airport; the Wharf in Jamestown dates back to the 16th Century. A particularly exciting opportunity involves potential to regenerate the wharf and waterfront, and create opportunities for cafes, green space, special retail, dive schools, hotels, bars and restaurants and a hub for water sports.

“We expect discerning visitors from all over the world to visit St Helena Island and this presents an opportunity for both local and new investors. We will be focusing on supporting projects which bring about sustainable, incremental growth,” says Dr O’Keeffe.

 

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St Helena : St Helena: COUNCILLORS’ CONSTITUENCY MEETINGS IN AUGUST
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 30.06.2015 (Current Article)

Councillors will be holding a series of Constituency Meetings during the month of August 2015.


COUNCILLORS’ CONSTITUENCY MEETINGS IN AUGUST

Councillors will be holding a series of Constituency Meetings during the month of August 2015.

Members of the public are invited to submit topics for discussion to the Councillors’ Office at The Castle by no later than Friday 17July 2015. Topics can be submitted via telephone no: 22590 or email: sec.em@helanta.co.sh.
A summary of answers which Councillors were unable to deal with during the February and March meetings will be published next week.

SHG
30 June 2015

 

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St Helena : RESULTS OF SHG EMPLOYEE OPINION SURVEY PUBLISHED
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 29.06.2015 (Current Article)

A full report of results from the SHG 2015 Employee Opinion Survey has today been published on the SHG website.

RESULTS OF SHG EMPLOYEE OPINION SURVEY PUBLISHED

A full report of results from the SHG 2015 Employee Opinion Survey has today been published on the SHG website. A total of 386 employees took part in the survey - 53% of SHG staff.
Chief Secretary Roy Burke commented:

“This is a very encouraging response rate, with one in every two SHG employees taking the time to participate. Some very passionate comments were also received which reflects the strength of feelings of many SHG employees on a number of themes. Our job now is to take action on the results to improve our employees’ perceptions of working for SHG.”

The 2015 Employee Opinion Survey received an overall positive rating of 49%, with 23% giving a negative rating. The remainder were undecided. This means that a good number of employees are not satisfied with some aspects of working for SHG, including pay, reward and recognition, planning, decision making and communication with staff, amongst others.

The survey also measured Employee engagement - the level of employee commitment, motivation and contribution to the success of SHG. The overall rating for staff engagement was 63%.

Roy added:

“The overall engagement response is encouraging but it could be better. There are a lot of things that can be done to make SHG a great organisation to work for.

“The results of the survey are therefore extremely beneficial in helping managers prioritise how issues are addressed. We will not be taking the results of the themes at face value but thoroughly analysing the answers to make sure all issues are tackled appropriately.

“We will not be complacent and we will ensure that any changes that happen are the right ones, done in the right way, with the people who work for SHG - to lead to solution of problems and not creation of new ones.”

Work is already underway to develop action plans to be rolled out over the next few months. Progress will be regularly reported across SHG.
The full results of the Employee Opinion Survey can be found on the SHG website at http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/employee-opinion-survey-2015/

SHG began development of this year’s Employee Opinion Survey in March 2015 as part of SHG’s Change Programme, Fresh Start. The objective of the survey was to gather information on the opinion of SHG employees on the topics which mattered to them. The intended use of this information is to develop a targeted programme of actions to address the issues of greatest concern to SHG employees.

The Employee Opinion Survey was conducted in May/June 2015 and all employees were invited to participate. Considerable effort was made to ensure that any barriers to participation were overcome.

SHG
29 June 2015

 

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Falklands : FALKLANDS RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM NO 10
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 23.06.2015 (Current Article)

Legislative Assembly has received a letter of support from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, reaffirming his advocacy for the Falkland Islands.

FALKLANDS RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM NO 10
By J. Brock (FINN)

Legislative Assembly has received a letter of support from the Prime Minister, David Cameron, reaffirming his advocacy for the Falkland Islands.

In his letter, the Prime Minister writes, ‘my support for the people of the Falkland Islands will remain rock solid’ and explains that he looks forward ‘to continuing to work together to overcome present and future challenges in the South Atlantic.’

The letter, dated 10th June 2015 but received in the Islands this week, was a response to a letter sent from MLA Ian Hansen (then Chair of the Assembly) following the General Elections in the United Kingdom.

 

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St Helena : LIMITED CRANE OPERATIONS AT THE WHARF
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 23.06.2015 (Current Article)

The public and businesses are advised that due to the illness of the substantive Crane Operator,

LIMITED CRANE OPERATIONS AT THE WHARF

The public and businesses are advised that due to the illness of the substantive Crane Operator, crane operations at the Wharf will be limited for the immediate future. Subsequently, Port Control requires 24hrs advance notice of any activities requiring use of the Crane.
Please contact the Deputy Harbour Master, Steve Kirk, on email: Deputy.Harbourmaster@hmrc.gov.sh or tel: 22287 for further information.

SHG
23 June 2015

 

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St Helena : DARKDALE PROJECT - RESTRICTIONS IN JAMES’ BAY
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 23.06.2015 (Current Article)

A team led by the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) is currently on St Helena to remove remaining fuel oil from the wreck of the RFA Darkdale in James’ Bay (see press release of 14 April 2015).

DARKDALE PROJECT - RESTRICTIONS IN JAMES’ BAY

A team led by the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) is currently on St Helena to remove remaining fuel oil from the wreck of the RFA Darkdale in James’ Bay (see press release of 14 April 2015).
During this marine and environmental operation there will be certain restrictions in place at particular times, which will be announced. There will be:

• No diving allowed on or adjacent to the Darkdale wreck
• No swimming allowed immediately around the Darkdale
• No boats allowed within a 200m zone surrounding the wreck
• No swimming or diving in James’ Bay at periods when shells are being recovered.

The application of these restrictions will be announced once the timing of operations is confirmed. The public is kindly asked to adhere to these limitations, both for their own and the team’s safety.
The first of three vessels to be used in these operations is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday 30 June 2015, with exploratory dives taking place shortly after.
Further information will be provided shortly.
SHG
23 June 2015

 

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St Helena : PASSAGE FARES – FINAL VOYAGES OF RMS ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 23.06.2015 (Current Article)

In its meeting of Tuesday, 12 May 2015, Executive Council approved the RMS Shipping Schedule from April 2016 to July 2016.

PASSAGE FARES – FINAL VOYAGES OF RMS ST HELENA

In its meeting of Tuesday, 12 May 2015, Executive Council approved the RMS Shipping Schedule from April 2016 to July 2016. A press release detailing the final voyages of the RMS St Helena and the associated booking policy was issued on 19 May 2015.

Further to this press release, SHG would like to advise the public that the passage fares and freight tariffs for these final voyages remain unchanged from the levels set in April 2014, apart from those relating to the UK leg (last set in August 2011), which have been adjusted for inflation as normal.
The RMS St Helena passage fares for the final three voyages in 2016 are attached to this press release.

The final voyages of the RMS include the following four key components:
• A final voyage to Tristan da Cunha in April 2016
• The RMS being anchored in Jamestown for the proposed official opening of the Airport on 21 May 2016
• A final voyage to the UK and - after disembarking her passengers - the RMS making a promotional trip up the River Thames and mooring alongside HMS Belfast near the Tower of London
• The RMS being anchored in Jamestown for five days prior to its final sailing to Cape Town.

SHG
23 June 2015

 

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St Helena : LOCAL OFFICERS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 23.06.2015 (Current Article)

The Chief of Police has announced this week that, following a challenging promotion selection process, two local officers will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant within the St Helena Police Service.

LOCAL OFFICERS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT

The Chief of Police has announced this week that, following a challenging promotion selection process, two local officers will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant within the St Helena Police Service. Constables Julianne Benjamin and Jane John (photo attached) who have been with the St Helena Police Service for around three years will take up their posts on 1 August 2015.
Chief of Police, Trevor Botting said:

“I am delighted to be able to promote two local Police Officers to Sergeants within the St Helena Police Service. Whilst officers from the UK are required for a number of specialist posts within the Police Service I am committed to having local officers providing local policing wherever possible - and the promotion of Constables Benjamin and John will play a key role in delivering local community policing. I look forward to seeing their development as leaders within the Service.”

Chief of Police, Trevor Botting
SHG
23 June 2015

 

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St Helena : SAFE USE OF PERSONAL WATER CRAFT DRAFT RULES – COMMENTS WELCOME
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 23.06.2015 (Current Article)

At their meeting of 6 May 2015 Port Control and key stakeholders agreed the following draft set of rules and regulations for the safe use of Personal Water Craft (PWC), such as jet-skis and speedboats, in and around the waters of St Helena:

SAFE USE OF PERSONAL WATER CRAFT DRAFT RULES – COMMENTS WELCOME

At their meeting of 6 May 2015 Port Control and key stakeholders agreed the following draft set of rules and regulations for the safe use of Personal Water Craft (PWC), such as jet-skis and speedboats, in and around the waters of St Helena:

Draft Rules and Regulations:
1) All Personal Water Craft (PWC), including jet-skis, water scooters, seadoo jet-skis and speedboats must use an engine safety cut-out switch (kill switch/emergency kill cord) at all times.
2) Buoyancy aids must be worn at all times by PWC users and by all users being towed by a speedboat or using any water toy.
3) PWC, speedboat users or those using any water toy, are not to come within 50 metres of the shoreline (access to the Wharf Steps, Middle Steps and Thompson’s Crane Steps is allowed to pick up people).
4) All PWC and speedboats are to go in an anti-clockwise direction in the defined area, and all drivers must be over the age of 16 years.
5) There is an exclusion zone from the bow to the stern of the Papanui wreck for all PWC and water sports craft.
6) All towing speedboats must have a minimum of two crew (driver plus observer/flagman on-board) and a red flag must be flown.
7) There will be a no wake zone and a speed limit of 5mph implemented in the access channels in and around the moorings, and around the Wharf Steps at the end of the wharf.
8) There will be no towing or use of any water toy at any time within the no wake zones.
9) No person involved in the above activities must be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
10) The use of all PWC, water toys and all towing is prohibited after dark - dusk to dawn.
The public is now invited to make any final comments to the draft rules and regulations by 4pm on Friday 3 July 2015. Comments should be submitted to the Deputy Harbour Master, Steve Kirk, on email: Deputy.Harbourmaster@hmrc.gov.sh or tel: 22287.

Adherence to these rules will be monitored by the Harbour Master and anyone seen not complying with these regulations will be dealt with under the Harbours Ordinance, Section 14 - Enforcement of Directions to Vessels in Harbour Waters.

A map of James’ Bay detailing the different zone areas is attached to this press release.
SHG
23 June 2015

 

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St Helena : St Helena Statistical Yearbook 2013-14
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 22.06.2015 (Current Article)

Updates to the St Helena Statistical Yearbook 2013-14 are now available on the St Helena Government website:

St Helena Statistical Yearbook 2013-14

Updates to the St Helena Statistical Yearbook 2013-14 are now available on the St Helena Government website:

www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics. A printed copy is also available in the Public Library.

The Statistical Yearbook is a collation of the main data streams for St Helena, covering themes such as Population and Vital Statistics, Production, Imports, Public Finance and Key Economic Indicators.

The Yearbook is published in both Excel (spreadsheet) and a PDF format to appeal to a broad range of users. Some may prefer a hard copy of the Yearbook, but at 64 pages, there will be a small charge for printing. Anyone who wishes to have a copy can contact the Statistics Office on 22138 or email statistics@sainthelena.gov.sh by Wednesday 1 July to request a copy.

Justine Joshua, Senior Statistics Assistant, said:

“It is important that we publish the data people need in a format that they can access. Some people may wish to use the Excel tables to pull out the information for further analysis. Others may wish to pick up a hard copy that they can leaf through and refer to as needed.”

Paula McLeod, St Helena Statistician, added:

“The team have worked hard to update and improve on our regular data streams. This year we thoroughly reviewed our historic data and this has resulted in several small changes - as a result of correcting some inaccuracies and improving our methodologies. We would encourage everyone to make sure they are referring to the latest data.

“The Statistics team is continually striving to improve the quality, range and timeliness of our outputs and making sure we meet user needs. One of our priority goals is making data available much sooner - so our users can look forward to more timely data updates in the future.”

Ways to access Statistics on St Helena:

Website: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics

Public Library: Hard copies of our most important material is here

Twitter: Follow @Stats_SHG to hear the latest news from the office and selected international updates

Office: Call on 22138 or visit us in the Castle Courtyard.

SHG
22 June 2015

 

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St Helena : MUSEUM CAR PARK CLOSURE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 19.06.2015 (Current Article)

Following routine inspections of the ledges and slopes near the Museum in Jamestown, the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate

MUSEUM CAR PARK CLOSURE

Following routine inspections of the ledges and slopes near the Museum in Jamestown, the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD) would like to inform the public that the car park behind the Museum will be closed on Wednesday, 24 June 2015, between 8am and 4pm.

Debris accumulated on the ledges need to be cleared by the Rock Guards to reduce the risk of personal and vehicle damage. The car park will reopen as normal when the work has been completed.

ENRD would like to thank the public in advance for their continued cooperation.
SHG
19 June 2015

 

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St Helena : FREE SPECTACLES AND HEARING AIDS EXTENDED TO 16-18 YEAR OLDS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 16.06.2015 (Current Article)

On 2 June 2015 the Safeguarding Children’s Board announced that children under the age of 16 years on St Helena will receive their spectacles and hearing aid prescriptions for free.

FREE SPECTACLES AND HEARING AIDS EXTENDED TO 16-18 YEAR OLDS

On 2 June 2015 the Safeguarding Children’s Board announced that children under the age of 16 years on St Helena will receive their spectacles and hearing aid prescriptions for free.

Due to the positive feedback received by the Safeguarding Children’s Board, it has been decided to widen the scope of the scheme to include free prescriptions for spectacles and hearing aids to young persons aged between 16 and 18 years in full time education.

The project is being funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), and payments made for spectacles and hearing aids, purchased for 18 year olds and under, will be backdated to 1 January 2015.

This support will allow for the purchase of spectacles in conjunction with the Health Directorate and will not include designer glasses.

SHG
16 June 2015

 

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St Helena : RUPERT’S VALLEY PROPOSED LANDSCAPE DESIGNS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 09.06.2015 (Current Article)

The Landscape and Ecology Mitigation Programme (LEMP) team is now seeking feedback from the community regarding proposed landscape design options for Rupert’s Valley, in those areas affected by the Airport Project construction footprint.

RUPERT’S VALLEY PROPOSED LANDSCAPE DESIGNS

The Landscape and Ecology Mitigation Programme (LEMP) team is now seeking feedback from the community regarding proposed landscape design options for Rupert’s Valley, in those areas affected by the Airport Project construction footprint.

LEMP Conservation Team Leader, Paul Cherrett, explains:

“This is an opportunity for the residents of Rupert’s and the wider community to have a real input into the landscape design of the areas impacted by Airport construction within the valley. Public feedback on the draft designs will be highly valued and will contribute to the species to be planted and the placement of these plants.”

The proposed landscape designs are now available to view on the Air Access website at http://www.sainthelenaaccess.com/news/public-consultation/

Responses are particularly invited from Rupert’s residents, but all are encouraged to respond to the LEMP Project Manager, Ross Towers, via email ross.towers@sainthelena.gov.sh or tel: 22721 by Friday, 26 June 2015.
SHG
9 June 2015

 

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St Helena : AERIAL PHOTOS OF ST HELENA AIRPORT NOW ONLINE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 08.06.2015 (Current Article)

Showcasing the remarkable progress made at the St Helena Airport site is a selection of aerial photos, now available on the St Helena Access website.

AERIAL PHOTOS OF ST HELENA AIRPORT NOW ONLINE

Showcasing the remarkable progress made at the St Helena Airport site is a selection of aerial photos, now available on the St Helena Access website.

Taken by Remi Bruneton, the photos depict incredible views from the air, including the Airport Runway and Taxiway, Airport Buildings, Dry Gut Fill and Bradley’s Camp.

The photos are available at http://www.sainthelenaaccess.com/news/photos/. An example is also attached to this press release.

The Access Website photo gallery also contains updated photos on Airport construction progress, fuel management contract vehicles soon to arrive, and Airport Project photos of the week.

Recent films produced by the SHG Press Office are also available on the site.
SHG
8 June 2015

 

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Falklands : Legislative Assembly 5 June 2015 Report back from Select Committee
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 05.06.2015 (Current Article)

In this report I will cover the discussions of the Budget Select Committee this week and also an overview of the resulting budget. The Budget Select Committee reviewed the Appropriation Bill, Capital Appropriation Bill and Finance Bill.

Legislative Assembly 5 June 2015 Report back from Select Committee

In this report I will cover the discussions of the Budget Select Committee this week andalso an overview of the resulting budget. The Budget Select Committee reviewed the Appropriation Bill, Capital Appropriation Bill and Finance Bill.

During this meeting the Budget Select Committee reaffirmed the proceedings of the Committee over the last four months. I am pleased to announce that there are no amendments to the Appropriation Bill and Capital Appropriation Bill to present to the House this morning. As a result, the Budget Strategy principles continue to be met and funds allocated as follows:

£6.4M has been allocated to principle 4 the public services, £700,000 to principle 6 for pension schemes, £3.5M to principle 7 “quality of life”, £3.1M to principle 8 economic development and £19.6M to principle 9 strengthening infrastructure. On Tuesday I provided some of the details of this funding and the supporting revenue measures. However, there are some areas I didn’t cover and I will now explain these further.

The public services delivered are crucial to the Islands way of life and this year £10.9M has been allocated to Health, £6.7M to Education, £13.1M to Public Works, £6.9M to Natural Resources and £16.6M to the remaining government departments.

The Budget Strategy this year sought to limit the increases in the wage bill for FIG through only allowing crucial posts or those which would generate additional revenue be added to the establishment. Whilst there have been some changes between directorates the increase in the wage bill this year has been limited to £300,000 which is the anticipated funding for the cost of living increase. The wage bill therefore remains at 41% of departmental funding. Despite this, 14 additional crucial posts have been made possible due to changes within other directorates’ wage bills. 3 of these posts are extensions of existing time-limited or part time posts, within Planning, Law & Regulation and PWD. 7 new permanent posts across Law and Regulation, Health, PWD and Emergency Services were created and 4 time limited posts in SAERI, Social Services and Education were agreed. It is anticipated that 10 of these posts will be appointed locally and 4 potentially from overseas, should appropriate accommodation be available.

There is one area of revenue that I did not mention on Tuesday and that is customs duties. Effective midnight tonight, alcohol duty will increase by 1.5% and tobacco duty by 5%. This will mean an additional one pence on a bottle of wine, 8 pence on a case of beer and 24 pence on a packet of 20 cigarettes.

On Tuesday I announced an increase in the Minimum Wage in support of improving the quality of life in the Islands. Budget Select Committee agreed the increase of 6.5% in the Minimum Wage to £5.38 from 1st January 2016 however were not satisfied of the continuing need for a rate for young persons. From the 1st January2016 this rate will therefore be removed and the rate of £5.38 will be applicable to all workers. A change to the Finance Bill will be moved this morning to repeal the young persons’ rate.

Economic development is supported through Principle 8 and £19M over 5 years of direct funding is included in support of this key Island Plan priority. For next year this includes £2M for shipping links, £1M for FIDC including economic development
loans and funding for the Rural Development Strategy, £700,000 for Falkland Islands Tourist Board and the Tourism Development Strategy, £300,000 for FIMCo, £150,000 for the Economic Development Strategy, £125,000 for the Museum and National Trust and continued support for SAERI including additional commercial support with a view to incorporating as a charity in the future. In addition the Capital programme contains £660,000 of funding for economic development schemes relating to the meat and fish industries and tourism.

Principle 9, to strengthen infrastructure, is an area that will see significant investments from the windfalls received in recent years. The net capital programme for next year is £20M with a 5 year programme of £53M. The breakdown remains as proposed on Tuesday and some of the key schemes are as follows:

•£19.8M for roads including £2M each year for Camp roads and £1.5M a year
to commence black-topping the MPA road;
•£6.1M for housing construction;
•£5.7M for government plant and vehicles;
•£5M for updated power generation facilities;
•£1M a year for FIPASS improvements;
•£4.7M for domestic and commercial plot infrastructure;
•£3.2M for maintenance of government facilities;
•£3M for development of facilities for elderly care;
•£2.7M for allocation as priorities arise;
•£1.9M for medical equipment; and
•£500,000 for an all-weather sports pitch.

In summary the Budget agreed by the Budget Select Committee meets the Budget Strategy and the principles set out within it. It ensures a sustainable budget that provides security for Falkland Islanders whilst investing towards Island Plan priorities.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone involved in the budget process this year.

Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, that concludes my report of the proceedings of the Select Committee on the 2015/16 Budget.

Nicola Granger
Financial Secretary
5Th June 2015

 

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Falklands : 24-HOUR ACCESS TO POST OFFICE
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 01.06.2015 (Current Article)

Falklands Post Services Ltd (FPS) and the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) are pleased to announce that from the 1st June 2015, customers will have access to the Post Office 24 hours a day, using a swipe-card access system.

24-HOUR ACCESS TO POST OFFICE

Falklands Post Services Ltd (FPS) and the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) are pleased to announce that from the 1st June 2015, customers will have access to the Post Office 24 hours a day, using a swipe-card access system.

The new swipe-card system will allow FPS customers to access their mailboxes at a time that is convenient to them outside of normal office working hours.

The new access system comes alongside other key service improvements by FPS in recent weeks, including changes to the Post Office building itself (to allow for safe and secure access for all customers) and the arrival of a significant number of new mailboxes.

Dr Andrea Clausen, Director of FPS was enthusiastic about the new access arrangements: “We are delighted to have installed the 24 hour access project as well as an extra 144 post boxes for our customers before the first anniversary of managing the post service on behalf of FIG. We would like to thank the public for their patience and we look forward to seeing an enthusiastic uptake of this new facility.”

Matt Bassford, Director of Central Services for FIG welcomed the changes: “The service improvements implemented by Andrea and her team at FPS come in response to public demand, and enhanced access for customers was always on the cards following the outsourcing of postal services to FPS last year.”

Customers will receive their card access by applying for a card via the form that will be in their post box this week. From Monday, 1st June, cards can be collected from the Sales Counter at the Post Office. The card is unique to the applicant and will cost £5 per card, which is a direct cost recovery.

For further information regarding this press release, please contact the PR & Media Office on 27400 or email tbarkman@sec.gov.fk


Falklands Post Services Ltd was awarded the contract to provide postal and philatelic services to the Falklands community as from 1st August 2014. Prior to this date, postal and philatelic services were provided by FIG under the remit of Central Services.

 

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Falklands : LOCAL CONTENT REGISTER CERTIFICATION ISSUED TO INVENIO LTD
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 27.05.2015 (Current Article)

Invenio Ltd is the first company to apply and be verified to the Local Content Register of Suppliers and Steve Dent, of Invenio, met with Chair of the Local Content Board, Martin Slater to receive his certification.

LOCAL CONTENT REGISTER CERTIFICATION ISSUED TO INVENIO LTD

By J. Brock (FINN)

Invenio Ltd is the first company to apply and be verified to the Local Content Register of Suppliers and Steve Dent, of Invenio, met with Chair of the Local Content Board, Martin Slater to receive his certification.


A number of companies from the Falkland Islands’ business community have expressed an interest in the Local Content Register of Suppliers. Launched in April, the Register assists companies working in hydrocarbons industry by identifying local companies which can be approached for works in the Falklands. This ensures that opportunities that can be fulfilled by Falklands businesses are offered locally, and it is expected that there will be, on average, an increase in the amount of local content within the industry throughout the years.

Oil and Gas Programme Manager Mike Brough has been working on the implementation of the Register, and the overarching voluntary Local Content Code of Conduct to which it belongs, and said that they had already received seven strong responses, as of the 21st May. “The Local Content Board has approved 5 of these so far and continues the verification checks on the remaining applications.” In the few days that the register had been launched the forms had been downloaded 45 times, “so we expect quite a few more,” said Mr Brough.

The Register works in tandem with SAROS – the South Atlantic Registry of Oil Suppliers – which is an online procurement portal developed by the Falkland Islands Development Corporation. Businesses may list themselves on SAROS as suppliers, and companies seeking suppliers can search the register for appropriate businesses, as well as advertise their opportunities on SAROS.

“We still strongly encourage any Falkland Islands business that wishes to engage in the oil and gas sector, both now and in the future, to apply to get on the register and to also get on to SAROS.co.fk in order to see what opportunities are coming forward.”

“I’d also like to say thanks to all those with an interest in this and supported the implementation of the Code of Practice and the Local Content Register, it’s been a long journey and we hope to keep the momentum going on this for the long term benefits of the Islands and its economy,” added Mr Brough.

The Local Content Code of Conduct was approved by Executive Council in December 2014, paper 202/14P.

The Local Content Register of Suppliers is now live, with one Falklands company already listed on the Register. The Register forms part of the on-going work regarding the ‘Code of Practice for Procurement by Oil & Gas Companies and their Subcontractors in the Falkland Islands,’ also known as the ‘Local Content Code of Practice.’

The Code of Practice is a voluntary code which oil and gas companies and their associated subcontractors may sign up to, which provides a framework to ensure that Falklands businesses are given fair opportunity to position themselves as suppliers of goods and services in support of the burgeoning hydrocarbons industry in the Islands. The Local Content Register identifies which businesses are local, and by joining the Register, Falklands businesses are ensuring that their information is available to companies seeking suppliers in the Islands.

If you would like to learn more, the Local Content Board Terms of Reference, the Local Content Register of Suppliers and the Code of Conduct are all available to download from the Mineral Resources Website http://www.fig.gov.fk/minerals/index.php/regulatory/local-content

The South Atlantic Registry of Oil Suppliers can be accessed here: www.saros.co.fk For more information regarding SAROS, please contact FIDC Business Relations Manager Michael Betts: mbetts@fidc.co.fk


 

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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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Falklands : Public Meeting Report: Monday, 25 May 2015 Part 1
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.

Public Meeting Report: Monday, 25 May 2015 Part 1

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.

There were no written questions presented and the first question from the floor was asked by Gerald Cheek. He heard that oil companies could run the service cheaper but were constrained and had to charge the same as the Air-bridge flights. Was this right? Mike Summers said he had been dealing with the oil flights on behalf of FIOGA and he said it was the intention of Noble and Premier to sell seats at the same price as the air-bridge. Nobody told them they had to do this but that is what they decided they wanted to do. He went on to say that Noble and Premier have given a lot of seats to FIOGA at no charge to take the Falklands’ Team to the Island Games in June. According to Mr Summers there was no objection by the Military for this concession to be made. Mr Summers wasn’t privy to why Noble and Premier had to ask the Military about selling additional seats but he said that this had been done before and they simply continued with the policy.

Kristy Buckland said she heard the Military objected to cheaper prices offered on the Noble and Premier flights and this is why the price was set at the same price as the air-bridge and this is why they went for the same price. Mike Summers said he was not aware of this and Ian Hansen said that MLAs weren’t part of any discussion at all. Jan Cheek said the discussions took place during the previous Council and that some MLAs were on that previous Council and she didn’t recall any tying to air-bridge fares. Roger Edwards said it may have happened behind closed doors but he was not aware of anything like that happening. Mike Summers said that perhaps the pricing was set as the path of least resistance would be amenable to everyone involved.

Ian Hansen said there was a presentation by the Met Office about why there have been recent cancellations of Lan Chile and the Air-bridge. They explained about an unusual northerly wind pattern. He feels that the presentation should be made here at a public meeting. This was agreed and MLAs are looking at a Farmers’ Week presentation. Ian Hansen went on to say that the Met Officer had been to the Falklands off and on for the past six or seven years and that he had never experienced so many Northerly winds so close together over a long period. In Early may there were 72 hours of Northerly winds, followed by a few days of variable winds then another 72 hours of Northerly winds. Jan Cheek added that he was researching records for the past 29 years to see what the average weather patterns have been. She went on to say she had been on many delayed flights but never because the airport was closed – only because of mechanical failure on the aircraft.

Roger Spink said it would be useful if MLAs did a report on the provision of childcare. If MLAs could outline this it would be useful. Ian Hansen said there will be something but MLAs haven’t seen it yet. It would be through the Education Department but Mrs Cheek says she doesn’t think the Education Board have seen it yet either. Roger Edwards said there was a proposal somewhere along the way about nurseries and childcare. He went on to say that regardless of criticism to the contrary Government provides tax credits and funding pre-school children from the age of 3 and a half. That affects children in Stanley but not those in Camp unless they were lucky enough to have a school where they can go while their parents are at work.

Mike summers mentioned a paper presented to the last Executive Council about nurseries and it was premature in that it made reference to the report of the Lucy Faithful Foundation which has not yet been published. It made reference to a report by somebody working for the Education Department, which also hasn’t been made public or made available to Members, so it was very difficult to follow the line of argument in that paper without having seen the raw data or a summation of the raw data. So a decision of Executive Council was a certain amount of work had to be done to set out a case, if there is a case for the Government to be further involved with the provision or regulation of nurseries.

Roger Spink said that the level of support given in the Islands is way below that you would expect in the United Kingdom at the present time and with the new Government there they were going to step up the provision of Child support considerably over and above what it is at present. Mike Summers said it is the kind of information that needs to be brought forward to make a case for doing it.

Mr Summers had a discussion with Mike Shief of the Lucy Faithful Foundation when he was here and he said safeguarding issues around nurseries are easily dealt with through a code of practice. All of the nursery owners have been co-operating with that activity up until now. Mr Seif went on to tell Mr Summers that nurseries have substantial socio-economic results and all things need to be taken into consideration.

Kristy Buckland asked about the financial implications of a code of practice. Phyl Rendell said she was actually at EXCO when the paper was discussed and that recommendation to do policy regulations and bring them forward was rejected quite firmly because, as Mr Summers said, we don’t have the facts. Nonetheless, some members of the administration are pushing this. There will be no policy work done until MLAs have all the facts. In our favour we are a small community and we know the people who are taking care of the children and Mrs Rendell feels we need to go slowly over this.

Kirsty Buckland said that because she has children in childcare she knows things have been said to nursery owners – that they must bring things up to standard and they have to put prices up to cover it. Phyl Rendell said there was a voluntary code of practice that all the nurseries are engaged in and are working together to achieve this. Kirsty Buckland found it was strange that prices were going up even though the code of practice was being followed for some time.

Jan Cheek mentioned that one recommendation was to increase the child to staff ratio and this was why the price had to go up. Mike Summers said the Government had offered support in offering training facilities to nursery owners and employees. There is more discussion around how that is delivered and how nursery owners are supposed to hold on to these people because what has happened once nursery owners gave them training, Government had hired them on as Learning Support Assistants. Those sorts of issues need to be discussed further.

On Wednesday the report will cover the purchase of houses along St Mary’s Walk and the cost of the new infant/Junior School classrooms.

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Falklands : Public Meeting Report: Monday, 25 May 2015 Part 3
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 25.05.2015 (Current Article)

In part 3 the Hon Mrs Phyl Rendell, MLA discusses what went on during a C-24 Seminar in Nicaragua.

Public Meeting Report: Monday, 25 May 2015 Part 3

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.

In part 3 the Hon Mrs Phyl Rendell, MLA discusses what went on during a C-24 Seminar in Nicaragua.

Ian Hansen invited Mrs Rendell to give a quick update and she said that the main meeting is on 25 June in New York but every year there is a pre- C-24 Seminar that last over several days and this gives a chance for dialogue between parties involved in the venue. She went on to say that a few of the more friendly Members were not there, however larger countries like Russia, China, Syria, Algeria sent representatives from New York down to the meeting. There was also a collection of non-self-governing countries sitting at one side of the room, including Mrs Rendell, Mr Thomas from St Helena, Turks and Cacos, Western Sahara, Puerto Rico and so on. Most of the self-governing Territories who don’t have any issues don’t attend. The Falklands have to attend because the Argentines will be there making their claim and the Falklands have to counter them. It’s the same with Gibraltar. Joe Bossano put a very rousing speech forward in defence of Gibraltar but only Spain reacts to that. There is not a collective response like the Falklands have. It’s always the Falklands that gets the headline

Mrs Rendell presented on the second day quite late and she was grouped with others, speaking first followed by Gibraltar, Polynesia and then St Helena. Breaking protocol somewhat, the chairman allowed other countries to speak before the end of the full presentation. After Mrs Rendell spoke El Salvador and Venezuela quickly supported the Argentine claim after being primed to do so. Then the Argentines spoke and she was given the right to reply to the comments.

“It was conducted in a diplomatic way,” she said and responded to quite a few of the other comments.”

According to mrs Rendell the Argentines referred to the interests of the Falklands and not, as Mrs Rendell pointed out, to the wishes of the people. Mrs Rendell had to sit through a dawn chorus of Argentine support for the takeover of the Falklands. Nobody, not even Papua New Guinea, was prepared to side with the people of the Falkland Islands. Mrs Rendell feels there is work to do in speaking with countries that weren’t there. Even they are not willing to stand up with the Falklands. However, in June before the C-24 meeting there will be time to work on countries that are more likely to make a stand with the Falklands.

Mrs Rendell said that the C-24 countries were anti west – anti Britain and anti-America. Mike Summers mentioned that there was a strong socialist tendency in Latin America and they are tuned into rhetoric created by the Ecuadorians. They talk about “economic” colonialism to beat the west and the Americans with. He feels it is odd, given they are courting the Japanese and Chinese. In a large group of Latin Americans they are anti-European and anti-American and will not support anything to do with them.

“What is achieved is that we get to put our point of view into the public domain,” said Mr Summers. Just because there are not people in those meetings supporting us in the world and in New York may ring an accord with some people to whom it makes sense and who will end up supporting the Falklands’ cause. Ian Hansen said it was probably one of the least thankless things we do overseas. Jan Cheek said it had to be done because Argentines with Falklands’ connections would be the only voices heard. Mike Summers said the arguments he’s heard in Argentina’s favour were tripe and ridiculous. He wonders how anybody can come up with that.

Roger Edwards said that very often a person will stand up and make a pro-Argentine statement on behalf of the country they are representing and afterwards in the corridors over a cup of tea they say what they spoke was nonsense and that Argentina is the problem – not the Falklands. However, they are bound to reiterate their country’s view.

Mike Summers said the aim of those people from Latin America and the Caribbean who have visited here is to lobby officials and influential people and try and not make the situation any worse. When these countries go to international fora push back against the Argentine Rhetoric.

Phyl Rendell said she shared a taxi with the chairman of the C-24 Seminar and asked him why the Committee didn’t take care of the smaller problems first, instead of making a headline case about the Falklands. He evidently gave that tacit approval – in private, of course.

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St Helena : PROVIDING INVOICES TO H.M. CUSTOMS & EXCISE UPON IMPORTATION OF GOODS TO ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 18.05.2015 (Current Article)

H.M. Customs & Excise have noted a steady increase in the number of individuals importing items to the Island which are not supported by an official invoice or suitable documentation that provides evidence as to the value of that particular item(s).

PUBLIC NOTICE
PROVIDING INVOICES TO H.M. CUSTOMS & EXCISE UPON IMPORTATION OF GOODS TO ST HELENA

H.M. Customs & Excise have noted a steady increase in the number of individuals importing items to the Island which are not supported by an official invoice or suitable documentation that provides evidence as to the value of that particular item(s).

The public is reminded of Section 8 /Sub-Section 5 of the Customs & Excise Ordinance which states:

“The owner or his agent shall on presenting entries –

(a) Submit for verification and filing in the Customs an original or acceptable duplicate invoice in respect of the goods to which the entry relates;

(b) Produce for inspection such other documents as any Customs Officer may reasonably require.”

Furthermore, we also wish to remind the public that all goods imported are subject to further inspection as stated under Section 11 /Sub -Sections 1 to 3 of the same ordinance:

“Owner to permit customs examinations –

(1) Whenever required to do so by any Customs Officer, and at his own expense, the owner or his agent shall- (a) bring any package to the proper place for examination by a Customs Officer and open and unpack such package, (b) repack, on completion of the inspection, and remove such package to the proper place of deposit, (c) facilitate the weighing and measurement of any goods.

(2) Subject to section 30 of this Ordinance, packages shall not be opened except in the presence of a Customs Officer and, where practicable, the owner or his agent.

(3) All imported goods shall be liable to examination by a Customs Officer, notwithstanding the passing of any entry made in respect of them, or the issue of a delivery warrant.

Providing the relevant invoice and/or supporting documentation, make the import of goods much easier, and ensure that the correct Customs Duties are then calculated.

H.M. Customs & Excise
18 May

 

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Falklands : FALKLANDS’ 2015 HIGHWAYS ASSET MANAGEMENT PLAN PUBLISHED
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 16.05.2015 (Current Article)

The Highways Asset Management Plan 2015 (HAMP) has been published by The Highways Section of the Public Works Department.

FALKLANDS’ 2015 HIGHWAYS ASSET MANAGEMENT PLAN PUBLISHED

By J. Brock (FINN)

The Highways Asset Management Plan 2015 (HAMP) has been published by The Highways Section of the Public Works Department.

At the Transport Advisory Committee meeting held on 14th May 2015, HAMP was approved for publication and distribution by PWD Highways.

According to the document’s overview, ‘The HAMP is a method of managing the highways section, encompassing not only the condition of assets, but managing programmes, workflow, costs of schemes and monitoring progress throughout the year with an aim of being able to inform future schemes’ costs and inform future procurement decisions.’

A copy of the HAMP can be downloaded by clicking here. or by visiting http://www.falklands.gov.fk/highways-asset-management-plan-2015-approved-by-tac/

 

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S.Georgia : New GSGSSI CEO Announced
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 14.05.2015 (Current Article)

The Commissioner, Colin Roberts, has announced that the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for GSGSSI will be James Jansen.

New GSGSSI CEO Announced


The Commissioner, Colin Roberts, has announced that the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for GSGSSI will be James Jansen. James will be taking his second secondment from his long-term employers, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to work on South Georgia matters. He previously had a secondment as Sustainable Fisheries Manager in the Polar Regions Department of the FCO in 2010-12.

He currently works at DEFRA as an International Policy Adviser. He should be taking up his new role as GSGSSI CEO in July. Commissioner Colin Roberts said he was “delighted” to be able to tell people about the appointment of James Jansen who, he said “comes with a wide range of environmental, fisheries and South Georgia expertise as well as being a highly respected Whitehall policy officer and administrator.”

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Falklands : WEEKEND WATER PROBLEMS RESOLVED SAYS PWD
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 12.05.2015 (Current Article)

Over the weekend people may have noticed some red discolouration in their water.

WEEKEND WATER PROBLEMS RESOLVED SAYS PWD

By J. Brock (FINN)

Over the weekend people may have noticed some red discolouration in their water. According to PWD Spokesman, Norman Mitchell, the Maintenance and Building manager, the discolouration was due to a faulty valve causing the tanks at Sapper hill to drain to within ½ Metre before the problem was rectified.

When treated water was pumped back into the repaired tanks on Saturday evening it disturbed sediments in the bottom of the tanks, thus colouring the water. This was mainly visible on Sunday, so PWD Water section flushed the system until late on Sunday night.

The PWD statement went on to say that the sediments were not unhealthy in any way because the water in the storage tanks was chlorinated.

By now the water should be returning to normal or at least clearing up somewhat. Said Mr Mitchell, if there is still some discolouration in your system, just run the tap until the water appears normal.

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Falklands : CAMERON RETURNS TO NO 10
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 08.05.2015 (Current Article)

For the first time since 1992 it looks as if the Conservative Party will win the UK election with a slim majority.

CAMERON RETURNS TO NO 10

By J. Brock (FINN)

For the first time since 1992 it looks as if the Conservative Party will win the UK election with a slim majority. Though exit polls predicted a hung parliament, The RT Hon Mr David Cameron (CON Whitney) has won the right to form a government without having to consider a coalition as predicted in the exit polls. Exit Polls indicated that: Cons – 316, Lab – 239, SNP – 58, Lib Dem – 10, DC – 4, Green – 2, UKIP – 2, and Other – 19. Final numbers were astonishing for the Conservative Party but devastation for most of the other parties.


The British people have asked the Conservative party to finish the job they started – to continue the economic advances made since assuming power in 2010. At this writing, the jury was out for Nigel Farage of UKIP but all of the other candidates won their constituent elections, with David Cameron winning 35,201 votes in his Whitney constituency, Ed Miliband receiving 20,708 in Doncaster North and Nick Clegg gathering 22,215 in Sheffield, Hallam. In his remarks after the win, Nick Clegg indicated that he would be discussing his future as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party later in the day. Ed Miliband’s speech resembled a concession and it appeared as if he expected to lose.

Phenomenal was the advance of the Scottish National Party over Labour in Scotland. Indeed, as former First Minister, Alex Salmon, who took over Gordon Brown’s seat said, “The Scottish Lion has roared this morning across the country.” The newly elected Mhairi Black, 20, (SNP – Paisley – Renfrewshire) is the youngest politician in parliament since 1667. She won over Douglas Alexander (LAB) by 5500 votes.

SNP Leader, Nicola Sturgeon described the election as a “Political Tsunami.” Being cautious, she tweeted that the exit polls should be taken with caution but she later retracted this when the seat count reached 55. With 56 SNP seats it looks likely that there could be another Scottish referendum. At any rate, the fear of having a Labour – SNP coalition was a major factor in the Conservative vote.

In the Falklands the Conservative win is welcomed because there has been a dramatic economic turn- around England and beneficial friendships and potential business advances resulting from the up-turn. Since 2010 there has been an element of trust and gratitude for robust backing of our right to self-determination.

There was no question about HMG policy about the Falklands remaining unchanged no matter what party takes charge of No 10.

The election’s effect on the London Stock Exchange will be seen in the published figures in the Financial Section. Basic figures show north.

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St Helena : COUNCILLORS DUNCAN AND WARD PEARCE TO ATTEND OVERSEAS CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 06.05.2015 (Current Article)

Councillors Wilson Duncan and Pamela Ward Pearce (photos attached), will depart the Island on Monday 11 May 2015 to attend a conference in Cyprus and a seminar in Nicaragua, respectively.

COUNCILLORS DUNCAN AND WARD PEARCE TO ATTEND OVERSEAS CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR

Councillors Wilson Duncan and Pamela Ward Pearce (photos attached), will depart the Island on Monday 11 May 2015 to attend a conference in Cyprus and a seminar in Nicaragua, respectively.

Councillor Duncan will attend the 45th British Isles & Mediterranean Regional (BIMR) Conference in Limassol, Cyprus from 24-27 May 2015. The theme of the Conference is “Parliaments in the face of contemporary challenges” and it will explore current regional and global developments and stimulate open discussions on the relevant challenges and opportunities facing parliamentarians.

Plenary sessions for the Conference will focus on Parliaments and Unemployment and Parliaments and Accountability. Councillor Duncan will also have the opportunity to attend two out of the four workshops on Parliaments and Youth Unemployment, Parliamentary Scrutiny of Government Employment Policies, Broadcasting the Parliament: pros & cons and, the responsibilities for MPs regarding professional ethics.

Councillor Duncan commented:

“This is the first time for me to attend a CPA conference and I welcome the opportunity to represent the CPA St Helena Branch. I hope to positively contribute to the discussions in terms of sharing information about the challenges that are faced by Councillors on St Helena and to learn from other delegates about the challenges that their branches faces from both regional and global perspectives.”

Councillor Ward Pearce will represent St Helena at the Caribbean Regional Seminar in Managua, Nicaragua from 19-21 May 2015. The theme of the Seminar is ‘Implementation of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism: the United Nations at 70: taking stock of the decolonisation agenda’.

During the Seminar Councillor Ward Pearce will be able to take part in discussions around the decolonisation of the Non-Self-Governing Territories within the framework of the Third International Decade for the Eradication of Colonialism, The role of the United Nations system in providing developmental assistance to Non-Self-Governing Territories in accordance with all relevant United Nations resolutions and The United Nations at 70: taking stock of the decolonisation agenda: recommendations on advancing the decolonisation process.

Councillor Ward Pearce commented:

“I feel honoured and privileged to represent St Helena at this Conference in Nicaragua and I go with the mandate of the full Council and am funded by the United Nations.

“This conference provides opportunities to explore increased levels of self- governance for St Helena, in tandem with an improved and sustainable economy that is envisaged following the opening of the Airport.”

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St Helena : COMMEMORATION OF NAPOLEON’S DEATH
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 04.05.2015 (Current Article)

A Commemoration of Napoleon’s Death on St Helena took place at Napoleon’s Tomb, on Saturday 2 May 2015 at 10am.

COMMEMORATION OF NAPOLEON’S DEATH

A Commemoration of Napoleon’s Death on St Helena took place at Napoleon’s Tomb, on Saturday 2 May 2015 at 10am.

Father Dale Bowers led the Commemoration with Prayers, followed by a one-minute silence signalled by the playing of the ‘last post’, by Dax Richards of the Jamestown Scouts. Hon. French Consul, Monsieur Michel Dancoisne-Martineau addressed those in attendance:

“This place has to be appreciated for what it is or maybe I should say for what it is not - this is not a grave, nor a monument, but just a flat stone.

“With that said, on every ship thousands of people like us here today continue to walk half a mile to see nothing and this has been going on for two centuries. How can you possibly explain that? The reason is very simple and beautiful when you think about it - simply because this place has ended an amazing story of a man who was the starting point of our modern history. Like any good story or novel the first and last pages are the ones you will always remember. Napoleon used St Helena to compose the last chapter of his life.”

The Commemoration continued with the singing of both the English and French Anthems, followed by the laying of the wreaths on behalf of the French Nation, La Foundation Napoleon and for the Island of St Helena. The Commemoration ended with members of the public gathering on the pathway overlooking the Tomb, for a musical recital and Blessing.

This year (2015) commemorates 200 years since Napoleon Bonaparte’s exile to St Helena.


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Falklands : LOCAL CONTENT REGISTER OF SUPPLIERS OPENS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 01.05.2015 (Current Article)

The Local Content Register of Suppliers is now live, with one Falklands company already listed on the Register. The Register forms part of the on-going work regarding the ‘Code of Practice for Procurement by Oil & Gas Companies and their Subcontractors in the Falkland Islands,’ also known as the ‘Local Content Code of Practice.

LOCAL CONTENT REGISTER OF SUPPLIERS OPENS

The Local Content Register of Suppliers is now live, with one Falklands company already listed on the Register. The Register forms part of the on-going work regarding the ‘Code of Practice for Procurement by Oil & Gas Companies and their Subcontractors in the Falkland Islands,’ also known as the ‘Local Content Code of Practice.’

The Code of Practice is a voluntary code which oil and gas companies and their associated subcontractors may sign up to, which provides a framework to ensure that Falklands businesses are given fair opportunity to position themselves as suppliers of goods and services in support of the burgeoning hydrocarbons industry in the Islands. The Local Content Register identifies which businesses are local, and by joining the Register, Falklands businesses are ensuring that their information is available to companies seeking suppliers in the Islands.

The Register works in tandem with SAROS – the South Atlantic Registry of Oil Suppliers – which is an online procurement portal developed by the Falkland Islands Development Corporation. Businesses may list themselves on SAROS as suppliers, and companies seeking suppliers can search the register for appropriate businesses, as well as advertise their opportunities on SAROS.

Mike Brough, Oil & Gas Programme Manager, explained the importance of the Register for the Falkland Islands business community, “The Register shows which businesses are considered ‘local’ for the purposes of the Local Content Code of Practice. The Local Content Board will assess each business and list it accordingly. We hope this will help keep local businesses involved from the offset in terms of oil and gas development, in a way that is both sustainable in the long-term and can draw on the wealth of local expertise and experience here in the Islands. This will create a legacy of long-term benefits and growth in the Falklands economy.”

Tim Martin, Premier Oil’s Country Manager said “The Local Content register and SAROS are welcome developments which complement the Local Content Code of Practice. Premier has already received excellent support from the local business community which we are keen to develop further. The introduction of the Local Content Register and SAROS gives Premier and our contractors the ability to more easily identify and engage with local suppliers as we continue to work to enhance the involvement of Falkland business in our operations, in accordance with the Code of Practice.”

If you would like to learn more, the Local Content Board Terms of Reference, the Local Content Register of Suppliers and the Code of Conduct are all available to download from the Mineral Resources Website http://www.fig.gov.fk/minerals/index.php/regulatory/local-content


The Local Content Code of Conduct was approved by Executive Council in December 2014, paper 202/14P.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

SHG
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.


 


(100X Transcription and Monitoring Service)


 



 


 



 

 

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Tristan : Postcode Not So New For Tristan
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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