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Falklands : TWO FROM PARAGUAY VISIT THE Falklands
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 20.02.2015 (Current Article)

At the invitation of the UK Embassy in Paraguay, Mr Hugo Esteban Estigarriba and Mr Martin Burt visited the Falklands last week to familiarise themselves with the Islands, people, way of life and justice system.

TWO FROM PARAGUAY VISIT THE Falklands

By J. Brock (FINN)

At the invitation of the UK Embassy in Paraguay, Mr Hugo Esteban Estigarriba and Mr Martin Burt visited the Falklands last week to familiarise themselves with the Islands, people, way of life and justice system.

Senator Estigarriba a Paraguayan politician has seen how the Falklands are different from his perceptions of a 3rd world country with poor and dissatisfied people to a vibrant society with an excellent economy. His first visit to the Falklands was enlightening; seeing that all he ever heard about the place was from the Argentine propaganda machine. Impressed with the military presence, few numbers of Argentines and the fair, firm and friendly democracy present in the Falklands, his advice was to make this better known in Latin America. He is further interested in increasing trade between Paraguay and the Falklands.

For Martin Burt this has been the first opportunity to see the other side of an argument that has festered for years. Representing the “Teach a Man to Fish” organisation, Mr Burt is interested in youth employment developing into youth entrepreneurship. He is impressed with the Islands’ self-determination as expressed in the referendum held two years ago. He described it as a “Good surprise,”

 

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Falklands : FALKLAND ISLANDS EXCLUSIVE FUEL SUPPLY LICENCE
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 14.02.2015 (Current Article)

Executive Council (ExCo) has approved an extension of Stanley Services Ltd.’s exclusive licence for the importation of Hydrocarbons into the Falkland Islands and its territorial waters, until the year 2023.

FALKLAND ISLANDS EXCLUSIVE FUEL SUPPLY LICENCE

Executive Council (ExCo) has approved an extension of Stanley Services Ltd.’s exclusive licence for the importation of Hydrocarbons into the Falkland Islands and its territorial waters, until the year 2023.

ExCo noted that security of supply and continuous availability of products to the Falkland Islands were the major factors behind FIG’s decision to extend the contract with Stanley Services Ltd (SSL).

It was agreed that the domestic market has been well-served by Stanley Services Ltd over the past 27 years and the Domestic Fuel Formula - which is audited on an annual basis by FIG - has been successful in keeping prices down in a small market. As a result of the extension to the licence, the profit element of the Domestic Fuel Formula has reduced from 2.5% to 1.5% and this will come into force on 1st April 2015.

Additionally, under the new fuel supply agreement, Stanley Services Ltd will construct a Petrol/Kerosene Installation at Fox Bay allowing consumers and visitors on the West to have easy access to both products and negotiations are underway for Stanley Services Ltd to take over responsibility for the diesel tanks at Fox Bay.

The new agreement also allows for the continuance of Stanley Services Ltd’s arrangement with Lavinia Corporation to import small parcels of diesel at very competitive prices.

The new licence agreement permits Stanley Services Ltd to exclusively sell Bunker Fuel within the twelve-mile Falkland Islands territorial waters. Executive Council is confident that there are sufficient and robust control mechanisms in place to ensure a capped pricing structure for Bunker Fuel.

The current selling price takes into account a matrix of prices for similar products in the South Atlantic, together with transport, financial, storage and distribution charges.

A Customer Charter has been agreed between Stanley Services Ltd and Falkland Islands Fishing Companies Association (FIFCA) that sets out responsibilities and obligations from both parties, and Stanley Services Ltd has also agreed to employ a dedicated Bunker Manager in Stanley who will look after all Bunkering requests, liaising with its customers requiring Marine Fuel. Stanley Services Ltd have reconfirmed their acceptance of the principle of regulation and being open and Transparent for all records to be reviewed by FIG.


Tom Swales of Stanley Services Ltd is confident that the licence extension will be a positive step for fuel consumers in the Falkland Islands: ‘I am delighted that ExCo have agreed to extend our Exclusive Licence until 2023. With the strong support of our shareholders the Company will continue to invest in the Islands and together with all colleagues and partners will strive to improve levels of service to all our customers. Having an Exclusive Licence is a huge responsibility for all involved in the Company and our aim is to continue to serve the Islands with integrity as we have done over the past 27 years.’

Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands Government, Keith Padgett, welcomed ExCo’s decision to extend the licence: ‘FIG recognises the value that Stanley Services Ltd has brought to our economy over many years, and this extension will reinforce that long-standing relationship. We are pleased to be able to draw a long period of negotiations over the licence agreement to a successful conclusion, and hope to work in partnership with Stanley Services Ltd over the coming months and years to further improve fuel services here in the Islands.’

For further information regarding this press release, please contact the Public Relations and Media Office on 27400 or email prmanager@sec.gov.fk

 

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St Helena : CHUBBS SPRING ROCK STABILISATION
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 10.02.2015 (Current Article)

On the afternoon of Thursday 5 February 2015, while out on routine inspection, Rock Guards, from the Environment and Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD), discovered a rock, approximately one cubic metre in size that required stabilisation - the rock was located above Chubbs Spring.

CHUBBS SPRING ROCK STABILISATION

On the afternoon of Thursday 5 February 2015, while out on routine inspection, Rock Guards, from the Environment and Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD), discovered a rock, approximately one cubic metre in size that required stabilisation - the rock was located above Chubbs Spring.

At approximately 8.30am the following day (Friday 6 February 2015), the Rock Guards re-inspected the site with the SHG Roads Manager for approval to carry out stabilisation works. Due to the potential hazard the unstable rock presented to the safety of residents and their properties, the Roads Manager initiated the Rockfall Emergency Plan.

A collaborative meeting chaired by the Police Directorate and including Rock Guards, the Roads Manager, Fire Service personnel and the Emergency Planning Manager, was held to discuss the operational plan to deal with the hazard. The operational plan consisted of planning road closures, informing affected households of the works at short notice, evacuation of residents, providing temporary welfare for the affected households, and dealing with the actual rock stabilisation.

Police Officers visited the affected households and residents on Friday to inform them of the work that needed to be carried out and the arrangements made for their safety and welfare. The decision to evacuate households was a necessary precautionary measure.
Stabilisation works took place on Saturday, 7 February 2015. At 6am residents were evacuated from the affected houses to the Jamestown Salvation Army Hall. The Police and Fire Service closed Constitution Hill Road and remained on standby.

Stabilisation work started at 6.30am and was completed at 9.30am, when residents were given the ‘all clear’ to return to their properties.

ENRD, the Police and Emergency Services would like to thank the residents for their cooperation and understanding and the Salvation Army for their excellent selfless work.
ENRD Rock Guards inspect the Island on a regular basis, monitoring and making safe potential hazards for the protection of the Island community, visitors and infrastructure.

SHG
10 February 2015

 

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St Helena : MAJOR INCIDENT TRAINING EXERCISE - 12 FEBRUARY 2015
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Nathan Prince) 09.02.2015 (Current Article)

The public is reminded that a major incident training exercise will take place on the morning of Thursday, 12 February 2015.

MAJOR INCIDENT TRAINING EXERCISE - 12 FEBRUARY 2015

The public is reminded that a major incident training exercise will take place on the morning of Thursday, 12 February 2015. This exercise is being organised to allow the Island’s Emergency Services to practice their processes for dealing with someone who arrives on-Island with a suspected highly infectious disease.

The exercise is expected to run from 9am to 12noon and, during this time there is likely to be some disruption to vehicular traffic and pedestrians at the wharf. Due to the nature of the training some services at the Hospital, including Outpatient Clinics, will also be affected.

The public is thanked in advance for their cooperation.

Thursday’s exercise forms part of a wider strategy to ensure that St Helena can cope in the unlikely event of a highly infectious disease being diagnosed. It will allow SHG staff to practice the procedures already in place and familiarise themselves with specialist equipment.

SHG
9 February 2015


The public is reminded that a major incident training exercise will take place on the morning of Thursday, 12 February 2015. This exercise is being organised to allow the Island’s Emergency Services to practice their processes for dealing with someone who arrives on-Island with a suspected highly infectious disease.

The exercise is expected to run from 9am to 12noon and, during this time there is likely to be some disruption to vehicular traffic and pedestrians at the wharf. Due to the nature of the training some services at the Hospital, including Outpatient Clinics, will also be affected.

The public is thanked in advance for their cooperation.

Thursday’s exercise forms part of a wider strategy to ensure that St Helena can cope in the unlikely event of a highly infectious disease being diagnosed. It will allow SHG staff to practice the procedures already in place and familiarise themselves with specialist equipment.

SHG
9 February 2015

 

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St Helena : St Helena: ROAD RESURFACING – HUTTS GATE TO LONGWOOD GATE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 04.02.2015 (Current Article)

As part of the ongoing road maintenance programme, the road from Hutts Gate to Longwood Gate will be resurfaced, beginning on Monday 9 February 2015.


ROAD RESURFACING – HUTTS GATE TO LONGWOOD GATE

As part of the ongoing road maintenance programme, the road from Hutts Gate to Longwood Gate will be resurfaced, beginning on Monday 9 February 2015.

To minimise disruption, the road will remain open to traffic during the works – but some delays may be unavoidable. There will also be a temporary speed limit in place.

Work will be carried out from 9am to 3.30pm daily.

Traffic control measures will be in place to ensure both the public’s safety and the safety of the roads workforce. Users are kindly asked to adhere to the instructions given and to plan extra time for journeys if intending to travel on the road during the road works.

Some preparation works will be carried out before actual surfacing works commence.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and patience.

Any enquiries about this work can be made to telephone number 23640 during normal working hours.
SHG
4 February 2015

 

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Falklands : MALO RIVER ROVER BRIDGE CLOSED
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 04.02.2015 (Current Article)

Following a single vehicle road traffic accident on the morning of Saturday 31st January, which resulted in significant damage to the bridge over the Malo River on the North Camp Road

MALO ROVER BRIDGE CLOSED Following a single vehicle road traffic accident on the morning of Saturday 31st January, which resulted in significant damage to the bridge over the Malo River on the North Camp Road, East Falkland the bridge was temporarily closed. An assessment of the damage has been undertaken in consultation with the manufacturers and the bridge will unfortunately have to remain closed to all traffic for the foreseeable future. The Public Works Department (PWD) remain in communication with the bridge manufacturer in America but it is unclear at this time when parts may available or arrive and it is therefore unknown at this time when the bridge can be repaired and brought back into use. As long as the river levels remain low it should be possible for most traffic to pass the river at the ford this location. In the event of any significant rain the alternative route via San Carlos will have to be taken. PWD apologise for the inconvenience arising from this incident. If you need further information, please contact Simon Catton, Roads Engineer on telephone: 27387, mobile: 53284 or email: roadsengineer@megabid.gov.fk

 

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Falklands : T&T MISSION A SUCCESS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 04.02.2015 (Current Article)

Martin Winward (Head Teacher of FICS) and Steve Dent (Invenio FI) discussed the recent outbound trip to Trinidad, which has resulted in several key agreements being signed

T&T MISSION A SUCCESS

By J. Brock (FINN)

Martin Winward (Head Teacher of FICS) and Steve Dent (Invenio FI) discussed the recent outbound trip to Trinidad, which has resulted in several key agreements being signed between training and education providers in Trinidad and the Falkland Islands. Mike Brough (FIG Oil & Gas Programme Manager and the Hon Mr Ian Hansen also went to Trinidad & Tobago but did not attend a press conference held on 04 February 2015

The four man delegation has returned from Trinidad & Tobago and told the media about their successes in meeting with relevant businesses and authorities on T&T.

Educational scholarships have been offered for students to learn about the oil industry as well as other certifiable skills like electrical engineering.

Though questioned about pricing Martin Winward did not give a ball park figure but said a scholarship could mean 50% funding. Companies could fund the other 50% for their employees.

It is hoped that within 18 months there would be students studying in Trinidad & Tobago, not only in hydrocarbons’ black skills but also in Auto mechanics and other relevant skills.

The team also spent a day in Santiago looking at teacher exchanges.

 

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Falklands : Falklands: Second follow-up survey to the Business Climate Survey 2014
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 04.02.2015 (Current Article)

FIDC and the Chamber of Commerce are running a second follow-up survey to the Business Climate Survey 2014.

Second follow-up survey to the Business Climate Survey 2014

FIDC and the Chamber of Commerce are running a second follow-up survey to the Business Climate Survey 2014. This survey will focus on ‘Access to Finance’ to determine the specific issues as to why it is consistently considered as a barrier to business growth by the Falkland Islands business community.

The results from the survey will provide key information to FIDC for two distinct projects. Firstly, the results will help FIDC shape its own loan strategy, which is currently being reviewed by the Corporation. Also, the results will also be used to form FIG’s local investment strategy. The purpose of both projects is to enable better access to finance for Falkland Island businesses and the information provided by businesses completing this survey will go a long way in developing these two projects.

The survey contains a maximum of 22 questions, depending on the answers selected, and 21 of which are multiple choice. The survey should take no long than 10 minutes to complete. The link for the survey is as follows;

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bcs14accesstofinance

I really hope you take the time to complete the Survey. The results of this survey will help FIDC try and address the issues surrounding access to finance in the Falkland Islands. The deadline for completed surveys is Monday the 19th February 2015 at 23.45.

 

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St Helena : CUSTOMS DUTY FOR IMPORTING A VEHICLE INTO ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 03.02.2015 (Current Article)

As of 1 June 2014, vehicles imported into St Helena are charged at a variable rate of

CUSTOMS DUTY FOR IMPORTING A VEHICLE INTO ST HELENA

As of 1 June 2014, vehicles imported into St Helena are charged at a variable rate of customs duty based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle. This provides an incentive to the importer to buy more fuel efficient, lower emission vehicles - allowing them to make a choice about the environmental implications of their car purchase.

Customs & Excise now use the following table to calculate customs duty.

Band CO2 per km Previous Rate Current Rate Example Vehicles in this Band

A 0-100g 35% 15% Toyota Prius Hybrid
Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi
Ford Focus ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi
Toyota Aygo Ice 1.0 VVT-i
B 101-120 g 35% 25% Vauxhall Astra SRi 1.3 CDTiecoFLEX
Ford Focus Zetec 1.0T EcoBoost
Suzuki Swift 1.2 SZ2
Renault Megane 1.2 TCe
C 121-165g 35% 35% Volkswagen Polo SEL 1.2 TSI
Suzuki Jimny 1.3 SZ3
Ford Focus Studio 1.6
Land Rover Freelander 2 2.2 TD4 S
D 165g-185g 35% 40% Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.9 DDiS SZ5
Toyota RAV4 XT-R 2.0 VVT-i
Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0 TSI
E > 185g 35% 45% Land Rover Defender 110
Toyota Land Cruiser V8
Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.4 SZ4


The CO2 emissions used in the duty calculation are based on the official CO2 figures provided by the car manufacturer - these can be found on the UK Government’s official site, Vehicle Certification Agency - an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport http://carfueldata.dft.gov.uk/. This is the site Customs & Excise use for duty calculation. The duty is NOT based on the current CO2 emission of a car, which does vary from car to car and with age and use. Custom & Excise therefore do not use emission reports provided as part of UK MOTs to calculate the duty payable.

The rate is then applied against the value of the vehicle to give the duty payable. This is taken from the sales receipt or invoice for the vehicle. The value is checked against similar sale prices and any discrepancies are further investigated by Customs & Excise.
If you have any further questions on the how to calculate your duty then please contact Customs & Excise on tel: 22287, email: customsmanager@hmrc.gov.sh or visit the office at the Wharf.
SHG
3 February 2015

 

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Falklands : THE HON MR MIKE SUMMERS’ MLA PORTFOLIO REPORT
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 29.01.2015 (Current Article)

Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I have responsibilities for the Emergency Services, which include Customs and immigration, the Royal Falkland Islands Police, the Fire and Rescue Service and FIDF, as well as the Health and Medical Services Committee and Housing.

THE HON MR MIKE SUMMERS’ MLA PORTFOLIO REPORT Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I have responsibilities for the Emergency Services, which include Customs and immigration, the Royal Falkland Islands Police, the Fire and Rescue Service and FIDF, as well as the Health and Medical Services Committee and Housing. I will start briefly with Housing. I am delighted that six new houses are shortly to become available. My recollection is that some of those will come to the local pool, where there remains a number of difficulties. At the most recent meeting of the Housing Committee we had a look at our housing policy and some of the views that were taken in the past that housing should be allocated and we have determined that that has to come back to Members of the Assembly for review – including the possibility of bringing back tenants in Government Housing to the committee for discussion about their particular circumstances or the natures of their tenancies. We will do that shortly. In terms of Emergency Services, Customs and immigration Department has been very busy. They have introduced a new and more user friendly shipping movements and invoicing database recently, which has been shared with the Fisheries Department and it was installed in December. It has made the management of shipping more effective. Proposals from the Fishing Companies Association, which requested some limited electronic clearance for Falklands’ licenced fishing vessels are expected from the Department next month. This has taken an unseemly long time and the Director is unhappy about how long it has taken as are we. But we are expecting it next month. The likelihood is this will deal with propositions for reasonably limited electronic clearance for some Falklands’ flagged fishing vessels – probably working in the Lolligo fishery that have already been cleared by Customs and Immigration and then gone fishing and will have limited or no contact with other vessels. The prospect of having electronic clearance for vessels that have either unknown or regular contact with other vessels on the high seas is probably limited. In December the customs and Immigration Department intercepted and seized a package containing 61 legal highs with an estimated value of around £1500.00. It means the consignment didn’t make it into circulation to substance abusers in our community and that’s a very good result and a good message to be sending. We have been fortunate thus far in respect to the Cruise Vessel Season. There have only been two cancellations by reason of bad weather thus far and therefore income to the Department from that area has been maintained. There have also been a relatively high number of Illex jigging vessels and trawlers transhipping the high seas catch to Reefer vessels in Berkley Sound. This is a little unusual for this time f year and so additional customs and harbour revenue is being accrued by this unexpected activity. We are looking forward to providing a range of Customs and Immigration services in regard to the forthcoming Illex and Lolligo seasons and these will commence in February and March and operations in respect of oil exploration drilling and its logistical support and wlll of course start relatively shortly and would also generate good revenue from Customs and Immigration. The Royal Falkland Islands Police – a new Prison manager is now in place with three staff and the prison extension is progressing but not as quickly as we might have hoped. It seems as though there is some dispute of a bureaucratic nature between the Department, the Public Works Department and the procurement functions of the Government. I am not clear about what the details are but I would urge the Chief Executive to use his good offices to make sure that bureaucracy is not holding up common sense. Since we have only one supplier for the Prison, it is difficult to see why people have been made to jump through so many hoops. But perhaps he would have a look at that for us and assure us that everything is that it should be. The Emergency Radio System is progressing through the tendering stage and will come to Members quite shortly. The prison yard and ground sites screen fence has finally been erected. I intended to walk down that way this morning but I forgot but I think the work has been underway. Policing objectives for next year were agreed at the last Police Committee and that will be placed before Members for approval shortly. In terms of police staffing, Police Officer, Matt Jenkins qualified as a crime scene investigator fairly recently. I would just like to note that apart from him in the management structure we have no local police officers at the moment and that remains a concern. Members, of course, will be fully aware that the Royal Falkland Islands Police and Customs and Immigration Departments together with the Attorney General’s chambers have been working on a clear protocol in recent weeks for the handling of live ammunition shot casings and other items taken from battlefield sites and attempted to be taken on to aircraft at Mount Pleasant. Work on this is now complete and is being issued to all parties. I would just like to make it absolutely clear to members of the public who are concerned about this issue that no live ammunition to our knowledge has ever been taken on to an aircraft nor has permission anywhere near approaching to let someone take live ammunition on to an aircraft. The issue of debate really was whether people attempting to smuggle live ammunition on to aircraft should be reported to the Police and referred to prosecution. The protocol now deals with that and it is probable that anybody trying to smuggle live ammunition on to an aircraft at Mount Pleasant will be referred to the Police and may be referred to the Attorney General’s Chambers for prosecution. I would also like to make it clear for members of the Public that at no time in this process has there been any direction from the Royal Falkland Islands Police or from the Attorney General’s Chambers about not prosecuting particular nationalities. There is no discrimination in this issue. And anybody attempting to smuggle ammunition on to an aircraft is liable to arrest and prosecution. And it has been agreed that there will be a Royal Falkland Islands Police presence at Mount Pleasant when circumstances look as though that might be required, at least in the next two or three months. We will see how things progress and do what is necessary to assure the public on those safety issues. In terms of the Fire and rescue Service, the lack of proper training facilities for the fire and Rescue Service remains a concern and I would just like to remind Members that in the Budget Round last year it was determined that the Fire Station as it currently exists would be adequate for the foreseeable future providing it was properly maintained. And therefore the provision of the new Fire Station and training facilities is not in the Capital Estimates. There has been no maintenance to the Fire Station Facilities since that time and I would like to ask the Honourable Gavin Short if he would kindly make inquiries to the Department of Public Works about the maintenance that we were told could be provided. The Honourable Barry Elsby and I had a look at the Fire Station a few weeks ago. I don’t know if the Honourable Gavin Short has looked at it times previously. Some of the main struts in the main buildings of the Fire Station are eaten away – not just centimetres from the floor but almost metres in some places. And it is therefore unstable and requires maintenance, not only for the operation of the Fire Service but for public safety. The loss of some local experienced staff due to new work opportunities and more long-term overseas training leaves the Department struggling to recruit permanent staff and we have a position coming forward a bit like the Public Works Department where we are going to have very few permanent staff on duty. There will only be two people on call when the last recruited fire officer we have goes on training so we will be down to two full time staff from March to September. That will put a huge burden on those people for on-call responsibilities. We need to bear that in mind. However, I am happy to report that we are in the process of training 14 new recruits in this training programme that will end in April with all training taking place outside of normal hours. The department, however, is well equipped and it does receive many complements from visitors. And all the incidents that’s been required to deal with in recent weeks and months have been dealt with effectively and efficiently. In terms of the Defence Force the last quarter was very much a ceremonial-intensive period with the Remembrance Sunday Parade on the 9th of November and a larger than usual 8th of December Battle Day Parade that included remembrance of the Battle of Coronel and involvement of descendants of WWI Naval Commanders and foreign government officials. It was very well done and effective. We have commented on it previously but I would like to commend the Falkland Islands Defence Force for their part in that. And they opened their own stone memorial at the Camber for those FIDF Members that died in a boating accident on 01 December 1914. Of course the FIDF were very much involved in the 250th Anniversary Commemorations last week out on Saunders and on Victory Green. I along with others would like to thank them for that activity. The main focus of the October to December quarter of the FIDF was a recruits’ basic training course which was completed on the 13th of December when 9 recruits received their berets following intensive live firing and tactical training exercise when they passed out. So we remain reasonably well-staffed with recruits at FIDF. During the 101 Commemoration Week the FIDF acted as guide for Captain Joe Seakoss who visited the Falklands on behalf of the Canadian Agency of the Commonwealth War Graves’ Commission. That agency now has responsibility for Commonwealth War Graves in the Americas including the Falkland Islands. Captain Seakoss visited the war graves in the Falkland islands including the ’82 graves, though not Hamilton’s at Port Howard due to time constraints. He will be reporting to the agency in due course. A decision will be made as to whether the agency will take full responsibility for the ’82 Falklands’ graves. And in his opinion it is likely to happen. During his visit he met the PWD Works Manager and the BFSAI Command Secretary to discuss the ’82 war graves and it looks like we may be on track with that. From an operational prospective the Defence Force had a huge amount of difficulty with personal radios. Personal radios had a 40% failure rate. We are going to have to look at options for replacing those. And that’s perhaps something we can look at in conjunction with the Police Radio System to insure inter-operability. That concludes my observations about the Emergency Services. In terms of the Health and Medical Services Department, the new Director of Health and Social Services has been appointed and he arrives today. He will be meeting with the Chief Executive tomorrow and with myself and the Honourable Barry Elsby as portfolio holders for the department to discuss priorities. The priorities as we currently see them are for the business plan for the directorate to be properly completed, for the budget for 15/16 to be completed. It has already been submitted but he has to take a view of it. To get some structure and output from the long anticipated Vulnerable Persons’ Strategy as we discussed in recent days and weeks as we recently discussed with the Director, there is a need to split that into different pieces of work and to get some real output from it. It may require some additional resource to be applied from somewhere else. We will have to buy in somebody else’s time to try and do that. It is an essential piece of work and we are all committed to it. He will also be responsible for ensuring that some sort of stability in recruitment and development plan for staff. And I was delighted to hear yesterday from the Director that it seems highly likely that Kimberly Finlayson will return shortly to the laboratory and I know that’s been a long-tome ambition. The increase in pay for Doctors that members approved relatively recently appears to be having some effect. It gives us the ability to contract staff on a longer-term basis than we had been able to do so far and avoids the hugely expensive business of employing locums. The potential Doctor recruitment from Canada continues and two Doctors are visiting at their own expense on the 8th of February for a recce visit. Again I will report that we had a very interesting and highly credible application from a Canadian Doctor who is entrusted to come and work here for two years. And if that works it will make a real contribution to our ability to provide stable GP services to our citizens. The opening of the Young Persons’ Unit has occurred with some modifications and one young person has been brought back from the United Kingdom in December. Another one is planned to return in August. These are the two most expensive placements we had in the UK and therefore there is at this moment a substantial net decrease in the cost of looking after those people. It’s not all about cost of course, but it’s about the ability to provide the necessary services to give them a proper life. But the Young Persons’ Unit is now up and running and it’s in its honeymoon period as the Team Leader Social Services said to me but so far it seems to be doing what it is supposed to do. Initial discussions have been held on elderly care services and the ‘care for the elderly home.’ This will need to fit in with considerations of the Vulnerable Persons’ Strategy. We had a very sensible meeting just before Christmas about how the elderly are being looked after in the community in a variety of ways. And the shape and size and location and all that sort of thing of the Elderly care home will be part of that continuing piece of work. And it would be my hope to bring some kind of policy paper to Executive Council within the next three months on the direction of that piece of work. We have longer opening hours now in the Pharmacy as a result of additional posts being approved and a substantially improved service to the public. We also have improvements in air freight movements on the air-bridge as a result of good co-operation between hospital management in Stanley and the admin staff at Brize, ably assisted by staff at Mount Pleasant. I would like to apologise to the General public that spectacles that everybody was expecting to come by air just before Christmas have been consigned by sea That was not a mistake, nor was it done for cost reasons. It was done because the movement of freight by air from the UK to the Falklands for medical purposes is being quite problematic and the manager of the Hospital was concerned that inserting yet another piece of freight into the system might upset some fairly delicate operations that are in place so she decided to consign them by sea and they should be here relatively shortly. So I hope nobody has been too badly affected by that. But it goes to demonstrate the fragility of the arrangement that we have for the movement of air freight. In discussions going forward in the JPS it is an issue that we need to try to solidify. Work is being undertaken on safeguarding children. New laws are now pretty much in place. There is a plan for a return visit by the Lucy Faithful Foundation in March of 2015 to review the work that we have done and to comment on whether we have done all the things we need to do properly and accurately and whether we are implemented them in the way they should be implemented and whether there are any gaps or omissions in the work that we have done in the safeguarding of children so we look forward to that in March. On a regulatory issue, new Medical and Dental immigration forms are in place. There have been some comments from users of the work permit system. But we need always to remind ourselves that the purpose of doing this thing was so it was to balance security and risk of bringing in people who would cost us a huge amount of money as potential patients. We have to balance that with the ease of application and cost of application for people wanting to bring people on work permits. We welcome any observations and comments on how that system is working. And we can. Of course, review it if necessary. The hospital seems to be working very well at the moment. The Social Services Department is fully staffed and are providing, I think, an excellent service to those who require. They were not as pressed over the Christmas period and I am grateful for that. The atmosphere and the ambiance in the hospital is very positive. Everybody is working very well together and there seems to be very good co-operation against all parts of the Department. There will be a number of specialists visiting in the next quarter – the audiologist, anaesthetic advisor, the Consultant ENT Surgeon have already been. The Consultant Psychiatrist will be arriving shortly to be followed in the next couple of months by the surgical advisor. Many, many people will be pleased to hear that the Podiatrist is coming in mid-February for two weeks. There will be a consultant gastro entomologist, consultant gynaecologist, an obstetrician, and pacemaker technician, probably in April but it has to be confirmed, and again that is a good development which hopefully will help to relieve the pressure on the overseas treatment budget. That, Mr Speaker, concludes my portfolio report.

 

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Falklands : PORTFOLIO REPORT OF THE HON MR GAVIN SHORT MLA 29.01.15
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 29.01.2015 (Current Article)

Mr Speaker, Honourable members, it gives me great pleasure to report on the goings-on in the Public Works Department.

PORTFOLIO REPORT OF THE HON MR GAVIN SHORT MLA

Mr Speaker, Honourable members, it gives me great pleasure to report on the goings-on in the Public Works Department. In this case I can happily say that the old adage that small is beautiful doesn’t apply to us because we are a large Department but we are beautiful – I can say that.

I would like to start with Summary projects. The MPA wind farm is now operational and is outputting.

The alternative water supply is progressing steadily and 4.5 km of pipeline and cable have been laid and a further 3.5 km of pipeline have been jointed. Work on the dam should be commencing and has commenced with shuttering and reinforcements etc. being made up and we are now ready for a start on site. We are expecting it to be operational in mid-March of this year.

Sapper Hill housing and infrastructure – the batch of 20 houses are now occupied and the 10 additional houses are progressing well with 3 pairs of foundations in and drainage and works to parts on-going. The 6 houses in phase 3 are almost completed and will occupy-able when road surfacing work is done, which is due to start on the 20th of February.

Works are progressing well on phase 3 infrastructure with most curbing, etc. completed and surfacing work due to commence – as I have just said – on the 20th of February.

Planning permission has been sought for phase 5, which has taken into account feedback received during the pre-planning consultation, with a grid-based road system being fitted in with the topography, which is a key influence on the infrastructure design with an east-west, north-south orientation.

Highways works – an upgrade to a section of the Coastel road between the TDF and the lay-down areas has now been completed. And this and other areas included – including the corrugated part of Gypsy Cove Road – are to be graded soon to improve travel in the general area.

I would also at this stage to say there is a rumour spreading around town that the works down by the TDF cost £250,000.00. We haven’t yet finished costing the project but we expect it to be about half of what is rumoured.

Ten contracts have been awarded for several groups of work and although some will not bear significant fruit until next season, these have had a satisfactory level of response and shouldn’t show up more certainty of works being delivered.

Unfortunately bids were not received for works to the Wall Stream area when tendered with other bits of camp roads works. But recently interest has been expressed and this is currently being re-tendered. This is a large piece of work and I suspect that we are not going to see any action during this road-building season. We are disappointed by this and I would like to apologise to the people on West Falkland. But we are trying – the best we can to get contractors interested in this piece of work.

Significant work has been done on the North Camp Track with replacements of the culvert systems at Turner’s Stream and Pretty Banks, together with significant upgrading and re-alignment of some steeper sections which should result in much easier winter and wet weather travel. This work is projected to cease at the end of February at which point this year’s funding allocation for this section of work will be exhausted.

There have been labour issues and further staff losses have been notified but this will not impact on this year’s work in this area.

Work has also been progressing on the North Arm Road re-build which has had its difficult moments due to resource issues but is now settling in and progress is being made.

On the West, although no progress has yet been made on the capping work between Fox Bay and Port Howard, the contractor has acquired the additional plant needed. And it is expected that some preliminary work will be done this season, which will enable an early start next season and good progress to be made then,

We always knew that the long-term contracts may lead to a delay in works in the first season of the contract as the successful contractor mobilises. But as contracts are long-term we are being flexible in as much that as long as the amount of works specified in the contract can be finished within the time-frame of that contract, it is up to the contractor in conjunction, obviously, with PWD as to how that is delivered.

There are staff shortages in Highways. Currently they are nine operatives short and options are being considered to try and ensure that this is addressed in time for the next season including the options of bringing in labour.

The focus for the remainder of the season for the Camp Roads Teams will be that of grading, with the graders being on the West currently and making good progress.

I believe there is only one grader operational on the MPA Road at the moment and they are doing the best that they can but I would ask people to be patient as weather plays a great part in what can be done. And that was witnessed, of course, during the last wet spell. They were grading the road only when conditions allowed and of course the rains came along and what had been graded became completely wrecked in about 24 hours which wasn’t helped by cargo being hauled in from MPA at that time. So do have patience. We are doing the best that we can and hats off to my grading crews for the work that they do.

Stanley Roads – Works are on-going for Ross Road East with more panels being replaced on the Northern side near Snake Hill. Replacement of panels was completed on John Street between the school terms and the pedestrian crossings and white lines in that area have been refreshed as has those on Ross Road crossings and various car parks.

Work is planned to recommence on Ross Road in April with the eastern section being undertaken first, then between West Store and Villiers Street after that. It will not be necessary to close any junctions for these phases, which should result in less impact on traffic movement. And the only change to traffic movements will be that of traffic diversions around the sections when they are closed.

Opportunity is to be taken to monitor traffic levels. The monitors have been fitted today in fact at the Villiers/Ross Road junction to pick up movements along both streets, which will potentially shoe the effects of closing the different parts of Ross Road on movement past the infant/Junior School.

The Public Jetty - the poling barge is expected to move into position today, with work commencing on Friday, 31 January. There is an announcement out warning folk they will be hearing a bit of noise and some vibrations from that work but I am overjoyed it looks like it is finally going to happen.

The main works are pre-programmed to start in April with completion by the end of November when the first major cruise ship arrival. I should add, of course, that the piling should be completed by mid-February; weather and plant permitting.

The Waterfront – Planning applications have been submitted for footways and footpaths together with potential remodelling of the north-west corner off Arch Green to provide a better space for visitors – tourists – to move along Ross Road to and from the Visitors’ Centre and as far as the Museum.

As with all planning applications, this provides opportunity for the public to comment and input into what is being proposed. I would urge the public to avail themselves of this opportunity to say whether what is being proposed is to their liking as once it is in place it is going to be with us for a jolly long time.

Stanley Power – there is nothing particular to report here as it is pretty much business as normal.

On the staffing front, we have recently had the return of James Greenland who very successfully completed an electrical engineering degree. And the windfarm post has also been filled, seeing a return to the fold of a now more experienced Geoff Halliday, which brings staffing levels almost up to a full house at the Power Station.

The water Section still suffers from fluctuating staff levels but they still work on quietly making sure that when you turn on your tap good quality water issues forth.

Craig Paice, who is Head of the Department, has now moved on to the private sector to try something new and I would like to wish him well and thank him for his efforts during the years he was with the Department.

Property and Municipal – as folk may have observed there has been some difficulties with the sewerage pumping stations, particularly at Hebe Street. But this has now been resolved by means of hard and very unpleasant work by a number of staff.

The primary cause of these difficulties has been what is being put down drains. There have been very large fat deposits and also synthetic fabrics, fibres and things such as wet-wipes, nappy liners and the like and including at least one disposable nappy, which must have taken some effort to get down the toilet.

Staff are now settled into their new workshops and offices but are continuing to need to respond to a myriad of works including a significant amount of housing repairs and maintenance, with a major upgrade having been done, to a recently acquired house for KEMH Locums and now improvements to Lois Cottage, which should result in little external difference other than those of less rickety foundations and improved appearance once re-decorated but greater energy efficiency for the tenants.

There will, I believe, be a paper heading shortly towards EXCO giving a range of options regarding what might be done to what us locals know as Hooky Finlayson’s old house and site, which is sighted just to the west of the IJS.

P&M have also provided much background support to recent events such as the 1914 Commemorations and more recently the 250th anniversary of the Flag Raising, ensuring that everything looked spick and span on Victory Green. And I certainly would like to thank them for their efforts.

The Government Garage is suffering from staff shortages with some of our more experienced staff moving to the private sector. From conversations that I had with the team down there, we really have to find a way to reward those who gain qualifications and experience. Otherwise they drift away and a very inexperienced staff will continue.

Plant is becoming ever more complicated with some bits of machinery having 3 internal computer systems chattering away to each other. And the dark art of diagnostics is becoming ever more part of a mechanic’s life.

This also means that unlike in the good old days – if I can refer to them as that – when you can link on bits dangling off with fencing wire – if the computer says “NO” then it’s all over until you can plug something in and make sense of what it is trying to say to you.

The Town Hall Lift – No expressions of interest were received for these works so we are now working on delivering this project using Morrison’s Falklands Limited with an April start and anticipate that four weeks of on-site work should do the trick.. and it should provide improved access in time for this year’s May Ball and I hope making a bold statement like that hasn’t cursed anything.

Temporary classrooms for the IJS – Some small credit may be taken by Public Works Department in relation to the excellent IJS grading as the refurbishment of the St Mary’s Hall, kindly let to us for a peppercorn rent by the Monsignor for use as classrooms has eased the space pressure. Working to a very tight deadline and using a combination of local builders and contractors and also direct labour, the Hall has been transformed into two very pleasant classrooms with the necessary facilities, which has been put to use at the start of this term and it all came in within the allocated budget.

The next phase of this – the provision of two classrooms on Stanley House site has reached a stage where the functional lay-out and design is all but signed off. And the way forward is mapped out. It is anticipated that it will be delivered within budget and to the September 2015 deadline.

I have already mentioned staffing levels are still causing headaches. We will stagger through this season but we must have a plan in place for the next year. Unfortunately we are still in a twilight zone – not knowing what is happening with oil. If oil slows or stops we will have; I expect, slackness in the labour market. But if it goes firm, then I am expecting other staff who are at present waiting to see what is going to happen to make the jump and we must be in a position whereby we can back-fill posts.

I have to say that my ideas as to how this can be done differ from some of those espoused by others in the Department. And it could be that their way of doing things would be the way forward. But I would like to see all avenues explored and costed.

Recently the Honourable Phyllis Rendell and I visited some PWD Departments. She has visited others but I couldn’t, unfortunately, due to other commitments. I have warned this House before that our staff was far from happy. We’ve still got some good and loyal folk who are sticking with us but that number is getting fewer. And I believe that numbers will keep dropping – that’s if oil continues – as their morale is at a very low ebb.

Wages, the incremental pay system, as well as the complete disparity between what different jobs are paid plus the battle to get financial recognition for qualifications obtained were the main issues, I think.

I may sound like a stuck record but I will once again ask colleagues to seriously look at these issues as part of the budget process. It really hurts me to have to go around to departments and time and time again get the same issues being raised by decent hard-working people that we really depend on.

There’s all the doom and gloom with staff but it’s absolutely great to give a big shout to Colin Summers, who will be taking over from Manfred Keenlyeside when he hangs his boots up. I meant what I said in the press release. It is going to be a hard act to follow but I think young Colin will do a good job and it really pleases me to see that a Falkland Islander who went away many years ago and sort of disappeared off the radar – suddenly popped up, came back well qualified, well-motivated and ready and able to really help do his bit to shape his and our country.

Here endeth the PWD Report.

 

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Falklands : Falklands: PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY 26 JANUARY 2015 REPORT
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Nathan Prince) 29.01.2015 (Current Article)

A public meeting was held in the Falkland Islands Chamber of commerce function room at 1700hrs on Monday, 26 January 2015. Present were MLAs Summers, Elsby, Cheek, Rendell, Poole, Short and Edwards.

PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY 26 JANUARY 2015 REPORT

By J. Brock (FINN)

A public meeting was held in the Falkland Islands Chamber of commerce function room at 1700hrs on Monday, 26 January 2015. Present were MLAs Summers, Elsby, Cheek, Rendell, Poole, Short and Edwards.

The whole evening was taken up with a petition about Argentines flying their flag in and around Stanley. Before beginning Dr the Hon Barry Elsby MLA made a short statement.

BE: Personally I would just like to say one thing if I may? And that is we are a free, democratic and modern society. Those freedoms were won at great cost in 1982. We have a modern constitution and that constitution enshrines the right to determine our own future, the right to self-determination. It also enshrines the right not to be discriminated against on race grounds, colour grounds or belief. And it enshrines the right of holding your views and expressing those views with freedom of speech. And as we are all aware of the distress that some of our visitors are causing in the Islands, we must now allow that action in any way to endanger the freedoms that we have.

Kris Thorsen was called to speak about the petition.

KT: The Petition is addressed to all Members of Legislative Assembly and reads: “Increasingly there are episodes where Argentine visitors to the Falkland Islands have been raising, waving and displaying Argentine flags. This behaviour is provocative and inciting. It is also disturbing, unsettling and distressing to many Falkland Islands’ residents.

We are repeatedly reminded that appropriate legislation exists for the RFIP to act on behaviour that is causing distress. The Argentine flag waving is causing distress for many in our community and yet the RFIP take no action. We are also reminded that the Argentine visitors have civil liberties and human rights. But that does not give them the right to give our democratic society provocation and distress. The state of things are that Falkland Islanders might be provoked by this flag waving and take the law into their own hands and cause a reaction by the local police.

We would hope that FIG would listen and not need reminding of the significance of Argentine flags being waved on our Islands. We would like to know why FIG is not being proactive in dealing with this insightful behaviour, why the police are not taking any action on reported incidents or when is FIG going to introduce appropriate legislation if this is what is required to stop the flag waving.”

BE: And will you tell us what happened when you asked people to sign it?

KT: Signatures on the petition were made in person, vocal consent or written consent. We have 494 signatures of Falkland Islands’ residents on the petition.

Kris Thorsen went on to say that people are losing patience with the flag wavers who are intimidating members of the community. These people feel they are not getting support from the police and that sooner or later members of the community are going to snap and nobody wants this.

Dr the Hon Barry Elsby acted as Chair and he asked the Attorney General to explain about the laws relating to flying Argentine flags in the Falklands.

The Attorney General’s Response:

PJ: In terms of the Crimes Bill we have imposed that there is in the legislation already in the current crimes ordinance provisions that imply the public order acts which can be applied here. If the actions of the individual are intended to be threatening or abusive and/or if the individual is aware that their actions are threatening and abusive they are in a position where they will have committed an offence and police are able to take action.

There are offences dating back to 1936 which says people who support a political cause at a public meeting wearing uniforms, for example, to have committed an offence and therefore have to be investigated.

I think the most important piece of legislation is the point that has already been made which has to be seen in the context of the constitution; a very important document as we all know, which enshrines freedom of expression. The freedom to express your views but most importantly also the right of somebody whose ideas are contrary to the common and view have the right to hear that point of view.

“I may disagree with every word you say but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.”

It is very, very important that we bear this in mind but also bear in mind the intent of that abusive behaviour or if they are aware they are likely to be threatening or abusive, those are circumstances where the police can take action.

The other thing I must say as Attorney General is I absolutely support the discretion of the Police Officers to take the appropriate action as they see it. It is important that you report matters to the police and not take it into your own hands and also trust them to take the appropriate action to stop something happening. So something is happening, tell them and give them the opportunity to sort it out. I think that is all I will say for the time being.


Len McGill then explained Police Policy in such situations:

LM: It has been a form of concern to me for several weeks and between these two last flights a great deal of work has been done. It was instigated by myself through the Attorney General to start looking at how we would be able to manage these situations. The Attorney General referred to some pieces of legislation, two of which in particular are in place in the United Kingdom – Sections 4-a and 5 – Ronnie can check me on this.

(At this point a vehicle or vehicles outside were loud enough to make what was said inside inaudible on the recording.)

One of the offences under Section 5 has to be committed in sight and hearing of a person. One of the first things a Police Officer has to do is to prove an offence has actually been committed. Sometimes there is a difference between what persons in the street may see things and that which is an offence after all. That is one of the first decisions that a Police Officer has to make. So we take the definition which is the crime and we apply the actions as reported to that definition. And we must prove all the points to prove for an offence to be committed because you can’t just pick and choose.

A Section 5 Offence, for instance, is used quite often on Friday and Saturday night when somebody is miss-behaving outside a particular property or a public house and we go and we warn him. It is a Section 5 Public Order Warning. The reason we do that is it stops the behaviour and it gives us, within a reasonable space of time, the power of arrest. And we have used those powers occasionally for certain visitors to the Falklands.

Now, the other offence requires a person to be subject to harassment, alarm and distress. And again we have to meet the standards required by law and not those which the average person in the street might consider. One of the issues is that some of the reports we get are second-hand. It may be seen on the internet or someone turning up and saying “I have just spoken to Fred who told me that James saw this happening.” We can’t get to that event because it is long gone and unfortunately the Public Order aspect is no longer there.

We’ve looked intensely at the legislation to see we can fit it in anywhere but the bottom line is simple: The displaying of a national flag in the Falklands on its own is not behaviour that meets the standard. If it were accompanied by some other representation – shouting - a placard or some slogan then it may reach a public order standard. But just simply holding a flag or displaying a national flag will not reach that standard.

As I am a Falkland Islander I have personal views on this but these are my professional views which I am expressing today.

So if we apply the point of view – unless it is accompanied by some other action – it doesn’t meet the criteria – it can’t be dealt with under the laws as they stand.

Editor’s note: There was a slight echo in the room as well as noise from the road outside that made the recording difficult to transcribe.

Barry Elsby asked Len McGill to talk about what the police were doing behind the scenes to prevent upsetting the general public.

Len McGill said that upon arrival passengers are given a letter which outlines areas of concern and certain visitors would also be called on by police to reinforce the points made in the letter. He added that it brings the police directly in contact with visitors so they can see what they look like. An approach would be made and the police would be one step ahead in the game. He went on to point out that when police are on the scene of an incident or potential incident they know what is going on and make judgements based on what is actually going on. This is not the case with some people who report incidents to the police as they are not in possession of the facts because information they present is passed on from person to person.

Tim Miller said that he is not offended by flags of other nations being displayed but the Argentine Flag was being displayed exactly as it was 30 years ago. They have declared war against the Falkland Islands economically and have kept it up and that is why it is totally different than the flag of any other nation. He continued that by nature Falkland islanders were passive and it is not in their nature to report things to the police. On the other hand, he said that the Argentines are ill mannered and arrogant. It is our country and we should not have to put up with them waving their flag around the streets and public areas in front of us. He hoped that a line would be drawn before they march down the front road waving flags and chanting.

Barry Elsby said such a demonstration would be a breach of the law and those participating would be arrested accordingly.

Tim Miller acknowledged that the Argentine Veterans had as much right to lay their demons to rest as SAMA Veterans do but they needed to be told straight to do it in a polite and respectful way as it is our country.

Gavin Short mentioned that he tried to introduce an amendment in the Crimes Bill but it was defeated. He said that what is going on now is going beyond being respectful free speech. The majority keep to themselves but some are coming with a politically motivated agenda and he feels that our laws should be protecting us from that group. This earned him a round of applause.

Roger Edwards agreed with Tim and said that the letter should be considered as a warning so that if there is any trouble the offensive person could be arrested. He went on to say that incidents needed to be reported to the police so they can attend.

Another member of the public said that last year when an Argentine was driving on the wrong side of the road and dangerously it was reported to the police, only to have the responding officers take their time in attending. It seemed as if they did not care about what happened. He continued that if a local person did the same he would immediately be arrested; and have his day in court. Locals, if they tried to smuggle ammo on to a plane would be dealt with by police and the courts system.

Marilyn Grimmer said that sometimes the incident is over quickly and police don’t have time to respond. It was appropriate for her to have a word with them. Another person said the people were in Argentine-type uniforms. Gavin Short interjected, saying that we all carry smart phones and we could photograph Argentines behaving badly. This could help the police do their work.

Kris Thorsen made the point that some pensioners are carrying weapons for defence and was this the sort of community we want?

Jan Cheek said that as MLAs the matter had been raised with proper authorities on several occasions. She agreed with Gavin Short and said most people had mobile phones, so they could give police a ring when they see something suspicious.

A discussion about the Argentine who died on Arch Ridge followed with Barry Elsby saying it was a police matter and he wouldn’t be able to comment on that and MLAs were not in charge of the police.

Barry Elsby finished the discussion by saying that all in that party were extremely thankful for all the attention and care given to everyone involved in the incident.


 

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St Helena : St Helena: CARGO & BAGGAGE COLLECTION - FRIDAY 30 JANUARY 2015
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 28.01.2015 (Current Article)

It was announced yesterday that HM Customs would be closed on Friday 30 January 2015 between 8.30am and 11.30am for cargo and baggage collection.

CARGO & BAGGAGE COLLECTION - FRIDAY 30 JANUARY 2015

It was announced yesterday that HM Customs would be closed on Friday 30 January 2015 between 8.30am and 11.30am for cargo and baggage collection.

HM Customs would now like to advise the public and merchants that due to a change in circumstances, the service will not be closed and instead baggage and cargo may be collected as normal.

HM Customs apologises for any confusion.

No baggage or cargo will be issued on Saturday 31 January 2015 due to dealing with baggage from embarking passengers and passenger embarkation itself. Business will then resume as normal on Monday 2 February 2015.

SHG
28 January 2015

 

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St Helena : HEAT AFFECTED ROADS ON ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 28.01.2015 (Current Article)

Due to the recent hot weather, the Roads Team has been treating the effects of overheated roads around the Island. The bitumen in the roads will start to melt when the road temperature reaches over 50 degrees Centigrade.

HEAT AFFECTED ROADS ON ST HELENA

Due to the recent hot weather, the Roads Team has been treating the effects of overheated roads around the Island. The bitumen in the roads will start to melt when the road temperature reaches over 50 degrees Centigrade.

The Roads Team will apply dust to heat affected roads and warning signs will be placed on the affected sections.

Please drive carefully when travelling on the treated roads, as you may potentially experience skidding on the treated surface, especially when travelling around bends.

Enquiries about this work can be made to telephone number 23640 during normal working hours.
Thank you for your cooperation.

SHG
28 January 2015

 

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St Helena : St Helena: TEMPORARY PROCUREMENT ADVISOR ARRIVES
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 27.01.2015 (Current Article)

Recently arriving on-Island on 16 January 2015, was Marc Lockley (photo attached) to take up the temporary position of St Helena Government Procurement Advisor

TEMPORARY PROCUREMENT ADVISOR ARRIVES

Recently arriving on-Island on 16 January 2015, was Marc Lockley (photo attached) to take up the temporary position of St Helena Government Procurement Advisor, while the substantive post holder, David Woosey, is off-Island working on air and shipping tenders. Marc is contracted for nine months to provide support to SHG procurement projects.
Marc will work closely with Corporate Finance and other SHG Directorates, supporting SHG on key projects, such as the General Hospital, Prison, Fire Station and Roads projects - ensuring compliance with regulations and that tender routes deliver value for money.
Marc will be joined by his family in February. He commented:

“I hope to put my procurement skills and knowledge to the benefit of the Island, as well as taking part in all the activities St Helena has to offer. I am enjoying my time here and everyone has been very welcoming.”

Previously Marc has worked in the construction, finance and healthcare sectors in both public and private sector procurement roles.

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27 January 2015

 

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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY 26 JANUARY 2015 REPORT Part 1
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 26.01.2015 (Current Article)

A public meeting was held in the Falkland Islands Chamber of commerce function room at 1700hrs on Monday, 26 January 2015. Present were MLAs Summers, Elsby, Cheek, Rendell, Poole, Short and Edwards.

PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY 26 JANUARY 2015 REPORT
Part 1
A public meeting was held in the Falkland Islands Chamber of commerce function room at 1700hrs on Monday, 26 January 2015. Present were MLAs Summers, Elsby, Cheek, Rendell, Poole, Short and Edwards.

The whole evening was taken up with a petition about Argentines flying their flag in and around Stanley. Before beginning Dr the Hon Barry Elsby MLA made a short statement.

BE: Personally I would just like to say one thing if I may? And that is we are a free, democratic and modern society. Those freedoms were won at great cost in 1982. We have a modern constitution and that constitution enshrines the right to determine our own future, the right to self-determination. It also enshrines the right not to be discriminated against on race grounds, colour grounds or belief. And it enshrines the right of holding your views and expressing those views with freedom of speech. And as we are all aware of the distress that some of our visitors are causing in the Islands, we must now allow that action in any way to endanger the freedoms that we have.

Kris Thorsen was called to speak about the petition.

KT: The Petition is addressed to all Members of Legislative Assembly and reads: “Increasingly there are episodes where Argentine visitors to the Falkland Islands have been raising, waving and displaying Argentine flags. This behaviour is provocative and inciting. It is also disturbing, unsettling and distressing to many Falkland Islands’ residents.

We are repeatedly reminded that appropriate legislation exists for the RFIP to act on behaviour that is causing distress. The Argentine flag waving is causing distress for many in our community and yet the RFIP take no action. We are also reminded that the Argentine visitors have civil liberties and human rights. But that does not give them the right to give our democratic society provocation and distress. The state of things are that Falkland Islanders might be provoked by this flag waving and take the law into their own hands and cause a reaction by the local police.

We would hope that FIG would listen and not need reminding of the significance of Argentine flags being waved on our Islands. We would like to know why FIG is not being proactive in dealing with this insightful behaviour, why the police are not taking any action on reported incidents or when is FIG going to introduce appropriate legislation if this is what is required to stop the flag waving.”

BE: And will you tell us what happened when you asked people to sign it?

KT: Signatures on the petition were made in person, vocal consent or written consent. We have 494 signatures of Falkland Islands’ residents on the petition.

Kris Thorsen went on to say that people are losing patience with the flag wavers who are intimidating members of the community. These people feel they are not getting support from the police and that sooner or later members of the community are going to snap and nobody wants this.

Dr the Hon Barry Elsby acted as Chair and he asked the Attorney General to explain about the laws relating to flying Argentine flags in the Falklands.

The Attorney General’s Response:

PJ: In terms of the Crimes Bill we have imposed that there is in the legislation already in the current crimes ordinance provisions that imply the public order acts which can be applied here. If the actions of the individual are intended to be threatening or abusive and/or if the individual is aware that their actions are threatening and abusive they are in a position where they will have committed an offence and police are able to take action.

There are offences dating back to 1936 which says people who support a political cause at a public meeting wearing uniforms, for example, to have committed an offence and therefore have to be investigated.

I think the most important piece of legislation is the point that has already been made which has to be seen in the context of the constitution; a very important document as we all know, which enshrines freedom of expression. The freedom to express your views but most importantly also the right of somebody whose ideas are contrary to the common and view have the right to hear that point of view.

“I may disagree with every word you say but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.”

It is very, very important that we bear this in mind but also bear in mind the intent of that abusive behaviour or if they are aware they are likely to be threatening or abusive, those are circumstances where the police can take action.

The other thing I must say as Attorney General is I absolutely support the discretion of the Police Officers to take the appropriate action as they see it. It is important that you report matters to the police and not take it into your own hands and also trust them to take the appropriate action to stop something happening. So something is happening, tell them and give them the opportunity to sort it out. I think that is all I will say for the time being.


Len McGill then explained Police Policy in such situations:

LM: It has been a form of concern to me for several weeks and between these two last flights a great deal of work has been done. It was instigated by myself through the Attorney General to start looking at how we would be able to manage these situations. The Attorney General referred to some pieces of legislation, two of which in particular are in place in the United Kingdom – Sections 4-a and 5 – Ronnie can check me on this.

(At this point a vehicle or vehicles outside were loud enough to make what was said inside inaudible on the recording.)

One of the offences under Section 5 has to be committed in sight and hearing of a person. One of the first things a Police Officer has to do is to prove an offence has actually been committed. Sometimes there is a difference between what persons in the street may see things and that which is an offence after all. That is one of the first decisions that a Police Officer has to make. So we take the definition which is the crime and we apply the actions as reported to that definition. And we must prove all the points to prove for an offence to be committed because you can’t just pick and choose.

A Section 5 Offence, for instance, is used quite often on Friday and Saturday night when somebody is miss-behaving outside a particular property or a public house and we go and we warn him. It is a Section 5 Public Order Warning. The reason we do that is it stops the behaviour and it gives us, within a reasonable space of time, the power of arrest. And we have used those powers occasionally for certain visitors to the Falklands.

Now, the other offence requires a person to be subject to harassment, alarm and distress. And again we have to meet the standards required by law and not those which the average person in the street might consider. One of the issues is that some of the reports we get are second-hand. It may be seen on the internet or someone turning up and saying “I have just spoken to Fred who told me that James saw this happening.” We can’t get to that event because it is long gone and unfortunately the Public Order aspect is no longer there.

We’ve looked intensely at the legislation to see we can fit it in anywhere but the bottom line is simple: The displaying of a national flag in the Falklands on its own is not behaviour that meets the standard. If it were accompanied by some other representation – shouting - a placard or some slogan then it may reach a public order standard. But just simply holding a flag or displaying a national flag will not reach that standard.

As I am a Falkland Islander I have personal views on this but these are my professional views which I am expressing today.

So if we apply the point of view – unless it is accompanied by some other action – it doesn’t meet the criteria – it can’t be dealt with under the laws as they stand.

Editor’s note: There was a slight echo in the room as well as noise from the road outside that made the recording difficult to transcribe.

 

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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING 26 JANUARY 2015 Part 2
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 26.01.2015 (Current Article)

Barry Elsby asked Len McGill to talk about what the police were doing behind the scenes to prevent upsetting the general public.

PUBLIC MEETING 26 JANUARY 2015
Part 2

By J Brock (FINN)

Barry Elsby asked Len McGill to talk about what the police were doing behind the scenes to prevent upsetting the general public.

Len McGill said that upon arrival passengers are given a letter which outlines areas of concern and certain visitors would also be called on by police to reinforce the points made in the letter. He added that it brings the police directly in contact with visitors so they can see what they look like. An approach would be made and the police would be one step ahead in the game. He went on to point out that when police are on the scene of an incident or potential incident they know what is going on and make judgements based on what is actually going on. This is not the case with some people who report incidents to the police as they are not in possession of the facts because information they present is passed on from person to person.

Tim Miller said that he is not offended by flags of other nations being displayed but the Argentine Flag was being displayed exactly as it was 30 years ago. They have declared war against the Falkland Islands economically and have kept it up and that is why it is totally different than the flag of any other nation. He continued that by nature Falkland islanders were passive and it is not in their nature to report things to the police. On the other hand, he said that the Argentines are ill mannered and arrogant. It is our country and we should not have to put up with them waving their flag around the streets and public areas in front of us. He hoped that a line would be drawn before they march down the front road waving flags and chanting.

Barry Elsby said such a demonstration would be a breach of the law and those participating would be arrested accordingly.

Tim Miller acknowledged that the Argentine Veterans had as much right to lay their demons to rest as SAMA Veterans do but they needed to be told straight to do it in a polite and respectful way as it is our country.

Gavin Short mentioned that he tried to introduce an amendment in the Crimes Bill but it was defeated. He said that what is going on now is going beyond being respectful free speech. The majority keep to themselves but some are coming with a politically motivated agenda and he feels that our laws should be protecting us from that group. This earned him a round of applause.

Roger Edwards agreed with Tim and said that the letter should be considered as a warning so that if there is any trouble the offensive person could be arrested. He went on to say that incidents needed to be reported to the police so they can attend.

Another member of the public said that last year when an Argentine was driving on the wrong side of the road and dangerously it was reported to the police, only to have the responding officers take their time in attending. It seemed as if they did not care about what happened. He continued that if a local person did the same he would immediately be arrested; and have his day in court. Locals, if they tried to smuggle ammo on to a plane would be dealt with by police and the courts system.

Marilyn Grimmer said that sometimes the incident is over quickly and police don’t have time to respond. It was appropriate for her to have a word with them. Another person said the people were in Argentine-type uniforms. Gavin Short interjected, saying that we all carry smart phones and we could photograph Argentines behaving badly. This could help the police do their work.

Kris Thorsen made the point that some pensioners are carrying weapons for defence and was this the sort of community we want?

Jan Cheek said that as MLAs the matter had been raised with proper authorities on several occasions. She agreed with Gavin Short and said most people had mobile phones, so they could give police a ring when they see something suspicious.

A discussion about the Argentine who died on Arch Ridge followed with Barry Elsby saying it was a police matter and he wouldn’t be able to comment on that and MLAs were not in charge of the police.

Barry Elsby finished the discussion by saying that all in that party were extremely thankful for all the attention and care given to everyone involved in the incident.

 

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St Helena : St Helena: ROAD RESURFACING – HUTTS GATE TO LONGWOOD GATE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.01.2015 (Current Article)

As part of the ongoing road maintenance programme, the road from Hutts Gate to Longwood Gate will be resurfaced, beginning on Monday 9 February 2015.

ROAD RESURFACING – HUTTS GATE TO LONGWOOD GATE


As part of the ongoing road maintenance programme, the road from Hutts Gate to Longwood Gate will be resurfaced, beginning on Monday 9 February 2015.

To minimise disruption, the road will remain open to traffic during the works – but some delays may be unavoidable. There will also be a temporary speed limit in place.

Work will be carried out from 9am to 3.30pm daily.

Traffic control measures will be in place to ensure both the public’s safety and the safety of the roads workforce. Users are kindly asked to adhere to the instructions given and to plan extra time for journeys if intending to travel on the road during the road works.

Some preparation works will be carried out before actual surfacing works commence.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and patience.

Any enquiries about this work can be made to telephone number 23640 during normal working hours.

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S.Georgia : POSSESSION DAY MARKED WITH POSITIVE SOUTH GEORGIA REPORT
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 17.01.2015 (Current Article)

The 240th anniversary of Possession Day, when Captain James Cook on HMS Endeavour took possession of South Georgia Island in the name of King George III was marked with a reception at Government House in Stanley.

POSSESSION DAY MARKED WITH POSITIVE SOUTH GEORGIA REPORT By J. Brock (FINN) The 240th anniversary of Possession Day, when Captain James Cook on HMS Endeavour took possession of South Georgia Island in the name of King George III was marked with a reception at Government House in Stanley. Approximately 50 people came to hear a positive report given by the Civil Commissioner – AKA H. E. the Governor Mr Colin Roberts. His remarks are as follows: Two hundred and forty years on, we have a huge amount of activity related to South Georgia. We also have quite a lot of good news coming out of South Georgia. You will recall that just at the end of last year the tooth-fish fishery was given the accolade by the marine Stewardship Council – not just its award but its accolade of being the best managed fishery in the world, which is something that we are very proud of. There are two big projects that I am very pleased to say are going well. We think, with the help of the helicopter from HMS Dragon and our friends in the Norwegian Ranger Service that we have finally completed the reindeer cull. They are still checking to see whether there are not one or two lurking somewhere. We think they bagged the lot. I know some people have different views about this so I think in a few years’ time we will be able to see the native vegetation of South Georgia recovering and visible throughout the Island. That would be fantastic. And as we speak, the South Georgia heritage Trust have their helicopters here – I think they are causing a bit of trouble at MPA but they will soon be out of there and down to South Georgia to complete the third phase and we hope the final phase of the rat eradication exercise which as many of you know is the biggest project of its kind in the world. Linked to that, we have already had recently a notice of one of the first sightings of the South Georgia Pipet. There are two birds nesting in one of the areas where they have not been seen in many years. In other areas we are forging ahead with the complete reorganisation of the laws with the Attorney General of the Falkland Islands, who is also the Attorney General of South Georgia – Peter Judge, as well as Mark Lewis who is the legal advisor who is on holiday at the moment. The laws that are in force at the moment – the laws which were put in place when some of our guests today were working down there when there were more people and to some extent, naughtier people down there – more people than in Stanley at the time – and we have to reflect – at the end of the day we have to put into place laws which help to help us to manage but also protect that very special place into the future. We are opening up the consultation process on the next phase of the strategy for South Georgia for 2015 to 2020. We have had quite a lot of meetings with stakeholders already and this will go ahead in the next few months. I could go on and on but I won’t. There is one other piece of good news which I am delighted to see was given front page coverage in the Penguin News today, which is the award of the Polar medal to Sally Poncet and Patrick Lurcock for their work in relation to South Georgia. Patrick Lurcock has been one of our Government Officers down there for the past 20 years. It is great; too, that Sally has received this medal. There are very few women to have this medal. There is a lot of difficult stuff related to South Georgia. The international context is not getting any easier. In the CCAMLR part of the system we are finding more and more challenge from countries like Russia and China who are trying to make it harder to protect marine resources in Antarctica and generally jostling at the stability of the Antarctic Treaty system and that makes life difficult for us. Of course we have challenge from across the water – from Argentina still in ways that you are familiar with – we have to deal with them in relation to South Georgia and it is thanks to CBF for all the help given us to ensure that we can protect our territory right down to the Southern Point of the South Sandwich Islands. Thank you to pretty much everyone in this room. We obviously rely on the Government Officers who are down there on the Front line in South Georgia – people like Hugh Marsden who runs the Post Office down there for us – BAS Staff – Dave Peck and his team from the Falkland Islands whose team is doing a lot of the Building work – the Government of South Georgia Team here, who are well known to everybody – but also stretching back, there is a South Georgia Team in London and we have our little outpost in Edinburgh with Richard McKee, who may be coming back to join us in the Falkland Islands later this year. There are many others but the South Georgia heritage Trust certainly deserves a mention with fantastic support and funding in relation to South Georgia – the Pharos and Byron Marine – without them we would find it difficult to get the people and stuff down there and back and to Commander British Forces and the Ministry of Defence for the support that they give us and many, many other people in the Falkland Islands who through their contribution in lots of different ways – volunteers and businesses which have interacted with Tourism, Fisheries or Building and science in some ways down in South Georgia. One of the things that I am trying to make a reality is to make sure that the way in which South Georgia is managed and run is as open and as visible to everyone in the Falkland Islands as possible and that people have opportunity to contribute to the way that we formulate policy and the decisions that we make about the management in the future of the territory. After the remarks a toast was given for Sally Poncet and Pat Lurcock and another toast was given to South Georgia.

 

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Falklands : COLIN SUMMERS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 16.01.2015 (Current Article)

The Falkland Islands Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Islander Colin Summers as the Director of Public Works, who will succeed Manfred Keenleyside when he retires later this year.

COLIN SUMMERS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

The Falkland Islands Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Islander Colin Summers as the Director of Public Works, who will succeed Manfred Keenleyside when he retires later this year.

Colin Summers has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Exeter, and has been employed as the Deputy Director of Public Works for the past eighteen months.

Chief Executive, Keith Padgett, welcomed the appointment: ‘I am pleased to appoint Colin into the role of DPW and to have been able to support his career progression from Deputy Director to Director. He takes on the role from Manfred Keenleyside who stands down after a commendable tenure of over a decade as Director of Public Works.’

Colin Summers is looking forward to taking on the role: ‘I am both honoured and proud to appointed to the role of Director of Public Works. It has always been my ambition to return to the Islands and to give something back for the support received during my education. PWD has a vital role to play both in supporting the community and the continued development of the Islands and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.’

Gavin Short, Portfolio-holder for Public Works was enthusiastic about Colin’s appointment: ‘This is great news. I very much look forward to working with Colin. He has a hard act to follow and we face many challenges during the next couple of years but I am sure he will cope admirably. It is also splendid to see a Falkland Islander moving up to step into the shoes of another Islander in a major FIG Department.’

Son of Owen and Veronica Summers, Colin returned to the Islands in May 2013 with his wife, Jo and their children, after studying and gaining professional experience in the United Kingdom, including six years as Project Manager for Day Group Ltd.

 

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St Helena : St Helena: RELOCATION OF COUNCILLORS’ OFFICES
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Nathan Prince) 16.01.2015 (Current Article)

The public is advised that the Councillors’ Offices - previously situated at No.3 Main Street

RELOCATION OF COUNCILLORS’ OFFICES

The public is advised that the Councillors’ Offices - previously situated at No.3 Main Street, Jamestown - have this week relocated to the Castle (to the Ex-Pay Roll Section).
Contact details for Councillors remain unchanged.

Members of the public with any questions or queries can contact the Secretary to Elected Members on tel: 22590 or email: sec.em@helanta.co.sh.

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16 January 2015

 

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Falklands : NORTH ARM ROAD – CAPITAL WORKS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 15.01.2015 (Current Article)

The North Arm Road is currently undergoing a full reconstruction by PJ McKay and Son Ltd

NORTH ARM ROAD – CAPITAL WORKS

The North Arm Road is currently undergoing a full reconstruction by PJ McKay and Son Ltd as a part of a three-year Capital Works Programme, which is aimed at improving all-year driving conditions. PWD Highways apologise for the current condition of the road where it is being reconstructed and appreciate the forbearance of road users during this necessary stage. The current surface is temporary but safe to use at lower speeds.

Over the coming weeks, the reconstructed section of the road will have some capping placed to improve driving conditions, prior to work starting on the next section of road, although this will not be the final stage capping which will be placed later in the season.

If any member of the public has any inquiries regarding the construction programme, they are invited to contact the Roads Engineer at PWD Highways on 27387.

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St Helena : St Helena: NEW ADVISORY TEACHER FOR SCIENCE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 05.01.2015 (Current Article)

Arriving on the RMS on Saturday, 10 January 2015, will be Mr Bryan Germany (photo attached) to take up the post of Science Advisory Teacher.

NEW ADVISORY TEACHER FOR SCIENCE

Arriving on the RMS on Saturday, 10 January 2015, will be Mr Bryan Germany (photo attached) to take up the post of Science Advisory Teacher.

Based at Prince Andrew School, Bryan will teach classes and provide curriculum leadership for Chemistry lessons.

Director of Education and Employment, Colin Moore, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome Bryan and his family to St Helena. Bryan will play a leading role in Science - particularly the teaching of Chemistry - which is a specialist subject with unfortunately a shortage of qualified teachers.

“But it is vital that our young people possess good scientific skills to compete in an increasingly science-based global economy. I have no doubt that Bryan will help us take learning to new levels in St Helena.”

Bryan added:

“I am very pleased to have been given this opportunity to join Prince Andrew School. As a family we are looking forward to getting to know the people of St Helena.”

Bryan joins the Education and Employment Directorate having previously been a senior teacher at a large secondary school in the north of England.

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5 January 2015

 

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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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10 December 2014

 

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

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

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

 

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

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


FORCES TV AVAILABLE TO FALKLAND ISLANDS VIEWERS

By J. Brock (FINN)

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

CORPORATE SUPPORT THANKS POPPY APPEAL DONATORS

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

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

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

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

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

SHG
28 November 2014

 

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

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

WHARF USAGE - REMINDER

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHG
27 November 2014

 

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

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

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

Attendees: MLAs Elsby, Rendell and Summers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

SUPREME COURT IN SESSION


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


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


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


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19 November 2014

 

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

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

CONCERNS

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHG
19 November 2014

 

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


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

SHG UK REPRESENTATIVE’S OFFICE - NEW CONTACT DETAILS


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


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


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


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

SHG
18 November 2014

 

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

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

ENHANCING SAFE FLIGHTS WITH UK MET OFFICE WEATHER FORECAST SERVICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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