South Atlantic Remote Territories Media Association - Falkland Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha The latest news from the Falkland Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha The news that matters from the
British Territories in the South Atlantic Ocean.
 HOME
 CONTACT US
 MAILING LIST
 LINKS
 SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
 WEATHER INFO (0)
 TOURISM/TRAVEL (5)
 SNIPPETS (0)
 SHIPPING/FREIGHT (1)
 MINERAL RESOURCES (2)
 LEGAL (27)
 HERITAGE (17)
 HEALTH (12)
 GEOLOGICAL EVENTS (0)
 GEN - GOVERNMENT (51)
 FISHERIES (10)
 ENVIRONMENT (4)
 EDUCATION (9)
 BUSINESS NEWS (48)
 AGRICULTURE (2)
 ALL ISLANDS (188)
 ASCENSION ISLAND (1)
 BRIT.ANTARCTIC TER. (0)
 FALKLAND ISLANDS (85)
 S.ATLANTIC GENERAL (5)
 SAINT HELENA (81)
 SOUTH GEORGIA (8)
 TRISTAN DA CUNHA (7)
Sponsored Links



   : Current News Articles


Article 1 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO SERVE ON BOARDS & COMMITTEES
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 27.04.2015 (Current Article)

Corporate Support is in the process of updating its register of persons interested in serving on statutory and bona fide Boards and Committees.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO SERVE ON BOARDS & COMMITTEES

Corporate Support is in the process of updating its register of persons interested in serving on statutory and bona fide Boards and Committees.

The register records previous experience and interests together with any training undertaken - this proves useful when selecting individuals for appointment to any of the various Boards or Committees.

Corporate Support would like to hear from persons who wish to register their interest. It should be noted that registering does not mean that a person will be automatically appointed as this will depend very much on specific statutory requirements and the individual’s background experience and interests.

Appointees are paid an attendance allowance of £20 per meeting and a mileage allowance of 60p per mile.

The relevant application form to register an interest may be obtained from Mrs Carol George, Corporate Services Executive Manager, at the Castle on Tel No: 22695, via email: carol.george@sainthelena.gov.sh or on the SHG website at http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/forms/.

SHG
27 April 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 2 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena: CALIBRATION FLIGHTS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 25.04.2015 (Current Article)

Basil Read is re-scheduling the date of the Calibration Flights for navigational aids, which will now occur in or around September 2015.

CALIBRATION FLIGHTS

Basil Read is re-scheduling the date of the Calibration Flights for navigational aids, which will now occur in or around September 2015.

The revised date will comfortably meet the schedules of all involved organisations and has no effect on the Certification process in November, nor on the Contract Completion date of February 2016.

Basil Read
25 April 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 3 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena: QUARTERLY STATISTICAL NEWS BULLETIN
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 24.04.2015 (Current Article)

The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin for April 2015, covers the period January to March 2015 (Quarter 1),

QUARTERLY STATISTICAL NEWS BULLETIN

April 2015

The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin for April 2015, covers the period January to March 2015 (Quarter 1), and contains updates for the annual rate of Inflation of the Retail Price Index, Income, Estimated Population and Arrivals to St Helena. The bulletin is available on the SHG website at: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics

Annual inflation of the St Helena Retail Price Index (RPI) stood at 2.8 per cent in Quarter 1 2015 - a decrease of 0.5 per cent from the previous quarter. The major upwards pressures continue to be increases in electricity tariffs and the price of purchasing and importing a vehicle to St Helena. This quarter the decease in fuel tariffs are noted as the largest downwards pressure on the rate of annual inflation. In financial year 2014/15 the rate of annual inflation averaged 2.6 per cent, up from an average rate of 1.2 per cent in 2013/14.

In the last calendar quarter of 2014, the number of people on Island averaged 4,665 and the average St Helenian population was 4,170. Compared to the same period in 2013 this represents a 5.5 per cent increase in the total population and a 1.7 per cent increase in the St Helenian population.

Passenger arrivals to St Helena in the first three quarters of financial year 2014/15 were essentially unchanged from the previous year. An increase in RMS passengers has been balanced by a decrease in the number of overnight visitors from yachts and other vessels. There has been a 38 per cent, 360 bed-night, increase in the number of tourist visitors staying on Island during the eight-night turn around of the RMS to Ascension Island. A 52 per cent, 487 person increase, in the number of day-visitors from cruise ships is also noted during the same period.

Finally, the Statistics Office is now conducting its annual user satisfaction survey. If you would like to contribute your views on priorities relating to the development of statistical services for St Helena, please visit the statistics office website (www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics) for an online link to the survey, or contact the office to arrange collection of a paper copy of the survey questionnaire.

If you have requested a copy of this bulletin via email and have not yet received it, please contact the Statistics Office on 22138, or e-mail statistics@sainthelena.gov.sh
SHG
24 April 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 4 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : REPORT ON THE PUBLIC MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, 20 APRIL 2015
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 20.04.2015 (Current Article)

A public meeting was held on Monday, 20 April 2015 at the Court and Assembly Chamber of the Town Hall.

REPORT ON THE PUBLIC MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, 20 APRIL 2015 A public meeting was held on Monday, 20 April 2015 at the Court and Assembly Chamber of the Town Hall. Present were MLAs Rendell, Edwards, Poole, Short, Summers, Hansen and Cheek. Giving the report on Health and Medical Services were Dr Ian Bainbridge, Director of Health and Medical Services Department, Dr Becky Edwards, Chief Medical Officer and Ms Nicky Murphy for Social Services. MLA Elsby was not present. After brief introductions by Ian Hansen, this month’s Chair of Legislative Assembly and Mike Summers, whose portfolio falls under the category, Dr ian Bainbridge, Director of health and Medical Services, made his presentation. He began by saying that everything dealing with the provision of health and medical services was linked to the relevant sections of the Islands Plan. He then outlined seven bullet points that he thought related to the services that were provided and how those points are progressing. They are: Living Longer, Healthier Lives by supporting people with good health as well as those who are sick Excellent Children’s Service – to be explained by Nikki Murphy Preventative Primary Care – Explained by Dr Becky Edwards Extending Mental Health Services Improve and Update the Hospital – By doing essential work and improvements Clinics for Long-term Health Conditions – conditions that can be prevented and that can be managed Older People’s Services – to be discussed last. Dr Edwards said that positive steps in primary care have been made. However it was difficult to initiate the chronic disease management clinics that used to run – diabetes – asthma – obesity – hypertension – well woman clinic – quitting smoking clinic. They had stopped for a while but now are beginning again with some being contacted already by the practice nurse to have bloodwork and ECG done. The gap was unfortunate but it is important to continue these things in the interests of ill health prevention and ill health management. “It is about disease prevention rather than disease cure,” she said. She went on to say that the primary care department had been altered – changed and modified with clinic rooms being made smaller. This is not ideal but there was a situation where there was not enough space to have the clinics and for the staff to work. She said that the small rooms would hopefully be a temporary measure. With the old people out of the west wing this would free up space within the hospital and have more comfortable working environments. The visiting specialist programme was very important to try and bring specialist not only to see patients that are here but also to give help, advice and guidance on how to extend services, to increase particular procedures that can be done here and to review medications held in stock. They have a look at the whole service in relation to their particular specialty while they are here. Many specialists will be visiting within the next 12 months from cardiologists to dermatologists ( I think it is OBGYN that is coming)to psychiatrists to surgeons and this is a rolling programme. Obviously people have to go out for medical treatment overseas. Mrs Edwards said this would not change but the aim of the game looking long-term is to get more robust primary health care and public healthcare procedures in place, and a more robust visiting specialist programme hopefully some of the Medical treatment overseas can be avoided. Treating patients here is better for them as well as people connected to them. The end of the game is to try and push forward health, disease prevention, and the specialist regime. Nikki Murphy explained that there were four areas where Social Services were concerned. They are: Adults – safeguarding vulnerable adults is as important as that for children Children and families - Long-term probation Child safety – the Children’s ordinance that came in during October is relevant to this. The Safeguarding Board now is on statutory footing. She explained how many staff were working in each area of concern. She announced that while the young person’ unit was open it was not fully operational. This is meant to provide the young people of the Falklands support and assistance here in the islands rather than having to travel overseas. She explained this has happened in the past. The public awareness campaign for preventing sexual abuse - while shocking to begin with - the posters are now widely accepted. There has been a massive increase in referrals as a result of the programme. This means a 150% increase in referrals. Lucy Faithful organisation came down in 2013 and reviewed safeguarding. Though they have left and the report is not written, early indications are there will be a very positive report. There is a continuing focus on sexual and domestic abuse and joint work with relevant services is going on with current focus also on the fostering campaign. More foster carers are needed. Thanks to the ordinance Social Services have been able to provide early help and preventative work for families. Hopefully the department can focus on this in the next few months. Welfare statistics show that less than 1/4th of 1% of the population is actually on welfare. There was a recent audit done by the Chief Auditor and results are due fairly soon. There is one probation officer and she has undertaken sesual offender treatment programmes with every sexual offender who is in prison and if they would engage with her and her work. After release some continue to engage with her on a voluntary basis. She is very much involved with MAPPA Agency for Public Protection. She has also helped to develop a multi-agency risk assessment which is when sex offenders have been released from prison and an assessment is undertaken as to whether they would offend again. In the future it is hoped that the department can develop more community links and provide community service orders that offenders can undertake. Dr Ian Bainbridge gave a presentation about care for the elderly that included a provision for an elderly care home. He began by saying that the care of elderly people was a priority and that like many western countries there was an ageing population structure and it was similar to England, Denmark and other places in Europe. He went on that we need to think about what kinds of services are needed to properly support older people in the future. It is becoming a pressing matter now as the situation in the Hospital’s west wing, while managed in the best possible way, is inadequate for purpose. Dr Bainbridge’s view is that an elderly care home is the part that is needed and missing from a jigsaw puzzle of services. He urged people to think about what services we wanted and what we wanted to achieve in providing services. He suggested other parts of the jigsaw puzzle included: 1. Ancillary Care 2. Good Social Care 3. Hospital Care 4. Sheltered Housing – 3 Schemes What he said we didn’t have is extra care housing and an elderly care home... Extra Care homes are for people that might need varied amounts of care, right through to people who need a lot of care. However, they can have their own front door. It could be a development where there are lots of little flats with a team onsite who can actually respond to those needs and give different packages of care, depending on the varying needs. The package would include nursing care- not just social care. He then asked about where the priorities should be – how much of our resources should be put in these different approaches to elderly care and how they fit together. The answer, he suggested, was not more eggs in one basket than others. He went on to say it was to see how the services linked together to meet people’s needs. The public should be consulted and eldercare assessed as well as knowing what kind of assistance is needed for each category of people in their declining years. Taking away people’s independence wasn’t the answer. It would be best to maximise people’s independence. “We don’t want to do too much in the wrong way,” he concluded. One way forward was to allow the elderly to exercise choices in life, even though they are limited. This was the start of a process of engaging with the community. While brainstorming is helpful, research into how other countries are coping is an essential step in the consultative process. Research into demographics of the ageing community here in the Falklands is needed as well and all will go into the mixing pot along with re-developing our awareness of being able to do something in aid of our ageing population. Public engagement and discussion as well as help from all of the media would be needed in an awareness programme. The options for getting this first job done are to understand the pros and cons of those different options and how they apply to us here in the Falklands and to our particular needs. In addition we need to be aware of how much all of this will cost and what is the efficiency achieved for the money spent in respect of: 1. Resources we have 2. Running costs 3. Staffing issues – Recruiting and retaining staff 4. Proven best practice 5. Value for money There is a preferred model for the Falklands but we haven’t achieved it yet. We need something that suits our needs and gives quality of life to all the elderly in our care. The range of services needed to be built before any building goes up. After much debate and consultation with external experts, we need to come to a decision about the model we adopt. A reference group would test out the key questions and build up the sequence of our discussion from within the community. Therefore the debate would develop within the democratic process.. He finished by saying we can’t continue only to discuss – we need to come to a conclusion. Detailed budgets, planning, costings and expert building plans need to be drawn up – no DIY approach here. Ian Hansen commented that Dr Bainbridge put it very well in that it was not just a case of building something. A comment from the floor was that the public on occasion can be apathetic in engaging in this kind of consultation. How would Dr Bainbridge engage the public? Dr Bainbridge said that no matter how apathetic the public we fortunately have the democratic process to rely on. Elected members would be holding discussions as part of the process. He hoped for more public meetings in the future because this process would run for some time. He went on to say the meetings could be general or focused and having a focus group drawing from different areas of interest within the community and Camp would be essential. Focus discussions can go through a variety of sequenced stages. Informed people would have homework to do in addressing items on the resulting list. He also asked the public to consider ways to engage with these groups. Marilyn Grimmer said she did not have confidence in the public listening to experts in the field when they talk and it would be a downfall in the consultative process when the public is needed to participate. She feels a suggestion box for those who want to participate but are shy would be helpful. She suggested one in the hospital. The shy ones with relevant opinions are those who need to be heard. Dr Bainbridge agreed with the suggestion box and with anonymous engagements by members of the public. He admitted that it was always good to get back to people for a two-way discussion. A reference group would help move things along. He went on to say that not everyone’s ideas will fit together in a perfect, cosy consensus. MS: can you try and be a little more specific about the timescale because Members want this thing finished by Christmas even though it is not practical or your view about it is going to work, How do you see this progressing in the time scale? IB: yes, I would be pessimistic to think of that. To get it right, we’ve got to do the preparation right and we will do that because it is what these stages are about. As soon as we have got that done and we’ve got a detailed project plan – a detailed, costed option which has been agreed through the democratic process and we know that the funds are there, then we’ve got a big job to do to actually construct it. As I say, not just construct a new building but to construct a network of services. But if you imagine building a new building, that’s got to be a huge job in itself. Whatever it is will be a specialist’s design – not just a routine combination. We will have to find the site, get the plans sorted, approved and agreed, MS: but one of the public concerns, articulated by the Editor of Penguin News last week, is that we will still be here talking about this in two years’ time and we will never get to the point of building something. I have seen a programme where you had weeks on it and you very wisely have taken them off. But I think people need the confidence that it is not going to take forever because we are only 3,000 people. He went on to say that it wasn’t going to be difficult to look at the demographics because they are all there. Roger Edwards asked if Mike Summers meant the concept was up to the point of what was actually needed by Christmas. Was he meaning we would have a building and everything else by Christmas? Mike Summers didn’t expect that we would and Ian Bainbridge said it was important that people realised we are actually going to do this. Mike Summers asked if we were going to finish it or are we going to just talk about it for the next two years? Roger Edwards said it was important that the facilities not be just for the elderly as there are others in our community that need help and care – children of school age – young adults who are away and we spend a lot of money on them. He felt it would be better for us to have proper facilities in the Falklands, even though it cost more, so the disabled could be near their families. The money would also be going into the community and be circulated around. Money for overseas care would always be going out of the Falklands. Stella Prindle-Middleton noted the mention of an approved EXCO paper. She asked what the paper contained – what was approved? Ian Bainbridge said the presentation was a graphic illustration of the text report saying what needed to be done. He had basically described the EXCO report that was approved. Mike Summers said the paper had been made public. Dr Bainbridge had already been in touch with people who could do a population needs analysis One or tow people have said they would like to take it on so the project has started. He went on to say it would be a matter of months to get a plan and preferred model moving forward. Detailed plans will be initiated asap. Expert project management would be needed to help us work out a realistic time scale. Phil Middleton asked about funding. Most of what had been said was about cross-referencing between departments and getting local expertise. Would it be just the Medical Department funding the concept or would there be something different in that a special project needed a special budget allocation, which needed to be justified each year, giving it more impetus. Dr Bainbridge agreed that a special allocation was needed. Mike Summers said there were three sources of funding for this project. One is the project budget which stands at £3Million that can be used for construction and/or pre-planning. There is also a budget held by PWD to assist in architectural and specialist design. An allocation for future years’ running has also been set aside. He went on to say he couldn’t foresee any things that we need to do that aren’t already provided for. Ian Bainbridge added that there would be no provision in the Health and Social Care budget for this project.

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 5 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : FILMUS LAUNCHES LAWSUITS AGAINST FALKLANDS’ OIL DRILLERS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 18.04.2015 (Current Article)

Claiming that Argentina desires a peaceful acquisition (purloining) of the Falklands, Daniel Filmus, Argentina’s ‘Falklands’ minister, launched legal action against four oil companies who are drilling for hydrocarbons in waters around the Islands.

FILMUS LAUNCHES LAWSUITS AGAINST FOUR FALKLANDS’ OIL DRILLERS By J. Brock (FINN) 18/04/15 Claiming that Argentina desires a peaceful acquisition (purloining) of the Falklands, Daniel Filmus, Argentina’s ‘Falklands’ minister, launched legal action against four oil companies who are drilling for hydrocarbons in waters around the Islands. Fulmis confirmed that three British firms – Premier Oil, Rockhopper Exploration and Falkland Oil & Gas – as well as Edison International and Noble Energy were being targeted by the legal action. April’s Chair of Legislative Assembly, Ian Hansen said that: “The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) fails to see how drilling is, in any way a provocation. Speaking at Canning House in central London, Filmus insisted the natural resources around the Falklands “belong to 44 million Argentinians”. He said: “Argentina has been forced to resort to defensive measures making use of the law and political action as its main tools in order to protect the natural resources in the area under dispute. Ian Hansen went on to say that “We have the right to develop our economy, including the hydrocarbons industry, and we are exercising that right. Exploration drilling has been happening in Falkland Islands waters for many years. Daniel Filmus said that “The existence of large-scale renewable and non-renewable natural resources in the area can produce an obstacle to dialogue by triggering growing tensions, or it could also be an incentive to return to the negotiating table.” “It is not only economic development that is at stake but also the conservation of the rich and fragile ecosystems of the zone,” he continued. However, Agreements signed in the mid-1990s gave Argentina the opportunity to participate in hydrocarbons exploration in the Islands, and it is worth remembering that it was the Government of Argentina who walked away from working with the Falkland Islands on the development of a hydrocarbons industry in 2007. “Argentine domestic law does not apply to the Falkland Islands and this latest action is clearly another attempt by Argentina to try to block economic growth in the Falkland Islands, said Ian Hansen. FIG disputes the Argentine argument about militarisation of the Falkland Islands. UK forces are here as a deterrent and levels of personnel over the past 10-15 years have reduced considerably. The recent review will not lead to any increase in the size of the military in the Islands but rather an investment into infrastructure here in the Islands. UK Secretary of State, Philip Hammond told Sky News: “It is an outrageous piece of bullying and threatening against the Falkland islanders’ perfect right to develop their own economic resources and Argentina needs to stop this kind of behaviour and start acting like a responsible member of the international community.” The Government of Argentina continues to ignore our inalienable right to determine our own future. In 2013, in an internationally observed referendum, the Falkland Islands sent a clear and unequivocal message to the world when of those who turned out to the polls, 99.8% voted in favour of remaining a British Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. MLA Hansen concluded, “We are very happy with our relationship with the United Kingdom, and it is a relationship based on mutual respect – something Argentina refuses to give the people of the Falkland Islands.”

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 6 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : ST HELENA UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY DIRECTIVE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 16.04.2015 (Current Article)

The St Helena Utilities Regulatory Authority has issued its report on a Direction under Section 5 (1) (C) of the Utilities Services

ST HELENA UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY DIRECTIVE
– RELATING TO 2015/16 ELECTRICITY AND WATER TARIFFS


The St Helena Utilities Regulatory Authority has issued its report on a Direction under Section 5 (1) (C) of the Utilities Services Ordinance 2013 - relative to 2015/16 electricity and water tariffs. The report can be found at http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/

Issued on behalf of the St Helena Utilities Regulatory Authority
16 April 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 7 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : FCO OFFICIALS ON FAMILIARISATION VISIT
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 14.04.2015 (Current Article)

Two Foreign Office officials with responsibility for St Helena will pay a brief visit to the Island from the morning of Sunday 19 April, departing via Ascension Island on Tuesday 21 April.

FCO OFFICIALS ON FAMILIARISATION VISIT

Two Foreign Office officials with responsibility for St Helena will pay a brief visit to the Island from the morning of Sunday 19 April, departing via Ascension Island on Tuesday 21 April.

Alex Cameron, Head of the Falklands and Southern Oceans Department, and Mairi McKinstry, Desk Officer for St Helena and Ascension Island will meet a cross section of the community, including Councillors, officials, and representatives of the business community and NGOs.

Having spent some time on official business in Cape Town, Alex and Mairi will undertake a short programme on Ascension Island before returning to the UK.

SHG
14 April 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 8 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : ‘State of the Economy’ and ‘Living Wage’ Reports Published
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 25.03.2015 (Current Article)

The Policy Unit is pleased to announce that two new documents will be published this week: ‘The State of the Falkland Islands Economy’ and the ‘A Living Wage for the Falkland Islands.’

‘State of the Economy’ and ‘Living Wage’ Reports Published

The Policy Unit is pleased to announce that two new documents will be published this week: ‘The State of the Falkland Islands Economy’ and the ‘A Living Wage for the Falkland Islands.’

“These documents have been in the making for some time, and as well as providing helpful information for the people of the Falkland Islands, they will be a useful tool in budget preparation for FIG this year,” explained Head of Policy, Jamie Fotheringham.


‘The State of the Falkland Islands Economy’ document provides an accurate statement of how the Falkland Islands economy is performing, analysis of key issues and challenges moving forward and an industry-by-industry breakdown of the economy.


Economist Ville Peltovuori was responsible for preparing ‘The State of the Falkland Islands Economy’ and is excited to see the project come to fruition: “It was a big project, pulling together information from each sector of the economy, finding the trends, and examining some of the challenges the Falkland Islands might face in the future. We haven’t made any official recommendations in the report, the goal was to be able to demonstrate the state our economy is currently in.”


'A Living Wage for the Falkland Islands’ provides the first estimate of earnings necessary to comfortably cover all of a household’s outgoings in the Falkland Islands.


Jamie Fotheringham explained the process behind the Living Wage calculation. “This has been a really interesting piece of work for the Policy Unit to undertake, and something we’ve spent a lot of time on. A nutritionist helped us model a balanced diet to help us calculate the cost of food needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we looked at the cost of heating and electricity, a whole range of things. What’s important to note is that we looked only at things a household might need, rather than everything a household might spend money on. For this reason, alcohol and tobacco haven’t been included, and nor has a vehicle. But we have looked at the cost of nursery care, for example. In almost every case, the cost of food was the single biggest component of a household’s outgoings.”


To copy of each of the documents can be downloaded by clicking below, or alternatively via the Policy Unit website: http://www.fig.gov.fk/policy/index.php/downloads


‘The State of the Falkland Islands Economy’ [pdf, 252kb]

‘A Living Wage for the Falkland Islands’ [pdf, 371kb]


For further information regarding this press release or either of the two documents, please contact the Policy Unit on +500 28421 +500 28421 or email policy@sec.gov.fk

25th March, 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 9 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : ROAD CLOSURE AT BUTTON-UP CORNER
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 25.03.2015 (Current Article)

Following a recent road traffic accident, the Highway Authority has approved the closure of the Seaview Road

ROAD CLOSURE AT BUTTON-UP CORNER

Following a recent road traffic accident, the Highway Authority has approved the closure of the Seaview Road from Gordon’s Post to Corner of the Wall Junction (the Briars/Constitution Road) on Sunday 29 March 2015. This is necessary to repair the damage to the wall at Button-Up Corner.

The road will be closed from 8am until 2pm and during this time diversions will be in place.

The Roads Section would like to apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause, and thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.

SHG
25 March 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 10 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : FINAL BLAST AT AIRPORT SITE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 23.03.2015 (Current Article)

The final rock blast for the St Helena Airport Project took place at the Airport site, Prosperous Bay Plain, at 5.20pm on

FINAL BLAST AT AIRPORT SITE


The final rock blast for the St Helena Airport Project took place at the Airport site, Prosperous Bay Plain, at 5.20pm on Friday 20 March 2015. The final blast was carried out as part of creating safer slopes in an existing borrow pit near the Navigational Directional Beacon site on the eastern side of the Runway. The final blast used 975kgs of explosives and yielded approximately 3700 tonnes of blasted rock.

The operation went well, achieved its objective, and marked three years of safe and efficient blasting from the Basil Read Blasting Team and the end of all blasting operations required for the Airport Project.

A total of 383 controlled explosions have taken place for the Airport Project with no safety or misfire incidents.

Basil Read’s Production Manager, Deon Robbertse, paid tribute to Blasting Supervisor, Alan Hudson and his team. He said:

“The Blasting Team has been an integral part of the Airport Project and directly responsible for us to move over 10million m3 of material to create a safe and usable Access Road, complete all the fills including Dry Gut and getting the Runway to the right level.”

SHG
23 March 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 11 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : WHARF ACCESS: THURSDAY - 2 APRIL 2015
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 23.03.2015 (Current Article)

As is normal, there will be some limitations to accessing the Wharf on Maundy Thursday, 2 April 2015.

WHARF ACCESS: THURSDAY - 2 APRIL 2015

As is normal, there will be some limitations to accessing the Wharf on Maundy Thursday, 2 April 2015.

Access for vehicles will be restricted unless authorised by Port Control. Only pedestrians will be able to access the lower Wharf area.

At this time break-bulk cargo will be stored at the lower end of the Wharf and security officers will be on patrol. Members of the public will be allowed to drop off or pick up fishing equipment etc before returning their vehicle to the car parking area, beyond the Port Control barrier.

Port Control would like to take this opportunity to thank the public in advance for their cooperation.

‘HAPPY FISHING’.
SHG
23 March 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 12 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : Malo River bridge reopened
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 21.03.2015 (Current Article)

The Public Works Department is pleased to announce the reopening of the Malo River bridge to its full capacity of 38 tonnes, after repair work was completed Saturday afternoon, March 21.

Malo River bridge reopened

The Public Works Department is pleased to announce the reopening of the Malo River bridge to its full capacity of 38 tonnes, after repair work was completed Saturday afternoon, March 21.

The method of the repair work replaced the damaged components in-situ following temporary props being put in place, which is believed to be a world first. The approach avoided the need to buy additional components to de-launch and re-launch the bridge, which would have increased the cost and time of the repair. It gave an earlier completion date and avoided the additional expense of constructing a temporary crossing, said Director of Public Works, Manfred Keenleyside.

Thanks are offered to all who were involved, particularly the on-site team - Nunker Summers, Robbie Maddocks, Geoff Greenough, Alex Igao and Andrew Alazia for their hard work to safely and quickly complete the repair.

Thanks are also extended to SAAS for facilitating the transfer and shipment of components at the earliest possible date, and also to road users for their forbearance while the bridge was closed.

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 13 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES PRESENTED AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE (15/03/19)
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 19.03.2015 (Current Article)

Though it has been about six times Sandra Tyler-Haywood has presented certificates at Government House, it amazes her to see the wide range of qualifications earned by students at the Training Centre.

DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES PRESENTED AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE

By J. Brock (FINN)

Though it has been about six times Sandra Tyler-Haywood has presented certificates at Government House, it amazes her to see the wide range of qualifications earned by students at the Training Centre. Ranges of ages and people also give her a sense of pride in what has been achieved. She admitted to being tempted to gain other skills.

“There are so many people here that we should thank – the Training Centre for what they o in arranging courses but mainly thanks and credit goes to those earning certificates because you are all working, conducting your lives but at the same time taking the time out to learn and to develop skills which in the future can only benefit the Falkland islands as they move forward,” she said.

Those receiving awards on Thursday evening were:

Kyano Bagley – Essential Skills Level 1 ICT
Alexandra Birmingham – Support Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate NVQ
Violet Clarke – Food Safety, Catering, Level 2
Vicky Collier – GCSE in Geology
Samantha Davis – CMI Diploma in First Line Management Level 3
Louise Ellis – Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment Level 3
Iain Ford – Essential Skills level 1 ICT
Debby Ford – GCSE in Mathematics
Robert George – NVQ Diploma in Plant Maintenance Construction Level 2 and level 3
Joanna Lazzo – Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools level 2 Certificate
Wendy Luxton – CMI Diploma in First Line Management Level 3
Elaine Morrison - Essential Skills Level 2 in ICT, Communications and Number
Macauley Middleton – Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 2
Richard Morrison – CMI Diploma in First Line Management level 3
Marcus Pole-Evans – NVQ Diploma in Plant Maintenance Construction Level 2 and Level 3
Mark Pollard – GCSE in Geology
Lee Robertson – CMI Diploma in First Line Management level 3
Heather Smith – Food Safety for Catering Level 2
Louise Taylor – Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment level 3
Fiona Wallace-Nannig – CMI Diploma in first line management Level 3
Cara Ashworth – Certificate in Business Administration level 2
Madeline Finlay – Introduction to Safeguarding Children Online and Introduction to
Safeguarding Children (Presented Locally)
Monica Riocas – Introduction to Safeguarding Children
Maritza Veronica – Introduction to Safeguarding Children Online
Roanna Lloyd – Introduction to Safeguarding Children
Cara McGill – Safeguarding Children with Disabilities and Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
Linda McRae – Safeguarding Children with disabilities and
Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
Tamara McCormick – Introduction to Safeguarding Children
Zoe Taylor – Introduction to Safeguarding Children
Kirsty Williams – Advanced Safeguarding of Children and Leadership and Management.
Gethyn Roberts – Health and Safety, Fire Safety and Manuel Handling
Marco Leyton – Fire Safety
Robin Berntsen – Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Food Safety for Catering Level 2

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 14 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : INCOME TAX (AMENDMENT) BILL 2015
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 18.03.2015 (Current Article)

The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2015 will be presented at the next Formal Session of Legislative Council, on Friday, 27 March 2015.

INCOME TAX (AMENDMENT) BILL 2015

The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2015 will be presented at the next Formal Session of Legislative Council, on Friday, 27 March 2015.

This Bill seeks approval to amend the Income Tax Ordinance 2012, to adjust the tax rates, introduce a higher rate tax band and to introduce tax on dividends.

In the lead up to the Formal Legislative Council Session next week, it is planned to hold an Information Session on the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, with employers and other interested parties, on Wednesday, 25 March 2015, at the Information Centre in the Canister, starting at 4pm.
It is also planned to hold separate information sessions via local radio.

The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2015 can be viewed on the St Helena Government Website at http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/

SHG
18 March 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 15 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : BR CERTIFICATION & OPERATIONAL READINESS MANAGER VISITS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 17.03.2015 (Current Article)

Basil Read’s Certification & Operational Readiness Manager, Simon Walker, arrived on St Helena, today Tuesday 17 March 2015, to discuss plans for Airport Certification and Operational Readiness.

BR CERTIFICATION & OPERATIONAL READINESS MANAGER VISITS

Basil Read’s Certification & Operational Readiness Manager, Simon Walker, arrived on St Helena, today Tuesday 17 March 2015, to discuss plans for Airport Certification and Operational Readiness.

Simon is a familiar face to the St Helena Airport Project, having previously provided aviation advice to DFID and SHG.

In his new role, Simon joins the team in Basil Read working on Airport Certification. During his visit, Simon will work closely with Basil Read, the Project Management Unit and the SHG Access Office to review key responsibilities and tasks required for Airport Certification and the operation of the Airport.

Further details on Simon’s visit and work programme will be published in the March Airport Update.
Simon will depart the Island on Wednesday 1 April 2015.

SHG
17 March 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 16 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : AIR SERVICES TO ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 16.03.2015 (Current Article)

SHG and DFID are pleased to announce the appointment of Comair Limited as the preferred bidder for the provision of air services to St Helena.

AIR SERVICES TO ST HELENA

SHG and DFID are pleased to announce the appointment of Comair Limited as the preferred bidder for the provision of air services to St Helena.

Comair is a South African aviation and travel company offering scheduled and non-scheduled airline services within South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Comair has been operating successfully in South Africa since 1946. The company operates under its low-fare airline brand, kulula.com, as well as under the British Airways livery as part of its license agreement with British Airways plc.

Comair is proposing a weekly flight between Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport, formerly known as Johannesburg International Airport) and St Helena using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The flight time from Johannesburg to St Helena will be about four and a half hours.

Through Comair’s partnerships with numerous international airlines, the St Helena air service will offer connections to the international route network, via Johannesburg, to destinations such as London, Amsterdam, Paris, Sydney and Hong Kong.

SHG and DFID will be holding detailed discussions with Comair over the next few weeks and will make a formal and more detailed announcement once these have been concluded.

This marks a very positive step for St Helena in working with an airline that has such a long track record of successful operations and which provides an excellent gateway to the rest of the world, including the UK.
Further announcements will follow.
SHG
16 March 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 17 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena Airport: first aircraft to land in July 2015
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 05.03.2015 (Current Article)

The very first aeroplane landing on St Helena's new airport...sthelenaonline.org

St Helena Airport: first aircraft to land in July 2015

The very first aeroplane landing on St Helena's new airport is due to take place in July - seven months before the target date for its completion.

sthelenaonline.org

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 18 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : CHANGES TO ACCESS TO THE SOUTH ATLANTIC AIRBRIDGE (SAA)
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 04.03.2015 (Current Article)

The MOD has applied limitations to the right to travel on the South Atlantic Air-bridge to certain nationalities.

CHANGES TO ACCESS TO THE SOUTH ATLANTIC AIRBRIDGE (SAA)

The MOD has applied limitations to the right to travel on the South Atlantic Air-bridge to certain nationalities. In order to clarify the position and avoid any misunderstanding, Media Ops at MPC thought the following information might be helpful:

The MOD has reviewed its practices regarding access to its operational defence establishments, such as RAF Brize Norton, and has had to introduce some restrictions in respect of the nationalities that can in future be carried on the SAA. With immediate effect, countries whose nationals are excluded from carriage on the SAA are currently: Belarus, China, Egypt, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, and Vietnam. This policy will remain under regular review.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this policy change will undoubtedly cause. Please be assured that urgent, exceptional requirements such as humanitarian need, or critical importance to the interests of the Falkland Islands will be considered by the MOD on a case-by-case basis, although there can be no guarantee of an acceptance of such requests.

While I am not at liberty to discuss the specific reasons for this decision, I am sure you will understand that the MOD places the greatest importance on the security of its people, facilities and operations. By restricting access to the SAA in this way, we will ensure that the vast majority of users can continue to travel as before. We believe that this will affect only a relatively small number of people. Those who are affected by these changes are reminded that there are alternative means of travel between the UK and the Falkland Islands.

These changes do not affect other flights currently using Mount Pleasant Airport, such as the LAN Chile or oil charter flights.

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 19 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES RESIGNS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 03.03.2015 (Current Article)

Barry Marsden has confirmed that he has tendered his resignation from his post as Director of Emergency Services and has notified the Chief Executive of the intention.

DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES RESIGNS

By J. Brock (FINN)

Barry Marsden has confirmed that he has tendered his resignation from his post as Director of Emergency Services and has notified the Chief Executive of the intention.

“I have absolutely thoroughly enjoyed my last four years employment with the Falkland Islands Government and also the experience of living in the Falkland Islands,” he said.

Mr Marsden went on to say that his decision to resign was purely for personal reasons in that he needed to spend more time with members of his family in the foreseeable future.

“I would however not discount returning to the Falkland Islands or working for the Falkland Islands Government in the future should the opportunity arise and my circumstances permit,” he said.

Barry Marsden went on to thank the media for their assistance over the past years in getting key messages out to the communities of the Falkland Islands.

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 20 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : LADDER HILL ROAD CLOSURE – SUNDAY 8 MARCH 2015
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 03.03.2015 (Current Article)

Following a recent road traffic accident, the Highway Authority has

LADDER HILL ROAD CLOSURE – SUNDAY 8 MARCH 2015

Following a recent road traffic accident, the Highway Authority has given approval for Ladder Hill Road to be closed on Sunday, 8 March 2015, for essential repairs. The road will be closed from 8am to 4pm.

Diversions will be in place.

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

SHG
3 March 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 21 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : APPRENTICESHIP AWARENESS WORKSHOP
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 02.03.2015 (Current Article)

An Apprenticeship Awareness Workshop was held, for the first time, on Thursday 26 February 2015, at the Education Learning Centre in Jamestown.

APPRENTICESHIP AWARENESS WORKSHOP

An Apprenticeship Awareness Workshop was held, for the first time, on Thursday 26 February 2015, at the Education Learning Centre in Jamestown.

The workshop was organised by the Lifelong Learning Services with input from Enterprise St Helena, enabling all apprentices to come together. The day reminded apprentices of the requirements of an Apprenticeship and covered the importance of good work ethics, health and safety and injecting motivation. It was also an opportunity to hear apprentices’ views and to build a vision for the future in a fun learning environment.

Facilitators, Work Development Co-ordinator, Cynthia Bennett, Construction Training Manager, David Goodrick of Enterprise St Helena, and Teacher Training Advisor, Christine Blake gave presentations throughout the day. A total of 31 apprentices attended the workshop, all of whom gave positive feedback.

Cynthia commented:

“Overall the day was very successful. All apprentices seemed to have enjoyed the day, increased their learning and became more motivated. From the feedback that we received, apprentices felt that it was very interesting and useful. However, there were also some very good suggestions for future improvements - this was much appreciated by the directorate.”

Judging from the results of the workshop on Thursday, the Education Directorate felt it would be beneficial to organise at least two workshops a year for apprentices.


SHG
2 March 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 22 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 02.03.2015 (Current Article)

A cross section of employees from both the public and private sector have recently undergone intense management training with visiting trainer, Bruce MacDonald, on behalf of the Graduate School of Business from the University of Cape Town.

MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR ST HELENA

A cross section of employees from both the public and private sector have recently undergone intense management training with visiting trainer, Bruce MacDonald, on behalf of the Graduate School of Business from the University of Cape Town.

Through a partnership training initiative between Enterprise St Helena and Lifelong Learning Services, Bruce delivered a series of workshops to junior and middle managers working on the Island. Organisations were invited to nominate staff for the training and, in total, 31 people from a range of organisations, including St Helena Government, Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc, Bank of St Helena, the RMS and various other organisations participated in the training programme.

Training was intense and workshops ran from 9am to 4pm over four and half days.
Bruce explained:

“The training involved lots of discussion, debates and group work and focused on general management techniques. With the support of my colleague, Megan Hooper, who joined the sessions via video link, we were able to deliver to participants a programme on leadership, knowing oneself and knowing others, understanding behaviour, group dynamics, business simulation and an introduction to finance.

“In four days you can’t cover very much so what we decided to do was to take the basics of management and provide participants with models and frameworks that they can use over appropriate circumstances. It’s up to participants to use their mature judgement and apply what they use and when – it’s looking at the process of learning and not specifically what you learn.”
The training was well received by participants and some of their comments included:

“I am delighted with the outcomes of the training. I found it to be insightful and thought provoking and am excited to go back to work to understand how I can implement the various ideas that I learnt while working through the training. The course was very well designed and allowed managers at all levels to be able to engage with the facilitators and with other managers on the course who work across a diverse range of sectors. I would recommend this training to any manager as an opportunity to reflect on their current management style, identify where they want to be and begin to make the changes they need to get there.”

“I found the course educational and the visual aids were very informative. The stages of decision making learnt are easily adaptable when making decisions on a day-to-day basis. The course was very beneficial.”
“The course was a great refresher on management techniques and we were also introduced to some new concepts. The trainers were excellent and helped us to gain an insight on understanding and managing organisational behaviours, systems thinking and managing change. Thank you to the organisers.”
Bruce concluded:

“All participants engaged really well and have been very enthusiastic.
“The proof of the pudding will be what attendees do when they go back to work. What they’ve learnt will emerge over time and hopefully they will be able to apply what they’ve learnt in a real work situation.”

Bruce departed the Island on Thursday 26 February 2015.
A photo is attached to this release.

SHG 2 March 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 23 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : OFFICIAL LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR BYE- ELECTION 2015
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 18.02.2015 (Current Article)

The Elections Ordinance 2009 provides for Nominations to be delivered to the Returning Officer by no later than noon on the last day appointed for the Nomination of Candidates. The closing date for nominations for the 2015 Bye-election (to be held on Wednesday 4 March 2015) was today, Wednesday 18 February 2015.

OFFICIAL LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR BYE- ELECTION 2015

The Elections Ordinance 2009 provides for Nominations to be delivered to the Returning Officer by no later than noon on the last day appointed for the Nomination of Candidates. The closing date for nominations for the 2015 Bye-election (to be held on Wednesday 4 March 2015) was today, Wednesday 18 February 2015.

Returning Officer, Gillian Francis, this afternoon announced the names of four Candidates who will be standing for the upcoming Bye-election and a seat on Legislative Council (photo attached).
The Candidates are as follows:

Anthony Arthur Green: of ‘Oltonia’, St Paul’s.

Geoffrey Patrick George Knipe: of Perkin’s Gutt, Sandy Bay.

Pamela Ward-Pearce: of ‘Panorama’, Longwood.

Lionel George Williams: of ‘Brenville’, Nr Half Tree Hollow, St Paul’s.

The full Declaration, including the names of Sponsors, will be Gazetted as soon as possible and hard copies will be placed at the usual outlets and published on the SHG website.
Polling Day is set for Wednesday 4 March 2015. Polling Stations will be at the Blue Hill Community Centre, Half Tree Hollow Clinic, Harford Community Centre, St Mary’s Church at the Briars, Kingshurst Community Centre, Levelwood Community Centre, Jamestown Community Centre, and Sandy Bay Community Centre.
Further information about Polling Day, how and where to vote, and voting by Proxy will be published as an insert in this week’s newspapers.
SHG
18 February 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 24 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : CONTINGENCY PLAN TESTED TWICE IN ONE WEEK
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 17.02.2015 (Current Article)

On Thursday, 12 February 2015, a planned major incident exercise took place where the emergency and port services

CONTINGENCY PLAN TESTED TWICE IN ONE WEEK

The Infectious Communicable Diseases Contingency Plan was tested twice last week.

On Thursday, 12 February 2015, a planned major incident exercise took place where the emergency and port services and wider SHG worked through their processes for identifying and dealing with someone who arrived on-Island with an infectious communicable disease. The exercise saw the Emergency Services identify the disease, open an isolation centre and transport the patient to a safe location.

The exercise went well and demonstrated that the systems in place are workable and the relevant agencies were able to safely manage the situation. Some learning points have come out of the exercise and improvements will be made to the plan for future use.

On Sunday, 15 February 2015, the plan was tested in a ‘real life’ situation when a ship made a planned call at the Island, earlier than expected, with a sick crew member on board. A thorough assessment of the crew member was carried out by Hospital Service staff.
Following the assessment it became clear that any risk of communicable disease was extremely remote but, as a result of the busy wharf and the need to swiftly move an ambulance to and from the site, the area was briefly closed as a precautionary measure.

Dealings with the ship were stepped down to ‘business as usual’ following the disembarkation of the sick crew member.

Assistant Chief Secretary, Paul McGinnety commented:

“The exercise went well and highlighted areas of improvement that we were able to implement immediately over the weekend. This demonstrates the value of such exercises and I would like to thank everyone who took part in both the exercise and the operation on Sunday.”

SHG
17 February 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 25 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : RECEIVING POST FROM AND VIA SOUTH AFRICA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 17.02.2015 (Current Article)

The St Helena Post Office would like to advise their customers that they have not received any official report from the Authorities in South Africa as to the reasons for the delays in receiving post from and via South Africa.

RECEIVING POST FROM AND VIA SOUTH AFRICA

The St Helena Post Office would like to advise their customers that they have not received any official report from the Authorities in South Africa as to the reasons for the delays in receiving post from and via South Africa.

The Post Office would also like to inform customers that the Ascension Island Post Office does not have any authority to open or break any seals on post bags dispatched from the UK for St Helena. However, there could be missent mail included in either the Ascension or St Helena post bags which is then sorted and forwarded on.
The following are approximate postal times:

POST VIA SOUTH AFRICA:
Surface mail to the UK, including other destinations takes approximately 13-15 weeks.
Airmail to the UK including other destinations takes approximately 4-5 weeks.

POST VIA ASCENSION ISLAND
Airmail to the UK including other destinations takes approximately 3 weeks.
It should be noted that these times are from the date of departure of the RMS St Helena from St Helena Island.
SHG
17 February 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 26 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES IN PORT CONTROL SECTION
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 17.02.2015 (Current Article)

The public is advised that due to organisational changes within the Port Control Section (Office of the Harbourmaster) St Helena, the following personnel can be contacted via their new email addresses, detailed below.

ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES IN PORT CONTROL SECTION

The public is advised that due to organisational changes within the Port Control Section (Office of the Harbourmaster) St Helena, the following personnel can be contacted via their new email addresses, detailed below.

Assistant Harbourmaster, Steve Kirk, has been promoted to Deputy Harbourmaster and can be contacted via email address DeputyHarbourMaster@hmrc.gov.sh

Assistant Harbourmaster, Brian Greentree, is now the Logistics Coordinator (Wharf-Side Operations) and his new email address is LogisticsCoordinator@hmrc.gov.sh

Former email addresses for the above personnel are no longer valid and members of the public are asked to please use the new contact details as listed above.

The telephone number remains the same and all Port Control, Tax and Customs Officers can be contacted via the switchboard number 22287.
SHG
17 February 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 27 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : BYE-ELECTION: DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS - WEDNESDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2015
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 16.02.2015 (Current Article)

The public is reminded that the last day and time for receiving Nominations to elect a Member to fill the vacant seat on Legislative Council is 12 noon on Wednesday, 18 February 2015.

BYE-ELECTION: DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS - WEDNESDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2015

The public is reminded that the last day and time for receiving Nominations to elect a Member to fill the vacant seat on Legislative Council is 12 noon on Wednesday, 18 February 2015. All nominations should be delivered within this time to the Returning Officer, Mrs Gillian Francis, at the Castle, Jamestown.

Don’t leave it until the last minute to submit your nomination.
Further information on nominating a Candidate was published in newspapers dated 5 & 6 February 2015.
If more than one valid nomination is received, a Poll will be taken on Wednesday 4 March 2015.

Only those persons with their name on the amended Register of Electors, dated 4 February 2015, will be eligible to participate in the Bye-election, with those who are 21 years of age and over being able to stand for election.

SHG
16 February 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 28 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : CONTROLLED ROCK REMOVAL – WEST ROCKS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 16.02.2015 (Current Article)

On Wednesday morning, 18 February 2015, Rock Guards, from the Environment and Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD), will conduct a controlled rock removal operation in the West Rocks area.

CONTROLLED ROCK REMOVAL – WEST ROCKS

On Wednesday morning, 18 February 2015, Rock Guards, from the Environment and Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD), will conduct a controlled rock removal operation in the West Rocks area.

As a precautionary measure, the area from the Sand Yard will be cordoned off to pedestrians and traffic with immediate effect.
The public is advised to please refrain from trying to cross the cordon.

ENRD would like to thank the public in advance for their cooperation.
SHG 16 February 2015

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 29 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

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

SHIPPING - POST-RMS FREIGHT SERVICES UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHG
10 December 2014

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 30 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 31 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 32 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 33 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 34 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 35 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 36 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.


SHG
19 November 2014

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 37 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 38 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 39 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 40 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 41 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 42 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 43 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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)


 

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 44 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 45 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.

 

 

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 46 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 47 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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)


 



 


 



 

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Falkland Islands News Network.


Article 48 of 48
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.

 

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Tristan Times.

      Powered by NIC.SHCopyright © 1993-2015 SARTMA.comDesign by CrownNet