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Falklands : Falklands: CRUDE PRICE DECLINES: POINTS TO CONSIDER
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 16.10.2014 (Current Article)

Crude price declines could affect the costs and methods of extracting hydrocarbons around the Falklands

CRUDE PRICE DECLINES: POINTS TO CONSIDER

By J Brock (FINN)

Crude price declines could affect the costs and methods of extracting hydrocarbons around the Falklands but those in the industry here should be aware of why the prices are declining. The following are contributing factors:

Speculative Factors:

1. The Ebola outbreak causing a general fear of travelling and thus decreasing demand by transport industries
2. Businesses tightening their belts due to the gradual withdrawal in the US of the Federal Stimulus Programme
3. Fear that the European Economy is declining

Practices:

1. OPEC is refusing to cut supply as it is competing against the highly expensive method of fracking for hydrocarbons extraction
2. Russia is selling off its vast oil reserves to prop up the Rouble and to offset economic damage that sanctions are causing

Locally the industry must consider the price at which hydrocarbons exploitation is viable. Is $80.00 crude the tipping point? Could the price per barrel go lower ans still make hydrocarbons exploitation around the Falklands viable?

On the positive side this could help loosen the rig market, which has been tight to impossible in recent years. When prospects become financially unviable they don’t need drilling rigs and the Falklands oil industry could benefit by having a choice of more cost-effective rigs.

Putting you in the picture, per dium rates for a drillship and/or a semi submercible rig could set you back between $250,000.00 to $600,000.00.

 

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St Helena : St Helena: CAREERS FAIR 2014
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Nathan Prince) 16.10.2014 (Current Article)

On Wednesday, 15 October 2014, St Helena’s annual Careers Fair was held at Prince Andrew School from 10am-5pm.

CAREERS FAIR 2014

On Wednesday, 15 October 2014, St Helena’s annual Careers Fair was held at Prince Andrew School from 10am-5pm.

More than 20 businesses took part in the Fair with stalls displaying posters, equipment, films, photography slideshows and products relevant to their business type. Various demonstrations were conducted on the outside court area, including from Tommy, the Police Dog, Buzz, the Drugs dog, and hourly forestry/tractor demonstrations.

Guest speakers were on hand with topics covering Scholarships, Starting up a Business and Training in Languages, to name but a few.

The fair was opened by Work Development Coordinator, Cynthia Bennett:

“Simply this event is to inspire you to learn and to develop – to reach to the top so that you may achieve your goals and make your dreams a reality.”

The day was also marked by the unveiling of the Education Directorate’s new Lifelong Learning logo. The logo represents the creation of the new Lifelong Learning Service picking up areas originally covered by AVES - apprenticeships and work development, training, distance learning and examinations, City and Guilds Centre, Public Library and childcare coordination.

Kerry Yon, Assistant Director Lifelong Learning said:

“The Education and Employment Directorate has always aimed to provide learning opportunities for all ages and at all stages of life and recently, some restructuring took place within the Directorate to bring lifelong learning under one umbrella.

“To everyone here today, we are all learning each day. Please take advantage of the opportunities on offer, talk to us, find out about the fields that interest you and remember that it is never too late to learn.”

Careers showcased on the day were from Solomon & Company, Connect St Helena, Bank of St Helena Limited, South Atlantic Media Services, Enterprise St Helena, G – Unique, Dalco, ProArc, Essence, Bliss, George Bennett’s Upholstery, SHAPE, Pat’s Clutch & Brake Bonding Services, Penny Savers, St Helena National Trust, Environment & Natural Resources Directorate, Health and Social Services, Corporate Services, Police & Prison, Fire & Rescue, St Helena Audit Service and the Education and Employment Directorate.

Deputy Chairman of the Education Committee, Councillor Nigel Dollery encouraged those present to excel and be proactive in the job they are in, noting that dedication will pay of in the future.
Three pictures are attached with this release.
SHG
16 October 2014

 

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

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

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

 

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Falklands : Falklands Medium Wave and FM Radio Update
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 14.10.2014 (Current Article)

The Falkland Islands government has announced that that following storm damage earlier in the year, the Medium Wave radio service transmitted from Mount William has been repaired and is now back on air

Falklands Medium Wave and FM Radio Update

By J. Brock (FINN)

The Falkland Islands government has announced that that following storm damage earlier in the year, the Medium Wave radio service transmitted from Mount William has been repaired and is now back on air on 530MW, broadcasting Falkland Islands Radio Service (FIRS), and BBC World Service when FIRS is not on air. However, British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) has advised that the BFBS Radio 2 channel previously transmitted on 550MW from the BFBS Bush Rincon site will no longer be available as the equipment is beyond economic repair.

FM Radio channels now being broadcast island-wide on the new FM radio service can be accessed on the frequencies shown below:


Transmitter
Frequency Station/Channel
Sussex Mountain 88.2 BFBS 2
97.2 FIRS/BBC World Service
106.2 BFBS Falklands
Byron Heights 88.4 BFBS 2
97.4 FIRS/BBC World Service
106.4 BFBS Falklands
Mount Alice 88.6 BFBS 2
97.6 FIRS/BBC World Service
106.6 BFBS Falklands
Mount William 88.8 BFBS 2
97.8 FIRS/BBC World Service
106.8 BFBS Falklands

The Island Wide Multi Channel FM Transmitter Network includes the principle FM transmitter locations and the estimated area of coverage from each one:
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This information can also be found on the following FIG website link: http://www.fig.gov.fk/projects/index.php/fm-camp-radio/frequencies

A number of areas are still experiencing difficulty receiving some or all of the new FM channels. An assessment of reception around the islands has recently been carried out and a report has been prepared for FIG outlining the various difficulties and problem areas. The options for resolving these issues will be considered by Executive Council in November and it is hoped that proposed solutions can be implemented in the near future.

 

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St Helena : TRAINING FOR CUSTOMS OFFICERS ON AUTOMATED DATA SYSTEM
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 08.10.2014 (Current Article)

Customs Officers, Juliette O’Dean and Rosemond Fowler, will depart the Island today (8 October 2014) to undergo training in St Lucia on implementing St Helena’s first Automated Data System (ASYCUDA).

TRAINING FOR CUSTOMS OFFICERS ON AUTOMATED DATA SYSTEM

Customs Officers, Juliette O’Dean and Rosemond Fowler, will depart the Island today (8 October 2014) to undergo training in St Lucia on implementing St Helena’s first Automated Data System (ASYCUDA).

This web based system will improve efficiency and speed in the acceptance and clearance of cargo, import duties and other paper transactions. It also provides for the faster and more streamlined clearance of goods, and for payment online. The system allows for a one-stop gateway for HM Customs and Excise business, providing both Government and Merchants with trade figures and statistics in ‘real time’ which is invaluable for budgeting and planning.

Head of Information Technology, Jeremy Roberts and Juliette O’Dean have previously undergone their initial training in Geneva to ensure the system could be firstly installed and the initial phase of the system implemented.

Head of Customs and Port Control, Jon Holland said:

“Unlike other locations, St Helena has had the minimum of ongoing hands-on technical support when implementing ASYCUDA. The first step has been completed but we are too remote for trainers to be sent to the Island for the system to effectively progress to the next phase.

“St Helena will be moving away from the current standard international trade classification codes to the International Harmonized System codes and staff will need hands-on training to implement them as the current codes are not compatible with the ASYCUDA system - the training in St Lucia will enable this to move forward.”

The ASYCUDA system was funded by the Department for International Development.
The system to be used on St Helena is the most up to date version of the software and was designed by a dedicated team from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The system can be found in over 100 jurisdictions worldwide but this is the first time for it to be introduced on an Island as remote as St Helena. (NB Montserrat is smaller than St Helena and has the system).

SHG
8 October 2014

 

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St Helena : St Helena: BIRTHDAY HONOURS 2015 - OVERSEAS LIST
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 06.10.2014 (Current Article)

The Governor’s Office has once again been invited by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to submit recommendations for HM the Queen’s Birthday Honours for St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

BIRTHDAY HONOURS 2015 - OVERSEAS LIST The Governor’s Office has once again been invited by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to submit recommendations for HM the Queen’s Birthday Honours for St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Persons wishing to submit nominations for the 2015 Birthday Honours are reminded that the overriding principle is that honours are awarded on merit for exceptional achievement or any service recently carried out over and above what normally is expected. Where possible, nominations should place emphasis on voluntary services. It should also be noted that age is not a factor in awarding honours and younger members of the community who have made an outstanding contribution or have given exceptional service, should not be overlooked. It is important that nominations are kept confidential and that nominees are not made aware that they are being proposed for award of an Honour. Nomination forms are available from Mrs Carol George, Corporate Services Executive Manager and completed forms should be returned to the Executive Secretary, Honours Committee, in a sealed envelope, marked confidential, by Friday, 7 November 2014. SHG 6 October 2014

 

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St Helena : St Helena: GOVERNOR SAYS ‘THANK YOU’ TO DARRIN AND SHARON HENRY
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Nathan Prince) 03.10.2014 (Current Article)

In a special reception held last evening (Thursday 2 October 2014), at Plantation House, His Excellency Governor and Mrs Capes paid tribute to the hard work of Darrin and Sharon Henry with the South Atlantic Media Services Ltd (SAMS).

GOVERNOR SAYS ‘THANK YOU’ TO DARRIN AND SHARON HENRY

In a special reception held last evening (Thursday 2 October 2014), at Plantation House, His Excellency Governor and Mrs Capes paid tribute to the hard work of Darrin and Sharon Henry with the South Atlantic Media Services Ltd (SAMS).

With the support of a small but dedicated team, Darrin, the outgoing CEO of SAMS, launched the Sentinel newspaper on 29 March 2012. The SAMS website followed soon after on 1 April 2012 and on 13 February 2013 they launched their first hosted radio show on SAMS Radio 1.

Two years later Darrin steps down as CEO as he and Sharon move on to a new adventure.

In the presence of invited guests, including Councillors, Darrin and Sharon’s family, the Sentinel team and SAMS Radio 1 voluntary presenters, Governor Capes spoke of Legislative Council’s decision to establish SAMS Radio and The Sentinel as ‘unquestionably one of the most important and positive acts in the recent history of St Helena’.

Governor Capes said:

“Councillors recognised, rightly, that St Helena needed an objective, modern and sustainable media operation. It was clear that this would be especially important at a time of major change as the Island prepared for air access.

“Darrin and Sharon Henry, two Saints and two of the best people you will meet anywhere, stepped up to the challenge. Over the past few years they have worked incredibly hard for St Helena.
“To say that they have succeeded in their work is an understatement. Through SAMS Radio and the Sentinel they have given Saints, here and around the globe, access to a quality news service that they can trust, a service that is professional, objective and dependable. Along the way they motivated, trained and mentored many young Saints who helped to establish and run both the radio station and the newspaper.

“I think you might agree that to develop a newspaper and a radio station from scratch would be a huge challenge for anyone. More than that, from the word ‘go’ Darrin insisted on setting and maintaining high standards.

“The result is a quality media operation of which St Helena can be proud. A media operation with a strong community focus to give Saints, and all those with an interest in St Helena, an accurate and unbiased account of who and what makes this Island tick.

“As many of you will know, apart from the huge challenge of setting up a new media operation, Darrin and Sharon had to contend with the efforts of a handful of sad people who sought to undermine their work. A handful of sad, gloomy people, unable to accept change.

“Of course, as strong and confident Saints, Darrin and Sharon conducted themselves with dignity and were able to bat away the nasty jibes.

“As always, let’s stay positive and hope that one day the sad ones will ditch their dark cloaks of doom and gloom to experience how much better life is with a positive attitude.”
Governor Capes then went on to present Darrin and Sharon with a framed copy of the very first edition of the Sentinel newspaper.

In his speech on the night Darrin recognised the challenges of running the Sentinel and setting up SAMS Radio 1, but reflected on the enthusiasm of the Sentinel team, the success of the service and the good memories that he and Sharon have from serving the community of St Helena to the best of their ability.

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SHG
3 October 2014

 

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Falklands : UK TRADE AND INVESTMENT DIRECTOR VISITS THE FALKLANDS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 01.10.2014 (Current Article)

Trevor Hines, UK Trade and Investment representative at the British Embassy in Santiago, Chile, is visiting the Falklands for a week to assess the state of businesses in the Falklands and to make useful contacts.

UK TRADE AND INVESTMENT DIRECTOR VISITS THE FALKLANDS

By J. Brock (FINN)

Trevor Hines, UK Trade and Investment representative at the British Embassy in Santiago, Chile, is visiting the Falklands for a week to assess the state of businesses in the Falklands and to make useful contacts.

A reception was given for him at government House on Tuesday evening where H E the Governor Mr Colin Roberts said that Mr Hines would be explaining the new arrangement which HMG has put in place to enable the global UK trade and investment network to operate for businesses registered in the Falkland Islands. He went on to say that it was important that Mr Hines understood what goes on in the Falklands with regard to Falklands’ businesses. He would be tailoring core services for Falklands businesses and be our contact person.

Mr Roberts has just returned from the UK where he was asked by various Ministers how the Falklands’ economy was doing and he reported that they were deeply envious about how our economy is growing. UK Trade and Investment will help the economic processes along.

Mr Hines remarked that he was delighted to be here today and he thanked the Governor and Roger Spink for inviting him to come and learn about business here in the Falkland Islands. He had been in Santiago for just over 18 months where his role is to promote UK exports to Chile and investments into the UK and to take a more strategic view into investments into the mining sector as well. He had been asked nine months ago to work with Falkland Islands’ companies to assist in increasing exports from the Falklands to other parts of the world. It was important for Falklands companies to access the UK Trade and Investment services – primarily the market research services – so that global markets could be accessed.

While in the Falklands Mr Hines visited the Chamber of Commerce and is expected to visit some Government Departments as well as MLAs at Gilbert House.

 

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St Helena : St Helena: JAMESTOWN HOTEL PROJECT
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.09.2014 (Current Article)

Following Tuesday’s (23 September 2014) decision in Executive Council to support the development of a Hotel in Jamestown, SHG and ESH are working together to take this project forward.

JAMESTOWN HOTEL PROJECT Following Tuesday’s (23 September 2014) decision in Executive Council to support the development of a Hotel in Jamestown, SHG and ESH are working together to take this project forward. Councillor Lawson Henry commented: “In taking this decision, Executive Council was mindful of the risks to Government in making this intervention but these were far outweighed by the benefits to the Island and the enormous investment the British Government made in the Airport project for St Helena. I was mindful too, of the undertakings that SHG made in the Memorandum of Understanding in doing our part in ensuring that important infrastructure development would be in place by or shortly after our Airport becomes operational. “Executive Council sees the hotel development project as a catalyst for other economic development that will complement other local initiatives. I would like to publicly commend and thank all those officers of SHG and ESH who are involved in this project, for their hard work over many months in bringing this proposal to the table, to all members of Legislative Council for their advice and finally to our colleagues in DFID for their on-going support.” Chief Secretary Roy Burke added: “I am grateful to all my colleagues, politicians and officials alike, for the enormous amount of work that has gone in to getting to this point. This has been a challenging project to work on and the hard work starts now as we initiate a project to establish a hotel in Lower Jamestown. SHG will seek to ensure that all the appropriate procedures are followed and that we get a facility that we can all be proud of: one that enhances the experience of St Helena for both locals and visitors. We are at an exciting point in our development and this decision sends a clear message that St Helena is open for business.” Susan O’Bey from Enterprise St Helena concluded: “We are very pleased at the decision taken in Executive Council to support this Hotel Development. The Jamestown Hotel is an exciting project, it keeps with the heritage of Jamestown and fits very well with our plans to grow the economy organically. “At ESH we are now seeing existing accommodation providers coming forward with plans to develop their establishments and we have also had discussions with local investors who are planning to build new accommodation facilities. This means that we will be able to offer tourists a variety of places to stay throughout the Island, ranging from the high quality hotel experience, to guest houses and self-catering facilities. The impact that all of this growth will have on other sectors including construction, agriculture and fisheries is significant.” SHG & ESH 26 September 2014

 

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St Helena : St Helena: JAMESTOWN HOTEL PROJECT
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.09.2014 (Current Article)

Following Tuesday’s (23 September 2014) decision in Executive Council to support the development of a Hotel in Jamestown, SHG and ESH are working together to take this project forward.

JAMESTOWN HOTEL PROJECT


Following Tuesday’s (23 September 2014) decision in Executive Council to support the development of a Hotel in Jamestown, SHG and ESH are working together to take this project forward.

Councillor Lawson Henry commented:

“In taking this decision, Executive Council was mindful of the risks to Government in making this intervention but these were far outweighed by the benefits to the Island and the enormous investment the British Government made in the Airport project for St Helena. I was mindful too, of the undertakings that SHG made in the Memorandum of Understanding in doing our part in ensuring that important infrastructure development would be in place by or shortly after our Airport becomes operational.

“Executive Council sees the hotel development project as a catalyst for other economic development that will complement other local initiatives. I would like to publicly commend and thank all those officers of SHG and ESH who are involved in this project, for their hard work over many months in bringing this proposal to the table, to all members of Legislative Council for their advice and finally to our colleagues in DFID for their on-going support.”

Chief Secretary Roy Burke added:

“I am grateful to all my colleagues, politicians and officials alike, for the enormous amount of work that has gone in to getting to this point. This has been a challenging project to work on and the hard work starts now as we initiate a project to establish a hotel in Lower Jamestown. SHG will seek to ensure that all the appropriate procedures are followed and that we get a facility that we can all be proud of: one that enhances the experience of St Helena for both locals and visitors. We are at an exciting point in our development and this decision sends a clear message that St Helena is open for business.”

Susan O’Bey from Enterprise St Helena concluded:

“We are very pleased at the decision taken in Executive Council to support this Hotel Development. The Jamestown Hotel is an exciting project, it keeps with the heritage of Jamestown and fits very well with our plans to grow the economy organically.

“At ESH we are now seeing existing accommodation providers coming forward with plans to develop their establishments and we have also had discussions with local investors who are planning to build new accommodation facilities. This means that we will be able to offer tourists a variety of places to stay throughout the Island, ranging from the high quality hotel experience, to guest houses and self-catering facilities. The impact that all of this growth will have on other sectors including construction, agriculture and fisheries is significant.”

SHG & ESH
26 September 2014

 

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St Helena : St Helena: ACTS OF BRAVERY AWARDS PRESENTED
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.09.2014 (Current Article)

A reception hosted by HE Governor and Mrs Capes was held last evening (Thursday 25 September) at Plantation House, to present Acts of Bravery Awards to those involved in the successful rescue of Mr Deon March of Blue Hill on 2 August 2013.

ACTS OF BRAVERY AWARDS PRESENTED

A reception hosted by HE Governor and Mrs Capes was held last evening (Thursday 25 September) at Plantation House, to present Acts of Bravery Awards to those involved in the successful rescue of Mr Deon March of Blue Hill on 2 August 2013.

Governor Capes welcomed invited guests, including SHG officials and family and friends of awardees, and remarked:

“Deon March will never forget where he was on 2 August 2013, he will always remember that night as the night he was rescued by some very brave Saints.”
Noting the courage and team spirit that resulted in a successful rescue, Chief of Police Trevor Botting added:

“There are certain jobs, such as fire and rescue where you are expected to go to locations which people are running away from and into buildings where people are leaving. Tonight’s awardees had to scale some dangerous terrain to assist with this rescue and made a judgement decision to stay the night where they found Mr March.”

Governor Capes then awarded Certificates of Acts of Bravery to those who took part in the rescue mission.

Awards were presented to: Martin Peters, Russell Clingham, Joseph Oliver, Damien Stevens, Kyle Yon, Scott Crowie, Christian Phillips, Daniel Yon, Craig Scipio, Jason Lawrence, Alan Thomas and Michael Pretty (no longer residing on Island).
Governor Capes concluded:

“What you did that night displays your commitment to your job, to the community and to St Helena, thank you.”

Four pictures are attached to this release.

Note to Editors: On Friday, 2 August 2013, Dion March was rescued after falling from a cliff at Barren Ground.
SHG
26 September 2014

 

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St Helena : St Helena: CAREERS FAIR – LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 19.09.2014 (Current Article)

Plans are swiftly progressing for this year’s Careers Fair to be held on Wednesday 15 October 2014 at Prince Andrew School, from 10am-5pm.

CAREERS FAIR – LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!

Plans are swiftly progressing for this year’s Careers Fair to be held on Wednesday 15 October 2014 at Prince Andrew School, from 10am-5pm.

The annual Careers Fair is an opportunity for potential job seekers and those interested in career development, to give and receive information on career development and job opportunities on St Helena.

So far 20 businesses and services have signed up to the Fair to deliver the theme of promoting careers and career development post-Basil Read - showcasing the opportunities that will be available on-Island once Basil Read employment has reduced and the Airport is operational.
The Prince Andrew School Hall will be arranged for visitors to browse the various stalls and see what each organisation has to offer, look at their displays and ask any questions.

Throughout the day there will also be short presentations from various organisations including the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, St Helena National Trust, Education, School of Nursing and Enterprise St Helena.

Work Development Coordinator Cynthy Bennett, leading the event, encourages people to attend. She said:

“The Careers Fair is for all, young and old. This is a chance to inspire yourselves and others into personal and career development, looking beyond the Airport opening. Each year, together, we aim to improve over the year before and I have every confidence that this is going to be achieved again in 2014.”

All are encouraged to attend to see what careers are on offer on St Helena and how best they can work towards achieving their own career aspirations.

SHG
19 September 2014

 

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St Helena : SHG Seeks Administrative Assistant
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 18.09.2014 (Current Article)

The St Helena Government UK Office in central London is seeking the services of a part-time Administrative Assistant.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – ST HELENA GOVERNMENT UK OFFICE (CENTRAL LONDON)


The St Helena Government UK Office in central London is seeking the services of a part-time Administrative Assistant. The successful applicant will work a 21 hr week, usually over three days. The salary is £13,104 per annum (based on a 21 hr week).
The duties will include but are not limited to:

Assisting with international recruitment working closely with St Helena Government’s Human Resources Department, in particular to:

(1) Prepare recruitment adverts, based on Terms of Reference forwarded by Corporate HR.

(2) Arrange advertising and ensure the St Helena Careers Website is kept up to date.

(3) Process all applications.

(4) Respond to requests for further information both verbally and in writing.

(5) Prepare short-listing and interview criteria for the panel.

(6) Take minutes at interviews, submitting these with the covering note to HR.

(7) Advise applicants on the outcome of their applications.

(8) Arrange pre-employment screening and checks for successful applicants.

(9) Assist with travel arrangements.

Meet, escort and support Councillors, Officials, Students and Medivacs on arrival in the UK and at their place of study/abode when required.

Provide cover when the UK Representative is away from the office, which could include attending meetings/events.

Assist with receptions or events to promote St Helena.

Provide general administrative support, including meeting and greeting visitors to the office.

The successful applicant should have good IT skills (especially Microsoft Word and Excel); provide excellent customer service; be reliable and adaptable, be expected to display flexibility in respect of working hours, work independently but also as a team member in a small office environment.

To apply, please submit your CV with a covering letter to the St Helena Government UK Representative, Mrs Kedell Worboys by midnight, Sunday, 28 September. Contact details as below:


Kedell Worboys (Mrs) MBE
St Helena Government UK Representative
16 Old Queen Street,
London, SW1H 9HP
Telephone: 0203 170 8705 or 0203 170 8706
Email: shgukrep@sthelenagov.com
SHG
18 September 2014

 

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St Helena : St Helena: PUBLIC TRANSPORT REVIEW 2014 CONSULTANT’S REPORT PUBLISHED
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 16.09.2014 (Current Article)

Public transport consultant George Watson has now finalised his report on bus services on St Helena, which has today been published on the SHG website Publications page at

PUBLIC TRANSPORT REVIEW 2014 CONSULTANT’S REPORT PUBLISHED

Public transport consultant George Watson has now finalised his report on bus services on St Helena, which has today been published on the SHG website Publications page at http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/

The online report is a slightly redacted version of the full report - omitting just a small amount of commercially sensitive information which could influence forthcoming tender exercises.

SHG accepts the various recommendations made in the report and will now take them forward, with a view to tendering for a more integrated public transport service within the next six months. Increasing prosperity on the Island can only bring more pressure on the highway system, so it is important that a progressive policy is developed that aims to address capacity issues.

Improvements considered include simplification of the timetable, additional journeys, a quantum change in promotional activity and bringing the coordinating role together in one locally recruited SHG post.

Assistant Chief Secretary (Support) Gillian Francis said:

“SHG’s aspiration is to have an efficient and effective public transport service, that will meet the needs of Saints and visitors alike, supporting both social and economic development.
“Although modest improvements have been made since the introduction of revised services two years ago following public comments and operational experience - there is room for further improvements.”

John Scipio will be working with SHG officials on a part time basis taking the recommendations forward in time for the retendering exercise in 2015.
SHG
16 September 2014

 

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St Helena : 60th COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 16.09.2014 (Current Article)

Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean will depart St Helena this week to attend the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and 34th Small Branches Conference in Cameroon, which will run from 2 - 10 October 2014.

60th COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean will depart St Helena this week to attend the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and 34th Small Branches Conference in Cameroon, which will run from 2 - 10 October 2014. During the course of the conference several workshops will be held, including ‘Unity and Diversity’, ‘Joining Hands for Womens’ Rights’, ‘Parliamentarian in Gender Empowerment’, ‘Development Agenda against the Standards set out in the Commonwealth Charter’ and ‘Good Governance for the 21st Century: (Transparency and Accountability’). As some of these workshops will be held at the same time Councillor Scipio-O’Dean has chosen to attend ‘Joining Hands for Womens’ Rights’ and one entitled ‘How Can Parliament Ensure that Young People are Placed at the Centre of Sustainable Development’. Councillor Scipio-O’Dean said: “I am delighted to attend the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary and Small Branches Conferences in Cameroon which will allow me to engage with parliamentarians across the British Islands & Mediterranean Regions and beyond, to share experiences, knowledge, ideas and observations.” Christine will be taking a lead role by attending the Executive Committee Meeting, and during the Small Branches Conference, Councillor Scipio O’Dean will lead the discussion on the Challenge of Small States’ Vulnerabilities in relation to Social and Economic Development. Assistant Chief Secretary (Support), Gillian Francis commented: “This is an opportunity for Councillor Scipio-O’Dean to network and build relationships with members of the CPA. Attendance at the conference will also provide opportunity to promote St Helena as a tourist and investment destination in the run-up to the Airport opening.” SHG 16 September 2014

 

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Falklands : Falklands: Public Meeting and Fisheries Presentation
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 15.09.2014 (Current Article)

A public meeting took place at 1700hrs on Monday, 15 September 2014 in the court and Assembly Chamber of the Town hall. Approximately 20 members of the public attended as well as MLAs Rendell,Elsby, Short, Poole and Edwards.

PUBLIC MEETING 15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Report by J. Brock (FINN)

A public meeting took place at 1700hrs on Monday, 15 September 2014 in the court and Assembly Chamber of the Town hall. Approximately 20 members of the public attended as well as MLAs Rendell, Elsby, Short, Poole and Edwards.

The first item of business was a fisheries presentation by the Director of the Natural Resources Department, Mr John Barton.

In his remarks Mr Barton explained that the fishery around the Falklands wasn’t the world’s largest – by far but that we produced 10% of the world’s squid supply, which was substantial. He went on to say that Loligo has been re-named “Falklands Calamari” but it would take time for this to filter through to the market.

Illex would, in a typical year account for approximately 50% of the catch, Falklands Calamari about 25% and various other species another 25%.

Since 1987 revenues have been around £25Million down to approximately £15Million for a while and recently revenues from fisheries have gone up to £20Million. In terms of the latest GDP figures the fishery accounts for about 34% of GDP. A few years ago it would have been more significant but it still is the single largest contributor to GDP.

Illex contributes 50% of licence fees – between £10 and £11Million. Loligo raises £4 Million and Finfish, £5Million. Loligo manages to punch above its weight in revenue in tax. Tax is increasing with Illex as well as Finfish.

Tooth-fish are found in the outer reaches of the zone while Loligo are found close into shore in the east and south of the Falklands while Illex is found in the west of the Islands. A lot of the resources (Illex) is shared with Argentina. It is off season for Illex and not much is happening.

Rock Cod and Hoki congregate on the shelf areas in western areas of the zone and are very much a shared resource.

Illex is the single biggest resource in the south West Atlantic. This year there was a record of over 300,000 tonnes. However, this is not always the case and Mr Barton showed a graph indicating some poor catches. 1,000 tonnes a vessel minimum is seen as adequate per vessel but they would want more and this year there was more.

Seeing there is no regional agreement for the area it is difficult to manage fish stocks throughout the southwest Atlantic.

Loligo occurs almost entirely in Falklands’ waters so there is an element of stability. As it is off season there is a reduction in fishing effort. The 16 vessels presently fishing for Loligo provide stability and it is possible there won’t be huge increases in the resource for quite some time. There used to be up to 40 vessels licenced to fish for the resource.

All the different species of Finfish average 80 to 100,000 tonnes. There has been a change in the species commercially available in the zone with Southern Blue Whiting decreasing and Rock Cod increasing. It is suspected that over-fishing by Argentina was instrumental in the decline of Blue Whiting. Climate change and oceanography also are factors in the decline of this species. The increase of Rock Cod may also be a factor.

Mr Barton went on to explain the advantages to both fisheries when the South Atlantic Fisheries Commission was operating. When the Argentines refused to participate in it in 2005 fisheries management of straddling stocks became non-existent.

“It is sad that 10 years after the war we had much better relations with Argentina on fisheries than we do 30 years after the conflict,” said Mr Barton.

During the presentation it became evident that the hydrocarbons scenario would affect the fishery that at this time is the major revenue earner for the Falkland Islands Government. If the hydrocarbons industry in the Falklands took off there would be much more income coming from it than from the Fishery. However, if there were a lull in the hydro industry the fishery would continue to be the major money earner.

ITQ was the major change in fisheries law taking place in 2005/06. All resources are under the system except Illex, giving fishing companies long-term security – a better result than the short-term licencing that took place prior to ITQ.

The EU is the biggest trading partner for the fishery. According to Mr Barton, if Calamari is eaten anywhere in the EU there is a 50% chance it comes from the Falklands.

As for fisheries science, the bulk of work is focused on determining what fish stocks inhabit the Zone and how much of it can be caught to allow for next season’s fish stocks. There are difficulties in keeping the total allowable catch figure pristine, with no one undermining it. Both the research and protection vessels are run by local companies. Other functions of the fishery have also been privatised, creating more jobs.

Mr Barton said that in the Short to medium term we are less likely to see more fish processing in the Falklands apart from specialist operations. However, with more competition especially for services, job and business opportunities will increase. As fisheries, when well-managed, are a renewable resource, it is hoped to have the industry around for a long time.

There is a film presentation about the Falklands fishery in the new museum.

A question and answer session took place after the presentation. Ging Davis said he was concerned about the side-lining of the new port in favour of increasing the working life of FIPASS. He said FIPASS needed a proper inspection which hasn’t been done in 30 years. How long did we have before it was not fit for purpose?

John Barton said a lot more money has been voted for doing maintenance and repair work on FIPASS and it should be allocated over the next five years. He went on to say that surveys had been done on FIPASS. Unless there are serious problems the allocated funds should be sufficient for the short term.

John Barton said that the decision had been taken to suspend the operations at Port William and to look at options again. FIPASS had carried on in the interim while the search had been on before but funding should be able to extend FIPASS’ working life which should be 5 to 10 years.

It would cost a small fortune to take bits of FIPASS away for dry-docking and the practice would cause disruption to operations.

Mike Summers addressed the broader issue that was raised. It was unfair to say that nothing had been done as a lot of effort had been put into trying to design a future port and the structure bearing in mind the traditional industries of farming, fishing and tourism. All these industries require decent port facilities. Over many years a lot of work has been done to look at suitable sites and to short list them. Had it been easy we would have a new port by now. It may not be satisfactory but we are still in an interim phase. The facility designed for Port William focused on the production phase of the Sea Lion field in mind. As things stand at the moment this is not feasible but we still have to provide port facilities for our traditional industries. More in-house work has been commissioned to see about providing longer-term support for the traditional industries. It would be possible to use the design work for the facility in Port William and scale it down for use by the traditional industries. As a country ultimately we will have to bite the bullet and build a new port facility because what we have isn’t adequate. He admitted it wasn’t adequate at the moment, let alone in the long-term. We had been hijacked by Hydrocarbons during the last 4 to 5 years.

Ging Davis mentioned the fund used for work on a new port and said he heard it had been spent on other projects. Mike Summers said the fund still exists though it has been re-named. The fund is there for the new port as well as for other capital projects. He went on to say that we have a huge amount of money now – a lot more than when the little fund existed. The small amount would be a drop in the bucket in terms of funding a new port. It is still possible within our existing means to build new port facilities but we don’t yet know what they are.

The port is on hold at present because the decision to exploit the Sea Lion Field won’t be made until next year. Whichever way it goes it will be a trigger point for development – or scaling down plans. If they decide not to invest we know how to act accordingly. Equally if there is significant investment there are plans for projects to go forth.

 

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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 15.09.2014 (Current Article)

Other Questions added to the interest level of the meeting.

PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2014
Other Questions

A Report by J. Brock (FINN)

Roger Spink brought up the subject of ITQ. He asked if there was a plan to introduce ITQ in the Illex fishery and if so, when?

John Barton said that there was an on-going review of the ITQ system that should be made public by the end of this year. Depending on the outcome the view would be that Illex come into the ITQ system. If the outcome is positive the earliest it could be admitted to the ITQ system would be the 2016 fishing season.

Ging Davis felt that the fisheries industry should have looked after itself better in liew of the pending hydrocarbons exploitation.

Roger Spink asked if there were a prediction for next year’s Illex season and John Barton said it was usual to wait till the end of the season for predictions.

Ging Davis continued with general questions by asking why, when the Argos parking lot was extended, did vehicles still park on the street? He suggested yellow lines outside on the street. It had been two years since he first brought this up.

Phil Middleton said that vehicles were still travelling down the bottom half of Dean Street at speed the wrong way. Would more explicit signs at the entrance of that street be considered? The sign is a classic “No Entry” sign but nobody seems to understand what it means.

Gavin Short said that in one case the sign was pointing in the wrong direction and he was going to see that lads from PWD would get it sorted.

Brian Summers mentioned the question of speed signs on the Airport Road. The signs had been 40 MPH but someone changed them to read 25 MPH. He asked the question in April and has heard nothing back. People had been stopped for speeding along that section of road. Gavin Short said the sign was a point fixed in one of our ordinances. Mr Summers said he read in penguin news about 15 years ago that EXCO had changed it but he didn’t hear anything to say the 25MPH speed had been reinstated. Gavin short said that to his knowledge such a change would have to go to EXCO and the Assembly. Word had been exchanged with the Attorney General but due to being bogged down with other priorities this had not been dealt with. Brian Summers questioned whether the 25MPH sign was legal. Gavin Short said it was explained to him that the speed limit on that stretch of road has always been 25MPH but the sign fell over and people had been breaking the law for some time until the sign was picked up by a road engineer and re-erected.

Gerald Cheek said the 25MPH sign was a new sign and he never noticed it until it was newly erected. Gavin Short said it was done while David Pickup was Attorney General but he couldn’t remember exactly what year it was. Phyl Rendell said it sounded like clarity was needed on the subject and Gavin Short said it was being dealt with and added he saw no safety or engineering issue as to why the speed should be 25MPH

Brian Summers also said he noticed a 25MPH sign on Eliza Cove Road as you approach the Agricultural Department. It just appeared 150 to 200 metres down the road. Presumably it went to the last Assembly? Is it legally 25MPH or is PWD erecting 25MPH signs where they please? Mike Summers said his understanding of the law was that in the town boundaries all roads have a 25MPH speed limit except the bypass. It is likely the sign is on the edge of the town boundary. Another member of the public said the one to Moody Brook was 40MPH but she heard a 25MPH sign was going up. Barry Elsby said one just went up by the Hanger the other day. The speed limit is still 40MPH but when you come off the Tarmac it is still a bad road. He added it was 25MPH on the Mink Park estate. Gavin Short said it would become 25MPH in due course but it will have to go to EXCO and Legislative Assembly.

Stella Prindle Middleton said that the last official notification she remembered hearing about the extra classrooms at the infant/Junior School for year 6 was there wasn’t a decision made because it was still in commercial discussion where it was going to be. Was Barry Elsby in a position to say where the classrooms would be? Barry Elsby said he was away for a month and didn’t know about it but said there was a two pronged attack on this. One is a quick fix in St Mary’s Hall which is being renovated so there would be access to two classrooms and that should be ready within the next few months. The longer-term solution is going to be based in the Stanley Hostel Grounds where a facility very much as is there already will be developed. FS -1 and FS – 2 would be based there. The Church Hall would still be renovated and available and its use would be decided later.

The nursery still is located in the same facility. PWD at present are renovating the Hall and it should offer a very good facility but that will be used for a few months before the one in Stanley Hostel Grounds is ready which would probably be March or April next year.

 

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St Helena : St Helena: DRY GUT PUBLIC OPEN DAYS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 15.09.2014 (Current Article)

To mark the completion of the Dry Gut Fill, two public Open Days will be held at the Airport site on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2014 from 10am to 2pm.

DRY GUT PUBLIC OPEN DAYS

To mark the completion of the Dry Gut Fill, two public Open Days will be held at the Airport site on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2014 from 10am to 2pm.

The public are encouraged to come along and witness the massive achievement of the fill, talk to members of the construction team and view some of the vehicles used.
Hot food, refreshments and souvenirs will be on sale. There will also be video displays and viewing points, together with guides for different aspects of the project.

A shuttle bus will run from Bradleys to the Airport site between the opening times, 10am-2pm. Drivers with 4x4s will be allowed to drive onto the site themselves, at their own risk, and are asked to adhere to safety instructions on the day. Suitable footwear and clothing must be worn.

Interested food and beverage providers wishing to provide a service at the site are asked to contact the Public Relations Office on tel: 22470 by 4pm on Wednesday 17 September 2014 to book a space.

ALL ARE WELCOME.

SHG
15 September 2014

 

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

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

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


 


Transcribed by J. Brock (FINN)


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


(100X Transcription Service)


 

 

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

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

The Directors – Part VI


Carol George, Director of Health and Social Welfare


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


  


Medical Services


Nursing Services, including acute and community care services


Pharmacy Services


Laboratory Services


Dental Services


Social Services which includes the Learning Disabilities sector


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


Environmental Health Services


Older Persons Services, including sheltered accommodation and Home Care Support


Administration Services 


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


Public Relations/Information Office


The Secretariat


2 June 2011

 

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

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

JOBLESS and POVERTY  RATES ARE KEY TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY

 

An Editorial by J. Brock (SARTMA)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

ARGENTINE CLAIMS TO FALKLANDS SEABED CONTAINS NOTHING NEW


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


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


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


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


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


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



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

 

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

A quick overview of South Atlantic News

SARTMA DAILY (30/08/05) 


 


Compiled by J. Brock (FINN)



 


 


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



 


 


CONTENTS


 


Section 1: Articles by FINN


 


Section 2:  Executive Council Report


 


Section 3:  BAS Press Release


 


Section 4:  Announcements


 


Section 5:  FIRS News Direct



 


 


Section 1:


 


POACHING VESSEL TO BE SCUTTLED


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


 


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


 


 


 


WELCOME BACK LYLE


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


 


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


 


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


 


Welcome back!



 


 


Section 2:


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


In exercising this delegated power the EPO/DoA should:


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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



 


 


Section 3


 


RELEVANT INTERNET NEWS


 


BAS Press Release


                 


 


Early Drake Passage Opening Led to Global Change


No: 12/2005   30 Aug 2005


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


                 


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


 


© Copyright Natural Environment Research Council British Antarctic Survey 2004.



 


 


Section 4:


 


ANNOUNCEMENTS:


 


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



 


 


Section 5:


 


FIRS NEWS DIRECT: 30 AUGUST 2005


 


Compiled by Amy Johnson (AJ) and Stacy Bragger)


 


INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE:


 


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


 


FALKLANDS GUN CLUB:


 


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


 


FRESH PRODUCE SHORTAGES:


 


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


 


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


 


LISTERIA IN MILK:


 


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


 


FISHING, SHIPPING AND HARBOUR NEWS:


 


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


 


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

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

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

POSTCODE NOT SO NEW FOR TRISTAN

 

An Editorial by J. Brock (SARTMA-TdC)

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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