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Falklands : Motion for Adjournment Speech by CBFSAI Commodore Darren Bone, RN (28/01/16)
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 28.01.2016 (Current Article)

Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I have two short notes this morning. You will all know that our Bishop Nigel Stock is in the Islands.

Motion for Adjournment Speech by CBFSAI Commodore Darren Bone, RN (28/01/16)

Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I have two short notes this morning. You will all know that our Bishop Nigel Stock is in the Islands. He is dual hatted, of course. Bishop Nigel is Bishop to the British Forces and he is also Bishop to the Falkland Islands as you well know at the Cathedral here in Stanley. We had the joy and pleasure of having the Bishop and his wife, Caroline with us since Monday and indeed today he is off to North Arm and Port Howard on his travels.

We also have, at the moment, Chaplains or Padres from each of the three services in the Islands. This, of course, was an opportunity too good to miss. So yesterday we conducted the Cassock Challenge which put a Bishop and three Chaplains against each other head to head driving heavy plant. You would have amazed yourselves looking at the Bishop trying to drive the grader and a 40tonne Bull Dozer and various other diggers and vehicles. I have to say, the RAF won.

However, I shall fly out to Port Howard this afternoon. The Bishop, his wife and I will embark on HMS Clyde and we shall deliver him to Stanley on hopefully an equally gorgeous morning for a series of events over the weekend in his own parish as it were.

The other point – and we will be publicising this in other outlets – over the course of the next few days. Last Friday at the Guildhall in London the Sun Newspaper held the Annual Military Awards. These have been going for nine years now, focusing clearly on the time in Afghanistan, focusing on individual bravery, calibre of our men and women.

There are quite a small number of Awards – Best Reservist, Best Team and the most outstanding Sailor or Marine, Airman and Soldier.

I am delighted to say that BFSAI nominated and won two of them across the entire British Armed Forces. You will recall on the 17th of June last year we had a sad event where we rescued a British Sailor who was very seriously ill on one of our ships. The conditions were awful. It was a search and rescue aircraft that went out there. Sergeant Michael Beamish went down with the wire. Injured himself on the deck as he landed – or was more dumped – it was his decision – he went to stabilise the patient and give life-saving treatment. We got him to KEMH and he was first in the queue with his own people and indeed yours to offer blood in that situation. He went on to win the Most Outstanding Airman of 2015

And then more recently on the 18th of November there was a certain ship called Le Boreal which was in difficulty. And, whilst it was a halting effort from our prospective and indeed from the Islanders’, out at sea there were 258 people in 2 life boats and an element of real fear in terms of sea conditions and circumstances they found themselves in. They didn’t pay to have a cruise on a lifeboat. They didn’t expect it

Petty Officer, Luke Hallis from HMS Clyde Ship Company went on-board that. Again, he injured himself in the process and he stabilised that situation and the words “Royal Navy and a White Ensign had a significant effect. He offered fuel, water and took charge of the situation and took those two lifeboats to safety where they could be transferred in calmer waters. And Petty Officer Luke Hallis was awarded Most Outstanding Sailor in the Armed Forces for 2015.

I think, Ladies and Gentlemen and Mr Speaker that this demonstrates the professionalism, high calibre and compassion of everybody I have the honour to command.

Thank you.

 

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St Helena : TEN YEAR PLAN FOR ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.01.2016 (Current Article)

St Helena has sometimes suffered from a short term approach to planning and this has led, in some cases, to the direction of travel changing or to possible missed opportunities from potential funders.

TEN YEAR PLAN FOR ST HELENA

St Helena has sometimes suffered from a short term approach to planning and this has led, in some cases, to the direction of travel changing or to possible missed opportunities from potential funders.

St Helena Government has therefore decided that a Ten Year Strategic Plan, underpinned by three year Directorate plans, will be developed using a ‘participation model’ and covering the themes below:
ALTOGETHER:
• Healthier
• Greener
• Safer
• Wealthier
• Better for Children and Young People.

Developing this plan will rely heavily on partnership with the Island’s community - using a blank-page approach. This will be done, initially, through a series of participation events in February 2016, with a draft then being released for public consultation.

As well as attending meetings, people are encouraged to speak to their Elected Members about their own future vision for the Island. Written submissions are also welcome and can be sent to the Corporate Policy & Planning Unit at the Castle, addressed to Assistant Chief Secretary (Performance) or alternatively can be sent to the dedicated e-mail tenyear.plan@sainthelena.gov.sh.

The plan’s success will be largely dependent on community engagement and how it reflects the community’s vision for St Helena.

Chief Secretary, Roy Burke, concluded:

“I know that people often question the point of endless strategic plans, but if we don’t set out our plans for the future how are we ever going to create the St Helena that everyone wants to see?
“St Helena is at a unique point in her history, with the future opening up before us. We should not let fate decide what the future holds. It is for all St Helenians to grasp this opportunity and decide what this Island will become. The process here is to engage the community and discuss the issues with the people who both live here and make their living here. We will also look to Saints abroad to help draw up the plans.
“We can help facilitate the discussion but your views are vital. I hope everyone will feel able to contribute.”

A list of participation events will be published shortly.
SHG
26 January 2016

 

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St Helena : St Helena: QUARTERLY STATISTICAL NEWS BULLETIN; JANUARY 2016
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.01.2016 (Current Article)

The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin for January 2016, covers the period September to December 2015, and contains updates for the annual rate of inflation

QUARTERLY STATISTICAL NEWS BULLETIN; JANUARY 2016

The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin for January 2016, covers the period September to December 2015, and contains updates for the annual rate of inflation of the Retail Price Index, high level economic updates, estimated population, arrivals and departures and an update on the 2016 Census. 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 0.7 per cent in Quarter 4 2015 - a decrease of 1.1 per cent from the previous quarter. This is primarily as a result of general price decreases, or small increases, on goods imported from the UK and an extremely favourable exchange rate between the St Helena Pound and the South African Rand. The major upwards pressures come from increases in the cost of Fuel, Miscellaneous Goods and some Food Items.

In the last calendar quarter of 2015, the number of people on St Helena averaged 4,702 and the average St Helenian population was 4,115. This is a 0.8 percent increase in the total population and a 1.3 per cent decrease in the on-Island St Helena population - as a result of a smaller number of St Helenians returning to the Island during the Christmas period than was seen in 2014. Migration continues to be the largest driver of population growth on St Helena. In 2015 there were 40 births and 55 deaths on St Helena, figures which exclude off-Island births and deaths of St Helenians.
In the financial year 2015/16 to date, a 12 per cent increase in passenger arrivals to St Helena is noted, primarily due to an increase in short term visitors - tourists and those visiting the Island for business purposes.

The Island is gearing up for the 2016 Population & Housing Census, to be conducted as of Sunday 7 February 2016. Census materials have been approved by Executive Council and enumerators have been appointed to assist in completion of Census operations. Fieldwork will commence on Saturday 30 January and conclude by Sunday 14 February.

Regular updates on Census operations will be publicised in the local media.
This Statistical News Bulletin, along with other statistical reports, is available on the SHG website at: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics

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

Note on 2016 Census:

Operations for the 2016 Census will commence on Saturday 30 January 2016.
On this day, Census Enumerators will begin delivering forms to all households on St Helena. Whilst Enumerators are conducting this fieldwork we ask that if you have animals please keep them under control as individuals will be calling at your house.
We would like to thank the community of St Helena in advance for their co-operation during this time.
SHG
26 January 2016

 

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Falklands : Prime Minister David Cameron meets with the Argentine President Mauricio Macri, at Davos in Switzerland
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 25.01.2016 (Current Article)

Finally on the Falklands the Prime Minister was clear that our position remained the same and that the recent referendum was absolutely clear on the Islanders’ wish to remain British.

Prime Minister David Cameron meets with the Argentine President Mauricio Macri, at Davos in Switzerland

Following the meeting a Downing Street spokesperson said:

The Prime Minister met with the new Argentine President Mauricio Macri. Both agreed that there was an opportunity to embark on a new chapter in relations between our 2 countries. They covered 3 areas: economic reform; trade and investment; and the Falkland Islands.

They discussed how the UK could help with plans to reform the economy in particular on energy, transparency and science.

On trade and investment the PM stressed that we are keen to significantly expand bilateral trade, which is currently worth around £1.14 billion. They agreed that the economic reforms could lead to greater trade opportunities for UK businesses involved in infrastructure, oil and gas, mining and agritech.

Finally on the Falklands the Prime Minister was clear that our position remained the same and that the recent referendum was absolutely clear on the Islanders’ wish to remain British.

FCO Website

 

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St Helena : RMS BACK ON SCHEDULE: BUT UK CARGO DELAYED
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 25.01.2016 (Current Article)

The RMS St Helena is now expected to depart Cape Town at 22.00hrs tonight, Monday 25 January 2016 - roughly on her original schedule.

RMS BACK ON SCHEDULE: BUT UK CARGO DELAYED

The RMS St Helena is now expected to depart Cape Town at 22.00hrs tonight, Monday 25 January 2016 - roughly on her original schedule.

Unfortunately due to the late berthing of the cargo ship MV Dal Karoo, there will be no connection with the RMS on this voyage, and therefore no UK cargo until the RMS returns from Cape Town and arrives at St Helena on 19 February 2016.

The Dal Karoo will not berth at Cape Town until at least late Tuesday evening (tomorrow) and as there are multiple vessels awaiting access to the port, the Dal Karoo’s actual berthing time is by no means guaranteed. Coupled with this, internal movement of cargo from incoming to outgoing vessels on the docks is already behind schedule and congested, with significant delays expected.

Therefore, after discussion with those St Helena importers who were expecting to receive foodstuffs - about their stock levels - the decision has been taken not to delay departure of the RMS and to collect this UK cargo on the next voyage from Cape Town.

SHG
25 January 2016

 

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Falklands : FM Radio Infrastructure Update
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 20.01.2016 (Current Article)

FIG would like to update listeners on the progress of the FM Radio infrastructure.

FM Radio Infrastructure Update


FIG would like to update listeners on the progress of the FM Radio infrastructure.

All infill transmitters approved by ExCo have now been installed and are reported as working well.

Additional diesel generated power has recently been installed at the Sussex transmitter site to complement the wind and solar power there, and all three FM channels are now broadcasting from this site. In addition to this, further work has been carried out to increase the coverage towards the North Camp in an effort to improve the reception in those areas. The result of this has yet to be tested.

Over the next few weeks, there will be some changes in FM frequencies to align broadcasts across the Islands. These changes should ease tuning when travelling on Camp roads and, it is hoped, will help improve reception of the local Falklands Radio frequencies in some remote areas – particularly those shadowed from transmitting sites.


Once the changes have been made on the network the frequency chart will be as follows:


Primary Transmitter Sites Falklands Radio/World Service BFBS Radio 2 BFBS Falklands
Sussex 88.2 MHz 97.2 MHz 106.2 MHz
Byron 88.4 MHz 97.4 MHz 106.4 MHz
Alice 88.6 MHz 97.6 MHz 106.6 MHz
William 88.8 MHz 97.8 MHz 106.8 MHz

Stanley – Falklands Radio Studio 88.3 MHz
Stanley – Sapper Hill 96.5 MHz 91.1 MHz 94.5 MHz

Mt Kent, North Arm,
Port Howard & Fox Bay 101.0 MHz 100.4 MHz 101.6 MHz


Camp listeners are reminded that any faults should be reported to Falklands Radio in the first instance, as these are then registered and forwarded to the service provider, for their attention.

 

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St Helena : Information for St Helenians thinking about returning to the Island
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 15.01.2016 (Current Article)

For the first time in many years the population of St Helena is rising.

Information for St Helenians thinking about returning to the Island

For the first time in many years the population of St Helena is rising.

While some of this is down to the presence of airport workers and other overseas staff, there are also many Saints returning home to set themselves up in business ahead of the new airport opening.
This is great news, but can also be the source of problems if people don’t plan ahead.

Things are most likely to go wrong if you haven’t found a permanent, long term home for yourself and your family. For some people, with a family home to return to or an unfinished home to complete, it’s not so much of a problem. If you’ve sold a home abroad or have been able to save up while working away, that will make it easier. But if you’ve not made any plans then you could be in for a shock. This is because it is difficult to find places to rent on the Island and that will remain the case in the immediate future.

Some of the common questions raised by those wishing to return to St Helena who don’t own a home are addressed below. If you have any more questions then please let us know at the contact details provided below.

Can you afford to rent or buy?

Rents in the private sector have risen recently due to demand, with £400 and more a month not being unusual for a two bedroom bungalow. Buying a house on the open market depends a great deal on where it is and what condition it is in, but homes can cost buyers £100,000 or more. If you think you might be able to buy, the Bank of St Helena will normally allow you to borrow three times annual the salary and one times the salary of your spouse. Will you be able to earn enough to meet such housing costs? And how long will your hard earned savings last?

Can your friends or family look after you?

If your parents or relatives have a spare room or two they may be able to help out, but it might only be a temporary measure. If you plan to move in with relatives you’ll need to be sure how long for and if they are tenants of Government housing then they will need permission, and it may affect any benefits they receive.

Do you know the owner of an empty property?

There are still plenty of homes empty on St Helena. Sometimes it is because the owners don’t know who to trust with their home, or fear of non-payment of rent or their home or belongings being damaged. If you know of someone with an empty home, you might be able to come to some arrangement.

Can you wait a while?

There will be a gradual reduction in the number of airport-related employees during 2016. This will increase the supply of homes to rent, and rents may also reduce in real terms.
Can SHG assist?

Unfortunately, SHG cannot offer support for rented accommodation.

If the worst happens….
If you do become homeless on St Helena, we are trying to address the need for temporary accommodation. We may be able to help you into such temporary housing, but it could be anywhere on the Island and will only be for a short period while you make your own arrangements. And we can only help those who have become homeless through no fault of their own - simply arriving without a place to stay will not guarantee you anywhere to live.

For more information about housing on St Helena, here are some useful contacts:
Tourism Office (for details of both short term and long term lets)
• Email: enquiries@tourism.co.sh
• Telephone: +290 22158
• Post: The Canister, Jamestown, St Helena, STHL 1ZZ, South Atlantic Ocean

Bank of St Helena (for information on mortgages and loans)
• Email: info@sainthelenabank.com
• Telephone: +290 22390
• Post: Jac’s Building, Market Street, Jamestown, St Helena, STHL 1ZZ, South Atlantic Ocean

Housing (for Government Housing applications)
• Email: enquiries@enrd.co.sh
• Telephone: +290 22270
• Post: Essex House, Jamestown, St Helena, STHL 1ZZ, South Atlantic Ocean

Housing Office
SHG
15 January 2016

COUNCILLORS RETURN FROM OVERSEAS CONFERENCES

Councillors Lawson Henry and Tony Duncan (pictured) returned from London shortly before Christmas, with Lawson having attended the annual Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC), and Tony Duncan the 64th Westminster Seminar.

Lawson, who has now attended the JMC three times, thought this conference by far the best as it was more focused, shorter and sharper and the topics covered were more relevant to Overseas Territories. Once again, the SHG delegation - Councillor Henry and Governor Capes - had the opportunity of meeting Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Development (DFID) Ministers for discussions covering a wide range of issues, including Airport readiness and Safeguarding.

Lawson led the JMC intervention on Sustainable Healthcare Systems in Small Jurisdictions, with SHG’s Director of Health, Darren Clarke, having provided prior briefing, particularly in relation to the training of Nurses.

Lawson said:

“I am grateful to Darren Clarke for providing me with the information that allowed me to make positive interventions on health, and will be following up on the support St Helena was offered in relation to the training of nurses, and on other issues such as pensions and sport.

“The conference allowed me to speak on issues relating to St Helena at a higher level, including with UK Ministers, and to network as usual with colleagues from other Territories.”

The 64th Westminster Seminar, attended by Councillor Duncan, aims to strengthen the knowledge, skills and confidence of first term members of Parliament and newly-appointed clerks and councillors in the core aspects of parliamentary practice and procedure within a Westminster framework.

Sessions that Tony attended included an Introduction to the Westminster System, an Overview of the Legislative Process, the Role of the Speaker and Parliamentary Administration, Finance and Governance. Other subjects covered included Committee Work, Parliamentary Questions, Engagement with the Public, Media and other Stakeholders.

Tony Concluded:

“I found the seminar very interesting and it gave me an insight into how Parliament really works, and made me more confident. I would urge all first term members of Legislative Council, if given the opportunity, to attend.”



SHG
15 January 2016

 

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Ascension : Changes to South Atlantic Airbridge Terms and Conditions
Submitted by The Islander (Juanita Brock) 14.01.2016 (Current Article)

Passengers should be aware of a number of recent changes to regulations related to travel on the South Atlantic Airbridge.

Changes to South Atlantic Airbridge Terms and Conditions Passengers should be aware of a number of recent changes to regulations related to travel on the South Atlantic Airbridge. These changes have been set out by the MOD in the most recent version of the Joint Policy Statement and should be considered to be in immediate effect for all bookings made from this point in time. Bookings made previously will not be affected. Increased Luggage Allowances There is now an additional hand luggage allowance on top of the hold luggage allowance; 9 kg of hand luggage is now permitted in addition to a passenger’s defined luggage allowance. Infants under two years will now be permitted 20kg of hold luggage (compared with the previous allowance of 5kg). Cancellations and Amendments All flights which are amended or cancelled by a passenger will now incur a £30 administration fee, regardless of how far in advance the cancellation takes place. Return flights can be amended but not be cancelled once the outward journey has been flown. If a return flight is cancelled when a first leg has already been flown then the full fare will be lost unless the flight leg can be transferred to another passenger. Late Bookings Where seats are available (i.e. within the Falklands Islands allocation of 31 seats) passengers will no longer be charged a late booking fee for bookings made within two weeks of any given flight date. However, waitlisted seats will still be charged an additional £30 administration fee. Passengers should note that flight bookings made and confirmed within 72 hours of the relevant flight date are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Full details on all regulations relating to bookings on the South Atlantic Airbridge can be obtained from your relevant flight booking agency. It is strongly advised that all passengers thoroughly read the information offered by the booking agencies at the time that they make their booking. More details and assistance with making travel arrangements can be obtained from the FIGO travel office in London, travel@falklands.gov.fk ; or the FIC travel office in Stanley, flightbookings@fic.co.fk

 

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St Helena : St Helena: AIRPORT DIGITAL NEWS-DESK LAUNCHED
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 12.01.2016 (Current Article)

Forthcoming flights at St Helena Airport represent an enormous moment in St Helena’s history and is attracting equally significant and accelerating global media interest

AIRPORT DIGITAL NEWS-DESK LAUNCHED

Forthcoming flights at St Helena Airport represent an enormous moment in St Helena’s history and is attracting equally significant and accelerating global media interest. During the recent calibration flights, for example, the SHG website, SHG Facebook page and our video sharing platforms, all tripled in user hits - and a growing number of international media outlets are newly covering St Helena’s story.

All these media outlets require material on St Helena Airport - including up to date news text, photographs, video footage and other assets - placing daily pressure on the SHG Press Office.

To make it easier and more convenient for the media, SHG today launches a new international digital ‘news-desk’ for St Helena Airport. Here the media can find and freely download everything they need to know about St Helena Airport, supported by a wealth of photographic and video material.

The media can access the site at: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/airportnewsroom/

Clicking the ‘follow’ button on the site will add your e-mail address to our database -and you will then automatically receive any news material on the airport that we add to the site.

This is a live site and a work in progress, which will continue to be populated as the airport moves towards commercial operation and as we add new material.


SHG
12 January 2016

 

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St Helena : St Helena: HEAD OF NEWS TO DEPART ON OVERSEAS TRAINING
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 05.01.2016 (Current Article)

SHG Press Office’s Head of News, Kerisha Stevens, departs the Island tomorrow, Wednesday 6 January 2016, to study for a Social Media for Business Diploma with the Pitman Training Group in central London.

HEAD OF NEWS TO DEPART ON OVERSEAS TRAINING

SHG Press Office’s Head of News, Kerisha Stevens, departs the Island tomorrow, Wednesday 6 January 2016, to study for a Social Media for Business Diploma with the Pitman Training Group in central London. The seven-week classroom based course covers the most popular social media platforms and developments, and will enable Kerisha to further understand and embed a full spectrum of social media tools to enhance SHG’s social media presence and digital communications.

To complement her studies, Kerisha will also undergo a week’s placement with PR Agency Keene Communications to apply her knowledge in a busy and practical setting.

On her return to St Helena, Kerisha will share her digital and social media expertise with Press Office colleagues and more widely within SHG - with the goal of allowing St Helena Government to better manage its social media presences and to better promote St Helena.

This training and placement - sponsored by SHG and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund - will also support Kerisha in transitioning to her new role as Head of News, as part of a structured succession plan.

After a short period of overseas leave, Kerisha will return to the Island on Wednesday 6 April 2016.

SHG
5 January 2016

 

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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING REPORT: Monday, 14 December 2015
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 18.12.2015 (Current Article)

A public meeting took place in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the Town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 14 December 2015.


PUBLIC MEETING REPORT: Monday, 14 December 2015

By J. Brock (FINN)

A public meeting took place in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the Town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 14 December 2015. Present were MLAs Cheek, Edwards, Hansen, Poole, Rendell, Short and Summers. At the meeting there was a presentation about the Falkland Islands Immigration Review a summary and key outcomes. Jan Cheek, this month’s Chair, began the meeting and handed over to Mike Summers, who did the presentation.

He began by saying there were two separate issues with Immigration at the moment. The first would be the subject of this evening’s presentation and that the mechanics of Immigration – permits and permitting and who is allowed to stay and for what period of time. He went on to say that the work had been on-going for the last few months and was coming towards fruition.

(The other piece of work in respect to Immigration is a bigger over-arching consideration of what our immigration strategy should be. There would not be a presentation on that but any comments on the issue would be taken during this evening’s meeting.

For several years there had only been a trickle of immigration and the reality is that FIG have done nothing very much to affect that trickle. In this Assembly MLAs would try and set out some options in terms of growing or not growing the population, how that population was to grow and in what direction. Some thought pieces are awaited on that from the Policy Department.)

In the meantime work has been done on the mechanics of immigration – those set out in the Islands’ Plan. A lengthy process, it has taken several years to get the policy issues sorted out so it can make it to the legislative drafting stage. Thus far there have been surveys, public consultations and presentations to various groups. There are three main areas listed: Visitor policy, work permits and permanent and pensionable categories.

The first category, visitors have been split into two different groups – general visitors and family visitors with the intent to clarify why people are visiting. A family visitors’ permit can be obtained for 12 months in any 24 (months). An ordinary visitors’ permit is good for six months in any twelve. Executive Council has accepted these and they are going for drafting. A change to the visitor permit area means that one can apply for temporary work permission. There is a category of work that is applicable to this.

Work permits are a key part of Immigration Policy. There is a need to decide what kinds of skills are needed in the community. A Skills Assessment Council has been proposed to fill this need. The Council will be a mixture of public and private sector representatives who will assess from time to time what the skills requirements are in the workforce. They will also have authority and responsibility to recommend changes to the points system to Executive Council.

Another big change in work permits policy is that they will be issuable for up to four years to make it significantly easier for employers needing longer-term employees who are not available in the local workforce.

Efforts to simplify the system so that only one permit per person and not one per job would be implemented along with having three different categories of work permits – being skilled, general or seasonal. Within each category a person can have as many jobs as he or she likes. Mr Summers said there didn’t seem to be a risk in that there is a shortage of several skill sets in the Islands’ workforce.

Medical and Police checks would be applicable to each category. A police check would be different for a person working with children than one working as a grader driver.

The first question was asked by Steve Dent who asked about protection for local small businesses from self-employed visitors. Mike Summers said that if one turns up as a self-employed person then he or she would not be representing a large business. Steve further questioned whether a person could set themselves up as a representative or agency of a large organisation or putting people out of a specific market.

Mike Summers said it was a possible issue to look at in the review process. He went on to say that in most economies competition is usually quite good and existing businesses shouldn’t be artificially protected. Steve Dent emphasised that there should be a level for small businesses to make sure they weren’t squashed. Mike Summers said this would be looked at to make sure the self-employment was genuine and not a way of getting past the system.

He went on to the subject of Permanent Residence Permits. There were small differences to ensure that the Permanent Residence Permit was a gateway to Status and not some other alternative to Status.

The legislation would clarify and streamline the pathway to status. There would be a requirement to have a Permanent Residence Permit for four years before Falkland Islands’ Status could be applied for and one couldn’t get status until he or she had been here for seven years. He admitted that there could be grandfathering provisions for people who are already in the system. A key element of this is there is a revised point structure for PRPs which has been readjusted to take the emphasis away from highly skilled, relatively high worth people to give it a much broader spread. Requirements in the local labour pool are broad and tend not to be high level/high worth people but those with skills in trades and other areas.

A Skills Assessment Council would be put in place to cope with this by regularly assessing the needs and reporting to Executive Council about how the system is working and adjustments that should be made to what the market requires.

Ronnie McLennan Baird said that having looked at the point system that some are tiered to whether or not there are critical skills and one wouldn’t know what those skills are until the Council assesses them. He asked whether there was a time-frame for the Skills Assessment Council to do its work. Mike Summers said the discussion was held in Executive Council and there is no reason why the Skills Assessment Council shouldn’t be set up now and this was a piece of work for the Policy Unit to do. Hopefully by the time new legislation is in place the new Skills Assessment Council would have done its first review. The timings might not be precisely what is wanted but MLAs want it to start.

As an aside Mr Summers said the PRP could disappear and one would either have a work permit or on some kind of permit.

A rather complicated diagram followed but this is a work in progress and not available yet.

The next steps would include a public awareness exercise in what the plans are and policy papers were published after the last EXCO meeting that now have gone to legislative drafting. The initial presentation over, Mike Summers opened up questions from the floor.
Ronnie McLennan Baird mentioned the two pieces of work – the detailed policy and the overall strategy. He asked whether the overall strategy should have been done first. Mike summers said there could be an argument but the two pieces of work don’t necessarily rely on each other. To have a proper mechanism and controls to manage the system it doesn’t necessarily contribute to or take away from the number of people you want to be bringing in in the first place. The broader strategy and broader thinking is around much bigger issues in terms of the community:

1. Is the community large enough to be self-sustaining?
2. Should it remain this size?
3. Is there merit in having people in the community or is the merit in
4. Maintaining quite a large transient working population?
5. What effect does that have on the viability of the economy going forward?

After further questioning from Mr McLennan Baird Mr Summers said that the system we have in place would be appropriate for whichever strategy we decided to go for. He went on to say that the Falkland Islands have not been very active in recruitment as immigrants. Though a lot of people are employed a large majority of them leave. Other similar countries have active systems of recruitment looking for people to augment society and to help it grow. This is not done here but it is part of the discussion needed in the next few years.

Gary Clement asked whether after a 4 year job expires another person could fancy the job and get it. Jan Cheek said that after having been here four years one could apply for PRP after three. If a person is committed and wanted to stay this was something they could do.

Ronnie McLennan Baird said the old system seemed miss-matched and it was difficult to know whether a person would still have his job after two years and the same could happen after four years. Even though you could apply for your job within the last year of your contract but it was catch 22 as you couldn’t apply beforehand and the process was lengthy and when finished a year would not be left on the contract.

Would this be addressed? Mike Summers said that if a person were turned down for the job a year would still be left on the work permit. Mike Summers said that if one comes in on a 4-year work permit after 3 years you can apply for PRP. Michael Poole said that the timing glitches mentioned by Mr McLennan Baird have been picked up in one paper and the Immigration Department are already starting to apply for more flexibility.

Mike Summers went back to Gary Clement’s point and said there was a balance between the interests of employers and the interests of free people in the labour market. An employer who worked with someone for four years who is really good at their job should not be forced to get rid of them and get somebody else. This is an argument we heard regularly over the years about the whole system. He went on to say what they were trying to do was make it easier to get work permits and carry on working. But if they want to stay here long-term we would encourage them to take on permanent residence rather than just reapplying for work permits. People had been in the Falklands for 16 or 17 years and not bothered to apply for PRP and they go straight to Status and you wonder why. Either you want to be part of the community or you don’t.

Phil Middleton mentioned that people needed incentives to stay here and get PRP. They get complacent. Mike Summers said that once the new system was in place employers would be more conscious about which programmes are available to PRP holders and which ones aren’t.


Gary Clement brought up the fact that his status had changed through divorce. Jan Cheek said that this was one reason why people are encouraged to apply in their own right. Gary Clement went on to say that people presently could be in the same position.

Phil Middleton asked if the four year permit came in under the new scheme and could someone re-apply. Mike Summers affirmed this but said the person could be subject to the whole process again. He went on to say that the skills shortage assessment and other formalities would come into play. If the person’s skills were not on the shortage list his or her chances of having the permit renewed were significantly less. Mr Middleton said that if an employer liked the person’s work they would assist in renewing the work permit every 4 years. Mike Summers said it could still happen because you can’t make a person apply for PRP or status. Trying to make the process simpler was a goal of the project because some people found the forms complicated.

Steve Dent said that the process could be expensive especially if a family were applying. Brian Summers pointed out that work permits only last a year or two and a person has to renew them. This makes it difficult for families to move to the Falklands and stay here on a provider’s work permit. Mike Summers said that the system was put in place because FIG was being incredibly cautious for many years about allowing people to have permits for long periods of time. The net result is there is a huge population of temporary workers in the Falklands and this may not be the right structure for the Falklands’ population.

Phyl Rendell agreed and said she had heard anecdotally the present system has been a turn-off because one could not apply for PRP after just 2 years. They see another job in the paper and go for it with the employer responsible for the person’s work permit. This can be a turn off for someone thinking of staying here.

Gavin Short wanted to know about checks and balances – would we see a whole raft of 4-year work permits? Would Falkland Islanders be locked out of jobs if this occurred? Mike Summers didn’t think so and he added the system had to be flexible so this wouldn’t happen. The benefit is that if there is enough skilled labour in the Falklands and there is a down-turn in the economy, the opportunity for issuing new work permits will be reduced this is a way of down-sizing the Immigrant Population.

Gavin Short asked about part time work and Phyl Rendell said if the job was advertised a local person would come first. Mike Summers added that at the moment the community is desperately short of labour and this is the same for part-time labour. The point system can be changed at any time to reflect what’s going on in the community.

Gary Clement asked about people falsifying their application forms. Mike Summers said the person would be liable for prosecution.

Rosemarie King asked about people dropping paying tax for struggling families if there is a second or third job. People coming in would be prepared to live in cramped conditions and not pay tax because they are under the threshold – if they had the incentive to get the second or third job to encourage them to keep the money within the country instead of using it to go back out.

Mike Summers said it sounded complicated but possible. Once somebody has earned money whether it is taxable or not you are in no position to tell them what to do with it. You can’t tell them they can’t send it out unless you started introducing exchange controls. Had we thought about not taxing people on 2nd, 3rd and 4th ? The answer is no – we haven’t. Rosemarie said the incentive had to be at home where people are trying to cope. If a person goes for a 2nd job the tax eats up any money the job would bring in. Mike Summers said if one was on a low income the maximum amount of tax would be 21%.. One doesn’t go up to 26% until they earn £25,000.00 a year.

Michael Poole wasn’t sure there was capacity in the population for additional jobs. The tax system is about total income. He went on to say that 26% was far too high but we weren’t in a position to do too much tax relief at this stage.

Jan Cheek mentioned the threshold at which people start to pay has been increased in recent years.

When tax policy is considered again, Mike Summers said tax on smaller jobs would be considered. However, data from the Census indicates that people work exceedingly hard and extremely long hours and it would take some convincing that tax policy should be used to induce people to work even harder.

 

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St Helena : St Helena: UPDATE ON SECOND CALIBRATION FLIGHT
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 08.12.2015 (Current Article)

Further to the press release of 4 December 2015, St Helena Airport Manager Nigel Spackman has today advised that the second Calibration flight is now due to arrive on Sunday 13 December 2015.

UPDATE ON SECOND CALIBRATION FLIGHT

Further to the press release of 4 December 2015, St Helena Airport Manager Nigel Spackman has today advised that the second Calibration flight is now due to arrive on Sunday 13 December 2015.

The calibration flight has been rescheduled due to the late arrival of the RMS and the necessity of having the Air Traffic Controller as an Observer in place on the Island when the flight arrives.

It is difficult at present to determine the exact arrival time of the flight but it is likely to be during Sunday afternoon.
As before, the calibration tests will be undertaken by Flight Calibration Services Limited (FCSL), with the aircraft leased from TAB in South Africa.

The public will be kept informed.

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St Helena : ST HELENA MEDIA REVIEW
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 04.12.2015 (Current Article)

Further to the press release of 12 October 2015 on the forthcoming St Helena Media Review, please note that Chief Secretary Roy Burke has replaced Niall O’Keeffe on the Sub-committee which will carry out the review of current media services on St Helena.

ST HELENA MEDIA REVIEW

Further to the press release of 12 October 2015 on the forthcoming St Helena Media Review, please note that Chief Secretary Roy Burke has replaced Niall O’Keeffe on the Sub-committee which will carry out the review of current media services on St Helena.

The Sub-committee’s membership is thus as follows:
Councillor Pamela Ward Pearce (Chair)
Joan Peters
Roy Burke
Thomas Holvey
Ethel Yon OBE

The group will call in additional attendees and members of the Island’s media organisations as appropriate to draw on local expertise - seeking information and views on the current media services provided on St Helena.
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St Helena : St Helena: 2016 CENSUS PILOT
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 16.11.2015 (Current Article)

In the week beginning Monday 23 November 2015 the Statistics Office will be piloting the questionnaire to be used in the 2016 Population & Housing Census.

2016 CENSUS PILOT

In the week beginning Monday 23 November 2015 the Statistics Office will be piloting the questionnaire to be used in the 2016 Population & Housing Census.

The pilot exercise is an important stage of the Census process as this is where the questionnaire is tested to make sure it ‘works’ for St Helena - that the questions make sense, are straightforward and provide the information needed. The information collected in the 2016 Census will be used for many years to come and so we need to make sure that it is accurate and reliable - and the first stage of this is to make sure we have the right questionnaire.

The questionnaire is based on the one used in the previous Population Census in 2008, but has been further developed following consultation with the general public, private sector businesses, Elected Members and Government officials. Some questions have been refined to bring them into line with current international recommendations and best practice, ensuring Census results for St Helena will be of comparable standard to those produced by other countries who follow UN recommendations.

A number of households have been contacted and asked to participate in the pilot exercise and we would like to take this opportunity to thank these people once again for their help and cooperation. If you have not been asked to participate in the pilot but would like an opportunity to look over the questionnaire and provide feedback – then please contact the Statistics Office who will do their best to accommodate your request.

During the pilot, Statistics Officers Kelly Clingham and Justine Joshua will also be conducting fieldwork to verify the housing frame which will be used to deliver the 2016 Census. If you see these officers in your areas with maps do not be alarmed - they will not be looking for you (unless an appointment has previously been arranged) - but any help you can offer in confirming that we have identified all the homes in your area will be much appreciated.

Remember - We Count Because YOU Count.

If you have any questions about the pilot or any other aspects of the Census, please get in touch. The Statistics team can be contacted via email (statistics@sainthelena.gov.sh), telephone (22138) or just pop into The Castle for an informal chat. Please note the Statistics Office has now moved one floor up in the Castle, directly above their old office.
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16 November 2015

 

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St Helena : AIRPORT BOARD GRANTS ADDITIONAL TIME TO ACHIEVE OPERATIONAL READINESS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 06.11.2015 (Current Article)

The St Helena Airport Programme Board - comprising SHG, DFID, FCO and Basil Read - yesterday recommended that it would be necessary and prudent to grant a short period of additional time in order to fine tune the operational readiness of St Helena Airport.

AIRPORT BOARD GRANTS ADDITIONAL TIME TO ACHIEVE OPERATIONAL READINESS

The St Helena Airport Programme Board - comprising SHG, DFID, FCO and Basil Read - yesterday recommended that it would be necessary and prudent to grant a short period of additional time in order to fine tune the operational readiness of St Helena Airport.

The Programme Board does not anticipate a significant revision to the commencement date for commercial flights beyond the original projected date of late February 2016, but has recommended this pragmatic step now so that we can conclude the calibration works and other preparations for safe and secure commercial operations. Executive Council Members are in agreement, and we have conveyed this decision to Comair and Penspen.

Subject to final certification and operational readiness, the Board still expects St Helena Airport to be accepting commercial flights before the planned Official Opening of the Airport in May 2016.

As before, a decision on when to sell tickets for Comair flights will be made only when the Airport has been certified. To that end, we expect the regulator, Air Safety Support International, to visit St Helena in January 2016 to carry out a full inspection audit of the Airport’s compliance with aviation regulations and that will inform a decision on ticket sale timing.

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St Helena : St Helena: AIRPORT MAJOR INCIDENT EXERCISE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 06.11.2015 (Current Article)

A large scale major incident exercise took place at St Helena Airport on Wednesday 4 November 2015, as part of the Airport certification audits.

AIRPORT MAJOR INCIDENT EXERCISE

A large scale major incident exercise took place at St Helena Airport on Wednesday 4 November 2015, as part of the Airport certification audits.

The emergency scenario simulated a crash landing at the Airport with a total of 55 passengers and crew onboard the aircraft. This exercise was very challenging with many of the people on board suffering a range of injuries. The response was led by the Airport fire fighting team and other staff, supported by the St Helena Police, Fire & Rescue and Sea Rescue teams, Health Directorate staff and senior managers and Directors. The exercise was also made possible by the large number of volunteers who participated as role actors, safety marshals and umpires (see photo attached).

Chief of Police, Trevor Botting said:

“This was a big day for St Helena Airport and was the culmination of much hard work over the last year as we developed our emergency response capability. I was very proud of all the officers and staff from St Helena who responded to the exercise with enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism.

“One of the most impressive parts of the exercise was the way in which teams from SHG worked very closely and effectively with teams and staff from the Airport. I am confident that the collaborative approach taken on Wednesday will stand St Helena in great stead for the future as we strive to keep St Helena and the Airport safe. I also want to say thank you to all of those who gave up their time as role actors and marshals for the exercise and who helped make it a great success.”

Airport Manager, Nigel Spackman added:

“This was a very important event in the certification process for St Helena Airport as it’s essential that we instil confidence in the Regulator of our ability to react as a cohesive group in our response to an incident.

“Much planning, development and commitment has gone into preparing for this exercise - and taking place alongside other audits made it all the more challenging.

“The feedback I have received from the Regulator has been very positive indeed, commenting that our interagency working was impressive and our emergency response was better than at many well established Airports. I am very proud and thankful to all those who contributed to this effort.

“This has established a robust foundation for our continuing efforts to ensure the Airport has the best possible emergency response - and will help to ensure the travelling public are confident in our ability to keep them safe.”
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6 November 2015


 

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St Helena : ST HELENA AIRPORT PROJECT CELEBRATES 4TH ANNIVERSARY
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 03.11.2015 (Current Article)

Tuesday 3 November 2015, marks exactly four years since the signing of the Design, Build and Operate contract between St Helena Government and Basil Read to build an Airport on St Helena


ST HELENA AIRPORT PROJECT CELEBRATES 4TH ANNIVERSARY

Tuesday 3 November 2015, marks exactly four years since the signing of the Design, Build and Operate contract between St Helena Government and Basil Read to build an Airport on St Helena

Over these four years, immense progress has been made - evidenced by the number of milestones reached in the past year alone. The appointment of Comair Ltd as Air Service Provider for St Helena, the completion of the concrete paving of the Runway, Apron & Taxiway, the official ‘switching on’ of the runway lights and the announcement of the Ascension Air Service to and from St Helena are just some of the important landmarks achieved this year. The biggest achievement so far of course was the landing of the first ever aircraft at St Helena Airport, on Tuesday 15 September 2015, to take part in a series of calibration flights.

Four years after the signing of the Airport contract, we are now moving away from construction works and into the operational phase of the project. All parties involved in the Airport Project are now working together towards achieving the next important milestone of gaining Airport certification.

HE Governor Capes remarked:

“Four years ago today, on 3 November 2011, I addressed a gathering in front of the Court House in Jamestown to announce that only a few minutes earlier the Airport project contract had been signed in London. That was a special moment, great excitement matched with no small amount of trepidation about the work that lay ahead.

“Today the government and community of St Helena can be proud of what has been achieved over the past four years. In saying that I speak not just of the impressive pace of construction of the Airport itself, but of the performance of the community as a whole in supporting and adapting to change - as we work to raise standards across the board in healthcare, social services, education, environmental protection, policing and in so many other areas. At times it has not been easy given our remote location and limited resources, but we continue to make strong progress as a community.

“So I say well done St Helena. Let us continue to work together to secure a better and more prosperous future for all who live here, paying particular attention to ensure that we remain a caring society, respectful of the values that define this special community.”

To commemorate the 4th anniversary of the Airport Project, a special exhibition will be open at the Museum of St Helena from 4-18 November 2015 highlighting key progress and developments on the Airport project to date. There will also be a photo and film display in the Tourism Office window at the Canister.

Also look out for a bumper colour edition of the Airport Update in this week’s newspapers.
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3 November 2015

 

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St Helena : St Helena: QUARTERLY STATISTICAL NEWS BULLETIN
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 03.11.2015 (Current Article)

The St Helena Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin for November 2015 covers the period July to September 2015 (Quarter 3), and contains updates for the annual rate of Inflation of the Retail Price Index, high level economic updates, estimated population, arrivals and departures and an update on the 2016 Census. The bulletin is available on the SHG website at: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics

QUARTERLY STATISTICAL NEWS BULLETIN

November 2015

The St Helena Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin for November 2015 covers the period July to September 2015 (Quarter 3), and contains updates for the annual rate of Inflation of the Retail Price Index, high level economic updates, estimated population, arrivals and departures and an update on the 2016 Census. 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 1.8 per cent in Quarter 3 2015 - a decrease of 0.4 per cent from the previous quarter. The major upwards pressures come from an increase in Fuel, Food and Labour costs. These upwards pressures are partially mitigated by a number of price decreases, a result of an extremely favourable exchange rate between the St Helena Pound and the South African Rand.

In the third calendar quarter of 2015, the number of people on Island averaged 4,548 and the average St Helenian population was 4,031. Compared with the same period in 2014 this represents a 2.4 per cent increase in total population. Migration continues to be the largest driver of population growth, and there have been 33 births and 44 deaths in the year to date, resulting in a natural population decrease.

In the first half of Financial Year 2015/16, a 17 per cent increase in passenger arrivals to St Helena is noted. This represents primarily an increase in short term visitors - tourists and those visiting the Island for business purposes.

Preparations continue in readiness for the 2016 Population and Housing Census, which will be conducted from Sunday 7 February 2016. A draft questionnaire has now been developed following extensive consultation and a number of people are currently being asked to provide feedback - in order to ensure that the questions are straightforward and provide the information required. This is an important stage of the Census development process and it is hoped that those who are invited to participate in this pilot will give it their full support.
This Statistical News Bulletin, along with other statistical reports, is available on the SHG website at: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics

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
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3 November 2015

 

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St Helena : St Helena: HOUSING MATTERS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 02.11.2015 (Current Article)

The Housing team forms part of the Environmental & Natural Resources Directorate and has two permanent staff members - Housing Management Officer Tracey Thomas, and CS Housing Officer, Michael Bedwell.

HOUSING MATTERS

The Housing team forms part of the Environmental & Natural Resources Directorate and has two permanent staff members - Housing Management Officer Tracey Thomas, and CS Housing Officer, Michael Bedwell.

Tracey Thomas said:

“The Housing Section has received some common questions from the public recently, which are answered below. In the coming weeks, we’ll deal with other questions that we receive.

“The Housing team is committed to providing housing for those who are in genuine need and who cannot afford to rent or buy in the private sector.

“In an ideal world we would have sufficient housing available for all applicants, and we are working hard to improve the current housing stock and also to build additional homes. This won’t happen overnight, but we are working on addressing the Island’s housing needs.”

If you have questions that are not covered in the short Q&A below, please contact the Housing Section on tel: 22270 or tracey-thomas@enrd.gov.sh

Q & A
I own a property but it is not ready to be lived in yet. Can I apply for a government house while my home is completed?

Unfortunately this is not allowed. Anyone who owns land or a home here or overseas is ineligible to apply for government landlord housing.

My family is returning home to St Helena. Can they apply for a government house?
Your family is welcome to apply for government landlord housing once they are here on St Helena. But they will need to ensure that when they arrive they have made private arrangements for accommodation and do not expect to be housed in a government property upon arrival.

My partner and I have been arguing. Will I get a government landlord house so I can have some peace and quiet?
Unfortunately the answer is No - if we had to house every person who argues with their spouse or partner then we would be housing the majority of the Island population. However if the arguments turn violent or you or your children have to flee your home, then it is important to make contact with the Police and Safeguarding Directorate immediately.
Housing Team

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2 November 2015

 

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St Helena : St Helena: CAREERS FAIR 2015
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 30.10.2015 (Current Article)

On Wednesday, 28 October 2015, St Helena’s annual Careers Fair was held at Prince Andrew School from 10am to 3.30pm and from 6.30 to 8pm.

CAREERS FAIR 2015

On Wednesday, 28 October 2015, St Helena’s annual Careers Fair was held at Prince Andrew School from 10am to 3.30pm and from 6.30 to 8pm. In a busy hall both the public and private sectors took part, showcasing their activities, making presentations using videos and slideshows - and demonstrating their various business activities.

In her opening remarks, Cynthia Bennett, Work Development Coordinator for SHG, commented:
“There have been many challenges in the run-up to this year’s Careers Fair, but despite these obstacles we have all pulled together to make this event possible. Please enjoy the Fair, which I hope will give you inspiration to develop yourself professionally and achieve your full potential.”
Director of Education, Shirley Wahler, added:

“I would like to thank the Acting Chief Secretary, Government officials, Councillors, presenters and stallholders for being here today. This event is not just about the careers of individuals but also about the future of St Helena. As all these options are presented to you, and as you make a choice that suits you, you are also committing to the Island herself.

“This is a big event, an important event about planning for the future, and shaping the Island as a whole. Enjoy today, but take it seriously, think about what you might want to be ten years from now and how you can move in the right direction.”

Speakers covered topics such as Career Progression, Life as a Solicitor, Careers in Management, University Education, and Apprenticeships.
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30 October 2015

 

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St Helena : St Heelena: COUNCILLOR THOMAS RETURNS FROM CPA MEETINGS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.10.2015 (Current Article)

Councillor Derek Thomas (pictured) returned from London on 14 October 2015, having attended meetings of the CPA Executive Committee and the 61st General Assembly which were hosted at Westminster Bridge Hotel, in London, from Friday 2 to 5 October 2015.

COUNCILLOR THOMAS RETURNS FROM CPA MEETINGS

Councillor Derek Thomas (pictured) returned from London on 14 October 2015, having attended meetings of the CPA Executive Committee and the 61st General Assembly which were hosted at Westminster Bridge Hotel, in London, from Friday 2 to 5 October 2015.

The Executive Committee Meeting commenced with confirmation of minutes and matters arising from the previous meeting held at Sabah, Malaysia, on 9 May 2014. This was followed by reports of progress on CPA commitments in supporting branches and strengthening their activities.

Councillor Thomas said:

“Members then broke up into their sub committees - Planning and Review and Finance. I sat on the Finance Committee, where we discussed the financial accounts, the Working Capital Fund, project funding for the regions and the Conference Assistance Fund, which deals with the running cost of the CPA and assistance to regional branches.

“It was agreed for the CPA to fund a project in the region of £15k to £20k during the current financial year to assist with the refurbishment of St Helena’s Council Chamber, where we hope to make quick progress.”

Councillor Thomas was also given the opportunity to meet the new Secretary General, Mr Karimullah Akbar Khan.
He spoke of the experience:

“I was very impressed with the Secretary General’s opening remarks and very much look forward to working with him for the benefit of the CPA and its regions.”

The next (62nd) Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference will be held in Bangladesh in 2016.

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26 October 2015

 

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

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

Public Meeting Report: Monday, 25 May 2015 Part 2

By J. Brock (FINN)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHIPPING - POST-RMS FREIGHT SERVICES UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


FORCES TV AVAILABLE TO FALKLAND ISLANDS VIEWERS

By J. Brock (FINN)

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

CORPORATE SUPPORT THANKS POPPY APPEAL DONATORS

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

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

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

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

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

SHG
28 November 2014

 

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

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

WHARF USAGE - REMINDER

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHG
27 November 2014

 

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

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

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

Attendees: MLAs Elsby, Rendell and Summers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

SUPREME COURT IN SESSION


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


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


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


SHG
19 November 2014

 

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

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

CONCERNS

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHG
19 November 2014

 

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


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

SHG UK REPRESENTATIVE’S OFFICE - NEW CONTACT DETAILS


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


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


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


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

SHG
18 November 2014

 

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

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

ENHANCING SAFE FLIGHTS WITH UK MET OFFICE WEATHER FORECAST SERVICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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14 November 2014

 

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

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

CLOSURE OF CUSTOMS TAX AND PORT MANAGEMENT BUILDING

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

SHG
13 November 2014

 

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

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

BUDGETARY AID MISSION DRAWS TO A CLOSE


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

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

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

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

Chief Secretary, Roy Burke said:

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

Councillor Lawson Henry added:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The settlement will be finalised in February 2015.

SHG
5 November 2014

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


 


Transcribed by J. Brock (FINN)


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


(100X Transcription Service)


 

 

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

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

The Directors – Part VI


Carol George, Director of Health and Social Welfare


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


  


Medical Services


Nursing Services, including acute and community care services


Pharmacy Services


Laboratory Services


Dental Services


Social Services which includes the Learning Disabilities sector


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


Environmental Health Services


Older Persons Services, including sheltered accommodation and Home Care Support


Administration Services 


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


Public Relations/Information Office


The Secretariat


2 June 2011

 

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

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

JOBLESS and POVERTY  RATES ARE KEY TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY

 

An Editorial by J. Brock (SARTMA)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

ARGENTINE CLAIMS TO FALKLANDS SEABED CONTAINS NOTHING NEW


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


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


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


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


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


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



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

 

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

A quick overview of South Atlantic News

SARTMA DAILY (30/08/05) 


 


Compiled by J. Brock (FINN)



 


 


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



 


 


CONTENTS


 


Section 1: Articles by FINN


 


Section 2:  Executive Council Report


 


Section 3:  BAS Press Release


 


Section 4:  Announcements


 


Section 5:  FIRS News Direct



 


 


Section 1:


 


POACHING VESSEL TO BE SCUTTLED


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


 


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


 


 


 


WELCOME BACK LYLE


 


By J. Brock (FINN)


 


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


 


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


 


Welcome back!



 


 


Section 2:


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


In exercising this delegated power the EPO/DoA should:


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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



 


 


Section 3


 


RELEVANT INTERNET NEWS


 


BAS Press Release


                 


 


Early Drake Passage Opening Led to Global Change


No: 12/2005   30 Aug 2005


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


 


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


                 


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


 


© Copyright Natural Environment Research Council British Antarctic Survey 2004.



 


 


Section 4:


 


ANNOUNCEMENTS:


 


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



 


 


Section 5:


 


FIRS NEWS DIRECT: 30 AUGUST 2005


 


Compiled by Amy Johnson (AJ) and Stacy Bragger)


 


INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE:


 


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


 


FALKLANDS GUN CLUB:


 


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


 


FRESH PRODUCE SHORTAGES:


 


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


 


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


 


LISTERIA IN MILK:


 


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


 


FISHING, SHIPPING AND HARBOUR NEWS:


 


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


 


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Tristan : Postcode Not So New For Tristan
Submitted by Tristan Times (Juanita Brock) 10.08.2005 (Current Article)

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

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

POSTCODE NOT SO NEW FOR TRISTAN

 

An Editorial by J. Brock (SARTMA-TdC)

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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