South Atlantic Remote Territories Media Association - Falkland Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha The latest news from the Falkland Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha The news that matters from the
British Territories in the South Atlantic Ocean.
 HOME
 CONTACT US
 MAILING LIST
 LINKS
 SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
 WEATHER INFO (0)
 TOURISM/TRAVEL (2)
 SNIPPETS (0)
 SHIPPING/FREIGHT (0)
 MINERAL RESOURCES (2)
 LEGAL (5)
 HERITAGE (5)
 HEALTH (3)
 GEOLOGICAL EVENTS (0)
 GEN - GOVERNMENT (2)
 FISHERIES (9)
 ENVIRONMENT (1)
 EDUCATION (1)
 BUSINESS NEWS (7)
 AGRICULTURE (1)
 ALL ISLANDS (38)
 ASCENSION ISLAND (1)
 BRIT.ANTARCTIC TER. (0)
 FALKLAND ISLANDS (14)
 S.ATLANTIC GENERAL (5)
 SAINT HELENA (5)
 SOUTH GEORGIA (6)
 TRISTAN DA CUNHA (6)
Sponsored Links


Home | January 2013 Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY JAN CHEEK (20/12/2012)
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 06.01.2013 (Article Archived on 03.02.2013)

Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I was delighted to hear late yesterday that the MOU on the Wind Farm had been agreed and look forward, as does the Honourable Gavin Short to see it advance from there.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY JAN CHEEK (20/12/2012)

 

 

 

Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I was delighted to hear late yesterday that the MOU on the Wind Farm had been agreed and look forward, as does the Honourable Gavin Short to see it advance from there. 

 

But there is another long-running piece of work in which we have great interest and thatís the Minimum Wage.  And I am quite anxious that we do keep on target with that.  I would hate to see this assembly dissolved, as it may well be towards the end of September,  with that work not being complete.

 

I wonít go over our recent visit to the UK because thatís been well covered by the Honourable Sharon Halford.

 

Our whole year has been a busy one with much effort doing into countering the nonsense emanating from Argentina.  While there is still much to do we canít let it detract from the work we have to do at home, much of it now driven by the imminent work towards oil production as outlined by the Honourable Dick Sawle.  However, this highlights, yet again, that if the everyday portfolio responsibilities are to be fulfilled, I believe future Members must be able to dedicate most of their time to their duties.

 

My principle portfolio is Education; and I think we are seeing reasons for great optimism.  Academic results have been encouraging this year but there is a caution there.  I have always heard itís nonsense to look at a single year in isolation and we must never get complacent.  We are offering more options for the more practically gifted.  I am pleased to say that we have more than 40 students in further and higher education overseas with more working to earn the points to go up in September.  Our students, I am happy to say from my perspective as a former teacher, include a good number of potential junior and secondary teachers, students of medicine, art, music, and a wide range of other subjects.  I take my hat off to all of them, first for working hard to qualify and secondly for having the strength of character to overcome the challenging challenges of studying so far from home.

 

Our schools are in good hands and I want to thank all the staff for their contribution to that.  Unfortunately the new school classroom project seems to be temporarily derailed by what I suspect are a few red herrings Ė if you will forgive the mixed metaphor.  There was a clear, well thought-put plan to create a unit including a number of specialist rooms to free up space in both schools thus giving us time to assess future longer term needs.  And the area where they were going to be built has sufficient space to build on for those future needs.  We will have a meeting early in 2013 and attempt to put everything back on course.  But I suspect that we will have missed the chance of getting realistic figures into the 2013/14 budget.

 

On the Education Budget, itís good to note that increasing numbers of children in Camp has required extra teaching resource.  This indicates a healthier state of affairs which I am pleased to see.  And I know that Camp residents have much appreciated the very active involvement of the IJS Headmaster in Camp education, which is another of his responsibilities.

 

(There is) someone else I would like to mention although he is moving over to health and medical Services full time and not leaving is David Jenkins.  I would like to thank him for his valuable input and hard work in education at a time when both departments were struggling with particular problems.

 

Now moving on to something thatís not my portfolio, but I was reminded quite firmly a couple of nights ago that Customs and Immigration never get a mention in spite of being out and working all hours of the day and night at MPA, Berkley Sound, Port William, hopping on and off ships and launches pretty much every single day of the year.  During the Christmas holidays they and many other people will be working and on call including people like firemen who do it on a voluntary basis.  Itís important to show our appreciation of the work of these individuals and of all those who organise sports and other things without thought of material reward.

 

Finally I would like to thank Brigadier Aldridge for his input to our meetings, for his hard work in many areas.  We recognised his frank dedication to duty a few weeks ago when he announced he would not be getting on the plane north with us because he had things that had to be seen to.  I would like to pass on our thanks to him and all those who work with him.

 

Thank you.

 

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

<< First < PreviousArticle 41 of 45
within January 2013
Next > Last >>
      Powered by NIC.SHCopyright © 1993-2014 SARTMA.comDesign by CrownNet