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1: FALKLANDS SEEK ACTION ON CHILD PROTECTION REVIEW - Falklands (Health) - 31.08.2013
A judgment by the court in a family care case today which criticises the delivery of child protection services in the Falkland Islands has recently been made public.

2: Mary Hill Quarry Oil Spill Independent Report Received - Falklands (Environment) - 31.08.2013
An independent investigation report into the Mary Hill Quarry oil spill that occurred in June 2013 has been received by the Falkland Islands Government.

3: St Helena: ARRIVAL OF ADVISORY TEACHER (FRENCH) - St Helena (Education) - 30.08.2013
Originally from France, Philippe Prudhomme is the first Advisory teacher to introduce French to Prince Andrew School’s curriculum, starting with Key Stage Three students this coming school year, and gradually expanding it to the whole school.

4: DFID’S OTD ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE ADVISER TO VISIT - St Helena (Business News) - 29.08.2013
DfID’s Overseas Territories Department’s Environment & Climate Adviser, Razi Latif (photo attached) will arrive on Island on 2 September. Razi is new in post and this visit will be a familiarization one allowing him to become more familiar with the Island both from an environmental and sustainable development view.

5: St Helena: EXCO REPORT: 27 AUGUST 2013 - St Helena (Business News) - 29.08.2013
Executive Council met on Tuesday 27 August 2013 with four items on the agenda. This was an open session of ExCo but no members of the public were in attendance. The first item of business was the proposal to downgrade Wranghams from a Grade II to a Grade III Listed Building.

6: SOCIAL POLICY PLAN – FURTHER PARTICIPATION EVENTS - St Helena (Business News) - 29.08.2013
The public is reminded, that the first draft of the Social Policy Plan is available from the Public Library, the Community Care Complex, Prince Andrew School, the Hospital and on the SHG website under publications.

7: OPEN DAY AT ST HELENA’S FIRST STEEL FRAMED HOMES - St Helena (Business News) - 29.08.2013
An Open Day was held on 27 August 2013 at one of the three new steel-framed homes on St Helena.

8: Falklands Poll Urges Strong Support for New Port - Falklands (Business News) - 29.08.2013
Findings of the ‘Your Future – Your Say’ community consultation exercise following the approval of Members have been released by the Falkland Islands Government with results reflecting very strong support for phased development of the new port to serve its potential users.

9: MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY THE HON MR IAN HANSEN - Falklands (Legal) - 27.08.2013
Madam Speaker, Honourable members, I will be very brief today not least because the final address made at any final Assembly Meeting always has the danger of being perceived as an election speech so I will try to avoid that, hoping to be more bland than usual perhaps.

10: MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY THE HON MR DICK SAWLE - Falklands (Legal) - 27.08.2013
Madam Speaker, Honourable members, this is the last meeting, as my Honourable Colleague has mentioned, the current Legislative Assembly. It’s also an important milestone in our Government’s history as the first time, also as my Honourable Colleague has mentioned, we have a female speaker.

11: MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY THE HON MR MIKE SUMMERS - Falklands (Legal) - 27.08.2013
Madam Speaker, Honourable members, it seems as though I spent little time in this House during the course of this year and little time in the Falklands.

12: MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY THE HON MR GAVIN SHORT - Falklands (Legal) - 27.08.2013
MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY THE HON MR GAVIN SHORT Madam Speaker, Honourable Members, Ladies and Gentlemen, I guess we have reached our last Legislative Assembly. As I sat down last night to dash out a few quick words I found it hard to do because I normally twitter on about my departments, what we are going to be doing etc and suddenly realise that there is almost no tomorrow. Before I sort of launch, I would like to fully associate myself with the comments made by the Honourable Mike Summers regarding Gibraltar. I do wish them well and I for one stand firmly with them. I have one thing to have a moan about before I disappear and that’s the remuneration package that is being offered for FIG employees. While there is a lot of good stuff in that package, I think it is probably fair to say that we have accidently, inadvertently introduced something that is quite negative and certainly is having quite an effect on Staff morale at this very moment. That was, of course, having a bonus for those who have served 10, 20 or 30 years of service. There seems to be quite a number who have reached these milestones already who thought that this would apply to them. Of course they found now that they have done 11 years or 21 years, they have got to wait another 9. And, of course, I believe those who have hit 30 – tough - that’s it. I was also told that there was a generous pension contributions made for the longest serving people. Now in some of the paperwork I have seen over these last 24 hours. That to me seems to indicate that was righting a wrong that came under the Hay Management Scheme, so I don’t really see us being overly generous. If you are righting a wrong - that is something you should do and not out of the kindness of your heart. So I would basically ask my Honourable Colleagues around this table – we have a month before we all go up in smoke and I think this is one wrong we could right while we’ve still got time because it really is effecting the morale of our civil service and our government workers at a time when we really shouldn’t be doing this stuff. The last four years have sort of passed in a blur, really. And I hope that just as others who have gone before us we leave our little country in a better state than when we found it. There are also a great many challenges ahead such as (exploration and exploitation of) hydrocarbons, immigration, infrastructure, fisheries and education just to name a few. But I think the next four to eight years are probably going to be the ones that really shape what the future of the Falklands will really look like. As the future of the hydrocarbons regime starts to take shape and of course it is still nowhere near certain that everything is cut and dried, we will probably have two things, really, to manage. One is going to be the expectations and the pressures to start spending beyond our means without a guarantee that we are going to hit the big time and the other is control. If hydrocarbons happens while we are probably going to come under great pressure from those who would wish to part us from our cash and diminish the control that we have with spending and investment decisions and in how and what we do with the hydrocarbons revenues. Whilst we must put money away, invest for the future, sort out the crumbling infrastructure, we must never lose sight that this oil and, indeed the monies that will come from it, should it happen, belong to the people of the Falkland Islands and it isn’t going to be enough to use some of it to give a proper living wage to all. (That’s not electioneering by the way but something I believe before and after.) But we are going to have to find a way of returning some part of that cash directly to the people but there would be re-introducing the old Pound a Day scheme or subsidising things but just make life here that little bit more enjoyable. Making sure it covers both Camp and Stanley is going to be fun as is working out what type of things we want to do and how we return a bit of the cash to the people. I do hope that those who follow us will carry on striving to make these Islands a better place for all of us. I also hope that the next MLAs will continue to fight the lies and pressures that still emanate from Argentina with as much vigour as we have. I rather suspect that the more combative Falklands claims have a bit of a nasty surprise for those across the way who would rob us of our peace of mind just as they have robbed other countries over the years. I thoroughly enjoy standing up to them. To quote a great hero of mine, we will never surrender.” There have been lows and highs as you would expect. Maybe one of the lows for me was having to increase the tax burdens in our first budget and the joy of being able to reverse this in the last budget. There have been many highs such as the first positive well that was drilled and the Minimum wage that was passed through this House but I guess the real big one for me was the Referendum. And it wasn’t just the Referendum. For me it was the moment when the Falklands took another step along the road to greater self-confidence and we must build on this going forward so that we have an even greater control over our affairs and our destiny. Looking over these past four years I say there has been a few ups and downs but to quote a rather fine pop lyric which sums it up rather nicely for me, “even the bad times were good.” And once again I thank you all for giving me an opportunity to serve you. Although things aren’t perfect here – and it could be better – we really do have a great little country – an economy that many look on with envy and a community of people who are not afraid to do a bit of hard graft. And I hope we never lose this. As I say, I would like to thank the people of the Falkland islands for their help and guidance over these last years, for keeping my feet firmly on the ground and for giving me the occasional broadside when required. To those in the departments with whom I have had the honour to be portfolio holder – you have all worked extremely hard at all times and sometimes in quite horrendous circumstances and continue to do so in your fields to make sure that the services of the Government are delivered in a fair, straight manner and that our Islands remain economically secure, safe and well defended. To my Colleagues I would like to say thank-you for putting up with me. To the ladies in Gibbering House, you have my eternal respect and I now know that it is possible to herd cats. And finally, of course, to my long suffering family, I would like to thank them for their endless patience and understanding. I guess to end this address, as you would expect of me, I would just like to say this: As far as I am concerned, I am living in the best little country in the world. This is a groovy happening place – in fact the Falklands rock. I thank you all for the final time and support the Motion for Adjournment.

13: MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY THE HON MRS JAN CHEEK - Falklands (Legal) - 27.08.2013
Madam Speaker, I am not entirely certain that that’s the correct form of address as we call men, Mister Speaker. So should you be Mrs Speaker, Miss Speaker? The corollary to Madam Speaker would be Sir Speaker.

14: MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH BY ROGER EDWARDS - Falklands (Legal) - 27.08.2013
Madam Deputy Speaker, Honourable Members, in rising to support the Motion for Adjournment, I, too would like to wish Richard Cockwell well and to thank Sharon Halford for volunteering to assume this history making position as Speaker to the House.

15: Falklands: Executive Council Report 21 August 2013 - Falklands (Legal) - 27.08.2013
The penultimate scheduled Executive Council meeting of this Assembly took place on 21 August with The Hon Ian Hansen, the Hon Dick Sawle and the Hon Jan Cheek present with officials.

16: Argentina bans Falklands Four from Exploring in Falklands Waters - Falklands (Business News) - 27.08.2013
Argentina has thrown a fresh tantrum against Falklands companies drilling for oil off the Falkland Islands by banning them from operating Falklands own territory for 20 years.

17: St Helena: EXCO REPORT: 27 AUGUST 2013 - St Helena (Business News) - 27.08.2013
Executive Council met on Tuesday 27 August 2013 with four items on the agenda. This was an open session of ExCo but no members of the public were in attendance. The first item of business was the proposal to downgrade Wranghams from a Grade II to a Grade III Listed Building.

18: SOCIAL POLICY PLAN – FURTHER PARTICIPATION EVENTS - St Helena (Business News) - 27.08.2013
The public is reminded, that the first draft of the Social Policy Plan is available from the Public Library, the Community Care Complex, Prince Andrew School, the Hospital and on the SHG website under publications. The draft plan can be discussed at participation events held around the Island.

19: St Helena: EXAMINATION RESULTS - St Helena (Education) - 27.08.2013
Results of this year’s examinations have been received bringing with them lots of individual stories of success and celebration.

20: REDEVELOPMENT OF SUNDALE – PLANNING CONDITIONS - St Helena (Heritage) - 27.08.2013
Following Executive Council’s decision on 6 August to redevelop the Sundale site into a prison, a public meeting was arranged at Half Tree Hollow Community Centre for all interested persons to discuss the reasons behind ExCo’s recommendations

21: Fisheries Management on Birdwood Bank a positive step says FIG - Falklands (Fisheries) - 24.08.2013
Recently the Falkland Islands Government welcomed the announcement by the Senate of Argentina of the establishment of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) within the area of Burdwood Bank which lies within the Argentine Economic Zone, describing it as a gpositive steph in the interest of marine conservation and fisheries management.

22: FIG Responds to Rockhopper's Financial Information - Falklands (Business News) - 24.08.2013
Nicola Granger, Commissioner of Taxation, FIG has said that in response to reports in the UK press regarding Rockhopper Exploration's Financial Information release on Wednesday

23: Sea Lion Development Update - Falklands (Business News) - 24.08.2013
After its original response to Rockhopper Exploration’s press release the Falkland Islands Government noted the update provided by Premier Oil on Thursday regarding the progress of the Sea Lion oilfield development in the North Falkland Basin.

24: PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 19 AUGUST 2013 - Falklands (Business News) - 24.08.2013
A public meeting was held in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 19 August 2013. Present were MLAs Edwards, Sawle, Hansen (Chair), Halford and Short. The session began with a question from Tim Miller.

25: PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 19 AUGUST 2013 - Falklands (Business News) - 24.08.2013
Part 2 Debate about Temporary Jetty

26: PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 19 AUGUST 2013 - Falklands (Business News) - 24.08.2013
A public meeting was held in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 19 August 2013. Present were MLAs Edwards, Sawle, Hansen (Chair), Halford and Short. In part 3 other members of the public had a say about various subjects. A public meeting was held in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the town Hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 19 August 2013. Present were MLAs Edwards, Sawle, Hansen (Chair), Halford and Short. In part 3 other members of the public had a say about various subjects.

27: SOUTH GEORGIA AND SOUTH SANDWICH Government Appointments - S.Georgia (Gen - Government) - 24.08.2013
A new position of Operations Officer has been created within GSGSSI to deal mainly with logistics. Current Government Officer, Keiron Fraser, will take up the new post in October.

28: St Helena: EXCO MEETING – TUESDAY 27 AUGUST 2013 - St Helena (Business News) - 24.08.2013
Executive Council will meet on Tuesday 27 August 2013 in the Council Chamber.

29: St Helena: ISLAND-WIDE WATER RESTRICTIONS LIFTED - St Helena (Business News) - 24.08.2013
Connect Saint Helena is pleased to announce that the Island-wide water restrictions has been lifted.

30: St Helena: DEPARTURE OF VANESSA TISSINGTON - St Helena (Business News) - 24.08.2013
The Education and Employment Directorate this week said goodbye to Secondary Raising Attainment Adviser, Vanessa Tissington (photo attached) on completion of her contract.

31: LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY THURSDAY, 22 AUGUST 2013 Part 1 Questions, Motions and Some Legislation - Falklands (Legal) - 24.08.2013
A meeting of Legislative Assembly took place at 0930hrs on Thursday, 22 August 2013 in the Court and Assembly Chambers of the Town Hall. Present were Simon Fletcher, Acting Chief Executive, Mrs Nicola Granger, Financial Secretary, Mrs Claudette Anderson-prior, Clerk of Council, MLAs Cheek, Edwards, Halford, Hansen, Sawle, Summers and Short. Dr Elsby was away. Also away was the Speaker. The Hon Mr Keith Biles is away and his deputy, the Hon Mr Richard Cockwell was ill.

32: LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY 13 AUGUST 2013 Part 2: Legislation - Falklands (Legal) - 24.08.2013
The Electoral Amendment Bill 2013: This Bill had been published in the Gazette and a first reading was not required.

33: St Helena: QUARTERLY STATISTICAL NEWS BULLETIN - St Helena (Business News) - 24.08.2013
The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin, published August 2013, covers the period April - June 2013 and contains updates for the annual rate of inflation of the Retail Price Index, Estimated Population, Visitor arrivals, Building and Rainfall statistics and a summary of other high-level economic information on St Helena.

34: St Helena: PROJECT ‘SCHOOL SPRUCE 2013’ - St Helena (Business News) - 24.08.2013
This week sees the start of ‘School Spruce’, a community-based project which aims to visually and physically improve St Helena’s three primary schools.

35: St Helena: COUNCILLOR GEORGE DEPARTS FOR COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE - St Helena (Business News) - 24.08.2013
On Wednesday 21 August, Councillor Cyril George will depart for the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Conference in Johannesburg, scheduled to take place between 28 August and 6 September.

36: St Helena: RECEPTION FOR SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS AT PLANTATION - St Helena (Business News) - 24.08.2013
On Thursday evening, 15 August, invited guests, including returning university students, parents and teachers bid farewell to two previous Prince Andrew School students, Sasha Bargo and Chloe Terry, as they embark on their journey to the UK through the St Helena Scholarship Scheme.

37: St Helena: PRINCE ANDREW SCHOOL ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY - St Helena (Business News) - 24.08.2013
Prince Andrew School held its annual awards ceremony on Friday 9 August, where students who had worked hard and achieved well over the last school year were awarded for their efforts.

38: HMS RICHMOND TO VISIT ST HELENA - St Helena (Business News) - 24.08.2013
The Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS RICHMOND (photo attached) is due to visit St Helena between 29 and 30 August as part of her current operational deployment.

39: OPEN DAY FOR ST HELENA’S FIRST STEEL FRAMED HOMES - St Helena (Business News) - 24.08.2013
St Helena is to have an Open Day at one of its three new steel-framed homes, on Tuesday 27 August.

40: Argos Resources Limited Proactive Investors Forum News Awaited - Falklands (Mineral Resources) - 24.08.2013
Argos Resources Limited has announced that Mr John Hogan, Managing Director of the Company, would present at the Proactive Investors Annual Hydrocarbons One2One Forum being held in London on Thursday 22 August 2013 and commencing at 6.00pm.

41: Shackleton ‘Flagship’ Scholarship available - S.Georgia (Education) - 24.08.2013
© South Georgia Website

42: GIBRALTAR ROW BAIT AND SWITCH OVER ECONOMIC ISSUES - Falklands (Business News) - 13.08.2013
The Prime Minister, said a spokesman, was very disappointed by Spain's failure to remove the checks over the weekend. But for Falkland Islanders this masking is deja vu

43: St Helena: PROPOSED GENERAL DEVELOPMENT ORDER - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
The Land Development Control Authority proposes to introduce a General Development Order which, if approved by ExCo, will mean that the public will no longer need to submit development applications for a range of small, un-contentious development proposals.

44: St Helena: 60 NEW HOMES PROPOSED FOR HALF TREE HOLLOW - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
New housing for Half Tree Hollow moves a step closer this week with the publication of a draft layout for the Comprehensive Development Area (CDA) in Half Tree Hollow (attached). The proposals have been sent to residents in and around the CDA for their comments before a planning application is submitted. The designs for individual homes will also be circulated for comment.

45: St Helena: EXCO REPORT: 6 AUGUST 2013 - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
This was our first meeting as an Executive Council. The Governor had previously suggested to ExCo Members that the ExCo report could in future be made by an elected member of Executive Council, and this was agreed

46: St Helena: ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN BADDON - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
Ken Baddon, St Helena’s Attorney General, has informed the Governor that he will be leaving his post - at a date yet to be decided - after October this year. Ken also made this known to ExCo today.

47: St Helena: INDUCTION FOR COUNCILLORS CONTINUES - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
Following on from the eight–day seminar programme between the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Delegation and Councillors, the induction process continues, with scheduled briefing sessions between Councillors, Heads of Directorates, Senior Officials and Enterprise St Helena.

48: St Helena: WATER BOIL NOTICE LIFTED IN LEVELWOOD - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
The boil water notice in the Levelwood area that was initially announced on 5 July 2013 has now been lifted. Testing carried out in the area by Environmental Health indicates that water is now safe for domestic use.

49: St Helena: 60 NEW HOMES PROPOSED FOR HALF TREE HOLLOW - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
New housing for Half Tree Hollow moves a step closer this week with the publication of a draft layout for the Comprehensive Development Area (CDA) in Half Tree Hollow

50: St Helena: JULIAN MORRIS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
Julian Morris, Chief Executive for Economic Development, has said that he will be returning to the UK later this year.

51: ST HELENA STATISTICAL YEARBOOK - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
The newly published Statistical Yearbook is a collection of official statistics from St Helena Government (SHG) and Private Organisations.

52: ST HELENA SCIENCE’ - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
‘St Helena Science’ - St Helena’s first ever Environmental Research Conference - will be held in the new Information & Business Centre, upstairs at the Canister on Wednesday 14 August from 9:30am to 1:00pm

53: St Helena: NEW DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL WELFARE - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
Working in the Health Service since 1972, David Jenkins has taken on the role as the new Director of Health and Social Welfare on St Helena. David, who has previously been registered as a nurse, has a range of experience in different settings in the Health field. Previously working as Hospital Director at North Yorkshire’s, Northallerton Hospital and before coming to St Helena David was the Director of Health and Social Services on the Falkland Islands for three and a half years.

54: St Helena: CORPORATE SERVICES – STAFF MOVEMENTS - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
On Wednesday 14 August 2013, Corporate Services will see a valued member of staff, Derek Henry, Manager of Central Administration in Corporate Services, transfer to the Environment and Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD). Derek will take on the role as Deputy Director for ENRD, working closely with the interim Head, Paul McGinnety.

55: THE ST HELENA HOUSING DESIGN CAN EUCALYPTUS OFFER A SOLUTION? - St Helena (Business News) - 13.08.2013
Bamboo was the word on everyone’s lips when Bilbao Architects (BAT) won first prize in the Housing Design Competition, sponsored by SHG in April of this year.

56: Falklands Pay Tribute to Outspoken Admiral from Penzance - Falklands (Heritage) - 11.08.2013
Sir John Forster "Sandy" Woodward GBE KCB who was head of the Task Force during 1982 conflict and later attacked cuts in warship numbers, has died on 04 August 2013 at 81 following a long illness.

57: COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT THE LACK OF DEBATE IN ASSEMBLY - Falklands (Business News) - 01.08.2013
(A Report for FIRS by Stacy Bragger) The Chairman of the Roles and Remuneration of MLAs Panel has written to members of legislative Assembly to express his concerns ...

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