Two members of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Blue Belt Programme team, Joanna Stockill and Katie McPherson,  from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) arrived at St Helena on Saturday, 5 May 2018, to provide support in marine management, compliance and enforcement.

The Blue Belt Programme has been providing funding and expertise to support the long-term protection of over four million square kilometres of marine environment across seven UK Overseas Territories. The programme will provide support in improving the scientific understanding of the marine area, develop management strategies, advise on compliance and enforcement issues and help to develop Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

While on-Island, the team is:

  • Working with the Marine Division of the Environment & Natural Resources Directorate (ENRD) to support on the implementation of the Marine Management Plan and the Marine Accreditation Scheme
  • Undertaking a marine emergency response review on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to determine what capability and assets are required to manage marine pollution incidents
  • Advising on licensing of activities such as marine tourism, sand extraction and waste water discharge into the marine area
  • Working with the relevant teams to understand the legislative process for MPA management and compliance and enforcement challenges
  • Carry out training on intelligence, notebook management and evidence gathering to support compliance and enforcement in the MPA
  • Look at the challenges of managing fisheries, especially IUU (illegal, unlicensed and unregulated) fishing and put in place protocols to make sure that illegal activity is recognised and responded to

The team has met with the ENRD Marine team, the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division team, St Helena Government officials, the Attorney General and legal team, Marine Tourism Operators and Director of Tourism, Blue Marine Foundation, Connect Saint Helena Ltd, the International Pole and Line Foundation (IPLNF) Representative, Harbour Master, Sea Rescue team and the Police and Immigration teams.

Head of Integrated Marine Management, Joanna Stockill, commented:

“Coming to St Helena has been an amazing experience and we feel privileged to be here. St Helena is surrounded by unique waters and it’s great to be able to continue to support the great work that is already going on to develop a well-managed Marine Protected Area.”

 Head of Compliance and Enforcement, Katie McPherson, concluded:

“We are really enjoying our time on St Helena. It is a beautiful Island and we have been made to feel really welcome. We would like to thank all the people who have taken the time to meet us while we have been here. We really appreciate it!”

Joanna and Katie will leave the Island on Saturday, 19 May 2018.

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15 May 2018

The Provisional Register of Electors was published on Thursday, 10 May 2018.

Eligible persons now have up until next Thursday, 24 May 2018, to make application to amend the Register.

Persons who are eligible to have their names entered in the Register may apply to amend the Provisional Register to add or remove their name, remove the name of someone who has died or left the Island or who might be ineligible for inclusion in the Register, change an address or electoral district in which he/she will be allowed to vote or correct any other error. 

Persons eligible to be registered must:

  • Have St Helenian Status as defined in the Immigration Ordinance, 2011
  • Be 17 years of age or older with St Helena as their ordinary place of residence

 There are some exceptions, such as mental incapacity or someone serving a prison sentence of 12 months or more.

Spouses or life partners who do not have St Helenian Status whose names were included on the Register that was published in July 2017, will be protected by virtue of the transitional provision that was included in the Elections (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017. This protection will remain in place until 30 June 2020 provided that the person concerned continues to comply with the other requirements of the Elections Ordinance.

The Register is available on the SHG website via the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/government-gazettes/ (please scroll down to the Extraordinary Gazettes section).

Hard copies have also been placed at the following locations:

  • Customer Service Centre, Jamestown
  • Public Library, Jamestown
  • ENRD Offices, Scotland
  • Rural sub Post Offices

Copies are also held by the Assistant Registration Officer at the Castle, Jamestown, and by Assistant Registration Officers in the different electoral districts as follows:

St Paul’s

Alfreda Yon

Jackie Moyce

Jamestown

Alicia Thomas

Douglas Bennett

Robert Essex

Olive Williams

Alarm Forest

Jane Augustus

Brenda Thomas

Sandy Bay

Anita Legg

Phyllis Coleman

Half Tree Hollow

Michelle Yon

Karen Yon

Connie Johnson

Levelwood

Pamela Joshua

Ronald Coleman

Blue Hill

Stedson Francis

Elizabeth March

Georgina Young

Longwood

Christina Henry

Paula Moyce

The Assistant Registration Officer at the office of the Administrator, Ascension Island, will also hold a copy.

Applications using the prescribed form ‘A’ must be submitted to the Assistant Registration Officer, at the Castle by no later than 4pm on Thursday, 24 May 2018. Form ‘A’ is available on the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/forms/ Copies are also available at the above locations.

Further information about registering and making amendments may be obtained from Registration Officer, Gillian Francis, at the Castle on tel:  22470 or via email: gillian.francis@sainthelena.gov.sh

The final Register of Electors for the year commencing 1 July 2018 will be published in June.

If your name is not on the Register of Electors you will not be able to stand or vote in any Bye-Election or General Election.  It is therefore your responsibility to check the Provisional Register and to make application to have your name included if it is not already listed.

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14 May 2018

A new Chief Executive for Economic Development (CEED), Dr Dawn Cranswick (photo attached), has been appointed to succeed Dr Niall O’Keeffe who completes his four-year contract with Enterprise St Helena this month and leaves the Island in June.

Dawn will take up her post as the lead of Enterprise St Helena in mid-August on a two-year contract.

As the CEED, Dawn will work closely with the private sector, St Helena Government (SHG) and the Department for International Development (DFID) continuing the important work to bring about St Helena’s economic transformation now that St Helena Airport is open and operational. This includes attracting investment from Saint and international investors, promoting tourism, farming and fisheries development and to lead on major economic initiatives and support policy development. The CEED’s duties, through Enterprise St Helena, are also to help Saint businesses grow, to up-skill Saints, and to oversee the provision of micro-grants, loans and equity finance for local Saint businesses.

Dawn said:

“I’m very excited to have been appointed the new CEED. I first heard about enterprise work on St Helena some years ago and ever since then I’ve had a general interest in the Island, and the opportunities and challenges that developing enterprise within very small economies presents. 

“When I heard that the post of Chief Executive for Economic Development was becoming available, I knew I had to apply. I’ve spent over 25 years working in the enterprise field, from supporting individual entrepreneurs to get a business off the ground, and working with existing businesses on the challenges that growth can bring, through to working with some very large businesses to develop enterprise within their specific regions or sectors of interest.

“I know I’ve a huge amount to learn when I arrive, but I hope my experience in the enterprise sector is going to be a great match with St Helena.”

Dawn’s early jobs have been in sales and marketing for large private sector businesses (timber and steel). Dawn then joined Project North East (now PNE Group) and has worked in just about every section of the business from business support, delivering business advice, delivering training to business owners, and managers, undertaking research on new and growing economic sectors, developing and managing enterprise development programmes for some of the very large business that make up PNE’s customer base, and delivering consultancy assignments (e.g. feasibility studies, evaluations etc).  Since 2011, Dawn has also been Chief Executive of PNE Group, overseeing planning and operations, and with a seat on the Board.

Dawn and her husband come from a small seaside town called Whitley Bay in the north east of England. She is hoping to bring to the Island and Enterprise St Helena enthusiasm, a passion for enterprise, a keenness to learn and understand better the challenges and opportunities from local businesses and entrepreneurs, and a determination to help businesses and the Island achieve their ambitions.

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14 May 2018

The public is advised that the St Helena Archives will be closed on Wednesday, 16 May 2018, to enable staff to attend a Staff Development Day. 

Normal opening hours will resume from 8.30am on Thursday, 17 May 2018.

Corporate Support, including Corporate IT, at the Castle will also be unavailable on Wednesday due to staff participating in the same staff development activities. The Castle switchboard will operate as normal.

Any inconvenience caused is very much regretted.

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14 May 2018

On 1 May, Executive Council approved the Sustainable Economic Development Plan 2018-2028 (SEDP), and agreed that the Plan should now be taken forward for implementation.

The SEDP’s vision is to ‘achieve development which is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable by increasing standards of living and quality of life; not relying on aid payments from the UK in the longer term; whilst affording to maintain the Island’s infrastructure; achieve more money coming into St Helena than going out and sustain and improve St Helena’s natural resources for this generation and the next.’

The goals which will help achieve this vision are to:

  1. Increase Exports
  2. Substitute Imports
  3. Attract Visitors and Increase Tourism
  4. Mitigate impacts of inflation on the lowest income groups
  5. Improve Land Productivity
  6. Sustain and improve our Natural Capital
  7. Improve Infrastructure
  8. Develop, Maintain and Attract a Skilled Workforce
  9. Develop the Digital Economy
  10. Reduce Leakage of Income

Increasing exports and reducing imports is the key component in becoming economically sustainable. In 2016/17, remittances into the Bank of St Helena from abroad were £16 million, and remittances out from St Helena were £37 million. We need to have more money coming in than money going out of St Helena in order to become Altogether Wealthier.

In order for everyone to support this vision, we encourage consumers to buy local, retailers to supply local, and businesses who can export to export.

St Helena’s competitive advantages and disadvantages have been considered and in response to the SEDP public survey and consultation exercises, a list of SEDP sectors and opportunities for entrepreneurs have been outlined within the SEDP. The SEDP sectors which people said present export opportunities are tourism, fisheries, coffee, liquor, wines and beers, ship registry and sailing qualifications, honey and honey bees, film location, academia, research and conferences, satellite ground stations, work from home jobs and traditional products. The SEDP sectors which people said present opportunities to displace imports are agriculture, timber, bricks, blocks, minerals and rocks and bottled water.

The actions within the SEDP are designed to reduce barriers and risk within export and import substitution sectors. The actions have been allocated to relevant responsible parties within SHG and ESH and internal communications related to SEDP implementation will begin shortly. There will be six-monthly updates on action progress, which will be published alongside the Ten Year Plan progress reports on the Publications page of the SHG website and made available in the Public Library, Jamestown.

Chairperson of the Economic Development Committee, Councillor Lawson Henry,  said:

“Key to the success of this plan will be to ensure that the key sectors that can increase exports are supported. For example, we have a huge competitive advantage on fishing but it lacks investment.  Farming is another of our advantages, therefore we need to grow more and buy more locally and again we need to work with both our farmers and retailers to get the best benefits from this. 

“This SEDP sets out how we will do this, we have joined up our thinking, we have a clearer vision, we have allocated actions in both SHG and ESH and we have a regular reporting mechanism. Two things are important in going forward if this plan is to work – that is we must work more closely with our farmers and fishermen and importantly we cannot do this on our own we need the support of our partners in DFID.

“Finally, I would like to pay tribute to our Economist, Nicole Shamier, she has been the driving force behind this Plan and I would like to thank her for all the hard work she has put into bringing the Plan together and to you the public for your input. We need to own this Plan if it is to be a success.”

Government Economist, Nicole Shamier, added:

“This Plan is an accumulation of all of the public’s brilliant business ideas, after having researched their possibilities and the actions needed to make the possible probable. There are so many opportunities here. The ability for St Helena to produce ‘high quality low output’ products such as premium coffee and premium tuna are driven by St Helena’s abundance of natural resources and geography. St Helena’s remote location will attract satellite ground station providers. And because of its natural resources, heritage and history, St Helena has so much to offer for researchers, for adventure travellers and for yachties.

“St Helena’s Sustainable Economic Development Plan was effectively written by the public and business representatives and on behalf of the Economic Development Committee, St Helena Government and Enterprise St Helena, I’d like to thank everyone who gave us their ideas both throughout the conception stage and consultation stage.”

The Sustainable Economic Development Plan 2018-2028 is available via: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/ A copy is also available in the Public Library.

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14 May 2018

Unplanned events at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg this morning have caused a slight delay in the flight to St Helena.

Three passengers did not present themselves to the Boarding Gate on time and as a result were not able to travel on today’s flight.

Today’s events have caused a minor delay to the flight schedule. All passengers are therefore requested to strictly adhere to check-in and boarding times to avoid circumstances like these.

Passengers are reminded that OR Tambo International is a large sprawling airport and help can be arranged to assist passengers transiting the airport. Passengers arriving or departing Johannesburg requiring extra time to board, who cannot walk long distances, or are in need of assistance can make suitable arrangements through Airlink on tel: +27114517350. The same arrangements can be made for St Helena Airport if required.

SHG
12 May 2018

FLIGHTS OPEN FOR SALE

 Further to the announcement issued on Friday, 4 May 2018, St Helena Government (SHG) and Airlink are pleased to advise that the additional flights to St Helena and Ascension have today been loaded into booking systems and tickets are available for sale. The flights will operate on a Tuesday.

Passengers should note that flights are loaded into the system 342 days in advance so booking systems are updated on a rolling basis.

Tickets are available via the Airlink website at: https://flyairlink.com/ and through all normal IATA global distribution systems.  Passengers are advised to contact their IATA travel agent.

 For those passengers resident on St Helena, ticket bookings can be made via Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc’s Shipping & Travel Agency at the Malabar in Jamestown.  Passengers can visit the Shipping & Travel Agency in person or contact them via email: shipping-travelmanager@solomons.co.sh or tel: 22523.

 Airlink will continue to monitor the bookings and amend the schedule as appropriate.

 These additional flights mean that St Helena can now cater for the anticipated demand to travel to the Island whilst benefitting Saints, visiting friends and relatives who traditionally return to St Helena for Christmas. This is also a positive step for the tourism and business markets with an expectation that there will be an increase in visitor numbers during the summer period. Passengers now have the option of three, four, seven or ten night stays (or indeed longer) on St Helena.

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SHG
11 May 2018

MESSAGE FROM ST HELENA POLICE AND SAFEGUARDING

The St Helena Police and Safeguarding Directorates would like to stress to the public the serious consequences of domestic abuse and encourages any victim, male or female, to come forward and make a report. Domestic abuse will not be tolerated on St Helena.

Head of Investigations, DCI Michael Luke, said:

“It takes immense courage for victims of domestic violence to report matters to the Police in the first instance.

“Working with our partners, we constantly look to encourage and support victims to report any incidents of domestic abuse as it is vitally important that they are listened to and believed. Domestic abuse, in any form, is not acceptable in modern society.

“Philip Yon was yesterday, 10 May 2018, sentenced to a total of 12 months imprisonment for an assault on his partner, an assault on another man and for assaulting a Police Officer.

“I hope this case sends a clear message to victims of domestic abuse that the St Helena Police Directorate takes any report very seriously and will take positive action when cases are reported. I would urge anyone who has experienced any form of domestic abuse to come forward and report it to us.”

The Safe Haven Service of the Safeguarding Directorate concluded:

“We, as a domestic abuse support service, wish to advise any members of the community, male or female, in circumstances such as this to access and engage with our services.

“It has often been the case on-Island that domestic abuse goes unreported, for many different reasons. But the Safe Haven Service is here to offer help when domestic abuse survivors wish to take the next step forward in receiving support.

“If there is anyone who is suffering from domestic abuse and seeks help, please contact the Safe Haven staff on 23312, and please remember that domestic abuse should not be swept under the carpet, or accepted as a part of your life.”

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SHG
11 May 2018

The Public Health Committee held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, 2 May 2018. Below is a summary of the main items discussed:

The Chairman opened the meeting with a brief remark about what the Committee wanted to achieve at the meeting and throughout this financial year. These would be to consolidate gains over the past year and acknowledge successes made by the team and to thank them for their hard work. The Chairman also highlighted that there are challenges ahead including ensuring that the ever-increasing demand on the health budget can be tackled effectively.

Issues arising from the previous meetings, not on the agenda, were considered and updates received by the Committee. These included:

  • The challenge to fill healthcare specialist posts and the fact that most posts are now filled and recruitment ongoing for current vacant ones
  • The proposed used of Sundale as a Primary Care Centre and the fact that final decision by the relevant Committee and ExCo is awaited. The Chairman resolved to discuss this at the next ExCo meeting to clarify implications of delayed decision on this matter
  • The proposal to introduce a National Health Insurance Scheme was revisited and the Committee noted that the next meeting of the working group is scheduled soon
  • The implementation of the revised fees & charges including for the Dental Service was discussed and the Committee agreed that the new fees were fully discussed and agreed previously before the Public Notice was issued

The Director of Health highlighted the significant progress made during the last year and the challenges ahead in the new financial year. Noteworthy achievements are the:

  • Introduction of a systematic approach to prevention and health promotion including the new social marketing campaign to be launched on Monday,  21 May 2018
  • Ongoing work in schools and the community at large to tackle obesity and children’s wellbeing
  • Improved access to better diagnostic equipment in the Lab, the X-ray Unit and the Dental Service
  • Maintained access to outpatient and inpatient services despite the staffing challenges
  • Complete clearing of the overseas referral waiting list
  • Support obtained from DFID to commence joint replacement surgeries on the Island

The Committee also noted the progress made in upskilling local staff across the various service areas and the nurses in particular. The ongoing work to install a new clinical information system was welcomed. The Committee remain interested in the work being done to improve engagement with the community and use feedback to improve services. It was resolved that more work should be done to train frontline staff about how to handle difficult conversations and improve customer service.

The Director highlighted, among many, the key challenges ahead. These included:

  • The fact that half of young men and women on the Island continue to smoke regularly with the consequent risk of heart disease, stroke, cancers and premature deaths
  • The high levels of preventable chronic diseases,  particularly diabetes and high blood pressure, with the risks of complications related to these including blindness, risk of limb amputation, heart disease, stroke and early death
  • The increasing risk of kidney disease and end-stage kidney failure in a context where it is difficult to offer kidney replacement treatment on the Island
  • The high levels of risk from excess body weight resulting in diseases such as diabetes, cancers and joint problems
  • The limited resources available to expand services because of limited budget, specialist staff or space to deliver new services
  • The additional cost to transfer patients referred overseas from Johannesburg to Cape Town when equally effective services are available in Johannesburg, this currently costs £870 extra per person or at least £100,000 per year
  • The perceived low level of confidence among the public about the local health service despite significant improvements, new service developments and improving outcomes

The Committee discussed and resolved to work with the health service to:

  • Champion the new health promotion and social marketing campaign
  • Support the new approach to Chronic Disease Management and the ongoing communication drive to familiarise the community with this approach
  • Support the revision of the tobacco legislation to ensure compliance with the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control and introduce elements to ensure plain packaging, sell tobacco in only registered shops, reduce advertisement and limit access to flavoured (e.g. menthol) cigarettes and purchase of single sticks and for young people to show proof of age to buy tobacco

The Committee agreed to the use of medical facilities in Johannesburg for overseas referrals and the Chairman of the Committee and the Director will revisit the shortlisted hospital and accommodation facility in June. The new arrangement will then be introduced. All efforts will be made and arrangements in place to support patients transferred overseas during this transition period. Safety, access to effective treatment and efficient use of available resources are key criteria which were considered before this decision was reached.

The Committee noted the successful commencement of knee and hip surgery and noted the intervention and support by all Elected Members and DFID to obtain this funding. The Committee thanked the health service teams who have worked hard to make this happen and the significant levels of savings expected to accrue from this initiative.

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11 May 2018

TUESDAY, 15 MAY 2018

A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Governors Office at 9.30am on Tuesday, 15 May 2018.

The following items will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Welfare of Children (Amendment) Regulations 2018
  • Welfare of Children (Children’s Residential Home) Regulations 2018

These papers (ExCo Memos) are available online at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/councils/executive-council/.

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of the ExCo Memos should contact the Clerk of Councils, Lydia Buchanan, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email: lydia.h.buchanan@sainthelena.gov.sh

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Lawson Henry, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members attending Executive Council on Tuesday, 15 May, will be Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Acting Attorney General, Allen Cansick.

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11 May 2018