St Helena Police would like to advise that the Administration, Immigration, and Probation sections, of the directorate, will close at 1pm on Friday, 21 December 2018, for their end of year lunch.

Police Operations will, however, remain as normal.

Any inconvenience caused is regretted and the Directorate thanks the public for their support and cooperation. St Helena Police would like to wish customers a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

SHG
19 December 2018

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Executive Council met today to consider a recommendation to increase the Minimum Wage by 8 pence from £3.05 to £3.13 per hour for workers aged over 18, and from £2.10 to £2.18 per hour for workers aged 16-17 with effect from 1 April 2019.

The recommendation was made on receipt of a report by the Employment Rights Committee appointed by the Governor in Council in accordance with Section 7(2) of the Employment Rights Ordinance 2010.

In their deliberations, members considered the impact on employers and consumers noting that a balance needed to be struck between protecting incomes and avoiding negative effects on local businesses. It was also noted that previous updates to the Minimum Wage have delivered real increases in median wages for the lowest 25% of earners. A ‘real increase’ means an increase over and above inflation. The August 2017 Minimum Wage increase of 35p was a greater than inflation increase and the July 2018 increase was an inflationary increase.

Members also noted that the increase meant that the gap between the average wage and the minimum wage on Island would decrease further and asked that work should take place in 2019 to review the Labour Market Strategy and within this to work to carry out an evaluation which considers the impact of increasing the minimum wage over time.

Members were content to approve the increases and to recommend to the Governor that the changes to the Employment Rights Regulations should come into force on 1 April 2019.

Under “any other business” the Governor informed Members of a forthcoming exhibition entitled “Napoleon and the South African Wine the Emperor used on St Helena” to take place at Groot Constantia in Capetown in February 2019, which she will be attending. The Governor sought approval from Members to loan to the exhibition the wine cooler which was part of Longwood New House furniture now displayed in the dining room at Plantation House and to permit the St. Helena Napoleonic Heritage Ltd to export for the time of the exhibition a few items presently at Longwood House. Members were happy to approve provided the necessary documents were in place to ensure safe shipment to and from the Island.

ExCo

18 December 2018

In accordance with Section 15(3) of the Immigration Ordinance, 2011, the following persons have been granted St Helenian Status with effect from:

28 November 2018

  • Mrs Victoria Kellett of Dansville, Sapper Way, St Pauls
  • Mr James Kellett of Dansville, Sapper Way, St Pauls
  • Master Isaac Kellett of Dansville, Sapper Way, St Pauls

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18 December 2018

St Helena Government is pleased to announce additional flights to and from St Helena for summer 2019/2020.  In addition to the scheduled service to St Helena that operates each Saturday, this additional flight will be scheduled on a Tuesday between December 2019 and May 2020.   

These additional flights, much like those for 2018/19, have been programmed to take into account the peak period of travel, to meet anticipated demand and to offer a greater flexibility in the length of stay on St Helena – 3, 4, or 7 day stays (and multiples thereof).

 Director of Tourism, Helena Bennett, said:

“It is fantastic news that we are able to announce to the travel trade that the mid-week flights will continue for the summer of 2019/2020.  This will allow potential tourists, business people and friends and relatives overseas, the opportunity to plan their trip to our wonderful Island and home”.

Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Councillor Lawson Henry, commented :

“This is good news for St Helena and those wishing to travel here during this time. This is the kind of planning that needs to go into building a tourist destination and I hope it will bring much needed confidence and stimulus into our economy, particularly the hospitality sector.  I would like to thank our partners in DFID for their support.”

Further information will be published when flights and flight dates have been finalised, and when tickets will become available for purchase.

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17 December 2018

As part of their Neighbourhood Policing Programme, St Helena Police Officers will continue their ‘Beat Surgeries’ in various places around the Island throughout January 2018.

These surgeries are designed to take place in busy areas where it is easier for more people to attend. Members of the public are encouraged to use these surgeries to raise any concerns or issues affecting them, or to report crimes or give information on any offences or offenders. Police will also be available for community engagement, consultation, help and advice.

Please see below the dates, times and venues for January.

Date Time Venue
Thursday, 3 January 5pm – 7pm V2 Paradise, Longwood
Tuesday, 8 January 4.30pm – 6pm Sea View / Alarm Forest areas
Thursday, 10 January 2.30pm – 4.30pm Sandy Bay Shops
Saturday, 12 January 2pm – 4pm Blue Hill areas
Monday, 14 January 4.30pm – 6pm Rupert’s Valley
Tuesday, 15 January 11am – 1pm Half Tree Hollow Supermarket
Tuesday, 15 January 5pm – 7pm Silver Hill, Levelwood
Thursday, 17 January 11am – 1pm MTB’s Shop, Half Tree Hollow
Saturday, 19 January 11am – 1pm Market Square, Jamestown
Friday, 25 January 3pm – 5pm Scotland area / Phillip Johns Shop
Tuesday, 29 January 2.30pm – 4.30pm Longwood Avenue, Longwood
Tuesday, 29 January 5pm – 6.30pm Briars Village

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18 December 2018

The St Helena Sea Rescue held a Certificate Presentation at the Sea Rescue Facility for permanent and Auxiliary crew who successfully gained their VHF License and 15 and 40 Nautical Mile Coxswains License on Friday, 14 December 2018.

The presentation began with a welcome speech by Emergency Planning & Sea Rescue Manager, Simon Wade. In his speech, Simon gave thanks to HE Governor, Lisa Honan, and the Chief of Police as well as family and friends for attending to mark the occasion. Simon then went on to thank the team for their hard work, commitment and for the Auxiliary crew giving up their time from their full time jobs to participate in the training course.

HE Governor, Lisa Honan, then presented the Sea Rescue Crew members with their certificates.

VHF License

Certificates were awarded to Jeremy Clark, Mia Henry, Paul Cherrett, Michael Ellick, Remi Bruneton and Craig Brown for successfully obtaining their VHF License.

15 Nautical Mile Coxswains License

Certificates were awarded to Mia Henry, Paul Cherrett and Michael Ellick for gaining their 15 Nautical Mile Coxswains License.

40 Nautical Mile Coxswains License

A certificate was awarded to Ben Dillon who had gained his 40 Nautical Mile Coxswains License.

Training Facilitator of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Graeme Harding, concluded:

“I came across to do 15 and 40 Nautical Mile training as well as radio qualifications for some of the Coxswains. I also came to do a general look around the base and make sure that all the Sea Rescue standard operational procedures are up to date and up to scratch and, as usual, the St Helena Sea Rescue are way up there. There were a couple of things that we had to change, but the guys were really prepared for this course as they had put in a lot of work beforehand. The team have performed very, very well over the course and passed with flying colours, so I’m really impressed.”

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17 December 2018

The Statistics Office released estimates of average incomes from full-time employment for the 2017/18 financial year today, updating the estimates for 2015/16 and 2016/17 released earlier this year. The estimated median annual before-tax income rose to £8,500, an increase of 3.3% compared to the previous year. But retail prices rose on faster than this on average (4.1%); when price inflation is taken into account, pre-tax incomes from employment fell slightly in real terms by 0.7%.

Note that the median measures the ‘middle number’, so half of full-time employees earned less than £8,500, and half earned more. A more detailed analysis of the statistics shows that when inflation is taken into account, the lowest earners and female workers have experienced a small average increase in income, whilst the highest income earners and male workers have experienced a small average decrease in income.

The estimates are derived from records maintained by the Income Tax office using methodology consistent with previous releases. Only incomes from employment above an analysis cut-off (set around the level of the Minimum Income Standard) are included; any income from self-employment and investment is excluded. Incomes of persons employed by the Government of St Helena following international recruitment (Technical Cooperation Officers) are not considered typical and so are also excluded from the statistics on incomes.

More detailed statistics on incomes, including the differences between lower and higher paid employees, and the differences in incomes between men and women, are available in the latest Statistical Bulletin attached or found on the St Helena Government website here: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistical-bulletin-no-11-2018-wages/

Detailed data can be accessed in Excel format from the ‘Incomes’ file at: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics-data.

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17 December 2018

 

Following a public vote, shortlisting and consideration by a panel of independent aviation industry experts, St Helena Government is pleased to announce that St Helena Airport has won the International Airport Review’s Design Project of the Year Award 2018 .  St Helena Airport was nominated in two categories in the 2018 awards – Airport of the Year and Design Project of the Year.  Over 12,000 votes were cast by the public and as a consequence, St Helena Airport was shortlisted for both awards.

Following a review and evaluation by aviation professionals, St Helena Airport was awarded International Airport Review’s Design Project of the Year, and likewise came joint runner-up in the Airport of the Year category.

This award is recognition by the aviation industry of the successful construction of an airport in one of the world’s remotest locations.  The Airport was designed to open-up quick access to the Island for residents and visitors and, in particular, to improve tourism and inward investment.  The skills and experience of local residents and ex-patriate workers alike were used to construct and operationalise an airport.  This complex and logistically challenging project was undertaken with safety, environment and quality at the forefront.  Since becoming operational, the St Helena Airport has catered to private charters, medevacs and scheduled flight services to St Helena, reducing the island’s isolation and benefiting the Island’s economy and future.

All who have been and continue to be involved with the airport project and operations are to be congratulated on their collaborative efforts.

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14 December 2018

HM Customs & Revenue would like to advise customers of the following opening times during the festive period.

Friday, 14 December 08:30 – 17:00
Monday, 17 December 08:30 – 16:00
Tuesday, 18 December 08:30 – 18:30
Wednesday, 19 December 08:30 – 16:00
Thursday, 20 December 08:30 – 18:30
Friday, 21 December 08:30 – 18:30
Monday, 24 December 08.30 – 12.00

Customs will be closed from Tuesday, 25 December, through to Tuesday, 1 January 2019. Normal business will resume on Wednesday, 2 January. During the closed period an officer will be on call.

HM Customs would like to thank the public for their continuous support and would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

SHG
14 December 2018

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The Education & Employment Directorate are pleased to announce the success of seven staff members within the Directorate. Teaching Assistants Tina Brady, Sharon Peters, Candice Thomas, and Hannah Herne, Anne Clarke and Lacosta McDaniel from the Inclusion Service, and PSHCE Coordinator for Prince Andrew School, Laufia McDaniel, have recently completed the Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) course.

The 14-week course, run by Educational Psychologist, Dr Claire Cox, is a UK national programme of staff training delivered by Educational Psychologists to support children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

The ELSA project intends to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources. It is based on the view that all children are different and they should be nurtured according to their needs. There will always be children and young people facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with school. The ELSA project recognises that children learn better when their emotional needs are also addressed.

Dr Cox said:

“All around the world we are coming to realise that wellbeing, happiness, and the ability to cope with life’s highs and lows, are absolutely essential for positive life outcomes. This is reflected in the UK’s recent green paper ‘transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’ which has highlighted the important role of schools in supporting children to develop and grow into healthy, successful young people. The launch of ELSA training here on St Helena demonstrates a progressive move from the schools towards providing good quality, targeted, early help, to children facing common issues which affect their everyday wellbeing. These issues, if left unsupported, can develop into more serious problems throughout life. If supported early on, however, these difficulties can be an opportunity for our children and young people to grow and learn how to cope in the face of difficult situations in life. All of the ELSA’s have committed fully to this course, they have challenged themselves personally and professionally, and I believe they will make a great difference in the lives of children and young people here on St Helena.”

ELSA’s are trained to plan and deliver programmes of support for pupils in their school or setting. The course covered a range of topics, from Emotional Literacy to Self-Esteem, to Setting up Effective Interventions, all the way through to Supporting Children who experience Trauma, Loss & Bereavement. A session was also delivered by Therapeutic Art Practitioner, Tamara Coleman-Thomas on Therapeutic Interventions.

Inclusion Manager, Lolly Young, said:

“According to the Children’s Society (2008), one in ten children aged 5-16 years  have a clinically diagnosable mental health  problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

“It is encouraging that the Education Directorate has taken the step towards supporting our children’s mental health needs alongside those of their academic learning. Dr Cox is thanked for her positive work with our staff and for her gift of learning that should inspire in our children, strong, healthy, young minds, allowing them to meet their true potential in life.”

ELSA support will be available soon across the three Primary schools as well as at Prince Andrew School. The Inclusion Service will be working with schools to ensure that children and their parents understand the roles of these staff members and how the service can be accessed.

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14 December 2018