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Falklands : TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE OUT FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 29.08.2014 (Current Article)

A public consultation regarding telecommunications services in the Falkland Islands will be carried out from Friday 29th August 2014 until Friday 26th September 2014.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE OUT FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION

By J. Brock (FINN)

A public consultation regarding telecommunications services in the Falkland Islands will be carried out from Friday 29th August 2014 until Friday 26th September 2014.


At present, telecommunications are provided under an exclusive licence and the service provider is responsible for the delivery of all forms of telecommunications within the Islands, with the exception of telecommunication service activities carried out by the Ministry of Defence. The consultation will be conducted in two parts – one survey for residential users, and one for business users. Each survey in turn will be split into three sections: landline use, mobile use and Internet use. For those members of the community who have telecommunications packages for personal and business use, both surveys will need to be completed.


The survey is available online using the following links:

www.surveymonkey.com/s/figresidentialtelecoms for the Residential Survey or

www.surveymonkey.com/s/figbusinesstelecoms for the Business Survey.


Alternatively, paper copies of the survey can be found in Stanley Post Office, the Public Library, Stanley Services and Seafish Chandlery. Copies can be requested by contacting Jay Gamble in the Policy Unit on 28422 or by emailing JGamble@sec.gov.fk. Completed surveys can be returned using the deposit box in the Post Office, or addressed to The Policy Unit, Secretariat, Thatcher Drive, Stanley.

the Policy Unit would like participants to return completed surveys on or before Friday 26th September 2014.


For further information regarding the public consultation, please contact the Policy Unit on 28421

 

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Falklands : Report on the meeting of Executive Council held on Wednesday 27 August 2014
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 27.08.2014 (Current Article)

The first paper of the day was the Financial Business Case for a New Port and the Director of Central Services (DCS) attended for this item.

Report on the meeting of Executive Council held on Wednesday 27 August 2014

MLAs Summers, Cheek and Rendell attended the meeting.

The first paper of the day was the Financial Business Case for a New Port and the Director of Central Services (DCS) attended for this item. Members agreed the recommendation that there should a halt to further work on financing models associated with the Port William new Port Infrastructure Works, until further notice due to the expenditure levels and the funding required. Meanwhile the DCS was instructed to negotiate with Premier Oil on an extension to Temporary Dock facilities already in the harbour, as and when required for oil development, together with the long term needs for infrastructure in the Islands.

Two additional pieces of work in the paper were also agreed. Firstly that a review of the Statement of Policy Principles: port location and oil infrastructure development, is carried out to determine whether or not it remains fit for purpose in light of the first recommendation in the paper and secondly that an in–house review of the port service needs of the fishing, tourism and agriculture industries can be adequately met until a permanent new port is developed.

The DCS was also present for the next paper on the Fuel Supply Licence Part B. After much discussion it was agreed that an extension to the fuel licence held by Stanley Services Limited be approved in principle until 2023 but excluding the existing sub-contract. The DCS was authorised to continue negotiating with SSL, the terms for an extension to the exclusive licence and to bring those terms back to ExCo for a final decision in December.

The DCS will continue to work for FIG from the UK on port and fuel licence issues in order to complete these pieces of work.

A report from the Principal Complaints Commissioner (PCC) was noted. The report relates to a particular individual, so it will not be made public. It was agreed, however, that the role of the PCC be given more exposure by details being placed on the FIG website.

The General Manager FIDC attended for the next paper regarding a loan application. EXCo agreed the loan in principle and referred it to Standing Finance Committee for consideration.
A paper on The National Accounts 2007-2012 was noted and will be published. Due to applying international criteria, the tourism industry is not specifically itemised but it was acknowledged that it was wise to follow globally recognised categories of activity. However, fishery, agriculture and oil activity statistics are captured in the reports. This is a large piece of work and the Economist based in the Policy Unit was thanked for completing the analysis.

Next the FIG Performance Management –Q4 Results were noted. One area of interest for the public is that Members asked for consistency across FIG in response times to enquiries and request for information.

Members discussed a paper from the Head of Environmental Planning (EPO) on the requirement for additional land for light industrial use. ExCo approved in principle the development of the Kiel Canal Road area for this purpose. The paper lists what the blocks of land could be used for. It is hoped that this initiative, prior to the completion of the Development Plan, will go some way to satisfy demand for plots of land for business use.

A paper on Waste Management also written by the EPO was discussed next and a draft action plan, to be achieved over the next two years, was approved. The plan covers many of the issues raised in various workshops and in the Mary Hill Quarry Oil Spill report. Approval was then given to recruit a person to implement the action plan. This post was agreed in principle earlier in the budget process but MLAs wanted the role of the post clarified before recruiting proceeded.

Another paper from the EPO and Head of Policy was considered regarding a temporary extension the prison. As this is a departure from the Development Plan, ExCo approval was required. The Planning & Building Committee had resolved to recommend that ExCo grant approval to additional temporary facilities, comprising a modular prison block extension to be installed south of the existing prison building. The Director of Emergency Services is currently in the process of procuring the buildings. There have been objections from the public to the temporary extension but in light of available funds, ExCo members were of the view that this is the best solution at this time, and approved the project.

A paper requesting information to be supplied by the Tax Office in relation to eligibility for persons to make Retirement Pension Contributions (RPCs) was considered. After discussion, Members agreed to the Governor authorising the request to release tax data to the Pensions Office but only for statistical purposes. This information would then inform the Treasury and Members if there is a problem with non-payment of RPCs or not.

The Pensions Office is planning a publicity campaign in October to stress the need for people to make savings for their retirement. The campaign will clarify the facts for employers, and the self-employed and the requirement to make contributions to the Retirement Pension Scheme, when people earn above the threshold of £180 per week.
ExCo considered a paper from the Deputy Director Public Works on allocation of funds to be used for external engineering services to support the capital budget. Members had approved £600,000 to be utilised over the next 4 years for this purpose in Budget Select Committee. It was agreed that the funds should be used as outlined in the paper to support work on the following: the temporary IJS classroom to be built in Stanley House grounds, the Elderly Care Home, the Power Station and the MPA road. Design work for other capital projects will be funded from the Design Section budget.

A paper on oil industry tax related matters was approved. It was agreed that the AG and FS be given authority to appoint specialist legal advisors to amend Extra Statutory Concession 16 (Appendix A) to allow partial disposals of hydrocarbons licences to further facilitate investment within the Falkland Islands.

A request from Government House to restructure their staff to create a stronger and more resilient team, was approved. Members were assured that staff involved had been consulted and there was no request for additional funds to support the restructure.

Finally, an appeal against a refusal to issue a work permit was not agreed.

MLA Rendell.


END

 

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St Helena : St Helena: CLOSURE OF LOWER WHARF THIS WEEKEND - UPDATE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 22.08.2014 (Current Article)

As previously advised on 11 August, the Lower Wharf will be closed from 12.30pm tomorrow, Saturday 23 August 2014, until Monday morning 25 August (Bank Holiday Monday).

CLOSURE OF LOWER WHARF THIS WEEKEND - UPDATE

As previously advised on 11 August, the Lower Wharf will be closed from 12.30pm tomorrow, Saturday 23 August 2014, until Monday morning 25 August (Bank Holiday Monday). This will be a full closure of the Lower Wharf, with no pedestrian or vehicle access for the duration.

However, the Middle Steps and Upper Steps (Thompson’s Crane), and surrounding areas, will be open to pedestrians and vehicles all weekend, including Bank Holiday Monday. Only the Lower Steps area will be closed.

This closure is necessary to allow new road markings to be painted around the area of the Cranes and the Life Boats, adjacent to the lower steps. These areas will be cordoned off.

Additionally, there will be no Ferry Service from Jamestown Wharf this Sunday, 24 August. However, the Ferry Service will operate as normal on Bank Holiday Monday, 25 August - once the work has been completed.

SHG
22 August 2014

 

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St Helena : St Helena: FUEL LEAKAGE IN RUPERT’S
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 21.08.2014 (Current Article)

It was brought to the attention of SHG on Wednesday 20 August 2014 that a section of fuel line used for the movement of fuel from the tanker to the fuel tanks in Rupert’s - was damaged. The affected area is directly behind the beach area.

FUEL LEAKAGE IN RUPERT’S

It was brought to the attention of SHG on Wednesday 20 August 2014 that a section of fuel line used for the movement of fuel from the tanker to the fuel tanks in Rupert’s - was damaged. The affected area is directly behind the beach area.

Ben Sansom from the Environment and Natural Resources Directorate reported:

“We have been on site since last night supporting all organisations who responded to the incident. The affected section of fuel line has been isolated and we are ensuring that fuel operations continue at Rupert’s.

“Last night we excavated an area of polluted soil which has been stockpiled at the landfill site for remediation. ENRD is providing technical support to Solomons and we are fully investigating any wider environmental impact. We will continue to monitor the situation with the contractor.”

Investigations are ongoing as to the volume of fuel which has been lost as a result of the leakage but the public are assured there is no impact on fuel supplies on the Island. The next delivery of fuel to the Island is scheduled in early November and there is plenty of fuel on the Island to cover this period.

St Helena Government, Basil Read and Solomons are working together to ensure public safety and resolve any outstanding environmental concerns. Lower Rupert’s and the Rupert’s Wharf area are already closed until further notice to rectify the situation and for offloading operations of the NP Glory 4 ship.

The public are reminded that if they see or are concerned about any pollution problem on the Island, they should immediately contact the Pollution hotline on tel: 22790 to make a report.

SHG
21 August 2014

 

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St Helena : St Helena: QUARTERLY STATISTICAL BULLETIN
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 19.08.2014 (Current Article)

The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin, published in August 2014, covers the period April to June 2014 and contains updates for the annual rate of inflation of the Retail Price Index, Income and Imports, Estimated Population, Migration and Vehicles on St Helena.

QUARTERLY STATISTICAL BULLETIN

August 2014

The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin, published in August 2014, covers the period April to June 2014 and contains updates for the annual rate of inflation of the Retail Price Index, Income and Imports, Estimated Population, Migration and Vehicles on St Helena.

Annual inflation of the St Helena Retail Price Index (RPI) stood at 1.9 per cent in Quarter 2 2014 – up by approximately 1 per cent from the previous quarter. The major upwards pressure on annual inflation of the RPI was a result in the increased price of purchasing and importing a vehicle to St Helena. Other notable price increases included electricity tariffs, local fish and fizzy drinks - a result of the soda tax introduced in May 2014. The decrease in the cost of broadband internet services and the pump price of petrol compared to the same period last year continue to act as downwards pressures on the rate of annual inflation.

In the second quarter of 2014, the number of people on St Helena averaged 4,500 and the average St Helenian population stood a little over 4,000. This is an expected seasonal decline and both the resident population and the resident St Helenian population both continue to grow in comparison to the same period in any year since the 2008 population Census.

In the second quarter of 2014, there were 40 fewer passenger arrivals than the same period in 2013, a reduction of 5.1 per cent. An increase in the number of business and transit visitors partially offset reductions in the number of excursion visitors (the traditional St Helenian “tourist”base) and Saints retiring from overseas employment or visiting family and friends. In the second quarter of 2014, there were 120 additional passenger departures from St Helena compared to the same period in 2013. The increase in passenger departures is a result of a more mobile St Helenian population with an increase in the number of Saints travelling overseas for both recreational and medical purposes.

Statistician, Dr Paula McLeod said:

“The data we are collecting continue to show a growing St Helenian population and economy. The consistent, steady growth in both of these indicators is positive - we are seeing gradual and persistent changes, rather than erratic variation.”

The Statistical News Bulletin, along with other statistical reports, is available for download from the SHG website www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics

If you have requested a copy of the Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin via email and have not yet received it, please contact the office on 22138 or by emailing statistics@sainthelena.gov.sh

SHG 19 August 2014

 

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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 18 AUGUST 2014 Report Part 1
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 18.08.2014 (Current Article)

A public meeting was held in the court and Assembly Chamber of the town hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 18 august 2014.

PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 18 AUGUST 2014 Report Part 1

By J. Brock (FINN)

A public meeting was held in the court and Assembly Chamber of the town hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 18 august 2014. Present were The Hon Mr roger Edwards, MLA, the Hon Mr Mike Summers, MLA, the Hon Mrs Jan Cheek, MLA, the Hon Mrs Phyl Rendell, MLA, the Hon Mr Michael Poole, MLA, and the Hon Gavin Short, MLA. Dr the Hon Barry Elsby and the Hon Mr Ian Hansen did not attend.

The first question came from the Chamber of Commerce.

Question No. 1: Sole traders and partnerships are not allowed to claim any capital items from their profits and therefore are taxed on an arbitrary figure, given that neither depreciation nor capital allowances can be claimed, but in most businesses it is necessary to have some form of capital expenditure in order to make the same taxable profit.

Answer to Question No 1: It is assumed that this question is intended to purely relate to MST and to ask why depreciation allowances are not an allowable expense in calculating MST for the self-employed within current legislation. This matter was reviewed in 2010 and a policy decision was made at that time to not allow depreciation as a deductible allowance when calculating relevant profits for the self-employed.

Depreciation allowances are not a deductible expense for the purposes of calculating MST under current legislation, to clarify:-

1. Under section 16 of the MST Ordinance, the provisions of the Taxes Ordinance to apply for the purpose of calculating relevant profits, chapter 2 Depreciation Allowances of the Taxes Ordinance is not one of the provisions included in section 16 of the MST Ordinance

2. ln particular section 116 of the Taxes Ordinance refers to capital expenditure and section 97 (3Xc) of the Taxes Ordinance does not allow expenses of a ‘capital nature' which would include capital expenditure.

3. For income and corporation tax: - Whilst the full cost of capital items cannot be 100% deducted from profits in the year the expense is incurred, businesses can claim depreciations allowances over a number of years on most types of capital expenditure under Section 105 - 124 of the Taxes Ordinance.


RE: We will be putting these into Penguin News and the other media for you to read in full.

JC: I will give Stacy my copy so he doesn’t have to write it all down.

MS: Roger, can I just say, I am not sure that is a full answer. I think the question they were asking was whether it is reasonable for there to be capital allowances in calculating the profit for self-employed business. I am not convinced that it is reasonable. I don’t know what the discussion was but I think it is an issue that we might have another discussion about. If you are in a business and if you are self-employed then you do have capital expenses you are not allowed to put that against your profit and yet MST and corporation tax is assessed against the whole of your profit so I think the issue out to be reviewed.

RE: I might point out that the whole subject of MST during the Budget Select Committee was one that was very hotly debated. And it came down to a split decision between Members. Because it was a split decision it carried through but it was 4 and 4. So it really was a split decision and I think the whole question of MST will be going back again and will be discussed indeed up to the next budget round.

 

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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 18 AUGUST 2014 Report Part 2
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 18.08.2014 (Current Article)

Why can't the taxes that are paid by the employer be a deductible expense for their own taxes (Corporate or private) in the same way as other employer related expenses, given that there is no benefit to the employer – l. E. if you employ people from overseas, paying MST does not entitle the employer to free access to all of the health care system, outside and sometimes costly medical insurance is still required?

PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 18 AUGUST 2014 Report Part 2

By J. Brock (FINN)

A public meeting was held in the court and Assembly Chamber of the town hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 18 august 2014. Present were The Hon Mr roger Edwards, MLA, the Hon Mr Mike Summers, MLA, the Hon Mrs Jan Cheek, MLA, the Hon Mrs Phyl Rendell, MLA, the Hon Mr Michael Poole, MLA, and the Hon Gavin Short, MLA. Dr the Hon Barry Elsby and the Hon Mr Ian Hansen did not attend.

The Hon Mr Roger Edwards went on to read question No 3.

Why can't the taxes that are paid by the employer be a deductible expense for their own taxes (Corporate or private) in the same way as other employer related expenses, given that there is no benefit to the employer – l. E. if you employ people from overseas, paying MST does not entitle the employer to free access to all of the health care system, outside and sometimes costly medical insurance is still required? Further to this, the tax does not take into consideration the administrative burden of administering the tax by the employer, and thus meaning that the tax should be deducted from taxable profits to compensate for this effort and time.

Answer to Question No 3: MST is a tax of the Falkland Islands’ Government and as a general principle taxes cannot be deducted from profits to be assessed by the Falkland Islands’ Government for other taxes.

Section 59 (i) of the Taxes Ordinance states:

59 Deductions not allowed:

Subject to any contrary provision of this Ordinance, no deduction in respect of-

(i) any amount paid or payable under the Medical Services Tax Ordinance (No. 13 of 2010).

Question No. 4: We appreciate the increase in personal allowance to f60,000 retrospectively but does this not mean that the lower paid are still penalised as they have to wait until 2015 to get this refund and in some cases this defeats the point as they are living from day to day and need the money now.

Answer to Question No. 4: Members undertook some considerable deliberations with regards to the introduction of the uplift of the personal allowances during Budget Select Committee. lf this had been introduced on the 1st July to coincide with the new financial year this would have placed an unprecedented administrative burden on both individuals, employers, self-employed and the Tax Office as it would have required all individuals including companies to complete a second tax assessment for the period 1st January 2014 - 30th June 2014.

ln light of this Budget Select Committee decided that it would be best for all concerned to retrospectively introduce the new allowance which could be administered within the normal tax assessment cycle but introduce this new allowance the full 12 month period.

RE: in other words if we had introduced it there and then, it would have made it incredibly difficult for anyone to get it back but to recognise that they will get the full refund they can have more time to do it thoroughly than if everyone did more work to achieve it.

JC: The genuinely very low paid – under £15,000.00 would not be paying.

PR: this will continue to be an issue with this Assembly and we will address it again, I am sure as roger says, in the next budget.

RE: The fact of the matter is, yes it is a tax. I am sure you remember the big debates over Medical Services Levy. It was very much a split decision but it does bring in a large amount of money and when you are forming a budget you need money to come in so you can spend it on other things. And if we could have found another million pounds or whatever I am sure we would have done but as I say, I am sure this will go forward and continue to be a very hotly debated subject.

JC: one of the reasons I think it was split in the way it was - we were faced with not a balanced budget but one which already had a deficit and the alternatives to MST that we could see at that time were either cutting back on some service or charging more for others. And whatever you have been told to the contrary, it is fact that the Medical Services Budget has, probably in the life of this cycle of MST gone up by around £3Million.

PR: I would argue that the Medical Department’s budget would have gone up anyway regardless of MST

RE: It has gone up and that is the problem. That is one of the problems. Costs are rising. I think there has been some background information that charges and costs are rising quite dramatically. I forget what medical service treatment overseas cost last year but it was huge.

MS: £1.6 Million.

Phil Middleton: forget all the arguments one way or the other the bit that I am confused about is that we raised the threshold level to £60,000.00, so either in real figures or in percentages, how much have you cut the Black hole? You have taken an awful lot of people out of the MSL bracket because not many of us get £60,000.00 to start paying, so are you satisfied now you are bringing figures that £60,000.00 actually is a big enough lump sum to make it worthwhile keeping it at £60,000.00? Or otherwise, why do it at all?

RE: It was a compromise. There were other options that we were presented with. During Budget Select Committee the whole thing was really hotly debated. We were presented with a series of options to go forward with MST and the most acceptable to the majority was this raising of the threshold. To £60,000.00 rather than doing it by other means and taking somebody totally out of the MST and leaving others in but is still and quite rightly an employment tax. The £60,000.00 of course, is for the employee.

Phil Middleton: My question is still is there enough people in our community that earn over and above £60,000.00 that pay the tax that makes it worthwhile still having the tax at the £60,000.00 threshold?

MS: Yes there are. There are people employed in the mainstream. There are also a whole other group of people whose taxes are treated rather differently and therefore pay MST irrespective of the rate at which they are paid and they remain within the tax-paying sphere. It was a compromise. I would have done away with it but I accept that other people were fearful if we had done away with it we would have exposed ourselves to further risk if income didn’t accrue as expected in other areas.

RE: As I say, with the options we were given there were numbers attached to how much we would raise and so on and the compromise was the £60,000.00. We felt it was the best way forward at the time.



 

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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 18 AUGUST 2014 Report Part 3
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 18.08.2014 (Current Article)

Questions from the floor included one from Stella Prindle-Middleton who said she was confused about a letter in last week’s Penguin News by the Head of the Department of Human Resources.

PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 18 AUGUST 2014 Report Part 3

By J. Brock (FINN)

A public meeting was held in the court and Assembly Chamber of the town hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 18 august 2014. Present were The Hon Mr roger Edwards, MLA, the Hon Mr Mike Summers, MLA, the Hon Mrs Jan Cheek, MLA, the Hon Mrs Phyl Rendell, MLA, the Hon Mr Michael Poole, MLA, and the Hon Gavin Short, MLA. Dr the Hon Barry Elsby and the Hon Mr Ian Hansen did not attend.

Questions from the floor included one from Stella Prindle-Middleton who said she was confused about a letter in last week’s Penguin News by the Head of the Department of Human Resources. She remembered one main point saying that dismantling or changing is always difficult. She asked what is happening in Human Resources and were there any major changes like outsourcing payroll.

PR: Ian Hansen has the portfolio for Human Resources. I have to confess I didn’t read the Article.

SPM: It is just a letter.

JC: there is a whole series of things. We have a very complex management code which we are hoping to get made simpler. It is very difficult to administer. Certainly things like that are being worked on but I don’t know what specifically what was being referred to.

GS: there is a wish not only to simplify but to devolve things down to the Shop floor. I think the payroll still gives people headaches. Quite a few departments are still struggling with it and having to spend a lot of their time going through it.

MS: It has long been the view of elected Members in previous Assemblies as well as this that a lot of recruitment performed by Government should be performed at a different level and ought to be devolved sown to section heads and department heads and not all be done centrally. And that is one of the things that HR is tasked with and are working on and is part of their difficulty. Not all departments are suitably equipped to do their own recruitment. They don’t have the necessary knowledge, expertise and training.

SPM: Is that process a new thing that is happening.

MS: It is certainly new to this Director and this director had to take up the responsibility of making that happen. I believe that he also looked at a number of ways in which he thinks that recruitment can be done more effectively with recruitment overseas. But sometimes it takes a change of mind-set and I suspect his letter was reflective of that. But you are right. This letter was somewhat of a pain, wasn’t it?

SPM: I wondered what was going on. Thank you.

Phil Middleton brought up the casual employment situation within Government. We have a situation where FIG seems to continually employ people on a casual worker basis. Whereas the casual worker takes whatever is offered when they take up the job, a situation has occurred with the nominal privatisation of the Post Office that many casual worker staff got no benefits whatsoever. They were not made redundant because that doesn’t come under the casual rules basis. So they ended up literally not coming under any of the guarantees that were put forward when the privatisation package was put forward that the staff would be adequately compensated. The reason being, it doesn’t come up within employment law and it doesn’t come up in the management code. So they were left high and dry.

Mike summers raised the issue at the Executive Council in June for different reasons as he had become aware there were problems created by that and he asked that the Chief Executive through Executive Council to review that whole issue of particularly the rights of Casual workers in terms of employment law and most particularly the rights of casual workers in the future should there be another privatisation or something similar. So I wholly concur with your view that it cannot be right that casual workers, some of whom have been employed on a reasonably long-term basis as casual workers have no rights under the employment law or under the Government’s management code.

Jan Cheek feels there needs to be a definition of when a casual worker ceases to be a casual worker. Gavin Short agreed saying that these poor people drop between everything and are not covered under the present workers’ protection but he hopes that in the life of this Assembly there will be a re-write of that and he would like to see it cover temporary workers and part time workers. These were grey areas that need to be black and white.

Phil Middleton wanted to know whether this comes under the management code and he added it was a mess. Gavin Short wants to see a re-write of the workers protection legislation. Mike summers acknowledged that it should be done in different ways. Under the existing management code Government can address the issue of its casual workers as well as it being enshrined in employment law in general. Michael Poole added that the current management code already stipulates that departments shouldn’t be employing people casually for more than 12 months and from my experience in Government departments don’t always stick to that. There are some who have been on a casual basis for 18 months or more. It is up to departments to grapple with that and actually wright a paper about the posts that are actually needed. If they are employed for that amount of time they clearly do.

Phil Middleton said that for clarification 18 months is the short end of the wedge and Michael Poole added that there are some who had been causally employed for years now. Mike Summers added that there was certainly a gap in Government regulations.


 

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Falklands : PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 18 AUGUST 2014 Report Part 4
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 18.08.2014 (Current Article)

Mike Summers didn’t think that would be right. It could be approached in two separate ways in that in terms of a privatisation – bearing in mind there is a poor sitting of law in this area in the Falklands – in the UK, for about four decades there have been ....

PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY, 18 AUGUST 2014 Report Part 4

By J. Brock (FINN)

A public meeting was held in the court and Assembly Chamber of the town hall at 1700hrs on Monday, 18 august 2014. Present were The Hon Mr roger Edwards, MLA, the Hon Mr Mike Summers, MLA, the Hon Mrs Jan Cheek, MLA, the Hon Mrs Phyl Rendell, MLA, the Hon Mr Michael Poole, MLA, and the Hon Gavin Short, MLA. Dr the Hon Barry Elsby and the Hon Mr Ian Hansen did not attend.

Phil Middleton added that the other thing striking him with the privatisation issue was it made sense to take people already doing the job and who have cross-over experience to continue with employment under new management. His understanding is that this is not allowed in that anyone leaving FIG employment they are disbarred from taking up similar employment for a number of months. He further believes for confidentiality reasons, they are further barred from taking any active part in a similar job situation for three years.

Mike Summers didn’t think that would be right. It could be approached in two separate ways in that in terms of a privatisation – bearing in mind there is a poor sitting of law in this area in the Falklands – in the UK, for about four decades there have been transfer of undertakings obligations so if you take over an existing organisation you have responsibilities to people who already work there. That doesn’t apply here and it never has been applied though it has been discussed.. so when something is privatised there is no obligation for the person taking over that function to employ any or all of the people who previously worked there. In terms of being debarred, Unless you can come up with an example it might be difficult because you might be talking about an individual – I am not aware of anybody leaving the Government or in certain specific areas is debarred from being employed in similar areas for themselves. Any number of people have left the Government and gone into employment on their own behalf in the same area of business. There is no restriction for that.

JC: In some cases there may be contracts that are specific where someone is working in a particularly sensitive area.

PM: But if you take something obvious like fisheries – if someone is working in the Fisheries Department and they leave Government to set up their own business within the fisheries, it could be seen that they are taking insider information from the Department across to set up their own business.

You are getting into very difficult areas in that. I mean, if you use information gained as an employee to gain some unfair advantage there may be some issues there but I am not sure it is written in Government’s management code in any way. You used quite an interesting example as there may be other examples in other areas. My son-in law left the power station and became an electrician and all sorts of other people have done all sorts of different things.

You may be right in suggesting that it may be inappropriate for the Director of Fisheries to set up a business doing something in the fishery where he was previously engaged in providing advice to the Government on that. But that would have to be dealt with by contract rather than as a general rule.

PR: I think Phil has a point in that there are certain positions in the Government where you are debarred for some years from becoming involved because you’ve got inside information but not at the general level of employment but certainly at the Director level. I don’t think it goes further than that.

Ronnie McLennan-Baird said that in some sections of the Management Code you have to get the Chief Executive’s permission and he will decide whether or not there was unfair advantage. He didn’t know how universal this is but in certain areas there was a requirement to ask the Chief Executive’s permission.

Mike Summers felt this could only be implemented through a contractual arrangement. And Jan Cheek added this would only be for a limited period. It would be unjustifiable for a prolonged period because whatever crucial information someone may be party to would soon be out of date.

Ronnie McLennan-Baird asked for opinions about how the Post Office privatisation was going so far and the general consensus was it was doing very well.

Phyl Rendell reminded everyone that the portfolio holder, was not here.


 

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St Helena : St Helena: ROAD MAINTENANCE - REMINDER
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 13.08.2014 (Current Article)

As part of the on-going road maintenance program, the Highways Authority has given approval for the road from New Bridge to The Briars junction to be closed for an initial period of 15 weeks, starting on Monday 18 August 2014.

ROAD MAINTENANCE - REMINDER

As part of the on-going road maintenance program, the Highways Authority has given approval for the road from New Bridge to The Briars junction to be closed for an initial period of 15 weeks, starting on Monday 18 August 2014. The closure will be for 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, weather permitting.

This closure will allow the Roads Section to carry out clearance of vegetation, repair safety fences, remove potentially dangerous rocks, upgrade and install retaining walls, fit slipper drains and double dress the road.

Residents and businesses living and working within the proposed road closure will have access to their homes and workplace at all times. Access will be from one end of the road or the other, depending on how work is progressing at the time.

Emergency Services will be permitted access as required, and the road might be open at weekends, depending on progress on the route.
The Roads Team apologises in advance for the inconvenience.

Enquiries about this work can be made on telephone number 23640, during normal working hours.

SHG
13 August 2014

 

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S.Atlantic : St Helena: CLOSURE OF LOWER WHARF
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The Lower Wharf will be closed from 12:30pm on Saturday 23 August 2014 until the same time on Monday 25 August.

CLOSURE OF LOWER WHARF The Lower Wharf will be closed from 12:30pm on Saturday 23 August 2014 until the same time on Monday 25 August. This will be a full closure of the Lower Wharf, with no pedestrian or vehicle access for the duration. The closure is necessary to allow new road markings to be painted around the area of the Cranes and the Life Boats, adjacent to the lower steps. SHG 11 August 2014

 

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St Helena : St Helena: ROAD MAINTENANCE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 08.08.2014 (Current Article)

As part of the on-going road maintenance program, the Highways Authority has given approval for the road from New Bridge to The Briars junction to be closed for an initial period of 15 weeks, starting on Monday 18 August 2014. The closure will be for 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, weather permitting.

ROAD MAINTENANCE



As part of the on-going road maintenance program, the Highways Authority has given approval for the road from New Bridge to The Briars junction to be closed for an initial period of 15 weeks, starting on Monday 18 August 2014. The closure will be for 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, weather permitting.

Residents and businesses living and working within the proposed road closure will still have access to their homes and workplace at all times. Access will be from one end of the road or the other, depending on how work is progressing at the time.

Emergency Services will be permitted access as required, and the road might be open on weekends, depending on progress on the route.
The Roads Team apologises in advance for the inconvenience.
Enquiries about this work can be made on telephone number 23640, during normal working hours.

SHG
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Falklands : Falklands: NEW DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL SERVICES APPOINTED
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 30.07.2014 (Current Article)

The Falkland Islands Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Bassford as the new Director of Central Services, succeeding Simon Fletcher who leaves the Islands this August.

NEW DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL SERVICES APPOINTED

By J. Brock (FINN)

The Falkland Islands Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Bassford as the new Director of Central Services, succeeding Simon Fletcher who leaves the Islands this August.

Mr Bassford, who holds a PhD in Environmental Chemistry as well as an MBA from Imperial College London, is currently a director for global advisory firm, RAND, working on projects across maritime, aerospace, defence and environmental sectors. He has previously worked for the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office and has extensive experience in the delivery of capital investment programmes.


Of his appointment, Matt said, ‘I have always been driven by a desire to make a positive difference to the public good. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life and the opportunity to play a leading role in the delivery of key services for the Falkland Islands. My family are also excited and have been struck by the beauty of the Islands they saw in a recent photo exhibition.’

Following a brief familiarisation visit in November 2014, Matt will formally take up his position in January 2015, accompanied by his wife, Colette, and his two children Maya and Anna.

Keith Padgett, Chief Executive, welcomed the appointment, ‘I am delighted with Matt’s appointment as DCS. He has wealth of varied expertise which will undoubtedly be an asset to both the Directorate and to FIG as a whole, and I am very much looking forward to working with him in the New Year.’

Portfolio-holder for Central Services, MLA Ian Hansen, echoed the Chief Executive, ‘Matt Bassford will be an excellent addition to the FIG team and with his past experience I’m sure he will be able to build on the work of Central Services carried out to date. I look forward to working alongside him when he takes up post, and would like to thank his predecessor, Simon Fletcher, for all his hard work during his tenure as DCS.’

 

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St Helena : NEW ROADS MANAGER FOR ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 29.07.2014 (Current Article)

St Helena Government’s new Roads Manager, Benjamin (Ben) Hathway (photo attached) arrived on Island on Wednesday 23 July 2014 on a three year contract.

NEW ROADS MANAGER FOR ST HELENA

St Helena Government’s new Roads Manager, Benjamin (Ben) Hathway (photo attached) arrived on Island on Wednesday 23 July 2014 on a three year contract.

Ben is based at Donkey Plain and as Roads Manager is responsible for the entire road network on the Island. His role will include looking after the Island’s roads, managing the workforce, putting together operational programmes and working with other sections of the Environment and Natural Resources Directorate to ensure a joined up approach to roads management.

Ben will be building on the work of the previous Roads Manager, including slightly modifying some production methods, trialling other materials, inspecting roads and producing phased work programmes based on these inspections.

Ben explains:

“My main priorities over the coming weeks will be to understand key issues regarding the roads on St Helena and working to begin to resolve them. There is no quick solution and everything will take time but hopefully I can start to address the challenges we may have.”
Ben added:

‘Roads management on St Helena is vital. The main ways of getting around the Island are using private or public transport, and walking. The roads network on the Island, like anywhere else in the world, is central for business and social uses. It is therefore crucial the network is maintained to a good standard.’

Ben has 23 years roads experience and started his career as a road worker. He worked his way up to Roads Inspector and spent a number of years as a Quantity Surveyor. Prior to his arrival on St Helena, Ben was the Network Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council in the UK.
Ben concluded:

‘I’m looking forward to working on St Helena and serving the Island community - the people of St Helena have made me and my family feel very welcome and we are settling into our new home.
‘During the next few months I will be doing my best to understand issues affecting the roads on St Helena and will be happy to speak with anyone to hear their views.’
SHG
29 July 2014


 

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St Helena : POULTRY BREEDING MOVES TO RODDY’S CHICKEN FARM UNDER PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 29.07.2014 (Current Article)

Poultry breeding on St Helena involves activities such as the importation of chicken parent stock and the production, brooding and sale of 3-week old chicks.

POULTRY BREEDING MOVES TO RODDY’S CHICKEN FARM UNDER PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

Poultry breeding on St Helena involves activities such as the importation of chicken parent stock and the production, brooding and sale of 3-week old chicks. For many years this service has been available from the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division (ANRD) to local egg producers and smallholders.

ANRD has been seeking private sector interest in taking on the key elements of the existing poultry breeding service - so that their Veterinary and Livestock Section can concentrate on delivery of their core services to livestock producers and the general public. This partnership will also achieve a reduction in subsidy for the poultry breeding service.

On 18 July 2014, Rodney Yon of White Gate, owner of Roddy’s Chicken Farm, entered into a 3 year partnership arrangement with ANRD to manage their current poultry breeding service and establish further egg production housing to increase egg production at Roddy’s Farm to meet the needs of the Island. ANRD will continue the importation of chicken parent stock as and when required to ensure biosecurity requirements are met, and will provide veterinary support and advice to Rodney to enable chick production to continue.

Head of ANRD, Darren Duncan, commented:

“It is pleasing to see a private sector operator prepared to share risk through partnership with SHG and ESH to deliver an important agricultural service to the community and to scale up egg production. This will increase production of a product for which we have a competitive advantage and which we rely on as a staple food”.

Enterprise St Helena (ESH) has been instrumental in supporting Rodney to realise this expansion and both ANRD and ESH have provided funding under the SHG/Private Sector Agriculture Partnership Policy to enable Rodney to combine this new service with a larger egg production operation from the ANRD poultry unit premises near Sunnyside.

ESH Private Sector Development Manager, Martin George, said:

“This is indeed a proud step in the right direction. Rodney is one of many individuals that demonstrate enthusiasm in commercial development and is evidence of the success of the public private partnership policy.”

Rodney added:

“I am extremely excited to start this new venture. I have signed a lot of contracts in my life and this contract tops them all.”

From 1 August 2014, all requests for pullets (young hens) should be made to Rodney Yon on telephone 23633.

Two pictures accompany this release.

SHG
29 July 2014

 

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Falklands : KEEN RUNNER TAKES OVER STANDARD CHARTERED BANK IN THE FALKLANDS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 28.07.2014 (Current Article)

A new chief Executive Officer for Standard Chartered Bank has arrived in the Falklands to take over from Binoy Karia

KEEN RUNNER TAKES OVER STANDARD CHARTERED BANK IN THE FALKLANDS

By J Brock (FINN)


A new chief Executive Officer for Standard Chartered Bank has arrived in the Falklands to take over from Binoy Karia, who is to move to the bank’s New York office. Mr Karia will be a Business Planning Manager for the Regional Head, Corporate and Industrial Clients, Americas.

Stuart Horsewood, a keen runner, has spent 45 years with Standard Chartered Bank across 20 countries, mainly in Asia and the Middle East. In the past he has been running well over a hundred marathons. His love of fitness began at the age of 13. At the age of 16 he had already participated in the John F Kennedy 50-mile memorial run in his home country of Lincolnshire, England. At present, Horsewood currently runs around 5 marathons a year. He hits his personal best of three and a half hours twice in 1998. Once, he raised 75,000 USD for the Standard Chartered’s charitable initiative ‘Seeing is Believing’, by running 9 marathons in 9 months.

Mr Horsewood’s wife, Peggy, will arrive in the Falklands later this year.

 

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St Helena : EMERGENCY PLANNING ON ST HELENA AND MAJOR INCIDENT PLAN
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 28.07.2014 (Current Article)

An Island Major Incident Plan is currently being finalised, centred on emergency planning arrangements that need to be in place should a major incident occur on St Helena.

EMERGENCY PLANNING ON ST HELENA AND MAJOR INCIDENT PLAN

An Island Major Incident Plan is currently being finalised, centred on emergency planning arrangements that need to be in place should a major incident occur on St Helena. While the chances of a major incident occurring on the Island are very low, it is important that the right planning and preparedness are in place to deal with any such situation promptly and effectively.

The Major Incident Plan is being developed around identifying the biggest risks facing the Island and reducing these risks as much as possible. To ensure this, the Emergency Planning team – led by Alistair Smith - are currently identifying the Island’s existing capability to deal with major incidents and fine tuning any gaps in the process. They are putting together both a general Major Incident Plan and also some specific plans where the highest risks have been identified.

The public can be assured that having a robust emergency plan in place for the Island is being taken very seriously. Once completed the plan will not only look at potential Airport-related incidents - although this will be tested as part of the Airport Certification process - but will serve the Island as a whole.

The plan will operate under a ‘one Island’ team effort and in the event of a major incident key functions of the plan will include keeping the public informed, minimising the impact and ensuring things return back to normal as quickly as possible.

In order for the plan to achieve its intention, over the next few months a series of training and tests will take place across SHG and the Island to ensure its effectiveness. The feedback from the consultation undertaken so far across SHG, utility functions, Basil Read and community groups has been very positive and over the next few months the emergency planning team will be holding further meetings within the community and will be looking to identify individuals who have skills that could be called upon in the event of a major incident.

A major incident exercise will be held on 17 December 2014 which will be an essential part of preparation and implementation of the plan. This will be a whole Island event and people are kindly asked, if at all possible, to avoid planning any major Island activities on this day. The public will be kept informed of developments leading up to December’s exercise and community groups interested in taking part are asked to contact Alistair through the St Helena Access Office, on tel: 22721 or email: Alistair.Smith@sainthelena.gov.sh

SHG
28 July 2014

 

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St Helena : ST HELENA AIRPORT RUNWAY - INVERTEBRATE, PLANT AND ENDEMIC LICHEN SURVEY
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 28.07.2014 (Current Article)

A large area of natural land surface at the Airport site (Prosperous Bay Plain) will of course be lost to construction and associated project works for St Helena’s Airport.

ST HELENA AIRPORT RUNWAY - INVERTEBRATE, PLANT AND ENDEMIC LICHEN SURVEY

A large area of natural land surface at the Airport site (Prosperous Bay Plain) will of course be lost to construction and associated project works for St Helena’s Airport.

To record the invertebrates present in the area and to get a better understanding of the distribution of endemic, native and non-native (invasive) plant species, in February 2014 the Access Office commissioned St Helena National Trust to conduct a survey of the area prior to its loss, as a part of the Landscape and Ecology Mitigation Programme (LEMP).

The survey has allowed pre-construction mitigation activities to take place, such as lichen translocations, and will inform post construction rehabilitation, such as planting arrangements, in this area.

The findings are contained within the St Helena Airport North Runway Invertebrate, Plant and Endemic Lichen Survey which is now available on the St Helena Access website at http://www.sainthelenaaccess.com/application/

SHG
28 July 2014

 

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St Helena : NEW ST HELENA PORT AUTHORITY
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 28.07.2014 (Current Article)

A new St Helena Port Authority has now been established, to replace the former Harbour Board, taking over its functions and responsibilities.

NEW ST HELENA PORT AUTHORITY

A new St Helena Port Authority has now been established, to replace the former Harbour Board, taking over its functions and responsibilities. The Authority consists of 12 permanent members divided equally into two separate sub-committees:

Port Security Committee
• Police Dept (Merlin George)
• H.M. Customs (Lionel Joshua)
• Immigration (Emerald Newman)
• Harbourmaster’s Office (Steve Kirk)
• ANRD Biosecurity Officer (Jill Key)
• Private Security Contractor (Paul Laban)

This committee deals with law enforcement, border control and security at Jamestown Wharf and in Rupert’s Bay, fulfilling the requirements of the ISPS Code (International Ship and Port Facility Security Code).

Port Stakeholders Committee
• Diving Club (Graham Sim)
• Fisheries Manager (Terry Richards)
• Life Boat (Fire Service) (Alan Thomas)
• Queen Mary & Victoria Stores (Gregory Cairns-Wicks)
• Solomons & Co (Jason Thomas)
• Thorpe & Sons (Nick Thorpe)

To allow for a fair and balanced cross-section of the Wharf community, membership of this committee is split equally between the largest merchants and other Wharf users. This committee fulfils the requirements of Chapter 47 of the St Helena Harbours Ordinance.
Both committees will convene every three months, unless events or circumstances dictate otherwise, when emergency meetings can be called. The Chairman of the Port Authority is the Harbourmaster, who may appoint a Vice-Chairman for each sub-committee as agreed by the members.
SHG
28 July 2014

 

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Falklands : Falklands: Change of name for Chamber Board
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 25.07.2014 (Current Article)

The Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce (FICOC) held its Annual General Meeting on Friday evening (25th July) where it was agreed that the FICOC Council will now be called the FICOC Board of Directors.

FALKLAND ISLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESS RELEASE

Change of name for Chamber Board

The Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce (FICOC) held its Annual General Meeting on Friday evening (25th July) where it was agreed that the FICOC Council will now be called the FICOC Board of Directors.

It was also agreed that the titles of President and Vice President will be changed to Chairman and Vice Chairman. The changes were made as they were felt to be more appropriate to the way the Board of the FICOC works.

At the AGM Roger Spink, Hamish Wylie and Cheryl Roberts stood unopposed for the positions of Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer respectively and so all were duly re-elected.

Four nominations – Steve Dent, John Ferguson, Rodney Lee and Jimmy Moffatt - were received for the election for three vacant Board Member positions. It was announced at the AGM that Steve Dent, John Ferguson and Rodney Lee had been elected to the Board in a very close result. The Chamber of Commerce would like to thank outgoing Board Member Jimmy Moffatt for his contributions to the Chamber.

During his address to Chamber members, Chairman Roger Spink said that “the growth of the economy due to oil exploration in early 2015 and better Ilex catches should keep all businesses busy in the coming year. The gap in oil exploration work had brought a temporary slowing in the growth of our economy but the Government Capital program for 2014/15 and the 36 houses built for FIG in the last year, in addition the completion of the Sapper Hill plots for private developers has meant we should see a continued growth in activity.”

Mr Spink noted that it had been a positive year for the FICOC with highlights including a business delegation travelling to Punta Arenas and Montevideo in October 2013 which had led to a reciprocal visit to the Islands in May by businessmen from Punta Arenas who hope to develop commercial ties. Another positive move for the private sector this year, according to Mr Spink, was the successful outsourcing of the IT and Post Office functions by FIG.

Mr Spink stated that “the Chamber of tomorrow will be required to be vigilant and proactive in protecting the private sector from any future threats, and in ensuring that a favourable climate exists in which our members and the private sector as a whole can flourish.”

 

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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.


 


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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.


 


(100X Transcription and Monitoring Service)


 



 


 



 

 

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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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