South Atlantic Remote Territories Media Association - Falkland Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha The latest news from the Falkland Islands, Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha The news that matters from the
British Territories in the South Atlantic Ocean.
 HOME
 CONTACT US
 MAILING LIST
 LINKS
 SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
 WEATHER INFO (0)
 TOURISM/TRAVEL (4)
 SNIPPETS (0)
 SHIPPING/FREIGHT (1)
 MINERAL RESOURCES (2)
 LEGAL (13)
 HERITAGE (15)
 HEALTH (16)
 GEOLOGICAL EVENTS (0)
 GEN - GOVERNMENT (7)
 FISHERIES (9)
 ENVIRONMENT (1)
 EDUCATION (6)
 BUSINESS NEWS (16)
 AGRICULTURE (5)
 ALL ISLANDS (95)
 ASCENSION ISLAND (1)
 BRIT.ANTARCTIC TER. (0)
 FALKLAND ISLANDS (35)
 S.ATLANTIC GENERAL (6)
 SAINT HELENA (40)
 SOUTH GEORGIA (6)
 TRISTAN DA CUNHA (6)
Sponsored Links



   : Current News Articles


Article 1 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : FALKLANDS’ POSTAL SERVICES GO PRIVATE
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 18.07.2014 (Current Article)

The Falkland Islands Government has outsourced postal services to the private sector.

FALKLANDS’ POSTAL SERVICES GO PRIVATE

By J. Brock (FINN)

The Falkland Islands Government has outsourced postal services to the private sector. In order to make all the necessary arrangements prior to the privatisation launch date of 1st August 2014, there will be some restrictions to services provided by the Post Office and the Philatelic Bureau over the coming weeks.

Falklands Post Service Ltd will take over postal operations and the company hopes to alter and improve access to mailboxes over the first six months of operations as well as make improvements to the customer experience of the Philatelic Bureau.

These improvements will require remodelling and refurbishment to be carried out, and this is best achieved whilst the area is closed. The new service-provider hopes to keep disruption to customers at a minimum, and the following measures will be put in place:

Saturday 12th July – Monday 4th August: Philatelic Bureau will be closed to the public. Overseas orders will continue to be processed, and local customers can access philately via the main Post Office counter.

Monday 28th July – Thursday 31st July: The Post Office will be open on reduced hours, between 08:00 – 11:00 and 15:30 – 16:30 daily, to allow for mail to be posted and collected. Overseas airmail will be available for collection between 15:30 and 16:30.

From 1st August, Falklands Post Service Ltd will have airmail available for collection from 08:00, rather than 14:30 as is the current procedure.

Dr Andrea Clausen, Director of Falklands Post Service Ltd is enthusiastic about the company’s future:
“I am very pleased to have reached the final stages of this FIG-led outsourcing project, and would like to thank all those who have supported me along the way. My new team and I are very much looking forward to delivering an improved postal and philatelic service to all of our customers from 1st August onwards.”

MLA Ian Hansen, portfolio holder for postal services, confirmed that the final contract between FIG and Falklands Post Service Ltd would be finalised in the coming week, and welcomed the changes:
“I’m sure that Andrea and the team at Falklands Post Service Ltd will provide an excellent service for our community, and I wish them the very best in their new venture. I’d like to extend my thanks to Director of Central Services, Simon Fletcher, for all his hard work in moving the outsourcing project forward, and to the staff at the Post Office and Philatelic Bureau for their dedication and professionalism during this period of change.

 

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


Article 2 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : ADVERSE WEATHER CAUSES POWER ISSUES AND TREE DAMAGE
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 17.07.2014 (Current Article)

Due to the adverse weather conditions a number of overhead lines were brought down in the Stanley area.

ADVERSE WEATHER CAUSES POWER ISSUES AND TREE DAMAGE

By J. Brock (FINN)

Due to the adverse weather conditions a number of overhead lines were brought down in the Stanley area. The majority of these lines are connected to street lighting and to Sure’s phone lines.

Mains power supplies are generally unaffected, however there are four known properties to the east of Snake Hill that are currently without power - it is hoped that the power will be restored to those properties this afternoon.

Repairs are on-going, however priority will be given to ensuring mains power to properties. However it is likely that a significant amount of street lighting will remain off tonight, and these will be repaired as soon as possible over the coming days.

Another danger during windy and wet weather is the incidence of huge tree branches falling from trees. There was an incidence of this at Stanley House on John Street on Wednesday morning. Emergency services responded immediately and cleared the branch(es) from John Street before school started.

 

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


Article 3 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : Falklands Welcome All New FM Radio Infrastructure
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 12.07.2014 (Current Article)

FIG is pleased to announce the installation of the new FM Radio main infrastructure is complete and the project is now moving to the commissioning and testing phase.

Falklands Welcome All New FM Radio Infrastructure

By J. Brock (FINN)

FIG is pleased to announce the installation of the new FM Radio main infrastructure is complete and the project is now moving to the commissioning and testing phase. The following channels are being broadcast island-wide from the new transmitter sites and can be accessed on the frequencies shown:

FIRS/BBC World Service (when FIRS is off air) (Mid frequency range island-wide)
West Falklands: 97.4 MHz FM (from Byron Heights) or 97.6 MHz FM (from Mt Alice)
East Falklands: 97.8 MHz FM (from Mt William) or 97.2 MHz FM (Sussex Mt)
BFBS Falklands (Higher frequency range island-wide)
West Falklands: 106.4 MHz FM (from Byron Heights) or 106.6 MHz FM (from Mt Alice)
East Falklands: 106.8 MHz FM (from Mt William)

BFBS Radio 2 (Lower frequency range island-wide)
West Falklands: 88.4 MHz FM (from Byron Heights) or 88.6 MHz FM (from Mt Alice)
East Falklands: 88.8 MHz FM (from Mt William)

Additional solar panel array, to complement the wind turbine and increase power capacity for Sussex Mountain, will be arriving later this month and once installed BFBS Falklands will be broadcast from Sussex on 106.2 MHz FM and BFBS Radio 2 will be broadcast on 88.2 MHz FM.

FIG and KTV will be carrying out Acceptance Tests of the infrastructure over the coming months, which will also monitor coverage and reception. Following commissioning and data gathering, consideration will be given to installation of further infill sites where considered necessary.

MLA Ian Hansen said “Acceptance testing is an important phase of the project; we want to make sure the predicted coverage levels are achieved and hope Camp listeners can help with measuring this in the coming weeks. It is not the intention to leave anyone without radio, and there will be a gap filling process undertaken to ensure that the best service is provided island-wide, however there may be areas where stronger antennas may be required”.

Director of Central Services, Simon Fletcher, commented “Camp radio infrastructure is one of the projects I inherited when I arrived in FIG three years ago, so I am delighted to see the progress made, and being supported by a local company in KTV”.

Camp listeners are asked to contact Lynn Brownlee in the Secretariat by e-mail to lbrownlee@sec.gov.fk or telephone on 28430 should anyone encounter any difficulties receiving these channels.

 

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


Article 4 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St HelenaL AIRPORT PROJECT - LEMP CLEAR UP DAY
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 09.07.2014 (Current Article)

The Landscape and Ecology Mitigation Programme (LEMP) of the St Helena Airport Project today held a clear up day at the ex-training centre, near the Rifle Range in Half Tree Hollow.

AIRPORT PROJECT - LEMP CLEAR UP DAY

The Landscape and Ecology Mitigation Programme (LEMP) of the St Helena Airport Project today held a clear up day at the ex-training centre, near the Rifle Range in Half Tree Hollow.

LEMP team members from the Access Office and the Environmental Management Division came together to clear the site of rubbish, recycle what is usable and clear weeds that have built up over the past few years. The site will now be used as a plant nursery as part of the environmental mitigation at the Airport site.

LEMP Manager Ross Towers explained the idea behind the clear up:

“The former training centre site has been more or less derelict for the last few years and there is a lot of rubbish and weeds to get rid of before it can be put to productive use once more.

“Today we are clearing out any unwanted materials, sending shredded paper to SHAPE, sending useful material to people who can use it, weeding and composting. Once the site is cleaned up it will be renovated into a plant nursery for the environmental mitigation of the Airport project.”

The nursery will be staffed and managed by the SHG Access Office through the LEMP. It will produce thousands of plants for the environmental mitigation works of the Airport Project.

Plants produced at the nursery will be mainly dry-land and desert habitat endemic and native plants such as babies-toes, scrubwood, salad plant, tea plant, and samphire. Fruiting plants, and trees for residential areas and plants used for livestock, such as thorn tree and spoor, could also be grown at the nursery.

The ex-training centre will be just one of the sites used to propagate and produce these plants.
Ross concluded:

“Having plant nurseries on St Helena is very important for the environmental mitigation of the Airport Project. St Helena’s environment is unique in a global context. There are species here that are not found anywhere else in the world and it is down to the Island to ensure these species are protected and not lost.

“The creation of St Helena’s Airport is the largest project ever to take place on the Island and it will have an impact on the Island’s environment. It is therefore vital to ensure that this impact is as minimal as possible and that we mitigate against it to ensure species such as the wirebird, mole spider, Dimelaena lichens, and the tea plant can be enjoyed by future generations.”
Three photos are attached to this release.
SHG
9 July 2014

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 5 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : NEW £2 COIN ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE OF THE FALKLANDS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 27.06.2014 (Current Article)

The Falkland Islands Government have minted a new circulatory £2 coin, to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1914.

NEW £2 COIN ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE OF THE FALKLANDS

The Falkland Islands Government have minted a new circulatory £2 coin, to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1914.

The coin, minted by Pobjoy Mint in the United Kingdom, will be in circulation from the 28th June 2014 – precisely 100 years to the day since the events which triggered the First World War. The coin depicts HMS Glasgow in battle, with the wording ‘Battle of the Falkland Islands’ and the coin’s denomination in the surround. The date, 1914, also appears in the sea.

An initial supply of the coins has been received in the Islands, with a further shipment arriving later in the year to coincide with the centenary celebrations in the Islands. 200 of the coins will be issued through Standard Chartered Bank in normal circulation. An additional 200 coins will be available for collectors to purchase from Phil Middleton.

Chair of the 1914 Committee, Phyl Rendell, was enthusiastic about the coins' release, 'The Battle of the Falklands is an important part of Falklands history, and of the narrative of the First World War, and I am pleased that these coins will be in circulation to commemorate this chapter of our past. We have chosen the 28th June as a release date to coincide with anniversary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination, the date which sparked the events which would lead to the First World War and the Battle of the Falklands.'

 

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


Article 6 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena: EXCO REPORT – TUESDAY 24 JUNE 2014
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 24.06.2014 (Current Article)

Executive Council met today, Tuesday 24 June 2014. It has been a little while since ExCo met, so this was a fairly large agenda. There were seven items on the Open Agenda.

EXCO REPORT – TUESDAY 24 JUNE 2014

Executive Council met today, Tuesday 24 June 2014. It has been a little while since ExCo met, so this was a fairly large agenda. There were seven items on the Open Agenda.

The new Chief Secretary Roy Burke was welcomed to his first Executive Council meeting.

The first item discussed was the proposed amendment to the Customs and Excise Ordinance to provide for a duty free shop at the Airport terminal. Duty free shopping is customary at international airports and Council agreed that a Bill for an Ordinance to amend the Customs and Excise Ordinance should go forward to the next formal meeting of Legislative Council. Council also agreed to enact Regulations to provide for exemption of customs duties on goods imported for supply and sale in a duty free shop.

The second item was to again amend Customs Regulations to bring into force the appropriate forms to be completed by persons arriving and departing St Helena. These relate to declaring goods in excess of the current duty free allowances and to declare currency being carried in excess of £6,000. ExCo approved the forms.

The third item was the application for development permission for the new Fire Station to be constructed at Alarm Forest. In attendance were the Planning Officer and the new Head of Planning and Development Control to provide technical advice. Executive Council recognises the need for a new Fire Station as part of the Airport certification process. There were no major concerns with the building, but issues to be addressed include ensuring that rainwater run-off from the roof is managed and that suitable traffic safety measures are in place. The existing bus stop will also need to be relocated.

The fourth item was also an application for development permission for Constitution Hill Road. This road is in need of repair and approval for this was given. It was pleasing to note that certain individuals had given up short strips of land free of charge to create additional road space. Executive Council commended these individuals for their public spiritedness. In granting development permission, Council requested an advisory note from SHG for the repair and maintenance of the Run, as it was recognised that storm water could cause erosion to its fabric.

The fifth item was a request for approval to remove unproductive land from the National Forest Estate. This was approved, as it is important that land not being used for forestry can be released for other developments.

The sixth item was an application to wind up the St Helena News Media Board. This relates to the previously existing media service. The application was approved and any assets realised from the previous Media Board will be transferred to SHG.

The last item on the Open Agenda was a request for approval to register the company St Helena Hotel Development Limited. It is vital for the continued economic development of the Island that there are sufficient hotel rooms for visiting tourists post-Airport. This company would lead negotiations for the financing and construction of a hotel, although it is important to note that this is not giving the go- ahead for a specific hotel and that no monies have yet been allocated. Executive Council gave approval and there will be further information on any hotel development in due course.

On the Closed Agenda there was a recommendation that diesel for commercial fishing vessels be duty free. Executive Council recognises the importance of commercial fishing and was pleased to grant this concession. This equates to a reduction in price of approximately 27p per litre, backdated to 1 April 2014 and to run for initially one year.

The meeting closed at 11.30am.

ExCo
24 June 2014

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 7 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena: INTERIM EMERGENCY PLANNER ARRIVES
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 24.06.2014 (Current Article)

Arriving on Tuesday 17 June 2014 was Interim Emergency Planner Alistair Smith (photo attached).

INTERIM EMERGENCY PLANNER ARRIVES

Arriving on Tuesday 17 June 2014 was Interim Emergency Planner Alistair Smith (photo attached). Alistair is on Island until 22 December 2014 to temporarily fill the Disaster Management role previously carried out by Disaster Management Executive Kevin Hornett.

Alistair’s primary aim while here will be to further develop the way we think about disaster planning, refocusing on contingencies and planning for emergencies.
Alistair explained:

“Disaster management focuses on dealing with matters after an incident has actually happened. Emergency Planning is about building resilience, identifying systems and processes and having them in place before a crisis actually occurs - it’s a subtle shift towards what we’re trying to achieve and what works best for the Island.”

The current National Disaster Management plan will now be operationalised and rolled out across the various parts of SHG, other service providers and the general public to raise awareness of the plan - advising people what their role is, what they need to do in the event of an emergency and where they fit in. This will also cover what they might be asked to do and what they should expect to receive in terms of services.

Putting this Emergency Plan into operation will involve extensive stakeholder engagement through public meetings and the media. Keeping everyone updated as the plan develops is very important. And the Emergency Plan is not only about the Airport - it will take into account a raft of issues that could affect the Island and her community.

Alistair said:

“Recognising the full range of risks, those that exist today and those that will come with the Airport, we will develop a workable plan that will enable emergency services and Government to respond effectively and efficiently to any scenario that arises.”

Legislative Council has been briefed on what Alistair will be doing while here and his next steps are to expand on the work already in place and the capabilities on the Island, to understand how best an emergency plan should be drafted.
Alistair commented:
“The key here is about working with people to develop a plan that will stand the test of time.”

Over the coming weeks Alistair will be visiting various sites and meeting different organisations, gathering information on what works well and what doesn’t. This will be an ongoing process to set the basics for a plan which will be continually reviewed and updated against the risks as seen. Having a national emergency plan in place is fundamental for the Island as there are risks here that need to be acknowledged.
Alistair added:

“Having a plan is the starting point. It doesn’t necessarily take away the fact that scenarios will differ but it’s a good foundation on which to act and respond to any crisis that occurs.”

Alistair has a wealth of experience in emergency planning. Prior to coming to St Helena he completed 30 years with Surrey Police. For eight years he was an Inspector and the last seven were spent with the Force Planning Resources Team, where Alistair had responsibility for emergency planning, operational planning, force resources and force duties for the Surrey Police.
Alistair concluded:

“The Island is great. You soon realise how far you are from the rest of the world but many of the challenges here are the same as you would expect back home. Obviously it’s on a different scale with special local variations, but in essence it’s very similar.

“I’ve been made to feel very welcome, it’s a beautiful place and I’m keen to get around and see a bit more. Hopefully when I leave I’ll take away some great memories, and will have contributed something to the Island’s safety.”
SHG
24 June 2014

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 8 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena: REMINDER - USE OF THE WHARF (24/06)
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 24.06.2014 (Current Article)

The public are once again reminded that while construction works are ongoing at the Wharf, the area will be open to pedestrians only between the hours of 16.00 & 08.30 Monday to Friday and from 16.00 Friday to 08.30 Monday

REMINDER - USE OF THE WHARF

The public are once again reminded that while construction works are ongoing at the Wharf, the area will be open to pedestrians only between the hours of 16.00 & 08.30 Monday to Friday and from 16.00 Friday to 08.30 Monday – ie, open evenings and weekends only. There will be restricted access to vehicles, and a barrier will be in place.

Authorised users only will be able to drop off/pick up equipment (e.g. diving equipment, fishing tackle etc) at the lower steps - before returning their vehicle to the area beyond the barrier. No vehicle at any time can be left parked on the Wharf between the construction site and the landing steps – this area needs to be kept clear in the event of an emergency.

Port management would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued co-operation.
SHG
24 June 2014

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 9 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena: ENHANCING MAIN STREET (20/06)
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 20.06.2014 (Current Article)

On 30 May 2014, works were announced to continue the Main Street Enhancement Project on pavement areas in lower Jamestown. The project was awarded to Brian Leo, project managed by ProArc.

ENHANCING MAIN STREET

On 30 May 2014, works were announced to continue the Main Street Enhancement Project on pavement areas in lower Jamestown. The project was awarded to Brian Leo, project managed by ProArc.
The work has begun outside Porteous House, gradually moving upwards towards the Consulate Hotel, then working back down the street from the Post Office. It is expected to take around 20 weeks to complete.

The work is restorative in nature, aiming to stay true to the character of the town by preserving and replacing cobble stones wherever possible. The insertion of cobbles between entrances along both sides of Main Street will provide a reference to the dominant historic feature of the street while allowing for a smoother, safer and more accommodating surface for use as the principal walkways. The installation of bollards is designed to protect and preserve restored surfaces and to avoid vehicles parking in undesignated parking areas on top of the pavement.

Funding for the Main Street Enhancement Project is provided under tourism development, aided in this particular case by SHG’s capital programme.

A Main Street Project Working Group has been established (see below) to assist the contractor and to ensure that historic features of the streetscape are maintained wherever possible. Members of the working group are: Trevor Graham, Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Directorate, Jeremy Harris, Director of the National Trust, Lucy Ceaser, Director of the Museum, Cathy Ablerts, Director of Tourism (ESH), Michielle Yon, Director of Resources (ESH) and Paul Scipio of ProArc Ltd.

Jeremy said:

“It is exciting to see rejuvenation of the Jamestown streetscape. Whilst a few compromises have been made by necessity, I am confident that the finished product will greatly enhance the look and feel of Jamestown and will serve the population well. The St Helena National Trust is proud to have been part of this and we also look forward to enhancing our prominent headquarters, in turn benefitting the local community and those visiting this very special town.”
Michielle continued:

“The Main Street Working Group is committed to ensuring that the final outcome is something that all locals and visitors can admire. If any person wants to raise their concerns or make enquires please feel free to contact anyone in the group.”

The working group wishes to thank the general public in advance for their cooperation and patience during this work, which will inevitably cause some disruption.

Two pictures and one illustration accompany this release.

SHG
20 June 2014

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 10 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : PROCUREMENT OF AN AIR SERVICE PROVIDER TO ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 12.06.2014 (Current Article)

‘Air Access to St Helena - One of the World’s Most Remote Populated Islands’

PROCUREMENT OF AN AIR SERVICE PROVIDER TO ST HELENA

‘Air Access to St Helena - One of the World’s Most Remote Populated Islands’

St Helena Government (SHG) is pleased to announce today the commencement of the official process to procure an air service provider to the Island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

SHG is seeking to award a contract to a suitably qualified organisation to provide air services to the Island, on a contract period of up to five years.

The requirement is for a minimum weekly flight to a recognised international hub airport operating throughout the year. Services will commence when St Helena’s Airport opens in February 2016.

Potential air service providers are invited to visit the official SHG website http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/air-access/ or the Fly to St Helena website www.flytosthelena.com to find out more about this opportunity by viewing and downloading the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and Information Memorandum (IM) relating to the contract.

The PQQ is the first stage of the air service procurement process. The closing date for responses to the PQQ is 12 noon GMT on Thursday, 17 July 2014.

SHG expects to award the final contract for an air service provider in February or March 2015.

The Pre-Qualification Questionnaire represents the initial stage of agreeing contractual terms for the supply of air services to St Helena. The questionnaire will allow SHG to obtain sufficient information from potential organisations interested in supplying these air services, and to make an assessment of their suitability to be invited to continue in the tendering process. Only organisations that are successful at this stage will be invited to participate in the next stage of the procurement process.

SHG
12 June 2014

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 11 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.


 


(100X Transcription Service)


 

 

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


Article 12 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 13 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.

 

 

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Saint Helena Herald.


Article 14 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.

 

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


Article 15 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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)


 



 


 



 

 

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


Article 16 of 16
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

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.

 

 

This article is the Property and Copyright of Tristan Times.

      Powered by NIC.SHCopyright © 1993-2014 SARTMA.comDesign by CrownNet