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 (3)
 SNIPPETS (0)
 SHIPPING/FREIGHT (0)
 MINERAL RESOURCES (3)
 LEGAL (3)
 HERITAGE (9)
 HEALTH (3)
 GEOLOGICAL EVENTS (0)
 GEN - GOVERNMENT (1)
 FISHERIES (9)
 ENVIRONMENT (1)
 EDUCATION (3)
 BUSINESS NEWS (18)
 AGRICULTURE (1)
 ALL ISLANDS (54)
 ASCENSION ISLAND (1)
 BRIT.ANTARCTIC TER. (0)
 FALKLAND ISLANDS (17)
 S.ATLANTIC GENERAL (7)
 SAINT HELENA (16)
 SOUTH GEORGIA (5)
 TRISTAN DA CUNHA (7)
Sponsored Links



   : Current News Articles


Article 1 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : FRENCH NAVAL SHIPS TO CALL AT ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 01.04.2014 (Current Article)

On Tuesday 15 April 2014, St Helena will host a one-day call from two major French warships - the 21,300 tonne Force Projection & Command Ship ‘FS Mistral’ and the advanced Frigate ‘FS La Fayette’.

FRENCH NAVAL SHIPS TO CALL AT ST HELENA

On Tuesday 15 April 2014, St Helena will host a one-day call from two major French warships - the 21,300 tonne Force Projection & Command Ship ‘FS Mistral’ and the advanced Frigate ‘FS La Fayette’.

The ships’ estimated time of arrival at St Helena is 09.00 hrs, departing at 19.00 hrs on the same day. The Mistral has a crew complement of around 220 and is 199m in length, and the La Fayette has a crew of around 180 and is 125m in length. Two pictures are attached to this release.

A programme is being drawn up for the day by SHG and honorary French Consul Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, and is likely to include: a Captain(s) call on the Governor, an invited lunch on board, a schools’ visit on board, a ceremony at the Tomb (with many French military in attendance), and a tour of Longwood House and the Briars pavilion - followed by the ships’ departure.

French Consul, Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, said of the visit:

“The call of the two main vessels of the ‘Groupe Jeanne d’Arc’ is quite an honour, not only for my team, but for all of us on St Helena. It will bring back memories for some on the Island who will remember the regular calls of the ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ - the last visit of that importance occurring in 1987. Since then, two French Navy ships have called on the Island - the patrouilleur ‘Albatros’ at the Quincentenary of St Helena in 2002, followed by the ‘Beautemps-Beaupré’ in 2008.

“St Helena owns a great page of our common history and this ’escale’ (port of call) further honours our mutual respect.”

Governor Mark Capes added:

“Our special link with France is firmly embedded in history and I’m sure that the people of St Helena will join me in warmly welcoming this visit by the French Navy. As always, we will do everything possible to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable visit.”

SHG
20 March 2014

 

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


Article 2 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : Falklands: Citizen’s Advice Bureau Annual Report
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

The CAB was formed in July 2012 – an offshoot of the Falkland Islands Human Rights Group. We agreed a Constitution (enclosed) and will shortly be holding our first Annual General Meeting.

Citizen’s Advice Bureau Annual Report

The CAB was formed in July 2012 – an offshoot of the Falkland Islands Human Rights Group. We agreed a Constitution (enclosed) and will shortly be holding our first Annual General Meeting.

The aims and objectives of the CAB are to give advice to people who seek it and offer advice, based on our findings back to policy makers.

There are many in our small community who may have problems that they wish to discuss with someone in complete confidence. Those problems range from legal disputes, employment issues, social welfare issues, debt problems and many other problems…some are small and easily resolved and some are more complicated and can take a lot longer to resolve.

A summary of the issues addressed since the start of the CAB is detailed below:-

Legal issues 9
Employment issues 6
Welfare issues 6
Pension issues 1
Court issues 2
Housing issues 3
Police issues 1

Of a total of 28 cases raised with the CAB, many were simply referred to a specialist to deal with. For example, in the case of many of the legal issues, the CAB was able to arrange for a free preliminary consultation with a lawyer from either of both local legal practitioners participating voluntarily in the scheme. Following preliminary free legal advice, the client would then decide whether or not to proceed further on a professional basis.

Of the 28 cases raised with the CAB, 26 are closed from the CAB’s point of view and only two cases are still ongoing, but full resolution of these two outstanding cases is expected shortly.

Two cases are marked as not resolved. If mediation is the only means of solving a dispute between two parties and one party refuses mediation, then it cannot be resolved other than by legal action. Many people cannot afford the cost of legal action despite the legal aid provisions. One case was marked as unresolved but closed as the client did not wish to take it any further.

In total, the CAB was able to resolve 24 of the 28 cases raised. This does not necessarily mean that those cases were resolved entirely to the satisfaction of the CAB’s client, but the client’s problem was resolved – sometimes fully and sometimes a compromise was reached.

The CAB was formed by Mark Lewis, Keith Watson, Dick Sawle and Sharon Middleton. Keith Watson has left the Islands and Mark Lewis resigned from the CAB in order to avoid any conflict of interest at an early stage. The current committee is formed by Dick Sawle, Mark Neves, Karen Lee and Sharon Middleton. We have a list of volunteers we call upon to assist and to whom we may refer clients for more specialist advice.

It is worth pointing out in this, our first report, just two of the issues we have dealt with. We hope that this will assist in any future policy decisions or changes to current policies.

The Rent Rebate Trap

This scheme is well intentioned and welcome. It aims to give the less well off the chance to pay less in rent according to their earnings. It can, however, have unintended consequences. For example, a CAB client who has an hourly paid job (so earnings vary), and who rents a house from FIG at £500/month, occasionally receives a rent rebate of up to maybe £200 in a month. Other months, that rebate can vary and be nil if the threshold of earnings is crossed. The result for the individual is a twofold problem. Firstly, they find it hard to save as the rent varies on a monthly basis depending on earnings. Secondly, if they take on extra work that brings in an additional £200 in one month, then it is immediately swallowed up in the additional rent that has to be paid to FIG. It is not therefore seen as worth it to take on additional work.

A rental payment of £500 per month would equate to a mortgage of around £70,000 over 25 years at 7% (using the fixed rate mortgage scheme). This example individual (and others) could therefore afford a mortgage, but cannot find the deposit required.

In order to break out of the trap they find themselves in, they could be assisted by being entitled to request a 100% mortgage. They would have their own property and FIG housing would be freed up. There are of course risks for FIG. The most obvious one is that mortgage repayments are not made, the house is repossessed and the individual goes back into FIG housing (which is stretched).

Another potential solution is that FIG builds houses on Sappers Hill and then provides such people with a rent to buy scheme. The advantage of such a scheme is that it would be more flexible than a mortgage, provide the tenant with security of tenure and also enable them to eventually own their own property. There are such schemes run by housing associations in the UK. Here, it might be worth considering linking any such scheme to the minimum living wage (which is not yet determined).

There are Housing Associations in the UK who have met and dealt with this type of problem and have a variety of schemes. One such scheme is detailed in the link below. More work would need to be done on this and the CAB would be happy to assist if requested.

https://www.gov.uk/affordable-home-ownership-schemes/shared-ownership-schemes





Social Welfare Payments

The problems we have encountered with some of the social welfare clients we have had over the past year relate to the clients inability to live on what they received. Circumstances of course vary, but when a person, often for good reason, becomes unable to continue to work, they can then fall into the safety net of social welfare payments. This usually happens only when the situation has become desperate and by then financial commitments (such as hire purchase payments and arrears of rent with FIG) have often failed to be met.

There appears to be no clear policy as to how much a person is required to pay back in rent arrears (for example) to FIG. We have had cases where it appears that this is simply negotiated with the individual, and social welfare payments are made, rent arrears are deducted from the payment and the result is the person is left with insufficient money on a weekly basis to feed themselves or stay warm in winter.

There is no suggestion that there is any bad intent on the part of the people that administer such schemes, but the individuals concerned are often not able to negotiate on their own behalf. It would assist all parties if there were a clear policy that could be followed which treated any individual holistically and looked at all aspects of each case simply to ensure that the trap of poverty is avoided.

Conclusion

These are just two examples of the problems we have met in the past year and we do hope that they are of interest and use to those who make the policies in the Falklands.

If you feel that you might be able to assist us in any way, then please do get in touch. We always need people who are willing to help. You may be new to the Falklands or you may have lived here all of your life. It doesn’t matter ! If you have a willingness to assist in any way then please do get in touch.

cab@horizon.co.fk
tel 55355

We are very grateful to the support given to us from the following sponsors. As we are a completely voluntary organisation, without the assistance given by our sponsors, (and our volunteers) we would be unable to function.

 

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


Article 3 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : Falkland Islands CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES STACY
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

The Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce has a new Executive Secretary.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES STACY

By J. Brock (FINN)

The Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce has a new Executive Secretary. Stacy Bragger, former Chief of Newsgathering at FIRS has taken up this challenging role.

“I'm excited about meeting the challenges of the role and developing the services offered by the Chamber,” he told members in an introductory e-mail.

Mr Bragger is tasked with increasing revenue for the Chamber of Commerce and helping liaise with Government as well as non-member businesses and organisations….etc. etc…etc.

 

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


Article 4 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

Falklands : FALKLANDS: CAREERS FAIR AT FICS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

A careers fair has been scheduled to take place at the Leisure Centre Sports Hall on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 from 1400hrs to 1600hrs.

CAREERS FAIR AT FICS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL
By J. Brock (FINN)

A careers fair has been scheduled to take place at the Leisure Centre Sports Hall on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 from 1400hrs to 1600hrs.

According to a letter form organiser, Emma Brook, stall holders can set up from 1300hrs on the day.

Normally this event would be held on the FICS School Street but according to Mrs Brook feedback suggested the Sports Hall provided exhibitors with more room to set up and for visitors and students to have better access to stalls.

This year exhibitors are expected to place an emphasis on qualifications necessary to obtain employment with them. Students will be issued with a booklet to help them ask relevant questions about training required to obtain specific jobs they are interested in.

“We appreciate your support in advising the next generation of employees,” she said in an introductory letter. “Our experience with students tells us that they are often unaware of all the different jobs available in the Falkland Islands and the specific need for qualifications for those jobs,” she continued.

Specifically recent school leavers as well as those wishing to change careers will be welcome to attend the Careers Fair to obtain relevant information about the career moves they want to make.

With the letter an application form for potential stall holders was included.

 

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


Article 5 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena: FOREIGN OFFICE REPLACES GOVERNOR’S FLAG CAR
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has purchased a replacement flag car for the Governor. At no cost to SHG, the silver Jaguar XF replaces the present vehicle, which is now over four years old.

FOREIGN OFFICE REPLACES GOVERNOR’S FLAG CAR The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has purchased a replacement flag car for the Governor. At no cost to SHG, the silver Jaguar XF replaces the present vehicle, which is now over four years old. As the profile of St Helena continues to grow, and with the Airport opening in early 2016, more VIP visitors are expected to visit, making it more important that the Governor should have a reliable representational vehicle. The new car is due to arrive on the RMS on Monday 31 March. The old Jaguar will be retained by SHG as a back-up vehicle for Plantation House and for occasional use by important visiting figures such as the Chief Justice. SHG 28 March 2014

 

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


Article 6 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena: UTILITY TARIFFS 2014/15
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

Further to the Directive on 2014/15 Electricity and Water Tariffs issued by the St Helena Utilities Regulatory Authority on 17 March 2014, Connect Saint Helena Ltd has today published the final utility Tariffs for 2014-15, commencing 1 April 2014.

UTILITY TARIFFS 2014/15

Further to the Directive on 2014/15 Electricity and Water Tariffs issued by the St Helena Utilities Regulatory Authority on 17 March 2014, Connect Saint Helena Ltd has today published the final utility Tariffs for 2014-15, commencing 1 April 2014. These rates will be published in full in next week’s media, but anyone requiring a copy earlier can either visit Connect’s Seales Corner offices or request a copy by email to callie.leo@connect.co.sh

The delay in publishing the final Tariffs was due to ongoing discussions with St Helena Government regarding the level of subsidy to be provided. The outcome of these discussions, approved by Executive Council this morning, is that a joint funding solution (between SHG and Connect) has been agreed, which will see the level of subsidy increased. ExCo gave its undertaking to provide additional support to Connect Saint Helena Ltd during the Financial Year 2014-15. This means that the proposed increases for standing and usage charges for electricity, water and drainage are now reduced from the proposed figures in the Directive (roughly 10%) to approximately 5%. Councillors were pleased with this outcome.

Quarter 1 bills will estimate readings at 1 April 2014, but customers are invited to make a note of their own meter readings (on 1 April) and either email to angela.scipio@connect.co.uk or alison.wade@connect.co.sh - or advise by telephone on 22341 or 22255 within two weeks of this date, to enable bills to be prepared based on actual readings. Customers should quote their Customer Number or name and address when doing so.

Please find attached Connect Saint Helena Ltd’s Electricity, Water and Drainage Tariffs, commencing 1 April 2014.

SHG & Connect Saint Helena Ltd
28 March 2014

 

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


Article 7 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : NVQ QUALITY ASSURANCE COORDINATOR TO ATTEND OVERSEAS TRAINING
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

St Helena’s National Vocational Quality (NVQ) Assurance Coordinator Joyce Duncan (photo attached) is soon to embark on a period of training in the UK.

NVQ QUALITY ASSURANCE COORDINATOR TO ATTEND OVERSEAS TRAINING

St Helena’s National Vocational Quality (NVQ) Assurance Coordinator Joyce Duncan (photo attached) is soon to embark on a period of training in the UK.

As the NVQ Quality Assurance Coordinator, Joyce is responsible for managing the approved City & Guilds Centre on St Helena for the delivery of internationally recognised Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs) and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). Joyce as operational manager of the internal quality assurance function, monitors the service provided on St Helena to ensure it consistently meets specified UK National Occupational Standards. To ensure Joyce is able to do this effectively she will depart the Island on Tuesday 8 April 2014 for an exposure visit and period of overseas training in the UK.

Joyce will be visiting various NVQ Centres including those in Cardiff and in Colwyn Bay in Wales.

This visit will see Joyce meet with the Regional Centre’s team and other Quality Assurance Coordinators, Assessors and Internal Quality Assurers to discuss and compare practices. Joyce will also be participating in events that will enable her to enhance her skills and learn how other NVQ Centres are managed in the UK.

Joyce will also be attending Cardiff Vale College to look at the delivery of their Construction Programme and how this could be adapted for the Apprenticeship scheme on St Helena. She will also undertake training with the Quality Assurance Coordinator from the Falkland Island’s Government Office in Westminster London.

Joyce said:

“This training and exposure visit is very important as I will be able to upskill my team of Assessors and Internal Quality Assurers on St Helena while also developing myself in the management of the Centre in relation to quality assurance and training .

“Being isolated on St Helena is a challenge and I am looking forward to the training and exposure so as to be able to gauge whether I am on par with other centres. It will be great to meet with other Quality Assurance Coordinators, Assessors and Internal Quality Assurance Coordinators to share ideas and experiences which I can then bring back to St Helena to further develop my team.”

Colin Moore, Director of Education said

“Joyce is an exceptionally dedicated professional who runs an excellent centre here on St Helena. This visit will enable Joyce to keep up to date with the ever-changing world of vocational qualifications and assessments. We all wish the very best for her UK visit and look forward to seeing her back here in June.”

The St Helena NVQ Centre offers qualifications for:

Level 2/3 Diploma/Certificates in Business & Administration, Customer Service, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Catering, Level 1 Land-based studies, Level 2 Crop Production, Level 2 Environmental Conservation, Levels 3 & 4 Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance (TAQA) qualifications.

Vocationally Related Qualifications offered at Prince Andrew School are for Levels 1 & 2 in Automotive, Level 1 in Construction, and Entry 3/Level 1 in Hospitality & Catering.
SHG
25 March 2014

 

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


Article 8 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena: BUDGET SPEECH 2014/15
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Nathan Prince) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

Financial Secretary Colin Owen this afternoon delivered the Budget Speech for St Helena, 2014/15 (photo attached). The theme of this year’s Budget was the Health of the Nation and Making a Difference.

BUDGET SPEECH 2014/15

Financial Secretary Colin Owen this afternoon delivered the Budget Speech for St Helena, 2014/15 (photo attached). The theme of this year’s Budget was the Health of the Nation and Making a Difference.

The budget covered a wide range of health and environmental issues and saw the introduction of Excise and Liquor Duty and a number of changes to the current tax regime.

Highlights from the speech included:

Total expenditure for 2014/15 of just over £29 million
Increased funding for priority areas, including an additional £692k for the Health Service
£8.5m to be spent on Capital Infrastructure Projects in 2014/15
Planned introduction of Child Benefit allowance from 1 April 2015
Continued equalisation of Fuel Tariffs, with duty on diesel to increase by 5p
Tobacco and Spirits Duties increased by 5%
Introduction of Liquor Duty at £3.50 per litre
New £1 per litre Duty for alcohol 3% or below
Changes to Customs Duty on Vehicles, based on CO2 Emissions
Introduction of Excise Duty on Styrofoam boxes for takeaways
Introduction of Excise Duty on plastic shopping bags
75p per litre Excise Duty on High Sugar Carbonated Drinks

Colin Owen commented:

‘The introduction of a new tax on high sugar drinks and higher than inflation increases on tobacco form part of a raft of measures which demonstrate that SHG takes the health of St Helena seriously.’

The full Budget Speech is available on the SHG website at: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/finace/

SHG
21 March 2014

 

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


Article 9 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

S.Atlantic : St Helena: LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS – RESULTS
Submitted by SARTMA.com (Public Relations Information Office) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

Councillor Wilson ‘Tony’ Duncan has this morning been elected as Chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and a Member of Executive Council.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS – RESULTS

Councillor Wilson ‘Tony’ Duncan has this morning been elected as Chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and a Member of Executive Council. Councillor Corinda Essex has been elected as Member of the Public Accounts Committee.
Elections took place during today’s Formal Legislative Council Meeting where Elected Members were able to put forward their nominations for each of these roles in the House.
The purpose of today’s Legislative Council Meeting is primarily to discuss this year’s Budget Settlement. Also during the meeting there will be six Questions along with seven Motions, six of which are Bills for Ordinances.

Legislative Council is broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1.

SHG
21 March 2014

 

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


Article 10 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : ST HELENA MEDIA CODE 2014
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

The St Helena Media Code of Practice 2014 was issued today by the St Helena Media Commission.

ST HELENA MEDIA CODE 2014

The St Helena Media Code of Practice 2014 was issued today by the St Helena Media Commission. The Code of Practice, which can be found at http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/ - will come into force from 1 April 2014.

Issued on behalf of the St Helena Media Commission

17 March 2014

 

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


Article 11 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : St Helena: 2014/15 ELECTRICITY AND WATER TARIFFS
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

The St Helena Utilities Regulatory Authority has today issued its Direction under Section 5 (1) (C) of the Utilities Services Ordinance 2013.

DIRECTIVE OF ST HELENA UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY RELATIVE TO THE 2014/15 ELECTRICITY AND WATER TARIFFS

The St Helena Utilities Regulatory Authority has today issued its Direction under Section 5 (1) (C) of the Utilities Services Ordinance 2013. The Directive can be found at http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/
Issued on behalf of the St Helena Utilities Regulatory Authority
17 March 2014

 

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


Article 12 of 18
Home | Categories | Business News Please tell us what you think of this article. Tell a friend Print Friendly

St Helena : FORMAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING – FRIDAY 21 MARCH 2014
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Juanita Brock) 31.03.2014 (Current Article)

The First Sitting of the Fourth Meeting of Legislative Council will take place on Friday 21 March 2014 at 10am in the Court House

FORMAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING – FRIDAY 21 MARCH 2014

The First Sitting of the Fourth Meeting of Legislative Council will take place on Friday 21 March 2014 at 10am in the Court House, Jamestown. This session is expected to last two days, continuing on Monday 24 March, and will be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1.

The main purpose of the meeting will be to discuss this year’s Budget settlement, where the Financial Secretary will present his Budget Speech to Legislative Council. Six Questions will also be taken to the House along with seven Motions, six of which are Bills for Ordinances.

Nine papers will be presented in the House. They are:

• A Bill for an Ordinance – The Immigration (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014
• A Bill for an Ordinance – The Second Supplementary Appropriation Ordinance, 2014
• The Second Supplementary Estimates, March 2014
• A Bill for an Ordinance – The Customs (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014
• A Bill for an Ordinance – The Liquor Duty Ordinance, 2014
• A Bill for an Ordinance – The Interpretation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014
• A Bill for an Ordinance – The Appropriation Ordinance, 2014
• Estimates of Recurrent Revenue, Expenditure and Capital Expenditure 2014/15
• The St Helena Public Accounts Committee – Report to Legislative Council on the Formal

Session of the Public Accounts Committee held on 10 February 2014.
Three elections will also take place during the Meeting. These will be to elect a Chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, to elect a new member of Executive Council following the resignation from ExCo of Councillor Cyril George, and to elect a member of the Public Accounts Committee.
The meeting will conclude with the customary Adjournment Debate, when Councillors will have the opportunity to raise various issues relating to St Helena.
The Order Paper for Friday’s meeting is available on the SHG website at: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/committee-reports/
SHG
17 March 2014

 

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


Article 13 of 18
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 14 of 18
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 15 of 18
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 16 of 18
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 17 of 18
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 18 of 18
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