Councillor Ellick
Councillor Ellick

Departing the Island on Thursday 5 June 2014, to the United Kingdom, is Councillor Gavin Ellick.  Councillor Ellick is to attend the 63rd Westminster Seminar, on Parliamentary Practices and Procedures.

The ever-evolving programme of this conference highlights current best practice and how Parliaments are adapting to changing domestic and global political environments.

Councillor Ellick will be joined by Councillor Baldwin in the UK – who has recently concluded his attendance at the British Isles and Mediterranean Region Annual Conference in Wales.

Councillor Ellick commented:

“I am happy and humble in being able to attend the Westminster Seminar on behalf of the Island.  I am eager to learn all I can and bring back new ideas to help me in my role as a Councillor, in turn improving current best practice to help the people of St Helena.”   

During the Seminar, Councillors Baldwin and Ellick will participate in various briefings, sessions and practical observations. Topics include the role of Parliament in holding the Executive to account, the relationship between Parliament and the media, representation and the role of the MP in the Constituency, standards, privileges and accountability, and the administration of Parliament, including the work of the Speaker/Presiding Officer and the Commission.

Councillors Baldwin and Ellick will return to St Helena in July.

SHG

2 June 2014

 

Attorney General - Frank Wastell
Attorney General – Frank Wastell

Frank Wastell, St Helena’s Attorney General, is to leave his post at the end of July, returning to the UK for personal reasons.

Frank has been an integral part of St Helena Government’s legal team since joining as Crown Counsel in 2006.  He subsequently became Solicitor General and later Attorney General of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha in 2013, having served several years acting up in that role since 2006.

Speaking about his time on St Helena, Frank said:

‘We cannot believe that we are now in our ninth year on St Helena.  It seems like only yesterday that I stepped off the RMS to go straight into a hearing of the Supreme Court and it has been a busy and challenging time ever since.

‘There has never been a dull moment on the Island, it is a wonderful place and neither me nor Lorna will ever forget the warmth and friendship of all the Saints and the vast majority of my working colleagues. St Helena and her people will have about as special a place in our hearts as it is possible to have, and although we have had to make this decision to leave now, I can say it is with the deepest sadness that we go.

‘I want also to mention the people of Tristan da Cunha who also made us so welcome as have the people of Ascension every time we have been there. All three islands are very different but the warmth of the people has been a constant. It has been a privilege to serve and live with you all.

‘There are obviously some challenging times ahead for St Helena.  Change is never easy for anyone but I have every confidence that the Island will successfully strive forward and I truly believe that this can only benefit everyone in the future.’

SHG

2 June 2014

The Elected Members of the St Helena Legislative Council are pleased to announce that the Honourable Gavin Ellick has been appointed as their Sports and Physical Activity Champion.

Recent debates within the Legislative Council have highlighted the importance of sports and physical activity to the health and well-being of the St Helena Community.  Gavin will actively champion involvement in sports and promote physical activity and will encourage everyone on St Helena, young or old, disabled or able-bodied, to meet the appropriate physical activity guidelines.

Speaking of his appointment, Gavin said he is passionate about sport. In his role as Champion he wants to work with existing organisations and individuals to support them and raise the profile of sport and physical activity on the Island, including participation in international competitions.

Gavin commented:

“I recently watched the primary school athletics competition and the intensity of performance etched on those young faces was inspiring.” 

Gavin will soon be travelling to the UK for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Westminster Conference.  While in the UK he is planning to meet with sporting organisations and relevant people to create new links between St Helena and the international sporting community.

May 2014

The St Helena Police Service has put forward measures to ensure that the Police are community and victim focused and that local links across the Island are strengthened.

As part of this community initiative, the Police Service is keen to understand what the public think of the service currently provided.  A St Helena Police Public Satisfaction Survey was thus launched at the end of April 2014.

Survey forms are available across local retailers on the Island, along with boxes to post them.  Survey forms are also available on the St Helena Government Website at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/forms/.  Once downloaded and completed, please hand them in at the Police Station or give to a Police Officer.

The survey forms are short and will only take a couple of minutes of your time.  The Police will be grateful for your views.  The survey results will be published in due course.

SHG

27 May 2014 

May 2014

The Quarterly Statistical News Bulletin, published today (27 May 2014) covers the period January- March 2014 and contains updates for the annual rate of inflation of the St Helena Retail Price Index (RPI), Income and Imports figures, Estimated Population and Visitor arrivals.

Annual inflation of the St Helena Retail Price Index stood at 0.9 per cent in Quarter 1 2014 – essentially unchanged from the previous quarter. There was a 0.5 per cent increase in the RPI (the overall cost of the ‘St Helena Shopping Basket’) from Quarter 4 2013 to Quarter 1 2014, following two consecutive Quarters where the RPI decreased.

The St Helena resident population continues to grow. In the first quarter of 2014 the population was estimated to stand at a little over 4,500. This is due to an increase in both temporary and permanent residents and extended visitors. The St Helenian resident population is also continuing to grow and was estimated to stand at a little over 4,100 in the first quarter of 2014.

In the first quarter of 2014 arrival figures were up by 4.3 per cent from the same period in 2013. The increased in arrivals is due to a rise in the number of Saints travelling on the RMS, and a rise in business and tourist visitors. Approximately 45 per cent of tourists were of UK nationality and over 75 per cent were from Europe.

Statistician, Dr Paula McLeod says:

“It’s encouraging to see indications that the St Helena population and economy are growing steadily. The information the Statistics Office publishes provides a small insight in to St Helena and her people. It is important that we gather as much data as we can so that we can monitor changes on St Helena and provide sound evidence for policy makers and businesses to base decisions upon.”

This month the Statistics Office also publishes an analysis of income from employment on St Helena from 2011 to 2013. The figures show a 6.7 per cent increase in the average income from employment, primarily due to a substantial increase in private sector wages, which showed a 14.6 per cent increase versus a 2.5 per cent increase in the average public sector wage.

The Statistical News Bulletin, along with the analysis of income from employment on St Helena from 2011 to 2013, and other statistical reports, is available for download from the SHG website www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics

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

Statistics Office, SHG

27 May 2014

The public is reminded that while construction works continue 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. There will be restricted access to vehicles, and a barrier will be in place at the start of the construction works, adjacent to the freight terminal.

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 will need to be kept clear in the event of an emergency.

Port management would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in advance for their continued co-operation.

SHG

26 May 2014

Niall O'Keeffe
Niall O’Keeffe

A new Chief Executive for Economic Development (CEED) has today been appointed.

Niall O’Keeffe (photo attached) succeeds Julian Morris and will arrive on-Island on Wednesday 23 July to take up his new position, as Head of Enterprise St Helena, on a three year contract.

As the CEED, Niall will work closely with the private sector, St Helena Government (SHG) and the Department for International Development (DfID) to bring about St Helena’s economic transformation.

Niall’s main purpose will be to deliver the Sustainable Economic Development Plan to maximise the advantages of the investment in air access, to deliver a shared vision for St Helena’s future prosperity and to ensure the Island is ready for the Airport opening in early 2016.

Niall’s remit will be to attract investment from Saint and international investors, promote tourism, fisheries development and to lead on major economic initiatives and support policy development. The CEED’s duties, through Enterprise St Helena, are also to help Saint businesses grow, to up-skill Saints, and to oversee the provision of micro-grants, loans and equity finance for local Saint businesses.

Niall said of his appointment:

“I am delighted to be joining the team at ESH to help build and expand upon the positive work undertaken to date.

“I look forward to working with and for the people of St Helena to strive for sustainable and inclusive economic development. It is a privilege to take on the CEED role at such an exciting time in the history of St Helena and I hope to contribute to maximising the opportunities and minimising the risk associated with such change.

“On a personal level, I am very excited that I, along with my family, will have an opportunity to experience the culture and charms of such an extraordinary place.”

Niall is currently the Chief Executive of NABCO, Ireland’s National Association of Building Co-operatives.

SHG

23 May 2014

DSC_0640Yesterday’s traditional St Helena’s Day celebrations (21 May 2014) were once again organised by New Horizons and held in lower Jamestown.  Activities and stalls were laid out in the Mule Yard and along the Wharf, with busy crowds enjoying the sunshine.  

The festivities began with a parade from the Canister involving the Scout, Brownie, Guides and Rainbows troops.  Speeches were given by Miss St Helena, Sinead Green and the day was officially opened by Acting Governor Sean Burns.

The mini marathon began proceedings, followed by a themed fancy dress competition.  One of the highlights of the day was the much anticipated themed float parade with New Horizons’ Lemon Valley float winning first prize and the St Helena National Trust and Saint FM winning second and third places respectively.

DSC_0659International Day for Biological Diversity is held today on (Thursday 22 May) and this theme was brought forward a day and celebrated on St Helena’s Day.

DSC_0662A firework display ended the day with live bands entertaining onlookers in the Mule Yard and at Donny’s into the evening.

Five pictures of the day’s celebrations accompany this release.

SHG

22 May 2014

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4 DAYS LEFT TO MAKE AMENDMENTS

The Provisional Register of Electors for St Helena was published on Friday 9 May 2014, with a deadline of 4pm on Friday 23 May for any amendments.

Members of the public now have four days left to come forward if they would like to add or remove their name, remove the name of someone who has died or left the Island, correct the name of someone who has married, correct an Electoral District or change an address on the Register.  

To register, persons must:

 

  • Be over the age of 18 years with St Helena as their ordinary place of residence
  • Have St Helenian status or be the spouse or life partner of a person who has such status.

Further information about registering and making amendments may be obtained from Assistant Registration Officer, Gina Benjamin, at the Castle on telephone 22470 or via email at: cofcouncils@sainthelena.gov.sh

If your name is not on the Register of Electors you will not be able to stand or vote in any upcoming General or Bye-Election.

The final Register will be published on Tuesday 1 July 2014.

SHG

20 May 2014

 

 

4 DAYS LEFT TO MAKE AMENDMENTS

The Provisional Register of Electors for St Helena was published on Friday 9 May 2014, with a deadline of 4pm on Friday 23 May for any amendments.

Members of the public now have four days left to come forward if they would like to add or remove their name, remove the name of someone who has died or left the Island, correct the name of someone who has married, correct an Electoral District or change an address on the Register.

To register, persons must:

 

  • Be over the age of 18 years with St Helena as their ordinary place of residence
  • Have St Helenian status or be the spouse or life partner of a person who has such status.

Further information about registering and making amendments may be obtained from Assistant Registration Officer, Gina Benjamin, at the Castle on telephone 22470 or via email at: cofcouncils@sainthelena.gov.sh

If your name is not on the Register of Electors you will not be able to stand or vote in any upcoming General or Bye-Election.

The final Register will be published on Tuesday 1 July 2014.

SHG

20 May 2014