Executive Council met today with three items on the Open Agenda.

Council considered and gave approval for the Liquor (Amendment) Bill to be printed, published and presented as Government business at the next session of Legislative Council.  This amendment was focused on the occasional licence which is issued to permit the sale of alcohol on the occasion of any entertainment or special occasion.  Council felt that this was important to remove bureaucracy and streamline the process.

The ExCo paper on amendments to the Marriage Regulations was withdrawn to allow further discussion on the level of fees to be charged.  It is anticipated that this paper will be presented to the next meeting of ExCo.

Executive Council then considered and approved the Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 and the Trade Marks (Fees) (Amendment) Rules 2018.  The fees for these Regulations and Rules had last been amended in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Council members were not prepared at this time to agree any changes to the fees in respect of Patents, as the Law Revision had amended the Patents (Registration) Ordinance 1927 and transferred the power to prescribe fees to the Registrar of Patents from the Governor in Council. The implications of this amendment would be reviewed.

The meeting closed at 12noon.


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St Helena Airport (HLE) will be holding a table-top exercise this Thursday, 19 April 2018, for all Airport and Island Emergency Services.

The exercise is needed to test emergency procedures related to an aircraft emergency and is one of a number of exercises that have to be carried out annually to meet the ASSI accreditation regulations for Airport operations.

This exercise will not affect any members of the public.

#StHelena #StHelenaAirport #TableTopExercise #ASSI



17 April 2018

St Helena Police have today, Tuesday 17 April 2018, launched a ‘Dog Campaign’.

The purpose of this campaign is to target offences such as dogs wandering on the highway without proper control, chasing vehicles, causing road traffic collisions, worrying domestic animals and biting, among other offences. It also aims to educate the public on these issues.

Residents across the Island have raised a number of concerns about dogs and the number of reports received is increasing.

Police will deal with offences committed and any dogs found wandering will be scanned and impounded. Additionally, any other offences relating to dogs will be dealt with and the owner of such dog could be subject to prosecution.

Police Inspector Julianne Benjamin said:

“The message to the public is to keep your dog under proper control. Allowing your dog to wander is a public safety concern, but we are also concerned for the safety of your dog.”

If dog owners are unsure about what offences they could be committing, they are encouraged to contact the Police on tel: 22626.

St Helena Police are dedicated to helping dog owners understand the repercussions and the dangers dogs pose to themselves and the public.

#StHelena #StHelenaPolice #DogCampaign



17 April 2018


St Helena Government (SHG), as the beneficial owner, having authorised St Helena Line (SHL) to sell the RMS St Helena on its behalf confirms that a sale was concluded in London on Tuesday, 17 April 2018.

The buyer is Tahiti Shipping Limited who took ownership of the vessel this morning.

SHG and SHL are pleased that the former RMS St Helena having provided such an important service to the Island and people of St Helena will now have a future providing a different but important service in another part of the world.


17 April 2018

Corporate Support is once again in the process of updating its register of persons who are interested in serving on statutory and bona fide Boards and Committees.

The register records previous experience and current interests together with any training undertaken – this proves useful when selecting individuals for appointment to any of the following Boards or Committees:

  • Charities Commission appointed in accordance with Section 5 of the Charities Ordinance, 2005
  • Employment Rights Committee appointed in accordance with Section 7 of the Employment Rights Ordinance, 2010
  • Enterprise St Helena Board of Directors appointed in accordance with Section 4 of the Enterprise St Helena Ordinance, 1994
  • Equality and Human Rights Committee appointed in accordance with Section 4 of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights Ordinance, 2015
  • Financial Services Regulatory Authority appointed in accordance with Section 3 of the Financial Services Ordinance, 2008
  • Immigration Control Board appointed in accordance with Section 6 of the Immigration Ordinance, 2011
  • Land Development Appeals Tribunal appointed in accordance with Section 52 of the Land Planning and Development Control Ordinance, 2013
  • Land Development Control Authority appointed in accordance with Section 3 of the Land Planning and Development Control Ordinance, 2013
  • Money Laundering Regulatory Authority appointed in accordance with Section 9 of the Money Laundering Ordinance, 2008
  • Prison Visiting Committee appointed in accordance with Rule 42 of the Prison Rules 1999, of the Prison Ordinance, 1960
  • St Helena Fisheries Corporation Board appointed in accordance with Section 6 of the St Helena Fisheries Corporation Ordinance, 1979
  • Utilities Regulatory Authority appointed in accordance with Section 3 of the Utilities Services Ordinance, 2013

Corporate Support would like to hear from persons who wish to register their interest. It should be noted that registering does not mean that a person will be automatically appointed as this will depend very much on specific statutory requirements and the individual’s background experience and interests and of course, whether there is a vacancy.

The remuneration for persons serving on statutory boards and committees varies according to the board/committee. In addition, a mileage allowance of 60p per mile will be paid for members to attend meetings or carry out any work on behalf of the board/committee.

The relevant application form to register an interest may be obtained from Information & Research Support Officer, Miss Linda Benjamin, , at the Castle on Tel: 22470, via email: linda.benjamin@sainthelena.gov.sh or on the SHG website at: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/forms/

 #StHelena #CorporateSupport #Boards #Committees




17 April 2018

The St Helena Resilience Forum (SHRF) was informed that there was a Shark spotted yesterday, Sunday, 15 April 2018, in Rupert’s Bay between the hours of 3-4pm.

The SHRF therefore advises the public to use caution when swimming in the sea and has given the following guidance.

  • Check out the water before entering where possible – go to higher ground and look to see if any sharks are in the area – though, of course, be aware that sharks can still enter an area at a later stage.
  • Stay out of the water at dawn, early evening, and night, when some species of sharks may move inshore to feed on fish. Sharks are well equipped to locate prey even when visibility is poor.
  • Avoid areas where fish waste enters the water.
  • It is prudent not to enter the water with an open wound, however small it may be.
  • After large swells the waters can become murky – avoid swimming during murky sea conditions.
  • Do not wear high-contrast clothing (orange and yellow are said to be risky colours) or shiny jewellery (which may appear to be like fish scales). Sharks see contrast very well.
  • Refrain from excessive splashing. Keep pets, which swim erratically, out of the water. Sharks are attracted to such activity.
  • Leave the water quickly and calmly if a shark is sighted. Do not provoke, harass, or entice a shark, even a small one.
  • If fish start to behave erratically, leave the water. They may be behaving like that because there is a shark in the area.
  • Experts suggest that incidents with sharks are more common on lone swimmers – swim, surf, or dive with other people to reduce risk.
  • If you are diving and are approached by a shark, stay as still as possible. If you are carrying fish or other catches, release the catch and quietly leave the area.

The maritime community are also asked to refrain from discarding fish waste into the water at James Bay and Rupert’s Bay as this could potentially attract a shark to the area.

If any member of the public sees a shark in any known swimming areas, please note any details of its appearance and inform either Harbourmaster, David Caswell, on tel: 22287 or email: david.caswell@sainthelena.gov.sh, or Sea Rescue Manager, Simon Wade, on tel: 25052 or email: simonwade@helanta.co.sh.

#StHelena #SharkSighting #Ruperts #StHelenaResilienceForum #SafetyInformation



16 April 2018


The Social & Community Development Committee held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, 11 April 2018.

The Committee considered various pieces of draft legislation. Further consideration was given to the proposed Welfare of Children (Children’s Residential Home) Regulations. Following agreement on various amendments, the Committee gave their approval. It was also decided that a further assessment should be made by the Directorate on the financial implications of introducing the new legislation before making a recommendation to Executive Council that the new Regulations should be approved. This legislation is needed as there are no specific provisions in the law for a Children’s Home, run by Government.

New regulations to amend the Welfare of Children Regulations 2010 were considered. These will make provision for a Children’s Champion and regulate the constitution of the Safeguarding of Children’s Board to ensure that the Children’s Champion is a member of the Board. These draft Regulations were agreed and will be recommended to Executive Council for approval. The current Children’s Champion is Councillor Christine Scipio O’Dean.

With the Registrar of Births and Deaths in attendance, the Committee gave further consideration and then agreement to the draft legislation that will overcome the problem whereby only births and deaths that occur on the Island can be registered.  The Bill was approved to be forwarded to Executive Council to be published for consideration at a meeting of the Legislative Council.

The following was discussed in the closed session:

A briefing on the recent history of proposed legislation relating to Freedom of Information and Data Protection revealed that the previous Council had decided that the proposals made at the time were too complicated and unworkable. The Committee agreed to ask the Attorney General’s Chambers to consider these matters and to come up with options that can first be discussed with Elected Members.

Together with officials, consideration was given to the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) and recommendations will be made to Executive Council.

To examine how issues relating to the Social Security Ordinance could best be taken forward, a working group of the Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Deputy Chairman, Councillor Cyril Leo. Members are Councillor Kylie Hercules, Acting Director of Safeguarding, Carol George, Government Economist, Nicole Shamier, Assistant Financial Secretary, Nicholas Yon (alternate, Head of Finance Services, Connie Stevens), and Claims Manager, Anthony Hopkins. A remit and possible timescale will now be drawn up. The findings of this working group will be reported back to the Committee.

The Acting Director of Safeguarding, Carol George, gave an update on the Safeguarding Directorate. The Committee heard that the eleven persons that have been temporarily moved to Barn View while repairs and maintenance are carried out at the CCC are content and happy in their new surroundings.

The minutes of the SCDC meeting of 14 March were reviewed and matters arising dealt with.

The Social & Community Development Committee comprises of voting members Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Kylie Hercules, Derek Thomas and Gavin Ellick and non-voting members, the Director of Safeguarding and the Government Economist. Committee Secretary on this occasion was Connie Johnson.

#StHelena #SCDC



16 April 2018

The Highways Authority has given approval for Narra Backs Road in Jamestown to be closed on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, between 1.30pm and 4pm, to allow the Roads Section to carry out line painting in this area.

All vehicle users are asked to vacate this area by 12noon on Wednesday, 18 April, to allow these works to take place.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public in advance for their continued understanding and cooperation.

#StHelena #HighwaysAuthority #NarraBacks #Jamestown




16 April 2018

Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean will depart St Helena on Saturday, 21 April 2018, to attend the British Islands & Mediterranean Region (BIMR) Commonwealth Women Parliamentarian Conference in London, UK.

The conference which will take place between Thursday, 26 April, and Saturday, 28 April 2018, will include panel discussions on women in parliament (past, present and future), a tour of Westminster Hall, St Stephens and Central Lobby, a workshop session and an interactive session with young women, to discuss how different platforms can encourage positive change on issues of gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s representation.

Councillor Scipio-O’Dean said:

“I am looking forward to attending this conference as it provides an opportunity to improve my skills and knowledge and promotes a closer relationship among the Region’s branches and its members.”

BIMR Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) is a regional chapter of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, which works for the better representation of women in legislatures and for the furtherance of gender equality and justice across the Commonwealth.

BIMR CWP held its first conference in 2014 in Edinburgh followed by Gibraltar in 2015, Guernsey in 2016 and Wales in 2017 with Steering Committee meetings held during the year as required. Councillor Scipio-O’Dean represents St Helena on this Steering Committee.

Councillor Scipio-O’Dean will return to St Helena on Saturday, 5 May 2018.

#StHelena #CouncillorTravel #BIMRCWP





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