• Reservoir levels remain dangerously low at just 31 days
  • No significant rainfall is forecast for the next week
  • This is an Island-wide issue and until the situation improves we must all restrict our water usage to essential use only

 Daily consumption levels on St Helena remains at just over one million litres of water, but no substantial rainfall means Island water stocks remain dangerously low, with just 31 days of storage water remaining. This marginal increase results from Connect Saint Helena (CSH) continuing to pump from Chubb’s Spring and from Hutt’s Gate to Red Hill.

Despite being late into our winter period it is not forecast for St Helena to experience any significant rainfall over the next week, which means that there will be no surface water run-off going into the Island’s reservoirs.

To preserve our precious resource it is important that we continue to cut down our water use to essential use only. Remember that we are currently under a hosepipe ban after CSH enforced Island-wide water restrictions on Monday, 24 June 2019.

 The relining of the Levelwood Reservoir has been completed. The current capacity of stored water in this reservoir is 1551m3 (40% full).

It is everyone’s responsibility to take great care in using our water and consumers are continually urged to reduce consumption wherever possible. St Helena residents, businesses and people who use water for agricultural purposes are also urged to exercise great care and restraint when using water.

 As mentioned previously, it will also be worthwhile for consumers to regularly check their water meters and monitor water usage to ensure there are no leaks in their system.

Regular updates on reservoir levels will be issued to the public.

If you see anyone using water irresponsibly or notice a burst pipe or leak then please inform CSH immediately.

Every drop counts, every action counts – Everyone must save every drop of water possible.

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St Helena Resilience Forum

6 August 2019

As part of the Children & Adults Social Care Directorate’s ‘CARE’: Caring And Respecting Everyone Campaign, an open-door recruitment will be held at the Princess Royal Community Care Centre (CCC) from 11.30am-3pm on Friday, 16 August 2019.

The event will allow interested persons to talk with directorate staff, learn more about working in Social Care, and explore a typical day in the life of a Carer. Interviews will take place on the same day.

Manager, Sheltered Accommodation & Home Support, Gillian Brooks, said:

“We are committed to promoting the wellbeing and safety of vulnerable children and adults in our community. We can only do this by having people who are committed to caring and helping us to achieve this. Is this you? Why not come along to our Care Campaign Recruitment Day on Friday, 16 August, and find out more about being a Carer or Support Worker. Sometimes we surprise ourselves at what we can do.”

If you are unable to attend the open-door recruitment event but would like to make an appointment to discuss career opportunities in Social Care, please contact Lisa Thomas at Brick House on tel: (00 290) 22713.

The next open-door recruitment day will be held at the CCC on Friday, 20 September 2019.

Notes to Editor

The Children & Adults Social Care Directorate has various vacancies across residential services supporting older people, services for adults with additional needs, and sheltered housing services. The CARE Campaign aims to recruit local carers for the residential services, and for individuals requiring support in maintaining a degree of independence and quality of life.

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SHG

6 August 2019

In January 2019, consultancy firm BDO LLP conducted an operational review and market demand study for the SHG owned Mantis St Helena hotel.

Whilst the full report on the outcome of the review is confidential to SHG and contains sensitive commercial information, a summary of the main findings has been published.

This summary report is available under Reports and Reviews on the Publications page of the SHG website or directly via the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Summary-of-BDO-Report-on-Mantis-St-Helena.pdf

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SHG
2 August 2019

St Helena Government (SHG) is aware of concerns regarding the importing of a further batch of day old chicks. Previously, there has been a three year SHG-private agricultural partnership agreement with a private sector entity Roddie’s Chicken Farm, for egg production and pullet supplier. This partnership came to an end in mid-2017.

It was never intended that Government would take on the role of chick supplier, however SHG stepped back into this role in 2018 following a serious deterioration in the supply of what is a staple food product, and with the advent of the airport, it became necessary for Government to fill the void by importing day old chicks.

For a month in early 2018 Agriculture & Natural Resources Division (ANRD) investigated the demand for day old chicks through a list of orders placed with ANRD’s Veterinary and Livestock Section.  A demand for more than 3,000 chicks was established, three batches of chicks have already been supplied, and this latest planned import of day old chicks, is the last batch required to satisfy the outstanding orders.   Before procuring this last import, ANRD checked with local producers and small-holders to see if the outstanding orders are still required and have received confirmation that they are.

By the time the new chicks arriving this month are released from quarantine, the first 1,000 chicks imported to the Island will already be 1 year old. The new batch of chicks will come into-lay after 20-22 weeks and their impact on supply of eggs therefore will only be expected in January 2020.  By this time the first 1,000 chicks imported will then be 18 months old, and already most of the way through their prime productive laying period.  No further chicks are proposed to be ordered by ANRD until producers require replacement chicks possibly in late 2020. This will allow all four batches of imported chicks to come into full lay and allow the market for eggs to find an even keel.

SHG

2 August 2019

Sergeant Clarence Roberts, currently part of the Ascension Island Police Detachment, has today, 1 August 2019, reached 40 years of dedicated service to the St Helena Police Directorate.

Sergeant Roberts joined the St Helena Police Service on 1 August 1979. Having completed his initial training course at the Police Training Centre at Ashford in Kent in 1987, Sergeant Roberts has served on St Helena as well as a number of occasions on Ascension Island.

He said:

“During my career I have experienced a whole host of situations, many happy ones, some sad, some even frightening and stressful, but each one has provided me with a memory I will keep forever. Being a Police Officer for me is about delivering a quality service to the Public and doing what I can to make their lives better, even at times when they don’t feel they will ever be better. I am proud of the high standards I have set and maintained during my career and am proud to have served my community. I have really enjoyed my service and will continue to do so for as long as I can.”

Sergeant Roberts sat and passed his Inspectors examination in June 1989 and has performed the duties of Inspector of Operations on both St Helena and Ascension, having received letters of commendations for devotion to duty and long hours worked, and also for commitment and dedication to policing.

During his lengthy policing career, Sergeant Roberts has passed courses in Police Training Development, Personal Safety in Self Defence, Public Order Commands, and even Prison Management.

He has been a public prosecutor for many years, a Training Officer for ten years, Acting Inspector on numerous occasions, and has also worked within the Criminal Investigations Department as a Detective Sergeant.

In 1998, Sergeant Roberts was awarded the Colonial Police Long Service Medal for 18 years and then the clasp awards for 25 and 30 years of qualifying service. He has also been presented the Queens Silver and Golden Jubilee Medals.

Acting Chief of Police for the St Helena Police Service, Michael Luke, commented:

“Public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. Sergeant Clarence Roberts having completed 40 years’ service with the St Helena Police Directorate has shown complete dedication to the people of St Helena and Ascension Island. I think there’s no higher calling in terms of a career than public service, which is a chance to make a difference in people’s lives and improve our communities which Clarence has embraced throughout his distinguished career.”

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SHG
1 August 2019

KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE

As part of St Helena Government’s (SHG) Internet Awareness Campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of the internet and to promote safety when online, this week the focus is on keeping your children safe online.

Over the last few weeks we have looked at the dangers that exist when using the internet and Social Media. We have heard tips on the best ways to avoid these dangers and how to safely enjoy the powerful resource that is the World Wide Web.

In this final week our emphasis is on what you can do as parents and guardians to ensure that children with access to the internet are safe from any potential dangers.

These tips will help ensure that your children are not exposed to online dangers and can enjoy what the internet has to offer in a safe way:

  • Have a conversation – Most children are getting internet-connected gadgets from a young age. So start talking to them early. Warn them about the dangers of the internet and let them know that you’re looking out for them. Speak honestly with them
  • Keep internet use in a common area of the house – Online bullies and even sex offenders cannot harass your child if you are there to see what your child is up to. So make sure your children aren’t going to bed with their laptops and phones. Keep internet time in the common areas of the house
  • Agree boundaries as a family – Setting boundaries such as how long your child can spend online and what they can get up to while using the internet will go a long way in ensuring they are safe online. Agree these as a family
  • Be in the know – As a parent/guardian, you should know what it is your children are doing online. Make sure you are aware of the sites they are visiting and if you have any doubts then check the site history to ensure they are all appropriate
  • Check content is age-appropriate – Check the age ratings of games, movies, and websites that your child might be visiting online
  • Use parental and privacy controls – To ensure your children are not visiting websites that are unsuitable or inappropriate, take advantage of the parental control and privacy settings to restrict access to these pages. Adjust settings to suit your child’s age and maturity

Remember these tips next time your children are online and share them with friends and family who also have children to ensure that you and the people you care about keep their children safe online.

#StHelena #StayingSafeOnline #KeepYourChildrenSafeOnline

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SHG
1 August 2019

Harley Williams

Harley Williams from Gordon’s Post has recently graduated having achieved a Second Upper Class Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science, following three years of study at Bath Spa University in the UK.

Harley’s Environmental Science course comprised 14 different modules ranging from Biological Science, Biodiversity and Conservation, Global Development, and Environment People and Place in year one, to Environmental Science, Research Methodologies, Environmental Hazards, Climate Change and Sustainability, and Science Publishing in year two, to Managing Sustainability, Plants and People, Environmental Practice, Wildlife Photography, and a Biology Dissertation in his final year.

Harley said:

“The final term of my undergraduate studies has been a surreal one. Working on the final assignments, knowing they are my last pieces of academic work as an undergraduate student has been both exciting and daunting. Regardless, I am happy to say that I am ending this important chapter on a high note.”

Harley has an aspiration to pursue a career as an Environmental Consultant. Studying Environmental Science at undergraduate level has provided him with knowledge and experience in a range of subjects. However, the key learning points, in regards to his career aspirations include:

  • Active experience in environmental practice, by undertaking land management planning and reporting
  • Active participation in freshwater surveying as part of various research reports
  • Undertaking assessments on business sustainability, especially targeted towards the agricultural industry as well as projects on a global sustainable future
  • Active experience in public speaking and presentations to students, lecturers, environmental practitioners, and council members
  • Competent in writing scientific articles and environmental impact assessment reports
  • Active experience in the use of key industry software such as the R Statistics package, Excel and QGIS
  • Achieving competency in a range of statistical analysis techniques, both inferential and descriptive
  • Experience in writing an independent dissertation project – a scientific investigation designed, carried out, and critically evaluated by Harley alone

Harley concluded:

“Being at University for the past three years have been the best years of my life. My experiences have helped me grow as a person and equipped me with essential skills for my future. For any fellow Saints considering further education, go for it! I can’t begin to tell you how rewarding the experience is.”

Following his undergraduate studies, Harley will now further his academic career and work towards a Master’s Degree through Postgraduate Study having met the criteria and been accepted to undertake the MSc Environmental Science course at Bath Spa University.

#StHelena #Student #BathSpaUniversity #SecondUpperClassHonours #EnvironmentalScience

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SHG
1 August 2019

UPDATE

  • Average storage water is at just 28 days
  • Average daily consumption has risen since the beginning of July
  • No significant rainfall is forecast for the next week
  • This is an Island-wide issue and until the situation improves we must all restrict our water usage to essential use only

The Island’s water stocks have seen a 1% increase from last week but remain dangerously low. The average storage water for St Helena is now at just 28 days. This slight increase is mainly due to the optimisation of water pumping from Chubb’s Spring by Connect Saint Helena (CSH) from 36,000 litres to around 100,000 litres.

Unfortunately, the average daily consumption rate has increased since the first week following CSH Island-wide water restrictions. Initially, daily consumption went down by over 150,000 litres which was a great credit to the St Helena public. This has since risen considerably and is now well above the target for daily consumption and needs to be addressed by all.

With no significant rainfall, the only way to preserve our precious resource is to keep consumption as low as possible and is the responsibility of everyone on-Island. The public is reminded to do all they can to reduce consumption to essential needs only. Remember we are currently under a hosepipe ban with CSH having enforced Island-wide water restrictions on Monday, 24 June 2019.

Despite a small amount of recent rainfall, there is still very little to no surface water run-off going into the Island’s reservoirs (see photo attached). It would take around two weeks of heavy rainfall for the situation to improve and it is not forecast for St Helena to experience any significant rainfall over the next week.

It is everyone’s responsibility to take great care in using our water and consumers are continually urged to reduce consumption wherever possible. St Helena residents, businesses and people who use water for agricultural purposes are urged to exercise great care and restraint when using water.

Regular updates on reservoir levels will be issued to the public.

If you see anyone using water irresponsibly or notice a burst pipe or leak then please inform CSH immediately.

Every drop counts, every action counts – Everyone must save every drop of water possible.

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St Helena Resilience Forum
30 July 2019

WEDNESDAY, 17 JULY 2019

The monthly meeting of the Education Committee was held on Wednesday, 17 July 2019.

St Paul’s Primary School Teacher, Robyn Sim, gave feedback on her university experience in the United Kingdom where she had gone to further her studies. Robyn, a St Helenian, who qualified with a Bachelor of Education Primary Degree with teaching status, explained that her recently attained qualification was of great benefit to the Island, particularly to children with special educational needs and those in their early learning years. Alongside studying for the degree, Robyn also gained valuable experience in the UK working in nurseries and with children requiring special educational needs. These are skills critical to the needs of the Island.

An Apprenticeship Policy review was tabled but deferred to the next meeting.

The Committee welcomed the move taken by the Education Directorate to employ David Clarke as a teacher at Prince Andrew School. David recently achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics with First Class Honours. David is a former student of Prince Andrew School and a beneficiary of the Government Scholarship programme. He will start his teaching career with the assistance of other teachers while he gains valuable experience and completes an international Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

The Committee noted with concern the shortage of qualified teachers, with the Director of Education expressing gratitude to the St Helena Government for allowing the Directorate to advertise and recruit teachers on TC contracts to try and address the shortage.

The Committee also noted with concern the number of student suspensions at Prince Andrew School. This resulted in entailing the need to relook at the Behavioural Policy within the school to ensure that pupils do not take advantage of suspensions as a way of deliberately staying out of school.

Finally, the Committee discussed the Staffing, Inclusion, and Budget reports under the closed agenda.

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SHG
30 July 2019

The following is a public announcement from the St Helena Public Accounts Committee:

A formal session of the St Helena Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will take place at 9.30am in the Council Chamber on Monday, 5 August 2019.

The programme of business will include the 2017/18 Financial Statements of the St Helena Government, St Helena Currency Fund, St Helena Fisheries Corporation and Enterprise St Helena.

Members of the public and interested persons are invited to attend.

The meeting will be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1. 

 SHG

30 July 2019

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