The public is advised that the lower Wharf will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 25 January 2018, between 7am and 4pm. This is due to the St Helena Government Garage carrying out necessary inspections on the cranes 001 and 002, including testing lifting capacity.
Fishermen and boat users will have access to the landing steps but will need to obtain permission from Government Garage staff before entering into the work zone.
Port Control would like to thank the public in advance for their cooperation.
Governor Lisa Phillips, last evening, Tuesday 23 January 2018, hosted a reception at Plantation House to mark the tenth anniversary of Chief Justice Charles Ekins Esq’s appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of St Helena.
Governor Lisa remarked:
“I am happy to host this reception, bringing to a close the session of the Supreme Court. I would also like to particularly recognise the contribution of the Chief Justice, Charles Ekins, to St Helena and the rest of the territory – a contribution that has now spanned over 10 years. I would like to join others in congratulating the Chief Justice on his decade of service. I consider the Chief Justice to epitomise what integrity, principle, dedication and compassionate service looks like. He understands intimately the mood of St Helena and the way that it thinks. He has been patient where he knows he needs to be, but impatient when we need to be pushed. In particular, his personal support for the system of Lay Advocates and Lay Magistrates has meant that we can say there is truly justice for all in the territory. This shouldn’t be underestimated. Around the world some countries would look enviously at us for this.
“The work of the Supreme Court today and the other parts of the system mean that our judicial system continues to go from strength to strength. Providing an effective judiciary and rule of law is a foundation of good governance and is also absolutely necessary as a precondition to economic development. St Helena’s future depends on continuing high standards of governance.
“I very much appreciate the work of the Chief Justice, this Supreme Court, and the work that is done by all those who are here this evening.”
Chief Justice Ekins thanked the Governor for her kind words. He said:
“St Helena is a very special place and the last 10 years has been an education for me. The work we do in the courts is of huge importance to the Island and it’s not down to a single individual. I am in awe of the support we receive at every level.”
The Chief Justice then went on to praise the work of the Lay Magistrates and Lay Advocates. He also made special mention of the Judicial Services’ team – Yvonne Williams, Belinda Piek and Amelia Gough – for their remarkable work in ensuring the smooth administration of justice for both the Magistrates and Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice departs the Island on Saturday, 27 January 2018.
A formal meeting of Legislative Council will take place on Thursday, 25 January 2018, at 10am in the Council Chamber. This is the first sitting of the third meeting of Legislative Council and will be broadcast live via SAMS Radio 1.
The Order Paper includes six Sessional Papers and 13 Questions for oral response. There will also be three Motions relating to the Port and Aerodrome (Health) Bill, 2018, the First Supplementary Appropriation (2017/2018) Bill, 2018, and approval of the terms and conditions of the St Helena Government Guarantee to the Bank of Saint Helena Ltd.
The meeting will conclude with the customary Adjournment Debate, giving each Elected Member the opportunity to raise various Island issues.
The Post & Customer Services Centre would like to inform customers that a stamp issue entitled ‘The Last Voyage of the RMS from St Helena Island’ will be released in commemoration of the RMS St Helena.
The stamp issue will include images of the departure of the RMS from the Island on her final voyage on Saturday, 10 February 2018, and will be postmarked for this date. This issue is expected to be available for sale in late March 2018 and will consist of the following:
Four Valued Stamps (25p, 40p, 50p, 60p)
Souvenir Sheet (£2.00)
First Day Cover with four Valued Stamps (£3.50)
First Day Cover with Souvenir Sheet (£3.50)
The Post & Customer Services Centre is offering a pre-ordering service to customers who would like to purchase any of the above. Enquiries can be made with the Post & Customer Services Centre, Jamestown, St Helena Island on tel: (+290) 22008 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday, Monday 22 January 2018, saw the start of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s (CPA) Post-Election Seminar with the Opening Ceremony taking place in the Council Chamber at 9am.
Opening remarks were made by the Speaker of the House, the Hon Eric Benjamin. He welcomed members of the CPA Resource Team, and spoke highly of the relationship between the CPA and the St Helena Legislative Council.
The Hon Speaker said:
“Hon Members will be fully aware that over the past years the benefits we have received as members of this great CPA have been many, not only in training which it continues to offer us, but also in many other material benefits too, some evident in this room.”
The Speaker’s words were echoed by Her Excellency, Governor Lisa Phillips, who added:
“The relationship between St Helena and the CPA is important in providing a platform to develop good parliamentary practice within the UK Overseas Territories and to share good practice with other similar legislatures across the Commonwealth.”
Governor Lisa then reflected on the General Election 2017 and praised the Island’s commitment to democratic ideals and standards. She made mention of the election of women to Legislative Council which she said signified a strong commitment to gender equality and the importance of women’s political leadership on the Island.
Governor Lisa concluded by encouraging Members of Legislative Council to take full advantage of the Post-Election Seminar, though she also recognised the work of Legislative Council to date, particularly in terms of Government Openness and Transparency.
Following on from the Governor, Councillor Derek Thomas then spoke about his time serving as a member of the CPA International Executive Committee. He mentioned his gratitude to the CPA as it allowed him to develop relationships with other Parliamentarians around the globe, building interest in the development of St Helena.
Acting Head of the CPA Private Office, Ms Meenakshi Dhar, then gave a speech on behalf of the CPA Secretary General, Mr Akbar Khan.
Mr Khan expressed his disappointment at not being able to attend the Seminar and sent best wishes and personal thanks to the Speaker, his team, and the CPA Resource Team for their willingness to participate in the Seminar.
He congratulated the Island on a successful General Election in 2017 and stated that this is just the beginning. He said:
“Although the election campaign is now over, this is not the end of the road. To the contrary, it is the beginning. Election to this legislature signifies the beginning and continuation of parliamentary careers and, above all, service and responsibility to the people of this Island.”
Mr Khan went on to praise the partnerships between the CPA and the British Overseas Territories and said he looked forward to its continuation. He congratulated the Island on the start of a commercial air service and acknowledged the opportunity it brought for members of the CPA to learn more about St Helena.
He said about the Seminar:
“I hope this CPA Post-Election Seminar will in time be emblematic of the mutuality of learning between this Island and the rest of the CPA network and vice versa, which is so much part of the life blood of the CPA family.”
The CPA Post-Election Seminar will continue until Friday, 26 January, covering 14 sessions. These Seminars are aimed at building the capacity of Elected Members of Parliament so they function efficiently and effectively in the performance of their democratic duties.
The CPA Resource Team comprises of the Hon Barry House, former President of the Legislative Council of Western Australia, Mr Roger Phillips, Clerk of Tynwald, Secretary of the House of Keys and Counsel to the Speaker, Isle of Man, and Ms Meenakshi Dhar, Acting Head of the CPA Private Office. Unfortunately the Hon Niki Rattle, Speaker of the Cook Islands’ Parliament, who had planned to be a part of the Seminar, could not make the visit.
The Resource Team arrived on Saturday, 20 January, and was welcomed to the Island at a reception that evening at the Blue Lantern, hosted by HE Governor Lisa and the Hon Speaker.
At short notice, Airlink will be operating, linked to another service, an additional special flight to St Helena departing Johannesburg this Wednesday, 24 January, and returning to Johannesburg on Thursday, 25 January 2018.
For those looking to travel urgently to or from St Helena, kindly contact Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc’s Shipping & Travel Agency on St Helena, your travel agency or visit the Airlink website: www.flyairlink.com to purchase seats.
The flight will arrive at St Helena at 1.15pm on Wednesday, 24 January, and depart at 8am on Thursday, 25 January 2018.
This is the conclusion of two years of work led by John Wilson, a law drafting consultant and former Attorney General of Tuvalu and Montserrat. Mr Wilson was appointed as Law Reform Commissioner in early 2016.
Mr Wilson has been assisted by the territories’ Legislative Drafter, Christell Brodrick, and by SHG’s Senior Press Officer, Liam Yon, as technical support.
In addition, the Attorney General’s Chambers have been liaising with Judicial Services in order to identify case law to upload onto the website of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute: http://www.bailii.org/sh/cases/SHSC/.
Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto, said:
“I am pleased to see the achievement of this project. The new edition of the laws is a further step towards making the laws of all three territories more accessible to the residents of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.”
On Friday, 19 January 2018, at a session of the Supreme Court sitting in Jamestown, St Helena Island, Justin Green of Edinburgh, Tristan da Cunha, having pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, was sentenced.
His Lordship Chief Justice Ekins handed down a six month custodial sentence that was suspended for two years and imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for a period of five years. The sentence passed will mean that Green will be placed on the register of sex offenders and will be subject to notification requirements for seven years.
The sentencing comes at the end of a two year-long police investigation made challenging by cross jurisdictional issues. The investigation underlines the commitment of the Tristanian Authorities to safeguard children and young people and to bring those that would offend against children to justice.
Regardless of whether a relationship is consensual or not the onus and burden must rightly fall on the adult to establish age and ensure informed consent is obtained. The age of consent is 16 years of age, and consent must be freely given and informed – the influence of alcohol, the applying of pressure, fear or force may mean that true consent is not given.
Chief Justice Ekins also commented during sentencing that the laws used to prosecute Justin Green were intended also to protect young people from themselves as often unwise or ill informed choices are made by the young. As a community we all have a responsibility to protect those young people living within and visiting that community.
A suspended sentence means that if the recipient was to be convicted of another criminal offence during the period that the suspension was in force then an immediate prison sentence would be imposed in addition to any further penalty.
A Sexual Offenders Prevention Order is a civil order imposed by the Courts prohibiting the named individual from taking part in certain activities or being in the company of young people in certain circumstances.
The Tristan Constabulary would like to thank their colleagues in the Attorney General’s Chambers for their guidance and assistance and also those members of the public that came forward with information.