His Excellency Governor Dr. Philip Rushbrook is currently visiting Ascension Island for the first time since being appointed Governor of St Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha in May.

On Wednesday evening, 10 July 2019, the Governor, alongside Ascension Island Administrator, Steve Chandler, hosted a Town Hall meeting in Georgetown at the Saints Members Club (see photo attached). The meeting was well attended by members of the Ascension community.

After a short speech, the Governor took questions from the floor. Topics were wide ranging and included the ongoing runway repair project, employment legislation, the designation of a marine protected area, and the Island’s education provision. The Governor then continued conversations with the public as he hosted an open drinks reception following the meeting.

This morning, Thursday, 11 July 2019, Governor Rushbrook attended a meeting of the Business Consultation Forum (BCF). The BCF is the mechanism by which the various stakeholders that contribute to the Business Levy meet to discuss any proposed changes or adjustments to it. This provided the Governor the opportunity to better understand what shape this important financial instrument might take over the coming years.

Amongst other engagements, the Governor’s itinerary for the rest of his time on Ascension will see him attend the Two Boats School End of Year Awards Ceremony, an Informal Meeting of the Island Council, and tour the Island’s medical facilities.

Governor Rushbrook will return to St Helena on Sunday, 14 July 2019.

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11 July 2019

TUESDAY, 16 JULY 2019

A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am on Tuesday, 16 July 2019.

The following items will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Climate Change Policy
  • Civil Aviation (Investigations of Air Accidents and Incidents) Regulations

These papers (ExCo Memos) are available online at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/councils/executive-council/.

Members of the public who would like to view hard copies of any ExCo Memos should contact the Clerk of Councils, Anthea Moyce, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email: anthea.moyce@sainthelena.gov.sh.

Elected Members currently serving on Executive Council are Councillors Lawson Henry, Anthony Green, Christine Scipio, Derek Thomas and Russell Yon.

The non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Acting Attorney General, Allen Cansick.

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11 July 2019

Earlier this year the Napoleonic Bicentenary Vision Group was established and tasked with creating a vision for how St Helena will mark the bicentenary commemorating the 200th anniversary of French Emperor Napoleon’s death on 5 May 2021.  The group looked beyond 2021 to capitalise on the Napoleonic legacy in terms of education and tourism/economic development.

The work undertaken by the Group, supported and informed by the organisations and community members consulted, has articulated the following vision which the whole Island can support:

Engaging the Napoleonic Heritage on St Helena through Arts and Crafts, Song and Dance, Literature and Drama, Walks and Re-enactments to create a lasting legacy for posterity and the benefit of the Island as a whole.

This vision, contained in a report from the Group, has been accepted and endorsed by Enterprise St Helena (ESH) and St Helena Government and has been presented to the Economic Development Committee.

Chairman of the Vision Group, Councillor Lawson Henry said:

It was an honour for me to have been asked to chair the Vision Group and to have worked with such talented people.  They had a real vision as to how we can capitalise on the Napoleonic history of St Helena to our advantage.” 

ESH is now in the process of recruiting a Project Manager to co-ordinate and oversee the development of a detailed operational plan to implement the Vision. A steering group is being initiated to support the Project Manager with putting the plan into action.

Chief Executive for Economic Development, Dr Dawn Cranswick, concluded:

“The Vision Group successfully created an ambitious headline programme of activities and events setting out how St Helena will commemorate this globally important anniversary. The Project Manager, with guidance and support from Steering Group members, will have a unique opportunity to spearhead the process of turning the Vision into reality, for the benefit of St Helena as a whole.”

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10 July 2019

The following is a Public Announcement from the Roads Section:

The Highways Authority has given approval for Field (Rupert’s) Road to be closed from 9am to 3pm on Monday, 15, Tuesday, 16, and Wednesday, 17 July 2019.

This closure is to allow the Roads Section to continue with maintenance works on Field Road.

During each closure the diversion route will be via the Airport Access Road and, as normal, only Emergency Services’ vehicles will be granted access.

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

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10 July 2019

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The St Helena Statistics Office has today released estimates of the price inflation rate and the Retail Price Index. The latest rate of annual price inflation is estimated to be 4.0%, between the first quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2018. This is a slight 0.1 percentage point decrease from the rate in the previous quarter (Q1, 2019), when the annual price inflation rate was measured at 4.1% (see Chart 1). The quarterly price inflation rate of 0.7% (i.e. Q1 2019 compared to Q4 2018) is a very slight increase in the rate from last quarter, when it was 0.5%.

 

Compared to a year ago, the biggest increase in prices has been in ‘Communications’ (12.5%), the cumulative effect of an increase in landline telephone services in the third quarter of 2018, and an increase in broadband internet services in the second quarter of 2019. The lowest annual increase has been in ‘Household Energy’, reflecting the unchanged price of domestic electricity.

Compared to the previous quarter, average prices increased in all categories, except for household energy and transport which remained unchanged. The biggest quarterly increase was in ‘Household Goods and Services’ (3.4%), largely because of recorded increases in the price of imported furniture and household cleaning fluids.

The full Statistical Bulletin can be found on the St Helena Government website here: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistical-bulletin-no-7-2019/, detailed data can be accessed in Excel format from the ‘Inflation’ file at: www.sainthelena.gov.sh/statistics-data.

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10 July 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, 12 July 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.

Community & Residential Disability Manager, Nicolene Adams, said:

“Care work is a fantastic career and hugely rewarding, we have the privilege of making a real difference in the lives of people every day. Looking after the most vulnerable people in our society is a pivotal role in Social Care. We are hopeful that as a result of our continual CARE campaigns, we will be in a position to proceed in making provisional offers of employment, subject to the outcome of suitability checks.

“We take this opportunity of thanking everyone who has supported the past two CARE Campaigns and we look forward to seeing even more people walk through the doors this Friday, 12 July 2019.”

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, 16 August 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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9 July 2019

On St Helena there is a need for foster placements for many different reasons and it is important that there are foster carers trained and available to provide different levels of support to children and young people.

Fostering means looking after a child or young person in your home, caring for them while their own parents are unable to do so, providing a stable family environment and helping them to develop and succeed.

There are many different types of fostering placements. Every child and young person will have different needs. A positive outcome for fostering may be returning to their parents or extended family. Other children may succeed best in long term alternative families including permanent foster care placements. However, there are also some unique placement types such as parent and child placements which involves providing support and guidance to a young mother and/or father helping them develop their parenting skills while offering care for their children.

The type of placement that carers will provide will be based on their particular skills and abilities, their family situation, the suitability of their home and their availability to give support.

There is a fostering allowance paid to you for opening your home to foster a child.

Fostering can be a real challenge and is not for everyone, but for those that decide it is for them, they will find it fulfilling and rewarding.

If you would like to know more about fostering, please go along to one of the venues listed below and have a chat with Mr Lynval Thompson from the Fostering Campaign Team, on behalf of the Children & Adult Social Care Directorate.

Date Venue Time
Monday, 15 July Prince Andrew School 4pm-6pm
Tuesday, 16 July Harford Primary School 4pm-6pm
Wednesday, 17 July St Paul’s Primary School 6.30pm-8pm
Thursday, 18 July Anne’s Place 11am-2pm
Thursday, 18 July Pilling Primary School 5pm-7pm

 

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9 July 2019

His Excellency, Governor Dr Philip Rushbrook, arrived to Ascension Island yesterday morning, Monday, 8 July 2019, on his first visit there since his appointment as Governor of St Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha in May 2019.

Following his arrival, Governor Rushbrook met with officials before having a breakfast with the Administrator of Ascension Island, Steve Chandler, at the Residency on Green Mountain.

Throughout the day, the Governor was taken on an Ascension Island Government (AIG) infrastructure tour.

This was to allow the Governor to view various departments within AIG and to get a feel of the breadth of work undertaken by the Operations Directorate, including some of the specific projects currently underway on Ascension.

The Governor will remain on Ascension until Sunday, 14 July 2019, when he will return to St Helena. There is plenty planned for the Governor whilst on Ascension, including a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, 10 July, where he will make an address before taking questions from the floor.

AIG are encouraging all members of the Ascension Island public to attend the meeting as the Governor is very keen to hear the public’s views and to gain a better understanding of the issues currently being faced by Ascension.

More updates on this visit will be given as the week draws on.

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9 July 2019

UPDATE

  • Daily water consumption drops by 4% from June figures
  • There has been very little substantial rainfall
  • Reservoir levels remain dangerously low
  • This is an Island-wide issue and until the situation improves we must all restrict our water usage to essential use only

Daily water consumption is currently at just over one million litres, representing a decrease of 4% when compared to consumption figures during the month of June. This is a credit to the effort of the St Helena public who are urged to continue to help each other by reducing consumption and restricting water usage to essential needs only.

There has been very little substantial rainfall and current water stocks are at 27%, which represent 27 days of water (see attached photo of H2 Earth Dam). Reservoir levels remain stable, yet dangerously low, with Hutt’s Gate seeing an increase in stock levels while Red Hill slowly declines.

To preserve our precious resource it is important that we continue to cut down our water use to essential use only. Despite some recent spells of rain, surface water runoff has not increased, meaning there has not been enough rain to runoff into the reservoirs. At least two weeks of continuous meaningful rainfall is needed to make a positive difference in reservoir levels.

Connect Saint Helena (CSH) has continued to utilise other sources of water including drawing stocks from Bore Hole 5 which supplies St Helena Airport. Island-wide water restrictions remain in place until stocks begin to replenish.

It is everyone’s responsibility to take great care in using our water and consumers are 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.

It will also be worthwhile for consumers to regularly check their water meters and monitor water usage. A high amount of water usage, despite reduced consumption within the household, could mean there is a leak within the local system. Fixing this would help reduce water consumption while also saving the consumer money.

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
9 July 2019

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ONLINE BULLYING

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 protecting yourself from online bullying.

Online or Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over common digital devices like mobile phones, tablets, and computers. Cyberbullying can occur anywhere people can view, participate in, or share content. Examples include instant messaging, text messaging, Social Media, forums, and even gaming sites.

Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, and/or false content about someone else with intention to hurt. It can include sharing personal or private information that can cause embarrassment and humiliation. Some cyberbullying can actually cross the line into unlawful criminal behaviour.

It is important to be aware of cyberbullying and to take steps to prevent it from happening to you. These tips can help make sure that you are protected from online bullying:

  • Protect your password – Safeguard your password and private information so that no one but yourself can access your online accounts
  • Pause before you message or post – Don’t message or post anything that can compromise your reputation. For example, do you really need to send that racy photo of yourself? Don’t give anyone fuel to use against you
  • Set privacy controls – You can set privacy controls in settings on most Social Media sites so that only your trusted friends can see what you post
  • Search yourself – A quick google search of yourself every now and then will reveal if there is any information about you online. If there is something that Cyberbullies can use then its best you remove it before they get hold of it
  • Don’t open messages from an unknown source – If you receive a message from someone you don’t know then don’t be tempted to open it. Delete it right away as it could contain a virus that will infect your device as well as retrieve your personal data and information

Remember these tips next time you are online and share them with friends and family, especially children with access to the internet, to ensure that you and the people you care about are protected from online bullying.

If you are being bullied online, or have noticed cyberbullying taking place, take action and report it to teachers, parents, or even local authorities.

Most importantly, do not be a Cyberbully yourself!

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9 July 2019