St Helena’s newly elected Councillors started their term in office today, with a briefing from senior officials.  This is in preparation for the first formal meeting of the new Legislative Council (LegCo) on Wednesday 24 July 2013.  The new Elected Members are:

  • Leslie      Paul Baldwin, Nigel Dollery, Wilson Charles Duncan, Gavin George Ellick,      Cyril Robert George, Anthony Arthur Green, Lawson Arthur Henry, Brian      William Isaac, Bernice Alicia Olsson, Ian Sebastian Rummery, Christine      Lilian Scipio-O’Dean, and Derek Franklin Thomas.

 

At this inaugural LegCo, Oaths of office will first be administered.  Following this, Councillors will elect a Speaker and Deputy Speaker, and also elect Committee Chairmen and Members to serve on Executive Council (ExCo).  Finally, three Members to serve on the Public Accounts Committee will be elected.  The Governor will preside over this inaugural meeting of the Legislative Council, but steps down as soon as the Speaker is elected.

The first meeting of ExCo will take place on Tuesday 6 August 2013.

As part of the Induction process for Elected Members, a Delegation from the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will arrive on-Island on Monday 29 July. 

 

CPA Delegation

Members of the Delegation will work with Councillors over an eight-day programme to strengthen and promote good Governance in St Helena.

Members of the CPA Delegation are:  Lord Shutt of Greetland OBE FCA (a former Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords and Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard), John Grimes (former Head of Governance at the National Assembly for Wales), Barry Paint (an Elected Member – or ‘Deputy’ – on the island of Guernsey), Tim Crookall (a Member of the House of Keys for Peel on the Isle of Man), and Joyce Watson (Welsh Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales since May 2007).

The post-Election seminar for Councillors will cover a range of subjects, including their role as Councillors, the leadership required from them, strategic policy making, the vital Councillor/community link, scrutiny and accountability, and the ethical behaviour and standards that are expected from Elected Members. The CPA will work with senior SHG officials in covering these subjects.

 

Notes for Editors

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s mission is to advance Parliamentary democracy by enhancing the knowledge and understanding of democratic Governance.  It seeks to build an informed political community able to deepen the Commonwealth’s democratic commitment and promote co-operation among its members.

SHG

19 July 2013

Marksman, Simon Henry
Marksman, Simon Henry

St Helena has won its first ever Gold Medal at the Island Games in the 2013 competition, currently being held in Bermuda.

Marksman, Simon Henry (pictured), took the Gold in the 10m Air Rifle Event emerging in top position with a score of 567 points, ahead of Gotland with 565 and Jersey with 558.

Simon also won a Silver Medal on Wednesday in the 50m Three Position Small Bore Rifle Open Event and on Tuesday both him and Carlos Yon won Silver Medals in the 50m Three Position Small Bore Rifle Team Event.

SHG
19 July 2013

For the second time in two days, St Helena has won a Silver Medal in the NatWest Island Games 2013, currently being held in Bermuda.

Marksman, Simon Henry (picture attached), came second place in the 50m 3 Position Small Bore Rifle Open Event with a score of 535, just 29 points behind Gotland (564) and 4 points ahead of Guernsey (531).

Simon Henry
Simon Henry

 

Fellow St Helenian Carlos Yon followed closely behind in 6th position out of 11 shooters.

These results make this St Helena’s best ever performance in the Island Games, with several events still to come.

SHG
18 July 2013

Returning Officer, Gillian Francis this morning announced the results of Polling Day for the General Election 2013 and has accordingly declared that the following candidates have been duly elected to serve as Members of the St Helena Legislative Council:

Leslie Paul Baldwin, Half Tree Hollow

Nigel Dollery, St Pauls

Wilson Charles Duncan, Longwood

Gavin George Ellick, St Pauls

Cyril Robert George, St Pauls

Anthony Arthur Green, St Pauls

Lawson Arthur Henry, Alarm Forest

Brian William Isaac, Longwood

Bernice Alicia Olsson, Jamestown

Ian Sebastian Rummery, Alarm Forest

Christine Lilian Scipio-O’Dean, Longwood

• Derek Franklin Thomas, Half Tree Hollow

The Count took place from just after 8.30pm last night to just after 4.00am this morning.

The votes awarded to each candidate were as follows:

• Leslie Paul Baldwin 608

• Audrey Mavis Constantine 419

• Nigel Dollery 845

• Wilson Charles Duncan 536

• Gavin George Ellick 511

• Cyril Robert George 711

• Stedson Robert George 355

• Anthony Arthur Green 570

• Cyril Keith Gunnell 230

• Earl Hilton Henry 338

• Lawson Arthur Henry 857

• Brian William Isaac 678

• Brenda Elaine Moors 405

• Bernice Alicia Olsson 502

• Ian Sebastian Rummery 894

• Christine Lilian Scipio-O’Dean 771

• Derek Franklin Thomas 594

• Lionel George Williams 188

• Raymond Kenneth Williams 153

• Mervyn Robert Yon 202

In total 1264 people cast valid votes. This represents approximately 55 % of those eligible to vote – compared with 58% in 2009, and 47% in 2005.

There were 7 invalid Ballot Papers.

SHG
18 July 2013

Today’s the day to decide which candidates you wish to represent you and your Island for the next four years. It is your vote and your responsibility.
12 Councillors will represent the entire Island, chosen from 20 candidates. Once again you are reminded that each voter will be able to select up to 12 candidates. But you do not have to use all 12 votes – you can just select your favourite one, or two or three – in fact any number up to 12. If you select more than 12, your Ballot Paper will be invalid, and none of your votes will be counted.

Voting will take place at the following Polling Stations:
Levelwood
• Harford
• Jamestown
• Blue Hill
• Sandy Bay
• Kingshurst, and
• Half Tree Hollow Community Centres
• Judges’ Lodge, Alarm Forest
Remember Polling Stations will be open from 10 am to 7 pm.

Vote in your own polling area

Counting of votes will begin in the main hall at Prince Andrew School at approximately 8 pm – after which the results will be declared, with candidates and their counting agents present.

It’s your Island. It’s your Choice. VOTE.

SHG
17 July 2013

 

The public are reminded that entries are invited from 10 years and upwards in the St Helena Photography Competition.

All photos submitted must be taken on St Helena, but otherwise there are no conditions or caveats.  Existing photographs will be accepted, or those taken especially for the competition, and can be of any subject.  For example, your family or friends, your home surroundings, a celebration or your favourite spot on the Island.  Indoors or outdoors, high quality or not – please feel free to submit all types of photographs that reflect any aspect of life on this Island. 

Apart from terrific cash prizes, winning entries will receive publicity as well as being placed on SHG’s new, more visual website.

Prizes for first place (£150), second (£75) and third (£50) will be awarded in each of three age categories.  These are those aged 10-15, 16-21 and 22 years and over. 

Images submitted for judging (a maximum of 5 photos per entry) should (ideally) be stored on a CD or a memory stick, and placed in an envelope with a description of the pictures and approximate date/s taken, together with your name, age, and contact details.  Entries should be addressed to Ian Jones, Chief Public Relations Officer, 1 Main Street. 

All questions about the competition can be answered on tel. no. 2368. Do not hesitate to contact us.

The closing date for entries is 4pm on Wednesday 31 July 2013. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to do your island proud and win an amazing prize.

SHG

16 July 2013

 

 

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St Helena Island Games participants, Simon Henry and Carlos Yon have today won a Silver Medal in the 2013 NatWest Island Games in Bermuda for the 50m Three Position Small Bore Rifle Team event. This is believed to be the first time that St Helena has ever won a Silver medal at the Island Games.

Simon Henry and Carlos Yon Pic. St Helena Team, Bermuda
Simon Henry and Carlos Yon Pic. St Helena Team, Bermuda
Recieving their Silver Medals Pic. St Helena Team, Bermuda
Recieving their Silver Medals Pic. St Helena Team, Bermuda

With a total score of 1022 the St Helena team came closely behind winners, Gotland (1089 points) and ahead of Jersey (1001 points).

The National Amateur Sports Association on St Helena is thrilled with this result and congratulates Simon and Carlos on their success.


Notes for Editors

The International Island Games were founded in the Isle of Man in 1985. 24 member Islands come together every two years to compete in friendly competition in a range of up to 14 sports chosen by the host Island.

Since 1999, NatWest has been the title sponsor for the Island Games which have become one of the largest international multi-sport events in the world, behind the Commonwealth Games and Olympics.

This year’s Games are being held in Bermuda from 13 – 19 July. Around 2000 athletes and officials, plus many supporters are attending the Games.

SHG
16 July 2013

Neil Francis
Neil Francis

Neil Francis of Sapper Way (picture attached) has been awarded a prize for best Finance and Investment First Year Student at the University of Brighton.

The prize, sponsored by leading global trading company OSTC (which specialises in exchange traded products in all major asset classes), was awarded to Neil for his outstanding work over the past year. 

On receiving his award, Neil said:

“I was really surprised to have won the award which I wasn’t expecting at all. I still hadn’t received my end of year results when I received the letter saying I had won, so I had no idea how I’d done!

“I’m just really glad that I did well in my first year and hopefully I can carry this through to next year.”

Neil will be presented with his prize by an OSTC representative at an official presentation ceremony on 26 July at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, Brighton.

Neil left St Helena in August 2012 and will return to the Island upon completion of his four year Finance and Investment (Hons) BSc Degree. 

SHG

16 July 2013

 

 

Stored Water Levels in Redhill Drop as Consumption Rises

The continued unseasonably dry weather on St Helena means that the water situation in affected areas remains serious. 

The headline message this week is that following the sunny weather and an increase in water consumption in the Redhill distribution zone over the weekend, we are starting to draw down on our supplies in the Redhill system.  

This means we are slowly losing stored water. Consumption in the Redhill zone in June was an average of approximately 260 cubic metres per day.  In July so far, it is at an average of about 280 cubic metres per day, and continues to creep up.

As a consequence of this, the Harpers 2 (Earth Dam) is now being used to feed Scotts Mill reservoir, which now holds just 13 days’ supply.

This serves as a reminder to the public that the situation in the affected areas remains serious.  As a result of increased consumption, we are now drawing down on the reserves that we were previously building up. 

Residents served by the Redhill distribution plant are once again urged to continue to lower their water consumption.  The Island as a whole is reminded that the Hosepipe Ban is still in force.  We must all maintain our efforts to reduce domestic water consumption wherever possible and stretch this resource, until we return to normal rainfall patterns.

Piping of additional water to the Scotts Mill reservoir continues to be necessary, until we receive significant rainfall.  The laying of pipework and preparatory work for the pump, to transfer water from Levelwood into the Hutts Gate system, continues.

The latest weather forecast indicates a 10-20% likelihood of rain over the next three days, followed by drier weather later this week.  Ahead of us lies the dry period between September/October and March.

SHG

16 July 2013

 

The public are reminded that tomorrow, 17 July 2013, St Helena will go to the Polls in the General Election 2013. This year, with a single constituency, persons on the Electoral Register 2013 will be able to vote for up to 12 Councillors to represent the whole Island for the next four years. But you don’t have to cast 12 votes – you can vote for your favourite one, or two, or three – any number in fact, up to 12.

The 20 candidates standing for this year’s General Election, listed below in alphabetical order by surname, are:

Leslie Paul Baldwin, Half Tree Hollow

Audrey Mavis Constantine, Jamestown

Nigel Dollery, St Pauls

Wilson Charles Duncan, Longwood

Gavin George Ellick, St Pauls

Cyril Robert George, St Pauls

Stedson Robert George, Alarm Forest

Anthony Arthur Green, St Pauls

Cyril Keith Gunnell, Jamestown

Earl Hilton Henry, St Pauls

Lawson Arthur Henry, Alarm Forest

Brian William Isaac, Longwood

Brenda Elaine Moors, Alarm Forest

Bernice Alicia Olsson, Jamestown

Ian Sebastian Rummery, Alarm Forest

Christine Lilian Scipio-O’Dean, Longwood

Derek Franklin Thomas, Half Tree Hollow

Lionel George Williams, St Pauls

Raymond Kenneth Williams, Blue Hill

Mervyn Robert Yon, St Pauls

Polling Stations will be at the Levelwood, Harford, Jamestown, Blue Hill, Sandy Bay, Kingshurst and Half Tree Hollow Community Centres and at Judges’ Lodge, Alarm Forest. They will be open from 10am and close promptly at 7pm.

The counting of votes will begin in the main hall at Prince Andrew School at approximately 8pm – after which the results will be declared.

SHG
16 July 2013