Further to the announcement regarding the closure of the Wharf on the afternoon of Thursday 6 February through to 8.30am on Monday 10 February, HM Customs and the Port Authority wish to clarify that the closure on Saturday 8 Feb and Sunday 9 Feb will be to the general public only – and will not affect those who have sought and received prior authorisation from HM Customs or the Port Authority to access the area.
Jan Anderson arrived on Island on 17 February on a three and a half month contract with the Heath and Social Welfare Directorate as an Electro Bio-Medical Engineer.
“Electro Bio-Medical Engineering is about taking care of various machines used to treat patients. They can be anything from anaesthesia to incubator equipment. I ensure all machines are working effectively and are properly maintained, and do not present a danger to the patient.”
Jan will register all medical equipment at the Hospital, repairing those that are damaged and sending several offshore for maintenance, as some cannot be repaired on-Island. Additionally, he will set up a maintenance programme and arrange for adequate spare parts to be delivered to St Helena, to pre-empt the possibility of malfunctioning medical equipment.
The biggest challenge for Jan is working alone – as opposed to the Hospital in Sweden, where he works with 60 colleagues in the electro bio-medical field – and the time it takes for the delivery of spare parts to the Island in comparison with the 24 hour wait in Sweden.
Jan has worked in this field for 30 years, at Skane University Hospital. He also has his own business, examining the condition of equipment used in plastic surgery and in animal hospitals.
Arriving on-Island on Thursday 6 February will be Inspector Matthew (Matt) Webb from Sussex Police in the UK. During his three weeks on St Helena, Inspector Webb will be working with the St Helena Police Service to develop Neighbourhood (Community) Policing on the Island.
Director of Policing, Trevor Botting, said:
“I am delighted that Inspector Webb will be working with local police officers to enhance community policing. It is vital that my policing team forge solid links with the community so we can understand what issues are important to them and work together to resolve them.
“Inspector Webb’s experience and knowledge will be invaluable in further developing policing on the Island that is locally delivered, trusted and engaged with the communities we serve.”
Inspector Webb has 23 years of policing experience and has worked extensively in Neighbourhood Policing, working with partners and the community to reduce crime and enhance community safety.
Due to the arrival of the RMS on Thursday 6 February 2014, the Wharf will be closed to the public and merchants from 2pm, or – in case of any changes in the scheduled arrival time – one hour before the RMS arrives. No collection of goods or cargo can take place after this time.
The Wharf will remain closed throughout Friday 7 February 2014 due to the visit of the cruise ship and the departure formalities of the RMS.
The Wharf will reopen for normal business at 8.30am on Monday 10 February 2014.
Arriving on-Island on Thursday 6 February will be Educational Psychologist Grainne Mckenna. Grainne will be working within the Education Directorate during February, March and April this year.
Whilst on Island Grainne will be visiting all the schools and conducting detailed individual assessments of children and young people, with the goal of improving learning within the classroom.
Director of Education, Colin Moore, said:
“I am delighted that Grainne McKenna will be joining us when the RMS arrives on Thursday 6 February. St Helena has a small but significant number of children with quite complex educational needs. This visit presents an opportunity not only for some detailed individual assessment work, but also for some specialist training in psychological assessment for our local staff.
Grainne will also be meeting with parents and running a number of parenting workshops during her stay on the Island. This visit would not have been possible without the support of DfID, who have provided the funding for the work that will be done.”
Grainne has previous experience as an Educational Psychologist – working in Dublin, and sitting on several national education and safeguarding boards in Ireland. Educational Psychologists are specialists in how to assess children’s problems with learning and behaviour.
Susan O’Bey, currently SHG’s Director of Strategic Policy and Planning, has been appointed as Enterprise St Helena’s new Deputy Chief Executive for Economic Development. Susan’s new role – which she will take up next week – will include supporting the incoming Chief Executive to deliver Enterprise St Helena’s strategic agenda, enabling its business plan to be turned into reality. Susan will take responsibility for the overall day to day management and operation of ESH.
Reporting to the incoming Chief Executive for Economic Development (CEED), the Deputy CEED will have the key liaison role with St Helena Government (SHG), the Department for International Development (DfID), the Air Access Office (AO) and will support the CEED in partnering the private sector.
Priorities will include supporting Saint businesses, developing and promoting tourism, attracting Saint and international investors, up-skilling Saints, growing the fisheries sector and developing local financing packages.
Commenting on her new role Susan said:
“I am really looking forward to working with the team at Enterprise St Helena. As the Island continues to prepare for air access, the right decisions and actions around investment and tourism become even more crucial. Enterprise St Helena has a pivotal role to play in supporting the private sector and bringing together the views and actions of all key stakeholders to ensure that the Island is ready in all aspects when the first flight lands in 2016.”
Governor Capes said:
“Susan O’Bey is an outstanding public servant. She will bring to ESH valuable experience and skills to help drive forward our vital work to position St Helena to exploit the opportunities that air access will make possible. Susan will have my full support in her new role.”
Due to very favourable weather conditions and good speed, the RMS St Helena’s estimated time of arrival at St Helena is now 4.30pm this afternoon (Friday 31 January) – improving upon the 7.30pm timing previously advised. SHG 31 January 2014
HM Customs and Revenue (HMCR) would like to advise the public that with immediate effect all telephone communication for HM Customs, Port Management and Income Tax should be directed through the HMCR switchboard on telephone 22287.
Please note that all other numbers previously associated with these sections are no longer in use.
Executive Council met today with one item on the Open Agenda – the new RMS Shipping Schedule for 2015 to 2016. The proposed schedule was agreed by ExCo and is attached. The new schedule runs from 25 March 2015 to 12 April 2016.
For convenience, the current full RMS schedule is below.