St Helena Government (SHG) has today, Monday 29 April, adopted an updated version of the Coat of Arms as agreed by Executive Council on 26 March 2019.

This updated Coat of Arms will now be used by SHG and its wholly owned entities on all official material.

The Shield

The Shield within the Coat of Arms is featured on the St Helena Flag.  Going forward the St Helena Flag will reflect the updated Shield.

The flexibility for the use of the Shield is much greater than for the Coat of Arms used by SHG.  The Shield can be used on souvenirs, other products, websites, and for promoting St Helena generally.

All businesses who reproduce the St Helena Flag and the Shield on souvenirs will be notified of the change which they should adopt going forward. High resolution copies of the Shield are available from the SHG Press Office.

Notes for Editors

The current design of the Coat of Arms was published in the St Helena Government Gazette of January 1984.

Over time, the design on the Shield has become distorted and as a result of concerns raised by members of the public over the years, particularly in relation to the depiction of the St Helena Wirebird, the College of Arms in London was asked to produce a new painting of the St Helena Coat of Arms at a cost of just under £1000 to address these concerns.  The new painting which can be digitally produced, also depicts the true colours agreed in the 1984 Gazette.

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29 April 2019

 

 

The monthly meetings of the Environment & Natural Resources Committee (ENRC) and the Highways Authority took place on Thursday, 18 April 2019.

The use of road signage across the Island’s road network, raised through the ‘Report it, Sort it’ service, was discussed. The Committee agreed to conduct a review to ensure that appropriate signage, including ‘dangerous bends for next mile ahead’ and speed limit signage, is in place throughout the Island.

The Road’s Manager provided an update on the slurry testing that is ongoing on Knollcombes Road. He explained that although work was progressing well it was also being hampered by the current inclement weather conditions being experienced. The Road’s team had therefore moved on to undertake other work across the Island. Mention was also made of the excellent work being done by the Rock Guards in constructing a buttress wall under the rock crop secured with netting last year below Sundale House.

The Invasive Plant Specialist (IPS) and the Acting Director of Environment, Natural Resources & Planning (ENR&P) discussed progress on the current Darwin Plus funded Invasive Species Project. Topics included approaches, actions, and interventions, both pre and post border.

An Invasive Plant Management Framework (IPMF) is being developed with a workshop to be held with all relevant stakeholders. Legislation relevant to invasive plants have been reviewed and biosecurity legislation is being developed to minimise risks of invasive plant imports. As part of raising awareness, the IPS is working with the Saint Helena National Trust (SHNT) by putting together activities for Invasive Awareness Week, starting 13 May 2019. Funding from the project will also enable a qualified Pesticide Trainer to visit the Island in May. This will result in more people on the Island being trained in the safe use of pesticides for invasive plant control and to become trainers themselves, ensuring long-term capacity building and post-project sustainability. Best Practice Guidelines are being developed for the removal, transport, and disposal of green waste in collaboration with the Roads Section and Waste Management Services.

In addition to the five key species, the project has been looking at options to control Bull Grass, a particularly invasive plant on pasture land. Trials are still ongoing on Deadwood Plain in collaboration with the SHNT and the Syndicate. Since this is a prime habitat area for Wirebirds, every precaution is being taken to ensure their safety.

The presentation highlighted the key management and resourcing requirements that will be needed post-project in order to build on the project’s capacity building and the recurrent work being done to date. These include a dedicated invasive plant management function in the form of a small team to work alongside the Biosecurity Section and the associated operational costs of the team, to lead and co-ordinate the National IPMF and work through all relevant sectors to provide Island-wide coherence to invasive plant management actions. The team would also co-ordinate and implement outreach and fundraising actions for invasive plant management going forward. Other key requirements included the importance of additional funding for invasive plant management actions on the ground in the agriculture, forestry, conservation, and roads management sections, so that a whole landscape approach could be taken to controlling and managing invasive plants in the future.

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29 April 2019

 

Her Excellency Governor Lisa Honan will depart St Helena at the end of her term of office on Saturday, 4 May 2019.

As is customary on St Helena prior to departure, Her Excellency the Governor will make herself available in the Governor’s Office to bid members of the public farewell.

Accordingly, Governor Lisa will be available in the Governor’s Office from 2pm – 4pm this Thursday, 2 May 2019, to receive members of the public and bid farewell to those who wish to attend.

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29 April 2019

All trained and accredited St Helena Police Officers will carry a Conducted Energy Device (CED) commonly known as a Taser from Monday, 29 April 2019.

A CED (see photo attached) is a less lethal weapon system designed to temporarily incapacitate a subject through use of an electrical current which temporarily interferes with the body’s neuromuscular system and produces a sensation of pain.

St Helena Police have had CEDs since 2016 with the devices previously being held at the Police Station. However, with a rise in confrontational situations which have put the public, subjects and Police Officers at increased risk, the Chief of Police has introduced a Standing Authority for Officers to carry CEDs full time. This decision will be reviewed in six months.

Chief of Police David Lynch said:

“Having the device at the Police Station when you are trying to arrest an individual who is/has been extremely violent is no longer efficient. Our Police Officers attend a variety of incidents on a daily basis and in many cases, especially in emergency incidents, the exact nature of the incident or the threat is not clear until the Officers arrive at the scene.

“Recently, there have been serious incidents where weapons have been carried or used. These weapons have included machetes, a CED, and an iron bar. If Officers had been carrying CEDs at the time of these incidents, they could have been used to deal with the offender, and reduce the risk to all involved.”

Previously, Officers only had the metal asp/extendable baton to deal with a person who is armed or violent. The baton has its limitations as the officer has to get very close to the subject and when it’s used there is a high likelihood of significant damage to bones and joints or the head.  PAVA spray is available but has limitations in its effectiveness, range and accuracy. The CED on the other hand is able to be used from a distance of 21 feet, which reduces the threat to the officer, the subject and any victim.

Chief Firearms Instructor Mark Coombe explains how a CED works:

“The CED sends two probes into the person which incapacitates them for several seconds, allowing the officer to take control of the person and disarm them. It’s recognised that the use of CED is likely to cause less long-term harm than an asp/extendable baton. In many cases the simple act of drawing the CED and showing it to the person is enough to prevent further violence.”

All Police Officers have been trained in the use of CED. Officers attending a scene will need to rationalise their decision to deploy the device, using the National Decision Model.

The St Helena Taser Policy will also ensure the device is used correctly and proportionately and all deployments and discharges will be reviewed by the training staff and Criminal Investigations operational support team.

If an officer deploys the CED (this would include simply drawing it from the holster) then a full report will be required, and the officer will need to justify their actions according to their training. In addition, data from the CED’s use can be electronically downloaded, so that their use can be monitored.

Police Inspector Julianne Stevens concluded:

“It’s important to recognise that St Helena is predominantly a law abiding and considerate Island community, however there are also those on the Island, or who may visit the Island, who are prepared to break the law and target the vulnerable. This includes offenders being prepared to use violence or weapons to further their own aims.

“It’s important that the Police have the best equipment and training to be able to deal with those that seek to hurt others in our community, whilst protecting our Police Officers who put themselves at risk every day to protect us all.”

St Helena Police will be conducting an Education and Awareness Roadshow throughout the Island to provide further information and demonstrations on the carrying and use of CEDs. Dates, venues and times will be advertised shortly.

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SHG
26 April 2019

The Social & Community Development Committee (SCDC) held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, 10 April 2019.

Update on the Information Bill was that the Attorney General’s Chambers are still awaiting final advice from Foreign & Commonwealth Office counsel with regard to the application of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018 to St Helena.

Approval was given for legislation to be drafted to enable restaurants to sell liquor from 9am instead of 11am in line with shops. Once legislation has been drafted it is proposed to have only targeted consultation with key stakeholders such as the Police.

 Updates from the Safeguarding Directorate included:

  • A qualified team manager for Adult Services will arrive on 4 May 2019
  • Adult Social Care staffing levels are up to strength
  • The team is reviewing its caseload
  • Care plans are being updated
  • The Community Care Centre (CCC) remains understaffed
  • It’s proposed to move away from the existing medical model of practice to a care-based model
  • The Activity Worker’s job role is being reviewed in consultation with SHAPE, Creative St Helena and New Horizons to include more meaningful activities for residents
  • The Chapel at the CCC is to be brought back into use
  • Employment of up to 15 staff from overseas is now going ahead.

 The Social & Community Development Committee were voting members, Councillors Anthony Green (Chairman), Cyril Leo (Deputy Chairman), Kylie Hercules, Derek Thomas and Gavin Ellick and non-voting members, Safeguarding Director Tracy Pool Nandy and SHG Economist Nicole Shamier. The Committee Secretary was Anne Dillon.

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SHG
26 April 2019

Executive Council met yesterday afternoon with just one item on the Open Agenda – the Investment Strategy April 2019 – which had been deferred from the previous meeting held on 16 April.

The Investment Strategy seeks to encourage investment where it contributes to the Sustainable Economic Development Plan goals. It is concerned with the practicalities of investment and sets out the process for investors to access incentives.

Both resident and non-resident investors have and continue to provide key contributions to the St Helena economy. In future, investment by both types of investors will contribute to economic growth and development.

Council noted that Enterprise St Helena is also in the process of developing an Investment Prospectus which will also help potential investors in terms of identifying properties which represent an investment opportunity.

Executive Council was pleased to approve the Investment Strategy, a copy of which can be found on the Investors page of the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/investors/

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24 April 2019

Personnel from the Environment, Natural Resources & Planning Directorate (ENRPD)  and the Saint Helena National Trust (SHNT) recently had the opportunity to take part in the St Helena ‘Train The Trainer’ (TTT) Course.

The TTT course, delivered by Leigh Morris (a consultant working for the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division (ANRD), was a four-day programme targeted at people working in the environmental/land-based sector on St Helena. The course is designed, regardless of people’s previous experience, to develop their skills to become more confident and effective communicators, trainers and teachers, through an immersive, interactive programme.

The 12 participants on the course included people who will take the lead in delivering the TTT course on-Island in the future. The course saw participants taking part in discussions, teaching observations and a range of classroom exercises on the following topics:

  • Lesson/session planning
  • Presentation skills
  • Reflection and self-analysis
  • Learning styles & adapting training to suit different styles
  • Engaging with audience’ use of questions
  • Teaching a practical skill
  • Team Teaching

The final day of the TTT Course took place on Wednesday, 3 April 2019, at ANRD, Scotland, with participants each delivering their second individual micro-teach session to the rest of their class, on aspects of their work. The session’s topics ranged from calibrating a knapsack spray to calculating gross margins for crops, and from grading timber to how to record weather data.

Agricultural Development Officer, Andy Timm, commented:

“Overall, it was a brilliant course, and I am confident that the participants learnt a lot and will use the skills and knowledge gained in their current job roles.”

The participants will receive their TTT certificates from Acting Director of ENRPD, Darren Duncan, at a presentation at Scotland on 1 May 2019.

Notes to Editor

The need for the TTT course was a key recommendation of the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) carried out in 2018, the full report of which is available on the SHG website here: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Agriculture-Training-Needs-Analysis-Report-Oct-2018.pdf

TTT Course Tutor, Leigh Morris, developed the course when he was based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), to better enable botanists and horticulturists to pass on their knowledge and skills. He developed the TTT Course further in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), who subsequently used the course to train staff across all their gardens. Leigh has previously delivered the TTT course at RBGE, RHS, and at other botanic gardens around the world.

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SHG
23 April 2019

The UK Home Secretary has opened a scheme to compensate members of the ‘Windrush generation’ who were unable to prove their right to live in the UK.

The scheme, which was designed in consultation with those affected and will have independent oversight, is the latest step in the UK Government’s commitment to right the wrongs experienced by the Windrush generation.

It will provide payments to eligible individuals who did not have the right documentation to prove their status in the UK and suffered adverse effects on their life as a result. These could range from a loss of employment or access to housing, education or NHS healthcare to emotional distress or a deterioration in mental and physical health.

The scheme is open to anyone from any nationality who has the right to live or work in the UK without any restrictions or is now a British Citizen, and arrived in the UK before 31 December 1988. It is also open to anyone from a Commonwealth country who arrived and settled in the UK before 1973. Certain children and grandchildren of those arriving before 1973 and some close family members may also be eligible to apply.

People who were wrongfully detained or removed from the UK could also be able to make a claim.

St Helena Government is not aware of any St Helenians who have been affected by Windrush or who would be eligible for compensation. However, in the event that anyone has been affected, please do refer to the scheme guidelines for further information.

Further information on the Windrush Compensation Scheme including the guidelines and claim form can be found here: http://www.gov.uk/windrush-compensation.

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23 April 2019

The following is a Public Announcement from the Police Directorate:

St Helena Police are currently investigating damage to a boat at the Jamestown Wharf which occurred at around 11pm on Sunday, 7 April 2019.

The boat, which was undergoing maintenance at the time, was hit by a vehicle.

Anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Police Headquarters on tel: 22626 regardless of how minor they may consider their information.

The community is thanked for their continued assistance.

 SHG
23 April 2019

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The following is a Public Announcement from Port Control:

Jamestown Wharf

Port Control would like to advise that the Jamestown Wharf will open to the public as normal from 4pm today, Thursday 18 April 2019. All ‘break bulk’ cargo has now been cleared from the Wharf and Port Control would like to thank Merchants and other parties for clearing the area in time for the Wharf to open for the Easter weekend.

Rupert’s Wharf

Rupert’s Wharf and beach is now open to the public until midnight on Friday, 19 April 2019. Thereafter, Rupert’s Wharf including the beach area, will be closed to the public over the Easter weekend for the arrival of the fuel tanker and fuel operations to take place.

Emergency Services will be granted access to Rupert’s Wharf and beach area at all times.

The public will be informed as to when Rupert’s will reopen to the public.

 SHG
18 April 2019

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