The Environment & Natural Resources Committee has approved a formal 28-day public consultation on the draft Conservation Management Plan for Diana’s Peak National Park, as per the requirements of the Environmental Protection Ordinance.

Diana’s Peak National Park is a much-loved wildlife hotspot that lies at the heart of St Helena Island. The Peaks have been voted one of the ‘Seven Wonders of St Helena’, is home to over 250 of St Helena’s endemic species, and is vital for the Island’s water supply as almost 40% of St Helena’s water comes from the Peaks.

St Helena Government is grateful to all those who have already provided comments on the draft Plan during a participative preparation process, and is now very keen to hear further comments from Peaks stakeholders, as well as from all and any members of the public who are interested in the future of the Diana’s Peak National Park.

A hard copy of the Plan is available from the Agriculture & Natural Resources Division (ANRD), Scotland, and Essex House in Jamestown. Electronic copies are also available on the Publications page of the SHG website: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/ or from Terrestrial Conservation Officer, Sasha Bargo, via email: sasha.bargo@sainthelena.gov.sh.

The deadline for comments is Friday, 26 July 2019, and comments should be submitted to the Acting Director Environment, Natural Resources and Planning Directorate, Darren Duncan.

Notes to Editors

In 2018, SHG commissioned a collaborative process to develop a Conservation Management Plan for the Peaks in order to fulfil the legal requirement of Section 31 of the Environmental Protection Ordinance, 2016, that National Conservation Areas have a plan to guide their conservation.

The creation of a Conservation Management Plan is a key tool to conserve the Peaks for future generations, and is also a vital prerequisite for St Helena to be able to seek international funding to restore Peaks habitats for both their wildlife and to increase water capture. It is a separate document to that required under the Land Development Control Plan (LDCP), which mandates that National Conservation Areas develop a management plan for planning and built development purposes.

A three-day multi-stakeholder workshop therefore took place at ANRD, Scotland, in December 2018 to start developing the plan with input from all involved in the Peaks. As well as representation from multiple sections of SHG, there were also representatives from local conservationists, landowners, businesses and Non-Government Organisations. International experts in attendance included staff from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, University of British Columbia, as well as international environmental consultants Ben Sansom and Dr Roger Key.

Following this successful workshop, local consultant, Andrew Darlow, was commissioned to write up the workshop conclusions and produce a first draft of a Conservation Management Plan on behalf of SHG. He conducted three separate rounds of informal consultation on the draft Plan between February and May 2019, working alongside SHG staff and circulating it to the workshop participants in order to ensure as participative a process as possible. The draft has now been completed and was formally submitted to the Environment & Natural Resources Committee for consideration on 20 June 2019.

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26 June 2019

As part of St Helena Government’s (SHG) continuous improvement drive, Corporate Finance with the support of directorates undertook to explore introducing the local debit card service in specific frontline areas to make it easier for the public to pay for services provided by SHG.

This resulted in the local debit card service being made available at HM Customs at the Wharf in Jamestown and at St Helena Airport from June 2018, followed by at the Post & Customer Services Centre from November 2018 for all transactions there including customer accounts, licensing and postal services.  And, now since May 2019, the Pharmacy at the Hospital accepts payments via local debit card for most health fees and charges including laboratory and dental fees.

Deputy Financial Secretary, Nicholas Yon, said:

“We hope that with the introduction of the local debit card service at these key cash points in SHG it will make it easier for the public to access services and to do business with government.  We continue to explore ways that will streamline our processes and we hope to implement further improvements that will benefit the public in the future. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the different teams involved in implementing this service, specifically, the service areas themselves, Corporate Finance, Corporate IT and the Bank of St Helena Ltd.” 

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26 June 2019

The Learning Opportunities Fair 2019 will be held at the St Helena Community College (SHCC) from 10am to 6pm tomorrow, Wednesday 26 June.

The Fair will comprise a busy programme with short presentations, taster sessions and opportunities to engage with staff, tutors and training providers both here and overseas.

The SHCC would also like to remind all Year 11 school leavers, together with their parents and others contemplating enrolling into the Apprenticeship Scheme, that there will be an Apprenticeship stall at the Fair which will provide an ideal opportunity to gain first-hand information on this scheme.

For further information, contact the SHCC on tel: 22607 or show up on the day.

Click here for the Learning Opportunities Fair 2019 Programme.

Notes to Editor

The Learning Opportunities Fair will promote training opportunities which are available through the St Helena Community College (SHCC). The event will provide an opportunity to network and share experiences and will promote the importance of continuous education in developing the Island.

The Learning Opportunities Fair is different to the Careers Fair which is a biennial event, that aims to provide a host of information ‘under one roof’ on careers, to deliver guidance in career choice and progression, and to inspire people to learn and encourage personal development. The next Careers Fair will take place in October 2019.

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SHG
25 June 2019

The management at HM Prison Jamestown is delighted to welcome two trainers – Colin Moore and Martin Hamilton (see photo attached) – from the UK Prison Service to develop and deliver a type of self-defence and safe restraint training programme for local Prison staff. The training will continue up until Friday, 28 June 2019.

Prison Manager, Heidi Murray, said:

“Whilst violent incidents are extremely low within the Prison here on St Helena, in such a confined and restricted area, things can sometimes occur without warning, and can escalate extremely quickly.  As a responsible employer, SHG has a duty of care to its staff, and to prisoners in our care. It is a requirement for those trained as instructors to renew their training annually, and having this expertise on-Island will allow them to sustainably train all prison service staff, police officers and other SHG frontline departments.”

Martin added:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for both myself and Colin to assist in the development of the skills of the dedicated staff of HMP Jamestown.”

The programme was agreed with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the Conflict Stability and Security Fund.

Heidi would like to express her sincere thanks to Colin, Martin and their managers in the UK for giving up their time to help in delivering this training programme.

Notes to Editors

Colin Moore has been working in the UK Prison Service for 30 years.  For 25 of these years he has been a Use of Force (the system adopted by the UK for dealing with non-compliant and refractory prisoners) Instructor, delivering training and support all over the UK and overseas.  For the past 13 years he has been part of the National Tactical Response Group, who is the Prison Service’s advanced team specialising in all aspects of Use of Force. Colin has worked in numerous Prisons within the UK.

Martin Hamilton has 17 years’ experience working within the UK Prison Service and has worked in numerous establishments.  He has been teaching Use of Force for 13 years, and for the last 10 years, has been involved in delivering all aspects of Use of Force to the UK Prison Service, and other Justice Sector Agencies. 

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25 June 2019

Members of the St Helena team competing in the 2019 NatWest Island Games in Gibraltar departed the Island on Saturday, 22 June 2019.

Team St Helena competitors – Duwaine Yon, Colby Thomas and Brooke Yon – were accompanied from St Helena by Larry Thomas of the National Sports Association of St Helena (NSASH). They have now joined remaining team member Aiden Yon-Stevens and Team Managers, Nick Stevens and Tina Yon-Stevens, in the UK for a week’s training before departing for Gibraltar on 3 July, in time for the opening of the Games on Saturday, 6 July.

The swimming events will see Colby compete in the 100m and 50m breaststroke and 100m and 50m freestyle, Brooke competing in the 50m, 200m and 100m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m individual medley and Duwaine competing in the 50m breaststroke, 20m freestyle and 100m and 50m freestyle. Aiden will compete in the 800m, 400m and 200m Athletics events.

Good luck Team St Helena!

Readers should note the following amendments to last Friday’s press release on the Island Games team:

Larry Thomas is accompanying the team along with Team Managers, Nick Stevens and Tina Yon-Stevens, and not Jeremy Roberts as reported.

The swimming competitors are also taking part in additional events such as the butterfly and individual medley.

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25 June 2019

 

The St Helena Sea Rescue Service along with the Dive Club Recovery Service and members of the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit held a joint exercise to test skills learnt in previous training sessions in relation to victim recovery on Wednesday, 5 June 2019.

A life-like training manikin was sunk in the Lemon Valley area the day before in preparation for the exercise, with various props used to simulate foul play.

The Sea Rescue team used their two RIB vessels to transport all involved to the scene. On arrival, all were briefed on the situation and teams were tasked to carry out a search to recover the body of the so called reported victim.

The objective of this exercise was mainly for all parties to practice ways in which to recover a victim safely and efficiently and most importantly to preserve evidence within a difficult environment. It was also important to test current work procedures and processes in relation to working together on board the two inshore RIBs with divers and their kit, plus Sea Rescue crew and CSI staff.

On completion of the exercise, a hot debrief was held in order to identify areas that could be improved and done differently on the next exercise, in preparation for a real event. Overall, all parties were satisfied but agreed that more training sessions are needed to develop and perfect the current skill set.

Crime Scene Investigator, Sergeant Michelle Thomas Lawrence, said:

“These training exercises help us to prepare forensically for the eventuality of a real dive recovery operation. By having the Sea Rescue and Dive Club Recovery teams on board and knowing what is required, it not only helps us (CSIs) to do our jobs better but it enables the whole exercise to run more smoothly.

 “Further training sessions are planned in the near future as this allows us to continually learn and practice should a real incident occur, as well as help us all understand each other’s abilities and roles.”    

Dive Club Secretary, Samantha Cherrett, added:

“These joint exercises that the St Helena Dive Club Recovery Service and Sea Rescue Service hold are invaluable sessions for identifying the best way for both teams to work together during a real incident. Each exercise helps identify potential problems to mitigate against, so that in the event of a real incident, we can act swiftly and efficiently. The Dive Club would like to thank the Sea Rescue team for taking the time to hold these training exercises.”

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25 June 2019

The following is a Public Announcement from the Roads Section:

The Highways Authority has given approval for Church Lane, nr St James’ Church, to be closed to all vehicular traffic from 9am to 3pm on Thursday, 27 June 2019.

 This closure is to allow the Roads Section to continue with their maintenance works on the drainage system in Jamestown.

The walkway will remain open during the closure, and appropriate signage will be in place. However, the public is asked to use caution when walking or driving past this area.

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

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25 June 2019

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A meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 9.30am on Friday, 28 June 2019.

The following items will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Development Application – Conversion of the Freight Terminal into Marine Offices, Lab and Marine Visitor Centre
  • Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) – 2020/21 to 2022/23 – Strategic Objectives and Policy Priorities
  • Proclamation of a new Cemetery at the Dungeon

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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25 June 2019

  • Island-wide water restrictions now in place but no change in consumption levels
  • Reservoirs remain at dangerously low levels
  • Recent rainfall has not improved the situation
  • This is an Island-wide issue and until the situation improves we must all restrict our water usage to essential use only

 St Helena water levels remain dangerously low with just 25 days of raw water level stock available on the Island (see photos attached of Harpers 3 Reservoir with one metre of water depth).

Connect Saint Helena Ltd (CSH) enforced Island-wide water restrictions from Monday, 24 June 2019, but so far there has been no change in consumption levels. Current consumption is around 400,000 litres per day greater than the water flowing into reservoirs.  This equates to about a 1.5% reduction in reservoir volume per day.  A reduction of 30% in consumption is required to stabilise reservoir levels.

To preserve our precious resource it is important that we cut down our water use to essential use only. Despite some rain over the last two days, this is not enough to improve the situation as this water only gets absorbed by the ground. At least two weeks of continuous meaningful rainfall is needed to make a positive difference in reservoir levels.

CSH is continuing to utilise other sources of water – tanks, boreholes & springs – and are back-pumping from Chubbs Spring to Red Hill and also bowsering from Jamestown to sustain available resources.

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.

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

25 June 2019

The formal opening of the St Helena Supreme Court took place at 10am today, Monday 24 June 2019.

The opening commenced as His Lordship, the Chief Justice, Charles Ekins Esq, entered the Courthouse accompanied by the Sheriff of St Helena, Mrs Ethel Yon OBE, Bishop Dale Bowers, and Chief Magistrate, Nicholas Aldridge. Lawyers, Justices of the Peace, officials, and members of the public were also in attendance.

Acting Attorney General, Allen Cansick, welcomed the Lord Chief Justice and introduced members of the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Public Solicitor’s Office, Lay Advocates and the Probation Service to the Supreme Court and welcomed back Andrew Jackson of Counsel.  He further expressed the commitment of Government to the effective administration of justice.

This was followed by an address from the Chief Justice. In his address the Chief Justice acknowledged the successful completion by Ms Kerrie Johnson and Mr Alwyn Thomas of their respective training contracts in the Attorney General’s Chambers.

The Chief Justice said:

“I am very pleased to note the successful completion by Ms Kerrie Johnson and Mr Alwyn Thomas of their respective training contracts. It is a measure of how far, in this respect, St Helena has developed since I was appointed Chief Justice that we are now able to nurture and foster young talent to fruition ourselves here on St Helena.”

The Chief Justice then noted the departure of two Lay Advocates and urged members of the community to service the community as Lay Advocates.

The Chief Justice concluded:

“My vigorous support for the Lay Advocatory is a matter of record. It enables an access to justice here on St Helena to an extent that is rare elsewhere in the world.

 “I know that my remarks on the opening of the St Helena Supreme Court are frequently broadcast on local radio and, if this occurs on this occasion, I have no hesitation or embarrassment of taking this opportunity of urging members of our community here who feel they have an aptitude to act as Lay Advocates, to come forward to serve the community in that vital role. A role which, I’m sure the Lay Advocates will confirm, offers considerable interest and satisfaction.”  

 The St Helena Supreme Court will continue until Friday, 5 July 2019.

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24 June 2019