Government Economist and Corporate Policy & Planning’s Change Champion, Nicole Shamier , is the second person from SHG’s Continuous Improvement Programme to attain recognition as a professional member with the Institute for Continuous Improvement for Public Services (ICIPS). This follows shortly after Kirsty Joshua’s attainment in June.

Nicole said:

“I’ve been very impressed in the Continuous Improvement programme so far. The programme teaches you how to influence and embed change, something that is crucial in economic development. In my project I used the tools provided by the programme to develop a Sustainable Economic Development Plan which was essentially written by the community and packed full of their ideas.

“Because the Continuous Improvement programme teaches that culture controls how individuals and groups behave, it followed that economic development is more about working with culture and beliefs to inspire a campaign that people believe in than about trying to write and deliver policy alone in a dark room.

“This isn’t the end of the programme for me now I’ve achieved professional membership, I will continue to share the Continuous Improvement programme ideas with my team, and work with them and the other Change Champions to deliver positive improvements within SHG.”

Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, added:

It is really positive to see how the Continuous Improvement initiative, which started more than a year ago, is still being actively implemented within SHG. We are now beginning to see positive results both from personal attainment on the part of the Change Champions, and from their individual projects and this is great for our organisation.  Nicole is to be congratulated on her achievement.”

SHG has been implementing a programme of Continuous Improvement following training delivered in June/July 2017 by Sascha Kiess from the Institute for Continuous Improvement for Public Services. A small number of staff were identified as ‘Change Champions’ and enrolled on the ICIPS professional training programme. As part of the initial training, each participant selected a project that they would use to demonstrate the practical application of their learning, working through the various steps to lead, manage and sustain their change project within their directorate.

 

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SHG

11 July 2018

The Roads Section would like to advise the public that they will be carrying out patching works on the road within the vicinity of Barracks Square on Wednesday, 18 July 2018, between 9am and 3.30pm.

Barracks Square will remain open while works are carried out but drivers and pedestrians are asked to comply with road safety signage and to approach this area with caution.

The Roads Section would like to thank the public in advance for their co-operation.

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SHG

11 July 2018

A special meeting of Executive Council will take place in the Council Chamber at 2pm tomorrow, Thursday 12 July 2018.

The following item will be discussed on the Open Agenda:

  • Telecommunications (Amendment) Regulations, 2018

 This is an amended version of the paper that was presented to Executive Council on Tuesday, 10 July, which was deferred pending further work.

The paper (ExCo Memo) is 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 the ExCo Memo should contact the Clerk of Councils, Lydia Buchanan, at the Castle on tel: 22470 or via email: lydia.h.buchanan@sainthelena.gov.sh.

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

Non-voting members of Executive Council are Chief Secretary, Susan O’Bey, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Attorney General, Sara O’Donnell.

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SHG

11 July 2018

Zero-Sugar drinks are one of the easy healthy swap options that can be a helpful part of reducing the sugar in our diet and reducing our risk of type-two diabetes and heart disease. Zero-Sugar options allow you to enjoy the taste of your favourite drink but without the sugar and the calories and the health problems that can come from these. It is one of the easier lifestyle swaps as you can enjoy the same product and be healthier.

Some people ask if there is any difference between the Zero-Sugar and the full sugar option. Health Promotion & Social Marketing Lead, Dr Angie Jackson-Morris, explains:

“In health terms, the difference is vast. The full sugar options, for example, a 330ml can of a cool drink like Coca-Cola®, contains on average of 10 teaspoons of sugar. You wouldn’t believe there would be so much sugar concentrated in the sugar syrup used, but that is how much you are drinking. The high sugar options were originally formulated to feed the world’s sweet tooth and to last a long time on the shelf and so be cheaper for manufacturers. They were not made for good health!

“The newer Zero-Sugar options these companies have made have replaced the sugar using artificial sweeteners and provide taste but without the sugar and calories. For health and to reduce the risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease and various cancers, these are by far the best choice people can make for themselves and their families if they want flavoured drinks. Low fat milk and plain tap water are obviously great, though many people like flavoured options sometimes also.”

The artificial sweeteners used to replace sugar in these drinks are all clinically trialled for safety and are registered as fully safe for use in a very wide range of food and drink products in everyday use by food health bodies across the world. Zero-Sugar options are promoted by the World Health Organisation as the healthier choice for consumers to replace sugary drinks that contribute especially to obesity and diseases. Products such as sorbitol and aspartame got an incorrect and unfair bad press some years ago based on very outdated research and the misreporting in the media of the risks of certain types of products. The world’s major food and health bodies have been very keen to address the myths about sweeteners so that people can make the healthy choice of sugar-free products, and understand that it is the sugar they should be concerned about.

Dr Angie Jackson-Morris concluded:

“Sugar-free drinks and the many other products that use sweeteners instead of sugar are an easy and safe way to reduce the sugar and unnecessary calories in our diets.”

Look out for Zero-Sugar drinks in your local outlet as the Health Directorate partners with merchants to increase the availability of a range of healthy drinks and snack options.

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SHG

11 July 2018

The likely source of an ongoing outbreak of Listeriosis affecting five European countries including the United Kingdom is frozen sweetcorn and other mixed vegetables. Listeriosis is a rare foodborne illness caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Listeriosis is usually avoided by cooking products as per the cooking instructions and ensuring food is piping hot, and by using good hand hygiene.

If affected, healthy individuals may experience a flu-like illness, sickness or diarrhoea. It can be more serious for individuals with a weakened immune system and also the elderly, pregnant women and infants.

Late last week, Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd voluntarily recalled certain frozen vegetable products as a precaution as they may be affected by Listeria. The affected brands recalled that are commonly sold on St Helena are:

  • Ross sweetcorn pack  (1kg),  best before July 2020
  • Growers Pride mixed vegetables (450g), best before July 2021
  • Iceland frozen mixed vegetables (900g), best before dates between January 2020 and June 2020 inclusive

Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc and W.A Thorpe’s & Sons Ltd have already removed the relevant items from their shelves. They have also displayed notices explaining why the product is being recalled and what to do if customers have already bought the product from their shops.

If you have purchased any of these products, do not consume them. Return them to your retailer for a refund.

If customers would like further clarification on which products are affected, then please contact Environmental Health on tel: 22500 or speak to your retailer.

Links used:

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/180703

https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-35-2018-update-2

https://www.food.gov.uk/news-alerts/alert/fsa-prin-35-2018-update-1

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SHG

10 July 2018

The St Helena Government (SHG) Health Directorate has been working with some of the Island’s largest merchants, in a ‘Partnership for Health’, who will, over the coming months, be increasing the availability of a range of healthy drinks and snack options in their outlets and providing clear information for buyers.

The first period of the partnership is focused on Zero-Sugar drinks, increasing the supply, range and choice available, and providing clear information about these so that customers can easily see what the healthy options are. A separate press release on the benefits of Zero-Sugar drinks will issue shortly.

The early members of the partnership include some of the largest merchants that import drinks to the Island and several hospitality sector partners. Partners include: Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc – The Star and Half Tree Hollow Supermarket, Rose & Crown and Longwood Supermarket, the Victoria and Thorpe’s grocery stores. The first hospitality sector partners are Donny’s Bar and Ann’s Place. The different partners are starting at different times to fit their stocking schedules, and people will see products and information in some outlets/venues from mid-July onward, and others start from the beginning of August.

Chief Executive Officer of Solomon & Company (St Helena) Plc, Mandy Peters, said:

“For Solomon’s, the partnership is not a short-term initiative but is part of a longer-term shift in stocking, so that over the coming months the range of our stock will change to meet changing customer needs. Maintaining availability in stock lines will always be a logistical challenge, however we will strive to make more of the healthier products available for customers.”

Tara Wortley from the Rose & Crown added:

“We want to make it easier for people to make smarter and healthier choices.  The first challenge will be keeping these products available on the shelves as we come to learn new demand patterns. We will do our best as the shift takes place and would encourage customers to speak with our sales teams about the variety of sugar-free drinks available and any other products they would like to see added to our stores.”

The expanded range of Zero-Sugar drinks will differ in the different stores and venues, including current favourites and bringing in some new options. Those available in different stores will include cans and bottles of sparkling or fizzy soft drink options.

The bar and restaurant venues will have their soft drink options, as well as sugar-free mixers for alcoholic drinks, such as tonic water.

Diluting cordial or squash sugar-free options are also available including the sugar-free alternatives. The partnership is increasing the number and range of the sugar-free bottled flavoured waters as well as some sugar-free kid’s lunch-box juice drinks options.

Not all products will be available in each store as each has different ranges, but the aim is that there will be an evolution in number and the range available over the months. The idea is that the supply and range will increase initially and then increase further and the range expand. To change the stocking pattern on whole product lines takes some time for the merchant ordering systems to plan for, and with the Zero-Sugar products the shorter shelf-lives require further planning. Sugar-free milkshake mix and hot chocolate and latte type options can be available in the future. Customers should ask their merchants if there are other sugar-free drink types they wish to see added to the stock range.

Look for the ‘Saints Together’ logo that will signpost people to the healthy zero-sugar drinks options in store, on the shelves and in fridges.

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SHG

10 July 2018

Executive Council met today with just one substantive item on the Open Agenda. This was an amendment to the Telecommunications Regulations, 2018. Members decided to defer this item pending further work.

Under any other business, Members agreed that the open agendas of Executive Council and Council Committee meetings should in future be recorded and made available to the public. This would be subject to an appropriate protocol being put in place to guide the process, and is in keeping with Members’ ongoing commitment to being open and transparent.

There were no substantive items on the closed agenda but under any other business the issue of the recent outbreak of Listeria related to certain frozen products in the UK was raised. Members were reassured to learn that there is no imminent threat to public health, and that further information regarding this would be included in a press release which will issue later today.

The meeting closed at 11.10am.

ExCo
10 July 2018

St Helena Government (SHG) in partnership with DHL St Helena last week provided a free delivery service to pensioners on-Island to support them in returning their pension documents to the UK’s Department of Work & Pensions.

Around 18 pensioners took advantage of the offer and their documents were sent via DHL St Helena on last Saturday’s flight, arriving in the UK on Monday. All mail was successfully delivered to the Department of Works & Pensions today, Tuesday 10 July.

Governor Lisa Honan said:

“When we became aware of the problems pensioners were having in returning their documents to the UK, we immediately put in place a system whereby pensioners could call the UK Department for Work & Pensions free from my office to make sure their pensions were continued.  Several have taken advantage of this offer, which is still available, by calling Linda Glanville for an appointment.  But I am also enormously grateful to DHL for offering to send papers through to the UK, again for free. 

“I am still concerned that there are more pensioners on-Island who may be affected and who have not realised they can get help quickly in this way.  So please spread the word through family and friends.”

SHG and DHL St Helena recognise that some pensioners on St Helena could not get their documents ready in time for last week’s flight and for this reason DHL will be providing the service again this week.

Any pensioner still needing to return their Pension Life Certificate to the UK, to ensure they continue to receive their pension payments, should submit their documents to the Governor’s Office at the Castle before Friday, 13 July 2018. Please ensure your paperwork is in a sealed envelope with the correct address on the front.

If you are unable to deliver your documents to the Governor’s Office at the Castle, DHL St Helena will gladly collect these from your home. To make arrangements for collection, please contact DHL St Helena on tel: 67227 or 22643.

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SHG/DHL

10 July 2018

The St Helena Utilities Regulatory Authority has today issued its report on a Direction under Section 5 (1) (C) of the Utilities Services Ordinance 2013 – relative to the maximum charges or fees to be levied by Connect Saint Helena Ltd.

The report can be found on the SHG website at: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/

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10 July 2018

During the latest round of Councillors’ Constituency Meetings in April 2018, a number of issues were raised by the public on different topics.

Over the last few weeks, each Council Committee has provided responses to the issues raised during the meetings. In the final part of the series, this week the focus is on Education with responses provided by the Education Committee. 

 

How many students are currently studying overseas?

There are eight students studying abroad through the Post School Scholarship and the Commonwealth Scholarship. Areas of study are: BSC Mathematics, Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Computer Engineering, Veterinary Nursing Science, Biomedical Science, Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. Two other individuals are completing their teacher training in the UK.

What is the current Apprenticeship Training provision?

 Areas of apprenticeship currently underway are Automotive, Electrician, Construction, Hair Dressing, Journalism, Auxiliary School Helper, IT, Conservation, Health Services, Clerical, Assistant Librarian, Fire Fighting, Sea & Rescue Services, Fish Processing, Academic Training (B and 3A) through Prince Andrew School.

How many individuals have enrolled for courses at the St Helena Community College?

At the end of the school academic year 2016/17, 612 individuals had enrolled for courses – learners ranged in age from 16 – 70+. The St Helena Community College recently gained accreditation to offer more professional qualifications on demand through computer-based testing, allowing faster and easier results.

What services are available to students who require additional support in their learning?

The Inclusion team in Education supports a growing number of children who need additional support to access their learning; one-to-one provision is in place. The Education Directorate also works very closely with the Safeguarding and Health Directorates to ensure that appropriate intervention is available for children. Support is also provided by the Educational Psychologist and Therapeutic Practitioner.

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Education Committee

10 July 2018