The formal opening of the St Helena Supreme Court took place yesterday, Tuesday 18 November, at 2pm. Various Civil and Criminal cases will be heard by the Supreme Court until Wednesday 10 December 2014.
His Lordship, the Chief Justice, Charles Ekins Esq, entered the Courthouse accompanied by the Acting Sheriff of St Helena, Mr Harry Legg OBE JP, plus the Bishop of St Helena, Dr Richard Fenwick and Chief Magistrate, John MacRitchie. Lawyers, JPs, officials, the media and members of the public were also in attendance, including the Acting Governor, Chief Secretary and Acting Attorney General.
Acting Attorney General, Morag Stevenson, welcomed the Chief Justice and acknowledged new colleagues who have joined the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Public Solicitor’s Office since the Chief Justice’s last visit. Introductions were also made to new Lay Advocates, Jeffrey Dawson and Tony Green. The new Attorney General designate, Nicola Moore, was also mentioned, who will arrive on St Helena on Tuesday 25 November 2014.
The Chief Justice said that it was a pleasure to return to St Helena and see familiar faces. His Lordship also reflected on those who are no longer with us, mentioning the late Bill Drabble’s passing, who served with distinction as a Lay Advocate for many years. The Chief Justice also praised the new additions to the Lay Advocacy service on Island and remarked on Mr Eric Benjamin’s work ethic, despite recovering from his recent illness.
A photo is attached of the Chief Justice arriving at Court yesterday.
In recent weeks, there has been a considerable increase in the unauthorised use of the Airport Access Road, leading to concerns about the safety of the public and protection of the environment.
The Airport Access Road forms part of the Airport Project construction area and construction signs clearly demarcate those sections of the road where access is restricted. Any unauthorised access, which may result in an incident, accident and/or damage to the environment, will be reported to the police and persons dealt with appropriately.
The Airport Project Team has noticed public vehicles, including motorcycles and 4x4s, accessing various parts of the road from Pipe Ridge to Tungi Flats and this leads to a heightened risk of accidents occurring.
This road can be very unsafe as there are continuous heavy plant movements, even on weekends. Grading and aligning is taking place and excavations are not protected to the same standard as they would be on a public road.
Furthermore, any off-road driving adjacent to the construction areas could cause damage to sensitive environmental sites or unique heritage features.
St Helena Government and Basil Read would like to remind everyone that these areas remain closed in the interest of public safety.
The public is advised that the SHG UK Representative, Mrs Kedell Worboys MBE and her team will be moving office on Thursday 20 November 2014.
The current office will close operations from midday on Wednesday 19 November 2014, during which time it will be not be possible to contact the office by email or landline. The SHG UK Representative will be available on mobile and will respond to any urgent messages received.
The office will resume its normal functions from Friday 21 November 2014.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Day is a worldwide event held every year in more than 80 countries across the world. Celebrated for over a decade on the third Wednesday during Geography Awareness Week, GIS Day allows communities to participate in local events such as workshops, school assemblies, geography spelling bees and community expos.
St Helena has been celebrating GIS Day for seven years promoting geographic knowledge on the Island. However this year, unlike previous years, there is no set theme for the actual day.
GIS Manager, Murray Henry, explains:
“Like every other year our key goal on GIS Day is to promote GIS awareness and demonstrate how GIS can be used to answer questions about St Helena’s geography. To celebrate this occasion we will be having an open house gallery from 10am to 3pm in the GIS Office, Essex House, inviting the public to come and view displays and to learn what GIS is all about.”
The GIS team will also be visiting schools throughout the week to talk about GIS, ensuring children and students are aware of what GIS stands for and how this technology can be used.
In addition to the day there will be a chance to have a go at ‘Geocaching’, a global GPS treasure hunt enjoyed by over 6 million people worldwide. Find one of St Helena’s geocaches – just one of over 2.5 million that are hidden worldwide.
If you would like to participate in the hunt join the GIS team on Wednesday 19 November at the bus stop near The Briars and Constitution Hill junction at 4.30pm. It will be a short walk but the GIS team would like to advise those wanting to participate to wear sensible shoes and also bring water. A GPS enabled device would also be handy, but a few will be provided.
If you have any queries and would like to find out further information about this event and GIS Day, please contact Samantha Cherrett on 23876 or Murray Henry on 22270.
GIS is a computer-based system that allows to you store geographical features of your surrounding in a digital format. GIS is beneficial to St Helena as it allows users to overlay various features/information to assist in answering questions and solving problems such as finding out the best place for a development by assessing access routes, utilities and slope of terrain.
The St Helena General Hospital has recently received two new operating tables (photos attached) from the Lund University Hospital in Sweden, sourced by the Medico Technical Engineer, Jorgen Larsson from the Swedish Hospital where our Senior Medical Officer, Dr Attila Frigyesi hails from.
The tables are manufactured by Maquet (a multi-national German company which focuses on equipment for surgical workplaces) and are of very high quality, costing around £20,000 each.
Director of Health and Social Services, David Jenkins commented:
“We are in the process of procuring an array of medical equipment, including better diagnostic equipment, which will stand the test of time and will allow for higher standards of medical provision on St Helena. These operating tables are of the best quality and will help to provide our patients with better and safer care. We are extremely grateful for yet another significant and generous contribution from Lund University Hospital, which will be put to good use immediately.”
Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean recently returned to the Island having attended the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and 34th Small Branches Conference in Cameroon, in October of this year.
The 34th Small Branches Conference comprised of three plenary sessions:
1st Plenary Session – Establishing the role of a chairperson for small branches
2nd Plenary Session– The challenge of small states vulnerabilities in their quest for social and economic development. Delegates unanimously endorsed Councillor Scipio-O’Dean’s recommendation – ‘Education is fundamental to improving small states’ resilience to improve social and economic outcomes that will be central to all policy decisions’.
3rd Plenary Session – The role of Parliament in providing for the most vulnerable in society
During the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Councillor Scipio-O’Dean was able to attend the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Business Meeting where it was noted that women continue to be disproportionately represented in governance and at all levels of decision-making.
Councillor Scipio-O’Dean also attended two workshops – Joining hands for women’s rights: The role of Parliamentarians in gender empowerment and How can Parliament ensure that young people are placed at the centre of sustainable development? – The role of Education.
Councillor Scipio-O’Dean was able to take part in various discussions during the General Assembly meeting where the Hon Dr.Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury,MP, Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament was elected Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee. She also attended the meeting of the New Executive Committee where the Hon Ronald Kaindee MP from Malaysia was elected as Vice Chairperson. As part of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region, the CPA St Helena Branch will for the first time sit on the CPA Executive Committee. Members of the St Helena Branch agreed that Councillor Derek Thomas should undertake this role, which will run for a three year period. Councillor Thomas also became a member of the CPA Planning and Review Subcommittee.
On attending the Conference, Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean commented:
“Representing St Helena and being present at both the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and 34th Small Branches Conference in Cameroon was an experience that was beneficial for myself and for the Island. The profile of the Island has been raised by my attendance and will remain raised by our presence on the CPA Executive Committee which offers the Island more exposure and involvement in the decisions of the Executive.”
During her transit in the UK Councillor Scipio-O’Dean had various meetings with SHG UK Representative, Kedell Worboys MBE and Andrew Tuggey, Chief Executive & Secretary CPA, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Colleagues in DFID, Lord David Shutt, Lord Nigel Jones, Baroness Lindsay Northover, the Child Safeguarding and Domestic Violence Policy Officer, and with Deputy Head, Falklands and South Atlantic Department. She also visited Queensmill and Salusbury schools.
During her short time on Ascension Island Councillor Scipio-O’Dean was able to meet with the Administrator, Ascension Island Council and Dr Judith Brown, tour the Airhead facilities and the US Base facilities, visit Green Mountain National Park, Two Boats School, and Babcock and attend the Ascension Island Safeguarding Board meeting.
3 November 2014, marked the 3rd Anniversary of the Airport Project. Since the contract’s signing, the Airport has achieved many milestones, which includes the construction of the Airport Buildings and the filling of Dry Gut.
A film looking back on these achievements will be shown on Local TV 1 at the following times:
The public is reminded that construction work will commence at the Wharf from 1 November 2014.
The wharf will be closed to pedestrians and vehicular traffic between the hours of 16.00 & 08.30 Monday to Friday and from 16.00 Friday to 08.30 Monday. There will be controlled access to authorised vehicles, and a barrier will be in place at the start of the construction works, adjacent to the Freight Terminal.
Authorised users will be able to drop off/pick up equipment (e.g. diving equipment, fishing tackle etc) at the lower steps – before returning their vehicle to the area beyond the barrier. No vehicle at any time can be left parked on the Wharf between the construction site and the landing steps – this area will need to be kept clear in the event of an emergency.
Port management would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in advance for their continued co – operation.