St Helena Headline NEWS on Election Day- 26 July 2017

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Photo- Derek Richards

The BBC WORLD SERVICE’s Business Matters Programme aired a feature on St Helena and air access earlier this morning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05926j4

St Helena airport on Business Matters… click on the Russia link and we are the last story..

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The South African Air Force C-130BZ is returning to St Helena today en route back to Waterkloof Air Force Base just outside Pretoria. update at 12.15 : Been told that the stop at St Helena may have been delayed to tomorrow, likely between 10:00 UTC and 12:00 UTC. Will update as I learn more.

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POLLING DAY TODAY

Polling Stations will be open from 10am-7pm at the following locations: k

  • Blue Hill Community Centre
  • Sandy Bay Community Centre
  • Kingshurst Community Centre
  • Harford Community Centre
  • Half Tree Hollow Community Centre
  • Jamestown Community Centre
  • Judges Lodge in Alarm Forest
  • Levelwood Clinic

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There are 12 seats to be filled on Legislative Council and there are 17 candidates to choose from.

Voters are urged to go along to their respective Polling Station as soon as possible after 10am tomorrow to cast their votes for up to twelve candidates. Remember you do not have to vote for twelve but if you vote for more than twelve then none of your votes will be counted. The Polling Station has to close at 7pm sharp and voters will not be allowed into the Station or be given a ballot paper after this time.

Votes will be counted at the St Helena Community College Hall tomorrow evening, commencing at approximately 8pm. Counting of the votes and the results will be relayed live via SAMS Radio 1 and Saint FM.

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St Helena: World’s ‘most useless airport’ finally gets scheduled flight-‘UK Government will subsidise the operation up to £1.9m in the first year of operation, representing over £36,000 per return flight – or nearly £500 per available seat’

The Independent (UK), Simon Calder Travel Correspondent

The £285m airport dubbed “the world’s most useless” is finally going to get a scheduled flight – but no-one knows when, nor how much flights will cost.

St Helena airport was built at UK taxpayers’ expense to provide a lifeline for the remote south Atlantic community. Despite warnings about tricky weather conditions, the runway was constructed to allow passenger jets such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 to land.

After a series of construction delays, plans were announced for a regular scheduled service in British Airways colours from Johannesburg in South Africa, carrying around 170 passengers. But shortly before the planned royal opening in May 2016, a test flight revealed severe wind shear.

The scheduled flights were abandoned, and the planned retirement of the RMS St Helena was postponed so the island’s sea link would continue.

The airport has since been used for a number of medical evacuation flights, and in May this year a passenger test flight was successfully handled.

The island’s government has now announced that a South African carrier, Airlink, will fly from Johannesburg via Windhoek in Namibia to St Helena each Saturday. But no start date has been announced, and neither have fares for the subsidised service been revealed. The UK Government will subsidise the operation up to £1.9m in the first year of operation, representing over £36,000 per return flight – or nearly £500 per available seat.

Because of safety limitations, a maximum of 76 of the 99 seats on the Brazilian-built Embraer jet will be occupied. The lower weight will allow it to use a shorter stretch of runway, avoiding the portion where rapidly changing winds are most common.

The overall flight time from Johannesburg will be over six hours, more than an hour longer than the originally planned non-stop service. The schedule requires the plane to leave Johannesburg minutes before the first of five arrivals from Heathrow, and return to the South African hub too late for connections on any of the five evening departures to London.

Dr Niall O’Keeffe, chief executive for economic development, Enterprise St Helena, said: “Scheduled air services is what is needed to build a sustainable tourism industry on St Helena.

“As a remote small island developing state, the onset of air services is crucial to enable the development of a sustainable economy in the long-term. The opportunities for tourism and investment as the island opens up as the newest air destination in the world, cannot be overstated.”

The island’s director of tourism, Christopher Pickard, said: “As much as we are going to miss the RMS, not everyone has two weeks to travel to and from the island by ship.”

On the second Saturday of each month the flight will continue on from St Helena for a further 800 miles to Ascension Island, where it will remain overnight.

 

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Fancy working on a sub-tropical island in the middle of nowhere? A Pelagic Ecosystem Project Officer is required in St Helena, a sub-tropical island 4000 miles from the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity to increase current understanding of how changes in the marine ecosystem of St Helena will impact the abundance and distribution of the whalesharks and fish on which the island’s economy depends.

The Project Officer will lead on plankton sampling, oceanographic data collection, and sample analysis, and will assist in seabird fieldwork. The post is part of a Darwin Plus funded project between the Government of St Helena, British Antarctic Survey and South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute.

Applications close on the 28th July 2017. For further information and to apply online, visit http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/vacancies/

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WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES

CANCELLATION OF FREE BULKY WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE

The public is advised that the free bulky waste collection service offered by St Helena Waste Management Services (WMS) has been cancelled. Members of the public are advised to make private arrangements for the collection and disposal of any bulky waste.

Introduced in 2015, the free bulky waste collection service aimed to benefit residents across the Island. However, it was temporarily suspended in March 2016, due to a reduction of vehicle resources to safely continue the service. Now, due to additional workloads, regrettably the service cannot be reinstated.

Additional operations undertaken by WMS include:

  • Increased collection and disposal (via incineration) of clinical waste for Public Health, from once to twice weekly
  • Collection of glass waste for recycling fortnightly, in partnership with private sector recycler CNSKB Trading
  • Increased sanitation program for public toilets/ areas, and
  • Roadside litter picks during domestic waste collections

WMS are also developing a ‘Landscape Impacting Bulky Waste Collection Project’ for Jamestown, to be delivered during this financial year – similar to the project successfully delivered last year in benefitting Longwood areas. WMS aim to deliver this project for other areas in future.

The public is reminded that Horse Point Landfill Site is open from Mondays to Sundays between 9am and 3pm, except on Public Holidays. Residents are encouraged to use the on-site Public Recycling Facility for glass, cans, scrap metal, wood, paint, motor and cooking oil, tyres, vehicle and domestic batteries, white goods and small electrical appliances, furniture, textiles and clothing, paper and cardboard before delivering waste to the bulky waste cell.

Waste Management Services are committed to working in partnership with customers for a cleaner and greener St Helena.

 

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St Paul’s

The Heartland of St Helena

About St Paul’s

Around 19% of the island’s population lives within the St Paul’s area{4}, making it the second most populous district (after Half Tree Hollow). Housing areas include New Ground (a westerly extension of Half Tree Hollow), Cleugh’s Plain, Guinea Grass, Rosemary Plain, St Paul’s Village (surrounding the cathedral), Luffkins, The Gumwoods, Kunjie Field and many other smaller settlements. And yet very little of the island’s history happened here. No battles were fought here; the Dutch invaders in 1672 passed through it; nobody significant landed at Lemon Valley and no great political decisions were taken here.

Nowadays the island’s main leisure facility is here: Francis Plain (see below).

Lemon Valley is a popular swimming and recreational area, best reached by a short boat ride from Jamestown and therefore included in many Dolphin-watching trips. There’s even a song about visiting there:

 

For more  http://sainthelenaisland.info/stpauls.htm

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VACANCIES

VACANCY FOR ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVE

Corporate Finance invites applications for an Accounts Executive to work in their Accounting Services Section.

The Accounts Executive will have the opportunity to contribute to the effective operations of the financial accounting system and is responsible for the accurate and efficient entry of data. This is a diverse role which involves the monitoring of transactions for all directorates within the St Helena Government.

Applicants should have at least GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above and should ideally have the following:

 GCSE Accounts at Grade C or above, or ACCA Certified Accounting Technician Level 1 or equivalent;

 Possess intermediate IT skills in Access Dimensions;

 At least 1 year’s experience in an accounting role.

Salary for the post is at Grade B commencing at £6,722 per annum. However, applicants who do not possess the relevant qualifications and/or experience will have the opportunity to become a Trainee Accounts Executive.

For further details regarding the duties of the post and for a copy of the job profile, interested persons can contact Temporary Senior Accounts Executive, Sarah Greentree: sarah.greentree@sainthelena.gov.sh or Accounting Services & Budget Manager, Sara Benjamin: sara.benjamin@sainthelena.gov.sh or on telephone no: 22470.

Application forms can be obtained from Corporate Human Resources and Corporate Finance and should be submitted through Directors, where applicable, to Nicole Peters, Corporate Human Resources, The Castle or e-mail nicole.peters@sainthelena.gov.sh  by no later than 4pm on Wednesday 9 August 2017.

All appointments are subject to the successful candidate providing satisfactory clearances, including a medical check and vetting/DBS clearance. SHG reserves the right to have information provided on the application form independently verified.

SHG positively accepts applications from all members of the community regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and will consider all applications on the basis of merit, in accordance with the person specification. All disabled applicants meeting the minimum criteria listed in the job profile will be guaranteed an interview.

VACANCY FOR DEPUTY HARBOUR MASTER

Are you interested in safeguarding and protecting St Helena’s harbours and surrounding waters? If so, this is an opportunity for you. Corporate Finance is seeking a motivated and organised individual to fill the position of Deputy Harbour Master within the Port Control Section.

The primary responsibility of this post is to control the Safety and Security of the Port and Harbour Waters, for both Jamestown Wharf and Rupert’s Wharf and enforce all laws in relation to safety and security.

Requirements

The post holder is expected to have the following:

 A good understanding of the ISPS code, and Supply Chain Security Management protocols;

 GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or equivalent;

 The ability to plot charts for navigational purposes and fluency in communicating via VHF and UHF.

The successful applicant will be designated as the Deputy Port Facility Security Officer (D/PFSO) and will either already hold such certification, or be willing to attend overseas training, in order to obtain this certification.

The post holder will be a ‘warranted’ law enforcement officer, with the powers of arrest, search and seizure. Therefore, prior law enforcement experience is essential.

Salary will be at Grade D, commencing £11,034 per annum.

For further details regarding the duties of the post and for a copy of the job profile, interested persons can contact David Caswell on telephone number 22287 or email david.caswell@sainthelena.gov.sh.

Application forms can be obtained from Corporate Human Resources and Corporate Finance and should be submitted through Directors, where applicable, to Nicole Peters, Corporate Human Resources, The Castle or e-mail nicole.peters@sainthelena.gov.sh by no later than 4pm on Wednesday 9th August 2017.

All appointments are subject to the successful candidate providing satisfactory clearances, including a medical check and vetting/DBS clearance. SHG reserves the right to have information provided on the application form independently verified.

SHG positively accepts applications from all members of the community regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and will consider all applications on the basis of merit, in accordance with the person specification. All disabled applicants meeting the minimum criteria listed in the job profile will be guaranteed an interview.

 

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