Light rain showers this afternoon over parts of St Helena, Temps at 13.30 range from 17 to 23 degrees on island
Atlantic Star update re future flights
From Atlantic Star:
A number of individuals and organisations have been in touch with us over the last week regarding future plans for Atlantic Star, now that preliminary details of the SAA Airlink service to Johannesburg have been announced.
The Atlantic Star position is that until such time that pricing for St.Helena flights and the timetable to make secure onward connections to the UK are published we cannot commit to any future flights. Atlantic Star remains committed to the concept of delivering flights to connect St.Helena to the UK and will explore ways of providing these when the time is right. Development of the tourism infrastructure on St.Helena and a clearer understanding of operational challenges at St.Helena Airport will both play a part in determining the best way forward regarding future air services.
In the meantime, we are working with partner Cello Aviation to offer a regular UK originating air service to support the community on Ascension Island, which has become isolated as a consequence of the runway at Ascension no longer being suitable for use by the RAF Voyager aircraft. Discussions with Ascension Island stakeholders about a potential solution are ongoing and remain confidential at this time.
Many thanks to those who have contacted us regarding the current situation – we will say more when we have something more tangible to share.
Richard, Andrew and Aiden
Directors, Atlantic Star Airlines
Concerns raised by Saints on social media re using Johannesburg as the main hub for St Helena flights (even though persons can use Cape Town as an alternative and link up with Windhoek)
There appears to be a growing concern among Saints re the recent announcement by Airlink whereby Johannesburg was chosen as the airport hub for St Helena flights. (rather than Cape Town)
Thread from St Helena News and Travel Facebook page: –
Dorothy M EdsonI would however like to see a show of hands vote and get the peoples choice on record.
Last week it was reported that South Africa’s travel sector had welcomed announcements that enhanced security measures will be implemented at OR Tambo International Airport, saying it was at least a step in the right direction.
The St Helena Air Service will operate from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB). There will be a stopover at Windhoek International Airport in Namibia (WDH) before the flight continues to St Helena Airport (HLE).
On the return route, the flight will stopover at Windhoek before returning to Johannesburg.
In summary, the route is as follows:
JNB – WDH – HLE – WDH – JNB
The stopovers at Windhoek have been carefully scheduled so that on both the onward and outbound journeys to/from St Helena, the flight will coincide with the SA Airlink flight between Cape Town International Airport and Windhoek.
Customers will be able to book flights between Cape Town and St Helena and vice versa on a single ticket contract with a short connection at Windhoek. Thus the routing will be:
CPT – WDH (connect) – HLE – WDH – (connect) – CPT
The RMS St Helena departed the Island slightly later than originally scheduled at 6.05pm on Tuesday 1 August 2017, with 54 passengers and 56 crew onboard.
Her estimated arrival time at Ascension Island is now at 7am on Friday, 4 August 2017, and not on Thursday, 3 August, as per the original schedule.
This slight delay in the RMS schedule is due to current swell conditions at St Helena which impacted on cargo operations.
All 63 containers for St Helena, along with 18.2 tonnes of perishable cargo including potatoes, onion and pumpkins, were discharged from the RMS this call and nine containers were back-loaded for Ascension Island. Approximately, 361.1 tonnes of break bulk cargo has been over carried to Ascension Island. The majority of this break bulk cargo for St Helena is cement.
The vessel is estimated to depart Ascension Island at 2pm on Friday afternoon and is expected to arrive at St Helena at midday on Sunday, 6 August, instead of the original scheduled time of 7am.
Two new staff members – Alwyn Thomas and Kerrie Johnson (photo attached) – arrived on St Helena on Sunday, 30 July 2017, to undertake their roles as Trainee Solicitors within the Attorney General’s Chambers. Alwyn and Kerrie are on-Island for two years and are based at the Castle, in Jamestown.
During their time in Chambers, Alwyn and Kerrie will spend time within three separate departments – Community Law, Criminal Law and Civil & Constitutional Law. This is a requirement of their traineeship as they need to be exposed to at least three separate areas of law in their two-year contract, in order to seek admission to the roll of solicitors of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Alwyn and Kerrie will become solicitors at the end of their two-year contract once they have completed their Professional Skills Course and their training period at Chambers.
Alwyn, who is from St Helena, has studied law part-time since August 2011 and completed the Legal Practice Course in July 2016. He has worked full time at West Berkshire District Council for 14 years.
Alwyn gained a Law Degree and also undertook the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. He has a Degree in Business Information Systems from the University of Hertfordshire and a Masters in Management from the University of Durham.
“I am hoping to learn as much as I can to qualify as a solicitor as well as getting involved in the community as a volunteer in local projects, such as conservation.
“Hopefully my employment with the Attorney General’s Chambers will inspire other St Helenians on the Island.”
In Kerrie’s previous employment at Leicestershire County Council, she worked in roles in Children’s & Adult’s Social Services. She has a Degree in International Law from the University of Hull. She completed the Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University in Leicester. Kerrie is currently studying the Professional Skills Course at the University of Law.
“I have wanted to work in this field of law since I was very small. My mother was having legal training before she started a family, so I have been inspired by her example.
“I have studied law since 2009 on a full and part-time basis, combining this with legal work experience, and I’m looking to learn as much as I can whilst on the Island.”
Attorney General Angelo Berbotto concluded:
“We are so pleased to finally welcome Alwyn and Kerrie to St Helena. They were selected after we sifted through around 30 applications – they were the best candidates for the post. Right after the induction they were both allocated their mentors and are already dealing with matters.
“I have worked hard to obtain trainer status with the Law Society as I considered that having trainee solicitors at Chambers would be a win-win situation. We get their enthusiasm, their legal knowledge and research skills and they get their path to qualification.
“Although the senior lawyers in Chambers will supervise the trainee’s work and mentor them, the trainees are already proving to be valuable members of the team. I encourage all young people who are interested in a career in the law to approach the trainees with any questions.”