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GENERAL ELECTION 2013
 

If members of the public wish to take part in the General Election in 2013, the first step is to ensure your name is on the Register. Copies of the Register can be viewed at the Customer Service Centre and the Public Library, or you can call the Castle receptionist on tel 2470 to see if your name is on the Register.
 

If not, then please take the time to complete the application form that can be obtained from the Castle or alternatively can be found in inserts in local newspapers dated the 7 and 8 of March 2013 - and return to the Assistant Registration Officer at the Castle, Jamestown.
 

Use your democratic rights – ensure you are registered to vote! Those eligible to vote must be 18 years or older, have St Helenian status, or be a spouse/life partner of someone who has that status, and must ordinarily reside on St Helena.

All names Gazetted with no objections received up to 26 April, will be included in the Provisional Register to be published on 10 May.
 

The date for the 2013 General Election has yet to be set. #
 

Don’t delay - register now. Exercise your right to vote or stand in the General Election 2013.
 

SHG
 

8 April 2013




DESIGNERS GO HEAD TO HEAD AT PRINCE ANDREW SCHOOL
 

From 5 – 30 April, students of Prince Andrew School will be able to see their designs for a St Helena House of the Future alongside the finalists of an international competition. Both competitions, organised by the Government of St Helena, challenged local youngsters and young international architects to design homes for St Helena that best meet the demand for accommodation into the future.
 

‘We had a great response from the architecture profession, with 26 designs entered from places as far apart as Mexico, China, South Africa, Spain, France and the UK’ says Andy Crowe. ‘The entries have been reduced to five finalists and we are encouraging everybody to let us know what they think. The jury will be informed of the public’s comments before making its final decision.’


Comments on the international finalists can be made at PAS and Essex House using the forms provided. The international housing competition finalists can also be seen on the St Helena Government website (www.sainthelena.gov.sh )

Will any entries come as a surprise? ‘Well, we have designs ranging from one storey to three storeys and the choice of materials has been quite thoughtful, with almost every architect proposing a shift away from concrete and blockwork to the exploitation of volcanic rock, of which St Helena has a pretty limitless supply. We expect a range of public comments, from the inspired to the outraged, but that’s the way of design competitions. It makes people think and everyone is entitled to their opinion.’
 

Head Teacher Vanessa Tissington commented on the Prince Andrew entrants: ‘We are very keen to say to the students that there’s a career in architecture and building waiting for them if they have the drive and the imagination. Seeing the looks on the faces of the students when James Stewart (the Government’s Architectural Advisor) gave a presentation on design, it was clear that this is a subject that excites them all. Thanks to the help and support of the PAS teaching staff we have had an equally enthusiastic response to the school competition. We are offering the winner a place on the Jury for the international competition, which will look pretty impressive on a job application or CV. But perhaps not so exciting as the gift vouchers that the first three will be awarded!’
 

The Government is also working with Enterprise St Helena to use the forthcoming investment in housing to revive apprenticeships in building, starting with the electrical rewiring work to the flats in Jamestown. ‘St Helena is unlikely to see this level of UK Government in housing investment for a long while. We need to make the most of it and training up school leavers is one way. Whereas the UK is experiencing a long and painful recession, with so much work on the Island there can never have been a better time to be a school leaver. It would not surprise me if this year’s crop produces some trainee electricians and an architect.’


SHG
 

8 April 2013







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