Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ship subsidy set to shrink as UK questions value for money

A subsidy of just under £5 million for the RMS St Helena is to be put forward for UK approval as the ship nears the end of its service to the island. The “slight” cut reflects concern that the ageing vessel has … Continue reading

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One in ten jobs affected as Castle sheds services, says report

The number of government workers on St Helena is set to be cut by nearly a tenth over the next year, according to the report on the island’s annual aid negotiations. It says the headcount is to be reduced from 820 to … Continue reading

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More UK cash for Enterprise St Helena tourism drive

Extra public funding may be needed to turn St Helena’s tourism plans into reality, aid advisers have acknowledged. The new Enterprise St Helena organisation has made encouraging progress, says the report on the February 2013 Development Assistance Planning Mission (DAPM). … Continue reading

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Fragile school improvements ‘must be treated with care’

Massive improvements in St Helena’s primary schools have beaten ambitious targets – but the figures must be treated with caution because of the small number of children involved, warns the island’s 2013 aid report. Exam results for 16-year-olds have also seen radical … Continue reading

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SHAPE praised as advisers cite unknown scale of disability

The role of St Helena’s disability charity, SHAPE, has been singled out for praise by UK aid advisers. But they say help for disabled people is “fragmented”, with too little knowledge about the problems people are coping with. The success … Continue reading

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Money on offer to tackle sex crimes against children

Growing concern about sex offending on St Helena – especially against children – could lead to the island being given extra money to confront the issue. And a coded warning of a possible increase in attacks appears to be given … Continue reading

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Diabetes target ‘unlikely to be met’

Mixed results have been reported on efforts to tackle St Helena’s massive diabetes problem – one of the worst in the world. Health workers have succeeded in performing annual checks on registered diabetics, according to the aide memoire issued at … Continue reading

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Extra £1.4 million is proposed to boost health and schooling

Nearly one and a half million pounds of extra funding will pumped into St Helena to improve health care and education, if UK ministers accept proposals from the 2013 aid mission to the island. That is on top of £12 million … Continue reading

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Tristan da Cunha, as seen from space

This view of Tristan da Cunha has been chosen as the Image of the Day feature on the website of NASA, the American space agency. It was taken by the crew of the International Space Station.  It shows that while volcanic eruptions … Continue reading

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Supporters switch on to Saint FM radio revival

Supporters sign up to join the new organisation that’s reviving Saint FM radio station. The photograph of a promotional event in Jamestown on 16 February 2013 has been contributed by John Turner, who said: “I think this tells the story”. Governor Mark Capes … Continue reading

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