Monthly Archives: July 2013

Work ‘in hand’ on inter-islands link – but no answer yet

The British government has been asked how people and supplies will be transported between St Helena and other islands in the South Atlantic after the RMS St Helena is withdrawn from service in 2016. But no clear answer has emerged … Continue reading

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Governor and politicians top ‘not trusted’ list

Politicians have been named as the least trusted people on St Helena, along with journalists. But the governor has come second in a list of the most distrusted people on the island – and that fact was left out of … Continue reading

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Ascension gets busy as President Obama tours Africa

It was as if Wideawake Airfield had suddenly decided to live up to its name. In a normal week, Ascension Island sees just three flights touch down; but in June and July 2013, no fewer than 103 aircraft passed through … Continue reading

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St Helena’s new leaders get down to work

St Helena’s new Legislative Council held its inaugural meeting on 24 July 2013

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Care home residents ‘like prisoners’, says Derek

Elderly people have become like prisoners at care facilities on St Helena, Councillor Derek Thomas declared at the inaugural meeting of the island’s new Legislative Council. He said they were trapped at the Community Care Home and other facilities because … Continue reading

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New leaders vow to end ’embarrassment’ of secrecy

St Helena’s new political leaders have called for an early end to the “embarrassment” of excessive secrecy within the island’s government. They also voiced strong objections to having to sign an oath of confidentiality, blocking them from sharing any information … Continue reading

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Ascension Saints deserve a pension, says Lawson

A call has been made to end discrimination against St Helenians who are denied an island pension because they have spent much of their working life on Ascension. In a speech at the inaugural meeting of St Helena’s new Legislative … Continue reading

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Time to end low opinion of councillors, says Governor

Governor Mark Capes has called on St Helena’s new councillors to provide strong leadership and break down past distrust of the island’s government. In what could be seen as a criticism of former councillors, he told the island’s new leaders … Continue reading

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Lawson Henry, Christine Scipio o’Dean, Cyril George, Ian Rummery and Nigel Dollery have been chosen as St Helena’s ruling Executive Council. They pledged to bring an end to the culture of secrecy in St Helena Government. Read more: Secrecy critics … Continue reading

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Cathy is elected Deputy Speaker

Cathy Hopkins has been elected as Deputy Speaker of St Helena’s new Legislative Council. She immediately took over the conduct of the inaugural meeting of the new council in the absence of the Speaker, Eric Benjamin, who had been receiving … Continue reading

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