Monthly Archives: July 2013

Secrecy critics form new Executive Council

The five politicians who polled most votes in the 2013 St Helena general election have been named as the island’s new executive councillors. Each will chair one of the five main committees of the government. They are: Lawson Henry (Economic … Continue reading

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Governor urges new councillors to show leadership

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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Eric Benjamin is elected new Speaker

Eric Benjamin has been elected as the new Speaker of St Helena’s legislative council. Mr Benjamin, who has previously served as both Speaker and a member of the executive council, was the only person nominated at the inaugural meeting of … Continue reading

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Fight looms over secrecy oath that blocks human right (updated)

Update: Councillors have all now sworn the oath of confidentiality that prevents them revealing any information about St Helena Government. A new story will be published later today, following the inaugural session of the new legislative council. St Helena’s new … Continue reading

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Governor sends congratulations on royal birth

Governor Mark Capes has sent the following message to London: “On behalf of the people of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, I send warm greetings and congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the birth of … Continue reading

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Afloat again: last survivor of St Helena’s whaling days

Well over a century has passed since John Knipe deserted from the crew of a whaling ship at Jamestown, and he is long dead; but far across the Atlantic, that same vessel is being prepared to take to sea once … Continue reading

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How Jamestown offered escape for a whaler’s wife

When Clara Tinkham stepped ashore at St Helena in 1876, she was clearly greatly relieved to be escaping from life aboard a whaling ship – even though it meant separation from her husband. Captain John Tinkham had tried hard to … Continue reading

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Simon wins gold and second silver at Island Games

Marksman Simon Henry has won St Helena’s first ever gold medal in the history of the Island Games – along with a second silver. News of the gold medal came through late on Thursday (18 July 2013) in an email … Continue reading

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Thanks to Johnny for saving the big night

From Simon Pipe: I’d like to give a big public thank-you to the wonderful Johnny Clingham for enabling me to report on St Helena’s general election when a technical problem hit this website – on election night, of all nights. … Continue reading

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How Patsy’s coffee filled the coffers

This website inadvertently reported that Patsy Flagg had raised £517.40 for charity by staging monthly coffee mornings; in fact, the figure should have been £5,817.40. St Helena Online sends Patsy apologies – and congratulations on hosting her 100th event on … Continue reading

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