Category Archives: Exco

‘Transparency and scrutiny lead to public trust’ – White Paper

Proper scrutiny is vital to good government, says the UK’s 2012 White Paper on the country’s Overseas Territories. “This important work helps strengthen the people’s trust in government,” it says, “and encourages greater public participation in decision making.” It also … Continue reading

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New Cable & Wireless deal heralds mobile phones

Mobile phone masts could soon be springing up across St Helena (except on the bits that are to have wind turbines). On Tuesday, 26 June 2012, executive councillors agreed the terms of a new telecommunications licence that should bring mobile … Continue reading

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Go-ahead given for Wirebird Hills eco-resort – eventually

After ten years of planning and a flurry of eleventh-hour doubts, ambitious plans to build a spa hotel and eco-resort on St Helena have been given the green light. But UK writer Ian Mathieson has called for “a full public … Continue reading

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Media saga takes new twist as Mike plans more radio stations

A move by Mike Olsson to launch new radio stations on St Helena, alongside Saint FM, has caused concern for councillors. A request from St Helena Media Productions for more slots on the airwaves was put on hold at the … Continue reading

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‘Very high’ telecom charges prompt council debate

The “very high cost” of telephone and internet services in St Helena has been debated by its  executive council – as Cable & Wireless seeks to negotiate a new exclusive deal to provide telecoms on the island. The unscheduled discussion … Continue reading

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The inside story on St Helena, by former governor Andrew Gurr

While cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell was in Swindolena in May 2012, telling Saints about their island’s bright opportunities, Andrew Gurr was just 30 miles away in Oxford, sharing insights from his four years as governor (2007-2011). The two men were … Continue reading

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Bidders try to save jetty plan – after report it would be scrapped

The leading bidders for the job of building a breakwater at Jamestown are trying to bring down the cost of the project – only days after UK cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell suggested it was being dropped. The contract cannot be … Continue reading

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Small shipment blamed for diesel price rise – but tax has gone up too

A ten per cent rise in the price of a litre of diesel is partly due to prices overseas, according to Governor Mark Capes. But more than half the 12 pence increase reflects a rise in customs duty. In his report … Continue reading

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A political animal at Blue Hill? (update: mystery solved)

Cats aren’t renowned for their political activity. Or any activity, in fact. And yet the evidence of a recent constituency meeting seems to suggest that in Blue Hill at least, they take an informed interest in public affairs. At the … Continue reading

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Castle Gardens media building is approved – eventually

St Helena’s new broadcasting corporation will able to blossom after winning approval to set up its studios in the Castle Gardens in Jamestown – despite objections. The plan was approved by executive councillors on the very eve of the launch … Continue reading

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