Category Archives: Government/Politics

St Helena needs ‘new hospital and new health service,’ says Ian

Health leaders have been given six months to make a case for building a new hospital on St Helena. But Ian Rummery, chairman of the island’s public health committee, has called for wholesale reform. “The case we have to make … Continue reading

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Aid mission talks begin on 11 January 2014

Annual talks to agree St Helena’s settlement of aid from Britain are scheduled for 11 to 18 January 2014 – though an economist will arrive a week early for preliminary discussions. The Development Aid Planning Mission, usually referred to as … Continue reading

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St Helena 1, UK nil: writer marks the score on welfare reforms

St Helena’s welfare reform programme has been used as a tool to chide the UK government on its own drive to reduce social benefits, in a column in the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Hugh Muir notes that executive councillors have “taken … Continue reading

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Candidates wanted to fill Tony’s seat… if not his shoes

A by-election is to be held on St Helena on 12 March 2014 to fill the Legislative Council seat left vacant by the resignation of Tony Green. Mr Green resigned with effect from 17 December 2013 in order to travel … Continue reading

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New farming plan will help boost economy and health

A blueprint for transforming food production on St Helena – and making the island less dependent on imported goods – has been approved by executive councillors. The St Helena National Agricultural Policy for 2014-2020 should also help to tackle the … Continue reading

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Hopes remain for archive plan as store is put on market

Heritage campaigners on St Helena remain hopeful that the island’s precious archives can be moved to the old Public Works store in Jamestown – even though it has been put up for sale. The historic warehouse was earmarked to house … Continue reading

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Britain promises to clear oil from torpedoed Darkdale

A “catastrophic” oil leak from the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale has been declared inevitable within 25 years if no action is taken. Britain’s Ministry of Defence has now promised urgent steps to remove  the oil, to protect human … Continue reading

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RFA Darkdale: wreck imposes ‘intolerable’ threat to island

A long list of risks posed by the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale sets out grim prospects for St Helena if action is not taken. Two are rated “intolerable” and highly likely to arise. They are: “Catastrophic structural failure of … Continue reading

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US ‘using Ascension as secret spy base’, says website

Ascension Island is being used as a base for spying on Brazil, according to an article on the Huffington Post website. It says the revelation is contained in documents leaked by the US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who has taken refuge … Continue reading

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Governor’s Cape seduction: tax breaks to lure investors

The lure of ten-year tax breaks is set to make St Helena a hot topic with investors in Cape Town, says a South African financial website. The MoneyWeb report – ahead of a visit by Governor Mark Capes – says the opening of … Continue reading

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