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Les Baldwin wins a place on Executive Council

The Honourable Leslie Baldwin has been elected to serve on St Helena’s Executive Council. The seat became vacant when Nigel Dollery stepped down from the island’s main decision-making group only weeks after the July 2013 general election, citing personal reasons. … 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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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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Inmates swelter as councillors duck vote on prison move

Efforts to end “human rights violations” in St Helena’s overcrowded prison have been frustrated by executive councillors’ refusal to consider plans for a new gaol at Half Tree Hollow. It is thought the acting governor, Owen O’Sullivan, might exercise his … Continue reading

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Dear Councillor: do you want open government on St Helena?

The people elected to serve the people of St Helena have been asked to say whether they want to bring democracy on the island out into the open.  Governor Mark Capes has reported that councillors want to see more government … Continue reading

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Chokers in chokey: prisoners get right to smoke inside (comment added)

Inmates of Jamestown prison have been exempted from St Helena’s new ban on smoking in public buildings, which came into force on 1 September 2012. Under the law, anyone caught smoking in a public building is liable to a fine … Continue reading

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Experts help to balance benefits and minimum wage

Advice on setting new benefit levels on St Helena has been sought from a UK university. Executive councillors have been told that the new figure has to be linked to establishment of a new minimum wage, tax reforms and utility … Continue reading

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I had to stand up for St Helena: Tara looks back

TARA THOMAS is stepping down at 31 August as St Helena’s youngest councillor, to take up a prestigious Chevening Scholarship – awarded to future leaders. Here, she reflects on nearly three years as a dynamic force for change in The … Continue reading

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Stray goat fine set to be a thousand times bigger

The penalty for allowing goats to stray on to government land on St Helena could rise to £250 – from a mere 25 pence. That’s a thousand-fold increase. The “more meaningful” maximum fine is being considered because of the damage … Continue reading

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St Helena airport building is cleared for take-off

A new design for St Helena’s proposed airport terminal has been unanimously approved by executive councillors at a special meeting (31 July 2012). Governor Mark Capes said: “The new design sits well with the surrounding area, using an attractive mix  … Continue reading

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