Month: April 2015

Elected members get tough on tossers (of litter…)

The Honourable NIGEL DOLLERY is no mere tosser of throw-away insults when it comes to litter. He used plain English to give his response after legislative councillors voted to review St Helena’s anti-littering laws, and enforce them. These were the actual words of his adjournment debate speech (slightly edited).  I recently had an interesting experience. I …

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Fishing directors ‘declined council talks’ as vessel lay idle

A lack of public information about the future of St Helena’s first offshore fishing vessel has been called “extremely disturbing” by a councillor – after months without a single fish being caught. Public funds helped to pay for the MFV Extractor, which began landing large catches from the sea mounts around the island soon after arriving …

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Interpreter hired for court case

An interpreter is being brought out from South Africa to assist at a trial at the next sitting of St Helena’s Supreme Court, attorney general Nicola Moore told members of Legislative Council. She did not identify the defendant, or the language spoken. The information was disclosed in response to a question from the Hon Pamela Ward Pearce.

DFID sets aside £19.4 million – including child abuse cash

The UK’s Department for International Development is giving St Helena £1.2m of new money for safeguarding of children and adults. The announcement came as a team from the UK neared the end of two weeks on the island, investigating alleged failures to deal with widespread child abuse. The safeguarding money will be used for training, and raising awareness in …

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Words of support for Saint FM – but no actual money

The cash-strapped Saint FM Community Radio has been given messages of support by members of St Helena’s Legislative Council – but so far, no financial help. Councillors were given a briefing on the station’s funding problems before their March 2015 session. The rival SAMS Radio One is heavily financed by St Helena Government. In his adjournment …

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Flights: chief sec admits doubts over medical care and crime

St Helena’s chief secretary has admitted to concerns about notorious crime at the airport that is to be the island’s link with the rest of the world – and about the future of medical referrals to Cape Town. But Roy Burke could offer little response to an accusation of a “shameful” betrayal of Saints working …

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‘Shameful’: workers left adrift by lack of Ascension flights

Saints working on Ascension could face a 15,000-mile trip to get home – just 700 miles away – if the fears of one St Helena councillor are realised. The Hon Derek Thomas spoke in response to news that the newly announced air service for St Helena will not include flights to Ascension. The RMS St Helena …

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Don’t cast aside ‘family’ of carers in Cape Town, officials urged

Officials have been urged to continue sending medical patients for treatment in Cape Town when the island’s ship is replaced with flights into Johannesburg. Legislative councillors heard that the “family” of people who support Saint patients in South Africa must not be cast aside. “The electorate is really concerned about the likelihood of medical referral …

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