SAINTEL: the ISP on St Helena

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‘Saintel’ St Helena’s new potential internet service and communication provider announced this week that they are launching their new business venture as an Island wide Internet service provider tailored for the future needs of St Helena. The Wireless thinking provider has promised that everyone from residential to business users on St Helena will benefit from […]

Conflict claims ‘unfair’ to Dax Richards, says chief secretary

Allegations that St Helena’s financial secretary is tied up in conflicts of interest are “grossly unfair”, legislative councillors have been told. Chief secretary Roy Burke defended Dax Richards after concerns were raised by the island’s public accounts committee. They resurfaced during yesterday’s debate over whether St Helena Government should underwrite a £500,000 bank loan to its […]

DFID accused as ‘broken spending promise’ leaves island unable to heal ‘weeping sores’ and end dependence on aid

St Helena’s paymasters in Britain have been accused by councillors of breaking their funding promises in the wake of the airport opening. Dr Corinda Essex said that with no investment agreed for the island from January 2018, its failing facilities were becoming “weeping sores”. Another scandal could blow up after the British government insisted on building a wharf in […]

St Helena’s Budget – in figures

New higher rate of 31% tax on all income over £25,000 from 1 April 2015. Basic income tax rate rises by 1% to 26%, from 1 April. Personal tax allowance stays at £7,000. Companies’ income tax paid remains at 25%. Tobacco: 5% increase in duty (about 16p extra on a packet of 20 – total […]

Drinks tax does little for Dr Corinda Pepper…

St Helena’s councillors are sharing the pain when it comes to tax on alcohol. “Everyone enjoys a good beer or a glass or wine and I declare my interest,” the Hon Brian Isaac told LegCo. “Saints are known to enjoy socialising. If we put such commodities out of the range of Saints they will turn […]

Fishing directors ‘declined council talks’ as vessel lay idle

MV Extractor

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]