ladder hill
LADDER HILL
shot in 2004
Ladder Hill was the Tower Hill of St Helena
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JAMESTOWN
The Islands capital
A great view shot from my DJI Drone flying over Jamestown Harbour
Rupert Beach
RUPERT'S BEACH
Easily accessible and safe
Rupert's Beach a popular black sandy beach for days out.
Boer Cemetery
BOER CEMETERY
Individual graves aligned
Hillside burial ground cemetery at Knollcombes

Law

Close-up of hands holding bundles of blue Iranian Rial notes

Queen bans Saints from building nuclear weapons

The Queen has signed a new law preventing people in St Helena trading sensitive goods with Iran. Any Saints who supply materials for making nuclear weapons, say – or lend their expertise – face up to seven years in prison. The Iran (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2012 was passed by “The Queen’s Most Excellent …

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£46,000 a year to make island finances more transparent

An adviser is being recruited to help deal with weaknesses in St Helena’s public services. The job will include making the island’s budget system more transparent. The £46,000-a-year role is to guide the modernising of public service on the island – in an affordable way. It includes developing a new approach to budgeting, looking to …

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‘Unfit’ prison to close by 2015 amid human rights failings

Funding has been earmarked to close down St Helena’s “unfit” prison after years of warnings about its condition. But it could be three years before inmates can be moved to a new prison at Sundale, in Half Tree Hollow. A report says the prison fails to meet several human rights standards, and chief of police …

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St Helena Online joins a campaign for transparency

Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s not good for democracy. St Helena’s elected councillors are making decisions that will set the course of the island’s future, but we are rarely told what they will talk about in advance. That means people cannot voice their own concerns, and possibly raise problems that the officials in The …

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Island works to end heartache caused by sex offenders

Special efforts are being made to help sex offenders on St Helena avoid committing further crimes when they are released from prison. A sex offenders register could also be set up as part of changes to the criminal code, according to the island’s human rights plan. Last week the British government offered to help its …

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No place to hide: why tackling sex crimes is so much more challenging on a small island

St Helena police are trying to find ways to help sex criminals avoid re-offending. But CATHERINE TURNER, prison visitor and human rights facilitator, says small islands face extra challenges protecting potential victims. And the offenders have rights too.    If a complaint of child abuse or rape is to be made on St Helena, it is …

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The lifelong cost of child abuse – and a plan of action

Child abuse ruins lives. St Helena’s Human Rights Action Plan says that the effects can last decades: Many who are abused or bullied self harm and/or attempt suicide. Members of the wider family may suffer stress-related illness. Those who work for a bully may also sue or suffer stress. Abused children may not do well …

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Trained lawyer ‘will add to faith in island courts’

St Helena’s first professional magistrate has said his arrival could give people “even further” confidence in the island’s justice system. John MacRitchie has been appointed to the new role of chief magistrate for five years. He will hear court cases, train lay magistrates and court officers, and also servce as coroner, land registrar and, later …

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