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Island media, 13 January 2012

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St Helena Herald: Disaster volunteers wanted – Linda’s prison medal – Farmers’ unsold crops – bikers seek new home

Casualties wanted: The island’s emergency services are planning a major incident exercise on January 27 and appeal for members of the public of all ages to volunteer as casualties. Other roles are available. The exercise will take place at the wharf, to test the ability of the emergency services to respond to a disaster.

Prison officer Linda Fuller has been awarded the Colonial Prison Long Service and Good Conduct medal, making history as the only person on St Helena to have completed 18 years’ service in the prison in Jamestown.

Farmers have aired frustration at having to plough their crops back into the ground because they cannot sell them, according to the Herald. They were told that tourism development should increase demand for fresh produce once the airport is operational. The issue came up at an information meeting about the airport, at which it was also reported that Basil Read, the airport contractor, will set its own wage levels without influence from St Helena Government.

Napoleon 200: A draft programme of events to celebrate the bi-centenary of Napoleon’s arrival on St Helena in 2015 has been drawn up, and is due to be presented to Legislative Council in February.

Saints Moto-Cross Club says it needs a new race circuit: the soil at Bradley’s Garage, where it currently holds competitions, is very light and throws up too much dust, causing a safety hazard. The club also says it has been waiting six months to hear whether it can take over the redundant Guinea Grass community centre, which has been empty for some years. It’s worth checking the club’s report in the Herald for Ed Thorpe’s pictures of the national championships.

And finally, a plea at the end of the moto-cross club’s report in the Herald: whoever has the chequered flag, please return it as soon as possible to Hudz.

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