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Robyn snaps business prize – and other stories from The Sentinel

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Issue number two of St Helena’s new newspaper has a lively crop of stories, including a strong front page picture and reaction to the vandalism of the steel nets designed to prevent rockfalls on Jamestown. Molly Thomas, of Napoleon Street, told the paper: “It’s very wrong. When the rocks roll, me and my husband could be victims. Since the nets went up I feel safe.”

Just the business: photographer Robyn Sim found she was the one being photographed after she was named St Helena’s young businessperson of the year. She’s using her prize money to pay for new equipment. Aaron’s Adventure Tours (Aaron Legg) picked up the tourism award, and Stevens Family Butchers claimed the livestock prize. Winner Gary Stevens said he wanted to expand his herd but needed more land. The arable business prize was shared between the Thomas Brothers, Joshua’s Covered Productions and Norman Benjamin.

Careers in arrears: Some government departments have been unable to support the island’s careers fair on 24 April 2012 – the first for six years. They blamed staffing issues. Cable & Wireless is unable to attend either, because of pressure of work. “A number of attempts were made to acquire a comment from the Deputy Chief Secretary, Mrs Gillian Francis, but she was unable to make time,” reported The Sentinel. It observed: “Passing up the chance to inspire and advise children and the public in a time when competition for employees is so intense is surprising.”

Vote for a vote: St Helena’s Youth Parliament is negotiating with several shops in Jamestown to offer discounts on stationery for older students. It’s also staged a debate on lowering the voting age on St Helena – but councillors don’t appear to be changing the law as a result. Members would also like a cinema, films being an issue on which debating skills come to the fore, reports Damien O’Bey: “There are differences in opinions when choosing movies, with Gemma liking horror and Megan preferring romance.”

Fostering hope: Sharon Henry reports a lack of islanders willing to foster young people when their families are going through difficulites. Social work trainer Faye Howe said the need for carers was sporadic. Sharon writes that previously, four people express an interest: “Three backed out once they learnt it would be Saint children and not children bought in from overseas.”

Hollow victory? Half Tree Hollow A team brought out a secret weapon to claim victory over Levelwood’s champion cricketers – three of the workers from airport contractor Basil Read. One of them, Schalk Wonech, secured the game with a score of 111 not-out. Ross Henry, Levelwood C’s opening bowler, told The Sentinel: “I tried everything from slower deliveries to bouncers but he punished everything I tried.”

Read The Sentinel in full – and see some great pictures – here.

Thieves damage rockfall defences in Jamestown

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