Health and social services projects get top marks

Overall ‘A’ ratings have been awarded for two major projects run by St Helena’s Health and Social Welfare Directorate. It means the Healthlink 3 and Health Strategy projects both funded by the UK for three and a half years, achieved their overall objectives when they ended in March 2012. The main focus of Healthlink 3 was to ensure that […]

Steady Eddie go… and come back

Eddie Palmer spent seven years on St Helena as the British government’s adviser – and only seven weeks after he left, it’s been announced that he is coming back. At the time of his departure – apparently for good – it was reported that no one had been found to replace him as the island […]

Island can never fully protect against drought, says Martin

The cost of protecting St Helena from future droughts may be unaffordable, water engineer Martin Squibbs has warned. He said: “Some things are just not manageable. We are dependent on things we can’t really foresee, let along make provision for. “We just don’t have the money, and DfID [the Department for International Development] are unlikely […]

One in ten jobs affected as Castle sheds services, says report

The number of government workers on St Helena is set to be cut by nearly a tenth over the next year, according to the report on the island’s annual aid negotiations. It says the headcount is to be reduced from 820 to 749 as the island public service is slimmed down. But it appears many of those […]

Fragile school improvements ‘must be treated with care’

Massive improvements in St Helena’s primary schools have beaten ambitious targets – but the figures must be treated with caution because of the small number of children involved, warns the island’s 2013 aid report. Exam results for 16-year-olds have also seen radical improvement, though performance is still well below the minimum standard expected in the UK. The […]

Diabetes target ‘unlikely to be met’

Mixed results have been reported on efforts to tackle St Helena’s massive diabetes problem – one of the worst in the world. Health workers have succeeded in performing annual checks on registered diabetics, according to the aide memoire issued at the end of the annual Development Assistance Planning Mission from the UK. But it adds: […]

Extra £1.4 million is proposed to boost health and schooling

Nearly one and a half million pounds of extra funding will pumped into St Helena to improve health care and education, if UK ministers accept proposals from the 2013 aid mission to the island. That is on top of £12 million to cover the ongoing shortfall in St Helena Government’s annual budget. The £12m amounts to a slight […]

Saint FM listeners urged to protest over ‘misuse’ of UK aid

UK listeners to Saint FM have been urged to protest to their members of Parliament over the station being “driven out of business” with British tax-payers’ money. St Helena’s first and only fully-independent radio station announced on Wednesday, 19 December 2012, that it would close permanently within 48 hours. Owner Mike Olsson said it could […]

Jetty delayed by four years to pay for Rupert’s Bay dock

Jamestown’s planned breakwater and landing stage have been put on hold for at least four years – but it means a permanent cargo dock can be built in Rupert’s Bay. Executive councillors made the decision after being told they risked losing funding from Britain and Europe for the Rupert’s project and seafront improvements in Jamestown. Funds […]

Pilots bid to give St Helena its own airline

Pilots in the UK are hoping to set up a dedicated airline for St Helena. The team behind Atlantic Star Airlines has already been in talks with the Department for International Development and the island’s eco resort developer, Shelco. Its existence has been known to some islanders for some time, but it was made public on […]