Monthly Archives: March 2012

State-funded paper won’t be controlled from The Castle, says founder – as Independent announces closure (updated Tuesday 27 March 2012)

The announcement that the St Helena Independent is to close on Friday, citing government-funded competition – has prompted strong reactions. Read comments here. So far, however – because of personal pressures – this website has not carried any response from the organisation behind … Continue reading

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‘The Indy challenged the government: is this why it had to be silenced?’

The following anonymous article has been sent to this website via Vince Thompson, columnist on the St Helena Independent. A response from the new St Helena Sentinel will be welcomed. The Empire Strikes Back? The island’s only private-sector newspaper, The  Independent, … Continue reading

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The last post: as the Independent closes, writer Vince asks how the government is spending public money

The St Helena Independent is due to close on Friday, 30 March 2012 – on the day the government-subsidised St Helena Sentinel is launched. The government has told this website the new media organisation – which will eventually include three … Continue reading

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Island flags ‘will be flown’ at Queen’s birthday parades

The flags of Britain’s overseas territories are to feature in the birthday celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen – at the annual Trooping the Colour parade. The idea was put forward by Andrew Rosindell MP, who said the flags should be displayed … Continue reading

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Your views on broadband: ‘Mum’s asked me to stop sending photos’ (updated Tuesday 27 March 2012)

Internet access on St Helena is extremely slow and few islanders can afford to pay Cable & Wireless £120 a month for unlimited access. The government is investigating connection to a new undersea cable. Read our latest story – then comment, below: Firstly … Continue reading

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St Helena’s just not horrible enough for marathon runners

A few days ago, this website pondered the reasons why the world’s most southerly marathon (Falkland Islands) was so much more popular than the world’s most remote marathon (St Helena). Perhaps it’s political: one wouldn’t want to make too much … Continue reading

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The day Wayne picked up a penguin (not a chocolate one)

Even in the Falkland Islands, it seems, a penguin can be a slightly surreal sight. It’s not often, for instance, that they’re seen hitch-hiking. Quite how a flightless sea bird ended up 30 kilometres inland is not explained in Catherine … Continue reading

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New planning rules protect island – but what are they?

New controls on developing land on St Helena have been agreed, after eight months of “emotive” public debate. You can’t build there, mate: Great Stone Top But a report by Governor Mark Capes gives no indication of what decisions emerged from a lengthy … Continue reading

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Water is now safe in Levelwood – but E.coli threat remains

Drinking water in the Levelwood and Rupert’s Valley areas of St Helena has been declared safe for drinking – 12 days after potentially-dangerous E.coli bacteria was found in the island’s supply system. Most people living in homes fed by the … Continue reading

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Internet cable for St Helena: ‘We’re interested’, says the Castle

The cost of connecting St Helena up to an undersea internet cable would be “very substantial”, according to the island government. It has confirmed that it is investigating the idea. But the man behind the Connect St Helena campaign has … Continue reading

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