Monthly Archives: October 2012

After 150-plus years, Gentleman Jonathan gets his privacy

St Helena’s “creakingly old national treasure,” Jonathan the tortoise, will soon be protected from over-enthusiastic tourists, in an effort to extend the long life of the oldest known creature in the world. Work has started on building a fenced walkway at Plantation House to … Continue reading

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‘Missing’ portrait travels from Auckland… and goes missing

A portrait of a former ruler of St Helena has taken its place alongside others at the home of the island’s modern-day governors – but it very nearly failed to complete its 8,000-mile journey from New Zealand. It got lost on the way. … Continue reading

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The Castle confronts homelessness and over-crowding

A new policy to help homeless people is being drawn up by St Helena Government. It will also confront the issue of over-crowding – “where this exists.” SHG disclosed work on the policy after confirming that eight families on the … Continue reading

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Bunny girls, bikers and dozens of dancers throng Jamestown

Only hours after dressing up for an early Hallowe’en party at High Knoll Fort, people were donning colourful fancy dress for St Helena’s annual carnival. What looked like hundreds of clowns, human insects, bunny girls and dancers of various kinds … Continue reading

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Screams pierce the night in High Knoll haunting

The blood-soaked, knife-wielding maniac who lunged out of the darkness gave a whole new meaning to the term, “family butcher.” The Hallowe’en haunting of St Helena’s High Knoll Fort was declared “a fantastic night” by Nick Stevens. Click here for pictures of Hallowe’en … Continue reading

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Falklands braced for oil boom with deep-water port plan

A new deep-water port facility is planned for the Falkland Islands, reports the Mercopress news website. It says the new landing facilities will be at Port William, to avoid the environmental impact of expanding the floating dock at Stanley. The plans assume oil … Continue reading

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Ascension ‘off-limits’ as US prepares for Iran nuclear crisis

America is reported to have been told it cannot use Wideawake Airfield on Ascension to prepare for military action against Iran. News media around the world have picked up on the story, though The Independent in London reports that Downing … Continue reading

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Deal boosts dream of high-speed internet for St Helena

Hopes of bringing high-speed internet access to St Helena have been given a strong boost with reports of a contract deal. The plan involves connecting the island to an undersea cable that eFive Telecoms wants to lay between South Africa and Brazil. … Continue reading

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Paul’s plea for a home reveals eight families at risk

Up to eight families on St Helena are known to be on the brink of losing their homes, it has emerged. But the island’s new airport workers’ camp could provide a way out of a looming crisis. St Helena Goverment says … Continue reading

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Island’s two wharf schemes both struggle for funds

Two separate plans for landing jetties on St Helena have both come up against funding shortfalls. Money has been set aside for a permanent dock in Rupert’s Bay, big enough for cargo ships to come alongside. But the latest air … Continue reading

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