Monthly Archives: September 2013

Anti-secrecy law ‘only months away’, predicts John

Work has begun in earnest on ending the entrenched culture of secrecy within St Helena Government – but one councillor has questioned whether it should be a priority. Open government became a key issue in the island’s July 2013 general … Continue reading

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Girls at risk as Ascension declines, says Guardian writer

Long-held resentments over treatment of Saints on Ascension have been aired in a lengthy article on the UK’s Guardian website. It accuses the UK of depopulating the island – with teenagers facing sexual pressures as a result. Writer Fred Pearce … Continue reading

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Docking procedures complete: wharf plan moves ahead

The dream of ships berthing at a permanent dock in St Helena has moved closer to reality. Approval has been given for work on the proposed permanent wharf in Rupert’s Valley to move to a final design stage. It was … Continue reading

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Saint FM is back on the web

The Saint FM website is back online at, after computer wizard Johnny Clingham managed to sort out a problem with its registration. The St Helena Independent can also be downloaded from the site.

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Airport stoppage ends with promise of no reprisals

A two-day strike by South African workers on St Helena’s airport project has ended. Sixty five workers were reported to have returned to work after a meeting with management related to employment conditions. Basil Read, the company building the airport, … Continue reading

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African airport workers down tools in St Helena’s first strike

South Africans working on St Helena’s airport have gone on strike, in what is thought to be the first industrial action on the island in half a century. It is understood they are in dispute over employment terms and conditions. … Continue reading

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Nigel resigns from ExCo – but remains a councillor

From St Helena Government press office: The Honourable Nigel Dollery has advised that due to personal reasons he will be resigning, with immediate effect, from Executive Council and the chair of the social and community development committee. Councillor Dollery will … Continue reading

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Ascension’s fake forest is a challenge to science, says writer

When the Royal Navy first “invaded” Ascension Island, it did so not with weapons of war, but with plants – creating what is said to be the only man-made tropical forest in the world. The result is either a beacon … Continue reading

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Catch up with Saint FM and the Indy via new links

The Saint FM website has temporarily stopped working – but you can still listen to the station through a new web page set up by computer whizz Johnny Clingham. And you can read your weekly paper via St Helena Online: … Continue reading

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New gallery: faces of the Reading Sports

The latest gallery from the 2013 Reading Sports captures the best of the big event – the faces of lots of people having a really great time. Nearly 2,000 turned out for the annual UK gathering of Saints, relatives and … Continue reading

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