Monthly Archives: March 2015

I had my bag pilfered at Johannesburg, says Lawson

Saints will be flying in and out of an airport with a high crime rate and a reputation for losing baggage, the Hon Lawson Henry told fellow legislative councillors. He spoke from experience. He said: “Many Saints, including myself, have … Continue reading

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More tea plants, anyone? ‘Lost’ endemics found near airport site

A forgotten strand of St Helena’s unique tea plant has been rediscovered below Longwood, it has been reported. The bushes found in Fisher’s Valley are much larger than any other known specimens on the island, some reaching 1.5 metres in height. It … Continue reading

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£2.8million hospital upgrade will reduce overseas medical trips

A £2.8million upgrade of St Helena’s hospital has been announced – and it will mean fewer people have to go overseas for medical care. Members of Legislative Council were told on Monday, 30 March 2015, that the work would involve a … Continue reading

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Saturday flights in BA livery confirmed for St Helena

Weekly flights between St Helena and Johannesburg will operate every Saturday, the island’s government has confirmed. Comair Ltd has signed a contract to operate the service with a dedicated Boeing 737-800 aircraft in British Airways livery. It will offer both … Continue reading

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I wanted the people’s stories, says St Helena film-maker

It was the people that mattered to Dieter Deswarte when he turned up on St Helena, one man and his camera on a shoestring budget, hoping to capture the spirit of an island emerging from obscurity. The BBC gave him … Continue reading

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Saint FM vital to island spirit, says director Dieter

Three minutes into Dieter Deswarte’s BBC film about St Helena, viewers around the world heard the smooth welcome of Tony Leo, veteran island broadcaster. “This is Saint FM Community Radio. The people’s station at its best,” he said. “Our unique … Continue reading

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Blast masters: Alan and co fire the last explosion on aircraft site

The dust has settled on three years of explosions on St Helena’s airport construction site: the final rock blast of the entire project took place on Prosperous Bay Plain at 5.20pm on Friday 20 March 2015. It achieved its objective, with … Continue reading

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Watch online: St Helena film shows the beauty, and the truth

The BBC has screened a revealing documentary that captures the beauty and charm of St Helena, but also confronts the realities of life on the island. People in the UK can see at on the BBC iPlayer at any time … Continue reading

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Abuse lawyer pledges to stand up to power – and give a voice to ‘people who have had horrific experiences’

The lawyer investigating the alleged cover-up of child abuse on St Helena has promised to look into “everyone from the governor down.” Sasha Wass QC told island journalists: “I am quite prepared to draw unpopular conclusions and stand up to … Continue reading

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Flights to Europe and Cape Town ‘still up in the air’

Direct flights between Europe, St Helena and Cape Town remain a possibility, even though the island’s government has chosen to work with an airline that will link only with Johannesburg. A report on an aviation intelligence website says that the rival … Continue reading

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