Monthly Archives: February 2016

Last hurrah for St Helena boatmen as sea freight deal is signed

A contract to operate a cargo ship to replace the RMS St Helena has been signed – and it will include a small number of passenger berths for the Ascension run. The deal with AW Ship Management Ltd has been … Continue reading

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Connect fined £10,500 for threat to wirebirds

A “reckless failure” to protect two wirebirds has landed Connect St Helena with a fine of £10,500. St Helena Magistrates’ Court heard that it let a contractor start work on its solar farm before full planning consent had been given … Continue reading

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All’s well for airport opening says Castle as silence on test flights stirs doubts in UK media

The target opening date for St Helena’s airport remains 21 May 2016, despite “challenges” meeting safety demands, officials in The Castle have insisted. St Helena Government also said there was “nothing new” in a comment about problems with the island’s … Continue reading

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Test flights ‘blackout’ puts rumour forum into tailspin

Efforts to meet the highest possible safety standards at St Helena Airport may have “come to bite” the construction team, a post on the Professional Pilots Rumour Network has suggested. “All I can assume is that the engineers planning the … Continue reading

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Airport ‘non-story’ is worth many thousands, says tourism chief

Gloomy stories about St Helena are great news for the island – because they come with beautiful pictures that pull in potential visitors all round the world, writes director of tourism CHRIS PICKARD.   The UK’s Independent newspaper recently ran … Continue reading

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More action planned on illegal fishing – minister

The UK government is planning to step up efforts to investigate illegal fishing around St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, it has been revealed. The House of Lords heard that short term patrols and satellite monitoring are already used … Continue reading

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Independent publishes ‘censored’ edition

The St Helena Independent has been published with a section removed and replaced with the word ‘censored’. It followed an extraordinary legal manoeuvre by St Helena Government to block publication of a sensitive story. A blacked-out space appeared on the … Continue reading

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