April

Astronaut chases a white herring

Posted on 2 April, 2013 by 

By Guy Gatien So, International Space Station Astronaut Chris Hadfield—commander of Expedition 35, so you better take him seriously, folks—tweeted a picture of a certain volcanic island in the Atlantic that looks like the head of a giant fishbone skeleton …Continue reading →

Queen’s birthday list shrinks

Posted on 4 April, 2013 by 

Fewer people will be invited to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday at Plantation House on 19 April 2013 because of pressure on budgets in the UK, St Helena Government has reported. The cost is met by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Sniff out the coffee grounds… and the bees

Posted on 4 April, 2013 by 

The forgotten coffee plantations of St Helena could be brought back to life to build on the island’s reputation for producing one of the best brews in the world. The draft agriculture blueprint for the island also recommends plotting all Continue reading →

Focus on farming: special report

Posted on 5 April, 2013 by 

Food is at the heart of life on St Helena but imports must come down, farming must become more professional, and government must take it more seriously, according to a draft agricultural policy. Click the links for stories from the … Continue reading →

Learn to fight pests and diseases, farmers are told

Posted on 5 April, 2013 by 

Farmers don’t know enough about how to combat livestock diseases and plant pests on St Helena, according to the draft agriculture policy for the island. But it also says they are not given advice quickly enough by the government – … Continue reading →

Agriculture on St Helena needs to go hi-tech, says report

Posted on 4 April, 2013 by 

New technology and innovation are needed to meet St Helena’s demand for fresh food, says the Growing Forward paper on farming. And it could take the back-breaking pain out of food production, it says – making the job more attractive … Continue reading →

Young hopefuls urged to take a risk on farming

Posted on 4 April, 2013 by 

Younger farmers with a dash of flair are needed to make agriculture more dynamic, says the Growing Forward report on ways to boost food production on  St Helena. And they need to be willing to take risks, it says. It … Continue reading →

Food imports keep rising after years of farming failures

Posted on 5 April, 2013 by 

Policy failures have been blamed for St Helena’s growing dependence on imported foods that could be raised in its own fields. A blueprint for island farming says: “The increasing demand for imported agricultural products is the result of under-investment in …Continue reading →

Rats caught attacking island chicks

Posted on 10 April, 2013 by 

A large number of rats have been found around the sooty tern colony on Ascension Island – with evidence of having fed on chicks. Now one has been captured on video, probing round a nest at night while a tern … Continue reading →

One more bumpy voyage for Customs footbridge

Posted on 11 April, 2013 by 

The “new” footbridge to carry people across the moat from the Customs house in Jamestown has finally been lowered into position, 16 months after it arrived on the island. It first arrived on the island from South Africa in two … Continue reading →

Water shortage continues despite Easter rain

Posted on 12 April, 2013 by 

Periods of heavy rainfall have failed to end a severe water shortage on St Helena. Red Hill reservoir remains only 42% full, leaving people in Half Tree Hollow and the west of the island asked to observe a voluntary hosepipe … Continue reading →

Writer declares Ascension ‘one of the world’s best’ dive sites

Posted on 12 April, 2013 by 

Ascension Island has been rated by a diving expert as one of the best places on the planet for underwater thrills. In the first published guide to diving around the island, Paul Colley OBE has enthused about waters teeming with a … Continue reading →

How Thatcher’s ‘Act of injustice’ brought despair to Saints

Posted on 15 April, 2013 by 

A “great injustice” Margaret Thatcher perpetrated on the people of St Helena has been largely overlooked in coverage of her death. Saints were denied their right of free access to the UK for nearly two decades, along with people of … Continue reading →

Unfit prison ‘will move’ to Half Tree Hollow, says planning chief

Posted on 23 April, 2013 by 

Objectors fighting a plan to move St Helena’s prison to Half Tree Hollow have been told the issue has already been decided. The island’s planning board has knocked back designs to move the prison to the Sundale secure hospital, because … Continue reading →

I’m stepping down from politics, says Rodney the reformer

Posted on 23 April, 2013 by 

One of St Helena’s leading politicians has announced that he will not fight to keep his seat as a councillor in the next election, due to take place before the end of July 2013.  Rodney Buckley suffered a disappointment when … Continue reading →

We took to the lifeboats off Ascension – a captain’s story

Posted on 24 April, 2013 by 

As a young seaman, Jonathan Mercer spent an anxious time in an open lifeboat after crew and passengers abandoned a burning Union Castle ship between Ascension Island and St Helena. Almost exactly 40 years on, he revisited both islands as … Continue reading →

Treading carefully: experts walk miles for new plant books

Posted on 28 April, 2013 by 

Three new books are to be published on St Helena’s unique plant life – including some “celebrated evolutionary curiosities”. They are the result of four years of work and several hundred miles of walking by members of the St Helena … Continue reading →

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