Author Archives: Simon Pipe

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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St Helena gets first female governor – after 359 years

Lisa Phillips is to be the first female governor of St Helena since the job was first created more than 350 years ago, in 1657. She also becomes non-resident governor of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Her appointment will have … Continue reading

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St Helena gets its first female governor

Lisa Phillips has been appointed Governor of St Helena and non-resident governor of Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha in succession to Mark Capes, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Lisa will take up her appointment in … Continue reading

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Pioneer runners get St Helena on the move

The things people will do to get a free T-shirt – like run 15 or more kilometres around Jamestown, for instance (not all at once). Or maybe they were running because actually, it’s healthy and quite fun and afterwards, you … Continue reading

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It’s all light on the night as Christmas comes to Jamestown

The Festival of Lights in Jamestown gets brighter every year. A replica RMS St Helena rolled down Main Street and in the bay, the real ship was lit up for her final Christmas. A large aircraft and even an air traffic … Continue reading

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Airport road name honours Sharon’s memory

The memory of Sharon Wainwright, who led the push for air travel to St Helena, is to be honoured in the naming of a section of the airport access road. Wainwright Way was one of seven winning entries in a … Continue reading

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