December

Britain promises to clear oil from torpedoed Darkdale

A “catastrophic” oil leak from the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale has been declared inevitable within 25 years if no action is taken. Britain’s Ministry of Defence has now promised urgent steps to remove  the oil, to protect human … Continue reading →

RFA Darkdale: Mystery of the torpedo that failed to explode

The German submarine U-68 fired off four torpedoes at the RFA Darkdale, then sped quickly away to escape the attention of the gun crews positioned above Jamestown. The logbook recorded that all four struck home. But investigators from the Ministry …Continue reading →

Internet pirates are driven off Ascension Island

Three centuries after the buccaneer William Dampier abandoned his sinking ship in Clarence Bay, a new brand of pirates has tried settling on Ascension Island. But the outlawed Pirate Bay website was quickly driven off the island’s internet domain after …Continue reading →

New farming plan will help boost economy and health

A blueprint for transforming food production on St Helena – and making the island less dependent on imported goods – has been approved by executive councillors. The St Helena National Agricultural Policy for 2014-2020 should also help to tackle the …Continue reading →

Rupert’s set to be new ‘port’ as wharf is approved

It won’t quite be a harbour, as such, but approval has been given to new plans for a wharf for Rupert’s Bay, big enough for cargo ships to come alongside for the first time in the island’s history. The decision … Continue reading →

Niall tells the world about St Helena’s natural wonders

The writer Niall Griffiths has described St Helena’s isolation as “extreme, and thrilling” in a brief article for National Geographic magazine. He comments on the island’s natural wonders in an article that will be seen by the magazine’s global readership: … Continue reading →

New hope for culture centre despite £250k asking price

The asking price for the former Public Works store in Jamestown has been put at more than a quarter of a million pounds. But the island’s Executive Council has stated that it will not necessarily be sold to the highest … Continue reading →

Pilling School lights up Jamestown for Christmas

Click here to capture the spectacle of St Helena’s 2013 Festival of Lights, organised by Pilling School PTA

Candidates wanted to fill Tony’s seat… if not his shoes

A by-election is to be held on St Helena on 12 March 2014 to fill the Legislative Council seat left vacant by the resignation of Tony Green. Mr Green resigned with effect from 17 December 2013 in order to travel … Continue reading →

Raymond and Cynthia achieve a uniform kind of fame

Nearly a million people read The Observer newspaper. And in the final issue of 2013, they have been treated to a picture of Cynthia George and Raymond Hudson, posing in their scouting uniforms on Jamestown seafront. The photographer, Jon Tonks, … Continue reading →

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