February

Shipwreck lifeboat drifts from Tristan da Cunha to Australia

A battered lifeboat has washed up on a beach in South Australia, nearly two years after drifting away from the wreck of the MS Oliva near Tristan da Cunha. It floated about 5,000 miles from Nightingale Island, where the ship … Continue reading →

Sports fees rise amid concern for the pitch – and the players

by Suzanna Parsons, Ross Watson and Huma Mian St Helena sports fans need to exercise caution when exercising, with the state of Francis Plain causing growing concerns. Rodney Buckley said: “The medical people are a little bit worried about the … Continue reading →

Lemon Valley restoration will revive old skills

Island craftsmen are to restore a historic group of buildings in Lemon Valley – while learning traditional skills. Master stonemason Henry Rumbold will pass on his techniques to building trades students at Prince Andrew School, and unemployed young people. Established … Continue reading →

St Helena Online congratulates a worthy adversary

Simon Pipe writes: I’d like to congratulate the team behind the launch of the new SAMS Radio 1 on St Helena. It has always been the stance of St Helena Online that there are legitimate questions to be asked about the … Continue reading →

Castle dodges the facts on media name blunder

The conduct of St Helena Government has been called into question after the island’s state-funded media organisation was forced to change its name. The Castle has refused to acknowledge that it has any case to answer, despite being given a … Continue reading →

Saint FM ‘wins backing from councillors’

The team attempting to revive Saint FM radio station appears to be close to success. But a government press release announcing the “launch” of the state-funded SAMS Radio 1 makes no mention of the bid, despite it apparently winning support from executive councillors. St … Continue reading →

Tristan da Cunha, as seen from space

This view of Tristan da Cunha has been chosen as the Image of the Day feature on the website of NASA, the American space agency. It was taken by the crew of the International Space Station.  It shows that while volcanic eruptions … Continue reading

Money on offer to tackle sex crimes against children

Growing concern about sex offending on St Helena – especially against children – could lead to the island being given extra money to confront the issue. And a coded warning of a possible increase in attacks appears to be given … Continue reading →

SHAPE praised as advisers cite unknown scale of disability

The role of St Helena’s disability charity, SHAPE, has been singled out for praise by UK aid advisers. But they say help for disabled people is “fragmented”, with too little knowledge about the problems people are coping with. The success … Continue reading

Fragile school improvements ‘must be treated with care’

Massive improvements in St Helena’s primary schools have beaten ambitious targets – but the figures must be treated with caution because of the small number of children involved, warns the island’s 2013 aid report. Exam results for 16-year-olds have also seen radical … Continue reading →

Saint FM community group wins licence

The group trying to revive St Helena’s first independent radio station has finally been granted a licence, after weeks of struggle. Initially the licence – costing £480 to cover four frequencies – will run for one year. Mike Olsson, former … Continue reading →

Cut-price foods that left island with a bulging health problem

St Helena no longer has the highest incidence of type-2 diabetes in the world, but that’s only because it’s got even worse elsewhere. Cheap imports of sweet milk and rice may have kept Saints from starvation in harder times, but now … Continue reading →

Driver flips airport truck – and escapes with bang on the head

An airport worker escaped with only minor harm when the dump truck he was driving rolled over on the construction site at Prosperous Bay Plain. A fellow driver pulled him from the vehicle, suffering cuts to his hands in the process. Both were …Continue reading →

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