No more whale adventures for St Helena’s new diplomat

Posted on 2 July, 2013 by 

Tristan da Cunha’s administrator, Sean Burns, is to take up a senior post on St Helena – but  the job is unlikely to offer the same excitements as life on the world’s remotest inhabited island. Besides dealing with the 2011 … Continue reading →

Lost leaf hopper pops up for the first time in 137 years

Posted on 3 July, 2013 by 

Bug experts have been astonished by the rediscovery of one of St Helena’s smallest creatures. Conservation officer Lourens Malan was lucky to spot the missing leaf hopper on his day off: it’s only three millimetres long.  by St Helena Government writer …Continue reading →

Project aims to bring island bugs back from the brink

Posted on 3 July, 2013 by 

The rediscovery of a lost St Helena leaf-hopper, not seen since 1875, came only weeks after the launch of the Bugs on the Brink project on the island. As the UK charity Buglife reports on its website, it’s almost come … Continue reading →

Tony’s Saint FM fundraising total is grand, grand, grand…

Posted on 9 July, 2013 by 

Tony Leo’s marathon radio show on Saint FM Community Radio has raised nearly three thousand pounds to help keep the station on air. The veteran presenter began broadcasting at 7am on Saturday 6 July 2013 and finally brought the show … Continue reading →

UK politicians revive St Helena group on eve of polls

Posted on 9 July, 2013 by 

The all-party Parliamentary group for St Helena has been revived in London, close to what could be the most important general election in the island’s history. It comes after Vince Thompson of the St Helena Independent talked with Lord Jones … Continue reading →

Saint sailor gets set to resume round-the-world trip

Posted on 12 July, 2013 by 

  James Herne is getting ready to continue his quest to become the first St Helenian to sail round the world. He and his wife Hanna and three children set out from the UK on their 38-foot Bavaria yacht, Carpe … Continue reading →

Flowers come out as ‘rarest tree’ beats extinction

Posted on 12 July, 2013 by 

Desperate efforts to save St Helena’s bastard gumwood tree are bearing fruit – or rather, flowers. Dr Phil Lambdon and his team had to delicately pick up pollen grains with brushes and “paint” them on to blossom of the only … Continue reading →

Simon and Carlos shoot their way to silver medal

Posted on 16 July, 2013 by 

From St Helena Government press office, 16 July 2013: Simon Henry and Carlos Yon have today won a silver medal in the 2013 NatWest Island Games in Bermuda for the 50-metre Three Position Small Bore Rifle Team event. This is … Continue reading →

Water crisis worsens as consumption goes up

Posted on 16 July, 2013 by 

The water shortage on St Helena has grown more serious – and it appears some householders are losing the resolve to use less of it. Reservoir levels have begun to go down in the worst affected area, above Half Tree … Continue reading →

A thousand fail to vote in crucial St Helena election

Posted on 17 July, 2013 by 

Just over half of registered electors have voted in the 2013 St Helena general election. The turnout of 54.8% is a slight drop on the figure of 58% for the 2009 election. In all, 1,267 valid voting slips were dropped … Continue reading →

Patsy raises a cup to toast 100th coffee morning

Posted on 17 July, 2013 by 

Never mind the general election – 17 July 2013 is a historic date for an entirely different reason for Patsy Flagg. It’s the date of her 100th “homely coffee morning”. And just to be different, she decided to hold it … Continue reading →

Saved: ‘national treasure’ is found on rubbish dump

Posted on 17 July, 2013 by 

A journal written by one of St Helena’s most important historical figures has been found on the island’s rubbish tip. Historian Nick Thorpe has described the hand-written book by 19th Century engineer John Charles Melliss as “something of a national … Continue reading →

Revealed: plan to tunnel through to Rupert’s Valley

Posted on 17 July, 2013 by 

Records found abandoned on St Helena’s rubbish tip reveal how the island’s administrators considered digging a tunnel between Upper Jamestown at Rupert’s Valley. When John Charles Melliss was the Colonial Engineer on St Helena, the only path leading into Rupert’s … Continue reading →

‘Now for transparency’ says Ian as reformers win election

Posted on 18 July, 2013 by 

The 12 new councillors chosen to transform St Helena look set to start by blowing away the cobwebs in The Castle. The winners in the island’s 2013 general election are: Ian Rummery (894 votes), Lawson Henry (857), Nigel Dollery (845), … Continue reading →

Simon wins gold and second silver at Island Games

Posted on 19 July, 2013 by 

Marksman Simon Henry has won St Helena’s first ever gold medal in the history of the Island Games – along with a second silver. News of the gold medal came through late on Thursday (18 July 2013) in an email … Continue reading →

Afloat again: last survivor of St Helena’s whaling days

Posted on 22 July, 2013 by 

Well over a century has passed since John Knipe deserted from the crew of a whaling ship at Jamestown, and he is long dead; but far across the Atlantic, that same vessel is being prepared to take to sea once … Continue reading →

How Jamestown offered escape for a whaler’s wife

Posted on 22 July, 2013 by 

When Clara Tinkham stepped ashore at St Helena in 1876, she was clearly greatly relieved to be escaping from life aboard a whaling ship – even though it meant separation from her husband. Captain John Tinkham had tried hard to … Continue reading →

New leaders vow to end ‘embarrassment’ of secrecy

Posted on 24 July, 2013 by 

St Helena’s new political leaders have called for an early end to the “embarrassment” of excessive secrecy within the island’s government. They also voiced strong objections to having to sign an oath of confidentiality, blocking them from sharing any information …Continue reading →

Ascension Saints deserve a pension, says Lawson

Posted on 24 July, 2013 by 

A call has been made to end discrimination against St Helenians who are denied an island pension because they have spent much of their working life on Ascension. In a speech at the inaugural meeting of St Helena’s new Legislative … Continue reading →

Time to end low opinion of councillors, says Governor

Posted on 24 July, 2013 by 

Governor Mark Capes has called on St Helena’s new councillors to provide strong leadership and break down past distrust of the island’s government. In what could be seen as a criticism of former councillors, he told the island’s new leaders … Continue reading →

Ascension gets busy as President Obama tours Africa

Posted on 26 July, 2013 by 

It was as if Wideawake Airfield had suddenly decided to live up to its name. In a normal week, Ascension Island sees just three flights touch down; but in June and July 2013, no fewer than 103 aircraft passed through … Continue reading

Governor and politicians top ‘not trusted’ list

Posted on 31 July, 2013 by 

Politicians have been named as the least trusted people on St Helena, along with journalists. But the governor has come second in a list of the most distrusted people on the island – and that fact was left out of … Continue reading →

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