June

Kedell goes to the Abbey for Coronation anniversary

Posted on 4 June, 2013 by 

Kedell Worboys, St Helena’s representative in the UK, has been representing the territory at a service in Westminster Abbey (4 June 2013) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Sukey Cameron of the … Continue reading →

Island ‘could have reacted sooner’ to severe water shortage

Posted on 4 June, 2013 by 

People on St Helena could have woken up much sooner to the impending threat of losing their water supply, according to engineer Martin Squibbs. He told island broadcasters that the reality did not strike home until daily briefings on the … Continue reading →

Territory flags fly to mark Her Majesty’s anniversary

Posted on 5 June, 2013 by 

The flags of St Helena, Ascension and the other British overseas territories flew in London’s Parliament Square to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Picture courtesy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Kedell … Continue reading →

Pictures that reveal the scale of St Helena water crisis

Posted on 7 June, 2013 by 

It’s one way to cure a leaking reservoir: simply run out of water.  Three pictures taken by Martin Squibbs bring home the scale of St Helena’s drought crisis the way no words could.  One shows Harper’s One reservoir, high in … Continue reading →

Handouts keep cattle alive as drought dries up grazing

Posted on 7 June, 2013 by 

Distressed cattle have used up all their spare body fat as the drought on St Helena has left them without adequate grazing. Island vet Joe Hollins has been handing out feed and salt-licks to help the island’s largest livestock herds … Continue reading →

AUDIO: new St Helena Britannica is a tribute to island historian

Posted on 10 June, 2013 by 

The widow of the late St Helena historian, Trevor Hearl, has been presented with the first copy of a new book that brings together the results of his research over many years. Click here to listen to Simon Pipe’s report … Continue reading →

Airline dream that began with a map on the kitchen floor

Posted on 14 June, 2013 by 

Three pilots are setting up an airline to bid for the contract to fly to St Helena when its first airport opens in 2016. St Helena Online went to meet the man who dreamed up the project.  Captain Richard Brown … Continue reading →

No flights from London? Woah, I’m going to Barbados…

Posted on 14 June, 2013 by 

St Helena will lose out to luxury destinations such as The Maldives and Barbados if it does not have direct flights from Europe, one of the men behind a potential airline for the island has warned. The team setting up … Continue reading →

Ascension coin toasts The Iron Lady… in silver

Posted on 17 June, 2013 by 

Ascension Island has issued a special £2 coin to mark the passing of Baroness Thatcher, the former UK prime minister who sent a task force to the South Atlantic to wrest the Falklands from Argentine invaders. Wideawake Airfield on Ascension … Continue reading →

Going downhill fast: Cable & Wireless claims kart trophy

Posted on 18 June, 2013 by 

Seven improvised vehicles careered down the hill into Jamestown in St Helena’s first ever kart racing event, organised by the disability charity SHAPE. Cable & Wireless was declared the overall winner at the end of a series of races in … Continue reading →

25 days after setting out, Tristan passengers still couldn’t land

Posted on 18 June, 2013 by 

Three and a half weeks after first sailing from Cape Town, passengers on the beleaguered MV Edinburgh finally reached Tristan da Cunha on Monday 17 June 2013 – only to find they could not go ashore. Sea conditions were too … Continue reading →

Gravity Rush 2013: it’s a photo-finish

Posted on 18 June, 2013 by 

Click the pic to see a gallery of shots by NEIL GEORGE from Jamestown’s first-ever kart racing event – including drivers getting splatted with wet sponges on the Bridge.

Doubts voiced as Napoleon death mask is auctioned

Posted on 19 June, 2013 by 

A death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte was due to be auctioned by Bonhams in London on 19 June 2013 with an expected price of £40,000 to £60,000 – but historian John Tyrrell has questioned its authenticity. The Bonhams online catalogue … Continue reading →

London dismisses election protest against Governor Capes

Posted on 20 June, 2013 by 

A formal protest has been sent to Foreign Secretary William Hague over the “unpleasant” way that Governor Mark Capes dismissed elected councillors without warning. But a response from overseas territories chief Peter Hayes has claimed that Mr Capes gave “justified … Continue reading →

How Joe’s chicks flew before they hatched – with the RAF

Posted on 20 June, 2013 by 

Joe the Vet was left pondering the ultimate chicken-or-egg situation after the RMS St Helena stopped sailing to the UK. In past years, the ship’s passenger list regularly included new breeding stock for St Helena’s poultry farmers. But with visits … Continue reading →

The number’s up for four-digit dialling

Posted on 20 June, 2013 by 

It’s not only water that is in short supply on St Helena, it seems – the island is also running out of numbers. Cable & Wireless has announced that all the island’s telephones will have five-digit numbers from 1 October … Continue reading →

Ascension shuttle is ‘do-able’, says would-be airline chief

Posted on 20 June, 2013 by 

Flights to Ascension would be economically “do-able” when St Helena’s airport opens, according to the chief executive of the proposed Atlantic Star airline.   Captain Richard Brown said his team was keen to provide a service for Saints working on … Continue reading →

Health and social services projects get top marks

Posted on 20 June, 2013 by 

Overall ‘A’ ratings have been awarded for two major projects run by St Helena’s Health and Social Welfare Directorate. It means the Healthlink 3 and Health Strategy projects both funded by the UK for three and a half years, achieved their overall objectives when … Continue reading →

Boney’s death mask fetches £170,000 – despite doubts

Posted on 21 June, 2013 by 

A “death mask” made from a cast of Napoleon’s face at Longwood has been sold at auction for three times its expected price – despite doubts raised by a writer on St Helena history. Bonhams of London sold it for … Continue reading →

How Halley mapped the sky from St Helena

Posted on 27 June, 2013 by 

The astronomer Edmond Halley – famous for Halley’s Comet – spent a year on St Helena, creating the world’s first map of the stars over the Southern Hemisphere. JOHN GRIMSHAW tells the story.   While still a student at Oxford … Continue reading →

Astronomer gives St Helena a gold star

Posted on 27 June, 2013 by 

The skies above St Helena have been judged to be dark enough for the island to become one of the world’s most attractive star-gazing destinations. It could win official recognition as a “dark sky island” within 12 months – though … Continue reading →

DfID sets out to tackle St Helena diabetes and cut aid

Posted on 27 June, 2013 by 

The diabetes crisis on St Helena has been picked out as one of the main targets for action by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). It also wants to reduce the island’s dependence on British aid. The incidence of … Continue reading →

Trawler visit is first step to buying island boats, says Rob

Posted on 28 June, 2013 by 

St Helena could build up its own fleet of off-shore trawlers if exploratory fishing off the island’s sea mounts is successful, according to enterprise chief Rob Midwinter. He said investors would demand proof that there were enough fish to catch … Continue reading

Island’s large bellflower ‘could be lost’ to genetic mix-up

Posted on 28 June, 2013 by 

St Helena’s endemic large bellflower could become extinct within a few years – even though it is raising new plants. The fear for conservationists is that the few remaining wild plants are getting mixed up with another endemic species … Continue reading →

Saint FM recalls fire at sea, 40 years ago

Posted on 29 June, 2013 by 

The story of a near-disaster aboard a ship bound for St Helena has been retold in a 40th anniversary radio programme – by the presenter who covered it at the time. Tony Leo revisited interviews he recorded with survivors of … Continue reading →

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