‘World’s most spectacular airport’ makes global news. Mostly good

The Daily Mirror headline read: ‘World’s most useless airport’ finally gets its first commercial flight – and it’s LATE. Well, it was an irresistable line. The paper’s report of St Helena’s first commercial flight included a nice quote from tour operator Libby Weir-Breen, who had flown specially from Scotland. “I’ve never felt so emotional in all …

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BBC slideshow paints a bleak picture of a beautiful island

BBC Africa’s online slideshow on the first commercial flight to St Helena might be felt to misrepresent the island’s beauty. It opens with Gianluigi Guercia’s striking image of the aircraft wing, with the looming bulk of The Barn in the background. A few airport shots follow, and then the piece closes with the gloomiest possible quotation from …

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Three sites to replace ‘unfit’ prison go before ExCo

Three sites near Longwood are being considered for a new prison for St Helena, to replace the “totally unsatisfactory” one in Jamestown. It comes after former governor Mark Capes was strongly condemned for trying to impose a new prison at Half Tree Hollow, disregarding protests about sex offenders being kept near young families. The three …

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UK recycles £290,000 on South Atlantic rubbish

Britain’s environmental bosses have been rebuked in the past for failing to engage with the UK overseas territories; now they might be criticised for doing so. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has committed £190,000 to increase paper and cardboard recycling on St Helena. Crudely, that’s a little over £40 per Saint. It …

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Red Cross launches appeal as hurricane hits UK territories

The British Red Cross has launched an appeal for people caught in the path of Hurricane Irma, including in UK overseas territories in the Caribbean. The category five hurricane is the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Trevor Botting, former chief of police on St Helena, has been posting updates on Twitter from the Turks …

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Fund for Ascension shark victim reaches double its target

More than $10,000 has been raised for Kawika Matsu, the victim of a shark attack in English Bay on Ascension Island. That is double the initial target – which was raised within 24 hours. The 37-year-old contract worker suffered severe lacerations to his torso on July 25 after being attacked within seconds of falling from his …

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Official general election result: Russell Yon tops the poll

Newcomer Russell Yon has led the voting in the 2017 St Helena general election, polling 753 votes – just 11 more than second-placed Dr Corinda Essex, who returns for her second term as a legislative councillor. But three of the six female candidates were among the five who were unsuccessful. Council veterans Derek Thomas and Brian …

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