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Tourism leaders welcome more sailings, but not the selling

A new strategy for operating the RMS St Helena has been given a mixed response by tourism leaders on the island. A proposed new sailing schedule was welcomed at a meeting with Enterprise St Helena officials, but there was strong … Continue reading

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Planning board backs eco resort – but Governor has final say

Plans for a leisure resort on St Helena have been passed by the island’s planning board – despite concerns raised over the impact on the endangered wirebird. Final approval for the Wirebird Hills resort rests with Governor Mark Capes, who … Continue reading

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There’s gold in them stars

The way the old saying has it, all that glisters is not gold. But in the case of the stars over St Helena, it seems the saying is wrong. The astronomer who came to “audit” the island’s night sky in … Continue reading

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Astronomer snaps night of a thousand stars (eventually)

This is a picture of the night sky over St Helena – and it nearly wasn’t taken. Astronomer Steve Owens had travelled from Scotland see whether the island could qualify as an International Dark Sky Place, to encourage star-gazing tourism. … Continue reading

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Looking up: a star role for St Helena tourism?

Cosmic news: not only have officials been surveying all the land on St Helena, but now an astronomer is on his way to survey the sky. The stars above Diana’s Peak could become another “national park” in all but name, attracting … Continue reading

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The last post: as the Independent closes, writer Vince asks how the government is spending public money

The St Helena Independent is due to close on Friday, 30 March 2012 – on the day the government-subsidised St Helena Sentinel is launched. The government has told this website the new media organisation – which will eventually include three … Continue reading

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