‘Don’t blow our golden chance’, says St Helena economist

UK aid will amount to £70,000 for each man, woman and child on St Helena over the next three years, says the island’s economist – but he warns that Saints must repay the British government’s trust with ‘a change in mindset’. That will mean making ‘difficult decisions’, says Owen James. The latest Economy Watch briefing […]

Saint lands top job on airport project

St Helenian Janet Lawrence has been named as Airport Project Director by the island’s government. She says her role will be to ensure St Helena first-ever airport – costing nearly a quarter of a billion pounds – is opened on time and within budget. ‘There’s starting to be a real buzz and a sense that […]

Falklands tensions: Minister urges British boycot

Firms in Argentina have been urged to stop importing British goods, in order to put pressure on the UK to negotiate over the future sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. Industry Minister Debora Giorgi says they should seek alternative suppliers, according to the state news agency. Read a news report (in English) here.  

Malvinas anthem and salvaged pictures go online

Falklands War photographs and film saved from government destruction have been published on a new Malvinas blog launched by Argentina’s Télam news agency. The blog sets out ‘to wage the cultural, political, diplomatic and historical battle of the Latin American peoples against the British usurpation and the multinational colonialism exercised by the dominant sectors’. The […]

Cape hospital agrees deal to treat Saints

A deal to treat St Helenians at a public hospital in the Western Cape could mean an end to private treatment for islanders in South Africa – but not yet. St Helena Government (SHG) has signed a ‘service level agreement’ with the Tygerberg Hospital, for treatment that cannot be provided on island. The deal is […]

Church bids farewell to Ascension torchbearer…

One of Ascension Island’s most dedicated churchgoers made a surprise confession at his last service on the island, before heading off to retirement on St Helena. Wilson Scipio was saying farewell to the congregation at St Mary’s Church after 46 years of living and working on Ascension. Father Christopher Brown tells on The Islander news […]

St Helena votes to invite the Queen

A proposal to invite Her Majesty the Queen and the President of France to St Helena in 2015 has won the support of the island’s legislative council. It’s understood the Governor’s office will be responsible for issuing the invitation to visit the island, to help mark the 200th anniversary of the Emperor Napoleon’s arrival on […]

‘Locals lose out’ as cruise ships turned away

Thousands of cruise passengers who’d called at the Falklands were denied the chance to spend their money in Argentina when port authorities refused two ships permission to dock. British diplomats in Argentina were reported to be ‘frantically’ trying to find out why entry was refused to the Star Princess and Adonia at Ushuaia, apparently because […]

UK protects ocean for fish and albatross

A million square kilometres of ocean have been given new protection around the British territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. It will safeguard one of the most important fish-spawning grounds in the Southern Ocean – home to seven species of globally threatened sea bird, including the wandering albatross. Sir David Attenborough, whose […]

Tristan whale strandings, and a daring rescue

Witnesses on Tristan da Cunha have described a unique sighting of two rare shepherd’s beaked whales beaching themselves on the shore near Calshott Harbour. The island website also describes a successful attempt to cut loose a fishing buoy from an eight-metre long humpback whale. The strandings took place on 13 January 2012, but details have […]