Shame on you, P&O – passenger’s anger over failure to land

The owners of the cruise ship MV Arcadia continue to ignore complaints about the captain’s refusal to allow its passengers to go ashore at St Helena in April 2012. St Helena Tourism Association has written to P&O Cruises to point out the heavy losses suffered by islanders for the baffling failure, given the tranquil sea […]

Decline that led to wirebird breeding failures

When the experts from Shelco went to look round the site of their proposed eco-resort on St Helena, they were greeted by one of the locals. A rat. It was evidence – not really needed – that it’s not only people that find Broad Bottom one of the most attractive spots on St Helena. Rattus […]

Efforts continue on St Helena broadband

The campaign to divert an underwater internet cable via St Helena continues to attract publicity around the world. The latest report is on the Computer Active website, which compares the island with an English village. It quotes Julian Morris, chief executive for economic development on St Helena, who says: “There would need to be support […]

Campaign starts as smoking age rises to 18 (comment added)

Teenage smokers on St Helena will find their habit becomes illegal in public places from September 2012 – with the risk of a £500 fine if they break the new rules. At the moment, young people can legally smoke from their 16th birthday, but the minimum age will rise to 18. The law does not […]

Soldiers pull a Hercules for a kilometre

Military personnel have raised £6,000 for service charities… by pulling a 70-ton Hercules aircraft across a kilometre of the Mount Pleasant air base on the Falklands. See story here.

Nick is honoured for service to St Helena

Nick Stevens is to receive a Badge of Honour for the work he does for St Helena, and especially the island’s young people. As head of the New Horizons youth project in Jamestown he has overseen the organisation of St Helena Day celebrations for the past six years, raising thousands of pounds. He and his […]

Bidders try to save jetty plan – after report it would be scrapped

The leading bidders for the job of building a breakwater at Jamestown are trying to bring down the cost of the project – only days after UK cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell suggested it was being dropped. The contract cannot be awarded to the joint preferred bidders, Enco and Marine Lagan, because St Helena Government cannot […]

How photo-blogger told America about island oil disaster

Photographer Andrew Evans arrived on the world’s most remote inhabited island just days after the bulk carrier MS Oliva was shipwrecked, creating an environmental disaster. The ship releasing an oil slick that was to kill hundreds of endangered rockhopper penguins – and for a few days, it went unreported in the world’s media. Evans had […]

St Helena waives the rules to welcome yachties ashore

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Landing fees are to be waived for crews of yachts spending less than three days at St Helena. The move follows a determined push to encourage more visits to the island under sail. In December 2010, the tourism department reported that it had put in new facilities at the landing steps, including a solar-powered shower, […]

Tristan lights up for the Diamond Jubilee (with comment)

It seems the five Diamond Jubilee beacons to be lit on St Helena will not be the most remote in the world. Once again, Tristan da Cunha is set to steal that title. Its single beacon will be lit by chief islander Ian Lavarello on Monday, 4 June 2012, when nations around the globe mark […]