Month: January 2013

Armageddon for island’s rats: but not on St Helena

Twenty five men and women are spending months camping out on ice-covered South Georgia on what’s been called “the world’s biggest rat cull”. It is being led by zoologist Anthony Martin, dubbed the Pied Piper, who hopes to poison millions of the rats that have been killing seabirds for 200 years on St Helena’s sister territory …

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‘World’s best’ boutique hotel group explores island

The heads of a hotel group that won five awards in the tourism “Oscars” have arrived on St Helena to investigate its potential. The Mantis Collection was named World’s Leading Luxury Boutique Hotels Collection in the World Travel Awards 2012. It also won top prizes in four other categories, including one for a Swedish hotel carved entirely out of …

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Profile: luxury tourism pioneer with an eye on St Helena

Adrian Gardiner, founder of the Mantis Collection of hotels and “eco-escapes”, including private wildlife reserves, has travelled to St Helena after years of cajoling by island tourism bosses. But who is he? In an article reproduced on the Mantis Collection’s website, founder Adrian Gardiner says his company’s mission statement is “conserving a vanishing way of life.” …

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ExCo secrecy ‘undermines claims’ behind political reform

An expert on government has cast doubt on proposals to make St Helena’s leaders “more accountable” to the people they serve. St Helena Online approached Professor Colin Copus about the government’s blanket refusal to allow access to executive council meetings and papers. He said: “It undermines any claims of accountability to the people you represent.” …

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