Rare island woodlouse is ‘just hanging on’, says expert

St Helena’s unique Spiky Yellow Woodlouse species is struggling to survive, a comment by visiting expert Dr Roger Key has suggested. The plight of the “amazing little creature” was noted back in 2003, when Dr Rebecca Cairns-Wicks of St Helena National Trust said it was “not as common as it was just ten years ago”. […]

Why Dr Judith can only just see the seashells on the sea shore

Two high-power microscopes have arrived on St Helena – and they’re going to be needed to examine some of the marine life found by scientists. Some molluscs discovered hiding in sand are only four millimetres long. Dr Judith Brown and her team have been searching the sea – and the archives – to try to […]

Thirty thousand tourists? Don’t count on it, says Bernice

The councillor in charge of tourism on St Helena has voiced doubts about whether the island’s hopes for the industry will be realised. Bernice Olsson also admitted that she did not vote in favour of the airport that is being relied on to give the island a meaningful economy. But she said she now realised […]

Stop grumbling and embrace the future, say Merrill and Kirsty

Gloomy attitudes to tourist growth on St Helena have been criticised by development staff Kirsty Yon and Merrill Joshua, after a visit to South Africa. The Enterprise St Helena pair express their frustration in a report on a trip as guests of the Mantis Collection, the group planning to turn Ladder Hill Fort into a […]

Jamestown plan looks like a cut-down Cape Town, writer warns

Further criticism has been aimed at the proposals to turn Jamestown into a tourist centre – this time by historian John Tyrrell, after a return visit to St Helena. His internet journal describes the “rather bad tempered” public meeting held on the Jamestown 20-20 Vision document in mid-March 2013. He writes: “The author, off the […]

First ever Ascension Island flag to fly

His Excellency Mark Capes, Governor of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, has warmly welcomed Royal approval of the design of the first ever flag of Ascension Island, saying: “I am delighted to announce that Her Majesty The Queen has graciously approved the design of the first ever flag for Ascension Island, part […]

St Helena votes NO in chief councillor poll

On Saturday 23 March 2013, a Poll was held on St Helena, on the question of a Chief Councillor, raised in the recent discussion paper ‘Improving Democracy and Accountability’ To the Question: Should St Helena have a Chief Councillor who can select the Executive Council? The results were as follows: YES – 42 votes NO […]

St Helena joins global Earth Hour. Shame about the satellite

People on St Helena were being urged to form up at Francis Plain on Saturday, 23 March 2013, to spell out a giant “2016” – the year the island’s airport is due to be open. The plan was to photograph the gathering as part of global Earth Hour. MATT JOSHUA explained.  Earth Hour is the […]

My sadness and anger at diabetes crisis, by writer Doreen

One in seven people on St Helena has diabetes – one of the highest rates for the disease on the planet. The scale of the crisis moved DOREEN GATIEN, a Saint writer now living in California, to make a cry from the heart.   To say that I am really sorry to hear about the […]

Marathon relief: chef in bomb suit gets more than a red nose

Falklands governor Nigel Haywood has completed the Stanley Marathon in a time of 3 hours, 30 minutes and 1 second – on his birthday. He was nearly three times as fast as chef David Bradley, who predicted he’d be a bit of a plodder on his online fund-raising page: “I’m doing a marathon in a […]