New water crisis for St Helena (but don’t panic…)

It seems St Helena shares more than just a name with the community of St Helena in America’s Napa Valley. It’s only months since the island was fighting a water crisis. Imitation is flattering, but is this Twitter post a case of taking it too far?

Bella the whale shark leads scientists into deep waters

A satellite tracker attached to one of the whale sharks gathered off St Helena in early 2014 has begun sending signals to scientists – and the movements of the creature, nicknamed Bella, can be followed on the internet. The reading for 30 January 2014 shows Bella some 60 kilometres or more to the south-east of […]

Writer rescues Napoleon: was America ready for him?

What would the Americans made of Napoleon, had he escaped from St Helena and started a new (and longer) life in the young United States? The idea is explored in a debut historical novel by writer Shannon Selin – who’s also published, unusually, a video trailer for her book, Napoleon in America. It sees him […]

Ian responds to critics on Rupert’s port project

Traders in Jamestown have been strongly critical of the plan to land cargo at Rupert’s Bay – leaving them with a difficult journey to transport goods to the shops, on narrow roads that hug steep hillsides. Executive councillor IAN RUMMERY offers a personal response.  The thing about Rupert’s is that with limited funding, albeit £15 million, […]

RMS sailing schedule runs beyond airport opening

The new sailing schedule for the RMS St Helena includes two voyages beyond the planned opening of St Helena’s first airport. And they may not be the ship’s last trips to the island, according to a statement issued after executive councillors approved the schedule. The ship is also set to drop anchor in James Bay […]

RMS St Helena lands patient at Walvis Bay and sails on

A patient has been transferred to hospital in Namibia from the RMS St Helena after the ship diverted by 399 nautical miles to put them ashore. St Helena Government issued for the following statement on Tuesday, 28 January 2014: At 2.30pm this afternoon, local time, the RMS arrived at the pilot station in Walvis Bay, Namibia, […]

RMS St Helena diverts to Walvis Bay in medical emergency

St Helena’s supply ship changed course for Walvis Bay because of a medical emergency, it was announced on Monday (27 January 2014). The statement from St Helena Line Ltd did not say whether the situation involved an incident on board the ship, nor whether the patient was one of the 122 passengers. The RMS St Helena was […]

£75k economy chief ‘needs to get people talking’

Whoever gets the job of leading St Helena’s economic transformation will have to improve links with the island’s decision-makers – and its business people. Concerns about dialogue between the government and its arms-length enterprise agency were pointed out at the end of the annual visit of UK aid negotiators. Their final report said: “A closer […]

‘Health of the island’ study will guide future care

Patterns of illness on St Helena are to be studied to help re-shape the health service on the island – where rates of diabetes and hypertension are among the highest in the world. IAN RUMMERY, chairman of the the island’s public health committee, explains why big changes are needed – with more patients being sent […]