Prince to open St Helena Airport

Prince Edward, the Queen’s third son, is to perform the official opening ceremony for St Helena Airport – as long as safety inspectors have given clearance for it to become operational. From St Helena Government: The historic opening of St Helena Airport is planned for the morning of Saturday 21 May 2016 – St Helena’s […]

House that: Andy auctions stamp painting for island charity

Andy Crowe’s vivid paintings of St Helena’s capital city provided a colourful theme for a set of postage stamps. And now one of them is to be sold at auction to raise some capital for an island charity. Readers are invited to place sealed bids in time for the auction on 17 March 2016. Andy […]

Last hurrah for St Helena boatmen as sea freight deal is signed

A contract to operate a cargo ship to replace the RMS St Helena has been signed – and it will include a small number of passenger berths for the Ascension run. The deal with AW Ship Management Ltd has been completed four months before the planned retirement date for the RMS St Helena. The company […]

Connect St Helena fined £10,500 for threat to wire birds

A “reckless failure” to protect two wirebirds has landed Connect St Helena with a fine of £10,500. St Helena Magistrates’ Court heard that it let a contractor start work on its solar farm before full planning consent had been given – with measures to protect the endangered birds. Conservationists in the UK praised the island’s planning […]

Test flights ‘blackout’ puts rumour forum into tailspin

Efforts to meet the highest possible safety standards at St Helena Airport may have “come to bite” the construction team, a post on the Professional Pilots Rumour Network has suggested. “All I can assume is that the engineers planning the airport played it safe and threw in every possible navaid that might be useful,” says […]

Airport ‘non-story’ is worth many thousands, says tourism chief

Gloomy stories about St Helena are great news for the island – because they come with beautiful pictures that pull in potential visitors all round the world, writes director of tourism CHRIS PICKARD.   The UK’s Independent newspaper recently ran an article suggesting that the first flights to St Helena, and the opening of the […]

More action planned on illegal fishing – minister

The UK government is planning to step up efforts to investigate illegal fishing around St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, it has been revealed. The House of Lords heard that short term patrols and satellite monitoring are already used to track fishing vessels around the islands. But it appears the islands do not yet […]

Independent publishes ‘censored’ edition

The St Helena Independent has been published with a section removed and replaced with the word ‘censored’. It followed an extraordinary legal manoeuvre by St Helena Government to block publication of a sensitive story. A blacked-out space appeared on the front page, and a chunk of Vince Thompson’s weekly column was removed. The sensitivity of […]