Hosepipes banned as island dries out in the sun

Posted on 1 March, 2013 by 

A hosepipe ban has been imposed for parts of St Helena because water supplies have dwindled in a long spell of dry weather. The ban affects people whose water comes from the Red Hill treatment works, and those in Sandy Bay who … Continue reading →

Castle’s media funding passes £240,000 – and keeps rising

Posted on 1 March, 2013 by 

Nearly a quarter of a million pounds of public money has been spent on setting up The Sentinel newspaper and its sister radio station. The scale of spending was uncovered by councillor Christine Scipio O’Dean, who asked for the figures at … Continue reading →

Public gets a vote as chief councillor plan is put on hold

Posted on 1 March, 2013 by 

The idea of electing a chief councillor for St Helena has been put on hold after a vigorous debate by the island’s Legislative Council. It will now be put to a public ballot, to be held before LegCo’s next meeting … Continue reading →

Historic Run has become a neglected hazard, says Ferdie

Posted on 1 March, 2013 by 

A plea to end neglect of Jamestown’s historic back-street walkway – the Run – has been given full support by St Helena’s Legislative Council. Councillor Cyril “Ferdie” Gunnell said pools of trapped water in the culvert were a public health hazard. … Continue reading →

Who ‘disarmed’ the Boer War bomb in the tower?

Posted on 6 March, 2013 by 

In his column in the St Helena Independent, Julian Cairns-Wicks recalled the saga of the unexploded bomb that was discovered in the old round tower on Ladder Hill. But what happened to it? Here’s the down-to-earth answer, as told to … Continue reading →

Diabetes cases soar as island struggles with cost of healthcare

Posted on 7 March, 2013 by 

One in seven people on St Helena has been diagnosed with diabetes – an increase of more than ten per cent in just two years. On 1 March 2013 there were 645 islanders being treated for the disease, which doubles … Continue reading →

Hotel plan means ‘better homes’ for Ladder Hill Fort tenants

Posted on 10 March, 2013 by 

People whose sub-standard homes could be taken over by tourists have been promised new and better housing. HARDEEP KAUR reports. Families will have to move out of their homes at Ladder Hill Fort to make way for a luxury hotel … Continue reading →

‘It gives me great pleasure…’ Julie declares Saint FM open

Posted on 10 March, 2013 by 

St Helena’s first independent radio station went back on air on 10 March 2013, nearly three months after its shock closure. JULIE THOMAS, chair of the new Saint FM Community Radio, re-launched it with this on-air speech. Good morning and … Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014: Commonwealth Games baton relay route unveiled

Posted on 13 March, 2013 by 

From BBC News Scotland The Commonwealth baton will spend four days on board RMS St Helena as it crosses the South Atlantic Ocean from South Africa to St Helena. The RMS is to arrive Feb 19, 2014. The final relay … Continue reading →

Killer diabetes puts island under strain, says the Castle

Posted on 14 March, 2013 by 

A rapid rise in diabetes cases is putting putting massive pressure on St Helena’s economy – as well as wrecking lives. The island now has one of the worst rates of type 2 diabetes in the world, per head of … Continue reading →

Exams are plain sailing for students on floating school

Posted on 17 March, 2013 by 

The world’s oldest full-rigged sailing ship has arrived in St Helena’s James Bay – after a voyage that saw trainee crew members sitting their school exams at sea. They also had an encounter with a very bloated blowfish. The Sørlandet, 64-metres … Continue reading →

St Helena votes NO in chief councillor poll

Posted on 25 March, 2013 by 

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 …Continue reading →

First ever Ascension Island flag to fly

Posted on 27 March, 2013 by 

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 … Continue reading →

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

Posted on 28 March, 2013 by 

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 … Continue reading →

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

Posted on 29 March, 2013 by 

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 … Continue reading

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