The Saint who risked all to rescue a plant

Posted on 2 May, 2013 by 

The day Charlie Benjamin climbed up a cliff with a flower in his teeth may become part of  St Helena folklore. That perilous act brought back the island’s ebony plant from apparent extinction. There has since been talk of declaring … Continue reading →

Governor ‘cocked it up’ by dissolving LegCo, says professor

Posted on 3 May, 2013 by 

Governor Mark Capes has been criticised by a leading academic for dissolving St Helena’s Legislative Council prematurely. Professor George Jones gave his view after Mr Capes dismissed councillors and brought in tight pre-election rules for officials – WITHOUT calling an … Continue reading →

Frigatebird chick is island’s first for a century

Posted on 3 May, 2013 by 

A frigatebird chick is being raised on Ascension Island for the first time in more than a century – and here it is, basking its downy feathers in the sun in this picture by Kenickie Simon Andrews. Its arrival in … Continue reading →

Human rights group pushes transparency cause

Posted on 3 May, 2013 by 

A leaflet supporting the fight against secrecy in St Helena Government is being published by the island’s human rights body. It calls for a Freedom of Information (FoI) law to be introduced, just as the topic looks set to become … Continue reading →

More megawatts on the way to backup the existing wind farm

Posted on 9 May, 2013 by 

by Guy Gatien Wind Energy Solutions (WES) has announced that it has received an order from the Government of St Helena for delivery and installation of six additional WES80 Hybrid turbines. With the installation of the six new turbines St … Continue reading →

Sacked councillors round on His Absency the Governor

Posted on 10 May, 2013 by 

Leading island politicians have publicly condemned the actions of Governor Mark Capes in dissolving St Helena’s Legislative Council without warning – and without calling an election. Mr Capes gave the 12 elected councillors an hour’s notice of his announcement, which … Continue reading →

Ninety days in a wilderness: election delayed until last moment

Posted on 13 May, 2013 by 

The restoration of democratically-elected government on St Helena is to be delayed until the last possible week. A general election is to take place on St Helena on 17 July 2013 – two days short of the 13-week deadline allowed … Continue reading →

Inmates swelter as councillors duck vote on prison move

Posted on 16 May, 2013 by 

Efforts to end “human rights violations” in St Helena’s overcrowded prison have been frustrated by executive councillors’ refusal to consider plans for a new gaol at Half Tree Hollow. It is thought the acting governor, Owen O’Sullivan, might exercise his …Continue reading →

Homes face cut-off as water boss warns: ‘We need rain NOW’

Posted on 16 May, 2013 by 

The water shortage on parts of St Helena is now so grave that the supply to many homes may simply be cut off. People in Half Tree Hollow and nearby areas have been warned: “This is serious. We need some substantial … Continue reading →

Watersports are on the horizon – for tourists and Saints

Posted on 17 May, 2013 by 

Jamestown’s historic seafront is set to bustle with watersports activities when well-off tourists begin flying into the island from 2016 – and Saints could join the fun.  Yachtmaster Hedge Shuter told Saint FM listeners: “People are going to want to …Continue reading →

Yacht disaster that highlighted sea safety failings

Posted on 17 May, 2013 by 

The wreck of the yacht Queequeg in James Bay brought home the failings in St Helena’s ancient marine laws, says the man in charge of reviewing them.  The 40-year-old racing yacht, built by a celebrated Australian designer, was about to … Continue reading →

Children in danger from diet and poor exercise, warns medic

Posted on 14 May, 2013 by 

Young people on St Helena are being led into the grip of some of the medical world’s biggest killers, a departing doctor has warned. Dr Ahmad Risk delivered his warning after two months as a temporary “locum” medic in Jamestown … Continue reading →

The Risk Assessment: hospital team does ‘an amazing job’

Posted on 17 May, 2013 by 

Staff at the hospital on St Helena have been praised for the way they cope with challenging working conditions, by departing medic Dr Ahmad Risk. He told Saint FM: “The front line staff – the doctors and nurses – do … Continue reading →

Island ‘could not cope’ with plane crash, warns medic

Posted on 17 May, 2013 by 

Medical teams on St Helena would struggle to cope with a major accident at the island’s new airport, a visiting doctor has warned. Dr Ahmad Risk, who has been qualified for 40 years, has acted as a healthcare consultant as … Continue reading →

The Risk Assessment: Castle responds to doctor’s comments

Posted on 17 May, 2013 by 

Dr Ahmad Risk ended a two-month stint as a locum medic in Jamestown’s hospital by telling Saint FM listeners his views on the state of healthcare on St Helena. He had high praise for staff, but also raised concerns about … Continue reading →

Napoleon rides down Main Street: St Helena’s Day 2013

Posted on 22 May, 2013 by 

The message from the St Helena page on Facebook captured the exuberant spirit of St Helena’s Day 2013. “Whoever you are and what ever you’re doing,” it said, “St Helena loves you. Happy St Helena’s Day everyone!” The words were … Continue reading →

Local firms to get chance to test ‘bamboo’ housing design

Posted on 23 May, 2013 by 

Island builders are to be invited to bid for the contract to build 15 experimental houses on St Helena, following an international design competition. Spanish architects BAT have proposed creating bamboo plantations so the island can grow its own building …Continue reading →

Well Andy, if the housing job doesn’t work out…

Posted on 24 May, 2013 by 

When he’s at work, Andy Crowe is a housing executive with a strong social conscience – but on his days off, he is The Scourge of all Europe. No one told him that going into exile on St Helena would … Continue reading →

Michaela makes a Saintly May Queen in the Falklands

Posted on 30 May, 2013 by 

Michaela Clifford has become the first person born on St Helena to be named May Queen on the Falkland Islands. The daughter of John and Cherie Clifford was given the starring role at the May Ball, a tradition dating back to … Continue reading →

Rescue crew goes 20 miles to aid yacht with cracked hull

Posted on 30 May, 2013 by 

St Helena’s new rescue boat has been taken far out into a heavy Atlantic swell to aid a yacht crew whose vessel had begun taking in water through a crack in its hull. The unnamed yacht had begun leaking heavily after setting out from … Continue reading →

Stop taking baths, says Castle, as water shortage goes on

Posted on 23 May, 2013 by 

Warnings of prosecutions for wasting water have been issued by St Helena Government as a severe drought continues in the most populated parts of the island.   Privately, government sources say some islanders do not appear to understand how serious …Continue reading →

As reservoirs dry up, island plans to import water

Posted on 31 May, 2013 by 

The shortage of water on parts of St Helena has become so desperate that moves have been made to import it from South Africa. Retailers have been asked to quote to bring in 6,000 five-litre bottles of water, to be shipped … Continue reading →

‘Little rain for three months’: grim outlook as crisis deepens

Posted on 31 May, 2013 by 

St Helena could have to wait three months for the rain that it needs to end its severe water shortage. This week the most populated parts of the island, around Half Tree Hollow, had only six days’ supply left. Modest … Continue reading →

Islanders help in quest for water – but some is beyond reach

Posted on 31 May, 2013 by 

Saints have been joining the hunt for untapped water sources to try to beat drought conditions in parts of the island – by drawing on close personal knowledge of the land. Others have come up with ways to help save … Continue reading →

Failings alleged: drought chiefs promise to do better next time

Posted on 31 May, 2013 by 

The men overseeing St Helena’s fight to secure water supplies have pledged not to let the island be caught unready for such a crisis in the future. Chief of Police Peter Coll also said it had implications for the future … Continue reading →

Drought highlights risks of untreated water in island homes

Posted on 31 May, 2013 by 

Water supplied to one in ten homes on St Helena will be unfit for consumption at times, the man in charge of the supply has warned. But water engineer Martin Squibbs said he had not meant to spread fear when … Continue reading →

Water starts running uphill – on wheels

Posted on 30 May, 2013 by 

Drivers have begun transporting water to dry parts of the island using bowsers – tanks on the back of trucks. Operations to move water by road were due to begin in earnest from Friday (1 June 2013), police chief Peter … Continue reading →

St Helena water crisis – full coverage

Posted on 31 May, 2013 by 

The threat of the water supply being shut down on parts of St Helena remains despite days of rainfall, officials reported on Wednesday 5 June 2013. The following areas are at risk: Half Tree Hollow, Cowpath, Ladder Hill, Red Hill, … Continue reading →

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