Airport vehicle plunges St Helena into darkness (statement added)

Power across most of St Helena was knocked out after an airport construction vehicle apparently brought down a power cable while being moved to Prosperous Bay Plain on Monday evening (3 September). A bright flash on Deadwood Plain was reported to be visible across the valley at Gordon’s Post. Power supplies were down across most of the […]

St Helena’s new paymaster knows a bit about airports

The new Secretary of State for International Development – the cabinet minister ultimately responsible for aid to St Helena – comes to the job with useful background knowledge on airports. Which is handy, because Justine Greening will carry on Andrew Mitchell’s work in keeping a close eye on the building of St Helena’s own airport. Mr […]

Chokers in chokey: prisoners get right to smoke inside (comment added)

Inmates of Jamestown prison have been exempted from St Helena’s new ban on smoking in public buildings, which came into force on 1 September 2012. Under the law, anyone caught smoking in a public building is liable to a fine of £300 – which prisoners would struggle to pay. The prison service would also have […]

Experts help to balance benefits and minimum wage

Advice on setting new benefit levels on St Helena has been sought from a UK university. Executive councillors have been told that the new figure has to be linked to establishment of a new minimum wage, tax reforms and utility prices. Governor Mark Capes said: “Expert advice was being sourced from overseas, including from the […]

Richard’s pictures of Reading Sports go online – all 500 of them

More than 500 pictures of the annual Saint gathering have now been posted on the St Helena Association website. Richard Bennett’s shots capture the action in the races at Reading Sports, as well as the fun on the bouncy castles and rodeo rides. There are also pictures of Saints enjoying the Enterprise St Helena video link with the island. High-quality copies of […]

PODCASTS: Hear the story of St Helena’s anti-slavery fight

When a Lieutenant Wilcox declared that his men were too exhausted to haul the dead out to sea any more, it brought home the horror of St Helena’s role in ending the “depravity” of the slave trade. The Lieutenant’s complaint is recalled in one of two audio podcasts produced for St Helena Online. They describe […]