Monthly Archives: March 2012

Men behind The Sentinel face call to resign

An open letter is calling on Stuart Moors and John Styles  to resign as heads of St Helena’s chamber of commerce, because of their role in the closure of the island’s only private-sector newspaper. Hazel Wilmot says that if they … Continue reading

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Sentinel goes live: Click to read St Helena’s new paper

The first edition of St Helena’s new newspaper, The Sentinel, has gone online. Read it here (note: the link address has changed since it was first published on this site). The front page splash is a week-old story about new … Continue reading

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Don’t get distracted from the airport, Basil…

One good thing leads to another in business on St Helena, judging from a comment made to South Africa’s FM website (that’s short for Financial Mail). It reports CEO Marius Heyns saying that existing contracts also pave the way for … Continue reading

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White Space: the broadband alternative for remote islands?

St Helena’s not the only remote island that can’t get broadband internet – but some of the more sparsely-populated outcrops of the British Isles may have found a way round the problem. It’s called “white space” (whatever that is), and … Continue reading

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Castle Gardens media building is approved – eventually

St Helena’s new broadcasting corporation will able to blossom after winning approval to set up its studios in the Castle Gardens in Jamestown – despite objections. The plan was approved by executive councillors on the very eve of the launch … Continue reading

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Must do better: poor school report spells ‘bleak’ future (comments added)

The writing is on the blackboard for St Helena’s economy if islanders don’t wake up to low marks in their schools. A report finds standards are poor, teachers lack training, and without radical change, the jobs outlook is bleak. People … Continue reading

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‘Exciting’ new media will benefit islanders, says government

The new St Helena Sentinel and its sister radio stations will be an important part of island life during a period of massive upheaval, according to the St Helena Government (SHG). The island’s Independent newspaper has announced it will close … Continue reading

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Education on St Helena: ‘Teachers can earn more as cleaners’ (updated 10 April 2012)

Educational standards are too low on St Helena and the outlook for jobs is ‘bleak’ if there is not a radical change of culture – not just in the schools. That’s according to an official report. Staff are rising to … Continue reading

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St Helena has been ‘utterly enchanting’, says schools chief

John Sullivan, who’s leaving St Helena after doing four different jobs in three short visits to the island, has told how he’s been “enchanted” by the experience. “This has been the most extraordinary two years of my professional life,” says … Continue reading

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Economic dream needs better education, says director

St Helena has a “huge need” for better education if it is to create a viable economy, says the man who is stepping down as head of schooling on the island. In a farewell message, John Sullivan says everyone on … Continue reading

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