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St. Helena prepares for airport opening with boutique hotel and South African airline

Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - 08:57 UTC
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Two South African companies, Mantis in the hotel business and Comair airline, will be playing a vital role in developing St Helena's economy through increased communications and the tourist industry, once the international airport is opened next February, according to the latest news from the British Overseas Territory in mid South Atlantic. Read full article


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  • Clyde15

    But do they have a CT scanner !

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 09:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    How simply wonderful ☺!
    I would love to visit. Sounds utterly delightful.

    It's British too. Is anyone disputing that?

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 11:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    I do believe some say they should be Brazilian.

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 11:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    I can can see a lot of folk being interested in visiting...wouldn't mind myself, the French Territory within British Territory sounds interesting and also unusual that it is allowed...

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 11:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    another island stolen by...yes you are right...the english.
    and then they say they are not pirates.

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 12:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    It certainly is interesting! I wonder if it works in the same way as the War Graves in France?
    After all Napoleon was a bloody Emperor, wasn't he? Mark of respect an' all that?

    @5 respect paulie is something you need to learn
    Some history too, might be useful.
    That some English were involved in privateering many centuries ago, as were many Europeans, doesn't make them pirates in the C21st.

    I have never seen a British poster here deny their history. Equally, to say the English are pirates (currently) is patently ridiculous.

    Who did the Portuguese steal it from? It was uninhabited.
    I understand that the islands were abandoned by the Portuguese, so who did the English steal them from?
    The goats?

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 01:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    The commercial viability is huge, especially when they build the runway extension, also a perfect refuelling location for smaller airlines to undergo transatlantic flights.

    Unfortunately success breeds jealousy and jealousy breeds proximity sovereignty claims as we all know.

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 01:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Paulie- Please give us the dates St Helena was Portuguese?

    A few years ago they celebrated 500yrs continual population as a British Territory.
    Again no original indigenous population - empty Island then - all of today,s “Saints” are a mix of African and European origen

    Do try at least once in your little life to get some facts first!

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 01:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    the funny thing here is why the fuck those islands are british?
    is it because some “mandato divino”?
    is it because, like isleter1 said, all the uninhabited islands in the world and in the milky way belong to england?
    absolutely nonsense.
    next they will say that the antártida belongs to them.
    they already did it?

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 03:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @6 Ilsen

    I think it's on a par with embassies rather than war graves (the freehold, or equivalent, is owned by the French Government, either through buying it from or being given it by the previous owners, rather than the war graves which were ceded by one government to another).

    To all effects and purposes it's French territory, there is a subtle difference but you'd need a lawyer, a tracker dog and a Ouija board to tell the two apart.

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 03:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Argentina....another land mass stolen by the Spanish.
    Check your facts again...if you ever do check facts. When and where has the UK claimed the Antarctic continent in entirety ?

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 06:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Paulie- So you have no idea then who first claimed and formally occupied St Helena do you? Well you could not answer the question!
    You will find- if you have the brain to look it up - that St Helena was first discovered by Portugal in 1502 - No record of a Claim. The crew of that ship landed and may/may not have built a small wooden church and prayed there. Then another unconfirmed story that a Portuguese prisoner was landed there off a ship in 1513 and lived there on his own for about 30 years - but never really confirmed so may just be a story.
    1st british landing recorded in 1588.
    In the 1590s the then Portugues and Spanish King ordered his ships to keep well away from st Helena because of the risk of the British attacking them if they went to close - me thinks that means Portugal did not regard the place as hers!!

    So please do tell me the date of the Portuguese claim and formal occupation?

    Or stop being a silly boy.

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • UK101

    @9 So who should we give the island to you retard? Huh? Got an answer for me you brain damaged moron? Maybe Argentina can try and colonise Saint Helena as well, you are a bunch of colonial pirates.

    Mind your own business retard, shouldn't you be out campaigning for Kirchners son? You are a stupid greasy Peronist piece of shit. STOP SUPPORTING THE KIRCHNERS YOU RETARD.

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 07:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    No doubt CFK will be sending more complaints to the UN and all her none friends around the world,

    British territory grows , whilst Argentina slowly slides beneath the

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 07:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    13 brainless fy / fuk 101 choto en el orto.
    you are not too bright, no?
    unlike england, argentina has no colonies.
    and of course it would be unthinkable for us to claim a territory that is at 12000 km from our coasts.

    it is you, cheap english wannabe, who do that.

    anyway, do you understand the concept of colony, you piece of crap?
    “A country or area under the full or partial political control of another country and occupied by settlers from that country”
    “A group of people of one nationality or race living in a foreign place”

    the key phrase, you boludo del orto, is living in a foreign place.
    like malvinas regarding england.
    or santa helena, or tristan da cunha, or chagos, or northern ireland, or gibraltar, etc, etc, etc.

    are they in english territory?
    then hacete romper el culo, brainless fuck you.

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 07:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    unlike England, Argentina has no colonies
    [ England has NO colonies ] England is today GREAT BRITAIN ]

    and of course it would be unthinkable for us to claim a territory that is at 12000 km from our coasts
    [ but by Christ, you will give it a hell ever try ]

    the rest is /////??????????

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 08:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    #16 Briton

    As you know, the British Overseas Territories are self-governing and are reliant on the UK for economic support, foreign relations and defence. The government is open to assist any Overseas Territory that wishes to proceed to independence.

    I'm sure if the St. Helena and Falkland residents had a chance to listen to Paulcedron's point of view, they would all be thrilled to become a part of marvelous Argentina instead.

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 08:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Paulie- I don't think England ever had any Colonies either.

    The United Kingdom - otherwise known as Great Britain - DID - but no longer has ANY.
    It now has some remaining “overseas territories” - which with the exception of Antarctica and South Georgia which have no permanent resident population - are all internally self governing with their own democratically elected Governments and free to decide to stay with UK - or become Independent any day they wish - their own free democratic choice.

    Argentina on the other had is hell bent on imposing good old fashioned 19th century Colonial Rule over the Falklands.
    Colonial Rule - imposing rule by a Govt not chosen and elected by the resident people of the country/territory concerned. who are not the choice of the people of that territory or land whatever you want to call it.

    But we are all gett6ing off topic - I say what about Ascension island - it is part of St Helena but St Helena seems to be determined to dump it off with no communication links in future despite the fact that 90% of the population of Ascension have their family homes on St Helena - their home country and just happen to live and work on Ascension.
    They are a few hundred miles from each other(1hr by plane) - A St Helenian on Ascension will now have to fly 4000 miles to the UK - then what- 7000 to Johannesburg and another 2000 to St Helena!
    Commonsense logic says the flight needs to link onto ASc from St Helena once every 4 weeks say?

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 10:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • UK101

    @15 So according to you I am in a foreign land? So the land I was born in, the land i was raised in and currently live is foreign? But is native to Argentinians, who have never been here. Mate, pull your head out of your ass and think about how stupid you are, Argentina is the aggressive foreign power in this dispute, not us.

    Anyway, who should these territories go to? Should Britain just abandon them? You are so fucking retarded I actually feel sorry for you, Northern Ireland a foreign land!!!!!!

    LOL Let me make this perfectly clear you indoctrinated Kirchner lover. ARGENTINA IS FOREIGN TO THE FALKLANDS. You have no cultural or historical link to these islands. Your claim is based on lies. It's not even like the Falklands are that close to Argentina, it would be like the USA claiming Cuba.

    Apr 15th, 2015 - 11:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @ 10 Rufus
    Thank you for your response.

    interesting comment...
    The current situation certainly shows respect between two countries that have had their differences, (100 Year War, anyone?) but have matured and overcome these.
    Something Argentina could learn from, methinks?

    Apr 16th, 2015 - 12:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Falkland Islands

    hello you sick little man paulie, you think England was the only one, Argentina was Spanish until you rebelled you were Spanish. Get it, spain took over lands far away, just like most of the large countries at the time. We in the Falkland Islands (by the way was named Falklands long before Maluinas and then Malvinas because you couldn’t spell properly)on the other hand were happy being still part of Great Britain and still are, we did not turn on our own people and we did not kill all the original inhabitants of the land unlike you.

    Apr 16th, 2015 - 01:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @21 Falkland Islands

    Much as I appreciate your input, I would say, don't bother with paul-carrion, he is obsessed with the UK, but only wishes to aggravate.
    He has nothing worthwhile to say.

    Apr 16th, 2015 - 01:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Paul's Argentinean education precludes him from critically thinking about his beliefs.

    He is truly a lost cause and hence the reason he is unemployed.

    Apr 16th, 2015 - 03:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    #23 Skip

    Sorry to contradict you, but Paulcedron is gainfully employed as an assistant trainee bed pan cleaner at the Northumbrian home for the criminally insane.

    Apr 16th, 2015 - 07:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    @18 Islander1

    There were a few scattered settlements that predate the 1707 Act of Union, quite a lot of the Atlantic seaboard of North America, Bermuda, quite a few of the West Indies (including some that were captured from the Dutch and Spanish), and a scattering of port cities in Africa and India.

    The funny one is Gibraltar though, it was captured by a Dutch and English force in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1704, but it was ceded in perpetuity to Great Britain in 1713.

    Apr 16th, 2015 - 02:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    17 Chicureo
    Listen to Paulcedron's point of view,

    If he had his way, we would all be

    Paulie has gone quiet..
    lost his

    Apr 16th, 2015 - 07:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    #26 Briton

    Poor Paulcedron is currently very busy cleaning bed pans and doesn't have time to respond on this thread right now.

    I do know though that he'd like to apologize for his gross ignorance, complete lack of historical knowledge and certainly he would ask everyone to forgive his recent conviction of beastiallity which he insists was consensual.

    Apr 16th, 2015 - 09:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton


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  • Chicureo

    #28 Briton

    Over the last year, rumours have mounted that the prominent bed pan cleaning specialist, with the poster name “Paulcedron” is transitioning into a woman. His appearance has changed in recent months including growing out his long hair and wearing coloured nail polish.

    In an exclusive internet interview with Mercopress staff, he requested a new future username: “Paulinacedron” and openly admitted that he was going through gender reassignment.

    It clearly fits in why he's a mentally challenged emotionally troubled envious pathetically ignorant pathological lying Campora wannabe thug with a drug damaged mind.

    Apr 18th, 2015 - 12:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton


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  • Pete Bog

    @15 Paul

    ” country or area under the full or partial political control of another country and occupied by settlers from that country”

    Most of the Falkland Islanders were born in the Islands,(i.e not in the UK) and not all of the people that have emigrated there are from the UK-for example, those settlers from Chile and St Helena, plus other nationals.

    They could only be a colony if all the residents were born in the UK.

    That time has long gone.

    Time to spend some more time under your CT scanner...

    Apr 19th, 2015 - 06:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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