Between 17, Saint Helena became the site of a series of experiments in conservation, reforestation and attempts to boost rainfall artificially.Most historical accounts state that the island was discovered on by Galician navigator João da Nova sailing in the service of Portugal, and that he named it "Santa Helena" after Helena of Constantinople.Yesterday’s Ex Co meeting was held late in the afternoon with three items on the open agenda.Council considered and approved exemptions for the Airport Contractors Vehicles on the Airport Access Road, after the end of the construction phase of the Airport Design Build Operate (DOB) contract.The intention behind this amendment to Section 3A is to allow prioritisation of persons with local status, in terms of employment and land holding, without breaching the protection against discrimination provision.Although legal advice was that the Constitution already allowed this, Council wanted it to be more specific.) is a volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean, 4,000 kilometres (2,500 mi) east of Rio de Janeiro and 1,950 kilometres (1,210 mi) west of the Cunene River, which marks the border between Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa.
Claiming to be Britain's second oldest colony, this is one of the most isolated islands in the world and was for several centuries of vital strategic importance to ships sailing to Europe from Asia and South Africa.
It was an important stopover for ships sailing to Europe from Asia and South Africa for centuries.
Napoleon was imprisoned there in exile by the British, as were Dinuzulu ka Cetshwayo (for leading a Zulu army against British rule) and more than 5,000 Boers taken prisoner during the second Boer War.
The alternative discovery date of 3 May is suggested as being historically more credible; it is the Catholic feast day of the finding of the True Cross by Saint Helena in Jerusalem, and cited by Odoardo Duarte Lopes The Portuguese found the island uninhabited, with an abundance of trees and fresh water.
They imported livestock, fruit trees and vegetables, and built a chapel and one or two houses.