Category Archives: Ascension

Voyage to investigate illegal fishing off Ascension: reporting ban on St Helena media is lifted

A criminal investigation has been carried out into illegal fishing around Ascension Island. But the media on St Helena were banned from reporting on an investigatory expedition aboard the MFV Extractor until it was over (archive picture by Bruce Salt). … Continue reading

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St Helena gets first female governor – after 359 years

Lisa Phillips is to be the first female governor of St Helena since the job was first created more than 350 years ago, in 1657. She also becomes non-resident governor of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Her appointment will have … Continue reading

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‘Shameful’: workers left adrift by lack of Ascension flights

Saints working on Ascension could face a 15,000-mile trip to get home – just 700 miles away – if the fears of one St Helena councillor are realised. The Hon Derek Thomas spoke in response to news that the newly announced … Continue reading

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Criminal investigation clears sex abuse whistle-blowers

An eight-month criminal investigation has failed to find evidence to justify a prosecution of former St Helena Government staff, including the social workers who raised the alarm about sex abuse on the island. Frank Wastell, who stood down as Attorney General … Continue reading

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At last, the truth about Attorney General being suspended. But you didn’t hear it from St Helena’s ‘open’ government

The people of St Helena were never told that the man who wrote their laws had been suspended while a criminal investigation took place. They were told only that Frank Wastell was leaving the island “for personal reasons”. Even when … Continue reading

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Net saving? Ascension no-fishing zone could cost £3m – or not

Creating one of the world’s biggest marine protection zones around Ascension Island could cost the UK about £3 million a year – at a Conservative estimate. The conservationist estimate, on the other hand, is only £400,000 a year. Click the … Continue reading

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£180,000 raised in battle to save rare species

An appeal for money to save threatened species in UK overseas territories – including St Helena’s spiky yellow woodlouse – has raised three quarters of its £240,000 target. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds urges would-be donors to … Continue reading

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RMS sailing schedule runs beyond airport opening

The new sailing schedule for the RMS St Helena includes two voyages beyond the planned opening of St Helena’s first airport. And they may not be the ship’s last trips to the island, according to a statement issued after executive … Continue reading

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Drive carefully: land crabs crossing

The following Twitter message links to a nice picture: Highway code on Ascension takes land crabs in to account http://t.co/RZIMFHEuCo — UKOTCF (@UKOTCF) January 13, 2014

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Colin and David fly the flags in Afghanistan

Ascension and St Helena may be small islands, but their people play a part on the world stage – and here’s a picture that proves it. It shows Colin Benjamin and David Leo posing with the flags of their home … Continue reading

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