September

Ascension’s fake forest is a challenge to science, says writer

When the Royal Navy first “invaded” Ascension Island, it did so not with weapons of war, but with plants – creating what is said to be the only man-made tropical forest in the world. The result is either a beacon … Continue reading →

Airport stoppage ends with promise of no reprisals

A two-day strike by South African workers on St Helena’s airport project has ended. Sixty five workers were reported to have returned to work after a meeting with management related to employment conditions. Basil Read, the company building the airport, … Continue reading →

Girls at risk as Ascension declines, says Guardian writer

Long-held resentments over treatment of Saints on Ascension have been aired in a lengthy article on the UK’s Guardian website. It accuses the UK of depopulating the island – with teenagers facing sexual pressures as a result. Writer Fred Pearce …Continue reading →

Ascension workers know the reality, says administrator

A report of discontent among Saints on Ascension has drawn a retort in the Guardian newspaper from the island’s administrator, Colin Wells. Writer Fred Pearce quoted four long-time island residents voicing concerns about the effects of Ascension’s declining population – … Continue reading →

£6.5 million needed to fix neglected homes, warns Andy

Saints are living in such bad conditions that it may be best to knock down the worst government properties and start again, the island’s housing chief has warned. It will cost £6.5 million to sort out problems after years of … Continue reading →

Trick or treat? Ascension gets a Hallowe’en election

When folk speak of The Count come Hallowe’en night on Ascension, it may not be Count Dracula they have in mind. An election for a new island council is to take place on the spookiest date in the calendar. The … Continue reading →

Saint FM rises again on Ascension

Saint FM Community Radio can be heard live on Ascension from 1 October 2013, a message to St Helena Online has confirmed. It comes six months after the station was revived as a community enterprise on St Helena, following its … Continue reading →

Road to regret: after two and a half years, Castle says ‘sorry’ over £100k purchase that blew up in its face

The engineer’s missing arm may have had no connection at all with the machine that was ordered from India to fix St Helena’s roads. All the same, it was not a good sign. Somewhat belatedly, the island’s government has apologised to … Continue reading →

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