ladder hill
LADDER HILL
shot in 2004
Ladder Hill was the Tower Hill of St Helena
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JAMESTOWN
The Islands capital
A great view shot from my DJI Drone flying over Jamestown Harbour
Rupert Beach
RUPERT'S BEACH
Easily accessible and safe
Rupert's Beach a popular black sandy beach for days out.
Boer Cemetery
BOER CEMETERY
Individual graves aligned
Hillside burial ground cemetery at Knollcombes

Overseas Territories

ExCo secrecy ‘undermines claims’ behind political reform

An expert on government has cast doubt on proposals to make St Helena’s leaders “more accountable” to the people they serve. St Helena Online approached Professor Colin Copus about the government’s blanket refusal to allow access to executive council meetings and papers. He said: “It undermines any claims of accountability to the people you represent.” …

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Britain is ready to step up Falklands defence, says paper

Military chiefs have drawn up plans to step up defence of the Falkland Islands, the Telegraph newspaper has reported. It says the March referendum on whether to remain a British overseas territory could lead to an act of aggression by Argentina, such as planting the country’s flag on the islands. Harrassment of fishing vessels and disruption …

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‘Tangled’ political system hinders democracy, says Mr Capes

St Helena’s “over-complicated” system of government has been blamed by Governor Mark Capes for a lack of public confidence in decision-makers. Now the people of St Helena are being asked their views on re-writing part of the island’s constitution, to put right flaws. Proposals include appointing a chief councillor, who would effectively choose the other executive councillors …

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St Helena is ‘lucky’ to have Governor Capes, says top official

St Helena’s governor, Mark Capes, has been given public praise by his boss at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Dr Martin Longden also described islanders as “industrious, intelligent and innovative people”, at the end of an eight-day visit. He visited the island in his roles a Deputy Director at the FCO, and the …

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Tristan shipwreck disaster report due ‘shortly’

A report on the cause of the shipwreck that sparked an environmental disaster for Tristan da Cunha is expected shortly, according to a senior official of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. St Helena Online had received a complaint about secrecy surrounding the grounding of the MS Oliva on Nightingale Island, leading to a fuel …

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Transparency at The Castle becomes a human rights issue

The battle against secrecy within St Helena Government has been taken up by the island’s human rights co-ordinator. And emails have been sent to all of the island’s councillors asking whether they support transparency in the way they carry out their duties on behalf of the public.    The St Helena Freedom of Information Campaign has cast …

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Islands minister leaves job to fight local burning issue

Henry Bellingham MP has lost his job as Foreign Office minister responsible for Britain’s overseas territories, including St Helena. His replacement was not immediately named. An email to St Helena Online says: “The annoying ‘London Reader’ revealed in a world exclusive to The St Helena Independent several weeks ago that Bellingham would soon be replaced. …

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Dauntless sails for South Atlantic islands ‘within weeks’

HMS Dauntless is expected to embark on the Royal Navy’s regular patrol of South Atlantic islands “within weeks”, reports The News in Portsmouth. The vessel is currently in Cape Town and is the first Type 45 destroyer to deploy to the region. The paper quotes “a source familiar with the ship’s programme”, saying that a …

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Plastic Brits? Overseas territories athletes line up at Olympics

Citizens of the UK’s overseas territories have been branded “plastic Brits” in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games, but one of them is now a strong contender to win a gold medal for Britain. Shara Proctor of Anguilla is one of three people from the territories in Team GB. Three other territories – Bermuda, …

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