Royal honour for 120 islanders

Diamond Jubilee medals are to be awarded to 120 people on the islands of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. They include 29 recipients on Tristan and 37 on Ascension – and also Fiyanna Maggott, who only received her Golden Jubilee medal last week, ten years late. The award is given by Her Majesty […]

Slavery role should boost World Heritage case, says expert

A cave system in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar has been put forward for World Heritage Site status, along with the UK’s famous Forth Bridge. But a member of the original selection panel says St Helena’s own case for the accolade should be looked at again. Dr Mike Pienkowski says new information about its role in […]

Blinded governor makes light of attack injury

The diplomat who was blinded in one eye by a London mugger has taken up his duties as the new governor of Bermuda, just five weeks after the attack. After being sworn in, George Fergusson said: “I am delighted to be here. I might have hoped to see Bermuda over the next few years with […]

Facebook page calls for more open government

A campaign page calling for greater transparency from St Helena Government has been launched on Facebook by island commentator John Turner. It follows comments by the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, who said that he favoured transparency but would not impose it on governments in the overseas territories. He said it was […]

Maths crisis prompts appeal for teaching help

A teaching crisis at St Helena’s Prince Andrew School has prompted an extraordinary appeal for help from anyone with maths skills. It was put out after the island’s only full-time maths teacher fell ill – in the run-up to GCSE exams. According to The Sentinel newspaper, head teacher Abraham Swart has told parents that contingency […]

Cabinet minister’s speech goes live on Johnny’s website

The talk given by the man charge of funding St Helena’s airport, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell MP, can now be heard on Johnny Clingham’s St Helena Community Website. The recording also includes the address given by Jimmy Johnston of Basil Read, the airport contractor. Click here to listen. SEE ALSO: AUDIO: DfID Secretary on […]

Penguin News editor sets out need for rigorous reporting

The editor of the Falkland Islands newspaper, Penguin News, is the subject of the regular “My perfect weekend” feature in London’s Telegraph newspaper. She notes that 95 per cent of students return home to the islands after going abroad to university – a figure St Helena might envy. She also sets out the value of […]

Tristan storm ‘worst since 2001 hurricane’

Winds of up to 50 knots have lashed Tristan da Cunha, reports Sarah Glass on the island website. The gales – said to be the worst since the 2001 hurricane that hit the island – wrecked a Wendy house in the children’s playground and caused severe damage to a thatched cottage that was being restored […]

Island-born lawyer named as St Helena’s chief magistrate

A lawyer who was born in the Western Isles of Scotland has been appointed as St Helena’s first chief magistrate. John MacRitchie takes up his new post on 24 June 2012, according to the The Courier newspaper in Dundee, where he currently practises. He is clearly not planning a brief stay on the island: the […]

The truth about MP who slept rough in the governor’s garden

For a Member of Parliament who once spent his holidays fighting the Taliban, a peaceful mission in St Helena ought to have been a walk in the park. Instead, Mark Lancaster ended up sleeping in one. Or rather, in the Governor’s garden. He’d come up against superior forces in the form of sociable St Helenians. And then, when he […]