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 islands at Camp Bastion, the vast military base in Afghanistan. It took a while for […]
A “catastrophic” oil leak from the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale has been declared inevitable within 25 years if no action is taken. Britain’s Ministry of Defence has now promised urgent steps to remove the oil, to protect human health and St Helena’s precious environment. In the meantime, its investigation team says an exclusion […]
A long list of risks posed by the wreck of the torpedoed RFA Darkdale sets out grim prospects for St Helena if action is not taken. Two are rated “intolerable” and highly likely to arise. They are: “Catastrophic structural failure of the wreck leading to complete discharge of oil to the environment.” This is rated as […]
Clearing oil from the wreck of the RFA Darkdale will be challenging and costly – but clearing up an environmental disaster would be worse. The Ministry of Defence is keen to avoid coping with an oil slick in mid-ocean, like the one caused near Tristan da Cunha by the loss of the MS Oliva in […]
The German submarine U-68 fired off four torpedoes at the RFA Darkdale, then sped quickly away to escape the attention of the gun crews positioned above Jamestown. The logbook recorded that all four struck home. But investigators from the Ministry of Defence say their examination of the wreck casts a new light on the historical […]
In Jamestown and on Horseguards Parade, the people of St Helena have paid their respects, once again, to the millions who served and fell in wartime. In London, Cyril Brooks marched proudly alongside his fellow islanders on 10 November 2013 – Remembrance Sunday. He left his island home at the age of 17 in 1944 to […]
Ascension Island is being used as a base for spying on Brazil, according to an article on the Huffington Post website. It says the revelation is contained in documents leaked by the US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who has taken refuge in Russia. Read the article here.
It was as if Wideawake Airfield had suddenly decided to live up to its name. In a normal week, Ascension Island sees just three flights touch down; but in June and July 2013, no fewer than 103 aircraft passed through in the space of 24 days, according to the Air Mobility Command website. And all […]
The Queen has signed a new law preventing people in St Helena trading sensitive goods with Iran. Any Saints who supply materials for making nuclear weapons, say – or lend their expertise – face up to seven years in prison. The Iran (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2012 was passed by “The Queen’s Most Excellent […]
Military personnel have raised £6,000 for service charities… by pulling a 70-ton Hercules aircraft across a kilometre of the Mount Pleasant air base on the Falklands. See story here.