Tristan midwife is awarded British Empire Medal

A retired midwife on Tristan da Cunha has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The citation reads: Mrs Marilyn (Gladys) Anna LAVARELLO, Midwife, Camogli Hospital, Tristan da Cunha. For services to the community in Tristan da Cunha. According to the Tristan website, Gladys is expected to be presented with […]

Tea and fruit run out as Tristan supply ship turns back

Rationing has been introduced at the store on Tristan da Cunha after the supply ship MV Edinburgh was forced to turn back while en route to the island. The ship was 500 miles from Tristan on 30 May 2013 when Captain Clarence October MBE decided to return to Cape Town because of technical problems. The last delivery […]

First ever Ascension Island flag to fly

His Excellency Mark Capes, Governor of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, has warmly welcomed Royal approval of the design of the first ever flag of Ascension Island, saying: “I am delighted to announce that Her Majesty The Queen has graciously approved the design of the first ever flag for Ascension Island, part […]

Isle of Man work placement for remote island residents

Two residents from one of the most remote group of islands in the world have begun a four-month work placement in the Isle of Man. Martin and Iris Green have travelled from the volcanic island of Tristan Da Cunha in the south Atlantic ocean. Each will be given experience of various areas of Manx life […]

‘What’s being done to raise standards?’ asks White Paper critic

The UK’s White Paper on Overseas Territories has failed to set out how the British government will help St Helena reach higher standards, according to one critic. In a letter to the St Helena Independent, “London Reader” says: “The White Paper shows that the UK Government is not interested in helping St Helena introduce cost-effective, […]

‘Transparency and scrutiny lead to public trust’ – White Paper

Proper scrutiny is vital to good government, says the UK’s 2012 White Paper on the country’s Overseas Territories. “This important work helps strengthen the people’s trust in government,” it says, “and encourages greater public participation in decision making.” It also sets out a list of seven principles of public life that are now followed in […]

White Paper sets out need for openness in government

St Helena and other far-flung British islands may “have proud traditions of democracy,” but the UK government says it will keep a close watch on standards of governance. “Public concerns about capacity, transparency and corruption need to be addressed,” says the 2012 White Paper on Overseas Territories. This comment refers mainly to problems in the […]

Prime Minister David Cameron: we’re ambitious for you

The 2012 White Paper on Britain’s overseas territories includes the following message from Prime Minister David Cameron. The United Kingdom’s 14 Overseas Territories are an integral part of Britain’s life and history. Today they include one of the world’s richest communities (Bermuda) and the most remote community (Tristan da Cunha). They include thousands of small […]

UK White Paper seeks stronger bond with Overseas Territories

The UK government says a new strategy paper “renews and strengthens Britain’s relationship with the Overseas Territories.”   However, much of the material in the paper – which runs to over 100 pages, and was due out last month – will already be familiar to people who follow affairs in Britain’s far-flung islands. For instance, […]

Foreign Secretary ‘wants hands-on help for islands’ – report

Britain’s Foreign Secretary is said to want a more hands-on approach to the way the UK deals with its overseas territories, including St Helena. An early report on a White Paper stategy document – expected to be made public within days – says William Hague wants the territories to benefit from expertise across the entire […]