Top barrister to investigate sex abuse ‘cover up’ claims

An alleged conspiracy to cover up a report on child abuse on St Helena and Ascension Island is to be investigated by the barrister who prosecuted the TV entertainer Rolf Harris. Sasha Wass QC is expected to travel to the South Atlantic territories once she has made initial inquiries. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the […]

RMS sailing schedule runs beyond airport opening

The new sailing schedule for the RMS St Helena includes two voyages beyond the planned opening of St Helena’s first airport. And they may not be the ship’s last trips to the island, according to a statement issued after executive councillors approved the schedule. The ship is also set to drop anchor in James Bay […]

UK ‘doesn’t even know’ about island eco threats, say MPs

The UK has been accused by a Westminster committee of failing to protect endangered plants and creatures in its overseas territories. The Environmental Audit Committee said the UK was not taking proper responsibility for the 517 globally threatened species in its care. Its chairman, Joan Walley MP, said: “The UK government doesn’t even know precisely […]

Drive carefully: land crabs crossing

The following Twitter message links to a nice picture: Highway code on Ascension takes land crabs in to account http://t.co/RZIMFHEuCo — UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (@UKOTCF) January 13, 2014

Revisit the stories of 2013

Click the pic for a month-by-month look back at the stories that made 2013 on St Helena and her sister islands – then follow the links for more detail. SEE ALSO: 2013 in pictures

Raymond and Cynthia achieve a uniform kind of fame

Nearly a million people read The Observer newspaper. And in the final issue of 2013, they have been treated to a picture of Cynthia George and Raymond Hudson, posing in their scouting uniforms on Jamestown seafront. The photographer, Jon Tonks, has a thing about uniforms. The Observer says they illustrate the strangely British, but not-quite-British […]

2013: look back on a momentous year – on camera

There was drought and there was a controversial election – and plenty of big celebrations, as only St Helena knows how to throw them. And Ascension and Tristan da Cunha produced a few good stories in 2013. Click on the image above to look back on a great year, in pictures. And read our review […]

Share a kind word: Christmas message from Governor Capes

St Helena is certainly getting busier… that is a phrase that I often hear these days and I have to agree with it.  The past year has flashed by, with so much happening and so much still to do.  At times, our sister islands of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha have also kept me busy […]

Internet pirates are driven off Ascension Island

Three centuries after the buccaneer William Dampier abandoned his sinking ship in Clarence Bay, a new brand of pirates has tried settling on Ascension Island. But the outlawed Pirate Bay website was quickly driven off the island’s internet domain after administrator Colin Wells was alerted by the media. The owners of The Pirate Bay had […]

US ‘using Ascension as secret spy base’, says website

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.