More action planned on illegal fishing – minister

The UK government is planning to step up efforts to investigate illegal fishing around St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, it has been revealed. The House of Lords heard that short term patrols and satellite monitoring are already used to track fishing vessels around the islands. But it appears the islands do not yet […]

St Helena gets first female governor – after 359 years

Lisa Phillips is to be the first female governor of St Helena since the job was first created more than 350 years ago, in 1657. She also becomes non-resident governor of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Her appointment will have come as no surprise to social media users or readers of the St Helena Independent. […]

When Jonathan met Sally – and the story went global

  The BBC’s prestigious From Our Own Correspondent programme evidently has a fascination for St Helena: the island has featured on it at least four times in the space of five years. Judged against the size of the island’s population, this might make it – unofficially – the most interesting place on the planet, in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rower Sally heads for islands (the easy way)

Sally Kettle’s friends could not understand why she was nervous about heading out to make a film about St Helena and its sister islands. After all, she is no stranger to the Atlantic Ocean: she has rowed across it twice. This time – even with a detour via Tristan da Cunha – the voyage aboard the […]