Falkland Islanders to vote on British status

People on the Falklands are to be asked whether they want the islands to remain a UK overseas territory. A decision was made earlier in 2012 to call a referendum to establish islanders’ views beyond doubt as politicians in Buenos Airies increased pressure for the islands to become part of Argentina. The wording of the […]

Welcome to St Helena – a tax dodger’s paradise?

What’s the difference between St Helena and a billionaire’s financial playground? Nothing, to judge by a jibe from the British Labour MP Denis MacShane. In a Parliamentary Question on the recent overseas territories White Paper, he asked: “Can the Minister confirm that there are two banks, mutual funds or tax-dodging offshore companies for every citizen […]

St Helena Online joins a campaign for transparency

Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s not good for democracy. St Helena’s elected councillors are making decisions that will set the course of the island’s future, but we are rarely told what they will talk about in advance. That means people cannot voice their own concerns, and possibly raise problems that the officials in The […]

Island works to end heartache caused by sex offenders

Special efforts are being made to help sex offenders on St Helena avoid committing further crimes when they are released from prison. A sex offenders register could also be set up as part of changes to the criminal code, according to the island’s human rights plan. Last week the British government offered to help its […]

Falkland Islanders to vote on whether to stay British

People on the Falklands are to vote on whether the islands should remain a British overseas territory,. The island government has called for a referendum among the 3,000 islanders as a way of sending a clear message about whether they want to become part of Argentina, which lies 150 miles away at its nearest point. […]

Bidders try to save jetty plan – after report it would be scrapped

The leading bidders for the job of building a breakwater at Jamestown are trying to bring down the cost of the project – only days after UK cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell suggested it was being dropped. The contract cannot be awarded to the joint preferred bidders, Enco and Marine Lagan, because St Helena Government cannot […]

How photo-blogger told America about island oil disaster

Photographer Andrew Evans arrived on the world’s most remote inhabited island just days after the bulk carrier MS Oliva was shipwrecked, creating an environmental disaster. The ship releasing an oil slick that was to kill hundreds of endangered rockhopper penguins – and for a few days, it went unreported in the world’s media. Evans had […]

Island prepares to join Queen’s diamond jubilation

A diamond of light will shine out from St Helena when the island joins worldwide celebrations of the Queen’s 60 years on the British throne. Five Jubilee beacons that have been despatched to the island will be the “most remote” of 2,012 that will be lit at the end of a day of festivities on 4 […]

The paper that refused to die: St Helena Independent goes LIVE

The St Helena Independent’s relaunch issue is now live on the internet, a month after it “closed down” in the face of competition from the government-funded Sentinel newspaper. Read it here. St Helena Online will supply news and features for the revived paper in what may be a unique partnership, while maintaining the site’s editorial […]

Mickey and Mouse sail away ‘in service of the Crown’

When two kittens called Mickey and Mouse were entrusted to the care of Lyn Rattle on St Helena, finding them a new home involved hitching a 700-mile ride in a yacht. The Administrator on Ascension had a bit of a problem with mice: the kittens had been summoned. The way yachtsman David Pollitt describes it, […]