ASCENSION ISLAND IS an overseas territory that forms part of a single territorial grouping (with ST.
HELENA and Tristan da Cunha) under the sovereignty of the British crown.
Ascension is a small island, 35 square mi (90 square km), of volcanic origin between Africa and South America, just south of the equator.
The capital is Georgetown.
Ascension is a rocky peak with 44 distinct craters, all dormant, with its base just west of the mid-Atlantic ridge.
Much of the island is covered by basalt lava flows and cinder cones.
The last major volcanic eruption took place about 600 years ago.
The highest point (Green Mountain), at some 2,817 ft (858 m), is covered with lush vegetation, which with each rainy season is increasingly spreading throughout the island.
The climate on Ascension Island is subtropical, with temperatures at sea level ranging from 68 to 88 degrees F (20 to 31 degrees C) and about 10 degrees F (6 degrees C) less on Green Mountain.
Showers occur throughout the year, with slightly heavier rains in the January to April period.
Ascension was discovered by the Portuguese in 1501, claimed by them on Ascension Day, 1503, and settled by the British dating from the 19th century.
The island's economic importance (cattle, sheep, fish, turtles, etc.) was always superseded by the military role with its strategic position within the South Atlantic.
The British first occupied the island as a strategic geographical base for their global naval interests in the emerging British Empire.
Ascension received greater importance as a cable and later wireless station in the late 19th century.
During World War II, the Americans used this British island to control naval activities in the South Atlantic.
Ascension maintained this strategic military role during the Cold War and also assumed some new functions for the U.S.
space program under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The British renewed their interest in Ascension Island during, and ever since, the Falklands War in 1982.
Its position halfway between Britain and the Falkland Islands made Ascension Island the much needed logistic center for the British military operations in the Southern Hemisphere.
Most of the inhabitants (about 1,000 people) originate from St.
Helena, 750 mi (1,207 km) to the southeast, but there is quite a number of British and U.S.
military personnel as well.
Ascension was politically dependent on St.
Helena but has become more self-governed within the last decades.
Fishing will probably remain the most important economic factor of the island, as tourism was always hampered by the remoteness of the territory and the large military presence.
- Some tourists will be banned to visit “The Forbidden City” in Beijing
"Chinese management of the site blacklisted some tourists.
The blacklist counts around 2500 people, who could have ever visited the UNESCO site and behaved discourteously. Those who scratched their names or did other signs on the walls and sculptures of the ancient construction, littered or entered the palace using a fake ticket will no longer be able to visit The Forbidden City for at least three years.
As reported, such a practice did a good result that is why the site management plans to keep implementing this kind of sanction. And those people who are re-selling the tickets will be punished as well.
Such an unsuitable conduct of the tourists is not uncommon in China. Earlier it was mentioned that, despite the ban, the tourists who arrived to Shaanxi province keep touching the breast of the bare-waist deep statue of Yang Guifei. "
- Cardiff hosts Champions League final
"The final European club tournament football match 2017 will be held in the capital city in Wales. The final match will be held at the end of May at the Millennium Stadium with the max capacity of 74, 000 fans located in the central part of Cardiff.
The decision was taken at UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Prague.
European League final, the second leading tournament will be held in Stockholm at Friends Arena Stadium with a total capacity of about 50, 000 people.
The Super Cup match will stage in Skopje and will host Champions League and European League winners. "