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TOP STUDENTS FROM THREE PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON TORTOLA BENEFIT FROM INITIATIVE ORGANISED BY OPPOSITION LEADER

Students from three primary schools on Tortola benefited from an initiative spearheaded by Opposition Leader Marlon Penn for their hard work and dedication executed over the school term. The schools included the Willard Wheatley Primary, Joyce Samuel Primary and Francis Lettsome Primary schools. Penn and his District Eight committee collaborated with the principals of each … Continued

GOV’T RECEIVES SMALLER OF THE TWO REFRIGERATORS TO STORE PFIZER VACCINES IN THE BVI – VACCINES TO ARRIVE NEXT MONDAY

The British Virgin Islands Government has received one of two specially designed refrigerators which is presently being dispatched to the Dr. D Orlando Smith Hospital to store the Pfizer vaccines which will be procured through the United Kingdom Government.   This was confirmed by the Minister for Health Carvin Malone, during an interview with 284News … Continued

IMF: “DOMINICA’S ECONOMY WILL GROW BY 5% IN 2022”

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that Dominica’s gross domestic product (GDP) will get back to the percentage it was before the pandemic, equating to five per cent (5%) growth per year within 2022 to 2026. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a “heavy toll” on Dominica’s economy. The Washington-based financial institution has just completed a … Continued

BARBADOS RELEASES “REPUBLIC” COMMEMORATIVE COIN

Caribbean News Online The Central Bank of Barbados released a limited-edition commemorative coin to recognise the country’s 55th anniversary of Independence and the transition to the Parliamentary Republic. The sterling silver coin with a gold-plated finish on one side is a unique collector’s item or an elegant gift to mark the historic occasion. On the … Continued

SCIENTIST BEHIND UK VACCINE SAYS NEXT PANDEMIC MAY BE WORSE

One of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is warning that the next pandemic may be more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats. In excerpts released before a speech Monday, Professor Sarah Gilbert says the scientific advances made in fighting deadly viruses … Continued

US ANNOUNCES DIPLOMATIC BOYCOTT OF BEIJING 2022 OLYMPICS

The Biden administration will not send an official US delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a statement against China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. US athletes will still be allowed to compete in the Olympics, but the administration will not be sending government … Continued

GOVERNOR RANKIN HOSTS CHRISTMAS PARTIES FOR THE YOUTH

His Excellency the Governor, John Rankin, CMG rang in the holiday season by hosting parties for children and young adults on December 2 and 3. The two-day celebrations of merriment started at Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre where the Governor delivered Christmas gifts and read a festive story to the students. The Governor then hosted … Continued

Local

LEGAL BILL SUBMITTED BY FIRM REPRESENTING COI ATTORNEYS TERMED UNREASONABLE & DISPROPORTIONATE – JUDGE REVISE TOTAL COST TO BE PAID BY WILLOCK TO JUST OVER $104,000

Unreasonable costs and practicing without a BVI Bar Certificate were among some of the factors which resulted in Supreme High Court Judge Justice Adrian Jack reducing the total legal fees ordered to be paid by Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock by some $16,707.99. The total fees ordered to be paid declined from … Continued

JALEEL CROAL MISSES OUT ON PODIUM FINISH AT JR PANAM GAMES BUT RUNS SUB 21 SECONDS TO CREATE NEW PERSONAL BEST TIME IN THE 200 METER FINAL

Top junior sprinter Jaleel Croal missed out on a podium finish in the final of the 200-meter men’s event at the Cali 2021 Junior PanAm Games in Columbia, but sat a new personal best time breaking the 21 second border for the first time. Jaleel delivered a time of 20.93 seconds to finish fifth in … Continued

Regional

VICTIMS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER THREE GUNMEN STORM JEWELRY STORE IN HAVENSIGHT USVI WITH GUNS BLAZING

VI CONSORTIUM ST. THOMAS — Two individuals were in critical condition as of 2:13 p.m. Saturday after three gunmen stormed a jewelry store in Havensight with guns blazing while executing a robbery, V.I. Police Commissioner Ray Martinez has confirmed to the Consortium. The victims include a female patron and a security guard said to be … Continued

BALANCING PUBLIC SAFETY AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY: AN ONGOING TUG-OF-WAR ON A FEW TROUBLED CARIBBEAN ISLANDS

Caribbean News Online Many parts of the Caribbean landscape continue to erode from violence and economic uncertainty and it is giving locals, visitors, and expatriates heightened concern and a reason to pause.  Ongoing reported crime against humanity does not discriminate– against whether members of the clergy, women, children, counsellors, law enforcement officers, teachers, sports icons, … Continued

RETIRED OFFICER WHO BREACHED AIRPORT SECURITY & TRAVELED WITH LOADED FIREARM FROM BARBADOS TO MIAMI, NOW BEING INVESTIGATED SAYS PM MIA MOTTLEY

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has requested an urgent report on the recent incident that led to the arrest of a retired police officer, Cameron Hinds, who was found with a gun and rounds of ammunition when he landed at the Miami International Airport after arriving on a flight from the Grantley Adams International Airport. … Continued

ERUPTIVE PHASE OF VOLCANO IN ST VINCENT ENDS

Scientists attached to The UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) have ended their tour of duty in St Vincent and the Grenadines.   Activity at the volcano has declined steadily since the last explosive event on April 22, 2021, and all currently available monitoring data points to an end in eruptive activity. However, residual steaming at the … Continued

World

AT LEAST 22 DEAD, INCLUDING 13-YEAR-OLD BOY, AND DOZENS MISSING AFTER VOLCANO ERUPTS IN INDONESIA

PEOPLE The death toll has continued to rise following the sudden eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Semeru on Saturday. As of Monday, at least 22 people have been killed, while an additional 27 people remain missing, according to the Associated Press and Reuters. On Monday, rescuers recovered three bodies — including a 13-year-old boy — from … Continued

EXPLAINER: WHAT IS THIS NEW COVID VARIANT IN SOUTH AFRICA?

LONDON (AP) — WHAT IS THIS NEW COVID-19 VARIANT IN SOUTH AFRICA? South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. It’s unclear where the new variant actually arose, but it was first … Continued

Business

ROTARY CLUB OF TORTOLA RECOGNIZES ANDY FLAX & EPHAIRM PENN AS PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS AT BVI ROTARY FAMILY FOUNDATION DINNER

In November the BVI Rotary Family Celebrated the Rotary Foundation to coincide with District Governor Louis Wever and his wife Amanda’s Official Visit to the Territory. The Grand Fundraiser took place in partnership with Rosewood Little Dix Bay where Mr. Ephraim Penn and Mr. Elwin Anderson Flax were bestowed with the prestigious Community Paul Harris … Continued

BVICCHA/HLSCC PRESENTS ‘BUSINESS STAKEHOLDER MEETING: ASSESSING THE WORKFORCE NEEDS OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

The British Virgin Islands Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association in partnership with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College presents a ‘Business Stakeholders Meeting: Assessing the Workforce Needs of the Business Community’ on the 7th of December 2021, from 11am – 1 pm. This meeting will be held at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, HLSCC … Continued

BVICCHA WEBINAR – TRAVEL, TOURISM AND TECHNOLOGY: THE ROAD TO A BRIGHT FUTURE

As we emerge from Covid-19, it is clear that we are facing a “new normal” in which health and safety will be critical business factors, particularly for the travel and tourism industry. Meeting this challenge will require businesses, communities, and destinations to implement new processes and procedures that will make it easy and seamless for … Continued

INFLATION IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH IN US SINCE 1990’S. GAS SURGE BY 50% SIMILAR TO REALITY IN THE BVI. HERE’S WHY.

Inflation is starting to look like that unexpected — and unwanted — houseguest who just won’t leave. For months, many economists had sounded a reassuring message that a spike in consumer prices, something that had been missing in action in the U.S. for a generation, wouldn’t stay long. It would prove “transitory,” in the soothing … Continued

Entertainment

AUTHOR SAYS NOW IS THE ‘TIME TO THRIVE’

Work and Life Coach Marva Titley-Smith will be available to sign copies of her six-week devotional book titled Time to Thrive on Thursday, December 9. In the book, Mrs. Titley-Smith shows persons how to slow down and thrive, one day at a time. With daily devotions covering the core life areas: spiritual, family, emotional, personal … Continued

FASHION DESIGNER VIRGIL ABLOH DIES OF CANCER AT 41

NEW YORK (AP) — Virgil Abloh, a leading designer whose groundbreaking fusions of streetwear and high couture made him one of the most celebrated tastemakers in fashion and beyond, has died of cancer. He was 41. Abloh’s death was announced Sunday by the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) and Abloh’s own Off-White label, … Continued

JACKIE AVANT, WIFE TO MUSIC ICON CLARENCE, SHOT AND KILLED IN HOME INVASION IN BEVERLY HILLS

The Hollywood Reporter Jackie Avant, the wife to legendary music executive Clarence Avant, was shot and killed in a home invasion robbery in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 81. Jackie and Clarence’s daughter, Nicole Avant, is married to Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos. A Netflix … Continued

LEONARDO DICAPRIO TO PLAY “CULT LEADER” ROLE IN MASSACRE THAT TOOK OVER 900 LIVES IN GUYANA

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play a religious cult leader in the upcoming film Jim Jones. The 46-year-old Oscar winner is in final talks to portray Jim Jones, the man who orchestrated the 1978 Jonestown massacre. In what is considered one of the most bizarre events in history, Jones led more than 900 of his followers to suicide … Continued

Opinion

BALANCING PUBLIC SAFETY AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY: AN ONGOING TUG-OF-WAR ON A FEW TROUBLED CARIBBEAN ISLANDS

Caribbean News Online Many parts of the Caribbean landscape continue to erode from violence and economic uncertainty and it is giving locals, visitors, and expatriates heightened concern and a reason to pause.  Ongoing reported crime against humanity does not discriminate– against whether members of the clergy, women, children, counsellors, law enforcement officers, teachers, sports icons, … Continued

BVI-USVI DAILY FERRY ROUND-TRIPS INCREASED DUE TO HIGH BOOKINGS SAYS PORTS AUTHORITY

Beginning November 1st, 2021 the International Passenger Ferry Schedule will include more service runs between the British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands. An official advisory sent out by the BVIPA revealed that the adjustment is as a result of increased bookings recorded in the territory. “Per request from our International Ferry Operators the international … Continued

OPINION: COI VIEWED THROUGH HISTORY LENS BY SHAINA SMITH-ARCHER

I recently shared this with some friends during a conversation about the ongoing Commission of Inquiry. I view the COI through a historical context, where our foreparents built this territory since 1834. They survived world wars, global depressions, hurricanes, tsunamis, migrating for work, droughts, a cholera outbreak, and God only knows what else for us … Continued

Politics

REVISED VOTERS’ LIST TO BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW!

The Supervisor of Elections is informing the public that the Revised Voters’ List will be published on Tuesday, September 28 in accordance with section 23 (1) of the Elections Act, 1994 and Amendments. The Act states the following: (2) The copies published under subsection (1) shall be deemed to be the Registers of Voters for … Continued

HOA SPEAKER FOR MANDATORY VACCINATIONS IN THE BVI WITH ONLY EXEMPTIONS FOR MEDICAL AND RELIGIOUS REASONS

Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock believes that vaccinations should be made mandatory in the British Virgin Islands for all residents except two special categories of persons. The speaker made the statement during a recent Sitting of the House of Assembly, where he said he believes vaccines should be made mandatory for all … Continued

GOVERNMENT NEVER ATTEMPTED TO HIDE MINISTERIAL POLITICAL ADVISOR INITIATIVE – SAYS PREMIER ANDREW FAHIE

Premier Andrew Fahie says his administration did not in any way try to hide the recent ministerial political advisor initiative from the people, stating that his government made sure the information was brought to residents through publications. Premier Fahie made the statement during a recent broadcast of the Virgin Islands Party Let’s Talk radio programme. … Continued

Sports

THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE CONTINUED OVER THE WEEKEND WITH LION HEART FC CONTINUING THEIR UNBEATEN RUN IN THE TOURNAMENT

The BVI Football Association’s National League continued over the weekend and saw Lion Heart FC sustaining their unbeaten run with a 2-nil victory over VG United on the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground. The opening goal came in the 27th minute via Daveian Barnum and Akele Campbell doubled the advantage, securing all 3 points in the … Continued

BVI UNDER 20 FOOTBALL TEAM FINISH 3RD IN THE CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER A 1-NIL VICTORY AGAINST DOMINICA – SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN

The British Virgin Islands Under 20 football team finished the CONCACAF Under20 Championship in third position, after defeating Dominica 1-nil on Saturday November 13 to end the tournament with consecutive victories. The lone goal came from Jake Forbes in the 38th minute, as he calmly converted a penalty to give the local boys a needed … Continued