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PRINCE CHARLES FACING CRITICISM OVER $3M CASH DONATION FROM FORMER QATAR PM – COULD RESULT IN AN INQUIRY

The Prince of Wales is facing heavy criticism for his alleged involvement in receiving over $3 million in cash from a former prime minister of Qatar, for his charity. This following a recent report from news agency Times of London in the United Kingdom, which claimed that between 2011 and 2015, Prince Charles “personally accepted … Continued

“I REJECT THE INTENTIONS, ASSUMPTIONS, GENERALISATIONS AND IMPLICATIONS IN THE VIDEO OF TASTELESS AND IN MANY PARTS, DATED VIDEO.” HON. ALVERA MADURO CAINES- JUNIOR MINISTER OF TOURISM

In a recent statement Junior Minister for Tourism and District 6 representative Hon. Alvera Maduro- Caines issued a statement on a leaked video titled ‘Police in Paradise’. Maduro-Caines wrote, “As Junior Minister for Tourism and as a proud Virgin Islander, I reject the intentions, assumptions, generalisations and implications in the video of tasteless and in … Continued

GOVERNOR TO ADDRESS COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ON GRAPHIC VIDEO – SAYS PREMIER

Governor His Excellency John Rankin has expressed that he will be addressing the matter involving the recently leaked graphical video entitled ‘Police in Paradise’ with the Commissioner of Police Mark Collins. This is according to Premier Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley who made the disclosure in a statement on Monday, June 27. Premier Wheatley said … Continued

BVI FINANCE LAUNCHES BVI360 FACT-BASE CONTENT SERIES TO SHOWCASE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY

BVI Finance launched a fact-based content series to showcase the full picture of the BVI’s Financial Services industry called, BVI360. BVI Finance CEO Elise Donovan stated that the purpose of the series comes at an appropriate time, given the ongoing conflict and increasing inflation across the world, where many leading economists are predicting a global … Continued

LABOUR MINISTER IN PORTUGAL FOR UN OCEAN CONFERENCE

Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull is in Lisbon Portugal attending the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference from June 27 to July 1. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour Mr. Joseph Smith-Abbott is also in attendance. The goal of the UN Ocean Conference is to mobilise … Continued

BVICCHA: ‘A NEW BUSINESS NORMAL’

As the Virgin Islands’ economy bounces back from the pandemic recession over the past two years, the rise in the costs of goods and services has hit small- and medium-sized businesses severely as they continue to work hard to return to their normal operations. Interruptions in global logistics and supply chains have significantly impacted consumer … Continued

Local

A 3-MONTH TRANSITIONAL GRANT PROGRAMME ESTABLISHED – SDD TO DISBURSE FUNDS TO THE 362 HOA RECIPIENTS

A three-month transitional grant programme will be implemented by the Social Development Department (SDD) for monthly grant recipients referred from the House of Assembly. This was revealed by the Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Marlon Penn during a Monday morning press conference. The new arrangement is part of the National Unity Government’s Framework … Continued

ROTARY CLUB OF TORTOLA INSTALLS VALERIE GEORGES-THOMAS AS PRESIDENT AND HONOURS ANTOINETTE SKELTON AND NONI GEORGES AS COMMUNITY PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS

In a grand ceremony at the Moorings Marina and Yacht Club on Saturday 18th June 2022, the Rotary Club of Tortola installed Valerie Georges-Thomas as President and a new board of Directors to lead the Club into its 55th year. President Valerie was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Tortola in August … Continued

SHEA ALEXANDER APPOINTED MINISTERIAL SPECIAL ADVISER

In an official release from the Government Information Services of the Virgin Islands, it has been announced that the Government of the Virgin Islands has appointed Mr. Shea Alexander to serve as the Ministerial Special Adviser, effective April 21, 2022. The adviser’s main responsibility is to provide support to the Junior Minister for Trade, Economic … Continued

Regional

ST KITTS PM FIRES 6 MINISTERS; PARLIAMENT DISSOLVED

Yesterday May 10th, 2022 during a national address Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Timothy Harris fired 6 rebellious ministers, appointed a new Deputy Prime Minister and dissolved the parliament giving way for elections. Harris Tuesday said he had asked the Governor General, Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton, to dissolve Parliament … Continued

UWI SAYS UK IS NO AUTHORITY ON DEMOCRACY

Joining ogranisations like CARICOM and the OECS, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has issued a statement condemning the United Kingdom’s (UK) suggestion of directly ruling the Virgin Islands. In a statement released yesterday, Sunday May 8th, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said that UWI “joins with CARICOM in calling on Britain to retreat … Continued

CARICOM “DEEPLY CONCERNED” BY POSSIBLE SUSPENSION

Yesterday, May 3rd, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) issued a statement regarding the release of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report in the BVI and commented specifically on the recommendation to suspend the Virgin Islands Constitution. The statement said “CARICOM supports the decision of the duly elected Government of the BVI to welcome the recommendations for … Continued

World

U.S SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V WADE – WOMEN LOSE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO HAVE ABORTIONS

In the United States females will no longer have a federal constitutional right to an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned the ruling in the case Roe v. Wade this morning. Roe v. Wade is a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court ruled nearly five decades ago that the Constitution … Continued

FAHIE FILES MOTION TO HAVE DEADLINES EXTENDED – TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES TO BLAME

Former Premier Andrew Fahie has filed a motion in the United States District Court Southern District of Florida to have his upcoming deadlines for filings extended. The motion was filed by Fahie’s attorney Theresa Van Vliet who cited continuous technical difficulties by the United States Government as the main reason for the motion. Van Vliet … Continued

Politics

A 3-MONTH TRANSITIONAL GRANT PROGRAMME ESTABLISHED – SDD TO DISBURSE FUNDS TO THE 362 HOA RECIPIENTS

A three-month transitional grant programme will be implemented by the Social Development Department (SDD) for monthly grant recipients referred from the House of Assembly. This was revealed by the Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Marlon Penn during a Monday morning press conference. The new arrangement is part of the National Unity Government’s Framework … Continued

FEES FOR TRADE LICENSES TO SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE WITH NON-BELONGERS TO PAY UP TO 25 TIMES MORE

Both Belongers and non-Belongers will soon have to pay significantly more to operate businesses in the British Virgin Islands after the recent passing of the Business Licensing Act in the House of Assembly, which proposes to increase the fees for trade licenses. Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley successfully moved the … Continued

Business

SHANE BAPTISTE APPOINTED THE NEW ASIA REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION

The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (“the Commission”) announces the appointment of Mr. Shane Baptiste as the Commission’s new Asia Representative at BVI FSC (HK) Ltd., with effect from 01 July 2022. Mr. Baptiste replaces Mr. Burton Chalwell, who returns to the Commission after his tenure ends on 30 June 2022. As Asia Representative, … Continued

REPUBLIC BANK (BVI) LIMITED GO-LIVE WEEKEND SERVICES EFFECTIVE APRIL 4TH

Republic Bank (BVI) Limited (RBVG) is advising its customers that its conversion from the Banking Systems of Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) to Republic Financial Holdings Limited’s (RFHL) suite of technology platforms is set to take place on April 4, 2022. To facilitate this conversion, the Bank’s operations will experience some temporary changes, including the … Continued

Sports

TORTOLA SPORTS CLUB TO HOST MAJOR PSA SQUASH TOURNAMENT

From June 21-25, 2022 the Tortola Sports Club will be welcoming some of the world’s best squash players for the highest caliber squash tournament ever hosted in the BVI – the Carey Olsen Tortola Classic – a Professional Squash Association (PSA) Challenger tournament. The draw of players is very diverse with 14 different nations being … Continued

Entertainment

THE DECLINE IN SPONSORSHIP TOWARDS ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS IN THE BVI AT AN ALL TIME HIGH

The decline in sponsorship towards entertainment events from businesses and non-governmental organisations in the British Virgin Islands has been described to be at an all-time high. This is according to businessman and event organiser Steve Parillion who made the comment during an exclusive interview with 284Media. Parillion at the time of his interview was promoting … Continued

Opinion

UWI SAYS UK IS NO AUTHORITY ON DEMOCRACY

Joining ogranisations like CARICOM and the OECS, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has issued a statement condemning the United Kingdom’s (UK) suggestion of directly ruling the Virgin Islands. In a statement released yesterday, Sunday May 8th, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said that UWI “joins with CARICOM in calling on Britain to retreat … Continued