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THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE MUST BE CLEAR – CHRISTOPHER

Former President of the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association Troy Christopher believes that Virgin Islanders, as a people, must be very clear and honest when expressing their wants and intentions, and when acknowledging the true circumstances with which they are faced. At the time, Christopher featured as a guest on the Umoja radio … Continued

LINDA I. SMITH APPOINTED SENIOR DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AT RDA

The Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Linda I. Smith, BA, MPA, CFRM as the Senior Director of Development (SDD) for a period of one-year effective 16th January, 2023. As the RDA’s Senior Director of Development, Ms. Smith holds the mandate to proactively pursue financial investments for … Continued

MINISTER FOR OVERSEAS TERRITORIES ARRIVES IN VIRGIN ISLANDS

Minister for the Overseas Territories, the Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, has arrived in the British Virgin Islands on a three-day visit from January 31 to February 2. Lord Goldsmith’s visit is to further develop the partnership between the UK and BVI and discuss a range of issues including United Kingdom support for environmental and security … Continued

RDA TO COMMENCE IMPLEMENTATION OF WASTE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY AT POCKWOOD POND DUMPSITE

In recent weeks, officials from the Ministry of Health and Social Development met with the Recovery and Development Agency to commence the process of implementing the Waste Management Strategy intended to resolve issues surrounding the incinerator and dumpsite at Pockwood Pond, Tortola. Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Marlon Penn revealed this during a … Continued

BARBOSA TAKES OFFICE AS PAHO DIRECTOR

On February 1st,  Dr. Jarbas Barbosa took office as the new Director of the Pan American Health Organisation. Barbosa, a national of Brazil, succeeds Dr. Carissa Etienne of Dominica.  He was sworn in at a Ceremony held at the Organization of American States on January 31st. During his swearing in ceremony, Barbosa pledged to work … Continued

ONE LOVE FC NOW TIED AT THE TOP ON POINTS AFTER VICTORY IN THE MEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE

One Love FC is now joint top of the BVI Football Association’s Men’s National League after picking up a crucial win against VG United over the weekend. Playing at the East End/Long Look venue on Saturday January 28, One Love FC defeated VG United 3-2. Richard Morgan opened the scoring for One Love in the … Continued

IOC REINFORCE SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA & BELARUS – UKRAINE RECEIVES FULL SUPPORT

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has agreed to reinforce their sanctions against Russia and the Republic of Belarus as well as to solidify their support towards Ukraine. The announcement followed a meeting with the Committee’s Executive Board on Wednesday January 25 to discuss the unanimous conclusions of the Olympic Summit which was held on December … Continued

$965K RESEMBID GRANT TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY IN THE BVI

The Ministry of Natural Resources has benefited from a RESEMBID grant valued approximately $965,000 that will aim to improve the water quality being provided in the territory. The announcement was made by the Minister for Natural Resources Honourable Melvin Turnbull who confirmed that the grant came from the European Union and their partners Expertise France … Continued

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“BE MINDFUL” – MALONE ON LORD GOLDSMITH VISIT

Territorial at Large Representative Honourable Carvin Malone believes that Virgin Islanders should be wary of the visit of Overseas Territories Minister the Rt. Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith to the BVI this week. Specifically, Malone urged Virgin Islanders not to lose sight of the root of this visit.  He spoke during a recent guest appearance on … Continued

418 REGISTERED FOR RATED PROGRAMME – 76 SELECTED FOR JOBS

A total of 418 persons have already registered with the government’s RATED Programme with more than 80 percent seeking employment in the area of landscaping and field work. The RATED Programme stands for Registration Apprenticeship Training Employment and Development and seeks to provide a pathway through short term employment, apprenticeship and/or training education and development … Continued

Regional

BOLT FIRES BUSINESS MANAGER FOLLOWING MAJOR FRAUD SAGA

Jamaican track legend Usain Bolt has fired his business manager after losing approximately $12.7 million in one of the largest financial fraud schemes in recent Jamaica history. Bolt clarified in an interview on Friday that his former business manager was fired, ending the previous notion that the two amicably parted ways. He also made it … Continued

INT. SOCA MONARCH CANCELLED OVER FUNDING ISSUES

There will be no International Soca Monarch Competition this year. The highly anticipated staple event on Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival Calendar has been cancelled voluntarily for the first time in three decades after the Government of Trinidad and Tobago refused the issue $10 Million funding to the event’s promoters.  Director of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation … Continued

FORMER RBR COMMANDING OFFICER JAILED

Former Commanding Officer of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, David Curley has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and 12 months on a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of official corruption. The sentence was handed down by a Supreme Court this week.  Curley’s guilty plea, which was entered last July, meant he … Continued

FBI TO INVESTIGATE SSL FRAUD IN JAMAICA

Jamaica’s law-enforcement agencies have reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other international partners to assist them in unravelling the nearly US$19.5 million fraud at investment firm Stocks & Securities Limited (SSL). The fraud, which has been ranked among the largest in Jamaica’s history, has impacted more than 30 clients, including Jamaica’s Olympic legend Usain … Continued

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Politics

NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTRY TO TEAM UP WITH RVIPF TO ENFORCE BEACH POLICY

The Ministry of Natural Resources will be collaborating with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force and a number of other departments to enforce the territory’s beach policy. Minister for Natural Resources Honourable Melvin Turnbull said the time has come where his ministry will no longer tolerate the actions of persons who continue to violate the … Continued

LEGISLATION TO COMBAT CRIME AND MODERNISE THE BVI’S JUDICIAL SYSTEM EXPECTED IN 2023

In an effort to improve measures of combating crime and modernising the judicial system in the territory, the Government of the Virgin Islands will be amending several dated legislations as well as introducing new bills such as the Witness Anonymity Legislation. This was announced during the Speech from the Throne on Tuesday by His Excellency … Continued

GOLDSMITH TO VISIT THE BVI NEXT WEEK – ORDER IN COUNCIL TO BE DISCUSSED

The Minister for Overseas Territories the Right Honourable Lord Goldsmith is set to visit the territory next week to discuss among many things, the Order in Council. Premier Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley made the disclosure during a press conference on Monday as he explained the purpose for Goldsmith’s visit. The premier was asked whether … Continued

Sports

ONE LOVE UNITED AND LION HEART FC SCORED A DOZEN IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE

One Love United FC is now only three points behind league leaders Sugar Boys FC after hammering Positive FC 6-nil at the Greenland stadium over the weekend in the BVI Football Association’s Men’s National League. Playing in East End/Long Look, One Love United’s victory came as a result of a pair of goals each from … Continued

VG UNITED HANDS SUGAR BOYS THEIR FIRST DEFEAT IN A WEEKEND FULL OF GOALS

A quadruple of goals from VG United was enough to uproot league leaders Sugar Boys FC to hand them their first defeat of the season in the BVI Football Association’s Men’s National League. Playing in the Virgin Gorda Derby at the Recreation Ground on Sunday, VG United led the game 4-1 into added time at … Continued

Business

VI MOTOR NAPA STORE, DUFFS BOTTOM SPONSORS 7 LOCAL PROFESSIONALS TO TOOL AND EQUIPMENT EXPO AT NAPA DISTRIBUTION CENTER, MIAMI, U.S.A

The Virgin Islands Motors, NAPA Store Duffs Bottom, sponsored seven (7) persons to attend a Tool & Equipment Expo at NAPA Distribution Center, Miami, U.S.A. During the week of November 14th, 2022. The team included Mr. Allan Parker owner of Virgin Islands Motors, as well as Educators and Mechanics who participated in the Product Knowledge … Continued

BVI AIRPORTS AUTHORITY TEAM TRAINED IN AIRPORT ECONOMICS

The Board of Directors and Management of the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) received training as they hosted the Director General of the Airports Council International for Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC), Dr. Rafael Echevarne from November 21 to 22. Dr. Echevarne facilitated an Airports Economics Seminar with the senior members of the BVIAA staff … Continued

FIRSTCARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL COMTRUST FOUNDATION HAS NEW CHAIR

Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean, Mark St. Hill has been unanimously elected as the next Chair of the bank’s charitable arm, the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation at recent board meeting of the trustees. St. Hill who assumed leadership of the regional bank on November 1, following the retirement of Colette Delaney who … Continued

BVI PROFESSIONALS MEET AT THE 9TH ANNUAL PRIVATE WEALTH LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN FORUM

The British Virgin Islands’ practitioners were present during key discussions held on asset allocation and the macro-economic outlook for the year ahead, in an increasingly stoical and challenging economic forecast for the world – at the 9th Annual Private Wealth Latin America and the Caribbean Forum. BVI Finance Global Head of Business Development and Marketing, … Continued

Entertainment

INT. SOCA MONARCH CANCELLED OVER FUNDING ISSUES

There will be no International Soca Monarch Competition this year. The highly anticipated staple event on Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival Calendar has been cancelled voluntarily for the first time in three decades after the Government of Trinidad and Tobago refused the issue $10 Million funding to the event’s promoters.  Director of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation … Continued

OVER FORTY WRITERS AND SPEAKERS FEATURED DURING 2 ND ANNUAL BVI LIT FEST

Over forty writers and other speakers from the BVI, the Caribbean and its diaspora took centre stage to showcase literature, film, music, and spoken word under the theme “Unspoken. Unwritten. Unknown” at the 2nd Annual BVI Literary Arts Festival. The three-day festival, which was a joint collaboration between the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) … Continued

Opinion

ROAD WORKS AHEAD BY SHAINA SMITH-ARCHER

The following is commentary by Shaina Smith-Archer. Today I concluded that somewhere over the years we stopped engineering roads and settled for roadways that are cousins to obstacle courses. Potholes are the least of the problem which are a problem because the roads don’t have a concrete base. We are paving dirt. 🤨 Between the … Continued

WHEATAKE 81: A LOOK AT CIVIL SERVANT’S APPOINTMENTS BY CHARLES H. WHEATLEY

The following is commentary by Dr. Charles H. Wheatley. For many years I have noticed, grown concerned and spoken about the following “policy” in employing civil servants. In appearing to empower civil servants the   governing authority may be implicitly doing a disservice to B. V. Islanders. I am referring to issuing appointments to persons before … Continued

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