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BVI FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR EXPERIENCES HUGE GROWTH IN FIRST HALF OF 2021

The British Virgin Islands’ (BVI’s) financial services sector has continued to see strong growth in the first half of 2021, with a 68 percent increase in company incorporations and almost a three-fold (269%) increase in the registration of limited partnerships (LPs). This is according to a media release from the Premier’s Office which said that … Continued

HURRICANE SAM INTENSIFIES RAPIDLY, STORM TRACKING WEST NORTHWEST, BUT FUTURE PATH STILL UNCERTAIN

VI CONSORTIUM Hurricane Sam is rapidly intensifying and the National Hurricane Center is projecting that the storm — sustaining 85 mph as of 5:00 p.m. Friday — will become a major hurricane by Saturday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward to 15 miles, and tropical storm-force winds outward to 60 miles. According to Yale University’s Climate Connections, … Continued

DEMOCRATIC PARTY CALLS FOR BLYDEN TO BE SANCTIONED, SLAMS SENATOR AS ‘SELFISH AND CARELESS’

VI CONSORTIUM The Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands on Friday castigated party member Senator Marvin Blyden, condemning the Senate majority leader for putting Virgin Islanders at “deadly risk,” and for acting “selfish and careless” when he attended a function with scores of people last Saturday after testing positive for Covid-19 two days earlier. “The … Continued

PARADE AND BAKE OFF TO HEADLINE WORLD FOOD DAY ACTIVITIES

The Ministry of Health and Social Development will be launching a parade and health fair for adults and children as part of activities to observe World Food Day on October 16. The events are being organised for residents to address issues related to their overall health and well-being in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic … Continued

NAGICO DONATES STATE-OF-THE-ART SMART BOARD TO EBENEZER THOMAS PRIMARY SCHOOL

In an effort to enhance the delivery of quality education in the Territory,NAGICO Insurances recently joined with the Rotary Club of Central Tortola(RCCT) to donate a state-of-the-art interactive Smart Board to the EbenezerThomas Primary School. Dr. The Honourable Natalio Wheatley, Ministry of Education, Culture,Agriculture, Fisheries, Youth Affairs and Sports accepted the donation onbehalf of the … Continued

MINISTER WHEATLEY DISAPPROVES IN THE MANNER OF WHICH THE PREMIER WAS TREATED IN RECENT COI HEARING

Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Vincent Wheatley has voiced his disapproval in the manner of which the Premier of the Virgin Islands was displayed in a recent Commission of Inquiry hearing. Minister Wheatley in a recent appearance on the Honestly Speaking radio programme said he believes that Premier Andrew Fahie during his hearing … Continued

TROPICAL STORM SAM FORMS

ABC 25 WPBF Tropical Storm Sam formed today Thursday. It is the 18th named storm of the season. Tropical storms Peter and Rose formed over the weekend, but have been downgraded to depressions. The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor one other disturbance that could become a tropical depression in the Atlantic. None of them … Continued

SPIKE IN THEFT OF GENERATORS AND TOOLS – RVIPF URGES RESIDENTS TO SECURE PROPERTY

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is recording an uptick in thefts of generators and tools left around private properties and road sides unattended. This week, one resident of Hodge’s Creek reported three generators stolen from her property, while a contractor reported a generator stolen from his construction site. Weed eaters and blowers were also … Continued

COI “UNREASONABLE” DEADLINES OVERWHELMING PUBLIC OFFICERS AND AFFECTING THEIR NORMAL DUTIES

Officers within the Public Service continue to be overwhelmed with the high volume of work and what has been described as “unreasonable” deadlines set by the Commission of Inquiry. This is according to Premier Andrew Fahie who made the comments during yesterday’s Sitting of the House of Assembly as he requested for a rearrangement of … Continued

Local

VI REMINDED TO STAY READY DURING HURRICANE SEASON PEAK

His Excellency the Governor John Rankin continues to urge residents of the Virgin Islands to Be Ready for the possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane as the Atlantic basin remains active. “History shows us that September brings more storm activity than any other time of the year. The best way to protect lives and livelihoods from … Continued

SPEAKER WILLOCK DESCRIBES THE RECENT PRESCRIPTION OF THE $77K LEGAL BILL AS AN ACT OF INTERFERENCE AGAINST LEGISLATIVE ARM

The recent decision made by the Supreme High Court to administer legal charges totaling more $77,000 for the now withdrawn injunction which was filed against the Commission of Inquiry attorneys, is now being described as an act of interference against the BVI Legislature. This assertion comes from the Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian … Continued

WATER AND SEWERAGE INSTALLING DIGITAL METERS TERRITORY WIDE

The Water and Sewerage Department continues improvement efforts in the replacement of defective meters, with digital metres across the Territory. Director Mrs. Perline Scatliffe-Leonard said work began in July 2020 to replace faulty mechanical metres that have been in the field for 20 plus years and have surpassed their useful life. Mrs. Scatliffe-Leonard said, “Approximately … Continued

JVD PRIMARY TO REOPEN TODAY AFTER MAJOR ISSUES HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED – SCHOOL WILL HAVE 3 RETROFITTED TRAILERS FOR STUDENTS

The Jost Van Dyke Primary School is expected to reopen today Wednesday September 22 after the majority of the issues identified recently have been rectified. This is according to the Education Minister Dr. Natalio Wheatley who made the announcement while speaking on the VIP Lets Talk radio programme last night. He said the works completed … Continued

Regional

USVI: 69TH COVID-RELATED DEATH IN USVI IS 51-YEAR-OLD MAN

VI Consortium The V.I. Dept. of Health Tuesday night announced the 69th Covid-19 related death in the U.S. Virgin Islands, an announcement that came just hours after the department announced the 68th death related to the virus. “After further investigating cause of death and ensuring notification of next of kin, the Virgin Islands Department of … Continued

USVI: 61-YEAR-OLD IS 68TH PERSON TO DIE OF COVID RELATED COMPLICATIONS IN USVI

VI CONSORTIUM The V.I. Department of Health on Tuesday announced the 68th Covid-related death in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “After further investigating cause of death and ensuring notification of next of kin, the Virgin Islands Department of Health is saddened to confirm the territory’s sixty-eighth death related to Covid-19. The deceased is a 61-year-old female … Continued

SENATE PRESIDENT CALLS BLYDEN COVID SCANDAL ‘EGREGIOUS,’ CONVENES ETHICS COMMITTEE, FILES COMPLAINT

VI CONSORTIUM Senator Marvin Blyden may be stripped of his Majority Leader position in the Senate, following Mr. Blyden’s flouting of the V.I. Dept. of Health’s Covid-19 protocols after he admitted to testing positive twice the same day for Covid-19 and attending a party two days later. The Office of the Senate President Donna Frett-Gregory … Continued

BAHAMAS POLLS: “MINNIS OUT! DAVIS IN”

caribbean news now Minnis is out as the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) led by Attorney Phillip Davis won a landslide victory in the General Election held last Thursday, 16 September 2021. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, who had been hoping to become the first prime minister in 24 years to win a second five-year term, already … Continued

World

HAITIAN MIGRANTS BEING RELEASED INTO U.S. ON A ‘VERY, VERY LARGE SCALE’ DESPITE ADMINISTRATION’S ASSURANCES

Yahoo News Thousands of Haitian migrants who were camped under a bridge in Texas have reportedly been released into the U.S., despite the Biden administration’s assurances that they would be removed from the country. A U.S. official reportedly told the Associated Press that the migrants are being released into the country on a “very, very … Continued

BREAKING NEWS: ONLY FULLY VACCINATED TOURISTS CAN ENTER UNITED STATES FROM NOVEMBER! GUESTS MUST BE TESTED AS WELL

The Biden administration will require all international travelers coming into the United States to be fully vaccinated and tested for Covid-19 under a new system that will open up air travel to vaccinated foreign nationals from dozens of countries for the first time since the early days of the pandemic. Starting in early November, foreign nationals will … Continued

BREAKING NEWS: FDA APPROVES PFIZER COVID-19 VACCINE

The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, a milestone that may help lift public confidence in the shots as the nation battles the most contagious coronavirus mutant yet. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech now carries the strongest endorsement from the Food and Drug Administration, which has never … Continued

Business

NEARLY 50% OF BVICCHA MEMBER BUSINESSES ARE IN FAVOUR OF REQUIRING EMPLOYEE VACCINATION

Nearly 50 percent of member businesses who responded to a recent survey conducted by BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA) have said that they support requiring employee vaccination. The BVICCHA revealed those statistics in a recent publication which also said that 63 percent of members support vaccination, over 90 percent of member respondents … Continued

Entertainment

PROSECUTORS SAYS R.KELLY SEXUALLY ABUSED AN UNDERAGED BOY AS NEW CLAIMS SURFACE IN CASE

Federal prosecutors in R. Kelly’s sex trafficking case say he had sexual contact with an underage boy in addition to girls, and the government wants jurors in his upcoming sex trafficking trial to hear those claims. Prosecutors aired a wide-ranging raft of additional allegations — but not new charges — against the R&B star in … Continued

BRITNEY SPEARS TELLS JUDGE SHE FEELS ENSLAVED & FORCED TO USE BIRTH CONTROL & MEDS, SAYS SHE WANTS HER LIFE BACK!

After 13 years of near silence in the conservatorship that controls her life and money, Britney Spears passionately told a judge Wednesday that she wants to end the “abusive” case that has made her feel demoralised and enslaved. Speaking in open court for the first time in the case, Spears condemned her father and others … Continued

TIM DUNCAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

VI CONSORITIUM Five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA M.V.P., three-time NBA Finals M.V.P. and fifteen-time NBA All Star player, Tim Duncan — a St. Croix native — will officially have another accolade associated to his name on Saturday: hall of fame inductee. Mr. Duncan will be officially inducted on Saturday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall … Continued

Opinion

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

OPINION: “THE COI IS ONLY A TEST” BY SHAINA M. SMITH-ARCHER

Last night I shared this with some friends during a conversation about the current Commission of Inquiry. The historical context that I view it through is one where our fore-parents built this country since 1834. They survived world wars, global depressions, hurricanes, tsunamis, migrating for work, droughts, a cholera outbreak and God-only-knows what else for … Continued

Politics

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

GOVERNMENT RUSHES TO HOLD EMERGENCY HOA MEETING TO EXEMPT NEVILLE SMITH FROM VACATING HIS SEAT AFTER ENTERING INTO CONTRACTS AS OLD AS 8 MONTHS, TOTALING MORE THAN $170K

The Government of the Virgin Islands will be seeking to move a motion in the House of Assembly on Thursday to prevent Territorial at Large Representative Neville Smith from having to vacate his seat after entering into two contracts with government agencies valuing more than $170,000. This was revealed in the Order Paper of the … Continued

COI TO BREAK UNTIL LATE AUGUST DUE TO COVID SPIKE & OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTATION FROM GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

Due to the territory’s current spike in COVID-19 cases, coupled with many outstanding important documents, the Commission of Inquiry (COI) will be breaking for hearings until late August as the team prepares to make a brief return to the United Kingdom. This is according to a media release from the COI’s Secretary Steven Chandler who … Continued

Sports

THE BVI BASKETBALL FEDERATION TO TAKE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS FOLLOWING A PHYSICAL DISPUTE DURING A GAME OVER THE WEEKEND

The BVI Basketball Federation will be taking a no tolerance stance following this weekend’s altercation at a basketball game and will be instituting bans and suspensions following investigations into the matter. This is according to the federation’s President Dereck Varlack who told 284 News in an interview on Monday September 20, that his organisation will … Continued