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BVI SEES THREE SUDDEN DEATHS IN LESS THAN ONE WEEK

Investigations are ongoing into the sudden death of three residents across the territory within the last week. The most recent victim was discovered dead today, September 20th on what would have been his 60th birthday. Acting information officer of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Akia Thomas said “I can confirm a report of an … Continued

THE BVI PORTS AUTHORITY UNVEILS NEW BRAND!

GIS Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has said that  maintaining  the Virgin Islands’ port services is a key part of the Territory’s economic rebooting following the unveiling a new brand that will be the face of the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA). The Premier while addressing the launch of the … Continued

ELMORE STOUTT HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES ADDITIONAL MUSIC EQUIPMENT

GIS The Elmore Stoutt High School Music Department now has additional music equipment following a donation from Maples Group and Unite BVI. The equipment was donated to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture by Maples Group, which also donated an additional $12,500, and Unite BVI’s donation of $4,270 towards the project … Continued

SCHOOLS NOW ALLOWED TO REOPEN FOR IN-PERSON SESSIONS

GIS All private schools, daycare centers, pre-schools and colleges will now be able to reopen for in person sessions. Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fishers and Agriculture, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley said during his Update on the reopening of Schools this evening that Cabinet received the HEOC COVID-19 Situation Report … Continued

Local

DAWN J. SMITH APPOINTED ATTORNEY GENERAL

GIS Ms. Dawn J. Smith has been appointed Attorney General effective October 1, 2020. Ms. Smith’s appointment was made following the approval of His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Augustus Jaspert in accordance with section 95(1) of the Virgin Islands Constitution Order, 2007, on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC). As Attorney … Continued

World

BREAKING NEWS: JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINGSBURG DEAD AT 87!

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gingsburg died today Friday, the court announced. She was 87. Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day, including abortion rights, same-sex … Continued

ENGLAND, WALES SET TO LAUNCH VIRUS TRACING APP

Loop An app to help to contain the spread of the coronavirus will finally be launched in England and Wales on September 24, months later than the British government had hoped. The Department of Health and Social Care said in a statement that trials in the London district of Newham and on the Isle of … Continued

JETBLUE IDENTIFIES NEW CARIBBEAN MARKET

Loop While other airline companies are making positions redundant and mothballing planes, JetBlue is doing the opposite. The company has identified 24 new markets, which it says has the potential to generate cash for its balance sheet. The new markets in focus are 24 in Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America and “cross-country routes which … Continued

REMEMBERING THE 9/11 ATTACKS AMIDST THE PANDEMIC

NBC Flags are flying half-staff across the tri-state area Friday in remembrance of the thousands of lives lost to the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — in full awareness of the tens of thousands of lives first responders helped save amid the pandemic and the many more thousands they could not.  The governors of … Continued

Regional

ST. CROIX: KIDNAPPING OF BANK MANAGER ENDS WITH ASSAILANT BEING CHASED BY POLICE

VI CONSORTIUM (ST. CROIX) – V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Toby Derima announced Friday night that today’s kidnapping and bank robbery suspect managed to evade police after leading officers on a high-speed chase. Mr. Derima said the last known location of the suspect was in the Annaly Bay area, where he managed to evade capture.  The Consortium … Continued

GRENADIAN POLITICAL PARTY CALLS FOR DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

Loop News There are growing calls for the government of Grenada to take steps to decriminalise marijuana for medicinal purposes as well as for personal and religious purposes.   The political party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), held a media conference today where it stated that the time has come to accept the health benefits of marijuana as well as the opportunity to save many young people from being … Continued

US SECRETARY OF STATE VISITS GUYANA

INewsGuyana Guyana’s president Dr Irfaan Ali, yesterday evening welcomed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he arrived at State House with members of the US delegation. Pompeo and his team touched down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) just after 17:00hrs yesterday. During his historic visit to Guyana, Pompeo is expected to sign … Continued

GUNMEN OPEN FIRE IN ST THOMAS!

V.I. Consortium Police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday on Brookman Road, where two assailants are seen on video firing gunshots using automatic rifles at a single or multiple targets. The 911 Emergency Call Center at 11:06 a.m. Wednesday dispatched officers to the scene after being notified of the incident. Upon officers’ … Continued

Business

JETBLUE IDENTIFIES NEW CARIBBEAN MARKET

Loop While other airline companies are making positions redundant and mothballing planes, JetBlue is doing the opposite. The company has identified 24 new markets, which it says has the potential to generate cash for its balance sheet. The new markets in focus are 24 in Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America and “cross-country routes which … Continued

Opinion

COVID-19 AND THE DEBT TOOL- EDITORIAL BY DICKSON IGWE

In a world that was already awash with debt,before the Covid 19 Pandemic, it appears debt remains the one tool for keeping the global economy alive, until the pandemic ends OK. The good news is that the Covid 19 Pandemic may well be over by December 2021.  A vaccine is expected to be approved and widely distributed in 2021. There is also the development of swift testing using a basic … Continued

COVID 19 AND BUILDING GLOBAL SUPPLY RESILIENCE- EDITORIAL BY DICKSON IGWE

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the international business environment permanently. The pandemic means that organizations around the globe, must be able to react, adapt and set up crisis management mechanisms in order to weather situations of uncertainty, and swiftly. Today, and everywhere, businesses and countries are hugely reliant on production and supplies from China, Southeast … Continued

THE CONSTITUTION – A MEANS TO AN END

By Shaina Smith We find ourselves in thought-provoking times and not just because of the COVID-19 pandemic but this year December, it will be 70 years since the local legislature was reconstituted and local elected representation returned to our shores. Some may ask why is that a big deal? I am glad you asked! Prior … Continued

Entertainment

KIM KARDASHIAN ADDRESSES KANYE’S MENTAL ILLNESS

Source: Rueters Kim Kardashian on Wednesday asked for compassion and empathy for her rapper husband Kanye West’s struggles with bi-polar disorder that have led to a series of rambling public remarks on subjects ranging from politics to his marriage. Kardashian’s statement on her Instagram stories account was her first public comment on weeks of interviews, … Continued

“BLACK OUT TUESDAY” OBSERVED BY INTERNATIONAL MUSIC INDUSTRY IN LIGHT OF GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH!

Source: Daily Mail Music industry giants are coming together in solidarity with the black community to observe “Black Out Tuesday”, days after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Universal Music Group, Sony, Atlantic, and Capitol were just a few of the companies who have announced they will be observing ‘Black Out … Continued

Politics

BREAKING NEWS: JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINGSBURG DEAD AT 87!

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gingsburg died today Friday, the court announced. She was 87. Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day, including abortion rights, same-sex … Continued

OPPOSITION WINS ANGUILLA’S GENERAL ELECTIONS

Source: CNW The main opposition Anguilla Progressive Movement (APM) has won Monday’s general election in this British Overseas Territory, winning seven of the 11 seats, according to the preliminary results released. Among the causalities is Premier Victor Banks, whose Anguilla United Front’s (AUF’s), won four seats. Banks, 72, was defeated by 27 year-old Dianne Kentish … Continued