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REIGNING CHAMPS SYNERGY AND PIRATES START NEW SOFTBALL SEASON STRONG

The 2024 season of the Raymond “Mahassa” Mercer & Kathleen Fahie National Fast Pitch League kicked off in spectacular fashion as defending champions Synergy and Pirates secured victories in their respective divisions, setting the tone for an exhilarating campaign ahead. In the women’s division, Synergy asserted their dominance with a commanding 12-2 victory over Sparks … Continued

T20 CRICKET RETURNS TO GREENLAND ON SUNDAYS

The sound of leather on willow is set to echo once again across the grounds of the Greenland Cricket Field in East End, Tortola, as the British Virgin Islands Cricket Association (BVICA) proudly announces the return of T20 cricket to the territory this weekend, on Sunday, April 14. The BVICA has unveiled an electrifying tournament … Continued

SKELTON OPTS OUT OF UPCOMING VISBA ELECTION

President of the Virgin Islands Softball-Baseball Association Rhodni Skelton has declared that he will not be contesting in the association’s upcoming general election in October. Skelton made the announcement during the opening ceremony for the 2024 Raymond “Mahassa” Mercer & Kathleen Fahie National Fast Pitch League last Saturday. Expressing his rationale to depart from executive … Continued

INGENUITY MEETS DEDICATION IN PUZZLE THE TURTLE’S REMARKABLE RECOVERY

A gruelling but inspiring rehab journey is unfolding for Puzzle, the green sea turtle who survived catastrophic injuries after being struck by a boat in February. An update posted to Facebook provided some insight 47 days into Puzzle’s recovery journey. The Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) rescued Puzzle and she defied the odds by pulling … Continued

OJ SIMPSON DEAD AT 76

Orenthal James “OJ” Simpson, the former American football star who captivated the world during his highly publicized murder trial and subsequent acquittal, has died at the age of 76, his family announced on Wednesday.  Simpson, who rose to fame as a talented running back and actor before his life was upended by accusations of brutal … Continued

MERCER & FAHIE HONOURED FOR SOFTBALL ACHIEVEMENTS

The Virgin Islands Softball Baseball Association (VISBA) made history on Saturday, April 6, as they unveiled the newly christened 2024 Raymond “Mahassa” Mercer & Kathleen Fahie National Fast Pitch League, paying homage to two icons who have left an indelible mark on the sport of softball in the territory. The opening ceremony for the league’s … Continued

WORLD ATHLETICS INTRODUCES PRIZE MONEY FOR OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALISTS

In a groundbreaking move, World Athletics has become the first international sports federation to introduce prize money for Olympic medal winners, beginning with the upcoming Paris 2024 Games this summer. The historic decision by athletics’ global governing body will see gold medalists in each of the 48 athletics events at Paris 2024 awarded $50,000 from … Continued

USVI RETAINS KING OF THE COURT CARIBBEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLE – GERARD AWARDED MVP

In a thrilling showdown at the Multipurpose Sports Complex, Team United States Virgin Islands (USVI), led by Captain Khalid Gerard, clinched their second consecutive title in the King of the Courts Caribbean Championships, overpowering local favourites Team Tola in the championship clash on Sunday. Facing a packed audience, USVI showcased their dominance, outplaying Team Tola … Continued

Local

AC REPLACEMENT PART INSTALLED AT HOSPITAL

The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has reported significant progress in resolving the air conditioning (AC) system issue at the Dr. D Orlando Hospital, with the successful installation of the replacement part. In a recent media release, the BVIHSA confirmed that the new component for the AC system has been installed and activated. However, the … Continued

RVIPF RECAPTURES ESCAPEE JAMAL FREEMAN

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has successfully apprehended Jamal Freeman, who had been at large since January 1, 2024, after escaping custody. In an official media release issued on Tuesday, the RVIPF confirmed Freeman’s capture. Freeman’s escape occurred while he was in police custody seeking medical assistance following his arrest for theft-related offenses. … Continued

70 SLOGANS SUBMITTED FOR 70TH BVI EMANCIPATION FESTIVAL

The excitement is building as the 70th Virgin Islands Festival approaches. BVI residents have enthusiastically participated by submitting 70 creative slogans to commemorate this landmark celebration. The festival, now organised by the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board and Film Commission (BVITBFC), invites the public to play an integral role in choosing the festival’s slogan. Director … Continued

Regional

USVI: HORSE RACING RETURNING TO ST. THOMAS MAY 3; BIGGEST COMBINED PURSE OF $115,000 IN ST. THOMAS HISTORY

According to the Virgin Islands Consortium Horse Racing in St. Thomas USVI is expected to return on May 3rd, 2024. Calvert White, commissioner of the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation, made the announcement recently on the long awaited return of horse racing to St. Thomas at the Clinton E. Phipps racetrack. White was at … Continued

EXXONMOBIL ANNOUNCES NEW OIL DISCOVERY OFFSHORE GUYANA

ExxonMobil Guyana announced a new oil discovery on Friday, March 15, marking their first find of 2024 in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana. The Bluefin well encountered a significant amount of hydrocarbon-bearing sandstone, indicating potential for future development. Drilled by the Stena Drillmax drillship in over 4,200 feet (1,294 meters) of water, the Bluefin well … Continued

CTO REPORTS REGIONAL SUCCESS IN 2023, POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR CARIBBEAN TOURISM

The Caribbean tourism industry experienced a robust year in 2023, exceeding pre-pandemic arrival numbers by 0.8%, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). This positive trend marks a significant recovery for the region, driven by a surge in international arrivals and a revitalized hotel sector. Dona Regis-Prosper, Secretary-General of the CTO, delivered the “Caribbean Tourism … Continued

World

MRS BVI RHONDA VICTOR-PINNOCK NAMED “DIFFERENCE MAKER” AT MRS GLOBE PAGEANT

Rhonda Victor-Pinnock, representing the British Virgin Islands, has been honored with the “Difference Maker” award at the ongoing Mrs. Globe Pageant in Hainan, China. The annual international competition celebrates the achievements and advocacies of married women from around the world. Pinnock was nominated in multiple categories including Best Mamma Body, Country Pride, Difference Maker, and … Continued

Sports

FRANCIS LETTSOME PRIMARY REIGNS SUPREME AT INTER-PRIMARY SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS

In a thrilling display of athleticism, the Francis Lettsome Primary School once again asserted their dominance on the track and field, clinching victory at the 2024 Inter-Primary Schools Athletics Championships. The event, held at the A. O Shirley Recreation Ground in Road Town, witnessed an electrifying showcase of talent as young athletes battled it out … Continued

BVI CARIFTA TEAM RECEIVES HEROIC WELCOME HOME

The British Virgin Islands CARIFTA team received a hero’s welcome at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Tuesday, greeted with cheers and applause as they returned from the regional competition held in Grenada. Despite facing fierce competition, the BVI team showcased remarkable talent throughout the competition, culminating in a bronze medal secured by 15-year-old … Continued

FRANCIS LETTSOME PRIMARY LEADS INTER-PRIMARY CHAMPIONSHIPS AFTER DAY ONE

Excitement filled the air as the 2024 Inter-Primary Schools Athletics Championships kicked off at the A. O. Shirley Recreational Ground in Road Town on Wednesday, with defending champions Francis Lettsome Primary School making their mark on day one. Day one of the two-day event witnessed a display of talent and determination from young athletes representing … Continued

Politics

JULIAN WILLOCK TO HON. JULIAN FRASER, “FOCUS ON THE DIRE WATER SITUATION IN D3”

In response to the recent comments made at an opposition press conference seemingly aimed towards him. Businessman Julian Willock has responded to the Hon. Julian Frasers request to stop mentioning his name. In an official statement, Willock said, “I have been bombarded with phone calls, video clips and WhatsApp messages, from District Three residents that … Continued

HON. JULIAN FRASER, “I SUGGEST THE USE OF MY NAME BE DISCONTINUED, IT IS OBVIOUS PEOPLE ARE BEING OFFENDED.”

The Hon. Julian Fraser RA, Representative for the Third District dedicated his presentation in a recent Opposition Press Conference to denounce any misconceptions that he will not be seeking reelection. Hon. Fraser spoke about the number of persons who have contacted him asking whether or not he is retiring from public office, this he said … Continued

RECORD NUMBER OF VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS PROMPTS ROAD SAFETY INITIATIVE

The Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Kye Rymer, has announced a record-breaking number of vehicle registrations in the Virgin Islands, emphasizing the need for enhanced road safety measures amidst the surge in vehicle ownership. Addressing the House of Assembly recently, Minister Rymer revealed that a remarkable 19,982 vehicles were licensed in 2023, marking a … Continued

DEPUTY GOVERNOR CONDEMNS ALLEGATIONS MADE IN MIKA BARRY FB VIDEO – CALLS FOR A PUBLIC APOLOGY

In response to a recent video posted on Facebook by user Mika Barry, Deputy Governor David Archer Jr. has issued a strong statement condemning what he describes as a “propaganda and inaccurate sensational” release. The video, which labels Archer as “Confirmed Government Official 1” through a likeness photo and exact words, has been denounced by … Continued

Business

CCT AND BVI CABLE TV MARK NEARLY 40 YEARS OF SERVICE

Two pillars of the British Virgin Islands’ telecommunications landscape are celebrating major milestones this April. Caribbean Cellular Telephone Ltd (CCT) and BVI Cable TV, both locally-owned companies, are commemorating nearly four decades of service to the territory. CCT will mark its 38th anniversary on April 18th, 2024. Established in 1986 as the first cellular company … Continued

EXXONMOBIL ANNOUNCES NEW OIL DISCOVERY OFFSHORE GUYANA

ExxonMobil Guyana announced a new oil discovery on Friday, March 15, marking their first find of 2024 in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana. The Bluefin well encountered a significant amount of hydrocarbon-bearing sandstone, indicating potential for future development. Drilled by the Stena Drillmax drillship in over 4,200 feet (1,294 meters) of water, the Bluefin well … Continued

BVI POISED TO BECOME GLOBAL DIGITAL ASSETS HUB

The British Virgin Islands is positioning itself to emerge as a world-leading hub for the burgeoning digital assets sector, anchored by a robust new regulatory framework and ecosystem for innovative fintech businesses, according to Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services Hon. Lorna Smith, OBE. Addressing the International Arbitration Centre conference, Smith outlined the Territory’s … Continued

Entertainment

70 SLOGANS SUBMITTED FOR 70TH BVI EMANCIPATION FESTIVAL

The excitement is building as the 70th Virgin Islands Festival approaches. BVI residents have enthusiastically participated by submitting 70 creative slogans to commemorate this landmark celebration. The festival, now organised by the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board and Film Commission (BVITBFC), invites the public to play an integral role in choosing the festival’s slogan. Director … Continued

BVI GRAMMY WINNER DONELLE “PHYZIC” SMITH HONORED WITH BILLBOARD

Grammy award-winning audio engineer Donelle Smith, the first BVIslander to win a Grammy Award, has been honored with a new billboard erected in Road Town. Motorists and Pedestrians on Waterfront Drive can catch a glimpse of the billboard, celebrating Smith’s accomplishment which resulted from his work on the soundtrack of the record-breaking “Barbie” movie featuring … Continued

Opinion

MINIMUM QUALITY OF LIFE

The following is commentary by Shaina M. Smith-Archer. I heard about the call for comments in the news on increasing the minimum wage, and there is so much here I don’t know which corner to start at. I think we should first complete the population census to understand what is really going on in our … Continued

THE UNBORN CONSTITUTION PART 2: “THE CALIBRE OF LEADERSHIP REQUIRED IN THIS SEASON IS NOT TO BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED OR LIGHTLY: SHAINA SMITH-ARCHER

In part 1 of this commentary, I started sharing my thoughts on the Constitutional Review and why this exercise is laying the foundation for the best days of these Islands we call home. The more research I conduct on this topic I realise more that the system we have is not truly a democratic system … Continued

THE UNBORN CONSTITUTION PART 1 BY SHAINA SMITH-ARCHER; “WE ARE CURRENTLY WRITING THE VIRGIN ISLANDS’ FUTURE FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS.”

The following is commentary by Shaina Smith-Archer. I am glad to be alive for such a time as this. When I read about our national heroes like Hope Stevens and Howard. R. Penn and how they wrote our future in their “day,” we are currently writing the Virgin Islands’ future for the next 50 years. … Continued

Crime

RVIPF RECAPTURES ESCAPEE JAMAL FREEMAN

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has successfully apprehended Jamal Freeman, who had been at large since January 1, 2024, after escaping custody. In an official media release issued on Tuesday, the RVIPF confirmed Freeman’s capture. Freeman’s escape occurred while he was in police custody seeking medical assistance following his arrest for theft-related offenses. … Continued

RVIPF SEEKING INFORMATION FOLLOWING ATTEMPTED MURDER

Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force responded to reports of a shooting on John’s Hole, Road Town, after 9 pm on Friday, March 22nd, 2024. One male individual sustained serious injuries and was transported to Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment. The RVIPF urges the public to come … Continued

21 ILLEGAL MIGRANTS APPREHENDED IN VIRGIN GORDA

The Department of Immigration has confirmed that 21 illegal migrants were intercepted in the North Sound area of Virgin Gorda on Thursday. In a media statement, the department noted that the captured migrants hail from diverse nationalities, which include, Romanian, Haitian, Colombian, American, Irish, and Ecuadorian.  It also informed that the migrants were swiftly transported … Continued

Community

SISTER ISLANDS PROGRAMME SEEKS CERT VOLUNTEERS FOR DISASTER RESPONSE

The Sister Islands Programme Unit is actively recruiting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers from Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke, aiming to bolster disaster preparedness and response efforts across the British Virgin Islands. Mrs. Monel Nickie, Coordinator of the Sister Islands Programme, emphasized the crucial role of CERT volunteers in addressing community needs … Continued

BVI GRAMMY WINNER DONELLE “PHYZIC” SMITH HONORED WITH BILLBOARD

Grammy award-winning audio engineer Donelle Smith, the first BVIslander to win a Grammy Award, has been honored with a new billboard erected in Road Town. Motorists and Pedestrians on Waterfront Drive can catch a glimpse of the billboard, celebrating Smith’s accomplishment which resulted from his work on the soundtrack of the record-breaking “Barbie” movie featuring … Continued

CCT AND BVI CABLE TV MARK NEARLY 40 YEARS OF SERVICE

Two pillars of the British Virgin Islands’ telecommunications landscape are celebrating major milestones this April. Caribbean Cellular Telephone Ltd (CCT) and BVI Cable TV, both locally-owned companies, are commemorating nearly four decades of service to the territory. CCT will mark its 38th anniversary on April 18th, 2024. Established in 1986 as the first cellular company … Continued

Government

BVI DELEGATION LED BY MINISTER RYMER ATTENDS SEATRADE CRUISE GLOBAL 2024

Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Kye Rymer, is currently spearheading a delegation from the British Virgin Islands at the prestigious Seatrade Cruise Global 2024 event. Held in Miami, Florida, from April 8 to April 11, Seatrade Cruise Global is renowned as the world’s foremost annual gathering for the cruise industry, attracting top executives, stakeholders, … Continued

GOVERNMENT MAINTAINS HIGH CREDITWORTHINESS RATINGS

The Government of the Virgin Islands has received reaffirmed issuer ratings of CariAA- (Foreign and Local Currency) on the Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS) regional scale, showcasing the territory’s continued commitment to sound fiscal management and economic stability. The ratings, accompanied by a stable outlook, underscore the Virgin Islands’ resilience amidst global … Continued

SISTER ISLANDS PROGRAMME SEEKS CERT VOLUNTEERS FOR DISASTER RESPONSE

The Sister Islands Programme Unit is actively recruiting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers from Anegada, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke, aiming to bolster disaster preparedness and response efforts across the British Virgin Islands. Mrs. Monel Nickie, Coordinator of the Sister Islands Programme, emphasized the crucial role of CERT volunteers in addressing community needs … Continued

Andrew Fahie Trial

LEGAL SAGA CONTINUES IN FAHIE TRIAL – PROSECUTION & DEFENCE TO SUBMIT SOLUTION ON MARCH 7

Despite being found guilty on all counts relating to cocaine and money laundering charges on February 8, nearly two weeks following the verdict, the legal saga relating to the Andrew Fahie trial continues as a federal judge grapples with unresolved doubts raised by two jurors about their guilty verdicts. The latest development in what has … Continued

REPOLLING OF JURORS UNLIKELY BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE – SAYS LEGAL EXPERT

A local attorney with experience in the United States legal system believes the recent request by Andrew Fahie’s legal team to repoll two jurors following their decision to recant their guilty verdicts, is unlikely to be granted. The attorney who requested anonymity noted that while it is highly unlikely for the request to be granted, he said … Continued

PROSECUTION URGES COURT TO UPHOLD GUILTY VERDICT IN ANDREW FAHIE TRIAL

In a recent court submission to the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, the prosecution in the trial of former premier Andrew Fahie has emphatically urged the court to respect the guilty verdict handed down on Thursday, February 8. Fahie was found guilty of four counts relating to conspiracy to import cocaine into … Continued

LEGAL DRAMA CONTINUES – FAHIE REQUESTS FOR THE COURT TO EXERCISE DISCRETION

Former Premier Andrew Fahie has requested the court to exercise its discretion and repoll Jurors B and C regarding their recently published guilty verdicts following his trial. The 12-member jury found Fahie guilty of four counts on Thursday, relating to conspiracy to import a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine into the … Continued

Press Release

BVIFARS PAYMENT PORTAL TO GO LIVE IN JAN 2024

The BVI Financial Account Reporting System (BVIFars) payment portal is set to go live in January 2024. The International Tax Authority (ITA) made the announcement on Wednesday, December 6, as it reminded all relevant entities with reporting obligations to enrol in the BVIFARS portal. By enrolling, the ITA said it would satisfy the entities’ respective … Continued

CUSTOMER SERVICE CARE CENTRE LAUNCHES LIVE CHAT

The Government’s Customer Service Care Centre has launched its live-chat feature, in an effort to ensure customers can easily access the Government’s services. The feature allows individuals to contact the centre through messaging, and receive instant support and is accessible through https://bvips.org. Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Sharleen DaBreo-Lettsome, MBE … Continued

“REMEMBER MY NAME” PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCTION RATED AS A SUCCESS

Director of Culture, Dr. Katherine Smith has lauded the “Remember My Name” performing arts production that honoured ten Virgin Islands heroes as a major success. Dr. Smith said the performance made an earnest call for Virgin Islanders to reflect on the significant contributions made by the ten recently designated heroes and their altruistic efforts towards … Continued

Weather

FORECASTERS WARN OF ABOVE-AVERAGE STORM ACTIVITY FOR 2024 – 23 NAMED STORMS

Forecasters at the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project have issued a cautionary prediction for the upcoming 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season, slated to commence on June 1. During a presentation at the Topical Weather Conference, Senior Research Scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach revealed that the region is expected to experience above-average levels of storm activity. According … Continued

FLASH FLOOD WARNING ISSUED FOR BVI

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for low-lying and flood-prone areas of the British Virgin Islands, effective until midnight today, Wednesday 7 February 2024. This warning indicates that moderate to major flooding is either occurring or imminent in the specified areas, posing a serious threat to residents and property. Residents residing in low-lying or … Continued

ADVERSE WEATHER FORCES CLOSURE OF ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In response to anticipated adverse weather conditions, the Ministry of Education following advice from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has issued a directive for all public schools in the territory to remain closed on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. The decision according to the Ministry of Education was made to prioritize the safety of students … Continued

Travel and Tourism

CTO REPORTS REGIONAL SUCCESS IN 2023, POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR CARIBBEAN TOURISM

The Caribbean tourism industry experienced a robust year in 2023, exceeding pre-pandemic arrival numbers by 0.8%, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). This positive trend marks a significant recovery for the region, driven by a surge in international arrivals and a revitalized hotel sector. Dona Regis-Prosper, Secretary-General of the CTO, delivered the “Caribbean Tourism … Continued

VIRGIN ATLANTIC EYES AFFORDABLE CARIBBEAN-EUROPE ROUTES

Virgin Atlantic has set its sights on offering more affordable flight options between the Caribbean and Europe while collaborating with Barbados on an ambitious tourism vision for the island nation to attract increased visitors. During a recent visit to Barbados, Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss expressed his desire to see bolder entrepreneurial development and shoreline … Continued

ECONOMIC CONCERNS MOUNT AS OVERNIGHT VISITORS TAKE A BACKSEAT IN BVI TOURISM FIGURES

Representative for the 6th district, Hon. Myron Walwyn, recently confronted the government on its strategy to boost Overnight Visitors to the British Virgin Islands amidst a surge in cruise ship arrivals. A remarkable year in 2023, dominated by cruise ship visitors, has sparked concerns among the public and tourism stakeholders. Walwyn voiced dissatisfaction over the … Continued

VIRGIN GORDA SHINES ON “BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN APRIL” LIST

The pristine natural beauty of Virgin Gorda has earned the island a well-deserved spot on Travel and Leisure magazine’s “15 Best Places to Travel in April” list. The article told readers that as the third-largest island in the BVI archipelago, Virgin Gorda offers a quintessential Caribbean escape with its pristine beaches, luxury resorts, national parks, … Continued

Events

D’MOI HODGE JOINS TEAM TORTOLA FOR KOTC CHAMPIONSHIPS

In a major boost for the home team, BVI basketball sensation D’Moi Hodge is set to suit up for Team Tortola BVI at the upcoming King of the Courts Caribbean Championship tournament. The basketball event tips off this Thursday, April 4th and runs through Sunday, April 7th at the Multipurpose Complex in Tortola, BVI. Hodge … Continued

KENISHA SPRAUVE LAUNCHES KIMMY GOES SERIES

Local author Mrs Kenisha A. Sprauve officially launched her book series titled, ‘Kimmy Goes’ on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park, at 3:00 PM. In addition to the launch, the event featured exciting family friendly entertainment activities for children including bouncy castles, face painting, and an Easter Egg hunt. … Continued

BVI MULTIMEDIA ARTIST TEIA “GRIM” LETTSOME STAGES SOLO EXHIBITION IN ST. THOMAS

Virgin Islands multimedia artist Teia “Grim” Lettsome has taken her talents to the USVI for her second-ever solo art exhibition, marking an exciting milestone in her burgeoning career. Lettsome’s pop-up exhibition is being hosted at the 81C gallery in St. Thomas from March 11th to 24th, providing a new platform to showcase her diverse artistic … Continued

A LOOK AT THE CREATIVE WAVES ART EXHIBITION

Throughout the month of February, the British Virgin Islands has been abuzz with creativity as Creative Waves BVI, took center stage. Locals and visitors alike were invited to immerse themselves in the celebration of artistic expression, featuring over 73 talented artists and craftspeople from the BVI. One of the highlights of Creative Waves BVI was … Continued

Health

AC REPLACEMENT PART INSTALLED AT HOSPITAL

The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has reported significant progress in resolving the air conditioning (AC) system issue at the Dr. D Orlando Hospital, with the successful installation of the replacement part. In a recent media release, the BVIHSA confirmed that the new component for the AC system has been installed and activated. However, the … Continued

RESIDENTS URGED TO RETURN/DISPOSE OF SPECIFIC FRATELLI BARETTA READY-TO-EAT PRODUCTS

The Environmental Health Division has issued an urgent public notification regarding the recall of Fratelli Beretta Ready-to-Eat Charcuterie Meat Products due to concerns of possible under-processing, which may pose health risks to consumers in the territory. A media release from the Ministry of Health and Social Development noted that the recall specifically targets Ready-to-Eat Coppa … Continued

BVIHSA REVISES COVID-19 TESTING RULES FOR HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS

The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has announced a change to its COVID-19 testing requirements before hospital and clinic admissions.  Effective immediately, patients without COVID-19 symptoms will no longer need to undergo pre-procedure testing. However, symptomatic patients and those recently exposed to confirmed COVID cases will still require testing prior to surgeries, procedures … Continued

PAHO ISSUES ALERT ON RISING DENGUE FEVER CASES

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued a new epidemiological alert, urging countries in the Americas to intensify efforts to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary vector transmitting dengue fever.  The alert comes in response to a significant surge in reported cases in several countries during the early weeks of 2024. According to … Continued

Youth

KENISHA SPRAUVE LAUNCHES KIMMY GOES SERIES

Local author Mrs Kenisha A. Sprauve officially launched her book series titled, ‘Kimmy Goes’ on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park, at 3:00 PM. In addition to the launch, the event featured exciting family friendly entertainment activities for children including bouncy castles, face painting, and an Easter Egg hunt. … Continued

ETPS STUDENTS CONDUCT MOCK HOA SITTING

On Friday, 8th March, the Grade 5 students of the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School had the unique opportunity to participate in a Special Sitting of the House of Assembly. Led by Teacher Candia McFarlane, 19 students engaged in a mock legislative session where they proposed constitutional changes aimed at benefiting the Virgin Islands. In this simulated … Continued

VI MOTORS INSPIRES NEXT GENERATION WITH FREE AUTEL TRAINING FOR VISTS STUDENTS

VI Motors recently extended a complimentary Autel Training session to students enrolled in the Auto Programme at the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies (VISTS), fostering the next generation of automotive professionals in the Territory. The training opportunity was offered during VI Motors’ week-long session with Autel National Trainer Eliseo Rodriguez and NAPA Distribution Sales … Continued

BVI MULTIMEDIA ARTIST TEIA “GRIM” LETTSOME STAGES SOLO EXHIBITION IN ST. THOMAS

Virgin Islands multimedia artist Teia “Grim” Lettsome has taken her talents to the USVI for her second-ever solo art exhibition, marking an exciting milestone in her burgeoning career. Lettsome’s pop-up exhibition is being hosted at the 81C gallery in St. Thomas from March 11th to 24th, providing a new platform to showcase her diverse artistic … Continued

Pageantry

MISS TEEN VIRGIN GORDA EASTER FESTIVAL 2024 CROWNED

On March 2nd, 2024 three promising young ladies took the stage for their chance at the title of “Miss Teen Virgin Gorda Easter Festival”. They all put on exceptional performances. Results Miss Popularity : Contestant 1  Miss Congeniality : Contestant 2 Miss Photogenic : Contestant 3 Best Introduction : Contestant 2 Best Creative Cultural Wear: Contestant … Continued

MRS BVI RHONDA VICTOR-PINNOCK NAMED “DIFFERENCE MAKER” AT MRS GLOBE PAGEANT

Rhonda Victor-Pinnock, representing the British Virgin Islands, has been honored with the “Difference Maker” award at the ongoing Mrs. Globe Pageant in Hainan, China. The annual international competition celebrates the achievements and advocacies of married women from around the world. Pinnock was nominated in multiple categories including Best Mamma Body, Country Pride, Difference Maker, and … Continued

Environment

COASTAL REEFS RESTORATION PROJECT UNDERWAY

In a strategic collaboration, the Government of the Virgin Islands has partnered with the Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) and the award-winning organization Rethink Rebuild Regenerating “rrreefs” to initiate a pioneering project aimed at revitalizing coastal reefs in the territory. The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change noted that rrreefs, based in Zurich, … Continued