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ONE PERSON ARRESTED FOLLOWING YESTERDAY’S DEADLY BOATING ACCIDENT WHICH HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF ONE MALE

One person has been arrested following a fatal boat accident which resulted in the death of one man late yesterday evening. This was confirmed by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force which told our news station that all persons were accounted for, however three other persons are at the Dr. D Orlando Smith Hospital receiving … Continued

GOV’T LIFTS TERITTORY-WIDE CURFEW AND GATHERING RESTRICTIONS FOR ALL OCCASIONS EXCEPT EVENTS

The government of the Virgin Islands has removed the territory-wide curfew order and has lifted the previous limited gathering number for all occasions except for events. This was revealed in a government commissioned bulletin which confirmed that the Order removing the restrictions was published in the government’s official Gazette today October 15. The release stated … Continued

USVI FEDS MAKE MASSIVE COCAINE BUST NEAR TAP & STILL IN HAVENSIGHT; MULTIPLE INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN NARCOTICS CONFISCATED

Federal agents led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Thursday conducted an operation in the Havensight Shopping Mall in the vicinity of the Tap & Still restaurant resulting in the arrest of multiple individuals and confiscation of multiple bricks of cocaine, according to a person with intimate knowledge of the operation.The operation was conducted … Continued

CXC REPORTS A DECLINE IN CANDIDATES WRITING CAPE & CSEC

For a second year, the number of candidates that registered to participate in most of the Caribbean Examination Council’s (CXC) suite of exams has fallen. Dr Nicole Manning, Director of Operations, Examination Services Division, revealed the statistic at the Official Release of Results for the June/July 2021 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary … Continued

CCTV FOOTAGE AND CELL PHONE EVIDENCE LINKS THE FOUR MURDER ACCUSED TO MATTHEW DALY’S DEATH – MURDER FOR HIRE REVEALED

The four-murder accused in the homicide of the late Matthew Daly is linked by CCTV Camera footage and cell phone evidence as court hears it was a murder for hire hit involving the four men. This was revealed when the four accused which include Edward Crook, Dejshon Benjamin, Micah Ormond and K’Vawn Choucoutou appeared before … Continued

NEW CARD MACHINE AT EAST END LIBRARY

The East End/ Long Look Community Library is in its final stage of automating its operations and has received a new card machine. Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley said the newly designed library card is a welcome change and that he was grateful to the … Continued

DISTRICT 7 RESIDENT RECEIVED KEYS TO NEWLY BUILT HOME FROM HOUSING RECOVERY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME

Seventh District resident Andrew Angus Penn received the keys to a newly built home as part of the Housing Recovery Assistance Programme. The keys were presented by Minister for Health and Social Development Carvin Malone, Seventh District Representative and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr. Natalio Wheatley, along with the Housing … Continued

FISHING MASTERS WITH 2020 & 2021 LICENSES URGED TO SUBMIT CATCH DATASHEETS TO AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT URGENTLY

Fishing masters who received fishing licenses for 2020 and 2021 and have not yet submitted their catch logbooks or datasheets to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are being urged to do so as soon as possible. This was the message relayed in a government commissioned media release on Thursday October 15, which appealed to … Continued

Local

THE BVIBF STANDS FIRM WITH THEIR DECISION TO AWARD JR SKILLFUL BALLERS THE 2021 JUNIOR CHAMPIONS – BELIEVES A GRUDGE MATCH FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS SHOULD BE HAD

The BVI Basketball Federation is standing firm with their recent decision to award Jr Skillful Ballers as the junior 2021 District League Champions following the controversial decision by Jr VG Bayside Blazers to forfeit last Saturday night’s final. This was confirmed by President of the Federation Dereck Varlack during a specially held press conference on … Continued

THREE DEAD FOLLOWING BEE ATTACK IN GUYANA

Three persons lost their lives after they were attacked by bees in three separate incidents on Thursday and Friday in East Berbice, Corentyne. Those killed are John Sutherland, 57; Dorothy Muriel Adams, 58; and Sirpaul Hemraj, 62, called “Rishi”. Hemraj of Lot 95 Mibicuri, South Black Bush Polder (BBP), who was a drainage and irrigation(D&I) worker was pronounced … Continued

“WE’RE READY” EXPRESSES PREMIER FAHIE AS THE TERRITORY WELCOMES THE RETURN OF CRUISE VESSELS TODAY OCTOBER 13

Premier Andrew Fahie has made it clear to persons both local and abroad that the British Virgin Islands is ready ahead of the resumption of cruise vessels which recommences calls to the territory today Wednesday October 13. Premier Fahie made the comments during a specially held ceremony at the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park … Continued

Regional

USVI TEACHER BEING INVESTIGATED FOR ALLEGEDLY DRESSING INAPPROPRIATELY DURING VIRTUAL CLASS

The V.I. Dept. of Education said late Tuesday that it has launched an investigation and removed an educator from teaching virtual classes following the circulation of a photo allegedly showing the educator inappropriately dressed while teaching Central High School students. The alleged incident occurred on Tuesday, D.O.E. said. “Our employees are held to the highest … Continued

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS WILL SOON START VERIFYING PEOPLE VACCINATED IN U.S. FOR TRAVEL TO TERRITORY

VI CONSORTIUM People who got fully vaccinated in any U.S. state will soon be able to verify their vaccination status through the USVI Travel Portal, a big move announced by Governor Albert Bryan Monday that once implemented will ease the burden for tourists coming into the territory ahead of the upcoming holiday season. Currently, only … Continued

TEACHERS ARE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND ‘GLOBAL EDUCATION RECOVERY’ FROM COVID-19

UN News – For the education system to recover from the COVID pandemic, it requires more investment in the well-being, training, professional development and working conditions of the world’s 71 million educators, UN agencies chiefs said on Monday, just ahead of World Teachers’ Day. “Today we celebrate the exceptional dedication and courage of all teachers, … Continued

World

JUDGE ORDERS TEXAS TO SUSPEND NEW LAW BANNING MOST ABORTIONS

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge ordered Texas to suspend the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., calling it an “offensive deprivation” of a constitutional right by banning most abortions in the nation’s second-most populous state since September. The order Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman is the first legal blow to … Continued

STRONG EARTHQUAKE IN SOUTHWEST PAKISTAN KILLS AT LEAST 23

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful earthquake collapsed at least one coal mine and dozens of mud houses in southwest Pakistan early Thursday, killing at least 23 people as the death toll continued to creep higher. At least another 200 people were injured, an official said. The death tally was expected to rise even further … Continued

FACEBOOK SHARES DROP BY ALMOST 5% AND REDUCES CEO ZUCKERBURG’S WEALTH BY $6 BILLION. BUSINESSES ALSO SUFFER AMIDST GLOBAL OUTAGE

Facebook Inc.’s services went offline for as much as six hours Monday in an extended outage that disrupted access for users and businesses around the world and left the tech company flailing for a solution. The company apologized for the outage, which affected its core platforms and apps including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger—and which an … 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

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

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

Politics

REVISED VOTERS’ LIST TO BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW!

The Supervisor of Elections is informing the public that the Revised Voters’ List will be published on Tuesday, September 28 in accordance with section 23 (1) of the Elections Act, 1994 and Amendments. The Act states the following: (2) The copies published under subsection (1) shall be deemed to be the Registers of Voters for … Continued

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

Sports

VG BAYSIDE BLAZERS ARE THE MEN’S NATIONAL DISTRICT LEAGUE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS WHILE CONTROVERSY LEADS TO JR SKILLFUL BALLERS BEING AWARDED JR CHAMPIONS

VG Bayside Blazers are the BVI Basketball Federation’s 2021 District League Champions after completing a comprehensive 22-point victory against finalist A’s. Playing in game four of the five match series at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on Tortola on Friday, VG Blazers lead at the end of each quarter 23-15, 49-39, 75-60, to eventually win the game … Continued

FARRINGTON PLANS ON BRINGING A NEW INNOVATIVE PERSPECTIVE TO TRANSFORM SPORT IN THE BVI AHEAD OF BVIOC ELECTION ON THURSDAY

Challenger for the pivotal position of President at the upcoming BVI Olympic Committee election Cleave Farrington, says once elected he plans to deliver a new and innovative perspective to transform sport in the territory. He made the comment during a recent interview with 284 News ahead of the election which is scheduled for Thursday October … Continued

BVISLANDER JOYCE “CHI CHI” MADURO-DONALDSON INDUCTED INTO THE MARYLAND SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME

Virgin Islander born, Six District own Joyce “Chi Chi” Maduro-Donaldson was inducted into the Maryland Slow Pitch Softball HALL OF FAME (HOF). In an official comment she said, “The honor of being inducted is difficult to come by and even more difficult for non-Maryland natives. So as a woman from the Caribbean, it’s an extreme … Continued