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LEBANON CABINET RESIGNS AFTER EXPLOSION THAT KILLED 160 AND WOUNDED OVER 6000!

 Lebanese health minister says the Cabinet has resigned over Beirut’s deadly explosion last week. The Cabinet was scheduled to convene later Monday, amid speculation that the government could resign en masse. Or, if four more ministers resign, the Cabinet would collapse, consigning it to caretaker status until a new one is formed.  The massive blast … Continued

DISTURBANCE 1 BETTER ORGANIZED

An August 10th DDM update states that forecasters have relocated the disturbance (7th August update) farther north. It is located over 650 miles to the east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles along 51W. It is moving west-northwestward at 12 mph. Thunderstorms have increased farther north with the disturbance. However, it remains disorganized. It is expected to … Continued

HIREBVI HOST ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL DISTRIBUTION DRIVE

This year HireBVI will host its annual Back to School Distribution Drive on Saturday August 29, 4PM to 6PM at the Althea Scatliffe Primary School grounds, Tortola. HireBVI will distribute hundreds of bags filled with school supplies.  Considering the impacts that COVID-19 has had on the Territory thus far, this year’s event will be hosted … Continued

PREMIER FAHIE CONFIDENT THAT BOOST IN CONSTRUCTION CAN BE A “BOOSTER SHOT” FOR THE BVI ECONOMY

Premier of the Virgin Islands and Minister of Finance, Hon. Andrew A. Fahie, outlined the Government’s plans to boost the Virgin Islands Economy through the Construction industry. A significant project that will contribute to the government’s plans is the East End/ Long Look Sewerage Project. The resuming of the sewerage project was first announced by … Continued

Local

RYMER LAUNCHES DISTRICT 5 POLITICAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

In a recent Facebook post, Minister for Transportation, Works, Utilities and 5th District representative, Hon. Kye Rymer announced the official launch of his District 5, Political Internship program.  The program is geared towards giving interested high school students an opportunity to shadow Minister Rymer and gain a deeper understanding of the role of the District … Continued

TWO DISTURBANCES BEING MONITORED IN THE ATLANTIC

The most recent DDM updates, today August 9th, 2020 have indicated that two disturbances are being monitored in the Atlantic. One was highlighted in 7th August update by the DDM and another just recently formed not too far from the African Coast. A disturbance (7th August update) located 865 miles to the east of the … Continued

WADE SMITH RETURNS AS CUSTOMS HEAD

Mr. Wade N. Smith has been appointed as Commissioner of Customs in the Virgin Islands.   Mr. Smith’s appointment takes effect on August 7 following approval by His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Augustus J.U. Jaspert in accordance with section 92(1) of the Virgin Islands Constitution, and on the advice of the Public Service Commission. As … Continued

World

LEBANON EXPLOSION KILLS 100, INJURES OVER 4000!

A large blast in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000 others, the health minister says. Videos show smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following the blast at the city’s port.  Officials are blaming highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for six years.  … Continued

OPRAH MAGAZINE TO HONOUR BREONNA TAYLOR ON COVER

BBC For the first time in two decades, US talk show star Oprah Winfrey will not appear on the cover of her magazine, O. Instead, the publication’s September edition will feature Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman. The health worker was killed by police who entered her flat earlier this year. “She was just like … Continued

HURRICANE ISAIAS LASHES BAHAMAS, VIRUS-HIT FLORIDA BRACES

CTV Hurricane Isaias snapped trees and knocked out power as it blew through the Bahamas on Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials said they were closing beaches, parks and coronavirus testing sites. The hurricane is bearing down on places where the virus is surging, threatening to complicate efforts to contain it and … Continued

Regional

VOTERS IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO HEAD TO THE POLLS MONDAY

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Voters in Trinidad and Tobago go to the polls on Monday to elect a new government following allegations of corruption, race and promises in a campaign severely hampered by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The election here is not the only one in the Caribbean where the pandemic has played … Continued

V.I. ELDERLY ARE BEING INFECTED WITH CORONAVIRUS BY YOUNG FAMILY MEMBERS, V.I.’S INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALIST SAYS

VI Consortium The territory’s infectious disease physician Dr. Tai Hunte gave residents a dose of ‘real talk’ at Monday’s COVID-19 update as she expressed to young people the dangers of hanging out in public, refusing to wear masks and social distance, to then come home to their elderly family members who are showing up positive … Continued

Business
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

Opinion

WHICH WAY GOES THE US AND WORLD ECONOMY PRE-NOVEMBER 3?

Dickson C. Igwe Throughout the second half of the year, the US economy is expected to operate alongside a number of stress factors: the surging pandemic, racial tensions, and political factionalism. The US economy is the biggest uncertainty in global economic growth. As the world’s largest economy, the US recession will directly drive down the … Continued

COVID-19 & THE SMALL ISLAND ADVANTAGE

By Dickson C. Igwe Until a vaccine or cure, geography, control of population movement, and good governance are three of the most crucial factors in keeping the COVID-19 pandemic under control and at bay, in the British Virgin Islands. Presently there are 17.5 million cases of COVID 19 globally and a rising death toll of … Continued

IDEAS OFFERED FOR SAFE TOURISM

Some years ago, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation launched a marketing campaign under the tagline “life needs the Caribbean.” It positioned the region’s tourism experience of peace and relaxation as the perfect antidote to the stress and demands of life in its major source markets. As some countries struggle to balance the need to protect the … Continued

Politics

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

BIDEN NOTCHES 3 MORE VICTORIES; SANDERS REASSESSING CAMPAIGN

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — Joe Biden swept to victory in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, increasingly pulling away with a Democratic presidential primary upended by the coronavirus and building pressure on Bernie Sanders to abandon his campaign. On Wednesday, Sanders’ campaign manager said Sanders “is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign.” … Continued