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SAMUEL & ALPHONSO DENIED BAIL AND REMANDED TO PRISON – THE 400KG OF COCAINE SEIZED IS VALUED AT $41.9M

Pedro Samuel Sr., 58, of Diamond Estate, and Reno Alphonso, 27, of Fort Hill have been denied bail after appearing in court today with charges stemming from this weekend’s major cocaine drug bust which is said to be valued at nearly $42 million. Appearing before Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin, Samuel and Alphonso were both slapped with … Continued

BVI’S ALTON BERTIE PRODUCES TRACK “ISLAND VIBE” FOR BUNJI AND FAY ANN FEATURE ON NEW APPLE HOME SESSIONS

Fay Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin are among a group of artistes selected for the latest Apple Music Sessions. The duo both contributed a four-track EP each for the Sessions, which were released on Monday, August 15 on Apple Music. One of the featured songs “Island Vibe” was produced by Virgin Islander Alton Bertie. Other … Continued

THE ROAD TOWN SEWERAGE PROJECT IS COMPLETED – CONFIRMS MINISTER RYMER

The Road Town sewerage system project has been completed after undergoing extensive rehabilitation works. Deputy Premier and Minister for Communication and Works Honourable Kye Rymer confirmed the completion of the project in a statement to 284News today Wednesday, August 17. He said, “The project which was expected to be completed within 2-3 weeks was completed … Continued

5760 CASES OF WILD CHERRY FLAVORED CAPRI SUN JUICES RECALLED – NONE FOUND ON SHELVES IN THE BVI SAYS CEHO

Preliminary investigations by the Environmental Health Division across numerous local supermarkets have concluded that the contaminated “Capri Sun Wild Cherry Flavored Juice Drink Blend beverages by Kraft Heinz” are presently not in the territory. This was confirmed by the Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr. Lionel Michael, following a voluntary recall of approximately 5,760 cases of … Continued

PREMIER WHEATLEY AWAY ON BUSINESS – TO ATTEND BACK-TO-BACK REGIONAL MEETINGS

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley is presently away on business in Nassau, Bahamas, attending the first ‘Regional Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean’. The Premier’s Office confirmed the news in a media release this morning, stating that the inaugural event is in preparation for COP 27 in … Continued

WATER AND SEWERAGE TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO A STATUTORY BODY FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF LEGISLATION

The Government of the Virgin Islands has moved forward with plans to transform the Water and Sewerage Department into a statutory body following the passing of the Sewerage Authority Act 2022 in the House of Assembly. The bill, which was presented by Deputy Premier and Minister for Communication and Works the Honourable Kye Rymer, represents … Continued

Local

PIRATES AND SYNERGY ON THE VERGE OF COMPLETING CLEAN SWEEPS IN THE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Both Pirates and Synergy completed a weekend of victories and are on the verge of fulfilling a clean sweep against their opponents in the 2022 Terrence “Chino” Chinnery National Fastpitch Softball League Championships. Pirates were the first of the two teams to have one hand on the championship after defeating the defending champions Power Outage … Continued

ANEGADA HYBRID RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT IMPACTED BY INFLATION BUT REMAINS ON TRACK – SAYS PREMIER

The Anegada Hybrid Renewable Energy and Battery Energy Storage System Project has been heavily impacted by inflation which has resulted in the cost of the project increasing by an undisclosed sum. This was confirmed by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley at a recent media conference. While he did not disclose … Continued

Regional

GLOBAL YACHT AND BOAT RETAILER MARINEMAX INC TO ACQUIRE IGY MARINAS FOR A DEAL NEARING $500 MILLION

The world’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer MarineMax, Inc. will be acquiring Island Global Yachting LLC, which is widely known as IGY Marinas, for an estimated total nearing approximately $500 million. This was confirmed by global public relations company Business Wire which said that MarineMax, Inc. made the announcement on Tuesday, August 9, regarding … Continued

BRYAN DEFEATS BERNIER IN USVI PRIMARY ELECTION

Albert Bryan Jr. and Tregenza Roach were successful in Saturdays Primary Election in the USVI clearing the way for their nomination on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket for the general election on November 8th. Albert Bryan Jr. and Tregenza Roach who are seeking a second term, maintained a major lead in pre-primary election polling against Kent … Continued

GENDER GAP IN SHARP FOCUS FOR WOMEN IN ICT-CANTO’S PANEL DISCUSSION FOCUSES ON ‘REDEFINING THE FUTURE OF WORK’

A call has been made for intentional leadership to close the gender equality gap that exists within the regional information and communications technology (ICT) sector. According to Janelle Pascall, Chair of CANTO’s Women in ICT Committee, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has further compounded gender equality efforts and the issue has deepened within the … Continued

World

GLOBAL YACHT AND BOAT RETAILER MARINEMAX INC TO ACQUIRE IGY MARINAS FOR A DEAL NEARING $500 MILLION

The world’s largest recreational boat and yacht retailer MarineMax, Inc. will be acquiring Island Global Yachting LLC, which is widely known as IGY Marinas, for an estimated total nearing approximately $500 million. This was confirmed by global public relations company Business Wire which said that MarineMax, Inc. made the announcement on Tuesday, August 9, regarding … Continued

MONKEYPOX DECLARED A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IN THE USA

The United States government has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency following a spike in cases. This was confirmed by international media sites which said the decision will speed up the distribution of vaccines, treatments and federal resources to curb the spread of the virus. The news comes just hours after the World … Continued

THE BVI ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP REESTABLISHED – MP SUTHERLAND THE NEW CHAIR

The BVI All Party Parliamentary Group has been reestablished after being defunct for more than two years. This was confirmed by the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley, who made the announcement during Thursday’s sitting of the House of Assembly. He said Tory Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom James … Continued

Politics

HALLS OF JUSTICE PROJECT AMONG TOPICS DISCUSSED WITH MILLING FOR POSSIBLE UK FUNDING – SAYS PREMIER

While providing an account of his recent trip to the United Kingdom (UK), Premier Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley revealed that the trip included several interactions with dignitaries also in attendance at the Commonwealth Games, and a meeting with UK Minister for Overseas Territories the Right Honourable Amanda Milling. Among other things discussed, Premier Wheatley … Continued

Business

BVI INTERNATIONAL TAX AUTHORITY MEETS WITH FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY TO ENSURE INTERNATIONAL COMPLIANCE

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) International Tax Authority (ITA) Director met with the financial services industry to discuss new legislative updates and compliance with international standards for tax purposes. ITA Director LaToya James spoke at the BVI Finance Breakfast Forum on 21 July where she explained the ITA’s role and provided context on the recent … Continued

BVI FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION’S NEW AUTHORISATION AND SUPERVISION DIVISION BECOMES FULLY OPERATIONAL, 1st JULY 2022

The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (the “Commission”) is advising all industry practitioners that its new Authorisation and Supervision Division becomes fully operational effective Friday, 01 July 2022. The new structure transitions the Commission’s supervisory framework from product[1]based supervision to risk-based functional management, allowing the Commission to enhance oversight of regulated businesses and individuals … Continued

GLENFORD MALONE APPOINTED DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR, REGULATION

The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (the “Commission”) has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Glenford Malone as Deputy Managing Director, Regulation with effect from 01 January 2022. The Deputy Managing Director, Regulation is the Commission’s chief regulatory officer responsible for implementing the Commission’s overall regulatory strategy. Mr. Malone has over twenty years of experience … Continued

BVI FINANCE LAUNCHES BVI360 FACT-BASE CONTENT SERIES TO SHOWCASE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY

BVI Finance launched a fact-based content series to showcase the full picture of the BVI’s Financial Services industry called, BVI360. BVI Finance CEO Elise Donovan stated that the purpose of the series comes at an appropriate time, given the ongoing conflict and increasing inflation across the world, where many leading economists are predicting a global … Continued

Sports

THE 2022 TERRENCE “CHINO” CHINNERY NATIONAL FASTPITCH SOFTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS TO COMMENCE THIS EVENING!

The 2022 Terrence “Chino” Chinnery National Fastpitch Softball League Championships is set to commence this evening at the E. Walwyn Brewley Ballpark playing field. The championships will consist of a best of five series in both the men’s and women’s divisions and will be played on Fridays and Sundays. In the women’s division, the undefeated … Continued

Entertainment

A CALL FOR GOVT TO FAST TRACK GAMING AND BETTING IN THE BVI AFTER SUCCESSFUL AUGUST TUESDAY RACES

The British Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association has marked this year’s August Tuesday races as a total success, characterised by a smooth running of activities and encouraging turnout.  In an interview with 284News, BVI Horse Owners Association President Lesmore Smith said, “ It was a great turn out. I can’t give you exactly how much … Continued

AUGUST TUESDAY HORSE RACES TO HONOUR “FALLEN SOLDIERS” – 5 RACES ON THE CARD

The British Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association will host 5 memorial races this August Tuesday, in recognition of the contributions of several “fallen soldiers” who have contributed to horse racing in the BVI in various capacities. In an interview with 284News, President of the BVI Horse Owners Association Lesmore Smith explained that the races will … Continued

Opinion

REFORM FOR LEGACY SAKE BY SHAINA SMITH-ARCHER

The following is a commentary from Shaina Smith-Archer. As I watch the implementation of the COI reforms unfold, my mind took me back to 2003 when I joined the public service at the Ministry of Finance when public service “reform” was in full swing” but has not borne adequate fruit and I conclude that past … Continued

ONE CHARGED AS INQUIRIES CONTINUE INTO BURGLARIES ON VG

Officers of the Virgin Gorda Policing Division are progressing their investigations in identifying the person or persons responsible for the recent upsurge in burglaries in Virgin Gorda. Since June 2022, Police have recorded five burglaries mainly of residences on the island. Earlier in week, Damien Farrell, 30, was identified and charged as the perpetrator in … Continued