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LACK OF ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT DELAYING REVIEWER’S WORK – SAYS GOVERNOR

Several reviewers and investigators currently leading the relevant reviews, investigations and audits arising from the COI Recommendations have reported to His Excellency Governor John Rankin that they are facing difficulties in accessing the necessary documents from the public service. It is stated in the Enhanced Monitoring Section of the Framework Document that these individuals must … Continued

INFLUX OF RESIDENCY AND BELONGERSHIP APPLICATIONS POSING ISSUES FOR IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT

An influx of residency and belongership status applications is creating challenges for the government as it implements the COI Recommendations.  His Excellency Governor John Rankin noted this issue in his first Quarterly Report to the United Kingdom on the Implementation of the COI Recommendations. “I am aware that a number of individuals have experienced difficulties … Continued

MEETINGS HELD WITH VIRGIN ISLANDS FISHERS TO BUILD CAPACITY

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries facilitated a round of meetings with fishers throughout the Territory as part of the Darwin Plus Funded Project, “Capacity Building in Fisheries Evidence, Networks and Management in the Virgin Islands”, September 26th – 29th. Representatives from the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), the UK government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries … Continued

CIBC FCIB ‘WALK FOR THE CURE’ INITIATIVE NEARING ITS $50,000 GOAL – RESIDENTS URGED TO CONTINUE THE SUPPORT

CIBC First Caribbean International Bank is nearing its $50,000 goal for its marquee event ‘Walk for the Cure’ of which all proceeds will be donated to assist residents in the territory in their fight against cancer. The bank’s Country Manager Amory Jervis made the disclosure during a recent interview with 284Media as he encouraged residents … Continued

RANKIN CONCERNED ABOUT THE LEVEL OF COMMITMENT TO MEANINGFUL REFORM REQUIRED IN THE BVI

Issues surrounding Constitutional Review Commission membership and the Register of Interests Bill were highlighted as specific areas of concern by His Excellency Governor John Rankin as he told of the impact that political culture has had on the process of implementing the Commission of Inquiry Report’s recommendations. Governor Rankin said that despite being generally pleased … Continued

PENN REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO BETTERING THE SITUATION AT HIS MAJESTY’S PRISON

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Marlon Penn has reaffirmed his commitment to bettering the situation at His Majesty’s Prison amid continued security concerns and reports of violence, among inmates and against staff. Penn said with the assistance of the United Kingdom, the government has been able to begin necessary interventions. “From time to … Continued

ALEXANDRINA MADURO PRIMARY CLOSED INDEFINITELY AFTER “AREAS OF CONCERN” IDENTIFIED

Another primary school in the territory has been forced to close following reports of numerous students falling ill. This was confirmed in a memorandum issued by the Chief Education Officer Dr. Connie George which revealed that the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School will be closed from today Thursday, October 6. According to the document, the closure … Continued

GOVERNOR DELIVERS QUARTERLY REPORT TO UK -OUTLINES AREAS OF DISAPPOINTMENT AS WELL AS SOME POSITIVES

Despite expressing that he is pleased with the overall engagement and partnership shown by the Government of National Unity towards the implementation of the Commission of Inquiry Report Recommendations, Governor John Rankin has noted several instances of disappointment in some key areas. The governor made the disclosure in a statement where he revealed his first … Continued

Local

UVI STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT DEMENTIA – RISKS AND PREVENTION

Miss Junior BVI 2022 Angelique Lettsome in collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Student Government Association, hosted an awareness chat about dementia for students in St. Thomas. The event, which was designed to increase their knowledge about dementia, was led by founding Director of the Virgin Islands Alzheimer’s Association Ms. Edna Williams. … Continued

AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES’ OFFICIALS INSPIRED AT CONFERENCE TO IMPROVE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

Collaborating with regional and international partners, improving data collection, making data-driven investments, and implementing structured farm programmes are just a few keys to improving the agricultural sector. This statement is according to Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Premier’s Office, Mrs. Carolyn Stoutt Igwe whose portfolio includes agriculture and fishing. The Permanent Secretary and Director of … Continued

ORIENTATION FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS OF TOURIST BOARD

It’s a new day for tourism in the Virgin Islands as the newly appointed Board members of the Tourist Board met for their first meeting in an official orientation on Monday, October 3. Members of the new Board were chosen through an application process where they were interviewed and later recommended and appointed by Cabinet. … Continued

Regional

THE 3RD ANNUAL MONTSERRAT CONFERENCE TO PRESENT SPEAKERS FROM EIGHT (8) BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES; INCLUDING THE BVI

The Montserrat Conference is pleased to announce that Conference ’22, the 3rd Annual Montserrat Conference, will convene on Saturday, October 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. Montserrat time, via ZOOM and livestreamed worldwide. Conference ’22 will consider the theme “BEING A BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORY.” “Last year, for our second conference, we focused entirely on Montserrat,” says Shirley … Continued

FIONA STRENGTHENS INTO CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE; ON TRACK FOR BERMUDA

While the British Virgin Islands was spared of any major damages associated with the passing of Hurricane Fiona, the system has strengthened to Category 4 as of Wednesday and is barreling towards sister overseas territory Bermuda, after devastating Puerto Rico. Fiona is expected to begin affecting Bermuda later this week, bringing torrential rains and strong … Continued

World

QUEEN ELIZABETH II LAID TO REST IN HISTORIC FUNERAL

The world bid farewell to Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II on Monday during a historic, and well attended, state funeral. Thousands gathered in London to witness the final journey of the queen’s coffin as it was carried from Westminster hall to Westminster Abbey by 142 junior enlisted sailors of the Royal Navy. Ahead … Continued

KING CHARLES III FORMALLY PROCLAIMED AS MONARCH

King Charles III was formally proclaimed monarch over the past weekend, in a series of ceremonies across the United Kingdom, Overseas territories and Commonwealth. The first proclamation was made on Saturday, during an accession ceremony at St James Palace in London. There, David White, the Garter King of Arms, delivered the King’s official proclamation as … Continued

KING CHARLES DELIVERS FIRST SPEECH AS KING

Leaping straight into his new duties upon assuming sovereignty on the heels of his mother’s death, King Charles III delivered his first public address on Friday September 9th. His speech was streamed to an audience of about 2,000 who attended a remembrance service for the queen at St Paul’s Cathedral, and was also televised for … Continued

Politics

DE CASTRO ENCOURAGED BY AN UNCOMFORTABLE FOUR MONTHS LEADING EDUCATION SECTOR

Education Minister Honourable Sharie de Castro has described her short time in this role as “uncomfortable” but assured that this was a necessary condition required to make the time productive. She was speaking on a recent edition of the Government Information Service’s Public Eye programme, where she explored the intended trajectory of the education sector … Continued

ALL TALK & NO ACTION ON ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS – SAYS WALWYN

Former legislator Myron Walwyn believes that it is time to take action on discussions surrounding the wide-scale use of alternative energy in the territory, as electricity costs continue to be affected by external factors. Reflecting on concerns regarding rising electricity bills, Walwyn asserted that sustainable measures must be put in place to allow the BVI … Continued

Sports

VI CYCLIST DAREL CHRISTOPHER JR COMPLETES ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN AUSTRALIA

Virgin Islands’ professional cyclist Darel Christopher Jr. has completed the 2022 UCI (Union Cyclist International) Road World Championships held in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia from September 17 to the 25. Mr. Christopher’s participation was made possible through sponsorship from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports and the private sector. Platinum Sponsor … Continued

BVIFA BUSES VANDALISED FOR A 3RD TIME – APPEAL MADE TO THE EE/LL COMMUNITY AS INCIDENTS ARE COSTING FA THOUSANDS

The BVI Football Association is appealing to residents in the East End/Long Look community to provide any information that can lead to the apprehension of lawless perpetrators who have now for the third time damaged one of their buses. The appeal comes on the heels of an incident that occurred on the compound of the … Continued

VIRGIN ISLANDS ARCHERY ASSOCIATION’S WORLD RECORD HOLDER AND OLYMPIAN ARCHERS VISIT

The Virgin Islands was graced with the presence of World record holder in Compound Archery, Recurve and Compound Coach Raymond Michael Gerard (better known as Mike) of St. Thomas, USVI and Olympian and Archery Coach Tatyana Muntyan of St. Thomas, USVI. The coaches came through the initial invitation of Virgin Islands Archery Federation (VIAF) in … 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

Opinion

WHEATAKE 76: BUILDING STRONG WORKING RELATIONSHIPS BY CHARLES H. WHEATLEY

The following is commentary by Dr. Charles H. Wheatley In Wheatake 75, I reflected on communication and its relationship to effective leadership. In Wheatake 76, the third quality of effective leadership on which I am reflecting is”Building Strong Working Relationships.” A leader is a builder and a builder has to forge good working relationships with … Continued

WHEATAKE 77: BY CHARLES H. WHEATLEY

The following is commentary by Dr. Charles H. Wheatley Today I will share an excerpt from the writings of Ed Yong in lieu of Wheatake 77 Before these days of electronic communication and scientific insights into the movements of hurricanes, our forebears followed the behaviour of animals when preparing for a hurricane landfall. The scissors … Continued

Entertainment

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

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