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FRANCIS BECOMES 1ST POPE TO ENDORSE SAME-SEX CIVIL UNIONS

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal thumbs-up came midway through the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered at the … Continued

TAG, CARQUEST POURS SUPPORT BEHIND BVI CANCER SOCIETY

Tortola Auto Group (TAG), celebrating its five-year anniversary, is providing support to the BVI Cancer Society during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, celebrated in October. During the final week of the observations, Monday, 26th to Sunday 31st, October, for every purchase of $100 and above made at TAG’s CarQuest Auto Parts Store, a donation will be … Continued

HLSCC KICKS OFF THE MOURANT COLLEGE CLASSICS 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION

The 25th Edition of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Classics Race Series kicked off on Saturday, October 10th at the College’s Paraquita Bay campus. Twenty-six of the invited participants, representing some of the longest participating individuals, families, community groups and individuals from various age categories (under 13 to over 70) took part in the … Continued

PROTESTS TURNED DEADLY IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

CNN Protests against police brutality in Lagos turned bloody on Tuesday despite a state-wide curfew, with eyewitnesses telling CNN that multiple demonstrators have been shot by soldiers. Demonstrators have taken part in daily protests across the country for nearly two weeks over widespread claims of kidnapping, harassment, and extortion by a police unit know as the Special … Continued

Local

BACK TO SCHOOL ESSAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED

In a Government Information Services release, Junior Minister for Tourism and Territorial Member Honourable Sharie de Castro announced the winners of the 2020 Territorial Back-to-School Essay Competition that was held on Monday, October 19, 2020. Students from across the Territory were challenged to write on one of the following topics for the Back-to-School Essay competition: … Continued

FORMER POLICE PROSECUTOR “KNIGHT RIDER” REBUKES BVI GOVERNMENT FOR WAR ON GOVERNOR, HOA CONDUCT, LACK OF REPRESENTATION AND SUPPORT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

In a recent audio message received by our newsroom. Former Police Prosecutor and award winning calypsonian Mr. Jefferson J. Knight, popularly known as “Knight Rider” blasted elected officials for what he calls “ensuing violence” and a war on the Governor of the Virgin Islands. The almost 8-minute-long audio heard the outwardly frustrated BVI Resident speaking … Continued

BORDERS TO REOPEN DEC 1ST, CURFEW EXTENDED AND BVIAA WORKERS STILL RECEIVING A 25% SALARY CUT

The BVI Airport Authority, the sole entity responsible for three airports in the BVI namely; Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Tortola, Taddy Bay Airport on Virgin Gorda, Augusta George Airport on Anegada, as well as multiple landing sites for helicopters in the BVI, in a formal letter received by our newsroom dated June 30th, … Continued

Regional

USVI TO REOPEN CRUISE SHIP PORTS AS EARLY AS JANUARY 2021

VI Consortium USVI residents, especially those in St. Thomas, may soon see cruise ships at ports of call again, as the once bustling cruise tourism operation that sustained many livelihoods on the island see some revival in the next few months. During a West Indian Company Board of Directors meeting held Thursday, Interim President and CEO, … Continued

BISHOP CHARLES APPOINTED AS HONORARY CONSUL TO ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has congratulated Bishop Ishmael Charles on his appointment as Honourary Consul to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). The announcement of Bishop Charles’ appointment comes days before the official opening of the country’s first consular office in the Territory on Friday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m. … Continued

TRANSGENDER WOMAN BEATEN AND STABBED IN PUERTO RICO

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A transgender woman was hospitalized recently after police said she was stabbed and violently beaten in the latest case involving a member of the U.S. territory’s LGBTQ community. Authorities issued a statement saying Nicole López, 33, told police that the incident occurred after she got into an argument with … Continued

World

CORONAVIRUS CASES TOP 40 MILLION WORLDWIDE

Loop The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the planet has passed 40 million.The milestone was passed early Monday according to Johns Hopkins University, which collates reports from around the world. The actual worldwide figure of COVID-19 cases is likely to be far higher, as testing has been variable, many people have had no … Continued

Business

KOFFEE IS NOW JAMAICA’S AMBASSADOR FOR MASTERCARD!

Mastercard today announced that it is partnering exclusively with Grammy winning reggae artiste, Koffee, as its official brand ambassador in Jamaica. Under this partnership, Koffee and Mastercard will build awareness about digital payments and educate consumers and merchants about the convenience, wide acceptance, and safety and security features of Mastercard electronic payments options. “Koffee is … Continued

JETBLUE IDENTIFIES NEW CARIBBEAN MARKET

Loop While other airline companies are making positions redundant and mothballing planes, JetBlue is doing the opposite. The company has identified 24 new markets, which it says has the potential to generate cash for its balance sheet. The new markets in focus are 24 in Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America and “cross-country routes which … Continued

Opinion

THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE IS A PROCESS- EDITORIAL BY DICKSON IGWE

The road to Virgin Islands independence is a game of chess, not dominoes  Now, one reason it appears any talk of independence swiftly dissipates into farce, is the very nature of the beast.  To begin with, the winding, bushy, and thorny path, to independence is further strewn with traps, obstacles, and deep holes. The road to independence has never been an easy … Continued

COVID-19 AND THE DEBT TOOL- EDITORIAL BY DICKSON IGWE

In a world that was already awash with debt,before the Covid 19 Pandemic, it appears debt remains the one tool for keeping the global economy alive, until the pandemic ends OK. The good news is that the Covid 19 Pandemic may well be over by December 2021.  A vaccine is expected to be approved and widely distributed in 2021. There is also the development of swift testing using a basic … Continued

COVID 19 AND BUILDING GLOBAL SUPPLY RESILIENCE- EDITORIAL BY DICKSON IGWE

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the international business environment permanently. The pandemic means that organizations around the globe, must be able to react, adapt and set up crisis management mechanisms in order to weather situations of uncertainty, and swiftly. Today, and everywhere, businesses and countries are hugely reliant on production and supplies from China, Southeast … Continued

Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD TO RESTART MOVIE PRODUCTIONS FOLLOWING CORONAVIRUS-RELATED HALT

Hollywood’s unions announced Monday that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts … Continued

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

Politics

TRUMP AND MELANIA TEST POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS!

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Friday. The positive tests come a month before the election and after the president has spent the year largely downplaying the threat of the virus. Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide … Continued

BREAKING NEWS: JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINGSBURG DEAD AT 87!

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Gingsburg died today Friday, the court announced. She was 87. Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day, including abortion rights, same-sex … Continued