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SOCIAL ACTIVIST KISHMA PENN & OTHERS COMMENDED FOR FEEDING COVID WARD NURSES WHO ARE UNDER IMMENSE PRESSURE TO SLOW CURVE

Since the advent of the recent surge, nurses at the Covid-19 ward at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital have been working overtime and under immense pressure to care for patients infected with the virus. But their efforts have not gone without notice. Social activist Kishma Penn & a few others are ensuring that nurses … Continued

LEADER OF HER MAJESTY’S LOYAL OPPOSITION ISSUES STATEMENT; CALLS FOR THE DECISION TO HIRE POLITICAL ADVISORS BE RESCINDED FORTHWITH

Fellow Virgin Islanders, we are all currently living through a terrifying experience, one that not only affects us, but all of humanity. This pandemic knows no age, race, social status, or religion. We are faced with many uncertainties not only about the future of our country but also our children’s future. COVID has taken a … Continued

MAN WITH COVID IMPERSONATED WIFE TO BOARD PLANE

A Covid-positive Indonesian man faces arrest after he disguised himself and impersonated his wife in order to board a flight, according to CNN. The man, who has been identified only by his initials “DW,” boarded a domestic Citilink flight last week from Jakarta, Indonesia to Ternate pretending to be his wife.  He wore her women’s Islamic attire, … Continued

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

Local

DELTA VARIANT NOT DETECTED IN THE BVI – FAILING TO ADHERE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS LED TO BVI SPIKE – DR. GEORGES

Results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency have revealed that the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus has not been detected to be in the British Virgin Islands. This was revealed by the Acting Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health Dr. Ronald Georges who made the statement during a recent COVID-19 update to … Continued

LEADER OF HER MAJESTY’S LOYAL OPPOSITION ISSUES STATEMENT; CALLS FOR THE DECISION TO HIRE POLITICAL ADVISORS BE RESCINDED FORTHWITH

Fellow Virgin Islanders, we are all currently living through a terrifying experience, one that not only affects us, but all of humanity. This pandemic knows no age, race, social status, or religion. We are faced with many uncertainties not only about the future of our country but also our children’s future. COVID has taken a … Continued

CONTRACTS SIGNED FOR ASPHALT WORK ON 6 ROAD PROJECTS

r for Transportation, Work and Utilities, Honourable Kye Rymer continues to share his vision for first-class roads in the Territory with the signing of a contract to supply Asphaltic Concrete Works across six road project sites on Tortola. The Government of the Virgin Islands in collaboration with the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) signed the … Continued

OVER 600 PERSONS RECOVER BRINGING BVI’S ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES DOWN TO 1,109. DEATHS INCREASE TO 25

The British Virgin Islands has turned a major corner in its coronavirus outbreak with a daily decrease in positive cases and record recoveries. This brings the territories’ tally of active covid-19 cases to 1,109. The updated epidemiological records were announced by the Minister of Health and Social Development, Honorable Carvin Malone during a press update … Continued

Regional

IT’S ELECTION DAY! ST. LUCIANS HEAD TO THE POLLS TODAY

St. Lucia News Online Prime Minister Allen Chastanet addressed the nation on Sunday night ahead of general elections on Monday, asserting that the choice facing the electorate is whether to go backward or forward, as he described the vote as the most important since independence. “You cannot afford to stay home,” he declared, adding that … Continued

7 MONTH OLD BABY DIES FROM COVID-19 IN ANTIGUA

Antigua and Barbuda marked a grim milestone this week after a seven month old, who contracted coronavirus (COVID-19), had died while being treated at the Sir Lester Bird Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (SLBMSJMC). The baby boy is the youngest person in Antigua and Barbuda to have contracted the virus and died. SLBMSJMC said the child was … Continued

World

TWO DOSES OF THE PFIZER OR ASTRAZENECA VACCINES FOUND TO BE VERY EFFECTIVE AGAINST DELTA VARIANT – ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY

SOURCE: LONDON, (Reuters) – Two doses of Pfizer (PFE.N) or AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant Alpha variant, a study published on Wednesday showed. Officials say vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant, now the dominant variant worldwide, though the study reiterated that … Continued

VIOLENCE FLARES IN HAITI AHEAD OF SLAIN PRESIDENT’S FUNERAL

Caribbean News Online DÁNICA COTO, ASSOCIATED PRESS—Hundreds of workers fled businesses in northern Haiti on Wednesday after demonstrations near the hometown of assassinated President Jovenel Moïse grew violent ahead of his funeral. Associated Press journalists observed the body of one man who witnesses said was shot in the community of Quartier-Morin, which is near Trou-du-Nord, … Continued

THE COVID DELTA VARIANT: HOW EFFECTIVE ARE VACCINES?

What does vaccines effectiveness mean? Vaccine effectiveness refers to how well a vaccine works in the real world. The figures are given with respect to particular outcomes, such as infection, symptomatic disease, hospital admission or death. If a Covid-19 vaccine is “90% effective” against symptomatic disease it means vaccinated people have a 90% lower risk … Continued

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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

Opinion

REGIONAL BODIES MUST STEP UP

OPINION: ADÉX – WRITER & VISUAL ARTIST As we return to a sense of normalcy in North America over the Spring/Summer months, the number of Caribbean workers who travel abroad to work from the OECS will likely increase during this time. This is why regional bodies need to step-up its involvement in protecting its citizens … Continued

OPINION: COLLECTIVELY, AS POLITICIANS, EX ATHLETES HAVE FAILED SPORTS, DEAN “THE SPORTSMAN” GREENAWAY

BACKGROUND Before laying out the observations which will more so focus on the 2000-2021 period where the most ex-athletes have been elected to govern, it’s important to provide some requisite background to strengthen the points. With the exception of Cricket and Softball Associations formed in 1945 and 1952 respectively, six other sporting associations—Athletics, Tennis, Sailing, … Continued

Politics

COI TO BREAK UNTIL LATE AUGUST DUE TO COVID SPIKE & OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTATION FROM GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

Due to the territory’s current spike in COVID-19 cases, coupled with many outstanding important documents, the Commission of Inquiry (COI) will be breaking for hearings until late August as the team prepares to make a brief return to the United Kingdom. This is according to a media release from the COI’s Secretary Steven Chandler who … Continued

WHISTLEBLOWER ACT PASSES IN HOA- PROTECTS PERSONS FROM ACTS OF VICTIMISATION

Whistleblowers in the British Virgin Islands may no longer have to worry about acts of victimisation following the recent passing of the legislation which legally protects persons from such acts. A whistleblower can be defined as any person – usually an employee – who exposes information or activity within a private, public, or government organization … Continued

SEVERAL DEFICIENCIES DISCOVERED IN CABINET’S SYSTEM OF GOVERNANCE – GOVERNOR RANKIN

Governor John Rankin has flagged several deficiencies observed within Cabinet’s system of governance since taking office in late January 2021. The governor highlighted some of those deficiencies in his Position Statement submission to the Commission of Inquiry recently. According to the BVI’s Constitution, the Governor is responsible for chairing each Cabinet meeting, but he does … Continued

Sports

BREAKING NEWS – ELDRED HENRY PULLS OUT OF TOKYO OLYMPIC GAMES DUE TO ELBOW INJURY

National shot-put champion and Olympian Eldred Henry has pulled out from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer due to an elbow injury. This is according to a media release from the BVI Olympic Committee which said that Henry communicated his decision to the BVI Athletics Association’s President Steve Augustine on Monday June 28. Henry … Continued

NBA EYES BAHAMAS AS NEXT SEASON’S VENUE

Caribbean News Online Premier Basketball League Promises Safe Games Amid COVID-19 The Bahamas could become the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) next lair to host its next regular season. In an article by the ESPN, the NBA is considering the idea of a centralized location. Aside from Las Vegas, the players and executives saw a potential … Continued