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FORMER PREMIER DR. ORLANDO SMITH WEIGHS IN ON BVI GOVERNMENTS SUCCESS IN DEFENDING A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CLAIM BY BVI AIRWAYS

In response to the BVI Government’s success in defending a Multi-Million-dollar claim brought by an Airline, former Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr. D. Orlando Smith in a recent Facebook post weighed in on the matter. The post reads, “I am pleased that after retaining Martin Kenney and Associates in 2018 under my Administration to … 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

OVER 300 GRADUATE AT UVI DURING VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT EVENT

VI CONSORTIUM The University of the Virgin Islands on Friday graduated 313 students with degrees in a variety of disciplines, marking another successful year for the institution which two years ago started offering U.S. Virgin Islands students free tuition. The range of disciplines, seen in detail here, includes School of Education, School of Nursing, College … Continued

39 STUDENTS RECEIVE SOLAR ENERGY TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION

The HLSCC’s Workforce Training Division, Centre for Professional Development and Community Education (CPDCE) in conjunction with Power52 Caribbean Energy Institute (CEI) awarded thirty-nine participants with a certificate from the National Center for Construction Education & Research, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration after completing an 11-week Solar Energy … Continued

“RESILIENT AND STRONG, LET’S CARRY ON FOR BVI FESTIVAL 2021”; OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2021 VIRGIN ISLANDS FESTIVAL THEME & SLOGAN

The Virgin Islands Festivals & Fairs Committee has officially announced the selection of the official 2021 VI Festival Theme and Slogan. This year’s winning theme, “A Reflection of Heritage and Hope – Commemorating the 67th Emancipation Celebration,” was submitted by Miss Aliana Smith. The slogan, “Resilient and Strong, Let’s Carry On for BVI Festival 2021,” … Continued

Local

HLSCC TO HOST FREDERICK PICKERING MEMORIAL LECURE SERIES

The HLSCC Virgin Islands Studies Institute is inviting the public to attend its annual Frederick Pickering Memorial Lecture Series. The focus of this year’s series is The Virgin Islands Constitutional history and heritage. Part 1 will be held on Sunday 16th May at 3pm at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium at the HLSCC campus. The … Continued

FORMER PREMIER DR. ORLANDO SMITH WEIGHS IN ON BVI GOVERNMENTS SUCCESS IN DEFENDING A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CLAIM BY BVI AIRWAYS

In response to the BVI Government’s success in defending a Multi-Million-dollar claim brought by an Airline, former Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr. D. Orlando Smith in a recent Facebook post weighed in on the matter. The post reads, “I am pleased that after retaining Martin Kenney and Associates in 2018 under my Administration to … Continued

Regional

COVID-19 CAUSES CANCELLATION OF CARIFTA GAMES

CMC HAMILTON, Bermuda – The off-again, on-again Carifta Games, the region’s annual junior athletics showpiece set to be staged in Bermuda this year, are now officially off because of coronavirus pandemic regulations, organisers have announced. The news that young athletes around the Caribbean, and in particular in Bermuda, have dreaded was confirmed on Monday night … Continued

CHURCH CONGREGATION, PRIVATE PARTIES LED TO SHARP INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES IN ST. THOMAS, HEALTH COMMISSIONER SAYS

VI CONSORTIUM V.I. Dept. of Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion made known this week that a “dramatic uptick” in Covid-19 cases has been affecting St. Thomas over the past week, bringing the positivity rate to 3.33 percent compared to 1.86 percent last week. As of Monday there were 94 active cases in the territory, 16 of … Continued

USVI 16-YEAR-OLD BOY SHOT DEAD, 9-YEAR-OLD GIRL CHILD INJURED DURING DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN KENNEDY HOUSING COMMUNITY, 2021 TOTAL HOMICIDES NOW 20

VI CONSORTIUM ST. CROIX – A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed early Sunday morning during a drive-by shooting at the John F. Kennedy Terrace housing community, the Consortium has learned, information that was corroborated by V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Toby Derima. According to Mr. Derima, at about 12:21 a.m. Sunday the 911 Emergency Call … Continued

World

AFTER REQUESTING A COI, FORMER BVI GOVERNOR AUGUSTUS JU JASPERT JOINS FORCES WITH BORIS JOHNSON AS INTERIM HEAD OF PM’S DELIVERY UNIT, WHILE JOHNSON IS ALSO IN THE MIDST OF A PUBLIC INQUIRY

CIVIL SERVICE WORLD Downing Street has said work to create the new Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit will commence right away with former British Virgin Islands governor Gus Jaspert acting as interim head until permanent chief Dr Emily Lawson is available. Prime minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman this week announced that the unit was being created … Continued

ZERO COVID DEATHS FOR ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND NI

Zero coronavirus deaths have been announced in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday. Wales recorded four deaths meaning that, overall, the UK showed a slight increase on the two deaths recorded on Sunday. It comes as Boris Johnson has confirmed England will proceed to lift more lockdown restrictions next week. Meanwhile, the UK’s coronavirus … Continued

Business

TWITTER TO HAND OVER “POTUS” ACCOUNT TO BIDEN WHETHER OR NOT TRUMP CONCEDES

Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc will transfer control of the @POTUS account to the Joe Biden administration on Jan. 20, the social media companies said on Saturday. The @POTUS account on both platforms is the official account of the President of the United States. It is separate from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account and the @DonaldTrump … Continued

Entertainment

‘ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’ TAPS NISCHELLE TURNER AS FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO CO-HOST

The Source Entertainment Tonight is catching on to the changing times and making history with their recent announcement that they have tapped Nischelle Turner, as the first Black woman to anchor their industry-leading Hollywood media brand. Turner is preceded by Mary Hart (1982-2011) and Nancy O’Dell (2011-2019), and is just the third woman in the … Continued

Opinion

RESIDENTS OF THE BVI QUESTIONS GOVERNOR JASPERT’S MOTIVES AND CALLS FOR APOLOGY AFTER NEGATIVE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE

Yesterday, the residents of the British Virgin watched as the Governor of the Virgin Islands, His Excellency Augustus J.U. Jaspert announced the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry. In his statement, Governor Jaspert listed a number of allegations that have been reported against present and successive Governments of the Territory. One resident of the BVI … Continued

Politics

TRUMP: FIRST PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY TO BE IMPEACHED TWICE!

President Trump is the first president in U.S.A. history to be impeached twice. The House of Representatives passed an article charging President Donald Trump with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in last week’s deadly Capitol attack. Trump will most likely stay in office and finish out his term because it takes a Senate conviction to remove him from … Continued

BIDEN TWISTS ANKLE WHILE PLAYING WITH DOG

President-elect Joe Biden twisted his ankle while playing with one of his dogs, and will be examined by a doctor “out of an abundance of caution,” his office said Sunday. Biden suffered the injury on Saturday and visited an orthopedist at Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists in Newark, Delaware for an examination Sunday afternoon, his office said. … Continued

TRUMP’S ELDEST SON TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

President Donald Trump said Saturday his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, is doing “very well” in quarantine after becoming infected with the coronavirus. “My son Donald is doing very well. Thank you!” the president tweeted, following Friday’s disclosure that the 42-year-old Trump scion had become one of the nearly 12 million Americans infected by the … Continued