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UNOFFICIAL CLAIMS RVIPF SURFACES OF RVIPF OFFICER BEING INVOLVED IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY; CoP DIDN’T CONFIRM OR DENY CLAIMS

Commissioner Michael Matthews has denied any official reports of a Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Police Sergeant being removed from duty pending an investigation into his involvement with illegal activities. The message, which has been circulating on social media, reached our news room. It stated “Good Morning, a Police Sergeant in the RVIPF has been … Continued

150 KILOS OF COCAINE SEIZED IN VEHICLE AS DRIVER ESCAPES

Over 330 pounds of cocaine has been confiscated by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force during a vehicle interception. However, the driver has escaped. This was confirmed by an official report sent out by Information officer, Dianne Drayton of the RVIPF who said “duri​ng an operation in the early hours of Tuesday, 19 January 2021, … Continued

BVI GOVERNMENT RETAINS INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM FOR THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY

GIS Ensuring a Transparent Process International law firm retained for BVI Commission of Inquiry Following the statement of the Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, Premier of the Virgin Islands, dated 19 January 2021, concerning the decision of the Governor, His Excellency Augustus J U Jaspert, to institute a Commission of Inquiry, the Government of the Virgin … Continued

BVI RECEIVES FUNDING FOR COVID-19 SOCIAL RESPONSE

The British Virgin Islands will receive over USD$362,000 in funding from the United Nations (UN) COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund (COVID-19 MPTF Fund) as a participating country in the Joint Programme on “Social Protection and employability promotion to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19.” The Joint Programme supports the UN Multi-Sectoral Response Plan … Continued

PERSONS WITH EXPIRED DOCUMENTS IN THE BVI TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS IMMEDIATELY

Persons who have expired entry permits, work permits and work permit exemptions are to contact the respective departments to make an appointment to facilitate the regularising of their permits. Persons with Work Permits or Work Permit Exemptions that expired in 2020, and who are waiting to collect certificates from the Social Security Board, National Health … Continued

Local

150 KILOS OF COCAINE SEIZED IN VEHICLE AS DRIVER ESCAPES

Over 330 pounds of cocaine has been confiscated by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force during a vehicle interception. However, the driver has escaped. This was confirmed by an official report sent out by Information officer, Dianne Drayton of the RVIPF who said “duri​ng an operation in the early hours of Tuesday, 19 January 2021, … Continued

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

BVIHSA & HLSCC EMBARKS ON FIRST EMT TRAINING IN THE TERRITORY

The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) in conjunction withHLSCC’s Workforce Training Division, Centre for Professional Development and Community Education embarked on its first Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training for the Territory on January 13. The first cohort of twelve aspiring EMTs have been introduced to emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients. … Continued

Regional

US SUPPORTS GUYANA IN TERRITORIAL DISPUTE WITH VENEZUELA

The US has condemned attempts by President Nicolás Maduro to recognise a disputed part of Guyanese territory as Venezuela’s. In a tweet on Sunday, Acting Assistant Secretary for US Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Michael Kozak said: “The US supports the International Court of Justice (ICJ) 12/18 ruling that it has jurisdiction … Continued

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS CONGRESSWOMAN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING RIOTERS

LOOPS – US Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett has condemned yesterday’s storming of the US Capitol Building by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump. Plaskett, who was in the Congress Chamber when the rioters breached security barriers in a bid to stop the certification of last November’s Presidential Election, posted on Twitter: “The democracy WILL … Continued

World

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

FIRST TWO CAPITOL RIOT INDICTMENTS FILED AGAINST TWO MEN

(CNN) – The Justice Department on Tuesday filed its first federal grand jury indictments against two defendants linked to the Capitol riot, including against an Alabama man alleged to have parked a truck filled with homemade bombs, guns and ammo two blocks from the Capitol.  Both men were arrested last week and their criminal allegations were made … Continued

RICHARD BRANSON LOSES HIS MOTHER TO COVID-19

(CNN) – Eve Branson, mother of Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group, has died of coronavirus, her son announced Monday. In a blog post announcing the death, Branson said that his mother “held on for one last victory, managing to fight off the virus, but had expended all of her energy in the process.” She … 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

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

OPINION: THE COVID-19 VACCINE BY DR. KEDRICK PICKERING

The British Virgin Islands should aim to be one of the first countries in the Caribbean region to be fully vaccinated from the Covid 19 virus. Our small population and being an overseas territory of the United Kingdom gives us an advantage we should readily embrace. This ought to be an individual responsibility that ultimately … Continued

FORMER LEGISLATOR MYRON WALWYN: “WE MUST AT ALL COST AVOID ANY FURTHER FAILED DEADLINES.”

In a recent Facebook post, Former Education Minister and businessman Myron V Walwyn shared his thoughts on the management of Covid-19 in the British Virgin Islands. The post which began by highlighting the mammoth task for any Government in the handling of this pandemic stated: “I have long maintained that the management of this pandemic … Continued

Entertainment

AUNT BECKY IS FREE FROM PRISON

MICROSOFT NEWS After serving a two-month sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, Aunt Becky (aka, actor Lori Loughlin) has left prison, spokeswoman Sally Swarts confirmed on Monday. She’s free! According to CNN, Becky began her sentence on October 30, which means she wasn’t let out early on good behavior like fellow actor … Continued

ELLEN DEGENERES TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Ellen DeGeneres announced on Thursday that she has tested positive for Covid-19.The popular talk show host tweeted the news from her verified Twitter account.”Hi Everyone,” DeGeneres wrote. “I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me … Continued

DAVE PROWSE, ACTOR WHO PLAYED DARTH VADER, DIES AT 85

LONDON (AP) — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. He was 85. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday. Born in Bristol, southwest England, in 1935, Prowse was a three-time … 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