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ONE NEW CASE OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN THE BVI

Based on new epidemiological records, another case of COVID-19 has been recorded in the British Virgin Islands. Minister of Health, Hon. Carvin Malone told 284 news today that the new case was someone who repatriated back to the BVI. Honorable Malone said it was a “returning resident, tested while in quarantine”. To date the territory … Continued

TRUMP SAYS HE’LL LEAVE WHITE HOUSE IF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE SEATS BIDEN

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will leave the White House if the Electoral College formalizes President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory — even as he insisted such a decision would be a “mistake” — as he spent his Thanksgiving renewing baseless claims that “massive fraud” and crooked officials in battleground states caused his election defeat. … Continued

CARNIVAL CANCELS US CRUISES FOR JANUARY, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled additional cruises from the United States for the first month of 2021. This, following an advisory against cruise travel from the US-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Carnival said in a press release that their decision will affect all embarkations from US homeports from January 1-31 and all embarkations on … Continued

RACISM HAS DRIVEN AMERICA INTO DECLINE- EDITORIAL BY DICKSON IGWE

People all over the world view the USA today alarmingly.  Outsiders – non Americans- are at a loss for the downward trajectory of the supposedly most powerful country on earth.  The USA is no longer a draw for world travelers and migrants. The greatly valued Green Card is only attractive to desperate people from war torn and economically depressed lands.  In fact … Continued

Local

OUTSTANDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO BE HONORED

GIS Members of the Territory’s law enforcement, security and protection forces will soon be awarded the Governor’s Medal for Meritorious Service. The initiative launched by His Excellency the Governor Augustus Jaspert will see up to 10 persons receiving awards. Governor Jaspert said he is pleased to launch the initiative, which will hereafter be awarded annually … Continued

RVIPF RECEIVES FOUR NEW VEHICLES

GIS The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force will add four new law enforcement vehicles to their fleet as the Government of the Virgin Islands continues to invest in law enforcement. Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said the vehicles have just arrived to the Territory and that he is pleased that the … Continued

THE WELLNESS CENTER BEHAVIORAL CLINIC ADMINISTERS FIRST INDEPENDENT AUTISUM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD) TESTING IN THE TERRITORY

In the month of November, The Wellness Center Behavioral Clinic administered the first independent psychological intake, testing and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Territory. This was a significant milestone for The Wellness Center as well as the entire Territory. In 2019, The Wellness Centre, in collaboration with the McLain Association for children … Continued

PREMIER FAHIE RAISES CONCERNS TO JMC REGARDING CONSTITUTIONAL RELATIONSHIP

GIS Yesterday, the Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie raised concerns during the Overseas Territories Joint Minister Council (JMC) meeting regarding language of the communiqué relating to a section on the Constitutional Relationship.   In making his final intervention during the JMC, Premier Fahie said the following:   “I am aware that the OTs … Continued

World

MICHAEL FLYNN: TRUMP PARDONS EX-NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

BBC US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The president said the widely expected act of clemency was his “Great Honor”. Mr Flynn was convicted during a justice department inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Leading Democrats condemned … Continued

CHINA TESTS MILLIONS AFTER CORONAVIRUS FLAREUPS IN 3 CITIES

Loop News Chinese authorities are testing millions of people, imposing lockdowns and shutting down schools after multiple locally transmitted coronavirus cases were discovered in three cities across the country last week. As temperatures drop, widescale measures are being enacted in Tianjin, Shanghai and Manzhouli, even though the number of new cases remains low compared to … Continued

Regional

USVI GOVERNOR BRYAN ANNOUNCES “SOFT TWO WEEK” SHUTDOWN FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

(VI CONSORTIUM) – Governor Albert Bryan on Tuesday announced a “soft two-week” shutdown that calls for government departments and agencies to perform remote work as much as possible. He also announced administrative leave for non-essential workers Friday and declared it a day of reflection and prayer. Additionally, Mr. Bryan urged Virgin Islanders to take Covid-19 … Continued

BELIZE PRIME MINISTER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

The newly elected Prime Minister of Belize John Briceño was swabbed for COVID-19 and has tested positive.  This was confirmed by the Office of the Prime Minister this evening.   It says Briceño will remain in isolation for the next two weeks, after which he will be re-tested. No other information was provided on this health.   The prime minister recently … Continued

DOMINICA PLACES ST. LUCIA IN HIGH-RISK CATEGORY OF TRAVELERS

The Government of Dominica has now placed Saint. Lucia in the high-risk category of travellers.This as the Government revised the COVID-19 Country Risk Classifications for travel from the CARICOM Travel Bubble, Low, Medium and High-Risk Countries. The new classification came into effect on November 18. Saint Lucia currently has 141 active cases of COVID-19 according … Continued

THREE SHOT, ONE DEAD IN ST. JOHN USVI TUESDAY NIGHT

VI CONSORTIUM ST. JOHN — Three men were injured by gunfire during a shooting incident in St. John Tuesday night, with one of the three later succumbing to his injuries, the Consortium has learned. Details remained scant at time of writing, but V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Toby Derima told the Consortium that the incident occurred … 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

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

Opinion

TROY CHRISTOPHER IS NEW CHAIRMAN OF BVI RED CROSS, BEVIN BRAITHWAITE & SYLVIA MOSES APPOINTED AT VC & TREASURER

Press Release The BVI Red Cross welcomes Troy Christopher as its new Chairman; Mr. Bevin Braithwaite as Vice Chair; and Ms. Sylvia Moses as Treasurer. The new appointments were made at Thursday’s annual general meeting. Mr. Braithwaite replaces Mr. Christopher; while Mr. Christopher replaces Mr. Geoffrey Brooks. BVI Red Cross Director Stacy Lloyd commented, “We … Continued

THE POST PANDEMIC ECONOMY- EDITORIAL BY DICKSON IGWE

Part 2 Capitalism and individualism, with the stress on the market economy, will not be able to deal with the New World of climate change, environmental degradation, and rising power polarities that have no respect for freedom and democracy.   Now a key take away from the COVID 19 Pandemic was the limits of the pure capitalism model to come to grips with the crisis at the … Continued

THE POLITICS OF COVID-19- EDITORIAL BY DICKSON IGWE

Placing economy before health is bad politics in the age of COVID Part 1 OK. The evidence from Asia is that voters want their governments to suppress the Covid 19 pandemic over and above fixing broken economies.  And the latest indicators are that the west is losing the war against COVID 19 with its initial, ‘’half baked’’ approach to fighting the pandemic.  … Continued

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

Entertainment

BOBBY BROWN’S SON FOUND DEAD

Bobby Brown Jr, the son of singer Bobby Brown, was found dead at a Los Angeles home Wednesday. He was 28. Los Angeles Police spokesman Officer Jeff Lee said officers were responding to a medical emergency when they found Brown Jr’s body around 1:50pm at a home in Encino, The Los Angeles Times reported. Brown … Continued

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

Politics

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

BARACK OBAMA LAUNCHES NEW BOOK TODAY!

“Whatever you do won’t be enough, I heard their voices say. Try anyway.” That was Barack Obama musing in Oslo, Norway, the night after theNobel Prize awards ceremony in which he was given the Nobel Peace Prize. He was reflecting on all the work still ahead of him, all the war and strife that still … Continued

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