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CARIFTA ATHLETES RECOGNISED IN GRAND STYLE

The BVI CARIFTA athletes were well celebrated at the Recognition Ceremony which was held by the Government of the Virgin Islands to highlight their overall outstanding performance at the just concluded 49th CARIFTA Games in Jamaica. The British Virgin Islands CARIFTA team finished the 49th Edition of the CARIFTA Games ranking third, after copping a … Continued

ESHS REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WILL NOT BE PUT ON HOLD

Premier Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley has given the assurance to residents that the Elmore Stoutt High School Redevelopment Project will not be one of the projects put on hold as part of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report recommendations. Premier Wheatley made the comment following questions posed by the media on the subject. The … Continued

MIAMI BASED BVI PORTS AUTHORITY LLC A LEGITIMATE COMPANY – SAYS RYMER

Deputy Premier Honourable Kye Rymer has confirmed that the Miami based BVI Ports Authority LLC (Limited Liability Company) is a legitimate company which acts as an outreach location for the territory’s cruise business. Rymer, who was recently appointed the minister responsible for the BVI Ports Authority made the statement during a recent press conference after … Continued

ADAEJAH COMPLETED A QUADRUPLE OF WINS AS SHE GUIDED HER HIGH SCHOOL TO THEIR 4TH CHAMPIONSHIP – CROWNED MVP

Top junior female athlete Adaejah Hodge completed a quadruple as she guided her Alexander Cougars to their 4th Georgia High Schools Association, Class 6A Championships over the weekend. Hodge broke records in the long jump and 100-meter events and set a personal best time in the 400 meters. She also won the 200-meter event in … Continued

Local

ATTEMPTS WERE MADE TO CONVINCE BVIEC TO RESORT TO A CLEANER FUEL OPTION – DELTA SAYS ADVICE WAS IGNORED

Delta Petroleum Limited (Caribbean) has revealed that their attempt to convince the BVIEC to resort to a cleaner option of fuel resulted in the termination of their contract, after failing to provide the No.2 Diesel Fuel as contractually obligated. This is according to a press release from the Delta Petroleum Group Chief Executive Officer Carlos … Continued

PS O’NEAL-MORTON AND DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS SECRETARIAT NAJAN CHRISTOPHER IN PREMIER’S OFFICE SENT ON LEAVE PENDING INVESTIGATIONS

It was announced on Friday May 13th, 2022 during a Press Conference held by Premier Dr. Hon. Natalio Wheatley that Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office, Mrs. Carolyn O’Neal Morton has been sent on leave while investigations are ongoing by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force. Wheatley said, “Currently, the permanent secretary is on leave, … Continued

FULL DEPTH ROAD RECONSTRUCTION TO COMMENCE ON FISH BAY ROAD TRAFFIC DISRUPTION & ROAD CLOSURES EXPECTED

The full depth road reconstruction on the Fish Bay Road is scheduled to commence on Monday, 16 May, 2022 and traffic disruption is expected. Beginning Monday, excavation works for the first 130m or 426.4 feet of the Fish Bay Road Rehabilitation Project starting at the Sol Entrance and heading in an eastward direction will commence. … Continued

Regional

ST KITTS PM FIRES 6 MINISTERS; PARLIAMENT DISSOLVED

Yesterday May 10th, 2022 during a national address Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Timothy Harris fired 6 rebellious ministers, appointed a new Deputy Prime Minister and dissolved the parliament giving way for elections. Harris Tuesday said he had asked the Governor General, Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton, to dissolve Parliament … Continued

UWI SAYS UK IS NO AUTHORITY ON DEMOCRACY

Joining ogranisations like CARICOM and the OECS, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has issued a statement condemning the United Kingdom’s (UK) suggestion of directly ruling the Virgin Islands. In a statement released yesterday, Sunday May 8th, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said that UWI “joins with CARICOM in calling on Britain to retreat … Continued

CARICOM “DEEPLY CONCERNED” BY POSSIBLE SUSPENSION

Yesterday, May 3rd, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) issued a statement regarding the release of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report in the BVI and commented specifically on the recommendation to suspend the Virgin Islands Constitution. The statement said “CARICOM supports the decision of the duly elected Government of the BVI to welcome the recommendations for … Continued

World

PREMIER’S $500K BOND SUSPENDED FOLLOWING APPEAL – TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY AT ARRAIGNMENT

Premier Honourable Andrew Fahie will be required to remain behind bars after his approved $500,000 bond was appealed by United States (U.S) prosecutors on Wednesday. This was confirmed by international media company Nationwide News which said the bond that initially was granted by Judge Alicia Otazo Reyes of the U.S. District Court for the Southern … Continued

PREMIER FAHIE GRANTED $500K BAIL – TO WEAR AN ANKLE MONITOR AND SUBMIT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS IF RELEASED

Premier Honourable Andrew Fahie has been granted a $500,000 corporate bond which means he could likely be released from federal detention in Miami prior to his May 25 arraignment. This was confirmed by international media news sites which said the decision came as a surprise after federal court Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes rejected the prosecutors’ argument … Continued

PREMIER’S DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY REQUEST REJECTED- BVI NOT RECOGNISED AS A SOVEREIGN STATE

Premier Andrew Fahie’s request for diplomatic immunity has been rejected by the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida. This is according to a document obtained by 284News which said that the ‘Notice of Invocation of Immunity’ which was submitted by the premier’s attorney Theresa Van Vliet was not applicable to Premier Fahie . … Continued

Business

SHANE BAPTISTE APPOINTED THE NEW ASIA REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMISSION

The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (“the Commission”) announces the appointment of Mr. Shane Baptiste as the Commission’s new Asia Representative at BVI FSC (HK) Ltd., with effect from 01 July 2022. Mr. Baptiste replaces Mr. Burton Chalwell, who returns to the Commission after his tenure ends on 30 June 2022. As Asia Representative, … Continued

REPUBLIC BANK (BVI) LIMITED GO-LIVE WEEKEND SERVICES EFFECTIVE APRIL 4TH

Republic Bank (BVI) Limited (RBVG) is advising its customers that its conversion from the Banking Systems of Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) to Republic Financial Holdings Limited’s (RFHL) suite of technology platforms is set to take place on April 4, 2022. To facilitate this conversion, the Bank’s operations will experience some temporary changes, including the … Continued

Politics

PROPOSAL SUBMITTED TO THE UK ON APPROACH TO REFORM THE BVI UNDER DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE – SAYS PREMIER

The Government of the Virgin Islands has formally submitted a proposal to the United Kingdom Government detailing their agenda to implement the recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report under democratic governance. Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. The Honourable Natalio Wheatley made the disclosure during Wednesday’s press conference. He said the proposal was … Continued

THE BVI AIRWAYS PROJECT AN EXAMPLE OF EXTREMELY POOR GOVERNANCE – DISHONESTY AMONG PUBLIC OFFICIALS CONCLUDED

The Commission of Inquiry Report has concluded that the $7.2 million BVI Airways project was plagued with mass instances of poor governance and dishonesty among public officials which led to its failure. The COI Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom made the disclosure within his 946-page Report. He listed the former Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. … Continued

POWERS OF GOVERNOR AND PREMIER, AN ELECTIONS EXPENSE REGIME AND SELECTION OF SPEAKER AMONG THE PROPOSED TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW TEAM

While stating that a Constitutional Review is long overdue in the British Virgin Islands, the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom has recommended that one be commenced as soon possible within the territory, to be completed within a one-year period. This was one of the overarching recommendations stemming from the recently published COI … Continued

UWI SAYS UK IS NO AUTHORITY ON DEMOCRACY

Joining ogranisations like CARICOM and the OECS, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has issued a statement condemning the United Kingdom’s (UK) suggestion of directly ruling the Virgin Islands. In a statement released yesterday, Sunday May 8th, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said that UWI “joins with CARICOM in calling on Britain to retreat … Continued

Sports
Entertainment

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! FINDING THE RIGHT LOCATION FOR EVENTS IN THE BVI AMIDST A PANDEMIC. A LOOK AT SOME SUCCESSFUL CHOICES.

Since the onset of the pandemic, businesses and promoters have struggled to diversify and maneuver through the changing times. Specific locations such as: The BVI Festival Grounds, Cane Garden Bay, Tortola Pier Park, Multi-Purpose Sports Complex and local beaches like Long Bay Beach have always been top choices for hosting events. As the territory has … Continued

FLOATILLA OF LIGHTS BOAT PARADE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SUPPORT; ORGANIZERS OPTIMISTIC

Due to an insufficient amount of registrants the public is informed that the Floatilla of Lights boat parade has been cancelled. In an official comment organizers said, “While we share your disappointment we have already had positive conversations about next year’s event which will be part of the event lineup for Christmas in the City. … Continued

Opinion

UWI SAYS UK IS NO AUTHORITY ON DEMOCRACY

Joining ogranisations like CARICOM and the OECS, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has issued a statement condemning the United Kingdom’s (UK) suggestion of directly ruling the Virgin Islands. In a statement released yesterday, Sunday May 8th, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said that UWI “joins with CARICOM in calling on Britain to retreat … Continued

OPINION: SHAINA M SMITH ARCHER ON COI REPORT

I am not surprised by this time line because from the Governor’s first announcement I estimated it would take a month before the report would be made public. And I am still more interested in the UK response to the report. That’s what I am waiting on. Bear in mind they can choose what recommendations … Continued

OPINION: LEARNERS TO LEADERS BY SHAINA SMITH-ARCHER

I had the honour a week ago to participate in an important dialogue about how we prepare our students for life. The discussion centred around the questions: “Preparing learners to be leaders: What is required? How do we transform the system to better prepare our learners to be leaders in this territory and the world?” … Continued