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BVI PORTS AUTHORITY DEFERS FEE INCREASES TO 2022

Pursuant to the public announcement made by Premier and Minister with responsibility for Ports, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, on Thursday, April 8th, regarding the postponement of port fee increases to 2022, the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority officially advises all stakeholders that the majority of fees, included those scheduled to take effect next month, will … Continued

“FREAK STORM” CAUSES MODERATE DAMAGE TO BARBADOS DURING THE PASSING OF A TROPICAL WAVE

While the territory experienced inclement weather from a tropical wave on the night of Thursday June 17 that mainly resulted in heavy showers, at least one other Caribbean country has reportedly suffered moderate damage from a “freak storm”. Barbados experienced a tropical wave on the night of Wednesday June 16 which resulted in houses completely … Continued

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BVIFA’S YOUTH PROGRAMME MAKING POSITIVE STRIDES IN DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG FOOTBALLERS

The BVI Football Association’s Youth programme has been making positive strides in the development of young footballers here in the territory. This is according to the BVI Football Association’s President Andy Bickerton who made the statement during an interview with 284 Media on Thursday June 17. Bickerton was speaking on the advancements made in youth … Continued

Regional

TOTAL LOCKDOWN FOR SURINAME AS CASES TOP 19,000

Suriname Thursday announced a complete lockdown on Sundays and holidays until July 5, as the Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country and other member states recorded deaths linked to COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Suriname has risen to 427 after nine people died from the virus, pushing the total for this month to 125. … Continued

GUYANA DECLARES FLOODING A NATIONAL DISASTER

Caribbean News Online President Irfaan Ali proclaimed that the floods across Guyana have reached the stage of a national disaster and crisis. In a gazetted proclamation of the floods as a national disaster, it was noted that 28,228 households have been affected by flooding in all ten administrative regions. Some of those households have seen … Continued

World

JOINTS FOR JABS: WASHINGTON OFFERS FREE WEED TO VACCINATED ADULTS

In an effort to further encourage residents to get vaccinated, Washington state’s liquor and cannabis board has launched the “Joints for Jabs” campaign, which will temporarily allow state-licensed cannabis retailers to give a free joint to adults who get the vaccine. This initiative remains in effect until July 12.The board has stipulated that cannabis retailers … Continued

ANOTHER COVID SIDE EFFECT: MANY KIDS HEAD TO SUMMER SCHOOL

AP With her three teenagers vaccinated against COVID-19, Aja Purnell-Mitchell left it up to them to decide whether to go back to school during summer break. The decision was unanimous: summer school. “Getting them back into it, helping them socialize back with their friends, maybe meet some new people, and, of course, pick up the … Continued

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Entertainment

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

‘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

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’S COMMISSIONER REFUTES LEAK CLAIMS AND ORDERS INVESTIGATION INTO LEAKED DOCUMENT

Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom has refuted claims published within a local news article which suggests that confidential information was leaked to the news agency by senior officials of the Commission of Inquiry (COI). Sir Hickinbottom also ordered an immediate investigation into the leak which he termed to be a very serious breach of confidential information. … Continued

LATE SUBMISSION OF REGISTER OF INTERESTS DECLARATION LINKED TO THE ABSENCE OF AN ORIENTATION FOR NEWLY ELECTED HOA MEMBERS

The late submission of the Register of Interests declaration by at least one first-time legislator has been linked to the absence of an orientation process upon taking office. This was the sentiments shared by Junior Minister for Tourism Sharie de Castro when she appeared before the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Monday June 14. The … Continued

4 FULLY VACCINATED PORTS OF ENTRY ESTABLISHED FOR VACCINATED INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS INTO THE BVI

The BVI government has established four fully vaccinated ports of entry across the territory to receive fully vaccinated international travellers and crew members. Premier Andrew Fahie made the announcement during a live tourism update on Tuesday June 15, where he revealed that Cabinet had signed onto the new initiative which comes into effect on Thursday … Continued

SPEAKER WILLOCK BELIEVE THE RIGHTS OF SITTING HOA MEMBERS ARE BEING VIOLATED BY THE COI COMMISSIONER

Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock has said that he believes the rights of the members of the House continue to be violated by the Commissioner of Inquiry, Sir Gary Hickinbottom. In a media release statement issued from the Office of the Speaker on Monday June 14, Willock expressed his discontent with several … Continued

Sports

BVIFA’S YOUTH PROGRAMME MAKING POSITIVE STRIDES IN DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG FOOTBALLERS

The BVI Football Association’s Youth programme has been making positive strides in the development of young footballers here in the territory. This is according to the BVI Football Association’s President Andy Bickerton who made the statement during an interview with 284 Media on Thursday June 17. Bickerton was speaking on the advancements made in youth … Continued