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RVIPF SEEK PUBLIC ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING WANTED MEN

The RVIPF is seeking the public’s assistance in locating two men wanted in connection with crimes in the BVI. An arrest warrant has been re-issued for 27-year-old Nyron Erickson who resides in West End Tortola. The RVIPF is seeking the public’s assistance with locating Erickson. On Friday January 24th, 2020 at approximately 3:30 pm, the … Continued

SHOOTING IN ST. THOMAS LEADS TO DOUBLE HOMICIDE; POLICE TO OFFER REWARD FOR INFORMATION ON PERPETRATORS

VI CONSORTIUM Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor on Thursday evening spoke in strong terms against the shooting in St. Thomas today that left two individuals dead. The incident took place during the early afternoon hours in the Tutu area. The two men were believed to be Waste Management Authority contract workers who were on the job … Continued

BRYAN SHUTS DOWN BARS, EXTENDS LIST OF HOT SPOT STATES; BEACHES TO CLOSE AT 4PM ON WEEKENDS; LIMETREE BAY COMMITS TO TEST ALL WORKERS

VI CONSORTIUM Governor Albert Bryan today took some steps to walk back his administration’s reopening plan for the USVI, announcing during his Thursday coronavirus press briefing that effective immediately all bars in the territory are ordered closed, including bars located at restaurants, though restaurants are allowed to continue operating. Restaurants are allowed to continue selling … Continued

Local

HLSCC TO DEVELOP SERVICES TO ACCOMMODATE STUDENTS AFFECTED BY US IMMIGRATION MODIFICATIONS

Considering the recent US decision to modify temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during the Fall 2020 semester, the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) is working to develop and offer the support and services necessary to accommodate BVI students who may be affected. On Monday 6 July, the Students and Exchange Visitor … Continued

TAXI OPERATORS TO BENEFIT FROM SHUTTLE SERVICE

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, has said that the City Park and Ride Free Shuttle Service initiative is an excellent opportunity for Taxi Operators to be able to get back on their feet. The Premier in his statement on Phase Two of the Economic Response Plan ‘Social Protection and Economic Stimulation … Continued

TERRELL HARRIGAN SAYS THANK YOU TO ROTARY CLUB SUNRISE

Often times, we hear of many service organizations in the territory of the Virgin Islands giving selflessly to various causes. Whether it is the planting of trees, creating mobile libraries or giving monetary donations towards someone in need. Today we are pleased to share the success story of Mr. Terrell Harrigan. At a recent Rotary … Continued

World

U.S. UNIVERSITIES TAKES LEGAL ACTIONS AGAINST TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CONTROVERSY

Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday sued the Trump administration over its guidance not allowing foreign students to take online-only courses in the US this fall semester. Harvard announced earlier this week that all course instruction will be delivered online, including for students living on campus. In a statement provided to CNN, the university … Continued

ATLANTA MAYOR KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS: ‘COVID-19 HAS LITERALLY HIT HOME’

People Bottoms confirmed her diagnosis in a tweet on Monday, writing, “COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.” She told MSNBC that she tested negative “about two weeks ago,” but decided to get tested again after noticing that her husband was sleeping more than usual. She said they … Continued

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE U.S.A. MAY POSSIBLY BE DEPORTED IF CLASSES ARE OFFERED ONLINE

Reports by CNN stated, International students who are pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses. This was announced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier today. The move may affect thousands of foreign students who come to the United States to attend … Continued

Regional

PUERTO RICO FACES POLITICAL TURMOIL AS GOVERNOR IS INVESTIGATED

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico faced the possibility of political turmoil Tuesday as the U.S. territory’s governor welcomed an investigation into allegations that she obstructed justice amid calls from the main opposition party for a legislative probe and a possible impeachment process. The obstruction claim was leveled by the opposition Monday over … Continued

Business

BANK OF AMERICA PLEDGES $1 BILLION TO FIGHT RACIAL INEQUALITY!

Source: CNN Bank of America is donating $1 billion over the next four years to community programs and small businesses to help address economic and racial inequality that has been exacerbated by Covid-19. CEO Brian Moynihan said in press release Tuesday that “underlying economic and social disparities” were made worse by the pandemic and mentioned the nationwide … Continued

“BLACK OUT TUESDAY” OBSERVED BY INTERNATIONAL MUSIC INDUSTRY IN LIGHT OF GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH!

Source: Daily Mail Music industry giants are coming together in solidarity with the black community to observe “Black Out Tuesday”, days after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Universal Music Group, Sony, Atlantic, and Capitol were just a few of the companies who have announced they will be observing ‘Black Out … Continued

OVER 100 CARS CLEARED AT BVIPA AFTER BEING STUCK AT SEA OVER 2 MONTHS!

The British Virgin Islands Port Authority, today facilitated the clearance of over 100 vehicles that were refused entry into the territory following the pandemic. According to reports, the shipment was initially turned away by the authority, resulting in hefty costs being incurred by the customers. This revelation was made by Managing Director of Island Shipping, … Continued

Entertainment

“BLACK OUT TUESDAY” OBSERVED BY INTERNATIONAL MUSIC INDUSTRY IN LIGHT OF GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH!

Source: Daily Mail Music industry giants are coming together in solidarity with the black community to observe “Black Out Tuesday”, days after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Universal Music Group, Sony, Atlantic, and Capitol were just a few of the companies who have announced they will be observing ‘Black Out … Continued

ROCK LEGEND LITTLE RICHARD DIES AT 87

ROLLING STONE Little Richard, a founding father of rock & roll whose fervent shrieks, flamboyant garb, and joyful, gender-bending persona embodied the spirit and sound of that new art form, died Saturday. He was 87. The musician’s son, Danny Jones Penniman, confirmed the pioneer’s death to Rolling Stone. The cause of death was bone cancer, … Continued

MICHELLE OBAMA ANNOUNCES NEW NETFLIX SERIES – ‘BECOMING’ DOCUMENTARY TO BE LAUNCH ON MAY 6TH

Washington (CNN) – Michelle Obama has announced the release of a documentary film based on experiences she encountered after writing her memoir, “Becoming.” “I’m excited to share that on May 6, Netflix will release BECOMING,” Obama tweeted Monday. The documentary is directed by Nadia Hallgren, and will “share the stories of the amazing people I … Continued

Opinion

Where is the Caribbean Leadership? Do Caribbean Governments understand how important LIAT is to their individual economies?

By Myron V Walwyn Whether you are a shareholder or not you must get together and help to keep LIAT in the Caribbean skies. It is also time for the OECS and CARICOM countries to establish protocols amongst themselves to open their borders regionally. This will do so much for their ailing economies while keeping … Continued

BVI INDEPENDENCE? EDITORIAL BY DICKSON IGWE

Greater citizen power or greater autonomy In a world ruled by super powers, small countries controlled by the agendas of powerful states like these Majestic Virgin Islands must aim for greater power for their peoples within the crucible of that global power play.  Greater autonomy or independence is not necessarily the best option to boost the social and economic welfare of small island territories and jurisdictions ‘’under the thump of a super power.’’ Now, in … Continued

ROTARY RESPONDS TO ANONYMOUS COMPLAINT LETTER AGAINST RYAN GELUK

Earlier this week, we reported on a letter reaching our newsroom that reflected shocking complaints by an alleged Rotary member calling for Ryan Geluk’s appointment to be retracted. The District Governor of Rotary, Delma Maduro has since responded. Please see the full press release letter below. Statement by Rotary District Governor Delma Maduro Past President … Continued

AN OPEN LETTER TO YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE: JOYCELYN MURRAINE

Former managing Director of Scotia Bank BVI, has penned and open letter to the youth of the region and by extension the world. She speaks candidly about her experiences with racism and the one thing that sets you apart. In her letter titled Excellence is the greatest weapon against racism and discrimination, she writes: When … Continued

Politics

OPPOSITION WINS ANGUILLA’S GENERAL ELECTIONS

Source: CNW The main opposition Anguilla Progressive Movement (APM) has won Monday’s general election in this British Overseas Territory, winning seven of the 11 seats, according to the preliminary results released. Among the causalities is Premier Victor Banks, whose Anguilla United Front’s (AUF’s), won four seats. Banks, 72, was defeated by 27 year-old Dianne Kentish … Continued

BIDEN NOTCHES 3 MORE VICTORIES; SANDERS REASSESSING CAMPAIGN

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — Joe Biden swept to victory in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, increasingly pulling away with a Democratic presidential primary upended by the coronavirus and building pressure on Bernie Sanders to abandon his campaign. On Wednesday, Sanders’ campaign manager said Sanders “is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign.” … Continued

HONORABLE DR. NATALIO D. WHEATLEY CONDUCTS EDUCATIONAL TOUR IN UK.

Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley, is said to have had a successful tour of  several educational institutions in Hertfordshire and Essex Counties in the United Kingdom. The Minister met with Hertfordshire education officials and head teachers while touring three foundational institutions in Hertfordshire last month … Continued