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DOMINICA CONTRIBUTES 2000 VACCINES TO THE BVI

Today Sunday March 7th, the BVI is expected to receive some 2000 vaccines from Dominica for immediate distribution, as a result of a partnership with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), which was rallied on behalf of the British Virgin Islands. Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Carvin Malone made the announcement inviting … Continued

WEEKEND SEARCHES YIELD FIREARM AND DRUGS

Searches carried out by officers of Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Special Investigations Team over the weekend have yielded one firearm and a large quantity of drugs. Officers charged two persons for keeping an unlicenced firearm after a search warrant executed Friday afternoon at a home in Butu Mountain uncovered the loaded illegal weapon. Charged … Continued

NIGHT CLUB STABBING LEAVES MAN INJURED

Today Sunday March 7, 2021, a man was hurried to the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital in the wee hours of the morning after receiving a stab wound to the abdomen and elbows. Based on reports, the incident took place in the wee hours of Sunday morning at a local nightclub after an altercation between … Continued

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN DONATES USD$750,000 TO PURCHASE NEEDED COVID-19 VACCINES FOR 10 COUNTRIES ACROSS THE REGION

Ten countries across the region will get a major boost to their Covid-19 vaccination programmes as a result of a USD$500, 000 donations from regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean. The donation to national vaccination programmes is being made by the bank through its charitable arm the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, and will support the purchase of … Continued

GOVERNMENT BACKPEDALS, RESUMES VACCINATIONS IN THREE WEEKS ON ACCOUNT OF UK CONFIRMATION OF ADDITIONAL VACCINES

In an official media broadcast on March 4th, 2021, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Carvin Malone announced that the Government of the Virgin Islands will be continuing with the vaccine roll-out plan after this week announcing to the dissatisfaction of many residents that the program was being halted due to a delay in … Continued

Local

PROTOCOLS FOR THE PROVISION AND FOR THE REDACTION OF DOCUMENTS FOR THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY

Exercising his powers under section 9 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act, Sir Gary Hickinbottom, the sole Commissioner has today published two Protocols, one concerning the ‘Provision of Documents’ to the COI, and the other concerning the ‘Redaction of Documents’, which can be found on the COI’s website at www.bvi.public-inquiry.uk.  The Protocols are designed to … Continued

SECOND VACCINE DELIVERY WILL ARRIVE FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM MID-MARCH AND NEW RESEARCH FINDS ASTRAZENECA IS INCREDIBLY EFFECTIVE IN PROTECTING THE ELDERLY AGAINST SEVERE COVID-19

In an official press release from the Governor’s office, Tortola BVI. The Governor of the Virgin Islands His Excellency John Rankin is seeking to assure Virgin Islanders that the second vaccine will indeed arrive in the territory from the UK. The second vaccine delivery will arrive from the United Kingdom by mid-March and new research … Continued

GOFUNDME CREATED TO ASSIST KARVIN ROBIN, TRUCK DRIVER WHO NARROWLY ESCAPED AFTER HIS TRUCK OVERTURNED 40FT ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

Family of the local truck driver that overturned about 40ft on a residential property in Diamond Estate, Tortola on Saturday February 27th have created a GoFundMe page in aid of garnering assistance towards his medical treatment. Karvin Robin sustained head, neck and hand injuries that will require medical attention after he became trapped inside his … Continued

Regional

USVI SEN. CARRIÓN SAYS NEW ANTI-VIOLENCE MEASURES NECESSARY, URGES GOVERNOR TO MOVE FORWARD WITH OFFICE OF GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION; ISSUES LETTER TO GOVERNOR AFTER BLOODY WEEKEND IN ST. CROIX

Senator Samuel Carrión, a longtime advocate for peace, is urging the Governor to move forward with implementation of the new Office of Gun Violence Prevention, established under Act 8423 in January. “What local law enforcement has been doing is clearly not working,” Senator Carrión said. “This means it is time to try a different approach. … Continued

ST. CROIX HAS LOST A SIXTH PERSON IN FIVE DAYS, MAN SHOT DEAD IN ESTATE CARLTON AS BLOODY TREND CONTINUES ON ST. CROIX; 911 ST. CROIX SHUTS DOWN DUE TO COVID

VI CONSORTIUM St. Croix has lost a sixth person in five days through gun violence following a shooting around the 11: a.m. hour today in Estate Carlton that left a male victim dead. According to V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Toby Derima, at around 11:17 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received notification from an adult … Continued

LEGENDARY REGGAE ICON BUNNY WAILER HAS DIED

Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — Legendary reggae singer Bunny Wailer died in the Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston this morning. He was 73. “Yes. He died about 8:00 this morning. I’m still right here with him,” his manager Maxine Stowe told OBSERVER ONLINE a short while ago. Bunny Wailer had been in and out of … Continued

BERES HAMMOND DELIVERS AT VIRTUAL CONCERT!

“I long to sing me some love songs man,” an exuberant Beres Hammond exhaled during his ‘Love from a Distance’ virtual YouTube concert last night, and over a 100,000 attendees longed to hear him sing them. The lovers rock charmer offered the consummate end to reggae month with a 90-minute concert from his Kingston-based Harmony … Continued

World

TIGER WOODS HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING CAR ACCIDENT

Golfer Tiger Woods was hospitalized on Tuesday after being involved in a single-vehicle accident in Los Angeles, police said. The vehicle sustained major damage and Woods was extricated from the wreck with the “jaws of life” by firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said … Continued

OXFORD STARTS VACCINE TRIALS ON CHILDREN

The University of Oxford will begin testing the Covid-19 vaccine it developed with AstraZeneca Plcon children, a potentially key step in ending the global pandemic. The Oxford trial plans to enroll 300 children aged 6 to 17, the university said in a statement Saturday. The first vaccinations will take place this month, with as many as 240 kids … Continued

FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE CAN SKIP COVID QUARANTINES, SAYS CDC

(CNN) People who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus — right now that means with two doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine — can skip quarantine if they are exposed to someone infected with the virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday. That doesn’t mean they should stop taking … Continued

TWO SANITATION WORKERS RESCUE KIDNAPPED LOUISIANNA GIRL

Two heroic Louisiana sanitation workers rescued a kidnapped girl. According to the New Iberia Police Department, Jalisa Lasalle, 10, went missing from a family member’s home near the town outside Lafayette between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Later Sunday, an Amber Alert about Jalisa was sent out by Louisiana State Police which detailed … 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

Entertainment

BERES HAMMOND DELIVERS AT VIRTUAL CONCERT!

“I long to sing me some love songs man,” an exuberant Beres Hammond exhaled during his ‘Love from a Distance’ virtual YouTube concert last night, and over a 100,000 attendees longed to hear him sing them. The lovers rock charmer offered the consummate end to reggae month with a 90-minute concert from his Kingston-based Harmony … Continued

SAVED BY THE BELL STAR; DUSTIN DIAMOND DIES AT 44

Dustin Diamond, who played the role of Screech on the popular 1990s high school comedy “Saved by the Bell,” died Monday after a recent cancer diagnosis, according to Diamond’s manager, Roger Paul. He was 44. Diamond first shared news of his cancer diagnosis last month. At the time, his manager said his client’s health was “serious” and … 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

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