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NEW TARIFFS FOR TAXI AND LIVERY OPERATORS APPROVED

Taxi operators now have new tariffs to charge passengers after the new rates for the transportation industry was approved and published in the Virgin Islands Official Gazette on Wednesday. The revised fares are contained in Statutory Instrument 2022 No 106 – Road Traffic (Passenger Fares) (Amendment) Regulations, 2022 and was approved by the Deputy Premier … Continued

MOU WITH CARICOM IMPACS SIGNED FOR EXCHANGE OF ADVANCED PASSENGER INFORMATION

The Memorandum of Understanding with the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) for the exchange of Advance Passenger Information (API) has been signed by the Government of the Virgin Islands. The signing occurred during a brief ceremony that included dignitaries including the Governor His Excellency John Rankin, Premier Dr. the Hon. Natalio Wheatley, … Continued

NO MONEY FOR LONG ELECTIONS – SAYS CLINE

Local Talk Show Host Claude Skelton Cline believes that it will be a sprint to the finish once elections are called in the Virgin Islands, mainly due to the territory’s main political parties lacking the necessary financial backing to fund a long election. “Neither of the two major parties have any money… Neither the NDP … Continued

ST. GEORGES STUDENTS RING IN THE HOLIDAYS

The St. Georges Primary School rang in the Holiday Season on Tuesday with a Christmas extravaganza which featured performances from its talented young students, who shared the Christmas Spirit, and reminded what the holiday is truly all about. Here are some moments from that activity.

BRITTNEY GRINER RELEASED FROM RUSSIAN PRISON!

United States Women’s NBA star Brittney Griner has finally been freed from Russian prison after the two countries agreed to a prison swap involving a notorious Russian arms dealer. Viktor Bout who was held in a U.S prison for the past 12 years was swapped for the female basketball star who was arrested at a Moscow … Continued

BVI MEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE RESULTS

There were plenty of goals in this weekend’s National League action, with Old Madrid FC leading the way with a 9-0 victory against Positive FC, whilst VG United overcame Panthers FC 7-1. Once again, all the action was at the FA’s new headquarters in East End / Long Look, starting with Bernard Cumberbatch hitting a … Continued

Local

ATHLETES, COACHES AND MEDICS BENEFIT FROM ANTI-DOPING AND SPORTS NUTRITION WORKSHOP

National Federations, athletes, coaches, medics and volunteers benefitted from the BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC) free Anti-Doping and Sports Nutrition Workshop held in the Eileen Parsons Auditorium at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Tortola on Saturday morning, December 3. An anti-doping presentation was made in the evening at the Bregado Flax Educational Center on Virgin … Continued

WEST INDIES & LOCAL CRICKET LEGENDS HONOURED AT INAUGURAL GOLD JACKET CEREMONY

West Indies cricket legends Elquemedo Willet and Dr. Sir Anderson Roberts along with local cricket legends Brent Defreitas and Maxford Pipe were honoured by the Leeward Islands Cricket Board during their inaugural Gold Jacket Award Ceremony held at the Moorings on Tuesday. Cricket dignitaries inclusive of the President of the Leeward Islands Cricket Board Enoch … Continued

VISAR EYES JUNIOR ICE HOCKEY LEAGUE

The Virgin Islands Search and Rescue has changed some minds on the topic of ice skating in the Caribbean over the past three years, with its Winter Wonderland at the Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park. VISAR’s Operations Manager Phil Aspinall notes the activity as a success with scalable potential. Aspinall noted that the possibility … Continued

TASHI O’FLAHERTY-MADURO CONFIRMED AS THE REGISTRAR GENERAL AT THE CIVIL REGISTRY AND PASSPORT OFFICE

Mrs. Tashi O’Flaherty-Maduro is the new Registrar General at the Civil Registry and Passport Office after being confirmed to the post effective December 1, 2022. The confirmation came in a media release from the Government of the Virgin Islands which said Maduro’s appointment is a natural progression following the unexpected passing of the previous Registrar … Continued

Regional

CIMH PREDICTS HEAVY RAINS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Residents across the Caribbean are being warned to brace for heavy rains and possible flooding throughout the holiday season as the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology predicts significant risk for inclement weather throughout the month of December.  In an interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation, Climatologist Cedric Van Meerbeeck noted that despite the dry season … Continued

FORMER HAITIAN PRIME MINISTER DEMANDING APOLOGY FROM CANADA

Former Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe is demanding an apology from the Canadian Government after he was added to a list of Haitian Officials sanctioned for allegedly “providing illicit financial and operational support” to the armed gangs which have plagued Haiti. In a recent statement Lamothe accused the Canadian Government of making the decision … Continued

7 RSV HOSPITALISATIONS IN THE USVI

While COVID 19 infection rates remain low, the US Virgin Islands are monitoring the threat of another infectious respiratory disease which has warranted several paediatric hospitalisations in recent weeks. According to Territorial Epidemiologist for the USVI Esther Ellis, Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV, as it is commonly known, is a matter of serious concern. “Nationally … Continued

World

OTs MINISTER PLEDGES TO ASSIST BVI AND OTHER TERRITORIES IN CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT

Recently appointed Minister for the United Kingdom Overseas Territories (OTs) the Right Honourable Lord Goldsmith has pledged his support in assisting the BVI and other OTs in their fight against climate change. This is according to a message relayed by the Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Melvin Turnbull who met with Goldsmith during … Continued

THE RT HON LORD GOLDSMITH APPOINTED NEW MINISTER FOR THE OTs

The Right Honourable Lord Goldsmith MP has been appointed as the new Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate & Environment. This was confirmed in a statement moments ago by the Office of the Governor. The statement said, “Lord Goldsmith succeeds the Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP as Minister for Overseas Territories, who … Continued

11 BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES ADDED TO RUSSIA’S “UNFRIENDLY COUNTRIES LIST”

An additional eleven British Overseas Territories have been added to Russia’s “Unfriendly Countries List”. A release from the country’s cabinet identified the affected territories as Bermuna, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory the, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich … Continued

Politics

MOU WITH CARICOM AND PRECLEARANCE TALKS TO STREAMLINE TRAVELLERS EXPERIENCE

The immigration process at the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport will soon be streamlined to make the travelling experience seamless for all inbound and outbound travellers. Premier and Minister for Tourism Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley made the announcement during a recent press conference, where he revealed that his government will soon be signing a … Continued

BUSH CUTTERS DISTRESS NOTED – PREMIER POINTS TO “RATED” PROGRAMME AS THE SOLUTION

While acknowledging that local bush cutters have been significantly impacted by the recent Commission of Inquiry Recommendation to cease the issuing of petty contracts, Premier Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley says his government’s new RATED programme is designed to address these kinds of unemployment issues. Premier Wheatley addressed the subject during the recently concluded Fourth … Continued

SIGTAS SYSTEM TO BE UPGRADED AND E-PAYMENT SYSTEM ESTABLISH IN 2023 TO IMPROVE TAX COLLECTION

The government has announced a number of technological initiatives for 2023 that will seek to improve its tax collection measures, including upgrading its Standard Integrated Government Tax Administration System (SIGTAS) and the establishment of an e-payment system. These were some of the many initiatives announced by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable Natalio … Continued

A $399.33M BUDGET ANNOUNCED WITH THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH ALLOCATED THE LARGEST PORTION

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley has announced a 2023 budget totaling $399.33 million with the Ministry of Health to receive the largest percentage of the recurrent allocations. Premier Wheatley made the announcement during the 2023 Budget Address in the House of Assembly this morning. He said the numbers display a … Continued

Sports

ATHLETES, COACHES AND MEDICS BENEFIT FROM ANTI-DOPING AND SPORTS NUTRITION WORKSHOP

National Federations, athletes, coaches, medics and volunteers benefitted from the BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC) free Anti-Doping and Sports Nutrition Workshop held in the Eileen Parsons Auditorium at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Tortola on Saturday morning, December 3. An anti-doping presentation was made in the evening at the Bregado Flax Educational Center on Virgin … Continued

2022 D’ FOSTER CUP: VI ARCHERY ASSOC.

The Virgin Islands Archery Association Nationals was called the 2022 D ‘Foster Cup, and was held on November 26, 2022, at the HLSCC Campus. The name of the cup was in fond loving memory of the Association’s Inaugural President, David Foster, who passed away. The medals displayed an engraved image of Mr. Foster at full … Continued

Business

VI MOTOR NAPA STORE, DUFFS BOTTOM SPONSORS 7 LOCAL PROFESSIONALS TO TOOL AND EQUIPMENT EXPO AT NAPA DISTRIBUTION CENTER, MIAMI, U.S.A

The Virgin Islands Motors, NAPA Store Duffs Bottom, sponsored seven (7) persons to attend a Tool & Equipment Expo at NAPA Distribution Center, Miami, U.S.A. During the week of November 14th, 2022. The team included Mr. Allan Parker owner of Virgin Islands Motors, as well as Educators and Mechanics who participated in the Product Knowledge … Continued

BVI AIRPORTS AUTHORITY TEAM TRAINED IN AIRPORT ECONOMICS

The Board of Directors and Management of the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) received training as they hosted the Director General of the Airports Council International for Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC), Dr. Rafael Echevarne from November 21 to 22. Dr. Echevarne facilitated an Airports Economics Seminar with the senior members of the BVIAA staff … Continued

FIRSTCARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL COMTRUST FOUNDATION HAS NEW CHAIR

Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of CIBC FirstCaribbean, Mark St. Hill has been unanimously elected as the next Chair of the bank’s charitable arm, the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation at recent board meeting of the trustees. St. Hill who assumed leadership of the regional bank on November 1, following the retirement of Colette Delaney who … Continued

BVI PROFESSIONALS MEET AT THE 9TH ANNUAL PRIVATE WEALTH LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN FORUM

The British Virgin Islands’ practitioners were present during key discussions held on asset allocation and the macro-economic outlook for the year ahead, in an increasingly stoical and challenging economic forecast for the world – at the 9th Annual Private Wealth Latin America and the Caribbean Forum. BVI Finance Global Head of Business Development and Marketing, … Continued

Opinion

ROAD WORKS AHEAD BY SHAINA SMITH-ARCHER

The following is commentary by Shaina Smith-Archer. Today I concluded that somewhere over the years we stopped engineering roads and settled for roadways that are cousins to obstacle courses. Potholes are the least of the problem which are a problem because the roads don’t have a concrete base. We are paving dirt. 🤨 Between the … Continued

WHEATAKE 81: A LOOK AT CIVIL SERVANT’S APPOINTMENTS BY CHARLES H. WHEATLEY

The following is commentary by Dr. Charles H. Wheatley. For many years I have noticed, grown concerned and spoken about the following “policy” in employing civil servants. In appearing to empower civil servants the   governing authority may be implicitly doing a disservice to B. V. Islanders. I am referring to issuing appointments to persons before … Continued

Entertainment

FROM PAGE TO STAGE: CHILDREN’S BOOK ‘ANANSI AND THE GREEN SEA TURTLES’ BY LOCAL AUTHOR TO COME ALIVE THEATRE STYLE

Saturday, 19th November at 6:00 p.m. the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium will come alive with an evening of exceptional live theatre performance when a cast of talented youth in the Virgin Islands gets together for a show stopping production and performance in Under the Sea with Anansi.  The public is invited to attend.  This production … Continued

BVI’S ALTON BERTIE PRODUCES TRACK “ISLAND VIBE” FOR BUNJI AND FAY ANN FEATURE ON NEW APPLE HOME SESSIONS

Fay Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin are among a group of artistes selected for the latest Apple Music Sessions. The duo both contributed a four-track EP each for the Sessions, which were released on Monday, August 15 on Apple Music. One of the featured songs “Island Vibe” was produced by Virgin Islander Alton Bertie. Other … Continued