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RECAPTURED LOCAL CLAIMS HE WAS RELEASED BY AN OFFICER AND DID NOT ESCAPE – SAYS HE FEARS FOR HIS LIFE IN PRISON

Recently recaptured local Kurt Rabsatt has been remanded for six days and is claiming that he never escaped police custody, instead he alleges that a police officer released him. Rabsatt made those claims during his first court appearance today Friday January 21 before Magistrate Jack Husbands. The East End resident has been charged for burglary … Continued

STUDENTS WITHOUT CONSENT FOR COVID-TESTING WILL NOT BE DENIED FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING – SAYS EDUCATION MINISTER

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Dr. Natalio Wheatley has made it clear that all students will be allowed physically in the classroom, with or without consent to be tested for COVID-19. The minister made the statement during an interview with 284News on Thursday January 20. His comments came following the circulation of a form … Continued

CLARENCE CECIL THOMAS; STALWART VIRGIN ISLANDS BUSINESSMAN, ROTARIAN AND FOUNDER OF CLARENCE THOMAS LIMITED HAS PASSED

In an official post via social Media, the family of stalwart Virgin Islands businessman, Rotarian and founder of Clarence Thomas Limited announced the passing of the Virgin Islands businessman. The post stated, “The Thomas Family is sad to announce the passing of our patriarch Clarence C. Thomas 1936-2022.” Mr. Thomas, 86 years was well known … Continued

CIBC FIRST CARIBBEAN DONATES $35K TO BVI CANCER SOCIETY FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL 2021 WALK FOR THE CURE

The BVI Cancer Society recently received a cheque valued $35,000 from the CIBC First Caribbean Bank Tortola Branch, which were proceeds from the bank’s successful 2021 Walk for the Cure event. The cheque was received by the President of the BVI Cancer Society Ms. Gloria Fahie during a small handover ceremony which was held on … Continued

YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS LAUNCHES WORKSHOP FOR EARLY-CAREER CONSERVATIONISTS AGES OF 18 TO 29 YEARS

The Department of Youth Affairs and Sports through the Ministry of Education is hosting early career conservationist workshop in hopes of fostering a love and understanding for young persons interested in the field of conservation. In an official statement through the Government Information Services, Director of Youth Affairs and Sports, Mrs. Brenda Lettsome-Tye encouraged early-career … Continued

TRADE DEPARTMENT MAKES PROVISIONS FOR REMOTE PAYMENT

The Department of Trade, Investment Promotion and Consumer Affairs has adapted to the current needs of the residents of the Virgin Islands and its business community and is now accepting remote payment from customers wishing to make payments for trade licenses. In a Government Information Services release, Director of Trade, Mrs. Karia Christopher said, “To … Continued

13 VIRGIN ISLANDS TEACHERS RECEIVE CERTIFICATES FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

Adapting to the new era of learning, 13 teachers across the Virgin Islands school system have received training to deliver distance education and use information and communications technology (ICT) in education during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. The programme was made possible by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) Distance Learning … Continued

ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN THE BVI CONTINUE TO BE ON THE DECLINE WITH 191 RECOVERIES REPORTED ON WEDNESDAY

Active positive COVID-19 cases in the British Virgin Islands continue to be on the decline after some 191 recoveries were registered on Wednesday January 19, to now bring the total active cases in the territory to 861. This is according to an epidemiological report from the Ministry of Health which revealed that 153 new cases were also … Continued

THE NDP’S PLAN FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF ESHS WAS CONSIDERED AND ASSESSED BUT THE PLAN WAS DEEMED INADEQUATE AND LACKED RESILIENCE

The plans which were created for the redevelopment of the Elmore Stoutt High School under the National Democratic Party (NDP) government has been labeled as inadequate as it lacked the necessary resilience needed in the BVI post hurricanes Irma and Maria. This was the claim made by Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Dr. Natalio … Continued

Local

OPERATIONAL HOURS AT TERRANCE B. LETTSOME INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BEEF ISLAND AMENDED; “THE EXTENDING OF THE OPERATIONAL HOURS IS CONSEQUENT TO THE NUMBER OF STAFF AFFLICTED WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS HAVING PLATEAUED.”-FLAX

The BVI Airports Authority has amended the operational hours at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, Beef Island Tortola. Ag. Managing Director of the BVI Airports Authority, Mr. Keith Flax, issued a statement on behalf of the Board of Directors informing residents and the travelling public that effective today, 19th January, 2022 the following are … Continued

SECURITY AND JUSTICE LEGISLATION AT TOP OF GOVERNMENT’S AGENDA; LEGISLATION EXPECTED TO PROVIDE STRONG CONSTITUTIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL BASE FOR A MODERNISED POLICE FORCE

During the recently held speech from the Throne, Governor of the Virgin Islands his Excellency John Rankin CMG stated that Security and Justice Legislations are at the top of Government’s Agenda. Rankin who on January 18th, 2022 was delivering his first Speech from the Throne since taking up the post of Governor in the Virgin … Continued

BVI INTERNATIONAL FORWARD JOSH BERTIE SIGNS DUAL-REGISTRATION DEAL WITH ENGLISH FOOTBALL CLUB DORCHESTER TOWN FC

British Virgin Islands International forward Josh Bertie recently signed a dual-registration deal with English Club Dorchester Town FC and his former club Andover Town. The 25-year-old scored 31 goals in 25 games this season with Andover Town before getting the nod with 7th Division club Dorchester Town FC. Bertie’s first game for Dorchester was described by … Continued

Regional

MOTTLEY CREATES HISTORY IN BARBADOS AND THE CARIBBEAN WITH A SECOND CONSECUTIVE CLEAN SWEEP, WINNING ALL 30 SEATS

Barbados Prime Minister Mia ‘Amor’ Mottley for the second time in the history of Barbados elections completed a 30-0 clean sweep at the polls, making her the first Prime Minister to complete consecutive clean sweeps in Barbados. Prime Minister Mottley called the elections some 18 months earlier than the constitutional deadline, a decision which ultimately … Continued

ALL USVI STUDENTS AND EDUCATION EMPLOYEES WITHIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS REQUIRED TO BE TESTED FOR COVID PRIOR TO PHYSICAL RESUMPTION OF LEARNING

All students and employees across public schools within the United States Virgin Islands will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing to be allowed physically back into schools from January 24. This is according to a media release published by the Virgin Islands Department of Education on Monday January 17. It said that testing will commence … Continued

SVG IS FIRST MEMBER STATE OF THE OECS TO BE GRANTED PERMISSION FOR THE EXPORT OF MEDICINAL CANNABIS; FIRST SHIPMENT OF MEDICINAL CANNABIS HEADED TO GERMANY

Permission has officially been granted by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) in Germany allowing St Vincent and the Grenadines to be the first member state of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to be allowed to export medicinal cannabis. The first shipment from St. Vincent and the Grenadines heads to … Continued

World
Business

BVICCHA ENCOURAGES STAKEHOLDERS TO REGISTER THEIR INTEREST FOR THE UPCOMING BUSINESS STAKEHOLDERS MEETING – NATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PLAN CONSULTATION FIRST DRAFT REVIEW

In a message to all business stakeholders in the Virgin Islands, the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association is asking stakeholders to register their interest for the upcoming business stakeholders meeting. In an official message, the Chamber said, “The National Sustainable Development Plan is near the completion of the first draft. The Chamber is … Continued

BVI ECONOMIC ENGAGEMENT CONTINUED IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC

The British Virgin Islands enters 2022 poised for another year of successful engagement with Asia’s Financial Markets and regional partners, led by the efforts of the Virgin Islands Government’s regional office in Hong Kong. Throughout 2021 the Territory built on its 30-year relationships in Finance and Financial Services through ongoing stakeholder engagement in the form … Continued

DESPITE HAVING VACCINE MANDATES, FLOW BVI OFFICE CLOSED DUE TO DETECTION OF TWO POSITIVE CASES AMONG MANAGEMENT TEAM; VIRTUAL STORE AVAILABLE

Our newsroom has been reliably informed that Flow BVI’s Flagship store in Road Town has been forced to close due to the detection of a positive case by an employee. Earlier this morning Flow issued a statement on its Facebook page to its stakeholders stating, “To our Valued Customers and Stakeholders: We wish to advise … Continued

CYRIL B ROMNEY TORTOLA PIER PARK TO RECEIVE 60 ADDITIONAL PARKING SPOTS AND HEIGHTENED SECURITY DURING CHRISTMAS SEASON

In a recent interview with 284 Media Chief Executive Officer of the Tortola Pier Park Mr. Vance Lewis and Marketing and Business Development Management Zoe Wallcot spoke about recent happenings at the Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park. Apart from the agencies three (3) days of Christmas events which seek to ring in the Christmas … Continued

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

PREMIER’S CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA

The public is invited to ‘The Premier’s Christmas Extravaganza with a Cultural Twist – The Sequel’ on Saturday, December 18, at the Festival Village Grounds from 3:00 p.m.  According to Premier and Minister of Finance, the extravaganza is a time for the entire family. The Children’s party starts at 3:00 p.m. with games, singing and … Continued

Opinion

BALANCING PUBLIC SAFETY AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY: AN ONGOING TUG-OF-WAR ON A FEW TROUBLED CARIBBEAN ISLANDS

Caribbean News Online Many parts of the Caribbean landscape continue to erode from violence and economic uncertainty and it is giving locals, visitors, and expatriates heightened concern and a reason to pause.  Ongoing reported crime against humanity does not discriminate– against whether members of the clergy, women, children, counsellors, law enforcement officers, teachers, sports icons, … Continued

BVI-USVI DAILY FERRY ROUND-TRIPS INCREASED DUE TO HIGH BOOKINGS SAYS PORTS AUTHORITY

Beginning November 1st, 2021 the International Passenger Ferry Schedule will include more service runs between the British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands. An official advisory sent out by the BVIPA revealed that the adjustment is as a result of increased bookings recorded in the territory. “Per request from our International Ferry Operators the international … Continued

OPINION: COI VIEWED THROUGH HISTORY LENS BY SHAINA SMITH-ARCHER

I recently shared this with some friends during a conversation about the ongoing Commission of Inquiry. I view the COI through a historical context, where our foreparents built this territory since 1834. They survived world wars, global depressions, hurricanes, tsunamis, migrating for work, droughts, a cholera outbreak, and God only knows what else for us … Continued

Politics

US ANNOUNCES DIPLOMATIC BOYCOTT OF BEIJING 2022 OLYMPICS

The Biden administration will not send an official US delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as a statement against China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. US athletes will still be allowed to compete in the Olympics, but the administration will not be sending government … Continued

REVISED VOTERS’ LIST TO BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW!

The Supervisor of Elections is informing the public that the Revised Voters’ List will be published on Tuesday, September 28 in accordance with section 23 (1) of the Elections Act, 1994 and Amendments. The Act states the following: (2) The copies published under subsection (1) shall be deemed to be the Registers of Voters for … Continued

HOA SPEAKER FOR MANDATORY VACCINATIONS IN THE BVI WITH ONLY EXEMPTIONS FOR MEDICAL AND RELIGIOUS REASONS

Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock believes that vaccinations should be made mandatory in the British Virgin Islands for all residents except two special categories of persons. The speaker made the statement during a recent Sitting of the House of Assembly, where he said he believes vaccines should be made mandatory for all … Continued

Sports

BVI INTERNATIONAL FORWARD JOSH BERTIE SIGNS DUAL-REGISTRATION DEAL WITH ENGLISH FOOTBALL CLUB DORCHESTER TOWN FC

British Virgin Islands International forward Josh Bertie recently signed a dual-registration deal with English Club Dorchester Town FC and his former club Andover Town. The 25-year-old scored 31 goals in 25 games this season with Andover Town before getting the nod with 7th Division club Dorchester Town FC. Bertie’s first game for Dorchester was described by … Continued

WOLUES, VG UTD & ONE LOVE UTD WERE ALL VICTORIOUS IN THE WEEKEND’S BVIFA NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMPETITION

The Wolues along with VG United and One Love United football clubs were all victorious over the weekend during the continuation of the BVI Football Association’s National Football League. The Wolues defeated Lion Heart FC 4-2 to close the gap between the top 5 five teams to just two points, with the Panther FC leading … Continued