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9,079 FIRST DOSES OF ASTRAZENECA VACCINE ADMINISTERED SAFELY IN THE BVI

The British Virgin Islands is reporting that 9,079 first doses of the AstraZeneca Vaccine were safely administered as COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue.  Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone confirmed the numbers of persons who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the Seventh Sitting of the Third Session of the … Continued

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN DONATES TO RELIEF EFFORTS IN ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

As the region rallies to assist the thousands of people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines displaced by the eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano, CIBC FirstCaribbean has sent a shipment of much needed supplies to the island. The shipment which was coordinated by the Barbados Coast Guard left the island on Thursday evening aboard the Admiral Bay which was due to arrive in St. Vincent early … Continued

POLICE SEEK INFORMATION INTO ARMED ROBBERY

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the perpetrators into a Friday evening armed robbery outside Dave’s Beauty Supply in Baughers Bay. Initial reports indicated that three employees of the business were held at gunpoint outside the store by two males wearing black with hoodies and masks. Handbags with personal items and cash were … Continued

BVI GOVERNMENT SIGNS AGREEMENT TO PROMOTE ACADEMIC RELATIONS

In a Government Information Services release, The Government of the Virgin Islands has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote cooperation and positive academic relations with the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom (UK). The MoU presents a wide range of opportunities for exchanges and collaboration in higher education between the Virgin Islands … Continued

Local

LAUNCH OF FA’S ACADEMY COACHES COURSE

The first session of the FA’s Academy Coaches Course took place on Friday 16th April via Zoom with 25 participants representing Member clubs as well as the Men’s National team. The Course, split over 4 sessions, is the first to be designed and sanctioned by a local Sports Governing body and forms the first step … Continued

9,079 FIRST DOSES OF ASTRAZENECA VACCINE ADMINISTERED SAFELY IN THE BVI

The British Virgin Islands is reporting that 9,079 first doses of the AstraZeneca Vaccine were safely administered as COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue.  Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone confirmed the numbers of persons who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the Seventh Sitting of the Third Session of the … Continued

BVI GET LICENSED RADIO OPERATOR AND EXAMINER

The Territory’s emergency communications capabilities have been strengthened by the addition of two licenced amateur radio operators, including one who has achieved the rank of examiner. Mr. Elton Scatliffe is the BVI’s first amateur radio operator to qualify as a volunteer examiner, and the first to earn this accreditation remotely. He initially trained in emergency … Continued

BVI SHARES LESSONS IN HURRICANE RECOVERY WITH UN PARTNERS

Ms. Patlian Johnson, Recovery and Development Cooperation Specialist in the Premier’s Office, has shared the lessons learned in hurricane recovery by the British Virgin Islands at a meeting of UN agencies and recovery partners organised by UNDP as a part of their Development Dialogues series. Ms. Johnson made the feature presentation during a special breakout … Continued

Regional

VESSEL WITH RELIEF SUPPLIES SINKS IN EN ROUTE TO ST VINCENT FROM ST LUCIA

A vessel carrying relief supplies from Saint Lucia to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines sank Saturday afternoon, Marine Police say. But another boat saved the three people on board the ‘Sunshine Angels’, according to the police. Law enforcement officials told St Lucia Times that the individuals on board at the time the boat sank were the Saint Lucian … Continued

HURRICANE SEASON 2021 TO MIMIC 1996, 2001, 2008, 2011 & 2017

Researchers at the Colorado State University (CSU) in the US have predicted that the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will be above-average. CSU cited the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor. “Tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are near their long-term averages, while subtropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are much warmer than their long-term … Continued

LA SOUFRIERE VOLCANIC ERUPTION LEAVES ‘ENTIRE POPULATION’ OF ST. VINCENT WITHOUT CLEAN WATER, UN SAYS

UNITED NATIONS, CMC – The United Nations said last week’s eruption of La Soufrière volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has left the entire population of the main island without clean water and electricity. Citing reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Stéphane Dujarric, said that about 20,000 people … Continued

World

MINNESOTA OFFICER MEANT TO GRAB TASER BEFORE SHOOTING BLACK MAN DURING TRAFFIC STOP, POLICE SAY

NBC News The police chief of a Minneapolis suburb said Monday he believes one of the department’s officers wanted to use a Taser but mistakenly drew her service weapon before she fatally shot a Black man point-blank during a traffic stop the day before. The Brooklyn Center Police Department released body-camera video of Sunday’s encounter, … 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

‘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

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

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