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HISTORY MADE AS ESHS WINS NATIONAL TOURISM DEBATE COMPETITION

The Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) debate team has achieved a historic victory, winning the 2024 National Tourism Debate competition. The team, representing the British Virgin Islands, defeated Precious Treasures International School from the Turks and Caicos Islands in a closely contested final. Held on Friday, July 12, via a virtual platform, the final saw … Continued

WALWYN CALLS FOR AGRICULTURE SUBSIDIES AND SOLUTIONS TO WATER ISSUES IN PARAQUITA BAY

Opposition legislator Honourable Myron Walwyn has raised critical concerns regarding the state of agriculture in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). In a recent session of the House of Assembly, Walwyn questioned the government’s lack of initiative in subsidizing the agricultural sector, highlighting its potential to reduce the territory’s dependence on food imports which will result … Continued

CIBC CARIBBEAN HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL MORTGAGE WORKSHOP IN THE BVI

CIBC Caribbean recently hosted its second annual “Let’s Get You Home” mortgage workshop in Road Town, British Virgin Islands (BVI), bringing together key representatives from the construction and property sectors to provide valuable insights into the property purchasing and construction process. The event, held on June 26 at the bank’s premises, featured a comprehensive line … Continued

TEAM BVI SETS SIGHT ON MEDALLING AT THE PARIS OLYMPICS

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has set an ambitious goal for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Games: to return home with a medal. This bold objective was announced by Steve Augustine, President of the BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA), during the BVI Olympic Committee’s (BVIOC) press conference held on Tuesday, July 9. Speaking at the event, … Continued

BVI PRAISED FOR HOSTING ONE OF THE BEST JR CASA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The recently concluded 2024 Nagico and Interpath Junior Caribbean Squash Association (CASA) Championships, held at the Tortola Sports Club in the Virgin Islands, has been celebrated as one of the best-executed junior CASA tournaments in the competition’s history. Representatives from the competing nations echoed this sentiment during the closing ceremony, marking this year’s edition as … Continued

BVIAA HOST FIRST ACI AIRPORT DAY 2024

The Government of the Virgin Islands hosted the first-ever ACI Airport Day event in the Virgin Islands on July 9, 2024, organised by the Airports Council International – Latin America and Caribbean (ACI-LAC) in collaboration with the BVI Airports Authority. This landmark event brought together leading airport industry executives and authorities from across the world … Continued

33 PUBLIC OFFICERS ON ANEGADA COMPLETE PUBLIC SERVICE 101

Thirty-three public officers living and working on Anegada have completed Public Service 101, marking the completion of the course on each of the Territory’s four main islands. Public Service 101, a three-day course, is a key offering from the Virgin Islands Public Service Learning Institute and attendance is mandatory for public officers. The officers, which … Continued

CIBC AND CIBC CARIBBEAN TO DONATE TOWARDS RESTORATION EFFORTS IN ISLANDS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE BERYL

CIBC Caribbean has joined its parent company, CIBC, in making an initial donation of US $100,000 through CIBC Caribbean’s ComTrust Foundation to support hurricane relief efforts in Caribbean islands impacted by Hurricane Beryl. The funds will go towards restoration efforts in St. Vincent, Grenada and the Grenadines, and Jamaica and to assist affected fishermen in … Continued

VI GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE

The Government of the Virgin Islands has announced an upcoming increase in the Territory’s minimum wage. Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour, and Trade, Honourable Lorna Smith, OBE, disclosed that the minimum wage will rise to $8.50 per hour, effective from 30th November 2024. She emphasized that this adjustment is part of a … Continued

Local

AN INTIMATE LOOK INTO THE MISS BVI CONTESTANTS

This article was written by Student Reporter Recado Palmer, 17, of the Elmore Stoutt High School. Seven beautiful contestants are vying for the crown of Miss British Virgin Islands 2024, each promoting their platform and sharing their reasons for joining the pageant in a recent interview with 284 Media. Recado Palmer has the story.

BRANSON CENTRE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP – CARIBBEAN HOSTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP BOOTCAMP FOR BVI TEENS

The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship Caribbean, in partnership with Unite BVI, is thrilled to announce an exciting entrepreneurship Bootcamp for teenagers in the British Virgin Islands. The five-day intensive programme, scheduled from July 15 -19, 2024, aims to empower young minds and equip them with the essential tools to transform their innovation ideas into real … Continued

ADAEJAH, KYRON, RIKKOI & THAD TO REPRESENT BVI AT THE PARIS OLYMPICS

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) Olympic Committee has officially revealed the four athletes who will represent the territory at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in France. During a press conference held on Tuesday, July 9, the committee announced that Adaejah Hodge, Kyron McMaster, Thad Lettsome, and Rikkoi Brathwaite will compete in their respective sports on … Continued

Regional

HURRICANE BERYL THREATENS JAMAICA AFTER DEVASTATING WINDWARD ISLANDS

Hurricane Beryl, a catastrophic Category 5 storm at the time of this report, is barreling towards Jamaica after leaving a trail of destruction across several Caribbean islands. The hurricane, which has already claimed at least 2 lives, is expected to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to Jamaica on Wednesday before potentially impacting the Cayman … Continued

USVI TOP COP UNDER FBI PROBE & OMB DIRECTOR SUBPOENAED – BOTH ASKED TO RESIGN

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched an investigation into Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Commissioner Ray Martinez, with significant implications also for Jenifer O’Neal, the Director of the Virgin Islands Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This development, confirmed by several USVI news agencies, follows the issuance of a target letter to Martinez … Continued

World

SIR KEIR STARMER BECOMES UK PRIME MINISTER FOLLOWING LABOUR’S LANDSLIDE VICTORY

Sir Keir Starmer has been appointed the United Kingdom’s first Labour prime minister since 2010, following his party’s overwhelming victory in the British General Election on Thursday. Labour secured a commanding parliamentary majority of 174 seats, marking a significant collapse in support for the Conservative Party. In a formal ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Starmer was … Continued

DR. JARECKI DENIES SEX TRAFFICKING AND RAPE ALLEGATIONS – CALLS LAWSUIT A MONEY-GRABBING EXERCISE

Dr. Henry Jarecki, a prominent psychiatrist with deep ties to the British Virgin Islands, has strongly denied allegations made against him in a recent sex trafficking lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed by an anonymous accuser associated with the late Jeffrey Epstein, claims that Jarecki engaged in non-consensual and abusive conduct, accusations that the 91-year-old vehemently refutes … Continued

PHILANTHROPIST DR. HENRY JARECKI ACCUSED OF RAPE BY EPSTEIN VICTIM – LAWYER DENIES CLAIM

Dr. Henry Jarecki, a 91-year-old philanthropist with strong ties to the British Virgin Islands, is facing accusations of rape in a lawsuit filed in a Manhattan federal court. An unnamed woman has accused Dr. Jarecki of repeatedly raping her between 2011 and 2014. Jarecki’s attorney has vehemently denied the allegations, calling them false and baseless. … Continued

Sports

ADAEJAH, KYRON, RIKKOI & THAD TO REPRESENT BVI AT THE PARIS OLYMPICS

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) Olympic Committee has officially revealed the four athletes who will represent the territory at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in France. During a press conference held on Tuesday, July 9, the committee announced that Adaejah Hodge, Kyron McMaster, Thad Lettsome, and Rikkoi Brathwaite will compete in their respective sports on … Continued

CAVALIERS CROWNED 2024 BVICA T20 CHAMPIONS

In a thrilling finale to the 2024 BVI Cricket Association (BVICA) T20 tournament, the Cavaliers emerged as champions after defeating the R.T.W Falcons by 20 runs on Sunday. The gripping contest at the Greenland Cricket Ground in East End, Tortola, kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final over. Electing to bat … Continued

Politics

WALWYN EXPRESSES CONCERNS ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF THE ECONOMY

Representative for the Sixth Electoral District, Honourable Myron Walwyn, has expressed grave concerns about the current state of the British Virgin Islands’ economy Walwyn described the economic situation as the worst he has ever witnessed in the territory during Thursday’s sitting of the House of Assembly. Addressing multiple issues affecting his constituents, Walwyn emphasized the … Continued

SIR KEIR STARMER BECOMES UK PRIME MINISTER FOLLOWING LABOUR’S LANDSLIDE VICTORY

Sir Keir Starmer has been appointed the United Kingdom’s first Labour prime minister since 2010, following his party’s overwhelming victory in the British General Election on Thursday. Labour secured a commanding parliamentary majority of 174 seats, marking a significant collapse in support for the Conservative Party. In a formal ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Starmer was … Continued

IMPLEMENTATION MANAGER HIRED TO OVERSEE REFORMS FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT REVIEW REPORT

His Excellency Governor Daniel Pruce has announced the recruitment of an implementation manager by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to oversee the 138 reforms recommended in the recently published Review of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Bodies in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) report. Governor Pruce made this announcement in a statement on … Continued

BVI JOINS CHILE/COLOMBIA CALL FOR STRONGER RESPONSE TO DISASTER DISPLACEMENT IN LAC REGION

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has joined the Governments of Chile and Colombia in jointly calling for the strengthening of the regional framework for response to forced displacements caused by disasters such as hurricanes in Latin America and the Caribbean, and congratulated Colombia Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Luis Gilberto Murillo on his Government’s successful … Continued

Community

BRANSON CENTRE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP – CARIBBEAN HOSTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP BOOTCAMP FOR BVI TEENS

The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship Caribbean, in partnership with Unite BVI, is thrilled to announce an exciting entrepreneurship Bootcamp for teenagers in the British Virgin Islands. The five-day intensive programme, scheduled from July 15 -19, 2024, aims to empower young minds and equip them with the essential tools to transform their innovation ideas into real … Continued

RITEWAY CHARITY REINTRODUCES LOCAL CHARITY BUTTON

In a recent announcement RTW announced the reintroduction of its charity button which specifically benefits local charities in the Virgin Islands. The statement said, “At Roadtown Wholesale Trading Limited, we believe in giving back to our community. That’s why we are proud to reintroduce our Charity Button to the community.” The Charity Button is a … Continued

Entertainment

AN INTIMATE LOOK INTO THE MISS BVI CONTESTANTS

This article was written by Student Reporter Recado Palmer, 17, of the Elmore Stoutt High School. Seven beautiful contestants are vying for the crown of Miss British Virgin Islands 2024, each promoting their platform and sharing their reasons for joining the pageant in a recent interview with 284 Media. Recado Palmer has the story.

YAYA DACOSTA, ACTRESS AND MODEL TO HOST 14TH ANNUAL SUMMER SIZZLE BVI 2024

Summer Sizzle BVI has become the Caribbean’s premiere fashion and lifestyle destination experience held in the British Virgin Islands. The 14-year anniversary event is scheduled for July 25 – 28, 2024 creating an epic mix of Fashion, Art, Music, Beauty & Culture. Celebrities, VIP Guests, top international and local models, kid models, fashion designers, beauty … Continued

CARIBBEAN POSH WEEKEND 2024: CELEBRATING SUCCESS AND SISTERHOOD ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN

The Caribbean Posh Weekend 2024 concluded with resounding success, solidifying its reputation as the ultimate gathering for Caribbean and Caribbean American women. From June 28-30, 2024, Harbor 360 Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, hosted a transformative experience filled with empowerment, celebration, and inspiration. The highlight of this year’s event was … Continued

Business

ROBIN GAUL CHAIRMAN OF BVI FSC RETIRES

The BVI Financial Services Commission (the Commission) announced this week, that Mr. Robin Gaul FCCA, Chairman of its Board of Commissioners, will retire from office with effect from 30 June 2024, following a stellar and lengthy tenure with the Board. Mr. Gaul, a trained accountant, served in various private practice roles, including accountant, financial advisor, … Continued

SHAINA SMITH- ARCHER IS RDA’S DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMME DELIVERY

The Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency has announced the appointment of Mrs. Shaina M. Smith-Archer as the Director of Programme Delivery. Mrs. Smith-Archer’s appointment took effect on 10th June, 2024, which effectively adds over 20 years of expertise in project management and engineering to the Programme Delivery Unit. As the Director of Programme Delivery, … Continued

Crime

MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH UPS CINEPLEX SHOOTING

Denston Johnney has been formally charged with multiple offences related to the Saturday night shooting at UPs Cineplex that left a female victim with gunshot injuries. The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) confirmed the charges on Monday, stating that Johnney, a 30-year-old resident of Huntum’s Ghut, faces several serious allegations. Johnney has been charged … Continued

Government

DR. CONNIE GEORGE APPOINTED FIRST DIRECTOR OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS PUBLIC SERVICE LEARNING INSTITUTE

Dr. Connie George has been officially appointed as the first Director of the Virgin Islands Public Service Learning Institute, effective June 18, 2024. Dr. George’s appointment comes following a period of her assignment as the Interim Director of the Institute, since its launch in August 2023. The newly appointed Director brings a wealth of experience … Continued

PREMIER TO ADDRESS UN DECOLONIZATION COMMITTEE, AHEAD OF OFFICIAL BVI VISIT

Premier Dr. Natalio Wheatley is preparing to deliver a statement during the upcoming June Substantive Session of the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization. The 2024 resumed session will meet in New York from 10 to 21 June. The Premier made the announcement during a recent press conference. In addition, Wheatley provided an update on the … Continued

COMPREHENSIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE FRAMEWORK LAUNCHED

The Government of the Virgin Islands has taken a significant step towards improving public service delivery with the launch of a comprehensive Customer Service Experience Framework. The framework, introduced by the Director of Customer Service, Ms. Kedimone Rubaine, establishes customer service standards, strategies, and formal guidelines for interactions with clients across various government offices and … Continued

BVI ASIA TRADE MISSION COMPLETES ROADSHOWS IN BEIJING AND SHANGHAI

The BVI Asia Trade Mission, led by Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Honourable Lorna Smith, has concluded its roadshows in Beijing and Shanghai, with more than 300 industry representatives and professionals present for two days of informative speeches, panel discussions, and networking on the BVI’s financial services product offerings. The delegation also held … Continued

Opinion

COMMENTARY ‘UK LABOUR GOV’T CAN MEND FENCES WITH CARIBBEAN TERRITORIES’

The following Commentary was written by Mr. Benito Wheatley. The Labour Party’s landslide victory at the polls presents a fresh opportunity for the United Kingdom (UK) to establish a genuine modern partnership with the Overseas Territories (OTs) after 14 years of Conservative Party rule in which the relationship with the Territories was severely strained by … Continued

MINIMUM QUALITY OF LIFE

The following is commentary by Shaina M. Smith-Archer. I heard about the call for comments in the news on increasing the minimum wage, and there is so much here I don’t know which corner to start at. I think we should first complete the population census to understand what is really going on in our … Continued

Andrew Fahie Trial

MAYNARD’S SENTENCING DELAYED AGAIN; FAHIE REQUEST ANOTHER DELAY

The sentencing of Oleanvine Maynard, former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority has been pushed back once again despite a previous announcement that prosecutors would not be granting any further extensions. The reasons for the additional delay has not been provided. However, Maynard’s sentencing hearing is now reset for June 20th, 2024. Maynard, confessed … Continued

LEGAL SAGA CONTINUES IN FAHIE TRIAL – PROSECUTION & DEFENCE TO SUBMIT SOLUTION ON MARCH 7

Despite being found guilty on all counts relating to cocaine and money laundering charges on February 8, nearly two weeks following the verdict, the legal saga relating to the Andrew Fahie trial continues as a federal judge grapples with unresolved doubts raised by two jurors about their guilty verdicts. The latest development in what has … Continued

REPOLLING OF JURORS UNLIKELY BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE – SAYS LEGAL EXPERT

A local attorney with experience in the United States legal system believes the recent request by Andrew Fahie’s legal team to repoll two jurors following their decision to recant their guilty verdicts, is unlikely to be granted. The attorney who requested anonymity noted that while it is highly unlikely for the request to be granted, he said … Continued

Weather

TROPICAL WAVE BRINGS UNSETTLED WEATHER TO BVI, IMPROVEMENTS EXPECTED

A tropical wave is currently influencing weather conditions across the British Virgin Islands (BVI), bringing increased moisture and instability to the region. The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services reports that this system is maintaining a heightened chance of shower activity throughout the day, with gradual improvements expected by evening. Today, residents and visitors can expect … Continued

HURRICANE BERYL THREATENS JAMAICA AFTER DEVASTATING WINDWARD ISLANDS

Hurricane Beryl, a catastrophic Category 5 storm at the time of this report, is barreling towards Jamaica after leaving a trail of destruction across several Caribbean islands. The hurricane, which has already claimed at least 2 lives, is expected to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to Jamaica on Wednesday before potentially impacting the Cayman … Continued

TROPICAL SYSTEM BREWS IN ATLANTIC, VIRGIN ISLANDS ON ALERT

The Virgin Islands may face its first significant threat of the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season as forecasters monitor a developing tropical system in the eastern Atlantic. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami has identified a westward-moving tropical wave that could potentially impact the eastern Caribbean in the coming days. As of 8:00 AM EDT … Continued

CLIMATE CRISIS DEMANDS LOCAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE IN BVI

Pummeled by climate change’s impacts, the British Virgin Islands stands at a crossroads. Rising temperatures, intensifying storms and flash floods increasingly jeopardize these islands’ communities and economic lifelines. The territory faces an existential crisis — and a capability gap. For the BVI, climate change is no hypothetical menace — it’s an inescapable reality battering the … Continued

Press Release

CCT DELIVERS ON PROVIDING FREE FIBER INTERNET TO THE WILLARD WHEATLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Caribbean Cellular Telephone Ltd (CCT) has taken a significant step towards enhancing the educational experience for students and faculty at the Willard Wheatley Primary School, by transforming the school to a Wi-Fi enabled campus. On Monday, May 27th, CCT successfully completed the installation of fiber internet services at the school, providing access to high-speed internet and … Continued

BVIFARS PAYMENT PORTAL TO GO LIVE IN JAN 2024

The BVI Financial Account Reporting System (BVIFars) payment portal is set to go live in January 2024. The International Tax Authority (ITA) made the announcement on Wednesday, December 6, as it reminded all relevant entities with reporting obligations to enrol in the BVIFARS portal. By enrolling, the ITA said it would satisfy the entities’ respective … Continued

CUSTOMER SERVICE CARE CENTRE LAUNCHES LIVE CHAT

The Government’s Customer Service Care Centre has launched its live-chat feature, in an effort to ensure customers can easily access the Government’s services. The feature allows individuals to contact the centre through messaging, and receive instant support and is accessible through https://bvips.org. Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Sharleen DaBreo-Lettsome, MBE … Continued

Travel and Tourism

ESHS ADVANCES TO FINALS OF REGIONAL NATIONAL TOURISM DEBATE COMPETITION (VIDEO)

The Elmore Stoutt High School’s debate team has secured a spot in the finals of the Regional National Tourism Debate competition after delivering a historic defeat to Jamaica’s Knox College in the semifinals on Friday. Representing the British Virgin Islands, the talented trio of Adrianne Thomas, Naomi Onwufuju, and Kande Richardson amassed an impressive 1038 … Continued

8 COMPETE FOR JUNIOR AMBASSADOR OF TOURISM

Eight Students to Compete for British Virgin Islands Junior Ambassador of Tourism Top Secondary School Debaters Vie to Represent BVI at CTO Regional Tourism Youth Congress Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, 31st May 2024 – Eight outstanding students from secondary schools across the British Virgin Islands will vie for the prestigious title of Junior … Continued

CIBC CARIBBEAN ABM IMPROVES CASH ACCESS AT BEEF ISLAND AIRPORT

The BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) has partnered with CIBC Caribbean to reintroduce an Automated Banking Machine (ABM) at the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport. The new ABM, installed in April, has already begun to fill a much-needed void for airport customers, as revealed in a media release from CIBC Caribbean. Strategically located in front of … Continued

NO MORE OFF-SEASON: AMERICAN AIRLINES MAINTAINS BVI SERVICE ALL YEAR

American Airlines will offer uninterrupted flight service to the British Virgin Islands throughout 2024, even during the historically slower travel months of July to October. This marks the first time a major carrier has maintained continuous operations to the territory year-round. The BVI Airports Authority announced the new arrangement on Saturday, hailing it as a … Continued

Health

BVIHSA & MINISTRY OF HEALTH LAUNCH CATCH-UP VACCINATION CLINIC

The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Development, announces the immediate launch of the jointly organized Catch-Up Vaccination Clinics. These urgent clinics are crucial for children who have missed either their first or second dose of their MMR vaccine, along with other essential immunizations and … Continued

BVI HEALTH SRVICES AUTHORITY CELEBRATES GLOBAL RECOGNITION FOR “BE MINDFUL MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN.”

The BVI Health Services Authority’s (BVIHSA) Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services continues to receive grand recognition for its “Be Mindful” mental health campaign. The team has received kudos from both the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Both nods of recognition were in response to the 2023 series … Continued

MEN’S HEALTH FAIR EVENT A SUCCESS

The Office of Gender Affairs in collaboration with numerous organisations across the territory, held their annual Men’s Health Fair at the Cyril B Romney Tortola Pier Park on Thursday, June 13. The initiative is part of the department’s celebration of men during the month of June as they aim to promote health and wellness among … Continued

Events

70TH EMANCIPATION FESTIVAL TO OPEN AT NEW SITE

The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board & Film Commission (BVITBFC) is thrilled to announce that the festival village for the 70th Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival (Rena’s Festiville) will be relocated to the lot behind the Ralph T. O’Neal Central Administration Complex.  The relocation to this new site, which was the venue for the recently concluded … Continued

Youth

KYRA JAMES DOUGLAS SHOWCASES VI CULTURE IN TEEN VOGUE

In a significant achievement for both personal and cultural representation, Virgin Islands native Kyra James Douglas has published an article in Teen Vogue, coinciding with the celebration of Virgin Islands Day 2024. The piece, focusing on Gucci mariner jewellery and its importance as a Virgin Islands heirloom, is part of a special package honouring Caribbean … Continued

MR AND MISS HLSCC 2024 CROWNED

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) celebrated the crowning of its new ambassadors in a dazzling pageant held on Sunday, June 23. Jhadazia Lennard and Malacoy Levons emerged victorious as Miss and Mr. HLSCC, respectively, in an event themed “Cultivating Excellence.” Lennard dominated the competition, securing awards for Miss Popularity, Intellect, Best Business Wear, and … Continued

KATS BVI EXPANDS OFFERINGS WITH NEW ADVANCED SEA SKILLS PROGRAM

The long-running Basic Sea Skills program offered by local non-profit Kids and the Sea (KATS) BVI has taken another step forward by introducing an advanced curriculum for returning students. Former KATS Assistant Director Brian Liverpool recently weighed in on this significant expansion of the initiative. Liverpool, who was heavily involved in developing and running the … Continued

Environment

GOVT ON TRACK TO RECOMMISSION POCKWOOD POND INCINERATOR BY SEPTEMBER

The Government of the Virgin Islands is making significant strides towards recommissioning the Pockwood Pond incinerator, with full operational status expected by September 2024. This announcement was made by Premier and Minister for the Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change, Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley, during his recent speech on World Environment Day. The territory … Continued

MINISTER RYMER ASSESSES DAMAGE AFTER INCLEMENT WEATHER HITS TORTOLA

This morning, the streets of Road Town saw a notable figure taking action amidst the aftermath of severe weather that swept across Tortola. The Honourable Kye Rymer, Minister of Communication and Works, ventured into the affected communities to conduct a firsthand assessment of the damage caused by the inclement weather that battered the territory. Despite … Continued

GREEN VI CULTIVATES FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABLE LESSONS THROUGH SCHOOL GARDENS

In a major milestone for environmental education and sustainable agriculture in the Virgin Islands, Green VI, through the BVI SMART Schools Project has successfully established vibrant gardens at several schools across the Virgin Islands. The project is funded through an over €1.3 million allocation from the European Union’s Resilience, Sustainable Energy, and Marine Biodiversity (RESEMBID) … Continued

Pageantry

AN INTIMATE LOOK INTO THE MISS BVI CONTESTANTS

This article was written by Student Reporter Recado Palmer, 17, of the Elmore Stoutt High School. Seven beautiful contestants are vying for the crown of Miss British Virgin Islands 2024, each promoting their platform and sharing their reasons for joining the pageant in a recent interview with 284 Media. Recado Palmer has the story.

JEQUAN AND RANEAH CROWNED 2024 MR. AND MISS ESLYN HENLEY RICHIEZ LEARNING CENTRE

The Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre, a beacon of special education in the British Virgin Islands, celebrated its annual pageant at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Center in Sea Cows Bay on Saturday, June 29. This year’s pageant crowned Jequan Wintz and Raneah Salmon as the 2024 Mr. and Miss Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre, … Continued

MR AND MISS HLSCC 2024 CROWNED

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) celebrated the crowning of its new ambassadors in a dazzling pageant held on Sunday, June 23. Jhadazia Lennard and Malacoy Levons emerged victorious as Miss and Mr. HLSCC, respectively, in an event themed “Cultivating Excellence.” Lennard dominated the competition, securing awards for Miss Popularity, Intellect, Best Business Wear, and … Continued

ASHA HYNDMAN IS MISS TEEN BVI 2024

On Saturday June 1st, 2024 Contestant number one Asha Hyndman emerged as the winner of the 2024 Miss Teen BVI Pageant held at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. Hyndman, 19 took home awards for Miss Intellect, Best Evening Wear, Best Shero, Most Photogenic, and Best Poise. First Runner-up was Contestant # 2 Tiya Herbert, who won … Continued

Education

DR. CONNIE GEORGE APPOINTED FIRST DIRECTOR OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS PUBLIC SERVICE LEARNING INSTITUTE

Dr. Connie George has been officially appointed as the first Director of the Virgin Islands Public Service Learning Institute, effective June 18, 2024. Dr. George’s appointment comes following a period of her assignment as the Interim Director of the Institute, since its launch in August 2023. The newly appointed Director brings a wealth of experience … Continued

CLASS OF 1994 MAKES LASTING IMPACT ON THIS YEAR’S GRADUATING CLASS

The BVI High School Class of 1994 proudly celebrated their 30th-year anniversary by giving back to this year’s graduates in a significant and meaningful way. The Class of 1994, known for their innovation, creativity, and initiative, is committed to making a marked difference by recognising and awarding students for their achievements, not just those at … Continued

RHIANN RAMLALL DOMINATES AWARDS AT BFEC GRADUATION

The Bregado Flax Educational Centre Secondary Division recently celebrated its graduation ceremony under the theme “Launching Futures, Embracing Change: Preparing the Class of 2024 for New Opportunities,” where standout student Rhiann Ramlall collected the bulk of the awards. Named the Valedictorian, Ramlall demonstrated exceptional academic excellence, securing multiple prestigious awards. She received the Hon. Sharie … Continued