GOVERNOR RANKINS FOCUSED TO TACKLING RECENT RISE IN CRIME

Governor John Rankins has released a statement condemning the recent spike in crime in the British Virgin Islands and has pledged extra resources where necessary to effectively tackle the issue. His February 22nd statement said “As Governor of the British Virgin Islands, I share the concern of all in the community regarding the recent murders … Continued

INQUIRY RESPONSE UNIT ESTABLISHED TO COOPERATE WITH COMMISSION OF INQUIRY

GIS Following the decision of the former Governor, His Excellency Augustus J U Jaspert, to institute a Commission of Inquiry (the “Inquiry“), the Government of the Virgin Islands established the Inquiry Response Unit (‘IRU‘) on 5 February, 2021 to ensure full cooperation with the Inquiry and facilitation of the Inquiry process, while upholding the legal … Continued

VIRGIN GORDA ACCIDENT LEAVES 2 CRITICAL

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is investigating a crash that occurred early this morning leaving two people in critical condition and two others injured. This was confirmed by RVIPF Information Officer Dianne Drayton who said “Police can confirm that they attended at lone vehicle accident in Virgin Gorda. Four persons are being treated for … Continued

HURRICANES NAMED FOR 2021 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON

With just over 100 days until the start of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, 21 hurricanes have been named. The list released by the National Hurricane Center includes; Ana  Bill  Claudette  Danny  Elsa  Fred  Grace  Henri  Ida  Julian  Kate  Larry  Mindy  Nicholas  Odette  Peter  Rose  Sam  Teresa  Victor  Wanda Early predictions from Colorado State University, which issues seasonal … Continued

AMNESTY OF INTEREST ACCRUED ON PROPERTY TAX GRANTED

GIS The Government of the Virgin Islands is extending to property owners a 100% reduction on property tax interests accrued for the 2020 tax year and prior years. The period of relief of interests extends from February 3 to August 31, 2021. Property owners are urged to pay the outstanding principal (tax) forthwith, or agree … Continued

CONSTRUCTION ON NATIONAL EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER BEGINS

With heavy machinery and ceremonial shovels, demolition of the former home of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and construction of a state-of-the-art new National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) began with a groundbreaking ceremony this week in McNamara. The resilient and high-technology building will serve as the hub for disaster and emergency response in the … Continued

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT IMPLEMENTS NEWLY DESIGNED UNIFORM

GIS On Monday, February 15 the customers who conducted business with the Department of Immigration had their first look at the officers wearing the newly designed uniform. Chief Immigration Officer, Mr. Ian Penn expressed his approval of the new uniform and believes that his officers share the same sentiment. Mr. Penn said that Immigration Officers … Continued

BVI COVID-19 REGISTRATION SITE TEMPORARILY CLOSED

GIS Residents of the British Virgin Islands are advised that the online registration form for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine will be temporarily closed from this evening, February 17. This is to allow for the scheduling of appointments for those that fall into Phase One. During this time, the registration form will also be updated to … Continued