GOVERNMENT NOT PICKING ON BARS – MINISTER MALONE

Minister for Health and Social Development Carvin Malone has refuted claims that suggest that his government has been picking on bars within the territory. The claims followed the recent development where two bars on Tortola were recently issued two $1000 fines for breaches of the COVID-19 protocols and ordered to close. He said, “We’ve had … Continued

THE BVI BASKETBALL FEDERATION TO TAKE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS FOLLOWING A PHYSICAL DISPUTE DURING A GAME OVER THE WEEKEND

The BVI Basketball Federation will be taking a no tolerance stance following this weekend’s altercation at a basketball game and will be instituting bans and suspensions following investigations into the matter. This is according to the federation’s President Dereck Varlack who told 284 News in an interview on Monday September 20, that his organisation will … Continued

MALE RESCUED BY POLICE FROM ATTEMPTED SUICIDE IDENTIFIED AS PATIENT WITH MENTAL ILLNESS – 6 OTHER INCIDENTS OCCURRED

The male who was rescued by police officer over the weekend from what appeared to be a suicide attempt in the waters adjacent to the Road Town Ferry Terminal has been identified as a 20-year-old who suffers from mental illness. This was confirmed in a media release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force on … Continued

REVISED BUDGET IN THE WORKS FOLLOWING CONTINUED DECLINE IN REVENUES DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Premier Andrew Fahie has indicated that his government will be bringing forth a revised budget in light of the constant decline in revenue which has been linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Premier Fahie made the disclosure during a recent press briefing, in response to questions posed by the media. He said, “First of all, we’re … Continued

RESIDENTS URGED TO SETTLE THEIR WATER & SEWAGE BILLS OR FACE DISCONNECTION BY OCT 1

Director of the Water and Sewerage Department Mrs. Perline Scatliffe-Leonard is inviting customers of the department to settle outstanding arrears by October 1 to avoid disconnection.   Mrs. Scatliffe-Leonard said that the department continues to work in COVID-19 and that it is necessary that various services are reinstated that would allow the department to cover the expenses … Continued

DISTRICTS 2,4,7&9 WINS FIRST PLAYOFF GAMES OF THE BVI BASKETBALL FEDERATION’S 2021 DISTRICT LEAGUE COMPETITION

The BVI Basketball Federation’s 2021 District League competition kicked off it’s playoff stage last weekend with teams from Districts 2, 4, 7 and 9 winning their first playoff games. Competing on the opening night of Saturday September 11 was VG Bayside Blazers of the Ninth District, who defeated Filipinas by 18 points. The Blazers entered … Continued

NEARLY 300 TICKETS ISSUED TO BUSINESSES ACROSS THE BVI FOR COVID-19 BREACHES SINCE SEPT 2020

Since the Social Distancing Task Force was established approximately one year ago, the unit has issued nearly 300 tickets to various businesses and entertainment entities across the territory. This is according to the Chief Environmental Health Officer Lionel Michael, who made the disclosure during a recent interview with 284 News. Of the nearly 300 tickets … Continued

LOCAL HEALTHCARE WORKERS TO RECEIVE TRAINING IN LATEST HYPERTENSION TREATMENT

Chief of Drugs and Pharmaceutical Services, Mrs. Gracia Wheatley- Smith has said local healthcare professionals are to be trained on the latest hypertension treatment guidelines in a workshop next week. The workshop titled, “Beating the silent killer-prescribing the new international pharmacotherapy for hypertension” will be held on Thursday September 23 via zoom. The session will … Continued