UWI SAYS UK IS NO AUTHORITY ON DEMOCRACY

Joining ogranisations like CARICOM and the OECS, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has issued a statement condemning the United Kingdom’s (UK) suggestion of directly ruling the Virgin Islands. In a statement released yesterday, Sunday May 8th, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said that UWI “joins with CARICOM in calling on Britain to retreat … Continued

VI FIREFIGHTERS COMMENDED

Via a Government press release, Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Honourable Kye Rymer has commended Fire Officers throughout the Virgin Islands for their unwavering dedication to the protection of life and property in in observance of International Firefighters Day on May 4. Hon. Rhymer said, “It is fitting that the public stays aware of … Continued

CARICOM “DEEPLY CONCERNED” BY POSSIBLE SUSPENSION

Yesterday, May 3rd, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) issued a statement regarding the release of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report in the BVI and commented specifically on the recommendation to suspend the Virgin Islands Constitution. The statement said “CARICOM supports the decision of the duly elected Government of the BVI to welcome the recommendations for … Continued

VIGIL TO BE HELD FOR SHAQUOY SMITH

A candle-light vigil is to be held this Saturday, May 7th at the Road Town Fire Headquarters in honour of Shaquoy ‘Puzy’ Smith, a Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Officer who died following a scooter accident on April 18th. After being found in critical condition on Hope Hill early Easter Monday, 24-year-old Smith was taken … Continued

ACTING PREMIER CONCERNED ABOUT SUSPENSION OF CONSTITUTION

Today, the Acting Premier of the Virgin Islands, Dr. the Honourable Natalio Wheatley, has issued a statement regarding the COI recommendations. The Acting Premier told the public that he is presently reviewing the COI recommendations and emphasized that he is very concerned about “the anchor” of the recommendations—which would be the partial suspension of the … Continued

USVI TO WAIVE VISAS FOR CARIBBEAN RESIDENTS

A statement released by U.S. Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett confirms the approval of her Virgin Islands Visa Waiver Act (H.R. 5460). According to Plaskett, The Act would allow the Department of Homeland Security to approve nonimmigrant visitor visa waivers for entry into the U.S. Virgin Islands for up to 45 days, primarily for residents of … Continued

ABOVE AVERAGE HURRICANE SEASON EXPECTED

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has advised Virgin Islands residents “to brace for another busy hurricane season.” The DDM says that this is based on the expert forecast from Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project issued this morning. According to an official release, Mr. Jasen Penn, Acting Director at the DDM, “said that this … Continued

BFEC IS THE 2022 INTER SECONDARY DEBATE CHAMPION

The Bregado Flax Education Centre (BFEC) debate team has officially been named as the 2022 Inter Secondary Debate Champions.   The BFEC faced off against the Claudia Creque Educational Centre of Anegada, and debated the moot “Vaccinations are our passports to economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The BFEC speakers, Jada Barrette, Trevi-Ann … Continued

COI COSTED GOV’T 5 MILLION PREMIER SAYS

The Commission of Inquiry has taken a toll on the Government says Premier Andrew Fahie. Speaking at a Government Press Conference today, Friday March 25th, the Premier addressed the stress that the COI caused the public service, calling the requests “unreasonable,” and alleging that the total cost incurred amounts to approximately five million dollars. “We … Continued