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

OPINION: SHAINA M SMITH ARCHER ON COI REPORT

I am not surprised by this time line because from the Governor’s first announcement I estimated it would take a month before the report would be made public. And I am still more interested in the UK response to the report. That’s what I am waiting on. Bear in mind they can choose what recommendations … Continued

OPINION: LEARNERS TO LEADERS BY SHAINA SMITH-ARCHER

I had the honour a week ago to participate in an important dialogue about how we prepare our students for life. The discussion centred around the questions: “Preparing learners to be leaders: What is required? How do we transform the system to better prepare our learners to be leaders in this territory and the world?” … Continued

BALANCING PUBLIC SAFETY AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY: AN ONGOING TUG-OF-WAR ON A FEW TROUBLED CARIBBEAN ISLANDS

Caribbean News Online Many parts of the Caribbean landscape continue to erode from violence and economic uncertainty and it is giving locals, visitors, and expatriates heightened concern and a reason to pause.  Ongoing reported crime against humanity does not discriminate– against whether members of the clergy, women, children, counsellors, law enforcement officers, teachers, sports icons, … Continued

BVI-USVI DAILY FERRY ROUND-TRIPS INCREASED DUE TO HIGH BOOKINGS SAYS PORTS AUTHORITY

Beginning November 1st, 2021 the International Passenger Ferry Schedule will include more service runs between the British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands. An official advisory sent out by the BVIPA revealed that the adjustment is as a result of increased bookings recorded in the territory. “Per request from our International Ferry Operators the international … Continued

OPINION: COI VIEWED THROUGH HISTORY LENS BY SHAINA SMITH-ARCHER

I recently shared this with some friends during a conversation about the ongoing Commission of Inquiry. I view the COI through a historical context, where our foreparents built this territory since 1834. They survived world wars, global depressions, hurricanes, tsunamis, migrating for work, droughts, a cholera outbreak, and God only knows what else for us … Continued