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January 14th, 2021
St Lucia PM Allen M. Chastanet guest of Honestly Speaking today

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The second Honestly Speaking show for the year will have as its special guest, Prime Minister of St Lucia, Honourable Allen M. Chastanet.

January 14th, 2021
Gov’t seeking 'negotiation' of UK decision on 'Marijuana Bill'

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says more negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) will have to be made over the Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020, as his administration is not fully clear on the way forward.

January 14th, 2021
Disaster Management Act 2021 passes with Amendments in HoA

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Following debates in which legislators on both sides of the aisle in the House of Assembly (HoA) on January 5, 2021, contributed favourably to the Disaster Management Act 2019 (amended to 2021), the Bill emerged out of Committee on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, and was passed with Amendments.

January 14th, 2021
CJ Pereira calls for judge-alone trials in region amid COVID-19 era

CASTRIES, St Lucia- In light of the challenges being faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Her Ladyship, Hon Dame Janice M. Pereira has suggested judge-alone trials in courtrooms across the Eastern Caribbean.

January 14th, 2021
BVI Bar welcomes passing of ECSC VI Amendment Act, 2020

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – President of the BVI Bar Association, Senor Associate at Harneys, Ms Kimberly K Crabbe-Adams says the BVI Bar remains pleased with the swift passing of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) (Amendment) Act, 2020 in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA).

January 13th, 2021
Jost van Dyke ferry terminal to reopen March 1, 2021- BVIPA

JOST van DYKE, VI- The BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) has announced that the reopening of the port of entry at Jost van Dyke to international passenger vessels is poised for March 1, 2021, simultaneously with the reopening of the Road Town Ferry terminal on Tortola.

January 14th, 2021
Break away from routine politics

Jacqueline Wheatley

We have embraced the change of new governance, and as promised we expect what was put forward not to be contrary to the plans stated. When given an open shot for leadership, you must target the issues that are ringing in your ears.

January 13th, 2021
'COVID-19 significantly hampered' court’s ability to effectively manage caseload- CJ Pereira

CASTRIES, St Lucia - Her Ladyship, Hon Dame Janice M. Pereira has bemoaned that the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has, to a large extent, affected the courts in the Eastern Caribbean in managing its caseload.

January 13th, 2021
2 USVI police officers, National Guards held in US cocaine bust

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Two police officers from the St Thomas-St John District, a former [US] Virgin Islands Port Authority enforcement officer and other persons, including members of the USVI National Guard were caught in Florida's Opa-Locka County with over 300 kilos of cocaine, well-placed sources with knowledge of the bust have told the Consortium.

January 13th, 2021
Vareen C. Vanterpool-Nibbs tipped to be Supreme Court Registrar

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Senior sources in the Governor’s Office familiar with the decision have confirmed to our news centre that Attorney-at-Law Vareen Cecilia Vanterpool-Nibbs will become the new Registrar of the Supreme Court.

January 13th, 2021
Locals were not ‘prepared’ for Top CoP post - Premier Fahie confirms

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has confirmed that a local will not be taking up the post of Commissioner of Police in the territory when outgoing Top Cop, Mr Michael B. Matthews demits office.

January 13th, 2021
Berserk man injures bank customer with rock

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A customer of a bank in Road Town was reportedly injured and had to seek medical attention after he was hit with a rock thrown by a man who went berserk on Monday, January 11, 2021.

January 13th, 2021
Health personnel, Minister Malone among first to get COVID-19 vaccine – Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has revealed that the Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) will be among the first recipients of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the Virgin Islands [British].

January 12th, 2021
Deloitte’s charitable donations in VI valued over $35K- Fiscal Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- If there was a yearly Good Corporate Citizen Award in the Virgin Islands (VI), Deloitte British Virgin Islands would be a frontrunner to cop the accolade, due to its significant contribution in cash and kind to the local community in 2020.

January 12th, 2021
VI to receive 8,000 doses of 'less potent' COVID-19 vaccines from UK next month

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The United Kingdom (UK) Government will donate and deliver 8,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Virgin Islands next month, the Governor's Office announced via a press release today, January 12, 2021.

January 12th, 2021
BVIEC receives $600K CDB technical assistance grant

LONG BUSH, Tortola, VI - The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) has successfully secured a Technical Assistance (TA) grant funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the tune of US $600,000 from a wider CAD $5M (UD $3.93) pool.

January 12th, 2021
Gov't serious about implementing Integrity in Public Life Act - Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has reiterated his Government's commitment to having the Integrity in Public Life Act 2020, brought to the House of Assembly in 2021.

January 12th, 2021
Brexit! ‘Why is it so right for UK to be independent?’- Hon Fraser

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- As the United Kingdom (UK), through controversial Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, continues to resist moves by the Virgin Islands to gain more autonomy, veteran legislator and Opposition Member, Honourable Julian Fraser RA has questioned why it is so right for the UK to want full independence but doesn’t think it is good for the Virgin Islands.

January 12th, 2021
Gov't kicks off series of Community Meetings Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Building on its reputation as a Government of the people, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government has organised a series of community meetings with the public starting Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

January 12th, 2021
VI-based lawyer appointed High Court Judge in St Lucia

CASTRIES, St Lucia- A practising attorney in the [British] Virgin Islands, Mr Patrick D. Thompson of PST Law chambers, has been appointed as a High Court Judge in St Lucia.

January 12th, 2021
Christian community in VI 'very welcoming'- Muslim expat

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Imam Abdul Malik, a Muslim expatriate in the Virgin Islands (VI), says since moving to the territory just about a year ago things have been testing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 11th, 2021
13 from VI make up UWI Graduating Class of 2020

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- Thirteen (13) graduands from the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) are among the 8,500 members of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Class of 2020 who will officially graduate and receive their degrees during the 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremonies starting this week.

January 11th, 2021
Crew members on cruise ships ‘will not be allowed to disembark’- BVIPA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Crew members onboard cruise ships in the territory for warm layups will not be allowed to disembark the vessels.

January 11th, 2021
UK has duty to help VI achieve its political aspirations– Hon Kye M. Rymer

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities and 5th District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Kye M. Rymer has reminded that the United Kingdom (UK) must help the territory achieve its aspirations as a people.

January 11th, 2021
First cruise ship in nearly 10 mths Rhapsody of the Seas arrives in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It may not be a cruise ship full of tourists, nevertheless, the sight of a cruise ship in nearly 10 months in the tourist destination of the Virgin Islands is certainly a welcome sight.

January 11th, 2021
UK holding up bills to cause strain between Gov't & people- Premier Fahie posits

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has vowed to take on the matter of the Governor holding up Bills sent to him for assent.

January 10th, 2021
Motor Scooter rider injured in accident @ Road Reef

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A collision between a motor scooter and a car at Road Reef, Tortola, this afternoon, January 10, 2021, resulted in injuries to the motor scooter rider and damages to both the car and motor scooter.

January 10th, 2021
One injured in 2-vehicle collision near Fort Recovery

WEST END, Tortola, VI- A man was taken to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital reportedly with minor injuries, following a two-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon, January 9, 2021.

January 10th, 2021
Reclamation works will not affect historical 'Dungeon' ruins- Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI- The upcoming reclamation works in the Pockwood Pond area of Tortola will not affect the historical Dungeon ruins site, Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has assured.

January 10th, 2021
VI Gov’t praised for ‘swiftly’ passing ECSC Amendment Act 2020

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands, led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), has been praised for swiftly drafting and passing the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) (Amendment) Act, 2020.

January 10th, 2021
VI’s Leroy A. E. Abraham appointed Chairman of CARILEC

CASTRIES, St. Lucia - General Manager of the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Mr Leroy A.E. Abraham, has been appointed Chairman of the Board at the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC).

January 9th, 2021
Pedal cyclist critically injured after collision with motorcycle

HANNAH’S ESTATE, Tortola, VI - Sometime around 15:20hrs today, Saturday, January 9, 2021, reports reaching our newsroom is that a Caucasian male was knocked off a bicycle by a motorcyclist, in the Hannah’s Estate area of Tortola.

January 9th, 2021
‘Something is wrong’ with Governor’s immunity in VI- Hon Fahie

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has questioned the immunity status of the seat of H.E. Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert aka 'Gus' in the Virgin Islands (VI), calling the system one that is too flawed to exist in the 21st century.

January 9th, 2021
South African COVID-19 strain can potentially weaken vaccines

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- As the pandemic rages on, new COVID-19 variants are emerging, with the latest strain first reported in South Africa, being potentially more harmful than the variant that was first reported in the United Kingdom in December.

January 9th, 2021
Persons using entry protocols to import exotic dancers - Hon Malone

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has revealed that even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, some persons are flouting the laws to import exotic dancers and others for employment in the territory.

January 9th, 2021
VI expecting Royal Caribbean 'warm lay-up' from Jan 11, 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Authorities at the BVI Ports Authority (BCIPA) have announced that the Virgin Islands (VI) will be expecting its first technical cruise calls for 2021, via the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, however, the calls will be done under strict health and safety guidelines.

January 8th, 2021
Gov Jaspert allegedly refuses 14-day quarantine on return from COVID infected UK!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In another move that demonstrates the controversial Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka 'Gus' is reckless, his disregard for the rule of law and his normal blatant violations of the Virgin Islands (VI) constitution, even with a few days left on the job, the Governor is allegedly refusing to comply with COVID-19 policies.

January 8th, 2021
‘Far too many’ COVID-19 protocol breaches over holiday weekend - Hon Malone

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) says that despite the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s strict entry protocols, persons and businesses are still breaching the laws and flouting the protocols.

January 8th, 2021
VI announces DR travel ban effective Mon, Jan 11, 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Dominican Republic (DR) will join the United Kingdom (UK) in a travel ban to the Virgin Islands (VI) effective, Monday, January 11, 2021, Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) announced today Friday, January 8, 2021.

January 8th, 2021
Tourists tested positive for COVID-19 outside of quarantine- Health Minister

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The COVID-19 virus has been detected in persons outside of quarantine in the Virgin Islands and the Ministry of Health has embarked on aggressive contact tracing to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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