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September 14th, 2020
Patlian Johnson appointed Community Liaison Officer @ RDA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) has announced the appointment of Ms Patlian Johnson as the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) for a period of one year effective August 17, 2020.

September 14th, 2020
IRD Certificate of Good Standing for work permit renewals no longer needed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) has taken a decision to temporarily suspend the requirement of a Certificate of Good Standing from Inland Revenue Department (IRD) for employers as part of the work permit renewal process.

September 12th, 2020
More businesses approved to open as COVID-19 cases drop

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following a Cabinet meeting of September 11, 2020, more businesses in the Virgin Islands (VI) will now be allowed to open as the territory records a reduction in COVID-19 cases as a result of strict adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines issued by local health authorities.

September 11th, 2020
Business stimulus payments available from Monday, Sept 14- Hon Flax-Charles

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise businesses (MSMEs) who registered for Government’s Small Business Sector Grant Relief Programme can expect their cheques starting Monday, September 14, 2020, Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) has announced.

September 10th, 2020
Applications open for Unite BVI’s Kickstart Small Business Loans

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Applications for the Unite BVI Kickstart Small Business Loan Programme are now open to entrepreneurs planning to start a business, or to expand an already existing business that is going to have positive impact on the environment or our communities.

September 9th, 2020
COVID-19: 'VI did the right things in the right order'- Julio S. Henry

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - After a May 7, 2020, doom prediction that the Virgin Islands' 'Economy will sink and the Territory will suffer' if tourism was not immediately revived, social commentator and talk show host Julio S. Henry has now commended the Government for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the order that it did.

September 9th, 2020
‘Gov’t does not have to follow everything BVICCHA says’- Violet Thomas-Gaul

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA) complaining to the media that Government has ignored some 5 letters in relation to the COVID-19 crisis but still used some of its recommendations while ignoring much advice given, a local talk show host and former BVICCHA chairperson has asked whether Government has to follow every advice from BVICCHA.

September 8th, 2020
‘We can’t keep locking down every time something comes’- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has indicated that moving forward in the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Territory will not be prioritising 24/7 lockdown as a response measure, rather, will depend on making sure businesses and organisations adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols.

September 8th, 2020
The genes that survived slavery can survive COVID-19

Alred C. Frett

Be Vigilant my People – We’ve passed this way before:

Nature is constant but we are in distress when the Horizon is all around us, our GPS is broken and our Engines quit working… This is a Crisis that no one planned for or expected – A Pandemic by an invisible foe with a rate of reported infection that is locking us in while locking others out - instead of a friendly, welcoming destination, we are now listed as a medical pariah to be avoided.

September 7th, 2020
Force ISPs to deliver or find new players- Skelton-Cline urges TRC

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Government Consultant, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to put pressure on local telecom providers to deliver better services to the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) or find new players.

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