Archive for September, 2014

Politics in granting immigration status; Georges wants it removed

Politics in granting immigration status; Georges wants it removed

While making his case that Cabinet should relinquish its powers to grant persons immigration status in the British Virgin Islands, Complaints Commissioner Elton Georges said there is no doubt that the status quo allows for political interference. “Obviously there is […]

by / on September 30, 2014 at 12:43 PM /
“We need to not give scholarships all over the place,” declares PEP member

“We need to not give scholarships all over the place,” declares PEP member

Proposing what could be a major change to how government scholarships are awarded for overseas studies, Assistant Secretary of the recently launched People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) Julia Christopher has recommended that the assistance be given to students whose studies match the […]

by / on September 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM /
First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

ASSOCIATED PRESS – A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday. Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital […]

by / on September 30, 2014 at 12:29 PM /
No major changes for lobster festival; second event proposed

No major changes for lobster festival; second event proposed

There are suggestions for a second major festival on the island of Anegada, but the BVI Tourist Board is now pressing ahead with the Anegada Lobster Festival which will see no major changes this year, despite complaints last year about […]

by / on September 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM /
“Dreadful to see” – PEP decries treatment of hotel workers, tourism

“Dreadful to see” – PEP decries treatment of hotel workers, tourism

Claiming that the hotel industry in the British Virgin Islands has been abandoned and its workers are virtually suffering because of the absence of a retirement plan, the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) said the industry will become one of its main […]

by / on September 30, 2014 at 11:50 AM /
Flax-Mars fires back at Blyden, says festival was marketed well

Flax-Mars fires back at Blyden, says festival was marketed well

Director of Tourism Sharon Flax-Mars has refuted claims that the BVI Tourist Board failed to live up to the promotional plans it promised for the 2012 and 2013 staging of the territory’s annual Festival. “I am very confident that the […]

by / on September 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM /
Even lawyers are afraid to speak – Christopher

Even lawyers are afraid to speak – Christopher

In what could be described as a messianic tone, Chairman of the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) Alvin Christopher on Monday evening promised to bring relief to residents who he claims are reluctant to express themselves freely because of fear of […]

by / on September 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM /
Child protection plan enhanced

Child protection plan enhanced

PRESS RELEASE (Government Information Service) – The Virgin Islands now has enhanced strategies for detecting and reporting child sexual abuse cases, following the Government of the Virgin Island’s participation in a sub-regional workshop titled: “Responding to and Managing Child Sexual […]

by / on September 30, 2014 at 6:52 AM /
Swimmers in action

Swimmers in action

PRESS RELEASE — Five swimmers from the Makos Swim Club got their 2014-2015 season started on a high note last weekend at the St Thomas Swimming Association’s appropriately named ‘September Kick Off’ meet. The meet was a preparation event in […]

by / on September 30, 2014 at 5:10 AM /

Changes in collection of work permits

The Labour Department is informing the general public that the days for collection of Work Permits at the Tortola Branch have changed. The changes are as follows:  Work Permit Renewals can be collected on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. New Work […]

by / on September 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM /