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Archive for November, 2017

Gov’t will assist persons booted from shelters

Gov’t will assist persons booted from shelters

Persons living in emergency shelters around the territory can now breathe a sigh of relief as government has promised to guide them while they transition from emergency shelters, back into the real world. Citing several factors for the closure of […]

by / on November 29, 2017 at 2:12 PM /
Fingerprint persons entering the BVI

Fingerprint persons entering the BVI

While stating the need for more joint operations among local police, Customs, and Immigration, Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews is calling for mandatory fingerprinting at all ports of entry. He suggested that the policy would assist with criminal investigations in […]

by / on November 29, 2017 at 6:52 AM /
Over 800 to get financial help under Household Assistance Program

Over 800 to get financial help under Household Assistance Program

Over 800 households have been selected to benefit from the first batch of financial help under the Government’s Household Assistance Program. While noting that the payout could be as early as this Friday, BVI Red Cross Director Helene Frett said […]

by / on November 29, 2017 at 6:50 AM /
Crush misused scooters! Lawmakers, parents responsible

Crush misused scooters! Lawmakers, parents responsible

Legislators in the British Virgin Islands are being asked to implement stricter penalties for scooter riders, while parents are being told to take responsibility for their teenage riders. Police Commissioner Michael Matthews made the call last evening amid increased complaints about […]

by / on November 29, 2017 at 6:35 AM /
Slaves being auctioned in Libya

Slaves being auctioned in Libya

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) – The African Union (AU) has expressed outrage after footage emerged appearing to show sub-Saharan migrants being sold at slave markets in Libya. On the video, released by CNN this week, young men are seen being auctioned off […]

by / on November 29, 2017 at 6:01 AM /
BugOut responds to post-hurricane mosquito threat

BugOut responds to post-hurricane mosquito threat

With the threat of an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases looming after the September hurricanes, local vector control programme BugOut has responded. BugOut, which is operating on Virgin Gorda, said it has been engaging communities to prevent mosquito breeding. “We all […]

by / on November 29, 2017 at 5:45 AM /
Fresh calls for BVI to ban soft drinks, unhealthy foods

Fresh calls for BVI to ban soft drinks, unhealthy foods

Amid reports that St. Lucia is seeking to ban the sale of soft drinks in schools, the call is being made for similar measures to be implemented locally. “I heard it on the radio this morning and I said immediately […]

by / on November 28, 2017 at 5:52 PM /
UK Prime Minister offers £300m in loan guarantees

UK Prime Minister offers £300m in loan guarantees

British Prime Minister Theresa May has offered the BVI government more than £300 million in loan guarantees and grants for reconstruction efforts. Effectively, a loan guarantee is a promise by one party (the UK government) to pay the debt of […]

by / on November 28, 2017 at 2:34 PM /
Digicel’s regional boss pledges to overhaul BVI network

Digicel’s regional boss pledges to overhaul BVI network

Regional heads of telecommunications giant Digicel have committed to overhauling its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) network in the British Virgin Islands. Digicel’s CEO for the Caribbean and Central America Vannesa Slowey, gave the commitment while meeting with Premier Dr […]

by / on November 28, 2017 at 1:49 PM /
‘We were right in action’

‘We were right in action’

Another government minister has sought to defend the claim that the Dr D Orlando Smith-led administration collapsed after Hurricane Irma. Premier Smith was to first to dismiss the claim as ‘fake news’. Communications Minister Mark Vanterpool is now defending that […]

by / on November 28, 2017 at 8:33 AM /