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Archive for February, 2018

COMMENTARY: Cruise visitors not big spenders; high-end tourism better

COMMENTARY: Cruise visitors not big spenders; high-end tourism better

By Dickson Igwe, Contributor In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the floods of August 2017, strategic economic planning for the Virgin Islands is no longer an option. Strategic, medium, and long-term economic planning is the single route […]

by / on February 5, 2018 at 6:30 AM /
First District donates to FSN

First District donates to FSN

Residents of the First Electoral District have donated a truckload of food items and other supplies to the Family Support Network (FSN). The donation was spearheaded by First District Representative, Andrew Fahie. “We take this time to commend Family Support […]

by / on February 5, 2018 at 6:02 AM /
Cane Garden Bay beach now safe for swimming

Cane Garden Bay beach now safe for swimming

The Garden Bay Beach is now safe for swimming. The beach was ordered closed last month after the water tested positive for extremely high counts of bacteria. However, fresh tests were conducted on January 23 and showed that the water […]

by / on February 2, 2018 at 5:06 PM /
Asbestos at Palm Grove centre nothing to fear, says expert

Asbestos at Palm Grove centre nothing to fear, says expert

Chief Environmental Health Officer, Lionel Michael has said the asbestos-affected Palm Grove Shopping Centre in Road Town is not a health hazard. Asbestos is a mineral commonly used in building construction, and inhaling small particles of asbestos can lead to […]

by / on February 2, 2018 at 4:19 PM /
Horseracing a national sport; include in recovery plan

Horseracing a national sport; include in recovery plan

Third District Representative, Julian Fraser has lamented that government has omitted plans to restore the Ellis Thomas Downs from the proposed Recovery and Development Plan for the British Virgin Islands. Fraser described horseracing as one of the top sports in […]

by / on February 2, 2018 at 8:34 AM /
Gov’t starts laying lines to expand underground electricity

Gov’t starts laying lines to expand underground electricity

The Ministry of Communications and Works said it has literally started to lay the groundwork to move more of the territory’s electricity infrastructure underground. Works Minister, Mark Vanterpool said underground electricity pipelines are being prepared as temporary patches are being […]

by / on February 2, 2018 at 7:37 AM /
DRCC chairman endorses prayer council for recovery plan

DRCC chairman endorses prayer council for recovery plan

Chairman of the Disaster Recovery Coordination Committee (DRCC), Brodrick Penn has endorsed a suggestion to implement a Prayer Council as part of government’s Recovery and Development Plan for the British Virgin Islands. A resident put forward the suggestion during a […]

by / on February 2, 2018 at 7:21 AM /
Give a little more to culture in recovery plan — Walwyn

Give a little more to culture in recovery plan — Walwyn

Minister of Culture Myron Walwyn wants more money to be allocated to ‘Pride and Cultural Identity’ in governments proposed recovery plan. He said the $2 million allotted to that area of the plan is inadequate. “We have to do our […]

by / on February 2, 2018 at 7:20 AM /
Minor earthquake felt in BVI this morning

Minor earthquake felt in BVI this morning

The British Virgin Islands experienced a minor earthquake this morning, February 2. The Puerto Rico Seismic Network recorded a tremor measuring 3.61. The epicentre was located latitude 18.15 and longitude 63.83 in the vicinity of the Leeward Islands. The Department […]

by / on February 2, 2018 at 7:15 AM /
Tenders invited for roadworks at Windy Hill

Tenders invited for roadworks at Windy Hill

PRESS RELEASE: The Government of the Virgin Islands is inviting tenders for road, slope stabilisation, and drainage works at Windy Hill on Tortola. Director of Communications, Mrs Arliene Penn said the proposed works involves reinforced concrete retaining wall construction, reinforced concrete […]

by / on February 2, 2018 at 5:12 AM /