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Archive for February, 2020

COMMENTARY: Coronavirus – the joker in the pack

COMMENTARY: Coronavirus – the joker in the pack

By Dickson Igwe, Contributor The coronavirus appeared at a very volatile moment in world history. In a new post the great financial recession of 2008 world, ruled by authoritarian types in Russia, China, India, Brazil, and even the supposedly freedom-loving […]

by / on February 29, 2020 at 11:36 AM /
Increase in boats berthing in the BVI | Gov’t concerned about long-term residency on vessels

Increase in boats berthing in the BVI | Gov’t concerned about long-term residency on vessels

Government has reported a tremendous increase in marine-based accommodations in the British Virgin Islands since the hurricanes of 2017. Premier Andrew Fahie told the House of Assembly (HOA) recently that reports from the Central Statistics Office are that the territory […]

by / on February 28, 2020 at 3:24 PM /
61-year-old man found dead at Gene Hill

61-year-old man found dead at Gene Hill

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is said to be probing the circumstances surrounding the death of a 61-year-old local whose body was found at his residence on Friday, February 28. The man has been identified as Carlton Pickering. Police […]

by / on February 28, 2020 at 2:15 PM /
Labour Ministry introducing Skilled Workers Amnesty Programme this year

Labour Ministry introducing Skilled Workers Amnesty Programme this year

The Ministry of Labour is set to implement a Skilled Workers Amnesty Programme (SWAP) in the British Virgin Islands this year. Labour Minister Vincent Wheatley made that announcement in a recent session in the House of Assembly where he said […]

by / on February 28, 2020 at 8:23 AM /
Premier optimistic BVI will still receive UK loan guarantee

Premier optimistic BVI will still receive UK loan guarantee

Despite moving into the third year since the United Kingdom offered to become a loan guarantor to the British Virgin Islands, Premier Andrew Fahie said he is optimistic that the people of the territory will still benefit from the offer. […]

by / on February 28, 2020 at 7:45 AM /
Falsely circulating photo of alleged coronavirus carrier is why BVI needs Cyber Crime amendment

Falsely circulating photo of alleged coronavirus carrier is why BVI needs Cyber Crime amendment

Premier Andrew Fahie has again come to the defence of his government’s controversial Cyber Crime Amendment Act; this time pointing to an individual who has been publicly singled out by some members of the public as a person suspected of […]

by / on February 28, 2020 at 7:26 AM /
Lewis, Wattley appointed new heads of TRC Board | Tasked to fix BVI’s internet issues

Lewis, Wattley appointed new heads of TRC Board | Tasked to fix BVI’s internet issues

Government has appointed Vance Lewis and Vincent Wattley as the new respective Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Board. Government had successfully moved a motion to have the duo appointed in the House of Assembly on […]

by / on February 28, 2020 at 5:11 AM /
No confirmed coronavirus case | Suspected person quarantined pending further tests — Premier

No confirmed coronavirus case | Suspected person quarantined pending further tests — Premier

Premier Andrew Fahie has sought to dispel public fears over the first suspected case of the Novel Coronavirus in the British Virgin Islands. Addressing the public during an impromptu press conference at the House of Assembly on Thursday (February 27), […]

by / on February 27, 2020 at 4:51 PM /
Anthony McMaster appointed Acting RDA boss after ‘rigorous review’

Anthony McMaster appointed Acting RDA boss after ‘rigorous review’

Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication & Works, Anthony McMaster, has been appointed to act in the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Recovery & Development Agency (RDA). His appointment will commence on March 2, an RDA-issued […]

by / on February 27, 2020 at 2:51 PM /
Health Ministry now ensuring ‘enhanced screening’ after cruise ship denied entry into BVI

Health Ministry now ensuring ‘enhanced screening’ after cruise ship denied entry into BVI

The Ministry of Health is now working with, and having continued discussions with the cruise lines “to ensure enhanced health and safety screening procedures and practices” before cruise vessels make calls to the BVI. The Premier’s Office gave this assurance […]

by / on February 27, 2020 at 7:40 AM /