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More medical supplies arrive from the UK

More medical supplies arrive from the UK

Days after gifting the British Virgin Islands with a shipment of medical supplies, the United Kingdom government donated more equipment and items to the territory. The supplies arrived in the territory last Friday, May 22. A brief statement posted on […]

by / on May 26, 2020 at 6:05 AM /
Benito Wheatley

COMMENTARY: Recovery from COVID will be different from Irma

By Benito Wheatley, Contributor The British Virgin Islands’ (BVI) economic recovery from COVID-19 will be very different from its economic bounce back after Hurricanes Irma and Maria and the public must prepare for a challenging economic period ahead. Following the […]

by / on May 26, 2020 at 6:02 AM /
Bail denied | VG man allegedly wounds relative, escapes police custody

Bail denied | VG man allegedly wounds relative, escapes police custody

A Virgin Gorda man was denied bail when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court for allegedly wounding a relative and escaping lawful custody. Raynard Matthew was not required to plead when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards on Friday. […]

by / on May 25, 2020 at 2:33 PM /
Dr Chrisel Bovell-Chichester of the BVI Health Services Authority.

Working on the frontline | A BVI doctor’s account of dealing with COVID-19

By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff Whenever Dr Chrisel Bovell-Chichester arrives home from work, her husband regularly asks, “did you wash your hands?” Of course, the answer is always ‘yes’. But he doesn’t double-check simply because of the ‘new normal’ […]

by / on May 25, 2020 at 9:38 AM /
Visitors aboard a cruise ship docked in the BVI recently. (BVI News photo)

BVITB to hire crisis management consultant to safely reboot tourism

In a statement copied within its recent job notice for a consultant, the BVITB said the pandemic is ‘severely’ impacting the industry globally, so the Board’s goal is to now navigate through the ‘new regular’ by providing “an exceptional tourism […]

by / on May 25, 2020 at 7:29 AM /
A section of the main island of Tortola. (Photo by Davion Smith/BVI News)

Population census postponed indefinitely | Online survey option being considered

The 2020 Population & Housing Census which was initially scheduled to be conducted next month has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is according to the Director of Central Statistics Raymond Phillips, who told BVI News he […]

by / on May 25, 2020 at 7:01 AM /
Governor Augustus Jaspert

Considerations being made to acquire new shelters as 2020 season looms

With the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season set to commence in the next seven days, Governor Augustus Jaspert has said the government is considering to acquire new emergency shelter facilities. Governor Jaspert gave that indication while responding to questions during a […]

by / on May 25, 2020 at 6:15 AM /
Mrs BVI Shondrea Turnbull

Mrs BVI Pageant put off till next year

There will be no Mrs BVI Pageant this year, and the reigning queen Shondrea Turnbull will remain in that position for an additional year. This is according to a post on the official Mrs BVI Pageant Facebook page. The post […]

by / on May 25, 2020 at 6:01 AM /
Mrs Edris O'Neal

Former BVI First Lady Edris O’Neal dies

Former First Lady of the British Virgin Islands, Reverend Edris O’Neal has died. Family members said she died this morning, May 24 after what they describe as an “extended period of illness”. Her passing comes just six months after the […]

by / on May 24, 2020 at 12:07 PM /
COMMENTARY: A corona fund

COMMENTARY: A corona fund

By Dickson Igwe, Contributor Tiny economies cannot print massive reserves of cash, by raising vast amounts of financial capital from global investors as multi-trillion dollar economies can. Multi trillion dollar GDPs, such as the US, Germany, and UK, have the […]

by / on May 23, 2020 at 9:00 AM /