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Imprisonment up to 15 years and hefty fines listed in Cannabis Licensing Bill

Imprisonment up to 15 years and hefty fines listed in Cannabis Licensing Bill

Some stiff penalties have been proposed in government’s Cannabis Licensing Bill that will be introduced to the House of Assembly shortly. Among other things, the bill provides for the cultivation, processing, importation, exportation, distribution and sale of medical cannabis in […]

by / on June 25, 2020 at 11:27 AM /
"It ain't only the post of AG going in there (the constitution) as a Virgin Islander. Every single post that we have that is a senior post; that has to be attached to it" — Premier Fahie

Every senior gov’t post must be held by a local under new constitution

One major change that will be included in the upcoming review of the Virgin Islands Constitution will be that all senior government posts must be held by a local. Premier Andrew Fahie made that abundantly clear while addressing the House […]

by / on June 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM /
Man in protective suit disinfecting school building

Cabinet approves re-opening of daycares, preschools, summer programmes

Early childhood centres, daycare facilities as well as summer school programmes have been given the proverbial green light to reopen. In a June 24 statement, Premier Andrew Fahie said Cabinet decided those facilities and programmes would be able to commence […]

by / on June 25, 2020 at 7:30 AM /
Not the Beef Island airport runway

Gov’t discovers a way to extend airport runway longer and millions cheaper than NDP’s proposal

The VIP government said it has found a way to extend the TB Lettsome International Airport runway to a longer distance and for millions of dollars cheaper than what the previous NDP government had proposed. Premier Andrew Fahie said they […]

by / on June 25, 2020 at 7:21 AM /
Doctor in protective suit opening sterile packaging Of tube and swab to take sample on Coronavirus (Corvid19)

Coronavirus tests performed on 13 corpses returns negative

Chief Executive Officer of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Dr Ronald Georges said COVID-19 tests conducted on 13 recently-deceased residents have shown no presence of the virus. “All persons who die, regardless of the cause of death, are tested […]

by / on June 25, 2020 at 6:10 AM /
File photo of roadworks

Petty contract system being revised after coming under fire from UK

Premier and Minister of Finance Andrew Fahie said the BVI government’s petty contract system has come under heavy criticism from the United Kingdom (UK) and is, therefore, being revised. In making the announcement in the House of Assembly recently, Premier […]

by / on June 24, 2020 at 2:30 PM /
Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith resigning as Digicel’s CEO

Months after stepping into the role, Kevin Smith is resigning as Chief Executive Officer of Digicel BVI. A media release from the telecommunications company on Wednesday said Smith is resigning to fulfil personal projects he had been pursuing before the […]

by / on June 24, 2020 at 2:20 PM /
Inside the TB Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

Gov’t spending $290K to ‘improve’ airport terminal by November 30

The terminal at the Terrance B International Airport is slated to undergo some ‘interim improvements’ while government makes preparations for a much larger development effort at the Beef Island-based facility. Premier Andrew Fahie said these improvements came at the recommendation […]

by / on June 24, 2020 at 1:12 PM /
VINO's owner and House of Assembly Speaker, Julian Willock

CLARIFICATION: Willock not author of message criticising public about cartoon; he just forwarded it

On Wednesday, June 24, BVI News Online published a story under the headline: Willock criticises public for ‘hypocrisy’ with VINO cartoon. In that story, our news centre reported that House of Assembly Speaker, Julian Willock forwarded a WhatsApp message to […]

by / on June 24, 2020 at 8:15 AM /
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley

Cannabis Licensing Authority among the plans to regulate sector

The British Virgin Islands will see the implementation of a Cannabis Licensing Authority that will serve as the governing body for the soon-to-be-realized sector, Agriculture Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley has announced. The minister, who was speaking on social media about […]

by / on June 24, 2020 at 8:07 AM /