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Archive for June, 2020

Blanket of Saharan dust affects BVI! Illness, visibility concerns raised

Blanket of Saharan dust affects BVI! Illness, visibility concerns raised

All persons with respiratory illnesses in the British Virgin Islands should be on alert as a plume of dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa impacts the territory this week. This advisory was issued by the Department of Disaster Management […]

by / on June 22, 2020 at 1:13 PM /
6,000 workers apply for unemployment benefits in BVI! $176K paid out so far

6,000 workers apply for unemployment benefits in BVI! $176K paid out so far

Minister with responsibility for Social Security Vincent Wheatley said more than 6,000 residents have applied for unemployment/underemployment benefits through the Social Security Board (SSB). Speaking in the House of Assembly last Friday, Wheatley said more than $176,000 has been disbursed […]

by / on June 22, 2020 at 9:14 AM /
Local restaurants still experiencing big decline in dine-in traffic

Local restaurants still experiencing big decline in dine-in traffic

By Kamal Haynes, BVI News Staff Several restaurants in the British Virgin Islands are seeing a significant decline in dine-in traffic due to the impact COVID-19 has had on the territory. BVI News interviewed several restaurant managers who all said […]

by / on June 22, 2020 at 8:56 AM /
Locals recount being racially profiled and harassed by US police

Locals recount being racially profiled and harassed by US police

By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff Years before George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill, Director of Projects in the Ministry of Finance Dr Drexel Glasgow was reportedly seriously brutalised by […]

by / on June 22, 2020 at 7:00 AM /
Nearly $190 million in gov’t coffers

Nearly $190 million in gov’t coffers

Up till June 3 this year, government had almost $190 million scattered across multiple bank accounts. Premier Andrew Fahie gave that indication while responding to questions from Opposition Leader Marlon Penn in the House of Assembly on Friday. He said […]

by / on June 22, 2020 at 6:13 AM /
Hundreds march in Black Lives Matter protest in Road Town

Hundreds march in Black Lives Matter protest in Road Town

Hundreds of residents joined the Black Lives Matter March, calling for an end to racism and white supremacy in the British Virgin Islands and the wider world. The march commenced at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park in Road […]

by / on June 20, 2020 at 11:31 PM /
Court grants $200K bail to one of two men caught at sea with $800K

Court grants $200K bail to one of two men caught at sea with $800K

One of two men found in BVI waters with more than $800,000 cash last Friday has been offered $200,000 bail. Jointly charged with possession of proceeds of criminal conduct and failing to declare monies to Her Majesty’s Customs are USVI […]

by / on June 19, 2020 at 5:56 PM /
$2.3M budgeted for 250 gov’t quarantine rooms! Different criteria for work permit holders

$2.3M budgeted for 250 gov’t quarantine rooms! Different criteria for work permit holders

Government is projected to spend more than $2 million for the 250 rooms it has leased to quarantine returning nationals. Health Minister Carvin Malone disclosed that figure in response to questions from Opposition Leader Marlon Penn in the House of […]

by / on June 19, 2020 at 5:25 PM /
Revenue collected by BVIFSC drops by $10.8M so far — Premier

Revenue collected by BVIFSC drops by $10.8M so far — Premier

Revenues received by the state-owned BVI Financial Services Commission (BVIFSC) between January 1 and June 6 this year have dropped roughly 10 percent when compared to the same period last year. Giving a breakdown of the figures in the House […]

by / on June 19, 2020 at 3:17 PM /
Liquor Licensing Board to be established! Cameras, security will be required to sell alcohol

Liquor Licensing Board to be established! Cameras, security will be required to sell alcohol

Legislation is being implemented to establish a special board to approve liquor licenses and to make it mandatory for businesses to install surveillance cameras and hire security guards in order to get a license to sell alcoholic beverages. This legislation […]

by / on June 19, 2020 at 10:17 AM /