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Archive for August, 2020

Radio talkshow host and government consultant, Claude Skelton Cline

CSC calls for a VI gangster’s summit! Seeks ‘influencers’ to encourage halt in smuggling trade

Well-known pastor and talk show host, Claude Skelton Cline has an unusual request. He is calling for a gangster’s summit in the British Virgin Islands. The clergyman’s request is in an effort to put a stop to the smuggling trade, […]

by / on August 27, 2020 at 7:10 AM /
Premier Andrew Fahie

Smugglers recently intercepted and barred from entry

Premier Andrew Fahie has announced that the ‘more intense’ 24-hour surveillance of the territory’s borders since the recent spike in COVID-19 cases locally has already started to pay off. Addressing members of the media Tuesday night, August 25, the Premier […]

by / on August 26, 2020 at 1:46 PM /
Former Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews

Local ferry operators could be prosecuted for offering to go shopping on USVI for BVI residents

Local ferry operators who have been offering residents services that involve them (the operators) accessing goods on land in the neighbouring United States Virgin Islands (USVI) could face possible prosecution. This is according to Commission of Police Michael Matthews who […]

by / on August 26, 2020 at 1:14 PM /
We won’t be pressured! Premier says accepting UK military assistance a last resort

We won’t be pressured! Premier says accepting UK military assistance a last resort

Premier Andrew Fahie has made it clear that accepting military assistance from the United Kingdom will be a last option as he is confident in the ability of local authorities to effectively police the territory’s borders. Fahie’s statement came only […]

by / on August 26, 2020 at 7:43 AM /
Commissioner of Customs Wade Smith

Probed launched into whether law enforcers involved in recent cross-border smuggling

A probe has been launched into allegations that some law enforcement officials in the British Virgin Islands may be engaged in, or facilitating the cross-border smuggling trade. “The matter is under investigation,” Commissioner of Customs Wade Smith said during a […]

by / on August 26, 2020 at 7:30 AM /
An aircraft from One Caribbean (Barbados) Limited's fleet. The airline is based in St Vincent & the Grenadines. (RJR News photo)

BVI suspending airline for policy breach was to ‘send a strong message’

Immigration Minister Vincent Wheatley has said the recent suspension placed on regional airline, OCL Barbados is a clear statement to all airlines that the territory is taking its COVID-19 protocols very seriously. The airline was embargoed from flying to the […]

by / on August 26, 2020 at 7:20 AM /
Health Minister Carvin Malone

Nearly 100 test negative for COVID-19 in BVI’s latest batch

Close to 100 new persons who were tested for COVID-19 have returned negative results, Health Minister Carvin Malone has said. Addressing members of the media on Tuesday night, August 25, he stated: “Today, we are pleased to announce that 92 […]

by / on August 26, 2020 at 7:10 AM /
File photo

Online-only classes for first term of the new school year as students among current COVID cases

With school-aged children being among the territory’s latest positive COVID-19 cases, the Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley has announced that the first term of the 2020/2021 academic school year will be strictly online for all private and public schools. Dr […]

by / on August 25, 2020 at 5:37 PM /
Governor Augustus Jaspert

Cabinet debated ‘long & hard’ over a full lockdown | Public service to operate mostly remotely

Governor Augustus Jaspert has said agreeing on a partial lockdown for the next 14 days was no easy decision for the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands. The territory will commence a 5 pm to a 5 am curfew commencing tomorrow, […]

by / on August 25, 2020 at 3:19 PM /
Government legislator Carvin Malone was present at Thursday's event.

Malone warns against ‘fake news’ following Monday’s panic shopping

Following the local circulation of WhatsApp messages that led to episodes of panic shopping on Monday, Health Minister Carvin Malone is warning residents against the dangers of ‘fake news’. The messages that were circulated warned persons of a impending territory-wide […]

by / on August 25, 2020 at 2:52 PM /