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Archive for September, 2020

Governor overrides Premier, invites British Navy to patrol BVI waters

Governor overrides Premier, invites British Navy to patrol BVI waters

Governor Augustus Jaspert has overridden the Premier to invite the British Royal Naval vessel HMS Medway, to help the local forces secure the territory’s borders. “As your governor, it is my constitutional responsibility to protect the people of BVI and […]

by / on September 25, 2020 at 11:20 PM /
Gathering sizes increased to a maximum of 50 and 100 persons

Gathering sizes increased to a maximum of 50 and 100 persons

With the British Virgin Islands experiencing a significant reduction in positive COVID-19 cases, Cabinet has decided to further relax a few of the curfew policies now allowing for an increase in gathering sizes. This is according to the latest Public Health […]

by / on September 25, 2020 at 3:05 PM /
Careful! The wealthy could misuse stamp duty waiver

Careful! The wealthy could misuse stamp duty waiver

Opposition Leader Marlon Penn has renewed calls for the government to tighten ‘loopholes’ that exist with the new stamp duty waiver for locals seeking to acquire land during this COVID-19 period.  Recently, the government waived stamp duty fees payable on […]

by / on September 25, 2020 at 7:52 AM /
Is the UK national anthem really necessary?

Is the UK national anthem really necessary?

Deputy Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley said the BVI’s territorial song resonates more with residents and should replace the UK National Anthem at more local events. The minister made this announcement on September 24 in the House of Assembly as he […]

by / on September 25, 2020 at 7:39 AM /
Request ‘good standing’ certificates a month before permit renewals

Request ‘good standing’ certificates a month before permit renewals

Work permit holders who are seeking certificates of good standing and earnings are being asked to apply to the Social Security Board and National Health Insurance one month before their renewal date. This requirement was announced by the minister responsible […]

by / on September 25, 2020 at 7:05 AM /
Amendments coming to register and license nurses locally

Amendments coming to register and license nurses locally

The government of the Virgin Islands is seeking to amend current legislation to allow for the registering and licensing of nurses and midwives within the territory. Minister for Health Carvin Malone said this amendment was brought forward to bring the […]

by / on September 25, 2020 at 6:22 AM /
Wheatley commended! Gov’t reappoints Higher Education chairman hired under NDP

Wheatley commended! Gov’t reappoints Higher Education chairman hired under NDP

Leader of the Opposition Marlon Penn has commended Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley for displaying maturity in his decision to reappoint Professor Arthur Richardson as the Chairman of the Higher Education Licensing Board. Professor Richardson was previously appointed as Chair […]

by / on September 24, 2020 at 4:24 PM /
FinCen Files: BVI named in global financial scandal

FinCen Files: BVI named in global financial scandal

Another big financial scandal has hit the world. The BVI has been named. The scandal involves more than 2,500 leaked documents that banks sent to the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) between 2000 and 2017.   The leaked documents have, therefore, been […]

by / on September 24, 2020 at 9:28 AM /
BVI under new 7-day curfew from 8pm to 5am

BVI under new 7-day curfew from 8pm to 5am

The British Virgin Islands is under a new curfew which will run from 8 pm to 5 am daily, starting today, Thursday, September 24. In a late-night media release around minutes before 11 pm on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health […]

by / on September 24, 2020 at 8:48 AM /
43% of applicants paid unemployment benefits! Over 2K outstanding claims remain

43% of applicants paid unemployment benefits! Over 2K outstanding claims remain

Pensioners in the British Virgin Islands have received more than $18 million from the Social Security Board (SSB) within the first eight months of 2020, while more than 2,000 outstanding unemployment claims exist due to the negligence of employers. This […]

by / on September 24, 2020 at 7:44 AM /