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Archive for May, 2021

Live stream hearings coming after gov’t fixes ‘disclosure deficiencies’

Live stream hearings coming after gov’t fixes ‘disclosure deficiencies’

Head of the Commission of Inquiry (COI), Sir Gary Hickinbottom intends to have the next stage of the Inquiry’s hearings live streamed. This was the indication given in a COI statement issued on Monday afternoon, May 17. This next stage […]

by / on May 17, 2021 at 1:46 PM /
File photo of travellers arriving at the Road Town Ferry Terminal after the April 15 reopening of the territory's seaport to international traffic. (Photo credit: Ronnielle Frazer/GIS)

BVI’s seaport operations marred by complaints

In what seems to be a major setback for hardworking officials at the BVI Port Authority (BVIPA), operations at the Road Town ferry terminal last Saturday, May 15, appears to have been marred with a series of hiccups and confusion. […]

by / on May 17, 2021 at 9:47 AM /
The new vessel recently acquired by the BVIPA.

BVIPA purchases marine vessel for $230K

The BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) has enhanced its patrolling capabilities with the acquisition of a new special operations marine vessel. The boat, a 38-foot Midnight Express interceptor with a re-enforced hull, was purchased for $230,000. Among other duties, Premier Andrew […]

by / on May 17, 2021 at 8:31 AM /
Travellers being accessorised with a GPS bracelet upon arrival at the TB Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island. (Photo by Kamal Haynes)

Over 7K visitors enter through Beef Island Airport since December

Just in excess of 10,000 persons have entered the BVI through the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport since its soft reopening in December 2020, and more than 70 percent of these persons have been classified as visitors. Following a nine-month […]

by / on May 17, 2021 at 8:08 AM /
Summer Sizzle returns in July

Summer Sizzle returns in July

The territory’s premier fashion event, Summer Sizzle BVI, is slated to return this year following its cancellation because of the advent of COVID-19 in 2020. The 12th consecutive affair is scheduled for July 21 – 26, 2021.  Summer Sizzle’s official […]

by / on May 17, 2021 at 7:31 AM /
Guy Malone on the job

TRC launches annual video competition

The BVI Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) launches its annual video competition today, May 17, for residents to participate and vie for cash prizes. The competition is being held under the theme “Accelerating Digital Transformation In Challenging Times”. Chief Executive Officer […]

by / on May 17, 2021 at 6:04 AM /
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UK gov’t charity marathon spans the globe in 24 hours

In a bid to help mental health charities across the world, the Office of the Governor joined staff from other United Kingdom governmental agencies across the globe to complete in a “unique 24-hour global marathon relay” at the weekend. The […]

by / on May 17, 2021 at 6:00 AM /
Photo by BVI Airways

Gov’t defeats BVI Airways in arbitration! Dr Smith ‘feels vindicated’

The government has successfully defeated a claim of more than $10 million from those behind the controversial and failed BVI Airways project that sought to commence direct non-stop flights between the BVI and Miami in the United States. In arbitration […]

by / on May 15, 2021 at 12:01 PM /
Attorney General Dawn Smith

COI expresses concern about gov’ts ‘parallel’ internal review

The transcript for the first hearing of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) has been released and the document reveals that Attorney General (AG) Dawn Smith was asked to respond to a number of issues raised by counsel to the COI, […]

by / on May 14, 2021 at 11:03 AM /
Rhapsody of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International cruises has arrived in the territory for a warm lay-up. (Photo by Kamal Haynes/BVI News)

Cruise passenger ‘bubble areas’ being considered for tourists

With just a few weeks left before the scheduled reopening of the territory’s cruise pier, Premier Andrew Fahie said the government is “working on a bubble area” for cruise tourists who will be visiting come June. The Premier was at […]

by / on May 14, 2021 at 10:35 AM /