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Archive for June, 2021

Territorial At-Large Representative Sharie de Castro with seniors at the East End/Long Look Community Centre. (Photo provided)

de Castro donates to East End seniors

Government minister Sharie de Castro has donated kitchen supplies to the seniors of the East End/Long Look Community Centre. She donated teapots, pots, a blender, bowls, plates, saucers, utensils, dinner napkins and other items. The first-term legislator had pledged to […]

by / on June 24, 2021 at 6:57 AM /
An image of the body of Waleid Kachhour  sent to our news centre.

Inconclusive! No evidence anyone involved in tied-up man’s death

The police have said they do not believe anyone was involved in the death of 40-year-old Manuel Reef resident, Waleid Kachhour whose body was floating in Sea Cows Bay with both his hands and feet “loosely” bound together. The Royal […]

by / on June 23, 2021 at 7:22 PM /
Governor John Rankin. (GIS Photo)

Governor: ‘Undue political influence eroding public service confidence’

Governor John Rankin has asserted that perceived attempts by the government to exert undue political pressure on public officers have resulted in an erosion of public service confidence in the BVI. The governor’s claim was made in a statement submitted […]

by / on June 23, 2021 at 8:11 AM /
Third District Representative Julian Fraser who has been a legislator for more than two decades.

Fraser says COI is constructive, offers support

Opposition legislator Julian Fraser has expressed that he believes the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI) is constructive in its efforts to improve governance in the BVI and said he is ‘all in’, regarding his support for the work being done. […]

by / on June 23, 2021 at 7:40 AM /
Attorney General Dawn Smith

AG questions budgetary limitations, expresses recruitment frustration

Attorney General (AG) Dawn Smith has expressed disappointment at her office’s inability to attract and retain suitably qualified staff as a result of budgetary limitations, some of which she finds unexplainable. During a hearing on matters related to governance held […]

by / on June 23, 2021 at 7:30 AM /
Cop accused of indecent assault

Cop accused of indecent assault

Allegations have surfaced that an officer in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has committed indecent assault. The Police Information Unit confirmed reports of the allegations, stating that the RVIPF is “presently conducting inquiries” into the matter. The police […]

by / on June 23, 2021 at 7:20 AM /
Former Premier, Dr D Orlando Smith. (BVI News photo)

Former Premier joins urgent calls for public vaccination

With only days left before residents lose their opportunity to get vaccinated, medical doctor and former Premier, Dr D Orlando Smith has joined the government in encouraging public vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. There is still widespread vaccine hesitancy in […]

by / on June 23, 2021 at 7:15 AM /
Government's external attorney for the COI, Sir Geoffrey Cox, QC. (Photo Credit: The Sun)

UK should’ve helped BVI with its ‘stillborn’ Register of Interests

Inadequate support from the United Kingdom (UK), a former governor who acted outside of the law, and a ‘misguided’ Registrar are among some of the reasons the government said legislators have been delinquent for years in declaring their interests. Under […]

by / on June 22, 2021 at 12:06 PM /
Premier Andrew Fahie

Gov’t backs two citizens taking legal action against UK

With a claim for “constitutional relief”, two unnamed private citizens in the British Virgin Islands have taken legal action against the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). The BVI government has declared their support to the duo whose purpose […]

by / on June 22, 2021 at 10:32 AM /
The VIP government. (Carvin Malone at foreground)

Cabinet’s tender waivers depart from Finance Management Act — Governor

The Cabinet has been accused of waiving the tender process for multiple government contracts when the circumstances were not justifiable to do so. This accusation came from Governor John Rankin who was invited last month to write to the Commission […]

by / on June 22, 2021 at 8:46 AM /