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Archive for September, 2021

"The potential and sought-after effects of this GLOBAL ATTACK on the BVI on January 18th 2021 is equalled, in recent times, to a few others ... September 6, 2017 [and] September 11, 2001." — Carvin Malone

Health Minister defends appointing personal employee to BVIHSA board

Health Minister Carvin Malone has argued that the concept of ‘conflict of interest’ does not apply to a person’s employees but is only restricted to family members. This was essentially the view he espoused when he appeared before the Commission […]

by / on September 8, 2021 at 8:50 AM /
Radio talkshow host and government consultant, Claude Skelton Cline

Forget concerns about the bubble, we don’t use the beaches anyway

Talk show host Pastor Claude Skelton Cline has urged residents to temper their concerns about government’s proposed tourist bubble that will be rolled out for the upcoming cruise tourism season. The bubble concept – which proposes that an isolated group […]

by / on September 8, 2021 at 8:28 AM /
Premier Andrew Fahie

Premier didn’t follow law in removing Climate Change board members?

Just weeks after getting elected, Premier Andrew Fahie reportedly removed all non-government members of the Climate Change Trust Fund (CCTF) Board. But based on what the Commission of Inquiry (COI) was made to understand when they probed the issue yesterday, […]

by / on September 7, 2021 at 8:35 AM /
Opposition Leader Marlon Penn

Concerns raised about rise in student absenteeism and dropouts

Opposition Leader Marlon Penn has raised concerns about an increase in student dropouts if schools are to continue using remote or hybrid models of learning. All local schools were allowed to open for face-to-face classes for this school year that […]

by / on September 7, 2021 at 8:05 AM /
Seventh District Representative Dr Natalio Wheatley.

Isabella Morris Primary structure unsound so it will be demolished

The structure of the severely hurricane-damaged Isabella Morris Primary School in Carrot Bay has been deemed unsound and the school, according to government officials, has now been slated for demolition and rebuilding. Currently, students who were at Isabella Morris Primary […]

by / on September 7, 2021 at 7:40 AM /
Inquiry Commissioner, the Right Honourable Sir Gary Hickinbottom.

Protracted delays in gov’t affidavit submissions continue to plague COI

Protracted delays in the submission of affidavits to the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI) have continued to hamper its progress, officials have said. At a directions hearing held yesterday, COI attorney, Bilal Rawat spoke about repeated failures of the government […]

by / on September 7, 2021 at 7:35 AM /
The SSM funded the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Grant Programme  disbursed by the Premier's Office.

Slow to comply? Deadline for stimulus grant feedback extended

It appears the government is experiencing compliance challenges as it relates to their attempts to collect feedback from persons and businesses who received a COVID-19 economic stimulus grant. This is evidenced by the government’s move to extend the submission deadline […]

by / on September 7, 2021 at 7:07 AM /
Not the actual drugs mentioned in the story.

RVIPF assists in multi-agency cocaine seizure

The following is a statement from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF). The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force joined in a multi-agency operation to seize of approximately 1,700 kilograms of cocaine near Anegada over a week ago. US Coast […]

by / on September 6, 2021 at 2:06 PM /
This resident is photographed on Main Street, Tortola standing around debris deposited by Hurricane Irma back in 2017. (BVI News photo)

Remembering Hurricane Irma: 4 years after the devastation

Four years ago today, September 6, Hurricane Irma — one of the most powerful storms ever seen in the Atlantic — smashed into the BVI causing unspeakable damage. The photograph above, which shows a resident standing amid the debris after […]

by / on September 6, 2021 at 9:04 AM /
Premier Andrew Fahie

Ludicrous! Premier denies signing MOU to allow cruise ships back

Premier Andrew Fahie has firmly refuted suggestions that he signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) when he met with cruise industry representatives in Florida earlier this year. “I want to hit this one straight at the head because the most […]

by / on September 6, 2021 at 8:15 AM /