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December 16, 2017

British Virgin Islands

CDB Approves Usd65.5mn In Loans, Grants To Support Disaster Recovery Efforts In The British Virgin Islands

Source: Island Sun December 14, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved USD65.5 million in loans and grants to the Government of the British Virgin Islands to assist with the recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction of social and economic infrastructure, resulting from the cumulative effects of…

SPORTS 2017 • The Year in Review

Source: Island Sun The wall on the north side of the A. O. Shirley Grounds crumbled; the pavilion roof was blown off; bathroom facilities doors were blown off, light banks fell, stands moved and the track was torn up The Belle Vue Gym entire structure collapsed The Jeffrey Caines Arena on Virgin Gorda…

Hon. Vanterpool Talks About BVI Recovery At CDM10

Source: Island Sun Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool touted the BVI’s new rebuilding and recovery plan to a gathering of Caribbean disaster management stakeholders during the 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management in Nassau, Bahamas. On Monday 4 December Hon. Vanterpool spoke at the conference and presented an update…

Many Cruise Lines Bypass BVI But There Is Hope

Source: Island Sun The familiar vista of a cruise ship in harbour on Wednesday was a welcoming sight for residents who worried that the destruction caused by hurricane Irma signaled the end of hopes for ships and tourists over the holidays. The visit this week was met with cheers as many read reports…

Assistance Program Faces Overwhelming Demand

Source: Island Sun Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development Tasha Bertie announced that there are more applications for the Household Assistance Program than there are items to distribute. Therefore she is imploring persons who registered to receive building materials to be understanding of the fact that they will not…

Thieves Dampen Recovery: Hon. Fraser

Source: Island Sun Third District Representative and Opposition Member, Hon. Julian Fraser lamented practices of theft which he says have increased since the passage of killer hurricane Irma. During the questions and answers segment of the 13 November sitting of the House of Assembly the Opposition Member canvassed the effect lootings have had…

Digicel Proves Its Dependability

Source: Island Sun Kevin Gordon the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Digicel BVI lauded his company for providing consistent service during the recent hurricanes. He also stressed that Digicel is not in the habit of having a nice store and poor service. The CEO who was speaking to reporters last week during the…

KMPG Activates Toy Drive For BVI Children

Source: Island Sun Accounting firm KPMG was one of the BVI businesses affected by the recent nefarious passage of hurricane Irma. Nonetheless the company is looking at the brighter side of things and is venturing to help bring Christmas cheer to children in the Territory. KPMG announced that it is now looking to…

Exhausted Electricity Team Members Need A Break

Source: Island Sun The linesmen who were working to reestablish electricity gave up their family time, and as the holidays approach many of the electricity team members who came to the BVI to assist with the Territory’s power restoration following hurricane Irma will be returning home to spend time with their families. At…

Annual College Classic Series Lives on With Fun Run

Source: Island Sun A small band of runners–22, just three more that the inaugural race on October 19, 1996–turned out for Saturday’s College Classic Series Fun Run. The 2017 season that ran from September to November, was wiped out by Hurricane Irma By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Since July 19 when the last Ceres Juices…

Consumer Protection Remains A Mirage

Source: Island Sun Consumer protection legislation is urgently needed in the BVI, but Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly and Fifth District Representative, Hon. Delores Christopher does not believe that the blame for the extended delay of the Bill should be laid squarely at the feet of the NDP government. According to…

Commercial Court to Return to BVI in January

Source: Island Sun During the 13 November House of Assembly sitting Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced that the Territory’s Commercial  Court which was relocated to St Lucia after hurricane Irma will be moving back to the BVI in January 2018. Hon. Smith during the questions and…

Mission Of UK Police Officers Comes To An End

Source: Island Sun Last week the Territory bade farewell to the remaining batch of United Kingdom Police officers who worked hard to assist the BVI in its recovery from Hurricane Irma. The announcement was made in a statement by His Excellency Augustus Jaspert on 17 November. Governor Jaspert who announced that he deactivated…

ANEGADA’S Lobster Fest

Source: Island Sun Lobsters are being placed on a tray after cleaning in preparation for seasoning and being grilled (Santo) Potters By The Sea Chef Sea’s Claudius “Sacko Sam” Sam, preparing to take a Lobster off the pile and wrap it for grilling A massive crowd of patrons turned out for the 5th…

12th BVI Half Marathon Set For Sunday, Dec 3

Source: Island Sun Participants in the 2016 Deloitte-Ogier BVI Half Marathon exiting the A. O. Shirley Grounds. This year’s race on Dec 3, will start and end at the Tortola Sports Club, because of the extensive damage to the A.O. Shirley Grounds and lack of electricity By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway With Hurricanes…

CONCACAF Women’s Football Day Celebrated in Greenland

Source: Island Sun Participants in the BVIFA/CONCACAF Women’s Football Day event in Greenland on November 18 By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway  The BVI Football Association was among 41 CONCACAF members celebrating Women’s Football Day on the new pitch in Greenland, marking the first women’s event to be staged there. About 25 women from…

11 Year Old Female Among Victims In Last Night’s Shooting

Source: Island Sun Thursday, November 23 The Commissioner of Police is making a special appeal for information into last night’s shooting which has resulted in three victims, including the death of a 11-year-old female. One male, one female and the 11-year-old were taken to Peebles Hospital last night after the incident. The male…

Update on Electricity Restoration Efforts

Source: Island Sun House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands Minister for Communications and Works – Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool Monday November 13, 2017 Madam Speaker, as I present this Statement on The Restoration of Electricity in the Territory, I must begin by highly commending the team at the British Virgin Islands Electricity…

Update on Water Distribution Network

Source: Island Sun House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands  Minister for Communications and Works – Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool Update on Water Distribution Network Monday November 13, 2017 Madam Speaker, two days after Hurricane Irma struck the British Virgin Islands, the Ministry of Communications and Works engaged its Special Projects Unit to implement emergency protocols for…

3rd Women’s Football Day To Be Celebrated On Saturday

Source: Island Sun Girls interested in Football are invited to Saturday’s World Football Day event in Greenland By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway In conjunction with its regional governing body CONCACAF, the BVI Football Association will celebrate its 3rd Women’s Football Day on Saturday in Greenland, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. According to a BVIFA releases, the…

McMaster Nominated For IAAF’s Rising Star Award

Source: Island Sun Kyron McMaster’s breakout season saw him running three of the fastest times run over the 400m Hurdles in 2017, including 47.80 seconds, to become the No 28 All Time performer in the event After his debut season as a senior athlete, Kyron McMaster is among six male U23 athletes nominated…

Leading Athletes Stunned By Level Of Track Damage

Source: Island Sun Hurricane Irma left extensive damage at the A. O. Shirley Grounds, much to the surprise of athletes By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway After becoming the territory’s first finalist in an International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships where she placed seventh in the Long Jump, Chantel Malone was looking forward…

Community Mourns Death Of Doris Rymer-George

Source: Island Sun A celebration of life service for the late Doris Beatrice Rymer George was held on 28 October at the St George’s Episcopal Anglican Church. The late Doris Beatrice Rymer George was born on 6 November 1926 in Road Town, Tortola and departed this life on 2 October 2017 just a…

CXC Makes Welcome Concessions

Source: Island Sun The damage to the public high schools and the time that was lost as a result of the devastating hurricanes posed difficulties for students who were scheduled to sit the CSEC examinations. However, the setback has been minimized and Minister for Education and Culture, Hon Myron Walwyn announced that his…

Police To Arrest Many More Looters

Source: Island Sun Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Michael Matthews announced during a recent television interview that more arrests for looting are anticipated as the police is currently examining evidence that was submitted by the public. The Commissioner, who expressed his disappointment that persons looted following the storm, pointed out…

Virgin Gordians Feel Neglected

Source: Island Sun What was organized to be a routine public meeting between Ninth District Representative, Dr. the Hon. Hubert O’Neal and his constituents morphed into a candid discussion as the residents of Virgin Gorda boldly declared that they feel unrepresented and neglected. Some even made veiled promises to not re-elect the current…

BVI Bids Farewell To First Lady Lillian Romney

Source: Island Sun On Saturday 26 October, the New Life Baptist Church at Duffs Bottom, Tortola, held a Thanksgiving Service in remembrance of the life of Lillian Arosa Romney (1938-2017), former First Lady of the British Virgin Islands. Bishop John Cline presided over the Service and Communications & Works Minister Hon. Mark Vanterpool…

USVI Boxing Federation Makes Second Aid Donation In BVI

Source: Island Sun Verna Owen, left, Glen Cardi and Lee Merritt of American Black Cross along with Tony Rosario, President of the USVI Boxing Federation,distributed supplies during a first venture to Tortola on Oct 24 By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway U.S. Virgin Islands Boxing Federation president Tony Rosario, spearheaded a second trip to…

Kyron McMaster Focusing On Improving Strength

Source: Island Sun Kyron McMaster, right and manager Norman Peart, who also managed the legendary Usain Bolt By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway A month into training with new coach Lennox Graham, 400m Hurdler Kyron McMaster gives an insight on his training regiment as compared to what he did before that saw him running…

Premier Urges UK For Ongoing Support After Hurricanes

Source: Island Sun London, 1 November 2017 – The Premier and Minister of Finance of the British Virgin Islands discussed the recovery effort following hurricanes Irma and Maria with senior UK government ministers. This came as donor countries in the OECD agreed to work on a process which could allow previous aid recipients to receive…

5 Schools Receive Aid Through Adopt-A-School Programme

Source: Island Sun Several schools throughout the Territory have been benefitting from contributions towards their rebuilding programme. Chairperson for the Adopt-A-School Programme and Acting Director for the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Mrs. Brenda Lettsome-Tye said the contribution is being made through the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Adopt-A-School Programme. She added…

BVI Bids Farewell To ZBVI Radio Pioneer

Source: Island Sun A wide cross section of the BVI community gathered at the Sea Cow’s Bay Methodist Church on 24 October to bid farewell to media stalwart and pioneer Mr. Merritt Adolphus Herbert at a memorial service. The service provided a means for the BVI community to have a chance to say…

Safer Structures & Buildings Are A Must

Source: Island Sun It will be back to the drawing board for the building codes and regulations on the books as hurricanes Irma and Maria exposed the many serious vulnerabilities in the Territory’s construction practices. In acknowledgement of this Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith said that the…

Import Duty Holiday: Opposition Leader Disagrees

Source: Island Sun Government’s decision to relax import tax and make a number items duty free was criticized on Tuesday by Leader of the Opposition Hon. Andrew Fahie who announced that the move wounded the Treasury and disadvantaged consumers. During his guest appearance on a ZBVI radio program on 24 October Hon. Fahie…

Proposed Shift System Off For Primary Schools

Source: Island Sun Primary school students throughout the Territory will have a full day of lessons when the new school year begins on November 6. Based on the number of students already registered at primary schools for the new academic year, students in grades K through 6 will begin their academic year at schools…

Several Businesses Now Available at Tortola Pier Park

Source: Island Sun Tuesday, 31st October, 2017, Tortola, BVI – Tortola Pier Park announces their partial reopening on 1st November, 2017, since the passing of Hurricane Irma. The shopping, dining and entertainment facility is slated to reopen with a portion of the stores offering food and beverage, health and wellness, shopping, hair and makeup, banking and car…

Body Identified As That Of Norbert Wheatley

Source: Island Sun Friday, October 27 – Following DNA analysis, Police can now confirm that the male body found just below Threllfall is that of missing person Norbert Wheatley known as “Fix It”.  The family of Mr. Wheatley, 68, a resident of Mountain Valley in Huntum’s Ghut, has been notified of Police findings. Police had…

Coach Samuels Gets 400m Lap Of Honor Before Send Off

Source: Island Sun Karene King, left and Chantel Malone who he coached at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow and Bianca Dougan who earned a scholarship to Central Arizona and the University Minnesota under his coaching, poses with an image of Chief Coach Dag Samuels, during Friday night’s Candlelight Vigil in his…

Restoration & Recovery Are Top Priorities

Source: Island Sun The outcry of homes and roofs over the heads of those who saw the place of abode damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria is being heeded by the Governor and the Government as it was announced that this is one of the priority areas as the Territory moves along the…

Politically Biased Nonsense From St. Lucia Criticised

Source: Island Sun The assistance that was granted by the St Lucian Government to host BVI prisoners following the damages to the Territory’s only correctional facility in Balsams Ghut is being criticized by an Opposition Member in St Lucia. Back in September, 21 prisoners were transferred to St Lucia. These represented persons convicted…

Cruiseships To Return To The BVI In November

Source: Island Sun Residents can expect to see the familiar sight of cruise ships in port as Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool announced that BVI cruise tourism will be in full swing. The announcement that the ships will be coming was made by Hon. Vanterpool on Monday 16 October. The…

Bad Weather Expected To Continue

Source: Island Sun In a statement to the Territory on 13 October His Excellency Augustus Jaspert explained that the devastating category 5 hurricanes affected not only the BVI Disaster Management weather monitoring system, but also the systems of its regional counterparts. In noting the situation Governor Jaspert said: “Unfortunately, many of the weather…

Recovery Financing Is Top Of The List: Premier Says

Source: Island Sun On a quest to source the funds needed to propel the recovery and rebuilding efforts of the BVI following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith traveled to Washington D.C. last Friday to discuss BVI recovery financing. Prior to his departure the…

Since Hugo, Captain Chalwell Has Been Riding Out Hurricanes At Sea

Source: Island Sun The MV Pacific Seal and the Sky Seal rode out Hurricane Maria 75 miles north of Anegada By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway While 99.98 percent of British Virgin Islanders are hunkered down in their homes during Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Captain Algernon “Allie” Chalwell has no idea what happens on…

BVI Spring Regatta Official On 2018: ‘We Will Be Racing’

Source: Island Sun Yachts in the Nanny Cay Marina sunk and the floating docks broke from their moorings By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Despite being hit by two Category 5 Hurricanes—Irma and Maria—within 12 days, the message from the BVI Spring Regatta Organizing Committee is strong and clear. “We will be racing again!…

Hurricane Irma Despised Sports And Destroyed Facilities

Source: Island Sun The Belle Vue Gym’s structure collapsed on to the basketball court, after being blown down by the force of Hurricane Irma’s winds By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway As “The Sportsman” I took the liberty to put a nice message together before Hurricane Irma’s arrival, asking her to go easy on…

Internet And Cellphones Comatose Situation Criticised

Source: Island Sun There are more vociferous complaints about the state of internet and telephone communications in the BVI as Flow (Cable & Wireless) landlines are taking too long to be restored. The same is true of Flow cellphone communications: “After 38 days I am still awaiting my internet and my cellphone to…

Digicel Delivers Crucial Building Supplies For BVI Reconstruction

Source: Island Sun British Virgin Islands: The road to recovery for the BVI took another positive turn today when Digicel delivered on its recent commitment to provide vital building materials for the reconstruction phase of post-Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. A large donation comprising thousands of bags of cement, several tonnes of steel, sand,…

Irma Forces BVIFA To Put After School Football Program On Hold

Source: Island Sun The north end of the new football pitch in Greenland that was completed over the summer, was uplifted during the passage of Hurricane Irma. The goal posts were dislodged from their respective stands as well By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway With private and public schools opening this week, BVI Football…

Hurricane Irma destroys AO Shirley Grounds

Source: Island Sun A light pole hangs over the south wall of the A. O. Shirley Grounds surrounded by debris including some of the north temporary stands and small gas bottles from the Sol Botanic Service Station BY DEAN GREENAWAY TORTOLA—The success of the British Virgin Islands athletes this year, has been overshadowed…

Track Coach Dag Samuels Dies During Hurricane Irma

Source: Island Sun Dag Samuels, center, founder and coach of Fast Lane Track Club, with his top athletes; Kyron McMaster, left, Shaquoy Stephens, Kala Penn and Monique Todman By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The British Virgin Islands athletics family and the wider community came to grips with the death of Kyron McMaster’s coach…

CIBC Donates $100K Towards BVI Government’s Recovery Efforts

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE is pictured as he is presented with a donation of $100,000.00 from Country Manager for CIBC First Caribbean International, Ms. Stephanie Burke, flanked by members of the banking team. The presentation was made on Tuesday, October 3, 2017…

More Crews Coming To Help Restore Power To The BVI

Source: Island Sun Minister for Communication and Works, Honourable Mark Vanterpool has said that the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) will be providing additional assistance to help restore power to the Territory. Minister Vanterpool said he held a meeting on Sunday, October 1 with Chairman of CARILEC, Mr. Colin Cover who has…

Volunteers Called To Assist With The Territory’s Schools

Source: Island Sun Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron Walwyn has said the Territory needs everyone to do their part to help in the rebuilding process and has called on residents to assist in the exercise. “We are seeking community volunteers to assist with any of the centres we will be setting…

Premier Smith’s daily brief for September 29

Source: Island Sun Good day my fellow residents. As we come to the end of this September, I give God thanks for his continued blessings on our lives. As daunting as this month was for the Virgin Islands, I believe we still have much to be grateful for. Over the past weeks we…

Premier Addresses Financial Services Industry

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE addressed leaders of the Territory’s financial services industry today at an update meeting hosted by BVI Finance. Premier Smith spoke to the group of leaders gathered at Ogier’s conference room, as well as those that joined in from…

BVI Premier Daily Brief 27 September 2017

Source: Island Sun Good day Virgin Islanders and residents. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to speak directly to you on matters relating to our response and recovery post Hurricane Irma and now also Hurricane Maria. Moving forward, it is my intention that these updates will provide additional information to you…

Premier Seeks Partner In DFID For Rebuilding Efforts

Source: Island Sun Premier Hon Dr D. Orlando Smith and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development’s (DFID), International Development Secretary, Priti Patel being updated on progress made to restore electricity to the Virgin Islands by BVIEC’s Deputy General Manager, Henry Creque. Road Town, Tortola – On Sunday Premier and Minister for Finance, Honourable Dr…

Premier Addresses VI Business Community Concerns

Source: Island Sun Premier of the Virgin Islands, Hon Dr D. Orlando Smith, OBE meets with business owners on Tortola following the passage of Hurricane Irma. Stressing the importance of the business community, Premier Smith has said Government is moving swiftly to get the Territory back to normalcy and spur on the rebuilding…

Recovery Is Underway: Banks & Supermarkets Are Open

Source: Island Sun Both the United States and the United Kingdom have sent a total of approximately 200 guards and armed forces to assist the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force in eradicating looting, crime and robberies which were out of control in the early phases of the post-Irma recovery. BVI Premier Dr. the…

National Bank Of The Virgin Islands – Loan Payments

Source: Island Sun Road Town, Tortola – The National Bank of the Virgin Islands (the “Bank”), hereby advises of the following loan concessions, due to Hurricane Irma’s severe impact on the Territory.  Personal Loans: The Bank will grant a 3-month moratorium, (that is, a temporary suspension) on all personal loan payments. Personal loan payments…

USVI teams win Raymundo “Mundo” Boynes Memorial Softball Tournament

Source: Island Sun Steven Leblanc of Griffith Park Massive, slides safely into third bast as the Mobsters’ Sylvester “Bucker” Johnson bobble the ball. By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway St. Thomas’ Griffith Park Massive Women’s team and St. Croix’s Los Llacos Men’s team, were crowned champions of the Raymundo “Mundo” Boynes Memorial Softball Tournament…

BVI Representative Meets UK Parliamentarians

Source: Island Sun Benito Wheatley, Director and EU/UK Representative of the BVI in London has welcomed the support offered to BVIslanders by UK Parliamentarians. In meetings with individuals including members of the newly formed All Party British Virgin Islands Group and Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Chief Foreign Affairs Spokesperson and Shadow Foreign Secretary,…

Red-Eye Alert Suggests Basic Precautions To Prevent Spread

Source: Island Sun It was reported that that several Caribbean islands have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis or Red Eye at health facilities and medical practices and the BVI and the rest of the Caribbean are being placed on the alert  by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Red Eye or conjunctivitis is a…

Financial Sector Shows Signs Of Recovery And Growth

Source: Island Sun In his welcome address to new Governor Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith mentioned that the second quarter company incorporation figures showed a growth in incorporation. The BVI Leader declared that this is great news for the industry. Hon. Smith was referencing the statistical bulletin…

New Deputy Governor Selection Process Begins

Source: Island Sun Deputy Governor Mrs. Rosalie Adams will be demitting office shortly after almost 50 years of service to the BVI Public Service. Her impending departure has resulted in the move to locate a suitable replacement. It was announced this week that the process to fill the position commenced with the publishing…

Internet Exchange Point Is On Cloud Nine: Needs Big Wake-Up

Source: Island Sun A new location, and new equipment should mean that the belabored and long awaited BVI Internet Exchange Point (IXP), which will deliver free or low cost local internet is almost here. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and the public therefore continues to pay high rates for local internet streams…

And One repeats as Basketball champs after stopping Jr. East Rockers

Source: Island Sun BVI Basketball Federation President Guy “The General” Malone, right, presents the championship trophy to And One’s coach Brian “Bash” Brewley, as his team repeated as Jr. Division champions. By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway When the Jr. East Rockers players decided to follow coach Derwin Scatliffe’s advise to to try and…

Kyron McMaster Wins Diamond League 400m Hurdles

Source: Island Sun 400m Hurdler Myron McMaster clears the final hurdle during the 2017 OECS Championships in Grenada By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Kyron McMaster won the International Association of Athletics Federations Diamond League 400m Hurdles final on Thursday and Zurich, Switzerland, then ended his season on Tuesday with a second place finish in the IAAF World…

Phillip Qualifies for Youth Olympic Games at Fina Jr. Championships

Source: Island Sun By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway In a year she described as being “difficult” swimmer Elinah Phillip ended her season on Sunday by qualifying for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in the 50m Freestyle event, during the 6th FINA World Jr. Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Youth Olympic Games are scheduled for Buenos Aires,…

Justice K. Neville Adderley Appointed High Court Judge

Source: Island Sun The Honourable Justice K. Neville Adderley  has been appointed to serve as a High Court Judge, Commercial Division, of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Territory of the Virgin Islands. Justice Adderley’s appointment is for one year and took effect on September 1.  He is a former Bahamian Senator and has…

Community Pays Last Respects To Otis Baronville

Source: Island Sun A thanksgiving service celebrating the life of Otis Otelia Baronville was held on 5 August at the Sea Cow’s Bay Methodist Church. The late Otis Otelia Baronville was born on 16 November 1943 and departed this life on 20 July 2017. She was the first daughter born to George and…

Sea Wasps Found In BVI Waters

Source: Island Sun Last weekend residents indicated that they have spotted Sea Wasps at various areas in the Territory and as a result Director of the BVI Tourist Board, Sharon Flax-Brutus admonished swimmers to take heed. The Sea Wasp also known as the Marine Stinger is a species of the deadly and venomous…

Hon. Delores Christopher Works Hard For Her District

Source: Island Sun Following the recent heavy rains and flood some residents of the Fifth District took to social media to accuse Fifth District Representative, Hon. Delores Christopher of being absent in her representation. However, those comments by the residents were rebutted by Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool who issued…

New Governor Sworn-In

Source: Island Sun His Excellency Augustus James Ulysses Jaspert, Governor of the British Virgin Islands There were firsts and departures from the norm during the Swearing-in and Welcome ceremony that was held on Tuesday 22 August to formally and officially commence the tenure of His Excellency Augustus Jaspert as the new Governor of…

New Auditor General Faces Huge Backlog

Source: Island Sun The public financial audits for at least four years are outstanding, but newly appointed Auditor General (AG), Mr. Phil Sharman explained that the delayed public reporting is not unusual. He also stated that he is not intimidated by the amount of work needed to make the reports current. During an…

BVI Relay Trio Off To U.S. Colleges

Source: Island Sun Akeem Bradshaw, left, Adriano Gumbs and Rikkoi Brathwaite, will compete for Central Iowa, Barton County Community College and Indiana, respectively By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway For the first time since the territory’s athletes began attending schools in the United States in 1976, three male athletes who have contributed to the…

BVI Stumbles In Centrobasket Women’s U17 Debut

Source: Island Sun The BVI Girls U-17 Basketball team that made it debut in the Centrobasket Tournament in Aguada, Puerto Rico By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The BVI team got off to a rocky start in its Centrobasket Women U17 Tournament debut in Aguada, Puerto Rico, never recovered and lost all their games,…

NEW GOVERNOR ARRIVES IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Source: Island Sun Photos By Dean The Sportsman Greenaway New BVI Governor Augustus Jaspert, is greeted by Police Commissioner Michael Matthews as he arrives outside the Supreme Court before being sworn in BVI Governor Augustus Jaspert, center, inspects an honor guard as Inspector Peterson Jno-Lewis and Police Commissioner Michael Matthews looks on Governor Augustus…

Brandywine Bay Beach Flood

Source: Island Sun The 7- 8 August torrential rains that flooded the Territory has had a terrible impact on the Brandywine Bay beach project, which was expected to be completed and functioning by November this yearPhotos by ANDRE DAWSON The post Brandywine Bay Beach Flood appeared first on Island Sun. Link: Brandywine Bay

Digicel Launches Relief Fund

Source: Island Sun Telecommunications giant Digicel has created a relief fund to assist those affected in the Territory by the recent flooding. The company which announced the initiative earlier in the week explained that the proceeds will be donated through Family Support Network. A number of homes in the community were damaged due…

Litter Contributed Heavily To Flooding

Source: Island Sun The Rotary family of the BVI announced that littering contributed to the 7-8 August flooding situation that devastated families and left the Territory extremely muddy. As a preventative effort the non-governmental organization (NGO) announced that it will be spearheading an anti-litter campaign. The litter situation was mentioned by President of…

Use Of Dust Masks Encouraged By Red Cross Top Brass

Source: Island Sun Director of the BVI Red Cross Helen Frett announced at a press conference on 11 August that the heavy rains and flooding recently experienced by the Territory has created a risk for the spread of airborne illnesses. An airborne disease is an illness that is caused by pathogens and is…

BVI Does Without Assistance From UK Ship

Source: Island Sun The Premier’s decision to turn back the UK ship RFA Mounts Bay which was sent to provide recovery assistance to the Territory was questioned by President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Dr. Natalio Wheatley during the Speak Out BVI radio programme on 15 August. The VIP President said that…

Tighter Legislation Required – Says Hon. Christian

Source: Island Sun Many Virgin Islanders and residents are suggesting that the devastating flood that affected the Territory was compounded by unsafe hillside excavations among other serious issues. This point of view was endorsed by Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon. Archibald Christian as he suggested that legislative intervention might be required to prevent…

Ellis Thomas Downs Severely Damaged After Heavy Rains

Source: Island Sun By Dean “The Sportsman Greenaway For the first time since the Ellis Thomas Downs opened to the public before thousands of fans on August Tuesday in 1998, there was no annual August Festival Horse Racing, after a Tropical Wave dropped 17 inches of rain in 17 hours, drenching the territory…

Chantel Malone Seventh in IAAF World Championships Long Jump

Source: Island Sun Caption: Chantel Malone competing at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. She also competed in Moscow, Russia 2013 and Daegu, South Korea, 2011 By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Long Jumper Chantel Malone, capped the territory’s best showing ever at the IAAF World Championships by BVI athletes since the…

British Virgin Islands Finalising Recovery

Source: Island Sun Tourism Industry Works to Finalise Recovery; remains open for business The British Virgin Islands after careful consideration and consultation with the recovery advisory group and industry stakeholders has determined that two cruise ship calls scheduled for August 15th and 16th will not take place. Premier and Minister for Tourism, Dr.…

Miss and Mister Jr. BVI Pageant

Source: Island Sun Shamoy Davis Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee Chairman Trevor Grant, center, with Miss and Mister Jr. BVI, Anondah Hodge and Yohance Smith Rosa Industrius Khadija Liburd Kenya Matthews The post Miss and Mister Jr. BVI Pageant appeared first on Island Sun. Link: Miss and Mister Jr. BVI Pageant

Two Persons Charged With Murders Of Springette And Richards

Source: Island Sun Friday, July 28 – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Major Crime Team today charged two persons with the murders of David Springette and Shawn Richards, both killed earlier this year. Shakeel Ryan, 22, a St. Kitts national and female, Shakilla Hanley, 29, both of Long Look were charged for the…

Flow Tv To Offer 120 Channels

Source: Island Sun FLOW TV is finally here in the BVI and at a special product launch on 20 July residents were introduced to the telecommunication company’s IPTV Streaming platform and the various packages associated with it. By all descriptions, the competition is most welcomed in the Territory. In a presentation to the…

Young People Still Have Difficulties Finding A Job

Source: Island Sun A concerned resident has stated that the difficulty BV Islanders and Belongers are having trying to find employment is being exasperated by the report that local job vacancies are being advertised overseas first. The complaint was made a during the “A Look at the Community” radio call-in show on 22…

“No Confidence” Motion Slated For August 1st

Source: Island Sun By Mellica McPherson-Ganda Following a number of serious financial hiccups of a Territorial proportion such as the alarming debacle of the BVI Airways agreement, the cash flow situation that resulted in a line of credit with First Caribbean International Bank, and the outstanding audit and financial reports, Leader of the…

Man Fined Over $9,000 For Vehicle Tint

Source: Island Sun Wednesday, July 26 – With at least ten counts for exceeding the tint limit, Julio Adams of Purcell Estate will have to pay $9,320 or face imprisonment. This was the total fine after his appearance in Magistrate’s Court late last week. Adams fines included penalties for driving an unlicenced vehicle and driving…

PRINCE AND PRINCESS

Source: Island Sun “Following an exciting competition, Jabari Pemberton and Lyriq Rhymer were named the 2017 Prince and Princess. In addition to the crown, Prince Jabari won the prizes for Best Introduction Dance, Best ambassadorial Wear, Best Ambassadorial Speech, Best Triple S wear (sun, sand, sea) and Best Talent. Similarly, Princess Lyriq won…

BVI Women Set For IX Pan Am Softball Championships

Source: Island Sun The BVI Women’s Softball team that will compete in the IX Pan Am Softball Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug 4-13 PHOTO: Cleave M. Farrington By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway This month marks exactly 30 years ago, that a BVI Men’s Softball team played in the Pan American Games…

Quiz: Top Students Get Kudos

Source: Island Sun Students who participated and earned rewards for their participation in the General Knowledge Quiz.Hon. Archie Christian and Delker Herbert Vardilos recognized the students for their accomplishments at the annual luncheon. ZBVI recently celebrated the accomplishments of the General Knowledge Quiz participants. On July 14, the top 19 students and their…

Hawks Hold Off TYP, 19-16, To Avoid Softball Sweep

Source: Island Sun That’s Ya Problem’s Brianna Brewley slides home with their fifth run of a pass ball in the fourth inning By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Despite blowing an 11 run lead, Hawks manager Julian Adams praised his defending champions Hawks team, after they fended off That’s Ya Problem, 19-16, to avoid…

Clif Struiken Dominates ‘Beefathon Beach Sizzler’

Source: Island Sun The top runners in Saturday’s Ceres Juices 10k Series race on Beef Island were, Clif Stricken, 171), Julius Farley (13) and Matthew Harkness, (147). By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Cliff Struiken dominated Saturday’s Ceres Juices 10K Series race, dubbed the ‘Beefathon Beach Sizzler’ that started and ended on Long Bay Beach, Beef…

Previously Unbeaten Mystics, Legs Fall To Surging Mega Guns

Source: Island Sun Virgin Gorda Mystics’ Travis Issac and Legs’ Kennedy Bass, battle for a fourth quarter rebound By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway There are no unbeaten teams in the BVI Basketball Federation’s Senior Division, after Mega Guns crashed Friday night’s scheduled showdown between unbeaten Legs and the Virgin Gorda Mystics. Fans were granted free…

Dinghy Thefts On The Rise

Source: Island Sun Thursday, July 20 – Police are reminding boat and dinghy owners to consistently lock and secure these vessels to docks and yachts as theft of these items are beginning to rise. Charters boat companies are also urged to instruct visitors and guests to do the same. A number of reports were…

First District Clean-Up Praised

Source: Island Sun The youths of the First District participated in the annual summer beautification clean-up programme, and District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie announced that he is pleased with the work that was done by his young constituents. “As usual working with our First District youth between the ages of 13 to 17yrs…

Premier Discusses Redevelopment Of Prospect Reef

Source: Island Sun The BVI reportedly lost opportunities to host major conferences due to the lack of adequate conferencing facilities Premier, and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith disclosed during the signing of the agreement with the ICA (BVI) Group Corp for the redevelopment of the Prospect Reef Hotel. In…

Re-Opening Of Biras Creek Remains A Possibility

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced during his midterm report that there continues to be active interest in the reopening of Biras Creek Resort which closed in 2015. Last year during his Territorial Address the Premier confirmed the announcement that was made by Ninth…

Speedboat Fatality Confirmed

Source: Island Sun During the weekend, the body of Deshaun Bryan aka “Bongo” the boater that was missing at sea was recovered; and many in the community took the opportunity to extend condolences to the family. Among those expressing sympathy was the staff of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC). The Corporation conveyed sadness…

VG Needs More Parking Lots

Source: Island Sun The limitation of adequate parking space extends beyond Tortola and is being noted as an inconvenience on the sister island of Virgin Gorda as well. Mention of the need for more parking spaces was made by Ninth District Representative, Dr. the Hon. Hubert O’Neal during the recent opening of Riteway…

Little Dix Bay Resort To Open For The New Tourist Season

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith mentioned that the works to renovate Little Dix Bay Resort are proceeding well, and that the facility will be reopened as planned by year end. Little Dix Bay closed its doors last year April to commence major upgrades, and…

Irresponsible Dumping Persists: Premier Says

Source: Island Sun The matter of public dumping of household garbage around the Territory was bemoaned by Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith who stated that the littering practice continues to diminish the beauty of our stupendous environment “We must also acknowledge that a clean environment starts with…

Festival Artistes Will Be Paid By Year’s End

Source: Island Sun The Ministry of Culture and the Festival and Fairs Committee are not making any promise that local artistes would be paid on time or that the extended wait of previous years will not be repeated. However both Minister for Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn and Chairman of the Festival and Fairs…

Delayed Cruise Pier Project Audit Questioned

Source: Island Sun The audit which was commissioned to, among other things, determine how the Cruise Pier project ballooned from $50M to $82.9M is allegedly behind schedule and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Andrew Fahie explained that information scarcity might be the cause of the delay. During a radio broadcast on 11 July,…

Optimistic Midterm Report Admits Mistakes

Source: Island Sun In his midterm report Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith admitted that mistakes have been made during his government’s tenure, and that some of government’s investments did not yield what was expected. Nonetheless, the BVI Leader stressed that his Government has invested more in the…

Kyron Mcmaster Second In London Anniversary Games 400m Hurdles

Source: Island Sun Kyron McMaster, the 400m Hurdles world leader, clears the final barrier during the July 2, OECS Championships in Grenada By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Coming up against the best 400m Hurdles field assembled so far this year, Kyron McMaster had the biggest test of his athletics career on Sunday, in his…

TYP Outslug Hawks, 20-19 In Women’s Softball Championships Opener

Source: Island Sun Hawks third baseman Michelle Georges, tags out That’s Ya Problem’s Kimberly Johnson in the fourth inning of their Championship Series opener on Sunday By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway There were late inning explosions during Sunday night’s opener of the Virgin Islands Baseball Softball Association Harriette Skelton Softball League Championships Series at the…

Referees No Show Foils BVI Basketball Unbeaten Showdown

Source: Island Sun Legs’ Kennedy Bass, left tries to steal the ball from the the East Rockers’ Leslie Smith, in their last game, before Saturday night’s showdown with unbeaten Mystics was cancelled because there were no referees to call the game. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 15 By Dean “The…

Statement On Preparedness For Developing Tropical Systems

Source: Island Sun Developing Tropical Systems: Statement By Acting Premier On Preparedness  My fellow Virgin Islanders, residents and visitors, as you are all aware, on Wednesday July 12 into the early hours of Thursday, July 13, the Territory was impacted by a strong tropical wave which resulted in heavy rainfall, flooding of some…

Power Outage whip A’s 10-3 in Softball Championships opener

Source: Island Sun By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenawy Power Outage’s Yevris Rodriguez makes a delivery against the A’s Power Outage opened the Virgin Islands Baseball Association Harriette Skelton Softball League Championships on Sunday, with a 10-3 victory over the A’s. The A’s were coming off a sweeping the Pirates, following Friday night’s 9-2 triumph. Yervis Rodriguez…

BVI sweeps 4x400m Relays to retain OECS track title

Source: Island Sun By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Trailing host Grenada on the medal table 3-6 on Saturday, the BVI won seven medals on Sunday to retain the OECS Track and Field Championships crown they won at home last year. ST. GEORGES, Grenada—Shaniyah Caul and Khari Herbert anchored the BVI’s Women and Men’s…

Home broker is not a BVI Registered Company: FSC says

Source: Island Sun An investment company that the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (BVIFSC) flagged since April continues to claim BVI registration and up to this day maintains that it is a BVI registered entity. On 25 April the BVIFSC issued an advisory warning to announce that the company HOME BROKER was not registered…

Queen’s baton gets big BVI welcome

Source: Island Sun Following two days of relay excitement and cultural farewell BVI style the Queen’s Baton, which contains Her Majesty’s message to be read at the 2018 Commonwealth Games departed the Territory for its next stop. The Queen’s Baton Relay is an opportunity for Commonwealth countries and overseas territories to showcase their…

VG Olympic swimming pool nears completion

Source: Island Sun Ninth District Representative, Dr. the Hon. D. Hubert O’Neal announced that the Olympic size swimming pool project that commenced years ago will soon be completed and be in full use in the District. “Don’t mind the noise, we’re getting things done,” Hon. O’Neal told the gathering. The District Representative mentioned…

Mr. Melee Honoured

Source: Island Sun The memory of Mr. Blyden whose sudden death at the break of this year shocked the Territory was felt as Festival and Fairs Committee reflected on his contribution to festival. During his opening remarks at the press conference Chair of the Festival and Fairs Committee Mr. Trefor Grant asked for…

Festival 2017 artistes announced

Source: Island Sun Mixed emotions permeated the launch of this year’s emancipation festivities as the usual excitement by the Festival and Fairs Committee to reveal the 2017 lineup was briefly intertwined with remembrance of Mr. Neil “Melee” Blyden this year’s Road Town Festival Village Honouree. Festival 2017 will be celebrated under the slogan A…

Soap Box Derby To Highlight This Weekend

Source: Island Sun Caribbean Insurers Limited (CIL) announced that they are turning up the fun at this year’s Soap Box Derby which is expected to be bigger and better with more fun and prizes. The 2017 fun car race will be held at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Grounds on 9 July…

Four hurricane shelters deleted from official emergency list

Source: Island Sun The Hurricane Season is upon us: already the daily and weekly weather forecasts are teeming with predictions of tropical storms and hurricane expectations, but unfortunately a hurricane might find some BVI communities without shelters. The situation of the various hurricane shelters was disclosed to the members of the House of…

2017 Graduation Elmore Stoutt High School

Source: Island Sun Photos By Dean Greenaway Happy Graduates take a moment to pose for the Island Sun ESHS Valedictorian Kelliann Freeman ESHS Graduates and the audience stand as they listen to the national anthem ESHS Salutatorian Daneilla Mourillon The first batch of Elmore Stoutt High School 12th Grade students display their certificates…

Culinary School Graduates As They Headed To Graduation

Source: Island Sun Student Respondent Zahra Corion-Durnate displays her certificate before addressing her fellow graduates Celebration time c’mon!! Some of the male students are in celebration mode on their march to the graduation hall Graduates strike a pose for The Island Sun The post Culinary School Graduates As They Headed To Graduation appeared first…

Public Schools Repairs Planned For Summer

Source: Island Sun A number of repairs are expected to be carried out on public schools in the Territory during the upcoming summer break, however the names of the schools needing repairs were not mentioned. During the House of Assembly sitting on 13 June Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn announced…

Report Confirms That The BVI is “Not A Tax Haven”

Source: Island Sun Titled “Creating Value: BVI’s Global Contribution,” the capital report which was commissioned to examine the economic, financial and legislative connections between the BVI’s financial services sector and the international community was unveiled this week, both here in the BVI and in London, United Kingdom. The document which was spearheaded by…

RTW Promises Lower Prices

Source: Island Sun Last week Roadtown Wholesale (RTW) announced that in the coming months residents will see lower prices on key products as the company implements mechanisms to offer its customers big savings. The company promise that over the next two weeks, price reductions will be easily identifiable with new signage highlighting cost…

Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System Is In Full Gear Now

Source: Island Sun On Friday 30 June the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search system (BOSSs) will go live and stakeholders of the financial services sector of the British Virgin Islands are confident that with its international information sharing responsibility this system adequately balances the Territory’s clients’ privacy expectations. BOSSs is a technology-enabled searchable portal…