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May 22, 2018

British Virgin Islands

Marijuana: HON. Walwyn Calls For Decriminalising Certain Aspects

Source: Island Sun Within the space of months Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn has repeatedly called on his parliamentary colleagues to reconsider the position on marijuana penalties and stop sending persons to prison for possession of small quantities of marijuana. Hon. Walwyn, who has spoken on the matter at various…

Post Traumatic Stress is The Cause of Many Deaths

Source: Island Sun A number of persons have died over the last six months and another legislator has announced that post-traumatic stress caused by the 2017 hurricanes is the reason for many of the funerals. In the months following the September-to-remember hurricanes four members of the House of Assembly suggested that the shock…

Huge Cargo Backlog Threatens Recovery

Source: Island Sun It was announced that the BVI Ports Authority is working assiduously to clear the huge piles of items that are on the dock; but in the meantime Opposition Member Hon. Julian Fraser declares that the holdup has an effect on rebuilding efforts. While contributing to the 2018 Budget debate Hon.…

Person in Custody for Questioning in Guyanese Death

Source: Island Sun Petronella Hinds Charlestown, Nevis, May 11, 2018 – A person is assisting police in their investigations following the death of a Guyanese woman whose body was discovered Thursday afternoon. According to police, the Charlestown Police Station received a report from the Medical Services after they responded to an emergency call and found…

St. Kitts Immigration Failed to Flag Jamaica’s Most Wanted When He Left RLB Airport Friday

Source: Island Sun Basseterre, St. Kitts   (11 May 2018) – Questions were being asked Friday night, why did the immigration authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis failed to flag Jamaica’s most wanted fugitive when he left St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport aboard a LIAT flight for Antigua’s V.C Bird International Airport on Friday afternoon.  According to…

Road Town Jetty Resumes Full Operations

Source: Island Sun The BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) is advising patrons and the public that the Road Town Jetty will resume full operations on Sunday, May 13. Immediately following the passage of Hurricane Irma in September 2017, with the assistance of divers and speciality contractors, surveys were completed on all of the Territory’s port facilities. The Road…

Rebels stun BVIFA league leaders Sugar Boys, 1-0

Source: Island Sun A Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys player, left and one from the Rebels raced toward a ball before it went out of bounds By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The Rebels used Michael Baptiste’s first half goal to end the Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys’ BVI Football Association Men’s League six game winning…

Brathwaite Continues Impressive Season with 2nd Worlds Qualifier

Source: Island Sun Rikkoi Brathwaite’s photo is by Cleave M. Farrington By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Already the first Cafirta Games U20 Boys 100m medalist in the territory’s 43-year history of competing in the event, Rikkoi Brathwaite added to his growing but impressive resume over the weekend, highlighting BVI athletes regional and conference…

Six schools top the charts in DYAS Primary Schools Relays

Source: Island Sun U13 Boys athletes from Willard Wheatley Primary School, prepare to pass and receive the stick in the Sprint Medley Relay By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway With the annual Inter Primary Schools Track and Field Championships swiped from this year’s calendar, schools were still able to meet last week in a…

Governor Jaspert on UK Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill

Source: Island Sun 8 May 2018 – 11:56am Statement by His Excellency the Governor Mr. Augustus Jaspert  Last week the UK Parliament passed an amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, which introduces measures to tackle criminal activities, including money laundering across international finance. The amendment includes a requirement for the Overseas…

11-Month-Old Baby Forgotten Inside Car Dies

Source: Island Sun The death of a baby girl who was forgotten in a vehicle for hours sent shock waves through the Territory this week, and was also the subject discussion among Ministers of Government on Wednesday as it relates to prevent another incident of this nature in the future. The 11-month-old baby…

BVI Finance Welcomes Pledges About Future of Financial Services Sector

Source: Island Sun Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith, Premier of the BVI British Virgin Islands, 2 May, 2018 – Following yesterday’s decision by the UK’s House of Commons to force the Overseas Territories to adopt public registers of beneficial ownership of companies, the Premier of the British Virgin Islands responded swiftly to reassure the financial…

Surging One Love stops Old Madrid 3-1 in BVIFA play

Source: Island Sun A One Love player goes for a header near the goal posts on a thrown in, during the second half of their match with Old Madrid at the A. O. Shirley Grounds By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway One Love closed the gap in the BVI Football Association men’s league standings…

Deya Erickson wins LAI Justas 100m hurdles

Source: Island Sun Deya Erickson, right, of Turabo University and UPR Humacao’s Erika Serrano raced to a photo finish in the 100m hurdles where Erickson got the edge by 0.009 seconds as both ran 14.13 seconds By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway On Saturday evening in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Deya Erickson, a Turabo University sophomore…

More Monitoring: Chief Planner Says

Source: Island Sun Enforcement and scrutiny is the daily mantra of the Town and Country Planning Department in this post hurricanes BVI. In fact Chief Planner of Town and Country Planning Department, Mr. Greg Adams announced that his Department is currently doing some research in the area of building codes and he announced…

Premier Talks About Prospect Reef Future

Source: Island Sun Hurricanes Irma and Maria might have sent many things into restart mode but the Prospect Reef project was not one of them as Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith said that the development plans for the facility which government anticipates would be a revenue earner…

Cruiselines Demand Good Operative Levels

Source: Island Sun Days before the month of April comes to an end Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool admitted that the Territory is in a race to complete the requirements Disney cruiseline stipulated for its return in July. The Territory has an agreement with both Norwegian and Disney Cruise lines,…

BVI Suffers Loss Of Archive Documents: Digitization a Must

Source: Island Sun The list of things the Territory lost in the horrendous September hurricanes are still being tallied, but thankfully we can sigh relief that a larger number of historical records were not destroyed. Nonetheless, there is no cause for celebration as Chief Records Management Officer, Christopher Varlack indicated that a number…

Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner improves her own 400m hurdles record

Source: Island Sun 400m hurdler Lakeisha “Mimi” Warner, improved her 2-year old personal best from 58.14 seconds in 2016, to 57.76 in Louisiana in 2018 By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway After she overcame injuries during the indoor season that severely curtailed her performances, then had a bad start to her 2018 outdoor campaign…

Julius Farley wins Hauteville 5K on Beef Island

Source: Island Sun The top runners in Saturday’s Hautivelle 5K Race on Beef Island. L-R: Paul Mellor, Julius Farley and Reuben Stoby By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Like many in the field of 47 runners in Saturday’s race who also competed in the Torture, Julius Farley wasn’t sure what to expect or how his legs…

Golf Course & Old Projects May Get a Second Chance

Source: Island Sun As the Territory struggles ahead with rebuilding efforts and ponders ways to strengthen the BVI tourism product Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced that at this point Government is still interested in the golf course and five star hotel project that surfaced back in…

Local Contractors Unable to Secure CDB Financed Projects

Source: Island Sun During the previous Caribbean Development (CDB) loan initiative a number of local contractors lamented that they were unable to successfully bid for those projects; and now that the Government is working on drawing down and commencing work under this new CDB loan initiative some contractors are worried that yet again…

International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute

Source: Island Sun NEWS RELEASE [For immediate release: Thursday 19 April 2018] IBAHRI calls on Commonwealth countries to follow Trinidad and Tobago’s decriminalisation of homosexuality The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) welcomes the ruling by Trinidad and Tobago High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad that the nation’s law banning same-sex relationships is unconstitutional. With…

McMaster Strikes Commonwealth Games gold

Source: Island Sun .Michael Steele/Getty Images, captured Kyron McMaster clearing a barrier to win the Commonwealth Games 400m Hurdles in 48.25 seconds By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The drought is finally over. Kyron McMaster ran a controlled race for the first half, began making his move after 250m, then left the field in…

Elderly Couple Die Within Days of Each Other

Source: Island Sun Seldom is the word romantic persons used in response to the announcement of death, but such was the reaction to the news of the passing of Lansdell and Luella Potter a couple that was married for 56 years and died within days of each other. The touching love story was…

Rehabilitation of Terminals Makes Some Progress

Source: Island Sun During the launch of the rehabilitation and reconstruction loan from the Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Premier And Minister of Finance Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced that the money will be used to ensure that the ports are fixed and interisland travel is a comfortable experience once again. While speaking…

4.7 Quake Rattles BVI

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith said that while the earthquake that rocked the Territory on 6 April was startling it was not cause for serious concern. Last Friday at around 5:21pm tremors were felt in the BVI. The following day the Department of Disaster Management announced…

BVI Electricity Corporation Praised for Fast Recovery

Source: Island Sun As the community gathered to celebrate the men and women of the BVI Electricity Corporation who worked tirelessly to restore power to the Territory following hurricane Irma General Manager Leroy Abraham disclosed that some persons tried to sabotage the reconnection process. In mentioning the challenges Mr. Abraham said: “Every speakable…

Rotarians in the BVI Mourn the Passing of Elton Georges, PHF

Source: Island Sun by Astrid C. Wenzke The family of Rotary in the BVI and the wider Caribbean have lost one of their stalwarts. Elton Georges, who joined the Rotary Club of Tortola in the seventies, served as President from 1999-2000. During his tenure in office he was instrumental in convincing his fellow…

Kyron McMaster’s Gold Makes BVI History

Source: Island Sun Statement By Premier And Minister Of Finance Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE Good morning my BVI Family. It is very refreshing to greet you this morning with a tone of excitement and pride. History has been made! BVI WINS THE GOLD! Three cheers for Mr. Kyron McMaster, a…