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April 23, 2018

British Virgin Islands

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…

McMaster makes historic debut in 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia

Source: Island Sun Kyron McMaster By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Kyron McMaster became the territory’s first athlete in its 28-year history of participating in the Commonwealth Games to win an event heat, when he made his season and games debut advancing to Thursday night’s 400m hurdles final with the fastest time of the competition. In…

BVI Archery squad misses CAC Games qualifier by one spot

Source: Island Sun Members of the BVI Archery team, Ritseenyah Georges, left, Jahmaine Liburd and Winnette Lawrence, competed in the CAC Games qualifying tournament in Santo Domingo, Dominical Republic. PHOTO: Xavier Buxo By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The British Virgin Islands Archery Association made its first attempt to get in to a regional…

7 Years Of Lousy Telecoms & The Problems Remain

Source: Island Sun The lousy telecommunication service the Territory is now enduring was alluded to by Junior Minister for Trade and Investment, Hon. Marlon Penn who said that the situation as it stands was contributed to by Government. The comment was made during the debate of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency…

Sustained Recovery Is Needed: Hon. Walwyn Says

Source: Island Sun Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn bemoaned the fact that the 2017 hurricanes crippled our tourism sector and Caribbean competitors are capitalizing on the fact that the BVI is not functioning at peak. The Minister also noted that some of the cruise ships are refusing to return until…

Pruning Of Public Service Cadre Ruled Out

Source: Island Sun Opposition suggestions of a reduction of the public service in the form of firing of public servants was mollified by Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith who announced yet again that Government has given no directive for anyone to be sent home. The suggestion that…

Residents Told To Prepare For Another Active Hurricane Season

Source: Island Sun Residents, visitors and the public are urged to pay close attention to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane predictions and to “Be Ready and Stay Ready” come June 1. Forecasters are becoming more confident in releasing predictions on the possible impacts as the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season approaches. Considering the devastation caused by…

Brathwaite makes history with BVI’s 50th CARIFTA Games medal

Source: Island Sun The BVI’s Rikkoi Brathwaite, left, competes in the U20 Boys 100m dash at the 47th Carifta Games in Nassau, Bahamas, where he earned a bronze medal, the territory’s first in as short sprint in 43 years. PHOTO: Cleave M. Farrington By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Nassau, Bahamas, has a very…

Dr. Tattersall wins Best BVI Boat at 47th BVI Spring Regatta

Source: Island Sun Dr. Robin Tattersall, 87, left, receives the 47th annual BVI Spring Regatta’s Best BVI Boat Award, from Premier, Dr. Orlando Smith By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway It was about 20 minutes before registration closed on Thursday evening that the BVI’s oldest Olympian, Dr. Robin Tattersall, who was on the territory’s first Olympic…

Noxious Effluvia Continue to Affect East End – Long Look

Source: Island Sun The of eight million dollars from a loan approved by the House of Assembly to do, among other things, the East End/Long Look sewage project was referenced by Junior Minister for Trade and Investment, and Eighth District Representative Hon. Marlon Penn as a demonstration of Government’s indiscipline. While debating the…

Deputy Speaker Baffled By Greenhouses & Agri-blues

Source: Island Sun Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering recently announced that Government was exploring a new greenhouse initiative, and other agricultural prospects. The announced agricultural rebirth was  cited in the House of Assembly last week as Deputy Speaker, and Fifth District Representative, Hon. Delores…

Afflictive Bureaucracy Hampers Business: Hon. Fahie Says

Source: Island Sun Leader of the Opposition, and  First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie said that poor customer service, redtape and exceedingly bureaucratic procedures are making the Territory a difficult place to do business even for the sister islands. While making his contribution to the debate on the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development…

Carifta Team

Source: Island Sun Home based BVI Carifta Games Athletes.L-R: Zara Brown, Malik John, Djimon Gumbs, Akrissa Eristee, Arianna Hayde, Diamanté Gumbs(obscured) Akira Phillip, Beyonce DeFreitas & Jaleel Croal. Joshua Hill, Xiomara “Gia” Malone & Rikkoi Brathwaite will join the team from the USA The post Carifta Team appeared first on Island Sun. Link:

BVI hosts Dan Thompson’s Run The World 10K Challenge

Source: Island Sun Officials from the BVI Athletics Association and local runners, joined Run The World 10K founder Dan Thompson at the Tortola Pier Park, before his 6.2 miles run through Road Town on Sunday By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway After running in St. Kitts-Nevis on Sunday morning, 22 local runners joined British businessman,  sports enthusiast and…

Students Brawl Deemed Unacceptable by Minister

Source: Island Sun A video of what appears to be junior Elmore Stoutt High School students embroiled in a brawl in front of Riteway supermarket was circulated via Whatsapp and ignited various levels of conversation. Most upsetting for most persons was the fact that one of the students was spewing expletives. The video…

Overdue Audits Expedited: Premier says

Source: Island Sun The fact that a number of government audits were outstanding was harped on by the Opposition as a sign of government lack of accountability. However, Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced that the number of outstanding audits is being whittled down with the delivery…

Islanders shut down Virgin Gorda United, 3-1 for first victory

Source: Island Sun The Rebels’ Teddy Cenac, right, controls the ball while holding off the Islanders Joshua Lynch By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway They’re back! The Islanders—the league’s most dominant team who went on a midseason trip to St Kitts following a loss to the Sugar Boys in their opener—came out in full…

Digicel Host Workers’ Appreciation Dinner for BVIEC Crews

Source: Island Sun BVIEC crews as well as those from Jamaica and Belize were treated to a dinner hosted by Digicel on Friday night at the Moorings Mariner Inn By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway  Before the last crews from Belize and Jamaica departed the territory on Monday, Digicel held and appreciation dinner the Moorings…

Run The World 10K Founder Thompson, Running in BVI on Sunday

Source: Island Sun Caption: Dan Thompson By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The BVI will be one of four Caribbean countries that Dan Thompson will be completing a 10km run in March, as part of his Run the World Challenge. Dan has previously run in 137 countries in Africa, South-East Asia, North, Central and South America,…

Water Blues Continue In Districts 1 & 3

Source: Island Sun Water and electricity shortage were two of the great pains following hurricane Irma – however, while most of the Territory has been reconnected to the electrical grid, a number still remain without public water. This in many ways is exasperating the water woes that existed before the September hurricanes. Areas…

Farley, Lindsay Leads Hauteville 5K Series Opener

Source: Island Sun Runners take off in the Hauteville 5K Series at the A. O. Shirley Grounds on Saturday morning, on a tour around Road Town, dubbed the City Circuit’ By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The only road racing series on Tortola that ran its course in 2017, the Hauteville 5K Series—formerly the…

Panthers Topple Rebels, 3-1, For First Victory

Source: Island Sun The Rebels’ Enrique Blaize, right tries to tackle while Rudolph Davis of the Panthers attempts to kick the ball during the second half of Sunday’s match By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway In what coach Garnett Ferron called a “well-deserved victory,” the Panthers beat the Rebels 3-1 late Sunday afternoon at the A.…

Roads Are Still A Huge Problem: Hon. Fraser Says

Source: Island Sun During a District Meeting held on 21 February Hon. Julian Fraser once again chided the manner in which road works are carried out in the Territory and complained that despite how much is spent the roads do not remain intact for long: “The roads were never designed properly and they…

Hon. Walwyn Emphasizes Importance Of Agriculture

Source: Island Sun The importance of agriculture to food security was underscored by Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn during the 23rd Annual H. Lavity Stoutt Memorial Celebration and 18th Wreath Laying Ceremony. As he reflected on the life and legacy of the late Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Hon. Walwyn noted that…

Hon. Fahie Focuses On Thorny Immigration Issues

Source: Island Sun The alleged policy of the Immigration Department to ask residents to leave while new workers enter the Territory was questioned by Leader of the Opposition Hon. Andrew Fahie during the 1 March sitting of the House of Assembly. During the questions and answers segment Hon. Fahie asked the Premier why…

23rd Annual H. Lavity Stoutt Memorial Celebration

Source: Island Sun “Sights from the 23rd Annual H. Lavity Stoutt Memorial Celebration and 18th Wreath Laying Ceremony, held at Cappoon’s Bay Cemetery on Monday March 5, 2018” PHOTOS BY  FRANKLYN SKERRITT The post 23rd Annual H. Lavity Stoutt Memorial Celebration appeared first on Island Sun. Link: 23rd Annual H. Lavity Stoutt Memorial

BVI Athletes Earn Jr. College All American Honors

Source: Island Sun BVI athletes, Iowa Central College’s Akeem Bradshaw, left; Tarique Moses of Central Arizona College, Iowa Central College’s Nelda Huggins and Adriano Gumbs of Barton County Community College at the National Junior Colleges Athletics Association Indoor Championships in Lubbock, Texas. BY DEAN GREENAWAY Long Jumper Akeem Bradshaw of Central Iowa College,…

No linemen means no scheduled Football match

Source: Island Sun One Love and Panthers players engaged in a high level scrimmage after Sunday’s match at the A. O. Shirley Grounds was cancelled, because there were no linesmen to assist the referee By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway When the Panthers and One Love showed up on Sunday to play their scheduled BVI Football…

6-Month-Old Ferry Wreck Requires Immediate Action: Hon Fraser Says

Source: Island Sun The fact that persons were still travelling to and from the United States Virgin Islands through the Tortola Pier Park and that government has not removed the boat that hurricane Irma grounded on the waterfront was firmly criticized by Opposition Member and Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser. In fact,…

Fully Functional Judiciary Is a Priority

Source: Island Sun The Magistrate’s Court is expected to recommence hearing criminal cases thanks to a temporary arrangement to house the sittings at the House of Assembly chambers. The announcement was made by Governor Augustus Jaspert as he disclosed that more is being done to support the judiciary. The Governor while speaking at…

FSN Assistance is In High Demand

Source: Island Sun The Family Support Network (FSN) is assisting with a number of social issues since the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria. FSN co-ordinator and counsellor, Dr Sylvia Simmonds disclosed to the Tortola Ladies Club on 21 February that they are both dealing with cases of stress/trauma and seeing a large…

Scooters Continue To Raise Concerns

Source: Island Sun Scooters have always been a matter of concern from a traffic and road use perspective, but of recent there have been public calls for restrictions of scooter use on the Territory’s roads. These calls have included requests for a ban or curfew to be implemented against these forms of bikes.…

Hon. Fraser Say BVI Needs A Responsible Government

Source: Island Sun Opposition Member and Third District Representative, Hon. Julian Fraser is concerned about some of the allocations that were made in the recovery plan and accused the government of going out to borrow a large loan while planning to spend in excess of that amount. During a District meeting that was…

DMV & Police To Address Motorcycles Anarchy

Source: Island Sun Kye Rymer Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said in a 13 February interview that his Department will be targeting scooter riders for more educational campaigns this year. The Commissioner, who admitted that efforts made in the past to educate this group of motorists produced some results, said…

Electricity Corp. Continues To Make Significant Progress

Source: Island Sun General Manager of the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Leroy Abraham said that he is thankful that Phase V of the power project was completed last year as he explained that this is the main power supply in the Territory at this time. The Phase V Power Development Programme…

Courts To Operate From Temporary Venues During Transition

Source: Island Sun As the judiciary adjusts to the post Irma realities certain changes have to be made. One such change – as His Excellency Governor Augustus Jaspert mentioned – is the decision to allow remanded prisoners to have their court hearings done via video link. In explaining the decision Governor Jaspert said…

Undesirable Escapee Deported

Source: Island Sun Olanzo Jamall Dore who was recaptured by the Royal Virgin Islands Police (RVIPF) last year after he escaped custody was deported from the Territory by order of His Excellency Governor Augustus Jaspert at the end of his conviction. In an order issued on 29 January Governor Jaspert explained that :…

Immigration Department Expedites Procedures

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced that the changes recently made to the Immigration Department are expected to alleviate the present issue of extended lines and frustrated employers and volunteers. “The changes…would definitely result in reduced waiting times, removal of those long lines from…