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Virgin Islands makes EU ‘white list’

The Virgin Islands is one of 16 countries and territories newly whitelisted by the European Union on Tuesday, with the reveal of the EU’s revised "white list" of “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.” “I welcome the European Union’s recognition that the BVI fully complies with its tax...

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New app to guide tourists, residents

A few months ago, David Penn found a stranger in front of his house looking for the law firm Mourant Ozannes. Although Mr. Penn informed him he had arrived at a private residence, the man wouldn’t take no for an answer, insisting that Google Maps...

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Plaza partners with government job effort

Thirty Virgin Islanders have jobs because a new gas station and car wash is taking part in government’s “1,000 Jobs in 1,000 Days” programme, officials said this week. Owner Allison “Allie” Petrus, who also operates a chain of gas stations and fast- food franchises in...

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Another bill triggers free-speech alarms

In the midst of harsh criticism from free-speech advocates about a cybercrime amendment that took effect last Wednesday, the House of Assembly is now considering another proposed law that has drawn fresh concerns about potential censorship and other threats to press freedom in the Virgin...

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Coronavirus affects VI financial services

Coronavirus has not arrived on Virgin Islands shores, but it may already be having an effect on one of the territory’s flagship industries. Hong Kong branches of VI financial services firms — along with many other businesses based there and in China — have temporarily...

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Police report about death of swimmer now online

Police remain tightlipped about the death of a swimmer allegedly killed by a powerboat near Guana Island, but new information has been posted on social media. On Jan. 30, Jean-yves Noblet, a friend of the victim’s family, posted the police report of the incident to...

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Music under the Moon takes flight

A full moon peered out between the clouds over Road Town on Saturday night, and visitors to the J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens were carried away by a mingling of music beneath its pale blue light. The BVI Diabetes Association launched its first ever Music under...

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Q3 incorporation bump offers faint hope

Incorporation numbers managed a slight recovery in the third quarter of 2019, with the Financial Services Commission reporting a 9.58 percent increase over Q2’s dismal performance, which saw the lowest number of new incorporations since quarterly reporting began in 2003. However, with just 6,975 new...