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Fahie defends bill opposed by free-speech advocates

Despite media organisations abroad strongly opposing parts of a cybercrime bill that awaits Governor Gus Jaspert’s assent, Premier Andrew Fahie doubled down on his support for the legislation this week. “I am confident that the most democratic process has taken place through the cybercrime amendment...

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RDA Chief Executive Officer to stay on until March

Though the Recovery and Development Agency has officially accepted the resignation of CEO Paul Bayly, he will stay on in that position until the next meeting of the agency’s board of directors in March, according to RDA Head of Communications Colene Penn. Following the March...

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Winds make for memorable Painkiller Cup competition

Rolling seas showcased the white, aquamarine, turquoise and sapphire colours of the open ocean on a sunny day as more than a dozen athletes prepared to cross the channel between Tortola and Jost Van Dyke on paddleboards. Though gales forced many ocean-goers out of the...

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Peter Island to reopen by December 2021

After a long silence following Hurricane Irma, Peter Island Resort and Spa has announced that it aims to reopen the “main sections” of its 52 hotel rooms and three villas by December 2021, government announced this week. On Tuesday, Premier Andrew Fahie signed an agreement...

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Fourth Kite & Paddle Festival takes off

Though the windy weather over the weekend was dangerous for small vessels at sea, it was perfect for the fourth Anegada Kite & Paddle Festival. In fact, it was the event’s best year yet, according to Tommy Gaunt, founder of the host kitesurfing school and...

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Art auctioned by the beach

On Saturday evening, Paradise Club in Cane Garden Bay was lit with a display of art and photography that was up for auction. The five-person show, themed “Wave of Art,” was the second such auction organised by the non-profit Rise Foundation. “We wanted to bring...

Business

Fahie responds to French blacklisting

Premier Andrew Fahie last week responded to the French blacklisting of the Virgin Islands, calling it a “misunderstanding” involving a delay in responding to French requests for tax information that his government is working with French officials to resolve. Last month, France added the VI...

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Lambert resort back after more than 3 years

Visitors to Tortola’s East End have a new lodging option with the reopening late last year of Wyndham Lambert Beach Resort, a project in the works even before Hurricane Irma arrived.   The hotel had been closed for refurbishment since August 2016, when the owners...

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RDA CEO resigns, citing scaled-back plans

Paul Bayly has resigned from his position as CEO of the Recovery and Development Agency, claiming that his skillset is no longer required given the reduced scale of works the agency now plans to execute, according to a Tuesday statement from the RDA. “Mr. Bayly...