14 graduate from home care programme

Graduates of a three-month intensive course in home care facilitated by the BVI Red Cross accepted their certificates, joined in a song, and revelled in the camaraderie of their shared … Continue reading "14 graduate...

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Throne speech promises wide-ranging reforms

Reforms to governance, education, environmental protection, health care and other areas are among the government’s legislative priorities for a new House of Assembly session that started Tuesday, Governor John Rankin said that day while delivering the 2023 Speech from the Throne at the Save the...

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Premier reports progress on medical pot

Upon returning from his trip to the United Kingdom last week, Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley reported progress toward his administration’s goal of legalising medical marijuana. However, two related laws passed by the House of Assembly in 2020 still await the governor’s assent before the...

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Overseas Territories likely ineligible for UN climate fund

During the final days of the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference last November in Egypt, negotiators from some 200 countries forged an agreement to create a “loss-and -damage” fund to help developing nations adapt to the adverse effects of a changing climate. But the...

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Christmas bird count turns up rare finds

The strikingly bright scarlet ibis is not a common sight in the Virgin Islands, but it has occasionally been spotted around the territory since its 2010 introduction to Necker Island. It was one of the many birds spotted during the National Parks Trust of the...

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Trade struggles with understaffing, mould

Applying for a trade licence may get easier next month if government is able to launch an online “gateway” designed to help ad- dress longstanding challenges faced by the Department of Trade, Investment Promotion and Consumer Affairs, Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley said last month...

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55 compete in Painkiller Cup

Paddleboarders flocked to the Virgin Islands on Saturday to participate in the 11th annual Painkiller Cup, 11th annual Painkiller Cup, which spanned three islands. It was the first time since the pandemic hit that the event saw such varied participation from neighbouring islands including St....

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Virgin Islands rings in the New Year

At its annual celebration of the end of one year and start of another, Foxy’s Tamarind Bar on Jost Van Dyke welcomed sizable crowds to ring in 2023. Partygoers packed the backyard music venue, with some jumping up to dance on stage or cheering with...

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New ESHS buildings open

A new school semester is starting in an exciting way for students at Elmore Stoutt High School as they become the first to attend class at newly opened buildings on campus. Community members had the opportunity to explore the facility after a ribbon-cutting ceremony and...

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Ground broken for Anegada solar grid

The BVI Electricity Corporation broke ground on a major Anegada solar plant last month after more than two years of delays, but no planning application has been submitted for the project and the BVIEC is still keeping secret the nearly $5 million contract awarded to...

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Police hand out gas vouchers

More than 20 motorists received complimentary gas vouchers during Christmas week through a collaboration organised by the Community Policing Unit and Bob’s Gas Station, the Police Information Office announced last week. The police said drivers were randomly pulled over once their licence sticker appeared up...