Taxi workshop

The BVI Tourist Board will hold a “historical taxi training workshop” at its Akara Building conference room beginning at 9 a.m. today. The three-hour session is designed to teach drivers about the territory’s history, according to a BVITB press release. For more information call 494-3134.

Compliance conference

The Caribbean Regional Compliance Association will hold its annual conference on Nov. 7 and 8 at The Westin Hotel in St. Maarten, the organisation announced. The group, which represents individuals in the compliance, regulatory and anti-money laundering sectors, will hold the conference under the theme “Compliance… The Moving Target.” For more information go to

Charitable donation

Virgin Islands resident Sir Richard Branson will join a group of billionaires who pledge to give away at least half of their wealth to charitable causes, he announced. Sir Richard did not disclose the amount that he will give or where the money will go, but in a two-page letter sent to the Giving Pledge Initiative, he outlined the reasons for his decision. “‘Stuff’ really is not what brings happiness,” he wrote. “Family, friends, good health and the satisfaction that comes from making a positive difference are what really matters. Happily, our children, who will be our principal heirs, agree with me on this.” The initiative was founded by billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. Sir Richard is among the first group of non-American billionaires to sign up.