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Vatican and China prepare to renew historic deal, angering US
Pope Francis has reportedly approved a two-year renewal of the deal on the appointment of bishops vetted by the Vatican.
Wells Fargo CEO, “the unfortunate reality is that there is a very limited pool of black talent to recruit from”
"While it might sound like an excuse, the unfortunate reality is that there is a very limited pool of black talent to recruit from," Scharf said in the memo.
Tel Aviv set to become first city with electric roads that charge public transportation
The city of Tel Aviv is working on creating wireless electric roads to charge and power public transportation in the city.
Training & Technology Among Plans As BVI Readies For Tourists
Director of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) Clive McCoy said as the authorities’ ready the British Virgin Islands for reopening on December 1, members of the public will not be left behind.
$869K In Purchases Made From Vanterpool's Onemart By Gov't
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie is moving to the House of Assembly with a Motion to prevent Hon. Mark Vanterpool, the Fourth District Representative from vacating his seat following the Government's purchase of $869,77...
BVI Reopens For Tourists December 1
The British Virgin Islands will reopen to visitors and other external travellers on December 1, 2020.
Reservations Linger Over Public Registers! Premier Says Kidnappers Could Access Info
The Virgin Islands continues to express reservations over the push by the United Kingdom (UK) to have the Overseas Territories (OTs) implement public registers of beneficial owners for the financial services industry, citing among other ...
$1M Income Support Programme Coming
The Government has admitted that there are gaps in the economic stimulus package and is preparing to roll out a new income support programme.
'We have 2 full months to prepare & we must get it right!'
With the date for reopening the Territory’s borders to international travellers now slated for December 1, 2020, Premier and Minister responsible for Tourism, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said residents and the business community must...
COVID-19 teaches us to look, listen & learn or lose
Learning is unlimited, Trusting Enemies is bad & Money does not circulate: Many would prod us into being quiet and depending on Prayers and Miracles for our rescue – Maybe they never bothered to research our History and are interested in...
COVID-19 signalled need for a more innovative VI
Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL) says the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Territory have highlighted the need for more innovation in the Virgin Islands (VI).
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Sir Hilary’s call for reparatory justice ‘deeply resonated with me’
The call by Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), Sir Hilary M. Beckles, for reparatory justice from the European powers to help place the Caribbean on a stable footing for the future, has “deeply resonated” with Premier ...
Flow moving VG operations strictly online
Telecommunications company Flow has announced that all their operations on Virgin Gorda will move online as of October 31.
Illegal dumping will hurt tourism
Ahead of the December 1 reopening of the local tourism industry, Junior Minister for Tourism Sharie DeCastro is urging residents to stop the illegal dumping of garbage as it can negatively impact the industry.
BVI to be made a no-anchoring jurisdiction
Minister for Natural Resources, Vincent Wheatley has said there are plans to make the British Virgin Islands a no-anchoring jurisdiction.
BVI enjoys big recovery rate over last few days
Though the British Virgin Islands has seen a couple of new cases of the coronavirus in the last four days, the territory’s recovery rate has considerably spiked over that period. When Health …
2 of Vanterpool’s companies doing business with gov’t for over $860K
Premier Andrew Fahie will today ask the House of Assembly to exempt Fourth District Representative Mark Vanterpool from vacating his seat as an elected member.
Preparation needed! Tech being used to manage COVID spread when tourism reopens
Premier Andrew Fahie has said the December 1 date to reopen the British Virgin Islands to tourism is to allow the territory sufficient time to have all the necessary systems in place to ensure a safe reopening process.
Jamal Smith appointed chairman of Labour Tribunal
Local attorney Jamal Smith has been appointed the new chairman of the Labour Arbitration Tribunal in the British Virgin Islands.
Premier commits to ‘public registers’ despite reservations
After months of silence regarding the government’s stance on public registers of beneficial ownership, Premier Andrew Fahie has formally announced his commitment to working towards a publicly accessible register for the territory.
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One of the world's 'dodgiest addresses', in leafy Herts, UK
Leaked banking documents have given a glimpse into international money-laundering. They show that it happens in some unlikely places.
All passengers on Epstein flights to be named 'sparking panic among rich friends
The records of every flight made by Jeffrey Epstien’s private aircrafts over 21 years have been subpoenaed.
Operating At A Loss, National Parks Trust Aiming To Increase Fees
Bemoaning that the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands (NPTVI) has been operating at a loss, Director of the Trust Dr. Cassander Titley-O’Neal has revealed plans to increase the fees for visitors and to implement fees for locals w...
Deadly Idea! Drinking Hand Sanitizers In Place Of Rum
With bars and clubs closed across the Territory as part of COVID-19 prevention measures, the Government is cautioning residents not to drink hand sanitizers in place of rum.
Any locals? Hunt begins for new Commissioner of Police
With months remaining in the life of the contract of Commissioner of Police (CoP), United Kingdom (UK) national Michael B. Matthews, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is inviting applications for the top post.
Trump releases $13B in assistance to Puerto Rico
President Donald J. Trump announced the release Friday, September 18, 2020, of $13 billion in assistance to repair years-old hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and pledged to restore its economy, setting aside his past bitter treatment of t...
Governor's statement on slavery reparations ‘derogatory’
Calling the Governor of the Virgin Islands, H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert, a pawn and messenger of policies of the United Kingdom Government, former educator Elroy A. Turnbull has labelled the Governor’s recent statements of slavery reparat...
At least 5 space rocks headed towards Earth this week, as Japan extends its Hayabusa2 asteroid-hunter mission
In yet another cosmic barrage of boulders and debris, NASA is warning of at least five close asteroid flybys this week, just days after Japan’s space agency announced it would be extending its asteroid-hunter mission.
U.S. Virgin Islands AG demands ENTIRETY of Epstein flight logs, ‘sparking panic’ among wealthy passengers
The US Virgin Islands Attorney General has subpoenaed 21 years’ worth of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s flight logs, reportedly striking fear in the hearts of high-profile passengers not yet exposed as Lolita Express riders.
2 Motions to exempt Hon Vanterpool from vacating HoA seat on Order Paper
When Legislators in the Virgin Islands return to the House of Assembly (HoA) on September 22, 2020, for the Fourteenth Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA), two Motions will be brought for the Fourth Distri...
THE BVI PORTS AUTHORITY UNVEILS NEW BRAND!
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has said that maintaining the Virgin Islands’ port services is a key part of the Territory’s economic rebooting following the unveiling a new brand that will be the face of th...
Toad Hall could be Gov't-owned by October
Toad Hall, located on Virgin Gorda, could be government-owned by October this year, Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has said.
Premier inspires: This will be the best school year ever!
“I declare that this school year will be the best school year ever, in the BVI!” This was the declaration made by Premier Andrew Fahie, as he encouraged students and teachers to deliver their best work throughout this academic year despi...
Secret documents show how North Korea launders money through U.S. banks
North Korea carried out an elaborate money laundering scheme for years using a string of shell companies and help from Chinese companies, moving money through prominent banks in New York, according to confidential bank documents reviewed...
Sanctioned Putin associate ‘laundered millions’ through Barclays
One of Vladimir Putin's closest friends may have used Barclays Bank in London to launder money and dodge sanctions, leaked documents suggest.
Loan-to-Own programme implemented on computer devices for students
With computers and tablet devices now a necessity for the 2020/2021 academic year, the Ministry of Education has implemented a Loan-to-Own programme geared towards benefitting in-need students.
Game of Laws: Compliance in the Age of Regulatory Proliferation
Even if the pace at which regulations are drafted seems to be slowing down, at least at the EU-level, regulations in general are still trending toward bullish proliferation. In the financial-crime field alone, around 1,300 binding pieces...
No new topics for first two weeks of school
Amid the fear of some parents that their children may be behind due to the challenges of the new academic year, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley has given the assurance that no new topics will be taught during the first two weeks o...
Companies House to tighten its checks
The UK government is to overhaul the system of checks for Britain’s register of companies after criticism that the database is too easily abused by money launderers and fraudsters.
$84K worth of dormant accounts at Nat’l Bank could now go to gov’t
Highlighting 50 dormant accounts with a combined value nearing $84,000, the state-owned National Bank of the Virgin Islands is warning that if no activity is made within these accounts by November 7, the monies will be transferred to the...
YouTube announces its own TikTok competitor
YouTube's own TikTok copycat is here.
Gov’t expanding the Baths with acquisition of Toad Hall Estate
The government has announced plans to expand The Baths on Virgin Gorda with the acquisition of Toad Hall Estate.
HSBC shares fall to 25-year low as fears for China business grow
HSBC's shares plunged to historic lows on Monday as the bank was hit by new fears about its business in China and a report accusing it and other major lenders of failing to stop criminals from moving dirty money around the world.
Walwyn calls for ‘comprehensive plan’ for schools’ reopening
As some students head back to school for face-to-face learning, at least one BVI resident is calling for government to do more to assure parents, students, and teachers of their safety.
Capitalism isn't working anymore. Here's how the pandemic could change it forever
Capitalism is in crisis. The pandemic could change it forever, in favor of workers and those in greatest need.
“I Accept Pay Less Than My Worth Just To Get A Job": How The Gig Economy Screwed Over Millennials
After the recession, newly vulnerable workers were forced to take crappy jobs and a decade later, they’re still screwed. Read this excerpt from Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation.
How an Oregon Wildfire Became One of the Most Destructive
The Almeda fire left a path of destruction as it tore through the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon. About 24 hours after it started, an estimated 2,350 homes had been left in ashes. We used satellite images, videos and social media posts ...
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