Category: British Virgin Islands News

Branson Takes More Money From Delta Air Lines To Keep His Floundering Airline Aloft

LONDON — Virgin Atlantic has raised $530 million in fresh funding from shareholders Virgin Group and Delta Air Lines as a new bout of gloom descends on the aviation sector. Founded by Richard Branson in 1984, Virgin Atlantic has been particularly hard hit during the COVID-19 crisis after business travel and long-haul flights largely ground to […]

BVI Boat Captain Who Threw Cell Phone Off Boat To Avoid Illegal Alien Smuggling Charge Gets No Jail Time

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A BVI boat captain who was caught smuggling illegal aliens into the U.S. Virgin Islands has been given no jail time by a federal judge after pleading guilty to a lesser included charge. Juwon Cordelle Potter, 25, of Road Town, Tortola, was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay $2,000 […]

‘Offshore’ Banks Can Be Tucked Away Anywhere These Days … Even On Shore

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A mention of “tax havens” usually conjures up images of sun-soaked Caribbean escapes like the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands, maybe the buttoned-down banks of Switzerland., but certainly not ,,, South Dakota. But a report detailing how world leaders and some of the planet’s wealthiest people hide their […]

Côte d’Azur Apartment Gift Docs For Putin’s Baby Mama Hidden In The BVI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, BVI — A group of news organizations has released the following main findings after reviewing what it describes as a massive leak of confidential financial records revealing assets held offshore by politicians and public officials worldwide. The news reports have been published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and its media partners […]

VITEMA Monitors Passing Of Hurricane Sam To North Of St. Thomas, St. John

CHRISTIANSTED — Hurricane Sam continued to feed on warm water as a powerful Category 3 storm with some partners likely to join it in the Atlantic basin in the form of three other disturbances. The seventh hurricane of the year has maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and is stumbling northwest at 9 mph, according […]

St. Thomas Hit By Moderate 3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Early This Morning: USGS

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit five miles southwest of St. Thomas at 3:24 today, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The moderate quake struck 2.5 miles underground at 18.285°N  64.986°W, according to the USGS. “Wow, I didn’t feel anything here on St Thomas,” Danielle Vanessa Lief said. “Whoa! That’s a decent sized one,” Tammi […]

Coast Guard Seizes $51 Million In Cocaine After At-Sea Drug Bust Near The BVI

SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge crew offloaded approximately 1,700 kilograms of seized cocaine at Coast Guard Base San Juan Friday, following the disruption go-fast vessel smuggling attempt by Coast Guard and British Virgin Islands authorities near Anegada, British Virgin Islands. This disruption and seizure is the result of multi-agency efforts involving […]

BVI And UN Sign Historic Country Implementation Plan

On August 17th, the first ever Country Implementation Plan (CIP) for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) was signed into existence. The CIP is the UN’s commitment to aiding small island developing states with the goal of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Andrew A. Fahie (Premier and Minister of Finance) and Didier Trebucq (United Nations […]

UVI Gets $2.5 Million NSF Grant To Study Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has been awarded a $2.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study stony coral tissue loss disease in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This devastating disease affecting reef-building corals is ravishing the reefs of the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Since first discovered in the territory in […]

Tropical Storm Grace Forms, Expected To Reach The Lesser Antilles Tonight: NWS

SAN JUAN — Tropical Storm Grace formed this morning with a forecast that threatens the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by the end of the weekend. The tropical wave grew into the 2021 hurricane season’s seventh named storm, and as of the National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. advisory is located about 335 miles east […]