Category: British Virgin Islands News

As Hurricane Sam Exits Stage Left, Victor And Wanda Are Waiting In The Wings

MIAMI — Hurricane Sam went through a weakening spell yesterday when an internal process collapsed the storm’s eyewall and a new larger one formed. Now the new one is contracting, Sam is re-strengthening and the overall system has grown in size. It’s a normal process in strong hurricanes. In fact, it was a little surprising […]

‘Captain Bane’ Cited For Safety Violations By Coast Guard; Still No Sign Of Sarm

CRUZ BAY — The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that officials issued several citations to yacht captain Ryan Bane — including “obstruction of a boarding” — but there is still no sign of British woman Sarm Heslop, who was reported missing from Bane’s vessel on March 8. According to Virgin Islands police, Bane initially contacted […]

Conn. Lawyers Linked To Panama Papers Try To Stop Netflix Movie About The BVI

HARTFORD, Connecticut — Two lawyers linked to the so-called Panama Papers are asking a federal judge to stop Neflix’s upcoming release of “The Laundromat,” which they say defames them as criminal masterminds and may affect criminal cases against them. Panamanian lawyers Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca filed a defamation lawsuit and request for a temporary […]

BVI Native Gets Slap On Wrist From Federal Judge For Being Illegal With A Loaded Glock In St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A BVI native was given a less-than-one-year sentence by a federal judge for being an illegal alien in the territory carrying a concealed, loaded semi-automatic weapon. Ashan Westcott, 29, of Road Town, Tortola, was sentenced on Thursday for possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert […]

FirstBank Warns Virgin Islands Customers That It Is Not Sending Out Scam Email

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — FirstBank of the Virgin Islands advised people on Facebook today that some of its customers have received emails from scammers with the subject “Your Account Has Been Debited” followed by instructions to enter a fraudulent website. FirstBank said that if you receive this message you should delete it and block the return address […]

Community Invited To Town Hall Meeting On Ins And Outs Of Marijuana Law Here

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department’s Grove Place Weed and Seed Program cordially invites you to participate in their “Get to Know the Law on Marijuana” panel discussion on May 30th at the Eulalie Rivera Elementary School auditorium from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The Virgin Islands Police Department Grove Place Weed and Seed is a community-based program that is dedicated to educating the community on laws that […]

St. John’s Brice Todman Arrested Monday Allegedly Smuggling Four Illegals Into USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. John man was charged Monday by federal authorities with trying to smuggle four illegal migrants into the territory. Brice Todman, 36, of St. John, was arrested Monday on a criminal complaint charging him with bringing aliens into the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. Jose Alfredo Rondon Castro, 40 […]

Earthquake Measuring 3.4 in Magnitude Occurs 64 Miles North of St. Thomas on Sunday

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A “minor” earthquake was recorded about 64 miles north of St. Thomas on Sunday afternoon. The quake, measuring 3.4 on the Richter Scale, happened about 1:31 p.m. on Sunday at a depth of 28 feet underground, the U.S. Geological Survey said. An aftershock measuring 3.1 on the […]

HURRICANE RECOVERY: Oakland A’s Starter Jharel Cotton of St. Thomas Gives Back at My Brother’s Table

GIVING BACK: Oakland A’s starting pitcher Jharel Cotton of St. Thomas helps out the less fortunate at My Brother’s Table in Charlotte Amalie after Hurricane Irma. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] OAKLAND — Several weeks before his wedding, Oakland Athletic’s starter Jharel Cotton and his fiancee went on a trip to the Virgin Islands, but […]

New Social Media Guidelines Issued For British Media In The Caribbean … No Rules Are Listed By UNESCO Caribbean ‘Cluster’ Office

BRIDGETOWN – New social media guidelines for Caribbean journalists and media practitioners were launched here yesterday, with the United Kingdom-based Public Media Alliance (PMA) warning that social media can no longer be ignored. The PMA, which is the largest global association of public service broadcasters, launched the “Social Media guidelines” in collaboration with the UNESCO […]