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October 12, 2021 

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 TEACHER H. LINDEN SMITH RECEIVES LITERACY AWARD 

 

Founder of BVI reading is Fun week, Teacher H. Linden Smith has been awarded for her work in promoting literacy in the territory. Smith was presented with the Literacy Award during the opening ceremony of Reading is Fun week on Sunday, October 10th. 


Education Officer for Languages Janice George Harris says Smith has been selected for the Virgin Islands Ministry of Education Literacy Award because of her long-standing engagement with literacy and for always championing the call for reading. In response, Smith spoke about how reading is Fun week came about.

October 12, 2021 

 BVI GETS ITS EQUIPMENT ARSENAL TO DEAL WITH ANY UPSURGE IN COVID-19  CASES 

Health Minister Carvin Malone says he is ensuring that the territory gets the necessary equipment to ensure that everyone gets vaccinated against the Covid 19 virus.

Minister Malone says the government is moving swiftly to have the necessary equipment here to store the Pfizer vaccine to have the 12 to 17 age group vaccinated.

He says the order has been placed for this equipment for a 40-bed field hospital in the event there is an upsurge in the virus here.

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October 12, 2021 

PREMIER FAHIE POINTS OUT TO THE COI, THE UK’S DOUBLE STANDARDS, ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO THE BELONGERSHIP ISSUE 

Premier Andrew Fahie says the United Kingdom wants to treat the people of the BVI like second-class citizens and hold them to a standard that they themselves don’t adhere to.

Premier Fahie's comments were made as he appeared before the Commission of Inquiry on Monday, October 11th answering questions relating to belonger status.

The Premier told the COI's Commissioner that when his administration took office in 2019, they took on Belonger status as a major area for urgent action and they regularized over 1000 applications and long-standing persons that they inherited.

He told the Commissioner that the BVI is not being treated equally by the UK, in fact, the people of the BVI are treated like second-class citizens and not with respect.
 

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October 11, 2021 

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 CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES TO RETURN TO THE BVI WITH MORE THAN 50 CALLS THIS SEASON 

This Cruise season will see the return of Carnival Cruise Lines to the territory. This was confirmed by Premier and Minister of Tourism Andrew Fahie during a press conference last week.

Carnival Cruise lines had pulled out of the territory in 2013.

Premier Fahie told the press conference, that during Seatrade Global close to two weeks ago, Carnival confirmed that it would be making more 50 calls to the territory.

October 11, 2021 

 COVID-19 VACCINATION CERTIFICATIONS CAN NOW BE DONE ONLINE 

A digital platform was launched on Monday October 11th to make verification of vaccination status easy and accessible.

The National COVID-19 digital platform BVIDigiCert was launched by the Ministry of Health and Social Development in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology and will allow persons who are partially or fully vaccinated for COVID-19  access at www.bvivaccinate.vg

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronald Georges said the aim of BVIDigiCert is to provide residents of the British Virgin Islands with a digital Covid-19 Vaccine certificate which will be accessible anytime or anyplace and reduce the likelihood of fraud and impersonation.

Dr. Georges said the platform is linked to an official Government server making it accessible and verifiable using a barcode or QR code.

He said persons requiring vaccination authorisation letters for travel can use the website to submit their applications.  The applicant will have to ensure that they have their passport and vaccination card handy to complete the registration form.

 

Dr. Georges further added that they wanted to streamline the process and make it easier for persons who need authorisation letters. To access the system, persons will have to create a user account and answer vital questions to complete the process.”

The service is free and certificates will be valid for six months and can be renewed using the same process thereafter.

October 11, 2021 

 RVIPF COMMUNITY OFFICERS MAKE THEIR PRESENCE FELT 

The recently dispatched community officers are again moving around and making their mark within the assigned communities. 

Acting Deputy Commissioner Jacqueline Vanterpool says the COVID-19 outbreak in July and August halted much of the in-person links the officers intended to build, however work restarted in September. 

Vanterpool said they are pleased with the pleased with the enthusiasm showed by those selected to be community officers as they make their rounds within the communities. 

She said they have adapted well to their new roles and they expect that relationships will be built and opportunities to collaborate in reducing social disorder and public safety issues within communities will increase.

Just prior to the July COVID outbreak, community officers made introductions and presentations at a number of walks, ride-a-longs and observations including the New Life Baptist Church Ride for Life Bike-a-cade, Children’s Read and Play Programme in the East End Park, the First Caribbean Walk for Cancer event as well as various schools and churches within their assigned zones.
 
Community officers of the East End division partnered with Sgt. Jacqueline Tom-Christopher in the creation of a Girls Club between the ages of 9 and 19.

Additionally, Road Town Community Officer Mitchell John and his colleague Constable Emnisa Edwards presented a certificate for the community spirit shown by Elmore Stoutt High School student Swelend Charles. The two officers also joined a team from Association of Reef Keepers on a turtle tagging exhibition. 
 

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