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John Rankin To Be Sworn In As BVI Governor

John Rankin To Be Sworn In As BVI Governor

John Rankin — who previously served as Bermuda’s Governor — has arrived in the British Virgin Islands, and will be sworn in as their Governor. A statement from the Government of the Virgin Islands said, “Governor Designate Mr. John Rankin, CMG arrived in the Territory pn January 14. Mr. Rankin will be sworn in as the 15th Governor... Read more of this article

UK Prepares Draft Order In Council For OTs

UK Prepares Draft Order In Council For OTs

The UK has prepared a draft Order to compel the British Overseas Territories to introduce publicly accessible registers, but said that “in the light of the firm commitments” from the Territories to adopt them, the “UK Government have decided that it is now not necessary to make the Order under Section 51, but will keep this under review.” Parliamentary... Read more of this article

Cayman Jails Two People For Covid-19 Breach

Cayman Jails Two People For Covid-19 Breach

An American college student and her boyfriend have been jailed for four months in the Cayman Islands after breaking their Covid-19 rules, with the news apparently causing quite some interest in the USA, with ‘Cayman Islands’ trending as high as fourth in the U.S. rankings on Twitter this morning as people discussed the matter. Cayman —... Read more of this article

‘Proportionate Share Of Vaccines UK Procures’

‘Proportionate Share Of Vaccines UK Procures’

“The UK Government will supply the Territories with a proportionate share of the vaccines that the UK procures,” British Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Foreign Office Wendy Morton said. Local officials have already confirmed that “Bermuda will be supplied with 9,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and they will arrive on our shores... Read more of this article

Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council Held

Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council Held

The Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council was held virtually November, and included  “wide ranging discussions on a number of topics, including economic issues, Covid-19 response and recovery, protecting vulnerable groups and protecting the environment” and more. A Government spokesperson said, “The Joint Ministerial Council,... Read more of this article

‘Unwavering Commitment To Supporting OTs’

‘Unwavering Commitment To Supporting OTs’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed leaders of the Overseas Territories as part of the JMC meeting, where he “set out the UK’s unwavering commitment to supporting the Overseas Territories as they deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.” This is according to a statement on the UK Government’s website, which said,... Read more of this article

Prime Minister: Ordered Enough For UK & OTs

Prime Minister: Ordered Enough For UK & OTs

[Updated with video] “We do not yet know when any will be ready and licensed, but we have ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine and over 350 million in total, more than enough for everyone in the UK, the Crown dependencies and the overseas territories,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.Speaking in British Parliament yesterday... Read more of this article

BOT Island Focusing On Marine Protection

BOT Island Focusing On Marine Protection

Tristan da Cunha – an island British Overseas Territory [BOT] like Bermuda – has become “one of the world’s biggest sanctuaries for life above and below the waves thanks to an international partnership that is supporting the local community and protecting nature” as “almost 700,000 square kilometers of its waters will... Read more of this article

United Nations Decolonization Committee Meets

United Nations Decolonization Committee Meets

The United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee held a meeting earlier this month, where they passed a number of draft resolutions. The United Nations maintains a list of what they deem to be “Non-Self-Governing Territories”, and Bermuda is included, having been listed since 1946; with all the other British Overseas Territories... Read more of this article

Cayman Launch Remote Worker Programme

Cayman Launch Remote Worker Programme

The Cayman Islands has launched a ‘Global Citizen Concierge Program,’ which will allow people to work remotely in the Cayman Islands for up to two years. This is similar to the ‘Work from Bermuda’ programme that was launched earlier this year, and Cayman is the latest island to offer such a programme, joining Barbados, Antigua,... Read more of this article

Governor Rankin Appointed As BVI Governor

Governor Rankin Appointed As BVI Governor

John Rankin – who currently serves as Bermuda’s Governor — has been appointed as Governor to the British Virgin Islands. The Government of the Virgin Islands website said, “His Excellency the Governor has announced that Mr John Rankin CMG has been appointed as Governor to the British Virgin Islands, in succession to him. “Mr... Read more of this article

UK Government “Welcome” Registers In OTs

UK Government “Welcome” Registers In OTs

The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he welcomes the commitments from eight UK Overseas Territories — including Bermuda — to introduce publicly accessible beneficial ownership registers. The Bermuda Government recently announced “its intention to make the companies central register of beneficial ownership information accessible... Read more of this article

Column: Britain’s Legacy Of Slavery, Colonialism

Column: Britain’s Legacy Of Slavery, Colonialism

[Opinion column written by Benito Wheatley] As the United Kingdom [UK] confronts the issue of racism in British society and the country’s longstanding problem of injustice toward people of African descent, it should not be forgotten that the people of the British Virgin Islands [BVI] are also victims of Britain’s dark legacy of slavery and colonialism.... Read more of this article