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Shelter sought help for dogs during storm

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As Tropical Storm Fiona approached the territory on Sept. 14, the Humane Society of the BVI made a plea to residents.

“With the storm heading our way, we would like to try and clear as many dogs out of the shelter as possible, as we are expecting a large amount of rain,” animal shelter employees stated in a shared WhatsApp message. “We are looking for anyone that can take their four-legged furball storm buddy from Friday until the weather passes.”

On Tuesday, shelter manager Vijay Bissoondutt said that at least 17 animals went into foster care, but because the storm mostly missed the Virgin Islands it had minimal impact on the shelter.

“The animals were very safe,” he said. “[The shelter] stayed dry.”

Mr. Bissoondutt said the Humane Society tries to place dogs into foster care during storms because many dogs are afraid of thunder.

“Being on lowland, when it rains everything comes through here and comes to the shelter,” he added.

The fostering arrangement is a win-win for residents who have the space to care for an animal and want to have company throughout a storm, he explained.

“It’s great for the animal and for everybody,” Mr. Bissoondutt said. “Dogs are very scared of thunder and if you have them in a small, confined environment and the thunder comes, sometimes they can hurt themselves. So it’s better for them to get out, be in a house and have someone monitor them. They feel safer that way.”

During storms, he recommends that dog owners try to keep their animals inside where they can stay safe and dry.



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Portion of Lee Road Virgin Gorda Closed October 1

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The public is notified that a portion of Lee Road Virgin Gorda in the vicinity of the Spanish Town Well to the Fisher’s Cove Property will be closed on Saturday, October 1 from 8:00 a.m. to noon to facilitate the installation of a water line.  Motorists and pedestrians are advised to exercise caution and follow all signage while traversing the area. 

Any inconvenience caused is regretted.



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Financial crimes council gets more members

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Two new members will be added to the National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Coordinating Council if a recently passed bill gets the governor’s assent.

The House of Assembly passed the Proceeds of Criminal Conduct (Amendment) Act, 2022 on Sept. 27.

The bill adds the financial secretary and a member of the Committee of Law Enforcement Agencies to the existing eight-member council.

Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley, who is also chairman of the NAMLTFCC, said when bringing the bill for its second reading that it was a simple “oversight” that those two members were not previously included in updated legislation.

“[The council] is a very important agency which is able to confront the scourge of money laundering and terrorist financing, and to ensure that the BVI does not become a safe haven for such,” he said. “It is imperative that this committee function and function well to ensure that we get a good [Caribbean Financial Action Task Force] evaluation.”

The bill passed with no debate but with amendments on Sept. 27.

Other bills

Dr. Wheatley also brought two bills for first readings on Sept. 27: the Banks and Trust Companies (Amendment) Act, 2022, and the Financial Services Commission (Amendment) Act, 2022.

The HOA closed on Sept. 27 without setting a date to return. When the sitting resumes, legislators plan to debate the Liquor Licences Act, 2019 and the Jury Act, 2022.

Though the Police Act, 2019 — which would launch a major overhaul of the police service — was originally included on the Order Paper, the premier successfully moved to shift it to a later sitting.



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Portion Of Blackburn Highway Closed September 30 To October 4

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The public is notified that a portion of Blackburn Highway Road in the vicinity of Fat Hogs Bay and Long Swamp in East End, Tortola will be closed from Friday, September 30 to Tuesday, October 4 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.  

The purpose of the closure is to facilitate sewer works and road reinstatement.  Motorists and pedestrians are advised to exercise caution and follow all signage while traversing the area. 

Any inconvenience caused is regretted.



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