Government of BVI (GIS), BVI, October 5th, 2012 - Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE today presented Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) with a Virgin Islands coin set to show his appreciation for Mr. Collymore’s contribution to the Territory’s disaster management regime, in addition to his contributions throughout the region. Yesterday, Mr. Collymore made the official handover of the planning database, a system for collecting and monitoring development applications, to Premier Smith.

Government of BVI (GIS), BVI, October 5th, 2012 - Now that the Planning Database has been officially handed over to the Government of the Virgin Islands, the Territory will benefit from an improved development application process, and ultimately better coordinated physical development throughout the islands.

Tortola, VI, July 4th, 2012 (DDM) - Preliminary Information according to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.1 on the Richter scale was felt throughout the Virgin Islands at approximately 5:29pm this afternoon.  The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 18.39N and 62.95 West or 6 miles ESE of the Valley, Anguilla at a depth of 54.9 miles.

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