SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Reports given by Government in the House of Assembly on the reserve fund in the past few sittings have caused Representative for the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser, RA, to have raised eyebrow as to Government’s motives and trend of reporting.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Damion Scatliffe, 22, found himself the recipient of an unusual brand of punishment from the local courts when he was ordered, among other things, to clean the Road Town Police Station after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis.
SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI - On a cold, wet and windy Sunday night on the Virgin Gorda Recreation ground, both Islanders and Sugar Boys claimed a spot in next Sunday’s Wendol Williams Cup Final, which is a repeat of last years game, with contrasting wins against tough oppositions.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, VI- Having already won the first two legs of the V.I. Triple Tiara Divas Classic, Stephen Got Better seemed poised for a clean sweep but it was not to be as the horse failed to finish while Mae Ruler took the unexpected victory at Clinton E. Phipps Racetrack in St Thomas, USVI on Sunday December 8, 2013.
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Information just reaching Virgin Islands News Online indicates that rising speedster Leave it to Bern has been diagnosed as having a broken leg and is expected to be 'put down' soon.
GEORGES NORTH SIDE, Tortola, VI - The body of one of the men who were swept out to sea yesterday, December 8, 2013 during a fishing expedition has reportedly washed ashore near Georges North Side today, December 9, 2013.
FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – Eclipse Hair Salon and Spa/Barber Shop emerged with full bragging rights by placing first in two of five categories at the first ever Style BVI Hair & Beauty Expo last evening December 8, 2013 at the Paragon Conference and Entertainment Centre in Fish Bay.
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – “That’s one problem we have with leadership, making decisions, the decisions must be informed. If it’s an uninformed decision you would find yourself going back and forth,” said Representative for the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser, RA stated at a community feedback meeting held at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre on Friday December 5, 2013.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Members of the recently elected BVI Taxi Association (BVITA) have acknowledged that they are in competition with several other taxi associations across Tortola but, according to BVITA Executive Member Mr Julio ‘Sam’ Henry they are more keen on filling existing voids that exist in the industry.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chris Ghiorse and Gillian Howe were crowned Steelman Champions for the men and women’s categories respectively on Saturday December 7, 2013 at the BVI Triathlon Federation's closing event of the season on Beef Island.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Long Trench Chorale took home the big prize of one thousand dollars and a trophy at the Grand Clash of the Carolers staged last evening, December 7, 2013 at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza in Road Town.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Gersham Browne, 23, a US citizen who lives in West End, pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a controlled drug when he appeared before Magistrate Velon John at the Magistrate’s Court on Friday December 6, 2013.
SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI- The semi-final games in the Wendol Williams Cup are expected to be keenly contested affairs at the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground today, December 8, 2013 with the big names in Virgin Islands’ football in action.
By Alred C. Frett
As slavery leaves the West, apartheid takes slavery to Africa:
Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela was not born into Apartheid… On July 18, 1918 Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela was born with the traditional clan name of Madiba - later christened as a Methodist and given the English name Nelson by a schoolteacher… On December 5, 2013 his spirit, body and soul lost their inter-connectivity and he departed this life as we know it.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Mavericks from the 5th Form of Elmore Stoutt High School beat their 4th Form counterparts, the Spurs, 41-31 in the Final of the mini Tournament put on by the participants of this year's CXC Physical Education and Sports Exam in the Multi Purpose Sports Complex on Friday December 6, 2013.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – If for some reason or the other one had not started to get the feeling of the Christmas spirit, being out at the official opening ceremony for Christmas on Main Street last evening December 6, 2013 would have changed all of that.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – WestSide Konnekshun (WSk) has proven true to its promise in announcing a second fundraiser for 14-year-old cancer survivor, Shaheem Richards to aid in the payment of his outstanding medical bills.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- There were two main things patrons of the Follow the Movement (FTM) Top 7@7 ‘Who is Next?’ elimination round at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall last evening, December 6, 2013 were waiting for- to know who were the 7 finalists and the performance of US R&B star Melanie Fiona. Both seemed very pleasing to their ears.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has extended condolences to the people of South Africa and the rest of the world on the death of former President Nelson Mandela.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Basketball Events Management (BVI) Ltd have taken over the organizing of the BVI Tropical Shoot Out NCAA Division One Tournament and confirmed that the event will take place as scheduled in the Multi Purpose Sports Complex on December 20-21, 2013.
BEEF ISLAND, VI – US R&B star Melanie Fiona, the feature artiste to hit the stage of the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall tonight December 6, 2013, told Virgin Islands News Online in an exclusive interview on her arrival in the territory that she is more keen on being an inspiration to the young artistes in the Top 7@7 ‘Who is next?’ competition.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In a bold move that has sent shock waves throughout the Virgin Islands business community, Chairman of the British Virgin Islands Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA) Attorney Jamal S. Smith and the group’s Executive Director Mrs Doris Smith-Scatliffe have both resigned from their posts in the organisation.
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – “My People, the next leader of this territory must be able to take data and effectively execute what is a limited analysis with relative certainty, assess advice, and make informed decisions.” Those were words uttered with much emphasis by Third District Representative, Honourable Julian Fraser, RA.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- National Swim Coach and co-founder of the Makos Swim Club Mr Elsworth Phillip has been elected President of the BVI Swim Federation (BVISF).
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- The little ones kicked, blocked, punched, rolled and returned to their fight stance as the large crowd of supportive parents cheered on at the grading exercise of the Purple Dragon martial arts school yesterday, December 4, 2013 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Vendors at the Crafts Alive Village had a feisty meeting with the Minister for Communications and Works and Fourth District Representative Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool on November 3, 2013 at the grounds of the Crafts Alive Village in Road Town, the Virgin Islands’ capital city.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Several attorneys in the Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon December 4, 2013 staged a walk-out protest against actions they described as ‘frustrating and disrespectful’ allegedly on the part of Senior Magistrate Ms Tamia Richards.
By Dickson Igwe
Eternal bank queues, and a small number of customer unfriendly bank tellers and staff are a metaphor for a poor Virgin Islands customer service model. The need for good customer service is a bread and butter matter for the Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands is a non manufacturing, importing country that is totally customer service dependent. Poor customer service is not an option. Poor customer service is a totally unnecessary deadweight, dragging down commerce and industry.
By Cathy O. O. Richards
Dogs are indeed man’s best friend, whether it be a poodle, a German Shepherd or a pit-bull, which is a special breed of dog that is beginning to become a favourite among dog lovers, including here in the Virgin Islands. Pit-bulls do not exist in large numbers in the VI, according to one VIslander who you can safely say knows a mountain about pit-bulls and other pets. He is our young professional for this week, Mr Jarrel ‘Jay’ Rhymer.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Noting that she had much joy at seeing another graduation of the Alternative Secondary Education Programme, Coordinator Ms Cecily Malone also expressed that she had her “sorrows and disappointments” as there were no male graduates in the Class of 2013.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Elmore Stoutt High School’s Inter House Volleyball Competition continued apace on Wednesday December 4, 2013 with House 4 recording two wins, but being pushed to 3 sets in each game at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Antonio Joseph Caines, 34, of Duffs Bottom and Osrick DaSilva, 37, a native of St. Vincent both got their Christmas wishes granted by Magistrate Velon John when they appeared before him earlier today December 4, 2013.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Talk show host Douglas Wheatley has lamented that too many significant events in Virgin Islands history are beginning to pass unnoticed or without much remembrance.
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - When Dwite and Paola Flax opened the Rock Café on the sister island of Virgin Gorda some years ago, they knew it would have been one of the most popular and frequented venues on the island but they also had a dream to keep on 'wowing' their supporters with new and creative ideas.
SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI - "We want something that would give everybody a fair bite of the pie and not some getting more than others because of where they are located." This is according to one restaurant owner on the sister island of Anegada who was not among the eight to participate in the inaugural Anegada Lobster Festival on November 30 and December 1, 2013.
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