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January 18th, 2020
RVIPF cracking down on motorbike offenders, illegal ATVs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is cracking down on the illegal use of motorcycles and other type of vehicles such as the ‘All Terrain Vehicles’ (ATV’s) following an increasing amount of complaints over the illegal use such in the Virgin Islands (VI).

January 18th, 2020
Man shot dead outside bakery in broad daylight

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. CROIX, USVI — A young man was shot to death outside the Thomas Bakery in Castle Coakley near Sunny Isle, the USVIPD has confirmed to the Consortium.

January 17th, 2020
Meteor? Mysterious fireball seen falling from sky

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - For the second time in two months, residents of the Virgin Islands were again left stunned at a strange phenomenon in the sky, this time, a ball of fire descending from the sky late this afternoon, January 17, 2019, at around 17:30hrs.

January 17th, 2020
UPDATE: Boxing Day Races- Part 2 cancelled

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The continuation of the Boxing Day Horse Races that were cancelled due to poor weather at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on December 26, 2019 has been hit with another snag.

January 17th, 2020
This Week We Feature Young Professional Ahmad L. Mahoney

By Ron O. D'Avilar

Young Professional Ahmad L. Mahoney always had a love for the sun, sea and sand which led him to pursue a tourism-based career. On the surface, he might seem like just an average Virgin Islander, but that is far from the truth.

January 17th, 2020
'There needs to be separate test to licence bigger bikes' - CoP Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Reiterating his calls for safer roads before bigger bikes, Commissioner of Police, Michael B. Matthews says robust requirements are needed with the introduction of bigger CC motorcycles in the territory.

January 17th, 2020
2 arrested in USVI for deadly counterfeit Fentanyl Pill; 4 deaths on St Croix

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- On November 4, 2019, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warned the public about fatal victims overdosing on dangerous counterfeit pills in the United States.

January 18th, 2020
Meghan, Brexit, & Change

By Dickson C. Igwe

The Meghan Markle story is part of the ongoing process of change in the west and a UK slow to enter the 21st Century.

January 17th, 2020
Jury Act an ongoing travesty of justice- R. Dancia Penn-Sallah QC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “There is an ongoing travesty of justice in this country, and it is that of the jury system. The Jury Act of 1914 is contrary to the rule of law; it is a violation of the constitution and all principles of democracy that we still have that Jury Act on our books. I speak for the profession when I make a call for a very urgent rectification of that.”

January 17th, 2020
Cabinet meets; Trade Dept offers on-the-spot services on Anegada

THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- The residents of the sister islands of Anegada and Jost van Dyke are finally having the dreaded “stepchild” tag removed, thanks to the unconventional initiatives of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government.

January 16th, 2020
NAGICO renews Stoby sponsorship for 2020 road racing season

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Local insurance company, Nagico Insurances has renewed its sponsorship of long-distance runner, Reuben J. A. Stoby, who now has high hopes of returning to the podium in 2020.

January 16th, 2020
Report ‘improper conduct by judicial officers’ to Dep Gov Office- David D. Archer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr has said persons who have legitimate complaints about improper conduct by judicial officers should make such complaints under confidential correspondence to the Deputy Governor’s Office.

January 16th, 2020
Ceasar killers were looking for another man- Court hears

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In her first murder case since taking up the post of Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit revealed that murder accused, St Kitts national Andraes Norford, and three other men were searching for another individual on the ill-fated day of September 10, 2017, when Hispanic businessman Julio Pineda Ceasar was fatally shot at his residence in East End.

January 16th, 2020
USVI Gov’t files lawsuit against $577M estate of Jeffery E. Epstein

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Pedophile Jeffrey E. Epstein used a web of shell companies, charitable organisations and other corporate entities to conceal years of rape, human trafficking and other abuses of women and young females on Little St James and Great St James off the east coast of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI), the [US] Virgin Islands Department of Justice (VIDOJ) has alleged in a civil lawsuit.

January 17th, 2020
The Crown

Thomas C. Famous

“Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.”

Winston Churchill

January 16th, 2020
Computer & phones allegedly hacked @ Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Information coming into Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that the computer systems at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital and by extension, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) were hacked which resulted in the hospital suffering from some system downtime and interruptions in its delivery of service to the general public.

January 15th, 2020
UPDATE: Murder accused Andraes Norford had escaped HMP after Irma

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Andraes Norford, the St Kitts national charged for the murder of a man days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Virgin Islands had escaped Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) following the hurricane and allegedly used the opportunity to commit the heinous act.

January 15th, 2020
Bambelela Programme ‘saved many lives’ – Premier Fahie

CAPPOONS BAY, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has praised the Bambelela Homework Programme, stating it has saved many lives in the Virgin Islands.

January 15th, 2020
Christians are 'culprits @ destroying & oppressing' youths - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Outspoken and controversial social commentator in the Virgin Islands (VI), Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has lashed out at the local Christian community for what he called 'oppressive and manipulative' behaviours they continue to exhibit.

January 15th, 2020
VI youths lacking conflict resolution skills – Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has expressed a strong will to work with schools in an effort to drastically reduce the number of youths ending up before the courts, in prison, before social workers or even wounded or dead because of a lack of conflict resolution skills or knowledge.

January 15th, 2020
Bitter End Yacht Club launches auction to support area SeaSweeps

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI- On December 23rd The Bitter End Foundation, Bitter End Yacht Club’s non-profit affiliate, successfully launched their first "Adopt a Hammock & Support the Sound Auction."

January 15th, 2020
Locals still snubbed for jobs after understudying expats - SFC Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islanders are still not getting hired after understudying expats at local companies, even as legislation mandates the protection of locals employed in the Virgin Islands (VI) under that arrangement.

January 14th, 2020
Gov Jaspert says RDA lacked support from Gov't; Premier Fahie says not so!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following Virgin Islands News Online’s (VINO) first and accurate story earlier today, January 14, 2020 about the resignation of CEO of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), Mr Paul D. Bayly, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert accused Government of not fully supporting the RDA, which drew a counter response by Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

January 14th, 2020
Walwyn ESHS wall investigation heading to DPP Office - CoP Matthews

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Police (CoP) at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Mr Michael B. Matthews says the investigation into the $1.6M Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall project commissioned by Myron V. Walwyn in 2016—while serving as Minister of Education under the National Democratic Party—has been completed and is now heading to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for further action.

January 14th, 2020
RDA CEO Paul D. Bayly resigns

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- New Zealander and CEO of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), Mr Paul D. Bayly has resigned, according to information just reaching our newsroom.

January 14th, 2020
$5K winner in Digicel ‘Shake to Win’ had switched network days before!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Aaron Martinson, who was no stranger to Digicel, had signed up for a Digicel pre-paid account after having problems with the competitor network. Days after he was the lucky Christmas Eve winner of $5,000 in the ‘Shake to Win with Digicel’ promotion.

January 14th, 2020
‘Provide more than lip service to the courts’- CJ Pereira to gov’ts

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islander and Chief Justice (CJ) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), Her Ladyship, The Honourable Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, has continued her call on governments of member states and territories to do more than just lip service to the ECSC but rather to put their money where their mouths are.

January 14th, 2020
Donor ‘commits’ to rebuilding Isabella Morris Primary School

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI- The hurricane damaged Isabella Morris Primary school in Carrot Bay will be rebuilt by a donor, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

January 14th, 2020
Gov't wants 100 VIslanders planting marijuana by May 2020

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Initially set with a target of 40 farmers for 40 acres of land, the now developing medical marijuana industry in the Virgin Islands (VI) will now target 100 Virgin Islanders with 50 acres of land to get them planting cannabis by May 2020.

January 13th, 2020
Hunger strike @ HMP?

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI – Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that an inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut, Tortola, has refused to eat food offered to him by the prison and has been making demands to see elected officials.

January 13th, 2020
VI giving ‘ray of hope’ for improved judicial infrastructure in region- CJ Pereira

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Chief Justice (CJ), The Honourable Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, LLB has called for 2020 to be a year of action in all member states and Territories while noting that the Virgin Islands has given a ray of hope in the area of physical structures and equipment necessary for effective judicial work.

January 13th, 2020
New CDB backed revolving fund created for young entrepreneurs

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Young entrepreneurs in the Virgin Islands (VI) will soon be able to access special business financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through the National Bank of the Virgin Islands as part of a new revolving fund to boost local entrepreneurship.

January 14th, 2020
A few facts about NHI before becoming hooked on lies

Alred C. Frett

As it was in the Beginning…:

As we enter the Year 2020, the very name suggests a clear vision of what is before us but the past years have taught us that even good things turn bad and, whether natural or man-made disasters; hurricanes, earthquakes, cancer or asthma, we are seeing crises like never before… Today’s children are now as affected as their grandparents and we truly need a policy of putting health first.

January 13th, 2020
USVI records 1st homicide of 2020

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — A man was shot to death at his own residence during the wee hours of Sunday morning, January 12, 2020 the [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) has announced. The homicide was the first of 2020 in the US territory, according to VIPD Public Information Officer Toby Derima.

January 13th, 2020
Incinerator will be ‘fully operational’ in 2 weeks- Premier Fahie

CAPPOONS BAY, Tortola, VI- Many persons who showed up at the Cappoons Bay Recreation Grounds on Saturday, January 11, 2020 to hear what Premier and Minister of Finance and First District Representative, Hon Andrew A. Fahie had to say about progress and plans in his constituency were no doubt eager to hear when they would be lifted from their discomfort arising from the incinerator at Pockwood Pond being down for more than a year.

January 13th, 2020
Gov’t seeking to acquire 600 acres of land around TB Lettsome Airport

CAPPOONS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands is now eyeing some 600 acres of land around the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport located at Beef Island for development purposes.

January 13th, 2020
‘All hands should be on deck’ behind Premier’s agenda – Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – ZBVI ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio host and social commentator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says that given the Premier’s unconventional approach to governance and a renewed push towards the developmental agenda of the Virgin Islands (VI), all hands should be on deck to support the ideas of Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

January 12th, 2020
UPDATE: Taddy Bay Airport on VG reopens

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The Taddy Bay Airport on Virgin Gorda has reopened, less than a week after it was closed due to a problem with the lone fire tender.

January 12th, 2020
HoA Members discuss e-Government Bills with regional body

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands, in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is conducting a series of stakeholders meetings to review the e-Government suite of legislation.

January 12th, 2020
Residents urged to exercise caution @ beaches

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A High Surf, Small Craft Warning and Wind Advisory has been issued for the Virgin Islands effective today, Sunday, January 12, 2020.

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