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October 18th, 2019
Booth @ QEII Bridge to promote VI heritage not to collect toll- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands has cleared the air that the structure under construction at the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge that links Tortola and Beef Island is not for the purpose of collecting a toll but rather to further promote the history and heritage of the territory.

October 18th, 2019
Gov’t seeks to rename Admin Complex in honour of Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1)-led Virgin Islands Government will be tabling a resolution at the continuation of the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) today, October 18, 2019 for the Central Administration Complex to be renamed in honour of the man who gave a majority of his life to public service, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE.

October 18th, 2019
'I shouldn't be helping the Gov't, but I got to'- Hon Turnbull tells HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - When the Eleventh Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands commenced on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the HoA Chambers in Road Town, Tortola, legislators were already primed for what would be a long day of proceedings.

October 19th, 2019
BREXIT: A mess with no end

By Dickson C. Igwe

In spite of Boris Johnson’s supposed breakthrough deal, Brexit remains an eternal conundrum: this is why -

Now, Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal of October 17, 2019, has been described by the Anti-Brexit Crowd as a Theresa May Deal ‘’Lite:’’ a worse version of the First Theresa May deal.

October 18th, 2019
Frustration expressed over lengthy court cases

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A frustrated duo has said more should be done by the relevant authorities to speed up criminal cases at the Magistrate’s Court.

October 18th, 2019
Financial management workshop held for public officers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Forty (40) Public Officers within the Government of the Virgin Islands were led through the basics of Budgeting, Entrepreneurship, Investment and Retirement Planning after participating in a financial management workshop.

October 17th, 2019
Large amounts of cocaine found on vessel @ VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Reports reaching our newsroom have indicated that large amounts of illegal drugs were found on a vessel at Virgin Gorda, today, October 17, 2019.

October 17th, 2019
After a 2-year hiatus BVI/USVI Friendship Day celebrations set for Oct. 19, 2019

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Not held since the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, BVI/USVI Friendship Day celebrations will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

October 17th, 2019
'Greedy capitalists paying no heed to Climate Change'- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the Bahamas still grappling with the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian that ravaged the country in September of 2019, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says now more than ever, the region and especially the Virgin Islands (VI) must focus on building resilient economies to mitigate the effects of climate change.

October 17th, 2019
UPDATE: USVI mother & boyfriend charged for murder of 4-yr-old

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Delicia Daniel, 29, and her boyfriend, Kyle Christopher, 22, were both charged with first-degree murder and other charges during their advisement hearing on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in connection with the death of 4-year-old Aaron Benjamin, Jr., who was found dead in his mother’s Lorraine Village housing community apartment on Friday, according to [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Glen Dratte.

October 17th, 2019
Riley narrowly misses College Classic Series record!

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) College Classic Series 2-mile record narrowly survived an onslaught by Neil Riley when Race 3 was held at the Paraquita Bay campus on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

October 17th, 2019
Gov’t should get involved in Foxy’s controversy – Bishop John I. Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In an effort to secure the integrity of the internationally acclaimed “Foxy’s” brand as a main tourist attraction for the Virgin Islands (VI), at least one indigenous Virgin Islander has publicly called on the government of the day to intervene in the fiasco on the sister island of Jost van Dyke.

October 17th, 2019
HoA Members wear pink in support of Breast Cancer awareness

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA), Honourable Julian Willock and Members of the House wore pink to show their solidarity in the fight against Breast Cancer at the Seventh Sitting of the 1st Session of the Fourth House of Assembly.

October 17th, 2019
Gov't travels to face HoA scrutiny

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- When the Seventh Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands commences today Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 10:00am in Road Town, Tortola, the travels of the Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led administration will be placed under the microscope in the name of accountability.

October 17th, 2019
‘Fast life isn’t the best life!’ Magistrate tells man found with drugs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Before imposing a $5,000 fine on Devonte H. Furlonge of Horse Path for drug-related offences, Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo had some words of advice for him.

October 16th, 2019
Hon Penn wants proof NDP Gov’t refused UK grants after Irma

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition and member of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) is not taking lightly to statements made by Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) that the previous NDP Government refused offer of grants from the United Kingdom (UK) following the devastation of the territory by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017.

October 16th, 2019
Rosan-Jones fires back @ BVITB - 'I have a right to question the Gov't!'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following an October 8, 2019 warning letter accusing her of trying to embarrass the country, BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) employee, Rosemary R. Rosan-Jones aka 'Cindy' has fired back at the Board saying she has a right to question the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration.

October 16th, 2019
JvD residents petition Gov’t to investigate David Dietrich

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI- More than 40 residents of Jost van Dyke (JvD) have signed a petition urging the Government of the Virgin Islands to investigate Mr David Dietrich, the former Director of Operations at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar and close friend of Mr Philiciano O. Callwood MBE aka ‘Foxy’.

October 16th, 2019
'If these people are not working, they need to be deported'- Claude O. Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - As the conversation surrounding immigrants and employment in the Virgin Islands (VI) continues, the 'Honestly Speaking' radio show moderator and pastor, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, is calling for the deportation of unemployed expatriates residing in the territory, as a matter of priority.

October 16th, 2019
American expat accused of trying to scam ‘Foxy’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- An American expatriate, David Dietrich, has been accused by the Callwood family on Jost van Dyke of trying to con Virgin Islands cultural icon Mr Philiciano O. Callwood MBE aka ‘Foxy’.

October 16th, 2019
Mr Gregory Skelton is Acting Commissioner of DMV

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Mr Gregory Skelton has been appointed to act as Commissioner in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) effective October 1, 2019.

October 16th, 2019
St Lucian allegedly threatened to kill court witness

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Neil St Rose from St Lucia allegedly threatened to take the life of a man who testified in court against his friend, who was eventually made to serve time at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP).

October 15th, 2019
6 killed in mass shooting in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico- Six persons were killed following a mass shooting at a San Juan apartment complex in Puerto Rico Monday night, October 14, 2019.

October 15th, 2019
Unemployed on work permit? 'You should have to leave!' - Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - With rebuilding work slowed two years after the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017, Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) says immigrants who came to the territory to rebuild via work permits should leave if there are no jobs available.

October 15th, 2019
USVI man allegedly beats wife, takes her cellphone & house keys

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI— A woman told police on Friday, October 11, 2019 that her estranged husband assaulted her, took her house keys and cellphone and fled the area, [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Glen Dratte has announced.

October 15th, 2019
Sugar Boys blank One Love in National League opener

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Sugar Boys avenged their elimination in the Terry Evans Cup at the feet of One Love by routing the same opponents when play in the BVI Football Association's National League kicked off on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

October 15th, 2019
Woman allegedly punched another female while trying to part Valentine’s Day fight

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While giving evidence in her defence, Seanna Jack of Brady Ghut admitted to fisting a woman as an act of self-defense at a bar on Valentine’s Day last year.

October 15th, 2019
Burnt 3-year-old airlifted to T&T; Being fed through syringe

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago - 3-year-old Micheal A. Charles, who suffered second-degree burns in a kitchen accident at his family's Virgin Gorda home on Sunday, October 6, 2019, has finally been airlifted to Trinidad and Tobago for further treatment.

October 15th, 2019
Continue to yearn for knowledge & joy by reading- Dr Flax-Archer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Secretary General of the BVI National Commission for the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), Dr Allison Flax- Archer, is encouraging persons to continue yearning for knowledge and joy; and reading she said is simply one avenue of doing this.

October 15th, 2019
Revisiting our role in our children’s destiny

Alred C. Frett

The speed of Information tells us more than they think:

The speed and spread of Internet take us from UK to US to VI and all across the world - Brexit and Trump have kidnapped the airwaves with talk of Nationalism and War even as Greta and the Children struggle to save the Planet through Green Deals and Peace… This is no easy battle when Man, like the Tamarind Tree, is programmed not to allow even its own to survive beneath its shadow.

October 14th, 2019
Cease or face 'disciplinary action'- BVITB tells 'Cindy' to stop embarrassing VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The ongoing rants and sensational online commentary of resident and BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) employee, Rosemary R. Rosan-Jones aka 'Cindy' has finally caught the attention of the Board who accused her of trying to embarrass not only the office but the territory, along with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

October 14th, 2019
VI looking to tap into African business market - Hon Wheatley

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) says the Virgin Islands (VI), as part of diversifying its business services and sectors, will be looking to tap into the African business market, starting with South Africa as a new prospect.

October 14th, 2019
VI hearts broken by Bonaire in return leg of CONCACAF Nations League

BASSETERRE, St Kitts & Nevis- Leading 3-1 in the 87th minute, the Virgin Islands seemed set to record their first win in the 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League; however, three late goals by Bonaire snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at Warner Park Cricket Stadium in St Kitts and Nevis on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

October 14th, 2019
US Supreme Court to decide whether to allow US territories to govern themselves

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The Revised Organic Act of 1954 gave US Virgin Islands residents the right to choose their own government. A similar law was passed for Puerto Rico in 1947 by the US Congress giving the people of the commonwealth the right to elect their own governor, among other leaders.

October 14th, 2019
Nona Vanterpool-Bonelli Out! Shaina M. Smith In! as BVICCHA Chair

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Electrical engineer, politician and businesswoman Shaina M. Smith has assumed the position of the Interim Chairperson of the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA), following the resignation of elected Chairperson, Nona Vanterpool-Bonelli.

October 14th, 2019
'There's a high use of drugs' in VI - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Without providing any solid statistics or research to back his claims, ZBVI 780am 'Honestly Speaking' radio show moderator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has declared that drug use amongst men and youths in the Virgin Islands is now at a staggering high.

October 14th, 2019
'Drunk' skipper reportedly caused man to be chopped by propeller on party boat

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Thirty-three-year old boat captain Rajir Pickering is being accused of failing to await the all-clear signal before starting the engine of a boat on which a resident of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) came into contact with the propeller.

October 13th, 2019
Steady water supply finally returns to Carrot Bay

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI- Residents and businesses in Carrot Bay and the surrounding communities can once again enjoy a steady supply of potable water with the completion of restoration works on the reservoir that services that area.

October 13th, 2019
National Football League kicks off today, Oct 13, 2019

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following closely on the heels of the Terry Evans Cup, the BVI Football Association’s 2019/20 National League will get underway today, October 13, 2019.

October 12th, 2019
Banco Popular taking shape on Virgin Gorda

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - With the Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) administration yet to name the official October 2019 opening date for Banco Popular on Virgin Gorda, the building for the much-needed service on the island is finally taking shape.

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