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July 27th, 2015
All-local line up gave inspirational performance @ Gospel Fest

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As a fitting way of starting this week of Festival activities, Gospel Fest 2015 got underway at the Patsy Lake Festiville in Road Town last evening July 26, 2015 and saw an all-local line up of Gospel performers who all delivered.

July 27th, 2015
BVI downed by St Martin @ ECVA Championships

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The BVI U18 Girls team suffered a successive defeat at the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Junior Female Championships, going down 3-0 to host nation St Martin on Friday July 24, 2015.

July 26th, 2015
UPDATE: From ‘tomboy’ to Miss Jr BVI: Kiarah Moolenaar

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- It is a fact that pageantry on a whole allows contestants to develop and improve on many areas of their own personal lives, including self esteem, communication skills, general knowledge, and even learning to walk with high heels as in the case of newly crowned Miss Jr BVI 2015 Kiarah Moolenaar.

July 26th, 2015
‘Thanks for not killing me!’ – ‘Balla’ Charlery to RVIPF

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - 19 year old J'wa Emone Charlery known as ‘Balla’ Charlery, who was brought before the Magistrate's Court Friday evening July 24, 2015 on charges of illegal entry and unlawful possession of explosives and firearms, thanked the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) for not killing him when they discovered him hiding in a tent armed with weapons and explosives.

July 26th, 2015
Stoby & Johnson seal Ceres Juices 10K Series

BEEF ISLAND, VI- Road racing athletes Reuben J.A. Stoby and Rosmond Johnson have added the Ceres Juices 10K Series titles to their recent Blenheim Trust 5K titles after winning race three, the Beef Island Breeze, of the 10K series on Beef Island on Saturday July 25, 2015.

July 25th, 2015
4 remanded for cocaine bust off VG

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Four men have been charged with possession of cocaine following Wednesday night’s July 22, 2015 bust off Virgin Gorda, a story first reported by Virgin Islands News Online. The men were denied bail when they appeared in the Magistrate's Court on July 24, 2015.

July 27th, 2015
Weeping, wailing & gnashing of teeth from political pains

Hating ourselves enough to hurt ourselves:

If one didn’t know better they could easily think all the Noise Makers are innocent and justified in making a Racket about NHIS and other Complaints but these Problems are not new and no alternate solutions were offered by opposing Candidates… Thus, if this Snap Election was to create a Population of ‘Walking Dead’ who would be seen and not heard, it partially succeeded.

July 25th, 2015
BVI defeated by St Lucia in ECVA Volleyball

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - St Lucia made light work of the BVI U18 Girls Volleyball team on Thursday July 23, 2015, brushing them off in straight sets (25 -8, 25- 10, and 25 -8) in the first game of the ECVA Junior Female Championship, in St Maarten.

July 24th, 2015
Irene F. Penn-O'Neal & others found not guilty

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following months of agonising legal woes, former legislator Irene F. Penn-O’Neal and her daughter Zubida O'Neal and daughter’s boyfriend Shameek Grant walked out of the courtroom as free persons.

July 24th, 2015
60-year-old man tries to break into home to have sex with woman

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A 60 year old ‘hot blooded’ man was given 20 months to cool off after he admitted to trying to get into a woman's house, not to steal anything but to have sex with her.

July 24th, 2015
Claudius Bailey jailed for 24 months for beating woman with bat

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Claudius Bailey, a ‎St. Vincent National residing in the Virgin Islands, was yesterday July 23, 2015 sentenced to a term of 24 months imprisonment for common assault for allegedly beating his girlfriend over the head with a cricket bat.

July 24th, 2015
Controversial CoP David Morris to leave post

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The hunt is on for a new Commissioner of Police since Mr David Morris is not renewing his contract as the top cop.

July 24th, 2015
VI designers Kristin C. Frazer & Stella Maze to team up @ Summer Sizzle BVI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– For internationally recognised clothing designer Kristen C. Frazer, participating in the 7th Annual Summer Sizzle BVI 2015 on Saturday July 25, 2015 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex will be nothing new as she has been supporting the event almost every year. Nevertheless, this will be a special occasion for her because she will be teaming up on the runway with another internationally recognised shoe designer and fellow VIslander- Stella Maze.

July 24th, 2015
Summer of Soccer heats up!

CAPOONS BAY, Tortola, VI – The British Virgin Islands Football Association’s (BVIFA) first Summer Soccer Camp of the year concludes today, Friday July 24, 2015, with dozens of young players, both boys and girls, to be put through their paces by the English coaches Jordan Johnson, Charlene Chapman, Ben Chapman and Nicola Doig, all under the watchful eyes of FA Technical Director, Kate Rowson.

July 23rd, 2015
UPDATE: ‘I decide who stays & who goes!’ – Magistrate Tamia N. Richards

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Principal Magistrate Tamia N. Richards went to town on attorney at law Patrick Thompson today July 23, 2015 when she discovered that he was the reason that Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge – found guilty of conspiracy to import narcotics – was absent from her sentencing hearing.

July 23rd, 2015
Showtime band uncertain for 2015 Road March

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One of the Virgin Islands most popular and successful bands, Showtime, is uncertain about participating in this year’s Road March as part of the 2015 Emancipation Festival activities, according to sources close to the band.

July 23rd, 2015
UPDATE: 2 vessels intercepted; suspected narcotics seized in waters off VG

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands News Online accurately reported last evening, July 22, 2015 of a police operation at the marine base in Road Reef and has since been informed that two vessels were intercepted and suspected drugs seized off Virgin Gorda in the operation that involved the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and US Coast Guard.

July 23rd, 2015
Booth holder says Kishma A. Baronville doesn’t listen

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the start date for the commencement of the Emancipation Festival activities draws closer, there is a flurry of activities at the Festival Grounds in Road Town where the Patsy Lake Festiville is being set up.

July 23rd, 2015
Court cracking down on press freedom; Media houses summoned!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The summoning of media houses by the High Court has raised questions whether the move is a further attempt by Government to crack down on press freedom in the Virgin Islands.

July 25th, 2015
When in Rome

By Dickson Igwe

Cultural tolerance and integration are crucial factors in the maintenance of both national and international peace and harmony. However, there are limits to what a dominant culture will accept.

July 24th, 2015
This Week We Feature Young Professional Bria R. Guishard

By N. Johann Earle

Even though it might sound cliché to say that Bria R. Guishard loves her profession, in the case of our Young Professional for this week, no statement is a truer one. She lives for the profession of accounting and, even after a Bachelor's Degree in the technical subject, is seeking to elevate to higher levels of certification.

July 23rd, 2015
‘Study your political, social & economic history’ – Conrad A. Maduro

MAJOR BAY, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the United Party (UP), Conrad A. Maduro said that during the Willard Wheatley administration much was accomplished in the territory and urged the people of the VI to get in tuned with their political, social and economic history to make the changes necessary for the future.

July 23rd, 2015
Harrigan-Scott narrowly misses out on 100m final berth @ Pan Am’s

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Despite a slightly faster run in the 100m semi finals on Wednesday July 22, 2015, compared to her heats at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, Tahesia Harrigan-Scott finished 4th and just missed out on a place in the final.

July 22nd, 2015
UPDATE: Police blames Customs for Hispanic woman's detention

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Acting Public Relations Officer of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Carl Mason has confirmed that Eunice de Leon-Stoutt was detained by HM Customs at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport yesterday July 21, 2015 and that she was released after investigations cleared her of any crime.

July 22nd, 2015
‘UK messed up the VI by banning death penalty’- Radio caller

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A caller to the Speak Out BVI radio programme aired on July 21, 2015 on ZBVI 780 FM has questioned whether the Virgin Islands has to accept every policy that is proposed by the United Kingdom and even suggested that the territory seek to manage even more of its own affairs.

July 22nd, 2015
Dominican found with armour piercing assault weapon gets 4½ yrs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One of the four Dominican men found with a high powered Mossberg assault rifle and ammunition on July 1, 2015 was sentenced to a total of four and a half years by Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo today July 22, 2015.

July 22nd, 2015
‘I respect Governor’s decision!’ – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Senior member of the Virgin Islands Party Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has declared that he respects the decision of Governor John S. Duncan OBE who yesterday July 21, 2015 in a statement announced he had appointed Virgin Islands Party Chairman Honourable Julian Fraser RA as Leader of the Opposition.

July 23rd, 2015
UPDATE: Man wanted by USVI authorities arrested on Tortola; 2 guns recovered

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Early this morning, as part of a covert operation, members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force were able to locate and arrest a man who is wanted by the US Marshals for Murder.

July 22nd, 2015
Silver & Bronze for VI’s Malaki A. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Malaki A. Smith returned from the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Age Group Championships held July 18- 19, 2015 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago with silver and bronze medals and finished 13th overall in his 11-12 division.

July 21st, 2015
Hon Julian Fraser RA named Opposition Leader

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Governor John S. Duncan OBE, in a statement this afternoon July 21, 2015, named Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) as the Leader of the Opposition after the failure of the latter and Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to reach an agreement on the issue after a month and a day.

July 21st, 2015
Security guard alleges being owed $2k by Brian Penn & wife

PROSPECT REEF, Tortola, VI – A security guard formerly employed with Vanguard Security owned by the pair of Brian Penn and Harinder Steven-Penn alleges to be owed over $2,000 in unpaid wages. This was disclosed when the trial for alleged failure to keep proper records among other charges continued today July 21, 2015.

July 21st, 2015
Young VI doctor shares inspirational journey to academic success

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Not forgetting where you have come from, having a heart of gratitude, and ever willing to help others are some of the philosophies of young Virgin Islands doctor Lesley C. Prince, who was the keynote speaker at the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School Secondary Division graduation at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium in Paraquita Bay on June 28, 2015.

July 21st, 2015
Adalia White to compensate accident victim

PROSPECT REEF, Tortola, VI – Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo today July 21, 2015 promised to impose a compensation order on Adalia White who was charged with driving without due care and attention following an accident she was involved in.

July 21st, 2015
‘Beachfront development hurting us!’ – Levi Malone

FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI - A businessman is peeved that the government is pressing ahead with a beachfront development that could see the reduction of property values and a disruption of traditional way of life for persons along the Fat Hogs Bay beach.

July 22nd, 2015
Digicel offering Rite Way Supermarket Sweep this week

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Digicel is kicking off its Festival celebrations by offering customers a chance to win a Rite Way Supermarket Sweep. Part of its ongoing “Red Hot Summer” promotion, all eligible customers that have Topped Up from $15, activated a Data Plan, paid their bill or joined Digicel will have a chance to win.

July 21st, 2015
Maduro, caller trade words over Opp. Leader issue

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio talk show host Edmund G. Maduro had a confrontation with a caller with regard to the way the Leader of the Opposition is selected and insisted that the congress of the Virgin Islands Party cannot overrule the dictates of the Constitution of the territory.

July 21st, 2015
Purple Dragon BVI cops 14 medals @ World Karate C/ships

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Purple Dragon BVI left their mark in Trinidad, attaining 14 medals at the recently concluded World Karate Championships at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain from July 17 – 19, 2015.

July 20th, 2015
Container hauler truck ploughs into parked vehicles

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Whether there were any injuries is not yet known but a container hauler truck ploughed into a lot of parked vehicles a stone's throw from the Road Town Police Station on July 20, 2015.

July 20th, 2015
'Modern day leaders lack Wheatley's qualities' - Hon Marlon A. Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Eighth District Honourable Marlon A. Penn called the late former Chief Minister Dr Willard Wheatley a man of immense integrity and dignity and a visionary leader who put the territory on the development trajectory.

July 20th, 2015
Uncertified vessels operating in VI waters- VISR Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One of the challenges the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry (VISR) sought to overcome in 2012 was the issue of uncertified vessels operating in Virgin Islands waters.

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