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February 8th, 2016
$331M Budget! Higher taxes announced with claim that country not broke!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Sounding again like he was on the campaign trail, the Virgin Islands’ Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has announced a 2016 Appropriation Act of approximately Three Hundred and Thirty Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Six Thousand Five hundred United States Dollars ($330,846,500.00) of both protected revenue and expenditure.

February 8th, 2016
Tourism Boards urged to market local car rental companies

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Top Rank Rentals of Barbados in a press release to the media today February 9, 2016, called out Local Tourism Boards, across the Caribbean to assist in the marketing of local entrepreneurs, especially local Car Rentals owners.

February 8th, 2016
Alarming? $92,500.00 brand new Cadillac Escalade purchased for Premier!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While no one who is fair and objective will disagree that the Virgin Islands’ Head of Government, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith, ought to be driven in a state-owned vehicle, and security provided, as is the practice through-out the world or for that matter any Premier, residents are alarmed that in this hard economic time a new SUV was purchased for Dr Smith at such cost.

February 8th, 2016
NFL fans across the VI witness Broncos win Superbowl 50

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the Denver Broncos rode to victory over the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super bowl 50 last night February 7, 2016, fans of the game in the Virgin Islands were yet again blown away not only by the on field action but also the big money supersized commercials which totalled over $300 million this year, and by a killer halftime show by megastar diva Beyoncé.

February 9th, 2016
Connecting NHI to Black History & the United Nations

Alred C. Frett

Finally; UN ‘Experts on People of African Descent’:

Welcome to February and even with the extra day it remains the shortest month… As Black History’s Month it is unfortunate when too many of us do not know, too many avoid knowing and too many prefer to fabricate false Histories… Worst yet, too many get annoyed and see me as Troublesome simply for asking that we appreciate ourselves through the Realities of our History.

February 7th, 2016
VI’s oldest citizen Robelteen Smith passes at age 107

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands has lost its oldest citizen, Robelteen Smith, who passed away at the grand old age of 107 on Thursday February 4, 2016.

February 7th, 2016
$1M plus spent for Elmore Stoutt High School ‘Wall’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With many schools without basic teaching aids, and others without basic resources such as toilet paper, water and classroom space, the Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn spent One Million and Seventy-eight Thousand Dollars ($1, 078,000.00) on the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) perimeter fence.

February 7th, 2016
UPDATE: Pumped Up Kicks takes feature race @ Clinton E. Phipps Park in USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Reports just out of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands are that Pumped Up Kicks took the feature race of the 5-race card held at the Clinton E. Phipps race track today, February 7, 2016.

February 7th, 2016
St Croix native Juwan Thompson playing in Super Bowl 50

VI CONSORTIUM

CHRISTIANSTED, St Croix, USVI — For the second time in three years, the Denver Broncos are playing in the final game of the season, this time against the Carolina Panthers, as they try to bring home a Super Bowl win.

February 7th, 2016
Promises fulfilled; D2 moving forward – Hon Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Second District Honourable Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull believes his first six months in office saw many of the promises made during the political campaigns realised.

February 7th, 2016
Smith triple doubles as Pelican Gate/IMPS win again in BD B/ball

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Althea Scatliffe Primary School knocked off St George’s and Pelican Gate/Isabella Morris Primary School just kept rolling on as the 6th Annual BD Basketball Inter Primary School League continued on Saturday February 6, 2016 at the Multi Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town.

February 6th, 2016
NDP paid $500,000 of taxpayers $$ to defunct BVI Airways; another $2M on its way!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has left the treasury empty, as confirmed by the Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith in an answer to a question posed by senior Opposition Member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) on February 4, 2016 and with local vendors owed millions of dollars, the NDP Government has already paid $500,000.00 of taxpayers' money of the $7 Million promised to BVI Airways.

February 6th, 2016
Hon Mark H. Vanterpool assures no increased water & light bills for VG

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) assured residents of Virgin Gorda that there is not expected to be increases in the cost for the supply of water or electricity for residents of the sister island as a result of the upgrade of the Virgin Gorda water treatment plant.

February 6th, 2016
Fmr BVIFA Technical Director Katie Rowson joins Watford LFC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Technical Director of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Katie Rowson is back in her homeland and has hit the ground running as the new Head Coach of Watford Ladies FC. Her new team plays in the English FA Women's Super League (WSL) second tier.

February 5th, 2016
VG residents protest filling in of pond & clearing of mangroves

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- A number of Virgin Gorda residents are very serious about preventing what they consider the destruction of the environment in the name of development that they are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect the clearing of mangroves and filling in of a pond in the Spanish Town area.

February 5th, 2016
Kurt Rabsatt fined $600 for having counterfeit money

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A 30 year old male was fined $600 for the crime of being in possession of counterfeit United States dollars when his High Court trial concluded today February 5, 2016.

February 5th, 2016
UPDATE: Zika scare! Funds scarce! No fogging until Budget allocation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As most countries in the Caribbean, including the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), begin to take proactive measures against the potential threat of the Zika virus, the Virgin Islands Government has shown no real sense of urgency, compared to what other countries have been doing.

February 5th, 2016
NDP has run the VI broke! From $51M under VIP to $6M under NDP!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The debate as to who left the Virgin Islands broke is now over. The Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, has set the record straight by confirming that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has almost bankrupt the Overseas Territory of about forty thousand residents.

February 5th, 2016
This Week We Feature Young Professional Akima R. S. Lettsome

By N. Johann Earle

With a passion for customer service and entrepreneurship, our Young Professional Akima R. S. Lettsome is a mother of two who is determined to be the best she can be in her job and in her graphic design business that she hopes to see grow in the future.

February 5th, 2016
'Freeze all work permits for VG jobs immediately!' – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has called on Government to immediately put a freeze on all work permits for jobs in Virgin Gorda to allow local persons displaced from Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort to find work.

February 5th, 2016
2016 LIME SuperFast T20 League bowls off Sunday

ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI – The Greenland Playing Field in East End/Long Look will once again come alive to the sounds of “Calypso Cricket” this Sunday February 7, 2016 when the 2016 season kicks off with the LIME SuperFast T20 League.

February 5th, 2016
USVI man sentenced to 78 months in prison for child porn

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez on February 4, 2016 sentenced Donne W. Williams, 32, of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands to 78 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe and Ricardo Mayoral, acting special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Juan and US Virgin Islands announced.

February 4th, 2016
Le Shaughn Smith & Tarik Aaron remanded for alleged trafficking in narcotics

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Two young men were today February 4, 2016 denied their pre-trial liberty when Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo opted not to grant bail for the offence of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

February 4th, 2016
UPDATE: Gov't confirms VINO story of Farmers' Week cancellation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As first and accurately reported by this news site on January 14, 2016, Farmers’ Week 2016 has been cancelled.

February 4th, 2016
Law firm shuns Hugh E. Darley for fear of Gov't victimisation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former Project Coordinator of the Cruise Pier Development Project, Hugh E. Darley has not only confirmed that he has retained legal counsel in the Virgin Islands, but also that the law firm which his company IDEA Inc. had retained backed out of the arrangement citing the fear that it could lose future Government work.

February 4th, 2016
Roadside food vendors assure they are ‘safe’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following a number of complaints received by our newsroom regarding the safety and health concerns stemming from seemingly unsanitary conditions, this news site sought answers from a number of food selling businesses in the Virgin Islands capital of Road Town as to whether they were indeed safe.

February 4th, 2016
SCB Manatees FC experience football in Bayamón, Puerto Rico

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - 45 children returned to Tortola and Virgin Gorda on Sunday January 31, 2016, from Puerto Rico after having participated in the GPS Caribbean Football Showcase at the Bayamón Facilities in Puerto Rico.

February 5th, 2016
Virgin Islands funny tale: 'Hail Country Bumpkin!'

By Dickson Igwe

Now, once upon a time on the Lesser Antillean paradise island of Tortola lived a man named Country Bumpkin. He lived at a time when the old and enchanting West Indies were at their most pristine and charming. Those were the 1950s. The Virgin Islands were agrarian, rural, communal, and very religious. In those days life was divided into two segments for the native: hard work and church.

February 4th, 2016
Property purchase Bill for USVI Governors to reside becomes law

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Governor House in the US Virgin Islands announced on Wednesday February 3, 2016 that a measure instructing the West Indian Company (WICO), a government-owned but self-governed (semiautonomous) entity, to buy property next to Government House, that would serve as the official residence of the Governor of the US Virgin Islands, has been allowed to become law.

February 3rd, 2016
Government subsidising BVI Airways from its own funds – Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith confirmed that the Government of the VI will be making its investment of $7 million into BVI Airways from the Government coffers.

February 3rd, 2016
Major drug bust made in VI waters

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reports reaching our newsroom from our Team of Reporters around the Virgin Islands state that law enforcement authorities, including Police and Customs officials, allegedly made a major drug bust in Virgin Islands waters.

February 3rd, 2016
'Get serious with motor scooter riders' – Nelson C. 'Joe Jack' Hull

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Guest of the weekly radio talk show Speak Out BVI, Mr Nelson C. Hull aka 'Joe Jack' believes it is time for the territory to get serious with motor scooter riders who are a danger to themselves and other people.

February 3rd, 2016
Skelton-Cline's contract the subject of Cabinet discussions- Hon Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) was yesterday February 2, 2016 non-committal regarding the renewing of Claude O. Skelton-Cline’s contract as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA).

February 2nd, 2016
Tradewinds Radio & Cruisers Outpost Magazine donate $$ to RBVIYC

NANNY CAY, Tortola, VI – Captain Dan Horn of Tradewinds Radio, along with Bob Bitchin of Cruisers Outpost Magazine, made a significant donation to the Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club (RBVIYC) on Tuesday February 2, 2016 at Nanny Cay on the main island of Tortola.

February 2nd, 2016
‘I have not & will not be involved in corruption! – Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) said he can sleep well at nights knowing that he has not been involved in any form of corruption whatsoever with regard to the cruise pier development project and demanded proof of same from anyone making such allegations.

February 2nd, 2016
St Thomas, USVI Sugar Bay Resort employees not paid

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — An employee of the Sugar Bay Resort and Spa on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, sent The Consortium a copy of what appears to be a letter from management, notifying workers that their pay would be delayed because of “unforeseen financial difficulties.”

February 2nd, 2016
Haycraft & Pipe Dream raise Statue of Liberty!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Seventeen boats took to the water on Saturday January 30, 2016 to contest the 2016 Manhattan Yacht Club Trophy, with Chris Haycraft on-board Pipe Dream claiming line honours.

February 2nd, 2016
Our people still don’t appreciate from whence we came – Eileene L. Parsons OBE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former Minister for Education and Culture Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE has challenged Virgin Islanders to be knowledgeable of where the country has come in just 70 years, saying that these achievements go unappreciated.

February 2nd, 2016
‘Absolute rubbish!’ – says Hon Fraser on Govt's claims for violating Protocols

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith’s claim that building the territory’s economy was more important than savings at this juncture as his justification for missing the December 31, 2015 deadline for compliance to the UK’s Protocols for Effective Financial Management, is absolute rubbish, and totally unnecessary.

February 2nd, 2016
Cable & Wireless & WhatsApp sign Partnership

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Cable & Wireless (C&W) and WhatsApp have entered into a strategic marketing partnership. A first for the Caribbean, this exciting deal offers C&W customers access to the full range of WhatsApp features across the company’s networks. As a result of this partnership, C&W will introduce a suite of innovative packages with additional benefits for customers, which will be unveiled across all its markets in the coming months.

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