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May 21st, 2018
Ministry Of Health receives Telecommunications Kit

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Health Disaster Coordinator, Dr Ronald E. Georges received a communications kit today to support efforts towards the re-establishment of the health sector’s emergency telecommunications network.

May 19th, 2018
VG residents raised concerns about Laundry runoffs

NORTH ROAD, Virgin Gorda, VI - Many residents have raised concerns about a long-standing situation where water and chemicals from a nearby laundry have been running into the sea and most often some on the Lee Road in Valley, Virgin Gorda.

May 19th, 2018
UK’s Prince Harry weds Rachel M. Markle; daughter of black woman

WINDSOR, England, UK - Prince Harry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex and his bride Rachel Meghan Markle married on Saturday May 19, 2018, in a dazzling ceremony that blended ancient English ritual with African American culture, watched up close by royals and celebrities and from afar by a global TV audience of millions.

May 21st, 2018
TPP 2nd Annual Jazz & Style Festival 2018

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Tortola Pier Park’s Annual Jazz and Style Festival, inaugurated in 2017, is back this year despite the hard hit the facility encountered from the natural disasters of August and September last year. The festival will be held over three days, May 25 to 27, 2018 featuring craft, culture, jazz, style and poker run watch.

May 19th, 2018
‘Cabinet comfortable VI will be ready for hurricane season’ – Dr Kedrick D. Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Acting Premier, Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), stated that the Virgin Islands (VI) will be prepared for the peak of the 2018 hurricane season which is said to be above average, while adding that Cabinet is “comfortable” based on the information they have received from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

May 18th, 2018
Pickup truck explodes; engulfed in flames near Lower Estate

LOWER ESTATE, Tortola, VI- It was sometime yesterday, Thursday May 17, 2018, around 5:15 P.M. that a pickup truck caught on fire in the area close to Lower Estate. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is being investigated by both the Fire and Rescue Service and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

May 18th, 2018
This Week We Feature Young Professional Olivia M. Freeman

By Renee C. Williams

Our young professional this week is Olivia M. Freeman, who is considered the youngest business owner in the Virgin Islands (VI) that uses the medium of writing to inspire people in her community.

May 19th, 2018
Prospect Reef & a grand vision for the Virgin Islands

Dickson Igwe

Simple location and geography state that Prospect Reef, a Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated marina and resort, sitting on a spectacular and picturesque shoreline of Road Town, Capital of Tortola, [British] Virgin Islands, is one of the best locations in the Caribbean, to build a Nautical and Ocean Sciences College.

May 18th, 2018
Premier & Leader of the Opposition unite to make case for the VI

LONDON, England - The Premier of the [British] Virgin Islands, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, and the Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Andrew Fahie, has called on the United Kingdom (UK) Government and Parliament to respect the Virgin Islands Constitution ahead of the House of Lords consideration of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill on May 21, 2018 and its provisions on public central registers of beneficial ownership in the Overseas Territories.

May 18th, 2018
Governor dodges protest; meets with organising committee

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The United Kingdom appointed Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert will not be in the Territory on the day of the public demonstration, Thursday, May 24, 2018, where residents have come together to fight the Bill by the UK House of Commons to make beneficial owners public.

May 18th, 2018
USVI Coast Guard ends search for overboard cruise ship crew member

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Coast Guard rescue crews ended their search for a MSC Seaside crew member at 8 P.M. Wednesday, May 16, 2018, approximately 8 nautical miles southeast of St Thomas, the Coast Guard said in a release issued Thursday afternoon.

May 18th, 2018
2 VI juniors to attend World Cup 2018

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Ryan Ramlall and Deshawn Richardson will be attending to the World Cup 2018 in Russia as part of “Gazprom Football For Friendship”, an international children’s social programme supported by Soccer’s World Governing Body, FIFA and UEFA.

May 17th, 2018
‘Social movement is necessary for a community’s progress’ - Shaina M. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Shaina M. Smith, political aspirant and social commentator, believes that social movement the effect change in a community is important for progress, while noting that it has helped the political development of the Virgin Islands (VI).

May 17th, 2018
‘I will not take part if it is a NDP or VIP march’ – Patsy C. Lake

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Patsy C. Lake, businesswoman and local activist, during a press conference with other organisers of the national march on May 17, 2018 at the Sunday Morning Well, strongly expressed that if the march, scheduled for May 24, 2018, was politically motivated she would not support the march, while admitting that she never thought she would need to march again.

May 17th, 2018
Another James Walter Francis Drive Dual Carriageway accident?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Our roving camera noticed a red KIA with rental plate RT 4035 this morning Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the James Walter Francis Drive Dual Carriageway that seem to have been the victim of an accident.

May 17th, 2018
Road Town Sewerage pump station collapsed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was about 7:45 A.M. this morning Thursday, May 17, 2018, that portions of Road Town the capital city adjacent to the main Pump Station location by the Wickham’s Cay Service Station was awash with raw sewage, running in the streets.

May 17th, 2018
‘The spirit of the people is what tells our story’ – Kedrick D. Pickering

WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI - Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resource and Labour, during a consultation meeting with Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Operations Committee on May, 14, 2018 at the Moorings Conference Room stated that tourism involves not just one person but everybody in the territory, while emphasising that whatever needs to be done to get the cruise industry up and running, it should be done.

May 17th, 2018
Digicel embraces artificial intelligence as a force for good

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Today, May 17, 2018, on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) being commemorated under the theme, “Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for all”, Digicel is affirming its commitment to using the futuristic technology for the benefit of all. The total communications and entertainment provider is raising awareness about how the future driven by AI will lead to the development of smart homes, smart cities and digitally-driven societies.

May 16th, 2018
PHOTO of the Day: Hons D. Orlando Smith & Andrew A. Fahie hard @ work

LONDON, England, UK- They left the Virgin Islands on Monday May 14, 2018 to fight the ‘mother country’, the United Kingdom, over its House of Commons Bill passed on May 1, 2018 to make public beneficial ownership of offshore accounts.

May 16th, 2018
Elvis Thomas wins Kenroy C. Millington Memorial Pool Tournament on VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The inaugural Kenroy C. Millington Memorial Pool Tournament was in Virgin Gorda held on May 5, 2018 and saw a number of pool players coming out to show their support to the family of the late avid pool player and to vie for the many prizes at stake.

May 17th, 2018
Hewlitt, Dagou & Ashby charged in commercial burglaries

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Three men were charged last week for burglarising commercial premises.

May 16th, 2018
Despite slap from House of Commons, VI will celebrate Queen's Birthday!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The House of Commons has passed an amendment to the Anti Money Laundering Bill to make only Caribbean Overseas Territories like the Virgin Islands (VI) have public registry of beneficial ownership for offshore accounts.

May 16th, 2018
‘I am opposed to having a demonstration’ – Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “I am opposed to the idea of having a demonstration and a march at this point. I don’t think it is necessary for us to do that because we don’t have the information,” were the words of Doug Wheatley on the radio programme 'Speak out BVI' on ZBVI 780 AM on May 15, 2018.

May 15th, 2018
Finally! Willy T has a home after being chased out by Gov't

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was the pressure of the public, civil society and the media that forced the National Democratic Party (NDP) regime to hold a meeting yesterday May 14, 2018 with the owners of the famous William Thornton aka ‘Willy T’, a floating restaurant and bar, owned by Mrs Heather L. Anderson, a belonger of the Virgin Islands. Her husband Ewan C. Anderson is the manager of the business.

May 15th, 2018
Alwin James back on job, acting as CoP; Jacqueline E. Vanterpool acting Deputy

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A few weeks ago our newsroom was the first to accurately report that Deputy Police Commissioner, Alwin James was hospitalised and had to be taken to Puerto Rico to undergo medical attention.

May 15th, 2018
Minimum wage goes up to $10.50 on June 1, 2018 in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) minimum wage is set to see its final phased increase to $10.50 per hour as part of a bill ratified by the 32nd Legislature and signed into law by Governor Kenneth E. Mapp.

May 15th, 2018
FSN gets helping hand from ACO

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The BVI Association of Compliance Officers (ACO) has responded to the needs of the Family Support Network (FSN) by assisting with monetary and other contributions.

May 15th, 2018
‘We will never rush back to a destination until we are 100% satisfied’- Russell S. Daya

WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI – Russell S. Daya, Executive Director of Marine and Port Operations, Port Development and Itinerary Planning for Disney Fantasy cruise line, who arrived in the territory to assess the territory on its readiness to accept the Disney Fantasy, expressed that he is pleased with the progress but indicated that there are some safety concerns that need to be resolved before his cruise line can return.

May 14th, 2018
Panthers maul Sea Argo; Wins for Islanders & Rebels

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Another pulsating weekend of National League action saw One Love take over at the top of standings, the Panthers score ten and wins for both the Islanders and Rebels.

May 14th, 2018
Appleby drops Paradise Papers lawsuit against BBC & Guardian

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The controversial ‘Paradise Papers’, which came to light in November 2017, little more than a year after the 'Panama Papers' leak, had seen Appleby file a lawsuit against United Kingdom media outlets the BBC and the Guardian.

May 14th, 2018
USVI boat captain faces 10 years for human smuggling

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— On May 10, 2018, Shawn A. Callwood, 36, of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI), Glenys GruzCalcano, 28, Anyi Paola Calcano, 19, Luis Alberto Pimentel Gautier, 42, and Rafael MoralesOsoria, 35, all of Dominican Republic, made their initial appearances before US District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez, after being charged in criminal complaints with immigrant smuggling and illegal reentry into the United States, USVI Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

May 14th, 2018
PHOTO of the Day: Leaders off to London; Smith & Fahie together

BEEF ISLAND, VI- The Territory’s Leaders, Premier and Minister of Finance and President of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), and Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), are together on their way to London.

May 14th, 2018
Domestic melee: Man beats girlfriend & her lover; Fight @ Hospital

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was in the wee hours of Sunday morning, March 13, 2018 when a local man, who is a former Police and Customs officer, reportedly assaulted his girlfriend and her lover.

May 14th, 2018
We know who defends the rich but who will defend the poor?

Alred C. Frett

Lasting bad effects of Hurricane Irma:

Hurricane Irma is almost a year old and those lucky enough to survive still complain of things getting worse as landlords used the crisis to have tenants repair and rebuild their properties only to evict or overcharge them, especially when these victims have no means of defense – During the formation of the New Constitution, I argued for the inclusion of Public Defenders but that was omitted.

May 14th, 2018
UK Parliament's decision 'robs us of our dignity’ – Lorna G. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following the interview on the BBC’s radio programme with Member of the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament Dame Margaret E. Hodge over the financial services sector on Tuesday May 1, 2018, Lorna G. Smith OBE, Executive Director of BVI Finance, expressed that the decision by the House of Commons to force UK Overseas Territories (OTs) to have Public Registers of Beneficial Ownership was based on “misinformation and emotions.”

May 14th, 2018
Father of baby left in car released; No charges laid

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The father of the infant that died after she was left in a car for several hours on Wickham’s Cay II, Tortola, on April 30, 2018 has been released from police custody.

May 13th, 2018
Cox Heath fire down to smoke that is still affecting residents

COX HEATH, Tortola, VI - It was on May 9, 2018 around 5:30 P.M. that a fire blaze erupted at a make shift dump site in Cox Heath on the western end of Tortola.

May 13th, 2018
PB & OECS record for Warner; 2nd in 400m Hurdles Final @ ACC Championships

CORAL GABLES, Florida, USA- Virgin Islands hurdler Lakeisha Warner aka ‘Mimi’ did her university team and the Virgin Islands proud when she captured a silver medal at the 2018 ACC Championships in Florida, USA on May 12, 2018.

May 13th, 2018
Public servants are 'not doing the public a favour' - Hon Archibald C. Christian

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - "The way we treat people when they come into our ports of entry. The way we treat people when they go to the Labour and Immigration Departments to deal with their documentation; we have to fix those systems.”

May 13th, 2018
Four-car smash-up on James Walter Francis Drive Carriageway

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was some time around 1:00 P.M. on Saturday May 12, 2018 that there was a four-car accident on the James Walter Francis Drive Dual Carriageway.



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