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East End/Long Look 2016 Festival artistes 31 July to August 3

July 26th, 2016
‘One BVI or Not?’ Hon Fahie blasts Hon Walwyn’s decision

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Letting his disappointment known following the decision by Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn to deny Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) to speak at the opening of Virgin Islands (VI) Festival 2016 even though Hon Fraser was slated to speak, Opposition Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said Government missed a golden opportunity to show how much the VI had matured as a people and as a territory in a manner that respects the freedom their ancestors fought for them to enjoy.

July 26th, 2016
UPDATE: No confirmed cases of Zika in VI- Ronald E. Georges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following our story published on Monday July 25, 2016 that there have been unconfirmed reports of persons with Zika virus in the Virgin Islands, the Ministry of Health and Social Development has responded by “reassuring” the community that there are no confirmed cases of Zika in the territory.

July 26th, 2016
Bronze medallist McMaster returns to warm welcome

BEEF ISLAND, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands’ team that competed at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Poland returned to these shores last evening, July 25, 2016 to a warm welcome by family, friends and representatives from the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports who made their way to the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

July 26th, 2016
Hon Walwyn flayed on Facebook for insulting Opposition Leader

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The decision by Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn to strike Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) from the programme for the Opening of Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival at the last minute on July 25, 2016 has been met with shock and disgust by many on Facebook.

July 26th, 2016
The British are coming to impose direct rule - Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Communication and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has said, while “some” would prefer him to be silent, the territory’s freedom is under threat by the United Kingdom.

July 27th, 2016
RVIPF cautions against domestic assaults during Festival

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Sergeant Kendolph Bobb of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Family and Juvenile Unit says that while the annual festival celebrations should be enjoyable, typically this time of year presents an increase in the number of domestic assaults and is urging individuals again to take a time out instead of resorting to violence or abusive behaviour.

July 27th, 2016
Lone gunman robs restaurant in Carrot Bay

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Police are investigating a reported robbery on Monday night, July 25, 2016.

July 26th, 2016
Rita Francis Festiville opens; ‘Letty’ Hodge is Parade Marshal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Rita Francis Festiville was declared opened in Road Town on July 25, 2016, officially starting celebrations for Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2016.

July 26th, 2016
Victor leads VI team to win @ Battle of the Fittest in St Maarten

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A team of basketball players from Tortola and Virgin Gorda represented the territory at the Battle of the Fittest in St Maarten and came home with a win on Sunday July 24, 2016.

July 25th, 2016
Hon Fraser kicked off Festival Opening Programme by Hon Walwyn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In a shocking announcement, Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA has claimed on his Facebook wall that he was "kicked off" the programme for the Opening of Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival this evening, July 25, 2016 by controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn.

July 25th, 2016
Hundreds enjoy Annual Kiddies Fiesta

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- The venue for the Kiddies Fiesta, hosted by the Rotary Club of Road Town, proved to be the ideal spot for the occasion as hundreds of persons enjoyed the unlimited parking, wide open space, as well as the cool shade of the ‘Tentorium’ in the compound of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay on July 23, 2016.

July 25th, 2016
Mostly empathy for Plaskett following leaked video

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Following the release of a private video of Stacey E. Plaskett videoing her naked husband with their young child in the background, an event Ms Plaskett has since described as a playful family moment, multiple former and hopeful local politicians have issued statements, most condemning the leak and one — Republican Delegate to Congress contender Gordon P. Ackley — condemning Ms Plaskett instead, even while admitting that he hadn’t seen the video.

July 25th, 2016
TRW & FLOW heighten calls for road safety during Festival

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It’s that time of year when traffic gets extremely busy and some roads are closed off to facilitate road tramps and other activities related to the Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival. This has led to the Tortola Race Wars (TRW) upping their advocacy for road safety.

July 26th, 2016
The price of facing truth in the past, present & future

Alred C. Frett

When the Gift of Youth becomes the Product of Past Experiences:

Being young is wonderful – It’s a Promise of Forever where we can get everything, do everything, be everything and live everlasting but this is only as good as it gets for as long as it lasts – Time passes and most things change… We become caricatures of our Grandparents only to find we didn’t get everything, we didn’t do everything, we weren’t all we could be and we will not last forever.

July 25th, 2016
‘I was never ever in my life arrested or jailed’- Julian Willock

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and Chairman of the Board of Advance Marketing and Professional Services, Julian Willock, has broken his silence on the malicious and false media reports that he was ordered to go to jail.

July 25th, 2016
‘We do not take complaints lightly’- BVIHSA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After a Facebook post was made on July 22, 2016 bashing Peebles Hospital for the alleged poor services being rendered there and with other persons sharing their own disturbing experiences at the lone hospital in the territory, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) responded with a statement on its own Facebook page.

July 25th, 2016
Darci Reich reaches final @ Caribbean Junior Squash C/ships

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Caribbean Amateur Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships closed out on Saturday July 24, 2016 in the Cayman Islands with local players Darci Reich finishing second in the U11’s bracket and brother Luka sixth in U13’s

July 24th, 2016
Hutchinson & De Castro win Prince & Princess Show

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Nine-year-olds Jonathan T. Hutchinson from the Althea Scatliffe Primary School and Jae’da A. De Castro of Joyce Samuel Primary School were crowned Prince and Princess respectively at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town, Tortola this evening, Sunday July 24, 2016.

July 24th, 2016
‘JJ’ crowned FLOW Soca Monarch

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands’ Jevaughn J. “JJ” Parsons was crowned the Flow Soca Monarch at the Festival Grounds in Road Town in the wee hours of Sunday July 24, 2016.

July 24th, 2016
Hons Pickering & Fraser attend Assembly of OECS in Antigua

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- They are not the two to always be in front of the camera but they continue to do a lot of good work behind the scenes.

July 24th, 2016
National sailor ‘disgusted’ with VI following thefts

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- National sailor Daniel Petrovic took to Facebook recently, expressing his disgust at being a victim of theft on several occasions.

July 24th, 2016
Swimmer Elinah Phillip set to be VI’s youngest Olympian

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Swimmer Elinah Phillip will become the territory’s youngest athlete to compete at an Olympic Games when she takes to the pool for the 50m freestyle on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

July 24th, 2016
Tourist injured during fight on Willy T’s

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A tourist was reportedly injured when a fight ensued on the popular Willy T’s, Friday night, July 22, 2016.

July 23rd, 2016
Arthur W. Hodge story to be told @ NLBC’s Emancipation Sunday

DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- The Arthur W. Hodge story, one of the most pivotal events in the story of slavery within the Virgin Islands, will be a main feature on the programme of the New Life Baptist Church’s (NLBC) Emancipation Sunday service on July 31, 2016.

July 23rd, 2016
David Turnbull & Kurt Rabsatt sentenced to jail

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Found guilty in the High Court of robbery on June 13, 2016, David Turnbull and Kurt Rabsatt were yesterday, July 22, 2016, sentenced to time in prison by Justice Nicola P. Byer.

July 23rd, 2016
UPDATE: McMaster takes Bronze @ World U20 C/ships

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Always looking promising for a podium finish in his heat races, Virgin Islands’ hurdler Kyron McMaster did not disappoint as he trumped up a national record to take Bronze at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland moments ago, July 23, 2016.

July 23rd, 2016
Julian Willock calls for divisive politics to stop!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Permanent Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Advance Marketing and Professional Services, Julian Willock, has called on the “political class” to end the divisive politics and stop the rhetoric that is causing the country to be divided.

July 22nd, 2016
Smith confident of Giant Valley Cup double

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The August 2, 2016, Festival Race Meet at Ellis Thomas Downs promises to deliver an action packed card as well as the usual slate of entertainment and “after party” excitement.

July 22nd, 2016
More disturbing stories of Peebles Hospital shared on Facebook

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As if the recent alleged death by negligence at Peebles Hospital was not enough, more distasteful stories of experiences at the territory's multi-million dollar facility have emerged on social network.

July 22nd, 2016
USVI man caught on camera stealing bottles of alcohol

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — A man who was observed on surveillance camera stealing multiple bottles of liquor from Boogie Woogie, a restaurant and bar on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands has been arrested and jailed, [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Media Specialist Sakeeda Freeman announced Thursday, July 21, 2016.

July 22nd, 2016
VIF&FC Chairperson laments lack of funding for festival

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Saying that the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) has good plans for Emancipation Festival, Chairperson Kishma A. Baronville says the Committee can only act on those plans as funding is made available.

July 22nd, 2016
This Week We Feature Young Professional Natalia S. Prieto

By Reuben J. A. Stoby

Anyone can have dreams and ambitions but it’s having the resolve to pursue those dreams, knowing that nothing is handed on a platter but rather steely determination and hard work are what it takes to achieve the desired goals, that makes one a success.

July 23rd, 2016
A lame duck Bermudian Gov’t

By Thomas C. Famous

“A lame duck, in politics, is an elected official whose successor has already been elected. The official is often seen as having less influence with other politicians due to their limited time left in office.”- Wikepedia.com

July 22nd, 2016
E.G. Maduro blasts hypocrisy in Gov’t over hiring of UK nationals

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One talk show host has blasted what he refers to as “hypocrisy within the Government” following conflicting statements made by Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), regarding citizens of the United Kingdom taking up high ranking positions in the Virgin Islands.

July 22nd, 2016
Winning start for U17 footballers on road to CONCACAF C/ship

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands (VI) got off to a wining start at the Caribbean Football Union/CONCACAF U17 Championship, coming out with a 1-0 victory over Bahamas in Group 6 on Wednesday July 20, 2016 in Suriname.

July 21st, 2016
5 vessels detained by HM Customs in 2 days

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the operation against charter companies and vessel operators violating Customs and Immigration laws continues, some five vessels were detained within two days this week.

July 23rd, 2016
The dysfunction in African Leadership & Society- Part 1

By Dickson Igwe

The road to social and economic success goes through lands of integrity, honesty, transparency and good governance.

July 22nd, 2016
Rotary Club Of Road Town’s Kiddies Fiesta set to make big splash

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI — All plans are in place to ensure the successful hosting of the Rotary Club of Road Town’s annual Kiddies Fiesta set for Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Paraquita Bay Campus.

July 21st, 2016
Simmonds Preschool Ltd celebrates 50 years

By Zuri F. Hodge

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It started out with an enrollment of approximately 6 preschoolers 50 years ago and has since expanded to include Day Care with a total average annual enrollment of 105 students.

July 21st, 2016
Video of Stacey E. Plaskett & naked husband leaked online

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — A bizarre video showing the husband of US Virgin Islands’ Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett, Jonathan Buckney-Small, who was being recorded by the congresswoman, naked, wearing eye shadow and lipstick, has leaked online; forcing Mrs Plaskett, a first-term delegate to Congress, to issue a press release condemning the leak of what she described as a “private playful video,” and assailed the perpetrators for what she deemed “a new low in Virgin Islands polit



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