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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 13th, 2019
4-yr-old boy beaten to death in USVI; Mother & boyfriend arrested

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The mother of a 4-year-old boy who was found dead on Friday afternoon, October 11, 2019 in a Lorraine Village housing community apartment in St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI), along with her boyfriend, was arrested in connection with the boy’s death, [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Glen Dratte confirmed to the Consortium.

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.

October 12th, 2019
New Iris O’Neal Centre likely by end of 2019 - Hon Malone

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) says the wait for a new and improved medical facility on Virgin Gorda may come before the end of 2019, with an assurance that once opened, the new Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Centre will be furnished at a level surpassing the current one.

October 12th, 2019
Supt Vanterpool selected for prestigious UK training programme

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Superintendent at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Ms Jacqueline E. Vanterpool has been successful in her application to undertake the UK College of Policing’s prestigious Strategic Command Course (SCC) and will now head to the UK to undertake the course.

October 12th, 2019
Wanted sex offender arrested in St Croix

VI CONSORTIUM

St Croix, USVI - Attorney General Denise George on Friday October 11, 2019, announced the arrest of 36-six-year-old Daniel Cove, a registered sex offender who was arrested Thursday by Superior Court Marshals at the Village Rehabilitation Center in Sion Hill on St. Croix.

October 11th, 2019
Land & $30K for Pan Am Games Gold Medallist Chantel E. Malone

WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government has awarded Pan American Games gold medallist, Chantel E. Malone with a plot of land and $30,000 for her historic feat at the 2019 games in Lima, Peru.

October 11th, 2019
This Week We Feature Young Professional Sharayah D. Brown

By Ron O. D'Avilar

More and more people are paying attention to their body as health and wellness, along with holistic medicine, is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world.

October 11th, 2019
CCT gifts iPhone 11 & free service to Miss BVI Bria A. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Reigning Miss BVI 2019/2020, Bria A. Smith was today, Friday, October 11, 2019, awarded a new iPhone 11, one-year phone service and one-year LTE 2 service by CCT for winning the Miss British Virgin Islands 2019 Pageant.

October 11th, 2019
Motorcade in progress for Pan Am gold medalist Chantel E. Malone

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A motorcade is being held as part of the recognition ceremony for the Virgin Islands first ever Pan American Games medalist, Chantel E. Malone.

October 11th, 2019
Positive Nelson prevented from serving on USVI Cannabis Board

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. THOMAS, USVI - Senators who make up the Committee on Rules and Judiciary on Thursday, October 10, 2019, held in committee, the nomination of Positive Nelson to serve on the Virgin Islands Cannabis Advisory Board.

October 12th, 2019
The Balkanization of Great Britain

By Dickson C. Igwe

Brexit has entered an expected phase. The UK is becoming balkanized.

The Brexit Civil War has generated divisions in the United Kingdom that cannot be bridged unless the two sides talk and settle and it will be unwise for any ''expert'' to predict the trajectory and final outcome of the Brexit war at this stage in the conundrum.

October 11th, 2019
UPDATE: Ex Digicel CEO Kevin R. Gordon a ‘decent man’- Digicel staff

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As first and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) on October 4, 2019, the first black Digicel BVI Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kevin R. Gordon, has called it quits as his last day on the job was yesterday, October 10, 2019.

October 11th, 2019
DR man overstayed in VI to escape abusive wife- Court hears

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Through an interpreter, Dominican Republic national Felix Rodriguez said he remained illegally in the Virgin Islands because his wife, who lives in his home country, was abusive to him.

October 11th, 2019
UPDATE: VI demolished by ‘Hurricane’ Bahamas

BASSETERRE, St Kitts & Nevis- While parts of the Bahamas remain devastated following the passage of Hurricane Dorian early in September 2019, its senior national football team has been storming through the 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League. The latest victim was the [British] Virgin Islands.

October 11th, 2019
Rotary announces 2019 Grand Raffle

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Rotary Club of Road Town is happy to announce the re-emergence of its annual Grand Raffle after a two-year hiatus. A community-minded organisation, the club uses this forum to raise funds for community-based projects, local schools and disaster relief projects.

October 11th, 2019
Magnitude 4.14 earthquake occurs near VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- On Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 11:45pm, the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, recorded an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.14 Md.

October 10th, 2019
HMP inmate assaults 3 prison officers; Police investigating

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Reports reaching our newsroom are that on Sunday October 6, 2019 an inmate at Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut, Tortola, reportedly assaulted three prison officers.

October 10th, 2019
VI Hurricane Recovery Framework for next 'convenient' HoA Sitting

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands Cabinet, having established a Borrowing Committee to oversee loans taken under the United Kingdom (UK) Loan Guarantee, will be moving to make public the territory's revised Recovery to Development Plan for 2019-2023, which will serve as the framework to guide the territory’s recovery to development.

October 10th, 2019
Lizard in bread: ‘Josh Bakery’ says it is being framed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Ordered temporarily closed following a recent allegation of a lizard found in a bread roll by a customer, part owner of Central Bakery, Myrtle L. Stoutt-Fraites says just like other business establishments in the territory they too face the challenges of flies, rats and roaches.

October 10th, 2019
UPDATE: GoFundMe launched for severely burnt 3-year-old

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Less than 24 hours after Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) reported on the plight of the Charles family, a GoFundMe account has been created in aid of 3-year-old Micheal A. Charles, who suffered second-degree burns in a kitchen accident at the family's Virgin Gorda home on Sunday, October 6, 2019, and must be air-lifted to Trinidad and Tobago for treatment.

October 10th, 2019
Husband accuses expat wife of kidnapping & extortion

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Jamaican national Shakesha O'Neal has accused her husband Carlton O'Neal of offering her money after he abused her.

October 10th, 2019
BVIOC hosting free sports clinic

ROAF TOWN, Tortola, VI - The BVI Olympic Committee has organized a free sports clinic that will take place on Saturday, October 12th from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm at the Multipurpose Complex and A.O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.

October 9th, 2019
$40K bail for man who allegedly had sex with minor

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A young West End man has found himself in hot water as he has been charged for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Girl Under the Age of 16 Years.

October 9th, 2019
‘There’s something of a bright side’ to DPP’s departure- David D. Archer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “For those rising through the legal profession, there is something of a bright side to Ms Hollis’ departure: An opportunity now exists for the next DPP to rise to meet the challenge of this post and I call on others to consider employment with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and in other roles needed to ensure optimum functioning of this critical Office.”

October 9th, 2019
Men 'liming' on corners a possible 'social challenge' - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - ZBVI 780am 'Honestly Speaking' radio show moderator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline is calling for more monitoring of population as it relates to the high number of males "liming" under trees and at corners in various parts of the territory.

October 9th, 2019
RiteWay exceeds $20K Bahamas fundraiser goal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Supermarket chain, RiteWay Food Markets has announced it has exceeded a $20,000 fundraiser goal set for Bahamas Hurricane Relief efforts.

October 9th, 2019
High risk of waterborne illness from cistern water in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Nine of 10 houses in the Virgin Islands rely on cistern water as the main residential water supply, a study conducted by the Virgin Islands Department of Health (VIDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

October 9th, 2019
Lisa Penn-Lettsome is Executive Director of International Business

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands has announced that Mrs Lisa Penn-Lettsome has been appointed Executive Director of International Business with effect from October 1, 2019.

October 9th, 2019
Magistrate suspends drivers licence for CGB boat captain

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Magistrate Samuel Jack Husbands suspended a driver’s licence belonging to Cane Garden Bay resident Dwight Callwood for six months, after his reckless driving caused a traffic collision in Road Town on January 19, 2018.

October 8th, 2019
DPP Kim Hollis QC abruptly resigns

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Information just reaching our news desk is that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and United Kingdom (UK) national, Kim Hollis QC, has tendered her resignation.

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