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January 20th, 2018
Irma, Austerity & Strategic Planning- Part A

Dickson Igwe

Great strategic economic planning, specific to a country’s customs, traditions, and culture, is good for everyone: citizens, employees, employers, businessmen and women, investors, and governments.

January 19th, 2018
New privately owned asphalt plant arrives in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the day has not had a working asphalt plant for paving of roads for well over three years. The one they purchased under the current Government, with Chinese specifications, broke down and still has not been repaired.

January 18th, 2018
Moleto A. Smith Jr to run for USVI Governor for second time

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Others have done it before, who had deep roots in the Virgin Islands (VI), and went on to be governor of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and Lieutenant Governor.

January 18th, 2018
New tests have cleared CGB beach to be reopened- Hon Turnbull

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI- Many persons have been calling this news site to find out when the popular Cane Garden Bay beach on Tortola will be reopened to the public.

January 18th, 2018
‘Omar was never too busy to listen or to help’ - Patsy C. Lake

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - He was widely regarded as the ‘People’s Man’ and so it was no surprise that the pews of the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre in Baughers Bay, Tortola, were filled with persons of all walks of life as they bade final farewell to the late legislator Mr Omar W. Hodge.

January 18th, 2018
DDM under fire for no ‘sirens warning system’ during Tsunami alert

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was on January 10, 2018 that the Government run Department of Disaster Management (DDM) issued via social media and a press release a Tsunami warning for the Territory, following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred north of Honduras.

January 18th, 2018
Body found floating in USVI waters

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The body of a male was found floating in the waters of Veteran’s Drive in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) early today Thursday January 18, 2018, in what the [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) has classified a dead-on-arrival (D.O.A.) incident, the force’s media specialist, Sakeeda Freeman has announced.

January 18th, 2018
More licks rain on ‘heartless’ NDP Gov’t

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “You do not get the impression that they are people centred. You can’t in my opinion…put your interest in things. You have to put your interest in people. The things that you do must first impact the interest of the people of that country,” stated former Permanent Secretary and Businessman Mr Carl Dawson in referring to the draft recovery plan document released by Government late December 2017.

January 18th, 2018
2018 FLOW CARIFTA Games tickets officially go on sale

NASSAU, The Bahamas- Tickets for what the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) President Lord Sebastian N. Coe calls the most exciting and thrilling junior track and field competition in the western hemisphere, the CARIFTA Games, officially went on sale on Monday, January 15, 2018.

January 17th, 2018
Rush hour collision on James Walter Francis Drive

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As a driver there could be nothing more embarrassing than being involved in a rush hour traffic accident in the middle of Road Town, the capital city.

January 17th, 2018
‘The people telling me these fellows don’t have a heart’- Eileene L. Parsons OBE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former legislator and member of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Eileene L. Parsons OBE has taken a swipe at the NDP regime, saying on the Honestly Speaking show aired January 16, 2018 on ZBVI 780 AM that unlike politicians of today, the late Omar W. Hodge had a heart.

January 17th, 2018
Fit for a King & Political Giant: Omar W. Hodge Lies in State

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Family, fellow politicians and ordinary citizens from all walks of life filed pass the open casket today January 17, 2018 (happening now) of former Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Omar W. Hodge.

January 17th, 2018
Woman dies in hit & run incident on STT

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— A woman died immediately after being struck by a vehicle on the Weymoth Highway in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, January 16, 2018 [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Glen Dratte announced Tuesday.

January 17th, 2018
Expatriate students should have been asked to leave after hurricanes- Carl Dawson

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A former senior civil servant has said the Government of the Virgin Islands should have asked expatriate school children to leave the Territory following the hurricanes of September 2017 to ease the burden on the Territory's education sector until it was in a position to welcome them back.

January 17th, 2018
Stop the madness, enforce the laws - VG resident

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Having laws and not enforcing them is like creating a gangster society, is what a resident of Virgin Gorda stated at a consultation meeting on the National Recovery Plan on the sister island on January 16, 2018.

January 17th, 2018
WI U19s spark spirit-of-cricket debate with controversial dismissal

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand- West Indies have once again ignited the spirit-of-cricket debate at the Under-19 World Cup, when they appealed against South Africa opener Jiveshan Pillay for obstructing the field in their Group A fixture in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

January 16th, 2018
Landfill fire @ Pockwood Pond annoys USVI residents

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI- A large landfill fire at Pockwood Pond, on the main island of Tortola, this evening, January 16, 2018 is causing much discomfort for persons in the area and as far as St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

January 16th, 2018
2017 hurricane aid distribution to be investigated!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Residents, non-governmental organisations and the media have been overwhelmed with allegations that the aid coming to the Virgin Islands (VI) following the two devastating hurricanes, Irma and Maria, that destroyed the islands in September of 2017 had transparent distribution issues.

January 16th, 2018
'Perhaps there is victimisation' in Gov't- Cromwell Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It is a fact that many bright minds have ideas on how the country could be run effectively but prefer to stay silent rather than being victimised or labelled negative, something which has been promoted by the National Democratic Party (NDP) regime, who even tried to shut down one of its own party members in the House of Assembly (HoA) late last year after he spoke up against his district being neglected since the hurricanes of September 2017.

January 16th, 2018
141 businesses receive grants from Trade Department since hurricanes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “We are pleased to report that we have distributed a first cohort for the grant programme, which is free money. To date, 141 recipients have received funding from the Government of the Virgin Islands — as much as $10,000,” said Director of the Department of Trade, Investment Promotion and Consumer Affairs, Mrs Karia J. Christopher.

January 16th, 2018
Willock proposes Citizen by Investment; Lottery as possible revenue streams

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A young businessman and former senior civil servant has criticised the post hurricanes recovery plan recently released by the National Democratic Party (NDP) for lacking what he terms a critical component- bold new revenue initiatives- but has also come forward with bold solutions to fill that void.

January 16th, 2018
VI athletes were in action home & abroad as season kicked off last weekend

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Athletes home and overseas were in action this weekend when the BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA) 2018 season kicked off.

January 15th, 2018
2 dogs die after allegedly eating poisoned meat on Tortola

MOUNT HEALTHY, Tortola, VI- Two dogs were reportedly poisoned this weekend in the Mount Healthy area of Tortola, according to reports reaching this news site.

January 15th, 2018
Trump will be approached to invest in VI economy – Dr Kilari A. Paul

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One of the world’s most influential preachers, Dr Kilari Anand Paul, advisor to presidents and world leaders, has said he will be approaching President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump as part of his mission to influence world leaders and persons in other powerful positions and those with money to invest in the economy of the Virgin Islands (UK).

January 15th, 2018
72-year old woman dies after collision & car submerges in STT

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- An auto collision on the St Thomas waterfront in Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands (USVI) left a 72-year-old woman dead, [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Mr Glen Dratte has announced.

January 15th, 2018
Carey sinks 16 as New Heroes win in Rotterdam

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands- It was another stellar night for Virgin Islands basketball player Norville S. Carey as his team New Heroes pulled off a 91-81 points win over hosts Rotterdam in the Dutch Basketball League on Saturday January 13, 2018.

January 15th, 2018
‘I want my $7M back’- Shaina M. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the National Democratic Party Government allotting a third of the total hurricane recovery funds, approximately 250 million, to the airport expansion project, many are again wondering what happened to the $7.2M of tax payers’ money already invested in BVI Airways for direct flights from Miami in the United States of America (US) to the Virgin Islands (VI).

January 15th, 2018
Evander Holyfield did some rounds on Tortola; No jabs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former United States of America (USA) professional boxer Evander Holyfield aka ‘The Real Deal’ is still in the Virgin Islands.

January 15th, 2018
High cost of living, no housing discouraging nurses from VI- Hodge-Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has been hit by an exodus of nurses since Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and is finding it challenging to swiftly recruit others.

January 14th, 2018
Parliament Building will be ready for Omar W. Hodge’s send off

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Workers of Quality Construction Ltd, the local firm headed by Roy A. Garraway, was busy today Sunday January 14, 2018, putting on the final touches to repairing the Parliament Building, better known as the House of Assembly (HoA).

January 14th, 2018
Counselling can be beneficial to everyone, says Dr Cindy M. George

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In the wake of the two monster hurricanes that rocked the Virgin Islands in September 2017, the general consensus is that people have changed, some for the better and some for the worse. Recently on the radio talk show, Honestly Speaking, hosted by Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline and aired on Tuesday January 9, 2018, professional therapists Dr June M. Samuel and Dr Cindy M. George explained why.

January 14th, 2018
VG residents demanding a say in rebuilding of BFEC

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - With corporate entities in the territory committing to donating some $1.54M towards the rebuilding of Bregado Flax Education Centre on the sister island of Virgin Gorda, residents there are demanding a say in the process.

January 14th, 2018
Windies U-19s lose opener despite Simmons & Melius fifties

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand — Openers Keagan A. Simmons and Kimani Melius carved out contrasting half-centuries, but reigning champions West Indies Under-19s suffered a disappointing start to their title defence when they went down to hosts New Zealand Under-19s by eight wickets yesterday, January 13, 2018.

January 13th, 2018
British military ship RFA Mounts Bay returns to VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- No! It’s not a take over of the Virgin Islands (VI) by the British, an idea many critics of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Government have been advocating for months.

January 13th, 2018
Probe not concluded into police killing of prisoner Hernandez

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Many residents, police officers and family members of Santo Y. Hernandez still await the probe into his fatal shooting by police on December 6, 2017 in the hills of Butu Mountain on Tortola.

January 13th, 2018
‘Stop the lie’ - vendor to TPP management

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Controversy erupted following the announcement on December 15, 2017 by the management of Tortola Pier Park (TPP) that children under the age of 17 years were no longer allowed in the Park without the supervision of an adult 21 years or older.

January 13th, 2018
‘The real deal’ Evander Holyfield visits VI

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands has entertained many famous people over the years and while it is not a Territory that is star struck but prefers to respect the privacy of its visitors, from time to time Virgin Islands News Online tends to highlight the visit of certain personalities, such as the Obamas in January of 2017 and NBA legend Michael J. Jordan way back in December of 2011.

January 13th, 2018
Vehicles topple in separate accidents

GREAT MOUNTAIN, Tortola, VI- Two vehicles ended up on their sides following separate accidents on the Virgin Islands main island of Tortola.

January 13th, 2018
Irma & creative destruction

Dickson Igwe

The following story highlights the centrality of economics in disaster recovery, post Hurricane Irma, for the Virgin Islands. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, add major floods, devastated the Virgin Islands in September 2017. The country is under threat of a long economic recession owing to the September disasters. The correct and appropriate application of economics- scarce resource management- holds the answers to a short recession and full recovery.

January 12th, 2018
Scorpions batsmen lack sting as Hurricanes huff & puff on day one

KINGSTON, Jamaica, WI - Jamaica Scorpions' batsmen were again found wanting as Leeward Islands Hurricanes dismissed the hosts for 197 in the first innings of the ninth-round regional four-day game at Sabina Park.

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