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January 20th, 2021
President @ Toastmasters Int'l pays virtual call on Tortola Toastmasters

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - On January 19th, 2021, the Toastmasters International President paid a virtual call to the Tortola Toastmasters Club of the BVI for the first time. This auspicious occasion occurred at the first meeting of the calendar year, by the Toastmaster of the Evening on January 19, 2021.

January 20th, 2021
Is CoI a prelude to UK taking control of VI? - Skelton-Cline asks

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Honestly Speaking radio host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has brought into question the true motives of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) ordered by outgoing Governor, Augustus J.U. Jaspert aka 'Gus' into the affairs Government of the Virgin Islands, pointing to previous CoI’s in other Overseas Territories (OTs) as an example of what could come.

January 19th, 2021
VI reputation on the line! – Premier calls for live broadcast of CoI

ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA, VI – [British] Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) today, January 19, 2021, called for a live broadcast of the Commission of Inquiry, announced by outgoing embattled Governor, Augustus J.U. Jaspert.

January 19th, 2021
CoI: Hon Penn accuses Gov’t of ‘diversionary tactics’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8), under whose National Democratic Party (NDP) there were allegations of major corruption, including the Pier Park overrun and the failed BVI Airways deal, has said he welcomes the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) called by the Governor but in the same breath has slammed the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government for not allegedly taking the allegations that set the stage for the CoI seriously.

January 19th, 2021
Tourist opposed to quarantine complains to US Embassy

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI- An American tourist opposed to the mandatory quarantine and testing protocols in the Virgin Islands has reportedly lodged a complaint to the US Embassy, alleging their rights were infringed upon.

January 19th, 2021
Gov Jaspert caves! Undergoing 14-day quarantine

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After allegedly refusing to undergo 14-days of quarantine on his return from the United Kingdom (UK) where COVID-19 is running rampant, including a new resistant strain of the virus, controversial outgoing Governor, Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert has allegedly buckled to pressure and is undergoing the full 14-days of quarantine.

January 19th, 2021
'Persistence always beats resistance'- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A relentless Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has again called out the hypocrisy of the United Kingdom (UK) for holding up the VI Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020, for close to six months, even while the UK is benefitting from the industry.

January 19th, 2021
Retired UK constable Mark Collins appointed VI's Top CoP

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As first and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO), United Kingdom national Mr Mark Collins will take up the post of Commissioner at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in April 2021.

January 19th, 2021
Women’s Wolues maul Panthers; Islanders, Sugar Boys reach President’s Cup Final

KINGSTON, Tortola, VI- The Wolues FC welcomed back Head Coach John Reilly with a resounding 8-0 victory against the Panthers FC as the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Women’s Futsal League continued at Cedar School on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

January 18th, 2021
Gov’t welcomes ‘Factual & Transparent’ CoI into Governance – Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has responded to controversial outgoing Governor, Augustus J.U. Jaspert, following the Governor’s release of a lengthy public missive, announcing a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into governance in the Virgin Islands.

January 18th, 2021
Motor scooter rider fled scene after accident, checked in @ hospital- RVIPF

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has again raised concerns with the frequent amount of collisions involving motor scooters/cycles on the territory’s roadways, noting that of the five accidents with injuries recorded last week, three involved motor scooters.

January 18th, 2021
Economic Zone in 5th District progresses to tender phase

HUNTUMS GHUT, Tortola, VI- Following the groundbreaking ceremony in October 2020, the Government of the Virgin Islands has announced that the Economic Zone slated to be built in Huntums Ghut to promote entrepreneurship is now ready for tendering.

January 18th, 2021
Gus strikes back! Announces Commission of Inquiry aimed @ elected Gov't

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Already accused of trying to bully the democratically elected government of the Virgin Islands and sabotaging the economic advancement of the territory by refusing to assent to bills designed to introduce new revenue streams to the territory, controversial outgoing governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has seemingly hit back with the announcement that he has issued a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into Good Governance.

January 18th, 2021
Woman who 'looked' @ nightclub allegedly beaten by her child's father

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Casting her eyes at a nightclub turned out to be a dangerous move for a woman, who allegedly ended up being beaten by the father of her child.

January 19th, 2021
Watching & waiting for the end of trump’s corruption

Alred C. Frett

Accepting Reality in the New Year:

Best Wishes and Happy New Year! 2021 has arrived… Last year was a rough year for everyone except those steeped in Trumpism so, if this year’s sayings sound familiar and repetitious, it’s only because they are based on Reality and necessary for the Future of our Youth… It is unfortunate that, the past 4 years have seen us constantly brutalised into accepting the lies of Leaders over the evidence of Truth.

January 18th, 2021
11-week Solar Energy Technician training begins @ HLSCC

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI– The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) Workforce Training Division, Centre for Professional Development and Community Education (CPDCE) in conjunction with Power52 Caribbean Energy Institute (CEI) began its 11-week Solar Energy Technician Training today, January 18, 2021.

January 18th, 2021
‘Who gave permission’ for boat rides? -Hon Malone asks

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI - Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) says despite some current advertising for boat rides, the government has issued no permission for any such event.

January 17th, 2021
Motor Scooter rider allegedly assaults & injures police officers @ RT Police Station

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Two police officers had to be taken to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital on Friday, January 15, 2021, following an alleged scuffle with a motor scooter rider at Road Town Police Station.

January 17th, 2021
Whoop Whoop & Wicked Winch win Halyard Challenge 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Whoop Whoop and Wicked Winch started off the new year of competitive sailing by winning the Halyard Challenge 2021 on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

January 17th, 2021
‘Strike Team’ formed to tackle destructive Coral Disease in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands has responded to the threat of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the territory by forming a 'Strike Team' to tackle the disease.

January 17th, 2021
Gov't grants 3-month grace period on water disconnections

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands is offering a grace period of three months on the disconnections of water service to customers of the Water and Sewerage Department.

January 17th, 2021
Officers in largest drugs bust were ‘suspected’ of being corrupt – CoP Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI -Outgoing Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews has revealed that the two officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) who were implicated and charged in the $250 million drug bust in the Balsam Ghut area in November 2020, were suspected of being corrupt.

January 16th, 2021
Roundabout collision slows Road Town traffic

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sometime around 4:45 pm today, January 16, 2021, a two-car collision around the Wickhams Cay roundabout in uptown Road Town, slowed evening traffic in the area.

January 16th, 2021
'We are going to fight’ until marijuana bill is assented - Premier Fahie

FAHIE HILL, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says his administration intends to fight the hold-up of the Cannabis Licensing Act until it is assented to.

January 16th, 2021
VI backs UN ECLAC agenda on regional social development

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister of Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has affirmed the Virgin Islands’ support for advancing of regional social development at the fourth ‘United Nations ECLAC Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Social Development’ in Latin America and the Caribbean, held on January 13, 2021.

January 16th, 2021
UK COVID-19 strain could be dominant in US by March – CDC

VI CONSORTIUM

ATLANTA, Georga, USA - A highly contagious strain of COVID-19 first reported in the United Kingdom has been spreading rapidly in the United States and will become the dominant strain in the country by March if efforts are not taken immediately to contain its spread, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a report Friday, January 15, 2020.

January 15th, 2021
Rankin arrives but Jaspert remains! First time 2 Governors in VI!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The new United Kingdom appointed Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr John J. Rankin, CMG has arrived; however, the territory is not yet rid of controversial outgoing Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert.

January 15th, 2021
Kyron A. McMaster sets new Indoor 600m National Record

SOUTH CAROLINA, USA- Commonwealth champion and Virgin Islands star athlete, Kyron A. McMaster has established a new national indoor record for the 600m.

January 15th, 2021
COVID-19 patient discharged from hospital; 14 active cases in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The COVID-19 patient that was hospitalised earlier this month has since been discharged from Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital, according to the latest COVID-19 update from the Government of the Virgin Islands.

January 15th, 2021
‘Do not call me nigger’ - Hon Maduro-Caines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sixth District representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines has called out the social use of the word ‘nigger’ and its alternative spellings, urging black Virgin Islanders to desist from using the words.

January 15th, 2021
Private doctors should be allowed to source COVID-19 vaccines - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio host, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on local government to put systems in place so that private doctors can source COVID-19 vaccines on an auxiliary basis, alongside the government.

January 16th, 2021
Evangelicals fall for Lie; A story of Donald Trump

By Dickson C. Igwe

The biggest failure of the modern Evangelical Church- especially the American Evangelical Church- is the failure to preach truth to power.

January 14th, 2021
VI participates in string of regional meetings on future with COVID-19

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has revealed that the Virgin Islands (VI) participated in the United Nations 12th Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean on January 13, 2021, and two forums on VI's future navigating the pandemic.

January 14th, 2021
3-hour curfew remains in VI until Jan 28, 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands will remain under a 3-hour curfew until January 28, 2021, according to a new Curfew Order signed by Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert on January 13, 2021 and gazetted today, January 14, 2021.

January 14th, 2021
St Lucia PM Allen M. Chastanet guest of Honestly Speaking today

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The second Honestly Speaking show for the year will have as its special guest, Prime Minister of St Lucia, Honourable Allen M. Chastanet.

January 14th, 2021
Gov’t seeking 'negotiation' of UK decision on 'Marijuana Bill'

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says more negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) will have to be made over the Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020, as his administration is not fully clear on the way forward.

January 14th, 2021
Disaster Management Act 2021 passes with Amendments in HoA

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Following debates in which legislators on both sides of the aisle in the House of Assembly (HoA) on January 5, 2021, contributed favourably to the Disaster Management Act 2019 (amended to 2021), the Bill emerged out of Committee on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, and was passed with Amendments.

January 14th, 2021
CJ Pereira calls for judge-alone trials in region amid COVID-19 era

CASTRIES, St Lucia- In light of the challenges being faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Her Ladyship, Hon Dame Janice M. Pereira has suggested judge-alone trials in courtrooms across the Eastern Caribbean.

January 14th, 2021
BVI Bar welcomes passing of ECSC VI Amendment Act, 2020

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – President of the BVI Bar Association, Senor Associate at Harneys, Ms Kimberly K Crabbe-Adams says the BVI Bar remains pleased with the swift passing of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) (Amendment) Act, 2020 in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA).

January 13th, 2021
Jost van Dyke ferry terminal to reopen March 1, 2021- BVIPA

JOST van DYKE, VI- The BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) has announced that the reopening of the port of entry at Jost van Dyke to international passenger vessels is poised for March 1, 2021, simultaneously with the reopening of the Road Town Ferry terminal on Tortola.

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