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December 14th, 2019
'Third World' to headline Foxy’s ‘Old Year’s Night’ fest

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI – Now an annual event that attracts thousands, this year’s ‘Old Year’s Night’ 2019 celebration at the Foxy’s Tamarind Bar in Jost van Dyke will be headlined by internationally acclaimed reggae band Third World to usher in the new year.

December 15th, 2019
What you doing here Mehson!

By Thomas C. Famous

“What you doing here Mehson !!” “When you leaving Mehson??”

Two questions, usually said in the same breath, usually asked by almost every friend and family member, whenever they saw me in Tortola.

December 14th, 2019
Teen accused of wanting to shoot up USVI school

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. CROIX, USVI —The mother of a teenage boy who has been accused of planning to shoot up the St. Croix Educational Complex yesterday Friday, December 13, 2019, said the rumour is a complete hoax and that he was targeted because he is white.

December 13th, 2019
Miss World BVI among the favourites to reach Top 12 @ Miss World

LONDON, United Kingdom- In a matter of hours, on December 14, 2019, Vanessa Ponce de León of Mexico will crown the new Miss World at Excel in London, the city where Miss World started in 1951.

December 13th, 2019
AG Baba F. Aziz out by 2020; Hon Fahie says VIslander should hold post

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Ahead of the February 2020 end of contract for current Attorney General (AG), Mr Baba F. Aziz, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has signalled that the contract may not be renewed and for his replacement, the government is looking to have the position filled by a Virgin Islander.

December 13th, 2019
This Week We Feature Young Professional Rikkiya A. R. Brathwaite

A performing actress who aspires to make it to Broadway, this week’s Young Professional is getting valuable experience in the spotlight while bringing much pride and positive attention to the land of her birth- the [British] Virgin Islands.

December 13th, 2019
'I am Deputy Premier until Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019'- Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has shut down inaccurate media reports that he was appointed Deputy Premier indefinitely as reported by local tabloid BVI Platinum.

December 13th, 2019
'Govt’s goal is to have 60% renewable energy by 2030'- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI - With Anegada on track to have the first Hybrid Renewable Energy System under the state-owned BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says the aim of his government is to accelerate Green Development in the territory.

December 14th, 2019
The Thrift Paradox

By Dickson C. Igwe

There are two types of player in the market economy: the producer and the consumer. Producers and consumers can be further described as savers and spenders; and lenders and borrowers. This is an important dichotomy of the marketplace.

December 13th, 2019
CCT gifts Rainbow Children’s Home for Day 4 of 12 Days of Christmas Promotion

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – CCT continued to spread the Christmas cheer, today Friday, December 13, 2019 when CCT’s Marketing team presented gifts and eight mattresses to the residents of the Rainbow Children’s Home as part of the 12 Days of Christmas promotion.

December 13th, 2019
Howe sentenced to 5 years 3 months for attempted robbery, assault

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Justice Ann-Marie Smith has sentenced Virgin Islands Belonger Mickhail Howe of Lower Estate, Tortola, to five years and three months for attempted robbery and assault of a female in 2018.

December 13th, 2019
NAGICO receives prestigious BVI Finance ‘Insurance Agency of the Year’ Award

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- NAGICO Insurances has been recognised for its continued exemplary service by winning the BVI Finance’s Insurance Agency of the Year Award which celebrates the vital role played by the company in the financial services industry and the wider Virgin Islands community.

December 13th, 2019
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson storms to victory in UK elections

LONDON, United Kingdom- The United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’s Conservative Party has won the UK elections on December 12, 2019 in resounding fashion.

December 12th, 2019
Belle Vue man remanded on drug possession charges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Ranks of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) arrested and charged Shaquille Benjamin, of Belle Vue on December 7, 2019, for unlawful possession of a controlled drug.

December 12th, 2019
28 companies visit site for Anegada Hybrid Renewable Energy Project

THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- Representatives of 28 companies, from as far as Spain and the United Kingdom (UK), travelled to Anegada for a site visit with the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 as the territory moves closer to installing the first Hybrid Renewable Energy system under the state-owned corporation.

December 13th, 2019
Our children’s path must lead from here to there

Alred C. Frett

Acknowledging the Past & Present:

Donald J. Trump has set the standard for New Governments blaming Old Governments but New Governments can become old quickly by failing to address the needs of a people and neglecting that which requires rectification… As we enter the final month of the year crucial questions are still unanswered and many of our dearly departed who entered the year erect have left it horizontal.

December 12th, 2019
UPDATE: 2020 Budget Debate rescheduled to Friday, Dec 13, 2019

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The 2020 budget debate scheduled for today, December 12, 2019, has been rescheduled to tomorrow, Friday, December 13, 2019.

December 12th, 2019
Hon O'Neal pushed education as 'foundation of our resiliency' - Gov Albert Bryan Jr

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Albert Bryan Jr, said Hon Ralph T. O'Neal, OBE understood the value of education in building the resilience of the people, and this he said allowed all of the Virgin Islands to develop and compete on the international front.

December 12th, 2019
Man steals $$ from tip jar to buy beer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo told a well-known beggar to go and sin no more after he was brought before the court for stealing beer money from a local restaurant on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

December 12th, 2019
Regional Roundup- Part I

Thomas C. Famous

In an effort to keep persons in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora informed of pertinent issues, today we will have the first in a series of Regional Roundups.

December 12th, 2019
'I used to call him Ralph ‘Telephone’ O’Neal' – Abigail O’Neal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Abigail O'Neal aka 'Abby', the youngest daughter of the late first Premier and Member Emeritus of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA), Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, said her father was a man who lived his life serving others.

December 11th, 2019
'Hon Ralph T. O'Neal fulfilled his purpose in God' - Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Hundreds of persons from all walks of life filled the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola, today, December 11, 2019 for the official state funeral of First Premier of the Virgin Islands and Member Emeritus of the House of Assembly, Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal, OBE.

December 11th, 2019
'Everybody got a pop up shop' in Road Town- Claude O. Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has moved to lash out against authorities over non-action regarding widespread vending and what he called 'pop-up shops' plaguing Road Town, the capital city of the Virgin Islands (VI).

December 11th, 2019
Men in VG cocaine bust plead not guilty to drug charges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Nickel Simon, Cryton Browne, Wilferedo Lopez Vargas and Hober Morillo Ybarbia, the men jointly with the importation of a controlled drug in one of the largest drug busts in recent times in the Territory, will be heading to trial.

December 11th, 2019
The final resting place for Hon Ralph T. O'Neal OBE

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The late first Premier of the Virgin Islands, Hon Ralph T. O'Neal, OBE will be laid to rest at the O'Neal Burial Ground in Virgin Gorda today, December 11, 2019, exactly a month after his passing at age 85.

December 11th, 2019
VI seeing increase in reported dengue cases

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Government Epidemiologist Harmony Brewley has warned that the Virgin Islands (VI) is seeing an increase in the reported cases of dengue, a worrying trend she said since people are not doing enough to protect against mosquito bites.

December 11th, 2019
Victor leads Guyana to Goodwill series sweep of Grenada

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, SA- After leading Pure Playaz to its first championship in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League two weekends ago, Ray D. Victor was not done yet as he then travelled to Guyana where he inspired the Guyana National Team to a 3-0 sweep of a Goodwill basketball series against Grenada.

December 10th, 2019
Shots fired in Huntums Ghut; One injured

HUNTUMS GHUT, Tortola, VI- Information just reaching our newsroom is that police have responded to gunshots fired in Huntums Ghut on the main island of Tortola this afternoon, December 10, 2019. At least one person has reportedly been injured.

December 10th, 2019
Ousted legislator Myron V. Walwyn returns to courtroom

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The former controversial Education Minister under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration, Myron V. Walwyn who went from being one of the biggest election winners to the biggest loser at the polls, was spotted in the Magistrate’s Court today Tuesday, December 10, 2019, in his capacity as a defense attorney.

December 10th, 2019
UPDATE: Brathwaite second @ Miss World Talent Finals!

LONDON, United Kingdom- Miss World BVI Rikkiya A. R. Brathwaite came narrowly close to winning the Talent Competition at Miss World in London today, December 10, 2019 as she placed second to Miss World Jamaica Toni-Ann Singh in the finals.

December 10th, 2019
2 tourists injured as safari vehicle hits speed bump on VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- An elderly couple was injured while aboard a safari vehicle that hit a speed bump reportedly at a fast rate on Lee Road, Virgin Gorda on Monday, December 9, 2019.

December 10th, 2019
Justice Smith Out! Justice Ward In- as new High Court Judge

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Justice Ann-Marie Smith, the High Court judge who has raised eyebrows with some of her sentencing in the Virgin Islands, is leaving the Territory.

December 10th, 2019
Food stamp rule change could affect hundreds of US Virgin Islanders

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The Donald J. Trump administration will soon implement rules meant to tighten work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programme, known as SNAP or food stamps, which could potentially render hundreds of US Virgin Islanders ineligible for assistance by mid-2020.

December 10th, 2019
This year may have been the last Christmas on De Castro Street!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After a few years on DeCastro Street in Road Town, Tortola, the annual cultural showcase currently known as ‘Christmas on DeCastro Street’ is facing a venue shift. The event was formally known as Christmas on Main Street, until it was relocated to DeCastro Street some three years ago.

December 10th, 2019
Preacher Carlton O'Neal found guilty of assaulting wife

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Local preacher Carlton O'Neal has been found guilty of assaulting his wife and the mother of his son, Jamaican national Shakesha O'Neal on March 22, 2019.

December 9th, 2019
Health authorities cite decline in Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands (VI) has seen a decline in cases of Hand, Food and Mouth Disease, according to local Epidemiologist with the Virgin Islands Government, Ms Harmony Brewley; however, she said active transmission of the virus is still prevalent.

December 9th, 2019
RTW Group raises $10K for BVI Diabetes Association

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Challenging themselves with the BVI Half Marathon run on Sunday, November 30, 2019, Roadtown Wholesale group of companies, along with 75 participants from the NorthWest Company, managed to raise some $10,000 for the BVI Diabetes Association.

December 9th, 2019
NHI needs policy change to facilitate transplantation – Dr Heskith A. Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A passionate and emotional plea has been made for the National Health Insurance (NHI) policy to be tweaked to incorporate coverage for persons undergoing transplantation, especially in the area of kidney transplantation.

December 9th, 2019
Hon O'Neal to lie in state @ HoA from 10:30am today, Dec 9, 2019

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Ahead of the December 11, 2019, state funeral of the late first Premier and Member Emeritus of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA) Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal, OBE, his body will lie in state at the House Chambers beginning today Monday, December 9, 2019, into Tuesday, December 10 from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.

December 9th, 2019
BVI House Asia hosts VI Christmas Carnival in Hong Kong

WANCHAI, Hong Kong- On the evening of December 5, 2019, BVI House Asia hosted its annual end of year event under the theme “BVI Festival for Christmas,” to celebrate the close of the year and thank the Financial Services Industry for its ongoing support of the [British] Virgin Islands as a jurisdiction.

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