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July 29th, 2015
UPDATE: Showtime Band boycotts Road March 2015

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands News Online had reported on July 23, 2015 that eight-time VI Road March champions Showtime Band was uncertain for this year’s Road March and can now confirm that the popular band will not feature in this year’s competition.

July 29th, 2015
'Share your experience @ promoting good governance' - CPA's Joe Omorodion

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Acting Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Joe Omorodion has declared that promoting democracy is essential to each of the states in the association and urged countries to share their unique ways of fostering it.

July 29th, 2015
Basketball not 'dead' in the VI- Keith ‘88’ Malone

DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Amid criticisms that basketball in the Virgin Islands seems to be on the decline with the cancellations of various tournaments last year, as well as the cancellation of the BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) 2015 League in April, Vice-President of the BVIBF Keith ‘88’ Malone is adamant that the sport is far from dying.

July 29th, 2015
EXCLUSIVE: 1st female officer in RVIPF Eileene L. Baronville speaks out!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Today she shuffles around in pain from injuries sustained after twice being struck down on the road by a vehicle. And with old age also adding to her burden, she is indeed a far cry from the energetic and passionate police officer she once was. This is Mrs Eileene L. Baronville, the woman who holds the distinction of being the first female police officer in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

July 29th, 2015
‘Patsy C. Lake deserving of Festival honour’ – Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has hailed the selection of VI royalty Mrs Patsy C. Lake as this year’s Festival honouree for her contribution to the annual event over so many years and her involvement in several other important areas.

July 29th, 2015
‘I thought Hon RT O’Neal would have quit two elections ago’ – Dr Hubert O’Neal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Ninth District, Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal has disclosed that he made the decision to contest the Ninth District seat way before he had any inkling that Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, to whom he had lost four consecutive elections, was not going to run.

July 29th, 2015
No gimmick: 3rd Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League launched

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “It’s no Gimmick,” confirmed Third District Representative and Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA when season three of the Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League was officially launched on Tuesday July 28, 2015 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom.

July 28th, 2015
‘Rename Peebles Hospital to honour Dr Smith!' – Patsy C. Lake

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – This year's honouree for Festival 2015 Mrs Patsy C. Lake has called on the government of the Virgin Islands to give Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith his "flowers" while he is around to appreciate them by naming the new Peebles Hospital after him.

July 28th, 2015
Crown wants De La Rosa matter be given priority @ next assizes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A year after his extradition from the United States and subsequent incarceration, the trial of Alberto Rosa De La Rosa is yet to get started as there was another delay to its commencement in the just concluded May criminal assizes.

July 28th, 2015
CCT launches residential LTE service

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After much anticipation, CCT BVI has announced the launch of its residential LTE service as it continues to make its mark as a telecommunications company in the Virgin Islands.

July 28th, 2015
Tino regains Groovy Soca Monarch

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After winning the first ever Groovy Soca Monarch in 2013, Martino ‘Tino’ Marks lost the title in 2014 but rebounded this year to reclaim his title with the song Ah Begging on Sunday July 26, 2015.

July 28th, 2015
Bunji, Faye Ann threw it down!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It was a soca throw down last night July 27, 2015 at the Patsy Lake Festiville when soca mega stars out of the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Faye Ann Lyons and her husband and musical partner Bunji Garlin lit a fire under the feet of the hundreds in attendance and had persons gyrating.

July 28th, 2015
Hon Fraser challenges CPA to look @ 'bad parliamentary practice'

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) believes that Parliaments in the region have been oftentimes stuck behind politics and that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association needs to be more vocal on this.

July 28th, 2015
Pythons on the brink of Softball Championship

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Pythons remained unbeaten in the BVI Softball Association Fast Pitch Women’s League, following a 16-3 win over the Hawks on Friday July 24, 2015. They are now just one victory away from lifting the Championship.

July 27th, 2015
Dr Pickering warns against demise of traditional family

WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI – Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) made a case for the preservation of the nuclear family in the face of forces seemingly seeking to displace this with something else to the detriment of the society.

July 27th, 2015
10 of 25 matters completed for May criminal assizes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The High Court of the Virgin Islands wrapped up its law year yesterday, July 24, 2015 and reported that some 25 matters were brought to the court and 10 of those were completed for the last criminal assizes which began in May.

July 27th, 2015
Summons to media was breach of natural justice- R. Dancia Penn QC, OBE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The recent summoning of media houses by the High Court has been blasted by Senior Queen Counsel and former Attorney General R. Dancia Penn QC, OBE who labelled it as a breach of natural justice.

July 27th, 2015
History made @ June 8 elections with first offspring of fmr legislator elected!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Many persons in the Virgin Islands (VI) may not have taken note that for the first time in the history of the VI a child of a former elected politician was elected to a seat in the VI Parliament. After years of many trying to run, it happened this year following the June 8, 2015 general elections.

July 27th, 2015
Former legislator Earl Fraser made to pay over $1500

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Brother of the Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3), Earl Fraser was fined $250 and made to pay for damages of $1,275 after having been found guilty of driving without due care and attention resulting in an accident in 2013.

July 28th, 2015
“Kidney Health” Campaign 5K Walk/Run on Saturday

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Medical Services Department within the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) wishes to invite the public to a walk/run on Saturday, August 1, 2015.

July 27th, 2015
All-local line up gave inspirational performance @ Gospel Fest

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As a fitting way of starting this week of Festival activities, Gospel Fest 2015 got underway at the Patsy Lake Festiville in Road Town last evening July 26, 2015 and saw an all-local line up of Gospel performers who all delivered.

July 27th, 2015
BVI downed by St Martin @ ECVA Championships

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The BVI U18 Girls team suffered a successive defeat at the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA) Junior Female Championships, going down 3-0 to host nation St Martin on Friday July 24, 2015.

July 26th, 2015
UPDATE: From ‘tomboy’ to Miss Jr BVI: Kiarah Moolenaar

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- It is a fact that pageantry on a whole allows contestants to develop and improve on many areas of their own personal lives, including self esteem, communication skills, general knowledge, and even learning to walk with high heels as in the case of newly crowned Miss Jr BVI 2015 Kiarah Moolenaar.

July 26th, 2015
Stoby & Johnson seal Ceres Juices 10K Series

BEEF ISLAND, VI- Road racing athletes Reuben J.A. Stoby and Rosmond Johnson have added the Ceres Juices 10K Series titles to their recent Blenheim Trust 5K titles after winning race three, the Beef Island Breeze, of the 10K series on Beef Island on Saturday July 25, 2015.

July 25th, 2015
4 remanded for cocaine bust off VG

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Four men have been charged with possession of cocaine following Wednesday night’s July 22, 2015 bust off Virgin Gorda, a story first reported by Virgin Islands News Online. The men were denied bail when they appeared in the Magistrate's Court on July 24, 2015.

July 27th, 2015
Weeping, wailing & gnashing of teeth from political pains

Hating ourselves enough to hurt ourselves:

If one didn’t know better they could easily think all the Noise Makers are innocent and justified in making a Racket about NHIS and other Complaints but these Problems are not new and no alternate solutions were offered by opposing Candidates… Thus, if this Snap Election was to create a Population of ‘Walking Dead’ who would be seen and not heard, it partially succeeded.

July 25th, 2015
BVI defeated by St Lucia in ECVA Volleyball

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - St Lucia made light work of the BVI U18 Girls Volleyball team on Thursday July 23, 2015, brushing them off in straight sets (25 -8, 25- 10, and 25 -8) in the first game of the ECVA Junior Female Championship, in St Maarten.

July 24th, 2015
Irene F. Penn-O'Neal & others found not guilty

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following months of agonising legal woes, former legislator Irene F. Penn-O’Neal and her daughter Zubida O'Neal and daughter’s boyfriend Shameek Grant walked out of the courtroom as free persons.

July 24th, 2015
60-year-old man tries to break into home to have sex with woman

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A 60 year old ‘hot blooded’ man was given 20 months to cool off after he admitted to trying to get into a woman's house, not to steal anything but to have sex with her.

July 24th, 2015
Claudius Bailey jailed for 24 months for beating woman with bat

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Claudius Bailey, a ‎St. Vincent National residing in the Virgin Islands, was yesterday July 23, 2015 sentenced to a term of 24 months imprisonment for common assault for allegedly beating his girlfriend over the head with a cricket bat.

July 24th, 2015
Controversial CoP David Morris to leave post

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The hunt is on for a new Commissioner of Police since Mr David Morris is not renewing his contract as the top cop.

July 24th, 2015
VI designers Kristin C. Frazer & Stella Maze to team up @ Summer Sizzle BVI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– For internationally recognised clothing designer Kristen C. Frazer, participating in the 7th Annual Summer Sizzle BVI 2015 on Saturday July 25, 2015 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex will be nothing new as she has been supporting the event almost every year. Nevertheless, this will be a special occasion for her because she will be teaming up on the runway with another internationally recognised shoe designer and fellow VIslander- Stella Maze.

July 24th, 2015
Summer of Soccer heats up!

CAPOONS BAY, Tortola, VI – The British Virgin Islands Football Association’s (BVIFA) first Summer Soccer Camp of the year concludes today, Friday July 24, 2015, with dozens of young players, both boys and girls, to be put through their paces by the English coaches Jordan Johnson, Charlene Chapman, Ben Chapman and Nicola Doig, all under the watchful eyes of FA Technical Director, Kate Rowson.

July 23rd, 2015
UPDATE: ‘I decide who stays & who goes!’ – Magistrate Tamia N. Richards

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Principal Magistrate Tamia N. Richards went to town on attorney at law Patrick Thompson today July 23, 2015 when she discovered that he was the reason that Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge – found guilty of conspiracy to import narcotics – was absent from her sentencing hearing.

July 23rd, 2015
UPDATE: 2 vessels intercepted; suspected narcotics seized in waters off VG

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands News Online accurately reported last evening, July 22, 2015 of a police operation at the marine base in Road Reef and has since been informed that two vessels were intercepted and suspected drugs seized off Virgin Gorda in the operation that involved the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and US Coast Guard.

July 23rd, 2015
Booth holder says Kishma A. Baronville doesn’t listen

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the start date for the commencement of the Emancipation Festival activities draws closer, there is a flurry of activities at the Festival Grounds in Road Town where the Patsy Lake Festiville is being set up.

July 23rd, 2015
Court cracking down on press freedom; Media houses summoned!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The summoning of media houses by the High Court has raised questions whether the move is a further attempt by Government to crack down on press freedom in the Virgin Islands.

July 25th, 2015
When in Rome

By Dickson Igwe

Cultural tolerance and integration are crucial factors in the maintenance of both national and international peace and harmony. However, there are limits to what a dominant culture will accept.

July 24th, 2015
This Week We Feature Young Professional Bria R. Guishard

By N. Johann Earle

Even though it might sound cliché to say that Bria R. Guishard loves her profession, in the case of our Young Professional for this week, no statement is a truer one. She lives for the profession of accounting and, even after a Bachelor's Degree in the technical subject, is seeking to elevate to higher levels of certification.

July 23rd, 2015
‘Study your political, social & economic history’ – Conrad A. Maduro

MAJOR BAY, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the United Party (UP), Conrad A. Maduro said that during the Willard Wheatley administration much was accomplished in the territory and urged the people of the VI to get in tuned with their political, social and economic history to make the changes necessary for the future.

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