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September 18th, 2019
'A good day for criminal justice' as ECSC launches sentencing guidelines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- On the heels of public outcry over the perceived inconsistency in sentencing in the courts of the Virgin Islands, the public might be somewhat satisfied to know that judges and magistrates in the territory and the other member states of the Eastern Caribbean will soon have a unified guide to follow when sentencing criminals.

September 17th, 2019
UK prepared to address concerns of borrowing ratios- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the public eager to hear how negotiations between the Virgin Islands delegation, led by Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), and United Kingdom officials on the UK Loan Guarantee, a press conference was held at the House of Assembly Conference Room today, September 17, 2019 where it was announced that the visit was “a resounding success”.

September 17th, 2019
Thompson retains Laser Masters title

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The 2019 Back to School Regatta and 2nd VI Laser Masters Championship took place on Saturday, September 14, 2019, with beautiful conditions out in the Sir Francis Drake Channel, with sailor Christian Thompson retaining his 2018 title.

September 17th, 2019
'VI never defaulted on loans'- Hon Fraser on UK Loan Guarantee

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - With Opposition meetings on the United Kingdom/Virgin Islands relations and the UK Loan Guarantee continuing tonight September 17, 2019, in the Cane Garden Bay community, Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) is calling for the territory to take the loans, arguing that BREXIT is yet another factor that remains a concern for the territory.

September 17th, 2019
Islanders suffer upset defeat in Terry Evans Cup opener

EAST END, Tortola, VI- Defending champions Islanders FC have been eliminated from the Terry Evans Knockout Cup after going down in a penalty shootout to Rebels at the FIFA stadium in East End on Sunday, September 15, 2019.

September 17th, 2019
Local businesses donate tablets to HLSCC

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) it is pleased to announce its new initiative –The Assistive Technology Programme, which allows businesses to donate to the institution.

September 17th, 2019
Hurricane Humberto forecast to impact Bermuda as Cat 3

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Hurricane Humberto is now a Category 2 as it tracks off to the east-northeast but is expected to impact Bermuda as a Category 3 storm late Wednesday, September 18, 2019, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

September 17th, 2019
Dominicans to go to polls dreaming of ‘brighter days’

ROSEAU, Dominica – With general elections in Dominica constitutionally due by March 2020, Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit has warned against both complacency and indifference in a nation he suggested might be beginning to take the good times for granted.

September 17th, 2019
200 complete job training boot camp

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Over 200 registrants under Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days Programme, benefited from mandatory training under a workforce boot camp held at Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay, Tortola.

September 17th, 2019
'Mechanic' who damaged customer vehicle facing jail time

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- An elderly man, who reportedly broke the law to make an emergency run to Peebles Hospital, is facing a little over four months at Her Majesty’s Prison if he does not pay $1,650 in fines.

September 17th, 2019
Water & Sewerage Department now offering 24/7 Emergency Water Operators

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Operators from the Water and Sewerage Department are now on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to residents’ complaints related to water services.

September 16th, 2019
'Where are we going wrong with our males in this territory?'- Cecily Malone

SCRUB ISLAND, VI - Coordinator of the Alternative Secondary Education Programme, Ms Cecily Malone, has expressed concern with the large numbers of young men who are flunking the programme.

September 16th, 2019
VI Rugby team held scoreless in DR

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic- The Virgin Islands were blanked by Dominican Republic when the two teams met in a Rugby Americas North (RAN) North Cup fixture at Saint George School Ground in Santo Domingo on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

September 16th, 2019
'Let us come together & focus on development'- Hon Turnbull

EAST END, Tortola, VI - Opposition Member and Second District Representative, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull aka 'Mitch', in accusing the current and former administrations of acting in contravention to the law regarding the functions of the Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), has urged the Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Government to focus on the development of the territory instead of the politics surrounding the stipulations of the United Kingdom (UK) Loan Guarantee.

September 16th, 2019
Man steals pigtail for woman in aftermath of Irma; Fined $3,000

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- An elderly man who admitted to stealing groceries, including pigtail for a woman after Hurricane Irma, is facing up to six months at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) if he does not pay a $3,000 fine.

September 16th, 2019
Disturbance 1 becoming better organised; Could track close to VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Disturbance 1 is located about 1200 miles to the east-southeast of Barbados near 10.5N, 42.0W and could impact the Virgin Islands by Saturday, September 21, 2019, according to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) today, September 16, 2019.

September 16th, 2019
CIBC FirstCaribbean interns share positive experience

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As students in the Virgin Islands started the Advent term classes at school or college last week, a few headed back with some new knowledge and practical experience in banking matters following their Summer internship at CIBC FirstCaribbean in Road Town, Tortola.

September 15th, 2019
Ex VI prosecutor presents @ International Intellectual Property Conference in Geneva

GENEVA, Switzerland- Former Crown prosecutor in the Virgin Islands, Mr Valston M. Graham was one of the global professionals invited to present before the Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland on September 4, 2019.

September 15th, 2019
VI can't 'lay down & play dead' with UK- Hon Maduro-Caines

EAST END, Tortola, VI - Sixth District Representative Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines at a September 10, 2019, Opposition-led meeting in the East End/Long Look Community has said the territory should not 'lay down and play dead' when it comes to its relationship with the United Kingdom (UK).

September 15th, 2019
Mourant College Classic gets off to fast start with some 150 runners

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- The 24th edition of the Mourant sponsored College Classic Race Series organised by H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) got off to a blistering start with Neil Riley returning from injury to lead the some 150 runners on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

September 14th, 2019
Miss BVI Bria A. Smith receives keys to 2019 Hyundai Tucson

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Six weeks after taking the crown as Miss BVI 2019, Media Communications Professional, Bria A. Smith drove out of the Tortola Auto Group (TAG) showroom with the top prize of a brand new 2019 Hyundai Tucson.

September 14th, 2019
'Quite an experience as Deputy Premier' - Hon Rymer

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) speaking on his recent stint as Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI) has called it 'quite an experience,' to be given the opportunity to perform in the role at such an early stage in his political career.

September 14th, 2019
Attempted bank heist leaves guard nursing gunshot wound

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. THOMAS, USVI - Following an incident where an armoured vehicle guard was shot early Wednesday, September 10, 2019, in an attempted heist outside of the Scotiabank branch in the Altona and Welgunst area of St. Thomas, law enforcement officials are yet to make an arrest.

September 14th, 2019
'Disturbance 1' now on VI path; Tropical Storm Humberto forms

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands (VI) Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has reported that Disturbance 1, now located along 45W is moving west towards to VI at around 25 mph.

September 13th, 2019
Pure Playaz undefeated; Bayside Blazers struggling in 2019 Hon Fraser League

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Following their convincing win over Nex on Sunday September 8, 2019, Pure Playaz- the 2018 Runners Up- are the only undefeated team in the 2019 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League.

September 13th, 2019
This Week We Feature Young Professional Sandra S. Daniel

“The teaching profession is not an easy job, but if you care about your country’s future and the people who will eventually lead this country, get involved in teaching.”

September 13th, 2019
‘It’s weed officer’- Greenland man allegedly told police

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A man from Greenland, on the eastern end of Tortola, was fined $400.00 after he pleaded guilty before the Magistrate’s Court on September 12, 2019 for having a small quantity of marijuana in his possession.

September 13th, 2019
'We are wasting alot of time'- Hon Vanterpool on VI recovery

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Fourth District Representative Hon Mark H. Vanterpool says it is concerning that two years has elapsed since the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria, yet the territory is still short of executing its full recovery efforts.

September 13th, 2019
Terry Evans Cup kicks off Sunday with 3 matches

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Defending champions Islanders FC begin the defense of their title against Rebels FC when the 2019 Terry Evans Cup kicks off on Sunday, September 15, 2019 with three matches.

September 14th, 2019
Hurricane disaster survival part 1

By Dickson C. Igwe

Belief that the Virgin Islands may escape an annual devastating hurricane such as Irma, Maria, and Dorian, is simple delusion; it is dangerous complacency.

September 13th, 2019
Governors' rejection of PSC recommendations a 'red flag'- Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - ZBVI ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio host, Mr Claude O. Skeltopn-Cline has called ‘unprecedented’ the move by Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert to reject the Public Service Commission (PSC) recommendations for Permanent Secretaries and taking his own subjective approach to the appointments.

September 13th, 2019
Contractors deliver on promise to donate $40K to ESHS

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The four contractors on the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) L-Shaped Building Project have donated $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) each to the continuing development of the school.

September 12th, 2019
Premier holds ‘productive’ meeting on VI-UK relationship & loan guarantee

LONDON, United Kingdom- Described as productive and positive, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has met with Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord (Tariq M.) Ahmad of Wimbledon to discuss the Virgin Islands/United Kingdom relationship and the Loan Guarantee being offered by the United Kingdom (UK) for the rebuilding of the territory following the devastation by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

September 13th, 2019
Australian was held with over $100K @ airport

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo has ordered that the seized monies amounting to US$107,005.24, be returned to the owner, Australian Warwick James Reid.

September 12th, 2019
Robbery accused gets bail lowered by $20,000 via video link

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- An inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) made a successful case to the Magistrate’s Court to have his bail amount lowered by $20,000.

September 12th, 2019
VI's 'back & forth' with UK Gov’t concerning- Opposition

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), has chided the government’s ‘back and forth’ approach with the United Kingdom (UK) on policies, noting that the territory ought to be maintaining its relationship with the Crown.

September 12th, 2019
USVI man sentenced to 45 years for raping 12 & 16- year-olds

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Gilroy D. Elcock, 47, of St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI) was sentenced Tuesday, September 10, 2019 for six counts of production of child pornography, two counts of aggravated first-degree rape, and one count of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

September 12th, 2019
‘We shouldn’t have to beg’- Premier to big businesses

MEYERS ESTATE, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has urged successful business persons in the Virgin Islands to take a page out of Mr Peter Haycraft’s book and give back to the territory as a gesture of gratitude.

September 12th, 2019
USVI man was ‘testing’ new boat found with drugs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Gerard Hilaire claimed to be giving his new fishing boat a test run when he was caught heading to an undesignated port of entry on Tortola with illegal drugs.

September 11th, 2019
‘Stay close to home’- Hon Rymer says VI still suffering from Irma

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) says that even as the Virgin Islands (VI) is looking out for the Hurricane ravaged Bahamas, attention still needs to be placed on ‘Home’ since many in the territory are still suffering from Hurricane Irma and Maria, some two years later.

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