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February 5th, 2016
Kurt Rabsatt fined $600 for having counterfeit money

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A 30 year old male was fined $600 for the crime of being in possession of counterfeit United States dollars when his High Court trial concluded today February 5, 2016.

February 5th, 2016
UPDATE: Zika scare! Funds scarce! No fogging until Budget allocation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As most countries in the Caribbean, including the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), begin to take proactive measures against the potential threat of the Zika virus, the Virgin Islands Government has shown no real sense of urgency, compared to what other countries have been doing.

February 5th, 2016
NDP has run the VI broke! From $51M under VIP to $6M under NDP!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The debate as to who left the Virgin Islands broke is now over. The Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, has set the record straight by confirming that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has almost bankrupt the Overseas Territory of about forty thousand residents.

February 5th, 2016
'Freeze all work permits for VG jobs immediately!' – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has called on Government to immediately put a freeze on all work permits for jobs in Virgin Gorda to allow local persons displaced from Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort to find work.

February 5th, 2016
2016 LIME SuperFast T20 League bowls off Sunday

ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI – The Greenland Playing Field in East End/Long Look will once again come alive to the sounds of “Calypso Cricket” this Sunday February 7, 2016 when the 2016 season kicks off with the LIME SuperFast T20 League.

February 5th, 2016
USVI man sentenced to 78 months in prison for child porn

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez on February 4, 2016 sentenced Donne W. Williams, 32, of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands to 78 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe and Ricardo Mayoral, acting special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Juan and US Virgin Islands announced.

February 4th, 2016
Le Shaughn Smith & Tarik Aaron remanded for alleged trafficking in narcotics

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Two young men were today February 4, 2016 denied their pre-trial liberty when Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo opted not to grant bail for the offence of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

February 4th, 2016
UPDATE: Gov't confirms VINO story of Farmers' Week cancellation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As first and accurately reported by this news site on January 14, 2016, Farmers’ Week 2016 has been cancelled.

February 4th, 2016
Law firm shuns Hugh E. Darley for fear of Gov't victimisation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former Project Coordinator of the Cruise Pier Development Project, Hugh E. Darley has not only confirmed that he has retained legal counsel in the Virgin Islands, but also that the law firm which his company IDEA Inc. had retained backed out of the arrangement citing the fear that it could lose future Government work.

February 4th, 2016
Roadside food vendors assure they are ‘safe’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following a number of complaints received by our newsroom regarding the safety and health concerns stemming from seemingly unsanitary conditions, this news site sought answers from a number of food selling businesses in the Virgin Islands capital of Road Town as to whether they were indeed safe.

February 4th, 2016
SCB Manatees FC experience football in Bayamón, Puerto Rico

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - 45 children returned to Tortola and Virgin Gorda on Sunday January 31, 2016, from Puerto Rico after having participated in the GPS Caribbean Football Showcase at the Bayamón Facilities in Puerto Rico.

February 5th, 2016
Virgin Islands funny tale: 'Hail Country Bumpkin!'

By Dickson Igwe

Now, once upon a time on the Lesser Antillean paradise island of Tortola lived a man named Country Bumpkin. He lived at a time when the old and enchanting West Indies were at their most pristine and charming. Those were the 1950s. The Virgin Islands were agrarian, rural, communal, and very religious. In those days life was divided into two segments for the native: hard work and church.

February 4th, 2016
Property purchase Bill for USVI Governors to reside becomes law

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Governor House in the US Virgin Islands announced on Wednesday February 3, 2016 that a measure instructing the West Indian Company (WICO), a government-owned but self-governed (semiautonomous) entity, to buy property next to Government House, that would serve as the official residence of the Governor of the US Virgin Islands, has been allowed to become law.

February 3rd, 2016
Government subsidising BVI Airways from its own funds – Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith confirmed that the Government of the VI will be making its investment of $7 million into BVI Airways from the Government coffers.

February 3rd, 2016
Major drug bust made in VI waters

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reports reaching our newsroom from our Team of Reporters around the Virgin Islands state that law enforcement authorities, including Police and Customs officials, allegedly made a major drug bust in Virgin Islands waters.

February 3rd, 2016
'Get serious with motor scooter riders' – Nelson C. 'Joe Jack' Hull

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Guest of the weekly radio talk show Speak Out BVI, Mr Nelson C. Hull aka 'Joe Jack' believes it is time for the territory to get serious with motor scooter riders who are a danger to themselves and other people.

February 3rd, 2016
Skelton-Cline's contract the subject of Cabinet discussions- Hon Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) was yesterday February 2, 2016 non-committal regarding the renewing of Claude O. Skelton-Cline’s contract as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA).

February 2nd, 2016
Tradewinds Radio & Cruisers Outpost Magazine donate $$ to RBVIYC

NANNY CAY, Tortola, VI – Captain Dan Horn of Tradewinds Radio, along with Bob Bitchin of Cruisers Outpost Magazine, made a significant donation to the Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club (RBVIYC) on Tuesday February 2, 2016 at Nanny Cay on the main island of Tortola.

February 2nd, 2016
‘I have not & will not be involved in corruption! – Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) said he can sleep well at nights knowing that he has not been involved in any form of corruption whatsoever with regard to the cruise pier development project and demanded proof of same from anyone making such allegations.

February 2nd, 2016
St Thomas, USVI Sugar Bay Resort employees not paid

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — An employee of the Sugar Bay Resort and Spa on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, sent The Consortium a copy of what appears to be a letter from management, notifying workers that their pay would be delayed because of “unforeseen financial difficulties.”

February 2nd, 2016
Haycraft & Pipe Dream raise Statue of Liberty!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Seventeen boats took to the water on Saturday January 30, 2016 to contest the 2016 Manhattan Yacht Club Trophy, with Chris Haycraft on-board Pipe Dream claiming line honours.

February 2nd, 2016
Our people still don’t appreciate from whence we came – Eileene L. Parsons OBE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former Minister for Education and Culture Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE has challenged Virgin Islanders to be knowledgeable of where the country has come in just 70 years, saying that these achievements go unappreciated.

February 2nd, 2016
‘Absolute rubbish!’ – says Hon Fraser on Govt's claims for violating Protocols

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith’s claim that building the territory’s economy was more important than savings at this juncture as his justification for missing the December 31, 2015 deadline for compliance to the UK’s Protocols for Effective Financial Management, is absolute rubbish, and totally unnecessary.

February 2nd, 2016
Cable & Wireless & WhatsApp sign Partnership

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Cable & Wireless (C&W) and WhatsApp have entered into a strategic marketing partnership. A first for the Caribbean, this exciting deal offers C&W customers access to the full range of WhatsApp features across the company’s networks. As a result of this partnership, C&W will introduce a suite of innovative packages with additional benefits for customers, which will be unveiled across all its markets in the coming months.

February 2nd, 2016
Detroit man arrested attempting to smuggle marijuana into USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Deonte Bailey, 24, made his initial appearance on Sunday January 31, 2016 before US Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after being charged in a complaint with possession with intent to distribute marijuana into the US Virgin Islands, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe and US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) [US] Virgin Islands Area Port Director Louis Harrigan announced through a press release on February 1, 2016.

February 3rd, 2016
Digicel launches 'This is Love' promotion for Valentine's

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Celebrate your everlasting love this Valentine on the VI’s Bigger, Better data network! Digicel, 'This is Love’ campaign features fantastic deals on a variety of prepaid and post-paid smartphones, free ALL IN plans and exciting prizes all lasting throughout the month of February.

February 2nd, 2016
3 VI records fall during Boston, Arizona indoor competitions

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Three indoor records were set during a busy weekend for (British) Virgin Islands’ athletes in Boston and Arizona, marking the fourth straight week a record had been broken.

February 1st, 2016
Motor scooter rider injured in accident near QE II Park

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A helmet-less motor scooter rider was injured in an accident in front of the Queen Elizabeth II Park in Road Town, on the main island of Tortola, moments ago, February 1, 2016.

February 1st, 2016
UPDATE: Male held for questioning in missing woman probe

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – According to sources close to the investigation of missing woman Nickera Smith, one person was held by police for questioning and subsequently released.

February 1st, 2016
NHI registration ongoing beyond Jan 31, 2016 deadline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In the absence of any formal announcement of an extension to the previously announced deadline of January 31, 2016, the National Health Insurance (NHI) office today February 1, 2016 continued registering and photographing persons for their health coverage cards.

February 1st, 2016
Zone 6 Basketball League gets underway

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) sponsored Zone 6 Basketball Tournament tipped off on Saturday January 30, 2016 in the gym at Belle Vue.

February 1st, 2016
History! First local woman tipped to be Superintendent of RVIPF

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our newsroom from our traditional Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) sources is that local police officer Ms Jacqueline E. Vanterpool, a Virgin Gordian, is tipped to become the new Acting Superintendent of Police. If successful she is expected to replace another local who has retired- former Superintendent Mr M. Roy Stoutt.

February 2nd, 2016
SVG 'wanted man' charged with cellphone theft in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A man caught with a stolen cellular phone is now on remand not only for the theft but for landing in the territory without leave from immigration and giving police false information.

February 1st, 2016
Govt's violation of Protocols was to build economy – Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has justified missing the December 31, 2015 deadline for compliance to the UK’s Protocols for Effective Financial Management, saying that building the territory’s economy was more important than savings at this juncture.

February 1st, 2016
More $$ needed to keep researchers @ HLSCC- Dr Karl Dawson

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – President of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) Dr Karl Dawson called on government agencies to increase their budgetary allocation for research and consultancy services using resource personnel from the territory’s lone tertiary institution.

January 31st, 2016
Another car on fire on Tortola

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - (Post Time - 6:25PM) - Moments ago January 31, 2016 a car caught on fire in Sea Cows Bay, across from Jean Nibbs Carpenter Shop, on the main island of Tortola.

January 31st, 2016
‘Gunshots’ ring out in Road Town

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reports reaching Virgin Islands News Online state that what sounded like several gunshots were heard in Road Town, on the main island of Tortola, last evening January 30, 2016.

January 31st, 2016
2016 Dive BVI 5K Series begins with a splash!

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Before the sun came out and during a light shower, 40 runners merrily splashed their way through the 3.1 mile course when the first leg of the annual Dive BVI 5K series kicked off on Virgin Gorda on Saturday January 30, 2016.

January 31st, 2016
Rotaract Club Career Expo stimulates young minds

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Rotaract Club of Tortola held their Earlyact Career Expo and Fun Day on January 23, 2016 at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park, catering to children ages 7 to 11.

January 30th, 2016
Ports Project racks up an astonishing $9M in admin cost!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the public and perhaps tax payers try to come to grip with the announcement in a statement on January 25, 2016 by the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) that to date the controversial Ports Development Project has cost $82.9 million, one of the breakdowns that has caught many by surprise is the administrative cost of the project.

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