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August 24th, 2019
VIF&RS goes beyond to help fire victims

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “I never really expected it,” chilling words of fire victim & father of three, Mr Marcel Davis now receiving help after seeing his life’s possessions going up in flames.

August 24th, 2019
‘We should be able to sit & talk with UK’- Premier

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says with the current issues facing the Virgin Islands (VI) and its decision to take up the UK Loan guarantee offer towards hurricane rebuilding, the territory should be able to sit with the UK and have a discussion on the matter.

August 24th, 2019
UPDATE: Tropical Wave inches closer to Lesser Antilles

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is reporting that the tropical disturbance/Invest 99L located about 850 miles ESE of Barbados, is moving to the west-northwest near 20 mph.

August 24th, 2019
2 injured, 1 dead in St. Thomas USVI shooting

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. THOMAS, USVI — A man and a 15-year-old minor were shot on Seventh Day Street in St. Thomas this morning, with the adult male succumbing to his injuries, The Consortium has learned. V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Glen Dratte confirmed the incident, and said the shooting occurred at roughly 10:00 a.m, today Saturday, August 24, 2019.

August 23rd, 2019
Admin Complex to be repaired with ‘insurance money’

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- Sounding one of his popular mantras, that he has "learned to not let the perfect become the enemy of the good", Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government has made the decision to repair the Central Administration Complex with insurance monies rather than wait for more funding to come by.

August 23rd, 2019
Christopher Jr & Leroy to compete in 2019 UCI World C/ships

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands will be represented by two cyclists at the 2019 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championship in Yorkshire, England in September.

August 23rd, 2019
This Week We Feature Young Professional Shamahnea J. Simmons

By Ron O. D'Avilar

The ability to develop, organise and manage a business, along with its risks, in order to profit are the hallmarks of being an entrepreneur. Many get into business yet few can muster up the skills to master the art. Our Young Professional this week is Shamahnea J. Simmons. At just 17-year-old, she runs a thriving cosmetics business with its eyes set on the global stage.

August 23rd, 2019
Recommendation made for 'Cultural Centre' to be torn down- Dr Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A recommendation has been made for the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall, which has remained in a state of disrepair since the hurricanes of September 2017, to be torn down, according to Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7).

August 24th, 2019
Debt & the super wealthy

By Dickson C. Igwe

Debt is a super tool of modern economics transferring wealth from the 90% to the 1%.

Now most consumers own debt. In fact, it would not be an over assertion stating that half the population of democratic western countries are submerged in debt.

August 23rd, 2019
#BVIStrong

Thomas C. Famous

"Welcome to the Virgin Islands, welcome home," said Immigration Officer Brodie, as I arrived at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island in the Virgin Islands.

August 23rd, 2019
Magnitude 4.10 earthquake felt in the VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - On August 23, 2019, at 5:33 pm, the Puerto Rico Seismic Network, recorded an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.10 according to the Virgin Islands Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

August 23rd, 2019
Heavy defeat for VI in Paradise Jam Tour

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The [British] Virgin Islands National ‘All Stars’ Basketball Team played their final game in the Paradise Jam Tour in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) against University of Massachusetts (Umass) at the Virgin Islands (UVI) Gymnasium on August 22, 2019.

August 22nd, 2019
PHOTO of the Day: Home for VG resident 'Andy' Ham close to completion

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Thanks to some $20,000 raised through GoFundMe, a home for Virgin Gorda resident Anderson Ham aka 'Andy' is being realised.

August 22nd, 2019
‘I’m not a friend of the RDA’- Rosemary L. Rosan-Jones

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Outspoken local resident and social commentator Rosemary L. Rosan-Jones aka ‘Cindy’ has made it known she is not a supporter of the controversial Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) but said the territory needs to manage its finances better.

August 23rd, 2019
VI Chef de Mission visits Japan ahead of 2020 Olympic Games

TOKYO, Japan - Tokyo 2020 is just under a year away and the Virgin Islands’ 100m CAC multi-gold medalist and IAAF World Indoor Championships bronze medalist, Mrs Tahesia Harrigan-Scott is the Chef de Mission for the 32nd edition of the Summer Olympic Games.

August 22nd, 2019
Gov't keeping 'open mind' on UK Loan Guarantee

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Alluding that his government is keeping an ‘open mind’ in its decision to take up or not take up the UK Loan Guarantee proposal, Virgin Islands (VI) Premier, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration will remain firm in their beliefs of doing what is best for the people of the territory.

August 22nd, 2019
‘When you go to work, work’ – Premier Fahie

WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has assured employees and employers signing on to the 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days initiative launched on August 21, 2019 that the programme is not about filling up space and imposing persons upon businesses.

August 22nd, 2019
Chapman shines @ Caribbean Squash C/ships in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, SA- The [British] Virgin Islands (VI) National Squash Team is currently in Guyana participating in the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Senior Championships.

August 22nd, 2019
'For Export Only' food labels spark online debate

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A post in "The REAL BVI Community Board," Facebook group has sparked a debate as concerns are being raised over the quality of food being imported into the territory owing to several imported items carrying the label 'For Export Only," while being retailed in the Virgin Islands (VI).

August 21st, 2019
200 plus sign up as 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days initiative launched

WICKHAM’S CAY 1, Tortola, VI- “Every posse must work (work work), Every posse must work (work hard), Cause if you not working, Yeah yeah then you gotta be loafing," sounded the lyrics of reggae artiste Barrington A. Levy at the cutting of the ribbon to symbolise the official launch of the Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days employment initiative at the Central Administration Complex on Wickham’s Cay 1, Tortola, today August 21, 2019.

August 22nd, 2019
You must make the change you would like to see

Lorna M. George

When I attended Tuskegee University, I was a member of the Student Alumni Association. At the beginning of December the association would organise an annual ceremony called the lighting of the Christmas tree. In this ceremony the president of the university would light the Christmas tree which was placed in the campus chapel.

August 21st, 2019
The saviour for agriculture could be 'marijuana' - Hon Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The demand for marijuana and its medicinal benefits will mean that the government of the Virgin Islands will likely make moves to legalise it, according to the Agriculture Minister Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), as a means of generating additional revenues for his department.

August 21st, 2019
‘You don’t need no RDA!’- Julio S. Henry

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- Recalling the historic and proud achievement in 1978 by the late Chief Minister Mr Willard Wheatley, who took the Virgin Islands out of Grant-in-Aid, which then resulted in the turnaround of the Virgin Islands economy, commentator Julio S. Henry aka’ Sam’ has urged Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to renegotiate the terms and conditions of the United Kingdom Loan Guarantee or refuse the offer.

August 21st, 2019
VI grouped with Bonaire & Bahamas in CONCACAF Nations League

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With September 6 being a date in the Virgin Islands that needs no reminders, there is actual anticipation of that date for a more pleasant reason, at least for local football fans.

August 21st, 2019
‘We still feel frustration in the public service’- CoP Matthews

WEST END, Tortola, VI- Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has pleaded with Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to revisit some of the practices and procedures in the public service that may be outdated and may be causing unnecessary delays for projects and contracts to get off the ground.

August 21st, 2019
‘No time for bickering & confusion’- Premier on UK Loan Guarantee

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – In the first of a series of public consultations on the United Kingdom (UK) £300M Loan Guarantee conundrum facing the territory, Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has called on the UK government to solidify any verbal commitments made that will address conflicts surrounding stipulations of the Guarantee.

August 20th, 2019
Public meeting on UK Loan Guarantee tonight @ HLSCC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With growing tensions between the United Kingdom appointed governor, Augustus J.U. Jaspert, and Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) over the terms of the conditions imposed by the UK Recovery and Development Loan Guarantees, the administration is moving ahead with its public consultations on the matter.

August 20th, 2019
Fly BVI suspends operations @ TB Lettsome Airport

BEEF ISLAND, VI- Some ten persons, including locals, were affected when air charter company Fly BVI Ltd suspended its operations based at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

August 20th, 2019
Forget the blame game; get the ‘music on par’- David Thomas

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A local entertainer, band manager and businessman has urged local entertainers to stop the blame game and work together on bettering their music in order to reap the rewards at the level they so desire.

August 20th, 2019
Brothers found dead ‘in relaxed position’ in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — Two brothers, one of them a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employee, were found dead on Monday morning, August 19, 2019 lying in a relaxed position in their Mary’s Fancy home on St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI) [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Glen Dratte has announced.

August 20th, 2019
2-time champs Bayside Blazers meet Pure Playaz in Hon Fraser League opener

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Defending champions Bayside Blazers will come up against Pure Playaz in opening night action of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Center in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola, on August 24, 2019.

August 20th, 2019
RVIPF Officers give K-9 Presentation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) gave a K-9 demonstration to children attending the Vacation Bible School at the New Testament Church of God, International Worship Center on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

August 20th, 2019
Unelected Governor fires back @ Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In damning allegations, Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in a Saturday, August 17, 2019 statement had accused United Kingdom (UK) officials in the Virgin Islands (VI) of deliberately failing to investigate the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, leaving the door open for UK imposed policies on the territory’s finances among other strategic plans to control the territory.

August 20th, 2019
Caricom planing legal action against European 'Big Boys'- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the European Union (EU) continuing to set difficult policies on the Virgin Islands (VI) Financial Services sector, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says these pressures are not just on the VI alone, rather, the entire Caribbean and the Caricom region is looking for ways to fight back.

August 19th, 2019
Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott calls time on illustrious athletic career

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands most successful female sprinter Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott has hung up her spikes after a successful professional career that spanned well over a decade.

August 19th, 2019
Gov’t to clamp down on illegal use of Crown land

WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said Government will be moving to have greater accountability of how Crown lands are used.

August 19th, 2019
‘UK deliberately failed to investigate NDP corruption’ – Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Listing a host of financial mismanagement and alleged corruption under the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), in damning allegations, has accused United Kingdom (UK) officials in the Virgin Islands (VI) of deliberately failing to investigate the NDP Government, leaving the door open for UK imposed policies on the territory’s finances.

August 19th, 2019
Struiken blazes ‘Beef Island Summer Sizzle’ 10K course

TRELLIS BAY, Beef Island, VI- The CERES 10K Series continued on Saturday August 17, 2019 with Race 2, dubbed the Beef Island Summer Sizzle, won by Clifton Struiken.

August 19th, 2019
‘We even importing tamarind now!’– Hon Natalio D. Wheatley

WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- Minister responsible for Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley aka 'Sowande Uhuru’ (R7) has said it is imperative to have commercial agriculture and fishing sectors in order to diversify the economy of the Virgin Islands due to the eminent negative impacts of Brexit on the territory, including on the financial services sector.

August 19th, 2019
For better or worst- The deal breaker

By Kenneth G. Gladstone

The NDP administration may never recover from the fatal blow delivered to them by the Virgin Islands’ electorate. The full-blown dissatisfaction of the territory was unreservedly expressed at the polls, and everyone including those who had no interest in local politics, ensured that the handsome gentlemen above will never be allowed to sit in the House of Assembly as government heads again.

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