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December 9th, 2019
Rikkiya A. R. Brathwaite advances to Miss World Talent Finals

LONDON, United Kingdom, VI- The success story for Miss World BVI Rikkiya A. R. Brathwaite at Miss World 2019 in London continues, having placed in the top 5 of the Talent Competition today, December 9, 2019.

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.

December 9th, 2019
2 injured as truck plunges off road @ Windy Hill

WINDY HILL, Tortola, VI- Two persons, including the driver, reportedly suffered serious injuries when the vehicle they were in plunged off the road at Windy Hill, Tortola, yesterday, December 8, 2019.

December 9th, 2019
12 days of Xmas to change mindset Pier Park ‘wasn’t for locals’ – CEO Lewis

WICKHAM'S CAY 1, Tortola, VI- Chief Executive Officer at the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park (CBRTPP), Mr Vance M. Lewis said the facility’s 12 days of Christmas programme planned for December 13 to 24, 2019 is expected to change the mindset that the park was not built for locals to enjoy.

December 9th, 2019
End of Hurricane Season prompts reflection on VI’s external response to Irma

By E. Benito Wheatley

The 2019 hurricane season, which saw the immense challenge faced by the Bahamas Government in mounting an overall response to the destruction of Abaco by Hurricane Dorian, has prompted much reflection on my part on the [British] Virgin Islands’ (VI) own external response to Hurricane Irma over two years earlier.

December 8th, 2019
Bougainvillea Clinic successfully performs first kidney transplant

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The first successful kidney transplant has been performed in the Virgin Islands, with the private health facility, Bougainvillea Clinic, making medical history in the territory on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

December 8th, 2019
Islanders & Wolues among teams in BVIFA National League action today

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- As the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) National League nears the Christmas break, three games will be contested today, December 8, 2019 at two venues.

December 8th, 2019
UPDATE: Coronation planned as Anegada pageant down to 1 contestant

THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- Kimberley A. Smith will be groomed to represent the Sister Island of Anegada at the 2020 BVI Teen Pageant on Tortola, once it’s on, since the only other contestant for the Miss Anegada Ultimate Teen Pageant has dropped out.

December 7th, 2019
Magnitude 4.34 earthquake felt in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - On December 7, 2019, at 6:23 pm the Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN) recorded an earthquake measuring at a magnitude of 4.34.

December 7th, 2019
UPDATE: Two involved in Fahie Hill crash; Female condition unknown

FAHIE HILL, Tortola, VI - New information coming out on the December 5, 2019, accident that left a male Customs Officer, Colin Stevens nursing serious injuries at the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital, suggest that an unknown female was also in the vehicle at the time.

December 7th, 2019
BVI makes Top 15 as Russia wins Mrs Globe 2019

SHENZHEN, China - Mrs BVI Shondrea N. Turnbull has defied odds to make it to the Top 15 of the international Mrs Globe 2019 pageant, however, came short of claiming the crown which went to Mrs Ksenia Krivko out of Russia.

December 7th, 2019
Two shot, one dead in USVI Hospital Ground shooting

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. THOMAS, USVI - Two men were shot in the wee hours of Saturday morning, December 7, 2019, in Hospital Ground, St. Thomas, with one of the two victims succumbing to his wounds, sustained during the shooting.

December 7th, 2019
PM Skerrit declared victor in heated Dominican polls

ROSEAU, Dominica - Following weeks of political unrest, Dominica has re-elected its incumbent Prime Minister, Mr Roosevelt Skerrit and secured a landslide victory for the governing Dominica Labour Party (DLP).

December 6th, 2019
'Story of the Five Besties'- 11-year-old Chelsea A. E. Simpson pens first book

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - When 11-year-old Chelsea A. E. Simpson of Cedar International School launches her illustrated children's book entitled “Story of the Five Besties” on December 12, 2019, it will be the first publication for the young second-generation author.

December 6th, 2019
Off to a good start! Xmas on DeCastro St attracts 50 vendors

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- City Manager Janice E. L. Brathwaite-Edwards said the Christmas on DeCastro Street event is off to a good start, with its largest-ever vendor turnout of 50.

December 6th, 2019
‘I was just trying to get the job done’- MVP Khalid S. Gerald

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- “My mindset was just to be dominant, close out the game, go all the way or go home. I was just trying to get the job done.” This was exactly the attitude that Khalid S. Gerald played with on November 23, 2019 to help Pure Playaz dethrone Bayside Blazers as champions of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League.

December 6th, 2019
'We need to sit back & realise what we lost'- Hon Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In a moving tribute made in honour of the late first Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI) Hon Ralph T. O'Neal OBE, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Neville A. Smith aka 'Sheep' called for the territory to put into perspective that it has lost a truly great leader.

December 7th, 2019
What happens after Britain leaves the EU?

By Dickson C. Igwe

Now Jack the Bohemian is clearly a Brexiter. He is nuanced, cultured, and urbane in his style, but battle-hardened when standing up for England and quitting the European Union.

December 6th, 2019
“I ain’t selling no more land to pay lawyers’- Father of 9 facing drug charges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Father of nine, David Straker has told Senior Magistrate Tamia N. Richards he is not willing to sell any more of his real estate to pay lawyers to defend him.

December 6th, 2019
Dominicans go to the polls today amidst unrest

ROSEAU, Dominica- Despite unrest by supporters of the Opposition, Dominica has gone ahead with general elections today, December 6, 2019.

December 5th, 2019
UPDATE: Eric Mathias Sr shot @ Horse Path home - RVIPF

HORSE PATH, Tortola, VI- New details are emerging about the attempted robbery and shooting that occurred in the late hours of yesterday, Wednesday, December 4, 2019, which resulted in Taxi driver Eric Mathias Sr receiving a gunshot to the abdomen.

December 5th, 2019
Mrs BVI Shondrea N. Turnbull wins Woman of Excellence Award @ Mrs Globe

SHENZHEN, China- Mrs BVI Shondrea N. Turnbull has won the Woman of Excellence Award at Mrs Globe in Shenzhen, China, according to reports reaching our newsroom.

December 5th, 2019
USVI Governor wants to legalise marijuana to raise urgently needed funds

VI CONSORTIUM

CHRISTIANSTED, St Croix, USVI - Governor Albert Bryan Jr believes legalising marijuana for recreational use in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) could provide enough funding to save the Government Employees’ Retirement System (G.E.R.S), the beleaguered, government-run pension plan that is on life support and is projected to collapse in a few years.

December 5th, 2019
Jamaican cop on remand for alleged indecent assault on school girl

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Xavier Morgan, a member of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, is now being housed at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut, Tortola, for alleged indecent assault on a schoolgirl.

December 5th, 2019
Digital technology can be a driver to stimulate VI economy- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Speaking at the December 3, 2019 opening of the ‘BVI's Digital Economy symposium’ at Maria’s by the Sea, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said the Virgin Islands (VI) has an opportunity to use digital currency as an economic driver that can stimulate its economy.

December 5th, 2019
US national nearly loses hand in knife attack by Jamaican labourer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Kipp La’von Nesbitt, an executive chef from the United States, had to undergo surgery to save his hand after Prince A. Bambury allegedly attacked him following an altercation which occurred after Nesbitt bumped into him at a food van in Road Town, Tortola, on November 30, 2019.

December 4th, 2019
'Ban conch fishing on Anegada for 5 to 10 years' - Kelly Faulkner

SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI- There has been a call by several persons on Anegada for government to ban the fishing of one the territory’s delicacy meat, the Anegada conch, over fears the conch population may be dwindling dangerously low.

December 4th, 2019
'I can't imagine giving two-thirds of my life to the people'- Hon Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reflecting on the sacrifices and drive of the late Hon Ralph T. O'Neal OBE, Opposition Leader Marlon A. Penn (R8) at a December 3, 2019 special sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) said he cannot imagine giving the majority of his life to the people in the way Hon O'Neal did for the territory.

December 4th, 2019
Dumping household items next to waste bins is an offence, Premier warns

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In this Christmas season, where it is customary to replace old or broken furniture for new ones, residents are being warned it is an offence to dump these items next to waste bins.

December 4th, 2019
‘Make Dec 15, 2020 a public holiday for RT O’Neal OBE’- Hon Turnbull

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As legislators paid tribute to the late first Premier of the Virgin Islands Hon Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, at a special sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) on December 3, 2019, Second District Representative and Opposition Member Hon Melvin M. Turnbull called for the 87th birth anniversary of Hon O’Neal to be made a public holiday.

December 5th, 2019
Harneys wins five awards at BVI Financial Services Gala

SCRUB ISLAND, VI- Harneys are proud to announce that we have been named Corporate Service Provider of the Year, Litigation Practice of the Year, and Tech Savvy Firm of the Year, at the BVI Financial Services Gala Awards Dinner held at Scrub Island Resort in the Virgin Islands (VI) on November 28, 2019.

December 4th, 2019
Eileene L. Parsons had asked RT O'Neal to betray HL Stoutt! - Hon Fraser

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - During a Special Sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) in honour of First Premier and Member Emeritus, Hon Ralph T. O'Neal, OBE on December 3, 2019, Opposition Member and veteran legislator Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) said in the aftermath of the 1995 General Elections, Hon O'Neal was asked by Eileene L. Parsons, OBE to betray H. Lavity Stoutt as the then leader of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP).

December 3rd, 2019
Health Authorities: 'Don't eat Romaine lettuce from Salinas, California'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Officials at the Virgin Islands Environmental Health Division are warning consumers not to eat romaine lettuce or products containing romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, USA.

December 3rd, 2019
Internet service must improve ‘even if it means inviting new players’- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With unreliable internet service despite the high costs a bugbear for ordinary citizens as well as businesses, and now the Government of the Virgin Islands seeking to embrace technology and innovation as opportunities for development of the economy, internet service providers have been put on notice to get their act together or risk seeing additional competition entering the market in the Virgin Islands (VI).

December 3rd, 2019
Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE to be laid to rest on VG

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The late first Premier of the Virgin Islands, Member Emeritus of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA), Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE will be laid to rest on Virgin Gorda, the place he was born and served for some 36 years as an elected official.

December 3rd, 2019
Skelton-Cline gets new $144K consultancy contract

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - ZBVI radio host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has been given another 12 months of consultancy under the Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) administration through his consultancy firm, Grace Consultants.

December 3rd, 2019
RVIPF officers complete leadership training

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) recently completed an Interview Skills and Management and Leadership for Supervisory Officers Training that took place at the Road Town Police Station from October 21 to November 15, 2019.

December 3rd, 2019
2019 Anegada Lobster Festival had the 'largest crowds’ – Sharon P. Flax-Brutus

SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI- With shuttle buses transported from Tortola to Anegada, many taking their private and rented vehicles and more party boats journeying to the island for Anegada Lobster Festival 2019, there was no doubt an increased number of persons and activities on the sister island over the two days, November 30 and December 1, 2019.

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