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August 2nd, 2020
Dr M. Irfaan Ali sworn in as new president of Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Exactly 5 months after the people of Guyana voted in the historic March 2, 2020 general elections, a new president has finally been declared today, August 2, 2020.

August 2nd, 2020
Neglected Anegada Fire Station gets extensive repairs!

THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- After years of neglect under the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration, the Anegada Fire Station is now looking like brand new following extensive repairs under the Virgin islands Party (VIP) administration led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

August 2nd, 2020
‘Our festival celebrations have been reduced to just a jump up’- Dr Wheatley

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says he has taken offence by some persons suggesting that the 2020 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival should be cancelled because there would not be too much of revelry.

August 2nd, 2020
Woman struck by reversing car in Mill Mall parking lot

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A woman is said to be recovering from shock and minor injuries after she was struck by a motor car in the parking lot of Mill Mall in Road Town on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

August 2nd, 2020
Schools unlikely to physically reopen in September due to latest COVID-19 measures

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Students and teachers who were looking forward to physically returning to school in September 2020 may have to continue in their online space, until November 2020 at least.

August 1st, 2020
VI records 9th COVID-19 case; Virus was imported

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands has recorded its 9th case of COVID-19, after several weeks of being coronavirus free. Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) announced tonight Saturday, August 1, 2020.

August 1st, 2020
VI's emancipation was a deadly fight to freedom - Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While the COVID-19 pandemic has turned virtual, the usual mass gatherings and events associated with Emancipation Day Celebrations in the Virgin Islands, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has urged residents to remember the meaning behind the day.

August 1st, 2020
We can't run from 'knee on neck' metaphor - Dr Wheatley

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Weeks after a cartoon by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) spark some outrage in the Virgin Islands, Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley aka 'Sowande Uhuru' said the death of George P. Floyd and the imagery surrounding his death is now symbolic of oppression.

August 1st, 2020
This Week We Feature Young Professional Aqueelah L. Frett

By Ron O. D'Avilar

Championing the natural hair movement in the Virgin Islands, Entrepreneur Aqueelah L. Frett has turned her passion for haircare into a business. Originally from Virgin Gorda but residing on Tortola, this mother of two does have a day job, but she also runs the ‘Afrotherapy’ boutique.

August 1st, 2020
Marianna Rose awarded 19th Ivan Dawson Memorial Scholarship

ZION HILL, Tortola, VI - Listing her hobbies as basketball and reading, Marianna Rose of Towers, West End, is now the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Ivan Dawson Memorial Scholarship (IDMS).

July 31st, 2020
66th VI Festival opens this evening, July 31, 2020

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands will be celebrating its 66th emancipation festival commencing today, July 31, 2020, with slight changes to its itinerary.

July 31st, 2020
Brace for 6 months of 'famine & chaos' - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Controversial and outspoken pastor and social commentator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) to get prepared for what he called a 6-month prophecy of chaos and famine to impact the Territory.

July 31st, 2020
Women’s Festival Cup kicks off Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 @ National Stadium

EAST END, Tortola VI- The BVI Football Association (BVIFA) is promising an August holiday weekend full of football, ‘Festival Style’, at its National Stadium venue in East End/Long Look from August 1 to August 4, 2020.

July 31st, 2020
Police Commissioner's post should 'always' be filled by a local' - Hon Maduro-Caines

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Sixth District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) has called for not only the Governor's seat to be filled by a local but for the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) to also be headed by a Virgin Islander, given that both positions are of national security.

August 1st, 2020
COVID-19 & the small island advantage

By Dickson C. Igwe

Until a vaccine or cure, geography, control of population movement, and good governance are three of the most crucial factors in keeping the COVID-19 pandemic under control and at bay, in the British Virgin Islands.

July 31st, 2020
Tropical Storm Isaias reaches hurricane strength, heads to Bahamas

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Tropical Storm Isaias has strengthened into a hurricane and is due to hit the Southeastern Bahamas later today, July 31, 2020 and Florida's coast on the weekend.

July 30th, 2020
ESHS 2020 graduation abruptly postponed! Was Minister Snubbed? Not advised?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our news desk is that the 2020 Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) graduation exercise scheduled for today, Thursday, July 30, 2020 was rescheduled.

July 31st, 2020
Emancipation Day in the Caribbean Region

Thomas C. Famous

As we look around our beloved Caribbean region, we see many things that have changed due to Covid 19. Less tourists, less work, hotels closed, all leading to mass unemployment, as never seen before in recent times.

July 30th, 2020
VI remains under limited curfew until August 13, 2020

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The curfew that runs from midnight to 5:00am in the Virgin Islands has been extended for another 14 days.

July 30th, 2020
Jamaican youth charged for Sunrise Bakery & RiteWay burglaries

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI – Police have charged one person in connection with the recent burglary on Sunrise Bakery in Purcell Estate and RiteWay Food Markets in Pasea Estate.

July 30th, 2020
Medical worker allegedly ingests suspected tainted soda in shared apartment

PURCELL ESTATE, Tortola, VI- A female medical worker attached to a private medical facility on Tortola had to seek medical attention after reportedly drinking soda believed to be tainted with a harmful substance while at her shared apartment at Purcell Estate.

July 30th, 2020
Car ends up on sidewalk following collision @ West End

WEST END, Tortola, VI- There is a saying 'after the storm there is a calm'; however, that was not quite the case for the driver of a car at West End this morning, July 30, 2020, as they ended up in an accident on the Sir Francis Drake Highway at Freshwater Pond.

July 30th, 2020
2007 VI constitutional review was 'unfinished business' - Hon Julian Fraser

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Veteran politician and Senior Member of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) said the 2007 Constitutional Review in the Virgin Islands was unfinished business.

July 30th, 2020
Remain vigilant in face of global pandemic & active hurricane season- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Although no major damages were reported in the Virgin Islands following the passage of Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 late July 29, 2020, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has urged the Territory to remain vigilant in the face of a global pandemic and an already active Atlantic Hurricane Season.

July 30th, 2020
All clear issued; No reports of major damage from Potential Tropical Cyclone 9

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The all clear has been issued in the Virgin Islands following the passage of Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 that brought heavy rains and powerful winds yesterday, July 29, 2020.

July 29th, 2020
Children making major $$ but parents struggling to repay school loans- Premier

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Some parents in the Virgin Islands (VI) are reportedly struggling to repay school loans, even though their children are now in very good positions to absorb those loans.

July 29th, 2020
VI airports close due to weather system

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine has been causing the Territory to close for business, as well as forcing the postponement of functions such as graduations.

July 29th, 2020
'Give us more responsibilities as Jr Ministers'- Hon Flax-Charles

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - During the House of Assembly (HoA) debate on the motion for constitutional reform on July 28, 2020, Territorial At-Large Member and Jr Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) has called for more responsibilities to be added to the two Jr Minister posts.

July 29th, 2020
Independence a dangerous thing; VI seeking more autonomy - Hon Wheatley

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Constitutional reform in the Virgin Islands (VI) is aimed at better self-governance and not independence, according to Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) who called independence a danger to the VI.

July 29th, 2020
Reviewed constitution should address power of Governor to access public funds- Premier

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) wants the constitutional review to extend to the issue of the sitting Governor having the reserved power to access public funds.

July 29th, 2020
More than 400 derelict vehicles transported off VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Over 400 derelict vehicles were transported off Virgin Gorda last weekend as the Department of Waste Management continues its derelict collection programme.

July 28th, 2020
Gov't offices close from 1:00pm July 29, 2020 as weather system approaches

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the Territory placed on Tropical Storm Warning as a disturbance approaches the Virgin Islands (VI), Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has announced that public offices will close from 1:00pm tomorrow, July 29, 2020.

July 28th, 2020
'Discriminatory that some Belongers cannot run for office' - Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Fourth District Representative and Virgin Islands Belonger, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool says it remains discriminatory that, according to the Virgin Islands Consitution, Order 2007, some Belongers have been disenfranchised from running for office in the Territory.

July 28th, 2020
Who killed Lovell Parker, Aaron Erickson & Winston Olliverre?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is seeking the public’s assistance to solve three murders that occurred in July of 2008.

July 28th, 2020
Motor scooter rider injured in accident on Station Avenue

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A male motor scooter rider was taken to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital with injuries after he became involved in an accident on Station Avenue in Road Town today, July 28, 2020.

July 28th, 2020
Governor's Office a 'symbol of discrimination & injustice' to VIslanders - Premier

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has reiterated his calls for a Virgin Islander to be holding the post of Governor instead of a UK appointed native.

July 28th, 2020
Hon Maduro-Caines wants constitution to block same-sex marriages

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – As part of the debate on constitutional review in the Virgin Islands, Sixth District Representative in the House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines has called for the constitution to clearly define marriage with the aim of countering global trends of legalising same-sex marriages.

July 28th, 2020
Moorings to host first regatta since COVID-19 in October 2020

WICKHAM'S CAY 1, Tortola, VI- Competitive sailors and spectators will soon have an avenue to showcase their skill or to have fun on the water as the first nautical event since Novel Coronavirus was detected in the Territory, called the Interline Regatta, is planned for October 13 through 22, 2020.

July 28th, 2020
Territory's first satellite emergency centre installed @ East End/Long Look Fire Station

EAST END, Tortola, VI- The East End/Long Look Fire Station has been reopened for some months now; however, the Rotary Club of Tortola did the final touches on the facility last weekend, which paved the way for the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) to install emergency satellite equipment.

July 27th, 2020
BVIFA National League resumes with convincing wins for Sugar Boys & Islanders

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The BVI Football Association (BVIFA) National League resumed on Sunday July 26, 2020, with the Sugar Boys treating their home fans to a 5-2 drubbing of One Caribbean and closing the gap on the top two in the standings.

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