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March 4th, 2021
Disgruntled Pier Park tenants allegedly seeking meeting with Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Amidst allegation that some Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park (CBRTPP) tenants are planning to meet with Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to share concerns about the facility, the Pier Park’s CEO, Vance M. Lewis has fired out with a number of claims.

March 4th, 2021
Public 'cannot engage' with Commission through IRU- CoI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Commission of Inquiry into governance in the Virgin Islands is now claiming that recent publicity and information about the Inquiry Response Unit (IRU) set up by Cabinet to facilitate information sharing with the COI is having a “misleading effect”.

March 4th, 2021
Injured truck driver transferred to Florida hospital

DIAMOND ESTATE, Tortola, VI- Kavin Robin, 23, who was injured when the flatbed truck he was driving fell off the side of a road at Diamond Estate on February 27, 2021, has been transferred to a hospital in Florida, USA.

March 4th, 2021
Whistleblower legislation brought to HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government continues to put systems in place for transparency and good governance, in keeping with its campaign promises, the Whistleblower Act, 2021 has been brought to parliament.

March 4th, 2021
Delay to seaports reopening another ‘blow to already fragile situation’- BVICCHA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Calling itself the “proactive voice of business”, the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA) has lamented that there has been another delay to the reopening of the seaports in the Virgin Islands to international operations.

March 4th, 2021
COVID-19 pandemic has taken ‘heavy toll’ on women- Hon Malone

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Noting that women have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in the Virgin Islands, Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has said the Government of the Virgin Islands has been collaborating with civil society, private sector and international partners to respond to the challenges faced by women.

March 4th, 2021
Jehovah’s help for the pandemic is ‘vaccination’ – Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on Christians and others in the Virgin Islands (VI) to accept that vaccination is the answer to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 3rd, 2021
Senior prison officer charged for alleged indecent assault

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Acting Deputy Superintendent of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut, Alexander Mills, a 63-year-old St Kitts native who resides at Joe’s Hill, Tortola, is currently under investigation for alleged indecent assault.

March 3rd, 2021
Register of Interests Act to be amended to assist CoI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reiterating that it welcomes a transparent and accountable Commission of Inquiry (CoI) in the Virgin Islands (VI) that will allow for a ‘just outcome’, the Government of the VI has announced it will be making an amendment to the Register of Interest Act, 2006 to allow information to be shared with the CoI.

March 3rd, 2021
Supreme Court to review ruling on equality for citizens in US territories

VI CONSORTIUM

WASHINGTON DC, USA- The United States Supreme Court on Monday, March 1, 2021, announced it will be reviewing a ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that unanimously found it unconstitutional to deny low-income elderly, blind and disabled residents of Puerto Rico the same access to federal support enjoyed by other Americans living in the states and certain other territories.

March 3rd, 2021
Premier Fahie warns of Facebook scam targeting vulnerable in VI

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has issued a warning concerning a social media scam taking place in the Virgin Islands.

March 3rd, 2021
Sir Francis Drake Highway to be renamed – Premier Fahie

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – The Sir Francis Drake Highway in the Virgin Islands (VI) will soon be renamed to reflect the legacy of a Virgin Islands hero, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) announced last evening, March 2, 2021.

March 3rd, 2021
VI back to 1 active COVID-19 case - Hon Malone

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands is back to 1 active COVID-19 case, confirmed in an incoming passenger on day 4 of mandatory quarantine, according to Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) on VIP’s Let's Talk radio programme on ZBVI 780AM on March 2, 2021.

March 2nd, 2021
Vehicles collide @ Duff’s Bottom

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- The drivers and passengers of two vehicles involved in an accident at Duff’s Bottom this morning, March 2, 2021, may have considered themselves unfortunate yet lucky to have escaped with no major injuries.

March 2nd, 2021
‘Cannabis cannot replace food’- Bishop John I. Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Pastor of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, Mr John I. Cline is urging the Andrew A. Fahie Government to not ignore the cash crop industry in pursuit of the medical marijuana industry.

March 2nd, 2021
Corruption? High Court rules UK Gov’t broke own law over COVID contracts!

LONDON, United Kingdom- While the United Kingdom Government seems bent on labelling the Virgin Islands as corrupt to the extent that it has backed a controversial Commission of Inquiry into governance, it has been found to not be without sin as the High Court in the United Kingdom (UK) has ruled that the country’s Health Secretary, Matthew J. D. Hancock aka ‘Matt’, unlawfully failed to publish details of billions of pounds' worth of coronavirus-relate

March 2nd, 2021
VI will be ‘shining example’ of how to manage a pandemic – Dr the Hon Wheatley

CAPPOON'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honorable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), while celebrating the legacy of H.L. Stoutt, shone the spotlight on the Virgin Islands' successful fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 2nd, 2021
Concerns as Governor’s Office promotes St David’s Day on H.L. Stoutt’s Day!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Many in the Virgin Islands may have no idea what is St David’s Day, yet it was promoted by the Governor’s Office on March 1, 2021, the same day the territory was observing a public holiday for the Anniversary of the Birth of its visionary first Chief Minister, Hamilton Lavity Stoutt.

March 2nd, 2021
H.L. Stoutt’s vision enabled territory to fight COVID-19 – Premier Fahie

CAPPOON'S BAY, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has praised the vision and tenacity of the late Chief Minister Honourable Hamilton Lavity Stoutt, who he said equipped the territory to face challenges ahead, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 2nd, 2021
$300K approved for Constitutional Review Commission

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Cabinet has approved some $300,000 max budget for the Virgin Islands' Constitutional Review Commission, according to the Cabinet decisions of February 17, 2021, published in the Official Gazette.

March 1st, 2021
Driver of truck that fell off hillside escaped life-threatening injuries

DIAMOND ESTATE, Tortola, VI-The driver of a truck that fell more than 12 feet off a road at Diamond Estate, Tortola, on Saturday, February 27, 2021, is said to have not sustained any life-threatening injuries.

March 1st, 2021
Hon Penn blasted for suggesting VI take £300M UK Loan Guarantee

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Leader of the Opposition Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has come under fire for suggesting that the Virgin Islands (VI) should have taken the £300M loan guarantee offered by the United Kingdom (UK), even as the Fahie administration has repeatedly said the loan came with conditions that could have adversely affected the territory.

March 1st, 2021
Britain continues to benefit from transatlantic slave trade- Dr Ahmed N. Reid

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, WI- Slavery may have been abolished well over a century ago; however, an Associate Professor of Caribbean History at the City University of New York has said Britain and descendants of enslavers continue today to benefit from slavery.

March 1st, 2021
11 shot, 4 dead in separate shootings in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI— Eleven people were shot and four are dead following three violent incidents on St Croix between Saturday night and the wee hours of Sunday morning, February 28, 2021, all of which were said to be separate, unrelated occurrences.

March 1st, 2021
Public asked to report side effects of COVID-19 vaccine

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Virgin Islands continues its COVID-19 vaccination drive, persons who received their first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine are asked to report any side effects to the Ministry of Health and Social Development.

February 28th, 2021
Suspected intoxicated man leaps from moving police vehicle, tased

EAST END, Tortola, VI- Police have arrested a man who was suspected to be intoxicated while the driver of a vehicle involved in a 2-vehicle accident at Brandywine Bay on Friday evening, February 26, 2021.

February 28th, 2021
Rikkoi A. R. Brathwaite breaks 60m record @ Big 10 Indoor C/ships

GENEVA, Ohio, USA- Virgin Islands sprinter Rikkoi A. R. Brathwaite ran himself into the history books when he competed in the 2021 Big Ten Indoor Championships in Ohio on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

February 28th, 2021
Restrooms @ Long Bay on Beef Island ready for public use

LONG BAY, Beef Island, VI- Beach-goers to Long Bay beach, Beef Island now have access to completed restrooms.

February 28th, 2021
CARICOM’s interest in 'damaging' CoI is positive – Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has called ‘positive,’ the concerns and interest expressed by CARICOM over the Commission of Inquiry and the secretive nature of how it was established by controversial Ex-Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert and the United Kingdom (UK).

February 27th, 2021
Police shut down all-day brunch for breaking COVID-19 rules

WEST END, Tortola, VI - Officers at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have today, February 27, 2021, shut down a crowded brunch event on the Western End of Tortola, after it was found that the event breached COVID-19 restrictions.

February 27th, 2021
Truck topples off hillside @ Diamond Estate, trapping driver inside

DIAMOND ESTATE, Tortola, VI - Information coming into Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that a major accident has occurred in the Diamond Estate area, this afternoon Saturday, February 27, 2021, and one driver may be seriously injured.

February 27th, 2021
3185 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in VI thus far

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Some 3185 persons have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in the Virgin Islands (VI) as of February 25, 2021, according to information coming out of the Government Information Service.

February 27th, 2021
Controversial VI CoI moves into stage two

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The now controversial Virgin Islands (VI) Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on unfounded allegations of corruption and discrimination in the VI public service under the Fahie administration have moved into stage two according to a February 26, 2021, press release from the CoI Press Secretary Steven Chandler.

February 27th, 2021
USVI Gov’t gifts itself 50 New Vehicles; $1M cash in Honda settlement

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Honda agreed to provide the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands with 50 cars worth $2.1 million as part of a settlement for the company's role in the lawsuit brought by the USVI government on behalf of residents against Takata Corporation and its U.S. subsidiary, TK Holdings, Inc.

February 27th, 2021
Women hailed for brave role in VI's COVID-19 fight

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Women have been recognised for their contributions to the health and social response to COVID-19 in the Virgin Islands at the UN ECLAC’s 60th Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean that began on 23rd February 2021.

February 26th, 2021
CARICOM blasts UK, Ex-Gov Jaspert over secretive CoI launch

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) has broken its silence over the secretive nature of the Virgin Islands (VI) Commission of Inquiry (CoI) as established by the former controversial Governor, Augustus J.U. Jasper in collaboration with the British Government days before he demitted office.

February 26th, 2021
‘Downright lawlessness’ regarding parking on Tortola – Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Poor parking in Tortola continues to be a major issue plaguing the community, according to commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline on the Thursday, February 25, 2021, edition of his Honestly Speaking radio show on ZBVI 780 AM.

February 26th, 2021
Kharid T. Fraser appointed Deputy Chairman of FSC Board of Commissioners

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI- The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands on February 17, 2021, decided that Robin F. Gaul be appointed Chairman of the Financial Services Commission’s Board of Commissioners and that former Accountant General Mrs Kharid T. Fraser being appointed Deputy Chairman.

February 26th, 2021
This Week We Feature Young Professional Xhanae A. Barry

By Ron O. D'Avilar

Young Professional Xhanae A. Barry has settled into her real-estate career purely out of passion. After graduating from university in 2017 to pursue her dream job as an accountant, she realised that field was not the perfect fit.

February 26th, 2021
20 ‘pandemic heroes’ to be honoured @ NLBC’s Heroes’ Sunday Service

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI—The Virgin Islands being able to effectively manage the COVID-19 pandemic to the point where there is currently no recorded case of COVID-19 in the territory did not come by accident but by an intentional and effective plan that saw various departments and entities working systematically to keeping the territory safe.

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