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April 23rd, 2014
Govt signs $30.7M contract for Pier Project

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Within a matter of a few weeks the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) will be breaking ground as the first phase of the controversial Cruise Pier Development Project is set to get started with the hope that come January 2015, the facility will welcome its first set of visitors.

April 23rd, 2014
'F**k is not yet a breakfast term!' - Prosecutor

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Prosecutor Herbert Potter argued passionately yesterday, April 22, 2014 that the word “F**k is not yet a breakfast term!” adding that the offence of indecent language remained on the law books for a reason.

April 23rd, 2014
Grenada Topple Vincy; Cavaliers Demolish Jamrock

GREENLAND, Tortola, VI - Grenada defeated defending champions St. Vincent & the Grenadines by four wickets in week 4 of the Super Six stage of the 2014 Digicel Twenty/20 Cricket Tournament on Sunday, April 20, 2014 while the Cavaliers thrashed Jamrock.

April 22nd, 2014
Woman in serious condition after Joe’s Hill accident

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One woman is now in serious condition following an accident earlier today, April 22, 2014 in the vicinity of Joe’s Hill.

April 22nd, 2014
UPDATE: VC unfit to testify in sword matter - Psychiatrist

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Magistrate Dr Velon L. John is now set to rule on whether a trial will go ahead against accused men, Mustafa Claxton, 28, and Charles Plaza, 43, after a psychiatrist testified on the competence of the Virtual Complainant (VC) today, April 22, 2014.

April 22nd, 2014
UPDATE: 11 yr old is youngest & best Female Angler

SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI – As the organizers of the annual sport fishing tournament in Virgin Gorda plug efforts into the involvement of youths in the fishing industry, they continue to honour the efforts of those who do participate.

April 22nd, 2014
Julian Willock vindicated again; Gov’t drops appeal!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In a move that has surprised many knowing the political nature of the matter notwithstanding the legal class had long expected it, the Attorney General’s Chambers has discontinued its Appeal against the former Esteemed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Julian Willock.

April 22nd, 2014
Vibrant troupes add splash to VG Easter Fest parade

SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI – Led by this year’s Festival Honoree, Ms Grace Vanterpool, a kaleidoscope of colourful troupes wound their way along the streets of Spanish Town for the annual Virgin Gorda (VG) Easter Monday Festival Parade yesterday, April 21, 2014.

April 23rd, 2014
Celebrity chefs cook up traditional Trippa for charity brunch in Wilmington, DE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Chefs Davide Pugliese of Wali Nikiti House on Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands and Cathy Whims of Nostrana in Portland, Oregon have teamed up for the first time to present Trippa alla Fiorentina at the annual, fund raising Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch in Wilmington, DE on Sunday, April 27.

April 22nd, 2014
Scores come out for annual kite-flying jamboree

WICKHAMS CAY, Tortola, VI – Scores of people came out to take part in the annual kite flying jamboree in Wickhams Cay hosted by the Association of Guyanese Living in the Virgin Islands (VI) yesterday April 21, 2014.

April 22nd, 2014
National Records highlight VI’s Carifta Games

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Two individual bronze medals and an U18 Girls 4 x 100m Relay bronze medal brought the VI’s medal haul to four as the 43rd Carifta Games closed in Martinique on Monday April 21, 2014

April 21st, 2014
VG Rise & Shine tramp’s new route achieves objective

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – When the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee decided to change the customary route of the annual Rise & Shine tramp to start from the Virgin Gorda branch of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, they were answering a popular call.

April 21st, 2014
Mighty Ley-Ley snatches Sistah Joyce’s crown!

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Calypso 2013 champion Joycelyn 'Sistah Joyce' Searles lost her calypso crown as she was comfortably defeated by two of her challengers: Mighty Ley-Ley and King Paido.

April 21st, 2014
Cavaliers crush Jamaica in Digicel T20 tourney

GREENLAND, Tortola, VI – A blazing century delivered by Cavaliers’ number three batsman, Kwesi Sinclair, ensured victory over team Jamaica in the latest round of the Digicel T20 Cricket tournament at the Greenland recreation ground yesterday, April 20, 2014.

April 21st, 2014
BVI Rockers miss out on semi finals by seconds!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As the Saint Martin Football Association U13 Boys Tournament concluded on Sunday April 20, 2014 at the Stade Alberic A. Richards, Saint Martin, the BVI Rockers went undefeated in their two remaining group matches, suffering the heartbreak of conceding a late, late equalizer against the Risk Takers from St Maarten in the last game to miss out on a semi final berth.

April 20th, 2014
Fun, fete & Bacchanal a sure thing!

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – The large population of Grenadians living among the Virgin Gorda (VG) community, topped up by a significant number of Antiguans, together with the rich blend of ‘born here’ Virgin Islanders and others from various parts of the world provided the perfect opportunity for a real fete at the first international night at the Grace Vanterpool Festiville on Virgin Gorda on April 19, 2014.

April 20th, 2014
2014 VG Festiville has grand opening ceremony!

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - When Ms Grace Vanterpool cut the ribbon to signal the official opening of the Festiville that is named in her honour, she was not going to let the opportunity pass to get on the dance floor and her partner to do so was Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn.

April 20th, 2014
Huggins picks up VI’s 1st Carifta 2014 Medal!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – VI Sprinter Nelda Huggins grabbed the Bronze Medal in the U18 100m at the 43rd Carifta Games in Fort de France, Martinique with a new Personal Best time of 11.64 seconds to finish behind Jamaican Simone Shaw and Janae Ambrose.

April 20th, 2014
VG Fungi Fest & Food Fair well attended despite rain

SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI – Not even intermittent rain could stop the scores of residents from Virgin Gorda and its sister islands who turned out yesterday April 19, 2014 to enjoy the activities of the Fungi Fest and Food Fair held in the Spanish Town Market Square in Virgin Gorda.

April 19th, 2014
UPDATE: Skelton says NHI needs startup of $15M to $25M

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton said that the National Health Insurance (NHI) system will need a start up financing from Government of between $15 million and $25 million.

April 19th, 2014
Chic Trends on maiden trip off Tortola

EAST END/LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI – With the wide spans of families making up the Virgin Islands, all are geared up to converge on one of the 60 islands comprising the VI, Virgin Gorda aka ‘Paradise’ for the 2014 celebrations of Easter Festival.

April 19th, 2014
Serious crimes ahead for VI - Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Despite the perceived successes of initiatives such as the most recent job and career fair held in the East End/Long Look community, commentator Edmund G. Maduro remains unconvinced that the current system in place is doing enough to lessen unemployment among the Territory’s youths.

April 18th, 2014
‘I believed & Invested in me & I made it’ – NJAR

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Today Glendon D. Lamothe aka NJAR has seen phase one of his big bag of dreams come through. He has successfully released his first mixed tape of music all of which he took time out to write. But the journey for him was not an easy one.

April 18th, 2014
This Week We Feature Young Professional Tecora L. Morgan

By Ron M. Henry

Undoubtedly no stranger to the limelight, our Young Professional of the Week remains on a high after being successful in capturing the crown of one of the most prestigious contests in the Virgin Islands – the Miss Virgin Gorda Pageant.

April 18th, 2014
Losses for Malone, Potter & Lady Royals

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – VIslanders Darier Malone, Jelissa Potter and their Lady Royals softball team returned to Daly Field on Thursday, April 17, 2014 for a Sun Conference double header against Ave Maria University.

April 17th, 2014
Ralph T. O’Neal cancels VIP Congress meeting; no elections on April 23!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In a move that shocked party faithfuls Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE in a letter dated today April 17, 2014 to the Secretary of the Party Mrs. Wandermae Malone has cancelled the National Congress to hold elections for the Executive Committee.

April 17th, 2014
SCB landlord pleads guilty to sewage flow nuisance

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Magistrate Dr Velon L. John roundly chastised property owner Corentz Richardson for continuing to break the law when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, April 17, 2014.

April 17th, 2014
‘Many don’t know they are diabetic’ - Sergio L. Ochaeta

EAST END, Tortola, VI – The combination of practicing healthy eating habits and a solid spiritual life is said to be the major factor lacking of most persons who turned up to benefit from a medical outreach programme being conducted across Tortola.

April 17th, 2014
UPDATE: Vanterpool denounces PAC ports project report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool today April 17, 2014 denounced the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Interim Report on the Ports Project as being devoid of facts to substantiate claims made therein.

April 17th, 2014
‘Insurance companies raping VI’ - Henry

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentator Julio Sam Henry is of the view that the National Health Insurance (NHI) which was recently approved in the House of Assembly could not be any worse than current insurance providers in place in the Virgin Islands (VI).

April 17th, 2014
Slips in testimony raised in Police assault trial

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The defence took the opportunity to point out several inconsistencies in the testimony given by an eyewitness as the trial of two police officers accused of assault continued before the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, April 16, 2014.

April 17th, 2014
DJ calls for all-inclusiveness for VG Easter Festival hiring

SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI – Perry A. Lennard aka DJ Heavy Beatez says that he is not pleased with the process by which bands and Deejays are selected to benefit from contracts to provide musical entertainment services during the Easter Festival in Virgin Gorda.

April 17th, 2014
CIL promoting local talent/artistes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Caribbean Insurers Limited (CIL) has turned its attention to supporting and promoting local talent especially in the music industry in the Virgin Islands (VI) as a part of its corporate commitment.

April 17th, 2014
U13 Footballers off to St Maarten

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Another important step in the BVI Football Association’s development of Youth Football takes place over the Easter weekend with two U13 Boys teams taking part in an Invitational Tournament in St. Maarten.

April 16th, 2014
Moleto A. Smith Jr. (D) Announces Gubernatorial Running Mate

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI – Mr Moleto A. Smith Jr., candidate for Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the upcoming election as a Democrat has announced that he has selected his Lieutenant Governor candidate - Mr. Hubert Lorenzo Frederick.

April 16th, 2014
Fraser to question Premier during tomorrow’s HoA sitting

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Third District Hon Julian Fraser RA will tomorrow April 17, 2014 pose a number of questions to Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith in the House of Assembly during the Sixth Sitting of the Third Session of the Second House of Assembly.

April 16th, 2014
Pierre gets 7 years for Anegada drug bust

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Vincentian Glenroy Pierre, 34, was handed a total of seven years' imprisonment on drug related charges when he appeared before the Magistrate's Court at John's Hole today, April 16, 2014.

April 16th, 2014
BVIHSA employees feel tricked

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “First the Minister lied to us, the CEO had to cover his lies and she also further lied to us, the Director come with his sugar coat to VINO and try to polish things but he didn’t tell yall all the truth so he lied too,” said one of several obviously perturbed employees of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA).

April 16th, 2014
VG 18th Fisherman’s Jamboree set to go

SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI – With all being set to celebrate the sport fishing industry in the Virgin Islands (VI), the Wahoo Madness, the 18th Fisherman’s Jamboree is ready to go in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda and among the regular cautions that the committee is insisting on is that fishermen stay within the boundaries of the VI's waters.

April 19th, 2014
KING or KONG!

By Dickson Igwe

The most crucial decision facing the GRAND OLE PARTY in decades will be made on April 23, 2014. The critical task it presently faces is choosing the right leader to take it into an election war at the end of 2015. A call to cancel the April 23 convention by the old king is clearly an attempt to stall the process. It smacks of desperation. This story was written before that announcement.

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