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October 1st, 2014
Andrews wins HLSCC Highland Spring Race on Virgin Gorda

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Curwin Andrews claimed his second win of the Virgin Gorda leg of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) Highland Spring 2K Series on Saturday September 27, 2014, in a race that was run to raise funds for the BVI Cancer Society.

September 30th, 2014
Big court victory for Earl 'Bob' Hodge

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – While Mr Earl D. Hodge is breathing a sigh of relief following a decision of the Appeal Court as it related to a preliminary appeal on his part as it relates to the North Carolina USA extradition, he and the others in the joint matter are still awaiting decision of Justice Vicki Ann Ellis.

September 30th, 2014
Hons Fraser & Fahie raised safety of VI staff in Asia House amidst HK unrest

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Despite numerous attempts today September 30, 2014, Virgin Islands News Online was unable to reach Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith for an update on the status of the staff of the BVI Asia House in Hong Kong (HK), given that pro-democracy protesters have been stepping up the pace over the last few days.

September 30th, 2014
NLBC to host POWER + crusade

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The New Life Baptist Church (NLBC) will from October 5 to 10, 2014 host POWER PLUS, a crusade under the theme ‘The Year of Repositioning’ and four preachers will be coming from the United States to minister to persons here.

September 30th, 2014
‘People are afraid to speak!’ – PEP Chairman Hon J. Alvin Christopher

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Second District and Chairman of the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) Honourable J. Alvin Christopher believes democracy in the Virgin Islands is being undermined and people are afraid to express their democratic right to speak or to be associated with any group of their choice.

September 30th, 2014
‘I resigned from VIF&FC as VG Rep!’ – Ms. Sharon Flax

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Director of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) Ms Sharon Flax who was crushed by the recent report of the VI Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) which was laid in the House of Assembly on September 25, 2014 denounced some of the findings.

September 30th, 2014
Finally! Anegada Airport to get overdue facelift – says Mr. Rhodni A. Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Anegada Lobster Festival Mr. Rhodni A. Skelton yesterday September 29, 2014 announced that there will be a friendlier outlook to the Auguste George International Airport on Anegada in time for the festival there.

September 30th, 2014
Antigua & Barbuda trounce Montserrat in LICA openers

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, WI - Despite their dominance in both the Leeward Islands Cricket Association (LICA) Three-Day and 50-Overs formats of the game against visiting Montserrat, Antigua & Barbuda senior national cricket team’s head coach, Ridley Jacobs, said they must improve in some areas ahead of their next clash against Nevis starting October 11, 2014.

September 29th, 2014
Corporate teams bowl off to ‘Strike Out Illiteracy’

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – The hype and energy in the Save the Seed Energy Centre was positively charged by the five teams who showed up on Friday September 26, 2014 with an eagerness to Strike Out Illiteracy: National Bank of the Virgin Islands – NBVI Defenders, Harney’s Strikers, Tourist Board Bulldozers, Infinite Pin Snappers and Appleby Aces.

September 29th, 2014
‘Education shouldn’t be wrapped up in politics’ – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI - “It’s important when these things come around that they be done not for political reasons but to help you reach your destiny because we live in a community where when you make a mistake these days they keep you seeing yourself where you are instead of where you are going,” said Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

September 29th, 2014
Sistah Joyce threatens to sue BVI Platinum News if photo not removed!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The reigning Calypso Monarch Joycelyn Searles aka Sistah Joyce has threatened to sue the pro government online news site BVI Platinum News if they do not remove her photo from an article published by the news site on September 28, 2014.

September 29th, 2014
VI woman caught with heroin in Vagina – Dom. Rep. News Agency

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – A woman identified by Dominican Republic law enforcement agency as being a native of Tortola, Virgin Islands, Elizabeth F. Testamark-Venesia was arrested and charged in the Spanish speaking country after being nabbed at an airport there with heroin stashed in condoms in her vagina.

September 29th, 2014
‘Tourist Board useless in marketing Festival’ - 2013 Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - When it comes to the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee reports, they take no prisoners and in a candid way they tell it like they see it.

September 29th, 2014
Kanavayen, Really Uptown & Apollo Sky to clash in Oct 5 Horse Races

SEA COW'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Horse owners and jockeys are gearing up for the October 5, 2014 races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cow’s Bay, Tortola with a number of horses from the Territory as well as some from the United States Virgin Islands slated for competition.

September 29th, 2014
Pilipino so afraid to play Bayside Blazers they forfeit game!

SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola, VI - Bayside Blazers last evening September 28, 2014 won by forfeiture at the Honourable Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League, its sixth win in the competition, after Pilipino threw in the towel by failing to appear for the game.

September 28th, 2014
Kedrick E. Malone out! Benito Wheatley in!, tipped to head London Office

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - This news site has learnt that from Tuesday September 30, 2014, Kedrick E. Malone will no longer be the Director of the BVI London Office and is to be replaced by Deputy Director Benito Wheatley who is to assume the role of acting Director.

September 28th, 2014
Dion Stephens for HC trial without PI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Dion Stephens who has been charged with the indictable offence of manslaughter which allegedly occurred on February 10, 2014 during a boat collision incident resulting in the death of Jose A. Titley, is headed for High Court (HC) trial.

September 28th, 2014
VI youths for EPIC encounter

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Rotary Club of Tortola is expecting a ram jammed session come Thursday October 2 and Friday October 3, 2014 as they target close to 1,000 youths for their annual Youth Forum one that is expected to take a different spin than previous years.

September 28th, 2014
Da 3rd defeats Avengers despite Coach Garraway walking out on Team!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The game of the night that saw a huge turnout was the last game of last evening September 27, 2014 between the high flying Da 3rd coached by Roy A. Garraway with big time draft pick Ray D. Victor and the veteran team Avengers coached by Rajah A. Smith with draft pick Travis A. Isaac.

September 27th, 2014
Luce Hodge-Smith & Melville Lettsome lambasted in 2013 Festival report!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Yet another controversial Festival and Fairs Committee Report has been laid on the Table of the House of Assembly.

September 27th, 2014
‘Unemployment rate in VG shocking!’ – Albert Wheatley

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – When Coordinator of Youth Employment Services (YES) Mr. Albert Wheatley came up with the idea of a Job Fair for youths of Virgin Gorda, neither he or the property owners had any idea that the rate of unemployment on the island was that extensive.

September 27th, 2014
HoA removes Legal Profession Act 2012 from Order Paper

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith on Thursday September 25, 2014 moved a motion to have the Legal Profession Act 2012 removed from the Order Paper and the House of Assembly (HoA) approved the motion.

September 27th, 2014
Scotiabank, BVIHSA partner on 5K Walk/Run

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Such is the growing popularity of mass participation sports such as Marathons, Triathlons and Road Running, in the search for a healthy lifestyle, Scotiabank has teamed up with the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) to host the inaugural 5K Walk/Run.

September 26th, 2014
HoA passes Bill to allow for equality in child maintenance

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The House of Assembly yesterday September 25, 2014 passed the Magistrate’s Code of Procedure (Amendment) Act 2014 eliminating discrimination against men in the court and ensuring that when it comes to the maintenance of children there is equal responsibility.

September 26th, 2014
Ceason Hodge charged for stealing from sister

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – When he was initially arrested and interviewed by officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Ceason Hodge allegedly admitted to stealing his sister’s money, however today when he appeared in court he pleaded not guilty to the charge of theft.

September 26th, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Sharie B. deCastro out of Govt. teaching system

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Working at ESHS (Elmore Stoutt High School) for the past 3 years, I witnessed first-hand the need for literacy in the Territory. I didn’t just see the problem and talked about it but I diligently sought a solution for it,” said Ms Sharie B. deCastro.

September 26th, 2014
This Week We Feature Young Professional DaShan O. Hodge

By Cathy O. O. Richards

With a strong positive influence from a male figure in the family, there is such an impact that young men and women can in the future play a great role in influencing those who were not fortunate enough to have that male ‘backbone’ to impact their lives positively.

September 26th, 2014
Couple in their 90s mark 74 years of marriage

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – A couple in their 90s yesterday September 25, 2014 celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary and have surrounded themselves with the love of their extended family to mark the significant milestone for which they are thankful to the Almighty.

September 26th, 2014
VI's Joe Chapman exits early from Nash Cup

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Caribbean’s number 1 ranked squash player, Joe Chapman of the Virgin Islands, lost to Canadian Nick Sachie in the 2nd round of Qualification for the Nash Cup at the London Squash Rackets Club in England on Wednesday September 23, 2014.

September 25th, 2014
Hon O’Neal, Hon Fraser skip today’s HoA sitting

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Two prominent members of the Opposition were today September 25, 2014 absent from the Tenth Sitting of Third Session of the Second House of Assembly.

September 25th, 2014
HoA will meet today September 25, 2014

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While few media houses have carried the information, the House of Assembly will be meeting today September 25, 2014.

September 25th, 2014
‘VI population too small for NHI’ – Hon J. Alvin Christopher (R2)

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative of the Second District Honourable J. Alvin Christopher said that based on the number of potential contributors to the National Health Insurance (NHI), he is afraid that the contribution rate of 3.75 percent for employees that is being quoted may not be sustainable.

September 25th, 2014
'Financial sector buoyant despite global challenges’ – Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - HDLYNZ Financial Times international news in their September 16, 2014 publication reported, “#FinancialTimes British Virgin Islands under pressure: BVI companies face ‘torturous’ struggle to open bank accounts.”

September 27th, 2014
Visionary Politics and 2016

By Dickson Igwe

The following article is part of a series of stories on Virgin Islands politics and economics. It asks the question: what is the long term vision for the Virgin Islands in the run up to general elections in early 2016?

September 25th, 2014
UPDATE: Mrs. Karia J. Christopher in @ DTCA from Nov 3

‎ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - "Yes I am in receipt of the appointment, I did sign off and I have resigned from the TRC," said Mrs. Karia J. Christopher in a comment to Virgin Islands News Online today September 25, 2014.

September 25th, 2014
‘Why not rent empty top floors of new Peebles Hospital?’ – Mr Julio 'Sam' Henry

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the constant shifting of the dates for the official opening of the new Peebles Hospital and the struggles to finance its furnishings local talk show host Mr Julio ‘Sam’ Henry asked about the possibility of government renting some sections of the building as an income generating measure.

September 25th, 2014
Narine inspires KKR to Champions League semi final

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Sunil Narine once again proved his weight in gold, conjuring up a four-wicket haul to help fire Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a three-wicket win over Perth Scorchers and into the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 on Wednesday September 24, 2014.

September 24th, 2014
‘It's time to make some demands of the UK!’ – Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio Talk Show host Doug Wheatley believes that it is up to the people of the Virgin Islands and not the political directorate as to whether the Virgin Islands wants a Referendum for Independence.

September 24th, 2014
‘One-size-fits-all approach wouldn’t work’ – Mrs Allison A. Jean

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) continues to lobby and promote the advancement of renewable energy across the region they continue to realize the fact that the ‘one size fits all’ approach cannot be applied.

September 24th, 2014
‘With or without funding we're doing renewables!’ – Mr Leroy A. E. Abraham

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) Mr. Leroy A. E. Abraham said that with or without donor funding, the Territory will be integrating renewable energy with the traditional energy sources.

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