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September 13th, 2018
Speaker Moses presides over HoA despite announced as NDP candidate

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - There was some tension, at the beginning of Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Third House of Assembly today, Thursday September 13, 2018, despite the Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), being absent.

September 13th, 2018
Dion Thomas pleads guilty to drugs, gun & ammo charges

JOHN’S HOLE, Tortola, VI – Dion Thomas, the 39-year-old man found with drugs, an illegal firearm and two sets of ammunition during this year’s Festival activities, has admitted to the charges laid against him in the Magistrate Court, at John's Hole, Tortola.

September 13th, 2018
VI needs comprehensive approach to health issues—Dr Samuel

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - There is need for a more comprehensive approach in the manner with which the Virgin Islands (VI) treats with medical challenges, a notion raised recently by Vice President of the VI Alzheimer Association, Dr June M. Samuel—as the Territory joins with the world in Observing Alzheimer’s Month.

September 12th, 2018
Squash Squad gets ‘eye opener’ in Cayman meet

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands (VI) National Men’s Squash Team failed, to advance significantly in the recently completed Pan American Squash Championships held in the Cayman Islands from August 24 to September 1, 2018, but the experience is being treated as a ‘real eye opener’ for the players.

September 12th, 2018
More BVI Airways Questions for September 13, 2018 HoA Sitting—Hon Fraser

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Questions on the tax payers $7.2 M squandered on BVI Airways—that never flew and with Government not collecting a dime back, is not going away anytime soon and will be the Legacy of outgoing Premier Dr the Honourable, D. Orlando Smith (AL)—are back on the Order Paper.

September 12th, 2018
Another St Lucian gets top Job in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) has announced that Saint Lucian native, Shawn Innocent, has been appointed as a full-time Magistrate for a period of six months, with effect from September 3, 2018.

September 12th, 2018
Ports Authority seeks $5M more from First Caribbean Bank

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was in 2014 that the BVI Ports Authority obtained a $50 million loan from First Caribbean International Bank, to help fund the Ports Development project.

September 12th, 2018
Speaker’s impartial rule now in question?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The ability of the Speaker of the House of Assembly—Ms Ingrid A. Moses Scatfliffe—to preside over its sittings as an impartial adjudicator, is being called into question—in light of in light of reports, she will be running for Office, as an At-Large Candidate, on the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) ticket.

September 12th, 2018
Earthquake hits VI ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands (VI) was today, September 12, 2018, at 12:18 AM, hit with a magnitude 4.0 earthquake, recorded by the Puerto Rico Seismic Network and reported by the VI’s Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

September 11th, 2018
Archie, Smith & Ronnie Out! Grant, Moses & Underhill In! as NDP At Large!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Executive Committee of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) has voted on its At-Large slate for the upcoming General Elections.

September 12th, 2018
Natalie O. Hodge is Deputy Chief Information Officer (ag)

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Ms Natalie O. Hodge has been appointed to act as Deputy Chief Information Officer in the Department of Information and Public Relations effective July 9, 2018, according to the Government Information Service (GIS) in a press statement today, September 12, 2013.

September 11th, 2018
SOL St Lucia wins major BVIEC fuel contract over Delta Petroleum

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The British Virgin Islands’ Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), has awarded a major fuel contract to SOL St Lucia Limited (Ltd), to supply the government run utility with fuel and lubricants for the next five years.

September 11th, 2018
‘Shift system’ continues in new school year—Hon Walwyn

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - The ‘shift system’ imposed in schools following the 2017 devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria, will have to continue as the 2018/2019 School-Year begins.

September 10th, 2018
Bayside Blazers Jr & Sr demolish opponents in weekend STS League games

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI –‘Bayside Blazers’ on Friday, September 7, 2018, demolished ‘Young Empire’ 132-49, when action continued in the Honourable Julian Fraser Save the Seed (STS) Basketball National League 2018 at Duff’s Bottom.

September 10th, 2018
Prisoners describe conditions in St Lucia as ‘barbaric’

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands News Online, first and accurately reported that the remaining prisoners from Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) at Balsam Ghut, who were sent to St Lucia—following Hurricane Irma—had been returned to Tortola, on September 6, 2018.

September 11th, 2018
Chad Lettsome Wins “Present Your Start-Up Caribbean”

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islander, Chad Lettsome was named the best start-up in the second edition of Present Your Startup Caribbean in Curaçao last month.

September 11th, 2018
Don’t wait for the last minute – Water & Sewerage Dept appeals

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Department of Water and Sewerage (DW&S) of the Virgin Islands (VI), has issued a call for residents to be proactive in safeguarding one of the most important commodities for life – water.

September 10th, 2018
Mapp special assistant allegedly strangles wife

VI CONSORTIUM

SION FARM, St Croix, USVI — Mr Gregory Rafael Naar, a special assistant to Governor Kenneth Mapp, was charged on Saturday (September 8, 2018) by the VIPD, with assault and simple assault after allegedly strangling his wife, which hindered her ability to breathe.

September 10th, 2018
Many still roofless as Hurricane approaches

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Many families in the Territory may have to utilise shelters or seek cover with families, friends or neighbours in the likelihood of a severe storm during this hurricane season as one year after their homes were destroyed by Hurricane Irma , they are yet to be fixed.

September 10th, 2018
VI cyclists cleared for Int’l meets without prior secondary approval

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The British Virgin Islands’ Cycling Federation (BVICF), is now cleared to participate in cycling events in any discipline worldwide as an Independent body, without prior approval from a secondary body.

September 10th, 2018
UPDATE: Tropical Storm ‘Isaac’ upgrades to Hurricane status

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Tropical Storm ‘Isaac’ has been upgraded to ‘Hurricane’ status and continues to pose a threat to the Territory, according to the Virgin Islands’ (VI) Department of Disaster Management (DDM), in an advisory issued on Sunday evening, September 9, 2018.

September 9th, 2018
Riteway gives back to Customers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI -Prices were slashed and free food and snacks were at the ready, along with door prizes, deals, giveaways, and free entertainment for kids, all part of the three-day Customers' Appreciation event at Rite Way Food Market stores in the Territory.

September 9th, 2018
'ONE BVI' human-chain brings Climate Change in focus for Irma Anniversary

LONG BAY BEACH, Beef Island, VI - A human chain embossed ‘ONE BVI,’ in the sands of Long Bay Beach, at Beef Island, to form part of the Territory’s one-year observance activities, marking the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017.

September 8th, 2018
Delaney takes over at CIBC

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, WI - Regional financial services institution, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, has announced the appointment of Ms Colette Delaney, as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2018. She succeeds Mr Gary Brown, who retires on October 31, 2018.

September 8th, 2018
Gov Jaspert warns against complacency @ Irma Observance

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Government of the Virgin Islands’ (VI) call to prayer, reflection and remembrance of September 6, 2017, was met with a scant attendance and a clarion call to guard against complacency in the Territory’s recovery efforts.

September 9th, 2018
Reggae: Word, Sound & Power

Thomas C. Famous

“Look to Africa, for there a King will be crowned.” The Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey, prophesizing the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

September 8th, 2018
Primary Health Services gets new leadership after 5-year absence

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Local specialist Pediatrician with the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Dr Natasha D. Frett, has been appointed Director of Primary Healthcare Services (PHS), effective September 1, 2018.

September 7th, 2018
This week we feature 'Young Professional' Chenaye K. Duncan

By M Gary Eleazar

“Girls are made of sugar and spice, and all things nice” is a rhyme echoed in the ears of little girls when growing up and this week’s Young Professional, personifies a young woman defined by big dreams, determination and a creative spark that cannot be doused.

September 8th, 2018
Hearing impairment to be highlighted in lecture series

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A lecture series titled “Oh Be Careful, Little Ears Can You Hear” that will focus on hearing impairment, diagnostics modalities of treatment and speech development will be launched next week.

September 8th, 2018
National indebtedness and living standards—Part A

Dickson C. Igwe

This ‘economics layman’ is learning that a country’s personal indebtedness and private debt levels—owed by private individuals and privately owned businesses—is not synonymous with national debt: debt held by a country’s government.

September 8th, 2018
Tropical Storm, possible hurricane bears down on VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Two weather systems that are being closely monitored by the Virgin Islands (VI) Department of Disaster Management (DDM), have been upgraded as they approach the Caribbean with a likelihood of reaching the Territory.

September 7th, 2018
PHOTO of the Day: Someone is now without a ride!

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Our roving cameras came across a blazing inferno shortly after noon today, September 7, 2018.

September 7th, 2018
St. Lucian Lenius Lendor is new Ports Authority Boss

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - There is now no hope for Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline, returning as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority, since the National Democratic Party (NDP) Cabinet, has approved the recommendation of the entity’s Board of Directors, to hire St Lucian national, Lenius Lendor, to take up the post.

September 7th, 2018
‘I did not take 1 penny from TPP project’- Hon Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Struggling to explain the Tortola Pier Park (TPP) Development and the $40M costs over run and amidst corruption allegations in the public domain, Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), insists “I can honestly and confidently account to you, that not one penny of your funds has been taken by myself.”

September 7th, 2018
Missing man found shot dead in apartment

VI CONSORTIUM

GROVE PLACE, St Croix, USVI — A man who went missing several days ago was found dead in his Mutual Homes apartment on Thursday morning (September 6, 2018), after a concerned resident filed a report at the VIPD’s Francis Command Police Station, relative to a missing person, VIPD Public Information Officer Glen Dratte announced Thursday.

September 7th, 2018
Waste collection concerns addressed at community meeting

WEST END, Tortola, VI - Government officials met with residents living in the western communities of Tortola to discuss concerns on recent fires and waste management plans moving forward, according to a Government Information System (GIS), dated September 6, 2018.

September 7th, 2018
UK is not an open cheque book for VI – Gov Jaspert

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Amidst calls for the United Kingdom (UK) government to inject more monies into the Virgin Islands (VI), to primarily aid in its recovery—after hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated the islands on September 6, 2017—sitting Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert, made it clear, the UK is not an open cheque book to the Territory.

September 7th, 2018
VI Gov’t inks contract for rehabilitative works 8-years later

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), on September 6, 2018, inked a contract with Autland Heavy Equipment Co. Limited, to execute rehabilitation works at Windy Hill, Tortola under the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Project scope.

September 7th, 2018
DDM monitors two more weather systems

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The National Hurricane Centre’s (NHC) latest advisory, has reduced the strength of Hurricane ‘Florence’ while two Disturbances in the Eastern Atlantic continue to develop.

September 6th, 2018
Remaining 10 Prisoners return to Tortola from St Lucia, September 6, 2018

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI - Sometime after 3:00 PM today, Thursday, September 6, 2018, the remaining 10 prisoners who were sent to St Lucia almost a year ago—after Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut—were returned to Tortola.



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