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January 18th, 2021
11-week Solar Energy Technician training begins @ HLSCC

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI– The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) Workforce Training Division, Centre for Professional Development and Community Education (CPDCE) in conjunction with Power52 Caribbean Energy Institute (CEI) began its 11-week Solar Energy Technician Training today, January 18, 2021.

January 18th, 2021
‘Who gave permission’ for boat rides? -Hon Malone asks

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI - Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) says despite some current advertising for boat rides, the government has issued no permission for any such event.

January 17th, 2021
Motor Scooter rider allegedly assaults & injures police officers @ RT Police Station

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Two police officers had to be taken to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital on Friday, January 15, 2021, following an alleged scuffle with a motor scooter rider at Road Town Police Station.

January 17th, 2021
Whoop Whoop & Wicked Winch win Halyard Challenge 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Whoop Whoop and Wicked Winch started off the new year of competitive sailing by winning the Halyard Challenge 2021 on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

January 17th, 2021
‘Strike Team’ formed to tackle destructive Coral Disease in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands has responded to the threat of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the territory by forming a 'Strike Team' to tackle the disease.

January 17th, 2021
Gov't grants 3-month grace period on water disconnections

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands is offering a grace period of three months on the disconnections of water service to customers of the Water and Sewerage Department.

January 17th, 2021
Officers in largest drugs bust were ‘suspected’ of being corrupt – CoP Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI -Outgoing Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews has revealed that the two officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) who were implicated and charged in the $250 million drug bust in the Balsam Ghut area in November 2020, were suspected of being corrupt.

January 16th, 2021
Roundabout collision slows Road Town traffic

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sometime around 4:45 pm today, January 16, 2021, a two-car collision around the Wickhams Cay roundabout in uptown Road Town, slowed evening traffic in the area.

January 16th, 2021
'We are going to fight’ until marijuana bill is assented - Premier Fahie

FAHIE HILL, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says his administration intends to fight the hold-up of the Cannabis Licensing Act until it is assented to.

January 16th, 2021
VI backs UN ECLAC agenda on regional social development

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister of Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has affirmed the Virgin Islands’ support for advancing of regional social development at the fourth ‘United Nations ECLAC Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Social Development’ in Latin America and the Caribbean, held on January 13, 2021.

January 16th, 2021
UK COVID-19 strain could be dominant in US by March – CDC

VI CONSORTIUM

ATLANTA, Georga, USA - A highly contagious strain of COVID-19 first reported in the United Kingdom has been spreading rapidly in the United States and will become the dominant strain in the country by March if efforts are not taken immediately to contain its spread, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a report Friday, January 15, 2020.

January 15th, 2021
Rankin arrives but Jaspert remains! First time 2 Governors in VI!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The new United Kingdom appointed Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr John J. Rankin, CMG has arrived; however, the territory is not yet rid of controversial outgoing Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert.

January 15th, 2021
Kyron A. McMaster sets new Indoor 600m National Record

SOUTH CAROLINA, USA- Commonwealth champion and Virgin Islands star athlete, Kyron A. McMaster has established a new national indoor record for the 600m.

January 15th, 2021
COVID-19 patient discharged from hospital; 14 active cases in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The COVID-19 patient that was hospitalised earlier this month has since been discharged from Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital, according to the latest COVID-19 update from the Government of the Virgin Islands.

January 15th, 2021
‘Do not call me nigger’ - Hon Maduro-Caines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sixth District representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines has called out the social use of the word ‘nigger’ and its alternative spellings, urging black Virgin Islanders to desist from using the words.

January 15th, 2021
Private doctors should be allowed to source COVID-19 vaccines - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio host, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on local government to put systems in place so that private doctors can source COVID-19 vaccines on an auxiliary basis, alongside the government.

January 16th, 2021
Evangelicals fall for Lie; A story of Donald Trump

By Dickson C. Igwe

The biggest failure of the modern Evangelical Church- especially the American Evangelical Church- is the failure to preach truth to power.

January 14th, 2021
VI participates in string of regional meetings on future with COVID-19

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has revealed that the Virgin Islands (VI) participated in the United Nations 12th Ministerial Forum for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean on January 13, 2021, and two forums on VI's future navigating the pandemic.

January 14th, 2021
3-hour curfew remains in VI until Jan 28, 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands will remain under a 3-hour curfew until January 28, 2021, according to a new Curfew Order signed by Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert on January 13, 2021 and gazetted today, January 14, 2021.

January 14th, 2021
St Lucia PM Allen M. Chastanet guest of Honestly Speaking today

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The second Honestly Speaking show for the year will have as its special guest, Prime Minister of St Lucia, Honourable Allen M. Chastanet.

January 14th, 2021
Gov’t seeking 'negotiation' of UK decision on 'Marijuana Bill'

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says more negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) will have to be made over the Cannabis Licensing Act, 2020, as his administration is not fully clear on the way forward.

January 14th, 2021
Disaster Management Act 2021 passes with Amendments in HoA

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Following debates in which legislators on both sides of the aisle in the House of Assembly (HoA) on January 5, 2021, contributed favourably to the Disaster Management Act 2019 (amended to 2021), the Bill emerged out of Committee on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, and was passed with Amendments.

January 14th, 2021
CJ Pereira calls for judge-alone trials in region amid COVID-19 era

CASTRIES, St Lucia- In light of the challenges being faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Her Ladyship, Hon Dame Janice M. Pereira has suggested judge-alone trials in courtrooms across the Eastern Caribbean.

January 14th, 2021
BVI Bar welcomes passing of ECSC VI Amendment Act, 2020

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – President of the BVI Bar Association, Senor Associate at Harneys, Ms Kimberly K Crabbe-Adams says the BVI Bar remains pleased with the swift passing of The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) (Amendment) Act, 2020 in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA).

January 13th, 2021
Jost van Dyke ferry terminal to reopen March 1, 2021- BVIPA

JOST van DYKE, VI- The BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) has announced that the reopening of the port of entry at Jost van Dyke to international passenger vessels is poised for March 1, 2021, simultaneously with the reopening of the Road Town Ferry terminal on Tortola.

January 14th, 2021
Break away from routine politics

Jacqueline Wheatley

We have embraced the change of new governance, and as promised we expect what was put forward not to be contrary to the plans stated. When given an open shot for leadership, you must target the issues that are ringing in your ears.

January 13th, 2021
'COVID-19 significantly hampered' court’s ability to effectively manage caseload- CJ Pereira

CASTRIES, St Lucia - Her Ladyship, Hon Dame Janice M. Pereira has bemoaned that the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has, to a large extent, affected the courts in the Eastern Caribbean in managing its caseload.

January 13th, 2021
2 USVI police officers, National Guards held in US cocaine bust

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Two police officers from the St Thomas-St John District, a former [US] Virgin Islands Port Authority enforcement officer and other persons, including members of the USVI National Guard were caught in Florida's Opa-Locka County with over 300 kilos of cocaine, well-placed sources with knowledge of the bust have told the Consortium.

January 13th, 2021
Vareen C. Vanterpool-Nibbs tipped to be Supreme Court Registrar

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Senior sources in the Governor’s Office familiar with the decision have confirmed to our news centre that Attorney-at-Law Vareen Cecilia Vanterpool-Nibbs will become the new Registrar of the Supreme Court.

January 13th, 2021
Locals were not ‘prepared’ for Top CoP post - Premier Fahie confirms

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has confirmed that a local will not be taking up the post of Commissioner of Police in the territory when outgoing Top Cop, Mr Michael B. Matthews demits office.

January 13th, 2021
Berserk man injures bank customer with rock

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A customer of a bank in Road Town was reportedly injured and had to seek medical attention after he was hit with a rock thrown by a man who went berserk on Monday, January 11, 2021.

January 13th, 2021
Health personnel, Minister Malone among first to get COVID-19 vaccine – Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has revealed that the Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) will be among the first recipients of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the Virgin Islands [British].

January 12th, 2021
Deloitte’s charitable donations in VI valued over $35K- Fiscal Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- If there was a yearly Good Corporate Citizen Award in the Virgin Islands (VI), Deloitte British Virgin Islands would be a frontrunner to cop the accolade, due to its significant contribution in cash and kind to the local community in 2020.

January 12th, 2021
VI to receive 8,000 doses of 'less potent' COVID-19 vaccines from UK next month

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The United Kingdom (UK) Government will donate and deliver 8,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Virgin Islands next month, the Governor's Office announced via a press release today, January 12, 2021.

January 12th, 2021
BVIEC receives $600K CDB technical assistance grant

LONG BUSH, Tortola, VI - The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) has successfully secured a Technical Assistance (TA) grant funding from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the tune of US $600,000 from a wider CAD $5M (UD $3.93) pool.

January 12th, 2021
Gov't serious about implementing Integrity in Public Life Act - Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has reiterated his Government's commitment to having the Integrity in Public Life Act 2020, brought to the House of Assembly in 2021.

January 12th, 2021
Brexit! ‘Why is it so right for UK to be independent?’- Hon Fraser

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- As the United Kingdom (UK), through controversial Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, continues to resist moves by the Virgin Islands to gain more autonomy, veteran legislator and Opposition Member, Honourable Julian Fraser RA has questioned why it is so right for the UK to want full independence but doesn’t think it is good for the Virgin Islands.

January 12th, 2021
Gov't kicks off series of Community Meetings Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Building on its reputation as a Government of the people, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government has organised a series of community meetings with the public starting Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

January 12th, 2021
VI-based lawyer appointed High Court Judge in St Lucia

CASTRIES, St Lucia- A practising attorney in the [British] Virgin Islands, Mr Patrick D. Thompson of PST Law chambers, has been appointed as a High Court Judge in St Lucia.

January 12th, 2021
Christian community in VI 'very welcoming'- Muslim expat

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Imam Abdul Malik, a Muslim expatriate in the Virgin Islands (VI), says since moving to the territory just about a year ago things have been testing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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