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February 10th, 2016
SUV overturns on Fort Hill

FORT HILL, Tortola, VI- A Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) turned over moments ago, February 10, 2016 on Fort Hill, on the main island of Tortola, after the driver reportedly lost control of it.

February 10th, 2016
Skeletal remains of body found on upper Main Street

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police moments ago, February 10, 2016, removed skeletal remains of a body from upper Main Street following the discovery of a skull two days ago on Monday February 8, 2016.

February 10th, 2016
Like this NDP Gov’t gone mad!- Radio caller

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “When you guys ready to march you guys let me know. This is madness,” said an obviously frustrated radio caller who admitted he voted for the National Democratic Party (NDP) at the June 8, 2015 elections but is since regretting his decision.

February 10th, 2016
NDP's plan to tax its way to prosperity will fail – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie believes that the National Democratic Party's (NDP) strategy to increases taxes and fees as a means of shoring up Government's coffers is a sure fire way to failure.

February 10th, 2016
Search for Nickera Smith expands outside of the territory

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Police have engaged law enforcers in the neighbouring territories as their search for 22-year-old Nickera Smith enters its second week.

February 10th, 2016
2 wounded in shooting incident in Purcell

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police are investigating a shooting incident in the Purcell Estate area late this afternoon, February 10, 2016, that resulted in two brothers being wounded.

February 10th, 2016
Hon Melvin 'Mitch' Turnbull shelves NHI comparative study

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative of the Second District Honourable Melvin 'Mitch' Turnbull has shelved a study he had announced he was undertaking to compare and contrast the benefits of the National Health Insurance (NHI) as against private insurance coverage.

February 10th, 2016
Duff 1st Overall in Opti Class at Pan Peppin Regatta

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Six sailors representing the Royal BVI Yacht Club competed in the 2016 Pan Pepin International Dinghy Regatta hosted at Club Nautico San Juan in Puerto Rico last weekend.

February 9th, 2016
BVIAA contradicts Premier Smith on legal action against BVI Airways

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- So far no legal action has been taken against BVI Airways to recover funds owed to the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) more than two years ago.

February 9th, 2016
Police discover human skull behind upper Main Street store

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following inquiries that Virgin Islands News Online made yesterday February 8, 2016, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) confirmed today February 9, 2016 that a human skull was found behind a Main Street store.

February 9th, 2016
$1M spent on QE II Park; $200k for Water Fountain

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith was on a spending spree leading up to the 2015 General Elections.

February 9th, 2016
USVI horse owners displeased with condition of Ellis Thomas Downs!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A number of horse owners both in the Virgin Islands and in the neighbouring United States Virgin Islands believe that the track surface at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay has not been getting the maintenance that it needs and thus posed a potential danger to horses.

February 9th, 2016
'Masa', Krazy Hype, on a mission to uplift VI youth

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Local entertainment promoter and website manager Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton is on a mission to bring visibility to the youth of the territory through his profiles and interviews which he said are necessary to fill a void in the young demographic which he believes needs a voice.

February 9th, 2016
BVIFA aims to ‘Raise It’s Standards’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The British Virgin Islands Football Association (BVIFA) held an introductory workshop on Friday February 5, 2016 for the second Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) “D” License Coaching Programme.

February 8th, 2016
Not broke but taxes/fees to increase

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Delivering the 2016 national budget in the House of Assembly today Monday February 8, 2016, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith said the funds that the Government has expended to execute a number of projects in the territory have been significant and are monies well spent.

February 8th, 2016
Ton for Williams as RTW crush Island Boys in LIME Superfast League

GREENLAND, Tortola, VI -Action got underway in the LIME Superfast T20 League on Sunday February 7, 2016 at Greenland Playing Field, with RTW beating the Island Boys by 8 wickets in Division One and the Vikings holding their nerve to beat the Royal Knights by 4 wickets in the Premier Division.

February 8th, 2016
$331M Budget! Higher taxes announced with claim that country not broke!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Sounding again like he was on the campaign trail, the Virgin Islands’ Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has announced a 2016 Appropriation Act of approximately Three Hundred and Thirty Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Six Thousand Five hundred United States Dollars ($330,846,500.00) of both protected revenue and expenditure.

February 8th, 2016
Tourism Boards urged to market local car rental companies

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Top Rank Rentals of Barbados in a press release to the media today February 9, 2016, called out Local Tourism Boards, across the Caribbean to assist in the marketing of local entrepreneurs, especially local Car Rentals owners.

February 8th, 2016
Alarming? $92,500.00 brand new Cadillac Escalade purchased for Premier!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While no one who is fair and objective will disagree that the Virgin Islands’ Head of Government, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith, ought to be driven in a state-owned vehicle, and security provided, as is the practice through-out the world or for that matter any Premier, residents are alarmed that in this hard economic time a new SUV was purchased for Dr Smith at such cost.

February 8th, 2016
NFL fans across the VI witness Broncos win Superbowl 50

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the Denver Broncos rode to victory over the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super bowl 50 last night February 7, 2016, fans of the game in the Virgin Islands were yet again blown away not only by the on field action but also the big money supersized commercials which totalled over $300 million this year, and by a killer halftime show by megastar diva Beyoncé.

February 9th, 2016
Connecting NHI to Black History & the United Nations

Alred C. Frett

Finally; UN ‘Experts on People of African Descent’:

Welcome to February and even with the extra day it remains the shortest month… As Black History’s Month it is unfortunate when too many of us do not know, too many avoid knowing and too many prefer to fabricate false Histories… Worst yet, too many get annoyed and see me as Troublesome simply for asking that we appreciate ourselves through the Realities of our History.

February 7th, 2016
VI’s oldest citizen Robelteen Smith passes at age 107

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands has lost its oldest citizen, Robelteen Smith, who passed away at the grand old age of 107 on Thursday February 4, 2016.

February 7th, 2016
$1M plus spent for Elmore Stoutt High School ‘Wall’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With many schools without basic teaching aids, and others without basic resources such as toilet paper, water and classroom space, the Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn spent One Million and Seventy-eight Thousand Dollars ($1, 078,000.00) on the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) perimeter fence.

February 7th, 2016
UPDATE: Pumped Up Kicks takes feature race @ Clinton E. Phipps Park in USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Reports just out of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands are that Pumped Up Kicks took the feature race of the 5-race card held at the Clinton E. Phipps race track today, February 7, 2016.

February 7th, 2016
St Croix native Juwan Thompson playing in Super Bowl 50

VI CONSORTIUM

CHRISTIANSTED, St Croix, USVI — For the second time in three years, the Denver Broncos are playing in the final game of the season, this time against the Carolina Panthers, as they try to bring home a Super Bowl win.

February 7th, 2016
Promises fulfilled; D2 moving forward – Hon Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Second District Honourable Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull believes his first six months in office saw many of the promises made during the political campaigns realised.

February 7th, 2016
Smith triple doubles as Pelican Gate/IMPS win again in BD B/ball

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Althea Scatliffe Primary School knocked off St George’s and Pelican Gate/Isabella Morris Primary School just kept rolling on as the 6th Annual BD Basketball Inter Primary School League continued on Saturday February 6, 2016 at the Multi Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town.

February 6th, 2016
NDP paid $500,000 of taxpayers $$ to defunct BVI Airways; another $2M on its way!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has left the treasury empty, as confirmed by the Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith in an answer to a question posed by senior Opposition Member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) on February 4, 2016 and with local vendors owed millions of dollars, the NDP Government has already paid $500,000.00 of taxpayers' money of the $7 Million promised to BVI Airways.

February 6th, 2016
Hon Mark H. Vanterpool assures no increased water & light bills for VG

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) assured residents of Virgin Gorda that there is not expected to be increases in the cost for the supply of water or electricity for residents of the sister island as a result of the upgrade of the Virgin Gorda water treatment plant.

February 6th, 2016
Fmr BVIFA Technical Director Katie Rowson joins Watford LFC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Technical Director of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Katie Rowson is back in her homeland and has hit the ground running as the new Head Coach of Watford Ladies FC. Her new team plays in the English FA Women's Super League (WSL) second tier.

February 5th, 2016
VG residents protest filling in of pond & clearing of mangroves

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- A number of Virgin Gorda residents are very serious about preventing what they consider the destruction of the environment in the name of development that they are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect the clearing of mangroves and filling in of a pond in the Spanish Town area.

February 5th, 2016
Kurt Rabsatt fined $600 for having counterfeit money

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A 30 year old male was fined $600 for the crime of being in possession of counterfeit United States dollars when his High Court trial concluded today February 5, 2016.

February 5th, 2016
UPDATE: Zika scare! Funds scarce! No fogging until Budget allocation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As most countries in the Caribbean, including the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), begin to take proactive measures against the potential threat of the Zika virus, the Virgin Islands Government has shown no real sense of urgency, compared to what other countries have been doing.

February 5th, 2016
NDP has run the VI broke! From $51M under VIP to $6M under NDP!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The debate as to who left the Virgin Islands broke is now over. The Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, has set the record straight by confirming that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has almost bankrupt the Overseas Territory of about forty thousand residents.

February 5th, 2016
This Week We Feature Young Professional Akima R. S. Lettsome

By N. Johann Earle

With a passion for customer service and entrepreneurship, our Young Professional Akima R. S. Lettsome is a mother of two who is determined to be the best she can be in her job and in her graphic design business that she hopes to see grow in the future.

February 5th, 2016
'Freeze all work permits for VG jobs immediately!' – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has called on Government to immediately put a freeze on all work permits for jobs in Virgin Gorda to allow local persons displaced from Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort to find work.

February 5th, 2016
2016 LIME SuperFast T20 League bowls off Sunday

ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI – The Greenland Playing Field in East End/Long Look will once again come alive to the sounds of “Calypso Cricket” this Sunday February 7, 2016 when the 2016 season kicks off with the LIME SuperFast T20 League.

February 5th, 2016
USVI man sentenced to 78 months in prison for child porn

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez on February 4, 2016 sentenced Donne W. Williams, 32, of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands to 78 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release for possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe and Ricardo Mayoral, acting special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) San Juan and US Virgin Islands announced.

February 4th, 2016
Le Shaughn Smith & Tarik Aaron remanded for alleged trafficking in narcotics

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Two young men were today February 4, 2016 denied their pre-trial liberty when Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo opted not to grant bail for the offence of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

February 4th, 2016
UPDATE: Gov't confirms VINO story of Farmers' Week cancellation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As first and accurately reported by this news site on January 14, 2016, Farmers’ Week 2016 has been cancelled.

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