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August 22nd, 2019
You must make the change you would like to see

Lorna M. George

When I attended Tuskegee University, I was a member of the Student Alumni Association. At the beginning of December the association would organise an annual ceremony called the lighting of the Christmas tree. In this ceremony the president of the university would light the Christmas tree which was placed in the campus chapel. During the ceremony a member of the Alumni Association would gave a short speech then present the tree to the president who would light the tree to the applause of the

August 21st, 2019
The saviour for agriculture could be 'marijuana' - Hon Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The demand for marijuana and its medicinal benefits will mean that the government of the Virgin Islands will likely make moves to legalise it, according to the Agriculture Minister Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), as a means of generating additional revenues for his department.

August 21st, 2019
‘You don’t need no RDA!’- Julio S. Henry

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- Recalling the historic and proud achievement in 1978 by the late Chief Minister Mr Willard Wheatley, who took the Virgin Islands out of Grant-in-Aid, which then resulted in the turnaround of the Virgin Islands economy, commentator Julio S. Henry aka’ Sam’ has urged Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to renegotiate the terms and conditions of the United Kingdom Loan Guarantee or refuse the offer.

August 21st, 2019
VI grouped with Bonaire & Bahamas in CONCACAF Nations League

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With September 6 being a date in the Virgin Islands that needs no reminders, there is actual anticipation of that date for a more pleasant reason, at least for local football fans.

August 21st, 2019
‘We still feel frustration in the public service’- CoP Matthews

WEST END, Tortola, VI- Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has pleaded with Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to revisit some of the practices and procedures in the public service that may be outdated and may be causing unnecessary delays for projects and contracts to get off the ground.

August 21st, 2019
‘No time for bickering & confusion’- Premier on UK Loan Guarantee

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – In the first of a series of public consultations on the United Kingdom (UK) £300M Loan Guarantee conundrum facing the territory, Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has called on the UK government to solidify any verbal commitments made that will address conflicts surrounding stipulations of the Guarantee.

August 20th, 2019
Public meeting on UK Loan Guarantee tonight @ HLSCC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With growing tensions between the United Kingdom appointed governor, Augustus J.U. Jaspert, and Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) over the terms of the conditions imposed by the UK Recovery and Development Loan Guarantees, the administration is moving ahead with its public consultations on the matter.

August 20th, 2019
Fly BVI suspends operations @ TB Lettsome Airport

BEEF ISLAND, VI- Some ten persons, including locals, were affected when air charter company Fly BVI Ltd suspended its operations based at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

August 20th, 2019
Forget the blame game; get the ‘music on par’- David Thomas

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A local entertainer, band manager and businessman has urged local entertainers to stop the blame game and work together on bettering their music in order to reap the rewards at the level they so desire.

August 20th, 2019
Brothers found dead ‘in relaxed position’ in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — Two brothers, one of them a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employee, were found dead on Monday morning, August 19, 2019 lying in a relaxed position in their Mary’s Fancy home on St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI) [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Glen Dratte has announced.

August 20th, 2019
Repeat champs Bayside Blazers meet Pure Playaz in Hon Fraser League opener

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Defending champions Bayside Blazers will come up against Pure Playaz in opening night action of the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Center in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola, on August 24, 2019.

August 20th, 2019
RVIPF Officers give K-9 Presentation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) gave a K-9 demonstration to children attending the Vacation Bible School at the New Testament Church of God, International Worship Center on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

August 20th, 2019
Unelected Governor fires back @ Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In damning allegations, Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in a Saturday, August 17, 2019 statement had accused United Kingdom (UK) officials in the Virgin Islands (VI) of deliberately failing to investigate the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, leaving the door open for UK imposed policies on the territory’s finances among other strategic plans to control the territory.

August 20th, 2019
Caricom planing legal action against European 'Big Boys'- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the European Union (EU) continuing to set difficult policies on the Virgin Islands (VI) Financial Services sector, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says these pressures are not just on the VI alone, rather, the entire Caribbean and the Caricom region is looking for ways to fight back.

August 19th, 2019
Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott calls time on illustrious athletic career

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands most successful female sprinter Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott has hung up her spikes after a successful professional career that spanned well over a decade.

August 19th, 2019
Gov’t to clamp down on illegal use of Crown land

WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said Government will be moving to have greater accountability of how Crown lands are used.

August 19th, 2019
‘UK deliberately failed to investigate NDP corruption’ – Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Listing a host of financial mismanagement and alleged corruption under the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), in damning allegations, has accused United Kingdom (UK) officials in the Virgin Islands (VI) of deliberately failing to investigate the NDP Government, leaving the door open for UK imposed policies on the territory’s finances.

August 19th, 2019
Struiken blazes ‘Beef Island Summer Sizzle’ 10K course

TRELLIS BAY, Beef Island, VI- The CERES 10K Series continued on Saturday August 17, 2019 with Race 2, dubbed the Beef Island Summer Sizzle, won by Clifton Struiken.

August 19th, 2019
‘We even importing tamarind now!’– Hon Natalio D. Wheatley

WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- Minister responsible for Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley aka 'Sowande Uhuru’ (R7) has said it is imperative to have commercial agriculture and fishing sectors in order to diversify the economy of the Virgin Islands due to the eminent negative impacts of Brexit on the territory, including on the financial services sector.

August 19th, 2019
For better or worst- The deal breaker

By Kenneth G. Gladstone

The NDP administration may never recover from the fatal blow delivered to them by the Virgin Islands’ electorate. The full-blown dissatisfaction of the territory was unreservedly expressed at the polls, and everyone including those who had no interest in local politics, ensured that the handsome gentlemen above will never be allowed to sit in the House of Assembly as government heads again.

August 18th, 2019
'$50K spent on Bunji Garlin is money gone' - Eustace C. Freeman aka ‘Boss’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As post-mortems on the just concluded 65th Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival continue, a local musician and promoter has said past and present leaders of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) have struggled to understand that the Virgin Islands Festival is neither a carnival nor a music festival.

August 18th, 2019
Outrage as Miss Universe USVI winner has no ties to territory

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — Six of the ten contestants who participated in the Miss Universe US Virgin Islands (USVI) on Sunday August 18, 2019 were women from outside the USVI, most with no known ties to the territory and some of whom had participated in other pageants just months prior.

August 19th, 2019
We must know our neighbours

Lorna M. George

The [British] Virgin Islands is a melting pot. There are people from other Caribbean islands, North and South America, Canada, United Kingdom, Indians from India, Guyanese Indians, Chinese, Philipines etc. It is imperative that we know our neighbours if we are to love, appreciate and understand each other with our different cultures, customs and religious beliefs.

August 18th, 2019
'Detoxify' after festivities & celebrations - Cromwell Smith

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – In a bid to propagate the importance of health and wellness, especially after the emancipation festivities in the Virgin Islands (VI), talk show personality Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka' has urged the VI to consider detoxifying.

August 18th, 2019
‘Jamaica’ whip ‘St Lucia’ 3-0 in 2019 Nation’s Cup final on VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Jamaica are the champions of the BVI Football Association’s 2019 Nation’s Cup played on Virgin Gorda.

August 17th, 2019
'Big impression!' as VI shines @ CARIFESTA XIV

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago, WI – “We going to make a big impression on Trinidad and the whole CARIFESTA,” were the words of Minister of Culture Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) as part of the ‘BVI Strong’ delegation currently representing the Territory at the CARIFESTA XIV in Trinidad and Tobago.

August 17th, 2019
‘UK demands for loan guarantee far from reasonable’ - Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – First announced under the Dr D. Orlando Smith, National Democratic Party (NDP) government, the United Kingdom (UK) through a recovery and reconstruction package for the Virgin Islands (VI) had promised up to £300 million in loan guarantees and £10 million in grants to support the Territory's recovery after Hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017.

August 17th, 2019
‘VIF&FC needs to put its own in spotlight’- Dirk L. Walters

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The resounding call continues to bellow through all media forms for 'from here' entertainers to be given a fair share of the events spotlight especially during Emancipation festival celebrations in the Virgin Islands (VI).

August 17th, 2019
Gov. Bryan takes steps toward greater transparency

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - USVI Governor Albert Bryan Jr is moving toward openness in what his administration does on a day-to-day basis.

August 16th, 2019
PHOTO of the Day: VI delegation represents @ CARIFESTA XIV

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago, WI - Associate Member state, the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) has sent a 'BVI strong' delegation to represent the territory at CARIFESTA XIV kicking off today Friday August, 16, 2019 from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm at the Grand Market, Queen’s Park Savannah in Trinidad and Tobago.

August 16th, 2019
UPDATE: VG Airport reopens!

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- A mere four days after the Taddy Bay Airport on Virgin Gorda was closed due to an issue with the lone fire tender, the airport has been reopened.

August 16th, 2019
Re-opened WE Police Station to house Immigration & Customs

WEST END, Tortola, VI- Nearly 2 years after the West End Police Station in the First District on Tortola was battered by hurricanes Irma and Maria, the facility was reopened, but with added functions.

August 16th, 2019
Dione M. Blyden #1 draft pick in Hon Fraser 2019 League

DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, BVI – Talented national basketball player Dione M. Blyden emerged as the number one pick when the draft exercise for the 2019 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League took place on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom.

August 16th, 2019
This Week We Feature Young Professional Madison S. Blyden

By Ron O. D'Avilar

At just 18-years-old, this young influencer has made it her life’s mission to empower women and girls to overcome adversities. “My aim is to help young women find a sense of belonging, self-worth and comfort while interacting with others who may be going through the same or similar experiences,” she said. This week we feature Young Professional Madison S. Blyden.

August 17th, 2019
Prevailing against economic imperialism

By Dickson C. Igwe

Countries that fail to economically optimize their own natural and domestic markets are doomed to an eternity of economic slavery

August 16th, 2019
Installation of traffic lights in Road Town underway

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Acting Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation, Works and Utilities, Mr Andrew L St Hilaire has said the restoration of the traffic lights in Road Town has begun.

August 16th, 2019
‘Fast track’ applications close today, Aug 16, 2019

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Applications for the Residency and or Belonger Status in the Virgin Islands (VI) through the Government’s ‘Fast Track’ initiative will close this afternoon, August 16, 2019.

August 16th, 2019
HireBVI to give out hundreds of bags with school supplies

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- HireBVI is once again helping to ensure that as many children as possible are fully geared for school, with its annual Back to School Fun Day.

August 15th, 2019
'BVI Cable TV trying to mislead the public'- BVIEC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following public accusations by BVI Cable TV on August 14, 2019 that the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) has been consistently trying to prevent it from rebuilding its cable network infrastructure in the Virgin Islands, BVIEC has fired back.

August 15th, 2019
Premier's 1000 jobs initiative kicks off Wed, Aug 21, 2019

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – First announced by Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) as part of a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) campaign promise on the road to the February 25, 2019, elections day in the Virgin Islands, the 1000 jobs in 1000 days initiative will officially kick off on August 21, 2109, at 10:00am at Central Administration Complex in Road Town, Tortola.

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