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May 18th, 2019
Sewerage haulers warned against illegal dumping

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sewerage truck haulers are being warned against the unauthorised dumping of sewerage at the main pump station or any other part of the Territory given that it’s an environmental offence and would be dealt with accordingly.

May 18th, 2019
'We are in a constitutional crisis' – Hon Maduro-Caines on D4 Saga

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The current impasse surrounding the District 4 saga that has stricken the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), can ultimately lead to the United Kingdom (UK) stepping in and taking over according to Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) who further noted that the country is in a 'constitutional crisis' due to the issue.

May 18th, 2019
Car narrowly lands on restaurant roof @ Windy Hill

WINDY HILL, Tortola, VI – A lone vehicle was today May 18, 2019, involved in an accident in the Windy Hill area of Tortola, which led to the car narrowly landing on the roof of a nearby building.

May 18th, 2019
Motorcyclist seriously injured in accident near Peebles Hospital

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A motorcyclist was taken to Peebles Hospital with serious injuries following an accident on Waterfront Drive in Road Town, Tortola, late last night, May 17, 2019.

May 18th, 2019
Cruise Lines commit to 1000 Jobs Initiative - Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following the launch postponement of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days initiative on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has assured that the programme is still on track and revealed that several major companies are already lined up for the government partnership.

May 17th, 2019
Another rider injured in motor scooter accident

MANUEL REEF, Tortola, VI- An accident involving a motor scooter at Manuel Reef, on the main island of Tortola, this evening, May 17, 2019 has resulted in injuries to the rider.

May 17th, 2019
2nd & 3rd readings of Immigration & Passport (Amendment) Act ‘deleted’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Second and Third Readings for the Bill entitled Immigration and Passport (Amendment) Act has been pulled from the Order Paper at the Third Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands today, May 17, 2019.

May 17th, 2019
Banco Popular to open on VG in August 2019- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Residents and other persons on Virgin Gorda will have access to much needed banking facilities by August of 2019, according to Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) during the Third Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly today, May 17, 2019.

May 17th, 2019
UPDATE: Missing boy found

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The 12-year-old boy who was reported missing by police on May 17, 2019 has been found.

May 17th, 2019
This Week We Feature Young Professional Akeem M. Joseph

The critical importance of great customer service can never be underscored, as customer service officers are the first line of contact of businesses and can either make or break a company.

May 18th, 2019
The Road to El Dorado

By Dickson C. Igwe

For the effective policymaker pursuing a Virgin Islands national vision, both current economic ideas—austerity and stimulus—offer a route to the land of Milk and Honey.

May 17th, 2019
'Fast Track Initiative' causing division, but Premier is right – Caller

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the debate over immigration reform in the Virgin Islands (VI) continues, it appears that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) ‘Fast Track Initiative’ led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is creating some amount of rift over whether the move by the administration to regularise expats living and working in the Virgin Islands for 15 years and more should be priority at this time.

May 17th, 2019
Protestors seek to have Mark H. Vanterpool sworn in to HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A group of protesters have shown up at the House of Assembly (HoA) requesting that Fourth District Representative-Elect Mr Mark H. Vanterpool be sworn in as a Member of the HoA today, May 17, 2019.

May 17th, 2019
US$193K contract awarded for rebuilding of A.O. Shirley Recreation Grounds perimeter wall

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- AC Construction Limited, owned by Mr. Arthur Corion, was awarded a contract of US$193,368.60 to rebuild the A.O. Shirley Recreation Grounds perimeter wall.

May 17th, 2019
Motor scooter rider injured in accident on Fort Hill

FORT HILL, Tortola, VI- A young man suffered a broken leg, among other injuries, when the motor scooter he was riding became involved in an accident on Fort Hill, Tortola yesterday, May 16, 2019.

May 17th, 2019
Illness stricken educator raising funds for school children

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –Virgin Islander and Educator, Ms Cleopatria A. King-Defreitas aka ‘Cleo’ has a remarkable story of survival after 19 surgeries, which included 15 abdominal and 4 brain surgeries, plus a minor stroke with relapses.

May 16th, 2019
Premier asked to divulge personal security details @ May 17, 2019 HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) will be asked to release the full details surrounding the hiring of bodyguards and his personal security into the public domain, even as he has been facing assassination threats since becoming Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI).

May 16th, 2019
Should Attorney General be 'From Here?' - Dr Pickering says it's debatable

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr Kedrick D. Pickering says the post of Attorney General (AG) in the Virgin Islands (VI) being only applicable to Belongers and ‘from here’ citizens should be a matter up for debate moving forward when the territory decides to take on another constitutional review.

May 16th, 2019
'Work for a short time & leave' – Edmund G. Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A former Chief Immigration Officer has suggested that a process of allowing persons to work in the Virgin Islands (VI) for a short period and then be made to leave the Territory be implemented.

May 16th, 2019
Frett-Gregory & Gittens overthrown in USVI senate reorganisation

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Senator Kenneth L. Gittens, who served only four months as president of the 33rd Legislature, and Senator Donna Frett-Gregory, who was the Committee on Finance chair, were both overthrown on Wednesday May 15, 2019 in a reorganization of the Senate Majority, The Consortium can confirm.

May 16th, 2019
Hon de Castro discusses outsourcing business opportunities in Curacao

WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – Hon Sharie B. Y. de Castro (AL), in her portfolio as Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, during the period May 7-10, 2019 attended the ‘Outsource to the Caribbean Conference’ (OCC) in Curaçao where the VI is looking to capitalise on the outsourcing business sector.

May 15th, 2019
‘You have gotten my attention for amendments’- Premier Fahie

WICKHAM'S CAY 1, Tortola, VI - As the fast track Residency and Belonger status regularisation programme continues to face opposition from some Virgin Islanders, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) today, May 15, 2019 met a group of such persons to hear their concerns with a view to responding and to ultimately acting on them as necessary.

May 15th, 2019
Long Bush man charged with Unlawful Possession of Cannabis

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Assault occasioning actual bodily harm, burglary, robbery and unlawful possession of cannabis were just some of the charges served by ranks of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) during the period April 28 to May 11, 2019, in the Virgin Islands (VI).

May 15th, 2019
Petition seeks to remove Immigration & Passport Act amendment from Order Paper

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A petition calling for the removal of the Amendments to the Immigration and Passport Act on the Order Paper for the Friday May 17, 2019 House of Assembly (HoA) has been started.

May 15th, 2019
Leroy Jones wins 2019 Kenroy C. Millington Memorial Pool Tournament

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The 2nd annual Kenroy C. Millington Memorial Pool Tournament was held on Sunday May 5, 2019 at Thelma's Hideout in Virgin Gorda where monies were raised for the St Mary’s Episcopal Church.

May 15th, 2019
It's Premier Fahie's turn to face questions on $7.2M failed BVI Airways deal!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Third District Representative, Hon Julian Fraser RA intends to make good on a promise he made during the Tuesday, March 12, 2019 First Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA), by making the Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), 'Tell us where the money for the plane went'.

May 15th, 2019
'D4 saga is not about Willock or Vanterpool' - Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – ZBVI 780am ‘Honestly Speaking’ commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline is imploring that the saga surrounding the Fourth District seat of Representative-elect, Mr Mark H. Vanterpool and House of Assembly (HoA) Speaker, Hon Julian Willock is not about the characters involved, rather, it’s a matter of constitutional precedence and the dialogue must continue.

May 15th, 2019
Capriccio robbed; Cashier gun-butted

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Italian restaurant Capriccio di Mare on Waterfront Drive, Tortola, was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash and the cashier gun-butted during the ordeal last night, May 14, 2019.

May 15th, 2019
Hon Vincent O. Wheatley attends 6th Council Of Ministers in Martinique

FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique- Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) is attending the 6th Council of Ministers Environmental Sustainability (COMES-6) Ministerial Meeting in Fort De France, Martinique.

May 14th, 2019
‘1000 Jobs in 1000 Days’ launch postponed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The launch of the 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days initiative, scheduled for today, May 14, 2019, has been postponed.

May 14th, 2019
The UK’s commitment to OTs 'will not waver'- Governor Jaspert

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Governor of the Virgin Islands, His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert, has welcomed the response from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) report on ‘Global Britain and the British Overseas Territories: Resetting the relationship’.

May 14th, 2019
'High risk' VI implementing border control measures for measles

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With global measles cases soaring in places like the United States, Latin America and Europe, local health authorities have been on the alert and encouraging the populace to get vaccinated as a matter of priority.

May 14th, 2019
Same-sex marriage policy should be matter for VI to decide- UK Gov’t

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The United Kingdom Government of Theresa M. May has said it will not force the British Overseas Territories (OTs) to legalise same-sex marriage but will continue to engage them, to ensure their legislation is compliant with their international human rights obligations.

May 15th, 2019
Are we really losing our country all over again??

Alred C. Frett

Immigration – The Sore that won’t heal:

All across the World immigration remains a hot button issue; whether it’s new like Windrush and Brexit or Islamophobia and Border Walls, or old like, Australia, South Africa, Denmark or Brazil, the common thread is for the Oppressors to take away and develop the Properties of others by deceit or force and then lay sole claim to these Properties while victimising the original owners.

May 14th, 2019
‘Fast track initiative’ was a 'tough decision' made- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - There is no doubting the popularity and respect that Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) commands among the people in the Virgin Islands; however, he has been receiving criticism from some locals on his ‘fast track’ regularisation programme for non-locals residing in the Territory for 15 years and more.

May 14th, 2019
VI businesses give back to vulnerable families

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, Vi - The proceeds raised by partners during Child Abuse Prevention Month activities 2019, were handed over to the Virgin Islands’ Social Development Department.

May 14th, 2019
Kala Penn sets new National Outdoor Triple Jump Record

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, USA- A new national record for the Virgin Islands has been established in the Women’s Outdoor Triple Jump.

May 13th, 2019
VI accounts reportedly affected in FirstBank 'security breach'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With reports that the FirstBank branch in neighbouring United States Virgin Islands (USVI) has been cancelling debit cards of account holders, following an external security breach, Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) understands that some accounts in the Virgin Islands (BVI) have also been affected.

May 13th, 2019
State of internet service hampering economic growth- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The state of internet service in the Territory has been described as a “technological crisis” by Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), who says he intends to urgently summon heads of the various telecommunications companies to address the issues.

May 13th, 2019
ESHS Sr Rams had 'great' b/ball season despite funding challenges - Steve E. Pavilion

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Senior Rams Basketball Team of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) has had an outstanding basketball season that saw them destroy opponents in the AAU College Showcase Championships in Orlando, Florida, April 13 - April 14, 2019 amongst other tournaments.

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