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March 4th, 2015
Virgin Islands News Online turns 5

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The now popular online news site Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) - www.virginislandsnewsonline.com- has turned five (5) this month, March 2015 as it was launched on March 1, 2010.

March 4th, 2015
Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson quits as Horse Owners’ Asso. PRO

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson has resigned from the post of Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association, becoming the third person to leave the position in about three years.

March 4th, 2015
MASA plugs $$ into BVIHSA for community’s benefit

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – While many have been focusing lately on the furnishing of the new Peebles Hospital the cry for improved community services had appeared to have taken a back seat but Medical Air Services Association (MASA) has given ears to the community’s call, resulting in them donating $10, 000.

March 4th, 2015
2-vehicle accident @ Harrigan’s Estate

HARRIGAN’S ESTATE, Tortola, VI – Five persons have been injured following an accident that took place this morning March 4, 2015 in Harrigan’s Estate on the main island of Tortola involving two vehicles.

March 4th, 2015
‘HL Stoutt is the VI’s modern day Moses’ – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

CAPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District and senior member of the Opposition Virgin Islands Party, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has called late former Chief Minister of the Virgin Islands Hamilton Lavity Stoutt the territory’s modern day Moses as, according to him, Hon Stoutt was someone whom God sent to lead his people.

March 4th, 2015
1 cop cleared as Operation Lucan continues

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Shortly after the controversial Commissioner of Police Mr David Morris was dropped as one of the persons on the team investigating alleged corruption in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), one of the accused cops has been re-instated.

March 4th, 2015
‘Reckless’ expat captains @ North Sound

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI – “The Port (BVI Ports Authority) needs urgently to come up here and have some safety talks with these expat boat captains who seem not to have any care about practicing safety when leaving port, they taking off at high throttle with no care for who is coming behind.” This was a deep-hearted plea of a local boat captain from the North Sound area.

March 4th, 2015
Police Week rescheduled for March

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Preparations are now in full gear for this year’s Police Week celebrations which will be held from March 22 to 28.

March 4th, 2015
BVI Masters to compete in World Veterans Masters Tournament

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI -The inaugural World Veterans Masters Tournament takes place in St Croix, USVI on March 5-8, 2015, with teams from the USA, Denmark, Puerto Rico, USVI, Trinidad, and the BVI participating.

March 3rd, 2015
M.A.L.E. commences ‘Mentorship Day’ for schools

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – The group, Mentoring Anointed Leaders Everywhere (M.A.L.E.), has embarked on a new mentorship initiative whereby boys from primary schools can enjoy a few hours of guidance and mentorship away from the school environment. This is being done with a view to building them up socially and spiritually.

March 3rd, 2015
‘Support your own, let money stay’- ‘Pressure’ tells VI

PROSPECT REEF, Tortola, VI – “It’s time we start supporting our own and let the money stay here,” said USVI international artiste ‘Pressure’ at the locally promoted event ‘Bridging the Gap’ on Sunday March 1, 2015.

March 3rd, 2015
First Lady, Hon Walwyn criticised for ‘divisive’ comments at HL Stoutt memorial

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It was a morning set aside to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Virgin Islands’ Chief Minister and hero H. Lavity Stoutt; however, many were forced to express their disgust at what one person described as ‘foolish baby politic’ displayed by the Virgin Islands (VI) First Lady Mrs Lorna G. Smith, OBE, and Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn.

March 3rd, 2015
‘HL Stoutt united the people’ – Hon Julian Fraser RA

CAPOON'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Representative for the Third District Honourable Julian Fraser RA said the late Chief Minister of the Virgin Islands, Honourable Hamilton Lavity Stoutt, brought people of the territory together despite political differences.

March 3rd, 2015
BEYC pledges big $$$ for VG health care facilities

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI – The Bitter End Yacht Club and Resort (BEYC) came in for high praise when its owner Mr Richard Hokin recently announced a $100, 000 donation towards the health care facilities on Virgin Gorda.

March 3rd, 2015
‘Time for more autonomy' – Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio talk show host Douglas Wheatley said that now is an opportune moment for the territory to commence talks with the United Kingdom with a view to gaining more autonomy.

March 3rd, 2015
BVI rugby team gets NACRA campaign off to winning start

BASSETERRE, St Lucia- In perfect conditions for rugby, the BVI kicked off their 2015 NACRA 15’s Championship with a convincing win over hosts St Lucia, 22-14, on Saturday February 28, 2015.

March 2nd, 2015
UPDATE: VI’s Doughmaker tames St Moose!

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI – There was a moose on the loose but Doughmaker was there for the taming as the Tortola horse ensured the big showdown at the Clinton E. Phipps Racetrack in St Thomas on Sunday March 1, 2015, went the way of L and B stables. Doughmaker beat St Moose in a time of 1.39.

March 2nd, 2015
Radio show caller blasts political ‘hypocrites’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A caller to the radio programme Speak Out BVI blasted Virgin Islands' politicians on both sides of the divide for being critical of things being done by the government in power when they themselves, according to him, did the same things while they held the reins of government.

March 2nd, 2015
McKenzie L.K. Baltimore Snr & Edris O’Neal among NLBC honourees

DUFF BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Mrs Belsadys Donovan, Reverend Edris O’Neal, OBE, and Mrs Eugenie Donovan-Glasgow had honours bestowed on them on March 1, 2015 at the New Life Baptist Church (NLBC) but there were tears, surprise, appreciation and praises to God when Mr McKenzie L.K. Baltimore Snr was named the NLBC Surprise Honouree.

March 1st, 2015
UPDATE: Ready Committee’s car wash a success despite rain

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Despite showers of rain throughout the day yesterday February 28, 2015, the Ready Committee's fundraiser was deemed successful.

March 1st, 2015
Gala event marks BEYC 40 Anniversary celebrations

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI – Fireworks lit the night skies, champagne glasses touched ends in the air and feet danced as Lashing Dogs sang lyrics of the golden years all in recognition of the 40th anniversary of one of the territory’s leading resorts, Bitter End Yacht Club and Resort.

March 3rd, 2015
Liberating our people from themselves

By Alred C. Frett

Shackling our Children to Lies of the Past

In the beginning, long before Adam and Eve or Steve, the ‘God of Nature and Laws of Balance’ decreed that all living things were created to coexist even while ensuring the perpetuation of their own species - as such there is no need to hate others while loving ourselves… Unfortunately, we have been coerced into adopting manmade Gods of those seeking racial supremacy.

March 1st, 2015
Goals Galore in BDO/LIME School Leagues

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Recent action in the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) BDO and LIME school leagues included a big win for St Georges Primary School in the U7’s over Enid Scatliffe Red and for Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) against Montessori School.

February 28th, 2015
Car turns turtle @ Fish Bay Hill

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – A car turned over sometime after 8:00 am today February 28, 2015 leaving persons to ponder what injuries its occupants might have suffered as a result.

February 28th, 2015
‘Bridging the Gap is about VI Pride’ – Adell J. Semper

PROSPECT REEF, Tortola, VI – The organisers of the musical and cultural extravaganza ‘Bridging the Gap’ say that tomorrow March 1, 2015, patrons can expect an extraordinary Greater Virgin Islands event unlike anything previously experienced.

February 28th, 2015
Helenites are USVI Soccer Champions

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Helenites SC captured the 2015 US Virgin Islands Soccer Association (USVISA) Club championship at the Lionel Roberts Stadium in St Thomas last weekend with a 3-1 victory over Raymix SC.

February 27th, 2015
‘Cordell was the clown of the family’ – Mr Otto A. O’Neal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Today February 27, 2015 was set for mitigation statements in the Magistrate’s Court before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards as Cordell O’Neal’s father Mr Otto A. O’Neal spoke of some unknown attributes of his eldest son.

February 27th, 2015
Mother collapses in court as son sent to prison

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It was an emotional moment in the Magistrate’s Court at John’s Hole, Tortola today February 27, 2015 when a begging mother collapsed before Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo.

February 27th, 2015
This Week We Feature Young Professional Alberto A. F. Hewlett

By Cathy O. O. Richards

When he was just yet a young boy around the age of 8 or 10 years old he discovered something that was very amusing yet interesting to his eyes. He was learning to make good of his spare time by being creative as opposed to constantly running out in the yard to play with his peers.

February 27th, 2015
Caught in a crossfire? Matthew D. Hazell claims innocence

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank receptionist Matthew D. Hazell was slapped with three charges; attempted murder, possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, when he appeared in court yesterday February 26, 2015 but maintained his innocence as his lawyer said that he was caught in a crossfire of bullets.

February 28th, 2015
A privatized airport model is opportunity gained for the Virgin Islands

By Dickson Igwe

A privatized Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport is the correct policy option for the British Virgin Islands Airport Development Project.

February 27th, 2015
‘Churches play Bingo so why restrict gambling?' – Edmund G. Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio talk show host and social and political commentator Edmund G. Maduro believes it is time to relax the restrictions on gambling and money games so that the Territory can benefit from the income generated.

February 27th, 2015
Proteas crush WI in World Cup

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A.B. de Villiers hit the fastest ever 150 in one-day internationals as South Africa condemned West Indies to a crushing 257-run defeat at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Australia today Friday, February 27, 2015.

February 26th, 2015
VIslanders allegedy being sued in net Ponzi scheme

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Director of the Financial Investigation Agency (FIA) Errol George has confirmed that his agency is aware of a civil action initiated against a number of Virgin Islanders in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina with regard to the Ponzi Scheme Zeek Rewards.

February 26th, 2015
NLBC to honour 3 leading VI ladies

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Come Sunday March 1, 2015 it would not be service as usual at the New Life Baptist Church (NLBC) as the congregation will be giving accolades to three women of esteemed accomplishments in the Territory, Reverend Edris O’Neal, Mrs. Eugenie Donovan-Glasgow and Mrs. Belsadys Donovan.

February 26th, 2015
Anguilla Governor dissolves HoA; elections by April 24

THE VALLEY, Anguilla, WI – Governor of Anguilla Christina Scott yesterday February 25, 2015 dissolved that Territory’s House of Assembly in advance of the forthcoming election in accordance with the British Overseas Territory’s Constitution.

February 26th, 2015
‘Corruption must be more broadly defined’ – Hon J. Alvin Christopher

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the People’s Empowerment Party (PEP) Honourable J. Alvin Christopher (R2) said that corruption must be more broadly defined so that it could include the failure to follow the country’s laws so that someone benefits, for example in the awarding of contracts.

February 26th, 2015
Premier Smith charges OCTs to get into the ‘global hub’

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Setting the pace for the commencement of caucusing at today’s, February 26, 2015 Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) Ministerial Conference, Co-Chairman and Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith was quick to admonish his colleagues in OCTA to strive to become established in the “global hub” of things.

February 26th, 2015
Doughmaker vs St Moose highlights STT Race Card

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - The Triple Crown may be dead and buried for another year, but the excitement is growing for the Races scheduled for the Clinton E. Phipps Track in St Thomas, USVI, on Sunday March 1, 2015, when no fewer than ten Tortola horses could be competing for nearly $45,000 in purse money.

February 25th, 2015
‘Hon Vanterpool must accept responsibility for water woes!’ - Hon Fraser

SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) has dismissed a statement by Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) in response to his radio show comments on the water situation as "childish tit for tat."

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