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December 9th, 2017
UPDATE: Hernandez had no gun, but knife- Senior Police & NSC sources

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Our police sources have retracted the previous information given to our newsroom on the escaped prisoner, Santo Yamarco Hernandez, alleging that he had a gun after he was shot by police on December 6, 2017.

December 9th, 2017
HoA to continue Monday Dec 11, 2017

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Eleventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands will continue on Monday December 11, 2017.

December 9th, 2017
‘I was constantly promoting our natural beauty & people’ - Khephra D. Sylvester

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “It was an amazing experience,” were the words used by the reigning Miss British Virgin Islands 2017/2018, Khephra D. Sylvester, to describe her involvement in the Miss Universe pageant held on November 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, USA.

December 9th, 2017
Lettsome to rep VI @ 47th Youth Sailing World C/ships in China

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Young Virgin Islands sailor Thad Lettsome will be racing for the Territory next week (December 11-15, 2017) at the 47th Youth Sailing World Championships in Sanya, China.

December 9th, 2017
Economic recovery: The austere way

Dickson Igwe

The floods and hurricanes of September 2017 were the worst disaster to visit the Virgin Islands since the 1800s. The month of September 2017 was a crossroad for the Virgin Islands. The disasters of the month were an inflection point: a time of great change.

December 8th, 2017
‘Save the Mangroves’ – Natural Resources Minister Dr Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One of the realities of killer storm Irma was that on the morning after the hurricane there was virtually not one leaf left on the trees or on the land anywhere in the Virgin Islands.

December 8th, 2017
UPDATE: Stylee Band’s Kyle 'Kylo’ Sylvester among 5 dead in USVI plane crash

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — Virgin Islands News Online can confirm that the member of Stylee Band who perished, along with 4 others, in a plane crash near the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI) on Thursday night, December 7, 2017 is lead singer Kyle ‘Kylo’ Sylvester.

December 8th, 2017
NDP Gov’t behaving just like pre-Irma- Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Already having his fair share of being shunned and ignored, Leader of the Opposition Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has not budged even with the passage of Category 5 Hurricane Irma, as it continues to operate in isolation, ignoring the people who put them in office.

December 8th, 2017
‘Masa’ Pemberton sentenced to 2 years in jail; 3-year suspended sentence

ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI - Radio and social network personality Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton has been sentenced to two years behind bars for gun and ammunition charges, after he was found guilty earlier this year.

December 8th, 2017
5K run/walk to raise funds for BVI Autism Centre

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Whether in shape or not, persons are being encouraged to come out in large numbers on December 16, 2017 for a charity 5K run/walk in support of the BVI Autism Centre, which was damaged by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017.

December 8th, 2017
This Week We Feature Young Professional Rochelle S. Frett

Our young professional this week may not consider herself great. In fact, she is as modest as they come, but Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) teacher, Rochelle S. Frett, is great or on the road to greatness when one considers her motivation for the job she does and the words of one of America’s most quoted writers of inspirational maxims, William Arthur Ward, who said “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

December 7th, 2017
Oops! Cape Air blew tire after being cleared for take off @ TB Lettsome Airport!

BEEF ISLAND, VI- It was yesterday December 6, 2017 when a member of our Team of Reporters returned to the Virgin Islands that they noticed a Cape Air plane stuck on the runway at the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

December 7th, 2017
Caribbean Buffet & Final Faze as Norman Island’s Pirates Bight reopens

NORMAN ISLAND, VI – While Peter Island Resort and Spa was closing its doors and sending home staff, next door Norman Island was re-opening its doors to guests some three months after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Virgin Islands.

December 7th, 2017
Hon Turnbull slams his Boss Dr Smith & tells him ‘We are not open for business’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The civil war amongst the National Democratic Party (NDP) members continues. This includes backbenchers and frontbeach members publicly and privately chastising the leader Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), publicly disagreeing with him on government policy and also taking opposite public position to him.

December 7th, 2017
Samuels half-century helps Victorians finish top of standings

DHAKA, Bangladesh - West Indies batting star Marlon N. Samuels struck his third half-century of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and passed 300 runs as Comilla Victorians finished on top of the standings with an impressive 25-run win over Sylhet Sixers here yesterday.

December 7th, 2017
Shot murder accused Santo Y. Hernandez dies

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Murder accused Santo Yamarco Hernandez, the escaped prisoner who was shot by police in Butu Mountain, Tortola, on December 6, 2017 has died, according to reports reaching our newsroom.

December 7th, 2017
UPDATE: Big ships will return by end of 1st quarter of 2018 – Hon Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) said that the usual bigger cruise ships that frequented the territory prior to the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, are not likely to return before the end of the first quarter of 2018.

December 6th, 2017
Close to 200 jobless as Peter Island Resort closes indefinitely

PETER ISLAND, VI – “Last week we were told in a general staff meeting that we have to go home, close to 200 hundred of us. They are only keeping just a few to do certain things.”

December 7th, 2017
It does not have to get worse before getting better

Alred C. Frett

The past 12-months have been terrible for many of us who have lost Spouses, Homes and Livelihood but there is no turning back the hands of time… As a Writer, right or wrong, things I say, are there for all to see and I am fortunate not to have misled you even in the classic case of Trump’s mis-Election where, what you are now seeing and hearing is what I explained to you over a year ago… (You may check this).

December 6th, 2017
EU blacklisted 17 countries including St Lucia, Trinidad, Barbados, Panama

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It appears that the big European Powers are at it again, trying to destabilise the economy of small island states, who are for the most part doing nothing illegal.

December 6th, 2017
‘We are not running for office in this hour’- Claude O. Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “What we do, what we say here on Honestly Speaking comes from a principled place… It’s what we believe is in the public good.”

December 6th, 2017
UPDATE: Escaped prisoner Santo Yamarco Hernandez shot by police

BUTU MOUNTAIN, Tortola, VI- Information just reaching our newsroom from our senior sources in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is that the man shot this morning at Butu Mountain, Tortola, is escaped prisoner Santo Yamarco Hernandez.

December 5th, 2017
Tortola stray dog 'Buddy' & PC Jon Harvey of UK reunited

SUFFOLK, United Kingdom- Police Constable Jon Harvey of Suffolk, United Kingdom (UK) and the stray dog he rescued and affectionately named Buddy, while deployed in the [British] Virgin Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma that struck the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017, are now together at last.

December 5th, 2017
UPDATE: ‘Generator ignited @ RJT Edifice’- Fire Chief McLean

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The fire that started at the RJT Edifice in Road Town, on the main island of Tortola, this morning, December 5, 2017, has been extinguished and the blaze did not catch on to the building itself, according to Chief Fire Officer, Zebalon A. McLean.

December 5th, 2017
BVI Red Cross approves first 855 applicants for $$ under Assistance Programme

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following the two Category 5 Hurricanes in September 2017, Irma and Maria, that left the Virgin Islands’ destroyed, the aftermath being death, homelessness, and panic in the streets for food and gasoline, many persons have raised concerns about the transparency of aids being funnelled through the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government.

December 5th, 2017
USVI man allegedly raped by another man

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) on Monday, December 4, 2017 reported two alleged rape incidents that affected both male and female victims in the St Thomas-St John and St Croix districts, according to VIPD Public Information Officer Glen Dratte.

December 5th, 2017
VI & Honduras the only 2 countries on earth with a curfew!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A curfew was first imposed on the Virgin Islands (VI) on September 10, 2017, four days after Hurricane Irma brought death, destruction, homelessness and panic in the streets for food and gasoline.

December 5th, 2017
Gayle to bolster West Indies batting for ODI, T20 series in NZ

HAMILTON, New Zealand- Batting dynamo Chris H. Gayle will lead the charge of the West Indies cricketing rock stars into New Zealand for the limited overs series.

December 4th, 2017
Disney Cruise Line skips VI for St Maarten until April 2018

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands being “back on its feet and open for business” brand by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is not being bought by everyone, including a major cruise line that will not be heading to these ports until April of next year.

December 4th, 2017
Police & DMV crackdown on hurricane damaged vehicles; hands tied, it’s the law

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) continues its crackdown on the roads by giving tickets and warnings to vehicles they deem unsafe to drive, such as those that have no seat belts, broken front and rear view mirrors and lights, severely disfigured, and pose a danger to other motorists, the Department of Motors Vehicles (DMV) has weighed in.

December 4th, 2017
Fishing & Farming relief not top priority for NDP Gov't post Irma!

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI - Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) was not the bearer of much good news for some residents of the First District when he answered the initiative of Leader of the Opposition Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to meet with those residents.

December 4th, 2017
Willock’s ideas of town council, sectoral minimum wage embraced

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The idea of a town council for Virgin Gorda and other sister islands, as put forward by former Permanent Secretary, businessman and political aspirant Mr Julian Willock, has been embraced by residents of Virgin Gorda, with one even making his agreement known publicly, on social media.

December 4th, 2017
Farley & Mays win Irmarathon!

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI- Due to the 7:00 AM start because of the curfew in place, it was always going to be a challenge with the heat, but 54 runners were up to the task when the 12th Deloitte/Ogier BVI Half Marathon and 10K, dubbed the Irmarathon and 10Kirma, got underway on December 3, 2017, the first time the event was held on a Sunday.

December 3rd, 2017
Is the Immigration Dept cruel & heartless after hurricanes Irma & Maria?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- There are growing concerns that the Virgin Islands’ Government, through the Immigration Department, is forcing work permit holders who lost their jobs only because of the killer storms Irma and Maria in September 2017 to still leave the Territory even after they found new employment.

December 3rd, 2017
Large crowd swamp night 2 of Christmas on deCastro Street

ROAD TOWN Tortola VI - The hands of vendors, especially food vendors, at the 19th edition of Christmas on deCastro Street were not enough to match the massive crowd that turned out on December 2, 2017, making the event a success in almost every way.

December 3rd, 2017
‘Whites have been on the side of fighting for justice’- Julian Willock

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Political aspirant and former Permanent Secretary Mr Julian Willock believes that now more than ever the [British] Virgin Islands has to embrace everyone, regardless of race, economic status or nationality, to build the territory successfully.

December 3rd, 2017
West Indies stay alive against New Zealand on day 3

WELLINGTON, New Zealand- So much for talk of a New Zealand walkover; a fourth day of possibilities lies ahead at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand after the West Indies' batsmen found the starch that had been missing on day one.

December 3rd, 2017
USVI lawmakers pass bill to ban large scale burning

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— Lawmakers on Friday December 1, 2017 passed a bill that prohibits large-scale burning of vegetative debris in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), a move that goes against the Kenneth E. Mapp administration and federal government’s plan to incinerate the hundreds of thousands of debris left behind by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

December 2nd, 2017
Canada, Germany, Netherlands told citizens not to visit VI after Hurricane Irma

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) has told the world, following the devastating Hurricanes Irma and Maria, that we are still “open for business and back on our feet”, many countries have told their citizens otherwise.

December 2nd, 2017
UPDATE: 22 vendors support 1st night of Xmas on deCastro St

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Some 22 vendors looked past the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma and turned up to help ring in the spirit of Christmas on the opening night of the 2017 Christmas on deCastro Street, now in its 19th year and previously known as Christmas on Main Street before relocating to its present space.

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