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December 9th, 2018
VI Native on transition team of Connecticut Governor-elect

CONNECTICUT, USA - As Governor-elect of Connecticut, Ned M. Lamont, prepares to take office, he and Lt. Governor-elect Susan Bysiewicz have appointed two Yale psychiatry professors—one a Virgin Islander—to two transition committees according to a November 28, 2018, press release from the Yale School of Medicine.

December 9th, 2018
Man shot dead in USVI store parking lot

VI CONSORTIUM

CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix - The United States Virgin Islands Police Department (USVIPD), has designated a fatal shooting—that occurred late morning, Saturday, December 8, 2018—in the parking lot of the Gallows Bay Hardware Store, as a targeted assassination-style murder.

December 8th, 2018
VI gains Romanian training on Disaster Management

BUCHAREST, Romania – Deputy Financial Secretary in the Virgin Islands (VI), Ms M. Alva McCall recently represented the territory at a training session in Disaster Risk Reduction and Post Disaster Reconstruction at an exploratory mission to Romania.

December 10th, 2018
Who qualifies to be the next premier of the BVI?

By Kenneth G. Gladstone

Even though governments have established their own identity and have taken their own path to what they perceived to be the road to making the BVI great again, it is very clear that BVI governments are yet to find the right political strategy.

December 8th, 2018
Another taxpayers trip by 'lame duck' Premier, what was accomplished?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Outgoing and 'lame duck' Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI), Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), has concluded yet another overseas trip on taxpayers money on his last days in office.

December 8th, 2018
‘Ronnie’ under fire at PVIM launch

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – The official launch of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), on Friday, December 7, 2018, saw its Leader, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), immediately coming under fire, for his role as a Cabinet member—as such was a party to the plethora of misgivings under the National Democratic Party (NDP) government.

December 7th, 2018
Two charged in Panama Paper Scandal used VI in scheme

NEW YORK, United States – Two of four people charged in an indictment–connected to the Panama Paper scandal– this week in the United States, was found to have used the British Virgin Islands in their scheme.

December 7th, 2018
Wade N. Smith In! as PVIM D5 Candidate; resigns as Commissioner of Customs

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Customs in the Virgin Islands (VI), Wade N. Smith, announced tonight, December 7, 2018, that he has resigned from his post at Customs, and is now perusing a political career via a District 5 Candidacy with the new Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) party.

December 7th, 2018
SHAME! Hon Vanterpool regrets condition at Fire Station Building

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With news of some 30 Fire and Rescue Officers working in unsanitary conditions at the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service Building, Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) — in an attempt to damage control the situation — hastily called a press conference late Thursday afternoon, December 6, 2018.

December 7th, 2018
R. Dancia Penn In! to run with PVIM; Hon Fraser subbed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) can confirm that former Deputy Premier, Attorney General and Deputy Governor R. Danica Penn QC, will run At-Large with National Democratic Party 2 (NPD 2), breakaway group called, Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM).

December 8th, 2018
Govt seeks contractors to redevelop ESHS

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The administration of the Virgin Islands (VI) is inviting tenders for the redevelopment of Elmore Stoutt High School, according to a press statement, issued by the Government Information Service (GIS), on Friday, December 7, 2018.

December 8th, 2018
The Caribbean’s Economic Dilemma part A

By Dickson C. Iqwe

Most Caribbean countries, including the Virgin Islands, possess three economic idiosyncrasies- that lock West Indian jurisdictions into perpetual developing status, and the threat of systemic poverty.

December 7th, 2018
Church should do more to empower women - Zoe J. Walcott

BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Beauty queen and Virgin Islander, Ms Zoe J. Walcott who placed 8th out of 86 contestants at the recently concluded 2018/19 Mrs Globe Pageant, says conversations around women empowerment needs to hit the front burner in the Virgin Islands (VI).

December 7th, 2018
‘Mitch’ cites frustration in abandoning NDP Gov’t

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), aka ‘Mitch,’ of the new Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) party, continues to vocally berate his former allegiance, the National Democratic Party (NDP), citing frustration amongst several reasons why he ultimately decided to abandon the party.

December 6th, 2018
J.R. O’Neal Botanical Garden blooms again

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As part of Arbour Day celebrations on Friday, November 30, 2018, The J. R. O’Neal Botanical Garden was formally re-opened, having been destroyed by the hurricanes of 2017 which ravaged the Virgin Islands (VI).

December 6th, 2018
Hon Walwyn's politics is 'wicked' & 'divisive'-Claude O. Skelton-Cline.

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Honestly Speaking’s host, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline, has ‘called out’ National Democratic Party (NDP) Chairman, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), over what he calls his, “wicked” and “divisive” politics.

December 6th, 2018
10 years for Tortolain Ashley Warner in USVI cocaine case

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Ashley Warner, 54, of Tortola, was sentenced today, December 6, 2018, in District Court before District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez, to conspiracy and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, United States Attorney, Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

December 7th, 2018
LIAT resumes more flights to VI following suspension

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, will resume its morning and evening services to the British Virgin Islands following the suspension of flights after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

December 6th, 2018
‘Mitch’ confesses: I asked to be a minister in the next Govt’

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – Former National Democratic Party (NDP) Chaplain, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), aka ‘Mitch,’ has confirmed that prior to his resignation from the party recently, he held a two-hours long meeting with Leader, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), where he requested to be seated as a Minister should the party be successful at the next elections.

December 6th, 2018
‘Irma Diaries’ brings perspective to Climate Change for Asian Business Leaders

BANGKOK, Thailand, - The Irma Diaries and its message of the dangers of Climate Change, was presented with a ‘human perspective’ on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, to members of the Task Force on Green Business of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

December 5th, 2018
PVIM without a full slate to contest elections

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – Fired Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) today, December 5, 2018, faced the press for the first time since having to vacate the government benches in the House of Assembly (HoA) and being relieved of his ministerial portfolio.

December 6th, 2018
RVIPF’s Supt Vanterpool gets hands-on training at UK’s top police command centres

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Superintendent of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Jacqueline E. Vanterpool, has returned to the Territory, following a six-week secondment to the United Kingdom (UK) where she was exposed to leading and managing operations which encounter issues such as public order, terrorism, sexual exploitation, and providing general public protection..

December 6th, 2018
DDM sets up ‘satellite’ emergency relief warehouses

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Satellite warehouses are being established in key locations throughout the Territory by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), in order to store emergency relief contingency stocks for use in immediate response operations.

December 5th, 2018
Zoe J. Walcott talks experience, challenges at Mrs Globe 2018/19

BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islander, Ms Zoe J. Walcott, the beauty queen who ranked number 8th out of 86 contestants at the 2018/19 Mrs Globe Pageant recently, sat down with Virgin Islands News Online, to talk about some of her experiences gained and challenges faced in her quest for the crown.

December 5th, 2018
Report: 59% USVI children lived in single-parent homes in 2014

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - According to the 2016 USVI Kids Count Data Book published by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (C.F.V.I) on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, as of 2014, more than half of the territory’s children — 59 percent— were living in single-parent homes, even as the number of children in married-parent families increased to 39 percent.

December 5th, 2018
‘Honestly Speaking’ is no VIP mouthpiece – Claude O. Skelton Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Popular talk show “Honestly Speaking” came under scrutiny by members of the local press corps regarding its apparent ‘party slant’ favouring the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), a notion that was strongly rebuffed by host, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline and VIP Chairman, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

December 5th, 2018
Justice in VI tipped in favour of big business- Ms Dancia Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Judicial system in the Virgin Islands (VI) is currently imbalanced and is in fact, tipped in favour of businesses and commercial interests, to the detriment of the ordinary citizen, accessing justice in a timely manner.

December 4th, 2018
Oops! SUV hits curb @ Joes Hill

JOES HILL, Tortola, VI – Within the last hour, our roving camera discovered a small Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), that ran up on the side in the area of Joes Hill, on the main island of Tortola.

December 5th, 2018
Primary School Teachers Complete Go Math Programme

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Over 120 Kindergarten to Grade Six educators from the public school system have completed the GO Math Programme adopted in primary schools.

December 4th, 2018
Ex Gov’t worker guilty of raping teenage daughter

SEA COW'S BAY, Tortola, VI - A Kittitian living in the Virgin Islands (VI) for a number of years and worked for Government, was last week found guilty of raping his then 15 year-old daughter.

December 4th, 2018
Hon Walwyn publicly bashes NDP detractors

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Honourable, Myron V. Walwyn (AL)), has now publicly condemned the actions of several party detractors, who in recent weeks resigned publicly, owing to differences in ideologies with the newly elected party leader.

December 4th, 2018
VI Gov’t moving ahead with ICT policy development

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Government of the Virgin Islands (VI), is moving ahead with the development of a National Information Communications and Technology (ICT) Policy following the signing of an agreement in August 2017, to improve the sector.

December 4th, 2018
FSN Holiday Fundraising Raffle gets second winner

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A Samsung Galaxy S9 was won when the second drawing for the Christmas Fundraising Raffle in aid of Family Support Network (FSN) was held outside the FLOW flagship store on Flemming Street on Friday, November 30, 2018.

December 4th, 2018
Why should our people perish for the lack of vision?

By Alfred C. Frett

These are troubled times and if we are to overcome the trials and tribulations, we must look, listen and learn.

December 4th, 2018
VI Director re-elected VP for C’bean Water & Sewerage Association

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - Director of the Virgin Islands' (VI) Water and Sewage Department, Ms Perline Scatliffe-Leonard, was re-elected Vice President, of the Caribbean Water and Sewage Association (CAWASA).

December 4th, 2018
Willock not daunted by 4-vote loss

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “Any of the nine of us are better than NDP (National Democratic Party) I, or NDP II.”

December 4th, 2018
Fmr Deputy Premier petitions UK to intervene in VI affairs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Former Deputy Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI), Queens Council, Ms R. Dancia Penn-Sallah, has petitioned the United Kingdom (UK) Government to urgently intervene in the body politic and institutions of the Territory, in order to stem the breakdown in governance.

December 3rd, 2018
Hon Skelton blasts Walwyn! Says he is incapable of managing Territory’s affairs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), has come out swinging against his political nemesis, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL)— recently elected Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP)—saying the Minister for Education and Culture, is incapable of managing the affairs of the Territory.

December 3rd, 2018
No mandate for 'lame duck' Premier in UK talks'- Jamal S. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government led by Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, has “no mandate to hold any discussions on anything, much less the critical decisions being taken in London to use the Overseas Territories to replace Britain's involvement in the Galileo Satellite Network (similar to GPS used in the USA).”

December 3rd, 2018
4 Guyanese plead guilty to 3,769kg cocaine possession

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. CROIX, USVI - United States Attorney, Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today, December 3, 2018, that Mohamed Hoseain, age 70, and Richard La Cruz, age 51, both of Guyana, pleaded guilty on November 28, 2018, in federal court to possession of cocaine on board a vessel.

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