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February 13th, 2016
'Bigger & Better' CPL 2016 planned

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organisers are aiming to build on last year’s record numbers, when the fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament bowls off in June.

February 13th, 2016
USVI man bribes public official in bid to smuggle illegal aliens into US

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — On Friday February 12, 2016, Miguel Rodriguez Ramirez, 45, pleaded guilty in the USVI District Court to bribery of a public official, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced via press release.

February 12th, 2016
Flip flopping again? Premier Smith admits BVI Airways owes nothing to BVIAA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has confirmed that nothing else is owed by BVI Airways to the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) following a court case in 2014 which resulted in the outstanding balance being resolved after $70,000 had been paid.

February 12th, 2016
NDP Politicians rake in thousands from Ports Development Project!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI- With Governor John S. Duncan OBE not committed to good governance and transparency, according to his critics, and with his new interpretation of section 67 of the Virgin Islands Constitution, it seems that elected members of the House of Assembly (HoA) with businesses are now free to “get theirs” directly or indirectly with any Government body without needing permission from the HoA or declaring their interests.

February 12th, 2016
We need stricter enforcement of laws - Donald E. de Castro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Radio talk show host and social commentator Donald E. de Castro said that the enforcement of laws such as that which prohibits smoking in public places like restaurants and other establishments continues to be a problem in the territory. He believes too there should be stronger traffic laws with stiffer penalties.

February 12th, 2016
Premier Smith admits giving wrong information to public

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Often criticised by members of the Opposition and the media of giving inaccurate information to the public, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has admitted to doing so.

February 12th, 2016
This Week We Feature Young Professional Kadeem Farara

By Reuben J. A. Stoby

Such is his passion for motorbikes that he has taught himself just about everything he knows about them and is today enjoying a rewarding career as a motorbike/ATV and parts salesman and mechanic.

February 12th, 2016
Chapman falls in Cactus Classic Qualifying

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands' squash player Joe Chapman lost in straight sets to Valentino Bong in the final round of qualifying at the Ganem Vein Institute’s Cactus Classic in Phoenix on Wednesday February 10, 2016.

February 11th, 2016
Hon Fraser to meet 3rd District residents on cable laying disruptions

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Working around the inconveniences brought about by the High Voltage Cable Laying project will be among the topic of discussion when Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA meets with residents of Sea Cows Bay and other affected areas on Friday February 12, 2016.

February 11th, 2016
Donald E. de Castro blasts Gov't for owing locals but investing in foreign airline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Radio talk show host and social commentator Donald E. de Castro has blasted the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government for failing to pay monies owed to numerous contractors and service providers but yet finding money from the Consolidated Fund to invest in BVI Airways, a foreign owned entity.

February 11th, 2016
Hon Walwyn blames wrong information given by Premier Smith on his $1M ‘Wall’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was first and accurately reported by our newsroom that the controversial Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn, spent well over One Million and Seventy-eight Thousand Dollars ($1,078,000.00) on a wall at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) in 2015. Many teachers and parents after hearing this were disgusted and outraged, especially since the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration has left the country broke and public schools cannot get basic items

February 11th, 2016
No fireworks for Tortola Pier Park opening - Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has stated that there will be no fireworks for the opening of the controversial Tortola Pier Park on February 16, 2016.

February 11th, 2016
Joseph M. Rosan accuses Quito Rhymer of unfair dismissal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former band member of Quito’s Joseph Mathieu Rosan believes he was unjustly fired from his position as a drummer because of a post made on social media regarding Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool and the cruise pier development project.

February 13th, 2016
Uncle Bernie the socialist warrior!

Dickson Igwe

The US Presidential Election Campaign will end in November 2016 with the election of a new US Leader. And the 2016 US Presidential Election is proving to be the most interesting and pivotal in a generation.

February 12th, 2016
Flow & CaribbeanTales announce Regional Partnership

MIAMI, Florida, USA – Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W), operator of the Flow brand, today announced an exclusive five-year partnership agreement with CaribbeanTales, a regional media company focused on developing Caribbean content for multi-media broadcast. Under the agreement, Flow, as lead sponsor, will support CaribbeanTales’ Incubator Programme to develop unique content for the region. This partnership also means Flow customers will have access to a huge range of exciting, locally and regionally pr

February 11th, 2016
Edwin ‘steals’ the show for Golden Flashes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Deon J. Edwin and the Kent State Golden Flashes held off a late Northern Illinois run to win 75-74 at the M.A.C. Center on Tuesday February 9, 2016 and are now 7-4 in Mid America Conference play.

February 10th, 2016
VIP did it too! Premier Smith on justifying purchase of new luxury vehicle

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has hit back at critics of his for the purchase of a new Cadillac Escalade at a cost of $92,500, saying that during the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, the spending on Government owned vehicles was much higher.

February 10th, 2016
3 yrs on & hundreds of thousands $$ spent: Police corruption probe nets zero results!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- There seems to be double standards in the Virgin Islands on the issue of corruption where only locals, belongers and the Caribbean brothers and sisters are often accused of such wrong doing, however, others are never labeled with the same tag while allegedly doing much of the same.

February 10th, 2016
SUV overturns on Fort Hill

FORT HILL, Tortola, VI- A Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) turned over moments ago, February 10, 2016 on Fort Hill, on the main island of Tortola, after the driver reportedly lost control of it.

February 10th, 2016
Skeletal remains of body found on upper Main Street

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police moments ago, February 10, 2016, removed skeletal remains of a body from upper Main Street following the discovery of a skull two days ago on Monday February 8, 2016.

February 10th, 2016
Like this NDP Gov’t gone mad!- Radio caller

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “When you guys ready to march you guys let me know. This is madness,” said an obviously frustrated radio caller who admitted he voted for the National Democratic Party (NDP) at the June 8, 2015 elections but is since regretting his decision.

February 10th, 2016
NDP's plan to tax its way to prosperity will fail – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie believes that the National Democratic Party's (NDP) strategy to increases taxes and fees as a means of shoring up Government's coffers is a sure fire way to failure.

February 10th, 2016
Search for Nickera Smith expands outside of the territory

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Police have engaged law enforcers in the neighbouring territories as their search for 22-year-old Nickera Smith enters its second week.

February 10th, 2016
2 wounded in shooting incident in Purcell

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police are investigating a shooting incident in the Purcell Estate area late this afternoon, February 10, 2016, that resulted in two brothers being wounded.

February 10th, 2016
Hon Melvin 'Mitch' Turnbull shelves NHI comparative study

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative of the Second District Honourable Melvin 'Mitch' Turnbull has shelved a study he had announced he was undertaking to compare and contrast the benefits of the National Health Insurance (NHI) as against private insurance coverage.

February 10th, 2016
Duff 1st Overall in Opti Class at Pan Peppin Regatta

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Six sailors representing the Royal BVI Yacht Club competed in the 2016 Pan Pepin International Dinghy Regatta hosted at Club Nautico San Juan in Puerto Rico last weekend.

February 9th, 2016
BVIAA contradicts Premier Smith on legal action against BVI Airways

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- So far no legal action has been taken against BVI Airways to recover funds owed to the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA) more than two years ago.

February 9th, 2016
Police discover human skull behind upper Main Street store

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following inquiries that Virgin Islands News Online made yesterday February 8, 2016, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) confirmed today February 9, 2016 that a human skull was found behind a Main Street store.

February 9th, 2016
$1M spent on QE II Park; $200k for Water Fountain

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith was on a spending spree leading up to the 2015 General Elections.

February 9th, 2016
USVI horse owners displeased with condition of Ellis Thomas Downs!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A number of horse owners both in the Virgin Islands and in the neighbouring United States Virgin Islands believe that the track surface at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay has not been getting the maintenance that it needs and thus posed a potential danger to horses.

February 9th, 2016
'Masa', Krazy Hype, on a mission to uplift VI youth

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Local entertainment promoter and website manager Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton is on a mission to bring visibility to the youth of the territory through his profiles and interviews which he said are necessary to fill a void in the young demographic which he believes needs a voice.

February 9th, 2016
BVIFA aims to ‘Raise It’s Standards’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The British Virgin Islands Football Association (BVIFA) held an introductory workshop on Friday February 5, 2016 for the second Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) “D” License Coaching Programme.

February 8th, 2016
Not broke but taxes/fees to increase

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Delivering the 2016 national budget in the House of Assembly today Monday February 8, 2016, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith said the funds that the Government has expended to execute a number of projects in the territory have been significant and are monies well spent.

February 8th, 2016
Ton for Williams as RTW crush Island Boys in LIME Superfast League

GREENLAND, Tortola, VI -Action got underway in the LIME Superfast T20 League on Sunday February 7, 2016 at Greenland Playing Field, with RTW beating the Island Boys by 8 wickets in Division One and the Vikings holding their nerve to beat the Royal Knights by 4 wickets in the Premier Division.

February 8th, 2016
$331M Budget! Higher taxes announced with claim that country not broke!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Sounding again like he was on the campaign trail, the Virgin Islands’ Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has announced a 2016 Appropriation Act of approximately Three Hundred and Thirty Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Six Thousand Five hundred United States Dollars ($330,846,500.00) of both protected revenue and expenditure.

February 8th, 2016
Tourism Boards urged to market local car rental companies

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Top Rank Rentals of Barbados in a press release to the media today February 9, 2016, called out Local Tourism Boards, across the Caribbean to assist in the marketing of local entrepreneurs, especially local Car Rentals owners.

February 8th, 2016
Alarming? $92,500.00 brand new Cadillac Escalade purchased for Premier!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While no one who is fair and objective will disagree that the Virgin Islands’ Head of Government, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith, ought to be driven in a state-owned vehicle, and security provided, as is the practice through-out the world or for that matter any Premier, residents are alarmed that in this hard economic time a new SUV was purchased for Dr Smith at such cost.

February 8th, 2016
NFL fans across the VI witness Broncos win Superbowl 50

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the Denver Broncos rode to victory over the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super bowl 50 last night February 7, 2016, fans of the game in the Virgin Islands were yet again blown away not only by the on field action but also the big money supersized commercials which totalled over $300 million this year, and by a killer halftime show by megastar diva Beyoncé.

February 9th, 2016
Connecting NHI to Black History & the United Nations

Alred C. Frett

Finally; UN ‘Experts on People of African Descent’:

Welcome to February and even with the extra day it remains the shortest month… As Black History’s Month it is unfortunate when too many of us do not know, too many avoid knowing and too many prefer to fabricate false Histories… Worst yet, too many get annoyed and see me as Troublesome simply for asking that we appreciate ourselves through the Realities of our History.

February 7th, 2016
VI’s oldest citizen Robelteen Smith passes at age 107

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands has lost its oldest citizen, Robelteen Smith, who passed away at the grand old age of 107 on Thursday February 4, 2016.

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