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East End/Long Look 2016 Festival artistes 31 July to August 3

July 25th, 2016
TRW & FLOW heighten calls for road safety during Festival

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It’s that time of year when traffic gets extremely busy and some roads are closed off to facilitate road tramps and other activities related to the Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival. This has led to the Tortola Race Wars (TRW) upping their advocacy for road safety.

July 26th, 2016
The price of facing truth in the past, present & future

Alred C. Frett

When the Gift of Youth becomes the Product of Past Experiences:

Being young is wonderful – It’s a Promise of Forever where we can get everything, do everything, be everything and live everlasting but this is only as good as it gets for as long as it lasts – Time passes and most things change… We become caricatures of our Grandparents only to find we didn’t get everything, we didn’t do everything, we weren’t all we could be and we will not last forever.

July 25th, 2016
‘We do not take complaints lightly’- BVIHSA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After a Facebook post was made on July 22, 2016 bashing Peebles Hospital for the alleged poor services being rendered there and with other persons sharing their own disturbing experiences at the lone hospital in the territory, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) responded with a statement on its own Facebook page.

July 25th, 2016
Darci Reich reaches final @ Caribbean Junior Squash C/ships

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Caribbean Amateur Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships closed out on Saturday July 24, 2016 in the Cayman Islands with local players Darci Reich finishing second in the U11’s bracket and brother Luka sixth in U13’s

July 24th, 2016
Hutchinson & De Castro win Prince & Princess Show

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Nine-year-olds Jonathan T. Hutchinson from the Althea Scatliffe Primary School and Jae’da A. De Castro of Joyce Samuel Primary School were crowned Prince and Princess respectively at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town, Tortola this evening, Sunday July 24, 2016.

July 24th, 2016
‘JJ’ crowned FLOW Soca Monarch

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands’ Jevaughn J. “JJ” Parsons was crowned the Flow Soca Monarch at the Festival Grounds in Road Town in the wee hours of Sunday July 24, 2016.

July 24th, 2016
Hons Pickering & Fraser attend Assembly of OECS in Antigua

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- They are not the two to always be in front of the camera but they continue to do a lot of good work behind the scenes.

July 24th, 2016
National sailor ‘disgusted’ with VI following thefts

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- National sailor Daniel Petrovic took to Facebook recently, expressing his disgust at being a victim of theft on several occasions.

July 24th, 2016
Swimmer Elinah Phillip set to be VI’s youngest Olympian

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Swimmer Elinah Phillip will become the territory’s youngest athlete to compete at an Olympic Games when she takes to the pool for the 50m freestyle on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

July 24th, 2016
Tourist injured during fight on Willy T’s

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A tourist was reportedly injured when a fight ensued on the popular Willy T’s, Friday night, July 22, 2016.

July 23rd, 2016
Arthur W. Hodge story to be told @ NLBC’s Emancipation Sunday

DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- The Arthur W. Hodge story, one of the most pivotal events in the story of slavery within the Virgin Islands, will be a main feature on the programme of the New Life Baptist Church’s (NLBC) Emancipation Sunday service on July 31, 2016.

July 23rd, 2016
David Turnbull & Kurt Rabsatt sentenced to jail

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Found guilty in the High Court of robbery on June 13, 2016, David Turnbull and Kurt Rabsatt were yesterday, July 22, 2016, sentenced to time in prison by Justice Nicola P. Byer.

July 23rd, 2016
UPDATE: McMaster takes Bronze @ World U20 C/ships

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Always looking promising for a podium finish in his heat races, Virgin Islands’ hurdler Kyron McMaster did not disappoint as he trumped up a national record to take Bronze at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland moments ago, July 23, 2016.

July 23rd, 2016
Julian Willock calls for divisive politics to stop!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Permanent Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Advance Marketing and Professional Services, Julian Willock, has called on the “political class” to end the divisive politics and stop the rhetoric that is causing the country to be divided.

July 22nd, 2016
Smith confident of Giant Valley Cup double

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The August 2, 2016, Festival Race Meet at Ellis Thomas Downs promises to deliver an action packed card as well as the usual slate of entertainment and “after party” excitement.

July 22nd, 2016
More disturbing stories of Peebles Hospital shared on Facebook

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As if the recent alleged death by negligence at Peebles Hospital was not enough, more distasteful stories of experiences at the territory's multi-million dollar facility have emerged on social network.

July 22nd, 2016
USVI man caught on camera stealing bottles of alcohol

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — A man who was observed on surveillance camera stealing multiple bottles of liquor from Boogie Woogie, a restaurant and bar on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands has been arrested and jailed, [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Media Specialist Sakeeda Freeman announced Thursday, July 21, 2016.

July 22nd, 2016
VIF&FC Chairperson laments lack of funding for festival

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Saying that the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) has good plans for Emancipation Festival, Chairperson Kishma A. Baronville says the Committee can only act on those plans as funding is made available.

July 22nd, 2016
This Week We Feature Young Professional Natalia S. Prieto

By Reuben J. A. Stoby

Anyone can have dreams and ambitions but it’s having the resolve to pursue those dreams, knowing that nothing is handed on a platter but rather steely determination and hard work are what it takes to achieve the desired goals, that makes one a success.

July 23rd, 2016
A lame duck Bermudian Gov’t

By Thomas C. Famous

“A lame duck, in politics, is an elected official whose successor has already been elected. The official is often seen as having less influence with other politicians due to their limited time left in office.”- Wikepedia.com

July 22nd, 2016
E.G. Maduro blasts hypocrisy in Gov’t over hiring of UK nationals

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One talk show host has blasted what he refers to as “hypocrisy within the Government” following conflicting statements made by Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), regarding citizens of the United Kingdom taking up high ranking positions in the Virgin Islands.

July 22nd, 2016
Winning start for U17 footballers on road to CONCACAF C/ship

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands (VI) got off to a wining start at the Caribbean Football Union/CONCACAF U17 Championship, coming out with a 1-0 victory over Bahamas in Group 6 on Wednesday July 20, 2016 in Suriname.

July 21st, 2016
5 vessels detained by HM Customs in 2 days

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the operation against charter companies and vessel operators violating Customs and Immigration laws continues, some five vessels were detained within two days this week.

July 23rd, 2016
The dysfunction in African Leadership & Society- Part 1

By Dickson Igwe

The road to social and economic success goes through lands of integrity, honesty, transparency and good governance.

July 22nd, 2016
Rotary Club Of Road Town’s Kiddies Fiesta set to make big splash

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI — All plans are in place to ensure the successful hosting of the Rotary Club of Road Town’s annual Kiddies Fiesta set for Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Paraquita Bay Campus.

July 21st, 2016
Simmonds Preschool Ltd celebrates 50 years

By Zuri F. Hodge

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It started out with an enrollment of approximately 6 preschoolers 50 years ago and has since expanded to include Day Care with a total average annual enrollment of 105 students.

July 21st, 2016
Video of Stacey E. Plaskett & naked husband leaked online

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — A bizarre video showing the husband of US Virgin Islands’ Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett, Jonathan Buckney-Small, who was being recorded by the congresswoman, naked, wearing eye shadow and lipstick, has leaked online; forcing Mrs Plaskett, a first-term delegate to Congress, to issue a press release condemning the leak of what she described as a “private playful video,” and assailed the perpetrators for what she deemed “a new low in Virgin Islands polit

July 21st, 2016
Myett’s owners' son allegedly drowns @ CGB

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI- The son of owners of Myett’s in Cane Garden Bay, Dakary Rhymer, has reportedly drowned at Cane Garden Bay.

July 21st, 2016
VIslander Brittney S. Smith latest addition to the Bar

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- There has been a new addition to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) in the Virgin Islands and she is a local girl, Brittney Symone Smith.

July 21st, 2016
RIO 2016 Olympics to be shown on CBN Channel 51

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Four athletes will represent the Virgin Islands (VI) at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games which will take place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil from August 5 – 21, 2016 and all of their performances will be broadcast live on both CBN TV and Radio.

July 21st, 2016
More attention must be paid to August Monday Parade- E.G. Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While not agreeing that the Ministry of Education should be separated from the Department of Culture as it relates to having one Minister oversee it, television talk show host Edmund G. Maduro feels strongly that a more concerted attention should be paid to the annual Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival celebrations.

July 20th, 2016
2 accidents moments apart @ Wickham's Cay II

WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI- Traffic on the dual carriageway at Wickham's Cay II was backed up for some time following two accidents moments apart this afternoon, July 20, 2016.

July 20th, 2016
Matthew D. Hazell on $200k bail

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Matthew Darrel Hazell was today, July 20, 2016, granted bail in the sum of $200,000, of which $40, 000 must be paid in cash.

July 20th, 2016
Duff is VI’s best finisher @ Opti C/ships in Antigua

ENGLISH HARBOUR, Antigua - Four Team Virgin Islands (VI) sailors raced last week, from Monday July 11 to Friday July 15, 2016, in Antigua at the 2016 Seaboard Optimist North American Championships.

July 20th, 2016
$20k bail for teen who ‘whipped’ father with blender

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A teen who claimed to have been haunted by childhood horrors allegedly meted out to him at the hands of his father, recited the famous ‘Lord’s Prayer’, Matthew 6:9-13, before unleashing blows to his father, to the extent of attempting to strangle him with the cord of a blender.

July 20th, 2016
‘We are having a festival this year!’- Kishma A.Baronville

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “There has been this concept that the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee has not been working and that we weren’t going to pull off a festival which is a fallacy in itself so we just want to say that we are having a festival this year and it is a grand festival.”

July 21st, 2016
Four arrested in drugs & ammo find

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Police executed two search warrants early this morning, July 21, 2016.

July 20th, 2016
NDP & UK Gov'ts acting in isolation on future of VI- Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Radio Talk show personality, Doug Wheatley has spoken out against what he said is the notable exclusion of locals in the decision-making process in the territory.

July 20th, 2016
Jamaica crowned 2016 FLOW Nations Cup Champions

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The fan favourites, Jamaica, lifted the FLOW Nations Cup on Sunday July 17, 2016 on the A.O. Shirley Recreation Grounds in Road Town, after a thrilling final saw them beat the Virgin Islands (VI) 2-1.

July 20th, 2016
9 new cases of Zika bring USVI’s total to 56

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— The Zika virus, which is continuing to grow as a devastating disease in the Caribbean and Latin America, jumped by 9 new cases in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) this week, according to the Department of Health, bringing the total number of cases to 56.



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