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August 27th, 2014
'A bit of good goes a long way' – Rotary Tortola

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Rotary Club of Tortola is stepping up to the call by Family Support Network (FSN) and Social Development to help families in genuine need of assistance with daily supplies of food by organising a food drive this coming Saturday August 30, 2014.

August 27th, 2014
‘BVIEC should pay for damage’ – Businessman

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In light of the constant and prolonged spates of power outages that have been plaguing the Virgin Islands recently residents and businessmen feel that it is total disregard of the BVI Electricity Corporation to take two weeks to advise residents about its problems.

August 27th, 2014
Comtemporary VI artist to showcase work tomorrow

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Desiree Smith, a contemporary artist from the Virgin Islands will tomorrow Thursday August 28, 2014 host an exhibition of her work at the Bamboushay Lounge on Water Front Drive.

August 27th, 2014
Leigha Burke takes FCCA essay competition’s Gold

WICKHAMS CAY II, Tortola, VI – When she was encouraged by one of her teachers, Ms Sharie B. de Castro to enter the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) 2014 Children's Essay Competition, the last thing on Leigha Burke’s mind was winning.

August 27th, 2014
Lakeisha Warner Grabs Gold in 8 x 100m mixed shuttle relay.

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Lakeisha Warner of the Virgin Islands grabbed gold in the 8 x 100 mixed relay shuttle on Tuesday August 26, 2014 at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China.

August 26th, 2014
‘Relax the dress code for Govt buildings’ – radio show caller

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A caller to the Speak Out BVI radio show on ZBVI called to complain about the dress code that is applied to visitors to the Government Administrative Complex and is asking that consideration be given to persons like himself who might be diabetic and cannot wear shoes or long pants.

August 26th, 2014
UPDATE: Two detainees released in shooting investigation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The two persons who were detained by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) in relation to the Sunday morning August 23, 2014 shooting incident on Free Bottom Road have since been released.

August 26th, 2014
NCEL pledges to bring out best in local Educators

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Admitting that they have not gotten it all correct in their home country, Jamaica, Principal Director of the National College of Education Leadership (NCEL) of the Ministry of Education in Jamaica, Dr Maurice Smith has made a commitment to bring out the best in Virgin Islands' teachers.

August 26th, 2014
Shamori Chinnery remanded for guns & ammo find

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Shamori Chinnery, a St Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) national who resides in Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Islands, was yesterday August 25, 2014 remanded to prison when he appeared in the Magistrates’ Court, according to the Police Public Relations Department.

August 26th, 2014
Ruff House overcome Talk Done 101-99

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Last year’s champions Ruff House beat Talk Done 101-99 as the Hon Julian Fraser / Save the Seed Basketball League 2014 tournament continued at the Save the Seed Basketball Court in Duff's Bottom on Saturday August 23, 2014.

August 26th, 2014
UPDATE: The Late Ashford I. Frett hailed for his unselfishness

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Mr Carvin Malone, a relative and close friend of the deceased Ashford I. Frett, paid his tributes to the former Superintendent of Prison, calling him a man of leadership qualities who was always willing to teach those around him.

August 25th, 2014
‘Drunk & Driving?’ – Sistah Joyce among Passengers hurt in VG crash

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – It was just a case of hitching a ride to get home last Saturday night August 23, 2014 that landed Ms Joyce Searles aka Sistah Joyce and some other people including children in a near death experience along a main road in Valley, Virgin Gorda.

August 25th, 2014
One reported injured in Pockwood Pond accident

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI - The driver of an ill-fated Suzuki is said to have suffered injuries to some parts of her upper body this morning August 25, 2014 when she allegedly crashed into a parked vehicle at Pockwood Pond.

August 25th, 2014
‘VIP encouraging youth participation’ – Pres. Carvin Malone

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Mr Carvin Malone said that the growth of the party’s youth cohort is encouraging and it is hoped that this trend continues as the party places attention on future leaders.

August 25th, 2014
Teams fined for breaches of rules in Hon Fraser/STS League

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – As the Julian Fraser / Save the Seed (STS) Basketball League continued this past weekend the Directors have also stood by their “Zero Tolerance” stance by fining several teams for infringements of the rules.

August 25th, 2014
Locals assured of LIME contracts

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The top bracket management of Cable and Wireless and LIME BVI has given the assurance that a significant amount of dollars set aside for the expansion project will see local contractors and persons residing in the Territory benefiting.

August 25th, 2014
'No Govt grant seen for Save the Seed Energy Centre' – Bishop John I. Cline

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – The cost of keeping the Save the Seed Energy Centre operating at top standards is said to be exorbitant and Bishop John I. Cline under whose eyes the centre falls hopes for the government of the day to heed calls for the centre to be awarded a grant.

August 24th, 2014
‘Call Centre on every island doesn’t make sense’ – C&W CEO Phil Bentley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Many persons have often expressed their disfavor of LIME not having home based customers’ service as all customers queries are made to overseas destinations. This was something Chief Executive Officer of Cable and Wireless (C&W), parent company of LIME Mr. Phil Bentley was asked to address recently at a press conference.

August 24th, 2014
VIP to host community meeting in the 3rd District on Wednesday

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) will be hosting its third community meeting this time in Sea Cows Bay in the Third District at the Valerie O. Thomas Community Centre on August 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm as it continues to introduce to the Territory the new Executive Body.

August 24th, 2014
Bayside Blazers storm to victory in 2nd straight win

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Week 2 of the Hon Julian Fraser/Save the Seed Basketball League saw the Number One Draft pick, Eustace “Boss” Freeman, justify his selection as he powered the Pilipinos to their first victory of the Tournament on Friday August 22, 2014.

August 23rd, 2014
JVD man caught with illegal firearm

WEST END, Tortola, VI - A Jost Van Dyke (JVD) man who is said to be no stranger to the courts was yesterday morning August 22, 2014 caught with an illegal firearm and taken into custody by officers on duty at the Sopher's Hole, West End, Ferry Dock.

August 23rd, 2014
NHI won’t cover ‘Bush Medicines’ – Hon Ronnie W. Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton said there is currently no coverage under the National Health Insurance (NHI) for ‘bush medicines’ even though he acknowledges their use among the people of the Virgin Islands, admitting that he himself uses them.

August 23rd, 2014
Tonight is Fight Night!

EAST END, Tortola, VI – In a continued effort to raise funds for a proper boxing ring and to provide a positive environment outlet for the youths of the Territory to learn discipline and control aggression, the Iron Fist Boxing Gym will be holding a Fight Night, tonight August 23, 2014.

August 26th, 2014
Are We Dreaming Up Our Middle Class But Living Down Ourselves?

By Alred C. Frett

The Celebrations are fast becoming distant Memories but Emancipation has yet to arrive - How do we know? - Because very few BV-Islanders knew of the killing of the black teenager, Michael Brown and most blamed Blacks for not following orders & behaving themselves… No one chose to read or research the associated information & some even said such research was unnecessary.

August 22nd, 2014
UPDATE: Flood Watch upgraded to Flood Warning

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has announced that the Flash Flood Watch for the Virgin Islands has been upgraded to a Flash Flood Warning which will remain in effect up to 8:00 pm this evening August 22, 2014.

August 22nd, 2014
UPDATE: 1st District track meet postponed due to weather

CAPOON'S BAY, Tortola, VI - Due to the adverse weather conditions being experienced across the Virgin Islands, the organisers of the Youth Mini Meet to have been held on Capoons Bay tonight August 22, 2014 have postponed the event.

August 22nd, 2014
‘Minister’s answer was malicious!’ – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “I found the Minister’s answer to be rather malicious because I cannot see where he can find where any paperwork was done to the Ministry of Finance asking them to transfer money from the Ministry of Education in 2010 to the seniors’ programme,” First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie said in an exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online.

August 22nd, 2014
This Week We Feature Young Professional Amber V. Wheatley

By Nikolai J. Earle

Meet our Young Professional for this week, Virgin Gorda resident Amber V. Wheatley, a medical student, company owner and health care volunteer whose life at this early stage is already worthy of emulation.

August 22nd, 2014
UPDATE: ‘I never won anything before’ – Ms Brendelee I. Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The excitement was at an all time high in the flagship store of Digicel BVI last evening August 21, 2014 as the twelve finalists to the Digicel Summer Promotion tapped their feet and bit their fingernails in the hope of opening the fortune box to find the key to the brand new Mitsubishi Outlander sport utility vehicle (SUV).

August 22nd, 2014
Road runners gear up for HLSCC 2-Mile Series

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After a summer break the Territory’s track athletes and road runners are in full preparation for the renewal of competitive action which begins in just three short weeks with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) 2 mile Series.

August 21st, 2014
Rotary Tortola donates $50k to new Peebles Hospital

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – When members of the Rotary Club of Tortola handed over a $50k pledge cheque to the Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton Acting District Governor of Rotary Ms Delma Maduro said that it was the largest donation to be made by a single Rotary Club in the history of the Virgin Islands.

August 21st, 2014
'Time for Independence!' - radio show caller

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A member of the public who called into the Speak Out BVI radio show on ZBVI 780 AM on Tuesday night August 19, 2014 said it is time for the Territory to seek its independence from Great Britain.

August 21st, 2014
‘We know where we are with LTE’- LIME GM Sean Auguste

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The management of LIME has made it abundantly clear their position as to their readiness with LTE (Long Term Evolution) as they await the green light from the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC).

August 21st, 2014
UPDATE: Today is ‘D Day’ for Digicel customers – Jasmine A. Perez

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Digicel’s Marketing Public Relations Executive Ms Jasmine A. Perez has declared today August 21, 2014 ‘D Day’ for their customers who would have made good of the company’s telecommunications services especially during the summer promotion.

August 21st, 2014
VI Athletes active in Youth Olympic Games

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China officially began with the completion of the spectacular Opening Ceremony last Saturday August 16, 2014 and already the majority of the athletes representing the Territory have seen active competition.

August 20th, 2014
UPDATE: Police identify Spy Glass Hill body as Garry Roy, 55

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police have identified a body found in a home in Spy Glass Hill West End as 55 year old Garry Roy of the United States.

August 20th, 2014
LIME BVI $7ml expansion to include TV – C&W CEO Phil Bentley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cable & Wireless (C&W), Mr. Phil Bentley arrived today August 20, 2014 on the shores of the Virgin Islands (VI) bearing the news of a $7ml investment the company will be plugging into the telecommunication sector via LIME BVI.

August 20th, 2014
Donald E. De Castro broadsides Govt for Festival ‘party’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentator Mr Donald E. De Castro has in an opinion column today August 20, 2014 broadsided the Government and the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee for Festival being what he described as nothing more than a big party designed to make money at the expense of the Territory’s culture and history.

August 20th, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: ‘I am really proud of my contribution’ – Kamau A. Georges

LOS ANGELES, California, USA – Yet another BVIslander artiste is poised to make the Virgin Islands proud using his talent in the music industry. Kamau A. Georges is part of an international team that is currently in the USA working on an anti-bullying promotion which sees him adding the Caribbean flare to it.

August 23rd, 2014
Virgin Islands media: friend or foe – part 2

By Dickson Igwe

A section of the Virgin Islands establishment appears weary of the media. This weariness is especially so with the online blogs. However, in this Old Boy’s opinion, it is good politics to allow the media free reign, within the acceptable social and legal parameters.



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