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August 13th, 2018
UPDATE: Official; only 3 elected members will run with NDP Co-leader Walwyn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After our story was published earlier today, Monday August 13, 2018, our senior National Democratic Party (NDP) sources made contact to update us on the latest.

August 13th, 2018
House of Assembly continues on August 14, 2018

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands' (VI) Parliament or the House of Assembly (HoA), will continue with the 6th Sitting of the 3rd Session of the 3rd HoA on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at 10:00 AM.

August 13th, 2018
Kevon S. Lettsome advocates legalising cannabis in the VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the legalisation of varying amounts of marijuana gaining traction across the world, with Canada being the latest country to join the list of nations decriminalising the ‘controversial’ plant, at least one young Virgin Islander is openly advocating the Virgin Islands (VI) consider going the same route.

August 14th, 2018
Re-balancing the VI economy in wake of 'Public Registers Decision'

By E. Benito Wheatley

There are very serious economic and financial implications for the Virgin Islands (VI), as a consequence of the United Kingdom's (UK) decision, to impose public registers of beneficial ownership (public registers) on the Overseas Territories (OTs).

August 13th, 2018
‘Football Festival’ success inspires plan to solidify event on School Calendar

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Over 70 youths from across the Territory on Thursday, August 9, 2018 and Friday, August 10, 2018, benefitted from the coaching prowess of officials of British Virgin Islands Football Association (BVIFA) during its ‘Football Festival.’

August 13th, 2018
The British are coming!! The British are coming!!

Thomas C. Famous

“Cup Match is an event which marks the day that Bermuda was discovered by Admiral Sir George Somers, in 1609. It also marks Emancipation Day.”

August 13th, 2018
'Gadiethz' says he is owed for 2-years by VI Festival & Fairs Committee

EAST END, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands (VI) Festival and Fairs Committee continues to be accused of failing to honour its debts, the latest allegations being levelled by frustrated Promoter, Paul A. Peart aka 'Gadiethz', who says he is owed now for almost two years.

August 13th, 2018
Willock proposes bold new 'unemployment agency'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former Permanent Secretary (PS) and political aspirant, vying for an At Large seat in the Virgin Islands Party’s (VIP) Congress, Mr Julian Willock, has proposed a raft of bold new policy initiatives aimed at providing greater protection for Virgin Islanders and Belongers, in addition to measures aimed at assisting the unemployed.

August 13th, 2018
VI strikes ‘Gold’ again: McMaster dominates 400m hurdles @ 2018 NACAC in Canada

TORONTO, Canada - Virgin Islands (VI) ‘Golden Boy’ Kyron A. McMaster, continues to dominate the athletic track, this time copping ‘Gold’ at the just concluded North America, Central America, and Caribbean (NACAC) Athletics Senior Championships, which was ran from August 10, 2018 to 12, 2018, in Toronto, Canada.

August 12th, 2018
Hon Maduro-Caines calls on residents to cooperate with RVIPF

PURCELL ESTATE, Tortola VI – Sixth District Representative in the House of Assembly (HoA), Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines, has called on residents of Purcell Estate, to cooperate with the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force’s (RVIPF) investigation, into the deadly shooting on Friday, August 10, 2018, which claimed the life of 25-year-old, Jerry Casto-Felix.

August 12th, 2018
Yadali Thomas Santos is Miss World BVI 2018!

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - The race for the coveted Miss World BVI Crown, came to an end on the evening of Saturday, August 11, 2018, when Yadali Thomas Santos, sashayed off the stage, as the 2018 Queen.

August 12th, 2018
Clinton, Mapp & Bloomberg announce solar projects in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

ST, THOMAS, USVI — Former President Bill William J. Clinton along with Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, Bloomberg Co-Founder Tom Secunda and officials from the Expedia Group, announced three solar projects in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) aimed at leading the territory down a path of energy sustainability.

August 12th, 2018
Dr Smith Gov’t warned of need for Plan-B in upcoming ‘UK fight’

NEW YORK, NY, USA – The government of the Virgin Islands (VI) is being called on to urgently prepare contingency plans, in wake of the impending deadline for the implementation of ‘public registers’—a United Kingdom (UK) decision, that is believed, will have a crippling effect on the Territory’s Financial Services sector.

August 11th, 2018
‘FIA- no timely information; lacks trained IT personnel’- 2016 report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Financial Investigation Agency (FIA) of the Virgin Islands (VI), a Government Statutory body, complained in their 2016 Annual Report about their inability to garner enough information from the requested entitles in a timely manner.

August 11th, 2018
UPDATE: Shooting victim identified as Jerry Castro-Felix, 25

PURCELL ESTATE, Tortola, VI- Our newsroom can confirm that the man gunned down on the streets of Purcell, next to the Onemart new blue building, has been identified as local resident, Jerry Casto-Felix, who is 25 years of age.

August 11th, 2018
‘Family triangle’ uncovered in foiled ‘Chalwell Yard’ robbery; Sister now in jail

EAST END, Tortola, VI - Our news desk can confirm—after investigations—that the attempted robbery that took place last Saturday, August 4, 2018, in the area of 'Chalwell Yard' on the eastern end of Tortola, had ‘family connection.’

August 11th, 2018
Acting AG to serve as Governor in Jaspert, Archer’s absence

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - His Excellency the Governor Augustus J. U Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ will be out of the Territory on leave from August 12 to 27, 2018.

August 11th, 2018
Opposition Leader takes up UK challenge in review of OT relations

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Opposition Leader Andrew A. Fahie (R1), has announced the formation of a domestic Committee to conduct outreaches across the sister islands of the Virgin Islands (VI), in order to solicit and document the views of citizens throughout the territory, in response to the United Kingdom’s (UK) establishment of a special body to review future relations with its Overseas Territories (OT).

August 10th, 2018
'Caribbean Cellars' returns to Lower Estate

LOWER ESTATE, Tortola,VI - Wines and Spirits Merchant, Caribbean Cellars, has returned to its main branch at Lower Estate on Tortola, in the Virgin Islands (VI), after being forced to relocate to Baugher’s Bay in 2017, following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

August 11th, 2018
3 new HIV+ cases reported in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Residents of the Virgin Islands (VI) are encouraged to continue to get tested for HIV/AIDS, as three new cases have been reported in the first six months of 2018.

August 11th, 2018
Measuring Virgin Islands indebtedness Part 2

Dickson C. Igwe

Accurate statistics, and sound economic metrics, are critical to engineering economic recovery.

August 10th, 2018
East End man, Dion Thomas charged for unlawful possession of firearm

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Crown on Thursday August 6, 2018, charged 39-year-old, Dion Thomas, of East End, Tortola, with the unlawful possession of a firearm, since he is not the holder of a valid license.

August 10th, 2018
Hon Fahie warns voters of ‘Smear Campaign’ to hijack Elections

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –First District Representative and Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), has lashed out at the architects of a resuscitated ‘smear campaign’ to not only, “destroy my entire family, my wife, my mother, my children" but to also, "try to undermine the massive progress that our Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has made.”

August 10th, 2018
VI Elections' Officials laud USVI’s efficiency @ recent Polls

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Acting Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Ms Carolyn Stoutt- Igwe and Supervisor of Elections, Ms Juliette Penn, has lauded the elections process for the recently ran Democratic Primary held in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).

August 10th, 2018
Virgin Gorda Gov’t Complex was not insured—Premier Smith

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – The Virgin Islands’ (VI) Government has received $11.4M, in insurance claims for damages to the Central Administrative Complex in Road Town, Tortola, the administration’s complex on the sister island of Virgin Gorda however, is not insured, as such no claims could be submitted.

August 10th, 2018
Man rapes 18 year-old man while he was asleep

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. THOMAS, USVI — The man who was raped by another man while he was asleep, told police that he was drugged by the aggressor — information the VIPD did not include in its initial release, but was made available to 'The Consortium' by a family member of the victim.

August 9th, 2018
AEL secures place for VI in new $$$M Chinese & BMW ‘Joint Venture’

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI - A new multi-million dollar automotive company has been formed between German luxury-brand BMW and Chinese automaker, Great Wall Motor Company Limited (GMW).

August 9th, 2018
Central Administration Complex to be rehabilitated

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) is inviting tenders for the rehabilitation of the Central Administration Complex.

August 9th, 2018
‘No money to attend conferences’- Stephanie P. Benn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Registrar General, Mrs Stephanie P. Benn, has complained that there is no money to attend important conferences such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), where they also deal with travel documents.

August 9th, 2018
‘One Love’ FC the Undisputed 2018 Champs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The ‘One Love’ Football Club (FC), is officially, the 2018 Men’s National Champions of the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

August 9th, 2018
Three Vie for Miss World BVI 2018 this Saturday, August 11!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It will be a battle of beauty, intelligence and poise this Saturday, August 11, 2018, in the Virgin Islands (VI) when three contestants vie for the Miss World- British Virgin Islands (BVI) crown at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC).

August 9th, 2018
VI Attorney secures ‘tallest residential NY tower’ in $530M Property Deal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Collas Crill’s, Virgin Islands’ (VI) commercial team, has successfully provided legal advice to ‘Extell Development,’ on a $530 million loan package, to facilitate the purchase of Brooklyn Point—the firm's first development in Brooklyn, New York (NY), and currently the tallest residential tower under construction in the borough.

August 9th, 2018
Dr Turnbull slams VI Leaders, those facilitating ‘corruption’

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI - Chairman of the Virgin Islands (VI) Heritage Month Committee, Reverend Dr Melvin A. Turnbull, has lashed out at ‘those’ that facilitate ‘corruption’ in the Territory saying, “…be careful who you take money from, and for what, it might just be your enslavement.”

August 8th, 2018
‘The NDP has lost their way’-Jamal S. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Speaking on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on the radio show Honestly Speaking, with host Claude O. Skelton-Cline, local Attorney-at-Law, Jamal S. Smith, was the guest.

August 8th, 2018
Man held with 'Gun' in Road Town Tramp

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While the Road Town, '2018 Rise and Shine Tramp,' was peaceful, Police did take a male into custody on the morning of Monday August 7, 2018 around 7 AM.

August 8th, 2018
UK opens inquiry to review relations with VI, other OTs

WESTMINSTER, London, UK - The United Kingdom’s (UK) House of Commons’ Select Committee on Foreign Affairs has announced a formal inquiry on future of UK Overseas Territories (OTs) after the protestations that erupted following a decision to have territories such as the Virgin Islands (VI), establish public registers for companies with beneficial ownership.

August 8th, 2018
Critical Pump Stations never constructed—Hon Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Even as the Territory braces for the peak of yet another hurricane season, residents are now learning that critical Pump Stations have not been completed and as such several pumps—required to provide a stable water supply—are now gathering dust instead, at the Water and Sewerage Department.

August 8th, 2018
First ever Rotary Int’l President to visit VI in 113 years history

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Rotary International’s President, Barry Rassin—of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas—is heading to the Virgin Islands (VI), for what is being hailed as a ‘historic’ visit, since he is the first Rotary International’s President, to ever visit the VI, in its 113 years of existence.

August 7th, 2018
Willock signals “Heavy Lifting” post Elections in order to restore VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The future of the Virgin Islands (VI) now rests in the hands of the Delegates of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP)—and voters at large—given the ‘heavy lifting’ that is required to elevate the Territory out of its current slump, following the upcoming General Elections.

August 7th, 2018
Sherri Ortiz tipped to head ‘Asia House’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Word just reaching our news desk from senior National Democratic Party (NDP) insiders, is that former Executive Director of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) International Finance Centre and a former Deputy Financial Secretary, Ms Sherri Ortiz, is expected to head the Asia House.



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