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August 3rd, 2015
VI Emancipation celebrations have shifted away from church & family- Hon Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Noting that Emancipation observances are a time to focus on the true meaning of Emancipation and to reflect on the work that our forefathers did to get us to this stage of our development, Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has lamented that the celebrations may have shifted from church and family related activities to more of revelry.

August 3rd, 2015
UPDATE: Serious messages emerge on night of Miss BVI pageant

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It was a night of grace and elegance and one coupled with deep reflection of personal struggles and loss, demonstrating that the Miss BVI pageant is not just about looks and intelligence but about getting a message across regarding important platforms such as domestic violence, suicide and diseases such as cancer.

August 3rd, 2015
UPDATE: Lacey closes out VI showing @ Pan Am Jrs with 7th place finish

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Participation for the territory’s athletes at the Pan Am Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada concluded on Sunday August 2, 2015 with Jonel Lacey carrying the last medal hope.

August 2nd, 2015
VIBE, Busy Signal & A-Team put 2015 Emancipation Festival in high gear

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Patsy C. Lake Festiville was again a hive of activity last evening August 1, 2015 with VIBE and the A-Team band of Trinidad complemented by one of the most versatile dancehall reggae artists of his generation – Busy Signal.

August 2nd, 2015
‘I am not corrupt’- CoP David Morris

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Outgoing Commissioner of Police David Morris has declared he is not corrupt but noted there are some elements in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) who are and are tarnishing the good reputation of others who are of integrity and hardworking.

August 2nd, 2015
JVD water restored following numerous complaints

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI - A businessman of Great Harbour, Jost van Dyke has complained of not having water for days which not only affected his businesses but also others in the area.

August 1st, 2015
Cocoa Tea, Capleton electrify Patsy C. Lake Festiville

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Jamaican reggae lovers rock superstar Cocoa Tea sent love vibes throughout the Patsy C. Lake Festiville with some old school lovers rock known by both young and old at last night’s July 31, 2015 cultural concert featuring also Jamaican dancehall artist Capleton, known as the Fire Marshal in dancehall circles.

August 1st, 2015
Mixed results for VI athletes on Day One of Pan Am Juniors

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As action began at the Pan Am Junior Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Canada on Friday July 31, 2015, athletes from the territory had a mixed bag of results.

August 1st, 2015
Big showdown expected @ Aug 4 races

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Ellis Thomas Downs is set for a showdown on August 4, 2015 when the Premier’s Cup is run at the Festival Races, featuring Wrol Up, Town Hall, Chilean Boy of Tortola and St Moose of St Croix and Break Up The Game out of St Thomas, USVI.

July 31st, 2015
Gov’t has to take sports more seriously- Hon Fraser

DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Third District Representative and Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA has admonished Government for seemingly not doing enough for the development of sports and ultimately the youth in the Virgin Islands.

July 31st, 2015
Miss BVI hopefuls complete unimpressive interview segment

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - These days beauty pageants are less about beauty and more about standing for a social cause and representing one's country on a regional and international stage.

July 31st, 2015
Long-time Food Fair participants honoured

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Veteran Food Fair participants Gregory Smith and his wife Marreth R. Smith were today July 31, 2015 recognised at the Food Fair named in their honour for their sterling contribution spanning well over two decades.

July 31st, 2015
VINO blasts DPP Rajbansie & tabloid BVI Beacon

Statement by Advance Marketing & Professional Services in response to the DPP & BVI Beacon

July 31st, 2015
Business booming for $50m charter boat industry! - Operators

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With charter boating being a $50 million a year industry, all signs indicate that this sector is doing extremely well with orders filled for this year to 2016, according to industry operators in the territory.

July 31st, 2015
This Week We Feature Young Professional Birchfield B. Lettsome

By Cathy O. O. Richards

Birchfield Burton Lettsome, more popularly known by the name DJ Bertrum, knows how to keep life sweet by feeding us with the food of love- music. "If music be the food of love play on," the Shakespearean saying goes, and DJ Bertrum just keeps playing on.

July 31st, 2015
Sloop Challenge delivered to Governor John S. Duncan!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The challenge has been issued and Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith is preparing to defend his title in the 12th Annual Great Festival Sloop Shootout and Heritage Regatta set for August 1 – 4, 2015 as part of Emancipation Festival celebrations.

July 30th, 2015
Successor to controversial CoP David Morris identified!

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- The replacement for the controversial outgoing Commissioner of Police, David Morris could be announced in a matter of days, according to Governor John S. Duncan OBE.

July 30th, 2015
‘Lower voting age to 16'– Youth Parliamentarians

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Youth Parliamentarians from the Virgin Islands and from around the Caribbean today July 30, 2015 met to have a vibrant debate on the inclusion of the voice of youth in national policies with the consensus being that more must be done to ensure the voices of youth are duly considered.

July 30th, 2015
UPDATE: ‘The people gave me some licks’- 2015 Calypso Monarch Sistah Joyce

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Newly crowned 2015 Calypso Monarch Sistah Joyce’s second round song ‘Pure Licks’ was no doubt a hit with the small crowd and obviously the judges as she retained her crown for the third consecutive year at the 2015 Calypso Monarch held at the Patsy Lake Festiville in Road Town on July 29, 2015.

July 30th, 2015
‘Anegada not ready to be its own district’- Dr Hubert O’Neal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Ninth District, Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal has rebutted the suggestion that the sister island of Anegada be endowed with the status of a district unto itself with its own representative separate and apart from Virgin Gorda with which it constitutes the Ninth District.

July 30th, 2015
Parliaments in Region must do more than just talk- Hon Ingrid A. Moses

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Speaker of the House of Assembly Honourable Ingrid A. Moses hinted that there will be a coming time that the territory along with its Caribbean brothers and sisters will yield to pressure from the developed countries on human rights and equality issues.

August 1st, 2015
Global Power: China, Germany & the USA

By Dickson Igwe

The impact of world powers on the affairs of humanity has changed substantially since the start of 2000. New and emergent powers are having a significant influence on the world’s economic and political order.

July 30th, 2015
BVI winless @ ECVA Junior Female C/ship in St Martin

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Hosts St Martin defeated the British Virgin Islands in straight sets to at least walk away with a little pride left from the ECVA Junior Female Championship on Sunday July 26, 2015 in a tournament that did not offer much success for either team.

July 29th, 2015
UPDATE: Alleged murder fugitive ‘Balla’ Charlery deported from VI to US!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – J’wa Emone Charlery known as ‘Balla’ was today July 29, 2015 deported to the United States after the date for his local charges – including illegal entry and unlawful possession of gun and ammunition charges – were deferred indefinitely allowing for a Deportation Order to be effected.

July 29th, 2015
UPDATE: Showtime Band boycotts Road March 2015

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands News Online had reported on July 23, 2015 that eight-time VI Road March champions Showtime Band was uncertain for this year’s Road March and can now confirm that the popular band will not feature in this year’s competition.

July 29th, 2015
'Share your experience @ promoting good governance' - CPA's Joe Omorodion

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Acting Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Joe Omorodion has declared that promoting democracy is essential to each of the states in the association and urged countries to share their unique ways of fostering it.

July 29th, 2015
Basketball not 'dead' in the VI- Keith ‘88’ Malone

DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Amid criticisms that basketball in the Virgin Islands seems to be on the decline with the cancellations of various tournaments last year, as well as the cancellation of the BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) 2015 League in April, Vice-President of the BVIBF Keith ‘88’ Malone is adamant that the sport is far from dying.

July 29th, 2015
EXCLUSIVE: 1st female officer in RVIPF Eileene L. Baronville speaks out!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Today she shuffles around in pain from injuries sustained after twice being struck down on the road by a vehicle. And with old age also adding to her burden, she is indeed a far cry from the energetic and passionate police officer she once was. This is Mrs Eileene L. Baronville, the woman who holds the distinction of being the first female police officer in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

July 29th, 2015
‘Patsy C. Lake deserving of Festival honour’ – Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has hailed the selection of VI royalty Mrs Patsy C. Lake as this year’s Festival honouree for her contribution to the annual event over so many years and her involvement in several other important areas.

July 29th, 2015
‘I thought Hon RT O’Neal would have quit two elections ago’ – Dr Hubert O’Neal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Ninth District, Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal has disclosed that he made the decision to contest the Ninth District seat way before he had any inkling that Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, to whom he had lost four consecutive elections, was not going to run.

July 29th, 2015
No gimmick: 3rd Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League launched

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “It’s no Gimmick,” confirmed Third District Representative and Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA when season three of the Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League was officially launched on Tuesday July 28, 2015 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom.

July 28th, 2015
‘Rename Peebles Hospital to honour Dr Smith!' – Patsy C. Lake

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – This year's honouree for Festival 2015 Mrs Patsy C. Lake has called on the government of the Virgin Islands to give Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith his "flowers" while he is around to appreciate them by naming the new Peebles Hospital after him.

July 28th, 2015
Crown wants De La Rosa matter be given priority @ next assizes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A year after his extradition from the United States and subsequent incarceration, the trial of Alberto Rosa De La Rosa is yet to get started as there was another delay to its commencement in the just concluded May criminal assizes.

July 28th, 2015
CCT launches residential LTE service

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After much anticipation, CCT BVI has announced the launch of its residential LTE service as it continues to make its mark as a telecommunications company in the Virgin Islands.

July 28th, 2015
Tino regains Groovy Soca Monarch

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After winning the first ever Groovy Soca Monarch in 2013, Martino ‘Tino’ Marks lost the title in 2014 but rebounded this year to reclaim his title with the song Ah Begging on Sunday July 26, 2015.

July 28th, 2015
Bunji, Faye Ann threw it down!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It was a soca throw down last night July 27, 2015 at the Patsy Lake Festiville when soca mega stars out of the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Faye Ann Lyons and her husband and musical partner Bunji Garlin lit a fire under the feet of the hundreds in attendance and had persons gyrating.

July 28th, 2015
Hon Fraser challenges CPA to look @ 'bad parliamentary practice'

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) believes that Parliaments in the region have been oftentimes stuck behind politics and that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association needs to be more vocal on this.

July 28th, 2015
Pythons on the brink of Softball Championship

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Pythons remained unbeaten in the BVI Softball Association Fast Pitch Women’s League, following a 16-3 win over the Hawks on Friday July 24, 2015. They are now just one victory away from lifting the Championship.

July 27th, 2015
Dr Pickering warns against demise of traditional family

WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI – Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) made a case for the preservation of the nuclear family in the face of forces seemingly seeking to displace this with something else to the detriment of the society.

July 27th, 2015
10 of 25 matters completed for May criminal assizes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The High Court of the Virgin Islands wrapped up its law year yesterday, July 24, 2015 and reported that some 25 matters were brought to the court and 10 of those were completed for the last criminal assizes which began in May.

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