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February 20th, 2018
Service at the Post Office

Donald E. de Castro

“Too old to be intimidated”

We all understand why laws are made and in addition to the laws, regulations and policies are also put in place in conjunction with the laws. However, at times, I, like many of you are at a lost when we encounter situations with many government services that we find difficult to understand.

February 20th, 2018
Make generators part of hurricane emergency kits- Claude O. Skelton Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While, according to the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), the restoration of electricity in the Territory is more than 90% complete, and many may no longer see the need for a generator, persons are being advised to make generators an essential part of their hurricane emergency kit.

February 20th, 2018
'I think we are the most ignored' - Local author Dr Patricia G. Turnbull

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - At the book launch of 'Ti Koko and Kush Kush' penned by local author Dr Patricia G. Turnbull, she expressed that literary artists are ignored within the community and should get more support.

February 19th, 2018
Hon RT O'Neal & Clarence C. Thomas among 5 Rotarians honoured

WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI- During the Rotary Club of Tortola's Fiftieth Anniversary celebration on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Charlie's Restaurant located at The Moorings on Wickham's Cay II, Tortola, five Rotarians were honoured for the tremendous work they have contributed within the organisation and the community during the 50 years.

February 19th, 2018
UPDATE: Police come up empty handed following reports of gunfire last night

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Ranks of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) responded to reports of the sound of gunfire in the Baughers Bay area of Tortola last night, February 18, 2018 but came up empty handed.

February 19th, 2018
8 Tuff Miles solidarity run this Saturday

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The popular 8 Tuff Miles held annually in St John, US Virgin Islands (USVI), usually attracts a number of road runners worldwide, including from the Virgin Islands (VI).

February 19th, 2018
House of Assembly meets March 1, 2018; Throne Speech will be read

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Construction workers are busy further restoring the damaged House of Assembly Chambers in Road Town to host the First Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA).

February 19th, 2018
'What else can Rotary do? I'm sure we can do something?' - Premier Smith on crime

WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI - Amid the rampant shootings that have been taking place in the Territory, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, has stated that although Rotary has achieved a lot, he believes Rotarians can also assist in crime fighting.

February 19th, 2018
Residents, Visitors, Immigration, Ports & Customs staff get rainy welcome

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was our newsroom that first and accurately reported on the poor and inhumane working conditions for Immigration, Customs and Treasury staff at West End on Tortola, where civil servants are forced to work under an open tent.

February 19th, 2018
UPDATE: VI student Nathaniel Isaac Jr laid to rest

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Nathaniel Isaac Jr aka ‘NJ’, the Virgin Islands’ student who was found dead at a dormitory belonging to Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom in January, was laid to rest on Saturday February 17, 2018.

February 19th, 2018
Miss World Manushi Chhillar to visit VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A 12 member delegation including the reigning 2017 Miss World Manushi Chhillar of India, 2016 Miss World Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico, Chairwoman of the Miss World Organisation Julia Morley, five continental queens, and other senior management of the Miss World organization will be travelling to the Virgin Islands (VI) this month to participate in the recovery efforts.

February 19th, 2018
11,700 firms in VI own UK properties- BBC analysis

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As the European countries especially seek to discredit the legitimate financial services industry of the Virgin Islands, often labelling it a 'tax haven', BBC News recently published that it found a quarter of properties in England and Wales are owned by firms registered in the VI.

February 18th, 2018
Portions of Lee Road on VG remain deplorable

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Over the past months, many media articles and social network posts have appeared about the poor roads on Tortola, many with gigantic potholes, pools of muddy water and many vehicles have been stuck in the potholes from East End to West End.

February 18th, 2018
'Journey to recovery not a sprint but a marathon'- Dr Robert A. Mathavious

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While the Virgin Islands has seen much progress since the hurricanes of September 2017 ravaged the islands, there are many who still feel much more can be done, especially by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government.

February 18th, 2018
'I am really glad with how the VIP is progressing'- Hon Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Members of the public and talk show hosts have always expressed concern that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) will not be ready in the event a snap election is called and have often called on the party to pull itself together in order to be a viable alternative to the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP).

February 17th, 2018
Scooter rider allegedly opens fire on vehicle in Horsepath

HORSEPATH, Tortola, VI- Reports reaching our newsroom indicate that there has been another shooting on the Virgin Islands’ main island, Tortola.

February 18th, 2018
O’Neal Webster has new Managing Partner, Vanessa King

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- O’Neal Webster is pleased to announce that Vanessa King, corporate, commercial, and trusts and estates attorney, stepped into the managing partner role for the law firm as of February 1, 2018.

February 17th, 2018
‘Multiple support channels will ease long lines @ Immigration Dept’- Kevon S. Lettsome

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A young Virgin Islander and community activist, currently furthering his studies overseas, has proposed a solution to the long lines at Immigration Department.

February 17th, 2018
10 VI athletes selected for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands (VI) will be represented by ten athletes in two sports at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games which will be held on the East coast of Australia from April 4 – 15, 2018.

February 17th, 2018
Fresh Radio Vybz airs on CBN 90.9 FM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - On Friday February 16, 2018 the popular Fresh Radio Vybz show, formerly the International Morning Ride Show, officially aired on 90.9 FM on the Caribbean Broadcast Network (CBN), after being off the local radio frequency since Hurricane Irma ravaged the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017. The show was; however, subsequently broadcast online from a studio in the United States where the host had relocated to following the hurricanes.

February 17th, 2018
Man shot in Horsepath

HORSEPATH, Tortola, VI- There have been reports of another shooting on the main island of Tortola, just a week after two males were gunned down in the capital city, Road Town.

February 17th, 2018
The dangers of short term thinking- Part A

Dickson Igwe

Post the Disasters of September 2017, the Virgin Islands requires long term thinking. The country must establish a long term economic planning model. In other words, a long term vision for these islands must be written in granite.

February 16th, 2018
UPDATE: Online application for entry permits being tested- Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Amid the long lines at the Department of Immigration and the many complaints from members of the public, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), who is responsible for Immigration, had promised on February 15, 2018 that he would announce some changes to the Department today, February 16, 2018 that would bring some relief to the public.

February 16th, 2018
This Week We Feature Young Professional Kavon T. Caesar

By Renee C. Williams

Representing the Virgin Islands (VI) with pride and joy wherever he goes, our young professional this week is Kavon T. Caesar, who aspires of owning a sports medical centre in the Virgin Islands.

February 16th, 2018
VITEMA Director summoned to USVI senate while in church

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Mona L. Barnes, the [US] Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) director, rebuked lawmakers who make up the Committee on Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety, while explaining at length in a prepared testimony, why she missed a Senate hearing after she was subpoenaed to attend (Ms Barnes said she was not served the first time she was subpoenaed).

February 16th, 2018
Why did police kill Santo Y. Hernandez? Is it a cover up?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Commissioner of Police (CoP), Michael B. Mathews still enjoys goodwill and trust in the Territory. In fact he has emerged as a popular Police Commissioner and, from all indications, the public, the media and police officers have easy access to him.

February 16th, 2018
Geraldine Ritter-Freeman Out! Ag CIO back to Premier’s Office by March

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Senior National Democratic Party (NDP) officials, who spoke to our newsroom, have confirmed that Acting Chief Immigration Officer Mrs Geraldine Ritter-Freeman will return to the Premier’s Office in her substantive post as Deputy Secretary by the end of March 2018.

February 16th, 2018
Names of working recovery group revealed

WICKHAM'S CAY I, Tortola, VI – During a press conference on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Office of the Premier, located in the Central Administration Complex, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance, announced some of the names that make up the ‘working group’ to man ongoing recovery efforts.

February 16th, 2018
‘Things being implemented by UK right on top of us’- Hon Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Ever since the publication of sections of the letter called ‘High Level Framework for UK support to the BVI Hurricane Recovery’ written to the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), many persons speculated that there was much more going on that residents were not being made aware of.

February 16th, 2018
2018 Hauteville 5K Series starts March 10

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Local road racing rivalry will resume on March 10, 2018 when the 2018 Hauteville (formerly Blenheim) 5k Series kicks off at the A.O. Shirley Ground on Tortola.

February 15th, 2018
Residents fearful about upcoming hurricane season

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Residents of the territory are expressing they are fearful that their homes might not be ready for the upcoming hurricane season which is said to likely be very active.

February 15th, 2018
Anegada Express suspended; refused docking by BVIPA

SETTING POINT, ANEGADA, VI- Anegada’s first daily passenger ferry service, Anegada Express, has been suspended until further notice.

February 15th, 2018
UPDATE: JvD accident victim identified as Samuel D. Ramtool aka ‘Ram’

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI- The 61-year-old Trinidad national who lost his life in a lone vehicle accident on the sister island of Jost van Dyke on February 7, 2018 has been identified as Samuel D. Ramtool aka ‘Ram’.

February 15th, 2018
'Murders are symptoms of a deeper problem' - John I. Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Bishop John I. Cline, former Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Board, lead pastor at the New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom and businessman, has joined in voicing his concerns about the recent violent crimes plaguing the Virgin Islands.

February 15th, 2018
BVIFA National League kicks off Sunday Feb 18

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The BVI Football Association (BVIFA) National League will kick off this Sunday, February 18, 2018 with two games.

February 14th, 2018
Rosalie Adams Out! David D. Archer In! as Deputy Governor

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office Mr David D. Archer has been appointed Deputy Governor of the Virgin Islands, replacing veteran civil servant Mrs Rosalie Adams.

February 14th, 2018
'We have failed you & we are sorry'– Claude O. Skelton-Cline to young VI males

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- One day after the fatal shooting of two young men in Road Town, on the main island of Tortola, Commentator and preacher Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline made a public apology to all the young men at Sunday service at the New Life Baptist Church, for failing them.

February 14th, 2018
It’s Valentine’s Day 2018 & someone @ Immigration Dept got surprised!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Maybe it’s the Acting Chief Immigration Officer, Geraldine Ritter-Freeman, who got a big surprise or maybe it’s someone on her staff.

February 14th, 2018
Immigration Department rounding up relief workers on JvD

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI- News reaching our newsroom is that relief workers on Jost van Dyke (JvD) are being told by Department of Immigration officers from the main island of Tortola that they have to cease all volunteer work because they do not have the proper documentation.

February 14th, 2018
'Formation of Interim Board opens itself up for collusion' - Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Arguing that the House of Assembly (HoA) has not approved the Recovery Agency Board stipulated by the United Kingdom (UK), Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), Opposition Leader and First District Representative, is questioning why positions for the board are being advertised in local newspapers.



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