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June 20th, 2018
‘NDP elected members have oversized egos-Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Honestly Speaking’s, Claude O. Skelton-Cline, says “…whether we wish to admit it or not, the Premier (Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, AL) has been the glue that has kept the NDP together, particularly for the oversized egos that constitutes his government,” and “it is now left to be seen to what extent they become unglued.”

June 20th, 2018
Chesterfield sentenced to 5 years, 8 months in Federal Prison

VI CONSORTIUM

ST THOMAS, USVI—Former Government House Security Officer, Neal Chesterfield, 41, was sentenced before District Judge Curtis Gomez to 70 months incarceration for his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Gretchen Shappert, announced Thursday, June 14, 2018. Gomez also sentenced Chesterfield to five years of supervised release and $100 special assessment.

June 20th, 2018
East vs West: Hons Penn & Turnbull clash for Deputy’s post @ NDP Convention

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Media attention and social commentary has been focused on the race between Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) and Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), in the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) internal elections, scheduled for June 23, 2018—a race to succeed outgoing President and party leader, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL).

June 20th, 2018
No place for students to write examinations?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Ministry of Education and Culture had found itself in a conundrum earlier this year finding accommodation for the students in the Territory, to sit overseas examinations.

June 19th, 2018
Who will it be: Ronnie or Myron?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), out of the race for Presidency of his ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) and the upcoming General Elections, the political landscape is now wide open.

June 19th, 2018
DDM cautions VI on unstable weather conditions

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands’ (VI) Disaster Management Department (DDM), is warning residents, of unstable weather conditions that will affect the Territory, resulting from the interaction of a mid, to upper level trough and an active tropical wave exiting the area.

June 20th, 2018
Monica Allen Receives British Empire Medal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Former Acting Permanent Secretary Ms Monica Allen, is the Territory’s newest recipient of the British Empire Medal (BEM) award from Her Majesty the Queen.

June 20th, 2018
Wrong and Misleading; too old to be intimidated

Donald E. de Castro

I feel it very important that I address this issue about passports on the radio station this morning, June 19, 2018, which was a joint release by GIS (Government Information Service) and DDM (Department of Disaster Management).

June 19th, 2018
Opposition Leader postpones 7 & 8 District meetings; bad weather

EAST END/LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI - Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), has announced that due to bad weather on Tortola, he has postponed his scheduled public meeting with the residents of the seventh and eight districts.

June 19th, 2018
NHI spends more than it earns

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The National Democratic Party (NDP) under Premier, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), in January 2016, introduced a National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, aimed in part, at providing increased and equitable access to medical services for those in the Territory, but its less than anticipated returns has now seen the government agency actively reconsidering paying for some of its services offered.

June 18th, 2018
‘I will not seek’ another term in office- Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands News Online first and accurately reported on June 15, 2018 that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) would announce early this week whether he would contest the upcoming internal elections of the National Democratic Party (NDP).

June 19th, 2018
Tales from Tortola Pt VII - Engaging with the Electorate

Thomas C. Famous

With an upcoming General Election in the Virgin Islands, it gave me cause to reflect on our own elections in Bermuda. I have been directly involved in the canvassing side of every General Election and By-Election in Bermuda since 2012.

June 19th, 2018
Wasted youthful enthusiasm facing governmental corruption

Alfred C. Frett

A crucial feature that places ‘Man’ above other ‘Animals,’ is his ability to reason and conceptualize, so it is heart breaking and disappointing to see our youth plagued by wasted opportunity, when good ideas wither before getting the chance to bloom.

June 18th, 2018
60 young ladies ‘Charmed’ @ Dreams Conference

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Sixty young women, ages 12 to 18, were all charmed, dazzled and equipped with invaluable life lessons, at the inaugural Charm Academy, ‘Dreams to Vision’ Conference on June 16, 2018.

June 18th, 2018
Hurricanes secure spot in Basketball League’s semi-finals

BAUGHER’S BAY, Tortola, VI- The ‘Hurricanes’ continue with their unbeaten streak in the 2018 Elite Summer Basketball League—organised by Steve E. Parillon—booking a place against ‘Right Mix’ in the semi-finals, set for Friday, June 22, 2018. ‘Hurricanes’ on Friday, June 15, 2018, blew out ‘Jam Session, 56-48.

June 18th, 2018
UK promises to include VI, other OTs in future Intl trade-agreements

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - United Kingdom’s (UK) Minister for International Trade, Gregory W. Hands, says the UK Government will seek to include the Overseas Territories (OTs) in future international trade agreements.

June 18th, 2018
Darel Christopher Jr is Velodrome’s 2018 sprint king

GEORGIA, USA - Virgin Islander Darel Christopher Jr, continues on his winning streak representing Territory on the international racing circuit, yesterday June 16, 2018, placing first in the 2018 ‘Velodrome (Georgia State) Championships’ which began the previous day, Friday June 15, 2018.

June 18th, 2018
VI’s legal luminaries for ‘rap-session’ on ‘public registers’ woes

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - The United Kingdom’s (UK) Sanctions and Anti Money Laundering (S/AML) Bill, has been met with a defiant Virgin Islands (VI)—a UK Overseas Territory (OT)—but many residents are unclear on the specific implications and consequences of the decision.

June 18th, 2018
63 nurses, pharmacists & medical practitioners quit BVIHSA after hurricanes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Sixty three persons have quit, or have signalled an intention to resign from the British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA), from critical areas such as nursing, pharmaceuticals and medical practitioners and as such, a considerable part of the agency’s 2018 budget for staffing, will go towards the costs of replacing those members.

June 17th, 2018
Gold star Kyron A. McMaster receives $30G cheque from Government

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Many of the Territory’s Commonwealth Games athletes returned home on June 14, 2018, and were welcomed at the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport, on Beef Island.

June 17th, 2018
‘Decision March’ confirms resident expertise to rebuild unified VI

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI - The ‘Decision March’ of May 24, 2018, has clearly confirmed that the expertise needed to rebuild a new Virgin Islands (VI), “resides among us.”

June 17th, 2018
Post Office customers & staff forced to endure temperatures as high as 90 degrees

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – If it was not bad enough that following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in September of 2017, residents on Tortola, are made to journey for miles—in some cases—to the Capital, Road Town, to collect their mail, they are also made to endure temperatures as high as 90 degrees, as they collect that mail.

June 16th, 2018
PHOTO of the day: A dog & a chicken dinner!

BEEF ISLAND, VI - It was around 5:10 PM on June 15, 2018, that our roving camera observed a dog along the Beef Island public road, with a young ‘yard chicken’ that she had captured.

June 16th, 2018
TAG unveils new Ford & Hondas for Father’s Day weekend

SLANEY POINT, Tortola, VI - Tortola Auto Group (TAG), the leading automotive company in the Virgin Islands (VI), has expanded its range of brands to now include new Ford and Honda models of cars, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and trucks—the new fleet being unveiled at a ‘Big Bash’ this Father's Day weekend at its modern facility located at Slaney Point.

June 15th, 2018
Premier Smith to announce decision; run or not in NDP internal elections

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and President of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is to announce early next week if he intends to contest the post he holds as President of his party.

June 15th, 2018
VI pro-cyclist Darel Christopher Jr takes 2nd @ OKC Pro-Am Classic

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, USA - Virgin Islands (VI) Cyclist, Darel Christopher Jr, has placed second in the Oklahoma City (OKC) Pro-Am Classic, on his way to representing the Territory—at the Tour of America's Dairy Land competition, in Wisconsin, United States, from June 21, 2018, to July 1, 2018.

June 15th, 2018
This Week We Feature Young Professional, Shanda A. Skerritt

By Gary Eleazar

While a fear of the unknown has prevented many from venturing onto the path of their desired aspirations and goals, our Young Professional this week –twenty-six year old Virgin Islander, Ms Shanda A. Skerritt—has used her apprehensions as a driving force to complete, and publish her first book—‘Dying for love.’

June 16th, 2018
Salmonella scare triggers immediate Kellogg’s Honey Smacks recall—RTW Group of Companies

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - RTW Group of Companies—Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd, RiteWay Food Markets, Fine Foods, Harbour Market, and Cash and Carry—wishes to notify the general public of the immediate recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal 15.3oz and 23oz.

June 15th, 2018
‘8% pay cut for Ministers under a VIP Administration'- Hon Fahie

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has promised the people of the Territory that, if his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is to win the next general elections, he along with all his Ministers of Government will take an 8 percent pay cut.

June 15th, 2018
List of demands from the Peoples' March

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Scores of residents of the Virgin Islands (VI) on Friday, June 8, 2018, protested perceived wrongdoings perpetuated against the people of the VI, by the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) government.

June 15th, 2018
A hard climb out the economic hole!

Dickson Igwe

Hurricanes Irma and Maria pulled the (British) Virgin Islands (VI) into a huge environmental and ecological "hole." That ecological crater is also an economic pit. Political and social leaders of the VI do not appear to have any cohesive and unified plan for pulling the economy out of recession. There are no solutions being offered. There is no vision on the horizon.

June 15th, 2018
‘The USVI is not in a good place’- Allison Petrus

BAUGHER’S BAY, Tortola, VI - Former three-term United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Senator and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate in the USVI, Allison Petrus aka ‘Allie’ appearing on a Tortola radio show Honestly Speaking in the Virgin Islands on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, quoted from Boxing Champion Mohammed Ali, “if you are doing at 50 years old what you were doing at 20, you have lost 30 years of your life because there is no growth".

June 14th, 2018
VIslander Kevon S. Lettsome wins election; DeVry University honour society President

Orlando, Florida, USA - On Thursday, May 31, 2018, young Virgin Islander from East End, Long Look, Kevon S. Lettsome, won President of DeVry University Delta Mu Delta Honour Society of Orlando and Jacksonville chapter when they held their internal elections for executive officers.

June 14th, 2018
Small plane diverted to STT after reporting emergency

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST Thomas, USVI - A single engine small plane, registered as ‘Tradewinds’ was on June 13, 2018, forced to make an emergency landing in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas.

June 14th, 2018
21 registered as British Citizens

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Twenty-one persons are now British citizens after having been previously naturalised as British Overseas Territories citizens.

June 14th, 2018
Leader of the Opposition Fahie takes meeting to District 3

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Continuing his successful meetings on the sister islands of Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke and Anegada, Leader the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) will meet today Thursday, June 14, 2018, with the residents of District 3.

June 14th, 2018
USVI man pleads guilty to Alvaro de Lugo Post Office burglary

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Allen Springette, 45, of St Thomas, pleaded guilty today June 14. 2018, in District Court before District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez, to burglary of the Alvaro de Lugo Post Office, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. Sentencing is set for October 18, 2018.

June 13th, 2018
Skelton-Cline lambastes Governor Jaspert over UK 'kindness' remarks

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Honestly Speaking’s, Claude O. Skelton-Cline, has lambasted Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, over the United Kingdom (UK) government’s representative, who recently saw it fitting to remind Virgin Islanders, of the UK’s “ kindness to the people,” in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

June 13th, 2018
Cayman Governor under investigation, suspended from Office

CNS

Cayman Islands Governor, Anwar Choudhury, has been temporarily suspended from his posting and has been recalled to London, where he is currently under investigation as a result of complaints that have been made against him.

June 13th, 2018
CIBC FirstCaribbean aids VISBA recovery

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - CIBC FirstCaribbean is helping the Virgin Islands Softball-Baseball Association (VISBA) make headway with its recovery efforts, following the extensive damage caused by the August 2017 floods and Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September.



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