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September 29th, 2014
Kanavayen, Really Uptown & Apollo Sky to clash in Oct 5 Horse Races

SEA COW'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Horse owners and jockeys are gearing up for the October 5, 2014 races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cow’s Bay, Tortola with a number of horses from the Territory as well as some from the United States Virgin Islands slated for competition.

September 29th, 2014
Pilipino so afraid to play Bayside Blazers they forfeit game!

SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola, VI - Bayside Blazers last evening September 28, 2014 won by forfeiture at the Honourable Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League, its sixth win in the competition, after Pilipino threw in the towel by failing to appear for the game.

September 28th, 2014
Kedrick E. Malone out! Benito Wheatley in!, tipped to head London Office

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - This news site has learnt that from Tuesday September 30, 2014, Kedrick E. Malone will no longer be the Director of the BVI London Office and is to be replaced by Deputy Director Benito Wheatley who is to assume the role of acting Director.

September 28th, 2014
Dion Stephens for HC trial without PI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Dion Stephens who has been charged with the indictable offence of manslaughter which allegedly occurred on February 10, 2014 during a boat collision incident resulting in the death of Jose A. Titley, is headed for High Court (HC) trial.

September 28th, 2014
VI youths for EPIC encounter

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Rotary Club of Tortola is expecting a ram jammed session come Thursday October 2 and Friday October 3, 2014 as they target close to 1,000 youths for their annual Youth Forum one that is expected to take a different spin than previous years.

September 28th, 2014
Da 3rd defeats Avengers despite Coach Garraway walking out on Team!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The game of the night that saw a huge turnout was the last game of last evening September 27, 2014 between the high flying Da 3rd coached by Roy A. Garraway with big time draft pick Ray D. Victor and the veteran team Avengers coached by Rajah A. Smith with draft pick Travis A. Isaac.

September 27th, 2014
Luce Hodge-Smith & Melville Lettsome lambasted in 2013 Festival report!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Yet another controversial Festival and Fairs Committee Report has been laid on the Table of the House of Assembly.

September 27th, 2014
‘Unemployment rate in VG shocking!’ – Albert Wheatley

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – When Coordinator of Youth Employment Services (YES) Mr. Albert Wheatley came up with the idea of a Job Fair for youths of Virgin Gorda, neither he or the property owners had any idea that the rate of unemployment on the island was that extensive.

September 27th, 2014
HoA removes Legal Profession Act 2012 from Order Paper

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith on Thursday September 25, 2014 moved a motion to have the Legal Profession Act 2012 removed from the Order Paper and the House of Assembly (HoA) approved the motion.

September 27th, 2014
Scotiabank, BVIHSA partner on 5K Walk/Run

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Such is the growing popularity of mass participation sports such as Marathons, Triathlons and Road Running, in the search for a healthy lifestyle, Scotiabank has teamed up with the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) to host the inaugural 5K Walk/Run.

September 26th, 2014
HoA passes Bill to allow for equality in child maintenance

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The House of Assembly yesterday September 25, 2014 passed the Magistrate’s Code of Procedure (Amendment) Act 2014 eliminating discrimination against men in the court and ensuring that when it comes to the maintenance of children there is equal responsibility.

September 26th, 2014
Ceason Hodge charged for stealing from sister

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – When he was initially arrested and interviewed by officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Ceason Hodge allegedly admitted to stealing his sister’s money, however today when he appeared in court he pleaded not guilty to the charge of theft.

September 26th, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Sharie B. deCastro out of Govt. teaching system

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Working at ESHS (Elmore Stoutt High School) for the past 3 years, I witnessed first-hand the need for literacy in the Territory. I didn’t just see the problem and talked about it but I diligently sought a solution for it,” said Ms Sharie B. deCastro.

September 26th, 2014
This Week We Feature Young Professional DaShan O. Hodge

By Cathy O. O. Richards

With a strong positive influence from a male figure in the family, there is such an impact that young men and women can in the future play a great role in influencing those who were not fortunate enough to have that male ‘backbone’ to impact their lives positively.

September 26th, 2014
Couple in their 90s mark 74 years of marriage

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – A couple in their 90s yesterday September 25, 2014 celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary and have surrounded themselves with the love of their extended family to mark the significant milestone for which they are thankful to the Almighty.

September 26th, 2014
VI's Joe Chapman exits early from Nash Cup

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Caribbean’s number 1 ranked squash player, Joe Chapman of the Virgin Islands, lost to Canadian Nick Sachie in the 2nd round of Qualification for the Nash Cup at the London Squash Rackets Club in England on Wednesday September 23, 2014.

September 25th, 2014
Hon O’Neal, Hon Fraser skip today’s HoA sitting

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Two prominent members of the Opposition were today September 25, 2014 absent from the Tenth Sitting of Third Session of the Second House of Assembly.

September 25th, 2014
HoA will meet today September 25, 2014

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While few media houses have carried the information, the House of Assembly will be meeting today September 25, 2014.

September 25th, 2014
‘VI population too small for NHI’ – Hon J. Alvin Christopher (R2)

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative of the Second District Honourable J. Alvin Christopher said that based on the number of potential contributors to the National Health Insurance (NHI), he is afraid that the contribution rate of 3.75 percent for employees that is being quoted may not be sustainable.

September 25th, 2014
'Financial sector buoyant despite global challenges’ – Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - HDLYNZ Financial Times international news in their September 16, 2014 publication reported, “#FinancialTimes British Virgin Islands under pressure: BVI companies face ‘torturous’ struggle to open bank accounts.”

September 27th, 2014
Visionary Politics and 2016

By Dickson Igwe

The following article is part of a series of stories on Virgin Islands politics and economics. It asks the question: what is the long term vision for the Virgin Islands in the run up to general elections in early 2016?

September 25th, 2014
UPDATE: Mrs. Karia J. Christopher in @ DTCA from Nov 3

‎ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - "Yes I am in receipt of the appointment, I did sign off and I have resigned from the TRC," said Mrs. Karia J. Christopher in a comment to Virgin Islands News Online today September 25, 2014.

September 25th, 2014
‘Why not rent empty top floors of new Peebles Hospital?’ – Mr Julio 'Sam' Henry

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the constant shifting of the dates for the official opening of the new Peebles Hospital and the struggles to finance its furnishings local talk show host Mr Julio ‘Sam’ Henry asked about the possibility of government renting some sections of the building as an income generating measure.

September 25th, 2014
Narine inspires KKR to Champions League semi final

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Sunil Narine once again proved his weight in gold, conjuring up a four-wicket haul to help fire Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a three-wicket win over Perth Scorchers and into the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 on Wednesday September 24, 2014.

September 24th, 2014
‘It's time to make some demands of the UK!’ – Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio Talk Show host Doug Wheatley believes that it is up to the people of the Virgin Islands and not the political directorate as to whether the Virgin Islands wants a Referendum for Independence.

September 24th, 2014
‘One-size-fits-all approach wouldn’t work’ – Mrs Allison A. Jean

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) continues to lobby and promote the advancement of renewable energy across the region they continue to realize the fact that the ‘one size fits all’ approach cannot be applied.

September 24th, 2014
‘With or without funding we're doing renewables!’ – Mr Leroy A. E. Abraham

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – General Manager of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) Mr. Leroy A. E. Abraham said that with or without donor funding, the Territory will be integrating renewable energy with the traditional energy sources.

September 24th, 2014
‘Fraser lives to bat another day!’ – Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio talk show host Doug Wheatley believes Third District Representative and Chairman of the VIP Honourable Julian Fraser RA may not have ‘scored any runs’ during his lengthy speech in the House of Assembly on the Sea Cow’s Bay Harbour Development Project but he was able to ‘keep the ball out of his stumps which means he can bat another day’.

September 24th, 2014
‘Never go by word of mouth’ – Att. Mr Ronald Rowe

PURCELL, Tortola, VI – “In your business of music never, never, never go by word of mouth,” was a piece of sound advice given to members of the GRATE Music Alliance on Saturday September 20, 2014 by Mr Ronald Rowe, a man who has had over 40 years in the field of entertainment and is an Attorney at Law.

September 24th, 2014
19th HLSCC Race Series Sets Records

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - The 19th edition of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) Highland Spring 2K Race Series kicked off on Saturday September 20, 2014, with wins for Khirey Creque and Samantha John at the Paraquita Bay Campus.

September 23rd, 2014
Hon Julian Fraser RA supports Religious Education in Schools

SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola, VI – Students of the upper grades of the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School in Sea Cow's Bay were the most recent recipients of Ms Ayana S. Hull’s recent book.

September 23rd, 2014
Hon Fahie & 1st District C’tte to hold motivational session

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI – First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie along with his First District Committee will be holding their first annual back to school motivational session for students of the District on September 28, 2014.

September 23rd, 2014
‘Don’t punish us for your tardiness!’ – VG Resident to W&SD

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Over the past week the Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD) has been accused of giving a raw deal to residents of Virgin Gorda by cutting off their water supply without proper notice or a fair chance to have their accounts settled.

September 23rd, 2014
‘Don’t be distracted by the naysayers!’ – VIP Pres. Carvin Malone

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI – “If we are to win this election we have to stay focused, we cannot be distracted by the naysayers,” said President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Mr. Carvin Malone as he chaired the party’s community meeting in Carrot Bay on Wednesday September 17, 2014.

September 23rd, 2014
‘Fogging not a remedy against Chikungunya!’ – Carnel W. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chief Environmental Health Officer Carnel W. Smith has warned that fogging is not a remedy against the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus and that residents must take the responsibility of removing containers and other receptacles that may gather water from around their premises.

September 22nd, 2014
Talk Done & Ruff House struggle to win in weekend b'ball action

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Talk Done secured back to back wins in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League last weekend at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom and there were also wins for Ruff House and the Avengers in the race for the playoffs.

September 22nd, 2014
‘Get rid of derelict vehicles on VG!’ – radio show caller

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A caller to the ‘Speak Out BVI’ radio talk show last week Tuesday September 16, 2014 called in to place on record his concern about the many derelict vehicles on the sides of the roads and in people’s compounds in Virgin Gorda (VG) and their potential to harbour mosquitos thereby spreading diseases.

September 22nd, 2014
Premier Smith declines to name min. wage review C’tte head

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith has declined to name the person who is heading the committee that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has set up to lead the review of the minimum wage.

September 22nd, 2014
‘We must defend VIP against NDP lies’ – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI - “There is some bad in there that has to come out, it has to be addressed, it has to be addressed urgently. You cannot believe the Auditor General when it is convenient for you …. You cannot use the Auditor General’s report for political gains,” said Opposition Member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

September 22nd, 2014
Entertainers call for policy in Labour Code to safeguard local acts

PURCELL, Tortola, VI – Pressing forward to advance in the entertainment industry and be recognized and respected in their individual craft members of the GRATE BVI Music Alliance have put to the Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn that there needs to a policy move on their behalf.



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