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December 19th, 2014
Long Jumper Malone to be honoured

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) Long Jump Gold Medal winner, Virgin Islander Chantel Malone will be honoured today, Friday December 19, 2014, with a Motorcade and also a Ceremony of recognition for her achievement at the Administration Complex.

December 18th, 2014
Yet another Ports Project accident with collision of 2 barges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Cruise Pier work site has experienced yet another mishap which is likely to cause further delays to the multimillion dollar project already behind schedule. This time, it was a collision between two barges which took place today December 18, 2014.

December 18th, 2014
Elihu Rhymer rushed to Peebles Hospital

BUTU MOUNTAIN, Tortola, VI - (Post Time 2:00PM) - Word just in indicates that Mr Elihu Rhymer was rushed to the Peebles Hospital after the vehicle he was in toppled off the hill side while on Butu Mountain less than an hour ago today December 18, 2014.

December 18th, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: CIO Ag. Ian B. Penn to reform Imm. Dept.

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In his efforts to reform the Immigration Department, new acting Chief Immigration Officer (CIO) Mr Ian B. Penn said that it is vital that the Department becomes a place people would not shy away from and that his Officers make a good first impression on customers, given the important role it plays in tourism.

December 18th, 2014
‘God has been good to us’ – Hon Julian Fraser RA

SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Representative for the Third District Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) in a message to the Territory for the Christmas said that there is a lot to be thankful for as the Virgin Islands have been and continue to be blessed by the Almighty.

December 18th, 2014
‘VG Health Facility to start early 2015’ – Hon Ronnie W. Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “In the coming weeks Cabinet will decide and we will announce the contractor selected to construct the new Nurse Iris O’Neal medical facility in Virgin Gorda (VG) and work will begin early in the new year,” said Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton yesterday December 17, 2014.

December 18th, 2014
‘Name New Hospital for Premier Smith’ – Hon Ronnie W. Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “At some later date Mr O’Neal [Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE (R9)] if you agree, we can name the facility after [Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith],” suggested Minister for Health and Social Development Ronnie W. Skelton as he said that would be fitting for the 40 years attachment of Premier Smith to the Health Care main facility.

December 18th, 2014
Kallis confirmed for CPL 2015

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Excitement for Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2015, is on a high following the announcement on Wednesday December 17, 2014, that South African cricket hero, Jacques H. Kallis has been confirmed to join the draft list for next year’s tournament.

December 17th, 2014
‘Today is not for criticizing!’ - Hon Ralph T. O'Neal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Today is not for criticizing because we see the facility is finished but all the furniture and all the other few things are not yet in place and today we can give a reminder to all those who have not yet found it possible to assist in some way or the other,” said Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal OBE (R9).

December 17th, 2014
Immigration/RVIPF raid Tortola nightclubs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Immigration Department of the Virgin Islands and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) held a joint operation over the weekend on a number of nightclubs in Road Town and on the eastern end of Tortola.

December 17th, 2014
'3 long years still no action on VG guard rails' - Hon Ralph T. O'Neal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE (R9) said that it has been three long years since the signing of a contract for the installation of guard rails on roads in the Ninth District and to date they have not been installed.

December 17th, 2014
'Is Neil St Rose’s penis working?' – Crown & Defense submit

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It would not be until the crack of the New Year 2015 that the two Virgin Gorda men Jevon Demming and Sherman Williams will know how long they would be behind bars having been found guilty of attempted murder and one thing the Crown asked the Judge to consider is the injury to Mr Neil St. Rose’s scrotum area.

December 17th, 2014
‘You never judged us’ – HMP Inmate Sylon S. Forbes

BALSUM GHUT, Tortola, VI – Sylon S. Forbes was one of three inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison, Balsum Ghut who testified as to the benefits derived from their participation in the recently concluded rehabilitation programmes.

December 17th, 2014
CARICOM & WICB to provide School Cricket Pitches

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A new era for cricket in schools across the CARICOM region is about to begin with an innovative initiative from the CARICOM Secretariat called the “Pitch in Schools Project”.

December 16th, 2014
CIBC First Caribbean now charges non-customers $5 to cash cheques

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – CIBC First Caribbean International Bank has instituted a service charge of $5.00 for every cheque that they cash once that person does not have an account at that bank and the Government is said to be investigating this.

December 16th, 2014
Free SNW browsing for Digicel’s prepaid customers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Digicel is making it easier for its prepaid customers who sign up for its new and improved data plans to access the major social networks (SNW) outside of their regular data allowances.

December 16th, 2014
Political heavy hitters skip budget debate contributions!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It came as a surprise to many as to who did not participate in the Budget Debate on December 15, 2014 during the Second Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Second House of Assembly as Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith presented his 2015 $311 million budget to the House of Assembly.

December 16th, 2014
‘Bi-Water is worse than Batehill deal!’ – Hon Delores Christopher

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Fifth District Honourable Dolores Christopher yesterday December 15, 2014 during the budget debates said that the Bi-Water deal signed under the previous Virgin Islands Party administration is worse than the Batehill deal and that the company is holding the country hostage.

December 16th, 2014
‘Craig A. Lake removed the veil of mystery’ – Kelly G. Griffin

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “We are very excited to continue our relationship with Craig A. Lake [and] Follow the Movement... he just seems to bring some exciting talent and basically removed the veil of mystery as a foreign Territory to us in the States and shows that there is real viable talent down there that can compete here in the States,” Mr Kelly G. Griffin told reporters.

December 16th, 2014
‘LIAT needs to be sued!’ – allegedly stranded passengers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Several passengers who were allegedly stranded in Antigua on December 13, 2014 are currently seeking legal advice as they said enough is enough with LIAT not displaying any sense of compassion for their passengers much less children.

December 16th, 2014
Undefeated Mystics face East in 40 Plus C'ship

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – All roads will lead to the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex this Saturday, December 20, 2014, when the VG Mystics take on East in the Championship game of the Sports 4 Life 40Plus Basketball League.

December 15th, 2014
2nd Annual Anegada Lobster festival in video!

THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI - For the second year the BVI Tourist Board hosted the popular annual Anegada Lobster Festival held over two days from November 28-29, 2014.

December 15th, 2014
‘I am NDP & not going anywhere!’ – Dr Kedrick D. Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) debunked rumours which said that he was leaving the National Democratic Party (NDP) for the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and said that Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith could rest easy when he travels as he as acting Premier in Dr Smith’s absence “is going nowhere.”

December 15th, 2014
Hairstyles galore @ Style BVI 2014

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “This year people went crazy with the styles, it was amazing, amazing, amazing. It was talent you can’t even imagine,” said Mr Aymen Husein.

December 15th, 2014
East End 2014 XMas B’ball League cancelled

EAST END/LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI – The East End 2014 XMas Basketball League has been cancelled and according to sources the cancellation is due in part to the non-availability of the facility on which the games were to be played.

December 15th, 2014
Call out for more lawyers @ the Criminal Bar

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The very small number of private legal practitioners that choose to operate in the High Court has been identified as one the critical reasons for some of the challenges faced in the completion of trials at the High Court level in the Virgin Islands.

December 15th, 2014
‘Let ONE love prevail’ – Tarrus Riley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Hundreds turned out to hear international Jamaican reggae singer Tarrus Riley and got more than expected as he blazed the stage before the massive crowd at the Festival Ground, Road Town.

December 15th, 2014
Bolt not on list of top Jamaicans

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Multiple winner Usain Bolt has not been named among the nominees for this year’s Jamaica National Sportsman-of-the-Year award, whilst swimmer, Alia Atkinson tops the list of Nominees for Sportswoman of the Year.

December 14th, 2014
UPDATE: Man shot dead ID as Paul Prentice

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The young man shot to death earlier tonight December 14, 2014 in Road Town has been identified as Paul Prentice.

December 14th, 2014
Filipino man Juan R. Navarra drowns @ Port Purcell

PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI – Said to have been carrying out his assigned duties late yesterday afternoon December 13, 2014 Juan R. Navarra fell to his death at Port Purcell according to reliable sources.

December 14th, 2014
‘NDP Govt. has lost its way’ – Rajah A. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Some might say that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is a sinking ship but “we will rise” said youth representative of the party Rajah A. Smith.

December 14th, 2014
Vote for Miss BVI now!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With just a few hours to go until the Miss World People's Choice Award Vote closes franchise holder Mr Damion C. Grange urges persons to get their finger stuck to their key pads and vote all they can for Miss BVI World Rosanna K. Chichester.

December 14th, 2014
Wins for High Fliers & Swaggas in Xmas Biddy B’ball

SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola, VI – Milton C. McLean and the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club launched their annual Xmas Biddy Basketball 9-12 Tournament on Friday December 12, 2014 with big wins for both Hannah’s High Flyers and the Swaggas.

December 13th, 2014
‘Would UK suspend VI Constitution if NDP is reelected?’ – caller to radio show

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A caller into the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) radio show ‘Let’s Talk’ on Wednesday December 10, 2014 asked whether the UK would suspend the Virgin Islands’ Constitution if the National Democratic Party (NDP) wins the next general elections.

December 13th, 2014
UPDATE: VICS Team 1 bowls to victory

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – It was a night of nothing less than pure excitement, fun and high paced bowling competition but Virgin Islands Civil Service Association (VICS) team 1 had no mercy on their competitors as they emerged the winner of The Write to Read Strike Out Illiteracy Bowling Tournament Finals.

December 13th, 2014
Pollard’s Cobras bests Russell’s Knights

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was third time lucky for Kieran Pollard and the Cobras as they were crowned champions of South Africa's domestic 20-over competition, after losing the final in each of the last two seasons, with a 33-run win over Knights in Cape Town.

December 12th, 2014
$13K allegedly paid to murder Cornel M. Francis

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Today December 12, 2014 two of three men implicated in the murder of Cornel Melbourne Francis, Kavarne Richards and Jefferson Joseph, appeared before Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo when the court heard of a $13k price for the life of the now deceased man.

December 12th, 2014
‘Many have same problems as HMP inmates’ – Hon Myron V. Walwyn

BALSUM GHUT, Tortola, VI – As families, relatives, friends and otherwise concerned persons gathered for the graduation ceremony of a group of inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) rehabilitation programmes, they heard that there are many not in prison but have the same problems like the inmates.

December 12th, 2014
UPDATE: 'I left job for personal reasons' - Accountant General

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After mounting pressure by the public and the intellectual class following all kinds of speculations circulating the Dr. Orlando Smith Administration was forced to explain the sudden resignation of the Accountant General Dr. Sandra M. Besson.

December 12th, 2014
This Week We Feature Young Professional Argel A. Horton

By Nikolai J. Earle

Our Young Professional this week is 29 year old Argel A. Horton of North Sound, Virgin Gorda, a trained marine biologist born to parents Alvin and Yvonne Horton, who not only feels a duty of care for the environment but also wants to teach others how they can contribute to enhancing and protecting their natural surroundings.

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