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July 15th, 2019
Gov’t prepared to price control unhealthy foods – Hon Carvin Malone

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) says that in the fight against the Virgin Islands (VI) declining health, his government is willing to look into price control mechanisms with the private sector in an effort to reduce the cost of healthy food.

July 14th, 2019
Hundreds attend HempFest 2019 on JvD

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI- More than 300 persons, including political figures, converged on the 3 square mile island of Jost van Dyke for the second annual staging of HempFest on July 14, 2019.

July 14th, 2019
‘VI need not wait on UK to determine future’- Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – As British Overseas Territories (OTs) seek greater autonomy to govern their own affairs independent of United Kingdom (UK) interference, outspoken ZBVI radio host and man of the cloth, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline is imploring leaders of the Virgin Islands (VI) to start thinking now about the way forward regarding self-governance.

July 14th, 2019
Malaki A. Smith sinks 30 as Lights Out beat Nuttin but Net

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club (SCBBC) Under 17 Inter-District Tournament, sponsored by Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), got underway on Friday July 12, 2019 with two games.

July 15th, 2019
David D. Archer Jr is acting Governor until July 21, 2019

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Mr David D. Archer, Jr is acting in the Office of Governor from of the Virgin Islands (VI) effective Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 21.

July 13th, 2019
ZBVI recognizes General Knowledge Quiz participants

ROAD TOWN, Tortola – Virgin Islands (VI) broadcaster, ZBVI yesterday Friday, July 12, 2019, moved to recognize the accomplishments of its General Knowledge Quiz participants.

July 13th, 2019
‘Follow tradition & legalise cannabis in VI’ – Luciano

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the highly anticipated Foxy’s HempFest on Jost van Dyke gets going today Saturday, July 13, 2019, headliner and Jamaican reggae artiste Jepther McClymon aka ‘Luciano’ as promised, is putting the conversation around the legalisation of cannabis on the front burner.

July 13th, 2019
Missing woman found decomposing in SUV

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. CROIX, USVI — A 47-year-old woman who was reported missing by her husband on Friday at about 11:36 a.m., was found dead, locked in her vehicle, in the Sunny Isle parking lot Saturday afternoon, USVIPD Public Information Officer, Glen Dratte confirmed to The Consortium following an inquiry.

July 13th, 2019
UPDATE: Tropical Wave could become Tropical Storm - DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) says it will continue monitoring a Tropical Wave near 9N, 36W and moving westward that now has the possibilities of becoming a Tropical storm.

July 12th, 2019
Vehicles collide head-on on Waterfront Drive in RT

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A pickup and an SUV collided head-on in the vicinity of The Pub and Sea View Hotel on Waterfront Drive, in the capital Road Town, Tortola, around 4:00 pm today, July 12, 2019.

July 12th, 2019
‘People said we would only become a training track’- Lesmore Smith

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- “I am not raising my own flags but giving myself a pat on the back as well, while not being boastful about it, that the Virgin Islands has the only [horse racing] track running and it probably will be the only track [in Greater Virgin Islands] for the next year.”

July 12th, 2019
8 years jail for Trini man who raped friend’s stepdaughter

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Security guard Andre Stedman, the 56-year-old Trinidadian accused of raping his friend’s stepdaughter about two years ago, has been sentenced to 8 years imprisonment at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut, Tortola.

July 13th, 2019
USVI’s Senators Hodge & Thomas to Meet with Frenchman’s Reef Employees

ST. THOMAS, USVI - The employees in the United States Virgin Islands’ (USVI) hospitality industry were some of the most severely misplaced job wise, after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, primarily due to the loss of the territory’s hotels.

July 12th, 2019
Chambers gets 10 years for firearm possession & attempted murder

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Jamaican native with Virgin Islands Belonger status Nickail Chambers was today, July 12, 2019 sentenced in the High Court to spend 10 years in prison for possession of a firearm and attempted murder.

July 12th, 2019
This Week We Feature Young Professional Shari’a M. Romney

By Chassidy M. Leonard

This week’s Young Professional, Shari’a M. Romney, enjoys catering to the needs of livestock as she works as an Agricultural Trainee for the Department of Agriculture. In her spare time she engages in the sport of martial arts.

July 13th, 2019
BREXIT: The 800lb gorilla mauling the UK

By Dickson C. Igwe

BREXIT is the most damaging event in recent UK history, equivalent to the Suez Crisis of the early 1960s, in terms of its malevolent effect on UK politics, economics, and society.

July 12th, 2019
NHI struggling with VI health crisis – Hon Carvin Malone

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Noting that the government is now ‘compelled’ to do something about the Virgin Islands (VI) growing health concerns, Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has revealed that National Health Insurance (NHI) is struggling in the fight, and the solution now is more health and wellness education in the territory.

July 12th, 2019
Public urged to be ready for return of fast track regularisation initiative

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The dates for persons to submit applications for Belonger & Residency status in the Virgin Islands under the ‘fast track’ initiative will soon be announced, according to Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

July 11th, 2019
‘We’re building this country but leaving the people behind culturally’- Rev. Turnbull

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Outspoken Virgin Islands (VI) Pastor, Reverend Melvin A. Turnbull says there is a disconnect in the VI where the territory is being built but the people are being left behind culturally, especially the territory’s children.

July 11th, 2019
Dancers dazzle @ Nouveau Royale’s ‘Dance Dictionary’

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- Little princesses and fairies in tutus and pointe shoes pranced, glided, spun and performed arabesques, among other dance moves, much to the delight of a ‘full house’ at Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay, Tortola, where local dance group Nouveau Royale presented a 22-item dance treat on July 6, 2019.

July 11th, 2019
USVI island owned by US billionaire well known as ‘Pedophile Island’

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- International media houses, among them the Associated Press, Global News Cananda, Huffington Post, USA Today, New York Magazine and many others ran stories on Wednesday July 10, 2019 focused on Little Saint James, the island in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) that belongs to American billionaire and registered sex-offender Jeffery E. Epstein.

July 11th, 2019
Price gouging & tenancy not included in proposed Consumer Protection Act

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- The ninety-nine (99) pages of the Government’s proposed Consumer Protection Act does not cover price gouging; however, this is a separate document being worked on as, according to Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), “that one is a greater challenge.”

July 11th, 2019
‘It’s going to be a tough challenge in St Maarten’- Jason A. Edwin

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- BVI Bayside Blazers, on Saturday July 13, 2019, will be heading to the 6th Annual ‘Battle of the Fittest’ Basketball Tournament in St Maarten knowing that to accomplish their ambitions of repeating as champions would be no easy task against some of the greatest collection of basketball talent in the Eastern Caribbean.

July 10th, 2019
Mark H. Vanterpool invited to be sworn in to HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Fifth Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 will likely see the swearing in of Fourth District Representative-Elect Mr Mark H. Vanterpool into the HoA.

July 11th, 2019
Dr Jerry R. Smith installed as President of Rotary Club of St Thomas II

ST. Thomas, USVI - Dr Jerry R. Smith was installed as the 41st President of the Rotary Club of St Thomas II along with the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

July 10th, 2019
17-yr-old male charged; Allegedly had sex with girl under 13

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A 17-year-old male is currently before the courts for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

July 10th, 2019
HMP inmate Tifern B. Henley accuses DPP of violating constitutional rights

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- An inmate of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut, Tortola, has accused the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Magistrate Court of violating his constitutional rights. He has also declared he has no faith, belief or trust in the legal system of the Virgin Islands as a result.

July 11th, 2019
3D Breast Imaging increases rate of Cancer detection

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) is offering 3D Mammography to aid in the early detection of breast cancer.

July 10th, 2019
Cannabis can bring health & happiness to VI- ‘Foxy’

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI- Virgin Islands icon, Philliciano O. Callwood MBE aka ‘Foxy’ has called on Government to throw its full support behind HempFest 2019 as he believes the territory can benefit tremendously from the legalisation of cannabis, a conversation that is set to dominate the event at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar on Jost van Dyke on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

July 10th, 2019
44% chance major hurricane could hit Caribbean in 2019

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- According to the venerable hurricane forecasters at the Colorado State University (CSU), there’s a 44 percent chance that a major hurricane could strike the Caribbean this year. The prediction, released in C.S.U.’s latest forecast on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 is 2 percent above the average of 42 percent for the last 100 years, CSU said.

July 10th, 2019
12 companies submit bids for removal of derelict boats across VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Sunken vessels in waters and damaged and abandoned boats on land throughout the Virgin Islands are grim reminders of the destruction of Hurricane Irma that hit the territory on September 6, 2019. They also give the impression the territory has been struggling in its recovery efforts.

July 10th, 2019
Smell & taste; It is ok to buy expired foods - Donald E. de Castro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former ’Straight Talk’ radio host and social commentator, Mr Donald E. de Castro has again raised concerns over the amount of global food wastage, including in the Virgin Islands (VI), and has proposed that Virgin Islanders buy more expired goods.

July 10th, 2019
VI wants deeper partnership with UNDP - E. Benito Wheatley

NEW YORK, USA – Mr E. Benito Wheatley, the Virgin Islands (VI) Special Envoy for the Government, has hailed the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a key partner in supporting the territory’s recovery and development after the hurricanes of 2017.

July 9th, 2019
Motor scooter rider hit by car on Waterfront Drive in RT

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A rider of a motor scooter was rushed to Peebles Hospital after he was hit by a car on Waterfront Drive, in the capital city Road Town, this afternoon, July 9, 2019.

July 9th, 2019
2 injured on VG as gas cylinder explodes

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Two persons on Virgin Gorda were injured, including one man receiving severe injuries to one of his hands, after a Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder exploded this afternoon, July 9, 2019.

July 10th, 2019
93 bags of garbage collected in successful Sister Islands Clean-Up Campaign

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Sister Islands Coordinator, Ms Sasha D. A. Flax has said the clean-up activities on Anegada, Jost van Dyke and Virgin Gorda were successful ventures.

July 9th, 2019
More Caucasians should support Emancipation celebrations – Cromwell Smith

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – With the 2019 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival on the horizon, controversial and outspoken ZBVI radio host, Mr Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka' has called on all ‘Whites’ residing in the Virgin Islands (VI) to come out and support the African emancipation celebrations in the territory.

July 9th, 2019
D5 Resource Centre reopens in time for Summer Programme

HUNTUMS GHUT, Tortola, VI- “This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made…” the children sang and clapped joyfully as they began their first day of summer school activities at the refurbished and reopened Resource Centre in Huntums Ghut in the Fifth District on July 8, 2019.

July 9th, 2019
Carnel D. Clyne fires back; Calls Rev Turnbull a ‘Liar’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC), Mr Carnel D. Clyne has fired back at comments made by Reverend Melvin A. Turnbull, during the Thursday, July 4, 2019, edition of ZBVI’s ‘Umoja’ show over revelations that Gospel Fest continues to be missing from the official VIF&FC calendar of activities for Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2019.

July 9th, 2019
BVI Com. Board admins accused of disrespecting locals, racism & bias

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The administrators of the BVI Community Board, a Facebook page of over 21,000 members, have been accused of being biased, disrespectful to locals and showing 'hints of racism’.

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