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May 26th, 2018
Economies ‘built on sand’- Part A

Dickson Igwe

Countries that depend upon a single product and a single market for their economic existence put all their eggs into a single basket. When that basket takes a hit “all hell breaks loose.”

May 25th, 2018
‘I will not attend the Queen’s Birthday parade’- John I. Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Territory is getting ready to stage a formal celebration of Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth II birthday on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

May 25th, 2018
‘We are entering a divorce with the UK’- Dr Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “We have done everything that have been asked of us from the international community. We have instituted one of the best regulated financial services system anywhere in the world because we like to say that we are ahead of the curb and therefore we are going to ensure that whenever they bring something at us we are prepared for it…what more they want us to do?”

May 25th, 2018
Close to 5000 take to streets in Decision March 2018

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was a time to put political party and other issues aside and unite on a common front for the economic future of the Virgin Islands yesterday, May 24, 2018 when close to 5 thousand persons turned up for Decision March 2018.

May 24th, 2018
2 VI men arrested @ STT airport for alleged cocaine possession

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- — Jason Frett, 36, and Ashley Warner, 54, both of Tortola, were arrested today, May 24, 2018 on a complaint charging them with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

May 24th, 2018
Parking Lot? Where is the Margaritaville Restaurant?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Our roving camera caught up with land being cleared in the area of the exit at the Tortola Pier Park (TPP) and was told by sources close to the work that it was ordered by Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) to be done for parking.

May 24th, 2018
20 youth sailors compete in 2018 VI Dinghy Championships

NANNY CAY, Tortola, VI - The 2018 VI Dinghy Championships welcomed 20 competitors representing the Virgin Islands (VI), St Thomas and Puerto Rico. Racing on May 19 and 20,2018, Tanner Krygsveld from St Thomas Yacht Club was the overall Optimist winner while Paul Johnson took the Laser 4.7 title.

May 24th, 2018
Take it back! ‘We will not accept that rule’ - Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the territory prepares for the most significant march in years, today May 24, 2018, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), Minister for Communications and Works, along with Honourable Delores Christopher, Deputy Speaker and Fifth District Representative and Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6), came together for one last rally to convince the people in their district why they should take part in the march.

May 23rd, 2018
March placards & banners ready!- Ayana S. Hull

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Organisers of the march from the Sunday Morning Well to the Governor’s Office in protest to the United Kingdom decision to make accounts information for the offshore sector public via registries has announced that banners and placards are ready.

May 24th, 2018
Tales from Tortola- Part V: Up yea mighty people

Thomas C. Famous

“Didn’t my people before me slave for this country?” Bob Marley

Over the course of the last 500 years of European colonial oppression, persons throughout the Caribbean have taken up arms or more recently, placards, against unjust and inhumane policies.

May 23rd, 2018
‘Their personal wallet under attack, they screaming out march’ – Community activist

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Community activist, Floyd Burnett aka 'Heritage', has stated that he supports the march against the United Kingdom but firmly believes there are other things that the Virgin Islands (VI) community should also march against, such as the missing $7.2 million, the insurance companies, the overspending on the Tortola Pier Park and many more issues.

May 23rd, 2018
Archer in the big chair, named Acting Governor

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As some 10,000 plus residents are getting ready to descend on Government House in Road Town on the main Island of Tortola in one of the most significant demonstrations to date come Thursday, May 24, 2018, it has been announced that Deputy Governor David D. Archer, Jr. is acting Governor.

May 23rd, 2018
‘The march is about country; We will deal with NDP later’- Julian Willock

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Outspoken resident and political aspirant Julian Willock has again thrown his full support behind the May 24, 2018 march to demonstrate the people’s displeasure with an amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill passed in the House of Commons demanding that only Overseas Territories located in the Caribbean operate registers of beneficial ownership.

May 23rd, 2018
VI U14 football squad runners-up at SXM tournament

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The National U14 squad returned from a four-team Tournament in St Maarten over the weekend of May 18 to 20, 2018, with the runners-up trophy tucked proudly under their arms.

May 23rd, 2018
From ideas to implementation, building on our foundation

Mitsy J. Ellis-Simpson

This month symbolises a proud moment, for me, witnessing the conviction of the people of our beloved Virgin Islands (VI). Not so much because I am for, or against, a march for our economic freedom, but because I see our people rising with conviction at a time that tests our strength as a nation.

May 23rd, 2018
DDM pleads for approximately $200K

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – While addressing the 2018 Standing Finance Committee, Sharleen S. Dabreo, Director of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), pleaded for additional funding to rebuild numerous emergency systems that were destroyed during hurricane Irma and to re-establish programmes within DDM.

May 22nd, 2018
Where do we stand?

Donald E. de Castro

We are now going through another “NDP DONE DEAL” in the form of the Recovery and Development Plan which many are talking about, some in a negative way, others in a positive way. Some are arguing that it will send us back to slavery, lose many of our constitutional rights to govern ourselves and more.

May 22nd, 2018
Day of Repentance dubbed a success

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was a large gathering of young and old residents at the event dubbed 'A Day of Repentance Gathering' on May 20, 2018, at the Queen Elizabeth II Park. The event was spearheaded by Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines, Sixth District Representative.

May 22nd, 2018
Premier Smith defiant; ‘No public registry for VI until global standards’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The showdown between the United Kingdom (UK) and the Virgin Islands (VI), an overseas territory over the UK’s Parliament decision to kill the offshore financial sector is heating up.

May 22nd, 2018
Spate of burglaries of Road Town businesses

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Our police sources are confirming that sometime Monday morning on May 21, 2018, there has been a spate of burglaries of approximately four Road Town businesses.

May 22nd, 2018
TPP has the 'No 1 bathrooms in the Caribbean’ - Disney Cruise Line

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “A lot of people judge where they are by the bathrooms and I’ve got to tell you, you’ve got the Rolls Royce of bathrooms right there in the Pier Park.”

May 21st, 2018
House of Lords upholds Commons Bill on OTs public registry

LONDON, England, UK - It was another blow for the British Overseas Territories (OTs) in the Caribbean today Monday, May 21, 2018, as the House of Lords of the United Kingdom Upper House let stand the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, with the amendment passed by the Lower House on May 1, 2018.

May 21st, 2018
$10M payout to BVIEC on insurance claim from Nagico

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Word just reaching our newsroom is that Nagico Insurances has made good on another hurricane related claim. The BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) is the most recent to benefit from a claim settlement following the horrific destruction inflicted by hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

May 21st, 2018
Ministry Of Health receives Telecommunications Kit

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Health Disaster Coordinator, Dr Ronald E. Georges received a communications kit today to support efforts towards the re-establishment of the health sector’s emergency telecommunications network.

May 21st, 2018
Man & woman from USVI shot in Gertrude restaurant parking lot

VI CONSORTIUM

CHRISTIANSTED, St Croix, USVI - A man and a woman were shot in the parking lot of Gertrude’s Restaurant located on Hess Road in Castle Coakley in the wee hours of Saturday, May 19, 2018, [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer, Glen Dratte announced late Saturday.

May 20th, 2018
Disgruntled customer throws food @ Yo Mama Kitchen staff

WICKHAM'S CAY I, Tortola, VI- The mobile food van Yo Mama Kitchen, owned and operated by Marlon J. Choucoutou Jr, a young Virgin Islander, continues to be popular and well supported due to its variety of local and regional cuisines.

May 20th, 2018
12 days later: Fire & smoke persist @ Cox Heath

COX HEATH, Tortola, VI- It was on May 9, 2018, almost two weeks ago, that a fire erupted at a makeshift dumpsite in Cox Heath, on the western side of Tortola.

May 19th, 2018
VG residents raised concerns about Laundry runoffs

NORTH ROAD, Virgin Gorda, VI - Many residents have raised concerns about a long-standing situation where water and chemicals from a nearby laundry have been running into the sea and most often some on the Lee Road in Valley, Virgin Gorda.

May 19th, 2018
UK’s Prince Harry weds Rachel M. Markle; daughter of black woman

WINDSOR, England, UK - Prince Harry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex and his bride Rachel Meghan Markle married on Saturday May 19, 2018, in a dazzling ceremony that blended ancient English ritual with African American culture, watched up close by royals and celebrities and from afar by a global TV audience of millions.

May 21st, 2018
TPP 2nd Annual Jazz & Style Festival 2018

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Tortola Pier Park’s Annual Jazz and Style Festival, inaugurated in 2017, is back this year despite the hard hit the facility encountered from the natural disasters of August and September last year. The festival will be held over three days, May 25 to 27, 2018 featuring craft, culture, jazz, style and poker run watch.

May 19th, 2018
‘Cabinet comfortable VI will be ready for hurricane season’ – Dr Kedrick D. Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Acting Premier, Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), stated that the Virgin Islands (VI) will be prepared for the peak of the 2018 hurricane season which is said to be above average, while adding that Cabinet is “comfortable” based on the information they have received from the Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

May 18th, 2018
Pickup truck explodes; engulfed in flames near Lower Estate

LOWER ESTATE, Tortola, VI- It was sometime yesterday, Thursday May 17, 2018, around 5:15 P.M. that a pickup truck caught on fire in the area close to Lower Estate. No one was injured and the cause of the fire is being investigated by both the Fire and Rescue Service and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

May 18th, 2018
This Week We Feature Young Professional Olivia M. Freeman

By Renee C. Williams

Our young professional this week is Olivia M. Freeman, who is considered the youngest business owner in the Virgin Islands (VI) that uses the medium of writing to inspire people in her community.

May 19th, 2018
Prospect Reef & a grand vision for the Virgin Islands

Dickson Igwe

Simple location and geography state that Prospect Reef, a Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated marina and resort, sitting on a spectacular and picturesque shoreline of Road Town, Capital of Tortola, [British] Virgin Islands, is one of the best locations in the Caribbean, to build a Nautical and Ocean Sciences College.

May 18th, 2018
Premier & Leader of the Opposition unite to make case for the VI

LONDON, England - The Premier of the [British] Virgin Islands, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, and the Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Andrew Fahie, has called on the United Kingdom (UK) Government and Parliament to respect the Virgin Islands Constitution ahead of the House of Lords consideration of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill on May 21, 2018 and its provisions on public central registers of beneficial ownership in the Overseas Territories.

May 18th, 2018
Governor dodges protest; meets with organising committee

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The United Kingdom appointed Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert will not be in the Territory on the day of the public demonstration, Thursday, May 24, 2018, where residents have come together to fight the Bill by the UK House of Commons to make beneficial owners public.

May 18th, 2018
USVI Coast Guard ends search for overboard cruise ship crew member

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Coast Guard rescue crews ended their search for a MSC Seaside crew member at 8 P.M. Wednesday, May 16, 2018, approximately 8 nautical miles southeast of St Thomas, the Coast Guard said in a release issued Thursday afternoon.

May 18th, 2018
2 VI juniors to attend World Cup 2018

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Ryan Ramlall and Deshawn Richardson will be attending to the World Cup 2018 in Russia as part of “Gazprom Football For Friendship”, an international children’s social programme supported by Soccer’s World Governing Body, FIFA and UEFA.

May 17th, 2018
‘Social movement is necessary for a community’s progress’ - Shaina M. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Shaina M. Smith, political aspirant and social commentator, believes that social movement the effect change in a community is important for progress, while noting that it has helped the political development of the Virgin Islands (VI).

May 17th, 2018
‘I will not take part if it is a NDP or VIP march’ – Patsy C. Lake

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Patsy C. Lake, businesswoman and local activist, during a press conference with other organisers of the national march on May 17, 2018 at the Sunday Morning Well, strongly expressed that if the march, scheduled for May 24, 2018, was politically motivated she would not support the march, while admitting that she never thought she would need to march again.



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