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July 7th, 2015
VI bans importing live birds due to Bird Flu scare

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It was brought to the attention of this news site yesterday, July 6, 2015 by a prominent poultry and cash crop farmer that because of the dangerous strain of Avian Influenza, which has hit certain states in the United States of America, the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) was going to take a position to ban the importation of live chickens and other birds.

July 6th, 2015
Snake encounter raises concerns over possible wildlife smuggling

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A photo taken of a snake that was captured at the weekend by an employee of an earth-moving company on Tortola and posted on Facebook has been attracting numerous comments, including concerns of possible smuggling of wildlife into the territory and the dangers of such activity.

July 6th, 2015
‘Today is a day of atonement’ – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative of the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has bashed the Government for their treatment of Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE even as they sought to now confer on him the title of Member Emeritus of the House of Assembly.

July 6th, 2015
HoA approves Cruise Pier loan motion amid Opposition silence

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The House of Assembly today July 6, 2015 approved a motion for the loan of an additional $15 million for the completion of the landside phase of the controversial cruise pier development project.

July 6th, 2015
Motor scooter rider injured in alleged hit & run

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A young man is said to be nursing injuries to both of his hands after he was allegedly hit off his motor scooter by a vehicle that fled the scene of the incident last evening, July 6, 2015.

July 6th, 2015
Pelican Gate graduates first batch

WEST END, Tortola, VI- When love and care abound saying goodbye is often hard to do and many times it was evident that Principal of the Pelican Gate School, Mrs Lois L. Freeman-Augustine was fighting back tears when the school waved goodbye to its first batch of grade six students at its graduation and prize giving ceremony at the school’s compound in West End yesterday, July 5, 2015.

July 6th, 2015
keen competition expected @ all-Tortola pre-Festival races

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Horse racing returns to Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay for the Pre-Festival races come July 12, 2015 with an exciting line up of Tortola horses. Five races are carded for the day.

July 6th, 2015
‘Hon Fraser is clear choice for Opp. Leader’ – Edmund G. Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio talk show host Edmund G. Maduro believes that when it comes to the choice of leader of the Opposition the choice is a clear one and does not know why others are finding it so difficult to accept.

July 6th, 2015
Businesses struggling in the VI- Gas station owner

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following concerns by consumers that the price for fuel should be lower than it currently is at gas stations around Tortola, one gas station owner has hit back saying consumers should be thankful that the price is not higher, while insisting that business is not so well in the Virgin Islands.

July 6th, 2015
Pythons stay unbeaten in Fast Pitch Softball

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Last night, Sunday July 5, 2015, the Pythons beat the Hawks, 13–9, in a close game that was finally settled on a Darier Malone drive and a fielder's error in the 5th inning that gave the pythons some breathing space.

July 5th, 2015
After snubbing him, NDP to honour political giant Ralph T. O’Neal OBE!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After abruptly dissolving the House of Assembly (HoA) on May 1, 2015 without allowing political giant and first Premier of the Virgin Islands Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE to say farewell while a sitting member, the National Democratic Party (NDP) has come to the people with a motion to give the former Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman the title of ‘Member Emeritus’.

July 5th, 2015
Back to back wins for Green Machine in SCBBC Roger Allen Hodge Tourney

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – The Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club’s Roger Allen Hodge Basketball Tournament is well underway, with Green Machine recording their second win on Friday July 3, 2015 on the outdoor court in Sea Cows Bay.

July 5th, 2015
Alexandrina Maduro Primary students honoured with graduation ball

WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI – Outgoing students of the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School in Baughers Bay yesterday July 4, 2015 attended a graduation ball in their honour at The Moorings on Wickham's Cay II.

July 5th, 2015
New Rotary President wants more community involvement

WEST END, Tortola, VI – Ryan Geluk CPA, CA was last night, July 4, 2015 officially sworn in as President of the Rotary Club of Road Town at a gala event laced with fun, fun, and more fun as the Rotary Club of Road Town is popularly known as the ‘Fun Club’. The swearing in event was held at Long Bay Beach Resort, West End, Tortola.

July 4th, 2015
Almost $20M in NDP overspending, SAP clean-up @ Monday HoA!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While the Auditor General Ms Sonia M. Webster continues to complain about the non-audited financial statements during the first National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration [2011-2015], the government continues its spending spree.

July 6th, 2015
Late Chief Minister Willard Wheatley to be recognised

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Willard Wheatley Centennial Celebration Committee (WWCCC) would like to invite the general public to a memorial service on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm to honour the memory of the territory’s first Minister of Finance and second Chief Minister, the late Dr Willard Wheatley, MBE, at the Willard Wheatley Primary School grounds on the occasion of his 100th birthday anniversary on July 16, 2015.

July 6th, 2015
Can blacks progress without religion?

By Alred C. Frett

Our Ancestors possessed Intelligence but were denied Knowledge:

Some say Life is a Journey but in fact it’s more like a Road and we are Travelers on a Pilgrimage - There may be Hills and Valleys, open Fields and flooded Plains, well-paved Streets and rugged Tracks and as different as we are - for better or worse - we all end at the same Finish Line… When it’s over it’s over and what really matters is what we withdrew and what we contributed along the way.

July 4th, 2015
Politicians put in spotlight @ Festival Calypso elimination

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- King Paido, Rockey, Ojinga, Queen Shereen, new comer Yung Blood, and Mighty Cloud were among those that gave the sizable crowd that gathered on Friday July 3, 2015 at Village Cay a taste of what to expect at this year’s Emancipation Festival 2015 Calypso Competition. And coming off elections season, it was not surprising that politics and politicians were the focus of most calypsonians.

July 4th, 2015
Colonial & Virgin Pulse join for wellness programme

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Colonial Insurance yesterday July 3, 2015 officially launched its wellness programme in collaboration with Virgin Pulse of the Virgin Group with a view to enhancing the health and fitness of the territory’s population.

July 4th, 2015
Stoby staves off tough Williamson & Farley

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI- Top distance runner Reuben J.A. Stoby was made to work hard to preserve his unbeaten record in 10k road racing as main rivals Guy Williamson and Julius Farley turned up for a fight in the Carrot Bay leg of the Ceres Juices 10K Series this morning, July 4, 2015.

July 3rd, 2015
Malfunctioning AC unit forces adjournment of Magistrate's Court

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Magistrate’s Court today July 3, 2015 adjourned all of the cases coming before it following a malfunctioning of the air conditioning system which could not be fixed following several minutes of attempts by technical staff.

July 3rd, 2015
BVIFA selects two youngsters for US soccer camp

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Two lucky young footballers will be heading off to the United States of America this month to experience the chance of a lifetime, courtesy of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) and its International Opportunities Programme.

July 3rd, 2015
‘Brain Machine’ to keep children learning during ‘summer’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the view that learning should be continuously stimulated, although to a different degree when school is closed after the various terms, twin educators Sharie B. de Castro and Sharia B. de Castro are set to kick start a ‘summer’ programme for the 2015 period titled ‘Brain Machine’.

July 3rd, 2015
Same-sex marriage to be legal in USVI

‎ST THOMAS, USVI - Sister territory United States Virgin Islands (USVI) is making moves to comply with the recent landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court that struck down marriage bans in every state. This decision made by the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2015 means that same-sex marriage is legal in all states in the USA.

July 3rd, 2015
Has the victimisation started? Sr officer to be forced out of Treasury Dept!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Word just reaching our newsroom is that Ms Laurel L. Smith, the acting Deputy Accountant General at the Treasury Department is to be forced out of the department, a place that is currently short staffed.

July 3rd, 2015
‎This Week We Feature Young Professional Bjorn J. Caleb

By Cathy O. O. Richards

This week's Young Professional is Bjorn J. Caleb aka BeeJay, who shared that what defines him as a young aspiring professional is his willingness to learn and follow instructions. "If I get something wrong the first time I will ensure that I never make that mistake again," he said.

July 3rd, 2015
‘I say no to Independence!’ – Edmund G. Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Edmund G. Maduro, the host of the EGM radio talk show has slammed utterances by Minister for Education and Culture the Honourable Myron V. Walwyn about the territory heading towards independence, saying that the Virgin Islands would not be able to make it on its own away from its mother country.

July 3rd, 2015
Civics in school will benefit the territory- Elton Georges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “I do think that proper course in civic education and Civics beginning in our schools at a very early stage and continuing through will redound to the benefit of the country, in fact it will begin to produce citizens who are more conscious of civic responsibility,” said former Commissioner of Complaints Mr Elton Georges, CMG, OBE.

July 2nd, 2015
4 Dominicans arrested in Trellis Bay gun find

TRELLIS BAY, Beef Island, VI- Four nationals of the Dominican Republic are in police custody after a firearm was reportedly found at their home in Trellis Bay yesterday July 1, 2015.

July 2nd, 2015
VI must not accept 'New World Order' – Radio show caller

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A radio show caller insisted that the Virgin Islands must not go the way of what he described as the New World Order where same sex marriage is seen as being acceptable.

July 2nd, 2015
UPDATE: 'Letty' Hodge moves to HC to appeal guilty verdict

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Word just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge has moved to the High Court to appeal the recent guilty verdict against her in the Magistrate's Court.

July 2nd, 2015
‘I would never perform a gay marriage’- VI pastor

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the hot topical issue of gays and gay rights continues to be debated throughout the world, especially with the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, the Virgin Islands seems in no way budged by the hullaballoo or edging towards that direction any time soon.

July 2nd, 2015
96 students ‘exit’ the 'Mighty Scatliffe'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Some 96 students of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School (ASPS) ‘exited’ the Primary level during an exit ceremony held at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town yesterday July 1, 2015.

July 3rd, 2015
Austerity, reform, & Greek defiance

By Dickson Igwe

The Greek Referendum of Sunday July 5 is a direct challenge to the Greek Consumer on whether or not to accept Austerity, and the ECB, IMF, and Euro Zone prescription, of tight fiscal policy as a condition for bailout funds. If Greece fails to receive financial support from the Troika, this will plunge Greece into an economic crisis that could see its exit from the Euro Zone. Greece could, for the first time, default on debt payments to its creditors.

July 3rd, 2015
Trinidadian appointed Legal Counsel for BVIHSA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has appointed Ms Mozelle A. Paul as Legal Counsel.

July 2nd, 2015
Scotiabank has new Managing Director: Sarah Hobbs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sarah Hobbs has been appointed Managing Director of Scotiabank BVI, according to a press release from the financial institution.

July 2nd, 2015
VI may benefit from LTE spectrum until next year

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – CEO of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Guy L. Malone said operators will need about six months from the time they receive their licence to deliver LTE services to customers but there needs to be consultation with industry players to determine when those services can be delivered.

July 2nd, 2015
Marcus ‘Yung Blood’ Marks newcomer to Festival calypso competition

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – This news site can confirm that among thirteen persons who have registered their interest in competing in the calypso competition as part of the 2015 Emancipation Festival, there is at least one newcomer- Marcus ‘Yung Blood’ Marks.

July 2nd, 2015
Team BVI are Nations Cup champions

GREENLAND, Tortola, VI – Team BVI ran out 2-1 winners over the Creoles to lift the Nations Cup at the Greenland Playfield in East End on Sunday June 28, 2015.

July 1st, 2015
Youths in TRC video competition receive prizes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Four young people received awards for creating and producing video presentations about the innovations of broadband internet and its importance in everyday life as part of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission’s (TRC) marking of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day being observed worldwide today.

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