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May 5th, 2016
Premier Smith 'wishy washy' on final cost of ports project

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has directed all questions on the final cost of the cruise ship development project to his Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4).

May 5th, 2016
Warner makes PB run @ NTC/Pure Athletics Spring invitational

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Several of the territory’s top athletes put in stellar performances over the weekend, highlighted by Lakeisha ‘Mimi’ Warner running 54.90 in the 400m at the NTC/Pure Athletics Spring invitational in Clermont, Florida.

May 4th, 2016
‘I will be examining sale of RTW critically’ - Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith said when the matter of the sale of Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd (RTW) comes before him he will ensure the interest of the local food retail industry is preserved.

May 4th, 2016
Senior citizens homes on Tortola & VG still overcrowded years later

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- For well over eight (8) years and counting the Adina Donovan Home for the Elderly, located in Road Town on the main Island of Tortola, has faced overcrowding.

May 4th, 2016
‘Elements of corruption will be rooted out’ - Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Newly sworn in Commissioner of Police of the Virgin Islands Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews said he is on a mission to root out corruption in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) though he said it is not the Force but elements of it that may be corrupt.

May 4th, 2016
Premier’s Office fails to inform Premier Smith about Darley’s meeting request!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has claimed that he knows of no attempt by former Project Developer of the Cruise Pier Development Project, Mr Hugh E. Darley to seek a meeting with him to discuss outstanding monies allegedly owed to Darley, President of IDEA Inc.

May 4th, 2016
USVI Gov Mapp tells teachers he won’t reward ‘bad behaviour’

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — Sounding frustrated, US Virgin Islands’ Governor Kenneth E. Mapp on Tuesday May 3, 2016 said he would wait until teachers and their unions could clearly state what they wanted before attempting to find additional funds for further salary increases for educators, after the promised raises took effect.

May 4th, 2016
LIME BVI backs Road Racing Champion Reuben J. A. Stoby

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- LIME BVI has announced that it has come to the support of Road Racing Champion of the Virgin Islands Reuben J. A. Stoby as he seeks to make his dream of competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan a reality.

May 3rd, 2016
Peter Haycraft confirms RTW to be sold!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After Virgin Islands News Online had first and accurately reported on February 29, 2016 that Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd (RTW) was up for sale and that companies had expressed an interest in its purchase, Founder of the business, Peter Haycraft has confirmed the possible sale.

May 3rd, 2016
2 RVIPF officers on VG suspended for allegedly assaulting civilian

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Information just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that two police officers attached to the Virgin Gorda Police Station have been suspended from duty following allegations that they assaulted a civilian.

May 3rd, 2016
I know a white Police Commissioner will breed distrust - Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - New Commissioner of Police Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews said he expects there will be some concern and distrust with the fact that he is a white Commissioner of Police among some elements of the population of the Virgin Islands but he said it is important for there to be diversity in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

May 3rd, 2016
Close to 40 customers engaged as TAG’s mega car sale enters final week

SLANEY POINT, Tortola, VI – Tortola Auto Group’s (TAG) Celebrating Queens Sales Event has entered its final week and plans to close its active week of car sales in high gear by throwing a huge family fun day on Saturday May 7, 2016 at its Slaney Point location, opposite Prospect Reef.

May 3rd, 2016
New CoP to seek UK guidance on arrest blotter names

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Police Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews said he will rely on guidance from a UK Police Policy on naming of arrested persons to determine whether the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) will continue sending out arrest blotters minus names of arrested persons.

May 4th, 2016
Residents find burglar hiding in bathroom!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Police are responding with positive action to a slight rise in the number of burglaries on Tortola with two suspected burglars charged this week.

May 3rd, 2016
‘We do have plans’ for YCCS staff - Dr The Hon Hubert O’Neal

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Representative for the Ninth District Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal said the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government will do what it must to ensure that the displaced workers of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) are re-situated.

May 3rd, 2016
‘Tiger’ wasn’t just murdered, he was slaughtered’ - Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Crown Prosecutor Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit said the brutality surrounding the killing of Daren Allen ‘Tiger’ Hodge showed that he wasn't just murdered but brutally slaughtered on September 10, 2010.

May 3rd, 2016
Smith, Bravo fail as Lions slump

RAJKOT, India—West Indies' Dwayne Smith flattered to deceive while Dwayne Bravo suffered the indignity of a first ball ‘duck’, as leaders Gujarat Lions suffered a batting collapse to slide to a 23-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League on Sunday May 1, 2016.

May 2nd, 2016
Legalise the ‘weed’ in the VI - Jamal S. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Well respected local attorney at law Jamal S. Smith raised eyebrows in the High Court when he said the Virgin Islands (VI) has some of the highest grade of cannabis sativa in the world and this is why he is against the importation of the drug while being a proponent of its legalisation.

May 2nd, 2016
Young VIslander aims to promote local businesses & VI culture

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A young Virgin Islander has embarked on an initiative that will see her throwing in her lot towards the territory’s development.

May 2nd, 2016
Hon Fraser League tips off August 20, 2016

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Intense and exciting competition returns to the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom on the main island of Tortola from August 20, 2016 when the 4th annual Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League bounces off.

May 2nd, 2016
Laid off LDB workers feel ‘used’

LITTLE DIX BAY, Virgin Gorda VI- After working at Little Dix Bay Hotel and Resort for 15, 20, 30 and even over 45 years for some, laid off staff members of the resort have parted company feeling “used” and have accused management of being insensitive towards them during what was reportedly a very difficult last couple of months for them.

May 2nd, 2016
Governor Mapp pleased with STT Children’s Carnival

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Governor of the United States Virgin Islands Kenneth E. Mapp on Friday April 29, 2016 said he was pleased to see a strong turnout — at least in the carnival square where all main performances traditionally take place (there were complaints of low turnouts throughout the carnival route) — for the Children’s Parade, which has struggled with attendance in recent years.

May 2nd, 2016
Chicken & eggs @ HMP & 20 years later huge cost for trucking water!

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- With all the challenges the Virgin Islands face, the territory’s lone incarceration centre- Her Majesty’s Prison- is not without its share.

May 2nd, 2016
YCCS closure 'a failing' of VI economy - Hon Julian Fraser RA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) believes the news of the closure of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) from June 1, 2016 represents "a failing of the Virgin Islands economy."

May 2nd, 2016
We must ensure VI doesn't harbour the ethically challenged - Dr Robert A. Mathavious

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Chairman and CEO of the BVI Financial Services Commission (BVIFSC) Dr Robert A. Mathavious said the territory must ensure it does not become a haven for the ethically challenged.

May 2nd, 2016
Tortola runners dominate 2nd leg of Dive BVI 10K series

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- With the 5th Virgin Gorda Half Marathon and 6 Mile Challenge just two weeks away, more than 15 runners from Tortola made their way over to Virgin Gorda on April 30, 2016 to compete in the 2nd leg of the Dive BVI 10K Series, which took in the second half of the half marathon course.

May 1st, 2016
Stop weaving in & out of traffic like a video game- Hon Maduro-Caines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Newly formed group, Tortola Race Wars (TRW) recently made a stop at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) where its presentations on road safety were well received by both students and teachers of the school.

May 1st, 2016
'Grassroots marketing is the competitive edge'- Stedman Graham Jr

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was a buzzing day yesterday April 30, 2016 at the MWM Business Start Up which included judging of entrepreneurs, workshops and seminars and questions and answers with expert Stedman Graham Jr. and other business and industry leaders.

May 1st, 2016
VI finishes 6th in 4 x 100m @ Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, USA – The Virgin Islands quartet of Ashley N. Kelly, Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott, Chantel E. Malone and Karene King finished a creditable sixth in the 4 x 100m at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday April 30, 2016.

April 30th, 2016
YCCS lays off staff! Premier Smith yet to inform 9th District Rep!

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI- Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that several employees of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) located in North Sound, Virgin Gorda have been put on the breadline since the company is closing for several months for renovation.

April 30th, 2016
Heavy downpours drench territory

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the territory experienced heavy rainfall earlier today April 30, 2016, the Department of Disaster Management is continuing to encourage the general public to exercise caution as the weather is expected to be unstable.

May 2nd, 2016
RVIPF Detective gets top Caribbean crime fighting award

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Acting Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Kartick was awarded the prize of Top Caribbean Crime Fighter by the Amalgamated Security Services Regional Recognition Award Programme and presented at the annual Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP).

April 30th, 2016
UPDATE: Giant Valley’s win no surprise to Lesmore Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While many regarded the Governor’s Cup win by Tortola’s Giant Valley at the Carnival Races at Clinton E. Phipps Racetrack in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands on April 29, 2016 as an upset, horse owner Lesmore Smith was hardly surprised.

April 30th, 2016
BVIFA Centre of Excellence re-opened

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A day of rains and blustery winds did little to deter hundreds of boys and girls coming out to the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds last Saturday April 23, 2016 as the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) re-launched the Digicel Centre of Excellence.

April 30th, 2016
Stacey E. Plaskett recalls rough 1st year as US Congresswoman

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Delegate to the United States Congress for the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Stacey E. Plaskett (D) said her first year in office is a rough one with formidable challenges coming to the Barack H. Obama's Administration and resistance to programmes that would benefit the USVI from the Republican party.

April 29th, 2016
UPDATE: 18 illegal immigrants detained

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Police are now assisting immigration with the detention of some 18 illegal immigrants after Police apprehended them on Marina Cay, just northeast of Tortola, said a press release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force this afternoon April 29, 2016.

April 29th, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: Ashley N. Kelly talks to VINO on reaching Rio

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sprinter Ashley N. Kelly became the second Virgin Islands’ athlete to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics and local fans will be able to see her run at the July 1-3, 2016 OECS Track and Field Championships on the A.O. Shirley Grounds in Road Town, Tortola.

April 29th, 2016
We are doing the decent thing with Little Dix Bay workers - Dr Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) said the closure of Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Biras Creek on the sister island of Virgin Gorda has created exceptional circumstances which necessitate a departure from the norm in preferring VIslanders and Belongers over non-Belongers.

April 29th, 2016
This Week We Feature Young Professional Reba E. Thomas

By N. Johann Earle

Young, smart and articulate, Reba E. Thomas, the Assistant Human Resources Manager for the Ministry of Finance, is our Young Professional for this week. She has been in this position for the past year and four months.

April 29th, 2016
Exclusive: Law on staying while changing jobs nothing new- Ian B. Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Acting Chief Immigration Officer Ian B. Penn said the recent amendment to the Immigration and Passport Act- Section 31 is meant to streamline and regularise the process whereby persons who change jobs will not have to leave the territory, provided they have been here at least five years.

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