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September 29th, 2016
Cotton enters record books as Oakland beat Texas

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands’ Jharel L. Cotton pitched himself into the record books and led the Oakland Athletics to a big season finale win, 7-1, over Texas on Sunday September 25, 2016.

September 29th, 2016
Hon Turnbull should be blasting his own colleagues about NHI- Natalio D. Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The older and more experienced legislators in the House of Assembly have come under fire for not taking the time out to groom one of the youngest legislators in their midst- Hon Melvin “Mitch” Turnbull (R2).

September 29th, 2016
Scammers in USVI posing as utility workers to enter homes

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The [US] Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) is cautioning residents to be aware of persons presumably posing as WAPA employees and attempting to gain access to homes, WAPA said through a press release issued late Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

September 28th, 2016
Claude O. Skelton-Cline wins Round 1; Lawsuit against NDP continues!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was this news site that first and accurately reported that the contract for the former BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Managing Director, Claude O. Skelton-Cline, would not be renewed as it was blocked in Cabinet.

September 28th, 2016
Hon Fraser doubts CoP can get 20 new locals for RVIPF

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser, RA (R3) is not too optimistic that Commissioner of Police Mr Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews can comfortably find twenty (20) locals to join the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

September 28th, 2016
Parents upset about lack of teachers @ BFEC

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – The hastily implementation of the additional school year, along with a shortage of teachers, is now taking toll on the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) on Virgin Gorda.

September 28th, 2016
High Court trial for ‘Pumpkin’ Callwood hits a snag

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The High Court trial which was set to kick start the September Assizes on the criminal front on Monday September 26, 2016 did not go as plan and is likely to be shifted to the next assizes.

September 28th, 2016
Rights for expats’ children 'out of our hands'- Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Talk show host of the Speak Out BVI programme on ZBVI 780 AM Doug Wheatley has pointed out to the present situation where children born to expatriates in the territory have to apply for citizenship in Britain, as one of the glaring examples of the downside of not being an independent nation.

September 28th, 2016
Wolues battle past Old Madrid in BVIFA National League

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Whilst many awaited the mouthwatering clash between the Islanders F.C. and the Sugar Boys F.C. the match of the weekend was the first game on Saturday September 24, 2016 between Wolues F.C. and Old Madrid.

September 27th, 2016
No fast food chains in VI good for culinary tourism- Sharon Flax-Brutus

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Director of Tourism Sharon Flax-Brutus says with the dramatic rise in travelers from the major niche market of the US opting for unique food experiences, she is pleased that the territory is void of food chains and instead provides authentic locally produced foods.

September 27th, 2016
Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines calls for ‘overhaul’ of civil servants’ pay

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines, in few words, made two very strong representations in the House of Assembly, calling for the overhaul of civil servants’ pay and for potential medical students and educators to be given priority for government scholarships.

September 27th, 2016
US Treasury awards more than $4.4M for small businesses in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— The US Treasury Department today September 27, 2016 announced that the US Virgin Islands (USVI) has received $4,477,239 in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds to help small businesses access the capital they need to grow and create jobs, according to a release issued by the Treasury.

September 27th, 2016
Gunners, Blazers among latest winners in Hon Fraser League

DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Winning Mentality showed just that, Next proved they might be serious contenders, West Gunners look determined to defend their title and Bayside Blazers put the Warrias to the sword, all over the weekend at the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League in Duffs Bottom.

September 27th, 2016
Prisoner Akim Stevens beaten & hospitalised

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- According to our Team of Reporters from around the Virgin Islands, inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison Akim Stevens has been reportedly beaten and hospitalised.

September 27th, 2016
UPDATE: Mrs Geneva Lettsome passes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Word reaching our newsroom early this morning, September 27, 2016 is that Mrs Geneva Lettsome, the mother of First Lady Lorna G. Smith OBE and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) among others, has died at age 88.

September 27th, 2016
Danny Benjamin’s re-trial to start soon

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Danny Benjamin appeared before High Court Judge Nicola P. Byer yesterday September 26, 2016 as he prepared to once again face the course of justice, this time in a re-trial for wounding with intent.

September 27th, 2016
Go cry to Digicel for A/C Units- Hon Walwyn tells ASPS principal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Principal of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School Ms Marieta C. Flax-Headley has been told that she should no longer cry to the Ministry of Education and Culture about the excruciating heat in the school’s auditorium and the need to have air condition units installed.

September 26th, 2016
Prominent businessman Neville G. A. Burke passes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Prominent businessman Mr Neville G. A. Burke, founder of Burke's Garage Ltd. located on Wickham's Cay II on the main island of Tortola, has passed away.

September 26th, 2016
Digicel adopts Althea Scatliffe Primary School

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Principal of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School, Mrs Marieta C. Flax-Headley is counting the educational institution’s blessings after telecommunications giant Digicel officially adopted the school at a ceremony held today, Monday September 26, 2016 at the school’s auditorium.

September 26th, 2016
Shawn T. Hanley charged for BVI Communication burglary

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Police have arrested and charged a 29 year old man in relation to the recent burglarising of BVI Communication.

September 26th, 2016
M. Alva McCall is new Acting Deputy Financial Secretary

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Weeks after the ousting of one of two Deputy Financial Secretaries, Mr Wendell M. Gaskin, who has been relocated to a little office outside of the Ministry of Finance with his title but no power, the National Democratic Party (NDP) regime has approved the appointment of a new Deputy Financial Secretary.

September 27th, 2016
Digicel to roll out new LTE network in coming months

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Digicel, the Virgin Island’s biggest and fastest data network, is making significant progress in the building and implementing its new LTE network. The company is now finalizing its territory-wide build out of the LTE network to deliver unprecedented speeds making it the Virgin Island's fastest and most reliable LTE network. Digicel customers can look forward to 10 times faster speeds, when the company enables the network within the coming months.

September 26th, 2016
‘Like they all fraud’- Fisherman still waiting on NDP campaign promise

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Local fisherman and bush cutter, Mariano “Fed up” Farrington says he is frustrated waiting for an election promise of assistance for the acquisition of a fishing boat that would significantly improve not only his living conditions but that of the many young idle persons in the community.

September 26th, 2016
Governor must be bound by constitution – Hon Julian Fraser, RA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) said if the Virgin Islands is to think about constitutional development, one of the changes is that the Governor must now be bound by the constitution.

September 26th, 2016
SUV ploughs into CrossFit Castaway Gym in Port Purcell

PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI – The beginning of the new work week was ushered in with a ‎motor vehicle accident that resulted in the damage of a fence and building at Port Purcell, Tortola this morning, September 26, 2016.

September 25th, 2016
Brownsdon & Stoby win College Classic opener on VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Some 37 runners, including two from Tortola, took to the start line for the opening race of the College Classic Series on Virgin Gorda on Saturday September 24, 2016.

September 25th, 2016
Kareem A. Durante aka Blocker gets 7 years prison sentence

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Less than a month after he was shot while at a social event on Beef Island, Kareem A. Durante aka Blocker was remanded to prison for firearm and ammunition possession charges and is now imprisoned at her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut after being found guilty.

September 25th, 2016
Independence not in best interest of VI- Conrad A. Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While admitting that the buck stops at the feet of the Virgin Islanders, talk show host Mr Conrad A. Maduro said severing ties with the United Kingdom in his opinion will not be in the best interest of the people since, among others, the economy cannot sustain the independent move and the cost to maintain the territory would triple or quadruple more due to selfishness and greed of elected representatives.

September 27th, 2016
Learning to hate ourselves while refusing to admit it

Alred C. Frett

Are we as worthless as they would have us believe?

We are who we are after becoming what we are - Even Siamese Twins have their own identities and experience their individual joys and pains… During Life’s Journey we are exposed to and influenced by the teachings and actions of others but we must decide whether to accept or reject… We must decide whether to progress beyond beliefs that Earth is flat and Elders are always right.

September 25th, 2016
Leslee J. Smith doubles as Bristol off to a Flyer in BBL

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islander Leslee J. Smith and his new team, the Bristol Flyers, opened their 2016/17 British Basketball League season with a home win against their south west rivals, Plymouth Raiders, 85-80 on Saturday September 24, 2016.

September 25th, 2016
USVI Governor declares state of emergency in mental health care

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — A state of emergency in mental health care has been declared by US Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, Government House announced late Friday September 23, 2016.

September 24th, 2016
Exciting 3rd annual BVI Food Fete launched!

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI- Junior Minister for Tourism Hon Archibald C. Christian has given the 3rd annual BVI Food Fete high praise, saying he is impressed with the event’s growth that has now expanded to the four (4) major islands and two smaller private islands in the territory.

September 24th, 2016
18 confirmed Zika cases in VI; 36 suspected– Hon Ronnie W. Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After an onslaught on the media over reports of Zika virus infections in the Virgin Islands by first term representative Hon Melvin 'Mitch' Turnbull, Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton has announced that there are now 18 reported cases of Zika infections here.

September 24th, 2016
Work on football stadium in EE resumes next month

EAST END, Tortola, VI – The installation of the new artificial football pitch and stadium in the East End/Long Look area took a significant step forward on Friday September 23, 2016 with the announcement that the work will recommence on October 17, 2016.

September 24th, 2016
Insurance & health care providers abusing NHI– Hon Melvin M. Turnbull

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Honourable Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull (R2) spared no bones in blasting health care providers and insurance companies guilty of abusing the National Health Insurance of the territory.

September 23rd, 2016
FLOW is raping the VI- Hon Julian Fraser RA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Calling it a problem that was “personal,” Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA has slammed telecommunications company FLOW, saying it is offering shoddy service to the people and don’t seem to want to fix the issues, especially relating to internet service.

September 23rd, 2016
Millions & millions & millions & more NDP reckless spending unearthed!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- When the National Democratic Party (NDP) won its first general election in 2003-2007 it was because it told the people that the then ruling Virgin Islands Party (VIP) was mismanaging the people’s money.

September 23rd, 2016
BVI Airways got $5M from taxpayers but owes BVIAA $99K

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After already forwarding some $5M to defunct airline BVI Airways, the people of the Virgin Islands are now learning that BVI Airways still owes the government of the Virgin Islands.

September 23rd, 2016
Education is in disarray- Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Opposition Member and First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie lambasted Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn for introducing the Grade 12 Programme prematurely and sitting in Cabinet and watched as millions were approved for various projects while education got nothing.

September 23rd, 2016
This Week We Feature Young Professional Akeil A. Howell

Akeil A. Howell’s dad would have been proud of his son as he is today honouring him by continuing his legacy.

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