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December 17th, 2014
Immigration/RVIPF raid Tortola nightclubs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Immigration Department of the Virgin Islands and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) held a joint operation over the weekend on a number of nightclubs in Road Town and on the eastern end of Tortola.

December 17th, 2014
'3 long years still no action on VG guard rails' - Hon Ralph T. O'Neal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE (R9) said that it has been three long years since the signing of a contract for the installation of guard rails on roads in the Ninth District and to date they have not been installed.

December 17th, 2014
'Is Neil St Rose’s penis working?' – Crown & Defense submit

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It would not be until the crack of the New Year 2015 that the two Virgin Gorda men Jevon Demming and Sherman Williams will know how long they would be behind bars having been found guilty of attempted murder and one thing the Crown asked the Judge to consider is the injury to Mr Neil St. Rose’s scrotum area.

December 17th, 2014
‘You never judged us’ – HMP Inmate Sylon S. Forbes

BALSUM GHUT, Tortola, VI – Sylon S. Forbes was one of three inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison, Balsum Ghut who testified as to the benefits derived from their participation in the recently concluded rehabilitation programmes.

December 17th, 2014
CARICOM & WICB to provide School Cricket Pitches

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A new era for cricket in schools across the CARICOM region is about to begin with an innovative initiative from the CARICOM Secretariat called the “Pitch in Schools Project”.

December 16th, 2014
CIBC First Caribbean now charges non-customers $5 to cash cheques

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – CIBC First Caribbean International Bank has instituted a service charge of $5.00 for every cheque that they cash once that person does not have an account at that bank and the Government is said to be investigating this.

December 16th, 2014
Free SNW browsing for Digicel’s prepaid customers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Digicel is making it easier for its prepaid customers who sign up for its new and improved data plans to access the major social networks (SNW) outside of their regular data allowances.

December 16th, 2014
Political heavy hitters skip budget debate contributions!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It came as a surprise to many as to who did not participate in the Budget Debate on December 15, 2014 during the Second Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Second House of Assembly as Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith presented his 2015 $311 million budget to the House of Assembly.

December 16th, 2014
‘Bi-Water is worse than Batehill deal!’ – Hon Delores Christopher

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Fifth District Honourable Dolores Christopher yesterday December 15, 2014 during the budget debates said that the Bi-Water deal signed under the previous Virgin Islands Party administration is worse than the Batehill deal and that the company is holding the country hostage.

December 16th, 2014
‘Craig A. Lake removed the veil of mystery’ – Kelly G. Griffin

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “We are very excited to continue our relationship with Craig A. Lake [and] Follow the Movement... he just seems to bring some exciting talent and basically removed the veil of mystery as a foreign Territory to us in the States and shows that there is real viable talent down there that can compete here in the States,” Mr Kelly G. Griffin told reporters.

December 16th, 2014
‘LIAT needs to be sued!’ – allegedly stranded passengers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Several passengers who were allegedly stranded in Antigua on December 13, 2014 are currently seeking legal advice as they said enough is enough with LIAT not displaying any sense of compassion for their passengers much less children.

December 16th, 2014
Undefeated Mystics face East in 40 Plus C'ship

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – All roads will lead to the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex this Saturday, December 20, 2014, when the VG Mystics take on East in the Championship game of the Sports 4 Life 40Plus Basketball League.

December 15th, 2014
2nd Annual Anegada Lobster festival in video!

THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI - For the second year the BVI Tourist Board hosted the popular annual Anegada Lobster Festival held over two days from November 28-29, 2014.

December 15th, 2014
‘I am NDP & not going anywhere!’ – Dr Kedrick D. Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) debunked rumours which said that he was leaving the National Democratic Party (NDP) for the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and said that Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith could rest easy when he travels as he as acting Premier in Dr Smith’s absence “is going nowhere.”

December 15th, 2014
Hairstyles galore @ Style BVI 2014

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “This year people went crazy with the styles, it was amazing, amazing, amazing. It was talent you can’t even imagine,” said Mr Aymen Husein.

December 15th, 2014
East End 2014 XMas B’ball League cancelled

EAST END/LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI – The East End 2014 XMas Basketball League has been cancelled and according to sources the cancellation is due in part to the non-availability of the facility on which the games were to be played.

December 15th, 2014
Call out for more lawyers @ the Criminal Bar

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The very small number of private legal practitioners that choose to operate in the High Court has been identified as one the critical reasons for some of the challenges faced in the completion of trials at the High Court level in the Virgin Islands.

December 15th, 2014
‘Let ONE love prevail’ – Tarrus Riley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Hundreds turned out to hear international Jamaican reggae singer Tarrus Riley and got more than expected as he blazed the stage before the massive crowd at the Festival Ground, Road Town.

December 15th, 2014
Bolt not on list of top Jamaicans

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Multiple winner Usain Bolt has not been named among the nominees for this year’s Jamaica National Sportsman-of-the-Year award, whilst swimmer, Alia Atkinson tops the list of Nominees for Sportswoman of the Year.

December 14th, 2014
UPDATE: Man shot dead ID as Paul Prentice

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The young man shot to death earlier tonight December 14, 2014 in Road Town has been identified as Paul Prentice.

December 14th, 2014
Filipino man Juan R. Navarra drowns @ Port Purcell

PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI – Said to have been carrying out his assigned duties late yesterday afternoon December 13, 2014 Juan R. Navarra fell to his death at Port Purcell according to reliable sources.

December 14th, 2014
‘NDP Govt. has lost its way’ – Rajah A. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Some might say that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is a sinking ship but “we will rise” said youth representative of the party Rajah A. Smith.

December 14th, 2014
Vote for Miss BVI now!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With just a few hours to go until the Miss World People's Choice Award Vote closes franchise holder Mr Damion C. Grange urges persons to get their finger stuck to their key pads and vote all they can for Miss BVI World Rosanna K. Chichester.

December 14th, 2014
Wins for High Fliers & Swaggas in Xmas Biddy B’ball

SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola, VI – Milton C. McLean and the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club launched their annual Xmas Biddy Basketball 9-12 Tournament on Friday December 12, 2014 with big wins for both Hannah’s High Flyers and the Swaggas.

December 13th, 2014
‘Would UK suspend VI Constitution if NDP is reelected?’ – caller to radio show

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A caller into the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) radio show ‘Let’s Talk’ on Wednesday December 10, 2014 asked whether the UK would suspend the Virgin Islands’ Constitution if the National Democratic Party (NDP) wins the next general elections.

December 13th, 2014
UPDATE: VICS Team 1 bowls to victory

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – It was a night of nothing less than pure excitement, fun and high paced bowling competition but Virgin Islands Civil Service Association (VICS) team 1 had no mercy on their competitors as they emerged the winner of The Write to Read Strike Out Illiteracy Bowling Tournament Finals.

December 13th, 2014
Pollard’s Cobras bests Russell’s Knights

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was third time lucky for Kieran Pollard and the Cobras as they were crowned champions of South Africa's domestic 20-over competition, after losing the final in each of the last two seasons, with a 33-run win over Knights in Cape Town.

December 12th, 2014
$13K allegedly paid to murder Cornel M. Francis

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Today December 12, 2014 two of three men implicated in the murder of Cornel Melbourne Francis, Kavarne Richards and Jefferson Joseph, appeared before Magistrate Ayana Baptiste-DaBreo when the court heard of a $13k price for the life of the now deceased man.

December 12th, 2014
‘Many have same problems as HMP inmates’ – Hon Myron V. Walwyn

BALSUM GHUT, Tortola, VI – As families, relatives, friends and otherwise concerned persons gathered for the graduation ceremony of a group of inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) rehabilitation programmes, they heard that there are many not in prison but have the same problems like the inmates.

December 12th, 2014
UPDATE: 'I left job for personal reasons' - Accountant General

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After mounting pressure by the public and the intellectual class following all kinds of speculations circulating the Dr. Orlando Smith Administration was forced to explain the sudden resignation of the Accountant General Dr. Sandra M. Besson.

December 12th, 2014
This Week We Feature Young Professional Argel A. Horton

By Nikolai J. Earle

Our Young Professional this week is 29 year old Argel A. Horton of North Sound, Virgin Gorda, a trained marine biologist born to parents Alvin and Yvonne Horton, who not only feels a duty of care for the environment but also wants to teach others how they can contribute to enhancing and protecting their natural surroundings.

December 12th, 2014
Final 2014 assizes 'challenging & frustrating' – Mr Valston Graham

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “I think the word challenging might best surmise this assizes and it was challenging and I am sure that some might say sometimes frustrating in that we were unable to have that continuous flow that we certainly may have liked,” said Senior Crown Counsel Mr Valston Graham.

December 12th, 2014
Atkinson hopes World Swimming Title will be an inspiration

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Jamaican Alia Atkinson said she hopes her world record breaking swim for the short course 100m breaststroke at the World Championships, will help shatter the stereotype associated with non-traditional sports across the world.

December 11th, 2014
‘I was fired by NDP!’ – Carvin Malone

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - President of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Carvin Malone said that his company CBE Engineering Associates Limited's services were terminated by the National Democratic Party (NDP) government as they were in the midst of executing a sewage contract sometime after the change of government in 2011.

December 11th, 2014
Repeated absentee juror Keron Scatliffe fined

‎ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - ‎"Mr Keron Scatliffe has today again absented himself without excuse," noted High Court Judge Ms Nicole Byer following the roll call earlier this afternoon December 11, 2014 at a session which was geared to bring the final sitting of the High Court for 2014 to a close.

December 11th, 2014
XMas in Spanish Town promises to entertain

SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI – Coordinator of Christmas in Spanish Town Sasha D. A. Flax said that this year’s event promises to be an experience like never before with some 20 vendors booked to be a part of the two-day annual event which opens tomorrow afternoon December 12, 2014.

December 11th, 2014
‘Is NDP trying to steal next election?’ – Caller to VIP show

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A caller to last night’s ‘Let’s Talk’, the radio show of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), wanted to know whether the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government will try to steal the next general elections by the use of electronic voting machines.

December 11th, 2014
UPDATE: 2 yrs imprisonment of Shomarie Chinnery

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Caught with a gun and ammunition on December 9, 2014 at West End, Tortola, Shomarie Chinnery will be spending two years in the confines of Her Majesty’s Prison, Balsum Ghut.

December 13th, 2014
2015: Jack’s mighty vote

By Dickson Igwe

As predicted by this Old Boy, among others, 2015 will be a straight two party slugfest. The year promises to be a very interesting year for the British Virgin Islands. It also promises an election campaign in which voters will be assessing national issues like never before.

December 11th, 2014
Allan Baptiste sentenced for Dec. 2013 disturbance @ HMP

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Despite the fact that he is already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole murder convict Allan Baptiste was yesterday hit with a number of sentences, fines and compensation orders.

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