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February 21st, 2020
This Week We Feature Young Professional Tishon S.J. Bridgewater

By Ron O. D'Avilar

With his eyes set on becoming the head chef of a top restaurant, 20-year-old Virgin Gordian Tishon S.J. Bridgewater is living his new found passion as a professional chef in the Virgin Islands tourism sector.

February 21st, 2020
'If you believe in God' you will give 10% tithes - Pastor Calvin Mills on 'Real Talk'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI -Positing that there is no excuse for not giving to the church, Pastor of the Church of God Holiness, Mr Calvin Mills is of the firm belief that if you love God then you must give money to the church, even noting that 'when you can't afford to give, you can't afford not to give.'

February 21st, 2020
Man found dead in vehicle in Long Look

LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI- Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that a man was discovered dead in his vehicle at Long Look, on the main island of Tortola, last evening, February 20, 2020.

February 21st, 2020
No overruns! ‘We stayed to the cost’ - James P. Todman

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Amidst the celebrations at the finally opened new Iris O'Neal Medical Centre on Virgin Gorda, the owner of the company contracted for the construction made it clear there was absolutely no budget overrun.

February 22nd, 2020
Autonomous UK & EU C'bean territories are a model for OT autonomy

By Dickson C. Igwe

Post Brexit Britain, and the events before and after, mean that a Referendum must now be held in the Caribbean Overseas territories, on deciding whether or not these islands move towards greater autonomy, either within the UK, or the European Union.

February 21st, 2020
'Please consider a career in the medical field' – Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Moments before the new Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Centre opened on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in Virgin Gorda, Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) issued a call to young Virgin Islanders to consider joining the growing medical field.

February 21st, 2020
Coronavirus measures: VI suspends VISA exemption for Chinese nationals

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Virgin Islands intensifies efforts to prevent the 2019 Novel Coronavirus from reaching its shores and spreading, a decision has been made to suspend the VISA exemption for Chinese nationals entering the Territory.

February 20th, 2020
Give us 'some credit' for renewable energy push!- Hon Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Opposition Member and Fourth District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) says that while he supports the direction that the Fahie Administration is moving with its renewable energy push, the previous National Democratic Party (NDP) Government ought to be given credit for laying the groundwork.

February 20th, 2020
Nickera Smith murder: Wescott was last to speak to victim before she left home- court

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Telephone records indicate that Ashan R. Westcott was the last person to speak to the late Nickera Smith of Hope Hill, when she left her family home for the last time alive.

February 21st, 2020
VI seeking to restore working relationship with Federal Law Enforcement in USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE St Thomas, USVI- Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit, LL.M. made a presentation on the Virgin Islands (VI) Criminal Justice System at a leadership meeting with officials from Her Majesty’s Customs and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Justice.

February 20th, 2020
'Today is a bit strange'- Hon Maduro-Caines on 1st HoA as VIP member

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Newly minted Virgin Islands Party (VIP) member, Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines (D6) was seen sporting a red African attire as she headed to the House of Assembly (HoA) for the first time since switching from the booted National Democratic Party (NDP) to join the ruling VIP party.

February 20th, 2020
Coronavirus: BVI Hong Kong staff under strict quarantine- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Updating the House on the impacts of the Novel-Coronavirus outbreak on overseas offices and employees of the Virgin Islands (VI), Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (F1) says staff at the BVI Hong Kong House will remain under strict quarantine as per recommendations of local authorities.

February 20th, 2020
Opposition to continue seeking answers on BVI Airways scandal in HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The scandalous topic of the BVI Airways deal between the ousted National Democratic Party (NDP) will once again resurface in the form of questions to Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) by Opposition Member Honourable Julian Fraser, RA (R3) when the Fifth Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) commences today, Thursday, February 20, 2020.

February 20th, 2020
Where are the walk-in freezers for Fishing Complex?- Opposition wants to know

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With allegations being peddled by the Opposition that the freezers for the BVI Fishing Complex have been given away, the whereabouts of the equipment will be asked at the Fifth Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands today, February 20, 2020.

February 19th, 2020
Ashan R. Westcott charged with murder of Nickera Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Four years after the murder of 22-year-old Nickera Smith, whose decomposed body was discovered at Hawkes Nest in March 2016, someone has been charged for the gruesome crime.

February 19th, 2020
Vance M. Lewis & Vincent Wattley In! as top brass of TRC Board

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Current Chief Executive Officer of the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park (TPP), Mr Vance M. Lewis, will now sit as Chairman of the Board at the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission for a period of three years with effect from February 1, 2020.

February 19th, 2020
VI must 'aggressively & assertively' expand its tourism sector- Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Alluding that the Virgin Islands (VI) tourism product is the one thing from the Territory that cannot be outsourced, ZBVI 780am 'Honestly Speaking' moderator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has challenged the government and authorities to embark on an extensive expansion of the Territory's tourism product.

February 19th, 2020
G. Navarro Donovan reassigned to Wickham’s Cay Dev. Authority

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After being relieved from the position of Acting Director of Public Works, Mr G. Navarro Donovan has now been reassigned to the City Manager and Wickham’s Cay Development Authority.

February 19th, 2020
Kyron A. McMaster sets new National Indoor Record in 400m

CLEMSON, South Carolina, USA- World class athlete and Virgin Islander, Kyron A. McMaster added the National 400m Indoor Record to his name when he competed at the Tiger Paw Invitational in South Carolina, United States on February 14, 2020.

February 19th, 2020
Landlady allegedly claims to have power over police because she’s a ‘Skelton’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Through tears, Devye Nicholson, a St Vincent national, testified that her landlady fabricated a story on her and claimed to have power over the police because she was a Skelton and a relative of the former Minister for Health and Social Development, Mr Ronnie W. Skelton.

February 19th, 2020
VI now a fully compliant jurisdiction under EU tax laws

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The [British] Virgin Islands has now been recognised as a fully compliant jurisdiction for tax purposes under the European Union (EU) having previously been placed on "Annexe ll" of the EU's list while they monitored the Territory’s compliance in matters related to economic substance.

February 18th, 2020
Constable challenging CoP for not promoting him to Sergeant

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A constable, Mr Nicholas Tranquille, of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is now suing the force, and by extension Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews in his capacity as head of the RVIPF, for failure to promote him to a higher rank.

February 19th, 2020
Nibbs Ghut drainage improvements completed

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Public Works Department officially received two completed drainage improvement structures in Nibbs Ghut, Sea Cows Bay earlier this month.

February 18th, 2020
Safari slams into pickup truck @ Fish Bay

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI- In one of two vehicular accidents on Tortola today, February 18, 2020, a safari vehicle slammed into a pickup that was turning in the direction of Clarence Thomas Limited (CTL) at Fish Bay.

February 18th, 2020
'People are very excited about marijuana' industry- Hon Natalio D. Wheatley

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says even as legislation is being drafted for the local medical marijuana industry, the Virgin Islands community remains excited about the prospect.

February 18th, 2020
Getting locals to the 'next level' high on agenda - Julio S. Henry

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Former 'Hard Talk' radio host and Social Commentator Julio S. Henry aka 'Sam' has now been appointed Chairman of the British Virgin Islands Scholarship Committee and with that, the talk show host said he has big plans to promote locals and build entrepreneurship across the Territory.

February 18th, 2020
‘We are chasing’ after $$ while agriculture suffers- Hon Turnbull

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI- Member of the Opposition Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) is questioning whether the ruling government is serious about agriculture in the Virgin Islands since residents are reportedly building concrete apartments on farm lands at Paraquita Bay, Tortola.

February 17th, 2020
VI consuming $26.16M in fossil fuel per year- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With a consumption of approximately one million gallons of fossil fuel per month, the Virgin Islands (VI) is burning $2.18 million in fossil fuel per month at base cost, which works out to roughly $26.16 million per year, and $130.8 million over five years, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

February 17th, 2020
Dumpster fire affects school children & residents of Baughers Bay

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services (VIF&RS) had to be called in today, February 17, 2020 as smoke from a dumpster fire in the vicinity of the Virgin Islands Technical School (VISTS) was allegedly affecting students and teachers as well as nearby residents.

February 17th, 2020
Puerto Rico Gov't suspends 3 as Feds probe $4M scam

VI CONSORTIUM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico’s government said Friday, February 14, 2020, that it suspended three employees as federal agents investigate an online scam that attempted to steal more than $4 million from the US Territory.

February 17th, 2020
Romain D. Minott stars as Ice Connection remain undefeated on VG

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI- Ice Connection are now the team to beat in the Winston Jagpat Memorial Basketball League on Virgin Gorda, having now won all three of their games played so far.

February 17th, 2020
Female teacher goes berserk on son's stepmom @ funeral

EAST END, Tortola, VI- Persons attending a funeral at East End, on the main island of Tortola, on Sunday, February 16, 2020 were left in shock when the solemn atmosphere was broken by an altercation among persons.

February 17th, 2020
USVI willing to collaborate with VI to promote agriculture

ESTATE LOWER LOVE, St Croix, USVI- Commissioner of Agriculture in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), Mr Positive T. A. Nelson, who headed this year's Agriculture and Food Fair on St Croix, has said a collaboration of the the USVI and Virgin Islands (VI) can play a major role in promoting ‘growing more locally’.

February 16th, 2020
Businessman shot during robbery @ Free Bottom

FREE BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) has been informed of a robbery and shooting that allegedly occurred at Free Bottom, on the main island of Tortola, during the wee hours of Sunday, February 16, 2020.

February 16th, 2020
VI supports 49th 'Agrifest' on St Croix

ESTATE LOWER LOVE, St Croix, USVI- The 49th Annual Agriculture and Food Fair opened on St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI) on Saturday, February 15, 2020 and saw a number of persons from the Virgin Islands making use of the free transportation provided by the Andrew A. Fahie-led Government of the Virgin Islands to attend the event.

February 16th, 2020
VG taxi driver Norwell Creque killed in freak accident

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI- A man was killed when his vehicle, a bus, ran over him at North Sound, Virgin Gorda, today, February 16, 2020.

February 16th, 2020
Wife of Robin E. Tattersall dies; Was involved in car accident in RT

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Our newsroom has been informed that the wife of prominent Virgin Islands’ resident, Dr Robin E. Tattersall, has died.

February 16th, 2020
Financial & Insurance Companies failing Virgin Islanders - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Calling for a 'safety net' to protect Virgin Islanders, ZBVI 780am 'Honestly Speaking' radio host, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says the lack of competition in the financial and insurance industries is making the Virgin Islands an expensive place to live.

February 16th, 2020
2 Albanians fined $1K for Illegal Entry; To be deported

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Two Albanians have been arrested and charged by police for entering into the Territory illegally.

February 15th, 2020
Lone driver crashes in front of RTW Pasea

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI - Shoppers outside the Cash & Carry at Riteway Food Market in Pasea Estate were left scampering in panic when a car crashed onto the platform immediately in front of the store.

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