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June 1st, 2015
Fire fighters tackle bush fire @ Beef Island

BEEF ISLAND, VI - A bush fire which had every potential of growing to a very challenging and damaging stage was quickly tackled by the BVI Fire and Rescue Services at approximately 2:30pm today June 1, 2015.

June 1st, 2015
'We're here to support democracy in the VI'- Election Observer Mission

WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI – The Commonwealth Observer Mission here for the June 8, 2015 elections will present its preliminary assessment of the polling day activities at a press conference on June 10, 2015 and return in two months to present its final report.

June 1st, 2015
Thompson steers Earl Tree Shotters to famous win!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the sun set over the Greenland Playfield on Sunday May 31, 2015, Kevin Thompson smashed a six into the huge crowd to give the Earl Tree Shotters a four-wicket victory over the Royal Knights in the LIME Superfast Twenty/20 League.

June 1st, 2015
VI played a role in FIFA corruption scandal- US Justice Dept

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- President of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Andy Bickerton recently said the FIFA corruption scandal would have no adverse effect on the construction of the stadium at East End, however, it seems there could be some adverse effects to the image of the Virgin Islands financial services sector which is already coming in for criticism due to information that the Virgin Islands may have played a part in ‘masking kickbacks’ between FIFA officials and executives.

June 1st, 2015
UPDATE: 'We must defeat poverty!' - Hon Julian Fraser RA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Emphasizing that it is indeed the party for the common people and one that is balanced in terms of having women and youth represented, the Virgin Island Party (VIP) launched its 2015 manifesto last evening May 31, 2015.

June 1st, 2015
‘Sowande’ accuses Gov Duncan of protecting the NDP

THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI – Territorial At Large candidate on the People’s Empowerment Party’s (PEP) ticket Mr Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru has accused Governor John S. Duncan of making a decision in favour of Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn simply not to hurt the National Democratic Party (NDP) during this elections period.

June 1st, 2015
No Opposition reps. contacted on last minute projects

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As the days to elections countdown to June 8, 2015, the National Democratic Party (NDP) has issued contracts in Districts 1, 2, 3 and 9 without any consultation with the district representatives, again confirming what has been described as the blatant disregard for the authority vested in those representatives as has been the norm over the past three and a half years.

June 1st, 2015
Demonic game ‘Charlie’ a concern for ESHS principal & staff

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Parents and teachers alike are becoming very concerned about the fast growing population of students in the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) allegedly engaging in a cult practice that sees them invoking a ‘demon’ reportedly named ‘Charlie’ via a game popularly known on social media as 'Charlie Charlie'.

May 31st, 2015
UPDATE: Pre-Fathers’ Day feature race a disappointment

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - The National Democratic Party-sponsored feature race of the Pre-Father’s Day meet today, May 31, 2015 turned out to be a huge disappointment as it was deemed unofficial due to a false start.

May 31st, 2015
Hundreds tested @ CIL health expo

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Caribbean Insurers Limited (CIL) Health Expo held yesterday May 30, 2015 was a success by any measure as a large number of persons came to take advantage of the free testing in a range of different areas.

May 31st, 2015
Businesses get involved in schools career fair

EAST END, Tortola, VI – Under the supervision of the schools’ principals and mainly Guidance Gounselor Shaunice A. Leonard, M.A., CMHC, B.S., three schools on the main island of Tortola over the past week saw young children dressing to their career choice while several business entities gave hands-on experience to the children.

May 30th, 2015
Vehicle bursts into flames @ CGB

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI - A sports utility vehicle burst into flames near the junction of the roads leading to Cane Garden Bay and Brewer's Bay today, May 30, 2015.

June 1st, 2015
Are we down for the count or saved by the bell?

By Alred 'AC' Frett

The odds are many but it appears that You the People and I are still winning Battles against National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and Health Service Authority (HSA’s) High Prices because I’ve been told that Candidates who have ignored these causes are now making them their Battle Cry - They are welcome because we can use all the help we can get… However, if they do not understand the facts and mission they can make bad matters worse.

May 30th, 2015
Kishmet B. Daniel throws VIP under the bus

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Ms Kishmet B. Daniel, a resident of the Third District in an emotional stage display after being called to sing the territorial song in the middle of a National Democratic Party (NDP) public meeting last evening, May 29, 2015 trampled incumbent representative Honourable Julian Fraser RA, alluding to him as being uncaring.

May 30th, 2015
‘Victory was assured had I gone VIP’ – Albert O. Wheatley

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Independent candidate in the Ninth District Albert O. Wheatley, speaking at a political rally in the Valley, Virgin Gorda last evening May 29, 2015 believes that if he had signed up with the Virgin Islands Party, as he nearly did, he would have been guaranteed a victory.

May 30th, 2015
‘We are not liars’- VG fishermen to Hon Pickering

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Following claims by Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering that there are no reports of fishermen being chased from fishing grounds at Virgin Gorda, several fishermen flooded this news site with calls admonishing him to “wake up”.

May 30th, 2015
FIFA scandal will not affect stadium construction- BVIFA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Amidst the FIFA corruption scandal that has reverberated around the world, including the Caribbean, President of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) Mr Andy Bickerton is confident there will be no ill effects for the Virgin Islands, especially the plans to construct a stadium in East End.

May 29th, 2015
Man trapped in crashed bus @ Haver's

HAVER'S ESTATE, Tortola, VI- Officers of the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services are currently trying to cut a man out of a crashed minibus at Haver's Estate, in the West End of Tortola.

May 29th, 2015
‘The 4th District people feel neglected & voiceless’- ‘Roxie’ Romney

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Due to the snap election called by the National Democratic Party (NDP) government, she has a small window of time to familiarise herself with all the issues facing the Fourth District, however, Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate JoAnn ‘Roxy’ Romney says she is exhausting all methods at her disposal at doing so and noted that the general feedback so far from the electorate is that they feel neglected and disenfranchised and many are struggling to make ends meet.

May 29th, 2015
UPDATE: ‘Mercedes Benz’ to be won in health raffle

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Caribbean Insurance Limited (CIL) Health Expo patrons will be given the opportunity to buy tickets to win a brand new Mercedes Benz C-Class that the BVI HIV/AIDS Foundation is raffling.

May 29th, 2015
‘Men & women of integrity needed in HoA’ - Dancia Penn QC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Independent At Large candidate, Dancia Penn QC has kicked her bid for a seat in the Third House of Assembly into high gear with the launch of her campaign website and declared that she can bring real change to the House of Assembly (HoA).

May 29th, 2015
Rotary Club of Road Town makes record awards haul

WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI – The Rotary year 2014-2015 has seen the Rotary Club of Road Town pulling in the largest numbers of awards for a single club in the Virgin islands (British) in one year, including the newest, ‘Best Video’ award.

May 29th, 2015
'I was working before politics' – Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines

PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI - “District 6, these days I have become accustomed to the insults and insinuations by past and present opponents along with some in the district. If you remember, during the 2011 campaign, the question was asked: ‘Where the lady with the little bag going?’ but you the people answered for me, and together we proved that little is much in the hands of someone who cares,” Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines told supporters at her campaign meeting at the One Mart parking lot in Port Purcell.

May 29th, 2015
Hon Christian wants Hon O’Neal to apologise for name calling

PURCELL, Tortola, VI – Territorial At-Large candidate under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Honourable Archibald C. Christian last night, May 28, 2015 called on members of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to apologise to the NDP team for calling them unfavourable names. He said Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE and VIP Chairman Honourable Julian Fraser, RA (R3) in particular needed to apologise.

May 29th, 2015
'VIP will cut taxes'- ‘Juggy’ Harrigan

BELLE VUE, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate for the Sixth District Elvis ‘Juggy’ Harrigan said a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) in Government would provide tax breaks to put money in people’s pockets and to get the economy going again.

May 29th, 2015
Governor’s boat wins 4 bullets at Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – Despite decreasing entrants leading organisers to include fiberglass boats, the 41st Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta in Jost Van Dyke last weekend was hailed a great success. especially for Governor John S. Duncan who sailed to four wins.

May 30th, 2015
A not so United Kingdom

By Dickson Igwe

The British General Election of May 12, 2015 revealed the soft underbelly of Britain’s politics of regionalism and class division. The election was furthermore as much about economics as it was about politics.

May 29th, 2015
Shotguns, paintballs guns prohibited under new firearm act

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is notifying the public that under the new Firearms and Air Gun (Amendment) Act 2015, passed by the House of Assembly and assented to by the Governor, all shotguns and paint ball guns are prohibited. Current licenced owners are now required to hand these weapons in to Police.

May 29th, 2015
This Week We Feature Young Professional Markita T. Turnbull-Smith

By N. Johann Earle

Our Young Professional for this week is the epitome of the idea that someone may not necessarily have to go to the best colleges to be successful or to make their dreams a reality.

May 28th, 2015
'Job creation in Anegada will require innovative thinking' - Hon Fraser

SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA, (R3) believes Anegada has the potential for many of the activities that would take place as a result of the new maritime academy that the VIP plans to introduce once elected to office.

May 28th, 2015
Mountain bikers face tough Tour de Tortola on Sunday

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Cyclists of the BVI Mountain Bike Club will be facing torture this Sunday May 31, 2015 when they embark on the Tour de Tortola, a 37 km ride up hill and down dale.

May 28th, 2015
MALE hosts boys of the Mighty Mighty Scatliffe

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Mentoring Anointed Leaders Everywhere (MALE) today May 28, 2015 continued its mentoring outreach programme for schools – this time the boys of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School who were hosted by the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom where they took part in a basketball and bowling clinic.

May 28th, 2015
Hon Walwyn blasts media & critics of VG b/ball facility

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – In what was regarded as yet another “distasteful” attack directed at certain media houses, Minster for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn accused media houses of causing mischief for criticising the construction of the Jeffrey Caines Sports Arena in Virgin Gorda.

May 28th, 2015
‘No man will be left behind’ – 'All Out' tells Anegadians

SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI – Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate for the Ninth District Elton L. Sprauve aka ‘All Out’ vowed to fight for Anegada and Virgin Gorda once elected to replace the stalwart Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE as he feels the district and Anegada in particular has been left behind for the past three years.

May 28th, 2015
‘Rename Admin Complex after Hon Ralph T. O’Neal’- Hon Walwyn

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Minister for Education and Culture, Hon Myron V. Walwyn has made a call for the Central Administration Complex, the Government headquarters of the Virgin Islands (VI), to be renamed in honour of veteran political icon Hon Ralph T. O'Neal, OBE.

May 28th, 2015
Gov't facilities being vandalised in VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Residents of the Virgin Gorda community have been urged to be the watch dogs for certain criminal activities allegedly being executed by vandals who have reportedly been targeting government facilities on the sister island.

May 27th, 2015
‘9th District also neglected by NDP’ – Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI – Leader of the Opposition and former Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE (R9) said in the same manner the National Democratic Party (NDP) neglected the needs of the First, Second and Third Districts, they neglected the needs of the Ninth District also.

May 27th, 2015
Popcaan pleases crowd @ Mardi Gras Fest 2015

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – The idea of having a Mardi Gras Fest as a substitute for the now defunct annual Music Fest in Cane Garden Bay seemed a brilliant one as many persons turned up for the inaugural event that was headlined with the performance of Jamaican dancehall sensation Popcaan, who was a hit with the crowd.

May 27th, 2015
'NHI will be a burden on the average person' – Dr Rawle R. Hannibal

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Yet another candidate in the national elections of the Virgin Islands (VI) has taken the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme to task and admonishes residents to take a second look at the policy since it is likely to have a serious strain on their pockets.

May 27th, 2015
‘NDP will always serve their business interests first’ – Dr Karl Dawson

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI – Territorial At Large candidate for the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Dr Karl Dawson said the National Democratic Party remains a party of a particular interest – business and economics – which will be served no matter what the party says to the contrary.

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