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October 18th, 2017
Residents appeal for removal of fallen CCT tower in Chalwell Estate

CHALWELL ESTATE, Tortola, VI- A tower reportedly belonging to CCT Global Communications at Chalwell Estate on Tortola was felled during the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 and its presence still there is annoying residents who have been blocked from driving their vehicles to their apartments in the area.

October 17th, 2017
SVG assisting its VI nationals with passport & education matters

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Representatives from St Vincent and Grenadines Department of Immigration and Department of Education are visiting the territory today October 17, 2017 to assist with the replacement of passports and to help children who were born in St Vincent in relocating to continue their education.

October 17th, 2017
Mexico beat T&T in NORCECA World C/ship qualifier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Mexico defeated Trinidad and Tobago in a five-set thriller 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 15-9) to win the NORCECA Group C FIVB Women’s World Championship Qualifier, on Sunday October 15, 2017.

October 17th, 2017
Bad roads ‘causing hell’ for drivers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With most vehicles already banged up and barely limping along following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, having to daily traverse main thoroughfares that are full of potholes and other damages can be quite challenging and stressful on motorists.

October 17th, 2017
UK police officers reveal 'humbling' experience in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “Although we could see the devastation, they still had smiles on their faces. That’s why we say we have huge respect for them – we definitely saw the best side of humanity out there.”

October 16th, 2017
Confusion over gov't salary pay! 2 statutory bodies struggle to pay

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- First it was Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) who assured civil servants about two weeks ago that their September 30, 2017 wages, which were delayed, will be paid.

October 16th, 2017
Team VI Ranked 92 in the World

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands (UK) Senior Men’s Basketball team has been ranked as number 92 in the world, following the release of the governing body’s new system of calculation.

October 16th, 2017
'We want to give persons a good Xmas present' - Digicel CEO

WICKHAM'S CAY I, Tortola, VI - "We turned on Jost van Dyke and we are working on overlapping coverage now in Cane Garden Bay, Hope Hill and Pockwood Pond. We are currently working on Virgin Gorda."

October 16th, 2017
'Secure generators with strong locks & chains' - CoP Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following the monstrous Category 5 Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017 that left the territory in a state of total darkness due to downed electricity poles and cables, persons out of desperation and no regard for personal property began looting generators, even from businesses, including telecommunications companies.

October 16th, 2017
Pay all outstanding bills- BVIEC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After being put out of service for over a month due to the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, the customer service operations of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) resumes today, October 16, 2017 at Long Bush.

October 15th, 2017
Residents brave rain for Delta propane gas sale

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI- Despite persistent rainfall due to a tropical wave, residents on Tortola ensured they did not miss out on Delta Petroleum's propane gas sale at its Pasea Estate service station.

October 15th, 2017
‘What I’ve seen is horrible, just like after a war’ - FIFA Rep

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following a visit from FIFA’s African and Caribbean Regional Director, Mr Veron Mosengo-Omba, on Friday October 13, 2017, the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) has been encouraged that support for the rebuilding of football within the Territory will be speedily provided by the World Governing Body.

October 15th, 2017
‘Help us fix our houses' - Shelter resident tells Gov't

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Since the passage of Category 5 Hurricane Irma, many persons throughout the territory were left homeless and are currently residing in shelters across the Virgin Islands.

October 14th, 2017
Guns in residents face! Are British Police using excessive force on curfew?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was on September 6, 2017 that Category 5 hurricane Irma smashed into the Virgin Islands (VI), leaving death, devastation, homelessness, and panic in the streets for gasoline and food.

October 15th, 2017
UPDATE: Flooding reported across Tortola

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With an active tropical wave producing periodic heavy showers across the area, there have been reports of flooding of several areas on Tortola, Virgin Islands today, October 15, 2017.

October 14th, 2017
USVI to open for cruise ships Nov. 11, 2017

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI— US Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Kenneth E. Mapp shared during his Friday evening, October 13, 2017, press briefing what he considered to be a lot of good news, ranging from additional linemen coming into the territory, his talks with congresspeople that went well relative to funding for the USVI, and a surge in cruise calls to the islands following the passage of hurricanes that ravaged multiple Caribbean destinations.

October 14th, 2017
Tridents still await cash from CPLT20

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Kieron A. Pollard and his Barbados Tridents team are still waiting for the monies they earned from this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 competition.

October 14th, 2017
CIBC FirstCaribbean donates to VI’s National Relief Fund

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands’ National Relief Fund recently received a donation of $100,000 from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. The funds from the bank are to assist in the recovery efforts following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

October 14th, 2017
Hurricane Irma, destruction & loss

Dickson Igwe

The following story is part of a series on Hurricane Irma: A STORY OF DISASTER: HURRICANE IRMA AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS. Hurricane Irma, a monster Hurricane, struck the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017. Irma was the strongest hurricane to have visited the Caribbean in recorded history. Its impact to the Virgin Islands meant the worst disaster to visit the Virgin Islands since the 1800s. Irma was the Virgin Islands 911.

October 13th, 2017
Inez V. Turnbull, long time educator & Chief Education Officer, passes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Family, friends and relatives are in mourning following the passing of long time educator, teacher, principal, and former Chief Education Officer Ms Inez V. Turnbull MBE.

October 13th, 2017
‘Hurricane Irma was judgement for the VI’- Claude O. Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The churches in the Virgin Islands have come in for criticism from man of the cloth and former General Manager of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, who also said Hurricane Irma was judgement for the Territory.

October 13th, 2017
Chi-Ching! Hon Mark H. Vanterpool is Acting Premier of the VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) is currently the acting Premier of the Virgin Islands.

October 13th, 2017
VI Fire & Rescue is 'flying blind'- Zebalon A. McLean

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Like many departments throughout the territory that were destroyed by category 5 Hurricane Irma, Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue took a severe hit that completely left them blind in the midst of a devastating time.

October 12th, 2017
Carey makes winning debut in Dutch Basketball League

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands own Norville S. ‘Banana’ Carey became the latest in a growing line of Professional Basketballers from the Territory when he made his debut for his Dutch club, the New Heroes against Weert Basketball Academy on Tuesday October 10, 2017.

October 12th, 2017
Traffic lights near Red Cross Headquarters restored

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- What could be considered a relief to motorists, the traffic lights at the junction of Station Road and James Walter Francis Drive in Road Town, Tortola is back up and running after being destroyed by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017.

October 12th, 2017
USVI governor asks congress for $5.5 billion to help rebuild

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI— The cost to rebuild the US Virgin Islands’ (USVI) infrastructure after last month’s devastating Category 5 hurricanes is estimated at $5.5 billion dollars, Governor Kenneth E. Mapp said Thursday, October 12, 2017.

October 12th, 2017
Education Centers up & running for 3-8 year olds

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Tents are being pitched throughout the territory as Education Centres for children between the ages of three to eight.

October 11th, 2017
Heavy showers force early closure of Gov't offices, school

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Inclement weather continues to affect the Virgin Islands, causing flooding in low lying areas and forcing Government Offices to close early today, October 11, 2017.

October 11th, 2017
Harrigan-Scott to raise awareness & funds for VI recovery

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Territory’s most celebrated Sprinter, Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott has teamed up with the Body and Soul Fitness Gym in Miami, Florida to host an event to raise funds in support of the recovery process in the Virgin Islands (UK) following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

October 11th, 2017
'Send expat looters home' - Hon Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After category 5 hurricane Irma ravaged the territory on September 6, 2017, expatriates and locals were involved in looting of numerous businesses throughout the Virgin Islands (VI).

October 11th, 2017
‘Don’t tell big people that went to school about server problem’- Hon Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “Do not tell big people that went to school that a server has stopped over three thousand public servants from being paid,” stated Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) as he scoffed at the excuse by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government that public servants’ payments have been delayed due to a server issue.

October 10th, 2017
VI based pilot killed by brother in St Kitts

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A pilot from St Kitts and Nevis who worked in the Virgin Islands met his death allegedly at the hands of his own brother in his home country.

October 11th, 2017
No personal or individual curfew passes to be issued

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is now issuing curfew passes to essential services and departments under the Curfew Act 2017 passed on October 5, 2017.

October 10th, 2017
Sunshine Girls to appeal visa denial

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Wayne Lewis, communication director of Netball Jamaica, has confirmed that the association has appealed the United States Embassy's decision to deny visas to three members of the Sunshine Girls team, which is preparing for the Fast5 World Netball Series in Melbourne, Australia.

October 10th, 2017
Classes for ESHS students begin in Pasea Estate

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI - The Old Clarence Thomas building located in Pasea Estate is the new home for the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), which began operations yesterday October 9, 2017 for grades 10-12 students.

October 10th, 2017
Extraordinary communication methods after USVI hurricanes

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal and territorial partners are working hard to restore hurricane-battered communications systems on the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), the agency recently announced.

October 10th, 2017
American, Guyanese among Irma deaths in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Among the five persons that perished during Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, according to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), at least three is known to this news site.

October 9th, 2017
UPDATE: 'Dag' Samuels to be laid to rest on October 21

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The funeral for popular and respected track and field coach, Xavier 'Dag' Samuels is scheduled for October 21, 2017, according to information reaching Virgin Islands News Online.

October 9th, 2017
Roads strewn with rocks following heavy rainfall

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With the mountain sides still partially stripped of vegetation following the passage of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, heavy rains associated with a tropical wave caused heaps of rocks to come tumbling down on roadways across Tortola, the main island of the Virgin Islands (UK) last night into this morning, October 9, 2017.

October 9th, 2017
No money? Civil servants payment further delayed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While there are reports of Government being unable to pay civil servants due to the treasury being broke even before Hurricane Irma struck the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017; the National Democratic Party Government of Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) is blaming its "server system" for yet another delay in payments.

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