ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has directed all questions on the final cost of the cruise ship development project to his Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4).
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Several of the territory’s top athletes put in stellar performances over the weekend, highlighted by Lakeisha ‘Mimi’ Warner running 54.90 in the 400m at the NTC/Pure Athletics Spring invitational in Clermont, Florida.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith said when the matter of the sale of Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd (RTW) comes before him he will ensure the interest of the local food retail industry is preserved.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- For well over eight (8) years and counting the Adina Donovan Home for the Elderly, located in Road Town on the main Island of Tortola, has faced overcrowding.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Newly sworn in Commissioner of Police of the Virgin Islands Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews said he is on a mission to root out corruption in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) though he said it is not the Force but elements of it that may be corrupt.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has claimed that he knows of no attempt by former Project Developer of the Cruise Pier Development Project, Mr Hugh E. Darley to seek a meeting with him to discuss outstanding monies allegedly owed to Darley, President of IDEA Inc.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — Sounding frustrated, US Virgin Islands’ Governor Kenneth E. Mapp on Tuesday May 3, 2016 said he would wait until teachers and their unions could clearly state what they wanted before attempting to find additional funds for further salary increases for educators, after the promised raises took effect.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- LIME BVI has announced that it has come to the support of Road Racing Champion of the Virgin Islands Reuben J. A. Stoby as he seeks to make his dream of competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan a reality.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After Virgin Islands News Online had first and accurately reported on February 29, 2016 that Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd (RTW) was up for sale and that companies had expressed an interest in its purchase, Founder of the business, Peter Haycraft has confirmed the possible sale.
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Information just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that two police officers attached to the Virgin Gorda Police Station have been suspended from duty following allegations that they assaulted a civilian.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - New Commissioner of Police Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews said he expects there will be some concern and distrust with the fact that he is a white Commissioner of Police among some elements of the population of the Virgin Islands but he said it is important for there to be diversity in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).
SLANEY POINT, Tortola, VI – Tortola Auto Group’s (TAG) Celebrating Queens Sales Event has entered its final week and plans to close its active week of car sales in high gear by throwing a huge family fun day on Saturday May 7, 2016 at its Slaney Point location, opposite Prospect Reef.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Police Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews said he will rely on guidance from a UK Police Policy on naming of arrested persons to determine whether the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) will continue sending out arrest blotters minus names of arrested persons.
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Representative for the Ninth District Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal said the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government will do what it must to ensure that the displaced workers of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) are re-situated.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Crown Prosecutor Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit said the brutality surrounding the killing of Daren Allen ‘Tiger’ Hodge showed that he wasn't just murdered but brutally slaughtered on September 10, 2010.
RAJKOT, India—West Indies' Dwayne Smith flattered to deceive while Dwayne Bravo suffered the indignity of a first ball ‘duck’, as leaders Gujarat Lions suffered a batting collapse to slide to a 23-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League on Sunday May 1, 2016.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Well respected local attorney at law Jamal S. Smith raised eyebrows in the High Court when he said the Virgin Islands (VI) has some of the highest grade of cannabis sativa in the world and this is why he is against the importation of the drug while being a proponent of its legalisation.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A young Virgin Islander has embarked on an initiative that will see her throwing in her lot towards the territory’s development.
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Intense and exciting competition returns to the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom on the main island of Tortola from August 20, 2016 when the 4th annual Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League bounces off.
LITTLE DIX BAY, Virgin Gorda VI- After working at Little Dix Bay Hotel and Resort for 15, 20, 30 and even over 45 years for some, laid off staff members of the resort have parted company feeling “used” and have accused management of being insensitive towards them during what was reportedly a very difficult last couple of months for them.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Governor of the United States Virgin Islands Kenneth E. Mapp on Friday April 29, 2016 said he was pleased to see a strong turnout — at least in the carnival square where all main performances traditionally take place (there were complaints of low turnouts throughout the carnival route) — for the Children’s Parade, which has struggled with attendance in recent years.
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- With all the challenges the Virgin Islands face, the territory’s lone incarceration centre- Her Majesty’s Prison- is not without its share.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) believes the news of the closure of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) from June 1, 2016 represents "a failing of the Virgin Islands economy."
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Chairman and CEO of the BVI Financial Services Commission (BVIFSC) Dr Robert A. Mathavious said the territory must ensure it does not become a haven for the ethically challenged.
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- With the 5th Virgin Gorda Half Marathon and 6 Mile Challenge just two weeks away, more than 15 runners from Tortola made their way over to Virgin Gorda on April 30, 2016 to compete in the 2nd leg of the Dive BVI 10K Series, which took in the second half of the half marathon course.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Newly formed group, Tortola Race Wars (TRW) recently made a stop at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) where its presentations on road safety were well received by both students and teachers of the school.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was a buzzing day yesterday April 30, 2016 at the MWM Business Start Up which included judging of entrepreneurs, workshops and seminars and questions and answers with expert Stedman Graham Jr. and other business and industry leaders.
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, USA – The Virgin Islands quartet of Ashley N. Kelly, Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott, Chantel E. Malone and Karene King finished a creditable sixth in the 4 x 100m at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday April 30, 2016.
NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI- Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that several employees of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) located in North Sound, Virgin Gorda have been put on the breadline since the company is closing for several months for renovation.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Acting Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Kartick was awarded the prize of Top Caribbean Crime Fighter by the Amalgamated Security Services Regional Recognition Award Programme and presented at the annual Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP).
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While many regarded the Governor’s Cup win by Tortola’s Giant Valley at the Carnival Races at Clinton E. Phipps Racetrack in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands on April 29, 2016 as an upset, horse owner Lesmore Smith was hardly surprised.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A day of rains and blustery winds did little to deter hundreds of boys and girls coming out to the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds last Saturday April 23, 2016 as the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) re-launched the Digicel Centre of Excellence.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Delegate to the United States Congress for the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Stacey E. Plaskett (D) said her first year in office is a rough one with formidable challenges coming to the Barack H. Obama's Administration and resistance to programmes that would benefit the USVI from the Republican party.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Police are now assisting immigration with the detention of some 18 illegal immigrants after Police apprehended them on Marina Cay, just northeast of Tortola, said a press release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force this afternoon April 29, 2016.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sprinter Ashley N. Kelly became the second Virgin Islands’ athlete to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics and local fans will be able to see her run at the July 1-3, 2016 OECS Track and Field Championships on the A.O. Shirley Grounds in Road Town, Tortola.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) said the closure of Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Biras Creek on the sister island of Virgin Gorda has created exceptional circumstances which necessitate a departure from the norm in preferring VIslanders and Belongers over non-Belongers.
By N. Johann Earle
Young, smart and articulate, Reba E. Thomas, the Assistant Human Resources Manager for the Ministry of Finance, is our Young Professional for this week. She has been in this position for the past year and four months.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Acting Chief Immigration Officer Ian B. Penn said the recent amendment to the Immigration and Passport Act- Section 31 is meant to streamline and regularise the process whereby persons who change jobs will not have to leave the territory, provided they have been here at least five years.
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