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July 5th, 2015
After snubbing him, NDP to honour political giant Ralph T. O’Neal OBE!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After abruptly dissolving the House of Assembly (HoA) on May 1, 2015 without allowing political giant and first Premier of the Virgin Islands Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE to say farewell while a sitting member, the National Democratic Party (NDP) has come to the people with a motion to give the former Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Chairman the title of ‘Member Emeritus’.

July 5th, 2015
Back to back wins for Green Machine in SCBBC Roger Allen Hodge Tourney

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – The Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club’s Roger Allen Hodge Basketball Tournament is well underway, with Green Machine recording their second win on Friday July 3, 2015 on the outdoor court in Sea Cows Bay.

July 5th, 2015
Alexandrina Maduro Primary students honoured with graduation ball

WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI – Outgoing students of the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School in Baughers Bay yesterday July 4, 2015 attended a graduation ball in their honour at The Moorings on Wickham's Cay II.

July 5th, 2015
New Rotary President wants more community involvement

WEST END, Tortola, VI – Ryan Geluk CPA, CA was last night, July 4, 2015 officially sworn in as President of the Rotary Club of Road Town at a gala event laced with fun, fun, and more fun as the Rotary Club of Road Town is popularly known as the ‘Fun Club’. The swearing in event was held at Long Bay Beach Resort, West End, Tortola.

July 4th, 2015
Almost $20M in NDP overspending, SAP clean-up @ Monday HoA!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While the Auditor General Ms Sonia M. Webster continues to complain about the non-audited financial statements during the first National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration [2011-2015], the government continues its spending spree.

July 4th, 2015
Politicians put in spotlight @ Festival Calypso elimination

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- King Paido, Rockey, Ojinga, Queen Shereen, new comer Yung Blood, and Mighty Cloud were among those that gave the sizable crowd that gathered on Friday July 3, 2015 at Village Cay a taste of what to expect at this year’s Emancipation Festival 2015 Calypso Competition. And coming off elections season, it was not surprising that politics and politicians were the focus of most calypsonians.

July 4th, 2015
Colonial & Virgin Pulse join for wellness programme

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Colonial Insurance yesterday July 3, 2015 officially launched its wellness programme in collaboration with Virgin Pulse of the Virgin Group with a view to enhancing the health and fitness of the territory’s population.

July 4th, 2015
Stoby staves off tough Williamson & Farley

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI- Top distance runner Reuben J.A. Stoby was made to work hard to preserve his unbeaten record in 10k road racing as main rivals Guy Williamson and Julius Farley turned up for a fight in the Carrot Bay leg of the Ceres Juices 10K Series this morning, July 4, 2015.

July 3rd, 2015
Malfunctioning AC unit forces adjournment of Magistrate's Court

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Magistrate’s Court today July 3, 2015 adjourned all of the cases coming before it following a malfunctioning of the air conditioning system which could not be fixed following several minutes of attempts by technical staff.

July 3rd, 2015
BVIFA selects two youngsters for US soccer camp

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Two lucky young footballers will be heading off to the United States of America this month to experience the chance of a lifetime, courtesy of the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) and its International Opportunities Programme.

July 3rd, 2015
‘Brain Machine’ to keep children learning during ‘summer’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the view that learning should be continuously stimulated, although to a different degree when school is closed after the various terms, twin educators Sharie B. de Castro and Sharia B. de Castro are set to kick start a ‘summer’ programme for the 2015 period titled ‘Brain Machine’.

July 3rd, 2015
Same-sex marriage to be legal in USVI

‎ST THOMAS, USVI - Sister territory United States Virgin Islands (USVI) is making moves to comply with the recent landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court that struck down marriage bans in every state. This decision made by the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2015 means that same-sex marriage is legal in all states in the USA.

July 3rd, 2015
Has the victimisation started? Sr officer to be forced out of Treasury Dept!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Word just reaching our newsroom is that Ms Laurel L. Smith, the acting Deputy Accountant General at the Treasury Department is to be forced out of the department, a place that is currently short staffed.

July 3rd, 2015
‎This Week We Feature Young Professional Bjorn J. Caleb

By Cathy O. O. Richards

This week's Young Professional is Bjorn J. Caleb aka BeeJay, who shared that what defines him as a young aspiring professional is his willingness to learn and follow instructions. "If I get something wrong the first time I will ensure that I never make that mistake again," he said.

July 3rd, 2015
‘I say no to Independence!’ – Edmund G. Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Edmund G. Maduro, the host of the EGM radio talk show has slammed utterances by Minister for Education and Culture the Honourable Myron V. Walwyn about the territory heading towards independence, saying that the Virgin Islands would not be able to make it on its own away from its mother country.

July 3rd, 2015
Civics in school will benefit the territory- Elton Georges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “I do think that proper course in civic education and Civics beginning in our schools at a very early stage and continuing through will redound to the benefit of the country, in fact it will begin to produce citizens who are more conscious of civic responsibility,” said former Commissioner of Complaints Mr Elton Georges, CMG, OBE.

July 2nd, 2015
4 Dominicans arrested in Trellis Bay gun find

TRELLIS BAY, Beef Island, VI- Four nationals of the Dominican Republic are in police custody after a firearm was reportedly found at their home in Trellis Bay yesterday July 1, 2015.

July 2nd, 2015
VI must not accept 'New World Order' – Radio show caller

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A radio show caller insisted that the Virgin Islands must not go the way of what he described as the New World Order where same sex marriage is seen as being acceptable.

July 2nd, 2015
UPDATE: 'Letty' Hodge moves to HC to appeal guilty verdict

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Word just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge has moved to the High Court to appeal the recent guilty verdict against her in the Magistrate's Court.

July 2nd, 2015
‘I would never perform a gay marriage’- VI pastor

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the hot topical issue of gays and gay rights continues to be debated throughout the world, especially with the recent US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, the Virgin Islands seems in no way budged by the hullaballoo or edging towards that direction any time soon.

July 2nd, 2015
96 students ‘exit’ the 'Mighty Scatliffe'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Some 96 students of the Althea Scatliffe Primary School (ASPS) ‘exited’ the Primary level during an exit ceremony held at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town yesterday July 1, 2015.

July 3rd, 2015
Austerity, reform, & Greek defiance

By Dickson Igwe

The Greek Referendum of Sunday July 5 is a direct challenge to the Greek Consumer on whether or not to accept Austerity, and the ECB, IMF, and Euro Zone prescription, of tight fiscal policy as a condition for bailout funds. If Greece fails to receive financial support from the Troika, this will plunge Greece into an economic crisis that could see its exit from the Euro Zone. Greece could, for the first time, default on debt payments to its creditors.

July 3rd, 2015
Trinidadian appointed Legal Counsel for BVIHSA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The British Virgin Islands Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has appointed Ms Mozelle A. Paul as Legal Counsel.

July 2nd, 2015
Scotiabank has new Managing Director: Sarah Hobbs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Sarah Hobbs has been appointed Managing Director of Scotiabank BVI, according to a press release from the financial institution.

July 2nd, 2015
VI may benefit from LTE spectrum until next year

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – CEO of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Guy L. Malone said operators will need about six months from the time they receive their licence to deliver LTE services to customers but there needs to be consultation with industry players to determine when those services can be delivered.

July 2nd, 2015
Marcus ‘Yung Blood’ Marks newcomer to Festival calypso competition

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – This news site can confirm that among thirteen persons who have registered their interest in competing in the calypso competition as part of the 2015 Emancipation Festival, there is at least one newcomer- Marcus ‘Yung Blood’ Marks.

July 2nd, 2015
Team BVI are Nations Cup champions

GREENLAND, Tortola, VI – Team BVI ran out 2-1 winners over the Creoles to lift the Nations Cup at the Greenland Playfield in East End on Sunday June 28, 2015.

July 1st, 2015
Youths in TRC video competition receive prizes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Four young people received awards for creating and producing video presentations about the innovations of broadband internet and its importance in everyday life as part of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission’s (TRC) marking of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day being observed worldwide today.

July 1st, 2015
4 share prizes in Pre-Territory Day car sound-off @ VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - ‎Krystino Vialvaa Krys, Paul Bridgelall, Nicholas Alphonso aka Nicko and Rhodney Beharry aka Trini shared the cash prize of $2,000 in one of the biggest car sound-offs on Virgin Gorda on June 28, 2015.

July 1st, 2015
Irate caller wants stray cattle slaughtered

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A caller on the Speak Out BVI radio talk show hosted by Doug Wheatley wants the authorities to slaughter roaming cattle which wander on to people’s property and cause havoc. The caller suggested that the authorities can sell the meat of the slaughtered cattle.

July 1st, 2015
Gov’t put on blast for ignoring Freedom of Information Act

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Mr Elton Georges has raised the whip over the backs of legislators for failing to pay attention to some key documents necessary for the public to access certain information at free will in the name of transparency, especially as it refers to the Freedom of Information Act that has been on the shelves since 2005.

July 1st, 2015
Time for public electricity @ Long Bay beach - residents

BEEF ISLAND, VI - It was disappointing enough to residents that fishermen for reasons more than one did not participate in the fishing aspect of Fishermen's Day on June 29, 2015 but it was another thing when patrons had their craving for good entertainment at Long Bay beach marred with the constant power failure that kept shutting off the sound system and stopping live bands from entertaining.

July 1st, 2015
All local line-up for Gospel Fest 2015

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Gospel Fest will be one of the events of this year’s Emancipation Festival and this year’s promises to be full of energy with an exciting line of up gospel artistes named.

July 1st, 2015
Fast Pitch Softball underway

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The 2015 Fast Pitch Softball League began on Friday June 26, 2015 with three female and five male teams taking part and all competing for the season ending Championship series.

June 30th, 2015
Gov’t’s encroachment on privately owned lands a major concern – Elton Georges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Time after time as government executes infrastructural projects across the territory they have reportedly been encroaching on private lands and not properly compensating or informing the owners of the land. This is just one of many issues the new Complaints Commissioner Ms Sheila N. Brathwaite will have before her during her tenure in office.

June 30th, 2015
HoA to meet on July 6, 2015, still no Opposition Leader!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Third House of Assembly (HoA), also referred to as Parliament, will meet in its second sitting following the 2015 General Elections on Monday July 6, 2015 at its Chambers in Road Town, the Virgin Islands capital city.

June 30th, 2015
‘I did not go to the House to fight’ – Ralph T. O’Neal OBE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Former Premier, former Leader of the Opposition, former Representative of the Ninth District and former Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Ralph T. O'Neal OBE was one of four stalwarts of the Virgin Islands honoured yesterday June 29, 2015 for their contribution to the territory at the Territory Day celebrations.

June 30th, 2015
‘No need for concerns over financial accountability’ – Kishma A. Baronville

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –New Chairperson of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee Kishma A. Baronville has put to rest concerns about financial accountability as she heads into her first Festival since taking the reins from former Chairman Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden.

June 30th, 2015
Suspended Antigua CoP Vere H.E. Browne’s court challenge dismissed

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Word just reaching Virgin Islands News Online from our Team of Reporters in Antigua and Barbuda is that the application by suspended Commissioner of Police Vere H. E. Browne for Judicial Review challenging the Commission’s decision to suspend him from his duties as Commissioner of Police has been dismissed by the High Court.

July 1st, 2015
RVIPF launches firearm & prohibited weapon amnesty

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the amended Firearms and Air Gun Act 2015 now enacted, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is launching a Firearm and Prohibited Weapons Amnesty in the month of July.

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