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August 20th, 2014
LIME BVI $7ml expansion to include TV – C&W CEO Phil Bentley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cable & Wireless (C&W), Mr. Phil Bentley arrived today August 20, 2014 on the shores of the Virgin Islands (VI) bearing the news of a $7ml investment the company will be plugging into the telecommunication sector via LIME BVI.

August 20th, 2014
Donald E. De Castro broadsides Govt for Festival ‘party’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentator Mr Donald E. De Castro has in an opinion column today August 20, 2014 broadsided the Government and the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee for Festival being what he described as nothing more than a big party designed to make money at the expense of the Territory’s culture and history.

August 20th, 2014
EXCLUSIVE: ‘I am really proud of my contribution’ – Kamau A. Georges

LOS ANGELES, California, USA – Yet another BVIslander artiste is poised to make the Virgin Islands proud using his talent in the music industry. Kamau A. Georges is part of an international team that is currently in the USA working on an anti-bullying promotion which sees him adding the Caribbean flare to it.

August 20th, 2014
‘Important for Governor to quickly decide on COI’ - Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Radio commentator Douglas Wheatley said that it is important that new Governor of the Virgin Islands His Excellency Mr John S. Duncan OBE makes a decision quickly on launching a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the cruise pier project.

August 20th, 2014
‘Cruise pier project an Embarrassment to the Territory’ - Hon Fraser

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Third District Representative Honourable Julian Fraser RA insists that the flawed cruise pier project is an embarrassment to the Territory and is pleased that the new Governor to the Virgin Islands His Excellency Governor John S. Duncan, OBE has immediately begun to intervene.

August 20th, 2014
Pirates stay alive in Fast Pitch Championship

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the Berth “Big Man” Fast Pitch Softball Men’s and Women’s Championships continued last weekend, the Pythons completed a sweep over the Hawks, but the Pirates beat Power Outage twice to take their series to Game 6.

August 19th, 2014
Clinic transportation for 1st District Seniors to end August 31 – Hon Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton said that the service that provides transportation for senior citizens attending the Capoon’s Bay Clinic in the First District will be discontinued at the end of August 2014.

August 19th, 2014
UPDATE: Premier Smith lauds role of VG Catholic Church in Tourism

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Premier Dr. The Honourable D. Orlando Smith lauded the St. Ursula’s Catholic Church in Virgin Gorda for its role in helping to promote the Territory’s tourism.

August 19th, 2014
UPDATE: ‘Things wouldn’t be the same’ – Bobby’s Employees

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “We stuck with this business through the roughest of times, but it’s even harder now [as] they coming with guns at us,” said a female employee of Bobby’s Supermarket as she expressed much concern about her future with the business.

August 19th, 2014
Local rapper’s VI film to go viral tomorrow

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI – After one year of dedicating his time, energy and finances to a personal project which is geared to promote the Virgin Islands and the talents that are within these shores, local rapper Travis J. Osbourne aka Bumpy B Breezy looks forward to releasing his first musical documentary tomorrow August 20, 2014.

August 19th, 2014
Environmental Health Div. worker suffers fall on slippery road

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI – A worker from the Environmental Health Division slipped and fell on a slippery sloping road in Pockwood Pond yesterday August 18, 2014 while in the line of duty and had to be taken away by ambulance.

August 19th, 2014
French Saint Martin steal late victory over VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands (VI) were unable to hold on to a slender lead over French Saint Martin on Saturday August 16, 2014, succumbing to a late barrage of goals and suffering a 4-2 defeat in a Friendly match played on the A.O. Shirley Grounds.

August 18th, 2014
UPDATE: Hon Julian Fraser RA pays tribute to Mrs Gretel Stoutt

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) has paid tribute to Mrs Gretel Stoutt, who sadly passed away yesterday August 17, 2014, calling her dedicated and resolute.

August 18th, 2014
Children receive school supplies @ West End Back to School Fair

WEST END, Tortola, VI – The West End Community Centre held its 2nd annual Back to School Fair at the Benjamin Romney Park in West End, for children from communities in the area yesterday August 17, 2014 at the end of which they all received school supplies.

August 18th, 2014
3 holidays too many for business persons – Mrs Eileen L. Parsons, OBE

WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI – Historian and former legislator of the Virgin Islands Mrs. Eileen L. Parsons, OBE, has stepped forward to moot the call for leaders to consider the discontinuation of the three back-to-back holidays during the Emancipation Festival season.

August 18th, 2014
Defending Champs, Ruff House off to winning start

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Following the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd annual Julian Fraser / Save The Seed Basketball League on Friday August 15, 2014, action got underway with defending Champions, Ruff House getting off to a winning start.

August 17th, 2014
Hon J. Alvin Christopher shocked @ Speaker’s absence

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Second District Honourable J. Alvin Christopher is perplexed that Speaker of the House of Assembly Honourable Ingrid A. Moses was away from the House without giving any notification that she would have been absent for the sitting of August 14, 2014.

August 17th, 2014
Hon Julian Fraser B’ball League a trendsetter – Paul A. Hewlett

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Mr Paul A. Hewlett, Director of Sports in the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports was not shy in giving credit where it is due as he complimented Third District Representative Honourable Julian Fraser RA for setting a trend for others to follow.

August 17th, 2014
Tridents edge Warriors to land CPLT20 Trophy!

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, WI - The Barbados Tridents have run out winners in the final of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League winning a rain affected match on Saturday August 16, 2014, against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, by 8 runs at Warner Park.

August 16th, 2014
Opposition letter outlines breach of Parl. rules by Hon Walwyn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A letter to Speaker of the House of Assembly Ingrid A. Moses written and signed by the four Opposition Members of the House of Assembly outlined the breaches allegedly committed by Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn when he read and distributed letters from witnesses to the Public Accounts Committee without permission.

August 16th, 2014
Indiscipline will not be tolerated @ Hon. Julian Fraser STS B/Ball League

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI –“In building character we insist that players be discipline in order to play in the league, we have also established a low threshold for rudeness and misbehavior of any sort, thus [is] our commitment to a programme prepared to implement and execute rules that adhere to a policy built on and around the principles of zero tolerance.”

August 16th, 2014
2nd Annual 1st District Athletic Camp concludes tomorrow!

CAPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI – Dozens of excited, enthusiastic young athletes will be showing off their new found skills tomorrow Sunday August 17, 2014, when the second Annual BVI Athletics Association (BVIAA) First District “Run, Throw, Jump” Kids Athletic Camp concludes with a Mini Track Meet at Capoon’s Bay.

August 15th, 2014
‘No man is an Island’ – HE Governor John S. Duncan, OBE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “The role and task of the Governor is to strike a balance between the views of Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom, those of the government of the Virgin Islands Government, your elected representatives and the aspirations of the people of the Virgin Islands,” said newly sworn in Governor to the Virgin Islands His Excellency Governor John S. Duncan, OBE.

August 18th, 2014
If We Celebrate Celebrations Then Why Not An Insurance Scheme?

By Alred C. Frett

Celebrating a Celebration without having a Success:

We have just expended gobs of Money & tons of Effort celebrating a Celebration while the real reason for the occasion eludes us… Instead, whether in the Caribbean or across the World we see the victimization of Slave Descendants by Police & others involved in Law & Order Systems in which the Poor are used to destroy Poor in order to safeguard the wealth & power of the Rich.

August 15th, 2014
CIL sponsors BMSA kids’ soap box derby

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The BVI Motor Racing Association (BMSA) in collaboration with Caribbean Insurers Limited (CIL) will be hosting a soap box derby for children ages 7 to 16 at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) on October 19, 2014.

August 15th, 2014
Walkout by Hon J. Alvin Christopher forces adjournment of HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Second District Representative Hon J. Alvin Christopher last evening August 14, 2014 walked out of the House of Assembly, reducing the already depleted House to less than a quorum and causing the acting Speaker Hon Delores Christopher to adjourn the House after she denied him the right to speak on a letter written and signed by all Opposition members asking Hon Myron V. Walwyn to apologise.

August 15th, 2014
This Week We Feature Young Professional Kerston A. Marquis

By Cathy O. O. Richards

“I Love a challenge,” said Kerston A. Marquis as he tells his story of how he has elevated from being a popular guy holding a shaving machine as a barber to being in the office of the Department of Customs as an accountant.

August 15th, 2014
One Week left to owning Digicel’s 2nd Car

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Standing on the opposite side of the Digicel Flagship store in Road Town yesterday, there was a moment of reminiscence at the scene of Ms Ackisha R. Chiddick walking away with a brand new Suzuki vehicle.

August 15th, 2014
Guyana Amazon Warriors storm into CPLT20 Final

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, WI – Another inept batting performance by the Jamaica Tallawahs on a flat pitch at Warner Park, on Thursday August 14, 2014, saw the Guyana Amazon Warriors advance to Saturday’s CPLT20 Final against the Barbados Tridents.

August 14th, 2014
CCT to upgrade service tonight between 11:00 pm & midnight

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - CCT today August 14, 2014 announced that it will be performing a prepaid service migration, giving customers access to a new service platform and that this will take place tonight between 11:00 pm and midnight, disrupting service during that time.

August 14th, 2014
'Crimes down!' – says Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith said that crime has gone down in the Territory as a result of the progress of the Government, in response to a question put to him by an Opposition member of the House today August 14, 2014.

August 14th, 2014
‘Ports Project needs Commission of Inquiry’ – Donald E. De Castro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commentator Donald E. De Castro believes that the port project needs to have a Commission of Inquiry in order to put to rest all doubts about the project and expressed concern that the Government seems unwilling to go in this direction.

August 14th, 2014
Finally! Bathroom facilities @ Top of the Baths opened

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – After the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government administration started the construction of toilet facilities for patrons to the Baths on Virgin Gorda, the project has finally reached completion stages approximately some three years later.

August 14th, 2014
More support for BVI Cancer Society

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – When the BVI Cancer Society (BVICS) took the conscious decision to spread awareness by participating in this year’s Festival Parade they were going to be thankful if they would have touched the heart of just one person.

August 16th, 2014
Nagico Partners with Digicel with FREE insurance for SUV Winner

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Digicel would like to invite the press to bear witness to the drawing and announcement of the first Nine (9) persons that will be selected to try their luck in winning the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicle.

August 16th, 2014
Virgin Islands Telecoms: from bad to worse

By Dickson Igwe

The final stories in the series of articles on the poor customer service model in the telecoms industry assess the issue of lack of competition in the Virgin Islands telecoms sector. The narratives state that effective competition is the one answer for improving customer service in telecoms. Real competition, not regulation, is the single option for effectively changing services for the better, in Virgin Islands telecom.

August 14th, 2014
‘Boss’ Freeman is #1 Draft Pick!

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – The Hon. Julian Fraser/Save the Seed Basketball League moved into high gear last night, Wednesday August 13, 2014 with the staging of its first Elite Player Draft, which created much excitement, frantic phone calls and huddles of whispered conversations.

August 13th, 2014
Delta Petroleum awarded 5th fuel contract with BVIEC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Word reaching our news room from our National Democratic Party (NDP) Government sources moments ago is that Delta Petroleum has been awarded another contract to supply fuel and lubricants to the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC).

August 13th, 2014
UPDATE: Owed local artists begin receiving Festival 2014 payments

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A number of artists who performed at this year's Festival activities have confirmed with this news site that following the publication of their concerns via this news site they commenced receiving calls indicating that their cheques would have been ready by yesterday afternoon August 12, 2014.

August 13th, 2014
No reports of injury or damage from last night's 4.46 earthquake – DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has received no reports of structural damage to buildings or other infrastructure or injury to persons from the 4.46 magnitude earthquake which was felt across the Territory at 11:05 pm last night August 12, 2014.

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