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July 19th, 2017
Winners & losers of work permit fee increases

Alred C. Frett

Replacing Reality with Fantasy and Democracy with Dictatorship: We are all different and yet we are all the same because as the pinnacle of Homo sapiens we share more in common than we differ...

July 19th, 2017
Opposition PLP in Bermuda gains landslide victory

DEVONSHIRE EAST, Bermuda- The Progressive Labour Party has clinched a hugely convincing General Election victory, with Bob Richards the greatest casualty for the One Bermuda Alliance, according to the Royal Gazette today, July 18, 2017.

July 19th, 2017
Say hello to unlimited rollover data and talk from Digicel

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With Digicel’s unlimited rollover data and talk, lost data and talk are a thing of the past.

July 19th, 2017
Kids Athletics Camp underway in Capoons Bay

CAPOONS BAY, Tortola, VI – Despite the constant threat of rain, the Kids Athletics Summer Camp at Capoons Bay on the western end of Tortola has seen many children come out to try the events on offer and thoroughly enjoy learning new skills.

July 19th, 2017
Assistance sought in identifying suspected thieves

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Police are asking members of the public for assistance in identifying the two males seen in a photo released by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) on a motor scooter fleeing the Road Town area.

July 18th, 2017
2 taken to hospital following collision @ traffic lights

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Two persons have reportedly been taken to hospital following a collision between a car and a pickup truck at the traffic lights near to Red Cross Headquarters on Station Road in the capital city, Road Town, this evening, July 18, 2017.

July 18th, 2017
NDP Gov’t embarrassed; Mum on BVI Airways’ latest bombshell

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The six year old National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration has invested millions in public relations from the days of Glover Parks, the Washington DC firm who tried to sell ‘ice to an Eskimo’ when the NDP was in office in 2003-2007, while some Ministers have snubbed the Government Information Services (GIS) and hired their own private public relations firms.

July 18th, 2017
‘We have shelves & shelves of lovely plans'- Chief Planner

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Speaking at a town hall meeting on Wednesday July 12, 2017, on the ‘EnVIsion 2040’ project, Mr Gregory W. Adams, Chief Planner of the Town and Country Planning disclosed that his department inspects building plans in a ‘microscopic’ way because his team does not have a ‘strong basis’ on which they determine if a proposed development is appropriate for a particular area in the Virgin Islands (VI).

July 18th, 2017
BVI Airways lays off staff; Casts blame on NDP Gov’t

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The war is waging publicly between the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) and BVI Airways; a defunct airline that Government provided $7.2M of tax payers money in exchange for direct flights to the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island from Miami International Airport in the United States of America.

July 18th, 2017
Vehicular accident holds up traffic in Purcell Estate

PURCELL ESTATE, Tortola, VI- At about 1:20 P.M. today, July 18, 2017 two vehicles collided in the Purcell Estate area of Tortola.

July 18th, 2017
City Manager awaits legislation to resolve parking issues

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The management of the city of Road Town says it is aggressively moving ahead with plans to address the sore issue of parking throughout Tortola.

July 18th, 2017
The VI has become ‘desensitised’ to violence- Frank Mahoney

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “For me I ask this question, where is this crime coming from? You have to look at the history. The Virgin Islands (VI) was an agrarian community and everybody knew each other as one village. Then came tourism and finance and the colony shifted from agrarian to service and we had a lot of migration coming into the community and that village dynamic disappeared.”

July 18th, 2017
That’s Ya Problem & Power Outage close in on softball titles

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Both the Men’s and Women’s Harriette Skelton Fast Pitch Softball Championships could be decided on Friday July 21, 2017 with That’s Ya Problem and Power Outage just one win from series victories.

July 17th, 2017
House of Assembly to meet on August 1, 2017

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While communication from the House of Assembly (HoA) and the Dr Smith-led National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration are most often not forthcoming, many persons thought that the HoA was prorogued for the June-July-August recess.

July 17th, 2017
'Masa' alleges he 'blindly' posted explicit video on FB

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Police officer of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Alston Butler’s testimony gave contradicting evidence against Ramoamasagana ‘Masa’ Pemberton, who claimed he did not know the video he posted on his Facebook page had strong sexual content.

July 17th, 2017
'Medications are killing more than saving lives'- Matthew Daly

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Over and over again we see commercials on television about medicines designed to cure or treat a particular illness but the long list of side-effects is alarming or we hear about persons become addicted to their medication while the illness remains.

July 17th, 2017
Wilfred M. Smith wins Round 1 against Gov’t in court

SLANEY, Tortola, VI- His father was Mr Wilfred W. Smith who is considered a national hero as he was alongside Mr Noel Lloyd and the Positive Action Movement in the struggle to return Wickham’s Cay to the people of the Virgin Islands.

July 17th, 2017
USVI Governor can say almost anything with impunity

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - US Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Kenneth E. Mapp or any other person serving in the capacity of governor of the Virgin Islands, can say almost anything with impunity so long as it’s being said in the official capacity of governor, according to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, which upheld a similar ruling made by the territory’s Superior Court in the 3-year LaVerne Mills-Williams v. Mapp case.

July 17th, 2017
‘We have an issue with each of the new Wartsila generators’ - Henry O. Creque

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The three new 8 Megawatt Wartsila generators for the BVI Electricity Corporation’s (BVIEC) Phase V Power Development Project was touted as the answer to the frequent power outages and load shedding across the Territory; however, this has not been the case.

July 17th, 2017
It's Smith Robin again! Wins 28th annual Fisherman’s Tournament

BEEF ISLAND, VI – The Conservation and Fisheries Department (C&FD) celebrated its twenty-eighth annual Fisherman’s Day under the theme “Sustainable Fisheries in 2017” at Long Bay Beach, Beef Island on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

July 16th, 2017
Trini duo guilty of attempting to smuggle $$ out of VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Rachelle Emrith and Allan Birju pleaded guilty to having a sum of $67,538 which were found in their possession and allegedly obtained as proceeds of criminal conduct.

July 16th, 2017
Kelly takes 400m Gold @ Aliann Pompey Invitational in Guyana

LEONORA, Guyana- Competing at the 2nd annual Aliann Pompey Invitational Track and Field Meet in Guyana as a tune up for the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London next month, the Virgin Islands’ Ashley N. Kelly sprinted to gold in the 400m Finals on July 15, 2017.

July 16th, 2017
Political will needed to address parking issues- Diane L. Drayton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Public Relations Officer of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Diane L. Drayton has questioned whether the community leaders in the territory have the political will to address the issue of vehicles being parked along the roadways in some communities overnight instead of using their private premises.

July 16th, 2017
Bomb threat @ airport in St Croix prompts evacuation

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — A bomb threat on Delta Airlines on Saturday afternoon, July 15, 2017 forced a temporary evacuation at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI), according to information provided by 911, which was relayed to The Consortium by [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Glen Dratte.

July 15th, 2017
UPDATE: Body found is that of Deshaun M. Bryan aka 'Bongo'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Family, friends and well-wishers have received the sad and depressing news that the body found floating in Virgin Islands waters, close to Tortola's Pockwood Pond around 9:00 A.M. today, July 15, 2017 is that of missing boater Deshaun M. Bryan aka 'Bongo'.

July 15th, 2017
‘I made a mistake...’ – Skipper who failed to declare firearm

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- On Wednesday July 12, 2017, an officer from the US Virgin Islands Police Department, Derrick Callwood and Inter Island Boat Services Captain, Jarvis Hodge were brought before the Magistrate’s Court on charges of untrue declaration of a firearm.

July 15th, 2017
Caribbean athletes shine @ World U18 C/Ships

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –Caribbean athletes have been making frequent podium finishes at the World Under 18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

July 15th, 2017
Bounty killer & Jahmiel complete Carrot Bay Int’l artistes line-up

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Judy-Ann Smith, one of the key organisers for the Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta for Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival 2017, did indicate that the list of international artistes was incomplete while at the press briefing on July 4, 2017 called by the VI Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC).

July 15th, 2017
The Brexit economy: A layman’s view

Dickson Igwe

Now, this economics layman was never in favour of Brexit. He enjoys and values his status as a Virgin Islands Citizen, British Citizen, and a Citizen of Europe. He doesn’t fancy having to apply for a visa to visit Paris and Vienna, add Rome and Barcelona, which he intends to do some day. He would never have had to apply for a visa before Brexit: after Brexit he might just have to.

July 14th, 2017
5-vehicle fender bender on James Walter Francis Drive

WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI- Traffic along the James Walter Francis Drive East Carriageway was interrupted when at least four vehicles came into contact with each other today, July 14, 2017.

July 14th, 2017
Opposition Leader labels NDP Gov’t a 'failure'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is having none of the recent spin by Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith on the state of the Virgin Islands economy, calling the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government a failure.

July 14th, 2017
'Hold Gov’ts responsible for executing development plan' - Gregory W. Adams

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Town and Country Planning Department in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, held its first session of the ‘EnVIsion 2040’, which seeks to engage the input of the Virgin Islands (VI) community in helping to improve and enhance the territory by the year 2040.

July 14th, 2017
Still no sign of ‘Bongo’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Dive operations and extended search efforts on the surface of the water for Deshaun M. Bryon aka ‘Bongo’ have so far yielded no result following a boat mishap in Sir Francis Drake Channel around 5:30 P.M. on July 11, 2017.

July 14th, 2017
'Above normal' Hurricane Season: 'We must be ready'- Acting Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Below is a Statement By Acting Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) on 'Preparedness For Developing Tropical Systems'.

July 14th, 2017
We don’t have a youth problem we have an adult problem- Hon Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The responsibility of raising children to become productive citizens of society is mainly on the shoulders of parents and not governments.

July 14th, 2017
This Week We Feature Young Professional Julia S. Maduro

By Renee C. Williams

Teacher, mother and entrepreneur, our young professional for this week, Julia S. Maduro has her plate full with activities that see her hardly having time for herself, but she is dedicated to her jobs and to the duties that are assigned to her as a teacher and business owner.

July 14th, 2017
Finally! West Indies stars set to return

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The biggest names in Caribbean cricket could be about to return to the West Indies team after significant progress was made in negotiations between players and the board.

July 13th, 2017
Vendors 'Keep Out' from RT Roundabout; We mean it!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Four days after the Government of Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) forced vendors from plying their trade next to the Sol Gas Station at the Road Town Roundabout, they have taken yet another step to keep them out.

July 13th, 2017
'Littering & careless disposal of trash must stop'- Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Inappropriate dumping and littering have been an issue of major concern recently and Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) voiced his dissatisfaction on the matter in his ‘Mid-Term Report’ on July 10, 2017.

July 13th, 2017
Minor forced to take pills to induce miscarriage- Court hears

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A man and woman were charged with procuring and administering a poisonous or noxious substance to a minor with the intent to produce a miscarriage.



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