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January 22nd, 2020
Remembering a dear friend of the VI: Former Scotiabank Managing Director Terry C. Bell

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- When Scotiabank BVI ships out of the [British] Virgin Islands, having reached an agreement to sell 100 percent of its shares to Trinidad-based Republic Financial Holdings Limited, it will no doubt be leaving stacks of memories and emotions behind, none more cherished than that of its former Managing Director, the late Mr Terry C. Bell.

January 22nd, 2020
Improved passenger experience a priority for Gov't

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration met with ferry service operators last week to address existing operating procedures and build synergy with the goal of improving the overall passenger experience at the respective ports of entry.

January 21st, 2020
3 taken to hospital following vehicular accident on Fort Hill

FORT HILL, Tortola, VI- Three persons, all males, were taken to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital after the vehicle they were in toppled on Fort Hill this evening, January 21, 2020.

January 21st, 2020
DDM continues to ‘closely’ monitor seismic activity in region

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With daily earthquakes in the Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands region, some of which have been felt in the [British] Virgin Islands, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has been monitoring the situation closely while urging the public to have their emergency plans in place, including in the event of a tsunami.

January 21st, 2020
Cyber Crime bill came back from ‘graveyard of bills’- Premier Fahie

WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has blasted free speech entities who are attempting to stall the assenting of the Computer Misuse, and Cyber Crime Amendment Act of 2019 by citing that if the changes come into law it would be used to prosecute and silence the media in the Virgin Islands.

January 21st, 2020
Retired corrections officer shoots man during argument in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— A retired corrections officer on Monday afternoon, January 20, 2020 shot a male victim during an argument at the Break Time Bar in Market Square on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI), leaving the victim wounded but in stable condition.

January 21st, 2020
Child support defaulters will be blocked from leaving Territory- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The issue of men failing to support their children and causing them to be a burden on society is being grabbed by the throat by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, which will be introducing legislation to clamp down on such persons.

January 21st, 2020
Local preacher Carlton O'Neal fined $1000 for assaulting wife

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo fined local preacher Carlton O'Neal $1,000, which he has to pay by January 31, 2020 or spend two months at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut.

January 21st, 2020
'I am truly disappointed'- Hon Penn reacts to resignation of Hon Maduro-Caines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), who also serves as interim Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), has expressed disappointment over the resignation of Opposition Member, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) from the NDP.

January 20th, 2020
'I have not been made any promises or offers' - Hon Maduro-Caines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Sixth District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) says shunning the National Democratic Party (NDP) and aligning herself with the Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP), was a completely independent decision, free from political offers and promises.

January 20th, 2020
‘Real Talk’ with Karia J. Christopher’ returns next month

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One of the most popular television talk shows in the Virgin Islands, ‘Real Talk’ with Karia J. Christopher, will return next month and will be debuting on Flow TV.

January 20th, 2020
Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines goes green! Joins VIP Gov’t

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Third term legislator, Sixth District Representative and Opposition Member with the National Democratic Party (NDP), Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines has decided to cross the floor to join the Virgin Islands Party (VI) Government led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

January 20th, 2020
VG cargo dock reopens following weather related closure

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- As a result of rough sea conditions today, January 20, 2020, the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA) in a release said it had to close the Virgin Gorda ferry and cargo dock earlier this morning.

January 20th, 2020
Warehouse found in PR filled with emergency supplies since Sept 2017

VI CONSORTIUM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico- Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the heads of Puerto Rico’s housing and family departments Sunday, January 19, 2020 in the latest fallout over the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating from Hurricane Maria.

January 20th, 2020
CCTV Cameras to be restored ‘in coming weeks’ – CoP Matthews

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews said in a matter of weeks, the force will be fitting and restoring CCTV Cameras throughout the Virgin Islands (VI) as part of efforts to fight growing traffic violations.

January 20th, 2020
Court quashes appeal by attempted murder convict Jevone Demming

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Her Ladyship, The Honourable Justice Janice M. Pereira, DBE, has quashed the appeal and upheld the Virgin Islands High Court ruling in the matter against attempted murder convict Jevone Demming.

January 20th, 2020
Rain & hazardous sea conditions persist in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands can expect more rain and rough sea conditions today and tonight, January 20, 2020, according to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

January 20th, 2020
Dr Rawle R. Hannibal loses court appeal against BVIHSA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Political figure and businessman Dr Rawle R. Hannibal recently suffered another loss in his civil suit against the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) for medical negligence.

January 19th, 2020
Vehicles collide near Bobby’s Supermarket

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A car attempting to enter DeCastro Street, in Road Town, from the parking lot of Bobby’s Supermarket was reportedly hit by a Jeep Wrangler heading in the direction of the Roundabout earlier today, January 19, 2020.

January 19th, 2020
$1.5M touchless car wash & gas station opens this week

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands (VI) branch of Petrus Plaza, a highly anticipated Belonger owned touchless drive-thru car wash and gas station is said to be opening by the end of this new week.

January 19th, 2020
Smith makes his mark but Raiders again come up short in BBL

SURREY, England, UK- After back to back losses last weekend, Leslee J. Smith and the Plymouth Raiders were hoping for a change of fortune when they faced Surrey Scorchers in the British Basketball League (BBL) on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

January 19th, 2020
Over 82 shots fired during St Croix shooting; 3 Injured

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI — A shooting incident in Castle Coakley, St Croix, Us Virgin Islands (USVI) today, January 19, 2020, left three people injured, with gunmen discharging upwards of 82 shots, according to [US] Virgin Islands Police Department [VIPD] shell casing markers on the crime scene.

January 18th, 2020
Local Shero Patsy C. Lake celebrates 75th Birthday in grand style!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park which sits in the heart of Road Town, Tortola was last evening Friday, January 17, 2020, transformed beyond one's imagination for the 75th birthday party celebration for one of the territory's female freedoms fighters.

January 18th, 2020
Police HQ stuck above RiteWay Pasea until March

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews says the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) will be spending another few months above the bakery at the Riteway Food Markets location in Pasea Estate, after a failed bid to move in December 2019.

January 18th, 2020
RVIPF cracking down on motorbike offenders, illegal ATVs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is cracking down on the illegal use of motorcycles and other type of vehicles such as the ‘All Terrain Vehicles’ (ATV’s) following an increasing amount of complaints over the illegal use such in the Virgin Islands (VI).

January 18th, 2020
Man shot dead outside bakery in broad daylight

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. CROIX, USVI — A young man was shot to death outside the Thomas Bakery in Castle Coakley near Sunny Isle, the USVIPD has confirmed to the Consortium.

January 17th, 2020
Meteor? Mysterious fireball seen falling from sky

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - For the second time in two months, residents of the Virgin Islands were again left stunned at a strange phenomenon in the sky, this time, a ball of fire descending from the sky late this afternoon, January 17, 2019, at around 17:30hrs.

January 17th, 2020
UPDATE: Boxing Day Races- Part 2 cancelled

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The continuation of the Boxing Day Horse Races that were cancelled due to poor weather at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on December 26, 2019 has been hit with another snag.

January 17th, 2020
This Week We Feature Young Professional Ahmad L. Mahoney

By Ron O. D'Avilar

Young Professional Ahmad L. Mahoney always had a love for the sun, sea and sand which led him to pursue a tourism-based career. On the surface, he might seem like just an average Virgin Islander, but that is far from the truth.

January 17th, 2020
'There needs to be separate test to licence bigger bikes' - CoP Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Reiterating his calls for safer roads before bigger bikes, Commissioner of Police, Michael B. Matthews says robust requirements are needed with the introduction of bigger CC motorcycles in the territory.

January 17th, 2020
2 arrested in USVI for deadly counterfeit Fentanyl Pill; 4 deaths on St Croix

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- On November 4, 2019, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warned the public about fatal victims overdosing on dangerous counterfeit pills in the United States.

January 18th, 2020
Meghan, Brexit, & Change

By Dickson C. Igwe

The Meghan Markle story is part of the ongoing process of change in the west and a UK slow to enter the 21st Century.

January 17th, 2020
Jury Act an ongoing travesty of justice- R. Dancia Penn-Sallah QC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “There is an ongoing travesty of justice in this country, and it is that of the jury system. The Jury Act of 1914 is contrary to the rule of law; it is a violation of the constitution and all principles of democracy that we still have that Jury Act on our books. I speak for the profession when I make a call for a very urgent rectification of that.”

January 17th, 2020
Cabinet meets; Trade Dept offers on-the-spot services on Anegada

THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- The residents of the sister islands of Anegada and Jost van Dyke are finally having the dreaded “stepchild” tag removed, thanks to the unconventional initiatives of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government.

January 16th, 2020
NAGICO renews Stoby sponsorship for 2020 road racing season

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Local insurance company, Nagico Insurances has renewed its sponsorship of long-distance runner, Reuben J. A. Stoby, who now has high hopes of returning to the podium in 2020.

January 16th, 2020
Report ‘improper conduct by judicial officers’ to Dep Gov Office- David D. Archer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr has said persons who have legitimate complaints about improper conduct by judicial officers should make such complaints under confidential correspondence to the Deputy Governor’s Office.

January 16th, 2020
Ceasar killers were looking for another man- Court hears

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In her first murder case since taking up the post of Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Tiffany R. Scatliffe-Esprit revealed that murder accused, St Kitts national Andraes Norford, and three other men were searching for another individual on the ill-fated day of September 10, 2017, when Hispanic businessman Julio Pineda Ceasar was fatally shot at his residence in East End.

January 16th, 2020
USVI Gov’t files lawsuit against $577M estate of Jeffery E. Epstein

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Pedophile Jeffrey E. Epstein used a web of shell companies, charitable organisations and other corporate entities to conceal years of rape, human trafficking and other abuses of women and young females on Little St James and Great St James off the east coast of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI), the [US] Virgin Islands Department of Justice (VIDOJ) has alleged in a civil lawsuit.

January 17th, 2020
The Crown

Thomas C. Famous

“Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once.”

Winston Churchill

January 16th, 2020
Computer & phones allegedly hacked @ Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Information coming into Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that the computer systems at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital and by extension, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) were hacked which resulted in the hospital suffering from some system downtime and interruptions in its delivery of service to the general public.

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