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January 22nd, 2018
Scooter rider injured in accident @ Pasea Estate

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI- A scooter rider was taken to Peebles Hospital by ambulance after he became involved in an accident with a motor vehicle near Delta Gas Station at Pasea Estate, Tortola, moments ago, January 22, 2018.

January 22nd, 2018
Hon Fahie gives Dr Smith 7 days to show how CDB loan will be spent

CAPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition and Representative for the First District, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie is once again calling on the Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) led government to be transparent and accountable with the territory’s purse.

January 22nd, 2018
UK national Phil Sharman Out! Local Sonia M. Webster In! as Auditor General

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Mr Phil Sharman lasted about one month in the post of Auditor General and was reportedly scared off by the two powerful hurricanes, Irma and Maria, and returned to the United Kingdom.

January 22nd, 2018
Investigation of Hon Walwyn's $1.6M ESHS wall will continue - Gov Jaspert

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following the passage of two powerful Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria, that devastated the Territory and damaged many government buildings and destroyed many files, some residents concluded that the many investigations into government's questionable projects and reckless spending would end.

January 22nd, 2018
‘Don’t let the mind wander’- Kyron A. McMaster

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The fastest man in the world at 400m hurdles in 2017, Virgin Islander Kyron A. McMaster has been giving some tips not only on athletics but everyday life.

January 22nd, 2018
Vance M. Lewis tipped to succeed Dona L. Regis as TPP boss

ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI – Senior sources in the National Democratic Party (NDP) have indicated that Mr Vance M. Lewis has been favoured to take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tortola Pier Park Limited by the start of February 2018.

January 22nd, 2018
‘An abrupt stop must be placed on these political pirates’- Hon Fahie

CAPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI- “I know there is a cry for solutions and it is well within place. The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) will be bringing forward many solutions in the best interest of the people of the Virgin Islands. We cannot and will not sit idly by anymore. However, an abrupt stop must be placed on these political pirates that are robbing us of our monies.”

January 21st, 2018
Earl D. Hodge & Roberto Harrigan denied bail; Remain @ HMP

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was an unfavourable day, Friday January 19, 2018 for two Virgin Islanders, businessman Earl Delville Hodge, aka 'Bob Hodge', and former customs officer Roberto Harrigan, aka ‘Tico.’ They were denied bail while they await their appeal hearing in a decision handed down on November 14, 2017 by Magistrate Shawn Innocent in favour of the USA, which allowed for their extradition to commence.

January 21st, 2018
Consumer Protection Bill to reach HoA before 2018 ends- Hon Marlon A. Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) has assured that the long anticipated Consumer Protection Bill will be taken before Cabinet soon.

January 21st, 2018
BVIAA to benefit from IAAF Solidarity Funding

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico- International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian N. Coe visited Puerto Rico on Monday January 15, 2018 to continue discussions and on this occasion hear first-hand about the devastation caused last year by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Jose.

January 21st, 2018
USVI Senators refute notion of being inactive after Irma & Maria

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — Gathering at the Earl B. Ottley Legislative Hall on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) on January 18, 2018, senators who make up the majority caucus, led by leader Neville A. James, forcefully refuted the notion that they were inactive after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a belief held by many residents throughout the territory, who say the lawmakers weren’t visible with their efforts after the storms, if they were active at all.

January 20th, 2018
4 months later USA, Canada & UK still discouraging travel to VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While the government of the day and the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) work on restoring international confidence in the Virgin Islands (VI) after the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September of 2017, their job is being made more difficult.

January 20th, 2018
E. Benito Wheatley: VI’s Ambassador to UK/EU selected as Policy Fellow

LONDON, England, UK- The Virgin Islands’ London Office Director, who is equivalent to the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the European Union, E. Benito Wheatley, has been selected by the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) as a 2018 Policy Fellow, according to a press statement late last week.

January 20th, 2018
Grant for small businesses is a 'jump start' - Karia J. Christopher

ROAD TOWN Tortola VI - "This grant is not seen as a replacement for the business sales. We don't expect that the funds enclosed in this envelope would be able to get you exactly where you have been," said Director of Trade, Investment and Consumer Affairs Mrs Karia J. Christopher.

January 20th, 2018
SVG Gov't donates 3000 fruit trees to VI

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent & The Grenadines – The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has donated 3000 fruit trees to the Virgin Islands (VI) as part of an ongoing post-Hurricane Irma recovery process.

January 20th, 2018
BVIFA executives attend FIFA summit in Jamaica

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- BVI Football Association (BVIFA) President Andrew ‘Andy’ Bickerton has returned from the latest FIFA summit, filled with optimism that shared knowledge and networking will benefit the BVIFA and its local development plans.

January 20th, 2018
Irma, Austerity & Strategic Planning- Part A

Dickson Igwe

Great strategic economic planning, specific to a country’s customs, traditions, and culture, is good for everyone: citizens, employees, employers, businessmen and women, investors, and governments.

January 19th, 2018
2018 Painkiller Cup & Mini-Painkiller races on today

TRELLIS BAY, BEEF ISLAND, VI – The 2018 Painkiller Cup Race will take place in the [British] Virgin Islands on Saturday, January 20, 2018 with the support of interCaribbean Airways which is signed up as the official event airline.

January 19th, 2018
Another brawl involving ESHS students

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI- Already heavily criticised for wreaking havoc in public, a couple of students of Elmore Stoutt High School didn’t help the school’s image for any better when they were involved in a brawl in Pasea Estate, Tortola on Wednesday January 17, 2018.

January 19th, 2018
Gumbs & DeFreitas named Junior Athletes of 2017

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Jaleel Croal and Akeela McMaster have been named BVIAA Youth Male and Female Athletes of the Year 2017 by the British Virgin Islands Athletics Association (BVIAA).

January 19th, 2018
No US voting rights for USVI, PR & Guam, US Court rules

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Last Thursday, January 18, 2018 the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled against expanding territorial voting rights in Segovia v. United States, according to We The People Project, a non-profit that advocates for equal rights and representation in US territories.

January 19th, 2018
TB Lettsome Airport will be placed in hands of private investors- Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport at Beef Island could be placed in the hands of private investors as the National Democratic Party (NDP) seeks to forge ahead with the controversial project despite challenges to it.

January 19th, 2018
New privately owned asphalt plant arrives in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the day has not had a working asphalt plant for paving of roads for well over three years. The one they purchased under the current Government, with Chinese specifications, broke down and still has not been repaired.

January 19th, 2018
This Week We Feature Young Professional Angela Burnett Penn

She has a genuine love for the Virgin Islands and the preservation of it and has dedicated her youthful energies towards promoting sustainable and progressive communities that balance environmental, social and economic goals and that are resilient to climate change.

January 18th, 2018
Moleto A. Smith Jr to run for USVI Governor for second time

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Others have done it before, who had deep roots in the Virgin Islands (VI), and went on to be governor of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and Lieutenant Governor.

January 18th, 2018
New tests have cleared CGB beach to be reopened- Hon Turnbull

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI- Many persons have been calling this news site to find out when the popular Cane Garden Bay beach on Tortola will be reopened to the public.

January 18th, 2018
‘Omar was never too busy to listen or to help’ - Patsy C. Lake

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - He was widely regarded as the ‘People’s Man’ and so it was no surprise that the pews of the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre in Baughers Bay, Tortola, were filled with persons of all walks of life as they bade final farewell to the late legislator Mr Omar W. Hodge.

January 18th, 2018
DDM under fire for no ‘sirens warning system’ during Tsunami alert

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was on January 10, 2018 that the Government run Department of Disaster Management (DDM) issued via social media and a press release a Tsunami warning for the Territory, following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred north of Honduras.

January 18th, 2018
Body found floating in USVI waters

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The body of a male was found floating in the waters of Veteran’s Drive in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) early today Thursday January 18, 2018, in what the [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) has classified a dead-on-arrival (D.O.A.) incident, the force’s media specialist, Sakeeda Freeman has announced.

January 18th, 2018
More licks rain on ‘heartless’ NDP Gov’t

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “You do not get the impression that they are people centred. You can’t in my opinion…put your interest in things. You have to put your interest in people. The things that you do must first impact the interest of the people of that country,” stated former Permanent Secretary and Businessman Mr Carl Dawson in referring to the draft recovery plan document released by Government late December 2017.

January 18th, 2018
2018 FLOW CARIFTA Games tickets officially go on sale

NASSAU, The Bahamas- Tickets for what the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) President Lord Sebastian N. Coe calls the most exciting and thrilling junior track and field competition in the western hemisphere, the CARIFTA Games, officially went on sale on Monday, January 15, 2018.

January 17th, 2018
Rush hour collision on James Walter Francis Drive

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As a driver there could be nothing more embarrassing than being involved in a rush hour traffic accident in the middle of Road Town, the capital city.

January 17th, 2018
‘The people telling me these fellows don’t have a heart’- Eileene L. Parsons OBE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former legislator and member of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Eileene L. Parsons OBE has taken a swipe at the NDP regime, saying on the Honestly Speaking show aired January 16, 2018 on ZBVI 780 AM that unlike politicians of today, the late Omar W. Hodge had a heart.

January 17th, 2018
Fit for a King & Political Giant: Omar W. Hodge Lies in State

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Family, fellow politicians and ordinary citizens from all walks of life filed pass the open casket today January 17, 2018 (happening now) of former Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Omar W. Hodge.

January 17th, 2018
Woman dies in hit & run incident on STT

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— A woman died immediately after being struck by a vehicle on the Weymoth Highway in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, January 16, 2018 [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer Glen Dratte announced Tuesday.

January 17th, 2018
Expatriate students should have been asked to leave after hurricanes- Carl Dawson

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A former senior civil servant has said the Government of the Virgin Islands should have asked expatriate school children to leave the Territory following the hurricanes of September 2017 to ease the burden on the Territory's education sector until it was in a position to welcome them back.

January 17th, 2018
Stop the madness, enforce the laws - VG resident

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - Having laws and not enforcing them is like creating a gangster society, is what a resident of Virgin Gorda stated at a consultation meeting on the National Recovery Plan on the sister island on January 16, 2018.

January 17th, 2018
WI U19s spark spirit-of-cricket debate with controversial dismissal

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand- West Indies have once again ignited the spirit-of-cricket debate at the Under-19 World Cup, when they appealed against South Africa opener Jiveshan Pillay for obstructing the field in their Group A fixture in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

January 16th, 2018
Landfill fire @ Pockwood Pond annoys USVI residents

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI- A large landfill fire at Pockwood Pond, on the main island of Tortola, this evening, January 16, 2018 is causing much discomfort for persons in the area and as far as St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

January 16th, 2018
2017 hurricane aid distribution to be investigated!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Residents, non-governmental organisations and the media have been overwhelmed with allegations that the aid coming to the Virgin Islands (VI) following the two devastating hurricanes, Irma and Maria, that destroyed the islands in September of 2017 had transparent distribution issues.

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