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October 30th, 2020
This week we feature Young Professional Zariah J. Maduro

By Ron O. D'Avilar

At just 17 years of age, Young Professional Zariah J. Maduro is a medical student, entrepreneur and owner of ‘Perfect CreationZ’, a craft business that creates pin-on ribbons for many events such as birthdays, weddings, funerals and anniversaries.

October 30th, 2020
‘VI will get more cases & deaths from COVID-19’ - Dr Heskith A. Vanterpool predicts

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Medical Doctor and proprietor of Bougainvillea Clinic, Dr Heskith A. Vanterpool has predicted a Virgin Islands filled with more COVID-19 cases and deaths; however, he said the territory must still figure out ways to generate income.

October 31st, 2020
The BREXIT horror hovering about the UK

By Dickson C. Igwe

Ok. This Old Boy, to the consternation of his army of critics, never believed Brexit was a good idea. He understood that in a world where regions were integrating and where the two main superpowers- China and the USA- were increasingly bellicose, staying within a united Europe offered the type of protection one obtains living in a well-fortified castle in a vast, terrifying, and violent forest.

October 30th, 2020
Detective to be hired to tackle unsolved murder cases- CoP Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Commissioner of Police Mr Michael B. Matthews has said a detective is being hired by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) to tackle cold cases involving murder.

October 30th, 2020
26 receive certificates of Naturalisation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Twenty-six new British Overseas Territories Citizens (BOTC) received Certificates of Naturalisation during a ceremony on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

October 29th, 2020
Opposition admits to having no documented plan for tourism reopening

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Although the Virgin Islands Opposition has been loud with criticisms of the Honourable Andrew A. Fahie administration regarding the tourism protocols, calling them onerous, stringent and impractical, Opposition Legislator Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) has admitted that the Opposition does not have a documented plan of its own.

October 29th, 2020
Well-loved Virgin Gordian Ali O’Neal aka ‘Bull’ passes

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The Virgin Gorda community has been thrown into a state of shock and mourning with the sudden passing of one of its popular sons.

October 29th, 2020
PR briefly recommends masturbation to avoid COVID-19

VI CONSORTIUM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s Health Department unveiled a safe sex campaign Tuesday, October 27, 2020, recommending masturbation as a way to avoid becoming infected with the coronavirus, but scrapped the whole thing within hours under heavy criticism from the US territory’s conservative society.

October 29th, 2020
‘I support the people to civil unrest’- Hon Marlon A. Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In a jaw-dropping response, Leader of the Opposition Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) has said he supports civil unrest against the Government of the Virgin Islands over the tourism protocols which he has labelled as impractical.

October 29th, 2020
Opposition Leader slams Gov't’s reopening protocols as ‘impractical’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Opposition Leader Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) has labelled the recently released protocols for reopening of the Virgin Islands to tourists as impractical.

October 28th, 2020
Victoria Rowlette defends title @ 2020 Virgin's Cup & William Thornton Race

NANNY CAY, VI- Victoria Rowlette, at the helm of Whoop Whoop, defended her title in the 2020 Virgin's Cup and William Thornton Race on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

October 29th, 2020
Reopening the borders of the VI- A different perspective

Kenneth G. Gladstone

My beloved Brothers and Sisters, sincere greetings.

The current administration under Premier, the Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), has done a phenomenal job of containing COVID-19 to achieving a zero-infection rate in the Virgin Islands (VI). This proves that the aggressive containment strategy employed by the current administration is indeed calculated, and the only thing necessary at this point is to continue enforcing this functional system to maintain the current results.

October 28th, 2020
$10K bail for Johnson’s Ghut man charged for alleged drug offences

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A young man from Johnson’s Ghut was slapped with $10,000 bail after he was arrested and charged for Possession of a Controlled Drug and Possession of a Controlled Drug with Intent to Supply, according to the Arrest Blotter for October 18 to October 24, 2020, as released by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) today, October 28, 2020.

October 28th, 2020
8th day COVID-19 test for tourists under review

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In an effort to bring down the associated costs of COVID-19 testing to tourists, as well as reducing the number of tests to be administered, Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) said the administration is working to review the 4th COVID-19 test requirement.

October 28th, 2020
No day trips into VI likely before March 2021- Hon Malone

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The tourism sector of the Virgin Islands that relies heavily on visitors coming into the territory on a day trip will have to wait at least another five months before it can begin to receive such tourists.

October 28th, 2020
VI’s reopening protocols ‘more accommodating’ than many destinations– Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Amid criticisms from some persons that the protocols for visitors to the Virgin Islands are too stringent, Premier and Minister of Finance with the portfolio for Tourism, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the protocols are actually "more accomodating" than many countries.

October 28th, 2020
November is Culture & Tourism Month; Food Fair planned

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands’ first-ever Culture and Tourism Month will be observed in November with a food fair which will incorporate a Schools’ Arts Festival.

October 28th, 2020
Estimated $450 per tourist for COVID-19 testing & GPS bracelet

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Tourists to the Virgin Islands (VI) can expect to pay an estimated $450 per person for all local COVID-19 testing and the associated GPS tracking device, should the government move forward with its current reopening protocols from December 1, 2020.

October 27th, 2020
VI not seeking ‘short term benefits & long-term misery’ – Dr the Hon Wheatley

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries, and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said the Virgin Islands (VI) is not looking for any COVID-19 economic strategy that will bring short term benefits and long term misery to the territory.

October 27th, 2020
FirstBank notifies clients about 'security event'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - FirstBank has detected a security event in its systems, which has impacted several of its service channels.

October 27th, 2020
Motor scooter rider shot in leg in Baughers Bay

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Information just reaching our news centre is that a male motor scooter rider was taken to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital with a gunshot wound today, October 27, 2020.

October 27th, 2020
Several shots fired in high-speed chase between scooter & rental vehicle in Carrot Bay

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI- The usually quiet community of Carrot Bay was the scene of gunplay and a high-speed chase between a scooter and a rental vehicle yesterday afternoon, October 26, 2020.

October 27th, 2020
COVID-19 led to discovery VI’s borders ‘quite porous’– Hon Malone

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI - Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has revealed that it was the COVID-19 pandemic that led authorities to discover how porous the Virgin Islands (VI) sea borders really were.

October 27th, 2020
VI to introduce ‘Gateway’ mobile app for travellers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands will be introducing a mobile application for visitors, as the territory gets set to reopen its borders on December 1, 2020.

October 26th, 2020
GPS tracking & multiple COVID-19 tests for VI tourists

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Tourists who arrive in the Virgin Islands (VI) from December 1, 2020, will be required to meet strict requirements, including GPS tracking and multiple instances of COVID-19 testing, before they are allowed unrestricted access to the territory.

October 26th, 2020
Tourism businesses must be 'Gold Seal Certified' to receive visitors- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- When the Territory opens up to international visitors via the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on December 1, 2020, only those tourism businesses that have met certain criteria will be allowed to receive those visitors.

October 26th, 2020
Youth footballers from Tortola & VG engage in ‘extremely competitive’ action

EAST END, Tortola, VI- In trying to provide realistic game time for the U15 and U17 players in the Virgin Islands (VI) and as part of its ongoing Talent BVI Elite Football Programme, the British Virgin Islands Football Association (BVIFA) organised a series of matches between Virgin Gorda and Tortola based squads on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

October 26th, 2020
Acts of violence are ‘uncivilised’ & should be condemned- DCP Alwin James

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has noted a “disturbing rise” in the number of serious assaults this past week, two of which were perpetrated against security officers by persons trying to enter premises without face masks.

October 26th, 2020
LIAT returns to the skies Nov 1, 2020; USVI & PR in travel routes

VI CONSORTIUM

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antigua and Barbuda government says the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, which had been grounded since March this year as a result of the measures taken by regional countries to close their borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, along with the airline's own financial problems, will return to the skies on November 1, 2020.

October 27th, 2020
COVID-19, November 3 & December 1

Alred C. Frett

When Nigerian SARS is bigger than our COVID-19:

No matter how hard we seek to avoid Truth, facts remain facts and we will never save ourselves by living lies… This Virus is an evolving mystery and instead of joining Trump in self-congratulation about Cures, we should query the sudden avalanche of COVID-19 positives which disappeared just as quickly as they appeared… Maybe if Trump lived here, he would market Sea Grass as a COVID Cure.

October 26th, 2020
‘Not everyone is crying out to rush back into the classrooms’- Dr Wheatley

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Minister for Education Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries, and Agriculture, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (D7) says that, contrary to the picture of disaster being painted by some for political gains, COVID-19 online schooling has been a moderate success.

October 26th, 2020
Fmr Acting Director of W&SD Shri Manoherlal Kerof passes

ESSEX COUNTY, New Jersey, USA- The former Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD), Mr Shri Manoherlal Kerof has passed away, according to information reaching Virgin Islands News Online (VINO).

October 26th, 2020
High food bill being blamed on COVID-19- Hon Flax-Charles

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The hike in food prices in supermarkets across the territory is being linked to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

October 26th, 2020
VI is free of active COVID-19 cases again!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The [British] Virgin Islands has once again joined a small list of countries in the Caribbean with zero reported active cases of COVID-19.

October 25th, 2020
'UK owes us apology & compensation for slavery'- Kishmet B. Daniel

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Rastafarian and Virgin Islander Kishmet B. Daniel believes the Virgin Islands is quite in order to call for reparations for the evil acts of slavery and thinks if Africans were the enslavers they would have paid reparations.

October 25th, 2020
2020 hurricane season sets record with formation of TS Zeta

MIAMI, Florida, USA- Tropical Depression No. 28 became Tropical Storm Zeta early Sunday morning, October 25, 2020, as predicted, making the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season the fastest to get to 27 named storms, according to the Miami Herald.

October 25th, 2020
Gov't takes Tourism Certification Programme to Sister Islands

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI – Ahead of the December 1, 2020, reopening of the tourism sector in the Virgin Islands (VI), the Andrew A. Fahie-led administration is pushing for the certification of persons working in the sector through a programme with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC).

October 25th, 2020
UPDATE: Beach @ St Thomas Bay in VG reopens for recreational use

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Residents and visitors on Virgin Gorda can now use the beach at St Thomas Bay in Valley, following water quality test results which show that conditions are now suitable.

October 25th, 2020
VG United shock Sugar Boys as BVIFA National League resumes

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The BVI Football Association (BVIFA) National Football League resumed last weekend and there was a shock win for VG United, who defeated powerhouse Sugar Boys on Sunday, October 18, 2020.

October 24th, 2020
St Ursula Holiday lime ends in bloody brawl @ VG bar

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - A Virgin Gorda man was yesterday, October 23, 2020, taken to the Nurse Iris O'Neal Medical facility after a brutal beating by two men while at a social event for the St Ursula Holiday on Lee Road, Virgin Gorda.

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