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November 21st, 2019
VI residents charged with illegal entry into US

VI CONSORTIUM

CORAL BAY, St John, USVI- Mohammed Singh, a citizen of Guyana, and Jaisel Yroveles Del Jesus, Shadrach Thompson, and Tereim Grant, all residents of the [British] Virgin Islands, were charged with knowingly and willfully entering or attempting to enter the United States at a time and place other than as designated by immigration officers.

November 21st, 2019
BVIPA records significant increase in revenue for last 10 months

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) has shown a significant increase in revenue in less than a year, which confirms the continuous verbalised conviction of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Administration that the entity has the potential of being a major revenue earner once managed correctly.

November 21st, 2019
‘I agree with Supa Cop, act like a professional’- Magistrate tells lawyer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Magistrate Ayanna O. Baptiste-DaBreo sided with Police Officer Glenn Callwood aka 'Supa Cop', who took a no-nonsense stance when a well-known lawyer seemingly disrupted the Magistrate’s Court at John’s Hole on Wednesday November 20, 2019.

November 21st, 2019
State funeral for late Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE December 11, 2019

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The late first Premier of the Virgin Islands Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, Member Emeritus, will be given a state funeral on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

November 20th, 2019
7 honoured during launch of Virgin Islands Communal Association

WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI- Seven “extraordinary” VIslanders were honoured at the launch of the Virgin Islands Communal Association (VICA) and Awards Gala ceremony on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Moorings Marina Restaurant under the theme: “Restoring Virgin Islands Cultural Heritage and Pride.”

November 21st, 2019
Love of Country

Lorna M. George

On January 20, 1961 Forty-three-year–old John Fitzgerald Kennedy was sworn in as the thirty-fifth president of the United States. During his inaugural speech he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” John F. Kennedy loved his country and was willing to serve in the highest elected office in America.

November 20th, 2019
National Archives & Records Management Unit now under Premier's office

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has taken over the responsibility of protecting all of the Virgin Islands (VI) historical information, which he says will become the history and legacy of the territory.

November 20th, 2019
No singing 'God save the Queen' outside protocols - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Noting that the National Anthem should only be sung or played in the presence of the Queen's Representative, ZBVI 780 'Honestly Speaking' radio show host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says it continues to be baffling why 'God Save The Queen' is being sung during assemblies at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS). This practice, he said, highlights a colonial mindset.

November 20th, 2019
VI to begin establishing medicinal marijuana industry in 2020

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After years of the Territory toying with the idea, Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has announced plans to begin establishing a medicinal marijuana industry in 2020.

November 20th, 2019
'I am trying to be a better man'- Youth found with 'weed' tells court

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In spite of his pleas to the court for a second chance, 25-year-old Dillon Findlay will now have to pay $5,500 by February 28, 2020 or risk spending 28 days at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) for cannabis.

November 20th, 2019
VI to offer duty-free fuel to mega yachts

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Mega yachts that sail the pristine waters of the Virgin Islands (VI) will soon benefit from a new duty-free fuel initiative under the condition that they remain in the territory for three days and more.

November 19th, 2019
Caribbean Airlines may fly to VI in 2020

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Travellers to and from the Virgin Islands will have added airlift options in 2010, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

November 19th, 2019
Opposition wins elections in Montserrat

BRADES, Montserrat- The people of Montserrat, a British Overseas Territory (BOT), went to the polls on November 18, 2019 to vote in their candidates for the nine elected seats in the Legislative Assembly.

November 19th, 2019
$414M Budget for 2020 announced; No new tax measures!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government that swept to power at the February 25, 2019 general elections has announced a 2020 Budget of $414,008,611 under the theme ‘Transformation for resilience and sustainability: SMART strategies, Empowered People, and Green Development’.

November 19th, 2019
VI visas soon on sale @ various airports- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As part of an overall push to boost tourist arrivals in the Virgin Islands (VI), Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has disclosed the territory will soon be selling a special category of visitor's visa that can be purchased en route to the territory or at a local airport.

November 19th, 2019
Tropical Storm Sebastien forms

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With eleven (11) days before the end of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm Sebastien formed today, Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

November 19th, 2019
Bayside Blazers draw first blood against Pure Playaz

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Defending champions Bayside Blazers have taken pole position in the Championships Series of the 2019 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League.

November 19th, 2019
'No young man wanted a second hand woman'- Cromwell Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Referring to women who got pregnant out of wedlock as "second hand" women, ZBVI Umoja host, Mr Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka,' underscored the dating culture of the Virgin Islands has now changed with the advent of American television, so much so that 'second hand' women now have options.

November 19th, 2019
Man accuses police of pinning burglary on him based on previous conviction

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Sidney V. Malone accused the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) of pinning two counts of burglary on him because of his previous similar run-ins with the law.

November 18th, 2019
UPDATE: Thulean returns to winning ways; Barrabas Key is the name!

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The loyal horse racing fans at the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association’s races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on Sunday, November 17, 2019 were treated to a day of exciting encounters, including in the feature race that went down to the wire between rivals Totally Evil and Thulean of St Thomas (STT), US Virgin Islands.

November 18th, 2019
New 'Beach Use Policy' on the horizon

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Subject to challenges such as sewage overflows and the presence of dangerous bacteria in the waters, the world-renowned Cane Garden Bay Beach on Tortola has faced a number of issues, which were heightened by the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

November 18th, 2019
VIslander Kenisha Frett appointed Administrator @ Griffin Law in UK

KENT, England, UK- A daughter of the Virgin Islands soil has been appointed Administrator at the United Kingdom office of Griffin Law.

November 19th, 2019
Plantation era grave site on Virgin Gorda to receive face lift

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The Virgin Gorda plantation era grave site will receive a face lift following the donation of funds to the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board.

November 18th, 2019
'TPP investment was one of the best VI made' - Hon Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Even though the project has a cost totalling some $85 million-plus, including cost overruns of at least $40 million for the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park Project (TPP), former Communications and Works Minister, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) insists that the TPP investment was one of the best the territory ever made.

November 18th, 2019
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 is Budget Day in the Virgin Islands

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is expected to deliver the Territory’s 2020 Budget Address tomorrow Tuesday, November 19, 2019 during the Second Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly.

November 18th, 2019
HMP inmate threatens to drink Pine Sol

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Reports reaching our newsroom is that an inmate of Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut threatened to commit suicide early last week.

November 18th, 2019
‘We are not trying to avoid anyone’ – Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has called for understanding and patience from the public as he said it has become a challenge for elected officials to immediately address all the calls and messages directed to them.

November 18th, 2019
The VI’s 70 year journey on the path of self-determination

E. Benito Wheatley

November 24, 2019 will mark 70 years since the Great March of 1949 in which the people of the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) peacefully marched through Road Town to protest the gross neglect of the British Empire. The march at the time was the largest demonstration ever to take place in the islands and changed the course of VI history.

November 17th, 2019
More locals given opportunity to participate in Cooper Island Rum Festival

COOPER ISLAND, VI- More local vendors were given an opportunity to participate in the Fifth Annual Cooper Island Rum Festival on November 16, 2019, thanks to a first time collaboration with ROMASCO Group of Companies.

November 17th, 2019
Willful Skillful are Jr Champs; Senior Bayside Blazers reach C/Ships!

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Willful Skillful completed a clean sweep of Shooting Stars to win the Junior Division of the 2019 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League for the first time on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

November 16th, 2019
79 Out! in clean sweep; Bayside Blazers live to fight another day

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Games in the play-offs round 2, in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League resumed on Friday, November 15, 2019, after the games were interrupted last weekend when local referees staged a boycott because they felt a player who was involved in a fight should have received a longer suspension.

November 16th, 2019
Gov't to introduce AirBnB Tax legislation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following an April 30, 2019, Cabinet decision where property owners who lease their homes through AirBnB, are now required to pay hotel accommodation tax in the Virgin Islands (VI), Governor of the Virgin Islands Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert says new AirBnB Tax legislation will soon be introduced.

November 16th, 2019
St Croix man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

VI CONSORTIUM

St. Croix - Collin Gomes, 26, of St. Croix on Thursday, November 14, 2019, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon, Jr., to possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

November 16th, 2019
SCB men charged with assault; One remanded to HM Prison

ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA, VI - Police in the Virgin Islands (VI) have arrested two men from Sea Cows Bay, each charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm.

November 15th, 2019
Disrespectful! Hon Flax-Charles says she was rebuked for looking out for VG

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Junior Minister for Tourism and Territorial At Large Representative, Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles said she was rebuked for always looking out for the people of Virgin Gorda by an unnamed Chairperson of a statutory board recently.

November 15th, 2019
This Week We Feature Young Professional Keyana K.N. Browne

By Ron O. D'Avilar

All around the world Virgin Islanders are flying the flag of the territory high. One such individual, Ms Keyana K. N Browne, is no different. She is an entrepreneur as well as a Certified Medical Assistant, in addition to being the Founder and CEO of an apparel company called 'Baby Royal Eminence'.

November 15th, 2019
Premier calls out 'hypocrisy' in claims of nepotism & cronyism in VIP Gov't

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Calling the Opposition debates a 'facade' over claims that his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government is involved in nepotism and cronyism, in addition to victimising and dismissing board members since taking office, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew Fahie (R1) has fired back at the hypocrisy coming from especially Opposition Members of the past National Democratic Party (NDP) government.

November 15th, 2019
‘Forgive the debts’ of delinquent Crafts Alive vendors- Hon Maduro-Caines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The issue of Crafts Alive vendors owing the ‘City’ in excess of half a million dollars came up for discussion at a press conference called by the Opposition on November 13, 2019.

November 15th, 2019
Candlelight vigil held for hit & run accident victim Ryan Adams

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - The October 23, 2019 road accident that claimed the life of a Sea Cows Bay youth still has those who knew him in a state of shock as they say life in the drum corps, his church and home will never be the same without him.

November 16th, 2019
Jack the super wealthy & the working poor

By Dickson C. Igwe

Austere trickledown economics has created a world Oligarchy. The world is ruled by the super-wealthy. A great irony with globalization is that it has re-established the exponential social inequalities inherent in both ancient and recent history.

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