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April 19th, 2018
The Irma Diaries book tour off to a successful start

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Local author Angela Burnett Penn has embarked on a five-state book tour across the northeast United States.

April 18th, 2018
Billionaire P.A. to be guest speaker @ 'Stop the Violence' event

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Residents throughout the territory are invited to support the Dream Big Group event dubbed ‘Stop the Violence: Let’s start talking dreams into existence” on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom with Billionaire P.A. as the guest speaker.

April 18th, 2018
Exclusive: Kyron A. McMaster speaks ‘I am grateful for BVI support’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - He is being called by every media organisation in the world seeking interviews, and comments. However, the 21-year-old Virgin Islander Kyron A. McMaster who won the first Commonwealth Games gold medal for the tiny British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands (VI) with less than 30,000 people spoke briefly exclusively to his hometown newspaper Virgin Islands News Online.

April 18th, 2018
Two USVI men plead guilty to possession of cocaine

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Tommy Ramirez, 29, of the Dominican Republic and Ramon Clavel, 55, of Haiti, plead guilty today April 18, 2018, in District Court before District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez, to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, United States Attorney, Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

April 18th, 2018
NDP rejected local aviation investor for foreign, $7.2M down the drain

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Many local and indigenous residents continue to claim that the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) of Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) does not treat local residents fairly.

April 17th, 2018
Tales from Tortola Pt 2

Thomas C. Famous

If one were feeling adventurous they would jump into the water on south shore Bermuda, point their compass due south and head out to open sea.

April 17th, 2018
USA & UK lifts travel ban on VI following Hurricanes Irma & Maria

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following two powerful category 5 killer storms Irma and Maria that hit the Virgin Islands (VI) in September of 2017, the United States of America (USA) where some 75 percent of tourists to the British Overseas Territory comes from placed on its Department of State webpage a travel ban on the VI.

April 17th, 2018
Gov't to receive Project Management Support

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE has said that his Government will be receiving project management support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to execute development projects for the Territory.

April 17th, 2018
Team VI ends Gold Coast 2018 with historic Gold medal & fanfare

GOLD COAST, Australia - As the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games came to an end on April 15, 2018, Ephraim Penn, President of the BVI Commonwealth Games Association (BVICGA) commended the athletes for their hard work and dedication despite the devastating hurricanes of September 2017.

April 17th, 2018
Still no mail box services on Tortola 7 months later

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Some seven months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed the Virgin Islands (VI) with its powerful category 5 winds and rain, things are still not back to normal with some government operations and services.

April 17th, 2018
Flowers while he is living; Bill Board congratulates Kyron!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Just in case motorists, passengers, visitors or pedestrians have missed it, the skyline in Road Town on the James Walter Frances Drive Dual Carriage-Way adjacent to the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex has a new Bill Board.

April 17th, 2018
Gov Jaspert signs controversial Bill to create alternative Gov't

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It was a heated two days of debate late last month that further placed a wedge in the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) led by 73-year-old Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL).

April 16th, 2018
UPDATE: Fireman & Tenant hospitalised following R & R Complex fire

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI - The fire that engulfed the R & R Malone Complex on Saturday, April 14, 2018, was serious.

April 16th, 2018
Non-Virgin Islander tipped by NDP to head London Office

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following the ousting by the Government of the day of the Virgin Islands Ambassador to London and the European Union, Mr E. Benito Wheatley, by failing to renew his contract, senior National Democratic Party (NDP) sources have told our newsroom that the Dr D. Orlando Smith led Administration is for the first time considering placing a non-national to the London office post.

April 16th, 2018
USVI correction officer arrested for bringing contraband into prison

VI CONSORTIUM

SOUTHCENTRAL, St Croix, USVI - A man was arrested on Thursday, April 12, 2018, and charged with promoting prison contraband and introduction of narcotics or addictive drug into the prison, after he was caught with prison contraband at the Golden Grove Correctional Facility, Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer, Glen Dratte announced Sunday afternoon.

April 16th, 2018
'Late M. Elton Georges to be given official funeral'- Cabinet

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The longest-serving Deputy Governor of the Virgin Islands M. Elton Georges CMG, OBE will be given an official funeral. The late Georges passed away on April 4, 2018, at Peebles Hospital.

April 16th, 2018
2 day Debate of 2018 Budget starts April 26 to 27, 2018

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After about two weeks of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) of the whole House of Assembly (HoA) that wrapped up late last week, Parliamentarians are ready to debate the 2018 Appropriation Bill.

April 16th, 2018
Captain’s sendoff: Edwin A. George aka Speedy laid to rest April 14, 2018

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The boats were filled to capacity, the grand tent in Speedy’s Headquarters was filled and almost everyone in Virgin Gorda (VG) came out to celebrate the life of VG pioneer, businessman and son of the soil, Edwin Allen George aka ‘Speedy/Kiddo.’

April 12th, 2018
A Coke & a Smile? Cokes seen scattered @ Hannah’s roadside

HANNAH BAY, Tortola, VI - Around 3:00 P.M. today Thursday, April 12, 2018, our roving camera observed some coke in cans scattered alongside the roadway in the area of Hannah’s Bay, on the western side of Tortola.

April 12th, 2018
Leeann Forbes retired DMV officer has died

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Family, friends and the staff of the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) are in mourning over the passing of Leeann Forbes, a long time employee of the Government Department.

April 12th, 2018
‘Hush money? I did not take it’- Bishop John I. Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Outspoken Bishop of the New Life Baptist Church in Duffs Bottom on the main island of Tortola in a national address yesterday April 11, 2018, said he is "one you can trust as a spiritual leader".

April 12th, 2018
McMaster wins VI’s first Commonwealth Games gold!

QUEENSLAND, Australia- In what has captured the hearts of athletes and fans around the globe, hurdler Kyron A. McMaster, who lost his coach Xavier Dag Samuels tragically to Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017, won the first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal for the [British] Virgin Islands.

April 11th, 2018
‘Supa Cop’ Callwood still on the beat! Tickets like rain

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Just in case you think he has gone away, well not so fast. The Territory’s most infamous police Officer Constable Glenn Callwood aka ‘Supa Cop’ is still on the traffic beat and issuing tickets to motorists throughout Tortola.

April 12th, 2018
VI Cuisine promoted at London’s Rum Kitchen

LONDON, England - The [British] Virgin Islands hosted a week-long celebration dedicated to the splendours of VI cuisine at The Rum Kitchen from March 17 to 23, 2018. The Rum Kitchen is a popular Caribbean restaurant located at All Saints Road in London, United Kingdom. The [British] Virgin Islands Tourist Board UK team were excited to welcome Londoners to experience a menu of traditional dishes that surprised and delighted guests with each soulful bite.

April 12th, 2018
Tales from Tortola, VI Pt 1

Thomas C. Famous

As I sat on my porch looking out towards Guana Island, I contemplated on my time surrounded by fresh mountain air, fresh Caribbean dishes, friends and tons of family.

April 11th, 2018
‘It’s ignorance’ I. Fletcher Scatliffe clear the air on stay @ Sports Complex

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Irvine Fletcher Scatliffe, well-known local resident and former talk show host has cleared the air on his five-month stay at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex at the time being used as a shelter following the 2017 Hurricanes of Irma and Maria.

April 11th, 2018
4 VI athletes advance to finals @ Commonwealth Games

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As the Virgin Islands (VI) athletes showcase their talents in their respective events at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia, four of them have now advanced to the finals on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

April 11th, 2018
USVI man charged for illegal possession of firearm

VI CONSORTIUM

LINDBERG BAY, St Thomas, USVI - An altercation between two men led to the discovery of an illegal firearm earlier this month, [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Public Information Officer, Glen Dratte has announced.

April 11th, 2018
Another active 2018 hurricane season on the way!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Some thirty percent of residents and businesses in the Virgin Islands (VI) have not recovered from the ravages of the two powerful category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria of last year.

April 11th, 2018
Anthea L. Smith appointed to Judicial & Legal Services Commission

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Attorney at Law, Ms Anthea L. Smith is the newest member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

April 10th, 2018
Standing Finance Committee continues at HoA Chambers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee continues at the Chambers in Road Town, Tortola which began last week. It is also the continuation of the Second Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly.

April 9th, 2018
Claude O. Skelton-Cline & Peter W. Wickham trade punches over Poll

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A war of words have erupted over a poll conducted in the Virgin Islands (VI) by the Barbados based firm Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) owned and operated by Peter W. Wickham and local radio commentator and former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), Claude O. Skelton-Cline.

April 9th, 2018
USVI man drowns while attempting to save his brother

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI - A St Croix man drowned on Monday, April 9, 2018, at the Frederiksted Pier while attempting to save his brother, who was out in the deep waters struggling to stay afloat, [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Commissioner Delroy Richards confirmed to The Consortium Tuesday, April 10, 2018. According to VIPD Public Information Officer Glen Dratte, the 911 emergency call centre received notification of the incident at about 2:23 P.M.

April 9th, 2018
Where is the $7.2M BVI Airways planes? Hon Fahie calls for CoI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - We all are aware of the history when in 2016 Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) announced that he had committed the Territory into a $7 million deal with the once defunct and bankrupt BVI Airways to provide direct flights from Miami, Florida to Beef Island.

April 9th, 2018
Harrigan-Scott applauded after performance @ Commonwealth Games

GOLD COAST, Australia - Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott, Virgin Islands (VI) 100-meter sprinter was praised for her performance at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Monday, April 8, 2018.

April 9th, 2018
Hon Marlon A. Penn blames poor internet on liberalisation of telecoms

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands was ranked by a British report last year as having one of the worst and most expensive internet services on earth.

April 9th, 2018
Please explain how the Virgin Islands Recovery & Development Agency Act of 2018 passed?

Anonymous opinion

Somehow after days of acrimonious testimony in the House of Assembly that revealed a shocking absence of transparency regarding this legislation, deep divisions within the National Democratic Party, and a general lack of understanding about public finance, the House of Assembly found it prudent to pass this legislation without any further public commentary.

April 8th, 2018
Historic wooden sloop tossed in garbage, never to return!

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- It was our newsroom that first and accurately reported in our April 1, 2018 article that a 25-foot wooden sloop named Vigilant that some historians at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College claimed to be the oldest wooden boat in the Caribbean was sent to the trash.

April 8th, 2018
PWD resumes Brewers Bay drainage project

BREWERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Even before the August floods and the two category 5 hurricanes of 2017, the Territory’s infrastructure has been in shambles.

April 8th, 2018
Ms Daisy, Matriarch of Harrigan Hill

Thomas C. Famous

If one was feeling adventurous, they would jump into the water on south shore Bermuda points their compass due south and head out to open sea.

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