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December 12th, 2018
Anegada continues to suffer; no airport runway lights

THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI - Fifteen months after the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Maria of 2017, there is still no runway lights on the Captain Auguste George Airport, located on the sister island of Anegada.

December 12th, 2018
PHOTO of the Day: ‘Looking a lot like Christmas’ @ RiteWay Food Markets

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI - As the Territory gears up for the 2018 Christmas season—a year after the destruction of Hurricanes Irma and Maria left the Virgin Islands (VI) in distress—many residents are still struggling to bounce back.

December 12th, 2018
RDA CEO Paul D. Bayly dodges questions on $350K Super Salary

BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI - On the latest episode of ‘Honestly Speaking’ with host Claude O. Skelton-Cline, Expat and CEO of The Recovery & Development Agency (RDA), Mr Paul D. Bayly—a native of New Zealand and a former Permanent Secretary of Fiji—revealed that a whopping 40% of RDA staff in the Virgin Islands (VI) were sourced internationally.

December 12th, 2018
‘Absolutely Scandalous!’ – Skelton-Cline on PVIM wanting Opposition Leader post

BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Claude O. Skelton-Cline, in his commentary on Tuesday, December 11, 2018—on his show Honestly Speaking—says it is ‘absolutely scandalous,’ that members of the new Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), are allegedly discussing the need for a potential change in Opposition Leader.

December 13th, 2018
Deputy Premier Represents UK Overseas Territories at Cop24

WARSAW, Poland - Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) is attending the 24th meeting of the parties (COP 24) in Poland.

December 12th, 2018
NAGICO gives back, paid out $720M plus in hurricane claims

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Insurance giant NAGICO Insurances has paid out in excess of $720M in hurricane claims according to the company’s Managing Director, Mr Shan Mohamed via a press briefing on Monday, December 10, 2018.

December 12th, 2018
‘Atlantic Discovery’ begins 3,000-mile row across Atlantic Ocean

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With support from NAGICO, the ‘Atlantic Discovery’ team, is rowing from the Canary Islands to Antigua to raise money for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

December 11th, 2018
Truck overturns @ Free Bottom, man trapped but safe

FREE BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Sometime after 11:00 am this morning Tuesday, December 11, 2018, a concert truck belonging to the Skelton Group of Companies, overturned in the area of Free Bottom on the main island of Tortola.

December 11th, 2018
Has Mrs Penn-Sallah flip-flopped on PVIM candidacy?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) was the first to report on Friday, December 7, 2018, that former Attorney General and Deputy Premier under the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government—from 2007 to 2011—R. Dancia Penn-Sallah QC, had committed to running with the National Democratic Party 2 (NDP 2), now called the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM).

December 11th, 2018
New VI Opposition Leader coming?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In the Virgin Islands (VI) political sphere, pundits within the breakaway group, Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), are allegedly discussing the need for a potential change in Opposition Leader.

December 11th, 2018
PVIM's Shaina M. Smith promises equal pay for women

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islander and proud daughter of the soil Mr Shaina M. Smith, is promising to put the territory first and fight for women’s issues as an at-large candidate under the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM).

December 11th, 2018
“Somebody vex because they lost an election” – Hon Walwyn on Skelton leaving NDP

WICKHAMS CAY, Tortola, VI - Controversial Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), took a harsh swipe at breakaway member, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton(AL) accusing him of leaving the NDP solely because he lost the party’s internal elections earlier this year.

December 10th, 2018
PHOTO of the Day: NDP 1 meets VIP on Virgin Gorda; D9 battle looming

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - It was at the Virgin Islands Base Entertainment (VIBE), gift giving event on Virgin Gorda on Sunday, December 9, 2018, that saw the National Democratic Party (NDP 1) Candidate, Dr the Honourable Hubert R. O’Neal (R9) and his opponent from the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Vincent O. Wheatley taking time for a photo opportunity.

December 10th, 2018
Game 4: Shooting Stars kills Starz Jr in SCBBC Christmas Tournament

Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, VI – As the annual Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club’s (SCBBC), Christmas Tournament gets on the way, the games on Saturday, December 8, 2018, Sponsored by the Law Office of David Abednego was an exciting show of sportsmanship between the teams.

December 11th, 2018
Teachers and Health Professionals trained in Autism Management

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Teachers, social workers and Mental Health Professionals have received training in order to provide support to children who are affected by the Autism Spectrum disorder.

December 10th, 2018
USVI Attorney General Claude Walker resigns

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI – United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Attorney General, Claude Walker has resigned, The VI Consortium has learned. Mr Walker, who served from August 2015, resigned on Friday, December 8, 2018, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

December 10th, 2018
PVIM's Jose C. B de Castro launches attack on D9 representatives

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – During his first public political speech, Jose C. B de Castro unleashed an attack on Ninth District Representatives, Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal and Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Candidate, Mr Vincent O. Wheatley—who recently resigned from his post as Sister Islands Coordinator—for failing to do enough in the district.

December 11th, 2018
Sayeed Mohammed appointed Service Manager at Parts & Power

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Sayeed Mohammed has took the reins of the Service Department of Parts & Power in October 2018, according to a release from the company dated, December 11, 2018.

December 10th, 2018
Dream Big Foundation wants VI youths to register and vote

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Dream Big Foundation, a youth group on a mission to empower youths in the Virgin Islands (VI), is urging all youths to get registered to vote in the upcoming General Elections.

December 9th, 2018
New equipment for Fire Service amidst challenges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), has signed a purchase agreement for five Rapid Response appliances to be used by the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services (VIFRS).

December 9th, 2018
VI Native on transition team of Connecticut Governor-elect

CONNECTICUT, USA - As Governor-elect of Connecticut, Ned M. Lamont, prepares to take office, he and Lt. Governor-elect Susan Bysiewicz have appointed two Yale psychiatry professors—one a Virgin Islander—to two transition committees according to a November 28, 2018, press release from the Yale School of Medicine.

December 9th, 2018
Man shot dead in USVI store parking lot

VI CONSORTIUM

CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix - The United States Virgin Islands Police Department (USVIPD), has designated a fatal shooting—that occurred late morning, Saturday, December 8, 2018—in the parking lot of the Gallows Bay Hardware Store, as a targeted assassination-style murder.

December 8th, 2018
VI gains Romanian training on Disaster Management

BUCHAREST, Romania – Deputy Financial Secretary in the Virgin Islands (VI), Ms M. Alva McCall recently represented the territory at a training session in Disaster Risk Reduction and Post Disaster Reconstruction at an exploratory mission to Romania.

December 10th, 2018
Who qualifies to be the next premier of the BVI?

By Kenneth G. Gladstone

Even though governments have established their own identity and have taken their own path to what they perceived to be the road to making the BVI great again, it is very clear that BVI governments are yet to find the right political strategy.

December 8th, 2018
Another taxpayers trip by 'lame duck' Premier, what was accomplished?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Outgoing and 'lame duck' Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI), Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), has concluded yet another overseas trip on taxpayers money on his last days in office.

December 8th, 2018
‘Ronnie’ under fire at PVIM launch

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – The official launch of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), on Friday, December 7, 2018, saw its Leader, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), immediately coming under fire, for his role as a Cabinet member—as such was a party to the plethora of misgivings under the National Democratic Party (NDP) government.

December 7th, 2018
Two charged in Panama Paper Scandal used VI in scheme

NEW YORK, United States – Two of four people charged in an indictment–connected to the Panama Paper scandal– this week in the United States, was found to have used the British Virgin Islands in their scheme.

December 7th, 2018
Wade N. Smith In! as PVIM D5 Candidate; resigns as Commissioner of Customs

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Customs in the Virgin Islands (VI), Wade N. Smith, announced tonight, December 7, 2018, that he has resigned from his post at Customs, and is now perusing a political career via a District 5 Candidacy with the new Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) party.

December 7th, 2018
SHAME! Hon Vanterpool regrets condition at Fire Station Building

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With news of some 30 Fire and Rescue Officers working in unsanitary conditions at the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service Building, Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) — in an attempt to damage control the situation — hastily called a press conference late Thursday afternoon, December 6, 2018.

December 7th, 2018
R. Dancia Penn In! to run with PVIM; Hon Fraser subbed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) can confirm that former Deputy Premier, Attorney General and Deputy Governor R. Danica Penn QC, will run At-Large with National Democratic Party 2 (NPD 2), breakaway group called, Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM).

December 8th, 2018
Govt seeks contractors to redevelop ESHS

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The administration of the Virgin Islands (VI) is inviting tenders for the redevelopment of Elmore Stoutt High School, according to a press statement, issued by the Government Information Service (GIS), on Friday, December 7, 2018.

December 8th, 2018
The Caribbean’s Economic Dilemma part A

By Dickson C. Iqwe

Most Caribbean countries, including the Virgin Islands, possess three economic idiosyncrasies- that lock West Indian jurisdictions into perpetual developing status, and the threat of systemic poverty.

December 7th, 2018
Church should do more to empower women - Zoe J. Walcott

BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Beauty queen and Virgin Islander, Ms Zoe J. Walcott who placed 8th out of 86 contestants at the recently concluded 2018/19 Mrs Globe Pageant, says conversations around women empowerment needs to hit the front burner in the Virgin Islands (VI).

December 7th, 2018
‘Mitch’ cites frustration in abandoning NDP Gov’t

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), aka ‘Mitch,’ of the new Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) party, continues to vocally berate his former allegiance, the National Democratic Party (NDP), citing frustration amongst several reasons why he ultimately decided to abandon the party.

December 6th, 2018
J.R. O’Neal Botanical Garden blooms again

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As part of Arbour Day celebrations on Friday, November 30, 2018, The J. R. O’Neal Botanical Garden was formally re-opened, having been destroyed by the hurricanes of 2017 which ravaged the Virgin Islands (VI).

December 6th, 2018
Hon Walwyn's politics is 'wicked' & 'divisive'-Claude O. Skelton-Cline.

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Honestly Speaking’s host, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline, has ‘called out’ National Democratic Party (NDP) Chairman, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), over what he calls his, “wicked” and “divisive” politics.

December 6th, 2018
10 years for Tortolain Ashley Warner in USVI cocaine case

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Ashley Warner, 54, of Tortola, was sentenced today, December 6, 2018, in District Court before District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez, to conspiracy and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, United States Attorney, Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

December 7th, 2018
LIAT resumes more flights to VI following suspension

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, will resume its morning and evening services to the British Virgin Islands following the suspension of flights after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

December 6th, 2018
‘Mitch’ confesses: I asked to be a minister in the next Govt’

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI – Former National Democratic Party (NDP) Chaplain, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), aka ‘Mitch,’ has confirmed that prior to his resignation from the party recently, he held a two-hours long meeting with Leader, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), where he requested to be seated as a Minister should the party be successful at the next elections.

December 6th, 2018
‘Irma Diaries’ brings perspective to Climate Change for Asian Business Leaders

BANGKOK, Thailand, - The Irma Diaries and its message of the dangers of Climate Change, was presented with a ‘human perspective’ on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, to members of the Task Force on Green Business of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

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