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October 7th, 2015
T’Shonda Dore rushed to USA for spinal surgery

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - T’Shonda Dore, a high school student of the Virgin Islands, has left these shores for the United States of America (USA) to undergo corrective surgery to her spine, thanks to the many persons who donated financially and otherwise to help give her a chance at a comfortable and pain-free life.

October 7th, 2015
'We already pay for Social Security; no need to pay again for NHI' - Winston E. Nibbs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Radio talk show regular Winston E. Nibbs aka La Fontey spoke up last evening October 6, 2015 in condemnation of the National Health Insurance (NHI) in its current form, saying that persons already make contributions under the Social Security Board and that they should not have to pay again.

October 6th, 2015
‘No link between over-supply of fish & dead fish!' – Dr Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) said while the sargassum seaweed might be responsible for larger numbers of spawned fish, there is no link between the larger fish numbers being brought in by fishermen and the dead fish that have been turning up sporadically.

October 6th, 2015
VI funeral homes battle for dead! One accuses other of 'stealing bodies'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The two funeral homes on the main island of Tortola are embroiled in a battle of words as one accuses the other of ‘stealing bodies' meant for it and the other counter accusing of spreading falsehoods.

October 6th, 2015
6-yr-old girl’s fight with cancer inspires church

HUNTUMS GHUT, Tortola, VI – When six year old Aviyah N. A. Ottley was introduced and called to the stage at the Huntums Ghut Church of God of Prophecy – Shekinah House of Prayer, the congregation stood to its feet in loud applause and a moment of worship on learning that the child is now in remission having battled with cancer from the tender age of 7 months.

October 6th, 2015
NHI Petition to be handed to Premier Smith on Friday

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The sojourn of the National Health Insurance (NHI) petition which was started by social commentator and H. Lavity Stoutt Community College lecturer Natalio D. Wheatley aka Sowande Uhuru is close to the end as it will finally be handed to Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith on Friday October 9, 2015.

October 5th, 2015
B&F Medical not signing on to NHI now – Alred C. Frett

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Owner of B&F Medical Complex Mr Alred C. Frett has stated his institution has not yet signed on to the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme as a health care provider and will not be doing so unless certain concerns are adequately addressed.

October 4th, 2015
‘Stay out of seaweed-infested water!’ – Dr Cassander Titley-O’Neal PhD

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In the wake of fish kills and complaints of discoloured water from the taps, local environmentalist Dr Cassander Titley-O’Neal PhD is warning persons to stay away from the water in places invaded by sargassum seaweed because of the possible negative impacts on human health, including the potential to be fatal in strong enough doses.

October 2nd, 2015
‘The unknown is always questionable’– Hon Skelton on NHI Petition

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The minister under which the National Health Insurance (NHI) directly falls and is the next big beat for him after the completion of the new Peebles Hospital, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton, is leaving the handling of the petition against the NHI up to the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith.

October 1st, 2015
‘Non-traditional’ contract signed for NHI with JIPA Network

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton and Director of Social Security Ms Antonine Skelton confirmed with reporters earlier today, October 1, 2015 that the selecting of the association of health care providers JIPA Network as part of executing the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme was not done through the regular tender process.

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