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September 19th, 2021
2 wanted persons arrested following raid by Joint Task Force on VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Three summonses have been issued for immigration-related offences and two persons were arrested and charged for unrelated matters following a recent successful operation by the Joint Task Force on Virgin Gorda.

September 19th, 2021
Big brawl ends District League game between Guns & East Rockers 2.0

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With 2 minutes and 34 seconds left in the high-intensity game between Guns and East Rockers 2.0 in the BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) National 'District' League at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on September 18, 2021, a mass brawl broke out that saw the game being forfeited in favour of Guns.

September 18th, 2021
Philip E. Davis in! Hubert A. Minnis out! as Bahamas PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert A. Minnis on Thursday, September 16, 2021, conceded defeat in the Bahamas General Elections after calling his challenger Philip E. Davis aka ‘Brave” to congratulate him and his Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on winning the polls.

September 18th, 2021
Governor Rankin high flying yet again! Archer Jr to act as Governor

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – UK appointed Governor of the Virgin Islands, H.E. John J. Rankin, CMG, will be off again from his governing duties leaving his Deputy to take charge.

September 18th, 2021
Persons owe NHI ‘but if they get sick you can’t let them die’- Hon Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) said within the Virgins Islands (VI), many workers are still not paying NHI contributions, however, they still seek medical assistance when ill the state has to ensure they are cared for.

September 18th, 2021
65 adults & 169 children vaccinated through VI/USVI initiative

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Some Sixty-five (65) adults and one hundred and sixty-nine (169) children were vaccinated in the VI/USVI vaccine initiative which came to an end last Thursday, September 17, 2021.

September 18th, 2021
VG Pilot Alister Pereira among 3 reportedly killed in helicopter crash

MONTICELLO, Georgia, USA – Virgin Gorda Pilot Alister Pereira is among three persons reportedly killed in a helicopter crash, after their vehicle went down at the national wildlife preserve in Middle Georgia, USA on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

September 18th, 2021
Pay up arrears by Oct 1, 2021 or face disconnection – W&SD Director

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Customers of the VI Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD) are being encouraged to settle outstanding arrears by October 1, 2021, to avoid the disconnection of their services.

September 18th, 2021
Bars, nightclubs can now re-open with fully vaccinated staff & patrons

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands (VI) has given approval for nightclubs and entertainment spots to re-open under the condition that all staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.

September 17th, 2021
Speaker chides AG for allegedly ‘misleading the court’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Information coming into Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that House of Assembly Speaker, Hon Julian Willock has lambasted the Attorney General, Hon Dawn J. Smith for allegedly misleading the court.

September 17th, 2021
Invest 95L likely to develop into tropical depression- DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A system known as Invest 95L is being forecast to develop into a tropical depression that could affect the Virgin Islands and other countries of the Leeward Islands in a few days time, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has stated.

September 18th, 2021
Can BVI politicians fire our civil servants?

By Alred C. Frett

Not All We See Is All There Is: As always, this Truth is for the Youth because the Elders appear not to care about Facts and Today’s Drain on Tomorrow’s Supplies come from Entitlements and Retirements… Governments still make deals to pay Monies we do not possess for Work not being done and Politicians have so confused Privileges with Rights that the Authority of Visitors vastly outpaces the Rights of Local BV-Islanders.

September 18th, 2021
HLSCC observing World Water Monitoring Day 2021

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College’s Marine Studies will join the rest of the world on Saturday, September 18, to observe World Water Monitoring Day.

September 18th, 2021
The CoI & entitled Virgin Islanders

By Dickson C. Igwe

The BVI Commission of Inquiry is a shock to a number of "highly Entitled" Virgin Islanders. One reason for some of the anger by a tiny number of people against the COI is the simple reality that the Commission has revealed that their perceptions of power and privilege are indeed flawed.

September 17th, 2021
‘Kindergarten bickering’ in HoA amidst CoI is disconcerting- Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Honestly Speaking talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called out what he called 'kindergarten bickering' in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA) among legislators, even as the UK-sponsored Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is present in the territory, as disappointing.

September 17th, 2021
Blazers reach 2nd round playoffs; East Rockers 2.0 on the ropes!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The formidable VG Bayside Blazers have advanced to the second round of playoffs in the BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) National ‘District’ League; however, one of the favourites- East Rockers 2.0- is now in a do-or-die situation.

September 17th, 2021
'The premier in any administration is basically omnipotent'- Hon Fraser

WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI- Opposition Member Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said ministers risk losing their ministerial portfolios if they do not obey dictates from the sitting Premier.

September 17th, 2021
Board member posts given as reward for support @ polls- Hon Penn claims

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Leader of the Opposition Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) has claimed that instead of competency and experience being at the core for selecting statutory boards members, these posts are being filled by persons who supported the government at the polls.

September 16th, 2021
‘It is the hardest task’ getting businesses to interview locals for jobs- Hon Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honorable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) says it remains a challenge to get local businesses to interview Virgin Islanders from a local job pool for locally available jobs.

September 16th, 2021
Virgin Islanders used to build everything for themselves - Dr the Hon Wheatley

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has admitted that the Virgin Islands (VI) education system has a challenge where it is not good at teaching vocational skills but has a focus on administrative training.

September 16th, 2021
If you have a crowded bar, 'you picking on yourself'– Hon Malone

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- On the heels of two bars being ordered closed and $1,000 fines issued over the past weekend, Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) said bar owners are picking on themselves when they allow their establishments to be overcrowded.

September 16th, 2021
VI launching survey to gauge perception towards COVID vaccination

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. Georges has said health authorities will be rolling out a survey to better understand public perception surrounding vaccination.

September 17th, 2021
Government matters & is legit

Edgar Leonard

The institution of government matters, and it is legit. Nonetheless, the government is often criticised, maligned, and raked mercilessly over hot coal. Nevertheless, some of the criticism is self-inflicted and well-deserved.

September 16th, 2021
New champs emerge @ BVI Laser Masters & Back to School Regatta

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Colin Rathbun toppled 2-time winner Christian Thompson in the Laser class when the BVI Laser Masters Championship and Back to School Regatta, organised by the Royal BVI Yacht Club, were held on September 11, 2021.

September 15th, 2021
Caribbean needs digital & balanced recovery from pandemic- VI tells UNESCO

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The [British] Virgin Islands (VI) has called for a digital and balanced recovery in the Caribbean from the COVID-19 pandemic at a virtual dialogue on work and life in the region, organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural and Organisation (UNESCO) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) on September 9, 2021.

September 15th, 2021
5 HMP inmates charged for murder of Nickail Chambers

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI– Police this morning, September 15, 2021, charged five inmates in relation to the May 2021 stabbing at Her Majesty’s Prison that resulted in the death of Nickail Chambers.

September 15th, 2021
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic U. Raab demoted

LONDON, United Kingdom- As part of a major Cabinet reshuffle, United Kingdom Foreign Secretary has been demoted to Justice Secretary and replaced by Elizabeth M. Truss who was Trade Secretary.

September 15th, 2021
Gov’t awaiting approval to vaccinate children ages 2 to 12 – Hon Malone

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has said the Government of the Virgin Islands is working to have children aged 12 and under vaccinated and awaiting the necessary approvals to do so.

September 15th, 2021
USVI records 67th COVID-19 related death

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The [US] Virgin Islands Department of Health on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, announced the 67th death related to COVID-19 in the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

September 15th, 2021
VI's active COVID-19 cases down to 45!

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands is now recording 45 active cases of COVID-19.

September 15th, 2021
British judge wants Speaker to prove Silk Legal is authorised to represent him

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Even though there seems to be no confusion in the public that Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Hon Julian Willock was acting in his official capacity as Speaker when he had Silk Law file an injunction in the High Court against three United Kingdom (UK) lawyers working for the UK-sponsored Commission of Inquiry, British Judge Adrian Jack has asked Hon Willock to show evidence of this.

September 14th, 2021
CoI must consider culture of VI regarding board appointments- Premier argues

WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has argued that the internal process of selecting board members for appointment, as opposed to always advertising the position, is one that is the Culture of the VI rather than a process that is indicative of a lack of good governance.

September 14th, 2021
WP exemptions to end with divorce unless domestic violence involved- Hon Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has said that persons who receive work permits by marriage will be able to keep their status after divorce once domestic violence is involved, otherwise, the exemption ends.

September 14th, 2021
Blazers, East Rockers, Mega Mix & A’s draw first blood in District League Playoffs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- VG Bayside Blazers, East Rockers 2.0, Mega Mix and A’s have all won their opening game of the best-of-three series in the BVI Basketball Federation (BVIBF) National ‘District’ League Playoffs.

September 14th, 2021
We are not putting down speed bumps ‘willy-nilly’– Hon Rymer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) said when speed bumps are installed anywhere in the territory it is because there were requests for them.

September 14th, 2021
COVID-19 having physiological impacts on both teachers & students - Hon Flax-Charles

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles (AL) said despite the challenges that will come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the new school year, persons must do their best to cope and has assured that Government will do what it can to meet the needs of both staff and students.

September 13th, 2021
UPDATE: Container with 'contraband' seized @ BVIPA wharf

PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI- A container with "contraband" has been seized at the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) wharf in Port Purcell, following an operation by Her Majesty's Customs today, September 13, 2021.

September 13th, 2021
Concrete truck topples on Tortola hillside

WEST END, Tortola, VI- A driver of a concrete truck escaped serious injuries after his heavy-duty vehicle toppled on a hillside at Romney Park, West End on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

September 13th, 2021
USVI records 1st breakthrough COVID-19 death

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The [US] Virgin Islands Department of Health on Monday, September 13, 2021, announced that a USVI resident who was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 died of complications related to the virus last week, the first such breakthrough case in the territory.

September 13th, 2021
Adjusting budget is about being 'cautious' & not broke- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) recently disclosed that Government is proposing an adjusted budget for 2021, considering the shortfall in projected national revenues, the Opposition was quick to suggest that the territory is broke.

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