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February 23rd, 2024
UPDATE: Road Town Pump Station back online

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– The public is advised that the main pump station in Road Town is back online.

February 23rd, 2024
Paper applications for public service jobs no longer being accepted

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Paper applications for public service jobs will no longer be accepted, as the Department of Human Resources has launched an online talent management system to streamline the application process for positions within the Public Service.

February 24th, 2024
Culture & Capital

Dickson C. Igwe

Culture means a way of life of a people. Culture affects capital mix. Capital Mix is the various combinations of capital- land, labor, management, technology, enterprise- that drive prosperity, and social wellbeing.

February 22nd, 2024
UPDATE: Police Identify deceased in Pockwood Pond incident

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI – Police in the Virgin Islands (VI) have revealed the identity of a man who perished on February 17, 2024, in a suspected chemical exposure-related death at Pockwood Pond.

February 22nd, 2024
Creative Waves BVI Exhibition opens @ HLSCC with local artists in spotlight

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI – Lovers of Art & Photography will have an opportunity to indulge in both as the Creative Waves BVI Arts, Photography & Sculpture Exhibition opened last evening, February 21, 2024, at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) at Paraquita Bay, Tortola.

February 22nd, 2024
USVI still on EU's blacklist as Bahamas, Belize, TCI removed

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, USVI - The European Union list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes has shrunk to 12, after the Bahamas, Belize, Seychelles, and the Turks and Caicos Islands were recently removed from what is commonly known as the EU blacklist.

February 22nd, 2024
RVIPF rolls out 'women in policing initiative' to boost public image

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has announced the launch of the Women in Policing Initiative in an effort to foster inclusivity and empower women within the force, while boosting the overall negative image of the force under Commissioner Mark Collins.

February 22nd, 2024
Massive Hodges Creek to Paraquita Bay roadworks currently underway

HODGES CREEK, Tortola, VI – Some 3,813 linear feet of concrete roadway is under construction from Hodges Creek to Paraquita Bay as part of the Government’s plan to improve roads across the Virgin Islands.

February 21st, 2024
Hon Walwyn accuses Premier of lying about Ellis Thomas Downs contract

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Six District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (R6) has accused Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) of lacking the skills to negotiate a racetrack contract connected to the Ellis Thomas Downs, yet wanting to negotiate with the UK Government on major matters in the VI.

February 21st, 2024
3 arrested following high-speed chase with police in EE

PARHAM TOWN, Tortola, VI- Information reaching our News Centre is that three males have been arrested following a high-speed chase with police in the East End area this morning, Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

February 21st, 2024
VI Gov’t preparing to re-establish Community Bus Service

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5) has said preparations are already underway to re-establish a Community Bus Service in the Territory.

February 21st, 2024
Rigorous qualifications process being implemented for local taxi drivers– Hon Rymer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Taxi drivers in the Virgin Islands (VI) will soon have to go through a new rigorous qualification process to provide service in the VI, according to Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5).

February 21st, 2024
School children reportedly injured in accident near Long Look

LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI- At least 3 school children were taken to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital via ambulance following an accident involving a school bus near Long Look on Tortola this morning, Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

February 21st, 2024
Sugar Boys’ National League title challenge in jeopardy following loss to Islanders

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- With an all important 2-1 victory, which will have serious repercussions on the legitimate National League title-chasing teams, the Islanders FC may well have put Sugar Boys FC out of contention.

February 20th, 2024
Fahie Trial: Judge wants Prosecution & Defense back in court on March 7, 2024

MIAMI, Florida, USA – Former Virgin Islands (VI) Premier, Andrew A. Fahie remains incarcerated in Miami after being convicted on all counts of cocaine smuggling and a federal judge is left unable to figure out how to resolve doubts raised by a couple of jurors about their guilty verdicts nearly two weeks ago.

February 20th, 2024
Man found stabbed on VG; Police want witnesses to come forward

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Information coming into Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that on Saturday, February 17, 2024, Officers of the RVIPF received a report after 5:00 pm of an injured male at a residence in the Valley, Virgin Gorda.

February 20th, 2024
‘I appreciate [Premier Wheatley’s] willingness to do what’s right’- Hon Fraser

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Opposition Member and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has praised Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) for his willingness to listen and do what is right.

February 20th, 2024
Branson wants cannabis decriminalised, legalised & regulated on global scale

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– British Billionaire and [British] Virgin Islands Belonger Sir Richard C.N. Branson says he supports efforts to decriminalise, legalise and regulate cannabis in many jurisdictions around the world because he believes it will ultimately wrestle control from those in charge of the illicit market, reduce harm, and ultimately make people and communities safer.

February 20th, 2024
Deputy Governor’s Office boasts of ‘significant’ CoI Implementation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Office of the Deputy Governor has reported that of the 31 recommendations assigned to their office, twenty (20) have been completed, ten (10) are significantly advanced, and one (1) is no longer applicable.

February 20th, 2024
EE/LL Public Library relocated to Wheatley Building in Major Bay

MAJOR BAY, Tortola, VI - The public library for the East End/Long Look community has been relocated to the Wheatley building in Major Bay, following the closure of the original location to allow for infrastructural work on the building.

February 20th, 2024
Aladdin robbers' vehicle reportedly had licence plate taken from unused car

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Information reaching our newsroom is that one of the licence plates found on the getaway car used by the armed robbers who carried out a daring daylight heist on Aladdin Jewellery Store on Fleming Street on February 9, 2024, was taken from an unused vehicle.

February 19th, 2024
Paid article: CIBC settles unfair dismissal claim with former Country Manager Amory Jervis

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- FirstCaribbean International Bank, now rebranded as CIBC, has settled an unfair dismissal claim with former Country Head Amory Jervis.

February 19th, 2024
8th Sitting of 5th HoA to continue February 20, 2024

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The continuation of the 8th Sitting of the 1st Session of the 5th House of Assembly (HoA) is slated for Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

February 19th, 2024
Sonjah S. Smith appointed to BVIPA Board

PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI- The Cabinet of the [British] Virgin Islands met on February 7, 2024, and decided that Sonjah S. Smith be appointed to the Board of the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA).

February 19th, 2024
UPDATE: Man found dead in Lower Estate home is Wayne Needham

LOWER ESTATE, Tortola, VI- With next of kin properly notified, Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) can now disclose that the young man found dead at his home in Lower Estate on Saturday, February 17, 2024, has been identified as Wayne Needham.

February 19th, 2024
‘People's business’ to remain confidential when accessing social services- Social Worker

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Confidentiality will be the policy as it relates to accessing assistance grants in the Virgin Islands (VI), according to Social Worker responsible for social assistance at the Ministry of Health and Social Development Althica Daniel- Dawson. Ms Dawson said, before now, person’s identity would be known throughout the process.

February 19th, 2024
VI to 'collaborate' with St Kitts & Nevis on agricultural initiatives- Premier Wheatley

ESTATE LOWER LOVE, St Croix, USVI- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said he has been inspired with what St Kitts and Nevis has been doing in the area of agriculture and said the [British] Virgin Islands will be collaborating with that country on some of the initiatives.

February 19th, 2024
VI Team in Nicaragua for CONCACAF U20 Football Championships

MANAGUA, Nicaragua- The [British] Virgin Islands Under-20 Men’s National Team is in Nicaragua for the Concacaf Under-20 Championship Qualifiers to be played at the Estadio Nacional De Nicaragua in Managua.

February 18th, 2024
Premier Wheatley attends AgriFest in St Croix, USVI

ESTATE LOWER LOVE, St Croix, USVI- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) was in St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI) on February 17, 2024, for the opening of the 52nd Annual Agriculture and Food Fair (AgriFest).

February 18th, 2024
T&T & Dominica cop top awards @ 1st Annual Caribbean Baking Awards

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) and Dominica have copped top awards at the First Annual Caribbean Baking Awards held in the [British] Virgin Islands on February 16 and 17, 2024, at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex and Maria’s by the Sea respectively.

February 18th, 2024
California man allegedly threatened to kill postal workers in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI— Simon Peters, a 41-year-old man from Valley Center, California, has been formally charged with making threats to kill postal workers in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI), announced United States Attorney Delia L. Smith on Thursday, February 15, 2024.

February 18th, 2024
Workshop aims to improve physicians prescribing techniques for the elderly

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Ministry of Health and Social Development has said it will be hosting a virtual workshop to improve the prescription of medication for the elderly.

February 17th, 2024
Gov Pruce makes courtesy call to Civil Registry & Passport office

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) His Excellency Mr Daniel Pruce has made a courtesy call on the Civil Registry and Passport Office in the Virgin Islands (VI).

February 17th, 2024
JvD finally re-connected to VI electricity grid after months of generator power

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI – As first and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) about work restarting to restore Jost van Dyke with electricity from the grid, the Island has now been fully re-connected following damage to an undersea cable that completely cut the island off.

February 17th, 2024
USVI Cannabis Advisory Board approves rules for recreational use

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - “We’ve been waiting a very long time for this,” said Catherine Kean, as the VI Cannabis Advisory Board approved a list of proposed rules and regulations to govern the recreational use of cannabis in the territory.

February 17th, 2024
Social Development takes on streamlined approach to managing grants

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The local Social Development Department has underscored its commitment to ensuring confidentiality and equity in delivering public assistance to persons across the Virgin Islands, through more accessible and streamlined social services in the VI.

February 16th, 2024
21-year-old Hanna Estate youth charged for gun & ammo possession

HANNA ESTATE, Tortola, VI – Police at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have announced the discovery of a firearm and ammunition following the execution of a search warrant.

February 16th, 2024
RVIPF needs leaders who are not on the job for the $$- Verne H.E Browne

FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI- Former Chief Inspector in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Verne H.E Browne, who also served as Former Police Commissioner of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda, has blasted the RVIPF top brass as just wanting the financial benefits of the job.

February 16th, 2024
Hollywood actors to facilitate free 9-day Film Development Workshop in VI next month

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and the BVI Film Commission have announced their partnership in hosting a free 9-day Film Development Workshop in the [British] Virgin Islands.

February 16th, 2024
Governor Daniel Pruce does meet & greet on VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- He may not be an elected official, but United Kingdom (UK) appointed Governor Daniel Pruce is not letting that stop him from making the rounds in meeting and greeting public servants and ordinary residents of the [British] Virgin Islands.

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