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February 27th, 2024
70% or a high chance of rain across VI today- DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Shallow patches of low levels embedded within a moderate flow of straight winds will continue to move through the [British] Virgin Islands and maintain a moderate chance of rain activity in parts of the Wind Isles occasionally over the next 24 hours.

February 26th, 2024
Females defeat males in HM Prison's 1st ever inmates debate

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- His Majesty's Prison held its first debate between male and female inmates as part of its ongoing rehabilitative initiative.

February 26th, 2024
Man reportedly passed out from smoke inhalation @ NHI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A man who visited the National Health Insurance (NHI) at Joshua J. Smith Building today, February 26, 2024, had to be taken to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital after he passed out from allegedly inhaling smoke.

February 26th, 2024
Works Minister hears concerns of D5 residents

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- On Monday, February 19, and Wednesday, February 21, 2024, the Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Kye M. Rymer (R5), along with Ministry Officials, held community meetings to listen to the concerns of residents in the Fifth District.

February 26th, 2024
Virgin Islanders value people they don’t know- Raul R. Sprauve

PALESTINA ESTATE, Tortola, VI –Local musician and band owner Raul R. Sprauve aka 'Jugo' has called on the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) to start investing more in its people, particularly those in the arts and for more value to be placed on locals in the VI’s small community.

February 26th, 2024
UPDATE: Valiant VI edged 1-2 by Cuba in CONCACAF U20 Qualifiers

MANAGUA, Nicaragua- After losing 0-8 to hosts Nicaragua in their opening game of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Qualifiers at the Estadio Nacional De Nicaragua in Managua on Friday, February 23, 2024, the [British] Virgin Islands Under-20 Men’s footballers rebounded to put up a valiant showing against powerhouse Cuba, albeit being edged 1-2 on Sunday, February 25, 2024.

February 26th, 2024
Driver escapes unhurt as vehicle plunges into sea @ Cox Heath

COX HEATH, Tortola, VI- The driver of a vehicle was lucky to escape unhurt when his automobile plunged into the sea at Cox Heath, Tortola last evening, Sunday, February 25, 2024.

February 25th, 2024
VI’s Jaleel J.N. Croal named MVP of American Conference after winning 60m & 200m

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, USA- Virgin Islands’ sprinter Jaleel J.N. Croal kept the territory’s flag flying proudly at the 2024 American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Saturday, February 24, 2024, as he was named Most Valuable Performer (MVP).

February 25th, 2024
NDP Gov’t spent over $8.5M in travel from 2013 to 2018

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- There has been much said in some quarters about incumbent government officials travelling overseas for official business and the fact that the cost is borne by taxpayers.

February 25th, 2024
UK Gov’t provides week of training in port security

BEEF ISLAND, VI- Some officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police (RVIPF) were recently involved in a week-long training in port security offered by the United Kingdom (UK) Government.

February 25th, 2024
Unstable weather prevented earlier repair of undersea cable to JvD- Hon Rymer

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI- Residents of Jost van Dyke (JvD) are now enjoying stable electricity, due to the damaged undersea cable to that island being repaired.

February 24th, 2024
Governor dodges question over his position on Israel threats to Rafah

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With Palestinians now clinging to life in the southernmost Gazan city of Rafah as Israel threatens military action on Gaza’s last refuges, United Nations (UN) member countries have warned that an Israeli ground attack on the city will be catastrophic, with some 600k children at risk out of the estimated 1.5M refugees.

February 24th, 2024
Premier off to Guyana for Caricom meeting; Hon Smith now acting Premier

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable Dr. Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) is heading to the 46th regular meeting of the conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from February 24 to 29, 2024, in Georgetown, Guyana.

February 24th, 2024
Premier circumventing law to transfer festivals to BVITB – Hon Penn

FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI – Opposition Member, Hon Marlon A. Penn has accused the Premier, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) of illegally transferring the management of festivals and events in the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) when according to the law, it should be managed by the Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee (VIF&FC).

February 24th, 2024
Prospect Reef Management Company gets new board members

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With plans for the redevelopment of Prospect Reef now a priority according to Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) a new board is now in place for the management of the facility.

February 24th, 2024
ESHS agricultural EXPO deemed a success

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The principal, staff, and students of the Elmore Stoutt High School have been congratulated for executing a successful agricultural expo on its school grounds, Junior Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. Karl Dawson (R1).

February 23rd, 2024
Sentencing of Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard further pushed to March 28, 2024

MIAMI, Florida, USA- The sentencing of former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard, who had struck a plea deal with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has been pushed back again- this time to March 28, 2024.

February 23rd, 2024
Area of road where Richard C.N. Branson ‘crashed’ now repaired

NORTH SOUND, Virgin Gorda, VI- Residents of Virgin Gorda and other users of the road, including Sir Richard C.N. Branson, would be pleased to learn that the Public Works Department (PWD) has started carrying out “resurfacing repairs” on the sister island.

February 23rd, 2024
Review of complaints against CoP Mark Collins ‘underway’- Governor’s Office

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The review of a myriad of complaints against Commissioner of Police Mark Collins, outlined in a petition to the Governor, has been started by Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Kurt Walton.

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.

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