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August 3rd, 2021
CDC warns against travel to USVI unless fully vaccinated

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday, August 2, 2021, warned Americans against traveling to the US Virgin Islands unless fully vaccinated, activating its "very high" danger alert as Covid-19 cases surge in the USVI — a result of the Delta variant's spread in the US territory.

August 3rd, 2021
AG ‘stimulus’ reports to be brought to HoA despite ‘accuracy’ concerns

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Despite expressing concerns including about accuracy, Cabinet has decided that the Auditor General’s Reports on the Government of the Virgin Islands’ stimulus programme for religious organisations, civic groups, daycares and private schools as well as for farmers and fisherfolks will be laid in the House of Assembly (HoA).

August 3rd, 2021
Prolonged online schooling could result in illiterate VI children- Bishop Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Outspoken pastor at the New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola, Bishop John I. Cline has warned that should physical school closures continue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virgin Islands may end up with a generation of illiterate children.

August 2nd, 2021
Tokyo Olympics: McMaster 4th in fastest ever 400m Hurdles race

TOKYO, Japan- In one of the greatest 400m Hurdles race in history, one that saw the World Record broken, Virgin Islands track superstar Kyron A. McMaster clocked a Personal Best effort and National Record to place fourth in the highly anticipated final at the Olympic Games in Tokyo on August 2, 2021 (VI time).

August 2nd, 2021
Popular food vendor Rene St Clair Jeffers aka 'Panchie' passes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Popular food vendor Mr Rene St Clair Jeffers aka 'Panchie' has died, according to reports reaching our newsroom, today, August 2, 2021.

August 2nd, 2021
Pedestrian pepper-sprayed & arrested for allegedly breaking curfew

EAST END, Tortola, VI – Information coming into Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that a pedestrian was on Friday, July 30, 2021, arrested for breaching the curfew and pepper-sprayed after reportedly failing to obey police orders.

August 2nd, 2021
Barbados & Guyana considering mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados- As COVID-19 continues to result in hospitalisations, deaths and adversely affected economies in the Caribbean and around the world, CARICOM nations Barbados and Guyana are considering mandatory vaccination for the virus.

August 2nd, 2021
Malone & McMaster take on 2021 Olympic finals tonight!

TOKYO, Japan – Virgin Islands' Olympians Chantel E. Malone and Kyron A. McMaster will both be aiming to become the first athlete in the Virgin Islands to medal at the Olympic Games when they contest their respective finals at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan tonight, August 2, 2021, Virgin Islands' time.

August 2nd, 2021
21 Days of Prayer & Fasting has worked for VI– Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie(R1) has said the recent 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting in the Virgin Islands has paid off.

August 2nd, 2021
VI’s Adaejah Hodge wins triple gold @ USTAF Jr Olympics

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, VI- While Hurdler Kyron A. McMaster and Long Jumper Chantel E. Malone were enjoying Olympic success in Tokyo, reaching the finals of their respective events, young athletic phenom Adaejah Hodge was reaping tremendous success at the US Track and Field (USTAF) Junior Olympics held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, USA from July 26 to August 1, 2021.

August 2nd, 2021
50% chance of showers today, August 2, 2021- DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The presence of a weak trough, along with available low-level pockets of moisture, light south easterly winds and daytime heating could lead to a moderate chance for shower activity over and around the islands at times during the next 24 hours, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has said.

August 1st, 2021
‘We must not fall victim' to old divide & rule trick- Deputy Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the Virgin Islands observes Emancipation Day today, August 1, 2021, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has urged Virgin Islanders to reflect and be grateful for the progress made as a people and to reject attempts by forces to bring about division that can derail the territory and its young democracy.

August 1st, 2021
More hypocrisy! UK Gov’t accused of trying to muzzle free press

LONDON, United Kingdom- While the United Kingdom Government, through the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), seem to have no issue with publicly disclosing documents not yet laid in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA), it is busy at home trying to guard its secrets, allegedly even at the expense of the sacred press freedom.

August 1st, 2021
VI owes Ex- CARICOM Sec General ‘a great debt of gratitude’- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With an attitude of gratitude, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has hailed the former Secretary General of CARICOM, Mr Irwin LaRocque for his efforts that led to the Territory receiving assistance from CARICOM nations following the destructive hurricanes of September 2017.

August 1st, 2021
Kyron A. McMaster wins semi-final of Olympic 400m Hurdles

TOKYO, Japan- Virgin Islands track star Kyron A. McMaster has become the second athlete from the territory to reach an Olympic Final, winning his semi-final race in the 400m Hurdles in Tokyo, Japan minutes ago, August 1, 2021.

July 31st, 2021
Long Jumper Chantel E. Malone is 1st VI athlete to reach Olympic Final

TOKYO, Japan- Chantel E. Malone made Olympic history for the Virgin Islands when she booked her place in the final of the Women's Long Jump in Tokyo, Japan, moments ago, July 31, 2021.

July 31st, 2021
Pfizer, J&J COVID-19 vaccines now available to VI residents

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Persons in the [British] Virgin Islands opting to receive the Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will now be able to do so through the introduction of the BVI-USVI Vaccination Bubble initiative.

August 1st, 2021
Bush tea can’t kill COVID

Thomas C. Famous

“Men lie, women lie, numbers don't lie”

Jay Z

Condolences to the friends and families of those who have passed away in the Virgin Islands due to COVID-19 over the last month.

July 31st, 2021
Jamaica sweeps women's 100-meters finals in Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO, Japan - Team Jamaica has swept the top 3 spots in the women's 100-meter Olympic final, today, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo Japan.

July 31st, 2021
Delta variant prompts delayed reopening of physical schools

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Pointing to the emergence of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the strain of the virus that research shows releases about 1,000 times more viral particles than the original variant, Governor Albert Bryan on Thursday ordered that the territory’s public schools utilize virtual learning when they reopen on August 9, 2021.

July 31st, 2021
DDM says slight chance of showers today in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands (VI) Department of Disaster Management is predicting that for today, Saturday, July 31, 2021, a combination of a surface high pressure and Sahara dust, will inhibit cloud growth and keep shower activities at a minimal.

July 30th, 2021
RVIPF charges one of its officers for alleged drug offences

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Police yesterday, July 29, 2021, charged suspended Sergeant Troy St Helen of Jennings Hill for possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.

July 30th, 2021
USVI Gov Bryan blazes COVID vaccine doubters & conspiracists

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), Mr Albert A. Bryan Jr has expressed his frustration with vaccine doubters and conspiracy theorists, contending that people abuse their bodies all the time and that if the government wanted to kill people it could have done so already.

July 31st, 2021
2021 Emancipation Service to be held virtually on August 1

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Emancipation Service 2021 in the Virgin Islands (VI) will be held virtually this year to ensure that people continue to remain safe during COVID-19.

July 30th, 2021
VI Opposition appears to be working with ‘Instructions’- Hon Malone

WICKHAM'S CAY 1, Tortola, VI– Virgin Islands (VI) Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has accused Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition of working with an ultimatum as part of a major offensive against the government.

July 30th, 2021
Police allegedly seize 2 handguns @ Belmont residence

BELMONT ESTATE, Tortola, VI- Information just reaching our newsroom from senior sources within the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is that police have recovered two handguns during a search at a residence in Belmont Estate, on Tortola.

July 31st, 2021
CoI is checkmate on impunity in governance

By Dickson C. Igwe

Three major benefits of the Virgin Islands COI are one, it is a warning to leaders and officials that they cannot get away with impunity.

July 30th, 2021
Moleto A. Smith Jr approved by HoA for BVIHSA’s Chairman post

WICKHAM'S CAY I, Tortola, VI- Eight lawmakers on Thursday, July 29, 2021, voted for Mr Moleto A. Smith Jr to become the new chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) during the 10th Sitting of the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) held virtually.

July 30th, 2021
VI’s Elinah Phillip breaks National Record with non-advancing time in Tokyo

TOKYO, Japan- Virgin Islands swimmer Elinah Phillip swam a Personal Best and National Record to finish second in her 50m Freestyle Heat at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, minutes ago, July 30, 2021.

July 29th, 2021
Kyron A. McMaster wins Heat to reach 400m Hurdles semis in Tokyo

TOKYO, Japan- Making his first appearance at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Virgin Islands’ star athlete Kyron A. McMaster minutes ago, July 29, 2021, booked his place in the semi-finals of the Men’s 400m Hurdles.

July 29th, 2021
Hon Turnbull made no noise when brother given Gov't consultancy– Dr Wheatley

WICKHAM'S CAY 1, Tortola, VI – Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has called out hypocrisy in the Virgin Islands (VI) Opposition regarding government issuing consultancies.

July 30th, 2021
VI residents to access Pfizer & Johnson & Johnson vaccines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Residents of the Virgin Islands who wish to receive the Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson vaccines can now do so with the introduction of the BVI-USVI Vaccination Bubble initiative.

July 29th, 2021
HoA votes to exempt Hon Neville A. Smith from vacating seat

WICKHAM’S CAY 1, Tortola, VI- The House of Assembly (HoA) has voted to exempt Deputy Speaker and Territorial At Large Member Hon Neville A. Smith from vacating his seat after the company the legislator is a Director of entered into two contracts with the Government of the Virgin Islands.

July 29th, 2021
Active COVID-19 cases in VI drop to 555

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Active COVID-19 cases recorded in the Virgin Islands continue to decline, with some 555 active cases as of the July 28, 2021 update by the Government of the Virgin Islands.

July 29th, 2021
HoA meets today, July 29, 2021 for Virtual Emergency Meeting

WICKHAM'S CAY 1, Tortola, VI- The House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands has convened today, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in an all-virtual emergency sitting.

July 29th, 2021
VIP Gov't in discussion for return of American Airlines to VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Notwithstanding the challenges that plague the territory’s aviation industry, such as the need for an updated, longer runway, Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has been in discussion regarding the return of American Airlines to the Virgin Islands.

July 28th, 2021
VI & other territories pledge to work together @OT Finance Ministers meeting

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The importance of working together as jurisdictions on issues of “critical importance”, including financial issues, was highlighted at a virtual meeting of Overseas Territories (OT) Finance Ministers on July 26, 2021.

July 28th, 2021
HMP inmate serving life sentence allegedly threatens to kill prison officer

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- A prisoner at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut on Tortola has reportedly threatened to kill a prison officer.

July 28th, 2021
7,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to expire July 31, 2021- Health Minister

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has expressed dismay at the possibility of having to dispose of some 7000 doses of unused COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine as a result of expiration.

July 28th, 2021
‘I’m not going to let persons dirty my name’ & get away with it - Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has called out critics of his Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration for using ‘buzzwords’ to malign his government even as they continue work for the people.

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