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December 8th, 2022
Heads of Government with their feet on our necks

Alred C. Frett

Never too Young to Earn or Old to Learn:

Some seniors say that they understand and appreciate what I’m saying as good or better than the Youth so I shouldn’t ignore them... They may be right but, they had the same opportunities before and shouldn’t deny the Youth now getting their turn at information... Furthermore, even now they have equal opportunity to read, listen and learn and are even welcomed to correct me when and where necessary.

December 7th, 2022
Sir Andy Roberts among 2 fmr West Indies cricketers honoured in VI

WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI- Two well-respected men in West Indies and Leeward Islands cricket, Sir Anderson Montgomery Everton Roberts [Andy] of Antigua and Mr Elquemedo Tonito Willett, MBE of Nevis, are the first to be outfitted with the Leeward Islands Cricket Board (LICB) Gold Jacket.

December 7th, 2022
Montserrat’s civil servants plan public protest for pay increase tomorrow

BRADES, Montserrat- Public servants in Monserrat have been called to engage in a public demonstration in protest of the non-commitment of the government to approve a salary increase.

December 7th, 2022
Prophet Fire returns to teach about interpreting dreams & fighting witchcraft

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- American clergyman Reverend Marlon D. Bolton aka Prophet Fire, who told the congregation at Power Plus Conference 2022 at New Life Baptist Church in October that one of his gifts is to intercept messages at the time of death and also told a woman she will announce who the next leader of the Virgin Islands (VI) will be, is back in the Territory.

December 7th, 2022
Tashi O'flaherty-Maduro appointed Registrar General

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following the untimely passing of Stephanie P. Benn on October 24, 2022, a new Registrar General has been appointed.

December 7th, 2022
Virgin Islanders are 'experts' @ criticising– Claude O. Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI– Talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on persons in the Virgin Islands (VI) to stop criticising and instead celebrate accomplishments on the way forward for the Territory.

December 7th, 2022
UPDATE: Dominica Labour Party wins boycotted general election 19-2

ROSEAU, Dominica- The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) led by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt has won the December 6, 2022, general election in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

December 7th, 2022
VG Stabbing: 16-year-old charged with manslaughter

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – One minor has been charged with Manslaughter in relation to the fatal stabbing incident in Virgin Gorda on December 3, 2022.

December 7th, 2022
Athletes, coaches & medics benefit from Anti-Doping & Sports Nutrition Workshop

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - National Federations, athletes, coaches, medics and volunteers benefitted from the BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC) free Anti-Doping and Sports Nutrition Workshop held in the Eileen Parsons Auditorium at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Tortola on Saturday morning, December 3, 2022.

December 7th, 2022
Leading VI out of crisis & surging forward will not occur accidentally

Edgar Leonard

The VI is in a social, political, and economic existential crisis and teetering on and into perhaps falling into a more debilitating hyper-crisis.

December 6th, 2022
‘Public servants scared stiff’ of being charged in office- Hon Carvin Malone

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI - Opposition Member Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has declared that public officers in the Virgin Islands (VI) are in a state of fright over the spate of a recent breach of trust charges laid against public officers in the territory.

December 6th, 2022
Undefeated Moorings & Republic Bank play for volleyball titles tonight

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After impressively playing unbeaten in the Group Stage of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports (DYAS) Industrial Volleyball League, Moorings Sea Rangers and Republic Bank Blue Thunder will be looking to not only end the league with an unblemished record but as champions in their respective groups this evening, Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

December 6th, 2022
Seat-belt use on decline in USVI; VIPD to take 'Immediate Action'

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Recent seat-belt safety statistics have shown a 5.3 percent decline in the use of seat belts among motorists in the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

December 6th, 2022
Revenues from money transfers dropped in 2022 compared to 2021– Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Government of the Virgin Islands earned less from money transfer revenues in 2022 compared to 2021, according to Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7).

December 6th, 2022
Family uses COVID-19 grant to help open poultry farm @ Josiah’s Bay

JOSHIAH’S BAY, Tortola, VI- A new poultry farmer officially opened its doors last weekend after injecting cash received from the sometimes criticised Government’s COVID-19 grants to farmers and fisher folks.

December 6th, 2022
‘We are not paying American Airlines to come to BVI’- Hon Kye M. Rymer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) has noted that American Airlines (AA) is returning to the Virgin Islands (VI) at no additional expense to VI taxpayers.

December 5th, 2022
Magistrates throws out charges against Police Sgt Marley Sebastien

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The charges against Police Sergeant Marley Sebastien, who was accused of lying about the involvement of another interdicted policeman who was on trial at the high court with another colleague for alleged offenses of theft and conspiracy to steal during their time of active duty, have been thrown out of the courts for want of prosecution.

December 5th, 2022
Dr Karl Dawson tipped to represent D1 in 2023 general elections with VIP

WEST END, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our news centre from sources within the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), a part of the coalition Government, is that the VIP First District Committee has endorsed educator Dr Karl Dawson to be their standard bearer.

December 5th, 2022
No more ‘fly by night’ elected politicians in the HoA– Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called for an end to how the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) select its leaders, declaring that the territory has reached a point where it has outgrown the selection of ‘fly by night’ politicians who are elected simply for being liked.

December 5th, 2022
VI to host first leg of WE VI 40 Plus Basketball Tournament this month

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- They may be past their prime but masters’ basketballers from St Thomas, St Croix, Virgin Gorda and Tortola will be eager to show they still have game when the first leg of a 3-leg 40 plus tournament is held on Tortola from December 16-18, 2022.

December 5th, 2022
Buckingham Palace needs to do more than apologise for racism- Bishop John I. Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After the late Queen's lady-in-waiting Lady Susan Hussey apologised and resigned after she was deemed to make racist comments to a black British charity boss, Buckingham Palace also apologised for Lady Hussey’s actions; however, Bishop John I. Cline says Buckingham Palace as well as nations that perpetuated racism need to do more in rooting out racism and “righting the wrongs” against people of African descent.

December 4th, 2022
Beverly Smith receives Stephanie Benn Public Service Award

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Ms Beverly Smith from the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports was presented the inaugural Public Service Award for Excellence in Customer Service named in honour of the late Registrar General Mrs Stephanie P. Benn.

December 4th, 2022
UPDATE: 16-year-old charged for fatal stabbing on VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Police have charged a 16-year-old male in relation to a stabbing incident on Virgin Gorda yesterday, December 3, 2022.

December 4th, 2022
Woman in USVI beats boyfriend with broomstick

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI— A woman appeared before a judge in the [US] VI Superior Court on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, after getting into an altercation with her partner over the sale of a generator, police say.

December 4th, 2022
Lynch & Lindsay comfortably win West End 2-Mile Run

WEST END, Tortola, VI- Jonathon Lynch and Katrina Lindsay were comfortable winners of the West End 2-Mile Run that attracted some 70 competitors on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

December 3rd, 2022
No date yet for elections 2023 – Premier Dr Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A date for elections 2023 has still not been set according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) however, he assured that when the date is set, it will be within the constitutionally due timeline.

December 3rd, 2022
If locals are to benefit from economy, they must be able to fill jobs – Premier

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says if Virgin Islanders are to truly benefit from local economy, then they must be able to benefit from the job market as well as be able to fill available jobs as production capacity increases.

December 3rd, 2022
2022 Hurricane Season closes with no major impacts to VI – DDM’s Jasen Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ended on November 30, 2022, with minimal impacts to the Virgin Islands (VI) according to the local Department of Disaster Management (DDM) Director, Mr Jasen Penn who thanked all in the VI for staying diligent and prepared throughout the season.

December 3rd, 2022
Cruise ship tourist with COVID-19 dies in STT Hospital

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - The USVI Department of Health on Friday, December 2, 2022, confirmed the Covid-related death of a cruise passenger in St. Thomas, who died at the Schneider Regional Center.

December 2nd, 2022
New Labour Tribunal Chairman should be in place by January 2023– Hon Melvin M. Turnbull

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) says after months without a Chairman in place at the local Labour Tribunal, moves are being made to have a new chairman appointed.

December 2nd, 2022
Christian Thompson wins in Laser fleet race @ BVI Dinghy Championships

NANNY CAY, VI- 2019 champion Christian Thompson returned to winning ways when the 2022 BVI Dinghy Championships were held on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Nanny Cay.

December 2nd, 2022
Woman caught on camera entering unlocked vehicles in RT

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Motorists may want to always ensure they lock their vehicles or never leave any valuable or important items in them while parked in Road Town.

December 2nd, 2022
Malone-Smith & Lettsome were not investigated– BVIHSA Chairman

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Chairman of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Moleto A. Smith has indicated that investigations were neither carried out on former Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Cedorene Patricia Malone-Smith nor its former Human Resources Manager Mr Levor A. H. Lettsome, rather they were sent home as part of a comprehensive review at the BVIHSA.

December 2nd, 2022
American Airlines to return to VI with daily flights in June 2023- Hon Kye M. Rymer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- American Airlines (AA) will be making a return to the [British] Virgin Islands on June 1, 2023, and persons can start booking their seats as early as tomorrow, December 3, 2022.

December 3rd, 2022
Collaboration with St. Thomas is better than competition

Dickson C. Igwe

This second article on collaboration with St Thomas states that the announcement of increased airlift into the British Virgin Islands by American Airlines flying to Terrence B. Lettsome International directly from Miami in the coming months, will offer enormous benefits for BVI tourism.

December 2nd, 2022
Hon Smith received exemption to do business with Gov’t lawfully

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In keeping with the Constitution of the Virgin Islands, Sec 67 subsection (7) and showing much transparency, the House of Assembly (HoA) has given Deputy Speaker Honourable Neville A. Smith (AL) an exemption in order for him to do business with the Government of the Virgin Islands without having to vacate his seat.

December 2nd, 2022
Andrew A. Fahie wants informant’s identity disclosed; Requests 2nd trial delay

MIAMI, Florida, USA- Former Premier of the Virgin Islands Mr Andrew A. Fahie, through his attorney, has made a request for a delay on his trial for alleged drug smuggling and money laundering conspiracy, according to court documents seen by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO).

December 1st, 2022
‘In every example’ clients were right in complaints against public officers- Archer Jr

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI– Aiming to add more accountability to the public service, Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr said systems are in place to both commend and make complaints as it relates to public service performance and that findings so far have shown the client is usually right.

December 1st, 2022
VI’s 2022 end-of-year inflation rates projected at 6.4% - Premier

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – As prices continue to rise and currency continues to buy fewer goods and services, the end-of-year projected inflation rate for 2022 in the Virgin Islands is now set a 6.4%, down from an 8.6% mid-year projection driven by price changes and fuel costs.

December 1st, 2022
Standing Finance Committee deliberations start today, December 1, 2022

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Legislators will be busy for the next two weeks as the House of Assembly (HoA) is now in a Committee of the whole House known as the Standing Finance Committee (SFC).

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