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October 5th, 2022
Governor 'disappointed' with progress of some CoI reforms

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Governor John J. Rankin, CMG has raised concerns over slow progress in some areas of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) reforms in the Virgin Islands (VI) under the “Framework for Implementation of the Recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry Report and Other Reforms” (“the Framework document”), being led by the Government of National Unity.

October 5th, 2022
2022 Industrial Volleyball League serves off with 21 teams

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Industrial Volleyball League organised by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports is underway, with 21 teams competing.

October 6th, 2022
Liz Truss: From popular to unpopular in a month

Thomas C. Famous

What a difference a month makes.

October 5th, 2022
20-year-old man charged for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with Girl under 16

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Police have arrested and charged Keron Hodge, 20, of Purcell Estate for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Girl under the age of 16 yrs.

October 5th, 2022
Vessel sailing from SVG to VI allegedly held in St Kitts with narcotics

BIRD ROCK, St Kitts & Nevis- A vessel that purportedly left St Vincent en route to the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) was allegedly held in St Kitts with illegal drugs on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, several regional newspapers are reporting.

October 5th, 2022
Residents encouraged to practise earthquake safety

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) invites all Virgin Islands residents and visitors to improve their earthquake readiness by joining the global ShakeOut earthquake exercise on October 20, 2022, at 10:20 a.m.

October 5th, 2022
New BVITB Board Members given orientation session

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The newly appointed Board members of the BVI Tourist Board (BVITB) met for their first meeting in an official orientation on Monday, October 3, 2022.

October 5th, 2022
'Check their own personal track record'- Hon Penn to critics of his leadership

FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI– Unity Government Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has fired back at talk show host and clergyman Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, after Skelton-Cline suggested that the public has confidence in neither Hon Penn nor the current Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) to be the next premier.

October 5th, 2022
HLSCC hosts customised training for The Moorings

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) Workforce Training Division, Centre for Professional Development (CPD) hosted two customised workshops in Basic Literacy and Basic Computer Literacy for nine Moorings employees.

October 5th, 2022
Fox siblings win opening race of Mourant HLSCC College Classic Series on VG

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Fox siblings Noah and Eva created some history when the Virgin Gorda leg of the 27th Mourant H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) College Classic Race Series kicked off on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

October 4th, 2022
Long Look/East End road has to be worst piece of road on the planet- Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- “The roads in the Long Look/East End area, brothers and sisters, that has to be the worst piece of road, without exaggeration, on the planet, but certainly, it is the worst piece of road on Tortola.”

October 4th, 2022
UPDATE: Body of missing female reportedly found near boat accident site

FRENCHMAN’S CAY, VI – A body believed to be that of missing female Krystal Black was located around midday, today, October 4, 2022, in waters just of Little Thatch.

October 4th, 2022
CoI report & Fahie's arrest was the ‘perfect storm’ for UK– Hon Fraser

LONDON, UK– As controversy continues over whether it was planned or coincidental that the arrest of ex-Premier Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) came a day before the release of the scathing Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report, Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) said the two could not have come at a better time for the United Kingdom (UK).

October 4th, 2022
EU removes Bermuda; Adds Anguilla, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos to tax blacklist

BRUSSELS, Belgium- The European Union (EU) has added the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to its tax haven blacklist and also put Anguilla back on as a "non-cooperative jurisdiction" just a year after it was removed.

October 3rd, 2022
Did Governor Rankin lie about not knowing of DEA sting for Hon Fahie?

LONDON, United Kingdom– Governor John J. Rankin, CMG has been caught in a scandal over whether he knew in advance of the United States (US) sting operation that led to the arrest of ex-Premier of the Virgin Islands, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

October 3rd, 2022
Bags of cocaine estimated @ £90M washes up on UK beach

WALES, UK- Police in Wales in the United Kingdom (UK) are investigating how bags of cocaine, with a reported street value of up to £90 million, washed up on a beach on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

October 3rd, 2022
Education Ministry wants conversations on re-imagining sector in VI– Hon deCastro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the aim of re-imagining the local education system, subject Minister Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL) says the Education Ministry is looking to devise a plan on how to integrate new learning strategies in the local system.

October 3rd, 2022
UPDATE: 1 dead, 1 missing following boating accident near West End

WEST END, Tortola, VI- WEST END, Tortola, VI- One person has died, and another person is still missing, following a boat accident near Steele Point Sunday afternoon, October 2, 2022.

October 2nd, 2022
Ian death toll climbs to 67 in Florida

MIAMI, Florida, USA- The death toll from Hurricane Ian rose to 67 and power remained out to more than 860,000 homes and businesses across Florida on Sunday, October 2, 2022, four days after the Category 4 beast slammed ashore along the Sunshine State's Gulf Coast.

October 2nd, 2022
No Gov’t should take property from any Virgin Islander- Hon Fraser

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Opposition Leader and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA says the ongoing issue regarding Ellis Thomas Downs must be properly addressed at the level of the Premier.

October 2nd, 2022
Many fires caused when stoves & ovens not monitored- Zebalon A. McLean

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. Mclean is cautioning residents to let fire safety remain a priority in their homes, schools and at work, as the Territory observes Fire Safety Week from October 2 to 8, 2022.

October 1st, 2022
Former FS L. Allen Wheatley wants UN to observe execution of CoI reforms

EAST END, Tortola, VI – A Former Financial Secretary (FS) in the Virgin Islands, Mr L. Allen Wheatley wants the United Nations (UN) to send observers to the territory, as the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) reforms are being implemented through a framework agreed to by the Government of Premier Dr Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) and the United Kingdom.

October 1st, 2022
Skelton-Cline says he remains trustful VI will have elections in 2023

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands (VI) Talk show host and social commentator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline says he remains trustful that the VI will get its General Elections within the constitutionally mandated 2023 timeline.

October 1st, 2022
St. Croix man dead after shooting in STT housing community

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. CROIX — A 31-year-old man became the latest homicide victim on St. Croix after being shot in his upper body Friday night, the V.I. Police Department has announced.

October 1st, 2022
Anegada residents to benefit from business development training

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI - Residents on Anegada will be sharpening their skills in developing business plans and draft applications for the future use of commercial land at an upcoming workshop in November.

September 30th, 2022
VI Cabinet approves 14 public holidays for 2023

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands (VI) has released a list of public holidays for 2023.

September 30th, 2022
After much public outcry, sewer & road works start in East End

FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI- After much outcry over the long-standing issues of sewerage on the streets and the deplorable state of the roads on the eastern end of Tortola, the public can expect some amount of relief soon.

September 30th, 2022
Good tourism season forecasted for 2023- Premier Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said the VI can expect a good tourism season in the new year, with high bookings and more on the forecast outlook for 2023.

September 30th, 2022
USVI man allegedly stole over $11K from mother's bank account

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI— A man has been arrested and charged for multiple offenses after police say his mother filed a financial exploitation report against him with the [US] VI Police Department's Economic Crime Unit.

September 30th, 2022
'There's this feeling that going to school is not fun'- Hon de Castro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Recognising that schools may have become 'boring; for today's smartphone and app-conscious youth, Minister for Education and Sports, Hon Sharie B. de Castro (AL) says the Virgin Islands (VI) education system will now be pushing STEAM learning, a tools based umbrella term for more focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics into the school curriculum.

September 30th, 2022
Lingering trough: 70% chance of showers today- DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Unstable weather conditions associated with a lingering trough will continue across the region today, September 30, 2022, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has said.

September 29th, 2022
BVIEC receives €254K EU grant for business continuity support

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), under the COVID-19 Resilience Response Facility of the Resilience, Sustainable Energy and Marine Biodiversity (RESEMBID) Programme, has been awarded a grant funding representing €245,481 (EUR) from the European Union (EU) to pursue the project 'BVIEC COVID-19 Business Continuity Support'.

September 29th, 2022
'Gumption' distributes nearly 600 backpacks to school children on Tortola

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- It was intentional on the part of Mr Allington O. Creque aka Gumption when on September 28, 2022, his last stop was the Alexandrina Maduro Primary School (AMPS) to complete his territory-wide back-to-school backpack distribution. He had special messages for the students on being achievers and never a bully.

September 30th, 2022
The season of prayer

Thomas C. Famous

Last week this time Bermuda was bracing for the possible impact of Hurricane Fiona. Not just any old run of the mill Hurricane but a deadly Category 4 (Cat 4) weather system. The intensity of a Cat 4 system has shown itself to be destructive beyond belief.

September 29th, 2022
After almost 22 years as BVIEC GM, Leroy A. E. Abraham will retire

LONG BUSH, Tortola, VI- After almost 22 years at the helm of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), General Manager Mr Leroy A.E. Abraham will be calling it a day.

September 29th, 2022
Late fmr Legislator C. Lewis Walters MBE lies in state today, Sept 29, 2022

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The body of the late former legislator Mr Cyril Lewis Walters, MBE, also known as Louis Walters, is currently lying in state today, Thursday, September 29, 2022, at the Sea Cows Bay Methodist Church ahead of his official funeral tomorrow.

September 29th, 2022
Skelton-Cline produces his list of 'good' female political candidates

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI– The Host of the Honestly Speaking radio show Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has named several women he considers to be good political candidates worthy of consideration for the 2023 general elections in the [British] Virgin Islands.

September 29th, 2022
At least 5 dead, 2 million in dark as Hurricane Ian slams Florida

PUNTA GORDA, Florida, USA– Southwestern Florida was slammed by a historic Hurricane Ian Wednesday afternoon, September 28, 2022, making landfall with 150 mph winds and a record-setting storm surge.

September 29th, 2022
Blood donated locally has to be tested in PR- BVIHSA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One of the major projects of the Rotary Club of Tortola in the current Rotary year is to improve and upgrade the blood bank and storage facilities at Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital.

September 28th, 2022
‘I do not believe’ VIP or NDP will win next general elections- Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Noting that he believes the next 13 elected officials need to be specifically handpicked by the people of the Virgin Islands, commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has also opined that neither the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) nor the National Democratic Party (NDP) will win the 2023 general elections.

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