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May 27th, 2022
Low likelihood of monkeypox spread to VI but situation being monitored– Hon Penn

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI– Minister for Health and Social Development under the Unity Government, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), has indicated that although the likelihood of monkeypox spread in the VI community is currently low, the Chief Medical Officer and other officials will continue to monitor the situation.

May 26th, 2022
'Blowtorches' being used to retrieve metals @ Pockwood Pond dumpsite– Hon Penn

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI– Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) says authorities have uncovered a metal extraction operation at the Pockwood Pond dumpsite on Tortola, which could be responsible for some of the fires there.

May 26th, 2022
Hon Rymer 'justifies' $1M elevator for Admin Complex

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- When it was disclosed to the public that a new elevator for Ralph T. O’Neal Administration Complex will cost the Government of the Virgin Islands over one million dollars, according to a Cabinet Post Meeting Statement released on, May 12, 2022, there were lots of feedback from the public regarding the cost and whether that money could be better spent elsewhere.

May 26th, 2022
Corine N. George-Massicote sworn in as new HoA Speaker

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- As first and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online, that local Attorney Corine N. George-Massicote was tipped to be the new Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA), Mrs George-Massicote was sworn in this morning, Thursday, May 26, 2022, at the 3rd Sitting of the 4th Session of the 4th HoA.

May 26th, 2022
Unity Gov’t wants Governor implementing CoI recommendations– Premier Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– New Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has indicated that his Unity Government is looking to have the Governor of the Virgin Islands, H.E. John J. Rankin, CMG have overall responsibility to implement the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) recommendations, but under a democratic system of Governance.

May 26th, 2022
We have found Hon Fahie ‘guilty without hearing a word from him’- VI Lawyer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Local attorney Richard G. Rowe has pointed to the double standard and insularity regarding the condemnation of former Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and others by persons in the Virgin Islands.

May 25th, 2022
Police Association calls for payment of 'long overdue' increments & allowances

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The non-payment of increments and allowances to officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is said to be adding to the frustration and poor morale of members of the RVIPF.

May 25th, 2022
‘No calling of early elections’ in VI – Premier Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has reiterated that there will be no calling of early elections under the Unity Government before its constitutionally due timeline of mid-2023.

May 25th, 2022
‘Crux of the matter’ in VI is really about nation building- Shaina M. Smith-Archer

BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI- Activist and political candidate Mrs Shaina M. Smith-Archer says the challenges of today’s Virgin Islands are really about nation-building amidst the conversation of direct rule and more self-determination.

May 25th, 2022
USVI Travel Portal to be discontinued June 1, 2022

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The USVI Travel Portal, launched during the Covid-19 pandemic in an attempt to minimise the spread of the virus from individuals entering the US Virgin Islands (USVI), will be discontinued on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr confirmed to the Consortium on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

May 25th, 2022
Barbados PM Mia A. Mottley among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados- Barbados Prime Minister Mia A. Mottley has been listed among Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2022, appearing on one of the five global covers released on Monday, May 23, 2022.

May 25th, 2022
One injured in accident @ traffic lights near Red Cross

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- At least one person reportedly suffered injuries in a three-vehicle collision on James Walter Francis Drive in Road Town yesterday, Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

May 24th, 2022
Ex-Premier Andrew A. Fahie gets $1M bail offer in Miami drug case

MIAMI, Florida, USA- A Miami federal judge on Monday, May 23, 2022, rejected a prosecutor’s bid to detain former [British] Virgin Islands Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), who was arrested on drug-related charges in late April at a Miami airport.

May 24th, 2022
Premier slams ‘radio personality’ for reckless dissemination of information

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has slammed sections of the local media for what he termed reckless dissemination of information, which he says comes at a time when calm is needed in the territory.

May 24th, 2022
Attorney Corine N. George-Massicote tipped to be new Speaker

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Almost three weeks after the untimely resignation of former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Julian Willock, a new Speaker is expected to be elected and sworn in on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the 3rd Sitting of the 4th Session of the 4th HoA.

May 24th, 2022
Findings of CoI not 'justifiable' for direct rule– Cromwell Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Commentator and activist Mr Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka has said the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report is full of ambiguous language and lacks supporting evidence for the many serious pronouncements.

May 24th, 2022
Vance M. Lewis reportedly tipped for BVIPA MD post

PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI- Word reaching Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park Limited (CBRTPPL) Vance M. Lewis is tipped to take over the reins of Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA).

May 24th, 2022
VI property owners urged to settle arrears during tax amnesty

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands is extending to property owners 100-percent reduction on property tax interests accrued for the years 2021 and prior.

May 24th, 2022
‘There is really no justification for direct rule in BVI’- Dominica PM

GEORGETOWN, Guyana- Prime Minister of Dominica Mr Roosevelt Skerrit has said there is “no justification” for direct rule by the British in the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) and has called on Britain to listen to the voices in the territory and across the region opposed to such a notion.

May 24th, 2022
Hon Penn to make 'comprehensive statement' on situation @ Pockwood Pond

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola VI– Residents of the Virgin Islands (VI), especially those directly affected by the frequent landfill fires at Pockwood Pond, continue to complain about the situation.

May 23rd, 2022
UK pulling back autonomy from C’bean OTs for decades- Fmr Montserrat Speaker

BRADES, Montserrat – Former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Montserrat Ms Shirley Osborne (2005-2019) has accused the United Kingdom (UK) of playing games in the Caribbean using Commissions of Inquiry, with the [British] Virgin Islands being the latest.

May 23rd, 2022
Salmonella alert! RTW recalls certain Jif peanut butter products

PASEA, Tortola, VI- RTW Group of Companies, which manages Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd, Riteway Food Markets, Fine Foods, Harbor Market, and Riteway Home, has notified the general public of the immediate recall of certain JIF Products.

May 23rd, 2022
BVIPA MD Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard not seeking release from jail

MIAMI, Florida, USA- Accused Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Ms Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard has waived her right to a detention hearing in US courts.

May 23rd, 2022
‘Show him mercy!’ Bishop tears up during emotional prayer for Hon Fahie

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI– Pastor of the New Life Baptist Church (NLBC) Bishop John I. Cline broke into tears while praying for forgiveness for former Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), who is currently detained in the United States on alleged drug conspiracy and money laundering charges.

May 23rd, 2022
'VI Gov’t was warned about UK’s intention to suspend constitution’- Richard G. Rowe

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Whether the saying ‘too late shall be the cry’ will be appropriate remains to be seen; however, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government was reportedly warned about the intentions of the United Kingdom (UK) to suspend the local constitution and was urged to make it a national effort to resist those intentions of recolonisation.

May 23rd, 2022
Hon Turnbull to hold public meetings in D2

CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI- A minister in the National Unity Government, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull, who represents the Second District, has announced a series of public meetings within his constituency.

May 22nd, 2022
Former track star turned coach Sanya Penn passes

EAST END, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our newsroom is that former track star and coach of East Patriots Track Club Sanya Penn has died.

May 22nd, 2022
Jahnia T. Harrigan overcomes ‘culture shock’ to excel in US school system

MONROE, North Carolina, USA- Forced to relocate to the United States (US) after the devastating Hurricane Irma in September 2017, Virgin Islands student Jahnia T. Harrigan was faced with uncertainty and culture shock; however, the resilience of the Virgin Islander has seen Harrigan overcome and excel in the US public school system.

May 22nd, 2022
Covid-19 cases rise to 595 on St Croix, Fall to 440 in St Thomas

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Coronavirus cases in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) have remained fairly steady following what the [US] VI Department of Health (DoH) said was a post-carnival surge early May.

May 22nd, 2022
Final phase of Fish Bay road works begin; Road closed

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI- The final phase of works on the Fish Bay Road Rehabilitation Project is underway as the Government of Virgin Islands (VI) moves to mitigate flooding in the area.

May 22nd, 2022
Standing up for [British] Virgin Islands in St Lucia

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May 21st, 2022
A few ‘bad apples’ cannot be an indictment of entire VI- Former Speaker Willock

PORT OF SPAIN, T&T – Former Speaker of the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HOA) Julian Willock says a few ‘bad apples’ in the VI is not a reason to label the entire country as corrupt according to the narrative being set by the CoI report and some sections of the media.

May 21st, 2022
‘Monkey pox’ infection on the horizon as COVID pandemic dwindles

GENEVA, Switzerland - More than 80 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in at least 12 countries according to the World Health Organization (WHO) with another 50 suspected cases being investigated.

May 21st, 2022
USVI Ports Officer charged with intent to distribute cocaine

VI CONSORTIUM

St Croix, USVI - A V.I. Port Authority officer allegedly admitted to federal investigators that he agreed to transport a bag containing drugs through the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport because his compensation for doing so would be $50,000.

May 21st, 2022
Dry air, Sahara dust to restrict rains today May 21, 2022 – DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - A very dry and stable airmass, along with the presence of Saharan dust haze in the atmosphere across the area will continue to restrict shower activity in the Virgin Islands today, may 21, 22022, over and around the islands during the next 24 hours.

May 20th, 2022
‘Great time’ for sports as line item in Nat’l Budget– Premier Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says now is a great time for the addition of Sports as a line item in the national budget.

May 20th, 2022
Haitian national escapes Immigration detention

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Chief Immigration Officer, Mr Ian B. Penn is seeking the public’s assistance to locate Haitian national Ms Elena Milord who escaped detention between the late hours of Wednesday, May 18 and early Thursday, May 19, 2022.

May 20th, 2022
VI musician Avery F. Felicien releases new 'Rock Star' Album

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Musician Avery F. Felicien has a full-time day job and is a farmer at heart. While he spends his days working at a resort, Mr Felicien still finds time to plant crops as well as craft up new music, which resulted in the release of his latest album “Rock Star.”

May 20th, 2022
Adaejah T. Hodge ‘was built here’- Coach Ralston Henry

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Celebrating the achievements of Virgin Islands (VI) athletes at the 2022 edition of the CARIFTA Games held in Jamaica last month, the record was set straight that celebrated VI Athlete and the star of the Games, Adaejah T. Hodge, had her foundation in the Territory.

May 20th, 2022
Man drove vehicle while drunk & without driver’s license- RVIPF

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A man has found himself in trouble with the law after he allegedly unlawfully took someone’s vehicle while drunk and not in possession of a driver’s license.

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