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June 12th, 2024
British duo arrested after $6m of cocaine seized @ Ghana airport

ACCRA, Ghana, Africa- Two British citizens have been arrested after being accused of attempting to smuggle $6.48m (£5m) worth of cocaine from Ghana to London.

June 12th, 2024
UN told about VI landslides; Climate Change vulnerabilities

NEW YORK, NY, USA– Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has petitioned the UN C-24 Committee for what he called "climate justice" for countries that remain vulnerable to Climate Change, using heavy rains and landslides in the VI as an example.

June 12th, 2024
Fahie sentencing now set for Aug 5, 2024; Requests minimum 10-year sentence

MIAMI, Florida, USA- Former Premier of the Virgin Islands Mr Andrew A. Fahie has received another delay to his sentencing.

June 12th, 2024
Security services needed for Immigration detainees @ Hotel Castle Maria

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands is inviting tenders for the Supply of Security Services for Immigration Detainees housed at Hotel Castle Maria in Road Town, Tortola.

June 12th, 2024
VI defeated 0-4 by Dominican Republic in WC qualifiers

SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic- The [British] Virgin Islands had a tough outing in the Second Round of Concacaf Qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

June 12th, 2024
70th VI Emancipation Festival Village named after Larina L. Jacobs-Lamothe

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The main festival village of the 70th [British] Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival will be named in honour of Jost van Dyke native Larina Loretta Jacobs-Lamothe, who is also affectionately known as ‘Rena’.

June 11th, 2024
Nearly 50% of waste burned @ Pockwood Pond is compostable- Aragorn A. Dick-Read

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Regenerative organic farmer and Virgin Islander Mr Aragorn A. Dick-Read, who is engaged in sustainable agriculture in the territory, says a large percentage of waste at the Pockwood Pond Incinerator can be used for composting and other agricultural purposes.

June 11th, 2024
VI will continue pushing for removal of reserved Order in Council– Premier tells UN C-24

NEW YORK, NY, USA– Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says the [British] Virgin Islands will continue pressing the United Kingdom (UK) to remove its reserve Order in Council to suspend the local constitution if triggered.

June 11th, 2024
Unlocked vehicles in public parking lots being used to commit crime- RVIPF

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The public is being advised not to leave vehicles unlocked in especially public parking lots, since criminals are targeting these vehicles for use to commit crimes.

June 11th, 2024
Nurse Stacey Bartley-Penn donates books to local schools

CARROT BAY, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islander and Registered Nurse Mrs Stacey Bartley-Penn, a 1997 graduate of the Leonora Delville Primary School and a member of the Class of 2003 of the then BVI High School, has given back.

June 11th, 2024
Jehkhalibbah & Kie-Andre Williams charged for various offences including burglary

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following several weeks of intensive investigation into reports of burglary, theft, and other offences committed at both commercial and residential properties, Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) detectives have made a series of criminal charges against two males.

June 10th, 2024
RVIPF cautions of ‘criminal offence’ to knowingly transmit HIV, STIs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Persons in the Virgin Islands are being urged to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, amidst concerning statistics showing an increase in cases in the territory over the last 5 years.

June 10th, 2024
Fixing incinerator by 3rd quarter of 2024 a 'top priority' for Gov't– Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – On the road to building a more green and sustainable [British] Virgin Islands, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says fixing the incinerator at Pockwood Pond remains a top priority for his government.

June 10th, 2024
BVIOC says it does not have authority to intervene in BVIBF election impasse

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (BVIOC) has said it has been approached by several basketball stakeholders to intervene in the current impasse affecting the sport in the territory.

June 10th, 2024
Public alerted about spike in burglaries on Tortola

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has alerted the public that there continue to be elevated numbers of commercial and residential burglaries in certain areas on Tortola.

June 10th, 2024
Ex-political candidate Coy W. Levons returns as Director of Civil Aviation

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Anegadian and former political candidate in the 2023 Virgin Islands (VI) general elections with the opposition National Democratic Party (NDP), Mr Coy W. Levons is back at the Civil Aviation Department.

June 9th, 2024
‘Prepare for the unexpected’ this hurricane season- Deputy CEHO

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “The hurricane season is upon us and we want to take this time to reiterate the importance of preparing for the unexpected. Depending on the intensity of the hurricane, power outages occur which increases the susceptibility of perishable food and that is why it is important that persons know how to prepare.”

June 9th, 2024
Cameron Todman of Alexandrina Maduro Primary wins National Spelling Bee

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- After an intense battle, Cameron Todman of Alexandrina Maduro Primary emerged the winner of the 2024 National Spelling Bee Primary Competition held at the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

June 9th, 2024
USVI: Snake Bounty Programme halted due to 'high participation'

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDEREKSTED, St Croix, USVI- The [US] VI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has announced the early conclusion of its snake bounty programme for the current fiscal year, citing exceptional participation rates.

June 9th, 2024
ESHS’ Adrianne Thomas is 2024 Junior Ambassador of Tourism

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The 2024 Junior Ambassador of Tourism is Miss Adrianne Thomas of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS).

June 9th, 2024
UPDATE: VI show courage in 0-3 defeat to Guatemala

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The [British] Virgin Islands put up a strong showing against Guatemala in their debut match of the group stages of the CONCACAF leg of the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at A. O. Shirley Ground on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

June 8th, 2024
UPDATE: Police hunting gunman in Bath & Turtle robbery

SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI – Police in the Virgin Islands (VI) are on the hunt for a lone gunman who pounced on the Bath and Turtle Restaurant on Virgin Gorda last evening June 8, 2024, taking cash and escaping on foot.

June 8th, 2024
‘Reward and Recognition Service’ held for HMP staff Learning Achievements

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- A ‘Reward and Recognition Service’ was recently held for staff at His Majesty’s Prison who completed over 1300 learning hours since the start of the 2024 year.

June 8th, 2024
Premier announced 2024 Environment Month Green Pledge Drive

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has announced the launch of the Environment Month Green Pledge Drive and the Public Sector Green Pledge with the drive seeking to scale up “greening” in The Virgin Islands under the Green Pledge Programme launched in June 2012.

June 8th, 2024
USVI Coast Guard seizes $7.4M worth of cocaine near St. Croix

VI CONSORTIUM

CHRISTIANSTED, St Croix - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. offloaded 245 kilograms of cocaine and transferred custody of nine suspected smugglers to Drug Enforcement Administration authorities at Coast Guard Base San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday. The contraband had an estimated wholesale value of $7.4 million.

June 8th, 2024
All set for 5th annual VI Olympic Day Sports Festival & walks

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (BVIOC), in collaboration with its member National Federations and the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports (DYAS) in partnership with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, will host the 5th annual free Sports Festival celebrating Olympic Day.

June 7th, 2024
‘I was definitely shocked with the news’ on Dr Jarecki – Hon Stacy M. Mather

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Opposition legislator and Director of the Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) Stacy M. Mather, MBE says he was shocked at the news of rape and sex trafficking allegations against [British] Virgin Islands belonger and business tycoon Dr Henry G. Jarecki.

June 7th, 2024
VI Outdoor Gallery of Arts & Culture postponed to June 17, 2024

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands (VI) Outdoor Gallery of Arts and Culture which was scheduled for Monday, June 10 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m, has now been postponed until June 17, 2024.

June 7th, 2024
Attorney for Andrew A. Fahie wants another postponement of sentencing

MIAMI, Florida, USA- Theresa M. Van Vliet, the attorney for former Premier of the Virgin Islands Hon Andrew A. Fahie, has made a request for another postponement of Mr Fahie’s sentencing in a Miami court.

June 7th, 2024
USVI-born scholar to deliver inaugural Fulbright Lecture @ HLSCC today

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) in Paraquita Bay is set to host a historic event as it welcomes its Fulbright Scholar, Tiphanie Yanique, to deliver the inaugural Fulbright Lecture today, Friday, June 7, 2024, at 6:30 PM in the Learning Resource Centre.

June 6th, 2024
VI urges UN climate chief on support as active hurricane season gets underway

ST JOHN’S Antigua- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has urged the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Mr Simon E.K. Stiell on support to the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) to help in the response to the negative impacts of climate change as the islands face stronger and more frequent storms, heavier rains, flash flooding and sea level rise.

June 6th, 2024
VI belonger Jarecki says he had ‘consensual’ relationship with rape accuser

NEW YORK, USA - [British] Virgin Islands (VI) belonger and psychiatrist Henry G. Jarecki, through his lawyer on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, said he had a “consensual, non-secretive and mutually respectful relationship” with a victim of Jeffrey E. Epstein. The victim has filed a lawsuit against Jarecki with explosive allegations that he raped and sex trafficked her.

June 6th, 2024
2 bartenders in USVI charged with raping vacationing woman

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Two men have been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman in the staff house of the hotel they worked at.‌

June 7th, 2024
HLSCC relaunches Performing Arts Series for 23rd anniversary

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- For over two decades, the Performing Arts Series at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) has been a heartbeat of cultural expression in Tortola. As the series enters into its 23rd year, it celebrates a significant milestone with a renewed commitment to the arts and the local community.

June 6th, 2024
Paul P. Wattley Road blocked by huge boulder

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Persistent rainfall in the Virgin Islands has resulted in flooding, landslides, compromised retaining walls, and blocked roads.

June 6th, 2024
UPDATE: BVI Banking Expo postponed 'until further notice'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– The Ministry of Financial Services, Labour and Trade is informing the public that the BVI Business Banking Expo scheduled for today, June 6, 2024, at Treasure Isle Restaurant has been postponed due to the inclement weather.

June 6th, 2024
All public schools closed today due to expected adverse weather conditions

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Due to the anticipated adverse weather conditions forecasted for today, Thursday, June 6, 2024, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has advised the closure of all public schools in the territory.

June 5th, 2024
Heavy rains create havoc on VI roadways

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI- Flash floods were experienced across the [British] Virgin Islands this afternoon, June 5, 2024, due to a heavy downpour, causing some roads to become impassable.

June 5th, 2024
VG resident Gladyet Walters is latest recipient of Social Home

NORTH SOUND, Virign Gorda, VI - Ms Gladyet Walters of North Sound, Virgin Gorda is now the latest recipient of the VI Government's social home programme under the Ministry of Health and Social Development.

June 5th, 2024
Nobody really knows the general policy direction of the VI – Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Clergyman and co-host of Eye on the Future of the Nation, a radio show on ZBVI 780 AM, said the Virgin Islands (VI) remains in a state where nobody knows the general direction of the territory as it relates to policy and this is affecting how business is done.

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