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July 4th, 2022
Statement by Premier Wheatley on the passing of former USVI Governor Charles W. Turnbull

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Today [yesterday] I was saddened to learn of the passing of former Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Charles W. Turnbull.

July 3rd, 2022
HMP inmate Jose Almestica reportedly stabbed

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Word just reaching our newsroom is that inmate at Her Majesty's Prison in Balsam Ghut Jose Almestica has been rushed to Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital with stab wounds.

July 3rd, 2022
Former USVI Governor & VI Belonger Charles W. Turnbull has died

MARYLAND, USA- Information just reaching our newsroom is that former Governor of the US Virgin Islands (USVI) Dr Charles Wesley Turnbull died this morning, Sunday, July 3, 2022.

July 3rd, 2022
McMaster 3rd in Stockholm Diamond League

STOCKHOLM, Sweden- Commonwealth Games champion and former Diamond League winner Kyron A. McMaster ran a Season’s Best, but it was only good enough for third place at the Stockholm Diamond League on July 2, 2022.

July 2nd, 2022
‘COI Report Implementation Unit’ to be up & running by July 15, 2022 – Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says his government will be setting up a new unit to support the work of local Government ministries in implementing the CoI recommendations.

July 2nd, 2022
Whales trapped on reef in Anegada; Over 40 reportedly died, others injured

East End, Anegada, VI – Information coming into Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that a large number of whales trapped on a reef at the Eastern End of Anegada have reportedly died, with several others injured.

July 2nd, 2022
Bernadine A. Louis was Governor’s final nominee with wholehearted support!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Word reaching our news centre from senior sources within the coalition Government of Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) is that indigenous Virgin Islander, Ms Bernadine A. Louis was the final of Governor John J. Rankin’s three nominees to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC).

July 2nd, 2022
Police in Paradise team had ‘some consultations’ with Tourist Board– Governor

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reiterating that the contents and packaging of the now controversial ‘Police in Paradise’ leaked video was inappropriate and should not have entered the public domain, Governor John J. Rankin, CMG has disclosed that the video producers had some consultations with the BVI Tourism Board according to his knowledge.

July 2nd, 2022
Cloudy conditions & occasional showers in VI today, Sat July 2, 2022 – DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands Department of Disaster Management (DDM), is forecasting that moisture and instability in association with the passage of a tropical wave, will continue to maintain cloudy conditions with occasional showers across the VI today, July 2, 2022.

July 1st, 2022
2 controversial nominees to CRC advanced by Governor

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) and Governor John J. Rankin, CMG were reportedly at odds over two Governor nominees to the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).

July 1st, 2022
16 approved by Cabinet as Constitutional Review Commission Members

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has announced 16 names who have been approved by Cabinet as Members of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).

July 1st, 2022
Crypto hedge fund based in VI ordered by court to liquidate

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Three Arrows Capital Limited, recently relocated from Singapore to the [British] Virgin Islands, was recently ordered by the Commercial Division of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to liquidate, after creditors sued the cryptocurrency hedge fund for failure to repay its debts.

July 1st, 2022
Trio protests ‘UK overstepping authority’ in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Convinced that the Governor has been overstepping his authority and that there is a transfer of power to the United Kingdom (UK) despite the local constitution not being suspended, three Virgin Islanders decided to protest outside of the RJT Edifice ahead of a press conference this morning, July 1, 2022.

July 1st, 2022
‘Illegal fishing is a problem’ in VI- Hon Turnbull tells UN Conference

LISBON, Portugal- Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) has told the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal that illegal fishing in the Virgin Islands (VI) is a problem that must be tackled.

July 2nd, 2022
The silent majority

Dickson C. Igwe

The term "the silent majority’’ is much used by politicians who attempt to identify where the mass of voters and residents sit on any matter

June 30th, 2022
Register of Interests Act 2022 should get public involvement– Hon Vanterpool

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- While debating the Register of Interests Act, 2022, during today’s June 30, 2022, Fourth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly, Fourth District Representative, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool argued that the bill is in need of more legal advice in addition to public involvement.

June 30th, 2022
Hon Fahie gives Notice of Absence to HoA

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Ex-Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has given his Notice of Absence to the Fourth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands, which started today, June 30, 2022, at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola.

June 30th, 2022
Man charged for Disorderly Conduct in a Police Station

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A man has been arrested and charged for, among other things, Disorderly Conduct in a Police Station.

June 30th, 2022
Was Hon Andrew A. Fahie 'correctly' removed as Premier? Dr Pickering not sure!

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Former Deputy Premier, Dr Kedrick D. Pickering, who was a member of the 2007 Constitution Review Commission, says he does not fully understand how ex-Premier, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was removed from office, which brings into questions whether the correct procedure was followed according to the latest version of the Virgin Islands (VI) constitution.

June 30th, 2022
Register of Interests Act 2022’ lone bill on HoA Order Paper today

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- The Fourth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands will begin today, June 30, 2022, at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola.

June 30th, 2022
Darel Christopher & Philippe Leroy share spoils @ National Cycling C/Ships

WEST END, Tortola, VI- France-based cyclist Darel Christopher Jr and the veteran Phillipe Leroy both enjoyed victories at the National Cycling Championships last weekend at West End, Tortola.

June 30th, 2022
Police presents laptop to Ebenezer Thomas Primary top student

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Police Mark Collins presented a brand new laptop to Ebenezer Thomas Primary’s Top Student for the 2022 Jehu Adams on behalf of the Police Welfare Association.

June 29th, 2022
Police in Paradise video 'is tip of iceberg' of what UK can do to VI- Bishop Cline

FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI– Outspoken clergyman Mr John I. Cline has called on Virgin Islanders to unite against the ‘Police in Paradise’ video that he says seeks to damage the territory's reputation on the international stage.

June 29th, 2022
Governor fully agrees ‘Police in Paradise’ video ‘inappropriate’- Premier Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- ‘Police in Paradise’, the controversial and graphic video created by ITV, a British media company contracted by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) and leaked to the Virgin Islands public, is highly damaging to the Virgin Islands’ image as a tourist destination, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has stated.

June 29th, 2022
Sargassum seaweed being cleared from mangroves around Slaney Point

SLANEY POINT, Tortola, VI- The public is being notified that remedial works are currently being done in the vicinity of Slaney Point to clear Sargassum seaweed in the Mangrove Cay.

June 29th, 2022
‘I take my blame for whatever I was responsible for’- Dr Pickering

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Medical doctor and former Deputy Premier in the Virgin Islands, Dr Kedrick D. Pickering said Virgin Islanders must not only blame elected politicians but also blame themselves for the situation the territory has found itself in.

June 29th, 2022
Windy conditions with possible gusts of 35 mph affecting VI- DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) says windy conditions across the Leeward Islands and [British] Virgin Islands will continue to support brief cloudy spells and showers, as well as maintain hazardous sea conditions.

June 28th, 2022
Top Cop, Governor ‘got to go’ over Police in Paradise video–Cindy Rosan

FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI - Outspoken talk show host, Rosemary Cindy Rosan has called for both the local Governor, John J. Rankin, CMG and Police Commissioner, Mark Collins to resign over an ITV video clip entitled "Police in Paradise', which paints the territory as a drug haven and overrun by crime.

June 28th, 2022
4 motorbikes over 1000cc seized; No arrests made- RVIPF

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) has said it seized four motorbikes well over the legal size limit allowed in the Territory.

June 29th, 2022
YEP to hold 8-week pop-up summer programme starting July 5, 2022

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With support from the Rotary Club of Tortola and other donors, the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) will hold an 8-week summer program beginning July 5 for 150 children at the Road Town Multipurpose Complex.

June 29th, 2022
When reading is fundamental & seeing is believing

Alred C. Frett

In a Quest to Return to the Badness of the Good Old Days:

Seems like the whole world is falling apart – Not just our Premier chasing bones in the brook but a constant beat of conflict and confusion… Russia vs Ukraine, UK vs EU, America vs America and Everywhere against Anywhere… Even Hell and Heaven claim Domestic Violence as Rain pours and Sun shines… They took us out of Africa and since we are not going back, Africa’s Sahara is coming to us – dust by dust and grain by grain.

June 28th, 2022
BVICC invites general public to midday prayer & unity service

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The BVI Christian Council (BVICC) would like to invite the general public to our 3rd Midday Prayer Service tomorrow, Wednesday 29th June 2022 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Cane Garden Bay Baptist Church.

June 28th, 2022
Glenford V. Malone appointed Deputy Managing Director of Regulation @ BVIFSC

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI- The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (BVIFSC) has announced the appointment of local Mr Glenford V. Malone as Deputy Managing Director, Regulation with effect from January 1, 2022.

June 28th, 2022
Director of Customer Service post being introduced into public service

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With calls continuing for improved customer service in Government, now comes news that the post of Director of Customer Service is being introduced to enhance the Customer Service Care Centre in the Public Service.

June 28th, 2022
Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull attends UN Ocean Conference in Portugal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) is in Lisbon, Portugal attending the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference from June 27 to July 1, 2022.

June 28th, 2022
Bill honouring Miya Marcano signed into law in Florida

ORLANDO, Florida, USA- Florida Governor Ron D. DeSantis signed a bill into law on Monday, June 27, 2022, aimed at increasing physical safety for renters that was named after 19-year-old Miya Marcano was believed to have been killed by a maintenance worker at her apartment complex.

June 27th, 2022
Kelvin Thomas the 1st person charged in ESHS Wall Project probe

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– The Royal Virgin Islands Police (RVIPF) has disclosed that one person has been charged as the criminal investigation into the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) Perimeter Wall Project continues.

June 27th, 2022
Graphic police video casts VI as plagued by crime, drugs; CoP says video ‘incomplete’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A 5-minute disturbing video clip entitled ‘Police in Paradise’ has been drawing criticisms from the public for portraying the [British] Virgin Islands, a place where crime is still low and people live in relative safety compared to many countries, as plagued by crime, including drugs and violence.

June 27th, 2022
Gov't begins transition of public grants to Social Development Dept

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has announced a new transitional period for the deliverance of public assistance grants in keeping with prescribed reforms coming out of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) recommendations.

June 27th, 2022
2 systems with development potential heading toward Caribbean Islands

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Two systems forming in the Atlantic Ocean with continued development potential are traveling to toward the Caribbean islands — the first toward the southern Windward Islands and the second facing the Leeward Islands, according to data and projections from the National Hurricane Center.

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