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January 21st, 2022
Kurt Rabsatt faces burglary/offensive weapon charges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI–Police charged recaptured prisoner Kurt Rabsatt with two counts of burglary and being armed with an offensive weapon since his recapture earlier this week.

January 21st, 2022
Customers complain about wet floors @ RiteWay Food Market in Pasea

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI- For years, residents who shop at the RiteWay Food Market located in Pasea Estate have made complaints about the wet floors at the flagship store on the main island of Tortola.

January 21st, 2022
CTL founder & distinguished Rotarian Clarence C. Thomas passes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Information just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Mr Clarence Cecil Thomas, a pioneer businessman and founder of the popular hardware store in the Virgin Islands, Clarence Thomas Limited (CTL), has passed.

January 21st, 2022
Legislation coming to allow for monitoring & tracking of sex offenders

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI– The Virgin Islands will be introducing ‘The Sexual Offences Bill’ to provide a gender-sensitive legal framework relating to a broad range of sexual crimes in the territory as part of new legislation for 2022.

January 21st, 2022
Alleged human smuggler Danny Dennevil loses another bid for bail

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Stating that if he is granted bail, it would lead to an erosion in public confidence in the justice system, High Court Judge Richard G. Floyd has denied the bail application for 31-year-old Danny Dennevil.

January 22nd, 2022
COVID & change

Dickson C. Igwe

A fear of, or reluctance to change, is a recipe for stagnation, decline, and failure. Now change is the one constant in life. From the time we are born to the day we die the one thing that is certain is change, and it’s sibling uncertainty.

January 21st, 2022
Mourant BVI assists Stillfront on Six Waves Inc acquisition

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Mourant, a law firm-led professional services business, has advised Stillfront Group, a powerhouse of gaming studios, on the BVI law aspects of the acquisition of Six Waves Inc, a BVI company, for initial consideration of US$201 million plus an earn-out capped at US$100 million.

January 20th, 2022
Former BVIPA MD Vincent V. O’Neal passes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Information reaching our newsroom is that former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Mr Vincent V. O’Neal has passed.

January 20th, 2022
VI should reject ‘throne speech’ as a relic of colonial past – Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Consultant and commentator Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on the people of the Virgin Islands to reject relics of colonial past like the Speech from the Throne, which he says undermines the territory's spirit of independence.

January 20th, 2022
If we go independent ‘we not dumping the UK’ – Hon Fraser

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI– Senior legislator in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has argued that going independent does not mean the Virgin Islands will outright ‘dump’ the UK regarding the partnership shared by the two.

January 20th, 2022
Over 50 persons on remand @ HMP, spanning 6 mths to 3 years!– Hill

BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Superintendent of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut, Mr Guy M. Hill said currently there are more than 50 individuals on remand at the state facility.

January 20th, 2022
Boris Johnson's critics facing intimidation & blackmail- UK lawmaker

LONDON, United Kingdom- Beleaguered United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is now battling claims that Tory critics are facing “intimidation” which could amount to blackmail as part of an effort to keep him in office, according to reports in several publications in the UK.

January 20th, 2022
Man arrested for allegedly setting WE garage on fire

TOWERS, Tortola, VI- A man was yesterday, January 19, 2022, arrested by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) for suspected arson, following a fire that destroyed Godfrey’s Garage in Towers.

January 20th, 2022
UPDATE: Mia A. Mottley & BLP crush Opposition DLP 30-0 in Barbados elections

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados- Mia A. Mottley, who shot to international fame during the Cop26 climate talks and oversaw Barbados’s break with the Queen last year, has-as expected-won a second term as the Caribbean nation’s prime minister.

January 19th, 2022
4.01 Magnitude Earthquake felt in VI; No tsunami threat reported

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Information coming into Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that a Magnitude 4.01 earthquake that occurred around 6:36 pm today, January 19, 2022, was felt in the Virgin Islands (VI), according to data provided by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM).

January 19th, 2022
Vehicles damaged as fire breaks out @ workshop in Towers

TOWERS, Tortola, VI- A number of vehicles are said to have been damaged due to a fire at a vehicle repair shop in Towers, Tortola this afternoon, January 19, 2022.

January 19th, 2022
UPDATE: Home & vehicle destroyed by fire @ Copper Mine

COPPER MINE, Virgin Gorda, VI- The fire at Copper Mine on Virgin Gorda last night, January 18, 2022, destroyed a home and all its contents, along with a vehicle.

January 19th, 2022
VI needs health care workers to ‘come back home’- Hon Carvin Malone

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- The Ministry of Health in the Virgin Islands has made a desperate call for persons to take up multiple job opportunities in the territory’s healthcare system and is also calling on Virgin Islanders trained in the medical field, but residing overseas, to return and serve their home country.

January 19th, 2022
'We cannot import all the labour & have locals sitting @ home'- Hon Wheatley

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has defended the Department of Labour and Workforce Development and the lengthy time that the department processes work permits.

January 19th, 2022
Throne Speech: Long overdue Constitutional Review ‘moving forward this year’

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Buried beneath a mountain of legislative plans for 2022, as revealed in the Speech from the Throne, the Virgin Islands' status on its long-overdue Constitution Review process was mentioned just once.

January 18th, 2022
CIBC FirstCaribbean donates $1000 to FSN instead of year-end staff party

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Instead of its seasonal staff celebrations, the staff at CIBC FirstCaribbean in the Virgin Islands (VI) agreed once again to instead donate $1,000 to people in need through the Family Support Network (FSN).

January 18th, 2022
‘Investigate possibility’ of forgiving interest for locals with loans @ NBVI- Hon Fraser

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Veteran legislator and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA has called on the Government of the Virgin Islands to investigate the possibility of the National Bank of the Virgin Islands (NBVI) forgiving all or a percentage of interest on loans for Virgin Islanders during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Virgin Islands.

January 18th, 2022
Gov’t projecting $5.7M in gaming & betting revenues for 2022

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – The Government of the Virgin Islands will in 2022 be implementing The Gaming and Betting Control Act, 2020, which aims to provide for the establishment of the Gaming and Betting Control Commission to regulate the Gaming and Betting Sectors in the VI.

January 18th, 2022
VI Gov’t to ban single-use disposable plastic bags & containers

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- In an effort to protect the environment as well as reduce littering, the Government of the Virgin Islands will be introducing legislation during the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) to ban the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags, containers and bottles.

January 18th, 2022
Fahie gov’t re-commits to ‘Good Governance’ in 2022 roadmap

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- The Andrew A. Fahie-led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Administration has thrown down the gauntlet for a new round of ‘Good Governance’ legislation that will bring greater transparency and accountability to current and future Virgin Islands governments.

January 18th, 2022
Legislation for new HoA to focus on improving standard of living in VI

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Another busy session of the House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands has been mapped out by the Government of the Virgin Islands, according to revelations from the Speech from the Throne delivered by Governor John J. Rankin, CMG.

January 18th, 2022
Escaped prisoner Kurt Rabsatt recaptured

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is reporting that it has recaptured a prisoner who had escaped police custody in December 2021.

January 18th, 2022
HoA returns today with Speech from the Throne & new legislation

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands' House of Assembly (HoA) will return today, January 18, 2022, at the Save the Seed Energy Centre with the highly anticipated Speech from the Throne written by the Government and delivered by the Governor.

January 18th, 2022
5 new COVID-19 deaths in VI; Total now @ 47

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- There have been 5 new deaths due to COVID-19 in the Virgin Islands.

January 18th, 2022
10 RVIPF officers currently interdicted from duty- CoP Collins

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), which has been struggling to gain the public's trust, has been plagued by a number of police officers being fingered in corruption probes.

January 17th, 2022
Active COVID-19 cases in VI reduce to 899

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After peaking at some 1387 active COVID-19 cases, the Virgin Islands continues to see a decline in infections, according to the latest information released by local health authorities.

January 17th, 2022
Face-to-face learning for public schools resume Jan. 31, 2022- Dr the Hon Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Students and teachers challenged by the online learning system put in place for public schools due to the COVID-19 spike in the Virgin Islands would be relieved by the news that face-to-face learning will resume as early as January 24, 2022, for some categories of students and for all students on January 31, 2022.

January 17th, 2022
‘We must never assist the colonialists’ to take away freedom- Cromwell Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A son of the Virgin Islands soil who has always advocated for the empowerment of locals and persons of African descent, Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka, has warned Virgin Islanders to be wary not to facilitate nations that once enslaved our ancestors to make a repeat of history.

January 17th, 2022
UPDATE: Youth found dead in EE is Delroy Delano Gordon

EAST END, Tortola, VI- Now that family members have been adequately informed, Virgin Islands News Online can disclose that the youth found dead at a home in East End, Tortola on Sunday, January 16, 2022, has been identified as Delroy Delano Gordon.

January 17th, 2022
USVI has high # of active defendants in US Human Trafficking cases

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands has announced that January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Shappert noted that the Department of Justice is commemorating the 11th Annual National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and emphasising the department’s continued commitment to combating human trafficking in all its forms.

January 17th, 2022
COVID-19: “If I need another booster next week, I’m going for it’- Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Pastor and host of the Honestly Speaking radio show on ZBVI 780 AM, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called on persons in the Virgin Islands (VI) to take their COVID-19 booster shots as an added protection against the COVID-19 virus.

January 17th, 2022
InterCaribbean reportedly acquiring LIAT’s planes; hiring pilots

ST JOHN'S, Antigua- InterCaribbean Airways is reportedly moving swiftly to replace LIAT in the Caribbean aviation space.

January 17th, 2022
Slight chance of showers expected today into tonight- DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is predicting that there will be a 20 per cent chance of showers continuing from the weekend into today Monday, January 17, 2022, while at the same time informing persons of a high surf advisory in effect.

January 16th, 2022
‘The most non-invasive testing will be chosen’ for schools- Dr Georges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The most non-invasive testing will be done on students when the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Development, introduces rapid testing for the coronavirus in schools.

January 17th, 2022
Salt Island: The Forgotten & Neglected Island- Part 3 of 3

Edgar Leonard

In Parts 1 and 2, I waxed/rant about the hardy and industrious Salt Island people, the place, the proud, rich history, and heritage; basic, simple, and idyllic lifestyle; of my ancestral homeland's forgotten and neglected situation. In Part 3, I will offer some suggestions on the way forward.

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