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November 13th, 2023
Racetrack land lease still unresolved; No horse races for 70th anniversary celebration

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The last race day at Ellis Thomas Downs was August Tuesday of 2022. Since then Ellis Thomas Downs has laid barren. Many horse owners have either had to let their horses out of the stables to pasture, send them to other Caribbean Islands, or find creative ways to keep feeding them.

October 10th, 2023
ESHS bans motor scooters from campus

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Following an incident at Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) on October 9, 2023, which the Education Ministry in a statement said involved an alleged retaliation in connection with a stolen bike, the administration of ESHS has banned motor scooters from the campus.

September 5th, 2023
Derelict vehicles ‘an increasing burden on the public’s purse’- Health Minister Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Government of the Virgin Islands is looking at medium and long term plans to help alleviate the cost of its derelict vehicles programme and this could include instituting a vehicle disposal fee.

August 27th, 2023
USVI horse racing tracks: Progress on St Thomas, frustration on St Croix


FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- In a Senate Committee that seemed to underscore a tale of two islands, progress and promise shone for the horse-racing industry on St Thomas, while bureaucratic delays and frustrations continued to mar the efforts on St Croix.

August 25th, 2023
Willock calls for new negotiations regarding Ellis Thomas Downs stalemate

FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI- A staple of the Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival activities is horse racing; however, it was missing from this year’s calendar of activities due to a breakdown in negotiations with landowners at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay last year.

April 14th, 2023
Gov’t made 'significant' offer to family owning land @ Ellis Thomas Downs- Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has indicated the Government of the Virgin Islands is awaiting a response from the family responsible for the Ellis Thomas Downs land in Sea Cows Bay, which will determine the future of horseracing.

March 14th, 2023
School teacher calls for ban on toy guns in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A school teacher has called for a ban on toy guns in the Virgin Islands, as she believes their use could be training the minds of the youths to engage in activities involving real firearms.

December 8th, 2022
Ms Parsons comments on Ellis Thomas Downs matter ‘misleading’- Hon Fraser

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Former legislator Elieene L. Parsons OBE recently sought to shift blame on the state of Ellis Thomas Downs and the current impasse that has resulted in a ban on its use to Third District Representative Honourable Julian Fraser RA.

October 31st, 2022
VI remains on Russia’s sanctions list; Other OTs added

MOSCOW, Russia- Russia expanded its sanctions list on Sunday, October 30, 2022, to include all British Overseas Territories, accusing them of "unfriendly actions" against Moscow.

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.

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