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February 6th, 2023
Hon Flax-Charles' paperwork did not satisfy VIP’s Constitution– Premier Wheatley

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has revealed that with the confirmation of candidates for the Virgin Islands Party’s (VIP’) 2023 elections slate, Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles has not been ratified because of issues with her paperwork.

February 6th, 2023
T20 Cricket: Sewkarran hits unbeaten 80 as Cavaliers down RTW Falcons

GREENLAND, Tortola, VI- Cricketing powerhouse Cavaliers stamped their authority early in the BVI Cricket Association (BVICA) 2023 T20 Tournament, which bowled off at Greenland Playfield on Sunday, February 5, 2023.

February 5th, 2023
Sharia B. de Castro elected President of VIP; Zoe J. Walcott is VP

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI- In a first for the 52-year-old Virgin Islands Party (VIP), two women will lead at the executive level.

February 5th, 2023
7 certified as District Candidates on VIP’s 2023 Election Slate

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands Party (VIP) has confirmed seven persons to contest seats as District Representatives for the upcoming 2023 General Elections in the Virgin Islands (VI).

February 5th, 2023
Dr Natalio D. Wheatley retains Chairmanship of VIP

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has been voted to remain as Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) as it heads into the 2023 General Election.

February 5th, 2023
No rift! Hon Fraser on Hon Malone re-crossing floor

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Senior legislator and Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) says he was shocked at the announcement that Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has rejoined the government, after crossing into the Opposition less than a year ago.

February 5th, 2023
Wealthy British family to pay reparations to Grenada

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada- A United Kingdom (UK) family will publicly apologise to the people of the Caribbean island of Grenada, where its ancestors had more than 1,000 slaves in the 19th Century.

February 5th, 2023
BVICA T20 Cricket 2023 Tournament bowls off @2:00pm today!

GREENLAND, Tortola, VI- The Greenland Playfield is expected to come alive with the usual excitement and entertainment when the BVI Cricket Association (BVICA) bowls off from 2:00 pm today, Sunday, February 5, 2023.

February 5th, 2023
RVIPF on 24-hour surveillance following reports of gunfire

LONG BUSH, Tortola, VI – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Armed Response Team is said to be revisiting areas where persons reported hearing gunfire as well as suspected persons and areas.

February 4th, 2023
VIP holds Congress meeting; Districts Candidates, Chairman & Executive up for vote!

POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI- The 52-year-old Virgin Islands Party (VIP) will be holding a regular congress meeting for its 76 member delegates to chart a new course in preparation for the 2023 General Elections.

February 4th, 2023
Three arrested with one charged in human trafficking probe- RVIPF

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Information coming out of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) is that a number of persons have been arrested following the execution of a search warrant on Thursday, February 2, 2023, in relation to an ongoing major investigation into human trafficking in the Territory.

February 4th, 2023
Former Businessman & Public Officer Elihu R. Rhymer BEM passes

BUTU MOUNTAIN, Tortola, VI - The Territory, close friends, and family are mourning the passing of Elihu Rudolph Rhymer B.E.M., who according to family members passed away today Saturday, February 4, 2023, after a long illness at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital in Road Town, the capital city.

February 4th, 2023
Hon Malone reveals he initially crossed floor to not appear like a ‘rogue member’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – At-Large Representative in the Virgin Islands House of Assembly, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has revealed that at the time of crossing into the opposition from the Unity Government in June 2022, he also did so to not appear as a rogue member of the Government.

February 4th, 2023
New petrol station now open @ Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina

SCRUB ISLAND, VI- Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina has announced the official opening of its new petrol station with 1,000 meters of hoses delivering a capacity of 10,000 gallons of marine-grade gasoline and diesel fuel to both leased and transient dockers.

February 4th, 2023
St. Croix residents busted with Cocaine in frozen conch @ Airport

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. CROIX — Two St. Croix residents appeared in federal court on Thursday facing drug trafficking offenses, after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents found narcotics in frozen seafood.

February 4th, 2023
UPDATE: No Injuries, fatalities reported after Long Bush/Lower Estate gunshots

LONG BUSH, Tortola, VI - Following reports of gunshots in the Long Bush/Lower Estate area last evening Friday, February 3, 2023, there have been no reports of any injuries or fatalities in the area.

February 3rd, 2023
Premier fails to get UK Minister to lift Order in Council

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Despite pushing the narrative of a ‘Modern Partnership’ between the United Kingdom and the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI), UK Minister for the Overseas Territories Lord Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith has indicated that the controversial Order in Council to suspend the VI’s constitution will not be lifted until the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) reforms are completed.

February 3rd, 2023
Police Bill 2023 raises red flags & makes way for police abuse of rights

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Many residents and legal minds, who have taken a look at the proposed Police Act, 2023, said the Bill in its current form has raised some serious issues and will take away the human rights of the people.

February 3rd, 2023
D8 political aspirant Wheatley launches proposal for Red Bay

EAST END, Tortola, VI- Less than 24 hours after our news centre broke the news that former Financial Secretary (FS) Mr L. Allen Wheatley is expected to be the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate for District 8, the political aspirant has launched a proposal for a multi-use facility in Red Bay, East End.

February 3rd, 2023
VI’s Nat’l Sustainable Development Plan will not ‘rest on the shelves’- Premier

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI– Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has laid the Virgin Islands' National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) on the table of the House of Assembly, paving the way for debate on it.

February 4th, 2023
Voters must get it right

Dickson C. Igwe

Beware of politicians who want power above all else; power before country. As the Virgin Islands enters the season of talk and promises, in another land far away and across the vast Atlantic, elections will take place this month of February 2023.

February 3rd, 2023
Hon Vanterpool embarrassed over tourist seeing 'garbage smoke' on VG

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI– Fourth District Representative Hon Mark H. Vanterpool has said he was recently embarrassed over the unsightly burning of garbage on the Sister Island of Virgin Gorda.

February 2nd, 2023
UPDATE: Hon Malone crosses floor ‘after careful consideration & consultation'

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Former Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has said he decided to return to the Unity Government side in the House of Assembly after careful consideration and consultation.

February 2nd, 2023
Rotary Tortola & BVI Diabetes Association launch ‘lose to win’ 2023 fundraiser

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Rotary Club of Tortola and the BVI Diabetes Association have kick-started their Lose to Win 12-week challenge in remembrance of M. Elton Georges, a past president of the two organisations.

February 2nd, 2023
HLSCC to get 25m pool @ Paraquita Bay campus

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- The BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC) has announced it has secured a commitment from Panam Sports and World Aquatics (the international swimming federation formerly known as FINA) to support the supply of a 25m international competition standard swimming pool from Myrtha Pools to be installed and managed by H. Lavity Stoutt Community College on Tortola, [British] Virgin Islands.

February 2nd, 2023
Premier Wheatley roasted on radio show for keeping VI in dark over UK Minister visit

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) was put on blast for not keeping the Virgin Islands public in the loop concerning the visit to the Virgin Islands (VI) by United Kingdom (UK) Minister for the Overseas Territories, Lord Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith.

February 2nd, 2023
L. Allen Wheatley to contest D8 with VIP

EAST END, Tortola, VI- While many are still wondering whether there will be a 2023 general election in the Territory, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), one of three political parties in the coalition government, is quietly amassing its slate of 13 candidates.

February 1st, 2023
After much pressure Unity Gov’t finally alerts public of Lord Goldsmith’s visit to VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After much pressure from the Virgin Islands media and civil society, the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has finally alerted the public of the visit of UK Minister for the Overseas Territories, Lord Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith.

February 1st, 2023
Cement truck topples @ Rogue's Bay

ROGUE'S BAY, Tortola, VI- Just a week after a cement truck went off a hillside in George's Northside, a cement truck toppled at Rogue's Bay on Tortola this morning, February 1, 2023.

February 1st, 2023
'I still believe' a woman will be next VI Premier- Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI– Although general election is supposedly around the corner and fresh candidates are yet to declare their intentions, pastor and talk show host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline remains faithful that his prophecy of a female becoming the next Premier of the Virgin Islands will come to pass.

February 1st, 2023
News blackout over visit of UK OT Minister Lord Goldsmith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Governor John J. Rankin, CMG and his United Kingdom (UK) gang have been promoting Good Governance, Transparency and Openness; however, that does not seem to apply to the visit of the UK Minister for the Overseas Territories, Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith.

February 1st, 2023
Linda I. Smith appointed Senior Director of Development @RDA

WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) has announced the appointment of Ms Linda I. Smith, BA, MPA, CFRM as the Senior Director of Development (SDD) for a period of one-year, effective January 16, 2023.

February 1st, 2023
Theft of vehicle licence plates on the rise- RVIPF

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Police are urging persons with disabled or inoperable vehicles along roadsides or in unsecured lots whether temporarily, or permanently to secure their licence plates.

February 1st, 2023
Still no set date for elections as VI enters February 2023

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As the Virgin Islands enters the second month of 2023, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) still has not declared an election date for 2023, even after being questioned by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO).

January 31st, 2023
One Love & Lion Heart in top 4 of National League standings

EAST END, Tortola, VI- Wins for One Love FC and Lion Heart FC at the weekend threw the BVI Football Association (BVIFA) National League title race wide open, as both teams moved into the top four in the standings.

January 31st, 2023
‘The Governor & I have had a few challenges’ selecting CoI reviewers- Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It is unclear the exact nature of the challenges; however, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said he and Governor John J. Rankin, CMG have been having “a few challenges” in selecting persons to undertake various reviews recommended in the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report.

January 31st, 2023
Man arrested for drunk driving, unlicensed & operating uninsured vehicle- Police

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Darrell Thomas, 39, of Major Bay has found himself afoul of the law for alleged drunk driving and several other offenses.

January 31st, 2023
New RT Market Square 'substantially completed & ready for occupancy'- Hon Rymer

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Deputy Premier and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) says the Road Town Market Square project is considered “substantially completed” and ready for occupancy.

January 31st, 2023
Gov’t wants education to add focus on VI History, Civic & Financial Literacy

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Governor John J. Rankin, CMG says as the Government seeks to re-imagine education, during this Fifth Session of the House of Assembly (HoA), adjustments will be made to the Education Amendment Act (2014) and its Regulations completed to ensure that teaching and learning align with the needs of students in the 21st century.

January 30th, 2023
Therapeutic Room opens @ Enid Scatliffe Pre-Primary School

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Brenda Cline Therapeutic Room was officially opened at Enid Scatliffe Pre-Primary School earlier today, January 30, 2023.

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