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June 23, 2017

British Virgin Islands

Robertson Has Eyes On World Marathon Majors

Source: Island Sun Philomena “Philo” Robertson has completed 15 Marathons within a 12 months span By Dean The Sportsman” Greenaway Philomena “Philo” Robertson would be the first to tell you she’s not the prototype Marathoner. But, her action is one of determination. Robertson said it hasn’t been easy for her since she’s not…

Mcmaster Leads Largest Medal Haul In NACAC Age Group Championships

Source: Island Sun Akeela McMaster claimed NACAC Age Group Championships 11-12 Girls Pentathlon 60m bronze, overall division bronze and with Ayana Findlay, formed part of the 11-12 Girls Team bronze medal By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Akeela McMaster became the fourth BVI athlete since 1997, to claim an individual Pentathlon division medal at…

Limit Work Permits: Hon. Maduro-Caines Says

Source: Island Sun It is graduation season and Sixth District Representative, Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines is concerned that enough is not being done to ensure that employment is available for recently graduated Virgin Islanders. One of the suggestions made by Hon. Maduro-Caines to ensure that there are adequate jobs available for recently qualified Virgin…

190 Community College Students Graduate

Source: Island Sun The 2017 graduating class of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College comprised of 190 students will be part of the push to take the Territory to higher levels of achievement. This year’s class comprised students from both the Tortola and Virgin Gorda campuses. The total included 133 females and 57…

Thomas Bay Jetty Structural Integrity Raises Concerns

Source: Island Sun During the Questions and Answers (Q&A) segment of the House of Assembly, earlier this week, Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool noted that engineers did look at the under-side of the Thomas Bay Jetty Dock in Virgin Gorda which is reported to have exposed steelwork. During the project there…

BVI Praised For Its Tourism Sector Success

Source: Island Sun Director of the BVI Tourist Board, Mrs. Sharon Flax-Brutus said that the British Virgin Islands received kudos from its regional counterparts about recent tourism achievements and she noted that she was quite pleased to accept the compliments on behalf of the Territory at the recently concluded Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO)…

Opposition Member Criticizes Governor & Premier

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith explained that after failing the efforts to seek a local candidate for the Auditor General post  the position had to be filled by a candidate from outside the Territory. The Premier’s explanation was given during the Private Members business…

Healthcare Sector Needs More Nurses And Specialists

Source: Island Sun A number of key and critical medical staff jobs remain vacant at Peebles Hospital, and Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith who is a medical doctor by profession and a former Chief Medical Officer expressed concern that despite Government’s training investments these positions remain empty. The BVI Leader noted…

BVI Withdraws From IAAF World Youth Championships In Kenya

Source: Island Sun The BVI’s NACAC Age Group Championships team: L-R; Kishawn Martin, Malaki Smith, Delano Hodge, Ariyah Smith, Aniya Findlay, Akeela McMaster, Azariah Christopher and Jelani Croal. PHOTO: Cleave M. Farrington By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The BVI Athletics Association confirmed that they will not be sending athletes to the July 12-16…

CARIBBEAN ISLANDS TO FACE HEAT-WAVES

Source: Island Sun Dr Simon Mason of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology in his presentation – “Caribbean Heat outlooks: Research and product development” urged Caribbean islands to brace for a heat-wave. While speaking at the Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum that was held on 31 May in St Vincent and the…

“What a wicked set of people”: Hon. Walwyn says

Source: Island Sun “What a wicked set of people,” Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn declared as he took a swipe at persons who are critical of the Education Ministry and strides achieved by the Minister. While speaking in the private members business segment of the sitting on 6 June, Hon.…

20-Year-Old Cruising Permit Fees Skyrocket

Source: Island Sun Following a debate that took days, the Cruising Permit (Amendment) Act, 2017, which raises the cruising permit fees, was finally passed in a final sitting on 6 June. During the presentation and debate of the Bill during the 29 May sitting of the House of Assembly it was noted that…

Javelin Throw, 4x100m Relay records fall in Grenada

Source: Island Sun | Javelin Throw, 4x100m Relay records fall in Grenada Coach Dag Samuels, center and his top Fast Lane Track Club athletes, Kyron McMaster, left, Shaquoy Stephens, Kala Penn and Ronique Todman, have all had a successful year, with each athlete recording personal bests this season. McMaster & Todman recorded 200m and 400m

Ebenezer Thomas Fends Off Willard Wheatley, 7-5 In Softball Matchup

Source: Island Sun | Ebenezer Thomas Fends Off Willard Wheatley, 7-5 In Softball Matchup Ebenezer Thomas, Willard Wheatley and Enis Adams Primary Schools Softball Teams By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Ebenezer Thomas won the Tortola leg of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports Primary Schools Double Elimination Softball Tournament on Saturday at the E.

Struiken Denies Stoby’s Blenheim Trust 5k Series 3-Peat Bid

Source: Island Sun | Struiken Denies Stoby’s Blenheim Trust 5k Series 3-Peat Bid Clif Struiken, far right, (266) and Katrina Lindsay (263), led the men and women’s division from start to finish to win the Blenheim Trust 5K Series finale and the overall titles By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Tied at two victories a piece

New Book On Tortola Murals Launched

Source: Island Sun | New Book On Tortola Murals Launched After repeatedly overhearing tour operators giving erroneous and misleading information about the scenes portrayed in the Ridge Road murals renowned BVI artist Reuben Vanterpool announced that he was forced to move forward with plans to create a book that tells the story behind the art.

Hurricane Season Forecast Updated

Source: Island Sun | Hurricane Season Forecast Updated On Thursday 25 May 25 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated the previous hurricane forecast which predicted a below average hurricane season an above normal season. The hurricane season began on Thursday 1 June and will end on November 30. According to the new update from the

Tubby’s Sorrowful Mother Gives Heartbreaking Tribute

Source: Island Sun | Tubby’s Sorrowful Mother Gives Heartbreaking Tribute “I am constantly asking myself when am I going to wake up from this nightmare. Why they had to take my Tubby,” Mrs. Sonia Richards said in tribute to her son Shaun Hiram Richards also known as Tubby who was laid to rest on 27

Airbnb Tax Evasion Gets Out Of Hands

Source: Island Sun | Airbnb Tax Evasion Gets Out Of Hands Junior Minister of Trade and Investment, Hon Marlon Penn zoomed on the Airbnb accommodation booking trend by noting that even some of the charter boats in the Territory are getting in the action and in the process robbing the BVI of taxes. While debating

Marine Sector Marginalizes BV Islanders: Deputy Speaker Says

Source: Island Sun | Marine Sector Marginalizes BV Islanders: Deputy Speaker Says Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly and Fifth District Representative, Hon. Delores Christopher announced that the time has come for legislators to pass a law that will protect Virgin Islanders who are facing injustice in the marine sector with no recourse. In

Hubbard Completes VG 6 Miles Challenge After Severe Injury

Source: Island Sun | Hubbard Completes VG 6 Miles Challenge After Severe Injury Paul Hubbard, right, with his VISAR support team ahead of Saturday’s Virgin Gorda 6 Miles Challenge By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Saturday’s Virgin Gorda 6 Miles Challenge, run in conjunction with the 6th Virgin Gorda Half Marathon, had different meaning to different

Khari Herbert Third In NCAA Division II Championships 400m

Source: Island Sun | Khari Herbert Third In NCAA Division II Championships 400m Khari Herbert of St. Augustine University, earned NCAA Division II Outdoor and Indoor Championships All American honors in 2017 By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway St. Augustine senior Khari Herbert closed out his collegiate career on Saturday with a third place finish in

Farley Denies Stoby’s Virgin Gorda Half Marathon Title Bid

Source: Island Sun | Farley Denies Stoby’s Virgin Gorda Half Marathon Title Bid Guy Williamson, left, Julius Farley, behind Williamson, Jeremey Zuber, Reuben Stoby to Zuber’s left and Vincent Fournier, forms the lead pack on Millionaire Road, in the early stages of Saturday’s 6th Virgin Gorda Half Marathon. By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway About 9½

Death Penalty Is A Great Deterrent: Minister Says

Source: Island Sun | Death Penalty Is A Great Deterrent: Minister Says The question of whether keeping the death penalty on the Territory’s law book would have resulted in fewer or no unsolved murders in the Territory was asked rhetorically by Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon. Archibald Christian during the 12 May sitting of the

Water Blues Queried By 3rd District Representative

Source: Island Sun | Water Blues Queried By 3rd District Representative The Third District Representative, Hon. Julian Fraser announced that his District is still experiencing water shortage, and he asked the Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool when the residents would be able to get a regular supply of water. During the questions

Duff Upsets USVI’S Nicolosi In BVI Dinghy Championships

Source: Island Sun | Duff Upsets USVI’S Nicolosi In BVI Dinghy Championships BVI Dinghy Championships winner, Rayne Duff, of the BVI, left, St. Thomas’ Mia Nicolosi and Puerto Rico’s Jose Auturo Diaz By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Rayne Duff capitalized on Mia Nicolosi’s miscues, in her quest to become the first BVI Dinghy Championships 3-peat

McMaster Takes 400m Hurdles World Lead With Jamaica Win

Source: Island Sun | McMaster Takes 400m Hurdles World Lead With Jamaica Win Kyron McMaster, left, and his coach Dag Samuels, who’s the reigning Coach of the Year. By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Dag Samuels, the reigning track and field Coach of the Year, was the least surprised when his athlete Kyron McMaster, won the

Dyas Primary Schools Softball Tournament Kicks Off

Source: Island Sun | Dyas Primary Schools Softball Tournament Kicks Off Primary School coed Softball teams from Pelican Gate, left, Jost Van Dyke, Enis Adams, Willard Wheatley and Ebenezer Thomas, that participated in the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports Primary Schools Double Elimination Softball Tournament on Saturday at the E. Walwyn Brewley Softball Park

Oil Spills Legislation Is In The Pipeline

Source: Island Sun | Oil Spills Legislation Is In The Pipeline Junior Minister of Tourism Hon. Archibald Christian lamented that the various oil spills that have occurred over the years have been costly to government and suggested that the $10.00 levy proposed from the Environmental Protection and Tourism Improvement Fund Act 2017 would assist in

Labour Minister Elaborates On New Work Permit Fees

Source: Island Sun | Labour Minister Elaborates On New Work Permit Fees The business community has made representation to the Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering for consideration as it relates to the work permit fee hike that is expected to go into effect on 15 May.

Subsidy Of BVI Airways Has Been Carefully Evaluated: Premier Says

Source: Island Sun | Subsidy Of BVI Airways Has Been Carefully Evaluated: Premier Says Premier and Minister for Finance Dr the Hon. D. Orlando Smith  has once more reiterated that Government’s $7Million investment into BVI Airways is not unorthodox or out of the ordinary. In fact, the Premier stressed that such arrangements have been adopted

Govt To Bridle Health Care Providers Wild Profiteering

Source: Island Sun | Govt To Bridle Health Care Providers Wild Profiteering It was suggested last week that drastic measures might need to be taken to curtail the apparent free-rein pricing medical service providers appear to be enjoying since the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI). The concern about the inflated health care cost

Government Strategizes Payment Of Overdue Utility Bills

Source: Island Sun | Government Strategizes Payment Of Overdue Utility Bills While Government was announcing that it is clearing backlogged bills from vendors, it would appear now that utility bills were being placed on the backburner; in fact, Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith has disclosed that Central Government’s electricity

New Cricket Champs To Be Crowned After Royal Knights Flog Vincy

Source: Island Sun | New Cricket Champs To Be Crowned After Royal Knights Flog Vincy By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway A new BVI Cricket Association Twenty 20 League Premier Division champion will be crowned, after 2014 champs Royal Knights flogged defending champs Vincy in Greenland on Sunday. Royal Knights will now face league new comers

Las Vegas’ Bree Ray Dominates 3rd Tortola Torture

Source: Island Sun | Las Vegas’ Bree Ray Dominates 3rd Tortola Torture Bree Ray of Las Vegas, Nevada, completes Saturday’s 3rd Tortola Torture in a Women’s record, 4 hours, 58 minutes and 16 seconds. By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway When her friend Jen Shelton got injured while skiing in Italy, Bree Ray of Las Vegas,

Tynelle Gumbs Cracks 50m Discus Throw Plateau In Ohio

Source: Island Sun | Tynelle Gumbs Cracks 50m Discus Throw Plateau In Ohio Twin sisters Trevia, left and Tynelle Gumbs. While Tynelle has thrown 50m in the Discus and Hammer Throw, both have 50m throws in the Hammer By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Tynelle Gumbs met one of her season goals of a 50m Discus

BVI Salt To Be On Display At Buckingham Palace

Source: Island Sun | BVI Salt To Be On Display At Buckingham Palace The BVI’s gift of a bag of salt to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be on display at Buckingham Palace this summer as part of an exhibition displaying an eclectic collection of gifts received from over 100 countries. In an interview

Slow Internet Syndrome Affects Information Dept.

Source: Island Sun | Slow Internet Syndrome Affects Information Dept. The Department of Information and Public Relations in a report that was tabled at the recent House of Assembly sitting bemoaned their slow network/internet system and suggested that the Department of Information and Technology should invest in fiber optic systems. The report announced that the

Progress Made To Establish Bvi Investment Agency

Source: Island Sun | Progress Made To Establish Bvi Investment Agency Internal and external investment is expected to increase once the Territory establishes its investment agency in the near future; and Junior Minister of Trade and investment, Hon. Marlon Penn disclosed earlier this month that strides are already being taken to make the agency a

Calypsionians Focus On Sleeping Politicians

Source: Island Sun | Calypsionians Focus On Sleeping Politicians Ninth District Representative, Dr. the Hon. Hubert O’Neal got an earful as to how some of his constituents feel about his representation during the recently concluded Virgin Gorda Easter Festival as at least three calypsonians reported in song. During the 16 April competition the 2017 monarch

Auditor’s Reports Tabled But Pac Is At A Standstill

Source: Island Sun | Auditor’s Reports Tabled But Pac Is At A Standstill Leader of the Opposition and First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie announced that he has not been able to convene a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) since being appointed Chairman of the PAC because members did not attend. While speaking

Opposition Members Criticize $10 Environmental Levy

Source: Island Sun | Opposition Members Criticize Environmental Levy “It all adds up,” Leader of the Opposition and First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie announced in a debate on the Environmental Protection and Tourism Improvement Fund Act 2017 before it was passed with amendments on 18 April. In explaining the objects and reasons of the

Djimon Gumbs Lead Carifta Medal Haul With Two Silver Medals

Source: Island Sun | Djimon Gumbs Lead Carifta Medal Haul With Two Silver Medals By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway WILLEMSTAD, Curacao—Djimon Gumbs earned Discus Throw and Shot Put silver medals, to lead the BVI’s tally of six at the 46th Carifta Games that wrapped up at the Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad, Curacao on Sunday

Elinah Phillip Snatches Two Carifta Games Swimming Silver Medals

Source: Island Sun | Elinah Phillip Snatches Two Carifta Games Swimming Silver Medals Swimmer Elinah Phillip displays her two silver medals from the 2017 Carifta Games Swimming Championships in Nassau, Bahamas BY Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Elinah Phillip was a double silver medalist at the 32nd Carifta Games Swimming Championships in Nassau, Bahamas. Phillip, the

More Cruise Ships To Visit The Bvi In 2018

Source: Island Sun | More Cruise Ships To Visit The Bvi In 2018 Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool announced that the BVI  cruising sector will grow even more in 2018 as more ships are expected to make calls here. While speaking on the 3 April NDP radio program Hon. Vanterpool disclosed that

F&F Committee Begins To Work On Emancipation Festival

Source: Island Sun | F&F Committee Begins To Work On Emancipation Festival The Festival and Fairs Committee announced that the ball has begun rolling on the organising of the 2017 Emancipation Festival that is held annually in late July early August. While speaking at the launch of the Easter Festival last month, newly appointed Chair

CCTV To Monitor Peripheral Areas Plagued By Crime Incidence

Source: Island Sun | CCTV To Monitor Peripheral Areas Plagued By Crime Incidence In response to requests from residents in certain areas additional CCTV cameras will be installed around the Territory now that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force budget has been supplemented. In disclosing this development Commissioner of the RVIPF Michael Matthews announced: “We

Brandywine Bay Beach To Be Operative In Autumn 2017

Source: Island Sun | Brandywine Bay Beach To Be Operative In Autumn 2017 The BrandyWine Bay beach project is expected to be completed and functioning by November this year. In announcing the timeline, Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering said that he was hoping to have the

Plans In Place To Stop Bullying Of Litter Wardens

Source: Island Sun | Plans In Place To Stop Bullying Of Litter Wardens Threats and intimidation have been plaguing the Litter Warden program for over six years. This situation which was first reported in 2012 has carried over to 2017 as the wardens are still facing resistance in their attempt to stop illegal dumping and

Brewley Fires Dat’s Ya Problem Past Hawks 9-8, In Softball

Source: Island Sun | Brewley Fires Dat’s Ya Problem Past Hawks 9-8, In Softball A throw from the catcher eludes Hawks second baseman Gertrude Thomas, as Dat’s Ya Problem steals second and scores the eventual winning run By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway   After the Hawks clawed their way back to tie Dat’s Ya Problem

Cavaliers Return To T20 Finals After 3-Year Absence

Source: Island Sun | Cavaliers Return To T20 Finals After 3-Year Absence Cavaliers batsman Teddy Nankisore, prepares to hit one of his 13 boundaries as RTW Wicket Keeper Jimmy Peters looks on By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Cavaliers, who won the first four BVI Cricket Association Twenty 20 League titles, advanced to their first final

BVI Sending 26 To 46th Carifta Games In Curacao

Source: Island Sun | BVI Sending 26 To 46th Carifta Games In Curacao The BVI’s Carifta Games delegation was presented during a recent press conference at the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports. PHOTO: Javon Liburd By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The BVI Athletics Association is sending its largest ever delegation to compete in the

August Elections Rumour Deemed Baseless & Vicious

Source: Island Sun | August Elections Rumour Deemed Baseless & Vicious The United Kingdom Government did not order early elections for the BVI, Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced following the circulation of a Whatsapp message claiming that the Governor will be asking for an election in August this

Major Projects May Remain On The Backburner

Source: Island Sun | Major Projects May Remain On The Backburner During the 3 April edition of the National Democratic Party (NDP) radio program government was advised by a resident to ignore complaints and proceed with two proposed projects that individually attracted the highest public criticism the Party has ever faced. The suggested projects are

Serious Violence Has Not Decreased

Source: Island Sun | Serious Violence Has Not Decreased Despite the recent murders Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Michael Matthews announced that crime has decreased in the Territory. During a media interview on March 16 the Commissioner explained that the crime situation in the BVI remains moderate: “Crime has continued to

Hammer Out Telecoms’ Astronomical Charges: Minister Says

Source: Island Sun | Hammer Out Telecoms’ Astronomical Charges: Minister Says Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion Hon. Marlon Penn called for the hammer to be used on telecommunications service providers who offer other Caribbean jurisdictions better service for less than what they charge in the BVI. While speaking in the House of Assembly

Scooter Accidents Sky-Rocket

Source: Island Sun | Scooter Accidents Sky-Rocket Scooter riders are constantly being asked to use the road with care, and be mindful of other road users. This message is now being further pushed as it was reported that 17 person were already involved in scooter related accidents this year. In announcing that it would be

Opposition Leader Warns About Constitutional Concerns

Source: Island Sun | Opposition Leader Warns About Constitutional Concerns Leader of the Opposition and First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie announced that in the coming days he will be making his first Territorial address since his appointment. In a press release issued to the media last week the Opposition Leader accused the Government of

Successful 46th BVI Spring Regatta Ends With Blitz’s Dominance

Source: Island Sun | Successful 46th BVI Spring Regatta Ends With Blitz’s Dominance Caption: Bernard Ewan-Wong’s RP 37 TAZ, leads the BVI’s Sam Talbot J 111 Spike, to the downwind mark on Saturday, during the 46th BVI Spring Regatta By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway After three days of competitive racing, St. Thomas’ Peter Corr’s Blitz,

McMaster Qualifies For World Championships With Florida Relays Win

Source: Island Sun | McMaster Qualifies For World Championships With Florida Relays Win Kyron McMaster became the first BVI athlete in its history, to qualify for the IAAF World Youth, Work Jr. and World Sr. Championships By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway In his first race over the barriers since winning the International Association of Athletics

Lettsome Runs Past Flemming For Eshs Sports Day Crown

Source: Island Sun | Lettsome Runs Past Flemming For Eshs Sports Day Crown Lettsome House celebrates winning their 9th Elmore Stoutt High School Inter House Sports Day title, their 4th in a row By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway It was like David and Goliath. Flemming, the Elmore Stoutt High School House that has won 15

Police Charge One Man With Penn’s Murder

Source: Island Sun | Police Charge One Man With Penn’s Murder Sunday, April 2 – One man was charged late yesterday with Alston Penn’s murder as officers of the Major Crime Team continue their pursuit of suspects into the recent murders. Santo Yamarco Hernandez, 38, native of the Dominican Republic, residing in Spring Ghut, is

Hon. Christian Is Concerned About Double Standards

Source: Island Sun | Hon. Christian Is Concerned About Double Standards Junior Minister for Tourism, At Large Representative Hon. Archibald Christian is warning parents about the double standards that are being applied to raising their sons and daughters. The Legislator warned that if the situation is not taken now it could have adverse effects on

BVI Students Attend United Nations Conference In NY

Source: Island Sun | BVI Students Attend United Nations Conference In NY A group of Cedar International School students now have a better understanding of diplomacy, negotiation and decision-making following their recent participation in the International Model United Nations Association’s National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) conference held recently in New York. The Model

Rival Gangs Presence Confirmed

Source: Island Sun | Rival Gangs Presence Confirmed Commissioner of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Michael Matthews announced that he still stands by the names of gangs he identified in November 2016, but did not mention if since then the RVIPF has gained knowledge of any other similar groups. Back in November the Commissioner

BVI-Tube A Possibility, But We Must “Wake Up”

Source: Island Sun | BVI-Tube A Possibility, But We Must “Wake Up” It is possible that one day the BVI will have its own local Youtube and possibly become like Singapore, but the Territory has been advised that it needs to move forward with the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) project that has been lingering for

Struiken Ends Stoby’s Road Racing Dominance In Blenheim 5k

Source: Island Sun | Struiken Ends Stoby’s Road Racing Dominance In Blenheim 5k Reuben Stoby, left, Clif Stricken and Julius Farley, who were the top three in Saturday’s Blenheim Trust 5K Series race in Carrot Bay. Photo, courtesy of Reuben Stoby By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Over the last three years, except for the BVI

Gumbs ‘Hammers’ Open Season With Record Throw

Source: Island Sun | Gumbs ‘Hammers’ Open Season With Record Throw By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Coming off winning the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships Weight Throw two weeks ago, Findlay University Jr. Tynelle Gumbs, opened her outdoor season with a Hammer Throw National Record effort to kick off her 2017 outdoor campaign at the

NHI Card Is Valid As An Id: Hon Skelton Says

Source: Island Sun | NHI Card Is Valid As An Id: Hon Skelton Says A number banks in the Territory, as well as Government agencies such as the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are not accepting the Government issued National Health Insurance card, and both residents and the Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon.

Flow Lines Repeatedly Vandalised

Source: Island Sun | Flow Lines Repeatedly Vandalised The scenario of telecommunications company FLOW lines being hacked by a machete wielding vandal is becoming a bit too frequent as the company announced that despite its best efforts to protect against the recent damages, the determined perpetrator struck again. Once again Sarah Graham, the Head of

Operation Lucan Gets Funds To Continue Investigating Corruption

Source: Island Sun | Operation Lucan Gets Funds To Continue Investigating Corruption Operation Lucan, which resulted in three Royal Virgin Islands Police officers being interdicted will be continuing its function, Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced. The Premier in a statement on the budgetary supplements of the Force disclosed

Premier’s Job Is Not An Easy One: Hon. Walwyn Says

Source: Island Sun | Premier’s Job Is Not An Easy One: Hon. Walwyn Says Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn explained that he is of the opinion that most persons in the Territory do not appreciate how much work is done by the Premier, especially as it relates to safeguarding financial services. After

Unsolved Murders Must Be Solved: Hon. Christian Says

Source: Island Sun | Unsolved Murders Must Be Solved: Hon. Christian Says The fact that there are now three new unsolved murders in the Territory is not sitting well with Junior Minister for Tourism and At Large Representative, Hon. Archibald Christian who on Tuesday made an appeal for information on the progress of investigations. While

Governor’s Use Of Reserved Powers Criticised & Praised

Source: Island Sun | Governor’s Use Of Reserved Powers Criticised & Praised Since His Excellency Governor John Duncan announced his intent to use his reserved power to beef up the budget of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) members of the community have engaged in a debate in support of or against the Governor’s

Djimon Gumbs Shatters His Shot Put Youth Record

Source: Island Sun | Djimon Gumbs Shatters His Shot Put Youth Record Djimon Gumbs about to start his spin move in the Shot Put before unleashing a personal best throw of 17.20m (56’5½”) By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway  Saturday’s BVI Athletics Association’s Last Chance Meet at the A. O. Shirley Grounds which gave athletes another

Cavaliers Turn Back RTW To Stay Unbeaten In BVICA T20 League

Source: Island Sun | Cavaliers Turn Back RTW To Stay Unbeaten In BVICA T20 League RTW’s Joel Williams, right, gets his bat over the line ahead of a throw to Cavaliers’ Wicket Keeper, Gopaul Bookram By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Cavaliers are now the only unbeaten team in either division of the BVI Cricket Association

Undesirable St. Thomian Deported From BVI

Source: Island Sun | Undesirable St. Thomian Deported From BVI In an Order dated 8 March, His Excellency Governor John Duncan announced the deportation of 38-year-old Camille King Jr., of St. Thomas, USVI. King was convicted and charged with two counts of carrying firearm without a licence, two counts of possession of explosives, unlawful possession

Prospect Reef Is Up-To-Date With Social Security Payments

Source: Island Sun | Prospect Reef Is Up-To-Date With Social Security Payments An update on Prospect Reef’ efforts to clear the arrears was provided during the Questions and Answers section of the House of Assembly on 9 March by Minister of Health, Hon. Ronnie Skelton who noted that the resort has made some payments since.

Comments About BVI Airways Catch Fire

Source: Island Sun | Comments About BVI Airways Catch Fire Leader of the Opposition, and First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie challenged the Government to a debate over BVI Airways, following comments made by Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn during the Budget debate. During his budget debate contributions Leader of the Opposition,

Lousy Internet Service Affects Bvi Financial Services

Source: Island Sun | Lousy Internet Service Affects Bvi Financial Services As government strives to boost the two pillars of the BVI economy – tourism and financial services with value added initiatives the less than adequate internet service is a matter of concern – a major problem often lamented by Premier and Minister for Finance,

Finance Ministry Clarifies Details Of Outstanding Checks

Source: Island Sun | Finance Ministry Clarifies Details Of Outstanding Checks On the evening of the March 16, 2017 Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE made a statement to the Territory setting out, among other things, his Government’s continued commitment  to supporting law enforcement in the Territory. In that

One Charged As A Result Of Drug Seizure

Source: Island Sun | One Charged As A Result Of Drug Seizure Friday, March 17 – Police have charged Deron Walters, 29, of Fat Hogs Bay with unlawful possession of cocaine, unlawful possession of cocaine with intent to supply, unlawful possession of marijuana and resisting arrest after a search of his vehicle in Baughers Bay

Gumbs Snatch Ncaa Division Ii Weight Throw Title; Herbert 2nd In 400m

Source: Island Sun | Gumbs Snatch Ncaa Division Ii Weight Throw Title; Herbert 2nd In 400m BVI athletes at the 2017 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Trevia Gumbs, left, Khari Herbert and Tynelle Gumbs By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Lurking in third place with her fourth round effort after three subpar performances,

Stiff Competition In Inter Primary Schools Track Championships

Source: Island Sun | Stiff Competition In Inter Primary Schools Track Championships Some of the participants in the Under 11 Girls Baseball Throw, during the Inter Primary School Championships pre events on March 8 By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Following the introduction of pre events last Wednesday for the first time in the history of

Nilaya Wins Second Consecutive Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

Source: Island Sun | Nilaya Wins Second Consecutive Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous Virgin Gorda, 10-13 March 2017 Nilaya wins second consecutive  Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous VIRGIN GORDA (March 13, 2017) – Nilaya, the dominating Reichel/Pugh design, was presented the Loro Piana Prize: Boat International Media Trophy for overall victory

Cop Appeals For Calm & Nformation In Light Of Recent Deaths

Source: Island Sun | Cop Appeals For Calm & Nformation In Light Of Recent Deaths Saturday, March 11 – Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews is appealing for calm as officers of the Major Crime Team move swiftly through their investigations into the recent deaths. Last night, a male, Ashburn Dawson, 30, died after a shooting

Toilet Paper Story Annoys Ministers

Source: Island Sun | Toilet Paper Story Annoys Ministers The media reports of the February message from a teacher of the Enis Adams Primary School requesting that parents donate toilet paper to the school did not sit well with Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton. The Minister therefore declared that instead of

East End Shameful & Unhealthy Sewerage Problems Continue

Source: Island Sun | East End Shameful & Unhealthy Sewerage Problems Continue Junior Minister for Trade and Investment, and Eighth District Representative, Hon. Marlon Penn informed the House of Assembly on 28 February that the sewerage flowing issues in his District has escalated and it is imperative that the situation is rectified soon. Hon. Penn

Illegal Beach Restrictions Condemned

Source: Island Sun | Illegal Beach Restrictions Condemned In January this year the community was horrified by reports that a local family was allegedly chased off a beach by the management of the establishment sharing the said beach. This report came on the heels of similar ones over the years, and as a result Deputy

Territory Pays Tribute To First Chief Minister Lavity Stoutt

Source: Island Sun | Territory Pays Tribute To First Chief Minister Lavity Stoutt “Good leadership does not happen overnight,” Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn announced as he paid tribute to the Territory’s First Chief Minister Hon. Hamilton Lavity Stoutt at the 17th memorial celebration that was held at the Capoon’s Bay burial

Duty Free Shopping System Praised

Source: Island Sun | Duty Free Shopping System Praised Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Mr. Leslie Lettsome announced that the Duty Free Shopping System that was setup at the Pier Park almost two years ago is working well. Mr. Malone who provided the update during his appearance before the Standing Finance Committee explained that the system

4 Major Hurricane Shelters Are In Precarious Conditions

Source: Island Sun | 4 Major Hurricane Shelters Are In Precarious Conditions In the next three months the Hurricane Season for 2017-2018 will open ushering in tropical storms and hurricane expectations. Unfortunately it was announced that should a devastating storm or hurricane strike the Territory in coming months, the BVI will not be able to

Cause Of Death In Two Sudden Deaths To Be Determined

Source: Island Sun | Cause Of Death In Two Sudden Deaths To Be Determined Saturday, March 11 – Police are confirming two sudden deaths of visitors to the Territory during this week. A 61-year-old female visitor from Missouri was pronounced dead yesterday morning while at The Baths. The deceased and her husband were reportedly swimming