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March 29, 2017

British Virgin Islands

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

Significant Changes In Weather Patterns Observed

Source: Island Sun | Significant Changes In Weather Patterns Observed By Viona Alexander-Smith [GIS] The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has noted changes in weather patterns across the Territory when compared to historical data. According to data published on the World Bank Group Climate Change Knowledge Portal, the average temperatures for the British Virgin Islands for

Nelda Huggins Lands Jr. Colleges 60m Crown

Source: Island Sun | Nelda Huggins Lands Jr. Colleges 60m Crown Virgin Islands athletes at the March 3-4, National Jr. Colleges Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas. L-R: Keshema Fleming, USVI, of Allen College, Nelda Huggins, Iowa Central, Tarique Moses, Central Arizona College, Taylor Hill, South Plains College and Judine Lacey, Iowa Central By Dean “The Sportsman”

Blenheim Trust 5k Series Kicks Off Road Racing On Tortola

Source: Island Sun | Blenheim Trust 5k Series Kicks Off Road Racing On Tortola The 2017 Road Racing Season on Tortola, kicked off with 77 participants on Saturday at the A. O. Shirley Grounds with the Blenheim Trust 5K Series. By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Some 77 persons, ranging from nine to 60+ kicked off

Softballer Terry “Chino” Chinnery Awarded Bvi Badge Of Honor

Source: Island Sun | Softballer Terry “Chino” Chinnery Awarded Bvi Badge Of Honor Terry “Chino” Chinnery, left, and his sponsors Eileen Parsons and Hon. Myron Walwyn, as he’s presented the certificate by Governor John S. Duncan, after receiving the BVI Badge of Honor for his work in Softball. By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Terry “Chino”

Hon. Turnbull Wants CGB Police Station Reopened

Source: Island Sun | Hon. Turnbull Wants CGB Police Station Reopened Against a backdrop of shouts and cheers Second District Representative, Hon. Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull announced that he will keep agitating until the Cane Garden Bay police station is manned. The Representative declared that he is still peeved by the Commissioner of Police response to

Hon. Fraser Criticizes Lowest Cost Pursuit In Healthcare

Source: Island Sun | Hon. Fraser Criticizes Lowest Cost Pursuit In Healthcare “I want to tell the NHI to stop ebaying the healthcare services, ebaying or amazoning it,” Third District Representative, Hon. Julian Fraser said as he explained that the National Health Insurance (NHI) has a policy of shopping around before making some healthcare approvals.

BVI Is Not Pushing For Independence: Premier Says

Source: Island Sun | BVI Is Not Pushing For Independence: Premier Says Premier Dr. The Hon. D. Orlando Smith told the media that Government is not pushing for independence at this time. However, he disclosed that the process for constitutional review will still be undertaken. During a recent press conference Dr. Smith told reporters that

Opposition Leader Delves Into Allegations About Airline

Source: Island Sun | Opposition Leader Delves Into Allegations About Airline It has been alleged that BVI Airways owes money in Dominica and according to Leader of the Opposition, Hon, Andrew Fahie the company has been reportedly using the Government sponsored airplanes to negotiate in that country. The serious allegations were made in the House

Judicial Independence & Courts Situation Are Top Priorities

Source: Island Sun | Judicial Independence & Courts Situation Are Top Priorities By Mellica McPherson-Ganda Relevance of the court, and the important role that the judiciary plays in maintaining the-rule-of-law tenet of a free and democratic society was underscored by the Territory’s legal profession at a special sitting to mark the 50th anniversary of the Eastern

Freya And Cuordileone Reign Supreme At Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean

Source: Island Sun | Freya And Cuordileone Reign Supreme At Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. 5th March 2017. After four fun-filled days of racing at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s Caribbean home in Virgin Gorda, Don Macpherson’s Swan 90 Freya and Leonardo Ferragamo’s ClubSwan 50 Cuordileone have been crowned champions of

Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – A Variegated Flock Visits Virgin Gorda YCCS Hosts A Fleet Of Exemplary Racing And Cruising Yachts

Source: Island Sun | Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean – A Variegated Flock Visits Virgin Gorda YCCS Hosts A Fleet Of Exemplary Racing And Cruising Yachts Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. — The Rolex Swan Cup has been attracting fleets of Nautor’s Swan boats to the iconic yachting haven of Porto Cervo, Sardinia since 1980. Although

Resurgent Cavaliers Send Grenada Reeling With Four Wickets Loss

Source: Island Sun | Resurgent Cavaliers Send Grenada Reeling With Four Wickets Loss Cavaliers’ Drumor Toney, makes a defensive play against Grenada, before being caught out for 34 By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway A resurgent Cavaliers squad dealt Grenada a four wickets loss—their second of the season— during the BVI Cricket Association Twenty 20 Premier

Brexit Blues: BVI Yachting Sector May Suffer

Source: Island Sun | Brexit Blues: BVI Yachting Sector May Suffer Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the D. Orlando Smith is concerned that the United Kingdom government’s move to further the BREXIT process will have a negative effect on the Territory’s yachting sector. During a press conference on 16 February the Premier updated on

Opposition Leader Comments About Sickout At Peebles

Source: Island Sun | Opposition Leader Comments About Sickout At Peebles Leader of the Opposition and First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie announced that the sickout that was staged by health care providers at Peebles Hospital from Monday this week comes at that time when the BVIHSA is trying to rebuild itself. It was reported

Premier Is Surprised By Governor’s Comments

Source: Island Sun | Premier Is Surprised By Governor’s Comments Let me put it this way, I was taken aback by the Governor’s statements,” Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith in response to questions about the Governor’s public criticism of the government. During the event that was organised to launch an educational programme for

Parliamentarians Hold Informal Conversation On Marijuana

Source: Island Sun | Parliamentarians Hold Informal Conversation On Marijuana The discussion of whether marijuana should be decriminalised in the Territory has been informally discussed by Government. Mention of the conversation among Government Ministers was made by Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith. During his press conference on 16 February

Premier Elaborates On Brexit Headache

Source: Island Sun | Premier Elaborates On Brexit Headache As plans to make fishing the third economic pillar of the BVI move forward, efforts are being made to ensure that the international needs are met. Therefore the Territory is pushing to ensure that one of its main identified markets – Europe – is not blocked

Main Street Plan May Materialise In Mid-2017

Source: Island Sun | Main Street Plan May Materialise In Mid-2017 Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool told The Island Sun newspaper that preliminary ideas for Main Street were shown to him, and that public consultation on the proposed Main Street plan will be taking place very soon. In an interview with this

Slowley Fires Royal Knights To Upset Victory Over Vincy

Source: Island Sun | Slowley Fires Royal Knights To Upset Victory Over Vincy Vincy’s bowler Anthony Slowley BY Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Royal Knights rebounded from last week’s stunning loss to Under The Tree, by using Man of the Match Anthony Slowley, who ripped through the BVIs Cricket Association Twenty 20 League champions Vincy’s batting

Volleyball: Gunz For Life Overpowers Philipanas, Go Hard

Source: Island Sun | Volleyball: Gunz For Life Overpowers Philipanas, Go Hard Guns For Life’s Tyler Jackson, left tries to dink the ball on the Philippinas’ Calden Martin By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The BVI Volleyball Association Power League oldest team is using its experience to rip apart younger opponents and new comers. After taking

Pickering, Fahie Share ‘Amazing Experience’ At Nba’s Bwb Camp

Source: Island Sun | Pickering, Fahie Share ‘Amazing Experience’ At Nba’s Bwb Camp Shauliqua Fahie, left and Mahkayla Pickering at the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Camp in New Orleans: Photo courtesy of the NBA By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway “At the Basketball Without Borders camp, it was a very amazing experience and I learned that

Terry “Chino” Chinnery Elected Bvi Softball Association President

Source: Island Sun | Terry “Chino” Chinnery Elected Bvi Softball Association President Newly elected BVI Softball Association Executive Committee. L-R: Terry “Chino” Chinnery, Glenford “Chappy” Maduro, Rose Adams, Bria Smith, Faith Maduro, Sarah Potter-Washington, Dencia Hodge, Allen “Woodrow” Smith and Arnold Lettsome By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Terry “Chino” Chinnery, was elected the eight president

Anegada Clinic To Be Named After Romalia Smith

Source: Island Sun | Anegada Clinic To Be Named After Romalia Smith Government is proposing to rename the Anegada Clinic after community stalwart Romalia Smith and Anegadians are seeking the opinion of residents on the island. During this week the Ministry of Health and Social Development issued the invitation for residents to give feedback on

Water Agreement To Undergo Amendment

Source: Island Sun | Water Agreement To Undergo Amendment While details surrounding the negotiations were not revealed to the media, Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool announced that government is working towards having the contractual agreement that was signed between the former administration and BiWater, now Seven Seas Water BVI Ltd, amended. The

New Generator Fails Reliability Test

Source: Island Sun | New Generator Fails Reliability Test Although one of the new generators that are being installed as part of the BVIEC’s Phase V Power Development Project failed the reliability test and new parts had to be sourced overseas, Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool is confident that the project will

Governor Criticizes Leadership And Airs His Disappointment

Source: Island Sun | Governor Criticizes Leadership And Airs His Disappointment His Excellency Governor John Duncan, in what can be best described as an unexpected move, boldly criticized areas of governance and tongue lashed the Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith during an event that was held by the Ministry of Education and the

Comatose Agriculture May Get Lifesaving Injection

Source: Island Sun | Comatose Agriculture May Get Lifesaving Injection On one side there is the farming community crying that they are being pushed to extinction, on the other there is the Ministry of Natural Resources confident that the Territory currently stands at the door of an agricultural evolution and in the midst of both

Premier Smith Visits Centenarian Christalia Hodge

Source: Island Sun | Premier Smith Visits Centenarian Christalia Hodge Premier of the Virgin Islands, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE and centenarian, Mrs. Christalia Idalia Hodge.(Photo credit: GIS/ Ronnielle Frazer) Premier of the Virgin Islands, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE made a special visit to centenarian Christalia Idalia Hodge yesterday at

Malone, Gumbs, Warner & Herbert Sets Track And Field Records

Source: Island Sun | Malone, Gumbs, Warner & Herbert Sets Track And Field Records Chantel Malone competes at the 2016 OECS Championships at the A. O. Shirley Grounds. On Friday, she had her most consistent Long Jump series with five jumps over 21 feet By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Between Friday and Sunday in competitions

Fahie, Pickering Attending Nba’s Basketball Without Borders Camp

Source: Island Sun | Fahie, Pickering Attending Nba’s Basketball Without Borders Camp Shauliqua Fahie, left, and Mahkayla Pickering take a water break during the Digicel NBA Elite Camp at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in October By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Mahkayla Pickering and Shauliqua Fahie, who advanced to New York in December for an authentic

Sugar Boys End Islanders Perfect Season With President’s Cup Win

Source: Island Sun | Sugar Boys End Islanders Perfect Season With President’s Cup Win Sugar Boys’ Roger Roberts, left shadows Islanders’ Francis Pierre during Sunday’s President’s Cup, which Sugar Boys won, 1-0. By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The Islanders quest for a perfect season came to a stunning end 75 minutes into Sunday night’s BVI

Internet: Highly-Priced, Highly-Lousy

Source: Island Sun | Internet: Highly-Priced, Highly-Lousy The general public is extremely disappointed with the highly-priced, highly-lousy service provided by telecoms in the Territory. Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith is not satisfied with the level of internet service the Territory received last year, and is calling on the service

Spanking Is Not The Way To Discipline Students: Minister Says

Source: Island Sun | Spanking Is Not The Way To Discipline Students: Minister Says A brief public discourse on spankings in schools was raised last Sunday, and Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn was asked to elaborate on the matter. Although the Minister organized his most recent Facebook Town Hall Meeting to garner

Base2Trade Is Not Based In Bvi: FSC Says

Source: Island Sun | Base2Trade Is Not Based In Bvi: FSC Says The Financial Services Commission (“FSC”) issued a report on 23 January following claims that an entity calling itself Base2Trade was falsely touting to be a BVI business. In its announcement, the FSC stated that it was made aware that the entity which previously

Governor Appoints Hon. Fahie As Leader Of The Opposition

Source: Island Sun | Governor Appoints Hon. Fahie As Leader Of The Opposition On 6 February, His Excellency Governor John Duncan issued two instruments: one revoking the order that was previously made appointing Third District Representative, Hon. Julian Fraser as Leader of the Opposition; and another Appointing recently installed Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party

Four Teams Fighting For The President’s Football Cup

Source: Island Sun | Four Teams Fighting For The President’s Football Cup A Rebels player kicks the ball to his teammate before his One Love opponent could intercept the play By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Underdogs seeking upset in BVI Big Four Soccer matchups BY DEAN GREENAWAY Led by the Islanders who won the BVI

Cavaliers Overpowers Royal Knights For Five Wicket Win

Source: Island Sun | Cavaliers Overpowers Royal Knights For Five Wicket Win Cavaliers’ batsman Drunor Tooney drives a ball towards the boundary en route to an unbeaten 87 not out in Greenland on Sunday By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway With Mohamed Hassan going for a duck and Aaron Baker falling for two, Cavaliers, chasing Royal

Kelly, Gumbs And Moses Rack Up Track And Field Victories

Source: Island Sun | Kelly, Gumbs And Moses Rack Up Track And Field Victories Ashley Kelly getting out the blocks at the 2nd OECS Championships held in the BVI last July By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway In three meets across the USA from New York to California, Ashley Kelly, the BVI’s 2016 Sr. Female Athlete

BVI London Office Director Says Micro-States Should Not Be “Pushed Out” Of Financial Services

Source: Island Sun | BVI London Office Director Says Micro-States Should Not Be “Pushed Out” Of Financial Services Left – Right: Commonwealth Economic Advisor Lucas Rutherford, BVI UK Representative Benito Wheatley, Barbados Minister of International Business Hon. Donville Inniss, OECD Global Forum Head of AEOI Radhanath Houseden and Attorney Fran Hendy. BVI London Office Director

Visa Waiver Fake News Raises Short-Lived Hopes

Source: Island Sun | Visa Waiver Fake News Raises Short-Lived Hopes The news that newly elected United States President Donald Trump relaxed the visa requirement for travelers from the Caribbean delighted many in the Territory. However, that joy was short lived as the announcement was proven false. The visa policy is one of many recent

Merger Of Emancipation Celebrations: Proposal Aired

Source: Island Sun | Merger Of Emancipation Celebrations: Proposal Aired The idea that the various emancipation celebration activities should be consolidated into one major festival was expressed to Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn during a social media Town Hall Meeting on 29 January. During the discussions, it was opined that the time

Hon. Fahie Says Malicious Rumors Will Strengthen His Determination

Source: Island Sun | Hon. Fahie Says Malicious Rumors Will Strengthen His Determination First District Representative, and newly appointed Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party, Hon. Andrew Fahie announced that his name is attacked by rumors. During his annual First District report, which was delivered on 28 January the Representative announced that of recent his

VIP Expected To Settle Domestic Disagreements

Source: Island Sun | VIP Expected To Settle Domestic Disagreements The saga that has been unfolding publicly between the two members of the Opposition – Hon. Andrew Fahie, and Hon. Julian Fraser is expected to come to an end shortly via a mediation exercise. The impasse stems from the report that the Executive body of

Opinions Differ About The Effects Of Brexit On The BVI

Source: Island Sun | Opinions Differ About The Effects Of Brexit On The BVI A little over a week ago, the United Kingdom Government commenced steps to trigger BREXIT, while here at home Premier of the BVI and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith remains confident ahead of his travel to the

BVI Governor, Premier And Spouses Bid Farewell To The Obamas

Source: Island Sun | BVI Governor, Premier And Spouses Bid Farewell To The Obamas In this photo, is: His Excellency the Governor, John Duncan, OBE; wife of the Governor, Mrs. Anne-Marie Duncan; former U.S. President Barack Obama; Premier of the Virgin Islands, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE; BVI First Lady Mrs. Lorna Smith,

Incident Occurs Involving Eshs 12th Grade Students

Source: Island Sun | Incident Occurs Involving Eshs 12th Grade Students A vehicle containing Elmore Stoutt High School 12th Grade students were involved in an incident, during its daily commute from the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College campus. Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School, Mrs. Sandy Underhill confirmed that the school’s bus, which serves

2017 Volleyball League Gets Off To A Sweeping Start

Source: Island Sun | 2017 Volleyball League Gets Off To A Sweeping Start Vixens captain Sharmine James concentrated on digging the ball in during their game against School Them By Dean “the Sportsman” Greenaway The 2017 BVI Volleyball Association Power League opened on Saturday at the Multipurpose Sports Complex with a sweeping start. In the

Defending Champs Vincy Kicks Off Cricket League With Victory

Source: Island Sun | Defending Champs Vincy Kicks Off Cricket League With Victory Vicny’s spin bowler Steve Liburd makes a delivery late in the match against RTW By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway There was no stumbling out the gate for defending BVI Cricket Association Twenty 20 Premier League Division champions Vincy on Sunday afternoon in

Islanders Racks Up Another Bvi Football Association League Title

Source: Island Sun | Islanders Racks Up Another Bvi Football Association League Title Virgin Gorda United’s Thomas Albert, left and the Wolues’ George Weston seeking to control the ball after a throw in, infant the goal in the first half of play By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Any fleeting hopes that the Sugar Boys harboured

“Doable” Airport Project Raises Many Questions

Source: Island Sun | “Doable” Airport Project Raises Many Questions “Let us go out and march,” residents announced as a solution to their disagreement with the proposed airport expansion project that the Government announced; the project has been described an economic panacea and the Opposition declared it could become a stone around the Territory’s neck.

Traffic Fatality In Virgin Gorda

Source: Island Sun | Traffic Fatality In Virgin Gorda Saturday, January 28 – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is confirming the death of a 73-year-old male pedestrian following a traffic collision in the Valley, Virgin Gorda. The pedestrian was taken to the Nurse Iris O’Neal Clinic following the collision which took place after 8pmlast

BVI Leaders View Trump Presidency Optimistically

Source: Island Sun | BVI Leaders View Trump Presidency Optimistically Leader of the BVI, Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith is optimistic about the new Trump administration, which commenced on 20 January with the swearing-in of businessman Trump as President of the United States of America. Premier Smith announced in

Road Town Trading Ltd Sold To North West

Source: Island Sun | Road Town Trading Ltd Sold To North West Both the North West Company Inc. (“North West”) and Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd. (“RTT”) are confident that the recently announced acquisition would be completed by early February. It was further disclosed that by the acquisition closing deadline North West is expected to pay

Hon. Fraser Concerned About Unkept Hill Vegetation

Source: Island Sun | Hon. Fraser Concerned About Unkept Hill Vegetation Leader of the Opposition and Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser bemoaned the uncut state of a hill in his District that his constituents deem a traffic hazard. In a weekend announcement Hon. Fraser said that someone on Facebook sent him a message complaining

Rapist Deported

Source: Island Sun | Rapist Deported On January 6, His Excellency Governor John Duncan issued a deportation Order for convicted rapist Derek Cort who was sentenced to 10 years in prison back in May 2010. In making the Order, Governor Duncan announced that Cort was required to leave the Territory of the Virgin Islands on

Talk Show Callers: Stop Smuggling Of Firearms

Source: Island Sun | Talk Show Callers: Stop Smuggling Of Firearms A resident who claimed that illegal weapons are being smuggled into the BVI in shipping containers that are subsequently cleared, urged Commissioner of Customs Wade Smith to look closely at the import clearance process. The resident raised a number of gun smuggling allegations during

CONCACAF Rules That Football Clubs Must Be Licensed

Source: Island Sun | CONCACAF Rules That Football Clubs Must Be Licensed Ball Stars and all Football Clubs are now working to get in line with the CONCACAF Club Licensing Deportment ruling By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Football Clubs under the umbrella of the BVI Football Association are now moving to comply with a ruling

One Love Lands Playoff Spot In Win Over Virgin Gorda

Source: Island Sun | One Love Lands Playoff Spot In Win Over Virgin Gorda Virgin Gorda United goalie Diego Jimenez, prepares to block a shot during the first half of play against One Love By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Virgin Gorda United played a good first half of Saturday night’s BVI Football Association League match

Chantel Malone: ‘It’s Just A Do Or Die Year’

Source: Island Sun | Chantel Malone: ‘It’s Just A Do Or Die Year’ Chantel Malone running on the A. O. Shirley Grounds during a photo shoot as a Digicel Brand Ambassador By Dean Greenaway Long Jumper Chantel Malone will start her 2017 season in Berlin, Germany on Feb 10, followed by competitions in Glasgow and

RVIPF Confiscates Two Illegal Firearms

Source: Island Sun | RVIPF Confiscates Two Illegal Firearms Tuesday, January 24 – RVIPF’s Scene of Crime Detectives are completing initial checks on two illegal firearms seized this past week before submitting the ballistics on both weapons for further forensic examination overseas. A semi-automatic pistol was uncovered on the beach in Cane Garden Bay last

Norwegian Jade Makes Its Inaugural Call To The Territory

Source: Island Sun | Norwegian Jade Makes Its Inaugural Call To The Territory (Photo credit: Nekita Turnbull/GIS) Minister for Communications and Works, Honourable Mark Vanterpool, is featured as he presented a plaque to Captain Kim Larson of the Norwegian Jade on the cruise ship’s inaugural call to the Territory on Thursday, January 19. The Honourable

Mourners Bid Farewell To Great Community Leader Mose Malone

Source: Island Sun | Mourners Bid Farewell To Great Community Leader Mose Malone A service in memory of a much loved community pillar was held on 14 January at the Road Town Methodist Church for the late Randolph Waltimore “Mose” Malone who departed this life on 26 December 2016. Affectionately known as ‘Mose’ or ‘Lodging”,

Minister dismisses Complaint

Source: Island Sun | Minister dismisses Complaint Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn disagrees that some members of the House of Assembly do not conduct themselves appropriately during House of Assembly sittings. He also differed with the allegation that Ministers do not answer Opposition questions when asked to. While fielding questions at his

Broken Sewerage Lines In Road Town Generate Discontent

Source: Island Sun | Broken Sewerage Lines In Road Town Generate Discontent As recently as last month residents complained about broken sewerage lines and flowing sewage in Road Town; and Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool has promised once again that the situation will soon be a thing of the past. In a

Minister Plans To Meet Unemployed Students

Source: Island Sun | Minister Plans To Meet Unemployed Students The job prospects for Education majors of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) is said to have been grim; and a current student brought the matter to the attention of Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn during his online Townhall Meeting on

Code Of Silence Protects Criminals

Source: Island Sun | Code Of Silence Protects Criminals During the community meeting in Long Look at the Sticket on 16 January Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews announced that tackling the issue of crime in the Territory will require more than arming police officers and ramping up police presence. The Commissioner admitted that he is

$323Million Budget Presented Amidst Criticism

Source: Island Sun | 3Million Budget Presented Amidst Criticism By Mellica McPherson-Ganda Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith was poised to plug and quell some of the serious allegations that have been forming a think hazy wall of distrust and concern among the populists with the delivery of promised reports

Digicel Launches Its LTE Network

Source: Island Sun | Digicel Launches Its LTE Network Digicel’s General Manager Kevin Gordon, right and his staff following the launch of the LTE network Calling it a ‘game changer’ Digicel’s General Manager Kevin Gordon, launched its LTE network at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, as the company’s investment in its LTE infrastructure and will include

Name Released Of JVD’S Fatally Injuried Tourist

Source: Island Sun | Name Released Of JVD’S Fatally Injuried Tourist Tuesday, January 16 – Police are releasing the name of the 18-year-old male tourist who died while traversing the boulders overlooking the Bubbly Pool in Jost Van Dyke now that both parents have been informed. Up to early yesterday afternoon, his mother was not

Police Confirm Traffic Fatality

Source: Island Sun | Police Confirm Traffic Fatality Tuesday, January 16 – Police confirm the death of a male scooter rider in an apparent lone scooter collision on the dual carriageway in front of the Treasure Isle Hotel just after midnight last night. The scooter rider was pronounced dead at the scene near a large

VIP Chairman Responds To The 2017 Budget Address

Source: Island Sun | VIP Chairman Responds To The 2017 Budget Address Hon. Andrew Fahie, Chairman Virgin Islands Party With the presentation of the Appropriation Bill for 2017 the National Democratic Party has now presented its sixth successive budget address and in so doing has complied with Section #104 of the VI Constitution Order 2007. I can

No Special Concessions To Chinese Contractors, Premier Says

Source: Island Sun | No Special Concessions To Chinese Contractors, Premier Says Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced that his government offered no special concessions in negotiations for the Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport Runway Extension Project. Hon. Smith’s comment was in response to a question from Leader of

Former Deputy Governor Is In Good Health

Source: Island Sun | Former Deputy Governor Is In Good Health Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced that former Deputy Governor, V. Inez Archibald has recovered from her illness and is doing well. While it was never officially announced that former Deputy Governor Archibald was critically ill, word that

Mould, Mould, More Mould: The Problem Persists

Source: Island Sun | Mould, Mould, More Mould: The Problem Persists Tourism Junior Minister, At Large Representative Hon. Archibald Christian announced that the complaint of some civil servants who are affected by mould is being dismissed as fabrication. Hon. Christian announced that the situation of mould in Government offices still prevails. While speaking in the

Outcry For Police To Be Armed Gets Louder

Source: Island Sun | Outcry For Police To Be Armed Gets Louder The shooting which occurred during a robbery at Fahie Boy Bar in Long Look on 6 January and resulted in the death of Franklyn Fahie has ignited a call for the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) to be fully armed. Following the report of

Reflections On The Leading Sports Stories Of 2016

Source: Island Sun | Reflections On The Leading Sports Stories Of 2016 Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde leads the BVI’s Kyron McMaster and the USA’s Taylor McLaughlin as they head toward the final hurdle. Photo: Mireille Sankatsing-Smith By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway From the territory claiming its first International Association of Athletics Federations  (IAAF) medal to the

Police Investigate Shooting At Bar In Long Look

Source: Island Sun | Police Investigate Shooting At Bar In Long Look Saturday, January 7 – Police are conducting investigations into shooting which occurred during a robbery at Fahie Boy Bar in Long Look late last night (January 6). During the robbery, one man was shot and hospitalised. This man has since died. The Coroner’s

Biras Creek: Hopes Of Reopening Aired

Source: Island Sun | Biras Creek: Hopes Of Reopening Aired Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr the Hon. D. Orlando Smith confirmed that Biras Creek Resort which closed in 2015 might be reopening this year. During his Territorial Address in December the Premier confirmed the November announcement by Ninth District Representative, Dr. the Hon. Hubert

Hon. Penn Warns About Doom Sayers

Source: Island Sun | Hon. Penn Warns About Doom Sayers Junior Minister of Trade and Investment and Eighth District Representative, Hon. Marlon Penn referred to some persons in the Territory as doom sayers and destruction preachers in his 2016 Holiday Message. Hon. Penn used his message to admonish Virgin Islanders to remain vigilant: “We must

Leaders Thankful For Hurricane-Free 2016

Source: Island Sun | Leaders Thankful For Hurricane-Free 2016 As 2016 came to an end and both Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith and Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn were thankful that the Territory was spared for another year from hurricanes and major storms. In their holiday messages both legislators expressed

West End Ferry Terminal Is On The 2017 “To Do” List

Source: Island Sun | West End Ferry Terminal Is On The 2017 “To Do” List It is the start of another year and the exploration of the Sophers Hole Jetty also known as the West End Ferry dock renovation plan is reappearing on the list of 2017 possibilities, as Minister for Communications and Works, Hon.

BVI Community Mourns Death Of Vincent V. Walwyn

Source: Island Sun | BVI Community Mourns Death Of Vincent V. Walwyn The service of thanksgiving held on 29 December in memory of the late Vincent Vernal Walwyn who departed this life on 18 December saw the Sea Cows Bay Methodist Church  packed to capacity.  Many in the community gathered at the Church to pay

BVI Shocked By Sudden Death Of Neil Blyden

Source: Island Sun | BVI Shocked By Sudden Death Of Neil Blyden News of the passing of radio personality, promoter and entrepreneur Mr. Neil “Melee” Blyden who died on January 1 shocked the Territory, and at least three legislators took to Facebook to express condolences. Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool said that

Aggravated Burglary Reported In Carrot Bay

Source: Island Sun | Aggravated Burglary Reported In Carrot Bay Thursday, January 5 – Police are following several leads after a man reported he was approached by a masked male demanding cash while in his home in Carrot Bay last night. The culprit fled the scene with a small amount of cash. No weapon was

16 Track And Field Coaches Obtain IAAF Level I Certification

Source: Island Sun | 16 Track And Field Coaches Obtain IAAF Level I Certification New track and field certified coaches By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Some 16 Track and Field Coaches including six females, have obtained their International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Level I Coaching certification, after successfully completing their 12-day course on Dec

Honors Whip Quality Field In Boxing Day Feature Race

Source: Island Sun | Honors Whip Quality Field In Boxing Day Feature Race Call Daddy, right, controlled the early part of the Boxing Day feature race By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway In the most competitive field of horses ever assembled in the territory for a 7 Furlongs race, Honors sat off the pace set by

Kelly, Henry Notch Track Athletes Of The Year Honors

Source: Island Sun | Kelly, Henry Notch Track Athletes Of The Year Honors Sol representative Omar Jones, left, with Jr. Female, Athlete of the Year, Tarika Moses, Youth Female Athlete of the Year Ariyah Smith and Jr. Male Athlete of the Year, Kyron McMaster; PHOTO: Charlie Jackson By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Ashley Kelly had

Seven Juveniles Charged With Burglarising Primary School

Source: Island Sun | Seven Juveniles Charged With Burglarising Primary School More arrests likely  Friday, December 30 – Police have charged seven juveniles, including two females, after they admitted to illegally entering the Francis Lettsome Primary School in Greenland at least three times over the holiday weekend resulting widespread property damage. Four of the seven

Police Charge Three In Firearm Related Incidents

Source: Island Sun | Police Charge Three In Firearm Related Incidents Wednesday, December 28 – Three men were charged over the holiday weekend in relation to two separate firearm incidents and are scheduled to appear before the Magistrate’s Court this afternoon. Essadro Jefferson of Long Look was charged with attempted murder in relation to a

Preferred Bidder Selected To Develop T B Lettsome Airport

Source: Island Sun | Preferred Bidder Selected To Develop T B Lettsome Airport The Government of the Virgin Islands is pleased to announce that, following a lengthy procurement process and very careful consideration between the 2 remaining bidders for the runway extension project of the T.B. Lettsome International Airport: China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and

Hon. Fraser & Hon H. O’neal: Disagreement Hovers

Source: Island Sun | Hon. Fraser & Hon H. O’neal: Disagreement Hovers Both sides of the issue that prompted Ninth District Representative, Dr. the Hon. Hubert O’Neal to threaten to punch Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Julian Fraser were aired in the House of Assembly on 19 December. The issue which began with a Ninth

Biwater BVI Shares Sale Causes Major Puzzlement

Source: Island Sun | Biwater BVI Shares Sale Causes Major Puzzlement Following the questions and answers section in the House of Assembly, on 19 December, Leader of the Opposition Hon. Julian Fraser took to social media to rhetorically ask whether or not the water company Biwater was sold. The question stemmed from the fact that

Governor Orders Deportation Of Convicted Rapist

Source: Island Sun | Governor Orders Deportation Of Convicted Rapist Franklyn Huggins, 54, who was convicted of raping a 15–year–old girl was ordered deported from the Territory by His Excellency, Governor John Duncan on 13 December. Huggins, a native of St. Kitts and Nevis was sentenced to 12 years, imprisonment by Justice Indra Hariprashad–Charles in

Report On BVI Contribution To Global Economy Expected Soon

Source: Island Sun | Report On BVI Contribution To Global Economy Expected Soon Premier, and Minister for Finance, Dr. the D. Orlando Smith is hoping that the study that was commissioned to examine and illuminate the contributions of the British Virgin Islands’ financial services industry to the global economy will be ready to be included

Water-Front Drive Christmas Lights Brighten The Holiday Season

Source: Island Sun | Water-Front Drive Christmas Lights Brighten The Holiday Season For the second year, Caribbean Insurers Limited (CIL) has played a part in brightening up the Territory’s capital for Christmas. Similar to its inaugural 2015 Road Town light up, the company had Christmas lights strung around the foliage that adorns the sidewalk of

Voices Of Love Carollers Spread Christmas Cheer In Tortola

Source: Island Sun | Voices Of Love Carollers Spread Christmas Cheer In Tortola By Mellica McPherson-Ganda Every Christmas, the friendship and kindred bond that is shared between two sister Virgin Islands territories is strengthened with festive carols and melodious serenading as the Voices of Love choir of the United States Virgin Islands travel faithfully to

Cop Renews Appeal For Information

Source: Island Sun | Cop Renews Appeal For Information Thursday, December 22 – Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews is making his own appeal for information from the public by asking members to the community to call him directly with information, as he affirmed his commitment to apprehending those involved in the recent robberies. “We have