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January 10, 2019

British Virgin Islands

The leading Sporting Stories From 2018

Source: Island Sun 400m hurdler Kyron McMaster clears the first barrier during the 2018 NACAC Sr. Championships in Toronto, Canada in August. His string of victories included the… Link: The leading Sporting Stories From 2018

Horse Racing Revived With Five Boxing Day Races

Source: Island Sun St. Thomas’ Totally Evil’s Jockey Jose Douglas glides him to victory in front of an appreciative crown in the Boxing Day feature race By Dean… Link: Horse Racing Revived With Five Boxing Day Races

Reform Action Alliance Launched

Source: Island Sun On New Year’s day another new political party was launched. This new political organization is named the Reform Action Alliance (RAA). It was announced that… Link: Reform Action Alliance Launched

Seniors Unhappy About New Elections Technology

Source: Island Sun First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie said that some persons especially seniors are threatening not to vote if the new elections technology is used. As… Link: Seniors Unhappy About New Elections Technology

Calls To Name Pier Park After Cyril Romney Continue

Source: Island Sun Another call was made for the Tortola Pier Park or an area of the facility to be named after former Chief Minister Cyril Romney who… Link: Calls To Name Pier Park After Cyril Romney Continue

Governor To Decide About New Opposition Leader

Source: Island Sun In short order the Territory might have a new Leader of the Opposition as it was announced that At Large Representative, Hon. Ronnie Skelton who… Link: Governor To Decide About New Opposition Leader

Nutritionist Highlights Problems Created By Diet And Obesity

Source: Island Sun Nutritionist Phillipa Barry announced that there has been an increase in the number of persons diagnosed with chronic non-communicable diseases including cancers, diabetes, hypertension and… Link: Nutritionist Highlights Problems Created By Diet And Obesity

Auditor General Criticizes Education Minister Comments

Source: Island Sun Auditor General Sonia Webster issued a public statement refuting what Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn has said in the media as it… Link: Auditor General Criticizes Education Minister Comments

Premier Praises NHI

Source: Island Sun The BVI National Health Insurance System (NHI) is a regional model, Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced as he… Link: Premier Praises NHI

European Union Impositions Deemed Unreasonable

Source: Island Sun The BVI was knocked down in 2017 by dreadful natural disasters and at the time financial services was and still is the main source of… Link: European Union Impositions Deemed Unreasonable

Wade Smith Joins PVIM

Source: Island Sun Commissioner of Customs, Wade Smith has resigned from his post and has since announced that he will be contesting the 2019 general elections as a… Link: Wade Smith Joins PVIM

9th District Candidate Speaks Out

Source: Island Sun Aspiring Ninth District Representative Jose de Castro who is planning to contest the 2019 elections under the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) banner zoomed on… Link: 9th District Candidate Speaks Out

West End Terminal Will Not Become A Reality Until Next Year

Source: Island Sun Unfortunately, the Sophers Hole Jetty or West End ferry terminal will not be functioning in a somewhat pre-Irma state until next year. This means that… Link: West End Terminal Will Not Become A Reality Until Next Year

Irma & Maria continue to Kill

Source: Island Sun The whispers of mental issues stemming from the stress from the 2017 natural disasters were real and Dr. Michael Turnbull – Clinical Psychologist shared information… Link: Irma & Maria continue to Kill

HON. Vanterpool Confirms He Will Run As NDP Candidate

Source: Island Sun After announcing that he would not be contesting the 2019 general elections, Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool has changed his mind and… Link: HON. Vanterpool Confirms He Will Run As NDP Candidate

Reviewing Project Podium’s Successful 5 year plan, 2013-2018

Source: Island Sun By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway In my travels through the region as a journalist, I’m constantly asked about the BVI’s rise in track and field.… Link: Reviewing Project Podium’s Successful 5 year plan, 2013-2018

Four Most Outstanding Sportsman, Sports Women Of 2018

Source: Island Sun Kyron McMaster, Track & Field and Sharonda Pickering, Volleyball. Bottom, Rikkoi Brathwaite, Track and Field and Elinah Phillip, Swimming By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Before… Link: Four Most Outstanding Sportsman, Sports Women Of 2018

Serious Port Purcell Issues Persist

Source: Island Sun A year and months after hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Territory’s main cargo port – Port Purcell is still having issues. The disclosure was made… Link: Serious Port Purcell Issues Persist

VIP Announces At Large Candidates

Source: Island Sun Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party has dared the Government to call elections – as he announced that the VIP… Link: VIP Announces At Large Candidates

Hon. Skelton Discusses High School Wall

Source: Island Sun Former Cabinet member and previous Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie Skelton is distancing himself from the issues reported in the Auditor General… Link: Hon. Skelton Discusses High School Wall

Autobiography of Lewis Stephenson Hunte, QC, Published

Source: Island Sun Long time BVI resident and Barbados born, Attorney-at-law Lewis Stephenson Hunte Q.C. who is known for his wit and stories of days gone-by has penned… Link: Autobiography of Lewis Stephenson Hunte, QC, Published

St. Martin’s Mobuchon Destroys 2-year Old BVI Half Marathon Record

Source: Island Sun St. Martin’s Cécilia Mobuchon, center, is flanked by former record holder, St. Thomas’ Ruth Ann David, left and the BVI’s Katrina Lindsay, after shattering David’s… Link: St. Martin’s Mobuchon Destroys 2-year Old BVI Half Marathon Record

Sharonda Pickering Helps FGCU Upset UCF In NCAA Volleyball Tourney

Source: Island Sun Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles right side hitter Sharonda Pickering, left, prepares to block against the University of Central Florida Knights on Thursday, during her… Link: Sharonda Pickering Helps FGCU Upset UCF In NCAA Volleyball Tourney

Christmas on de Castro Street to highlight Weekend

Source: Island Sun This weekend will mark the 20th staging of Christmas on Main Street now Christmas on de Castro Street, but it will be a sad/sweet occurrence as… Link: Christmas on de Castro Street to highlight Weekend

VIP To Win Elections: Opposition Leader Says

Source: Island Sun Leader of the Opposition Hon. Andrew Fahie announced that the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) is expecting victory when the Territory goes to the polls in… Link: VIP To Win Elections: Opposition Leader Says

Styrofoam To Be Permanently Banned

Source: Island Sun Polystyrene foam or Styrofoam food containers and other items will soon be unavailable in the Territory as a ban on this material is in the… Link: Styrofoam To Be Permanently Banned

Pier Park Audit To Be Tabled

Source: Island Sun The long awaited Tortola Pier Park audit is expected to be laid in the House of Assembly at the next sitting.  The announcement was made on… Link: Pier Park Audit To Be Tabled

Elections Fever Engeders Defections And New Parties

Source: Island Sun The upcoming elections campaign are going to be tough, Premier and outgoing Leader of the National Democratic Party Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith warned… Link: Elections Fever Engeders Defections And New Parties

Pickering Helps FGCU Eagles to First NCAA Volleyball Tournament Berth

Source: Island Sun Florida Gulf Coast University Sr. Sharonda Pickering holds the ASUN Conference trophy after helping her Eagles team to its first Conference title since 2012. The… Link: Pickering Helps FGCU Eagles to First NCAA Volleyball Tournament Berth

Watch Tv On The Go With Flow

Source: Island Sun Telecommunications company FLOW has launched its FLOW to GO TV app, which is a feature that would allow customers who utilize the company’s television services… Link: Watch Tv On The Go With Flow

Opposition Leader Says BVI Is Saddled With A Dysfunctional Government

Source: Island Sun Using terms such as ‘dysfunctional government’, and repeating the phrase ‘release this government’ Leader of the Opposition Hon. Andrew Fahie has called for urgent general… Link: Opposition Leader Says BVI Is Saddled With A Dysfunctional Government

BVI To Venture Into Financial Technology

Source: Island Sun Business and technology is soon going to merge seamlessly in making business more attractive in the Territory and as a result strengthen the BVI position… Link: BVI To Venture Into Financial Technology

Maduro Appointed Head of Regional Softball Umpire’s Body

Source: Island Sun As head of the regional softball umpiring group, Glenford “Chappy” Maduro would like to see 30-40 trained umpires within the region, including women By Dean… Link: Maduro Appointed Head of Regional Softball Umpire’s Body

Sharonda Pickering helps FGCU Eagles to ASUN Conference title

Source: Island Sun Sharonda Pickering, 4th right, shares a moment with her mother Sayretta, Coach Matt Bosford, sister Sharona and father Amos, after helping the Florida Gulf Coast… Link: Sharonda Pickering helps FGCU Eagles to ASUN Conference title

Contractors Wars: Another Sign Of BVI Deterioration

Source: Island Sun Local contractors whose competitors continue to lure their staff away with wage increase have turned to Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour… Link: Contractors Wars: Another Sign Of BVI Deterioration

3 NDP Members Resign

Source: Island Sun “I think it’s unreasonable to have individuals hold a party and a Territory hostage, particularly at this time,” recently appointed Leader of the ruling National… Link: 3 NDP Members Resign

UK Special Select Committee Grills BVI London Office Director

Source: Island Sun By Mellica McPherson “What we are asking for is a level playing field…Our business is legitimate business,” Director of the BVI London Office (BVILO), Elise Donovan… Link: UK Special Select Committee Grills BVI London Office Director

300% Increase In Insurance Premium May Cripple BVI Economy

Source: Island Sun Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton decried what he termed is a ‘troubling’ increase of insurance premium across the Territory since the… Link: 300% Increase In Insurance Premium May Cripple BVI Economy

Special Report About E.S.H.S. Wall To Be Tabled

Source: Island Sun The Auditor General Special Report about the Elmore Stoutt High School Wall project which has been the subject of numerous media headlines over that last… Link: Special Report About E.S.H.S. Wall To Be Tabled

Struiken Ends Mourant College Classic Series With Record Run

Source: Island Sun Mourant College Classic Series overall champion and record holder Clif Struiken, with sponsor Rachael McDonald, left, Women’s winner Katrina Lindsay, and Race Director Stephanie Russ… Link: Struiken Ends Mourant College Classic Series With Record Run

Health Minister Announces Plan For VG Ambulance Boat

Source: Island Sun A faster means to transport sick and injured persons from the sister island of Virgin Gorda is still part of the outer island health care… Link: Health Minister Announces Plan For VG Ambulance Boat

Hon. Christian Talks About Representation Of 5Th District

Source: Island Sun While not mentioning of the word ‘by-election’ or any similar term Junior Minister for Tourism Hon. Archibald Christian addressed the concern of many as to… Link: Hon. Christian Talks About Representation Of 5Th District

Governor Orders Deportation Of Geronimo

Source: Island Sun In an Order dated 26 October, His Excellency Governor Augustus Jaspert ordered the deportation of Leonel Caldernon Geronimo, a man who was convicted of various… Link: Governor Orders Deportation Of Geronimo

Lack Of ICT Infrastructure Is A Big Mistake: Hon. Penn

Source: Island Sun Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, Hon. Marlon Penn did not mince words as he accused his fellow legislators of dropping the ball on… Link: Lack Of ICT Infrastructure Is A Big Mistake: Hon. Penn

Jim Cullimore’s Effort to Keep Tour De Tortola Alive

Source: Island Sun Laurens Blok, left, Jim Cullimore, Dennis Veroza and Phillippe Leroy, crossing the bridge from Beef Island, during Sunday’s Tour de Tortola By Dean “The Sportsman”… Link: Jim Cullimore’s Effort to Keep Tour De Tortola Alive

New Procurement Act Heading For HOA

Source: Island Sun A new legislation that is heading to the House of Assembly in the near future is expected to remedy the numerous procurement issues that have… Link: New Procurement Act Heading For HOA

C.E. King Airport To Improve Transit To BVI: USVI Governor

Source: Island Sun USVI Governor Kenneth Mapp made it clear that although BVI travelers are being catered to in the various port refurbishment projects being undertaken by his… Link: C.E. King Airport To Improve Transit To BVI: USVI Governor

Palm Grove Shopping CTR To Be Rebuilt

Source: Island Sun Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool said that Government is working to get the tenants of the Palm Grove Shopping Center back in… Link: Palm Grove Shopping CTR To Be Rebuilt

NDP Cohesiveness Shows More Cracks

Source: Island Sun “I cannot support him with this,” Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced in a statement on ZBVI on 19… Link: NDP Cohesiveness Shows More Cracks

Bayside Blazers Becomes First STSL Two Times champs

Source: Island Sun Bayside Blazers’ Tavon Phillip, left prepares to drive past Pure Playaz’s Dwayne Stoutt, for two of his game high 40 points, during Saturday night’s deciding… Link: Bayside Blazers Becomes First STSL Two Times champs

New Legislation To Protect BVI Environment Eyed

Source: Island Sun Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, Ronald Smith-Berkeley announced that plans are being made to further protect the Territory’s environment and… Link: New Legislation To Protect BVI Environment Eyed

Hon. Walwyn Launches Certificate Programme

Source: Island Sun On Monday 15 October the Ministry of Education launched the Virgin Islands High School Certificate Programme (VIHSCP), which is an initiative geared at allowing persons… Link: Hon. Walwyn Launches Certificate Programme

Hon. Fahie Reports Land Registry Irregularities

Source: Island Sun Leader of the Opposition, and First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie said that he is hoping that the Human Rights Commission legislation that was debated… Link: Hon. Fahie Reports Land Registry Irregularities

“I Do Not Listen To The Rumors”, Hon. Vanterpool

Source: Island Sun Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Mark Vanterpool continued his attack of the various rumors that are circulating. The most recent response to some of… Link: “I Do Not Listen To The Rumors”, Hon. Vanterpool

BVI beats St. Maarten 4-3, to win Anguilla Softball Tournament

Source: Island Sun The BVI Women’s Softball team, after beating St. Maarten, 4-3 to go undefeated and won the Anguilla Hit Your 2nd Shot Tournament on Sunday By… Link: BVI beats St. Maarten 4-3, to win Anguilla Softball Tournament

Phillip ends Jr. Swimming Career in Youth Olympic Games Semis

Source: Island Sun Swimmer Elinah Phillip prepares to enter the starting blocks in the semifinals of the 50m Freestyle, at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina… Link: Phillip ends Jr. Swimming Career in Youth Olympic Games Semis

Young Stars Trim High Speed, 58-57, In Playoff Thriller

Source: Island Sun High Speed’s Kimmoy Caines grabs a rebound during game two of their series against Young Stars, a game they won 59-38 on Saturday, before being… Link: Young Stars Trim High Speed, 58-57, In Playoff Thriller

Baughers Bay Mountain Of Junk To Be Removed Full Tilt

Source: Island Sun After relentless pleading for persons to remove their derelict and parked junk from the site of the Baughers Bay Fisherman’s Wharf, Sixth District Representative, Hon.… Link: Baughers Bay Mountain Of Junk To Be Removed Full Tilt

Runway Expansion Project To Move Forward

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith is confident that some move will be made to push forward the Terrance B… Link: Runway Expansion Project To Move Forward

Minister Announces More Cement Roads

Source: Island Sun Minister for Communications and Culture, Hon. Mark Vanterpool announced that Government will not continue to invest in asphalt roads, instead, in order to maintain the… Link: Minister Announces More Cement Roads

Legislators Discuss Prison Situation

Source: Island Sun On 9 October the House of Assembly passed the Prison Act 2018 which serves to repeal and replace the Prison Ordinance and takes into account… Link: Legislators Discuss Prison Situation

Legislators Discuss Repatriation Of Post-Irma Imported Workforce

Source: Island Sun Leader of the Opposition, and First District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie announced that considerations should be made to have persons who came to the Territory… Link: Legislators Discuss Repatriation Of Post-Irma Imported Workforce

Struiken Shatters Ceres 10K Record in BVI Half Marathon Tune Up

Source: Island Sun Clif Struiken, left, Julius Farley and Derek Rawlins taking out Saturday’s Ceres Juices 10K Series race in Carrot Bay, which Struiken won in 39 minutes… Link: Struiken Shatters Ceres 10K Record in BVI Half Marathon Tune Up

Splash Brothers’ Basketball Title Hopes Alive After Sweeping Knights

Source: Island Sun Splash Brothers’ Jasin Rhymer Jr., right, eyes his move against the Knights’ Dalvern Blyden By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Splash Brothers, defending Hon. Julian Fraser… Link: Splash Brothers’ Basketball Title Hopes Alive After Sweeping Knights

Discontent About Insurances Continues

Source: Island Sun While it was noted that there are still insurance related complaints and qualms, Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith is… Link: Discontent About Insurances Continues

Sopher’s Hole Jetty To Be Operative In November

Source: Island Sun By next month the Sopher’s Hole Jetty or temporary West End ferry terminal will be functioning in a somewhat pre-Irma state after being down for… Link: Sopher’s Hole Jetty To Be Operative In November

Virgin Islander Sherene Liburd Admitted To The Bar

Source: Island Sun Ms. Sherene Liburd stands outside the Court at Sakal Building today after being admitted to the Bar. (Credit: Provided) Virgin Islander Ms. Sherene Latisha Liburd… Link: Virgin Islander Sherene Liburd Admitted To The Bar

Rumoured Candidacy Of Speaker Raises VIP & NDP Questions

Source: Island Sun Honourable Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe, MHA Speaker of the House There was a public discussion on whether Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Ingrid Moses… Link: Rumoured Candidacy Of Speaker Raises VIP & NDP Questions

Hon. Penn perplexed by Delay of Consumer Protection Bill

Source: Island Sun The Attorney General, Baba Aziz is not taking the blame for the delay of the Consumer Protection legislation, however, Junior Minister of Trade and Investment… Link: Hon. Penn perplexed by Delay of Consumer Protection Bill

Recovery Plan Fine-Tuning Causes Withdrawal

Source: Island Sun His Excellency Governor Augustus Jaspert said that he is perplexed as to how persons in the Territory can think that the Recovery Development Agency (RDA)… Link: Recovery Plan Fine-Tuning Causes Withdrawal

Auditor Gen. Examines BVI Airways Deal

Source: Island Sun His Excellency Governor Augustus Jaspert noted that Auditor General Sonia Webster’s audit of the BVI Airways deal continues. However, he told the media that he… Link: Auditor Gen. Examines BVI Airways Deal

Gays Are Citizens Too

Source: Island Sun By Sir Ronald Sanders (The writer is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the US and the OAS.  He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute… Link: Gays Are Citizens Too