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August 19, 2017

British Virgin Islands

Ellis Thomas Downs Severely Damaged After Heavy Rains

Source: Island Sun By Dean “The Sportsman Greenaway For the first time since the Ellis Thomas Downs opened to the public before thousands of fans on August Tuesday in 1998, there was no annual August Festival Horse Racing, after a Tropical Wave dropped 17 inches of rain in 17 hours, drenching the territory…

Chantel Malone Seventh in IAAF World Championships Long Jump

Source: Island Sun Caption: Chantel Malone competing at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. She also competed in Moscow, Russia 2013 and Daegu, South Korea, 2011 By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Long Jumper Chantel Malone, capped the territory’s best showing ever at the IAAF World Championships by BVI athletes since the…

British Virgin Islands Finalising Recovery

Source: Island Sun Tourism Industry Works to Finalise Recovery; remains open for business The British Virgin Islands after careful consideration and consultation with the recovery advisory group and industry stakeholders has determined that two cruise ship calls scheduled for August 15th and 16th will not take place. Premier and Minister for Tourism, Dr.…

Miss and Mister Jr. BVI Pageant

Source: Island Sun Shamoy Davis Virgin Islands Festival & Fairs Committee Chairman Trevor Grant, center, with Miss and Mister Jr. BVI, Anondah Hodge and Yohance Smith Rosa Industrius Khadija Liburd Kenya Matthews The post Miss and Mister Jr. BVI Pageant appeared first on Island Sun. Link: Miss and Mister Jr. BVI Pageant

Legs vs Virgin Gorda Mystics For BVI Basketball Federation Title

Source: Island Sun Legs’ Jasin Rhymer Jr., right, goes for two of his 19 points against the Mega Gun’s Douron Phillips and Jevon Serrant By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Even though he’s returning to the BVI Basketball Federation Sr. Division Championship Series that opens on Aug 9 with game one in the best of five,…

Joy Victor Heading To UVI On Basketball Scholarship

Source: Island Sun Joy Victor is the first BVI female basketball player to ever sign with the University of the Virgin Islands By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway New University of the Virgin Islands Women’s Basketball coach Reggie Carrick came on Tortola on Saturday with blank scholarship offers in his bag, and, to look at female…

Kyron Mcmaster Eyeing IAAF World Championships Medal

Source: Island Sun Kyron McMaster, 20, will face the biggest test of his hurdling career, starting on Sunday in London, at the IAAF World Championships By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway The hopes of the territory getting its first finalist and first medalist in an International Association of Athletics World Championships, lies in the…

Neil Blyden Village

Source: Island Sun   Hon. Alvera Maduro-Caines, center, who organized the Prince and Princess Show for 14 years, has been named this year’s Parade Marshall, and received a plaque from Culture Minister Myron Walwyn, left, and Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee Chairman, Trevor Grant Mrs Janice Nibbs-Blyden, cuts the ribbon to open…

FSC Issues Warning About Online Investment Company

Source: Island Sun On 27 July the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (the “FSC”) issued a statement regarding Anmaric Enterprises Corporation that allegedly offers asset management services. Residual online mentions of the company note that it is based in “Tortola” with no specific building mentioned just “Road Town” and the postal code.…

Neil Blyden Festival Village Takes Off

Source: Island Sun On 31 July the Neil Melee Blyden Festival Village official opening marked the start of the 2017 Emancipation Festival nightly activities. Chair of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee Mr. Trefor Grant explained that this year’s opening was dubbed cultural night because it focuses on the reason for the…

$25M Credit Line: Opposition Leader Asks For Update

Source: Island Sun Once again Leader of the Opposition Hon. Andrew Fahie requested an update from Government on its use of the $25M operating Line of Credit at the CIBC First Caribbean International Bank. The last update on government’s use of the Line of Credit was provided by Premier and Minister for Finance,…

CRUISE PIER AUDIT “IS ONGOING”: PREMIER SAYS

Source: Island Sun “Wouldn’t this be seen as getting in your own way,” Leader of the Opposition Hon. Andrew Fahie asked Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith in response to the BVI Leader’s announcement that some information required for the audit of the cruise pier project is still…

“No Confidence” Motion Gets Stuck In Its Tracks

Source: Island Sun While Leader of the Opposition Hon. Andrew Fahie referred to his failed “No Confidence” motion as “a moment of reflection” and “a Joshua moment,” BVI Leader and Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith – who the motion was attempting to strip of the Ministry of Finance -referred to the…

Two Persons Charged With Murders Of Springette And Richards

Source: Island Sun Friday, July 28 – The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Major Crime Team today charged two persons with the murders of David Springette and Shawn Richards, both killed earlier this year. Shakeel Ryan, 22, a St. Kitts national and female, Shakilla Hanley, 29, both of Long Look were charged for the…

Flow Tv To Offer 120 Channels

Source: Island Sun FLOW TV is finally here in the BVI and at a special product launch on 20 July residents were introduced to the telecommunication company’s IPTV Streaming platform and the various packages associated with it. By all descriptions, the competition is most welcomed in the Territory. In a presentation to the…

Young People Still Have Difficulties Finding A Job

Source: Island Sun A concerned resident has stated that the difficulty BV Islanders and Belongers are having trying to find employment is being exasperated by the report that local job vacancies are being advertised overseas first. The complaint was made a during the “A Look at the Community” radio call-in show on 22…

“No Confidence” Motion Slated For August 1st

Source: Island Sun By Mellica McPherson-Ganda Following a number of serious financial hiccups of a Territorial proportion such as the alarming debacle of the BVI Airways agreement, the cash flow situation that resulted in a line of credit with First Caribbean International Bank, and the outstanding audit and financial reports, Leader of the…

Man Fined Over $9,000 For Vehicle Tint

Source: Island Sun Wednesday, July 26 – With at least ten counts for exceeding the tint limit, Julio Adams of Purcell Estate will have to pay $9,320 or face imprisonment. This was the total fine after his appearance in Magistrate’s Court late last week. Adams fines included penalties for driving an unlicenced vehicle and driving…

PRINCE AND PRINCESS

Source: Island Sun “Following an exciting competition, Jabari Pemberton and Lyriq Rhymer were named the 2017 Prince and Princess. In addition to the crown, Prince Jabari won the prizes for Best Introduction Dance, Best ambassadorial Wear, Best Ambassadorial Speech, Best Triple S wear (sun, sand, sea) and Best Talent. Similarly, Princess Lyriq won…

BVI Women Set For IX Pan Am Softball Championships

Source: Island Sun The BVI Women’s Softball team that will compete in the IX Pan Am Softball Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Aug 4-13 PHOTO: Cleave M. Farrington By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway This month marks exactly 30 years ago, that a BVI Men’s Softball team played in the Pan American Games…

Quiz: Top Students Get Kudos

Source: Island Sun Students who participated and earned rewards for their participation in the General Knowledge Quiz.Hon. Archie Christian and Delker Herbert Vardilos recognized the students for their accomplishments at the annual luncheon. ZBVI recently celebrated the accomplishments of the General Knowledge Quiz participants. On July 14, the top 19 students and their…

Hawks Hold Off TYP, 19-16, To Avoid Softball Sweep

Source: Island Sun That’s Ya Problem’s Brianna Brewley slides home with their fifth run of a pass ball in the fourth inning By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Despite blowing an 11 run lead, Hawks manager Julian Adams praised his defending champions Hawks team, after they fended off That’s Ya Problem, 19-16, to avoid…

Clif Struiken Dominates ‘Beefathon Beach Sizzler’

Source: Island Sun The top runners in Saturday’s Ceres Juices 10k Series race on Beef Island were, Clif Stricken, 171), Julius Farley (13) and Matthew Harkness, (147). By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Cliff Struiken dominated Saturday’s Ceres Juices 10K Series race, dubbed the ‘Beefathon Beach Sizzler’ that started and ended on Long Bay Beach, Beef…

Previously Unbeaten Mystics, Legs Fall To Surging Mega Guns

Source: Island Sun Virgin Gorda Mystics’ Travis Issac and Legs’ Kennedy Bass, battle for a fourth quarter rebound By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway There are no unbeaten teams in the BVI Basketball Federation’s Senior Division, after Mega Guns crashed Friday night’s scheduled showdown between unbeaten Legs and the Virgin Gorda Mystics. Fans were granted free…

Dinghy Thefts On The Rise

Source: Island Sun Thursday, July 20 – Police are reminding boat and dinghy owners to consistently lock and secure these vessels to docks and yachts as theft of these items are beginning to rise. Charters boat companies are also urged to instruct visitors and guests to do the same. A number of reports were…

First District Clean-Up Praised

Source: Island Sun The youths of the First District participated in the annual summer beautification clean-up programme, and District Representative, Hon. Andrew Fahie announced that he is pleased with the work that was done by his young constituents. “As usual working with our First District youth between the ages of 13 to 17yrs…

Premier Discusses Redevelopment Of Prospect Reef

Source: Island Sun The BVI reportedly lost opportunities to host major conferences due to the lack of adequate conferencing facilities Premier, and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith disclosed during the signing of the agreement with the ICA (BVI) Group Corp for the redevelopment of the Prospect Reef Hotel. In…

Re-Opening Of Biras Creek Remains A Possibility

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr the Hon. D. Orlando Smith announced during his midterm report that there continues to be active interest in the reopening of Biras Creek Resort which closed in 2015. Last year during his Territorial Address the Premier confirmed the announcement that was made by Ninth…

Speedboat Fatality Confirmed

Source: Island Sun During the weekend, the body of Deshaun Bryan aka “Bongo” the boater that was missing at sea was recovered; and many in the community took the opportunity to extend condolences to the family. Among those expressing sympathy was the staff of the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC). The Corporation conveyed sadness…

VG Needs More Parking Lots

Source: Island Sun The limitation of adequate parking space extends beyond Tortola and is being noted as an inconvenience on the sister island of Virgin Gorda as well. Mention of the need for more parking spaces was made by Ninth District Representative, Dr. the Hon. Hubert O’Neal during the recent opening of Riteway…

Little Dix Bay Resort To Open For The New Tourist Season

Source: Island Sun Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith mentioned that the works to renovate Little Dix Bay Resort are proceeding well, and that the facility will be reopened as planned by year end. Little Dix Bay closed its doors last year April to commence major upgrades, and…

Irresponsible Dumping Persists: Premier Says

Source: Island Sun The matter of public dumping of household garbage around the Territory was bemoaned by Premier and Minister for Finance Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith who stated that the littering practice continues to diminish the beauty of our stupendous environment “We must also acknowledge that a clean environment starts with…

Festival Artistes Will Be Paid By Year’s End

Source: Island Sun The Ministry of Culture and the Festival and Fairs Committee are not making any promise that local artistes would be paid on time or that the extended wait of previous years will not be repeated. However both Minister for Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn and Chairman of the Festival and Fairs…

Delayed Cruise Pier Project Audit Questioned

Source: Island Sun The audit which was commissioned to, among other things, determine how the Cruise Pier project ballooned from $50M to $82.9M is allegedly behind schedule and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Andrew Fahie explained that information scarcity might be the cause of the delay. During a radio broadcast on 11 July,…

Optimistic Midterm Report Admits Mistakes

Source: Island Sun In his midterm report Premier and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith admitted that mistakes have been made during his government’s tenure, and that some of government’s investments did not yield what was expected. Nonetheless, the BVI Leader stressed that his Government has invested more in the…

Kyron Mcmaster Second In London Anniversary Games 400m Hurdles

Source: Island Sun Kyron McMaster, the 400m Hurdles world leader, clears the final barrier during the July 2, OECS Championships in Grenada By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Coming up against the best 400m Hurdles field assembled so far this year, Kyron McMaster had the biggest test of his athletics career on Sunday, in his…

TYP Outslug Hawks, 20-19 In Women’s Softball Championships Opener

Source: Island Sun Hawks third baseman Michelle Georges, tags out That’s Ya Problem’s Kimberly Johnson in the fourth inning of their Championship Series opener on Sunday By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway There were late inning explosions during Sunday night’s opener of the Virgin Islands Baseball Softball Association Harriette Skelton Softball League Championships Series at the…

Referees No Show Foils BVI Basketball Unbeaten Showdown

Source: Island Sun Legs’ Kennedy Bass, left tries to steal the ball from the the East Rockers’ Leslie Smith, in their last game, before Saturday night’s showdown with unbeaten Mystics was cancelled because there were no referees to call the game. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 15 By Dean “The…

Statement On Preparedness For Developing Tropical Systems

Source: Island Sun Developing Tropical Systems: Statement By Acting Premier On Preparedness  My fellow Virgin Islanders, residents and visitors, as you are all aware, on Wednesday July 12 into the early hours of Thursday, July 13, the Territory was impacted by a strong tropical wave which resulted in heavy rainfall, flooding of some…

Power Outage whip A’s 10-3 in Softball Championships opener

Source: Island Sun By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenawy Power Outage’s Yevris Rodriguez makes a delivery against the A’s Power Outage opened the Virgin Islands Baseball Association Harriette Skelton Softball League Championships on Sunday, with a 10-3 victory over the A’s. The A’s were coming off a sweeping the Pirates, following Friday night’s 9-2 triumph. Yervis Rodriguez…

BVI sweeps 4x400m Relays to retain OECS track title

Source: Island Sun By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway Trailing host Grenada on the medal table 3-6 on Saturday, the BVI won seven medals on Sunday to retain the OECS Track and Field Championships crown they won at home last year. ST. GEORGES, Grenada—Shaniyah Caul and Khari Herbert anchored the BVI’s Women and Men’s…

Home broker is not a BVI Registered Company: FSC says

Source: Island Sun An investment company that the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (BVIFSC) flagged since April continues to claim BVI registration and up to this day maintains that it is a BVI registered entity. On 25 April the BVIFSC issued an advisory warning to announce that the company HOME BROKER was not registered…

Queen’s baton gets big BVI welcome

Source: Island Sun Following two days of relay excitement and cultural farewell BVI style the Queen’s Baton, which contains Her Majesty’s message to be read at the 2018 Commonwealth Games departed the Territory for its next stop. The Queen’s Baton Relay is an opportunity for Commonwealth countries and overseas territories to showcase their…

VG Olympic swimming pool nears completion

Source: Island Sun Ninth District Representative, Dr. the Hon. D. Hubert O’Neal announced that the Olympic size swimming pool project that commenced years ago will soon be completed and be in full use in the District. “Don’t mind the noise, we’re getting things done,” Hon. O’Neal told the gathering. The District Representative mentioned…

Mr. Melee Honoured

Source: Island Sun The memory of Mr. Blyden whose sudden death at the break of this year shocked the Territory was felt as Festival and Fairs Committee reflected on his contribution to festival. During his opening remarks at the press conference Chair of the Festival and Fairs Committee Mr. Trefor Grant asked for…

Festival 2017 artistes announced

Source: Island Sun Mixed emotions permeated the launch of this year’s emancipation festivities as the usual excitement by the Festival and Fairs Committee to reveal the 2017 lineup was briefly intertwined with remembrance of Mr. Neil “Melee” Blyden this year’s Road Town Festival Village Honouree. Festival 2017 will be celebrated under the slogan A…

Soap Box Derby To Highlight This Weekend

Source: Island Sun Caribbean Insurers Limited (CIL) announced that they are turning up the fun at this year’s Soap Box Derby which is expected to be bigger and better with more fun and prizes. The 2017 fun car race will be held at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Grounds on 9 July…

Four hurricane shelters deleted from official emergency list

Source: Island Sun The Hurricane Season is upon us: already the daily and weekly weather forecasts are teeming with predictions of tropical storms and hurricane expectations, but unfortunately a hurricane might find some BVI communities without shelters. The situation of the various hurricane shelters was disclosed to the members of the House of…

2017 Graduation Elmore Stoutt High School

Source: Island Sun Photos By Dean Greenaway Happy Graduates take a moment to pose for the Island Sun ESHS Valedictorian Kelliann Freeman ESHS Graduates and the audience stand as they listen to the national anthem ESHS Salutatorian Daneilla Mourillon The first batch of Elmore Stoutt High School 12th Grade students display their certificates…

Culinary School Graduates As They Headed To Graduation

Source: Island Sun Student Respondent Zahra Corion-Durnate displays her certificate before addressing her fellow graduates Celebration time c’mon!! Some of the male students are in celebration mode on their march to the graduation hall Graduates strike a pose for The Island Sun The post Culinary School Graduates As They Headed To Graduation appeared first…

Public Schools Repairs Planned For Summer

Source: Island Sun A number of repairs are expected to be carried out on public schools in the Territory during the upcoming summer break, however the names of the schools needing repairs were not mentioned. During the House of Assembly sitting on 13 June Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn announced…

Report Confirms That The BVI is “Not A Tax Haven”

Source: Island Sun Titled “Creating Value: BVI’s Global Contribution,” the capital report which was commissioned to examine the economic, financial and legislative connections between the BVI’s financial services sector and the international community was unveiled this week, both here in the BVI and in London, United Kingdom. The document which was spearheaded by…

RTW Promises Lower Prices

Source: Island Sun Last week Roadtown Wholesale (RTW) announced that in the coming months residents will see lower prices on key products as the company implements mechanisms to offer its customers big savings. The company promise that over the next two weeks, price reductions will be easily identifiable with new signage highlighting cost…

Beneficial Ownership Secure Search System Is In Full Gear Now

Source: Island Sun On Friday 30 June the Beneficial Ownership Secure Search system (BOSSs) will go live and stakeholders of the financial services sector of the British Virgin Islands are confident that with its international information sharing responsibility this system adequately balances the Territory’s clients’ privacy expectations. BOSSs is a technology-enabled searchable portal…

BVI Quartet Runs First Sub 40 Seconds In Men’s 4x100m Relay

Source: Island Sun Rikkoi Brathwaite, who recently improved his 100m BVI Jr. Record to 10.43 seconds, anchored the territory’s first sub 40 seconds 4x100m Relay team to 39.78 seconds in Trinidad on June 25 By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway During Sunday’s Trinidad and Tobago’s National Track and Field Championships, a quartet of Shaquoy Stephens, Kyron…

Ebenezer Thomas Overhauls Robinson O’Neal 11-6 In Primary School Softball

Source: Island Sun Robinson O’Neal and Ebenezer Thomas Primary Schools softball teams following Saturday’s game By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaay The Department of Youth Affairs and Sports Primary Schools Tournament ended on Saturday at the E. Walwyn Brewely Softball Park, with Ebenezer Thomas toppling Virgin Gorda’s Robinson O’Neal 11-6. Robinson O’Neal who advanced to meet…

Police, Prison Officers, And Fire Services Officers Honoured

Source: Island Sun A number of uniformed organizations and public servants gathered at a vacant lot behind the Central Administration Complex on 17 June for the annual parade in honour of the Birthday of  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This year’s celebration saw 25 officers from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF),…

Roaming Cattle Owners May End Up In Court

Source: Island Sun Persons being harassed by roaming cattle were advised by Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering to make a report to the Police and then take the cow owners to court. While responding in the House of Assembly to questions of Opposition Member and Third District…

East End/Long Look Sewerage Programme Nears Completion

Source: Island Sun The East End/Long Look Sewerage Programme is moving forward following a pause. The recommencement was confirmed by Government on 13 June. The fact that the project was at a temporary standstill was not pleasing to Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion and Eighth District Representative Hon. Marlon Penn who…

Bvi Airways To Commence Flying On 22 July

Source: Island Sun On Tuesday the date of BVI Airways’ first flight was still a local mystery. However, The Island Sun newspaper has learnt that the airline is expected to commence flying on 22 July. On 19June the company issued a press release announcing that it has received authorization from the US Federal…

Citizens Urge Premier To Ban Styrofoam

Source: Island Sun It is common knowledge that popping a styrofoam container containing your favorite food into your microwave, and then consuming that hot food exposes the body to cancer and by extension possible death. Yet these white containers are popular storage for take-away orders here in the Territory and concerned residents are…

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