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Governor Rankin forced to admit to overreach in his dealings as Governor
British appointed Governor to the British Virgin Islands, Rankin on Wednesday, admitted under questioning that there is a need for more self-governance in the Territory
HMS Medway arrives in VI for 4-day visit & demonstration
UK offshore patrol vessel, the HMS Medway has arrived in the Virgin Islands (VI) reportedly for a 4-day visit, during which the ship will demonstrate its Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief capabilities of its military passangers.
CoI has racist colonial undertones with UK interrogating VI- caller tells Premier
Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has maintained that the United Kingdom-sponsored Virgin Islands (VI) Commission of Inquiry, once transparent and leads to a just outcome, may aid in the territ...
Deputy Governor David D. Archer Jr to act as Governor
Deputy Governor, Mr David D. Archer, Jr will act in the Office of Governor from October 24, 2021 to November 1, 2021, in the absence of His Excellency the Governor, Mr John J. Rankin, CMG who will be out of the Territory.
COI: Fahie gov’t split 60% of all major contracts into smaller ones
Head of the Commission of Inquiry, Sir Gary Hickinbottom has disclosed findings that up to 60 percent of all major government contracts have been split into smaller contracts under the present administration.
‘Abusive’ | Premier details former governor’s alleged animus
Premier Andrew Fahie has offered details of what he described as the abusive relationship between himself and former governor, Augustus Jaspert.
Evidence gathering stage of COI now concluded
After more than 50 days of oral hearings in the last six months, the head of the Commissioner of Inquiry (COI), Sir Gary Hickinbottom today announced the conclusion of these hearings.
‘Saintly’ Jaspert claims he called CoI as a last resort
Constantly stating that he was always very respectful to the elected government even when they were allegedly not so much towards him and that he always acted in the best interest of the people of the Virgin Islands and within the consti...
Jaspert slows down CoI to sort & download documents
Day 52 of the United Kingdom-sponsored Commission of Inquiry (CoI) held today, October 21, 2021, went off to an extremely slow start after controversial ex-Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert showed up for his second hearing seemingly unprepa...
Gov’t funding for public service training steadily declining
Governor John Rankin has raised concerns that government funding to train public servants has seen “a steady decline” over the last five years despite an expansion of the service in that same period.
Webster signals at new stimulus audit gov’t might not want seen
Auditor General (AG), Sonia Webster, has suggested that more audit reports are likely to be forthcoming on the government’s COVID-19 stimulus grant spending which started last year.
Gov’t giving residency to former felon wasn’t a ‘cut and dry decision’
An unnamed person who had a criminal record was granted Residency status this year against the advice of the Immigration Board who had rejected the application.
Top gov’t officials’ link to criminal gangs helped prompt COI - Jaspert
In a shocking revelation, former governor, Augustus Jaspert, said high-level government officials have allegedly been linked to drug dealers and criminal gangs in the BVI.
Which Country Hasn’t Made Missteps?
Premier and Finance Minister Hon. Andrew Fahie said the people of the BVI must decide how they want to see the BVI in the next twenty years as it relates to Constitutional Review.
Cabinet Overrides Immigration Board, Grants Residency To Person With Criminal Rap Sheet
Governor John Rankin said he was appalled when he witnessed Cabinet disregarding the advice of the Immigration Board and granted a certificate of residency to someone with a criminal rap sheet earlier this year.
CoI: Governor Rankin wants legal representation to face Sir Geoffrey questioning
United Kingdom-appointed Governor John J. Rankin CMG has said he wants legal representation when he comes under questioning from Sir Charles Geoffrey Cox, QC, MP, the Attorney representing the Premier and Ministers of Cabinet in the Virg...
Governor Rankin open to having Premier chair Cabinet, COI hears
Unlike what was seen with his immediate predecessor, Governor John Rankin has now said he is open to having Premier Andrew Fahie chair Cabinet in his absence.
No constitutional breach in not assenting to Disaster Mgmt Act
Governor John Rankin has concluded that no constitutional breach arises from him not giving assent to the government’s Disaster Management Act.
COI should not be an impediment - Premier
Premier Andrew Fahie has contended that the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI) should not be viewed as an impediment to the people of the BVI.
’Judge the BVI against its accusers’
Premier highlights UK waste, nepotism and mismanagement with COVID-19 contracts
American actress defends man who damaged Columbus statue in Bahamas
When a man in the Bahamas took a sledgehammer and damaged a statue of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus on October 9, 2021, many took to social media to condemn the act; however, the man, who was subsequently arrested and threatened ...
Premier not seeking to justify corruption - Sir Geoffrey
Premier Andrew Fahie was in no way seeking to justify corruption when he appeared before the Commission of Inquiry (COI) recently, Sir Geoffrey Cox, QC of Withers LLP has argued.
No obligation to include ministry’s ‘verbose’ comments in audit reports
Auditor General (AG), Sonia Webster, has suggested that her office is under no obligation to include feedback from relevant government ministries or departments when issuing her audit reports.
Premier’s Office had breakdown to properly manage public purse?
The government’s Internal Auditor, Dorea Corea, has suggested there was a likely breakdown in the Premier’s Office with regards to its stewardship of the public purse.
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