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Direct rule or Indirect Rule
Post the Commission of Inquiry Report, there are only two options for British Virgin Islands governance short term: the next 4 years. There will be either direct rule or indirect rule. Both types will see the UK cabinet and Foreign and C...
Special Select Committee says Willock must pay $98K court costs
The Special Select Committee appointed by the House of Assembly (HoA) in November 2021 to examine whether former Speaker Julian Willock should be indemnified of court costs or not has essentially concluded that he should be made to pay o...
VI taxpayers to foot Governor's $44K CoI legal bill
Local taxpayers will have to foot a huge legal bill incurred by current United Kingdom (UK) appointed Governor John J. Rankin, CMG, when he appeared before the Commission of Inquiry on November 24, 2021.
Former Premier Fahie instructed us to file injunction against COI
The injunction against the Commission of Inquiry lawyers to prevent them from practising in the Virgin Islands was architected by former Premier, Andrew Fahie.
Over $8M spent on govt’s COI defence
The toll on taxpayers for the Commission of Inquiry (COI) has been assessed to be more than eight million dollars so far.
Unity Gov’t wants Governor implementing CoI recommendations– Premier Wheatley
New Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has indicated that his Unity Government is looking to have the Governor of the Virgin Islands, H.E. John J. Rankin, CMG have overall responsibility to implement the...
We have found Hon Fahie ‘guilty without hearing a word from him’- VI Lawyer
Local attorney Richard G. Rowe has pointed to the double standard and insularity regarding the condemnation of former Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and others by persons in the Virgin Islands.
COI lacked facilities for financial probe, Sir Gary
The Commission of Inquiry (COI) did not have the necessary resources to conduct any financial investigations into either projects or individual people, a report on the inquiry has shown.
No analysis or audit! Over $1.3M spent on transportation assistance
A transportation assistance programme engineered by the former Andrew Fahie-led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government was conducted without any proper analysis or without the benefit of a Cabinet-recommended audit, the Commission of Inqu...
‘Crux of the matter’ in VI is really about nation building - Shaina M. Smith-Archer
Activist and political candidate Mrs Shaina M. Smith-Archer says the challenges of today’s Virgin Islands are really about nation-building amidst the conversation of direct rule and more self-determination.
‘No calling of early elections’ in VI – Premier Wheatley
Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has reiterated that there will be no calling of early elections under the Unity Government before its constitutionally due timeline of mid-2023.
Gov’t moving forward with high school project - Premier
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley said the Elmore Stoutt High School rehabilitation project is going to proceed as planned so that it can be completed in time for the new school year.
Walwyn insists COI conclusions on ESHS wall are unfounded
Former Education Minister in the previous NDP government, Myron Walwyn has argued that some of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report’s determinations regarding the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall project are baseless.
COI report calls for wholesale review of BVI’s welfare systems
The Commission of Inquiry (COI) report has called for a wholesale review of the BVI‘s welfare benefits and grants system.
‘There is really no justification for direct rule in BVI’- Dominica PM
Prime Minister of Dominica Mr Roosevelt Skerrit has said there is “no justification” for direct rule by the British in the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) and has called on Britain to listen to the voices in the territory and across the re...
Findings of CoI not 'justifiable' for direct rule– Cromwell Smith
Commentator and activist Mr Cromwell Smith aka Edju En Ka has said the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report is full of ambiguous language and lacks supporting evidence for the many serious pronouncements.
Attorney Corine N. George-Massicote tipped to be new Speaker
Almost three weeks after the untimely resignation of former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Julian Willock, a new Speaker is expected to be elected and sworn in on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the 3rd Sitting of the 4th Session of th...
Prison undermanned! Half of HMP’s senior managers on suspension
Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Balsam Ghut is currently facing serious staffing issues — particularly at the senior level — as only half of the facility’s Principal Prison Officers (senior managers at the facility) are at work.
COI: Comprehensive review of residency, Belonger status needed
The Commission of Inquiry (COI) report has recommended that a review be taken of the processes for the grant of residency and Belongership status in the BVI.
Gov’t proposes shared responsibility with governor to implement COI recommendations
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has said the National Unity Government’s proposal to the United Kingdom’s government includes a partnership where the Premier and the Governor would be jointly responsible for implementing the Commission of In...
Airports Authority Board and SSB will be dissolved
Following the announcement of the dissolution of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) some weeks ago, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley said today that the boards of the BVI Airports Authority (BVIAA), and the Social Security Board (SSB) will also ...
Hon Turnbull to hold public meetings in D2
A minister in the National Unity Government, Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull, who represents the Second District, has announced a series of public meetings within his constituency.
'VI Gov’t was warned about UK’s intention to suspend constitution’- Richard G. Rowe
Whether the saying ‘too late shall be the cry’ will be appropriate remains to be seen; however, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government was reportedly warned about the intentions of the United Kingdom (UK) to suspend the local constitu...
UK pulling back autonomy from C’bean OTs for decades- Fmr Montserrat Speaker
Former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Montserrat Ms Shirley Osborne (2005-2019) has accused the United Kingdom (UK) of playing games in the Caribbean using Commissions of Inquiry, with the [British] Virgin Islands being the latest.
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