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Commission of Inquiry
Public Can 'Volunteer' To Asssist With Reforms
The National Unity Government administration was established during a time of political and social tensions. These challenges have been compounded by the Government’s obligation to implement the recommendations outlined in the Commission...
Trio protests ‘UK overstepping authority’ in VI
Convinced that the Governor has been overstepping his authority and that there is a transfer of power to the United Kingdom (UK) despite the local constitution not being suspended, three Virgin Islanders decided to protest outside of the...
New education grant system will be superior to old one - Premier
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley suggested that the system that will be implemented for public grants, including those for educational purposes, will be much more superior than the one that obtained in the past.
New Register of Interest Act will extend to others in public life
The new Register of Interests Act (ROIA) introduced in the House of Assembly (HOA) yesterday will not only apply to elected officials this time around and also proposes stiffer consequences for officials who do not declare their assets o...
HOA recesses abruptly amidst appeal over bill’s ‘deadline’ thrust
Earnest pleas by Fourth District Representative Mark Vanterpool, warning against rushing a new bill through the House of Assembly (HOA) seemed to have found fertile ground yesterday when the HOA was abruptly recessed for the next two weeks.
16 members of Constitutional Review Commission Named!
The 16 commissioners of the Constitutional Review Commission have been named and approved by Cabinet despite staunch opposition by some government members regarding two of the three persons nominated by the Governor.
Premier agrees with Sir Gary on route to self-governance
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has expressed agreement with Sir Gary Hickinbotom – the man who led the recent Commission of Inquiry (COI) in the BVI – regarding the recommendations he has made for the territory’s route to self-governance.
Finance Minister seeks to cut BVI’s over-reliance on financial services
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr Natalio Wheatley has indicated that the BVI’s over-reliance on its financial services industry, one of its two main economic pillars, should not be allowed to continue.
Funding COI reforms ‘difficult’; belt tightening needed - Premier
When reading is fundamental & seeing is believing
In a Quest to Return to the Badness of the Good Old Days:
‘I take my blame for whatever I was responsible for’- Dr Pickering
Medical doctor and former Deputy Premier in the Virgin Islands, Dr Kedrick D. Pickering said Virgin Islanders must not only blame elected politicians but also blame themselves for the situation the territory has found itself in.
Gov't begins transition of public grants to Social Development Dept
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has announced a new transitional period for the deliverance of public assistance grants in keeping with prescribed reforms coming out of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) r...
Why gov’t is having public meetings on COI reforms after UK approval
Despite already submitting and receiving approval from the United Kingdom on its proposals about how to implement the many reforms recommended by Commission of Inquiry (COI), the Virgin Islands government is now having public meetings on...
PREMIER: Transparency criticisms on COI reform meetings ‘ridiculous’
Concerns over a lack of transparency surrounding recent public meetings held by the government have been dismissed by Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley.
Discussion needed to balance concerns on issuing Belongership
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has insisted that discussions are needed to address concerns about issuing Belongership status in the territory.
Premier Sees No Reason Brother's Special Envoy Contract Should Be Interrupted
Amidst public concerns about the implications of conflict of interests, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. Natalio Wheatley stated that it would not be in the best interest of the people of the Virgin Islands if the skills and expertise...
Gov't On Track! Deadline Nears For First Batch Of CoI Reforms
Despite experiencing some challenges, Premier and Minster of Finance Dr. Natalio Wheatley announced that the Government of National Unity is on track for meeting the first set of deadlines outlined in the framework for implementing the C...
Cabinet waives tender process for Premier’s Special Advisers
Cabinet has now confirmed that it will continue with the policy of having Special Ministerial Advisers for the Premier and has waived the tender process for two such advisors on the way to achieving this.
UK approach would be different if VI was majority white– Bishop Cline
Bishop of the New Life Baptist Church Mr John I Cline has accused the United Kingdom (UK) of institutional racism, regarding its relationship with the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) and its handling of the way forward on the implementatio...
Stop giving out Belonger status ’period'- Bevin S. George
Member of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Mr Bevin S. George has called on the Government of National Unity to put a stop to the issuing of Belonger status as he believes it is causing confusion and will put locals at a disadvantage.
Crown Estate appoints ex-VI Governor Jaspert as MD of Marine portfolio
The Crown Estate has announced that Ex-Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr Augustus J.U. Jaspert, CMG will be taking up the post of Managing Director of the Crown’s Marine portfolio effective October 2022.
Skelton Cline criticises gov’t for media-restricted public meetings
Former government contractor, Pastor Claude Skelton Cline, has taken aim at the National Unity Government regarding public meetings it organised about a recent agreement made between the United Kingdom (UK) and the BVI.
‘False premise’ that Gov’t didn't come to people ahead of VI/UK talks– Premier Wheatley
Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says it remains a ‘false premise’ that the Government of National Unity did not consult with the people of the territory ahead of UK negotiations on the ...
'UK now standing over VI like a cop with a gun'– Bishop Cline
Local clergyman Bishop John I. Cline says he remains disappointed by what he perceives as the United Kingdom's lack of effort in truly partnering with the Virgin Islands (VI) on the implementation of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) recom...
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