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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...
Five Acts left without assent across gov’ts! Four under Fahie’s watch
Spanning various governments, at least five pieces of legislation passed in the House of Assembly but have not received assent from the territory’s governors.
Over $1.6M in rent concessions offered to TPP tenants since 2020
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr Natalio Wheatley has revealed that the Virgin Islands government granted rent concessions to 70 tenants at the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park which totalled more than 1.6 million dollars.
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.
Revenues collected not enough to fund government’s priorities
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley said revenues collected by the government currently are insufficient to cover its priorities.
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.
National Unity Government to review 7% remittance tax
The seven per cent tax placed on money transfers leaving the territory has long since been an issue among expatriates in the Virgin Islands; however, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley said his government is looking to review the policy.
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.
Past political experiences prepared me to be Premier
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has disclosed that his previous political failings early in his political career before gaining office in 2019 have given him the relevant experience to tackle his current post as Premier of the Virgin Islands.
My crops are dying! Paraquita Bay farmer says water woes never fixed
Prominent local farmer Moviene Fahie has said there is still no access to water for farmers in Parquita Bay and has accused Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley of lying about addressing the problem when he was still Agriculture Minister.
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...
‘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.
‘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...
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.
Fahie granted $1M bail after failed appeal by US prosecutors
Former Premier of the Virgin Islands, Andrew Fahie, was granted a new bail offer when he appeared in the South Florida Federal Court yesterday, May 23, after a judge struck down the United States prosecutors’ appeal against the initial b...
'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...
‘Show him mercy!’ Bishop tears up during emotional prayer for Hon Fahie
Pastor of the New Life Baptist Church (NLBC) Bishop John I. Cline broke into tears while praying for forgiveness for former Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), who is currently detained in the United States on alleged drug conspiracy and m...
BVIPA MD Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard not seeking release from jail
Accused Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Ms Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard has waived her right to a detention hearing in US courts.
Finance Minister to assess Custom duties reduction
As the territory tries to recover its economic output, Premier and Finance Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley has said his government will be looking to review the Custom’s import duty reduction implemented by former Premier, Andrew Fahie.
Audit finds COVID-19 church grants inflated by over 600%
An audit conducted on the now-dismantled VIP government’s 2020 COVID-19 assistance programme showed that grants awarded to local religious institutions were inflated by more than 600 per cent above the recommended amounts.
Churches Should Give Back COVID Relief $$ If They Did Not Need It
Bishop John Cline, the Senior Pastor at the New Life Baptist Church stated that the public funds provided to churches that were not in need of COVID-19 relief, should give them back.
Timing of VIP’s good governance initiatives not a coincidence
Commissioner of the now concluded Commission of Inquiry (COI), Sir Gary Hickinbottom, has found that the timing of good governance initiatives by the former Andrew Fahie-led government were not coincidental.
Hon Fraser In! Minister Penn Out! as Opposition Leader
It was on Monday, May 9, 2022, that veteran legislator Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) was sworn in as the second Opposition Leader within the life of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA).
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