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Finance and Business

March 24th, 2017
FS Neil M. Smith Out! On vacation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was yesterday March 23, 2017 that social network was abuzz with circulation that the Territory's youngest Financial Secretary and most powerful senior civil servant, Mr Neil M. Smith, was being forced out of office and was to be replaced by a United Kingdom national.

March 24th, 2017
Gov Duncan Lies! Takes over $1.8M under Sec 103; added DPP to $$$ grab

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In a hurriedly arranged press conference on March 16, 2017 requested by the United Kingdom appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE on the steps of the Government’s Central Administrative Complex, reporters waited in anticipation as Mr Duncan finished his National Security Council (NSC) meeting.

March 23rd, 2017
GraceKennedy Ltd’s corned beef safe

KINGSTOWN, Jamaica- GraceKennedy Ltd can confirm that the plants that supply corned beef to us are not under investigation by the Brazilian authorities.

March 22nd, 2017
USVI Gov’t to release $20 million in tax refunds


CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Croix, USVI — US Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Kenneth E. Mapp shared some good news at a press conference on Wednesday March 22, 2017: the release of $20 million in 2015 tax refunds, which is expected in the next few weeks.

March 21st, 2017
C. Michael Thomas reappointed as TRC Chairman

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Today March 21, 2017 at the continuation of the 5th Sitting of the 2nd Session of the 3rd House of Assembly, Members voted unanimously for Sea Cows Bay businessman C. Michael Thomas to serve another two and a half years as the Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Board of Directors.

March 19th, 2017
Humming Bird Air to suspend operations effective April 1


FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI— Hummingbird Air, in a letter addressed to its customers, announced on Tuesday March 14, 2017 the suspension of all its operations — passenger, SHOPNET and cargo/parcel delivery — effective April 1, 2017.

March 17th, 2017
Premier fights local company VI Airlink; Letter to US unearthed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While the United Kingdom appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE is slowly stripping Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) of his Finance portfolio, he is busy writing the United States Government’s Department of Transportation (DoT) battling against a local company.

March 17th, 2017
Weakened, marginalised & embarrassed: Premier Smith fights back

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It seems like the Virgin Islands has a new Emperor without clothes, even though Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) was quick to respond to the bombshell of an announcement made by the United Kingdom appointed Governor John S. Duncan OBE that he had exercised his reserved powers to direct the Accountant General via warrant to allocate the sum of $800,000 to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

March 16th, 2017
‘By our Gov’t hands we suffer’- VI Airlink’s Neville C. Braithwaite Jr

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- If the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) was a United States Senator he would have had to declare himself a lobbyist for a foreign company.

March 15th, 2017
VI Gov’t was cruel to Delta Petroleum- Bevis A. Sylvester

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Speaking for the first time to local media in the Virgin Islands since the Privy Council of the United Kingdom ruled in their favour in the case against the Government of the Virgin Islands, Delta Petroleum (Caribbean) Ltd’s Regional General Manager Bevis A. Sylvester said he does not view it as a victory for his company but rather he is “sorry for the tax payers of the Territory.”

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