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March 23rd, 2018
'Do we need to repeat the BVI Airways saga?'- Hon Archibald C. Christian

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “Do we need to repeat the BVI Airways saga, where individuals have gone with $7.2M of our money and there is no airline flying? And we waiting for them to tell us what they did with our money? Months ago they were supposed to be flying. Again, I came to this House and I put my neck on the chopping block and supported that initiative, only to find out that there were information that I was never privy to. I stop making decisions without information. I am sorry.”

March 22nd, 2018
Confidential! Dr Smith refuses to reveal UK Framework documents to HoA!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With even the Backbenchers of the National Democratic Party (NDP) left in the dark regarding the documents pertaining to the High Level Framework for UK Support to BVI Recovery, Members of the Opposition have been urging the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) to make the documents available to all House of Assembly members so they can get a clear understanding what the Virgin Islands is signing on or has signed on to.

March 19th, 2018
‘I thought my district was catching hell'- Hon Julian Fraser RA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - During the Second Sitting of the Third Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) of the Virgin Islands on Monday March 19, 2018, Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Third District Representative, lashed out at the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), for not allocating money to fix roads, especially the road in the Eighth District where visitors have to traverse.

March 16th, 2018
UPDATE: Premier Smith ignores ‘transparency’ request of Opposition Leader

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Luckily Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) wasn’t holding his breath waiting for Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) to honour his request to produce every correspondence between the Virgin Islands (VI) and the United Kingdom (UK) Governments on the Territory’s recovery plan since November 2017.

March 15th, 2018
'Members of HoA behave like street boys & girls' - Hon Fraser

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Opposition Member Honourable Julian Fraser RA, has chastised the members of the House of Assembly (HoA) for scheduling other functions during the same time as HoA sittings, which he described as “disrespectful”.

March 15th, 2018
2018 Budget Speech abruptly postponed; Moved to March 19!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In a last minute move that shocked some in the political class, the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government announced late last night that the 2018 Budget Speech that was scheduled to be delivered today Thursday March 15, 2018 by the Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) has been scrapped.

March 14th, 2018
Gov't exploring medical marijuana as 'revenue generator'- Dr Pickering

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The controversial topic about whether the Virgin Islands (VI) should legalise marijuana came to the fore during the House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday, March 8, 2018 when Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, stated that the government is looking into medical marijuana as a possible revenue for the VI.

March 12th, 2018
House of Assembly resumes March 15, 2018; It’s Budget Day

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Despite loud calls from his own front and back bench elected members and a letter written by National Democratic Party (NDP) spokeswoman and former legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE for the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) to give up the finance portfolio because of the Territory’s grave financial situation, Dr Smith still maintains the title.

March 12th, 2018
'Things are bad; House of Assembly needs medicine' - Hon Fraser

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - During the continuation of the First Sitting of the Third Session of House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday, March 8, 2018, Honourable Julian Fraser RA, Third District Representative, lashed out at the organisers of the official funeral for the late Omar W. Hodge for not including Sixth District Representative, Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) on the programme to speak.

March 9th, 2018
Is Dr Pickering to take blame for food shortages post hurricanes 2017? - Hon Fahie asks

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, Opposition Leader and First District Representative, grilled Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resource and Labour, on whether he feels it was his fault that the territory experienced food shortages following the hurricanes of September 2017.



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