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August 6th, 2018
Gov’t attempts to divert insurance claim $$ for other spending

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Monies allocated under a Budget Head are for that purpose but information now coming from the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), is that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration, attempted to do otherwise, when a decision was taken to use the $11.3M, received in insurance claims for the Central Administration Complex (CAC), to be used for other projects.

August 1st, 2018
Deputy Governor’s Office calls for updated Election laws by year end

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With General Elections constitutionally due in 2019, the Deputy Governor’s Office has commenced their preliminary preparations such as updating their staff database, looking to recruit new staff and is also looking to introduce new polling stations but they are also calling for updated Election laws to be enacted by year-end.

July 31st, 2018
‘Public Debt’ is now 3 times higher than what’s left in the ‘Reserves’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The National Democratic Party (NDP) government, is currently running a public debt that is three times more than what is left in the ‘Reserve Fund’ and to make matters worse, Revenue for 2018 is projected to fall below previous years.

July 29th, 2018
Missing, incomplete documents stall Pier Project Forensic Audit—Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The promised detailed forensic audit into the Cruise Pier Project—plagued by a more than $40M cost overrun—has been stalled since, “information requested or referred to in the report has not been located or would need to be corroborated by persons no longer connected with the BVIPA (BVI Ports Authority).”

July 28th, 2018
NDP Co-Leader Hon Walwyn ‘trying to side-track with smoke & mirrors’- Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - There has been push back from all quarters of the society, after government co-leader, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), the Minister for Education and Culture, proposed to change the House of Assembly’s (HoA) rules, to keep the public away from information on names of companies who receive contracts from tax-payers money.

July 28th, 2018
Premier’s UK trip was uninvited; cost taxpayers $43,000

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A recent trip to the United Kingdom (UK) by Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) and Opposition Leader, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) cost tax payers $43,000.

July 25th, 2018
Hon Fahie lambastes Walywn over secrecy in the HoA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Opposition Leader Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), in a public message on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, via social media, responded to Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn’s (AL), criticism of the manner in which information was released to the public over contracts for repairs at the H. Lavity Stout Community College (HLSCC).

July 23rd, 2018
HoA to resume Tuesday July 24, 2018; Many Bills but no public input

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The House of Assembly (HoA) will resume its sitting on Tuesday July 24, 2018. The Parliament last met on Thursday July 19, 2018 where it was rough for Government Ministers, as they struggled to answer many of the questions truthfully, at times holding back information.

June 28th, 2018
Opposition Members’ questions back on Order Paper

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government, has a history in the House of Assembly (HoA), of evading the Opposition Members' questions.

June 27th, 2018
Tourist Board eyes further taxes for Air B&B operators

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands Tourist Board has asked the Ministry of Finance to consider increasing its revenue take—in the already decimated tourism industry—by charging an ‘accommodation tax’ on Air Bed and Breakfast (B&B) operators in the Territory.

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