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October 28th, 2016
Dominicans in VI celebrate their country’s Independence this weekend

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- In an attempt to “soften the blow” for Dominicans residing in the Virgin Islands (UK) who are unable, for one reason or the other, to return home for the annual Independence celebrations, Gracie Sandy Eusebe has planned a series of activities this weekend at the Island Sizzle in Baughers Bay.

October 19th, 2016
Premier Smith off on wrong foot regarding self-determination- Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Host of the Speak out BVI show on ZBVI 780 AM, Doug Wheatley is of the view that Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith’s announcement to a local media house back in early August, that talks of independence will be placed at the forefront of discussions with the British Government is not the way to go.

September 25th, 2016
Independence not in best interest of VI- Conrad A. Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While admitting that the buck stops at the feet of the Virgin Islanders, talk show host Mr Conrad A. Maduro said severing ties with the United Kingdom in his opinion will not be in the best interest of the people since, among others, the economy cannot sustain the independent move and the cost to maintain the territory would triple or quadruple more due to selfishness and greed of elected representatives.

September 21st, 2016
VI needs constitutional advancement not independence - Gerard St. C. Farara QC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The talk of the territory of the Virgin Islands taking on the status of independence has been the hallmark of discussion in many sections of society; however, member of the Inner Bar Mr Gerard St. C. Farara QC suggests constitutional advancement not independence.

August 19th, 2016
UK Gov’t has no plans to impose direct rule on VI- Gov Duncan

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Suggesting that senior politicians who have been publicly stating that the United Kingdom Government wants to impose direct rule on the Virgin Islands have not been informed enough, Governor John S. Duncan OBE has dismissed those claims.

August 17th, 2016
Colonialism a no-no - Doug Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Host of the radio programme, 'Speak out BVI' on ZBVI 780 AM, Doug Wheatley has added his voice to the discourse on whether the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) should seek independence from Britain, saying that there is nowhere in the international law books that says small dependent territories like the VI should remain colonies of other countries and the Brits know this.

August 11th, 2016
No independence without honesty, pride & respect- Donald E. de Castro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While he is of the view that the Virgin Islands must walk the road of independence one day, radio talk show host Donald E. de Castro said the territory needs to be in no hurry to achieve that status but rather needs to talk more about it and totally understand what it is and what is required.

August 9th, 2016
VI’s inalienable right to self-determination reaffirmed by UN

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- On the heels of mounting talks of self-determination, the United Nations (UN) Decolonisation Committee recently reaffirmed the Virgin Islands’ inalienable right to self-determination.

July 26th, 2016
The British are coming to impose direct rule - Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Minister for Communication and Works, Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has said, while “some” would prefer him to be silent, the territory’s freedom is under threat by the United Kingdom.

July 3rd, 2016
VI has nothing to lose @ next ‘Constitution negotiations’ with UK- Hon Fraser

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Noting that the time has passed when he is prepared to accept the status quo as being ‘ok’, Opposition Leader and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has stated that the Virgin Islands must state clearly to their leaders what is it they should demand of the United Kingdom at the next round of ‘Constitution negotiations’.


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