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June 24th, 2020
‘It wouldn’t be right’ to reprimand Gov Jaspert – Premier Fahie

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Debating on the need to balance government’s financial accounts through the Supplementary Appropriation (2014) Act, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said the reason he could not support the reprimand of the sitting Governor was because the House of Assembly (HoA) has been late with items in the past.

June 18th, 2020
Free speech under threat with calls to ‘put VINO out of business’- Cromwell Smith

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Lambasting persons who have been advocating for the boycott of Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) over a cartoon published on Monday, May 15, 2020, ‘Umoja’ radio show host Cromwell Smith aka ‘Edju Enka’ says their action is now putting freedom of speech under threat in the Virgin Islands.

June 17th, 2020
VINO's Cartoon 'a representation of what I see'- Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Man of the Cloth and ZBVI 'Honestly Speaking' radio moderator Claude O. Skelton-Cline has broken his silence regarding a Monday, June 15, 2020, cartoon published by Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) that ties directly into social commentary made by him on the Tuesday, June 9, 2020, edition of his popular radio show.

June 10th, 2020
'Ask yourself why we never had a black Governor here' - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - On the heels of the George P. Floyd Jr killing, which sparked widespread civil unrest in the United States and around the world, Honestly Speaking moderator and social commentator, Claude O. Skelton-Cline said the remnants of institutional racism and colonial powers against people of colour are still present in the Virgin Islands (VI), starting with the Governor's Office.

June 9th, 2020
Gov Jaspert blames COVID-19 for late tabling of BVI Airways report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) His Excellency, Augustus J.U. Jaspert has finally broken his silence surrounding the late tabling of the controversial BVI Airways audit report in the House of Assembly, casting the blame on COVID-19 and the handling of the pandemic locally.

June 9th, 2020
VI must beware of the 'Amazons' of the world- Hon Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Ahead of the passing of the Virgin Islands 'Consumer Protection Act, 2020' last evening June 8, 2020, in the House of Assembly (HoA), Opposition Leader Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) urged legislators to advance Fair-trade legislation with the aim of protecting local businesses.

June 9th, 2020
Constitutional review docs to be brought to Cabinet 'as matter of urgency'- Hon Fahie

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Noting that it has been 13 years since the most recent review of the Virgin Islands (VI) Constitution, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says now more than ever a constitutional review is needed.

June 6th, 2020
Hon Fraser cites 'fear' in HoA failing to reprimand Governor

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Senior Opposition Member, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) believes that it was 'fear' which prevented Legislators in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA) from supporting his motion to have Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert reprimanded.

June 5th, 2020
Motion to reprimand Governor fails in HoA

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- The historic motion brought to the House of Assembly (HoA) by Senior Member of the Opposition, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) to reprimand the Governor has failed in the House of Assembly (HoA) after only receiving two votes in its favour moments ago, June 5, 2020.

June 5th, 2020
While report is late 'it is here'- Hon Penn on motion against Governor

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - The question of whether the Territory has an effective 'tri-party' Opposition that is united and trusting of each other may have been answered when Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) said he was unaware that Senior Opposition Member, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) was bringing a motion to the House of Assembly (HoA) to reprimand the Governor.

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