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July 15th, 2019
'There is actually a draft bill on the legalisation of marijuana' – Hon Natalio D. Wheatley

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI- The medicinal value in marijuana cannot be ignored any further, said Virgin Islands’ Agriculture Minister Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) as he told HempFest 2019 that his government is picking up where the previous government left off in the journey to legalising the plant and very soon the community will be consulted to flesh out a National Democratic Party (NDP) drafted bill currently being reviewed.

July 8th, 2019
Luciano lands Thursday for Foxy’s HempFest 2019

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI – Jamaican reggae artiste Jepther McClymon aka ‘Luciano’ will be arriving in the Virgin Islands (VI) on Thursday, July 18, 2019, via the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island ahead of his scheduled performance for the 2019 edition of Foxy’s HempFest.

July 4th, 2019
‘Proposal on table' regarding extra school year – Dr Wheatley

By Chassidy M. Leonard

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “What’s working well, we have to keep that. What’s not working so well, there are some discussions about it to see how we can improve it,” Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) stated on the 3D Show with host Doug Wheatley on ZBVI 780 AM on June 28, 2019, regarding his approach to his portfolios.

June 28th, 2019
ESHS L-Shaped Building to be renamed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The L-Shaped Building of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) is to be renamed, Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has announced.

June 26th, 2019
Foxy’s HempFest aims to spark more cannabis conversations

GREAT HARBOUR, Jost van Dyke, VI – With the annual Foxy’s HempFest drawing closer, hundreds will travel to Jost Van Dyke on July 13, 2019, to spend the evening enjoying the sounds of reggae and good food at one of the Virgin Island’s (VI) most iconic beach bars, the Foxy’s Tamarind bar.

June 25th, 2019
EPE pass mark adjusted to 'align with school standards’ - Hon Natalio D. Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) in an official statement today, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, moved to provide context and a rationale behind his decision to lower the pass requirement of the Exit Proficiency Examination (EPE) in the territory, adding that the move comes not with an aim to lower the quality of education but rather to align the exam to the standards set by the school.

June 25th, 2019
Hon Penn wants clarity on lowering of EPE pass requirement

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Following information coming out of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), regarding an announcement that the Ministry of Education had lowered the Exit Proficiency Exams (EPE) pass requirement by 10%, Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has raised deep concerns over the standard of education in the territory.

June 25th, 2019
RDA spending $221K on temporary music classrooms

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Noting that repairs to the music facility at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) remain high on the agenda, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), says he still welcomes donations towards a temporary boost of music education in the territory.

June 14th, 2019
NDP issued no new scholarships since Irma – SFC Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the Capital Road Town still without a Public Library and works at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) only now commencing under the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, more information is coming forward revealing just how bad the Dr D. Orlando Smith National Democratic Party (NDP) administration left the education sector.

June 8th, 2019
'RVIPF let schools handle internal disturbances' – CoP Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With the number of juvenile crime cases in the territory on a sharp decline, Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews has revealed that schools are allowed to handle internal juvenile disturbances rather than turning to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) for action.

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