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June 12th, 2019
Trade Dept has no power to shut down unlicenced businesses- SFC Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was during Standing Finance Committee (SFC) in April 2019 that the Director for Trade, Investment Promotions and Consumer Affairs Mrs Karia J. Christopher told the SFC that it had become a dangerous practice in the last few years for the Trade Department to issue cease and desist letters to businesses operating in the territory with a trade licence.

June 10th, 2019
Only 2 lifeguards on duty in VI- SFC Report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The issue of having sufficient lifeguards at beaches across the territory continues to be a challenge as it was revealed during the Deliberations for Standing Finance Committee (SFC) to examine the Draft Estimates for 2019 in April that only two lifeguards are on duty in the Virgin Islands.

June 9th, 2019
Community Policing collapsed in aftermath of 2017 hurricanes- CoP Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Community policing, or community-oriented policing, is a strategy of policing that focuses on building ties and working closely with members of the communities.

April 24th, 2019
HoA to continue April 25, 2019; Budget Debate starts

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - There will be two days of heated debate when the Second Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) in the Virgin Islands (VI) continues on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 10:00am at the Assembly's Chambers in Road Town, the capital city.

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.

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.

June 25th, 2018
Riteway asks RVIPF for rental; Top Cop says no funds in 2018 budget

PASEA ESTATE, Tortola, VI - There is nothing in the proposed budget this year for rental for Police Headquarters, and the owners Riteway Supermarket at Pasea Estate have indicated that they are going to start charging for the space that is occupied by Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

June 20th, 2018
No place for students to write examinations?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Ministry of Education and Culture had found itself in a conundrum earlier this year finding accommodation for the students in the Territory, to sit overseas examinations.

June 9th, 2018
Locals are shut out from DPP’s Office

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is looking to fill the gap in its human resources capacity but even as the agency looks to persons returning to the Territory to take up the post, the House of Assembly’s Standing Finance Committee has learnt that the opportunity to hire at least two qualified locals recently had been squandered.

June 8th, 2018
Gov't mulls law change to seize ‘abandoned’ marine vessels

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Virgin Islands (VI) government is actively considering amendments to the Disaster Management Act, to legally seize and take possession of marine vessels that are left abandoned across the Territory.

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