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April 4th, 2018
'Sunset Legislation to address post-hurricane policies'- Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The public will remember that on March 1, 2018 Opposition Leader and First District Representative, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), grilled the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), on the issue of expatriates being asked to leave the territory even though they have been given new job offers.

March 2nd, 2018
'Why are expatriates being asked to leave?'- Hon Fahie to Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –“ If persons that are here are leaving because they have completed their task and they are looking work and then told that they don’t have work now based on how things went with Irma and they have been here for years and we know them. Why are we bringing in more than we put out to come to get work, isn’t something wrong with that formula?”

February 6th, 2018
Banks already have buyers lined up to purchase property in default- Hon Christopher

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - During the Fifth District Recovery and Development Plan public consultation meeting held at Althea Scatliffe Primary School on February 5, 2018, Fifth District Representative Honourable Delores Christopher pleaded with the Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL), to investigate banks that are selling people's properties who cannot pay for them quickly enough.

January 8th, 2018
VI immigration laws unreasonable/unjust to expats - Magistrate Richard G. Rowe

ROAD TOWN Tortola VI - An age-old concern has had its most visible effect on hundreds of expatriates who worked in the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands (VI) and a prominent attorney at law and substitute magistrate, Jamaican Richard G. Rowe, has no problem calling a spade a spade.

January 5th, 2018
Is Premier Smith heeding Omar W. Hodge’s warnings after the fact?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - When the now deceased long serving legislator and member of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Omar Wallace Hodge sounded one of his usual warnings to the Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) Administration to have non-VIslanders regularised or be hit by an “Earthquake”, did he foresee the devastation caused by the recent natural disasters or was it the obvious rift, as has been playing out on social media, that seems to be very strong between expatriates and locals?

December 26th, 2017
Banks telling people foolishness- Hon Ronnie W. Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) has blasted banks in the Virgin Islands for what he called “asking them [residents] to do all sort of foolish things that doesn’t make any sense and putting people through additional expenses” following damages to their properties by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.

October 6th, 2017
Guyanese to be evacuated from VI this week

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- According to reports in the Guyana media, Guyanese, whose homes and livelihoods were destroyed when hurricanes slammed into several Caribbean islands recently, will be brought home before the end of the week.

June 16th, 2017
A Maritime Deja vu

Dickson Igwe

Observations by the Virgin Islands political establishment on the matter of expatriate control of the maritime, yachting, and boating industry, are accurate. The maritime industry in the country is owned, managed, and directed, by expatriates.

April 27th, 2017
UNICEF report 'Fake News' – Rhodni A. Skelton

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – At least one Virgin Islander, Rhodni A. Skelton, has publicly challenged the published United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report of 2016, calling it 'Fake News'.

March 9th, 2017
‘End the lip service’- Rajah A. Smith tells Hon Walwyn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate in the 2015 General Election, Rajah A. Smith has called for an end to the “lip service” by the Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) as it relates to children born to expatriate parents in the Virgin Islands getting a difficult time to receive status in the territory.



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