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February 23rd, 2021
Hon Penn calls for 2nd round of COVID stimulus $$

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has called for a second round of business stimulus grants, which he says should be directed to the tourism industry.

February 1st, 2021
Grant from SSB subject to 'rigorous checks & balances' including by SSB- Premier

CAPPOON’S BAY, Tortola, VI- The $40 million granted injected into the Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan by Social Security Board (SSB) has come under scrutiny fueled by rumours pedalled mostly by sworn critics of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) administration; however, the grant is subject to rigorous checks and balances including by SSB to ensure there is no deviation from the agreement or abuse of funds.

January 5th, 2021
Antoinette Skelton Out! Jeanette Scatliffe-Boynes In! as Ag Director of SSB

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Mrs Antoinette Skelton, now 69 years of age, who first joined the BVI Social Security Board in 1982 as Deputy Director and became its Director in 1990, has gone on pre-retirement leave.

December 1st, 2020
VIP Gov't keeps promise to pay 10% of salaries in '1000 Jobs' initiative

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Companies who hired locals as part of the Fahie Administration's, 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days initiative, can now get 10% back on total salaries paid out so far, as promised by the Government when the programme launched.

October 2nd, 2020
Antoinette Skelton Out as SSB Director in 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reports just reaching our newsroom indicate that long-time Director of the Social Security Board (SSB) Ms Antoinette Skelton has notified the Board of Directors she will exit the post next year, 2021.

September 24th, 2020
‘Lack of salary information’ hindering COVID-19 benefits to some – Hon Wheatley

DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has called out employers for continually deducting contributions from their employee salary, yet, not paying it over to the respective boards.

July 22nd, 2020
Requirements for work permit renewals relaxed - Hon Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has announced that strict requirements for work permit renewals in the COVID-19 era will be relaxed as a result of a number of concerns.

July 15th, 2020
'Laid-off' expatriates can stay in VI up to 6 months- Hon Wheatley

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) said only terminated expatriate workers are being asked to leave the Territory at this time; however, those who are laid-off will fall in an entirely different category, subject to different labour policies.

July 14th, 2020
Expelled foreigners will be able to regain VI employment - Hon Wheatley

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Expats who return to their homeland due to unemployment that came as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Virgin Islands (VI), will get an opportunity to be rehired once the pandemic period subsides and their old job is available.

July 11th, 2020
'Bear with Gov't' during COVID-19 pandemic - Premier urges public

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI - Echoing the calls of Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) for the public to have patience ahead of the distribution COVID-19 financial relief, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has called of the VI to 'bear with the government' while the relief measures are being implemented.

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