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January 22nd, 2020
Local porn videos in circulation @ a 'sky-high'- Hon Maduro-Caines

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Newly minted Virgin Islands Party (VIP) member, Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines (R6) said the boldness of young ladies seen in a number of sexually explicit videos being circulated in the Virgin Islands is frightening her.

January 21st, 2020
Child support defaulters will be blocked from leaving Territory- Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The issue of men failing to support their children and causing them to be a burden on society is being grabbed by the throat by the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, which will be introducing legislation to clamp down on such persons.

January 17th, 2020
Jury Act an ongoing travesty of justice- R. Dancia Penn-Sallah QC

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “There is an ongoing travesty of justice in this country, and it is that of the jury system. The Jury Act of 1914 is contrary to the rule of law; it is a violation of the constitution and all principles of democracy that we still have that Jury Act on our books. I speak for the profession when I make a call for a very urgent rectification of that.”

December 30th, 2019
Legalise 'parimutuel wagering' or risk losing support of USVI horse owners- Lesmore Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association is urging the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government to urgently bring legislation to the House of Assembly (HoA) to legalise betting at horse races locally or risk losing the sport to sister territory United States Virgin Islands (USVI).

December 23rd, 2019
Beware of the ‘demon’ this Xmas season – CoP Michael B. Matthews

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With road accidents being recorded daily by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), Commissioner of Police Michael B. Matthews has commented there are “far too many road accidents” and appealed to drivers to be extra cautious especially during the holidays when much drinking takes place.

November 16th, 2019
Gov't to introduce AirBnB Tax legislation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following an April 30, 2019, Cabinet decision where property owners who lease their homes through AirBnB, are now required to pay hotel accommodation tax in the Virgin Islands (VI), Governor of the Virgin Islands Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert says new AirBnB Tax legislation will soon be introduced.

August 2nd, 2019
Stiffer penalties for cybercriminals in the VI - Premier Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – During the second reading of the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Amendment Act 2019, on August 1, 2019, at the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said the new legislation brings proposals for stiffer penalties with regards to the protection of minors in the territory and the protection of user data.

June 26th, 2019
Legislation coming to ban Styrofoam & single-use plastics- Hon Malone

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Legislation to ban polystyrene foam (PSF), which is commonly known as Styrofoam, and single-use plastics in the Virgin Islands will soon be brought to the House of Assembly (HoA).

July 23rd, 2018
HoA to resume Tuesday July 24, 2018; Many Bills but no public input

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The House of Assembly (HoA) will resume its sitting on Tuesday July 24, 2018. The Parliament last met on Thursday July 19, 2018 where it was rough for Government Ministers, as they struggled to answer many of the questions truthfully, at times holding back information.

May 15th, 2018
Minimum wage goes up to $10.50 on June 1, 2018 in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) minimum wage is set to see its final phased increase to $10.50 per hour as part of a bill ratified by the 32nd Legislature and signed into law by Governor Kenneth E. Mapp.

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