ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “In the coming weeks Cabinet will decide and we will announce the contractor selected to construct the new Nurse Iris O’Neal medical facility in Virgin Gorda (VG) and work will begin early in the new year,” said Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Ronnie W. Skelton yesterday December 17, 2014.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “At some later date Mr O’Neal [Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE (R9)] if you agree, we can name the facility after [Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith],” suggested Minister for Health and Social Development Ronnie W. Skelton as he said that would be fitting for the 40 years attachment of Premier Smith to the Health Care main facility.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Today is not for criticizing because we see the facility is finished but all the furniture and all the other few things are not yet in place and today we can give a reminder to all those who have not yet found it possible to assist in some way or the other,” said Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O'Neal OBE (R9).
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE (R9) said that it has been three long years since the signing of a contract for the installation of guard rails on roads in the Ninth District and to date they have not been installed.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - It came as a surprise to many as to who did not participate in the Budget Debate on December 15, 2014 during the Second Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Second House of Assembly as Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith presented his 2015 $311 million budget to the House of Assembly.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the Fifth District Honourable Dolores Christopher yesterday December 15, 2014 during the budget debates said that the Bi-Water deal signed under the previous Virgin Islands Party administration is worse than the Batehill deal and that the company is holding the country hostage.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr the Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) debunked rumours which said that he was leaving the National Democratic Party (NDP) for the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and said that Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith could rest easy when he travels as he as acting Premier in Dr Smith’s absence “is going nowhere.”
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A caller into the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) radio show ‘Let’s Talk’ on Wednesday December 10, 2014 asked whether the UK would suspend the Virgin Islands’ Constitution if the National Democratic Party (NDP) wins the next general elections.
By Dickson Igwe
As predicted by this Old Boy, among others, 2015 will be a straight two party slugfest. The year promises to be a very interesting year for the British Virgin Islands. It also promises an election campaign in which voters will be assessing national issues like never before.