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Local Politics

February 6th, 2016
NDP paid $500,000 of taxpayers $$ to defunct BVI Airways; another $2M on its way!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has left the treasury empty, as confirmed by the Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith in an answer to a question posed by senior Opposition Member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) on February 4, 2016 and with local vendors owed millions of dollars, the NDP Government has already paid $500,000.00 of taxpayers' money of the $7 Million promised to BVI Airways.

February 5th, 2016
NDP has run the VI broke! From $51M under VIP to $6M under NDP!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The debate as to who left the Virgin Islands broke is now over. The Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith, has set the record straight by confirming that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government has almost bankrupt the Overseas Territory of about forty thousand residents.

February 5th, 2016
'Freeze all work permits for VG jobs immediately!' – Hon Andrew A. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Representative for the First District Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has called on Government to immediately put a freeze on all work permits for jobs in Virgin Gorda to allow local persons displaced from Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort to find work.

February 4th, 2016
Law firm shuns Hugh E. Darley for fear of Gov't victimisation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former Project Coordinator of the Cruise Pier Development Project, Hugh E. Darley has not only confirmed that he has retained legal counsel in the Virgin Islands, but also that the law firm which his company IDEA Inc. had retained backed out of the arrangement citing the fear that it could lose future Government work.

February 3rd, 2016
Skelton-Cline's contract the subject of Cabinet discussions- Hon Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) was yesterday February 2, 2016 non-committal regarding the renewing of Claude O. Skelton-Cline’s contract as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA).

February 2nd, 2016
‘I have not & will not be involved in corruption! – Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) said he can sleep well at nights knowing that he has not been involved in any form of corruption whatsoever with regard to the cruise pier development project and demanded proof of same from anyone making such allegations.

February 2nd, 2016
‘Absolute rubbish!’ – says Hon Fraser on Govt's claims for violating Protocols

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith’s claim that building the territory’s economy was more important than savings at this juncture as his justification for missing the December 31, 2015 deadline for compliance to the UK’s Protocols for Effective Financial Management, is absolute rubbish, and totally unnecessary.

February 1st, 2016
Govt's violation of Protocols was to build economy – Premier Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has justified missing the December 31, 2015 deadline for compliance to the UK’s Protocols for Effective Financial Management, saying that building the territory’s economy was more important than savings at this juncture.

January 30th, 2016
Ports Project racks up an astonishing $9M in admin cost!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the public and perhaps tax payers try to come to grip with the announcement in a statement on January 25, 2016 by the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) that to date the controversial Ports Development Project has cost $82.9 million, one of the breakdowns that has caught many by surprise is the administrative cost of the project.

January 30th, 2016
Hon Fahie wants laws to protect ‘whistleblowers’

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As allegations of mismanagement of public funds and corruption by the National Democratic Party (NDP) run rife and the NDP Government's disregard for transparency and accountability, Opposition Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is calling for laws to protect whistleblowers and said the Opposition will be strongly advocating for such.

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