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Local Politics

November 22nd, 2019
'I don't miss the politics'- Dr Kedrick D. Pickering

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Former Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr Kedrick D. Pickering in his recent appearance on Honestly Speaking, ZBVI 780am said he knew the late Premier, Hon Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, Member Emeritus, was about to pass.

November 20th, 2019
No singing 'God save the Queen' outside protocols - Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Noting that the National Anthem should only be sung or played in the presence of the Queen's Representative, ZBVI 780 'Honestly Speaking' radio show host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says it continues to be baffling why 'God Save The Queen' is being sung during assemblies at the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS). This practice, he said, highlights a colonial mindset.

November 18th, 2019
The VI’s 70 year journey on the path of self-determination

E. Benito Wheatley

November 24, 2019 will mark 70 years since the Great March of 1949 in which the people of the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) peacefully marched through Road Town to protest the gross neglect of the British Empire. The march at the time was the largest demonstration ever to take place in the islands and changed the course of VI history.

November 18th, 2019
'TPP investment was one of the best VI made' - Hon Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Even though the project has a cost totalling some $85 million-plus, including cost overruns of at least $40 million for the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park Project (TPP), former Communications and Works Minister, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) insists that the TPP investment was one of the best the territory ever made.

November 14th, 2019
Green economy, medical marijuana & gambling regulations top 'Throne Speech'

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The local cultivation and sale of medical marijuana, in addition to legislative agenda for the development of the Virgin Islands (VI) in a green economy, were highlights of today's November 14, 2019, "Speech from the Throne,' delivered by His Excellency, Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert when the First Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) convened at its chambers in Road Town, Tortola.

November 14th, 2019
Hon Penn laments absence of Public Accounts Committee

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) says accountability must and will be demanded from the Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government, adding it is instrumental that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) at the House of Assembly (HoA) is functioning.

November 13th, 2019
Opposition accuses Hon Fahie led Gov't of Nepotism & Cronyism

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The VI Opposition, led by Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), has accused the Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Administration of marginalising Virgin Islanders out of top government jobs, issuing consultancies to party loyalists and victimising its outspoken critics; however, was hesitant to provide proof.

November 13th, 2019
Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE was 'a walking encyclopedia'- Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - As the territory continues to mourn the passing of its first Premier and Member Emeritus of the House of Assembly (HoA), Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE, ZBVI 780am 'Honestly Speaking' radio host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline has regarded Mr O'Neal as a 'Walking Encyclopedia' on the Virgin Islands.

November 12th, 2019
Legislators reflect on passing of Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Following the tragic news of the passing of the Virgin Islands' first Premier and Member Emeritus of the House of Assembly (HoA), Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE yesterday, November 11, 2019, tributes have begun to flow from members of the HoA.

November 9th, 2019
NDP put all energies to return banking on VG - Dr Smtih

VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI - With the return of banking via Banco Popular to the sister island of Virgin Gorda after over 1 year without the service, former Premier, Dr D. Orlando Smith said his National Democratic Party (NDP) Government started the efforts and did all it could to bring banking back to the island.

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