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September 16th, 2023
Teachers told to 'put grievances in writing' following ESHS sit-in - Premier Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Following a staged ‘Sit-in’ by Teachers of the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) over a number of issues, Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said he met with the teachers to hear their concerns and shared plans to have the issues resolved expeditiously.

September 14th, 2023
How long can VI sustain influx of foreign workers?- Violet Thomas-Gaul

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI– With an economy that is highly dependent on the use of imported labour to push the local economy, talk show host Mrs Violet Thomas-Gaul has raised questions about how long the Virgin Islands (VI) can sustain a proliferation of foreign workers at the expense of locals not taking up jobs.

September 13th, 2023
Mr Ronald U. Donovan was a ‘champion for the Shipping Registry’s cause’- Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Shipping and Maritime Authority Act 2023 passed with amendments in the House of Assembly (HoA), a bill that the late Registrar of Shipping and Seaman, Mr Ronald U. Donovan was passionate to see become a reality.

September 10th, 2023
‘Work has now begun on all CoI Recommendations’; 24 complete- Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Even though Ministries are currently preparing their updates as of August 31, 2023, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said he can report that work has now begun on all of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Recommendations as outlined in the Framework Agreement of June 2022.

September 10th, 2023
Report on Belongership & Residency tabled in HOA

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The “Review of Policy and Processes for Granting Residency and Belongership” Report, which was recommended following the United Kingdom (UK) Commission of Inquiry (CoI), was tabled in the House of Assembly on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

September 7th, 2023
NSC drafting plan that includes ‘non-traditional’ crime-fighting tactics – Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Whatley (R7) says in an effort to tackle crime in the VI, non-tradition crime-fighting strategies will be taken on in the VI.

September 6th, 2023
Prospect Reef re-development is ‘a priority for me’- Premier Wheatley

SLANEY, Tortola, VI– Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) said seeing the re-development of Prospect Reef is a priority area for him, as he is looking forward to a Request for Proposal in 2023.

August 29th, 2023
‘Exciting things ahead’ to start strengthening VI culture– Premier Wheatley

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has shared plans to strengthen the VI’s culture by introducing ways to encourage the preservation of culture via a culture and heritage strategy to be implemented.

August 28th, 2023
‘Certainly, we accept that we must pay our educators more’- Premier Wheatley

PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- Educators have been told that the Government of the Virgin Islands understands there is a need for improved wages and that it will continue to seek ways to compensate educators appropriately.

August 25th, 2023
Premier questions whether VIF&FC should continue to be run by volunteers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– In an effort to bring more accountability to the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC), Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has hinted that reviews will be taken to bring more accountability and to resolve challenges.

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