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January 22nd, 2021
Gov Jaspert tarnished VI's reputation with CoI media blast – Attorney Michael J. Fay QC

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- An attorney-at-law is convinced that the reputation of the Virgin Islands (VI) has been tarnished by the negative press in the announcement of a Commission of Inquiry announced recently by outgoing Governor of the VI, Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert.

March 27th, 2018
Dr Smith is a ‘real gangster’- Julio S. Henry

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- One of the main concerns of the elected Representatives who have trouble supporting the Bill entitled ‘Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency Act 2018’ is that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) has not been upfront with information requested.

March 26th, 2018
‘We ain’t toeing that line’- Hon Christopher

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Implying that her own National Democratic Party (NDP) Government is trying to force elected members hands to satisfy the interest of individuals and that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) is not in control of the ship, Deputy Speaker and Fifth District Representative Hon Delores Christopher said those are some of the reasons she is finding it difficult to support the Bill entitled: Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency 2018.

January 31st, 2018
Gov’t Members were unaware of ‘High Level Framework’ document- Skelton-Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While the Draft Recovery and Development Plan document is widely circulated in the Virgin Islands, another document dubbed ‘High Level Framework for UK support to the BVI Hurricane Recovery’ is now making headlines.

December 28th, 2017
Do not mistake privacy for secrecy - Lorna G. Smith OBE

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Interim Executive Director of BVI Finance Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE has come to the defense of the territory being labelled a tax haven, penning an article in Scottish newspaper The Sunday Herald of December 26, 2017, in which she admonished that persons not mistake privacy for secrecy.

June 16th, 2017
Lies & secrecy surround tax payers $7.2M payout to BVI Airways

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The controversial BVI Airways tax payers bail out with $7.2M is grabbing headlines again. It was on June 13, 2017 that the Opposition Leader and First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie fired more questions in the House of Assembly (HoA) on the deal, which is to provide direct flights from Miami, Florida to the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

August 30th, 2016
‘Sue, don’t muzzle the media’ – Edmund G. Maduro

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “If you find the media libelous [then] sue them, that’s law. The governor and the government should not be trying to muzzle the media. That is balls. Focus on the real matters, they have bigger fishes to fry,” said retired civil servant and talk show host Edmund G. Maduro.

November 2nd, 2013
Transparency: the panacea of good government

By Dickson Igwe

A story titled ‘CALL TO END CORRUPTION WORLDWIDE’, penned by Bailey Penn, appeared after the following narrative on transparency was written. This ‘Life Watcher’ considers it fortuitous indeed that the Op Ed piece appeared in the BVI Beacon of October 31, 2013. The piece could not have appeared at a better time. It provides the perfect introduction for a story extolling the virtues of transparency in Virgin Islands politics.

July 11th, 2013
UPDATE: VI Children should be entitled to all rights & benefits – Julio S. Henry

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Talk show host Julio S. Henry expressed that he believed that more can be done locally to assist citizens born and raised in the Virgin Islands, regardless of whether their parents are from the Territory or not. “I firmly believe that where a child is born is where he belongs,” Henry said.

May 24th, 2013
CRIME in the VI!

By Donald E. de Castro- “too old to be intimidated”

Theft is the taking of another person’s property without their permission or consent with intent to deprive them of it. The word is also used as an informal shorthand term for some crimes such as burglary, embezzlement, larceny, looting, robbery, shoplifting, and fraud. These are all crimes and when one encourages and assists another in committing these acts that is also a crime. As the saying goes, “the harbourer is just as bad as the thief”.

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