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Archive for June, 2021

Governor John Rankin

No assent! Disaster Management Act ‘infringes’ my duties — Gov

More than four months after being passed in the House of Assembly, Governor John Rankin revealed that he has not yet assented the Disaster Management Act 2020; parts of which he said undermines his constitutional responsibilities.  The Act has been with […]

by / on June 22, 2021 at 7:30 AM /
BVI News photo captured Friday afternoon.

Cops target loud-muffler scooters! Six charged, four bikes detained

Six motorists were charged while four scooters and one vehicle were detained during a police operation at the weekend. A media release from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) said the operation involved officers from the Road Policing Unit, […]

by / on June 22, 2021 at 6:25 AM /
Vanterpool didn’t file any interest declarations for roughly six years

Vanterpool didn’t file any interest declarations for roughly six years

Fourth District Representative and former minister in the previous NDP administration, Mark Vanterpool did not file any declarations of interest for up to six years during a period while he was in government. All member of the House of Assembly […]

by / on June 21, 2021 at 9:28 AM /

Speaker’s companies ‘engaged’ gov’t twice to offer security services

House of Assembly (HOA) Speaker, Julian Willock and/or his privately-owned businesses engaged the government on at least two occasions to discuss providing security services during the pandemic, but mysteriously withdrew his offer on both occasions. Willock made the disclosure last […]

by / on June 21, 2021 at 8:26 AM /
Republic Bank has taken over Scotiabank BVI. Captured above is their sole local branch in Road Town.

Gov’t borrows from Republic Bank to pay off ‘restrictive’ Banco loan

The government has taken out a $17,000,000-plus loan from Republic Bank in Road Town to fast-track the repayment of a loan with Banco Popular whose lending conditions it said had become unfavourable. Premier and Minister of Finance Andrew Fahie said […]

by / on June 21, 2021 at 8:15 AM /
From this vantage point, our news centre was able to capture cargo vessels at the BVIPA's Port Purcell facility on Sunday, May 31. (Photo by Kamal Haynes/BVI News)

BVIPA offering refund to those who’ve already paid increased fees

In light of the decision to postpone the BVI Ports Authority’s (BVIPA) recent fee increases, persons who’ve paid hiked prices since mid-March are now being offered a refund. In a statement on Friday, BVIPA said: “Individuals seeking their refunds are […]

by / on June 21, 2021 at 7:21 AM /
The Ralph T. O'Neal Administration Complex where the main government offices are located.

Redaction requests force delay in COI governance hearing

A request to have redactions added to documents previously submitted to the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI) has contributed to the delay of a planned hearing on issues of governance, Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom said. Members of the House of […]

by / on June 21, 2021 at 7:17 AM /
Speaker of the HOA, Julian Willock.

Willock breaches Register of Interests Act but claims otherwise

Despite his many protestations and bombastic claims to the contrary, House Speaker Julian Willock — like several other past and present members of the House of Assembly (HOA) — was found to be in breach of the Register of Interests […]

by / on June 19, 2021 at 10:19 AM /
Vincent Wheatley

Immigration did not direct mother to separate from child

Immigration Minister Vincent Wheatley today (June 18) made it clear that the recently reported separation of an infant from its mother was not the fault or directive of the Immigration Department. This follows allegations from radio talk-show host and government […]

by / on June 18, 2021 at 2:30 PM /
Premier Andrew Fahie in the House of Assembly on Thursday, April 25.

Premier laments “alarming” atmosphere developing in BVI

Contributing to the debate on the now-passed Whistleblower Act of 2021, Premier Andrew Fahie has expressed concern and alarm about the current state of affairs he says is developing in the BVI. “What I noticed is that, as soon as […]

by / on June 18, 2021 at 10:41 AM /