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National Unity Government to review 7% remittance tax

National Unity Government to review 7% remittance tax

The seven per cent tax placed on money transfers leaving the territory has long since been an issue among expatriates in the Virgin Islands; however, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley said his government is looking to review the policy. Former Premier […]

by / on May 27, 2022 at 5:10 PM /
Health Minister says gov’t monitoring int’l monkeypox outbreak

Health Minister says gov’t monitoring int’l monkeypox outbreak

Given the BVI’s dependence on international travel and tourism, Health Minister Marlon Penn said his ministry is monitoring the outbreak of monkeypox cases in countries where the virus does not usually spread. As of May 21, the World Health Organization […]

by / on May 27, 2022 at 1:16 PM /
Revenues collected not enough to fund government’s priorities

Revenues collected not enough to fund government’s priorities

Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley said revenues collected by the government currently are insufficient to cover its priorities. He suggested that the government needs to explore new and more aggressive forms of revenue generation. “That means a diversification of the economy, […]

by / on May 27, 2022 at 9:54 AM /
Over $8M spent on govt’s COI defence

Over $8M spent on govt’s COI defence

The toll on taxpayers for the Commission of Inquiry (COI) has been assessed to be more than eight million dollars so far. This is inclusive of public relations, security and legal defence costs to the government. The COI which started […]

by / on May 27, 2022 at 9:45 AM /
Intruders using blowtorches at PWP dumpsite after hours

Intruders using blowtorches at PWP dumpsite after hours

Minister of Health & Social Development, Marlon Penn has said intruders have been accessing dumpsites illegally and using blowtorches and similar devices to retrieve copper and other discarded items. This, he said, might be the cause of some fires at […]

by / on May 27, 2022 at 7:39 AM /
Over $1.6M in rent concessions offered to TPP tenants since 2020

Over $1.6M in rent concessions offered to TPP tenants since 2020

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr Natalio Wheatley has revealed that the Virgin Islands government granted rent concessions to 70 tenants at the Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park which totalled more than 1.6 million dollars. Responding to questions from […]

by / on May 27, 2022 at 6:46 AM /
Former Premier Fahie instructed us to file injunction against COI

Former Premier Fahie instructed us to file injunction against COI

The injunction against the Commission of Inquiry lawyers to prevent them from practising in the Virgin Islands was architected by former Premier, Andrew Fahie. This is according to a letter from Silk Legal sent to the Special Parliamentary Committee that […]

by / on May 27, 2022 at 6:25 AM /
Five Acts left without assent across gov’ts! Four under Fahie’s watch

Five Acts left without assent across gov’ts! Four under Fahie’s watch

Spanning various governments, at least five pieces of legislation passed in the House of Assembly but have not received assent from the territory’s governors. Four of those legislations have been passed within the last three years during the tenure of […]

by / on May 27, 2022 at 6:17 AM /
UPDATE: Willock usurped AG! Committee says he must pay fees

UPDATE: Willock usurped AG! Committee says he must pay fees

Former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HOA), Julian Willock will have to pay the legal costs for the court injunction he filed against three Commission of Inquiry (COI) attorneys but later abandoned. This was the indication given in the […]

by / on May 26, 2022 at 6:09 PM /
Corine George-Massicote sworn in as new Speaker of HOA

Corine George-Massicote sworn in as new Speaker of HOA

Corine George-Massicote has been sworn in as Speaker of the House of Assembly (HOA) a short while ago. George-Massicote was nominated by Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley and his nomination was seconded by Deputy Premier Kye Rymer. George-Massicote becomes the third […]

by / on May 26, 2022 at 11:11 AM /