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Archive for May, 2022

Speaker of the House Corine George-Massicote

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 /
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No analysis or audit! Over $1.3M spent on transportation assistance

A transportation assistance programme engineered by the former Andrew Fahie-led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) government was conducted without any proper analysis or without the benefit of a Cabinet-recommended audit, the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report has revealed. A stimulus package […]

by / on May 26, 2022 at 10:52 AM /
Inquiry Commissioner, the Right Honourable Sir Gary Hickinbottom.

COI lacked facilities for financial probe, Sir Gary

The Commission of Inquiry (COI) did not have the necessary resources to conduct any financial investigations into either projects or individual people, a report on the inquiry has shown. In his findings, Sir Gary Hickinbottom, who led the COI, recorded […]

by / on May 26, 2022 at 8:35 AM /
Moviene Fahie

My crops are dying! Paraquita Bay farmer says water woes never fixed

  Prominent local farmer Moviene Fahie has said there is still no access to water for farmers in Parquita Bay and has accused Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley of lying about addressing the problem when he was still Agriculture Minister. Speaking […]

by / on May 26, 2022 at 8:27 AM /
Seventh District Representative Dr Natalio Wheatley.

Past political experiences prepared me to be Premier

Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has disclosed that his previous political failings early in his political career before gaining office in 2019 have given him the relevant experience to tackle his current post as Premier of the Virgin Islands. Dr Wheatley […]

by / on May 26, 2022 at 6:02 AM /
Years outstanding! Police demand payment of increments, allowances

Years outstanding! Police demand payment of increments, allowances

The Executive of the Police Welfare Association (PWA) has called for the relevant authorities to implement the necessary systems and functions to ensure all members are paid their outstanding increments and allowances. Chairman of the PWA, Acting Inspector Sean McCall, […]

by / on May 25, 2022 at 11:10 AM /
COI report calls for wholesale review of BVI’s welfare systems

COI report calls for wholesale review of BVI’s welfare systems

The Commission of Inquiry (COI) report has called for a wholesale review of the BVI‘s welfare benefits and grants system. The report’s author, Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom said this should also include grants received from House of Assembly (HOA) members […]

by / on May 25, 2022 at 9:39 AM /
Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley

False reporting a concern! Premier denies issuing $80K media contract

Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has expressed concerns about what he describes as negative and false reporting by some members of the local media fraternity on the actions of the new National Unity Government. Noting these actions are can be damaging, […]

by / on May 25, 2022 at 7:40 AM /
A section of Tortola. (BVI News photo)

Elected officials will no longer be responsible for social assistance grants

The government will be moving from its hybrid social assistance system to a central-standardised institutional system where the Social Development Department will be solely responsible for providing social assistance to residents. The previous system saw the public assistance programme run […]

by / on May 25, 2022 at 7:30 AM /

Walwyn insists COI conclusions on ESHS wall are unfounded

Former Education Minister in the previous NDP government, Myron Walwyn has argued that some of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report’s determinations regarding the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) wall project are baseless. While Walwyn was willing to admit to […]

by / on May 25, 2022 at 7:06 AM /