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Budget Address postponed for tsunami exercise

Parliamentarians in the recently-refurbished House of Assembly building in Road Town on Thursday, March 1.

The long-awaited Budget Address from Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has been postponed.

A media release from the House of Assembly’s public relations department said the budget address, which was scheduled for today, is being put off until Monday, March 19.

“This is to allow for the territory’s participation in the annual Earthquake and Tsunami CARIBE WAVE Exercise,” the release said.

However, today’s sitting of House of Assembly will still convene, the release added.

Tsunami exercise scheduled months ago

The Tsunami CARIBE WAVE Exercise is an annual undertaking organized by the Intergovernmental Coordination Group.

It provides an opportunity for its member states, including the BVI, to test their plans, improve their Tsunami Warning System effectiveness, and promote tsunami awareness.

This year’s exercise was scheduled considerably long in advance of the now-postponed Budget Address.

Government had announced the today’s tsunami exercise in early January.

The last-minute postponement of the Budget Address comes amid reports that things are severely amiss internally with the National Democratic Party government.

Previous tsunami exercise. (Photo provided)

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  1. forgive us Lord says:

    On the day they assign the budget address the tsunami will come and take all the wicked people at once. get ready today.

    • Peaches says:

      Life and death is in the power of the tongue. Be careful what you say. Proverbs 18:21: Death and life is in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

  2. Talk says:

    And no one knew about this ahead of time ? Beyond amazing

  3. Albion says:

    It is already late. I can wait another four days.

    But if anyone in the House stands up and tries to block the funds from the UK I will be angry. They will be held accountable at the next election for trying to choke off the Territory’s hurricane recovery for their own political gain.

  4. Hmmm says:

    I guess what they’re saying is that lots of people will want to tune in for the budget address but they realizing they won’t be able to do so with the tsunami drill? I’m just trying to make sense out of a nonsensical statement and I’m struggling like hell.

  5. Sam the man says:

    “Things are severely amiss internally within the “No Direction Party” ? Tell us something we don’t know! Dr Smith and his yes men have been exposed as not having a f@&$ing c—- what they are doing – and the next hurricane season is looming but all they focus on is runway extensions, marijuana farms, cultural retaining wall villages and horse racing track redevelopment !!!! Come on Tortolans we deserve better than this

  6. Priorities says:

    A tsunami exercise is more important than the Nation’s budget

  7. VILander says:

    Antics to delay the vote another disrespect to the people.

  8. house says:

    whoa! For a tiny country, there are a lot of goofs sitting up there collecting checks.



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