PROPOSAL SUBMITTED TO THE UK ON APPROACH TO REFORM THE BVI UNDER DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE – SAYS PREMIER

The Government of the Virgin Islands has formally submitted a proposal to the United Kingdom Government detailing their agenda to implement the recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Report under democratic governance. Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. The Honourable Natalio Wheatley made the disclosure during Wednesday’s press conference. He said the proposal was … Continued

THE BVI AIRWAYS PROJECT AN EXAMPLE OF EXTREMELY POOR GOVERNANCE – DISHONESTY AMONG PUBLIC OFFICIALS CONCLUDED

The Commission of Inquiry Report has concluded that the $7.2 million BVI Airways project was plagued with mass instances of poor governance and dishonesty among public officials which led to its failure. The COI Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom made the disclosure within his 946-page Report. He listed the former Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. … Continued

POWERS OF GOVERNOR AND PREMIER, AN ELECTIONS EXPENSE REGIME AND SELECTION OF SPEAKER AMONG THE PROPOSED TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW TEAM

While stating that a Constitutional Review is long overdue in the British Virgin Islands, the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom has recommended that one be commenced as soon possible within the territory, to be completed within a one-year period. This was one of the overarching recommendations stemming from the recently published COI … Continued

UWI SAYS UK IS NO AUTHORITY ON DEMOCRACY

Joining ogranisations like CARICOM and the OECS, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has issued a statement condemning the United Kingdom’s (UK) suggestion of directly ruling the Virgin Islands. In a statement released yesterday, Sunday May 8th, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said that UWI “joins with CARICOM in calling on Britain to retreat … Continued

A UNITED GOV’T WAS MY IDEA – SAYS FRASER WHO EXPLAINED WHY HE REMAINS AS THE LONE OPPOSITION

Third District Representative and Leader of the Opposition Honourable Julian Fraser has said that the present united structure of the new Government of the Virgin Islands was an idea he suggested. Fraser made the comment during yesterday’s House of Assembly Sitting, after explaining why he was the only member left on the Opposition side. He … Continued

PREMIER’S $500K BOND SUSPENDED FOLLOWING APPEAL – TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY AT ARRAIGNMENT

Premier Honourable Andrew Fahie will be required to remain behind bars after his approved $500,000 bond was appealed by United States (U.S) prosecutors on Wednesday. This was confirmed by international media company Nationwide News which said the bond that initially was granted by Judge Alicia Otazo Reyes of the U.S. District Court for the Southern … Continued

MALONE DISPELS RUMOURS AFTER ABSENCE FROM PROPOSED UNIFIED GOV’T – SAYS HE VOLUNTARILY AGREED TO CEDE HIS APPOINTMENT

At Large Representative Honourable Carvin Malone has broken his silence to clear the air following yesterday’s announcement of a National Unity Government, stating that he voluntarily gave up his position as a minister to support a unification geared at reforming the territory. During Wednesday’s press conference Acting Premier Dr. The Honourable Natalio Wheatley listed a … Continued

PROPOSAL TO FORM A NATIONAL UNITY GOV’T- TO TACKLE COI RECOMMENDATIONS WITHOUT UK DIRECT RULE

The British Virgin Islands Government in collaboration with Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition has proposed forming a National Unity Government. This was announced at an impromptu press conference held this morning by the Acting Premier Dr. The Honourable Natalio Wheatley. He said the proposed united government will be the stance taken as the way forward to … Continued