First cruise ship to arrive Oct. 7

The Norwegian Gem is scheduled to call in Tortola on Oct. 7 carrying as many as 3,130 passengers, but the government still hasn’t unveiled the details of the protocols they … Continue reading "First cruise...

Inquiry

Fahie grilled over board shake-ups

The Premier’s Office — which currently oversees 11 statutory bodies — chose board members through an informal process that typically didn’t employ vacancy announcements, interviews, background checks, or conflict-of-interest reviews, according to testimony over the past week in the Commission of Inquiry. While questioning Premier...

Inquiry

Government blasted for ‘massive’ response on Covid grants

Though representatives for the Attorney General’s Chambers have repeatedly complained that the government lacks the time and resources to keep up with information requests from the Commission of Inquiry, Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom berated them last week for submitting a nearly 1,000-page document that he...

Inquiry

COI probes SSB appointment process

The board of directors for the Social Security Board was mostly empty for about five months in early 2020, but leaders couldn’t offer a clear explanation for that fact last week while responding to criticisms about a lack of transparency in appointing candidates to statutory...

Local News

Premier signs $411,000 CCTV contract

Last Thursday, Premier Andrew Fahie signed a $411,000 contract with FLOW to restore the CCTV system that was destroyed during the hurricanes of 2017, Police Information Officer Diane Drayton announced on Friday. Project funds obtained from the Caribbean Development Bank were matched by “capital expenditures”...

Business

Report: EU banks reap billions from VI, others

A new report from the European Union Tax Observatory suggests that European banks are reaping about 14 percent of their total profits — about 20 billion euros a year — from the Virgin Islands and 16 other jurisdictions the report identified as “tax havens.” The...

COVID-19

Students head back to class

After about a year and a half of remote learning due to the pandemic, most public school students headed back to their classrooms on Monday. But health issues besides Covid-19 persisted, causing at least one school to remain closed. The Francis Lettsome Primary School in...

Inquiry

Speakers withdraw injunction request

Speaker of the House Julian Willock and Deputy Speaker Neville Smith have withdrawn their request for an injunction to prevent three Commission of Inquiry lawyers from working in the territory until the conclusion of a court case scheduled to start in October, according to the...

COVID-19

Cruise shippers can skip arrival testing

As the territory continues to balance “lives and livelihoods,” health teams are managing 66 active Covid-19 cases and cruise ship passengers soon will be al- lowed to enter the territory without rapid testing upon arrival, Premier Andrew Fahie said last Friday. The next cruise ship...

Inquiry

Climate fund has never benefited from eco-levy

Less than two months after the Virgin Islands Party came to power in the February 2019 general election, all six private-sector members of the Climate Change Trust Fund board received a letter from newly appointed Premier Andrew Fahie. “In keeping with our mandate, it is...