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Premier unveils $399m budget

Though the Virgin Islands’ 2022 fiscal policy was overshadowed by global economic crises and the lingering effects of the pandemic, Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” painted an optimistic picture of a future focused on infrastructure growth during his first budget address on Nov. 29 in the...

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Great March holiday passes very quietly

Though last year’s commemoration of the 1949 march that led to the restoration of the Virgin Islands Legislative Council inspired a spirited re-enactment, the second celebration of the 1949 Great March and Restoration Day this year was much more subdued. No in-person celebration was held...

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Penn: Joes Hill project ‘substantially complete’

The Joes Hill affordable-housing development that originally broke ground in April 2017 is nearing completion, and the application process for prospective buyers is under way, according to Health and Social Development Minister Marlon Penn. However, at least 132 people have already expressed interest in purchasing...

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Work progresses on primary schools

Since Althea Scatliffe Primary School closed suddenly in June and nearly 400 students were displaced to other schools, work has been under way to make those facilities better equipped to handle the demand. Recent progress has meant that Enis Adams Primary School can once again...

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930 take part in health training

Ahead of the holiday season, the Virgin Islands is preparing to join a regional programme that aims to set standards for public health management in the tourism sector across the Caribbean, according to Health and Social Development Minister Marlon Penn. Since the VI began preparing...

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E-portal launches for Magistrates’ Court

The Virgin Islands is looking to the future with the launch of a new electronic portal to manage Magistrates’ Court documents. Legal professionals celebrated the launch during a press conference on Nov. 10 that was attended by court officials including Chief Justice Dame Janice Pereira,...

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Constitution review team seeks feedback

One of the territory’s most important guiding documents is the Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007, and the government is asking residents for input on how it should be amended following a review that is now under way. “This next Constitution has great implications for what...

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Clinic launches paediatric centre

Health professionals said they are hoping to support the long-term wellbeing of the Virgin Islands community with the opening of a new paediatric clinic that will serve children from birth to age 18. The Wellness Center Clinics based at Cyril B. Romney Tortola Pier Park...

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Tourism booms as Covid ebbs

The tourism season started barely two weeks ago, but business is already booming at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar on Jost Van Dyke. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen a season like this before,” said proprietor Justine Callwood. “We’ve had so many yachts and day boats, and...

Crime

Fahie requests later trial date

Less than three weeks after the United States added a new charge against former Premier Andrew Fahie, his Florida lawyer asked on Monday to bump his January trial forward at least four months to give him more time to prepare. The trial of Mr. Fahie,...