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      The British Virgin Islands       OnePaper Community Edition       December 10th, 2018      
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Year 2002 Budget passed

BVI Legislative Council   Chambers
BVI Legislative Council Chambers
     It was a long day,and an even longer night, The proceedings in the Legislative Council. to pass the Budget for the Year 2002, seemed to drag on interminably. The session started at 10 00am.
     At 6.00pm,there was no end in sight. .Near midnight the Chief Minister rued the factthat he was not in bed. The session would continue until 1.00 am the following morning, before the Bill was passed into Law.
     . The draft budget had passed through the Standing Finance Committee without- amendments, however the members of her Majesty's Loyal Opposition had other ideas of how much further it should have gone
     They saw the need for
     · Greater localization of Justice Department as.only three BV Islanders were employed in the Attorney General's Department and with only 30% of police being BV Islanders, they expressed concern for the implication on the interpretation of laws passed and the policing of them
     · Greater concern about juveniles being sent to an adult facility, instead of a correctional institution, and again for the youth the overcrowded Sandy Lane Crisis Centre.
     · Paying more attention to high school. Quality product l needed to feed college .The training opportunities will be lost to BV Islanders and the cycle of importing, talent will be perpetuated
     · More help given to parents with many children in school
     · Devolution of powers in schools.. Principals need more power
     · Renewed effort in area of e-commerce
     · Greater support for Parks Trust
     · Cultural center not sufficiently utilized since most functions held in Administration center
     · A Junior High as the BVI high was seriously overcrowded
     · More needed to be done about educating Aids education. Although the records show only 20 known cases of Aids in the BVI, The incidence of aids in the Caribbean is surpassed only by the Sub Sahara.
     · The waste of government's funds in the method used to transport land from the excavation site of the new hospital to the nearby reclamation project.
     This last remark incensed the Minister of Health , the Hon Ethlyn Smith,who felt criticisms of the hospital project were unfair, especially as they came from the former Minister of Health, under whose watch the Hospital should already have been completed
     It was the Hon Omar Hodge's explosive comments however, that will be remembered most. He wanted to know why the Opposition was not getting at the real issues, such as the cost over run of the air port project, and the three generators , which are no good..
     By bringing the facts to light, he felt, would absolve the government and certain other individuals of the allegations being made.He felt there was s place for petty contracts as it keeps money circulating in the economy.

Craft Alive in Picturesclick to enlarge
   View of one of the shops built from materials used to build houses in the past - 'thatched roof and shingles'.
Craft Alive in Picturesclick to enlarge
   View of the 'Craft Alive Village' at the official opening.
Craft Alive in Picturesclick to enlarge
   members of the public browsing around
Craft Alive in Picturesclick to enlarge
   Messers. Hodge and Trott checking out the wares with approval.
Craft Alive in Picturesclick to enlarge
   Looking inside one of the shops at the official opening of the 'Craft Alive Village'
CTO Awards Dinnerclick to enlarge
   Pictured from left to right to right Kedrick Malone, Stanley Dawson, Son of the awardee, who recieved the award on his father's behalf
  Cedric Dawson, and Stanley Gordon
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CTO Awards Dinner
   Kedrick Malone is the newly appointed chairman of the Tourist Board,and Stanley Gordon, the Director.
CTO Awards Dinner
   L to R - Catherine Van Kampen, Iverson Smith, Bibi Bhajan, Stanley Dawson, Kedrick Malone, Mrs. Malone, Victorene Creque
Integrity in Public Life
   A Public Servant's Perspective
  Presented by: Wendell M. Gaskin, Director, Internal Audit Unit
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H.Lavity Stoutt......A Visionary
   Today,March 4,2002,the territory pays tribute to the life and legacy of former Chief Minister H.Lavity Stoutt........
  The deputy Governor, His Excellency, Mr.Elton Georges pays tribute.....
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Year 2002 Budget passedBVI Legislative Council   Chambers
   Proceedings of the Legislature
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A Look at the Draft Budget
   The BVI Review looks at the draft budget 2002
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A Look at the Draft Budget ....... cont'dFinancial Secretary ...L Allen Wheatley
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A Look at the Draft Budget .......cont'dChief Minister.. Ralph T O'Neal
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   Hilda Smith,a resident of Road Town recalls with nostalgia, the Christmases of her youth
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And Today
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